Cancer Bats To Release New Acoustic EP “You’ll Never Break Us: Separation Sessions Vol. 1”

Cancer Bats will be releasing a new acoustic EP titled “You’ll Never Break Us: Separation Sessions Vol. 1” on December 18. The effort can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp and proceeds from it will go towards Water First NGO.

“You’ll Never Break Us: Separation Sessions Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Deathsmarch To A New Acoustic Beat”
02. “Road Sick Sick Sick So Stay Home”
03. “Black Metal Bicycle My Blues Riffs Away”
04. “Darkness Lite”
05. “Bed Of Nails Dreams Of Tambourines”
06. “Lucifer’s Slightly Less Rocking Chair”
07. “Bastards Waltz Recorded Live From TV” (Bandcamp exclusive)

Liam Cormier commented:

“After having our road dog existence of constant touring over the past 15 years halted due to the pandemic, and with all four band members, now spread across Canada in separate cities, towns and Provinces, we haven’t been in the same room since March. While separated from each other, we thought what better time to re-examine and record new versions of 6 classic Bats tracks. With the end of 2020 just around the corner, the optimistic lyrics to ‘Deathsmarch‘ seem to ring truer now than when first shouted in 2008, ‘Hey World You’ll Never Break Us, try your hardest, try your hardest.’”

He also added:

“While we are excited for fans to hear and enjoy these new renditions, the other goal for this project is to raise funds and awareness for the clean water crisis that still exists within Canada for many Indigenous communities.”

You can stream “Deathsmarch To A New Acoustic Beat“ and “Bastards Waltz Recorded Live From TV” from the EP below:

Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz On Upcoming Solo Project: It’s “Kind Of Just Giving Me An Outlet To Do Basically Any Type Of Vocal Acrobatics That I Wanna Do”

During an appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “The Electric Theater With Clown,” Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz talked a bit about her upcoming solo project. The singer says the endeavor will give her “an outlet to do basically any type of vocal acrobatics” that she wants to do.

White-Gluz said the following:

“With ARCH ENEMY, I basically do screams — I’m growling; that’s the type of vocals that I do. But I actually do clean vocals a lot too, and not that many people know that. I’ve done a lot of guest appearances with other bands and other artists where I use that clean voice, but I don’t really use it that much in ARCH ENEMY. So the solo thing is kind of just giving me an outlet to do basically any type of vocal acrobatics that I wanna do, whether it be blues-style singing, which I have a guest thing coming out soon like that, which is pretty cool. Rock singing, power metal singing, opera singing… Basically, the idea is that it’s a way for me to kind of get my musical rocks off in any way that I want, and it’s separate from ARCH ENEMY. So I don’t have to go in and dilute ARCH ENEMY or change what that’s about it, ’cause that wouldn’t be right either. It’s basically something that I kind of just had as this ongoing project that I’ve been working on any time I had time off from ARCH ENEMY touring, which was basically no time until this year. So I’ve been working a lot on it this year and recording it at a home studio that I built. And, yeah, so far I really like it, and I’m looking forward to finishing it up.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gizmachi Recruit Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid For New Album “Omega Kaleid”

Gizmachi have officially announced their new album “Omega Kaleid.” The effort will be released on March 12 and it will feature vocals from Björn “Speed” Strid. The Soilwork frontman said the following about teaming up with the band:

“Being a part of the new Gizmachi record was one of the most challenging adventures I’ve experienced. I can honestly say that I’ve grown as a metal singer since recording these vocals.”

“Omega Kaleid” Track Listing:

01. “Winter”
02. “Paradox”
03. “Broken Ends”
04. “Turned To Dust”
05. “Sky”
06. “Inner Visions”
07. “Shattered Dream”
08. “Look What I’ve Become”
09. “Trick My Soul”
10. “New Day (Everything to Lose)”
11. “Omega Kaleid”

The album’s first single, “Broken Ends,” can be streamed below:

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment Announce New Documentary On Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment have announced a new documentary focusing on late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. The film is titled “This Was My Life” and more details regarding release plans will be revealed soon.

Here’s a description of the documentary:

“‘This Was My Life’: The official Nick Menza documentary film is an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. From his childhood all the way through to the end of his life including a true blow-by-blow account of the repeated failed attempts of the classic Rust In Peace Lineup.

