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The End Of Immortal...

March 27, 2015 - 18:13

The legendary black metal band Immortal will be no more after today.  The founder Abbath has released the following statement that explains that the current band Immortal will be put to rest and he will continue on as himself.  He has not released his new band name at this time, but as commented that he has new material already in the works.

Immortal's frontman and founding member has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded; unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new line up. Whilst grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, the time is now right for Abbath to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy.

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Kataklysm Releases New Album Art and Tracklist

March 25, 2015 - 01:10

Kataklysm gave us a little bit of news a couple of weeks ago about a new album in the works.  Today they have released the album art and track listing to the upcoming album 'Of Ghosts and Gods'.  The new album will be released on July 31st by Nuclear Blast Records.  

The band had this to say about the new album art:

The new Kataklysm cover art echoes a sinister artwork depicting the reality of humanity's beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the Mortal and the Everlasting, the background shows an ancient Incantation written in Aramaic.

Kataklysm - Of Ghosts and Gods Track Listing

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DevilDriver Reveals New Guitarist and Drummer

March 25, 2015 - 00:15

At the end of last year DevilDriver hit a dead end as two of their original members John Boecklin, the drummer, and Jeff Kendrick, the guitarist, left band.  Today they have announced that Neal Tiemann is joing them as their new guitarist.  Also drummer Austin D'Amound of Chimaira has also agreed to join the band.  

Dez Fafara, the vocalist has also revealed that the band is current writing new material.  This will be a follow up to their previous album 'Winter Kills' which was released back in 2013.

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Amon Amarth's Drummer Quiets the Band

March 20, 2015 - 20:26

Amon Amarth has had very little lineup changes in their 23 year career.  But today Fredrik Andersson, their drummer, have parted ways with the band. He has been their drummer for the last 17 years and has been apart of great albums like 'With Oden on Our Side', Twilight of the Thunder God', and Surtur Rising'.  The band is currently writing new material and planning a future release this year.

The band released this statement:

Fredrik has been an important part of Amon Amarth's development since he joined the band in 1998 and we wish him all the best for the future. We are currently in the process of writing the new album, but at the moment there is no replacement for him.

Skeletonwitch Working On New Album

March 20, 2015 - 20:16

Skeletonwitch has announced that they have starting working on a new album.  They have begun writing material and will release the new album later this year.  This will be a follow up to their last album 'Serpents Unleash' which released in 2013.

Right now the thrash metallers are on their European tour until the end of April.

Scott Hedrick, the guitarist for the band, commented about their plans:

After we return from melting faces in Europe, our entire focus will be on writing a new album. We have a mountain of riffs and ideas that will be carved into epic tunes. Excited to get started!

Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Passes Away

March 20, 2015 - 20:07

Some sad news today as A.J. Pero has passed away at the age of 55.

A.J. Pero was Twisted Sisters' drummer from 1982 - 1986, 1997 - 1998, and 2003 to current.  During his time with Twisted Sister he was part of some classic albums like 'Under the Blade', 'You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll', 'Stay Hungry', 'Come Out and Play'.

He also played in the band Adrenaline Mob that was labeled "heavy metal supergroup".  In the band included Russel Allen from Symphony X and Mike Orlando from Dream Theater. He joined the band back in 2013.

The members of TWISTED SISTER are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero.

The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.

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Ten Great Irish Heavy Metal Bands

March 17, 2015 - 20:39

Happy St. Patty’s day, everybody! I hope you’re all wearing green because if you’re not, I’ll magically appear as you read this and pinch your nipples.

To commemorate this fine day, I figured I’d slap together a list of some great Irish heavy metal bands I know to populate your playlists with today. Please keep in mind this list is “off the dome” so-to-speak and I probably missed and/or am ignorant of something really good out there. If that’s the case, feel free to add your thoughts to the comments section below.

So, pour yourself pint, don your kilt, and get ready to bang your head-- this is Ten Great Irish Heavy Metal Bands (in no particular order)…

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Megadeth Studio Album Discography [Infographic]

March 17, 2015 - 06:49

Since 1983 Megadeth has brought us great heavy metal.  Have you heard all 14 studio albums?  Below you can see an infographic showing all their studio album release starting with their debut album 'Killing Is My Business....and Business is Good!  See which ones made it to platinum status and how high did they make it on the American Billboard Chart.

Korpiklaani Latest 'Noita' Album Trailer

March 11, 2015 - 02:11

We still have a few months before we can listen to Korpiklaani's new album 'Noita', which is set to release on May 5, 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records. But in the mean time you can watch their latest album trailer below.

Jarkko Aaltonen, the bass player from Korpiklaani, had this to say about the upcoming release:

'Noita' is a person with wider knowledge and understanding of the nature and who also was believed to possess paranormal or unnatural abilities. These people were often also referred to as Tietäjä, [which] exactly means someone with wider knowledge and understanding of pretty much everything.

Sami Perttula, the new accordion player, added:

Previously the KORPIKLAANI albums were played with a piano-accordion and now I play with a traditional button-accordion which was more widely used in Finland anyways. In the arrangements you can hear more tonal harmonies and folky accompaniments combined to the power-chords than before. It actually boosts up the uplifting feel of our music.

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Kataklysm Is Ready To Release A New Album

March 11, 2015 - 02:00

It hasn't been too long ago since we heard Kataklysm's latest album 'Waiting for The End To Come'.  Two short year later, they are ready to release a brand new album entitled 'Of Ghosts and Gods'.  This is currently set to release on July 31, 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.  The band has stated that this new album will be similar to some of their older classic albums like 'Shadows & Dust', 'Serenity of Fire' and 'In the Arms of Devastation'.

