While Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates continue to promote their acclaimed latest studio album, The Nightmare Of Being, they have now checked in after a North American tour as well as an intense run of Summer festivals across Europe and in Japan with the news that founding member and guitarist Anders Björler is returning to the band’s line-up after a handful of years of absence.
At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant comments the news:
“It is with great pleasure we welcome Anders Björler, one of the founding members, back into the band. We are excited to tell you that we are already starting the work on the follow up to The Nightmare of Being, with the same line up that wrote Terminal Spirit Disease, Slaughter of the Soul, and At War with Reality. Anders' first show back in the band will be Damnation Fest in the UK, and he will join us on the European tour together with In Flames later this year. Great times! It really feels like a second rebirth of the band, and we are looking forward to this new chapter!"
Anders Björler added the following comment:
“It feels like coming home for sure. I have been missing the guys of course, but also playing the guitar, writing music and the artistic creativity in general. I've been watching from the side-lines for a number of years, and I've been very proud of what they have created in my absence. I am really looking forward to writing a new album and getting back to playing live shows again."
Tomas Lindberg Redant added the following comment about the upcoming tour with In Flames:
“We are very excited about finally being able to play in front of our European fans in support of our latest album The Nightmare Of Being. This time we will hit the road with our long-time friends In Flames. It’s such a weird fact that we have actually never toured together, although we are from the same town! So this will be a great opportunity to experience “The Gothenburg sound”, and it is awesome to be part of such a strong package. We can't wait to get out there again!”
At The Gates’ latest studio album, The Nightmare Of Being, was released last Summer via Century Media Records and scored impressive chart entries worldwide upon initial release in July as follows: Germany: # 8, Austria: # 18, Switzerland: # 12, Sweden: # 20, Sweden (Physical): # 1, Sweden (Vinyl): # 1, Sweden (Hardrock/Metal): # 2, The Netherlands: # 77, Belgium: # 84, Finland: # 21, Finland (Physical): # 5, UK (Rock): # 3, USA (Current Hard Music Albums): #1, USA (Current Rock Albums): #4, USA (Current Album Sales): #14. USA (Album Sales): #28.
AT THE GATES - 'Garden of Cyrus'
Tomas Lindberg Redant - Vocals
Martin Larsson - Guitars
Anders Björler - Guitars
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
Jonas Björler - Bass
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The co-founders of “Neue Deutsche Härte”, Megaherz, present a member of the band! After various sessions together, the band is proud to announce that Maxx Hertweck will take over the vacant position on drums. Your first chance to see the band with their new line-up will be on April 29th and 30th in the Netherlands.
Megaherz on the new drummer:
"Hearts cannot beat without a rhythm. Finally we present you the new face in the band. Maxx Hertweck is the new Jack of Hearts and the perfect reinforcement on the Megaherz drums! We think he fits us like a glove! Welcome him to our family and celebrate his debut together with us at our upcoming shows in the Netherlands".
Maxx Hertweck adds:
"When Megaherz asked me if I wanted to be their new drummer, it was immediately clear to me that this is the way I really want to go. The sessions with the guys were all super fun and I immediately felt at home. Everything just fits. I can't wait to rock the stages with the guys in the future. Here's to many successful years and cool music. Let's get started! Your Maxx"
Italian symphonic metallers Astralium have announced their brand new, revamped line up featuring a new drummer and guitarist
Singer Roberta Pappalardo states:
"With great pleasure we are announcing the new members who have joined Astralium, drummer Corrado Geniale (ex-Tamed Darts, ex-Astralium) and our second guitarist Antonello Giliberto. At the same time we sincerely thank the drummer and composer Salvo Grasso (Metatrone, Hypersonic) for both the huge contribution given to the band in terms of composition and arrangement of half of the songs included on our debut album "Land of Eternal Dreams", and for the unforgettable years spent together. Thank you Salvo and welcome Corrado and Antonello! Moreover we are already starting to compose the songs for the second album. Stay tuned!"
Astralium will be a part of the World Of Metal Online Festival on Saturday, February 6th, 2021! - 9pm (London Time) : https://www.facebook.com/worldofmetalonlinefestival
ASTRALIUM - 2021 Line Up
Roberta Pappalardo - Vocals
Emanuele Alessandro - Guitars
Antonello Gilberto - Guitars
Giuseppe Pappalardo - Bass
Corrado Geniale - Drums
Latin metal kings Ill Niño are back with a brand new song, “Máscara,” featuring a guest performance from AJ Channer of Fire From The Gods along with vocalist Marcos Leal.
