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Metal News for May 4, 2021

Last updated on June 12, 2021 at 4:15 AM ET

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Schismopathic Releases New Music Video

Cult Polish grindcore act Schismopathic is back on the map with their first full-length since its inception in 1988. With 12 new songs recorded with two original members, "The Human Legacy" is old-school grindcore frenzy at its best. Selfmadegod will issue "The Human Legacy" in late May and have now issued an official video for the track "Time Of History."

Founded in 1987 under the name Schismopathic Torment, in 1988 the band changed its name to Schismopathic under the lineup of bassist Jacek B., guitarist Robert F., and vocalist/drummer Robert G. A year later, they released their debut demo, Kharkharamapathic Regurgitator, resulting in a plethora of shows throughout Poland with bands from the top tier of their country’s underground. In 1991, Schismopathic recorded their debut album, "D.E.M.O.C.R.A.C.Y.," which, due to the band's suspension, was released with the first demo and live recordings in 2013 on CD, and then a few years later on LP via Selfmadegod Records.

The band’s reactivation in 2020 was preceded by a split 7” EP with Antigama, also released through Selfmadegod. The band reactivated in the original lineup but without Robert G., who was replaced on drums by Janek (ex-Psychoneurosis, ex-Bottom) and new vocalist Adrian. With this lineup, Schismopathic composed and recorded material for the full album, "The Human Legacy," which will now see release through Selfmadegod Records in May of 2021. More...

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Belphegor Announces European Tour Dates

Black Rituals will descend over Europe. Belphegor proudly announces co-headline tour dates with Polish black metal priests Batushka for Winter 2021. These malignant forces will combine for evenings filled with the most sinister and diabolical rituals. Tickets are on sale now!

Belphegor's as-of-yet untitled new studio album will be released early next year via Nuclear Blast Records. The band will premiere II or III tracks from the upcoming offering during this crusade. Support extreme musick and spread the word!

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Lantlos Reveals New Album Details

Some bands are highly regarded by their fans as they keep delivering great albums in the same style over and over. Lantlos are clearly not one of those. The followers of this outstanding metal entity lead by instigator and mastermind Markus Siegenhort rather value the ever changing nature and constant evolution of his bubbling musical creativity.

With their fifth full-length, "Wildhund" ("Wild Dog"), Lantlos once again shed their sonic skin and emerge from their inspirational chrysalis a quite different animal than the one before. The Germans have turned into an alternative metal butterfly with songs meandering along colourful streams through beautiful wide open soundscapes that defy easy comparison but can tentatively be located somewhere in that warped sonic space between Devin Townsend, Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, and Motorpsycho. This collection of amazing songs also comes with the gravity defying, inverted heaviness of Deftones and a strong dose of catchiness that in unobserved moments even leans towards the Foo Fighters.

"The album is named 'Wildhund', which is German for a dog born or living in the wilderness", explains Markus. "Its themes revolve around freedom, cherry blossoms, summer, having a sunny birthday as a kid, bubblegum, the smell of mint, sweetness, the colours of pink and baby blue, childhood memories, a lemon in a glass of water, glitter, nostalgia, kitsch, and many more up to the point when it becomes 'too much'. It's like that kind of 'so utterly sweet' that it tastes artificial, strange, and confusing. Aesthetics on overdrive, hypnotic but powerful. This is 'hardcore' softness, if that makes any sense."

Now Lantlos are revealing the psychedelic tripping video "Lake Fantasy" as the first single taken from their forthcoming album "Wildhund" ("Wild Dog"), which is slated for release on July 30, 2021. The German alternative metal project headed by multi-instrumentalist Markus Siegenhort is also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of the new full-length. More...

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Kambrium Posts New Album Trailer Online

German epic death metal brigade, Kambrium, will release of their fifth studio album, Synthetic ERA, on July 9 via Reaper Entertainment. Today, the band presents the first album trailer. Find out more about the concept of first songs of the album below.

Kambrium are not bound by stereotypes within the metal genre; they prefer instead to tread between these expectations and find themselves equally and comfortably at home within each of the styles that they have chosen to embrace. The result is a sound, crafted with elements of death, melodic and symphonic metal - everything the heart of a metal fan desires. More...

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Manticora Reschedules European Tour

Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, Danish metal pioneers Manticora had to postpone their European tour, which was to take place in May/June 2021, but the venues and agents have acted fast and more or less re-booked the entire tour, which has now been scheduled for May/June 2022.

Says guitarist Kristian Larsen: "With the world shutting down to an extend where culture have had to take serious blows, it sadly came as no surprise that we - as so many others - also had to postpone our European tour from 2021 to 2022. We have decided to take a step back, re-work our entire outfit and come back even stronger on the other side of this crazy pandemic, so the fans who have patiently waited another year for this tour to happen will get an even more optimized show from us. We can't wait to present this new and improved version of the band and the fans better prepare to get Manticorized!"

The rescheduled dates, with four more to be added, are listed below: More...

