hard & heavy

Toledo Steel - No Quarter

Fans of compact and “nitrogenous” mid-tempo traditional heavy metal which touches heavily on classic mythology/science-fiction/all-around metal mayhem narrative themes in a similarly accessible and enthralling manner as Ambush, Bullet, Sacred Leather or Substratum owe it to themselves to zero in on Toledo Steel’s long overdue yet powerfully redemptive full-length debut aptly titled “No Quarter”, which, in comparison, essentially makes the Bournemouth/Southampton quartet’s past triptych of innocuous, partial productions - a three-track demo and two beefier EPs – look like child’s play.

Crobot signs with Mascot Records

Mascot Label Group has announced the global signing of Crobot to Mascot Records.

Known across the world for their unique blend of good old fashioned rock and roll with funk, blues and metal into a howling vortex that is the Crobot nebula, the band is currently working on their next release.

Crobot’s Brandon and Bishop offer: “For almost two years, the Crobot funk has been fermenting beneath the streets of Pottsville, PA festering into a creature grimier than a dead rat’s asshole. Now, we are extremely excited to announce we are the newest members of the insanely talented Mascot Label Group roster! Big things are happening in Fat City, Beardos so stay tuned!”...

Herman Frank to release new studio album “Fight the Fear” on February 8th 2019

AFM Records are thrilled to announce the new Herman Frank album “Fight the Fear”.

Introducing Heavy Metal veteran Herman Frank to the crowd is just meaningless like carry coals to Newcastle.

The guitarist has been an integral part of the German metal scene since the early 80s. From Accept to Victory to his solo project started in 2009 and his work as a producer.

“Fight the Fear”, released by AFM Records on February 8th, 2019, and is the fourth studio of band history.

Doro - Forever Warriors, Forever United

Doro, I mean, what’s not to love, in what the first lady of metal has been doing… for such a long time, she’s been a strong female lead, a pinup of posters in young metalheads rooms in the 80s and she wasn’t only eyecandy but also had the spunk to genuinely be a female rocker back in a time when women in metal were probably counted in the fingers of both hands (might be exaggerating a bit there)…
Having released a slew of anniversary, extended and live albums, it’s actually been some six years since the last “studio” effort and to make up this double album features no less than 25 songs, with the quality of compositions being a bit all over the place.

Mark Zavon releases new track “Message at the Tone”

Kill Devil Hill guitarist Mark Zavon has released an audio video of “Message at the Tone”, the lead track from his debut self-titled solo effort, in stores November 23rd, via EMP Label Group.

A collection of catchy riffs and giant hooks, forging an album of timeless, uptempo Hard Rock songs, the 10-song offering features Zavon not only on guitars, but also bass, keys, and even handling all the vocals.

Listen to “Message at the Tone” below.

Saxon announces February 2019 US Headlining Tour

Following the release of their latest video for the track “Predator”, featuring Johan Hegg from Amon Amarth from the aforementioned “Thunderbolt” album, the band have just announced a string of US Tour dates, following the incredibly successful tour with Judas Priest earlier this year and prior to their appearance on the 2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise out of Florida.

“We’re bringing the Thunderbolt Tour back to the USA in February, this time as Headliners! Come and join the party THE THUNDERBOLT COMETH!”, says Biff Byford.

Altitudes + Attitude announce February & March 2019 UK and European Tour

Altitudes + Attitude featuring Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, have announced 2019 UK/European tour dates including 6 shows with Slash f/Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators in support of their debut album, “Get It Out”, due out on January 18th, 2019, via Megaforce Records.

UK & European Tour Dates 2019:
07.02. UK - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
09.02. UK - Manchester - Academy 3
10.02. UK - London - Underworld
12.02. UK - Norwich - Waterfront
14.02. NL - 013 - Tilburg
15.02. DE - Frankfurt - Bett
16.02. DE - Munich - Backstage

Grand Magus working on new studio album - due out in 2019

Swedish riff lords Grand Magus are currently working on the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2016 album “Sword Songs”.

The band have already ensconced themselves at Sweetspot Studio in Sweden to kick off the recording process with producer Staffan Karlsson (Arch Enemy Firewind, Spiritual Beggars).

Singer/guitar player JB states:

Infinita Symphonia unveils music video for first single “Never Forget” featuring Ralf Scheepers

Power Progressive Metallers Infinita Symphonia reveal the first song from their upcoming 3rd full-length album “Liberation” with a great official video for “Never Forget”, in which the singer Luca Micioni duets with the great Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear.

Watch the video for “Never Forget” below.

The video, filmed and edited by Federico Toraldo, offers a picture of Infinita Symphonia’s actual sound made of melodic power metal with their typical powerful and catchy essence.

“Liberation” will be released on December 7th, 2018, through My Kingdom Music on digipak and digital format.

Gin Annie cancels European tour as booking agent goes bankrupt

Wolverhampton based rock band, Gin Annie, are trying to make their way home just 5 dates into a 25 day European tour with Diamond Head, after the booking agent failed to pay the transportation company, leaving them stranded in Belguim and unable to meet the costs of continuing.

The band had already paid ££ thousands towards the costs of the tour and now find themselves needing to arrange transport for themselves and equipment back to the UK.