Sonata Arctica Begins Recording New Album, Announces Acoustic Tour

It’s been very silent in the camp of Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica recently. But this break hasn’t been wasted – the band have entered the studio to kick off the recording process for their tenth studio album, due in 2019 through Nuclear Blast. But before their new record will see the light of day, Sonata Arctica are pleased to announce that they will embark on a special journey; their very first acoustic tour outside of Finland! The run will take them to London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 19th March 2019, as part of a larger European run. Support will be provided by special guests, Los Angeles CA based metallers Witherfall. Further details can be found below.

Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments, “We’ve been locked up in the studio since the end of the summer working on our next studio album and decided we needed to take a break and go out and play some shows. In the summer of 2016 we did an acoustic summer tour in Finland which was a lot of fun for both us and our fans; in fact it was so great that we wanted to do it again and this time we’re not settling for just Finland – but taking this show all around Europe for the first time ever. Now is a unique chance to hear our music in a completely different setting and we’re sure these evenings will be something really special. Our set will also include some stuff we’ve never played live before, and who knows maybe even a new song from the upcoming album. See you at the shows!”

Acoustic Adventures
w/ Witherfall
March 13 Oslo – Parkteatret
March 14 Stockholm – Södra Teatern
March 15 Gothenburg – Storan Teatern
March 16 Hamburg – Fabrik
March 17 Eindhoven – Effenaar
March 19 UK London – Islington Assembly Hall
March 20 Haarlem – Patronaat
March 21 DE Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
March 22 Paris – Le Trabendo
March 23 Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
March 24 Milan – Teatro Dal Verme
March 26 Pratteln – Z7
March 27 Nuremberg – Hirsch
March 28 Prague – Roxy
March 29 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (Club)
March 30 Bochum – Christuskirche

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New Light Choir Premiere New Song “The Grand Architect” From Upcoming New Album “Torchlight”

New Light Choir premiere a new song called “The Grand Architect”, taken from their upcoming new album “Torchlight”, which will be out in stores on November 23 via Svart Records.

Check out now “The Grand Architect” below.

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New Light Choir Premiere New Song “The Grand Architect” From Upcoming New Album “Torchlight”

New Light Choir premiere a new song called “The Grand Architect”, taken from their upcoming new album “Torchlight”, which will be out in stores on November 23 via Svart Records.

Check out now “The Grand Architect” below.

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Trivium Posts New Video “The Wretchedness Inside” Online

Floridian heavy metal outfit Trivium has posted a new music video online for the song, “The Wretchedness Inside.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “The Sin And The Sentence,” which was released last year through Roadrunner Records, peaking at number 23 in the Billboard charts. The band are also about to kick off a North American tour, where they will be joined by Avatar and Light The Fire. The dates are as follows:

10/03 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
10/04 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
10/05 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
10/06 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/08 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/09 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
10/11 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
10/12 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/13 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/17 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/20 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/21 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/22 St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
10/23 Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
10/25 Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
10/26 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theater
10/28 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/29 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/30 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
10/31 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
11/02 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/03 Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre

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Suidakra Reveals New Album, “Cimbric Yarns” Release Date

German Celtic metal veterans Suidakra has announced that their new album, “Cimbric Yarns” will be released through AFM Records on November 16th. Instead of their characteristic bombastic melodic death metal, the musicians impress with an acoustic, ambient masterpiece that takes the audience into a mystical land far before time.

Based on a fantasy world which was created during the artwork/soundtrack collaboration between the painter Kris Verwimp and Antonik on Realms Of Odoric, the Belgian artist explains: “Continuing the Realms Of Odoric saga, Cimbric Yarns harks back to where it all began. Thousands of years before Odoric’s time, there existed an advanced civilisation that perished in a great cosmic cataclysm. Cimbric Yarns is an attempt at recreating its mythology, inspired by ancient Celtic texts and megalithic sites from all over the world. It weaves a fine thread between history and fantasy, chronicling the fate of its main characters Cruàc, Arma and Aenea in 10 compelling acoustic songs.”

Tracklisting:

1. Echtra
2. Serpentine Origins
3. Ode To Arma
4. A Day And Forever
5. Black Dawn
6. At Nine Light Night
7. Snakehenge
8. Birth And Despair
9. Assault On Urlár
10. Caoine Cruác

The album will be available as Digipak and clear orange, gatefold Vinyl (ltd. to 300 units.)

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Suidakra Reveals New Album, “Cimbric Yarns” Release Date

German Celtic metal veterans Suidakra has announced that their new album, “Cimbric Yarns” will be released through AFM Records on November 16th. Instead of their characteristic bombastic melodic death metal, the musicians impress with an acoustic, ambient masterpiece that takes the audience into a mystical land far before time.

