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Metal News for January 24, 2020

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Tanagra Forced To Liquidate Merch

Tanagra (Portland, USA) has had a bittersweet start to 2020 with the revelation that a Swiss company was filling a trademark dispute. This news comes a few weeks after they were voted on Reddit.com as having the best power metal album of the year for their 2019 full length "Meridiem".

"It's pretty funny that one week we're getting AoY on Reddit and the next we're being nuked from orbit by a company we've never heard of. Regardless of what happens with the trademark dispute, we have to assume that when it's over we'll get a cease-and-desist and be dead in the water; We'd exist at the behest of a foreign company who obviously couldn't give a damn about us, and that's no way to live.” says bassist Erich Ulmer.

The contesting entity, Nagra, is an audio company based in Switzerland, which is opposing the portion of Tanagra’s application to trademark the band name that involves selling branded merchandise and performing live under the moniker.

The proceedings went live as of Monday, January 20, 2020, but the prog/power metal quintet is not looking to fight an uphill legal battle, instead, they are looking to unload as much merch as they can while they still can. As Ulmer explains:

“Rather than sit on our physical albums and shirts we're changing everything to 'pay what you want' plus shipping. We have hundreds of copies ‘Meridiem’ and ‘None of This is Real’ that will be unsellable soon and we'd rather have them in the hands of metalheads around the world. This is a small piece of history and it's likely we'll never be able to print under this name again!”

Tanagra merch is available exclusively on their Bandcamp, through which fans will also be able to join the mailing list for updates on the band’s future, member’s side projects and any name changes.

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Midnight Posts New Music Video Online

Today (January 24th), Midnight has released their new album, "Rebirth by Blasphemy," via Metal Blade Records. "'Rebirth By Blasphemy' is a rebirth," states Midnight's sole driving force, Athenar. "It's a change in life and it's a rebirth of doing whatever the fuck you want and seeing what happens after that. It's about saying yes, taking opportunities, taking a fucking chance." These sentiments are backed up by the notorious - and prolific - underground band's trademark blend of speed metal, black metal and punk rock, sounding both fuller and more raucous than ever before.

For a preview of Rebirth by Blasphemy, a new video for the single "Fucking Speed and Darkness" can be seen below. More...

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White Stones Posts New Single Online

From Martin Mendez, bassist of the ubiquitous Opeth comes White Stones, a solo death metal project. Recently, they announced that their debut album named "Kuarahy" (pronounced Kwa-Ra-Hee) will be released on March 13th and today, they offer their fans a first insight into the album with the first single "Worms," that comes with a video! You can check out the video below.

Martin Mendez comments: "Finally it’s time to release a piece from the album, we are feeling very excited about sharing this song with you all! hope you dig it! Cheers!"

The tracklist reads as follows:

1.Kuarahy (1:24)
2.Rusty Shell (4:25)
3.Worms (3:57)
4.Drowned In Time (5:17)
5.The One (4:34)
6.Guyra (4:45)
7.Ashes (4:04)
8.Infected Soul (5:59)
9.Taste Of Blood (4:10)
10.Jasy (2:48) More...

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Interview

Cruachan Discusses Next Album And Folk Metal

Folk metal has become a hugely popular sub-genre over the last fifteen years. Bands like Korpiklaani and Finntroll have experienced commercial success and become regular performers at festivals across Europe. But to truly understand folk metal, one must go back to the roots and see why folk music itself is perhaps just as metal the genre it became fused with. Tales of misery, oppression and violence seem tailor made to be adapted to metal music and yet it wasn't until the nineties that this came to be, when Skyclad released their first album, "The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth." Shortly after this, a young man from Dublin named Keith Fay took this idea and ran with it, embellishing the folk side and becoming a major architect in the sub-genre we love today, with a band of his own named Cruachan.

Fast forward to 2020 and Cruachan are as strong as ever, having finished their acclaimed "blood trilogy" with "Nine Years Of Blood" in 2018 and now looking at recording their next album, as well as performing no less than three sets on this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. It was on board this floating festival that I had the pleasure of meeting up with Keith Fay to discuss the history of the band, the genesis of folk metal and how it got to its current form. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: As we discussed before we started filming, you played last night/early this morning. You’re one of the hardest working bands on this ship as you’re performing three sets, including one in the pub. What can we expect from that set?

