​​​Keeper Magazine

Canada's STRIKER will be unleashing their fifth studio release on Friday, February 24th via their own independent label Record Breaking Records. The self-titled album continues the band's classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80's hair metal that features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads. Featuring 9 shredding tracks that's all killer and no filler, the album follows their award winning (Western Canadian Music Award + Edmonton Music Award) 2016 release 'Stand In The Fire'. Teaming up with Loudwire.com, STRIKER is excited to present the exclusive full album stream.

On March 24th, Blood Divisions - a collaborative project of heavy metal musicians with proceeds going to Rock and Rescue - will release their new EP, Cardinal One, via Metal Blade Records. Featuring cover songs of classic tracks as well as original material, Cardinal One can be pre-ordered at: metalblade.com/blooddivisions - where the album track and cover version of UFO's "Hot 'n' Ready" can be streamed. 

Founded by core members Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE), David Austin (Nasty Savage), and Ed Aborn (Intersonic Cyber Symphony), Blood Divisions features a roster of supporting musicians who are current or former members of bands such as Obituary, Death, Nasty Savage, Six Feet Under, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach, Deicide, Massacre, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more. The result is a mixture of classics injected with new energy and original music in the mold of Florida's heavy metal roots. 

 New ballads album "The Ballads V" out April 21st, 2017 -

- Digital single and video for "Love's Holding On" feat. Bonnie Tyler out March 31st, 2017 -

In January 2016, just after its release, his most recent studio album "Games of Sins" entered the charts in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic and for the first time in the UK. Now Bochum-based guitar izard AXEL RUDI PELL has announced the arrival of his next offering: "The Ballads V" is set to hit record stores and digital platforms on 21st April 2017 via Steamhammer/SPV.In true PELL tradition, part five of his successful ballad compilation series features a smooth balance between the past six years and some brand-new songs.

On March 10th, Nova Collective (featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic) will release their debut album, The Further Side, via Metal Blade Records. Nova Collective's music can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans. For a preview of The Further Side, a full band play-through video for the new single, "Ripped Apart and Reassembled", can be viewed at: metalblade.com/novacollective - where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats: 
--Black 180g LP
--Clear-red marble LP (limited to 200 copies!) 
*digital options are also available! 

Kansas City metal hybrid HYBORIAN illustrate a perfect equilibrium of rich concept and catchy, heavy riffage with their debut album, Hyborian: Volume I, hitting stores on March 17, 2017 via KC-based label The Company. Hyborian: Volume I is available for pre-order now via www.thecompanykc.com. iTunes pre-orders will go live on March 3, with "Maelstrom" as an instant grat track.


 On March 10th, Evocation will celebrate their return to death metal with the stunning new full-length, The Shadow Archetype! While honoring their Swedish death metal roots, The Shadow Archetype also adds thrash metal elements to their addictive, heavy sound. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, Evocation has now released the 2nd (and final) video with excerpts from the studio and in-depth explanations from guitarist Marko Palmen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-miqOLbG_mQ 

To view part 1 of the making-of-video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auNOIFAW9MI 


AFM Records US Release Schedule

January 20th 2017
Firewind- Immortals CD
Nightmare- Dead Sun CD
Burning Point- The Blaze CD
Words Of Farewell- A Quite World CD
January 27th 2017
Borealis- World Of Silence MMXVIICD
Vanishing Point- Tangled In Dream CD (Re-Issue)
February 3rd 2017
Vanishing Point- Embrace The Silence CD (Re-Issue)
February 10th 2017
Mors Principium Est- Embers Of A Dying World CD
February 17th 2017
Crystal Viper- Queen Of The Witches CD
February 24th 2017
Bloodbound- War Of Dragons CD
Pyogenesis- A Kingdom To Disappear CD
Helion Prime- Helion Prime CD
March 3rd 2017
Danko Jones- Wild Cat CD
March 31st 2017
Sinner – Tequila Suicide CD


Boston MA’s INTOXICATED RAGE are one of the leading lights of the New England heavy metal scene. Influenced by Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Motorhead, and Black Sabbath, vocalist and guitarist Giuseppe Mellone announces in a statement of intent these heavy hitters are “here to kick your ass.”

Unleashing their 2016 EP 'Patient Zero Boston', INTOXICATED RAGE has 2017 lock and loaded with the upcoming release of their first full length ‘Kill The King’ featuring roots in traditional heavy metal and thrash.

The band is now streaming the first single, the album's title track at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKJMglSKJxY 


The alternative metal band, Bonesteel premiered their music video “Epitome of Infamy” on New Noise Magazine- http://newnoisemagazine.com/video-premiere-bonesteel-epitome-infamy/


This Friday (February 24th), Armored Saint will release their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act - not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer - until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.  


