Matt Heafy Debuts New Solo Project’s Lead Single, Video

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Trivium front man Matt Heafy gave audiences their first preview of his new solo project this week.

Heafy premiered his new single, ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ and its video Friday. The song, which features a guest appearance from Ihsan (Emperor), is the first from Heafy’s new Ibaraki project.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, intense composition. The combination of Heafy’s intense vocals and the equally powerful guitars gives audiences a touch of Heafy’s work with Trivium while also incorporating some black and death metal influences into the mix. The whole makes for quite the intriguing opus.

Heafy offered the following about the arrangement’s creation.

“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be. ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”

As to the song’s lyrical theme, Heafy noted the term ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ “means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” he said. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”

The video for Heafy’s new single features images, such as the noted samurai practicing with his sword on a beach, a bird in flight and other items.

More information on Heafy’s new single is available along with all of his and Trivium’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.trivium.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

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Dragonforce Taps Visions Of Atlantis For Upcoming Tour

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Dragonforce is bringing symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis for its upcoming tour.

The forthcoming North American run is scheduled to launch March 7 in Santa Ana, CA and to run through April 23 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Greensboro, NC; Boise, ID and Mesa AZ. Seven Spires will also serve as support for Dragonforce’s upcoming tour.

Guitarist Herman Li spoke highly of Visions of Atlantis in a prepared statement.

“We are so excited to welcomeVisions of Atlantisto our North American tour in March and April,” Li said. “We wanted to bring a huge show, with an amazing line-up and crazy production. Visions of Atlantis brings a ton of energy to the stage, and they’re incredible musicians. We can’t wait to get on the road with them!”

The schedule for Dragonforce’s upcoming tour, which is in support of its latest album, Extreme Power Metal, is noted below. Tickets are available here. Seven Spires and Battle Beast will share time as support with Visions of Atlantis for the length of the tour.

DragonForce North American tour dates

w/ Battle Beast, Visions of Atlantis, Seven Spires

Mar. 7, 2022 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *

Mar. 8, 2022 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory *

Mar. 9, 2022 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post *

Mar. 10, 2022 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *

Mar. 11, 2022 – Seattle, WA – Neptune *

Mar. 13, 2022 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom *

Mar. 15, 2022 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theater *

Mar. 16, 2022 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall *

Mar. 18, 2022 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory *

Mar. 19, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex *

Mar. 20, 2022 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

Mar. 22, 2022 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater

Mar. 23, 2022 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag

Mar. 24, 2022 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave II

Mar. 25, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Mar. 26, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Mar. 27, 2022 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

Mar. 29, 2022 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s

Mar. 30, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

Mar. 31, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

Apr. 1, 2022 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell

Apr. 2, 2022 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Apr. 3, 2022 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Apr. 5, 2022 – Reading, PA – Reverb

Apr. 6, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater

Apr. 7, 2022 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

Apr. 8, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater

Apr. 9, 2022 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes

Apr. 10, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)

Apr. 12, 2022 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

Apr. 13, 2022 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

Apr. 15, 2022 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live

Apr. 16, 2022 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

Apr. 17, 2022 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

Apr. 19, 2022 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater

Apr. 20, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Apr. 22, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater

Apr. 23, 2022 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

* = without Battle Beast

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Additionally, Dragonforce is scheduled to join Power Wolf and Warkings this fall on a series of live dates across Europe. 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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Hatebreed Debuts ‘Instinctive’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hatebreed premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)‘ Wednesday. The single is taken from the band’s latest album, Weight of the False Self, which was released in 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video for ‘Instinctive (Slaughterlust)’ features footage from Hatebreed’s time on last year’s “Metal Tour of the Year Tour.” The band joined Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium for the tour.

