Slayer Announces Metal Blade Catalog Re-Issues Coming

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Slayer is officially done, but not gone.

The legendary thrash metal band has partnered with Metal Blade Records to re-issue all four of the albums that it released through the label. The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media.

The albums — Show No Mercy (1983), Haunting the Chapel (1984), Live Undead (1984), and Hell Awaits (1985) — are scheduled for release Oct. 22 on CD, vinyl, and cassette. The specifications for each platform’s release is noted below. Pre-orders are open.

Show No Mercy re-issue versions
– jewelcase CD
– cassette (featuring a fold-out J-card and a smokey tint cassette shell)
– 180g black vinyl
– transparent red / black split vinyl (US exclusive)
– orange marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– transparent red / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– orange / red melt vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / white splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)

Haunting the Chapel re-issue versions
– jewelcase CD
– cassette (featuring a fold-out J-card and a smokey tint cassette shell)
– 180g black vinyl
– opaque red / black split vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / white marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– black / white splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / white melt vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)

Live Undead re-issue versions
– jewelcase CD
– cassette (featuring a fold-out J-card and a smokey tint cassette shell)
– 180g black vinyl
– midnight blue / black split vinyl (US exclusive)
– grey / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– clear / blood red splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– blue / white / black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive)
– blue / black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)

Hell Awaits re-issue versions
– jewelcase CD
– cassette (featuring a fold-out J-card and a smokey tint cassette shell)
– 180g black vinyl
– transparent orange / black split vinyl (US exclusive)
– red marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– transparent orange / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– orange / red splatter vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / yellow / black circle splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 1000 copies)

More information on Slayer’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Whitechapel Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

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Whitechapel will release its latest album this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its latest album, Kin, Oct. 29 through Metal Blade Records. The album’s release will come more than two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Valley (2019), which the band also released through Metal Blade Records.

Front man Phil Bozeman talked about Kin in comparison to The Valley in a recent interview.

“I feel with every album, we learn what worked best on the last one and try to utilize that in our writing,” said Bozeman. Early in the writing, there was some discussion of the album being like The Valley Part II, not literally called that, but in how the songs sound and flow through it. It’s very much a storytelling type record like The Valley was. Musically, we just want to create what we vibe with at the given moment. We write music with how we feel and not what is expected of us, while lyrically the idea of continuing from the story of The Valley was always the goal.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Lost Boy.’ The song’s musical arrangement is much like that of songs from The Valley. It expertly balances Bozeman’s guttural screams and softer, Maynard James Keena-esque singing for an air that itself creates lots of interest. The balance in the instrumentation and that with the song’s vocals adds even more to the song’s engagement and entertainment.

No information was provided as to the meaning of the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the band’s new album and single. However information noting that the songs touch on “emotional territory” would seem to hint at least somewhat to some information.

Kin will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– deluxe box set (hardcover box includes: exclusive gold vinyl, gold 7-inch single, 72-page photo book)
– 180g white vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear sky blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– clear ash grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– midnight blue marbled vinyl (Eyesore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– milky clear w/ blue and white splattered blob vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black split vinyl (Impericon exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– cool grey marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black dust vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– opaque cyan (sides A/B) black (sides C/D) vinyl (US exclusive)
– black w/ white edge splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– royal blue / black color in color vinyl (Newbury exclusive)
– electric blue w/ aqua blue splatter vinyl (Revolver exclusive)
– cyan w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– white / cyan melt vinyl (US exclusive)

Kin track-listing
1. I Will Find You
2. Lost Boy
3. A Bloodsoaked Symphony
4. Anticure
5. The Ones That Made Us
6. History Is Silent
7. To the Wolves
8. Orphan
9. Without You
10. Without Us
11. Kin

Kin was tracked at the home of the band’s guitarist Zach Householder. Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Green Day, James Taylor) mastered the record while David Castillo mastered the album. The record’s cover art was designed by Jillian Savage.

More information on Whitechapel’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news, tour dates and more at:

Websitehttps://www.whitechapelband.com

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Dragonforce Debuts ‘Troopers Of The Stars’ Video

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Dragonforce is revisiting its most recent album for its latest single and video.

The band premiered the video for its single, ‘Troopers of the Stars’ Friday. The song is featured in the band’s 2019 album, Extreme Power Metal. The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band over the years: extreme shredding, operatic vocals, and overall rich musical instrumentation.

The song’s lyrical content is exactly as the title infers. It is a spoof about the famed modern b-sci-fi flick, Starship Troopers.

