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The Hard Rock powerhouse PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS from Wales have finally released their new album We’re The Bastards. To celebrate the news, the band unveils a video for Born To Roam.
Phil Campbell on the new song:
“If you want some feel good rock n roll to help you through these continuing depressing times and need something to uplift your spirits then buy this album! You won’t regret it”
Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD have released a new single My Hands Are Empty, via Nuclear Blast. The song marks the first musical collaboration between MH mastermind Robb Flynn and original Burn My Eyes guitarist Logan Mader in 24 years.
Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn begins, “I have some family members who have beaten their opioid addiction, and have some still in the throes of addiction. It is painful to watch, and I deal with it with great difficulty. It is a song of sadness, but there is hope as well. I have beaten my own drug addictions and we can fight through this, together, and share our pain with the world.”
He continues, “Musically I wanted to go for a bit of a “Through The Ashes OF Empires” vibe, and it had a grandiose vibe from the beginning, something about that vocal melody haunted me day and night. I sent it off to one of our collaborators Joel Wanasek, and he came back with a whole depth and dimension with strings and keys that really made the song come alive. I added the guitar harmony in the chorus soon after and I knew we were on to something special.
On the recent “Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour” I mentioned to Logan about needing a riff or two for a new song, he was excited to collaborate, I sent him the song and the next day he sent me back the heavy riff in the bridge and I was floored. It fit perfectly, and felt really cool to be writing together 24 years later. Jared came up with the rhythm under the lead section and the song really locked into place.”
Norwegian blackened Viking heavy metal solo-band HJELVIK has released a new song and music video for their third single from the upcoming album Welcome to Hel, out on November 20th 2020 via Nuclear Blast.
Watch the victorious video saga Glory of Hel animated by Adam Avilla of Flesh & Bones in San Francisco, California which includes a guest performance by Matt Pike from the bands High On Fire and Sleep.
Frontman Erlend Hjelvik comments on the song: “I’m excited to finally unveil Glory of Hel in all its…glory! It’s one of the hardest rocking tracks from Welcome to Hel and is visited by the mythical Matt Pike (High on Fire & Sleep) who lends his killer voice and face melting guitar solo. To top that off, there’s a badass animated music video created by the disgustingly talented Adam Avilla. The video depicts a twisted take on the death of Odin’s son Balder and the ensuing events of Ragnarok with an animation style reminiscent of cult classics like ‘Heavy Metal’ and ‘Fire and Ice.’ Thanks to both Matt and Adam for their amazing contributions and I hope people love it!”
Back with a vengeance and hell-bent on destruction, Norwegian death metallers, CADAVER, are back in business and ready to reign. Edder & Bile, the first full length from this band’s new incarnation of Anders Odden’s original, extreme metal vision, will be released on November 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released the music video for the second single, Reborn.
Anders Odden comments, “’Reborn’ is one of those songs that just jumps out and grabs you as a listener. The way nothing in the song repeats is a symbol of time itself. The lyrics are about not being afraid of who you are and that you should claim your own throne in life. So many things will go wrong with every one of us and I wanted the video for the song to both represent our current time and become timeless. In 1896, the famous Norwegian artist, Theodore Kittelsen, depicted the Black Death as a spirit in human form as a woman named ‘Pesta’. She plays with our lives, making us feel fragile while the pest doctor symbolizes our defense against death. It is there to remind everyone of our origins, every human has the shadow of a beast. We are all gonna die at the end no matter our triumphs – only death is real. But, while we wait for the end we should be celebrating the post-apocalyptic world we are heading into.”
Watch the music video directed and performed by Anders Odden, Dirk Verbeuren, and Regine Odden which features original …IN PAINS bassist Eilert Solstad appearing as the Pest doctor playing double bass
Italian orchestral death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have unplugged for a stunning new rendition of their song The Day We’ll Be Gone. The acoustic two-track digital single features an instrumental version and is accompanied by a studio performance video clip. The artwork was created once again by renowned visionary artist Travis Smith (Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Katatonia). The original song is found on the band’s critically praised, 5th album Veleno.
The band is also very proud to announce their new official line-up, featuring Veronica Bordacchini (vocals), Fabio Bartoletti (guitar) and Eugene Ryabchenko (drums).
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE frontman Francesco Paoli states:
“In these uncertain times, we wanted to bare our inner souls and let the music speak for itself. This track pushes us out of our comfort zone as musicians and performer, proving that art in any form can survive the most dreadful circumstances. Given the current situation, it was the right time to do something truly experimental, a once in a lifetime musical exploration for the band. Our recent live streaming concert introduced our new band members to a worldwide crowd, but this song really shows how strongly open minded and skilled they are. Me, Francesco and Paolo have been through this journey together for over a decade, but we haven’t felt this good for a long time. That’s why we’re glad to announce them as official band members. Expect much more, sooner than you think.”
“This is the best line-up we could ask for. Eugene is an absolute phenomenon on drums, so I’m really glad to pass the torch to a great successor. Fabio is a true guitar hero, extremely tight and tasteful. Veronica has been with us for 7 years now and even today her incredible talent never ceases to amaze me, so I know she can push her limits further in the future. Now our rehearsal room feels like home again.”
