KING DIAMOND , the iconic classic metal power horror vocalist, has big news.
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KING DIAMOND , the iconic classic metal power horror vocalist, has big news.
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British heavy metal icons Diamond Head released a lyric video for their song “The Sleeper” on August 8.
“The Sleeper” is the fourth single off of the band’s latest album The Coffin Train, which came out in May via Silver Lining Music.
Of the track, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersens comments, “It’s such a big sounding track that it almost takes you on a cinematic journey. ‘The Sleeper’ is a follow up to ‘Silence’ off the last record. We had fans who loved the orchestral elements and I wanted to give them some more. It was inspired by a favorite Sci-fi movie from my childhood.”
Adds guitarist Brian Tatler, “Starting life in 2016 with the main riff, I decided to demo it and see if I could make it into a song. With a bit of work this grew into a powerful monster with Ras’ lyrics inspired by the 1984 film Dune. It’s very moody and dynamic with brilliant orchestration.”
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In my experience the underground music world doesn’t necessarily reward
being a good person and lifting people up or whatever, but you should still do it
because it’s the right thing to do. -Boone Epstein
Sorry for the light amount of posts this week, metal family. My doggo best pal of 14 years passed away a week ago today. She was basically my fur daughter and I have been a flat out hot mess of sads, so only got up an Angel Witch post this week. Y’all know the new Slipknot is out already so let me assume some of you have already headbanged today and let myself off the hook a little. Regardless, We have a great interview with a rock solid cosmic death metal mutation known as Grogus for you kids to make up for a slow week around here. Because it never hurts to have more metal goodness!
This Minneapolis band of real deal musicians have released a new tape with our friends at Tridroid Records (grab it HERE). Entitled Four Kings, the release is one of the most satisfying excursions into the wonderful weirder side of sludgy experimental death. I love how taken out of a musical context that just sounds like falling into some Gotham lab ooze. Anyhow, let’s check in with Boone Epstein and get the lowdown BELOW.Add to My Radar
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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Portland, Oregon heavy metallers Silver Talon have premiered the playthrough for their track “Cold Embrace” over at Metal Insider.
“Cold Embrace” comes from the 2018 EP Becoming A Demon. “Cold Embrace” is filled with tension, borrowing from Bach’s Prelude in D, which is further intertwined with their own riffs and outfitted with original vocal melodies. The band emphasizes the slow development of the song:
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“Wyatt’s vocal delivery on the chorus is some of his best work to date. If listeners can invest their time and attention into a song that doesn’t deliver a climax within the first 60 seconds, and sort of just experience the song, then I think we’ll have them hooked. It’s sort of like a John Carpenter slow burn kind of thing.”
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.”
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This news speaks for itself. Or should I say banshee shrieks? Joey Vera on bass for this is going to be so devil damn awesome! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NEVER BREAK THE OATH @mercyfulfatecoven will be playing an unspecified number of concerts throughout Europe during the summer of 2020, including @copenhell . It will be the “9” lineup, featuring: Hank Shermann – Guitar. King Diamond – Vocals. Bjarne T Holm – Drums. Mike Wead – Guitar. with Joey Vera on the bass while Timi Hansen is away. We asked Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) to fill in because he has a very unique style and sound playing with his fingers, much like that of Timi Hansen. This is very important, since the set list will only consist of songs from the very first “mini LP”, the “Melissa” album, and the “Don’t Break The Oath” album, plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style. This will very much be Mercyful Fate as we were in the very beginning, except for a brand new major stage production. See you at the Ruined Bridge. Stay Heavy…
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Pinnacle Music Group are absolutely thrilled to announce that the legendary guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN will be returning to Australia, for the first time with his full “Super Band” across four VERY intimate venues.
With a career of over thirty years with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal acts on top of an absolutely monumental solo career, Marty Friedman is a household name for guitarists across the world, and Australian fans get the chance to see the legendary shredder himself tear it up onstage in four incredibly intimate venues, giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Friedman’s guitar wizardry closer than ever before.
