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Metal News for August 4, 2020

Last updated on August 5, 2020 at 1:57 AM ET

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Primitive Man Releases New Music Video

Primitive Man return after three years with the extreme, terrifying, and confrontational new album, "Immersion," set for release on August 14 via Relapse Records. A music video for the song "Entity", directed by Neil C. Barrett, can be seen below.

Guitarist/vocalist Ethan McCarthy comments: “The inspiration for this video/song is a part personal experience, part Robert Johnson acknowledgment as the originator of taking the left-hand path of music, and part from a story out of Malachi Martin's book Hostage To The Devil called 'The Smiler.' On tour back in 2014, we stayed with a guy we met named Matt in Baltimore. He had the book and I read through half of it in an evening. The story of 'The Smiler' really stood out to me and I never forgot it. Years later when dealing with mental health issues, I kept thinking about 'The Smiler' and how I was feeling as though I was entering 'a marriage with nothingness,' embracing the 'naked light' and had a 'kingdom inside of me that they could not destroy.' The lyrical content of the song places emphasis on mania and depression and how, when mixed, they can feel as though they are an 'Entity' that lives inside of you, influencing your decisions, and you are forced to watch. When you lose control and are unable to reel it back in, you reluctantly lean into the chaos. Self-harm, chaos, and isolation. The cocoon in the video represents the feelings of isolation that come along with these extreme feelings of helplessness, pandemonium, shame, and an irrational and morbid desire to let everything go to shit. Mix this in with being a touring musician and you get the old 'hellhound on my trail' nod. But for us, it's 'Demon is catching up'." More...

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Cult Of Lilith Posts New Music Video Online

On September 4, Iceland's Cult Of Lilith will release their debut full-length, "Mara," via Metal Blade Records. A frantic collision of death metal, prog, complex classical structures and more, Mara is a restless, constantly shifting collection that is as imaginative as it is compulsive. The album can be pre-ordered here.

A video for the new single, "Purple Tide" (directed by Dániel Puskás / Valhallartworks), can be seen below, featuring a guest keyboard solo by Lucy In Blue's Arnaldur Ingi Jónsson.

Cult Of Lilith's Mario Infantes Ávalos (vocals) comments: "'Purple Tide' is a hymn to justice. One that brings balance to our kind, gives rest to the afflicted, empowers them and beheads the tyrants. When justice fails, hope fades away in our hearts and leaves nothing but a thirst for vengeance. May all rapists meet the same fate as the wretched sailors in this video." More...

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Former Machine Head/Crowbar Drummer Passes Away

Tony Costanza, the drummer known for his time with Machine Head, Crowbar and Crisis, has sadly passed away at the age of fifty two. The news was broken by his former Crisis and Debris Inc. bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who posted the following statement on Facebook:

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, bandmate, homeboy and family today.

"Tony Costanza was one of a kind. A man with a huge heart, love and loyalty for the ones close to him. I cannot relate to the reality of loss yet. I know he had a lot of admirers and I was one of the biggest. He would have literally taken a bullet for me. That's the kind of gangster brother he was.

"Tony died in his sleep this morning so I am sure he was at peace and in no pain. I wish his mother all the strength she can muster as she will need every ounce of it. I will be starting a GoFundMe page for her and Tony's funeral expenses. Please help if you knew him and care.

"Please hold your loved ones close as the sense of loss is insurmountable sometimes.

"Tony my friend. I will love you and cherish our memories together, forever. Hope you are in a better place now. Rest in peace."

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn also paid tribute to the drummer: "Just got the news that our original drummer for Machine Head Tony Costanza passed away. Very sad to hear. Tony was involved in about half of the song on burn my eyes in someway or another, and we maintained our friendship throughout all these years. If anybody has any more information, please DM me" More...

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European Metal Festival Alliance Kicks Off Friday

Summer 2020 is a very different landscape from the usual metal festival-packed few months in Europe. To maintain a sense of community, 13 of the best independent metal festivals in Europe have joined forces to create a unique online event for both bands and fans!

