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Metal News for March 13, 2020

Last updated on July 5, 2020 at 3:17 AM ET

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Khemmis Reveals New EP Details

Denver, Colorado based doomed heavy metal quartet Khemmis unveil their new EP, "Doomed Heavy Metal," which will be released digitally on April 17th via Nuclear Blast.

In celebration of the announcement the band are pleased to reveal a live video for their cover of Dio's "Rainbow In The Dark." Watch the video below.

The band comments: "As lifelong fans of ZZ Top, ‘Fandango’ has been a consistent source of inspiration for the four of us. The combination of high-octane live cuts and rare studio recordings make the release stand out in the band’s discography. In that tradition, we are thrilled to announce Doomed Heavy Metal. This mini-album is similarly unique, combining sought-after singles and live cuts together on one record. We’ve topped it all off with a newly recorded version of DIO's immortal 'Rainbow in the Dark'. For those who have clamoured for the re-release of the long out of print 'Empty Throne' and 'Conversation with Death', your calls have been answered. We hope new and old fans alike will pick up the album, pour a tall glass of their favourite beverage, and party with us!" More...

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Korpiklaani Postspones European Tour Dates

Today, Korpiklaani are pleased to release another adaption of their hit song "Beer Beer." The newly launched lyric video for "Pivo Pivo" which features Achsar vocalist Milan can be watched below.

The band states:
"Today we release our Slovakian 'Pivo Pivo' from our dear friend Milan | Achsar. We had timed this for our upcoming shows in Slovakia, however due to the current situation, we have had to reschedule to September. For our UK shows we had to postpone, we ask for more patience."

Milan states:
"Story of my life, hehe. It was really fun and an honor joining this project by side of the great singers from all around the world. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers!" More...

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Venom Inc. Enters The Studio

Veteran heavy metal band Venom Inc. has entered the studio to record their new album. The follow up to their 2017 debut release "Avé" will once more be released on Nuclear Blast Records. The recording is being done between, England, Portugal and America and it will have Jeff “Mantas” Dunn at the helm as producer once again..

The new album marks the second recording under the name Venom Inc., while guitarist Mantas and frontman Demolition Man have a long history as recording artists together in Venom, M:Pire Of Evil and Mantas solo projects. It also marks the recording debut on a major label for multi-instrumentalist, Venom Inc. drummer Jeramie "War Machine" Kling (also of Massacre) who joined the band in 2018.

Venom Inc. singer/bassist Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan states:
"I am a firm believer that you try to better yourself in life, not by comparison to anyone else but to yourself..

"Making a new album, proudly under a label like Nuclear Blast, gives me that opportunity again..
If ‘Avé’ was a great album, then this new one needs to be even greater… if the performances on ‘AVÉ’ were the best we could be then, it will follow that we will outdo ourselves and be better than we were… We don’t care how good or bad ANYONE else is… we are here to challenge ourselves. With the 3 of us in total synchronisation and firing every cylinder we each have, expect something, intense, powerful, dark, spitting, visceral, foreboding, and no holds barred… HEAVY AS A FUCKING WORLD MADE FROM LEAD! Feel the Fire, Hear us Roar… for WE ARE VENOM INC!"

Guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn fills in:
"I have always maintained that I am a man of few words, I let the music do the talking and this motherfucker is speaking volumes and has not stopped to draw breath. Furious, aggressive, relentless, vicious, culled from experience and hatred and with the personnel to deliver it, this makes no excuses for what it is... HEAVY FUCKING METAL!"

Drummer Jeramie "The WarMachine" Kling:
"For the new Venom Inc. album I have tried a new technique. I have started by completely dismantling my drums and replacing the usual drum kit with rockets bought in hell.... and the rest of the kit you ask ?!? Well, that’s been replaced by flame throwers, gun powder and a tank gun!!! And I’m driving it all like a fucking WARMACHINE straight at you! Nothing is safe and nothing will survive!!"

Venom Inc. reunites the former ‘Prime Evil’ era of Venom bandmates Demolition Man and Mantas and is complemented by The Absence and Massacre drummer Jeramie "War Machine" Kling, who joined the fold early 2018. Since the release of "Avé" the band has intensively toured through Europe, Asia, America, Australia, New Zealand and South-America, both on big festivals and club venues.

