Archive: Headline News
Swedish heavy metal group Steelwing is planning to disband following a trio of final shows in Spetember / October. The band comments:
"Since the rumors are already out there you should hear it directly from us: after 8 years together in the trenches, the three shows we’re playing in Germany this fall will be the last time we play together as Steelwing.
"With our third and last album we accomplished what we set out to do: we reset, rebooted and redeemed the Steelwing legacy. But we will not allow ourselves to rot with the ghosts of the past; we will continue to move forward and strive to reach our full potential as human beings.
"From this page we will keep you posted on the future enterprises of the five restless souls that have made up the Steelwing outfit over the past years. Make sure to come by and wreak havoc together with us one last time! Marauders, we thank you for your dedicated service!"
30/9 Metal Battle @ Club Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim, DE
1/10 Trveheim Vol. 1 @ Sportzentrum, Otterfing, DE
2/10 Café Central, Weinheim, DE More...
The New Orleans sludge masters from Crowbar have announced their eleventh LP titled "The Serpent Only Lies," due out October 28th, 2016.
"We are so excited about our 11th studio record! 'The Serpent Only Lies' is a powerful follow-up." says frontman and riff lord Kirk Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, 'Falling While Rising,' is Crowbar at its finest... HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!"
Windstein further comments: “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar. I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and 'Broken Glass' albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.
“Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.” More...
In Flames is due to follow the "Siren Charms" album with new full-length release "Battles," which will drop on November 11th, 2016.
Today a first full track from "Battles" also comes online. Check out "The End" below and stay tuned for full details on the album and upcoming tour dates to arrive soon.
Prior to the release, In Flames is also set to drop brand live DVD "Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg" on September 23rd.
Korn premieres a new song entitled "Insane", the opening track from the upcoming new album "The Serenity Of Suffering," which will be out in stores October 21st via Roadrunner Records.
Korn's 12th studio album, "The Serenity of Suffering," was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon) and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot.
Check out "Insane" below.
British metalcore band Architects has announced that, after a three year battle with cancer, guitarist and keyboard player Tom Searle has passed away at the age of 28. His brother Dan, the band's drummer, has posted a message online via the group's Facebook page:
"It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.
"He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.
"Many of you will be aware that Tom has been absent from various shows over the past 15 months and I can now let you know that this was due to various surgeries that he had to have to treat the cancer. When we left for our European Festival tour on June 2nd Tom was very unwell. He had been advised to stay in hospital to receive care but ultimately there was nothing that they could do for him and he signed himself out of the ward two days before we departed for Germany. Some of you might view this as reckless but this is the way Tom wanted to do things throughout his last year because he never wanted the cancer to get in the way of what he loved. He got on stage and performed his last two shows at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, which took him an incredible amount of strength but those are two shows that we will never forget. More...
Metallica has released a new music video and single for "Hardwired," the title track of the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct." Check out the clip in the player below.
The album is due out November 18, 2016. Pre-orders will begin shipping the week of November 14th. You can pre-order now at this location.
The 2CD album track list is:
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire
2. Dream No More
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone More...
U.K. doom outfit The Wounded Kings is due to release fifth full-length album "Visions In Bone" on August 26th via Candlelight / Spinefarm Records.
Sadly, this will be the group's final output. The Wounded Kings just issued this statement online about officially calling it quits:
"By now you will have seen the earlier posts and in response to one comment sorry buddy.... no this is not a publicity stunt!
"12 years is a pretty good innings for a band these days and there has been well documented instances when the journey could well have ended years ago. Sadly that day has finally arrived. We’ve had a wild ride with some truly amazing shows and met many awesome people along the way. Many of you have become great friends. For that we are truly grateful!
"I’m sure many of you are thinking this is all rather sudden but to be honest it’s probably been 6 months in the making. We’ve tried to cling onto the sinking ship for as long as possible...too long if truth be told!. Little did we know that when we recorded ‘Visions in Bone’ a year ago (yes that fuckin’ long!!) it would end up being our Swan Song!
"A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, came to the shows, bought our merch, shared beers, gave us a place to sleep, made us food, did our posters...the list is endless. Most of all thank you to those who believed in us...without you none of this would ever have been possible." More...
