On 14 October, the thrashers from HEADSHOT will release their long-awaited sixth album “Eyes Of The Guardians” on MDD Records! On this album, the guys around frontwoman Daniela Karrer will hit you with 10 neck-breaking thrash grenades for over 40 minutes. For all those who want to convince themselves in advance that the guys from Lower Saxony still know where the bodies are buried in 2022, the title track of the album is now available as a lyric video on YouTube!
In addition to the regular jewel case, “Eyes Of The Guardians” will also be released as a limited DigiPak in an TinBox edition, which will contain further gimmicks such as a signed autograph card, buttons, stickers and a stainless steel bottle opener in the album design.
The final tracklist of the album, as well as the links to the PreOrder, are enclosed!
Tracklist 01 Burned (One by one) 02 Eyes Of The Guardians 03 Scars Of Damnation 04 Ground Zero 05 Tentacular (Part 1) 06 Divide Et Impera 07 Under A Blood Red Sky 08 The Impenetrable Maze 09 Veins Of The Earth 10 Invisible
RUFFYUNZ is a partnership between Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards), Emmy winning engineer JZ Barrell, and singer Ed Terry and a collection of drum, guitar and keyboard masters. Guest artists featured on the band’s new album “RUFFYUNZ II” legendary Bobby Rondinelli who dominates the drums (Black Sabbath, Rainbow, BOC), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Dave Maniketti (Y&T), Pat Thrall (Pat Travers, Glenn Hughes, Meatloaf), Tracy G. (Dio) & Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake).
“Funky, Heavy & Tight” is RUFFYUNZ credo! Bassist Randy Pratt on bass, pedals and riffs and is best known for his work with The Lizards & Cactus. Singer Ed Terry has sung live with Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, John Oates, Sissy Houston, Slash and recorded with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Simply Red, Little Steven, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner! JZ Barrell handles recording, engineering, mixing and arranging…he earns his writing credits. Jesse Berlin is the band’s “go-to-first guitarist” usually and helps set a bedrock with embellishments.
The band’s concept is to use “known” drummers, guitarists and keyboardists as guests on their records. Once the guest guitarist has done his or her thing, Jesse trades solos with them…and he really throws down the gauntlet, as he SHREDS!!
Says Randy, “Hey folks, here’s a first look at a video for a song from our upcoming release ‘RUFFYUNZ II,’ reuniting my longtime rhythm section partner, Bobby Rondinelli on drums. We have a groovy list of guests Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy and Deep Purple for decades) on smoking Hammond B-3, Dave Maniketti on BADASS guitar, Tracy G. (Dio & WW III) on BRUTAL guitar, Joel Hoekstra from Whitesnake…AND starring in our video, Pat Thrall from the CLASSIC Pat Travers band line up, Hughes Thrall, Asia…and if you’re old AND cool enough to know the band AUTOMATIC MAN…that’s Pat! Please check out ‘Hype in My Head’ and watch for the imminent release of our new album, RUFFYUNZ II on Hyperspace Records.”
After Ukrainian metalcore unit SPACE OF VARIATIONS had to delay the release of their new album due to the ongoing war in their homeland, the day has finally come for IMAGO to meet the world, unleashed today via Napalm Records! Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for full speed when diving into the thrilling, high energy soundscapes of the outfit’s second offering.
SPACE OF VARIATIONS adds: “After a worldwide pandemic, an unjust war, two album release delays, and a lot of hoping, worrying, praying, and thinking that this album may never come out – IMAGO is finally out! This one is for our people back in Ukraine, for our friends, family, and fans. This one is for us! Hope you can enjoy the music as much as we do …”
SPACE OF VARIATIONS invaded the underground metalcore scene leaving a lasting impression that makes fans instantly hungry for more. Their unique, powerful songwriting skills exceed all expectations, fearlessly merging different genres while captivating with their futuristic style. The unpredictable and emotive atmosphere of the album reflects SPACE OF VARIATIONS’ attitude: always on a roll at maximum speed, unapologetically crashing the scene.
Their newest single, “1M followers (feat. Denis Stoff)” comes with a vicious visualizer and delivers the final jab of the album release. In the tradition of acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, the song delivers mesmerizing, punching riffs and pounding drums. In preparation of their EU/UK tour supporting Within Destruction kicking off soon, followed by an extensive North American tour with JINJER and P.O.D., SPACE OF VARIATIONS will reveal their full spectrum of pure metal energy that cannot be missed.
SPACE OF VARIATIONS on IMAGO: “The main symbolism of the album is hidden in its title – IMAGO. In entomology, imago is the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis. In psychology, it’s one of the fundamental concepts, an unconscious mental image a person has of himself, other objects of reality and his blood ties through the prism of his perception. As an insect breaks through the shell of a chrysalis to free itself from the protective cocoon surrounding it, you, too, through inner transformation can really become the new being, which, in fact, you were always meant to be. Imago = new stage, Imago = maturation.
Only in retrospect can one see the imago, which was previously hidden in the shadows. The future is being prepared in the bosom of the past and the present.
Imago is the most complete convergence with yourself that can only happen.
With this album, SPACE OF VARIATIONS are definitely moving to a new round of self-development as a creative organism.”
