Armed to the teeth with more riffs than you can shake a Howitzer at, Danish thrashers Artillery return with X (Metal Blade Records), their self-explanatory and succinctly titled tenth album. Sadly, guitarist Morten Stützer, brother of fellow founder member and co-guitarist Michael Stützer, passed away in 2019 meaning the band were forced into a change in personnel. His replacement, Sacrificial axeman Kræn Meier, pulls off an excellent job under the darkest of circumstances and this latest record stands as one of their strongest to date.
Modern Thrash Metal band War Curse has shared a new single and video for a cover of Anthrax’s 1990s metal classic “Only.” the trach comes from “The Big 4 of Thrash Metal” founders’ platinum-selling album The Sound of White Noise. The trach is a stand-alone single for War Curse, unrelated to their upcoming new full-length album, due out for Blacklight Media, a sub-label of Metal Blade Records later in 2021. Check out the clip here:
With the release of their fourth full-length, Demon Head has gone from a particularly rustic Occult Doom band to full-on Goth Rock with a few sparse Doom elements. Glossy guitars and Robert Smith-esque vocals among other elements became prominent with 2019’s Hellfire Ocean Void and Viscera (Metal Blade Records) pushes them to an even further extent. But while this album should feel like the culmination of a well-realized evolution, the results are those of an unfortunately awkward misstep.
(UPDATE: We now have the full new single and announcement here) Cannibal Corpse premiered a new song last night on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal show! “Inhumane Harvest” is the first single from their upcoming new album Violence Unimagined, due out this year from their longtime label Metal Blade Records. More details are expected to be released soon and we will update as soon as we know more.
Hallows Eve was quite an anomaly back in the halcyon days of Eighties Heavy Metal. Even going by the standards of a time when subgenres were still nebulous and ill-defined, the Atlantans’ approach was difficult to pin down. Utilizing familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways, their Alice Cooper-inspired horror theatrics set them apart from their Speed Metal peers while their Punk attitude was a far cry from King Diamond. Their 1985 debut album, Tales Of Terror (Metal Blade Records), is easily the rawest and arguably the most endearing iteration of their Horror Metal formula.
Bay Area Thrash legends Vio-lence will enter Trident Studios in early 2021 to record a five-song EP. Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Heathen, Skinlab) will produce the EP, which will release on Metal Blade Records around “mid-to-late summer” according to Phil Demmel in a video with most of the band and Juan, posted via Instagram. It will be the first recording of brand new material from the band since the Nothing To gain was recorded and released in 1993. The current lineup of the band includes founders drummer Perry Strickland and guitarist Demmel (BPMD), vocalist Sean Killian and new members Christian Olde-Wohlbers (Powerflo, ex Fear Factory) on bass, and guitarist Bobby Gustafson (Satan’s Taint, ex-Overkill).
Technical Death Metal leaders The Black Dahlia Murder have announced “Yule ‘Em All”: A Holiday Variety Extravaganza” livestream for Friday, December 18th – featuring live performances, special guests, and more! Presented by Night Shift Merch, fans can purchase tickets and merch bundles now at the link below, where the stream itself will take place. ***There will be a 48-hour video on demand restream period for ticket holders (you MUST buy a ticket before the livestream airs to have access to the VOD restream). The Black Dahlia Murder released their latest album, Verminous, earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.Continue reading
Over 35 years ago, Fates Warning was one of the main trailblazers and influencers in the Progressive Metal movement. With so much history, there has been a lot of lineup changes throughout the years, but the band has always been known for its exploration and expansion of the scene. Even today this East Coast act is still examining their special sound. Earlier this month FW released their newest full-length album, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade Records). These boys went big and completed 13 songs to celebrate their 13th full-length release. The group took their time to dig deep into their assorted inclinations to expose the wealth they found there.
War Curse has signed a new record deal with Blacklight Media Records/Metal Blade Records and will release a new album in 202. The modern Trad Heavy Metal formed in 2013 and has released two full-lengths, including Eradication (Svart Records) in 2019.
Consistency is the best word that can be used to describe a band like The Ocean. After releasing the critically acclaimed album Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade Records/Pelagic Records) in 2018, the Germans come back with can possibly be a solid candidate for album of the year in Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade Records/Pelagic Records). And it’s just that this band keeps raising the musical and creative bars that are out there. They are not afraid to crush any musical barriers and do love to delve into unknown territories and as a result, they always come out on the winning end of it.