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Metal News for October 14, 2021

Last updated on November 24, 2021 at 3:02 AM ET

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Hate Streaming New Album "Rugia"

Ahead of the release of their brand new album, "Rugia" tomorrow, Polish blackened death metal band Hate has uploaded the record in full via the Metal Blade channel. You can check it out below, along with an interview conducted by Metal Underground with frontman Adam "ATF Sinner" Buszko, which premiered earlier today. More...

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Signum Draconis Shares New Music Video

Rockshots Records will be releasing on November 12th, 2021, Signum Draconis' heavy metal opera of "Inferno," from The Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri.

Featuring 17 songs by the band all sung in English, the double CD album is the first in a triptych of the complete work of Dante's magnum opus with Purgatory and Paradise to follow, and will also feature duets with selected special guest vocalists, narrations of selected chants, and an orchestral accompaniment by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Last month the first single "Gate of Hell (Arrival of Charon)" was shared and today, the band unveils their next track "Whirlwind of Lovers" with a new video in preview to the concept full-length, which can be viewed below. More...

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August Burns Red Posts New Visualizer Video Online

Lancaster, Pennsylvania metalcore veterans August Burns Red has posted a new visualizer video online for the stand alone single, "Vengeance." You can check it out below.

"Earlier this year, we set out to write a standalone single that was fast, heavy, and concise," the band says. "'Vengeance' is that song. It's ABR at our most raw."

Regarding the song's incredibly current subject matter, ABR say, "The song speaks about how much meaner the last 18 months seem to have made everyone. There is a lack of compassion and understanding for others, and we should be doing all we can to bring that back into our lives." More...

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Wiegedood To Release New Album In January

As the world circles the abyss at gathering speed, Wiegedood have returned to provide a perfectly vicious soundtrack. Today they are giving a first taste of their upcoming album, "There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road," that is scheduled for a release on January 14th, 2022.

The band comments: "A black metal homage to Django Reinhardt. So chaotic and dissonant that the man himself would have hated it for sure."

The band state regarding the album: "’There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road’ focuses on the filthiest and most disgusting parts of human nature and society. It steers clear from the typical Black Metal themes and concepts, instead zoning in on the struggle we lead within, trying to overcome the fact we are all made from that same filth. Exploring places the previous trilogy didn’t even scratch the surface of, both lyrically and musically. A first-hand look into pure disgust, a psychotic ride with synths, tape-recorders, hot club jazz and distressing samples. A definite switch from our previous work, a dark turn into something unexpected and unwelcome."

Being dedicated road dogs the band will embark on a European tour following the release of the album. The first part will be supported by Portrayal Of Guilt. More...

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Exes For Eyes Uploads New Music Video

As people across the northern hemisphere brace for winter, Canada’s Exes For Eyes are releasing a new single, the aptly named "The End Of Summer." This will be the first music released from the band since 2019, and they are eager to get back into the ears of fans. Featuring Björn Strid of Soilwork, the idea behind the single was to question our integrity as a species. "Do we as western humans have the ability to toughen up? Or are we basically just fucked on a biblical scale?" Exes For Eyes continue to explain the track:

"It can be heavy, it can be subdued, it has tension and release, and a few good old-fashioned earworms. Having Björn onboard has only solidified that this is a song with something special. When we sent him the pre-production, he instantly knew this was a song that had substance. 'Your best work' he called it. It has the ability to uplift you to euphoria, and the bottom will instantly drop out, leaving you wondering what exactly happened and looking for a repeat play."

Essentially a metaphor for the amazing quality of life we take for granted, the song explores the notion that without facing true adversity in life, we are becoming soft and approaching the end of that golden era. This single is the first of four, which will make up an internet fourth release, due to the global situation, the band is taking the time to perfect this next offering and give it the revel it deserves when the time is right.

Exes For Eyes has been going for almost ten years, during which they released three albums, toured heavily, and shared the stage with an impressive list of metal titans. They have a level of cohesion that only comes with that much experience. More...

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Aeon Streaming New Album "God Ends Here"

On Friday, October 15, Aeon will release their new album, "God Ends Here," via Metal Blade Records. An advanced album stream can be found below.

