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Metal Contraband publishes a top 50 spins based metal radio chart weekly based on playlists compiled by commercial, syndicated, public, community, NPR and select college stations nationally. The chart is published every Tuesday at 2:00 PM after finalized. There is a full editorial section as well as up-coming adds at radio and tour dates. The purpose is to fill a void in the metal community other trades have not focused on metal in general. The section's chart editor Chelsea Nelson-Fernandez is based at Skateboard Marketing Ltd. Follow Our Metal News Feeds On: Twitter.com @Metalcontraband @skateboardmkt Instagram: @Metalcontraband @skateboardmarketing

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Thrash Metal Legends EKTOMORF Return To Their Roots on New Album Reborn Out January 22 via Napalm RecordsWatch the Music...
11/12/2020

Thrash Metal Legends EKTOMORF Return To Their Roots on New Album Reborn Out January 22 via Napalm Records

Watch the Music Video for the Title Track “Reborn”

EKTOMORF return to their musical roots and are Reborn under the sign of thrash metal after 26 years of existence. With their debut on Napalm Records, the Hungarian power machine transports the genre into a promising, modern era and sets itself free from any pigeonholes.

Since their debut, Hangok (1994), the four-piece around singer/guitarist Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas has regularly delivered new power to their devotees. Only three years after the release of their chart-breaking full-length, Fury (2018), Reborn ignites a blazing fire with its heavy sound and harsh lyrics that will burn any genre limitations to the ground. Their 15th studio album breathes the spirit of the “Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth – while at the same time, beginning a completely independent new chapter of EKTOMORF.

With the first single and album title track, “Reborn”, EKTOMORF rings in a new era during their 25th year of existence by returning to no-frills-required, brain-searing thrash metal. The first single off the new album kicks in like a wrecking machine and takes no prisoners from the first second on!

Frontman Zoli Farkas about making Reborn:
“This album was written in some very dark times of my life. When you listen to Reborn, you can hear it in the crushing, heavy riffs as well as within the melancholic, beautiful melodies and honest lyrics. Reborn is the album I worked on for the longest period in my career, there are a lot of new ideas in the songs that EKTOMORF has never executed before, intertwined with the roots of the band’s sound. I’m very proud of it. I hope it will give you what it gives to me.”

Be prepared for this thunderous onslaught! With Reborn, EKTOMORF confidently kicks off a new chapter, taking along anyone who crosses the path of this thrash metal bullet with them!

Reborn Track Listing:
1 - Ebullition
2 - Reborn
3 - And the Dead Will Walk
4 - Fear Me
5 - Where the Hate Conceives
6 - The Worst is Yet to Come
7 - Forsaken
8 - Smashing the Past

EKTOMORF Are:

Zoltán Farkas - Vocals, Guitars
Szebasztián Simon - Guitars
Csaba Zahorán - Bass
Kàlmàn Olàh – Drums

Watch The Video Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew997oldZb4&feature=youtu.be

Pre-order Here:
https://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/ektomorf

Happy Veterans Day  Thank you for all who served and those that have fallen. Today we honor you all.
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day Thank you for all who served and those that have fallen. Today we honor you all.

WITHERFALL RELEASE "THE LAST SCAR" BAND SHARES COVER OF UPCOMING ALBUM CURSE OF AUTUMN Is there a better time of the yea...
11/06/2020

WITHERFALL RELEASE "THE LAST SCAR" BAND SHARES COVER OF UPCOMING ALBUM CURSE OF AUTUMN

Is there a better time of the year to dive headfirst into dark and progressive melodic metal than now?

While the shadows of winter are creeping up upon us and as the nights get longer, it's the perfect time to introduce Curse of Autumn, the upcoming album from L.A. band WITHERFALL. The record is due out in March 2021 on Century Media Records.

The album art is once again a hand-painted masterpiece by the legendary Kristian Wåhlin and is the fourth painting in the WITHERFALL series.

