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PÄNZER, the heavy metal “supergroup” featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier alongside Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D.POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums, will release its second album, “Fatal Command”, on October 6 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014’s “Send Them All To Hell” will mark PÄNZER‘s first release since the departure of guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPTVICTORY), who left the group to focus on his solo project.

“Fatal Command” track listing:

  1. Satan’s Hollow
    02. Fatal Command
    03. We Can Not Be Silenced
    04. I’ll Bring You The Night
    05. Scorn And Hate
    06. Afflicted
    07. Skullbreaker
    08. Bleeding Allies
    09. The Decline (…And The Downfall)
    10. Mistaken
    11. Promised Land

Bonus (digipak and 2LP only!)

  1. Wheels Of Steel

The official lyric video for the song “We Can Not Be Silenced” can be seen below. The clip features several fellow musicians (see below) in the form of mugshots.

Said Schmier: “It is a hot topic: How much of your personal freedom are you willing to sacrifice for our safety? When I dived into this subject and the whole Edward Snowden story, it has really caught me and I had to write a song about it. Is he a hero or a traitor? He is a very smart man for sure that showed the world the truth about the monitored surveillance system worldwide.

“The idea to bring fellow friends and musicians into the lyric video was very exciting. We are all free minds and global citizens of this world. I hate to see all we have achieved drifting apart again.

“The song itself is a really catchy powerful smasher with my fave solo from Pontus of the whole record.

“I hope people enjoy the music and the topic itself is something worth reading about.

“I have a lot of respect for free spirits and mankind needs them to NOT drift into chaos and war again.

“I know many metalheads don’t wanna deal with politics but this affects all of us in the end!”

Musicians featured in the clip:

Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD)
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR)
Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM)
Sabina Classen (HOLY MOSES)
* Max Cavalera (SOULFLY)
Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR)
Victor (ALMANAC)
Anthony “Abaddon” Bray and Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan (VENOM INC.)
Fredrik and Emil (LANCER)

“Fatal Command” lives and breathes heavy metal like a few other albums of recent years do. It is a monolith of a record on which the tempestuous music, the provocative artwork and Schmier‘s social criticism come together under a metallic and indestructible hide, courtesy of Little Creek Studio in Basel, Switzerland. One thing, however, is setting “Fatal Command” apart from the perfect heavy metal record: “There’s no ballad! But as the singer, I wanted to spare mankind,” Schmier laughs. Consequently, PÄNZER prefer to hit the throttle and concentrate on kicking as much ass as possible. “Fatal Command” proudly wears the insignia that so many current bands are lacking, a bold statement against wimps and posers. PÄNZER swear a solemn oath on “Fatal Command”: They will be true to heavy metal in good as well as in bad times, in sickness and in health. They will love it and honor it all the days of their lives until death does them part. Amen!

In a recent interview with Metal Master KingdomSchmier said about PÄNZER: “Lineup changes are always a little difficult, but, basically, the backbone of the band didn’t change at all; we kept everything rolling. And it’s great fun. To me, it’s a great alternative to play heavy metal — just straight metal and maybe very German also. And there’s no limits; we just do what we want. There’s no high expectations that we have to sound like this or that; we just praise the good old fucking metal.”

Regarding the musical direction of “Fatal Command”Schmier said: “It’s a lot of JUDAS PRIESTACCEPT… but there’s also a lot of fast-forward music. There’s no ballads… I think the new one is even more melodic [than the first one]. There’s some really catchy choruses and nice hooklines, a lot of great lead guitars, double harmonies everywhere and stuff.”

Pulver and Norgren officially joined PÄNZER in December. At the time, V.O. stated about his decision to hook up with Schmier and Stefan: “After producing the debut with PÄNZER, the guys asked me to help them out live to help provide the double axe-attack on stage. Of course I took the opportunity to rock out with my buddies. And when the chance came up to join them permanently, I didn’t hesitate to accept and now I can’t wait to play the sound of my youth!”

Norgren was just as excited to join the heavy metal war machine. “It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join the PÄNZER project; it was a straight-up YES!” he said. “To be able to create music with good friends is the most important thing in my world and in this band, having fun when making music, is number one. I’m looking forward to all of the craziness that the future is going to bring with these guys. So let’s kick some serious…!”




Dielectric“, the new video from Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY, can be seen below. The clip was filmed with director Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others.

“Dielectric”is taken from FEAR FACTORY‘s new album “Genexus”, which is being released on August 7 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2012’s “The Industrialist” was co-produced by longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with guitarist Dino Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by Anthony Clarkson. Drums on “Genexus” were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).

“Genexus” can be streamed in its entirety using the YouTube playlist below.

“The word ‘genexus’ is a hybrid of two words: ‘genesis’ and ‘nexus,'” explained Burton C. Bell. “This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a ‘mechanical’ state of being. Ray Kurzweil predicts that the singularity will occur around 2045. ‘Genexus’ is the term for that next evolutionary process. Where humans are machines, machines are human, and the differences are oblivious to the naked eye.”

He continued: “This album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived, and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us.”


“Genexus” track listing:

01. Autonomous Combat System
02. Anodized
03. Dielectric
04. Soul Hacker
05. Protomech
06. Genexus
07. Church Of Execution
08. Regenerate
09. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date

Limited digipak bonus tracks:

11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality

Cazares previously stated about he making of “Genexus”: “We really feel this is a very special FEAR FACTORY album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic FEAR FACTORY vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans. The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever.’

Speaking about what FEAR FACTORY was trying to accomplish with its forthcoming album, the band’s first since signing with Nuclear Blast, Cazares said: “It’s still just to be who we are. We are ‘cyber metal,’ whatever you wanna call it, but it’s still a lot of the killer riffs, killer double bass, Burt‘s beautiful, melodic vocals. Conceptually, it’s always still futuristic, man-versus-machine type of thing, but, you know, we thought we’re gonna keep it real, keep it what we are and who we are.”


FEAR FACTORY recently parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries (previously of CHIMAIRA, where he played guitar, and SIX FEET UNDER and replaced him with Tony Campos (ex-SOULFLY, STATIC-X, PRONG, MINISTRY). 
is currently on the road with COAL CHAMBER.

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