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Last updated on January 19, 2017 at 10:59 AM ET
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16 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Italian post-metal act Kynesis signed on with Argonauta Records. The band's new record "Pandora" will be issued this year, with further details to be revealed soon.
Kynesis was born in Turin from the ashes of a previous project to search a different and innovative sound, drawing influences from bands such as Cult of Luna, Pink Floyd, My Dying Bride, Deftones, Mogwai and Isis.
The project has collaborated with various musicians from Turin. Today the singer is Ivan Di Vincenzo, who shares the guitarist role with Luca Braga; rhythmic section consists of Giacomo Grillone on bass and Fabio Losano on drums.
In 2014, after releasing a live CD, the band started to work on the first full album "Kali Yuga," critically acclaimed for its eclectic sounds. The band made a promotional tour sharing the stage with many bands such as Forgotten Tomb, The Great Old Ones and Mortuary Drape.
"Pandora" is about the Greek myth but transposed into the present day. The theme of hope is told through decadent tunes, dilated times and Italian lyrics. Recordings and mixing took place at Alarm Studio by Alessio Sogno, arranger also of synthesizer tracks. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna). More...
Warbringer is definitely one of the most aurally devastating bands in the scene today and make a triumphant step forward on the upcoming record, "Woe to the Vanquished." On March 31st they deliver their monumental 5th full-length via Napalm Records.
To shorten the wait time, the band has unleashed the first ripping track "Silhouettes" today via music video which was directed by Orie McGinness (Enlighten Creative Studio) and produced by Shan Dan Horen (Shadow Born Group). The video is shown exclusively via Decibel Magazine's website at this location, or in the player conveniently located below.
John Kevill gives a deeper insight into the first song "Silhouettes": "This song, the album opener, is a blazing and intense number; we wanted the album to open with pure annihilation. I had the lyric in my head and the frantic riff under the verse since the beginning of 2014, and I am very pleased that it exists as a full song now.
"The idea for the song came from a particularly chilling detail found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; when the atomic bombs went off the shadows of people whose bodies were vaporized still remain burned onto the walls and the ground where they once stood. To me, this is goddamn horrifying. I thought - 'What if the souls of those dead remain trapped in the shadows?'
"I wanted to have the song written from a future where civilization has failed, the Earth is in ruins and the few remaining survivors live a horrible existence. The untold millions of shadows from this future, burnt into stone, look back at us in the present time and judge us for bringing about the apocalypse that, though we saw it coming, we did nothing to avoid.
"The way I see it, we continue funding weaponry that keeps getting more and more devastating (search 'satan-2' if you think this issue is some relic), and leadership seems on a sharp downward trend as well. Not the ingredients for a positive outcome. Remember, it only takes one mistake, once, and everything everyone has ever built, written, painted, all music, all culture, every ounce of human achievement is gone, in a single blinding flash. Like it or not, this is the world we live in today, and entering 2017 the delicate balance tips and sways more and more.
So, Happy New Year. Enjoy the time we have left, and fucking thrash. Woe to the Vanquished.
We're Ghosts!" More...
Ayreon unveiled the cover artwork for the upcoming new album "The Source." More details will be revealed very soon, including release date, track listing and pre-order information.
Mastermind/composer Arjen Anthony Lucassen commented: "The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!"
Vocal guest appearances for "The Source" include: James Labrie (Dream Theater) as "The Historian"; Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) as "The Chemist"; Simone Simons (Epica) as "The Counselor"; Michael Mills (Toehider) as "TH-I"; Floor Jansen (Nightwish) as "The Biologist"; Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) as "The Astronomer"; Tobias Sammet (Avantasia/Edguy) as "The Captain"; Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as "The Diplomat"; Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as "The Prophet"; Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as "The Preacher"; Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder/Kamelot) as "The Opposition Leader"; and, Russell Allen (Symphony X) as "The President."
Musician guest appearances for "The Source" include: Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Guthrie Govan (Asia), Mark Kelly (Marillion) and Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged). More...
Norwegian folk metal act Trollfest released the second in a series of album trailers for the upcoming new album "Helluva." The album drops on February 24th.
In the second clip (shown below), the band talks about the various instruments used on the record.
The track listing for the album is:
1. This Is Just the Intro
2. Professor Otto
3. Spelunking Sisters
4. Gigantic Cave
5. Steel Sarah (see music video here)
7. Hen of Hades
8. Reiten mit ein Fisch
9. Fräulein Helluva
11. La Grande Finale
12. What a Good Idea
13. Don Gnomo Vega
Check out the clip here: More...
