Dream Theater Posts Studio Walk Through Interview

American progressive metal legends Dream Theater will release their 14th studio album, “Distance Over Time,” on February 22nd. In support of the upcoming release, the band have released a studio walk-through interview, which can be seen below.

“Distance Over Time” showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The album also marks the first for the band’s new label InsideOutMusic / Sony Music. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour). “Distance Over Time” was produced by John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse, and mastered by Tom Baker.

“Distance Over Time” will be available as: Standard CD Jewel Case, Special Edition Digipak (incl. 1 bonus track), 180g Gatefold 2LP Edition (incl. 1 bonus track, an 8-page-LP-booklet & the album on CD), Ltd. Edition Artbook (incl. 1 bonus track, 5.1 mix with video animations, instrumental mixes & high res files of the album, stems for “Untethered Angel”, extended liner notes, additional artwork incl. photos from the writing session and additional video content), as a Deluxe Collector’s Box Set (incl. lenticular cover card, Artbook, 180g 2 LP Gatefold Edition with exclusive artwork and exclusive white vinyl, exclusive picture 7”, 60 x 60 cm poster, 10 art cards, slipmat, patch, pin and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity) and as a Digital Album (incl. 1 bonus track).

Tracklisting:

1. Untethered Angel
2. Paralyzed
3. Fall Into The Light
4. Barstool Warrior
5. Room 137
6. S2N
7. At Wit’s End
8. Out Of Reach
9. Pale Blue Dot
10. Viper King (Bonus Track)

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Swallow The Sun Posts New Music Video “Firelights” Online

Finnish extreme metal outfit Swallow The Sun has posted a new music video online for the song, “Firelights.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s new album, “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light,” which is scheduled to be released on January 25th through Century Media Records.

“From the ultimate depths of Lumina Aurea we rose upon the water. Now it is time to light the first torches in the night. Death might be stronger than life, but Love is always stronger than death. This is Firelight!” – Swallow The Sun

The video was again directed and produced by Aapo Lahtela and Vesa Ranta.

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Thrice Premiere New Music Video For “Hold Up A Light”

Thrice premiere a new music video for “Hold Up A Light” which was helmed by Dan Monick. The track is the latest single to arrive from the band’s latest effort “Palms”.

Says vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue of it:

“In this age of upheaval and division, my hope is that the youth will manifest the courage and love necessary to hold up a light and illuminate a new path forward, to embody a better story than the one that perpetuates fear and violence.”

The band will be out touring later this month as direct support on Bring Me The Horizon‘s North American tour. Fever 333 will join them as their opening band. Dates for that trek are available below:

01/23 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
01/25 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
01/26 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
01/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/30 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/31 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (no Bring Me The Horizon/Fever 333)
02/01 Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
02/02 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
02/04 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
02/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
02/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
02/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
02/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
02/15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

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Thrice Premiere New Music Video For “Hold Up A Light”

Thrice premiere a new music video for “Hold Up A Light” which was helmed by Dan Monick. The track is the latest single to arrive from the band’s latest effort “Palms”.

Says vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue of it:

“In this age of upheaval and division, my hope is that the youth will manifest the courage and love necessary to hold up a light and illuminate a new path forward, to embody a better story than the one that perpetuates fear and violence.”

The band will be out touring later this month as direct support on Bring Me The Horizon‘s North American tour. Fever 333 will join them as their opening band. Dates for that trek are available below:

01/23 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
01/25 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
01/26 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
01/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/30 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
01/31 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (no Bring Me The Horizon/Fever 333)
02/01 Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
02/02 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
02/04 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
02/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
02/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
02/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
02/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
02/15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

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Swallow the Sun Premiere New Song “Upon The Water” From Upcoming Album “A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”

Finland’s Swallow the Sun premiere a new song “Upon The Water”, taken from their upcoming new album “A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”, which will be out January 25th via Century Media Records.

Check out now “Upon The Water” below.

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Swallow the Sun Premiere New Song & Video “Lumina Aurea” From Brand New EP

Finland’s Swallow the Sun premiere a new song and video entitled “Lumina Aurea”, taken from their brand new EP of the same name, which is out in stores now via Century Media Records.

Check out now “Lumina Aurea” below.

Explains guitarist Juha Raivio:

“‘Lumina Aurea’ is a song I would never want to write in my life. It is an open, bleeding black wound from the last two and half years of my life. But I had to write it out. I could not back down from it. The way I wrote and recorded ‘Lumina Aurea’ was so rough emotionally and physically that I think I will never talk about it public. I know this road will go on forever as a part of me, but I have also made a peace with it—that I will never have peace with it. And that the life and the journey here must still go on for a while for those of us remaining. I knew that if I would go any deeper on that road with the album as I did with ‘Lumina Aurea,’ the path would not end well. So, I quickly realized that instead I will write an album that will manifest loud and clear that after all, ‘Love is always stronger than death.’ I wanted to find that angle for ‘When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light’. This album is like a weapon for myself. A burning light, a burning torch. Victorious and proud.”

