NANOWAR OF STEEL reveals music video for new single “Uranus” feat. Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER)

Kings of masterful Heavy Metal parodies NANOWAR OF STEEL bless the world with yet another spectacular music video for their new single “Uranus”, featuring none other than glam icon Michael Starr of the legendary STEEL PANTHER! Showing off their incredible choreography skills in shiny space suits, NANOWAR OF STEEL dance their way straight into your heart – and Uranus!

Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER) says about the video for “Uranus”:
“This video will make your penis bigger with one view. The more times you view it, the bigger your penis will get. You’re welcome.
“Uranus” is a must watch video. It’s the only way to have your first eye orgasms. A fun video with a great story line. If you don’t like this song you must be deaf. If you don’t like this video you must be blind.”

Gatto Panceri 666 of NANOWAR OF STEEL adds about the video for “Uranus”:
“I know, this joke has been used and abused since 1781, from the very first day William Herschel discovered this planet. However, being a practicing astronomer and a professional idiot, I felt I had more right to use it as the subject of a song to be dignified with a Lady Gaga-level video (in all humbleness).
Perhaps it won’t be the most original pun ever, but one thing we can tell you for sure: this joke turned out to be the most expensive one we’ve ever told so far!”

Nanowar Of Steel
Nanowar Of Steel; photo by Valerio Fea

After gathering millions of clicks on YouTube and Spotify, Italy’s finest up-and-coming comedy metal outfit NANOWAR OF STEEL celebrates the overwhelmingly successful release of their previously sold out 2018 album, “Stairway To Valhalla”, with an exclusive first ever re-issue on vinyl via Napalm Records on December 4, 2020.

The re-issued vinyl edition will be available in two different colors and comes along with a bonus CD as well as yet-unreleased fountains of fun, starting with party smashing “Uranus” featuring Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER). On their forth full-length, the five-piece offers hits such as “The Call of Cthulhu” and “Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight” featuring Fabio Lione (Turilli/Lione Rhapsody). The Bonus CD also contains NANOWAR OF STEEL’s smashers “Norwegian Reggaeton” and “Valhalleluja” amongst others!

Nanowar Of Steel - Stairway To Valhalla
Nanowar Of Steel – Stairway To Valhalla

Stairway To Valhalla (Re-Issue) Tracklist:
1. Declination
2. Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight
3. The Call of Cthulhu
4. Heavy Metal Kibbles
5. Il maestro Myiagi di Pino
6. L’opelatole ecologico
7. Images and Swords
8. In the Sky
9. … And Then I Noticed That She Was a Gargoyle
10. Tooth Fairy
11. Vegan Velociraptor
12. Another Drill in the Wall
13. Ironmonger (The Copier of the Seven Keys)
14. Bum Voyage
15. Uranus
16. The Crown and the Onion Ring
17. The Quest for Carrefour
18. Hail to Liechtenstein
19. Uranus (feat. Michael Starr)

Bonus CD:
1. Valhalleluja
2. Sottosegretari alla presidenza della repubblica del True Metal
3. Norwegian Reggaeton
4. Bestie di Seitan
5. Sneeztem of a Yawn
6. A cena da Gianni
7. Kurograd
8. Esce ma non mi rosica (Shahram Shabpareh Cover)
9. Deep Throat Revolution (Immanuel Casto Cover)
10. Norwegian Reggaeton (Remix)

NANOWAR OF STEEL are:
Gatto Panceri 666 – Bass 
Potowotominimak – Vocals
Mr. Baffo – Vocals
Abdul – Guitar
Uinona Raider – Drums

MOONSPELL – Release “Extinct” Live Video

It was a special day for every MOONSPELL fan, when the band invited their “aficionados” to Campo Pequeno arena in their hometown Lisboa on February 4th, 2017. Only 4.000 of them could take part in the unique and solemn spell, when the Gothic Metal legends entered the stage. Once again Fernando Ribeiro and his bandmates proved that they are one of the best live acts around.

Playing three sets in one day and being as energetic as MOONSPELL was on that day is just impressive. The intimate bond between fans and band never broke in all these hours of ultimate alchemist magic. You can see and feel that in every second of “Lisboa Under The Spell”.

The setlist itself is breathtaking: Starting with their first full length album ever, Wolfheart, from 1995, followed up by the second album, Irreligious, from 1995, they took a long step by jumping to the year 2015 in their last set, presenting Extinct to the frenetic masses in front of the stage.

Moonspell

Moonspell

Today the band releases a third new live clip from “Lisboa Under The Spell”. It’s the title track of the 2015 album “Extinct”.

