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VERONICA FREEMAN’s Solo Debut ‘Now Or Never’: New EPK Available

Frontiers Music Srl will release “Now Or Never”, the debut album from BENEDICTUM singer Veronica Freeman‘s solo project THE V, on July 3 in Europe and July 10 in North America.

A new EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the CD is available below.

THE V marks a major step out of Veronica’s comfort zone, since it delves into a definite melodic hard rock vibe.

An impressive array of talent has stepped up to assist THE V in creating her solo project on many levels. The list includes Pete Wells, Aric Avina and Rikard Stjernquist of BENEDICTUM, Michael Sweet (STRYPER), Garry Bordonaro (THE RODS), Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X), Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Leather Leone (CHASTAIN), Jerry Dixon (WARRANT), Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Mick Tucker (TANK), Jordan Ziff (AGE OF EVIL), Derek Kerswill (UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW), Peter Tentindo (VENUS MARS PROJECT), John Herrera, Ryan Greene, Kenny Lewis, Meliesa McDonell, Michael Harris , Mel Brown and John O’Boyle.

Veronica comments: “I had a lot of input and encouragement from Frontiers to try and stretch myself with different musical styles and approaches. It was great to be able to work with Pete Wells writing some of these songs too. So it was a no-brainer to accept their proposal for a solo album. I am a bit nervous and beyond excited!”

Says Frontiers in a press release: “Be prepared! If you thought Veronica was just a heavy metal amazon, you’re going to be proven dead wrong! This is a massive melodic hard rock record with some great lead vocals which show a lot of the original influences that brought THE V to be one of the most well know and recognized voices in the current metal scene!”

“Now Or Never” track listing:

01. Again
02. Now Or Never
03. Roller Coaster
04. L.O.V.E.
05. Line In The Sand
06. Love Should Be To Blame
07. Kiss My Lips
08. Spellbound
09. Starshine
10. Below Zero
11. Ready To Run
12. King For A Day

A trailer for the album is available below.

“Now Or Never” recording lineup:

* Veronica Freeman – Lead vocals
* Leather Leone – Duet vocals on “Kiss My Lips”
* Tony Martin – Duet vocals on “King For A Day”
* Meliesa McDonell – additional vocals on “Star Shine” and acoustic guitar
* Derek Kerswill – drums
* Jeff Pilson, Mel Brown, Garry Bordonaro, Aric Avina, John O’Boyle and Mike LePond – Bass
* Pete Wells, Michael Sweet, Peter Tentindo, Jim Durkin, Mick Tucker, Jordan Ziff, Michael Harris – Guitar

“Now Or Never” was produced by John Herrera except for the song “King For A Day”, which was produced by Kenny Lewis, and “Love Should Be To Blame” and “Again”, which were produced by Michael Sweet.



THE AGONIST exclusively streaming new album EYE OF PROVIDENCE at Revolver!

Montreal-based five-piece metal outfit THE AGONIST are set to release THE EYE OF PROVIDENCE on Tuesday February 24th in North America.  The band has joined forces with Revolver Magazine to bring you a stream of the entire album!

Continue reading THE AGONIST exclusively streaming new album EYE OF PROVIDENCE at Revolver!

NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ Album In March

Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful, on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band’s longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Continue reading NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ Album In March

RITI OCCULTI stream new album at Zero Tolerance Magazine; Pre-Orders announced

Today, Italian blackened doomsters RITI OCCULTI stream the entirety of their self-titled album at Zero Tolerance Magazine’s website!

Originally released in 2012, Nordavind Records is set to unearth this remastered and reissued edition on 23 February 2015. Pre-orders are available right HERE for €10 only with free shipping worldwide! Continue reading RITI OCCULTI stream new album at Zero Tolerance Magazine; Pre-Orders announced


We’ve got news for you folks, Servant To The Fire is one of the most intense, brutal, volatile, [insert additional adjectives here], releases you will have heard all year.
Those not prepared for it will get a fist in the face and a boot up the ass upon first listens to the jarring sounds of Cyhyraeth. Unrelenting aggression through thick ‘n’ rubbery bass lines, guitars that slash and stab in several directions at once (yet somehow come together to form lethal structures), and drumming that will crumble your home’s foundation.
Images of violence are conjured through the band’s sonic vitriol at every turn; a recurring image one of a torrential downpour of jagged guitar shards and severed limbs. You will not walk away unscathed from sessions spent with the album.


BUTCHER BABIES’ Cover Version Of NAPOLEON XIV’s ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ Available For Streaming

butcherbabies2014promo_638Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled “Uncovered”, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
02. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
03. Don’t Give A Fuck
04. Crazy Horses
05. Pussy Whipped

BUTCHER BABIES‘ cover version of NAPOLEON XIV‘s “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” is available for streaming below.

BUTCHER BABIESCarla Harvey (vocals) comments: “It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them.

“We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat…”

BUTCHER BABIESHeidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: “As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents’ albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That’s when I came across ‘Crazy Horses’ by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it’s still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah.”

In regards to BUTCHER BABIES‘ cover of THE OSMONDS“Crazy Horses”, Donny Osmond comments: “When we released ‘Crazy Horses”, we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that’s what music is about. Now…What if I had recorded ‘Puppy Love’ like this?”

To pre-order “Uncovered”, please visit ButcherBabiesOfficial.com.

Shortly before the release of “Uncovered”, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the U.S. The band will end their tour playing at this year’s Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.


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Wormholedeath Signs Zephyra For Release Of Debut Album “Mental Absolution”

zephyragruppbild3Swedish melodic metal act Zephyra signed on with Wormholedeath/Aural Music for the release of the debut full length album “Mental Absolution.” The record was produced by Jonathan Mazzeo. No firm date for the album has been set as of yet, but expect to see it worldwide by year end. Zephyra was formed in 2011 and released two EPs: “First Blood” in 2012 and “Kämpaglöd” in 2013.

The band commented: “We are very thrilled to announce that we have signed a deal with the great label Worm Hole Death. The collaboration is strong, and started in the beginning of last year. At that time we began working on the pre productions of the songs for ’MENTAL ABSOLUTION’, our debut album. The opportunity to work with a label as eager and committed as we are, feels like a deal of a lifetime. MENTAL ABSOLUTION’ is recorded and produced at MathLab Recording studio, and mastered at The Grid, by Christian Donaldson (who currently is working on the new album for ’The Agonist’). For the graphics we´ve had the honor to work with the talented Sanver Studios. We´re glad to have all these professionals around us, and excited to see where this collaboration takes us!”

Wormholedeath commented: “It is no more a secret that I have a big admiration for the nordic attitude and general talent. Zephyra is one of these examples: committed artists, realiable human beings with wide vision and loyal behavior. These guys showed me their integrity during this year of hard work together so I am absolutely proud to announce their signing with our label. The record has be supervised for long time by me and Jonathan and now you all can check the amazing results out just by listening to Zephyra’s amazing music. These guys worked so seriously on the whole project and I am sure that you all out there are able to understand the huge value of this combo. Support Zephyra, they absolutely deserve your attention.”

The track listing for the album is:

1. Imprisoned Queen
2. Forced Family
3. Not Without My Scars
4. Lies and Deceit
5. Emotional Surgery
6. Kiss the Abyss
7. Schizophrenic Sanity
8. Atychiphobia
9. Mandatory Meltdown
10. Release My Anger
11. In My Veins
12. Undone

Zephyra Metal Absolution