METALLICA has shared the official music video for the title track of the band’s 12th studio album, “72 Seasons”. The Tim Saccenti-directed clip, which was filmed in Los Angeles, California on February 12, can be seen below.
The “72 Seasons” LP will be released April 14 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track “72 Seasons” is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. The album will be released in formats, including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD and digital.
In a recently released behind-the-scenes look at the making of “72 Seasons”, Hetfield stated about the LP’s first single, “Lux Æterna”: “‘Lux Æterna’ is an upbeat, kind of fast and joyous song, I would say — really indicative of New Wave Of British [Heavy] Metal stuff, so kind of a harkening-back-to-’80s kind of riff. It’s just fun and makes me move. It was fun making the video, fun recording a song that comes out really easy, that was a real easy song to write and to perform, like I said, very much like the early ’80s for us.”
David Lee Roth is now streaming his new version of Van Halen‘s 1981 track “Unchained” from the Fair Warning album.
Much like the other re-recordings Roth has shared over the past year or so, “Unchained”” was tracked on May 3 at the Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with guitarist AlEstrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler, and drummer Francis Valentino.
Meshuggah‘s long-anticipated new album Immutable sees the light of day. For many, the release is a unique musical event, marking the group’s first studio album in about six years. Now, the band have released an animated video for their new track “Broken Cog”.
The “Broken Cog” video is a shows how much is being put behind Meshuggah these days.
The animation is brilliant and especially for an extreme metal band and was obviously tailored to match the track excellently.
“The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band. We’re older now. Most of us are in our fifties now, and we’ve settled into who we are. Even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”
Immutable Artwork and Track-listing:
1. Broken Cog 2. The Abysmal Eye 3. Light The Shortening Fuse 4. Phantoms 5. Ligature Marks 6. God He Sees In Mirrors 7. They Move Below 8. Kaleidoscope 9. Black Cathedral 10. I Am That Thirst 11. The Faultless 12. Armies Of The Preposterous 13. Past Tense
1. Devil In Drag 2. SuperNova Girl 3. Give And Take 4. Sunset Ruin 5. Hit Me Like A Brick 6. Wildflower 7. Conscience Calling 8. What I Missed 9. Am I Right 10. Ramble On 11. Devil In Drag (Electric Version)
Swedish rockers GHOST released their firth studio album “Impera”on March 11. One week later, “Impera” has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe, according to the band’s record label, Loma Vista Recordings:
Germany: #1 (highest-ever in Germany) Sweden: #1 U.K.: #2 (highest-ever in the UK) Netherlands: #2 (highest-ever in Netherlands) Belgium: #2 (the band’s highest-ever position in Belgium) Norway: #2 Australia: #3 (the band’s highest-ever position in Australia) France: #5 (the band’s highest-ever position in France) Ireland: #5 (highest-ever in Ireland) Italy: #20 (highest-ever in Italy)
“Impera” was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.
GHOST‘s co-headlining tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and concluded on March 3 in Anaheim, California.
In March 2020, at the final show of GHOST‘s “Prequelle” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who is fronting the act for its “Impera” album phase.
Tobias Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of “Prequelle”.
“Impera” Cover art was designed by Zbigniew M. Bielak
Recently, a huge argument has been going around and brought to you by today’s MINGNONS of the internet.
It is about the metal bands who are coming out against the WAR in Ukraine. These bands perform music that includes WAR oriented lyrics and themes, so how can they be ANI-WAR!
German legends KREATOR’s front man Mille Petrozza has spoken out against the Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this is what he had to say in his latest Instagram post:
Stop the war in Ukraine! Stop all wars on earth! Now!!
In the year 2022 we should be on the edge of a spiritual transformation, but it seems like we are moving back into the Neanderthal.
War can never be justified! And to those that give me the „ ….but what about your lyrics? Flag of hate? You are not metal, etc.“. Understand one thing: where there is war, there is no concerts, festivals, music.
We were about to play a tour for our fans in both Ukraine and Russia next month. And now? Nothing but pain, death, fear and suffering on both sides. The people are the ones that have to pay for this insanity. Like so many times in the history of mankind. Again! Kreator stands for peace, music and a worldwide unity of like minded individuals, regardless of cultural, religious or material background. Call me a naive hippie or find a new favorite band. Real war is NOT Metal! It’s hell on earth! Have a nice day!
