Judas Priest Unveil “Firepower” Title Track

It’s no secret that Judas Priest’s upcoming studio record is already setting the world on fire like a bolt of lightning – sparked by the recent unveiling of the video for “Lightning Strike”. Firepower is on its way, set for a March 9th Epic Records release, and now the official audio for the title track is available to stream right here: http://smarturl.it/Firepower. In case you missed the first single of “Lightning Strike”, head to the Official Judas Priest VEVO Channel on YouTube to check it out: https://youtu.be/CUzcxJNZKC4. Judas Priest will head out on the first leg of the Firepower tour […]

Riot V Announce Upcoming Studio Album

Classic New York Heavy Metallers, recent Nuclear Blast Records signees, and now Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees Riot V have just announced the release of their sixteenth studio album. Entitled Armor of Light, this addition to the band’s lengthy discography is set for an April 27th release, and according to longtime member Don Van Stavern, “This next offering will please long time fans and create new ones, as the material is fresh and Power Metal at it’s finest”. Head to: https://www.facebook.com/riotrockcity for more.

W.A.S.P. To Release “Reidolized”

W.A.S.P. has lately been revisiting one of their classic releases, their 1992 fifth studio album known as The Crimson Idol. As last year marked its 25th Anniversary, the band embarked on the Reidolized tour, all the while getting ready for The Crimson Idol’s re-recording and release in 2018. The Crimson Idol was originally intended to be accompanied by a film and feature four additional songs – those intentions have now come to fruition, as Reidolized (The Soundtrack to The Crimson Idol) is set for a worldwide Napalm Records release on February 2nd, including movie and missing songs alike. You can […]

Dimmu Borgir to Release First New Album in Eight Years

Black Metal fans have been feeling the absence of Dimmu Borgir for many years, at least on the studio album front. But just in time for 2018 marking the band’s 25th Anniversary, a new record is on the way. Entitled Eonian, the tenth full-length from Dimmu Borgir is set to be released via Nuclear Blast on May 4th, but you won’t have to wait that long to hear what’s up their sleeves. February 23rd will be the release date for a 7” vinyl EP of the first single off Eonian, “Interdimensional Summit”. Head to: https://www.facebook.com/DIMMUBORGIR for more info.

Slayer Announces Retirement

37 years of Slayer is now coming to a close. One of the core Big Four of Thrash has recently announced their retirement, getting ready for one last run with a final world tour. The Grammy-award winning legendary thrashers have countless material and experiences under their belt – over a dozen studio and live releases, thousands of show dates since their 1981 formation – and now this spring marks the beginning of the end, with the first leg of the final tour. Anthrax, Lamb of God, Behemoth, and Testament will support, starting off on May 10 and running through June […]

The Dead Daisies Get Ready to “Burn It Down”

With members of Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Dio, Journey, and more on board, The Dead Daisies are ready to “Burn It Down” this Spring with the release of a new record. The fiery title was finished just last month, as the lineup of Doug Aldrich, John Corabi, Marco Mendoza, recent addition Deen Castronovo, and founder David Lowy teamed up with hit Producer Marti Frederiksen, return mixing collaborator Anthony Focx, and renowned mastering engineer Howie Weinberg, to complete the Daisies’ fourth studio album. April 6th marks the date Burn It Down will hit the shelves courtesy of Spitfire Music/SPV, and the ten-track […]

Inside Metal to Release “The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal” Documentary

A new metal DVD documentary is on the way, as part one of the Inside Metal series known as The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal is set to be released via MetalRock Films on January 19th. The Bob Nalbandian-directed film features narration by Megadeth’s David Ellefson, and highlights interviews with members of classic and iconic thrash bands, labels, and more. This week, an official preview clip featuring Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has surfaced via an exclusive Billboard premiere: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8093659/metallica-lars-ulrich-rise-of-la-thrash-metal-documentary-preivew. For more info on the upcoming documentary film, head to: http://metalrockfilms.com. 

