There are plenty of reasons to celebrate - like the 25th anniversary of SINISTER!
That's why they're going to release "Dark Memorials" - an album full of songs that SINISTER members loved, played on vinyl over and over and even played along with back in the days.
TL;DR - SINISTER pay tribute to some of their early heroes!
Among them are the mighty Slayer!
Go ahead and listen to SINISTER's cover version of Slayer's "Necrophiliac" here:
"Dark Memorials" was produced by Jörg Uken at the Soundlodge Studio. The cover artwork was designed by Alex Tartsus.
"Dark Memorials" features 13 songs: 11 cover songs, and 2 re-recorded songs w/ Ron van de Polder on guitars.
The limited digipak will contain a bonus DVD called "Australian Darkness" with a road movie from SINISTER's Australian tour in 2014.
SINISTER's 25th anniversary release "Dark Memorials" will be released on June 26, 2015 via Massacre Records.
STORMHAMMER: Album Track List
STORMHAMMER's 5th album will be released soon!
"Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" was mixed by Mario Lochert and mastered by Jan Vacik at Munich's Dreamsound Studio.
Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove.net) has created the stunning cover artwork.
The band has now revealed the complete tracklisting:
2. Glory Halls Of Valhalla
3. Fast Life
4. Echoes Of A Lost Paradise
6. Bloody Tears
7. Holy War
8. Black Clouds
9. Into Darkest Void
12. The Ocean
You can already listen to the new song "Bloody Tears" in its entirety here:
You have the chance to see STORMHAMMER live this year at the Out & Loud Festival, the Aaargh Festival as well as the Bonebreaker Festival, among others.
STORMHAMMER's new album "Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" will be released on June 12, 2015 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited vinyl LP.
New Signing: JADED HEART
JADED HEART was originally formed by Michael Müller, Axel Kruse, Dirk Bormann as well as the former vocalist Michael Bormann in 1990 and has meanwhile released 12 albums.
The band went through quite some line-up changes in the past and is now alive and kicking with a total of 5 band members.
JADED HEART are keen on playing live, having supported bands like Rage, Doro, Axel Rudi Pell or Shinedown in the past.
They also recently wrapped up the so called "Fight The System Over Spain 2015" tour, where they promoted their latest album "Fight The System".
Fans of heavy rock with a strong focus on melodies will surely love JADED HEART!
The band’s currently working on a new, yet untitled album that’s expected to be released next year via Massacre Records.
JADED HEART Live
18.07.2015 SE Upplands-Väsby - Väsby Rock Festival
24.10.2015 DE Hechingen - Discothek WOM (The Ranch Festival)
• Johan Fahlberg - Vocals
• Peter Östros - Guitars
• Masa Eto - Guitars
• Michael Müller - Bass
• Bodo Stricker - Drums
There's a new sci-fi death metal band in town and they're called CORAXO!
The Finnish band was formed in autumn 2013 and has already released two EPs - "Starlit Flame" (2014) and "Starlit Flame II" (also 2014) - containing an exciting new hybrid of death metal and soundcapes from sci-fi movies and TV shows.
CORAXO now aims to move melodic death metal towards a new genre, by fusing it with the ambient electro music of the 70's and taking influences from prog rock and post-black metal.
Lyrically, the themes vary from dystopian societies, oppression and brainwashing to fanaticism, philosophy and ontology. All told through their own sci-fi story universe.
CORAXO's debut album "Neptune", mastered by Dan Swanö, is expected to be released later this year via Massacre Records.
• Tomi Toivonen - Vocals, Guitars, Programming
• Ville Kokko - Bass
• Ville Vistbacka - Drums
The band, who has recently released it's second album "The Valiant Fire", has parted ways with its vocalist Per Fredrik "PelleK" Åsly.
They released the following statement:
"We're sorry to say that after 5 years together, we're parting ways with PelleK. It's a mutual decision that has been on the horizon for quite some time.
Per Fredrik has a lot going on in his life and simply can't commit the amount of time that we require from him.
As things with the band get busier and busier, we need someone who can commit a serious amount of time to the band, and Per Fredrik simply can't fulfill this duty. We remain friends out of the band and wish him all the best for the future.
Although line-up changes are difficult and can be frustrating, the future of Damnation Angels was never in doubt.
We are very excited about the next chapter for the band and glad you will all be there to share it with us."
The band is now looking for a new vocalist and stated that anyone from anywhere can apply.
Instrumental versions and lyrics for 2 DAMNATION ANGELS songs are available here.
Everyone who's interested, should record a video of him-/herself singing a song and send the YouTube link to the band - either via message on the band's fb page, via email or you can tag the band on fb if you post the video to your profile (make sure the posting’s privacy is set to public).