Check out Kreator’s new epic single: “Hate Über Alles.” Their new album Hate Über Alles comes out June 3rd on Nuclear Blast, and is available for preorder.
Kreator’s Hate Über Alles:
1. Hate über alles 2. Killer of Jesus 3. Crush the Tyrants 4. Strongest of the Strong 5. Become Immortal 6. Conquer and Destroy 7. Midnight Sun 8. Demonic Future 9. Pride Comes Before the Fall 10. Dying Planet 11. Sergio Corbucci Is Dead
March 18, 2022 Aeviterne – The Ailing Facade (Profound Lore) Agathodaimon – The Seven (Napalm) Chip Z’Nuff – Perfectly Imperfect (Frontiers) Cypress Hill – Back In Black (MNRK) Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse (Century Media) Eric Wagner – In The Lonely Light Of Mourning (Cruz Del Sur) Erra – Erra Deluxe Edition (UNFD) FM – Thirteen (Frontiers) Friends Of Hell – Friends Of Hell (Rise Above) Gauntlet Rule – The Plague Court (From The Vaults) Hellfrost And Fire – Fire, Frost And Hell (Transcending Obscurity) Hell In The Club – Kamikaze – 10 Years In The Slums EP (Frontiers) Hell Militia – Hollow Void (Season Of Mist) Hot Water Music – Feel The Void (Equal Vision) Landmvrks – Lost In The Waves (The Complete Edition) (Arising Empire) The L.I.F.E. Project – Big F.O.U.R. EP (Blood Blast) Moonlight Haze – Animus (Scarlet) Shewolf – Shewolf (Frontiers) Shining Black – Postcards From The End Of The World (Frontiers) Slaegt – Goddess (Century Media) Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts (COP International) Trench – Encased In Chrome EP (New Damage) Tyr – A Night At The Nordic House DVD/CD (Metal Blade) Without Waves – Comedian (Prosthetic)
March 25, 2022 Abbath – Dread Reaver (Season Of Mist) Absent In Body – Plague God (Relapse) Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia (Sumerian) Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road (Epitaph) BillyBio – Leaders And Liars (AFM) Bomber – Nocturnal Creatures (Napalm) Capricorn – For The Restless (Wild Kingdom) Crystal Viper – The Last Axeman (Listenable) Flotsam & Jetsam – Iron Tears/Metal Shock Re-Release (Vic) Hardcore Superstar – Abrakadabra (Self) Ignite – Ignite (Century Media) Incite – Wake Up Dead (Atomic Fire) Killing Joke – Lord Of Chaos EP (Spinefarm) Lucifer’s Child/Mystifier – Under Satan’s Wrath Split (Agonia) Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (InsideOut) MWWB – The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds) Night Demon – Year Of The Demon (Century Media) Nite – Voices Of The Kronian Moon (Season Of Mist) Placebo – Never Let Me Go (Rise) Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph) Svartsot – Kumbi (Mighty) Various Artists – Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West (Provogue) Witchpit – The Weight Of Death (Heavy Psych Sounds)
April 1, 2022 Aldo Nova – The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage EP (Self) Bhleg – Fäghring (Nordvis) Black Death Cult – Diaspora (Profound Lore) Carpenter Brut – Leather Terror (Universal) Centinex – The Pestilence EP (Agonia) Evil Invaders – Shattering Reflection (Napalm) The Hellacopters – Eyes Of Oblivion (Nuclear Blast) Kublai Khan TX – Lowest Form Of Animal EP (Rise) Lords Of The Trident – The Offering (Self) Meshuggah – Immutable (Atomic Fire) Misfire – Sympathy For The Ignorant (MNRK Heavy) Nekrogoblikon – The Fundamental Slimes And Humours (Self) Pattern-Seeking Animals – Only Passing Through (InsideOut) Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love (Warner) Satan – Earth Infernal (Metal Blade) Violet Blend – Demons (Eclipse) Wolf – Shadowland (Century Media)
April 8, 2022 Black Swan – Generation Mind (Frontiers) Destruction – Diabolical (Napalm) Dynazty – Final Advent (AFM) Envy Of None – Envy Of None (Kscope) First Signal – Closer To The Edge (Frontiers) Hallas – Isle Of Wisdom (Napalm) Health – DISCO4 :: PART II (Loma Vista) Inglorious – MMXXI Live At The Phoenix (Frontiers) Jack White – Fear Of The Dawn (Third Man) Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph) Lux Incerta – Dark Odyssey (Klonosphere/Season Of Mist) Mors Principium Est – Liberate The Unborn Humanity (AFM) Papa Roach – Ego Trip (New Noize) Therion – Beyond Sanctorum Re-Release (Hammerheart) Therion – Lepaca Kliffoth Re-Release (Hammerheart) Therion – Symphony Masses: No Drakon Ho Megas Re-Release (Hammerheart) Tool – Fear Inoculum Vinyl Re-Release (RCA) Treat – The Endgame (Frontiers) Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino)
