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.
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.
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.
Finally, we will close with a new video from We Came As Romans for “From The First Note”. It’s one of the first two tracks released since the passing of singer Kyle Pavone back in August 2018. Give it a watch below.
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!
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.