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Invincible Records is proud to announce that the italian Death Metal band BARBAROSSA has just signed for the label that will release their official first Ep.
The album titled “Operation Barbarossa” contains 5 songs full of strong power influenced by Carcass, Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates..
The digital release will be available early December, 2016 on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...
Cristiano Perin: Drums
Alex Omega: Bass
Lorenzo Telve: Guitar/Vocal
Davy Scarpellini: Lead Guitar
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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of METALLICA Performing With Chinese Concert Pianist LANG LANG In Beijing
METALLICA was joined by Lang Lang during the band's January 18 concert at LeSports Center in Beijing. As expected, the Chinese concert pianist played METALLICA's classic song "One" from the "…And Justice For All" album. Professionally filmed video footage of Lang Lang's appearance can be seen below. METALLICA previously performed the track with Lang Lang in January 2014 at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. In announcing its collaboration with Lang Lang at the Beijing concert, METALLICA called their joint appearance at the Grammy Awards three years ago "one of the most creative, unique performances of our career." Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich told ABC News Radio about how METALLICA's collaboration with Lang Lang came about: "METALLICA's manager was in China and he met with a guy who presents Lang Lang there, and they just started talking about it. Independently, I actually had called [METALLICA's] manager and said, 'Look, we're interested in you in the Grammys this year,' and the first thing out of his mouth was, 'How about us and Lang Lang?'" "Somehow the METALLICA team had this great idea to work together," Lang Lang told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "The Grammys are basically a stage for synthesizing music together. It's a perfect stage for musical friends to be united." He added: "They were such cool people and I had a wonderful time working with them. "Now everywhere I go, particularly in America, everyone is talking about it," Lang Lang said. "Even checking into a place, going through customs, people say, 'Wow, you played really great!'" During the rehearsals for the Grammy Awards, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Artisan News about playing with Lang Lang: "Well, I would like to think that on a broader scale that music is music. We have a tendency in METALLICA to not look much beyond that in terms of definitions. But, obviously, he's a very talented musician, he's a very dynamic musician, he projects himself very well. I mean, when he plays, he's really full of energy and he's got a lot of kind of showmanship and kind of energy that protrudes off the stage and right into people's hearts and souls. So I would like to think that it's a good collaboration." METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone that the band's performance at the Grammy Awards was "completely insane." He explained, "Lang Lang has interjected himself into the song in a way I don't think anyone else has ever done in the course of our career. He's playing major parts of the song. He's playing through the melody." Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio that the song's arrangement highlighted Lang Lang's playing without changing the song. "We're not lightening up the song just for him," he said. "We're still hanging onto all the heavy parts and it's gonna be amazing. He's just an amazing pianist, and at one point he's, like, weaving in and out of my guitar solo and playing parts of my guitar solo with me. That's interesting. I've never, ever experienced that ever before with anyone we've ever played with." "One" was the first single released from METALLICA's 1988 album "…And Justice For All", becoming the first song from the band to gain substantial commercial radio airplay. It was also the basis for the first music video the group ever did.
