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Metal News for April 13, 2021

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Allegaeon Enters The Studio To Record New Album

After releasing their latest album, "Apoptosis," to critical acclaim in 2019, Allegaeon toured the world in support of it, joining the likes of Obscura, Fallujah, and more on the road, before heading back into writing mode last year. Now, Allegaeon is ready to enter the studio to begin recording this sixth full-length, with Dave Otero (Flatline Audio) at the helm once again.

Allegaeon comments: "Since the cancellation of our US headlining tour in April 2020, we have been hard at work writing a new album and now, one year later, we are ready to get into the studio to record it in preparation for release. Starting April 19th, we'll be spending the following month at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado with our long-time engineer and good friend Dave Otero. This album is a milestone in our career as a band for a lot of different reasons, and because of that, we want to share as much of the recording experience with you as possible. We'll be making regular updates to our usual social media accounts, as well as exclusive live-streams and in-studio interviews via our Patreon (www.patreon.com/allegaeon), so be sure to follow and subscribe wherever you are able."

This upcoming album will also be the first to feature Jeff Saltzman (drums). Allegaeon comments: "We are proud to announce that we will be joined in the studio by drummer Jeff Saltzman (Unflesh, Aversed) for the entirety of the recording process. Jeff's creative input and remarkable skill behind the kit has been an invaluable asset to the band during the writing process of this newest album, and we are overjoyed to bring him into the fold. Watch his unique take on our song 'Extremophiles (B)' in the playthrough video below and give him a warm welcome.

"Thank you for reading & for all of your continued support as we move forward collectively through 2021 and into a new era of Allegaeon."

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Desaster To Release New Album In June

On June 4th, Desaster will release their new album, Churches Without Saints, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of "Churches Without Saints," a video for the new single, "Learn To Love The Void," can be viewed below. The album can be pre-ordered here.

Since 1989, Germany's Desaster have been churning out their unique and unholy blend of extreme metal, and in 2021 they return with perhaps their most powerful album to-date, the towering "Churches Without Saints." "It's a typical Desaster old school black-death-thrash metal album, with a lot of aggression, but also great atmosphere and epic tunes!" enthuses guitarist and founding member Infernal. With a simple remit of making an album full of "neck-breaking songs", the quartet have once again proven themselves leaders in their chosen genres, giving their faithful and newcomers alike plenty to salivate over.

With a five-year gap elapsing since they dropped last album "The Oath Of An Iron Ritual," fans have had to be very patient, but will find the results more than worth the wait. This new effort also features Hont taking over behind the kit from previous drummer Tormentor, bringing a welcome change to the way they work. "He's a very skilled drummer and can play really anything. Whereas in the past the songwriting was a lot of 'trial and error' with testing many rhythms, we nowadays can work much more efficiently. Hont knows what rhythms fit to the riffs immediately. He has studied Desaster's music in detail and knows what works best, but he is not just copying Tormentor's style - he brings his own skilled style into the music, and also some new rhythms and figures. That of course brings some fresh wind into the songs." More...

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Within Temptation Reschedules 2021 Tour Dates

Due to the ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty that local authorities will be able to provide a safe environment in which their European fans can thoroughly enjoy shows by September of this year, Within Temptation and Evanescence have unfortunately had to make the decision to push back their highly anticipated co-headline "Worlds Collide" Tour to Spring 2022.

Despite not being able to tour, Within Temptation are still moving full speed ahead, having released two singles during the lockdown. ‘Entertain You’ and 'The Purge’ have exceeded all expectations, both peaking in the Top 20 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and receiving worldwide airplay. Fans can expect the band to release brand new music soon, and in the meantime can enjoy their vast re-released catalogue on all digital streaming platforms.

The band commented "This is definitely not what we've wished for, but reality tells us otherwise: we have to postpone the Worlds Collide Tour. Although we can't make the current situation better than it is, we hope to put a BIG smile on your faces again soon, because... We haven't been sitting still and we have a LOT of cool stuff coming up for you! Until then, stay safe. And you know what? Third time's a charm, so see you in March or April 2022!" More...

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Exodus Drummer Diagnosed With Stomach Tumor

Exodus drummer Tom Hunting has revealed that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Today Tom begins his treatment and hopes his story helps to raise awareness.

Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:

"Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I'm making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I'm not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I've learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it's a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it's empowering, and you're 1 step closer to killing it!

"Ok, you've heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I'm gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I've had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I'm ready for the fight!

