King Diamond Premieres Live Video For “Come To The Sabbath” From Upcoming New Blu-ray/DVD “Songs For The Dead Live

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Come To The Sabbath” from it can be streamed 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 new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’

– December 6th, 2018 –

New video “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” now online

On January 25th, King Diamond will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, Songs For The Dead Live, via Metal Blade Records.

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. Boasting eighteen songs per set, each of the two shows – Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting in June 2016 and Philadelphia’s Fillmore in November 2015 – feature a brace of classic King Diamond and Mercyful Fate tracks including “Welcome Home,” “Halloween,” and “Eye Of The Witch” before launching into Abigail. 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, a video for “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” can be viewed at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond – where you can also pre-order the release in the following formats:


–2DVD/CD 6-Panel Digipak
–Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Philadelphia Show)
–special edition box set with 5 discs (2DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus poster, flier, laminate, setlist, ticket, sticker, and guitar pick (limited to 3000 copies)
–opaque blue with white splatter vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–opaque red with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque white with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 200 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
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 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
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

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

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Borknagar Begins Recording New Album; Due Out Early 2019

Borknagar, the Norwegian black metal pioneers based around Oystein G. Brun, have commenced recordings for their upcoming studio album, expected early next year via Century Media Records.

The new album will be the band’s follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, “Winter Thrice,” and their first since the early-2018 departure of guitarist Jens F. Ryland. Stay tuned for updates from the band.

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Metal Church Posts Making Of Latest Music Video “Damned If You Do”

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will finally unleash their 12th full-length studio album ‘Damned If You Do’ next week, on December 7, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records (Rat Pak Records/America &King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album »XI«, which saw the return of legendary frontman Mike Howe. ‘Damned If You Do’ is a cross between the band’s iconic ‘Blessing In Disguise’ and ‘The Human Factor’.

To shorten the wait for fans, the group has launched the making-of for the ‘Damned If You Do’ music video today. Watch below.

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Metal Church Posts New Music Video “By The Numbers” Online

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album “Damned If You Do” via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Today, the band has launched the third single from their upcoming offering entitled ‘By The Numbers’. The video tells the story of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a lead singer in a metal band, something Mike Howe knows all too well. The video for “By The Numbers” can be seen below.

“Damned If You Do” also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P./Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”

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Rotting Christ Reveals New Album “The Heretics” Release Date, Artwork And Tracklisting

Athens based black metal legends Rotting Christ has announced that their forthcoming new studio album, “The Heretics,” will be released through Season of Mist Records on February 15th. The artwork, which is created by Greek artist Maximos Manolis, and the track list can be viewed below. This will be the band’s first studio album since 2016’s, “Rituals,” though in between they have released the double disc compilation “Their Greatest Spells.”

Track-list:
1. In The Name of God
2. Vetry Zlye
3. Heaven and Hell and Fire
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name
5. Dies Irae
6. I Believe
7. Fire God And Fear
8. The Voice of the Universe
9. The New Messiah
10. The Raven

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Rotting Christ Reveals New Album “The Heretics” Release Date, Artwork And Tracklisting

Athens based black metal legends Rotting Christ has announced that their forthcoming new studio album, “The Heretics,” will be released through Season of Mist Records on February 15th. The artwork, which is created by Greek artist Maximos Manolis, and the track list can be viewed below. This will be the band’s first studio album since 2016’s, “Rituals,” though in between they have released the double disc compilation “Their Greatest Spells.”

Track-list:
1. In The Name of God
2. Vetry Zlye
3. Heaven and Hell and Fire
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name
5. Dies Irae
6. I Believe
7. Fire God And Fear
8. The Voice of the Universe
9. The New Messiah
10. The Raven

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Abbath To Begin Recording Second Album In December

In a short statement on Facebook, former Immortal frontman Abbath revealed that he will begin work on a new album next month. The post read simply:

“Recordings for second full length album will start on December 3rd with ENDRE KIRKESOLA at “DUB STUDIOS” in Kristiansand (N).

