Latest Metal News
Last updated on December 1, 2015 at 12:21 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.
7 news articles posted today (and counting...)
The Finnish melodic metal heroes from Sonata Arctica are set to release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base: a new single called "Christmas Spirits."
This year the handing out of presents will happen six days early as the single will be released on December 18th via Nuclear Blast. It will be released via digital download and as a limited edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop. The band commented:
"Hello everyone out there! Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to cheer you all up with a nice Christmas story. 'Decided' might be a bit strong in this context since the 'Christmas Spirits' song has been around for about ten years now, we just never had the time to record it. Finally during the 'Pariah's Child' sessions we managed to do the basic tracks and this autumn we finished the song.
"I guess the main reason for the delay was getting the lyrics done, it’s nearly impossible to get into the Christmas mood unless it’s actually… you guessed it, Christmas. Hats off to Tony since he did it anyway, this autumn, and without any snow, we might add. Be that as it may, here’s our latest piece of art: 'Christmas Spirits'! Merry Christmas to everyone & cheers." More...
Enslaved today reveals the artwork for the band's forthcoming 25th anniversary shows under the Enslaved 25 banner.
Commissioned by Chioreanu Costin who has worked with Roadburn Festival, as well as Ivar Bjornson and Enslaved on various projects, the pieces capture the essence and imagery of the periods they represent. What’s more, Costin’s involvement could not be more appropriate considering Ivar’s work as a curator at Roadburn Festival earlier this year.
March 17th - 19th, 2016 will see the band perform three unique and special shows in London, launching the Enslaved 25th anniversary. Starting with the early years, "Of Frost and Fire" goes back to the roots of the band’s existence. Moving to the mid-period, "From the Runic Depths" will explore the transition from old to new. Finally, "Spinning Wheel Ritual" brings the audience to where the band is now.
All of this will take place at London's ByNorse, where Enslaved and Wardruna’s captivating Skuggsja composition will be brought to life by both artists in the climax at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This special event also marks the launch of Enslaved 25: a year in which a quarter-century of one of Norway’s most revered artists is being celebrated. More...
Austin, Texas-based instrumental blackened doom band Canyon Of The Skull is now streaming a debut, self-titled album online. You can check out the two epic, 17+ minute tracks in the player below or over at Bandcamp here.
1. The Path (Of Bear & Wolf) 17:18
2. Canyon of the Skull 18:03 More...
Europe's diabolical death metal force, Belphegor, will kick off the U.K. leg of the "Conjuring The Dead Raid" tour next week. The tour is in celebration of current release "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) out now via Nuclear Blast.
The Belphegor horde, led by band founder Helmuth Lehner, will launch this crushing assault on the U.K. alongside U.S. death metallers Vital Remains, Polish death/black metal group Hate as well as Liverpool-based symphonic black metallers Ethereal. The complete run of EU dates includes 17 shows in nine different countries.
Mighty front man Helmuth Lehner had to say: “Hail! It's great to return to the mighty land of NWOBHM. Always a pleasure to glorify brutal Metal with you demons! You better not miss this fucking extraordinary, blasphemous death/black metal package! ENGLAND IS GOING TO HELL WITH US ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015!!”
The U.K. leg of the trek features these dates:
7th December - Sheffield, Corporation
8th December – 1865 Club, Southampton
9th December – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
10th December – The Dome, London More...
Italian post/sludge metal outfit Varego released this week a new single titled “Phantasma." The single features the title song “Phantasma”, mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson, and “Secrets Untold – Second Birth” revised by Drone Doom outfit Shabda - a cosmic re-birth of the song previously featured on the EP “Blindness of the Sun.”
You can now download the two-track single for absolutely free via the Argonauta Records Bandcamp page or stream the tracks below.
1. Phantasma 05:11
2. Secrets Untold - Second Birth by Shabda 10:17 More...
Nonpoint is already gearing up for a busy 2016: the band will enter the studio to work on a next full length and Spinefarm Records debut, due out sometime next year. The band will then spend all of March and early April on tour with Disturbed, the dates of which are already entirely sold out.
Singer Elias Soriano offered this update: "We would like to announce that we have scheduled our next record's recording at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with Rob Ruccia. Figuring in the popularity of our last record and us pretty much self-producing that one with Daniel Salcido, we decided on self-producing this record as well with Rob. Great studio with great people and equally great gear. So it's gonna be a banger.
"We've got 16 [songs] ready to record, and three still in the works. So we will be choosing the record from a list of what we feel are all monster songs. Quite simply, if you thought the last record made your head bang, this record will make it roll off your shoulders and jump into the pit and start doing the Morning Star; old hardcore fans will translate that for you.
"After gaining advice, inspiration and insight from our some of friends in the industry like Brian Virtue and David Draiman, we have attacked the writing process in a way we feel we have missed since the early days of us jamming in a room together.
"This record is the product of pain, frustration, power and the environmental influence on this band. That mounted with the introduction of BC on guitars now has changed the game. Imagine feeling like Eddie Van Halen's illegitimate child just joined your band. That's how I feel with him on my right. So this record will no doubt be a beast for our fans." More...
Intervals premieres the pre-release full-album stream of "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.
Check out now "The Shape Of Colour" in its entirety below.