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KING DIAMOND , the iconic classic metal power horror vocalist, has big news.
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On October 11th, death metal vagabonds Entrails will release their new album, Rise of the Reaper, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, the new single, “Crawl In Your Guts”, can be heard below or at: metalblade.com/entrails – where Rise of the Reaper can also be pre-ordered. Yes, the cover art is kind of ridiculous in a Bodom way but a lot about metal is ridiculous yet awesome as fuck at the same time. Deal with it, poseur!
Such a sweet sentiment. Don’t you love it when things want to crawl in your guts? I am not sure if this is like some kind of alien or giant bugs in the guts type thing bursting out or more of like a post slasher movie guts slip and slide/twister/crawl in the red spaghetti type thing, but this is 2:54 minutes of chunky Malmö -esque evil death.
Entrails tour dates:
Aug. 31 – Malmö Massacre, Plan B – Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 11-13 – Scandinavia Deathfest, Kraken/ Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 17 – 2 Years Under the Sign of the Black Serpent, @ Matrix – Bochum, Germany
Jan. 18 – Drachten Deathfest. Drachten Poppodium – Iduna, Netherlands
Jan. 19 – Bambi Galore/Königsaal – Hamburg, Germany
ALLEGAEON will kick off their Apoptosis Tour Pt. II US headlining tour this fall. Set to run from October 15th through November 5th, the trek features support from Inferi and Paladin.
Comments the band, “We’re very excited to announce the second leg of headlining shows in support of our new album, Apoptosis. This will be the first extensive tour we have done since release and we couldn’t be happier to be joined by our friends in Inferi and Paladin for the ride. Check out the dates below – we hope to see you all very soon!”
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Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Angel Witch to its worldwide roster!
Angel Witch’s 1980 eponymous debut on Bronze records created shockwaves that would resonate throughout the nascent realm of thrash, doom and death metal. Now, nearly four decades later, the band remain custodians of a style that transcends era and archetype. Their current line-up first formed eleven years ago, delivering 2012’s critically acclaimed album, As Above, So Below. The long-awaited follow-up to this record will finally arrive in winter 2019 via Metal Blade Records.
Angel Witch comments: “It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we recorded our last album and it is so exciting for us, personally, to have another record fully finished and in the bag which reflects the passion and chemistry of the line-up we have enjoyed over the last two and a half years. When looking for a label to release material we were so vibed up on, we knew we needed a team around us who shared the same level of enthusiasm for the project that the band members have and, even though we’re still a month away from street date, it already feels like we have found just that in the Metal Blade family: their perfect balance of understanding where were coming from, their own, subtle, creative input, diligent adherence to the timelines which curb our internal prevarications, and the ability to ask, ‘Do you really think that’s going to work lads?’ When needed, has made all the difference in turning eight songs we recorded in rainy Leeds into a fully fledged album project. What else would you expect from an international company staffed entirely by Heavy Metal fans?”
Before the upcoming album’s release, Angel Witch is giving fans the chance to listen to new music early, with a special cassette. Featuring pro-tape and a xeroxed inlay, the release is limited to 100 hand-numbered copies – and is exclusively available via Gleam. Sign up for your chance to win a copy here: https://gleam.io/6winV/angel-witch-new-song-giveaway
Angel Witch comments: “Seeing how the opening cut from our new album has some riff, structure and melody ideas (not to mention the title – which we can’t tell you yet) culled from an old Angel Witch live tape that was traded extensively back in the mid-eighties, we thought it would only be right and proper to dub up some copies of the song onto cassette and give you the chance to get your hands on one for yourself.
If you win, put it on your trade list and dub it for your contacts. And, please, send back my stamps!”
Stay tuned for more Angel Witch news coming soon!
Angel Witch line-up:
Kevin Heybourne – vocals, lead guitar
Jimmy Martin – rhythm guitar
Will Palmer – bass
Fredrik Jansson Punkka – drums
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Los Angeles guitarist Monte Pittman has released a video for his track “Changing of the Guard,” which comes off of last year’s Between The Space.
The video for “Changing of the Guard” was filmed by Rokker Dave and features Jimmy Duvall (bass) and Cody Duvall (drums).
“The album ‘Between The Space’ is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. The album ‘Better Or Worse’ is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. ‘Better Or Worse’ and ‘Between The Space’ both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”
Check out the video for “Changing of the Guard” and Monte Pittman tour dates with Madonna here.Add to My Radar
Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just dropped the new song “I Am Broken Too.” Listen and watch the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqHJPpXmYuI – which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.
The song appears on the band’s eighth album, Atonement, out August 16th on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/kse-atonement. Killswitch Engage previously shared the new single “Unleashed.” Watch the visualizer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-sI1EB8BA
Leach discussed the song exclusively with Alternative Press. Read the interview here: https://www.altpress.com/features/killswitch-engage-i-am-broken-too-jesse-leach-interview
The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day (https://www.hftd.org/), a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art. “This song is very near and dear to my heart,” Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight.”
Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says, “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement. I think it coincides with #IamBrokenToo perfectly! Johnny Boucher and his organization are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honored to have them on our team for this song and this movement to continue to raise awareness and keep the conversation going for mental health issues.”
“‘I Am Broken Too’ is a song that truly encompasses what we need to be doing in society, talking about what we have been through,” Boucher says. “We know that by talking about our experiences, we are able to relate and be encouraged to ask for help. Hope for the Day has been working with KsE on breaking the silence around mental health since 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them on raising the visibility of resources in our communities.”
Killswitch Engage will be doing an exclusive in-store performance on August 14th at 5pm PT at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Fans will be able to purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. All further details about this show are here: https://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-4846/
The band will also perform a special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas on August 13th. Tickets go on sale today at this location: https://www.thespacelv.com/
Killswitch Engage are currently on tour with Clutch (see dates below). Fans attending the dates with Clutch will be able to purchase a limited edition laminate containing a unique code to receive a CD copy of the new album Atonement delivered to their front door on or just prior to the August 16th release date (may not apply for some of the festival dates).
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Massachusetts metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage yesterday announced their newest album Atonement.
The upcoming release, due out August 16 via Metal Blade will be the band’s eighth album and follow up to 2016’s Incarnate.
The band have also released the track “Unleashed.”
Of “Unleashed” and Atonment singer Jesse Leach says:
“‘Unleashed’ is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within. I feel we were able to capture something raw and intense on this song and I’m stoked for everyone to hear it! The new album Atonement is a reflection of perseverance and passion through the trials and suffering of our existence.“
Killswitch Engage will be heading out on the road on a co-headlining tour with Clutch next month.
Check out “Unleashed,” KSE tour dates and the track list and album art for Atonement here.Add to My Radar
I’ve been eagerly awaiting Sacred Reich news and it has arrived along with a brain pounder of a new music video. Awakening is the new album and the title track can be consumed below. I am loving the undeniable fact that they haven’t lost a step. The hard charging guitars and bellowed older metal vocal vibes paired with a particularly blunt yet thrashing socially aware energy, it’s all there. This song isn’t their fastest number but variety is a good thing when it comes to thrash. Someone put these guys on the road with C.O.C. soon and make me a happy camper. The band’s first new record in twenty three years will drop on August 23rd via Metal Blade Records!Add to My Radar
Today we would like to start by saying an RIP to icons of metal art Rosław Szaybo and Larry Carroll, known for their work with Judas Priest and Slayer, respectively.
“Our memories of Rosław Szaybo are strong and he will always be remembered for his now legendary covers he created for Judas Priest as well as the Priest logo – our thoughts and condolences are with his family – love to Ros,” Judas Priest said of Roslaw.
I also want to say that today, 5/23 is always a somber day for me for personal reasons, the anniversary of the passing of my first drummer. It is important to me to spread his drumming since his life was cut short rather young and he was a great talent in the 90’s Woodstock music scene and good guy, so humor my tweet here – please. One love.
5/23 is 19 years since my 1st drummer Pat passed. He also was in a band w actor @Ashtonholmes who you might know from Arrow Season 6 (was cool to see you on there, dude). Pat, you are missed EVERY day. I wish we had made lots more music/memories. Thank You https://t.co/FNc5pqRtuc pic.twitter.com/Wytw6yB5p5
— Morgan Ywain (@MorganYwain) May 23, 2019
On a brighter note, we have a lot of powerful metal news for you today.
First up, metal masters Exumer have a new video out.
The idea behind Exumer’s new video clip “King’s End” is to visually pay homage to the look and visual aesthetics of the MTV/Headbanger’s Ball era clips from the late 80s and early 90s. Especially when CGI became available as a tool to add effects that were otherwise financially impossible to obtain. The clip was entirely shot, edited and directed by Goreminister in Essen (Turock Club)/Germany during Exumer’s last European dates.
Exumer singer Mem V. Stein: “We were approached by our buddy Goreminister, who has his own You Tube channel and is a pretty known character in the Metal scene in and around Essen, if we would be interested in a new video that resembles old Headbanger’s Ball clips. We instantly were on board with the concept and are now excited to launch something that uniquely resembles the early 90s over the top videos we devoured back when Metal was still on Television.”
Get ready for the fun contradictory combination of nostalgic feelings for a new music video, lifers.
What have you all been listening to? I am real keen on the new Wormwitch Heaven That Dwells Within that came out in April, which I finally purchased last night HERE. Even ordered the physical cd cuz it will be nice to have for driving in areas where streaming isn’t so good. Super snarled, dourly melodic blackened deathy thrashened song writing dark majesty with just enough balance between bite and precision.
About one year and a half after the official release of their EP Crawl To Paradise (2018), French melodic metallers EZOX just officially released its debut album called One Last Breath, produced @ Recuiem Prod studios (All Dogmas We Hate) and available right now for CD & Digital editions on bandcamp and the main legal platforms.
In addition to the album-release, the band also unveiled a 4K music video for the single “For Today” available on YouTube platform.
