Anvil Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: AFM Records

Anvil announced a new tour schedule this week in support of its latest album.

The band’s new tour, in support of its latest album — 2022’s Impact Is Imminent — is scheduled to launch March 31 in Providence, RI and to run through May 13 in Grand Rapids, MI. The tour also features performances in cities nationwide, such as Madison, WI; Austin, TX and Wilmington, NC.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

ANVIL’s 2023 U.S. tour dates with MIDNITE HELLION:

Mar. 31 – Providence, RI @ Alchemy
Apr. 01 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Apr. 02 – Portland, ME @ Geno’s Rock Club
Apr. 04 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
Apr. 05 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Apr. 06 – Albany, NY @ Empire Live
Apr. 07 – Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
Apr. 08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Apr. 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Apr. 14 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
Apr. 15 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern
Apr. 16 – West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Apr. 20 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Apr. 21 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Apr. 22 – Orlando, FL @ The Conduit
Apr. 23 – Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s
Apr. 27 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Apr. 29 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
May 04 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
May 05 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
May 06 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
May 07 – Madison, WI @ Crucible
May 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
May 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Legends Bar & Venue
May 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

More information on Anvil’s new tour schedule and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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Elvenking Debuts New Album’s Third Single, Video

Courtesy: AFM Records

Elvenking debuted its latest single and video this weekend.

The band unveiled its new single, ‘Bride of Night‘ and its video Friday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Reader of the Runes – Rapture, which is scheduled for release April 28 through AFM Records. The premiere of the new single and video follows those of its predecessors, ‘The Hanging Tree‘ and ‘Rapture.’

The band’s new single is a full-on power metal composition complete with keyboards and rich wall of guitars. It also features guest vocals from former Draconian vocalist Heike Langhans.

The band talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“We are proud to present our new song  and video “Bride of Night,” the statement reads. “It surely represents the more melodic side of our sound, yet dark and melancholic. We know that a lot of our fans love this side of Elvenking, so this is also a gift to you.”

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was provided in the news release announcing the song’s premiere and no lyrics were provided with the song’s video. The video tells the story of a woman apparently who has been accused of being a watch. She is made to carry a cross to a certain site, is tied to the structure and then burned alive. Some viewer discretion is advised.

In other news, the band has been tapped to join this year’s annual ProgPower USA festival. The band is scheduled to perform Sept. 6 on the festival’s first day as a replacement for for Power Quest, which recently cancelled its live schedule. Festival tickets are available here. Joining Elvenking for the festival’s first day are: Doro, Swallow The Sun, Cynic, and Ice Age.

Beast in Black, The Halo Effect, and Seven Kingdoms are among the bands scheduled to perform on the second day of the four-day festival. Among the most notable names for the festival’s third day are the likes of: Kamelot, Ad Infinitum, and Wind Rose. Tickets for Day Three are sold out, as are tickets for the festival’s final day, which will feature performances from the likes of Myrath, Unleash The Archers, and Visions of Atlantis.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below:

Day 1 | September 6
DORO
SWALLOW THE SUN
CYNIC
ELVENKING
ICE AGE

Get Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/progpower-usa-xxii-day-1-atlanta-georgia-09-06-2023/event/0E005D95F00F4C7D

Day 2 | September 7
BEAST IN BLACK
VOLA
THE HALO EFFECT
ZERO HOUR
SEVEN KINGDOMS

Get Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/progpower-usa-xxii-day-2-atlanta-georgia-09-07-2023/event/0E005D4CB6AB455E

Day 3 | September 8 SOLD OUT

KAMELOT
CALIGULA’S HORSE
GREEN CARNATION
AD INFINITUM
WIND ROSE

THE CRYPTEX

Day 4 | September 9 SOLD OUT

MYRATH
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS
DELAIN
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
EVIL INVADERS
POVERTY’S NO CRIME

Elvenking’s upcoming performance at ProgPower USA is in support of its forthcoming album. The full track listing for Elvenking’s new album is noted below.

