Alunah streams ‘Violet Hour’ at Metal Insider

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:13 PM (PST)

Respected underground doom rock unit Alunah will release its new LP, Violet Hour,  on October 11 via Heavy Psych Sounds (Nebula, Ecstatic Vision)- and Bandcamp HERE. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio (My Bloody Valentine, Godflesh) and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), the album’s eight tracks showcase a searing combination of strong melodies, righteous riffs and focused writing buttressed by the addition of new guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head). In celebration, Metal Insider is streaming ‘Violet Hour’ in full ahead of its release, adding, “The group’s latest effort is promised to showcase a robust set of melodies filled with compelling riffs on all eight tracks”. Stream Alunah’s Violet Hour, in full, at this location.

Formed in 2006 in Birmingham “Sabbath City”, Britain’s home of metal, Alunah recently toured the UK as support for The Obsessed and will appear as one of the featured acts at the 2019 Damnation Festival alongside Alcest, Inter Arma and Opeth.

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Steve Vai was the guitarist for the late Frank Zappa's solo band, and toured and recorded with him from 1980 to 1982.


Inter Arma begin Sulphur English Fall EU tour tonight.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Heads up, Europe!

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Immortal Bird reveal headlining end of 2019 dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:50 PM (PST)

IMMORTAL BIRD are very high up in my estimation for which bands made the best heavy record of 2019 and now they will close out the year with a stretch of North American headlining dates. The two-week run goes from December 7th in Dayton, Ohio and close December 20th in their home city of Chicago, Illinois. Thrive On Neglect is everything you loved about this band taken to the next level, a barrage of rough edged fringe genres and raw emotions honed to a more technically astounding attack that never loses heart, soul or fury for the sake of what good old arbiter of fine, rare metals Gollum would call tricksiness. I mean, they slay and can play. Ok?

Comments IMMORTAL BIRD vocalist Rae Amitay, “We’re stoked to finally kick off the touring cycle for Thrive On Neglect. This will be a great opportunity for us to play the full record in a bunch of cities we love before the year is over. There’s a lot more traveling in the works for 2020, too. Don’t tell my cats; they’re mad enough about this run.”

See all confirmed dates below.

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News today many of you have been waiting for from the surviving Static-X camp. Project Regeneration is still coming and is going to feature a lot more Wayne! read more:

Originally scheduled for release in Spring of 2019, the new STATIC-X album, PROJECT REGENERATION was first intended to feature several guests vocalists, along with the original Wisconsin Death Trip band line up of Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda. During the recording sessions for PROJECT REGENERATION, one of the bands producers uncovered several additional unreleased / unfinished STATIC-X tracks, many of which contained isolated vocal performances by Wayne Static. Because of this incredible find, the new STATIC-X album will now feature lead vocals by Wayne Static on virtually every song.

“It was very surreal” says Tony Campos. “Our producer was going through all of these old studio tapes, many of which were damaged. He called me up and told me that I needed to get down to the studio right away and listen to what he found.. I jumped in my car and raced to the studio and what he shared, fucking blew me away.. It was Wayne singing on track after track, but there was little to no music on any of it.. Most of the tapes were damaged and Waynes voice was virtually all that remained in tact.”

“It was just crazy!!” adds drummer Ken Jay. “There we were.. Myself, Tony and Koichi, back in the studio together, after all these years, and somehow the universe decided to surprise us with all of these lost STATIC-X tapes containing Waynes voice. I just couldn’t help thinking that this was all somehow meant to be. I couldn’t stop thinking about how happy this was going to make Waynes family, and all of the STATIC-X fans around the world.”

Due to the busy touring schedule associated with the 20th Anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip, the band had no choice but to delay the album’s release.

“The official release date for PROJECT REGENERATION is now May 29, 2020.” Says Tony Campos “In the mean time, we have decided to go ahead and ship out ALL of the merchandise and schwag associated with the pre-orders to all the fans who have participated. This way they can have all of their shirts, hoodies, posters, etc, while we all wait a little bit longer for the music to be complete.. As originally planned, the Cd’s will ship to everyone the week prior to release..”

In addition, we are finally able to begin sharing some of the finished music from PROJECT REGENERATION” adds Campos. “There is a lot of great stuff on the way, but right now we are going to share a video clip for one of the newly finished songs called ‘HOLLOW.’ This song was originally a demo from the Start A War album, which was never completed.

“Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original demo was fully realized”. adds Tony. “The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental. There is a reason that some of these tracks never made it on a previous STATIC-X album, and it certainly wasn’t because of Wayne’s vocals. The band was just going through a lot of changes at that time and, in retrospect, it felt like we were straying away from that authentic STATIC-X sound that had really defined us.”

Ken Jay adds, “When we began working on PROJECT REGENERATION our producers advised us to ignore all of the old demo music.. We opted for the original band to re-enter the studio with nothing more than Wayne’s vocal tracks.. The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be really happy with what we’ve done with the music and to hear that these tracks have finally realized their full potential..”

“The 20th Anniversary for Wisconsin Death Trip only comes once in a life time.” Says original guitarist Koichi Fukuda “and this year has been absolutely incredible. The new album is going to be very special and this whole 20th Anniversary touring process has been a very unique and healing experience for the band and also for the fans.”

“We are so grateful to the fans who have made 2019 such an incredible year for STATIC-X!” adds Ken Jay. “We have toured the world and celebrated the life and work of our dear friend Wayne, while playing our debut album front to back every night.. The fans have really exceeded our expectations and again, we are just so grateful!”

“Now that the touring for 2019 is coming to an end, we have revised our schedule and we are excited to finish the album so that we can get it into the hands of the fans asap,” states Campos. “I promise that it will be worth the wait!”

Upcoming tour dates BELOW.

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Lacuna Coil premiere “Save Me” with Billboard

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Italian Alt-Metal superstars Lacuna Coil are premiering their new song “Save Me” today with Billboard. Check out the track exclusively HERE. The song is off the band’s forthcoming full-length album Black Anima out October 11th.

“Save Me” is the third and final single to be released off of the upcoming LP, following the previously released tracks and music videos for “Reckless” and “Layers Of Time”. Both music videos were directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and are part of the same storyline.

Black Anima is the follow up to Lacuna Coil’s Delirium (2016), which debuted on the charts in the US at #16 Current Album Chart and #2 Hard Rock Chart, and on many charts in Europe. The album will be available as Ltd. 2CD Book Edition incl. tarot cards, Standard CD Jewelcase, black LP + CD and digital album (+Bonus Tracks). All formats are available for pre-order HERE.

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Later this month, Allegaeon will head back out on tour, headlining the “Apoptosis Tour Pt II” across the USA with Inferi and Paladin. In anticipation of this trek, Allegaeon has now launched a new video for “Metaphobia” – taken from their latest album, Apoptosis. Directed and filmed by Matthew Zinke, “Metaphobia” can be viewed below.

See below for all tour dates!

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It’s no secret we have been stoked for Garden Of Storms from epic metallic songcraft masters In Mourning around these parts. If you still have the will to go on living after the Trump/Nickelback circle of Hell, we strongly suggest that you check out the in depth documentary on the new record and the FULL album stream from Agonia below. Few records this year will come even close to the majesty and metallic poignancy of this beast. They have yet again created a world worth diving into, shadow and light at war for control.

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Appalachian psych rockers BASK have teamed up with The Obelisk to premiere their latest single, “Three White Feet,” which is taken from the band’s new album, ‘III.’ The song can be heard at THIS LOCATION.

BASK comment: “We are excited to bring you ‘Three White Feet,’ a song of devotion and revenge. It’s track one on our upcoming album ‘III,’ and the first to take shape during the writing process.”

‘III’ will be released worldwide on November 8 via Season of Mist. Pre-order it HERE.

In addition to the premiere, the band has announced a North American tour in support of the record release, including a hometown show in Asheville, NC on the day of the album’s debut. The full list of dates are below. Ticket links are TBA.

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Cult Of Luna to tour North America with Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM (PST)

After recently releasing their new album, A Dawn to Fear, Cult Of Luna are now ready to announce their return to the USA, with a North American headlining tour set for February/March 2020. Emma Ruth Rundle and Intronaut will join this bill as support, making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

Cult Of Luna tour dates
w/ Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut
Feb. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Feb. 26 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Feb. 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb. 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Mar. 1 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Mar. 2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
Mar. 3 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 4 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Mar. 5 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Mar. 6 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Mar. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mar. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre *
Mar. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Mar. 13 – Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Blackberry**
*= no Intronaut
**= Cult of Luna only

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Dragonforce kick off early October North American headliner

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 4:31 PM (PST)


International extreme power metal unit DRAGONFORCE will kick off their anticipated North American headlining tour this week. The trek will commence on October 1st in Tucson, Arizona and conclude October 12th in Ventura, California. Support will be provided by Dance With The Dead and Starkill. The following day, the band will set sail as part of the first annual Megacruise. See all confirmed dates below.

