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Metal News for April 29, 2020

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Former Obscura Bassist Rejoins The Band

After a 9-year break, legendary bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Quadvium, Salazh Trio, ex-Pestilence) has rejoined German progressive death metallers Obscura as a permanent member.

Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in death metal and world-fusion, joined Obsura in 2007 and recorded the band's critically acclaimed full-length albums Cosmogenesis (2009) and Omnivium (2011), both released via Relapse Records.

"Perhaps fans are somewhat surprised about my comeback. After leaving Obscura in 2011, we stayed in touch and over the years I've visited some of their concerts. Since the departure my main focus has been on exploring 7-string bass guitar and playing different genres. It's really nice to be back in the fold, being involved again in the writing process, collaborating on material for the upcoming sixth studio album and to prepare for intensive touring. We expect to announce a completion of the group's new line-up on short notice", says Jeroen.

Thesseling, who has been touring the world, also recorded Pestilence's fourth and sixth studio albums, "Spheres" (1993) and "Doctrine" (2011). Late 2017 he released the debut work "Circulations" with the jazz-fusion group Salazh Trio, featuring legendary drummer Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández. In 2019 Jeroen founded the fusion-world-metal group Quadvium with fellow fretless bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Sadus, Death). Quadvium is currently working on their debut album.

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Paradise Lost Posts Third New Album Trailer

On May 15th Paradise Lost continue to write a new chapter of their gloomy story of death doom and gothic metal when they release their new album "Obsidian". In a series of trailers that the band launched recently Nick and Greg have been sharing memories from the band's early days with fans.

Today the guys talk about the band's first rehearsal, in a video which can be seen below.

The sixteenth Paradise Lost studio album, "Obsidian" eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener "Darker Thoughts" through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer "Ravenghast," "Obsidian" reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas. Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted Paradise Lost anthems "Ghosts" is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub. More...

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Candlemass Vocalist On Opening The Door To Doom

Doom metal is sub-genre which is as old as heavy metal itself. After all, most people will point to Black Sabbath as the first band to perform both styles and soon after, bands like Pentagram and Witchfinder General were tuning low and playing slow much like the Brummie quartet. Since then, doom metal has gone on to become one of the most beloved, if not always most commercially successful of metal's vast offshoots and a big chunk of credit for its popularity is often given to a certain band from Sweden who unleashed their debut, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in 1986; Candlemass.

Candlemass have, for over three decades, demolished everything in its path with powerful vocals, searing riffs and bombastic songs. The band are rightly hailed as icons of doom and their latest album, last year's, "The Door To Doom," shows that the band will not be softening their stance any time soon. "The Door To Doom" also marked a new era of the band, as it saw the return of vocalist Johan Längqvist, who previously had only recorded with the band on their debut.

This past week, I had the pleasure with speaking Johan over Skype, to discuss the new album, as well as the band's latest EP, "The Pendulum," how he feels singing songs from vocalists who came after him, the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the band, the guest appearance from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on "The Door To Doom" and much more. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Onslaught Parts Ways With Vocalist

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they have parted company with vocalist Sy Keeler. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness to announce that Sy Keeler will be leaving his role as vocalist of Onslaught. Due to the nature of the modern day music industry some things simply aren't sustainable year after year and Sy has now taken a different full time career path.

"We would like to wish Sy and his family all the very best on this new journey through life and give him huge thanks for his immense vocal performances in the band over the years.
We've shared so many great experiences, made some very cool records and played some really amazing shows across the globe, unfortunately nothing lasts forever and for us as a band what doesn't kill us will once again make us stronger.

"Lets hope that Sy will come and make a few surprise guest appearances now and again in the future!"

Keeler originally joined the band in 1986 and featured on the band's most recognised album, "The Force" later that year. At the behest of the record label, he was replaced by Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett soon after, but would return to the band when they reunited in 2005, recording three more albums, "Killing Peace," "The Sound Of Violence" and "VI."

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Apocalyptica To Stream Free Online Show

Finland's Apocalyptica have checked in with the following announcement:

"On May 14th, we will have a full-length streaming concert in a special location. Especially during these challenging times we want to share this intimate evening and a bit of joy with you! The concert is absolutely free, but there will be a possibility to donate money so we can keep our business running and pay our employees. So save the date and tune in to YouTube, take care and stay awesome!"

The band's YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ApocalypticaVideos

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Okkultokrati Premiere New Single "Loathe Forever"

Okkultokrati premiere their new single "Loathe Forever," from their upcoming new album "La Ilden Lyse", out on May 15th through Southern Lord.

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Deathing Premiere New Single & Music Video

Finnish Valkeakoski-based death metal band Deathing is set to release their debut EP "All Hail The Decay" on May 22nd 2020 via Inverse Records. A new single off of it called “Crash & Burn” has premiered online and streaming for you below:

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Viscera Premiere New Music Video

UK death metal outfit Viscera premiere a new music video for their song "Hammers and Nails" which is off of their debut album 'Obsidian'. The album was mixed and mastered by Michael Leo Valeri (Brand of Sacrifice) with artwork being provided by Shindy Reehal (Ingested, Harbinger).


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Exterminatus Premiere New Song "Suffer in Silence"

Vancouver-based brutal tech-death act Exterminatus premiere a new song entitled "Suffer in Silence", taken from their upcoming new album "E.F.a.D.S".

Check out now "Suffer in Silence" below.

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