Dimebash to Take Place at NAMM 2018

The time has come for another annual Dimebash, as NAMM approaches and Observatory OC in Santa Ana, CA prepares to host a wealth of metallers for an all-star jam on January 25th. Hosted by Jose Mangin, fueled by Monster Energy, and sponsored by Affliction Clothing, Dean Guitars, Dunlop, Rock’D Vodka, and Metal Blade Records, the show will feature members of Pantera, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Armored Saint, Fear Factory, Kyng, Suicidal Tendencies, King’s X, Prong, and many many more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and […]

Judas Priest To Release “Firepower”

Judas Priest’s upcoming studio album is on fire – quite literally. Entitled Firepower, this record will be the eighteenth added onto the discography of these legends, and every one of its fourteen tracks will be available on the release date of March 9th. Fans don’t have to wait quite that long to get a taste of the epic new record on Epic Records, as the first single and accompanying music video has just been unleashed today. Check out “Lightning Strike”, courtesy of the Official Judas Priest VEVO Channel on YouTube below. The full album and Pledge Music pre-orders for Firepower also […]

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons “Welcome” You “To Hell” In Second Single

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, a band aptly named after the former Motörhead guitarist and his three sons (plus vocalist Neil Starr), are set to release their debut full-length album, The Age of Absurdity on Nuclear Blast later this month. Not too long ago, the first single “Ringleader” was revealed via lyric video, and now it’s time for the second single, in the form of “Welcome to Hell”, available via the Nuclear Blast Records YouTube Channel here. YouTube Space London marks the spot for an intimate release day performance, also to be streamed live on this same YouTube Channel – you […]

Feature: Kirk Hammett’s “It’s Alive!” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

It’s a well-known fact that legendary Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is an avid collector of horror and sci-fi art and memorabilia, but it’s quite another thing to gaze at the incredible spectacles inhabiting his collection in person. Part of the proof currently lives in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and has had a pleasant stay there since the opening on August 12 of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Once I found out that on November 5th, Kirk Hammett would be visiting the exhibition personally for a catalog signing event, I made […]

Interview: Kirk Hammett of Metallica

November 5th, 2017, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA – the site of his exhibition, “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” – for a book signing. Amidst all the busy preparations for the event, Kirk Hammett sat down with Metal Magnitude to offer some insight into his ever-growing collection, and of course, some outlook on the Metallica front. Check out the interview on YouTube right here: https://youtu.be/MEjGPWbFFoM. Metal Magnitude: http://metalmagnitude.com https://www.facebook.com/metalmagnitude https://twitter.com/MetalMagnitude https://www.pinterest.com/metalmagnitude/ Kirk Hammett: https://www.facebook.com/kirkHammett/ https://twitter.com/KirkHammett https://www.instagram.com/kirkhammett/ https://www.metallica.com Special thanks to the Peabody Essex Museum Staff for making this […]

Album Review: Jim Crean – Insatiable

Not too long ago, I reviewed a Northeastern stop of the Appice Drum Wars series of shows, one which took place to promote the recent release from the Appice Brothers, Sinister. In light of this new album being the first officially recorded collaboration between Vinny and Carmine, much of the attention was on these drummer brothers. But now, it’s time to focus entirely on the singer whose powerful vocals fronted that very Drum Wars show, not to mention his role as a featured vocalist on Sinister following a long history with the Appices, plus his own far-reaching solo career – […]

Operation: Mindcrime To Complete Concept Trilogy with New Album

One by one and once a year since 2015, Operation: Mindcrime has been releasing each chapter of a premeditated musical trilogy through a series of concept albums. The Geoff Tate-fronted band began with The Key, Operation: Mindcrime’s debut that formed the foundation on Frontiers Music Srl and paved the way for a part two in Resurrection. This 2016 follow-up led to a music video featuring Blaze Bayley and Tim “Ripper” Owens alongside the former Queensrÿche frontman for the track “Taking On The World”, as well as a spin-off tour highlighting the collaboration known as Trinity. Now, it’s time for the third and final part […]

Concert Review: Appice at Tupelo Music Hall

Perhaps you’re a fan of Vanilla Fudge, or caught Carmine Appice during his time with Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, or Cactus. Maybe you were in a crowd somewhere along the “Sacred Heart” tour and saw Vinny Appice behind the kit with Ronnie James Dio, and were always a fan of Black Sabbath’s “Dio Years” – or you might be a more recent Kill Devil Hill fan, or possibly have spotted a Last In Line show last year. It could be some, all, or none of the above, but in any case, it’d be pretty difficult to call yourself a Rock […]