With 2012's Aeons Black standing as one of the defining death metal albums of the twenty-first century, it has been a long wait for the follow up. In 2021, Sweden's Aeon finally return with its successor, "God Ends Here," and in doing so only up the ante with a record that is bigger, harder and stronger in every way. A darker, even more epic collection, it is everything an Aeon fan could want with a few surprises in store, pushing the genre in new directions, and once again asserting that they are one of the most important bands in extreme metal.

The main reason for the gap between records lies in finding the right drummer, having had a few pass through their ranks in the interim, Dark Funeral/Imperium drummer Janne Jaloma now manning the kit. Making his recording debut with the band is also bassist Tony Östman, who joined in 2013, during the touring cycle for Aeons Black. Guitarist Daniel Dlimi, who departed the Aeon fold in 2013, also returned to the band's ranks in 2019, which inspired guitarist Zeb Nilsson to write, having really missed collaborating with him.

Drums were recorded in Jaloma's own Studio Starköl, guitars and bass in the band's own Rise to Dominate Studio, and the vocals were recorded at Metallfabriken Studio, where some guitar re-amping was also done. Producer Ronnie Björnström, who presided over Aeons Black, once again oversaw proceedings, making sure everything sounded as big as possible. Expanding the sonic palette are strings and choirs, the orchestral elements primarily programmed by Nilsson with Dlimi handling those on "Mephistopheles", while Nilsson wrote the choir parts. With dramatic artwork by Italian artist Paolo Girardi the final piece of the puzzle, the finished package extends Aeon's legacy and gives the genre the push that was intended from the outset. They may have been gone a long time but make no mistake: Aeon are back, and God Ends Here will lay waste to all. More...

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Insomnium Cancels European Tour Dates

Finnish melodic death metal veterans, Insomnium, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming European Tour with Omnium Gatherum, which was supposed to start on November 26th.

The band states: "Dear Fans, We were looking forward to hitting the road again next month together with our brother in OG. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, we are forced to cancel the tour and take a break for a couple of months to re-group. We were excited to be back on stage but this will take a little longer than expected. We can't wait to see you again next year."

Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: Sijjin

Death thrashers Sijjin have been cranking out their evil jams for just a couple of years, having released their impressive “Angel of the Eastern Gate” in 2019, around the time of their inception. Their music is timeless yet contemporary in appeal, savage and easily digestible with a no-frills, to-the-point approach. Sepulchral Voice Records was wise to link up with the promising band, and they’re poised to release the act’s debut album, “Sumerian Promises,” on November 21. The band and album clearly deserve the attention of acolytes devoted to evil death thrash metal. More...

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Omnium Gatherum Shares New Music Video

With "Fortitude" Finnish melodic death metal masters Omnium Gatherum present their brand-new single taken off the upcoming album "Origin," which will be released on November 5th, 2021 via Century Media Records.

From today on this track will be available on all digital platforms alongside the previously released singles "Paragon" and "Reckoning."

The video was directed, filmed and edited by Jari Heino. Aerial footage by Jani Vihavainen. You can check it out below.

About the place, where the band got together to shoot the video, they state:

"’Fortitude’ was filmed at Munapirtti, an island in the Southeast Finland, near Kotka. This cabin is the sacred sanctuary, our secret lair in the woods, where we have rehearsed many many bandcamps before entering the studios to record new albums since ‘New World Shadows’. Isolated from the world." More...

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Whitechapel Releases "Orphan" Music Video

On October 29th, Whitechapel will release their new album, "Kin," via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the record, a video for the new single, "Orphan" (directed by David Brodsky,) can be viewed below.

Front-man Phil Bozeman comments: "'Orphan' represents the battle of accepting what reality has given me within the story of 'Kin', and the battle between me and my alternate reality's realm." More...

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The Agonist Posts New Music Video Online

Canadian extreme melodic death metal juggernaut The Agonist takes another bold step in their musical and lyrical progression with their blazing new EP, "Days Before The World Wept," out this Friday, October 15, 2021 via Napalm Records! Inspired by real life experiences, "Days Before The World Wept" explores a grim, conceptual tale of greed, gluttony, confusion, pain, redemption and hope enveloped in a new level of aggression and cohesive, technical prowess.

