Primal Fear To Release New Album “Metal Commando” In July

Primal Fear will be releasing their new album “Metal Commando” on July 17. The first single, “Along Came The Devil,” and pre-orders will launch on May 15. Bassist Mat Sinner commented:

“I don’t want to throw around superlatives, but each of us went to their utmost limits and we are all very happy with the sound and song material. It’s pretty safe to say that this is a top album and maybe even our strongest record to date. It’s the perfect mix between our origins and our current style, a perfect balance and all band members did an awesome job playing and recording it. For me, ‘Metal Commando’ is the right album at the right time.”

Haken Premiere “Prosthetic” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Virus”

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “Prosthetic.” This track is from the band’s new album “Virus,” which will be released on June 5.

The group commented:

“‘Prosthetic‘ was the first song we completed during the ‘Virus‘ writing sessions and we always felt it would be the perfect opener for the album. It’s a very guitar heavy track with its roots in 80s thrash riffing, but with the unconventional rhythmic twists and turns we often like to explore in Haken. We sadly never had a Jeff Hanneman and Robert Fripp collaboration, but this song at least draws on inspiration from them both!

Lyrically the song is a bridge between our two albums ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘. The message was brilliantly brought to life by video director Vicente Cordero, who also beautifully captured the live energy of the band in a way that both enhances the song, and perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.”

Drummer Ray Hearne added:

“Since releasing ‘The Mountain‘ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’. This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘.”

“Virus” Track Listing:

01. “Prosthetic”
02. “Invasion”
03. “Carousel”
04. “The Strain”
05. “Canary Yellow”
06. “Messiah Complex I: Ivory Tower”
07. “Messiah Complex II: A Glutton For Punishment”
08. “Messiah Complex III: Marigold”
09. “Messiah Complex IV: The Sect”
10. “Messiah Complex V: Ectobius Rex”
11. “Only Stars”

Alestorm Premiere “Treasure Chest Party Quest” Video

Alestorm have premiered a new video for their new song “Treasure Chest Party Quest.” This track is from the band’s new album “Curse Of The Crystal Coconut,” which will be released on May 29. The group commented:

“Oh wow! We tried our very best to make a video that would alienate as many of our fans as possible. I think we succeeded! This song is about giving birth to yourself, selling out, and driving awful Yugoslavian cars. All the classic elements of pirate metal!”

“Curse Of The Crystal Coconut” Track Listing:

01. “Treasure Chest Party Quest”
02. “Fannybaws”
03. “Chomp Chomp”
04. “Tortuga”
05. “Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship”
06. “Call Of The Waves”
07. “Pirate’s Scorn”
08. “Shit Boat (No Fans)”
09. “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew”
10. “Wooden Leg Pt. 2 (The Woodening)”
11. “Henry Martin”

Covet Premiere “Nero” Music Video

Covet have premiered a new video for their new song “Nero.” This track is from the band’s new album “Technicolor,” which will be released on June 5.

“Technicolor” Track Listing:

01. “Good Morning”
02. “Atreyu”
03. “Parachute
04. “Predawn” (feat. Phillip Jamieson)
05. “Nero”
06. “Pirouette”
07. “Aries”
08. “Parrot”
09. “Odessa”
10. “Farewell”

Yvette Young said the following about the new record:

“There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us. Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. ‘Technicolor‘ traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

David Adamiak added:

“The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms. When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

Converge, Ex-Job For A Cowboy, Etc. Members Join Forces In Umbra Vitae

Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Mike “Gunface” McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, etc.), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed, etc.), Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex, etc.), and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, ex-Job For A Cowboy, etc.) have launched a new band called Umbra Vitae. The group’s debut album “Shadow Of Life“ will be released on May 1 and the effort’s first single “Return To Zero“ can be streamed below:

Bannon had the following to say about the band, whose name was inspired by Georg Heym‘s 1913 poem of the same name:

“After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.

In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.”

He also told Revolver the following about “Return To Zero“:

“‘Return To Zero‘ is about removing resistance in one’s life in order to be best version of ‘you’ that one can be. I feel that this is a relatable topic for many. What resistance is and how it manifests is unique to every single one of us. For me, this is a constant process and essential to being a better husband, father, friend, artist and human. Below you’ll find a section of the lyrics that state this better than I can in paragraph form. Thank you to everyone who continues to listen.”

“Bite down on the chain
Bow down to no one
Destroy the ego
Radiate love
Carve out a purpose
Where there was none
Compassionately
Wipe up the blood
Remove resistance
And exit the cage
Climb to your feet
Accept your rage
It’s time to reclaim
What’s rightfully yours
Bite down on the chain
And bow down to no one”

“Shadow Of Life” Track Listing:

01. “Decadence Dissolves”
02. “Ethereal Emptiness”
03. “Atheist Aesthetic”
04. “Mantra Of Madness”
05. “Fear Is A Fossil”
06. “Polluted Paradise”
07. “Intimate Inferno”
08. “Return To Zero”
09. “Blood Blossom”
10. “Shadow Of Life”

Bleed From Within Premiere “Into Nothing” Video

Bleed From Within have premiered a new video for their new song “Into Nothing.” This track is from the band’s new album “Fracture,“ which will be released on May 29. The group commented:

“’Into Nothing’ is the second single taken from our forthcoming album, ‘Fracture’. We wanted to release something darker this time round. This song looks at those who govern and questions their motives. At such a turbulent time in our society, this track has grown into something more. It acts as a social & political commentary. A call to those who feel abandoned and a reminder to the elite of who really holds power within our communities”

“Fracture” Track Listing:

01. “The End Of All We Know”
02. “Pathfinder”
03. “Into Nothing”
04. “Fall Away”
05. “Fracture”
06. “Night Crossing” (feat. Trivium’s Matt Heafy)
07. “For All To See”
08. “Ascend”
09. “Utopia”
10. “A Depth That No One Dares”

END Premiere “Pariah” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face”

END, the band featuring Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy), Gregory Thomas (ex-Shai Hulud, etc.), Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), and Billy Rymer (Thoughtcrimes, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), have premiered a new video for their new song “Pariah.” This track is from their new album “Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face,” which will be released on June 5. The group said the following about that record:

“‘Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face.’ 11 tracks that dive deep into a psyche of chaos, isolation, madness, and violence. Collectively an overwhelming amount of creative work and intensity went into this record. We can’t wait for you to experience it all”

“Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face” Track Lsiting:

01. “Covet Not”
02. “Pariah”
03. “Absence”
04. “The Reach Of Resurrection”
05. “Fear For Me Now”
06. “Hesitation Wounds”
07. “Captive To My Curse”
08. “Evening Arms”
09. “An Apparition”
10. “Every Empty Vein”
11. “Sands Of Sleep”