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Metal News for October 23, 2018

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Static X Announces Reformation

Static-X is back! Featuring the band's original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, "Project Regeneration."

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon. More...

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Download Festival Announces Headliners

The organisers of Britain's largest rock and metal festival, Download has announced the three headlining bands for next year's event. Capping off the first night will be legendary British rockers Def Leppard, who will be performing the classic album, "Hysteria" in full, while on Saturday, Iowa nine piece Slipknot will headline the festival for the third time, before the weekend comes to a close with a performance from Tool.

In addition to this, a number of bands have been confirmed to perform at the event, including Slash and Myles Kennedy, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Carcass, Opeth, Die Antwoord, Delain, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Power Trip, Reel Big Fish, Skindred, Tesla, Starset, Underoath and The Amity Affliction.

The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th next year.

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Sigh Frontman On New Album, Drugs And Old Ads

Many bands strive for commercial success, others work for respect. Then there are the true artists, who simply create to express themselves, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Some examples would be Tom G. Warrior of Triptykon (and ex Celtic Frost/Hellhammer,) Lou Reed and in today's case, Mirai Kawashima of Sigh. The Japanese band has been challenging preconceptions about music and art since their debut, "Scorn Defeat" was released in 1993, with subsequent albums such as "Imaginary Sonicscape," "Gallows Gallery" and "Hangman's Hymn," as well the superb 2015 release, "Graveward" surprising listeners at every turn.

Three years on from "Graveward" and fans are in for another shock with the release of, "Heir To Despair" on November 16th through Candlelight. The record is completely different from the previous effort, boasts a guest appearance from Phil Anselmo and most importantly, is a strong artistic and personal statement. I had the honour of having my questions answered by the band's vocalist and leader Mirai Kawashima who discussed "Heir To Despair," his insistence that fans will hate the record and the influence drug advertisements had on the artwork.

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us. Obviously the first place to start is with the new album, "Heir To Despair." You maintained for months that fans would hate the album. Why is this?

Mirai Kawashima: There is no other reason than I have been feeling so. It's not a part of promotion plan or anything. I just mean it. This is 100% my personal album. This album is not meant to please anybody including the band members. I am quite sure the other members do not get what it is about, either. So far "Homo Homini Lupus" has been published and people say they liked it, but this song is a big exception. This does not have an Asian feel or flute, which is a feature of the album. Other songs do not sound anything like HHL. If you liked HHL, that means you'd hate rest of the album.

Oz: There is a trilogy of songs on the album entitled, "Heresy." Could you tell us more about this concept?

Mirai: Actually this trilogy is the main reason that I keep saying fans won't appreciate the album. It has nothing to do with metal. I myself do not know what they are. I just made those songs without thinking much. I just wanted to make something druggy and evil. For Heresy II and III, I tried to imagine how schizophrenic people see and hear this world. Heresy I was remixed by David Harrow. He also remixed "The Tranquilizer Song" on "Gallows Gallery". David is one of the artists I truly respect. "Tantric Steps" by Technova, which is actually David, is one of the druggiest techno stuff I have ever heard. It's a genius work.

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Varathron Premiere New Lyric Video

Varathron Premiere New Lyric Video For "Luciferian Mystical Awakening" From Latest Album "Patriarchs Of Evil"

Greek black metal outift VARATHRON premiere their new lyric video for "Luciferian Mystical Awakening", taken from their new album "Patriarchs Of Evil", out now via Agonia Records. Watch the video below:

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City Of Tyrants Premiere New Song & Lyric Video

New Jersey based Metal band CITY OF TYRANTS has released the official lyric video for "Astral Projection," the first single off of their upcoming album, REVELATIONS. Due out 11/16/2018, REVELATIONS will be a concept album addressing the conflict and confusion of pursuing ones personal ideology.

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Suffering Quota Premiere New Song "Apathy"

Dutch grinders Suffering Quota premiere a new song entitled "Apathy". The song is taken from their impending new album “Life In Disgust”, out through Loner Cult Records, Dawnbreed Records, Mono Canibal Records and 7Degrees Records on vinyl and on cassette through Tartarus Records on November 2nd.

Check out now "Apathy" below.

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Unleashed Premiere New Song "Stand Your Ground"

"Stand Your Ground", a new track from Swedish death metal icons Unleashed, can be heard below. The song is taken from the outfit's impending new outing, "The Hunt For White Christ", which will be released on October 26 through Napalm Records.

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Just For Fun

See: Trump In Hilarious System Of A Down Mashup

Below you can watch Trump singing a very good mash up of his speeches and System of A Down's classic, "Chop Suey"...

