Minsk Premiere New Track “The Chalice And The Dagger”

A new Minsk song “The Chalice And The Dagger” has premiered is now available streaming below. The track comes from the band’s upcoming new “Bigod” split with Zatokrev, and will be out in stores October 05th through Consouling Sounds.

Minsk and Zatokrev will be out on the below European tour together in support of their split:

10/18 Ghent, BEL – Charlatan
10/19 Leuwaarden, NET – Into The Void Festival
10/20 Oldenburg, GER – MTS Records
10/21 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
10/22 Wroclaw, POL – DK Luksus
10/23 Prague, CZE – Underdogs
10/24 Zagreb, CRO – Mocvara
10/25 Athens, GRE – Kyttaro (no Zatokrev)
10/26 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
10/27 Belgrade, SER – Elektropionir
10/28 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
10/29 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club
10/30 Leipzig, GER – Bandhaus Leipzig
10/31 Karlsruhe, GER – Dudefest
11/01 Bulle, SWI – Ebullition
11/02 Basel, SWI – Kaserne
11/03 Winterthur, SWI – Gaswerk
11/17 Oignes, FRA – Tyrant Fest (no Minsk)

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Ghost Share Fifth Chapter Of Their Ongoing Video Series

Ghost‘s Sister Imperator proceeds with her recovery in the hospital in the latest chapter of Ghost‘s continuing video series while Papa Nihil is deadlocked.

In other news Ghost announce they will be touring with Metallica and Bokassa next summer on this European/UK tour:

05/01 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Do Restelo
05/03 Madrid, SPA – Valdebas
05/05 Barcelona, SPA – Estadi Olumpic Luis Companys
05/08 Milan, ITA – SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
05/10 Zurich, SWI – Letzigrund
05/12 Paris, FRA – Stade de France
06/08 Dublin, IRE – Slane Castle
06/11 Amsterdam, NET – Johan Cruijff Arena
06/13 Cologne, GER – RheinEnergieStadion
06/16 Brussels, BEL – Koning Boudewijnstadion
06/18 Manchester, UK – Etihad Stadium
06/20 London, UK – Twickenham Stadium
07/06 Berlin, GER – Olympiastadion
07/09 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi
07/11 Copenhagen, DEN – Telia Parken
07/13 Trondheim, NOR – Granasen
07/16 Hameenlinna, FIN – Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
07/18 Tartu, EST – Raadi Airfield
07/21 Moscow, RUS – Luzhniki Stadium
08/14 Bucharest, ROM – Arena Nationala
08/16 Vienna, AUT – Ernst-Happel-Stadion
08/18 Prague, CZE – Airport Letnany
08/21 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy
08/23 Munich, GER – Olympiastadion
08/25 Mannheim, GER – Palastzelt Maimarktgelande

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Within Temptation To Release New Album, “Resist” In December

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Sharon Den Adel of Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation revealed that the band will release their seventh album, “Resist,” on December 14th via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music Germany.

Speaking about the record, vocalist Sharon Den Adel tells Metal Hammer: “Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like then roughen the whole thing up as much as we could, allowing us to shape a new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our new take on metal; our way of giving a fresh lease of life to the rebellious edge of modern music.”

The band will be promoting the release of the album with a lengthy European tour, which features the following dates:

October 11 – Grand Hall Siberia – Krasnoyarsk, Russia
October 13 – House Of Culture – Novosibirsk, Russia
October 15 – Kosmos – Yekaterinenburg, Russia
October 17 – Milo Club – Nizhny Nivgorod, Russia
October 18 – Stadium Club – Moscow, Russia
October 19 – A2 – St. Petersburg, Russia
October 20 – Metro Areena – Espoo, Finland
October 22 – The Annex – Stockholm, Sweden
October 23 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway
October 24 – Valby Hallen – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 26 – Sala Ziemi – Poznan, Poland
October 27 – Torwar – Warsaw, Poland
November 9 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
November 10 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
November 11 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
November 13 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
November 16 – Le Zénith – Paris, France
November 17 – Lotto Arena – Antwerp, Belgium
November 19 – Palladium – Cologne, Germany
November 20 – Rockhal – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
November 21 – Samsung Halle – Zürich, Switzerland
November 24 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 25 – MartiniPlaza – Groningen, Netherlands
December 8 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany
December 9 – Mehr! Theater – Hamburg, Germany
December 11 – Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic
December 12 – Tüskecsarnok – Budapest, Hungary
December 13 – Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
December 15 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
December 16 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
December 17 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
December 18 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
December 21 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
December 22 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands


