Latest Metal News
Last updated on May 28, 2015 at 1:43 AM 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.
19 news articles posted today (and counting...)
German melodic death metal band Nothgard has announced the recruitment of new bass player Nico Kolja. The band comments:
"Almost 4 weeks ago our dear friend Vik S. left the band due to unforeseen circumstances and private issues. However, Vik will remain within our band family of course. Further more he will support the band with taking care of the homepage and more.
"On the other hand we are very happy to present you the first pic of the new musician behind the bass. Again we say thank you to Vik for all the past years and dearly welcome Nico." More...
The Los Angeles-based extreme shred powerhouse Exmortus is returning to Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) to begin tracking a sophomore album for Prosthetic Records.
The follow-up to last year’s “Slave To The Sword,” expected out this Fall, will feature new bassist Michael Cosio (ex-Abysmal Dawn) alongside the band’s existing core of Conan (vocals/guitars), Mario Moreno (drums), and David Rivera (guitars).
Moreno announced, “2014 was a great year for Exmortus and the campaign for ‘Slave to the Sword’ has been relentless since its release. This year has been a little quiet for us but with good reason. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be entering the studio at the end of this month to once again record with the mighty Zack Ohren. Zack did a phenomenal job on ‘Slave to the Sword’ and we’re ready to record some more bone-crushing, face-melting shred for you all!”
You can also catch Exmortus performing live on these impending Summer tour dates:
7/10 Fullerton, CA – Riff Haus
7/11 Glendale, CA – The Complex (Prosthetic Showcase)
7/15 Denver, CO – Marquis at The Parkway #
7/17 Chicago, IL – Double Door #
7/21 Kansas City, MO – Aftershocklive Musicvenue #
7/22 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep #
7/24 Tucson, AZ – The Flycatcher #
# with Kyng
Swedish melodic metal group Soilwork is pleased to announce an upcoming European headline tour in November, dubbed the "The Tour Majestic," with support from Hatesphere.
These dates will be in support of just-announced album "The Ride Majestic," due out August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Record. Further details and album artwork can be seen right here.
Drummer Dirk Verbeuren states, "It's been ten years since an unforgettably epic European tour with our brothers in Hatesphere. Now that our tenth album is almost ready to be unleashed, we can't wait to once again share the stage with Hatesphere and bring you another monumental dose of top class melodic death metal!"
Also beforehand, Soilwork is slated to perform at the 7th annual Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin on September 18th, 2015. More...
Goatsnake is sure to get your motor running with latest jam "Grandpa Jones," a celebratory rock 'n' roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman. Listen in below.
Pete Stahl's vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson's guitar work.
Says Anderson of the track: "Grandpa Jones: One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling 'Flag and 'Sabbath (that ole' moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin'!"
Minnesota-based medieval metal outfit Obsequiae just dropped sophomore long player "Aria Of Vernal Tombs" this week, and now the entire record has been posted online for public consumption. The album is available via the SoundCloud clip below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Ay que por muy gran fremosura
2. Autumnal Pyre
3. Until All Ages Fall
4. L'amour dont sui espris
5. Pools of a Vernal Paradise
6. Anlace and Heart
7. The Anchoress's Orison
8. In the Absence of Light
10. Des oge mais quer eu trobar
11. Orphic Rites of the Mystic More...
New Jersey/Philadelphia progressive rock/metal group In The Presence of Wolves today releases a brand new music video for "Storm In A Red Dress."
Originally imagined with a short film style, director Ryan Beacher was able to shrink down the footage into a four-and-a-half minute music video. The theme of the video relates to the title and concept behind the track – a devilish woman out to cause trouble.
Guitarist/vocalist Chris Capitanio explains, “Tom (our lead actor) goes out for a night on the town, only to come in contact with a devilish woman in a red dress. Unbeknownst to Tom, she drugs him and leads him on a night he will never remember.”
Capitanio adds, “Our original concept was very different from the final product but the one characteristic that stuck around was that we wanted it to be trippy. Tom (the lead actor) actually came up with the idea of wanting to walk around Philly in a kimono while tripping out and the video stemmed entirely from that concept. It was important to us that video wasn't super serious. We take our music very seriously but we don't take ourselves seriously at all. It was a lot of fun to finally explore that part of our personalities and still connect it with our music.” More...
As the band's thirtieth anniversary nears, Neurosis will be hitting the road in its most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following a crushing performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest.
Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty Neurosis embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August.
