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Fiction is one of Dark Tranquillity‘s greatest works, the melodeth and piano laced compositions taking the band’s sound to the next level of morose and demon clutching, teeth gnashing splendor. This is one of their records that can really stand next to any At The Gates release with pride, even if they don’t get as much love. Outstanding album full of darkness, hope and striving. Seriously, “The Lesser Faith” is one of the best metal songs I have ever heard in my fucking life.

On vinyl for the very first time – the expanded edition of Dark Tranquillity‘s powerful 2007 album Fiction.Package includes the original Fiction LP as well as a bonus 7″ featuring all four of the expanded edition tracks.The release will be available on 4/16/16 just in time for Record Store Day. Limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl (with the 7″ on black vinyl, housed inside a black dust sleeve) and under exclusive license from Century Media.Here’s a list of participating locations that will have copies!

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Avatar debut radio track “The Eagle Has Landed”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 3:47 PM (PST)

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Avatar have debuted a new song “The Eagle Has Landed” with Revolver.

The theatrical and over the top group will release the exciting concept album FEATHERS & FLESH soon. It’s available MAY 13, 2016

 

 

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Amon Amarth premiere “At Dawn’s Light” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4:37 PM (PST)

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Swedish metallers Amon Amarth are preparing to release their latest album Jomsviking on March 25 via Metal Blade Records.

Yesterday they released the video for their song “At Dawn’s First Light”, off of the upcoming album.

Check out the video for “At Dawn’s First Light” and Amon Amarth tour dates here.

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The Saint Vitus Bar listening party for the sure to be a hugely victorious new Amon Amarth ear pillager Jomsviking was a great event. The already classic yet still newer venue (in the larger scheme of things) hosted a small gathering of some of the most viking metal faithful writers in the scene and various label and musician types as vocalist Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth held court.

The thunderous music was a delight to behold, the full throttle charge of instant anthem “First Kill” (complete with some awesome descending riffs and Johan’s mighty roar) letting us know this was indeed a full blown Amon Amarth battle cry. One does not simply get to their tenth album of Viking themed melodeath and suddenly put out an album of squishy water in your jelly flip flop pool party tunes, for example.

No. Dudes open their new record with the lyrics ,“The first man I killed was the Earl’s right hand man!” growled like it means everything to Johan. These dudes have the power of At the Gates yet with the intense epic feel of European sagas. Outlaw anthems to melt the heart of Skade, the Ski-goddess.

Johan welcomed the writers and PR people, some of us meeting for the first time as people had flown in from the West Coast for the special, exclusive event. He was very friendly but said he hoped we liked the record and made a funny threatening growl at us. My guitarist Ryan Rios from our band GET OUT. had driven me, as I am pretty nearsighted and shitty in metropolitan areas, and he noted that “Raise Your Horns” in particular reminded him of some of the classic styles that made “Runes To My Memory” from With Odin On Our Side so memorable. “The Way Of The Vikings” stood out to me as one of the most aggressive and anthemic tracks yet from a band known for crushing mead halls beneath their treading boots.

The record sounded absolutely incredible and it was cool to run into some old friends like John from Candiria or meet Frank from Metal Injection in person finally or other assembled Metal Blade homies. Jomsviking is really, really uncompromising and good. The epic feel you love is there and yet the songs seem a bit faster, at least to me. There are still some slower war marches and even an awesome, prickly inside cameo from the legendary Valkyrie, er …warlock (World of Warcraft forums say ladies can be Warlocks too) Doro Pesch that raises the whole record to even further Asgardian heights on penultimate track “A Dream That Cannot Be”.

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Swedish melo-death metallers At The Gates have released a live video for their song “The Circular Ruins”.

The video was shot at a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on the Decibel Tour 2015. “The Circular Ruins” came off of the album At War With Reality (Century Media).

At The Gates will be touring the U.S. in February with support from Decapitated, The Haunted and Harms Way.

Check out the “The Circular Ruins” live video and At The Gates tour dates here.

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Late March Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album  Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).

The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings. As front-man Johan Hegg explains: “The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee – but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story.”

 

By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats now at ‪amonamarth.com (see below for the official track-listing) – where fans can also view the video for the album’s first single, “First Kill”. Produced by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com) and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), “First Kill” was filmed in Gohrweide (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) and features a cinematic depiction of the violent, brutal lyrics, along with powerful live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.

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Under Black Flags We March: 2015 recap in 12 Metal Instagram posts.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM (PST)

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While twelve photos cannot capture the full year in metal, I looked around on Instagram for some shots or moments that seemed to me to fit the overall spirit of the year.

I tried to keep it more celebratory , so there aren’t any Paris attack photos in here, though it was an important event for all music. I also chose to show different genres of metal, to remind us we are stronger with one another.

See the choices (including some gig fliers) BELOW.

What were your biggest moments?

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Here’re the first 5 minutes of Banger‘s documentary on ‘Slaughter of the Soul’.