San Diego, CA (February 15, 2017) - The color-crazed carnage continues with Alan Robert's The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book!  Pre-orders are available now at:  http://amzn.to/2l3iDT6 


Slagmaur's Thill Smitts Terror continues where they left off with 2009's critically acclaimedVon Rov Shelter left off, delving more and more deeply into the disturbing world that Slagmaur conjures up by combining modern and classical instruments with children’s nursery rhymes and fairy tales. It is a world where classically constructed melodies blend seamlessly with aggressive black metal to create a nightmare scenario straight from the pit of Hell. Art, as well as music, is an integral part of the whole that is Slagmaur - from the sinister masks and costumes the band wears onstage, to the disturbing images used in the artwork for the albums.


Lousiana Southern Metal/Sludge outfit ELECTRIC AGE teamed up with Echoes And Dust to premiere their upcoming new album.

“Sleep of the Silent King” is available here.

Orders run here.


THE UNITY is the new group founded by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehré (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar). Richter has been part of the Hamburg power metal outfit for some twenty years, while Ehré's CV includes - prior to his joining the Gamma Ray fold in 2012 - renowned names such as Firewind, Uli Jon Roth and Unisonic, to name but a few. THE UNITY have spent almost 18 months working flat out on their first album, scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on May 05th 2017. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict a bright future for this band.


Relapse Records is excited to announce the vinyl reissue of DEATH’s legendary, fourth album Human! The reissue will be available as a standard single LP and a limited edition deluxe 2xLP boxset. The deluxe version has been packaged into a super limited (500) vinyl box set containing the full Human album remastered on the first LP plus a bonus 2nd LP featuring instrumental studio tracks and demos and is housed in an exclusive jacket with expanded art. The box set is accompanied with an album art slipmat, a 22” x 22” album art poster and a 8.5” x 8.5” magnet sheet containing all of DEATH’s iconic album art and logos.

Pre-order here:


GRUESOME Announce New EP ‘Fragments Of Psyche’; Share New Song

Listen here:


Physical pre-order and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION.


JOHN FRUM: Mysterious New Project Announced from Current and Former Members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, John Zorn, etc.


Obituary Unveil New Track “No” via Decibel Flexi Series

Listen here:

Death metal legends OBITUARY have unveiled “No,” a new track recorded exclusively for the Decibel Flexi Series. 2017 will mark the first year in Decibel history that each band on the tour has recorded a song for the series

KING WOMAN Share New Track “Shame” Via NPR

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European juggernauts Dreamshade have returned with a guitar playthrough of "Oceantides" from their 2016 album, Vibrant.


In Vibrant, their seminal work, Dreamshade reflects upon relationships of all kinds. The band recognizes the effects that familial relationships, romantic relationships, and long-lasting friendships have upon one’s life. Recognizing that shifts in those relationships can either strengthen or weaken a person, the new record is a call to learn and grow from inevitable change. Showcasing their technical musicianship, this playthrough of "Oceantides" is a testament to the band's undeniable talent.


Dreamshade - "Oceantides" Guitar Playthrough (Exclusive Gear Gods Playthrough Premiere):









Like the main gallows and gibbet in Paris, France for which it’s named, two-man Uzbekistani doom/death metal project MONTFAUCON resonates with historic tales of violence and upheaval, exploring the implications and consequences of emotional turmoil, aggression and fear. Drawing from elements of death metal, black metal, progressive doom and symphonic metal, the band’s debut full-length, Renaissance is a majestic, eclectic and musically diverse portrait of darkness, desperation and barbarism that presents a new perspective on the ever-shifting landscape of extreme metal.
Renaissance is out today and features mixing and mastering from death metal veteran Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Katatonia). The album is available now via Bandcamp.

 Demon Hunter and Loudwire have teamed up to premiere the video for "Died In My Sleep" from the band's eighth album Outlive, which drops March 31 through a partnership with Solid State Records.

Confirmed for the fest is the following line-up:
(day line-ups and set times will be revealed at a later date)     

Weekend pass available for $120 CAD regular pre-sale with camping included in ticket price. Weekend of festival, the weekend pass will be $160 CAD at the festival gate. Day pass will be available at the festival gate only for $70 CAD. Camping is an additional $20 CAD for day pass per night. Please visit the following link for details and purchase: https://armstrongmetalfest.ca/tickets/ 

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Cocaine Moustache
Dahlmers Realm
Dead Quiet
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Drop Dead Fred
Exit Strategy
Eye of Horus
Galactic Pegasus
Gladius Sky
Planet Eater
Serephic Nihilist
Tales of The Tomb
The Avulsion
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