CANTO: Battle Beast, Dragonforce, Nite, and More

Today seemed a bit quiet for a Monday, but I’m sure I’ll find something.

  • I suppose we can start with a tour. Battle Beast is joining Dragonforce for a North American tour this coming March and April. It all kicks off March 20th in Denver and wraps up on April 23rd in Berkeley. The Dragonforce tour actually starts March 7th, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch those guys if you’re interested.
  • Can’t remember the last time I mentioned Skid Row, so let’s go down that road next. They’re releasing a new box set, SKID ROW: The Atlantic Years 1989-1996, on December 3rd. You can pre-order any of the formats here.
  • If you happen to be on the West Coast, you should probably try to attend one of these two Nite performances. The first date is November 26th in San Francisco supporting Cradle of Filth, and the second falls on December 1st across the bay in Oakland with Unto Others.
  • I don’t feel like scrolling through the inbox anymore, so we’ll close with some more Dragonforce. Here is the new video for “Strangers”, which is taken from 2019’s Extreme Power Metal.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Mortiferum, Spirit Adrift, Venues, and More

So let’s recap. I skipped the news round-up yesterday because… life, and I’m drafting it before I’ve even finished my coffee today because I’ll be on the road all afternoon. Fun times, indeed.

  • We’ll start with Mortiferum. Their sophomore release will be titled Preserved In Torment, and it is set for a November 5th release through Profound Lore. A few of us at the site are really excited about this news. Check out the first single, “Eternal Procession, right now.
  • Atreyu dropped a remix of “Warrior”, which features Travis Barker and Zero 9:36. As a reminder, their newest album, Baptize, is out now through Spinefarm.
  • For those somehow unaware, Spirit Adrift released Forge Your Future today, their predictably incredible new EP. That’s out through Century Media, and to celebrate, let’s check out the new lyric video for “Invisible Enemy”.
  • German modern metal collective Venues also have a new album out today. Solace is out through Arising Empire, and you can check out the new video for “Deceptive Faces” right now.
  • It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on DragonForce, so let’s close out the week with the new video from them for “Troopers of the Stars”, taken from 2019’s Extreme Power Metal. Quite the vibe these dudes are throwing out these days.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: We Came As Romans, Creeping Death, Tombs, and More

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Slow day today, let’s see what I can dig up.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CURSED IMAGERY: The Week in Album Art (September 27, 2019)

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Maaaan, it’s a busy week for new metal. This is the first time since I started doing this column that the number of releases dropping on Friday — not “over the weekend” or “early next week”; today — spanned more than a full page on Metal-Archives’ Upcoming Releases list. And as you might expect from the sheer volume of stuff dropping… yes, there were definitely some gems on the album artwork front. I’ve whittled the list down to six highlights in particular, so let’s jump into that now!

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CANTO: Kreator, Novembers Doom, Insomnium, and More

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This Monday has a very Tuesday feel. And that’s not a good thing.

  • Kreator have announced a new bassist today. The thrash giants welcome Frédéric Leclercq to their lineup. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he spent some time with Dragonforce dating back to 2005.
  • Novembers Doom dropped a couple new singles today in the build up to the November 1st release of Nephilim Grove. You can check out the title-track here, and also a song called “Petrichor” here.
  • In case you missed this little nugget of drama today, Flaw was accused of ripping off a song put together by a YouTuber some time ago… and they have since addressed it. Make of it what you will. I’m moving on.
  • Anybody else miss the new Insomnium video for “Heart Like A Grave”? That album drops on October 4th through Century Media and let me tell you… it is unsurprisingly brilliant.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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