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Metal News for May 17, 2019

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Firewind To Record New Album After European Tour

Greek power metal icons, Firewind, the band of former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G., have signed a worldwide record deal with German metal label AFM Records.

The collaboration between the band and AFM already started with the latest Firewind album Immortals, which AFM released in the North American territory back then. Subsequently, Gus G. signed with AFM to also release his solo albums together, and now Firewind’s future albums will be released worldwide via AFM.

Gus G. (who by the way, is the Greek spokesperson for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest) states: "After working together with AFM Records on my latest solo album Fearless, and seeing the great results that were achieved, the passion and care they put into the project, it felt natural to extend our partnership and bring Firewind under the same roof. This is something I'm very excited about and I'm also happy to announce that we're already working on the follow up of Immortals. We plan to enter the studio after our summer tour with Queensrÿche wraps up in August. Stay tuned for further announcements!“

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Belphegor Posts Tour Trailer Online

European diabolical death/ black metal troop, Belphegor, will co-headline this year's Devastation On The Nation tour alongside Swedish black metal stalwarts, Dark Funeral. Joining them are Incantation, Hate, Vale Of Pnath, and Nightmarer. Watch a tour trailer below.

"Hail! What a lineup," commented Belphegor vocalist/guitarist Helmuth. "This will be one of the most brutal tours throughout North America in 2019. An honour - this horror!"

The tour dates are as follows:

May 17 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick (no Belphegor)
May 18 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro Operahouse
May 19 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
May 20 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
May 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
May 24 - Denver, CO - The Roxy Theatre
May 25 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
May 26 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
May 28 - Cleveland, OH - The Phantasy Nightclub
May 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
May 30 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
May 31 - Quebec City, QC- Imperial Bell
June 1 - Boston, MA - Middle East
June 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bazaar
June 4 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
June 5 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
June 6 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage
June 7 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
June 8 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
June 9 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
June 10 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
June 11 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
June 13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
June 14 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
June 15 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720 More...

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Exhorder Finishes Recording New Album

After 27 years of waiting, fans can rejoice as New Orleans’ face-melting thrash legends Exhorder will be releasing their forever-awaited third studio album later this year. The band has officially wrapped recording of their first record since the long celebrated ‘92 classic The Law. Exhorder will celebrate their return with a festival date in Europe and a North American tour with Kataklysm in September. Dates are coming soon.

Commenting on the long journey to recording their 3rd record, the band’s founding guitarist Vinnie La Bella says, “27 years? Man, that's a big number! A lot has transpired over the course of such an extended amount of time, and this record touches on it all. There is material on this record that is literally 27 years old along with material that was written just 6 months ago, and everything in between. There are truly no words to express the emotions which are connected with this moment. And that's pretty convenient because I prefer to do my talking in the ring/stage anyway. But the people who really made this what it is cannot go without mention: My incredible band mates; Simon and crew at AISA Management; all at Nuclear Blast Records; and Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording, Jens Bogren was an unquestionable genius! So honored to have him on this. This is, without a doubt for the first time in our career, the album we intended to give you. Production, sound, art, it's all there, with no compromise! I'm eternally grateful for all who helped make it happen. And to all that have waited for it, prayed for it, begged for it, or even dreaded this moment, much love and I'll see you in the "Ring!"”

Exhorder’s enduring legacy began in the mid-80’s when they defined the sound of Louisiana thrash and groove metal. Their initial formation was short lived, lasting nearly a decade with two critically acclaimed, classic albums, but their impact on the metal genre can be felt through a generation of bands that followed. Exhorder dissolved in the mid-90’s but briefly reunited in 2011.

Now, the band has returned to reclaim their throne of NOLA metal with their awaited new album and an all-star line-up that includes Kyle Thomas (founding vocalist; Trouble, Heavy As Texas), Vinnie La Bella (founding guitarist), Marzi Montazeri (guitarist; ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, Heavy As Texas), Jason VieBrooks (bassist since 2011; Heathen Grip Inc.) and Sasha Horn (drummer; Forbidden).

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Amulet Sheds Light On "The Inevitable War"

Traditional heavy metal can often fall by the wayside in the modern world. While legendary bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden are still going, younger rockers can be tempted by the darker and more extreme side of metal music. There are still a number of traditional heavy metal groups going though, many of whom such as Cauldron and Night Demon are growing in popularity with every release.

One of the most exciting heavy metal bands on the rise in 2019 comes in the form of London's very own, Amulet. Today, they release their second album, "The Inevitable War" which has already seen the release of the singles, "Burning Hammer" and "Shockwave." At their show supporting Jag Panzer yesterday, I caught up with guitarist Heathen Steven and bassist Sam Mackertich to discuss the record, the growing fan base in Europe, plans for the future and more.

Diamond Oz: Well straight into it, tomorrow (May 17th) your new album is out, "The Inevitable War." How would you compare "The Inevitable War" to (debut album) "The First"? Obviously there's been a lot of lineup changes since then.

Sam Mackertich: Yeah. There's been a lot of time. A lot of different people that have made fundamental differences to the band but it's happened incrementally as the years have gone by. So actually, "The Inevitable War" is an amalgamation of all the changes and inspiration that we've had over the last few years, especially finding a new singer to just really cement it.

Heathen Steven: It's true, everyone left in sort of like six month bursts to get on with their own lives and we've kind of found people that are probably a little bit more technically adept but still have the same sort of passion, apart from myself I'm still not the best rhythm guitarist! It's been a gradual process, what it's done is given us four years to kind of hone the songs, so I think this album is a bit more complex, a bit more interestingly structured and we've consciously made the soundscape a bit more colourful as well, so hopefully it rewards with repeat listens.

Sam: Quite a big fundamental difference is there's synthesizers included within songs. Previously Amulet had only kind of used them as interludes. It came quite late but it was sort of like me and the producer Tom Blackford just sort of ran with it. We decided to do quite a lot of experimentation and we're really happy with the inclusion of real synthesizers with the music.

HS: I always wanted it in there myself but it was never really possible until Sam joined. It's still the same approach, it's the same band. We like long headed, riff focused, song orientated British heavy metal, but not obsessively British, we're very influenced by international heavy metal. It's kind of frustrating because people call us "NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal)" but that was like 1977 to 1984.

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Wizard Rifle Premiere New Song "Rocket to Hell"

Washington/Detroit-based outfit Wizard Rifle premiere a new song entitled "Rocket to Hell", taken from their upcoming new self-titled album, which is out August 30 on Svart Records.

Check out now "Rocket to Hell" below.


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Cable Premiere New Song "Rivers of Old"

Cable premiere a new song entitled "Rivers of Old", taken from their upcoming new album "Take the Stairs to Hell", which will be out in stores July 26 on Translation Loss.

Check out now "Rivers of Old" below.


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Lux Nigrum Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Lux Nigrum premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "Burning the Eternal Return", which was released May 16 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Burning the Eternal Return" in its entirety below.


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Saint Vitus Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Saint Vitus premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new self-titled album, which will be out in stores later today.

Check out now "Saint Vitus" in its entirety below.


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Trivium Premiere New Single

Trivium premiere a new track titled ‘Drowning In The Sound“ which is a holdover from the sessions for the group’s 2017 full-length, “The Sin And The Sentence“.

The band will be heading out overseas in June for the below European/UK tour: More...

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