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Metal News for August 14, 2020

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

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14 news articles posted on this day.

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UFO Founder Pete Way Passes Away

Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.

He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.

Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motörhead - the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.

Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill. More...

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Nervosa Begins Recording New Album

Brazilian founded thrash metal band Nerovsa has announced that they have begun recording their fourth album, their first with the current lineup. A statement from the band's social media pages reads as follows:

"We are proud to announce that the recordings of the new album officially started! We are isolated in the top of a mountain in Malaga at Artesonao Studios. Artesonao. Casa de Grabación.

"Stay tuned, We will post some spoilers."

Earlier in the year, Nervosa parted company with longtime vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira, as well as drummer Luana Dametto (both now of Crypta, along with former Burning Witches guitarist Sonia Anubis,) leaving guitarist Prika Amaral as the sole member. Shortly after the announcement, Prika Amaral confirmed the new lineup of vocalist Diva Satanica, bassist Mia W. Wallace and drummer Eleni Nota.

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Unleash The Archers Singer Invites Us To "Abyss"

If only YouTube views translated to dollars, some of the most exciting bands in metal would be getting the rewards they deserve. The site has definitely helped launch the popularity of a number of bands in metal and one such band who never fails to attract listeners with their bombastic sound and white hot tunes would unquestionably be Unleash The Archers, from the beautiful city of Vancouver.

In seven days time, the band will release "Abyss," their fifth album and one that promises to be another big hitter. Already the singles "Soulbound" and the title track are gaining a huge amount of attention and with a story that continues on from the stellar "Apex" album from 2017, Unleash The Archers are creating a legacy of boundless imagination as well as power metal greatness.

To find out more about "Abyss," the challenges it's brought and the innovative ways the quartet have been promoting the album at a time when touring is practically impossible, I spoke with vocalist Brittney Slayes, who had some truly eye opening revelations about the record. You can listen to it in full below. More...

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Amaranthe Posts New Music Video Online

After transporting us into a new dimension and lifting us up into a higher level of modern metal, Amaranthe are ready to drag us down to hell: Forged in the burning fire of passion and heavy riffs, together with one of Finland's most powerful voices, Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast), Amaranthe is going 'Strong' today with the release of their second single from their upcoming album "Manifest," out on October 2nd. Check out the official video for "Strong" below.

"Manifest" will be available as CD, media book with four bonus tracks, media book bundle with patch (limited to 250 units, mailorder exclusive), Gold Vinyl (limited to 300 units, mailorder + wholesale exclusive), Blue/Black Marbled Vinyl (limited to 300 units, EMP exclusive), Cyan Vinyl (NB USA exclusive) as well as six individual band member Vinyls (limited to 150 units each, bandshop exclusive). More...

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Pyramaze Announces New Album

Danish Progressive Power Metal group Pyramaze has just inked a record deal in order to put out their next full-length studio album called "Epitaph" via AFM Records. The album will be released on November 13th – pre-order starts now.

Both AFM Records and Pyramaze are extremely happy about the deal and are looking forward to a strong, professional and hopefully long partnership. This new musical union offers good prospects for both parties – while Pyramaze found a partner that has great expertise working with a lot of successful Progressive and Power Metal artist such as Evergrey, Orden Ogan, Redemption, Brothers Of Metal and many more, the band offers a tremendous amount of musical and technical craftmanship and quality to add to the labels roster.

This album being the third one with their current lineup, Pyramaze continues to fuse their signature meld of memorable melodies, powerful riffs and soaring catchy vocals to keep listeners coming back for more - pleasing both old and new Pyramaze fans alike. This upcoming release will prove to be their most melodic and accessible creation to date, featuring guest appearances by Brittney Slayes of Unleash the Archers, and former Pyramaze singers Matt Barlow and Lance King.

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Hellripper Uploads New Song

Hellripper have released their second single "Vampire’s Grave" to be taken from the upcoming new studio album "The Affair Of The Poisons" scheduled for release on 9th October 2020 through Peaceville.

Having set the scene with their first single "Spectres of the Blood Moon Sabbath" Hellripper continues to explore the themes within the new album – the dark & insidious underworld witchcraft and the occult.

This new track is based on a real-life event that took place in Glasgow, Scotland in 1954. James McBain explains more: "'Vampire's Grave' was the final track written for the album and the goal was to create a short and simple guitar-driven song in the vein of bands like Motörhead. Lyrically, the track is based on the tale of the 'Gorbals Vampire,' where over the course of a few nights in 1954, hundreds of young children descended upon the Glasgow Necropolis armed with stakes and crosses in search of a large, vampiric creature with blood red eyes that they believed was responsible for killing and devouring kids with its iron fangs." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Posts Title Track From New Album

Sweden’s Pain of Salvation move yet another step closer to the release of their upcoming new studio album "Panther," due out August 28th, 2020 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

The Progressive Metal/Rock innovators now launch the album’s title-track, "Panther," as single and in a video clip scripted/directed by Lars Ardarve and Daniel Gildenlöw and filmed/edited by Lars Ardarve, to be seen below.

Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw checked in with the following comment about the song:

"Of course we need to introduce you to the title track of our coming album. PANTHER. In many ways, the lyrics and concept of the PANTHER album have grown out sideways from our previous album 'In The Passing Light Of Day' – branching out like a new tree from the stem, specifically from the track 'Full Throttle Tribe.' Another trigger for the album was the chorus of the song 'Panther':

"'How does it feel to be you?” she once asked me
I said “I feel like a panther trapped in a Dog’s world'

"'Panther is an album with many layers, but at the heart of it you will find my lifelong struggle to calibrate my interface towards mankind, trying to calculate the offset to a species that I have on some levels always felt myself estranged to. A feeling I think many can relate to. This is depicted in the title track, which is one of the album’s corner stones.

