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Metal News for June 26, 2020

Last updated on July 10, 2020 at 2:47 PM ET

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Ages Posts New Lyric Video Online

Today the melodic black metallers Ages return with the single "Burn Them" from their new album "Uncrown" set to be released on August 21, 2020 on Black Lodge Records.

Formed during the harsh Swedish winter of 2011, Ages released their critically acclaimed debut “The Malefic Miasma” in 2015. Biding their time to craft something really unique, the five year long wait is finally over and their sophomore effort "Uncrown" sees the light of day. Composed and created solely in the band‘s own studio, "Uncrown" is a meticulously crafted album. With outstanding melodies, atmosphere and every bandmember‘s unique performance as well as outstanding artwork from renowned artist Chris Cold, these nine epistles embrace the legacy of the 90‘s and bring the Swedish black metal-sound to a whole new level.

"Uncrown" tracklisting:

1. Burn Them
2. Illicit State
3. Herolds of Enslavement
4. A Hollow Tomb
5. Dominions
6. Undivine
7. Uncrown
8. The Death of Kings of Old
9. Pyres More...

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Stryper Reveals New Album Details

Once again proving their lasting durability, iconic rock band Stryper return with their 13th studio album, "Even the Devil Believes," via Frontiers Music Srl. Filled with the band’s signature riffs, harmony-laden melodies and positive themes, the eleven song project is Stryper’s first studio album with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and backing vocals. The album is scheduled to be released through Frontiers on September 4th.

"We’re incredibly happy to write a new chapter in the book of Stryper," says vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet, who has served as the band’s primary songwriter since its inception in 1983. "This album was recorded during the pandemic, and I believe the message pertains to the times we are living in so perfectly. It’s a recording of hope and inspiration and a light in the darkest of times."

Sweet, who also produced the new album, revealed that the band members delivered focused determination, a collaborative spirit and spot-on execution for the new record. The result is a collection of remarkable songs that will leave a strong impact on listeners. "It has an energy unlike any other album we’ve done,” he asserts. “We even pulled a song from the past that has never been heard or released, and by doing so we brought a little bit of 1989 back into the mix." More...

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Brujeria Releases New Single, "COVID-666"

Extreme metallers Brujeria are proud to release their new "COVID-666" digital single via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration, the band offer fans the release of the quarantine themed music video for their title track "COVID-666," which was directed by Juan Brujo, below.

The band comments: "The Coronavirus is the Devil’s plague sent to purge humanity of all kinds! Leaving survivors to suffer with no jobs, no money and forces a social media lifestyle on the entire world! On the bright side of it all... now I can go out shopping without scaring everyone to death! Jajajaja."

The production and mixing for the single, including the artwork was handled by Juan Brujo.

Below is COVID-666 digital single track list:
1. COVID-666
2. Cocaina More...

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Venom Prison Re-Record Songs For New Album

Death metal trailblazers, Venom Prison, have announced a new release, Primeval, out via Prosthetic Records on October 9.

The 11-track album will feature re-recordings of tracks from their early EPs, "Defy The Tyrant" and "Primal Chaos," as well as two brand new tracks. The first track from "Primeval" is a re-working of "Defy The Tyrant," which is streaming everywhere now, and features an accompanying video which can be viewed below.

Of the track, Venom Prison comment, "This song is not only criticizing organized religion and Christianity as a whole but also the ways in which it was spread across the whole world; resulting in genocide, rape, colonialism, slavery, misogyny and homophobia. It is this spirit of inherent superiority that characterized the attitude of the European nations as they expanded overseas, competing for colonial power and the conversion of “heathen” natives. Rather than standing up against the trans-Atlantic slavery, the church helped perpetuate the practice, endeavouring to support slavery on biblical grounds. 'Defy the Tyrant' is as relevant today as it was five years ago. As long as there is a master in the sky, there will be slaves on earth." More...

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Heathen Posts New Lyric Video Online

Bay Area thrash legends Heathen are back. Today, the band reveal the details of their fourth studio album, "Empire Of The Blind," which will be released on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the lyric video for the first single, "The Blight", below.

The band comments: "We are very pleased to announce Empire Of The Blind! It's been another 10 years but we are finally back with a new Heathen album. Fine wine takes time! Everyone in the band worked their asses off on this record. Zeuss absolutely nailed it and more than realized our vision for the sound. Travis Smith perfectly captured the bleak atmosphere that we imagined for the artwork. It was a year in the making and we couldn't be more proud of the outcome. The 1st single 'The Blight' is just the beginning... behold the rising Empire!"

"Empire Of The Blind" was for the most part engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Christopher “Zeuss” 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). More...

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Ayreon To Release New Album In September

Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album, titled "Transitus", on September 25 via Music Theories Recordings.

The album will be available on 2CD, 2LP gatefold red transparent vinyl and a 48-page Earbook which includes 5 discs; 2CD album, 1CD instrumental versions, 1CD guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer and a 5.1 audio and hi-def stereo mix of the album.

The release will be accompanied by a 28-page graphic novel which will be included in the Earbook as well as the 2LP. The physical pre-order will launch on June 25, where digital will go live on July 16. Watch a video trailer below. More...

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Doro Releases "Brickwall" Music Video

One and a half years after the release of her extremely successful double album "Forever Warriors, Forever United," metal queen Doro Pesch has already started working on material for a new album. "Since February, I've been back in the studio in the USA. There are some pretty awesome things happening in these writing sessions," Doro reveals.

