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British heavy metal legends SAXON produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

Due on November 18, “Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002’s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

Check out the cover artwork below.

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Darkman of LoudGuitars.com conducted an interview with British heavy metal legends SAXON on September 15 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

“Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002’s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

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British heavy metal legends SAXON produce a series of alternative takes on classic favorites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast…and with “Unplugged And Strung Up”, SAXON‘s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

“Unplugged And Strung Up” reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic SAXON songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, U.K. earlier this year, “Unplugged And Strung Up” contains re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized versions of “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Crusader” by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. “Frozen Rainbow”, from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, while “Red Star Falling” soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, SAXON superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002’s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits “Heavy Metal Thunder”. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as “Motorcycle Man”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Dallas 1pm”, it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of “Unplugged And Strung Up” will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc “Heavy Metal Thunder”, and there will be a digital release of the same.

“Unplugged and Strung Up” track listing:

01. Stallions Of The Highway (remix)
02. Crusader (orchestral version)
03. Battle Cry
04. The Eagle Has Landed (orchestral version)
05. Red Star Falling (orchestral version)
06. Broken Heroes (orchestral version)
07. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
08. Militia Guard
09. Forever Free (re-recorded version)
10. Just Let Me Rock (re-recorded version)
11. Frozen Rainbow (acoustic version)
12. Iron Wheels (live acoustic version)
13. Requiem (acoustic version)
14. Coming Home (acoustic version)

“Heavy Metal Thunder” track listing:

01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm Of The Law
03. Power & The Glory
04. And The Bands Played On
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1pm
07. Princess Of The Night
08. Wheels Of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs To The Wall

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Chinese symphonic black metal act Screaming Savior will see its 2012 sophomore effort “Infinity” released stateside in mid-February through Metal Hell Records. The album was originally issued in February 2012 through Mort Productions. Pre-orders for the release can be had at this location.

“Started officially in Shanghai China in 2001, Screaming Savior combines a passion of astronomy, physics and dark poetry to create an epic and technical, symphonic black metal sound. The dynamics of ‘Infinity’ are virtually unparalleled in the realm of metal and listeners are in for a exciting and memorable galaxy-spanning voyage through the Infinite cosmos.

“‘Infinity’ has been re-mastered by the band for a more powerful production and includes two bonus tracks not heard on the original Chinese pressing. An orchestral version of ‘Ocean of Asura’ and an 8-Bit classic video game version of ‘Across the Boundary of Cosmos’.

“The US pressing of ‘Infinity’ features a 16 page full color booklet designed by the band with lyrics in both Chinese and English translations.”

The track listing for “Infinity” is as follows:

1. Derivation (intro)
2. Star of Fatality
3. Sanguinary Salvation
4. Wings of the Vast Sea
5. Ocean of Asura
6. Nacha the Demon
7. Pray to the Chthonic
8. Ode to the Expedition
9. Curse the Dreamland
10. Across the Boundary of Cosmos

Bonus Tracks:

11. Ocean of Asura (orchestral)
12. Across the Boundary of Cosmos (8-bit)

Check out the promo trailer (featuring a free download of a 4-track sampler) here:

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Frost Despair has revealed the cover artwork for the forthcoming album “Surreal,” which can be viewed below. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (Dimmu Borgir, Keep of Kalessin, Dark Funeral, Chrome Division). Frost Despair frontman/composer/songwriter Odommok shares the following about the new album:

“We are more deep and extreme; ‘Surreal’ use elements of different kind of classic music but is completely different from our last album. We hope people listen to this with pleasure. Hails!”

Marcelo Vasco wrote his impressions about the cover artwork: “My intention creating the Frost Despair’s cover art was to illustrate the concept of the album using elements of Surrealism, some chaotic stuff, bio-mechanic elements, nature and science in a bestial and psychological concept.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Sixth Bell
2. Creation
3. Thrones of Human Power
4. Darkly Strike
5. Genesis
6. Surreal
7. Fall into the Darkness of Illusion
8. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication
9. God’s Nightmare
10. Slaves to Superstition

Bonus
11. Thrones of Human Power (Orchestral version)
12. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication (Orchestral version)

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The release date for the W.E.B. EP “My Storm Upon You” EP has finally been unveiled as December 12th, 2012. The band also comments:

“So far we have released a video online of a rehearsal version of Blessed Blood that will be included in the EP but let us slowly reveal more about this quite controversial release. Apart from Blessed Blood, it will contain:

– brand new song ‘My Storm Upon You’
– cover song
– acoustic version of older song
– symphonic/orchestral version of older song
– industrial remix version of older song

“More to be confessed in the days to follow until 12/12/12!”

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Brazilian act Frost Despair is currently working on new album “Surreal” at Hurricane Studio, and a part of the recording process can now be viewed in the player below. Although no release date has been announced yet, Frost Despair has revealed the following track listing for the new album:

1. The Sixth Bell
2. The Creation
3. Thrones of Human Power
4. Darkly Strike
5. Genesis
6. Surreal
7. Fall into the Darkness of Illusion
8. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication
9. God’s Nightmare
10. Slaves to Superstition
Bonus
11. Thrones of Human Power (Orchestral version)
12. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication (Orchestral version)

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Heavenwood has issued the following announcement about releasing an orchestral version of the song “Sudden Scars” as a free download:

“The Heavenwood international street team in cooperation with Avantegarde MNGT are pleased to present: The brand new official Heavenwood Mobile App for ANDROID! With this app, Heavenwood fans will have the chance to listen to the band’s music, see exclusive pictures and other goodies, check out their bio and latest news updates, and share it all with their friends everywhere on their ANDROID mobile device with this free Wood Mobile App which is available for download at this location.

“To celebrate the release of the Android app Heavenwood is offering for free download exclusively through their official Reverbnation page an orchestral version of ‘Sudden Scars’, song taken from ‘Abyss Masterpiece’ and orchestrated by Russian Orchestrator Dominic G. Joutsen.

“Meanwhile, Heavenwood is back on the road in support of the highly acclaimed 4th album ‘Abyss Masterpiece’ released last year in Europe via Listenable Records and in the United States via eOne Entertainment, and will play Saturday, the 14th January 2012 at the 18th Edition Of HardMetalFest, Mangualde, Portugal, together with legendary German thrashers WITCHBURNER, and several other national acts.”


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“Memories Of A Time To Come”, the ultimate collection of BLIND GUARDIAN music from 1987 to 2011, will be released on January 20, 2012 via Virgin/EMI.

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Susperia will be releasing the 10 year compilation album “We Are the Ones” on November 11th, 2011. A teaser trailer for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The track listing for “We Are The Ones” is as follows:

1. We Are The Ones (new song)
2. Devil May Care (orchestral version)
3. The Bitter Man (orchestral version)
4. Cut From Stone (orchestral version)
5. Nothing Remains (Eurovision Song Contest contribution)
6. The Hellchild (demo version)
7. Illusions Of Evil (demo version)
8. Of Hate We Breed (demo version)
9. The Coming Of A Darker Time (demo version)
10. Behind Consecrated Walls (demo version) (previously only available as bonus track)

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