Tracklist:
01. Rapture                                
  02. The Hanging Tree           
  03. Bride of Night                   
  04. Herdchant                           
 05. The Cursed Cavalier       
  06. To the North                     
  07. Covenant                            
  08. Red Mist                             
  09. Incantations                      
  10. An Autumn Reverie         
 11. The Repentant

More information on Elvenking’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at :

Websitehttps://www.elvenking.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/elvinking.official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/EK_Official

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Elvenking Added To ProgPower Festival Lineup

Courtesy: AFM Records

Power/folk metal act Elvenking has been tapped to join this year’s annual ProgPower USA festival.

The band is scheduled to perform Sept. 6 on the festival’s first day as a replacement for for Power Quest, which recently cancelled its live schedule. Festival tickets are available here. Joining Elvenking for the festival’s first day are: Doro, Swallow The Sun, Cynic, and Ice Age.

Beast in Black, The Halo Effect, and Seven Kingdoms are among the bands scheduled to perform on the second day of the four-day festival. Among the most notable names for the festival’s third day are the likes of: Kamelot, Ad Infinitum, and Wind Rose. Tickets for Day Three are sold out, as are tickets for the festival’s final day, which will feature performances from the likes of Myrath, Unleash The Archers, and Visions of Atlantis.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below:

Day 1 | September 6
DORO
SWALLOW THE SUN
CYNIC
ELVENKING
ICE AGE

Get Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/progpower-usa-xxii-day-1-atlanta-georgia-09-06-2023/event/0E005D95F00F4C7D

Day 2 | September 7
BEAST IN BLACK
VOLA
THE HALO EFFECT
ZERO HOUR
SEVEN KINGDOMS

Get Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/progpower-usa-xxii-day-2-atlanta-georgia-09-07-2023/event/0E005D4CB6AB455E

Day 3 | September 8 SOLD OUT

KAMELOT
CALIGULA’S HORSE
GREEN CARNATION
AD INFINITUM
WIND ROSE

THE CRYPTEX

Day 4 | September 9 SOLD OUT

MYRATH
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS
DELAIN
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
EVIL INVADERS
POVERTY’S NO CRIME

Elvenking’s upcoming performance at ProgPower USA is in support of its forthcoming album, Reader of the Runes – Rapture, which is scheduled for release April 28 through AFM Records. The band premiered the record’s new single, ‘The Hanging Tree‘ and its video last month. The premiere came a month after the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘Rapture.’

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, folk metal style composition that is easily comparable to works from the likes of Falconer, Beast in Black, and Hammer King. That is evidenced through the melodic power metal approach and sound presented throughout the song.

The band discussed the approach taken to the song in a collective statement.

“‘The Hanging Tree’ is a song that sets a violent darker tone as we dive deep into the core of the story narrated in the second part of the “Reader of the Runes” trilogy,” the statement reads. “If “Rapture” was more epic, slow paced and filled with many different shades and textures, “The Hanging Tree” is a merciless fast cavalcade that goes straight to the point with a heavy fast riffing, melodic yet aggressive vocals, big choirs in the chorus, two insane guitar solos and a folk break in the middle that our dear EK fans will definitely love. It will surely be a highlight in our forthcoming live shows.”

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single continues the story in another chapter, that was started in the band’s most recent album, according to a collective statement from the band. It seems to tell the story of a warrior walking through a forest who comes upon a giant oak. Bodies hang from the oak, apparently including that of his own daughter. The discovery has a very negative impact on him, as the story unfolds.

The song’s lyric video presents imagery that matches the story, including bodies hanging from the tree, footage of warriors’ faces and of those who hung from the tree.

The full track listing for Elvenking’s new album is noted below.