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It feels corny to call them cult heroes since ‘cult’ is literally in their band name, but Cult Of Luna are exactly that. Expanding boundaries until they have basically charted their own course away from preconceptions and burdensome genre limitations, the band continue their cosmic climb on the noisy new thriller “The Silent Man”. This is one hell of a great way to start my week, I don’t know about you.
A new full length is expected in Fall via Metal Blade, but for now this is a generous new taste of the band’s first non collaborative material since Vertikal 1&2. Some beautiful, world moving big guitar work in here (though the vox sound a little loud in the mix for me for that kind of screaming). Still, that’s the closest to a complaint I have. This is a powerful work that crashes down on you like a massive wave. It is so big in scope you can’t imagine anything else being the title track, but I guess we will see. Loving the semi-spaghetti western 6:20 mark post-rock section as well. Yes! Well done, gents.Add to My Radar
Viking melodic death metal kings Amon Amarth have released their latest opus to battle and immortal raging, the well titled Berserker. I remember in high school in my D&D group everyone was obsessed with the Berserker warrior class character and people would always fight over who got to be that class of rampaging slaughter on two legs. Berserker is the band’s 11th album in a storied career and finds them reliable as ever to their brand.
Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour). After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs — initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself — the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.
Preview and purchase AMON AMARTH’s Berserker at https://amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker.
Catch the warriors on the road with Slayer, Lamb Of God and Cannibal Corpse if you want an entire lineup of bands that will rip off your head and shit down your neck! Good times! Remaining dates below.
AMON AMARTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse:
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Punk band Rival Town have released a music video! Formed in 2016, Rival Town is a six piece post/pop-punk band from Ontario, Canada. Big emo melodies and crunchy guitars that inspire movement combine with tight song-writing fans of the genre will love.
Sez the band:
“Bridges” is our first single with our new singer, Mike Julian. Mike’s got some amazing pipes and so we wanted to take advantage and experiment with some heavier vocals and screaming while still continuing with the natural musical progression of our sound.
CATTLE DECAPITATION will kick off a five-date mini-tour with special guests/grindcore merchants Unidad Trauma next week. The journey will rampage its way through San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs. See all confirmed dates below.
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Unidad Trauma:
4/30/2019 DNA – San Francisco, CA
5/01/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Cave Bastard, Temblad
5/02/2019 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Guttural Secrete, Excerebration
5/04/2019 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Suspended, Snot Goblin
5/05/2019 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
CATTLE DECAPITATION released their Medium Rarities full-length last fall via Metal Blade Records. Featuring six previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky demos (1999) with frontman Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing,” as well as the six songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus and other rarities, the collection spans the band’s twenty-two-year long career and is a must-have for any CATTLE DECAPITATION devotee.
To preview and purchase Medium Rarities, visit: https://www.metalblade.com/cattledecapitation/Add to My Radar
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NEW SONG STREAMING NOW!!! "A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event" On May 10th, Abnormality will release their third full-length, Sociopathic Constructs, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Sociopathic Constructs, the new single, "A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event", can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRK8-DyVKpQ A video for the first single, "Curb Stomp" (directed by David Brodsky // www.davidsbrodsky.com), can be viewed now at: https://metalblade.com/abnormality/ – where the album can also be pre-ordered. Sociopathic Constructs track-listing 1. Monarch Alpha 2. Penance 3. Kakistocracy 4. Transmogrification of the Echoborgs 5. A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event 6. Aeturnum 7. Dying Breed 8. A Seething Perversion 9. Curb Stomp Abnormality live – Aggressive Misanthropy Across Europe 2019 July 6 – Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Battlefield * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July – 7 Graz, Austria @ Club Q * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 9 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 10 – Torino, Italy @ Ziggy Club * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 11 – Milano, Italy @ Circolo Svolta * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 12 – Montpellier, France @ Secret Place * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 13 – Move Your Fucking Brain Fest – Barcelona, Spain @ Death Field * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 15 – Charleroi, Belgium @ MCP Apache * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 16 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Ebrietas * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 17 – Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 18 – Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 19 – Death Metal Supremacy No 6 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania @ Flying Circus * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph https://abnormality.bandcamp.com
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On May 10th, Abnormality will release their third full-length, Sociopathic Constructs, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Sociopathic Constructs, the new single, “A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event”, can be heard below.
Fans of Cannibal, Aeon, Despised Icon and more will eat up the latest tune from the wildly talented very brutal tech death band, by far one of the most talented acts in the death metal world. I would lose my shit to see them tour with Venom Prison and Rivers Of Nihil, so let’s make that happen – ok, world?!
“I think this record we felt free enough to just go where we wanted to within a song,” states guitarist Jeremy Henry. “We had no qualms with switching styles and approaches from riff to riff. To have a whole section grinding away and then just switch gears, hit the brakes and drop a slow, old school Morbid Angel warship groove in there. We felt free to follow our instincts, and just let our influences shine through.”Add to My Radar
This Friday (April 19th), Allegaeon will release their new album, Apoptosis, via Metal Blade Records. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, Apoptosis is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in the band’s songwriting. To hear the new single, “Exothermic Chemical Combustion”, please visit HERE.
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If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.