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Metallica Announces New Album And World Tour

American metal superstars Metallica has revealed that they will be releasing a brand new studio album entitled, "72 Seasons," their first since 2016's, "Hardwired... To Self Destruct." The new album will be released on April 14th 2023 via the band's own Blackened Records. In addition to this, the band has premiered a music video for the album's first single, "Lux Æterna," which can be viewed below.

In addition to this, the band has announced the "M72 World Tour," which will see the band perform two nights in each city, in what is being dubbed "No Repeat Weekend." As expected by the title, each night will feature a different setlist, as well as different opening bands as Pantera and Mammoth WVH will open the first night, while Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills will provide support on the second. You can see the tour dates below.

Says Metallica: "Yes, you read that correctly... we have completed recording at HQ, and our 12th studio album is coming your way! It’s been six years since Hardwired…To Self Destruct, so we think it’s about time for some new music. With 12 tracks totaling over 77 minutes, 72 Seasons hits all the places you can consume music on Friday, April 14, 2023.

"Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, 72 Seasons is available for pre-order now on CD, 2LP 140g black vinyl, two different colored vinyl variations, and digitally in the Met Store. Every pre-order will receive a digital instant grat track of the first song we are releasing, “Lux Æterna,” and you can check out the brand new video, one of the coolest we’ve ever made, on our YouTube channel. Directed by Tim Saccenti, we recently traveled to Los Angeles to capture our performance using some crazy cutting-edge technology.

"The album package was once again conceived and art directed by our good friend, acclaimed designer David Turner, and his team. David, who won a Grammy for his work on Death Magnetic, is the man behind the look and feel of all of our recent releases, including Through The Never, S&M2, and Hardwired.

"Is there a special meaning to the title?” you ask. James explains it best: “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry." More...

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Circle Of Contempt Return From 6 Year Hiatus

Finnish metalcore outfit Circle Of Contempt are back after a six-year hiatus. Largely dormant since 2017 the band premiere their new track “Assent“ today, streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Hydrogyn Calls It A Day

2003 was a special year. That September, the band that came to be known as Hydrogyn was born, featuring Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs on guitar, Jason Fields on bass and Jerry Lawson on drums.

In January 2004, the band found vocalist Julie Eplion. From there, things officially were off and running. From then until March 2005, Hydrogyn toured, recorded and partnered with such heavy-hitters as Pepsi , Budweiser and Off The Rim apparel company. Those connections and the band’s ever-growing profile led to working with world-renowned producer Michael Wagener. That relationship turned out the worldwide success of sophomore release, Bombshell, in 2006.

The band followed up with a live recording from the successful tour they had been on since Fall 2005. They went back in the studio in January 2008 to again turn out the highly acclaimed Deadly Passions. The band went on to record 10 albums.

Julie left in 2014, and Erica Parrott came in for Redemption. The very modern heavy-hitting opus saw the nucleus of Westlake, Boggs and Chris Sammons back together along with John Cardilino on drums.

When the pandemic struck in 2020, the band welcomed new faces and voices around Westlake. Those changes brought in the vocalist he had wanted for some time: Holly Hines Freed. She came on board along with her husband Jacob on bass, drummer Scot Clayton II and Ryan Stepp on guitar. That line-up put out The Boiling Point.

Having been plagued by a string of health issues, Holly was sidelined from the band for the past year. With her health being the most important thing, Westlake has decided to put Hydrogyn to bed. After 18 years, he says it is time to say goodbye.

However, Hydrogyn is not going out without a final shot or two. More...

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alt. Sign With SharpTone Records

Australian alternative hardcore metal outfit alt. have inked a record deal with SharpTone Records (Resist Records in Australia). A new music video for their new single “Wraith” has premiered online streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Nightwish Vocalist Reveals She's Cancer Free

Floor Jansen, vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal stars Nightwish and formerly of After Forever, has announced that she is now cancer free. The singer announced on October 26th that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would undergo surgery the following day. It appears that the operation was a complete success as she's now revealed in a social media post that she is cancer free. Her message reads as follows:

"Great news! I am cancer free! The surgery took everything cancerous out and it hasn’t spread! I’ll get local radiation therapy in February to make sure everything stays out.