While the song is a spoof of the noted movie, the video goes in a slightly different direction. It spoofs the mechanical shows used to entertain kids at Chuck-E-Cheese restaurants, with the band members taking the place of the robots used in those shows.

To compliment the video’s premiere, the band has launched a new apparel line. Audiences can buy the band’s new shirts here.

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

In other news, Dragonforce is scheduled to join Power Wolf and Warkings next year on a series of live dates. The bands’ tour is scheduled to launch Nov. 11 in Berlin, Germany and to run through Dec. 4 in Antwerp, Belgium. The bands’ tour is noted below.

DragonForce 2022 tour dates
w/ Powerwolf, Warkings

Nov. 11, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Velodrom
Nov. 12, 2022 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
Nov. 13, 2022 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tipsport Arena
Nov. 14, 2022 – Katowice, Poland – MCK
Nov. 16, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
Nov. 17, 2022 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Nov. 18, 2022 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Nov. 19, 2022 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
Nov. 21, 2022 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
Nov. 22, 2022 – Madrid, Spain – Riviera
Nov. 24, 2022 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov. 25, 2022 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Nov. 26, 2022 – Oberhausen, Germany – Konig Pilsener Arena
Nov. 27, 2022 – Paris, France – Zenith
Nov. 29, 2022 – London, UK – Roundhouse *
Dec. 1, 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Afas Live
Dec. 2, 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
Dec. 3, 2022 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Saarlandhalle
Dec. 4, 2022 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
*=without DragonForce

More information on the Dragnforce’s new single, video, and upcoming live dates are available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Armored Saint Announces Details For New Live Recording

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Armored Saint will release its new live recording this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states that the new, forthcoming recording, Symbol of Salvation Live, is scheduled for release Oct. 22 through Metal Blade Records.

The recording, which will come ahead of the band’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong, will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below. The band’s noted run with BLS and Prong is scheduled to run from Dec. 27-31 along cities along the West Coast region.

– digipak-CD/DVD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– silver vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dusty rose pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– silver / white corona vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– crystal clear vinyl (US exclusive)
– red / black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

The vinyl and digital release of Symbol of Salvation Live will feature an extra bonus. That bonus comes in the form of five previously unreleased demo tracks recorded during the sessions for Symbol of Salvation. Dave Prichard was part of those sessions.

According to information provided about the recording, the concert featured in the recording was capture at a 2018 performance at New York City’s famed Gramercy Theater. The concert celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1991 album by the same name. This even though the album was released in 1991.

Bassist Joey Vera offered the following comment about the concert.

“I felt like showing Symbol in another light was a great homage to the record itself.  Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

Added Vera about the concery, which was capture by a six-camera crew, “The vibe in the room was so great.  The fans made us feel so welcome, like we had come home for a celebration of sorts, and we all celebrated Symbol of Salvation. It gave me chills hearing people sing along to songs like ‘Burning Question’, a song we never had played live before.”

In anticipation of the coming release of Symbol of Salvation Live, the band has released a live clip of the band performing the album’s title track at the concert. The video is streaming here.

The track listing for Symbol of Salvation Live is noted below.

Symbol of Salvation Live CD/DVD track-listing
1. Reign of Fire (Live)
2. Dropping Like Flies (Live)
3. Last Train Home (Live)
4. Tribal Dance (Live)
5. The Truth Always Hurts (Live)
6. Half Drawn Bridge (Live)
7. Another Day (Live)
8. Symbol of Salvation (Live)
9. Hanging Judge (Live)
10. Warzone (Live)
11. Burning Question (Live)
12. Tainted Past (Live)
13. Spineless (Live)
*additional bonus tracks on the digital/vinyl versions:
14. Nothing Between the Ears (1989 4-Track Demo)
15. Get Lost (1989 4-Track Demo)
16. Medieval Nightmares (1989 4-Track Demo)
17. People (1989 4-Track Demo)
18. Pirates (1989 4-Track Demo)
19. Symbol of Salvation (Live) [Radio Edit] **available digitally only!

More information on Symbol of Salvation Live is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Armored Saint Announces Winter Dates With Black Label Society

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Armored Saint is joining Black Label Society’s headlining tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a news release distributed to the media. The band will join Prong as support for the newly announced dates, which are scheduled to run from Dec. 27 in Reno, NV to Dec. 31 Tempe, AZ.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live dates with Prong and Black Label Society are in support of the band’s latest album, Punching The Sky (2020).

Front man John Bush was upbeat as he talked about joining the tour.

