Watch Pro-Shot Video Metallica Performing “Seek And Destroy” Live in Vienna


Metallica kicked off year two of their M72 World Tour last Friday, May 24th in Munich Germany! The band continues to tour behind their 2023 album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings, read our review here) performing deep cuts, and hits. The tour features a “no repeats” weekend’s events features two different shows, with no repeated songs in the set list either night, along with other events, including their extended merch pop-up shops and their M72 Takeover Weekend! Check our our review of the St. Louis weekend last year, and watch a pro-shot video of Metallica performing their deep-cut track “Holier Than Thou” Milan on tour.Continue reading


Watch Pro-Shot Video Metallica Performing “Holier Than Thou” Live in Milan


Metallica kicked off year two of their M72 World Tour last Friday, May 24th in Munich Germany! The band continues to tour behind their 2023 album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings, read our review here) performing deep cuts, and hits. The tour features a “no repeats” weekend’s events features two different shows, with no repeated songs in the set list either night, along with other events, including their extended merch pop-up shops and their M72 Takeover Weekend! Check our our review of the St. Louis weekend last year, and watch a pro-shot video of Metallica performing their deep-cut track “Holier Than Thou” Milan on tour.Continue reading


Funko to Release a New POP! Rocks Vinyl Figure of Ozzy Osbourne from The Late Eighties


Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company will soon release a new POP! Rocks! Vinyl Collectable figure of recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Heavy Metal singer for Black Sabbath, and solo artist – Ozzy Osbourne! The latest Ozzy figure, styled from 1989, joins the list of other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment includes Slipknot, N.W.A., Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie, FFDP, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Green Day, PanterA, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, Judas Priest, a set of the guys in Twizted, Glow in The Dark Iron Maiden figures, and many more. The Funko brand, which sells other figures and licensed merchandise, went public with an IPO in 2018.

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PODCAST: The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show Live 6-14-24


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ALBUM REVIEW: Nattsvermer – Nattsvermer


First embarking on a continuous journey of craftsmanship under the name Liquid Mojo in 2017 and then proceeding to present an ever-dynamic resurgence as Nattsvermer, the Norwegian four-piece continues to explore the uncharted realms of alternative metal heavily inspired of the likes of Alter Bridge, Godsmack, and Metallica. Presenting a sonic adventure like no other, Nattsvermer and the sounds they create are guaranteed to blow their listeners’ minds through a set of compelling resonances characterized by hard-hitting riffs and melodic nuances that defy conventional norms and boundaries surrounding genre classifications.Continue reading


Watch Pro-Shot Video Metallica Performing “Lux Æterna” Live in Milan


Metallica kicked off year two of their M72 World Tour last Friday, May 24th in Munich Germany! The band continues to tour behind their 2023 album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings, read our review here) performing deep cuts, and hits. The tour features a “no repeats” weekend’s events features two different shows, with no repeated songs in the set list either night, along with other events, including their extended merch pop-up shops and their M72 Takeover Weekend! Check our our review of the St. Louis weekend last year, and watch a pro-shot video of Metallica performing their deep-cut track “Lux Æterna” from 72 Seasons in Munich from the second show of the tour.Continue reading


Metallica and Fortnite Team Up for a “Metallica Takeover” This Week For Season 4 and Two Virtual Concerts


Metallica will takeover the popular game Fortnite tomorrow, June 13th, 2024 as part of Season 4. Metallica claims to be the “first band at the center of all Fortnite experiences with Metallica-themed gameplay coming to Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and more. Plus, as part of an all-new music experience inside of Fortnite, Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. will bring a series of in-game concert performances to players only on June 22 and June 23.” See the details below. Continue reading


Pantera Announces UK Headline Tour Dates, Performing at Download Festival This Week


Pantera continues to have a busy 2024, following their reunion/tribute tours of 2023 with Metallica, headline dates and festivals, the has followed their previous headline tour of the USA, with new dates in the UK in 2025. The pre-sale will go live on the 18th of June with the full public sale on the 20th. The band is back out on the road for Metallica’s year 2 of their 72 Seasons tour, with headline sets at festivals such as Download this weekend, and Aftershock next fall. Full details on the tour below!Continue reading


Watch Pro-Shot Video Metallica Performing “Inamorata” Live for The First Time Ever in Munich


Metallica kicked off year two of their M72 World Tour last Friday, May 24th in Munich Germany! The band continues to tour behind their 2023 album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings, read our review here) performing deep cuts, and hits. The band again on Sunday with a “no repeats performance” with the tour debut of “Inamorata” and “Bredfan!” Every weekend’s events features two different shows, with no repeated songs in the set list either night, along with other events, including their extended merch pop-up shops and their M72 Takeover Weekend! Check our our review of the St. Louis weekend last year, and watch a pro-shot video of Metallica performing their deep-cut track “Inamorata” from 72 Seasons in Munich from the second show of the tour.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Apocalyptica – Plays Metallica Vol 2.


Everybody loves covers! Especially covers of iconic songs by great bands. What is better than a single cover version of a classic track, but an entire album of them? What’s even better than that? Well, how about two albums of covers of a bunch of classics!

Yes, we’re talking about Apocalyptica, and we’re talking about Apocalyptica covering Metallica, which they did to great effect on their debut album twenty-five years ago! They have made a career of covering classics in Thrash Metal, introducing thrash fans to classical music on a new scale. while slowly creating their own repertoire of incredible original music, including a few hits along the way. What we often say about cover songs is that there are two approaches to take; a direct copy just redone beat for beat, or making those songs truly your own. Obviously and speaking of the classical metal masters of the Cello from Finland, we are talking reinterpretation. But they ratchet that up significantly on the sequel to their classic debut, Plays Metallica Vol 2., which is releasing via their own new imprint, Throwdown Entertainment.Continue reading