S.O.D. – Quarantined Performance Streaming

ANTHRAX drummer/guitarist Charlie Benante rounded up his ex-STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH bandmates for a quarantine recording of the band’s track “March Of The S.O.D.“. Joining Benante for the performance was his Anthrax bandmate Scott Ian and Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, ex-Anthrax/Brutal Truth).

“One of the crucial links in the musical chain linking hardcore punk with speed metal, the Stormtroopers of Death — known more commonly as S.O.D. — were actually intended to be a one-off novelty side project, done as a lark during a gap in Anthrax’s recording and touring schedule in 1985...

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DEATH ANGEL – Drummer Released From Hospital

After spending two weeks on a ventilator in the ICU of a California hospital, DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been released from the hospital.

According to Blabbermouth, Carroll’s fiancé Leeshawn Navarro revealed via social media Monday (April 6) that “Will is finally home!!!!!”

In March, Exodus Gary Holt shared the news that Carroll was “very ill” and in intensive care. In late March Testament vocalist Chuck Billy revealed that Carroll was on a ventilator. Last week Carroll emerged from a twelve-day coma and issued a statement thanking fans for their support.

“San Francisco’s Death Angel are the product of the bustling Bay Area thrash metal scene of the ’80s...

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THE SWORD – 2 Compilations To Be Released

THE SWORD are preparing two extensive career-spanning compilations for a June 5th release on Craft Recordings. “Conquest Of Kingdoms” will compile 30 tracks as a three-vinyl set which will feature covers, b-sides, live recordings and more. 16 songs featured on it are previously unreleased.

Meanwhile, “Chronology 2006-2018” will arrive on three-discs. Along with much of the content from the aforementioned rarities set, it will also sport some of the band’s biggest songs and fan favorites. Of the included 52 tracks, 12 are previously unreleased.

New liner notes contributions penned by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich (who previously invited The Sword to tour with Metallica), Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton and Clutch frontman Neil Fallon will also appear on this set...

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GRUESOME – Debut New Single

Exhumed & GRUESOME will have a new split release called “Twisted Horror” out on June 5th via Relapse Records. Exhumed will add their three new tracks “Rot Your Brain“, “Buried To Die” and “Dead, Deader, Deadest” to the outing. Gruesome will contribute “A Mind Decayed” and “Led Into The Dark“. You can stream the new Gruesome song “A Mind Decayed“ via YouTube above.

Comments Exhumed guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey:

“As everyone knows, it’s a weird, surreal time for us all. So many plans have been disrupted at this point, it’s academic to even get into, but one thing that we didn’t want to postpone was this new Exhumed / Gruesome split record.

With so many of us stuck at home, we’re all depending on Death Metal to keep us sane more than ever,...

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IN FLAMES – Postpone European/UK Tour Dates

IN FLAMES European/UK that was scheduled to run from April 25th through to June 03rd has been postponed. Speaking via their social media, the band commented of that earlier today (April 07th):

“It’s with a heavy heart that due to government restrictions regarding COVID-19, we must reschedule our upcoming headline tour in EU and the UK. We are working to reschedule dates for early next year and will announce ASAP.

Tickets and VIP will be honoured for the rescheduled dates, and refunds are also available at point of purchase. Thank you, Jesterheads. Stay safe 🤘”

“An influential and prolific Swedish heavy metal group, In Flames helped to establish the modern melodic death metal scene and ensuing metalcore scenes of the early aughts...

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ROCKLAHOMA 2020 – Called Off Due To COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ravaging the United States, organizers of Rocklahoma have been forced to cancel the 2020 edition of their festival. The event had been slated take place in late May and feature Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, and Body Count, among many others.

You can read a statement from fest organizers below.

This is tough. For thirteen straight years Rocklahoma has been America’s Biggest Memorial Day Party. Not being able to bring it to you for year fourteen breaks our hearts, but it is the right thing to do. At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so f’ing bummed to announce that Rocklahoma will be postponed to 2021.

We raise our glasses to you, our fans...

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FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – Release New Single

New Jersey six-piece FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have unleashed a new standalone single titled “Fear Tomorrow.” You can check it out above.

“‘Fear Tomorrow’ is a song we’ve been sitting on for some time but decided the moment was right to finish and release it,” the band says. “To be fair, we’re not really a positive band and we never show you the light at the end of the tunnel, so don’t expect a happy ending here. FFAA uses music as an outlet to share its distaste for the world, and now we can all share that together — from a safe distance quarantined in our homes.”

FFAA released their fifth studio album, The Sea of Tragic Beasts, last October via Nuclear Blast Records.

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METALLICA – 2009 Copenhagen Concert Stream

Tonight’s (April 06th) installment of the weekly ‘METALLICA Mondays‘ series will find the band airing a July 22nd, 2009 live set they performed at the Forum København in Copenhagen, Denmark. The show was the second of five the band performed at that venue that month.

The group have been airing a live show each Monday for the past several weeks amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with tonight’s screening scheduled to air for free on the band’s Facebook and YouTube at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT.

The setlist for that show ran as follows:

That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
Creeping Death
Holier Than Thou
Broken, Beat & Scarred
The Four Horsemen
Sad But True
The Unforgiven
The Judas Kiss
The Day That Never Comes

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KVELERTAK – To Stream Live Concert This Week

Norwegian metal act KVELERTAK have announced plans for a special live streamshow on April 10, dubbed “Live From Your Living Room.”

The 60-minute set will be broadcast from the venue Artilleriverkstedet in Norway via this location 2pm CDT/3pm EDT/8pm BST/9pm CET.

In addition, there will be an option for fans to chat live to each other and the band, with a special event t-shirt available to order, plus merch bundles from the 2020 tour, which was halted early due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic. There is no restriction on the number of fans that can participate and virtual tickets can be purchased at the time via credit card, Paypal, or the Norwegian mobile payment system VIPPS.

The band says, “Kvelertak One Day World Tour! We had over three weeks left of our European tour w...

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VADER – Debut New Music Video

Polish death metal act VADER have posted a new music video and single called “Into Oblivion.” You can check it out above. The band’s new album, Solitude in Madness arrives on May 1 via Nuclear Blast.

Different sources see the beginnings of VADER and interpret it in various ways. The truth is, however, that the band was set up in the autumn of 1983 by two people crucial for the band: Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek (“Bardast” and later “Behemoth” back then) playing the bass and the guitarist Zbyszek “Vika” Wroblewski. The band started its activity in Poland, the country that was stuck in a completely different reality...

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