Power Metal: Immortal Guardian Begin Recording New Album

Immortal Guardian released their widely-acclaimed debut, Age of Revolution, in 2018. They took the US power metal scene by storm with their self-branded “super metal”, which combines elements of prog, power melodeath to create an over-the-top, epic intensity.

The band recently announced that they are beginning the work on their sophomore effort.

While the details remain hidden, it is set for a Fall release.

Brazilian-born vocalist Carlos Zema on the album:
“This is a very different album from our previous releases in that there’s a wide range of emotions involved. We’ve experienced our fair share of loss since the last release and a lot of life lessons were poured into this album, giving it a very real and personal vibe. From a technical vocal aspect, this is the first album I’ve ever recorded where I’ve spanned five octaves as a singer, and I’m excited for the world to hear the message and sound we’ve created together as a group.”

Guitarist/Keyboardist Gabriel Guardian:
“The recording process has been interesting to say the least. Working with a drummer over 2,000 miles away has its obstacles, but Justin and his drum engineer Jesse Zito made the experience way smoother than we imagined. Thanks to technology, video calls and hundreds of back-and-forth messages, we pulled off something that wouldn’t have been possible years ago. We’re incredibly proud of the new material and are looking forward to wrapping up the final mix with Joshua and getting some new music out for all the Guardians to hear!”

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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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Symphonic Metal: Diabulus In Musica Announce New Album

Spanish symphonic metal quartet Diabulus In Musica are soon to release their fifth album. Euphonic Entropy is set to be released on 14 February through Napalm Records, whom the band have been with since their sophomore album.

Accompanying this news is the album’s first single, ‘Otoi’, which delivers a rich folk sound over top its traditional Basque themes.

The band on the new single and video:
“‘Otoi’ is a special song to us because it is entirely sung in Basque, our local language, one of the oldest languages in Europe and the only pre-indoeuropean one that is still alive. “Otoi” means “prayer”, in this case to the ancient gods of Basque mythology: Urtzi and Amari who represent the sky and its mother, the Earth, respectively. It is a kind of lament around the loss of our cultural identity throughout the time due to different threats. The video was recorded in a 16th century Basque farmhouse which is now a key heritage object of the region.”

01. A Lucid Chaos 
02. Race to Equilibrium 
03. Nuevo Rumbo 
4. The Misfit’s Swing 
05. In Quest of Sense 
06. Otoi
07. Blurred Dreams 
08. On the Edge 
09. Our Last Gloomy Dance 
10. One Step Higher 
11. Blind Muse 
12. In the Vortex

The band on Euphonic Entropy:
“After three intense years, we’re finally back with probably our heaviest and most convincing album so far. We can’t wait to share the new songs with you all! We think they are fresh, diverse, energetic and a new step in DIM’s history. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our very first album than coming back with our strongest effort.

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Melodic Metal: Delain Announce ‘Apocalypse And Chill’ For February

After releasing two new singles (‘Burning Bridges’ and ‘One Second’), modern melodic metal outfit Delain have announced the cover, tracklist, and release date for their upcoming album.

Apocalypse and Chill is set for a 7 February release. Judging by its name, it might be safe to coin the term “millennial metal” here, but let’s not be too hasty.

01. One Second
02. We Had Everything
03. Chemical Redemption 
04. Burning Bridges
05. Vengeance 
06. To Live Is To Die 
07. Let’s Dance 
08. Creatures
09. Ghost House Heart 
10. Masters Of Destiny      
11. Legions Of The Lost 
12. The Greatest Escape 
13. Combustion

The album promises to deliver huge riffs and beefed-up synth and orchestrations as it pulls elements from heavy, electronic, and anthemic music.

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Power Metal: Numenor Announce Album For 2020

Serbia’s Tolkien-oriented black power metal band Numenor have announced that their fourth album, Draconian Age, will be released in 2020. Other than the artwork, which was done by Bob Zivkovic, no further details have yet been revealed.

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Progressive Metal: Sons Of Apollo Releasing Album In January

Prog supergroup Sons of Apollo was founded in 2017. The band consists of various virtuoso musicians such as Dream Theater’s former drummer and past keyboardist Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian.

They released their debut, Psychotic Symphony, that same year and met generally favourable reception.

The group have now announced the details for their second album, which will be called MMXX (pronounced “2020”).

01. Goodbye Divinity
02. Wither To Black
03. Asphyxiation
04. Desolate July
05. King Of Delusion
06. Fall To Ascend
07. Resurrection Day
08. New World Today

MMXX will be released on 17 January 2020 under InsideOut Music.

Sons of Apollo have also announced their 2020 headline tour dates.

