2014

TVCJanuary: New year, new sound!

After the final breath of the previous year was concluding in a versatile sonic retrospect with the re-releases of ANTHRAX, COMMINIC, SUBWAY TO SALLY and HELLOWEEN, 2014 kicks off with the debut of Icelandic newbies THE VINTAGE CARAVAN. Despite their average age of not even 20, the Álftanes-based trio has dedicated itself the Classic Rock and Psychedelic, as displayed on »Voyage«, which is released on January 20, 2014.

A full treatment for eyes and ears is available on »Monsters Of Metal Vol.9«, also out on January 10, 2014. With an overall duration of more than 200 minutes through all genres, this DVD/blu-ray has everything a metal heart is craving for.

Chrome Division Three years after their last sign of life, Norwegian Doomsday Rock’n’Rollers CHROME DIVISION are finally back. The band with DIMMU BORGIR’s Shagrath puts out »Infernal Rock Eternal«, successor to their »3rd Round Knockout« on January 17, 2014.

Close to the end of the month, things are getting a bit more melancholic with Finnish Pop fairies INDICA. With »Shine« front lady Jonsu and her fellow band members deliver a truly sparkling music gem and this almost four years after their last output »A Way Away«. All that’s left to hope for is that INDICA will soon make us shine with their appearance!

Mayan Meanwhile DORO Pesch set up with another striking encounter, as a guest of the big ARD Boxnacht on January 25. Together with her band the blonde rock singer performs her hit ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ as the entrance hymn for champion and titleholder Marco Huck.

Profound and socially critic is how Dutch band MAYAN presents itself on their second effort with the suitable title »Antagonise«. Main topic of the record that is out January 31, is the current state of society with all its lies, false pretense and nationally controlled espionage under the banner of terror defense.

Grand Magus Swinging that hammer as stable as ever, Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS have their new release called »Triumph And Power« also out on January 31 2014. Not even a full year passed since their last march of triumph »The Hunt« - with »Triumph And Power« vocalist/guitarist Janne „JB“ Christoffersson, bassplayer Mats „Fox“ Skinner and drummer Ludwig manage to easily tie on the success of their previous album and have been voted album of the month in both German issue of Rock Hard and Metal Hammer.


February:

Kicking off the second month of the new year, the latest creation of Swedish powerhouse GRAND MAGUS, the epic »Triumph And Power« turns out the be a true chart-hunter. The successor of their 2013-output »The Hunt« achieved the following entries: #21 in Germany, #26 in Finland, #36 in Austria, #59 in Switzerland, #129 in the UK and #192 in Belgium. These are the best chart results ever for GRAND MAGUS in these countries.

BehemothFirst release of February is the highly anticipated new BEHEMOTH-record »The Satanist«. After previously unveiling two of the nine album tracks in late 2013, »The Satanist« takes fans and critics world-wide by storm, seeing the band featured on a total of 18 (!) magazine covers, among those leading publications, such as British Terrorizer and Swedish Close-Up Magazine. To top things, »The Satanist« entered the global charts, cracking the Top-Ten in Finland and Germany.

Blues PillsBeing praised not only for composing timeless bluesy Rock, but for also for their relentless and overwhelming live shenanigans, it seems almost like a natural call for Örebro-based BLUES PILLS to capture some of the action for all eternity. The »Live At Rockpalast«-EP contains four songs from their largely acclaimed show at Crossroads Festival in Bonn in October 2013. »Live At Rockpalast« comes right in time as a tidbit before BLUES PILLS will embark on an extended headlining tour on April 01. and finally release their full-length debut.

SepulturaAlready on the road and facing a true success are legendary Brazilian Metal icons SEPULTURA. Presenting their latest offering »The Mediator Between The Head And The Hands Must Be The Heart« to the European audiences, the band announces their shows in London, Dublin, Bristol, Glauchau and Zlin to be completely sold out.

The good news at Nuclear Blast won’t stop, as Swiss Folk Metal band ELUVEITIE has been nominated for a Swiss Music Award in the category Best Live Act National, chosen by an official jury. For the first time, fans were able to help – one of the three nominees has been voted into the finals via MBudget Wildcard. Here also ELUVEITIE made it into the final three acts.

