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Metal News for March 8, 2019

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Rage Of Light Posts "Away With You" Lyric Video

It’s time to meld melodic death metal and trance together! Rage Of Light, the rising stars from Switzerland around charismatic lead singer Melissa Bonny prove that these styles can build a very strong symbiosis. The result is a musical monster!

Today, Rage Of Light unleashes the official lyric video for their second single “Away With You”, taken from the new album Imploder! It’s a mix of sharp riffs, electronic beats, melody and screaming violence. The interplay between Melissa’s unique voice and Jonathan’s growls show the variety of Rage Of Light.

Watch the Video for "Away With You" below. Rage Of Light will release their debut album "Imploder" on Napalm Records. The band previously released a music video for the song, "Fallen," which can also be seen below. More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts New Lyric Video Online

Finland's melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom unleash their tenth album, "Hexed," today via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration of the event, the band has released the official lyric video for "Hecate's Nightmare." Check it out below.

"So finally the day has arrived", states COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho. "The 10th COB record has finally been released!!! It took an insane amount of hard work to put all this together but at this point it feels like it’s been more waiting anxiously than anything else so I'm both excited and relieved that the damn thing is out. So thank you for your patience my friends, I hope the waiting has been worthwhile and that you’ll like the album. Either way I’ll see you on the road soon. Horns up!" More...

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Venom Reveals New Box Set Details

Venom formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums - "Welcome To Hell" (1981) and "Black Metal" (1982) - are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom's second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of the extreme metal subgenre of black metal. The band classic line-up trio of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon recorded two further studio albums - "At War With Satan" (1984) and "Possessed" (1985) - and live album "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (1986). Often cited by bands such as Metallica, Behemoth, Celtic Frost and Mayhem as major influences, they are one of the most revered bands of their generation. Venom are still fronted by original singer/bassist Cronos and headline festivals all over the globe and continue to release new music.

This coming May 31st sees the release of "In Nomine Satanas" via BMG – a deluxe vinyl box set that celebrates Venom’s 40th anniversary and features the original Neat Records recordings from their 1981 debut "Welcome To Hell" to "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," the live recording of their mythical appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985. All of the albums are remastered from the original tapes with embossed covers, posters and inserts like their original first editions. They’re all now on colour configured vinyl too. The set also includes a 12“ book detailing the history of the band featuring new interviews with all three members, written by respected journalist Dom Lawson. More...

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In Flames Explains The Meaning Behind New Songs

Last Friday, legendary Swedish visionaries Ih Flames released their thirteenth studio album, titled "I, The Mask" and after rave reactions from their loyal fans, the band now unveils the fourth and final webisode. In this clip, Anders Fridén and Björn Gelotte speak about the background of their latest single "Call My Name," explain the writing process for the album opener "Voices" and why "We Will Remember" is an ode to the all the fans who supported the band through all these years. Watch the webisode below.

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Korpiklaani Posts "Bier Bier" Lyric Video Online

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani are currently touring Europe alongside Turisas and Trollfest in support of their latest studio album "Kulkija." To celebrate, the band released a special tour edition, which includes the "Beer Beer" CD, featuring 14 different versions of the eponymous track. Taken from this CD is also "Bier Bier," sung by Tankard's Gerre, who even wrote the lyrics for the adaption. Watch the lyric video for the German "Beer Beer" version below.

Gerre stated, "I remember when we toured with Korpiklaani across Finland in 2009, where we had tons of fun! I also had a lot of fun while writing German lyrics for the band's iconic song and recording it with our sound engineer Gerd Lücking (drummer of Holy Moses). I hope that I'll meet the guys in Korpiklaani again soon, and we can have a few beers once again." More...

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Cellar Darling Posts New Music Video Online

On March 22nd, Switzerland's Cellar Darling will release their new concept masterpiece "The Spell," which tells the story of a girl who falls in love with death and to get their loyal fans involved, the band had decided to let their online followers cast votes on which song from the tracklist they would like to see released as next single. The winner was the 7-minute long "Drown" and today, you'll get to see the hauntingly beautiful music video that was once again animated by Costin Chioreanu.

