Static X Announces Reformation With Original Lineup

Static-X is back! Featuring the band’s original lineup introduced on their 1999 platinum-selling debut full-length album, Wisconsin Death Trip, bassist Tony Campos, guitarist Koichi Fukuda and drummer Ken Jay have joined forces once again to release a new album, “Project Regeneration.”

The album, set for release in spring 2019, will be released in conjunction with a world tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. The band plans to perform the majority of their debut album at each show. Headline dates will serve as memorial events to honor late frontman Wayne Static, who passed away on November 1st, 2014. More information on the world tour and other dates will be coming soon.

The band has cultivated a treasure chest of vocal performances and musical compositions left behind by Wayne. Along with the help of Static-X’s long-time producer Ulrich Wild, the band is in the process of completing their seventh studio album, which will feature between 12 and 15 brand new Static-X tracks.

“With the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip quickly approaching, it feels like the right time to pay our respects to the band, to Wayne, and to all the fans who have been with us right from the start,” says bassist Tony Campos. “We had a lot of material to work with… several demos that Wayne left behind, as well as some really great isolated vocal performances from some nearly finished songs. Together, we have been writing and crafting something very special!”

Check out a new teaser featuring clips from a brand new music video, as well as five new Static-X tracks – “Road To Hell”, “Something Of My Own”, “Terminator Oscillator”, “Hollow” and “Disco Otsego” – along with a personal message from bassist Tony Campos about the inspiration behind Project Regeneration:

For the unfinished tracks, the band is inviting several of their friends to lend their voices for the completion of this very personal project.

“We have confirmed interest from our friends David Draiman, Ivan Moody, Al Jorgensen, Dez Fafara, Edsel Dope, Burton C Bell, and a few others,” says Campos. “Unfortunately, due to everyone’s crazy schedules, it is a little early to know how things will shake out. We are more than confident that the album will have some incredible guest vocalists, but it should be noted that it is still too early to count anyone in 100%.”

The guest vocalist curation process is being led by none other than SiriusXM programming pioneer Jose Mangin, who is working alongside the band as one of the executive producers for Project Regeneration.

Static-X has created a pre-order campaign allowing fans who purchase Project Regeneration in advance to have their name appear in the liner notes of the new album. Additional special pre-order package options are also available, including Project Regeneration merch bundles and several old school Static-X merch items to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip. Pre-orders are available here.

“This is a celebration of Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip, Wayne Static, and all of our fans,” adds Campos. “We are very excited about what we have created, so we wanted to involve the fans early, and in a campaign sort of way, so that they can participate with us and help to dictate some of the things that we do.”

“Reuniting with the guys has been an amazing experience,” says drummer Ken Jay. “It’s been so much fun sharing stories and working on new music together. Obviously, it is bittersweet because we all miss Wayne and we wish that he was here with us, doing what he did best… Evil Disco…”

“I am so excited to play Static-X songs live again,” says guitarist Koichi Fukuda. “The Static-X sound is so big and powerful live! I can’t wait to play songs like ‘Bled For Days’, ‘Push It’ and ‘I’m With Stupid’ again.”

Static-X plans to do multiple video updates and a series of Facebook Live chats over the next few months in order to keep the fans involved as the process continues to unfold.

“We feel very grateful that we have such a loyal fan base that misses the band, and misses Wayne, and I know that Wayne would appreciate all the heart and effort that we are putting into this,” says Tony Campos. “I’ve had some very heartfelt discussions with Wayne’s family about doing this. They were very touched by the amount of love and effort that we have put into this new album and they have given us their full support. Having the blessing of Wayne’s family means the world to us! I know in my heart that Wayne would be very proud!”

Stay tuned for more Project Regeneration and world tour details coming soon.

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Etc.) Preview Demo Version Of New Song “Dig”

Imonolith, featuring current and former members of Threat Signal, Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, preview a demo version of their new track “Dig“. The group began tracking their debut release earlier this year with more details still to be announced.

Comments the band:

“Hey everyone,

We’re working hard on our music and the process of getting it out to you as soon as possible.

This is a song (Demo Version) called ‘Dig‘. It’s a song about shit talkers and the importance of ignoring them. The message of the lyrics are to do what you think is best for you, do what you love with your life and leave the negative people behind. What they think is none of your business anyways 😉

Stay posted for more news soon….”

