Latest Metal News
Last updated on October 8, 2015 at 3:26 PM ET
We post metal news every day, throughout the day, covering thousands of metal bands including underground and unsigned bands.
Below is the latest news, but check back often for updates. You can also browse our news archive or find news by band.
36 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya died on October 7, 2015. He was taken off of life support, which was required after he suffered a stroke. A Facebook memorial page has been created and a GoFundME account has been set up to help Jim's family with medical bills.
Known by his stage name, Jim Sadist, Konya played in the Cleveland-based death metal band for twenty years. Nunslaughter has stated it will be on hold for the rest of the year and will decide in 2016 if it will go on. Also, despite being on hold, the band will release more albums later this year. More...
The atmospheric progressive sludge conjurors from He Whose Ox Is Gored will release "The Camel, The Lion, The Child" full-length this Friday via Bleeding Light Records. You can now stream the entire record in full below, or catch the band live later this month and into November, with full details as follows:
10/20/2015 Zootown Arts - Missoula, MT
10/21/2015 Aesthetic Agony Tattoo - Billings, MT
10/22/2015 New Direction - Fargo, ND
10/23/2015 The Riverboat - Minneapolis, MN
10/24/2015 Reggie's Live - Chicago, IL
10/25/2015 Magnolia Bar - Louisville, KY
10/26/2015 TBA - Atlanta, GA
10/27/2015 Sisters in Christ - New Orleans, LA
10/28/2015 Mohawk - Austin, TX
10/29/2015 The Alley Kat - Houston TX
10/30/2015 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
11/01/2015 Yucca Tap Room - Phoenix, AZ
11/02/2015 The Merrow - San Diego, CA
11/03/2015 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
11/04/2015 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA
11/05/2015 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
11/06/2015 Cafe Colonial - Sacramento, CA
11/07/2015 The Know - Portland, OR
11/08/2015 Le Voyeur - Olympia, WA More...
Exmortus recently finished an epic month-long trek across North America with guitarist Marty Friedman and now the band is gearing up to release new album "Ride Forth" in early 2016 via Prosthetic Records.
"Ride Forth" was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation), who also helmed the band’s 2014 release “Slave to the Sword.”
Exmortus has also announced a series of appearances throughout October before joining Enforcer, Warbringer, and Cauldron for an extensive winter tour across the U.S. and Canada early next year. Full dates are available below. More...
Bonnyville, AB death-infused melodic metal outfit Silent Line is now streaming new single "Black And White" upcoming concept album "Shattered Shores," which is the follow-up to the 2012 LP "Born of Dying Star."
Vocalist/guitarist Michael Burton comments about the track: "'Black And White' as part of the concept album is the track that represents the transition into winter after the inferno in the last song. Primarily dealing with the passage of time and fading memories, the lyrics describe a person longing to remember better times. Longing as well for a simpler time when things were seen as black or white: simple and clear choices that do not truly exist. Complex shades of grey have become reality.
"A lead guitar laden intro moves into a percussive verse featuring mainly drums and bass underneath the vocals. There isn’t a very complex structure to the song, but as with lots of the album it is the feeling that matters, not the amount of notes or changes in time signature."
The "Shattered Shores" track listing is as follows:
1. Frost of The Night (5:46)
2. Erosion (3:52)
3. Black And White (3:21)
4. Shattered Shores I Timeless Night (5:45)
5. Summer Song (5:40)
6. Starfall (4:08)
7. Shattered Shores II A New Beginning (8:08)
8. Into The Chasm (4:39)
9. The Faceless Shadow (6:24)
10. Embrace the End (5:19) More...
Offering up a pounding dose of melody and raw power with a nod to the golden old schools of heavy 70s and 80s pre-thrash metal, Blackwülf’s "Oblivion Cycle" will be released on December 11, 2015 through Ripple Music.
In the meantime, you can stream new song "The Locust" below, or grab a free download of the track at SoundCloud here. The previously posted track "Wings of Steel" can also still be heard over at this location. More...
Cold Snap is mad as hell about child predators - the band's intent is that this video below for "Monster" will get people talking about this problem, and give someone the courage to step forward and speak out. The video was directed by Tin Majnaric at Alfa Film Studios in Zagreb, Croatia.