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Copenhell And Roskilde Festivals Postponed

After months of hopeful optimism, the Roskilde Festival and Copenhell have been canceled for 2021. Earlier this year the Danish government announced that the country would be vaccinated by June, and concert goers rejoiced at the thought of a summer of music festivals that didn't happen in 2020.

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Watain at 2018 Roskilde Festival

Alas, the vaccination process has gone much slower than anticipated, with just a bit over 20% of the Danish population receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the beginning of May. On May 4, the Danish government announced the restrictions for summer which include caps on indoor gatherings of 500 people and outdoor gatherings of 1,000 people. A vaccine passport or COVID test will be required for entry.

Incoming!

Copenhell crowd

Therefore, the Roskilde Festival, with attendance of over 130,000, and Copenhell, with attendance of over 25,000, will not be possible in 2021.

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Pagan Alter @ 2018 Metal Magic Festival

The Metal Magic Festival will happen in July, with only 500 tickets available. Most have already been sold.

Some of the Danish bands that were scheduled to play at Roskilde and Copenhell may still perform live at smaller venues. Hopefully, some of those announcements will be happening soon now that there is clearer guidance from the government.

2022 Copenhell will have Iron Maiden as a headliner.

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Heathen Announces Fan Q&A Twitch Stream

Heathen released their highly anticipated latest studio album "Empire Of The Blind" in Autumn 2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band announces they will be hosting a Twitch fan Q&A on May 7th.

Join the band on the Nuclear Blast Twitch this Friday at 8PM UK time here:
www.Twitch.tv/NuclearBlast

Heathen's David White comments,
"Hey Metalheads! Come and join us for this Friday's Q&A event on the Nuclear Blast Twitch Channel! Kragen Lum and I will be online to chat a bit and answer any questions you might have for us. We hope you’ll join us to connect virtually until we can hang out in person. Cheers!"

"Empire of the Blind" was for the most part engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Christopher 2Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z Studios. Additional details - rhythm guitars, etc. - were put to digital “tape” by Kragen Lum at SubLevel Studio in Little Rock, AR. The album features guest appearances by Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), and Doug Piercy (ex-Heathen). The cover art Empire Of The Blind was made by renowned artist Travis Smith (Overkill, Exhorder).

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Sodom To Release New EP In August

German thrash metal legends Sodom has confirmed that they will be releasing a new EP named, "Bombenhagel" this August. A message from the band reads as follows:

"In a period when other bands appear to remain stuck in anguish, August 20th, 2021 will see Tom Angelripper and band members Frank Blackfire (guitar), Yorck Segatz (guitar) and Toni Merkel (drums) release their brand-new EP, Bombenhagel, via Steamhammer, available on CD, 12” vinyl and digital. The pre-sale will start on May 21st. Stay tuned for more info!"

Sodom's most recent album, and first full length with the current lineup, "Genesis XIX" was released through Steamhammer on November 27th last year and was the band's first full length album since the 2016 release, "Decision Day."

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Megadeth And Lamb Of God Announces Tour Dates

It’s time. Megadeth and Lamb Of God cannot be stopped and today announced the rescheduled run of The Metal Tour Of The Year. Joining them, as previously planned, will be special guests Trivium and In Flames, heralding the long-awaited return to the stage for these bands, who are every bit as excited about these historic and not-to-be-missed shows as fans are. Tickets for the rescheduled dates will go back on-sale beginning Friday, May 7 at 10 AM, local at LiveNation.com. Watch a video trailer below.

Megadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will finally embark on their first North American tour since 2017.

Speaking on the long-awaited announcement of the rescheduled run, Megadeth’s leader and frontman, Dave Mustaine says: "Can you hear that sound of armies on the march - of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do NOT want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!" More...

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Oceanis Premiere New Song & Music Video "Innate"

UK-based metal band Oceanis premiere a new song and music video called "Innate". The track is taken from their upcoming new concept album "Progenitor", which will be out in stores later this year.

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Ascète Premiere New Song "La Lanterne du Mort"

French black metal band Ascète premiere a new song entitled "La Lanterne du Mort", taken from their upcoming debut album named "Calamites & les Calamités". The record is set for digital release on May 28 (with physical editions on a different date) by Antiq Records.

Check out now "La Lanterne du Mort" below.


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Anthrax Share 1st Episode Of Retrospective Series

In celebration of their 40th anniversary this year Anthrax officially kicked off a series of retrospective documentaries. The first episode is looking into their early formation and their 1984 debut album “Fistful Of Metal“ and can be watched via YouTube below.


The below schedule and list of guest commentators have been announced for the series: More...

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Heriot Premiere New Music Video "Dispirit"

Swindon, UK-based hardcore metal band Heriot premiere their new track and music video “Dispirit” streaming via YouTube for you below.

Explains drummer Julian Gage: More...

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Hope Deferred (Ex-Embodyment, Etc.) Premiere Song

Ex-Embodyment vocalist/guitarist/bassist Jason Lindquist and guitarist Andrew Godwin have reunited in a project named Hope Deferred. Joined by Godwin‘s ex-The Famine bandmate Jon Tooley, the group are working on a new EP. Below you can stream their first advance track from it titled “Parade The Corpses“.


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