"We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I'm stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!"

We at Metal Underground send only our best wishes to Tom, his family and bandmates at this difficult time.

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Reveals New Album Details

Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce the fourth album from Timo Tolkki's Avalon, which once again features a slew of talented guest vocalists alongside the Finnish guitar maestro. The first single from the album, "Master Of Hell," is out today and features up-and-coming Brazilian singer Raphael Mendes, whose own band Icon Of Sin are about to drop their debut album. The album will be released on June 18th.

Tolkki began working on songs for this new record in the spring of 2020 and enlisted regular collaborator Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Archon Angel, Sweet Oblivion) to co-write and produce it. As per previous Avalon albums, ‘The Enigma Birth’ features a supporting cast of singers that this time around includes James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Jake E (ex-Amaranthe, Cyrha), Marina La Torraca (Phantom Elite, Exit Eden), Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers), Raphael Mendes (Icon Of Sin), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Angra, Eternal Idol), Caterina Nix (Chaos Magic) and the Norwegian YouTube vocal star and actor PelleK.

Everything that listeners could want from one of the true masters of his art, ‘The Enigma Birth’ features Tolkki’s trademark fast songs with catchy hooks, some outstanding mid-tempo songs and a pair of power ballads thrown into the mix that results in a wonderfully balanced album. This is Timo Tolkki at his best, back and ready to reclaim his seat on the Power Metal throne! More...

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Iron Maiden Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Iron Maiden have announced that the June & July 2021 dates on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The Legacy Of The Beast European Tour will now take place in the summer of 2022 on the dates below. All tickets remain valid.

Please note:

- The German Stuttgart 2022 show will now take place at the Cannstatter Wasen, not the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is not available due to stadium reconstruction works. Tickets remain valid and ticket-holders will be notified by the local promoter/ticketing agency in due course.
- The Swiss show has reverted to Zurich Hallenstadion as was originally planned for 2020, as this venue is now available again for 2022. Therefore, there will be no rescheduled show for Basel St Jakobshalle (which never went onsale this year).
- Zurich along with Frankfurt, Arnhem and Belsonic will go on sale imminently – details below

"The postponement of the Legacy Of The Beast Tour does however bring the good news that Maiden can now return to headlining the European festival dates initially planned for 2020 which were cancelled due to the pandemic. This includes Graspop in Belgium so therefore the own-show date in Antwerp (which had also not gone onsale) will no longer take place. Furthermore, we are in the process of finalising a further couple of own-shows in other European territories and will update you about those as soon as they are confirmed." More...

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Magg Dylan Releases New Music Video

Virginian alternative metal outfit Magg Dylan has posted a new music video online for the song, "Pawns." You can check it out below.

Vocalist Suzanne De Iulio stated: "'Pawns' is about feeling controlled. It's about more than what the lyrics appear. I was really nervous about the honesty in our lyrics for 'Pawns.' We just felt so defeated. Brucifer and I were sitting on the beach in the Outer Banks after some 2020 events thinking we still have the sun and our stories to tell. The funniest part was when we did the bridge. Brucifer looked at me and said 'Really? That's what you want to say there? You're an intelligent evolving woman and that's what you want to say?' I responded, 'That's how I feel and it's honest frustration. That's what is coming out.'' More...

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Life Of Agony To Release Documentary Film

While the worldwide pandemic pretty much wiped out the music industry over the past year with its large gathering restrictions, Brooklyn, NY’s Life of Agony have been using their downtime to put the finishing touches on their upcoming full-length documentary "The Sound of Scars." You can watch the trailer below.

The project began two years ago by UK-based director Leigh Brooks and was filmed across several countries while Life of Agony were on and off the road. "This isn't a typical music documentary. It’s as personal as it gets." explains Brooks. "I first saw the band live at the London Astoria in 1996. Since then, LOA has become an absolute go-to when I felt alone and insecure about myself. This film is an intimate portrait that sheds light on the real life stories that makes their music so vital and relevant."

The Sound of Scars utilises personal archive footage, rare photographs and lost interviews, along with new, never-before-seen conversations with the band and their family members that tells the story of how three friends overcame domestic violence, substance abuse and depression to form one of the most influential bands in its genre. Through the success of their groundbreaking 1993 debut River Runs Red, hailed by Rolling Stone as "One of the Greatest Metal Albums of All Time," they channelled their cumulative life stories into a soundtrack for a broken generation. At the time, that newfound fame allowed them to escape the tragedies of their pasts, but in the wake of their accomplishments, unforeseen obstacles arose. "We've completely ripped our deepest selves open for this film," says guitarist Joey Zampella "The audience and our fan base will completely understand the mold we were broken from, and what this journey means to us." More...