“We’re super excited to finally be doing some dates in support of Punching the Sky!!,” he said.  “Albeit a year and two months after it came out. What makes it even more exciting is to support Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society!! Let’s do it!!!!”

Armored Saint’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong are noted below.

“Doom Trooping over North America” tour dates
w/ Black Label Society, Armored Saint, Prong

Dec. 27, 2021 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 28, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
Dec. 29, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
Dec. 30, 2021 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 31, 2021 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Black Label Society announced the initial dates for its upcoming tour last month. The band’s tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Amon Amarth Celebrates Album’s Release Anniversary With Re-Worked Take Of One Of Its Songs

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Amon Amarth is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its third album, The Crusher this year.

In celebration of the anniversary, the band has released a re-worked take on one of the album’s key songs, ‘Masters of War‘ along with a new visualizer to boot. As an added bonus, the band has also released a new T-shirt to mark the occasion exclusively through Victorious Merch.

Front man Johan Hegg had the following to say of the song’s new take: “Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Crusher album, we felt we wanted to re-record one of the main songs from the album and put a bit of a modern Amon Amarth touch on it. Enjoy!”

The band’s re-recorded take of ‘Masters of War’ is the band’s first “new” music since the release of its then new album, Berserker in 2019.

More information on Amon Amarth’s re-worked take of ‘Masters of War’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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‘X’ Is A New High Point For Artillery

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Veteran thrash metal outfit Artillery returns Friday with its latest album, X.  The title is a representation of the album being its tenth full-length studio recording.  Coming more than two years after the band released its ninth album, The Face of Fear, the band’s latest album will appeal to any of the group’s established audiences.  It will also appeal to any thrash metal aficionado.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes play just as much into its appeal and will be discussed a little later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It brings everything together and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make X a strong statement about Artillery ten albums and almost four decades into its life.

Artillery has seen a number of highs and lows over the course of its nearly 40 year life.  From the breakups and reunions, to the new albums and lineups, this veteran thrash metal act has been there and done that.  Now with its aptly-titled 10th album, X, the band shows that it still has more highs to reach.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are everything that listeners have come to expect from the band.  Right from the album’s outset, the guitar riffs offer audiences influences of Slayer and Judas Priest in one in ‘The Devil’s Symphoony.’  The shredding solos and  the powerhouse verses pair with the equally solid time keeping, bass, and equally powerful vocals (including the choruses) to make the song a strong, familiar approach that will keep listeners engaged and entertained. 

The arrangement featured in ‘Force of Indifference,’ a late entry to the album, does just as much to show the power of the record’s musical arrangements.  As with the album’s opener, this song boasts a clear Slayer influence alongside a more melodic power metal approach.  The key to remember here is that while the noted influences are there, the song is not just a rehashing of ‘The Devil’s Symphony’ or any of the works that are presented between the two works.  It is its own intense thrash composition that boasts its own power.  Yes, the variances are subtle, but a close listen reveals them and in turn makes for plenty of appreciation for the song in whole.

‘Mors Ontologica,’ an even later entry to the album, is one more example of the importance of the album’s musical arrangements.  The thrash element is just as prevalent here as in any of the album’s songs.  In the case of this song though, the variance is more audible.  In the case of this song, the Slayer influence is replaced more by a vintage Metallica/Megadeth influence alongside the band’s equally prevalent power metal stylistic approach.  The result of the blending here is another unique work that will engage and entertain the band’s fans just as much as thrash fans in general.  When this arrangement, the others examined here and the rest of the album’s musical content is considered together, the whole of the record’s musical side leaves no doubt as to its role in the album’s success.  Even with all that the album’s musical arrangements do to keep the record appealing, they are only a part of what will engage and entertain the noted audiences.  The record’s lyrical content adds its share of interest to its presentation.

Lyrically speaking, X touches on a variety of topics.  From a social topic, such as that presented in ‘In Your Mind, to concerns about charitable giving in ‘Beggars in Black Suits,’ to religious fanaticism with Satanism in ‘The Devil’s  Symphony,’ the album proves to cover a lot of ground.  Front man Michael Bastholm said of ‘In Your Mind,’ that the song is “about the thoughts you have when you feel that the other person has an awfully specific assumption of you, which you know is wrong.”  Everybody has been in this position at least once, meaning this message is accessible.  The statement is made clear right from the song’s outset as Bastholm sings, “I guess it all makes sense/There is every proof and evidence/That all you think is true/That all is clear between me – me and you.”  The cynicism and frustration which Bastholm noted in his statement is made fully clear here.  Its clarity is increased in the song’s second verse, which finds Bastholm’s subject singing, “There is a need to be sure/You think there is a real good cure/To control under lock and key/To realize what makes – makes me, me.”  The song’s third and fourth verses add even more to the discussion as they continue in similar fashion.  All things considered, the song proves to be a work that will resonate with most listeners what with its relatable theme and presentation thereof.