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Septicflesh Signs Record Deal With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce the worldwide signing of Greek symphonic death metal outfit, Septicflesh! The group’s unique blend of symphonic arrangements, avant garde elements, atomosphere and eviscerating extreme metal has been converting legions into fans since the 90s. Now, with a streak of modern classic albums under their belt such as “Sumerian Daemons” (2002), “Communion” (2008), “The Great Mass” (2011), “Titan” (2014), and now “Codex Omega” (2017) there seems to be no stopping this creative juggernaut.

“We are honored to have signed with one of the worlds leading record labels, Nuclear Blast records,” commented the band. “Septicflesh has always been a hard working band looking, to the future while keeping traditional elements and utilizing a modern and dark feel to our music. We needed someone who would understand this and we are happy to have found our new home with Nuclear Blast. In the meantime, our latest album ‘Codex Omega’ continues to gain ground worldwide. We will keep touring in support of it and prepare for the conquests set before us!”

Nuclear Blast comments:
“We at Nuclear Blast are fans huge fans of Septicflesh, and we’re extremely excited to be working with one of the most revolutionary and forward thinking Extreme Metal bands around. We very much look forward working with the band on their upcoming pieces of sonic art!”

Septicflesh plan on releasing their Nuclear Blast debut in 2019. More information to be announced in the near future so stay tuned.

Septicflesh’s latest album Codex Omega is the first to feature former Decapitated drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner. Months of hard work and experimentation crafted the album, and resulted in 10 compositions of dark sonic bliss. Lyrically and musically, ‘Codex Omega’ is by far the most infernal release of Septicflesh to date. The album was produced by highly acclaimed metal producer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator). Besides the orchestral side represented once again by the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague, the band utilized traditional instruments such as Oud and Duduk and also a 12 string electro-acoustic guitar, enhancing the mystical atmosphere of the compositions. Of course as always, Codex Omega is dominated by the relentless death guitar riffing and the pale melodies that are the trademark of Septicflesh.

Septicflesh is:
Seth (brutal vocals, bass)
Christos Antoniou (guitars, orchestral)
Sotiris V. (guitars, clean vocals)
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (drums)

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Benighted Premiere “Martyr” From Upcoming 20th Anniversary Release

Benighted debut a new song titled “Martyr” that will appear on their forthcoming limited edition 20th annviersary collection, “Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master“. That outing will be released on October 12th via Season Of Mist and will feature a number of previously unreleased songs.

As previously reported, the band will be out with Aborted and Cryptopsy in Europe this fall on this tour:

11/01 Leeuwarden, NET – Neushoorn
11/02 Mulhouse, FRA – Noumatrouff
11/03 Sint Niklass, BEL – Casino
11/04 St-Brieux, FRA – La Citrouille
11/08 Biarritz, FRA – Atabal
11/09 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
11/10 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
11/11 Lyon, FRA – CCO
11/12 Brescia, ITA – Circolo Colony
11/13 Ljubljana, SLO – Ortor Bar
11/14 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
11/15 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/16 Munich, GER – Feierwerk
11/17 Ostrava, CZE – Barak Music Club
11/18 Prague, CZE – Roxy
11/19 Poznan, POL – Klub Y Bazyla
11/20 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
11/21 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/22 Hamburg, GER – Bambi Galore
11/23 Essen, GER – Turock
11/24 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
11/25 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo

Track list:

