Bassist James LoMenzo is now a permanent member of Megadeth. That's what the band officially announced. LoMenzo was Megadeth's bass player in the mid-2000s and recently stepped back in as a touring member for 'The Metal Tour Of The Year'. Let's read what the protagonists have to say. Dave Mustaine commented: "I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family. James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it’s been a blast having him back, we thought let’s make it permanent." LoMenzo added: "I'm so excited to rejoin Megadeth and move forward full steam into the next phase of this iconic band's history! With Dave, Kiko and Dirk there’s no stopping us! It just feels great to be home again."

Blind Guardian fans shall start preparing for the band's new album! It's title is "The God Machine" and it has now an official release date -  September 2nd, 2022 (out via Nuclear Blast)! Also, a new music video is available now, for the song "Blood of the Elves", and it can be seen right below. Singer Hansi Kürsch comments: "'Blood Of The Elves' features a pretty heavy side that the avid fan of Blind Guardian hopefully enjoys. More than enjoys, I'd guess. Instrumentally, the track has some kind of an early Nineties appeal that blends well into the vocal parts of the opera/twist era and catapults both epochs into a new era for the band. A perfect hybrid. The chorus has some very strong sing-along vibes, despite its complexity. What else do you need? Inspired by the 'The Witcher' computer game series, the lyrics even reinforce the power of this banger and the clip by Dirk Behlau fits perfectly to the whole setting. Let me tell you: 'The God Machine' has even more to offer. And that's no promise — that's the ultimate truth." And adds: "We didn't want to rehash our qualities from 1995, but didn't want to continue down this complex path forever either. 'The God Machine' is a new beginning for us. We've set a new course and gone back to certain things that we've neglected a bit on the last few albums."

"The God Machine" track listing:

01. Deliver Us From Evil (5:22)
02. Damnation (5:21)
03. Secrets Of The American Gods (7:29)
04. Violent Shadows (4:18)
05. Life Beyond The Spheres (6:03)
06. Architects Of Doom (6:21)
07. Let It Be No More (4:49)
08. Blood Of The Elves (4:38)
09. Destiny (6:47)




Robin Trower has just released an in-studio video for the song “Ball Of Fire", inspired by the classic Gary Cooper film. It’s the latest single from Trower’s new album 'No More Worlds To Conquer,’ out now via Mascot/Provogue. 

