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Rammstein Has Arrived on Thunderflix


Get ready to unleash the flames of metal madness with Thunderflix’s latest addition: Rammstein!

Experience the explosive energy and raw power of Rammstein’s legendary performances in Paris and Berlin, now streaming on Thunderflix!

From pyrotechnics galore to jaw-dropping stage theatrics, Rammstein delivers a metal experience like no other. Don’t miss out on the firestorm of metal.

Live in Paris

Live aus Berlin

And that’s not all! We’ve added four more epic titles this week. Grab a helmet and dive into:

And that’s not all! We’ve added four more epic titles this week. Grab a helmet and dive into:

The Zombie Horror Picture Show

Live at the Hard Rock

Live and Murderous in Chicago

Start Streaming Now!

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EXIT EDEN Unveils New Official Video for Spellbinding Mylène Farmer-Cover “Désenchantée”

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EXIT EDEN are:
Clémentine Delauney
Anna Brunner
Marina La Torraca

EXIT EDEN Unveils New Official Video for Spellbinding Mylène Farmer-Cover “Désenchantée”| Watch HERE!

https://youtu.be/jiV917Ng6bo?si=3e_VZPDsaZHbujbG

New Album, Femmes Fatales, Out Now via Napalm Records
Order the Standout Offering HERE!

“Seductive, magical and demonic at the same time” – Legacy DE

Symphonic metal unit EXIT EDEN – consisting of Clémentine Delauney (Visions of Atlantis), Anna Brunner (League of Distortion) and Marina La Torraca (Phantom Elite) – has unveiled a stunning new music video for their shimmering cover version of French iconic pop artist Mylène Farmer’s “Désenchantée”. French-born Clémentine Delauney presents the track in her mother tongue – which marks the very first time ever doing so for a whole song! “Désenchantée” is cut from the band’s second studio album, Femmes Fatales, and, together with the accompanying music video, lures the listener into the mysterious world of Mylène Farmer, showing a whole new exciting facet of EXIT EDEN.  
 
In addition to its six cover versions of famous cross-generational super-hits, Femmes Fatales is the trio’s first record featuring original songs, written by Anna Brunner and Hannes Braun (Kissin’ Dynamite), with one exception, “Dying in my Dreams”, co-written by Marina La Torraca. EXIT EDEN’s new masterpiece follows their debut, Rhapsodies in Black (#15 DE album charts), and millions of video views (12M on their cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” alone). The album, in its entirety, marks an illustration of strength and female empowerment topped with symphonic heaviness. Watch the official music video for “Désenchantée” below and make sure to order your copy of Femmes Fatales!   

Clémentine Delauney on the song:                    
Reflecting upon the journey that shaped the woman I’ve become, I, Clementine, delved into the influences of my youth – the individuals and artists who ignited my inspiration. Among them, Mylène Farmer, a pop artist whose universe, thoughts, and messages I held in high regard during my teenage years. Her poetry, distinctiveness, and bittersweet perspective on life, with a touch of melancholy, left an indelible mark. I am convinced that her portrayal of despair and loneliness remains relevant to this day.
 
In our video rendition of “Désenchantée,” I aimed to pay homage to this iconic song and the unparalleled artist behind it. Seeking to evoke the essence of the 90s, the era of its inception, I imagined a way to connect it to the contemporary landscape of 2024 – a world where the evolution of our digital lives has heightened the sense of isolation.
 
Releasing on Valentine’s Day, this tribute is for anyone feeling lonely in our super-connected world.”

Watch the seductive official video for “Désenchantée” HERE

When Clémentine Delauney, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca and Amanda Somerville came together to form EXIT EDEN, topped by the release of their first album, Rhapsodies in Black, in summer 2017, it became immediately clear that this combination would be both powerful and magical! These four outstanding and independent female vocalists proved that symphonic heaviness can go hand in hand with pop music – dressing well-known classics in a yet unheard soundscape, and evoking more than just a covers album!         

Get your copy of Femmes Fatales NOW:

Femmes Fatales tracklisting:     
1    Femme Fatale           
2    It’s a Sin        
3    Run! (feat. Marko Hietala)  
4    Separate Ways         
5    Buried in the Past    
6    Désenchantée          
7    Dying in my Dreams
8    Poison          
9    Alone            
10  Hold Back Your Fear
11  Kayleigh       
12  Elysium 

With stellar vocals, an exceptional concept and high-quality production, EXIT EDEN have crafted another standout album that absolutely succeeds in expanding the identity of the supergroup even more, and gives fans the chance to experience three of the most beautiful and talented women in metal united as one on Femmes Fatales

Femmes Fatales is available in the following formats:                
1-LP Gatefold MARBLED RED/BLACK – ltd. to 300 copies worldwide      
1-LP Gatefold BLACK     
1-CD 48 page Earbook – ltd. to 300 copies worldwide   
1-CD 6p Digipak              
Bundle 1-CDs DGS + Shirt          
Digital Album

 

[1-LP Gatefold MARBLED RED/BLACK – ltd. to 300 copies worldwide]

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Skindred – Release New Video For If I Could. Appearing At Knotfest Australia This March!

