King Diamond Premieres “Arrival” Live Performance From New Blu-ray/DVD

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Arrival” from it can be watched below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Halloween”
05 – “Eye Of The Witch”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion On Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

The Fillmore performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Eye Of The Witch”
05 – “Halloween”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion In Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

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King Diamond Premieres “Sleepless Nights” Live Performance From New Blu-ray/DVD

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Sleepless Nights” from it can be watched below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Halloween”
05 – “Eye Of The Witch”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion On Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

The Fillmore performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Eye Of The Witch”
05 – “Halloween”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion In Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

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Evergrey Posts New Song “Currents” Online

Swedish dark melodic metal masters, Evergrey, are streaming the new song “Currents”, a track from the band’s new studio album, The Atlantic, out on January 25th. Listen below.

The band has worked extensively on the follow-up to their highly successful 2016’s effort The Storm Within (which entered the charts on high positions in numerous countries). Again, Evergrey teamed up with Jacob Hansen, who – just like with the band’s previous releases The Storm Within and Hymns For The Broken took care of mixing and mastering.

Tom S. Englund states: “Guys! This is album number 11! Isn’t that just sick?! It’s also the third album of a concept that might have reached its destination or at least one conclusion. It might also have been something that some of you saw coming or anticipated?

“We’ve fought through giant private obstacles as well as an extremely complicated break-in at our Headquarters studio to bring this album to you. So at the same time as it’s certainly not been painless or at all easy, it’s been rewarding in new ways and our creativity has been painted in colors of honesty and sincerity.

“This is our heaviest, darkest, and perhaps also our most diverse album to date. It’s everything we wanted to compose and the written words come straight from a place of transparency and never before experienced lucidity. Finally, as of yesterday, we’ve reached new shores. We can’t wait for you to share this journey with us and dive into our worlds, our depths, and the waters of The Atlantic!”

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Evergrey Posts New Song “Currents” Online

Swedish dark melodic metal masters, Evergrey, are streaming the new song “Currents”, a track from the band’s new studio album, The Atlantic, out on January 25th. Listen below.

The band has worked extensively on the follow-up to their highly successful 2016’s effort The Storm Within (which entered the charts on high positions in numerous countries). Again, Evergrey teamed up with Jacob Hansen, who – just like with the band’s previous releases The Storm Within and Hymns For The Broken took care of mixing and mastering.

Tom S. Englund states: “Guys! This is album number 11! Isn’t that just sick?! It’s also the third album of a concept that might have reached its destination or at least one conclusion. It might also have been something that some of you saw coming or anticipated?

“We’ve fought through giant private obstacles as well as an extremely complicated break-in at our Headquarters studio to bring this album to you. So at the same time as it’s certainly not been painless or at all easy, it’s been rewarding in new ways and our creativity has been painted in colors of honesty and sincerity.

“This is our heaviest, darkest, and perhaps also our most diverse album to date. It’s everything we wanted to compose and the written words come straight from a place of transparency and never before experienced lucidity. Finally, as of yesterday, we’ve reached new shores. We can’t wait for you to share this journey with us and dive into our worlds, our depths, and the waters of The Atlantic!”

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King Diamond Premieres “Black Horsemen” Live Performance From New Blu-ray/DVD

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Black Horsemen” from it can be watched below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Halloween”
05 – “Eye Of The Witch”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion On Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

The Fillmore performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Eye Of The Witch”
05 – “Halloween”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion In Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

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King Diamond announces NYC release party for DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

– January 16th, 2019 –

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records. To celebrate this DVD/Blu-ray, a release party will take place at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on February 6th at 7PM. Featuring an appearance by Abigail, this event will include a showing of both shows from Songs For The Dead Live: Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015, both of which contain a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks before launching into Abigail. To RSVP, please email: kingdiamondparty@gmail.com

There is only one King Diamond, and for more than thirty years the great Dane has been dropping classic albums and putting on shows fans remember for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the only downside to having such a formidable catalogue is that there are just too many great songs to fit into a single set. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a fan who wouldn’t want to hear 1987′s seminal Abigail in its entirety, and Songs For The Dead Live captures this, twice, and in very different locales. The performances of the all-star lineup of musicians, comprising of guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead, bassist Pontus Egberg and drummer Matt Thompson, are absolutely ferocious, hammering home every single moment.

