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The Dead XIII Return! New Album ‘Dark Days’ To Be Released In February 2018



All killer, no filler UK metallers The Dead XIII, have just announced that 2018 will see a brand new studio album release.  Entitled ‘Dark Days‘, the album continues the vicious onslaught found on the band’s debut album Catacombs (2015) and raises the bar in every way imaginable.

The Dead XIII interspersed life on the road with writing and recording the album throughout 2017, bringing a greater sense of maturity and experience to the song-writing. Thematically, Dark Days shifts the focus to more psychological horrors, where the real enemy is not seen, not just lurking in the shadows, but in the shadows of your mind.  February 2018 will see Dark Days for everyone, are you ready?

The band are also running an Indiegogo campaign to allow fans new and old to be part of the album’s release. With various cool perks on offer this will be the only platform to include pre-orders of ‘Dark Days’ in CD format. You can support the band and the release of ‘Dark Days’ at

Check out ‘Daemons’ from their previous album ‘Catacombs’. 


About The Dead XIII

Having exploded onto the North West UK’s music scene in 2013, The Dead XIII came to national attention in the Summer of 2015 with their debut full length album Catacombs being acclaimed by both fans and the UK rock music press. 

Since then, they have headlined or taken part in numerous highly successful tours with bands such as Doyle from The Misfits, Farewell, My Love, Ashestoangels and Griever just to name a few. The Summer of 2017 saw them invited to headline the Indomitus Stage at Scotland’s Wildfire Festival, as well as an appearance at Macmillan Festival in Nottingham. Most recently, The Dead XIII headlined The Bloodlines Tour with City Of Ashes across the UK, culminating in a traditional Halloween show in their hometown of Manchester.

2018 represents the start of the next chapter for The Dead XIII, and it promises to be a thrilling ride. 


The Dead XIII are:

Kurt Blackshard – Vocals
Ste Mahoney – Lead Guitar
Symon Strange – Guitar / Synth
Paul Ryan – Bass
Spike Owen – Drums


Find The Dead XIII online:

Official Website



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Australian Legends LORD To Release Epic Live At PROGPOWER USA Video And Album



In late 2016, LORD was invited to play the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This show was professionally filmed and recorded and now it’s available to download or stream.

The epic live performance will be released Digitally and available for physical pre-order date on Monday, 4 December 2017. The CD will be available/delivered on Monday, 5 February 2018. The downloads/pre-orders and all information will be available from and

LORD mainman LT explains: “It was a great honour being asked to be a part of the ProgPower USA show, and it’s fantastic that we had the opportunity to have it recorded so we could share this with our fans who were unable to make it there in person. We definitely live in a post-Netflix/Spotify streaming world where physical media and even downloads to a degree are becoming less common. With HD TVs being very much the norm now, and 4K TVs being more affordable than ever, putting a DVD quality show out when HD or 4K content is the expected content these days felt like a big rip-off to the fans, and anyone who has followed along with our career so far will know that we pride ourselves on always giving the best quality content we can.”

He continued: “We opted to take a leaf out of the Netflix book for the video and offer a full HD version of the show via Vimeo, both as a stream you can rent and as a download you can purchase, which includes a bonus tour documentary. Audio-wise, full lossless quality downloads are available from our store, along with iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and, of course, streaming via Spotify. As someone who grew up in the age of physical media, I absolutely get the fact that people would want to get a CD of the show, so we’re also offering a pre-order for a limited edition live album CD which includes several new and unreleased LORD tracks to sweeten the deal while you wait.”

Concluded LT: “We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did playing it. As you’ll see, we had a great time on stage and the crowd were loud and proud and the true stars of the video!”

LORD is essentially a continuation of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running melodic metal acts. The band has a long history of international touring with the likes of QUEENSRYCHE, HELLOWEEN, SAXON, ICED EARTH and NIGHTWISH just to name a few, and a large back-catalogue of music both under the LORD and DUNGEON banners. A new LORD studio album is due to be released in 2018. 




1. The Dreaming

2. Freedom

3. Netherlife (Black Roses Die)

4. Set in Stone

5. Redemption

6. Tarranno del Mar

7. Resurrection

8. The Legend of Huma

9. Through the Fire

10. Footsteps in the Sand

11. Creeping Death (Metallica cover)







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FU MANCHU To Release 12th Album ‘CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE,’ On Feb 9TH And Announce European/American Tour



December 4, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Southern Californian hard-rock legends FU MANCHU have announced plans to release their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. The upcoming record will be their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. Additional details and pre-orders will be announced soon. Follow the band at for additional updates.


