18.05.18 ARMORED SAINT – “Symbol of Salvation” (Digi-CD/LP re-issue)
18.05.18 FIFTH ANGEL – “Fifth Angel” (Digi-CD/LP re-issue)
18.05.18 FIFTH ANGEL – “Time Will Tell” (Digi-CD/LP re-issue)
18.05.18 KING DIAMOND – “Abigail” (Picture Disc)
18.05.18 KING DIAMOND – “Fatal Portrait” (Picture Disc)
18.05.18 KING DIAMOND – “Them” (Picture Disc)
18.05.18 THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – “Everblack” (vinyl re-issue)
18.05.18 THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – “Ritual” (vinyl re-issue)
18.05.18 THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – “Unhallowed” (vinyl re-issue)
01.06.18 CANNIBAL CORPSE – “Bloodthirst” (vinyl re-issue)
01.06.18 CANNIBAL CORPSE – “Gallery of Suicide” (vinyl re-issue)
01.06.18 WHITECHAPEL – “This Is Exile” (vinyl re-issue)
15.06.18 LIZZY BORDEN – “My Midnight Things” (ltd. 1st ed. Digi-CD w/bonus/LP)
15.06.18 COUNT RAVEN – “High on Infinity” (vinyl re-issue)
15.06.18 COUNT RAVEN – “Messiah of Confusion” (vinyl re-issue)
06.07.18 KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – “Ecstasy” (Digi-CD/LP)
27.07.18 REDEMPTION – “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” (ltd. 1st ed. Digi-CD/LP)



REDEMPTION reveals details for new album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’

Streams first single, ‘Little Men’, online!

On July 27th, REDEMPTION will release their seventh full-length album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day‘ – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (VolbeatPrimal FearAmarantheDoro, etc.). For a preview of ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day‘, the single ‘Little Men’ can be heard now at:metalblade.com/redemption – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

– ltd. first edition Digipak-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
– jewel-case CD
– 180g black vinyl
– navy-blue/red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– transparent light blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– marine blue/green marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Art Of Loss‘, which van Dyk counts amongst REDEMPTION‘s very best, ‘Long Night’s Journey Into Day‘ is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of REDEMPTION are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss’ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to REDEMPTION. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.

Guitarists Chris Poland (MegadethOHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. When it came to backing up the music with visuals, the band once again turned to a longtime collaborator, Travis Smith, whose humbling resumé includes records by bands such as Art Of DefianceOpeth and Iced Earth.

Long Night’s Journey into Day‘ track-listing
1. Eyes You Dare Not Meet in Dreams
2. Someone Else’s Problem
3. The Echo Chamber
4. Impermanent
5. Indulge in Color
6. Little Men
7. And Yet
8. The Last of Me
9. New Year’s Day
10. Long Night’s Journey into Day

As previously announced, REDEMPTION will appear at ProgPower USA 2018, with more USA dates coming soon!

Sept. 8 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (ProgPower USA)

Tom Englund – vocals
Nick van Dyk – guitars
Sean Andrews – bass
Chris Quirarte – drums
Vikram Shankar – keyboards





LIK enters official German album charts with their new album ‘Carnage’!

To everyone´s surprise, Stockholm Death Metallers LIK have just entered the official German album charts on position 78! Congrats on that!

Comments LIK: “We all felt very humbled and happy when this news reached us. But most important is that this means one thing, death metal á la old school is still going strong!

Surf over to metalblade.com/lik to check out the videos for the two singles ‘Dr Duschanka’ and ‘Celebration Of The Twisted’. At the same location you can order the album on vinyl as well as on Digi-CD.

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of LIK, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named ‘Mass Funeral Evocation’ in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, ‘Carnage’ will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (DarkaneF.K.Ü). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, LIK has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what your hear is what you get” experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.

Carnage’ track-listing
1. To kill
2. Rid you of your flesh
3. Celebration of the twisted
4. Dr Duschanka
5. Left to die
6. Cannibalistic infancy
7. Death cult
8. The deranged
9. Only death is left alive
10. Embrace the end

LIK line-up:
Chris Barkensjö – drums & vocals
Tomas Åkvik – vocals & guitars
Niklas “Nille” Sandin – guitars & bass



King Diamond

King Diamond

KING DIAMOND: ‘Conspiracy’, ‘The Dark Sides’, ‘The Eye’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records!

On June 15th, KING DIAMOND will release LP re-issues of the classic albums ‘Conspiracy‘, ‘The Dark Sides‘, and ‘The Eye‘ via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond

You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” – King

See below for the albums’ track-listings, and stay tuned for more KING DIAMOND re-issues coming soon!

The Dark Sides track-listing:
1. Halloween
2. Them
3. No Presents for Christmas
4. Shrine
5. The Lake
6. Phone Call

Conspiracy track-listing:
1. At the Graves
2. Sleepless Nights
3. Lies
4. A Visit from the Dead
5. The Wedding Dream
6. “Amon” Belongs to “Them”
7. Something Weird
8. Victimized
9. Let It Be Done
10. Cremation

The Eye track-listing:
1. Eye of the Witch
2. The Trial (Chambre Ardente)
3. Burn
4. Two Little Girls
5. Into the Convent
6. Father Picard
7. Behind These Walls
8. The Meetings
9. Insanity
10. 1642 Imprisonment
11. The Curse


Count Raven

Count Raven

Metal Blade to re-issue COUNT RAVEN classic albums ‘High on Infinity’ and ‘Messiah of Confusion’ June 15th on vinyl!

