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Vancouver, Canada-based black metal band KAFIRUN has an independent single and video for the song The Seed, The Serpent, The Scythe.

Indonesia-based DEVOURED has an album called The Curse Of Sabda Palon through Vrykoblast Productions. The album tells a story from the age of kings in Java dwipa; the great Majapahit kingdom of about 1294 to 1478.

Canada-based ECLIPSER shall issue the Pages EP through FUCK THE FACTS’ Noise Salvation Out May 28th. The EP is mastered by Topon Das of FUCK THE FACTS.

Poland-based SARMAT has an album called RS-28 through Rising Nemesis Records. It was issued on 19.03.2021.

Ironic: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Puerto Rico-based NECRONEMESIS to its roster with the new album Some Things Should Stay Underground. The record features Guitarist Rick Rozz (DEATH and MASSACRE).

MASSACRE has signed with Nuclear Blast.

THE SHAPE has a new song called Doctor Plague. The song is leading up to the band’s next full-length, The Age Of Doom And Fear, scheduled for release later this year. The band recently added three new members: Jason Northrop, Jesse Neafsay and Alicia Marinelli.

Arkansas, USA-based PANTHEON has its debut album Age Of Wolves out through Doc Records/Necrotic Records in May. The band has shows lined up in its country.

USA-based death-doom metal group EXCARNATED ENTITY shall re-release its debut EP Stillborn In Ash through Nuclear Winter Records in May. Originally released in 2019, Stillborn In Ash will see a new vinyl and CD release.

DEAD’s You’ll Never Know Pleasure… will be re-released through Xenokorp on 03.09.2021. It was originally issued by Poserslaughter Records in 1995.

Australia-based BELETH will release its debut album, Silent Genesis, on Narcoleptica Productions and Scorched Earth Records on Friday June 25th. The band is compared to CARCASS and LAMB OF GOD.

Blackened death metal band WITHERED has a single called By Tooth In Tongue off its forthcoming album Verloren, which shall be released through Season Of Mist.

The death metal act CARNATION teamed up with Galaxy Studio for the recording of a virtual performance which took place on April 18th.

Australia-based death metallers BEYOND MORTAL DREAMS shall re-release the From Hell demo through Nuclear Winter Records. Originally released in 2008, the album will see revamped artwork and be available on May 17th.

Australia-based death metallers LACERATION MANTRA shall re-release its Infested album through Nuclear Winter Records. Originally released in 2016 as CD-r by the band, the album will see a proper release on May 10th, 2021.

Indonesia-based SOULLESS has an album called Shine In Purity through Flowing Downward.

DAMNATION (Hungary) has its debut, entitled Majesty In Degradation, released by Pest Records/Loud Rage soon.

DARKTHRONE will release a new album, called Eternal Hails……, through Peaceville in June.

EMPEROR has a livestream show, called A Night Of Emperial Wrath 2021, on May 23rd.

DJEVEL‘S album Tanker Som Rir Natten will be released on Aftermath Music on May14th. DJEVEL is Ciekals, Faust (ex-EMPEROR) and new vocalist/bassist Kvitrim (VEMOD and MARE).

UK-based HELESTIOS has a video for Downgraded World, a single off the full-length debut demo Your Pain Tastes Good. The cover artwork depicts one of the many women at the court at Metallian Towers.

Lethal Scissor Records has signed Mexico-based band BETRAYME. The debut EP Níhil Óbstat will be available later this year.

BIRDFLESH has a new album called All The Miseries through Everlasting Spew later this year.

Former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien has been sentenced in relation to his 2018 arrest for burglary, arson and assault of a police officer in Florida, USA. The NRA enthusiast and gun nut was punished with time served, five years of probation and ordered to pay $23,793.45 in restitution.

ANTHRAX will commemorate its 40th-Anniversary through a series of videos and testimonials from its former members and acquaintances culminating in a livestream on July 16th. The band was founded on 18.07.1981.

Inspired by KEELE? Former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero has joined ‘80s’ crossover act THE BONELESS ONES. The group also features MACHINE HEAD drummer Chris Kontos and has reunited after three decades. A new album is due through Beer City Records this year. The band was active between 1984 and 1987.

DESTRUCTION, whose last album was on Nuclear Blast, has signed with Napalm Records.

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. He is receiving chemotherapy. He is American so has set up a fundraiser. The release of the Persona Non Grata album has been postponed to the autumn.

