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Billy Morrison & Ozzy Osbourne: A Dynamic Collaboration for ‘Crack Cocaine’

Image: Crack Cocaine – musicvideo [YouTube]

Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison unveiled ‘Crack Cocaine’, the latest single from his upcoming third solo album, ‘The Morrison Project’. For this track, Morrison teamed up with none other than the Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.

Last Friday, Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison unveiled ‘Crack Cocaine’, the latest single from his upcoming third solo album, ‘The Morrison Project’. For this track, Morrison teamed up with none other than the Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne.

Contrary to what the provocative title might suggest, the song has nothing to do with crack or cocaine, but is entirely about how certain relationships can also feel like an addiction, as Morrison explained to Metal Hammer UK.

‘Crack Cocaine’ impresses with strong riffs, dynamic melodies, and a dark theme, complemented by Ozzy’s iconic vocals, delivering the classic Ozzy sound we all know and love.

Watch the music video for “Crack Cocaine” here:

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New Album Vault of Horrors From Belgian Death Metal Band Aborted Out Now Via Nuclear Blast

ABORTED Line up:
Sven De Caluwé – Vocals
Ian Jekelis – Guitar Daniel Konradsson – Guitar Stefano Franceschini – bass
Ken Bedene – Drums

ABORTED open the Vault of Horrors as the new album of death metal’s finest finally sees the light of the day.

Ten ferocious, gut-wrenching extreme metal slashers await you in this cabinet of horror movie classics. ABORTED invited the crème de la crème of the heavy music scene to the party, and on each track of the album you will find a different guest vocalist – diving down into the dark abyss of horror movie culture. 

So sit back, grab a snack, and crawl down into the Vault of Horrors. Order your copy now:
https://aborted.bfan.link/vault-of-horrors

But that’s not the end of the show for today. Fresh from the grave, the living dead are about to return (again). Feast your eyes on the music video for ‘Condemned To Rot’ here, featuring FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE’s Francesco Paoli:
https://youtu.be/3SVubmozFRA

Since their unholy inception in 1995, death metal miscreants ABORTED have been one of the pioneers of the genre and have annihilated friend and foe with relentless intensity and an uncompromising mix of flawless technicality and raw emotion. 

Having carved a niche for themselves in the extreme metal realm, the multi-national combo around Sven de Caluwéinitially gained notoriety by offering up ruthlessly fast death-grind with groovy breakdowns on their early works (The Purity of Perversion, Goremageddon: The Saw And The Carnage Done). By meticulously crafting and introducing more technical elements on more recent releases such as TerrorVision, Retrogore and ManiaCult, ABORTED has consistently sharpened their lethal blend of furious death metal. Thereby firmly cementing their status as one of the most menacing and envelope-pushing metal acts of the 21st century.

For their twelfth studio album, set to attack the living on March 15th, the band teamed up with Nuclear Blast. With each of the ten new tracks, ABORTED dives deep into the vaults of VHS cassettes and stories that have been haunting us all for decades. Each song pays tribute to a horror cult classic and ranges from obligatory cuts such as ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (to be found on ‘Death Cult’) or ‘Halloween’ (‘The Shape Of Hate’) to the more recent ‘The Mist’ to be discovered on ‘Malevolent Haze’. True to themselves, it wouldn’t be an ABORTED reference without an odious homage to none other than shit daemon ‘The Golgothan’ (sadly defeated by Silent Bob through the use of deodorant, cheeky bastard!). 

There are plenty of familiar faces (and those who collect them), stories and easter eggs to be found on these tenferocious, gut-wrenching death metal slashers.

“It’s partially personal preference, but also stories that were interesting to write about”, frontman Sven remembers the writing process and how they chose their victims from the endless arsenal of great horror films. “‘Return of the Living Dead’ was picked not because it’s an interesting story, but because it’s a movie that hasn’t really gotten any coverage from any metal band yet and it’s a great fun film. ‘The Mist’ is another great one and carries a lot of sustenance, as does ‘Prince of Darkness’. The dark world of John Carpenter is always mesmerizing.”

 If you’re going head to head with the most vile and infamous monsters in pop culture (all cleverly combined into one supervillain on the cover artwork created by Dan Goldsworthy), you might as well get some help from some of the best out there, right? Therefore, ABORTED invited the crème de la crème (sadly, they ran out of ice cream) of the music scene to the party, and on each track of the album you will find a different guest vocalist – ranging from Alex Erian(DESPISED ICON) to Johnny Ciardullo (CARCOSA / ANGELMAKER), Ben Duerr (SHADOW OF INTENT), Francesco Paoli (FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE) and many more:


“As usual, the guest vocalists were all chosen out of friends, people we’ve known for years or got to know in the last years, toured with, or have a connection with. Hal from Engulf was also picked since I did a guest spot on their record and loved his vocals. The guys from Ingested, Carcosa, Ov Sulfur were people that we toured with last year. We also go way back with Archspire, Despised Icon, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Cryptopsy. Being able to collaborate with all these great artists is such a privilege and made the process all the more exhilarating since each of them bring their own flavour to the mix. The enthusiasm of everyone involved definitely shines through to the final product and adds yet another layer of depth to the listening experience of the album.”

