ALMANAC – the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) – stands for a new dimension of symphonic power metal, featuring three singers Jeannette Marchewka (LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA), Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69).
In March 2016, ALMANAC unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album “Tsar”, which entered the official charts in both, Germany (#74) and Switzerland (#87), followed by a European tour along with ORDEN OGAN, as well as their own headliner tour in spring 2017.
Within the past few weeks, ALMANAC has completed the recordings of their second longplayer entitled “Kingslayer”, recorded at HeyDay Studios in Wuppertal, Germany. “Our second strike is done,” reveals guitar player Victor Smolski and explains, that “»Kingslayer« is the logical follow-up to »Tsar«, just more compact, heavier and faster. Our previous live experiences could be perfectly permitted during the recordings. The band got closer and well attuned, you can feel this unified energy within the new tracks. We took a lot of time and gave our very best. »Kingslayer« is a crafted metal album with a lively power sound!”.
“Kingslayer” will be released on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was once again created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (ACCEPT, DESTRUCTION a.o.).
ALMANAC recently played at the ‘Masters of Rock’ festival, where they presented the first two new tracks live, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Children Of The Sacred Path’. The concert will be part of the bonus live DVD, which will come along the limited first edition of “Kingslayer”.
Get “Tsar” here.
Purchase the digital version here.
Metal giants ACCEPT are set to release their 4th studio album through Nuclear Blast entitled “The Rise Of Chaos”, which will be in stores on August 4th. This will be the band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast and continues the tradition of its three predecessors – “Blood Of The Nations”, “Stalingrad”, and “Blind Rage” – with grandeur and precision.
ACCEPT have just announced the dates of their European tour, which will start on January 12th in Hamburg:
German Dates presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, Rock it, Musix, Start, Piranha, Metal.de & Wacken Radio:
12.01.18 DE Hamburg – Mehr! Theater
13.01.18 DE Filderstadt – Filharmonie
14.01.18 DE Munich – TonHalle
16.01.18 DE Leipzig – Haus Auensee
17.01.18 DE Berlin – Huxleys
19.01.18 DE Geiselwind – Eventzentrum
20.01.18 CZ Zlín – Euronics
21.01.18 HU Budapest – Barba Negra
23.01.18 IT Milano – Live Music Club
24.01.18 CH Zurich – Komplex 457
26.01.18 ES Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz
27.01.18 ES Madrid – La Riviera
28.01.18 ES Bilbao – Santana 27
30.01.18 FR Saint-Étienne – Le FIL
01.02.18 FR Lille – L’Aéronef
02.02.18 DE Saarbrücken – Garage
03.02.18 CH Lausanne – Les Docks
04.02.18 DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.02.18 NL Eindhoven – Effenaar
07.02.18 BE Antwerpen – Trix
08.02.18 UK London – Koko
09.02.18 DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
11.02.18 DK Copenhagen – Vega
12.02.18 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
14.02.18 SE Gothenburg – Trädgår’n
15.02.18 SE Stockholm – Cruise
17.02.18 FI Turku – Logomo
18.02.18 FI Helsinki – The Circus
Check out the lyric video for latest single ‘Koolaid’:
Legendary multi-instrumentalist and vocalist SNOWY SHAW (well known for his work with KING DIAMOND, DIMMU BORGIR, THERION, DREAM EVIL and more) has chosen on his birthday to unleash a new song, video and campaign: ‘Be Kind To Animals Or I’ll Kill You!’ Check out the video:
The song is part of the campaign foundation by the same name founded by Snowy and friends to help put a stop to animal cruelty. They state: “Our aim is to spread awareness and improve the conditions for all animals around the globe.
All profits will be donated to animal rights organization, shelters and rescues.
Today is a good day for a good deed – Join the Army of Snowy Shaw in Metalheads & Rockers Against Animal Cruelty.
Visit the webshop for more information. We ship worldwide.”
Snowy & The Killer Krew
The remaining members of LINKIN PARK have posted a statement, following the death of their frontman Chester Bennington last week. The post on their official Facebook page reads as follows:
Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.
Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.
Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.
Until we see you again,
Metal giants ACCEPT are set to release their 4th studio album through Nuclear Blast entitled “The Rise Of Chaos”, which will be in stores on August 4th. In anticipation of their new offering, the band have just released a lyric video for the track ‘Koolaid’. Check it out below:
Wolf Hoffmann commented on the track: “‘Koolaid’ is a well known flavoured drink and has been mixed with Cyanid by a cult leader who made his congregation drink it: men, women & children. All so everybody could get to heaven. Since then, the phrase ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ refers to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. That common fact, that people believe everything, when sold right, has intrigued me all my life. For me, being critical and alert all the time, is the key to every decision one makes. That is the main message!”
LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide, according to TMZ .
Law enforcement sources say the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
Chester was very close with Chris Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Chester wrote an open letter to Chris on the day of Chris’ suicide.
The band has had a string of hits over the years, including “Faint,” “In the End” and “Crawling.” Linkin Park crossed music genres, collaborating with Jay-Z.
The band’s album, “Meteroa,” was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history.
Bennington was 41.