This Was My Life: Will also feature rare and never before seen photos and video footage from Nick’s personal archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Nick Menza himself from 1988 through 1991 – Featuring exclusive content showcasing Nick working at the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known bands of the era that Nick toured with.”

Menza’s longtime personal manger Robert Bolger also commented:

“I am very excited to be working with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment on Nick’s official documentary. There’s a lot of published misinformation out there about Nick that isn’t true and I am very happy to bring the truth forth. Nick loved his fans and always said without the fans none this would be possible. I really think Nick’s fans will enjoy this journey through his life.”

Executive producer Holly Mollohan from Screaming Butterfly Entertainment added:

“As both a filmmaker, and fellow metalhead who deeply values the metal community, I am honored and excited to go on this journey alongside all of you.”

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Finish Recording Debut Release

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have finished the recording process for their debut release. The group said the following about that:

“Recordings finished now and the files are ready for mixing ✅ More info coming soon… #bodomaftermidnight”

[via Blabbermouth]

Obscura Finish Writing New Album

Obscura have officially finished the writing process for their new album. The band will be entering the studio in the near future to begin tracking the effort.

The group commented:

“Today, we’re excited to announce that the songwriting for the upcoming album is finished and we’ll enter the studio very soon. We tapped famous award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström for the upcoming full-length album and booked famous Studio Fredman, located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The sixth album of Obscura is scheduled for a 2021 woldwide release via Nuclear Blast.”

Vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer added:

“As of now, songwriting duties for the new, yet untitled album, have been finished. We picked the most promising compositions out of more than twenty pieces written during the last months and we can’t wait to record our sixth studio effort, starting in December. While the new album contains more guitar solos than any of our records before, all compositions are eagerly waiting to be performed live on stage and celebrated worldwide with our fans. As a collective, we are enthusiastic about the diverse, progressive and heavy songs to be released in 2021 through Nuclear Blast records.”

Converge, The Distillers, War On Women, Etc. Members Cover Samhain’s “Mother Of Mercy”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Samhain‘s “Mother Of Mercy“ with Brian McClelland (Fucked And Bound), Brooks Harlan (War On Women), Nate Newton (Converge), and Andy Granelli (The Distillers). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“We’re dropping a November Coming Fire song on the last day of November! It’s a cover of a Samhain song, Danzig‘s underrated middle band after the Misfits! Nate is on a toilet–you love to see it! This is our 32nd bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, And Unto Others Announce European/UK Tour

Arch Enemy and Behemoth will be hitting the road on a co-headlining European/UK tour next year. Carcass and Unto Others will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/28 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
09/30 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/01 Manchester, UK – O2 Academy
10/02 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
10/03 London, UK – O2 Academy
10/05 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
10/06 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/08 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo
10/09 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
10/10 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
10/12 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/13 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
10/15 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/16 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
10/17 Katowice, POL – MCK
10/19 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/20 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/22 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
10/23 Den Bosch, NET – Mainstage Brabanthallen
10/24 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
10/26 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
10/27 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
10/29 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/30 Dusseldorf, GEr – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
10/31 Hamburg, GER – Edel-optics.de Arena
11/01 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
11/03 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
11/05 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
11/06 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum

Taylor Young Announces His Departure From Nails

Taylor Young has announced his departure from Nails. The drummer says he played his final show with the band in December and officially left in the spring.

Young said the following:

“Here we have my first and final recorded contribution to NAILS. The 10th anniversary version of Unsilent Death is out now on Southern Lord Records featuring two previously unreleased songs, as well as the Obscene Humanity 7” remixed and remastered with those two songs.

The band and I parted ways this past spring, and I played my final show with the band last December. I’ll always be a TYRANT; the band will always be a massive part of me, and I hope it keeps going. If anybody has an inkling of a feeling that NAILS can’t make good music without me, that’s simply not true as Todd’s attention to detail, and quality control is unmatched. It was a wild decade with Todd, John, Saba, Leon and others and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, I cannot update you on the status of the band so no more questions about it please.”

Primus Announce “Alive From Pachyderm Station” Virtual Concert

Primus have announced a virtual concert, which they are calling “Alive From Pachyderm Station.” The event will take place on December 11 at Claypool Cellars winery in Sebastopol, California and tickets can be found HERE. Les Claypool commented:

“Strange, eclectically wonderful things tend to happen when the three of us get in a room together with our instruments. This will be an intimate and casual performance between three longtime friends as opposed to an elaborate ‘show.’ Primus in the raw.”