All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Passes Away

Springfield, Massachusetts based metal outfit All That Remains has posted a statement online, announcing that their guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, has died suddenly. He was 44 years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

“We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.

“Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.

“No further details are available at this time. The band and family request that you please respect their privacy and remember Oli by celebrating the great music he made.”

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Exodus Guitarist Gary Holt Records Guest Solo For Generation Kill

In a post on Instagram, Exodus and Slayer guitarist Gary Holt has revealed that he has recorded a guest guitar solo for the forthcoming Generation Kill album. The band is led by former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes, as well as featuring Jason Velez on guitar, Max Velez on bass and Craig Cefola on drums. Holt appears on the song “Never Relent” and other than the album produced by Zeuss, no further details are known at this time. The band collaborated with legendary rapper DMC last year, though in a forthcoming, exclusive interview with DMC, he claims these recordings may never be released.

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Saxon Reveals New Album Release Date, Artwork And Tracklisting; Announces European Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends Saxon has revealed further details on their forthcoming new album, “Thunderbolt,” including the artwork, which can be seen below. The record will be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music) and will be followed soon afterwards by a tour of Europe with Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, while Magnum will also be on the bill at the Hull show, with many more dates to be announced next year.

Speaking about the album and tour, frontman Biff Byford stated: “This is album 22 and it’s called ‘Thunderbolt.’ It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer Andy Sneap and it’s finished- ready to be unleashed.Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!

“This is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way!”

The tracklisting for “Thunderbolt” is as follows:

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

The initial tour dates for next year will take place on the following dates:

February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

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Voivod Begins Recording First Full Length New Album In Five Years

Canadian progressive thrash veterans Voivod has announced via a short post on Facebook that they have today entered the studio to begin recording a new album. The message, which simply read: “It is with great enthousiasm that we announce that Voivod is entering the Studio today for the next full length album! Exciting! Stay connected!” means that this will be the band’s first full length album since 2013’s, “Target Earth.” The gap has been filled in the meantime with the 2016 EP, “Post Society,” which comprised of songs released as split singles with Entombed A.D., Napalm Death and At The Gates, as well as a cover of the Hawkwind classic, “Silver Machine” and the title track.

In an interview with Rock Sverige earlier this year, drummer Michel Langevin (AKA, Away) stated that the new record would be a concept album and that it could very likely also be a double album, given the lengths of some of the songs. No further details have been confirmed as of yet.

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Suicidal Tendencies Premieres New Music Video For “Living For Life” From Latest Album “World Gone Mad”

Suicidal Tendencies premieres a new music video for “Living For Life”, taken from the band’s latest release “World Gone Mad”, which was directed by Pep Williams and edited by Scott O’Malley for Guerilla Press. A new Suicidal Tendencies EP will be out this fall with further details still to come.

Check out now “Living For Life” below.

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Suicidal Tendencies Premieres New Music Video For “Living For Life” From Latest Album “World Gone Mad”

Suicidal Tendencies premieres a new music video for “Living For Life”, taken from the band’s latest release “World Gone Mad”, which was directed by Pep Williams and edited by Scott O’Malley for Guerilla Press. A new Suicidal Tendencies EP will be out this fall with further details still to come.

Check out now “Living For Life” below.

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Artwork For New Album “Will To Power” Revealed By Arch Enemy

Metal powerhouse Arch Enemy is ready to bring a fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as the band announces details on the upcoming new album, “Will To Power,” which is out September 8th via Century Media Records. The band is excited to reveal the album’s captivating cover artwork, as shown below, which was designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork: “It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the ‘Will to Power’ cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat… All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power”

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis’ (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of the most acclaimed album to date, “War Eternal,” which saw the band reach the highest charts in the US and Germany to date, “Will To Power” will continue to smash records worldwide.

While full details and pre-order information on “Will To Power” will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the “Will To Power” Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit this location.

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Kaine Unveils New Album “A Crisis Of Faith”

The new Kaine album will be called “A Crisis Of Faith” and will be the first full-length release from the band to feature the lineup of Rage Sadler (Guitars and Vocals), Chris MacKinnon (Drums, Keys, and Vocals), Saxon Davids (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Stephen Ellis (Bass and Backing Vocals).

The new release features songs written by all four bands members and has been a collaborative effort. Pre-orders are due to begin soon along with further details – in the mean time, check out the cover artwork below and stay tuned for more info.

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Profanity Signs With Apostasy Records

German group Profanity has inked a deal with Apostasy Records to release a new album next year. The label comments:

“Since 1993, the underground has been shaking under the sounds of Profanity. The German tech death three-piece set a heavy mark albums ‘Shadows To Fall’ (1997) and ‘Slaughtering Thoughts’ (2000) as well as a tour in support of Cryptopsy in 2002 and an appearance at the Maryland Death Fest 2004 alongside Misery Index and Exhumed.

“After some years of silence, the band is ready to be back with a vengeance. Currently they are working hard on the full-length follow-up to ‘Hatred Hell Within’ (2014) with producer Christoph Brandes in his Iguana Studios (Spheron, Imperium Dekadenz, Necrophagist o.a.) which will be released via Apostasy Records in 2017. Stay tuned for further details!”

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New Album “Hell Sweet Hell” Announced By Crawler

Italian metal act Crawler announced the impending new release “Hell Sweet Hell.” The album is expected to drop in 2017 via Valery Records, with distribution via Audioglobe.

“Hell Sweet Hell” is the sophomore full length and the first album in six years. The album was recorded and completed at the tail end of 2015. The cover art was issued today and can be seen below.

Crawler was launched in 2002. In 2005, the band recorded the first demo “Undeads” and later, in 2008, released the debut EP “Burst.” In 2010, the band collaborated with famous producer Beau Hill (Twisted Sister) and issued the single “Knight of the Word,” which would become the title track of the debut full length release issued in 2011 via SG Records.

Stay tuned to further details on the album, which are expected over the next few months.

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