With his captivating debut ‘Gothic Electronic Anthems’ in 2003, GOTHMINISTER Bjørn Alexander Brem took the dark music scene by storm, unleashing a thunder of pitch-black magic. Powerful metal riffs march relentlessly arm in arm with huge orchestras and heavenly choirs, while the master himself reveals an astonishing range of vocal art: from the deepest gothic-dungeons up to the higher spheres of steaming rock. It’s the overwhelming combination of catchiness and darkness; a thrilling craft of composing within the marrow of gothic, industrial-metal and electronica, that became Gothminister’s trademarks ever since.
On October 21, 2022 Gothminister will release their new album, entitled “Pandemonium”, via AFM Records. Following previously-released singles, “This Is Your Darkness” and the haunting album title track, today the goth and industrial metal ministers have premiered a brand new video to awake your “Demons”!
“This brand new single «Demons» has a mixture of some well-known Gothminister-elements like heavy guitars, a driving rythm, growling melodic vocals and even an strange opera-lady singing,” band mastermind Bjørn Alexander Brem comments. “When I wrote this song, I pictured a weird, dark club, a dancefloor taking off, lots of freaks on it, and the main character in this setting drinking in the bar while being chased by his inner demons – evil creatures litterally coming out of his head.”
The trilogy comes to a temporary end with Gothminister ’s third music video “Demons”, as Brem explains: “In «Pandemonium» we saw the fall of the evil king and his city, and that a new king was born. «This is your darkness» seen Gothminister scouting from his watchtower while the army of dead was searching for new souls to conquer. In «Demons», we go back in time, and discover that also the evil king in «Pandemonium» had a past himself as a normal man where he is challenging the cruel magic of his precessor.
However, you should be careful fighting someone else’s demons – it may awaken your own…”
With tracks like “Devil” (Gothic Electronic Anthems 2003), “Monsters” (Empire of Dark Salvation 2005), “Darkside” (Happiness In Darkness 2008), “Liar” (Anima Inferna 2011), “Utopia” (Utopia 2013), the last single from the CD/DVD horror movie concept album which even reached the national finals of the Norwegian Eurovision contest, “Ich will alles” and “We are the ones who rule the world” which both entered the Top 10 of the German Alternative charts and brought thousands of fans together on a tour across Germany together with ASP, Gothminister has gotten a significant following all over the world through the years. New album, “Pandemonium”, will make no exception. Slated for a release on October 21, 2022 via AFM Records, you can pre-order your copy at THIS LOCATION!
This Is Your Darkness
GOTHMINISTER Artist Line-Up: Bjørn Alexander Brem „Gothminister“ (Vocals) Eirik «Blodøks» Øien (Bass) Glenn «Icarus» Nilsen & Ketil «Turbo Natas» Eggum (Guitars) Christian Svendsen „Chris Dead“ (Drums)
GOTHMINISTER Live: Nov 12th Oslo, Parkteateret (NO) with many more to follow!
Irish Viking Metal/Norse Pagan Rockers REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS – fresh from their successful “Final Declaration: Northern Tour 2022” with Polish titans VADER and HATE all across Scandinavia – have issued their tour recap!
Ren Marabou shared: “What an unbelievable experience we had on the Final Declaration Northern Tour of Scandinavia 🤘🏻🔥 This picture of us and Vader backstage at Plan B in Sweden pretty much sums it all up. For two weeks we had the pleasure of sharing the tour bus with Vader, Hate, Thy Disease, The Noctambulant and the Creative Music crew. All of whom are super cool mighty men who made us feel very welcome. A bunch of great guys with incredible talent and incredible work ethics. Myself and the Berserkers would like to thank all the awesome bands and the amazing Creative Music crew for everything. We’d also like to thank all the venues and their staff for looking after us so well. A huge shout out also goes out to our own crew, Management and Label for all the hard work behind the scenes and getting us on the road. Oh and thank you Dominik Prykiel for letting me use your badass guitar rig, much appreciated Brother 🤘🏻🔥 Loads more content from the tour to come so have an awesome day Heathen Tribe 🛡⚔️🔥”
Show photos below from DROSKAN Umeå 📸 by Niklas Dyrelius
In addition, just recently SAGAS Metal Podcast Episode #34 with its host Corban Skipwith reviewed the great REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS 2022 Album “Tales of Rune”, released on July 1st via United Music Mafia, available now on all platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and United Music Streaming 🔥🤘🏻!
Watch the video review here:
“Tales of Rune” is the Trilogy along side ‘Valhalla Waits’ and ‘SAGAS’, ‘Tales of Rune’ is their most riff filled, head banging, anthemic and energetic album to date. This cranked up Norse Mythology themed album will have you filling your mead drinking horns, and readying yourself for battle. This new album also features vocals by Berserker Cass and Berserkers Tyr on the track ‘Bragi’ (God of Music). All recorded, mixed and mastered in Meadowbank Studios Donegal 🤘🏻🛡⚔️🔥
Hailing from the Emerald Isle and based in the hills of Co.Donegal these Irish Viking Metal/Norse Pagan Rockers, REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS, deliver their own take on this powerful genre with a high energy stage show and anthemic, contemporary stylings. Endorsed by Cassidy Guitars, Skull Strings, Fishsticks drum sticks and Iron Age Guitar Accessories. Signed to United Music Mafia and Managed by Split Screen Management.