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PLAYLIST – 1st & 2nd hour – 08.12.2021 – DLYSSN3 | WEDNESDAY- SOSMETALRADIOSHOW2309

1st hour

ROB ZOMBIE – Educated Horses – American Witch
SIX FEET UNDER – Unborn – Zombie Blood Curse
VADER – De Profundis – An Act of Darkness
Ex Deo – The Thirteen Years of Nero – Britannia 9th at Comuldonum
THE DAY OF THE BEAST – Indisputably Carnivorous – Enter the Witch House
SENSE OF NOISE – Sense Of Noise – Zero Killed
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – Doom Crew Inc. – You Made Me Want To Live
BATTLE BEAST – Circus Of Doom – Eye Of The Storm
AVATAR – Construction Of Souls – Construction Of Souls
RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Glory for Salvation – Son of Vengeance
HAVOK – Time IS Up – Prepare For Attack
KREATOR – Coma Of Souls – People Of The Lie
WARBRINGER – Worlds Torn Asunder – Living Weapon
ONSLAUGHT – VI – 66’fucking’6
METAL CHURCH – The Dark – Start the Fire

2nd hour

OBITUARY – Frozen In Time – Redneck Stomp
GREEN LUNG – Free the Witch – Lady Lucifer
OPETH – Heritage – The Devil’s Orchard
HELL IN THE CLUB – He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask) – He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
GROUNDBREAKER – Soul to Soul – Soul to Soul
SERIOUS BLACK – Rock with Us Tonight – Rock with Us Tonight
DIGGER THINGS – Ruby Eyes – Ruby Eyes
KNIGHTS OF THE REALM – Knights Of The Realm – Heavy Metal
KNIGHTS OF THE REALM – Knights Of The Realm – Knights Of The Realm
TONY MARTIN – Thorns – As The World Burns
HYPOCRISY – Worship – Children Of The Gray
NARAKA – In Tenebris – Of Blood and Tears
WORDS OF FAREWELL – Born Of Sleep – Born Of Sleep
EXODUS – Persona Non Grata – The Years of Death and Dying



On July the 19th, international all-stars melodic death metal project Act Of Denial premiere their fifth and final single “Your Dark Desires”, before the debut album Negative comes out on August 13th, via Crusaders / Golden Robot Records.

“Your Dark Desires” features a guest guitar solo by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Sons Of Apollo).

Act Of Denial vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork): “‘Your Dark Desires’ is about inner struggle and being able to separate inherited angst and self inflicted mental pain – once you’ve learned, you can move on and feel much stronger. The song is motivational and about acceptance.” 

Act Of Denial is an international melodic death metal group founded by lead guitarist and songwriter Voi Cox (Koziak, Victim) and guitarist Luger (Koziak, Benighted-Cro) in early 2020.

The band lineup is a metal who’s who and features vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork), bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Death, Testament), drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh) and keyboardist John Lönnmyr (The Night Flight Orchestra). 

Negative was mixed at Studio Fredman by legendary producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy). The album cover artwork was created by Carlos Del Olmo Holmberg.


“Puzzle Heart”
“Down That Line”
“Reflection Wall”
“In The Depths Of Destruction”
“Lost Circle”
“Your Dark Desires”
“Clutching At Rails Of Light”

Source: Bravewords



The Dark Element vocalist Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) is set to release her new solo album, Strong, via Frontiers Music Srl on September 10. Today, fans can get another taste of the new music with the release of the single and lyric video for the track “Sick Of You”. Watch the video below, and pre-order/save “Strong” on CD/LP/Digital here.

This will be Anette’s second solo album, following 2014’s Shine, and offers a harder, faster musical offering compared to the debut. More importantly, Strong stakes a claim for Anette’s well-deserved standing as one of the world’s top female metal vocalists.

The music for Strong was written and composed together with acclaimed Swedish guitarist and producer Magnus Karlsson. Together, Anette and Magnus managed to create an outstanding collection of songs which showcase Anette’s enormous vocal range alongside Karlsson’s incendiary riffs. The songs are heavy, but still quite melodic and contemporary in their approach to the genre style. Additionally, Strong is mixed by Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat, The Dark Element, etc.).

All in all, Strong is an album that masters the borders between heaviness and hookiness, all while showing an artist who doesn’t rest on her laurels, but heads boldly into the future.


“Bye Bye Bye”
“Sick Of You”
“I Need To Stay”
“Sad Lullaby”
“Fantastic Fanatic”
“Who Can Save Them”
“Catcher Of My Dreams”
“Hear Them Roar”
“Roll The Dice”


Anette Olzon – Vocals
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars
Anders Köllerfors – Drums
Johan Husgafvel – Bass

Source: BraveWords


VREID are now premiering a brand new song from their upcoming record ‘Wild North West’.

