Latest Metal News
Last updated on November 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM 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.
31 news articles posted today (and counting...)
"Death Mask Replica" is the 4th installment in the album arsenal of Swedish group Bombs Of Hades.
This time around they're putting the focus on heaviness: still very much rooted in the death metal/crust sphere but now with added crushing guitar tones, gongs and other lurking strange things.
Once again recorded at Soundlab and mixed/mastered at Welfare Sounds with production handled by Jonas Stålhammar, the album is due out January 29th and feature the following track listing:
1. Death Mask Replica
2. To Walk Through The Pyres
4. Long May You Rot
5. Burning Angel (Uhuru)
6. Old Fires Die
7. On Pillars Of Madness
8. When The Reaper Comes
9. The Venom
10. Mad Shadows More...
Svart Records sets January 22nd, 2016 as the international release date for Peace Killers' self-titled album, to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Svart signed Peace Killers to a deal in 2014, and the Sacramento-based band recorded this album in the summer of 2014 at Earth Tone Studios with the help of local record producer Pat Hills, a force in Sacramento's strong and proud local music scene.
The members of Peace Killers make up a combined 40 years of experience in the Northern California punk and hardcore scenes. The style of writing is swift, intuitive, and improvisational. The result is an early metal sound with a DIY punk ethic and a very strong rock influence. The "Peace Killers" track listing is as follows: More...
Earlier this year southern hard rockers Nashville Pussy released "Ten Years of Pussy," a retrospective of the band's decade worth of working with SPV/Steamhammer.
In support of the release, Nashville Pussy just hit the road again on a North American tour, after which the group will embark on new dates with Reverend Horton Heat in January. A complete list of tour dates is below.
11/27: San Diego, CA @ The Hideout San Diego
11/28: Costa Mesa, CA @ Tiki Bar
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
12/1: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater
12/2: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
12/3: Reno, NV @ Shea's Tavern
12/4: Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
12/5: Portland, OR @ Dante's
12/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/7: Whistler, BC @ Garibaldi Lift Co
12/8: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
12/10: Edmonton, AB @ Denizen Hall
12/11: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
12/12: Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
12/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
12/15: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
12/16: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
12/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
12/18: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
12/19: Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar More...
Neurosis today announces the details for the band's upcoming stateside 30th anniversary performances set to take place in San Francisco this March.
Passing the thirty-year mark this winter, Neurosis will celebrate this milestone with two stateside performances on March 4th and 5th at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom, and then two more sets on April 16th and 17th headlining Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
At these four very special performances, Neurosis will deliver a massive two-hour set list, invoking material spanning the band's entire recorded lineage, from 1987's "Pain Of Mind" through 2012's "Honor Found In Decay," with varied set lists at each event. These sets will span the band's entire career, showcasing the comprehensive evolution, from primitive beginnings into the epic outfit of today. More...
Fit For A King has issued this statement online about performing live in Paris following the deadly attack at an Eagles Of Death Metal show:
"We played Paris last night. We didn't expect anybody to come. We even debated on whether we should go. All of this because of the horrible attacks at a show just like this, that took place 13 days prior.
"The tour went on, and the people of Paris, though not as many as projected before the attacks, rallied together to face our fears with us. And together, we had a night that will never be forgotten.
"We will not be slaves to fear. Thank you for last night, Paris." More...
"Trapped In The Shadows," the new studio album from Swedish power metal band Manimal, was just released in Europe and will drop in North America on January 22nd, 2016.
A new lyric video for the track "Screaming Out" also just came online and can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:
02. March Of Madness
03. The Dark
04. Trapped In The Shadows
06. Man-Made Devil
07. Silent Messiah
08. The Journey
09. Screaming Out
10. Psychopomp More...
Graf Orlock enters 2016 with the February 5th release of new album "Crime Traveler" on Vitriol Records.
The band's third full-length and tenth release overall, "Crime Traveler" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business Studio in Greensboro, NC.
Deepening the experience, "Crime Traveler" is packaged in an actual, full-size, color newspaper, written and designed by the band. The full tracklist is as follows:
1. Bad Cell Service on Conn Avenue
2. 600,000 Tons of Explosive Ordnance
3. Afternoon Lunch at the Red Bacchus
4. A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley
5. Regional Turf War Spills Blood on Vegas Strip
6. Nursing a Hangover
7. Our Infallible Cybernetic Future
8. Summer Getaway, Mount Hermon
9. Difficult Decision in the Yutani Mess Hall
10. Cheaper, Safer, and Better Than the Real Thing More...
Following the triumphant release of third full-length album, "In Vaults" earlier this year, Chicago prog/alternative rock act District 97 confirms several changes in the band's lineup in advance of upcoming tour dates.