RONNIE JAMES Dio Tribute Out Now
Our RONNIE JAMES DIO tribute album "A Light In The Black - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio" is out now! Stream and get your copy here:
The album was recorded by Dennis Ward and produced by DEBAUCHERY mastermind Thomas Gurrath.
You can already listen to the new song "Ironlad Declaration Of War" in its entirety here:
DEBAUCHERY's new album "F*CK HUMANITY" will be available as CD, limited 3-CD digipak and vinyl LP and is set to be released on July 10, 2015 via Massacre Records!
RONNIE JAMES DIO Tribute: Track List
Our tribute to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO will be released soon!
Time to reveal the complete tracklisting of "A Light In The Black - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio", right?
There you go:
1. Crystal Ball - Sacred Heart
2. MessengeR - Kill The King
3. Gun Barrel - Evil Eyes
4. Gloryful - Heavy Metal Will Never Die
5. The Order - I Could Have Been A Dreamer
6. Metal Inquisitor - King Of Rock 'N' Roll
7. Circle Of Silence - One Night In The City
8. Burden Of Grief - Neon Knights
9. Love.Might.Kill - Stand Up And Shout
10. Rebellion - I
1. Iron Fate - Light In The Black
2. MessengeR - Don't Talk To Strangers
3. Crystal Ball - The Sign Of The Southern Cross
4. Love.Might.Kill - Hungry For Heaven
5. The Order - The Last In Line
6. Gun Barrel - Voodoo
7. Circle Of Silence - Time Machine
8. Rebellion - Kill The King
9. Gloryful - Holy Diver
10. Wizard - Caught In The Middle
Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove.net), a huge DIO fan himself, created the cover artwork.
The 2-CD tribute album "A Light In The Black (A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio)" will be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records!
MESSIAH'S KISS: New Video
MESSIAH'S KISS released their latest album "Get Your Bulls Out!" on Massacre Records in December 2014.
Now they've published the official video clip for the song "Buried Alive", directed by Andreas Luthardt!
Watch it here:
GLORYFUL: New Video
GLORYFUL recently released the video clip for the song "Black Legacy" off the band's latest alum "Ocean Blade".
The video was produced by JAEGERROT and is available here:
BLOODLOST: Track List + Video
Lovely Sion in Switzerland hasn’t only given birth to mighty Samael - BLOODLOST are also ready to leave their mark on the world of extreme metal! Their upcoming third album "Evil origins" is thrashing like a maniac!
It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Izakar (Blazing War Machine) and Sébastien Castan at Full Metal Studio in Marseille, France. Romain Vuille (Linda Photography) has created the cover artwork.
The complete tracklisting is as follows:
2. Hammer On Your Face
3. El Diablo
4. I Am Evil
5. The Doors
6. Legion From Hell
8. Bring My Bitch
9. Born From Fire
10. The Undertaker
The official video clip for "Legion From Hell" is available here:
BLOODLOST's new album "Evil Origins" will be available for an attractive newcomer price and is set to be released on May 22nd via Massacre Records.
STORMHAMMER: Artwork + New Song
STORMHAMMER are back with a new album!
"Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" will feature 12 songs and a nice mix of true power metal, speedy thrash songs and mid-tempo tracks. And yes, there will also be a ballad!
The stunning cover artwork was created by none other than Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove.net).
"Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" was recorded at SH Studio, mixed by Mario Lochert and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studio - both in Munich, Germany.
You can now listen to the brand new song "Bloody Tears" here:
STORMHAMMER's new album "Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" will also be available as limited vinyl LP and is set to be released on June 12, 2015 via Massacre Records!
CRYSTAL BALL: New Guitarist + Video
Meet CRYSTAL BALL's new guitarist Tony Castell!
He replaces Markus Flury who has decided to leave the band due to lack of time and for professional reasons.
CRYSTAL BALL stated:
"We want to thank Markus for the great time we had together and we wish him the very best for his private and professional future!
We’re very happy that we’ve found a worthy substitute: Tony «T.C.» Castell (ex-Krokus, ex-Fox). Together we’ll take the next steps forward and we’ll rock the stages of the world!"
The band also released the official video clip for the song "Paradise", directed by Jörg Hennecke (yorkproduction), enjoy it here:
The video clip for "Eye To Eye (Feat. Noora Louhimo)" is available here:
CRYSTAL BALL's new album "LifeRider" will be released on May 22nd via Massacre Records.
New Signing: HEADLESS CROWN
Welcome to the Massacre Records family, HEADLESS CROWN!
The Swiss classic heavy metal band was formed as a duo in 2011. Meanwhile, and after a few line-up changes, HEADLESS CROWN are destroying your ears and live stages as a quintet.
