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Metal News for February 13, 2019

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Ketzer Reveals New Album Details

On April 12th, German extreme metallers Ketzer will release their fourth full-length, "Cloud Collider," via Metal Blade Records.

Looking on Ketzer's musical history, change is what has always defined their sound. From thrashing riffs to atmospheric blackened tunes, Ketzer is a band that has always aimed to defy genres. So what can we expect on Cloud Collider? Nothing more than a ride on a storm cloud, followed by a soft breeze in your face and, finally, a cleansing rainfall. Ketzer's fourth effort will surprise many as a shift into yet another direction, combining many of the band's essential trademarks and carrying them one step further: Raging drum beats, harsh and powerfully thrashing riffs, as well as epic melodies that will haunt you long after the last tone has faded away. After years of intense work, Ketzer have created an album that can only be described as a milestone in their career and a clean break from all expectations: this album is a storm.

For three years now, Ketzer has been working on something new, and the result is something new indeed: somehow linking all trademarks essential to the sound of Ketzer, now and then, but taking it all one big step further. These new tunes might well be the strongest Ketzer songs to date. Recorded at Markus Stock's infamous Klangschmiede Studio E as well as Laurent Teubls Sculpt Sound Studios in autumn 2018, the suitable visual expression for this new effort has been found by cover artist Adam Burke and illustrator Johannes Stahl. More...

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Hecate Enthroned Posts New Lyric Video Online

With Embrace Of The Godless Aeon, their first record in five years, proving to be one of the best-reviewed extreme metal releases of the year to date, the UK-based symphonic blackened death metal group Hecate Enthroned have unveiled a lyric video for the album track “Erebus And Terror,” which features guest vocals by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis).

Tracklisting:

1. Ascension
2. Revelations In Autumn Flame
3. Temples That Breathe
4. Goddess Of Dark Misfits
5. Whispers Of The Mountain Ossuary
6. Enthrallment
7. The Shuddering Giant (digital bonus track on vinyl edition)
8. Silent Conversations With Distant Stars
9. Erebus And Terror

Embrace Of The Godless Aeon - the band's first recording with vocalist Joe Stamps, who joined the band in 2015 - sees the group continue to deftly mix black with death, modern with classic and extreme with symphonic. The album, which features guest vocals on three songs by Sarah Jezebel Deva (Cradle Of Filth, Therion, Mortiis), was co-produced by Dan Abela (Voices, The Antichrist Imperium).

Says Dylan Hughes, “This album with its epic sweeping orchestration and heavy aggression represents a new chapter for us cementing the chemistry of the current lineup and our partnership with M-Theory. A welcome return from Sarah Jezebel Deva hints to the grandiose flavor of earlier releases, but this time, it's tempered with a guitar and drum sound forged from solid steel and then edged by a razor-sharp production from Dan Abela. The summoning of unholy flame and terror that is the cover art is an oil painting commissioned from in-demand satanic artist Nestor Avalos and begins your visceral journey through cold bleak landscapes, crushing tormented seas and searing shards of heavy metal.” More...

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Sisters Of Suffocation Posts New Music Video

Sisters Of Suffocation will release their new bone crushing album, Humans Are Broken, on March 1st via Napalm Records. Pre-order the album here, and watch a video for the track "The Machine" below.

The Eindhoven-based death metal squad are here to bring us the best of both worlds: the raw and primal force of old school death metal clashes with the sophisticated technicality and epic-melodic infusions of modern times. Now the already infamous quintet announces its second studio album. Humans Are Broken.

The underground pricked up its ears when the (back then) all-female newcomers unleashed debut EP Brutal Queen (2016) and full-length Anthology Of Curiosities (2017), but now the four sisters and one brother are aiming for bloodshed on a much bigger scale. More...

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Bernie Torme Rushed To Hospital

Veteran guitarist Bernie Torme has been rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care after being struck with pneumonia, his family has revealed. A statement from his estate reads as follows:

"Bernie Torme, the world-renowned guitarist, with stints with Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan and Desperado (featuring Dee Snider) was rushed into hospital earlier this week suffering from virulent pneumonia in both lungs.

"He is currently receiving the best possible treatment and is fighting back but remains in intensive care.

"We’ll keep you posted on any change in the situation but for now your thoughts and best wishes are much appreciated."

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Dream Theater Posts First Track By Track Video

There is a palpable excitement level surrounding two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans, Dream Theater, and their upcoming 14th studio album, Distance Over Time, out on February 22nd via InsideOut Music.

In the new video below, John Petrucci and Mike Mangini discuss the album track, "Paralyzed":

"Paralyzed" is quintessential Dream Theater; a song that showcases the band’s unique ability to write memorable melodies backed with unique song structures and maestro-level musicianship all at a radio-friendly running time of 4:18. The song will be impacting Active Rock and Metal radio later this month. Wayne Joyner, who also imagined the clip for "Fall Into The Light," created the animated video for the song, which can be seen below.

