In Flames Posts New “Making Of ‘I, The Mask'” Video Online

We’re less than a month away from the highly anticipated release of In Flames thirteenth studio album, “I, The Mask” out March 1st, via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excl. North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America).

In this second webisode, singer Anders Fridén and guitarist Björn Gelotte discuss the production and mixing of their new full-length release and how they managed to make the songs sound more aggressive without sacrificing the big melodies. Furthermore, they speak about the artwork and how social media has influenced their lyrics. Watch the clip below.

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Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Armored Saint and Metal Monkey Brewing join forces for “Symbol Of Salvation” Belgian Blonde Ale

– November 26th, 2018 –

Available at Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles; Armored Saint announces signing at Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles (Dec. 1st and 2nd), presented by Metal Blade Records, continues its mission of pairing the most extreme minds in music and craft beer with “Symbol Of Salvation” Belgian Blonde Ale – a collaboration between Armored Saint (who will be performing at the SOLD-OUT official festival pre-party) and participating brewery Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville, IL). Brewed with Grains of Paradise and Pacifica hops, “Symbol Of Salvation” offers a slight twist on the traditional style; the Grains of Paradise add a slightly spicy, woody character, while the Pacifica hops bring to the party an aroma and flavor reminiscent of orange marmalade. The beer will first be tapped at the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles – where Armored Saint will also be signing at 7PM on Dec. 1st. Enjoy “Symbol Of Salvation” with Armored Saint at the festival by purchasing your ticket now at:

Brewmasters Dan Camp and Jason Janes started Metal Monkey Brewing out of a shared love for craft beer and heavy metal. Together they have over 20 years of brewing experience, with the last three spent building up the brewery portfolio, experimenting with styles and ingredients, and spreading word of their brews far and wide. Regarding the making of “Symbol Of Salvation”, Metal Monkey Brewing comments:

“Metal Monkey got to hang out with Fates Warning after their Joliet, IL and Milwaukee, WI dates during their 2017 Theories of Flight tour. It was basically two nights of bonding over the magic of music and beer. When Armored Saint came through Chicago earlier this year as part of their tour to celebrate ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ we had the chance to do it all over again.
Since then, we’ve kept in touch with Joey Vera with an eye toward working together in the future. After we were added to the brewery lineup for the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival, we immediately got in touch with Joey because it was the perfect opportunity to turn a hypothetical into a reality.
Working with Joey has been a blast. He’s he made music that’s been a fixture in our lives and he shares our love of beer and our passion for creativity. It’s been an honor to pair up and create a fun, flavorful beer that sidesteps conventional expectations.
We’re proud to debut ‘Symbol Of Salvation’, our Belgian Blonde Ale brewed in collaboration with and in celebration of Armored Saint and their iconic album, at the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival. Everything about this beer was born of a shared love for the art of brewing that, much like heavy metal in all its forms, affords endless possibilities.”

Armored Saint‘s Joey Vera adds: “We are super excited to announce that we have made a great craft beer in collaboration with Metal Monkey Brewery from Romeoville, Il! Aside from being Metal Heads, these guys are great brewers who are not afraid of going outside the box! Together, we’ve created a killer Belgian Blonde Ale that we stand tall behind! Welcome to ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale! Come on out to the Decibel Beer Fest, meet the band, meet our brew, get a taste of ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale!”

About Metal Monkey Brewing:
Metal Monkey Brewing takes pride in a comfortable taproom that provides customers with a laid-back environment conducive to socializing and sampling great beers. With 16 taps, there’s something for everyone, at any time, across a broad range of styles. Well-known beers like Asmodeus, a Russian Imperial Stout (in its standard and various barrel-aged forms), Up & Atom, an award-winning coffee brown ale, Tony’s Car, the brewery’s flagship Double IPA, and Monkey Fuel, an award-winning Belgian Tripel showcase Metal Monkey’s balance between reverence for the history and traditions of craft beer and the excitement of experimentation and innovation.

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About Armored Saint:
Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world.

After reforming with their original line-up in 1999 (John Bush – vocals, Joey Vera – bass, Phil Sandoval – guitar, Jeff Duncan – guitar, Gonzo Sandoval – drums), and releasing subsequent albums, La Raza (2010) and Win Hands Down (2015), to critical acclaim, Armored Saint has been delivering their heavy metal mastery around the globe, joining the likes of Saxon, Metal Church, Queensryche, and more on the road.

This past summer, Armored Saint also commemorated their classic Symbol Of Salvation album, by playing the record in its entirety for fans worldwide. After a run of sold-out shows, the band will head into the studio in 2019 to begin work on their upcoming full-length for Metal Blade Records.

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About Decibel Magazine:
Founded in 2004, Decibel Magazine is heavy metal’s most trusted voice. For over 13 years, Decibel has never deviated from its original mission of examining the past, present and future of metal. Since the debut issue (The Dillinger Escape Plan, October 2004), Decibel has evolved into the authoritative publication on heavy music. Members of the Decibel community know that their level of passion is matched by the magazine’s staff and writers, and they trust that Decibel will always guide them toward the best music from both undiscovered acts and their favorite major artists. Decibel isn’t just America’s only monthly metal magazine – with an array of dynamic, exclusive content, seven national tours and multiple books in their arsenal, they’re the true voice of heavy metal.

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Ministry Posts “We’re Tired Of It” Visualizer Video Online

Industrial-metal legends Ministry will continue to support their critically acclaimed album “AmeriKKKant” with a full U.S. tour later this November, supported by synth-wave sensations Carpenter Brut. In anticipation of the trek the band has released a visualiser for the track “We’re Tired Of It,” below.

