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Metal News for February 1, 2022

Last updated on July 5, 2022 at 9:35 AM ET

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Kreator Teases New Music Video

German thrash metal legends Kreator has posted a new teaser clip online via Vimeo, which appears to preview an upcoming music video. The clip can be seen by heading to the band's website and entering the code, "Hate uber alles." Behind the video is also some rather detailed artwork, leading fans to wonder if this is perhaps the cover for a forthcoming album. Stay tuned for further updates.

Kreator's most recent studio album, "Gods Of Violence" was released in January 2017. A new single, "666 - World Divided" was released in March 2020 and less than two weeks ago, the band unleashed a live album entitled, "Bootleg Revolution."

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Megaforce Co-Founder Jon Zazula Passes Away

Jon Zazula, the co-founder of Megaforce Records and the man credited with helping to launch the careers of such bands as Metallica, Anthrax, Testament and Overkill, has sadly passed away. He follows his wife Marsha, the other Megaforce co-founder, who died on January 10th last year.

Zazula founded Megaforce in 1982, releasing Metallica's debut album, "Kill 'em All" the next year and would sign such other notable bands as Mercyful Fate, Ministry, Mushroomhead, The Black Crowes, Raven and Manowar. His autobiography, "Heavy Tales" was released in 2019.

His daughter Rikki broke the news with the following statement: "The world lost a true legend today… Our Dad lived a life as fast, hard, heavy, powerful, and, impactful as the music he brought to the world. His passion and persistence fueled the careers of arguably the most influential metal bands, and, industry greats of a generation. To us he was simply daddy… Our father and mother were a powerhouse partnership in love, life, and business. Together they believed in the unbelievable, their passion, rebel perspective, and persistence built an empire from a box of vinyl in a flea market - into a multi platinum selling record label, management company, and publishing house. Although we are devastated he is gone, they are finally reunited. And it feels impossible to imagine a world without him in it. For all of us who knew and loved him … by the way… keep it heavy! RIP daddy you will truly be deeply missed, but, never forgotten…your LegaZ will live on forever, not only in us and your grandchildren, but, in every headbanger on this planet for all of eternity!" More...

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Night Cobra Posts New Single Online

Night Cobra plays uncaged music for an age of discontent. The Houston heavy metal band will release its debut full length LP, "Dawn Of The Serpent," on February 11 via Irongrip Records/High Roller Records.

Featuring current and former members of Eternal Champion, Necrofier, Venomous Maximus, and more, Night Cobra plays a fiery blend of scorching rock 'n' roll and blistering metal. "With Dawn Of The Serpent," Night Cobra delivers high-tech, low life heavy metal that sounds like it was made on the concrete streets of a city. Ominous cover artwork by Adam Burke (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats) portends the calamity that the record promises.

In celebration of the impending release of Dawn Of The Serpent, the new song, "Run The Blade", is available for streaming now. More...

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Fall Of Stasis Releases "Baal Arise" Video

Fall Of Stasis has been making its name known in the Montreal metal scene since they first stepped on a stage in 2017. A formidable blend of symphonics, black metal, prog and even a bit of folk, the band weaves an eclectic tapestry that will entice a wide variety of listeners.

The single "Baal Arise" describes a demon’s awakening and his wish to enslave humanity. This is a short, fast-paced, “in-your-face” type of song that starts off with a brutal death metal riff followed by an epic chorus. The band explains in further detail:

"This song was almost entirely written by Tristan, although it’s been fine-tuned and improved thanks to the band’s creative input. This song is short and very aggressive, and for that reason, we feel like it is very effective in grabbing the attention of our target audience. It was inspired by old-school metal songs that usually delve into satanic themes. We also felt like the storytelling was interesting and well-suited for a lyric video."

It is apparent throughout the 50-minute album that a lot of effort was put into it, each song that was included was carefully picked to pique the listener’s interest and showcase the band‘s songwriting abilities. Overall, it is a melting pot of each band member’s musical tastes and influences, which makes for a pretty varied repertoire, ranging from smooth and melancholic ballads to aggressive and fast metal riffs. This gives them somewhat of an “apocalyptic” sound, something that is also reflected in most of the lyrics.

Metalheads looking for something brutal, eclectic, and original especially those with an interest in Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Black Dahlia Murder and Unexpect will likely enjoy Fall of Stasis.

"Baal Arise" can be watched and heard via its premiere on No Clean Singing or below. More...

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Abysmal Dawn Streaming New EP

Los Angeles death metal titans, Abysmal Dawn, will be releasing a new EP, "Nightmare Frontier," on February 4 via Season of Mist. An advanced audio stream of the full EP can be found below.

During the height of the worldwide apocalyptic dystopia of 2020, the band persevered and released one of the greatest albums of their career, "Phylogenesis." Now, they pick up where they left off, unleashing a solid four-song EP.

The band comments, "Our new EP is a available to check out now! It includes a Bloodborne inspired track, a re-recorded song from our first album, an In Flames cover and a Candlemass cover with some unexpected clean vocals. It was fun to explore and pay tribute to some of our more melodic influences on this one. Enjoy!”