UK ragga-metal legends Skindred released their colossal eighth album, Smile, in August of 2023.

With the incredible support of the rock and metal community – including messages of support from Metallica, Rage Against The Machine and Disturbed as well as Kerrang!, NME and Metal Hammer, the band landed a career best of Number 2 in the UK Album chart. They also went to reach Number 1 in the Official UK Rock & Metal,  Independent Album, Downloads AND Vinyl charts, outselling most of the UK’s biggest and most established rock artists!


The band have just released a music video for the track, If I Could.


The video celebrates Skindred’s amazing year with footage and highlights filmed in the build up to Skindred’s UK #2 album ‘Smile’ and sold out UK and European tours as the band gear up for their trip to play Knotfest Australia next month.

Watch If I Could via Knotfest now at
knotfest.com/australia  


‘Smile’ attests to the enduring power of a band that delivers a good time, every time. “When I look out into the crowd, whether it’s in a small room or a festival crowd, the one thing I notice above all else is the smiles,” says Skindred’s formidable frontman Benji. For him and for Skindred – completed by guitarist Mikey Demus, bassist Daniel Pugsley, and drummer Arya Goggin – it’s about enduring and it’s about legacy. “In life, it’s about hearing that our music has encouraged people and got them through dark times. But even when we’re done and gone, people will still be listening to this music. That thought makes me smile.”

The release of Smile followed an incredible career-defining year for Skindred: from winning the award as Best UK Live Act at the Heavy Music Awards, to touring with rock legends KISS as special guests on their last ever UK tour. The band also graced the cover of Kerrang! magazine for the first time in their careers and performed their single “Gimme That Boom” on BBC2’s  Later… with Jools Holland. Aside from this, singer Benji Webbe also appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and the band also were featured as guests on BBC Breakfast.


Adding to the Skindred frenzy, the band’s 2000’s hit “Nobody” also saw an electrifying resurgence following a viral TikTok dance trend, which saw over 14 million hits on the Skindred hashtag in a matter of weeks. (Just in the first few weeks of 2024, one person dancing “Nobody” has amassed 32 million views on Instagram too!)

With the band’s forthcoming appearance this March on Knotfest Australia, 2024 is set to be Skindred’s best yet! Prior to Australia they will play their biggest headline shows in the UK to date and have just WON Best Alternative Act at this years MOBO Awards!

Skindred have certainly got more than enough reasons to smile!

Smile is out now
skindred.net

Skindred will be appearing at Knotfest Australia this March

Wednesday, March 20: Liberty Music Hall, Sydney – with Halestorm
Thursday, March 21: Knotfest Melbourne
Saturday, March 23: Knotfest Sydney
Sunday, March 24: Knotfest Brisbane
Tuesday, March 26: Princess Theatre, Brisbane– with Halestorm
knotfest.com/australia  

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Cannibal Corpse Drops “Vengeful Invasion” Video

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North American Tour With Amon Amarth Draws Near

Watch CANNIBAL CORPSE’s “Vengeful Invasion” video HERE

Death metal icons CANNIBAL CORPSE are pleased to unleash a video for “Vengeful Invasion.” The track comes by way of the band’s critically-adored Chaos Horrific full-length, released last Fall via Metal Blade Records.

The video was directed and edited by Zev Deans and shot by Brendan McGowan with SFX makeup by Nina Carelli, AI footage manipulation by KingCon2k11, and stars Actually Huizenga from the band Patriarchy. With “Vengeful Invasion,” a human trafficking revenge tale spirals into grotesque phantasmagoria in the spirit of Japanese horror classics.

Watch CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s “Vengeful Invasion” video HERE.

Watch CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s previously released videos for “Chaos HorrificHERE, “Blood BlindHERE, and “Summoned For SacrificeHERE.

Since 1988, CANNIBAL CORPSE has remained at the forefront of death metal, shaping and defining the genre. In 2021, they raised the stakes again with their Violence Unimagined full-length. In 2023 they returned with its successor, the equally monstrous Chaos Horrific, consequently beginning the next chapter in their legacy. Produced again by guitarist Erik Rutan, who has now produced six of the band’s albums, Chaos Horrific is, without question, a full-on, CANNIBAL-style death metal outing, straight down to the themes, which include zombie warfare, resetting the human race through mass mutilations, and the violent revenge of victims of human trafficking, and its cover art by longtime collaborator Vince Locke.

Chaos Horrific slaughtered Billboard charts upon its first week of release, earning the #7 position on the Billboard Album Sales chart, #2 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #3 on the Rock Albums chart, #5 on the Independent Label Albums chart, and more!

The record is available on digipak CD, cassette, and digital formats as well as vinyl in multiple limited color variants.

