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Metal News for December 15, 2022

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Hammerfall Returns To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast are proud to welcome back the Swedish powerhouse HammerFall who started their career in 1997 on the label with their debut album Glory to the Brave.

Their entire Nuclear Blast catalogue from Glory to the Brave to the 2014 album (r)Evolution was recently certified with a Diamond Award for over 1.5 million worldwide sales.

And there´s been even more to celebrate - following on from Renegade (2000), Crimson Thunder (2002) and No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009), their fifth studio album Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken from 2005 is now their fourth album that has gone Gold in Sweden, whilst Crimson Thunder even went Platinum, celebrating over 60,000 sales in their home country. More...

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Threshold Announces European Tour Dates

Threshold are about to hit Europe with their latest and critically acclaimed record Dividing Lines in spring 2023. Guitarist Karl Groom states:

"It has been too long since Threshold were on tour and the band cannot wait to get out and present Dividing Lines along with some fan favourites in 2023!"

Formed in leafy Surrey in the late ‘80s, Threshold truly blossomed in the following decade, and swiftly established themselves as the UK’s chief progressive metal standard bearers. From 1993’s Wounded Land debut onwards, the enduring creative core of guitarist Karl Groom and keyboard maestro Richard West constructed a unique new strain of heavy, progressive music, combining incisive melodies, thought-provoking lyrics and intricate but thunderous arrangements. Threshold have marched inexorably forward across three decades of creative fervour, arguably hitting a new peak of potency on the conceptual and musical splurge of 2017’s Legends Of The Shires.

With Glynn Morgan back in the fold, the Brits’ enduring line-up of Groom, West, drummer Johanne James and bassist Steve Anderson somehow pushed themselves to new heights, receiving widespread acclaim and finding themselves in more demand than ever before. Despite the unavoidable setback of a global pandemic, the band arrive in 2022 in the best of health.

Following up a newly-minted classic was always going to present Thrteshold with a challenge, but the band’s twelfth studio album swiftly confirms that the challenge has been met. Darker, heavier and even more adventurous than its predecessor, Dividing Lines reveals a band with a lot on their collective mind, while also boasting some of the most wildly inventive and melodically potent material they have ever recorded.

Support acts will be announced soon.

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Rotting Christ Releases Surprise EP

Greek extreme metal titans Rotting Christ has today surprised fans with the release of a new EP entitled, "The Apocryphal Spells Vol.1." The collection is comprised of songs which were previously unavailable digitally and be streamed or ordered here.

Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis (vocals, guitars) comments: "My dear friends, I can proudly announce a compilation of rare Rotting Christ tracks that have never been released on digital platforms before. We have now the opportunity to release them via the first part of a compilation: The Apocryphal Spells. Thanks for your attention, and I hope you will enjoy them, as we also did, recording them back in the days. Spirit Up!"


1. Astral Embodiment
2. Moonlight
3. Phobia
4. Tormentor (Kreator cover)
5. Flag Of Hate/Pleasure to Kill (Kreator cover) More...

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Children Of Bodom's Final Show To Be Released

Finnish metal stars Children Of Bodom, who performed their final show on December 15th 2019, are set to release said show as a live album in 2023. A year after the final show, the band's former frontman Alexi Laiho would pass away aged only forty one. A statement from the surviving members reads as follows:

"Exactly three years ago, 15th December 2019, Children Of Bodom played their last show at the Helsinki Ice Hall. To keep this precious last moment alive and also available to everyone who couldn’t make it to see the show, Alexi’s estate, Daniel, Henkka, Janne and Jaska will release the show next year as a live album.

"To make it more special we’d love to have photos from YOU to be included in the album booklet. What we’re looking for is any Bodom related memories, from any era. We would like the Hate Crew to be part of the album, as the Hate Crew was always the essential part of the phenomenon called Children Of Bodom. That’s why we are asking you to be part of this!

"If you feel like taking part in this project please submit your photo via email to fans@cobhc.com by 31st December 2022. Looking forward to see you what you guys have in your archives and stay tuned for more news.

