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Last updated on November 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET
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19 news articles posted today (and counting...)
While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?
First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”
Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.
Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...
Strong on the back of numerous shows across U.K. and Ireland in support of fifth album "Pantheist," including a short run with extreme metal heavyweights Carcass, Ireland's Coldwar is now just days away from launching a live campaign across Romania and Moldova.
Guitarist Paul Nash comments, "Coldwar is very much looking forward to tour this November/December along with Edenkaiser and Casus. Also to be playing at November To Dismember festival in Bucharest with such a great line up is great. Be sure you wont be disappointed, see you on tour along the way!"
29/11/14 - November To Dismember Festival - Bucharest, Romania
01/12/14 - The Albion Territory - Chisinau, Moldova
02/12/14 - S4 Club - Bacau, Romania
03/12/14 - 31 Motor's Pub - Suceava, Romania
05/12/14 - Abyss Bar - Oradea, Romania
06/12/14 - La Pira?i Bar - Bucharest, Romania More...
The Tongeren Metal Festival organizers have issued the following update about confirming new bands:
"With much pride and without further ado we reveal the line-up for Tongeren Metal Fest 2015, Belgium’s loudest metal festival set to take place Saturday 2nd of May 2015 at de VELINX in Tongeren.
"Enslaved, Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench, Bolzer, Bodyfarm, Insanity Reigns Supreme, and Disinterred will make their appearance at the second edition of the festival.
"With headliners Enslaved and Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench the bar has been set high. The Norwegian progressive black/viking metal quintet Enslavedwill present their new album exclusively in Belgium at Tongeren Metal Fest. Martin Schirenc - along with his two partners in crime - will perform all original and classic Pungent Stench songs under the flag of ‘ Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench.’ Viva La Muerte! More...
With the band's 30 year anniversary looming, founding Aggression guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe handpicked the players around him to breathe life back into the 80's thrashers for a reformation at the 2015 edition of Defenders of The Old Festival in Brooklyn, NY on March 13th and 14th.
Aggression's lineup will feature vocalist Brian Langley from Toronto thrash metal legends Infernal Majesty, bassist Darin Wall, and guitarist Dave Watson from Vancouver thrash powerhouse Entropia, plus drum maniac Ryan Murray Idris from Expain.
"I always knew that Aggression would come back someday. Life issues kept getting in the way and I moved around a bit. I ran into these musicians and knew they could really pull it off. It's been a long stretch since 1989, but finally it's happening." comments original founding Aggression guitarist Denis 'Sasquatch' Barthe.
This will be Aggression's first show since 2005, where the band reunited at the Montreal Metal Massacre fest and unleashed the un-released 1986 album "Forgotten Skeleton." More...
Flotsam and Jetsam has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Flotsam and Jetsam, regretfully announce that Kelly Smith will be stepping out from behind the drums to focus on caring for his family. Please, extend him you love and support during this time, as we wish nothing but the best for our Flotsam brother.
"Kelly was instrumental in bringing Flotsam back to its current form with a touring and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15 countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows.
"As Kelly departs, Flotsam continues work on a new album that is still scheduled for a spring 2015 release, to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour and festival dates.
Details on the upcoming album and new drummer will be released soon." More...
Swedish metal band Tribulation and Century Media Records are proud to announce a worldwide deal to spread the band's upcoming aural horrors.
The band is in the studio right now to record its third album, which is expected to be released in April 2015 after wrapping up a U.S. tour with genre titans Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse.
The band comments: "We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Our journey has been slow but steady, but it is now time for us to stretch our black wings further throughout the world and we are sure that Century Media Records is the label that can help us do that.
"Die Todten reiten schnell...* In early December we will once again enter the studio, this time to record our third album. We have covered ourselves in the darkness of the divine and the ghastly and have emerged with something that we truly believe in. Though it is an album that is in every inch Tribulation, expect nothing and let the music take you to the unexpected. It is a journey in its own right, for us to travel with the music that we make and at each turn it takes we are closing in on a goal that is hopefully forever out of our reach. Thus, we now prepare to die to let a new shape of the vampyre return in 2015."
(* Gottfried August Bürger, 1773)
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Records Europe, is equally pleased and comments: "I first saw Tribulation in July 2011 in a small club in Oberhausen and was impressed by their unique kind of Death Metal. Their debut album was deeply rooted in the mid to late 80's Death/Thrash/Black Metal but far away from a retro, old school sound. They took all classic influences and created their own universe - even more with the second album which was far beyond the formulas of death metal. I'm glad we had a good talk and cold beers back in 2011, and always remained in contact. Looking forward to working with them and help them to progress into something even bigger and darker." More...
Cruadalach has a new song out today titled "Shiva World Dance Party," which can be heard in the player below.
"Shiva World Dance Party" is taken from the upcoming album "Rebel Against Me" to be released in January, 2015 by MetalGate Records.
Epica kicked off the European Enigma tour together with Dragonforce and Dagoba this past Thursday at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
Panda Productions joined the band to capture behind-the-scene footage of the first shows of the tour. Check out "Natural Corruption (The European Enigma Aftermovie)" in the player below.
