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TERRIFIER will play songs from its Weapons of Thrash Destruction album at this year’s Deathmas Festivus in Vancouver, Canada on December 15th at the Rickshaw Theatre. The hometown thrashers will play alongside NYLITHIA, THE MOUNTAIN MAN, EVILOSITY and more. The event is a charity fund raiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Dividing its base between Italy and Slovakia, thrash metallers BULLET-PROOF have released an album called Forsaken One through Sleaszy Rider.

Germany’s-based GOAT OF MENDES has an album called Hagzussa – Riding The Fence through Witches Brew.

GRAVE and drummer Ronnie Bergerstål have parted ways.

BRIDGE OF DIOD’s Of Sinners And Madmen album is out through Sliptrick Records. The band plays thrash metal.

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has signed SCAPHISM and issued Unutterable Horrors album for the band.

THE CROWN has re-signed to Metal Blade Records for a multi-album deal. The band has completed an as-yet-untitled album at Studio Fredman, which will be issued this season.

Slovakia-based RADIATION has an album called The Gift Of Doom through Witches Brew. Despite its name the band plays thrash metal.

Ukraine-based black metal band THREE EYES OF THE VOID has signed with the Mexican label Diabolus Productions. The Moment Of Storm EP will be released soon.

Australia-based thrash metal band MASON supported ANVIL on its Melbourne show on November 11th. MASON has a demo called Impervious.

Yet another project: TROIKADON is the new project featuring three singers, namely Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE and DEATH), Karl Willetts (MEMORIAM and ex-BOLT THROWER) and Dave Ingram (ex-BOLT THROWER and HAIL OF BULLETS). Also in is Rogga Johansson (who is dozens of projects) on guitar, Jonny Pettersson (WOMBBATH) on bass and Travis Ruvo (CROPSY MANIAC and ECHELON) on drums. The band is shopping a demo called Triumvirate Of Death.

The new line-up of MALEVOLENT CREATION is founding guitarist Phil Fasciana, singer and guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger (IMPERIAL EMPIRE), bassist Josh L. Gibbs and drummer Phil Cancilla. The band is working on a new album for 2018.

Slovakia-based STERCORE has an album called Eternal Sunlight out through Slovak Metal Army. The style is described as deathcore.

Australia-based death metal band ETERNAL TORMENT has a demo called Blind To Reality.

Finland-based black metal band ABHORDIUM has a demo called Omega Prayer.

LEGION OF WOLVES’ Bringers Of The Dark Sleep was issued on November, 17th through Metal Scrap.

AZZIARD’s Metempsychose album is out through Malpermesita. The band’s style is black metal.

DARK FUNERAL has lost drummer Nils “Dominator” Fjellström to “personal matters” and recruited EVOCATION’s Jalomaah.

Transvestite Danica Roem, who is the singer for thrash metal band CAB RIDE HOME, was elected to the Virginia House Of Delegates on Tuesday November 7th on the Democratic ticket. She became the first transgender person elected to a U.S. state legislature.

TRIBULATION will release a new album, called Down Below, in January 26 through Century Media Records. There will be a seven-inch EP, called Lady Death, issued on December 22nd.

Canada-based KATAKLYSM have signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. The band’s next album is called Meditations.

USA-based death metal band AKEPHALOS has an album called Headless Demon Angel through Immortal Souls Productions.

Hungary-based black metal band NOCRUL has a new demo and it is called Eye Of Terror.

Solitude Productions has issued doom/death metal band LUNA’s Swallow Me Leaden Sky album. The band is based in Ukraine.

DISCIPLES OF POWER’s Mechanikill album of 1996 has been reissued CD through Poizon Records.

Norway-based VECORDIOUS has a demo called Anthropogenic Deterioration. It was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö.

Finland-based MASK OF SATAN has a demo called Silent Servants – Chants Of Lovecraftian Horror.

MYSTIC PROPHECY will release a covers’ album, called Monuments Uncovered, on January 12 through Massacre Records. The band covers DONNA SUMMER, ELTON JOHN and others.

DAY OF ERRORS, featuring original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, was forced to cancel its West Coast USA tour in early December after the man ended up in the hospital with heart problems.

USA-based THE LAST OF LUCY is back with a new demo, Ashvattha. It features elements of death metal with jazz, etc.

The New England, USA-based thrash metal band DRIVE-BY BUKKAKE released a new demo, called Crucial Loads, exclusively on vinyl last month. This vinyl is limited to 100 copies and comes with MP3s.

Season of Mist has signed HORRENDOUS. The USA-based death metal band shall release its fourth album through Season of Mist.

