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German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt, is set to release the debut LP “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.

With Heavatar, Schmidt exchanges the “A Cappella” style, manning the rhythm guitar as well as lead vocals. Supporting him is Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael,  and Ex-Fading Starlight guitarist Sebastian Scharf.

According to the press release: “[e]ach song borrows – some more, some less – a motif from classical composers – ranging from Bach to Paganini and Beethoven. The epic songs are filled with mighty choirs, which are performed by members of the “Blind Guarding” choir-team and of course, Stefan’s friends in Van Canto. The artwork was created by the renowned fantasy artist Kerem Beyit. ‘All My Kingdoms’ is a celebration for Power Metal fans, who love catchy refrains, epic choirs, classic tunes, heavy riffs and thundering double-bass. The debut will also take supports of different genres by storm – to the Metal!”

The track listing for “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” is:

1. Replica
2. Abracadabra
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal

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Manowar’s new studio album, “The Lord Of Steel” (reviewed here), will be released into worldwide retail on September 28th, 2012 following its previous digital release and limited-edition pre-release as the “Hammer Edition” in collaboration with Metal Hammer.

The retail edition of The Lord Of Steel will feature different mixes and mastering, new art by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, and other surprises. The album will be available as CD, limited-edition vinyl and digital album.

“Manowar has always dared to do things differently. You have to look at these two versions like a movie that comes out in alternate versions; a Director’s Cut or alternate endings or stories even told from different perspectives,” explained bassist Joey DeMaio. “For those of you who enjoyed the first taste of The Lord Of Steel, meaning the Metal Hammer version, I can tell you that the forthcoming Lord Of Steel release on Magic Circle Entertainment will be even more unique and yes, more brutal,” he continued.

“When you have to make room for literally hundreds of other instruments such as Orchestras, Choirs, Marching Armies on Gods Of War for example, you have to create sonic space for that. The fewer instruments you have the louder they can be individually. As an artist you want to give your audience new experiences. This is not ‘elevator music’. This is an album that hits you hard right between the eyes and does not let up.”

For this twelfth studio album Manowar has tapped into the world of action heroes and their stories, writing a song specifically for a Hollywood movie, “EL GRINGO,” and another one, “Expendable,” inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s action movie franchise The Expendables. The band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Tue, Oct 09, 2012 – Zaragoza, Spain – Interpeñas
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 – La Coruña, Spain – Coliseum
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 – Barcelona, Spain – St Jordi Club
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 – Paris, France – Trabendo
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 – Kerkrade, Holland – Rodahal
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 – Pardubice, Czech Republic – CEZ Arena
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 – Prague, Czech Republic – Mala Sportovni Hala
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 – Zlin, Czech Republic – Euronics
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 – Long Island, NY – The Paramount
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 – Long Island, NY – The Paramount

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British melodic hard rock group Magnum has confirmed the release of an upcoming eighteenth studio album. The album “On The 13th Day” will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on September 19th in Scandinavia, September 21st in Germany, September 24th in Europe and September 25th in the US/Canada. “So Let It Rain,” a new track taken from the album, will be released as a single at the end of August.

“On The 13th Day” will be available as a limited digipak edition with a bonus CD featuring unreleased, acoustic, and live tracks from the Magnum vaults, as a standard jewel case CD and a digital download. The artwork was once again created by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews.

The track listing is as follows:

Limited Digipak

Disc 1
1. All The Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn’t Like You Anyway
4. On The 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things In Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within

Bonus Disc 2
1. Those Were The Days (Demo From 1988-89)
2. Eyes Like Fire (Full Version)
3. Blood Red Laughter (Acoustic Version)
4. We All Need To Be Loved (Live From Prague CZ)
5. Shadow Town (Acoustic Version)
6. Moonking (Live From Mannheim D)

Jewel Case
1. All The Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn’t Like You Anyway
4. On The 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things In Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within

One month after the release of “On The 13th Day,” Magnum will set off on a 31 date European tour from October-December 2012.