01 – “Teeth And Hatred”
02 – “Martyr”
03 – “Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master”
04 – “Slaughter Of The Soul” (At The Gates cover)
05 – “Reptilian” (live in Lyon 2018)
06 – “Cum With Disgust” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Arno of Black Bomb A)
07 – “Spit” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Niklas Kvarforth of Shining)
08 – “Necrobreed” (live in Lyon 2018)
09 – “Unborn Infected Children” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Sven “Svencho” de Caluwe of Aborted & Nikita Kamprad of Der Weg einer Freiheit)
10 – “Foetus” (live in Lyon 2018) (feat. Ben Wright of Unfathomable Ruination)


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MaYaN Posts New Video, “Dhyana” Online

MaYaN have released a video for the title track of their upcoming Dhyana album, out on September 21st via Nuclear Blast. Watch the clip below, and pre-order the album here.

Dhyana: the moment when the individual mind is absorbed by the heart and melts with the universal mind.

Through his musical contributions in Epica, After Forever and MaYaN, Mark Jansen has introduced another piece of knowledge, spirituality and mystery into the Dutch metal scene. For the third time since their inception in 2010, the now 10-piece symphonic death metal band has joined forces for a new album, and their latest opus Dhyana is set to lift them to an entirely new level.

Mastermind Mark Jansen states: “We have worked with all our energy, efforts and passion to create a remarkable album. “Dhyana” (which means the moment when the mind gets absorbed by the heart) makes us all very proud and we can’t wait for it to be released. With the support of our loyal fans worldwide we were able to record the album with the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Because of this and also producer Joost van den Broek’s know-how and enormous motivational drive we were able to meet the high standards of the best productions of today. It’s needless to say that we are extremely excited!!!”

The concept of this third full-length release reflects on conceptual themes such as being self-aware of our thoughts and relinquishing our egos and self-conceited tendencies to finding out who we truly are.


1. The Rhythm Of Freedom
2. Tornado Of Thoughts – I Don’t Think Therefore I Am
3. Saints Don’t Die
4. Dhyana
5. Rebirth From Despair
6. The Power Process
7. The Illusory Self
8. Satori
9. Maya – The Veil Of Delusion
10. The Flaming Rage Of God
11. Set Me Free

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Four New Dates Added To Behemoth, At The Gates & Wolves In The Throne Room European/UK Tour

Four new dates have been added to Behemoth‘s 2019 European/UK tour with At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room with shows in Prague, Oslo, Utrecht and Brussels having recently been revealed. The new schedule for that tour now runs as follows:

01/10 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
01/11 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
01/12 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
01/13 Vienna, AUT – Arena
01/15 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
01/16 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
01/17 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
01/18 Barceolna, SPA – Razzmatazz
01/19 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
01/21 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
01/22 Paris, FRA – Le Bataclan
01/23 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
01/24 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
01/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
01/26 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
01/27 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
01/29 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
01/30 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
02/01 Hamburg, GER – Frosse Freiheit 36
02/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
02/03 Brussels, BEL – AB
02/04 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
02/06 Bristol, UK – Motion
02/07 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
02/08 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
02/09 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
02/10 Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
02/11 Glasgow, UK – QM Union

Behemoth will release their new album “I Loved You At Your Darkest” on October 05th.

An initial leg of that tour will take place in North America later this year:

10/20 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
10/22 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
10/23 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
10/24 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
10/26 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/27 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
10/29 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/30 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
11/01 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
11/02 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
11/03 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
11/04 Montreal, QC – M Telus
11/06 Toronto, ON – The Danforth
11/07 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/09 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/10 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/11 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
11/13 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
11/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/16 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
11/18 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
11/19 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
11/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
11/21 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11/23 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern Theatre

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Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard announce new album, ‘Malady X’

– August 9th, 2018 –

Launch title track as first single

Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard from Germany have finished the recordings for their new album Malady X and are proud to present the first song to the masses! Head over to metalblade.com/nothgard to check out the stunning video for the title track “Malady X” – where the record is also available for pre-order in the following formats:

–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–box set (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–light grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red/black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

Bandleader Dom R. Crey states: “With ‘Malady X‘, we have created an album that is both dark and serious, but on the other hand rife with catchy melodies – while not compromising our individual sound at all, on the contrary: I am sure we have defined the Nothgard-style more clearly than ever on this album. This is why we are really happy to present our first new material to you in the shape of a music video!”