PROTEST’s full length album The Invisible Hand was released on Sound Of White Noise Records on November 10th.

The two members of the Romanian/German Black Metal band THE WAKE, known as XII (guitars, bass and programming) and V (vocals and lyrics) will be featured on the comeback album of German melodic death metal band NIGHT IN GALES, The Last Sunsets. XII is a full-member and V is a guest.

Brazil-based thrash metal group WORSIS has posted a lyric video for the track Sisyphus, which is off the Blinded By The System demo, which was released this past September. It was recorded at Black Stork Studio with producer Thiago Caurio (ASTAFIX).

Aural Music has issued Eigengrau, which is the fourth studio release from orchestral/death/doom metal band RISE OF AVERNUS, and Belgium-based SLOW’s V – Oceans, which is a doom metal release.

The Netherlands-based MORVIGOR has a demo called Tyrant. The band claims to be black and death metal, but have inspiration from pop groups.

BRODY’S MILITIA’s Early Days album is out through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on December 15th. The 60 tracks on the album include cuts like The Devil Rides Shotgun, Coffee Fueled Killing Spree, Punk Rock Porn Shop and I Wanna Be A Poser.

Black metal band THROAAT has a demo called Reflections In Darkness.

Inspired by KEEL? EXHORDER is back and has signed a management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA). The line-up features founding members singer Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella, as well as bassist Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) and Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, etc.) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. The band is planning 2018 shows.

Guitarist Santiago Dobles, who plays on the upcoming Hadeon album, has left PESTILENCE and been replaced by Calin Paraschiv who plays in NECROVILLE with the band’s drummer, Septimiu Hărşan.

BEHEMOTH was joined by former members Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski and Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko for the December 14 and 15 ‘Merry Christless’ shows in Warsaw.

Finland-based ANTIPOPE has a demo called Denial/Survival.

Slovakia-based DEHYDRATED has an album called Resurrection. The band plays death metal and is on Immortal Souls Productions.

MAUSOLEUM’s Cadaveric Displays From The Funeral is out through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions this month.

Brutal Death metal band VORACIOUS SCOURGE has an EP, called Our Demise, through Immortal Souls Productions in January. The band features members of SUTURE, Adrie Kloosterwaard of SINISTER and SUFFOCATION drummer Mike Smith.

Slovak Metal Army has issued DOGMA INC.’s Blacksun Flowers and BRUTE’s Henchman albums.

RIMFROST’s A Clash under The Northern Wind is an 11-minute long single out through no Serviam Records. The song will also appear on the band’s next album.

Technical death metal band XENOSIS has a demo called Devour And Birth.

Portugal-based DISAFFECTED has an album called The Trinity Threshold through Chaosphere Recordings.

Sweden-based black metal band GRIMTONE has its debut album called Memento Mori out through Rockshots.

SYNAPSE DEFECT will issue a demo called Quantitative Easing.

EMP, the label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson is relaunching Combat Records, which in the ‘80s and ‘90s was one of the bigger thrash metal labels and worked with MEGADETH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, etc.

MYR has recruited drummer Luca Zamberti (ONYDIA) and guitarist Raffaele Borgi.

Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-lence will feature musicians from TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MORDRED, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN and VIO-LENCE play only VIO-LENCE material. The band existed between 1985 through 1992. The show is a benefit for VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian who is diagnosed with liver Cirrhosis.

Thrash metal band PERPETRATÖR has an album called Altered Beast through Caverna Abismal.


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LARS ERIC MATTSSON‘s Sand And Blood album is out through Lion Music. The album ends with a new version of the 1987 song Can't Go On Without Your Love and the ballad Still Here Waiting featuring Adrienn Antal on vocals.

PRIMAL FEAR is at the studio working on a next album, called Apocalypse.

TNT has recruited Spanish man Baol Bardot Bulsara as its new singer. The line-up opened for SCORPIONS in Norway.

Norway-based hard rock group BIG CITY has signed with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. The band features members of SCARIOT, BLOOD RED THRONE, WITHEM, MARATON and MEMORIA AVENUE. BIG CITY's next album and its Wintersleep release will be released, as a double CD, by the label next spring.

Henry Metal V, the new demo by, HENRY METAL is out now.

Shadow Kingdom has issued HAUNT’s (U.S.) Luminous Eye, NUPRAPTOR’s The Heresiarch and LUCIFER'S HAMMER’s (Chile) Victory Is Mine.

MAGICK TOUCH’s Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire is out this month through Edged Circle Productions.

CRADLE OF FILTH will tour North America this March and April with support from Ukraine-based band JINJER.

HUMANASH’s Reborn From The Ashes album is out through Jolly Roger.