Following up to their dynamic latest single, "Remnants In Time" and its haunting music video, The Agonist is thrilled to reveal the EP's second single, "Feast On The Living" and another killer video! The certified burner stands tall with rollercoaster clean and gritty vocals, rapid fire drums and needle-sharp guitar leads and solos, cementing the track as one of the most technically meticulous of the band’s career and a forewarning of the band’s more extreme leanings.

Frontwoman Vicky Psarakis says about the track and video:
"Everything that could possibly go wrong with this video shoot, well... did, haha. We had a very difficult time finding the right location, so our vision kept changing. Days before the shoot was scheduled to take place we managed to secure the perfect spot and experimenting with all sorts of cool lighting is what took it to the next level!

"Musically, 'Feast On The Living' is a much more straightforward metal track. You're 4 songs into the EP, at this point you know exactly what you're going to be served and you're loving it." More...

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Betraying The Martyrs Unveils New Vocalist

Betraying the Martyrs have announced their brand new frontman Rui Martins and release new single / video "Black Hole," out now via new label Out Of Line Music. You can check out the video below. "Black Hole" is the first piece of new music the band offer after their critically acclaimed 2019 album, "Rapture," showcasing their new lineup and welcoming Rui Martins as their new frontman.

This brand new song depicts how a toxic relationship can imprison and deceive someone, eventually going through all the phases that one usually has to go through, to realise what is wrong and finally be set free. It doesn't matter how hard one tries if the other person is unwilling to improve themselves and their mutual relationship. To suffer is to learn, but to also kill a part of us. The protagonist is reborn at the end, but he paid a high price, and the scars are visible.


About the band's philosophy and how Rui contributes to the musical work of Betraying The Martyrs, the band make clear: "We DEFINITELY upgraded to BTM 2.0! Most of us are perfectionists about our own art, so we're super stoked and excited to have people's opinion and reactions about this new track. We're well aware that changing the frontman can be a little tricky sometimes (even if bands like Northlane, Chelsea Grin, and Lorna Shore showed us that it could be very successful,) but we're very confident Rui's the perfect fit, and we hope people will welcome our new recruit with open arms and show him the support he deserves. Rui's abilities will definitely take things to a whole new level, as he has a great approach for both the heavy side and the more melodic part of our songwriting.

"Rui knows perfectly what BTM was and also is now in 2021. He has a great vision of what BTM fans expect and also where we want to go. Rui is bringing a lot of great ideas for his vocals, lyric-wise, melody-wise...and his vocal range is incredible: he can go from super heavy guttural screams to high pitched beautiful clean vocals; it's a real pleasure to be able to work with someone so talented, and we're definitely planning on using his range to its maximum potential to serve BTM's upcoming music." More...

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Ember Sun Premiere Track On Metalunderground

Ember Sun is the new solo project born in 2021 of Lorthar (founder/ex-member of black metal band Order Of The Ebon Hand) from Greece, playing atmospheric funeral doom death with influences of gothic scene. Lorthar has been and still is a member of several bands in the metal music scene and also on ambient style bands. Ember Sun is a mix of all the music styles haunting Lorthar's temperament.

Lorthar of Ember Sun comments: "My essence fades in time; a very emotional song. What is left of us? Only memories. Existence is here for as long as we have memories. Memories are strictly related to time, since time tends to make people forget; and when we forget our memories, the essence of our beloved persons fades away. So our essence is something related to time. Thus, slowly, as the years pass, our essence fades away. It’s not a pessimistic view of reality, the opposite I would say. Make things that people will remember you by forever - Immortality."

The band is releasing their new album, titled On Earth and Heaven, on October 22 via code666, the cult sub label of Aural Music.

On Earth And Heaven is a hymn of solitude and sorrow. It expresses the fear of reaching our end; the despair of not seeing again all those we loved or hated; the incomprehensibility of being devoid consciousness; the sorrow of never seeing the dawn again. More...

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Necromantia Streaming Final Album

Tomorrow (October 15th,) Greek black metal legends Necromantia will release their fifth and final full length studio album, "To The Depths We Descend." To celebrate this momentous occasion, The Circle Music has posted the entire album online for streaming. You can listen to the album below, where a recent interview with frontman The Magus conducted by Metal Underground can also be seen.

This will be Necromantia's first album not to feature co-founder Baron Blood, whose passing is the reason for the band ending. The Magus will carry on with his other projects, most notably Yoth Iria, who released their debut album, "As The Flame Withers" earlier this year. More...