"For this single, we wanted to do something different", the band states. "And we felt that our striking one-word tracklist is perfect for a fan vote. To let people decide which song they want to hear next based on only the title and length of the song, and to take us out of the decision process for once. To our surprise -- and joy -- the song that is probably the least "commercial" of all of them was chosen and we think that is kind of cool… we are proud of every chapter of this concept album, so let's go ahead and release a non-single single, for once. We hope you enjoy it!" More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Reveals New Album Details

Italian orchestral-death metal and renaissance revivalists Fleshgod Apocalypse will make their triumphant return this year with the release of their fifth studio album, "Veleno," on May 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has unveiled the record's debut single, "Sugar," via a music video, the album artwork and track listing. You can check out the video for "Sugar" below.

Francesco Paoli on working with director Giovanni Bucci: "I met Giovanni Bucci a couple of years ago, while collaborating on his own band ODDKO. We soon became good friends, so we started talking about having him as director for Fleshgod’s new videos. He is a true visionary, with amazing directing and production skills. He’s been making music videos for bands like Korn, and he also has a shining career in the movie industry. We all agreed that he would’ve been the key to a huge step forward for us, visually and artistically, especially on a video like this, which was also extremely complex to produce and shoot. The result is on your screen now, and it's better than any description. Just hit the play button and enjoy." More...

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Soilwork Posts New Live Video Online

After their insanely successful co-headlining tour with label mates AMORPHIS (18 sold out shows) in support of their globally acclaimed new record, 'Verkligheten' (album of the month in Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Aardschok and Scream), Swedish visionary metallers SOILWORK have issued the following statement:

"'Verkligheten' has been out almost two months now and we keep getting amazed by the recognition it gets. We just finished off a successful EU tour with our friends in Amorphis, Jinjer and Nailed To Obscurity. Once again we want to thank everyone for attending our shows and making it memorable.

"To sum up our journey through Europe, we chose to make a live video out of ‘Sålfågel’ as the crowd reaction, when playing it live, was just INSANE!!! 'Verkligheten' is a new era of Soilwork and we are ready to take this journey with our fans. We cannot wait to get back on the road this summer and bring 'Verkligheten' to life again!!! See you all soon!!!" More...

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Iron Savior Posts New Music Video Online

German power metal band, Iron Savior, have released a video for "Stand Up And Fight", featured on their new album, Kill Or Get Killed, out today via AFM Records. You can check it out below.

Tracklisting:

1. Kill Or Get Killed
2. Roaring Thunder
3. Eternal Quest
4. From Dust And Ruble
5. Sinner Or Saint
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Heroes Ascending
8. Never Stop Believing
9. Until We Meet Again
10. Legends Of Glory
11. Sin City (AC/DC cover, bonus track) More...

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Exhumed Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Californian gore metallers, Exhumed are firing up their chainsaws this April and hitting the road for a special West Coast tour celebrating the release of their "Forged in Fire" hot sauce. Created with award-winning heat-mongers Hella Hot Sauce, "Forged In Fire" brings a blast of smoky heat that pairs perfectly with grilled human fle - er, meats.

Frontman Matt Harvey talked a little about the tour and the "meet-and-eat" events that will be unique to each show: "We're excited to do something a little different this time. It's gonna be fun to do something food-related every night and see people's reactions first-hand to the hot sauce, and since it's called Forged in Fire, we're loading up the set with older stuff we haven't played in years, so it should be a rager every night!"

Check your local show for more information about when to show up and face the heat. As well as featuring a setlist focused on their early material, the band will be selling limited quantities of Forged In Fire hot sauce and a special shirt design exclusive for this tour, so come out and get your face melted. More...

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Borknagar Finishes Recording New Album

Norwegian progressive black metal veterans Borknagar has announced that they have finished recording their as yet untitled new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:

"NEW ALBUM FINISHED!

"Yesterday we finished the recording of the upcoming album. Next step is mix and mastering with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. We have all invested so much time, effort and heart into this album. We can't wait to get this one out to all of you! Cheers!"

