Power Metal: Powerwolf Announce New Album

Heavy metal priests Powerwolf have are amassing a compilation album of unholy proportions. Best of the Blessed will contain sixteen of the band’s most beloved anthems, as well as fourteen live tracks.

Many of the studio tracks will be revamped versions, which means you can expect the best sound from old Powerwolf material.

CD 1 – Best Of The Blessed Tracklisting:
1. We Drink Your Blood (New Version 2020)
2. Army of the Night
3. Demons Are a Girl‘s Best Friend
4. Werewolves of Armenia (New Version 2020)
5. Saturday Satan (New Version 2020)
6. Amen & Attack
7. Where the Wild Wolves Have Gone
8. Resurrection by Erection (New Version 2020)
9. Sanctified with Dynamite (New Version 2020)
10. Kreuzfeuer
11. Armata Strigoi
12. Kiss of the Cobra King (New Version 2019)
13. Killers with the Cross 
14. Sacred & Wild
15. In Blood We Trust (New Version 2020)
16. Let There Be Night

CD 2 – The Live Sacrament (Wolfsnächte 2018):
1. Fire & Forgive
2. Incense & Iron
3. Amen & Attack
4. Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend
5. Killers with the Cross
6. Armata Strigoi
7. Blessed & Possessed
8. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone
9. Resurrection by Erection
10. Stossgebet
11. All We Need Is Blood
12. We Drink Your Blood
13. Werewolves of Armenia
14. Lupus Die

Earbook & LP Box ( The Live Bonus Sacrament ):
1. Sanctified with Dynamite
2. Army Of The Night
3. Coleus Sanctus
4. Let There Be Night

The first redone track from the album, ‘Kiss of the Cobra King’, has already been released!

Best of the Blessed will be released on 5 June 2020 via Napalm Records!

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Progressive Metal: Scardust Release Track From Upcoming Album

Israeli symphonic proggers Scardust have released a live video for the first single, ‘Tantibus II’, of their upcoming album. While there are no further details of the album, it is set to come out this Fall.

Scardust is a ferocious female-fronted prog outfit that was founded in 2015. The band released their debut album, Sands of Time, in 2017.

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Heavy Metal: Hulkoff Announce Sophomore Album

Hulkoff, the heavy metal side project of Pär Hulkoffgarden, has a new album coming in 2020.

Hulkoff has promised that Pansarfolk will be a much more folky album than their first, and it’ll include folk instruments and acoustic guitar parts. Fittingly, the album will also be in both English and Swedish.

Hulkoff on the new album:
“This time we will be digging deep into the Nordic roots. We will be looking at the way music sounded back when Odin was still a living king. . . It’s gonna be pretty god damn massive.”

While no further details have been revealed yet, check out the single ‘Scyth’, which came out last year.

Hulkoff was formed in 2017, with the first album, Kven, coming out that same year. It’s helmed by Pär Hulkoffgarden, who is also the guitarist and vocalist of the industrial metal warmachine Raubtier.

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Melodic Metal: Temperance Announce Album For 2020

Italian melodic metal outfit Temperance are a bit of a breath of fresh air in their space. Fronted by the talents of three vocalists, the band offers a brand of melodic metal that has a unique melodic delivery over symphonic and electronic elements.

Having released four albums since their founding in 2013, the band have a fifth, Viridian, set for 24 January 2020. The album will be released through Napalm Records.

01. Mission Impossible
02. I Am The Fire
03. Start Another Round
04. My Demons Can’t Sleep
05. Viridian
06. Let It Beat
07. Scent of Dye
08. The Cult Of Mystery
09. Nanook
10. Gaia
11. Catch The Dream

Vocalist Marco Pastorino on Viridian:
“We’re beyond stoked to announce that our new album and first through Napalm Records Viridian is scheduled for worldwide release on January 24th, 2020! Finally, the time has come: Viridian is ready to see the light of the day! We’ve worked hard during the last year to write our best songs ever. This is our heaviest album so far, yet with a lot of melodies, vocal harmonies and epic modern metal hymns! The recording process was super fun and we really enjoyed finding new, different ways to express ourselves with our music. We really can’t wait to spread Viridian all over the world on the next tours – stay tuned for more exciting news!”

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Heavy Metal: Running Wild To Release EP In December

Three years after seventeenth album, Rapid Foray, pirate metallers Running Wild will issue their next release in the form of a new EP. Entitled Crossing the Blades, this four-track should tide fans over until the next full album comes out next summer.