"This is a nice and happy one," the band says. "It's heavily inspired by an evening on tour in the Czech Republic. It's possibly one of the most aggressive WITHERFALL songs and certainly a test of stamina for instrumentalists and voices. During the recording, our producer Jon Schaffer really put us to the test on getting these final takes. Both WITHERFALL and our team at Century Media felt this song would be the perfect way to introduce our latest offspring Curse of Autumn. Like any other WITHERFALL record, this one is quite the storm. This is but the first gust of wind…"

Keep your eyes peeled for more info as Curse Of Autumn unfolds.

WITHERFALL ARE:

Joseph Michael — Vocals/Keyboards (Also in Sanctuary)
Jake Dreyer — Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Also in Iced Earth/Demons & Wizards)
Anthony Crawford — Bass (Chon, Shalmor, Allan Holdsworth, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Whalum)
Marco Minnemann — Drums (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, Necrophagist))
Alex Nasla — Live Keyboards

Listen Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybjieZibRU&feature=youtu.be

GHØSTKID RELEASE "YØU & I" VIDEO — WATCHSELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 13 ON CENTURY MEDIAGHØSTKID's music is a he...
10/30/2020

GHØSTKID RELEASE "YØU & I" VIDEO — WATCH

SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 13 ON CENTURY MEDIA

GHØSTKID's music is a headlong dive into darkness and aggression. It aligns on new paradigms — baring its teeth while keeping a sense for catchy melodies. GHØSTKID is also the new namesake of Sebastian "Sushi" Biesler (formerly Eskimo Callboy) and a conspiracy of friends and like-minded allies who have come to a riot of their own: Drummer Steve Joakim from Sweden, as well as guitarist Danny Güldener and bassist Stanislaw Czywil, both of whom were previously in To The Rats And Wolves.

GHØSTKID's self-titled debut album, which was co-produced by Phil Sunday and produced by renowned producer Sky van Hoff (Rammstein, Emigrate), drops via Century Media on November 13. Pre-order

Today, the band has released the video for "YØU & I."

"'YØU & I' is probably the most personal track on the record and based on a true story," GHØSTKID comments. "It's the story about a close person who is in a coma. It seems like you can't really do anything, but somehow, you've got a connection and it really feels like you are facing all of this together. I strongly believe that being there and letting someone feel that he or she is not alone definitely has an impact. The video is a metaphoric walk through the 'coma world.' It's about finding a way out of it together, about support, and about help. Sometimes, this is all what we need to make it through tough times, to know that we're not alone."

The video was produced by GHØSTKID and Mirko Witzki with visual effects coming from Timo Krahl.

GHØSTKID TRACK LISTING:
"FØØL"
"START A FIGHT"
"SHARKS"
"DRTY"
"THIS IS NØT HØLLYWØØD" (Feat. Timi Hendrix)
"YØU & I"
"SUPERNØVA" (Feat. Marcus Bischoff)
"CRØWN" (Feat. Mille Petrozza)
"CØLD WØRLD"
"ZERØ"
"THIS IS NØT HØLLYWØØD" (Feat. Johnny 3 Tears)

GHØSTKID ARE:

Steve Joakim — Drums
Sebastian "Sushi" Biesler — Vocals
Danny Güldener — Guitar
Stanislaw Czywil — Bass

Watch The Video Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZFwLGzxa2U&feature=youtu.be

Pre-Order Here:
https://ghostkid.lnk.to/ghostkid/

DARK TRANQUILLITY EXPLORE "THE DARK UNBROKEN" WITH NEW VIDEO:NEW ALBUM MOMENT OUT NOVEMBER 20 VIA CENTURY MEDIAMelodic d...
10/30/2020

DARK TRANQUILLITY EXPLORE "THE DARK UNBROKEN" WITH NEW VIDEO:

NEW ALBUM MOMENT OUT NOVEMBER 20 VIA CENTURY MEDIA

Melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their 12th album Moment on November 20 via Century Media. Moment is available for pre-order. The album will be available as a digipak, black LP, silver LP, and CD jewel case. A limited edition, translucent yellow vinyl version is available exclusively via Revolver

The band has just dropped the video for "The Dark Unbroken." Watch it here.

