Metal Church Posts New Video, “Damned If You Do” Online

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album “Damned If You Do” via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Hot on the heels of the aforementioned announcement, Metal Church have released the first music video for the title track “Damned If You Do.” The song is quintessential Metal Church and showcases the sound that has garnered the band fans all around the globe, with its driving guitar riffs, punishing drum beat and instantly recognizable vocals. The live performance video can be seen below.

Mike Howe comments: “I hope the fans enjoy this first video, it really sets the tone for the entire album. We are doing our best to keep metal alive Metal Church style. Damned if we didn’t!”

Stet Howland adds, “From my first listen of the ‘Damned If You Do’ demo I was blown away. From Mike’s ‘hummm’ intro to Kurdt’s bad ass guitar riff to the infectious chorus, I was hooked! If I was any more excited people would have to call me ‘shit legs’. Hahaha.”

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Machine Head Posts New Lyric Video “Triple Beam” Online

Californian metal veterans Machine Head has posted a new lyric video online for the song, “Triple Beam.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “Catharsis,” which was released in January of this year through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Machine Head has just begun their second North American tour in support of the record, which will also serve as a farewell to longtime members Phil Demmel (guitar, ex Vio-Lence) and Dave McClain (drums, ex Sacred Reich, S.A. Slayer.) The band once again will be giving fans “an evening with” Machine Head, playing over 2 1/2 hours of classic and new material.

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Arsis Premiere New Song “Hell Sworn” From Upcoming New Album “Visitant”

ARSIS premiere a new song entitled “Hell Sworn”, taken from their upcoming new album “Visitant”, which will be out in stores November 2nd via Agonia Records (Europe / Rest Of The World) and Nuclear Blast Records (North / Central / South America).

Check out now “Hell Sworn” below.

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Metal Church Reveals New Album “Damned If You Do” Details

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album Damned If You Do via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Kurdt Vanderhoof comments, “I feel this album is a very powerful statement to what METAL CHURCH has always been about. A tough and aggressive old-school metal album while maintaining a level of musicality and melodic sensibilities.”

“Damned If You Do” also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P./Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”

Damned If You Do is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and Metal Church’s musical vision is unified. From the haunting opener “Damned If You Do” to the final hard-edged track “The War Electric,” this new album is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s early years while garnering new ones. Songs like “By The Numbers,” “Guillotine” and “The Black Things” are sure to become instant favorites!

Mike Howe comments: “I’m very excited about the new release. It all came together way better than I even imagined. It’s a great feeling to work really hard on a musical project pouring your heart into it and hoping it comes out as something you can be proud of in the end. I have been listening to it every day and loving it! I hope our fans do as well!”

“Damned If You Do” – Tracklisting:

1. Damned If You Do
2. The Black Things
3. By The Numbers
4. Revolution Underway
5. Guillotine
6. Rot Away
7. Into The Fold
8. Monkey Finger
9. Out Of Balance
10. The War Electric

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Meshuggah Posts Trailer Online For Vinyl Reissues

Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah are proud to announce the release of a very special vinyl reissue collection celebrating the band’s legacy. The collection offers a limited one-time only pressing that includes re-imagined cover artwork, redesigned gatefold jackets and audio mastered for vinyl. The first five albums will be released via Nuclear Blast on November 30th. Watch the trailer about the upcoming Meshuggah reissues below.

The re-designed album artwork was completed by Keerych Luminokaya who created the artwork for the band’s 2012 release of “Koloss.” For the remastering of the albums, the band returned to Thomas Eberger of Stockholm Mastering who worked with the band on The Violent Sleep of Reason which secured the band their first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

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Soulfly Posts New Song, “Dead Behind The Eyes” Online

Soulfly has posted a new song online entitled, “Dead Behind The Eyes.” You can check out a visualizer video below. The song comes from the band’s upcoming eleventh album, “Ritual,” which will be released through Nuclear Blast on October 19th and features a guest appearance from Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

The tracklisting for “Ritual” is as follows:

1. Ritual
2. Dead Behind The Eyes
3. The Summoning
4. Evul Empowered
5. Under Rapture
6. Demonized
7. Blood On The Street
8. Bite The Bullet
9. Feedback!
10. Soulfly XI

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Soulfly Posts New Song, “Dead Behind The Eyes” Online

Soulfly has posted a new song online entitled, “Dead Behind The Eyes.” You can check out a visualizer video below. The song comes from the band’s upcoming eleventh album, “Ritual,” which will be released through Nuclear Blast on October 19th and features a guest appearance from Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

The tracklisting for “Ritual” is as follows:

1. Ritual
2. Dead Behind The Eyes
3. The Summoning
4. Evul Empowered
5. Under Rapture
6. Demonized
7. Blood On The Street
8. Bite The Bullet
9. Feedback!
10. Soulfly XI

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Earthless Premiere New Song “Electric Flame” From Upcoming New Album “From The West”

San Diego based rock trio EARTHLESS will release From The West on September 28 via Silver Current Records (vinyl and cassette) and October 19 via Nuclear Blast (CD and digital). From The West was recorded live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on March 1, 2018. Today, the band has released the first single in the form of a live rendition of ‘Electric Flame’, streaming below:

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Arsis Premiere New Song & Music Video “Tricking The Gods”

November 02nd will see the release of Arsis‘ new effort “Visitant“, which will be out via Nuclear Blast/Agonia Records. A music video for the first single from it called “Tricking The Gods“, has debuted online streaming below:

Comments the band’s vocalist/guitarist James Malone:

“‘Visitant‘ is like an old-time word for ghost or apparition. All the lyrics are inspired by a different horror movie. I wanted a title that would allude to that but not give things—what I’m actually saying—away flat out. When I say inspired by, it’s very loose. People still have room to draw their own interpretations of what the lyrics are about.

But they were inspired by horror movies. Like ‘80s horror movies. ‘Silver Bullet‘, for example, which is based off Stephen King’s ‘Cycle of the Werewolf‘, is a favorite. I love that movie. I’ll also name drop ‘The Fog‘, ‘Prince of Darkness‘, and ‘Lord of Illusions‘. There’s a supernatural element to the lyrics for sure.”

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Soulfly Posts Title Track From New Album, “Ritual” Online

Phoenix, Arizona based metal veterans Soulfly has posted a 360° video online for the title track of their forthcoming new album, “Ritual.” You can check it out below. The album will be released on October 19 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera: “This song took a long time and almost didn’t make the record. We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio. We ended up having to fly Josh Wilbur (producer) out to my house to finish the vocals. He kept on telling me he wanted more of that ‘tribal shit’ like some of the stuff on our first record and ‘Primitive’. We ended up creating the chorus on the spot and layering something like 12 or 16 tracks of chanting for it. After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other. Josh just turned to me and said that was what he wanted to hear as a fan, and he was really happy to get that out of me. We both knew it was a new Soulfly classic for the ages and had to be the album opener. I’m really proud of this song and I think old-school fans of my work are going to love it.”

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