More than 35 exclusive concerts will take place from Friday through Sunday. Can't watch them stream live? No worries as you'll have 48 hours after the original airing to watch any of the streams. There will also be live chat with music fans from all over the world to get the festival feeling at home.

There will also be other unreleased material and interviews with the bands involved.

Proceeds go to the bands, and you can choose which festival(s) receive part of your payment.

Festivals include:
Art Mania (Romania)
Bloodstock (England)
Brutal Assault (Czech Republic)
Dynamo Metalfest (The Netherlands)
Alcatraz (Belgium)
Into The Grave (The Netherlands)
Leyendas DEL Rock (Spain)
Metal Days (Slovenia)
Midgardsblot (Norway)
Motocultor (France)
Party.San (Germany)
Resurrection (Spain)
Summer Breeze (Germany)

Alien Weaponry

Bands include:
Kampfar
Alien Weaponry
Rotting Christ
Venom Inc.
Avatar
Primordial
Orange Goblin
and more...

Tickets are just €6.66. Merch is available for low prices as well.

More information: https://www.metalfestivalalliance.com

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Anaal Nathrakh To Release New Album In October

On October 2nd, Anaal Nathrakh will release their 11th full-length, Endarkenment, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, the title track can be heard now at: metalblade.com/anaalnathrakh - where the record can also be pre-ordered on a number of exclusive formats.

Extremity has been Anaal Nathrakh's stock in trade for more than two decades, and with Endarkenment, they maintain their legacy of aural devastation. However, for all the furor they stir up, the duo have never been a two-dimensional entity, with a great deal of depth involved in everything that they do, and on many levels the new record is distinguished from its predecessors. "I think in terms of feel, it's brighter, more open and direct than maybe we've been in the past," states vocalist Dave Hunt. "Obviously I don't mean it's happy-go-lucky sounding, or suggestive of a sunny disposition. I mean something more like it burns with light rather than glowers with darkness. It's coruscating." The evolution since 2018's towering A New Kind Of Horror has been personal and profound, and is very much in line with that experienced by many of their listeners. "Personally, I feel more cynical, more bitter, with a greater sense that the world is fucked, and is continually re-fucked by people who have no idea what they are doing. Musically, I think we're more mature - not less frenetic, but better able to channel our energies where they'll be most effective. That's an ongoing process, you never finish growing into what you're doing and being better able to push at the edges of what you can do. But we aren't interested in evolving what we do, only how we do it. We remain unlike the vast majority of other bands in our sound, and we're proud of what we do."

With laying out a plan and then executing it not conducive to the kind of energetic, chaotic vigor Hunt and multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney look for, the band follow ideas where they are taken by them and work spontaneously. Coining the phrase "riding a dragon" when recording - "making music with a sense that all you can do is hang on" - this very much embodies the tumultuous racket thrown up by Endarkenment, with its storms of blastbeat driven violence, frenzied riffing and panoramic choruses that suddenly change the direction of tracks. "We only really know what an album is like after we've finished it. Doing it any other way just wouldn't be right for us." One thing that was very clear to the band was the album's title and how prescient it is in current times, standing as the opposite of the Enlightenment, a movement that went against superstition and ignorance. Writing in the album's liner notes, Hunt says: "There has been, and continues to be, increasingly widespread rejection of Enlightenment-style values such as rationalism, skepticism, the rejection of faith in favour of judgements dependent on empirically verifiable phenomena and so on. There are local versions in many places, but in our native UK, this was summed up by politician/sinister gnome Michael Gove's famous claim that we've 'had enough of experts'. Thus we enter the age of endarkenment." With this as an overarching theme, Hunt, one of the more intellectual lyricists in contemporary metal, penned the lyrics to the record, exploring a diverse range of subject areas and looking in often uncomfortable directions. More...