Fernando Ribeiro on the video: “Now that the DVD is out, I guess a lot of our fans already made up their minds about it and I guess rather were as surprised about its final epic form as we were surprised by the, no-bullshit, honest and very solid reactions to our new LIVE release, praise, great reviews, chart entries at all. As far as I am concerned LIVE releases don’t make the cut sometimes. That’s why the Lisboa Under the Spell you might or might not have already in your hands was so carefully thought out and packaged, reminding us of the very few LIVE releases that make us sit in the couch and watch or listen the hell out of. Records like Life After Death (MAIDEN), Earth Inferno (FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM) and a few others. Those, with all due respect, were the ones who inspired us to do better. The addition of the album Extinct makes perfect sense to us, as this is the musical thread we are going to follow with the next opus and also because that was the last date of our very dear Road To Extinction tour that started off in 2015 and ended in our hometown, Lisbon on February 2017 e.v. We hope you enjoy this new clip from the title song “Extinct,” featuring the lovely and dangerous Portuguese actress Carolina Torres, brandishing the sword and watching her pack rocking out. Before the lights go out.” It was definitely about time, since MOONSPELL aficionados have been thirsting for a new live release ever since Lusitanian Metal (2008)! Thus, Lisboa Under The Spell is not simply a visual testimony to the success of Portugal`s biggest metal band – it is a celebration of the unbound creativity and pure magic that is MOONSPELL.”

Track listing:

I ROCKUMENTARY- band documentary by Victor Castro

II WOLFHEART SHOW – full album played live
Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
Love Crimes
Of Dream And Drama
Lua D’inverno
Trebaruna
Ataegina
Vampiria
An Erotic Alchemy
Alma Mater

III IRRELIGIOUS SHOW – full album played live
Perverse Almost Religious
Opium
Awake!
For A Taste Of Eternity
Ruin & Misery
A Poisoned Gift
Raven Claws (Feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
Mephisto
Herr Spiegelmann
Fullmoon Madness

IV EXTINCT SHOW – full album played live
All Gone From The Wild (Intro)
Breathe (Until We Are No More)
Extinct (Feat. Carolina Torres)
Medusalem
Domina
The Last Of Us
Malignia
Funeral Bloom
A Dying Breed
The Future Is Dark

V MAKING OF- show day

VI GALLERY- live and backstage pics

Touring:
w/ AMORPHIS, DARK TRANQUILLITY, OMNIUM GATHERUM
07.09.18 US – New York, NY / Gramercy Theater
08.09.18 CA – Montreal / Cafe Campus
09.09.18 CA – Quebec City / Imperial de Quebec
10.09.18 CA – Toronto / Opera House
11.09.18 US – Ft Wayne, IN / Pierre’s
12.09.18 US – Detroit, MI / Harpo’s
13.09.18 US – Joliet, Il / The Forge
14.09.18 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Cabooze
15.09.18 CA – Winnipeg / Park Theatre
17.09.18 CA – Edmonton / The Starlite Room
18.09.18 CA – Calgary / Dickens
19.09.18 CA – Vancouver / Rickshaw Theater
20.09.18 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazon
22.09.18 US – Berkeley, CA / The UC Theatre
23.09.18 US – Anaheim, CA / City National Grove
24.09.18 US – West Hollywood, CA / Whiskey a Go Go
25.09.18 US – San Diego, CA / Brick By Brick
26.09.18 US – Tempe, AZ / Marquee Theatre
27.09.18 US – Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues
28.09.18 US – Salt Lake City, UT / Liquid joe’s
29.09.18 US – Denver, CO / Herman’s Hideaway
01.10.18 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
02.10.18 US – San Antonio, TX / Rock Box
03.10.18 US – Houston, TX / Scout Bar
05.10.18 US – Tampa, FL / Orpheum
06.10.18 US – West Palm Beach, FL / Kelsey Theater
07.10.18 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
09.10.18 US – Louisville, KY / Diamond Pub and Billiards
10.10.18 US – Durham, NC / Motorco
11.10.18 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
12.10.18 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero
14.10.18 US – Clifton Park, NY / Upstate Concert Hall

Moonspell

Moonspell; Photo by Paulo Mendes

Line-up:
Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar
Pedro Paixão – Guitar – Keyboard
Aires Pereira – Drums
Mike Gaspar – Bass

ARKONA unveil details about their upcoming album “Khram”

“Khram”, is the Russian word for temple – and the upcoming title of ARKONA‘s hotly anticipated, eighth studio album, set to be released on January 19th 2018 via Napalm Records.

A “Khram” is a temple shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and leading lady Masha`s lyrics that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! ARKONA may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band’s harsh metal tunes.

Arkona

Arkona

Now Russia’s leading Pagan Metal band has unveiled the stunning album artwork for “Khram”.

Arkona - Khram

Arkona – Khram

The track list will read as follows:

1. Mantra (Intro)
2. Shtorm
3. Tseluya zhizn’
4. Rebionok bez imeni
5. Khram
6. V pogonie za beloj ten’yu
7. V ladonyah bogov
8. Volchitsa
9. Mantra (Outro)

In support of their upcoming album, ARKONA will be heavily touring in early 2018.