Secure your copy today at the CANNIBAL CORPSEstore at: cannibalcorpse.store and Metal Blade at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse

This April, CANNIBAL CORPSE will join labelmates Amon Amarth on the Metal Crushes All Tour. The journey runs from April 21st through May 25th and includes performances at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver as well as arena stops in Portland, Vancouver, Quebec City, Asheville, Tampa, and Anaheim. Additional support will be provided by Obituary and Frozen Soul. See all confirmed dates below.

CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Amon Amarth, Obituary, Frozen Soul:
4/21/2024 Revel Entertainment Center – Albuquerque, NM
4/22/2024 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
4/24/2024 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
4/26/2024 Alaska Airlines’ Theater Of The Clouds – Portland, OR *
4/27/2024 PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC *
4/29/2024 Edmonton Convention Center – Edmonton, AB
4/30/2024 Grey Eagle Event Center – Calgary, AB
5/03/2024 Steelhouse – Omaha, NE
5/04/2024 The Sylvee – Madison, WI
5/05/2024 GLC Live At 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
5/07/2024 Rose Music Center At The Heights – Huber Heights, OH
5/09/2024 The Wellmont – Montclair, NJ
5/10/2024 Toyota Oakdale Theater – Wallingford, CT
5/11/2024 Videotron Centre – Quebec City, QC *
5/13/2024 The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
5/14/2024 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
5/16/2024 ExploreAsheville.com Arena – Asheville, NC *
5/17/2024 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
5/18/2024 Yuengling Center – Tampa, FL *
5/20/2024 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
5/21/2024 Boeing Center At Tech Port – San Antonio, TX
5/23/2024 Arizona Financial Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/24/2024 Pearl Concert Theater At Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, NV
5/25/2024 Honda Center – Anaheim, CA *
* arena show

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UNEARTH Drops Intense New Video for “Eradicator” Off Their Critically Acclaimed Album ‘The Wretched; The Ruinous’

Watch “Eradicator” HERE

Metalcore titans UNEARTH proudly present their latest video for “Eradicator,” a standout track from their formidable album, The Wretched; The Ruinous. The video, showcasing the band’s relentless energy and unique artistry, is now available for viewing HERE.

Following the success of The Wretched; The Ruinous, UNEARTH continues to push boundaries, both musically and thematically. The album, lauded for its incisive commentary on global issues, stands as a testament to the band’s ability to blend aggressive sounds with thought-provoking lyrics.

Fans can access the album HERE.

Reflecting on the new video, vocalist Trevor Phipps says, “Since our new album The Wretched; The Ruinous was released ‘Eradicator’ has been posted and reposted more than any other track on the record by you all. Because of this we hit up our good friend Daniel Vandal from Kreact to shoot another live themed video (Incinerate) for us across the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The footage captures the high energy, and mayhem (Barrie), our Canadian friends always bring to our shows north of the border. Check out ‘Eradicator’ now and see you on the road.”

The album The Wretched; The Ruinousdelves into pressing global concerns, as Phipps explains: “The Wretched; The Ruinous is about the eight billion people on this planet. We’ve created a man-made mass extinction event and have been too slow to correct our faults. Extreme weather, drought, famine, disease, erosion of land, culture wars, civil wars, wars for natural resources, and the displacement of billions of people, is all a current reality. This isn’t a future problem; it is a now problem and I take this record to talk about it.”

Critics have hailed The Wretched; The Ruinous as a landmark release in the metalcore genre:

“Worthy of respect for staying the course, but also for smashing harder than ever, UNEARTH have made their best album since 2008’s “The March”. In the absence of anyone else nailing this substrain of metal with such panache, I hereby proclaim them to be the current kings of this shit.” – Blabbermouth

“The Wretched; The Ruinous is a reminder of how exciting metalcore can be when executed with passion and integrity, and that’s welcome in 2023.” – Kerrang

“It’s fun, it’s powerful, it’ll be a blast to pit to and it’s performed with a gusto and self-belief that comes from years of hard work and their deserved place as one of the originators of the scene.” – Distorted Sound

UNEARTH’s new video for “Eradicator” is more than just a musical statement; it’s a visual journey into the heart of what makes them one of metal’s most enduring and relevant acts.

You can catch UNEARTH live at these festivals:

July 5 – RockHarz – Ballenstedt, Germany
August 16 – Summer Breeze Open Air – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
August 23 – NOAF (Neuborn Open Air Festival) – Wörrstadt, Germany
October 4 – Furnace Fest – Birmingham, Alabama

The Wretched, The Ruinous Track List:
The Wretched; The Ruinous
Cremation of the Living
Eradicator
Mother Betrayal
Invictus
Call of Existence
Dawn of the Militant
Aniara
Into the Abyss
Broken Arrow
Theaters of War

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NUCLEAR BLAST – Announces ‘The Aggression Sessions’!

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the release of The Aggression Sessions featuring THY ART IS MURDER, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY,and MALEVOLENCE which will be available digitally on April 7th and on CD + Vinyl on July 21st, 2023 via Nuclear Blast.