Swedish power metal act Hammerfall issued a new lyric video for the song "Built to Last." The song is the title track for the band's latest album issued last November via Napalm Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.
HammerFall will tour North America for the first time in seven years in 2017 in a co-headlining trek with Dutch symphonic metal act Delain. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Built to Last" here:
Italian death thrash act Sawthis released a video clip for the new single "This String Is For Your Neck." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Babhell," which is set to drop on March 24th via Mighty Music.
More information on the album is expected soon. For now, check out "This String Is For Your Neck" here:
German black metal act Thormesis released the first taste of the upcoming fifth studio album will be entitled "Trümmerfarben." Check out the lyric video for "Walheelas Fährte" below. "Trümmerfarben" will be issued via MDD Records on February 10th.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Intro - Aetas Nova
3. Walheelas Fährte
4. Lodernd Flammen
5. Die Klagen der Einöde
7. In?Stille wachen die Toten
8. Im Herbst trugen sie mich fort
9. Outro - Vale
Check out "Walheelas Fährte" here: More...
U.K. metal legends Iron Maiden have announced a second leg of the "Book of Souls" tour for North America. The second leg will be a more extensive run of shows to begin in Virginia on June 3rd. Support for the run will come from Sweden's Ghost.
Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 27th. Fan Club pre-sale starts Tuesday, January 24th.
Full details can be found at www.ironmaiden.com.
Confirmed dates and venues are:
JUN 03 BRISTOW, VA JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUN 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER
JUN 07 NEWARK, NJ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09 CHARLOTTE, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUN 11 TAMPA, FL AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13 NASHVILLE, TN BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15 CHICAGO, IL HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16 MINNEAPOLIS, MN XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
JUN 24 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER
JUN 27 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
JUN 28 PHOENIX, AZ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01 SAN BERNARDINO, CA SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER*
JUL 03 LAS VEGAS, NV T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA
JUL 07 SALT LAKE CITY, UT USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09 LINCOLN, NE PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11 KANSAS CITY, MO SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12 ST LOUIS, MO HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15 TORONTO, CANADA BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA VIDEOTRON CENTRE
JUL 19 MANSFIELD, MA XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21 BROOKLYN, NY BARCLAYS CENTER More...
Swedish doom metal trio Laser Dracul premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming vinyl demo re-release, which will be out in stores on January 27th via German label Ván Records.
Check out now "Laser Dracul" in its entirety below.
Brazilian black metal outfit Patria premieres a new song and lyric video entitled "Axis", taken from the upcoming new album "Magna Adversia", which will be out in stores March 3rd 2017 through Soulseller Records.
Check out now "Axis" below.
Nita Strauss, the LA-based guitarist for the Alice Cooper band premieres a new solo single titled "Pandemonium", taken from the new all-female compilation "She Rocks, Volume 1", out in stores now via Favored Nations Entertainment.
Check out now "Pandemonium" below.
Finland's death metal band Gorephilia premieres a new song entitled "The Ravenous Storm", taken from the upcoming new album "Severed Monolith", which will be out in stores on March 3rd via Dark Descent and in a vinyl edition through Saco Un Ojo Records.
Check out now "The Ravenous Storm" below.
Italy's death metal outfit Mindful Of Pripyat debuts two new songs titled "Hostage" and "Specimen", taken from the upcoming new split-release with Stench Of Profit. The album will be out in stores on 12'' vinyl, on CD, and as a digital download on March 1st via Everlasting Spew.
Check out now "Hostage" and "Specimen" below.
Northlane premieres a new song and music video titled "Intuition". The band recently debuted the song live at last weekend’s "Unify Gathering" festival, where the footage for the clip was shot.
Check out now "Intuition" below.
Bill & Phil (Down, Superjoint etc.) - featuring Phil Anselmo and actor/musician Bill Moseley ("House Of 1000 Corpses" etc.) - debuts the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut EP "Songs Of Darkness And Despair", which will arrive in stores this Friday, January 20th.
Check out now "Songs Of Darkness And Despair" in its entirety below.
Mutiny Within debuts the fourth and final single from the band's upcoming new album "Origins", called "Circles". The new album will be out in stores February 10th.
Check out now "Circles" below.