In related news, Hatebreed also announced new live dates Wednesday. The band is scheduled to launch its new tour alongside Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia, and Stick To Your Guns May 8 in Baltimore, MD. The tour is scheduled to run through June 5 in San Francisco, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

HATEBREED ON TOUR:
WITH PARKWAY DRIVE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, + STICK TO YOUR GUNS:
5/8 — Baltimore, MD — UMBC Event Center
5/9 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music Hall
5/10 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/11 — Columbus, OH — KEMBA Live!
5/13 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom
5/14 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — TBA
5/17 — Toronto, Ontario — RBC Echo Beach
5/19 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
5/20 — Daytona, FL — Welcome To Rockville
5/22 — Charlotte, NC — Metro Credit Union
5/23 — Cincinnati, OH — Ovation
5/24 — Ft Wayne, IN — Piere’s Outdoors
5/25 — Chicago, IL — Wintrust Arena
5/26 — St Louis, MO — The Factory
5/28 — Dallas, TX — So What Festival
5/29 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Outside
5/31 — Wichita, KS — Wave
6/1 — Denver, CO. — Mission Ballroom
6/3 — Las Vegas, NV — Theater at Virgin Hotels*
6/4 — So Cal  — TBA*
6/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield*
*No Stick To Your Guns

More information on Hatebreed’s new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.hatebreed.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/hatebreed

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Sabaton Premieres New Single, ‘Soldier Of Heaven,’ Companion Video

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Sabaton premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Soldier of Heaven‘ Friday. The song and its video are the latest from the band’s forthcoming album, The War To End All Wars, which is scheduled for release March 4 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Album Pre-orders are open now. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Christmas Truce’ and the song’s companion video Oct. 29.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Soldier of Heaven’ is unlike much of what Sabaton has crafted over its life. The familiar power metal sounds that the band has crafted are replaced here by a more electronic, keyboard-driven approach and sound. That is not to say that the band’s familiar power metal sound is not there, but it takes a bit more of a supporting role here than lead role.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the song and its video. From what can be inferred through the lyrics provided with the video, the song tells the story of the men who have died in combat.

The video features the band performing its new single on a snow-covered mountaintop as one of the noted soldiers lies dead in the snow. Fighter planes fly behind the band in combat along the way.

The War To End All Wars will feature 11 new songs, all of which are noted below along with the formats on which the record will release.

The tracklist for The War To End All Wars is as follows:

1. Sarajevo

2. Stormtroopers

3. Dreadnought

4. The Unkillable Soldier

5. Soldier Of Heaven

6. Hellfighters

7. Race to the Sea

8. Lady Of The Dark

9. The Valley Of Death

10. Christmas Truce

11. Versailles

“The War To End All Wars” will be available in the following formats:

– Jewelcase CD

– Limited Gold CD [Supporter Edition – various versions with translated booklets]

– History Edition

– NB Mailorder Exclusive Edition [ltd. to 1500 copies]

– Earbook [limited to 6000 copies]

– Black Vinyl 

– Azure Blue Vinyl [bandshop exclusive, ltd. to 300 copies]

– Inca Gold Vinyl [bandshop exclusive, ltd. to 500 copies]

– Copper Vinyl [ltd. to 500 copies]

– Fluorescent Orange Vinyl [ltd. to 500 copies]

– Leaf Green Vinyl [Sweden exclusive]

– Fluorescent Yellow Vinyl [Ginza exclusive]

– Dusk Vinyl [Levik exclusive]

– Soft Grey Vinyl [Nordics exclusive]

– Lavender Vinyl [FNAC exclusive]

– Rosewood Vinyl [Mystic exclusive]

– Fluorescent Green Vinyl [UK exclusive]

– Pacific Blue Vinyl

– Polar White Vinyl [limited to 300 copies]

– Dewdrop Vinyl [limited to 500 copies, EMP exclusive]

– Blue cassette [limited to 100 copies, bandshop exclusive]

– Green cassette [limited to 100 copies]

– Grey cassette [limited to 300 copies]

– Red cassette [limited to 500 copies]

– Black cassette [limited to 250 copies]

– Smokey cassette [limited to 200 copies]

– White cassette [limited 100 copies]

In other news, the band premiered a standalone single, ‘Steel Commanders’ and a companion video in August. The premiere was followed with the debut of an official lyric video for the song in late September.

More information on Sabaton’s new album announcement is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

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Soulfly Announces New Live Dates

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Soulfly will tentatively launch a new North American tour this winter.

The band announced Monday, it is scheduled to launch its new tour Feb. 7 in las Vegas, NV. The tour is scheduled to run through March 19 in Gallup, NM and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Lombard, IL; Tacoma, WA and Shreveport, LA.

