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Exodus have confirmed that Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett will guest on their upcoming new album and play a guitar solo. Kirk was of course a member of the original Exodus line-up but left to join Metallica in 1983. The rest is history. Also, on July 25th, the Fear FestEvil After Party showcased a performance by the legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus at the San Diego Comic Con. Hammett joined the band on-stage for a few songs with bassist Robert Trujillo and other guests also making an appearance on the encore jam.
Recently, Nightrage have signed an album deal with Despotz Records. Yes, the melodic death metal band will finally release the follow-up to Insidious (2011). In fact, the group is entering the Dugout Studio (in Uppsala, Sweden) with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15th to record the new opus. A new single/video will be out this fall and the yet untitled album will surface in February 2015. Ronnie Nyman will lend his voice to the new release.
Burning Point have a new vocalist. It is Nitte Valo (former vocalist of Battle Beast) who joins the Finnish melodic metal band. The band has also recruited a new keyboardist: Jarkko Väisänen. Pete Ahonen also decided to step down from the lead vocalist position and continue as a guitarist. But there is more. The band will start recording their new album soon and the working title is Polttopiste.
The Germans Thränenkind have recently premiered a brand new video. If you perhaps never heard of them, the black metal/crust band released their debut album The Elk last year. Their newest release is another 2-track EP, called Hope(less), released via Lifeforce Records. Watch the video below for the song "April". Do you like what you hear?
Drone doom masters Sunn O))) and experimental musician Scott Walker recently announced a collaboration album and fans couldn't wait to know more about it. Well, the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) now has a title and release date. Soused, as it will be called, is set to be released on the 22nd of September. Soused will be a 5-track release. Let the anticipation begin...
More good news from the Far East: power metallers Galneryus have set a release date for their forthcoming album Vetelgyus. The new record will go on sale on September 24th via VAP Records. Select details about the album's contents were also divulged: in all, fans will have eleven new songs to look forward to.
Apart from joining Ulcerate on their tour in Europe accompanied by Wormed and Solace Of Requiem later this year, American technical death metallers Gigan will also headline a North American tour. They will hit the road with Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain as support in September/October on their Interstellar Intellect North American Tour 2014. As for the dates, check them out below.
Power metallers Axenstar are back with a new album this year! Three years have passed since they released their latest opus Aftermath and the Swedish group has now signed a deal with Inner Wound Recordings. Their new album, titled Where Dreams Are Forgotten, will be released later this year.
In celebration of their upcoming European tour, stoner group Red Fang have just released a free acoustic EP. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for Team Rock. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. You can download/stream the EP here. Enjoy!
Polish experimental black metallers Thaw are currently streaming their upcoming split album with drone doom compatriots Echoes Of Yulat this location. Alternatively, you can listen to both songs below. Do you enjoy this combination? Share your impressions. The split will be available on August 4th via Instant Classic.
Necrophagia have finally set a date for the release of their new album. The successor of Deathtrip 69 will be called WhiteWorm Cathedral, and the US cult death metal act's long-awaited new album will hit the stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America), just in time for Halloween via Season Of Mist.
So as some of you astute MSers might have noticed I've (temporarily) abandoned the desert of southern Arizona to go into hiding in the lush jungles of Paraguay. Thrown in to a land where virtually no one speaks English, the beer is watery lager, and there is no hot sauce? (WTF?!) Though the peeps are swell and the meat is PLENTIFUL, I've grown a tad homesick for the scorching, oven-like dry heat of the Southwest.
And suddenly I get an email in my inbox... lo! behold! A reminder of home. Well, at least close to home. A work in progress documentary on the California Desert Rock phenomenon. Kyuss! Queens Of The Stone Age! Fu Manchu! Eagles Of Death Metal! Deaths Of Eagle Metal Queens Of The Kyuss Manchu!
US doomsters Witch Mountain have just premiered online a brand new track off their upcoming new opus Mobile Of Angels. The 8-minute song is called "Psycho Animundi" and you can give it a try here. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it any good?
"Chimera", the first single/video from The Silverblack, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut album, tentatively scheduled for an autumn/winter release. The Silverblack is a brand new industrial metal project formed by vocalist Claudio Ravinale (known for being the voice of Disarmonia Mundi, The Stranded and 5 Star Grave), the multi-instrumentalist and producer Alessio Nero Argento (active with his main band NeroArgento and The Stranded as keyboardist, besides being involved in many collaborations worldwide both as a producer, arranger and musician) and multi-instrumentalist Zombie Sam (mastermind of the horror metal band Hallowtide and soundtrack composer).