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Metal News for May 11, 2022

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Allegaeon Posts New Music Video Online

In February of this year, Allegaeon released their latest album, "Damnum." The title means "loss" in Latin and consequently, the lyrical themes mark a deviation from the band's previous sci-fi/science-based output. Track number six from the album, "Called Home," may be the most emotional and powerful example of that theme on the album. That song is now accompanied by a new video, which can be seen below.

Guitarist Greg Burgess comments on the concept of the song and video: "Over the last few years people around the world have experienced immeasurable loss and grief. This song and this video is a representation of a personal experience. By sharing this story we hope that it brings some sense of peace to anyone who has shared in a similar experience, and to possibly throw a lifeline to someone out there who may be suffering. You are not alone." More...

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Toxik To Release First Album In 32 Years

Peekskill, New York thrash metal veterans Toxik has announced that their new album, "Dis Morta" will be released on August 5, 2022 via Massacre Records. "Dis Morta" marks the thrash metal legends' third full-length album, and picks up where "Think This," the band's second album, leaves off. This will also be the first album recorded with the current lineup, making it the first Toxik album not to feature bassist Brian Bonini or drummer Tad Leger. More details will be revealed as they become available. More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Vocalist Dies Aged 41

Trevor Strnad, the vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most popular death metal bands of the 21st century, has died. More information will be made available in due course. The band has posted the following message:

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.

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Cobra Spell Parts Company With Two Members

Dutch heavy metal outfit Cobra Spell has announced that they have decided to part company with guitarist Esmée van Sinderen and drummer Léonard Cakolli. A statement from the group reads as follows:

"We announce that we are parting ways with rhythm guitarist Esmée van Sinderen, and - mutually agreed with him - part ways with drummer Léonard Cakolli.

"This decision was taken due to personal indifferences. Their vision does not align to the band’s and the speed rate that the band is evolving. Being part of a band that just started to grow very fast requires a certain amount of effort, time and sacrifice that not everyone can offer/give with their own priorities and job. Therefor we are obliged to take this decision for the well-being and workflow of the band.

"We wish them the best in the personal projects and future endeavours and thank them deeply for being part of our epic journey so far! More...

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Behemoth To Release New Album In September

Behemoth, the high priests of extreme metal, have announced their 12th studio album, "Opvs Contra Natvram" - their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date. The album is set for release on September 16 via Nuclear Blast.

The 10 chapters of fury that make up "Opvs Contra Natvram" were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year for the globe - a situation which only heightened the level of craft seen in these 43 minutes and 15 seconds of searing wrath. As with previous studio outings, "Opvs…" was produced by Behemoth, with mixing handled by acclaimed studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).

Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and absolute creative control of Behemoth's world, frontman and band visionary, Adam "Nergal" Darski reveled in the depressurized environment afforded by the pandemic. It meant that for nearly the first time since the band's inception over 30 years ago, there was no deadline to observe, allowing for a nearly unprecedented level of attention to the process of writing and recording.

Beyond any confines of genre, Behemoth have grown to become nothing less than the personification of rebellion, individuality, and unflinching self-expression informed by a literate worldview and worldliness that's resulted in a locking of horns with everything from the mainstream press to the Polish Catholic church - most notably manifesting in Nergal's trial for blasphemy in 2010 that only served to expose the deep-seated hypocrisies that his music seeks to challenge.

"The album title means going against the current," Nergal states. "It's the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I've seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture - cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That's something which I find very destructive and disturbing - and extremely limiting coming from an artists' perspective. This is my middle finger to that. There's a song on the record called 'Neo-Spartacvs.' Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it's me screaming, 'I Am Spartacus, and so are you!' I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!"

Pre-order or pre-save the album here, and watch the cinematic video for the first single, "Ov My Herculean Exile", directed by Zuzanna Plisz, below. More...

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Desertfest UK 2022: Day 2

Following a fantastic opening day marking the tenth year of Desertfest in London, it was time to head back to Camden on the Northern Line for another day of doom, desert and stoner music, in a city which may not embody the aesthetics of the music, but provided an excellent area with quick access to most of the venues. After arriving on the tube and having a quick chat with the Socialist Workers booth outside the station, it was another descent into The Underworld to begin what would no doubt be another highly enjoyable day of rock and metal.

Not having the same advantage that Blind Monarch did the day before of being the only band on, Scottish heavy/doom metal band King Witch still drew an impressive crowd and once they began playing, it was easy to see why. Think about all the things you loved when you first discovered heavy metal music and you'll notice that King Witch has them all. Led by the Doro-esque delivery of vocalist Laura Donnelly, the quartet's take on traditional metal is a refreshing one, not drenched in denim and leather, but taking the melodies and darkness that made metal so challenging for the status quo to begin with and bringing them into the modern world. They looked like they were having just as much fun as the audience and it was so easy to like them. I also can't remember the last time I enjoyed the bass so much! A fantastic start to the day from a band who will surely be back at Desertfest and much higher up on the bill in the future. More...

