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Metal News for January 27, 2022

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16 news articles posted on this day.


Diamond Oz Presents: The Best Of 2021

Well... This was another eventful year wasn't it!? In yet another twelve months dominated by political issues, a global pandemic, hatred, division and injustice, all the ingredients were there for metal music to have plenty to tuck into. Musically, 2021 was a solid year with some superb offerings from bands all over the world, including some wonderful debuts and returns. However, before we get to the best of the brutal, it's only right that we acknowledge those who have left us since January.

How I Wish You Were Here

Sadly, 2021 has seen some of metal's most beloved leave us. From teenage favourites to cult heroes and those who weren't on stage but still made an impact, metal was left poorer for such losses. Entombed/Entombed A.D. vocalist Lars Goran Petrov, one of Swedish death metal's most recognisable and favourite voices succumbed to bile duct cancer aged only 49 in March, with three more singers following him into the aether in June in the shapes of Skid Row's Johnny Solinger, Sven Gross of Fleshcrawl and John Lawton of Lucifer's Friend/Uriah Heep. Only a month later, former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, himself an inspiration for so many of today's young drummers, passed away at the age of 46. The COVID-19 virus also claimed a legend in former Trouble singer Eric Wagner, who died at 62, just before a scheduled tour with his band, The Skull.

As sad as death always is, some felt particularly tragic this year, including the suicide of ex Metal Church singer Mike Howe, who initially spent eight years with the band between the eighties and nineties, before returning to the fold in 2015, recording two more studio albums with the seminal group. The metal world was also affected by terrorism, when vocalist Andrea Haugen was killed in the Kongsberg this past October.

Behind the stage, some of our most important figures would also pass on, including Malcolm Dome, the British journalist credited with coining the term "thrash metal," who was a walking encyclopedia of metal knowledge, appearing in numerous documentaries and penning several books on some of metal and rock's greatest icons. Early on in the year, we also said goodbye to Megaforce co-founder Marsha Zazula, who was responsible for signing so many of the most revered names in thrash, as well as Mick Rock, an iconic photographer who captured some of the best shots of such names as Ozzy, Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy to name a few. More...

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DEP Vocalist Guests On New Carpenter Brut Single

French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut is back, announcing his brand-new album "Leather Terror," out April 1 via Universal. As well, today he releases the colossal synthrock anthem “Imaginary Fire” featuring vocalist Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, The Black Queen). The accompanying video was directed by Dehn Sora and captures an eerily beautiful apocalypse during a psychedelic trip.

Speaking about his involvement, Puciato says, "I'm really proud of this one, happy to cross these musical paths. I love how the video turned out too. Lyrically the song is pretty to the point. Two people frustratingly trying to get rid of their fears and their made-up bullshit so they can move forward, together or separate, free of outcome."

"Leather Terror" is the second in Carpenter Brut’s Leather album trilogy, the next chapter following his widely acclaimed 2018 album "Leather Teeth." That album was included in numerous Best Album lists across the spectrum of rock, alternative and electronic music that year. Kerrang championed the mysterious French artist as one of the “Best Live Bands On Earth” while Carpenter Brut was also honored as a performer at the Metal Hammer awards.

The albums form the soundtrack of an imagined movie from 1987. The previous record introduced the story of Bret Halford, an introverted science student. He liked a girl who didn’t like him and much preferred the team’s star quarterback. Bret got mad and tried to create a concoction that would allow him to control them all, but ends up disfigured and decides instead to become a rock star. This is how he will seduce the girl, and all other girls: By becoming Leather Teeth, singer of Leather Patrol.

Now, "Leather Terror" finds Bret Halford as a true rock star and a ruthless avenger. Leather Teeth inflicts vengeance on those who stand between him and what he desires. While the album "Leather Teeth" was in parts a celebratory take on ‘80s glam rock, in his new opus, Carpenter Brut – across the space of twelve tracks – gets more malevolent, documenting the rise of his protagonist as a serial killer who wants to take revenge on all those who mistreated him when he was younger. More...

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The Spirit Unveils New Single

On their upcoming album "Of Clarity and Galactic Structures", black/death virtuosi The Spirit once again delve into the vast nothingness of the universe. With this new studio release, out on April 1st through AOP Records, the duo takes a progressive turn on their third opus and now reveals the first single in form of the crushing, 7-minute-long album opener that grabs your right by the neck and drags you into the cosmic void.

Singer and guitarist Matthias Trautes comments: "The first version of this song was almost done when I realized it's a good one, but definitely not a great one. So I deleted everything and started again from scratch although the date of the drum recordings was very near. Without a doubt, this was a very good decision as I think this one is certainly one of the strongest songs we ever wrote."

Listen to The Spirit's new song "Of Clarity And Galactic Structures" below. More...

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Di'aul To Release New Album In March

Italian doomsters Di'aul are finally back with their fifth studio album. "Abracamacabra" will be released via MooDDoom Records on March 18th 2022.

