Royal Hunt's new album is ready to be released. "Cast in Stone" will hit the stores on the 21st of February 2018 via NorthPoint Productions (and on the 7th of February 2018 via King Records in Japan). And the melodic/symphonic metallers have just released a lyric video for a new track off their upcoming album ("A Million Ways to Die"). The lyric video was created by Bernhard Kellerer of Transistor Pictures.

 

According to Devin Townsend's Facebook announcement, his band, Devin Townsend Project, goes on a break in order that he focuses on other projects. Below you can read the musician's message:

"Hey guys, Devin here. So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I've decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I've been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we've shared some pretty great moments - I can't say enough good things about them - And in the future, I'm sure we'll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It's certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name). Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the 'by-request' set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can't wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I'm excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.

Peace and respect,
Devin Townsend".

"They Played Rock n' Roll" is a new song of Saxon, featured in the band's new album "Thunderbolt", set to be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). This song was written about and dedicated to Motörhead, with whom Saxon were friends.

Biff Byford, the frontman of Saxon, said that they named the song with that title, because "that's what Lemmy used to say every night [from the stage]". "It's basically about early Motörhead — '79/'80 Motörhead, like around 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith', 'cause that's the tour we were on, that one. So, yeah, it's about the band, really, and their music". Byford said about the similarities of the song to Motörhead's sound: "I asked Nibbs (Carter, Saxon bassist) to write me some music that was like Motörhead, and he did. So it sounds very Motörhead-ish, but not Motörhead, if you know what I mean."

 

Greek atmospheric metallers On Thorns I Lay return with a new album, entitled "Aegean Sorrow", which is going to be released on March 12th through Alone Records. From this upcoming album, two new songs are revealed, the title track and "Olethros (PT. II)". The band says: "'Aegean Sorrow' is a mix taken from our first demos and our first 4 albums back in the 90's but with a modern sound. It is exactly what we love to hear, first of all, as fans. No trends, just pure feelings and music." As far as the second new track, they say: "We are very proud delivering you a dark melancholic track, that represents our perspective about the dream-sound we are looking for. Enjoy".

As you can listen, the new tracks show the band's come back to the death metal roots. We are anxious to listen to the whole album.

 

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