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Last updated on March 31, 2015 at 1:31 PM ET
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Finland's symphonic metal band Nightwish today officially releases "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" in North America, which was also just supported by a release party and signing session in Helsinki.
Nightwish captured those moments in episode #15 about the making of "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." Check it out below.
If you missed, the previously posted episode #14 can also still be seen by heading over to this location.
With less than a month before releasing debut album "Hope Within Hatred," Texas metal outfit Shattered Sun has partnered with Loudwire to unleash “The Ultimatum,” giving fans a taste of what to expect when the album is released on April 21st.
"'The Ultimatum' is our big fuck you to everyone who ever said we couldn't do this. No one ever expected us to go anywhere except for us,” explains vocalist Marcos Leal. “We gave ourselves the ultimatum to take the chance on following this dream or basically giving up - giving up isn't in our blood, it's just not who we are. This song is a testament to where we are today and the long road ahead of us, this is just the beginning.”
Wednesday, April 1st, marks the first date of the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this year, the “Dark Roots Of Thrash II Tour,” where Shattered Sun will be performing alongside Testament and Exodus.
The band comments: “We couldn't be more ready to represent and show the world what we are all about! We have been anticipating getting out there and playing songs from our new album Hope Within Hatred, coming April 21st.” More...
The French experimental black metal outfit Void Paradigm, led by Ataraxie and Pin Up Went Down members, has revealed a new track named "Crushing The Human Skull," taken from an upcoming album to be released on May 11th (U.S. June 6th) via Apathia Records.
Julien Payan, the band's mastermind comments: "This song depicts the violent revolt of the animal kingdom against its oppressor. Recent observations have shown hostile behaviors towards humans from wild animals not used to it. One possible explanation is that some species could feel that humans are constantly reducing their living space, thus the only solution to preserve it is to be aggressive."
The "Earth's Disease" album's track listing is as follows:
01. Crushing The Human Skull
03. Earth's Disease
04. Sick Life Fading
05. From The Earth To The Skies More...
French modern death metal collective Colossus has a music video out for the track “Uninvited Guest,” taken from debut full-length album “Lobotocracy,” which was released last year via Klonosphere Records.
Belphegor will return to Asia for three rituals this May. The troupe will play in China for the first time and play the following two dates in Japan:
09.05. CHN Beijing - Yu Gong Yi Shan
12.05. JP Tokyo - Shibuya Club Quattro
13.05. JP Tokyo - Astro Hall
Belphegor also just released new live footage. Check out the video below of the title track from "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) recorded at Loud Park festival in Tokyo on October 19th 2014.
Serpenth comments: "The ingenious Loud Park festival last year was an excellent experience. We're looking forward to coming back to Tokyo in May and marching into China for the very first time. Expect Diabolical Death Musick." More...
"Parallels" is the first official full-length release by Spylacopa since the band's debut EP that was released in 2008 and featured the vocal stylings and musical talents of Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Spylacopa, led by John LaMacchia of Candiria, showcases an ever-changing cast of contributing musicians. "Parallels" features Jeff Caxide of Isis and Palms, Julie Christmas of Made Out Of Babies and Battle Of Mice, Michael MacIvor of Candiria, Sabrina Ellie of Slow Parade and Crooked Man.
"Parallels," which was produced by John LaMacchia, mixed by Ken Schalk of Candiria, and mastered by Julian Silva of On Air Mastering is available on deluxe colored 12" LP format in three different color configurations. You can also stream the release below. The full track listing is: More...
Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export Thy Art Is Murder just revealed the band's next album title as "Holy War."
Produced and mixed by Will Putney, "Holy War" is the band’s second release for Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It will be available in various formats and unleashed in Europe on June 26th. Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh shares the following about the origins of the new album and its title:
“Finally the cat is out of the bag! Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure. What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive. Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we've done in the past and it hits hard lyrically.
"We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today. Of course it wouldn't be a Thy Art record if a lot of those affairs weren't rooted in religion somehow, and what better way to sum up the state of all things than by entitling our album - Holy War. This is our war on racism, homophobia, child abuse, animal cruelty and all evil born of religious immunity, indoctrination, and ignorance. It is ultimately a push for secularism and humanism. Without it, we will be left in the hands of mad men.”
Thy Art Is Murder will tour through Europe and the U.K. with Emmure, and make a debut performance at the Slam Dunk Festival his May; with a return trek to the U.S. to soon be announced. More...
Anthrax will begin the set-up of a brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up is a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals - Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).
On this first leg, Anthrax will play a "fan favorites" set, comprised of band classics such as "Anti-Social," "Madhouse," "Caught In A Mosh," "I Am The Law" and "Indians." The set will also feature one brand new song, "Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)," Anthrax's contribution to HBO's "Game of Thrones'" "Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II."
Anthrax's new album follows the band's 2011 Grammy-nominated "Worship Music." The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. "Jon's been great," said Scott Ian. "So far, he's played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing."
