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Metal News for March 19, 2021

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Apogean Premiere New Song & Official Lyric Video

Toronto, Canada-based technical death metal quintet Apogean premiere a new song and official lyric video "Chrono". The track is taken from their upcoming debut EP "Into Madness" , which will be out in stores later this year through Blood Blast Distribution.

Check out now "Chrono" below.

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Ministry Postpones U.S. Tour

Ministry will be moving forward with the much anticipated Industrial Strength Tour, today announcing that the previously announced spring dates have now been moved to October and November 2021 to allow additional time for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted as the country nears towards more normalcy this fall.

The new dates will kick off October 3, 2021 in Albuquerque and run through November 3, 2021 in Seattle, hitting all the previously announced markets except Pittsburgh, PA and Missoula, MT which unfortunately have been canceled and Baltimore, MD which will be postponed for a later date. The Buffalo, NY show has moved to a new venue and previous ticket purchases will be honored. And an additional show date has been added for Charlotte, NC that will go on sale Monday, March 22 at 10 am ET.

The tour’s special guests Front Line Assembly remain on the lineup for this one-of-a-kind celebration alongside newly announced support act Helmet. This special tour honors not only the 40th anniversary of Ministry in 2021 but also the 30th anniversary of revolutionary album The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and will also include brand-new material from Ministry’s upcoming 15th studio album. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 protocols for visas, travel and vaccine distribution in Germany as well as immigration uncertainty, KMFDM will regrettably not be taking part in this tour.

Says Ministry founder Al Jourgensen, "With current COVID-19 restrictions, we are forced to again move our scheduled March/April 2021 U.S. tour to October/November 2021 and hoping normalcy returns by then. With vaccinations and better care happening, we all feel the fall is realistic. We can’t wait to get out there and play not only The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste material for you all but some stuff off our new album as well. Stay safe and see you in the fall!" More...

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Trollfest Shares Pharrell Williams Cover

The kings of True Norwegian Balkan Metal, Trollfest, release their new EP, "Happy Heroes," today via Napalm Records! To celebrate the release of this spectacular funfest, Trollfest have released a crazy, colorful and hilarious music video for their cover of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy”, animated by Trollfest’s own Mr. Seidel!

This cover by Trollfest truly rockets the worldwide hit into new dimensions: If you’ve ever wondered what this modern classic would sound like with hard-hitting drums, highly energetic, harsh vocals and metal riffs, Trollfest deliver the answer!

Trollfest frontman Jostein "Trollmannen" Austvik recently spoke with Metal Underground about the EP, progress on a new full length album and much more. The interview can also be found below. More...

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Burning Witches Posts New Song Online

Today, the Swiss/Dutch heavy metal coven Burning Witches are proud to unleash an epic new single, Flight Of The Valkyries, taken from their upcoming fourth full-length album, "The Witch Of The North." The record will be released on May 28th 2021 through Nuclear Blast. A visualizer video for the song can be seen below.

Pure witchery: barely twelve full moons after the release of their third opus "Dance With The Devil," Burning Witches return steeled with "The Witch Of The North," their most fiery and thunderous work to date. An album equipped to become a modern metal classic. It’s obvious that anyone who manages to deliver such a masterpiece after just one year has to have the magic touch. Black magic that is!


1. Winter's Wrath
2. The Witch Of the North
3. Tainted Ritual
4. We Stand As One
5. Flight Of The Valkyries
6. The Circle Of Five
7. Lady Of The Woods
8. Thrall
9. Omen
10. Nine Worlds
11. For Eternity
12. Dragon's Dream
13. Eternal Frost
14. Hall Of The Mountain King (Bonus) More...

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Amorphis Announces New Live Album

While concerts and cheering crowds seem to be a long lost echo from the past these days, melancholic progressive metallers Amorphis bring back some of the life and uncomparable energy that many of us have been missing so desperately. Recorded during a special hometown show that took place on December 7th, 2019, little did the Finns know that this would be one of their last concerts before the pandemic outbreak in early 2020. With 15 tracks in total and a running time of over one and a half hours, Amorphis take you on a journey through their past, showcasing their best songs from the last 30 years that saw the band turn into one of Finland's finest metal exports.

"Helsinki Ice Hall, what can I say... the very same venue where we used to see bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica and many many more back in the 80’s when we were kids”, Tomi Koivusaari contemplates when thinking of the show. “I’m sure we all dreamed about playing there someday. In our hometown Helsinki, where it all started with Amorphis 30 years ago. So I’d say we had a special feeling at that gig, the last one of the tour in Finland for that year. I guess this recording is a very honest picture of us playing live, nothing is fixed afterwards, except mightily mixed and mastered of course. When I listened to it a while ago, I realized how much I miss playing live. And yet we have no idea when it will be possible next, in this crazy situation with Covid and all... So, stay healthy, take care and shine on you all, see you hopefully soon on tour.
We will."

"Live At Helsinki Ice Hall" will be available as 2CD digipak and download/stream. The 2LP version of this show is exclusively available in the "Vinyl Collection 2006 – 2020" boxset, also out on May 21st. More...

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Xael Releases New Music Video

Hailing from the Carolinas in the USA, comes Xael (ft. members of Nile, The Reticent, Rapheumets Well), bringing with them epic symphonic death metal like no other. They have recently released an album entitled "Bloodtide Rising" (February 12, 2021) and now have a music video for the title track, which features guests Mathieu Marcotte (Guitarist from Augury and Humanoid) and Nate Miller (Chinese Violin).

The title track was the first song written for the new album, and thus sets the tone of the entire full length. It is primal and epic, showcasing the brutal nature of the main antagonist of the record's story. Xael explains the track and album in their own words:

"It’s an auditory odyssey, it’s brutal and emotional all at once. The story of the album really focuses on the members of the band who are called the “watchers of Xan” in which we navigate the different worlds. This album focuses on our arrival to Vuul Athmar as our characters are sold off from the prison of Dreadrift. We craft our own multiverse and create our own lore. The entire band is crafted from the dark and complex set of dimensions."

The video for the album title track can be watched below. More...

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Thy Rites Premiere New Song "Nekrolatreia"

Brazilian black/thrash metal band Thy Rites have teamed up with Metalundergound.com to exclusively premiere their new song "Nekrolatreia". The track is taken from their impending new album of the same name, which will be co-released by Satanath Records (Russia), The Ritual Productions (Netherlands) and Vrykoblast Productions (Singapore) on April 25th.

Check out now "Nekrolatreia" below.

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Ominous Scriptures Premiere New Lyric Video

Belarusian brutal death metal outfit Ominous Scriptures premiere a new lyric video for "The Corpses of Archangels in Bonfire", taken from their upcoming reissue of their 2015 album "Incarnation Of The Unheavenly". The record will be out in stores March 30, 2021 via Lethal Scissor Records.

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Lamb Of God Premiere New Live Video

Lamb Of God premiere a new live video for “Memento Mori“ streaming via YouTube below. That footage was captured during a set the band performed this past September.

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Go Ahead And Die (Soulfly, Etc.) Premiere Song

Go Ahead And Die - featuring Soulfly, etc. frontman Max Cavalera, his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera and Khemmis, etc. drummer Zach Coleman - premiere their debut single “Truckload Full Of Bodies“ streaming below. A June 11th release date has been scheduled for the group’s self-titled debut album by Nuclear Blast.

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Attila Premiere New Single & Music Video "Clarity"

Attila premiere their new advance track and music video “Clarity“, which was directed by Tony Tomasino.

The below lyrics were provided by the group: More...

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Reflections Premiere New Track & Clip “Noir”

Reflections‘ new single and visualizer clip “Noir” has premiered online, streaming via YouTube for you below. Calle-Magnus Thomér (Vildhjarta, Humanity’s Last Breath, etc.) guests on this track which is off the band’s impending new EP, “Silhouette“, out May 25th.

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Wristmeetrazor Premiere New Single & Music Video

Wristmeetrazor premiere a first single and music video named “Last Tango In Paris” from their new forthcoming new album “Replica Of A Strange Love”. It was both produced by and features guest vocals from Isaac Hale (Knocked Loose). The outing will be out on June 11th via Prosthetic Records.

Tells vocalist/bassist Justin Fornof of the new track: More...

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