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Ohhms Premiere New Song & Music Video

UK-based doom/post-metal outfit Ohhms premiere a new song music video titled "Shambles", taken from their forthcoming new album "Exist", which will be out in stores November 9 on Holy Roar.

Check out now "Shambles" below.

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Abigorum Premiere New Song "The Darkness of Aeon"

Saint Petersburg, Russia based ambient black metal, and doom metal unit Abigorum premiere a new song entitled "The Darkness of Aeon", taken from their upcoming new album "Spectral Shadows", which will be released in a jewel-case CD edition with a 6-page booklet by GrimmDistribution (Ukraine) and Death Portal Studio (USA).

Check out now "The Darkness of Aeon" below.

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Dødsferd Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming Album

Greek black metal band Dødsferd premiere title track of their upcoming new album "Diseased Remnants of A Dying World", which will be out in stores by Transcending Obscurity Records on December 14th.

Check out now "Diseased Remnants of A Dying World" below.

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Thoren Premiere New Song "Daleb Dath"

Detroit-based instrumental death metal band Thoren premiere a new song entitled "Daleb Dath", taken from their upcoming new album "Gwarth I", which will be released on November 9th by Drylands Records.

Check out now "Daleb Dath" below.

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Forbidden Rites Premiere New Song "Judgement"

Black/death metal band Forbidden Rites premiere a new song entitled "Judgement", taken from their upcoming new album "Pantheon Arcanum", which will be out in stores by GrimmDistribution on November 7th.

Check out now "Judgement" below.

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Metallica “To Live Is To Die” Live Video Streaming

Metallica share the below live footage of “To Live Is To Die” filmed on December 07th, 2011. This performance marked the only time the group have played the track live in full and it took place as part of their then four-night 30th anniversary celebration at the The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

Metallica have been highlighting past live performances of all the songs from their “…And Justice For All“ album leading up to its forthcoming November 02nd deluxe reissue through the band’s own Blackened Recordings label.

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Anthrax - Arizona State Fair 2018

For those metalheads that live in Arizona, specifically the city of Phoenix, they were lucky enough to see two Big Four bands at the Arizona State Fair in recent memory while enjoying corn dogs and roller coasters to boot. Three years ago, it was Slayer, and this year said band was Anthrax. Scheduled among other popular and commercial Arizona State Fair concert series acts such as Pitbull, The Flaming Lips, and 38 Special, they were not to be outdone. Anthrax proved that even a heavy metal band can pull in a crowd at a family friendly event such as a state fair.

As soon as “The Number of the Beast” cracked the PA system minutes before the start of the concert, you would have sworn that Iron Maiden had hit the stage. The roar from the crowd was deafening and I looked around to see if Eddie was rumbling through the crowd. But once the Blues Brothers version of Otis Redding’s "I Can't Turn You Loose” followed, everyone knew what was about to happen next. Ripping into a ferocious rendition of “Among the Living,” Joey, Scotty, Frankie, Charlie and former Shadows Fall guitarist, Jonathan Donais, cruised through a greatest hits inspired set-list that locked in the audience for the entire show.

At one point, Joey Belladonna remarked that they didn’t know what to expect when they signed on to play the Arizona State Fair. Well, what they got was a very enthusiastic and adoring crowd that soaked in every note and every beat of every song. I saw some homemade Anthrax banners and plenty of their shirts being worn among the living…err…I mean the crowd. Joey even made sure that those working in the photo pit had fun, borrowing cameras to take photos and rolling live video of those in attendance.

Anthrax concluded their set with an encore of “Indians” finishing with Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” as an outro which in turn blew the roof off the place. As the amped up crowd left the coliseum and dispersed throughout the fairgrounds to possibly take on the Remix ride and/or wolf down a bacon wrapped turkey leg, I couldn’t help but think if it’s in the realm of possibility that Metallica would perform at the Arizona State Fair someday? Megadeth would probably be more likely and for the record, Dave Mustaine looks like some of the animals at the petting zoo nowadays. More...

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Mac Sabbath Debut New Music Video “Sweet Beef”

Mac Sabbath bring the golden arches approach to Black Sabbath‘s “Sweet Leaf” in their new official music video for “Sweet Beef“. Comments frontman Ronald Osbourne: “Mac Sabbath ‘meats’ marionettes! There will be blood!”

Next up for the band are the following tour dates: More...

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Bodysnatcher Premiere New Single “Ego Killer”

Bodysnatcher premiere a new track titled “Ego Killer” which you can stream it below. The cut is one of five new songs to appear on the forthcoming deluxe edition of their latest release “Death Of Me“. Stay Sick Recordings will have that outing in stores this Friday, October 26th.

In addition to the release having been re-mixed and remastered, the deluxe edition will include 5 new songs: More...

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