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19 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Metal’s most epic storytellers from Blind Guardian have just released the first new album trailer for tenth studio release, "Beyond The Red Mirror," due out in Europe on January 30th, 2015 (February 3rd, 2015 in North America).
You can read our review at this location, and stay tuned for the first single "Twilight Of The Gods" to drop soon.
“It is impossible for us to choose a song that represents the whole album. The upcoming single needs to be seen as an appetizer- 'Twilight Of The Gods' is perfect, because it reveals incredible dynamic and contains great melody lines,” shares Blind Guardian vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch.
Melechesh - founded by a young guitarist who adopted the alias Ashmedi in the city of Jerusalem back in 1993 - will soon release a follow-up to 2010 album "The Epigenesis."
New album "Enki" is due out through Nuclear Blast on February 6th (EU), 9th (UK) and 10th (US) and the track listing is as follows:
01. Tempest Temper Enlil Enraged
02. The Pendulum Speaks
03. Lost Tribes
04. Multiple Truths
05. Enki - Divine Nature Awoken
06. Metatron And Man
07. The Palm The Eye And Lapis Lazuli
08. Doorways To Irkala
09. The Outsiders
Pre-orders are available at this location. Nuclear Blast also comments:
"Almost all of the music and lyrics was again written and produced by Ashmedi. Melechesh spent one month in their rehearsal room in Hinzweiler (Germany) rehearsing the material before entering the recording studio in Athens, Greece. The band wanted a Mediterranean place to capture the essence of the band’s origins.
"Enki features 12 string electric guitars aside from the 6 string played on the entire album, for a heavier and subtly richer harmonic sound. The band also tuned their instruments to the pitch perfect 432 Hz frequency rather than the standardized 440 Hz one for a deeper sonic experience within the human psyche and in accordance to vibrations of the universe. Enki also features esteemed friends of the Melechesh society guest vocalists Max Cavalera and Sakis Tolis as well as guest lead by Rob Caggiano."
Australian prog rock/metal outfit Arcane has signed with Sensory Records for the international release of the epic new double-disc conceptual album, "Known/Learned." The label comments:
"In 2013, Arcane sanctioned Sam Vallen (Caligula's Horse) to produce their most massive album to date, a two-part conceptual masterpiece entitled Known/Learned. Encompassing sixteen expansive tracks totaling an immense two hours of music, the new project will see release as a two CD package. The first movement, Known delivering a more traditionally-oriented progressive rock performance, and the second, Learned, taking a lighter, more acoustic/folk inspired journey, both opuses forming one central storyline."
Arcane also had this to say: "Known/Learned is a collection of themes and moments, captured between recurring characters. While never explicitly told in the traditional vein of the 'concept album', the imagery of Known/Learned depicts fragmented moments in the lives of a father and his daughter, their loss, their love, their journey. A bittersweet love song for life."
The recordings were mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering in Seattle, and the album's cover art provided by Chris Stevenson-Mangos.
A generous crowd funding campaign supported by passionate fans, organizations and fellow bands helped Arcane produce "Known/Learned," yet as the album was seeing completion, the band crossed paths with New Jersey-based progressive label, The Laser's Edge, who took the album on for worldwide release and distribution upon its recent completion through its Sensory Records entity. A limited run of the album will be dispatched to the loyal funding crowd, while Sensory will release the album on a 2xCD digipak and deluxe digital package worldwide on January 20th. More...
North Carolina-based band Magi was founded in 2011 by Brandon Helms of From Oceans To Autumn and Mountains Among Us.
At first starting out as a metal/drone side project, it quickly evolved into a full band profile. Magi released a first EP titled "33rd Degree" in April of 2011 and 2nd EP "December" later that same year.
In the Summer of 2014 the band began recording new songs and that’s when its blend of atmospheric doom metal and post-metal begun to take shape, with strong influences from YOB, Rorcal and Jesu. New album "Forget Me Not" will drop on January 26th, 2015 via Argonauta Records, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Silence We Display
4. A Million Questions
5. In Amity
7. Sleep More...
Cruz Del Sur Music has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Sacral Rage:
"Welcome on board to one of the most interesting European young bands, Sacral Rage from Greece!
