Antropomorphia Reveals New Album “Merciless Savagery” Details

On April 5th, AntropomorphiA will release their new album, “Merciless Savagery,” via Metal Blade Records. To hear the new title track, please visit: https://metalblade.com/antropomorphia/ – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–black/white splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–brown marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

In the year marking the 10th anniversary of their reunion, AntropomorphiA has delivered an extreme metal opus that more than maintains the high standards upheld over the course of their storied career. Further building on the monstrous sounds of 2017’s “Sermon Ov Wrath,” “Merciless Savagery” lives up to its name, attacking with unrepentant ferocity and holding nothing back. Vocalist/guitarist Ferry Damen comments: “‘Sermon Ov Wrath’ was our most raw and honest statement and an album where we transcended certain genre limitations, capturing the essence of AntropomorphiA, and I would say the new record’s atmosphere is darker, heavier and more punishing, but still has hooky riffs and grooves. I think it’s the logical step forward. It’s a different chapter, even more diverse while being very cohesive, but you can immediately hear it’s AntropomorphiA.”

Prior to “Sermon Ov Wrath,” Damen never felt that AntropomorphiA’s music called for female vocals, but this time around, he had the specific intention to bring in someone to add this extra dimension: the track “Luciferian Tempest” features a guest appearance from Farida Lemouchi (The Devil’s Blood, Molasses), bringing a different feel to the song. “I think our fans know what to expect from us, they know our sound and know that we are not that generic extreme metal band,” Damen explains. “We paint with a dark pallet, but we paint with lots of shades of darkness.”

Merciless Savagery track-listing
1. Merciless Savagery
2. Requiem Diabolica
3. Womb ov Thorns
4. Cathedral ov Tombs
5. Apocalyptic Scourge
6. Wailing Chorus ov the Damned
7. Luciferian Tempest
8. The Darkest Light
9. Unsettling Voices

AntropomorphiA line-up:
Ferry Damen – vocals, guitar
Jos van den Brand – guitar
Jeroen Pleunis – bass
Marco Stubbe – drums

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Fates Warning signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

– February 15th, 2019 –

Set to kick off USA tour with Queensryche next month

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Fates Warning to its worldwide roster! Fates Warning began in the early 1980′s playing a traditional style of heavy metal. However, they quickly began to adopt a more technically proficient style and are considered by many to be the first true prog-metal band. While the band has subsequently moved in more melodic and ambient directions, they have remained a vibrant and well-respected cornerstone for the prog camp within the heavy metal strata.

Fates Warning‘s Ray Alder (vocals) comments: “All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning and we are proud to call them part of our family. The journey begins again and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more. A big thank you to our fans for sticking with us through all these years. We could not be here today without all of you. That is a fact. Thank you everyone. Here’s to making some new memories!”

Fates Warning released their latest album, Live Over Europe, last year to critical acclaim. The first live release featuring the current line-up [Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitars), Joey Vera (bass and vocals), Bobby Jarzombek (drums), Mike Abdow (guitars and vocals)], Live Over Europe contains 23 songs and was recorded at various European locations (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) during their January 2018 headlining tour for Theories Of Flight (2016). To preview and purchase Live Over Europe, please visit: fateswarning.lnk.to/LiveOverEurope

Next month, Fates Warning will head back out on the road with Queensryche, touring the USA in support of Live Over Europe. See below for all dates!

Fates Warning tour dates
w/ Queensryche

Mar. 2 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 3 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 4 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Mar. 5 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ The Cringe
Mar. 8 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
Mar. 9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ The Cringe
Mar. 10 – Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Cringe
Mar. 12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 13 – Diesel – Detroit, MI
Mar. 14 – Concord – Chicago, IL
Mar. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 16 – Medina Entertainment Center – Medina, MN
Mar. 17 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE *
Mar. 19 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *
Mar. 20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 22 – Aztec – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 23 – El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 24 – House of Bards – Tucson, AZ * w/ Push, DIRTNAP, Tribulance, Fire By Rank
Mar. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 27 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
Mar. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 29 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr. 1 – The Dip – Redding, CA *
Apr. 2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr. 3 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
*=Fates Warning only

After the conclusion of this trek, Fates Warning will begin work on their 13th studio album, set for a 2020 release via Metal Blade Records. Stay tuned for more Fates Warning news coming soon!

Fates Warning online:
http://www.fateswarning.com
http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning
https://twitter.com/fateswarning
https://www.youtube.com/user/fateswarningvideos

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Fates Warning signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

– February 15th, 2019 –

Set to kick off USA tour with Queensryche next month

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Fates Warning to its worldwide roster! Fates Warning began in the early 1980′s playing a traditional style of heavy metal. However, they quickly began to adopt a more technically proficient style and are considered by many to be the first true prog-metal band. While the band has subsequently moved in more melodic and ambient directions, they have remained a vibrant and well-respected cornerstone for the prog camp within the heavy metal strata.

Fates Warning‘s Ray Alder (vocals) comments: “All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning and we are proud to call them part of our family. The journey begins again and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more. A big thank you to our fans for sticking with us through all these years. We could not be here today without all of you. That is a fact. Thank you everyone. Here’s to making some new memories!”