Lvcifyre has a new video clip out now for "Sun Eater," which can be seen below, and is the title track to a new album set for release in January 2014 by Dark Descent Records. The band also comments:
"As we move onwards from the blaze of capturing the Sun Eater, echoes follow, a hunger for something undone, the vibrations of a missing chapter coiling around us. And where the voice is, so is the Vision.
"We captured the Flesh of emotion, His breath, the Fyre that pumps in our hearts and it would never have come forth without our companions, for whose offering to the Sun Eater we are deeply grateful: L. and A Thousand Lost Civilizations, the right man in the right place; Nele Vereecke for her extreme talent and craft of the highest calibre - the time and effort you dedicated to this project has left us speechless; Jeremie and Blackout Studio - for everything you made that made us grow, brother; Norgaath for transport and cigars; and Mark of the Devil, the Priest of the Black Sun, who once again stepped into the Fyre with us." More...
Venom - the hugely influential British heavy metal trio, widely revered for driving and shaping many aspects of the music industry, including black and thrash metal as well as for their instinctive blending of metallic power and punk spirit - have confirmed the release of the new studio album, "From the Very Depths." The album is set for release on January 27 via Spinefarm Records - just one day after Liberty of the Seas returns to Port Everglades, Florida following the exclusive live world premiere of the album at the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal.
The band, led by vocalist/bassist and original Venom titan, Cronos, decided against making fans the world over wait too long for this powerful new 14-track release, the follow-up to 2011's "Fallen Angels," also issued via Spinefarm Records.
The album will be available via CD and download, on January 27th, with a double vinyl format to follow shortly after. More...
After a near two month break from announcing acts, UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that the legends and originators of "black metal" Venom are the latest band been added to the 2015 roster. The band will play an exclusive live world premiere of the forthcoming new album "From the Very Depths" in its entirety as one of the two performances.
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.
Venom joins previously announced bands below, with 28 bands still to be announced:
Germany's Scanner is streaming the new track "F.T.B. (Fuck The Bastards)," the new track from the upcoming comeback release "The Judgment." The album marks the first release from the band in 13 years (2002's "Scantropolis") and is the first studio effort to feature vocalist Efthimios Ioannidis, who joined the band back in 2003.
The album, which was originally scheduled for a December 5th release, has been pushed back to January 23, 2015 via Massacre Records.
Check out "F.T.B. (Fuck the Bastards)" here:
Polish death metal act Hate released the first preview teaser fro the upcoming new release "Crvsade: Zero," the ninth full length studio effort from the band. The album is set for a January 25th release via Napalm Records.
"Crvsade: Zero" was was recorded and mixed at Hertz Studio (Vader, Decapitated, Behemoth) in Poland with Wieslawski Brothers as producers.
The track list is:
1. Vox Dei (a Call From Beyond)
2. Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath
3. Death Liberator
5. Doomsday Celebrities
6. Hate Is The Law
7.valley Of Darkness
8. Crusade Zero
9. The Omnipresence
10. Rise Omega The Consequence!
11. Dawn Of War
12. Black Aura Debris
13. The Reaping (bonus)
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Italian symphonic metal band Reasons Behind issued a music video for the new song "With Your Light." The track appears on the upcoming debut full length release "The Alpha Memory," which is set for release on December 1st via Maple Metal Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. A Broken Melody
2. Under the Surface
3. The Chemical Theater
4. With Your Light
5. Starlight in the Shades
6. On Butterfly Wings
7. The Ghost Under My Skin
8. 1000 Fading Lives
9. The Alpha Memory
10. In the End?
Check out "With Your Light" here: More...
Sweden's Evergrey premiered a new music video for the track "The Grand Collapse" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Hymns for the Broken," which is available now via AFM Records. A review of the album can be found at this location.
The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Productions, who also directed the first video for the album - "King of Errors" - which can be seen at over here. Check out "The Grand Collapse" here:
While Megadeth was supposedly recording a new album in 2015 to coincide with a tour next year, the four-piece are now a two piece, as guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left the band separately just hours apart.
Drover as we reported earlier today, was the first to quit, releasing a statement stating he was pursuing his own music.
"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."
Shortly after, Broderick, announced his exit via a statement on his official blog web site:
"Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it. Until then,
Up to now there has been no official statement from Megadeth or Dave Mustaine.
Fister released a provocative and self-shot video for "Life is Short, Life is Shit and Soon it Will Be Over" of their upcoming split with Primitive Man. The 12" split with Primitive Man will be out on Black Friday via A389 Recordings.
You can now watch the clip below.
The Melbourne, Victoria grindcore trio The Kill are gearing up to their new album "Kill Them…All" which is due to drop in December 2014, following their 2012 brutal effort "Make 'Em Suffer". Their latest song posted yesterday called "Public Execution" is nothing short of ripping.
You can now stream "Public Execution" below.
Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has released the following statement about deciding to leave the band:
"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests.
"I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey." More...