Produced by Al Jourgensen, recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, CA and with striking artwork created by Mister Sam Shearon, the psychedelic, politically influenced and very much in-your-face AmeriKKKant’s nine tracks are rooted in Jourgensen’s unadulterated anger for what’s happening in America today: the waning respect for the US Constitution, the growing acceptance of one’s opinions replacing facts, the decline of our leaders’ sense of morals, ethics and personal responsibility to the country and to their constituents, and the mad man in the White House.

The tour dates are as follows:

11/21 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02 Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05 Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
12/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

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Vanhelgd Premiere New Song “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant” From Upcoming New Album “Deimos Sanktuarium”

Swedish wretchlords VANHELGD have launched a stream for “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant,” taken off the band’s forthcoming fifth full-length album, Deimos Sanktuarium.

Stream “Profaned is the Blood of the Covenant” now below:

Deimos Sanktuarium features seven tracks of crushing, yet cold OSDM. The album will be out October 12 on LP, CD and digital formats through Dark Descent Records (North America). The album will be available in Europe through Pulverised Records.

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Racetraitor Debut “BLK XMAS” From Upcoming New Album “2042”

Good Fight Music will be releasing a new album from Racetraitor entitled “2042” on October 12th. An official music video for the first single, “BLK XMAS“, is streaming now below.

Comments frontman Mani Mostofi :

“‘BLK XMAS‘ is really about how absurd it is that people, like the Fox News crowd, try to insist that Jesus or even fictional characters like Santa Clause are white. On one hand it is totally absurd and laughable but on the other hand, it goes hand and glove with the type of racist and xenophobic sense of cultural purity that gives rise to something like Trump.

Whether it is ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ or ‘Fear of a Spanish speaking America,’ it’s all propaganda designed to get white people to follow a political line that barely benefits most of them beyond a false sense of superiority.”

He continues:

“The name of the record refers to the date the US is predicted to become a majority-minority country. ‘2042‘ explores different sides of the racist fear and the far right attack on the concept of a majority-minority America. It hits on everything from Trump, the far right media, to xenophobia and Islamophobia.”

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Chthonic Posts New Video, “Millenia’s Faith Undone” Online

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.” A video for the song “Millennia’s Faith Undone” can be found below.

According to Chthonic, the new album depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Behemoth Reveals New Album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” Details

“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this,” declares Behemoth mastermind Nergal, about the band’s upcoming album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” – due out October 5th via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves.

“It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.”

A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema, I Loved You At Your Darkest is the group’s most dynamic record yet: extreme and radical on one hand, but also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth release.

Produced by the band themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames), mixing by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom) mastering by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and a 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa.

The following formats are available in North America, along with an exclusive t-shirt:

– jewelcase CD
– digibook CD (hardcover digibook, 40 page booklet)
– baltic amber vinyl (limited to 600 copies)
– opaque white w/ gold splatter vinyl (Metal Blade Records exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– black / gold split vinyl (Metal Blade Records exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear w/ smoky black swirl (Nuclear Blast US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear w/ grey inside (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– “God = Dog” 7″ picture disc (Metal Blade Records exclusive – limited to 666 copies)

“I Loved You At Your Darkest” tracklisting:

1. Solve
2. Wolves ov Siberia
3. God = Dog
4. Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
5. Bartzabel
6. If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…
7. Angelvs XIII
8. Sabbath Mater
9. Havohej Pantocrator
10. Rom 5:8
11. We Are the Next 1000 Years
12. Coagvla

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Skindred Announces North American Tour With Sumo Cyco

Welsh ragga metal veterans Skindred has announced that they will be heading out on a headlining tour of North America this Fall, with support on the trek coming from Sumo Cyco and Raven Black.

The band are eagerly anticipating their return: “We are blown away by the success ‘That’s My Jam’is currently having in America. It’s heartwarming that our once second home is once again opening its arms to Skindred. This North American tour is so exciting for us, we can’t wait to spread Big Tings across the land and so say all of us, Let’s Dred into America!”

The tour dates are as follows:

September 26 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904*
September 27 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Buddha Bar
September 28 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum*
September 29 – Longwood, FL – Shovelhead
October 2 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
October 3 – Harrisburg, PA – Chameleon Club
October 4 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
October 5 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation – Intersection
October 6 – West Dundee, IL – Rockhaus
October 7 – Racine, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
October 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
October 9 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
October 10 – Madison, WI – The Annex
October 11 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
October 12 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Marketplace*

* support will not appear

Metal Underground recently caught up with Skindred frontman Benji Webbe on the band’s headlining tour of the UK. You can watch the chat below.

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Fit For A King Premiere New Music Video “The Price Of Agony”

Fit For A King premiere a new music video for their track “The Price Of Agony” which you can stream below. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming new effort “Dark Skies“, which will be out in stores on September 14th via Solid State.

Fit For A King vocalist Ryan Kirby says of it:

“The song is about the political divide not just in America, but around the world and how this divide has caused us to not just disagree with others, but to despise people with differing views, even though outside of politics, we all have more in common than we allow ourselves to believe.”

As previously reported, Fit For A King have this headlining tour with Like Moths To Flames and Currents booked for later this month:

07/18 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
07/19 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
07/20 Tyler, TX – Crossroads
07/21 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
07/22 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/24 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
07/25 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/26 Van Nuys, CA – White Oak
07/27 Reno, NV – Jub Jubs
07/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/29 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/31 Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
08/01 Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
08/02 Sioux Falls, SD – Big Bars
08/03 Duluth, MN – Red Herring Lounge
08/05 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
08/07 Lansing, MI – The Loft
08/08 Charleston, WV – The Bakery
08/09 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
08/10 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
08/11 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
08/12 Margate, FL – O’Malleys
08/14 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

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