Based on a fantasy world which was created during the artwork/soundtrack collaboration between the painter Kris Verwimp and Antonik on Realms Of Odoric, the Belgian artist explains: “Continuing the Realms Of Odoric saga, Cimbric Yarns harks back to where it all began. Thousands of years before Odoric’s time, there existed an advanced civilisation that perished in a great cosmic cataclysm. Cimbric Yarns is an attempt at recreating its mythology, inspired by ancient Celtic texts and megalithic sites from all over the world. It weaves a fine thread between history and fantasy, chronicling the fate of its main characters Cruàc, Arma and Aenea in 10 compelling acoustic songs.”

Tracklisting:

1. Echtra
2. Serpentine Origins
3. Ode To Arma
4. A Day And Forever
5. Black Dawn
6. At Nine Light Night
7. Snakehenge
8. Birth And Despair
9. Assault On Urlár
10. Caoine Cruác

The album will be available as Digipak and clear orange, gatefold Vinyl (ltd. to 300 units.)

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Cattle Decapitation Premiere “An Exposition Of Insides” – Detail New “Medium Rarities” Compilation

Cattle Decapitation will release a new rarities collection entitled “Medium Rarities” on November 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The compilation features six previously unreleased demos from their pre-“Human Jerky” days as well as bonus tracks and more from throughout the years.

Comments Travis Ryan of the set:

“‘Medium Rarities‘ is a project we started about 10 years ago, and we’re thrilled to see it finally happen! In 2008, I started compiling unreleased tracks, import bonus tracks and 7? releases for a rarities release – and even had the art created by the legendary Wes Benscoter, when we discovered that a key track was missing that we wanted to include on it.

Our album ‘To Serve Man‘ had a bonus track ready in case there was a Japanese version released, but that never happened – and the band members’ copies of the track got lost, seemingly forever! We felt a rarities compilation released without that bonus track would be a weird idea, and so the project got shelved until recently.

Heather Parsons of Metal Blade finally was able to unearth the track from an old disc that was tucked away in the Metal Blade vault! The lyrics to the song were unearthed along with it, and so we quickly got to work with compiling and mastering the rest. This is a nice, concise compilation of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks, complete with lyrics and cheeky vinyl color variant schemes, based on how people like their meat prepared.

The European vinyl variants also resemble diseased meats…But my favorite part is the cassette, which was created to look like the vintage cassette releases we grew up on – complete with the old school Metal Blade axe logo! A lot of thought and work went into this release, and we are pleased to finally be able to present to you…’Medium Rarities‘!”

01 – “Birth. Cancer. Death.”
02 – “No Future”
03 – “Chili Dispenser”
04 – “The Recapitation Of Cattle”
05 – “Thrombosis All-In”
06 – “Turn On The Masters”
07 – “Tripas De Pepe”
08 – “Vino De Lo Sanguifero”
09 – “Queso De Cabeza”
10 – “Birth. Cancer. Death.” (Demo)
11 – “Diarrhea De Dahmer” (Demo)
12 – “Human Jerky” (Demo)
13 – “Thrombosis All-In” (Demo)
14 – “Colon Blo” (Demo)
15 – “Flesh-Eating Disease” (Demo)
16 – “Burnt To A Crisp”
17 – “Sonny’s Burning”
18 – “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing”
19 – “You People”
20 – “World Full Of Idiots”
21 – “An Exposition Of Insides”
22 – “No Light And No Life”
23 – “Cannibalistic Invasivorism”

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Zao Premiere New Song “Hide From The Light”

A new Zao track “Hide From The Light” has premiered online streaming below. The song appears on a upcoming new split release with Yashira which will be released digitally on September 21st through Mind Over Matter with a 7” pressing to arrive at a later date.

Says Zao vocalist Dan Weyandt of the new song:

“‘Hide From The Light‘ is a reference to the light beaming out of our handheld electrical devices and that light’s ability to manipulate our thoughts and actions personally, as well as society as a whole, via digital social platforms.”

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Aethereus Premiere New Guitar/Bass Playthrough Video For “Cascades of Light”

In mid-August, Tacoma, Washington natives Aethereus finally released their critically praised new album Absentia through The Artisan Era that was years in the making. The group’s take on progressive death metal deftly combines elements of atmospheric death metal, ferocious technical death metal, and more overtly melodic death metal focused ends of the spectrum into a sound all their own. Aethereus cites influences ranging from Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Cynic, and Gorod which rightly shows in the ambitious and smartly crafted songs found on Absentia.

Today the band premiere a dual guitar and bass guitar playthrough video for “Cascades of Light” streaming below:

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A Storm of Light Premiere New Song “Short Term Feedback” From Upcoming New Album “Anthroscene”

A Storm of Light premiere a new song called “Short Term Feedback”, taken from their upcoming new album “Anthroscene”, which will be out in stores October 5th via Translation Loss (US), Consoling Sounds (Europe) and Daymare (Japan).

Check out now “Short Term Feedback” below.

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