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Metal News for May 15, 2020

Last updated on July 14, 2020 at 5:57 AM ET

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Powerwolf Uploads New Live Video

July 3, 2020 will see the high priests of heavy metal, Powerwolf, release their highly anticipated album, "Best Of The Blessed," via Napalm Records. Without a doubt, Powerwolf are one of the most successful metal bands of modern times, and anyone who has ever been to a show – the one and only metal mass – is aware of their incredibly entertaining and captivating live performances. Following sold-out arenas and headlining festival shows at Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze among many more, 2019 marked Powerwolf's 15th band anniversary.

As a very special gift, they will release "Best Of The Blessed" this summer, which features 16 timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape! And speaking of live: Powerwolf's upcoming, must-have magnum opus will also include 14 live tracks, recorded at the Wolfsnächte Tour 2018, such as “We Drink Your Blood”, “Resurrection by Erection”, and the epic, sing-along hit, "Sanctified with Dynamite." The available Earbook and LP Box Edition will give you even more of the priests' incredible Live Sacrament!

Now, and to keep you heavy and decked in (un)holy metal in times of lockdown, experience Powerwolf's live show right in your living room, as the band has just released a blistering video for their "Best Of The Blessed" live version of "Sanctified with Dynamite!" More...

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Sonata Arctica To Stream Acoustic Shows

Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica will be performing an acoustic concert, titled Acoustic Adventures 2020, set to take place via live stream. This will be the only chance to experience the band’s acoustic show in 2020.

They will be playing two shows; the first one aimed for the fans in the Americas, the second one for audiences in Europe and the UK. Access to video will be possible for up to 48 hours after live stream, with a purchased ticket.

"It took a while for us to set this up but finally, we’re ready to take the plunge into the world of live streaming. We wanted to make sure we had something special, and since our Acoustic Adventures has only been done in Europe previously, we decided that this is a good way to start. We’re doing two shows with a slightly different selection of songs and we found an awesome location called Mustakari - this is set to be something new for us. We’re really excited about this!! Stay safe!," comments keyboard wizard Henrik Klingenberg.

Both shows will be streamed in through semilive.fi

Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures 2020 Schedule

Friday, May 29th 2020
Los Angeles 17.00
Chicago 18.00
Mexico City 19.00
New York 20.00
São Paulo 21.00
Melbourne 10am (+ 1 day)

Saturday, May 30th 2020
Helsinki 21:00
Moscow 21:00
Berlin 20:00
London 19:00

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Judas Priest Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Judas Priest has announced the rescheduled dates for its 50 Heavy Metal Years European tour. The trek, which was originally set to take place this spring and summer, has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

Priest singer Rob Halford recently said the tour celebrating the band's 50th anniversary will "be a great show; it's gonna be an amazing show. We've been working on production for over a year, putting together this incredible show for our Priest family and for anybody that wants to come and check out the Priest on our 50th anniversary… Priest has been working hard, as I say, for quite a while now, putting together a really, really spectacular 50th-anniversary show that we hope will give some kind of justice — if justice is the right word — to the legacy of Priest as we hurtle on."


28 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki Ice Hall
30 – Tallinn, Estonia – Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

2 – Gdansk, Poland – Mystic Festival
4 – Kyiv, Poland – Palace Of Sports
7 – Moscow, Russia – Megasport
9 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Yubileynyy
12 – Rattvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
13 – Linkoping, Sweden – Saab Arena
16 – Stavanger, Norway – DNB Arena
17 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell
23 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
24 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
26 – Villafranca di Verona, Italy – Rock The Castle
27 – Oberhausen, Germany – Konig-Pilsener Arena
28 – Munich, Germany – Zenith

6 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
7 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
9 – Halle, Germany – Peissnitzinsel
10 – Vizovice, Czech Republic – Masters Of Rock Festival
12 – Bratislava, Slovakia – National Tennis Center
16 – Palaio Faliro, Greece – Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex
18 – Mogilovo, Bulgaria – Midalidar Rock
20 – Bucharest, Romania – The Roman Arenas
27 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Poppodium 013

11 – Burton Upon Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air

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Majestica Announces Live Stream

Last year, Swedish symphonic power metallers Majestica, formerly known as Reinxeed, unleashed their debut album "Above The Sky," via Nuclear Blast. Now, since their spring tour has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band have decided to do a live stream on Saturday May 16th, streamed via their Facebook page.

You can find the stream here: https://facebook.com/Majesticametal/live/

Bassist Chris David comments:

"As we couldn’t hit the road right after the release of 'Above The Sky' last year, our plan was to get out there in 2020. We started the year with a couple of shows in Tokyo, then we had a tour coming in the spring with Twilight Force and some summer festivals. Sadly, everything had to get cancelled or postponed, so we've decided to join the online trend by doing a livestream on Saturday 16th May. I think it’s important to try and make as many positive things happen, in any way you can in these strange times.