With this deadly alliance, Vault of Horrors is an epic journey where listeners are thrust into a world of intense brutality, characterized by lightning-fast guitar riffs, intricate, pummeling drum patterns and monstrous vocals that leave no room for respite. 

For the first time since 2016’s Retrogore the band opted for a full production with audio extraordinaire and heavyweight producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, Khemmis):

“The process was different as we spent 6 weeks tracking with him. We did the pre-production with him and he was very involved with each step. In the past, we’ve had people that were less involved or only tracked drums and vocals while the guitarists did their thing. Now everyone went through Dave’s little ‘Torture Chamber’ and it was a great experience. He has a vision and is simply fantastic to work with. I don’t think I’ve ever spent as much time on vocals as on this record. Dave is a fan of the music, he knew the band well and really wants to bring out what makes Aborted ‘Aborted’. He gets super excited working on the music which creates this infectious energy that makes for a really motivating atmosphere. Honestly, it was the best studio experience I’ve ever had and the result speaks for itself.”

And oh boy-o, does it! So sit back, grab a snack, and crawl down into the Vault of Horrors, if you dare. As the final notes fade, one thing will be clear – with this new release, ABORTED have not only once again proven their dominance in the world of death metal but leaped to new heights.

“Vault Of Horrors” track listing:

01 – “Dreadbringer” (feat. Ben Duerr of Shadow Of Intent)
02 – “Condemned To Rot” (feat. Francesco Paoli of Fleshgod Apocalypse)
03 – “Brotherhood Of Sleep” (feat. Johnny Ciardullo of AngelMaker/Carcosa, etc.)
04 – “Death Cult” (feat. Alex Erian of Despised Icon)
05 – “Hellbound” (feat. Matt McGachy of Cryptopsy)
06 – “Insect Politics” (feat. Jason Evans of Ingested)
07 – “The Golgothan” (feat. Hal Microutsicos of Blasphemous)
08 – “The Shape Of Hate” (feat. Oliver Rae Aleron of Archspire)
09 – “Naturom Demonto” (feat. David Simonich III of Signs Of The Swarm)
10 – “Malevolent Haze” (feat. Ricky Hoover of Ov Sulfur)


ABORTED will kick off their European tour with CARNIFEX, REVOCATION and VEXED tomorrow. Catch the band on one of the following dates:
16.03. DE Köln – Essigfabrik 
17.03. DE Berlin – SO36 
19.03. SE Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan 
20.03. SE Gothenburg – Brewhouse 
21.03. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio 
22.03. NL Hengelo – Metropool GZ 
23.03. UK London – Electric Brixton 
24.03. UK Manchester – Club Academy 
25.03. UK Bristol – SWX 
27.03. FR Paris – Le Machine Du Rouge 
28.03. BE Sint-Niklaas – Casino 
29.03. CH Pratteln – Z7 
30.03. DE Karlsruhe – Substage 
31.03. DE Munich – Technikum 
01.04. IT Milan – Legend 
02.04. AT Vienna – Arena 
03.04. CZ Prague – Palac Akropolis 
04.04. PL Wrocław – Zaklęte Rewiry 
05.04. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser 
06.04. DE Hamburg – Markthalle 

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ABORTED – Bring Back 80’s Sci-Fi-Horror With New Single ‘Dreadbringer (feat. Ben Duerr)’!

After slaying January with the announcement of their upcoming album Vault of Horrors, Belgian death metal miscreants ABORTED take a stab at another horror movie classic. Together with SHADOW OF INTENT’s Ben Duerr, the band evoke The Thing with their latest single ‘Dreadbringer’ – a psychotic blend of guttural growls and razor sharp riffs.

Watch the visualizer for ‘Dreadbringer’ here: https://youtu.be/XCDHt7QjH1Q

ABORTED have not only summoned Leatherface and The Thing, but a whole host of horror movie villains, ready to be unleashed on March 15th. So sit back, grab a snack, and crawl down into the Vault of Horrors – the upcoming album from the death metal veterans, and the first under the flag of Nuclear Blast.