01. Crossing The Blades
02. Stargazed
03. Strutter
04. Ride On The Wild Side

According to the band, the first track, ‘Crossing the Blades’, will be a harbinger for the Summer 2020 album; the song (although as a completely different version) will also be present on the new album.

Also included on the EP’s tracklist is ‘Stargazed’, which the band has played live at Wacken, as well as the KISS cover ‘Strutter’.

Crossing the Blades will be released on 6 December, which also falls on Saint Nicholas Day, via SPV/Steamhammer.

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Progressive Metal: Sonus Corona To Release Album In November

Finland’s new prog outfit Sonus Corona have announced the release date for their sophomore album, Time is Not on Your Side. It will drop on 22 November under Inverse Records and will be the band’s first release with a record label.

Along with the album announcement, Sonus Corona have also revealed the first single, which is for the titular track.

Here’s what vocalist Timo Mustonen has to say about the single:
“Time Is Not On Your Side” is the most definitive song on the new album as a whole, so we figured it makes a great single and a name for the whole album, too. The keyboards, the melody, and rhythmic elements all compliment each other. Harri‘s solo on this moves me every time. It’s also a great song to perform live, we all love it. I rewrote the lyrics in the middle of the night after we had rehearsed the song together. Ari had laid the foundation and melody-rhythm of the words while composing the song, and I turned them around to complement the storyline of the whole album.

The song is about not leaving decisive action on the matter at hand too late. Other people or circumstances might change the game, so one might not have any options left. The protagonist is fighting his own demons, while he knows he should take action instead of focusing inwards. Still, he questions his own motives all the time. His friend comes along to stir things up, and tries to help him see all the options available and give a nudge in the direction the friend thinks is the one for him.”

The band combines intense musical atmospheres accompanied with heavy riffs and strong melodies and relies on strong songwriting. They say they have been heavily influenced by Haken, Toto, Tool, Dream Theater and Leprous.

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Power Metal: In Victory Announce New Album

Power metallers In Victory have announced that they have a new EP on the road for 4 January of 2020. Entitled Ecstasy of the Enlightened, it will be the band’s third EP release, after 2013’s And the Hero Died and last year’s Uplifting Metal.

01. Reaching Eternity
02. Magic
03. The Prophecies Will Unfold

Ectsasy of the Enlightened was created with the support of Rikard Sundén (Civil War, ex-Sabaton), Biggie Phanrath (Melodius Deite) and Gege Velinov (Arion).

Like its predecessor, we can expect fast, highly melodic, uplifting metal of the highest variety. Not familiar with their older stuff? Check out Uplifting Metal in its entirety below:

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Galneryus Announce New Album

Japanese power metal superstars Galneryus have announced a new album for this month. Entitled Into the Purgatory, it will be released on 23 October under Warner Music Japan.

1. Purgatoral Flame
2. My Hope is Gone
3. Fighting of Eternity
4. Glory
5. Never Again
6. The Followers
7. Come Back to Me Again
8. Remain Behind
9. The End of the Line
10. Roaming in My Memory

Into the Purgatory will be Galneryus’ fourteenth album. Having released an album pretty much every year since their formation, it’s astounding that they’re still going strong.

While no singles have been released, it’s probably safe to say that the album will be just as melodic and fast-paced as their others!

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Human Fortress Announce Album For December

German epic power metal outfit Human Fortress have announced the release date for their fifth album. This will be the band’s third album since their 2013 comeback Raided Land, which was met with mixed reception from critics.

Reign of Gold will be released on 6 December under AFM Records. As of now, the cover, tracklist, and first single have yet to be released.

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Oha Cade Announces Upcoming Symphonic Metal Opera

Valcata is the brainchild of New York-based composer Oha Cade. A brand new symphonic metal endeavour, Valcata’s selftitled debut will feature eight vocalists (four female and four male) to play the story’s characters. It will be released on 18 October 2019.

Here’s a brief intro to the opera’s story:
The planet Valcata has suffered mass extinction from a heatwave that has escalated over the last century. Special teams have been deployed into the galaxies in search of salvation. Earth is one of many possible destinations.

01. Stars
02. Our Quest
03. The Turning
04. Horror Machine
05. Life and a Million
06. 3-2-1
07. Beyond
08. Escalade
09. The Termination
10. Valcata

Valcata promises to be a ferocious, sharp, and diverse work of symphonic metal. Make sure to check it out when it arrives on 18 October!

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