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Metal News for January 17, 2019

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Hire New Bassist

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are pleased to welcome former Cattle Decapitation bassist/current Scour guitarist Derek Engemann to the lineup.

Engemann - who takes the place of bass comrade Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force, Vaginal Bear Trap etc.) - will make his live debut with The Illegals beginning next week on the band's Latin American tour where they'll be performing Illegals tracks alongside a selection of Pantera hits.

Comments Anselmo of the new addition, "Derek is a brother; he's solid, driven, and talented. It's awesome to have him onboard and I look forward to jamming and writing with him. We're lucky to have him."

Adds Engemann, "I'm very excited to share the stage with mi hermanos in The Illegals! It's also truly an honour to pay such a great tribute to Dime and Vinnie!" More...

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Edge Of Paradise Posts New Video Online

"Face Of Fear" encapsulates, in grand form, the prior evolution of Edge Of Paradise as the band turns a page to a whole new world of sound, revealed in the coming months of 2019, in the form of their third album, Universe.

Singer, Margarita Monet states; "I want to dedicate this song/video to a childhood friend of mine who took his own life, and to all those who battle their inner demons. There is a lot of hatred in this world, and the wide reach of internet and social media enables and disguises those behind it. This darkness about our society plays a big role on our mental state. If you experience negativity of others, just remember that all actions are rooted in love or fear, and hate is the face of fear! We can not let this effect us, instead we have to break the cycle and rise above it, be good and support one another regardless of race, social status or place of birth and remember that all life is worth fighting for."

Sponsored by Souls Of Rock Foundation, and directed by Val Rassi, the "Face Of Fear" video was filmed on location in the grandiose landscape of Iceland, in hopes that the beauty and magic of the planet we live on, can inspire and empower. The band chose to film in many vast remote locations, regardless of the difficulty in getting there. Both the film crew and band members embraced this challenge. For that reason, the collective decision was made to refrain from making a video full of special effects, and to focus on the massive, awe inspiring Iceland landscape, captured by our drone pilot and photographer Darren Lafreniere! More...

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Ill Nino Reveals New Lineup

Latin metal legends, Ill Niño, are excited to debut their first song in in nearly five years, "Sangre", and welcome new members - Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of Texas' Jess Dehoyos on lead guitar.

Ill Niño founder and drummer Dave Chavarri says, "Sometimes being in a band is like being married - sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they're very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our 'Familia' since day one."

Marcos Leal says, "Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider."

Leal will continue to do double-duty as vocalist for both Ill Niño and Shattered Sun. More...

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Izegrim Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch thrash/death metal outfit Izegrim has posted a new music video online for the song, "Retraumatized." You can check it out below. The song comes from the EP, "Beheaded By Trust," which was released last year.

Says the band: "From preparations, to soundcheck and our gig at the prestigious sold out Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival: it's all packed into our latest videoclip. No expensive props, no blue screens, no storyline or silly choreography. This is 100% Izegrim at its best!" More...

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Witherfall To Release New EP

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act Witherfall released their second studio album, A Prelude To Sorrow. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the Vintage EP, with the CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd.

Witherfall reveals: "During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s 'I Won’t Back Down' with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic 'A Tale That Wasn’t Right'. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks. More...

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The Raven Age Posts New Lyric Video Online

British metal outfit The Raven Age, featuring Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris's son George Harris, has posted their new lyric video online for the song, "Fleur de Lis." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming sophomore album, "Conspiracy," which is set to be released on March 8th.

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Athanasia To Release Debut Album In March

Los Angeles-based metal trio Athanasia - featuring former members of Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Murderdolls - will release its upcoming full-length album, "The Order Of The Silver Compass," on March 15th via Seeing Red Records and Rock Of Angels Records.

One might not expect the former members of such bands to be rooted in the fabric of extreme metal, but Athanasia is more than your average power trio. Questioning the moral fabric of man amidst complex narratives tackling power, corruption and greed, the band's unique amalgamation of melodic metal is enough to satisfy the desires of casual listeners and extreme metal fans alike.