The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and "sixth member of the band") Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
Said Bello, "The thing about Anthrax...we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey's powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we've done a really good job of that, especially on this new record."
"The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry," Ian added. "Lots of people said that 'Worship Music' was a return to the roots of the band...well, this record is even more so. Unlike 'Worship Music,' we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on 'Worship' is there even more on this new record." More...
Ma'anish today releases the official album cover for upcoming release "Under The Fig Tree," drawn by Costin Chioreanu.
The new album is finished and is now being floated to record labels. Stay tuned for upcoming details on the release. More...
UK-based extreme metal duo Anaal Nathrakh will wage war on North America later this Spring, slated to embark on May 11th in Sacramento.
The antagonistic twosome will march through a dozen metropolises, with the final massacre to take place at this year's Maryland Death Fest on May 24th. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and labelmates, Secrets Of The Sky.
Anaal Nathrakh unleashed the band's eighth studio offering, "Desideratum," via Metal Blade Records last Fall. More...
Swedish death metal quintet Gutter Instinct will release debut EP, the four-track "The Insurrection," on May 19th (North America), May 18th (UK/EU) and May 22nd (DE).
Recorded at Helsingborg's Studio Mangelrum with Kristofer Orstadius, the band drew inspiration from Teitanblood, Bölzer, Grave Miasma, Black Witchery, and Portal to expand its distinct grinding tone with dark, haunting blackened smatterings.
Further details on the new EP will be released in the coming weeks, including the worldwide premiere of the new track "The Invisble Hand" on April 14th. More...
New York City's Prime Evil is about to release a first full-length album on Inferno Records. This new album - entitled "Blood Curse Resurrection" - is composed of 10 brand new songs written by band founders Andy Eichhorn (vocals) and Mike Usifer (Guitars).
The artwork has now been revealed, created by Metal Artworks, and a brand new song titled "Plague Of Humanity" can be heard below. More...
"Used To" is the first track from the upcoming new album “The Insolent” by Polish extreme grindcore/experimental outfit Antigama. Check out the video clip below.
The video footage was shot by Pawel “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz and Lukasz Myszkowski at JNS Studio during “The Insolent” recording sessions.
“The Insolent” will be released on CD, LP, MC and digital download formats this coming May 7th, 2015 through Selfmadegod Records. More...
Detroit, Michigan's Battlecross has released a brand new live drum-cam video, showcasing drummer Alex Bent blasting through the song "Ghosts Alive".
Check out now the clip below (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine).
Just For Fun
Metallica songs have been covered by countless artists in just about every genre imaginable. Now a banjo cover version of Metallica's smash song "Enter Sandman" courtesy of Banjo Guy Ollie can be seen below.
Says Ollie about the clip: "Coinciding with the end of my first year on youtube, this one took a while but here's a full version of 'Enter Sandman', the first one in my series of tributes to all the bands I loved from the '80s and '90s."
In addition to playing his namesake instrument, Banjo Guy Ollie does some nice mandolin shredding on the song, as well. Check it out below. More...
Colorado-based technical death metal trio Scalafrea is streaming another new song titled "The Bastard One" taken from the upcoming new EP "Opposites In Polarity" which will be released on April 15th.
Check out now "The Bastard One" below.
Kavyk a new band blackened death metal band hailing from Hammond, Louisiana is streaming a new track titled "Hymns and Hollow Words". The track is taken from the band's demo which will be released later this year.
Check it out below.
Deathgrinders of Oblivionized - a trio hailing from London - are nearing the release of their debut album "Life Is A Struggle, Give Up" and premiere the title-track of the upcoming release.
"Life Is A Struggle, Give Up" is scheduled for release in April on Secret Law Records (vinyl, CD, digital download).
Check out the new song below.
Post-hardcore outfit Employed To Serve (featuring members of Oblivionized and Regurgitate Life) premieres a new video "Watching Films To Forget I Exist" taken from their upcoming debutalbum "Greyer Than You Remember."
Check out now "Watching Films To Forget I Exist" in the player below. States the band about the song:
"'Watching Films To Forget I Exist' is the first song we’re releasing off our debut album 'Greyer Than You Remember' which is out on Holy Roar Records/Shock Records on the 25th of May. The song is a reflection on people’s everyday rituals they go through in order to escape reality for a moment." More...
Southern California-based sludge act Wovoka is streaming a brand new track titled "The Sight" off the band's debut album "Saros" below, which will be released on April 14th on CD/DD formats via Battleground Records.
Explains Guitarist Cody Schnieders the idea of the album: "In a nutshell, Saros is a study of mankind’s desire to understand existence, and the ways in which human beings respond to the indefinite nature of that exploration. In the lyrics, music and artwork, it is a concept album – a chronicle of the final experiences and thoughts of a misanthropic vagabond, as he wanders aimlessly through the desert." More...
The heavy stoner rockers of Sun & Sail Club premiere the first song titled "Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight" taken from their new album "The Great White Dope", which is set to drop in May 2015 on CD and vinyl.
Check out now the new track below.