Iron Maiden Premieres New Live Video For “Speed Of Light” From Upcoming New Live Album/Film “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter”

Iron Maiden premieres a new live video for “Speed Of Light”, taken from the band’s upcoming new live album and film “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter”, which will meet a November 17th release through BMG. Planned formats include CD, deluxe CD, vinyl and digital formats.

A live concert film for the release for it is also planned and will initially be streamed for free with more details to come. A digital download of the movie will be made available for purchase following the premiere.

Check out now “Speed Of Light” below.

Says the band’s bassist Steve Harris of it:

“We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”

Songs featured on the set include:

“If Eternity Should Fail” (live in Sydney, Australia)
“Speed Of Light” (live in Cape Town, South Africa)
“Wrathchild” (live in Dublin, Ireland)
“Children Of The Damned” (live in Montreal, Canada)
“Death Or Glory” (live in Wroclaw, Poland)
“The Red And The Black” (live in Tokyo, Japan)
“The Trooper” (live in San Salvador, El Salvador)
“Powerslave” (live in Trieste, Italy)
“The Great Unknown” (live in Newcastle, UK)
“The Book Of Souls” (live in Donington, UK)
“Fear Of The Dark” (live in Fortaleza, Brazil)
“Iron Maiden” (live in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
“Number Of The Beast” (live in Wacken, Germany)
“Blood Brothers” (live in Donington, UK)
“Wasted Years” (live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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New Album “Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire” Announced By Elvenking

Italian folk metal veterans Elvenking have announced the impending release of the new album “Secrets of the Magick Grimoire.” The album drops via AFM Records on November 10th. Prepare for Elvenking’s most epic release ever!

You can now pre-order your favorite version at the AFM Records shop at very special prices over at this location.

The track list and artwork can be found here:

1. Invoking The Woodland Spirit
2. Draugen’s Maelstrom
3. The One We Shall Follow
4. The Horned Ghost And The Sorcerer
5. A Grain Of Truth
6. The Wolves Will Be Howling Your Name
7. 3 Ways To Magick
8. Straight Inside Your Winter
9. The Voynich Manuscript
10. Summon The Dawn Light
11. At The Court Of The Wild Hunt
12. A Cloak Of Dusk

Bonus Tracks for Digi and Vinyl (Gold and Clear Green limited) versions:

13. Petalstorm
14. The Open Breach
15. Jigsaw Puzzle (2010 Version)
16. Skywards (2008 Version)

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EMP Label Group Inks Deal With Chronus

Hailing from Helsingborg, Sweden, Chronus is an exalted quartet formed in 2015 and led by the Baron. Young, fresh and visionary, the band carries the metal torch with astonishing maturity. Delivering a majestic performance filled with striking melodies and hard-hitting riffs, Chronus has been compared to the likes of Mastodon and Gojira. Vocalist/guitarist the Baron, dressed in white, embodies a voice reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, complementing the work of his three black-clad associates.

October 28th marks the official European release of Chronus’ self-titled debut album on Ellefson Music Productions, aka EMP Label Group, the label of legendary Megadeth bassist David Ellefson (the North American release is tentatively planned for 2018). After a well-received performance at this year’s Sabaton Open Air, the band are currently preparing for a Scandinavian tour supporting Soilwork and The Unguided.

In order to spread rapture upon the people, Chronus ceremoniously converts its audience in a relentless conquest to take on the World. Join their voyage to the City of Light!

For a taste of Chronus, check out the lyric video for “City Of Light” here:

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Mark “Barney” Greenway: No New Napalm Death Album Before Late 2018

Napalm Death frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway was recently interviewed by Australia’s “Sticks For Stones”. Questioned about a recent post on the band’s Facebook page revealing they were back at Parlour Studios in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England recording their next album, Greenway clarifies:

“This is one of the, I say, problems in small letters with social media sometimes. As soon as you put a post like that, people just kind of think – understandably so – that you’ve got a bunch of new songs ready to go. Well, we haven’t. It’s very preliminary stages. I mean, basically, we’re at the point where Shane went into the studio with Danny and basically laid a load of stuff down that he’d been thinking of doing. So there may be some material that never sees the light of day. I just don’t know, ’cause I haven’t actually heard it yet. I’ve got the stuff, but I haven’t actually sat down and listened to it yet. So there’s nothing approaching any complete songs. And the reality is that it won’t even surface probably till later next year, I would have thought. So it’s gonna be a while yet.”

You can now listen to the entire chat below.

