Demon Hunter will release two new albums, “War” and “Peace”, on March 1, 2019. The news comes just a couple of weeks after the group relaunched its fan community, “The Blessed Resistance.”
The reunited classic lineup of California metallers As I Lay Dying — Tim Lambesis on lead vocals, Jordan Mancino on drums, Phil Sgrosso on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Nick Hipa on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Josh Gilbert on bass and clean vocals — are currently busy with their European tour, fan filmed footage of their sold out gig in Club Volta, Cologne, Germany (Nov. 30) can be seen below.
As I Lay Dying played its first comeback show on June 16 at Soma Sidestage in San Diego, California.
Remaining European dates are:
Hybrid progressive/thrash/power metal band Biogenesis returns with a Black Widow, a limited release 5 song ep, that should hold fans until their next full length is released.
For the last 17 years, Biogenesis as a band has come and gone, testing the patience of fans, many of whom were hooked after hearing their debut The Mark Bleed Through oh so many years ago. While some consider that album a masterpiece, the band did not have that same lineup back together for an album until 2012’s The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth. That didn’t last long and the band went on hiatus for while until original guitarist James Riggs cam back and the Nealeigh’s were added on keyboard, drums and bass to fill out the band lineup for the critically acclaimed A Decadence Divine.
Bands that incorporate progressive elements into their sound do tend to redefine terms like ep. Black Widow by Biogenesis is a 5 song ep but clocks in around 33 minutes, which is longer than some band’s full length albums. There will only be around 200 physical copies of the ep released so those wanting one would be advised to get their preorders in quickly. From a content standpoint, the band was looking for a way to reach their fans while working on their next full length, a follow up to 2017’s A Decadence Divine. After a history of adding and losing members, this lineup appears largely unchanged from their last album and from a performance standpoint, that is a good thing as the musicianship is strong with the band. Production quality is top notch, so the band definitely didn’t rush this out, listening to it one can hear the time spent making it sound perfect.
Nosral Recordings acts Symphony of Heaven and Ascending King have joined forces to record ‘Drink From The Chalice Of Blood’ which is a cover from Horde (taken from “Hellig Usvart” 1994).
The digital track is available as free download (name your price) on bandcamp.
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has confirmed that he is working on material for his next solo album. The follow-up to 2016’s “One Sided War” will arrive in 2019 via Rat Pak Records.
Sweet wrote on his Facebook page:
Writing songs has always been part of my DNA. Once I get into that mode the flood gates open. I spent the past few days working on some ideas and so far I have 11 that I like. Now I need to weed through them and arrange them and program drum grooves to make em’ feel right. Joel Hoekstra and I are co-writing 2 songs together so I’m waiting to hear what he comes up with and that will make 13 tracks total (12 for US, one bonus track for overseas).