For a preview of Songs For The Dead Live, videos for “Arrival (Live at Graspop)” and “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” can be viewed at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond – where Songs For The Dead Live can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
–opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–root beer marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–clear pale orange marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent amber marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–clear ghost white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–orange-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black/purple melt vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange/red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear lavender marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear ash grey marbled vinyl (Bengan exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–pink blue marbled vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Captured on film by director Denise Korycki for Wild Wind Productions, she worked closely with King on every aspect of filming, and throughout the viewer finds themselves front and center as the shows unfold. This includes some inventive camera placement, such as riding in on the back of the wheelchair as it is wheeled out to “Out From The Asylum” at the start of the show, or looking up from the coffin at the commencement of Abigail opener “Funeral”, which adds an extra dimension to proceedings. Naturally, the theatricality that has become synonymous with King Diamond is there in full force, making for an even more immersive experience. The gothic stage set and the participation of actors playing out certain scenes tying into the songs definitely increases the drama and the sense of complete disconnect from the trappings of reality, ensuring that the shows remain riveting from start to finish.

While the setlists are virtually identical, the drastic difference in the two venues make for distinctly different atmospheres. The sweeping, epic scale of Graspop and the virtual sea of baying metalheads makes for a particularly thrilling spectacle, King holding them all in the palm of his hand. The Fillmore show is immediately more intimate, and rather than a mixed bag of metal lovers drunk on a weekend of the heavy stuff, the audience is comprised entirely of the King Diamond devout, screaming back every word, their love for their hero bleeding from every frame. Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.

Graspop Metal Meeting track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Halloween
5. Eye of the Witch
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

The Fillmore track-listing
1. Out from the Asylum
2. Welcome Home
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Eye of the Witch
5. Halloween
6. Melissa
7. Come to the Sabbath
8. Them
9. Funeral
10. Arrival
11. A Mansion in Darkness
12. The Family Ghost
13. The 7th Day of July 1777
14. Omens
15. The Possession
16. Abigail
17. Black Horsemen
18. Insanity

King Diamond online:
http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com
https://twitter.com/realkingdiamond
https://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial

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Norma Jean Premiere New Music Video For “Children Of The Dead”

Norma Jean premiere an official music video for their track “Children Of The Dead” which you can stream below. That track was originally recorded during the sessions for the groupo’s 2016 full-length, “Polar Similar“. It was digitally released past week.

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Ghost Posts New Webisode “The Visit” Online

Today, multi-Grammy-nominated Swedish rock band Ghost releases “Chapter 6: The Visit,” the latest video in the band’s narrative webisode series. In “Chapter 5: The Call,” Sister Imperator, who was recuperating from a horrible car crash, discussed the merits and failings of “The Omen” feature film franchise while on the phone with Papa Nihil. In “Chapter 6: The Visit,” the story continues. Check it out below.

Twenty-nineteen is already looking to be a stellar year for Ghost. Following the band’s critically-acclaimed Fall 2018 North American tour where the itinerary included the band’s first headline – and sold out – arena shows – the Los Angeles Forum and Montreal’s Place Bell – Ghost will take its “A Pale Tour Named Death” to Europe, launching on February 3 in Lyon, France. Frontman Cardinal Copia will take a short break for a quick trip to Los Angeles where he will attend The Grammys on February 10 as the band is nominated in two categories: Best Rock Album for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for “Rats,” the song that held the 2018 record for most weeks at #1 at Rock Radio, a total of eight. In 2016, Ghost took home its first Grammy for its song “Circe” as “Best Metal Performance.” This summer, Ghost will be Special Guest on all four legs of Metallica’s “Worldwired” European Stadium tour that starts May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Týr reveals details for new album, ‘Hel’

– January 10th, 2019 –

Launches first single, “Fire and Flame”

