LAMB OF GOD’s RANDY BLYTHE Joins BAD BRAINS For Surprise New York City Performance: Video, Photos

Punk/hardcore pioneers BAD BRAINS played a surprise set last night (Thursday, June 8) at the opening of an art gallery curated by the band's bassist, Darryl Jenifer. The "Mind Power" art show at Okayplayer's Okay Space in Williamsburg saw Darryl joined by his bandmates Paul "H.R." Hudson, Gary "Dr. Know" Miller and Earl Hudson — along with keyboardist Jamie Saft and guitarist Chogyi — for a short performance consisting of "Jah Love", "Youth Are Getting Restless" and "Re-Ignition". After H.R. left the stage, LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe took over on vocals for "Big Take Over" and "Banned From D.C." His high-energy delivery was followed by the surprise appearance of BAD BRAINS' original singer Sid McCray, who finished out the set with a low-key version of "Regulator". Check out photos at OkayPlayer.com. H.R. underwent a successful brain operation in February to alleviate the excruciating pain associated with the SUNCT headaches the singer has endured over the past ten years, caused by a blood vessel pressing into the trigeminal nerve that is primarily responsible for transmitting sensations from the face to the brain. A book about H.R.'s life, titled "Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains", was recently released via Lesser Gods. There was also an accompanying documentary, "Finding Joseph I", directed by James Lathos and produced by Small Axe Films with executive producer Jay Mohr. Dr. Know is still recovering from near-fatal cardiac arrest in 2015 in which he suffered multiple organ failure and was on life support.

NECROPHOBIC To Release ‘Pesta’ EP In August

Swedish extreme metallers NECROPHOBIC will release a new two-song EP, "Pesta", digitally and as a limited seven-inch single on August 11. "Pesta" gives you a glimpse into NECROPHOBIC's upcoming studio album, which is due in early 2018. The exact release date of the yet-untitled disc will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. The "Pesta" title track is a brand new song, offering NECROPHOBIC's typical trademarks with its evil vocals, battering drums and the wicked guitar harmonies from the notorious guitar duo of Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck. The second song is a re-recorded version of the classic demo track "Slow Asphyxiation". The seven-inch version is on pre-order in various online stores as of now. As it is limited to a total of 1,000 hand-numbered copies, you'd better be fast and grab this nice little gem of real Swedish blackened death metal in one of the following vinyl colors: * Black vinyl: limited to 600 copies * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies * White vinyl: limited to 100 copies - exclusively available at CM Distro * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies - exclusively sold at the Cudgel stand at Party.San Open Air NECROPHOBIC recently signed a deal with Century Media for the world excluding USA and Canada. Formed in 1989, NECROPHOBIC belongs to the first wave of Swedish death metal bands. Ever since the release of its classic debut album, "The Nocturnal Silence" (1993), the band has issued a total of seven studio LPs, among them timeless masterpieces as "Darkside" (1997), "Bloodhymns" (2002) or the brilliant 2009 album "Death To All". NECROPHOBIC was recently rejoined by guitarists Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck following the band's split with its axeman of five years, Fredrik Folkare. NECROPHOBIC 2017 is: Anders Strokirk - Vocals Alexander Friberg - Bass Joakim Sterner - Drums Sebastian Ramstedt - Guitar Johan Bergebäck - Guitar

PROJECTED Feat. SEVENDUST, ALTER BRIDGE, TREMONTI Members: ‘Reload’ Video

"Reload", the new video from PROJECTED, the band featuring SEVENDUST members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornsby (bass) alongside ALTER BRIDGE/CREED drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Eric Friedman (a.k.a. E-Rock; TREMONTI), can be seen below. The clip was produced, directed and edited by Jamie Brown for Smoking Gun Productions. "Reload" is taken from PROJECTED's sophomore album, "Ignite My Insanity", which will be released on July 21 via Rat Pak Records. The two-disc collection is currently available for pre-order in various configurations at this location. The follow-up to 2012's "Human", "Ignite My Insanity" features twenty-one all-new tracks from PROJECTED and continues to build upon the sound the band established with its debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the members' original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener "Strike" to the raucous ending of closer "Battlestations", the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like "Six Feet Below", "Gomorrah", "Inhuman" and "Upside Down" are infectious rockers. The first single, "Reload", is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. ALTER BRIDGE/TREMONTI songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote "Rectify" and "Call Me The Devil" and SEVENDUST's Morgan Rose co-wrote "Concede" with PROJECTED. On the subject of PROJECTED's new record, Connolly comments: "There are four very strong personalities in this band. Everyone has been in the business doing various things, from ALTER BRIDGE to CREED to SEVENDUST to TREMONTI, and it took all those elements and sounds to make this album what it is!" Phillips adds: "We're all part of other bands that we've put our heart and soul and life into and this was just a chance to extend that into somewhat of a different direction." Friedman comments: "When I think PROJECTED, the first words that come to my mind is a very raw and honest band. Things aren't overthought. It's very organic." Hornsby says: "We've been playing so long together, you know it's kinda like a marriage to a certain degree. It really warms my heart to be able to play with my friends and these great musicians." "Ignite My Insanity" track listing: Disc 1 01. Strike 02. Reload 03. Six Feet Below 04. Vain 05. Rectify 06. Faith 07. Gomorrah 08. Heaven Above 09. 10 Years Gone 10. Only Disc 2 01. Fire 02. Ignite 03. Call Me The Devil 04. Concede 05. Inhuman 06. Better 07. Hate You Back 08. Upside Down 09. Seconds 10. Inside The Sun 11. Battlestations

COREY TAYLOR On DONALD TRUMP: ‘It Is Embarrassing That He Is The ‘Leader Of The Free World”

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has once again slammed President Donald Trump, calling him a "petty, petulant cunt" who "can't go away fast enough." Taylor has been vocal about his distaste for the billionaire real estate mogul for at least the past two years, telling a Des Moines, Iowa radio in a 2015 interview that he would "emigrate" if Trump became president. Now, in a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor revealed that roughly one-third of his upcoming book, "America 51", is dedicated to his derision for Trump. "It's really fucking unfortunate how bad we have just fucked ourselves into an embarrassing ... Did you see what he did with the members of the U.N.? Did you see him shove the dude?" Taylor said, referring to the incident last month where Trump appeared to push aside the prime minister of Montenegro to get to the front of a photo op. "I'm like, 'Ugh, you petty, petulant cunt. Would you just fucking get impeached already?' "It is embarrassing that he is the 'leader of the free world,'" he continued. "I will never give him the qualification for that shit. He can't go away fast enough. And I think people are really starting to see that. His approval rating is at 39 percent in a lot of places. Was there a reason you wiped your ass with your fucking vote, you bunch of dickheads? Good for you." Taylor said that he hasn't gotten much flak from fans of his bands over his political views. "I am a socially liberal and yet fiscally conservative guy," he said. "So I can hang with almost everybody. I think if you ask people that, they will absolutely be right on that center line, whether it's the socially liberal or the fiscally conservative. People agree with all of that. But it's only when the politicians themselves start whipping frenzies up and trying to get the base all knocked up on fervor that people stop listening to their inner dialogue, or listening to their common sense, and they immediately lock into that battle. It's such bullshit. If we all were talking to each other instead of listening to that bullshit in the first place, we would be able to take the power away from them and put it back where it belongs." "America 51", which is subtitled "A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside 'The Greatest Country In The World'", will be released on August 8 via Da Capo Press. Corey, who is often referred to as the "Great Big Mouth" due to his outspoken views, previously said that he wasn't worried about alienting any of his fans with his comments. "That's part of being an American," he explained. "I mean, nothing drives me more crazy than when somebody says to celebrities or whatever, 'Why don't you just stick to acting?' And I'm, like, 'What? Leave politics to you? Why don't you stick to writing bad reviews in your mom's basement? Just shut your mouth. I'm just as American as you are, I have every right to say what I want, and you can shove that kind of attitude straight up your ass." Taylor published his third book, "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", in July 2015. The book acted as a commentary on society and pop culture in the style of the late George Carlin. Taylor's second book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.

SLIPKNOT Announces New Documentary, ‘Day Of The Gusano’