Tracklist:
01. Rapture                                
 02. The Hanging Tree           
 03. Bride of Night                   
 04. Herdchant                           
 05. The Cursed Cavalier       
 06. To the North                     
 07. Covenant                            
 08. Red Mist                             
 09. Incantations                      
 10. An Autumn Reverie         
 11. The Repentant

More information on Elvenking’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at :

Websitehttps://www.elvenking.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/elvinking.official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/EK_Official

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Elvenking Debuts New Album’s Latest Single, Video

Courtesy: AFM Records

Elvenking will release its latest album, Reader of the Runes – Rapture April 28 through AFM Records and in anticipation of its release, the band premiered the record’s latest single Friday, along with the single’s video.

The band premiered the record’s new single, ‘The Hanging Tree‘ and its video Friday. The premiere comes a month after the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘Rapture.’

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, folk metal style composition that is easily comparable to works from the likes of Falconer, Beast in Black, and Hammer King. That is evidenced through the melodic power metal approach and sound presented throughout the song.

The band discussed the approach taken to the song in a collective statement.

“‘The Hanging Tree’ is a song that sets a violent darker tone as we dive deep into the core of the story narrated in the second part of the “Reader of the Runes” trilogy,” the statement reads. “If “Rapture” was more epic, slow paced and filled with many different shades and textures, “The Hanging Tree” is a merciless fast cavalcade that goes straight to the point with a heavy fast riffing, melodic yet aggressive vocals, big choirs in the chorus, two insane guitar solos and a folk break in the middle that our dear EK fans will definitely love. It will surely be a highlight in our forthcoming live shows.”

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single continues the story in another chapter, that was started in the band’s most recent album, according to a collective statement from the band. It seems to tell the story of a warrior walking through a forest who comes upon a giant oak. Bodies hang from the oak, apparently including that of his own daughter. The discovery has a very negative impact on him, as the story unfolds.

The song’s lyric video presents imagery that matches the story, including bodies hanging from the tree, footage of warriors’ faces and of those who hung from the tree.

The full track listing for Elvenking’s new album is noted below.

Tracklist:
01. Rapture                                
 02. The Hanging Tree           
 03. Bride of Night                   
 04. Herdchant                           
 05. The Cursed Cavalier       
 06. To the North                     
 07. Covenant                            
 08. Red Mist                             
 09. Incantations                      
 10. An Autumn Reverie         
 11. The Repentant

More information on Elvenking’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at :

Website: https://www.elvenking.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elvinking.official

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EK_Official

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

‘The Legacy’ Is A Fitting Tribute To U.D.O.’s Legacy

Courtesy: AFM Records

This Friday, veteran hard rock band U.D.O. will release its latest studio recording, The Legacy through AFM Records.  The band’s third compilation set, it is the most comprehensive collection of songs from U.D.O.’s expansive catalog that the band has released so far.  That is due primarily to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly.  The songs’ production makes for its own interest and will be discussed a little later.  The collection’s average price point rounds out its most important elements, considering the content and its production.  To that point it will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered they make the collection a must have for any U.D.O. fan.

The Legacy, the new compilation from U.D.O. is a collection that truly pays honor to the band’s legacy and that of its famed front man.  That is due in no small part to the songs that make up its body.  The collection features 33 songs spread across two separate discs inside a relatively ergonomically designed jewel case.  Every single one of U.D.O.’s 16 total albums is represented here, beginning with the band’s most recent album, Game Over (2021).  The majority of the albums get two songs as the band takes audiences back through its catalog, and as an added bonus, there are even some bonus songs that were only included in the Japanese pressings of some of the band’s albums.  So to that point, audiences get a little something extra along with what is a complete career retrospective for U.D.O.  The collection goes all the way back to the band’s debut 1987 album, Animal House, simply giving audiences so much to appreciate from beginning to end.

The foundation formed by the compilation’s featured songs is strong to say the very least.  Building on that foundation is the songs’ production.  It is unknown at this point if the songs were remastered for this collection or if audiences get the original recordings here.  There is no mention of this item in the press release announcing the compilation’s release.  That aside, the production in each song is top notch. The balance between Dirkschneider’s vocals and the instrumentation from his band mates brings out the best of each musician in itself and among the group in whole.  The result is a general effect throughout the record that is certain to keep listeners fully engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  When this aspect is considered along with the collection’s featured songs, that whole makes for more than enough reason for audiences to applaud this collection.