Ten ferocious, gut-wrenching death metal slashers await you in this cabinet of horror movie classics. ABORTED invited the crème de la crème of the heavy music scene to the party, and on each track of the album you will find a different guest vocalist – ranging from Alex Erian (DESPISED ICON) to Johnny Ciardullo (CARCOSA / ANGELMAKER), Ben Duerr (SHADOW OF INTENT), Francesco Paoli (FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE) and more.

Vault Of Horrors Tracklist:
1. Dreadbringer (feat Ben Duerr)
2. Condemned To Rot (feat. Francesco Paoli)
3. Brotherhood Of Sleep (feat. Johnny Ciardullo)
4. Death Cult (feat. Alex Erian)
5. Hell Bound (feat. Matt McGachy)
6. Insect Politics (feat. Jason Evans)
7.The Golgothan (feat. Hal Microutsicos)
8. The Shape Of Hate (Oliver Rae Aleron)
9. Naturom Demonto (feat. David Simonich)
10. Malevolent Haze (feat. Ricky Hoover)

Preorder and/or presave Vault Of Horrors now, if you dare: https://aborted.bfan.link/vault-of-horrors

ABORTED will be on tour with CARNIFEX, REVOCATION and VEXED in spring 2024. 
The tour will stop here: 
16.03. DE Köln – Essigfabrik 
17.03. DE Berlin – SO36 
19.03. SE Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan 
20.03. SE Gothenburg – Brewhouse 
21.03. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio 
22.03. NL Hengelo – Metropool GZ 
23.03. UK London – Electric Brixton 
24.03. UK Manchester – Club Academy 
25.03. UK Bristol – SWX 
27.03. FR Paris – Le Machine Du Rouge 
28.03. BE Sint-Niklaas – Casino 
29.03. CH Pratteln – Z7 
30.03. DE Karlsruhe – Substage 
31.03. DE Munich – Technikum 
01.04. IT Milan – Legend 
02.04. AT Vienna – Arena 
03.04. CZ Prague – Palac Akropolis 
04.04. PL Wrocław – Zaklęte Rewiry 
05.04. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser 
06.04. DE Hamburg – Markthalle 

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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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LUCIFER – Release Video For New Single ‘Maculate Heart’

LUCIFER is:

Johanna Platow Andersson (vocals)
Nicke Andersson Platow (drums)
Linus Björklund (guitar)
Martin Nordin (guitar)
Harald Göthblad (bass)

Heavy rock megalith LUCIFER are kicking off the new year in style with a brand new single called ‘Maculate Heart‘, which is yet another preview to be released before their magnificent new album, Lucifer V, drops on January 26th, 2024.

Consisting of nine unholy hymns, LUCIFER‘s fifth offering can easily be regarded as their magnum opus and sees the band channeling all their strengths known from previous records into one monumental mass of electrifying heavy rock and roll.
Infectious and hook-heavy stunner ‘Maculate Heart‘ might be the most accessible song LUCIFER have ever recorded and it’s being released today as a slightly trimmed radio edit for your listening pleasure. Bring it on!

In case you missed the announcement of LUCIFER‘s upcoming Satanic Panic European tour with Angel Witch, Attic, The Night Eternal and Crank, please scroll down to the bottom for all dates and more infos.

PRE-ORDER / PRE-SAVE LUCIFER V:
https://lucifer.bfan.link/lucifer-v

LISTEN TO ‘MACULATE HEART – RADIO EDIT”:
https://lucifer.bfan.link/maculate-heart

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘MACULATE HEART – RADIO EDIT’:
https://youtu.be/uOIA6RONj5k

LUCIFER V – Tracklist

1. Fallen Angel
2. At The Mortuary
3. Riding Reaper
4. Slow Dance in A Crypt
5. A Coffin Has No Silver Lining
6. Maculate Heart
7. The Dead Don’t Speak
8. Strange Sister
9. Nothing Left To Lose But My Life

AVAILABLE FORMATS:
Gatefold LP | CD | Cassette | Digital AlbumTHINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED RELATED TO LUCIFER V:

‘Slow Dance in A Crypt’ Official Music Video:
https://youtu.be/9tR8nGUfvC0

‘At The Mortuary (Halloween Edit)’ Official Music Video:
https://youtu.be/jkvQILyvro0

‘A Coffin Has No Silver Lining (The Sistine Version)’ Promo Music Video:
https://youtu.be/-EZkgyp9D18

ABOUT LUCIFER

Since its inception in 2014 In Berlin, the highly prolific band led by charismatic singer Johanna Platow Andersson has released four electrifying albums on Rise Above (LUCIFER I) and Century Media Records (LUCIFER II-IV), as well as and numerous stand-alone singles infused with 1970s hard rock, proto heavy metal, doom and occult rock, with a nod to their main influences such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram & Blue Öyster Cult. They have played over 200 shows in the Europe, Japan, North & South America, including festivals such as KISS Kruise, Psycho Las Vegas, Hellfest, Wacken and many more, most recently supporting the band GHOST on their European tour in spring 2023. Two of their shows have been recorded and broadcasted by prestigious German national TV program Rockpalast.