"Filmed in the heart of Gothenburg with renowned TV/film director Erik Eger (Thicker Than Water, One Hundred Years Of Evil), 'The Dark Unbroken' shows the city as we've seen it this year and it reflects our longing to be back on a stage together," the band explains. "Shot in part at the beautiful Stora Teatern that has stood in the center of town since 1859, this serves as a transition to our upcoming streamed live show from the very same stage on November 21. More info on this to follow. But until then, enjoy 'The Dark Unbroken.'"

Previously, Dark Tranquillity offered up the new songs "Phantom Days" and "Identical to None."

It's been four years since Dark Tranquillity's Swedish Grammy-nominated album Atoma. But the time between was creative, innovative, and adventurous. The band welcomed two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) — while writing a stunning cluster of songs that not only push Dark Tranquillity's boundaries outward but also strongly typify the Swedes' sonic fingerprint. Recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Moment is a riveting yet challenging journey from start to finish.

Join Dark Tranquillity as they unveil their defining Moment.

MOMENT TRACK LISTING:

"Phantom Days"
"Transient"
"Identical to None"
"The Dark Unbroken"
"Remain in the Unknown"
"Standstill"
"Ego Deception"
"A Drawn Out Exit"
"Eyes of the World"
"Failstate"

DARK TRANQUILLITY ARE:

Mikael Stanne — Vocals
Martin Brändström — Electronics
Anders Jivarp — Drums
Johan Reinholdz — Guitars
Christopher Amott — Guitars
Anders Iwers — Bass

Watch The Video Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ug2G16deYQ&feature=youtu.be

Pre-Order Here:
https://darktranquillity.lnk.to/MomentID

CVLT OV THE SVN Signs Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records.Finnish occult murder pop inventors CVLT OV THE SVN have...
10/28/2020

CVLT OV THE SVN Signs Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records.

Finnish occult murder pop inventors CVLT OV THE SVN have inked a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records.

While rock music seems to have lost its danger and mystique in a lot of ways, CVLT OV THE SVN are the force that embodies just that. Eeriness, danger and angst with a pinch of romanticism and seduction and a load of morbid horror theatrics - all wrapped in a melancholic and catchy, yet very rock, and at times even heavy, sound, drawing its influences from all sorts of artists and genres.

Commented the mysterious creative visionary behind the band: “For me the inspiration is darkness itself, as I am able to understand it. When I write songs, I want to push people’s boundaries, so I want to come up with ideas that make you go, ‘What the f**k?!'. Napalm Records is obviously one of the legends. It is an honor to be part of the lineage, part of this family”.

The band is currently working on their first full-length album - more to be announced soon.

To get a glimpse of what lies ahead, check out the eerie videos for stand out tracks "Twilight", "The Pit", "Luna In The Sky Forever" and "The Murderer" below.

Watch Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdmE3YUFlI

MOTÖRHEAD Announces Podcast Mini Series as They Continue 40th Anniversary Celebrations of Ace Of SpadesPodcast Subscribe...
10/07/2020

MOTÖRHEAD Announces Podcast Mini Series as They Continue 40th Anniversary Celebrations of Ace Of Spades
Podcast Subscribe Here:

https://Motorhead.Lnk.To/Motorcastfa

Watch Henry Rollins Unbox The Deluxe Ace Of Spades Box Set via Consequence of Sound

Rock N’ Roll renegades MOTÖRHEAD continue the 40th anniversary celebrations of the dirtiest, meanest, toughest album of them all, Ace Of Spades, with a podcast mini-series of Motörcast’s telling stories from the recording studio, on the road, behind the scenes and of MOTÖRHEAD’s phenomenal growth in popularity following the release of this seminal album. Told through interviews with a selection of guests who were in the midst of the Motör-machine during 1980 and 1981, this series will reveal all the tales, warts and all! The teaser trailer for the Ace Of Spades, Motörcast is available now on all podcast platforms here: https://motorhead.lnk.to/MotorcastFA. Episode one will go live next week, with subsequent episodes released every two weeks. Make sure you subscribe to the series!

