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Metal News for January 31, 2020

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9 news articles posted on this day.


Agnostic Front Bassist Discusses New Album

Where would metal be without hardcore? Some of you may not want to admit it, but hardcore punk changed the face of metal, influencing thrash on both sides of America and even today one can still hear its presence in modern metal music. There's no question that hardcore as we know it was nurtured and evolved in New York, where a legendary hardcore scene led to thousands of imitators, a documentary film and of course, its own heroes and legends. Of these, one band will always be top of the pile when it comes to both quality and influence; Agnostic Front.

Agnostic Front has been going for nearly forty years as of January 2020 and has always flown their flag for their music and their home city, becoming not just icons, but ambassadors for both. Recently, the band completed a European trek as part of the Persistence tour, performing with such other heavy hitters as Gorilla Biscuits, Wisdom In Chains and Billy Bio. At the final stop in London, I caught up with long time bass player Mike Gallo to discuss the tour, the band's new album "Get Loud!," artwork and why Agnostic Front defies political categorisation. You can watch the interview in full at the bottom of the page, or read the transcript below.

Diamond Oz: It's very nice to speak with you, seeing as I believe it's your twentieth year with the band.

Mike Gallo: Next year. I joined in 2001. My first album was "Dead Yuppies."

Oz: Well one thing I know for a fact is that you have a new album out now, "Get Loud!"

Mike: Yeah it's been really cool. From the writing process to the artwork to the videos and to a great response for the record. People really seem to be digging this record.

Oz: It's classic Agnostic Front so what's not to like?

Mike: Yeah, that's what everybody says. We play as many songs as we can but it's tough because we only have a forty minute set, so there's only so much we can squeeze in but we're playing a couple of songs. When we come back in the Summer time, we'll give everybody more of the new stuff but for this tour we're doing the classics. But it's been awesome, we had Sean Haggart doing the artwork for us again and I've always admired and loved his art so it kind of ties it altogether which is a cool thing and it'll keep us on the road for another four or five years! Right now we're working hard on this record and trying to do as much as we can.

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Anvil Posts New Music Video Online

Anvil have released their new music video "Legal At Last," the title track from their upcoming album. "'Legal At Last is our way of telling the public: 'It’s okay, Anvil are okay, you’re allowed to like us at last!'" states Lips

"Legal At Last" will be released via AFM Records and the album will be available as digipak, digital, black vinyl and some limited colored vinyl. Check out the video below.

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Testament Reveals More New Album Details

The time has arrived for legendary Bay Area thrash metal giants Testament to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album, "Titans Of Creation," which will be released on April 3rd via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band have released the debut single from the record alongside a lyric video. Check out "Night Of The Witch" below.

Chuck Billy comments, "It has been months since the final mixing of 'Titans Of Creation' and we are eager for fans to hear it. We feel that we put a lot into this record and at the end of the day it is a Testament record that stands on its own. We are very proud of 'Titans Of Creation.' More...

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Candlemass To Release New EP

Grammy-nominated classic doom icons, Candlemass, don't even need to drop a full-length for every release to prove they belong at the top of an entire genre and beyond. Fully comprised of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the "The Door To Doom" recording sessions, the band has just announced the release of a masterful new EP, "The Pendulum," due out March 27 via Napalm Records.

"The Pendulum" perfectly showcases that these timeless Swedish pioneers are the undisputed kings of epic doom. The fully-mastered opener/title track "The Pendulum" charges in with a melodic, head-swinging, thrashy rush - setting the stage for the raw, unfiltered steamrolling demo cuts to follow. Listen to the track’s unadulterated doom heaviness and watch a brand new lyric video for "The Pendulum" below.

Says band mastermind Leif Edling: "The Pendulum' is about hard riffing, epic choruses and total delusion the fanatical way. It is in fact the last thing I wrote for 'The Door To Doom' album but didn't have the time to finish it. Here it is in its grand/mad luster with a great mix by Niklas Flyckt, and produced by Marcus Jidell. It is followed by 5 unreleased demos from the DTD sessions because the whole sha-bang was at first supposed to be a double effort but got trimmed down to a single album eventually.

"I love 'The Pendulum' track, album quality if you ask me, and songs like 'Porcelain Skull' and 'Snakes Of Goliath' are not bad either. They just didn't make it to the final thing. So I hope you like this EP that features the "missing" songs. The last pieces of the puzzle of the 1 year recording that became the album The Door To Doom. Enjoy."

This six track EP leads the listener through a maze of frenzied riffing, accented by Johan Langquist's distinctive vocals and the unique, melancholy sound that has proven Candlemass to be a heavy metal staple. The Pendulum is a must-have for every classic doom record collection, and will stave off the hunger for more until the band's next full-length hits. More...

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Wardaemonic Premiere New Song "Sufferance"

Australian black metal band Wardaemonic premiere a new song entitled "Sufferance", taken from their upcoming new album "Acts of Repentance". The new release will be out in stores is out on March 20 via Transcending Obscurity.

Check out now "Sufferance" below.

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Kill The Lights (Ex-BFMV, Etc.) Premiere New Song

Kill The Lights have officially inked a deal with Fearless Records. The band feature ex-Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas, ex-Throw The Fight singer James Clark, Still Remains guitarist Jordan Whelan and Threat Signal guitarist Travis Montgomery. A new song and music video called “Shed My Skin” has premiered via YouTube and can be streamed below.

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Lord Dying Premiere New Music Video

A new official music video for Lord Dying‘s song “Freed From The Pressures Of Time” has recently premiered on YouTube. That track is taken from their latest album, “Mysterium Tremendum“, which is out in stores now.

Says vocalist/guitarist Erik Olson about it: More...

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Be//gotten Premiere New Track & Music Video

Be//gotten premiere a new music video for their song “Hopeless Romance” streaming via YouTube below. That track will be available on the group’s full-length debut, “< love/loathe/lust 3“, out in stores February 28th on Attila singer Chris Fronzak‘s Stay Sick Recordings.

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Testament Premiere New Track “Night Of The Witch”

Testament premiere the first new track from their impending new record “Titans Of Creation“. See below to stream “Night Of The Witch” via YouTube. Said album will be out in stores April 03rd via Nuclear Blast.

Next month will see the band overseas for the below European/UK tour with Exodus and Death Angel. More...

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