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Metal News for October 22, 2020

Last updated on October 29, 2020 at 3:04 PM ET

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Ysgaroth Releases New Single

With their debut album "Storm Over a Black Sea" coming up soon, Vancouver extreme metal band Ysgaroth allure metal fans around the world with a new single, "Forward Unto Death."

One of the shorter songs on the album, it was the last song written, and it is Ysgaroth stripped down to its core elements: harmonies, black metal atmosphere, and at least one riff born of caveman brutality. Lyrically this song is about everything mankind is doing to the Earth, and the true cost of climate change: everything. We’re not just destroying the Earth in some abstract sense, we’re slowly killing ourselves, and very quickly driving every animal we can extinct.

Probably the most stylistically varied song on the album, the verses evoke 90’s black metal, with the pre-chorus drawing influence from power metal and the chorus being pure 2000’s melodeath. The outro channels the muscular death metal of Deicide and Cannibal Corpse, and the solo is Steigler’s best Trey Azagthoth impression. The band comments about the guests on the song:

"We had already reached out to our friends Jessie Grace and Erik Leonhard of KOSM about having them on the album, and we wanted to do something a little bit different with 'Forward Unto Death' by having Jessie sing the chorus. The lyrics on this one are about as straightforward as we can get: we’re killing the Earth more every second of every day, and we only ourselves to blame for the extinction of thousands of species, the absolute shattering of the world, but at least the stock market went up."

Influences ranging from old school death metal, progressive metal, black metal, and sludge are evident and fans of Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Death will be particularly interested.

The single "Forward Unto Death" is available via its premiere on Metal-Rules and can also be heard below.

"Storm Over a Black Sea" will be available on November 13, 2020. More...

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Lyonen Posts New Music Video Online

Lyonen, the solo project from Venezuela's Luis Rivas, released a debut album “This Is Lyonen” during August of this year. It is a solid eleven-track effort packed with flouring power metal vocals, sweeping solos, and of course, a layer of thundering drums.

Rivas is a talented musician who seeks to push the envelope with his sound and bridge various elements from different genres to make a well-rounded, dynamic style. His music always contains a positive message, and the classic heavy metal track "Lyonen" is no exception. The song recalls a mix of Rivas’ teenage days in the ’80-’90s. It is an anthem for the band’s followers and encourages listeners to be free, do the right things, and stand for truth.

Rivas explains further:

"I want to motivate the listeners through the lyrics while giving them a shot of classic heavy metal with melodic guitar lines and heavy vocals. Lyonen is important to me because this is the first time I can put what I am thinking into a song and I definitely want to do more." More...

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Katatonia Shares New Live Video

Katatonia have released their live performance of the "City Burials" single "Behind The Blood," taken from the forthcoming live lockdown session album "Dead Air." You can check it out below.

Vocalist Jonas Renkse comments, Here’s our first and (so far) only live rendition of ‘Behind The Blood’ from our latest album, City Burials. As weird as these times are, it gives us a little comfort to know that we made an attempt to defy the situation and did what we miss the most right now: playing a show." More...

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Varg Drummer Discusses New Album "Zeichen"

It's a funny contradiction that in the modern world, one of the most popular sub-genres of metal is one which focuses on the past, particularly the pre-Christian ways of Europe. Pagan metal, as it is often dubbed, blends metal music with melodies, themes and at times intruments to remind the world of where it came from and the fill in the missing parts of the soul.

One of pagan metal's most endearing bands of the last fifteen years hails from the Bavarian town of Coburg and despite the confusion and misguided connotations regarding their moniker, take their name from the Scandinavian word for "wolf." The band of course is Varg and this year, the band released what could well be their strongest album, "Zeichen," which saw not only a return to their pagan metal roots, but the introduction of new vocalist Fylgja. To find out more about the album, as well as the past and future plans for the band, I caught up with founding member and drummer Silvester "Fenrier" Grundmann. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Septicflesh Records Children's Choir For New Album

Fantastic news from Greek's most promising symphonic death metal export: Septicflesh took another huge step in completing the recordings of their upcoming studio album. The children choir recordings for the new record are done - adding an unique vibe to the album as the band states:

"The children choir recordings for the new Septicflesh album have been completed with the very good collaboration of the Libro Coro. So you can expect some realy emotional parts on the songs, that thrive on the contrast of the angelic voices with the musical pandemonium surrounding them."

The as yet untitled new album has been in progress since August of this year and is set to be the band's first album in four years, marking the longest gap in between albums since reforming, as well as the band's first album since signing with Nuclear Blast.