The band plays powerful classic heavy metal with melodic vocals, but with a modern approach and sound.
"Headless Crown is proud to have signed with the legendary label Massacre Records, and to be part of it's long history. We're looking forward to do some good work together and bring HC to the metal crowds of the world!"
HEADLESS CROWN's debut "Time For Revolution" is expected to be released later this year via Massacre Records!
• Steff Perrone - Lead Vocals
• Ced Legger - Lead Guitar
• Manu Froelicher - Rhythm Guitar
• Mack Machet - Bass
• Carlos Bensabat - Drums
Ronnie James Dio was a hero and inspiration to many musicians, such as Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Doro Pesch or Axel Rudi Pell, and rumor has it that he‘s the main reason why every metal head worldwide is familiar with the sign of the horns.
Now it‘s time for us to pay tribute to him as well: 12 of our bands covered Ronnie James Dio songs to honor this exceptional musician!
"A Light In The Black (A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio)" comes with 2 CDs with 20 songs by 12 different bands.
CRYSTAL BALL, MESSENGER, GUN BARREL, GLORYFUL, THE ORDER, METAL INQUISITOR, CIRCLE OF SILENCE, BURDEN OF GRIEF, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL, REBELLION, IRON FATE and WIZARD are all part of this project.
You can already listen to the first song off CD 1 - CRYSTAL BALL's cover version of DIO's "Sacred Heart" - here on our YouTube channel:
The stunning artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove.net), who is also a huge DIO fan himself:
"I decided to go for an old school type of hand-painted look, like the classic Dio covers, but I still wanted to keep it original. You'll find many hints and details that refer to well-known DIO themes:
The mountain has two peaks as if they were devil's horns, and of course the DIO mascot Murray is featured too, merging from the fire."
Watch out for the complete tracklisting that we'll reveal soon!
The 2-CD tribute album "A Light In The Black (A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio)" will be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records!
NOMANS LAND: Album Out Now
NOMANS LAND's new album "Last Crusade" is out now!
We're happy proud to announce the signing of JONNE!
JONNE was formed by Jonne Järvelä of Korpiklaani as a solo project which soon morphed and developed into a full band.
Wanting to do something that was musically different and away from his main band, JONNE is pure shamanistic folk music.
"An idea about the solo album struck me almost two years ago, when the early sketches of the songs begun to take shape. I immediately realised that the material wasn't going to match Korpiklaani's style. Those pieces had firmly grown on me and I wanted to release them under my own name.”
From starting out as a solo idea, it fast grew into a real band, accompanied by 9 other musicians from the Finnish folk & metal music scene, featuring members of Amorphis, Shape Of Despair, Wabanag and Oceanwake.
JONNE's s/t album is set to be released on July 24, 2015 via Massacre Records!
• Jonne Järvelä - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Violafon, Hurdy-Gurdy, Mandolin, Kantele + Percussion
• Natalie Koskinen - Vocals
• Yovan Nagwetch - Vocals, Flutes + Percussion
• Eero Haula - Vocals
• Ante Aiko - Vocals
• Pinja Lintonen / Tero Hyväluoma - Fiddles
• Toni Perttula - Accordion
• Santeri Kallio - Keyboards
• Juho Kauppinen - Acoustic Guitars
• Jussi Rautio - Acoustic Guitars
• Jan Rechberger - Drums & Percussion
• Matti Karjalainen - Upright Bass
Ready for a new song off SCHWARZER ENGEL's upcoming album "Imperium I - Im Reich Der Götter"?
The band around mastermind Dave Jason has now released the lyric video for the song "Herrscher Der Nacht" here:
You can also listen to "Gott vs. Satan" here:
"Imperium I - Im Reich Der Götter" was produced by Jan Vacik (Serious Black, Graveworm, Serenity). The artwork's been created by Matthias Bäuerle a.k.a. Season Zero.
The album, to be released on April 24th via Massacre Records, will also be available as limited digipak as well as limited box set.
TO/DIE/FOR: Album Update
TO/DIE/FOR have recently finished the recordings of the band's upcoming album "CULT" at SoundSpiral Audio in Kouvola, Finland!
They revealed that studio owner Juho Räihä will also mix and master the album. Raziel Kainen, a.k.a. Dark-Prince Graphix, is going to create the cover artwork.
Vocalist Jape and the band shared updates from the studio on the band's facebook page, so we've already learned that the final song on the album's called "End Of Tears". Another song's called "Let It Bleed".
Rumor has it, that "CULT" will also contain a cover song.
The Finns TO/DIE/FOR are set to play at the MeriRock Cruise Vol. 5 along with bands like Lacrimas Profundere or Malice In Wonderland, which is going to take place in Helsinki (FI) on September 12th.