Norwegian Black ‘n Roll brigade VREID (OFFICIAL) are now premiering a brand new song from their upcoming record ‘Wild North West’. The song “Spikes of God” is streaming at the Season of Mist Youtube channel. The music video is also a chapter of the band’s unique and ambitious movie project ‘Wild North West’.VREID songwriter and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle comments: “A new chapter from our album and movie ‘Wild North West’ is revealed, and it’s a vile and intense chapter. This song is absolutely one of the most brutal, dark and most in-your-face songs we have ever written. The main idea for this song came to me one dark night in March 2020. I became haunted by this theme and spent the whole night in studio finishing this track. Afterwards I have barely made any adjustments to the original demo for the song. I wanted its primal ugliness to shine through and let it live its life without any corrections. The movie for this song dives into a black hole of human history, and is an illustration of how far astray we can go if we are blinded by the faith of our own perfection.”‘Wild North West’ will be released on April 30th via Season of Mist in various formats.

Pre-orders are available here:

Source: Season of Mist



Former Theatre of Tragedy vocalist Liv Kristine – now fronting Coldbound – has confirmed she will release the digital version of her Have Courage Dear Heart EP on April 16th. As previously reported, the physical version of the EP will be issued on May 7th. The limited edition coloured vinyl versions have been unveiled and are now available for pre-order here.

Liv Kristine: “In my new compilation EP, I bring together nine tracks, thereof four new compositions and five of my favourite live songs. The title track ‘Have Courage Dear Heart’ originally existed as a mandolin tune, which my composer Tommy had sent me ‘just for fun’ early summer 2019. After I had recorded my vocals the song just started growing and shining. We really wanted to keep this underlying Morricone vibe and somehow the perfect sound just manifested like in an imaginary widescreen Western movie setting. The track ‘Skylight’, which was released as a strongly limited single in December 2019, got its own cathedral version. Moreover, we thought it was time to wipe off the dust from an old, brilliant demo ‘Serenity’, which expresses this cool ‘kick-ass-Saturday-morning’ drive vibe. All compositions deal with deeply personal issues such as the beauty of nature, the universe and its laws, twin-soul connection, self-love, narcissism, healing and finding a voice.

The live tracks were chosen arbitrarily. It is the first time I am releasing live recordings. They were played at my eighth annual special show in Nagold (Germany) in 2019. ‘Siren’ (Theatre of Tragedy, Aégis, 1998) seems to be one of my audience’s long-time favourites, as well as ‘Panic’, unmasking the abuser, the traditional ‘Ave Maria’ (special request from my audience) and my new compositions ‘Skylight’ and ‘Gravity’.

Tommy, Andy and Eroc did a brilliant job in their studios, as well as my band, the audience and Chris behind the mixing desk at Alte Seminarturnhalle Nagold (Germany) on December 20th, 2019.

Thank you, Michael, Allegro Talent Media for encouraging me to release this EP ‘on our own.’ I know that my fans have become accustomed to waiting patiently between my albums. This is, after all, half-way to the album. I needed to devote myself to family life, finding my own voice, trust, freedom, seeing the whole, the balancing powers and the given abundance of the universe. I had to learn to open up my heart and release fears. I did, and I found unconditional love. The cover artwork conveys that frequency of having found my passionate authentic voice, that divine truth and source in my heart.”


“Have Courage Dear Heart”
“Skylight” (cathedral version)
“Panic” (Live in Nagold 2019)
“Siren” (Live in Nagold 2019)
“Skylight” (Live in Nagold 2019)
“Gravity” (Live in Nagold 2019)
“Ave Maria” (Live in Nagold 2019)

Source: BraveWotds



Sabaton have released the video below, performing their new single “Livgardet”, live at the Dalecarlia Music Awards 2021, held earlier today.

For the 500th anniversary of one of the oldest military establishments in the world – the Swedish Royal Guard – metal giants Sabaton returns with an epic hymn to celebrate this commemoration while simultaneously satisfying the wish of thousands of fans to sing in Swedish again. This is the first new music released since Sabaton’s hit album The Great War entered the charts in several countries at #1 in 2019, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for what one of today’s biggest metal acts has up their sleeve for 2021.

Sabaton’s new single, “Livgardet”, is available on all digital platforms. Listen here, and watch the music video below.

Simultaneously, the band announced the new single “The Royal Guard” and starts the pre-order for the limited vinyl edition of the single that will see the light of day on April 9. This 12” comes with a beautifully etched B-side, noble gold foil prints and embossed artwork, and contains both the English version of the track – “The Royal Guard” as well as the Swedish version “Livgardet.”  For a strictly limited edition, the band has even visited the pressing plant and created a special vinyl that will contain real gunpowder.

Pre-order the vinyl here. Pre-save “The Royal Guard” on the digital platforms here.

“Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland,” bassist and co-songwriter Pär Sundström reflects on the new track. “Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa.

“For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy.

“The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

So prepare to salute a 500-year-old legacy, and get ready for a year filled with countless surprises, new history lessons, and both musical and visual sensations from a band that continues to exceed itself.