One of these new, special songs is no longer a secret -"Brickwall" has been released digitally today, and will be released on vinyl on July 31st 2020.

Watch the new video for "Brickwall" below.

"Brickwall is a harbinger for the upcoming album that will be released in 2021", DORO explains. "I want to give my fans a taste of what it's going to be like – and the song also fits quite well with these dark times.“

"The lyrics are about unbreakable, unconditional love for a person in deep trouble. Even though it isn't always easy to deal with that person, you still do everything to support them and get through the dark times side by side – even if you literally have to tear down walls."

"Brickwall" was recorded in Hamburg together with Andreas Bruhn (Ex-The Sisters Of Mercy) and will also be available as coloured 7“ vinyl in gold and silver limited to 300 copies each.

"The b-side features a great live version of Soldier Of Metal", Doro promises. "The song was recorded during our recent Forever Warriors tour in winter, where the song was celebrated by the fans every single evening. It's supposed to help fans remember the feeling of a live show and raise anticipation for the next tour, that can hopefully start this autumn." More...

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Pain Of Salvation Reveals New Album Details

Firmly at the forefront of the progressive rock and metal scenes for nearly three decades now and one of modern rock’s most acclaimed live acts, Sweden’s Pain of Salvation return with a new studio album entitled "Panther", due out August 28th, 2020 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

"Panther", the follow-up release to 2017’s "In The Passing Light Of Day" album, was recorded, mixed and produced by Daniel Gildenlöw with Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend) and comes with a comprehensive artwork-theme with illustrations made by André Meister.


1. Accelerator
2. Unfuture
3. Restless Boy
4. Wait
5. Keen To A Fault
6. Fur
7. Panther
8. Species
9. Icon More...

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Mantar Posts "Can I Run" Video Online

German metal duo Mantar has posted a new music video online for their rendition of the L7 song, "Can I Run." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's new covers EP, "Grungetown Hooligans II," which is out today and available through the band's Bandcamp page. Speaking about the cover, the band said:

"Dear people,

"For the third single of 'Grungetown Hooligans II' which finally drops worldwide today we've picked a rather dark yet powerful song. This song is called 'Can I Run' and is originally from mighty L7 who influenced us a whole lot when we were youngsters. The lyrics are aggressive, hostile, sad, and most importantly from a female perspective. Violence against women makes us sick to our stomachs and we can't even begin to imagine the circumstances that women and any persons who are regularly victims of violence and hate experience not only today, but throughout history.

"Also we thought it is an appropriate statement for every single person asking us if we were gay for every picture of us holding hands or being somewhat affectionate towards each other. And even though being in a band with just one other person can often feel like a marriage, we are what you would consider "straight" men. Pretty much by accident. So who are we to speak up? Well, we don't really know, but who are we if we don't?! So, sorry for the dark vibes on a Friday but we love the song, the band and you. And yes, Erinc ate the whole fucking cake. Peace." More...

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Acherontas Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Acherontas premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Psychic Death 'The Shattering Of Perceptions'", which will be out in stores later today via Agonia Records.

Check out now "Psychic Death 'The Shattering Of Perceptions'" in its entirety below.

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Cancer (Australia) Premiere New Song

Cancer (Australia) announce their new take on depressive black metal with their upcoming album ‘Opioid’ due out on August 14th, 2020. Today the band release their lyric video for "The Depths IV: Summit's Delusion" streaming for you below.

The forthcoming record is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 debut EP ‘Terminal’ and 2018 full length ‘Into The Heartless Silence’. It is set to be released 14 August, 2020 on all available streaming services and through Bandcamp for digital or physical digipak CD purchase. More...

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Draemora Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Progressive melodic death metal outfit Draemora premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's forthcoming debut EP "Awakening", which will be out in stores later today.

Check out now "Awakening" in its entirety below.

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Ahab Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Nautik funeral doom outfit Ahab premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's impending new album "Live Prey", which will be out in stores later today throughNapalm Records.

Check out now "Live Prey" in its entirety below.

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Dkharmakhaoz Premiere New Song "Ascension"

Belarus based black metal unit Dkharmakhaoz premiere a new song entitled "Ascension", taken from their upcoming new album "Proclamation ov the Black Suns", which will be out in stores July 31st on Iron BoneHead Productions.

Check out now "Ascension" below.

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Incantation Premiere New Single “Propitiation”

Incantation‘s eleventh studio album “Sect Of Vile Divinities” is scheduled for an August 21st release date by Relapse Records. Below you can stream the new single of that full-length, “Propitiation“.

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Venomous Concept (Napalm Death) Premiere Single

Venomous Concept, the project featuring members of Napalm Death, Corrupt Moral Altar and Brutal Truth, will release their new full-length “Politics Vs The Erection” on August 28th via Season Of Mist. The supergroup premiere the song “Lemonade” as the first track from the release below.

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Sick Of It All Premiere New Music Video

Sick Of It All premiered a new music video for their song “Bull’s Anthem“. The track is off of their latest album, “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!“, which saw a release in November 2018.

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Whitechapel Premiere New Animated Music Video

Whitechapel premiere a new animated music video for “Doom Woods” taken from their latest release “The Valley“.

The band’s guitarist Alex Wade said of that: More...

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