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Last updated on October 21, 2016 at 5:25 PM ET
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The legendary bay area thrash metal giants from Testament will release their 11th album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake," on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
Today, vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson discuss the concept behind the album artwork, which was created by Eliran Kantor.
You can pre-order the album digitally via iTunes or Amazon and receive both "Stronghold" and the title-track as an instant download. Various physical formats (Digibook, Limited Box Set, Limited Mailorder Box Set, Vinyl) are also available from Nuclear Blast.
New Testament album "Brotherhood Of The Snake: was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga, guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy, and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap. More...
Denmark's modern metal spark of hope, Forever Still, just released debut album "Tied Down" via Nuclear Blast. The label comments:
"These ten songs lead through deep valleys of depression, anger and desperation, but find their terminus in recovery and hope. Strong female vocals go hand in hand with sudden growls and with this release, Forever Still starts a new era of modern rock with the classic spirit of Lacuna Coil, Flyleaf, or Bring Me The Horizon."
You can order "Tied Down" as a digipak with three additional tracks and one bonus DVD or as jewelcase version here.
Since yesterday, the band has been on an extensive European tour with Lacuna Coil and Genus Ordinis Dei, so here is your chance to see singer Maja Shining and multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Haastrup in action together with their live crew. More...
With two dates already completely sold out, Behemoth tonight kicks off the second part of the "Europa Blasfemia" tour in Cologne, Germany.
This new multi-country trek also includes Secrets Of The Moon and Mgla in the supporting slots, with dates as follows:
2016-10-21 Esch-Sur-Alzette (Rockhal) LU
2016-10-22 Rennes (L'Etage) FR
2016-10-23 Toulouse (Le Bikini) FR
2016-10-25 Lisbon (Paradise Garage) PT
2016-10-26 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
2016-10-27 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
2016-10-28 Lyon (Transbordeur) FR
2016-10-29 Luzern (Schuur) CH
2016-10-30 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR More...
Ever-raging metal institution Accept is returning with a bang, after three studio albums and several tours around the globe since reuniting in 2010, the time has come for the band to unleash a brand-new live document titled "Restless And Live."
This package will include the entire show Accept played at Bang Your Head Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs and will be available in stores on January 13th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast.
Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann reminisced: "We didn't know exactly what would happen back in 2010, what happens if... But this was six years ago and we've released three records since then. With 'Blind Rage,' we had our first No. 1 chart record! There can be nothing nicer!"
The package's title, chosen by the band couldn't be more suitable, with Wolf commeting: "'Restless And Live' simply fits what we experienced at BYH!!! and for what we stand for until today! It goes on and on and on! We're already working on a new production. The thought of being on the road again soon gets our blood flowing: And it is possible to overcome everything that happened before." More...
Dutch blackened death metal band Soulburn will soon release third studio album "Earthless Pagan Spirit" on November 18th, 2016 via Century Media Records. Today you can heard opening track "Where Splendid Corpses Are Towering Towards The Sun."
Soulburn vocalist/bassist Twan van Geel checked in with the following comments: "We are proud to present you the opening track from our upcoming album 'Earthless Pagan Spirit'. This song is a classic ode to the supremacy of the blackest of Metal.
"'Where Splendid Corpses Are Towering Towards The Sun' ravishes straight through the high hopes of a self-proclaimed righteous people and their plastic vanity. And at the triumph of their death, scorched by the sun of their own divinity, in the serene mist from their ashen skulls, we dance." More...
Following a successful performance at Bloodstock Festival 2016, Brutai just released some exclusive behind the scenes footage, alongside a live montage synced to the reworked album version of the song "Relapse." Felix Lawrie says this about the track:
"Lyrically, 'Relapse' is about the ongoing battle with addiction. We can all get addicted to something that takes away the pain. Some people have an ongoing fight with this illness everyday - and it is something that has the ability to consume you and deeply affect others around you.
"Addiction can come in many different vices such as alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, sex, and more. There aren't many known cures for it either; just acceptance, and learning how to deal with it better in your own way. Everyone can relapse but what's important is how we respond to it."
The band also just recently signed to Transcend Music, and new album "Born" will be out on the 25th of November, 2016. More...
Ottawa, ON symphonic black / death metal band Endemise is streaming latest track "Come Serene Dark" from upcoming album "Anathema," due out on October 28th.
The album follows 2013 debut "Far From The Light," released on Maple Metal Records. "Anathema" was produced by Endemise guitarist Dale Sauve along with Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) and features eight blistering tracks to burst your ear drums.