This will be the band's first album since splitting with vocalist Vintersorg, leaving ICS Vortex to handle vocal duties and will be their first release since 2016's, "Winter Thrice."

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OpEd

Hear Her Roar: Women In Metal

Today marks International Women's Day, in which we remember the contributions of many great women throughout history as well as in the world today. The day was first celebrated by the Socialist Party Of America on February 28th 1909. The tradition of celebrating women on March 8th was first done in the then newly formed Soviet Union, who declared the day a national holiday. It was adopted by other Communist and Socialist countries as a holiday before the United Nations recognised the event in 1975. Today the significance of the day varies, still being a public holiday in some countries, a day of protest in others and officially ignored in a number of other nations. So, what does all this have to do with heavy metal? Marie Curie, Rosa Luxemburg, Angela Davis and Joan Of Arc may not be common names in the metal world, but we have plenty of our own heroines and ladies to rival the lords.

For a long time, the role of women in heavy metal was seen by outsiders as miniscule or worse, nothing more than objects. Perhaps women have more of a role in metal music than previously thought however. Let's take for example what's considered the first heavy metal album, "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath. The cover art depicts a mysterious woman, cloaked in black, stood right in the middle of an illustration of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire. This is only a tiny example of course, but as heavy metal grew, so did the presence of women. Bands would often sing about women, be it in the context of relationships ("Victim Of Changes" by Judas Priest for example, was comprised of two earlier songs "Whisky Woman" and "Red Light Lady,") sex "Charlotte The Harlot" by Iron Maiden or as inspirations ("Jet City Woman" by Queensryche.) More...

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Interview

Godsmack Discusses "When Legends Rise" And More

As mentioned in the recent live report (which can be read here,) Godsmack has gone from strength to strength over the past twenty plus years, selling millions of albums and headlining arenas across the globe. During their recent European tour, the band stopped off in the United Kingdom for a number of shows, including one at the Kentish Town Forum in London. Before the band took to the stage, I had the pleasure of meeting the group and discussing a number of subjects with frontman Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin including their new album, "When Legends Rise," the hilarious music video for "Bulletproof" and how people have reacted to a slightly softer new sound. You can listen in full below. More...

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Phil Anselmo To Debut New Band At Psycho Las Vegas

Former Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, who's also know for a number of other bands including Down, Superjoint Ritual and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, has announced that he will debut his latest project, En Minor, at the upcoming Psycho Las Vegas event, which will take place from August 16th - 18th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Speaking with DamnationVault.com, Anselmo says, "I will say that the darkest, heaviest, most miserable shit I’ve ever written I have not released and that’s a band called En Minor. I’ve never put it out, man. And I still... I don’t know if I’m getting cold feet or not, man. It’s not party music, it’s not good time music. People are asking me to do gigs with it and shit like that and I just don’t know if it’s going to translate the way people might envision because they haven’t heard the music, it’s so hard for me to explain it. It’s heart-wrenching shit, man. It’s very hard for me to just explain and it’s also very hard for me to... It’s tough because no one’s heard it and I don’t know if people should fuckin’ hear it, man."

He continues: "It is, I guess, the truest, darkest record I’ve ever done in my life and I’m just not sure about it. I’m not sure about it. I think the musicianship is great, I love the band I have surrounding me... I just... When I do a project, I go 1000%. So like, with the last Illegals record, it was a death metal style, death metal flavor of the moment that was really reigning supreme when we were writing the stuff. So that’s where I went with that and stayed true to it stylistically. The same can be said with En Minor."

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Bleeding Gods Posts Tour Recap

Epic death/black metal formation, Bleeding Gods, performed at the Viborg Metal Festival in Demark on March 2nd. The band have released a short recap video, stating, "Viborg Metal Festival, Denmark was great! Thank you all for coming and see you next time!"