The clip for “Malady X” was recorded in one take, meaning without interruptions and based on a specific choreography to make an authentic impression. The result is nothing less than breathtaking!

Dom R. Crey adds: “Of course, ‘Malady X‘ takes on an important role because it’s the title track. It represents everything that we, deep inside, find disturbing about society and current ways of thinking. We consciously address it in the lyrics – no-go’s and issues in daily life which should actually be perceived as such, but instead, we have lost awareness of them. Rather than standing in for our convictions, we choose to live according to false values.”

Nothgard has recorded Malady X at Def-Creation and & Southern Deathcult studios and called the renowned Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Opeth, etc.) for mastering duties. The result is an album full of epic melodic death metal anthems!

Malady X track-listing
1. Voyage To Decay (Intro)
2. Malady X
3. Shades Of War
4. Guardians Of Sanity
5. Epitaph
6. Deamonium I
7. Serpent Hollow
8. Devil Will Know
9. Fall Of An Empire
10. Herald Of Death
11. Black Horizon
12. Eye For An Eye (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)
13. Ninja (ltd. Digi-CD bonus)

Nothgard will play special release shows at the end of October, along with friends Parasite Inc.. See below for dates!

Nothgard release shows
w/ Parasite Inc.

Oct. 26 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus
Oct. 27 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Warwick Music Hall
Oct. 31 – Linda, Germany – Vaudeville
Nov. 1 – Vocklabruck, Austria – Okh

Nothgard will also join forces with Finnish epic melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum and Wolfheart for the “Burning Cold Over Europe 2018″ tour this November. See below for all dates!

Nothgard tour dates
w/ Omnium Gatherum, Wolfheart

Nov. 7 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Nov. 8 – Hamburg, Germany – Kaiserkeller
Nov. 9 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Nov. 10 – Stuttgart, Germany – ClubCANN
Nov. 11 – Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice
Nov. 12 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert 041
Nov. 13 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
Nov. 15 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Nov. 16 – London, United Kingdom – The Dome
Nov. 17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Baroeg
Nov. 18 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebop
Nov. 19 – Paris, France – Le Petit Bain
Nov. 21 – Madrid, Spain – Copernico
Nov. 22 – Barcelona, Spain – Boveda
Nov. 23 – Lyon, France – MJC O Totem
Nov. 24 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Schuur
Nov. 25 – Trier, Germany – Mergener Hof

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass, Backing Vocals
Felix Indra – Drums

Photo credit: Andreas-Richter; Photoart-Peter Sallai

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Caliban & Lionheart Fall European/UK Tour Announced

Caliban, Lionheart announce a December European/UK tour. A special guest is yet TBA for that run which will stop at the below list of cities:

12/01 London, UK – The Dome
12/02 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
12/04 Nurnberg, GER – Hirsch
12/05 Vienna, AUT – Arena
12/06 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
12/07 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
12/08 Pinarella di Cervia, ITA – Rockplanet Club
12/09 Milano, ITA – Circolo Magnolia
12/10 Lyon, FRA – CCO
12/11 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
12/13 Berlin, GER – C-Theater
12/14 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
12/15 Munster, GER – Skaters Palace
12/16 Karlsruhe, GER – Knock Down Festival
12/18 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
12/19 Budapest, HUN – A38
12/20 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
12/21 Cologne, GER – Live Music Hall
12/22 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle

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Parkway Drive Announce Dates For Early 2019 European Tour

Parkway Drive announce the dates for a European tour to compliment their recently revealed early 2019 UK tour. Here’s where the trek will hit:

01/25 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
01/26 Leipzig, GER – Arena
01/27 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
01/29 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
01/31 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/01 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/02 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
02/04 Paris, FRA – Olympia
02/05 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
02/06 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
02/08 Koln, GER – Palladium
02/11 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
02/12 Zurich, SWI – Halle 672
02/13 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
02/15 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/17 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
02/18 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin

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