In addition to the album news, FU MANCHU has also announced a world tour in support of the record. Dates are listed below.


Clone Of The Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute 8 second, side long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH. Heavier than anything they’ve ever done and broken into 4 distinct sections, it’s new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990. 


The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.


“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico,” says founding guitarist, Scott Hill. “We think it’s some the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex (Lifeson) play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.”  


The album was recorded and produced by FU MANCHU and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley CA and will be released worldwide for streaming and on vinyl and CD on the band’s own AT THE DOJO RECORDS. FU MANCHU is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar) Bob Balch(Guitars), Brad Davis (Bass) and Scott Reeder (Drums and Percussion).



Track Listing:

  1. Intelligent Worship (3:08)

  2. (I’ve Been) Hexed (2:48)

  3. Don’t Panic (2:05)

  4. Slower Than Light (3:26)

  5. Nowhere Left To Hide (4:19)

  6. Clone Of The Universe (2:58)

  7. IL Mostro Atomico (18:08)



FU MANCHU 2018 Tour Dates:
9.Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
10.Feb – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
2.March – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
3.March – Hengelo, Netherlands – Metropol
5.March – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
6.March – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
7.March – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
8.March – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
10.March – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi
11.March – Riga, Latvia – Meina Piekdiena
13.March – Warsaw, Poland – Poglos
14.March – Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007
15.March – Vienna, Austria – Arena
16.March – Budapest, Hungary – A38
18.March – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
19.March – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock
20.March – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
21.March – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
23.March – Hamburg, Germany – Markhalle
24.March – Cologne, Germany – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
25.March – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
26.March – Leuven, Belgium – Depot
27.March – London, England – 02 Academy Islington
1.May – Phoenix, Arizona – Rebel Lounge
3.May – Dallas, Texas – Curtain Club
4.May – Austin, Texas – Barracuda
5.May – Houston, Texas – White Oak
7.May – Atlanta, Georgia – Vinyl 
8.May – Raleigh, North Carolina – Kings
9.May – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11.May – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Underground Arts
12.May – New York, New York – Bowery Ballroom
13.May – Boston, Massachusetts – Brighton Music Hall
15.May – Cleveland, Ohio – Grog Shop
16.May – Columbus, Ohio – Ace of Cups
17.May – Detroit, Michigan – El Club
19.May – Chicago, Illinois – Bottom Lounge
22.May – Denver, Colorado – Streets of London Pub



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Eternal Helcaraxe Release Second Track ‘The Healer And The Cross’ From Their Forthcoming Album ‘In Times Of Desperation’



Cavan based Black metal titan Eternal Helcaraxe have released a second track from their forthcoming album ‘In Times Of Desperation’. I don’t have the embed code for the previous track ‘The End Of All Things’ so hit up the link below if you enjoyed this track. 

This band are one of the best Black Metal acts in this country without debate or doubt. They also put on a brilliant live show! 

Two songs in and we are now of the opinion they may be about to unleash their finest work to date. A bold statement as they have always produced incredible music. From what I’ve heard to now, it sounds like they have created their own sound and vibe. The full album will tell the story of course, but it’s looking very positive! 

They said. 

‘Healer and The Cross’ is the second preview track from our upcoming album ‘In Times Of Desperation’! Available Dec 29th.

Track available and album pre order at the following links in 3 different formats: digital, CD and A5 formats.
Preorder here:…


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Liam & Dave From Sixth Extinction List Their Favourite Pantera Songs As Darrell Lance ‘Dimebag’ Abbott’s Anniversary Nears



On December 8th the great Dimebag Darrell’s life was cut short by a crazed gunman who apparently blamed him for the split of legendary band Pantera. Those who know the real story are well aware the band came to an end due to Phil and his personal demons brought on by agonising pain and refusal to get back surgery. The man feel deeper and deeper and with no contact at this point, Darrell and his brother Vinnie went on to form Damage Plan as they just wanted to stay on the road playing heavy music. 

An interview with a mentally fragile Phil probably didn’t help by saying Darrell should be severely beaten. The last words he ever spoke about his longtime friend, and without doubt haunts the man to this day! 

On Saturday December 9th, Damage Inc. Galway are holding Galways first ever remembrance night and Sixth Extinction are the headline act. The band like many of their age group were of course heavily influenced by the great Pantera and today we bring you Liam and Dave’s personal choices of songs that resonated with them to the most. 