Through a fully amicable separation, District 97 has parted ways with Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy, replacing them with two other talented Chicago-based musicians Andrew Lawrence on keyboards and Tim Seisser on bass. The rest of the band is grateful to Clearfield and Mulcahy for their immeasurable contributions to the band for for nearly a decade, yet is excited to welcome the new members aboard for their next chapter.
With the new member installations complete, the new DISTRICT 97 lineup will take to stages around the globe next year. While dates are still being nailed down, these shows have been confirmed:
3/26/2015 The Borderline - London, UK w/ Dave Kerzner Band
3/27/2015 The Musician's Pub -Liecester, UK w/ Dave Kerzner Band
3/28/2015 The Robin 2 - Bilstn, UK w/ Dave Kerzner Band
3/29/2015 Sound Control - Manchester, UK w/ Dave Kerzner Band
3/31/2015 Das Rind - Russellsheim, DE w/ Dave Kerzner Band
4/01/2015 Art Rock IV Festival - Reichenbach, DE w/ IQ, RPWL
4/02/2015 Z-Bau Nuremburg, DE w/ Effloresce
4/03/2015 Progdreams Festival - Zoetermeer, NL w/ Three Friends, Focus and more
5/17/2015 Roxy and Duke's - Dunellen, NJ More...
The Birdcage is a new way to experience music - a music album that is presented as a video game. Imagine a music video you can fully control and immerse yourself in, while the events and the environment are in a perfect sync with the music.
The album will be performed by artists from Guns N' Roses, former Evanescence members, Epica, Within Temptation, Therion, and many others.
Magnetic Eye Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Low Flying Hawks, and with it the release of debut album "Kofuku" on February 12th, 2016. You can also check out the new song "Ruins" below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
2. Now, Apocalypse
3. Seafloor Fathoms
4. Fading Sun
5. White Temple
8. Wolves Within Wolves
9. Till The Night Meets The Light
10. Destruction Complete More...
Earlier this month, Jabberjaw Media announced the addition of The MetalSucks Podcast, featuring hosts Chuck and Godless. The podcast has recorded well over 100 episodes since its formation over two years ago. The duo just unveiled a special episode with Kirk Hammett of Metallica, where they dive into the importance of measuring one's success and some unique projects he is working on now.
As the podcast episode unravels the audience quickly learns that Kirk Hammett is not all about the fame and added perks it brings. Rather he measures his success by the music he produces. He explains how he quickly learned that just being a musician would not fulfill all of life's happiness, and would need to set out to find other avenues to reach this feeling. He expanded on how other members started tackling their "life outside of Metallica" and wanted to join the movement. Listen to the full podcast right here.
Late last month, Hammett alongside industry vet David Karon unveiled their latest venture, the Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal. Hammett credits his awkward teen years and upbringing as giving him the necessary drive and will to take his dreams one step further and states that building a good infrastructure is the key to life.Hammett and the rest of Metallica are currently in the studio working on new music.
Memorain will release a new album titled "Duality Of Men" early next year produced by Ilias Papadakis and featuring guest spots from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Michael Gilbert (Flotsam and Jetsam) and Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam). The album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Demon’s Hunt
2. Guardian Knight
3. The Giant
4. Last Of Light
5. Inside My Eyes
6. The End Of Hope
7. Lost In Vain
8. The Crescent
9. Broken Dreams
10. Since I Remember
11. The Final Message More...
Chaotic. Spastic. Destructive. All these adjectives describe Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s brand of unkind grind. The group along with Pig Destroyer, who shares members, are one of Relapse Record’s flagship grindcore bands. Since 1994, the band has released a epic list of recordings through split 7-inches, label comps and four full-length albums. The Massachusetts-based group is known for blasting out minute-or-less-length tracks, many at five seconds or less. This means a long list of tracks on each album including 100 tracks on “Altered States of America” (2003). The group’s last full-length “Agorapocalypse” (2009) contained songs a bit more substantial in length, although the album is still gonzo in many ways.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed is also known for using multiple singers, including current screamers Kat Katz and Richard Johnson, who trade back and forth lung-piercing wails. The group also paved the way for grindcore bands to use drum machines. Before only their second ever full live performance at Housecore Horror Film Festival 3, singer/lyricist Richard Johnson joined me for a chat about the band’s brief tracks, use of drum machines, influences and the group’s future plans. More...
