THE GATHERING Electrify with 25th Anniversary Shows

This past Sunday, November 9th, 2014, THE GATHERING celebrated their 25th anniversary with two very special shows (matinee and evening) called “25 Years of Diving Into the Unknown” at Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  Almost every past and present member of the band performed songs from the pioneering band’s entire catalogue.  Needless to say, it was a very special night.

Let’s check out some clips from that night.

THE CROWN Make Their Return with New 7″ and Video

Trollhättan, Sweden’s THE CROWN are finally back with new music.  The Headhunter 7″ is available now via iTunes or colored vinyl.  The video for the title track is also up:

The title track has been taken from THE CROWN‘s upcoming album, Death is Not Dead, which will be released via Century Media Records in January 2015. “Unfit Earth” is a brilliant cover version of the classic NAPALM DEATH track (originally released on the album Harmony Corruption).

DECAPITATED Involved in Serious Yet Non-Fatal Tour Accident

DECAPITATED, who are currently on tour with GWAR and AMERICAN SHARKS, were involved a serious van accident this past Friday.  Thankfully, no one was killed.  Here is official word from the band:

DECAPITATED was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky. was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky.”

Let’s hope this is the end of the band’s troubles…forever.

Mexican Warlords BRUJERIA are Back

Mexican extreme metallers BRUJERIA have announced their return as well as their new contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. New music will be coming out next year.

“Esto no es un juego… es puro pinche desmadre.

“Los meros chingones de Los Angeles, México han regresado a un nuevo hogar y con planes de grabar un nuevo disco para 2015.

“[This ain’t no game – this is pure fucking madness. L.A.’s Mexican kings of bad-assery have returned to a new home and with plans to record a new album for 2015.

“Seis, seis, seis.”

THE SIRENS: Godmothers of Female Metal Vocalists Join Forces in New Project

The progenitors of female lead vocalists in metal, Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) and Kari Rueslåtten (ex-3RD AND THE MORTAL), have teamed up for a new project, THE SIRENS.

Two songs have been posted online:

THE SIRENS are also hitting the road in Europe this month.  As a special treat for fans, they will be performing classics from their former bands.

Norway’s MANIMALISM Announce First Full-Length After 22 Years

Norwegian post-black metal band, MANIMALISM, is returning from a long hiatus to release their first full-length album, Manimalism.

After releasing two demos in the mid-nineties as TAARENES VAARMANIMALISM went quiet; or so it seemed on the outside. Composed between 1993 and 1999, this album—apparently cursed from birth—has since been hovering in a near-completed form burdened by a constant barrage of breakdowns, line-up changes, and recording difficulties. Slithering from silence is the crew of renown artist/designer Kim Sølve, Bjeima (YUREI, ex-VIRUS), Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (VIRUS), Member 01 (THE CONSORTIUM), and Joachim Svebo.

First up is the single “Demons in Tuxedos,” the opening track from their first demo from 1996:

Manimalism is being released on black and gold 12 inch vinyl by Adversum, the label that gave you YUREI, I LEFT THE PLANET, ALFA OBSCURA, and STAGNANT WATERS.

Video of the Day: Revisiting MACHINE HEAD’s Nu Metal Period

With the release of MACHINE HEAD‘s debut, Burn My Eyes, during the tail end of metal’s time in the mainstream eye,  the band set its sights on the next big thing with their third album, The Burning Red.  Yup, the band had gone nu metal in sight and sounds.  Check out the video for “From this Day“:

The video really speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  The interesting thing is that The Burning Red is actually a solid album and is better than their second album, The More Things Change.

You’ve got to wonder though that had nu metal stayed big whether MACHINE HEAD would’ve returned to playing straight up metal or continue with nu metal.

Irish Heroes PRIMORDIAL Return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Dublin, Ireland’s PRIMORDIAL will make their return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen.  The new album is set for a November 25, 2014 release via Metal Blade Records.   Sing along to the title track:

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”