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Interview

Dark Sarah Spins Another "Grim" Tale

One of the wonderful things about metal music is how much freedom lyricists have. People can sing about political or social issues, create their own worlds and beings, share fond memories or wove their own tapestries to tell stories. There's been no shortage of bands who have made concept albums, but a band who dedicates themselves a particular story or character are much rarer.

Such is the case though, for Finland's Dark Sarah. Led by former Amberian Dawn vocalist Heidi Parviainen, the idea of the band was formed around the jilted bride Sarah, who would soon embark on a journey no one could see coming, least of all her. Now on to their fourth album, "Grim," the character of Sarah may seem to have finished her story, but the new protagonist, debuting on this record, may have closer ties to the band's back catalogue than initially thought.

To find out more about this amazing story, the history and future of the band and how Dark Sarah are coping with the global pandemic, I spoke with singer Heidi Parviainen earlier today. You can listen to the interview in full below.

To purchase tickets for the band's upcoming live streamed show (Friday August 7th), click here More...

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DGM Reveals New Album Details

Italian progressive metal masters DGM have announced the release of their long awaited 10th studio album, "Tragic Separation," their first record since acclaimed 2016 set "The Passage." The quintet began writing the music for it in the spring of 2019, with the year taken to complete the album a longer process than normal but necessary to achieve a desire to push themselves beyond any boundaries set by their previous work. The end result ticks all the boxes of the Progressive Metal genre, while also adding their own unique stamp. The album is set to be released through Frontiers Music SRL on October 9th.

Although existing fans will find all the trademark elements of the DGM sound present and correct, including sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning-fast fretwork, huge sounding vocals and bombastic transitions, the additional care and dedication in the songwriting this time around emerges in phenomenal and carefully conceived tracks that encompass everything from traditional progressive metal to a more classic hard rock sound (even giving a nod to Kansas in the title track). The musicianship is as faultless as ever, while the melodies are perfectly woven into killer guitars, epic keyboards and pounding drums.

As well as being excellent musically, lyrically "Tragic Separation" reveals a concept record told through the eyes of a protagonist about life, the paths we travel down based on the choices we make, plus the subsequent consequences to our lives. Among doubts and second thoughts about these choices is one that echoes in the soul of the protagonist: what if the answer for everything was the path itself? An unanswered question, which is another starting point for a new quest... another beginning. More...

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Venomous Concept Posts New Lyric Video Online

Venomous Concept, the hardcore/grindcore supergroup featuring Kevin Sharp (Lock Up/ex Brutal Truth) and Shane Embury (Napalm Death/Brujeria/Lock Up,) has posted a new lyric video online for the song, "Simian Flu." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming fourth album, "Politics Versus The Erection," which is scheduled to be released through Season Of Mist on August 28th.

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Zed Destructive Premiere New Song

Israeli death/black metal band Zed Destructive have teamed up with Metalundergound.com to exclusively premiere their new song "Eternal Damnation", taken from their impending new album "Corroded By Darkness". The outing will be co-released by Satanath Records' label-partner GrimmDistribution (Ukraine) and Wings Of Destruction (Russia) on August 31st.

Check out now "Eternal Damnation" below.

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Katavasia Premiere New Song "The Tyrant"

Greek black metal band Katavasia premiere a new song called "The Tyrant" off of their impending new album "Magnus Venator". The record will be out in stores September 4th on LP, CD, and cassette via Floga Records.

Check out now "The Tyrant" below.

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Recorruptor Premiere New Song "Moribund"

Lansing, Michigan-based death metal band Recorruptor premiere a new song entitled "Moribund", taken from their upcoming new album "The Funeral Corridor". The new full-length was recorded and mixed at Broken Monolith Studios and mastered by Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley and is set for release on Friday, August 21st.

Check out now "Moribund" below.

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Jinjer Premiere New Live Video For “Pisces”

A new official live music video of Jinjer playing their track “Pisces” at last year’s ‘Wacken Open Air‘ festival in Wacken, Germany has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below.

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