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Metal News for November 23, 2019

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Strigoi Posts New Music Video Online

Old-school death metal fans, the wait has come to an end: Strigoi has unleashed their debut album "Abandon All Faith," via Nuclear Blast. To celebrate, the band has premiered the official music video for new track "Carved Into The Skin," which marks Greg Mackintosh's first music video appearance in roughly 5 years. The video was produced by the band themselves and filmed by Danny Biggin, Json Adriani and Jake Mackintosh, with the latter also taking care of editing duties. You can check it out below.

Greg comments, "This, the grimmest track on the album is about depression, despair and self harm. Musical asphyxiation."

Bassist Chris Casket states, "The production of the video was totally DIY including the 'practical effects' and filmed in studio and on location in Yorkshire, Suffolk and Milan. Initially, we wanted to gather background footage for a lyric video, but these sessions quickly escalated into a full video production, and the end result is a combination of performance, eerie locations, creeping insects and self mutilation." More...

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Infected Rain Discusses New Album "Endorphin"

All around the world, metal bands are beginning to make a name for themselves. One name which is becoming all the more familiar every week is Infected Rain, the eclectic quintet from Chisinau, Moldova. This year, the band released "Endorphin" their first album through a record label (Napalm Records) and praise has been quick and deserved.

This month, while touring as openers to Lacuna Coil and Eluveitie (see review here, I caught up with Infected Rain vocalist Elena "Lena Scissorhands" Cataraga to discuss the album, why now was the right time to sign with a label, representing Moldova in metal music, the perception of professional musicians and much more. You can check it out below. More...

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Polaris Reveals New Album Details

Sydney metalcore outfit Polaris are proud to announce the details of their highly anticipated second studio album, "The Death Of Me," due to be released on 21st February 2020 via SharpTone Records. It's been two years since Polaris released their ARIA-nominated, Australian top 10 debut The Mortal Coil which introduced the group to legions of fans around the country and, thanks to an extensive international touring schedule, the world.

When it came time to make their new album, The Death Of Me, the Sydney outfit knew they had a tall order on their hands.

“We wanted to walk a line between maintaining what’s defined our band and brought people to our music in the first place, while trying to write for ourselves and keep ourselves interested,” begins drummer Daniel Furnari, one of the main songwriters in the unit. “Being our second full-length, we knew it was important for us to surprise the listener as well - nobody wants to hear the same record twice. We wanted to give them things they wouldn’t expect, take them to new places, but also for it to be definitively a Polaris record, building on what we’ve been working towards.”

Polaris returned to the house in the small Australian South Coast town of Mollymook where they made The Mortal Coil, converting it into a temporary studio. The familiar surrounds acted as something of a refuge after the high-pressure claustrophobia of touring. Accompanying the band was their front of house sound engineer, Lance Prenc, and long-time friend Scott Simpson (of Melbourne band Alpha Wolf), both of whom co-produced the album with the band. They tried a few new approaches to song writing, with tracks such as the anthemic first single, Masochist starting life as a vocal melody, around which the riffs were built, as opposed to the other way around. More...

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Soulfly Announces North American Tour

Soulfly will be heading out on the road in February on The Summoning North American 2020 tour. Kicking off on February 1 at the Marquee Theater in Tempe Arizona, the tour will make stops in Portland, Toronto, and New Orleans before ending on March 12 at the Warehouse Live in Houston Texas.

Joining the band as direct support are Toxic Holocaust and X-Method. The tour will also feature Madzilla, Skinflint and Systemhouse 33 on select dates.

Vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera comments, "The Ritual Continues! We are Summoning our Tribe to Rage across North America!!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Running Wild Posts New Single Online

Running Wild has released a new digital single and video for the song, "Ride On The Wild Side". The track is taken from the band's forthcoming "Crossing The Blades EP," featuring three brand-new studio recordings and one cover version and can be heard below.

"Ride On The Wild Side" is a song, which - thanks to its powerful pace and high compositional quality - would almost have made the shortlist for the upcoming album. Now it enhances the Crossing The Blades EP, particularly because Rock N' Rolf recorded the guitar solo on a Fender Stratocaster - instead of his tried and tested Gibson Explorer - to do justice to the track’s rocking flair. "Crossing The Blades" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on December 6 as CD EP, 12" vinyl version, shirt bundle (Steamhammer Shop), download and stream. More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Posts New Song Online

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted a new song online entitled, "Straight To Hell," which can be heard below. The song is the second track to be released from the vocalist's forthcoming new album, "Ordinary Man," which will be his first since the 2010 release, "Scream."

In other news, Ozzy recently returned the live stage, appearing as a special guest of rapper Post Malone, where the duo performed the song, "Take What You Want." You can also see a video of this performance below.


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Watain Guitarist Denied Entry To The U.S.

Swedish black metal practitioners Watain "regret to inform you that US authorities has decided to ban Watain's guitarist Pelle Forsberg from entering their country. Erik, Alvaro, Hampus and Emil have after a week of uncertainty just arrived in the States, unfortunately not in time to go through with tonight’s (November 21st) show in Houston, Texas."

According to the band, here's what happened:

"Upon his entry to the States last week, Pelle was unprovokedly taken into custody, locked up in a cell and interrogated during an entire night, only to finally have his newly approved US Working Visa - which he has been granted five times prior to this one- revoked and made void. He was thereafter deported back to Mexico where he had been prior to the tour. This radical and fatal decision, made by a random custom officer who happened to be on duty that day, was based on Google searches on Watain made during Pelle's incarceration, as well as private pictures found on his phone of motorbikes, hunting and various things related to Satanism, Black Metal and counter culture in general. Stuff this officer didn't understand, or like. More...

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