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Last updated on February 24, 2020 at 2:05 PM ET

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Metallica Cancels Sonic Temple and LTL Shows

American metal powerhouse Metallica has announced that they have decided to pull out of their headlining slots at the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals this year, owing to frontman James Hetfield's ongoing rehab process. Taking their places will be Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool respectively. A statement from Hetfield reads as follows:

"Dear Metallica Family,

"It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved. I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges.

"My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone completely compromised myself.

"Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.

"I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.

"I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing the Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome To Rockville, in Daytona and Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.

"Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing.

"- James"

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ORM set to release EP

Danish band ORM (serpent in English) will release a new EP entitled "Mit Blod" through Indisciplinarian. The EP will consists of just two tracks. However, those two track total 24 minutes. One of the songs is an original piece and the other is a cover of "Notes To You" by Sleep Party People.

"Mit Blod" will be the follow up to 2019's critically aclaimed Ir, which was also just two songs. Those two songs clocked in at over 47 minutes. Listen here.

Fans of black metal, especially the more epic, rocking type of black metal should check this out.

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Orm @ 2017 Metal Magic Festival

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Lucifer Premiere New Song "Midnight Phantom"

Lucifer premiere a new song entitled "Midnight Phantom", taken from their upcoming new album "Lucifer III", which will be out in stores on March 20th via Century Media.

Check out now "Midnight Phantom" below.


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Sentient Divide Premiere Full-Album Stream

Sentient Divide premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Haunted by Cruelty", which was released February 22nd via Expansion Abyss.

Check out now "Haunted by Cruelty" in its entirety below.


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Inhuman Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

Inhuman from Costa Rica premiere the title track of their upcoming new album "Unseen Dead", which will be co-released on March 15th by GrimmDistribution (Ukraine) and Sevared Records (USA).

Check out now "Unseen Dead" below.


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