Children Of Bodom Reveals New Album “Hexed” Details

Finland’s melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are proud to the announce the release of their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8th 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments, “People have said that this album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs).”

“For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music,” comments bassist Henkka Blacksmith. “In a way it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff, possibly ever. Then again, someone said that there’s a somewhat similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the videos, I guess that’s a positive problem to have.”

“Hexed” saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where COB were reunited with Mikko Karmila (“I Worship Chaos,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Hatebreeder,” “Follow the Reaper” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years I’ve wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art, so it’s really hard to do something else. Doing it completely with a computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try going old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions – the cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with little tweaking, we now have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky.”

Hexed will be available for pre-order starting December 7th.

Below is the track listing for “Hexed”

1. The Road
2. Under Grass and Clover
3. Glass Houses
4. Hecate’s Nightmare
5. Kick in the Spleen
6. Platitudes and Barren Words
7. Hexed
8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
9. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
11. Knuckleduster
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix)

Stay tuned for more information about the album as well as announcements about their upcoming US tour in the spring and European trek in the summer!

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Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob, Etc. Members Unite In New Band Stereo Satellite

Members Of Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob and Rockstar Supernova unite in their new band Stereo Satellite. The outfit debuts a preview of their first single “Glass Houses” below. The band will make their live debut on the ‘ShipRocked‘ cruise on January 23rd. Their lineup includes:

Vocals: Lukas Rossi (ex-Rock Star Suprnova)
Guitars: Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Bass: John Moyer (Disturbed, etc.)
Drums: Jordan Cannata (Adrenaline Mob)

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Bad Omens Releasing Self-Titled Album Via Sumerian

Bad Omens will release a new self-titled, full-length debut album for Sumerian Records on August 19th.

The album is something of a mission statement for the Los Angeles-based quintet; Noah Sebastian [vocals], Nicholas Ryan [guitar], Joakim Jolly Karlsson [guitar], Vincent Riquier [bass], and Nick Folio [drums]. Bad Omens comments:

“We tried to spread awareness about being open minded when it comes to heavy music. We wanted to go beyond the realm of heavy and incorporate everything from industrial to soundtrack-style moments.”

The guys spent months rehearsing in Nicks basement before hitting the studio with Will Putney [Upon A Burning Body, The Amity Affliction, Body Count] to record the album. The track listing is as follows:

1. Glass Houses
2. Exit Wounds
3. The Worst In Me
4. F E R A L
5. Enough, Enough Now
6. Malice
7. Hedonist
8. Broken Youth
9. Crawl
10. The Letdown
11. Reprise (The Sound Of The End)
12. The Fountain

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Crown The Empire Posts “Hologram” Music Video

Crown The Empire just released a new music video for “Hologram,” which is taken from the “Retrograde” album due out this Friday via Rise Records.

Crown The Empire and Hands Like Houses are also supporting Of Mice & Men on tour later this year. Dates are as follows:

09/30 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
10/01 – MANCHESTER Apollo
10/03 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
10/04 – NEWCASTLE Academy
10/05 – GLASGOW Academy
10/07 – LONDON Forum
10/09 – CARDIFF Great Hall

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy Lineup Complete

Having announced dozens of bands over the past several weeks, the full lineup for Tucson, Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy is now complete, and all ticket options for the festival are now available. For the fifth installation of the annual even, SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy will overthrow […]

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Northern Invasion Festival 2016 Lineup Revealed

The daily band lineup has been announced for the second annual Northern Invasion taking place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.

After quickly selling out its inaugural year with 25,000 fans in attendance, Northern Invasion expands to two full days in 2016. Single day tickets for Northern Invasion go on sale Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Central Time for $99 (plus fees).

The daily band lineup for Northern Invasion is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, May 14

Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Babymetal, P.O.D., Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, Avatar, Aranda, Monster Truck, The Shrine, Hands Like Houses, Wild Throne, Second Pass

Sunday, May 15

Disturbed, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Seether, Ghost, SIXX:A.M., Pop Evil, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Saint Asonia, Trivium, Butcher Babies, Beartooth, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Lacey Sturm, Audiotopsy, The Glorious Sons, Andrew Watt, City Of The Weak

In addition, those who purchase camping packages and VIP Upgrades will have access to the Northern Invasion Friday Night Bonfire Pre-Party with performances from Thunderstruck (tribute to AC/DC) and Wayland.

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy — Initial October Festival Lineup Announced

The initial lineup for Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy has been announced, as early bird tickets for the event have been made available this week. For the fifth installation of the annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST, this year’s edition will once again overthrow Tucson, the 2016 installment of the annual gathering running […]

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy — Initial October Festival Lineup Announced

The initial lineup for Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy has been announced, as early bird tickets for the event have been made available this week. For the fifth installation of the annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST, this year’s edition will once again overthrow Tucson, the 2016 installment of the annual gathering running […]

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy — Initial October Festival Lineup Announced

The initial lineup for Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy has been announced, as early bird tickets for the event have been made available this week. For the fifth installation of the annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST, this year’s edition will once again overthrow Tucson, the 2016 installment of the annual gathering running […]

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Bad Omens Sign With Sumerian & Premieres Music Video & Track “Glass Houses”

Los Angeles, CA’s metal outfit Bad Omens have announced the band’s signing with Sumerian Records and premieres a new song and music video for “Glass Houses” along with the news.

Check it out now below.

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