Today, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY releases the first single from the EP entitled, “Hellions”. Check out the visualizer here: https://youtu.be/m02W2kYSwYE

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY states, “‘Hellions’ was a fun look back at some of our more brutal and fast-paced roots more akin to our earlier material. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Hellbound, the record which we all collectively feel really started things in motion for the band. It was a blast to channel the energy and excitement we had at that time back into our music in 2023. It’s only natural for bands to evolve and expand their sound over time, but we never forgot where we came from, so this one is for those who were here from day one!”

Listen/stream “Hellions” here: https://ffaa.bfan.link/hellions

The Aggression Sessions is the follow-up to 2016’s The Depression Sessions and follows the same 6-song mini album where each band offers an original single and a cover song. For this session, THY ART IS MURDER is covering Cannibal Corpse and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY is covering At The Gateswhereas MALEVOLENCE is handling a song by American singer Anastacia.

THY ART IS MURDER and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY make the following joint statement:
“Before we had even completed work on ‘The Depressions Sessions’ we knew a lifelong friendship had been forged between THY ART IS MURDER and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and that we would have to do another variation of the project. ‘The Aggression Sessions’ concept was born almost immediately following the completion of the first iteration but has taken many years to finally find the time to record and release it amidst the chaotic touring and music release schedules of both bands. We wanted to take things back to some of our favorite inspirations for writing and performing heavy and aggressive music this time, encapsulating the tone of the EP title. We hope everyone enjoys!
Joining us for round 2, please welcome MALEVOLENCE into the series. Much love to The Acacia Strain, and thank you to them for being a part of this lineage. Check out their new forthcoming record as well!
Working with friends and peers and avoiding the pitfalls of competitiveness has always been the most rewarding part of being in a band, so as always thank you for the support and opportunity to have this platform. See you all on the road soon!”

MALEVOLENCE’s ilkie Robinson adds, “New Jersey to Australia to Sheffield! it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in this big international metal link-up and a great opportunity for us to have fun creatively outside of the usual expectations. Shout out to Eliran Kantor for killing the artwork and Nuclear Blast for making it all happen.”

Below is the tracklisting for The Aggression Sessions:
1. Hellions – FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
2. Until There Is No Longer – THY ART IS MURDER
3. Waste Of Myself – MALEVOLENCE
4. Under A Serpent Sun (At The Gates Cover) – FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
5. Hammer Smashed Face (Cannibal Corpse Cover) – THY ART IS MURDER
6. Left Outside Alone (Anastacia Cover) – MALEVOLENCE

Pre-order your copy of The Aggression Sessions, here: https://bfan.link/the-aggression-sessions

Like what you hear? Hellions is available to stream/download HERE.

The Aggression sessions are set for release digitally on 7th April 2023 and on CD/Vinyl on 21st July 2023, available to pre-order/pre-save now.

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Job for a Cowboy Unleashes “Beyond the Chemical Doorway” Video And Single

Photo by Chris Klumpp

JOB FOR A COWBOY:
Jonny Davy – vocals
Al Glassman – guitar
Nick Schendzielos – bass
Tony Sannicandro – guitar

Moon Healer Full-Length To See Release February 23rd On Metal Blade Records

Watch JOB FOR A COWBOY’s “Beyond The Chemical Doorway” video HERE

Experimental death metallers JOB FOR A COWBOY are pleased to unleash “Beyond The Chemical Doorway,” the latest single from their long-awaited new full-length, Moon Healer, set for release on February 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The release marks the iconic outfit’s first new full-length in a decade!

Moon Healer is a vivid illustration of what happens when creativity, aggression, and volatility tangle for the first time in years. Like the band’s critically adored, 2014-released Sun Eater full-length, Moon Healeris musically multifaceted, unabashedly brutal, and compellingly conceptual. Featuring a newly refreshed and reinspired lineup of frontman and co-founder Jonny Davy, guitarists Tony Sannicandro and Al Glassman, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and drummer (since 2020) Navene Koperweis, the band seamlessly picks up the mantle where Sun Eater left off.

“Moon Healer” track listing:

01. Beyond The Chemical Doorway
02. Etched In Oblivion
03. Grinding Wheels Of Ophanim
04. The Sun Gave Me Ashes So I Sought Out The Moon
05. Into The Crystalline Crypts
06. A Sorrow-Filled Moon
07. The Agony Seeping Storm
08. The Forever Rot

Compared to past offerings, Moon Healeris as bone-crushing as JOB FOR A COWBOY has ever been. But it’s more consistent and conceptual, composed with the utmost enthusiasm and confidence. “The evolution of our sound has become a big part of the band,” Davy says. “As we mature as musicians, our tastes and interests naturally expand. With age comes more experience and ideas that we wouldn’t have considered in our earlier years.

When discussing the lyrical genesis of songs “Grinding Wheels Of Ophanim,” “Into The Crystalline Crypts,” and latest single, “Beyond The Chemical Doorway,” Davy’s writing gets cryptic and elliptical-sounding, part Philip K. Dick, part Timothy Leary. “I envision this as a death metal album born from the mystical confines of an alchemist’s laboratory. The music acts as potent potions, inducing hallucinogenic journeys that unlock the secrets of the universe.”