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English NWOBHM legends Satan release new single, “Death Knell for a King”

– August 30th, 2018 –

Artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom)

On September 7th, Metal Blade Records will release Cruel Magic, the new studio album by English NWOBHM legends Satan! For a preview of Cruel Magic, head over to: youtube.com/watch?v=2CcdlxBPyYk to stream the third single, “Death Knell For A King”!

For another preview of Cruel Magic, please visit: metalblade.com/satan – where you can watch the videos for the first two singles, “The Doomsday Clock” and “Into The Mouth Of Eternity”, plus pre-order the album in the following formats:


–ltd. Boxset (incl. Digipak-CD, excl. bonus-CD, excl. dead gold-marbled vinyl w/excl. bonus-LP, 75×75 cm flag, circular 12″ back patch, five A4 art prints, A4 photo card, numbered certificate)
–Digipak-CD (EU exclusive)
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–clear vinyl (limited to 500 copies – EU exclusive)
–red/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–water blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–steel grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – US exclusive)
–yellow/ochre-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)

Bearers of the NWOBHM movement and responsible for ’83′s seminal Court In the Act and ’87′s Suspended Sentence, Satan make it abundantly clear with their upcoming new album that in 2018, they are not interested in simply capitalizing on past glories. Comprised of 10 tracks of searing metal, it is blatantly and profoundly the work of the Newcastle upon Tyne natives at their very best, infusing their signature sound with a more raw, wild and spontaneous vibe than they showcased on 2015′s mighty Atom By Atom – and in the process, displaying more passion and energy than slews of bands half their age.

Tracking the album at First Avenue Studio, they further demonstrated their trust and rapport with past collaborators, recruiting engineer Dave Curle and Dario Mollo to handle the mix, letting them handle the technical side of things so the quintet could focus all of their energies on giving the best performances. Confident in the songs they had written and how they wanted them to sound made the process a very easy one, walking out of the studio with a record of which they are understandably proud, and will reign supreme in the speakers and headphones of metalheads the world over when it drops in September. “We truly feel we’ve got it 100% right this time, the balance between considered content and reckless performance. We always break loose on stage so why not on record?”

Cruel Magic track-listing:
1. Into The Mouth Of Eternity
2. Cruel Magic
3. The Doomsday Clock
4. Legions Hellbound
5. Ophidian
6. My Prophetic Soul
7. Death Knell For A King
8. Who Among Us
9. Ghosts Of Monongah
10. Mortality

In support of Cruel Magic, Satan will head out on the road this October for a USA tour, which includes an appearance at the Frost and Fire IV festival in Ventura, CA. See below for all dates!

Satan tour dates
Oct. 5 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Oct. 6 – Ventura, CA – Frost And Fire IV
Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey
Oct. 8 – San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Oct. 10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Oct. 11 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Oct. 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Oct. 13 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Oct. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge

Satan line-up:
Brian Ross – Vocals
Russ Tippins – Guitars
Steve Ramsey – Guitars
Graeme English – Bass
Sean Taylor – Drums

Photo by Stefan Rosic

Satan online:
http://www.satanmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialsatanpage
https://twitter.com/SatanUK

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Metallica’s Own Music Is Employed In The Maturation Process For Their New Whiskey ‘Blackened’

Metallica will release their own official whiskey, “Blackened”. The band collaborated with master distiller Dave Pickerell on the 90 proof spirit. The group’s own music is employed to ‘activate’ the whiskey while it matures within black brandy casks. A specially designed subwoofer bombards the whiskey during this process to increase the wood-flavor interaction.

An initial launch is scheduled in select markets of the U.S. with a mid-September release being planned. You can pre-order now “Blackened” HERE .