English metal legends CARCASS have released their massively anticipated, first collection of new music in 7 years, Despicable, via Nuclear Blast. Along with the new EP, the band has debuted a new visualizer for Slaughtered in Soho, which Decibel called “a marvel of heavy groove, uplifting melody and dissonant attack.”
Commenting on the song, founding vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker states:
“Here’s the final track from the offcuts of the new album recording session that we decided to make available as an EP in order to tide people over. David Castillo who recorded & mixed the album was surprised this never made the cut….we, the band, were NOT! Anyhow, grit your teeth and ‘enjoy’!”
SCOUR the extreme metal supergroup featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, En Minor, et al), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Lock Up) – will release their long-anticipated The Black EP on Black Friday, November 27th.
Forged in 2015, SCOUR made its debut with the ferocious single Dispatched. The Grey EP, released via Anselmo’s Housecore label, dropped in 2016, followed by The Red EP in 2017. Faster and tighter than ever before, this year’s The Black EP serves as the final release of the EP trilogy and is inarguably the band’s most ferocious effort to date. Mixed and mastered by Ryan Vincent at Apollo Audio Alternative with vocals and drums engineered by Stephen “Big Fella” Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod), The Black EP includes guest appearances from Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal, Pat O’Brien of Cannibal Corpse, and actor Jason Momoa (Dune, Game Of Thrones, Aquaman, et al).
“The latest SCOUR is the best SCOUR,” proclaims Anselmo. Adds Engemann, “This is our most fierce and ripping album to date. Completing the EP trilogy, The Black EP brings a more mature musical approach without comprising the utter relentless brutality. We’ve got a few special gems as well that I’m stoked for people to hear.”
In advance of the EP’s release, the band is pleased to offer up opening crusher, Doom for public feasting. The track includes guest vocals by Jason Momoa and a guest guitar solo by Erik Rutan.
Halloween may be over, but AMARANTHE extend the spooky season with their new music video for BOOM!1. Following the release of their ground breaking sixth studio album Manifest that was released on October 2nd, the Swedish modern metal heroes once again showcase their versatility with this grooving and explosive track.
“In a time when everyone seems to have an opinion about absolutely everything our very own motormouth, GG6, reserves his right to help himself to a small arsenal of explosives topped off with a ton or two of dynamite, and watch your opinion go “BOOM!1”! Discussions on elections, pandemics and riots has led to increased polarisation in today’s society, but our Growl God simply prefers it all at 1000°F. A full on onslaught of detuned metal with some of the fastest growls to grace today’s scene, “BOOM!1” acts as a sequel to 2018’s “GG6”, and it raises the bar on every level – with a video presented in a Tarantino-esque style, sure to be just as entertaining as the song itself! So serve yourself a cold glass of Napalm, and watch your world go “BOOM!1″!”
Norwegian death metal collective INSIDIOUS DISEASE, featuring current/ former members from DIMMU BORGIR, MORGOTH, NILE, SUSPERIA and NAPALM DEATH, have released their first album in a decade, After Death, via Nuclear Blast. The band has also revealed a beautifully shot, ghastly new music video directed by Sandra Marschner (DIMMU BORGIR, MARILYN MANSON) for their song Invisible War, which can be viewed below.
“Today we are absolutely chuffed to announce the release of our 2nd album ‘After Death’ with this new video-clip for the song ‘Invisible War’. The video was shot in an old German World War 2 bunker near Berlin and captures the vibe of this song perfectly. It wasn’t easy to realize the filming under the current circumstances, but we are pleased with the result and the whole filming and production. We really hope you will enjoy this clip and the album… It’s been a long time coming but it’s safe to say we’re excited to share our new art with you! Crank the volume!” – INSIDIOUS DISEASE
In September, HEATHEN released their highly anticipated studio album, Empire Of The Blind. The band has released the lyric video for In Black which can be seen below.
HEATHEN comments, “Hey HEATHEN fans! We want to thank each and every one of you for the great response to our new album ‘Empire of the Blind’! And we bring you our latest lyric video… This is ‘In Black’!”
KILLER BE KILLED, who release one of the year’s most anticipated rock records, Reluctant Hero, on Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, have debuted a third single from the eagerly-awaited collection Inner Calm From Outer Storms.
“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”
Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.”
In uncertain times like these you can rely on ACCEPT to deliver the goods – they will not let anything or anyone get them down, not even a virus. Metal legends ACCEPT prove this definitively with brand new track Too Mean To Die. Released as an advance single, it is intended both as a gift to fans and to whet the appetite for their full-length masterpiece, their 16th studio album Too Mean To Die, which will be released on January 15th 2021 via Nuclear Blast.
Too Mean To Die is a track full of unrestrained power and pure energy, certain to rip you out of all lethargy and any corona depression, no sooner than the first note hits.
ACCEPT mastermind Wolf Hoffmann explains: “We decided to not let ourselves be overly influenced by current events. Fans will get a hard, direct and uncompromising metal album, but of course accompanied with a wink: we are too mean to die! Weeds do not go away! ACCEPT do not let themselves get down!”
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