With “Beyond The Chemical Doorway,” Davy explores Gnosticism — an occult teaching based on Gnosis, a state of transcendence achieved through intuitive, unconventional means — by way of Hieronymus Bosch’s art. Elaborates Davy, “On Moon Healer, we unravel the dismal narrative of a close friend consumed by an unwavering pursuit of enlightenment. They achieve this through a compulsive embrace of hallucinogenic drugs. This storyline emerges from the foundation set in our earlier album, Sun Eater, delving deeper into the intricacies brewing within our friend’s psyche.

When under the influence of these drugs,” he continues, “this individual claimed to encounter entities and find themselves in indescribable worlds that defy rational comprehension. Many who undergo such experiences draw intriguing parallels between diverse facets of Gnostic philosophy, biblical depictions of angels, and the stages of Bardo Thodol delineated in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. In the album’s opener, ‘Beyond The Chemical Doorway,’ our friend vividly voices his hallucinations, recounting the experience of breaching forbidden, gnostic-like realms, with each account culminating in the utter unraveling of his being.”

Watch JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s “Beyond The Chemical Doorway” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch the band’s previously released videos for “The Agony Seeping StormHERE and “The Forever RotHERE.

Moon Healer was produced by Jason Suecof (Death Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide) at his Audiohammer Studios and is the first JOB FOR A COWBOY album to feature session drummer Navene Koperweis (ex-Animosity). Davy previously worked with Koperweis in the progressive death metal side project Fleshwrought, which released Dementia/Dyslexia through Metal Blade in 2010. Koperweis also worked as a session drummer for Machine Head and Whitechapel and is currently in the band Entheos, whose third full-length came out on Metal Blade in March 2023.

Moon Healer will be released on CD, digitally, and on vinyl in the following color variants:

Vinyl US:
Purple w/ Black Smoke
Blue And White Marbled
Pink And White Marbled
Magenta Marble (Independent Retailers)

Vinyl EU:
Dark Purple Marbled (1000 copies)
Ice Blue Marbled (500 copies)
White w/ Purple Splattered (300 copies)
Blue/White Split Splattered (300 copies)

For pre-orders, visit: metalblade.com/jobforacowboy

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VOLCANDRA announce new album, ‘The Way of Ancients’; Lead single and music video, ‘Fouled Sanctity’, premiering now

Photographer credit: Patrick Ballard

VOLCANDRA is:
Dave Palenske – Vocals
River Jordan – Guitar
Jamie DeMar – Guitar
Andrew Casciato – Bass
Mike Hargrave – Drums

Louisville, Kentucky blackened melodic death metal band, VOLCANDRA has today announced their forthcoming second album, The Way of Ancients, which is due for release via Prosthetic Records on March 1. Alongside the album announcement, VOLCANDRA are currently premiering the lead single and accompanying music video, Fouled Sanctity, via Decibel.

LISTEN TO AND WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR FOULED SANCTITY VIA DECIBEL HERE.
Fouled Sanctity will be available on all streaming platforms on Thursday, February 1.

Pre-order The Way of Ancients here.

Speaking on the album announcement, VOLCANDRA comments: “The Way of Ancients features an over arching high fantasy concept inspired by some of our favorite pieces of media from the sword and sorcery genre. It tells a tale of unlikely heroes traversing through deadly terrain in order to take on insurmountable forces of darkness. The album title refers to the final passage that must be taken in order to complete such a perilous quest. For this release we blended our influences from thrash metal, melodic death metal, and black metal all into one finely crafted sonic assault. It is our most aggressive record to date and we can’t wait to bring these songs to a venue near you. We are ecstatic to share this album that we are very proud of on the world stage via Prosthetic Records and expand our reach as far as possible.”

Of Fouled Sanctity, they add: “We chose Fouled Sanctity as the first single for this record because it takes no time to get going. From the first note you know you’re in for a banger. The track showcases our love for thrash and death metal with a blackened twist, but not without a hint of melody in the mix. The lyrics are about a brave warrior who ventures into the depths of a defiled cathedral that has been infested with demons in which he must do battle with. By the end of his quest he is possessed by the soul of the beast who is the cause of all of this chaos. For the music video we recruited our good friend Malcolm Pugh (Inferi) once again. The video pays homage to sword and sorcery films of the 1980’s and our love for analog media of yesteryear.”

Following the release of their well-received Border World EP in 2022, VOLCANDRA breathed life into their continually evolving universe of myths and extreme metal fantasy epics across stages in North America. Amassing tours alongside labelmates Tómarúm, multiple solo headline runs, and a support stint with The Convalescence, VOLCANDRA’s dynamic as a unit in 2024 is one of unwavering confidence and lofty ambition.

