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Metal News for May 22, 2019

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Equilibrium Reveals New Album Release Date

Today, German epic metal pioneers Equilibrium are pleased to announce their upcoming 6th studio album, "Renegades." The album will be released on August 16th 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

"Renegades" was recorded and produced throughout the period of September 2018 until March 2019 by the band and Swedish producer Robin Leijon. It is the first Equilibrium album to feature Skar with his clean vocals and Skadi Rosehurst on synths.

Mastermind René Berthiaume states:
"We can't wait to return with new music after 3 years! Musically as well as lyrically Renegades has definitely become our most uncompromising and personal album to date. We are especially proud of the introduction of our new members: Skadi has been one of the driving forces behind Equilibrium for many years now. She has mainly been responsible for artwork, designs, musical and lyrical input and will now support us live on the synths in a few months’ time. Skar, on the other hand, has become a completely new part of the Equilibrium family.

"Some of you might already know him from his work on YouTube as SkarProductions. On the current album he gave us outstanding additional (clean) vocals as well as bass tracks - the logical consequence was that he joined us permanently. So there's a lot going on with us right now. At the same time we want to say a big thank you to Makki who smashed the bass live for us during the past 2.5 years. You rock! We love to develop further; standing still would be our inner death. So you can be curious about what's coming!"

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Life Of Agony Announces UK Shows

Hard rock and crossover metal veterans Life Of Agony are putting the finishing touches on their hard-hitting, emotional concept album "The Sound of Scars," due out this Fall on Napalm Records! Produced by Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down), whose work has received multiple Grammy Awards and nominations, along wih LOA’s Joey Z (with mixing duties helmed by Massy), have tapped esteemed engineer Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Soundgarden) to master the record. "The Sound of Scars" continues the haunting narrative from the band’s groundbreaking 1993 debut "River Runs Red," which Rolling Stone hailed as “One of the greatest metal albums of all time.“

In support of their forthcoming studio album "The Sound of Scars," Life Of Agony have just announced that they will kick off the S.O.S. world tour beginning in the UK this October, with very special guests Doyle!

“There is something incredible happening around this Sound Of Scars record and we can absolutely all feel it.“ bassist Alan Robert comments. “To get out there and start playing these new songs for everyone is gonna be a blast... and to do it with our dear friend and musical hero, Doyle of the Misfits fame, is definitely going to be a tour to remember. We’re already plotting some cool collaborations on stage! I’m packing my many, many Misfits shirts! (laughs)” More...

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Opeth Reveals New Album Details

Swedish masters of progressive heavy-rock Opeth have revealed today the title and tracklisting for their awaited 13th album, "In Cauda Venenum," due out this fall from Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months.

In anticipation for the impending release, Opeth will be performing shows around the world through the end of the year. Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now. Additional touring will be announced soon. More...

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Death Angel Discusses New Lyrical Themes

Legendary California thrash metal band Death Angel’s long-awaited 9th full-length album, "Humanicide," will be released next Friday, May 31st via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band gives fans a look into the record’s lyrical content in a brand new trailer, which can be seen below.

With their forthcoming album "Humanicide," Death Angel has maintained their throne in the universe of thrash while still managing to remain progressive in their style. They apply a wide variety of different elements to their music, always pushing to add newness to their sound. This time around they’ve included everything from acoustic bits, to guest musicians, to even (for the first time) the notes of a piano. All ten songs flow seamlessly yet each leaves its own distinct impression. The first single and title track "Humanicide" triumphantly represents the entirety of the album, immediately energising the listener. Mark Osegueda remarks: "I wanted to write something that metal fans could really grasp onto. Something dark and intense, that still makes sense. Right now I think it’s so apparent that the earth is in a sickened state." More...

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Aggression Reaches Out For Canadian Thrash Tour

Much like its main influence, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, thrash metal is a treasure chest that seemingly has no bottom. While everyone talks about the Big Four and German stalwarts like Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, one country that's always put out quality work is Canada. From the roots being grown by Anvil to such bands as Exciter, Razor and Sacrifice, thrash fans can find so many treats in the Great White North.

One Canadian group which will delight thrash treasure hunters is Aggression. Formed in Montreal, Quebec, the band released one superb album, "The Full Treatment" in 1987 before going their separate ways, later being relaunched in Vancouver, British Columbia by guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe. Aggression are now more active than ever, releasing "Fragmented Spirit Devils" in 2016, before following this in 2018 with "Feels Like Punk, Sounds Like Thrash" and with another record already on the way. Doors seem to be opening left and right for Aggression and rightly so, as their abrasive brand of thrash metal packs one of hell of a punch.