North America 2020:
Fri 1/24 Pomona, CA The Glass House
Sat 1/25 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Sun 1/26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Tue 1/28 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Wed 1/29 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Fri 1/31 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
Sat 2/1 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory
Sun 2/2 Toronto, ONT. Mod Club
Mon 2/3 Montreal QUE. Corona Theater
Wed 2/5 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 2/6 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
Fri 2/7 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Sat 2/8 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC

Europe 2020:
Sat 2/29 Germany TBA
Mon 3/2 Drammen, Norway Union Scene
Tue 3/3 Gothenburg, Sweden Traedgarn
Thu 3/5 Kyiv, Ukraine N.A.U Theatre
Sat 3/7 Moscow, Russia RED
Sun 3/8 St Petersburg, Russia Aurora
Tue 3/10 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Wed 3/11 Milan, Italy Live Club
Fri 3/13 Bilbao, Spain Santana 27
Sat 3/14 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2
Sun 3/15 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
Tue 3/17 France TBA
Wed 3/18 France TBA
Thu 3/19 London, U.K. Islington Assembly Hall
Fri 3/20 Eindhoven, Netherlands Prognosis Festival
Sun 3/22 Show Brno, Czech Republic Sono
Tue 3/24 Kosice, Slovakia Colosseum
Wed 3/25 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra

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Melodic Metal: Amaranthe Sign Onto Nuclear Blast

Swedish modern metal heavyweights Amaranthe have signed onto Nuclear Blast. The band was formerly with Spinefarm Records, under which they released all five of their previous albums.

Amaranthe’s Olof Mörck:
“It feels amazing to unveil our cooperation with the giants at Nuclear Blast! Ever since we held our shiny new Nuclear Blast CD’s in our teenage hands back in the mid-90’s, they have been at the forefront of bringing the best of the best to the metal scene, and to have them as partners is a dream come true! They are not only massively experienced in the metal scene, but also wonderful people and it has been a pleasure getting to know them. We are already nailing down great plans for the future, and things are looking brighter and stronger for Amaranthe than ever! Keep your eyes open for our next leap forward together in the near future!”

Marcus Hammer, Managing Director of Nuclear Blast:
“We’re more than happy to welcome Amaranthe and Kult Management to the Nuclear Blast family. I’ve already been following the group for a while as they were touring with some of their new label mates. Being both great musicians and humans, that have a clear vision and are supported by an experienced team in the back, it was a no-brainer to try to win this outstanding band for our roster. Now we’re stoked to be the new partner at their side pursuing one goal: adding a successful next chapter to their already shiny career. The future looks bright for both, Amaranthe and Nuclear Blast.”

Amaranthe will release their next album some time in 2020. While no information has been released yet, the band has stated that they’ll begin recording after they finish their next round of tours, which include of a headline tour of Scandinavia followed by a tour with Sabaton and Apocalypta as support.

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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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Excalion Announce New Album

Melodic power metal veterans Excalion have announced that their fifth album, Emotions, will be released on 27 September. As the title suggests, Emotions promises to be a lively and impressive record.

Here’s what the band had to say about the announcement:
“Emotions. . . takes you on a journey through hate and trust, sorrow and joy. Emotions drives Excalion to new extremes in their music. Every song tells its own story, reflecting a singular emotion through the means of vibrant, melodic, and even aggressive Metal.

01. Trust
02. Sunshine Path
03. Lost Control
04. Solitude
05. Nightmariner
06. The Golden Horde
07. I Left My Heart At Home
08. The Mercy Racers
09. Callsigns

Emotions was mixed and mastered by the ever-diligent Simone Mularoni, who has handled the studio efforts of the likes of Michael Romeo, Moonlight Haze, and Turilli / Lione Rhapsody, as well as his own bands DGM and Sweet Oblivion. The album will be released via Scarlet Records.

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New Album Details From The Dark Element

The Dark Element is a melodic metal band that was formed after vocalist Anette Olzon left her position as frontwoman of Nightwish. Their self-titled debut was released in 2017 and, after a couple years and generally favourable reviews from critics, the band have officially announced their latest album.

Songs the Night Sings will be released on 8 November through Frontiers Music SRL. No further details have yet been announced, but it’s likely that we can expect an emotional, symphonic/electronic flavour of melodic metal as was seen in their debut.

01. Not Your Monster
02. Songs The Night Sings
03. When It All Comes Down
04. Silence Between The Words
05. Pills On My Pillow
06. To Whatever End
07. The Pallbearer Walks Alone
08. Get Out Of My Head
09. If I Had A Heart
10. You Will Learn
11. I Have To Go

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