Mediascope: Helloween, Avantasia and Black Metal movie

Wow, the new year has just begun and there are already lot's of new things online that you can check out freely. For example german metal legend "Helloween" has recently put out their newest studio album called "Straight out of hell". In cooperation with the biggest daily german newspaper "Bild" the band has set up a stream of the entire album right here.

The head of Avantasia is Tobias Sammet. With their last show the band played at the Wacken Open Air 2011 the project was officially laid to rest but Tobias Sammet felt afterwards that their was so much left unsaid and music still in his head that he had to go back and start the project once again. Actually the recordings are already finished for a new album called "THE MYSTERY OF TIME". It is set for release in March 2013. The tracklist will be:

01.  Spectres
02.  The Watchmakers' Dream
03.  Black Orchid
04.  Where Clock Hands Freeze
05.  Sleepwalking
06.  Savior In The Clockwork
07.  Invoke The Machine
08.  What's Left Of Me
09.  Dweller In A Dream
10.  The Great Mystery

A first trailer revealing that Michael Kiske will also be on board for some guest vocals has been put out. There will be in fact a big amount of guest stars on the album since Biff Byford,Bruce Kulick, Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) Arjen Lucassen (Ayeron), Joe Lynn Turner and Ronnie Atkins have been confirmed to do guest appeareances of the album. In addition you can also have a ear on some snippets of the album by checking out the trailer below.

There are more preview videos available, just check out the Avantasia youtube channel to see them.

Least for today is the stream of a full movie that had it's premiere on the Sundance film festival. It's called "Black Metal". The story is set around the main question that ask's, if and in which way are musicians responsible for the deeds of their fans? The story tells the story out of the perspective of a vocalist of a Black Metal band who has to deal with a fan driven deed of strong brutality.


Free digital EPs from Corrision of Conformity and Leviathan

Even in times when much things are getting more expensive there are still bands out there that give away something for free. Two of them I'd like to present you today.

Corrision of Conformity are already around since 1982, so for 30 years by now. I would describe them as a band with a very aggressive basic sound, that is very heavy and riff-based. They remind me on some tracks of the early albums from The Almighty. In addition they do also have elements of other styles in their sound which remind me a bit of the early Black Sabbath. In some of their songs they are said to integrate even party of Stoner Rock Music, meaning their sound would tend to a more relaxted state of mind. Actually they've released their newest effort, a five track EP "Megalodon" with the cover as jpg file for free download. Just enter your E-Mail adress in the box below and you'll get the link to grab your free download. The band's website can be found here.

The second band on today agenda is called "Leviathan". They do provide the listener with a mixture of melodic Death Metal that has been added with some progreesive elements. This EP called "The Crescent Moon" is the first single of our new album "The Aeons Torn - Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt. 2". To get your download go the bands website and scroll down to "New FREE Download-EP (posted: 2013-01-01)". There's a cover of the EP, just click on it and your download should start.

The tracklist reads:

1. The Crescent Moon
2. When Onyl Despair Remains ( Remixed & Remastered)
3. The Scourge We Wield

If you want to check one song out before downloading then do so here with "When only despair remains".


Reload Festival 2013 confirms Motörhead as headliner

This festival is still a bit unknown. Even heard of it first just last summer from a friend who told me it's still a festivals where you can get in touch with the bands. That's quite seldom for today's festival who often tend to go the big, bigger and even more bigger trend.. This is the line up for 2013, actually quite a big fish was annouced when they organisators said, that Motörhead will play as headliner at Reload festival 2013.


It takes place in Sulingen, Niedersachsen/Germany.  Ticket price actually for early birds is around 75 Euro, including camping and a park ticket. A fair price IMHO: The festival has also a youtube channel running, so I decided to pick one band video to show you how the festival size is at the moment:


So maybe this has grabbed your attention, then here's the link to the homepage so you can quickly get your tickets and even more info. Make sure to give the facebook site a like to stay up to date with all the latest since the next band announcements are said to be given out soon.


Sweden Rock Cruise 2012 documentation now online

The documentation about Sweden Rock Cruise 2012 in german language from the TV station NDR is now up online for streaming. It mostly shows the atmosphere of the event seen from the perspective of the fans but also features some short cuts from the performances of Morgana Lefay and Rage plus some Interview footage with Rage. Duration app. 30 minutes. Have a look on it here. If you want to know more about what Sweden Rock Cruise is all about, just check out their official site with more info on it.

The very same night the documentation about the Wacken Open Air 2012 was also broadcasted again. As I did already say in my older post, they've also uploaded that documentation to their website, but did cut away the bands performances. Just to put up some complete info for you guys who missed the whole Metal Night Event on the german TV station NDR. Hope they will continue to put out such nice things to us.