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At The Gates Announces New 7 Inch And Digital EP Releases

After a highly successful touring run across North America together with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, are not only starting a special short run of European dates today in Greece, but are also announcing the release of two EPs for early January.

To enhance the beginning of their massive European tour with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room, At The Gates will be releasing both a strictly limited 7″ EP entitled “The Mirror Black,” and a special Digital EP entitled “With The Pantheons Blind,” on January 11th.

The 7“ EP features the two songs “The Mirror Black” and “Daggers Of Black Haze” off At The Gates‘ current album, “To Drink From The Night Itself,” in the versions that come with guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross).

Tracklisting:

Side A:
“The Mirror Black” (Featuring Rob Miller)

Side B:
“Daggers Of Black Haze” (Featuring Rob Miller)

This collectors item is limited to 1000x copies worldwide, split up as follows:

– Black 7Inch: 400x copies (CM Distro Europe Wholesale & Onlineshop)
– Golden 7Inch: 100x copies (CM Europe Onlineshop)
– Clear 7Inch: 300x copies (CM Distro Europe Wholesale & Onlineshop)
– Transparent Red 7Inch: 200x copies (Exclusively from the band on tour)

On the other hand, the digital EP, With The Pantheons Blind, contains all six bonus tracks from To Drink From The Night Itself recording sessions, now available digitally for the first time: “Daggers Of Black Haze” and “The Mirrow Black” featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross), “The Chasm” featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (God Macabre), “A Labyrinth Of Tombs” featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (Craft), a demo version of “The Chasm” and a merciless re-recorded version of the early At The Gates classic “Raped By The Light Of Christ”, originally featured on the band’s sophomore album, With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness, from 1993.

Tracklisting:

“Daggers Of Black Haze” (Featuring Rob Miller)
“The Chasm” (Featuring Per Boder)
“A Labyrinth Of Tombs” (Featuring Mikael Nox Pettersson)
“Raped By The Light Of Christ” (2018)
“The Chasm” (Demo Version)
“The Mirror Black” (Featuring Rob Miller)

The pre-order for this digital release starts next week, December 7th, 2018.

At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment about the 7” EP release: “The idea of getting guest vocalists on board for the bonus tracks for the album was us trying something new again…This time we wanted to get other artists involved in our music, getting their takes on our new songs. It was a pleasure working with everybody and all songs grew immensely in the process. The songs we did with Rob Miller was for me personally something extra. Of course, people who know me, know that I am a massive Amebix fan. And I love the more recent stuff with Tau Cross too. I had no idea what to expect. But the songs grew so goddamn much together with Rob‘s powerful voice. We decided early on that these versions were worthy of their own release. This is for me personally one of the greatest achievements of my career, to share the vocal space with one of my favourite vocalists of all time. I am so proud of this release. Hope everyone else gets as much joy out of it as I do.”

Metal Underground caught up with At The Gates guitarist Martin Larsson at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, in which the musician hinted that new music could come sooner than people expect.

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Beast In Black Posts New Music Video “Sweet True Lies” Online

Up and coming metallers Beast In Black are currently travelling from arena to arena as special guest to Finnish symphonic metal giants Nightwish. While being on the road all across Europe, the band is happy to finally unleash the first musical taster of their sophomore album entitled ‘From Hell With Love’, which will see the light of day on February 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. The supporting music video, once again directed by Ville Lipiäinen, can be watched below!

Comments bassist Mate Molnar, “After the huge success of ‘Blind And Frozen’, we wanted to come out with something more interesting and original as the second official music video of the band. I believe ‘Sweet True Lies’ is loveable but also shocking at the same time and I’m sure it will move the hearts of our fans!”

“From Hell With Love” – Track Listing:

01. Cry Out For A Hero
02. From Hell With Love
03. Sweet True Lies
04.Repentless
05. Die By The Blade
06. Oceandeep
07. Unlimited Sin
08. True Believer
09. This Is War
10. Heart Of Steel
11. No Surrender
Bonus Tracks (DIGI and 2LP only!)
12. Killed By Death (Motorhead Cover)
13. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper Cover)

The album was once again recorded in Anton’s own Sound Request Studio, and true to the motto “Never change a winning team”, the cover artwork was created by Roman Ismailov who worked on »Berserker« as well as the first record Kabanen wrote under the banner of Battle Beast, ‘Steel’ (2012). ‘From Hell With Love’ delivers everything that made fans love Anton’s work in the first place. A slew of fast-paced tracks like the opener ‘Cry Out For A Hero’ and ‘Repentless’, hymnic songs ‘Unlimited Sin’ and ‘This Is War’ and one of the band’s specialties, mid-tempo smashers that only Beast In Black can deliver are back and represented on the new disc by the lead single ‘Sweet True Lies’ and the album’s title track. There’s one thing that all of these tracks have in common – each and every song catches the listener with irresistible melodies, taking residence in the listener’s mind from the moment they hear it.

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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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