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Epica has just announced a brand-new record in the form of an EP, set for a fall release. September 1st marks the date for The Solace System on Nuclear Blast. This EP follows the band’s most recent release, The Holographic Principle, and consists of tracks that were written during the time of that record, but omitted from the final product simply for time. On this decision, Epica’s Mark Jansen says: “The listeners can expect a high-quality EP – with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context.” Simone Simons adds: “During the early writing process of The Holographic Principle we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn’t fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!” The Ultimate Principle Tour will bring Epica to North America in support of the EP the day before the record release. You can see a music video for the EP’s title track courtesy of the Nuclear Blast Record YouTube Channel right here: and keep an eye on for more info.

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Swiss Black Metallers Samael are approaching their 30th Anniversary this year, and they’ve got a new album on the way in celebration. Hegemony is set for an October 13th release on Napalm Records, and the first track “Angel of Wrath” has already been premiered live, as Samael played the new song during their sets at the Inferno and Metalmania Festivals. Now, Invisible Oranges hosts the exclusive lyric video premiere for the song, which you can see on their site here: Further details on the album are yet to come, but updates can be found at:

Solo guitar virtuoso, former Megadeth shredder and Japanese Heritage Ambassador Marty Friedman recently announced a new solo record set for August 4th. Wall of Sound, the instrumental record featuring guests from bands including Black Veil Brides, Deafheaven, and Shining, already has the first single out, available via Prosthetic Records’ YouTube Channel: As part of the album’s promotion, Friedman has done a video for Jackson Guitars showcasing his skills on his own new signature guitar model, also featuring clips from the new album: Just before the official release of Wall Of Sound, Marty Friedman will kick off a headlining tour running for the month of August. All the details at:

TesseracT is embarking on a North American tour alongside Megadeth and Meshuggah tonight, and coinciding with the tour, the band has now released a lyric video for their new single, “Smile”. You can hear the new track and see the video right on TesseracT’s website: In between their Megadeth and Meshuggah dates, TesseracT will also hold a headlining slot on their own for some shows in early July. Tour date listings and more album details are all available on TesseracT’s page:

Invidia, a band featuring members of Five Finger Death Punch and Skinlab that recently released their debut album on Steamhammer/Oblivion/SPV, are getting ready to hit the road – and hard – as they’ve got two long runs of tour dates ahead of them. It’s only been a few months since the release of As The Sun Sleeps, but two major tours await for this summer in support of the record. Wednesday 13 will be the first to have Invidia in a support slot throughout most of July, then Invidia will take on a few headlining West Coasts dates at the end of that month, finally followed by a slot in the Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Overkill, Crowbar, Havok and Black Fast, in the fall. Head to the band’s Facebook for all the info:

German Hard Rockers Kadavar have a fourth studio album on the horizon, as Rough Times is lined up for a Nuclear Blast release on September 29th. This record will be the follow up to 2015’s Berlin, and stay close to home in their style often referred to as “retro”. It doesn’t look like there’s any digital singles in store for this band that seems to like things old-school, as the first single “Die Baby Die” will be released as an exclusive 7” vinyl available from Nuclear Blast, also featuring a cover of the Beatles “Helter Skelter”. More on Kadavar here:

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Moonspell has recently announced a new record release set for November 3rd. 1755 will be Moonspell’s 11th studio album, and their third with Napalm Records (with an additional credit going to Alma Mater Records, the band’s own label). This will also be a concept album entirely in Portuguese, all about The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. As Lisbon also happens to be the band’s hometown, Moonspell will have three special shows in Portugal in advance of the album release. More on these shows, and the new concept album 1755, can be found right here: