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Metal News for March 1, 2021

Last updated on August 3, 2021 at 3:47 AM ET

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Download And Graspop Festivals Moved Back To 2022

The organisers of Download Festival and Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest rock/metal festivals in the United Kingdom and Belgium respectively, have each confirmed that the festivals have been pushed back a further year to 2022. The organisers of the Download festival posted the following statement:

"Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap and despite the extraordinary efforts the NHS have put in to roll out the vaccine, we can sadly now confirm that Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year, but we have exciting news for 2022.

"We never gave up hope of bringing the festival back to Donington this June and had been working so hard behind the scenes to make that happen, but sadly, we now know it’s not possible. We’re heartbroken for everyone in the Download family, from artists to suppliers and of course our passionate Download fans.

"We’ll be back on June 10th-12th 2022, as strong as ever, with an amazing set of headliners – KISS, Iron Maiden, and Biffy Clyde.

"We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the NHS for their extraordinary efforts in rolling out the vaccine, as well as thanking all of you for your patience and for keeping the spirit of Download alive until we can be together again.

"You are very welcome to retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. Alternatively, you will be able to receive a refund from your ticket agent. Look out for an e-mail from them very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after 5 days as they are very busy at this time.

"Please read our refund FAQ’s before emailing with any questions – it’s likely you’ll find your answer there!

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A Pale Horse Named Death Recording New Album

A Pale Horse Named Death are currently recording their fourth studio album, scheduled for release late 2021 via Long Branch Records / SPV.

Led by founding Type O Negative and Life of Agony member Sal Abruscato, the band released their debut album And Hell Will Follow Me in 2011 and firmly implanted their roots in the metal scene with the sophomore albums Lay My Soul to Waste in 2013, and When The World Becomes Undone in 2019.

"I am really looking forward to releasing APHND’s fourth album later this year," says Sal Abruscato. He adds: "2021 is the 10 year anniversary since APHND’s first album And Hell Will Follow Me was released so it’s even more special for me to release a new album this year. There has been so much depression and anxiety for so many during this pandemic, how the world has literally become undone in 2020. I started working on material back in early 2020 and felt I needed to evolve, switch things up with more instrumentation, different vibes and unleash a new album for the fans this year! We are in the middle of production and I can’t wait to release it. Looking forward to working with Long Branch Records and SPV again as well!"

Alongside Sal Abruscato on guitars and lead vocals, A Pale Horse Named Death's lineup includes Joe Taylor and Eddie Heedles on guitars. They are also pleased to welcome Chris Hamilton (Blood Simple, Dow

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Empyrium Mastermind Discusses "Über den Sternen"

Few bands can continue for nearly thirty years and continue to evolve as artists. Some find their style or niche and stick with it, others make unwise choices which costs them their fan base, but it takes a true artist to move away from early material and still retain their credibility. Enter Markus Stock, AKA Ulf Theodor Schwadorf, the man behind Empyrium. Since 1994, Empyrium has gone from a folk tinged doom metal band, to becoming one of Germany's most revered dark folk bands.

Last Friday, Empyrium released, "Über den Sternen," their first album in seven years. It's already earned positive reviews and a warm response from fans and to find out more about this fascinating work, I spoke with Markus Stock himself. You can read the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me today. You're about to release "Über den Sternen" your first album in seven years. What was the reason for such a long wait?

Markus Stock: I am also the composer and “mastermind” of other projects such as The Vision Bleak and Sun Of The Sleepless and I am running a pretty successful recording studio. Also Thomas and myself have another project together – obscure 70s Rock inspired called Noekk. This are the reasons that we take a longer time for each album. We simply are involved in many other artistic endeavours. Besides being an active musician in all the aforementioned projects I am also a busy and successful producer with an own recording studio, a passionate photographer and family father.

Oz: What would you say makes "Über den Sternen" different from "The Turn Of The Tides"?

Stock: I think TTOTT was more of an experimental album while still being faithful to the Empyrium spirit. I am still content with „The Turn Of The Tides” and it was the right album for us at the right time. We couldn't have written an album like „Über den Sternen” in the period between 2010 and 2014. We were pretty inspired by Dead Can Dance and Brendan Perry's Solo Album at the time of working on TTOTT and as with everything in life, things and also music have their distinctive time. „Über den Sternen” and the return to our older form of expression feels in many parts absolutely right now in 2020/2021 but wouldn't have been the right thing for us back when we wrote TTOTT.
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Nervosa Shares New Lyric Video

Nervosa's latest critically acclaimed record, "Perpetual Chaos," steamrolled through the metal scene, demonstrating the band's new line-up in absolute peak form! The album secured the band their first chart positions at #18 in Germany, #6 on the US Hard Music Album charts, #9 on the US Top New Artist Albums charts and recently returned to #1 on the NACC Heavy chart.

The four women of Nervosa haven’t stopped to catch their breath, delivering their next thrasher, "Genocidal Command," featuring Schmier (Destruction) along with a powerful official lyric video. The track perks ears with Diva Satanica’s vocal eloquence, accented by the outstanding range of Schmier whilst mirroring a rousing thrash metal manifest. More...

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Bonecarver Posts New Lyric Video Online

Spanish brutal death metallers Bonecarver have released a lyric video for their new single "Mallevs Makeficarvm," taken from their new album "Evil," out 5th March via Unique Leader.

Premiered via Friedhof, watch the video to "Mallevs Makeficarvm" below.

Formerly known as Cannibal Grandpa, the quartet return with their most uncompromisingly brutal record yet, and a new name to represent their reinvention. More...

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Abominable Putridity Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Russia/USA brutal death metal project Abominable Putridity premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Parasitic Metamorphosis Manifestation", which will be out in stores later today via Inherited Suffering Records.

Check out now "Parasitic Metamorphosis Manifestation" in its entirety below.

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Perennial Isolation Premiere New Song

Atmospheric black metal act Perennial Isolation will release their new album “Portaits” on March 26th via Non Serviam Records. Today the Barcelona, Spain-based band premiere their new single “The Silent Solace” streaming via YouTube below.


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Brand Of Sacrifice Premiere New Song & Music Video

Brand Of Sacrifice premiere a new music video and track titled “Altered Eyes“. The single will appear on the group’s impending new record “Lifeblood“, out in stores on March 05th. The album will also feature guest appearances from members of I Prevail, Emmure, Shadow of Intent, Traitors, and Viscera.


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Monte Penumbra Premiere New Song

Portugal/Iceland black metal project Monte Penumbra premiere a new song entitled "To Anoint the Dead", taken from their upcoming new album "As Blades in the Firmament". The record is set for release on March 26th by End All Life Prod. and Oration Records.

Check out now "To Anoint the Dead" below.


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