New Singles On Nuclear Blast

Check out these new single releases on Nuclear Blast…

Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA recently announced the release of their new album Omega, out on February 26th 2021 via Nuclear Blast. Omega is the band’s first studio album in five years. Last month, EPICA also revealed the first single and video clip from the album, titled Abyss Of Time, which was viewed on YouTube over a million times within its first week. Now EPICA release a music video for their second single Freedom – The Wolves Within.

Guitarist Mark Jansen comments: “This song is based on an old story of a fight between two wolves. A wise Cherokee is discussing life with his grandson: He tells the boy “There is a fight going on inside of me between two wolves.” One wolf is evil, he embodies anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good, joyful, peaceful, and embodies love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. We all have the same fight going on inside of us and the outcome of this battle will reflect on the outer world. The boy gets curious and asks his grandfather which wolf will win? The old Cherokee simply answers “The one you feed the most.” What we want to be and what we want to reflect on the world around us depends on which wolf we feed and also the degree of control we have over our inner wolves. Will we manage to control them or will they control us?”

With this new single, the band and their label want to support a good cause and start a little challenge with the fans. Head over to this page to learn more and how you can take part: http://nblast.de/EpicaWolves

Finnish folk metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI are proud to unveil Mylly as the second single from their upcoming album Jylhä (out February 5th, 2021, on NUCLEAR BLAST). The song is accompanied by a stunning & darkly atmospheric music video, which manages to capture the song’s rather melancholic tone quite perfectly.

Finnish myths and folklore have always had a major influence on KORPIKLAANI’s lyrics. Their new album Jylhä makes no exception and continues this journey with a collection of tales of folklore, nature, celebration and even 3 stories of murder, including the infamous Lake Bodom murders. Jylhä can be described as “Majestic” and also as wild & rugged in a strong beautiful way.

KORPIKLAANI’s new single Mylly (engl. “Mill”) was influenced by the story of a working man’s journey to a mill, causing him to cross paths with what seems to be the devil: “Finnish folklore tells the story of a man’s journey to the mill. Along the way, he sees a figure sitting on a fence, a “devil” with a hoof as one foot. The man is frightened at what he sees and freezes in place. The character disappears and the man remembers hearing the story of the devil living in the mill. Eventually, the man continues his journey and overcomes his fears. At the mill, he feels he is finally equal to the past and the present. Fences rot, fall, but the spirit and stories remain, over generations and over ages. The video tells us about our character’s journey to the mill with the last of his grains. “Devil” is the deceiver, who is tempting the man to give up his grains by appealing to his weaknesses.”

Musically the song continues a more serious, restrained and also slightly melancholic approach which suits KORPIKLAANI very well.

Jonne Järvelä states: “’Mylly’ started taking shape when our ex-accordion player Juho Kauppinen told me he had some song ideas that might fit Korpiklaani. The main riff caught my ear immediately, so I was happy to start working on the track. After just a couple of days the song was ready, and Tuomas Keskimäki wrote the lyrics right away as well.

The video saga that started with ‘Leväjuhta’ will continue, with actor Yrjänä Ermala returning to the main role. Ermala’s looks and the sound of his name might give you the impression that he’s a mean version of the Finnish ‘devil’ aka ‘perkele’, but the man’s heart is pure gold. Yrjänä is not only an actor, but also a luthier of traditional instruments, a blacksmith etc… is there anything he can’t do?!

Also acting in the video are my 10-year-old daughter Tinja Järvelä (who was featured in our ‘Henkselipoika’ video a couple of years ago) and actor/musician Toni Koskipuro, who nailed the role of the cunning devil!”

Connecticut hardcore metal titans HATEBREED have just eleased their eighth studio album Weight of The False Self via Nuclear Blast. Weight of The False Self proves that over 20 years deep into an iconic career, HATEBREED remain vital.