TherionConcluding the month, Nuclear Blast holds a double-package for all fans of Symphonic Metal with the release of both the brand-new DVD »Adulruna Rediviva And Beyond« and a re-issue of the classic »Theli« by Swedish genre masters THERION.

»Theli« was the fifth studio album of THERION, being released on August 1996. The successful album features THERION’s legendary hit 'To Mega Therion' as well as the outstanding 10-minutes epos 'The Siren Of The Woods' and the hymn 'Cults Of The Shadow'. It features two different choirs and a.o. Dan Swanö from EDGE OF SANITY as a guest singer.The double live DVD (+ bonus DVD), limited edition Digipak called »Adulruna Redivia And Beyond« features two amazing shows, recorded live in Atlanta in 2011 and in Budapest 2007.


March

CarnifexThree months is the charms or what’s that saying?

With their fifth studio record and Nuclear Blast debut, San Diego-based death metal outfit CARNIFEX is giving early spring a real killer start titled »Die Without Hope« that is released on March 07, 2014., making it the first of the month.

Same day, different country: Swiss folk metal leaders ELUVEITIE have been awarded with a Swiss Music Award as “Best Live Act National”. The decision was made by a highly competitive fan voting and marks the very first time ever for a metal band to receive this honor. Furthermore ELUVEITIE entered the Swiss New Sound Studio again to work on the successor of the 2012 creation »Helvetios«, once again teaming up with legendary producer Tommy Vetterli.

The ExploitedA genuine threesome comes from UK punk legend THE EXPLOITED, who put down some kick-ass attitude with the re-releases of the classic records »Beat The Bastards« (1996), »Fuck The System« (2003) and »The Massacre« (1990). All three special album editions come as an enhanced digipack featuring exclusive bonus material.

Another legendary and pioneering metal band has returned: German metal quintet HELLOWEEN is back on track as part of the global Nuclear Blast Family and also celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014. Right after their appearances on the European summer festival circuit, including German Rock Harz Festival in July, HELLOWEEN will enter Mi Sueño Studio on the island of Tenerife together with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR) to record a new studio album for an early 2015 release.

Sonata ArcticaThe final output of the month comes from Finnish powerhouse SONATA ARCTICA, as their fifth studio album »Pariah’s Child« hits the stores on March 28, 2014. The highly anticipated creation sees the band receiving some of the most outstanding media coverage of its carrier.

Concluding March, German epic metal heroes EQUILIBRIUM say farewell to founding members Sandra Van Eldik (bass) and Andreas Völkl (guitar). This however will have no effect on the upcoming new EQUILIBRIUM album called »Erdentempel«, set for a release on June 06, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.


April


Tuomas HolopainenFrom farewell to freak out within a blink of an eye: Finnish thrash metal powerhouse LOST SOCIETY get things going in April with the release of a most entertaining and polarizing video on the title track of their brand new album »Terror Hungry«. The bands’ second attempt is also the very first publication of the month and out on April 04, 2014 – just two days after the notorious visual creation.

The second release in April also comes from the land of the thousand lakes, but ranges at the other end of the heaviness scale. The solo-debut of NIGHTWISH mainman & keyboardist TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN called »The Life And Times Of Scrooge« is out on April 11, 2014. The record in the vein of a motion picture soundtrack is based on the graphic novel by Don Rosa, who even contributed the entire album artwork.

Lost SocietySeems that April is becoming much of a Suomi celebration, as both SONATA ARTICA and LOST SOCIETY are entering the charts! Well-established act SONATA ARCTICA charted on #1 in their native and also achieved the following international positions:
Switzerland: #13, Czech Rep.: #16, Austria: #30, Germany: #31, Sweden: #50, Netherlands: #52, Spain: #78 and UK: #127.

LOST SOCIETY are just in for the sophomore turn and landed on a smashing #6 of the Finnish charts. Congratulations to both bands!!!

Third one to be out in April is the highly anticipated new EDGUY album. »Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown« is released on April 18, making it number ten in the EDGUY band history.

SlayerWith the end of the month slowly approaching, we got the REAL BIG NEWS to spread: As of April 24, 2014 Nuclear Blast officially announces the signing of none other than SLAYER!!!

