Swallow The Sun Posts New Music Video “Firelights” Online

Finnish extreme metal outfit Swallow The Sun has posted a new music video online for the song, “Firelights.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s new album, “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light,” which is scheduled to be released on January 25th through Century Media Records.

“From the ultimate depths of Lumina Aurea we rose upon the water. Now it is time to light the first torches in the night. Death might be stronger than life, but Love is always stronger than death. This is Firelight!” – Swallow The Sun

The video was again directed and produced by Aapo Lahtela and Vesa Ranta.

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Witherfall To Release New EP “Vintage” In March

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act Witherfall released their second studio album, A Prelude To Sorrow. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the Vintage EP, with the CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd.

Witherfall reveals: “During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks.

“Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist James “Timbali” Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past Witherfall songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the Vintage EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the Witherfall sound.”

Mixed and mastered by Christopher “Zeuss” Harris and again featuring artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, Vintage will be released as strictly limited, hand-numbered CD digipak, on black and limited coloured vinyl as well as on all digital platforms.

Tracklisting:

1. Vintage Medley: “Vintage I”, “Nobody Sleeps Here…”, “Vintage II”
2. A Tale That Wasn’t Right (Helloween cover)
3. Ode To Despair (acoustic)
4. The Long Walk Home (December)
5. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
6. Vintage (album version)

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Queensryche Posts New Song “Dark Reverie” Online

American progressive metal legends Queensryche has posted a new song online entitled, “Dark Reverie.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new album, “The Verdict,” which will be released on March 1st through Century Media Records, available on CD, double disc CD, download and vinyl.

The tracklisting for the double disc edition is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Blood Of The Levant
2. Man The Machine
3. Light-Years
4. Inside Out
5. Propaganda Fashion
6. Dark Reverie
7. Bent
8. Inner Unrest
9. Launder The Conscience
10. Portrait

Disc 2
1. I Dream In Infrared (Acoustic)
2. Open Road (Acoustic)
3. 46° North
4. Mercury Rising
5. Espiritu Muerto
6. Queen Of The Reich (live) (Live 2012)
7. En Force (live) (Live 2012)
8. Prophecy (live) (Live 2012)
9. Eyes Of A Stranger (Live 2012)

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Deserted Fear Premiere New Song & Music Video “Welcome To Reality” From Upcoming New Album “Drowned By Humanity”

German death metal act Deserted Fear premiere a new song titled “Welcome To Reality”, taken from their upcoming new album “Drowned By Humanity”, which will be out in stores Febuary 8th, 2019 via Century Media Records.

Check out now “Welcome To Reality” below.

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Morgoth Guitarist Carsten Otterbach Dies After Battle w/ Multiple Sclerosis

Morgoth’s founding member and guitarist Carsten Otterbach has passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old played on the band’s first two EPs, “Resurrection Absurd” (1989) and “The Eternal Fall” (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, “Cursed” (1991), “Odium” (1993) and “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” (1996).

Robert Kampf (Century Media Records co-founder), whose label released all of Morgoth’s studio efforts, issued the below statement concerning Carsten Otterbach’s death:

“With a very heavy heart, I learned that a close friend of 28 years, Carsten Otterbach, has passed. Carsten had a decade long battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). While he was a trooper and battled it hard for a long time, it was one of those battles that eventually take you down. I will always remember Carsten as a very sharp-minded, well-read, business-savvy and, at the same time, very fun-loving, tolerant and simply great guy. He will always live in my heart.

Carsten fought very hard for his artists and was honorable as it gets. Legendary are the fights between my late partner Oliver Withöft and Carsten. The two of them fighting was scary if you were in the room, but always a fun story afterwards. Both were good friends and, unfortunately, did not make it to age 50.

Farewell, Carsten. You will not be forgotten and will be held in very high acclaim by your friends and by several generations of metal artist.”

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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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Arch Enemy To Release Compilation Album “Covered In Blood,”; Announces New Single “Reason To Believe”

Arch Enemy will release a strictly limited, hand-numbered 7″ single and a digital single for their song “Reason To Believe” on December 7th via Century Media Records. Both formats, physical and digital, feature the Tears For Fears cover “Shout” as a b-side.

The 7″ single will be available in the following vinyl colors:

– Black vinyl (limited to 300 copies)
– Clear vinyl (limited to 100 copies, only available at CMDistro EU)
– White vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
– Silver vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at Nuclear Blast)
– Red vinyl (limited to 200 copies, only available at EMP)

On January 18th, Arch Enemy will release a compilation of all cover songs they have recorded throughout their career, entitled Covered In Blood. More details will follow soon.

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Queensryche Posts New Lyric Video “Man The Machine” Online

Progressive metal legends Queensryche has posted a new lyric video online for the song, “Man The Machine.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new album, “The Verdict,” which is scheduled to be released on March 1st through Century Media Records.

“We are excited to reveal the first full song ‘Man the Machine’ from our upcoming album, The Verdict. This is just a small taste of what is to come, and we look forward to unveiling more tracks and videos as we approach the official album release date of March 1st, 2019 via Century Media,” states Queensrÿche singer Todd La Torre about the new single and album.

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Unearth Posts New Music Video “One With The Sun” Online

Boston metalcore outfit Unearth has posted a new music video online for the song, “One With The Sun.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s new album, “Extinction(s)” which will be released through Century Media Records on November 23rd.

“We chose ‘One With The Sun’ as the first video off Extinction(s) because we feel it’s one of the hardest hitting tracks in our entire catalog. Musically it’s everything Unearth is about and lyrically it deals with the effects of climate change we are feeling today as well as the bleakness of our future unless we make drastic changes now. Tim Dennesen and the guys at Punchdance, inc did a great job capturing the imagery needed to get the message across. You’ll be sure to hear this one at our live shows as it’s already become a staple in our set. See you out there,” says frontman Trevor Phipps.

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Unearth Posts New Music Video “One With The Sun” Online

Boston metalcore outfit Unearth has posted a new music video online for the song, “One With The Sun.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s new album, “Extinction(s)” which will be released through Century Media Records on November 23rd.

“We chose ‘One With The Sun’ as the first video off Extinction(s) because we feel it’s one of the hardest hitting tracks in our entire catalog. Musically it’s everything Unearth is about and lyrically it deals with the effects of climate change we are feeling today as well as the bleakness of our future unless we make drastic changes now. Tim Dennesen and the guys at Punchdance, inc did a great job capturing the imagery needed to get the message across. You’ll be sure to hear this one at our live shows as it’s already become a staple in our set. See you out there,” says frontman Trevor Phipps.

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