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Between signings, new records, and tours, there’s plenty of exciting news coming from the metal world. Here’s some of the latest:
Wednesday 13 has a new record coming out, following his recent signing to Nuclear Blast, and not only have all the album details have been revealed, but a new music video just dropped as well. “What The Night Brings” will be the first track on the upcoming Condolences – the video, directed by Matt Zane (Society One) is already live on Youtube (https://youtu.be/3RpiIZfmBb4) and the track is available on all the usual suspects for digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon, etc.). Wednesday 13 has expressed his excitement about the video, saying that the song “…reminds me of a heavy metal version of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme!” Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie) produced, mixed, and mastered Condolences, and the album art was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Nevermore), and we’ll be seeing the fruits of their labor on shelves and in webstores courtesy of Nuclear Blast Entertainment on June 2nd, 2017. Following the release, a few UK dates have been set – Wednesday 13 will headline a full electric set on the Dogtooth Stage at Download Festival on June 10, as well as shows on June 8 at Voodoo Lounge in Dublin and June 9 at Limelight 2 in Belfast.
A few years ago, Rammstein undertook a tour of epic proportions and for those who weren’t there to witness it in person (or for those who were and just want to see it again), a masterpiece of a concert film will be unleashed to the world in just a few short months. After being successfully shown in movie houses in 46 countries, “Rammstein: Paris” will be released as a director’s cut on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and Vinyl, as well as digitally on May 19th, 2017. The Made in Germany tour was the source of the footage captured by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, during two concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front of 17,000 spectators. This is not the first Åkerlund has worked on capturing some of the captivating moments of Rock and Metal on video, having created productions for The Prodigy, Metallica, The Rolling Stones in the past. If all of this has you dying to see the film, just hang in there – here’s a video of “Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?” to hold you over until the full release: (https://youtu.be/vqnk9HWbKRA). It’s also available for pre-sale orders as of Friday, March 24th via this link (http://smarturl.it/Rammstein_ParisLive).
Within The Ruins recently teamed up with Loudwire for an exclusive reveal of their music video for the track “Objective Reality” (http://loudwire.com/within-the-ruins-objective-reality-exclusive-video-premiere/). Halfway Human is the LP that holds this track, a release from Good Fight Music / Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and SPV overseas. The band’s very own studio provided the setting for the recording of this album, led by guitarist Joe Cocchi, then it was mixed and mastered by Joshua Wickman at Dreadcore productions. Album artwork and design was done by Justin Kamerer. Within The Ruins spent most of February and March on tour in support of the record, with more dates to come later this spring. Halfway Human is available to order in physical form (along with a good amount of merch) here: http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/Within-The-Ruins and digitally here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/halfway-human/id1177086502?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4.
You probably know him from Pantera, but maybe you know him from Down, or Kill Devil Hill – whatever the case may be, one thing for sure is you’ll be hearing something brand new from Rex Brown this year. He’s inked a deal with eOne and has already revealed plans for a debut solo EP. Full details are still yet to come, but what we do know is that it will be the first time we’ll see Rex Brown as both the lead vocalist and guitarist in a band, and tracks have already been laid down. He tracked lead vocals, rhythm guitars, and bass, working with his primary collaborator and old friend, Lance Harvill, a Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter. Drums were tracked by Christopher Williams (who’s worked with Accept, among many others), Peter Keyes, who’s worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd, can be heard on a few tracks, and the record was produced by multi-instrumentalist Caleb Sherman. Further information, including a release date, are likely on the way.
A modern-day group of thrashers is set to debut this summer. Masquerade has already been seen sharing stages with Sepultura, Ektomorf, Cataract, Cannibal Corpse and Obituary and now the quintet’s personal blend of old-school meets new will hit Massacre Records for a full-length album later this year. Details haven’t been revealed just yet, but the best source to keep up with the band is their Facebook page, found right here: https://www.facebook.com/masquerade.ch.
Meanwhile, Massacre Records has plenty more in the works, including a recently released album teaser for the new record from Stormhammer: https://youtu.be/q9HKGhEhOuQ. Welcome to the End is out as of March 24th, and they’ll be taking to the stage next in August at the Metal United Festival Regensburg in Obertraubling, Germany.
Old school Death Metallers Gruesome have got a new EP on the way – Fragments of Psyche will be out on Relapse Records on March 31st, but in the meantime, they’re giving fans a little sample of what to expect on this album that will include 5 demo tracks from the band’s first-ever recordings. Cvlt Nation has the demo track of “Psychic Twin” available to listen to right here: http://www.cvltnation.com/premiere-streaming-gruesome-psychic-twin/. The record is available for pre-order here: http://www.relapse.com/gruesome-fragments-of-psyche/ if you’re interested in the physical, and for those who prefer digital, step right up to the Bandcamp: https://gruesomedeathmetal.bandcamp.com/. Gruesome also has two headlining festival appearances – Manitoba Metalfest on April 22 in Winnipeg, Canada and Chicago Domination Fest 4 on July 29th. More tour dates will be announced in the near future.
Slayer, Lamb of God, and Behemoth…what a tour for those who like it heavy, and this might just be one of the heaviest. Six full weeks across North America gives plenty of opportunities to get yourself into this pit – if you dare. Here’s a full listing of tour dates:
12 Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
13 Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and Lamb of God on this bill)
15 Rock USA 2017, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI (Slayer and Lamb of God on this bill)
16 Chicago Open Air Festival, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL (Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth on this bill)
18 Express Live!, Columbus, OH
20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
1 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
2 1stBank Center, Denver, CO
4 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
5 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
9 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14 Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC Canada
15 SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB Canada
17 KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
20 Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ
Tickets have been on sale since March 3rd and you can find them via Slayer’s official website: https://www.slayer.net/tour.
The Night Flight Orchestra has members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy amidst the lineup, and the supergroup of Swedes has been classified as a Classic/Progressive Rock group. From TNFO, we’ll be seeing a third studio album soon, entitled Amber Galactic. A brand-new single has already been unleashed, streaming exclusively via MetalSucks at the following link: http://www.metalsucks.net/2017/03/23/exclusive-premiere-night-flight-orchestra-midnight-flyer/. Amber Galactic is available for pre-order here: http://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2017/TheNightFlightOrchestra/amber-galactic.html and has a release date of May 19, 2017, for CD and digital download formats, on Nuclear Blast.