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Metal News for October 31, 2019

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13 news articles posted on this day.


Rotting Christ Frontman Unleashes "The Heretics"

Greece has given the world so much over the years. From philosophy to science, maths to the arts, so much of what we enjoy today can be traced to the beautiful country in the Mediterranean. Greece hasn't shied away from metal music either and black metal historians will be happy to remind you that before the infamous scene in Norway, Greece had their own black metal hive. From that era, which produced some excellent groups, comes one of the country's best known metal bands; Rotting Christ.

Thirty years and thirteen albums into their career and the band are arguably better than ever. Their new album, "The Heretics," earned a perfect review on this very site and they still pack out venues wherever they go. Right now, the Hellenic heavyweights are on tour with Portuguese legends Moonspell and at their recent show in London (see review here,) I had the pleasure of sitting down with frontman Sakis Tolis to discuss the new record, their biography, "Non Serviam," how the state of Greece affects song writing and much more. You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: One thing I was quite surprised at tonight was that your show only featured two songs from "The Heretics." It's quite shocking because it's a fantastic album.

Sakis Tolis: We have almost two hundred songs available. So when it comes to making a setlist it's a nightmare. So we prefer to have only two new songs because... There is no because actually! At least this way people get to hear a little bit of everything, but it's very difficult for a band which has been around for so many years to prepare a setlist that can satisfy everyone.

Oz: As I said, it's an amazing album. It's very cinematic. Obviously the last three Rotting Christ albums have followed a concept, with "Rituals" focusing on just that and "Katá ton Daímona Eautoú" revolved around the underworlds from different mythologies. Is this a niche that's set in stone now?

Sakis: I have no idea. I'm the only composer in the band and it's a bit like a nightmare because I don't know what to do. I have too many ideas in my mind. Even if I sleep I think a lot. I don't know what direction the band will continue in, let's see. So far, we are in the middle of a really long tour, so I'm not in the mood to write something or make decisions. At the moment, we're doing our best every night to satisfy the people who pay for a ticket every night and who support Rotting Christ but when I get back home, I will do my best.

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Abbath Announced For Metal And Beers Philly

The complete list of confirmed breweries and bands is below. More bands and breweries will be announced next month.

Converge (performing Jane Doe in its entirety)
Napalm Death (performing an all-Harmony Corruption and Utopia Banished set)
Pig Destroyer (performing Prowler in the Yard in its entirety)
Night Demon
Idle Hands
Magic Circle

Broken Goblet Brewing (presenting brewery)
Wake Brewing (featured brewery)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
HammerHeart Brewing Co.
Adroit Theory Brewing Co.
Blake's Hard Cider
Tired Hands Brewing Co.
Yards Brewing Co.
Oliver Brewing Co.
Brimming Horn Meadery
Burial Beer Co.
Goldhorn Brewery More...

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Strigoi Posts New Album Trailer Online

Only 3 weeks left until Strigoi unleash their debut album "Abandon All Faith," upon the world via Nuclear Blast. To shorten the wait for the fans, the group has unveiled the third album trailer, in which founding members Greg and Chris speak about the new record's artwork and their touring plans. You can check it out below.

With an approach that was as nihilistic and crusty as it was cinematically grand, Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh teamed up with former Extreme Noise Terror and Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket to record a truly bonecrushing beast of old-school death metal.

Named after the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who could rise from the grave and assume an entirely different form, Strigoi's bassist Chris Casket was also tasked with writing the lyrics for the new project. Mackintosh gave him simple thematic guidelines: attack organized religion, sparingly discuss grief and dive into the countless horrible things that humanity continues to inflict upon itself.

The debut album will be available on jewelcase CD, black vinyl in gatefold and digitally - full tracklist below:

1. The Rising Horde
2. Phantoms
3. Nocturnal Vermin
4. Seven Crowns
5. Throne Of Disgrace
6. Carved Into The Skin
7. Parasite
8. Iniquitous Rage
9. Plague Nation
10. Enemies Of God
11. Scorn Of The Father
12. Abandon All Faith More...

