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DEVIN TOWNSEND To Release 'Empath' Album In March; Details Revealed
16 Jan 2019

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will release his new album, "Empath", on March 29 via InsideOut Music.

In the lead-up to the album's release, Devin will walk fans through how "Empath" came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in the video below.

Devin comments: "Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished 'Empath'. Now, this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very ge ...
DEMONS & WIZARDS Feat. JON SCHAFFER And HANSI KÜRSCH: Long-Awaited Third Album To Arrive In January 2020
02 Jan 2019

DEMONS & WIZARDS, the side project of ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch, is tentatively planning to release its long-awaited third album in January 2020.

Schaffer spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2005's "Touched By The Crimson King" during an appearance on the ICED EARTH-centric podcast "Podcast In Stone". He said: "I have written some of the best instrumental pieces in my entire career in the last few weeks, and I'm very, very excited to hear what Hansi does on top of these things. So, the feeling is really good. He's very into what I sent him. He's gonna start doing some recording tomorrow.

Happy New Year!
01 Jan 2019

The staff at MetalReviews would like to wish you a very happy new year! Here's a great 2019 full of metal. (In case you missed it, our 2018 awards are up!)
CHILDREN OF BODOM To Release 'Hexed' Album In March
29 Nov 2018

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their tenth album, "Hexed", on March 8, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments: "People have said that this album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that; perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there's some crazy shit in there — almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they're completely metal with us, of course. [Laughs]"

"For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music," comments bassist Henkka Sepp ...
CANDLEMASS Parts Way With Singer MATS LEVEN, Announces Return Of JOHAN LANGQVIST
03 Sep 2018

Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS have parted ways with singer Mats Levén and have been rejoined by Johan Längqvist.

Längqvist sang on CANDLEMASS's debut album, 1986's "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", before exiting the group and being replaced by Messiah Marcolin.

Commented CANDLEMASS: "We wanted to find our way back to the roots of CANDLEMASS, back to the soul and essence of the band. Johan Längqvist is back and we hope this will give us some new energy and kickstart the heart of doom again. We don't know if it will last 10 more years or even five, but if it will give us just another year of having fun and playing the music that we love so much, it will be a blas ...
RIP Mark Shelton
27 Jul 2018

Mark 'The Shark' Shelton of Manilla Road has passed away at age 60. Suspected heart failure due to heat exhaustion.

Manilla Road was playing Brande-Hornerkirchen, Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany on July 26, 2018 in extreme heat.

Quote from a friend at the gig.

"Absolutely shocking!! He got sick after his show last night and they sent him to the hospital. Probably heart related. It's ridiculously hot here. Even at night it's about 30c. "

Singer of Manilla Road Bryan Patrick shared on his Facebook page:

"July 27th 2018: I'm very sorry to announce today that my long time brother and Best Friend since 1981 has passed through the Halls ...

Topic: Band News

DEICIDE To Release 'Overtures Of Blasphemy' Album In September
29 Jun 2018

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will release their long-awaited new album, "Overtures Of Blasphemy", on September 14 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2013's "In The Minds Of Evil" was produced by Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TRIVIUM) at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. The cover artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, MAYHEM) and can be seen below.

DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton states: "This album came together over time, meaning we didn't want to rush it.

"A few people might remember an interview where Steve Asheim (original member, drummer/songwriter) said 'the material is done, but it's just not there yet.' Well, that ...
ALICE IN CHAINS To Release 'Rainier Fog' Album In August; Listen To New Song 'So Far Under'
27 Jun 2018

ALICE IN CHAINS will release its new album, "Rainier Fog", on August 24. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" was recorded was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville, and for the first time in more than 20 years, the band's hometown of Seattle. Mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), "Rainier Fog" is the group's third straight album recorded with Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES), who produced 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue" and 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here".

"Rainier Fog" track listing:

01. The One You Know
02. Rainier Fog
03. Red Giant
04. Fly
05. Drone
RIP Vinnie Paul
24 Jun 2018

Vinnie Paul Abbott's family has told TMZ that the legendary drummer died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. His body has been turned over to the medical examiner to determine a cause of death, and after that, he will be flown back to his home state of Texas to be buried between his mother and brother.

Vinnie Paul and his brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage. He was 38 years old.

Vinnie and Dimebag's father was Jerry Abbott, a successful country songwriter whose tunes we ...
Topic: Band News

SLEEP Releases First New Album Since 1998
20 Apr 2018

SLEEP has just released its first full-length album of new recordings since 1998. Years after the release of "Volume One" in 1991, "Holy Mountain" in 1992 and "Dopesmoker" in 2003, the sonic titans reaffirm their place at the top of the riff pyramid with this brand-new double album, "The Sciences", available on Jack White's Third Man Records.

Words elude us to describe this masterpiece, we recommend you listen immediately. "The Sciences" is available now everywhere one can listen to music in 2018, and physically in stores hand-selected by the band as a limited-edition split-colored LP with an alternate cover. A standard edition of the album is also available to order now.