“In this video there is a lot of metaphors and symbolism” states vocalist Jan Kerekes. “The video is deliberately uncomfortable to watch. That’s the point, because it’s important to see the horror of what happened. Our intent is that this video will get people talking about this problem, and give someone the courage to step forward and speak out. If this video saves just one child, then we will be proud of what we’ve done here.” More...
For years, fans have been clamoring for an official end to the story of Dethklok, the wildly popular animated heavy metal band at the center of pop culture mainstay and television show Metalocalypse.
Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small is championing a campaign to bring fans the official end to Dethklok’s story. Presented by Rocksmith and dubbed Metalocalypse Now, the campaign is designed to combine the efforts of grassroots supporters, the heavy metal community, comedians, record labels, instrument brands and more, proving to Hulu/Adult Swim that there is a massive audience who will watch this ending if they produce it.
The Metalocalypse Now campaign is officially supported by Razer, Metal Blade Records, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection.
Fans deserve to see how the Metalocalypse prophecy ends after nearly 10 years of the story's existence. Using social media, an online petition and more, Metalocalypse Now is the metal world's chance to demand their show's finale. Millions of viewers around the world are waiting patiently for an end to the series, and Metalocalypse Now is working to create the critical mass necessary to publicly prove that Hulu is the perfect home for the series-closer.
Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small states, “Metalocalypse, to this day, has a ridiculously strong viewership. The show has become a part of the metal community and we want to give the fans an opportunity to demand what is rightfully theirs!”
World-famous musicians and heavy metal tastemakers such as Scott Ian, Joe Satriani, Devin Townsend and Brian Posehn have already publicly supported the campaign – and now you can too! To reach critical mass, fans should spread the word all month long by:
- Tweeting at @hulu and @adultswim with #metalocalypsenow
- Signing the petition at this location
- Don’t use social media? Send an envelope with guitar picks and a note enclosed that tells Hulu that if they finish Metalocalypse, you’ll watch it Send to:
ATTN: HEAD OF CONTENT
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404 More...
Germany's Dvalin - named after one of the legendary dwarves in Norse mythology - just inked a deal with NoiseArt Records. The band comments:
“We are more than happy to announce that we’ve been signed to NoiseArt and we’re looking forward a lot to cooperating with the label. Our debut album will surely leave a lasting impression!”
The debut Dvalin album will be released in early 2016, with details forthcoming. Eluveitie's Chrigel Glanzmann also comments on the band:
"Dvalin are not just 'another Folk / Pagan Metal Act', they stand head and shoulders above the pack with their unique sound, which is both refreshing and original! The guys combine melodic, playful and sometimes experimental Death Metal with classical medieval sounds, blending instruments like the bagpipes akin to medieval rock bands such as In Extremo. A delight for the ear is also the fact that each member knows his craft and Dvalin move playfully at a higher level than one that might expect from a band so young."
Redemption's sixth album, "The Art of Loss," has been completed and will be released early in 2016 by Metal Blade records.
Featuring guest performances from a number of legendary musicians, the CD's nine tracks contain over 70 minutes of Redemption's unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity.
Los Angeles-based Redemption is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes renowned prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical leave of absence from the band.
The band recruited several of the finest guitarists in metal to complement van Dyk's playing. "We're fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians," begins van Dyk. "To start with, I'm extremely proud to announce that Chris Poland has lent his immense talent as a special guest on this record, contributing his unique playing on the majority of the songs and elevating our music into extremely interesting territory while calling to mind his work in his previous bands, who need not be named. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and Simone Mularoni, all of whom are amazing guitarists who add so much to this record."
The high-octane track "Thirty Silver" features Poland, Friedman and Broderick in the same song - something that will be a special treat for fans of these world-class players.
In addition, Redemption's cover of The Who's classic "Love Reign o'er Me" features a vocal duet between Alder and guest vocalist John Bush. "The combination of Ray's rich melodic voice and John's go-for-broke passion on this track really makes it special," explains van Dyk. "Daltrey's performance on the original is one of the most iconic vocal performances in the history of rock music and John does it great justice." More...