DRAGONFORCE w/ Dance With The Dead, Starkill:
10/01/2019 Encore – Tucson, AZ
10/02/2019 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/03/2019 Vinyl @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
10/04/2019 Strummers – Fresno, CA
10/05/2019 Cargo – Reno, NV
10/06/2019 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/07/2019 The Red Room – Vancouver, BC
10/08/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/11/2019 August Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/12/2019 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
10/13/2019 Megacruise – Los Angeles, CA* DRAGONFORCE only

DRAGONFORCE is touring in support of their eighth full-length, Extreme Power Metal, released worldwide on September 27th via Metal Blade Records. Produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited, Extreme Power Metal was also recorded, in part, on guitarist Herman Li’s livestream channel on Twitch (twitch.tv/hermanli) with participation from fans. To preview the record, and to view the band’s recently-released video for “Razorblade Meltdown” visit metalblade.com/dragonforce.

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U.S and Canada tour starts in 2 days so you might as well watch our lovely tour trailer again cos we cant be arsed making another one! Pre-order and tickets links on bio 🤘😀🤘 US & Canada w/ @steventerreberry @dwtd + @Starkillofficial Oct. 1 – Tucson, AZ Oct. 2 – Albuquerque, NM Oct. 3 – Las Vegas, NV Oct. 4 – Fresno, CA Oct. 5 – Reno, NV Oct. 6 – Portland, OR Oct. 7 – Vancouver, BC Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA Oct. 10 – San Francisco, CA Oct. 11 – Santa Ana, CA Oct. 12 – Ventura, CA Oct. 13 – @theMegacruise – Los Angeles – UK w/ @lovebites_jp @mcrocklin @mcrocklinhutch Nov. 2 – Edinburgh SOLD OUT Nov. 3 – Hull Nov. 4 – Leeds Nov. 5 – Manchester Nov. 6 – Birmingham Nov. 8 – London Nov. 9 – Norwich Nov. 11 – Southampton Nov. 12 – Cardiff Nov. 13 – Northampton Nov. 14 – Newcastle – EU 2020 Feb. 3 – Antwerp, Belgium Feb. 4 – Utrecht, Holland Feb. 5 – Tilburg, Holland SOLD OUT Feb. 6 – Antwerp, Belgium Feb. 8 – Strasbourg, France Feb. 9 – Lyon, France Feb. 11 – Paris, France Feb. 12 – Bordeaux, France Feb. 13 – Toulouse, France Feb. 14 – Marseille, France Feb. 15 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland Feb. 16 – Lausanne, Switzerland New album "Extreme Power Metal" out now!!! . . . . . . #retrogaming #segamegadrive #nintendo #amiga #commodore64 #ibanezguitars #espguitars #dimarzio #dragonforce #progmetal #guitarheroes #extremepowermetal #epm #rockband #ironmaiden #inflames #metallica #gloryhammer #powerwolf #heavymetal #sabaton #backstage #daddario #hermanli

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Annihilator and Archer Nation Euro Tour Dates are here

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:37 PM (PST)

California metal act ARCHER NATION are set to cross the pond again as main support to Canadian thrash legends Annihilator for a 2-month/40-show run across UK and Europe.

Says vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rose, ” Archer Nation previously supported Annihilator in the UK and Europe in 2015 so it was a huge honor to get the call again. Jeff Waters is such an underrated guitarist and contributor to thrash metal, and his band is better than ever. We’re very excited to bring our new album to our friends in Europe for the first time.”

Archer Nation released their Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth) produced LP Beneath The Dream earlier this year on David Ellefson’s EMP LABEL GROUP, before heading out on tour supporting Anvil, and David Ellefson himself on his Summer MORE LIFE WITH DETH tour, where the band performed an impromptu version of “Tornado of Souls” with Ellefson and HATCHET guitarist Clayton Cagle, as a tribute to Dave Mustaine who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer, at SWEETWATER in Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

ARCHER NATION (SUPPORTING ANNIHILATOR) Dates BELOW.