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Big metal news heading into the weekend as we learn from an oddly brief and very formal statement that NWOAHM hero Chris Adler is officially out of Lamb Of God. Best wishes to both camps moving forward. Art Cruz, who has been playing with the band live for awhile, will be on the next album. Adler’s precise and deadly drumming is a HUGE part of the band’s appeal to a lot of fans, though hardly the sum total of it. Still, this is a big blow to longtime fans, though as with Slayer and Slipknot we know that even after an iconic drummer leaves a band can still potentially make good albums.
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— Lamb Of God (@lambofgod) July 19, 2019
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
New Jersey metallers Electric Frankenstein have re-issued How To Make A Monster.
The re-release includes limited edition colored vinyl, new artwork by friend and famed artist COOP, extensive liner notes by Joel Gausten with additional insights by Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), plus Captain Sensible (The Damned), a digital download and an 18″ x 24″ poster of COOP’s ‘Electric Bride.’
Says bassist Dan Canzonieri:
“The re-release of How To Make A Monster was very important to us and we worked hard to make it something special for our fans. It’s hard to believe this record is 20 years old! We are celebrating this release by performing the album live in its entirety for the very first time in Europe starting in July. Our US fans will be able to see us play the album later this year and we will post dates as soon as they are confirmed. This includes a round two return to Europe in the fall.”
Check out Electric Frankenstein tour dates and stream How To Make A Monster here.
San Francisco metallers Howling Sycamore have today released their album Seven Pathways to Annihilation via Prosthetic Records.
Seven Pathways to Annihilation is the band’s second album.
Howling Sycamore features Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Jason McMaster (Watchtower) and Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist / Obscura).
Seven Pathways to Annihilation was mixed and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). The new album features the recurring contributions of Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) on lead guitars, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles) on baritone saxophone and Fabian Vestod (Skinlab, Gospel Of The Witches, Red Serpi) on additional drums plus the guest appearances of Marty Friedman and Matt Baldwinson (Tangaroa, Dream Tröll, II II II) on lead guitars.
Stream the album in full over at the Howling Sycamore‘s Bandcamp.
Check out “Initiation,” “Mastering Fire,” plus the tracklist and album art for Seven Pathways to Annihilation here.
They say that digital is the way to go these days, because nobody is buying physical CDs anymore. I guess when I got my physical copy of the new VEIL OF DECEPTION album Dissident Voices in the mail a few days ago, that was my nice way of giving a big middle finger to those who won’t buy the band’s albums. I’m old school that way. I enjoy studying the album cover. I love reading the lyrics as I listen to the album and getting lost in whatever tales the band is trying to tell me. I like reading the credits and thank you notes, trying to make connections to other bands I like, or even people I know. (“Oh, they thanked Bubba Barclay! That’s Joe Bob Brigg’s personal lawyer! Awesome!”).
I will never not own a physical copy of an album as long as it is possible, but people need to be buying CDs,
Vinyl, or even cassette tapes. All sorts of shit is possible these days. Anyway, speaking of buying CDs, that brings me to the reason we are all here right now! I’m going to sell you on an album to go check out!
Dissident Voices is the band’s third, and best musical offering to date, and it hits you harder than they have before with a unique blend of heavy in your face raw power, soulful heartfelt lyrics, and at times, haunting melodies. Guitarist / pianist Dejan Jorgovanovic perfectly matches singer Daniel Gallar’s voice, which I’ve often described as part Davey Havok (AFI) and part Erik A.K. (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM). I first discovered singer Daniel Gallar back in 2011 when he was announced as the new singer for NEPHWRACK, another criminally underrated band I will suggest you check out, but I’ll do that at a later date when I do a “From The Vault” review! Fast forward 8 years, and 5 musical offerings later, and his voice has gotten better.
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Hey metalheads! I’m going to throw some stuff together on this post that I didn’t want to leave uncovered as we begin to approach the end of the month (Is it the end of May already?!).
Let’s start with some news from Those Darn Gnomes! San Diego jazz metallers are preparing to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow via Nefarious Industries on June 28.
This release will tickle the fancy of fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, and Ruins.
Check out a trailer for the album below:
You can also head over to the Those Darn Gnomes Bandcamp if you need to catch up on their sound before Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow drops.
Those Darn Gnomes are also going on a west coast tour! Check out the tour dates:
THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CAw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, COw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA
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Tower will be released via Small Stone Records.
IRATA have a handful of shows coming up, including a few with Weedeater.
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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.