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GOTTHARD – release digital single & music video ‘What I Wouldn’t Give (Acoustic Version)’

»Defrosted« – released in 1997 – was GOTTHARD‘s very first live album. The extremely popular acoustic version was only the fourth album release from the Lugano based hard rockers and within three months it reached double-platinum status in Switzerland. To this day, it’s still seen as a cult-milestone within the band’s career that helped establish their reputation as the most successful band from Switzerland. For more than 25 years, GOTTHARD have thrived in the global spotlight thanks to their outstanding songwriting and spectacular live shows; with a career that includes 16 No.1-albums, over 3 million records sold, multiple awards and over 2,000 shows all over the planet.

And now, 21 years after the first edition, the circle is completed as GOTTHARD return to SONY Switzerlandand Nuclear Blast with »Defrosted 2«, an ultimate unplugged-compilation of GOTTHARD‘s greatest hits, recorded on the »Defrosted Tour« in March. Even though the concept was the same as it was over 20 years ago – to capture the unique chemistry between the band and the fans – the circumstances that the band find themselves in are different. Both the band and their audience have grown, and yet after 25 years it‘s the same unparalleled intimacy that GOTTHARD bring to their live performances that makes this record what it is. After celebrating their »Silver« anniversary with their latest studio album that achieved chart records and saw the band play shows at a number of prestigious festivals, »Defrosted 2« combines the pride of their lengthy career by showcasing 22 of the band’s most iconic tracks as well as a sense of ambition as the band look to the future with 2 brand new songs all in the same release. It provides a perfect cross section of the band’s formidable career that can be appreciated by all.

As soon as LeoFreddyHena and Marc begin to play the first notes of the purest acoustic sound while vocalist Nic casually greets the audience in three different languages, even those who are new to GOTTHARDwill soon feel at home. If you‘re not sold by this point then the first chorus of the album’s first track, the sensual and groovy ‘Miss Me’ will serve as a stark reminder that the only important thing is the joy of live music. Andy Pupato is as faultless behind the kit as he was on the first »Defrosted«Ernesto Ghezzi once again proves his talent as a live keyboard player and The G-Strings (the string quartet centered aroundBarbara Kubli) who perform live with the band from time to time, provide a perfect dose of elegance. Newly appointed backing vocalists Maram El Dsoki and Barbara Comi‘s velvety soft vocals and radiant power give the band wings and imbue »Defrosted 2« with an exciting new charm.

Whether it’s 1992’s ‘Hush’, the gilded ‘Heaven’ from 2000, the “comeback-single” ‘Remember It’s Me’ after the tragic loss of original vocalist Steve Lee, the hard rocking ‘Bang’ from the eponymous 2014 album, the tender ‘Beautiful’ or the recent ‘Stay With Me’, »Defrosted 2« is a well-paced journey through the years, including breathtaking solos, wild honky tonk interludes (‘Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller’) and sincere declarations of love. And if you think you’ve heard everything after the wild XY-minute trip through 25 years of classics, there are two new tracks on top. First, there’s the mighty ballad ‘What I Wouldn’t Give’, which tears everything down in a powerful wave of emotion, and the party-hit ‘Bye Bye Caroline’, which is also the first single from »Defrosted 2«. Lyrically inspired by STATUS QUO‘s 1973 hit ‘Caroline’, the live-opener of the UK rockers for 25 years, the track was created with Francis Rossi himself, who was also involved in contributing guitar and duet vocals. The song was spontaneously written backstage on the last »Rock Meets Classic« tour, when FrancisLeo and Nic sealed their new friendship directly by writing a new song together.

Now the band has launched a music video for the aforementioned song ‘What I Wouldn’t Give (Acoustic Version)’, which can be watched below:

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BÖLTHORN: signing for Broken Bones Records – new video available!

Italian death/viking metallers BÖLTHORN have signed a contract with Broken Bones Records for the release of their debut album, entitled “Across The Human Path”, whose publication date is set for December 23, 2018. Also applies worth noting the participation of Envenomed Musical Label for the realization of the album. Below you will find the single and the video of the “Sentinel” album and all the version details. For fans of Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Windir, Borknagar, Entombed, At The Gates! Below you can see the new official video for the song “Sentinel”



Thrashers HELLNITE Will Haunt You With “Midnight Terrors” – Debut Album Out Feb 2019 via Sliptrick

Formed originally in Mexico City in 2010 and now re-established in Edmonton, Canada by founding member, vocalist and guitarist Paolo Belmar, thrash band HELLNITE will be unleashing “Midnight Terrors”upon the masses with their debut album slated for release February 12, 2019 on Sliptrick Records. The album was written and recorded by Belmar whom is now joined with a live line up consisting of bassist Konnor Miskiman and drummer Ryan Payne.

The full length is lyrically a paranormal and sci-fi themed concept album with influences from classic heroes such as Kreator, Slayer, Death along with next generation thrash and heavy metal such as Havok, Skull Fist.

Belmar explains:

“It’s basically an open door to the next stage of this project that I began in Mexico. I have been working on ‘Midnight Terrors’ since 2014 and I think it will be well received from people who are into oldies and classic metal. I want to provoke curiosity with this album; my purpose is to catch people’s attention so they can follow the next movements of the band, which are going to be a little bit twisted in comparison with ‘Midnight Terrors’ and can’t wait to share the next release after this one.”

HELLNITE‘s first haunting is the album’s title track, which can be heard at the following lyric video:

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