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Metal News for April 16, 2021

Last updated on May 5, 2021 at 1:15 PM ET

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Left Hand Solution Shares Dolly Parton Cover

Left Hand Solution had revealed a brand-new music video for the song “Jolene” taken off their upcoming album “Dead Of Winter”. This is also the first video clip the band has done in a very long time! The video was shot at Sundsvalls Teater in Sweden.

What made Left Hand Solution always special was their combination of hard riffs, dark melodies, and Mariana Frykman’s dark and beautiful voice. Being one of the early metal band with a female vocalist their influence has been largely overlooked and their cult following has grown quite a lot lately.

Drummer and songwriter Erik Barthold states about the recording of the album:

"I remember starting to write the song “First Day Of Winter” as the first snow fell in the year 2002. Little did I imagine that it would take another 18 years for it to be fully completed! The song was finished this summer in a hot recording studio, but of course, we had to wait until the winter solstice for this release. Sorry, that we’ve kept you waiting, but here it finally is in its full winter dress."

Erik tells more about the songs:

"’First Day Of Winter’ deals with depression, depicted as the long and cold Swedish winter. As you might have noticed Left Hand Solution songs usually aren’t that fast in tempo. With the track ‘The Sleeping Dead’ we tried to write a more up-tempo song. But it became more of a mid-tempo song, anyway... ‘Jolene’ is a song by Dolly Parton, and ‘The Hallowed Blood’ is about the deceptive human heart that yearns for love. The salvation of being loved.

"I found the lyrics to ‘Flame Of Desire’ when I went through my old notes and writing papers that I’ve kept for many years. I wrote this lyric a long way back, more than 25 years ago. The music was newly written, and we decided it to be an acoustic track. It is inspired by the music of Glenn Danzig.

"20 years ago, we talked about using more acoustic instruments on our songs, but as the band was put on hold that didn’t happen. Until now. When our guitarist Jocke recorded the guitar for this track, I started to hear the sound of a violin in my head, and we decided to go along with it. Of course, you can’t do this without a nod to My Dying Bride. A band that had a big influence on me in the 90’s."

The new album "Dead Of Winter" can be purchased now from the band's official bandcamp More...

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Reveals New Album Info

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Germany's Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have prepared a truly special release with The Divine Horsemen - a unique musical experiment: A session that has been recorded without any rehearsals or preparations during two days in autumn 2020.

The band, the engineers, and a couple of friends locked themselves up in a rehearsal space and taped 500 minutes of improvised musical magic spanning anything from eruptive grind to tribal metal not unlike Roots by Sepultura as well as psychedelic, trippy pieces and even nods to black metal (Nachtblume, Ymir). The material has been filtered into an 80-minute long double vinyl / 2CD release and produced by Alexander Dietz from Heaven Shall Burn, and offers a stunning, captivating journey through a myriad of sounds and styles. Adding a variety of effects and instruments like the didgeridoo, djembe, Doumbek, gong, frame drums, jaw harp to the quintet’s sonic arsenal and combining it with improvised, multilingual vocals The Divine Horsemen is in essence also a tribute to a variety of cultures and influences.

New video for one of the rituals, “Tiki”, is streaming below.

On July 2, 2021, Nuclear Blast will release “The Divine Horsemen” physically as strictly limited double LP with 32-page LP booklet featuring illustrations for each track crafted by vocalist Fuchs, as limited 2CD with 36-page booklet and on all digital platforms. In line with the uniqueness of this recording, the physical formats will only be available once. Preorder options available here.

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter comment on the release:

"It's been more than ten years since, on a boozy campfire night in South Tirol, the genie of the 'two-day record sprung out of the bottle for the first time. In the year 2020, our 25th anniversary as a band, we have gifted ourselves with it. Five friends making music together, letting themselves go, reveling in the past and experimenting without limitations. Without rehearsal, composition or reflection: music in its most primordial form, only intended for the moment. Are we still able to be the small, wild boys of the past, who have become men with a history by now? Can we destroy and resurrect ourselves within just a few hours? Just like old times when we didn't know anything about music, and there wasn't any right or wrong, no good nor evil. The star was to explode! We wish you a pleasant journey! Happy birthday to us!" More...

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Pestilence Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch death metal legends Pestilence has posted a new music video online for the song, "Morbvs Propagationem." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's new album, "Exitivm," which is set to be released on June 25th through Agonia Records. The video was filmed by Grupa 13 production house (Kreator, Behemoth, Amon Amarth) with costumes by Prepostevolution. More...

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Lacuna Coil To Release New Live Album

Italian metal giants, Lacuna Coil, just announced the release of a new live album, entitled "Live From The Apocalypse," on June 25.

"Live From The Apocalypse" is the fruit of an unprecedented time. Unlike previous live efforts the Italians, under the yoke of the pandemic, cleverly devised a way for their devoted fan base to hear and see them on stage by organizing a special live stream event performing their latest album, Black Anima in its entirety, in September 2020. This very special show will now be released on vinyl and CD as well as a digital album. The physical album formats come with a bonus DVD featuring the footage of the original live stream.

With "Bad Things," Lacuna Coil releases a very special single, as the original studio version has only been available as an Amazon exclusive track. As of now the live version is available on all digital platforms. You can watch the video to "Bad Things" taken from the bonus DVD, below. More...

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Iced Earth Guitarist Pleads Guilty In Court

Jon Schaffer, guitarist and founder of such bands as Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards and Sons Of Liberty, has pled guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a building with a dangerous weapon, after admitting to carrying bear mace while inside Capitol Hill on January 6th of this year. The musician had been speaking with federal investigators in recent weeks and his lawyers, as well as the prosecutors have recommended a stay in prison between 3.5 and 4.5 years.

It's possible that Schaffer will be in court again soon in other cases, as his plea deal means he may testify against other rioters. More details will be revealed as soon as they become available.

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Deathchant Premiere New Song "Holy Roller"

Los Angeles-based psychedelic heavy proto-metal band Deathchant premiere a new song entitled "Holy Roller", taken from their forthcoming new outing "Waste". The album will be available on LP, CD and download on June 25th, 2021 via RidingEasy Records.


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Graveripper Premiere New Song "Atoms Divide"

Indianapolis, IN-based blackened speed/thrash metal band Graveripper premiere a new song entitled "Atoms Divide", taken from their upcoming new EP "Radiated Remains". Wise Blood Records will release "Radiated Remains" on June 4th, 2021.

Check out now "Atoms Divide" below.

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Caliban Premiere New Music Video “nICHts”

Caliban premiere a new music video their single “nICHts“. That track is off the band’s impending new EP, “Zeitgeister“, due out May 14th. The outing will primarily find the group revisiting past songs, reimagining them in their native German tongue.

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Fear Factory Premiere New Track "Disruptor"

Fear Factory premiere their new advance track “Disruptor“. The single is the first to arrive from the band's tenth studio full-length “Aggression Continuum“, which is headed for a June 18th release through Nuclear Blast.

“Aggression Continuum” was originally recorded several years ago by the Fear Factory’s then core duo of guitarist Dino Cazares and frontman Burton C. Bell. That relationship between the duo has since fractured with Bell announcing his departure from the band last year. Bell's vocals tracks will remain on this new album. Cazares has been narrowing down candidates to replace his former frontman.

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Go Ahead And Die (Soulfly) Premiere New Single

Go Ahead And Die - featuring Soulfly, ex-Sepultura etc. singer/guitarist Max Cavalera and his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera and Khemmis drummer Zach Coleman - premiere their second single “Toxic Freedom“. The band’s self-titled debut release is presently shceduled for a June 11th release via Nuclear Blast.

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