For this widespread endeavor, Neurosis will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac, and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...
Following the recently released first clip in the series, Helloween just dropped a second track-by-track clip online.
Both videos tease upcoming 15th studio album "My God-Given Right," due for official release on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US).
The second (out of four) track-by-track trailers includes song snippets and comments on "Lost In America," "Russian Roulé," and "The Swing Of A Fallen World." More...
L.A. outfit Tribe has a new video clip online for "Trojan," taken off the freshly released album "Atlas" that dropped yesterday via Primitive Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:
3. Burn The Empire (watch the video here)
5. Global Hysteria
6. Conduit (streaming here)
8. The Fix
11. Gravity (check out the video clip)
12. Mangue More...
After celebrating a 30 year anniversary tour in March, Aggression has re-kindled the fire and is hitting the road once again. The band will have not just founding member / guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe (who reformed the Canadian 80's thrashers) but will also include original bassist Yves "Dug" Duguay.
The Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion tour includes three festival appearances at Alberta's Farmageddon Open Air in June along with BC's Metallion Festival and Montreal's Obscene Extreme Festival in August (all dates listed below).
Yves "Dug" Duguay comments: "Seeing the new version of the band and having a chance to play one show with them already back in March, I had no other options than joining when the chance came up! The new members do a great job helping capture the essence of what Aggression is supposed to be. Seeing them perform brought me right back to the early days. Of course it is nice to be reunited with Denis 'Sasquatch' Barthe too!"
June 5 - Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall & Lounge
June 6 - Victoria, BC - The Cambie
June 12 - Calgary, AB - Overtime Sports Bar
June 14- Ryley, AB - Farmageddon Open Air Festival
August 14 - Vanderhoof, BC - Metallion Festival
August 20 - Quebec City, QC - Bar La Source De La Martiniere
August 21 - Montreal, QC - Obscene Extreme America Festival
August 22 - Jonquiere, QC - Le 4 Barils
August 23 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rock Cafe Le Stage More...
Upon returning from a European tour which consumed the past several weeks, Poison Idea has announced that the band is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.
The band needs to address some health issues and personal matters, and all upcoming shows for the future have been cancelled or postponed. Additional details on the band's future plans will be announced at a later date.
Poison Idea release the "Confuse & Conquer" LP through Southern Lord Recordings in April of this year. All the tracks are available for streaming below. More...
Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying released sophomore album "Poisoned Altars" earlier this year via Relapse Records. Recently the band completed work on a video for the "A Wound Outside Time" single, directed and edited by Brett Roberts and Jon Meyer. Check it out below.
Front man Erik Olson comments: "We're psyched to release this new video! This vid pays homage to our favorite early 90's death metal videos, like Bolt Thrower's 'Cenotaph,' Unleashed's 'Before the Creation of Time,' Entombed's 'Left Hand Path,' etc. We really love the quick flashes of cliched over the top imagery and slow motion head banging sequences that infest so many videos of that era. Enjoy, and catch us on the road." More...
Æges has officially inked a worldwide deal with Another Century and is currently hard at work tracking a label debut offering. The label had this to say:
"Æges meld riffs that echo from California desert sand and imbue them with a post-hardcore angst and the smarts of the most challenging of 90’s alt-rock. It’s no surprise that Æges is the juncture of a band whose current members have helmed such a diverse array of bands including 16, The Rise, Cutthroats 9, Juliette & the Licks and Unwritten Law, amongst others.
"When choosing a producer, Æges ultimately found a spirited partner in Bob Marlette, whose long and varied career has included work with Black Sabbath, Shinedown and Rob Zombie. For all additional information be sure to head over to the band's website."
Kemble Walters (vocals, guitars) states: "We're all excited to announce our signing to Another Century. We've seen what they've done with their other artists and can't wait to see what they've got planned for us. We are currently in the studio with Bob Marlette making a slamming record. We definitely didn't skimp out on the nasty riffs and fat hooks! 2015 has been amazing and 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for us. Believe me when I say 'we're all buckled up and ready to roll!'"
Mike Land (drums) further adds: "We're thrilled to be partnering with Another Century. As a band we're looking forward to recording the biggest and best Æges album to date. We've written a diverse array of songs for this release; from heavy and chaotic, to soulful and atmospheric. We feel that our fans, both existing and new, will be able to find something timeless in the new material."
Following an entire decade without a new album, the Phoenix-based melodic death metal kingpins from Vehemence return to full-time duty in 2015, having reactivated the band and completed their fourth full-length studio full-length.