Galvanized by their growing rapport and momentum from the road, The Way of Ancients’ writing process came quickly and naturally to the band in the winter of 2022. Vocalist and lyricist Dave Palenske’s affinity for concept albums led to The Way of Ancients’ creative decision to implement an overarching story, with particular influence from the classic early Diablo video game series as well as the escapism found in sword and sorcery eighties films such as Conan, Clash of the Titans and Excalibur.

Commencing production in January 2023 with Mike Low (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, INFERI) at the helm for tracking, mixing and mastering, VOLCANDRA also enlisted Entheos’ Chaney Crabb and Navene Koperweis for drum recording. Further contributions also see choral singing throughout the release from Oubliette’s Emily Low. Whilst The Way of Ancients retains VOLCANDRA’s inclination for melodicism, both in songwriting and production value, guitarists River Jordan and Jamie DeMar’s synergy and growing desire for a more bellicose approach to the blackened aspects of their sound is evident throughout the near 40 minute runtime.

Intent to keep aesthetic continuity of their established narrative thread, longtime collaborator Varises Otak (Cryptopsy and Amon Amath) masterfully brings The Way Of Ancients’ visual identity to life with the cover art.

The Way of Ancients tracklist:
1. Birth of the Nephalem
2. Fouled Sanctity
3. Nemesis Confession
4. Maiden of Anguish
5. Seven Tombs
6. The Blackened Temple
7. Not Even Death
8. The Way of Ancients

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Allegaeon to Enter Studio to Record Seventh Full-Length with Original Vocalist Ezra Haynes

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Band To Join Decapitated, Septicflesh, And Kataklysm On North American Spring Tour

ALLEGAEON is set to enter the studio next week alongside original vocalist Ezra Haynes to record their seventh full-length album with longtime producer Dave Otero (Flatline Audio).

Fans can catch live video updates throughout the recording process on instagram.com/allegaeonofficial, as well as special inside looks on their Patreon on: patreon.com/allegaeon

Guitarist Greg Burgess comments, “We are really excited to get back in the studio with Dave and get to work. The album is shaping up to be a strong amalgamation of songs across the discography. Some songs sound like they would be at home on Formshifter and some sound like they are straight off of DAMNUM. It’s a very exciting time to be in ALLEGAEON and we can’t wait for everyone to hear this record.

Adds Haynes, “It has been a decade since I’ve had the pleasure of creating a full-length album with the boys. The chemistry of this lineup is nothing I’ve experienced before and there’s a lot to unpack with this new album. A decade’s worth of experiences, and I’m finally ready to share it with the fine folk of the metal community. 2024 is really shaping up and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s to lucky #7!

This April/May, ALLEGAEON will be hitting the road with Decapitated, Septicflesh, and Kataklysm for the Cancer Culture Over North America Tour 2024. The tour runs from April 16th through May 19th. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

ALLEGAEON w/ Decapitated, Septicflesh, Kataklysm:
4/16/2024 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/17/2024 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
4/18/2024 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
4/19/2024 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
4/20/2024 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
4/21/2024 Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
4/23/2024 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/24/2024 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
4/25/2024 Hangar 1819 – Greensboro, NC
4/26/2024 The Queen – Wilmington, DE
4/27/2024 The Webster – Hartford, CT
4/28/2024 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
4/29/2024 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/01/2024 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
5/02/2024 Beanfield Theater – Montreal, QC
5/03/2024 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
5/04/2024 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA
5/05/2024 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
5/06/2024 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
5/07/2024 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
5/08/2024 The Forge – Joliet, IL
5/10/2024 Green Room – Minneapolis, MN
5/11/2024 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
5/12/2024 Louis (USSU) – Saskatoon, SK
5/13/2024 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
5/14/2024 The Back Alley – Calgary, AB
5/16/2024 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2024 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
5/18/2024 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
5/19/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA

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Music News

Metal Blade Records Announces Its Museum Is Now Open Every Day!

The ultimate Heavy Metal museum features artifacts from Slayer, Metallica, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy and many more!

Tickets HERE!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that its Las Vegas, NV based museum, previously only open on the weekends, will now be open EVERY DAY. Inside the museum, fans will be able to wander the halls of heavy metal history, collected throughout the life and career of Metal Blade’s founder and Chairman/CEO, Brian Slagel. You’ll see items like old promo materials, old show flyers from the Sunset Strip and beyond, plaques, props from tours and music videos, original promotional photos from bands’ album releases, original artwork from bands’ cover art, merch, gear, and so, so much more.

For a better idea of what the museum holds, check out these videos which offer a quick tour through the museum with Metal Blade’s very own, Brian Slagel.

Pt 1 HERE | Pt 2 HERE

And while out and about in Las Vegas, make sure to stop by Metal Blade Records‘ store at the Antique Mall Of America. Full of Metal Blade collectibles and out-of-print items that can’t be found anywhere else, fans can visit the location to get their fix of rare vinyl, t-shirts, CDs and more. (Antique Mall of America 9151 S Las Vegas Blvd # 344 Las Vegas, NV 89123 – directions HERE)

About Metal Blade Records:
Founded upon owner Brian Slagel‘s enduring drive to find great bands and get their music out to as many people as possible, since 1982 Metal Blade has brought wave after wave of powerful, innovative, and often genre-defining music to the ever-hungry metal masses. It is this ethos that has seen Metal Blade build up a stunning and diverse catalog, weather the various storms facing any independent label, and in an age of declining record sales boast the most successful years of its existence as it celebrates its fourth decade.

