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Metal News for May 20, 2020

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13 news articles posted on this day.

BPMD Posts New Lyric Video Online

BPMD – the new juggernaut featuring heavy metal icons Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) – recently announced the release of their upcoming full-length album of '70s rock covers, American Made! The 10-track homage to some of rock music's greatest treasures drops on June 12, 2020 via Napalm Records.

Today, the members of BPMD are thrilled to reveal another track from the album - their re-energized version of the blues standard "Evil", originally written by American blues musician Willie Nixon. BPMD's version is actually inspired by another popular re-imagining of the song by hard rock greats Cactus, and can be experienced via a brand new lyric video, linked below!

Bassist Mark Menghi says about "Evil":
“Cactus is a lost American treasure that needs more recognition. They were doing things on their instruments (and as a band) before many of their contemporaries/peers/labelmates of the time. We were fully aware that the great Willie Dixon wrote this tune for Howlin’ Wolf in the early 1950’s… Cactus reimagined the song for the their time of the early '70s, we reimagined Cactus’ version for our generation in the early '20s… so for a tune that is 65+ years old that’s still being covered says something… a good tune can stand the test of time.” More...

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Ministry Reschedules Tour Dates With KMFDM

Due to ongoing restrictions regarding social gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministry will be rescheduling the July and August dates of the upcoming Industrial Strength Tour, originally scheduled to begin July 1. The new dates will kick off March 31, 2021 in Seattle and run through May 1, 2021 in San Francisco, hitting all the previously announced markets with an additional date added for Salt Lake City (on sale date TBA).

The tour’s special guests KMFDM and Front Line Assembly remain on the lineup for this one-of-a-kind celebration that honours the 30th anniversary of Ministry’s revolutionary album, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste.

Original tickets will be honoured for the new show dates in 2021; or, ticket holders can receive refunds at the point of purchase. For the Dallas show date only, original ticket holders have been automatically refunded and will need to repurchase tickets for the new 2021 date, starting today, here. More...

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Amorphis Announces Anniversary Live Streams

Amorphis is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Due to the current situation, the band's official anniversary tour has had to be postponed, but no worries - to cheer their fans up, Amorphis will play two live-stream shows on June 3rd and 4th 2020.

"Amorphis has received a lot of requests for live streaming, so we have now planned two different anniversary shows which will be streamed for the fans," says the band’s guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. "No one knows how long this current situation will last, so these streams are probably the only Amorphis shows in the near future."

The band streams two separate shows through SemiLive.fi, the first of which is aimed for the band's fans in America, the second to home audiences in Finland, Europe, UK and Russia. Ticket buyers have the opportunity to watch the show again for 48 hours after the stream. In addition to the normal ticket, there will be a so-called support ticket that allows fans to support the band in the midst of a difficult situation. There will also be a special “Stream From The North Side” t-shirt design available that can only be purchased during the next two weeks. More...

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Scorpions Postpones Las Vegas Residency

Another sting in the tale from the COVID-19 pandemic as German heavy metal legends Scorpions have postponed their Las Vegas residency. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions "Sin City Nights" was due to begin Saturday, July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where they were to be joined by special guests Queensrÿche.

Scorpions state: "Our Vegas Residency at (Planet Hollywood) is postponed, new dates to be announced soon. We want our fans & everybody involved to be safe during these uncertain times. Please take care of yourselves, stay healthy and we will see you again when times are better. Lots of Love. Scorpions."

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Former Nervosa Members Launch New Band Crypta

Former Nervosa frontwoman Fernanda Lira has revealed via a post on her Instagram account that, along with drummer Luana Dametto, who also recently left Nervosa, she has launched a new band named Crypta. Joining the two in the project are Burning Witches guitarist Sonia "Anubis" Nusselder and former Hagbard guitarist Tainá Bergamaschi. The quartet, which was founded in June of last year, are currently working on material for their first release, which they claim will be more death metal focused than their respective better known works.