Fates Warning released their latest album, Live Over Europe, last year to critical acclaim. The first live release featuring the current line-up [Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitars), Joey Vera (bass and vocals), Bobby Jarzombek (drums), Mike Abdow (guitars and vocals)], Live Over Europe contains 23 songs and was recorded at various European locations (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) during their January 2018 headlining tour for Theories Of Flight (2016). To preview and purchase Live Over Europe, please visit: fateswarning.lnk.to/LiveOverEurope

Next month, Fates Warning will head back out on the road with Queensryche, touring the USA in support of Live Over Europe. See below for all dates!

Fates Warning tour dates
w/ Queensryche

Mar. 2 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 3 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 4 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Mar. 5 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ The Cringe
Mar. 8 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
Mar. 9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ The Cringe
Mar. 10 – Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Cringe
Mar. 12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 13 – Diesel – Detroit, MI
Mar. 14 – Concord – Chicago, IL
Mar. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 16 – Medina Entertainment Center – Medina, MN
Mar. 17 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE *
Mar. 19 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *
Mar. 20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 22 – Aztec – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 23 – El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 24 – House of Bards – Tucson, AZ * w/ Push, DIRTNAP, Tribulance, Fire By Rank
Mar. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 27 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
Mar. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 29 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr. 1 – The Dip – Redding, CA *
Apr. 2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr. 3 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
*=Fates Warning only

After the conclusion of this trek, Fates Warning will begin work on their 13th studio album, set for a 2020 release via Metal Blade Records. Stay tuned for more Fates Warning news coming soon!

Fates Warning online:
http://www.fateswarning.com
http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning
https://twitter.com/fateswarning
https://www.youtube.com/user/fateswarningvideos

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Lizzy Borden celebrates Valentine’s Day with a new music video and giveaway

– February 14th, 2019 –

Valentine’s Day is here! To celebrate, Lizzy Borden has launched a new video for “Obsessed with You” directed by Dave Brodsky. Fans can take in the new lusty video now at metalblade.com/lizzyborden

While there, Metal Blade and Lizzy Borden would like to invite fans to enter to win a signed copy of My Midnight Things on vinyl, plus a limited-edition Lizzy Borden “Obsessed with You” Valentine’s Day card! Ten lucky winners will be drawn for the vinyl, plus an additional 25 winners randomly selected will be sent a code to download a digital copy of “My Midnight Things.” There are multiple ways to enter, including simply watching the new video, subscribing to Lizzy Borden’s e-mail list, or following the new Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify. The playlist showcases some of metal’s most brutal love-related cuts from across the metal spectrum and can be streamed now here: spotify.com

My Midnight Things was released on June 15, 2018. The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty).

Lizzy Borden online:
http://www.lizzyborden.com
https://www.facebook.com/Reallizzyborden
https://twitter.com/realLizzyborden
https://www.instagram.com/reallizzyborden

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Exumer To Release New Album “Hostile Defiance” In April; Posts New Video Online

On April 5th, legendary multinational thrash metallers Exumer will release their fifth full-length, “Hostile Defiance,” via Metal Blade Records.

“Hostile Defiance” is exactly what its title suggests. A 42-minute full on attack, the thrash faction hold nothing back as they unleash hell as only they can, yet with more variety and dynamics than ever before. “We wanted to sonically progress, incorporating more melodic elements in the music as well as more rhythmic variety,” states vocalist Mem Von Stein. “We are a lot braver trying to create an up to date and relevant sound that can easily stand alone in today’s thrash landscape without sounding trite or a throwback, and we’re challenging the listener not to get too comfortable with one specific feel, tempo or pace.”

For a preview of the album, the video for the first single, “Hostile Defiance”, can be seen below. The clip was created by renowned cover artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Voivod, etc.), who also made the album artwork and layout for Hostile Defiance.

Fans can pre-order Hostile Defiance here in the following formats:

– ltd. digipak-CD w/2 bonus tracks
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– orange red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– red-brown/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– pale blackberry marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– orange-black color in color + red splattered (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
– white / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– clear/red&black splattered vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 120 copies)

“Hostile Defiance” marks Exumer’s third time working with producer Dennis Koehne (Sodom, Melechesh). Tracking the album in studios in Dortmund and Frankfurt, the sessions were marked with “super positive vibes all around with a strong, driven work ethic to create an optimal product.” The band plans to tour the record hard, and will be hitting the road in Europe when the album drops, and from that point onward, they will be visiting as many countries as possible. “Our goal is simple: to further establish the band as one of the main German thrash metal acts that began in the 1980s and are now carrying the torch into the 2020s.”

“Hostile Defiance” tracklisting:

1. Hostile Defiance
2. Raptor
3. Carnage Rider
4. Dust Eater
5. King’s End
6. Descent
7. Trapper
8. The Order Of Shadows
9. Vertical Violence
10. Splinter
11. He’s A Woman – She’s A Man (Scorpions cover; CD bonus track)
12. Supposed To Rot (Entombed cover; CD bonus track)

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Metal Blade Records teams up with Gimme Radio

– February 6th, 2019 –

Have you checked out Gimme Radio yet? It’s a 24/7 metal radio service that has DJs like Randy Blythe, Dave Mustaine, Blasko and many more.