Source: BraveWords



Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen’s Silver Lake By Esa Holopainen project will release it its self-titled debut album on May 28 via Nuclear Blast. A teaser for the upcoming “Storm” video can be seen below:

Since 1990, Esa Holopainen has been the lead guitarist of the progressively-minded heavy metal innovators Amorphis. Thanks to the metallic and melodic beauty of such classic albums as Tales From The Thousand Lakes, Elegy and Skyforger, Holopainen’s magnificent abilities to create enchanting atmospheres and innovative riffs have become widely known within the worldwide heavy metal circuit – and when the COVID pandemic forced Esa to cancel all plans for 2020, the renowned Finnish guitarist knew that the time had come to finally record a couple of songs he had kept in his drawer for several years.

“Over the last few years, I have been writing a lot of music, and some of the stuff hasn’t exactly sounded like Amorphis. When Nino [Laurenne, owner of Sonic Pump Studios] called me late March, I already had three decent-sounding Silver Lake songs in stock. These tracks, entitled ‘Sentiment’, ‘Ray of Light’ and ‘Promising Sun’, worked as the backbone for the full solo album.”

Although the making of the record had already started, some important decisions were still under discussion and Esa soon decided that he would need to invite some friends over to sing on his upcoming record. “At first, I really didn’t know if the album would turn out to be purely instrumental or would there be vocalists as well. However, one thing was certain, I wouldn’t be the singer of Silver Lake”, Holopainen laughs. “Many times, when people think about a guitarist’s solo album, they get the impression of technical stuff with a huge amounts of notes played extremely fast. Well, I‘m not a big fan of that kind of music. Whenever I write, I always want to pile up interesting songs, and not just shred for the sake of it.”

With diverse styles ranging from 80’s Dire Straits vibes to some heavy, melancholic and even poppy tracks, these 9 fresh creations obviously needed some strong vocal performances. Therefore Esa started to ask several friends and favorite singers of his that joined him from their home studios on these 9 new tracks to be featured on Silver Lake By Esa Holopainen.

With moody cover artwork created by Metastazis, the album that was recorded at Sonic Pump, produced and mixed by Nino Laurenne & Esa Holopainen, and mastered by Svante Forsbäck will be available on May 28. Pre-order here.


“Silver Lake” (instrumental)
“Sentiment” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)
“Storm” (feat. Håkan Hemlin of Nordman)
“Ray Of Light” (feat. Einar Solberg of Leprous)
“Alkusointu” (feat. Vesa-Matti Loiri)
“In Her Solitude” (feat Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis)
“Promising Sun” (feat. Björn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork / The Night Flight Orchestra)
“Fading Moon” (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen)
“Apprentice” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)

(Photo – Juuso Soinio)

Source: BraveWords


CANNIBAL CORPSE Runs Riot On New Song “Murderous Rampage”!

Violence Unimagined is Cannibal Corpse‘s first new album with guitarist Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel). Rutan produced the past four Cannibal Corpse records and has been filling in for guitarist Pat O’Brien live, so it’s not a huge leap to see why they chose him. O’Brien is currently facing charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

Violence Unimagined is out April 16. Pre-order your copy here.

Source: MetalInjection


MESHUGGAH Is In The Studio!

At the end of 2021, Meshuggah announced a handful of tour dates for late 2021 and a very special show for 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Meshuggah has also been working on new music, which means that the likelihood of this tour coinciding with a new album is probably pretty high. Turns out that assumption was right.

Meshuggah just posted a photo of their setup in the studio. No word on who they’re working with, but they did record 2016’s The Violent Sleep of Reason with Tue Madsen and 2012’s Koloss with Daniel Bergstrand.

In a 2020 interview with Knotfest, drummer Tomas Haake revealed the band has most of the new material done and are shooting for a late 2021 release date.

Haake also added that writing new material this late in Meshuggah‘s career has proven difficult, as the band is not trying to repeat themselves.

“I think we have most of the material for the new album. It takes a long time for us between each album, and this time, due to COVID as well, it’s gonna be longer than usual, I think. Right now, we’re aiming at a release in late ’21. Then the question mark right now is, is touring even gonna happen at that point? And if not, do you release the album or do you hold off with it and try to make money some other ways, like doing live shows on the Internet or whatever?

“So, yeah, it’s time-consuming, for sure. We tend to scrutinize everything we do a lot, too, so… I think, to some degree, you just turn kind of insane over time when you try to do this thing because we always try to challenge ourselves and we always try to find something that [we] haven’t done before.

“But we’ve done this for 30 years now, so it’s harder and harder to find what’s special with this — like, ‘This riff, is it cool enough? Or what’s going on?’ So you tend to kind of overly scrutinize things. And sometimes you just kind of paint yourself into a corner with that kind of thinking. And sometimes you even realize, ‘I can’t even listen to this. Why would we release anything like this? It doesn’t even make sense.’ So you have to find kind of a balance. What’s a good balance of a song or an album as far as technical aspects? And what do people wanna hear? What do we wanna hear?

“And hopefully, we can get to some kind of good level of mix in that. But that’s always an aspect too. And definitely with the years that we’ve put into it, we definitely feel like we’re more and more locked. It just gets more and more narrow. With each album, you’re just kind of in a tighter and tighter space.”

Source: MetalInjection


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