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New Zealand-based death metal trio, Ulcerate, will be heading to the UK for an extensive autumn tour, and they'll be bringing Seattle funeral doom duo Bell Witch with them. The eleven date run will kick off in the capital on October 8, and will end on October 18 in Bristol. All confirmed dates can be found down under.
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason, ex-drummer of Sólstafir, has released a second statement, which can be read in full below. This statement follows a previous one, which also can be read here where he announced he was kicked out of the band. Now he has responded to the official statement released by the band last month where not much was said regarding the details of his departure. It seems that we are going to see some legal battles in the Köld north as Guðmundur Óli Pálmason is preparing to take this matter to court.
Cult Of Luna have announced new shows in North America, scheduled for September this year. The Swedes are going to be sharing the stage with Minsk, Kylesa, Subrosa and InAeona on select dates. Cult Of Luna had announced a three-date North America tour in May, but they cancelled due to visa issues and said the tour would be rescheduled for September. The good news is that the tour has more shows now.
Austrian power metallers Dragony have released the '80s metal tribute cover version of David Hasselhoff's video clip "True Survivor". The original version of the song and video clip, which promoted the Kung Fury movie, became a recent Internet sensation, with more than 16 million views within around 8 weeks. Now you can hear Dragony's take on "True Survivor".
South Africa's Wildernessking have announced a new record! The progressive black metallers revealed that their awaited second album is called Mystical Future and will be released in October/November 2015 by Germany's Sick Man Getting Sick Records. Further information about the album, artwork, as well as the first single will be released in September. All you can do now is wait a little bit longer.
Iron Maiden are about to release a new album, a double album in fact called The Book Of Souls. Recently, the legendary heavy metal band has also been awarded the prestigious O2 Silver Clef by Nordoff Robbins in recognition of "outstanding contribution to UK music". Previous winners include The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Queen. Last year's Silver Clef winner was Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). Singer Bruce Dickinson, and guitarists Adrian Smith and Janick Gers were in attendance to collect the award.
Napalm Death have issued a previously unreleased track to raise money for people affected by April's earthquake in Nepal. The Birmingham grinders are showing their solidarity and you can too. If you can, head over here for the donation and you get the exclusive track "Earthwire" as well. The money will go to the charity dZi, which focuses on improving quality of life and reducing poverty in some of the most remote communities in Nepal. A small gesture can go a long way.
Christian Mistress are about to bring more quality metal with their new album. Apart from revealing all the details about To Your Death, the band has also released an audio appetizer. You can listen to "Open Road" here as of now, which is the first single to surface from the record. Get your heavy metal fix right here.
After recently releasing their new album, The Last Sunset, German thrash metallers Perzonal War have presented their new video. "Metalizer", the new live performance video from the group at Gernhart Studio, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album which came out on June 23rd via Metalville Records. Get thrashing!
Finnish gothic/symphonic metal band Feridea has a new frontwoman. Singer Heidi Mankinen and bassist Miika Hänninen left the band. Katra Solopuro from Katra will take over vocal duties. The band also has a new violin player, Heidi Lahtinen. Feridea is about to release a new EP, Into A Dawn, and the preview is available below. See if it is something you might enjoy.
As you probably know, Leprous recently released their new opus, The Congregation. The progressive band continues to promote their newest studio album with the release of a lyric video for the dark and emotional track "Slave". The clip was created by well-known Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. Enjoy the experience below and don't forget to see the band live on their upcoming shows.
If you like vinyl and Iced Earth, you might want to check this out. Century Media will release on vinyl the first four studio albums of Iced Earth in July. Iced Earth and Night Of The Stormrider will be released on July 10th, while Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga will be released on July 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well.
The British band Damnation Angels faced some line-up changes lately, including the departure of bassist Rick Corbett and vocalist Per Fredrik "Pelle K" Åsly (a mutual decision). While their search for a new vocalist is still ongoing, the band has now announced Nic Southwood as their new bassist. Damnation Angels is holding auditions for their new vocalist.
The second Orkan album is coming. With a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from the Norwegian black metallers. Titled Livlaus, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (Taake) and V'gandr (Helheim) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.
Metal Blade Records has announced the addition of Ketzer to its ranks! Ketzer (German for "heretic") is an extreme metal outfit hailing from Cologne, Germany. The black/thrash metallers long-anticipated new album will see the light of day towards the end of the year 2015 on Metal Blade Records to follow Endzeit Metropolis (2012). Get ready for more!