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Metal News for September 16, 2020

Last updated on September 29, 2020 at 9:07 AM ET

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Demon Hunter Posts New Music Video Online

Christian metal outfit Demon Hunter has posted a new music video online for the song, "Lesser Gods." You can check it out below. The song appears on the band's latest album, "War," which was released in March of last year and is itself a companion album to "Peace," which was released the same day.

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Skeletal Remains Introduces New Drummer

On Friday, September 11, Californian death metal band Skeletal Remains celebrated the release of their fourth studio album, "The Entombment Of Chaos." Now, the band introduces its new lineup by performing several songs live in their rehearsal studio.

The band comments: "We’d like to announce that we now have a complete line up again, please help us give a warm welcoming to our new drummer Pierce Williams (Ænigmatum, Torture Rack). We are all very excited to get out there and play this new material for you as soon this pandemic is all over! We would like to send a big thanks to our good friend Charlie Koryn who helped us out in the last couple of months with the new album."

Footage of Skeletal Remains blasting through "Congregation Of Flesh", "Dissectasy" and "Beyond Cremation" with Pierce on drums has been captured by Allen Falcon at Birdcage Studios, and can be viewed below: More...

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Benediction Uploads Second New Album Trailer

Legendary Birmingham, UK-based death metal legends, Benediction, will release their eighth full-length studio album, "Scriptures," on October 16 via Nuclear Blast.

Get to know the band in this new video trailer below.

Benediction are without a doubt one of the few remaining originals in the death metal scene and have achieved legendary status through various albums over the years. Until today they love what they do and always do their job without compromise - on record and on stage.

After more than 30 years in the business and 12 years after their last album "Killing Music," Benediction are now back with one of their best releases and play once again in the Death Metal Champions League. More...

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Nightmare Teases New Single

French heavy metal veterans Nightmare has posted a teaser online for a new music video named, "Divine Nemesis." You can check it out below. The song will be the third from the band's new album, "Aeternam" to be releaed as a single, following the title track and "Lights On." "Aeternam" will be unleashed on October 2nd through AFM Records.

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The Troops Of Doom Releases New Music Video

Brazilian death metal unit The Troops Of Doom has unleashed their newest single, "The Confessional." The track comes off the band's "The Rise Of Heresy" debut EP, set for release October 9 via Nuclear Blast's digital subsidiary, Blood Blast Distribution.

The Troops Of Doom is led by guitarist Jairo "Tormentor" Guedz from the band The Mist and former member of Sepultura's original lineup playing author and co-author of the classic albums Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions and having also collaborated on some of Schizophrenia's compositions. The band also includes bassist/vocalist Alex Kafer (Enterro, Explicit Hate, ex-Necromancer), drummer Alexandre Oliveira (Southern Blacklist, Raising Conviction), and guitarist Marcelo Vasco (Patria, Mysteriis, acclaimed graphic artist for legendary bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, and Hatebreed among many others). The Troops Of Doom's goal is to revisit the essence of '80s style death metal, exploring a more primitive sound that takes listeners back to that era, while remaining fresh and genuine.

Notes Guedz of "The Confessional," "This song is definitely my favorite on the EP! It means a lot to me because it was something I always wanted to do during the early days of Sepultura. It highlights a denser and heavier approach, influenced by one of my favorite metal bands -- the legendary Celtic Frost -- with more ponderous vocals, mid-tempo riffs... it's all mixed with other old inspirations that come from bands like Slayer, Voivod, and Kreator, not to mention our very own and peculiar way of playing, created by Sepultura itself. It is a track that synthesizes a very interesting balance in our debut work, along with other more speed and aggressive songs. That's why we chosen 'The Confessional' as our second single. I hope people can dig it as much as we do."

"The Rise Of Heresy," which features four original songs and two cover versions of Sepultura classics, "Bestial Devastation" and "Troops Of Doom," was mastered by Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) at Crosound Studio in Norway. More...

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Thou Releases Alice In Chains Cover

Thou has released a cover of the classic Alice In Chains track "Them Bones," which is featured on the forthcoming MER Redux series installment "Dirt [Redux]". You can check it out below.

Thou comment on "Them Bones": "It seemed inevitable that we'd do another Alice in Chains song since their music was such a big part of Matthew's and my formative years", claims singer Bryan Funck about himself and guitarist Matthew Thudium. "We had covered 'No Excuses' some years ago, but it never quite got the reaction I thought it deserved, and our arrangement was a slowed-down and kind of left-field take on the song. With 'Them Bones' we had a chance to tackle a song that more directly translated to our style. The song had been on my mind anyway; I had recently listened to a podcast that dissected all the tracks on 'Dirt' and it really dawned on me that opening the album with 'Them Bones' was such a bold and cool move. No count off, no intro, just straight into the insanity."