German power metal outfit Brainstorm just released a new video clip for "The World To See," taken off the upcoming album "Scary Creatures" due out January 15th, 2016 via AFM Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. The World To See
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are...
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds
11. Lift Your Eyes To See (Bonus track - Limited Digipak) More...
New York based metal band Surfacing will release new album "Chaos Through Clarity" on December 18th, 2015. Check out the single "Turned To Ink" below, and you can find more info on the band at Facebook here.
Budapest’s male and female fronted electronic metalcore outfit The Tumor Called Marla sees release today of new label debut "Trance." Vocalist András Gero comments:
“The main concept is about humanity, whose members are commuting from one extreme to the other like a pendulum, and that's why they can't find their place of peace. Usually people are attending to everything else instead of their hearts and soul.
"'Trance' is a five part story that we'd like to share with you in a modern, exciting, philosophical, and a disturbing atmosphere. The listeners can join us to take a deep trip underneath our minds.” More...
While everyone knows that Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe served a terrifying overseas jail sentence, many people don't know about his battles with alcoholism and depression.
In the YouRock interview below, Blythe dives into his struggles, noting how suffering from depression doesn't always come from detrimental circumstances: "I was in a great place but I felt like I was dying. That's the component of alcoholism and depression that's really baffling to some people."
He also talks about how music helped him when he was younger, saying, "I was listening to the Sex Pistols, and Black Flag, and the Bad Brains. There's this aggressive music, this stuff that's speaking about real things...and I'm like, 'I'm not crazy, I'm not alone in the world.'"
Other artists featured by The You Rock Foundation include Slipknot, Stone Sour, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nothing More, and others. Stay tuned for more updates from other artists. For inspiration from other artists or for more information, please visit this location.
After cancelling a European tour following the Paris terror attacks, Lamb Of God recently announced a upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests Anthrax and openers Deafheaven and Power Trip. Dates are available at this location. More...
Wolfhorde is a folk metal band from Finland combining chaotic opposites: distorted and clean, electric and acoustic, heavy and soft, fast and slow, cheerful and melancholic. All of these themes are present on "Towards The Gates Of North," and today a video from the album comes online - check out "Fimbulvetr" below.
Instead of telling stories of great heroes fighting battles in a fantasy land, the story behind "Towards The Gates of North" is more down to earth. This concept album inspired by the northern atmosphere and landscapes was forged and carved out of sad and gruesome stories about the end of the world in the viking heritage and mythology and will drop January 22nd, 2016 via Inverse Records. The track listing is as follow:
3. Taivaankappaleiden Kato
4. Death Long-Due
5. The Retribution
7. Boundless Agony
9. The Gates of North More...
Germany's Paragon just issued the following statement about inking a new deal with Remedy Records:
"OK Paraheads you waited long enough. We are very pleased to announce that we are back on Remedy Records / Souldfood Distribution! Remedy released all our classic albums like 'Steelbound,' 'Law Of The Blade,' 'The Dark Legacy,' and 'Revenge.'
"Their office is based in Hamburg, we were always in contact with Jörn & Pedy and of course we are still friends. They always treated us very well and it really feels good to be back on a label which really cares about (metal) music and not only about money. More...
The Winnipeg, MB technical death metal architects from Inverted Serenity have posted a new live video performing their track "Grasp of Impermanence," taken off new album "Integral."
The video was filmed during the band's set at The Zoo in Winnipeg on October 30th and can be seen below. You can also stream all of the "Integral" album that saw release last month at this location.
Funeral Mantra, the Rome based heavy doom outfit born in 2010, recently signed a worldwide agreement with Sliptrick Records for the release of new album "Afterglow."
Already out now digitally, "Afterglow" is coming as a physical retail release in Europe on December the 3rd and in the U.S. on December 11th. You can also now stream the album through Spotify here. More...
Italian atmospheric post/doom metal band Wows is out this week with new album "Aion." Taking influence from Pelican, Tool and Neurosis, Wows is able to create a highly atmospheric and complex album, that can be heard in full below or picked up at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
5. Path of Decay
8. Abraxas More...
"Malaise," the third album from France's The Rodeo Idiot Engine, is out now on CD and all digital platforms (with vinyl to follow in January).
