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Metal News for July 2, 2021

Last updated on September 27, 2021 at 3:08 AM ET

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Let Us Prey Releases New Music Video

The Boston-based melodic power/thrash group Let Us Prey has premiered a music video for a new song titled "Deadlight Sunset." The track – which features a guest solo by guitarist Nick Petrino (Dee Snider) – is now available for streaming and download at all digital platforms, while the video can be viewed below.

"Deadlight Sunset" represents the first new music from Let Us Prey since the release of their 2020 full-length debut, "Virtues of the Vicious," and is a companion piece of sorts to that album's "In Suffering," a deeply personal song that vocalist Marc Lopes (also of Ross The Boss) penned about his struggles with mental health. Says Lopes, "Written originally as a bonus track that wasn't finished in time for the final 'Virtues of the Vicious' release, it’s a Part II to 'In Suffering' in the context of its subject matter of depression, suicide and the struggles of mental dis-ease. 'Deadlight Sunset' is a journey into the mindset of wanting to commit suicide – the helplessness, the comforting thought and relief in thinking this option is the solution. This is a first-hand account from me personally – a very dark subject, a very real subject, but something that needs to be discussed and with no shame. Luckily for me, I'm still here to tell the dark tale, to hopefully convey a message that there is a better solution and to bring awareness to this growing matter. We also have our good friend Nick Petrino from Dee Snider’s band doing a killer solo that was a bit out of his normal wheelhouse as well, and it just completes the vibe on this tune. We’re never afraid to go against the norm within the metal genre, as Let Us Prey has many shades, colors and dynamics to what we do, so always expect the unexpected. (Wait ‘til you hear the next record.) Welcome to The Deadlight Sunset." More...

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Rage Reveals New Album Details

The band’s fans were overjoyed when in summer 2020 Rage frontman Peavy Wagner presented the group’s new line-up featuring two guitarists, announcing a return to the constellation that had recorded classics such as Black In Mind and End Of All Days. After last year’s departure of Marcos Rodriguez, Stefan Weber (ex-Axxis) was enlisted, followed just a few weeks later by Jean Bormann (Angel Inc, Rage & Ruins). The fourth band member is drummer Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos, who has been with Rage since 2015. The current line-up could be seen and heard for the first time on the "The Price Of War 2.0" video clip, a new edition of the same-named song from Black In Mind, which has been available on all major online channels since June 2020. Immediately afterwards, the quartet commenced work on its brand-new album Resurrection Day. "I'm surprised how quickly the new line-up has gelled into a homogeneous team and how positively the talents of each band member have come into effect," says Wagner, looking back on a highly creative production phase and commenting on Rage’s latest offering: "I feel that our music is still typical Rage on the one hand while sounding so much fresher on the other."

Rage have recorded twelve new songs covering a stylistic range that could hardly be more characteristic of the band, from raw thrash metal tracks like "Virginity" (also the first single and video), "The Age Of Reason" and "Extinction Overkill" through mid tempo pieces such as "Arrogance And Ignorance" and "Monetary Gods" to the straightforward ballad "Black Room" which balances things out. "Rage fans get exactly what they want on 'Resurrection Day,' plus a surprise or two," promises Peavy, mentioning in particular "Travelling Through Time," a number that explores the extremes between bludgeoning "shoot-em up grooves" (quote Peavy) and epic moments. "The song is inspired by Renaissance composer Giorgio Mainerio," he explains. "There`s a piece by Mainerio called 'Schiarazula Marazula,' with a wonderful theme that I often play at home on acoustic guitar. Jean and I have adapted it to suit the Rage format and given the song a different rhythmic perspective, which has added intensity. We’ve never done a number like 'Travelling Through Time' before."

So we can look forward to a very special Rage album, and of course eventually also to live shows. Provided that the situation allows it, Peavy and his men are set to embark on a major European tour in November 2021. With Resurrection Day on their setlist, the shows are guaranteed to turn into highly explosive events! More...

