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Metal News for May 17, 2021

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Pain Releases Rolling Stones Cover

Pain has always been known not only for their exciting mix of catchy melodies, majestic harmonies and powerful industrial metal rhythms, but for also having a fine sense for combining current world affairs with all-time classics, uniting people across generations and borders.

Now, mastermind Peter Tägtgren proves this gifted instinct once more and have released a unique interpretation of the Rolling Stones masterpiece "Gimme Shelter."

Peter Tägtgren stated about the single:
"I had the idea of covering 'Gimme Shelter' for years… And now it feels like it’s the perfect time to do it – 'cause today this song appears as important as it was when it first came out 52 years ago. Back then it was the Cold War, today it is the war on Covid." More...

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Caliban Posts New Visualizer Video Online

After Germany’s prolific Caliban released "Zeitgeister" on Friday, they are sharing a visualizer clip for the song "Nichts ist für immer" today. The clip (which can be seen below,) sees the stunning artwork of "Zeitgeister" come to life.

Andreas Dörner (vocals) comments: "A slightly softer track, the original is called “All I Gave” and was released on “Say Hello To Tragedy”. It’s a song about disappointed love and the end of an illusion. - We will be ourselves in the ones we love. Who am I when your love was just a lie." More...

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Austin Taft, Prog Metal Artist, Video Exclusive

Colorado Springs resident Austin Taft releases his fourth album, Skeletons. He returns to rock/metal roots after the acoustic The Human Condition, but after a listen, you may realize that ‘rock/metal’ is just the start.

Self-styled as ‘prog-metal-that-sometimes-isn’t’, Skeletons incorporates a bewildering array of sub-genres within the 71-minute behemoth. Some parts of it certainly fit the prog metal bill; “Endless Sky” has a taste of Genesis in the keyboards and an off-the-wall solo that is unique in itself. The highlight of the track lies in its lack of repetition. Once the song has left a musical section, it never looks back, continually pushing forward into unfamiliar, but engaging territory until the final chorus. “The Ladder” and “Just Above Zero” are similarly prog-inclined, the former in its math-like yet melodic riffing and the latter in its atmospheric synth layers alongside the crunchy guitar work.

Equally, though, there’s a lot here that draws from other sources. The opener title track and monster-length “Unraveling” both draw from the same well of contempt and hatred, with thick bassy tones and abrasive lyrics. The latter is a particularly harrowing tale, as it unwinds across 12 minutes of a man lashing out, striking the guitar and punching the drums with every syllable, before spiraling into a noise-driven solo akin to Tom Morello’s best.

Speaking of syllables, Taft’s vocals are as chameleon-like as the music is - drawing in part from Devin Townsend’s wide range of screams and gritty cleans, with some of Frank Zappa’s familiar sing-speak style (see: “The Ladder”), and in other parts wholly his own. After the raging “Unraveling”, you hear him sing the powerful epilogue “The Road To Happiness”, a bitter (mostly) piano-driven number about unattainable illusions. The lyrics reflect a confused and burnt-out individual at the end of their tether, surviving the inevitable pain that comes with life: “There is a chance for learning after every burning/But I don't want to learn anymore”.

If complex, emotion-driven music is of interest, then Skeletons will no doubt be of great appeal. This is a record which has much to dig into, making it worth every spin. And there’s word that Taft has plenty more creativity up his sleeve to come, by himself and with others.

Skeletons will be released on CD on May 28th 2021. The album was previously released digital. More...

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Blanket Hill Premiere New Music Video

Luxembourg hardcore/metal outfit Blanket Hill premiere a new music video for their track “Granite City Blues”, streaming via YouTube for you below. The song is taken from their 2020 album "Defcon One".

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Frog Mallet Premiere New Music Video

Boston, Massachusetts slamming death metal band Frog Mallet premiere a new music video for “Sludge of the Swamp”, taken from their new album "Dissection by Amphibian". The record is out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Sludge of the Swamp" streaming via YouTube below.

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Enemy 906 Premiere New Single "Asphyxia"

Guadalajara, Mexico-based slamming/beatdown outfit Enemy 906 premiere their new single titled “Asphyxia”, streaming via YouTube below and featuring guest contributions by A Call For Revenge.

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Ghastly Premiere New Single "Perdition"

Ghastly premiere a new single entitled “Perdition”, taken from their new album "Mercurial Passages". The record is out in stores now via 20 Buck Spin and was recorded and mixed at Parasite Dune Studios by Ghastly multi-instrumentalist Ian J. D’Waters, mastered at Redmount Studios by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna).

Check out now "Perdition" below.

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