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Metal News for August 11, 2020

Last updated on September 24, 2020 at 1:32 AM ET

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Enslaved Releases New Album Trailer

Swedish Viking/black metal veterans Enslaved has uploaded a new trailer for their forthcoming album, "Utgard," which you can check out below. In this clip, guitarist Ivar Bjørnson talks about the current lineup of the group as well as the recording process. "Utgard" will be released on October 2nd through Nuclear Blast in the following formats:

- CD jewel case (available with signed insert from Recordstore.co.uk)
- Limited Edition Black Vinyl (available with signed insert from Recordstore.co.uk)
- Limited Edition Grey Vinyl (300 copies)
- Limited Edition Blue Vinyl (300 copies)
- Limited Edition UK Exclusive Transparent Green Vinyl (300 copies + available with signed insert from Recordstore.co.uk) More...

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Down To Perform "NOLA" In Livestream

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Down's 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month.

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29 at 6 PM, EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30 at 6 PM, EST until September 1 at 6 PM, EST.

Comments the band, "Down was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We're extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y'all!"

Livestream tickets and packages are available here, with additional merch designs available here. More...

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Machine Head Posts New Lyric Video Online

Outspoken Bay Area metal giants, Machine Head, have unveiled a seething new lyric video for their song "Bulletproof", that's featured on their recently released 2-song digital single, "Civil Unrest." Watch the clip below.

"Bulletproof" is a clear, defiant statement from vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn and band who don't mince words in their fury about the country's disgraceful climate of corruption, injustice, racism and inequality that has risen during the current administration.

Flynn comments on the song, "The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our World. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15‘s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day." More...

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Hammerfall To Release Live Album In October

The Swedish saviors of heavy metal are back: the undisputed masters of ground-breaking anthems and unforgettable live shows, HammerFall, will release their new live epos, "Live! Against The World," via Napalm Records on October 23.

With an absolutely impressive, grand live production, huge arenas and overwhelming pyro shows, HammerFall took over the world in 2019/2020 with their World Dominion tour. Now, they make their splendour available to every Templar around the globe. Recorded on February 15th at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany, "Live! Against The World" contains songs fresh off their latest album "Dominion," mixed with a ton of band classics and a hand-picked selection of songs that rarely appear on HammerFall’s setlists to fulfill the needs of both new and old fans.

The band around singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak did not only celebrate the great charting success of "Dominion," but also the 20th anniversary of their legendary "Renegade" album with a phenomenal medley during the nearly two hour long concert. The show had everyone on their feet and banging their heads within no time and marks one of the many unforgettable evenings of pure Swedish Heavy Metal in the legendary HammerFall manner. More...

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Mercyful Fate To Headline Bloodstock 2021

Danish metal masters Mercyful Fate has been confirmed as the headliners for the Saturday night of next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. In related news, Dimmu Borgir will also be joining the bumper lineup as special guests, also on Saturday. Mercyful Fate frontman King Diamond commented on the announcement by saying:

"It is with sinister pleasure Mercyful Fate will finally bring the Devil himself to Bloodstock Summer ‘21. We cannot wait and neither can he. It’s gonna be dark as Hell."

Dimmu Borgir added: "UK! After our triumphant London show this January, we will be back at your shores next year. See you at Bloodstock in August 2021!"

Standard weekend tickets for the extended, now 5-day event in 2021 were due to increase by £10 on 10th August 2020 to £155 (+ booking fees). However, the government has confirmed that festivals are included in the reduced 5% VAT rate for the hospitality & leisure industries, so Bloodstock will be freezing their standard weekend price at £145 until 13th January 2021, at which time the 2021 price increase comes into effect. In addition, to recognise the difficult financial situation that some fans may find themselves in due to the pandemic, Bloodstock has launched an extended 6-month instalment plan, allowing customers to spread payments across smaller instalments. Fans can sign up to the scheme at the online ticket store any time before 31st August 2020, and payments will be debited as follows; £31.17 (includes £7 bkg fee) immediately upon sign up, then monthly payments of £24.17 will debit your account on 5th Sept, 5th Oct, 5th Nov and 5th Dec, with the final payment of £27.65 (includes £3.50 postage) on 5th Jan 2021.

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Cruachan Recruits Celtachor Guitarist

Irish folk metal legends Cruachan has announced that they have recruited guitarist Dave Quinn, of blackened folk metal outfit Celtachor, to their ranks. A message from Cruachan reads as follows:

"Please welcome our new guitarist, Dave Quinn, to Cruachan! Dave has been on the Folk Metal scene for many years in his band Celtachor. He's a total pro on the axe and we look forward to some crazy adventures together.

"(And Celtachor fans, don't worry, Dave assures me they're not going anywhere)"

Quinn becomes the third musician to join Cruachan this year, following former drummer Joe Farrell's return to the band as bassist and new violinist Audrey Trainor being added to the ranks last week. More...

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Tad Morose Working On New Album

Swedish progressive power metal band Tad Morose has revealed that they are currently in the studio working on their next album, which will most likely be released next year. This follows their tenth album, appropriately named, "Chapter X" which was released in June of 2018 to critical praise. "Chapter X" itself will be re-issued on vinyl on August 21st.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the album.

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Theotoxin Premiere New Song & Lyric Video "Prayer"

Austrian black metal band Theotoxin premiere a new song and lyric video named "Prayer", taken from their impending new album "Fragment : Erhabenheit". The effort will be released on September 11th by AOP Records. The artwork was created by Jose Gabriel Sabogal.

Check out now "Prayer" below.

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Intoxicated Premiere New Song & Video "Walled"

Florida thrash metal outfit Intoxicated premiere a new song and music video called "Walled", taken from their upcoming new EP of the same name. The outing will see the light of day on August 28 via Seeing Red.

Check out now "Walled" below.

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Raat Premiere New Single "The Black Crow"

Raat premiere a new single named "The Black Crow", which is a cover of Ohia's classic track. The song was released this past Bandcamp Friday.

Check out now "The Black Crow" below.

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Svabhavat Premiere New Track

Svabhavat premiere a new track titled "Aghori, Flame of Knowledge", taken from their upcoming debut album "Black Mirror Reflection", which will be released on October 30 by Eisenwald. The cover artwork was created by Misanthropic-Art.

Check out now "Aghori, Flame of Knowledge" below.

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A Pretext to Human Suffering Premiere New Song

A Pretext to Human Suffering premiere the title track of their impending new EP "Rotting Sanctum", which will land in stores this coming fall via RealityFade. The international trio consists of Chris Mathis (Defleshed and Gutted), on guitars and vocals, Lord Marco (Rings of Saturn, Six Feet Under, ex-Braindrill) on drums, and Kristian Jablonický on bass.

Check out now "Rotting Sanctum" below.

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