Sunn O)))'s new album, Kannon, has been highly anticipated. And while it's being released only a few days from now, on December 4th through Southern Lord Records, the wait is over for fans. As of now, you can already prepare your ears and succumb to the drone sounds of Kannon online and in full over here. What do you think of their first studio album in six years?
After releasing their new album, My God-Given Right, this year, German power metal act Helloween have debuted a new promotional video. While they previously released one video for the title track here, "Lost In America" is also getting the video treatment. The footage was filmed at Moscow Metal Meeting 2015, 29th August 2015, in Moscow, Russia, directed by Inna Ford. You can watch the band in action right here and in the flesh next year in Europe.
Primal Fear continue to share new songs online. The German power metal masters' new song can be seen below. This is their second song taken from upcoming album Rulebreaker, which will be released on January 29th, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl. "In Metal We Trust"!
While we previously reported that Finns The 69 Eyes were working on new album, now the band has released the first teaser of the new material. The gothic outfit is currently still in the studio with producer Johnny Lee Michaels in his Helsinki-based Bat Cave Studios. Their 11th studio album is titled Universal Monsters and will see the light of the day in April 2016 through Nuclear Blast Records. So, the wait is almost over.
British prog rock icons Magnum will release their new album, Sacred Blood Divine Lies, on February 26th, 2016 via Steamhammer/SPV, it has been announced. The record will be available as a digipak version (including a DVD), 2LP colored version, CD and as a digital download. The band will also embark on a European tour. Check out the dates below as well as the stunning album cover by Rodney Matthews and start getting excited.
Announced back in early 2013, the grinding instigators of Agoraphobic Nosebleed have announced the first of four EP releases. Simply titled Arc - led by the howling and shrieking Katherine Katz, the 25+ minute sludge-fueled feast is Agoraphobic Nosebleed sounding heavier, doomier and more destructive than ever before in a crushing, three song onslaught of misanthropic, musical violence, due out January 22nd next year through Relapse Records.
After announcing a fourth album which will be delivered soon (March 2016), Tunisian progressive output Myrath have landed the very first teaser of the song "Believer". The band have recently started a fundraiser for its video. You may have your initial impressions on the new sounds below.
Ireland's death/doom metallers Mourning Beloveth have today unveiled the first new music from their upcoming sixth album, Rust & Bone. The clip is an edited version of the track "Godether," and is taken from the new album, due out on January 22nd, 2016, via Ván Records. Don't miss the opportunity to hear it over here!
Dutch death metallers Hail Of Bullets have just announced that they are parting ways with vocalist Martin van Drunen after nine years and three recorded albums. He has been in the band since the beginning, so this is a big change. The remaining members say that this is not the end of the band but did cancel the upcoming shows.
The organizers of one of the best European metal festivals revealed the first batch of bands which will perform during the 21st edition of Brutal Assault. As usual, the bands are very varied, representing the whole spectrum of extreme music. The line-up is already impressive, with over 50 bands still to be announced, and the biggest names so far include Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Exodus, Ministry, Moonspell and Satyricon, who will perform a 20th Anniversary Nemesis Divina set.
Finnish up-and-comers Lost Society are releasing a new album soon! The thrashers are wreaking more havoc with their third record called Braindead. The studio album is set to be released on February 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. We will keep you posted when they reveal more about it.
How about discovering a new band? Try Ur Draugr today. They are an Australian blackened death metal band and released a debut EP this year called The Wretched Ascetic. Following that, they are also releasing their debut full-length With Hunger Undying via ATMF / Aeternitas Tenebrarum on December 7th. The good thing is that you can already listen to it in full via Bandcamp here. Tell us what you thought about it and if you recommend it.
Berlin sludge outfit Earthship have a new label home: Napalm Records! A new label usually means new releases and that is the case indeed. The successor of Withered is being forged and you can be prepared for their new album which will be released in the summer of 2016. They promise to reveal more about it soon.
Finnish doomsters Kypck (pronounced Kursk) are ready to give us more doom (metal). The band uses the Russian language in all lyrics and titles, and is working on a new album. You can expect the follow-up to Имена на стене (The Names On The Wall) to be out in the spring of 2016. So far, no other details have been revealed but the writing process is complete and the band will enter the studio soon to record the new beast.