The record is also available for free download at the Throatruiner Records' website and can also be streamed below. A European tour will start next week in support of the release:
12/4th Bordeaux, FR @ Heretic Club
12/5th Montaigu, FR @ Le Zinor
12/6th Rouen, FR @ Hipster Cafe
12/8th Utrecht, NL @ ACU
12/9th Liege, BE @ La Zone
12/10th Giessen, DE @ AK44
12/11th Berlin, DE @ XB-Liebig
12/12th Leipzig, DE @ S9
12/13th Prague, CZ @ Cross Club
12/14th Wien, AT @ Venster99
12/15th Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
12/16th La Chaux-De-Fonds, CH @ Centraf
12/17th Lausanne, CH @ L'Aencre
12/18th Barcelona, ES @ Kasal de Joves Roquetes
12/19th Toulouse, FR @ Le Saint des Seins More...
Kelowna, BC's death metal architects from Gomorrah are now streaming new single "Sitra Achra," taken off their upcoming album "The Haruspex," which is due out on January 15th, 2016 via Test Your Metal Records.
The follow-up to 2013 debut album "Perception" is available for pre-order here. The band comments on the new track "Sitra Achra" available below:
“Sitra Achra is the realm where evil is birthed through the discarding of the remnants of the Sephirot. These remnants are the dark opposition of the holy light, which create the Kings of Sulphur. The Kings are summoned forth, undoing creation in our plane of existence. The instrumentation was based off of a demo track from 2011, with alterations by key change, rewritten drum and bass guitar parts, rhythm guitar influence from Cannibal Corpse and Archspire, and lyrical content and vocal structure to fit the narrative concept of the album." More...
Chilean metal unit Mano Humana today unleashes debut full-length album "Sombras" via Sick Bangers. Listen in below.
Formed in 2012, Mano Humana was created by brothers José Ignacio and Osvaldo Guzmán as a band free from traditional canons, writing diverse music with no creative limitations and full of energy. The "Sombras" track listing is as follows:
1. Jueces 04:01
2. Desintrospección 05:17
3. Larga Vida Al Rey 04:28
4. Grita En Silencio 06:08
5. Acata Y Ataca 05:10
6. Demencia 05:53
7. Árbol 07:19
8. Pigmentos De Vacío 04:37 More...
Menacingly brooding, the sludge/doom giants from Scotland going by the name Of Spire & Throne have released a full-length album after three EPs and a split with Ortega.
Surreptitiously crawling and floating, "Sanctum In The Light" takes hold of your consciousness entirely - experience the slow motion sensations below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Carrier Remain 14:03
2. Fathom 08:23
3. Upon the Spine 13:11
4. Gallery of Masks 18:32 More...
Static Tension Recordings is pleased to announce that they will be releasing the debut album of Kansas City's Sharp Weapons. The album will be released on digital and vinyl formats this coming May 27th, 2016.
Sharp Weapons fuses the sounds of Every Time I Die, Botch, and High On Fire to create an intense combination that kicks you in the teeth.
The well-oiled machine of guitarist Josh Simcosky, drummer Brett Southard, and bassist Justin Mantooth (also a producer/engineer), has been playing together on and off for over ten years in bands such as Auternus, Steal The Sun, Doris and Leering Heathens. Together they serve as the perfect backdrop for gloriously chaotic frontman Jimmy Wing (ex-Runaway Sons).
With a high energy live set that is both powerful and precise, Sharp Weapons has more than held its own on stages with bands such as Soulfly, Snot, Lord Dying, He is Legend, The Esoteric & many more. The new album's all-caps track listing is as follows: More...
Swedish outfit Soilwork just premiered an official music video for "Death In General" online - check it out at this location.
This is the second video off the band's latest album, "The Ride Majestic" (reviewed here), out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid comments:
"Recording the video for 'Death In General' was absolutely spectacular. After finishing up our North American Tour at The Whisky in Hollywood, we got up at 5am the next morning and drove into the desert. Joshua Tree is truly a magical place and was the perfect setting for this song and the mystical feeling it generates. Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn was very kind to let us use his land for the shoot and he also welcomed us into his home. More...
Swedish doom metal legend Candlemass is about to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP, which is scheduled for release early next year via Napalm Records. Today the band is offering a first taste of the upcoming new EP below.
Check it out:
Hailing from the East Anglian region of the UK death metal outfit Obscene Entity premieres the pre-release stream of the band's entire debut album "Lamentia", which will be out today via Tridoid Records.
Check out now "Lamentia" in its entirety below.
Obscene Entity describes the album's concept as: More...
Hailing from the northern border of Norway extreme metal outfit Attan premieres the pre-release stream of the band's entire debut EP titled "From Nothing", which will be out in stores coming Monday, November 30th via Shelsmusic.
Check out now "From Nothing" below.
About the lyrics the band explains: More...