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OTEP Announces “The Resistance” World Tour

First Leg Begins February 14 in Mesa, AZ  
Featuring Support from The Convalescence, The World Over and One Day Waiting
New Album Generation Doom out Now via Napalm Records
Groundbreaking art-rock performer, author and spoken word artist OTEP will embark on a 30+ date U.S. headline run this February and March as part of her “The Resistance World Tour”. The tour will begin in Mesa, AZ on February 14 and come to a close on March 23 in Las Vegas, NV. The Convalescence, The World Over and One Day Waiting will perform as support on select dates, and Hatebreed will join to headline in two cities. Tickets are on sale now via
OTEP states, “The music and message for this tour is simple: when they come for one of us, they come for all of us. We will fight for our right to exist.”
Before the tour hits Flint, MI on March 8, OTEP will stock up on cases of water at each venue and accept donations from fans with plans to donate every case of water to the Flint Water Crisis.
OTEP “The Resistance” World Tour U.S. Dates w/ The Convalescence
One Day Waiting support 2/14 – 2/28
2/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
2/15 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace             
2/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger – Hatebreed headlining, tour support not performing
2/18 – Amarillo, TX @ Ink Life Tour @ Amarillo Civic Center – Hatebreed headlining, tour support not performing
2/19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
2/20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/21 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
2/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
2/24 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
2/26 – Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
2/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall
The World Over support 3/1 – 3/23
3/1 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
3/2 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
3/4 – Billing, MT @ Pub Station
3/5 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
3/6 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s Bar
3/7 – Janesville, WI @ Back Bar
3/8 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
3/9 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
3/10 – Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
3/11 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
3/12 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
3/13 – Clarksville, TN @ Warehouse
3/15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
3/16 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (3Thirteen Showcase), Dirty Dog Bar
3/18 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
3/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
3/21 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock
3/22 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
3/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock
OTEP is touring in support of her band’s most recent full-length release, Generation Doom, which hit stores in April 2016 via Napalm Records (order here). With OTEP Shamaya’s multifaceted vocal approach – ranging from gut wrenching roars to soft seductive poetry and beautiful singing showcasing her evolution as a writer and story teller – Generation Doom erupts with thunderous, punishing grooves that harmoniously detonate into dark industrial fury with magma flows of hard rock melodies that seamlessly shapeshift into a mysterious musical beast.
Upon release, Generation Doom debuted at #10 on the Billboard Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart. Watch the music video for the powerful single “Zero”

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Interview: Heaven’s Guardian

Interview: Heaven’s Guardian (Brazil)

Interview by Sam / Dark Art Conspiracy


I had a pleasure to interview  Heaven’s Guardian’s guitarist Ericsson Marin and Keyboard player Everton Marin about their third full-lenght album “Signs” and  about what they have plans for the future.  

“Signs”  will be released by Megahard Records, 27th , January 2017.


1. Hello. First of all, please tell us about the history of your band and its members. Only thing I know is that you are described as a Heavy Metal band From Brazil.

Guitar Player: Ericsson Marin

Heaven’s Guardian appeared in 1997 in the Brazilian Midwest, starting a promising career characterized by the strength of its music and the talent of its members. With the proposal to carry a song with much energy to any part of the planet, the band prepared the first phonographic work titled “Roll of Thunder” (1999). The acceptance of the audience was immediate, making songs like Neverland and the title track, main references to the style of the band.


After that, there was a strong interest of various record labels in hiring the group. The band then signed with the Brazilian label Megahard Records, which released their first album called “Strava” (2001), produced by James Castro. International musical critics made reference to the melodic and heavy compositions of the band, and hits like Fighters, Freedom, Hope were sung by huge choirs in great live presentations. These performances were responsible for putting Heaven’s Guardian on the same stage as great icons of Heavy Metal, such as Saxon (England), Blind Guardian (Germany), Sepultura (Brazil), thus increasing the legion of fans who always accompanied them.