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Hate Frontman Explores The History Of Rugia

Poland has long had a great history with metal music. It was the first country behind the iron curtain that many metal bands were able to perform in and the Poles themselves have a tremendous history of producing many awesome bands. From the thrash metal fun of Acid Drinkers, to the pioneering death metal of Vader, the blackened death metal stars Behemoth and the vicious black metal courtest of Blaze Of Perdition, Poland has always been the masters of Slavic metal. There's one more band which needs to always be in the discussion when it comes to Polish metal, which hails from the capital city of Warsaw and has been decimating stages and ears for twenty five years now: Hate.

Beginning life under the name Infected and then as Somuchhate, the band released a string of demos before their debut, "Daemon Qui Fecit Terram" was unleashed in 1996. Since then, the band has only got stronger, creating a loyal fan base the world over and crafting a legacy of excellent extreme metal music. Tomorrow, Hate will release their twelth studio album, "Rugia," their second through Metal Blade Records. To find out more about this album, Metal Underground caught up with the band's frontman Adam "ATF Sinner" Buszko, who revealed the inspiration behind the album's name and much more. You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album, which I’m sure I’ll mispronounce, "Rugia"...

Adam Buszko: *corrects pronunciation* It is a Slavic name, in an archaic Slavic language, but I have no problem with it (soft g pronunciation).

Oz: And is this a Polish Slavic word or from the Balkan territories perhaps?

Adam: It’s actually Pomeranian so it’s close to the Baltic sea, because it’s the name of an island of the Baltic Sea, which is now the German island of Rugen. So "Rugia" is an archaic Slavic name for it and it was a religious hub ten centuries ago. Also it was like the last bastion of Western Slavic paganism because this was the place where the famous Arkona temple was located and they were pagan until the twelfth century. Poland had been Christianised for two centuries at least and those tribes who lived in that area were actually the enemies of the Polish princes and later the Polish king.

Oz: Nice. Did you choose to name the album as a tribute to that resistance?

Adam: Yes, exactly. You can call it a tribute album or something like that for this reason, especially since I’m so inspired by the history of this place, those tribes and their beliefs, culture, philosophy and so on, I felt it would be a good idea to restore their history in a way, to remind us of this great heritage. That’s why the album is called "Rugia."
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Obscura Postpones European Tour

Virtuosic extreme metallers Obscura have their sixth album "A Valediction" on the way, set to be released on November 19th through Nuclear Blast Records and the German combo around mastermind and founder Steffen Kummerer is more eager than ever to finally hit the stages again.

But unfortunately, these times are still challenging, and the tour had to be postponed to 2022. Together with Andorra's prog masters Persefone and Germany's progressive melodic death metallers Disillusion, Obscura will now hit the stages in September and October 2022 with an extensive run including 22 dates.

Steffen comments: "Unfortunately, we have to announce to postpone our European tour to September next year. Thanks to everyone involed the shows got moved, not cancelled. We are eagerly looking forward to celebrate our brand new album "A Valediction" on stages across Europe and see you soon."

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Crypt Rot Premiere New Music Video "Sons Of Sam"

Wales, United Kingdom-based slamming brutal death metal band Crypt Rot premiere a new music video for “Sons Of Sam”, taken from their new self-titled EP, out in stores now via Frozen Screams Imprint/FHED Records.


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Agnes Vein Premiere New Song & Music Video

Blackened doom metal trio Agnes Vein premiere a new song and music video titled "Deathcall", taken from their upcoming new album of the same name. The record is due out December 17 via Venerate Industries.

Check out now "Deathcall" below.


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Knocked Loose Premiere New Short Film & EP

Knocked Loose premiere a new 20 minute video featuring 6 new tracks from the band. The short film named “A Tear In The Fabric Of Life” can be watched below. Knocked Loose singer Bryan Garris wrote the story, while the clip itself was directed and animated by Magnus Jonsson.

The tracks are out in stores now digitally as an EP and are due out on physical formats on December 06th.

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AngelMaker Premiere New Single & Music Video

A new official music video for AngelMaker‘s new advance track “Vengeance” has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below. The single appears on the band'sr recently released two-track EP “Twilight“.


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