New album "Forward Without Motion" is now set for release on October 27th, 2015 via Battleground Records. The label comments:
"Their first new album since 2004's Metal Blade Records-released 'Helping The World To See,' Vehemence returns to the death metal fold with a stunning new album that will surely see the band regaining their traction within the scene after their time off the grid. 'Forward Without Motion' is the culmination of years of hard work and the collective desire to write the best songs and capture the best performances."
Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov perhaps says it most succinctly when describing the record, "I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved."
Working on the songs off and on for several years between 2007 and 2011, Vehemence began a methodical, painstaking tracking process for "Forward Without Motion" between 2012 and 2014, the album's guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of Dannov and guitarist Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix.
"Kyle did all the mixing, reamping, and mastering," says Dannov. "It was really great to have those tools at our disposal, without having to worry about a budget or studio expenses."
Vocalist Nathan Gearhart also remarks: "The lyrics of 'Forward Without Motion' each tell a unique story dealing with pain, loss, sadness, and horror. Written over the course of twelve years, each piece stands alone in subject. The consistent theme of the lyrics as a whole denote humanity's dark side, and summarize our lives and impact on our world during our limited time. Nothing changes. Nothing gets better or worse. It's all the same. It's time without a number. We are all going to die leaving this world just as fucked as those before us, and future generations will continue this cycle."
Xtreem Music is re-issuing a 2CD version of Autumnal's "Grey Universe" including demos "The Age of the Sin" ('04) & "In My Shell" ('00) by this veteran Spanish band. You can now stream the new version below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. As Soon as you Die, Kill me 10:34
2. There is Only One Season in the Way 05:13
3. It Lays Over the Leaves 04:14
4. You Left it, But There's No End 07:27
5. Cemetery of Screams 09:18
6. Today, Tonight 10:34
7. Your Inner Says [Demo '04] 11:43
8. She Cries [Demo '04] 11:13
9. Zoe [Demo '04] 12:48
10. My Lost Time (Owns to No One) [Demo '04] 09:40
11. Outro [Demo '04] 01:53
12. Your Voice and my Remembrance [Demo '00] 06:26
13. Both Hands of Truth [Demo '00] 08:00
14. Age of Wrath [Demo '00] 09:48
15. Absence [Demo '00] 02:17
16. Me, the Fault [Demo '00] 13:44
17. Then and Now [Demo '00] 07:30 More...
Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult Årabrot just released the maiden single from latest EP, "You Bunch Of Idiots." Hear the band's "Mea Culpa" below.
"You Bunch Of Idiots" is the third in a trio of themed EPs from Årabrot, the first two of which -- "Murder As Art" and "I Modi" -- already saw release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with Eolian Empire for the band's first official U.S. title.
The EP is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12" vinyl EP and all digital outlets on June 23rd. The track listing is:
1. Cannibal Manifesto
2. Time To Pull The Sticks
4. Mea Culpa
6. It's Hot Drop It More...
Strengthen What Remains is streaming "Rewriting the Past," the first single off newest effort, "Justice Creeps Slow," which will be available everywhere June 9th. Check out the new track below.
The Blood & Ink Records band will be touring this Summer in support of the release across North America. Dates are available after the track stream.
Exodus is set to kick off an upcoming European headline tour on June 1st, 2015. The European dates start in Hamburg, Germany at Knust and end in Helinski, Finland on June 26th.
The tour includes several festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air. Exodus also just wrapped up a successful U.S. run with Testament and Shattered Sun.
“We’re already out here in Europe ready to kill,” states vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. “We are currently in Spain and ready for the rest of Europe and all the festivals. See you in the pit for The Toxic Waltz!” More...
Emerging from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alustrium is introducing the world to a new form of progressive death metal, and we're stoked to be the harbingers today of upcoming album "A Tunnel To Eden."
Check out our exclusive worldwide premiere of the opening title track below. You can also find more info on the band and check out some playthrough videos at the Alustrium Facebook profile.
From intense, technical riffs to lengthy, soulful solos, Alustrium creates a unique blend between melody and fierce brutality. The band's new album will be released on July 24th, 2015 and the track listing is as follows:
1. A Tunnel To Eden
2. The Atheist Phenomenon
3. In His Own Image
6. Procreate, Eviscerate
7. My Possessor
8. Lucid Intervals
9. The Illusion of Choice I
10. The Illusion of Choice II
11. The Illusion of Choice III More...