Recorded and produced by Bingham at Nightmare Sound, "The Order Of The Silver Compass" embodies all things heavy, dark and stylish. The album's eight tracks were mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Flotsam And Jetsam, Metal Church) at Mission:Black Studios and mastered by Joe Bozzi (Mastodon, L.A. Guns) at Bernie Grundman Mastering, while Jorden Haley (Dååth, Deicide, Mindless Self Indulgence) handled the cover art and design. More...

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Sons Of Apollo Working On Second Album

Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater and more recently a member of such bands as The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance and The Neal Morse Band among others, has announced via a post on Facebook that Sons Of Apollo, the progressive metal supergroup featuring Portnoy, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Trans Siberian Orchestra/ex Journey) and ex Guns N Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, has been working on a new album. The post reads as follows:

“What an intense writing session we’ve had for Sons Of Apollo 2 over the last week!! It was a whirlwind of creativity and we managed to pull it all together and knock it out of the park (IMHO)...and wasting no time, I’m flying to LA today to begin recording my drum tracks!
We will then spend the rest of the year crafting the album and are shooting to have it out at the end of the year or beginning of 2020...”But worry not, there’s the Live Plovdiv Release coming early this summer to tide you over until then!”

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Incantation Announces European Tour

Death metal legends, Incantation, announce the Siege Of The Profane headlining European tour throughout early spring 2019. Support will be provided by Defeated Sanity and Skinned. The tour begins March 15th in Paris, France and ends April 5th in Aarhus, Denmark. All confirmed tour dates are listed below:

March 15 - Paris, France - Gibus
March 16 - Mannheim, Germany - Ms Connexion Complex
March 17 - Lyon, France - CCO
March 19 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
March 20 - Barcelona, Spain - Boveda
March 21 - Montpellier, France - Secret Place
March 22 - Baden, Switzerland - Werkk Kulturlokal
March 23 - Venice, Italy - Revolver
March 24 - Como, Italy - Centrale Rock Pub
March 25 - Prague, Czech Republic - Nova Chmelnice
March 26 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal
March 28 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
March 29 - Hirschaid, Germany - Braincrusher In Hell
March 30 - Poznan, Poland - U Bazyla
March 31 - Krakow, Poland - Kwadrat
April 1 - Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
April 2 - Berlin, Germany - Musik & Frieden
April 3 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
April 4 - Zaandam, Netherlands - Podium Flux
April 5 - Aarhus, Denmark - Royal Metal Festival

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Devilment Posts Live Video Online

Witch County nefarious frights Devilment - led by vehement frontman Dani Filth - have released an official live music video for the track "Hell At My Back," which was shot during the band's storming set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival last year. You can check it out below.

The band states: "The live video for 'Hell At My Back’ was taken from Devilment’s performance at Bloodstock 2017, which was an awesome show played at an awesome festival. We had quite a riot at Bloodstock that year, with some truly unforgettable moments courtesy of meeting bands and friends amid many alcoholic beverages.This was actually the last show for both Lauren and Nick, who left the band amicably not long after the show for commitments in the real world.

'"Hell At My Back' is a precursor to our forthcoming appearance at this year’s HRH Metal III. Lyrically, the protagonist of the song is constantly haunted by his past, hunted by the horrors he has confronted since time immemorial. Awful things he has done in the name of love. But it is again another song of defiance, of staying the inevitable, of the eternal struggle of 'being’. Of evading the clutching powers of Hell." More...

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Vixen Vocalist Leaves The Band

Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner has announced that she has decided to step down from the band, ending her fifth stint with the group. In a post on Facebook, the singer stated:

"After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it's time for me to step aside and let Roxy (Petrucci, drummer) and Share (Ross, bassist) pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet."

Gardner joined Vixen in the eighties and appeared with the band in the movies "Hardbodies" and "The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years," as well as releasing three studio albums with the group, as well as the recent live album, "Live Fire" last year.