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Paradise Lost Announces New Album, "Obsidian"

Obsidian… dark, reflective and black: it’s a pretty decent description of the music that Paradise Lost have been making over the last 32 years, even though this most resilient of British metal bands have stoically refused to be pinned down to one easily defined formula. Powered by a lust for creativity and a stout devotion to haunting heaviness, Paradise Lost have defied the odds by coming back stronger than ever over the past decade. "Obsidian", the new album of Gothic legends Paradise Lost will be released on 15th May.

Today, the band releases a snippet to tease the fans with a a short piece of that masterwork, which can be heard below.

Singer Nick Holmes comments about the new album:
"One of the most eclectic albums we have done in some time, we have miserable songs, sad songs ,slow songs and faster songs. Did I mention miserable?"

The sixteenth Paradise Lost studio album, „Obsidian“ eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener ‚Darker Thoughts‘ through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer ‚Ravenghast‘,„Obsidian“ reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas. Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted Paradise Lost anthems‚Ghosts‘ is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub. More...

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Inferno Metal Festival Cancelled For 2020

Following in the footsteps of other music festivals and events around the globe, Inferno Metal Festival Norway is postponing its 2020 edition until 2021. The announcement states that those that had purchased tickets for this year's festival will not get a refund, however, those tickets will be valid in 2021.

Also, Decibel Magazine's Metal and Beer Fest - Philly 2020 has also postponed it's April edition and will announce rescheduled dates in the future. More...

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Lamb Of God & Kreator Postpone European Tour

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another tour today, with the announcement that Lamb Of God's European tour with Kreator and Power Trip, dubbed the "State Of Unrest" tour, has been postponed as a result of the virus. A message from Kreator reads as follows:

"Hordes of Europe"

"We're sorry to announce, due to world events and imposed bands on public events across Europe; the "State of Unrest" tour with Lamb Of God and Power Trip is postponed. Our teams are working on getting the tour rescheduled for as soon as possible; please hold on to your tickets, new dates are soon to be announced!

"Stay safe out there - We are one!"

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Holden Release Video On Metalunderground.com

Richmond Virginia's Holden will self-release their stunning album Ursa Minor in May of this year and here is the video for the track entitled "Sparks Between the Teeth.” More...

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Caligula's Horse Reveals New Album Details

Caligula’s Horse, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, a leading light in contemporary progressive metal worldwide, are pleased to announce their fifth studio album "Rise Radiant" for release on the 22nd May 2020. Produced by the group’s Sam Vallen, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend Project, Leprous), the record is their most focussed and potent artistic statement to date.

The band are also excited to launch the first single from the album, and you can listen to the albums’ opening track "The Tempest" below.

Lead guitarist Sam Vallen comments: "‘Rise Radiant’ is the album we’ve been working towards for almost a decade. It represents everything we love about Caligula’s Horse – the colour, the ferocity, the introspection, the extremes – all tied up together in a way we could never have managed until now. As a band, we’ve never felt tighter, more inspired, or more driven than in the creation of this record. We’re tremendously proud of ‘Rise Radiant’, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!"

"Rise Radiant" is an uncompromising exploration of the human experience dressed in vivid musical colour and virtuosic performances. It is an anthem for the regeneration of self-belief, an exploration of the themes of legacy, and a rallying cry for survival. Comprised of 8 tracks, ‘Rise Radiant’ will be available as a limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital download. The formats also include 2 bonus tracks, covers of the Split Enz track "Message To My Girl" & Peter Gabriel's "Don’t Give Up," which also features a guest appearance by Lynsey Ward of Exploring Birdsong. More...

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Omega Infinity Posts New Song Online

Omega Infinity, the ambient black metal project featuring Xenoyr of Ne Obliviscaris and Tentakel P. of Todtgelichter, has posted a new song online entitled, "Saturn." You can check it out below. The song comes from the duo's forthcoming debut album, "Solar Spectre," which is set to be released on March 27th through Season Of Mist.


1. Uranus
2. Mars
3. Venus
4. Jupiter
5. Sol
6. Neptune
7. Saturn
8. Terra
9. Mercury
10. Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell (Killing Joke cover)*

*digipak bonus track More...

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Mayhem And Abbath Cancel Tour Dates

Following on from earlier stories regarding the Devastation Of The Nation tour and Carcass's Australian shows being cancelled, the organisers of the upcoming Decibel tour, which was to feature Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper and Idle Hands, have followed suit and announced that the trek has been cancelled. A statement reads as follows:

"In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous states and cities on the Decibel Magazine Tour routing have announced bans on gatherings in excess of 250 or 500 people (with many more expected to do the same in the coming days). As a result, we have been forced to cancel the Decibel Magazine Tour. Though it pains us to see so many plans disrupted as a result, we must remain committed to ensuring the safety of the bands, their crew, venue staff and, of course, the fans during this time.