About Alice In Chains the singer adds: "I first heard Alice in Chains when 'Rooster' came on the radio, probably not long after its release, maybe late '92 or early '93 – I was 10 years old; just a kid listening to the local rock radio station and taping the songs I liked, making these poor quality mixtapes", says Bryan. "I taped 'Rooster' and the following weekend brought it over to Matthew's house so he could hear it. I remember going into his room and he was listening to the song 'Connected' by Stereo MC's, who were a one-hit-wonder Madchester/Happy Mondays-type band. I put my 'Rooster' cassette in and his mind was completely blown. Neither of us had heard anything that heavy or dark yet – our favorite band at that point was probably Pearl Jam. Maybe I'm giving myself too much credit here, but I think that's what set him on a path of listening to heavier stuff, as it was for me." More...

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Armored Saint Posts New Music Video Online

On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the album, a video for the new single, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" (directed and produced by Costin Chioreanu // https://twilight13media.com/), can be viewed below. Additional drone footage was shot by Miluta Flueras, with band performance footage by Vince Edwards. Special thanks to Dan Marinescu.

On Saturday, October 10th at 1PM PST//4PM EST//10PM CET, Armored Saint will host a live record release show online for Punching The Sky. Set to take place at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, Armored Saint will be performing a full set, including 4 new songs from Punching the Sky. Additionally, the band will be answering select questions from fans who submit them via a post on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint More...

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Ancient Thrones Reveals New Album Details

Ancient Thrones, formerly Abysseral Throne, have a new concept album "The Veil" coming out this year and are teasing fans with the first single "The Soul To Flesh."

More than just a headbanging metal record, "The Veil" ushers in their new image and shows fans their evolution with the first release under the new name. Current fans will be pleasantly surprised and new fans will be intrigued by the familiar melodic material and the upcoming technical and progressive approaches.

Initially very thrashy, the writing for "The Veil" progressed from there into a concept record that intentionally has a beginning, middle, climax, and end with a very cinematic result. Ancient Thrones shares the concept:

"'The Veil' is a 57-minute descent into purgatory. The record subtly follows the 5 stages of grief and the choices we make haunting us into eventual acceptance. It’s about what’s important in life and all we leave behind when we indulge in selfish values. Musically it is a dark passage that digs deeper and becomes more painful as our character discovers more about their past. It’s a concept record broken up into two parts, beginning with a childlike naive perspective in denial and ending with a bittersweet and orchestrated finale into acceptance." More...

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Evile Signs With Napalm Records

British thrash metal unit Evile has announced that they have signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records.

Since recently announcing some exciting new line-up changes with the talented Ol Drake on vocals/guitar and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist, they are now more than ready to drop some new material. Evile are currently in the studio recording the long awaited follow up to their 2013 release "Skull." More exciting news to come in early 2021 ...

Ol Drake, Evile, on the signing:
"We're extremely excited to announce our signing to Napalm Records! We'd heard a lot of great things about Napalm over the years and it's an honor to join the ranks of some excellent bands. EVILE haven't released any music since 2013 so we promise to deliver a crushing thrash metal classic which I believe will surprise everyone; even the die-hard "Grave" fans. As previously announced, Matt is unfortunately no longer a part of the band, so I've taken over on vocal duties while remaining on lead guitar too. Also, please welcome our newest member, Adam Smith of RipTide, on rhythm guitar. We begin recording with producer and engineer Chris Clancy on September 17 at Andy Sneap's Backstage Studios. We can't wait for you to hear what we have in store!"

Sebastian Münch, A&R and Product Manager Napalm Records:
"I am super excited to work with Ol Drake and my favorite British thrash metal band Evile. I've been a fan since "Enter The Grave”, and the new demos I've already listened to sound simply amazing! Expect a monster of an album in 2021! Welcome to the Napalm family!"

Evile are:
OL Drake - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ben Carter – Drums
Joel Graham – Bass
Adam Smith - Rhythm Guitar

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Artillery Announces New Single

On October 16, Artillery will release the new song "The Last Journey" - featuring former singers Flemming Rønsdorf and Søren Adamsen - digitally and on vinyl via Metal Blade Records. The B-side features a cover of Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice".

"The Last Journey" is dedicated to the memory of former Artillery guitarist Morten Stützer, who passed away in October 2019.

Comments the band: "When Artillery lost Morten in October last year, we decided to do a song to honor him. The song is called 'The Last Journey' and features former singers Søren Adamsen and Flemming Rønsdorf together with the rest of the band. A very epic song. The B side is also one of Morten's and Artillery's fave songs, a cover of Metallica's 'Trapped Under Ice', which they put the final touches on in our and Mercyful Fate's rehearsal room, which they borrowed just before recording it in Sweet Silence in 1984."