TRIVIUM Frontman Says Last Three Drummers, Including PAUL WANDTKE, Were 'Session Players'
Matt Heafy says that TRIVIUM's last three drummers were nothing more than "session players" but has stopped short of confirming that the band has fired its drummer of the past year, Paul Wandtke. On December 22, BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported the rumor that TRIVIUM had parted ways with Wandtke and welcomed Alex Bent, a member of BATTLECROSS and DECREPIT BIRTH who has previously played with TESTAMENT as the fill-in for that band's longtime drummer Gene Hoglan. Asked by Metal Insider in a brand new interviewed what he thinks Alex will bring to TRIVIUM's sound, Heafy responded: "What I feel we need to clarify is that the last three drummers, everyone has been a session drummer within our band. The band has been Corey [Beaulieu, guitar], Paolo [Gregoletto, bass] and myself since the beginning. "As far as the rumors go with who plays with us now, I really like to push with people is that the last time we had an official band member that was a drummer, was Travis [Smith]. While we absolutely wish him well, he's not with us anymore — and that's because of the four of us. The chemistry between the four of us… we weren't able to make something great between the four of us anymore, so we decided among all four of us that we need to separate. Since then, most currently having Paul play with us, the future will always be in the hands of the person on the drum throne. "It's very difficult for anybody to fill the shoes of a legacy and a time. Only time will tell, and we’ve always been up for what the fourth player brings to the table." Heafy went on to reiterate that "the last three [drummers] were session players. Maybe that's the fault of Corey, Paolo, and myself for not saying it more often, but that's just how it was." He added: "We wish nothing but the best for anyone that's ever played with us, but sometimes a session musician is the same idea as the band's sound guy — you're working for the same common goal with them, but those aren't the people in the band." Bent is also a member of TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson's DRAGONLORD project, whose long-awaited third album, "Dominion", is expected to arrive later this year. Wandtke made his live debut with TRIVIUM on December 5, 2015 at Knotfest in Mexico. He previously drummed for the hit musical "Rock Of Ages" and sat behind the kit for KILL HANNAH during the band's main-support run with the SMASHING PUMPKINS. Wandtke joined the Florida outfit on the recommendation of DREAM THEATER's Mike Mangini and replaced Mat Madiro, who departed due to reasons of "creativity." Heafy told Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show last year that even after playing with Wandtke for only a few months, it felt as if the drummer had been part of the group for years. Madiro was the featured drummer on TRIVIUM's latest album, "Silence In The Snow", which was released in October 2015 via Roadrunner.
CELLAR DARLING - sign to Nuclear Blast!
CELLAR DARLING are storytellers. They want to carry you away into their world of music, awaking the spirit of the stories our parents told us before going to sleep, the dramas of love, war and poverty in the hour-long acts of an opera - the adventures of the human spirit with all its mysteries and emotions. After their split with ELUVEITIE, Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter reached out for new shores in 2016 and are now ready to let you see the world through their eyes with their unique and fresh sound, combining grand and heavy riffs, energetic drumming and a unique voice with the signature folky, earthy tones of the hurdy gurdy and classical elements - creating something entirely new, while continuing the spirit of musical innovation they have become known for. So prepare for a journey into the mystical unknown, as CELLAR DARLING are happy to announce that they have signed with Nuclear Blast records. Anna, Ivo and Merlin comment: “We are extremely happy to be 'back home' after so many years as part of the Nuclear Blast family. They have shown continuing faith in us through difficult times, and we knew they needed to be among the first to hear our new music - and as it should be, everything else quickly fell into place. We are proud and excited to have found partners who understand our music and share our vision; together, we’ll make this year our year!” CELLAR DARLING are currently working on their debut album, to be released in 2017. They have released a first single, 'Challenge', and a second song called 'Fire, Wind & Earth' in September 2016. Watch the lyric videos here: https://youtu.be/5DRkXJCRM64 https://youtu.be/HOaR7k506s8 More news will follow soon.
CELLAR DARLING Feat. Former ELUVEITIE Members: Debut Album To Be Released Via NUCLEAR BLAST
CELLAR DARLING, the new band featuring former ELUVEITIE members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass), has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. The group is currently working on its debut album, to be released later in the year. Two songs, "Challenge" and "Fire, Wind & Earth", were made available in September 2016 and can be streamed below. CELLAR DARLING are storytellers. They want to carry you away into their world of music, awaking the spirit of the stories our parents told us before going to sleep, the dramas of love, war and poverty in the hour-long acts of an opera — the adventures of the human spirit with all its mysteries and emotions. After their split with ELUVEITIE, Murphy, Henzi and Sutter reached out for new shores in 2016 and are now ready to let you see the world through their eyes with their unique and fresh sound, combining grand and heavy riffs, energetic drumming and a unique voice with the signature folky, earthy tones of the hurdy gurdy and classical elements — creating something entirely new, while continuing the spirit of musical innovation they have become known for. Commented CELLAR DARLING: "We are extremely happy to be 'back home' after so many years as part of the Nuclear Blast family. They have shown continuing faith in us through difficult times, and we knew they needed to be among the first to hear our new music — and as it should be, everything else quickly fell into place. We are proud and excited to have found partners who understand our music and share our vision; together, we’ll make this year our year!"