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Wolfheart Announces New Album, “Constellation Of The Black Light”

Finnish metal outfit Wolfheart has announced the details of their forthcoming new studio album, “Constellation Of The Black Light.” A statement on the band’s official Facebook page reads thusly:

“Determination and perseverance were the key points in the making this album, while conquering obstacle after obstacle during the process of recordings while coldness and beauty of winter were the themes where the music was born. This is definitely a triumph in our career and one of the biggest battles won in my personal career. I could not be more satisfied with the result and with new label and management behind us we are headstrong to stay in the bath of victories”
-Tuomas of Wolfheart

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Wretched In Pre-Production For Upcoming New Album

Wretched have been doing pre-production for their upcoming studio album. Some footage and photos have been shared of the process so far via Facebook. Check it out below:

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Cradle Of Filth To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Cruelty And The Beast” Late Spring 2018

Cradle Of Filth‘s plans for a 20th anniversary edition of their 1998 album “Cruelty And The Beast” is now scheduled for a late spring 2018 release. The band shared the below statement on the matter with re-mixing sessions having recently been taking place with Dani Filth and producer Scott Atkins.

“Dani Filth has been spending all week in Grindstone Studios with ‘Cryptoriana‘ producer @grindstonescott working on the remix of 1998’s ‘Cruelty And The Beast‘, which will see the light of day late Spring to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary in 2018 e.h.

Dani has piped up saying that ‘the remix is coming along fabulously, with a few weeks still left to seriously lift this to a new dimension. The real trick here is making the album not only sound better, but also in retaining the crepuscular atmosphere of the original release. Fans are going to absolutely love this and I promise that Scott and I have totally treated this monster with the upmost respect it deserves’.

The album will also feature Cradle of Filth’s cover of @ironmaiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, (which is in the process of being remixed as well) and the band have most definitely not ruled out the possibility of playing the album in it’s entirety in the not-too-distant future.

More important additions to the ‘Cryptoriana’ World Tour‘ will be revealed next week, so stay tuned to this deviant frequency.
#CrueltyandtheBeast #cradleoffilth #danifilth #grindstonestudio #cryptorianaworldtour #cryptoriana”
Original plans had the revised edition of the album arriving in stores this past spring, though that obviously didn’t happen.

Dani Filth has been spending all week in Grindstone Studios with ‘Cryptoriana’ producer @grindstonescott working on the remix of 1998’s ‘Cruelty And The Beast’, which will see the light of day late Spring to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary in 2018 e.h. Dani has piped up saying that ‘the remix is coming along fabulously, with a few weeks still left to seriously lift this to a new dimension. The real trick here is making the album not only sound better, but also in retaining the crepuscular atmosphere of the original release. Fans are going to absolutely love this and I promise that Scott and I have totally treated this monster with the upmost respect it deserves’. The album will also feature Cradle of Filth’s cover of @ironmaiden’s ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, (which is in the process of being remixed as well) and the band have most definitely not ruled out the possibility of playing the album in it’s entirety in the not-too-distant future. More important additions to the ‘Cryptoriana’ World Tour’ will be revealed next week, so stay tuned to this deviant frequency. #CrueltyandtheBeast #cradleoffilth #danifilth #grindstonestudio #cryptorianaworldtour #cryptoriana

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Pitch Black Process Checks In From kRock Festival

On September 1st, Turkish metallers Pitch Black Process performed at kRock Festival in Kherson, Ukraine. Now the band has issued a festival recap, along with a video from the fest that can be seen at Instagram here. The band comments:

“We would like to thank to Kherson City and Krock U Maybutne administration for having us in such an organization which is more than an ordinary rock/metal festival but a part of an important establishment, Baltic Black Sea Economic Forum, trying to play an important role as a bridge among the countries both economically and more importantly culturally.

“It’s been an honor! And thank ‘you’ for your overwhelming welcome and support in the concert people of Kherson! We wont forget your ”TESEKKÜRLER’ chant! Pitch Black Process loves you m/”

The band’s latest album “Derin” dropped in late 2016, with a video from the album available here. Stay tuned for more from Pitch Black Process in the near future.

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Epica Posts Behind The Music Video For “The Solace System”

On September 1st, symphonic metal masters Epica proudly unleashed “The Solace System” mini-album. This EP includes six brand-new tracks, which were written and recorded during the process of latest album “The Holographic Principle.”

To give you all a better understanding of the content and the concept of the EP, Epica released multiple episodes of a behind-the-music series. Check out the third and final part below.

The band comments: “Here’s our view on the new upcoming EP The Solace System. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!”

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen, while artwork was once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

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