"I’m getting my energy back after the surgery and feel a huge relief to know it was successful! I’m not back to a 100% but I have no doubt the shows will give me the power push I need to rock with all of you on the upcoming European tour.

"Thank you for your amazing support and well wishes."

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See You Next Tuesday Return After 14 Years

Mathcore outfit See You Next Tuesday are back with their first new music in fourteen years. Today the band premiere their new single and music video ftitled “Hey Look, No Crying“ off their forthcoming new album “Distractions”, due out on February 17th, 2023 through Good Fight Music.

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200 Stab Wounds Sign w/ Metal Blade Records

Cleveland-based death metal quartet 200 Stab Wounds premiere a new single named “Masters Of Morbidity“, which was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse). The track marks also their first new material for their new label home Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Masters Of Morbidity" streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Former Helix Guitarist Found Murdered

Daniel Fawcett, the guitarist of Canadian legends Helix from 2002-2004, has been found murdered in a London, Ontario park. He was reportedly found unresponsive on Sunday the 6th of November around 6:45am. Emergency crews began life saving measures but were unable to revive him. A message from Helix frontman Brian Vollmer reads:

"What a sad day... Dan Fawcett, who played guitar for Helix around 2000, was found murdered in a North London park. Dan was a sweet guy - always smiling - and a great guitar player as well. No details have been released yet, so there's little more I can say here. All I can say is that both Lynda and I are in shock. Stay tuned."

While there are very few other details available at the moment, police are treating the case as a homicide.

Read the full article at Global News.

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TNT Reunites With Vocalist Tony Harnell

After five years apart, Norwegian heavy metal outfit TNT has reunited with former vocalist Tony Harnell. The announcement was made earlier today via the band's social media accounts. The statement reads as follows:

"TNT is back! More than 40 years after it all started we’re very happy to announce that 2023 will be an explosive year as brothers in rock Tony Harnell, Diesel Dahl and Ronni LeTekrø once again are gathering forces on stage. We are even more happy to tell everyone that our first show announcement for next year is Tons of Rock Festival in Oslo, the weekend of June 22nd-24th. Tickets on sale Friday this week.

"More news to follow! Can't wait to see you on the road next year!"

Harnell initially joined the band in 1984, leaving in 1992 until returning to the fold in 1996. He would part ways with the group again ten years later, though would return for brief spells in 2012, 2013 and 2016 before departing again in 2017.

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Former Nazareth Vocalist Passes Away

Dan McCafferty, the vocalist of Scottish hard rock/heavy metal legends Nazareth, has sadly died at the age of 76. A statement from bassist Pete Agnew reads as follows:

"Dan died at 12:40 today.

"This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make. Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers who ever lived.

"Too upset to say anything more at this time."

McCafferty was with the band from 1968 to 2013, when his health forced him to retire. He co-wrote some of the band's most well known songs such as "Hair Of The Dog" and "Broken Down Angel" and also released three solo albums, "Dan McCafferty," "Into The Ring" and "Last Testament" in 1975, 1987 and 2019 respectively. More...

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Holy Moses Announces Final Album And Tour Dates

2023 will mark the final chapter in the long history of Germany’s legendary Thrash Metal act Holy Moses, celebrated with the bands upcoming new studio album "Invisible Queen" and a last run of live shows. “I joined Holy Moses in December 1981 and that profoundly changed the path I was meant to take in life. Our first album in 1986 was called 'Queen Of Siam' and now to round things off, my final album with Holy Moses in 2023 will carry the title 'Invisible Queen'," reveals vocalist Sabina Classen and adds: "After 42 eventful years and after so many awesome albums, fantastic shows and incredible experiences, the time to write the last chapter of Holy Moses has arrived. And we are pleased to see this happen via Fireflash Records with the release of our 12th studio album 'Invisible Queen.'"

Holy Moses are a household name within the international metal scene. Their multi-faceted thrash metal, front-woman Sabina Classen’s charismatic voice and their unique mix of traditional attitude and experimental evolvement have been instrumental in establishing the band as a well-known and reliable entity since the beginning of their career in the early 1980’s. With classics like "Finished With The Dogs" (1987), "The New Machine Of Liechtenstein" (1989), "World Chaos" (1990) or "Terminal Terror" (1991), Holy Moses wrote metal history.