The iconic guitarist Robin Trower invites fans into the studio for the recording of “Ball of Fire". According to Trower, the song was inspired by a documentary about an iconic actor. “’Ball Of Fire’ popped into my head the day after watching a program about Gary Cooper, who was in a film called Ball Of Fire,” he recalls. Last month Trower released a video for “The Razor’s Edge,” anther standout track from the album, featuring what the guitarist calls “some of my favorite guitar work I’ve played on a recording in a long time,” “The Razor’s Edge” finds the guitarist shining a light on the failure of world leaders today. “’The Razor’s Edge’ and ‘Cloud Across The Sun,’” Trower comments, “those are definitely about my dissatisfaction with the politicians of the day - pointing the finger at the ones that don’t keep their promises.” Few would dispute that the title of Robin Trower’s latest album – 'No More Worlds To Conquer' – is a fair summary of the thumbprint he has left on the musical universe. But as he reminds us, it should not be misinterpreted as his mission being accomplished. “I definitely feel like I’m still reaching,” he considers, “with the guitar, and the songs, and everything else.” For more than six decades, Robin Trower’s career has known no bounds. At the age of 76, the British guitarist can reflect on a journey in which he has planted flags across the musical sphere and played every role imaginable. He’s been the driving force behind Sixties icons Procol Harum. The transatlantic solo star who filled US stadiums with 1974’s Bridge Of Sighs. The collaborator and occasional supergroup member. The elder-statesman songwriter whose late period still crackles with invention. Featuring vocals and bass from the late Jim Dewar – along with jaw-dropping guitar work from Trower that has influenced everyone from Steve Lukather to Opeth – the US-gold-selling 'Bridge Of Sighs' is perhaps his flagship album. “With every album, it’s the best I can do at that particular time. I think that’s what it’s about. I set myself goals and each song has to live up to them,” he reflects. “What usually happens is that I’m playing the guitar for fun and an idea will suddenly appear,” he continues. “Then you’re looking for a lyric that grows out of the music and enhances the mood. it’s lovely when you’ve gone right the way through from the beginning of the first little guitar idea that grows into a song and eventually you get a track down and finished – and it’s something like how you heard it in your head.” Turning once again to his trusty toolkit of Fender Stratocaster and Marshall amp, Trower’s guitar work is ageless, whether that’s the tough chop of "Ball Of Fire," "Losing You and Cloud Across The Sun," or the slower-burn wah squalls of the title track and "Deadly Kiss." “Each track has to work as a sound,” he says, “as well as music and everything else. I’m very particular over guitar tones. I drive people mad, but in the end, it’s worth all the aggravation.” On "Waiting For The Rain To Fall," Trower’s playing is crystalline as a dew drop, while the aching finale, "I Will Always Be Your Shelter," offers a solo whose masterful touch is compelling as anything in his catalogue. “That’s a real high point for the playing,” he nods. “And 'Waiting For The Rain To Fall,' I think is influenced by Tamla Motown. It’s a bit left-of-centre for me to do a song like that. But I think it’s potent stuff. I’m hoping this album will surprise people.” Once again, Trower also handles bass duties, but as a lifelong servant of the song over his own ego, he didn’t hesitate to enlist other musicians. “Livingstone Brown played bass on three tracks, and Chris Taggart is on drums,” he explains. “He’s a wonderful drummer, and he’s done the last three or four albums. And I started to realize, after I’d tried to sing these songs myself, that I wasn’t vocally up to it. Richard Watts has done a great job on vocals. He’s got a fantastic instrument – such a soulful singer – and he’s willing to get it exactly how I’m hearing it in my head. The other great thing about having Richard is that there’s quite a few songs on this album that I wouldn’t be able to play and sing live at the same time.” “It was difficult, but I’m glad I did it,” he considers. “This album is an evolution. I’m hoping that’s what is always happening with my music. There’s a huge step between Bridge Of Sighs and now. It’s like anything. The more you work on it, in theory, the better you should be at it. And I definitely feel like this album is one of the best things I’ve ever done.”



Krisiun has announced its new album, "Mortem Solis", and launched the first single/video, "Serpent Messiah". 

Brazil’s kings of death metal Armageddon Krisiun are pleased to announce their new studio album “Mortem Solis”, to be released on July 29th, 2022 via Century Media Records. In anticipation of the new album release, a new track entitled “Serpent Messiah” is being launched as its first single and can also be seen in a powerful video directed by Estevam Romera. 

For the group’s 12th album, the trio - brothers Alex Camargo (bass/vocals), Max Kolesne (drums) and Moyses Kolesne (guitars) - recorded their new material locally at Family Mob Studio (Ratos De Porão, Crypta) in São Paulo, Brazil and mixed/Mastered with Mark Lewis (Kataklysm, Deicide, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc.) in Nashville, Tennessee. “Mortem Solis” comes with artwork (To be seen above!) designed by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Venom, Dark Funeral) and this is the album’s track-listing:

Krisiun – “Mortem Solis”:
1. Sworn Enemies
2. Serpent Messiah
3. Swords into Flesh
4. Necronomical
5. Tomb of the Nameless
6. Dawn Sun Carnage (Intro)
7. Temple of the Abattoir
8. War Blood Hammer
9. As Angels Burn
10. Worm God

“Mortem Solis” – which is Latin for “Death of the Sun” – will be available as limited edition Digipak (with the exclusive bonus track “Death of the Sun), as Digital Album and as LP on 180g. vinyl in the following variants:
Black LP – Unlimited
Transparent Orange LP – Limited to 300x copies via CM Distro & Webshop Europe
Clear LP – Limited to 300x copies via EMP
Golden LP – Limited to 300x copies via Nuclear Blast

