Author: Velvet Thunder

Formed in 2019, Velvet Thunder covers news, reviews and features from the worlds of Prog, Metal and Classic Rock.

DYNAZTY release new single & video ‘Natural Born Killer’, new album ‘Final Advent’ out on 26th August on AFM Records

Fans have been patiently awaiting the band’s upcoming magnum opus, but this summer, your wait is finally over: August 26, 2022 will see Swedish melodic metal force Dynazty release their brand new album, entitled Final Advent, via AFM Records!  As previously-released, first album singles already proved, the Final Advent will mark the band’s most cohesive, imaginative, complex and at the same time..

BEAST IN BLACK | announce European headline tour dates for Spring 2023

Photo: Jarmo Katila/Toni Kilpinen International powerhouse BEAST IN BLACK recently wrapped up a 20-date headline run in North America, after which they teamed up with NIGHTWISH for 11 more shows, delivering their signature heavy metal to the US and Canada for the first time. Today, they finally announce new headline European tour dates, including 5 UK shows and a Dublin..


Photo: Jonathan Weiner 2021's hottest heavy band, SPIRITBOX, have today announced the release of their first new music since their incendiary, chart topping debut album, Eternal Blue. The new release comes in the form of a 3-track single titled Rotoscope and sees the band bringing their unique spin to a more industrial, '90s alt-rock-tinged sound. The..

SEETHING AKIRA release their emotive new single ‘Lost At Sea’, out now on FiXT

Seething Akira takes on a more introspective tone with their new hard-hitting metalcore single Lost At Sea. The second chapter within their upcoming third album Nozomi, Lost At Sea features thought-provoking lyrics, soaring guitar solo sections, steady rhythms, and fuses synths with a dominating vocal performance for a single that puts hope above all else, questioning the..

SUASION shared new single/video “Trapped” on Atomic Fire Records

Rising metalcore architects Suasion has shared their new single and music video Trapped via Atomic Fire Records. Trapped is maybe one of the most violent tracks the band wrote yet with an interlude that is totally unexpected.  This fresh dynamic, fast song is about being chased and turned into an outsider, "as we are turned into prey in this chapter of our journey,..

Secret Rule releases official video for third single “The Illusion” – new album ‘The Resilient’ out now physically via 7Hard Records, Digital release due July 1st

Following the release of One More and Obsession, Italian melodic metal band Secret Rule release their third single The Illusion. Check out the video below. Their new album The Resilient was released this past Friday, June 17th and is available now physically with a digital release scheduled for 1st July. Secret Rule says: "Looking at..

MOTIVE BLACK release fabulous new video for single ‘Lift Me Up’, feat. Carla Harvey of BUTCHER BABIES, out now on AFM Records

Los Angeles based alternative metal band, Motive Black (AFM Records) has released their new single Lift Me Up. Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Rowe (Bloodsimple, Vampire Weekend), the track focuses on the talents of newcomer Elana Justin, and features special guest Carla Harvey, of the internationally acclaimed metal band Butcher Babies, on vocals. Music video for Lift Me Up, replete with vintage hot rod and fight sequence,..

DAEDRIC releases stunning new single & video ‘Dawnbreaker’, out now on FiXT

Texas-based industrial metal group Daedric releases their anticipated third single Dawnbreaker with an alluring official music video overlaid with a vocal performance that dashes between brutal and ethereal, industrial guitars, pulsing electronics, and heavy rhythm. Dawnbreaker pushes the boundaries into even heavier territory for the band and is another triumphant chapter in the Daedric saga.  "During production, we basically said..