‘Beggars in Black Suits’ takes on an equally real topic in the matter of knowing where one’s money goes when one makes charitable contributions.  This is a very real topic, as the media has raised questions in recent years about how much money contributed to, say, The Salvation Army, actually goes to benefit the needy.  Bastholm said of this song, “All these media persons and politicians beg us to pay for this or that cause, without us having any security that our money goes into the right pockets,” he said. “Often, we see this money end up in the wrong hands, and therefore the title, ‘Beggars In Black Suits.’”  Just as with the case of ‘In Your Mind,’ the topic broached here is presented in a relatively accessible fashion.  That is made clear in the song’s lead verse, which finds Bastholm singing, “You – hold your hands forth, honesty in your eyes/You – speak those soft words, all filled with lies.”  The song’s second verse makes the statement just as clear, as Bastholm sings, “How – can you wear those honest, pleading caring eyes/When – all you want is for us, to believe your lies?”  The song’s third and final verse puts the accent to the statement, as Bastholm sings, “Now – we really know you, despise you to the core/We – will make sure that you, shall be no more.”  Again, reports have made their way through various media outlets in recent years questioning just how much money given to charities actually benefits the needy.  This song voices the frustration that so many have felt when they learned that the money in question might not have gone to where they were led to believe it would go.  It makes this song just as accessible for listeners as ‘In Your Mind’ while also showing even more, the variety in the album’s lyrical content.

Social concerns are just a portion of what Artillery takes on in its new album’s lyrical themes.  The band also takes on religious fanaticism in ‘The Devil’s Symphony.’  According to Bastholm, while the song and its lyrics present a dark topic, it is not meant to make people think the band promotes Satanism.  Rather, it is about “that almost exhilarating feeling of being against established convictions and beliefs. It is not a song about us being Satanic or anything like that, though.”  The song examines that fervency by examining all the things that those types do, from using inverted crosses, to burning incense, to almost  making the writings of Levay and others their theology.  So on the surface, the song is an examination of the people who partake in the religion in question.  On a deeper level, one could argue that it is just as much about people in general who are so fanatical about their given religion, but at the same time so uneducated.  It is a truly unique way to approach a familiar rock and metal lyrical theme.  To that point, the song proves to be one more example of the album’s varied lyrical themes and the overall importance of said content.  To that end, this song, the others examined here join with the rest of the album’s lyrical themes to show clearly the importance of said content.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to examine.  That item is the album’s production.

The production of X is important because of its role in the album’s general effect.  As has already been noted earlier, the musical arrangements featured in this album are everything that audiences have come to expect from the record.  That means that they are rather intense from one song to the next.  In other words, there is a lot going on, between the instruments, vocals, and other noted additions to the songs.  The attention paid to every minute detail of each arrangement ensures that the songs are each expertly balanced.  The result is that every song is fully engaging and entertaining in terms of its musical and lyrical content.  The end result of that overall appeal is that listeners will agree X lives up to expectations and that it is among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.

Artillery’s new forthcoming album, X, is a solid new offering from the veteran thrash outfit.  It is a presentation that shows the band is still looking to reach plenty of highs.  Listeners will agree that the album is itself a new high for Artillery.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The record’s musical arrangements are everything that longtime fans have come to expect from Artillery, but are still original in terms of their sound from one to the next here.  A close listen proves that true through the subtle differences heard in each song.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album are themselves important to the album’s presentation because of their varied topics and accessibility.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements, bringing everything together.  This is done through the expert balance of every element in each arrangement.  It ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make X another impressive offering from Artillery that is also among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.  X is scheduled for release Friday.

More information on X is available online now along with all of Artillery’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.artillery.dk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ARTILLERY.DK

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Artillery Debuts ‘Turn Up The Rage’ Video

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Artillery debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Turn Up the Rage’ Wednesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, X. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘In Thrash We Trust‘ last month.

The video for ‘Turn Up The Rage’ features the band performing its new single in what looks like a brewery type background. The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, driving work that will appeal to any vintage thrash metal fan.

The lyrical theme featured in Artillery’s new single comes across as a statement about the frustration felt at discovering the reality of someone who does not seem to be who and what he or she seems.

X is scheduled for release May 7 through Metal Blade Records. The album will come less than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Face of Fear, and less than a year after the release of its latest single, ‘The Last Journey.’