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Copenhell Adds Danish Bands For 2021

Seventeen Danish bands have been added to the 2021 Copenhell lineup. Many were scheduled to play at 2020 Copenhell, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, but some are new selections that weren't previously anticipated. The bands are: D-A-D, Bersærk, Artillery, Siamese, Redwood Hill, Xenoblight, Orm, Withering Surface, Ghost Iris, Denial of God, Eyes, Svartsot, Soren Andersen, Wayward Dawn, Nyredolk, Lifesick, and Ivy Crown.

The full line up, and tickets, can be had here.

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Warrior Soul Releases Alice Cooper Cover

Warrior Soul have released a video for their cover of Alice Cooper's "Elected", featured on their upcoming covers album, "Cocaine And Other Good Stuff," out via Livewire/Cargo Records on November 13. You can check it out below.

The album is an incendiary compilation of songs that everyone in the band, both current and previous members, had some input choosing, and it shows true honesty in the recordings, making it a fresh take on some very listenable rock jams.

Kory Clarke: "We wanted to make a record that was not about all the crap we are all living in, as it seems like a well worn path for . So, I had to think out of the box."

The album was recorded all over the western world (Edinburgh, Newcastle, Copenhagen, L.A., NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Sheffield, and Torrevieja) in home studios. More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has announced that the scheduled "No More Tours 2" trek with fellow legends Judas Priest, will now take place in 2022.

Due to the unprecedented and ever-changing situation, the six-week trek scheduled for October 2020, will move to 2022. The rescheduled 19-date arena tour, with lifelong friends Judas Priest as special guests, will kick off on January 26, 2022 in Berlin, and includes a brand new date in Hungary, at the Budapest Arena. Fans should hold onto their tickets as they remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates, and refunds must be sought at point of purchase.

Says Ozzy: "I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God Bless you All! Love Ozzy."

The tour dates are now as follows: More...

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Wind Rose Posts New Music Video Online

Wind Rose are back with another visual to their epic, story-filled and critically acclaimed album Wintersaga, releasing the official music video for "We Were Warriors" today via Napalm Records! "We Were Warriors" is a follow-up to their popular first singles, “Diggy Diggy Hole” and "Drunken Dwarves", which together racked up well over 20 million views on YouTube! In "We Were Warriors," Wind Rose take the viewer on an adventurous hunt for gold through dark ruins and caves, passing old relics from a morbid past.

Wind Rose on "We Were Warriors":
"'We Were Warriors' is a song about the Dwarves fallen in battle and their eternal rest inside the great halls of stone. A strong theme needed strong music, so we came up with one of the most astonishing songs we have ever composed: powerful riffs, massive orchestrations and epic choirs. We could not imagine a better epilogue for our latest album Wintersaga." More...

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Grimmreaper Premiere New Song & Music Video

Amarillo, Texas-based alternative metal band Grimmreaper premiere a new song and music video "Resent", taken from their upcoming new album "The Tragedy of Being".

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Glorious Depravity Premiere New Single

New York brutal death metal act Glorious Depravity, featuring members of Pyrrhon, Woe, and Mutilation Rites, premiere their new single 'Digital Reaper' streaming via YouTube below. The track comes from the bands forthcoming full-length debut "Ageless Violence", due out on November 27th via Translation Loss Records.

About the track, frontman and vocalist Doug Moore comments: More...

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Deafheaven Premiere "Daedalus (Live)"

Deafheaven premiere a new live version for "Daedalus", taken from their impending new album "10 Years Gone". The new outing is a completely live-in-studio album, due out December 4 on Sargent House Records.

Check out now "Daedalus" below.

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Without Mercy Premiere New Song & Music Video

British Columbia-based Without Mercy premiere a new song and music video "Uprooted", taken from their upcoming new album "Seismic", which will be out in stores November 20th. The record also features guest spots from Chris Broderick and Jeff Loomis.

Check out now "Uprooted" below.

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Nader Sadek Premiere New Song & Music Video

Nader Sadek premiere a new song entitled "The Serapeum (Polluted Waters)", taken from their upcoming new EP "The Serapeum", which will be out in stores , out November 20 via Bandcamp. The track and EP features Karl Sanders (Nile) and Derek Roddy (Serpents Rise, ex-Hate Eternal, ex-Malevolent Creation, etc.) among others.

Check out now "The Serapeum (Polluted Waters)" below.

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I Prevail Premiere Live Video For “Deadweight”

I Prevail premiere a new live music video for “Deadweight” featuring Beartooth singer Caleb Shomo. The single is taken from their impending new live release titled “Post Traumatic”, out in stores on October 30th via Fearless Records.

The track listing for “Post Traumatic” is set to run as follows: More...

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Demon Hunter Premiere New Music Video

Demon Hunter premiere a music video for their song “Cut To Fit“, taken from the album “War”. Andy Maier produced the live performance themed video, which you can stream via YouTube below:

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