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Metal News for April 29, 2021

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10 news articles posted on this day.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground: Nattverd

It goes without saying that Norway is and has been a hotbed of black metal, whether we are discussing the Norwegian black metal scene’s insane and infamous extracurricular activities, shall we say, that involved church burning, murder and suicide, or what matters most, the incredible, pioneering second wave black metal music that continues to influence extreme metal bands across the world. They may not be a well-known name along the lines of acts like Emperor or Darkthrone, but Nattverd has been vomiting blistering and melodic black metal since 2017. Considering that they formed in 2010, it’s clear that they didn’t hit the ground running in terms of recorded output. But since their debut, “Vi vet gud er en logner,” they’ve made up for lost time on that end, also having released a follow-up EP and full-length album. More...

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Lord Of The Lost Reveals New Album Details

German genrefluid visionaries Lord Of The Lost prove that they have matured both musically and lyrically, and return with their seventh studio album, "Judas," out July 2, 2021 via Napalm Records.

With this remarkable offering, the five-piece cement their position as exceptional artists that can’t be pigeonholed once more, which their brand new harbinger and single "Priest," out today, is already proof of. The very first song immediately unveils a leitmotif that runs through the whole record and serves as a uniting symbiosis for the double album, divided in two conceptual parts, Damnation and Salvation, with 24 songs in total.

Along with a highly sophisticated official video, the song draws the listener into a conflict that has lasted for thousands of centuries and is as old as mankind itself: The conflict between good and evil. On "Judas," Lord Of The Lost tell of this conflict from the perception of the character of Judas Iscariot, known as highly diverse, and the so-called Gospel of Judas, a paper that's said to consist of conversations between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot and casts a different light on religious history as it's told in the Bible's New Testament.

Lord Of The Lost on the new single and video:
"With ‘Priest’, we dive deep into a visual world that is meant to convey the very core emotion of the upcoming album, 'Judas,' to the viewer. This comes along with a story that leaves room for many means of interpretation while keeping the purpose of the album concept. The artist Xelanah shines as the protagonist here, symbolically representing the emotional tension of the figure of Judas Iscariot. That role will also appear and continue in further videos, just like you know it from, for example, Aerosmith. The song itself manages to unite all the emotion and soundscape that makes up the album - a cinematic trailer for the ears. And even a deliberately placed Genesis quote from the mouth of Judas himself is suddenly seen in a completely new light." More...

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Epica Announces "Omega Alive" Streaming Event

Dutch symphonic metal heavyweights Epica announce their first-ever streaming event titled Omega Alive. The universal streaming event will mark the band’s triumphant return to the stage to perform for the first time in support of their latest album "Omega," their eighth full-length release the band’s first album in five years.

"Omega Alive" will be streamed on Saturday, June 12 at 12:00 PM PST / 3:00 PM EST / 21:00 CEST and will be available on demand for 72 hours. Early bird tickets and exclusive bundles are on sale now at www.EpicaStream.com. You can watch the trailer below.

This one-of-a-kind online event will be the band’s most explosive performance to date with an enormous production on an ever-evolving stage setting that’s full of visual surprises. It will see the band perform songs from "Omega" for the first time ever, along with the band’s most popular songs and some other surprises.

Says Epica keyboardist, and the mastermind behind the event, Coen Janssen: "After releasing our new album Omega, we found ourselves with great new songs aching to be played live, but without a stage to perform them on. We still wanted to give our fans the best possible release show like we always do, so together with Jens de Vos from Panda Productions we came up with a way to bring the Epica experience into the homes of the fans all over the world. 'Omega Alive' is Epica’s biggest show ever, and I can't be more proud of what it has become! We went all out on everything we have to offer and I can tell you it is one massive audio-visual spectacle! Immerse yourself in the world of Epica and join us in 'Omega Alive!'" More...

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Interview

Sumo Cyco Singer Welcomes All To The "Initiation"

Ever since punk rock, the DIY ethic has been a vital part of the rock and metal ethos. Every band now has a social media presence, perhaps a YouTube channel and a Bandcamp page to sell their music. While all this is to be admired, there are a select few groups who go above and beyond and begin making serious waves without big money behind them and perhaps the most notable example of this in recent memory would be the genre bending Canadian outfit, Sumo Cyco.

Since debuting in 2011, the collective led by vocalist Skye "Sever" Sweetnam have made a name for themselves with their bombastic sound, support slots with the likes of Skindred and Butcher Babies and international touring. Now, the band has finally accepted a record deal and with Napalm Records behind them, the future looks bright for the Hamilton quartet.

In just eight days, Sumo Cyco will be unleashing, "Initiation," their third full length album and first in four years, which has already received signifficant attention from such singles as "Bystander," "Vertigo" and "No Surrender." To find out more about the album, how signing with Napalm has changed the band, the use of music videos and much more, I spoke with Skye Sweetnam herself. You can check out the interview in full below. More...

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Chicago's Misfire Debuts Full-Length Album

Chicago's newest thrash tyrants, Misfire, comprised of members from Diamond Plate and Vitrial, release a searing thrash collaboration entitled, "Sympathy For The Ignorant."

In 2004 at the age of 13 and 14 drummer James Nicademus and Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Johnson formed what ended up becoming the thrash metal band Diamond Plate. In 2007 Jay left that band and has since released multiple solo projects. Diamond Plate went on to be signed to Earache Records for 2 albums and played multiple tours and shows with Overkill, Death Angel, Testament, Megadeth, D.R.I. and many more.

Fast forward to 2018. James Nicademus, Tommy Denniger of End of Sanity, and Sean Coogan of Vitrial formed Misfire. Shortly after Tommy decided to follow a different path so James called the only man for the job. His old friend Jay Johnson. A decision that would ultimately solidify Misfires line up. Misfire have since been active and have opened for Iron Regan, Sacred Reich, and more.

Their debut album “Sympathy for the Ignorant” releases May 1st 2021 in partnership with Fracture Studios and can be purchased on all distrokid platforms.

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Just For Fun

Babybeard Premiere New Single

Japanese cross-dressing pro wrestling metal musician, Ladybeard (ex-Ladybaby) has returned with his new band Babybeard. Backed by Nakayama Suzu and Hinata Kotomi he premieres his new single "Nippon Kara Konnichiwa (ニッポンからコンニチハ; Hello From Japan)" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Alastor Premiere New Track "Dead Things In Jars"

Sweden's sludge quartet Alastor premiere a new track named "Dead Things In Jars", taken from their upcoming new album "Onwards and Downwards", due out May 28th.


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Goregäng (The Absence, Etc.) Premiere New Video

Ahead of this week’s (April 30th) release of their new EP “Long Live The Grime“, Goregäng (The Absence/Inhuman Condition, etc.) premiere a new official music video for their track “Farm The Mother“.

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Dödsrit Premiere New Song "Apathetic Tongues"

Crusty black metal outfit Dödsrit premiere a new song entitled "Apathetic Tongues", taken from their upcoming new album "Mortal Coil", which will be out in stores May 28 via Wolves of Hades.

Check out now "Apathetic Tongues" below.

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Tetrarch Premiere New Single "Addicted"

Tetrarch premiere their last advance track titled “Addicted” taken from their impending new album “Unstable“, which is scheduled for a release this Friday, April 30th.


Explains the group’s singer/guitarist Josh Fore: More...

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