UK-based MILLENNIUM has a demo called Awakening. The band was originally founded in 1982.

Spider Rock Promotion has announced a new EP for MALET GRACE, entitled Humanocide. It is due in early 2018 and will follow the debut album Malsanity of 2017.

Hungary-based DREAMGRAVE has an album called Monuments I. - The Anxious. The band’s style is described as progressive and neoclassical metal.

The “female fronted progressive power metal” band VANDROYA has a music video for The Path To The Endless Fall, the second single from its new album Beyond The Human Mind. The album is available through Bickee Music in Japan.

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of the Australian boogie rock band AC/DC, has died at the age of 64. He was suffering from dementia and a stroke for the past three years. He follows his brother George who died last month.

Another project: three members of DOKKEN have reunited in a new project called SUPER STROKE. The band, which also features former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason, is working on new material. LYNCH MOB is lead by George Lynch of DOKKEN and now SUPER STROKE.

UK-based hard rock band DEEVER has issued its second single, All Come Running. This is the second track from the as yet unnamed upcoming album.

POISON PILL, with Snowy Shaw on session drums, has released its debut on Sliptrick Records It is the first part of a trilogy.

ATROCITY will release a new EP, called Masters Of Darkness, on December 8th through Massacre Records. The EP comes in advance of the Okkult II album, which will be released in 2018 through Massacre. The band recently re-signed with the record company.

SWITCHBLADE JESUS and FUZZ EVIL have a split 7” called Chapter 7: The Second Coming Of Heavy through Ripple Music this month.

CREMATORY is at the studio working on a new album entitled Oblivion, which will be out on April 13th through SPV/Steamhammer. The band is again working with producer Kristian Bonifer at the Kohlekellerstudio.

Self-cover version: Napalm Records is issuing ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol) on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 album plus the original The Crimson Idol movie on DVD and Blu-ray. The music has been rerecorded and lyric reworked to better reflect singer Blackie Lawless’ vision. The release will feature four omitted songs originally intended to be part of the album.

"Legacy Of The Beast" world tour is the name of the 2018 European tour of IRON MAIDEN. There are some forty shows planned. The band previously announced an end to extensive touring.

USA-based power metal group SONIC PROPHECY will release the Savage Gods album through Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018.

Quest for even more cash: KISS has once again signed up with Sixthman to set up The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail from USA on October 31st, 2018.

FREEDOM CALL singer Chris Bay's first solo album, called Chasing The Sun, is out through Steamhammer/SPV in February. ICED EARTH will conduct a European tour in January with support from FREEDOM CALL and METAPRISM.

ICED EARTH will tour North America in late February. Support on the shows will come from SANCTUARY and KILL RITUAL.

MANOWAR, which announced in 2016, it is on a farewell tour, has a new drummer. Marcus Castellani made his debut on November 15th in Norrköpping, Sweden replacing Donnie Hamzik, who returned to the group in 2010. A reason was not offered. Joining the recent trend bassist Joey DeMaio will embark on a The Blood Of The Kings spoken-word tour in November 2019.

The Germany-based heavy metal band INNER AXIS has released a second video, for All Is One, taken from the new album We Live By The Steel, which was released through Fastball Music/Soulfood Music Distribution.

GUS G. has signed with AFM and will issue a solo album in April.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will release a new album, called No Cross No Crown, on January 12th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The latest farewell tour is on (again). OZZY OSBOURNE will embark on a two-year Farewell World Tour beginning 2018.

IRON SAVIOR will release a self-cover album of rerecordings called Reforged - Riding On Fire on December 8 through AFM Records.

UNTO THE WOLVES is a US-based religious rock/metal band whose demo is called Year One. The solo project has “one goal in mind, to inspire tolerance and acceptance of all races, religious beliefs, and cultures.” All lyrics are inspired by a religious tome such as the Koran, Bible and the Book Of Mormon.

THE HOWLING VOID’s The Darkness At The Edge Of Dawn and CIRCLE OF SALT’s Suffer The Cold album are out through Avantgarde Music.

Side project label Frontiers has signed CORELEONI, a new project by GOTTHARD guitarist Leo Leoni who will cover his own music. He has recruited Ronnie Romero (LORDS OF BLACK and RAINBOW) on vocals, Jgor Gianola on guitar, Mila Merker on bass and Hena Habegger on drums.

LABYRINTH, which had its reunion show at Frontiers Metal Festival in Trezzo Sull'Adda on October 30th, 2016 playing Return To Heaven Denied in its entirety for the second time ever, will see the recording released a CD and DVD this January through Frontiers.

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