"After the 2013 debut EP 'Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments,' Sacral Rage returns in 2015 with first full-length release 'Illusions in Infinite Void' to be released in late March by Cruz Del Sur Music in compact disc and digital and by Underground Power in vinyl.
"Bits of this monumental piece of '80s Texas Metal' (in the likes of Watchtower, S.A. Slayer etc.) can be heard on the demo-advance the band released in 2014, a release that made lovers of this style shake and secured the band a place on the next Keep It True festival line up." More...
Heretoir has announced a new album titled "The Circle" is due for release in Spring of 2015, and today the band drops a teaser trailer, which can be heard below. Heretoir also comments:
"The album will tell an intense story about the beauty but also the impermanence of our lives and everything we experience - everything that surrounds us..."
Xerath just released a guitar playthrough video for "I Hold Dominion," taken off the band's latest album "III" (reviewed here).
Check out Conor McGouran shredding through the song below. You can also watch the band's previously released video clip for "Bleed This Body Clean" at this location.
Danish band Impalers has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP:
"Today is the release day of the PREPARE FOR WAR EP!! We are extremely stoked to release this thing, and we hope you enjoy our little side project as much as we did making it. It is available in physical format from our Big Cartel and Bandcamp sites, and on Deadbangers Productions. It is also available in digital form everywhere you can possibly think of, including: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Xbox Music, Shazam, Rhapsody, Google Music Store and a ton of places we've never heard of before."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Prepare for War
2. Destination: Warfare
3. Napalm in the Morning (Sodom cover)
4. The Hammer (Motörhead cover) More...
The resurrected Dan Swano project Nightingale released new album "Retribution" earlier this month in Europe, with a North American release set for January 27th, 2015.
Today the band releases the song "On Stolen Wings" in video format, featuring anecdotes from the creation of the song and photos from the archives. Nightingale comments:
"Here's a commentary video of 'On Stolen Wings.' Inspired by the classic MTV show 'Pop Up Video where you got to know completely unnecessary, but fun facts about the track and the artist. Hope you enjoy it!"
The Swedish death metal newcomers in Ashcloud - featuring Jonny Peterson (Wombbath) - have just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of a debut album in Spring, 2015. Xtreem Music comments:
"Ashcloud's 1st album will be entitled 'Abandon All Light' and it's already recorded, about to get the final touches in the mix and mastering. During that process, great artist Daniel Devilish will take care of the artwork for the album. 'Abandon All Light' contains 8 songs of a heavy crusty Death Metal influenced by bands like Carnage, Bolt Thrower, Vomitory, Entombed, Convulse..."
Final cover artwork and a specific release date will be revealed soon, and in the mean time check out a rough mix version of a track off the album below. More...
Midnight Priest has released a second album titled "Midnight Steel" via Slaney Records. You can pick up your copy over here, or hear two songs from the album below. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Made of Steel
3. Into the Nightmare
4. When Midnight Comes
6. Gates of Stygia
7. And Then... the Darkness
8. Mistress of the Night
9. Arrival in Black
10. Thunderbay More...
After releasing a video for "The Rise Of The Black Moon" (still available here), Conjonctive has a new clip out now for the track "Emily Rose."
"Emily Rose," available below, is taken off the Swiss metal band's "Until The Whole World Dies..." album, which can be streamed at Bandcamp.
Night In Gales is releasing the "Ashes & Ends" 20 track compilation via Divebomb Records - the band's first (and last) career spanning rarities collection, containing material written between 1995 - 2008 and remastered by Jamie King.
The collection features new artwork by Björn Gooßes/Killstrations and a 20 page full color booklet. Pre-orders are available at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Deathaddiction 03:37
2. The Woundwalker 03:41
3. Ashes & Ends 04:44
4. Get Killed Or Die Trying 03:50
5. To The Morgue & Back 03:05 (prev. unreleased promo track)
6. Bloodsong 04:29 (different promo-version!)
7. Holehearted 03:37 (prev. unreleased promo track)
8. Five Tongues & A Funeral 02:54 (prev. unreleased promo track)
9. Indians 05:20 (Anthrax Cover, Japan bonus track)
10. Broken Vows 04:32 Pentagram Cover, prev. unreleased)
11. Slavesun 04:42 (released on Death is just the beginning IV)
12. Perihelion 03:48 (different promo-version!)
13. The Shadowchamber 03:54 (different promo-version!)
14. Blackfleshed 04:32 (different promo-version!)
15. Bleed Afresh 04:36
16. Sylphlike 03:07
17. Avoid Secret Vanity 05:10
18. Mindspawn 02:39
19. When The Lightning Starts 01:39
20. Flowing Spring 02:47 More...
Swedish heavy rockers Grand Magus' new video "Steel Versus Steel" can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's 7th album "Triumph And Power."