“Seven stories, seven characters, one mother: the Universe. 'Abracamacabra' is the sublimation of failure and loss. In a world where all the kings are jesters, the mind seeks the wrong side of reason and everything we build then collapse," explains the band.

"Abracamacabra" was recorded and mixed by Marco Barusso (Lacuna Coil, Coldplay, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Heavy Metal Kids, and more) at Angelo Studio in Garlasco (Italy), while Marco D'Agostino took care of the mastering at 96Khz Studio in Milan. The cover artwork was created by Francesca Vecchio of fv_illustration.

The track listing for "Abracamacabra" reads as follows:

1. Thou Crawl
2. This Quiet
3. Abracamacabra
4. De Profundis
5. The Losers' River
6. La Notte di Valpurga
7. Time Of No Return

The first single "Thou Crawl" will be unleashed in February. More...

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Famyne Announces New Album "The Ground Below"

Garden-fresh trail-blazers from the UK, Famyne drag Doom kicking and screaming into the 21st century on epic new album "The Ground Below." Svart Records unleashes heart-rending game-changer "The Ground Below" from melancholic crushers Famyne on Friday 13th May 2022 with new track "For My Sins"

Svart Records is proud to present “The Ground Below”, the stellar new album from UK Progressive Doom Rock band Famyne. Hailing from the heart of the garden of England, Canterbury gloom-fathers Famyne slug and soar their way up and out from the underground, shaking off any shackles of genre constraints on their new album “The Ground Below”. Since their inception in 2014, Famyne have been rapidly building an incendiary reputation for themselves, and an epic universe all of their own, magnetising more souls into the orbit of their unique expansion of masterful Doom metal. From their "Famyne EP" in 2015, earning a place at Bloodstock Open Air 2016, to their break-out self-titled debut in 2018, Famyne have been constantly turning heads as a promising new light in the darkness.

"The Ground Below" is a brave and inimitable statement which re-draws a line in the sands of Metal tradition. Famyne boldly march over the limits, re-riffing the rules, washing listeners in pristine waves of hypnotic melody on 8 tablets of stone-carved ageless songs that "The Ground Below" lays on the altar. Tracks like For My Sins and Babylon conjure paragon English Doom with a long line of lineage like country-mates Warning, Paradise Lost, Pagan Altar and Cathedral to songs like A Submarine where warm oceans of sweeping guitars and wide-screen desperate euphony bring to mind genre-changing pioneers like Anathema and Porcupine Tree.

Mind-blowing Lead vocalist Tom Vane’s omnipotent vocals deliver the shivers in dynamite doses, unearthing perfect hair-raising emotions that are at once timeless and freshly captivating. It is an understatement to acknowledge how exceptionally unforgettable Famyne’s distinct voice is. The guitars of Martin Emmons and Tom Ross range from an Iommi masterclass to Åkerfeldt progression in a heart-beat, delivering breath-taking riff-mountains that are sumptuously original and catchy in both style and opulent panache. It is Famyne’s canny confidence to re-mould traditional Doom metal artistry with their own wave of emotive progression that makes "The Ground Below" a brilliant restoration of the craft, reminding us how crushing and poignant innovative Doom Metal can be if done with passion. Fans of everything from Opeth, Katatonia to Soundgarden and all the trad legends of Sabbath, St Vitus and Solitude Aeturnus will be suitably wowed in Famyne's wake. “The Ground Below” is a modern classic, reverential but so supremely powerful that Famyne have securely carved their own place on the monoliths of the future. More...

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Embryonic Devourment Unleashes New Music Video

US death metallers Embryonic Devourment have unleashed brutal new single "Never Ending Human Misery," the second taken from their forthcoming album "Heresy Of The Highest Order," due out on 25th February via Unique Leader. You can check it out below.

Formed in 2003, Embryonic Devourment return with their fifth album, Heresy Of The Highest Order, showcasing fourteen tracks of supercharged, ear-destroying brutality and technical death metal laced with moments of creative flare. They are confident that this material is their best to date and showcases many of the elements that the band has strived to reach, in terms of ultimate old school brutality and strength of sound. More...

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Bad Llama Shares "Saline" Music Video

Midlands-based alternative metal act Bad Llama have released their emotional new single/video, "Saline." You can check it out below.

"It's about the cathartic process that songwriting and music in general has for me," explains vocalist Kyle Jordan, "how liberating it can be to get thoughts and emotions onto paper, and share something personal that even strangers can relate too."

On the EP's process, Kyle continues: "This EP as a body of work is something I'm most proud of; I feel we've finally found our sound as a band, and I'm really excited to hear what people think." More...

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Desaster Unleashes New Music Video

German Black Thrash unit Desaster have just released an official video for "Learn To Love The Void," the opening track of their latest album "Churches Without Saints," the album that was released June 4th last year by Metal Blade Records. You can check out the video below.

