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Metal News for February 15, 2021

Last updated on July 23, 2021 at 10:51 AM ET

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Iced Earth Vocalist & Bassist Quit The Band

Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their departure from the band, in the wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding the group’s guitarist and founding member Jon Schaffer.

Earlier today (Monday, February 15) Block announced his resignation from the group, posting the below statement: More...

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Burning Witches To Release New Album In May

Swiss heavy metal coven Burning Witches and Nuclear Blast Records are delighted to reveal the magnificent cover artwork and the tracklist for the band's fourth full-length, "The Witch Of The North," which will be released on May 28th 2021.

From the epic title-track to the album’s catchiest anthem "We Stand As One" over to the ballad ‘Lady Of The Woods’ and speedy riff attacks like "Thrall," "Flight Of The Valkyries," and "Nine Worlds," "The Witch Of The North" marks a new highlight in the band’s career, with vocalist Laura brilliantly shifting from aggressive to seductive with ease. It doesn't matter if you have followed the band since its humble beginnings in 2015 or just recently fell for their charms, Burning Witches are doubtlessly one of the most sensational bands in heavy metal right now.

Burning Witches comment:
"We are happy and proud to already announce the new album and show you the terrific cover art! We have grown together as a team and have evolved our sound to the next level, the Witches 2021 are heavier and more epic than ever! So is the cover: Claudio Bergamín's amazing art is the perfect reflection of the record: icy, mystical, timeless and powerful! Please meet the The Witch Of The North and fall in love with our evolution!“

The cover artwork was created by Chilean artist Claudio Bergamín (Judas Priest's Firepower) and it sets the mood for the enthralling journey through enchanted forests and across snow-capped mountain tops that is: "The Witch Of The North."

Cover artist Claudio Bergamín states:
"The one and only Schmier from Destruction, reached out to me to ask if I'd be interested in doing the new Burning Witches album cover. Needless to say I was delighted to jump on board. The band had a very unique concept so it took me a couple of weeks to come up with an idea I was happy with. They wanted a classic looking illustration; pretty much in the vibe of Ken Kelly and Frank Frazetta. The Forest Witch was inspired by The Ents from 'Lord of The Rings' and Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus'. The girls' depictions were done in pure comic book style, and working on their faces to make them look as close as possible to the real people was a lot of fun. I wish more bands would ask me for that!" More...

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Epica Posts New Acoustic Video Online

Dutch Symphonic metal band Epica will release their new album "Omega" on February 26th through Nuclear Blast. Today the band reveals a music video for an acoustic version of the title track, named "Omegacoustic."

"It’s always a lot of fun to work on acoustic versions of new songs. For this one, I stripped down the title song of our upcoming album and wanted to give it an uplifting country vibe. Also, it’s the first time we are releasing an acoustic version before the actual album version! I absolutely can’t wait for you to discover the original. Hang on, the 26th is coming!", comments guitarist Isaac Delahaye. More...

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Mayhem Postpones Tour With Mortiis

The upcoming Northern Ritual MMXXI Tour featuring black metal pioneers Mayhem and undisputed inventor of dungeon synth Mortiis, as support act, has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The new dates will be announced soon.

"While it surely will come as no surprise to anyone, we are yet again forced to postpone the European tour. We would have hoped to release new dates at this time as well, but we are still working on it and will announce them as soon as we possibly can. Hails to our fans for your support through these weird times. We hope to see you all soon again!" comments Mortiis.

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God Is An Astronaut Premiere New Music Video

Instrumental post-metal band God Is An Astronaut premiere a new song and music video "Adrift", taken from their latest album "Ghost Tapes #10", out in stores now via Napalm Records.

Check out now "Adrift" below.

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Possession 1981 Premiere New NSFW Music Video

Michigan-based crusty hardcore outfit Possession 1981 premiere a new NSFW music video fro their track "Pendulum Has Swung".

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Enforced Premiere New Song "Curtain Fire"

Richmond-based death/thrash metal band Enforced premiere a new song called "Curtain Fire", taken from their upcoming new album "Kill Grid". The effort will be released March 12th via Century Media Records.

Check out now "Curtain Fire" below.

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