Last year I spoke with Phi Anselmo in a two-part interview concerning his Housecore Horror Film Festival Housecore Horror Film Festival. He was set to play a reunion show with Superjoint Ritual (now known as Superjoint). Other than the tragic death of his partner and HHFF founder Corey Mitchell at the festival ending, the festival went down without a hitch. Superjoint put on a crushing performance as did the dozens of other bands that played the fest.
A year later, Superjoint is back together on tour opening for Danzig on the Blackest of the Black tour. I caught up with Anselmo at the band’s stop in Austin during only the second date of the tour. Besides talking about the third installment of HHFF that takes place in November in San Antonio and the current tour, we get into some of his other projects including The Illegals, which has a new guitar player. Also, we discuss the band the internet is abuzz with, Scour, a collaboration he has with members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation. More...
Magic Bullet Records has locked down November 20, 2015 as the official release date for "One Foot In The Flesh Grave," the debut LP from Durham, North Carolina-based Wailin Storms.
Wailin Storms creatively merges doom punk and swampy rock, led by ominous, blues-driven vocals reminiscent of Danzig and Samhain, while musically carved from the Southern American East Coast with emotive nods to Destruction Unit, Clockleaner, Unsane and Pussy Galore.
"One Foot In The Flesh Grave" serves as a warning shot to all things safe, prescribed, and banal. Recorded and mixing were handled at Warrior Sound by Al Jacob and mastering was covered by Carl Saff.
Magic Bullet Records will issue "One Foot In The Flesh Grave" on all digital platforms as well as both red and clear vinyl pressings on November 20. Audio previews, an official video and more on the album will be unveiled in the days ahead. The track listing is:
1. Don't Forget The Sun
2. Ribcage Fireplace
3. Mystery Girl
6. Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board
7. German Fur Tails More...
Conceived out of a deep love for classic rock and all things heavy, the metalcore band Disruption just released debut single "Skylines." This track will be available on the band's debut album due out early 2016.
The band recruited Shawn Milke from Alesana for this video, which was shot by Paradyme Pix and can be seen below. The song was engineered in Portland with Stephan Hawkes (Attila, Chelsea Grin, Jonny Craig).
"Having Robyn August Reinstadler direct this was truly an awesome experience," says vocalist/guitarist Rob Ramos. "It was incredible to watch this monster come alive on set!"
Seattle's Fallen Angels will being hitting the road for dates in Washington state this October and November in promotion of third studio release "World In Decay."
The album was produced by Grammy award winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors) and was released on August 4 via the band's indie label Cyberdyne Records.
Fallen Angels is also offering a free download of the track "Nightmare" right here. Catch the band live on these dates:
Oct 17 - Everett, WA - Tony V's
Oct 31 - Tacoma, WA - Louie G's
Nov 13 - Seattle, WA - The Highline w/ Havok
Nov 14 - Tukwila, WA - Lucky Liquor
Nov 21 - Olympia, WA - 4th Ave Tavern More...
Nysiis - the project from ex-Extinction Level Event member Ryan Reedy - just released a "Song For" guitar playthrough shot in a traffic circle. "Song For" is taken off the "Reboot.EXE / Sequence 1" EP available for streaming in full at this location.
Copenhagen-based independent music label Indisciplinarian this week releases the "Carrion" debut LP by eclectic doom/sludge trio Recitation. In advance of the release tomorrow, the entire album is now playing below.
The disturbing, low-end demoralization that Recitation perpetuates drags down-tuned doom riffage and earthmoving percussion through the outer fringes of death metal, jacking every moment full of dread.
Recitation played a debut show in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 20 and has also booked a record release show for "Carrion" on October 10, with additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
10/10/2015 Stengade - Copenhagen, DK - Carrion Release Show More...
Swedish black metal force This Gift Is A Curse is streaming forthcoming album, "All Hail the Swinelord," in the player below. The album will be released internationally on October 16, 2015 and the group also comments:
"We feel that 'All Hail the Swinelord' is the band's best and most refined work yet. This concerns both our musical vision as well as its occult themes. The sharp violent chaos comes from the same black sludgy source as before. Yet this time, we are stabbing with more precision and aim, because we now know where to strike to deliver some real damage!"
