Fifth Angel Posts New Lyric Video “Stars Are Falling” Online; Announces Split With Guitarist

Fifth Angel released their first album in nearly thirty years, ‘The Third Secret’, in autumn 2018. Before the quartet will perform at Germany’s Metal Assault Festival (Würzburg) on February 16, they have launched a brand new lyric video for the track ‘Stars Are Falling’, the opening track of the aforementioned record. You can check it out below.

“‘Stars Are Falling’ is a song that will probably have different meanings for different people,” states Ken Mary. “Lyrically I don’t want to get too specific as again, I believe different meanings will be found by different people and I don’t want to ruin that for them. But the overall idea is that there is this race of life that we’re all in…where we strive, we fight, we struggle, and we depend on the fact that the sun will rise and that tomorrow is going to be here one way or another. There’s a time where that may not be the case; whether that’s on a global level or on a personal level. So really it’s a song to ponder some of the deeper meanings of life, actually. And with that, I believe I’ve said enough, lol!”

But additionally, there’s bad news from the band’s camp too as guitarist Kendall Bechtel has left the band.

In an official statement from Fifth Angel, this change was clarified:

“Kendall is a brother and will always be a part of the Fifth Angel legacy. However, if we are going to be honest, he has chosen a path that has left the band, the fans, our label Nuclear Blast, and our promoters in a very difficult situation. He decided that rather than fulfil the commitments that were already in place, he would leave the band with short notice, making it very difficult for the band to find a suitable replacement.”

Further, the band says, “After the success of ‘The Third Secret’ the timing is again difficult to understand. In an email to the band, Kendall Bechtel stated that the paths of Fifth Angel and he were “incongruent” and that he wished the band well. We feel that Kendall’s actions speak for themselves, but nonetheless, the band will be fulfilling its commitments. As a band, we feel we had success and made great albums before Kendall, and we hope to have the opportunity to continue doing so in the future as well.”

“In regards to the business at hand, filling in on guitar will be the incredible Ethan Brosh from Angels Of Babylon. Also, we always intended on having an additional singer handle all of the material from the first two albums and a singer that sounds more like original vocalist Ted Pilot. The singer for Metal Assault will be Steven Carlson, another Seattle native now based in Phoenix, who will now cover vocal duties on the three new songs in the set from ‘The Third Secret’ album as well as the first two albums. It is our sincere desire to play the music of FIFTH ANGEL with as high a level of excellence as possible, as it is our goal to leave the fans with an amazing live experience. We will do our very best to make that a reality, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!”

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Megadeth Posts New Compilation “Warheads On Foreheads” Trailer

On March 22nd, Megadeth will celebrate their 35th anniversary with the release of “Warheads On Foreheads,” a 35-track career retrospective. The anthology spans their entire studio recording career, from their first album “Killing Is My Business…” to their 2017 Grammy Award winning release “Dystopia,” and will be available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band’s online store, with deluxe bundles to be announced.

A very short trailer for the album has been released and can be viewed below.

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Megadeth Premiere Dirk Verbeuren’s Drum Playthrough Video For ‘Mechanix’

Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren’s drum playthrough clip for “Mechanix”, which originally appeared on the group’s 1985 release ” Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!”, can be streamed below.

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Stonecutters Premiere New Song “Wealth and Power” From Upcoming New Album “Carved in Time”

Louisville, KY’s Stonecutters premiere a new song entitled “Wealth and Power”, taken from their upcoming new album “Carved in Time”, which will be out in stores out November 2 via GrindEthos Records. The album draws on influences from across the history of metal, from NWOBHM to classic thrash to death metal to sludge to hardcore to melodeath…

Check out now “Wealth and Power” below.

Stonecutters Tour Dates:

11/1 Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s
11/2 Denver, CO @ Streets of London
11/4 Boise, ID @ Shredder
11/5 Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
11/6 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/8 Oakland, CA @ Ivy Room w/ Big Business
11/9 Sonora, CA @ Winter Tavern
11/10 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
11/11 Las Vegas, NV @ Jin’s
11/12 LA, CA @ 5 Star Bar
11/13 San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
11/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Taproom
11/15 Santa Fe, NM @ Second Street Brewery
11/16 Whitcha, KS @ The Elbow Room
11/17 Paducah, KY @ Padacuh Beer Werks
12/31 (New Year’s Eve) Norfolk, VA w/ GWAR and Against the Grain @ The NorVa

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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Sick Of It All Reveals New Album, “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!” Release Date And Artwork

New York’s Sick Of It All have announced the release of their upcoming album “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!,” which is scheduled for release on November 2nd via Century Media.