“Cheers and stay tuned!
-Abbath-“

Abbath’s self titled debut album was released on January 22, 2016 through Season of Mist, where he was joined by former Gorgoroth bassist King Ov Hell and Benighted drummer Creature, though the former has since left the project.

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Jinjer Reveals New EP “Micro” Details

Following the release of 2016’s “King of Everything,” and the reissue of their groundbreaking second album Cloud Factory on Napalm Records, fans have chomping at the bit for new music from Jinjer. Now it is finally time for some heavy new tunes!

Jinjer will release a brand new 5 track EP entitled “Micro” – out on January 11th 2019!

Eugene states:
“Nearly two and a half years since releasing and touring for our “King of Everything” album, we all got the urge to start writing new music again. The passion to create new songs had grown bigger than you could imagine and we converted all that energy into something special and brand new … And it seems like we’ve created a monster and I can’t wait for all of you to give it a listen!”

Through their unique and heavy sound and over the top live performances, the Ukraine-based band Jinjer have quickly become one the most talked-about names in the heavy metal landscape today. Hailed by Loudwire as “Technical, Groovy and Anthemic,” Jinjer have cemented this status even more with the release of their new single entitled “Ape.,” which has been garnering significant airplay on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.

1. Ape
2. Dreadful Moments
3. Teacher, Teacher!
4. Perennial
5. Micro

“Micro” is available as:

Jewelcase
Vinyl
Digital Album

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Gozu premieres new video, “They Probably Know Karate”, via MetalInjection.net

– November 7th, 2018 –

Joins Metal Alliance tour next week

Next week, Boston’s rock/metal outfit Gozu will join the Metal Alliance tour, featuring Goatwhore, The Casualties, Black Tusk, and Great American Ghost. In anticipation of these upcoming shows, the band has now launched a new video for “They Probably Know Karate” (directed by Tony Simone at Zenbeast Media) via MetalInjection.net

Gozu comments: “We are super excited about our new video! Tony is a super talented up and coming video director and knocked this it out the park! This is also a great jump off point to the Metal Alliance Tour coming up next week!! Goatwhore, The Casualties, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost…What’s not to like?? We get to tour with bands we’re actually fans of!”

See below for all dates!

Metal Alliance Tour w/ Gozu
Featuring Goatwhore, The Casualties, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost

Nov. 18 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS
Nov. 20 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
Nov. 21 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Nov. 23 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Nov. 24 – Overtime Sports Bar – Kingston, ON
Nov. 25 – Salle Multi Du Complex Meduse – Quebec City, QC
Nov. 26 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov. 28 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Nov. 29 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Nov. 30 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

Gozu will be touring in support of Equilibrium, which was released earlier this year via Blacklight Media Records. With roots in 70s fuzzy stoner rock, the grit of 90s grunge and the winning dirty rock n’ roll that has in recent years made a resurgence, Gozu has been churning out killer records since 2009. With 2016′s Revival they took their sound in a somewhat new and more aggressive direction, and in doing so, dropped the most compulsive, exciting and downright badass album of their career – and Equilibrium has only raised the stakes. “We wanted these songs to hit a nerve, make people shake their ass and enjoy simply being alive,” says vocalist/guitarist Marc “Gaff” Gaffney, who founded the band with lead guitarist Doug Sherman. Much of the record’s strength stems from the unit growing since Revival, the first full-length featuring drummer Mike Hubbard and bassist Joseph Grotto. Having also reunited with Revival producer Dean Baltulonis (Hatebreed/Goes Cube/The Hold Steady) at Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the record is certainly the catchiest and most instant music dropped by the quartet, embracing their love of pop music but without compromising on any of the other vital elements of their sound.

To preview and purchase Equilibrium, please visit: blacklightmediarecords.com/gozu

Gozu line-up:
Marc Gaffney – guitar and vocals
Joe Grotto – bass
Mike Hubbard – drums
Doug Sherman – lead guitar and sounds

Gozu online:
https://www.facebook.com/GOZU666
https://gozu.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/gozu666
https://twitter.com/GOZU666

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