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Metal News for June 17, 2021

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Hellfest 2022 Line-up Announced

Hellfest organizers announced that the 2022 edition will take place over a period of ten days (7 days of shows) and will include 350 artists on 6 stages. Tickets for the new added 4 days will go on sale July 7th. More...

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Wizardthrone Posts New Lyric Video Online

Within the first ten seconds of their new single "Hypercube Necrodimensions," wizard metal-supergroup Wizardthrone (featuring members from Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Aether Realm, Forlorn Citadel, Nekrogoblikon and more) goes full throttle with their multi-layered synth and guitar riffs, combined with gut-busting vocal deliveries! The title track from Wizardthrone's debut full-length, Hypercube Necrodimensions (out July 16 via Napalm Records), is a speedy burst through time and space that will catapult the listener through alternate realities.

With their new track, the five-piece once again demonstrate what they are made of musically, combining their various genre influences with sonically refined finesse to create a fast-paced cyclone of extremes!

M. Archistrategos Barber (guitars) elaborates:
"With the title track, 'Hypercube Necrodimensions,' we stripped down the core elements of Wizardthrone to their bare essentials, culminating in a compact and furious number. Unconventional harmonies, dense orchestration and blazing thrash metal provided a fitting bed for lyrics that had lain dormant for at least a thousand aeons - exploring cryptic themes that the shrewd and astute will of course recognise as containing the blueprints to reality itself. Extraordinary!" More...

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Jinjer Reveals New Album Details

Teased over the last few months with just the hashtag #JINJER4, Jinjer has now dropped the biggest heavy music news of the year: The band will release their long-awaited new studio album, entitled "Wallflowers," on August 27, 2021 via Napalm Records.

Through their relentless hard work, non-stop international touring and critically acclaimed chart-topping releases gaining them over 250 million cross-platform streams/views – Jinjer are inarguably one of modern metal's hottest and most exciting bands today. The band has become synonymous with doing things their own way and breaking every rule in the heavy metal handbook, which is loudly evident on their highly anticipated fourth studio album and the successor to the groundbreaking "Macro."

Eugene Abdukhanov adds:
"Growing creatively has always been a major goal for us. The day Jinjer stops reaching for new musical horizons- will be our last day as a band. We could have churned out what our peers expected us to do or produce Pisces clones without end but we’ve never done that and we never will. Instead, we wrote an album whose level of emotions range from the fiercest aggression we’ve ever had, to the most intricate melodies and melancholic vibes you could ever get from our music. We decided to rip apart all possible stylistic boundaries without regard to financial success or competing with our previous albums. Wallflowers is a different kind of album musically and visually. It’s about our identity as a band, as individuals and a clear statement that we are different from most artists … and that it is OK to do your own thing." More...

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Live Concert Report: 2021 Metal Aid (Night One)

“Many, many years ago on a distant shore
Men did gather secretly beyond a hidden door
They travelled long and travelled far
Dark into the night
Yes, this is the place they've chosen
To build the metal site”

No, Metal Church was not one of the bands at Metal Aid 2021. But their lyrics, above, summed up this event for this photographer and reviewer.

Maybe it hasn’t been “many, many years”, but my last live metal show was 2019 Brutal Assault which is more than 22 months ago—certainly the longest drought for me in the past 40 years (when I went to my first concert). I know my situation is not unique.

Travelling long and travelling far was certainly the case as I flew about 6,000 miles combined between three flights and 20+ hours. When I showed my Covid-19 vaccine certificate to security at the door, the guy next to me said something like, “Wow, you came all the way from the USA for this?” I told him I am dedicated.

Capacity at Amager Bio was reduced from over 1,000 standing individuals to a few hundred sitting metalheads. Most would have preferred the former, but with three compression fractures in my spine, I was more than happy to sit for most of the four and a half hours of music.

Night one consisted of Svartsot, Heidra, Ethereal Kingdoms, and Lotan. Svartsot is the only band I had heard of before this mini festival was announced as Svartsot was scheduled to play at Copenhell 2020 and 2021, both of which were cancelled.

Lotan kicked things off. Again, I wasn’t very familiar with the first three bands and didn’t have high expectations based on minimal listenings beforehand, but all three exceeded expectations. I heard some grumblings about Lotan’s performance from some audience members, and maybe the long interval between shows for me reduced my critical ear, but I enjoyed their short set more than I thought I would.

Ethereal Kingdoms were next. They aren’t in my favorite genre of metal (think Nightwish or Within Temptation, although sometimes heavier with very occasional death metalish vocals/growls). Some sort of story seemed to be unfolding during their set. A bloody heart emerged near the end, but the front row was spared any sort of GWAR or Watain blood bath.

A neighbor at the show told me I would really like Heidra as they would feature more of the Scandinavian spirit. He was correct. Heidra was excellent in their presentation and delivery. Combine Amon Amarth, Finntroll, and Alestorm in your head and out pops something similar to Heidra.

Finishing off night one was Svartsot. Like the rest, Svartsot was way better live than I was anticipating. My seat was particularly amusing as I was right in front of Hans-Jørgen Martinus Hansen who alternated between Irish whistles, the mandolin, bagpipes, and his beer throughout the set.

The sound at Amager Bio was perfect. I wandered around the edges and sat in the front row, and the mix sounded great in all locations which isn’t normally the case—especially at indoor venues.

I do have high expectations for night two as seeing Artillery and Slægt were my main reasons for buying a ticket for Metal Aid. A few tickets remain for tonight, but they may be gone before showtime. The other bands tonight are Withering Surface and Demolizer.

Night Two report

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Arbitrator Premiere New Track "Abyss"

Hailing from the United States and Australia blackened deathcore outfit Arbitrator premiere a new single titled “Abyss”, taken from their forthcoming new EP "Forsaken", which will be out in stores this summer.

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Mule Skinner Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Mule Skinner premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new two-song EP "7''", which 7? is out now on Roman Numeral Records.

Check out now the EP in its entirety below.

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One With the Riverbed Premiere New Song "Carcass"

Michigan-based post black metal band One With the Riverbed premiere their first single named “Carcass”, taken from the album "Absence" that will be released on August 20 by Snow Wave Records.

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Ov Sulfur (Ex-Suffokate) Premiere New Music Video

Ov Sulfur - led by ex-Suffokate frontman Ricky Hoover - premiere their new advance track “Oblivion“. As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis guests on that new single, which serves also as the title track to the band‘s debut EP, due out August 6, 2021.

“Oblivion” track listing: More...

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