LUCIFER, now located in Stockholm, have been nominated twice for a Swedish Grammy in the category ‘Best Hardrock/Metal Album’ as well as the Swedish Radio Award P3 and several GAFFA nominations. Amongst others, they have graced the cover of the leading US metal magazine, Decibel, before their first album was released.

The group has concluded recording their fifth studio album, LUCIFER V, the first one to be released by their new label, Nuclear Blast Records, due out on January 26th 2024. Although LUCIFER is known to notoriously deliver critically acclaimed albums, supreme songwriting and quality recordings, LUCIFER V is rumored to be their best album yet. Combining elements of all their previous albums into one monumental mass of electrifying heavy rock and roll. Eerie landscapes shaped by soaring guitar riffs, the thunderous pounding of bass and drums from some sort of groovy inferno, haunted melodies to weep into your drink to, the screeching tires of a 1971 Cadillac hearse, the humorous morbidity and tragic wit of Johanna’s lyrics. If death had a best friend, it would be LUCIFER and they would hang out together at the local cemetery, shooting the shit. In November 2023, LUCIFER embarked on a full North American co-Headline tour with occult rock legends, Coven. Catch LUCIFER live in February 2024 when LUCIFER brings The Satanic Panic Tour to Europe together with Angel Witch and guests Attic and The Night Eternal.

THE SATANIC PANIC TOUR 2024 (EUROPE)
LUCIFER w/ ANGEL WITCH
Guests: Attic & The Night Eternal

01.02. SE Gothenburg – Musikens Hus (w/ Crank)
02.02. DE Flensburg – Roxy *
03.02. DE Kassel – Goldgrube *
04.02. DE Berlin – Lido *
06.02. NL Utrecht – De Helling *
07.02. NL Maastricht – Muziekgieterij *
09.02. BE Antwerp – Kavka *
10.02. DE Weiher – Live Music Hall *
11.02. DE Munich – Backstage *
14.02. FR Dijon – La Vapeur **
16.02. FR Paris – Le Petit Bain **
17.02. FR Limoges – CC John Lennon **
18.02. CH Aarau – KiFF **
20.02. DE Stuttgart – Im Wizemann **
21.02. DE Leipzig – UT Connewitz **
22.02. DE Hamburg – Bambi Galore **
23.02. DK Copenhagen – Stengade **
24.02. SE Linkoping – Skylten **
25.02. SE Stockholm – Debaser **

* Co-Headliner: ANGEL WITCH
** Guests: ATTIC
Support on all dates: THE NIGHT ETERNAL

MORE LUCIFER LIVE DATES FOR 2024

20.04. GR Athens – Temple
28.09. SE Karlskrona – Ultimate Rock Fest

More dates to be announced soon.

Worship LUCIFER:
www.lucifer.church

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ENSLAVED release ‘Sequence – Live’ single/video taken from ‘The Otherworldly Big Band Experience’

Enslaved are:
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums

The Winter Solstice is a significant day in the Pagan calendar marking the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the single day of the year with the longest period of night, with the days after becoming increasingly lighter.

In celebration of this special day, left-field metal luminaries Enslaved are proud to reveal their single and video for ‘Sequence – Live‘. The track, which originally comes from their 2020 record Utgard, sees a live recording detailing a new interpretation of the song, with nuanced accompaniment by fellow psychedelic Norwegian prog band Shaman Elephant. This extraordinary performance took place during the 2021 Winter Solstice, via the stunning streaming event ‘The Otherworldly Big Band Experience‘.

Watch the ‘Sequence – Live’ video here: https://youtu.be/juNfOS0Xe7Q
Listen to the ‘Sequence – Live’ single here: https://enslaved.bfan.link/sequence.ema

The Otherworldly Big Band Experience‘ was an Enslaved show like none other, their biggest, boldest project to date – a colossal, kaleidoscopic stage show featuring a stellar setlist covering their career, both past and present. Including some tracks never previously performed live.

Enslaved recently announced a UK and European headline tour for Spring 2024. The 16-date run will take place in March 2024, taking the band across 10 different countries, with support coming from British post-hardcore quartet Svalbard and US metallers Wayfarer.