In 2004, the group launches the one that came to be the most elaborate and pretentious work, the album D.O.L.L. With the production of renowned Paulo Anhaia, it was inevitable that great publications would honorably criticize the work. All of them projected the name and music of Heaven’s Guardian to international levels. The album D.O.L.L. was distributed in several countries, including in Japan, where Burrnn Magazine classified it as indispensable for the rock fans, assigning a 9.0 score out of 10 rating. When completed 10 years of career, the band released the DVD and CD “X Years on the Road-
Live at Gyn Arena”. This work gave to the audience a great interpretation of their major songs, recorded in a live performance with 4,000 fans in a night of total inspiration.

In 2008, Heaven’s Guardian restructured its line up with the departure of the singer Carlos Zema and the arrival of the singer Mario Linhares (Dark Avenger, Harllequin). Mario Linhares stayed with the group until 2011, when Heaven’s Guardian ended this chapter with a brilliant performance together with the north-american band MegaDeth.

In 2013, the band went through deep changes again. This time, its line up was completely reformulated. The singers Flavio Mendez and Olivia Bayer, forming a strong and cohesive duo. The piannist Everton Marin was also integrated into the cast as a keyboard player, contributing to the maturing of the songs. In May of 2015 the band then went to São Paulo to join the famous producer Marcello Pompeu, Latin American Grammy for best rock album in 2010. Pompeu understood the new proposal and produced with great mastery the album ”Signs”, that is surprising the audience. The new sound is heavier, but without losing the melodic essence of the band. Signs was released on the Brazilian market in February 2016 by Megahard Records and and will be distributed by Pure Steel records worldwide.

2. The new album “Signs” comes out through megahard records on January 27th. 2017 and Encyclopedia Metallum says that it’s released through Megahard Records already on November 2015. Is this a second press ? Sorry I’m bit confused.

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

In fact the album Signs was recorded in São Paulo in 2015 but the final press was in early 2016. The CD was only in the stores in February 2016. After a few months of promotion made by the band and also by our Brazilian Label Megahard Records we received a Proposal for album promotion in Europe by Pure Steel Records in Germany.So, the CD will be available throughout Europe and the USA on January 27th, being distributed by Pure Steel Records.


3. How did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Guitar Player: Ericsson Marin

Everything just happened after the release of the first work of the band in 1999. Megahard Records contacted us and demonstrated interest in release our second our. This was done in 2001, when band released the album ”Strava”. In this area, trust in fundamental, and we believe in this partnership.

4. You are coming from Brasil. How is the life of Heavy Metal artists in Brazil nowadays?

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

BRAZIL is a very rich country musically. We have marvelous bands that have already conquered the world like Sepultura and Angra. Great bands always pass by and even record live shows because they admire Brazilian fans. Increasingly we have bands that are very prepared and represent the country in a great way.

5. How would you describe your style than only Heavy Metal? I hear powerful and symphonic elements on your album (Signs) and hear it more as Symphonic Metal.

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

The band has been included in the power metal style, but we do not include ourselves only in this style but also in others. Various elements of symphonic metal, melodic metal, traditional heavy metal, progessive and even thrash metal riffs with some more agressive vocals. We did a mix of several elements in order to create something original.

6. Is there any particular bands influenced your music? On song called Fantasy some male vocal parts sounding like Devin Townsend meets Marco Hietala (Nightwish) to me, in a good way.

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

The band always tried to make a song with its own characteristics, trying to make the listeners see something innovative. But of course some bands have always been influences for us, such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dream Theater, Accept, Stratovarius, Angra.

7. Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the all ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process?

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

The whole cd was very well programmed and studied. The disc concept is based on the dualities of life where every aspect can be directed towards the good way or the bad way. All letters have this same goal and shows that each person can make their personal choice using these elements for his own way. The artwork shows the Guardian taking care of the 10 elements through the symbols that represent them.