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Mantar To Release Covers Album

German metal duo Mantar has announced that they will be releasing a mini covers album entitled, "Grungetown Hooligans II" on June 26th. The record will be released through their own label MantaRecordings and will be available on vinyl, digital and compact disc formats. In addition to this, the band has also posted a new music video online for their cover of the Mazzy Star song, "Ghost Highway," which can be seen below. A message from the two reads as follows:

"We recorded an awesome Cover-Album with the rather shitty name 'Grungetown Hooligans II' to keep you entertained during lockdown and it actually turned out pretty fucking good. If you don't like it (which is pretty much impossible), you obviously missed out on being a 90s Grunge Kid as that is what this whole Mini-Album is about. Check out the video for our version of Mazzy Star's “Ghost Highway” and click the link below for all pre-order options! Red and black wax available only in our own shops, mint and black at trusted record dealer/mailorders and purple and green available exclusively via Brutal Panda Records for North America. We are very proud that this baby is coming out via our very own label "MantaRecordings" (Independent Major Label)! LP/CD/DIGITAL!

"Thanks for your Support. You Rule!" More...

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Dust Bolt Posts New Music Video Online

German metal act Dust Bolt have just released a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing new video for their emotional single "Exit," off the 2016 album "Mass Confusion." Dust Bolt addresses a rather important topic with "Exit": one’s own mental health. Everyone suffers from mental health issues from time to time, some more than others. Especially under the circumstances we are currently living in, social distancing becomes a mostly overseen social problem. But the fewest actually talk openly about it, and rather isolate themselves instead of opening up to someone. With "Exit," the band wants to encourage people who suffer from these kind of issues to step forward and lean on a friend in times of dire need, to believe in themselves and to accept help when provided or provide help yourself for others.

The band comments:
"Mental health is a huge but yet often forgotten topic. Especially in these days, during a lockdown and social distancing, but also in our everyday lives, many of us struggle with anxiety and mental health problems. A few years ago, we crossed paths with Enrique Guilhermes - a talented video and film maker from Portugal, finding the right visuals to our song “Exit”. In times of #stayathome, we want to share this stunning video and interpretation of the song with you. If you deal with mental health problems, or if you know somebody who is struggling with it, we want to encourage you to know that you are not alone. Don´t ignore the chance to get help for yourself or someone else you know who may be in crisis. This life is not about being the strongest. This life is not about fulfilling countless expectations, role pictures or competitions. This is no competition. This is no TRUMPeting of being the best, most beautiful or wealthiest person in your compass. This life is about being YOU, finding yourself and loving yourself. You are stronger than you know." More...

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Protosequence Premiere Full-Album Stream

Protosequence premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "A Blunt Description of Something Obscene", which was released May 19th, 2020 via Lacerated Enemy Records.

Check out now "A Blunt Description of Something Obscene" in its entirety below.

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Limos Premiere New Single & Music Video "Altars"

Finnish melodic death metal outfit Limos' impending new EP "Tales of The White Eye" is set to be released on July 3rd 2020 via Inverse Records. A first single and lyric video titled "Altars" has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below:

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Exocrine Premiere Track Featuring Benighted Singer

Bordeaux, France based technical brutal death outfit Exocrine premiered a new single titled "The Kraken". The track is taken from the band's new album "Maelstrom"due out on June 26th via Unique Leader Records.

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Stonebirds Premiere New Song "Only God"

French sludge/metal band Stonebirds premiere a new song called "Only God", taken from their upcoming new album "Collapse and Fail". The effort will land in stores on July 24 via Ripple Music.

Check out now "Only God" below.

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Stray From The Path Premiere New Music Video

Stray From The Path premiere a new music video for their song “Beneath The Surface“. The group’s own bassist Anthony Altamura helmed the clip. The track itself is taken from the band’s latest outing, “Internal Atomics“.

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Zombi Premiere New Track “Breakthrough & Conquer”

Zombi announce that their new album “2020” will be out in stores on July 17th via Relapse Records. The effort marks the band’s first full-length offering in five years and the opening track “Breakthrough & Conquer” has premiered as the first single off of it streaming below. Trans Am‘s guitarist Philip Manley guests on this particular track.

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