Over 75,000 fans were rocked at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany this weekend as the late Ronnie James Dio reunited with his bandmates via hologram.
The surprise performance took place at the end of Dio Disciples' set to close the world's largest annual live heavy metal event. Dio Disciples features members of the Dio band, which last performed with Ronnie in 2008 before he passed away two years later, leaving a void in the rock community.
Eyellusion, a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market, created the hologram and produced the groundbreaking performance. The Wacken Open Air Festival marked the debut of the Ronnie James Dio hologram, which features the singer's actual live vocals and will be toured globally in 2017, with further details to be announced.
"When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears," said Wendy Dio. "With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience."
"We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances," said Craig Goldy, lead guitarist for Dio Disciples. "Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year." More...
The Dillinger Escape Plan has announced that the band will be going on indefinite hiatus after the release of newest album, "Dissociation." The band's 20 year anniversary tour is confirmed to be its last, after which the band will take a break from touring for the foreseeable future.
According to guitarist Ben Winman in an interview with Vice:
Well, I think in some ways we wanted to pull a Seinfeld and go out while we're still on top, you know what I mean?
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be embarking on an autumn tour of the United States later this year before playing final shows in 2017. Currently announced dates are as follows: More...
Meshuggah has revealed the title and other details of the band's upcoming eighth album, "The Violent Sleep Of Reason."
Inspired by a Goya painting called The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters, the album will be released on October 7th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. For the cover, the band once again enlisted Keerych Luminokaya, who created the artwork for "Koloss" and "The Ophidian Trek," as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EPs featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. Born in Dissonance
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay More...
Legendary Florida death metal act Morbid Angel has signed on with UDR Music for the band's upcoming new release (as of yet untitled), which is set to drop in 2017.
The album is the first since the departure of vocalist/bassist David Vincent and re-joining of Steve Tucker (Warfather) in 2015.
The only confirmed members are Tucker and band leader/guitarist Trey Azagthoth. The album will be the first full length since the polarizing 2011 release "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).
As for the direction of the new album, in a 2015 interview with Jet, Steve Tucker expressed his desires: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."
Stay tuned for more information. More...
The Swiss metal pioneers from Coroner - whose lineup currently consists of Tommy Vetterli (guitar), Diego Rapacchietti (drums) and Ron Broder (bass/vocals) - are heading back into the studio for the first time in over two decades.
The band originally made a name for itself in the underground music scene with a discerning brand of technical thrash metal. Now, after 23 long years since the release of the band's last album "Grin," (1993), Coroner is pleased to announce plans to release a new studio album with Sony Music and Century Media Records in 2017.
For this seventh studio album, Coroner signed a worldwide record deal with Sony Music Switzerland, which has enlisted the help of Century Media Records, who will release the new record internationally.
For fans whom simply cannot wait for their next fix, Coroner has a special treat in store with "Autopsy," a 3 x Blu-ray + LP or a 3 x DVD + CD set that is jam-packed with live recordings, a documentary movie of the band's history, previously unseen interviews and a best-of compilation, all set to see the light of day on September 23rd, 2016. More...
Mika Bleu of Miserable Failure passed away this previous weekend, with label Kaotoxin Records issuing the following statement:
"We’re speechless. We’re absolutely speechless.
"No word can start to describe the feeling of utter pain and absolute sadness that’s flooding our hearts while writing these lines in what’s a miserable attempt to pen a tribute to one of our artists who passed away yesterday night.
"He was joy. He was positivity, optimism. He was love. He was party. He was honesty. He was respect. He was absolute friendship. And he’s no more and no one will ever replace him in that special place he had in our hearts.
"Mika Bleu, ex-Season of Mist and current Hiraw Clothing staff member, singer for Miserable Failure and Blobfish Killer aged 34 only, died yesterday in the streets of Maureillas, France, ran over by a car whose drunk driver cowardly fled away. Mika’s girlfriend is still hospitalized as we speak and a friend of them got lightly injured too.
"We have no word, really… Our thoughts are with his countless friends, his relatives and his family. He’s most surely partying hard with Satan as we speak. All hail Bleu. We love you, wherever you are, whatever you do. We wish all the best to his girlfriend, Fanny, in the hope she’ll get well in no time." More...