X will release on a variety of platforms, each listed below.

– ltd. digipak-CD (incl. 2 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– blood red / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– viole(n)t blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– blue / red / white melt splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies)

The album’s full track-listing is noted below.

X track-listing
1. The Devils Symphony
2. In Thrash We Trust
3. Turn up the Rage
4. Silver Cross
5. In Your Mind
6. The Ghost of Me
7. Force of Indifference
8. Varg I Veum
9. Mors Ontologica
10. Eternal Night
11. Beggars in Black Suits

More information on Artillery’s forthcoming album is available online now along with all of Artillery’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.artillery.dk

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Artillery Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Artillery will release its latest album this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, X — its 10th album — May 7 through Metal Blade Records. The album will come less than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Face of Fear, and less than a year after the release of its latest single, ‘The Last Journey.’

X will release on a variety of platforms, each listed below.

– ltd. digipak-CD (incl. 2 bonus tracks)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– blood red / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– viole(n)t blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– blue / red / white melt splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies)

In anticipation of the release of X, Artillery debuted the album’s lead single, ‘In Thrash We Trust‘ Thursday. The song’s musical arrangement is a full-on thrash metal opus, living up to the song’s title.

While information was not provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release distributed about the song and album’s debuts, the theme is obvious. It is in its own right, a tribute thrash metal itself, nothing more.

Guitarist Michael Stutzer addressed the band’s approach to the song and album during a recent interview.

“We wanted to have the typical Artillery trademarks, like the riffs and hook lines in the usual combination together with aggression and melody,” he said. “We always try to combine melodic thrash metal with elements from the heavy sounds of the 70s and the 80s, and this time with new elements in some of the songs,”    “We don’t have to push ourselves hard when we’re writing a record because we love what we’re doing.”

‘In Thrash We Trust’ is just one of the 11 total songs featured in X. The album’s full track-listing is noted below.

X track-listing
1. The Devils Symphony
2. In Thrash We Trust
3. Turn up the Rage
4. Silver Cross
5. In Your Mind
6. The Ghost of Me
7. Force of Indifference
8. Varg I Veum
9. Mors Ontologica
10. Eternal Night
11. Beggars in Black Suits

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Transatlantic Announces New Album Release Date, Specs

Transatlantic will open the new year with a new album.

The prog super group is scheduled to release its fifth album, The Absolute Universe Feb. 5, 2021 through InsideOut Music. Its release will come more than six years after the release of the band’s then most recent album Kaleidoscope, which was released in Dec. 2014 through Metal Blade Records.

Drummer Mike Portnoy talked about the forthcoming album during a recent interview.

“We’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes,” he said. “However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.”

Portnoy’s Transatlantic band mate Pete Trewavas expanded on Portnoy’s statements with his own comments.

“We did write some new music for the single CD,”he said. “What’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

Each presentation of Transatlantic’s album will be available on CD, digital, and LP. The platforms’ details are noted below.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’

Special Edition CD Digipak

Gatefold 2LP+CD

Digital Album

‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’

Special Edition 2CD Digipak

3LP+2CD Boxset

Digital Album

‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’

Limited Deluxe Clear 5LP+3CD+Blu-Ray Box-set – contained within a foil-finished lift-off box with extended 16-page LP booklet & 60x60cm poster

According to information provided about the album, it is a concept record. Portnoy said of the move and the album’s concept, “Well, the idea of Transatlantic deciding to do a concept record this time around won’t shock anyone, right? What we have is essentially one giant composition, split into chapters. The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.”

Fellow Transatlantic band member Roine Stolt (also of The Flower Kings) added to Portnoy’s comments.

“We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual,” said Stolt.“The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.”

Initial tracking for The Absolute Universe started in September 2019 in Sweden. Portnoy had the following to say about the process.

“Over a period of 10-14 days, we mapped out the songs,” he said. “Then we all went back to our home studios and did the recording. That’s the way we always do it. At one point, though, it was suggested that instead of doing what was by that time going to be a double album, we should just be content to do a single CD.”

Stolt picked up where Portnoy left off.

“What happened was that everything kept expanding and expanding,”said Stolt. “Therefore we decided it made sense to make it a double album. It was Pete [Trewavas] and Neal [Morse] who then came out and said they felt this would be too long, and we should reduce it to one…But we were already recording, and it didn’t seem feasible to cut it back. There were so many pieces that each of us loved in what we were planning and didn’t want to lose. That’s when we ended up in discussions over the best way forward.”

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