Baest Expects To Release New Album On September 13th

Denmark’s heaviest metal export in recent years, Aarhus-based death metal quintet Baest, are gearing up for an all-out attack in 2019 to expand upon the success of last year’s debut album, “Danse Macabre.”

Kicking off February 9th, Baest will be touring the UK, Benelux and Germany with Decapitated as well as join the Polish leg of the tour in March. This comes as a much welcomed break from recording their yet-untitled, upcoming studio album, which will be released via Century Media Records on September 13th.

The band comments: “Yes, here we are again, 2018 was a great year in Baest’s short history but a truly exciting one and we’re looking forward to our longest tour so far with the mighty Decapitated and drop one hell of an album in September! See you on the road!”

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Aggression Announces North American Tour Dates

Entering their 34th year as an entity, Canadian Thrash Metal titans Aggression are starting the year off by announcing a series of Canadian and US shows this April. Dubbed “April Assault”, you can catch the band supporting their latest album “Feels Like Punk/Sounds Like Thrash”. Which was released via Dissonance Productions last May. The trek culminates at the NYDM Spring Bash 3 day festival in Milwaukee, WI.

Denis ‘Sasquatch’ Barthe had this to say about the upcoming tour:
“We have been itching to hit the road for a while and this April Assault Tour is exactly what the doctor ordered. I’m looking forward to seeing family, friends and fans on this never ending Aggression trip to hell”

Dates/Cities/Venues
April 3 Quebec City, QC @ Source De La Martiniere
April 4 New York City, NY @ St. Vitus Bar
April 5 Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner
April 6 Montreal, QC @ Les Katacombes
April 7 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekuf
April 13 Portland, OR @ Speakeasy Bar
April 14 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
April 18 Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi‘s

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Downfaill Of Gaia Posts New Single “Of Withering Violet Leaves” Online

February 8th sees Downfall Of Gaia release their new album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude! In anticipation of this release, Downfall Of Gaia have now launched the third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”, which can be heard below.

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we’re excited to present the third single of our upcoming album, ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude’! ‘Of Withering Violet Leaves’ gives another insight into our new record, showing another side of what to expect. We are extremely looking forward to share our new album with you guys very soon! Thanks for listening!”

The album is available in the following formats:
–Hardcover Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Dead gold marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–Grey marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–Pic-LP (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–White/Black split vinyl (ltd. 100 – Evil Greed exclusive)
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – US-exclusive)
–Clear vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

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Downfaill Of Gaia Posts New Single “Of Withering Violet Leaves” Online

February 8th sees Downfall Of Gaia release their new album, Ethic Of Radical Finitude! In anticipation of this release, Downfall Of Gaia have now launched the third single, “Of Withering Violet Leaves”, which can be heard below.

Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we’re excited to present the third single of our upcoming album, ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude’! ‘Of Withering Violet Leaves’ gives another insight into our new record, showing another side of what to expect. We are extremely looking forward to share our new album with you guys very soon! Thanks for listening!”

The album is available in the following formats:
–Hardcover Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Dead gold marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–Grey marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–Pic-LP (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–White/Black split vinyl (ltd. 100 – Evil Greed exclusive)
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – US-exclusive)
–Clear vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

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Sacrosanct Posts New Music Video “My Last White Light” Online

German/Dutch progressive metal outfit Sacrosanct has posted a new music video online for the song, “My Last White Light.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s upcoming fourth album, “Necropolis,” which will be released on November 30th through ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.

“Necropolis” was engineered, mixed and mastered by Max Morton of Morton Studios, who has also remastered the entire Sacrosanct back catalogue. A prolific professional with a broad clientele, Max has worked with a wide variety of acts, including prominent Ukranian metalcore combo Jinjer. The objective with Necropolis was to record a classic, analogue-sounding album using modern technologies, and at the same time avoid any modern metal clichés.

