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Metal News for December 11, 2018

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12 news articles posted on this day.


Skeletonwitch Casts A Spell Under The Dome

It's been something of tumultuous tour for Skeletonwitch and friends this past few weeks. Being joined on the road by German duo Mantar and their compatriots Deathrite, as well as Belgian thrashers Evil Invaders, the tour has hit a few snags including visa issues at the Norwegian border and Mantar vocalist Hanno Klänhardt coming down with a serious illness, forcing the two piece to pull out of the British shows (though I was able to film an interview with drummer Erinç Sakarya, which you can watch here.) Evil Invaders were also unable to join the other bands in the UK, disappointing some fans. However, Skeletonwitch aren't a band to let the odds defeat them and there was no way they were going to let down their fans in the English capital.

Opening the show was Deathrite, from the German city of Dresden. Combining a string of styles including grindcore, thrash and death metal, Deathrite come across as a much faster Obituary, which is no bad thing. Promoting their fourth full length album, "Nightmares Reign," which was released this year through Century Media Records, quintet put on a crushing display of Teutonic heaviness from start to finish. Those in attendance were very receptive to them too and seemed to really enjoy their set, with a few chants of "one more song" being heard at the end. All in all, Deathrite are well worth checking out, either live or on record. More...

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Sodom Frontman On New Album And U.S. Tour Plans

Who'd be a metal journalist? You get to see some of your favourite bands, often meet them and hear all about their plans first. Oh well, there's always someone worse off I suppose! Sarcasm aside, last week in London I was treated to the Headbanger's Ball tour, a thrash metal extravaganza headlined by Exodus (see interview here) and also featuring Death Angel and Suicidal Angels, along with one of Germany's most beloved bands Sodom. Having seen and met Kreator and Destruction earlier this year, it was a real treat to complete the trilogy so to speak and sit down with Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper to discuss the new EP, "Partisan," progress on the new album and whether or not fans in the U.S.A. and Canada can expect to see them across the Atlantic any time soon. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: We're here with Mr. Tom Angelripper and for those of you that weren't here, they've just put on an amazing show.

Tom Angelripper: The crowd was brilliant. This is the first time we've played here at The Electric Ballroom. Years ago we played a couple of shows at The Underworld. It was the same crowd, a lot of punks, it was really sweaty, not a big stage but I like it like that because there's a lot of contact with fans and when people spit at me I can spit back.

Oz: Well of course one of the places to start with is "Partisan," which is out now, finally. You played the two new songs tonight which were both excellent, especially the title track.

Tom: Yeah that was a big question, if we would play the new songs or not, but we want to show the people what we're going to do next and the direction of the next album. It's always hard to choose songs for a one hour setlist.

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Bloodbath Added to Rockstadt Extreme Fest Line-up

Thirteen bands have now been announced for the festival that will take place August 1-4, 2019 on the grounds of Transylvania, Romania. Other bands confirmed are Hypocrisy, Paradise Lost, Korpiklanni, Asphyx, Candlemass, 1349, MGLA and Bolzer. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Guitarist Arrested

Firefighters originally responded to a call about a fire at O’Brien’s home in Northdale, Florida where ammunition inside the home was exploding as the fire burned. While the house was on fire, the sheriff’s office received a call regarding a burglary at a nearby home.

According to news station WFLA, a police report says that O’Brien entered the family’s home without permission, pushed a woman inside to the ground and went into their backyard. Deputies responding said they found O’Brien hiding “behind a fence near his home,” where he charged at them with a knife. From there, he was taken down and arrested by authorities.

O’Brien is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. More...

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Brutal Assault Festival Band Upddate Announced

Brutal Assault Festival announces another band update for its upcoming 2019 edition. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"Let’s open this mega update with a black metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest black metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!
Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.
Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. More...

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The Casualties European/UK Tour Announced

NYC street-punk band The Casualties has announced they’re headed to Europe for a tour that will kicked off in January in Germany and will wrap in March in Russia. The band is currently touring Mexico and South America in support of their newly released, 11th album, Written In Blood, that’s available now from Cleopatra Records. Check out a new music video for their song “Ya Basta” from it below:

The Casualties Tour Dates: More...

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I, Assassin Premiere New Music Video "Survival"

UK’s heavy rockers I, ASSASSIN have released a new official video "Survival", feat. the band's new vocalist Ashley-James Peters, watch the video below:

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Adaestuo Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New Album

Multi-country based transcendental black metal unit Adaestuo premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Krew Za Krew", which was released December 11 via W.T.C. Productions / Blut & Eisen Prod..

Check out now "Krew Za Krew" in its entirety below.

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Mo'ynoq Premiere New Song "The Collector"

Raleigh, North Carolina based black metal outfit Mo'ynoq premiere a new song titled "The Collector", taken from their upcoming new album "Dreaming In A Dead Language", which will be out in stores January 11th via Bandcamp.

Check out now "The Collector" below.

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Breaking Benjamin/Asking Alexandria Tour Announced

Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Asking Alexandria, Underoath, Diamante and more will be out together on a tour this April. That trek will hit the below cities:

w/ Skillet, Underoath and Fight The Fury:

03/15 Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
03/18 Evansville, IN – Ford Center
03/20 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
03/21 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
03/23 La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center Arena
03/25 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
03/27 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
03/29 Mankato, MN – Verizon Center
03/31 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center
04/02 Rapid City, SD – Barnett Arena

w/ Underoath and Diamante:

04/05 Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center

w/ Asking Alexandria, Underoath & Diamante:

04/07 Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
04/08 Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena
04/10 Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center (no Underoath)

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Dee Snider Premieres New Music Video

Dee Snider premieres a new official music video for the title track to his latest album, “For The Love Of Metal“. The ex-Twisted Sister vocalist worked closely with Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta on that effort with Jasta producing and helping with the songwriting. That release boasts guest spots from numerous metal musicians, including Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) and more.

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Misery Index Tease New Song & Music Video

Misery Index tease a forthcoming music video for their new track, “New Salem“. That single is scheduled to premiere online tomorrow Wednesday, December 12th, and will be the first cut to arrive from the group’s impending album, “Rituals Of Power“, out in stores March 08th.

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