Keith Fay: Well we said to Andy when he asked us to do this, that we’re going to recreate a typical Dublin pub on a Saturday night, where all the tourists go. So it’s going to be all the rebel songs, the drinking songs. “Come Out Ye Black & Tans,” and all that kind of stuff. We’ve done a couple of covers of these throughout our career like “Rocky Road to Dublin” and “Ride On,” that type of thing, so we’re doing the proper acoustic version as they’re meant to be heard. It should be good. We’ve printed out booklets so the crowd can sing along. We’re a bit worried because so many people have said they’re coming along but that Ale & Anchor pub can hold maybe a hundred people and we’re expecting at least a thousand. We’ll see what happens!

Oz: Well right now you’re still promoting the latest album, “Nine Years Of Blood,” which is part of the “Blood trilogy.” Now that the dust has settled, how do you see that album in particular as part of the Cruachan catalogue?

Keith: The “Blood trilogy” was interesting. We did the first one on Candlelight Records from the UK, we see that as kind of a rebirth for the band, it was bringing us into the new era of metal and that kind of thing. We’ve been playing folk metal for twenty seven years but folk metal’s only become popular in the last fifteen years so we needed to do something a little bit fresh, a little bit new and that’s where “Blood on the Black Robe” came from. Then we did “Blood For the Blood God” on Trollzorn Records and “Nine Years Of Blood” on Trollzorn. They’ve been fantastic for us, the likes of playing festivals like this. We didn’t do this type of thing fifteen years ago. But we’ve just signed a new record deal with Despotz Records, the biggest metal label in Sweden so things are going really well for us right now!
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Sepultura Posts Second Album Trailer

The age of "Quadra" is almost upon us: On February 7th, Sepultura will release their new album via Nuclear Blast. An impressive album that immerses the listener, drawing them deeper into the concept, with its energetic and thrashy tunes.

Today, the band has released the second in a series of trailers, which focuses on bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. and his personal challenges in the studio during the production of "Quadra." Check out the video below.

"Quadra" will be available on Limited Edition 2 CD Digipack, 2 LP Vinyl, 2 LP Vinyl Picture Disk, Earbook, and CD.

"Quadra" is Sepultura's fifteenth studio album, which presents a thrilling and brutally honest concept around the Portuguese word quadra. Everyone grows up in a different quadra, shaped by rules and definitions. We are all determined by these concepts, our relationships, our careers. Our whole lives.

The tracklist reads as follows:

1. Isolation
2. Means To An End
3. Last Time
4. Capital Enslavement
5. Ali
6. Raging Void
7. Guardians Of Earth
8. The Pentagram
9. Autem
10. Quadra
11. Agony Of Defeat
12. Fear; Pain; Suffering More...

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Bodysnatcher Premiere New Music Video

A new official music video for Bodysnatcher‘s latest track “Never Homesick” has premiered online and is streaming via YouTube for you below. The single is one of the thirteen songs featured on the band’s new record “This Heavy Void“, out in stores next Friday, January 31st, through Stay Sick Recordings.

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Abysmal Dawn Premiere New Song "Hedonistic"

Abysmal Dawn‘s follow-up to 2014’s “Obsolescence” will officially land in stores this April. Entitled “Phylogenesis“, the album will receive its release on April 17th via Season Of Mist. A first track from it called “Hedonistic“, is streaming via YouTube for you below.

Abysmal Dawn share the following statement regarding the record: More...

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Varials Premiere New Music Video “South Of One”

Varials frontman Travis Tabron has announced he's leaving the group just as the band were gearing up for another round of touring. In other news the group share the below video of their song “South Of One” which finds Counterparts singer Brendan Murphy guesting.

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Jasta Premieres New Music Video “Parasitic”

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta premieres the below video for his song “Parasitic“. Paul McGuire helmed the clip, which was captured during Jasta‘s ‘Jasta & Friends Tour‘ back in August, 2018. That trek among others saw him joined by Howard Jones (Light The Torch), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar).

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