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Nanowar Of Steel Explains "Italian Folk Metal"

For almost as long as heavy metal has existed, there's been people around to make fun of it. Sometimes it comes from a place of love like Tenacious D or Steel Panther, other times it's comedians seeing a sub-culture and genre that's ripe for parody, as was the case for Bad News, Spinal Tap and even Richard Pryor on his television show. While a good chunk of fans tend to take offence to these send ups, most take it in good humour and appreciate that sometimes, the things we love the most can be pretty silly.

Enter Nanowar Of Steel, formerly known simply as Nanowar before changing their name to poke fun at countrymen Rhapsody Of Fire, who themselves had to change their name from Rhapsody. For almost twenty years, the Italian collective has been poking fun at metal music, particularly at those who take the genre extremely seriously. For a long time, the group did this independently and garnered a strong following. However today, the band releases "Italian Folk Metal," their first album through a record label, the ever growing Napalm Records.

To find out why now is the right time to sign with a label, what makes folk metal ripe for parody, the importance of food in their lyrics and much more, we caught up with bassist Gatto Panceri 666. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Sabaton Announces European "Tour To End All Tours"

Last year has been a challenging yet menacing one for bands all over the world: It has been a time of insecurity, worries and the fear of never being able to return to the status quo of touring.
But, Sabaton never was a band to fall that easily due to difficult circumstances. Instead of giving up on their visions and ambitions, the Swedish metal batalion forged their monumental tour plans to present to their fans today: A tour that makes the hearts of fans beat faster. If you close your eyes and listen carefully, you can already hear the sound of roaring guitars like thunder above a battlefield. You can catch the epic melodies like victorious anthems after a deserved victory and you can feel the tension of an approaching sensation: "The Tour To End All Tours".

In Spring 2022, Sabaton will be visiting 26 cities in 17 countries, bringing their ground-breaking modern metal to the people and delivering breathtaking live shows in a setting that will once again set new bars for concerts of this kind. Sabaton will be supported by Mongolian rock band The Hu and Finnish heavy metal veterans Lordi.

Pär Sundström, Sabaton's co-founder and bass player, states:
"We have all been waiting for far too long for this... And we are more ready than ever.
By the time we start this tour we will have a whole treasure chest of new songs to play along with a lot of other surprises. You do not want to miss The Tour to End All Tours." More...

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Burning Darkness Posts New Music Video Online

The sophomore album of Swedish black metallers Burning Darkness, titled, "Dödens Makt," is finally released today via Non Serviam Records. To celebrate, the band has released a new music video for the song, "In The Shadow Of Webbed Wings," which can be seen below.

"Fans of 90's black metal will love it. We at Burning Darkness don't concern ourselves with current trends. We play the type of music we love. Still not rigidly stuck in one spot, we musically take inspiration from other genres of metal and beyond. The new album has more variation than our debut. While it goes mostly quite fast, we've added slower and heavy as led parts as well. Rawness is balanced with atmosphere. On this album I wrote all the lyrics, discussing themes of death and anti-Christianity. I also added heathenry and folklore elements. There's horror and ancient evil awakening. This is the subjects that interest me so that's what I wrote. Just listen to the music over and over and try to manifest what the music makes me see into words," explains the frontman Per Kolderup Finstad. More...

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Gojira Announces European Tour With Alien Weaponry

Gojira have announced their return to Europe with an extensive tour January - March 2022. The new dates, which will be split into two legs, feature special guests Alien Weaponry and Employed To Serve. The first leg kicks off January 17 in Finland and closes in France on February 9, with the second leg picking up in The Netherlands on February 20 and wrapping in the UK on March 14.

Tickets for the European run go on general sale at 10 AM, BST (11 AM, CET) on Monday, July 5. Look out for earlier pre-sales from Friday - in the UK, the O2 pre-sale starts 10 AM, BST on Saturday and the Live Nation pre-sale launches 10 AM, BST Sunday.

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Between Worlds To Release Debut Album In September

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to introduce the new project Between Worlds, which is a vehicle for US singer Ronny Munroe (ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church) and highlights his considerable vocal talent. Written and produced by Munroe in partnership with Italian musician and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, this self-titled debut album is a must hear for fans of classic American heavy/power metal and will be released on September 10th.

