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Metal News for April 28, 2020

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

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Epica Posts New Studio Vlog

Dutch symphonic metallers, Epica, recently entered Sandlane Recording Facilities to record their new album with producer Joost van den Broek. Today, the band launches the fourth studio vlog episode, which can be viewed below.

Bass player Rob van der Loo comments: "It is amazing to see how our 8th album is taking shape and we can't wait to share it with the world! In this new vlog you can see Isaac and me rounding up the guitar and bass recordings. Even though writing and recording an album like this takes a huge amount of work, dedication and time this video clearly shows you how much we love what we do. Watch and enjoy!" More...

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Static-X And Dope Have Equipment Stolen

Platinum selling International recording artists Static-X have filed a police report with the LAPD, siting that their warehouse space (which is also shared with the band Dope) was recently robbed of nearly 200K worth of touring equipment during the Corona Virus Lockdown.

The two bands were advised to take the story public, in order to help raise awareness with other small business owners and bands alike.

"With most of us in lock down, and those who aren’t locked down, wearing masks in public, apparently it’s a great time to be a thief," says Static-X drummer Ken Jay.

The band has released a statement on the robbery: More...

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Powerwolf Begins Work On New Album

The high priests of heavy metal, Powerwolf, have announced work on a brand new studio album, to be released in 2021! While the band is currently getting ready for the release of their upcoming special album, Best Of The Blessed, on July 3, 2020 via Napalm Records, guitarist Matthew Greywolf has just commented the exciting news as follows:

"Even some months before the world went into lockdown I started locking myself in my studio to start writing new songs for the eighth Powerwolf album, and by now there's quite a bunch of exiting stuff, which I´m working on with Attila as we speak. Lots of energy and hooks - we're thrilled and excited! We expect to start recording by the end of the year, and 2021 will definitely bring a new Powerwolf chapter. Until then - stay at home, stay safe & healthy!”

To shorten your wait for a brand new Powerwolf, the band's upcoming release Best Of The Blessed – celebrating more than 15 years of Powerwolf in the most glorious style – will be seeing the light of day this summer, on July 3rd. But, Best Of The Blessed isn't just another Best Of album. Featuring 16 metal anthems and timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape, this record will include several new versions of hits such as “We Drink Your Blood”, “Werewolves of Armenia”, “Sanctified with Dynamite”, or the most celebrated festival hymn of all time, “Resurrection by Erection”. And while speaking of live: If you cannot get enough of Powerwolf's captivating stage performances, especially in these dark times without live shows and festivals over this summer, Powerwolf's Best Of The Blessed will also include 14 live tracks; the available Earbook and LP Box Edition will give you even more of the band's incredible live sound!

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BlackLab Posts New Lyric Video Online

BlackLab, the dark witch, doom duo from Osaka, Japan are poised to return with their new long playing record ‘Abyss ’. The band were scheduled to play London’s Desert Fest in May to coincide with the release of their new album but with all their live shows cancelled they have filmed a new lyric video for ‘Forked Road’ instead.

The band comments: "Due to COVID-19, all our UK tours and live concerts in Japan have also been all cancelled. We really miss live shows. Let's keep on rockin' with this song while at home! This lyric-video was totally D.I.Y. Shot, photographed and edited by us and our recording engineer Jun Morino, while I drew the subtitles myself" - Yuko Morino (BlackLab) More...

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Sepultura Launches "SepulQuarta" Sessions

Brazilian heavyweights Sepultura have launched their SepulQuarta sessions, a weekly event where the band will give insight into the band’s colourful history, do a Q&A session and perform a new track live.

"SepulQuarta was born out of the necessity to express ourselves in a different way since we’re all facing a new situation. We came up with this idea still influenced by the concept of our recent album Quadra, using geometry, numerology and numbers. Wednesday, which is the fourth day of the week, was chosen for the event," explains Andreas Kisser.

Join the band every Wednesday at 8PM UK time (4PM Brazilian official time / Noon PST / 9PM CET) for a new SepulQuarta at: https://www.sepultura.com.br/sepulquarta

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Devin Townsend Raises Over £65000 For NHS

Music fans across the world are missing the thrill of going to live concerts, and Devin Townsend is here to help. Devin has been hosting live concerts in his home studio this month, each one raising money for healthcare workers around the world. The latest, which took place on 25th April sold 3420 tickets raising over £65,000 ($81,000) for the NHS in the UK.

For each show Devin has put together an impressive 4-camera rig, controlled using nothing more than an Xbox controller. Watch a recording of the NHS fundraiser show below.

The previous show in aid of Vancouver’s General Hospital sold close to 2000 tickets, and raised nearly $50,000.

The third will be in support of hotspot hospitals in New York City. Shows last around 50 minutes, with different setlists each time. The top donors for each show receive signed merchandise from Omerch, album goodies from InsideOut as well as several high-end products from a number of Devin’s gear companies such as Mooer, Fractal, Toontrack, Dunlop and |Fishman to name a few. All ticket buyers will also receive a (somewhat tidied-up) remixed version of the show’s audio recording.

Saturday May 2nd - Noon PDT / 20:00 BST / 05:00 AEST. Get your tickets here: www.stageit.com/Devin_Townsend More...

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Interview

Åskväder Discusses Debut Album

"Rock is dead" is a phrase which has been used for decades now. It always seems though that in some shape or form, somehow, rock finds a way to keep breathing and maintain a loyal fan base. Whether that be the Chuck Berry-esque energy of Danko Jones or the Led Zeppelin fueled Greta van Fleet, rock is always able to stay fun and nest in the ears of listeners. Another band to take high energy rock and roll and release it into a new decade actually hails from one of the homes of death metal; Gothenburg. The band in question? Åskväder.

With their self-titled debut album now available through The Sign Records, I spoke with guitarist Martin Gut about the album, the new music video for "God's Grace," the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the band and the answer to the decade long question; Is rock dead? You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Henry Kane Premiere New Single

Henry Kane premiere a new song called "Keep Us from the Truth", taken from their upcoming new album "Age of the Idiot". The album will be released by Transcending Obscurity Records on May 22nd.

Check out now "Keep Us from the Truth" below.

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Gabestok Premiere New Song "Jeg slæber"

Danish black metal band Gabestok premiere a new song named "Jeg slæber", taken from their forthcoming new EP "På herrens brakmark". The outing will be released by Strange Aeons on cassette and digitally on May 15.

Check out now "Jeg slæber" below.

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Abduction Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

French black metal band Abduction premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Jehanne", which will be released by Finisterian Dead End Metal Label on April 29th.

Check out now "Jehanne" in its entirety below.

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Fake Names (Refused, Bad Religion) Premiere Single

Fake Names - featuring members of Refused, Bad Religion etc. - premiere one final single ahead of their impending self-titled debut release. Below you can stream “Being Them” from the album ahead of its May 08th release through Epitaph.

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