DARKFALL and MORTAL STRIKE have a split album called Thrashing Death Squad through MDD Records on 07.05.2021. It features a MANOWAR and a TANKARD cover version.

Paraguay-based deathrash band AT SACRAMENT issued a demo called A New Dawn in 2020. The band was founded in 2020.

NAPALM DEATH has re-signed with Century Media Records.

Despite the pandemic DEICIDE performed a concert in Florida on April 17th. The band, KATAKLYSM, BEGAT THE NEPHILIM and INTERNAL BLEEDING are touring the USA in 2021.

DECAPITATED will release a collection of its early demo songs through Nuclear Blast on June 4th. It is called The First Damned.

FEAR FACTORY has released its first new song in five years called Disruptor. The track is off Aggression Continuum, which Nuclear Blast Records will release this year.

In anticipation of a new album, ANGEL RISING has a single called Broken Beyond Despair through Music Records.

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary BLACK ALTAR has announced 3 split releases. The first is with Norway-based VULTURE LORD in October and two more the following year with undisclosed acts. Former guitarist Lord Von Skaven died during the last New Year’s Eve.

After the release of a sophomore demo called Fallen World, Sweden-based melodic death metallers ENEMY AWAKE have released a new lyric video for the track Hate.

Blast beating deathcore band I, PARIAH has a single called Dystopian Visions.

Featuring all the members from OATH DIV. 666, Canada-based quartet DISEMBODIMENT has a debut EP called Mutated Chaos through Everlasting Spew. The label has also signed death metal band SEPOLCRO.

Brazil-based SUTURA has an album called Dawn Of Cursed through Awakening Records. The label has also issued NUCLEAR REVENGE’s Dawn Of The Primitive Age and THIRSTY DEMON’s Unconscious Suicide.

KILLING ADDICTION has an album called Mind Of A New God through Xtreem Music on 01.06.2021. The title for the new album is the same as the last song they wrote with guitarist Chad Bailey who died five years ago.

LA NAUSÉE (also the name of an album by While They Sleep) is a new sludge metal project from Ghent, Belgium. The man/band has an EP called Battering Ram and looking to expand into a full line-up.

ZGARD’s Place Of Power album will be released through Schwarzdorn Production this month.

France-based grindcore band MASSIVE CHARGE has a new album entitled For Those We Hate in November 2021. The band has signed with Music-Records for the release.

LED TO THE GRAVE’s Pray For Death EP is out through Horror Pain Gore Death. The band was founded in 2006.

Australia-based black-death metallers TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE will re-release the debut EP Prophecies Of Malevolence through Nuclear Winter Records.

PLAGUE OF THE FALLEN’s Bleeding And Vehement is out through Vomit Your Shirt and Miasma Records since 19.04.2021.

UK-based TRVESOVEREIGN’s The Dewerstone is out through Necroplague Records on 03.06.2021.

The USA-based BEFELL has a demo called Solitude. It follows the Uproot demo. The band is compared to AT THE GATES and IN FLAMES.

Viking metal band TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH (a project of Marius Berendsen – MALLEVS MALEFICARVM, ANTARES, Ex-THYRGRIM) has a debut album called Where Mountains Rise And Hearts Fall out through Black Sunset/MDD on 18.06.2021.

Ottawa, Canada-based crossover band AS WE SUFFER has a demo called The Fallen Pillars since April 30th.

Lethal Scissor Records has signed the band and the Russian techno metal band EQUIVOKE is recording its second full-length album, The Great Funeral Demonical Cult, later this year.

SLICE OF SORROW’s Egothrone is out through Metal Carnival Records since 30.04.2021. The band is Roman Nemtsev – guitar and vocals, Arseniy Karnaukh – guitar, Nick Yazykin – bass and Max Konnov – drums.

Seventeen years after its last release, Sweden-based one-man band ANCIENT WISDOM will issue A Celebration In Honor Of Death (sic) through Avantgarde in June.

OTARGOS has a live album called 20 Years Of Human Termination through XenoKorp. It was recorded at L’Aéronef in Lille, France, during the KaotoxinFest #II in December 2015.

Poland-based death metal band TRAUMA is back with a new release, which is the follow-up to the 2020 Ominous Black album. The 4-song mini-album, called Acrimony, was recorded at Traumatic Sound Studio in Elbląg during the same session as Ominous Black.

Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault festival has been forced to postpone its 25th edition to next year. It is scheduled for August 9-13, 2022.