"The stream will take place in a little cinema/theatre stage in Sweden close to my home, in the county of Värmland. We are trying to make a very intimate experience, starting off with a show performing songs from 'Above The Sky' and maybe something from the Reinxeed years. Then we will head to a “virtual merch booth” where we will be chatting with you, do a Q & A, and launch our webshop with some merch and we can sign your orders live in the stream. Just like if you are at a club show and the band comes out for little talk at the merch stand after the show. So come join us online for a power metal session in your living room, and spend your Saturday evening with Majestica!"

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Triptykon Posts New Live Video Online

Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act Triptykonare releasing their highly anticipated "Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019)" featuring the Metropole Orkestworldwide today via Prowling Death Records / Century Media Records. To celebrate the release, the band is releasing their music video for "Rex Irae". You can check out the clip below.

"Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)" marks the exceptional conclusion of a project over 30 years in the making: The legendary Celtic Frost/Triptykon "Requiem" performed for the first time in its entirety and with full classical orchestration by the Dutch Metropole Orkest.

"Requiem" (46:00 min.) is composed of three chapters:

- "Rex Irae" (06:34 min.) (First appeared on 1987’s “nto The Pandemonium album by Celtic Frost)
- "Grave Eternal" (32:28 min.) (Newly written middle part)
- "Winter" (06:54 min.) (First appeared on 2006’s Monotheist album by Celtic Frost)

This unique and groundbreaking release is available in the following formats:

- Special Edition CD + DVD Mediabook
- Ltd. Gatefold LP + DVD (With LP-Booklet and 2x poster)
- Unlimited black 180g. vinyl and selected ltd. coloured editions!
- Standard CD Jewelcase
- Ltd. Deluxe Artbook with coloured LP + CD + DVD + coloured 7Inch (With bonus track, score book of 60 pages, 3x poster, artprint and photocard)
- Digital album More...

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Dee Snider Teases New Single

Dee Snider, the legendary frontman of Twisted Sister and solo artist, has posted a short video online teasing a new song entitled, "Prove Me Wrong." You can check it out below. The single itself will be released on May 19th, with more information regarding the song and Snider's other plans expected to be revealed as well.

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Lord Of The Lost To Release New Album In August

Dark metal sensation Lord Of The Lost returns with their newest offer in their classic ensemble album series: "Swan Songs III," the long-awaited successor to "Swan Songs II," will be released via Napalm Records on August 7, 2020.

Deeply emotional storytelling melding with beautiful harmonies and Chris Harms’ palpitation-inducing deep vocals make Swan Songs III absolutely exceptional. The first single, "A One Ton Heart," presents itself as a powerful ballad that makes the listener dive away with heavenly piano parts, underlined by delicate acoustic guitars and soft drum rhythms that take the listener onto a musical journey.

Watch the absolutely outstanding and surprisingly historical video – featuring hand saws, classical string instruments and the beauty of violence – below!

Lord Of The Lost on the new single and video:
"Since the founding of Lord Of The Lost, we have been wanting to shoot a video like this one. Unfortunately, none of our songs have ever fit to such a video. That hasn’t really changed with “A One Ton Heart”, but we didn’t want to wait any longer. So the video - in its non-existent statement - and our absurd looks have absolutely nothing to do with the song. Fortunately, the song didn’t care about that at all. And we have fulfilled another dream." More...

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Nanowar Of Steel Posts New Music Video Online

Nanowar Of Steel are well known for perfectly fitting songwriting for every occasion, so it appears more than obvious that their new single "Sneeztem of a Yawn" is just the right song to accompany every metal fan through these difficult times - with a little dose of humor of course!

The full power of metal riffs blasts from the very first minute while the intense lyrics of the insanely catchy chorus turn the song into an epic masterpiece that will never ever leave your head again. It doesn’t need many words, as coughing and sneezing makes “Sneeztem of a Yawn” another hypnotizing hit anthem created by Nanowar Of Steel!

Nanowar Of Steel on "Sneeztem of a Yawn":
"This video embodies the essence of the COVID19-induced lockdown, both in its visual and lyrical aspects. While our mental conditions were deteriorating - as if they were not critical enough already - due to the restrictive isolation measures, we chose to escape and find a way out through music. We could not just sit down, sever our ties with the outside world and wait for electronic appliances to become our best friends. We had to react and express our pain through art.

"This time, for the first time, we chose to keep our lyrics devoid of jokes and puns, and tried to deliver a text that conveys to our listener the feelings of hollowness, boredom, sickness and uneasiness we've been enduring universal manner, with words that everyone can understand and identify with. This required an exceptional poetic effort from our side, which we hope our listeners can appreciate and understand. Warning: this video contains disturbing images of our alienating daily routine." More...

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Epica And Imperial Age Frontmen To Host Live Chat

On Sunday the May 17, 2020 Mark Jansen (leader and composer of Epica, MaYaN, United Metal Minds) and Alexander Osipov (leader and composer of Imperial Age) will meet online in a live chat on YouTube to discuss many interesting topics and answer questions of symphonic metal fans from around the world.

Unusually for rock stars, they actually have a scientific background: Mark has a master‘s degree in psychology (Maastricht University, Netherlands) while Alexander has a master‘s degree in history (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia).