"Anathema" is available for pre-order right here and features the following track listing:
1. Nocturne (4:59)
2. Anathema (4:26)
3. Blackening (4:30)
4. Procreator (5:14)
5. Gargoyles: Fragments In Stone (4:57)
6. Soma (4:35)
7. Come Serene Dark (5:16)
8. Fragments In Flame (5:01) More...
Set to unleash new album "Cauchemar" on November 18th, Quebec's heavy hitting, northern riffing groove demons from Inire are now offering fans a taste of what's to come with a FREE download of the "Endless" single. You can hear the track below or download at Pure Grain Audio here.
Inire's 13 track album "Cauchemar" was produced by Chris Bonavia and continues the band's reputation of delivering energetic anthems that have garnered a loyal following in the Ontario and Quebec scenes. The band comments:
"It is with some trepidation that we present Inire's sophomore record 'Cauchemar,' the long gestating follow up to 2009’s 'Born the Wicked, The Fallen, The Damned'. It has been a long, arduous labour of love to bring this infectious collection of pure northern rock to fruition and we could not be more proud of the final result. More...
Following the band's return to Endarker Studio with Magnus Devo Andersson (Marduk), Dys Inbunden is proud to reveal a new single titled "Riders of Malign" is coming later this month.
The artwork can be seen below, with "Riders Of Malign" due to officially drop October 26th and serving as the first taste of an upcoming album. Stay tuned for more info.
Swedish blackened metal sect Witchery is gearing up for the worldwide release of long-awaited 6th studio album "In His Infernal Majesty's Service," arriving November 25th, 2016 via Century Media Records.
The album's first new track, "Nosferatu", launches today via a lyric video produced by Cloud Music Typography. Check it out below, and you can also pick the single up at all the major digital outlets.
Witchery's guitarist and band leader Jensen checked in regarding the track: "This one is a mid-paced thrashy piece. Really fun to play. Lyrics are about extreme political ideas and movements that get momentum due to a 'sleeping' majority."
3. Netherworld Emperor
5. The Burning Of Salem
6. Gilded Fang
7. Empty Tombs
8. In Warm Blood
9. Escape From Dunwich Valley
10. Feed The Gun
11. Oath Breaker More...
Oakland black metal outfit Void Omnia has announced dates for a West Coast North American tour this December. Additionally, the vinyl version of the band's "Dying Light" debut LP is now available for pre-order via Vendetta Records.
Taking the album's devastating hymns to the populations of the West Coast, Void Omnia will kick off this new tour in Las Vegas on December 7th, followed by shows in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, Phoenix, Prescott, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane, Seattle, and Olympia before the final performance in Portland on December 22nd. More...
"Red In Tooth And Claw" is the sixth full-length studio offering from Norwegian avant-garde metal collective, Madder Mortem.
Set for release next week via Dark Essence Records, the band's first album in seven long years was captured by guitarist BP M. Kirkevaag, mastered by Peter In de Betou. and comes shrouded in the artwork of Christian Ruud (Tristania, Frantic Bleep).
As a precursor to its release, today a visual accompaniment to the "Fallow Season" single can be seen below. Vocalist Agnete M. Kirkevaag elaborates:
"'Fallow Season' was recorded at an abandoned sawmill in our home town. This mill was once a large plant, the pride of the small local community, but was decommissioned in 1996.
"In the twenty-years that have passed, nature has started to reclaim the plant, and its buildings have been left to decay. The lyrics of 'Fallow Season' deal with how greed and religion, as driving forces behind humanity's self-destructive behavior, are speeding our progress towards an apocalypse.
"The song suggests that perhaps this is what is needed: a cataclysm that will reduce our current civilization to rubble, and let nature reclaim some territory. Perhaps what we need is such a fallow season to rethink our priorities." More...
Swiss instrumental progressive rock/metal quartet The Kompressor Experiment has released debut full-length album "Douze" for physical and digital formats on Bandcamp. You can hear all five songs below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Eat Yer Brownie 04:53
2. Masal Eye 08:40
3. Hog In The Fog 06:54
4. Bronko 16:42
5. BAAMM 09:50 More...
The German epic speed metal newcomers from Skullwinx hits hard with second album "The Relic" out via Metalizers Records and following 2014 release "The Missions Of Heracles."
"The Relic" is again a concept album, this time about historic tales and legends from Europe, plus the title track which describes the name Skullwinx. Check out a lyric video for "Atilla The Hun" below.
Poured Out's new album “To the Point of Death” sees official release today - October 21st, 2016 - via Facedown Records.
The single "Remember Me" features vocals from Joe Musten of Advent, and the LP bears artwork from Jay Weinberg of Slipknot. In celebration of the release, all the tracks have also come online and can be heard through Spotify below. More...
SoCal punk / hardcore / metal hybrid outfit Excel has remastered seminal 1989 release, "The Joke's On You," which is now set to be released via Southern Lord on November 18th.
Originally released via Caroline Records, and produced by Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Possessed), "The Joke's On You" is Excel's second full-length album.