"Storm-born, lull-bred, semi-tamed – we seem to be the same, but I pretend…

"The work on this song was intense, almost feverish, and I felt obligated to let it become what it wanted to become, without fear or prejudice. This pushed me into very specific sounds and approaches. You may not think it, but this song is in fact among the most guitar dense tracks in the history of the band. There are 16 tracks of guitars in this song. Yep. Only, many of them may sound different to what you are used to. What you might think are loops are actually played guitars.

"I have always felt that music is at its best when it comes from a source of passion, frustration, courage and curiosity. That has been, and will always be, my northern star in creativity. 'Panther' is all those things. I was attracted to hard rock and metal as a kid because it sounded new, it sounded brave and it was pushing things, restlessly being on a journey to somewhere. If metal is to make any sense to me, it needs to keep pushing and keep being brave. And progressive music needs to keep progressing.

"Damn, maybe this sounds too pretentious, forget it, just step on the rollercoaster and ride with us! Find your inner panther…" More...

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Primal Fear Releases New Music Video

Primal Fear recently released their highly anticipated 13th studio album, "Metal Commando“, which has entered the charts worldwide, achieving them their highest entries ever and six top ten positions; including #7 in Germany, #6 in Switzerland and #4 in the UK Rock charts! Today, the band release a new video for the new single "The Lost & The Forgotten." You can check it out below.

Mat Sinner comments: "'The Lost & The Forgotten' follows the PRIMAL FEAR tradition for example our songs 'The End Is Near' or 'Hounds Of Justice' of the last albums and shows the more brutal, modern side of the band, which will be a very strong contender for the forthcoming live shows. Thanks to the team for their fantastic hard work to realize our vision of the song, especially Markus Staiger, Bodo Hayen and Ubikmedia!" More...

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Burning Witches Welcomes New Guitarist

Headbangers everywhere, we have some very special heavy metal news for you today! The mighty Burning Witches are back with a vengeance. The Swiss heavy metal band is joined by powerful new witch Larissa Ernst on lead guitar. The ladies are also currently working in the studio on a new single, release day for the brand new track and the video will be September 17th.

Larissa, formerly of Anna Lux, Gomorra and Pater Iltis, greets the fans:
"Hey Burning Witches fans all around the world, I am unbelievably excited to join the coven on lead guitar! We all share this great passion for heavy metal and an almost lifelong friendship. I've followed the girls since the start and I will do my very best to live up to the expectations as a witch. Let´s continue this journey even stronger together! I'm ready to fight!!"

Meet new lead guitarist Larissa in an introductory trailer below.

The girls are very happy to be a complete band again, and looking forward to their future adventures. Romana adds:
"We are very happy to introduce our new witch Larissa! We are a full circle again and it feels really fantastic. Thanks to everyone who applied to play with us, there was so many great girls, it was overwhelming. We went for the girl that is a close friend, an amazing person and a skilled and experienced player. We hope you give her a sensational entrée, we know our fans are as excited as we are! We love what we do and want to continue our path now, with regained strength and friendship!" More...

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Kamelot Posts New Live Video Online

Today, symphonic metal masters Kamelot have finally released the bombastic live album, "I Am The Empire - Live From The 013," demonstrating the band’s exceptional stage presence and quality straight to their most dedicated fans from all over the world. To celebrate this glorious event, the band around mastermind Thomas Youngblood presents the third video taken from the new live album - the stunning and very first performance of "Under Grey Skies," featuring Charlotte Wessels (Delain), taken from the chart-breaking Haven album (2015).

This emotional yet powerful ballad marks one of the many highlights of this magical night and promises to give you goosebumps. For the breathtaking duration of the track, the epic voices of frontman Tommy Karevik and Charlotte Wessels are carried by harmonic orchestration, unifying notes and lyrics as they enchant the audience.

Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood on "Under Grey Skies":
"It was a true pleasure having Charlotte join us for this historic night, this was the first time we had ever played "Under Grey Skies" and it turned out to be a real gem!!"

Charlotte Wessels (Delain) adds:
"It was an absolute delight performing “Under Grey Skies” with KAMELOT live in 013 during their special night. It felt like a big family gathering. Thank you for including me. I am sure that this DVD will be a wonderful memento for Kamfans worldwide!" More...

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Aphonic Threnody Premiere New Song "Drowning"

Aphonic Threnody premiere a new track called "Drowning" off of their forthcoming new album "The Great Hatred", which is set for release by Transcending Obscurity Records on October 16.

Check out now "Drowning" below.

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Abyssal Ascendant Premiere New Song

Abyssal Ascendant premiere a new song entitled "Martyrs of Mordiggian", taken from their upcoming new album "Chronicles of the Doomed Worlds – Part. II : Deacons of Abhorrence". It will be released by Dolorem Records on October 9th.

Check out now "Martyrs of Mordiggian" below.

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(hed)p.e. Premiere New Single "Death Awaits"

(hed)p.e.‘s new advance track “Death Awaits” has premiered and can be streamed online via YouTube below. The single appears on the group’s twelfth studio effort, “Class Of 2020“, out in stores next Friday, August 21st.

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Pallbearer Premiere New Single "Rite Of Passage"

Pallbearer premiere their new single “Rite Of Passage” from their impending new outing “Forgotten Days“. Nuclear Blast have an October 23rd release date scheduled for that album.

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