Both songs have been recorded and produced in Medley Studio by Søren Andersen. Fans can check out a video teaser for "The Last Journey" below.

Artillery will enter Medley Studio again on October 5 to record a studio album with new guitarist Kræn Meier. Stay tuned for more news coming soon. More...

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Communic To Release New Album In November

Norwegian trio Communic, will release their new album, "Hiding From The World," on November 20 via AFM Records. The album is another skillfully crafted combination of progressive, power, thrash and a bit of doom metal. A great mix up of traditional Communic power and emotional depth.

Communic are one of the household names in the European metal scene and have been so from the beginning. The musical style of Communic is rich in both emotional depth and musical broadness and includes many elements from various metal genres. Catchy vocal melodies, thrilling bass and guitar lines colliding with power, thrash, progressive and a bit of doom and groovy metal. The music has a progressive touch in some experimental form, yet easy to listen to, quite moody, mellow and emotional.


1. Plunder Of Thoughts
2. Hiding From The World
3. My Temple Of Pride
4. Face In The Crowd
5. Born Without A Heart
6. Scavengers Await
7. Soon To Be
8. Forgotten More...

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Varg Uploads New Music Video

Today, the wolves of Varg are once again howling the origins of true Pagan Metal, continuing their story of the legendary Viking era. The band has unveiled the third single, "Fara Til Ránar", from their upcoming full-length, "Zeichen" (engl. signs) , to be released on September 18 via Napalm Records.

"Fara Til Ránar” starts off with a captivating chorus, offering a new facet of Varg: The additional vigorous female vocals by Fylgja mirror a perfectly-fitting contrast to Freki’s shattering screams. The third single is a mournful metal ballad featuring the melancholic, captivating saga of the Nordic goddess of the sea, Rán, who uses her net to pull wandering sailors down into her watery grave. The wolves' third audio-visual creates a mystical surrounding in the trademark VARG style, but also includes some additional atmospheric elements.

Singer Freki about the single:
"To us, 'Fára Til Ránar' is one of the songs that represent the 'new' Varg the best way. All eyes here are definitely on Fylgja, our official new band member. She has already appeared on Wolfszeit II, took part as a singer on our last tour and made a huge impact on our development and direction. It felt absolutely right and just like a natural process to officially welcome her into the band. In "Fara Til Ránar" her singing embodies the tempting calls of the sea goddess Rán. With every note, you can feel our heart and soul as well as common dedication for our music. We’ve finally arrived, and "Fara Til Ránar" and Zeichen as a whole are the best proof for that." More...

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Sinsid Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Norway’s old school metal outfit Sinsid returns with second album “Enter the Gates”, out on September 18. The band have teamed up with Metalundergound.com to exclusively premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album. Check it out in its entirety below:


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Gelkhammar Premiere "Daughter of the Wind"

Pantelleria, Italy-based black metal band Gelkhammar premiere a new song called "Daughter of the Wind", taken from their upcoming new album "The Sword of Gelfiser". The effort will be out on November 6th in a limited run of tapes, and digitally via Cossyra Tapes a sub-label of Xenoglossy Productions.

Check out now "Daughter of the Wind" below.

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Eighteen Visions Premiere New Song "The Wicked"

Eighteen Visions premiere another new cut from their impending EP, “Inferno“. Following last week’s debut of “Sink” from the outing, the below stream of “The Wicked” has debuted online via Soundcloud.The six-song concept EP will be out in stores October 02 and was inspired by Italian poet Dante Alighieri‘s ‘The Divine Comedy‘.

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Chamber Premiere New Song "Visions Of Hostility"

Chamber premiere a new song entitled "Visions Of Hostility", taken from their forthcoming debut album "Cost Of Sacrifice", which will be out in stores this year via Pure Noise Records.

Says guitarist Gabe Manuel of the song: More...

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Nile's 2020 Fall North American Tour Rescheduled

Nile have rescheduled their 2020 North American fall tour to the fall of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That trek will now - hopefully - hit the below cities on the following dates in 2021: More...

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Alter Bridge Premiere New Animated Music Video

Alter Bridge premiere their new stop-motion animated music video for “Native Son“, streaming via YouTube for you below. The video was created by Stefano Bertelli.

In other new the band will release their new EP “Walk The Sky 2.0” on November 06th through Napalm Records. The outing will feature six live tracks and a new song named “Last Rites“, which was written and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

The EP “Walk The Sky 2.0” track listing will run as follows: More...

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