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Dread Sovereign

Dread Sovereign: titans of torment

Clearly not content with fronting the classic metal supergroup Twilight Of The Gods and contributing two traditional music reinterpretations to the forthcoming One And All, Together, For Home compilation (listen to one of them here), Primordial vocalist Alan Nemtheanga has turned his restless muse to the archaic atmospheres of epic doom. The result is All Hell’s Martyrs, the debut full-length from Dublin’s Dread Sovereign – an album one year in the making, but one that sounds like it’s been simmering over the flames of the Inquisition for a good few centuries.

Released on Ván Records on March 21, All Hell’s Martyrs is vast in its scope as it casts its unblinking gaze over aeons of religious persecution and dogma, summoning the spirits of Candlemass and Manilla Road, but providing a unique perspective on classic doom as the album builds its way to a soul-shattering, unforgettable conclusion. Thanks to the benevolent folk at Ván, Metal Hammer is proud to host an exclusive stream of the album in its full, all-castigating glory. Abandon all hope, enter the portal below and have a magnificently grimm St Patrick’s day of reckoning!

Gaze ye upon Dread Sovereign’s Facebook page here

Absolve thy sins by pre-ordering All Hell’s Martyrs here!

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Slipknot’s Clown: busy bee

Slipknot‘s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has unveiled the first model of a new, limited-edition series of official Clown masks that’ll go on sale each year.

50 editions of the “Clown001″ are on sale at $500 each, with each one coming hand-painted and so featuring unique touches that essentially make it a one-of-a-kind.

“I decided that every year on my birthday I’m going to release a new clown mask,” explains the man himself. “As you know, I’ve tried to get some masks out to the public and it hasn’t quite yet added up to everything I wanted to be. Now I’m collaborating with a friend named Jason Kain and we are going to bring you the new way in clownology.

“I just put them up today. I’m going to put masks out every year with a new story. Clown001 is starting it all off. In the near future, you will receive the story behind clown001.”

Click here to buy one for yourself

Clown confirmed to Metal Hammer earlier this year that we’ll be seeing a new Slipknot album in 2014, following the Des Moines legends’ show-stealing set at Download earlier this year. Brace yourselves.

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RockTalent.de recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis at the Hyatt hotel in Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the melodic, almost pop-driven style of the first single, “Never Never”, has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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France’s ArtScenics recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the melodic, almost pop-driven style of the first single, “Never Never”, has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which singer Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, can be seen below. The CD is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the melodic, almost pop-driven style of the first single, “Never Never”, has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which singer Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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Germany’s EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis and guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN recently released an official music video for “Never Never”, the first single from the band’s upcoming 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”. Like the album itself, the clip is the first to feature original KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005. The video may be saying something about the passage of time as the members of the group play the song while avoiding the lethal arms of a giant clock.

The melodic, almost pop-driven style of “Never Never” has met with some mixed reactions from KORN fans, which Davis told Metal Hammer was his intention. He explained, “We put this out first cause I knew it was going to piss off a lot of people. And um, so I did it. That song ain’t for dudes, it’s for the ladies.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is another big step forward for the band musically. “The melodies on it, on the tracks we did, they just sound like, so much like a mature band,” he said. “Sounds like they’re well thought out, the themes of, you know, the songs that Jonathan wrote about — it’s just where we are now. Every record’s just sort of a snapshot of where you are musically, personally . . . financially. [laughs].”

KORN will release “The Paradigm Shift” on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”.

The band will kick off a headlining North American tour on September 26 in Philadelphia, concluding in Las Vegas on October 12.

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“Carte Blanche”, the new video from Dutch female-fronted metallers THE CHARM THE FURY, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s new album, “A Shade Of My Former Self”, which was released on September 17 in North America via Pavement Entertainment and on September 16 in the rest of the world through Listenable Records.

“A Shade Of My Former Self” track listing:

01. The Unveiling
02. A Testament
03. Carte Blanche
04. A Shade Of My Former Self
05. The Enemy (feat. Jamie Graham)
06. Colorblind (feat. Daniël de Jongh)
07. In The Wake Of Pride
08. Living Saints
09. Heartless, Breathless
10. Virtue Of Leadership
11. A New State Of Mind
12. Deliverance

THE CHARM THE FURY‘s debut CD, “The Social Meltdown”, saw a frenzy of hype surround the band, with extensive coverage across national radio, including BBC Radio One, and in Europe’s acclaimed music magazines such as Metal Hammer and Kerrang!

