In Flames Guitarist To Miss North American Tour; Former Megadeth Guitarist Chris Broderick To Step In

Guitarist Niclas Engelin will be unable to join In Flames on their upcoming North American tour. Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance) will step in for Engelin.

A message from In Flames states: “To all of the Jesterheads coming out to our upcoming North American tour: We’re extremely sad to inform that, due to strong medical advisement to stay home, Niclas will not be joining the tour. Luckily, ex-Megadeth guitarist and longtime friend, Chris Broderick was able to step in at the last minute for the full run. Please wish Niclas the best as he stays home to rest. We can’t wait to see you soon.”

In Flames will release their new album, I, The Mask, on March 1st via Eleven Seven Music in North America, and on Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world.

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Exciter Reveals New Guitarist Daniel Dekay

With the departure of founding guitarist John Ricci, Canadian speed legends Exciter are hyped to reveal that Daniel Dekay (Diemonds, BangerTV) will be taking the position as the new guitarist for the band. A longtime friend of the Exciter family, Dekay was a natural choice and a perfect fit to keep this thrash machine pounding. Dekay joins forces with original members Dan Beehler & Allan Johnson to round out this lineup of the band which is already working on new tunes with plans for a full length studio record.

The original lineup of Exciter reunited in 2015 but last month guitarist John Ricci decided to leave the group, finishing a second stint in the band which began in 1992.

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Nasty Savage Bassist Richard Bateman Passes Away

Florida thrash metal veterans Nasty Savage has announced that their bassist, Richard Bateman, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Wednesday, September 5th.

A message from the band states: “It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today. We are all devastated. God Bless his family, God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother.”

Guitarist David Austin issued the following statement: “My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with Nasty Savage especially Penetration Point, I can’t even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I’m completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least.”

Bateman had four stints with the band, beginning in 1988 until the band’s initial dissolution two years later. He returned in 1998, then again from 2002 until 2012, then finally returned in 2016.

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Bison Streams Full New Album “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient”

“You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” is the imminent new full-length from Vancouver sludge-bringers Bison.

Set for release in Europe on June 23rd, followed by a North American release on July 7th, “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient: follows Bison’s 2014-issued “1000 Needles” EP and serves as the band’s first full-length to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood.

In advance of its release, you can stream the entire new record in full via the YouTube player below. “You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” was captured in the band’s hometown with longtime friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. The record will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

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Capsize Premieres Music Video For “The Same Pain” From New Album “A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me”

Capsize premieres a new music video for “The Same Pain”, taken from the band’s latest album “A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me”, out in stores now via Equal Vision Records.

Check out now “The Same Pain” below.

Comments the band:

“The band went off the grid for a weekend and got a cabin on a mountain to make this video and celebrate the release of the album. We brought along our buddy Johann Arteaga Ramos of Dream Films Los Angeles to film, and our longtime friend and photographer Jimmy Sandoval to act in the video. The song is about feeling trapped in selflessness – which to most is a quality that is admired, but it can also put you in a worse position when being there for a person who blatantly takes it for granted. And even though your time may be best spent on something else, you still convince yourself that you’re content in the same pain because of how much you care.”

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Details Of New EP “Death Thy Lover” Issued By Candlemass

Legendary Swedish doom metal act Candlemass is back and celebrating 30 years of Doom with a brand new EP! The special anniversary release named “Death Thy Lover.” The EP will be released on June 3rd via Napalm Records and features four studio tracks with Mats Levén on vocals. The band is also happy to announce that Mats Levén, who’s a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish Doom Metal Squad. Epic riffs meet monumental parts of heavy metal!

The EP will be made available in the following formats: 4 Page Digipack, 1LP Gatefold Edition & 1LP Gatefold Webstore Edition & Old School “Skull & Cross” Slipmat.

The EP artwork and track listing can be found below:

1. Death Thy Lover
2. Sleeping Giant
3. Sinister N Sweet
4. The Goose

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Candlemass Recording New EP With Mats Levén

Candlemass is back to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP. Four studio tracks featuring Mats Levén on vocals are being recorded during for a special anniversary release early next year on Napalm Records.