Comments Desaster guitarist Infernal: "Enjoy our new video clip, filmed at one of the rare live concerts in 2021, PartySan Herbstoffensive in Weimar, Germany. It was great to enter the stage again, we hope you can feel the hellfire burning and learn to love the void!" More...

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Ministry Posts New Music Video Online

Just weeks after Ministry’s latest album Moral Hygiene was added to many “best of 2021” year-end lists, including Loudwire, Consequence Of Sound, Punk News and XS Rock (where it was ranked the #1 album of the year), Al Jourgensen and co. are sharing the latest taste of the record with the new track "Believe Me" alongside a warped, psychedelic video that will have viewers questioning just what to think or feel (a clear nod to the times we are living in now).

The video is a departure from the two previously released professional videos from the album and became a total DIY effort, with each of the band members (also including drummer Roy Mayora, guitarists Cesar Soto and Monte Pittman, bassist Paul D’Amour and keyboardist John Bechdel) gearing up for their upcoming tour at home and purchasing an inexpensive green screen to contribute their parts to the performance footage, that was then melded together. Ministry hopes to encourage other artists to do the same during these difficult times when budgets are tight, and still have fun with the creative process. More...

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Arch Enemy To Release New Album In July

The extreme metal masters Arch Enemy are back and will officially release their 11th studio album, ‘Deceivers’ on July 29th 2022 via Century Media Records! A collection of 11 tracks that are ruthlessly catchy and mercilessly violent, "Deceivers" stands toe-to-toe with the highlights of the band's storied catalogue.

Fans can expect the new single - "Handshake With Hell" - to drop next week (Friday, February 4th) along with the album pre-order start.

Michael Amott comments as follows:

"Having just celebrated our 25th anniversary as a group and now releasing our 11th studio album, one could easily assume that we would be cruising along and going through the motions at this point. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Arch Enemy and our new album, 'Deceivers'. It is without a doubt always a challenge to raise the bar each time in both the songwriting and production side of things, and it can feel a bit daunting before we get into it. But once we do get started and fully immerse ourselves in the creative process, it's really like there is nothing else in the world and we are very focused. And believe it or not, for the most part, we have a ton of fun making this music! Creating 'Deceivers' was no different, once again we shut out the outside world and went deep into the artistic zone. I believe we pulled out some really interesting musical and lyrical themes this time, a few things might even raise an eyebrow or two - while retaining all the signature elements of the band. In the end, it's Arch Enemy at full speed and power!" More...

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Bloodywood Release New Single "Aaj"

Indian heavy metallers Bloodywood have revealed another explosive track, "Aaj" from their upcoming debut full-length Rakshak, out February 18, 2022.

Bloodywood is a Folk Metal band from India known for pioneering a sound that seamlessly fuses Indian Folk instruments with Metal to devastating effect. Expect to hear the percussive power of the mighty Dhol, the melancholic Flute, the single stringed Tumbi and several other uncommon yet distinctively characteristic sounds from India. A combination of thunderous Hindi/Punjabi Choruses and meaningful yet unforgiving Rap verses along with the ethnic instrumentation, makes Bloodywood a truly unique experience.

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Hear Chelsea Grin Singer Guest On New Nylist Song

Canada's deathcore unit Nylist premiere a new song entitled “No Soul”, taken from their upcoming new EP "Apart", which will be out in stores February 25, 2022.

Chelsea Grin's Pablo Viveros guests on this particular track streaming via YouTube for you now below.

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Shinedown Premiere New Single "Planet Zero"

Shinedown premiere their new advance track named “Planet Zero” streaming via Spotify and YouTube for you below. The single is taken from their upcoming album of the same name, that has been scheduled for an April 22nd release date by Atlantic Records. The band’s bassist Eric Bass once again took on the production role for this new effort, which was recorded at his Big Animal Studio in South Carolina.

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Teeth Premiere New Music Video

West Coast death metal quartet Teeth premiere a new music video for “The Fog of Futility”, taken from their latest outing "Finite", out in stores via Translation Loss.

Check out now "The Fog of Futility" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Poorstacy Premiere New Music Video

Poorstacy premiere a new official music video for “Knife Party” off their latest release “Party At The Cemetary“. Bring Me The Horizon frontman guests on that track and the clip., which was captured during a show last fall in Los Angeles, CA.

Poorstacy‘s 2022 U.S. touring plans include the below run of shows. Nothing,Nowhere, Carolesdaughter, Guccihighwaters and Snarls will join as support acts: More...

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Northlane Premiere New Single "Plenty"

Australian metalcore band Northlane premiere a new advance track named “Plenty” streaming for you via Spotify and YouTube below. That single can be found on their forthcoming sixth full-length “Obsidian“. An April 01st release date has been scheduled for that album.

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