Video Premiere: WARBRINGER's 'Silhouettes'
Los Angeles-based thrash metallers WARBRINGER will release their fifth album, "Woe To The Vanquished", on March 31 via Napalm. The disc was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES), mastered by Howie Weinberg (SLAYER, PANTERA), with cover art by Andreas Marschall (SODOM, BLIND GUARDIAN, OBITUARY). "Woe To The Vanquished" track listing: 01. Silhouettes 02. Woe To The Vanquished 03. Remain Violent 04. Shellfire 05. Descending Blade 06. Spectral Asylum 07. Divinity Of Flesh 08. When The Guns Fell Silent Bonus 7" single track listing: 01. Evil Dead (DEATH cover featuring Chris Monroy of SKELETAL REMAINS) 02. Arc Lite (CORONER cover featuring Jadran "Conan" Gonzalez of EXMORTUS) The video for the song "Silhouettes", directed by Orie McGinness (Enlighten Creative Studio) and produced by Shan Dan Horen (Shadow Born Group), can be seen below. WARBRINGER singer John Kevill states: "This song, the album opener, is a blazing and intense number; we wanted the album to open with pure annihilation. I had the lyric in my head and the frantic riff under the verse since the beginning of 2014, and I am very pleased that it exists as a full song now. "The idea for the song came from a particularly chilling detail found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; when the atomic bombs went off the shadows of people whose bodies were vaporized still remain burned onto the walls and the ground where they once stood. To me, this is goddamn horrifying. I thought, 'What if the souls of those dead remain trapped in the shadows?' "I wanted to have the song written from a future where civilization has failed, the Earth is in ruins and the few remaining survivors live a horrible existence. The untold millions of shadows from this future, burnt into stone, look back at us in the present time and judge us for bringing about the apocalypse that, though we saw it coming, we did nothing to avoid. "The way I see it, we continue funding weaponry that keeps getting more and more devastating (search 'satan-2' if you think this issue is some relic), and leadership seems on a sharp downward trend as well. Not the ingredients for a positive outcome. "Remember, it only takes one mistake, once, and everything everyone has ever built, written, painted, all music, all culture, every ounce of human achievement is gone, in a single blinding flash. Like it or not, this is the world we live in today, and entering 2017 the delicate balance tips and sways more and more." "Woe To The Vanquished" will be made available as: * Regular jewel-case edition * 1LP gatefold edition (black and other colored editions) * Super deluxe wooden box warchest edition (CD, exclusive 2 track 7” single, flag, band logo dog tags) only available via the Napalm Records webstores in the U.S. and Europe — strictly limited to 500 copies! Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, explains the "Woe To The Vanquished" title: "The title 'Woe To The Vanquished' comes from early Roman history — before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill, the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it. On the Gaul's scales, the Roman's thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks 'Vae Victis' (Woe To The Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record, 'Woe To The Vanquished' is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone — the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed." He adds: "One of the great things about heavy metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than 'I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad).' I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music... and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that's a children's story. Real evil is in the hearts of men."
Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist's ONCE HUMAN Records 'Davidian' Cover
ONCE HUMAN, the band featuring former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, has recorded a cover version of the MACHINE HEAD classic "Davidian", to be included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of ONCE HUMAN's second album, "Evolution", which will be released on February 17 via earMUSIC/eOne. A short video clip of the "Davidian" recording sessions can be seen below. "Evolution" is not just the title of ONCE HUMAN's sophomore release, it's an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, "The Life I Remember", the band has dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy. "Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren, I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage," states Mader, whose name will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and/or mixing work on records from the likes of GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY and DEVILDRIVER, but also as the original guitarist in MACHINE HEAD, and his late-'90s stint in SOULFLY. "Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it's as if we're a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it's quite unique and I think what we're doing is really on fire." Armed with this track and the eight others comprising "Evolution", ONCE HUMAN intend to build on the groundwork laid down by the two tours they did in support of their debut, and make it damn clear that this is a band to be taken seriously. "It's only been a little more than a year since we put out our first record, but we were so driven by the new sound that we forged that we needed to get back into the studio and capture it," Mader explains. "It was also important to prove to people that this is a real band. It's not just a project I felt like doing on a whim, this is a band that's going to have a full career, and now we're really getting started." With the lineup rounded out by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and guitarists Skyler Howren and recent recruit Max Karon, everything about "Evolution" makes it clear that this is a band pushing itself to deliver something that truly stands apart. "Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it's as if we're a totally different band," says Mader. "We really found our sound and our identity — it's quite unique — and I think what we're doing is really on fire." With the intensity and range of Hart's roar having drastically increased, she unleashes it across complex and constantly shifting time signatures, and thick, contorted riffs that land with sledgehammer force. However, this is not only about bludgeoning the listener into submission, the violence often juxtaposed with eerie atmospherics and dark melodies to create something with great depth. "Evolution" track listing: 01. Flock Of Flesh 02. Eye Of Chaos 03. Mass Murder Frenzy 04. Gravity 05. Dark Matter 06. Paragon 07. Drain 08. Killers For Cure 09. Passenger
Davidian (Machine Head) cover by Once Human
Lauren Hart tracking her vocals on a cover of "Davidian" by the mighty MACHINE HEAD!! This is our special bonus track for Japan!!Posted by Once Human on Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Watch JERRY CANTRELL Perform ALICE IN CHAINS, THIN LIZZY Classics At FRIEDMAN AMPLIFICATION's Pre-NAMM Concert
Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Billy Morrison (BILLY IDOL), Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION), Erik Eldenius (BILLY IDOL) and Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER) are among the musicians that took part in Friedman Amplification's pre-NAMM concert Tuesday night (January 17) at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below. ALICE IN CHAINS opened the first five shows on GUNS N' ROSES' 2016 North American stadium tour, and completed a headlining trek last fall. ALICE IN CHAINS frontman William Duvall told the WRIF radio station last June that it was "too early" to talk about the band's new music, despite the fact that it's been more than three years since the release of their last studio album. "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" came out in 2013 was the band's second disc with DuVall, who joined in 2006 following the death of Layne Staley.
Listen To Live Recording Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Locked In' From 'Turbo' 30th-Anniversary Reissue
British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced the reissue of their tenth studio album, "Turbo". The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3 on three CDs (the original album and two bonus discs) as well as one-LP 150-gram vinyl. Originally released in 1986, "Turbo" features all the hallmarks of classic PRIEST on tracks such as "Turbo Lover", "Parental Guidance" and "Locked In". Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased, "Live in Kansas City", a live recording from the band's 1986 "Fuel For Life" tour in support of "Turbo". The song "Locked In", recorded at the above-mentioned concert, can be streamed below. JUDAS PRIEST says: The '80s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal — JUDAS PRIEST roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with 'Turbo'. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, PRIEST challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of PRIEST's range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era. The 'Fuel For Life' tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! 'Turbo' remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals PRIEST on high octane — raising fists and devil horns to the next level." Disc One - Turbo: Remastered 01. Turbo Lover 02. Locked In 03. Private Property 04. Parental Guidance 05. Rock You All Around The World 06. Out In The Cold 07. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days 08. Hot For Love 09. Reckless Disc Two - Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City 01. Out In The Cold 02. Locked In 03. Heading Out To The Highway 04. Metal Gods 05. Breaking The Law 06. Love Bites 07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 08. The Sentinel 09. Private Property 10. Desert Plains 11. Rock You All Around The World Disc Three - Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City 01. The Hellion 02. Electric Eye 03. Turbo Lover 04. Freewheel Burning 05. Victim Of Changes 06. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) 07. Living After Midnight 08. You've Got Another Thing Coming 09. Hell Bent For Leather Purchase the set at this location.