Metal Blade Records launched Metallica, Slayer, Armored Saint, Fates Warning, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cattle Decapitation, and dozens more genre giants, shaping four decades and counting of hard rock, metal, and extreme music culture. Brian Slagel worked as a record store clerk when he founded Metal Blade in 1982, reserving a spot for a young Lars Ulrich on his Metal Massacre compilation series. Metal Blade grew from humble beginnings in Los Angeles to become an international powerhouse, selling millions of albums while remaining fiercely independent. In 2017, Slayer‘s Kerry King inducted the label into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. Slagel‘s For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records arrived the same year.

In 2022 Metal Blade Records celebrated its 40th Anniversary by way of two live shows in Las Vegas – one featuring Killswitch Engageand another featuring Sacred Reich. In addition to these two packed live shows/parties, the label reissued its first release, the compilation album Metal Massacre, plus specially branded 40th Anniversary small batch vodka and rum, and a West Coast style IPA beer. Brian Slagelalso saw the release of his second book, Swing of the Blade: More Stories from Metal Blade Records that was released on May 9th and was met with rave reviews from fans and press alike. One fan on Good Reads called the book “a sentimental journey through Brian’s metal origin-story recollections from his deep and wide perspective as founder of Metal Blade that I enjoyed very much” while MetalTalk.net wrote that “Swing Of The Blade is an endearing, honest, and enjoyable journey into the deeper world of Brian Slagel, the main man behind the legendary Metal Blade Records…this is very much Brian in his own words, recounting tales from the early days of Metal Blade through to a brief post-pandemic epilogue, where he expresses his regret that the book hasn’t coincided with the 40th anniversary of the label.” To round out the celebration, Brian Slagel opened up the label’s collection of heavy metal memorabilia to fans in Las Vegas, NV, marking the opening of the official Metal Blade Records Museum that is open every Saturday.

The celebrating rolled over into 2023 and in October AXS TV picked up and premiered the Denise Korycki documentary of Metal Massacre: The Story Behind the Legendary Album. Packed with all-star interviews, rare photos, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Metal Massacre vinyl compilation-a sonic celebration of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metal scene, which helped launch the careers of iconic acts Metallica and Ratt, and ultimately led to the birth of the legendary independent record label Metal Blade Records. The film boasts priceless commentary and anecdotes from Metal Bladefounder Brian Slagel and his friend and collaborator John Kornarens, two metalheads with a dream who made Metal Massacre a reality; as well as Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield; Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy; and Black N’ Blue singer Jamie St. James, among many others.

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Tours

The Amity Affliction Announce Spring 2024 Headline Tour, Band to Perform Let The Ocean Take Me” In Full

THE AMITY AFFLICTION ANNOUNCE 2024 NORTH AMERICAN SPRING HEADLINE TOUR

BAND TO CELEBRATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK ALBUM LET THE OCEAN TAKE ME BY PLAYING THE ALBUM IN FULL EVERY NIGHT

NEW ALBUM NOT WITHOUT MY GHOSTS OUT NOW

Australian metalcore trailblazers THE AMITY AFFLICTION Joel Birch [vocals], Ahren Stringer [vocals, bass], Dan Brown [lead guitar], and Joe Longobardi [drums] — will return to North America for a headline tour this spring.

On this run, the band will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their beloved and iconic metal album Let the Ocean Take Me and will be performing the album in its entirety. It’s no doubt a treat for the diehard fans to see favorites like “Pittsburgh,” “Don’t Lean On Me,” and more.

The tour kicks off April 26 in San Diego and runs through June 6 in Los Angeles.

Currents, Dying Wish, and Mugshot will serve as support. All dates are below. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 25 at 10 am local time. Get tickets here.

The Amity Affliction dropped their new album Not Without My Ghosts last year via Pure Noise. Get it here or here.

THE AMITY AFFLICTION ON TOUR:
WITH CURRENTS, DYING WISH, + MUGSHOT:
4/26 — San Diego, CA — Soma
4/27 — Wheatland, CA — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/29 — Portland, OR — Roseland Theater
4/30 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox
5/1 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
5/3 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory Concert House
5/4 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
5/5 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
5/7 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
5/8 — New Orleans, LA — House of Blues
5/10 — Daytona, FL — Daytona International Speedway*
5/12 — North Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
5/13 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade (Heaven)
5/14 — Raleigh, NC — The Ritz
5/15 — Richmond, VA —The National
5/17 — McKees Rocks, PA — Roxian Theatre
5/18 — Columbus, OH — Historic Crew Stadium*
5/20 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore Detroit
5/21 — Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Hall
5/22 — Montreal, QC — L ‘Olympia
5/24 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
5/25 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Paramount
5/26 — Philadelphia, PA — Franklin Music Hall
5/27 — Silver Springs, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
5/29 — Chicago, IL — Concord Music Hall
5/31 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
6/1 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
6/2 — Fort Worth, TX — Panther Island Pavilion
6/3 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Underground
6/5 — Tempe, AZ — The Marquee
6/6 — Los Angeles, CA — The Novo
*Festival Date

