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Last updated on September 24, 2021 at 1:02 PM ET

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18 news articles posted today (and counting...)

Evergrey Postpones European Tour

The "Recharging Europe" tour, featuring Swedish progressive metal juggernauts Evergrey, was scheduled to begin in just a few weeks. But, due to the continuing uncertainty regarding live events, these shows - like so many others - will be postponed to 2022.

Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid. In addition to the new dates, the tour itself – being re-dubbed "European Tour 2022" – will also see some minor changes, with progressive death metallers Fractal Universe from Nancy, France and Swiss/Italian unit Virtual Symmetry (who previously toured with Evergrey in 2015) joining the line-up. These two bands will replace this year’s scheduled guests Witherfall and Dust In Mind.

All in all, the most important thing is – where first-class progressive metal is promised, first-class progressive metal is what you'll get! This is what Gothenburg’s finest export Evergrey has embodied since 1993. Their gloomy mood and their thoughtful art of writing along with brilliant musical versatility are the trademarks of the matchless force led by singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund. With "Escape Of The Phoenix," Evergrey unveiled their twelfth studio album back in February 2021, that will also be part of the shows in autumn 2022.

"Given the nature of the current world situation it is simply not feasible to go on tour in Europe and UK,” the band says with regrets. “It involves too much insecurity and risk, and too much money for too many people. With that said, we are confident enough to say that by this time next year we will be ready and firing on all cylinders. Aaaaaand we will also have released another album! So TWO albums in ONE tour! Not too shabby huh?!"

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Pathology Shares New Lyric Video

Gore fueled death metallers Pathology recently announced their 11th studio album, "The Everlasting Plague," will be released on November 19th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band releases the lyric video for the second single "As The Entrails Wither" which can be seen below.

Pathology's Dave Astor comments, "We’re stoked to release our newest single, 'As The Entrails Wither'! In true Pathology fashion, this song is about a stronghold with its outer walls draped in rotting bodies as a deterrent for unwanted guests. There are lots of twists and turns in this song and we’re stoked with how it came out!"

Pre-order your copy of "The Everlasting Plague" here.

"The Everlasting Plague" will be available in the following formats:

- CD Jewel Case
- Re-Agent Green Vinyl
- CD + T-Shirt Bundle

"The Everlasting Plague" was recorded earlier this year at Sharkbite Studios. The album was produced by Zack Ohren who also handled engineering and mixing. The demented priest sometimes seen gracing the cover of other Pathology albums makes a reappearance here as an apex zombie ripping the flesh from his fellow dead man as he ascends to the top of a demolished city. Long-time artist companion Par Olofsson returned to the Pathology fold to design the piece.

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Imperial Triumphant Announces New Live Album

New York´s most infamous Avantgarde Black Metal troupe Imperial Triumphant are back with their opulent live release "An Evening With Imperial Triumphant." Recorded in the notorious Slipper Room – New York City´s legendary variety theatre – the band proves their technical excellence and outstanding musicianship live on stage. Performing most of the songs from their recent fan hailed long player "Alphaville" but also older material from previous records Imperial Triumphant delivered an unprecedented live performance right in the center of their musical homeland New York.

The band comments:

"We’re happy to present this live work to our fans as the band continues to push forth through the ages."

The album will be released Nov. 26th and will be available exclusively on 180-gram black vinyl and on all digital platforms. You can pre-order the album here.

Tracklisting:

Side A
1. Rotted Futures
2. Atomic Age
3. Chernobyl Blues

Side B
4. Transmission To Mercury
5. Swarming Opulence
6. Cosmopolis

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Ministry Reschedules North American Tour Dates

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band, fans and venue staff, Ministry’s upcoming tour – scheduled to kick off in October – has been moved to March and April 2022.

The Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity will now appear on all show dates as the tour’s special guests.

Each show date will celebrate 30 years of Ministry’s landmark album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste as well as debut new songs from the forthcoming 15th studio album Moral Hygiene, out October 1 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Tickets are on sale now with the exception of the St Paul, Montclair and Huntington dates that will go on sale at 10 am local time on Friday, October 1.

Due to scheduling changes, some of the original show dates have regrettably been canceled as some venues are not available for this updated time period; as well, some new show dates have been added. All tickets will be transferred to the new dates. More show dates will be added to this tour and announced soon.

The full rundown of updated tour dates are as follows:
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Northtale Reveals New Album Details

In August 2019, power metal newcomers Northtale released their successful first album Welcome To Paradise. After their debut show at Sabaton Open Air in Sweden followed by some shows in Japan, the band underwent a line-up change, and after months of auditions, their new vocalist Guilherme Hirose from Sao Paolo, Brazil was chosen. Now, after releasing several re-recorded songs from "Welcome To Paradise" with Guilherme on vocals, the band are proud to finally announce their new album "Eternal Flame," which is set to be released on November 12th via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic), the album features 12 brand new tracks and a whole range of new influences, from thrash metal, classical citations and Brazilian traditional music, all fused into Northtale's own brand of melodic power metal.