On top of that, they are both interested in non-conventional disciplines, such as cold healing, bioenergy, esoteric, etc.

The discussion promises to be very interesting and highly intellectual. The approximate topics include:

- Music (obviously mainly Symphonic Metal)
- Music business (how to promote your band during lockdown)
- Psychology
- History (including alternative history and ancient advanced civilizations)
- Health (including alternative health practices)
- Magic & the occult
- The Current world situation
- And many other things More...

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U.D.O. Records New Album With German Armed Forces

This upcoming summer will hold a musical surprise: Metal legend U.D.O. will publish an album incollaboration with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr). The album is entitled "We Are One" and will be released on July 17th.

German Rock band U.D.O, including icon Udo Dirkschneider (the original voice of Accept with worldwide hits such as "Balls To The Wall," "Metal Heart" etc) presents, together with the renowned Concert Band of the German Armed Forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling, a unique worldwide musical project.

The album contains 15 new songs that will be released through AFM Records /Soulfood Music. All songs have been developed and arranged by U.D.O. together with Christoph Scheibling. The two former Accept musicians Stefan Kaufmann and Peter Baltes have been part of the songwriting too – as well as the German Armed Forces´ composers Guido Rennert and Alexander Reuber. The title of the album `We Are One‘ has been the driving force for everyone involved. More...

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Primal Fear Posts New Lyric Video Online

Primal Fear recently finished the recording of their highly anticipated 13th studio album, set to be titled "Metal Commando" and will be released on July 24th. The title of the album speaks for itself, "Metal Commando" contains 110% Primal Fear and is full to the brim with their signature power and energy.

Today, the band are pleased to release first single "Along Came The Devil" and also kick off the pre-order for physical products. The album will be available as 2CD-Digipack, 2LP and as an exclusive Mailorder-Box. A lyric video for "Along Came The Devil" can be seen below.

Bassist and producer Mat Sinner comments: "'Along Came The Devil' is an assurance for our fans all over the world, that there are no unnecessary experiments or negative surprises on the new Primal Fear album "Metal Commando", and that they'll get exactly what they've been waiting for. Sharp PF riffs, strong vocals, groovy drums and a rich production. Due to the current circumstances, the band couldn't come together to make a video, so instead we just made the best of the situation and put our energy into a really elaborate lyric video. We hope that you have fun with our new song and video. Crank it up!" More...

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Firewind Uploads Track By Track Video

Greek power metal veterans Firewind, who released their new, self-titled album today, has uploaded a new video detailing the album track by track. You can check it out below. The record marks the first with new vocalist Herbie Langhans (formerly of Seventh Avenue and Sinbreed) and the first without keyboardist Bob Katsionis since the 2003 release, "Burning Earth." An EPK for the album can also be seen below.


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Paradise Lost Posts "Darker Thoughts" Video Online

The day has finally arrived: Paradise Lost present their new gem "Obsidian" to the world today. Under the circumstances of the past few months this new masterpiece from the band became something of a sign of hope for music fans all over the world, the previously released singles a soundtrack for these difficult uncertain times.These days the British legends from Halifax are the drug that numbs the pain, the lover that takes away the sorrows the story that craves to be told. But of course everyone spins his or her own story in the turbulences of life. But most important: A new chapter begins. And that's what gives us hope in difficult times like this.

To mark the occasion the band released a video for "Darker Thoughts" a mesmerizing and gloomy piece of music. The unique style of the video is also due to the restrictions of Covid-19. Whereas Nick's performance parts were shot pre-lock-down video producer Ash Pears from AshTV had to finish the video with random filmed footage. Check it out below. More...

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Voodoo Gods (Cannibal Corpse, Etc.) Premiere Song

Voodoo Gods‘s new effort “The Divinity Of Blood” has been slated for a release today. The project recorded the outing back in 2016 with King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque helming the production and mixing duties. The group feature Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher and Jean Baudin (Nuclear Rabbit) fame on bass, among others. A single from the record can be streamed below:

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Misery Signals Premiere New Single & Music Video

Misery Signals announce an August 07th release date for their first full-length in 7 years titled “Ultraviolet“. The group will release the album independently, and the first one with vocalist Jesse Zaraska since their 2004 debut, “Of Malice And The Magnum Heart“.

Below you can stream a video for the effort’s first single named “The Tempest“.

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Sharptooth Premiere New Single & Music Video

Sharptooth announce a July 10th release date for their new effort “Transitional Forms” via Pure Noise Records. The news arrives accompanied by a new official music video for its first track titled “Say Nothing (In The Absence Of Content)“.

Tells frontwoman Lauren Kashan: More...

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Avatar Premiere New Single & Music Video

Avatar premiere their brand new single and music video, “Silence In The Age Of Apes“. It’s the first track to be released from the group’s impending new album “Hunter Gatherer“, which has been slated for an August 07th release.

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Volumes Premiere New Single & Music Video

Volumes premiere their new single “Pixelate” with an official video streaming via YouTube below. The band had recently teased the song during last weekend’s ‘Fearless At Home‘ virtual festival.

State Volumes speaking of this latest track: More...

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