Ensiferum Plan To Release New Album In September

Ensiferum are set to enter Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland to begin tracking their new album. The effort is tentatively set to be released in September. You can read more about that in the below Instagram post:

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NEW ALBUM NEWS! Ensiferum recently entered the Astia-studio in Lappeenranta, Finland, where the band recorded a few demo songs for their upcoming seventh full-length, set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The quintet will soon return to the Astia studio to begin recording this new album, which will be produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.). Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: "Hi Folks! So, as some of you might have already noticed from our social media channels, we are getting ready to go record the next Ensiferum album pretty soon. Just a few weeks ago, we recorded demo versions with Anssi Kippo, who also recorded and produced 'One Man Army'. The demo session went smoothly, and working with Anssi is always such a pleasure because he is so full of creative ideas with a positive attitude. The goal for the new album will be to capture Ensiferum's live energy on the songs, and we also plan to use analog recording as much as possible to guarantee the best possible sound. The song material will include familiar elements, but like we always love to do, we will also take Ensiferum's mighty warship to unexplored seas of musical madness. More info later." Before the album's release, European fans will be able to catch Ensiferum at various festivals this summer. See below for all dates, with more shows to be announced soon! Ensiferum tour dates: Mar. 31 – Full Metal Mountain – Troepolach, Austria Apr. 1 – Rock In Hell – Colmar, France Apr. 7 – Metal Franconia Festival – Dettelbach, Germany Apr. 8 – Durbuy Rock Festival – Durbuy, Belgium June 3 – Metal Open Air Plzen – Plzen, Czech Republic June 30 – Rockfest Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain July 1 – Hoernerfest – Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany July 13 – Dong Open Air – Neukirchen – Vlyn, Germany More news soon! 📸 – Hannah Whittle #Ensiferum #newalbum #guessthetitle #folkmetal

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Rex Brown (Pantera, Etc.) Signs With eOne Music

Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.) has signed with eOne Music for his new solo album. Brown worked on the Caleb Sherman produced album with Lance Harvill. The effort also features drummer Christopher Williams, and special guest Peter Keyes (Lynyrd Skynyrd) on select tracks.


Brown said the following about the upcoming album:

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up. I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m twenty five years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed. I’ve got so much more in me, I’m just getting my feet wet.”

Poison Announce 2017 U.S. Headlining Dates

Poison have announced some headlining shows around their tour with Def Leppard. You can see those dates below.


Tour Dates:

04/28 Raleigh, North Carolina
04/29 Charlotte, North Carolina
05/07 Huntington, West Virginia
05/09 Albany, New York
05/26 Rapid City, South Dakota
05/27 Grand Forks, North Dakota

Northlane Announce 2017 Australian Tour With Hands Like Houses

Northlane have announced a headlining Australian tour. Hands Like Houses will serve as support.


Tour Dates:

05/10 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
05/11 Ballarat, AUS – Karova Lounge
05/12 Geelong, AUS – The Wool Exchange
05/13 Chelsea Heights, AUS – Chelsea Heights Hotel
05/17 Canberra, AUS – Academy
05/18 Wagga Wagga, AUS – Home Tavern
05/19 Wollongong, AUS – UNI Bar
05/20 Newcastle, AUS – Cambridge Hotel
05/24 Coffs Harbour, AUS – Coffs Hotel
05/25 Miami, AUS – Miami Tavern
05/26 Toowoomba, AUS – Spotted Cow

Reunited Ratt Announce 2017 U.S. Dates

The newly reunited Ratt, featuring Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier, and Warren DeMartini, have announced some U.S. shows. Check out the dates for those below.


Tour Dates:

04/26 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/27 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/28 – The Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
04/29 – M3 Rock Festival – Columbia, MD
05/28 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
06/01 – Limelight – Peoria, IL
06/02 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
06/03 – Rockfest – Kansas City, KS
07/07 – Uncle Sam Jam – Woodhaven, MI
07/12 – Rock Fest – Cadott, WI

Madball Announce June 2017 UK Tour

Mad all have announced some June UK shows. You can see the dates for those below.


Tour Dates:

06/25 London, UK – The Underworld
06/26 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
06/27 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
06/28 Glasgow, UK – The Garage G2
06/29 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux

DevilDriver To Release New Outlaw Country Covers Album

Devildriver have revealed that they will be releasing an outlaw country covers album. Dez Fafara said it will include 13 tracks, including covers of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle and more. It will also include 15 guests including Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, John Carter Cash, etc. You can read more about all that in Fafara’s below Instagram post:


Ghost Win Swedish Grammi Award For “Popestar”

Ghost’s “Popestar” EP has won in the best hard rock/metal release category at the Swedish Grammis (Swedish version of the Grammys). This is their third Grammi win.


The band commented:

“We wish to inform you that tonight Ghost won a Swedish Grammis Award in the category Hard Rock/Metal Act Of The Year. This is band’s third Grammis win.

Thank you!”

Other Grammi Nominees:

Amaranthe – “Maximalism”
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – “Mariner”
Dark Tranquillity – “Atoma”
In Flames – “Battles”

Nothing More Announce 2017 Tour With Black Map, As Lions, & Hell Or Highwater

Nothing More have announced a headlining tour with Black Map, As Lions, and Hell Or Highwater. You can see the dates for that below.


Tour Dates:

04/25 Monroe, LA – Live Oaks Bar & Grill
04/26 Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theater
04/28 Tampa Bay, FL – Amalie Arena (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
04/29 Ft. Myers, FL – Fort Rock (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
04/30 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
05/02 Destin, FL – Club LA
05/03 Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
05/05 Norfolk, VA – Lunatic Luau (no Black Map/As Lions/Hell Or Highwater)
05/06 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
05/08 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
05/09 Reading, PA – Reverb
05/10 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
05/12 Columbia, MO – Blue Note
05/13 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (no As Lions)
05/14 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
05/15 Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre
05/17 Fort Wayne, IN – The Rusty Spur
05/19 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
05/21 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
05/26-28 San Antonio, TX – River City RockFest (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)
05/26-28 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (no Black Map/Hell Or Highwater)