Half Blood Releases “El Origen” Lyric Video

Santiago, Chile based metal band Half Blood just released the lyric video for “El Origen,” the first single off of the band’s debut, eponymous full-length EP due out later this year. The band comments:

“We started working on the album at the end of 2014. We wrote more than 15 songs, and then improved all of them, just to make sure we have the best material we could get from all of us. We are very proud of the final result—raw, violent and straight to the point.”

1. Adamas
2. Self Exile
3. Crisis
4. The Choice
5. El Origen
6. Forever
7. No Future
8. Not your own
9. Release
10. G.T.F.A.

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Northlane Premieres New Song & Music Video “Citizen” From Upcoming New Album

Northlane premieres a new song and music video entitled “Citizen”. A new album from the band is tentatively scheduled for a May/June release date with more details to come.

Check out now “Citizen” below.

Says guitarist Josh Smith of the song:

“‘Citizen’ is a song that was written about the First World police state and our willingness to live under the watch of those in power, for their means, while those who blow the lid on it suffer. Writing this one was quite a mission, we went through five completely different sets of lyrics and the final incarnation of the song was the eighth revision. It took a lot of work but we are proud of it and beyond excited to share it with you all.”

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Northlane Premieres New Song & Music Video “Citizen” From Upcoming New Album

Northlane premieres a new song and music video entitled “Citizen”. A new album from the band is tentatively scheduled for a May/June release date with more details to come.

Check out now “Citizen” below.

Says guitarist Josh Smith of the song:

“‘Citizen’ is a song that was written about the First World police state and our willingness to live under the watch of those in power, for their means, while those who blow the lid on it suffer. Writing this one was quite a mission, we went through five completely different sets of lyrics and the final incarnation of the song was the eighth revision. It took a lot of work but we are proud of it and beyond excited to share it with you all.”

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MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons Wrap Up North American Tour; Band Readies For European Takeover

Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band is currently wrapping up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition, with their final two performances […]

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MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons Wrap Up North American Tour; Band Readies For European Takeover

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Nasum Announces “Blasting Shit To Bits – The Final Show”

The now defunct-Nasum is gearing up to release a film based around the group’s last live performance in 2012. A teaser is available below, and Nasum comments:

“We have made a 90 minute long concert film of the final show along with interviews! It’s called ‘Blasting Shit to Bits – The Final Show’ and will have it’s world premiere screening at Copenhagen’s Music Film Festival, April 27th. The film is directed and edited by Michael Panduro, Siegfried Productions.”

For a whirlwind tour of Nasum’s storied history, check out our Sunday Old School column covering the band right here.

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70,000 Tons Of Metal May Be Christofer Johnsson’s Final Show

Christofer Johnsson of Therion will be performing at the impending 70K Tons Of Metal cruise, but the musician will then be taking time off performing and recording due to a serious health issue. He comments:

“Possibly my final live performance ever on 70,000 Tons Of Metal. Over 2 weeks ago I started to get HUGE pains in my arm, shoulder and back. It hurt worse if I lay down and got worse by each day. In the end I could not even sleep in bed anymore and had to sit up sleeping in the sofa every night.

“Medicare in Sweden don’t work anymore. Equipment is great and the doctors are competent and do their best, but due to the massive population increase, the capacity and medical infrastructure has lacked behind each year and just seem to get worse and worse. After I got in contact with the emergency, it took me eight (8) days before I got to see a physiotherapist and he could not make a proper diagnosis without a MRI scan of the neck. It would have taken up to a month before I would get a MRI done and then it can take another month before I get the results.

“At this point I slept worse and less each night and when I tried to play guitar, I would only play half a song before the pain made me stop + my motorics got so bad that I was even physically unable to play most songs.

“In order to not have to cancel 70.000 Tons of Metal and in order to faster get a diagnosis and get it cured, I (upon recommendation) decided to fly to Moscow and have it done there. They are at the same technical and competence level like in Sweden, but have capacity to treat patients immediately. So I got an appointment straight away, flew there and got a fantastic care with not only MRI, but also got to see a neurologist, physiotherapists and specialists.

