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Metal News for May 1, 2020

Last updated on July 10, 2020 at 2:47 PM ET

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Paradise Lost Guitarist Sheds Light On "Obsidian"

It takes a lot to become a successful metal band. It takes even more to make a real impact on the genre. Paradise Lost have never been what one would call an ordinary band however. From their first show supporting Acid Reign to headlining festivals around the globe, Paradise Lost pioneered death/doom, being credited with the invention of Gothic metal and even blending electronic influences perfectly with their sound.

Now, at the beginning of a new decade and thirty years on from their debut, "Lost Paradise," the Yorkshire quintet are back with their grim and grizzly new album, "Obsidian." Two weeks from today, the visceral and timely record will be available through Nuclear Blast, the perfect soundtrack to a worried time. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist Aaron Aedy about the album, as well as the pandemic, the history of the band and much more. You can check it out below.

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me Aaron. The new album, "Obsidian" is right around the corner. How would you compare it to "Medusa"?

Aaron Aedy: My pleasure! Well, I’d say it has a little more diversity compared to Medusa. It’s a bit less doom-centric and it has many more all-round PL sounds within the songs - including some of our more Gothic moments too.

Oz: What's the meaning behind the title "Obsidian"?

Aaron: The artwork and title are synergistically tied by the dark earth stone, Obsidian - the forklore and superstition around it and how it brings totemistic good luck charms over the ages to help us and give us courage to do the things we must or do not wish, but have to do.

Oz: One of the highlights for me when hearing the album was the guitar work. It seems that you and Greg continue to outdo yourselves with every release. Were there any different approaches to songwriting and playing this time?

Aaron: We’ve always said that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. This has mostly been PL’s mantra for decades. Having worked with Gomez a number of times before, everyone is comfortable in their roles production-wise. The only difference this time is the guitars being recorded at Greg’s studio and then being sent to Gomez.

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Bandcamp Waives Revenue Share To Support Artists

After a successful trial on March 20th where Bandcamp waived their revenue share to give more money to the artists during this pandemic, they are extending this special to the first Friday of the next three months. Here's what CEO Ethan Diamond posted to their blog:

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact all of us, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it.

On March 20, 2020, we waived our revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and so much more. It was truly inspiring.

But the pandemic and its impact on the music community aren’t over, so today, as well as on June 5, and July 3 (the first Friday of each month), we’re waiving our revenue share for all sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT on each day.

(Over 150 artists and labels are offering discounts, exclusive items, merch bundles, and more this Friday.)

Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support.

It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.

So get out there and support your favorite artists today.

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The Hallowed Catharsis Premiere "Killowner"

The Hallowed Catharsis premiere the title track from their upcoming EP "Killowner", which is out June 2 via Lacerated Enemy Records.

Check out now "Killowner" below.

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Bleed From Within Premiere New Single

Bleed From Within premiere their new single “Night Crossing” from their impending new album “Fracture“. Trivium's Matt Heafy guests on this song. “Fracture” is currently scheduled for a May 29th release by Century Media.

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Suicide Silence Premiere “Overlord”

Suicide Silence premiere their “Become The Hunter” b-side track titled “Overlord“, which was tracked during the sessions for their latest album. The aforementioned album was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira).

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King 810 Premiere New Single

King 810's new single “Dukes“ has premiered online and can be streamed via YouTube below.

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Born Of Osiris’ Lee McKinney Premieres New Video

Born Of Osiris guitarist Lee McKinney premieres a new music video for “Rising Tide”. The track is taken from his solo album “Infinite Mind”.

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