After 28 years of working together with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, the thrash metal heroes decided to get a fresh start. All future recordings will be featured on the band's own, yet unnamed label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

Another fresh start comes from Swedish metal SABATON that is entering a new level of fan-band-interaction with its very own smartphone App. To kickstart the App, everyone who will download it now, will be able to listen to ‘Resist And Bite’ from the upcoming album »Heroes« prior to its release. The App can be found by searching for “Sabaton” on Appstore or Google Play, and it’s 100% free!

EdguyThe final two releases of the month are out on April 25, 2014: DEVIL YOU KNOW are in with their debut »The Beauty Of Destruction« and another first-timer comes from Southern metal youngsters ANTI-MORTEM and is called »New Southern«.

Seems that the good news just don’t end for Nuclear Blast, as the new EDGUY record »Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown« takes the German Top Ten by storm, entering on #2 of the official German charts. Furthermore the band cracked the pole position of the UK Rock Charts and for the first time ever entered the UK album charts on #82. Additional chart positions are: Czech Republic (#8), Finland (#12), Switzerland (#13) Austria (#27) and Sweden (#28). Congratulations!


May

Killer Be KilledKicking off the new month with a forceful female-double, both the highly anticipated new EPICA album »The Quantum Enigma« as well as the anniversary release »Raise Your Fist (30 years anniversary edition)« of Germany’s very own Metal Queen DORO are out on May 02, 2014. In honor of her 30 years stage jubilee, DORO performed two separate yet unique shows on May 02, 2014 and May 03, 2014 at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf.

A real accumulation of well-established musicians comes in form of the newly formed band KILLER BE KILLED, who released their eponymous debut-record on May 09. This Metal gathering features Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA).

EpicaJust two weeks within its release, »The Quantum Enigma« by Dutch Symphonic Metal pioneers EPICA reaches high chart entries around the globe: #04 in the Netherlands, #11 in Germany, #14 on the Sweden Rock charts, #17 in Switzerland, #26 in Finland, #30 in Austria, #36 in Belgium, #38 in France, #53 in the UK, #62 in Spain and #110 in the USA. Congratulations!

More celebratory news come from Montreal based Death Metallers KATAKLYSM: The band just took home the award for “Metal Artist/Group or Duo of the Year” at this year’s installment of the SiriusXM Indie Awards. Congratulations on this success!

EquilibriumTaking it with the old German saying “All new in May”, German Epic Metal heroes EQUILIBRIUM introduce their new lead guitarist Dom R. Crey, who steps in for the former string slinger Andreas Völkl. The new EQUILIBRIUM album »Erdentempel« will be released June 06, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarists Andy Sneap and Kev Bower from British Metal pioneers also HELL engage themselves in a good cause to raise money for Nordoff Robbins, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline – three fantastic UK charitie. The guys are cycling 259km – yes, 259km - from London to the Download Festival in the UK, participating in the ‘Heavy Metal Truants’ annual heavy metal charity bicycle ride: www.heavymetaltruants.com. To raise even more money for this, HELL are selling several unique pieces from their history. You can hit the special sale merch site by visiting www.facebook.com/hellofficial.

RageOne of the last releases of May comes from German Heavy Metal masters RAGE are currently celebrating their 30th band anniversary. To share this achievement with their fans, the trio put out »The Soundchaser Archives«, a 30 track compilation, plus bonus DVD on May 23 via Nuclear Blast.

More lineup shifting comes from BLACK STAR RIDERS, who announce the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza after the band’s current US tour, ending June 22nd and the arrival of new bassist, Robbie Crane. Marco, a founding member of BLACK STAR RIDERS, has decided to pursue other projects after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (formerly of RATT, VICNE NEIL and LYNCH MOB).

RageConcluding the month, there are three releases out on May 30, 2014: UK Metalcore powerhouse BURY TOMORROW have their third and highly acclaimed full-length creation »Runes« in stores. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER offer a full double-album with their latest attempt »Tief.Tiefer«, presenting their Metal face on the first part and their soft side on the second part of this release. A real in-your-face smasher comes from Polish Death Metal legends VADER, as they unleash their impatiently anticipated new album »TIBI ET IGNI«!