LUCIFUGUM has announced an album called Anaphora Lithu Actinism for the tail-end of this year.

NECRALANT’s Temples Of Ruin album is out through Upside Underground Productions.

Italy-based doom and ambient band OMEGA has an album called Nebra through Dusktone.

Kentucky, USA-based NESBITT has compiled its material into the Nesbitt Demos. The Solo act features Jonathan Nesbitt II who is also in CRUCIBLE STEEL.

UK-based ACCURSED YEARS has a single released called Wings Of Fire in support of the forests. The band is raising funds for the UK-based charity Woodland Trust.

Winnipeg, Canada-based SOLANUM will issue Ruled By The Cruel through Horror Pain Gore Death on May 14th. The band is compared to RAZOR and EXCEL.


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Canada-based heavy metal act ICE WAR has a lyric video for the track Sacred Land in advance of the upcoming album Sacred Land, which will be released through Fighter Records on 18.05.2021. ICE WAR is Jo Capitalicide (also in APHRODITE) and although the previous releases were closer to Speed Metal, Sacred Land makes a turn towards more epic sounds with some BLACK SABBATH at times.

LORDI will be releasing 7 new albums in the autumn. These albums will follow the compilation of supposedly 1970s to 1990s' songs the band issued last year.

JIZZY PEARL'S LOVE/HATE will release a single, called Soul Mama, on May 14th. LOVE/HATE has an album, called Hell, CA, due in 2022.

Canada-based DOWN THE VOID has a demo called Groovy Wolf In The Sky. The band is compared to MOTORHEAD and TOOL.

Odyssey is the new album from Sweden-based progressive/stoner metallers VOKONIS. It is out through The Sign Records this month.

Sneakout Records and Burning Minds Music have signed Italian hard rock singer JOHN DALLAS for the release of his second official studio album, Love & Glory.

Toronto, Canada-based DEADWOLFF is releasing a cassette edition of its latest self-titled demo through Metal Assault Records on May7th. The band has a video for the song Double Up.

Norway-based HEAVE BLOOD AND DIE has an album called Post People through Fysisk Format.

AEON OF ETERNAL’s The Wanderer is available now. The act is a project formed by Aeon in 2020. The Wanderer is the debut demo and released in April 2021.

ESCAPEMENT has a video for its debut single Feed. Nasla flew to Florida and they shot the clip alongside Loren Whitaker (drums), Chris Massie (guitars) and Brandon Delpino (bass). It was directed by Thomas Crane of Kill Devil Films. ESCAPEMENT is the result of vocalist Johnny Ray (3 HEADED SNAKE) and keyboardist Alex Nasla (WITHERFALL and HELION PRIME) meeting on the 70k Metal Cruise and throwing musical ideas off of each other during the pandemic.

TOURNIQUET has been writing towards a 2022 album. The band turned to Kickstarter and fans have fully funding the band’s $17,000 goal in only five days.

Music For The Masses Records and Music For The Masses Distro are new entities, which also have a subdivision called Blasphemous Records. Upcoming releases are MISSTRESS, with the album Resurrected, on Blasphemous Records and ARACHNES with the A New Day album, which was originally released in 2011 and issued for the first time on physical media on its 10th anniversary.

MECHANIK WAR III (formerly MECHANIK WAR) has a new demo called Divine Annihilation. The band has a new European line-up.

USA-based heavy metal act NITE has signed with Season Of Mist. A full-length is expected this year.

BLOODSPORT, which is a ‘80s’ metal homage To Jean Claude Van Damme, has released a cassette edition of the Lethal Tender EP. Lethal Tender was released through Nightstrike on March 12th.

VANDALLUS has released a single entitled Motor High City. A new album will follow through Mercinary Records.

Hailing from Lisbon, Portugal heavy metal band BLACK FLARE has a self-titled and debut album. Black Flare will be released through Firecum Records on May 25th.

DRAGONFLY has re-recorded its 2005 Domine album with a new line-up. Expect it in December. The new cover features a Metallian Towers’ employee.

DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG, a side-project featuring former ACCEPT members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), his son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), Mathias Dieth and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass), has a single and video called Face Of A Stranger. A Manuela Bibert performs female vocals. The Arising full-length is due by AFM in August.

ACCEPT will conduct a European tour in January 2022. Support on the tour will come from PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM.

LEE AARON is issuing an album called Radio On!

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer John Hinch, who played on 1974's Rocka Rolla, has died. He was 73 years old.