25.10. D-Berlin C-Club
26.10. D-Hamburg – Fabrik
27.10. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
28.10. D-Cologne – Kantine
30.10. D-Ingolstadt – Eventhalle am Westpark
31.10. D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
01.11. D-Bochum – Matrix (new)
03.11. D-Bremen – Schuppen 2
05.11. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
06.11. D-Augsburg – Spectrum
07.11. D-Munich – Ampere
09.11. D-Burglengenfeld – VAZ
10.11. D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
12.11. CZ-Pilsen – KD Serikova
13.11. CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Café
15.11. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple (new)
16.11. B-Vosselaar – Biebob (new)
17.11. F-Vaureal – Le Forum (new)
18.11. GB-Bristol – 02 Academy
20.11. GB-Liverpool – 02 Academy
21.11. GB-Glasgow – Garage
22.11. GB-Newcastle – 02 Academy
23.11. GB-Holmfirth – Picturedome
24.11. GB-Manchester – Ritz
25.11. GB-Nottingham – Rock City
27.11. GB-Leamington – Leamington Assembly
28.11. GB-Southampton – The Brook
29.11. GB-London – 02 Academy Islington
30.11. GB-Pontypridd – Muni Arts Centre
01.12. GB-Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
02.12. GB-Norwich – Waterfront

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British melodic rock legends Magnum are about to finish their new album “On The 13th Day,” which will be released in Germany on September 21st, in Europe on September 24th, and in the US/Canada on September 25th through SPV/Steamhammer. A single named “So Let It Rain” is scheduled for an end of August release.

It will be available as a limited digipak edition with a bonus CD featuring unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the Magnum vaults, as a double gatefold LP version with colored vinyl, and standard edition and digital download. The cover will be created once more by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).

Singer Bob Catley reveals some facts about the new album and more in a brand new video podcast, available below.

Magnum will embark on a full European tour in autumn/winter 2012 with more dates to be added. Details are as follows:

04.08. CH-Sursee – Stadthalle (Magic Night Of Rock)
25.10. D-Berlin C-Club
26.10. D-Hamburg – Fabrik
27.10. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
28.10. D-Cologne – Kantine
30.10. D-Ingolstadt – Eventhalle am Westpark
31.10. D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
02.11. D-Recklinghausen – Vest Arena
03.11. D-Bremen – Schuppen 2
05.11. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
06.11. D-Augsburg – Spectrum
07.11. D-Munich – Ampere
09.11. D-Burglengenfeld – VAZ
10.11. D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
12.11. CZ-Pilsen – KD Serikova
13.11. CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Café
15.11. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple
16.11. B-Vosselaar – Biebob
18.11. GB-Bristol – 02 Academy
20.11. GB-Liverpool – 02 Academy
21.11. GB-Glasgow – Garage
22.11. GB-Newcastle – 02 Academy
23.11. GB-Holmfirth – Picturedom
24.11. GB-Manchester – Ritz
25.11. GB-Nottingham – Rock City
27.11. GB-Leamington – Leamington Assembly
28.11. GB-Southampton – The Brook
29.11. GB-London – 02 Academy Islington
30.11. GB-Pontypridd – Muni Arts Centre
01.12. GB-Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
02.12. GB-Norwich – Waterfront

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Manowar has posted a second sneak preview from the band’s upcoming album, coming this Summer 2012. This second preview also comes from the private listening session held for a select group of journalists and fans at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands. Check out the clip below, featuring the song “Expendable.”

Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio, mixing engineer Ronald Prent, and Grammy award winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper provided insight into the making of the Manowar record, and the specific requirements in the production for a band that is world-renowned for a sound that is louder than any other band and yet equally clear and perfect.

The new album will be “everything you’ve come to know and to love about Manowar; and more,” DeMaio recently said in a press conference.

It will once again feature art by the world renowned fantasy artist Ken Kelly. Manowar will be headlining several festivals this summer, celebrating the new record and the 10th anniversary of one of “Warriors Of The World.”