"For ticket refunds, please inquire at point of purchase. Thanks for your understanding and support of Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper, Idle Hands and Decibel."

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Grave Digger Reveals New Album Details

With metal anthems like 'Heavy Metal Breakdown', Grave Digger became one of the most influential and pioneering bands of the German heavy metal scene since the early 80s, and 2020 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of these Teutonic metal masters in glorious style!
On their 20th studio album, titled Fields Of Blood, the band around frontman Chris Boltendahl continues their epic Highlands story! Fields of Blood is the logic consequence of a legendary trilogy and an auditory battle of unique traditional metal. Slated for a release on May 29th via Napalm Records, Fields Of Blood will take us on an emotional journey through Scottish history and into explosive sound landscapes.

Driving riffs and epic choruses meet the famous "Great Highland Bagpipes": In the Highlands, the battlefields of Stirling, Bannockburn and Culloden, the listener will find himself on a rollercoaster between grief and triumph again, suffers and wins with the Scottish freedom fighters. After "The Clans Will Rise Again" and "Tunes Of War", Grave Digger close their Highland saga in epic style. Today, the iconic band has not only unveiled the incredible album artwork, but is also sharing a first single to the epic magnum opus, “All For The Kingdom”! And hell yes, this track perfectly sets the scene for the final and long-awaited part of their Scottish highland trilogy: "All for the Kingdom" is a mercilessly epic song that shows the direction of the new Grave Digger album. No prisoners are taken here and Grave Digger prove what they do best even after 40 years of their impressive band history. Choruses and riffs that cut into your ear canals and hearts to stay there, as well as hundreds of thousands Highlanders have remained on the battlefields, believing in a better life in freedom and independence. Watch Grave Digger's brand new video for the drifting riff and heavy metal masterpiece, "All For The Kingdom," below.

"We did it again and put on the kilts... as we always got fascinated by Scotland and its history." Says frontman Chris Boltendahl. "For a long time we considered when the right time would be to return to the Highlands, delve into their legends and myths. Our 40th band anniversary seems to be the right occasion for this and so we take you on a trip for the third time... put on the kilts and pull out your swords and axes, follows us to Stirling and Culloden and experience up close Scottish history, up close, authentic and emotional. As William Wallace / Braveheart said: Yes, they may take our lives. But they never take away our freedom!" More...

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Bonfire Posts New Music Video Online

It’s been exactly two years since Bonfire, following the outstanding debut of their current vocalist Alexx Stahl on "Byte The Bullet" (2017), were unanimously celebrated for their successor album "Temple Of Lies" (2018). Two years which saw the band rock countless stages at home and abroad before going on to set the bar even higher with their latest offering.

"Fistful Of Fire" is definitely one of the toughest Bonfire albums ever. "This development already became apparent the last time around," explains guitarist and founder member Hans Ziller. "However, this time our approach was even more focused and consistent. I’ve always been the tough guy in Bonfire but haven’t always been able to implement my ideas the way I wanted. But since our tour with Judas Priest, we’ve known that toughness in combination with great melodies suits Bonfire perfectly."

"Fistful Of Fire" features this very mix: throughout the 11 songs (plus three intros), the band from Ingolstadt, which has operated under its established logo for almost 35 years, fire on all cylinders. "Unlike previous Bonfire vocalists, Alexx oozes so much energy that you may occasionally have to hold him back rather than motivate him. We’ve been a hard rock band from the very beginning, but that has never been more apparent than in 2020." More...

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Carcass Cancels Australian Tour

English death metal legends Carcass has confirmed that, like so many other tours, their scheduled shows in Australia have now been cancelled. A statement from Soundworks Touring reads as follows:

"Due to the very unfortunate circumstances surrounding the Download Festival cancellation and now the newly enforced government regulations, Soundworks Touring regrets to inform the public that all appearances on the scheduled Carcass Australian tour have been cancelled.

"This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one we now have no choice in.

"Ticket purchasers will receive a refund via point of purchase. We urge everyone to please be patient during the refund process. We sincerely apologise for all disappointment and inconvenience caused by these decisions made.

"We are 100% committed to rescheduling a headlining Carcass tour to a later time frame when world health concerns settle."