Front man/founder Max Cavalera said he is looking forward to getting back in front of audiences again.

“I’m more than thrilled to kick off the New Year with a tour!,” he said. “We will be playing songs from our upcoming new release!”

Soulfly’s as-yet-untitled new album was produced by Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Go Ahead and Die, Code Orange). The follow-up to 2018’s Ritual, its release date and other information is under consideration.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. 200 Stab Wounds is scheduled as support for select dates. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s  U.S. tour are:
2/07/2022 Las Vegas, NV – Rockstar Bar*
2/08/2022 Palmdale, CA – Transplants*
2/09/2022 Oxnard, CA – Oxnard PAC*
2/10/2022 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s*
2/11/2022 Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium
2/12/2022 Reno, NV. – Virginia Street Brewhouse*
2/14/2022 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone*
2/15/2022 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post*
2/16/2022 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall*
2/17/2022 Portland, OR – BossaNova Ballroom
2/18/2022 Seattle, WA – El Corazon*
2/19/2022 Tacoma, WA – Fawcett Hall at Alma Mater*
2/20/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/21/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/23/2022 Great Falls, MT – The Newberry #
2/24/2022 Billings, MT – Pub Station #
2/25/2022 Casper, WY – Gaslight Social #
2/26/2022 Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater %
2/28/2022 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/01/2022 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze #
3/02/2022 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theater #
3/03/2022 Hobart, IN – Hobart Theater #
3/04/2022 Lombard, IL – Brauer House #
3/05/2022 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live #
3/06/2022 Nashville, TN – Basement East #
3/08/2022 Memphis, TN – Growler’s #
3/09/2022 Little Rock, TX – Little Rock Music Hall #
3/10/2022 Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights %
3/11/2022 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s %
3/12/2022 Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club %
3/13/2022 Shreveport, LA – The Sand Bar %
3/15/2022 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock %
3/16/2022 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey Theatre %
3/17/2022 Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar %
3/19/2022 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut Music %

  • = Support TBD
    # = with 200 STAB WOUNDS
    % = No Support

Soulfly just wrapped another North American tour Sept. 19. Fear Factory founding member/guitarist Dino Cazares replaced Marc Rizzo for the tour.

More information on Soulfly’s new tour and next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Sabaton’s Recently Released Double Live Collection Will Appeal To The Band’s Most Devoted Audiences

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Sabaton is scheduled to release its next album, The War to End All Wars early next year.  The band’s 10th album, it is scheduled for release March 4 through Nuclear Blast Records.  The band has already released the album’s lead single, ‘Christmas Truce’ to build anticipation for the record.  More music is likely on the way, too.  In the meantime, the band’s most diehard fans have another way to pass the time.  It comes in the form of the band’s recently released limited edition live box set, The 20th Anniversary Show/The Great Show.  Released Nov. 19 through Nuclear Blast Records in limited quantities, the two-concert collection is an interesting presentation.  Among the most notable items that makes it interesting is its set lists.  They will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performances thereof are also of interest and will be discussed a little later.  The concerts’ production rounds out their most important items and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the box set.  All things considered, they make The 20th Anniversary Show/The Great Show a presentation that, again, Sabaton’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.

Sabaton’s recently released limited edition live box set, The 20th Anniversary Show/The Great Show is an intriguing new addition to the band’s live catalog.  Only the band’s fourth live recording, the set proves itself worth experiencing occasionally.  That is due in part to the set lists featured in each of the collection’s two concerts.  The set list for The 20th Anniversary Show is especially intriguing in that it is a career-spanning set list for the most part.  The only records not represented in this set are the band’s 2007 album, Metalizer and its 2010 record, Coat of Arms.  That means in all, seven of the band’s nine current albums are featured in this set list.  The thing is that the set list leans heavily on the band’s more recent works, with 2008’s The Art of War getting the most nods at five.  The band’s 2016 album, The Last Stand and its follow-up, 2019’s The Great War get four nods each.  Meanwhile, the band’s first two records, Primo Victoria (2004) and Attero Dominatus (2006) each get only one nod each here.  Heroes (2014) is represented in this set list with three songs while Carolus Rex (2013) is represented through two songs.  The band’s 2019 non-album single, ‘Bismarck’ is also here, bringing the set list’s total to 21 songs (22 if audiences count the “Drum-off” between Hannes Van Dahl and Daniel Mullback).  That set list spans more than two hours.  So again, considering that the band was celebrating its 20th anniversary at this headlining show, the set list is impressive.  It just would have been nice to have seen even more diversity in the set list to even more fully represent the band’s body of work.