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Holding Absence Posts New Music Video Online

With less than a week to go until the release of "The Greatest Mistake Of My Life," Holding Absence have revealed a video for their thunderous fourth single "nomoreroses."

Vocalist Lucas Woodland comments "We’re super excited to release nomoreroses on the homestretch before TGMOML comes out next week! The song is definitely a heavier and more progressive track than people have heard from us in a while, which is perfect as it represents just how varied the record is. nomoreroses is lyrically a song about a sour relationship with god, looking at how hard it can be to believe in a god that seemingly doesn’t believe in you." More...

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Go Ahead And Die Shares New Album Trailer

Go Ahead And Die, the latest project from Soulfly/ex Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, which also features his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera and drummer Zach Coleman, has posted a new trailer online for their eponymous debut album. You can check it out below. "Go Ahead And Die," is set to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 11th.


1. Truckload Full Of Bodies
2. Toxic Freedom
3. I.C.E. Cage
4. Isolated/Desolated
5. Prophet's Prey
6. Punisher
7. El Cuco
8. G.A.A.D.
9. Worth Less Than Piss
10. (In The) Slaughterline
11. Roadkill More...

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Crypta Releases Part 1 Of Behind The Scenes Video

Brazilian/Dutch death metal band Crypta, featuring former members of Nervosa and Burning Witches, has posted the first part of a video documenting a behind the scenes look at their first music video, "From The Ashes." You can check it out below. The music video itself was released last Wednesday, along with the details of their debut album, "Echoes Of The Soul," which will be unleashed on June 11th through Napalm Records.

Vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira says about the song: "The song is basically about the well-known tale of the phoenix, but in a more philosophical sense. It talks about the ever-changing cycles of life, about the many endings and beginnings we have to go through, about how many old versions of ourselves need to figuratively die in order for us to keep growing and evolving as human beings, and finally, about building resilience to endure all these rebirths." More...

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Paradise Lost Announces UK Tour With Moonspell

Following on from the release of their new album ‘Obsidian’ in May 2020, Paradise Lost finally bring their masterpiece live on stage in February 2022. Today, the British gothic metal legends announce their "Obsidian Moon" tour, featuring special guests Moonspell.

Paradise Lost frontman Nick Holmes says:
"We're looking forward to doing a full UK tour again and playing some long-awaited shows in support of 'Obsidian', and who better to bring along for some of the ride than our old friends from Portugal, Moonspell?

"Thanks to you all for your continued support during these crazy times, and we hope to see you there. Until then, stay safe and stay well. Cheers, x."

Fernando Ribeiro from Moonspell adds:
"We couldn’t think of a more perfect way of getting back to touring than to join forces with the mighty Paradise Lost, a group we always looked up to and that helped ignite our very own existence as a band."

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Akiavel Premiere New Song "Pentagram Tattoo"

Melodic death metal band Akiavel premiere a new advance track, “Pentagram Tattoo” from their forthcoming new album "Vae Victis". The new song follows their recent single and video “Frozen Beauties” which we include below as well.

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Spiter Premiere New Track & Music Video

Philadelphia-based blackened punk/metal band Spiter premiere a new song and music video named "I Am Dracula", taken from their upcoming new EP "Draconian Death Curse". The album comes out on April 22nd.

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Solstice Premiere New Song "Ignite"

Florida death/thrash outfit Solstice premiere a new song called "Ignite", taken from their upcoming new album "Casting The Die". The effort is out April 23rd on Emanzipation Productions.

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Angstskríg Premiere New Song & Music Video

Denmark’s black metal duo Angstskríg premiere a new song and music video entitled "Skyggespil", taken from their upcoming new album of the same name. The record will be released on May 28 via Despotz Records.

Check out now "Skyggespil" below.

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The Blood Of Christ Premiere New Music Video

The Blood of Christ (aka Blood of Christ) premiere a new music video for "Forgotten Divinity Chapter 1", taken from their split release with Japanese band Vomit Remnants. The album is called "Eastern Beast – Western Wolf" and it dropped last December via CDN.

Check out now "Forgotten Divinity Chapter 1" below.

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