"Nightmare Frontier" was mixed and mastered by Charles Elliott at Tastemaker Audio. Drums were engineered by John Haddad at Trench Studios, while tracking for all instruments was handled by Elliott. The artwork for Nightmare Frontier was created by Par Olofson.


1. A Nightmare Slain
2. Blacken The Sky
3. Behind Space
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Demonstealer Posts New Music Video Online

Demonstealer, one of India's premiere death metal musicians, has revealed his new track "What She Creates, She Will Destroy." The single is taken from his new EP "The Holocene Termination," out now.

Watch the music video to "What She Creates, She Will Destroy," premiered by Decibel Magazine, below.

Sahil Makhija, better known as Demonstealer, has long been one of the pillars of the heavy metal scene in India. From being at the vanguard of a fledgling metal scene to becoming one of its most visible and respected proponents today, Demonstealer is integral to the growth of the Indian metal community. More...

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Battle Beast Announces European Tour Dates

On January 21st, Battle Beast unleashed their brand new masterpiece 'Circus of Doom', which blended true heavy metal with pop and rock-vibes, paired with Noora Louhimo’s unique voice. Since its release, the album has entered the charts worldwide, including #1 in their home country Finland.

Official Charts overview:
Finland: #1
UK: #1 (Rock), #6 (Indie)
Sweden: #1 (Hard Rock), #5 (Physical)
Switzerland: #5
Germany: #9
US: #7 (Current Hard Music), #10 (Top New Artist)

Eero Sipilä comments: "We are so grateful to our fans around the world for making 'Circus of Doom' such a huge success. We can’t wait to take this album on the road and get to thank all of you face-to-face! The circus is coming to town!”

Battle Beast have also announced new tour dates for their 'Circus Of Doom' European Tour, which was recently postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. Tickets are on sale now! The new dates read as follows: More...

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Treat Reveals New Album Details

Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce the forthcoming release of "The Endgame," the ninth studio album by Swedish melodic rock band Treat. A first single and video from it entitled "Home Of The Brave" is available now.

Treat established themselves as leaders in the Swedish melodic hard rock scene in the years prior to their split in 1993 and again after their 2006 reunion. With bassist Nalle Påhlsson back in the ranks, the quintet (which also includes vocalist Robert Ernlund, guitarist Anders ‘Gary’ Wikström, drummer Jamie Borger and keyboardist Patrick Appelgren) have once again provided a fresh and exciting musical journey with "The Endgame." Twelve songs that include uptempo rockers, ballads, '80s sounding gems and some musical surprises make the record a definitive statement from the band. It is produced by Peter Mansson, who also helmed the group’s previous two albums, "Ghost Of Graceland" (2016) and "Tunguska’"(2018).

"We always want to make albums that are better than the last one," states Wikström. "The album title represents many things about Treat in this day and age, including the sincerity and history of the band, but also the fight to survive like brothers in arms through all these years of highs and lows, tears and laughter. We grew up together in the '80s, learning how to make our brand of melodic hard rock by heart and we continue to work that hard today. We are as close as a family and blessed to still be able to get in the ring and be on top of our game. For a band that has been going for nearly four decades, inspiration and the drive to create fresh material still propels us." More...

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Sabaton Unveils New Lyric Video

Sabaton have released a new lyric video for "Inmate 4859", originally featured on the bonus version of the band's 2014 album, Heroes.

Historical fact: In September 1940 the Polish soldier Witold Pilecki used faked identity documents to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz, which he planned to infiltrate and destroy from within. Boldly, Pilecki organized the opposition from within, hoping that one day friends from outside would liberate the camp. When no help from outside came he decided to flee and inform the world of the atrocities inside. He managed not only to flee but also to bring secret documents which he planned to use as proof, and even then he was not believed, as the stories seemed exaggerated. After the war he was arrested for treason and executed. More...

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Rage Behind Signs With Atomic Fire Records

Rage Behind is a new devastating modern groove metal / nu-metal thrash monster that has already paid its dues while on the road with Heaven Shall Burn, Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, and Rise Of The Northstar. Now the band perfected their craft to the point of delivering the crushing debut single "Eminence Or Disgrace". In this decadent world, where humankind quickly loses its moral compass, the band brings the listener to achieve eminence.

"It's a message for those that believe you can't escape a life you don't like anymore. Yeah, the road to change is hard but have we another choice left? Listen to your rage, and make it an ally to reach your goal," explains Edward Vale, the drummer of Rage Behind.

Detailing the lyrics behind the debut track, vocalist Vitali Lukas explains: "I feel the need to express all that anger we have that brings us down. Writing about it and choosing my words makes me turn it into strength and energy.

"It's an introspection to reach a better self and be proud of what you do. The songs speak about our vengeance on life, facing its darkness…" More...

