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Metal News for November 16, 2020

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Armored Saint Livestreams A Metal Masterclass

It certainly feel strange to be writing a gig report in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has of course, all but vanquished hope of attending concerts this year and maybe even next year, but nevertheless, some bands have been able to overcome this obstacle and deliver the live experience to fans in their own home through livestreaming. One such band who refused to be denied the opportunity to deliver live renditions of an album they're rightly so proud of, was California's own heavy metal heroes, Armored Saint.

With their new album, "Punching The Sky," released last month through Metal Blade Records, it would have been a crime if fans weren't able to hear the new material in a live setting and so, despite not having an audience, the Los Angeles quintet took to the stage of the famous Whisky A Go Go on October 10th and performed with a passion which would have fooled anyone into thinking the legendary venue was packed to the rafters.

Naturally, the set relied heavily on "Punching The Sky," opening with "Never You Fret," the first of four songs to make their live debut, followed shortly after by "Pay Dirt" from the "Revelation" album. John Bush was in fine voice as always and even got a laugh when turning to the camera, cupping his ear and shouting the live cliche, "I can't hear you!" Those familiar with the new singles, "End Of The Attention Span" and "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants," were no doubt happy to hear these future live staples performed for the first time as well, in addition to other new songs "Missile To Gun" and "On The Way."

Of course, the classics can't be ignored either and those who tuned in were treated to everything from "Can U Deliver," from their debut full length, "March Of The Saint," to the infectious "Left Hook From Right Field" from 2010's, "La Raza." It was certainly a varied set, with only "Punching The Sky" being represented by more than one song, but it was a fun one, containing other classics like "Reign Of Fire," "Isolation" and "For The Sake Of Heaviness."

All in all, this was an excellent performance from Armored Saint, one which gives hope to fans worried that a live show can't replicate the quality of a live DVD or album. The only thing missing was a room full of rabid fans, as there's no doubt they would have gone absolutely crazy for this performance.

Armored Saint frontman John Bush and bassist Joey Vera each spoke to Metal Underground recently about "Punching The Sky." You can listen to both interviews below. More...

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Anneke Van Giersbergen Announces New Album

Anneke Van Giersbergen, the former vocalist of The Gathering, has announced that she will be releasing a new album, entitled "The Darkest Skies Are The Brighest" on February 26th.

The new album's title, "The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest," refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life's biggest questions. But, at this point in her near-three-decade-long music career, this solo album – and, crucially, the heartbreak that inspired it – was not something Anneke van Giersbergen ever anticipated writing.

In 2018, Anneke began working on new material for her metal band, VUUR. Although their debut album, "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities," was met with a mixed reception, fans were warming up to their heavy, progressive sound. Therefore, a rapid follow-up album would surely establish Anneke's return to fronting a metal band. However, behind the scenes, these were troubled times.

Anneke shares, "My belief in VUUR saw me spend all my savings on recording VUUR's debut album and taking the band on the road. After completing our first touring cycle, I realized that more VUUR would mean yet more, huge financial risks."

To make matters worse, in 2018, her long-lasting marriage, which had always been wonderful, unexpectedly saw a storm approaching.

Anneke adds, "I instantly knew I needed to write music about fixing my life. This creative endeavour would be far too personal for a VUUR album. And it would also require solitude." More...

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Accuser Announces Free YouTube Show

Last Friday (November 13th), Accuser released their new self-titled album via Metal Blade Records. To celebrate Accuser's release, the band is now offering a free live show for fans on YouTube. Featuring new and classic songs, be sure to check out the performance below.

Accuser comments: "In fact, you all have read a statement like this one several times over the last months. With Covid- 19 still being, well, all over the place to put it mildly, we as many other bands are not able to do what we love the most- being on stage, performing and having a great time with you, the fans. With our new record out, one we are really, really proud of, we'd like to give you at least a glimpse at how the new songs sound on stage. Together with our long time supporters, Vortex Surfer Club and Kulturbüro Siegen- Wittgenstein, we are happy to present you what might be called 'Thrash in a Box'. 4 guys on stage, 9 songs and tons
of riffs!

"Cheers and thanks to all involved. We hope you enjoy our take on this weird thing called streaming shows, we surely did!"

Accuser guitarist René Schütz recently spoke with Metal Underground about the new album and his return to the band, which can also be seen below. More...

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Infirmum Premiere New Lyric Video "Sail Away"

Finland’s metal band Infirmum premiere a new lyric video for "Sail Away", taken from their album "Walls of Sorrow". The album was first released last February but will get a physical CD release by Wormholedeath/Aural Music on the 18th of December.


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Zvijer Premiere New Track "Moje prokletije"

Hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina black metal band Zvijer premiere a new track named "Moje prokletije". The single is taken from their upcoming new album "Navia (Zadah Jalovog Svijeta)", which is set for release on December 4th by Seance Records.

Check out now "Moje prokletije" below.

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Taur-Im-Duinath Premiere New Song "Fuochi Estinti"

talian black metal band Taur-Im-Duinath premiere a new song called "Fuochi Estinti", taken from their upcoming new double-album "The Burning Bridges", which will be out on November 21 via the Cult Of Parthenope label.

Check out now "Fuochi Estinti" below.

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Kavyk Premiere New Song "Civilized"

Hammond, Louisiana-based blackened doom and death metal band Kavyk premiere a new song entitled "Civilized". The track is taken from their upcoming debut album "Radiant Abyss", which will be out in stores December 18 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Civilized" below.

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