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Metal News for May 12, 2019

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Interview

Mayhem On New Album, Lords Of Chaos And More

What can be said about Mayhem that hasn't already been said? They are perhaps the most infamous band in all of metal, if not of all time, with a history drenched in blood and controversy. Arguably the leaders of the Norwegian black metal scene which of course included such other legendary names as Emperor, Immortal and Darkthrone, their debut full length, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" remains an essential part of any self respecting black metal fans collection and over the years, the band has pushed themselves and the listener with ever more creative and avant garde releases.

Now, in 2019, the band are preparing to record and release their first album since 2014's, "Esoteric Warfare" and have also been one of the year's most talked about metal bands once again, after the release of a controversial biopic, "Lords Of Chaos." Yesterday after their show in London with Septicflesh, Carpathian Forest, Shining and more, I sat down with drummer Hellhammer, the only constant member since 1988 to discuss these subjects, as well as future touring plans, the state of Arcturus and more. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Obviously the big news right now is that you'll be releasing a new album in August. Have you begun writing material or do you already have some songs written?

Hellhammer: We have everything actually. We'll be in the studio in Sweden on the 24th of May. I'll be there for a week, we'll record the drums first and then the usual stuff.

Oz: So once you do the drums will you just go home or will you stick around for the rest of the process?

Hellhammer: I'll just go straight home.

Oz: Material wise, how does it compare to "Esoteric Warfare"?

Hellhammer: Well the pre-production stuff is always going to be different from the finished product. I would say it's very much more like the old stuff, like "Deathcrush" kind of thing. It's more basic but it's more dark and evil (than "Esoteric Warfare".)

Oz: Cool, very old school Mayhem?

Hellhammer: Yes.
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Volbeat Premiere New Song & Lyric Video "Parasite"

Volbeat premiere a new song titled "Parasite", which clocks in at grindcore-friendly 38 seconds. The band should have a new album out later this year.

Check out now "Parasite" below.

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Towering Premiere New Song "The Calling"

French black/death metal quartet Towering premiere a new song entitled "The Calling", taken from their upcoming debut album "Obscuring Manifestation", which will be released on May 31 via Dolorem Records.

Check out now "The Calling" below.


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