The Southern Lord reissue, remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, contains the twelve tracks featured on the original CD edition, including the track "Blaze Some Hate" -- initially released as a 12" single via Caroline, not the original release of the LP - appearing as the closing track.
This isn't the first time Southern Lord has documented the importance of Excel either, as the label also reissued the band's first album, "Split Image," in 2014. More...
Infernal Angels, one of Italy's most obscure and intransigent black / death metal bands, is ready to return with fourth full-length album titled "Ars Goetia," a tribute to Hell's demons and due to be released under My Kingdom Music's wings.
The new album, with a release date scheduled on January 20th, will feature three guests from the Italian scene: Mancan from Ecnephias, Lorenzo Sassi from Frostmoon Eclipse, and Snarl from Black Faith.
According to My Kingdom Music: "It’s grim, obscure, violent, a journey into the void of darkness and demons, a must for all fans of Dark Funeral and Belphegor." More...
Flotsam And Jetsam just announced the "Forbidden Territories of the World" European headliner tour, also featuring Dew-Scented (Metal Blade Records) & Izegrim (Listenable Records), presented by District 19 & Rock Hard.
The metal rampage will kick off on Thursday the 23rd of March at Plutonium in Strasskirchen, Germany, and will continue throughout Europe before concluding at Vienna Metal Meeting in Austria on Saturday, April 8th.
Sumerian Records has re-signed Born of Osiris on the eve of the band’s, and label’s, celebratory "10 Years In The Black" tour. Born of Osiris’ Lee McKinney comments:
"It's an honor and a pleasure to announce that we will be extending our contract with Sumerian Records. To be honest, it didn't even need to be given second thought. We do business with family, and that's what Sumerian has been for coming up on a decade now.
"I remember being in high school and over-drafting my bank account on plane tickets to get Sumerian to come out to watch us play a small suburb of Chicago in a VFW hall. I waited until my 18th birthday to sign our record contract and nothing was the same after that.
"It was the best decision we've ever made. Everyone we know in this industry in one way or another is thanks to the family that we call Sumerian. They were the first to believe in us, and we had the honor of being one of their first few bands as well."
Label founder and President Ash Avildsen adds: "Born of Osiris has been a flagship Sumerian artist for almost ten years now. They're an integral part of the label's brand and have helped pioneer a sound that is still getting bigger by the day. Most importantly, we consider them family and have shared countless unforgettable days and nights together. We cut this deal on a napkin in Atlanta at 2:00 a.m. inside a very uncanny building. Here's to many more in the future." More...
Entombed today releases a time-lapsed video that shows illustrator Dan Seagrave (re)creating artwork for the band's famed "Clandestine" album; artwork that will be included in upcoming performances - next weekend's sold-out Baten Cruise and the band's special Malmo Live event on November 12th.
These live events reunite original members Alex Hellid (guitar), Uffe Cederlund (guitar), and Nicke Andersson (drums) on stage for the first time since 1997.
"Clandestine" was recorded at Stockholm’s Sunlight Studios, produced by Tomas Skogsberg, and is considered a genre milestone. The band’s infamous buzzsaw guitar riffs and varied tempos quickly catapult Entombed to the forefront of the then exploding global scene.
Hellid says, “Clandestine is a complex beast. Revisiting it 25 years later is definitely something special.”
Cederlund adds, “it’s one of those albums that you hear something new every time you listen to it. I like albums like that.” More...
The young British progressive rockers from Maschine recently announced the release of their second studio album "Naturalis," which is due for November 18th, 2016 through InsideOutMusic. The band also just launched the first in a series of trailers for the album here via YouTube. The full track listing will be as follows:
1. Resistance (11:52)
2. Night And Day (5:08)
3. Make Believe (7:10)
4. Hidden In Plain Sight (7:01)
5. A New Reality (8:45)
6. Megacyma (11:46)
7. Eyes Pt.2 (Live in Veruno) (8:55)
8. Rubidium (Live in Veruno) (8:47) More...
The Doomsday Kingdom - the new band from Candlemass/Avatarium mastermind Leif Edling and featuring Wolf vocalist Niklas Stålvind - released a lyric video for the new song "The Sceptre." The song appears on the upcoming debut EP "Never Machine," which drops via Nuclear Blast Records on November 25th. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track list for the EP is:
1. Never Machine
2. The Sceptre
3. Zodiac City
4. The Whispering More...
Sweden's Horisont issued a new music video for the song "Electrical," which you can check out in the player below. The song appears on the Century Media Records release ""About Time."
Check it out here:
Dark Tranquillity released a second video clip for the the new album "Atoma." Check out "Forward Momentum" in the player below. "Atoma" drops worldwide on November 4th through Century Media Records.