Well, we’ve teamed up with Gimme Radio to give you a special limited offer. Get 3 months of access to all archived shows for just $0.99!

Hear over 50 episodes of Hammer of the North – the show hosted by Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth. Hear a 2 part special on the History of Metal Blade Records by our very own Brian Slagel. And Listen to specialty shows and interviews with your favorite Metal Blade bands – Behemoth, Satan, Rivers of Nihil, Armored Saint and more.

The service is free, but join the Brigade and you can listen those shows (and more) on demand / offline – whenever and wherever you want.

Use the link below to join and get 3 months for just $0.99!

gimmeradio.com

And don’t forget to tune in today (Wednesday, February 6th) when Greg from Allegaeon does a guest DJ show at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

Gimme Radio: Extreme music for extreme times.

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Allegaeon Reveals New Album “Apoptosis” Details

On April 19th, Allegaeon will release their new album, “Apoptosis,” via Metal Blade Records. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, Apoptosis is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in the band’s songwriting. To watch the video for the first single, “Stellar Tidal Disruption,” check it out below or head to the Metal Blade website where you can also pre-order the album.

The album will be available in the following formats:
–jewelcase-CD
–opaque grey vinyl (US retail exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–black / white A/B side vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–oxblood / milky clear A/B side vinyl (US webstore exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–clear w/ black smoke vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–silver w/ oxblood splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent purple w/ white and black splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Tracked at Flatline Audio in Denver with long-serving producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage), Apoptosis is Allegaeon’s fifth full-length, and the first to feature bassist Brandon Michael. “Musically, Brandon brings a huge new dimension,” vocalist Riley McShane enthuses. “He has this wide breadth of music knowledge and stylistic proficiency that he draws from with excellent taste, and this makes a lot of the songs on ‘Apoptosis’ come to life.” The record also features a guest appearance by classical guitarist Christina Sandsengen, who duets with guitarist Greg Burgess on “Colors of the Currents”.

“On this record, I was more open to new ideas that we might not have used in past,” states guitarist Michael Stancel. “Rather than deleting something because ‘it’s not Allegaeon-y enough’, I would take a step back and see if that idea fit the song and decide if it was worth keeping. With that mentality came some of my favorite songs, because I was less worried about if it fit into our old sound.”

This statement is borne out across the whole album, which while very much embodying the core Allegaeon sound that has drawn fans in over the course of their impressive career, it pushes into new territory, and does so with unerring confidence. “Thematically, this record is all about contrast, and the music reflects that perfectly,” says McShane. “The vocals are heavier than ever, but there are also more clean sections. The drums are faster than ever but also more dynamic, and the guitar playing is lower and slower than on most previous albums, but also provides long, melodic and beautiful sections throughout.”

Apoptosis track-listing
1. Parthenogenesis
2. Interphase // Meiosis
3. Extremophiles (B)
4. The Secular Age
5. Exothermic Chemical Combustion
6. Extremophiles (A)
7. Metaphobia
8. Tsunami and Submergence
9. Colors of the Currents
10. Stellar Tidal Disruption
11. Apoptosis

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King Diamond Premieres “Arrival” Live Performance From New Blu-ray/DVD

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Arrival” from it can be watched below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Halloween”
05 – “Eye Of The Witch”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion On Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

The Fillmore performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Eye Of The Witch”
05 – “Halloween”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion In Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

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Tyr Premiere New Song “Fire and Flame” From Upcoming New Album “Hel”

Tyr premiere a new song entitled “Fire and Flame”, taken from their upcoming new album “Hel”, which will be available via Metal Blade Records on March 8th.

Check out now “Fire and Flame” below.

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King Diamond Premieres Live Video For “Welcome Home” From Upcoming New Blu-ray/DVD “Songs For The Dead Live

January 25th will see the release of King Diamond‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD set, “Songs For The Dead Live“. Live footage of “Welcome Home” from it can be watched below:

The Blu-ray/DVD release will be out on Metal Blade Records and features two live shows: June 17th, 2016 at the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ festival in Dessel, Belgium and November 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Both of which showcase performances of King Diamond‘s 1987 classic album “Abigail” plus several fan favorites.

‘Graspop Metal Meeting‘ performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Halloween”
05 – “Eye Of The Witch”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion On Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

The Fillmore performance:

01 – “Out From The Asylum”
02 – “Welcome Home”
03 – “Sleepless Nights”
04 – “Eye Of The Witch”
05 – “Halloween”
06 – “Melissa”
07 – “Come To The Sabbath”
08 – “Them”
09 – “Funeral”
10 – “Arrival”
11 – “A Mansion In Darkness”
12 – “The Family Ghost”
13 – “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14 – “Omens”
15 – “The Possession”
16 – “Abigail”
17 – “Black Horsemen”
18 – “Insanity”

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