States the band: "Once again we worked with Nico Elgstrand as producer, a tradition that started with 'Hammer Of The North' back in 2010. This is our strongest album yet. It has the northern feel, it has the power and the melody that has become our mark of excellence. Fans of true metal will take this album to their hearts."
UK fans can catch Grand Magus on the following dates:
Dec 9th – London, Forum
Dec 10th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Dec 11th – Dublin, Academy
Dec 12th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Dec 13th – Manchester, Academy More...
All Else Fails, the loud 'n heavy, lyrically conscious metal band from Edmonton, AB, today announces the departure of long time bassist Seedy Mitchell.
He will be performing his last show with the band on December 5th in Edmonton at the Rendez Vous Pub. With his departure, the band will be moving forward and is currently searching for a new bassist to work with on an upcoming release. Seedy Mitchell has issued the following statement on his departure:
"A Eulogy, to whoever gives a shit,
"This message is to set the record straight and quell speculation surrounding my departure from All Else Fails. First and foremost, I love this band. I love my band brothers, I love the management and I love the fans. You will always be my family and I hope there are no hard feelings, aside from my causing disappointment, between us. There has never been anything but honesty and heart within the band, within the band's music and in the decision making so with respect, I'm going to lay it all out there.
"For a long time I've been at war in my mind because the people involved in this project mean so much to me, but the fact is, I've lost my passion and desire to pursue music in this capacity, and I'm retiring from the idea. A negative and soulless outlook from anyone in a band reverberates throughout the entire project and will inevitably bring it down. For a long time I've felt like a boxed artist, a painter making prints, and I feel like I've been too busy being in a band to do what's right for me, and that's simply writing and recording. Expel the demons and move on. To me, the rest seems trivial and just slows that process down. Having said that, an artist never quits, so keep your ears open. You can expect music from two sources now, and in the meantime, I'll be standing next to you in the crowd, as an AEF fan. More...
Progressive metal band Periphery will release dual albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega", in North America on January 27, 2015 via Sumerian Records and one day earlier internationally through Century Media Records.
The band posted "Webisode #1 - Interview with Matt Halpern - Juggernaut: Alpha/Omega" today.
Explains Periphery founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor: "This is new ground and it's exciting. It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album."
You can now stream the interview below.
Authorities believe they have found the body of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine‘s mother-in-law Sally Estabrook, who went missing on October 4.
According to CBS 8, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports that a body closely matching the description of the 75-year-old Estabrook was found Wednesday about a half mile near the campsite where she went missing. Estabrook had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past weeks, search teams had spent time searching for Estabrook without any result.
Dave Mustaine, who had joined the search, had hoped that a caring person had found his mother-in-law and taken her in. Our sincere condolences go out to the Mustaine and Estabrook family. A news report about the case can be seen below.
Read the full article at CBS8.
Dutch black metal outfit Nihill will be releasing it's new album "Verderf" which is due out on December 1st via Burning World Records. Nihill will be promoting this new CD with a few rare live performances:
December 4th: De Kreun, Kortrijk
December 6th: 013, Tilburg
You can now stream the entire new album below. More...
Swedish black metal veterans Marduk's new album "Frontschwein" is set to drop in Europe on January 19th via Century Media.
In anticipation of the new - and first completely war-themed album since 1999's legendary "Panzer Division Marduk" - the band offers the first song of "Frontschwein" called "Rope Of Regret."
"Frontschwein" track listing:
02. The Blond Beast
05. Rope Of Regret
06. Between The Wolf-Packs
08. Falaise: Cauldron Of Blood
09. Doomsday Elite
11. Thousand-Fold Death