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Motörhead’s 40th Anniversary Edition of the classic album Ace of Spades has unsurprisingly been hitting some high chart numbers since its release, reaching #1 on the U.S. NACC chart, #4 in Sweden and the U.K., and #10 on the German charts – which just happens to be the same position it held the first time around, in 1980). The special box-set, in both 2 CD and 3 LP editions, is still available, though in limited quantities, with more planned for a late January 2021 release. Find more details at: https://imotorhead.com. 

Anthrax are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in a unique way, with a graphic novel paying tribute to their 1987 album Among The Living. Published by Z2 comics, the Among The Living graphic novel will represent a track-by-track storyline of the entire album, written by Anthrax’s own Charlie Benante and Scott Ian alongside guest writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced. Illustrators will include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. The Among The Living comic will be released in spring of 2021, but you can find all the details and pre-order options here: https://z2comics.com/products/anthrax-among-the-living-graphic-novel. 

Epica is headed to the release of their first studio album in five years, Omega, set for February 26th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. In the meantime, the band has shared the next chapter in their Studio Vlog, which accompanies their upcoming second single, “Freedom – The Wolves Within”. Check out the album trailer here: https://youtu.be/4vTTCzpo1qc. Epica has plans to head out on the road in Europe starting in March 2021, for the Epic Apocalypse Tour alongside Apocalyptica, with support from Wheel. Keep up with the band here: https://www.epica.nl. 

The Icons & Idols: Trilogy Rock ’n’ Roll Auction is a charity rock memorabilia auction set for December 2nd in Beverly Hills, CA, featuring stage clothes, collectibles, signed guitars and drum heads from various icons around the rock world. Hosted by Julien’s Auctions, all proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, toward their mission of cancer prevention, research, and education. All of the items that are up for auction can be seen via the online flip-through catalogue, which you can see right here: https://www.juliensauctions.com/flip-through-catalog?id=342. For more info on the auction itself, head to: https://www.juliensauctions.com/about-auction?id=342. 

Mina Caputo, best known as the iconic frontwoman of Life of Agony, has just unleashed a brand-new solo album, collaborating with co-producer Andy Kravitz to release “The Mones”. The full album can be found streaming exclusively via Mina Caputo’s Bandcamp page here: https://minacaputo.bandcamp.com. Follow Mina via: https://www.facebook.com/officialminacaputo/. 

Moonspell has officially announced the details of their 13th studio album, Hermitage, which is set to be released via Napalm Records on February 26th, 2021. The band has unveiled the first video for a track off the album, “The Greater Good”, which you can see right here: https://youtu.be/nv-zHPEkZ4c. Frontman Fernando Ribeiro says of the upcoming Hermitage: “Hermitage is an open-hearted invitation to simplicity. To be humble. To be thankful. To serve you solace. Provide you comfort, entertainment. We sincerely hope this call reaches you. That you kindly accept what we offer. That you take our music with you to the place you must feel as yours. To your secret place, to your hermitage. Blessed be”. For more details, head to: https://www.facebook.com/moonspellband. 

Symphonic Metallers Elvellon are the latest band officially signed to Napalm Records. The German four-piece has been around since 2010, self-recording and releasing their five-track EP back in 2015, which gained them the title of “heroes of tomorrow” courtesy of the German Metal Hammer magazine. Elvellon followed that EP up with a full-length, Until Dawn, in 2018, and now they’ll have plenty more in the works under their worldwide record deal with Napalm. The band says of the signing, “Since we began our musical journey, it was our dream to sign with a legendary label such as Napalm Records. Now this dream became reality and we can barely put into words what we are feeling at this very moment. We feel honored to find ourselves among so many awesome bands. It’s going to be a bright future”. For a taste of Elvellon, check out “Born From Hope”, off Until Dawn, via their official YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/pmBiw2yCbdw, and learn more about the band here: https://www.facebook.com/ElvellonBand. 

Sanhedrin has been playing their classic-tinged heavy metal out of Brooklyn, NY since 2015, releasing two full-lengths to date. Now, the band is set to record their third album as they’ve officially signed with Metal Blade Records. Sanhedrin says of the signing, “We are excited and humbled to join Metal Blade Records! Their legacy spans four decades and countless amazing artists, many of whom have inspired us over the years. We are proud to be part of its future, and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for Sanhedrin”. Spring 2021 is the projected release for this new album, and details are yet to be revealed, but you can keep an eye out for updates via: https://www.sanhedrin.nyc.