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Metal News for May 7, 2021

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

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Mayhem Reveals New EP Details

The infamous Mayhem return this year with an outstanding EP called "Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando," with additional material from the "Daemon" session, including a homage to bands that laid the foundation for what was to come. The EP will be released on July 9.

The lords of darkness have dug deep and reflected their influences to create a musical odyssey that shows them multifaceted in several ways. For this goal, cover versions of bands like Discharge, Dead Kennedys, Rudimentary Peni and Ramones were chosen, which in typical Mayhem manner impressively fit into their bursting and darkened sound. The band also recruited Billy Messiah and Maniac, who took over vocal performances on two songs.

In addition to the named cover versions, a previously unreleased track called "Voces Ab Alta" is featured on the EP, which continues the musical journey alongside "Black Glass Communion" and "Everlasting Dying Flame," which were used as bonus tracks for the 2019 album "Daemon."

The EP thus closes the capital, which was opened with the release of Daemon back in 2019 and illuminates the band once again in typical unusual and surprising-sounding way. More...

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Breathe Atlantis Posts New Music Video Online

German alternative metalcore band Breathe Atlantis are back with their new single "Overdrive," darker and heavier than before. Out now via Arising Empire, "Overdrive" redefines the band as one of the hottest newcomers in the heavy scene. Their raw and aggressive sound, combined with deep, desperate lyrics, takes the listener on an unexpected rollercoaster of emotions.

Check out the goosebump-inducing video for "Overdrive" below.

Frontman Nico Schiesewitz comments:

"The song 'Overdrive' is our own therapy on our deepest fears. This is the most vulnerable and personal song we've ever released. Its like there’s a demon living inside your head that keeps driving you insane and controls your emotions like a ghost or parasite. We hope it provides some form of help for people suffering from something like that, you are not alone." More...

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Cage Fight Releases First Single

Hardcore / thrash / crossover band Cage Fight, featuring TesseracT guitarist James Monteith and former Eths vocalist Rachel Aspe, have unveiled their bludgeoning debut song "Hope Castrated."

Premiered via Hardcore Worldwide YouTube channel, you can check out the visualizer for the song below.

Formed early 2021, the line-up is completed with bassist Jon Reid of hip-hop / punk crossover band and London hardcore scene staples Broken Chakra, and drummer Nick Plews of London death-metal bands Corpsing and Aghast. The four members combine a wide range of heavy influences to make their unique style of crossover, resulting in a furious barrage of pure aggression.

Guitarist James Monteith comments: "I'm really excited to announce Cage Fight and release our first track- 'Hope Castrated'. We're making raw heavy music with no frills or pretensions; just pure aggression and energy. It's also a cathartic release for all the frustration and anger we have about the ills of the world today."

Vocalist Rachel Aspe comments: "This project is musically packed full of visceral rage, but there's also an underlying message of positivity and unity. I can't wait to take these songs to the stage later in 2021, be ready!"

Cage Fight are currently working on their debut album, more news soon. More...

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Ithaca Signs With Hassle Records

Acclaimed metallic hardcore group Ithaca have announced their signing to iconic UK label Hassle Records. The band will also be repressing their critically triumphant debut LP The Language of Injury, originally released February 2019.

Pre-order "The Language of Injury" here

The band comment: "We couldn't be more excited to join the Hassle family. Their roster shows a genuine spirit of creative independence and as an organisation they're driven by values of social and environmental justice, both of which are hugely important for us as a band. We can't wait to unleash some unhinged sonic chaos together in 2022."

Hassle's Wez comments: "We’re delighted to welcome Ithaca to the Hassle family. We pride ourselves on working with creative artists that like to do things their way. If the band's EP and debut album are anything to go by we can expect some excellent creative music from them in the future."

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Artillery Shares New Music Video

Today (May 7th), Artillery has released their tenth full-length, "X," via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of "X," a new video for the album track "In Your Mind" (produced by: Morten S. Madsen / POPSHIT FILM) can be viewed below.

Purchase and stream X in its entirety at: www.metalblade.com/artillery - where the album is available in the following formats:
- ltd. digipak-CD (incl. 2 bonus tracks)
- 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
- blood red / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
- viole(n)t blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- blue / red / white melt splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies) More...

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Vokonis Streaming New Album

Vokonis' fourth studio album "Odyssey" is out now. More dynamically diverse than ever, the album's 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. "Odyssey" is Vokonis' first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.

After the success of Vokonis' critically acclaimed third album "Grasping Time" (2019), Vokonis immediately went into recording more material. With the goal set to further expand the prog landscape, Vokonis crafted recordings that are more dynamically diverse and forward-thinking than ever before. The result is "Odyssey," the fourth studio album by Vokonis. Ranging from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages, the new album features guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. The album can be heard in full here.

