“Blackhearts” Documentary Offered Free For Iranian Viewers

The producers of the award-winning documentary “Blackhearts” have had a goal to release the film in Iran since early in development, and as news of the documentary started to spread online, Iranian main character Sina began receiving messages from aspiring young metalheads finding inspiration in his story, themselves wishing to play the music they love without fear of consequences.

Preparing for the DVD release, all kinds of approaches for distribution or screening possibilities in Iran were pursued, but no traditional solutions were found. Now a geoblocked minisite has been created where all Iranians can watch the full documentary for free, and the production company Gammaglimt has reached out to spread the link below the radar of the Iranian regime. If you’re in Iran and want to view the film, send a message at Facebook here.

Sina comments: “I have received many inquiries from young musicians in Iran, both via email and through social media, who have read about me in connection with Blackhearts. In Iran, it is impossible to play black metal. It is impossible to release your music legally and concerts is also something you can forget. Through my story, they can see that it is possible!”

The story of Sina’s oppression at the hands of the Iranian government questions the role of authority in dictating what defines art; on the other end lies Kaiadas, a government oppressor who is a member of Greece’s neo-fascist political party The Golden Dawn by day and black metal musician by night. In the middle, we have Hector, a devoted Satanist and frontman for the Colombian black metal band Luciferian. All three of them exemplifying the global reach and cultural heritage of Norwegian black metal. Also featured in the film are Norwegian black metallers Keep Of Kalessin, Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Destructhor from Myrkskog/Zyklon/ex-Morbid Angel and Tjalve from Den Saakaldte/ex-1349.

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Wage War Premieres New Song & Video “Don’t Let Me Fade Away” From Upcoming New Album “Deadweight”

Ocala, FL’s metalcore outfit Wage War premieres a new song and video titled “Don’t Let Me Fade Away”, taken from the upcoming new album “Deadweight”, which will be out in stores August 04th via Fearless Records. Recording sessions for the release took place with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive) and A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon handling the production duties.

Check out now “Don’t Let Me Fade Away” below.

States guitarist/vocalist Cody Quistad:

“We are so thrilled to finally announce our new album, Deadweight. We’ve put so much time, effort, and emotion into making what we think is the best and truest Wage War album. Lyrically, it’s the most vulnerable and honest we’ve ever done. Musically, we really pushed ourselves on the heavy and melodic sides of our band. “Stitch” was an insight to the heavy and now we give you a melodic answer, ‘Don’t Let Me Fade Away.’ This record was exceptionally hard to pick singles for because of how much time and work we put into making every song a great one. ‘Don’t Let Me Fade Away‘ was always a stand out from the beginning. It’s all the elements that make up our band in one song, and in a perfected state. We’re very excited for all that’s ahead!”

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Pure Steel Records Signs Blazing Rust

Russian old school metal band Blazing Rust has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will release the debut album “Armed To Exist” on July 28th. Details of the album are expected soon.

Blazing Rust was formed in November 2014 and consists of former and current members of well-known metal acts Pyre, Drama, Ulvdalir, Internal Damage, Grenouer. Having a unique tinge and vision without limiting themselves to the rigid frameworks, Blazing Rust pays homage to real heavy metal gods such as Dio, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Diamond Head.

Guitarist Roman Dovzhenko commented: “We are so excited about the fact that this album is coming out finally! An extensive work on all the production of our first full-length was carried out perfectly. We knew what we want and what we need and i believe we’ve achieved that! I’m happy with the results and I’m sure that nobody of you metal brothers-in-arms will be disappointed!”

Vocalist Igor Arbuzov added: “Making ‘Armed to Exist’ album had been a huge fun for me as I received a big amount of creative freedom and support from the band. We realized very soon how close we are musically and mentally. In my opinion our album is not just an imitation of the most popular 80s music genre. It’s a great collection of tracks that won’t leave any heavy metal fan indifferent. They can be fast and mid-tempo, rough, agressive and melodic at the same time, – everything you expect from classic metal. ‘Armed to Exist’ is a statement from the younger generation of musicians that says: “We’re ready to carry the flag of Heavy Metal!”!”

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Necronomicon Crowd Funding New Album “Unleashed”

Necronomicon (the German thrash band, not the Canadian death metal group) has a long history and a very loyal fan base that is being called upon to help the outfit finance upcoming album “Unleashed.”

Alongside Agentur EAM and Into The LimeLight Records, Necronomicon is raising funds to finalize the production of theis new record and a re-release of previous album “Pathfinder.” Take a look at the perks for contributing to the campaign at via IndieGogo here.