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Lyric Video For New Song “My Temptation” Posted By Sleeping Romance

Sleeping Romance released a lyric video for the new single “My Temptation.” The song appears on the new album “Alba,” which will be released on November 3rd via Napalm Records.

The band is thrilled to unveil their first track and states: “We’re stoked to finally present ‘My Temptation,’ the first single from our upcoming album ‘Alba.’ This is a killer song that represents in a perfect way the new Sleeping Romance sound: epic, symphonic and dramatic atmosphere. Hope you love it! IL METALLO!”

The upcoming album “Alba” leads a journey of orchestral opera arrangements and siren songs; touching, sometimes frightening, but always as personal as can be. Songstress Federica Lanna means every word she sings and Federico Truzzi complements her lovely voice with delicate guitars.

The concept of “Alba,” ‘Dawn’ in Italian, centers around the main character and her life that advances through difficulties, choices and mistakes, and leads the character to a positive growth. The message the concept wants to give is that life is complex, full of obstacles, but there’s always a way forward, and an opportunity for everyone to reach what their heart desire.

The full track listing is:

1. Overture – Twilight
2. Where The Light Is Bleeding
3. Lost In My Eyes
4. Touch The Sun
5. Forgiveness
6. My Temptation
7. Across The Sea
8. Everything Behind
9. Through The Looking Glass
10. Alba
11. Underture – Daylight

Check out “My Temptation” is:

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Wormholedeath Records Inks Deal With Painted Black

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that Portuguese dark metal combo Painted Black has signed a distribution deal for the worldwide release of the album “Raging Light.” The album will be available on all digital shops on October 6th. The physical and Japanese release dates are still TBA.

Band Statement: “We’re very thrilled to work together with the team at WormHoleDeath who have been very passionate with our music since day one! It’s a great feeling to know that with this record we can finally reach a wider audience thanks to the promotion and distribution network of the label, and have ‘Raging Light’ available in its physical format all around Europe, the United States and Japan!”

José Carlos Santos statement: “It has been a long journey for Painted Black. Akin to the pacing of several of their older songs, the Portuguese quintet has slowly but surely matured and evolved from denser, doom-laden beginnings into a multi-faceted, dynamic outfit, and their new album ‘Raging Light’ will not only be the glorious confirmation of that lengthy metamorphosis, but also that it is still an ongoing process. While many fans still hold on to Painted Black’s 2010 debut full-length ‘Cold Comfort’ very close to their hearts, even there the seeds for what was to come were already being sown. Far from the monolithic approach of many of their peers, the core duo of Luís Fazendeiro (guitars) and Daniel Lucas (vocals) already showed hints of their forthcoming exploration, on heavy tunes filled with subtle sadness. 2014 gave us another glimpse into the band’s untapped potential, with the ‘Quarto Vazio’ EP, a short but sweet collection of two surprising covers (Nine Inch Nails and Portuguese pop/rock legends Rádio Macau) spearheaded by the rocking energy of the title-track.

“Three years later, and ‘Raging Light’ is finally here, showing yet again that Painted Black simply won’t stay in the same place for long and will refuse to be pegged down. Although the opening title track’s intro itself underlines the continuity, picking up where ‘Cold Comfort’ left off – a cheeky wink to all those who have followed the band since those days – the departure is indeed wonderfully dramatic over the next 61 minutes. The guitar work is constantly phenomenal, intricate and elegant, its prog undertones offering unexpected twists and conflicting moods, while the rhythm section provides the necessary density and depth for the more fragile and sensitive moments to shine through. Vocalist Daniel Lucas, like a bolt of raging light himself, wanders between the power of his furious death metal roar and the beauty of his heartfelt, clean melodies, dripping with sorrow and melancholy. No two songs sound alike – from the hypnotic, clean-sung ‘The Living Receiver’ to the brief fury of ‘Absolution Denied’, from the instant catchiness of ‘Chamber’ to the rock-out grooves of ‘In The Heart Of The Sun’, but never do they stray too far from the quintet’s established personality, and that is the most delicate balance the band is able to achieve with ‘Raging Light’. No matter how far they have come since those early days, their restless creativity still operates within the framework of the band’s uniquely forged personality, and that is valid even for their most ambitious undertaking so far, ‘The Raging Light’s closing giant, ‘Almagest’. A true emotional rollercoaster enriched by a string quintet, a 17 minute long tour-de-force tracing the very journey of existence itself and ending the album on a remarkable high note.
Just like the explosion of colour and vitality of the amazing artwork will force your eyes to refocus and readjust to take in its power in one swoop, so too will the deeply evocative songs of ‘Raging Light’ will have a similar impact on your brain and on your heart, and leave you with both wide open.”