Renowned for their ability to provide an intense and cathartic release for their fans, HATEBREED challenged themselves and their writing style in order to produce material that is exceptionally relatable in a contemporary world flooded with overstimulation, emotional dampening, and lack of social patience. “Weight of The False Self is a perfect representation of HATEBREED in 2020, a fresh onslaught of soon-to-be classics with all the elements that led you here since day one,” explains guitarist Frank Novinec.

Drummer Matt Byrne shares, “There’s no shortage of beefy riffs and adrenaline-fueled drums on this record. I’m proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment.”

In 2019 the Swedish power metal heroes MAJESTICA released their debut album Above The Sky and it became a huge success within the metal community. Now in 2020 they are back with not only a new album, but a special treat for their fans: a Christmas musical power metal album entitled A Christmas Carol. It’s pure symphonic power metal in the true MAJESTICA spirit along with elements inspired by the likes of TWILIGHT FORCE, RHAPSODY, ALAN SILVESTRI, DANNY ELFMAN and JOHN WILLIAMS. A Christmas Carol is out now via Nuclear Blast.

What makes this a unique Christmas album is not just the inclusion of plenty of well‐known Christmas songs, but also because the theme is the well‐known story of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol”. With many different voices for the many characters in the story alongside fitting music, people will not only hear a newly well‐written power metal album, but also a power metal musical that gives you a unique Christmas feeling.

Tommy Johansson states, “A silly dream of mine has finally come true. For many years I’ve wanted to release a Christmas album, because the atmosphere around Christmas is always so peaceful and music with a clear Christmas theme is always beautiful and very well‐written. The reason why we chose to make a musical album with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is very simple – it’s a great story to tell around Christmas and it works so well as a musical. And with the help of different voice actors and singers we made it possible for this to happen – we’re very happy with the result.”

In regards to their musical direction he adds, “Once again people can expect real power metal, but this time its a bit more symphonic and epic compared to our previous album ‘Above The Sky’. When it comes to the symphonic parts we’ve taken it a bit further and included a lot more orchestral instruments, including tubular bells, glockenspiel and sleigh bells to really get that Christmas sound to it.”

Chris David comments: “If you know the story of ”A Christmas Carol” I think the title ’Ghost of Christmas Past’, tells you what the song is all about. But if you don’t, it is about Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, what happened in his early years and how he became the greedy lonely man he is. The music shows off many elements you can expect from the record. It is a symphonic power metal Christmas musical album so of course you will hear sleigh bells, glockenspiel, recognisable Christmas melodies and an appearance of ”The Majestic Choir”. But it is also a MAJESTICA album and I promise you that you will hear that as well!

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, has been unleashed unto the world via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration, the band offer fans the lyric video for Let Me Burn.

Anders Odden comments, “‘Let Me Burn’ came to me at night, after one of our intense studio days in January 2019. I just got the opening riff and it led me out on this path that became the song. It was raining in North Hollywood that night and the whole feel of doom and gloom was shining through. I had with me a recording of my fireplace in Norway and knew this would make an awesome ending to the album. The song is about how we all will end up as ashes no matter who we are and what we do. It’s a nihilistic theme that means even more to me now after facing death with my cancer battle. When I was close to dying this winter, I always thought of having this song played super loud at my funeral with all the people having to read the lyrics during the ceremony. As I am not quite dead yet. I use it to tell you I cheated death, for now. Let Me Burn. I have no fear!”

Chicago legends of Murder Metal/Death Metal MACABRE released their demented, heinous bloodbath of an album, Carnival Of Killers via Nuclear Blast. Now the band reveal the video for Joe Ball Was His Name which was created by Sweden’s Amanda Odenlid who previously made MACABRE MINSTELS (Macabre unplugged) videos for The Cat Came Back, Found A Peanut, The Geins, & Tom Dooley.

