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Metal News for May 13, 2018

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10 news articles posted on this day.


Almanac On History, Guitar Heroes And The USSR

In 2015, fans of German metal band Rage were left disappointed after it was announced that guitarist Victor Smolski had parted ways with the group. Later that year however, Smolski returned with a new project of his own, Almanac. They released their debut album, "Tsar," a biography of famous Russian monarch, Ivan The Terrible, the next year and in 2017, they unleashed their sophomore effort, "Kingslayer." Touring Europe as the opening band for Leaves' Eyes and MaYaN, they had much to prove but delivered all the goods and more. I was able to catch up with Smolski and Readman at the show in London, where we discussed the band, the guitarists' status in the metal world, teaching and how it was to find metal music growing up in Soviet Belarus. More...

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Crowbar On Influences, New Music And Phil Anselmo

Over my eleven years with this site, I've had the pleasure and honour of meeting some of my favourite bands and some true legends of metal. On a recent trip back to England, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with another of the genre's most revered musicians, Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein, who has also garnered attention for his role with bands such as Down with Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity and Kingdom Of Sorrow with Hatebreed frontman, Jamey Jasta.

During the interview we discussed a wide range of topics from the return of bassist to Todd Strange, to the possibility of a new Kingdom Of Sorrow record to the influence of Phil Anselmo. You can check it out below. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Leaves An Impression In London

Symphonic metal is one of the most popular sub-genres of metal today, with bands headlining festivals across the world and even holding their own in the case of Epica. One of the more prominent bands from this area is Leaves' Eyes, who earlier this year released their superb new album, "Sign Of Dragonhead," their first with new vocalist Elina Siirala. To promote the album, the band has been on an extensive tour of Europe, joined along the way by MaYaN, the side project of Epica mastermind Mark Jansen and Almanac, the new band from former Rage guitarist Victor Smolski. How did the show go? Read on, MacDuff.

Opening the show was Almanac, a power metal project from Victor Smolski with no less than both male and female vocalists. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see a good portion of their set as I was interviewing Leaves' Eyes, but what I did see was very impressive indeed. Smolski has gained the reputation as something of a modern guitar hero and it's easy to see why, as his one of a kind style leads the group to a fresh sound with a unique take on a genre which makes it easy to be bland. Of particular note too was the talents of singers David Readman and Jeannette Marchewka, who were in fine voice throughout. It wasn't a sold out show tonight and opening acts don't always get a large audience, but those who were here for Almanac would find plenty to enjoy. More...

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A Quick Chat With Danko Jones

Over the years, rock and roll has become a term thrown around all too liberally. Bands such as Coldplay get tagged with the label while the days of The Who, Little Richard and Motorhead seem to have passed. One man determined to keep the flame burning however, along with his eponymous band, is Canada's own, Danko Jones. I had the pleasure of meeting him last month as he was on tour with Skindred and CKY in Bristol, England where we discussed rock and roll, his latest album, "Wildcat" and what separates British audiences from others. More...

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Skindred Reveals "Big Tings" In Store

Back in 2006, at the tender age of sixteen, I went with two friends to see Soulfly at the Bristol Academy. Opening the show that night was a band from Newport, who were just about to re-release their debut album, "Babylon." Not too many had heard of them but they put on a show to remember and that album soon became a must have for all young fans of rock and metal and not one person there would forget their name. That band was Skindred and since "Babylon" they have gone from strength to strength, releasing six more albums, including, "Big Tings" last month and have become one of the country's favourite live bands.

Twelve years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Skindred frontman Benji Webbe at the same venue, where this time they were headlining and joined by CKY and Danko Jones. During our meeting, we discussed the new album, "Big Tings," working with Reef singer Gary Stringer, the "That's My Jam" music video, future plans for solo material and what the frontman thinks of today's reggae. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Madball Posts Second Album Trailer

New York hardcore legends Madball has posted the second trailer online for their forthcoming new studio album, "For The Cause." You can check it out below. The record will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 15th and mixed and mastered by renowned producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. It was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (Rancid), who is also featured on the album.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Smile Now Pay Later
2. Rev Up (feat. Sick Jacken)
3. Freight Train
4. Tempest
5. Old Fashioned
6. Evil Ways (feat. Ice-T)
7. Lone Wolf
8. Damaged Goods
9. The Fog (feat. Tim Timebomb & Steve Whale)
10. Es Tu Vida
11. For You
12. For The Cause More...

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Eye of Destroyer Premiere "Violent By Design"

New Jersey’s Eye of Destroyer premiere the title track of their upcoming new EP "Violent By Design", which will be out in stores June 08.

Check out now "Violent By Design" below.

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Akhenaten Premiere "Dragon Of The Primordial Sea"

Hailing from Manitou Springs, CO blackened mesopotamian death metal band Akhenaten have teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new song titled "Dragon Of The Primordial Sea", taken from their upcoming new album "Golden Serpent God", which will be out in stores May 31 via Satanath Records (Russia) / Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA) / Murdher Records (Italy).

Check out now "Dragon Of The Primordial Sea" below.

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Ghost Show Dead Papa Emeritus I - III In New Video

Ghost kicked off their "Rats! On The Road" tour past Thursday and they've put together a little teaser montage to show what to expect. The show includes the “dead” bodies of the band’s “previous” three frontmen, Papa Emeritus I, II and III (actually just band leader Tobias Forge in different outfits), merchandise, tons of nuns, and Ghost themselves showing up in a limousine heralded by motorcycles nuns.

Catch Ghost at one of the dates below: More...

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Graveyard Premiere New Song "The Fox"

Graveyard premiere a new song and video entitled "The Fox", taken from their upcoming new album "Peace", which will be out in stores May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "The Fox" below.

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