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Tyr Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Faroe Islands metal outfit Tyr are the latest band to be confirmed for this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. The ship will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Dark Funeral
Fleshgod Apocalypse
In Vain
Max & Iggor: Return To Roots
Mors Principium Est
Ne Obliviscaris
Night Demon
Paradise Lost
Riot V
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Twilight Force
Unleash The Archers
Van Canto
Vicious Rumors
Visions Of Atlantis

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Rotting Christ Posts New Lyric Video Online

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has posted a new lyric video online for the song, "The Raven." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "The Heretics," which will be released through Season Of Mist on February 15th. Speaking about the song, the band stated:

"We can proudly present to you the third song taken from our upcoming album 'The Heretics'. 'The Raven' represents the epilogue of the album, and as we always used to do, our most atmospheric and melodic creation in every album. A tribute to one of the most literary critic writers, Edgar Alan Poe and more specifically to his poem 'The Raven' that, together with all the rest of the big heretics during the history of time, made us create our last opus.

"Enjoy the majestic trip of 'The Raven' and see you soon on our heretical path." More...

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Eluveitie Reveals New Album Details

We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. Eluveitie call it "Ategnatos." And by using their longest gap between two Metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it.

The new album "Ategnatos" will be released on April 5th 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

On an album both mystical and philosophical, Eluveitie propel mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into our modern world. "This one almost became something like a socio-critical uncovering work," says Chrigel, "some kind of a revelation, a doomsday prophecy. Dark and severe in its atmosphere and charisma, and also occult, arcane and elitist." The album itself is a manifesto, a fast-paced, highly dramatic and embellished work on which today's society sees itself in the mirror of ancient Celtic mythology and knowledge. "The image, of course, is blood-curling”, Chrigel adds with a bitter grin. "At least to those with eyes to see." Far more that a pessimistic swan song for our world, however, 'Ategnatos' holds the cathartic promise of renewal. "Ategnatos is the Gaulish word for ‘reborn’," Chrigel explains. "To the sharpened mind, it points out the concealed, long forgotten key to change and renewal." This, naturally, comes at a price. "There's always suffering before bliss. And always darkness before light." More...

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Tanith Signs To Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Tanith to its worldwide roster! Since the release of their debut 7" Citadel in February 2018, Brooklyn, New York's Tanith has garnered a swift rise of interest. Formed between a group of musicians and friends, this US/UK collaboration features the stellar musicianship of Russ Tippins (guitar, vocals) of Satan fame, this time around sharing lead vocals with Cindy Maynard (bass, vocals) and lead guitar with Charles Newton. The line-up is completed by Keith Robinson on drums.

Tanith comments: "It is a great honor to be working with Metal Blade. We started this band as friends, trying to make something new and exciting. Just one year later, we find ourselves signed to a label that we grew up with." More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Posts Live Lyric Video

Austrian symphonic metal outfit Visions Of Atlantis has posted a new lyric video online for the live version of the song, "Words Of War." You can check it out below. The track comes from the band's forthcomin live album, "The Deep And The Dark: Live" which will be released on February 22nd through Napalm Records.

The band on the video and the upcoming live activities:
"After a successful Tour which was the first as co-headliner, we are really excited to present 'Words Of War' in its live version. The promotion for our very first live album will bring Visions Of Atlantis over the Atlantic to the 70,000 tons of Metal cruise, Mexico, a South American tour and back to the venues all around Europe as special guest for Kamelot & Evergrey."

"The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights" proves that Visions Of Atlantis are at the top of their genre when it comes to atmosphere and live skills. With focus on songs of the latest studio album The Deep & The Dark (2018), this live opus pushes the mystical adventure of Visions Of Atlantis to another level – powerful and perfectly executed.

1 Intro
2 The Deep & The Dark
3 New Dawn
4 Book Of Nature
5 Ritual Night
6 Siegfried’s Farewell
7 Lost
8 The Silent Mutiny
9 The Last Home
10 Words of War
11 The Grand Illusion
12 Passing Dead End
13 Return To Lemuria More...

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Tribe Of Pazuzu Premiere "Heretical Uprising"

Tribe Of Pazuzu - featuring vocalist/bassist Nick Sagias (ex-Pestilence, Soulstorm), guitarists Randy Harris (ex-Macifecation), John McEntee (Incantation), and drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy, Vltimas) - premiere a new song entitled "Heretical Uprising", taken from their upcoming new album of the same name, which will be out in stores February 8 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Heretical Uprising" below.

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Ruin Premiere New Video "Living in Fear"

Portland, Maine based metal band Ruin premiere a new video for "Living in Fear", taken from their album "Rite of Passage", which was released in 2014.

