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Nuclear Blast News: Epica, Therion, Soulfly

Epica

 

EPICA release a music video for their third single ‘Rivers’, THERION release single & video “Tuonela”, SOULFLY Enter The Studio To Record New Album.

 

 

Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA recently announced the release of their new album “Omega”, out on February 26th 2021 via Nuclear Blast. “Omega” is the band’s first studio album in five years. Today, the band release a music video for their mesmerizing third single, the ballad ‘Rivers’.

Watch the video here

“Our third single has arrived! ‘Rivers’ symbolizes the calmness and at the same time the uncertainty in life, the ebb and flow. The calm water represents peace, and a strong river stream means that you have to face challenges and swim against the tide of life”, comments Simone Simons.

Pre-order the album in the format of your choice, here: http://nblast.de/Epica-Omega
PreSave: http://nblast.de/EpicaOmegaPreSave

 

Therion

 

Today sees the release of THERION‘s 17th studio album Leviathan! The album was met with widespread praise and critical acclaim, and the Swedish Symphonic Metal forerunners are proud to celebrate its release day with yet another magnificent music video for the song “Tuonela”. You can expect demons, swordplay, fire, blood, drama & basically anything else that’s epic crammed into one video! Enjoy!

Watch the video for “Tuonela” here

THERION’s new album Leviathan can be bought or streamed here: http://nblast.de/Therion-Leviathan

As a guest, former NIGHTWISH singer and bassist Marko Hietala lends his voice to the song.

THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson comments: “Like everyone else I’m very sad and was also surprised to read that Marko is leaving Nightwish. But I understand the meaning of his reasons and there are many that are frustrated about the same things.  But Marko has been active as a professional recording artist with various quality bands since the mid 80s, so I am absolutely sure we will see his return to the scene in time. He is simply too good to not be involved with music. But right now I hope he will take a good amount of time to just find himself and get the full energy and inspiration back on track.”

 

Soulfly

 

Metal icons SOULFLY are proud to announce they have entered the studio recording their follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ritual. For the twelfth album, the band is working with producer Arthur Rizk (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP, CODE ORANGE) at Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Arizona.

Max Cavalera comments, “I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year. We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”

The as-of-yet-untitled-record is tentatively scheduled for a late 2021 release via Nuclear Blast Records. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero

Killer Be Killed - Reluctant Hero

 

Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed are back with a vengeance with their follow up sophomore album “Reluctant Hero”. It’s not easy for these guys, which consist of Max Cavalera (Soulfly/ex-Sepultura), Ben Koller (Converge/Mutoid Man), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan/The Black Queen) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon/Gone Is Gone), to get together but when they do, some magic happens and in this case, the next evolution for Killer Be Killed.

 

6 Years on since Killer Be Killed made their debut and while it kicked off a metal storm on entering the musical realm with some of metal’s most well known names lending their craft and skills to a project that seems to be teeming with all kinds of ideas, it’s been a little quiet since they stormed Australia on their first and ONLY set of live performances 5 years ago. On “Reluctant Hero” though, the long break did the band justice as they have forged a well thought out album that pushes through from the first release.

The first sample we got from the new album was the aptly titled “Deconstructing Self-Destruction” with Mastodon mainman Troy Sanders leading the way to re-introduce us back into the Killer Be Killed world. It’s a familiar affair with melodic heavy moments to kick things off. Second single “Dream Gone Bad” follows and while it’s mostly a melodic heavy rocker of sorts, it does have flashes of thrashy riffs and heavy breakdowns, led by the legendary Max Cavalera.

Third single “Inner Calm From Outer Storms” is another great introduction to the album and one of the more solid pieces here with a dark brooding slower pace at first before switching gears into a furious metal attack. One of the highlights follows right after in “Filthy Vagabond” with Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato lending his vicious signature screams to this frenetic thrasher / classic rocker. It’s that weird dichotomy that makes Killer Be Killed such an interesting band to listen to and that mish mash of cross over styles works just as well here as it did on their first album.

The second half of the album continues that idea further with even more experiments blasting through the stratosphere with mixes of heavy chuggs, thrash metal tempos and melodic rock moments that wouldn’t be too far off any Mastodon or Soulfly record. Then there’s tracks like “Animus” which just fuse hardcore punk and metal together as if it were natural allies, and to an extent they are, but Killer Be Killed blend it together well even if it’s for a brief moment.

The most interesting track here though will be the title track that closes the album. It’s a slightly lengthier number with a bit more focus on the mellower melodic sides of the band that really only shine through in brief passages sporadically through out various songs. It may appear almost anti-climactic after going through a fairly heavy record but it may also be the perfect opportunity to give the listener a chance to really check out the true scope and depth of the band.

For those that dug the first album, there’s much to like about this follow up but if it missed you the first time around and you love what these guys do in their own bands, then this album will surely tick a few boxes for you.

8/10

 

TRACKLIST

Deconstructing Self-Destruction
Dream Gone Bad
Left Of Center
Inner Calm From Outer Storms
Filthy Vagabond
From A Crowded Wound
The Great Purge
Comfort From Nothing
Animus
Dead Limbs
Reluctant Hero

 

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