Cancelled Appearances:
March 20 - Melbourne, Download Festival
March 21 - Sydney, Download Festival
March 24 - Hobart, Altar
March 25 - Brisbane, The Triffid
March 26 - Adelaide, Lion Arts Factory
March 28 - Perth, Slayfest

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Lutharo Uploads New Single

Lutharö, from Hamilton, Canada will be unleashing their sophomore EP "Wings of Agony" on March 27th and this release promises to be more innovative and imaginative than the last one. Lutharö stepped out of their comfort zone for this recording and they anticipate a solid reception from current and new fans.

Their catchy riffs, blazing solos and vocals ranging from vicious growls to cleans that will send a chill down your spine, make Lutharö a well-rounded powerhouse of a band that brings beauty, aggression and skill to the genre.

Previously releasing their music video for the EP's title track this past February, Lutharö are offering up the next single "Barren." The song is about someone who has no passion or drive in their life so they end up physically dissecting other humans that are super motivated to see what the secret to their happiness is. You can listen to the song below. More...

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Soilwork Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish visionary metallers Soilwork have released a brand new song called "Desperado." It is the second instalment in Soilwork's 'Feverish' trilogy which might also eventually end up becoming a so far unknown entity. It follows the band's globally acclaimed new album,'Verkligheten' (album of the month in Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Aardschok and Scream), which was released in January 2019. You can check out the official music video below.

Commented the band: "'Desperado', just like 'Feverish', is a song about how a single emotion can overtake your entire being, and consume you like an almost sentient force. 'Desperado' is about what lies behind and beyond, the places you normally avoid. But they will always be there. 'Desperado' is shock rock and metal mayhem for those of us who long for a way out."

The song was written and composed by David Andersson. The song was recorded at SolnaSound Recordings, Stockholm with Simon Johansson and The Panic Room, Skövde with Thomas Plec Johansson. Violin recorded by Rachel Hall. "Desperado" was produced by Soilwork and Thomas Plec Johansson and also mixed and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson. René U Valdes produced and directed the music video. More...

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Rotting Christ Postpones North American Tour

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has announced that, like many other tours, their headlining run of North America as part of the Devastation Of The Nation tour, has been pushed back a year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A statement posted on the band's official Facebook page reads as follows:

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous states and cities on the Devastation On The Nation Tour that are putting bans on gatherings anywhere between 100-1000 people. On top of that, the President of the United States of America has put a travel ban in place for anyone coming from Europe to America for the next 30 days which starts Friday. Three out of the five bands on this tour are from Europe which are Rotting Christ, Borknagar, and Wolfheart. They were scheduled to fly here on March 18th. Unfortunately, as you can see, our hands are tied and we have no other choice than to postpone the Devastation On The Nation Tour.

"The tour will now be rescheduled to February 11th - March 14th, 2021 and will have the same route in place. The tour will still feature Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, and Imperial Triumphant.

"To everyone who has purchased tickets already. If you would like a refund, you are able to get one by contacting the company you purchased it from. If you would like to hold onto your current ticket, it will be honored at the rescheduled date."

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Fit For A King Premiere New Track

Fit For a King‘s new track “Breaking The Mirror” premiered online via YouTube streaming for you below.

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HAWK (Ex-This Or The Apocalypse) Debut New Song

HAWK (ex-This Or The Apocalypse) premiere a new official music video for their new track “Alibi“. You can stream it via YouTube below:

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Aversions Crown Premiere New Single & Music Video

Aversions Crown announce a June 12th release date for their new record “Hell Will Come For Us All” via Nuclear Blast. A new official music video has premiered online for a first track off of it, called “The Soil“, streaming for you below.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Premiere New Single

The Black Dahlia Murder premiere “Child Of Night” as the latest track to arrive from their ninth studio effort, “Verminous“. You can stream the single via YouTube below. An April 17th release date has been scheduled for the group’s upcoming new album.

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Emmure Premiere New Track & Music Video

Emmure premiere a new official music video for a new single titled “Gypsy Disco“. The track is taken from a new album reportedly entitled “Hindsight” and will be out via SharpTone Records later this year.

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Black Crown Initiate Premiere New Single

Black Crown Initiate premiere their new track “Invitation” streaming via YouTube for you below. The track is the first one to arrive from the group’s impending new album, “Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape“, out on August 07th via Century Media Records.

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Warbringer Premiere New Track

Another single has premiered from Warbringer‘s sixth studio full-length “Weapons Of Tomorrow“. Below you can stream “The Black Hand Reaches Out” from the effort ahead of its April 24th release through Napalm Records.

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