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Black Wizard to release new studio album “Livin’ Oblivion” on February 23rd 2018

Livin’ Oblivion” is the forthcoming full-length from Canadian heavy metal/rock unit Black Wizard.

Set for release on February 23rd, 2018, via Listenable Records, the record was produced and engineered by Michael Kraushaar in Vancouver, British Columbia and comes sheathed in the cover art of renowned Berlin, German-based illustrator Eliran Kantor (Testament, Crowbar, Satan).

Watch below the video for the track “Feast or Famine”. The smoldering performance video was filmed and edited by Rob Zawistowski [robzie.ca] at The Wise Hall in Vancouver.

Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls dies at the age of 68

Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has died at the aged of 68, after a battle with lung cancer. The keyboardist passed away on January 28th, 2017.

Tony Iommi posted on his FB page:
“I'm so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He's been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest In Peace my dear friend”.

Refuge signs with Frontiers Music Srl

The German power metal band Refuge built around heavy metal icon Peter “Peavy” Wagner has recently signed a record deal with Frontiers Music Srl.

The Herne, Germany based Refuge, which consists of Manni Schmidt (guitars), Christos Efthimiadis (drums) and frontman & bassplayer Peavy Wagner, is the 1987 – 1994 line up of the German Metal institution Rage. The former Rage members got back together at the end of 2014 under the name Refuge to play the old Rage songs from their time in the band. What started out as a fun project with friends, has since evolved into a very special band.

Paul Gilbert - I Can Destroy

Apparently Paul Gilbert’s, 18th or so solo album, was released a few months back in Japan, but wasn’t even getting an announcement for the rest of the world. Until now.
Well, I’m not sure how shred freaks will take it… all the while, it seems to be a logical continuation of his past two albums, it’s even more bluesy and song oriented than before, obviously with the technique being consistently high, the song craft being first class and Gilbert’s sense of humor keen as ever.
The pretty funky and a little bizarre opener “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signals” sounds as if it has JK Simmons (?!) saying that phrase hahaha!

Doomsday Ceremony to release “Black Heart” worldwide on April 22nd 2016

Greyhaze Records has announced the April 22nd, 2016 worldwide release of “Black Heart” from Brazil's Doomsday Ceremony.

Three official videos for tracks from the album are now available for mass consumption below.

Doomsday Ceremony are a Brazilian band started in the year 2000. The group has harnessed the feeling of 80s traditional Heavy Metal with the brutality of Black Metal, resulting in a unique and refreshing sound. “Black Heart” is the second full-length album from the band. With a very melodic musical approach and smoking guitar solos, the album will please fans of Immortal and Mercyful Fate.

Crossing Rubicon

Hi Scotty… I’m glad we’re given the chance to talk about Crossing Rubicon.
S: I am really excited to be talking to you Grande-Rock, for two reasons: 1) I know you guys get really deep with your questions & 2) The Freddie Mercury you have next to your logo is actually tattooed on my arm! (i.n.: All those who respect & value the real essence of music should have Freddie in the hearts – apart from everywhere else!)
Do give us a brief bio of the band so far…

Crossing Rubicon - No Less Than Everything

At first, I thought that Crossing Rubicon was another modern rock/metal band due to the label that they’re under. As this modern shit ain’t my thing, I approached this release very skeptically till I listened to the first track “Tomorrow Never Comes”. I had to double check if I had put the right track on the player cuz this was nowhere near the thing that I had in mind!

Shivers Addiction - Choose Your Prison

Italian quintet, Shivers Addiction, releases “Choose Your Prison”, their sophomore album and third release overall, as an EP preceded it all. The band comprises of people like Gino Pecoraro, guitarist and vocalist of Nuclear Symphony, which are a thrash metal band that has been around for a while, as well as Marco Cantoni, who is the voice of Cyrax a prog metal band that recently released a rather nice album, whose taken over from the original female vocalist of the band. Their style is a bit weird as they combine symphonic elements, folk, prog tendencies and will even on occasion thrash it out a bit. It’s definitely a sound that’s a little more intricate, than that of your average Italian band.