Its title track is available as a single now, with Munroe stating that "the song is about how unexpected changes in life occur, as they did with myself and my late wife. You find yourself not knowing what to do as you are lost in the mist and you really don't know what is going to happen next. So, basically, you are caught between worlds."

He continues: "When Ale[ssandro] contacted me and asked if I wanted to write some songs with him, I jumped at the opportunity because I have a lot of respect for him as a musician, writer, producer and engineer. He does it all and does it very well! I have always written about my life and the things that I have gone through. I find it cathartic and I have a lot to say, both lyrically and musically. I really look forward to building on the foundation that we have started." More...

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Urne To Support Orange Goblin On UK Tour

British heavy metal veterans Orange Goblin has announced that Spirit Adrift will be unable to join them as support on their upcoming tour of the United Kingdom, owing to the current pandemic. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Given the current global circumstances, we (Orange Goblin) have made the decision to slightly change the supports on our upcoming 25th Anniversary UK tour in December. Spirit Adrift would love to have been able to do the tour but with no indication of when they will be able to travel to Europe or the UK, or book flights, we have decided that it will be best to go ahead with 2 UK based support bands. Spirit Adrift have been very understanding of this situation, support our decision and we sincerely hope that we can tour with this amazing band at some point in the near future. As a result of this, our good friends and recognised rockers King Creature will now perform as main support each night and we welcome the awesome Urne to the tour as openers each night. Urne have just released their debut album 'Serpent & Spirit' through Spinefarm Records and it is a complete banger! We feel this is a great package with 3 amazing bands and we hope that we can get together with Spirit Adrift when the world is back to 'normal'. See everyone on tour in December!"

Urne bassist/vocalist Joe Nally commented: "Orange Goblin have been a staple of the UK rock and metal scene for as long as we can remember and we're honoured to support them on their 25th anniversary tour. We're really looking forward to (finally) playing some new places across the UK on this run!"

The tour dates are as follows:

Wed 8 Dec - The Booking Hall, Dover, UK *
Thu 9 Dec - Tivoli, Buckley, UK
Fri 10 Dec - Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Sat 11 Dec - Grand Social, Dublin, IRE
Mon 13 Dec - King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Tue 14 Dec - Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Wed 15 Dec - Asylum, Birmingham, UK
Thu 16 Dec - The Globe, Cardiff, UK
Fri 17 Dec - The Underworld, London, UK
Sat 18 Dec - The Underworld, London, UK
* - No King Creature or Urne - Famyne support in Dover

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Mortemia Shares New Lyric Video

Morten Veland (Sirenia, Mortemia and founder of Tristania) just released an official lyric video for the song "Death Turns a Blind Eye," the second single from "The Pandemic Pandemonium Sessions." The song features Marcela Bovio (MaYaN, Dark Horse White Horse) on guest vocals, and is live on Youtube right now.

Morten Veland: "I am proud and honored to introduce Marcela Bovio as my special guest for ‘The Pandemic Pandemonium Sessions’. The second song is entitled ‘Death Turns a Blind Eye’, and will be available on all digital platforms on the 18th of June 2021. I have known Marcela for more than a decade now and she is definitely one of the top shelf singers in the genre, she has an impressive vocal range, great interpretation, a present nerve and an amazing technique. Working on this project so far has been an amazing journey for me, and I feel truly privileged to have Marcela onboard this project. I am really looking forward to sharing this song with you all."

Marcela Bovio: "I've known Morten for quite a few years now, we met officially when touring together back in 2009. I've always been impressed by his musical vision and songwriting talent, he writes amazing songs with beautiful melodies. And if you know me you know that I'm all about the beautiful melodies! Since we hadn't spoken in quite some time his invitation came a bit as a surprise, but it was of course very flattering; and after listening to the song I was sold! ‘Death Turns a Blind Eye’ is a wonderful track, just like I would expect from Morten; it has an amazing chorus with some nice vocal layers. I'm really happy with how it came out, and I hope both Mortemia and Marcela Bovio fans enjoy it as well." More...

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Haken Announces European Tour Dates

Haken is making its much anticipated return to live shows with the "Invasion" 2022 Tour. The group is pleased to announce dates for Europe which kicks off 4th February 2022 in Cologne.