You can read the whole statement here:

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Insomnium Headlining North America 2015 Tour Dates

March 6, 2015 - 03:16

Insomnium have made a few trips to North America, but this time around they will be headlining.  After coming off their tour with Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium is heading back out with Omnium Gatherum.  

The tour will kick off in the Big Apple New York City on Aug 11th and continue to September 7th.  This tour will be in support of their latest album 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun', which made our 2014 Best Heavy Metal Album.

Niilo Sevänen, the volcalist and bassist of the band, had this to say abou the upcoming tour:

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Sepultura 30th Anniversary North American Tour Dates

March 4, 2015 - 05:38

It has been quite the adventure for Sepultura, but they have made it 30 years in the industry and are going out on tour to celebrate. They released their first EP in 1985 entitled 'Bestial Devastation'.  Since then they have released thirteen studio albums and keeping Paulo Jr. has the only original member.

The tour will kick off in Sin City, Las Vegas, and continue around North American ending in the second week of June.  Making the trip with them will be Destruction and Arsis.  For rotating opening acts they will showcase Boris The Blade, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Micawber and Starkill.

Sepultura 30 Year Anniversary Tour Dates 2015

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New Track From Enslaved "One Thousand Years Of Rain"

February 28, 2015 - 02:29

Enslaved has released a brand new lyric video called "One Thousand Years Of Rain" which is off their upcoming album 'In Times'.  This album will be out in stores on March 10, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

If you missed their previous single, "Thurisaz Dreaming", you can listen to it here.

Enslaved - In Times Track Listing

01. Thurisaz Dreaming
02. Building With Fire
03. One Thousand Years Of Rain
04. Nauthir Bleeding
05. In Times
06. Daylight

New Music From Drudkh "Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes"

February 26, 2015 - 02:44

Some new music from the Ukrainian black metal band Drudkh has released a new song today entitled "Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes".  This will be included in upcoming album 'A Furrow Cut Short'.  You can see the new album released on April 20, 2015 via Season of Mist.

Drudkh - A Furrow Cut Short Track Listing

01. Cursed Sons I
02. Cursed Sons II
03. To the Epoch of Unbowed Poets
04. Embers
05. Dishonour I
06. Dishonour II
07. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

Kamelot New Album Details, Tracklist & Album Art

February 24, 2015 - 02:58

Kamelot has open the gates about the new upcoming 2015 album.  The new album is wbe called 'Haven' and will be released on May 5, 2015 via Napalm Records.  There will be a few special guests on the new album including Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Charlotte Wessels (Delain).  

Oliver Palotai had this to say about the upcoming release:

The Haven album has an undertone of a world going insane. There is a grey cloud that is forming over our world. We are here to find that silver lining with an album that is both dark and melancholy yet uplifting and giving the listener a Haven in a world gone mad. We are really proud of the song elements and diversity on Haven" adds guitarist Thomas Youngblood. "The songs run the gambit of dark and melancholy to uplifting and melodic elements", states vocalist Tommy Karevik.

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In Flames Releases a New Video "Paralyzed"

February 20, 2015 - 02:42

Today In Flames has released a brand new video featuring their single 'Paralyzed'.  This comes off their latest album 'Siren Charms', which was released last year and made our Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums of 2014 list.  The video is them performing the song featuring live footage from their current tour.

In Flames - Siren Charms Track Listing
01 In Plain View
02 Everything’s Gone
03 Paralyzed
04 Through Oblivion
05 With Eyes Wide Open
06 Siren Charms
07 When the World Explodes
08 Rusted Nail
09 Dead Eyes
10 Monsters in the Ballroom
11 Filtered Truth

Ensiferum, Korpiklaani and Trollfest North American Tour 2015

February 20, 2015 - 02:36

With Ensiferum and Korpiklaani have new albums this year, it's only fate that they go on tour together.  This tour will be featuring the new songs from Ensiferum's new album 'One Man Army' and Korpiklaani's new album 'Noita'.  Also making the trip is fellow folk metallers Trollfest.  The 2015 North American tour will start in Los Angeles on May 6th and go coast to coast ending in New York on May 29th.

2015 North American Tour Dates

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Watch Heidevolk's New Music Video "Winter Woede"

February 17, 2015 - 03:41

Heidevolk's new album is slowly approaching and now they have a brand new music video from the new album 'Velua'.  The song is called "Winter Woede" is the first official release from the new album.  The album will be in stores on Aprial 6, 2015 by Napalm Records.

Heidevolk - Velua Track Listing

01. Winter woede
02. Herboren in vlammen
03. Urth
04. De hallen van mijn vaderen
05. De vervloekte jacht
06. Het dwalende licht
07. Drankgelag
08. Velua
09. Een met de storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In het diepst der nacht
12. Vinland (bonus track)

Limited Edition Bonus Tracks

13. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)
14. In The Dutch Mountains (The Nits cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover)

Download Wacken Metal Battle Compilation Vol. 3

February 13, 2015 - 03:54

Today you can get the official compilation album from the Wacken Metal Battle Canada.  It features 81 tracks and hours of new heavy metal music.  You can download this at [Wacken's SoundCloud] account.

The Wacken Metal Battle Canada is an international battle of the bands competition to see who can bring the best metal. Each city including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City will have their own battle of the bands. This takes part between now and May 2015, each city winner then will be selected to join the other 30 countries for an international battle of the bands at the well announced Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.

New Album Art From Korpiklaani

February 11, 2015 - 03:57

Korpiklaani hasn't released much information about their new album 'Noita'.  But little by little we get some pieces.  Today's piece is their album art, which is show above, and a release date.  The album will be on shelves on May 5, 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.  With there being some time before the official release, expect to see some streaming singles and music video in the near future.