2. New Temples
4. XI: For I Am The Fire
5. Hanging Feet
6. Old Lies
7. We Use Your Dead As Vessels
8. Askrådare More...
Mike Hranica, vocalist/lyricist for the metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, will see his third book released today. Entitled "Three Dots & The Guilt Machine," the book is, according to Hranica, "a five year compilation of poetry, prose, and general nonsense...a collection of writing that rarely finishes its breath. A hundred fifty-something pages of what one might consider eclectic truth fiction."
In addition to Amazon, the book will also be available on the band's upcoming "Apollo X" fall North American tour. Hranica's first book, "One & A Half Hearts," published in 2013, takes a subjective look at the story behind the lyrics from "Dead Throne," Prada's 2011 album.
The Devil Wears Prada will co-headline the "Apollo X" tour this fall with Motionless In White, with Upon a Burning Body, The Word Alive and The Color Morale providing support. Confirmed dates are below. More...
Southern California's Forced Order just declared a new pile of fall and winter tour dates on both American and European soil, including U.S. shows with Burn, Soul Search, Ceremony and Trapped Under Ice, a European tour with Turnstile, and winter appearances at FYA Fest and several shows with Foundation.
The tour dates see announcement just as the vinyl version of the band's decimating debut LP, "Vanished Crusade," is ready to see release this week through Revelation Records.
Following its initial release through Revelation Records in August, the vinyl version of "Vanished Crusade" is now ready for to hit the streets this Friday, October 9, 2015. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
Black metal collective Erimha just debuted new single “The Mark Of Liberation,” taken from the Canadian band's upcoming opus "Thesis Ov Warfare," due to be released October 30, 2015. Check out the song below, and you can also hear the previously released track "The First Law" at this location.
Yesterday we were very stoked to announce that Cyprus metal band Blynd is gearing up to release new album “Liber Sum” ("I Am Free").
The impending opus will drop on November 6, 2015 through CD and digital formats via Pitch Black Records.
After streaming the song "Al-Kimiya" along with the announcement yesterday, today a music video for the track comes online. Check it out below.
The "Liber Sum" track listing is as follows:
1. Bread and Circuses
4. Aes Cyprium
5. In the Epicenter
6. Under High Seas (A Prelude to the King)
7. Liber Sum
10. The Kingdom Withi More...
Fans in Europe and Asia have already had the pleasure to see the Danish rocker on stage with the metal opera - now the whole world is going to get their share of Pretty Maids' powerhouse Ronnie Atkins.
He will not only appear on the new Avantasia album 'Ghostlights,' he will also join the massive all-star lineup on stage around the globe during the "Ghostlights" world tour 2016. The European tour will start in March, with tour dates in other parts of the world to be announced soon.
"Ghostlights" will be out January 29, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Singers who have been confirmed for the album are Michael Kiske, Jorn Lande, Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, and Bob Catley. More to be announced soon!
Ontario metal band Odium is gearing up for third album "Terraform" - due out on October 23, 2015 -and before its release the group has posted a new teaser for the track "Displacement of Hope." Listen in below.
Odium is also offering fans a free download of latest single "Return To Form" at Bandcamp here, while you can catch the group live supporting "Terraform" on these dates:
Nov 20 - Richmond Tavern - London, ON
Nov 21 - Rockpile West - Toronto, ON More...
Greek melodic doom act Lachrymose released a new music video for the track "In A Reverie." The track features Therion vocalist Thomas Vikstrom (ex-Candlemass) and can be seen in the player below.
The song appears on the new release "Carpe Noctum," which dropped this past Friday via Pure Steel Publishing. Check out the clip here:
German groove metal act Adligate released a new music video for the track "Kill the Moon." The song appears on the debut album "New Blood Old Chapter," which was released back in April.
Check it out here:
Danish groove metal act Hatesphere announced "New Hell," the band's ninth full length studio effort, is set for release on November 20th via Massacre Records. A teaser preview can be heard in the player below.
The track list for the album is:
1. The Executioner
2. Lines Crossed Lives Lost
3. Head on a Spike
4. The Longest Haul
5. Your Sad Existence
6. On the Shores of Hell
7. New Hell
8. Master of Betrayal
9. Human Cesspool
10. The Grey Mass
11. Resurrect with a Vengeance (Live)
12. New Hell (Dynamic Mix) More...
Greek alternative metal act Killson released a lyric video for the new track "In Limbo." The song is the title track of the band's debut release, which is set to drop on November 6th (EU) (October 9th in Greece) via Roar! Rock of Angels Records.
