California hellraisers, metal masters and SPV/Steamhammer recording artist Vicious Rumors set out on a world tour in 2023 ! The US leg from March 8 to April 1st has grown to 21 shows! The European leg starts April 29 to May 19 with plans for a Japanese leg to follow. The first 2 shows at 70.000 Tons of Metal Cruise were the first of the special "Atlantic Years" Set, also the first with Ronny Munroe ( Metal Church/ TSO) on vocals!

Geoff Thorpe said: "We couldn't be happier with Ronny in the band. He understands our sound and can bring back the classic songs live in the spirit of Carl Albert with his own twist unlike any other. After three years of down time, we can't wait to hit the road with this killer show in the US/ Europe and Japan".
Vicious Rumors will be performing a classic set from the Atlantic Records albums on tour. Pre-production for a new studio album has begun to be released on SPV/Steamhammer to follow.
Vicious Rumors "Atlantic Years" European Leg:

29.04. DE-Remchingen - No Playback Festival

30.04. NL-Zwolle - Hedon

01.05. NL-Den Haag - Musicon

05.05. NL-Tilburg - Little Devil

06.05. NL-Landgraaf - Oefenbunker

10.05. AT-Vienna - Viper Room

11.05. AT-Velden - Bluesiana Rock Cafe

12.05. IT-Torino - Blah Blah Club

13.05. IT-Bologna - Alchemica

14.05. IT-Rome - Let It Beer

19.05. DE-Oberndorf am Lech - Metalheadz Open Air

With dates booked in the first 8 months of 2023 Vicious Rumors has sharpened the blades, ready to bring their classic brand of SF bay area Heavy Metal to a town near you! Geoff Thorpe: "With our long history it's a pleasure to celebrate our Atlantic years with new and old fans! I promise a night to remember!"


Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution is set to release its spectacular album "Golden Age of Music" on May 18th, 2023 via Mascot Label. The album will be available on various formats; 2LP Transparent Blue, 2LP Pink Marble, 2LP Purple Marble, 2LP Yellow Marble, CD, Digitally and Artbook. You can pre-order it from here:  

You think you know Arjen Lucassen? Towering Dutch prog rock polymath? The man behind the super successful prog rock conceptualists Ayreon? Not to mention his prog metal of Star One and Guilt Machine? Enormous overarching concept albums about space and time, packed to the hilt with special guests that read like a who’s who of modern day progressive rock? Arjen Lucassen? Well, think again…
Supersonic Revolution, the band behind ‘Golden Age Of Music’, are simply five men: Arjen on bass, long-standing keyboard player Joost van den Broek, guitarist Timo Somers, drummer Koen Herfst and singer Jaycee. Five men rocking out and having one hell of a time doing it.
The whole project grew from a request to provide a track for a cover CD for the German music magazine Eclipsed. “They asked if I had any cover versions lying around,” he recalls. “I said, ‘No but I’ll happily record one for you.’ So, they gave me a list of bands and I saw a ZZ Top song ‘I Heard It On The X’ that I really like. I said I could record it for them, but then they told me it had to be ready in one week...”
“I was like ‘Oh my god!’. I contacted my favourite musicians in Holland via WhatsApp and literally within 30 minutes I had assembled five people. A band basically. From there the seed was sown in Lucassen’s mind. ‘I want to form a band. And I want to simply have fun!’.
“I’m a perfectionist as you know, so I’m always sending musicians their parts back and asking them to change stuff,” he acknowledges. “But this was all brilliant. We were having fun, calling and WhatsApping all the time, and within a week we had a complete product.” He continues, “Also I wanted to have an up-beat, positive project.”
“I was like, let’s form a band and let’s write songs in the style of the 70s, and have the lyrics be a celebration of all the memorable things from that time, because those were my formative years,” he enthuses. “But I didn’t want it to sound like the 70s because that’s already been done, and I can’t do it any better than ‘Stargazer’ or ‘Kashmir’.”
“The guys are all younger than me – around 30 – so they weren’t even alive yet in the 70s. So, it was a great way for me to make 70s music with lots of Hammond and blistering guitars, but to update it to this time.”
The end result is 11 tracks of high energy, progressively inclined heavy rock that swings with the kind of groove Deep Purple rocked with in the early to mid-1970s. “This album is not a typical prog album. It’s not Yes or Genesis. But it’s not a metal album either. There’s a track called ‘Burn it Down’,” Lucassen notes, “it’s totally based on ‘Smoke On The Water’ but written from the perspective of the ‘stupid with a flare gun’ mentioned in the original lyrics.
The album also features covers of some legendary songs given the Arjen Lucassen treatment as bonus tracks: T-Rex’s ‘Children of the Revolution,’ ZZ Top’s ‘Heard It On The X,’ Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ and Roger Glover’s ‘Love Is All.’
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the real Arjen Lucassen. Job done. Having fun.

Track list:

01 SR Prelude
02 The Glamattack
03 Golden Age Of Music
04 The Rise Of The Starman
05 Burn It Down
06 Odyssey
07 They Took Us By Storm
08 Golden Boy
09 Holy Holy Ground
10 Fight Of The Century
11 Came To Mock, Stayed To Rock
12 Children Of The Revolution (Bonus Track)
13 Heard It On The X (Bonus Track)
14 Fantasy (Bonus Track)
15 Love Is All (Bonus Track)



Dødheimsgard are ready to release their new avantgarde black metal opus!

On April 14th, 2023, the Norwegians will return with their next full length offering "Black Medium Current". Peaceville Records will handle this release on CD, double gatefold LP and digitally.

What does the label state? Read here:  ''The sixth studio album of bleak, dark and dissonant sounds from Norway's avant-garde pioneers Dødheimsgard Black Medium Current continues on the path set by 2015's monumental and universally lauded A Umbra Omega album; itself a deeply poignant and potent release of vast maturity and insight. Thematically the album deals with the idea of authenticity, the battle of free will versus determinism and what this implies for our moral responsibilities, whilst also aiming to question the notion of ‘responsibility’ as a concept.''

Album tracklist:

01. Et Smelter
02. Tankespinnerens Smerte
03. Interstellar Nexus
04. It Does Not Follow
05. Voyager
06. Halow
07. Det Tomme Kalde Morke
08. Abyss Perihelion Transit
09. Requiem Aeternum



Project Renegade have signed with Pavement Entertainment for the release of their second album "Ultra Terra". Here is the press release of the label about Project Renegade and their addition to the label's roster.

Project Renegade is a metal band from Athens, Greece, founded by Marianna (vocals) and Ody (drums) and joined after by Philipp (guitar) and Jay (bass). Project Renegade’s sound derives from an alternative, modern, heavy and groovy background blended with electronic and ambient elements.

After releasing its debut EP “Cerebra” and its first full-length album “Order of the Minus”, the band will release its second LP “Ultra Terra” via Pavement Entertainment. “Ultra Terra’s” sound will explore the futuristic fringes of a world on the precipice of humanity’s demise. With the help of the renowned Australian producer Forrester Savell who is behind the mixing and mastering of the album, the band has already released 2 singles “The Fix Is In” and “Bloodwitch” with their respective music videos to high international acclaim.

Project Renegade have been performing live in Greece and all around Europe sharing the stage with bands like Slipknot, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Sepultura, Bullet For My Valentine, Jinjer and Harakiri For The Sky among others, and having participated in many renowned festivals. Upon releasing “Ultra Terra”, Project Renegade will share their music around the globe with hopes of pushing the boundaries and welcoming back the danger that’s been missing in the modern age.

Stay tuned for more info on the new album and in the meantime get a first taste of it by listening to the two singles that the band has already released in the following links: