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Metal News for May 19, 2020

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Dee Snider To Release Live Album; Posts New Video

It is abundantly clear that right now, music lovers around the world are craving the return of live concert experiences. This summer, legendary heavy metal frontman, actor and radio personality Dee Snider has just the thing to keep live music where it belongs – with the fans!

July 31, 2020 will mark the release of "For The Love Of Metal Live" – a larger than life live performance album and DVD/Blu-Ray collection hitting retailers via Napalm Records. Combined behind-the-scenes footage, various detailed interview clips, insightful personal commentary and electrifying live performances make this release an entertaining experience that every heavy metal fan needs in their collection!

The DVD/Blu-Ray and accompanying live album (available in various formats, see below) features audio captured from several Dee Snider festival performances worldwide – from the United States to Europe, Australia and beyond. In addition to tracks from Snider’s solo catalog like “I Am The Hurricane” and “For The Love Of Metal”, Twisted Sister favorites such as “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and even a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, the audio portion of For The Love Of Metal Live also features a brand new original studio track, “Prove Me Wrong” – a thrashing, confident metal hit. More...

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Body Count Posts New Music Video Online

Body Count, the crossover metal band fronted by iconic rapper Ice-T, has posted a new music video online for the song, "Point The Finger." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's seventh album, "Carnivore," which was released earlier this year through Century Media Records and features guest vocals from Riley Gale of Texas thrash metal outfit Power Trip.

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Moloken Announces Live Concert Stream

Moloken invites you to a live stream concert! On Saturday, May 23, 2020 starting at 6:00pm BST (1:00pm EST) the band will play their latest album "Unveilance Of Dark Matter" (2020) via Youtube, Facebook and Twitch.

Tune in at 1:00pm EST on May 23, 2020 at this location: https://youtu.be/ArUQiVEO2Ao

It will be a big show with props and a specially designed light show for this event only, streamed from the band's hometown Umeå in northern Sweden. Moloken was supposed to play a release show in April for their new album but had to cancel it due to Corona.

Keep an eye on the event page for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1163506430665995/ More...

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Volbeat Cancels North American Tour Dates

Danish heavy metal/rock and rollers Volbeat has announced that due to COVID-19 pandemic, the band has been forced to cancel their scheduled tour of North America with Clutch and The Picturebooks. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"We hate to be another band starting a post with ‘due to the current circumstances,’ so instead we will say how much we were looking forward to the US headline leg of the Rewind, Replay, Rebound tour. Coming to see you in your hometowns with a full-length Volbeat set and getting to play alongside Clutch and The Picturebooks, two amazing bands we are lucky enough to call friends, was going to be a major highlight for the band. We, alongside our team, the local promoters and venues have all been working hard to try to reschedule these shows but as the timing for the safe return of live events is still unclear, we feel it is best to cancel the tour.

"Again, we can’t say enough how much we were looking forward to this run, and we will make plans to be back in North America as soon as it is safe for stages to open back up. Please keep an eye on your inboxes as you will soon be receiving information about ticket refunds from your point of purchase.’

"In the meantime, please continue to stay safe, take care of yourselves and each other, and we’ll see each other again as soon as we can."

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Interview

BlackLab Offers A Glimpse Into The "Abyss"

Doom metal truly is a fascinating sub genre. Detractors may point to the surface and say it's something stuck in the past and derivative from Black Sabbath only, but there's so much more to it. Since progenitors of the seventies such as Sabbath, Pentagram, Sir Lord Baltimore and Buffalo, the style has evolved and given the world some amazing artistry and seen some of the most creative and ambitious works from any band from the metal plains. This indeed still rings true today, with many festival favourites and cult heroes keeping the flame of counter culture burning brightly and in Japan, two women have poured their love of the music to create one of the finest albums of 2020 yet. Their name is BlackLab and their sophomore album, "Abyss" serves as both a reflection of the world in it's current state, and a vicious, pulverising lesson in doom metal.

Recently, I had the pleasure of putting some questions to the duo of Yuko Morino and Chia Shiraishi and found out all about the band, "Abyss," their previous album, "Under The Strawberry Moon," how the past has shaped their sound and much more.

Diamond Oz: Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me today. Congratulations on your new album, "Abyss." It's an incredible album. Why did you choose "Abyss" as the title?

Yuko Morino (guitars/vocals): Thank you for giving us time to speak. I'm so happy you liked it. The title of the album was the last thing we decided on. When the cover art was finished, I saw it and came up with the album title "Abyss". There were a few other ideas that combined "Abyss" with other words, but eventually, after we discussed it, we came to the conclusion that one simple word would be more affective. I really love this album title, and I think it's a good representation of the world-view of the album.

Oz: What do you think makes "Abyss" different from your debut, "Under A Strawberry Moon"?

Yuko: Soon after "Under The Strawberry Moon" was released, I started to write the songs for the next album. I thought that I'd try to create a bit more variety to the songs compared with the previous album, but still keeping the elements of hardcore punk and lo-fi. I also thought about channeling more traditional stoner rock elements like Kyuss. I had ideas like these, but there was no change in the recording method or our attitude. In terms of sound, most of all, the guitar sounds are getting more mad, the vocals are rawer and the drum sounds are more clearly defined. These are due to little changes in the mixing and mastering.
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Devin Townsend Posts New Music Video Online

Devin Townsend is set to release "Empath – The Ultimate Edition" on the 5th June 2020, and today a brand new video for the track "Sprite" has been launched. This video is part of some of the brand new visuals that make up the accompaniment to Devin’s stunning 5.1 mix that is contained on this new version of "Empath," and was created by Crystal Spotlight. You can check it out below.

This comprehensive version of 2019's acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser.

The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including "Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds," a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including "Love?," "Deadhead," "Thing Beyond Things" & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a "Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson," a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album. More...

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Motörhead Premiere New Music Video

Motörhead premiere a new video for the band's classic "(We Are) The Road Crew". The clip is a tribute to all the people who work behind the scenes for live shows and tours.


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Black Earth (Arch Enemy, Etc.) Premiere New Video

Pro-shot live footage of Black Earth - featuring former and current Arch Enemy band members - performing "The Immortal" on May 23, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan can be streamed via YouTube below.

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Sepulchral Curse Premiere New Single

Finnish death metal band Sepulchral Curse premiere a new song named "Into the Depths Unknown", taken from their upcoming debut full-length album, "Only Ashes Remain", which will be out in stores July 31 via Transcending Obscurity.

Check out now "Into the Depths Unknown" below.


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The Rite Premiere New Song "Necromancy"

Black metal outfit The Rite premiere a new song entitled "Necromancy", taken from their upcoming debut full-length, "Liturgy of the Black". The album will be out in stores June 19th via Iron Bonehead Productions.

Check out now "Necromancy" below.

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