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Cruachan Changes New Album Title

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that they have decided to change the name of their upcoming album from "Forest Songs" to "The Living And The Dead." A message from frontman Keith Fay reads as follows:

"The new Cruachan album will be called 'The Living and the Dead.'

"We got the title wrong with 'Forest Songs' and decided to change it. The more we worked with the songs the more we realised the title didn't fit. We were putting down some vocals last night, the theme of the song, like all the songs on the album, involves death in some way and Mick, our producer turns to us and asks 'why is this called forest songs?' That was the last straw haha. We had a few titles we were thinking of and 'The Living and the Dead' was a close second, now we know it is the best title. Without realising it, we have made another concept album, and the theme is death .... death and rebirth. No release date yet, still in production."

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Visions Of Atlantis Debuts New Music Video

Untamed as the seven seas, Visions Of Atlantis are set to release their anticipated and most honest studio album to date, Pirates, this Friday, May 13, via Napalm Records! Today, the band has released the majestic and energetic third single "Master The Hurricane" together with a stunning official video showing the international band in top shape once again!

The new single, "Master The Hurricane," makes every symphonic metal enthusiast’s heart pound faster by managing to combine what makes Visions Of Atlantis so strong in 2022 in more than seven minutes of runtime. Singers Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli show the full range of their skills from soft and calm tones, over staccato sung parts and rough tones to a bombastic chorus that makes the listener dive deep into the new world of the band. The well elaborated and beautifully pointed guitar and drum lines make this song another hymn in the strong discography of Visions Of Atlantis. The overall drums impress with a natural sound, while Feurschwanz's Ben Metzner adds a special touch to the song with his flute playing. More...

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Comeback Kid Announces European Tour Dates

Canadian hardcore flag bearers Comeback Kid have announced a run of UK and European club shows for this summer to support their appearance at a number of festivals across the continent. The new club dates include shows with Darkest Hour, XL Life, Spaced, Devil In Me, Dagger Threat, Madball and Sick Of It All.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Rage Behind Unveils New Single

Rage Behind continue to craft captivating adrenaline punches with their new single "Genesis," proving that this will not be only a debut album for Rage Behind’s intensifying career but hopefully the debut album of this year on Atomic Fire Records. You can check out the song below.

The modern groove nu-metal monsters Rage Behind from Paris comment on the new song:

"'Genesis' speaks about the veil of obscurity and misery surrounding us when someone we care about chooses to live between dishonor and lies. And through their destruction, they are sharing, you can always find a piece of light to revive yourself." More...

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Cave In Shares "Reckoning" Video

Cave In are set to return with their Relapse Records debut, "Heavy Pendulum," their first full studio record in over a decade which will be released on May 20th. Today, the band share a music video for the album cut, "Reckoning", the first Cave In song to be fully written by guitarist Adam McGrath.

Guitarist/vocalist Adam McGrath comments: "‘Reckoning’ started as a demo I sent to the band for consideration while mapping out the tracklist for Heavy Pendulum. It was inspired by the idea of adding a song to the acoustic/electric live sets Steve and I had been performing on and off for the last 20 years. A fresh song with that set-up (acoustic/electric guitar) seemed exciting to pursue. Somewhere between Led Zeppelin’s ‘Battle of Evermore’ and Mad Season’s ‘Long Gone Day’ is the birth of ‘Reckoning,’ a song about digesting huge loss and forging paths into unknown futures." More...

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Civil War Releases New Lyric Video

Swedish power metal veterans Civil War – featuring former members of Sabaton – drop another martial power-anthem with their newest single "Battle Of Life," beginning with synthesizer elements that lead into the band’s epic power metal trademark with a catchy chorus. The lyrics deal with inner conflicts and war – focusing on changing one’s perspective, conquering fears and calling on one’s inner strength. These topics serve also as inspiration for the impressive lyric video that’s released in tandem today!

"Battle Of Life" is one of the 10 new wartime anthems on the band’s new album, "Invaders," out via Napalm Records on June 17, 2022. Detailing harrowing stories of sorrow and tales of turbulent triumph from around the globe, as well as human nature itself, the album marks the band’s first with masterful frontman Kelly Sundown Carpenter and formidable shredder Thobbe Englund (ex-Sabaton).

Kelly Sundown Carpenter (vocalist) on "Battle Of Life":
"This song is about perseverance and finding the courage to stand back up after we fall, and how our perception changes everything. If you can change the way you see the world…you change the world." More...

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