SLIPKNOT. A genuine sonic phenomenon, a nine-piece force of nature and one of heavy music's most important, recognizable, uncompromising and creatively ingenious bands. Yet to their millions of fans across the world, affectionately known as "maggots," SLIPKNOT aren't just a group, they're also a counterculture and a way of life. Those fans play an important role in a new documentary brought to you by MusicScreen, titled "Day Of The Gusano". The 90-minute documentary is to be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6. Watch the trailer below. Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" documents the Iowa band's first ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City. Confirmed cities and ticketing for the screenings will be announced in July. Talking about the movie, Clown says: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." "Day Of The Gusano" also chronicles the rabid devotion of the Mexican maggots and sees the band hearing personal, emotive stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from SLIPKNOT's incendiary live show at the inaugural Knotfest México. The film features a full surround soundtrack, so you'll not only hear the show, but you'll 'feel' it as if you were actually there. To tie in with the movie announcement, SLIPKNOT also launch their #AskSlipknot campaign. Fans are asked to submit their questions to the band on either Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag, #AskSlipknot, and a selection will be chosen by the band to answer as part of the cinematic screening event. Submit your questions before June 13 in order to be in with a chance of getting your question included. SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told the 97.1 The Eagle radio station last month that the band was "not really doing anything right now." He explained: "I know we're kind of slowly starting to write some music. Other than that, we're just kind of taking some time off. Clown's gonna direct some movies, Sid's gonna do some stuff… We're all kind of doing our own thing… But that's it. I mean, really. Next year is everybody kind of doing their own thing, and then probably after that, we will slowly but surely start to get together to do some SLIPKNOT stuff." SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year. ".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. One of last gigs of "The Gray Chapter" touring cycle saw SLIPKNOT performing its 2001 second LP, "Iowa", live in its entirety for the first time during the band's set at their annual Knotfest. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner. Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.

BLIND GUARDIAN: ‘Prophecies’ Video From ‘Live Beyond The Spheres’ Album

German progressive power metal pioneers BLIND GUARDIAN will release a new concert album titled "Live Beyond The Spheres" on July 7 as a 3-CD and 4-LP box via Nuclear Blast. The set will include material recorded at various shows during the band's European tour in 2015. It will contain old classics, new tracks as well as songs that were very rarely performed during BLIND GUARDIAN's live shows. BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist André Olbrich reveals why the time is right to release "Live Beyond The Spheres": "There's several different reasons why it's about time to release a live album. We've had a new rhythm section in the band — Frederik and Bahrend — for a couple of years now. Our interaction improved a lot by their joining and our songs developed a better groove and became more dynamic. The appearance of digital amp profilers and digital recording techniques also made it possible to create a fairly similar sonic image in different venues and to fulfil our image of what a perfect live album should be. Last but not least, we released three studio albums since our previous live album, and we didn't have any live recordings from our relatively current studio material. By compiling a three-disc package, we were able to create a very extensive and varied set list to reflect our thirty-year career with an optimal performances. "We compiled one 'show' out of the best tracks from more than forty live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That's how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium," he adds. The official video for the song "Prophecies", taken from "Live Beyond The Spheres", can be seen below. BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch speaks about the difficulties to create such an ambitious album: "In general, I would say that we've had a really good run on this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every bandmember has checked each and every song and concert of those 30 shows again and again. There were only like two or three versions of each song being suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those last remaining versions, which would have been the most impressive one. This was a nearly endless task!" He continues: "The songs finally chosen reveal such an energy that poissible smaller mistakes appeared to be totally unimportant for the evaluation. As soon as you have listened to the songs, you will know what I mean. They feel alive." But the end result is well worth the effort. Hansi sums it up: "There is always something happening at each show, let's call it 'magic,' that is giving us all creeps. We are really satisfied when the people sing with us, have a good time and go back home happy." "Live Beyond The Spheres" track listing: CD1 01. The Ninth Wave 02. Banish From Sanctuary 03. Nightfall 04. Prophecies 05. Tanelorn 06. The Last Candle 07. And Then There Was Silence CD2 01. The Lord Of The Rings 02. Fly 03. Bright Eyes 04. Lost In The Twilight Hall 05. Imaginations From The Other Side 06. Into The Storm 07. Twilight Of The Gods 08. A Past And Future Secret 09. And The Story Ends CD3 01. Sacred Worlds 02. The Bard's Song (In The Forest) 03. Valhalla 04. Wheel Of Time 05. Majesty 06. Mirror Mirror

OPETH’s MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says His Proposed Project With DEVIN TOWNSEND Will Focus On Lead Vocals

Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed by Rock Hard publisher Holger Stratmann at this year's Rock Hard Festival, which was held June 2-4 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. You can now watch the chat in four parts below. When asked about his proposed project with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend, Mikael said: "Well, actually, if I say anything about it, people are gonna be expecting something to be released. Some of these… I don't know how many projects I've been in, and all of them have been talked about when you're drunk. I had a band with Jeff Loomis [ex-NEVERMORE], from now ARCH ENEMY. [We were] like, 'We're gonna have a band.' And a band with Brent [Hinds] from MASTODON. And I was gonna have a band with Yngwie Malmsteen, even if I never met him. But [there was] talk [of] a lot of shit — a lot of shit. But this one, and since [Devin] already mentioned it, yeah, I talked to him about doing something. Not [just] me and him… If it happens, which it may well not do, it will be like a band of musicians." He continued: "I came up with the idea, talked to one guy from Sweden that I love his voice. I talked to him, and he's, like, 'If you're doing it, if you're in, I'm in.' And then I met a keyboard player, asked him and he said, 'Yeah, I'm in.' I talked to a drummer, [and he said], 'I'm in.' I talked to Devin, [and he said], 'I'm in.'" Åkerfeldt added: "The idea for this — again, if this happens — is to have a band consisting of lead singers. So the vocals first and instruments second, because that's been gone missing in music, I think, now. So people that are comfortable singing lead vocals. And then if they are a bass player or a drummer, that's great. But the singer is the most important thing, that they have a lead-vocal-type voice, if you know what I mean. So the band, if it happens, it's not gonna be anything big — [we'll] just do a record for the fun, if we get there, and, like I said, focus on singing and harmony vocals. Like, one takes the lead and the other guys are singing harmonies. Because I love vocals and I've been missing that in the rock scene." OPETH's twelfth album, "Sorceress", was released last September. For the band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records, the group returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked "Pale Communion" in 2014 with Tom Dalgety.

TESTAMENT To Tour Europe With ANNIHILATOR, DEATH ANGEL

San Francisco Bay area thrashers TESTAMENT will embark on a European tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from ANNIHILATOR and DEATH ANGEL. Commented TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy: "I am pleased to announce the 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' headline tour coming to Europe in November. It's going to be a thrash extravaganza with TESTAMENT, ANNIHILATOR and DEATH ANGEL. This invasion is gonna devastate." Added DEATH ANGEL's Mark Osegueda: "It has been way too long since DEATH ANGEL has toured in Europe, a fact that we are none too pleased about. So it is with tremendous pride and excitement that I can say DEATH ANGEL is FINALLY coming back in support of our latest record 'The Evil Divide'! And we plan on delivering a devastating set night, after night, and stage after stage to our most dedicated, and loyal fans! Come out and let's feed off of each other's energy!!! Together we can, and will create, and celebrate unforgettable nights of the undeniable power that is METAL! See you on the road! See you in the pit!" Tickets will be available from Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. CET. Tour dates: Nov. 11 - DE - Weissenhäusser Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise) * Nov. 12 - BE - Antwerp, Trix Nov. 14 - DE - Berlin, Astra Nov. 15 - PL - Warsaw, Progresja Nov. 16 - SK - Kosice, Collosseum Nov. 17 - PL - Wroclaw, A2 Nov. 18 - HU - Budapest, Barba Negra Nov. 19 - CZ - Brno, Sono Centrum Nov. 20 - AT - Vienna, Arena Nov. 22 - DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof Nov. 23 - DE - Munich, Backstage Nov. 24 - DE - Saarbrücken, Garage Nov. 25 - DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn Nov. 26 - SI - Ljubljana, Kino Siska Nov. 27 - DE - Nürnberg, Löwensaal Nov. 28 - CH - Pratteln, Z7 Nov. 30 - IT - Bologna, Estragon Dec. 01 - IT - Milano, Live Club Dec. 02 - CH - Fribourg, Fri-Son Dec. 03 - FR - Toulouse, Bikini Dec. 04 - ES - Madrid, La Riviera Dec. 06 - FR - Lyon, Transbordeur Dec. 07 - FR - Nantes, Stereolux Dec. 08 - FR - Paris, Bataclan Dec. 09 - DE - Oberhausen, Ruhrpott Metal Meeting Dec. 10 - NL - Haarlem, Patronaat * TESTAMENT only TESTAMENT's latest album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake", was released last October via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for the TESTAMENT's previous album, 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", and worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past. "Brotherhood Of The Snake" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and Billy and was mixed and mastered by British metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH). Billy recently told Metal Wani that TESTAMENT's goal is to release the follow-up to "Brotherhood Of The Snake" in 2018.