In addition to the previously announced expanded editions of Ace Of Spades and the deluxe collectors box set, the album will also be released digitally in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience utilizing Sony’s spatial audio technology, that will let listeners hear this behemoth like never before. The 360 Reality Audio content will be available on Deezer and Tidal and can be enjoyed on any headphones and also on Amazon Music HD, playing on the Amazon Echo Studio.
For additional details visit: 360 Reality Audio official website

Watch Henry Rollins unbox the deluxe Ace Of Spades Box Set via Consequence of Sound at https://consequenceofsound.net/…/henry-rollins-unboxes-moto….

PREORDER ACE OF SPADES 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS HERE:
https://motorhead.lnk.to/AOS40PR

Be sure to visit www.iMotorhead.com for news and updates

Eddie Van Halen Legendary Guitar Player And Founder ofOf Van Halen Passes at 65:Eddie Van Halen Founder of Van Halen los...
10/06/2020

Eddie Van Halen Legendary Guitar Player And Founder of
Of Van Halen Passes at 65:

Eddie Van Halen Founder of Van Halen lost his battle with
Throat cancer today, he was 65 years old. He was admitted
to St Johns hospital in Santa Monica, CA 3 days ago with
complications. Eddie along with his brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mike Anthony and David Lee Roth were mainstays through the 80's and 90's and well into the 2000's.

The band have had line up changes but through out the
years has always influenced the careers of up-coming
artists.

We would like to send a deepest condolence to his family,
band mates, Warner Bros Records & Interscope Records.

Today, Swedish heavy legends Torch reveal a lyric video for the brand-new track "Collateral Damage." The track is the fi...
08/28/2020

Today, Swedish heavy legends Torch reveal a lyric video for the brand-new track "Collateral Damage." The track is the first to be revealed from the band's LONG-awaited comeback album, Reignited, set for international release on September 25th via Metalville Records. See & hear Torch's lyric video for "Collateral Damage" in its entirety

Faster, heavier & louder! That was the motto when Torch started in 1981. Five young metalheads from the small town of Eskilstuna in Sweden, equipped with a big dream and burning ambitions: Dan Dark on vocals, Chris J. First and Claus Wild on guitars, Ian Greg on bass, and Steve Streaker on drums. With this lineup, the EP Fire Raiser (1982) as well as the albums Torch (1983) and Electrikiss (1984) were recorded, followed by tours through Sweden and Europe. Torch even got kicked off a Motörhead tour once for smashing a drum kit. But, already in 1986, the band split up again.

"The Torch" only burned for a few years, but their influence was greater than the musicians themselves realized. Robb Flynn of Machine Head, for example, said the first song they ever played live was a Torch song. And Snowy Shaw of King Diamond said that he named his first band after a song by Torch.

Over the years, there were many requests from fans for a reunion. But it wasn't until 2013 that it finally happened. Four of the founding members brought their old friend and guitarist Håkky into the band to play on a rock cruise. The comeback gig was a huge success, and the musicians felt that the time had come to let Torch flare up again. More gigs followed, including one at the Sweden Rock Festival 2018, where the band was very well received.

But Torch was not satisfied with just living in the past. So in 2019, they started writing and recording new material. Responsible for the mix and mastering was none other than Grammy-nominated producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, U.D.O., Pretty Maids).

The result of this work are the first new Torch songs in 35 years, which will now see the light of day as Reignited. See & hear the first spark with the brand-new lyric video for "Collateral Damage" HERE at the band's official YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obISJnct8iA

Tracklisting for Torch (Sweden)'s Reignited

1. Knuckle Duster
2. Collateral Damage
3. All Metal, No Rust
4. Feed The Flame
5. In The Dead Of Night
6. Cradle To Grave
7. Snake Charmer
8. Intruder
9. To the Devil His Due


TORCH lineup 2020
Dan Dark - vocals
Chris J First - guitar
Håkky - guitar
Ian Greg - bass
Steve Streaker - drums

DISCOGRAPHY
Fire Raiser (EP) - 1982
Torch - 1983
Elektrikiss - 1984
Reignited - 2020

Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Live Album/Blu-Ray/DVD with orchestra, A Symphonic Journey to Remember Pre-Order Avail...
08/27/2020

Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Live Album/Blu-Ray/DVD with orchestra, A Symphonic Journey to Remember Pre-Order Available:

Watch the New Atmospheric Music Video with Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague for “Heroes Of The Dawn”

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS’ long cherished dream came true: An unforgettable journey through the maritime depths of their history accompanied by the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague!