Tickets are on-sale now from https://enslaved.no/

ENSLAVED – UK + EUROPEAN TOUR 2024
w/ Svalbard + Wayfarer
06/03 – UK London, Islington Assembly Hall
07/03 – UK Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
08/03 – UK Manchester, Club Academy
09/03 – UK Glasgow, Slay
10/03 – IE Dublin, Opium
12/03 – NL Helmond, Cacaofabriek
13/03 – FR Paris, La Machine
14/03 – CH Geneva, PTR/l’Usine
15/03 – FR Montpellier, Victoire 2
16/03 – IT Milan, Legend
18/03 – CZ Prague, Futurum
19/03 – AT Vienna, Szene
21/03 – DE Cologne, Club Volta
22/03 – DE Leipzig, Taubchenthal
23/03 – DE Berlin, Hole44
24/03 – PL Warsaw, Proxima

Enslaved have also been announced for some festivals in 2024:

31/07-03/08 NO Beyond The Gates, Bergen
11/08 UK Bloodstock Festival, Derby
14/08-17/08 DE Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl
16/11-17/11 MX Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico City

Enslaved recently played their final live show of the year at Damnation Festival, following on from a hectic festival season with performances at the likes of Midgardsblot,ArcTanGent, Brutal Assault, Beyond The Gates and Desertfest Antwerp, on-top of a co-headline tour across the USA and Canada earlier this year with Insomnium.

Enslaved’s latest avant-garde creation, Heimdal, was released earlier this year. Their breathtaking 16th studio album is both a departure and a communion with roots forged over three decades ago in the turbulent birth throes of Norway’s black metal scene. It’s a record that points towards new beginnings, and a dawn that’s on the other side of the apex of the land. A psychedelic journey through arcane Norse folklore, connecting with one’s ancient ancestors and our future selves.

You can order/stream Heimdal here: https://enslaved.bfan.link/heimdal.ema

Never faltering, Norway’s iconic Enslaved continue to exist as one of the most original and dependable components in our scene’s indestructible backbone. Possessing the reputation as one of the most riveting live acts around, they never fail to offer us talent of the highest calibre, always doing justice to their signature black/progressive sound. Enslaved was formed in 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson, releasing their first demo Yggdrasill in the summer of 1992, their legendary mini-album Hordanes Land coming out in 1993, and with their debut full-length Vikingligr Veldi arriving in the spring of 1994.

Enslaved in 2023 are a band in stellar form – a band at its most existentialist and self-conscious, proud Bergeners bearing the torch of their hometown’s extraordinary musical history. Their most recent material shows Enslaved at their most unleashed and thought-through – a lethal combination unfurling a potential that’s easily rekindling the furor of their early works while dancing gracefully through their most ambitious, most haunting and most musical tunes yet. A contradiction? Life itself is a contradiction. And yet we all live to prove it wrong.

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BEYOND THE BLACK Release New Piano Version of Wide Awake

Photo Credit: Heilemania

After the release of their very successful self-titled album Beyond The Black, which was released in January 2023 the band now shares the brand new piano version of the song ‘Wide Awake‘. The piano version of ‘Wide Awake‘ is the perfect song to start the pre-Christmas time and gets you in the right mood. Their highly-anticipated Dancing In The Dark tour starts in April 2024. All tour dates are listed below.

Jennifer Haben comments:
“The piano version of ‘Wide Awake’ is something very special, because the song’s creation process began with piano and vocals. I love that this pure, almost naked version, as it originally was, can now be heard by everyone. The song couldn’t feel more personal to me.”

Stream ‘Wide Awake’ here: https://beyondtheblack.bfan.link/wide-awake
Order the album Beyond the Black here: https://beyondtheblack.bfan.link/beyond-the-black

Dancing In The Dark Tour 2024:
05.04. DE Munich, TonHalle
06.04. DE Memmingen, Kaminwerk
07.04. CZ Brno, Sono Centrum
09.04. AT Vienna, Arena Wien (big hall)
10.04. HU Budapest, Barba Negra Blue Stage
12.04. DE Geiselwind, Music Hall
13.04. DE Hannover, Capitol
14.04. NL Haarlem, Patronaat
16.04. FR Paris, Trabendo
17.04. DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
19.04. CH Zurich, Komplex 457
20.04. DE Stuttgart, Wagenhallen
21.04. DE Saarbrücken, Garage
23.04. PL Krakow, Kamienna12
24.04. DE Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus
26.04. BE Antwerp, Trix
27.04. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

Get your tickets here: https://beyond-the-black.com/#tour

Beyond The Black Tracklisting:
1. Is There Anybody Out There
2. Reincarnation
3. Free Me
4. Winter Is Coming
5. Into The Light
6. Wide Awake
7. Dancing In The Dark
8. Raise Your Head
9. Not In Our Name
10. I Remember Dying