MORE FROM THE AMITY AFFLICTION:
Show Me Your God
It’s Hell Down Here
I See Dead People” (Feat. Louie Knuxx)

ABOUT THE AMITY AFFLICTION:
Since emerging in 2008 with their debut Severed Ties, Australian powerhouse The Amity Affliction have consistently delivered. They’ve tallied over a billion streams worldwide, clocked four No. 1 records, have earned multiple Gold and Platinum certifications in their home country, and enjoyed a string of Top 30-charting albums on Billboard. They’ve also received critical accolades from Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, The Noise, and more. Throughout their career, The Amity Affliction have remained a featured attraction on some of the biggest festivals in the world — from Download UK, Reading and Leeds, Vans Warped Tour, Rock am Ring, Rock im park, Graspop, Sonic Temple, Welcome to Rockville, Hellfest, Slam Dunk, Jera on Air, and more! The band has sold out countless headline treks and have hit the road with everyone from A Day to Remember to Motionless in White to Silverstein to Sum 41 to Beartooth to PVRIS. New album Not Without My Ghosts arrived in Spring 2023.

SELECT DISCOGRAPHY:
Youngbloods (2010)
Chasing Ghosts (2012)
Let the Ocean Take Me (2014)
This Could Be Heartbreak (2016)
Misery (2018)
Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them (2020)

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Music News

Bruce Dickinson Drops New Single, ‘Rain On The Graves’ New Solo Album, The Mandrake Project, Out March 1

BRUCE DICKINSON
Rain On The Graves
Brand New Single Out Now Taken From The Mandrake Project
Brand New Solo Album Released On March 1

Bruce Dickinson has released his brand new single, ‘Rain On The Graves‘, accompanied by a thrilling video introducing Bruce’s live band, comprising guitarist Roy Z, drummer Dave Moreno, bass-player Tanya O’Callaghan and keyboard maestro Mistheria.

‘Rain On The Graves’ is the second single to be taken from Bruce Dickinson’s forthcoming solo album The Mandrake Project which will be released on March 1st, via BMG.

Riding on a towering guitar riff, with dramatic keyboards and a commanding vocal performance, it was inspired by a rainy visit to Romantic poet William Wordsworth’s grave in the Lake District. The song grew into a rumination on the nature of mortality and the deal with the Devil that artists have come to feel themselves making ever since Robert Johnson proved it worthwhile back in the 1930s.

“I had the chorus lyric since I visited Grasmere for a wedding back in 2012,” explains Bruce, “and it wasn’t difficult years later to create the rest of the song with so much rich imagery in my head!” It is a classic Dickinson/Roy Z collaboration; a catchy but heavy piece – full of melody but stripping out the spoken vocals of the verses in almost poetic fashion – maybe a further ode to the great wordsmith who inspired the title, somehow juxtaposed with music fit to raise the ghost of Robert Johnson at his metaphorical crossroads.

With a video shot entirely in a wintery Cornwall – again with Director Ryan Mackfall – we get to see Bruce the actor, a preacher no less, making his own deal with the Devil and dragging his ‘House Band from Hell’ into the bargain.

Watch the video here!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE4xNUB2Q5E

The follow up single to the hugely acclaimed track ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’, ‘Rain On The Graves’ showcases the inventive, expansive and absorbing nature of The Mandrake Project.

Sonically heavy and rich in musical textures, the album sees Bruce bring to life a musical vision long-in-the-making. Created with co-writer and producer Roy Z, they have crafted one of the defining rock albums of 2024.

However, The Mandrake Project is not just an album. The comic book of the same name is a dark, adult story of power, abuse and a struggle for identity, set against the backdrop of scientific and occult genius. Created by Bruce Dickinson, it is a collectable series of graphic novels scripted by Tony Lee (Dr Who), stunningly illustrated by Staz Johnson (2000AD) & with covers by industry heavyweight Bill Sienkiewicz for Z2 Comics, which will be released as 12 quarterly issues that will be collated into three annual graphic novels with the first coming at the end of 2024. The first individual episode was released in comic shops on January 17th & the special Collectors’ Edition sold out within 48 hours of release.

The Mandrake Project – tracklisting
Afterglow Of Ragnarok (05.45)
Many Doors To Hell (04.48)
Rain On The Graves (05.05)
Resurrection Men (06.24)
Fingers In The Wounds (03.39)
Eternity Has Failed (06.59)
Mistress Of Mercy (05.08)
Face In The Mirror (04.08)
Shadow Of The Gods (07.02)
Sonata (Immortal Beloved) (09.51)