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Metal News for December 28, 2017

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Thrashback Thursday: Trapped Under Ice

Over the past few weeks, the Thrashback Thursday column hasn't quite lived up to its name by featuring grindcore songs, namely; Napalm Death's, "Suffer The Children" and Brutal Truth's, "Sugardaddy," with the proto-black metal staple, "Satanic Rites" by Hellhammer being featured the week before. While it's been made clear from the start that this column won't focus solely on thrash metal, this week we'll be heading back to the eighties to take a look at a song from thrash metal's biggest band, Metallica and the song, "Trapped Under Ice" from their beloved album, "Ride The Lightning."

"Ride The Lightning" was Metallica's sophomore full length album, being released a year after their debut, "Kill 'em All" and brought a lot more melody to Metallica's sound than previously heard, perhaps most notably on, "Fade To Black" and the instrumental closer, "Call of Ktulu." However, there was plenty of heaviness still on offer, including the twisting riffs of Metallica classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls," the sharp shocks of opener, "Fight Fire With Fire" and the Moses biopic, "Creeping Death."

However, the track we'll be examining this week, "Trapped Under Ice," showcases everything that was great about Metallica in their prime. On the album, the song brings listeners right back to frantic energy after the preceding number, "Fade To Black" and displays a sound which is all about speed, opening with a guitar intro and breaking into a wild riff, it's reminiscent of wild horses and motor racing less than 30 seconds into the song. There isn't much in the way of vocal melody, which is actually a plus when delivering the panic stricken and paranoid lyrics, however there's still enough to create a catchy, if brief, chourus. "Trapped Under Ice" is arguably one of the more overlooked songs on this classic album, but it's a perfect snapshot of the young thrash metal genre, showcasing a youthful energy and passion which would make the sub-genre such a success and by extension, why Metallica would become thrash's biggest ambassadors, at least for the decade. More...

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Evil Nerfal Premiere New Song "In Endless Torment"

Colombian black metal outfit Evil Nerfal has teamed up with Metalunderground.com to exclusively premiere their new track titled "In Endless Torment", taken from their upcoming new album "Bellum Est Pater Omnium". The new effort will be out in stores January 9th via Satanath Records' label-partners GrimmDistribution (Belarus) and Morbid Skull Records (El Salvador).

Check out now "In Endless Torment" below.

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Saber Tiger Signs With Sliptrick Records

Saber Tiger was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita and they have been illuminating the Japanese metal scene ever since. In recent years, they have been more prolific than ever, leading to the international re-release of "Bystander Effect" via Sliptrick Records in March, 2018.

The re-release of "Bystander Effect" is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental "Ship Of Theseusand" a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic "First Class Fool" are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks "Sin Eater" and "What I Used To Be" are included.

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Thal Reveal Artwork and Track Listing Of New Album

U.S. heavy rockers Thal reveal their new cover artwork and track listing of their upcoming album “Reach for the Dragon’s Eye”. The new album “Reach for the Dragon’s Eye” will be released as CD/DD by Argonauta Records on February 16 2018.

A brief teaser is available below as well.

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Corrosion of Conformity Issues New Blog Clip

Corrosion of Conformity issues the sixth clip in the No Cross No Crown videoblog series. In an in-depth roundtable discussion conducted by J. Bennett, the band talks about forthcoming fan reactions and album reviews.

Watch the latest segment below:

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Nightrage Posts Live Footage For "The Venomous"

Earlier this month the Greek/Swedish melodic death metal act Nightrage joined Firewind on the “Immortals Over Greece 2017” tour. Now the video footage for "The Venomous", from the Athens show (December 16th), has been posted online.

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Cannibal Corpse Song In New Will Smith Film Bright

Cannibal Corpse make a return to the big screen. Their 1992 song "Hammer Smashed Face", makes an appearance in one scene of Netflix's new movie Bright starring Will Smith, where orc cop Nick Jakoby (played by Joel Edgerton) calls the song the "greatest love song", while Smith's character Daryl Ward doesn't exactly agree...

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Bhleg Premiere New Track "Sunnanljus"

Swedish black metal unit Bhleg premiere a new song titled "Sunnanljus", taken from their upcoming new album "Solarmegin", which will be released by Nordvis Produktion on February 23.

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