Much of the set list featured in the band’s 20th Anniversary concert is also featured in the set list for the second concert in the band’s new live box set, The Great Show.  In the case of this concert’s set list, the list is shorter, featuring 17 songs instead of the more than 20 that make up the other concert’s set list.  So while audiences get many of the same songs between the set lists, there is at least some variance between the two lists.  To that end, the set lists are certain to entertain a wide range of Sabaton’s established fan base.

The set lists featured in each of the band’s concerts form a strong foundation for this collection’s presentation and are just one part of what makes the set worth experiencing.  The band’s performance thereof is of its own note.  That is because of the energy that the band exudes throughout the course of each concert.  There is some banter between the band and audience in each show, but for the most part, the band lets its performances do the talking.  The audience fully feeds off of the band’s energy, which is clearly exhibited in the concerts’ production.  That item will be discussed a little later.  Getting back on the subject at hand, even the mostly minimalist use of the pyro throughout the shows plays into the band’s performance, too.  Yes, pyro is used, but the band uses it tastefully, again, letting its performance take center stage.  As a result, the band’s talents and abilities are put that much more on display, making the overall performances that much more engaging and entertaining.  When this is considered along with the appeal ensured through the concerts’ set lists, the whole makes the collection all the more appealing for the noted audiences.  It is just one more part of what makes the collection a piece that said audiences will welcome, too.  The noted production rounds out the collection’s most important elements.

The production presented in each concert puts the finishing touch to the collection’s overall presentation.  The concerts’ production is worth noting because it gives audiences something more than just a pair of typical concert experiences.  Rather, there are certain fade effects, shots, and angles that really give the concerts a semi-cinematic sense.  From the wide aerial shots showing the immensity of the crowd at Wacken, to the black-and-white effect used in portions of the band’s show in Prague, to the various angles used in the on-stage and crowd shots, and the connected fade effects, the production gives audiences at home the best seat in the house.  What’s more, each concert’s audio makes for its own appeal within each concert.  Audiences get the full concert effect (especially those with home theater systems) with all of the subtle echoes balanced with the crown noise and balance in the vocals and instrumentation.  All things considered here, the production presented in each concert is just as laudable as the set lists and the band’s performances thereof.  It completes the concerts’ presentation and shows that much more what Sabaton’s most diehard fans have to expect from these concerts. 

Satabton’s recently released live collection, The 20th Anniversary Show/The Great Show is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audience base will appreciate.  That is proven in part through its featured set lists.  The set lists are largely the same from one to the next.  The first concert’s set list is a career-spanning presentation, even though it tends to lean more heavily on the band’s more recent albums than its earlier records.  The second concert’s set list mirrors that of the first set list for the most part.  Considering the set lists were part of concerts that were part of the same tour, that is not surprising.  The band’s performance of said set lists adds its own enjoyment to the whole.  That is because of the energy that the band exudes through out concert.  The band feeds off of that energy and gives it right back to the band.  The result is that all involved fully enjoy the show, and leave audiences at home enjoying just as much as the band and those who were there at the concerts.  The production puts the final touch to the presentation, giving home viewers the best seat in the hose, what with the expert audio and video mixes.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make the set a mostly successful new presentation that, again, Sabaton’s most devoted audiences will enjoy.

The 20th Anniversary Show/The Great Show was released Nov. 19 in limited quantities.  Very limited quantities of the collection might still be available. More information on Sabaton’s new live collection and forthcoming album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sabaton.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sabaton

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sabaton

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As I Lay Dying Re-Issues ‘Shaped By Fire’; Debuts Live ‘My Own Grave’ Clip

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As I Lay Dying re-issued its latest album, Shared By Fire Friday.

In celebration of the album’s re-issue, the band premiered a live performance of the album’s single, ‘My Own Grave‘ Friday. The audio presentation of the performance is one of many extras featured in the record’s re-issue, along with the previously unreleased song, ‘Roots Below.’ The band premiered the song in anticipation of the album’s release Sept. 24 along with a companion visualizer.