Bonus Tracks:
1. I Remember Dying (Stranger Reprise)
2. Wide Awake (Piano Version)
3. Raise Your Head (String Version)

About BEYOND THE BLACK:
German Symphonic Metal ascending stars BEYOND THE BLACK can already look back across a stratospherically successful career, despite their youthful years. Upon release, their 2015 debut album hit like a bomb in their home country. Songs Of Love And Death besieged the German Top 15 for weeks, which led to the band being awarded the Metal Hammer Award for “Best Debut” in 2015. Its successor Lost In Forever (2016) entered the German charts at #4 and paved the way for a huge tour throughout Germany and across countries like the UK, Russia, and Japan. Since the band’s live debut in 2014, they have played some of the world’s biggest Metal festivals like Wacken Open Air (several times) and have toured as support to heavyweights such as AEROSMITH, KORN, SCORPIONS, SAXON and WITHIN TEMPTATION. During the campaign for their third record Heart Of the Hurricane(2018), BEYOND THE BLACK landed their first-ever European headline tour, which took them across 10 countries, with most dates selling out.

Before they’d even finished the Heart Of the Hurricane touring cycle, BEYOND THE BLACKhad already gone back to the studio to write and record album number four. The result was Horizons, released in June 2020, which entered the German album charts at #3 (CH #6, AT #16, BE #53) marking the band’s most successful album release to date.

Now, two years later, BEYOND THE BLACK are back to launch a new chapter. Following the release of recently highly acclaimed tracks ‘Reincarnation‘, ‘Is There Anybody Out There‘, ‘Winter Is Coming’ and ‘Dancing In The Dark’, the band released their new, fifth studio album – the self-titled Beyond the Black on January 13th, 2023!

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DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCES 8TH ANNUAL X-MAS SHOWS

DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCES 8TH ANNUAL X-MAS SHOWS STREAMING LIVE, WORLDWIDE DECEMBER 21 & 22

Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL return to the stage for their 8th Annual X-Mas Show with special guest FORBIDDEN and openers FROLIC and TORNADIC at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on December 21st and 22nd.

Tickets for shows are SOLD OUT! However, those not able to attend in person, fear not. Both nights will be streamed live for fans around the world. Visit https://www.deathangel.us/ to get tickets and have your faces melted virtually.

Commenting on the X-Mas shows the band says:

Tis The season! The eighth annual “Another Death Angel Christmas” shows are coming up! And what once was a Bay Area Thrash Metal tradition is now something we want to make A World Wide Thrash Metal tradition! We will be making both shows available to view via a live stream from The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

December 21st, we will be joined by Forbidden and Frolic. And.. December 22nd, we will be joined by Forbidden and Tornadic. All three bands will part of the live stream events! And there will be a virtual merchandise booth with exclusive Death Angel merchandise available to purchase. Also both shows will be available for continuous viewing through December 30th. So! Get your live stream tickets for this Thrash Metal Holiday tradition NOW! At www.deathangel.us

The Annual X-Mas Show wraps one of the busiest years for DEATH ANGEL, which was highlighted by non-stop shows in support of their critically acclaimed album Humanicide, including tours of Asia, Europe and North America with the likes of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SACRED REICH, TESTAMENT and EXODUS to name a few.

About DEATH ANGEL:

Formed in 1982 in San Francisco, CA, DEATH ANGEL were among the era’s groundbreaking thrash bands along with acts like TESTAMENT, EXODUS, POSSESSED, VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN. Considered as one of the most influential thrash bands to exist, DEATH ANGEL has released 9 full-length albums, including their most recent, Grammy Award nominated record Humanicide. The five-piece consisting of Rob Cavestany (guitar, vocals), Mark Osegueda (vocals), Ted Aguilar (guitar, vocals), Will Carroll (drums) and Damien Sisson (bass), is on the tail end of 5 year worldwide tour in support of Humanicide, which has included recent performances in Asia, Europe and North America. With no signs of slowing down, the band will continue their quest in the name of metal in 2024 with a spring South American tour before beginning work on their follow-up album.

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SEPULTURA Call It Quits! Announce Farewell European Tour ‘Celebrating Life Through Death’

Sepultura are:
Andreas Kisser | guitars
Derrick Green | vocals
Eloy Casagrande | drums
Paulo Jr. | bass

Sepultura have today issued the following statement…

Sepultura has reached the end of the road and has chosen to depart via a conscious and planned death.

Throughout the next 18 months we will celebrate 40 years of existence together along with our loyal fans on a farewell tour across the entire globe.

It will be a celebration of the past and the present for one final time.