Available now via all digital music providers, Loudwire is offering fans a sneak peek at the video for “Máscara” today at https://loudwire.com/ill-nino-mascara-song-lyrics/.
“I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the Ill Niño legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career,” Leal says. “I’m honoured to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favourite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer, of Fire From The Gods. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of Ill Niño, and as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honour in crafting the vocals for the next generation. It’s something fans new and old will appreciate, and I look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our Niño Familia in 2021!”
Channer adds, “Ill Niño is a band that will leave a strong lasting legacy on heavy music. Some of my earliest show experiences were Ill Niño shows. To be able to lend my voice to one of their songs includes me in that legacy. I was more than honored to sing on ‘Máscara.’”
“Máscara” (the mask) will be available tomorrow via Break Silence Music (BSM), which is distributed through ONE-RPM. Pre-order/pre-save the track at https://ps.onerpm.com/mascara. The magic of “Máscara” was captured by director/videographer Hunter Chapman (Motionless In White, A Day To Remember, In Hearts Wake).
Stronger than ever, Ill Niño’s revamped line-up now consists of original members bassist Laz Pina, drummer-founder Dave Chavarri, dominant frontman Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), returning veteran percussionist Daniel Couto, crushing guitarists Jes DeHoyos (Sons Of Texas) and Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body).
The revitalized Ill Niño has acquired an incredible new team, and now represented worldwide by powerhouse booking agent Tim Borror of Sound Talent Group (Lamb Of God, Breaking Benjamin, I Prevail, Black Veil Brides). A new album titled IllMortals is planned for 2021 with additional guest appearances by long-time friend Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. on "All Or Nothing" and extended familia, Benji Webb (Skindred) and many others to be announced.
Brazilian thrash metal institution Nervosa have announced their new band line-up! After a long and vigorous audition process, Prika Amaral – creator, founding member and guitarist of the band – is thrilled to announce that vocalist Diva Satanica (Bloodhunter), bassist Mia Wallace (Abbath & Triumph Of Death), and drummer Eleni Nota (Mask of Prospero and Croque Madame) have all joined the force that is Nervosa!
The choice to form a quartet instead of reinstating a trio was made to give Nervosa a fresh approach and show another thrilling facet, but will in no way take away from the thrash/death essence they are renowned for. Fans can expect riffs with a lot of down-picking and a strong grip, fast and technical drums, a renewed and heavier bass with super aggressive thrash metal vocals.
Nervosa guarantees that, as soon as live events can happen again, they will comply with their schedule and travel the world to bring their unique sound everywhere! The band is also pleased to state that they have begun working on new music. Stay tuned for more info!
Prika Amaral comments:
"It was an incredible experience to meet so many talented women. It was not easy to choose just one and being forced to say “no” to several really good musicians. But the question is beyond musical competence. It involves availability, professional posture, good communication, etc... I am very happy with the result and very confident. I already have a lot of new songs saved and we have already started writing. We plan to launch some new material online during self-quarantine downtime, as well. I guarantee that Nervosa is coming with full strength."
Diva Satanica - vocals
Prika Amaral - guitar
Mia Wallace - bass
Eleni Nota - drums
Australian Deathcore mob Thy Art Is Murder announce new drummer Jesse Beahler + release drum play-through
Australia's premier extreme metal export, Thy Art Is Murder are proud to announce the addition of drummer Jesse Beahler. In celebration, the band have released a drum play-through for 'Human Target' which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiFp1-zwYQ
"I’ve been long time friends with Thy Art Is Murder, from touring beside them on their first American tour in 2013, to becoming a contributing member of the band during ‘The Depression Sessions’, and eventually evolving into a full-fledged member during the writing and recording process of our latest album, ‘Human Target’. I’m very grateful to be working alongside great friends and musicians, and feel like Thy Art is a band I was always meant to be a part of.
I am incredibly proud of the performances we tracked on our newest album ‘Human Target’, and it sounds so good in part because of the great gear we selected. Thanks to Zildjian, Tama, Remo, Vic Firth, Czarcie Kopyto, and Foot Blaster Triggers for creating exceptional tools that help me deliver the best possible performance every time I sit behind the kit."
'Human Target' was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ. The artwork was once again painted by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).
Order 'Human Target' in various digital and physical formats from www.thyartismurder.net
THY ART IS MURDER is:
C.J. McMahon | Vocals
Sean Delander | Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Butler | Bass Guitar
Jesse Beahler | Drums
Andy Marsh | Lead Guitar
Greek Melodic Gothic Metallers Sede Vacante announce new singer and bassist whilst recording new album
Greek heavy melodic Goth Rock/Metal act Sede Vacante are currently in the studio recording the new album, furthermore the band has announced their new singer Stephanie Mazor and bassist Nick Gko! Read below.