Right-wing Australian politician Clive Palmer has been ordered to pay AUS$1.5 million ($1.4 million Canadian) as a result of losing a copyright case following his unauthorized usage of TWISTED SISTER song We're Not Gonna Take It.

earMUSIC has signed SKID ROW to a worldwide deal. The band is working on a new album with producer Nick Raskulinecz.

Heavy rock band PSYCHIC HIT has an album called Solutio through Seeing Red Records on 09.07.2021.

Former METALIUM and FYRE bassist Lars "Ratz" Ranzenberger died Sunday April 18 after his ultralight trike aeroplane crashed in Mallorca, Spain where he lived.

USA-based GYPSY RAILHEAD has an EP called The Watchers through Misanthropik Records.

Progressive metal band RIGHT STRIPPED has a demo called Daylight Into Darkness through the Carney Media Group imprint.

Canada-based THE MIGHTY ONE has an album called Torch Of Rock And Roll through S.A.O.L Music since the 26th of March.

Germany-based trio PARADOX COMMUNITY has a demo called Omega.

The Metallian team sends its condolences to the virus: COVID-19 denier and NRA board member TED NUGENT has been infected with the virus. The ‘70s’ rocker performed at an anti-mask supermarket a couple of days before becoming infected.

Kastro Pergjoni, director of the Cart & Horses pub in London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise £20,000 for vocalist Paul Di'Anno. The singer needs to have a knee surgery. The UK national Health Service provides free healthcare services.

APATHIAN has a single called Micro. The project belongs to guitarist Phil Sgrosso of AS I LAY DYING and SAOSIN.

The Heavy Metal band INNER AXIS has two new tracks, released each as a digital single and as double-feature CD and 12” vinyl-Maxi. Midnight Hunter is also made into a video. The band features guitarist Nino Helfrich (also IRON ANGEL) and ANNIHILATOR bass player Rich Gray now.

Rockshots Records has announced ENDLESS CHAIN’s first single Nothing More off the upcoming album Forthcoming Past, which is out on June 25th. The band is compared to KATATONIA and AMORPHIS.

Portuguese all-female metal/goth band BLACK WIDOWS has announced Among The Brave Ones as the title for its 2021 album, which is the act’s first output since 2002. The band had broken up and features new members. The membership is Rute Fevereiro (vocals and guitars), Solange Campos (bass), Mónica Rodrigues (keyboards) and Marta Brissos (drums).

KISS is doing a DEEP PURPLE and will begin pushing out a bunch of live and older recordings on an ongoing basis. It calls them the live bootleg series KISS - Off The Soundboard. Tokyo 2001 is out through UMe now.

The L.A. GUNS parties have reached a settlement out of court. Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis will continue to use the L.A. GUNS monicker, while drummer Phil Riley will use the RILEY'S L.A. GUNS monicker and employ a new logo. L.A. GUNS, of the Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns variety, will release a live album called Cocked & Loaded Live through Frontiers in July.

TY MORN has signed with Docgator Records and will issue the Last Villain Testament album in late 2021. The band has a single called War Of Nations.

The Italy-based power metal band TALES AND LEGENDS, formed by Swedish singer Patrik J. Selleby (BLOODBOUND and SHADOWQUEST), Andrea Atzori (keyboards), Carlo Figus (guitars), Michele Sanna (drums) and Nicola Piras (bass), has a demo called Struggle Of The Gods.

Former BURNING WITCHES singer Seraina Telli has released a single from her DEAD VENUS project. The song Flowers & Pain showcases a mallcore/rock sound.

MK Music USA has signed THE ALMAS to a management deal. Formed in 2016, the band released an eponymous demo, a full-length called Back To Bad and will issue a full-length called Truth Sells this year. The band is based in Wisconsin.

FIREWING’s debut album is called Resurrection and out through Massacre Records.

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer pleaded guilty on April 16th to participating in the coup attempt in the USA in January in support of losing candidate.

Heavy metal band WOLFSTAR has a demo called Apotheosis. The band was founded in 2016 and has a current single called Faceless.

Canada-based PHEAR has recruited drummer Mike Harshaw (ex-ANNIHILATOR, ex-MASTERY) to its line-up, which follows the band's recent recruitment of guitarist Alex Zubair (NADER SADEK, IOMAIR, ex-NEPHELIUM, BURN TO BLACK, AZP/ALEX ZUBAIR PROJECT). The band is recording currently.

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