On March 8th, the Faroe Islands’ Týr will release their eighth full-length, Hel, via Metal Blade Records. Hel is a collection of ruthlessly melodic and irresistibly compelling progressive folk metal that will immediately resonate with any who have followed the band at any point over the two decades of their storied career. For a preview of the album, the first single, “Fire and Flame”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/tyr – where Hel can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–digipak-CD
–box set (digipak CD, drinking horn, leather belt clip, poster, autographed photo card – limited to 1000 copies)
–steel-blue / gray marbled vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear mushroom brown marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–blue / white / black / red splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–turquoise blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–bordeaux red /black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–olive marbled vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–white / blue marbled vinyl (Tutl exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Known for their prolific nature – dropping their first five full-lengths in the space of just seven years – the six-year gap between Valkyrja (2013) and Hel is by far the longest between any two of their records. During that period the band toured hard, taking the album around the world, including a support run with Children Of Bodom in North America and an appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. However, other factors played into this extended break between releases. “We approached this one differently because I learned that if I continue doing albums in the way we had up to now, I would die from a heart attack before I’m 50!” says guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen. “That’s one of the reasons we changed our method and took such a long time on this one.” That this tactic – which also includes more songwriting contributions from bassist/vocalist Gunnar Thomsen and guitarist Terji Skibenæs than on previous releases – has been beneficial is borne out in the finished product, which is perhaps more immersive than those that came before. “Musically it leans a bit towards our album, ‘Ragnarok‘ (2005),” states Thomsen. “It’s a bit more epic and also much better worked through than any of our previous albums.” It also marks the recording debut of drummer Tadeusz Rieckmann, who has manned the drum throne for Týr‘s live shows since 2016.

Hel track-listing:
1. Gates of Hel
2. All Heroes Fall
3. Ragnars Kvæði
4. Garmr
5. Sunset Shore
6. Downhill Drunk
7. Empire of the North
8. Far from the Worries of the World
9. King of Time
10. Fire and Flame
11. Against the Gods
12. Songs of War
13. Alvur Kongur

Týr online:
http://www.tyr.fo
https://www.facebook.com/tyrband

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Born Of Osiris Premiere New Track “Analogs In A Cell”

Below you can take in a brand new track called “Analogs In A Cell” from Born Of Osiris‘ fifth studio album “The Simulation”, which will be released January 11th.

Says guitarist Lee McKinney of it:

“This specific song is such a fun little journey to look back on for me. I started writing it back in 2016 or 2017. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album after moving to Dallas [and] the song has seen a couple different forms over the past couple years. Regardless, I was sleeping in the studio we rented to track this album.

The guys would come in the morning and leave in the late afternoon, but I’d still be there the rest of the time. I used late nights as the time to track all of the instruments for it after we had drums. ‘Analogs In A Cell‘ became my fun little late night project. The best part about forgetting the guitar parts from the demo was rewriting them and making them better.

The demo guitars were very similar, but I tweaked all of the leads and made them more interesting. The entire ending was chugging. I was getting bored with it and I knew I could do better. I started replacing the chugs with notes, then bringing them up an octave, and eventually I ended up writing entirely new guitars for the end.

Then I matched the bass with the guitar. I absolutely love how that song ends now. The fact that it was all made brand new in the studio gave it a longer shelf life for me. Usually when we’re done tracking, I’m also done hearing the songs. I don’t want to listen to them. This song is different. I’m still enjoying hearing all the changes that were made and I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks.

I think a cool element of this record is how different each song is. They are all very much Born Of Osiris, but they all have different vibes and bring different things to the table. ‘Analogs In A Cell‘ has a very live feel. I can’t wait to perform it. All the guitar parts are really shreddy but also fun to play. The guys wrote some amazing lyrics and vocals to the song. Beginning to end, this is one of my favorites on ‘The Simulation‘.”

You can find Born Of Osiris out touring in support of the effort on this North American tour with Chelsea Grin and Make Them Suffer:

02/07 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
02/08 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
02/09 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
02/12 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/15 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/16 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
02/17 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red East
02/19 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
02/21 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
02/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
02/23 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
02/24 Houston, TX – Warehouse
02/26 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
02/27 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/01 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/02 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/03 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/08 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre
03/09 Montreal, QC – Fairmount
03/10 Toronto, ON – Velvet
03/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
03/13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland
03/14 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/15 Cincinnati, OH – Thompson House
03/16 St Louis, MO – Ready Room
03/17 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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