Eluveitie Posts New Album “Ategnatos” Trailer Online

We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes. Distant echoes of a life both primeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. Eluveitie call it Ategnatos. And by using their longest gap between two metal albums to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it. The new album, Ategnatos, will be released on April 5th via Nuclear Blast. Check out the first official video trailer below.

The band states: “Ategnatos probably became our most organic album by all accounts. It is the result of a thoroughly intuitive process, where we gave creativity full scope. And during this process quite some back-to-the-roots developments emerged in diverse aspects. Many riffs off Ategnatos reminds on the guitar work on Slania.

“Following our gut feeling we brought the mixing duties back to Jens Bogren’s Fascination Street Studios, where our Nuclear Blast debut was produced. And regarding the album artwork it soon became very clear to us, that we’d love to work with the fabulous Travis Smith (www.seempieces.com) again, who already created the front covers of our albums Spirit (14 years ago!) and Everything Remains As It Never Was. And we’re honestly excited with the result! The frontcover shows a spectacular scenery in central Switzerland, a so-called ‘vulva cave’, as it was sought to mark sacred rites of fertility and celebrations of life in ancient times! The artwork mystically and beautifully expresses the Ategnatos very core and essence! Once again it was a pleasure to work with Travis!”

Recordings of Ategnatos took place in their beloved New Sound Studio with their engineer of choice Tommy Vetterli. “Yet it was radically different as we only had four weeks to record this time around – as compared to the eight weeks we had for Origins.” By taking mixing duties to the skilled hand of renowned studio wizard Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, Eluveitie returned to the very spot where they mixed their now legendary Slania album more than ten years ago.

With Ategnatos, the dedicated nine-piece not only worked with a real string quartet (a premiere!) and granted Fabienne Erni’s sublime mastery of the harp the room it deserved; they also undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the most catchy, most aggressive or most epic tunes the Swiss metal nobility has ever offered.

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Behemoth Posts New Video “Bartzabel” Online

Before unleashing their eagerly awaited new album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” this Friday, Behemoth have released the brand new single “Bartzabel.”

Mastermind Nergal comments: “‘Bartzabel’ is a song that came in the midst of a Behemoth rehearsal… We had no structure, no vision – but piece by piece, it came to be, and we were extremely excited by the result. To us, it’s the eye of the ‘ILYAYD’ storm: sonically calmer and slower than anything else on the record, but definitely one of the darkest!

“Lyrically, we (myself and Krzysztof Azarewicz) were inspired by Aleister Crowley’s conjuration of the Spirit of Mars – which the video, by our trusted friends in Grupa 13, depicts beautifully…I may even go as far to say that it’s my favourite BEHEMOTH video of all time! I hope you all enjoy it, and we look forward to ‘ILYAYD”s launch this Friday!”

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Las Vegas Review-Journal Report: Vinnie Paul Died From Major Heart Attack

The Las Vegas Review-Journal are reporting that drummer Vinnie Paul‘s (HELLYEAH, ex-Pantera, etc.) passing this past Friday, June 22nd, according to those who knew him was the result of a ‘major heart attack’. An exact cause of death has not been officially confirmed/determined yet.

Last night Paul‘s ex-Pantera bandmate Phil Anselmo shared the below photo of a lit candle. Anselmo and Vinnie had a bitterly estranged relationship for well over a decade.

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Angra Premiere New Song “Travelers of Time” From Upcoming New Album “ØMNI”

At age 26, the band shows motivation and strength like never before. Not even the sometimes uncertain trajectory was able to take away the focus, determination and inspiration of the quintet led – and founded – by Rafael Bittencourt, and formed by Felipe Andreoli (bass), Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums).

ØMNI is Angra’s 9th studio album, the result of months of intense dedication, blood, and sweat. It will be released on February 16, 2018 on earMUSIC.

Listen to the first song “Travelers of Time” below:

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Song Premiere: Nordheim – “I Wish You Were Beer” From Forthcoming Album “Rapthor”

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Quebec based folk metal band Nordheim’s new song “I Wish You Were Beer” streaming below. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Rapthor, which is scheduled to be released on November 24th.

The band commented: “You know the feeling you get when you are impaling a busty T-Rex with your giant throbbing errecsword while lightning strikes you and transforms your hand into a fucking laser-cobra? Well this song isn’t close to that but it’s still pretty good.”

“We want to give the fans one of the heaviest and nastiest folk metal albums to date with ‘RapThor’. It is different from our first two. We had great feedback when we played the songs live. This album is the heaviest of them all while cutting back on the European folklore influences. It’s the result of our hard work over the last few years. It is super-heavy party music!” says Warraxe.

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Arkos Releases “Black Moon Ritual” Music Video

Canadian black / death metal band Arkos released a new video clip for “Black Moon Ritual,” taken from the album “Black Moon Ritual.” The video was filmed by Pete Jonze Productions in Québec and can be seen below.

Arkos was formed in 2014 at Sherbrooke, Québec. After releasing a first demo in 2015, the guys entered the studio and the result was first album “Black Moon Ritual,” which was released in March of 2016.

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Night Ranger Releases “Day And Night” Video

Frontiers Music Srl just released “Don’t Let Up,” the new studio album from Night Ranger. The album is available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring a bonus DVD).

In conjunction with the album’s release, Night Ranger also premieres a new video for the song “Day and Night” – check it out below. Bassist / vocalist Jack Blades comments:

“The ‘Don’t Let Up’ album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock ‘n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and Night Ranger is once again ready to let the fans know it’s only rock and roll, but I like it.”

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Earth Electric Premieres New Song “Meditate. Mediate” From Upcoming Debut Album “Vol. 1: Solar”

Psychedelic heavy rock outfit Earth Electric – featuring former members of Ava Inferi and Mayhem – premieres a new song entitled “Meditate. Mediate”, taken from the upcoming debut album “Vol. 1: Solar”, which will be released on May 12 via Season of Mist.

Check out now “Meditate. Mediate” below.

Explains the band:

“We have chosen the aptly titled ‘Meditate. Mediate’ as our first single, because this song reflects the content and theme of our album well,” Earth Electric says. “We also feel that its vibe serves as a wake-up call for this rather bleak and egocentric world. We simply need more colours! Through our debut Vol. 1: Solar we convey pure emotions with a musical emphasis on ‘the classic era’ of hard rock. In our opinion, the result is adventurous and fun; at times a tad psychedelic and untamed yet on the other hand classic and refined. This is no make-up, just pure rock in all its pride and glory. We are Earth Electric!”

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New Song “The Fallen” Streaming From Arduini/Balich

Arduini/Balich – the result of two very powerful figures in in the metal scene. Victor Arduini (Fates Warning) and Brian “Butch” Balich (Argus) – is streaming the new song “The Fallen.” The song appears on the upcoming debut release “Dawn of Ages,” which is set for release on February 24th via Cruz Del Sur Music.

The album will be available as a deluxe 6-panel digipack CD and gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus: Uriah Heep’s “Sunrise”, Beau Brummels’ “Wolf Of Velvet Fortune” and Black Sabbath’s “After All (The Dead).”

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover)

Check out “The Fallen” here:

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Night Ranger Streaming “Don’t Let Up” Title Track

Frontiers Music Srl will release “Don’t Let Up,” the new studio album from rock outfit Night Ranger, on March 24th. The album will be available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring bonus track and bonus DVD).

Beginning today, the title track from “Don’t Let Up” has been released – check it out below. Bassist/vocalist Jack Blades comments:

“The ‘Don’t Let Up’ album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock ‘n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and Night Ranger is once again ready to let the fans know “It’s Only Rock and Roll, but I like it.”

1. Somehow Someway
2. Running Out Of Time
3. Truth
4. Day And Night*
5. Don’t Let Up
6. Won’t Be Your Fool Again
7. Say What You Want
8. We Can Work It Out
9. Comfort Me
10. Jamie
11. Nothing Left Of Yesterday

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