Working with friends is one of the key factors that are very important to Sick Of It All, so asking Ernie Parada for the striking front cover was an obvious choice. “There is no reason to burn bridges in this business”, says drummer drummer Armand Majidi. “Our history with Ernie Parada goes back to the late eighties, so working with him, there is a kinship that makes things easier to communicate.”

Singer Lou Koller and Parada came up with the idea of doing monster-movie styled art as the cover. “The dragon climbing the Empire State was a concept I always wanted to see brought to life, so the two ideas were destined to come together this way.”

Sick Of It All and Tue Madsen, who mixed and mastered Wake The Sleeping Dragon!, have maintained a long-lasting relationship based on understanding, friendship and most importantly, good results – three factors any band would be very happy with. The Jerry Farley also became a very important part of the creation of this album. After working with him at Nova Studios, Staten Island, New York, before they went for a closer approach on this album: “This is the first time we’ve ever had a producer involved from start to finish, including the song-writing process. His objective viewpoints helped settle a lot of little issues that could have easily become stumbling blocks, and the songs themselves ended up benefitting from them.”

Keep your eyes and ears open for a new song soon.

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Dee Snider Posts New Lyric Video, “I Am The Hurricane” Online

Hard rock legend Dee Snider had released an official lyric video for the new track “I Am The Hurricane” off his upcoming album For The Love Of Metal. Watch below.

For The Love Of Metal will be released on July 27th via Napalm Records. The album was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow).

Dee Snider on the release: “I am beyond excited to be working with one of the world’s leading labels for heavy music, it’s a perfect home for this album! I believe there’s something for every hard rock and metal fan on this record and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world July 27th!”

Jamey Jasta comments:
“I’m so happy and proud to have been a part of this project, Dee Snider is an American original, there is no other voice like his on earth, his power and passion really shine through on this album. Metal brings us all together and with Dee still at the forefront, it’s a great time to be a fan of heavy music!”

Howard Jones states:
“To be given the chance to write for AND sing with Dee Snider, one of the men responsible for shaping heavy music as it is today, is an absolute honor. The voice, the mind, the swagger…the man is one of a kind.”

Alissa White-Gluz comments:
“I am honored and humbled to sing alongside such a truly unique and talented soul. I love that Dee Snider has continued to shock people for decades just by being himself. I can’t wait for everyone to hear our duet! It was no easy task matching up to Dee’s level of vocal prowess but I was happy to accept the challenge and I’m in love with the results!”

Track listing:
1. Lies Are A Business
2. Tomorrow’s No Concern
3. I am The Hurricane
4. American Made
5. Roll Over You
6. I’m Ready
7. Running Mazes
8. Mask
9. Become The Storm
10. The Hardest Way
11. Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)
12. For The Love of Metal

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Bummer Premiere New Song “Astro Bastard” From Upcoming New Album “Holy Terror”

Metallic sludge outfit Bummer premiere a new song entitled “Astro Bastard”, taken from their upcoming new album “Holy Terror”, which drops August 24 via Learning Curve Records.

Check out now “Astro Bastard” below.

Bummer live dates:

July 16 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar w/ Unsane
Aug 31 – Kansas City, MO @ Roller Dog – Holy Terror record release party 1
Sep 1 – Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse – Holy Terror record release party 2
Sep 2 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ Big Business
Sep 8 – Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s w/ Big Business

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Khanus Premiere New Song “Surrupu” From Upcoming New Album “Flammarian”

Finnish black metal band Khanus premiere a new song entitled “Surrupu”, taken from their upcoming new album “Flammarian”, which will be released on July 20 by I, Voidhanger in a CD edition that features cover art by Business For Satan and a 12-page booklet.

Check out now “Surrupu” below.

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