MACABRE’s Corporate Death comments, “Joe Ball was a serial killer called the Alligator Man. I started writing this song around our Grim Scary Tales era, but never actually finished it until getting things in place to record Carnival Of Killers. Reading more about him and his evil deeds from way back in the 1930’s I tried to give the song an old-time ragtime feel. I hope you like it, it’s a little different, but so are we.”Amanda Odenlid quote: “I made the Macabre Minstrels videos just for fun, back when my interest in true crime had really taken off full force (thanks to discovering Macabre, actually).

The “chibi”-style I used first saw the light of day when I started making a sort of tongue-in-cheek webcomic about Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer living together. I like the style because it is simple but expressive, and I also like the clash that occurs between the cartoony VS the grotesque and morbid. Having listened to Macabre for 10+ years has made me realize that, while morbid, there is also quite a lot of dark humour in their music as well. Kind of like my own art, in a way. As for this new video about Joe Ball; making it basically forced me out of an art-block I’d been having, also making me rediscover how fun it was to draw in this old chibi-style of mine. I went from only having heard of Ball’s name somewhere, to almost knowing everything about him that there is to know (except his exact body-count). Despite the grim subject-matter, it was really fun to learn something new and to revisit my old passions for drawing and video-making!”

December, 4th: In the history of SOILWORK, this date will be written down as hour zero. It’s the day, the Swedish powerhouse enters a new state of consciousness. The day that the band releases their most daring and ambitious release to date – the day that A Whisp Of The Atlantic is finally out. The new masterpiece of SOILWORK sees the light with a more than stunning visual, transferring the mood of the title-track into impressive images.

SOILWORK’s musical and their philosophical approach on the new EP does not only close the circle of the The Feverish Trinity but also invites the listener to dive deep into the most primal element: Water.

Starting with Feverish and ending with A Whisp Of The Atlantic, the whole EP is a journey from the rage of individuals to the search for something that replaces religion. “From the desire of Feverish, the urge of Desperado, the determinism of Death Diviner, the insights and questions of The Nothingness and the Devil and the acceptance and spiritual searching of A Whisp of the Atlantic. The whole song and video sequence is like a slightly different take on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s all about realising that we’re all stuck on this rock and that we need to find something more inclusive than religion to get through this together. Because in the end, we’re all outsiders, genetically hunter-gatherers trying to fit in in a world that we created but at the same time wasn’t really made for us”, David Andersson sums up. “The overarching theme is liberation from the extremely low level of the social and cultural debate these days, and it starts with the fundamentals and ends with the phenomenological. From liberation into ascension.”

Sweden’s heavy doom rockers AVATARIUM might not have been able to set the European stages on fire with their magical live show this year due to obvious reasons – however, instead, they’ll bring the best tracks from their four studio albums right into your living room now!

After previously releasing their Live In Stockholm show as downloadable concert via Blackbox in August (still available here: https://avatarium.solidtango.com), the band has now released their first official live album titled An Evening With Avatarium – available on all streaming platforms now!

Check out An Evening With Avatarium on the streaming service of your choice now: http://nblast.de/Avatarium-AnEvening

In case you weren’t able to download the full show yet, get a glimpse of AVATARIUM’s live show with the haunting classic, Moonhorse (live).

RICKY WARWICK (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) has released the second single from his first studio album in five years, When Life Was Hard And Fast (out February 19, 2021, via NUCLEAR BLAST). The new single is titled You Don’t Love Me and features a guest guitar solo from the inimitable Luke Morley of Thunder who also makes an appearance in the video. It’s a direct song with a direct meaning that tackles the all too familiar feeling of realising someone doesn’t feel the same about you as you do about them.

In relation to the new single Ricky says “‘When the flavour of the month starts to leave a bitter taste’. Luke Morley from Thunder demonstrating why the invention of the electric guitar was the turning point in the history of western civilization!!!”

In relation to the new single Ricky says “‘When the flavour of the month starts to leave a bitter taste’. Luke Morley from Thunder demonstrating why the invention of the electric guitar was the turning point in the history of western civilization!!!”