The track list for "In Limbo" is as follows:
6. In Limbo
7. Left Behind
8. My Kind
9. No One Man
12. Shut Up
Check out the track here: More...
Greek metal act Crystal Tears - featuring Danish vocalist Soren Adamsen (Dignity/ex-Artillery/ex-Crystal Eyes) - released a new music video for the track "Ever Alone." The song appears on the band's latest album "Hellmade," which was released in 2014 via Massacre Records.
The footage was captured from the band's European tour at the end of 2014/beginning of 2015. Check it out here:
Greek thrash thrashers Suicidal Angels posted footage of the band recording the drums at Soundlodge Studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany last month. The band is in the studio recording the sixth full length album and follow up to the 2014 album "Divide and Conquer."
More information, clips and release information is expected soon. Check out drummer Orpheas Tzortzopoulos recording his part here:
German power metal act Rebellion released a new music video for the track "Hengist." The song appears on the band's new release "Wyrd bið ful aræd - The History of the Saxons" - which is available now through Massacre Records.
Check out the clip here:
Swedish doom act Mammoth Storm - featuring Draconian's Daniel Arvidsson - released a lyric video for the new track "Fornjot." The song is the title track of the debut full length album which is set to drop on November 6th via Napalm Records.
The album's track listing is:
1. Augurs Echo
2. Vultures Prey
3. Sumerian Cry
5. Horns of Jura
7. Ancient Apocalypse (Bonus Track)
Check out "Fornjot" here: More...
Spain's melodic power metal act Dark Moor released a music video for the new track "Gabriel." The song is taken from the sci-fi themed new release "Project X," which is set for release on November 6th via Scarlet Records.
"Project X" will come as both a standard CD and a double digipack edition, with the latter including 5 bonus tracks consisting of re-recordings of tracks taken from the band’s earlier albums.
The track listing for the album is:
1. November 3023
3. Beyond The Stars
4. Conspiracy Revealed
5. I Want To Believe
6. Bon Voyage!
7. The Existence
8. Imperial Earth
10. There's Something In The Skies
Bonus Tracks (Double Digipack Edition Bonus CD):
1. In The Heart Of Stone
2. Maid Of Orleans
4. A New World
5. Somewhere In Dreams
Check out "Gabriel" here: More...
French power/progressive metal act Asylum Pyre released music video for the new track "Only Your Soul." The song appears on the band's upcoming third studio effort - "Spirited Away" - which drops via Massacre Records on October 23rd.
The track list for the album is:
1. Second Shadow
2. The Silence of Dreams
3. Only Your Soul
4. Unplug My Brain
5. In Hayao's Arms
6. Spirited Away
7. The White Room
9. At My Door
11. Instants in Time
13. Fly More...
Vancouver’s thrash metal maniacs of Nylithia premiere two new songs, taken from their upcoming debut album "Hyperthrash", which will be out in stores November 21, 2015. Check out now the first of two new songs entitled "Blüdwolves" streaming below.
If you liked "Blüdwolves", press play and check out now "Whips & Chainz" after the jump: More...
Swedish old-school death metal veterans Grave premiere another new track entitled "Plain Pine Box", taken from their upcoming album "Out Of Respect For The Dead", which drops on October 26th via Century Media Records.
Check out now "Plain Pine Box" below.
Los Angeles', California, metalcore band The Ghost Inside premieres a new music video for the track "Move Me", taken from the album "Dear Youth" released end of 2014 via Epitaph records.
Check out now "Move Me" below.
Says vocalist Jonathan Vigil of the clip: More...
Child Bite premieres its cover of the Celtic Frost track "The Usurper", taken from the upcoming 12” titled "Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost", which will be released on November 13th via Corpse Flower Records. The song features ex-Pantera and Down frontman Phil Anselmo on vocals and is one of numerous Celtic Frost covers done by bands such as Municipal Waste, Hayward (feat. Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis) and many more.
You can now check out "The Usurper" below.