April 15, 2022 Alunah – Strange Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds) Armored Saint – Delirious Nomad Re-Release (Metal Blade) Armored Saint – March Of The Saint Re-Release (Metal Blade) Armored Saint – Raising Fear Re-Release (Metal Blade) Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII (SPV/Steamhammer) Darkher – The Buried Storm (Prophecy) DeVicious – Black Heart (Pride & Joy) Fozzy – Boombox (Century Media) Manegarm – Ynglingaättens Öde (Napalm) Monuments – In Stasis (Century Media) Nazareth – Surviving The Law (Frontiers) Semblant – Vermilion Escape (Frontiers) Stone Broken – Revelation (Spinefarm) These Arms Are Snakes – Duct Tape & Shivering Crows (Suicide Squeeze)
April 22, 2022 Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova 2.0 Reloaded (Self) Amenra/Cave In/Marissa Nadler – Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III (Neurot) Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell (Napalm) Caliban – Dystopia (Century Media) Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Wilde Kinder (Nuclear Blast) Huntsmen – The Dying Pines EP (Prosthetic) Kirk Hammett – Portals EP (Blackened) Ocean Grove – Up In The Air Forever (UNFD) Radiant – Written By Life (Massacre) Ruby The Hatchet – Live At Earthquaker EP (Magnetic Eye) Shinedown – Planet Zero (Atlantic) Somali Yacht Club – The Space (Season Of Mist) Speckmann Project – Fiends Of Emptiness (Emanzipation) Static Abyss – Labyrinth Of Veins (Peaceville) Udo Dirkschneider – My Way (Atomic Fire) Undeath – It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave (Prosthetic) Wardruna – Kvitravn – First Flight Of The White Raven (By Norse)
April 29, 2022 Ann Wilson – Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining) Devil Master – Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night (Relapse) Kaipa – Urskog (InsideOut) Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge (Lifeforce) Rammstein – Zeit (Universal) Robin Trower – No More Worlds To Conquer (Provogue/Mascot) Ted Nugent – Detroit Muscle (Pavement) Thunder – Dopamine (BMG) Velcrocranes – What If I Die (InsideOut) Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain (Nuclear Blast)
In the title of this article, we are simply stating that Hellfest is finally happening again after two years being left-out without our precious HELL. Two years without Hellfest, no thanks to you Covid and all your ugly relatives.
In four months we’ll be back in our favorite spot in the world, Hellfest Open Air.
We have so much to look forward to, two years is way too long and since Hellfest started in 2006, it has been a nonstop roller coster and getting bigger each year. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that this amazing festival is not going anywhere no matter the circumstances.
Ben and his team never fail to impress their loyal fans, and I say loyal fans because they never fail when the festival needs them, they kept their tickets for two years without asking for a refund and the moment has come to enjoy this ride one more time.
Fans held onto their tickets like they were lottery tickets, that’s how important they are to each of us
This only demonstrates the love and support the heavy-metal community and fans of Hellfest have for this haven
Not only is this anniversary special because it’s happening again, but:
It’s a return after two years, which is why I titled it “it is happening again” Two years seems so very long, and also, it’s a nice reference. Let us know if you catch it.
It is going to be massive, like real massive not just like every other year because usually Hellfest is expanding year after another, but this year it’s gonna be a double bill, Hellfest is set to return and run throughout two consecutive weekends , a complete 7 days of HELL with over 350 bans, isn’t that beyond amazing?
