Mark Morton Says Lamb Of God Are “Pretty Far Along” With The Writing Process For Their New Album

During a recent interview on WMSC-90.3’s “The Metal Teddy Bear Experience”, Mark Morton offered an update on the upcoming Lamb Of God album. He said the following:

“We are writing too. We got a bunch of new material, a whole lotta new song ideas that we’re sifting through. Pretty far along in the song writing process for the new album—not finished, but pretty far along. Touring coming up, we got a start of tour with Slayer in May and then we’re going to Europe in June and July and then we’ll be in the studio before that and after that, so it’s cranking.”

The guitarist also added that the group have already demoed some new tracks. Release plans are still pending.

[via The PRP]

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Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) Premieres New Song “Chip Away”

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) has premiered a new song titled “Chip Away.” This track is from his new Shooter Jennings produced solo album, “Tenderness,” which will be released on May 31. McKagan commented:

“‘Chip Away’ is somewhat of a rail against cable news and divisive agendas… all for the almighty dollar. The song also highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together.”

“Tenderness” Track Listing:

01. “Tenderness”
02. “It’s Not Too Late”
03. “Wasted Heart”
04. “Falling Down”
05. “Last September”
06. “Chip Away”
07. “Cold Outside”
08. “Feel”
09. “Breaking Rocks”
10. “Parkland”
11. “Don’t Look Behind You”

Tour Dates (feat. Shooter Jennings):

05/30 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
05/31 Washington DC – City Winery
06/01 Boston, MA – City Winery
06/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06/06 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
06/08 Nashville, TN – The Cannery
06/10 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
06/13 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
06/14 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
06/15 Portland, OR – Aladdin
06/16 Seattle, WA – The Showbox

Enthroned Premiere New Song “Silent Redemption”

Enthroned have premiered a new song titled “Silent Redemption.” This track is from the band’s new album “Cold Black Suns,” which will be released on June 7. The group commented:

“We’re proud to introduce our first single ‘Silent Redemption’ from the upcoming album ‘Cold Black Suns’. This track unveils one of the many layers of the long awaited 11th opus. With ‘Silent Redemption’, we take you along to Aokigahara, the infamous Suicide Forest in Japan, to walk amongst the Yūrei. While keeping our band’s trademark, this new album offers another pitch in the music, soaking the listener in bleak and fury.”

“Cold Black Suns” Track Listing:

01. “Ophiusa”
02. “Hosanna Satana”
03. “Oneiros”
04. “Vapula Omega”
05. “Silent Redemption”
06. “Aghoria”
07. “Beyond Humane Greed”
08. “Smoking Mirror”
09. “Son Of Man”

[via grimmgent.com]

Darkthrone To Release New Album “Old Star” In May

Darkthrone have announced that their new album “Old Star” will be released on May 31. You can check out the cover art and track listing for the effort below:

“Old Star” Track Listing:

01. “I Muffle Your Inner Choir”
02. “The Hardship Of The Scots”
03. “Old Star”
04. “Alp Man”
05. “Duke Of Gloat”
06. “The Key Is Inside The Wall”

Fenriz commented:

“‘Old Star‘ – again we are here with THE RIFFS! A while after our previous ‘Arctic Thunder‘ album it became apparent that we would continue in that same style, BLACK OLD HEAVY METAL with slow thrash, classic doom and slow death metal.

As many have focused on the 70s sound over the last 20 years, the mix on our new album has ended up being more 80s than ever. The songs are more metal than ever! Ted‘s songs have alot of black metal in them, faster and slower but also doomier parts and reoccurring parts. My songs are more linear written, it’s an ancient 80s underground trick, with breaks, all slow heavy or slow thrash, classic doom or slow death.

All in all it is our most 80s album so far and our most metal one to date with drum sound typical for the 80s USA/German market and damned lyrics, which are all written by me. We feel that ‘Old Star‘ is the big brother of ‘Arctic Thunder‘. More solid and with even better riffs.”

Firespawn (Entombed A.D., Etc.) To Release New Album “Abominate” In June

Firespawn (Entombed A.D., etc.) have announced that their new album “Abominate” will be released on June 7. Alex “A. Impaler” Friberg (also of Necrophobic) commented:

“On this album, we pushed ourselves more then before outside our comfort zone. You will hear a lot more heavy metal influences on this album. We never aimed to be a death metal band in the ordinary death metal genre. We make exactly the kind of music that we like and that is more to the extreme side but we always try news things and think outside the box and that is what’s so great with Firespawn. Always refreshing great fucking metal! This album is no exception, quite the opposite. On ‘Abominate‘, we explore new ground that not many death metal bands has before. Listen to it and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

Amon Amarth Premiere “Raven’s Flight” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Berserker”

Amon Amarth have premiered a new video for their new song “Raven’s Flight.” This track is from the band’s new album “Berserker,” which will be released on May 3.

“Berserker” Track Listing:

01. “Fafner’s Gold”
02. “Crack The Sky”
03. “Mjölner, Hammer Of Thor”
04. “Shield Wall”
05. “Valkyria”
06. “Raven’s Flight”
07. “Ironside”
08. “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”
09. “When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails”
10. “Skoll And Hati”
11. “Wings Of Eagles”
12. “Into The Dark”

Vocalist Johan Hegg said the following about the album:

“For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0. I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”

Destrage Premiere “The Chosen One” Video

Destrage have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “The Chosen One.” That effort will be released on May 24.

Matteo Di Gioia commented:

“The song ‘The Chosen One‘ is brief, has no repetitions and an unresolved structure. The unexplored, unrepeated sections of that unwrap with more patience on ‘The Gifted One‘, which also has an uncommon structure, but in the opposite sense. Here we have a long, pacing, reflexive closing song that shares many elements with the opener but feels completely different.”

The cover art and track listing for “The Chosen One” can be found below. It’s worth noting that the effort will feature a custom instrument called the “Megatron.” The group said the following about that:

“[It’s] a badass synthesizer playing guitar riffs together with the human guitarists. Like the saxophone, it’s set to disappear and fuse with the guitars to achieve a slightly unreal sound, and we knew we didn’t want these extra sounds to emerge and be obvious. Instead, we really looked for the listener to experience the ‘What the fuck is that sound?’ effect.”

“The Chosen One” Track Listing:

01. “The Chosen One”
02. “About That”
03. “Hey, Stranger!”
04. “At The Cost Of Pleasure”
05. “Mr. Bugman”
06. “Rage, My Alibi”
07. “Headache And Crumbs”
08. “The Gifted One”