agent-steel in - News, CD Reviews, DVD Reviews

SODOM Recruits Drummer TONI MERKEL

German thrash metal veterans SODOM have recruited Toni Merkel as their new drummer. He joins the band as the replacement for Stefan "Husky" Hüskens, who announced his departure from SODOM earlier in the month. Says the group: "Flying under the radar for a long time, it's a dream coming true for [Toni]. Brace yourself to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

IN FLAMES Announces Spring 2020 European Tour

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will embark on a European headlining tour this spring. The band is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "I, The Mask", which was released in March 2019 via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America). The 12-track disc reunited IN FLAMES with Grammy-nominated ...

Read more

Posted in: News

POSSESSED And PESTILENCE Announce Dates For 'Revelations Of The Ancients' North American Tour

Californian death metal pioneers POSSESSED will team up with long-running Dutch progressive death metallers PESTILENCE for a North American tour in the spring. The "Revelations Of The Ancients" 17-date trek presented by Eternal Rock and Asteri Agency will kick off on March 17 in Houston, Texas and will make stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and Richmond ...

Read more

Posted in: News

GOJIRA's JOE DUPLANTIER Gets New Signature Guitar From CHARVEL

Charvel has expanded its signature artist models with the all-new Joe Duplantier Signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH E Mahogany (pictured below) featuring the GOJIRA frontman's new signature DiMarzio humbucking bridge pickup, as well as new colors for the Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK and Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 NOVA. French avant-metal quartet GOJIRA has ...

Read more

Posted in: News

BURNING WITCHES Release 'Sea Of Lies' Video

Swiss heavy metal band BURNING WITCHES will release its third studio album, "Dance With The Devil", on March 6, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The official visualizer video for the disc's latest single, "Sea Of Lies", can be seen below. The quintet says: "We are delighted to present you our second single 'Sea Of Lies'. In ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SODOM Drummer STEFAN 'HUSKY' HÜSKENS Exits Band

Drummer Stefan "Husky" Hüskens has announced his departure from German thrash metal veterans SODOM. Hüskens said in a statement: "Unfortunately, I have to tell you that I have to leave SODOM. Due to some changes at my full-time job, as well as a few other matters, I do not see any chance of continuing to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Video Premiere: STITCHED UP HEART's 'Warrior'

STITCHED UP HEART's official music video for the song "Warrior", directed by Ron Thunderwood and STITCHED UP HEART frontwoman Alecia "Mixi" Demner, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming full-length sophomore album "Darkness", due out on March 13 via Another Century. "I'm really excited about this video because I was ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LES BINKS 'Had A Blast' Performing With K.K. DOWNING, TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS And DAVID ELLEFSON

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) performed a full-length set of PRIEST classics with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson in November in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Joining them on second guitar was A.J. Mills of HOSTILE, the British metal band whose two albums, "Eve Of Destruction" and "The ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STITCHED UP HEART: Lyric Video For New Song 'Bones'

Rockers STITCHED UP HEART have released a lyric video for their new song "Bones". The track is taken from the band's forthcoming full-length sophomore album "Darkness", due out on March 13 via Another Century. "Darkness" will feature previously released tracks such as "Lost" (featuring a guest appearance by Sully Erna of GODSMACK), "Darkness", "Warrior", "Problems", ...

Read more

Posted in: News

STITCHED UP HEART Teases 'Warrior' Music Video

Rockers STITCHED UP HEART have released a teaser for the official music video for the song "Warrior", directed by Ron Thunderwood and STITCHED UP HEART frontwoman Alecia "Mixi" Demner. The track, which was originally released this past September via Another Century, is taken from the band's forthcoming full-length sophomore album "Darkness", due out in the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ROB HALFORD Is 'Up For' Singing TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Songs: 'It'll Just Happen And It'll Be Brilliant'

Rob Halford says that he is "up for" performing songs written and recorded during the years when JUDAS PRIEST was fronted by his replacement, Tim "Ripper" Owens. Owens created two studio albums with the British heavy metal legends — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Halford. Asked in the January ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS POLAND Is Working On 'Liar' Memoir

Former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland is working on a memoir with the help of Thom Hazaert, who recently co-authored MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's "More Life With Deth". The book is titled "Liar: Truth, Highs, And Consequences", and will tentatively be released sometime in 2020, in partnership with Combat Records and Ellefson Books. It will also ...

Read more

Posted in: News

MIKKO SIRÉN Says New APOCALYPTICA Instrumental Album 'Cell-0' Is 'Back To The Roots'

France's United Rock Nations recently conducted an interview with drummer Mikko Sirén of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reasoning behind APOCALYPTICA recording their first instrumental album in 17 years, "Cell-0": Mikko: ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Listen To New CARCASS Song 'Under The Scalpel Blade'

British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS have released a new digital single, "Under The Scalpel Blade", The track, which was previously made available to deluxe Decibel magazine subscribers, can now be streamed below. "Under The Scalpel Blade" is taken from CARCASS's upcoming seventh studio album, which is due out in 2020 on Nuclear Blast. The disc ...

Read more

Posted in: News