Sat, June 16, 2012 — Ost Fest — Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 — Gods Of Metal — Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 — Getaway Rock Festival — Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 — Dortmunder Music Week Festival — Dortmund, Germany

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Pythia has issued the following announcement about the artwork for the band’s upcoming “The Serpent’s Curse” album:

“We are delighted that the cover artwork for our forthcoming album ‘The Serpent’s Curse’ has been created for Pythia by world renowned artist Brian Froud. Brian is responsible for design work on major films such as: The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Star Wars in conjunction with Jim Henson. He is also responsible for many best selling illustrated books and he is wildly recognized as the world’s leading fantasy artist.

“We are also excited to announce that Rock Band Network will be featuring two new album tracks in the near future, at which point the new album artwork will also be available to be viewed.

In other recent Pythia news, the band announced a special edition box set is being released for the previous album “Beneath The Veiled Embrace.” Details on the release are available by heading over to this location.

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Death metal stalwarts Morbus Chron are gearing up to unleash their upcoming new full-length album later this year via Pulverised Records. Titled “Sleepers In The Rift,” the nine-track offering was recorded in November of 2010 and produced by the band with Entombed’s Nicke Andersson. “Sleepers In The Rift” features cover art by Spanish fantasy artist Raul Gonzalez (Deceased, Abraxas et al), which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin
2. Creepy Creeping Creep
3. Hymns To A Stiff
4. Red Hook Horror
5. The Hallucinating Dead
6. Ways Of Torture
7. Dead Body Pile Necrophile
8. Lidless Coffin
9. Deformation Of The Dark Matter

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As iconic an image as any in rock history, this is one of the most arresting album covers in Kiss’ entire catalog. It’s as recognizable on a global level as the Coca-Cola logo and the golden arches. Painted by famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (who also did the even cooler Love Gun), the Destroyer album cover is symbolic of the album itself, as well as the bicentennial year in which it hit the masses.

Pitting the kabuki commandos at the fore of a fireswept apocalypse left in their wake, Destroyer was demonstrative of the sweeping changes in music as well as an American culture ready to swing instead of march. Though Kiss was climbing into a commercialized dimension of themselves in 1976 and beyond, this in-your-face attack is beautifully painted with only slightly exaggerated lines and gratuitous muscle tones to indicate Kiss is decimating the world Conan-style. Only Gene’s image seems to be taking the rampage seriously, while Paul vamps, Ace is aloof and Peter is in range rover mode, though fisticuffs at the ready. Whereas Kelly’s Love Gun cover shows a domineering Kiss standing arrogantly overtop a coven of face-painted sex slaves, this Kiss shows an intentional variation of character, as if to say Kiss knew they were larger-than-life (pun intended) and taking over the world to the tune of both a platform-shoed party and a trailing apocalypse.

All exemplified by the album itself, where the softsoap oddities “Beth” and “Great Expectations” offset some of the heaviest tunes Kiss recorded at this point like “Detroit Rock City,” “King of the Nighttime World,” “God of Thunder,” “Sweet Pain” and “Shout it Loud.” Ironically, Kiss wouldn’t get this heavy again until 1982’s Creatures of the Night. Even “Flaming Youth,” which drives largely on a massive riff, takes a sideshow slide on the chorus. If you’re going to topple the world, do it tongue-in-cheek.

Unfortunately it wouldn’t be much longer until they toppled themselves for a brief time, yet Destroyer announced the hype of its content with as much edgy bravado as Queen’s News of the World. Who didn’t have a Destroyer iron-on tee back in the day? Sadly, mine wore out quickly due to repetitive wear, but I remember the carnival at an airport where mine was created, the hiss of the steam pressing the image onto a 50 cent light blue tee. Silk screens take longer to fade, but with anything else associated with your time and place, you just can’t beat that industrial iron-on smell. For Destroyer’s purposes, it gave an illusory fragrance to the hellfire Ken Kelly pitted Kiss within.

Good times, ain’t we lucky we’ve got ’em.

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