The band is also happy to announce that Mats Levén, a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish doom squad. Mats commented:

“20 years ago, Leif invited me to the project Abstrakt Algebra. 10 years ago, I started helping Candlemass with their demos. Today, I’m happy to say that I’m the new singer of Candlemass. I truly believe that 2016 will be one of the best years in a long time for Candlemass! Big thanks to my brothers of doom: Janne, Lasse, Leif & Mappe.”

Per Wiberg is today also an essential part of the Candlemass live shows with his keyboards and filling in for Leif on bass until he’s back in shape again. The band is currently recording the anniversary EP in Ghost Ward studios in Stockholm together with David Castillo.

“The new songs are more like the material on the ‘Nightfall’ album than what we did on ‘Psalms For the Dead,'” says Leif Edling. “Lot’s of guitars, and cool riffs but also really good songs that I hope and think our fans will dig!”

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High Hopes Inks Deal With Victory Records

Victory Records is pleased to announce the signing of High Hopes. Hailing from a city known for its legendary festivals (Reading, England), these hardcore heavyweights have put their footprint on the scene in just three short years, with Kerrang! magazine declaring, “There’s something special about Reading’s metal newcomers.”

To give a first glimpse of the Victory debut “Sights & Sounds,” High Hopes just launched a new music video for the first single, “The Callout.” The band also comments:

“We brought in director and longtime friend Ryan Mackfall to help us come up with something different that stood out from the plethora of music videos nowadays, which I think we managed to achieve. We can’t wait to share the rest of the album with you all!”

High Hopes adds: “We all grew up listening to bands on the Victory Records roster, so to be joining the label that released some of our favorite albums is incredible! It’s amazing to be on a roster with so many of our favorite bands, and we’re very excited to see what the future holds for us on the label.”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Pale Blue Dot
2. The Callout
3. Revelation
4. Vanguard
5. MLK
6. Nostalgic Thoughts
7. Manipulator
8. Defender
9. The Greater Plan
10. Sights & Sounds

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inAeona Releasing New Album “Force Rise The Sun”

Recently signed to Prosthetic Records, inAeona will release “Force Rise The Sun” on August 7th, 2015, with a teaser trailer available below. Prosthetic comments:

“Combining their shared passions for music and creativity, the trio first began making waves locally with concerts featuring an elaborate light show that accented their haunting tones and gave audiences unique and intense live experiences.

“The trio soon hit the road on a self-booked tour, playing anywhere and everywhere possible while showcasing their debut EP ‘Blue Sky All Day,’ which featured artwork from longtime friend, Junius guitarist Michael Repasch-Nieves. The band has recently shared the stages with Junius, So Hideous, He Whose Ox Is Gored, and Author and Punisher, to name a few.

“Look out for new music from ‘Force Rise the Sun’ and upcoming tour announcements by following inAeona online!”

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My Ruin Taps Drummer Matt LeChevalier For Upcoming Tour Dates

My Ruin has issued the following announcement about bringing on a session drummer for forthcoming live shows:

“We are excited to announce that Matt (Frenchie) LeChevalier will be playing drums for My Ruin once again on our upcoming U.K. tour in August.

“Matt is a longtime friend of the band and part of our extended rock family who many of you already know from when he previously joined us for both our Brutal Language & Summer of Hell tours (2006), played drums on our ‘Throat Full of Heart’ album (2008) and killed it behind the kit during our ‘Ghosts and Good Stories’ tour in 2011.

“We look forward to sharing the stage with him again soon so please mark your calendars and save the dates to join us front row at the following shows when we return to rock hard this summer in ?The Sacred Mood.”

Aug. 15 Alt-Fest | Kettering, UK
Aug. 16 The Underworld | London, UK
Aug. 17 The Haunt | Brighton, UK
Aug. 19 Sound Control | Manchester, UK
Aug. 20 O2 Academy | Birmingham, UK
Aug. 21 The Fleece | Bristol, UK
Aug. 22 Fibbers | York, UK
Aug. 23 The Waterfront | Norwich, UK

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