The track list for "Atoma" is:
2. Atoma (see music video here)
3. Forward Momentum
5. Force of Hand
6. Faithless by Default
7. The Pitiless (see music video here)
8. Our Proof of Life
9. Clearing Skies
10. When the World Screams
11. Merciless Fate
12. Caves and Embers
Check out "Forward Momentum" here: More...
Italian thrashers Hateworld, featuring Manhunt guitarist Massimo Ventura, will release the debut album "Mass Deception" on November 25th via Earthquake Terror Noise Records, distributed in the U.S. via Thrash Corner.
Hateworld was born in Turin in the year 2007 by Vincenzo Ianniello and Enrico Cairola, who were neighbors. They begin to compose guitar and drum tracks, in the same year Alberto Castelli joined the band. When the band was fully recruited, they created ten songs for live gigs. In October 2010, they entered Blu Musica Recording Studios to release the debut EP "Another Holocaust."
After many subsequent lineup changes, Hateworld was finally stable and steady, ready to record the debut album "Mass Deception" at D.L.D. Production Studios in Turin.
The track list for the album is:
1. Natural Disaster
2. War in My Eyes
3. Behind the Mask
4. Another Holocaust
6. They Live..We Sleep
7. The Disease
8. Horror Sheep
9. Hateworld More...
Ohio's Vulgar Devils released the track listing and cover artwork for the upcoming debut album "Temptress Of The Dark." The album drops via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records, on December 2nd.
Band boss Dave Overkill should be well known as the mastermind of the U.S. metal veterans Destructor. In contrast to his main band, Vulgar Devils plays hard rock with a sound akin to Rose Tattoo and similar act.
The track list and album artwork are shown below:
1. Devil Love
2. Come And Get It
3. For The Kill
4. Forget About Tomorrow
5. Worlds End
6. Slump Buster
7. Temptress Of The Dark
8. Vulgar Devils More...
Former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Sin is currently working on her debut solo album for Swedish label Despotz Records. As previously reported, the album is being produced by longtime U.D.O. bassist, Fitty Wienhold. It can now be announced that the album is being co-produced by longtime Accept and U.D.O. member, Stefan Kaufmann. The as yet untitled album is expected to see a worldwide release in early 2017.
Liv says of the collaboration, "I'm truly excited to work with Stefan! He is an incredible musician and a long time metal hero. I think he can bring that extra bit to my music with his lifelong experience in both Accept and Udo”. Stefan Kaufmann adds, “when Liv called me and asked to produce her new project together with Fitty of course I said yes! Liv has talent, and I am sure it will be a blast."
From the dark beaches of south Sweden, Liv ”Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile packages supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of last year's Revolver magazine ”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour.
Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.
Connecticut metal act As Darkness Dies issued a video clip for the new song "Just A Memory." The song - an acoustic ballad written for a very special person - is the first to feature new vocalist Joseph Angelo Re.
Check out the clip here:
Swedish power metal act Lancer released a lyric video for the new song "Iscariot." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Majesty," which is out January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.
More information on the album, including track list and pre-order link is expected soon. The band will hit the road with HammerFall and Gloryhammer in Europe in January. For dates, head on over to this location.
Check out "Iscariot" here:
Richmond, Virginia's Vorator reveals a new song entitled "Wrath of Mithridates", taken from the upcoming new album "Italic Raids", which will be out in stores October 28, 2016 via Australopithecus Records.
Check out now "Wrath of Mithridates" below.
Gorod premieres a new song entitled "The Mystic Triad of Artistry", taken from the band's latest album "A Maze Of Recycled Creeds", which was released in 2015 via Listenable Records/Unique Leader Records. The clip was directed, shot and edited by Gautier Roscoet for Hardpork and dR Media.
Check out now "The Mystic Triad of Artistry" below.
Ektomorf debuts a new music video for the title track of the band's latest album, "Aggressor", which was released in October 2015 via AFM. The CD was once again produced by Tue Madsen at Denmark's Antfarm Studio (Dark Tranqility, Heaven Shall Burn, Sick Of It All).
Check out now "Aggressor" below.
Lamb Of God premieres the title track of the upcoming new EP "The Duke", which will arrive in stores on November 18th, with vinyl editions to land on November 25th.
The song was inspired by a fan named Wayne Ford who Blythe met and befriended a few years prior to his passing to Leukemia in 2015. Blythe detailed their relationship in this lengthy read.
Check out now "The Duke" below.
Starkill debuts a new song and lyric video titled "Through The Darkness", taken from the upcoming new album "Shadow Sleep", which will be out in stores November 04th through Prosthetic Records.
Check out now "Through The Darkness" below.
Northlane and In Hearts Wake are streaming the following video for their collaborative three-track EP "Equinox", that came out earlier this year. Footage for the clip was shot during a joint Australia tour this past June.
Check out now "Equinox" below.