Ray Hearne conveys the group’s excitement here: "It’s a huge relief to finally be able to announce a tour after such a difficult year for everyone. We’re incredibly excited for this one, which will be the first outing of many in 2022 in celebration of our latest album ‘Virus’. Bring on the Haken Invasion!"

The tour dates are as follows:

4 Feb - Cologne, de – Essigfabrik
5 Feb - Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
6 Feb - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg Max
7 Feb - Hamburg, DE – Markthalle
9 Feb - Berlin, DE - Columbia Theater
10 Feb - Prague, CZ – Futurum
11 Feb - Vienna, AT – Flex
12 Feb - Budapest, HU - A38
14 Feb - Zurich, CH – Mascotte
15 Feb - Roncade, IT - New Age
16 Feb - Milan, IT – Alcatraz
17 Feb - Lyon, FR – Transbordeur
18 Feb - Barcelona, ES – Salamandra
19 Feb - Madrid, ES – Shoko
21 Feb - Toulouse, FR - Connexion Live
22 Feb - Nantes, FR – Ferrailleur
23 Feb - Paris, FR – Alhambra
24 Feb - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
25 Feb - Glasgow, UK - Saint Luke's
27 Feb - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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Swallow The Sun Posts New Live Video Online

Finnish death doom metal masters Swallow The Sun release their first live track and video for "Don’t Fall Asleep (Horror, Pt. II) [Live in Helsinki]" today via Century Media Records. The song is taken off the bands upcoming live album entitled "20 Years of Gloom, Beauty and Despair – Live in Helsinki," which will be released on the 30th of July 2021. Watch the live video for "Don’t Fall Asleep (Horror, Pt. II) [Live in Helsinki]" below.

"We were supposed to play anniversary shows in Europe and North America," vocalist Mikko Kotama¨ki recalls. "We started our European tour in Finland in February 2020 and played 10 gigs. Everything got canceled two weeks after that. Luckily, we filmed and recorded our gig in Helsinki. Now, everyone can see it. At the time, we didn't know the footage or recordings would be used for this purpose."

About the song the band comments, "This is the first single from our upcoming live album. 'Don’t Fall Asleep' is an old classic from 2007, which was also released as a single from our 'Hope' album back then. We played a special fan voted setlist that night in Helsinki.

"So expect nothing but hits and classics. Enjoy!" More...

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Doro Unveils Artwork For New Live Album

Today, Doro Pesch of Warlock reveals the album artwork as well as the track list for her upcoming live masterpiece "Triumph And Agony Live," which will be released on September 24, 2021. The artwork centres on Geoffrey Gillespie's famous original drawing of the "Warlock" embracing the blonde rock star.

Doro says: "The cover and the whole artwork including booklet and inlay are a combination of live shots and the amazing iconic Warlock paintings of my favourite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie, who did all the classic Doro / Warlock artworks. It worked out great. I am so happy with it."

Doro will celebrate the 35th anniversary of her hit album "Triumph And Agony" with the release of the spectacular live album "Triumph And Agony Live."

The highly anticipated work will be released in many different configurations on CD, vinyl, cassette, Blu-ray as well as in an exclusive, strictly limited fan box! More...

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U.D.O. Reveals New Album, "Game Over" Details

"Game Over!" That’s what rock icon Udo Dirkschneider (original voice of iconic band Accept) proclaims on his upcoming new U.D.O. record, to be released on October 22 via AFM Records.

The statement behind has got many different meanings. But one thing becomes clear immediately: U.D.O. is not doing things by halves and so they give everything they have. During hundreds of shows worldwide, some of them in the most remote places of Russia and South-America, the band has become one unit and a conglomerate of passionate musicians and friends. Each of them knows exactly, when and how to play his instrument to match to the sound of the band perfectly. All the songs on this record feature a distinctive character, that convinces today as well as it will convince tomorrow.

Available as Digipak, Coloured Ltd. Vinyl, Ltd. Boxset + Digital. Pre-order here. More...