This autumn, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will continue their entrancing symphonic journey through the maritime depths by presenting fans with their very first LIVE album/Blu-ray/DVD, A Symphonic Journey To Remember! Recorded live at the 2019 BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague, the multi-format live offering is set to be released via Napalm Records on October 30, 2020.

The audiovisual voyage through the long and successful history of the band showcases their strong, manifold identity and cements their standing at the top of the scene. Alongside their bandmates, the heart-wrenching duets of Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli are underlined by the outstanding musical power of the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague.

The highly energetic, enchanting live music video “Heroes Of The Dawn” catches a first visual spark of the palpable live atmosphere of the festival, and the band’s breathtaking musical delivery.

Following the release of their latest chart-breaking studio album, Wanderers (#17 UK, #30 US, #39 DE), symphonic metal alliance VISIONS OF ATLANTIS are now ready to conquer your eyes and ears with this unique, first-class live appearance!

Clémentine Delauney on A Symphonic Journey To Remember:

“We are absolutely thrilled with finally releasing our very first live blu-ray/DVD, A Symphonic Journey to Remember. Our show at Bang Your Head!!! Festival in 2019 with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague gave us the perfect point in space and time to make the dream of playing with an orchestra come true. We hope you will enjoy this audiovisual experience as much as the memory of this show is still vivid and precious to us.

In 2019, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS realized their dream of captioning their symphonic experience at the highest level. Supported by the orchestral accompaniment of the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague for the very first time, the quintet captivated the audience once again with their impressive headliner set at last year’s BANG YOUR HEAD!!! festival. This unique experience is captured on Blu-ray/DVD and audio formats - 17 atmospheric tracks guide listeners and viewers through the unparalleled, powerful discography of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. The outstanding symbiosis of Clémentine Delauney’s and Michele Guaitoli’s vocals, accompanied by the band’s breathtaking soundscapes and impressive scenery, will guide fans through the deep valleys of the untamed seas.

This unforgettable live experience will be available as a special Blu-ray/DVD/Audio CD bundle as well as a double vinyl Gatefold, as an exclusive deluxe edition and via all audio streaming services.

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. The Deep & the Dark
3. New Dawn
4. Ritual Night
5. Lost
6. The last Home
7. Memento
8. Release my Symphony
9. Words of War
10. Heroes of the Dawn
11. Wanderers
12. Seven Seas
13. A Journey to Remember
14. The Grand Illusion
15. Nothing Lasts Forever
16. Passing Dead End
17. Return to Lemuria

This unique experience will be available in the following formats:

- Blu-ray / DVD / CD Digipak, vertical format
- Blu-ray / DVD / CD Digipak, vertical format + Shirt Bundle
- 2 LP Vinyl Gatefold Black (incl. DVD)
- 2 LP Vinyl Gatefold Splatter Blue/White (incl. DVD)
- Deluxe Fan Gym Bag (incl. Flag, blu-ray/DVD/CD Digipak
Bundle + signed Booklet, VIP Pass & Laynard)
- digital via all audio platforms

Watch the live video for “Heroes Of The Dawn”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZERARAW4Kw

Pre-Order Here:
https://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/visionsofatlantis?utm_term=0_275216584a-8af527d68f-16113135&utm_campaign=8af527d68f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_24_09_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Presse+News+-+WWW

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Metal Contraband is a weekly music industry trade magazine. Metal Contraband publishes a top 50 spins based metal radio chart weekly based on playlists compiled by commercial, syndicated, public, community, NPR and select college stations nationally. The chart is published every Tuesday at 2:00 PM after finalized. Metal Contraband is fully owned & published through Skateboard Marketing Ltd. There is a full editorial section as well as up-coming adds at radio and tour dates. The purpose is to fill a void in the metal community other trades have not focused on metal in general. The section's chart editor Chelsea Nelson-Fernandez is based at Skateboard Marketing Ltd. Follow Our Metal News Feeds On: Twitter.com @Metalcontraband @skateboardmkt Instagram: @Metalcontraband @skateboardmarketing

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