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Metal News for September 19, 2020

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

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Uncle Woe Reveals New Album Details

Canada’s Uncle Woe brings you a contemplative, progressive doom album "Phantomescence" that was completely conceived and recorded in pandemic induced isolation. The opening track/lead single, "Become The Ghost" is a meandering exploration of death and dreams.

"Phantomescence" deviates from the first Uncle Woe album as the band moves forward from a solo studio project. It is an easily digestible, logical next step in the band’s evolution; elements, which made the first LP, "Our Unworn Limbs," engaging and intriguing are present again on this offering; expanded upon, polished, and moderately better produced. The new album deals with death in a much broader and less personal sense, and also contains a lot of abstract, dream sequence type elements.

Currently, as a two-piece, Rain Fice and Nicholas Wowk worked on their parts separately, shared them online and managed to pull off the second album from the band. Fice details the intricacies of the single:

"'Become The Ghost' is almost relentless in its forward, mid-tempo, stomping march. The first chorus comes as a very small, simple 3/4 breather, in the midst of the opening/verse riff’s endless churning and revolving 11/4 and 15/4 riff. The vocals throughout are rough, and finally build to a scream in that last, closing verse. After the death of someone very near to me, I remember a feeling of loss so great that it seemed that even though THEY had died, I was the one who became a ghost if that makes sense; a ghost, or shadow, or shell." More...

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Bodom After Midnight Announces First Shows

Bodom After Midnight, built from the ashes of Children Of Bodom, is currently working on new material for their debut album. The band - featuring frontman Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), and touring keyboardist Lauri Salomaa - have announced three shows for their native Finland next month. They will be the band's live debut.

23 - Rytmikorjaamo - Seinäjoki, Finland
24 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
30 - Unholy Winter Fest - Joensuu, Finland

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Former Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Passes Away

Legendary drummer Lee Kerslake, best known for his time with Uriah Heep and Ozzy Osbourne, has passed away at the age of 73 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Former The God's and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley broke the news, stating: "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning. He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed. I know many of you were praying for him not to suffer and I thank you for that and, now that Lee is at peace, our thoughts and prayers should turn to his wife Sue who will need all the support she can get at this time."

Kerslake began his career playing with The Gods, releasing three albums with the group before joining the iconic hard rock/heavy metal group Uriah Heep, making his recording debut with the band on the "Demons And Wizards" album. He stuck with the band until 1979, leaving after a dispute and shortly afterwards, met former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne by chance in an elavator. The two would form the band Blizzard Of Ozz along with bassist Bob Daisley and guitarist Randy Rhoads, though the band would named an Ozzy Osbourne solo project by management.

The drummer returned to Uriah Heep in 1982, bringing Daisley with him and stayed with the British titans until 2007, with his last album appearance being 2005's, "Between Two Worlds." Kerslake was also involved in a number of projects, including the Berggren Kerslake Band and Living Loud, as well as a retrospective documentary, "Lee Kerslake: Not On The Heep," which has yet to be completed. More...

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Nightmare Releases New Music Video

Nightmare, the power metal export out of France released their third video-single "Divine Nemesis" from the new forthcoming album "Aeternam," due for release on 2nd October via AFM records.
The dark, fierce "Divine Nemesis" is a fast and furious song with a melodic chorus and pounding grooving guitar riffs in the vein of Judas Priest, and underscores the depth and quality of their highly acclaimed new album 'Aeternam'.

2020 sees Nightmare back, unbowed, unbreakable and inspired, ready to take their music to a whole new level. They return with hugely talented female vocalist, Madie (Faith In Agony) on the mic, and have recorded their most ambitious album to date. More...

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Beast In Black Announces European Tour

Having released two sensational records through Nuclear Blast Records, international heavy metal group Beast In Black have played numerous thrilling shows, including a run of mostly sold out international headline tours in Europe, Russia and Japan, supporting Gloryhammer in the UK and festival appearances around the world (Sweden Rock, Graspop, Summer Breeze, Heavy Montréal etc.)

Now the five-piece Helsinki based heavy metal band Beast In Black announce their upcoming European Tour for November / December 2021 which will take them through 13 countries, ready to spew its unrivaled heavy metal fury all over them!

"Not easy to say any wise words in these dark times so just let us smoothly announce our upcoming European Tour for November / December 2021! Although it's still far away we hope that everybody who reads these lines now will be able to attend the shows in his / her best health! That's our wish for 2021."
- Beast In Black

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Amaranthe Releases "Archangel" Music Video

All dreams are shattered, all hopes are lost - but out of the fuming ashes of apocalypse, there's a new star rising high into the blackened sky: Today, Amaranthe release "Archangel", the third single from their upcoming album "Manifest", to be out October 2nd, via Nuclear Blast.

A merciless but on point modern metal extravaganza coming with brutal riffs, a tempting chorus and hellish vibes - long story short: An infernal pleasure that makes you want to trade your soul for the fallen angel.

Amaranthe commented: "Fire and brimstone! Savour the sweet scent of sulphur as Amaranthe delves deep into Miltonian lore with 'Archangel'! An ancient tale of the fall of the angel Lucifer Morningstar was interpreted as a Greek tragedy in John Milton's seminal 'Paradise Lost', and it is from this perspective we tell a brief yet momentous story of greed, betrayal and overblown pride - an all too familiar and contemporary theme. Amaranthe's first collaboration with Poland's visual grandmasters Grupa13 took us from abandoned and ghastly factory halls in Wroclaw to the derelict ruins of Swiny Castle among the Polish mountains. Light up your incense, fill your goblet and delight in a darker shade of Amaranthe!" More...

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Heads For the Dead Premiere New Song & Lyric Video

Swedish death metal outfit Heads For the Dead (Wombbath, Gods Forsaken, Henry Kane etc.) premiere a new song and lyric video "At the Dead of the Night", taken from their impending new album "Into the Red", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity Records later this year.

Check out now "At the Dead of the Night" below.

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Dyatlove Premiere New Music Video "Die!Kill!Pig!"

Vancouver, BC-based Dyatlove premiere a new music video for "Die!Kill!Pig!", taken from their latest self-titled album. The record was released in May, on cassette via Coup Sur Coup Records, and it’s also available digitally.

It was produced, engineered, and mixed by Matt Roach at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

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Plague Years Premiere New Music Video

Plague Years premiere a new official music video for “Paradox Of Death“. That song is off of their new release, “Circle Of Darkness“, out in stores now via eOne Music.

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Sacrificer (I Declare War) Premiere New Video

Sacrificer (I Declare War) premiere a new music video for "Pale Horse", taken from their new live EP "Live From The End Of The World", available now on all major streaming platforms.

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Fit For A King Premiere New Music Video "The Path"

Fit For A King premiere a new official music video for the title track to their recently released record “The Path“. The album iis out in stores now via The Orchard Music/Solid State Records.

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