Luke comments: “When Ricky asked me to play on ‘You Don’t Love Me’ I was only too happy to oblige! We’ve known each other for 30 years and it was a pleasure to play on such a fine tune by an old mate and fellow rock’n’roll survivor.”

Sweden’s Symphonic Metal pioneers THERION are proud to unveil Die Wellen der Zeit, another single from their upcoming 17th studio album Leviathan, which drops on January 22nd, 2021, via NUCLEAR BLAST.

Band leader Christofer Johnsson comments:
“Once again we worked with Carlos Toro and Abyss Production in Chile. Carlos has done the previous 7 videos for us over the past 10 years and this may be the best one yet! The lyrics deal with the ancient Germanic worship of Nerthus and you will get some interpretations of the good old times in the clip.”

Every new beginning holds its own magic: With the release of their new single Beyond Reach, Ambient Post-hardcore outlet, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL, does not only announce their fourth studio album but also reveal the joyous news that the band inked a deal with metal heavyweight Nuclear Blast Records. The first result of this collaboration, titled Loss, will see light on April 9th. The album will be available in various formats.

With the video for Beyond Reach, the band showcases not only their charismatic performance skills but also gives a short glimpse on the earth-shattering riffs, huge soundscapes and soaring melodies awaiting you on Loss.

Following the release of the much-anticipated album Cycle Of Suffering back in February, Sylosis staged a monumental live return at a sold out Islington Assembly Hall in London. After a string of cancelled Summer festival performances, Josh Middleton went straight back to work on new music intended for the next Sylosis record. With uncertainty surrounding the future of live music, Sylosis offer the first taste of these new recordings with the release of a brand new standalone single! The new track, titled Worship Decay, was written and recorded during the first UK lockdown and is a thunderous amalgamation of thrash and melodic death metal, bearing the unmistakable Sylosis trademark.

Sylosis founder Josh Middleton comments “With everything happening in our world right now, we wanted to keep things moving in Sylosis’ world. We started writing new music as we entered the first set of lockdowns and ‘Worship Decay’ quickly developed as a song we feel confident stands up by itself and showcases something different for Sylosis. We’re of course looking forward to playing music live again (hopefully soon!), but it feels great to be able to continue creating music and sharing it with our fans during this time of uncertainty and unrest.”

Michael Schenker will release his new MSG album, Immortal on January 29th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The album title is a perfect statement describing Michael Schenker’s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician.

The band has revealed a music video for their new power ballad After The Rain.

“The song ‘After The Rain’ was coming out of the blue. A power ballad I have never done before. Michael Voss wrote some lyrics and vocal melodies, after I had put down my musically composition on backing track for this song. The next morning Michael Voss played me what he had sang to it and I said: This is so beautiful, only you can sing this song and it turned out amazing’’, comments Michael Schenker.

‘’This is an outstanding mellow tuned power ballad with some unique Michael Schenker clean picking guitar style. When I first listened to Michaels rough sketches, I was singing a kinda ‚lala‘ melody that automatically drove me into the line ‚say have you been lonely,…‘ – from there I felt it must deal about a sad loss and a departure of a big love… but there will be sun and light… after the rain’’, adds Michael Voss.

Latin metal kings ILL NIÑO are back with a brand-new song, Máscara, featuring a guest performance from AJ Channer of Fire From The Gods.

Singer Marcos Leal Says, “I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the ILL NIÑO legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career,” “I’m honoured to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favorite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer, of Fire From The Gods. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of ILL NIÑO, and as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honour in crafting the vocals for the next generation. It’s something fans new and old will appreciate, and I look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our Niño Familia in 2021!”

Channer adds, “ILL NIÑO is a band that will leave a strong lasting legacy on heavy music. Some of my earliest show experiences were ILL NIÑO shows. To be able to lend my voice to one of their songs includes me in that legacy. I was more than honored to sing on ‘Máscara.’”

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