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Hyperia Unleashes New Single "Experiment 77"

Canadian thrashers Hyperia, formerly of Calgary, AB, now residing in Vancouver, BC will be self-releasing their new album “Silhouettes of Horror” this coming March 2022. The full-length follows their 2020’s "Insanitorium" unleashed via Sliptrick Records and their 2019 EP "Fish Creek Frenzy."

Today, in preview to the record, Hyperia is sharing their second single "Experiment 77", a song about a government experiment that actually happened in Kentucky in 1954 where a prison doctor isolated inmates and fed them “double, triple and quadruple” doses of LSD for 77 days straight. Musically, the track starts with a single guitar riff that soon erupts into a heavy double kick run. The song has a lengthy C-Section with harmonized guitar solos, neo-classical melodies as well as 2 bass solos. Listen to "Experiment 77" below.

Hyperia's forthcoming second album "Silhouettes Of Horror" sees guitarist Colin Ryley behind the soundboard producing and mixing the record with mastering done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland (Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Battle Beast). Album artwork was created by Andrei Bouzikov (Vektor, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust).

"We think that we have polished our sound and pushed ourselves to create what we believe is a newly refined vision. This record has pushed the whole band to their limits, and the songwriting, performance, and production value is a huge step up. We feel the fans will enjoy this new album even more than our first full-length," adds Collin Ryley.

Energetic, melodic, fast, psychotic, and dynamic are the elements that make “Silhouettes of Horror” that old and new fans of thrash, NWOBHM, and power metal will appreciate. The band even included a cover hommage of Abba’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme." For the recording of "Silhouettes Of Horror," Hyperia also recruited good friend and session drummer Gord Alexander (Tessitura, Tides of Kharon, Immunize).

Most of the lyrical themes on "Silhouettes of Horror" revolve around inhumane government experiments, sleep disorders, and night terrors.

"Silhouettes Of Horror" is due out on March 18, 2022 and is recommended for fans of Exmortus, Arch Enemy, Unleash the Archers, Havok. More...

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Absent In Body To Release Debut Album In March

Absent In Body make their Relapse Records debut with the terrifying new album, "Plague God," out March 25 on LP/CD/CS/Digital (pre-orders available here).

Featuring current and former members of Amenra, Neurosis, and Sepultura, "Plague God" is bound by the same ideals of unity and fearlessly uncompromising honesty of expression that have driven their respective bands to imperious heights of reverence and groundbreaking sonic deliverance. Plague God is by turns devastating and sublime, drawn from musicians for whom life and art are inextricably bound.

Mathieu Vandekerckhove comments: "We had not imposed any limitations or boundaries on ourselves to create this music. Everything happened without any compromise, we gathered and let inspiration run freely. It is the beauty and the strength of this album."

Iggor Cavalera comments: "It feels great to collaborate with such forward-thinking minds like Colin, Mathieu, and Scott on AIB. The music is dense and slowly brutal, very similar to the times we are living."

Watch Absent In Body's "The Acres/The Ache" video, filmed and edited by Mathieu Vandekerckhove, below. More...

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Throwback Premiere New Music Video "Self-Seeker"

Austrian beatdown/hardcore quintet Throwback premiere a new music video for their track “Self-Seeker”, taken from their latest album "Vicious Instinct", which was released December 30, 2021.

Check out now "Self-Seeker" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Seek Misery Premiere New Music Video

South Australian deathcore outfit Seek Misery premiere a new music video named “Addicted to the Pain”, streaming via YouTube for you now below.

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Chthonic Cult Premiere New Track & Music Video

Poland's black metal band Chthonic Cult premiere a new track and music video “Ironclad Nemesis”, taken from their upcoming new second studio full-length "Become Seekers for Death". The album will be released by Putrid Cult on March 28th.

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Anima Hereticae Premiere New Music Video

Finland's black metal trio Anima Hereticae premiere a new music video for “Constellation of Capricorn”, taken from their debut EP "Ov Behest", out in stores now via The Orchard Music.

Check out now the 11 1/2-minute long cinematic video "Constellation of Capricorn" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Ceremonial Castings Premiere New Lyric Video

Ceremonial Castings will premiere their new official lyric video for “Desecration of Grace” via YouTube in about ten hours from now (as of press time). The track - which originally appeared on 2005’s "Immortal Black Art" - is taken from the 25th anniversary release 'Our Journey Through Forever', out this late February. The effort consists of 18 re-recorded songs that span their entire discography, all of which will be released with a pair of new instrumental tracks as a 2-CD set.


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Idol of Fear Premiere New Song & Lyric Video

Canadian black metal band Idol of Fear premiere a new song and lyric video “Cheirotonia”, taken from their upcoming new album "Trespasser", which will be out in stores March 11th via Somnolence Productions.

Check out now "Cheirotonia" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Puppy Premiere New Single “…And Watched It Glow”

A new studio full-length titled “Pure Evil” from London, UK-based trio Puppy has been scheduled for a May 06th release date by Rude Records. A its first advance track from it “…And Watched It Glow” has just premiered online streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below.

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