Considering the impact of The Legacy’s content and its production, its average price point process to be worth paying.  The only major American retailers that have the record listed at the time of this review’s posting are Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  They list the record at $20.98 and $20.99 respectively.  Their prices make an average price point of $20.99.  That means that for American audiences, those two separate listings are right at the average.  Pre-orders are available through AFM Records, but only in Euros.  AFM Records lists the record at 14.99 Euros.  That is equivalent to $15.58 in American dollars, essentially making it the least expensive listing for American audiences should there be some kind of conversion.  That number brings the average price point to $19.18.  So again, the price for this collection really is not overly expensive, regardless.  That is at least at this point.  Should other retailers add the album any time soon, that could change.  Until or unless that happens, it is easy to say that the separate and average prices for this collection are just as positive to the presentation as the collection’s content.  Keeping all of this in mind, The Legacy proves to be a complete tribute to the legacy of U.D.O.

The Legacy, the new compilation from U.D.O., is among the best of this year’s compilation records and a presentation that every U.D.O. fan will welcome.  That is due in no small part to its featured songs.  The 33 songs that make up the record’s body make for a thorough retrospective of the band’s catalog.  New and long-time fans alike will welcome such an expansive presentation.  The songs’ production adds its own touch to the compilation’s presentation.  That is because of the expert balance between the songs’ vocals and instrumentations.  The balance between the two sides makes for a positive general effect. Considering the album’s content and production therein rounds out the album’s most important elements and finishes its presentation.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the collection’s presentation.  All things considered they make the compilation a solid tribute to the legacy of U.D.O.

The Legacy is scheduled for release Friday through AFM Records.  More information on the collection is available along with all of U.D.O.’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.udo-online.de

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/udoonline

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Anvil’s New LP Will Have A Mostly Positive “Impact” On Audiences

Courtesy: AFM Records

This past Friday, veteran hard rock band Anvil released its latest album, Impact Is Imminent, to the masses.  Released through AFM Records, the record is now the band’s 19th (yes, 19th) album, and came more than two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Legal At Last, which was released Feb. 14, 2020.  The album is a presentation that us certain to offer the most appeal to the band’s established audiences.  Its combined musical and lyrical content, all of which will be examined here, will also offer at least some appeal to more casual audiences.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  This item will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a presentation that most hard rock and Anvil fans will find worth hearing at least once.

Impact Is Imminent, the latest album from veteran hard rock band Anvil, is an engaging and entertaining new offering from the band.  Most of the band’s established audiences and more casual fans alike will find something to like about the record, beginning with its overall musical content.  The musical content is important to note because of the sounds and stylistic approaches exhibited in each song through said item.  From one song to the next, the musical content largely throws back to the hard rock sounds of the late 80s.  Throughout the course of the record, audiences can make comparisons to music from Motorhead more than once thanks to the specific guitar styles and vocal delivery styles.  On a separate note, a song, such as ‘Lockdown,’ with its trudging sludge style approach takes audiences in yet another direction a la vintage Black Sabbath.  The incorporation of the horns into ‘Gomez,’ the album’s opener, makes for yet another unique point of interest in terms of the album’s musical arrangements.  That is because of the contrast of the horns to the heavier guitars, bass, and drums.  Strangely enough, it sounds like a near carbon copy of ‘Teabag,’ the album’s other instrumental track.  It is difficult to decide which whether this is good or bad.  A very brief mention of the songs are made in a press release about the album, but there is not explanation as to whether the band intentionally made them sound so much like one another, as if the latter is a continuation of the prior.  Regardless, the bluesy, upbeat approach of the songs’ arrangements, set alongside all of the variety in the other arrangements makes for plenty for audiences to appreciate if only in regards to the album’s musical arrangements.