The track listing is:

1 – The Raging Light
2 – Dead Time
3 – The Living Receiver
4 – Absolution Denied
5 – Chamber
6 – In The Heart Of The Sun
7 – I Am Providence
8 – Almagest

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Rivers Of Nihil Working On Album, Announces Tour Dates

This October, Rivers of Nihil will make the trek out to Texas Revolution Festival to appear with Upon A Burning Body, Fire From The Gods, Impending Doom, and many more. Along the way, the group will play a string of headline shows leading to and from the fest. See below for all dates.

Rivers of Nihil is also currently recording a third album at Atrium Audio (where the band also recorded 2015’s “Monarchy”) with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. Due out early 2018, this record will continue the seasonal concept that began with spring on Rivers of Nihil’s debut, “The Conscious Seed of Light,” and was followed-up with the oppressive summer heat on “Monarchy.”

Oct. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s
Oct. 26 – Nashville, TN – The End
Oct. 28 – Austin, TX – Texas Revolution Festival
Oct. 29 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
Oct. 30 – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
Oct. 31 – Chattanooga, TN – Ziggy’s

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Act Of Defiance launches video for new track, “Overexposure”

– September 7th, 2017 –

Act Of Defiance – the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – will return with their new album, Old Scars, New Wounds, on September 29th via Metal Blade Records. After slamming back into the metalscape with their first video/single “M.I.A.”, Act Of Defiance is back today with a second new music video/track, “Overexposure”. Directed by Vince Edwards, the melodic scorcher is backed with fast-paced imagery of the band members in their finest form – churning out a precise metal assault! Watch here: – where you can also pre-order the album in the following formats:

–180g Black Vinyl
–Golden Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–Auburn Marbled Vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)

On Old Scars, New Wounds, Act Of Defiance has upped the ante. Each of the 11 new tracks sound fresh and urgent while wielding a timeless quality that will connect powerfully with metal fans new and old – and there aren’t many contemporary bands who can make such a claim. Naturally blending a plethora of metallic styles and never recycling ideas, Old Scars, New Wounds is an even more dynamic and diverse collection than its predecessor. The title – plucked from the blistering track “Conspiracy Of The Gods” – stands as a metaphor for life in general, and the breadth of lyrical matter covered is as broad as the styles of heavy music found on the record.

Old Scars, New Wounds track-listing:
1. M.I.A.
2. Molten Core
3. Overexposure
4. The Talisman
5. Lullaby of Vengeance
6. Circle of Ashes
7. Reborn
8. Conspiracy of the Gods
9. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion

Going into writing the record, the quartet had no grand plan, and spread across the continental US, the individual members worked separately, bouncing demos back and forth and building on each others’ ideas. Like many contemporary bands, through taking advantage of available technologies they made a record that is very much a collaborative effort, despite the distances lying between the members’ home bases. Recruiting producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon) they tracked the record likewise, with Broderick laying down guitars in his own Ill-Fated Studios in LA, Derek and Broderick’s vocals tracked at Red Light Studios also in LA, with Bachand tracking his contributions at Manshark in South Hampton, MA and Drover’s drums were laid down at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios.

Having proven themselves on the road in support of Birth And The Burial both as headliners and supporting the likes of Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah, and Hatebreed, the band are looking ahead to the expansive touring that will accompany Old Scars, New Wounds, and their hunger to get back in front of crowds has not abated in the slightest. Upcoming touring plans are set to be announced very soon.

Stay tuned for more news, tracks and videos coming from Act Of Defiance, in anticipation of the release of Old Scars, New Wounds.

Act of Defiance line-up:
Chris Broderick – guitar
Henry Derek – vocals
Shawn Drover – drums
Matt Bachand – bass

Act of Defiance online:

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Theurgia Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New CD “Transformation”

Venezuela’s black metal unit Theurgia premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new CD “Transformation”, which will be released on October 27 via the Mexican label Throats Productions. The six-panel digipack CD edition will include a cover of Dissection’s “Retribution-Storm of the Light’s Bane” as a bonus track.

Check out now “Transformation” in its entirety below.

Transformation by Theurgia

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China Girl (Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, Etc.) Premieres Full-Album Stream Of Self-Titled Debut Album

China Girl – the new band featuring Pig Destroyer‘s John Jarvis on vocals, Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation/Scour) on bass and Dennis R. Sanders (Spirit In The Room/ex-Black Light Burns) on vocals/guitar/programming – is streaming its self-titled debut album below, which is out today via Bandcamp.

China Girl by China Girl

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