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Cynic‘s Traced In Air makes me feel like friggin’ Light Hope from She Ra has appeared in a vision above me and told me the universal deep feels hidden truths of prog metal. It is crazy that it has already been over a decade since the bold album brought the well-heralded band from a fifteen year dormancy and bursting back into the scene with a more melodic yet superbly potent tendencies. Now this week there is an incredible NEW version of the album Traced In Air Remixed for us nerds to lose our collective gushing shit over…and it is a huge blessing! It was an integral birth of a new era for the band and deserves more scrutiny in any form that takes.

Now, a decade later, CYNIC usher forth a renewed edition of that very album. Featuring new tracking by virtuoso bassist Sean Malone and a vibrant new mix by PERIPHERY’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, DEVIN TOWNSEND, HAKEN) plus mastering by Ermin Hamidovic (PERIPHERY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, etc.), ‘Traced in Air Remixed’ underscores the record’s importance within the genre. 

GRAB IT SEPT 27th! 

Track List:
01. Nunc Fluens (02:57)
02. The Space For This (05:47)
03. Evolutionary Sleeper (03:36)
04. Integral Birth (03:45)
05. The Unknown Guest (04:09)
06. Adam’s Murmur (03:29)
07. King Of Those Who Know (06:08)
08. Nunc Stans (04:14)

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Thrash icons Slayer have released a live clip of their ferocious current live opener, the recent late career single “Repentless”. While it is a newer addition to the band’s storied collection of ragers, it is nonetheless a favorite in the fandom. As the band performs the last show of its Final World Tour on Saturday, November 30, they felt the urge to release this live document of the beginning of the band’s concert, Slayer’s entrance on stage, and aforementioned opening song, “Repentless.” Taken from the upcoming two-part Slayer: The Relentless Killogy motion picture and companion LP/CD release “Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA” due out November 8 (Nuclear Blast), this proves the band can still make Hell Await when the fire stirs inside of them.

Pre-order Slayer: The Repentless Killogy (Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA) HERE and receive an instant download of the single “Relentless” (live.” The single is also available on all streaming services,. Listen now at https://geni.us/SlayerKillogy.

Slayer will begin The Final Campaign, the last leg of its Final World Tour on November 2, wrapping up its touring career with two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on November 29 and 30. Tickets and VIP Meet N Greet Upgrades are available at www.slayer.net.

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Daring Norwegian black metal horde 1349  have released the official music video for the song “Dødskamp.” The track was originally recorded in conjunction with the Edvard Munch museum and will appear on the band’s new record, The Infernal Pathway. The clip, which was filmed and edited by Carl Eek Torgersen / Necrolust Productions at Inferno Festival 2019 in Oslo, Norway, can be seen at below.

Earlier this year, “Dødskamp” was commissioned by Innovation Norway, Visit Norway, and the Munch Museum. Along with four Norwegian artists within four different genres of music, 1349 were asked to interpret their angle on a freely selected work by the famous painter Edvard Munch.

Since the release of the single, Visit Norway has shared a video in which 1349 gives detailed insight as to their inspiration behind the song and why they chose that particular piece. The video can be seen HERE.

The Infernal Pathway will be released worldwide on October 18 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Fall Free For All: High Command, Gatecreeper news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM (PST)

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Worcester, Massachusetts-based crossover band High Command shall take a smoldering cauldron of heavy metal and fantasy worship and dump it on top of all your soon to be steaming heads this week when their Southern Lord backed Beyond The Wall of Desolation drops on Sept. 27th. “Impaled Upon The Gates” MIGHT be the most metal song I have heard all year (though the new Dark Throne has a lot of other candidates going for it in that department, I gotta say). The band have been supporting Spirit Adrift and are ready to embrace the coming victories that will surely follow this album’s potential glory. You can safely bet that this record turns skulls to powder for undead armored alligators to snort.

The mighty GATECREEPER rage back with a new video “From The Ashes” below.

GATECREEPER vocalist Chase Mason comments:
“From The Ashes is the most anthemic song we have ever written. Although we have flirted with the idea in the past, there are more melodic guitar leads in this song than ever before. I’d say this one is primed and ready for the European Metal Festival circuit.”

The intense old school vibes and dark wonder of this song is smooshing me into pulpy radness. God damn, the riff potency.

Additionally, GATECREEPER recently announced a Fall co-headlining tour with labelmates EXHUMED. The tour begins on October 31 in Austin, TX and ends December 4 in Las Vegas, NV. Additional support by Necrot & Judiciary. Tickets are on sale now.

Deserted is due out October 4th on CD/LP/CS/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

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