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Metal News for April 2, 2021

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Napalm Death Extends Deal With Century Media

UK Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death have recently signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running co-operation between the parties once more.

Napalm Death vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway commented: "Very happy to let people know that we have put pen to paper and taken the plunge with Century Media again. Crucial to Napalm Death was that we continued to retain artistic and creative control and also continue to have a determining voice in how our music is used – and, equally as importantly, isn’t used. The people we have consistently worked with down the years at Century Media have always been extremely attuned to this, and we have never experienced anything like the heavy hand of suffocating commercial pressure that can be inherent in this kind of relationship and lead to crappy creative outcomes. Looking forward to sonically bending more minds with their help."

Philipp Schulte, Director Century Media Records Europe, also checked in with the following comment: "Napalm Death and Century Media Records have gone a long way together already, so it makes us very happy continuing as the band’s partner for the years ahead. The value of artistic freedom and creativity has always been of profound significance for Napalm Death. It was the key to becoming and staying one of the most important bands – then and now. We take this very seriously. Thanks to the band for their trust. We are looking forward to this extended strong partnership."

In other news, Century Media Records are now making two of the group’s outstanding albums from their ample catalogue available physically again in their standard versions: "Time Waits For No Slave" (2009) and "Utilitarian" (2012) will be released as LP on 180g vinyl and as Jewelcase CD on June 4th, 2021.

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At The Gates To Release New Album In July

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates have recently completed the recordings and preparations for their upcoming new studio album and can now reveal that it will be entitled "The Nightmare Of Being" and that it will be released on July 2nd, 2021!

While main parts for "The Nightmare Of Being" were recorded in several different Swedish studios - Drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg -, the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with At The Gates on their "At War With Reality" comeback album in 2014. The album’s visual concept was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant checked in with the following comment about the album’s concept: "The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative…." More...

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Cannibal Corpse Unleashes "Violence Unimagined"

Death metal is arguably the most popular of all metal sub-genres. While thrash metal may have done better commercially at a time, to this day, a new band is formed influenced by the vast range of groups from the extreme area. Much like practically every thrash band cited Venom and Motorhead as an influence, almost every death metal band points to Cannibal Corpse as one of their main inspirations. It's been a long road for Cannibal Corpse to attain such a status however, battling lineup changes, controversy and even outright bans in some countries, but the quintet are still going strong and judging by what the public has heard of the new album, "Violence Unimagined," they're more grizzly than ever.

The album in question is an important release for the band born from Buffalo, New York, as it marks their first album with Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan as a full time member, though he knows them well, having produced every album since 2006's, "Kill." To find out more about the album, Rutan's influence, what seperates it from "Red Before Black," the ever gruesome artwork and much more, I spoke with drummer and co-founder Paul Mazurkiewicz, in an interview which can be seen in full below. More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Reveals New Album Details

The Godfathers of speed metal and thrash, Arizona’s Flotsam And Jetsam, have announced the arrival of their 14th studio album "Blood In The Water," which will be released on June 4th via AFM Records. The album was once again mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (U.D.O., Volbeat, Amaranthe, Powerwolf), who also handled the band’s previous record "The End of Chaos," released on January 18th, 2019.

Flotsam And Jetsam's new album, "Blood In The Water," is complete musical mayhem with a crushing, rolling, and aggressive attack that will knock you down. The new music delivers the finest fast and hard metal for new and old-school thrashers alike. The album artwork and track-listing can be seen below, , and pre-orders are already underway at this location.

"Blood In The Water" will be available in several configurations:

- Boxset (Limited to 666 units) containing the Digipak-CD, a exclusive “Blood In The Water” T-Shirt, a “Brace For Impact” poster, a sticker and a certificate of Authenticity
- Ltd. Gatefold Milky/Red/Black Splatter LP (Limited to 100 unites and exclusive to the AFM Webshop)
- Ltd. Gatefold Clear Red LP (500 units only)
- Ltd. Gatefold Clear Orange LP (500 units only)
- Ltd. Gatefold Black Red LP (400 units only)
- Digipack CD More...

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Adarrak Premiere New Song "Bereft"

Singapore's progressive death metal band Adarrak premiere a new song called "Bereft". Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth) guests on that track. It is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Ex Oriente Lux", which will be out in stores May 27th via Satanath Records (Russia) and Astaka Arungan (Malaysia).

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Dead Witches Premiere New Song "D.I.E."

Dead Witches premiere a new song titled "D.I.E. (Dragged Into Emptiness)", taken from their upcoming new split EP with Witchthroat Serpent. The album is due out June 18 though Heavy Psych Records.

Check out now "D.I.E. (Dragged Into Emptiness)" below.

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Gexerott Premiere New Song "Inseminated"

Medellín, Colombia-based black metal band Gexerott premiere a new song entitled "Inseminated", taken from their upcoming new album "Hallucinetic Violet Ignition", which will be out in stores April 18 via Satanath Records and Exhumed Records.

Check out now "Inseminated" below.

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Tetrarch Premiere New Single & Music Video

Tetrarch premiere a new official music video for their track “Negative Noise“. The song is off the group’s new album “Unstable“, due out on April 30th through Napalm Records.

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ExitWounds New Music Video "Heaven Is Empty"

ExitWounds have signed a worldwide deal with Seek & Strike and will have their new EP “Heavy Is Empty (Hell Is In My Mind)” out on June 25th. A video for the titular track “Heaven Is Empty” has newly debuted online below.

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Gus G Premieres New Solo Track & Music Video

Firewind/ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G premieres his official music video for his new single “Exopshere“. The track finds him joined by Dennis Ward on bass and Jan-Vincent Velazco on drums.

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Butcher Babies Premiere New Single "Last Dance"

A new advance track from the Butcher Babies named “Last Dance” premiered online streaming via YouTube below. The band are currently releasing their music independently through Blood Blast Distribution after a stint on Century Media Records.

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Alluvial (Ex-The Faceless) Premiere New Single

Alluvial premiere their new single “Thy Underling” off their new impending new album “Sarcoma“. A May 28th release date has been scheduled for that record by Nuclear Blast. The group feature guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate, etc.), ex-Suffocation vocalist Kevin Muller, drummer Matthew Paulazzo (Aegaeon, The Zenith Passage) and bassist Tim Walker (Entheos) amoing their ranks.

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