After 4 decades filled with ups and downs, having visited 80 countries and countless different cultures, we’ve had the chance to become Brazil’s messenger to the world and spread our colors and rhythms worldwide. With our latest studio album Quadra, a highlight of our career, we added an unforgettable chapter followed by the SepulQuarta experience that helped us to overcome the difficult times of the pandemic together. We will unite our forces for one final, strong farewell. And all of you can be a part of it.

During this 40th anniversary tour, we will record 40 live tracks in 40 different cities and release a massive compilation of our best, most energetic moments on stage.
We are happy and very grateful for everything we could witness within the past four decades. We have released great albums and played unforgettable shows, cultivated friendships, met our idols, contributed to placing Brazilian metal on the world map, and therefore feel that we can leave the music scene with a sense of duty fulfilled.

We’ve always had the best fans in the world, who supported us with praise and criticism, who were demanding and intelligent, who grew together with the band and have always been loyal. Without you, none of this would have been possible. This album and this tour are for you. Dear SepulNation – we love you and always will!

Euthanasia, the right to a dignified death. The right to choose to live free and to choose when you die!”


Europe, Sepultura will celebrate with you for one final time together. As special guests, Ukrainian progressive metal highflyers Jinjer will join them on all 20 dates, alongside old-school death metallers Obituary and Philadelphia’s Jesus Piece.

Tickets will go on sale through all outlets on Wednesday, Dec 13th at 10:00 CET via www.sepultura.com.br/tour

SEPULTURA
Celebrating Life Through Death – European Farewell Tour 2024

30/10 Paris, FR – Zenith Paris – La Villette
31/10 Offenbach am Main, DE – Stadthalle
01/11 Hamburg, DE – Edel Optics Arena
02/11 Cologne, DE – Palladium
03/11 Den Bosch, NL – The Rock Circus
05/11 Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
06/11 Esch-sur-Alzette, LU – Rockhal
08/11 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
09/11 Dublin, IE – Olympia Theatre
10/11 Belfast, UK – Telegraph Building
11/11 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland Ballroom
12/11 London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo
14/11 Zurich, CH – The Hall
15/11 Ludwigsburg, DE – MHP Arena
16/11 Munich, DE – Zenith
17/11 Budapest, HU – Barba Negra
19/11 Leipzig, DE – Haus Auensee
20/11 Vienna, AT – Gasometer
21/11 Katowice, PL – Spodek
22/11 Berlin, DE – Columbiahalle
23/11 Prague, CZ – O2 Universum

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BATTLE BEAST ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

BATTLE BEAST is:
Noora Louhimo | vocals
Eero Sipilä | bass
Joona Björkroth | guitars
Juuso Soinio | guitars
Janne Björkroth | keyboards
Pyry Vikki | drums

Finnish masters of metal BATTLE BEAST have announced their first ever headlining tour of North America! The band has revealed plans for a spring trek across the continent with Dutch goth rock band BLACKBRIAR in support, which will kick off May 9th in Worcester, MA and will end June 2nd in New York, NY.

Commenting on the impending tour, BATTLE BEAST says:

This is the tour we’ve all waited for so long to happen – Battle Beast unleashed with full force in North America! Looking forward to seeing all our friends down the road: let’s make this tour one for the books!

Local Ticket Presales: Thursday, Dec 7th @ 10AM Local Time
General Ticket Presales: Friday, Dec 8th @ 10AM Local Time
Tickets will be available at https://battlebeast.fi/tour

BATTLE BEAST released their ludicrously brilliant, latest album, Circus Of Doom, in early 2022, which was celebrated live on stage later in the year with a hugely successful worldwide tour. Last year was topped off by the outstanding news that their previous record No More Hollywood Endings (2019) had achieved gold status in their home country of Finland, and Bringer of Pain (2017) had achieved platinum status.BATTLE BEAST North American Tour Dates:

May 9 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 10 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
May 11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
May 12 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 15 – Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity Theater
May 16 – Lawrence, KS – Grenada Theater
May 17 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
May 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 20 – Seattle, WA The Neptune Theater
May 21 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw
May 22 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
May 24 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
May 25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
May 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Nile Theater
May 28 – Dallas, TX – Echo
May 30 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 31 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
June 1 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
June 2 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Since their 2011 debut album Steel, Battle Beast have achieved over 250 million digital streams. Alongside the huge #1 successes of their last four albums in the album charts of their home country, Finland, their last album Circus Of Doom (2022) reached a remarkable #9 in German album charts.

