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Metal News for May 1, 2021

Last updated on June 12, 2021 at 4:15 AM ET

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10 news articles posted on this day.

UK Tech-Fest Postponed To 2022

UK Tech-Fest has postponed this year's event to 2022, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. UK Tech-Fest will now take place on 30th June - 4th July 2022, at the Newark Showground. Tickets for 2021 will be valid for the 2022 event.

Tickets for UK Tech-Fest 2022 can be purchased here.

The organisers have released the following statement:

"It breaks our hearts to bring you this news that UK Tech-Fest 2021 is cancelled. UK Tech-Fest will now take place Thursday 30 June – Monday 4 July 2022. We’ve been exploring all options to make the festival happen this year, but plain and simply there’s just too much stacked against us.

"We’re not the first to cancel and sadly we won’t be the last, as the main factor for us all is insurance. We really wish we had a crystal ball and could see what will happen in June. Going by the roadmap, in theory we should be fine, but the fact that the Government haven’t put their money where their mouth is and cough up a Government-backed insurance scheme for the festival and live events industry, says it all. As a small, independent festival we can’t afford to take the financial risk without the security and protection from such a scheme.

"And then there’s the bands, many of our international artists have had to cancel their shows and can’t travel to the UK. We’ve explored booking a UK line-up but (while that would be awesome) there’s still the big risk without insurance.

"Current ticket holders – your tickets will automatically be valid for 2022 and refunds will be available to those who wish. Thank you to those who rolled their tickets over last year or donated their tickets, if you are able to do so again this year we would be extremely grateful.

"For all ticket enquiries check out our FAQs: https://uktechfest.com/faqs or email

"Tickets for 2022 – we’re delighted to announce we have instalment tickets available so you can pay for your ticket monthly from now to June 2022. It’s been a hard year so we hope this helps spread the cost. http://uktechfest.gigantic.com/

"If you can support us further we would love you to check out our new merch store – lots of discounts and bundles available! https://merch.uktechfest.com/

"Stay safe and we’ll see you in Newark next year. Much love, the Tech-Fest Team"

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Distant To Release New Album In June

Distant, the Dutch slam-hybrid deathcore six-piece that appears to never sleep or stand still; have announced their album "Aeons Of Oblivion" will be released via the equally unstoppable Unique Leader Records on 11th June.

Ahead of this the band have released a savage double track video featuring songs "Rakva" & "Vermilion Rivers." You can check out the video below.

"Aeons Of Oblivion" wraps up the story of Tyrannotophia, the realm of the doomed and the sound of the world's damnation. This draws to a conclusion the final pieces of the fable which the band's previous releases "Dawn Of Corruption" (2020) and "Dusk Of Anguish" (2021) laid out. Distant's full-length album totals over one hour of tormenting hymns that deal with Tyrannt’s conquest and hunger for revenge. Featuring five new songs with guest spots including Adam Warren of Oceano and Kyle Anderson of Brand of Sacrifice, the result is a cacophony of carnage that unfolds throughout the whole record.

Distant commented on the release: "As the land of Tyrannotophia shatters, the only true king, Tyrannt, awakens in his monolithic form, drawing oblivion upon us. Aeons of Oblivion concludes the saga and takes the listener down the road of Tyrannt’s cruel story. Our full-length album transcribes the dreadful, ominous and heavy feelings of the tale, bound by sensational atmosphere. We are extremely excited to finally share the full picture we have envisioned and crafted for the last couple of years and we hope you will enjoy and fully immerse yourself in the world we built." More...

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L.A. Guns Reveals New Live Album Details

L.A. Guns, featuring Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, have announced the release of a new live album, "Cocked & Loaded Live" on July 9th 2021. As its title implies, it celebrates the band's much-loved second album, "Cocked & Loaded," and precedes the release of a brand new studio album from the group that is due this autumn.

