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For Immediate Release April 19, 2017  SOILWORK Officially Announces 25-Year-Old Bastian Thusgaard as Permanent Drummer   Witness Bastian Thusgaard’s Permanent Debut at International 2017 Spring/Summer Festivals including Download Paris, Hellfest, Tuska Open Air, Wacken Open Air and More                                   […]

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SOILWORK Officially Announces 25-Year-Old Bastian Thusgaard as Permanent Drummer

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“Vae Victis” by December’s Fire is streaming now in full via the SoundCloud player below. A landmark of its own epoch, thanks to a reissue by Arachnophobia Records this gem will be available once again as a remastered CD due out on April 25th, 2017.

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Heavy metal bullet hell game “Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods” (originally reviewed here) just got a major revamp update today fixing several bugs and offering some balance tweaks.

In celebration, the game is now 50% off at Steam this week, and a new teaser trailer has come online – check it out below. If you missed it, “Metal Tales” was previously covered in our ongoing look at video games with heavy metal soundtracks here.

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This is Tankard’s jubilee year, celebrating 35 years of existence. Of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion, so Tankard’s 17th studio album “One Foot In The Grave” will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band reveals a second video trailer, this time around discussing the album title and the cover artwork. Check out part two below, and you can see the previously released teaser trailer clip at this location.

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Although its been available directly at live shows from the band, the new Nocte Obducta album “Totholz (Ein Raunen aus dem Klammwald)” will be officially released on the 26th of May. A new teaser trailer comes online and can be heard below.

The successor to “Mogontiacum (Nachdem die Nacht herabgesunken …)” contains seven songs with a playing time of 42 minutes and will be available in a limited vinyl edition as well as on CD. The vinyl edition will also feature different cover artwork than the CD. Pre-orders can be found at this location.

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On May 12th (11th in Italy) Sad Sun Music will present a limited edition DVD titled “Ananke” by Italian cult and esoteric band The Magik Way. Check out the trailer below. Sad Sun Music also had this to say:

“‘Ananke’ is an opus that sees the extraordinary presence of the medium and anthropologist Alexandra Rendhell who delineates the steps of this amazing and obscure walk through 8 chapters of ritual music, alchemy, hermeticism and esoterism.

“The DVD will be released in an A5 digipack edition limited to 333 hand-numbered copies via Sad Sun Music and distributed by My Kingdom Music.”

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On June 16th, Igorrr – the brainchild of French musician and eclectic composer Gautier Serre – will release new album “Savage Sinusoid” via Metal Blade Records.

On this record, electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals.

A behind-the-scenes series of videos covering the making of “Savage Sinusoid” has been filmed, and part 1 can now be seen below. The new album’s full track listing is as follows:

1. Viande
2. ieuD
3. Houmous
4. Opus Brain
5. Probleme d’emotion
6. Spaghetti Forever
7. Cheval
8. Apopathodiaphulatophobie
9. Va te foutre
10. Robert
11. Au Revoir

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Los Angeles-based industrial band 3Teeth has debuted a video for a brand-new single, “Shutdown,” today. The track is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, , which is due out on May 19th via OMF Records. Fans can pre-order the record on CD, LP a variety of bundles now at this location.

“Sometimes I see these talking heads spewing their knee-jerk dogma all over the TV and all I can think is how fun it would be to just slip a hit of acid in their morning coffee,” comments Alexis Mincolla.

New record was self-produced by the band, mixed by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle) and mastered by Howie Wienberg (Deftones, Nirvana, Pantera, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden).

Comprised of Alexis Mincolla (vocals), Xavier Swafford (keys), Andrew Means (drums) and Chase Brawner (guitars), 3Teeth boasts a unique amalgam of aggressive sounds and compelling visual art that, combined with their cynical humor and provocative propaganda, ultimately asks fans to join the assault on consensus-based reality.

The album’s full track listing is as follows:

1. Divine Weapon
2. Pit Of Fire
3. Atrophy
4. Oblivion Coil
5. Shutdown
6. Degrade
7. Tower Of Disease
8. Tabula Umbra
9. Voiceless
10. SlaveGod
11. Insubstantia
12. B.O.A
13. Away From Me

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The fans have waited almost a full year since the announcement, and now two of Europe’s finest metal exports and Napalm Records recording artists – Hammerfall and Delain – are set to kick off their co-headlining North American tour tonight in Toronto, ON.

The tour crisscrosses North America including an appearance in Worcester, MA at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and wraps up May 18th in Atlanta, GA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Hammerfall is on the road supporting tenth studio album and Napalm Records debut “Built to Last,” which was released last November. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak comments:

“7 years is a long time, but now we’re set to the North American shore at last! Our aim is to create the greatest heavy metal party every single night, and together with our friends in Delain and, most importantly, you, the true Templars of steel, I feel confident we’ll make it happen.”

Delain will be touring on the heels of the “Moonbathers” album. Fans can expect to hear new material from “Moonbathers” as well as Delain classics. Vocalist Charlotte Wessells had this to say:

“We love performing in North America and after a handful of amazing North American tours we are really excited to offer fans the much requested full headline experience during this co-headline run with heavy metallers Hammerfall! You don’t want to miss out on this package, we look forward to a kick-ass tour.”

4/19: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/20: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
4/21: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
4/22: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/24: New York, NY @ Stage 48
4/26: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/27: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
4/28: Chicago, IL @ Concorde Music Hall
4/29: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
5/1: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/3: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/4: Calgary, AB @ Dickens 1000
5/5: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/8: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
5/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
5/10: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/11: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
5/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/14: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
5/15: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/17: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/18: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

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Soilwork is pleased to officially announce the inclusion of permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at upcoming summer festival performances. See below for a full listing of dates.

Bastian Thusgaard originally joined the Soilwork machine as touring drummer after former full-time member Dirk Verbeuren’s departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren’s understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band in the summer of 2016.

In a band statement, Soilwork says: “We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

“Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Bastian Thusgaard adds: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

May 21-22 Radio Rock Risteily Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn
Jun 10 Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France @ Download FR
Jun 17 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 23 Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force
Jul 01 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Aug 05 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Catton on Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 25 Woerrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival

Additional confirmed dates:
Nov 10 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 11 Gårda, Sweden @ Brewhouse
Nov 12 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 13 Linkoping, Sweden @ Pitchers/The Crypt
Nov 14 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin

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