Full episode out Dec. 25, pre-order now:
http://bit.ly/BuyMEA-SOTS

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At The Gates release “The Night Eternal” animated clip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM (PST)

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Melodeath kings At The Gates have revealed a moody and dark new clip for “The Night Eternal” from recent return record At War With Reality. One of the best “comeback” albums in recent metal history, or any genre, the album features jaw dropping performances that will make you potentially forget all the years since Slaughter Of The Soul or agree the wait was worth it. My only gripe is the song name is really close to one of my favorite Moonspell tunes, but it rules nonetheless.

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The Black Dahlia Murder announce North American Tour w/ Goatwhore

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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Michigan melodic death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder have announced a North American tour.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring with Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos, and Artificial Brain.

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of their latest album Abysmal.

Check out The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates here.

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Amaranthe release “True” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:21 AM (PST)

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Swedish melo-deathers Amaranthe have released the music video for their song “True”

“True” comes off the EP Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015 released today.

Check out the video for “True” and a full list of North American tour dates here.

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I spend a lot of time being grumpy at the state of the world and listening to Slayer or Run The Jewels, smoking joints. I especially like the “I’ll tea bag a piranha tank” lyric from RJT2, as it inspires me to bravely go make coffee and face what the day brings. In a world of crime, racism, poverty and where even Bernie Sanders voted yes on the Cyber Security Act that lets whistleblowers get shut down, I know I can at least rely on a handful of artists to create powerful works that will stand the test of time until the world blows up. I want to be optimistic and do indeed preach love and tolerance each day, except when trolled too hard by emo fans.

Finland’s Wolfheart are a band who I can proudly point at and say they will undoubtedly be reliable as heck. Tuomas Saukkonen’s track record as well as the sheer scope of the band’s new record Shadow World are as inspiring as discovering some of the greats like Primordial or Soilwork, bands who have soldiered on year after year. I truly hope all metalheads can embrace Wolfheart’s cause and dare say few will not be moved by the intensity and range of dynamics from guttural screams to pummeling heavy melodeath or piano to stir the soul. It might not win the 2015 weird and spooky award like Locrian or be reinventing the wheel, but Wolfheart have a lot to be proud of.

In a world where time seems scarce and we don’t want ours wasted, metal can trust in this band.

Enter the shadow world BELOW.

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Huntress: Jill Janus on Static, “Flesh” and beating Cancer.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM (PST)

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In a time when metal and rock fans seem split between compassionate human beings and those who accept trolling and bullying or outright violence (as in the freshly raging Deiphago controversy and the idiots who are anti-Kim Kelly as some “SJW Anti-Christ” types), I am as always inspired by Jill Janus and her band Huntress. From the start the band just came out co-ed and no apologies roaring and while Jill was often not taken seriously enough for her looks or called gross names, she continued to forge ahead and play to bigger and bigger crowds alongside her bandmates.

A blend of classic early 80′s metal and power mad hard rock plus serious astral projection/occult leanings and horror/sci-fi or even power metal themes, this band is just pure heavy metal.

I’ve wanted to communicate with Jill for years now and while I was sad to learn that Huntress had to cancel their September dates because Jill is still resting after BEATING CANCER (see that positivity, young witches and warlocks?!!), it was cool to learn she grew up near Oneonta about an hour from I live. Let’s go to the Iroquois Museum sometime, Jill! It’s really amazing!

Anyway, Huntress have made one of the years best ragers with new album Static. From the assertive vertigo of “Mania” to the strong title track, it is a ruler. You can find out all about it as we discuss crystals, cool hashtags and troll slaying BELOW.

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Album Review: Soilwork – “The Ride Majestic”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 3:13 PM (PST)

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In Daniel Barenboim’s Music Quickens Time a passage popped out to me this morning:

Another inevitable constraint on free thought is the attempt to facilitate the condition of human existence by constructing a system of belief that renders the act of questioning futile.

Wow. That statement could apply to social conditioning as well as, heck, the entire careers of Soilwork (and definitely In Flames)! A lot of the Swedish bands built their cities on rock n roll only to be turned on by some fans later for expanding their horizons (aka adding more melody or technical/progressive passages).

“Death In General”, the third track on Soilwork’s 10th (!!) studio album The Ride Majestic, is just the latest proof that Soilwork are capable of so much more than just a Steelbath Suicide solution.

Pre-Order HERE.

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Huntress “Static” album announcement

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Camp HUNTRESS have announced a new album Static and if the intense cover art is any indicator, they are not about to pander to expectations of what other people’s projected limitations are for the band. Beyond stoked!

New HUNTRESS Album Static Coming September 25 On Napalm Records! Cover Art, Preview of New Song “Flesh”, Track Listing and Exclusive PledgeMusicAlbum Pre-Sale Revealed!

The highly-anticipated record was produced by Paul Fig and Jim Rota, Engineered and Mixed by Paul Fig. Vance Kelly has once again delivered
stunning album artwork for ‘Static.’

HUNTRESS has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer pre-sales of the new album. In true HUNTRESS fashion, the band filmed a hilarious promotional video. You can watch it now on the band’s Pledge Music page, and get the new album today:

www.PledgeMusic.com/Huntress

Preview the new HUNTRESS song “Flesh” now! You can hear new music at the end of their Pledge Music promo video. More info at www.HuntressKills.com

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