 5 Minutes Alone

One of the first songs that got under my skin from Pantera. I was in a band a ling time ago and we used to cover Pantera songs. This was the second one we did. And i couldn’t get enough of it. Loved it from day one and still do. Its a powerhouse!


A New level

The first song we covered!! The song caught hold with an epic riff and wouldn’t let go. A proper neck breaker! Really enjoyed playin this one!


Cemetery Gates

An amazing song. Nobody can deny that i think, a vocal display of pure mastery!! Just shows how diverse Pantera were, they were dialled in with each other and everything they touched was gold!


Suicide Note pt 1

Love this one. Diving deeper into Phils head after his problems, puts it on his sleeve and embraces it with this solid beauty of a song! A quality delivery all round. Atmospheric and potent.


Drag The Waters

This one got me with its grit. The song is just dirty with crunch! Never gets old! Too many huge songs to pick from but this is worthy of making the cut! For anyone that hasn’t heard it. Listen to it and you’ll understand!




Cowboys From Hell

What got me into Pantera was the home videos ,by the time this song comes on ,you are already a lifelong fan . The first thing that struck me about the band from this song / vid is that they didn’t take themselves too seriously ,which you don’t see a lot of bands doing . An absolute beast of a riff to introduce the band too. 



A pure example of less is more in the riff department . A couple of notes can become a signature song just like that. Its still an absolute belter!



I’m Broken 

When I was able to afford my first big stereo ,that was the song I tested it on .. and it survived , that’s quality control right there ! One of the many songs full of riffs to make anyone start Tim Allen grunting , a great simple video to go with it too , a band in its prime enjoying itself .



Immortally Insane 

This would be considered dark and atmospheric by Pantera standards , that’s awesome slow grooving riff really holds it together , you get an impression of where Pantera could have headed musically .




No Pantera list would be complete without this absolute belter on it ! A perfect mix of thrash and groove crammed with riffs and with a savage outro (on the same par as Sepultura’s Dead Embryonic Cells)


That concludes the lads list. I think you’ll agree they are excellent tracks and hard to argue with these choices. Even if another track was mentioned? There’d be many, many more to consider such was the quality of the bands output! 






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Swedish Extreme Metal Band ‘Bitch Hawk’ Unveil New Music Video For Single ‘Death!’



What do you get if you cross a hugely successful songwriter who has written hits such as Icona Pop’s “I Love It”, an internationally renowned jazz guitarist, a highly skilled drummer and the singer of from ‘Satan Takes A Holiday’? Bitch Hawk!, that’s what!

Bringing together such diversity has created an explosive, aggressive and relentless musical landscape nestled somewhere in the extreme-metal sonic range while keeping it all distinctly punk.  Death! pulls no punches, being the second taster from the up-coming self-titled ‘Bitch Hawk’ full-length release (5th Jan 2018), this is 2 minutes and 11 seconds of pure frenetic energy.

For the video, the band tried to find a visual representation of the track, finally resting with a montage of Electroboom’s misadventures from Youtube, check out the video below.



Pre-Order the full length release ‘Bitch Hawk’ – Gatefold Vinyl version

About Bitch Hawk

Take one of Sweden’s most respected jazz guitarists, a billboard songwriter from the Swedish songwriting wonder, an established rock singer and a ska drummer, and you get, perhaps unexpectedly, the hardest rock you’ll hear this year. It’s like somebody had too much coffee. It’s tractor pulling fuzz guitars and stiff boned drums. It’s neo-thrash-, punk-, hardcore-, sludge-, speed-metal. It’s the perfect blend of Beastie Boys and Bathory.

Patrik Berger, the bass player, is a well-known songwriter to big stars like Lana Del Rey and Charli XCX. Among the numerous hits’ he’s written notable tracks include “I Love It” for Icona Pop and “Dancing on My Own” together with Robyn. Andreas Hourdakis, the guitarist, is a well known Swedish jazz guitarist that plays international shows in Magnus Öström’s (E.S.T) band and just released a well-received solo album as Andreas Hourdakis Trio. The singer Fred Burman also sings in the band ‘Satan Takes A Holiday’. On drum, we find Henrik Holmlund.

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Bitch Hawk are:

Fred Burman – Vocals
Andreas Hourdakis – Guitar
Patrik Berger – Bass
Henrik Holmlund – Drums

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