Get Circus of Doom in the format of your choice, here: https://bfan.link/circusofdoom

More on Circus of Doom:
‘Wings Of Light’
official music video: https://youtu.be/JzILGd0NAfM
‘Master of Illusion’ official music video: https://youtu.be/6sLSyTEXfCI
‘Eye of the Storm’ official music video: https://youtu.be/C7Z-IP2onYQ
‘Where Angels Fear to Fly’ official music video: https://youtu.be/hn6v1FptxQc

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Suicidal Angels Announce New Album Profane Prayer

SUICIDAL ANGELS are:
Nick Melissourgos | vocals, rhythm guitars
Gus Drax | guitars (lead)
Angelos Lelikakis | bass
Orfeas Tzortzopoulos | drums

SUICIDAL ANGELS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PROFANE PRAYER
RELEASE FIRST SINGLE
‘WHEN THE LIONS DIE’

The wait is over! Today greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS announce their new album Profane Prayer for the 1st March 2024. The album features nine brand new tracks and will be released via Nuclear Blast Records. In addition to the great news about the new album, the band is also releasing their first Single ‘When the Lions Die‘.

Singer Nick comments about the new album Profane Prayer: “The time has come! Finally, almost after 4 years, the 8th studio album of Suicidal Angels is true and ready to unleash itself in to the market, bringing you some new tunes to satisfy the needs and the appetites of the toughest audience! March the 1st of 2024, this beast will be out, in digital and physical form in all of Nuclear Blast’s channels. We have returned and it will be killer!!!

He adds about the first single ‘When the Lions Die‘: “Out of severe internal quest, thousands of reading pages to manage and conquer the multiple demons and beasts inside, several worlds collide, here’s is our first single, When The Lions Die!

Pre-order the new album Profane Prayer here:
https://suicidalangels.bfan.link/profane-prayer.ema

Watch the video for ‘When the Lions Die‘ here:
https://youtu.be/_ofxYJgSXAk?si=yPFIuaecTbddwOIL

Stream ‘When the Lions Die’ here:
https://suicidalangels.bfan.link/when-the-lions-die.ema

Profane Prayer tracklist:
When the Lions Die
Crypts of Madness
Purified by Fire
Deathstalker
Profane Prayer
The Return of the Reaper
Guard of the Insane
Virtues of Destruction
The Fire Paths of Fate

About SUICIDAL ANGELS:

A new generation of thrash metal youngsters has risen from the ashes of a club of titans like SLAYER, EXODUS, KREATOR and many more. Greek ambassadors supreme SUICIDAL ANGELSare one of the most jaw-dropping representatives of the injection of new blood. At the dawning of Spring, this four-piece of these energetic thrashers will release their eight studio album Profane Prayer four years after their previous attack Years Of Aggression. It marks their return to the Nuclear Blast family. ‘It feels like homecoming’ confirms composer Nick Melissourgos (vocals, guitars) who started the band in 2001 when he was 16 years old.

SUICIDAL ANGELS went through a step by step development since their humble start in 2001. Not earlier than in 2007, they entered the studio to record their striking debut album Eternal Domination which caused a stir in the Hellenic scene. They were invited by Sakis Tolis of ROTTING CHRIST to do their first EU tour. This was only the beginning of a long era of growing popularity. Another milestone was supporting KREATOR, resulting in a long time friendship with Mille Petrozza. In 2010 SUICIDAL ANGELSeven opened up for the Big thrash 4 in Athens at Sonisphere and at the beginning of 2014 they finally did their first independent headline tour through Europe. Every two years new albums were coming out to support on the road. In the meantime they conquered Asia, South America and Europe and there is more to come.

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Scar Symmetry – Swedish Metal Powerhouse Announce Debut Australian Tour April 2024

For the very first time in Australia, Overdrive Touring presents Swedish melodic Death Metal powerhouse, Scar Symmetry!

With the release of the long-awaited second album of their transhumanist Singularity trilogy, Phase II – The Xenotaph, Scar Symmetry continue to tap into one of the most profound evolutions over the course of humanity – that of artificial intelligence. Questions of our future, be it lit by hope or nothing more than a path to inevitable destruction, lend themselves perfectly to the transcendent and exploratory sound of Melodeath.

From the uplifting to the brutal, harsh to beautiful, Scar Symmetry weave cyberpunk-tinged philosophy into the delivery of pure, face-melting Swedish Metal.

Of course, Scar Symmetry’s extensive back catalogue will be far from neglected even as they bring you to their newest musical frontiers.

TOUR DATES
Wednesday, April 10: The Back Room, Brisbane
Thursday, April 11: Crowbar, Sydney
Friday, April 12: The Basement, Canberra
Saturday, April 13: Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne

Overdrive Touring Presale On Sale Now!
General Sale commences Friday 10th November @ 12PM AEDT
VIP Meet and Greet Packages available

Join us in tracing Scar Symmetry’s two decades of pitch black progress!
Tickets:
tix.to/24SYM

scarsymmetryofficial.com