Today, the band unveil the first single "Only Human" - a fast-paced, anthemic tune that comes with a lyric video. You can check it out below.

Guitarist Bill Hudson comments:
"The time has come! After almost two years of hard work, a line-up change and a global pandemic, we’re very happy to tell you we’re releasing our new album, Eternal Flame. Our friends at Nuclear Blast have picked 'Only Human' as the first single. A short, straight to the point power metal track packed with every element that makes up our music. Sonically, it’ll sound very familiar to the fans. Lyrically, it talks about the moment we’re living in, where power structures are starting to crumble and people are rising up to what they believe in, in search of evolution. But we also make mistakes, and that’s exactly what makes us human. We learn by trial and error and become wiser that way.

"I know it sounds cliché, but this album is very superior to our debut. Also, I got some of my amazing friends to guest on it! I simply cannot wait to hear everyone’s reaction. For now, enjoy 'Only Human' and we're looking forward to meeting everyone this winter in Europe with Unleash the Archers and Striker." More...

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Running Wild Posts New Lyric Video Online

Running Wild has released a new digital single and song video for the track "The Shellback" today. A track in typical Running Wild style that starts with a Celtic-inspired intro, Running Wild revisits the atmospheric seafaring theme of their 1994 classic "Black Hand In," a prequel of that maritime story. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Blood On Blood." You can check out the video below.

"Blood On Blood" will be released on October 29th, 2021 through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:

=> DigiPak incl. poster
=> 2LP Gatefold, 140 g, blue vinyl, printed inner sleeves
=> Download / Streaming
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Scattered Hamlet Release New Video

Scattered Hamlet was formed in 2010 by lead vocalist Adam Joad and has relentlessly toured all over the states with widespread appeal from their down to earth accessibility, blue collar work ethic and outlaw vibe. Making an impact from the outset, the title track opens with a burst of energy, distorted guitars, and dynamic vocals. Launching riff after riff the distorted guitars are a fierce force across their tracks, Scattered Hamlet creates a compelling sound with intricate guitar leads and mighty rhythms. From the aggressive mood of “Death or Dishonor” befitting a barroom brawl, through to the bluesy rocking “Low Class Blues”, Stereo Overthrow isn’t afraid to explore a variety of styles.

Driving a full-throttle sound brewed from the essence of Americana, Motorhead and a punk rock attitude, Scattered Hamlet delivers a high impact wherever they go. The new album Stereo Overthrow follows an already comprehensive discography from the four-piece straight out of the hills of Appalachia.

This is what the band had to say about "Stereo Overthrow."

"We were really inspired by Rudy Ray More and his journey as “Dolemite.” Here’s a guy that every film distributor laughed at but he knew his audience and had faith in his product. He’s a legend. When we started talking to record labels, they were talking to us because what we were doing worked, but then they wanted to change everything because they didn’t understand what we were doing or our audience. It made me think of Rudy and “Dolemite” so we made a video that was a nod to sticking to your guns and doing things your own way when everyone wants you to be something else." More...

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Swallow The Sun Unveils New Music Video

With "Woven Into Sorrow" Finnish death doom metal masters Swallow The Sun present a new single and video taken off their upcoming album "Moonflowers," which will be released worldwide on November 19th and can be pre-ordered as of today.

The brand-new track is the first heavy version to be released of the record, as the band already released very special classical editions of the regular album songs. Both versions – classical string and regular album version – are as dark and mournful as we are accustomed to Swallow The Sun.

Frontman Mikko Kotama¨ki comments,
"Here it is! The first single of ‘Moonflowers’ is out! ‘Woven Into Sorrow’ is probably the gloomiest track of the album. The backing growls for this song came by Antti Hyyrynen from Stam1na. Enjoy the misery!"

"Moonflowers" will be available as Ltd. Deluxe sky blue 3LP+2CD & Art Print Box Set, Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold black 2LP+CD and digital album (incl. Bonus album) and can be pre-ordered here. More...

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Interview

Rivers Of Nihil Vocalist Puts In "The Work"

There's plenty of new albums hitting the shelves today, but perhaps none are more intriguing than "The Work," the fourth full length output from Pennsylvania's technical death metal band Rivers Of Nihil. Once again unleashed via Metal Blade Records and with amazing cover art from veteran artist Dan Seagrave, this promises to be the group's most ambitious record yet, featuring more experimentation and variation than ever before.

To find out more about the album, we caught up with vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, who shed light on everything to do with the album, their lasting relationship with Metal Blade, plans for the future and much more. You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: What can you tell me about the title, "The Work?"

Jake Dieffenbach: The title, "The Work," as far as I understand, basically represents everything that we've put into this band and the process of it. So I feel like it kind of connects to the creative grind of doing every single thing on every level that we do as a band. Through the writing process, the touring process, recording process, every aspect of it, we see that as a representation of the work. Putting time into something that transcends the wear and tear feeling of it but in the end it becomes something artistic. That's my interpretation of the title, but I mean, if you ask someone else in the band you might get a different answer. I know that on one level it represents all that we've done up to this point. Not just with this album but everything leading up to this point in our career as a band.