The musical content featured in Impact Is Imminent is only a part of what makes it interesting.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album make for their own interest.  That is because of the range of topics on which the songs touch, lyrically speaking.  They range from the silly to the more serious throughout the record.  The album’s lead single, ‘Ghost Shadow,’ for instance, seems to come across literally as a story about a paranormal experience while the album’s opener, ‘Take A Lesson’ is a welcome reminder to audiences to not care what others think of them.  It is a classic, timeless rock theme.  Front man Steve Kudlow leaves nothing to doubt here as he comes right out and sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Try to keep yourself from being led astray/Ignore the stupid things that people say/Back stabbing liars/How they deceive/They’re not the cure/They are the disease/When you know you’re right/Follow your heart/Never let anyone rip it apart/Take what you got till you have not/On the spot/It’s your they forgot.”  From there, Kudlow adds later in the song, a story about how he grew as a person over time, learning to use his experiences to grow, endure and improve.  It is a theme that is certain to resonate with audiences.

‘Someone To Hate’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  Kudlow gets socially conscious in this song as he sings about how divided the world has become.  That is made clear as he sings, “Divisive influence dominates one’s soul/To look for the difference/The focus and the goal/Finding the faults and looking to see bad/To incite confrontation/Arguments to be had/Social distortion/On congruence to blame/Murdering your neighbor/The pity and the shame/Revenge or vengeance/Doesn’t matter the choice/Polarized vision/You only have one voice/Someone to hate/Don’t matter who.”  This is clearly a commentary on what has happened to the world today, what with the hyper-partisan nature of America and the equally harsh divisions that are separating the world today.  It is another example of how the record’s lyrical themes are sure to keep listeners just as engaged and entertained as the album’s musical content.  The two items do plenty to make the album worth hearing and are still not all that make it appealing to the noted audiences.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

The production that went into Impact Is Imminent is important to note because of its role in the record’s general effect.  The production that went into the album ensured that each musician’s performance was expertly balanced with that of his counterpart.  The guitars cut through so clearly while the bass and drums collectively add their own richness and heaviness to the mix.  When Kudlow’s vocals are added to the mix, they are balanced just as well with the work of his band mates.  The end result of the expert production is that each song has the most powerful impact possible.  It leaves the album’s general effect just as engaging and entertaining as the record’s content.  When that content is coupled with the production, the whole makes the album overall a mostly successful presentation.

Impact Is Imminent, the brand new album from the veteran hard rock band Anvil, is a record that is sure to find plenty of appeal among the band’s established audiences and even more casual fans.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements largely throw back to the era of big riffs and even bigger hair, but still have their own identity separate from one another, for the most part.  There is the one issue with the record’s two instrumentals, but overall, the songs do each have their own identity and appeal.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album are just as diverse as the record’s musical arrangements.  They touch on serious and not-so-serious topics from one to the next, keeping things interesting along the way in their own way.  The production that went into the album keeps things interesting, too.  That is because it ensures the record’s general effect is that appealing.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Impact Is Imminent still one of the best rock albums of the year so far.

More information on Anvil’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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Anvil Announces New Summer Tour Dates

Courtesy: AFM Records

Veteran hard rock band Anvil announced a new tour schedule this week.

The band announced Friday, it will launch a summer-long tour June 2 in support of its forthcoming album, Impact Is Imminent. The album is scheduled for release May 20 through AFM Records. A vinyl release is scheduled to follow June 24. The album has already produced a single, ‘Ghost Shadow.‘

The band’s upcoming tour is scheduled to run through July 31 in Sun Chicago, IL and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Durham, NC; Sun Ukiah, CA and Boise, ID. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Anvil US Tour!

