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DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces New Album ‘Empath’

DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces New Album ‘Empath’



In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the records recording.

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. The full track-listing is as follows:

1. Castaway
2. Genesis
3. Spirits Will Collide 
4. Evermore
5. Sprite
6. Hear Me
7. Why
8. Borderlands
9. Requiem
10. Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
15. Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.

The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out:

7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT
8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT
29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT
1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT
2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark
4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany
5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT
7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT
9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT
13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel
24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT
29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT
30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT

Remaining tickets can be found here:

Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here:



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Annabelle: All Female Thrash Metal From Indonesia

Annabelle: All Female Thrash Metal From Indonesia



Annabelle are an all female Thrash band from Indonesia. 

They made a lot of waves in early 2018 but went quiet after that. They have teased that they are coming back again this year so we wish them the best of luck. 

They released this brief statement. 

Happy New Year 2019 Everyone! 😊🎆
Wish all the luck, happiness and a better life to all of us 😇


Check out Stuck here! 





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JINJER Release Music Video For Track ‘Perennial’ New EP ‘Micro’ Out Today



Rising stars Jinjer have just released a new promo video Perennial from their new EP Micro which is released today via Napalm Records. 

This band have gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years and show no signs of slowing down. 

They released this statement today. 

We are stoked to release our third single “PERENNIAL”, taken from the brand new EP “MICRO”, available via Napalm Records on January 11th 2019! ENJOY!

Watch it here: 

Directed by Геннадий Какушня with special thanks to these fantastic people: 
1AD: Alexander DICH Gridin
DOP: Gennady Kakushnya
1AC: Ihor Pravyk 
2AC: Taras Skrypnik
3AC: Pavel Lyhota
MUA: Julia Beregovaya
WM: Evgeny Astafev




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MISERY INDEX: New Lyric Video ‘Rituals Of Power’ New Album ‘Rituals Of Power’ Out March 8th Via Season Of Mist



Rituals Of Power is the imminent new full-length from long-running American death metal powerhouse MISERY INDEX. Set to drop March 8th via Season Of Mist, the record boasts nine crushing tracks centered around the concept of “truth” and its use throughout history as a means to uphold power, regimes, and ideologies.  


In advance of the record’s release, we offer up the official lyric video for Rituals Of Power’s title track noting, “The sixth out of nine songs, ‘Rituals of Power’ is a high-speed chunk of ripping death metal that simultaneously grooves and grinds, showcasing MISERY INDEX at their finest. Oh, and the song is catchy without sacrificing its extremity.”


Offers the band, “‘Rituals Of Power’ represents the album’s title track and most musically dynamic offering. We wanted to create something that captured the tension of this modern era; something that conjures visions of civilizational collapse and lost ideals gone astray and embeds them in riffs as monolithic as they are haunting. It is an anthem of hope as much as it is a cautionary tale; an end times farewell letter from the front lines of history. Turn it up and enjoy the ride…”



Rituals Of Power will be released in several formats including standard jewel case CD and digitally as well as limited LP, limited cassette, and limited deluxe digibox which includes bonus cover tracks – Nailbomb’s “Wasting Away” and M.O.D.’s “Man Of Your Dreams” – as well as a carabiner with key strap and bottle opener, a patch, and three vinyl stickers.


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Previously released single/video ‘New Salem’ 


When their debut EP Overthrow was recorded in 2001 by vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton (ex-Dying Fetus), MISERY INDEX immediately charted a course to explore and push the limits of death metal and grindcore, drawing influence from bands like Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Bolt Thrower, and Entombed. By 2003, MISERY INDEX released their debut full-length Retaliate to exceptional reviews followed by numerous support tours and festivals through North America and Europe. After several lineup changes, second album Discordia was released in 2006 with even more touring in its wake. Their third full-length Traitors (2008) reaped raving reactions from both critics and fans and saw the band on the road again until 2009. MISERY INDEX dropped 2010’s Heirs To Thievery like a bomb on the death metal masses, shattering all expectations. The album was both a commercial and critical success, elevating the band to headlining slots. During that year, guitarist Darin Morris joined the fold. A string of shows and festivals around the globe followed and on the Munich date of the Full Of Hate Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth, the band recorded their first live album. Released early 2013, Live In Munich perfectly epitomized the rawness and ferocity that MISERY INDEX elevated onto a whole new level with their fifth full-length The Killing Gods in 2014.