“Hello everybody and Happy New Year! It’s been a while since the last time you heard from us but we are really focused on working hard for our new album. So while the recording sessions are going on we feel it’s the right time to announce you that we are having a new line-up. Two talented artists joined the family of Sede Vacante and we are very proud of it. Please welcome our new singer Stephanie Mazor and bassist Nick Gko. We are looking forward to performing all together!!!”
Greek heavy melodic Goth Rock/Metal act Sede Vacante was formed in 2013. The band released their debut album “Skies Infernal” in November 2016 via Pride & Joy Music, receiving extremely positive feedback and the band was classified among the most promising goth bands of the current times. Besides having shared the stage with Delain and Sirenia in Athens, on June 29th 2017, Sede Vacante joined Evanescence in Romania (Arenele Romane), the reaction of the crowd was beyond any expectation. Currently the band is recording their new album. More information TBA.
Dear Heavy Metal Maniacs, here's a statement from guitarist Alexandra of Jenner!
"Today is a big day for us! In addition to celebrating 6 years since the band has been formed, we have many more news for you.
Since many of you are eager for new music, we’re proud to announce that our new release, EP “The Test Of Time” will be released on February 20, 2020, the same day as our previous release. Of course, via Inferno Records! We’re extremely pleased we have an opportunity and honor to once again work with a man like Fabien Pinneteau. Also, another thing that hasn’t changed is collaboration with Luka Matković and Citadela Sound Production Studio.
As previously announced, the EP is consisted of 3 songs, "Night Without Dawn", "The Test Of Time" featuring Emil Ivošević (Alexandra's boyfriend and singer of Sigma Epsilon), and a cover of song “Young & Proud“ by Demoniac (thanks Ljubo Marjanović for permission).
The other thing you may notice is that the band continues to work as a trio. In conversation with our singer Anđelina Mitić, we came to the conclusion that there’s no more energy and enthusiasm in the band like it used to be... so we decided that Alexandra takes the microphone. We wish Anđelina all the best in the future! These 6 years have brought us many beautiful experiences and memories that we’ll remember forever.
Another change you may notice is that a new bassist, Katarina Henc, is playing with us. This way we welcome her to the band! Our bass player, Nevena Ilić, gave birth about a month ago and brought another beautiful girl to the world. Considering that she’s currently unable to play, her job will be done by Kaća, and the time will tell how the things will further go.
On drums is, as before, Marija Dragićević. Since she was on maternity leave during the recording, the drums were recorded by our friend, Nikola Simonović.
And finally, we want to thank all the people who helped us get through this rough period and get on with it. You're wonderful!
Expect more information from us after the New Year!"
Post-apocalyptic alternative metal band Revolutio is pleased to announce Samuele Casari (Demetra’s Scars) as new rhythm guitarist.
Samuele Casari stated:
“I am a big fan of Mad Max and I am very happy to play in a post-apocalyptic band like Revolutio.. Hope to see you soon at our gigs!!!”
The drummer Davide Pulito added:
“Samuele struck us immediately to be a technically gifted and determined musician at the same time. It is a pleasure to work with people like him.”
The band is currently working on the set-list based on the album Vagrant, recently released via Inverse Records. A play-through video is now available where to see Samuele Casari in action. You can see the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/AmO4LckrI1M
Get your physical copy on the Inverse Records webstore https://goo.gl/yf67V9
Maurizio Di Timoteo – Vocals
Luca Barbieri – Lead guitars
Samuele Casari – Rhythm guitars
Francesco Querzé – Bass
Davide Pulito – Drums
Finnish Blood Region released a new single and music video for a brand new track Warrior Heart. At the same time they announce a new singer Annika Jalkanen.
Watch the music video 'Warrior Heart' here: https://youtu.be/wisOQDDtqvU
Guitarist Mika says:-
"Warrior Heart is definately best from Blood Region music. With elements from Tales of the Backwoods album and new musical themes it offers amazing listening experience. Annika's voice gave a lot of fresh power and new page turns again in story. It's been great to work on this song with these wonderful and talented people. There is much good energy in this song, it's been fascinating to see this song grow from the start to this magical result."
"We're old friends with Mika and he asked to sing this song. I really like previous Blood Region songs and believed this new one to be awesome track, so I agreed to join and sing. I have not sing Blood Region style music before, so it gave good challenges to my singing. One can say, it's been really creative and productive experience being out of the comfort zone in some degrees in my singing."
Listen to the single on:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3331FcB
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