6/2 Thu Providence, RI @ Alchemy
 6/3 Fri Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
 6/4 Sat Vineland, NJ @ The Landis Theater
 6/5 Sun Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power
 6/8 Wed Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
 6/9 Thu Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag
 6/10 Fri Cincinnati, OH @ Legends Bar & Venue
 6/11 Sat Knoxville, TN @ BrickYard Bar and Grill
 6/15 Wed Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
 6/17 Fri Virginia Beach, VA @ Vanguard
 6/18 Sat Durham, NC @ Pinhook
 6/19 Sun Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
 6/22 Wed Memphis, TN @ Growlers
 6/23 Thu Oklahoma City, OK @ Whisky Nights
 6/24 Fri Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea
 6/25 Sat Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
 6/27 Mon El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
 6/28 Tue Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
 6/29 Wed Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
 6/30 Thu West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
 7/1 Fri Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amp
 7/2 Sat San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
 7/7 Thu Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
 7/8 Fri Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
 7/9 Sat Reno, NV @ Altururo’s
 7/10 Sun Ukiah, CA @ The Thirsty Axe
 7/13 Wed Seattle, WA @ Substation
 7/14 Thu Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
 7/15 Fri Portland, OR @ Dante’s
 7/16 Sat Boise, ID @ The Olympic
 7/20 Wed Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
 7/22 Fri Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
 7/23 Sat Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
 7/24 Sun Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
 7/28 Thu St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
 7/29 Fri Madison, WI @ Crucible
 7/30 Sat Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood
 7/31 Sun Chicago, IL @ Reggies

The track listing for Impact Is Imminent is noted below.

Tracklist:
 01. Take A Lesson 
 02. Ghost Shadow
 03. Another Gun Fight
 04. Fire Rain 
 05. Teabag 
 06. Don‘t Look Back 
 07. Someone To Hate 
 08. Bad Side Of Town 
 09. Wizard´s Wand 
 10. Lockdown 
 11. Explosive Energy 
 12. The Rabbit Hole 
 13. Shockwave 
 14. Gomez

More information on Anvil’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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Firewind To Join Dragonforce Tour Sunday

Courtesy: Earsplit PR

Firewind will join Dragonforce for its tour starting this weekend.

The veteran metal band is scheduled to join Dragonforce for its headlining tour starting Sunday in Denver, CO. The band’s run with Dragonforce is in support of its latest album, Firewind, which was released in 2020 through AFM Records.

FIrewind’s run with Dragonforce is scheduled to last through April 23 in Berkeley, CA and will see the band perform in cities, such as Greensboro, NC; Dallas, TX and Cleveland, OH. The schedule for the band’s tour with Dragonforce is noted below.

DragonForce North American tour dates
w/ Firewind, Visions of Atlantis, Seven Spires

Mar. 20, 2022 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Mar. 22, 2022 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Mar. 23, 2022 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
Mar. 24, 2022 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
Mar. 25, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Mar. 26, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Mar. 27, 2022 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Mar. 29, 2022 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Mar. 30, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Mar. 31, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Apr. 1, 2022 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
Apr. 2, 2022 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Apr. 3, 2022 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Apr. 5, 2022 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Apr. 6, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
Apr. 7, 2022 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Apr. 8, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
Apr. 9, 2022 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
Apr. 10, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
Apr. 12, 2022 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Apr. 13, 2022 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Apr. 15, 2022 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
Apr. 16, 2022 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Apr. 17, 2022 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
Apr. 19, 2022 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Apr. 20, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Apr. 22, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
Apr. 23, 2022 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

Also joining Dragonforce for its tour are Visions of Atlantis and Seven Spires.

More information on Firewind’s upcoming tour and album is available online along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.firewind.gr

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/firewindmusic

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Anvil Announces New Album Details; Debuts Lead Single’s Video

Courtesy: AFM Records

Veteran hard rock/metal band Anvil is scheduled to release its new album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new record, Impact Is Imminent May 20 through AFM Records. A vinyl release is scheduled to follow June 24.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video for the albums’ lead single, ‘Ghost Shadow‘ Friday.

The video is a straight forward, classic presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a pseudo-stage setting in a soundstage. The presentation is meant to represent what the band looks like on a real stage.