With their sixth full-length Rituals Of PowerMISERY INDEX are more furious than ever before. “Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age,” issues the band. “Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”


MISERY INDEX Recording Lineup:
Jason Netherton – bass, vocals
Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals
Adam Jarvis – drums
Darin Morris – lead guitar



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Lavidius Announce New Vocalist, Release New Single ‘Captain Benjamin Hornigold’



Brisbane’s hard-out and heavy outfit Lavidius are today pushing out to sea with a new frontman in the form of Ben Davis (also of Brissy’s Tria Mera) and brand new cargo on board – a heavy ditty about the tale of Spanish Pirate Captain Benjamin Hornigold. It’s the first taste of what the noted front-man is bringing to Lavidius and it’s a beer-swilling, chugging tune that sets a new standard and vibe to the band.

The new single will be available for purchase and streaming from this Friday, January 11 at iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and all good online outlets. 

Jon Shedden, guitarist for the band says of the new vocalist for the band – “Ben has a very professional attitude and fun vibe – he is already pushing us in music directions we previously didn’t think possible,” and bassist Sebastian Desmarais praised Davis, saying that “Ben brings experience, art and dedication – I am excited to see what unique quirks he will bring to Lavidius.” 

The brand new song is about a pirate named Captain Benjamin Hornigold, who was a privateer during the Spanish war who turned to piracy after the war ended and there was no use for his sailing experience. 

Davis explains the idea behind writing the song and its lyrics. “He has one of the best pirate stories… He and his crew got so drunk one night after a successful raid that they all threw their hats overboard. When they woke the next morning, they realised their mistake and hunted down a cargo ship and boarded it. They tied up the entire crew and took their hats. They left all of the cargo and only stole the hats to replace the ones they had thrown overboard in their drunken state the night before.”



Lavidius is an Australian heavy metal band from Brisbane, formed in 2008. The band is now composed of Ben Davis (lead vocals), Jon Shedden (guitar and backing vocals), Marcus Glover (guitar), Sebastian Desmarais (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Ben Bowen (drums). Davis said that he is “…very excited to be involved with a hard working band that wants to push limits and make music that we all enjoy.” 

Lavidius plays hard hitting music, with a unique blend of melody, down tempo grooves, finely tuned gutturals and ball tearing riffs that make you pull an ugly face because they are that filthy. Influences on the band include (though not limited to) Chimaira, Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Soilwork, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Gojira and Metallica, have been featured on triple j’s The Racket, The Faction, Andrew Haug Radio and single Days Get Darker featured Soilwork’s Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid on guest vocals! Their career to date has also seen them support international artists Cradle of Filth and Angelus Apatrida as well as Australian legends Orpheus Omega, Witchgrinder, DarkCell, Chronolyth and Vanishing Point, as well as play Lagerstein’s festival Lagerfest.

Lavidius’ single Captain Benjamin Hornigold will be live in stores for purchase and streaming this Friday January 11.

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Behemoth Release New Video ‘Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica’ Ahead Of European Tour


Black/death metal legends Behemoth have just released a new promo video ‘Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica’ from their acclaimed album ‘I loved You At Your Darkest’ ahead of their European tour which begins tomorrow. 

Ireland is in there, so get on it. I’ve seen this band numerous times and they’re one of the very best in the business! 

Check out their latest video here and all tour dates below. 


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Behemoth’s music video for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica”‘ from the album ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ – out now via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe).

Video produced by Grupa 13








Frankfurt (Batschkapp)




München (TonHalle)




Prague (Forum Karlín)




Wien (Arena)




Zürich (Komplex 457)




Milan (Alcatraz)




Lyon (Le Transbordeur)




Barcelona (Razzmatazz)




Madrid (Sala Riviera)




Toulouse (Le Bikini)




Paris (Bataclan)




Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle)




Berlin (Huxleys Neue Welt)




Copenhagen (Vega)




Stockholm (Annexet)




Oslo (Rockefeller Music Hall)




Helsinki (The Circus)




Tampere (Pakkahuone)




Hamburg (Große Freiheit 36)




Utrecht (TivoliVredenburg (Ronda))




Brussels (Ancienne Belgique)




Esch-sur-Alzette (Rockhal)




Bristol (Motion)




Birmingham (O2 Institute)




London (O2 Forum Kentish Town)




Manchester (O2 Ritz)




Dublin (Vicar Street)




Glasgow (Queen Margaret Union)




Tel Aviv (Reading 3)




Istanbul (Volkswagen Arena)




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