Oz: Yeah, sometimes the simplest of titles can mean the most. I've noticed a lot of comments on the "Clean" and "Focus" people are saying that you've changed your sound a bit but it's still Rivers Of Nihil, so the music itself really does encompass everything Rivers Of Nihil have been and progressed to being.

Jake: Yeah, it's definitely a bit different than I think most people would have expected. Even the first time I heard the title, I had to sit with it for a second until the meaning really registered with the personal relationships we have in the band and I think it works. (laughs)
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Tragedy Of Mine Unleashes New Single

Melodic metalcore band Tragedy Of Mine have released new single "Evolution," the first taster of the band's upcoming album, due for a 2022 release via Out Of Line Music.

Watch the music video to "Evolution" below.

The masked frontman Steffen Bunke remarks: "The music we write and carry into the world has become much more mature. There is, as with the first album, a lot of tragedy and sorrow in the music. Since the last output, we have dived even deeper into the thematic, and we now want to share it again with other people. With our new single 'Evolution' we are expressing precisely that. In this case, though, it's specifically about the tragic existence of the character." Some call the music of Tragedy Of Mine unusual, others experimental, "we bring people together utilising this project, empower individuals and support our fans where we can," confirms the singer.

"After the first album, many messages reached us from people that songs like 'Inferno' and 'Prison' have helped them get over their personal struggles. This ability to help people is something we connect with the album and carry this over and over again when we play live. That's really special to us."

A new album is planned for 2022 and will be released worldwide via Out Of Line Music. Purposefully thinking outside the box is as much a part of Tragedy Of Mine's agenda, as is their style, which repeatedly proves that an aggressive feel and catchy songs can pair up in the best possible way. More...

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Green Lung Releases "Graveyard Sun" Video

British heavy metal band Green Lung has shared a new music video for the song, "Graveyard Sun." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's new album, "Black Harvest," which is set to be released on October 22nd through Svart Records.

Says the band: "Long-lost paranormal investigation footage shot in Highgate Cemetery has resurfaced thanks to the meticulous restoration efforts of Billy Price of Puppy. And it happens to feature our song ‘Graveyard Sun’ as the soundtrack!" More...

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Beyond The Black Shares Iron Maiden Cover

One of the brightest stars in the symphonic metal universe pays tribute to one of the biggest bands of all time - Beyond The Black releases their cover of Iron Maiden's Wasted Years - a splendorous and timeless homage with a strong female voice that just fits perfectly to the sonic image.

The song is available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music Prime, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Amazon Music HD here.

And for those who are already waiting to experience the song live - Beyond The Black will perform Wasted Years as an acoustic version this Monday September 27th, during the Rock Your Monday Live Show live on Twitch.

Beyond The Black states:
"This cover version is not only a heartfelt tribute to a band we admire, but also to the troubled times we live in. As always in life, our experience is a matter of perspective and we hope to be an anchor to those who could use some support at the moment."

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Killswitch Engage Posts New Music Video Online

Killswitch Engage - Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitars), Joel Stroetzel (guitars), Mike D'Antonio (bass), and Justin Foley (drums) - have released the official video for "Us Against the World" from their latest album, "Atonement," out now. Watch it below.

The footage is culled from the band's August 2021 livestream event that took place at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts - the site of many iconic and memorable KsE shows through the years. It was directed by David Brodsky and Allison Woest for MyGoodEye.

"This is one of my favorite songs off the album so I'm glad it is getting some attention and a visual component," says Leach. "It's a song about facing down the odds and finding confidence to overcome and conquer a situation. I originally wrote it as a battle cry song with my warrior Highland Scottish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestors in mind. However, it can be about friendship, love, or even the camaraderie of being in a band traveling the world. The title says it all - 'Us Against The World!'" More...

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Creeping Death Premiere "Humanity Transcends"

With the October 08th release date for Creeping Death‘s new EP “The Edge Of Existence” approaching, the Texan death metal band Creeping Death premiere another single from it. Below you can stream “Humanity Transcends“ via YouTube.

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Guns N Roses Premieres New Single

Following up the August release of their single "Absurd", Guns N' Roses have unleashed another single, "Hard Skool". Check it out below.

"Hard Skool" is a reworked version of a track titled "Jackie Chan", recorded during the sessions for the band's Chinese Democracy album.

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War Of Ages Premiere New Single "Pyrite"

A new War Of Ages track named “Pyrite” has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below. It appears as the second song on their impending new EP “Rhema“, which is scheduled for an October 29th release by Facedown Records.

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Fit For An Autopsy Premiere New Track

Fit For An Autopsy premiere a new single by the name of “Far From Heaven” from their sixth studio album “Oh What The Future Holds”. That record was produced by the band's own guitarist Will Putney and will be released on January 14th through Nuclear Blast.

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As I Lay Dying Premiere New Track "Roots Below"

As I Lay Dying premiere a new sing titled “Roots Below“, which originally was recorded during the sessions for their latest outing “Shaped By Fire“.

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