And last but not least, Swedish Heavy Metal fivepiece SABATON hit the global charts with their latest record »Heroes«, which is out on May 16 2014 and reached fantastic chart entries all around the world – including #1 in Sweden, #2 in Finland, #3 in Germany, #4 in Czech Republic, #6 in Poland, #7 in Switzerland, #11 in Austria, #13 in Norway – and many more! Congratulations!


June

NailsBlasting off June with a brutal addition to the global NB family: Southern California-based four man hatecrew, NAILS, have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment to release their as-of-yet-untitled third album. This rabidly anticipated full-length is tentatively scheduled to be unleashed upon the masses during the first quarter of 2015.

Two months after its release, TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN’s solo album »Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge«, which debuted #1 in Finland and stayed in TOP 5 for several weeks after the release, went GOLD in Finland. Recording the album had been a distant dream for TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN for over 14 years.

BiohazardBrooklyn-based Hardcore four-piece BIOHAZARD have announced their re-signing with Nuclear Blast, this time for a worldwide deal. Following their run of European festival appearances & tour dates this July and August, BIOHAZARD will enter the studio to record the follow-up album to 2012’s »Reborn In Defiance«. An early 2015 release is expected.

The first half of 2014 is almost over and we’re heating things up with the first new releases of the month: On June 06 both the »Abra Kadavar Special Edition« and »Live In Antwerp« of Berlin-based Psychedelic Rockers KADAVAR hit the stores. The 2CD set called »Abra Kadavar Special Edition« includes the full track listing of last year’s success »Abra Kadavar« plus a bonus track, as well as a full live set, recorded 2013 in Antwerp. »Live In Antwerp« comes as a separate 2LP set and also features the full live concert.

German Epic Metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM, proudly introduce new bassplayer Jen Majura who stepps in after Sandra van Eldik left the band. Furthermore, their new record »Erdentempel« which came out June 06 and almost four years after the 2010 output »Rekreatur«, entered the official German charts at #16. It is the best chart result ever for EQUILIBRIUM in their home country. Congratulation!!!

Die Apokalyptischen ReiterHardly two weeks within its release, »Tief.Tiefer«, the highly acclaimed double-album from DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER also hits the charts. The record entered the German album charts at #22 and #72 in Switzerland. Congratulations!

Thrash Metal legends ANTHRAX announce that Jon Dette will fill in for drummer Charlie Benante on the first few weeks of ANTHRAX’s 29-city European tour that kicked off May 27, in Barcelona, Spain and runs until July 12 in Balingen, Germany. Benante, who had surgery on his hand last summer, has been going for regular physical therapy up until just recently, thought he’d be back to 100% for the Carolina Rebellion and Beale Street Music Festival shows that ANTHRAX also did in early June.

DeathstarsAs of Friday, the 13th 2014 we not only enjoy the most rare sight of a full moon appearing on this notorious date, but also the impatiently awaited new DEATHSTARS album being unleashed. »The Perfect Cult« comes out, five long years after the last studio record »Night Electric Night« and three since »The Greatest Hits On Earth«.

And the good news in June just don’t seem to find an end, with Polish Black/Death Metal legends BEHEMOTH, fronted by charismatic mastermind Nergal, has now been awarded for the “Best Album” with their latest sonic encounter »The Satanist« at the annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, thus once again proving to be high up on the global Metal circus. Congratulations on this overwhelming accomplishment!

TankardJune 20, 2014 is a day to celebrate for all Old School Metalheads: The new masterpiece of Germans Thrash Metal legends TANKARD, »R.I.B.«, is finally out. This record combines all aspects that defined the past three decades of TANKARD: Brilliant riffs, creaking old school Thrash attacks, catchy melodies and of course the very special type of humor this band has.

And finally »Hardcore Lives«, the brand new and long awaited new album by NYHC legends MADBALL marks the final output for June. »Hardcore Lives« was tracked & engineered by famed UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by longtime collaborator Zeuss (HATEBREED, AGNOSTIC FRONT, SOULFLY, TERROR, WHITECHAPEL etc.).