THE CHARM THE FURY graced stages with the likes of I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, OH SLEEPER and TEXTURES during 2012 and put on a memorable performance at Groezrock festival that raised the bar and offered a greater platform to reach new fans.

The female-fronted quintet not only offers something creatively different with its female screamer but a collection of high-energy monstrous anthems that have hooked the industry with full effect.

Says vocalist Caroline Westendorp: “It is so exciting to see how fast the band has grown in such a short space of time. Reactions have been so positive and it is great to welcome the two labels on board and make the next release a real big deal across seas. You can expect some cool surprises in the new record and we cannot wait to show the fans what we have in store for them.”

THE CHARM THE FURY is:

Caroline Westendorp – Vocals
Mathijs Parent – Guitar
Rolf Perdok – Guitar
Lucas Arnoldussen – Bass
Mathijs Tieken – Drums



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Beaten To Death

Beaten To Death: suspend all rational thought

Grindcore fans, and fans of mentalist heavy metal in general, rejoice, because Norway’s nirvana-inducing noise experts, Beaten To Death have wisely chosen Metal Hammer as exclusive hosts to stream their forthcoming album, Dødsfest! – out on October 4 via Mas-Kina Recordings - in full.

Fronted by She Said Destroy’s Anders ‘Ugmod’ Bakke, this is ADD-enhanced grindcore running headlong through the looking glass, and yet also strangely accessible. If you’re a fan of Rolo Tomassi, The Locust, Brutal Truth, moshing like a maniac or the sensation of being eaten alive by seriously tripping, exhibitionist lions, this album is going to blow your mind. Check it out below!

Pre-order the limited edition 12-inch vinyl here.

And check out Beaten To Death’s own Facebook page here.

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Bad news. Oh dear.

It’s the End Of An Era as the Metal Hammer Podcast bows out once and for all. MerlSteve and Amit run through their all-time favourite Podcast memories, review the awesome new TRC album, slay one final troll and much more.

It’s been emotional.

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Few genres of music have been more entwined with the imagery that the music invokes more than heavy metal. Since the late 1960s, the imagery of the heavy metal genre has been closely connected with the music itself. Classic albums evoke memories of famous cover artwork; metal bands have become forever synonymous with their iconic logos; and landmark live shows have led to instantly recognizable gig posters that embody the time, place, and passion of the events. It’s even possible to trace the genre’s evolution by examining a continuum of its art.

In “The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, And More”, renowned music journalists Malcolm Dome and Martin Popoff offer a beautifully presented chronological collection of the colorful, outlandish, and sophisticated album covers, posters, T-shirts, and more that span decades of heavy metal music. More than 400 gorgeously reproduced works of art are complemented by in-depth features, including quotes from the graphic artists and musicians responsible for them. Dome also spotlights the metal genre’s most influential artists and photographers and delves into other topics that include metal merch, magazines, fashion, and tattoos. In the process, “The Art Of Metal” illustrates and explores the close-knit relationship between those timeless riffs that thunder from Marshall stacks and the images that have come to represent the songs, anthems, and sheer nature of headbanger culture-a must for any true thrasher’s bookshelf.

“The Art Of Metal: Five Decades Of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts, And More” will be released on October 15 via Zenith Graphic Histories.

About the authors:

Malcolm Dome started writing about music, and metal in particular, for Record Mirror in 1979. He was part of the Kerrang! team in the 1980s, cofounded RAW magazine in 1988, and now writes for Metal Hammer, Prog and Classic Rock, among others. Dome has also authored a number of books, including “Encyclopedia Metallica” (from which a certain band got its name), and histories of VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH, and AC/DC. He has presented his own radio shows for TotalRock and has appeared in a number of documentaries, including the award-winning “Anvil: The Story Of Anvil”.

Martin Popoff has been described as the world’s most famous heavy metal journalist. He has penned more than 40 books on hard rock, heavy metal, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press“Rush: The Illustrated History”. He has also worked in film and television, his most recent projects being “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” and VH1‘s “Metal Evolution”. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

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