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Paul Di'anno To Release New Live Album

In the summer of 2006 Paul Di'Anno was asked if he would like to perform with his German band "Phantoms Of The Opera" at a city festival in the small Westphalian town of Waltrop. At that time also with "Fury In the Slaughterhouse" and "Sydney Youngblood". After initial skepticism about how to get the expected pop and disco fans, they decided to play the gig. Especially since the two "Re-Vision" musicians, bassist Gonzo and drummer Dom, who formed the rhythm foundation of the "Phantoms", had a home game. And that scepticism vanished and suddenly turned into pure magic at the moment the band entered the stage. The city festival crowd mutated into an enthusiastic metal crowd, celebrating Paul and his boys through their brilliant gig.

The show was also completely recorded by producer and FOH man Thomas Mergler. At home, however, he found that the recordings were unusable due to an error by the monitor crew.

After more than 12 years Thomas found the tapes again by chance. And he managed to save the old recordings with the help of more modern technical possibilities. More...

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Epica To Release Book In December

Recently, Dutch metal titans Epica unveiled their re-release "Design Your Universe [Gold Edition]" and today they confirm December 9, 2019 as release date of their upcoming book "The Essence Of Epica."

"The Essence Of Epica" is a unique, bespoke book by and about one of the world's greatest symphonic metal bands. It has been lovingly compiled using rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal stories told by the band - Mark Jansen, Simone Simons, Coen Janssen, Ariën van Weesenbeek, Isaac Delahaye, Rob van der Loo - and former members Ad Sluijter and Yves Huts, with extra commentary from people who've worked closely with Epica. Among the wealth of photographs included are baby photos, high school and college portraits, plus performance shots, and backstage scenes from the very early days all the way up to the present.

Each narrator tells the band's story in the first person, beginning with their early life, teen years, key musical influences and details of how they met. They describe how Epica formed, found success and through constant gigging around the world, became the global phenomenon that they are today.

"The Essence Of Epica" will be available in two versions:

- The "Classic" is a 224-page full colour hardback, filled with over 200 images with a cover specially designed by Stefan Heilemann.
- The "Signature" is the same hardback in a deluxe clamshell box, signed by the band, with three exclusive, original art prints created by Stefan Heilemann.

The book is published December 9, 2019.

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Megadeth Bassist On New Book, Solo Album & "Risk"

Every musician strives to make their band the best it can possibly be. Some are lucky enough to translate this into commercial success and fewer still are able to transform their band into bonafide legends, which make a lasting impact on music as we know it. One such man who has been able to achieve the dreams of thousands of headbangers full of aspiration is David Ellefson, the bassist for thrash metal titans Megadeth.

But it's not just Megadeth that occupies Ellefson's time. The man known affectionately by fans as "Junior" is also an accomplished author, having released his first book, "My Life With Deth" in 2013, with a sequel, "More Life With Deth" released four months ago. Not just that, but Ellefson owns his own label, EMP Music Group, has just released his first solo album, "Sleeping Giants," launched the MEGA Life Ministries worship service in Scottsdale, AZ, founded the coffee company Ellefson Coffee Co. and now has his own film company, Ellefson Films, who are preparing to release their first movie, "Dwellers." I recently caught up with Ellefson to discuss some of these new endeavours as well as the MegaCruise, the twentieth anniversary of Megadeth's controversial album, "Risk" and much more. You can watch the interview below, while an excerpt reads as follows:

Diamond Oz: You've got a lot on your plate at the moment, I didn't realise quite how much until I looked into it. Perhaps most important is your solo album, "Sleeping Giants." I heard a little bit of it earlier and it sounds really really good.

David Ellefson: Thank you. It's kind of a combination of some new tracks. In particular "Vultures," is a brand new track. "Hammer Comes Down" and "Sleeping Giants" was music I had but then my partner Thom (Hazaert) finished lyrics to the collaboration with DMC, "Sleeping Giants," did the collaboration with Eric A.K. from Flotsam And Jetsam on "Hammer," as well as bringing in our friends Mark Tremonti and Chris Poland who played guitar. Dave McClain of Sacred Reich and formerly Machine Head put drums down so it was fun to get the whole crew together and work on those songs. Then I put some of the old F5 demos from the 2000s and then some tracks that I'd written in 1993 when we had a break in the "Countdown To Extinction" album. My friend Pat Schunk, who I was introduced to by Nick Menza, we had a really fun collaborative season, wrote a bunch of tunes, had John Bush sing on "If You Were God," had David Glen Isley sing on a handful of tracks. So yeah, these were songs that were just sat in a box at home and I just ruffled through it and started putting together with Tom and thought, "If not now, when?" It's probably the best time to do it, especially with the new book, "More Life With Deth," it kind of brings the whole story together. More...