Currently on a comprehensive tour across South America, Krisiun have already announced to return to Europe for a few selected summer festival appearances as well as being part of the “Vile Nilotic Rites” European tour as support for US death metallers Nile in November/December 2022. Here is an overview of all upcoming Krisiun live dates announced so far:

Krisiun - Live 2022:
Krisiun - South American Tour with Belphegor, NervoChaos & Crypta:
27.05.2022 Porto Alegre (Brazil) - Opinião
28.05.2022 Pomerode (Brazil) - Wox Club
29.05.2022 São Paulo (Brazil) - Carioca Clube
01.06.2022 Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Uniclub
02.06.2022 Santiago (Chile) - Blondie
03.06.2022 Lima (Peru) - CC Festiva
04.06.2022 Quito (Equador) - Ex-Teleferico
05.06.2022 Bogota (Colombia) - Ace of Spades Club
Krisiun - Latin American Tour:
08.06.2022 San Salvador (El Salvador) - Buhos
09.06.2022 Guatemala City (Guatemala) - Rock Ol Vuh
11.06.2022 Panamá City (Panamá) - Hangar 18
12.06.2022 San Jose (Costa Rica) - Peppers Club
14.06.2022 Guadalajara (Mexico) - Foro Independencia
15.06.2022 Aguascalientes (Mexico) - Rocksi
16.06.2022 Queretaro (Mexico) - Club Latino
17.06.2022 Leon (Mexico) - Cadena del Rock
18.06.2022 Morelia (Mexico) - Club de Leones
19.06.2022 Mexico City (Mexico) - HDX Circus Bar
Krisiun - European Summer Festivals:
12.-14.08.2022 Kortrijk (Belgium) - Alcatraz Festival /
18.-21.08.2022 Saint-Nolff (France) - Motocultor Festival /
18.-20.08.2022 Moravsky Kumlov (Czech Republic) - Rock Castle /
Krisiun - European Tour with Nile and more:
02.11.2022 Poznań (Poland) - U Bazyla
03.11.2022 Berlin (Germany) - ORWO Haus
04.11.2022 Bochum (Germany) - Matrix / End Of Days Fest
05.11.2022 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) - Mass Deathtruction Fest
06.11.2022 London (UK) - The Garage
07.11.2022 Manchester (UK) - Rebellion
08.11.2022 Glasgow (UK) - Slay
09.11.2022 Belfast (N. Ireland) - Limelight 2
10.11.2022 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
11.11.2022 Coventry (UK) - HMV Empire
12.11.2022 Lille (France) - Tyrant Fest
13.11.2022 Nantes (France) - Warehouse
14.11.2022 Paris (France) - Nouveau Casino
16.11.2022 Trier (Germany) - Mergener Hof
17.11.2022 Lyon (France) - CCO
18.11.2022 Marseille (France) - Jas Rod
19.11.2022 Tarbes (France) - La Gespe
21.11.2022 Pamplona (Spain) - Totem
22.11.2022 Madrid (Spain) - Cool Stage / Story Live
23.11.2022 Porto (Portugal) - Hard Club
24.11.2022 Lisbon (Portugal) - RCA Club
25.11.2022 Sevilla (Spain) - Custom
26.11.2022 Murcia (Spain) - Garaje
27.11.2022 Barcelona (Spain) - Boveda
29.11.2022 Luzern (Switzerland) - Schuur
30.11.2022 Milan (Italy) - Slaughter Club
01.12.2022 Rome (Italy) - Largo Venue
02.12.2022 San Dona di Piave (Italy) - Revolver
03.12.2022 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
04.12.2022 Wien (Austria) - Szene
05.12.2022 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
07.12.2022 Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
08.12.2022 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg
09.12.2022 Helmond (The Netherlands) - Cacao Fabrik
10.12.2022 Bad Oeynhausen (Germany) - Druckerei
11.12.2022 Hamburg (Germany) - Gruenspan
And many more dates as well as further details for Krisiun’s “Mortem Solis” release to be announced soon...