With tangible prog- influences combined with stand-out choruses, the 6 tracks on "Odyssey" further explores the sound that Vokonis introduced on 2019’s ”Grasping Time”. Jonte’s clean vocal lines are effectively blended with Simon’s aggressive bark, creating tons of depth as the sound shift from dreamy psychedelia to faze-melting sludge heaviness. The new tracks are backed up by the rhythmical patterns provided by the band’s new drummer Peter Ottosson who, since his affiliation in early 2019, has proved to be a spark plug of inspiration for the band. More...

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Defocus Releases "Diverge" Music Video

German metalcore quartet Defocus have released a video for their new single "Diverge." The track, which features a guest appearance from The Oklakoma Kid vocalist Tom Brümmer, is the third single from their forthcoming debut album "In The Eye Of Death We Are All The Same," due for release on 2nd July 2021 via Arising Empire.

Check out the video for "Diverge" feat. Tom Brümmer below.

Bassist Marcel "Bambam" Heberling comments:

"'Diverge' was one of the first songs we wrote for Defocus. It was crucial for the sound of our debut album In The Eye Of Death We Are All The Same. 'Diverge' combines the best aspects of our first two singles: the heaviness and brutality of 'Common Grave' and the atmosphere of 'Thought Of A Vision'. The feature of The Oklahoma Kid´s vocalist Tom Brümmer turns 'Diverge' into a song that stays right in your head and encourages you to sing along." More...

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Subterranean Masquerade Previews "Mountain Fever"

As the world became more connected via the internet, metal bands were able to reach a larger audience and fans had the tools to find great bands from all over the world. In days gone by, most of the focus was on groups from the U.S., Britain, Canada, Germany and Scandinavia, but now, listeners are discovering awesome bands from places such as South America, east Asia and even Israel. Speaking of Israel, the small country is probably best known, metal wise, for Orphaned Land, though a further look finds a number of excellent musicians and pounding metal, including progressive metal stalwarts, Subterranean Masquerade.

Subterranean Masquerade were formed in 1997 and released their debut album, "Suspended Animation Dreams" eight years later. Now, in 2021, the band are set to unleash, "Mountain Fever," their fourth official full length album, (fifth if you include the bonus album, "The Pros & Cons Of Social Isolation" and it promises to be full of experimentation, lush melodies, ferocity and everything that makes progressive metal such an interesting genre. To find out more about the album, I caught up with vocalist Vidi Dolev and guitarist Tomer Pink. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Necronemesis (Ex-Death, Mantas) Premiere New Track

Puerto Rican death metal outfit Necronemesis premiere a new track titled "They Live in the Attic", taken from their upcoming new album "Some Things Should Stay Underground". The band features guitarist Rick Rozz, best known as a founding member of Death and pre-Death group Mantas, as a guest member. The record will be out in stores June 4, 2021 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

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T.O.M.E. Premiere New Song "II"

T.O.M.E. premiere a new song entitled "II", taken from their upcoming debut album "I-III". The record will be released by Spread Evil on June 4th.

Check out now "II" below.

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Ov Sulfur (Ex-Suffokate) Premiere New Single

Ov Sulfur - led by ex-Suffokate frontman Ricky Hoover - premiere their new single “Bathe In The Flame” streaming via YouTube below.

Tells Hoover of this new song:

“‘Bathing In The Flame‘ could be taken literally, like you’re burning in hell. But it’s more a metaphor for finding comfort in embracing your humanity, which is often broken and bad—if not downright evil. It’s in our nature to live in the grey.”

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Tooth And Claw (Earth Crisis, SECT) Premiere Video

Tooth And Claw premiere a new official music video for their new track “Seventy Times Seven” from their debut release, “Dream Of Ascension“, due out on May 21st via Good Fight Music . The groups lineup includes Scott Crouse (Earth Crisis), Daniel Austin (Die Young), James Chang (Undying, Catharsis, SECT), and Cameron Joplin (Magnitude).

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August Burns Red Premiere New Version Of “Pangaea”

August Burns Red premiere a new version of their track “Pangaea” from their impending re-recorded version of their “Leveler” album, due out May 21st. The band's revised take on “Pangaea” finds them joined by guest guitarist Misha Mansoor (Periphery).

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Light The Torch Premiere New Track

Light The Torch premiere a second advance track titled “More Than Dreaming” off their new impending new album, “You Will Be The Death Of Me“. A June 25th release date has been scheduled for that record by Nuclear Blast. Whitechapel drummer Alex Rudinger took over drum duties for that album, which was recorded with Josh Gilbert (of As I Lay Dying) and Joseph McQueen (Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying) helming the production.

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