Check out now "Living in Fear" below.

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Blodskam Premiere New Song "Bödel"

Swedish black metal duo Blodskam premiere a new song entitled "Bödel", taken from their upcoming new album "Là-Bas", which will be out in stores February 6 via Suicide Records.

Check out now "Bödel" below.

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Crypteria Premiere New Lyric Video

Floridian death metal band Crypteria premiere a new lyric video for "Corrupted Text", taken from their self-titled debut album, out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Corrupted Text" below.

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King Diamond Premieres “Black Horsemen” Live Clip

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Black Horsemen” from it can be watched below:


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Skyharbor European/UK Tour Announced

Skyharbor will be out touring Europe and the UK this spring to promote their latest release, “Sunshine Dust“. That trek will take them to the following venues:

03/27 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/28 Munich, GER – Backstage
03/29 Budapest, HUN – Robot
03/30 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Flying Circus
03/31 Bucharest, ROM – Control Club
04/02 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
04/03 Prague, CZE – Strahov 007
04/04 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
04/05 Modena, ITA – La Tenda
04/06 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
04/08 Madrid, SPA – Nazca
04/09 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
04/11 Dusseldorf, GER – The Tube
04/13 Copenhagen, DEN – High Voltage
04/14 Oslo, NOR – John Dee
04/17 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
04/18 Roeselare, BEL – De Verlichte Geest
04/19 Paris, FRA – Backstage By The Mill
04/21 Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
04/22 Nottingham, UK – Bodega
04/23 London, UK – Underworld

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Noisem Debut New Song “Eyes Pried Open”

Noisem‘s third full-length “Cease To Exist” has been scheduled for a March 15th release via 20 Buck Spin. A first song from the effort called “Eyes Pried Open” is available for streaming below. The album was recorded at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten.

The track listing for “Cease To Exist” reads as follows: More...

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DieKlute Premiere New Song & Music Video

DieKlute premiere their new music video for “All In Vain“. That clip features footage from the forthcoming horror movie ‘Devil’s Revenge‘, which stars William Shatner and Jeri Ryan. The song appears on the group’s debut release, “Planet Fear“, out February 01st via Cleopatra. DieKlute feature Fear Factory, etc. guitarist Dino Cazares, Die Krupps frontman Jürgen Engler and Clas Larsen of Leæther Strip.

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Suffocation & Belphegor European/UK Tour Announced

The initial dates for the ‘Europe Under Black Death Metal Fire Tour‘, which will find Belphegor and Suffocation co-headlining on a bill, have been announced. God Dethroned, Nordjevel and DarkRise will join them as supports. Further dates for the tour are expected to be revealed soon.

04/04 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
04/05 Essen, GER – Turock
04/06 Glasgow, UK – Lords Of The Land (Belphegor only)
04/07 Hamburg, GER – Kulturpalast
04/09 Osnabruck, GER – Bastard Club
04/10 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
04/11 Alkmaar, NET – Victorie
04/13 Hengelo, NET – Metropool
04/16 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik (no Nordjevel)
04/17 Genf, SWI – L’Usine
04/18 Luzern, SWI – Schuur
04/19 Mannheim, GER – MS Connextion
04/20 Zwickau, GER – Seilerstrasse
04/21 Brno, CZE – Melodka
04/23 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
04/24 Cluj Napoca, ROM – Form Space
04/25 Ostrava, CZE – Barrack Club
04/26 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert (no God Dethroned)
04/29 Graz, AUT – Xplosiv

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Beyond Creation Premiere New Live Video

Beyond Creation premiere a new live video for their song “In Adversity“, taken from the band’s latest release, “Algorythm“. Sam Ouimet directed the video.

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Altitudes & Attitude Debut New Song “Part Of Me”

Altitudes & Attitude, featuring Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello, debut another new track “Part Of Me” from their upcoming new effort “Get It Out“. The song features a guest spot from Nita Strauss and is the latest to be shared from the album, which will be out in stores tomorrow, January 18th.

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Une Misère Premiere New Music Video “Damages”

Icelandic band Une Misère have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and premiere the below Amy Haslehurst helmed video for their song “Damages” in celebration of the news.

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