The song’s musical arrangement is just as familiar for audiences. The driving guitar riffs and solid time keeping pair with the vocals and bass line to give the song a powerful, welcome classic metal sound and approach.

The lyrics provided with the song’s video hints at perhaps a paranormal theme. No information about the song’s lyrics were provided in the press release announcing the song’s premiere.

The track listing for Impact Is Imminent is noted below.

Tracklist:
 01. Take A Lesson 
 02. Ghost Shadow
 03. Another Gun Fight
 04. Fire Rain 
 05. Teabag 
 06. Don‘t Look Back 
 07. Someone To Hate 
 08. Bad Side Of Town 
 09. Wizard´s Wand 
 10. Lockdown 
 11. Explosive Energy 
 12. The Rabbit Hole 
 13. Shockwave 
 14. Gomez

More information on Anvil’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

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‘Revolt’ Is Set To Help Dymytry Break Through In America’s Hard Rock, Metal Communities

Courtesy: AFM Records

AFM Records has, in the past year or so, released some impressive albums from a number of well-known acts, such as U.D.O. and its front man, Udo Dirkschneider, Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), and Firewind.  The label has also taken on so many bands that could easily become big names in their own right.  One of those bands, Dymytry, is set to release its latest album, Revolt Feb. 18.  The band’s sixth album, it has primed the band to finally break out in America.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike, as its opener/title track shows.  That song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Never Gonna Die’ is another way in which Revolt shows its strength.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘Tick Tock,’ which comes much later in the album’s run, is yet another example of what makes the album successful.  When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Revolt a powerful new statement from Dymytry and an equally powerful first impression from the band for American audiences.

Dymytry is a band that every American hard rock and metal fan should be watching.  That is proven from the 12-song record’s opening to its end through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The album’s opener/title track supports the noted statements.  The song’s musical arrangement immediately grabs listeners with its driving guitar line and steady 4/4 beat from drummer Milos Meier.  Vocalist Alen Ljubic’s gritty vocals and the equally gritty choruses from Ljubic and his fellow performers makes for an interesting, infectious effect.  The whole is a sound that is comparable to the harder-edged sound of Five Finger Death Punch and to a lesser degree, works from the likes of Powerman 5000.  The whole is a strong opener for Revolt and an equally strong first impression for audiences who may be new to the band and its work.  The aggression and energy exuded through the song’s musical arrangement does well in pairing with the song’s lyrical theme to make the song even stronger.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Revolt’ is clear.  It is a call to unity and to stand up against all the powers that be that would hold people down.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “Stand up/It’s time to stand up/Remember to speak up/Tomorrow brings another blow/And now it’s time to stand up/Even when the sun turns dark/Look at me/They call me the revolter/Same old story/That we keep forgetting/We might have lost the battle/But the war is never-ending/Deep inside our hearts/Desire for rebellion/So, rush, rush, rush, rush…Revolt/Time to get together/And face our enemies/You need to stand up/Revolt/Feels like swimming upstream/To find your destiny/No regrets/Stand up and revolt.”  This is a clear statement of defiance and pride that will resonate with any listener.  Its message of standing up against obstacles, whether they be people or something else is hardly new in the rock realm, but is still just as welcome here as from any other act.  The message continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Don’t stop/I told you don’t stop/And I won’t say it again/’Cause when the time will come/I want you to remember/The promises…I don’t wanna see you going down to hell.”  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, a little bit of the content here is difficult to decipher.  Enough of the verse is understandable though, that a relatively clear understanding is easy enough.  It is that continued encouragement to stand up together, to fight against life’s obstacles, including those people that would try to stop people from achieving their goals, whether personal or otherwise.  It is, again, a powerful statement, and when considered with the content in the song’s lead verse and in the song’s musical arrangement, is made that much harder hitting.  All things considered here, ‘Revolt’ proves itself a clear example of what makes Revolt such a strong new offering from Dymytry and an equally strong introduction for new audiences.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show the record’s strength.  ‘Never Gonna Die,’ which comes just prior to the album’s midpoint, is another example of how much the record has to offer.