Last but not least the band will be embarking on a tour across Argentina this coming July 2017. For further info, head over to the group’s Facebook profile.

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Malkavian Unleashes “Encryption Process” Lyric Video

French thrash metal collective Malkavian just shared a lyric video for the track “Encryption Process,” taken off the band’s forthcoming second album “Annihilating the Shades.” Watch the video created by KOT Production in the YouTube clip provided below.

The follow-up to 2014’s “The Worshipping Mass” debut album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Vamacara Studio and is out this March 31st, 2017 via Finisterian Dead End. Physical pre-orders can be found at this location.

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Grammy Awards: Stagehand Blamed For Hetfield’s Microphone Fail – Mustaine Responds To “Master Of Puppets” Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

“Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done”

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets” being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for “Best Metal Performance”.

Tweets Mustaine:

Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play @Megadeth https://t.co/acEyzSQgyT

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 13, 2017

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Grammy Awards: Stagehand Blamed For Hetfield’s Microphone Fail – Mustaine Responds To “Master Of Puppets” Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

“Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done”

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica’s classic “Master Of Puppets” being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for “Best Metal Performance”.

Tweets Mustaine:

Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play @Megadeth https://t.co/acEyzSQgyT

— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) February 13, 2017

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Urn Crowd Funding Music Video, Working On New Album

U.S. group Urn is now working with Emmy nominated make-up and special effects artist Cleve Hall for the production of a music video for the song “Black Widow.”

Many know Cleve from his own reality show “Monster Man” on the SyFy Network. Besides creating special effects for films, Hall has worked with bands like KISS, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Insane Clown Posse, Tenaceous D, and Devo.

To creatue thsi new clip, Urn has launched a crowd funding campaign offering up new and rare merchandise items as perks for those who make contributions. Get in on the action right here.

Amidst this work, the band has found time to be in the studio the past six months writing new material for a sixth album, tentatively entitled “Semicolon/” Urn will also be returning to Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA:

Wednesday, January 18 – Skinny’s/North Hollywood, CA
Thursday, January 19 – The Complex/Glendale, CA
Friday, Saturday 20 – DiPiazza’s/Long Beach, CA
Saturday, Saturday 21 – The Doll Hut/Anaheim, CA

Outside the NAMM appearances, fans can catch these upcoming 2017 Urn tour dates in the U.S. and abroad:

Friday, February 17 – Howl Gallery/Fort Myers, FL
Saturday, February 18 – Kryptonite Metal Festival/Miami, FL
Friday, March 2 – La Papala del Rock/Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Saturday, March 3 – El Confessario/Saltillo, CH, Mexico
Friday, March 17 – Tir na Nog/Daytona Beach, FL

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Oni Releases “The Only Cure” Video Featuring Randy Blythe

2016 was a breakout year for progressive metal band Oni with the release of debut album “Ironshore,” touring alongside heavy metal greats such as Max & Iggor Cavalera and Children of Bodom, and tearing up the stage at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God.

After capping the year with Top 10 “Album of the Year” nods from the likes of Metal Injection, Metal Insider and others, Oni is returning with a new music video for one “The Only Cure” – featuring guest vocals from none other than Randy Blythe himself.

The music video, directed and edited by Abraham Roofeh, doubles as a petrifying, serial killer-themed horror film rapidly cutting to scenes of Oni and Blythe setting the soundtrack. Check it out below.

Guest vocalist Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God states: “What a super creepy video! Horror fans will love it – the production is Hollywood film-quality. It looks like something out of a ‘SAW’ or ‘Hostel’ movie. I had a lot of fun with the Oni guys recording this track, and it’s cool to see the music set to such dramatic scenery. Nightmares…”

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Skogen Re-Issuing “Eld” Album

Nordvis Production is pleased to announce the re-issue of Skogen’s third album ”Eld” coming February 24th, 2017. The label comments:

“After being out of print for a long time, it feels good to finally be able to present this classical album once again. ‘Eld,’ which was the sequel to the wonderfully atmospheric creation ‘Svitjod,’ possesses a darker tone than its’ predecessor and brings us back to an elder era of superstition and witch hunts. Dark & folky Swedish metal of high quality. Will be available on both CD and vinyl.”

1. Djävulens eld
2. Apokalypsens vita dimma
3. Genom svarta vatten
4. Nihil Sine Morte
5. Aska
6. Svavelpsalm
7. Orcus labyrint
8. Monolit

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