"The song is an introspective reflection on the negative impact that being obstinate or single-minded can have on important relationships,” explains guitarist John Petrucci. More...

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Def Leppard Announces Second Las Vegas Residency

British hard rock/heavy metal legends Def Leppard has announced that they will hold a residency in Las Vegas, Nevada for the second time, dubbed "Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency." The concerts will take place at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. A trailer for residency can be viewed below.

The show dates are as follows:

Wednesday, August 14
Friday, August 16
Saturday, August 17
Tuesday, August 20
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24
Thursday, August 29
Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1
Wednesday, September 4
Friday, September 6
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Shining Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish black metal veterans Shining are heading out for their first European tour in three years in honor of their 10th album "X - Varg Utan Flock!"

To make things even more intriguing, Shining are preparing a longer set than usual and promise an event full of uncompromising darkness and perversion. Join them in a celebration of the downfall of man! A list of all confirmed dates can be found below. More...

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Battle Beast Posts European Tour Trailer

Next month, Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast will unleash their fifth studio album "No More Hollywood Endings," on March 22, 2019 through Nuclear Blast Records. Their new tracks will also be presented live on the world's stages. Kicking off in their home country (with one show already sold out!), the route will lead the group all across Europe in April & May. Watch the brand new tour trailer below.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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In Flames Guitarist To Miss North American Tour

Guitarist Niclas Engelin will be unable to join In Flames on their upcoming North American tour. Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance) will step in for Engelin.

A message from In Flames states: "To all of the Jesterheads coming out to our upcoming North American tour: We’re extremely sad to inform that, due to strong medical advisement to stay home, Niclas will not be joining the tour. Luckily, ex-Megadeth guitarist and longtime friend, Chris Broderick was able to step in at the last minute for the full run. Please wish Niclas the best as he stays home to rest. We can’t wait to see you soon."

In Flames will release their new album, I, The Mask, on March 1st via Eleven Seven Music in North America, and on Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world.

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Kittie To Release 20th Anniversary Concert Film

Canadian alternative metal outfit Kittie has announced that they will be releasing a 20th anniversary concert film entitled, "Live At The London Music Hall." A short statement from the band reads as follows:

"We are excited to announce on March 26th we'll be releasing Kittie: Live At The London Music Hall! This is the long awaited concert video of our 20th anniversary reunion show! Pre-order now here."

On October 27th, 2017 Kittie celebrated the premiere of their career-spanning documentary Kittie: Origins/Evolutions by bringing a One Night Only unprecedented afterparty concert event like no other to Rum Runners in their home town of London, Ontario.

The show was an anthology set featuring past and present band members: I've Failed You / In The Black era, the Oracle / Until The End era, and the Spit era. More...

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Judas Priest Cancels South African Shows

British heavy metal legends Judas Priest has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned first shows in South Africa. A statement from the band posted on social media reads as follows:

"Due to circumstances totally beyond our control we are extremely sorry to have to announce that because of logistical and technical reasons the South African shows have been cancelled - we are very disappointed that this has happened as we were looking forward to performing in South Africa for our fans there for the first time - we have been touring the world for nearly 50 years and have always honored our commitments - we are all very upset about this situation."

Judas Priest has been touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Firepower," which was released last year.

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Interview

Burning Witches Discusses "Hexenhammer"

It's always exciting to be there when a band performs in your country for the first time. Four years ago, I had the pleasure of welcoming Nervosa to the United Kingdom for their first performance on the island, supporting Brujeria and Cryptopsy. Fast forward to last month and at the very same venue (The Dome in Tufnell Park, London,) I was on hand to greet Swiss up and comers, Burning Witches.

Prior to their absolutely superb set supporting Grave Digger (see review here,) I sat down with guitarist Sonia Nusselder, drummer Lala Frischknecht and bassist Jeanine Grob to discuss their new album, "Hexenhammer," the origin of their name, the role of women in modern metal and much more. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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70.000 Tons of Metal: Day 2

While most of the fans were sleeping – well let's say some of them - the "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship ship had to make a 90 degrees course change, an evasive maneuver to calmer seas, in order to avoid sailing into a storm. The 37 knot (42 mph) wind also prevented the organization from erecting the decorative side-fills, left and right of the stage. Also the lighting rig was put at half mast, so that the stiff winds won't tear it down. At least the Pool stage was ready on time for Raven and all the other bands that would hit the Pool-Deck-Stage on Day 2.

To catch my favourite American thrash metal band from Newbury Park, CA Warbringer I had to get up somewhat early in the morning - meaning before 9 a.m. - to have enough time for a tasty breakfast at the Windjammers buffet. The buffet offered everything you could think of from hash-browns, scrambled/fried eggs, ham, cheese, cereals of all kinds, toast, vegetables, fruits, juice, regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea etc. etc. Even soy-milk could be served for my vegan significant other.

Warbringer kick-started the day at the Royal Theater at 10:45 am:

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