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Metal News for October 14, 2020

Last updated on November 24, 2020 at 3:58 AM ET

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8 news articles posted on this day.

Enslaved Announces European Tour Dates

Norwegian blackened avant-gardists Enslaved are proud to announce a European tour for May 2021, having just released their acclaimed new studio album "Utgard" little over a week ago - achieving some incredible chart positions worldwide including; US #67 Billboard #9 Current Hard Music #3 Top New Artist, Germany #30, UK #17 Indie #8 Rock and Italy #39. More to come! The live run is set to include nineteen dates taking the band across seven countries, accompanied by Intronaut, Obsidian Kingdom and Crown.

Please read the band's statement as follows...

"We are aware of the uncertainty surrounding any activities being planned for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, incurable optimism and a pragmatic outlook is in our nature. This has guided us in making plans for May 2021; plans for a tour that will finally bring the Utgard live concept outside of Norway. Expect to see an Enslaved show unlike anything you have seen before!!! Tickets will go on sale this Friday October 16th. We cannot wait to hit the road with class acts such as Intronaut, Obsidian Kingdom and Crown.

"And yes… in case we cannot bring Utgard to the stage in May 2021 - we already have a back-up solution for early 2022 (Peter Griffin style sigh). Any purchased tickets will of course remain valid! We will observe the situation closely and keep you updated. We have high hopes that Utgard can be presented to the world, live on stage in May 2021. This is who we are. Of course, the health of everyone involved is our number one priority, and we will never compromise on that. Stay safe!

"See you in the flesh!"

Ivar Bjørnson also commented:
"Your support does not cease to amaze us - now it has even been translated into some numbers, and some chart positions to be specific. We cherish each and every person giving their time to check out Utgard - no matter where they might be on the planet (or off it), but we have to comment specifically on two historical positions: #30 in Germany and #67 on the US Billboard Album Chart - two charts we have never had the pleasure of sticking out like sore thumbs on before. This is our moment in Enslaved history, all fellow travelers of Utgard! Thank you!" More...

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Eternal Idol Posts New Lyric Video Online

Italian symphonic/melodic metallers, Eternal Idol, return with a revamped, re-energized lineup and an exciting new album, "Renaissance," on November 6.

Featuring Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Angra) and Claudia Layline on co-lead vocals, guitarist Nick Savio (Hollow Haze), bassist Andrea Burratto (Secret Sphere, Hell In The Club), and drummer Enrico Fabris, Eternal Idol’s sophomore album is an epic maelstrom of symphonic/melodic metal that will delight fans of the genre who treasure intense songwriting and impeccable vocal performances.

For a sample, watch a lyric video for "Dark Eclipse" below. More...

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Max Portnoy Lifts The Lid On Tallah's Debut Album

It can't be easy being the child of a metal star with aspirations of your own. Surely there's always the desire to step out of the shadows and make a name for yourself, but in Tallah, Max Portnoy may already be on to a winner.

With their debut album, "Matriphagy" out now and earning a lot of attention, Tallah has already forged a reputation for stunning visuals and a musical sound which can't be pigeonholed so easily. To find out more about this unique project, I spoke with Max about the record, the decision to perform a gig inside a penitentiary and how the band is already close to finishing their sophomore album!

Diamond Oz: First of all congratulations on the release of your new album, "Matriphagy." It's certainly an interesting title. What made you choose it?

Max Portnoy: When we were brainstorming ideas for an album title, we wanted something that summed up the entire concept as a whole. We read through the lyrics to see if anything caught our attention, and while there were some really cool names, we didn't find exactly what we were looking for. I started talking with Justin about words or phrases involving motherhood or maternity and we liked the idea of going along those lines with the album title. We were spitting out names and searching online for anything that had to do with that and that was when Justin was asking me to look up motherhood with insects, so I searched up motherhood with spiders, and stumbled upon the word Matriphagy, which is when the Mother is killed by her offspring. That was exactly what we were looking for, as that sums up exactly what happens in the concept.

Oz: This being your debut album, what themes did you feel was most important to tackle lyrically, given that it's your introduction to the world?

Max: I can't speak too much on the lyrical content as that is Justin's department and I wouldn't want to put words in his mouth. He handles the vocals and lyrics while I handle all the music and instrumentals. But I know when we began working on the songs on Matriphagy, Justin wanted to do a concept, and the only thing I told him to do with it was to "make it dark", so he took that and rolled with it to the extreme, which I love. The story is fiction obviously, even though there is small hints of truth and realism behind it since I know Justin was going through a tough period with his mom at the time and was just frustrated with their relationship at that moment of time, so Justin took some real life emotions he was feeling and put them on a fictitious character and pushed it to the extreme. Obviously Justin never wanted to kill his mom or anything, that type of stuff was all just exaggerations to make the story more dramatic and intense.

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Cult of Lilith Premiere New Drum Playthrough Video

Watch drummer Kjartan Harðarson of Cult of Lilith rip through a drum playthrough of the band's track "Cosmic Maelstrom". The song is taken from their new album, "Mara", out in stores now via Metal Blade Records.

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Aphonic Threnody Premiere New Single

Death/doom duo Aphonic Threnody premiere the title track to their forthcoming new album "The Great Hatred", which will be out in stores on October 16th via Transcending Obscurity Records.

The band features members of Towards Atlantis Lights, Dea Marica, Arrant Saudade, etc. and the new album's cover artwork was created by Misanthropic Art.

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Omen OKC Premiere New Song "Mortem"

Oklahoma City-based band Omen OKC premiere their new track "Mortem" taken from their impending new EP "Petals", which will be released via 1126 Records on October 30.

Says the band's Skyler McKaine Conder: More...

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Sepulcros Premiere New Song "Vazio"

Portugal death/doom metal outfit Sepulcros premiere the title track to their upcoming new album "Vazio", which will be out in stores later this year through Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out now "Vazio" below.

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Silverstein Premiere “My Disaster (2.0)”

Silverstein announce a November 20th release date for their upcoming new compilation, “Redux II“. That record will be released through their own label N.S.E.W. Recordings and will consist of twelve re-recorded songs from the group’s back catalog. An updated version of their track “My Disaster” named “My Disaster (2.0)” has premiered online as the first single streaming via YouTube below.

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