It is no secret that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a body blow to the entire live music business. With gig-goers joining everyone else within the music industry in eagerly awaiting a return to normality, many artists have meanwhile kept busy by bringing live music direct to the living rooms of their fans. In the case of L.A. Guns, they had just commenced work on a new studio album in November 2020, but decided to get together for one of the things they love most, which was to play a 'live' show. They announced a special gig at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas to celebrate the 31st anniversary of their second studio album, "Cocked and Loaded."

This one of a kind show was streamed worldwide, with viewers witnessing a killer show. Picking up from their previous incessant touring cycles and relieved to finally be on stage again, L.A. Guns tore through all the classic album tracks that fans know and love, including "Rip and Tear," "Never Enough," "The Ballad of Jayne," "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Malaria," all wrapped up in a primal, visceral performance. The band also acknowledged the present and played ‘Speed’ from their more recent ‘The Missing Peace’ album.

"Cocked & Loaded" remains a gem of the late ‘80s, a special era in hard rock music, with these new renditions of timeless songs captured in a moment that none of us will ever forget. The album will be released on July 9th and is available for pre-order here. More...

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Crypta Releases Playthrough Videos

Brazilian death metal outfit Crypta, featuring former members of Nervosa and Burning Witches, has posted two new playthrough videos online for the song, "From The Ashes." You can check out the guitar and drum playthrough videos below.

"From The Ashes" is the first single released by the band and is the closing track on Crypta's upcoming debut album, "Echos Of The Soul," which will hit the shelves on June 11th via Napalm Records. "Echoes Of The Soul" was recorded in January 2021 at the Family Mob Studio (Brazil), mixed by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Powertrip etc.) and mastered by the famed Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura etc.). The cover artwork was created by Wes Benscoter, who is internationally famous for his stunning covers for bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Black Sabbath and many more. More...

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Lock Up Posts New Music Video Online

Grindcore supergroup Lock Up, featuring Shane Embury (Napalm Death/Brujeria/Venomous Concept), Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth/Venomous Concept) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates/Disfear/Grotesque) amongst others, have posted a new music video online for the song, "Inside Cthulu's Eye." You can check it out below. The song is part of a bonus seven inch single, which will also include the new recordings, "Cyphers Of Fortune" and "Radiation Sickness (Repulsion)". The single will come with the band's forthcoming vinyl release, "Play Fast Or Die - Live In Japan" which will be released through Listenable Records next Spring. More...

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Killing Premiere New Single & Music Video

Denmark's purveyors of thrash metal Killing premiere a new single and music video "Kill Everyone", taken from their upcoming debut full-length "Face The Madness". The album is set for release later this year on August 13th via Mighty Music.

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Aschenvater Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

German death metal trio Aschenvater premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "Landungsfeldmassaker", which was released April 30th release by Dead Center Productions.

Check out now "Landungsfeldmassaker" in its entirety below.

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ÆGES Premiere New Music Video For "Colors"

ÆGES premiere a new official music video for their latest track “Colors“. The group’s singert/guitarist Kemble Walters produced and engineered the single, while Beau Burchell (Saosin, Senses Fail) took over mixing and mastering duties.

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Hannes Grossmann (Ex-Necrophagist) Premieres Song

Drummer Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, ex-Necrophagist/Obscura) premieres his new single “The Great Designer“ streaming via YouTube for you below. Grossmann's new solo full-length “To Where The Light Retreats” is due out on June 01st.

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Vokonis Debut Single Off New Album, "Odyssey"

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album ”Odyssey” On May 7th. More dynamically diverse than ever, the 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis' first true prog-record.

The heavy prog-metal-trio, Vokonis, is here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe and
melodic passages. Drenched in blasting distortion, melody, and menace, Vokonis is ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from heavy riffage, face-melting layers of fuzz, and gritty, howling vocals to utterly clean, dreamlike soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting. As you share a psychedelic and thrilling journey Vokonis will have shown their range from full-
blown doom to melodically blissful passages.

Listen to "Through The Depths" below! More...

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