8. Do you remember your first show with the HEAVEN’S GUARDIAN and what was it like?

Guitar Player. Ericsson Marin

Definetly. It was a festival in a small high school in Goiania City, Brazil. Many bands played that night. Our set list included some covers of famous songs like ” From Whom the Bell Tolls (Metallica)” and ”Wasting Love (Iron Maiden). However, the other 5 songs in that night was already part of our own compositions, demonstrating that Heaven’s Guardian was coming to stay.

9. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

For this year 2017, the band has audacious plans. A tour in Europe in July passing through countries where the band was very well accepted and also the recording of the second dvd of the band that will be Heaven’s Guardian with a Symphonic Orchestra.

10. Anything else you think you want to add and your fans should know?

Keyboard Player: Everton Marin

We encourage our fans to join our social networks and get to know the band’s work. Signs is the fourth album of the band and will now be released in Europe on January 27th by Pure Steel Records.

Official Pages:




1. Religion

2. Time

3. Strength

4. Journey

5. Fantasy

6. Dream

7. Change

8. Passage

9. War

10. Silence

Total Playing Time: 57:12 min

1. Roll of Thunder (Demo, 1999)
2. Strava (2001)
3. D.O.L.L. (2007)
4. X Years on the Road (DVD, 2007)
5. Signs (2015)
Olivia Bayer – vocals (female) Flávio Mendez – vocals Luiz Maurício – guitars Ericsson Marin – guitars Everton Marin – keyboards Murilo Ramos – bass Arthur Albuquerque – drums


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Sanctuary: launch “Die For My Sins (remastered 1986 demo) off “Inception” release!
Century Media Records and legendary US metal act SANCTUARY have teamed up to release “Inception”, a collection of presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, on February 24, 2017.

Magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed), SANCTUARY now present the first track off this release, guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
“‘Die for My Sins’ was always one of my favorite SANCTUARY songs to play live. On the “Inception” version we left off the intro and the song starts right into the main riff. I think this version has a real “in your face” edge to it. I’m excited that after much effort we were able to restore these nearly destroyed master tapes. Now we can share the proper audio versions with all of our fans!”

Enjoy “Die For My Sins (Demo 1986)” here:

“Inception” will be available as Gatefold LP on 180 gram vinyl and comes with a 12-page LP-sized booklet, poster, and the album on CD as additional extra. Apart from that it will be released as Special Edition CD Digipak with a 28-page booklet, and digital album.
Apart from rare photos, flyers, artwork sketches, the booklet also offers detailed liner notes by Lenny Rutledge covering SANCTUARY’s early history.

See below for a list of coloured vinyl limitations and various pre-ordering options:
Red vinyl – limited to 100 copies! Presale starts January 27 at
Gold vinyl – limited to 200 copies! Presale starts January 27 at
Dark green vinyl – limited to 200 copies! Pre-order now:
Clear vinyl – limited to 200 copies! Pre-order now:
Black vinyl – not limited
Pre-order black vinyl, CD:

Pre-order the digital album and get “Die For My Sins (Demo 1986)” straight away:

Listen via Spotify:

Recorded in March of 1986 (“Soldiers Of Steel”, “Battle Angels”) at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center between April and July 1986, “Inception” contains previously unreleased highlights as “Dream of The Incubus” and “I Am Insane” as well as several classic “Refuge Denied” songs allowing you to delve deep into the Seattle legend’s beginnings.

With several festivals already booked for next year, a new album in the works, “Inception” being released, 2017 shall be the year when past and future of SANCTUARY unite. Look forward to the next assault of the soldiers of steel!