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Onslaught Posts New Music Video Online

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted a new music video online for the single, "A Perfect Day To Die." You can check it out below. The song was premiered at last year's Bloodstock Open Air festival and is expected to be included on their upcoming seventh album, the title of which has not yet been revealed. Guitarist Nige Rockett comments:

"We are super stoked to finally get some new material out to the fans, the first single to come from the new album is entitled 'A Perfect Day to Die' and is a little nod to our sadly departed friends from 'Motorhead' who were a major influence for Onslaught from the very beginning. The track has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Udo, Evergrey) and produced by ourselves and Pete Hinton (Saxon) it sounds so heavy with a super aggressive vibe, it really has a ton of potential!" More...

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Report

Godsmack Makes Legends And London Rise

For over twenty years, Massachusetts rockers Godsmack has been putting out acclaimed and relatable music, appealing to fans of rock, metal and even mainstream listeners. Last year, the band celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their eponymous debut album, by releasing a new studio album, "When Legends Rise." The record has seen a slight shift in sound but has done well commercially. But how do the new songs sound live? Let's find out!

Supporting Godsmack on this European trek was New Zealand rock/metal band Like A Storm. Having seen them twice before at Graspop, I know that these boys can throw down as hard as anyone. Their selling point that separates them from other young bands is their use of the didgeridoo (an instrument native to New Zealand and Australia.) The unique take on hard rock makes them the perfect choice to support Godsmack, as they're not too far from the headlining bands sound but far enough to offer the crowd something different. A storming performance from the Kiwis surely made them more than a few new fans tonight and hopefully it won't be too long until they return to Britain. More...

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Usurper Premiere New Song "Warlock Moon"

Chicago based blackened thrash metal band Usurper premiere a new song called "Warlock Moon", taken from their upcoming new album "Lords of the Permafrost", which will be out in stores March 22 via Soulseller Records.

Check out now "Warlock Moon" below.

Says Guitarist/vocalist Rick Scythe of the latest song: More...

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Smoulder Premiere New Song "Ilian of Garathorm"

Toronto epic doom newcomers Smoulder premiere a new song titled "Ilian of Garathorm", taken from their upcoming new album "Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring", which will be out in stores April 26th via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Ilian of Garathorm" below.

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Gjendød Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Norwegian black metal band named Gjendød premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Krigsdøger", which Hellthrasher will release on March 9th.

Check out now "Krigsdøger" in its entirety below.

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Chalice of Suffering Premiere New Track

Atmospheric death/doom metal outfit Chalice of Suffering premiere the title track from their upcoming new album "Lost Eternally", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity on April 19th digitally and in different physical editions.

Check out now "Lost Eternally" below.


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Obey The Brave Canadian Mini-Tour Announced

Obey The Brave announce a short run of Eastern Canadian dates this May. Sharptooth and Boundaries will support them with other acts appearing at select stops.

05/08 Montreal, QC – Club Soda (feat. Sudden Waves and Harriers)
05/09 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Le Stage (feat. Harriers)
05/10 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks (feat. Cold Shoulder)
05/11 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck (feat. Cold Shoulder)

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Betraying The Martyrs Premiere New Video & Song

Betraying The Martyrs are back with their first new single in over two years with the below streaming premiere of “Eternal Machine“. That song precedes the release of an upcoming new record via Sumerian Records.

Speaking of this track, the band commented: More...

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Misery Index Debut Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Misery Index premiere their entire new album “Rituals Of Power” streaming for you ahead of its impending release below.

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Metallica & Slipknot Announce Australian/NZ Tour

Metallica and Slipknot will be out together touring Australia and New Zealand this October with the below dates booked:

10/17 Perth, AUS – Optus Stadium
10/20 Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Oval
10/22 Melbourne, AUS – Marvel Stadium
10/26 Sydney, AUS – ANZ Stadium
10/29 Brisbane, AUS – QSAC
10/31 Auckland, NZ – Mt. Smart Stadium

Tickets for the tour will go on sale on March 18th.

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Reunited Chokehold Premiere Song “2.0”

Reunited Canadian hardcore band Chokehold will have a new record entitled “With This Thread I Hold On” released through Good Fight Music on April 19th. A first track called “2.0” is streaming ahead of that for you below.

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