Teutonic metallers Primal Fear are here again! Their new album, "Apocalypse", will be released on August 10th via Frontiers Music and the band revealed its album cover and tracklist. We can have a taste of what will follow in the lyric video of "Hounds of Justice" that the band has uploaded on YouTube.

Tracklist

01. Apocalypse
02. New Rise
03. The Ritual
04. King Of Madness
05. Blood, Sweat, & Fear
06. Supernova
07. Hail To The Fear
08. Hounds Of Justice
09. The Beast
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. Cannonball
12. Fight Against Evil [deluxe bonus]
13. Into The Fire [deluxe bonus]
14. My War Is Over [deluxe bonus]

What a surprise! Fifth Angel, the legendary US metal band of the '80s, is back, having joined Nuclear Blast Records and ready to release their first new album in almost 30 years. Most power metal fans know that Fifth Angel released two classic albums in 1986 ("Fifth Angel") and 1989 ("Time Will Tell"). Now the resurrected band, with the line-up of Ken Mary (drums), John Macko (bass) and Kendall Bechtel (vocals, guitars), will release its new album, "The Third Secret" in September 2018. So, a power metal dream comes true, after the band's sold-out headline shows in Keep It True Festival.

Drummer Ken Mary says: "Over the years, we have worked with some amazing record companies, such as RoadRunner Records, Shrapnel Records, and one of the biggest labels in the world, Epic Records. However, we are even more excited to be working with the Nuclear Blast family for one simple reason: the incredible people that run this company really love the music itself, and are themselves fans of great metal music. This indeed is a unique and astounding situation, and we could not be more excited to make this announcement of making Nuclear Blast our home! We also want to thank all of the metal warriors that have kept the spirit of Fifth Angel alive and well for over three decades, and we are so very excited to finally...finally...finally announce the release of long-awaited new album "The Third Secret" ".

Vocalist and guitarist Kendall Bechtel adds: "We also want to say a special thank you to Nuclear Blast for giving us the musical freedom to create the art that we feel best represents Fifth Angel! We had an incredible and very long journey creating this record and we hope the fans love it as much as we loved making it for them. In the end, it is the fans of the music that keep it alive, and without you, this record would not be possible!"

As all Ghost fans know, the leader and frontman of Ghost, Tobias Forge, was sued last year by some of his former bandmates and in the lawsuit, he was accused of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band's album releases and world tours. So, Forge, who used to obscure his identity behind the character "Papa Emeritus" and now "Cardinal Copia", was outed due to the legal proceedings. But which are his feelings concerning this lawsuit and how did this lawsuit affected the making of Ghost's upcoming album, "Prequelle"?

Forge said, in a Blabbermouth interview: "I haven't felt very anonymous for many years. I don't feel very bummed by that. I can feel bummed about the reasons why it was revealed. But, it didn't do much harm. I don't feel, in any way, like a loser here and it didn't seem to do a lot of harm. No, especially with a little bit of hindsight and couth. It's fine. I feel good. It's going well. I'm out here working. I made a record. You know, it's always alarming, obviously, when you have people, and some of them used to be close to you, working diligently to destroy your life. That's always a bummer. That sucks. Sometimes that happens in all parts of the world: at workplaces, in schools, in families, in relationships and friendships. There's nothing new about it; it's perfectly natural. It's a sad avenue to ride down on, but it's a part of life and it's fine".

And when asked about how difficult was to compose and record the new Ghost album, after this lawsuit, he answered: "It wasn't that hard to write because there was a lot of other things that were also off my plate. So, in a way, I felt together with Tom Dalgety, I think we were both very determined — this might sound crazy — not to phone this shit in. I think we both felt the urgency. Going into it, we already knew that we had a ton of material to work with. So, we knew we had this song, that song, that song and that's going to be great, then we have that song — yes! But, still, 'Let's really put time into making sure that this record is everything it can be,' because we didn't want to mention it every day, but, of course, at the end of some days, it was 'My life is depending on this record. This is a moment of truth.' I think also for him as a producer and a close friend of mine, he also felt very connected to that, that it's like, 'If we pull this off, we're definitely doing it against the will of a certain bunch of people who really want nothing but for us to fail.' That alone was actually quite a good motivator rather than a negative. But that depends on how you're wired. I always strived to have an easy life. But, I've never really achieved that because of how I am wired and how I do things and I'm come to accept now that I seem to be working better under pressure. I don't follow apart easily, I don't give in easily and I'm way more competitive than I ever thought I would admit. So, people trying to fuck me over is just going to make me worse. They proved that, so thanks! Thank you, guys!".

British heavy metal band Monument have released a new music video for 'The Chalice'. It’s the third single off their upcoming album “Hellhound”, to be out on May 25th, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records

The video includes a cast of some of the biggest names in the British pro wrestling scene such as WWE UK Superstar Trent SevenChardonnay Darcy, Defiant Wrestling champion Millie McKenzie, BLW Women's champion Jamie Hayter and Charli Evans. Also included in the video is Monument's very own championship title belt crafted by the band's frontman Peter Ellis who also creates title belts for WWENXT and Channel 5's Lip Sync Battle UK, among others, with his title belt business Leather Rebels.

Peter Ellis, the voice of Monument quotes: "The Chalice is one of my favorite tracks on the album and one that I feel adds another layer to our sound that was not there previously, while still sounding distinctly Monument. Lyrically, the song is about the challenges we all face in our everyday lives and the choices between good and evil that we all have to make at certain points."

"Hellhound" is Monument's third studio album consisting of 9 plus 3 bonus tracks of pure British heavy metal. Twin guitar melodies, loud bass tones, thundering drums and soaring tenor vocals are all present in abundance. Lyrically, the album draws inspiration from a variety of sources like history, urban London life, the occult and personal relationships. Tony Newton's inclusion as the band's producer has captured the band's real sound for the first time and that sound is unmistakably British."

Singer Peter Ellis of Monument- comments: "Hellhound is, in my opinion, the best album we have released so far in our career. The songwriting is a lot more mature on this album and the songs are very cohesive. Musically, it is the natural progression of Hair Of The Dog, with lots of twin harmonies, loud lead bass tones etc. Lyrically, I drew inspiration from different sources and situations, like I usually tend to do, so it is a mixture of historical themes, urban London culture as well as some more lighthearted stuff which I do enjoy writing as well. Another big step up was the inclusion of Tony Newton to the team as our producer, which played a very big part in finally being able to capture the real sound of the band on tape and it is something we have always wanted to do. Monument is a "live" band and Tony was able to capture that in a really cool way."

 

 

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