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Last updated on May 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET
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15 news articles posted today (and counting...)
German Heavy Metal force U.D.O. has recorded a special song for upcoming album "Steelhammer," which will be released on May 24th (May 21st USA). “Basta Ya” comes up with a hot topic - the lack of perspectives for the youth in a united Europe.
“The youth in Europe is in a unique situation at the moment,” vocalist Udo Dirkschneider explains. “They are the first generation to grow up in a united Europe and therefore the first who have to deal with the circumstances this brings. Also, however hard their respective situation might be, they hold the future in their hands.“
Dirkschneider himself lives in Ibiza, Spain, a country where the effects of the Euro crisis left unmistakable marks, with an unemployment rate of 50% among the adolescents. "This is something I really think about a lot," Dirkschneider speaks out. "I’m a family father myself, a father of two now adult kids who both just started their working life. Young people need chances, opportunities to reach something. What happens in Spain right now, is far away from this. It’s obvious that a whole generation is in fear of losing their livelihood."
This is the first track Udo Dirkschneider has recorded in Spanish. "Basta Ya" is a typical shout in Spanish speaking countries to protest against injustice. At the same time it’s a shout of motivation, to force a change. Vitor Garcia of Spain’s Warcy sings “Basta Ya” in a duet with Dirkschneider. More...
More than thirty years after the start of his career with Savatage, and successive projects/bands like Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva’s Pain, songwriter and performer Jon Oliva releases his new solo album, titled "Raise The Curtain."
On June 21st (USA: July 2nd) the new piece of work will be available as CD Digipak and 2-vinyl (gatefold, limited to 800 copies worldwide). The album will be released simply under the banner Oliva and you can expect a mixture of Jon Oliva’s early influences and the material he wrote and recorded throughout his whole artistic career. The track listing is:
01. Raise The Curtain
02. Soul Chaser
03. Ten Years
04. Father Time
05. I Know
06. Big Brother
10. The Witch
11. Can’t Get Away
12. The Truth (Bonus Track) More...
Mercenary has now revealed the track listing for new album "Through Our Darkest Days" (due out on July 30th, 2013):
1. A New Dawn
2. Welcome The Sickness
3. Through Our Darkest Days
4. Dreamstate Machine
5. A Moment Of Clarity
6. Beyond This Night
7. Starving Eyes
8. Generation Hate
9. Forever The Unknown
10. Holding On To Serenity (Bonustrack)
Gehenna had been set to hit the road with Full of Hell and Integrity later this month, but the band has now posted the following message online about canceling the trek:
"Due to pressing legal matters Gehenna will be canceling their entire U.S. tour. Once things are cleared up the tour will be rebooked.
"Keep your ears to the ground for new releases from Gehenna and while you're waiting download some of their music for free from Bandcamp here.
"Also check out the fully remastered and re-packaged, limited edition reissue of 'Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris' on A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet Records." More...
After the less than positively received title track from "Super Collider" made its way online, Megadeth has now posted another track from the upcoming album release. Check out "Kingmaker" in the player below.
"Super Collider" is due out June 4th, 2013 and will also feature a guest appearance on the track "Dance in the Rain" by Dave Draiman from Disturbed/Device. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Luxembourg's Scarred has posted a guitar playthrough online for the song "Mosaic," taken of new Album "Gaia-Medea," released through Klonosphere/Season of Mist on May 10th. Check out the video below.
Sacred Mother Tongue has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"So... we're pleased to announce that following 2 weeks of video auditions we have found our new bass player to replace Josh.
"When we announced that Josh would be leaving we were left with a very daunting prospect of trying to find someone that fits the bill and of course, the huge shoes of Joshy himself. It was a scary place for us to be in especially with the timing, having just released our second album... not to mention our Main Stage Download appearance getting ever closer.
"We have been humbled by the amount of extremely talented applicants for the position, and we're pleased to say we've found the perfect man for the job. In a stroke of luck we found a dude that ticks all the boxes for us and he has been offered the full time position, as bass player for Sacred Mother Tongue.
"Keep your eye out for a full press release regarding the identity of our new bass monster. Thanks for everyone who took part in the auditions and helping us through this difficult time."
Today melodic death metal legion Amon Amarth reveals a trailer for the band's forthcoming mini documentary which can be viewed below. Fittingly titled "Forging Mjölnir," the short film will appear as a three-part series with each official segment slated to premiere via the band’s microsite here.
