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Metal News for May 24, 2020

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8 news articles posted on this day.

Cruachan To Host Virtual Pub

Irish folk metal pioneers Cruachan has announced that following their recent live stream, they will once again be hosting a "virtual pub" stream, which features a number of high profile guests. Joining the band at 6pm Irish time (1pm EST) will be Venom members La Rage and Dante, Dimmu Borgir keyboardist Geir "Gerlioz" Bratland, Gareth Murdock of Alestorm/ex Waylander, professional wrestler Joseph Ruud (better known as Erick Rowan,) Månegarm drummer Jakob Hallegren and Kim Dylla, formerly of Gwar and now owner of Kylla Custom Rockwear. The event will take place on the band's Facebook page on Saturday June 6th.

At this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Metal Underground spoke with Cruachan frontman Keith Fay, as well as Venom, including La Rage and Dante. You can watch both interviews below. More...

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Tokyo Blade Launches The "Dark Revolution"

As was stated recently in the introduction to the Desolation Angels interview, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal gave the world some of the greatest cult favourites in the history of the genre. From Venom to Raven, Tank to Cloven Hoof, there are plenty of bands that inspired a loyal following. Another of these bands was Wiltshire's own, Tokyo Blade.

Since forming in 1979, the band has played with both melody and ferocity, crafting some excellent heavy metal over forty one years, especially their self-titled debut and superb sophomore effort, "Night of the Blade." Now in 2020, the band has another solid slab of steel in the form of "Dark Revolution," showcasing perhaps the best lineup Tokyo Blade has ever had. I had the pleasure of putting some questions to guitarist and driving force Andy Boulton about the album and more this week, who had some very interesting things to say.

Diamond Oz: Congratulations on your new album, "Dark Revolution." This is the first time since the eighties that the band has released two albums in the space of two years. What is it about this lineup that you feel gives you so much momentum?

Andy Boulton: Basically the momentum part is easy as I’m a createaholic! I’m happiest when I’m creating new things and that’s always been the case. The problem with doing albums in the past is funding the bloody things. Studio time is expensive and record deals are few and far between. Deals where the company will actually pay anything towards the cost of the album is also rarity these days. Luckily I have had my own home studio for some years, the problem was having the confidence to make a commercial release. However as most of "Unbroken" our previous album was recorded at my home studio, owing to things not working out so well at the studio in France, Alan suggested that we do the whole thing here and he gave me the confidence to go for it.

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Burning Witches Parts Ways With Guitarist

Swiss heavy metal outfit Burning Witches has announced that, following the formation of her new band Crypta with former Nervosa members Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto, guitarist Sonia Anubis has parted company with the band. A statement from the group reads as follows:

"Many saw it coming: Sonia has left the Burning Witches!

"Yes, indeed to keep a girl band together is more difficult than we thought. Nobody wanted to sign us as a band, with the argument that woman-bands do not last. Well it seems THAT Curse is real! But we will NOT give up!

"Sonia has left us for her new project. We saw this coming and we have to accept it. People change and people move on. We wish her all the best!

"For us as a Band this means we have to work harder. We will continue our path and will of course look for a new Witch!

"But first of all, this Friday, we will have a LIVE JAM with some amazing girls and friends. More news on Wednesday! Please stay tuned!

"We will take our time to search and announce the new lead player, please understand we are as shocked as you are. We will use the Corona-times useful, to choose the right person for our lead guitarist position.

"The backbone of the band will remain strong, in friendship and musically. We are already working on new songs and are top motivated to return on stage.

"We want to thank all the fans for the amazing support and will keep you posted about our future moves! Stay positive! It sounds like a cliché but it was never more meaningful than now: WE ARE READY TO FIGHT!!!" More...

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Xenobiotic Premiere Guitar & Bass Playthrough Clip

Perth, Australia based progressive tech-death outfit Xenobiotic have premiered a guitar and bass play-through for their song "Insomnia" today. The track is from the band's new album "Mordrake" which was released on February 21st, 2020 via Unique Leader.

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Aenigmatum Premiere New Single "Disenthralled"

Portland, Oregon's Aenigmatum premiere a new single named "Disenthralled", taken from their new EP "Adorned in Wrath", out now via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Disenthralled" below.

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Valgrind Premiere New Track

Valgrind premiere a new track called "Entangled in a World Below", taken from their impending new fourth album, "Condemnation". It will be released by Memento Mori on July 27th.

Check out now "Entangled in a World Below" below.

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Temple Nightside Premiere New Song

Australian death metal band Temple Nightside premiere a new song titled "Death Eucharist", taken from their upcoming new fourth album, "Pillars of Damnation", which Iron Bonehead Productions will drop on August 7th.

Check out now "Death Eucharist" below.

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Soulrot Premiere New Song "God Forsaken"

Swedish-style death metal and grindcore outfit from Chile Soulrot premiere a new song entitled "God Forsaken", taken from their upcoming new forthcoming second album "Victims of Spiritual Warfare", whose CD version is due out on July 27 through Memento Mori.

Check out now "God Forsaken" below.

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