At their first ever show in the United Kingdom this week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with vocalist Brian Langley to discuss the new record, the band's resurrection, the secret as to why every album title begins with the letter F and the overall impact of Canadian thrash. You can watch it in full below, while an excerpt reads as follows:

Diamond Oz: It's great to finally have you over here. I believe this is the first European tour that Aggression has done.

Brian Langley: No, this is actually our second European tour but it's our first time in the UK. We're really excited to be here, especially with our label Dissonance Records being from here so we're on home soil, so to speak.

Oz: Obviously it's a really cool lineup; Brujeria, Venemous Concept, Sangre, how did you end up on the bill?

Brian: Well, we got hooked up with Mad Booking, who used to handle Brujeria and they're associated with Doomstar, who are putting on the tour. It was really great how it happened, we signed with Mad Booking and a week later we had this tour offer. I mean the band's been around, well it was formed in 1984, broke up in '89, reunited for a few shows in 2004 but the band never played outside of Quebec. So right now, especially with the album out, we're really trying to make up for lost time. There's a lot of fans who love the "Full Treatment" album and they never got to see the band play live so it's so cool when we play shows and fans come up to us, some of them almost in tears saying, "You have no idea. I've been waiting thirty two years to see this band play live. Never in my life did I think I would hear 'Frozen Aggressor' played live by Aggression" and it really means something to us because obviously without the fans there's no point in doing it.

In 2014 when Sasquatch was talking to me while we were in another band called Cradle To Grave, he said, "We're working on these songs and nobody's really picking us up, no label interess, but I keep getting emails about Aggression from festivals in Europe but I don't have a band." By this point, Sasquatch was living in the West coast of Canada and the rest of the old band lived on the East coast, so there was no way to make it work and not only that but there was limitation issues too, some of the past members weren't able to play the music due to medical issues for example or they weren't able to move out to the West coast because they've built lives in the East and so they're not willing to uproot and move to the West for a band, which is totally understandable.

The coolest thing is, aside from Gate, who sadly of course passed away, I've met every single living member of Aggression, except for "Butcher" and every single member that we've met, they've all been very supportive, they're really happy about the work that we're putting in, especially right now. Even Bernie, the original guitar player and the original bass player, they're messaging us saying, "Hey, you're living the dream that we had back in 1985 and we're so happy that it finally happened." So to have their blessing to perform with the band and do what we're doing, that to me is just so awesome. It feels really good to know they're fully behind what we're doing.

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Intercourse Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Intercourse premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "Bum Wine", which was released May 20 via Constant Disappointment Records / Eye Tape Records.

Check out now "Bum Wine" in its entirety below.

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Slipknot, Slayer, Etc. Confirmed For Nova Rock

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. 2019's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019, including the following so far confirmed metal related bands:

Slipknot, Slayer (final show in Austria), Amon Amarth, In Flames, Behemoth, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Rob Zombie, Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy, Sabaton, Godsmack, I Prevail, Amaranth, The Amity Affliction, Ministry, Within Temptation, Powerwolf, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Dropkick Murphys, Trivium, Beartooth, Tesseract, Fever 333, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach, All Faces Down, Infected Rain, Inglorious.

Tickets for the four days lasting festival can be ordered online HERE.

New this year for a safe and comfy stay at the camp ground: The "Grrrls Camping Area" which is only accessible for girls. Free registrations for this area are now open HERE.

Some festival trailers for the event can be streamed below:

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Russian Circles Premiere New Single

Russian Circles‘ impending seventh studio album “Blood Year” has been scheduled for an August 02nd release date via Sargent House. The group recorded the album with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou behind the boards. A first track from the outing called “Arluck” has been premiered streaming for you below.

Also newly revealed are the details for the band’s fall North American headlining tour, here’s where they will be playing over the coming months: More...

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Pelican Premiere New Single “Cold Hope”

Pelican‘s new track “Cold Hope” premiered online ahead of the June 07th release of the group’s new record, “Nighttime Stories“.

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Serpent Of Gnosis Premiere New Song & Music Video

Serpent Of Gnosis, featuring Job For A Cowboy‘s vocalist Jonny Davy, and guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro alongside The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Max Lavelle and drummer Darren Cesca of Goratory, premiere a new track off their debut release, “As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation“, due out in stores June 14th through 1126 Records.

Below you can stream a new official music video for this track titled “Paroxysmal”.

Comments Davy of this latest single: More...

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Victims Premiere New Song & Music Video

A second track from Victims‘ new record “The Horse And Sparrow Theory” has premiered online. Below you can stream a video for this single called “The Sea And Poison“, which was helmed by Chariot Of Black Moth. “The Horse And Sparrow Theory” will be the band’s debut album with Relapse Records and is scheduled for a June 28th release.

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