Make sure to catch them live and on the following dates:

01.02.2018 – SI – Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 – HR – Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 – RS – Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 – RO – Cluj Napoca / Form Space
08.02.2018 – GR – Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 – GR – Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 – BG – Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 – RO – Bucharest / Fabrica
28.04.2018 – SE – Stockholm Slaughter

with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:

15.02.2018 – BE – Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 – DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 – DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 – NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 – FR – Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 – FR – Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 – FR – Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 – ES – Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 – ES – Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 – FR – Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 – DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 – DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 – CZ – Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 – DE – München / Backstage
03.03.2018 – DE – Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 – CH – Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 – IT – Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 – AT – Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 – AT – Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 – DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 – DE – Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 – DE – Hannover / Capitol

MOONSPELL: Premiere of brand new lyrics video

There’s only one Metal band that is able to hit official album charts on #1 in their home country Portugal, while they belong to the worldwide pioneers of dark art: Naturally and for the first time ever, MOONSPELL’s brand new album “1755” comes and is sung in Portuguese. Set for release on November 3rd 2017 on Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from MOONSPELL before!

The conceptual album dramaturgy feels like a detonation of the mind. “1755”, the 13rd studio record by MOONSPELL, is more than just the band’s new magnum opus: It’s the musical version of the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their hometown Lisbon.

“1755” is a dark adventure in medieval landscapes – emotionally, technically and completely earthshaking!

Moonspell - 1755

Moonspell – 1755

Now the band premieres a new lyric video for the song “Evento” (English: “Event”), vocalist Fernando Ribeiro informs us: “Bury the dead. Take care of the living”. Is one of the most famous quote of Marquis of Pombal (Sebastião José Carvalho e Melo), the minister of the King who together with the crowds of Lisbon and his engineers rebuilt a new Lisbon from the ashes and ruins of the old in just one year time. Event talks about fate, a dialogue built between the narration of the day and the state of mind of Lisbon’s inhabitants and the all powerful choir telling me to be still and accept God’s will. This conflict and the desacralisation of Lisbon is one of the most interesting aspects of this accursed day. A fight that allowed Portugal to step out finally from the Middle Ages and make the country’s entry into Enlightenment.”

The track list of “1755” reads as follows:

1. Em Nome Do Medo
2. 1755
3. In Tremor Dei ( featuring Portuguese guest vocalist Paulo Bragança! )
4. Desastre
5. Abanão
6. Evento
7. 1 De Novembro
8. Ruínas
9. Todos Os Santos
10. Lanterna Dos Afogados

Moonspell

Moonspell; Photo by Paulo Mendes

SAMAEL “Hegemony”, Napalm Records 2017 (Review)

Caring little whether or not SAMAEL have a political message, their “Hegemony” is one of “pleasure and delight, extended in souvenirs”.

It seems these French Swiss (and Spanish) charmers have arrived at one coherent blend to consolidate their sound throughout the years. The album could have well been self-titled, presenting the ultimate formula for our aesthetic satisfaction. This isn’t to undermine the artistic produce, but to emphasise it isn’t just interesting or challenging like many of the contemplative post-metal acts; that it doesn’t demand from the listener, but lavishly caters for him.

Samael - Hegemony

Samael – Hegemony

SAMAEL have a staunch yet not a huge fan base, which can be ascribed to the fact they are an exquisite pallette of rigor and splendour, which is rare in metal. The symphonic score enters into a racy relationship with the gutturally alluring vocal, both intricately nuanced and precisely accentuated. There are of course lovers of the darker, stickier SAMAEL side, as well as those enjoying their uplifting electronic rhythms; and while their previous album, Lux Mundi, was closer to the former (in The Truth Is Marching On in particular), Hegemony displays the brand of the Reign Of Light/Solar Soul era a little more obviously. Echoes can be heard from beautifully adorned songs like Heliopolis and Western Ground; and while the anthemic side (as in On Earth for example) is here, it is well counterbalanced with other elements as to not sound overly accessible. Black Supremacy is an example of older and newer era SAMAEL in one, and while Red Planet works as the compelling hymn of the album, anthemic nature is inherent in all tracks in its former half. While happy with the frenetic synth and copious melody, I begin to miss the enticing obscurity of songs like Born Under Saturn from Passage – and then we arrive at the second part of this thirteen-course plate, gradually catering for our darker, more decadent urges.

Samael

Samael

While I see SAMAEL as a lushly crafted Swiss clock counting intervals of delight, their social and philosophical appeal is never to be underestimated: conscience and autonomy of thought, in order to arrive at the appreciation that “our quest for harmony is the pinnacle of humanity”.

Samael

Samael; Photo Credit: Aline Fournier

What makes SAMAEL a great band, in the end, is the fact their poignant offerings serve only as a reminder what awaits us live.

1.Hegemony
2.Samael
3.Angel of Wrath
4.Rite of Renewal
5.Red Planet
6.Black Supremacy
7.Murder or Suicide
8.This World
9.Against All Enemies
10.Land of the Living
11.Dictate of Transparency
12.Helter Skelter
13.Storm of Fire (bonus track)

Diana Chavdarova (9/10)