The "Forging Mjölnir" documentary comes in anticipation of Amon Amarth’s ninth studio offering, "Deceiver of the Gods." The album will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th, and Japan on June 26th.
Following a run of European festival dates next month, Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino. See confirmed dates below.
In anticipation of the band's upcoming release, Israel's Orphaned Land has premiered a new track, "Let The Truce Be Known," on Brave Words.com. Check it out here or via the player below.
The track is taken from the band's new 6th studio album, "All Is One," which is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Our Own Messiah" at this location.
"All Is One" was mixed by Jens Bogren and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey. and Sweden. The track listing is:
1. All Is One
2. The Simple Man
4. Let The Truce Be Known
5. Through Fire And Water
9. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children More...
Australian avant-garde black metal outfit Germ will be releasing new album "Grief" via Eisenwald in late 2013.
A rough mix audio snippet of the track "Butterfly" can now be heard below as a teaser to the impending release.
Brazilian power metal act Hibria posted a new music video for the song "Silence Will Make You Sugger." The song features André Meyer from Distraught on vocals will appear on the band's forthcoming, as of yet untitled LP. The album will be released in Japan on June 26 (via King Records) and in Brazil on July 13th. No European or North American dates have yet been announced. The band is recording the album at Undercity Studios with producer and new guitarist Renato Osorio (Ex-Scelerata/Magician/Fighterlord).
The video was directed by Luís Mário Fontoura, with cinematography by Lívia Santos, art direction by Ana Musa and color correction by Denise Marchi. Check out video clip here:
Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper/Megadeth), posted a second lyric video for the new track "Kingdom of the Lost." The song appears on the band's debut LP "All Hell Breaks Loose," which is expected for release on May 24, 2013 (EU), May 27, 2013 (UK) and May 28, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
For the latest tour dates, head on over to this location. Check out "Kingdom of the Lost" here:
Connecticut progressive extreme metal act Priapism (one of the bands featured in last years Unearthing The Connecticut Metal Scene, Pt. 2) has emerged from the vibrant New England Metal scene as one of its most proficient technical progressive death metal act. Hailing from New Haven county, the band is made up of:
Paul Marak - Vocals
Alani Shaperow - Drums
Mike Schick - Guitarist
Mike Schupp- Frettless/Bass
Priapism has been playing and recording since 2001, attempting to shatter the boundaries of conventional metal ever since by combining influences of death metal, hardcore, funk-rock, and even jazz into their multi-layered, dynamic, and often brutal songs. The quartet isn't bound by any particular genre or style they're just dead-set on expanding their boundaries and playing the most powerful, hard-hitting music they can.
In July of 2012, label Ear One Productions released the band's debut album "Prey|Pay|Obey." The album is available at most digital retailers, like iTunes, and is streaming on Spotify. More information can be found at Ear One Productions and the band's Facebook Page.
Today, Metal Underground is proud to premiere the band's first music video for the track "Reset Or Cease."
Drummer Alani Shaperow describes the song and the video: "This video is our raw and powerful depiction of what our society/human race is made up of today when it comes to greed and power. 'Reset or Cease' is about understanding our screwed up ways and changing them for the better if possible."
The video was filmed in Norwalk CT at The Norwalk Underground. The videographer/editor is Charlie Winthal for Ear One Productions. Check it out here: More...
Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade posted a new music video for the track "Your Voice," the second full production video from the band's latest (and second) LP ""Gift of Life," which is out now via Spinfarm Records. The first video for "Consumed Future" can be seen over at this location. A lyric video for the album's title track can be seen over here.
"Your Voice" was directed by Andrea Todaro. Check it out here:
Pennsylvania metal act Sinsister Realm posted a new music video for the track "World of Evil." The song is the title track to the band's upcoming release, the band's third, which is scheduled for release on August 6th via Shadow Kingdom Records. The video was written and directed by Stacy Feit and filmed and edited by Lisa Koza.
The track list for "World Of Evil" is as follows:
1. Dark Angel of Fate
2. Bell Strikes Fear
3. World of Evil
4. The Ghosts of Nevermore
5. Prophets of War
6. Cyber Villain
7. The Forest of Souls
8. Four Black Witches
Check out "World Of Evil" here: More...