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HAMMERFALL Releases 'Freedom' Single From Upcoming 'Avenge The Fallen' Album

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have released "Freedom", the third single from their upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", which is due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. When it comes to the main focus of the album, frontman Joacim Cans mentions "freedom" and the urge to let anyone be who they want...
July 3, 2024

JOACIM CANS On Why HAMMERFALL Remains Committed To True Metal: 'I Play Music That I Want To Play'

By David E. Gehlke Widely credited for the late 1990s traditional metal revival that has shown few signs of slowing down, Sweden's HAMMERFALL now finds itself back on the label where it all started: Germany's Nuclear Blast Records. Amidst the upward trajectory of parallel signees DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOC...
July 3, 2024

MICHAEL SCHENKER Shares 'Mother Mary' Single Featuring SLASH And ERIK GRÖNWALL

The world of rock guitar has always been illuminated by a few virtuosic stars who shine brighter than the rest, and among them, Michael Schenker stands out as a comet blazing across the night sky. His tenure with the British hard rock band UFO during the 1970s remains one of the most celebrated peri...
June 19, 2024

HAMMERFALL Joined By Fans For 'Hail To The King' Performance At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

On Saturday, June 8, Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL brought up around 60-70 fans to the stage at this year's Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden to help them sing the backing the vocals to the song "Hail To The King", the first single from their upcoming album "Avenge The Fallen". Video of thei...
June 9, 2024

HAMMERFALL Guitarist On 'Avenge The Fallen': It's 'One Of Our Strongest Albums In Recent Years'

In a new interview with Australia's Heavy, guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL spoke about the band's upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", which is due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We've been working on it really hard. I've...
June 7, 2024

HAMMERFALL Releases Music Video For New Single 'The End Justifies'

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have released a new single, "The End Justifies". This classic HAMMERFALL anthem is the second single from the band's upcoming album, "Avenge The Fallen", due on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. "The End Justifies" captures the essence of HAMMERFALL's signature sound,...
June 4, 2024

HERMAN FRANK On ACCEPT: 'Nowadays They Need Three Or Four Guitar Players To Do What I've Done With WOLF'

Former ACCEPT guitarist Herman Frank says that it was " a good move" for him to leave the band nearly a decade ago. Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band's "Restless And Wild" album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983's "Balls To The Wall"...
May 29, 2024

KERRY KING: The Official Story Of How 'From Hell I Rise' Was Made

SLAYER's "final" gig was on November 30, 2019, in the band's Los Angeles hometown. But the night marked a new beginning for iconic SLAYER songwriter/guitarist Kerry King. The band co-founder wasn't nearly finished; he had much more brutal and provocative music brewing, stages to dominate, heads to r...
May 8, 2024

HAMMERFALL Announces 'Avenge The Fallen' Album, Shares 'Hail To The King' Single

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will release their 13th studio album, "Avenge The Fallen", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. That's right — less than a year after taking the final bow of the "United Forces" tour, the quintet of guitarist Oscar Dronjak, singer Joacim Cans, bass player Fredrik Larss...
April 25, 2024

HELLOWEEN To Release New Studio Album In 2025

The reunited expanded classic lineup of German power metallers HELLOWEEN has signed with Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM) for the release of their next studio album. The band will enter the studio this summer to begin work on the follow-up to 2021's acclaimed self-titled effort, with plans to issue the...
February 15, 2024

MASTERPLAN Releases New Single 'Rise Again'

MASTERPLAN, which features former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, has released a brand new song, "Rise Again". An official lyric video for the track can be seen below. Following the band's colossal anniversary edition, a reissue of their memorable debut re-released in 2023 via AFM Records, today,...
January 26, 2024


Reigning Phoenix Music, the emerging force in heavy music, has announced the integration of Atomic Fire Records. The strategic move sees the incorporation of Atomic Fire Records' roster into the RPM family and expands into a very impressive global lineup comprised of many genre-defining bands. The n...
January 24, 2024

ROLAND GRAPOW Talks 20th Anniversary Of MASTERPLAN Debut And Getting Even With HELLOWEEN: 'It Felt Like Revenge'

By David E. Gehlke Days after being unceremoniously dismissed from HELLOWEEN after the 2001 tour in support of "The Dark Ride", guitarist Roland Grapow was already plotting his Dave Mustaine power metal revenge moment with MASTERPLAN. "The Dark Ride" sold well but never sat properly with founding me...
December 1, 2023

HELLOWEEN Is 'Looking Forward' To Completing Next Studio Album

The reunited expanded classic lineup of German power metallers HELLOWEEN has announced plans to take the next few months off from the road to make another album to follow up 2021's acclaimed self-titled effort. After playing 60 extremely emotional shows in support of their chart-topping album "Hello...
November 22, 2023

TANK Announces New Lineup, First U.S. Appearance In Nearly 40 Years

After a long break from touring and recording, veteran British metallers TANK will now be advancing forward with a formidable new lineup and a return to the U.S. for the first time since 1985 with an appearance at the 2024 Hell's Heroes VI Festival in Houston, Texas on March 21-23. Joining TANK guit...
September 12, 2023