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Sodom release new song ‘Down On Your Knees’ from latest EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM (PST)

German Thrash icons SODOM have released a new song today titled “Down On Your Knees,” and will release a new EP titled Out Of The Frontline Trench on November 22, 2019. The all-new effort will be available via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe as CD DigiPak, vinyl, download, and stream.

Tom Angelripper says: “Postcards and letters from my granddad, which I discovered among the things he left behind when he died, and some TV documentaries have given me a vague idea of what it must have been like for soldiers back in those days to leave their trenches and face those life-threatening battles.”

The close relationship between a metal band and its fans can be measured by – among other things – how long they make their supporters wait for new songs. So looking at it from that perspective, Sodom is exemplary, seeing that they’ve always supplied their huge following with new material at regular intervals. The release of their current album Decision Day was followed – in time for their major European tour in December 2018 – by the EP Partisan.

Now the Gelsenkirchen thrash metal act, led by Tom Angelripper (vocals, bass), presents its generous side again. Before the work on their upcoming full length is set to begin, Sodom are ready to unleash their brand-new mini-album Out Of The Frontline Trench. Angelripper calls the recording “a sign of life for our fans.” Having recorded, together with his guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz plus drummer Husky, three new songs as well as two classics (one of them re-recorded, the other one live number), ‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’ forging an arch between (Sodom’s) past, present, and future.

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Backtrack announce final two shows ever

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:38 AM (PST)

New York hardcore outfit BACKTRACK has announced the band’s final two shows ever, confirmed to take place this November on their Long Island, New York hometown turf at the conclusion of their ongoing international final tour.

After eleven years as a band, having toured most of the planet several times over with countless other acts, and having released a long line of releases through several notable labels, the members of BACKTRACK have decided to go their separate ways on good terms. However, before they shut it down for good, they’re going to hammer the planet with an incredible amount of touring throughout the rest of 2019.

Following their East Coast US tour with Dead Heat and Rule Them All June, and West Coast US tour with King Nine, Minus, and Somerset Thrower in August, a tour through the Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and more during September and October, BACKTRACK is set to begin their European Farewell Tour 2019. Running from October 30th through November 14th, the tour features shows in Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the UK, France, and Hungary.

Upon their return from Europe, BACKTRACK will tear a hole in Long Island with their final two shows ever with two hometown gatherings. Both shows will take place at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville, New York. Friday, November 29th, BACKTRACK will be joined by Down To Nothing, Mindforce, The Fight, and a special guest yet to be announced. The previously-posted final show, Saturday, November 30th – which sold out in several days – will see BACKTRACK joined by Terror, No Warning, King Nine, Hangman, and Rule Them All.

Tickets for the 29th show are on sale now and but will not last! Find them HERE.

BACKTRACK has been an imposing force looming over the underground music scene for over a decade, having cemented their name in hardcore lore one record, tour, and diatribe at a time. Their output seethes with the tough-as-nails posture of Killing Time and Agnostic Front while snaking through glimmers of crossover

The members of BACKTRACK collectively offer, “We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past eleven years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way, and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”

Dates Below.

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Nequient join Oxx on tour this week

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:43 AM (PST)

This week, Chicago-based metallic hardcore outfit NEQUIENT embarks on a run of dates with Nefarious Industries labelmates Oxx, currently out on a month-long US tour. Beginning this Friday, October 18th, NEQUIENT will align with their brothers for a seven-city rampage through Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois.

This tour will mark the final NEQUIENT tour dates supporting their Wolves At Your Door album, released through Nefarious Industries in 2018, as they are prepared to record the follow-up album for 2020, once again for Nefarious.

The NEQUIENT members collectively offer, “We are supremely stoked to join up with our labelmates and comrades in Oxx for seven dates of their US tour, the final shows we have planned in support of our 2018 release, Wolves at the Door. We’re particularly excited to hit several cities we’ve never played before and plan to hit them hard. At the same time, we’re preparing to enter Bricktop Recording in January and record our sophomore full-length, slated for a 2020 release through Nefarious. We’ll be performing several songs that are planned to appear on that record at these upcoming shows.”

Stream NEQUIENT’s Wolves At The Door in its entirety HERE.

NEQUIENT Tour Dates w/ Oxx:
10/18/2019 Rubber Gloves Studios – Denton, TX w/ Funeral Horse, Akkolyte, Vaults Of Zin [info]
10/19/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA w/ Leafdrinker
10/20/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA w/ Machinist!, Dying Whale [info]
10/21/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Lost Hours, Apostle [info]
10/22/2019 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN w/ Naildriver, Hallucinogenic Bulb [info]
10/23/2019 Free Base – Indianapolis, IN w/ Olam, Truus
10/24/2019 Liar’s Club – Chicago, IL w/ EXLEX, Mine Collapse [info]

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The Old Dead Tree cap off their legacy with one final EP, ‘The End’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:22 PM (PST)

The Old Dead Tree were one of the best metal bands I ever heard in my life. I was particularly obsessed with their 2007 release The Water Fields, which I raved about for Crusher Magazine the year it was released. I can’t believe it has been so long already! I have probably listened to that CD more than any other progressive minded death metal. The Paris, France based act just captivated me with cool riffs, imaginative and passionate songwriting and emotional thrills. Today I am thrilled to announce, absolutely elated to write, that Manuel Munoz and the band are releasing one more record many years since their last.  Honestly this news almost made me tear up today.

‘The End’ which will be released on December 6. This final chapter, containing 5 never released tracks, was already written in 1999, a few days before the tragic loss of drummer Frédéric Guillemot. With this record, the band is closing their career with one last tribute to their long-lost friend. The EP includes a bonus DVD containing an extensive documentary on the band’s career.

In addition to the announcement, THE OLD DEAD TREE has premiered the first single from the record, “The End… Again.”

‘The End’ can be pre-ordered in various formats HERE. Pick up their other CDs while you are at it!

Vocalist/Guitarist Manuel Munoz comments on the track: “We’re proud and happy to share these new songs with you. As you know, beautiful things take time…”

Heavy-rock band LUCIFER have just announced their third and final leg of their North American headline tour today. The band will hit the road starting on January 15th in Memphis, TN and ending on January 26th in Tampa, FL. For more information and to purchase tickets for the band’s upcoming tour dates, visit LUCIFER’s Facebook page HERE.

LUCIFER has been touring nonstop in support of their recent full-length album Lucifer II. The band recently wrapped a tour with The Hellacopters for select European shows in May and their first two North American headline tours. Additionally, the band has performed at festivals like Metal Days, Bukta Festival, and Beyond The Gates. They have previously performed at KISS Cruise, Psycho Las Vegas, Desertfest, Hellfest, Muskelrock, Sweden Rock, and Freak Valley.

The group, led by Johanna Sadonis and Nicke Andersson, celebrated massive success in 2018 with the release of Lucifer II, turning heads with their addictive Sabbath-ian hard rock. The album charted at #40 on the German charts, #1 on the Swedish vinyl and hard rock charts, and #2 on the physical album charts. The record is available on vinyl, CD and digitally HERE.

LUCIFER have commenced work on Lucifer III, which is set for release March 2020. Stay tuned for more details on the forthcoming release.

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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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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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