Below is the Shaped By Fire Deluxe Edition tracklist:

  1. Re-Separation (instrumental)
  2. Roots Below
  3. Destruction or Strength
  4. My Own Grave (re-interpretation)
  5. Redefined (re-interpretation)
  6. Pre-Shaped by Fire (live intro)
  7. Euphony From Ashes (live outro)
  8. Blinded (Live from Munich)
  9. My Own Grave (Live From Munich)
  10. Burn To Emerge (instrumental)
  11. Blinded (instrumental)
  12. Shaped by Fire (instrumental)
  13. Undertow (instrumental)
  14. Torn Between (instrumental)
  15. Gatekeeper (instrumental)
  16. The Wreckage (instrumental)
  17. My Own Grave (instrumental)
  18. Take What’s Left (instrumental)
  19. Redefined (instrumental)
  20. Only After We’ve Fallen (instrumental)
  21. The Toll It Takes (instrumental)

In other news, the band has announced a new slate of live dates. The band’s “Two Decades of Destruction” tour is scheduled to launch March 19, 200 in Saarbrucken, Germany and to run through April 24 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Dying Fetus, Emmure, and Fit For A King will share time as support for the tour.

19.03.2022 DE Saarbrücken – E-Werk
20.03.2022 FR  Paris Elysée – Montmartre
22.03.2022 FR Toulouse – Le Bikini
23.03.2022 EP Barcelona – Raz/ zmatazz 1
24.03.2022 EP Madrid – La Rivera
25.03.2022 PT Lisbon – Sala Tejo 
26.03.2022 SP Bilbao – Santana27
28.03.2022 FR Lyon – Transbordeur
29.03.2022 DE Würzburg – Posthalle
30.03.2022 NL Tilburg – 0 1 3
01.04.2022 DK Copenhagen – Vega
02.04.2022 SE Gothenburg – Trädgårn
03.04.2022 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
04.04.2022 SE Stockholm – Fållan
06.04.2022 FI Tampere – Pakkahuone
08.04.2022  FI Helsinki – House Of Couture
09.04.2022 EE Tallinn – Helitehas
10.04.2022 LA Riga – Palladium
12.04.2022 PL Warsaw – Progresja
13.04.2022 CZ Prague – Roum Karlin
14.04.2022 HU /Budapest – Barba Negra
15.04.2022 SK Bratislava – Rafinery Gallery
16.04.2022 AT Vienna – Arena Impericon Festival **
17.04.2022 CH Zürich – X-tra Impericon Festival **
19.04.2022 IT Milan – Alcatraz **
20.04.2022 IT Rome – Orion **
22.04.2022 DE Munich – Zenith Impericon Festival **
23.04.2022 DE Leipzig – Messe Impericon Festival **
24.04.2022 DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle Impericon Festival **
** W/ FIT FOR A KING (No DYING FETUS)

Shaped By Fire is available to stream and download here. The album’s track listing is noted below. It produced the singles, ‘Shaped By Fire,’ ‘Blinded,’ Redefined‘ and ‘My Own Grave.’ Most recently, the band released the non-album track, ‘Destruction or Strength.’ That song will feature in the forthcoming re-issue of Shaped By Fire.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

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Accept Premieres Live Take Of ‘Overnight Sensation’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept is giving audiences another live treat.

The band released a live take of its song, ‘Overnight Sensation‘ Friday. The song is featured in Accept’s latest album, Too Mean To Die, which was released early this year. Its premiere, which is part of the band’s celebration of Wolf Hoffman’s birthday, came Friday more than a month after the band premiered its live performance of another of the album’s songs, ‘The Undertaker.’

Too Mean to Die has already produced the singles ‘The Undertaker,’ ‘Too Mean to Die‘ and ‘Zombie Apocalypse.’

In related news, Accept is scheduled to release a limited run of vinyl copies of Too Mean To Die Feb. 18. The band is scheduled to release the record on 2 LP silver vinyl in a total of 750 copies worldwide.  Pre-orders for the limited edition vinyl are open.