‘Never Gonna Die’ is, musically, a stark contrast to ‘Revolt.’  Where ‘Revolt’ is a pure, hard-driving hard rock work, this song is more industrial in its approach and sound.  The Powerman 5000 comparison is just as prominent here as in ‘Revolt.’  At the same time, the use of the keyboards and electronics also make the song comparable to works from the likes of Crossbreed.  That pairing of influences/comparisons will keep audiences just as engaged and entertained as the more unique pairing of influences in ‘Revolt.’  The almost brooding nature of the arrangement along with its heaviness makes the composition that much more uniquely interesting.  Much the same can be said of the massively heavy breakdown that comes roughly three minutes into the song.  One cannot help but imagine guitarists Jan Gorgel and Jin Urban hitting their marks, heads down, swaying so heavily to their down-tuned breakdown as they play their lines.  It is just one part of what makes ‘Never Gonna Die’ stand out in Revolt’s bigger picture. 

The song’s lyrical content adds its own layer of interest to the song.  The seeming theme presented through this content comes across as a message of defiance and determination.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation.  The inference comes as Ljubic repeats the phrase, “I see fear in your eyes, my friend/But don’t worry/I will carry you out of the darkness again/We will not die/Take my hand…We’re never gonna die, my friend/Until the light forever fades away.”  The last part of the verse is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but from what can be deciphered, one can tell that the message is one of encouragement and support.  It reminds audiences that things will get better and to not give up.  Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation.  The song’s second, brief verse builds on that inferred theme as Ljubic sings, “We will go to a place without lies, rules, and tears/Where no questions are asked/And answers have disappeared.”  This sounds like a rather good place.  The added mention in the chorus that “We will never die/Until the light forever takes us” is another seemingly uplifting statement that is sure to resonate with plenty of audiences.  When all of this commentary is paired with the heaviness and depth in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes this song yet another clear example of how much Revolt has to offer audiences.  It is just one more way in which the album shows its strength.  ‘Tick Tock’ is yet another positive, notable addition to the album.

‘Tick Tock’ wastes no time kicking into gear as it opens.  This forward driving rocker fully immerses audiences in its body with its intense instrumentation and vocals.  The modern rock approach and the depth of the composition makes it such that it will easily appeal to so many hard rock and metal fans.  Making the song even more interesting is the way in which its energy pairs with the song’s seeming topic of dealing with mental health.

The seeming theme is inferred as Ljubic sings in the lead verse that “The past is a broken dream/The future brings fear/I’ve been thinking too much about you/I will never forget/I’m locked up in a clock/I just wanna live/I’m trapped inside/A twisting hourglass/There’s darkness in the future…I’m caught between/What was and what will be/I’m begging for salvation/Someone set me free.”  This is clearly someone dealing with so much inner emotional turmoil, and a unique way of delivering that fully relatable situation, too.  The theme continues in the song’s second verse as Ljubic sings, “I’ve been going forever further/Living in a dark cloud/I’m locked up in a clock/There’s no way out.”  This continued metaphorical reference to time past and future is, again unique, but still clear enough to understand especially when considered along with the content in the song’s lead verse and chorus.  That taken into consideration along with the energy in the song’s musical arrangement makes the song even more impacting and one more example of how much the album has to offer both musically and lyrically.  When this song and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Revolt a record that is primed to help Dymytry break out in America, given the right support.

Dymytry’s new album, Revolt, is a strong introduction for the band among American audiences.  For those more familiar with the band, it is just as certain to impress.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content.  The songs examined here all serve to make that clear.  When they are considered along with the album’s other entries, the whole makes Revolt a powerful new record that any metal and hard rock fan will appreciate.

Revolt is scheduled for release Feb. 18 through AFM Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://dymytry.cz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dymytrycz

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