Initially intended solely as a studio project, “Necropolis” was recorded by a brand new Sacrosanct lineup featuring Randy Meinhard and Christian Göwert on guitars, Richard F. Hesselink on vocals, and Kees Harrison – formerly of Dutch prog-metal act Sphere Of Souls – on bass. During the recording sessions, it soon became apparent that the new lineup wanted to continue working together and bring the new material to the stage. With the support of ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, Sacrosanct are now looking forward to bringing these plans to fruition.

While “Necropolis” bears all of the hallmarks and intricacies that characterize Sacrosanct, it displays a more mature and focused song-writing approach. Songs like “The New Age Of Fear”, “My Last White Light” and “Only One God” are lyrically thought-provoking, creating a brand of metal that still makes the band hard to categorize.

Like its predecessor, “Tragic Intense,” which was released in 1993, “Necropolis” places a strong emphasis on melancholy melodies and clean vocals, but also incorporates many harmony guitar parts, faster tempos and some modern twists that mark the beginning of a new chapter for the band.

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Epica Announces “Design Your Universe” European Shows

Dutch symphonic heavyweights Epica announce a select number of exclusive shows in support of the 10th anniversary of their album Design Your Universe. The album until today holds a special place in the hearts of their fans and includes fan-favorites as “Kingdom Of Heaven” and “Design Your Universe”.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Design Your Universe the band will return to a number of venues they played while touring on the album back in 2009/2010 which most likely will sell out far in advance.

Simone Simons comments: “After all those years, Design Your Universe remains one of my all-time favorite Epica albums. I know that the message behind the title song also resonates with a lot our fans because there are so many Design Your Universe related tattoos. The title track and ‘Unleashed’ are songs that I hold very dear and the memories we made in that time of our career. I am looking forward to go back in time with you all while we play more songs from our Design Your Universe album.”

Mark Jansen adds” “Design Your Universe is very dear to me, it’s an album that was written during a very inspiring time. The title track shows us that we can we all create our destiny and it’s still one of my favorite tracks to play live. Also, quite a few other songs of the album deserve to be played again and we will! Our set is gonna be filled with DYU songs so don’t miss one of these opportunities.”

October
4 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
5 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
6 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
10 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
12 – Moscow, Russia – Glavclub

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Dimmu Borgir Taps Bassist Victor Brandt (Entomed A.D., Etc.)

Dimmu Borgir announce that they have officially tapped Entombed A.D./Firespawn bassist Victor Brandt.

Says Brandt of his new job:

“It’s a great honor and pleasure to be a part of the mighty Dimmu Borgir. And such great timing for me to start at the release of their new album ‘Eonian‘, which in my opinion is their best album so far. The members of the band are equally awesome to their music so I am looking forward to good times ahead.”

Adds Dimmu Borgir:

“We are very excited to have Victor become a part of the team! His experience, dedication and craftmanship is very much appreciated and we look forward to sharing the world stages with him!”

You can see Victor Brandt in his new Dimmu Borgir stage outfit below:

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Former Sodom Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas “Angelripper” Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to “start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.”

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Former Sodom Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas “Angelripper” Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to “start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.”

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Langfinger To Tour Spain From March 10th Through March 17th

Gothenburg power trio Langfinger will perform a week’s worth of live dates in Spain this March. The journey will run from March 10th through March 17th. Comments the band, “We’re happy to announce that we’re heading back to Spain this spring. As we’re working on our new album, it’s hard to think of something better than to take a break and head down south. We’re looking forward to premiering a ton of new material as we’ll be frolicking our way over the peninsula!” See all confirmed shows below.

Langfinger :
3/10/2018 Red Sun Fest – Barcelona, ES
3/11/2018 Dabadaba – San Sebastian, ES
3/13/2018 La Nube Café Teatro – Bilbao, ES
3/14/2018 Sala Memphis – Gijón, ES
3/15/2018 Sala Son – Cangas De Morrazo, ES
3/16/2018 Barracudas – Madrid, ES
3/17/2018 Deadfest – Palma De Mallorca, ES

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