In other news, Accept recently announced a new series of live European dates in support of Too Mean To Die. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

See ACCEPT live at one of the following shows in 2023:

14. 01.   DE          Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle       
15. 01.   BE          Brussels – La Madeleine
17. 01.   DE          Frankfurt – Batschkapp  
18. 01.   F            Paris – Bataclan
20. 01.   E            Pamplona – Totem         
21. 01.   E            Madrid – La Riviera         
22. 01.   E            Barcelona – Razzmatazz 1           
24. 01.   F            Toulouse – Bikini             
25. 01.   F            Lyon – Transbordeur       
27. 01.   CH         Zürich – Komplex             
28. 01.   AT          Telfs – Rathaussaal         
29. 01.   HU         Budapest – Barba Negra
31. 01.   CZ         Zlin – Hala Euronics        
01. 02.   PL          Warsaw – Progresja        
03. 02.   EST        Tallinn – Helitehas          
04. 02.   FI           Helsinki – House Of Culture        
05. 02.   FI           Tampere – Pakkahuone 
07. 02.   S            Stockholm – Fryshuset   
08. 02.   NO         Oslo – Rockefeller           
10. 02.   S            Gothenburg – Tradgarn 
11. 02.   DK          Copenhagen – Vega       
12. 02.   DE          Bremen – Aladin              
14. 02.   DE          Berlin – Huxley’s              
16. 02.   DE          Ulm – Ratiopharm Arena             
17. 02.   DE          Munich – Tonhalle         
18. 02.   DE          Filderstadt – FILharmonie            
19. 02.   DE          Geiselwind – Eventzentrum         
21. 02.   DE          Leipzig – Haus Auensee 
22. 02.   DE          Saarbrücken – Garage   
24. 02.   RU          Moscow – Glavclub         
25. 02.   RU          St. Petersburg – Cosmonaut       
27. 02.   UA          Kiev – Stereoplaza           

All previously purchased tickets remain valid.

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Hammerfall Announces New Album Details; Debuts Lead Single’s Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Hammerfall will tentatively release its next album this winter.

The band announced through a news release distributed Wednesday, it is scheduled to release its next album, Hammer of Dawn, Feb. 25 through Napalm Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered the video for the album’s lead single, the album’s title track, Wednesday.

The video was shot at Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, Sweden. Directed by Ullaeus, the video features the band performing its new single inside one of the park’s fun houses as a young woman works her way through the facility.

Front man Joacim Cans talked about the video shoot in a prepared statement.

“We already had the idea to shoot a video at legendary amusement park Liseberg 20 years ago,” said Cans. “But like any good bottle of Champagne this idea needed to rest and mature before taken into action. And f***, I am happy we waited!”

Added Cans, “Together with director Patric Ullaeus we have created something unique and astonishing that totally blows me away every time I watch it. You can really tell that we haven’t played together for almost two long and never-ending years. We are as energetic as a pack of hungry wolves in the video ready to shred and deliver the heavy metal gospel!”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hammer of Dawn’ is an up-tempo composition. Cans’ powerhouse vocals pair with the instrumentation to make the whole appealing to fans of works from the likes of Sabaton, Judas Priest and others of that ilk.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the release announcing the album’s coming release and single/video’s premiere. Reading through the lyrics provided with the video, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme is one of pushing through life’s adversities whether personal or emotional/mental. That is this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

Hammer of Dawn will release through a variety of platforms noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Hammer of Dawn will be available in varying formats in various territories:
– Ltd Deluxe Box, incl CD Digisleeve, Hardcover Photobook, Plectrum Tin, Hammer Key Chain, Bottle Opener – strictly limited to 500 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– CD Digisleeve
– 1LP Gatefold Black
– 1LP Gatefold Marbled Orange Transparent/Black – strictly limited to 300 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Crystal Clear – strictly limited to 300 (EMP exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Curacao – strictly limited to 300 (Levy X & Ginza exclusive)
– Bundle CD + Shirt (outside North America only)
– Digital Album

Hammer of Dawn tracklist:
1. Brotherhood
2. Hammer of Dawn
3. No Son of Odin
4. Venerate Me
5. Reveries
6. Too Old to Die Young
7. Not Today
8. Live Free or Die
9. State of the W.I.L.D.
10. No Mercy

Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other Hammerfall news, the band has also announced it is scheduled to launch its “United Forces Tour” alongside Helloween March 22 in Oslo, Norway. The tour, which will take the band’s to cities across Europe, is scheduled to run through May 22 in London, England. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

UNITED FORCES TOUR 2022
25.03.22 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
26.03.22 SE – Göteborg / Partille Arena
28.03.22 FI – Helsinki / Black Box
29.03.22 EE – Talinn / Noblessneri Valukoda
01.04.22 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
02.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
03.04.22 DE – Berlin / Verti Music Hall
04.04.22 DE – Regensburg / Donau Arena 
08.04.22 ES – Madrid / Wizink Center
09.04.22 ES – Barcelona / St. Jordi Club
11.04.22 IT – Milan / Lorenzini District
12.04.22 DE – Kempten / Black Box
13.04.22 CH – Zürich / Samsung Hall
15.04.22 LU – Luxemburg / Rockhal
16.04.22 NL – Tilburg / 013
18.04.22 PL – Katovice / MCK
20.04.22 BG – Sofia / Arena Armeec
22.04.22 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
23.04.22 CZ – Prague  / O2
24.04.22 SK – Zvolen / Ice Stadium
26.04.22 HU – Budapest / Papp Laszlo Sportarena
29.04.22 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
30.04.22 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
01.05.22 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy
05.05.22 UK – London / Brixton Academy

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Exodus Releases Its New Album; Premieres Lyric Video For Album’s Latest Single

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The wait is finally over for Exodus’ new album, Persona Non Grata.

The long-awaited album released Friday. Along with its release, the band also premiered the lyric video for the album’s new single, ‘Prescribing Horror’ Friday. The song is the album’s third, following the release of ‘Clickbait‘ and ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves).‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Prescribing Horror’ is different from that of most of the music featured in Persona Non Grata. Instead of the high-energy works for which the band is known, this song’s arrangement is a heavy, plodding composition. It is comparable to some of the works from the band’s first two albums, Burn My Eyes (1994) and The More Things Change… (1997). The vocals that accompany that heavy, rich guitar line give the song even more of an interesting presentation, as does the bass work.

According to comments made by guitarist Gary Holt, the song’s lyrical theme is a warning about drug use.

As we have finally come to the day of Persona Non Grata’s release, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for what seems like an eternity, we are pleased to share one last lyric video with you, my personal favorite song on the album, ‘Prescribing Horror,” said Holt. “A little tale of motherhood and a drug, and what happens when greed comes before life and safety. The story of Thalidomide.”

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Exodus is scheduled to launch “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” next spring alongside Testament and Death Angel. The tour was originally scheduled to take place last and this month, but was postponed last month due to impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The band announced the postponement early last month.

 Holt offered the following statement on the postponement.

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of canceled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time,” said Holt. “We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”    

Guitarist Eric Peterson expanded on Holt’s statements.

“We were really on the fence with this decision, but seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just canceling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22,” he said.

Fellow guitarist Alex Skolnick echoed his band mates’ sentiments in his own comments.

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are,” said Skolnick. “Although “Bay Strikes Back” is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top-grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently canceled – a lose/lose for everyone. The fact that a lower-budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Death Angel front man Mark Osegueda also chimed in on the negative news.

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about,” he said. “In this case, I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postponed. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

The new dates for the “Bay Strikes Back Tour” are noted below.

Bay Strikes Back 2022 dates:  
4/9/2022 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater  
4/10/2022 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues  
4/12/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues  
4/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues  
4/15/2022 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  
4/16/2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater  
4/19/2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom  
4/20/2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall  
4/21/2022 – Austin, TX – Emo’s  
4/22/2022 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live  
4/23/2022 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues  
4/26/2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade  
4/27/2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz  
4/30/2022 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom  
5/1/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage  
5/2/2022 – Boston, MA – House of Blues  
5/3/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts  
5/5/2022 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount  
5/6/2022 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom  
5/7/2022 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater  
5/9/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE  
5/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora  
5/11/2022 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall  
5/12/2022 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre  
5/14/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/15/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge  
5/17/2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre  
5/19/2022 – Denver, CO – Summit  
5/20/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot  
*More dates to be added  

More information on Exodus’ new album, live dates, comic book and action figure is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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