GUS G. Unveils New JACKSON Signature Star Guitar Models
In the video clips below, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, shares the details of his new Jackson signature Star models, available in USA, X Series and JS Series versions. Gus last year parted ways with ESP and signed up with Jackson guitars. Gus G. has spent the past decade quietly affirming his place as one of metal's reigning guitar virtuosos. He has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, performed around the world as a member of acts ranging from ARCH ENEMY and DREAM EVIL to his own band FIREWIND, and has been Osbourne's guitarist since being personally handpicked by the heavy metal legend in August 2009. "I'm beyond excited and honored to confirm that I've joined the Jackson guitar family," Gus said last June. "The fact that my custom shop axes are built by the legendary Mike Shannon, who built Randy Rhoads' first Jackson, gives me goosebumps and takes the excitement up ten notches! Thanks to the Jackson team for making things happen, and I am stoked for this new guitar chapter ahead." Gus was born Konstantinos Karamitroudis in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1980 — the same year Jackson was born. His arrival brings even more heavyweight power and prestige to the Jackson family of world-class artists, continuing a long-cherished tradition of Jackson-wielding Ozzy Osbourne guitarists dating all the way back to Randy Rhoads and the company's 1980 founding. "We are beyond thrilled and honored to welcome Gus G. into the Jackson family," stated Jackson artist relations manager Mike Tempesta. "His playing style, command of the instrument and dedication to the craft exemplify the type of artist that keeps the Jackson legacy alive and well. The entire Jackson team looks forward to an exciting future with the Greek metal god!" FIREWIND's eighth studio album, "Immortals", will be released on January 20 via the band's longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe. The disc marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, having worked with Dennis Ward (UNISONIC, PINK CREAM 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G. "Immortals" is FIREWIND's first release with singer Henning Basse (METALIUM, SONS OF SEASONS), who previously toured with the band on various continents in 2007 and was most recently the singer in Gus's solo touring group. Gus's latest solo album, "Brand New Revolution", was released in Europe in July 2015 via Century Media. The CD was made available through Century Media in Australia and South America, Dismanic/eOne in North America and King Records in Japan.
IRON MAIDEN's 'The Book Of Souls' Tour Returns To North America In 2017; GHOST To Support
IRON MAIDEN's hugely successful "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe. First night reviews from Ft. Lauderdale called it "a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center" (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band's legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: "From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures — the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!" Support on the trek will come from GHOST. There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino. Tour dates: Jun. 03 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Jun. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center Jun. 07 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center Jun. 09 - Charlotte, NC - Pnc Music Pavilion Jun. 11 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena Jun. 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena Jun. 15 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Jun. 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center Jun. 19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Arena Jun. 21 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center Jun. 23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center Jun. 24 - San Antonio, TX - ATT&T Center Jun. 27 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater Jun. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena Jul. 01 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater Jul. 03 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Center Jul. 05 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena Jul. 07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheater Jul. 09 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena Jul. 11 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center Jul. 12 - St Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Jul. 15 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage Jul. 16 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre Jul. 19 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center Jul. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Arena IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris commented: "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible! "So this year we're able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places MAIDEN haven't played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland, California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time. "We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final setlist and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same 'Book Of Souls' live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!" Tickets start going on sale Friday, January 27 — check IronMaiden.com for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN fan club members, details of which can also be found on IronMaiden.com along with information on how fan club members can participate in the draw to be "First To The Barrier". After great feedback to last year's North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and MAIDEN swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from TrooperVIP.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately. For the 2017 shows, MAIDEN will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites. "The Book Of Souls" is MAIDEN's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.