For Ben and his team to pull-off such an organization after two years of no income, no government support, and being turned down by their insurer, is just beyond incredible. It’ll be a 15th anniversary edition to go down in history and we are fortunate to be a part of Hellfest. It sounds crazy when we say 15th anniversary. In truth, it should have been the 17th, but time surely stood still for us.
Here are the complete line-up wit the official running order:
KILMARA have released a single & music video for “Out From The Darkness“. The song is taken from their fourth album ‘Across the Realm of Time‘, out August 31, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. The album was produced, recorded, mixed, & mastered by Roland Grapow (Lords of Black, Masterplan, Squealer, Black Majesty, Eagleheart…). Artwork made by Didac Plà.
Guests on the album are Jordi Longán (ex-Ipsilon) keyboard solo on Principles of Hatred, Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) start guitar solo on My Haven, background vocals on “Crawling From Darkness” and “Out From the Darkness”, Viktorie Surmøva (Surmatra, Rosa Nocturna, Victorius) vocals on I Shall Rise Again.
The powerful melodic metal band KILMARA present their new masterpiece “Across the Realm of Time“. After three critically acclaimed albums, the debut “Haunting Dreams”, the work that put them on the world map, “Don’t Fear the Wolf”, and their fantastic third album “Love Songs and Other Nightmares”, it was time for KILMARA to make their fourth album, the most important of their career. With the incorporation of the American singer Daniel Ponce and the virtuoso Argentinian guitarist Miguel Laise, KILMARA return to revolutionize their sound being now more melodic, faster, and powerful, but without losing the class and mastery that characterize them. “Across the Realm of Time” is the definitive work and consecration of KILMARA, a new step to conquer all lovers of quality metal.
KILMARA has created a collection of incredible songs that are inspired by melodic heavy metal and European progpower metal, always looking for a modern and elegant sound. KILMARA is today one of the most powerful and innovative bands to consider in the modern metal scene. With a past-present-future concept as a basis, this is a circular work in which to submerge and let yourself be carried away by the passion that exists in each topic from beginning to end.
After much awaited time, the band beloved by the entirety of the local scene, Kaoteon, has finally released a new album. The band has had a great start this year, releasing the album as part of Complexity Fest in the Netherlands. “Damnatio Memoriae” is a twist on death metal, with the wicked elements of atmospheric black metal and the brutality of death metal. Kaoteon has taken on what bands like Behemoth have created and weaved into a unique blend. This separates the band’s release from others and lets it shine out due to the gloomy atmosphere it sets.
Formed in late 1998 as a one-man band by guitarist Anthony Kaoteon (and then later joined by Walid Wolflust (also known as Walid Choughari) on vocals, the band has gone through multiple lineup changes often revolving around them. On their latest album, two session musicians, Linus Klausenitzer from Obscura and Fredrik Widigs from Marduk, were featured.
The album, in my opinion, is a great representation of what Kaoteon’s music is all about. Instrumentally, “Damnatio Memoriae” isn’t your usual blast beat only metal riffs, but a balance between the latter and great melody. The bass isn’t following the guitar but rather doing its own thing and the drums are just a complex merge of technicality with a drop of groove. With such a musically diverse-in the sense-background, the vocals cover anything from haunting shrieks to hardcore growls. The album opens up with two emotionally contrasting songs. While “Damnatio Memoriae” starts out with enraged vocals that sear hearts and instruments that roar with uncontrollable fury, the next track “Barren Lands” gives a more openly aggressive sound similar to that of modern black metal artists. And thus unfolds the album as a harmonious combination of total mayhem and melody.
Yet throughout the album, the band keeps the composition and structure efficient with the instruments building up upon each other and aggravating until they all erupted, as the vocals stared in the eyes of “the man” and spit blood onto them. With a consistent nod of oriental background and a touch of progressive music, Kaoteon slowly soared above ending the record with a glorious resurrection of what the band is all about. The album sheds light on themes such as political corruption and religious intolerance, topics to which they have been often faced in their country. And if that’s not enough, the band has released the album on its own with the help of great mixer Daniel Bergstrand.