VENOM INC. To Release ‘Avé’ Album In August

VENOM INC., the new band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, will release its debut album, titled "Avé", on August 11 via Nuclear Blast. The official video for the disc's first single, "Dein Fleisch", can be seen below. VENOM INC. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015's Keep it True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The onstage reunion was a rousing success amongst VENOM fans and music industry personnel alike, and although it was originally only set up for fun, Dolan began receiving numerous show offers for VENOM INC. from booking agents around the world. What started as a live set to celebrate VENOM's legacy immediately turned into a serious reunion discussion. While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true VENOM fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists. Dolan says: "We tried to shape 'Avé' so that it comes at you dark, then it gets bright and heavy and just keeps growing into some kind of monster." "Avé" track listing: 01. Ave Satanas 02. Forged In Hell 03. Metal We Bleed 04. Dein Fleisch 05. Blood Stained 06. Time To Die 07. The Evil Dead 08. Preacher Man 09. War 10. I Kneel To No God 11. Black N Roll Going in to writing "Avé", VENOM INC. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for VENOM INC. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the VENOM catalogue and think, "We have to write another 'Black Metal' or another 'Schizo'..." The focus is on VENOM INC. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now. Dolan adds: "Expect 100% pure, honest, solid, hard, dark, thought-provoking metal... like it was, is and forever shall be. Classic old-school, but with the ferocity and energy that we display in our live show. We are proud of this album and our new home at Nuclear Blast, as well as our whole team — management, PR, agents, sponsors and most of all, YOU. Thank you! See you somewhere on this blood-stained Earth!" VENOM INC. will kick off the "Blood Stained Earth" headline tour, featuring support from GOATWHORE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and THE CONVALESCENCE, on September 1. In addition to the tour, VENOM INC. is set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including stops at MetalDays, Heavy Metal Cauldron and others. The band will perform classic VENOM songs and new tracks. VENOM INC. is not to be confused with the Conrad "Cronos" Lant-fronted version of VENOM, which is continuing to tour and make albums under the VENOM moniker. Joining Cronos in that group are Rage (a.k.a. Stuart Dixon) on guitar and Danté (a.k.a. Danny Needham) on drums. Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992). The classic lineup of VENOMLant, Dunn and Bray — is often credited with kickstarting the whole black metal movement, but is more accurately seen an early example of extreme metal. VENOM's second album, 1982's "Black Metal", was a major influence on on the early Norwegian black metal scene. Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

UNISONIC Feat. HELLOWEEN Members: ‘Live In Wacken’ CD + DVD Due In July

earMUSIC will release UNISONIC's 2016 Wacken Open Air show on July 21 on CD and DVD. With its 2012 self-titled debut album, UNISONIC unleashed a storm of enthusiasm. For the first time in 23 years, two former members of Hamburg's metal institution HELLOWEENMichael Kiske and Kai Hansen — reunited to play in the same band. More than a few metal fans might have shed a tear. After the successful follow-up album, "Light Of Dawn" (2014), a worldwide tour followed with memorable gigs in South America, Europe and Japan until UNISONIC, still at full speed, brought their energy to the small village of Wacken where one of the biggest and most spectacular metal festivals in the world takes place every year. The international all-star act consisting of Kiske on vocals, Hansen on guitar, Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) on guitar, Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69 and successful producer of many top class hard rock acts) on bass and Kosta Zafiriou (PINK CREAM 69) on drums entered the stage at last year's Wacken festival and set the night ablaze with glorious metal. For the band, it was a remarkable experience. On stage the band showed their class and diversity; their sound is spiked with remarkable riffs and guitar solos, thundering grooves, classic metal hymns and hooks other bands would be dying to write. And on top the anthemic vocals of Kiske, whose "out-of-this-world" voice is so extraordinary and strong, he is often mentioned in the same breath with Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford and Geoff Tate. Like the studio albums, "Live In Wacken" was mixed and mastered by the band's own Dennis Ward. This show was a very special occasion for the whole band, but possibly it was "the show of the life" for one bandmember… Kosta Zafiriou had, in fact, decided to focus only on the management side and to leave his drummer seat forever, after a lifetime spent between management duties and being a professional drummer. 2017 and 2018 will see Kiske and Hansen reunite with HELLOWEEN for the "Pumpkins United" world tour. The UNISONIC show will be available on a limited CD+DVD (digipak) version. The bonus DVD includes the video recording of six songs from their spectacular performance. Track listing: CD 01. Venite 2.0 02. For The Kingdom 03. Exceptional 04. My Sanctuary 05. King For A Day 06. A Little Time 07. Your Time Has Come 08. When The Deed Is Done 09. Star Rider 10. Throne Of The Dawn 11. March Of Time 12. Unisonic DVD: 01. For The Kingdom 02. Exceptional 03. Your Time Has Come 04. When The Deed Is Done 05. March Of Time 06. Unisonic