Digitally available now!

After successfully launching the first two COUNT RAVEN albums ‘Destruction Of The Void’ and ‘Storm Warning’ on vinyl it is time to re-issue the next two albums, ‘High On Infinity’ and ‘Messiah Of Confusion’ on June 15th!

Both albums will be available on vinyl for the first time ever and have been remastered by Patrick W. Engel for the best sound quality possible and include bonus tracks (from the CD re-issues) as well as posters.

COUNT RAVEN formed in 1989 and established themselves in the worldwide Heavy Metal scene as a unique Doom band, able to deliver sadness and depth in highly emotional and heavy songs.

COUNT RAVEN – ‘High On Infinity’ Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:
• 180g black vinyl
• red orange vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 500)
• yellow ochre marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 300)
• marigold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 200)
• amber marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 200)

COUNT RAVEN – ‘Messiah Of Confusion’ Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:
• 180g black vinyl
• pale violet red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 500)
• soft lilac vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 300)
• pastel apricot marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 200)
• wine-red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 200)

Pre—Order your copies now at either EMP or at our ebay-store!

Both albums are from now on available on all digital platforms!


Monte Pitman

Monte Pitman

Monte Pittman releases new video playlist for each track on ‘Inverted Grasp Of Balance’; announces Los Angeles and New York dates

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance (2016), he once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution. Now, fans can watch a video playlist for each track on the album here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8LfIp6j3aKrlpY2mAJQnX3gu4waLTwl

Monte Pittman comments: “We are finally releasing the remainder of videos filmed for ‘Inverted Grasp Of Balance’. It started out as an idea Travis Colbert had about filming me as a project when he was with me playing my solo shows. Travis has been documenting content for the app, Bravo Tip Or Pay, that I use to sell tickets and merchandise at my shows. Don Jamieson had an idea for ‘Skeleton Key’, I had to climb up on a mountain of rocks luckily not getting eaten by a bunch of rattlesnakes for ‘Arisen In Broad Daylight’, and we filmed ‘Panic Attack’ in the certified haunted Logan Mansion. Along with the videos that have already been released (featuring Leanna Decker, Billy Sheehan, & Richard Christy), you can now watch the entire album. This completes the cycle for ‘Inverted Grasp Of Balance'”.

To finish off the Inverted Grasp Of Balance album cycle, Monte Pittman will also play shows in Los Angeles and New York next month, performing The Power Of Three (2014) and Inverted Grasp Of Balance in their entirety. See below for more details.

Monte Pittman live
June 2nd – Los Angeles, CA – Unfriendly Studios (1992 E 20th St Unit 13, Vernon, CA 90058)
* get tickets through the Bravo Tip Or Pay app [search Monte Pittman LA – $25 (or $35 cash at the door)]
June 9th – New York, NY – VNYL (100 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003)
* get tickets through the Bravo Tip Or Pay app [search Monte Pittman NY – $15 including 1 drink ticket (or $20 cash at the door)]

Stay tuned for more Monte Pittman news coming soon. To purchase Inverted Grasp of Balance, please visit: metalblade.com/montepittman

Monte Pittman online:

Harms Way

Harms Way

Harm’s Way announces “Posthuman Pacific Northwest Tour” with Soft Kill; set to join Vans Warped Tour this summerThis June, Harm’s Way will head back out on the road for their “Posthuman Pacific Northwest Tour”, featuring special guests Soft Kill, before joining the final, full cross country Vans Warped Tour later that month, with Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, and many more. See below for all dates.

“Posthuman Pacific Northwest Tour” dates
w/ Soft Kill

June 14 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
June 15 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
June 16 – Vancouver, BC – The Astoria *
June 17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
*=no Soft Kill

Vans Warped Tour dates
June 21 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
June 22 – San Diego, CA – Sdccu Stadium Lot
June 23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
June 24 – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavillion
June 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheatre
July 1 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Conter
July 3 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 5 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 6 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
July 7 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
July 8 – Houston, TX – NGR Park – Main Street Lot
July 10 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 16 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
July 17 – Toronto, ON – The Flats at Budweiser Stage
July 18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 21 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 22 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 23 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Harm’s Way will be touring in support of their new album, Posthuman. Having grown with each subsequent release, Posthuman is a devastating addition to the band’s catalog. “We’ve always stayed true to who we are and allowed the songwriting process to take shape organically from record to record, and as the band has progressed, our sound has become more refined with metal and industrial influences,” states drummer Chris Mills, while guitarist Bo Lueders succinctly sums up what people can expect when they first spin the record: “To aHarm’s Way fan, I would describe ‘Posthuman‘ as a blend of ‘Isolation‘(2011) and ‘Rust‘ (2015), but it’s sonically way more insane. To anyone else, I would simply say it’s full on heavy and full on aggression.” 

To preview and purchase Posthuman, please visit: metalblade.com/harmsway

Harm’s Way line-up:
Chris Mills – drums
Bo Lueders – guitar
James Pligge – vocals
Casey Soyk – bass
Nick Gauthier – guitar

Harm’s Way online:



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