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Vessel of Light Premiere New Song "Meet and Bone"

Jersey doom outfit Vessel of Light - featuring Hades founding member Dan Lorenzo - premiere a new song and music video "Meet and Bone". The track is taken from their upcoming new album "Thy Serpent Rise", which will be out digitally and on CDs November 1st.

Check out now "Meet and Bone" below.

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Obsidian Tongue Premiere New Song

Obsidian Tongue premiere a new song entitled "Return to the Fields of Violet", taken from their upcoming new album "Volume III", which will be released by Bindrune Recordings on January 31, 2020.

Check out now "Return to the Fields of Violet" below.

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Wolves At The Gate Premiere New Music Video

Wolves At The Gate premiere their new official music video for their song “A Voice In The Violence“. That track can be found on their latest outing “Eclipse“, which saw its release this past July.

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Devin Townsend Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian metal favourite Devin Townsend is the latest act to be confirmed for the 2020 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will embark on it's tenth voyage in January. This brings the number of bands up to fourteen, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Flotsam And Jetsam
Leaves Eyes

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Moloken Reveals New Album Release Date

Moloken has announced that they have put pen to paper with The Sign Records and will release their fourth album "Unveilance of Dark Matter" on the 31st of January. Moloken is a powerhouse that has fueled the North Swedish hemisphere for 12 years. The new album holds eleven tracks of progressive and uncompromising metal that establish the band further. The music is tainted by the North Swedish music environment and similarities can be found to other Umeå based bands like Meshuggah, Cult of Luna or Refused. Album artwork is done by the fantastic Costin Chioreanu that previously have worked with bands as Ghost, At the Gates and Mayhem. The first single "Surcease" is set for release the 8th of November.

1 - This Love Is A Curse
2 - Surcease
3 - Shadowcastle (Pt. I)
4 - No Ease, No Rest
5 - Hollow Caress
6 - Venom Love
7 - Repressed
8 - Lingering Demise
9 - Unbareable
10 - One Last Breath
11 - Unveilance of Dark Matter More...

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Obscura Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Today, Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce the signing of Germany's finest progressive death metal band, Obscura. Founded in 2002, the group have established their reputation by releasing 5 studio albums which have been highly acclaimed by fans and press alike, accompanied by playing support tours (w/ Sepultura, Children Of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse among others) as well as their own headline shows all around the globe.

Band founder Steffen Kummerer states, "Partnering with the world's biggest independent metal label feels like the start of a new chapter for Obscura and we are very much looking forward to a great collaboration and to releasing our forthcoming sixth studio album with a great team at our side."

Nuclear Blast's Jaap Wagemaker adds, "As fans ourselves at Nuclear Blast, we have long admired the artistry of German progressive death metal masters Obscura. We were blown away by their musical 4-album-cycle that started with 'Cosmogenesis' and ended with 'Diluvium' complete with all the band's signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and jaw-dropping virtuosity! We knew that Obscura has the potential to become one of the leading forces in progressive death metal worldwide, so when the opportunity came to work with them, there was no room for second thoughts. We at Nuclear Blast are very curious to see where Obscura's musicial journey beyond 'Diluvium' will bring them. If you are a fan of progressive metal, you should definitely check out this band!"

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Rings Of Saturn Posts Second New Album Trailer

Last Friday, alien-themed tech-death masters Rings Of Saturn unleashed their fifth full-length studio album, "Gidim," via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band releases the second trailer discussing "Gidim." Watch as the band discusses the album artwork that features easter eggs from the band's history, the writing process behind the songs as well as Lucas returning to the touring line-up, here for the "Gidim" Release Tour.

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