SANCTUARY – “Inception” track-listing:
1. Dream Of The Incubus
2. Die For My Sins
3. Soldiers Of Steel
4. Death Rider / Third War
5. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
6. Ascension To Destiny
7. Battle Angels
8. I Am Insane
9. Veil Of Disguise

15.06.2017 – 17.06.2017 (DE) ST. GOARSHAUSEN / Rockfels, Loreley
16.06.2017 – 18.06.2017 (FR) CLISSON / Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) DESSEL / Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2017 (DE) BALINGEN / Bang Your Head!!!, Messegelände
14.07.2017 – 15.07.2017 (SE) GAVLE / Gefle Metal Festival
24.07.2017 – 28.07.2017 (SV) TOLMIN / Metaldays
27.07.2017 – 29.07.2017 (DE) BRANDE-HOERNERKIRCHEN / Headbangers Open Air
03.08.2017 – 05.08.2017 (DE) WACKEN / Wacken Open Air


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IMMOLATION – Release third video trailer! “Atonement”

German thrash titans KREATOR released the fourth video trailer for their upcoming album, »Gods Of Violence«. Watch KREATOR mainman Mille Petrozza talk about how the new material will work live, how many new songs to expect and what will be special:


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Synaptik Reveal Details Of Upcoming Album ‘Justify & Reason‘ Plus Drop New Video!

Synaptik Reveal Details Of Upcoming Album ‘Justify & Reason‘ Plus Drop New Video!


British heavy metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK recently announced the re-release of their incredibly successful debut album, ‘The Mechanisms of Consequence’ as a heavier remixed album, due out on January 30th.

The Norwich men show no signs of slowing down as they are set to make a huge impact in 2017 by following it up with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘Justify & Reason’, out March 10th.

For US fans, it’s a double dose of metal as the remix album and the new album, ‘Justify & Reason’ will be released as a double album directly via Divebomb Records at

UK Edition:

US Edition:

Both US and UK editions have the same track listing, however the US version has the remix album as a bonus disc.

The album track list:
1. The Incredible Machine
2. Human / Inhuman
3. Conscience
4. White Circles
5. Esc Ctrl
6. A Man Dies
7. As I Am As I Was
8. I Am The Ghost (intro)
9. Your Cold Dead Trace

The first pre-orders for this collection will be available on February 1st 2017 from the bands website:

‘Justify & Reason’ is described as “A collection exhibiting real finesse, true technicality but not at the expense of neck-snapping riffs and a progressive air that’s both bracing and intimidatingly menacing”.

‘Justify & Reason’ will be released physically March 10th 2017 via Snakes On Fire Records (UK), Divebomb Records (US).

Links for Synaptik

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WRETCH Reveals New Album Art and Tracklist

US Power/Trash metal act Wretch has released album art , tracklist and and a Release Date of their upcoming album which will be released: 24th February 2017

US power/thrash metal act WRETCH are pioneers of their local Cleveland metal scene and have since forged ahead to become an internationally recognized force of powerful melodic metal with festival performances in Germany and Greece. Prepare for the bands latest release ‘The Hunt’ – a shredding masterpiece that will appeal to fans of Primal Fear, Iced Earth, Helloween and Iron Maiden.

The first album to feature new singer Juan Ricardo who has a voice reminiscent of the mighty Bruce Dickinson, the new album is 40 minutes of exceptional power/thrash that marks the bands long journey since its 2006 debut ‘Reborn’

Released through the prestigious German label Pure Steel Records, who also released the bands previous album ‘Warriors’, the new album will be released in February before the bands upcoming European tour in March alongside Split Heaven.


1. Sturmbringer
2. The Hunt
3. Throne Of Poseidon
4. Twilight´s End
5. The Final Stand
6. Fortune’s Fool
7. The King In Red
8. Straight To Hell
9. Pierce The Veil
10. Once In A Lifetime
11. She Waits
Total Playing Time: 41:26 min

Juan Ricardo – vocals
Nick Giannakos – lead- and rhythm guitar
Michael “Mjölnir” Stephenson – lead- and rhythm guitar
Tim Frederick – bass
Jeff Curenton – drums


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