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At The Gates Releases New Music Video

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are releasing their newest studio album "The Nightmare Of Being" worldwide via Century Media Records today.

Check out the title-track "The Nightmare Of Being" in a video directed by Patric Ullaeus / www.rEvolver.se (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) below.

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant commented as follows: "One of the key tracks on the album, this one is really dark and haunting, with some classic old school At The Gates harmonies thrown in. I guess some of you have already read up on the concept of the album, this one is the introduction to said concept, introducing the main idea that mankind's consciousness is the ghost of our nightmares, the plague that drives us to our own extinction. I am really happy that Patric Ullaeus got the chance to, once again, interpret the dark themes of our music with his video. He really gave this a special feeling, which I think goes really well with the theme of the abyss of the human soul. Today you can also, finally, listen to the whole album! Dive in! It is, as said before, the most rich, cinematic, textured, layered, progressive and dynamic album we have ever written. Thanks for listening!" More...

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Vader To Re-Release Second Album

Polish death metal legends Vader released their much acclaimed 15th full length record "Solitude In Madness" in 2020 and proved to the world that even after almost 40 years of existence, they were still one of the leading forces within their genre and beyond. However, let's not forget that the year 2020 also marked the 25th anniversary of Vader's classic and much sought-after 2nd album "De Profundis" (first released 1995 in Poland), which hasn't been properly available in physical form in about two decades, although it's regarded by many fans as one of the best albums in the band's catalogue.

But rejoice, Vader and Nuclear Blast haven't forgotten about it and will re-release "De Profundis" fully re-mastered and on various formats, including its first ever appearance on vinyl, on July 30th 2021!

Founding member Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek comments:
"De Profundis was never released on vinyl. The mid-90s were dominated by CDs. The original tape from Modern Sound Studio was lost with no chance of recovering it, so we made a new master using a Telefunken professional tape studio recorder to give the whole record a warmer sound, a more analogue feel and dynamics, but without altering the original version of course."

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Living Dissection Premiere New Song & Lyric Video

Michigan-based deathcore outfit Living Dissection premiere a new song and lyric video “A Ghost in Flesh”, streaming for you below.

Tell the band: "Self harm and suicide are all too real. You aren't alone. If any of these lyrics apply to you, PLEASE, reach out. Or call the hotlines. Let's take care of each other."

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Abyss Above Premiere New Song & Lyric Video

Slovakia's deathcore outfit Abyss Above premiere a new song and official lyric video “Dead Silence”, streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Mayhem Premiere New Song "Everlasting Dying Flame"

Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem are back with a new EP titled "Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando" with previously unreleased tracks from the "Daemon" session. The EP will hit stores on July 9th, 2021. An official visualizer for the single called "Everlasting Dying Flame" can be streamed via YouTube below.

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Hidden Figures Premiere New Track “Borderline”

Fit For A King frontman Ryan Kirby guests on the new Hidden Figures single “Borderline“. It is the is the first advance track to be released from Hidden Figures‘ impending debut effort “For The Both Of Us“, due out later this year.

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Once Human Premiere New Single & Music Video

Once Human premiered a new official music video for their new track “Deadlock“, taken from their forthcoming outing “Scar Weaver“. Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn guests on this particular song and also in the video streaming for you below.

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Obscura Premiere New Single “Solaris”

Obscura premiere their new single “Solaris” from their impending sixth studio full-length “A Valediction“. It arrives as the first advance track from that album, which is shceduled for a November 19th release by Nuclear Blast. The record finds the band’s Steffen Kummerer rejoined by guitarist Christian Münzner and bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Drummer David Diepold (Monument Of Misanthropy, etc.) has also joined the fold.

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Attila Premiere New Single & Music Video

Attila premiere another advance track from their new album “Closure“. The latest single is titled “Day Drinking“ and a music video for it directed by DFrvnks can be streamed below.

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Born Of Osiris Premiere New Official Music Video

Born Of Osiris premiere their new music video “Poster Child“. The clip’s premiere arrives together with the release of their sixth studio full-length “Angel Or Alien“, out now via Sumerian.

Born Of Osiris are on the road again later this month for the below Texan mini-tour: More...

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