Last night pop metal icon Babymetal and Judas Priest's legendary vocalist Rob Halford came together for the third annual Journey's Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy.
The performance, which featured Babymetal's Su-Metal and Halford's dueling vocals on Judas Priest classics "Painkiller" and "Breaking The Law," officially saw the meeting of the Fox God and the Metal God. Check out footage below. More...
2016 marks the monumental return of Sweden's Opeth as the band's 12th album, "Sorceress," will be released on September 30th. Check out the cover artwork reveal below.
"Sorceress" is the Opeth's first album for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records.
”The new album 'Sorceress' is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. 'Sorceress' is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!?
"It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!” More...
Apparently, the symphonic / metal combo of Nightwish just keeps popping up absolutely everywhere - even in sports!
The Australian national team of synchronized swimmers just announced that they will be using the classical hymn "Last Ride Of The Day" off Nightwish album "Imaginaerum" for their competition at the Olympic Championship.
The track will be played in an orchestral version during the swim performance of the team in Rio de Janeiro. The band feels very honoured and wishes good luck to the entire team!
Megadeth has now officially recruited Ex-Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren as a permanent new member of the band. Verbeuren has also exited Soilwork for this opportunity. States the band in the following press release:
"Megadeth are happy to announce the addition of Dirk Verbeuren as the band’s new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, has been performing with the band for months, his first show was Rock on the Range festival in May, to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.
"Most recently, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler had performed all the drums on the band’s latest album, Dystopia, and had toured with Megadeth when not otherwise busy with his band."
Said bandleader Dave Mustaine: “Chris Adler‘s contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris‘ playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk.”
New drummer Verbeuren had this to say: “Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth – and for your encouragement and support.” More...
After cancelling some shows due to the outrage over the white power outburst and Pepper going full force with COC, Philip Anslemo recently addressed the future of Down at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
“I think between myself, Patrick Bruders and one James Bower from EyeHateGod… We haven’t seen much of Pepper, because he’s obviously been busy with COC. That’s the freedom that rock and roll brings. So, yeah, we’re all kind of doing our own things but we always come back together because Black Sabbath, Trouble and Saint Vitus bring us back together, and that’s where we started from, you know what I’m saying?”
Down has now confirmed to play the Psycho Las Vegas music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 26th-28th 2016. More info can be found here. There are no other confirmed shows at the moment.
The legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament just announced the title and release date for an upcoming 12th album.
New full-length release "The Brotherhood Of The Snake" is slated to arrive on October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
The album was recorded under the watchful eye of producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Heathen, Machine Head), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy - and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (Accept, Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth).
Eric Peterson commented in an interview with Metal Maniac: "It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something, for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here."
The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: "It's different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we've never done before."
He continued: "It's kind of like ‘Demonic’ and ‘The Gathering’, but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck's not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he's singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of ‘The Gathering’ or even heavy stuff like ‘Demonic.'" More...
After many, many delays, Norway's Ancient has (finally) set the release date for long-awaited 7th studio album, "Back To The Land Of The Dead," which is the follow up to 2004’s "Night Visit."
The album will be released September 16th in North America via EMP Underground (the label run by David Ellefson) and in the rest of the World by Soulseller Records.
The album is currently available for pre-order (in North America only) in various configurations at this location. You can also check out the opening track below, while the full track listing is:
1. Land of The Dead (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Dhilorz and Zel)
2. Beyond The Blood Moon (Music and lyrics by Zel)
3. The Sempiternal Haze (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
4. The Empyrean Sword (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
5. The Ancient Disarray (Music and lyrics by Zel)
6. Occlude The Gates (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
The Excruciating Journey
7. Part I Defiance and rage (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
8. Part II The Prodigal Years (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
9. Part III The Awakening (Music by Dhilorz, lyrics by Zel)
10. Death Will Die (Music and lyrics by Zel)
11. The Spiral (Music and lyrics by Zel)
12. Petrified By Their End (Music by Dhilorz and Zel, lyrics by Zel)
Bonus track :
13. 13 Candles (Music and lyrics by Quorthon) More...