"Please note that we have to be sure that the photos are ok for us to use, hence we kindly ask you to read this: By submitting a photo you agree that you will grant us the irreversible compensation free and royalty free right to use the material in our album materials. We can’t guarantee that we will use your photos but we will go thru all of them and pick the ones suitable. By submitting a photo you guarantee that you have all the rights to do so and that you have the consent of all the persons that can be recognized in the photo."

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Subway To Sally To Release New Album In March

Almost four long years have passed since the pioneers of German folk rock, Subway To Sally, released their last album "HEY!." Now they return with their 14th studio album, "Himmelfahrt" (eng. Ascension), out March 24, 2023 via Napalm Records. The brand new album marks a turning point in the discography of the band: since the beginning of their promising career, the musicians gave the darkest abysses of human soul a spotlight – but now, they surprise fans with the total opposite. For the first time in over 30 years of their band history, the musicians celebrate hope!

With first single "Was ihr wollt" (Engl. What you want), the folk rock trailblazers criticize the principle of reciprocity, but above that, they also give a first taste of their new sonic realms. Including catchy rhythms and rousing electronic beats, a haunting atmosphere is created and sticks with the listener. Furthermore, the album opener is accompanied by a visually stunning official music video. More...

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Cobra Spell Signs With Napalm Records

Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of international sleaze quintet Cobra Spell. Founded in 2019 by up-and-coming guitar phenomenon Sonia Anubis (ex-Crypta, ex-Burning Witches), Cobra Spell are slithering their way into the revival era of the 80’s heavy rock sound. Following their globally praised EP’s "Love Venom" (2020) and "Anthems Of The Night" (2022), this past October, Cobra Spell’s current lineup released a new single “Flaming Heart”. The track features the chattiest of melodies, shredding guitars, hypnotic bass lines and synthesizers that will take you back to the golden era.

In addition to their successful EP releases, Cobra Spell have toured with established bands such as Ross The Boss, Enforcer and Evil Invaders, and are now armed and ready to take on all the stages worldwide, with a hunger to put on a show that will leave audiences around the globe speechless and wanting more!

Lead guitarist and band founder Sonia Anubis on the signing:
"This is a very big step for Cobra Spell. I have a huge amount of confidence in the potential of this amazing collaboration with the mighty Napalm Records. When it comes to record deals, I had really taken the time to look around for the very, very best I could get for the band since the dreams and goals of Cobra Spell are very big and we want to get sh*t done in the best way possible. We aim for 80s rock and roll world domination — and that is serious business. After having worked with Napalm Records in the past with my previous band Crypta, I am in no doubt that we will make this happen together. Be prepared for a whole new level of sleazy action from us. LET’S BRING THE 80s BACK!"

Stay tuned for more Cobra Spell news coming soon from Napalm Records!

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Death Angel Joins Mexico Metal Fest Line-Up

The legendary Bay Area thrash act, Death Angel, will play Mexico Metal Fest in 2023. The festival already includes such acts as Triptykon, Blind Guardian and Abbath. More...

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Blastaroth Premiere Debut Single “The Conjuring”

Florida-based deathcore band Blastaroth premiere a new single titled “The Conjuring”, streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Oakenform Premiere New Single “Black Heart”

Glazov, Russia-based deathcore outfit Oakenform premiere a new single titled “Black Heart”, streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below. Bludgeoned frontman Jon Huber (ex-I Declare War, ex-Pathology) guests.

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Raider Premiere New Single "Trial By Chaos"

Ontario's thrash metal quartet Raider premiere a new single titled “Trial By Chaos”, taken from their upcoming new album of the same name, which will be out in stores April 7th, 2023.

Check out now "Trial By Chaos" streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Insomnium Premiere New Single & Music Video

Finnish melodic death metal group Insomnium premiere a music video for their new single “White Christ“, which also features a guest spot from Rotting Christ mainman Sakis Tolis.

Check out now "White Christ" streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below.

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Venomous Concept (Napalm Death) Premiere New Video

Venomous Concept - featuring Napalm Death‘s Shane Embury and John Cooke, ex-Brutal Truth vocalist Kevin Sharp and former Cancer drummer Carl Stokes - premiere their new single named “Timeline“. The song is taken from the group’s upcoming album “The Good Ship Lollipop“, which Decibel Records will release on February 24th, 2023.

Check out now "Timeline" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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