“Throughout the year 2023 we will be busy promoting "Invisible Queen" and playing a last run of shows with full intensity. We look forward to seeing you join the ride”, comments Sabina Classen, who just finished the recordings of their upcoming and final studio record. "Invisible Queen" is set to be released on April, 14th 2023 via Fireflash Records and distributed worldwide by Warner/ADA.

"Holy Moses have never released standard thrash songs, and we never will," Sabina Classen explains with some pride. "We write songs which we like ourselves and don’t compromise in terms of trends and concessions to wrong expectations. We don’t have to please everybody, we’re our own brand, we have our own sound, which includes the occasional odd beat, technically demanding passages and unusual chord structures as well as interesting lyrics which deal with the dark side of people and their minds."

The bands initial tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Abbey (Ex-Sentenced) Sign w/ Season of Mist

The Abbey - the new doom outfit featuring Natalie Koskinen (Shape Of Despair), Jesse Heikkinen (Henget, Iterum Nata), Vesa Ranta (ex-Sentenced, The Man-Eating Tree), Henri Arvola, and Janne Markus (The Man-Eating Tree) - premiere their debut single and music video "A Thousand Dead Witches". The group has just signed a record deal with Season of Mist.

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Rivers Of Nihil Part Ways With Frontman

Technical death metal band Rivers Of Nihil announce they are parting ways with their co-founding frontman Jake Dieffenbach. Adam Biggs will be taking over lead vocals in addition to continuing his duties on bass for the time being. A statement issued by Rivers Of Nihil can be read below: More...

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Maceration (Ex-Bloodbath, Etc) Return After 30 Yrs

Danish old-school death metal veterans Maceration return after 30 years of silence and premiere a new song and music video named “Epiphany of the Past”. The song is taken from their upcoming new album "It Never Ends…", which will be out in stores November 25th via Emanzipation Productions.

The outfit is featuring death metal veteran Dan Swano on vocals (formerly Bloodbath, Edge of Sanity, etc.) and members from the legendary Danish death metal bands Invocator and Illdisposed and ex-Myrkur.

Check out now "Epiphany of the Past" streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below.

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Aborted Sign Record Deal With Nuclear Blast

Belgian brutal deathgrind veterans Aborted have inked a record deal with Nuclear Blast. As frontman Sven de Caluwé also mentions below guitarist Dan Konradsson (Ophidian I, Une Misère) replaces Harrison Patuto in the band. A new single from the outfit named “Infinite Terror” will be launched on October 19th, marking also Konradsson's debut.

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Dieth (Ex-Megadeth/Decapitated) Sign w/ Napalm

Death/thrash metal band Dieth - featuring ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, guitarist/vocalist Guilherme Miranda (ex-Entombed A.D.) and drummer Michal Lysejko (ex-Decapitated) - have signed a record deal with Napalm Records. You can check out the band’s debut single for their new label home by the name of “In The Hall Of The Hanging Serpents”, streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below.

Recording sessions for the band’s debut full-length have been taking place recently at Kohlekeller Studios in Frankfurt, Germany with producer Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner (Aborted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Benighted).

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Norwegian Band Tristania Call It Quits

Norwegian gothic metal veterans Tristania have called it quits after more than 26 years as a band. The band's latest studio full-length "Darkest White", was released in 2013. The outing was produced by Christer André Cederberg (Anathema).

The outfit released the below statement via their social media: More...

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Defleshed Return After A Hiatus Of 17 Years

Swedish death metal veterans Defleshed reformed last year after a hiatus of 17 years. Today they premiere their new track and music video titled "Grind Over Matter". The song is taken from their upcoming new album of the same name, due out October 28th, 2022.

Check out now "Grind Over Matter" streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you below.

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Soilwork Guitarist David Andersson Has Passed Away

Soilwork guitarist David Andersson has passed away at the age of 47. Andersson who joined Soilwork in 2012 was also was a member of The Night Flight Orchestra alongside Soilwork frontman Björn “Speed” Strid.

A statement posted by the Soilwork can be read below: More...

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Opeth Welcome Ex-Paradise Lost Drummer Väyrynen

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth announce ex-Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen as their new man behind the kit. Väyrynen who has been a member of the band since 2015 has parted ways with Paradise Lost earlier this week.

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