“So I got a diagnosis the same day and it seems I have two spinal disc herniations in my neck, one really bad and one small that could get worse. In plain English this means that two of my discs in the neck are worn out (from headbanging and sitting too much in front of computer in the office and the studio) and have cracked so that fluid runs out from it. The fluid put pressure on the nerves in the spinal chord and create pain in shoulder/arm/back and distort mobility in the right arm.

“In order to stabilize the neck, I have to wear a support collar for 2 weeks (even on stage) and they gave me cortisone injections to block parts of the pain temporary. So now I can at least (after 2 weeks of sleeping sitting in the sofa) sleep in my bed and with some pain and efforts I can play a festival set of simplest possible songs. So at least we don’t have to cancel.

“After the cruise I will go back to Russia to meet a world class neuro surgeon who will determine whether it’s better to do surgery or to treat this without knives. The advantage with surgery is that if successful, I would recover much quicker. But surgery in the neck is always a risk and if worse come to worse, a failed surgery there could end up with me never being able to play on stage again.

“To treat without surgery will be very painful and normally take 4-5 months before fully recovered (if unlucky longer), but this is what I am hoping for and the specialists that gave me the diagnosis were quite sure it would be treatable that way. But we will know for sure what the deal is after I’ve met the neuro surgeon after the cruise.

“So what does all this mean? It means that I will be playing at 70,000 TOM with great difficulties and using a support collar. It also means that the Rock Opera will get some month or two delayed, as I can’t sit in the studio at the computer (I will have to use a studio assistant) and not for as long sessions as usual.

“It also means that if I end up having to do surgery, there is always a small risk that the cruise will end up being my final stage performance (which is a good reason for choosing the best surgeon Russia has to offer as soon as possible before the odds get worse – rather than taking my chances being assigned one randomly in Sweden and maybe have to wait many months before they have time to do it).

“Finally I would like to give a special THANK YOU to the following: Russian Embassy of Stockholm and the IFS Visa Centre in Stockholm. You people did much more than obligated by your duties and thanx to your extra efforts, I could get visa done in time for the hastily booked trip.

“Leyla Namazova-Baranova and all the amazing medical specialists and staff at the hospital in Moscow, who offered me the most professional medical care treatment I have every experienced. Thanx to you people I have a diagnose now (instead of in 2 months from now), I can sleep in my bed at night and I can now even play guitar enough that we don’t have to cancel the cruise.

“Alexander Osipov and Jane Odintsova from Imperial Age who suggested me to fly to Moscow instead and who also arranged everything for me there. If it wasn’t for you guys I would have canceled the cruise by now.”

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Video Clip For New Song “The Final Stand” Available From Wretch

After initially streaming the new song “The Final Stand,” Cleveland power thrash act Wretch follows that up with a video clip for the song, which you can check out below. The song will appear on the upcoming new album “The Hunt,” which will be issued on February 24th via Pure Steel Records.

The track list and artwork can be found below:

1. Sturmbringer
2. The Hunt
3. Throne Of Poseidon
4. Twilight´s End
5. The Final Stand
6. Fortune’s Fool
7. The King In Red
8. Straight To Hell
9. Pierce The Veil
10. Once In A Lifetime
11. She Waits

Check out “The Final Stand” here:

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Slipknot Releases Fan-Filmed Live Video For “Killpop”

Slipknot shares the following fan-filmed video showcasing a performance of the band’s track “Killpop”, which was captured during Slipknot’s performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO back on August 19th of 2015. The band invited the audience during the show to film the song and submit the footage.

Check out now the final edit below.

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Slipknot Releases Fan-Filmed Live Video For “Before I Forget”

Slipknot shares the following fan-filmed video showcasing a performance of the band’s track “Before I Forget”, which was captured during Slipknot’s performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 19th, 2015. The band invited the audience during the show to film the song and submit the footage.

Check out now the final edit below:

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Abscession Debuts New Song “The Final Furnace” From Upcoming New Album “Rot of Ages”

Swedish/German death metal act Abscession debuts a new song titled “The Final Furnace” and taken from the forthcoming new album “Rot of Ages”, which will be the successor to the band’s lethal debut album “Grave Offerings” (2015) and its debut EP from 2009, “Death Incarnate”.

Check out now “The Final Furnace” below.

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