Enjoy the video clip for the new song "Screaming Birds" here:
TO/DIE/FOR's new album "CULT" is set to be released on June 26, 2015 via Massacre Records.
THE ARCANE ORDER: Studio News
It's on, folks! THE ARCANE ORDER have entered Jacob Hansen's studio to record their upcoming album "Cult Of None"!
The band already released a few song titles that will be featured on the album: "Reviver", "Void Maker", "Sun Grave", "Hesperian", "Exo Reign", "Ahab", "Faith Eater" and "Waves Of Trance".
"Cult Of None" will feature 55-60 minutes of epic extreme metal!
It's been a bit quiet around EISREGEN - but don't worry, they're still alive and kicking!
M. Roth stated that the band and keyboarder Dr. Franzenstein, a.k.a. Franziska B., parted ways in early 2015. The spot will stay vacant and they plan to use samples live.
You are probably aware of the fact, that EISREGEN's 11th studio album is called "Marschmusik". EISREGEN are currently in the late stages of the pre-production and expect to enter the Klangschmiede E in May to record the album with producer Markus Stock.
M. Roth already revealed a few possible song titles: "Gott Der Panzer", "Leichensack", "Foltergeist", "Adlerhorst", "Panzerschokolade", "Mein Leben Auf Deiner Haut", "Blutkreis" as well as "Fleischbrand".
Yantit also stated that the album's musical direction, which he called "backwards", will surely surprise a lot of people as well as the appearance of an old partner in crime on keyboards.
Furthermore, EISREGEN plan to release a mini CD called "Brummbär" (that's how people referred to the Sturmpanzer IV) prior to the album's release.
Starting April 3rd, EISREGEN will play as special guests at selected dates of the Hatefest tour - along with their label mates Debauchery.
In 2005, Tchico (guitar, vocals) and Rob (guitar) thought that thrash metal was dying and formed BLOODLOST to do something about it! Norcrow (bass) and Nico (drums) then completed the line-up.
They released their first demo "Discover The Hell" in 2006. About 2 years later, the debut "Hellcome" followed and was presented in the course of an European tour in 2009 as well as on support gigs for bands like Destruction or Napalm Death.
In 2009, Rob left the band, Lionel was announced as new bassist and Norcrow took over the guitar.
In 2011, BLOODLOST entered the Roystone Studio to record their second album "Trashell".
As in many other bands, BLOODLOST's line-up changed during the years and in 2013 they decided to continue as a trio, after Norcrow left the band.
With a new record deal with Massacre Records and a booking contract with Red Lion Music under their belt, the future looks bright for BLOODLOST from Switzerland!
A few gigs are already scheduled for 2015, with their long-time roadie Norgrim supporting them live on guitar.
The video clip for the new song "Legion From Hell" is already available here:
BLOODLOST's upcoming album "Evil Origins" is set to be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records!
Good news for every DAMNATION ANGELS fan out there!
The band has recently released the "This Is Who We Are" lyric video, which you can watch here:
The album opener "Finding Requiem" is also available for streaming here:
DAMNATION ANGELS mastermind Will Graney about "The Valiant Fire":
»Although not a concept album, The Valiant Fire is generally about the human/warrior spirit, indomitable will and that fire inside us that pushes us to go on no matter what. It features stories of people overcoming struggles and their resilience but also stories of pain and loss too.
That's what The Valiant Fire is, it's that fire inside us that drives us to go on and to come back from anything. But Churchill put it best, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."«
"The Valiant Fire" was mixed and mastered by Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio. The stunning artwork's created by Rola Chang, aka JungShan Ink.
DAMNATION ANGELS' new album "The Valiant Fire" will be released on March 27, 2015 via Massacre Records.
CRYSTAL BALL: New Song
Your prayers have been heard! The new CRYSTAL BALL song "Paradise" is now available for streaming in its entirety here:
The band’s new album "LifeRider" was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O.). Thomas Ewerhard has created the cover artwork.
The album will feature a duet with Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo as well as guest musician Stefan Kaufmann on acoustic guitar!
CRYSTAL BALL's "LifeRider" will be released on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!
The debut album of the Norwegian dark metal powerhouse VIPER SOLFA, featuring a stellar line-up of elite Norwegian names, including Trail Of Tears mastermind and founder Ronny Thorsen, Morfeus of Mayhem and Limbonic Art fame, Sphinx (Ram-Zet, Eternal Tears of Sorrow) as well as former Trail of Tears members Endre Moe and Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow.
Recorded at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes (Tristania, Carpathian Forest) and at Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway.
Mixed and mastered at Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway by Marius Strand and Viper Solfa.
Cover artwork and layout by Marcelo Vasco (Machine Head, Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar).