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Lamb of God is taking to the virtual stage once again this week, following up on last week’s worldwide livestream performance of their new self-titled album. This Friday, the band will perform their iconic Ashes of the Wake record in its entirety, with a pre-show hosted by Jose Mangin and featuring Whitechapel. For all the details and to purchase tickets, head to: https://watch.lamb-of-god.com. 

Sepultura is still going strong with the SepulQuarta sessions, a weekly show that streams via the band’s official website, featuring a variety of guests discussing topics both in and out of the metal world. This week’s SepulQuarta guests are Raul Machado, the maker of Sepultura’s recent “Guardians of the Earth” music video, and Quadra producer, Jens Bogren. Sepultura is planning a 31-date North American tour alongside Sacred Reich, Crowbar, and Art of Shock for March and April of 2021. To watch SepulQuarta and keep an eye out for updates, head to: https://www.sepultura.com.br/sepulquarta. 

Hammerfall is on the way to the release of their new live album, Live! Against The World, set for October 23rd via Napalm Records. This week, the band has revealed a music video for the second single off the album, “Keep The Flame Burning”, which you can check out right here: https://youtu.be/3qlL2zllrwM. Founding guitarist Oscar Dronjak says of the track, “It’s the 20th anniversary of Renegade, and to celebrate that accordingly we included some special songs in the set list. One of my all-time favourite songs is “Keep The Flame Burning”, and it was so cool to see it return after so many years’ absence!” Head to: https://www.hammerfall.net for more.

Skeletal Remains has just announced a new addition to their lineup, with drummer Pierce Williams joining the band in some rehearsal footage as they perform “Congregation of Flesh”, “Dissectasy”, and “Beyond Cremation”, off their recent release The Entombment of Chaos. Check out the clip via Century Media Records right here: https://youtu.be/Ger1dpIWnh0. Skeletal Remains says, “We are all very excited to get out there and play this new material for you as soon this pandemic is all over. We would like to send a big thanks to our good friend Charlie Koryn who helped us out in the last couple of months with the new album”. For more on the band, head to: https://www.facebook.com/SkeletalRemainsDeathMetal/. 

Varg recently released their latest full-length, Zeichen – or, “Signs”, bringing their brand of Viking/Pagan Metal to the world via Napalm Records. This week, the band has reveled the third single in music video form, “Fara Til Ránar”, also revealing their newest band member, Fylgja, in the process. Here’s what vocalist Freki has to say about the track: “To us, “Fára Til Ránar” is one of the songs that represent the “new” Varg the best way. All eyes here are definitely on Fylgja, our official new band member. She has already appeared on Wolfszeit II, took part as a singer on our last tour and made a huge impact on our development and direction. It felt absolutely right and just like a natural process to officially welcome her into the band. In ‘Fara Til Ránar’ her singing embodies the tempting calls of the sea goddess Rán. With every note, you can feel our heart and soul as well as common dedication for our music. We’ve finally arrived, and ‘Fara Til Ránar’ and Zeichen as a whole are the best proof for that”. Watch the video right here: https://youtu.be/TjdEOLr3wZI and find more on Varg at: https://www.schildfront.de/. 

Nachtblut is on the way to unleashing the 6th chapter of their German “Dark Metal” discography, with Vanitas set for an October 2nd release via Napalm Records. This week, they’ve unveiled the third single, with “Meine Grausamkeit Kennt Keine Grenzen” (“My Cruelty Knows No Bounds”), and you can check it out right here: https://youtu.be/zYBof8gxd14. The band says of the track, “Right into your face – our new single and video “Meine Grausamkeit Kennt Keine Grenzen” is unleashed! The song is a hymn to everyone who’s full of hate and wants to see the world burning down. “Meine Grausamkeit Kennt Keine Grenzen” doesn’t take any prisoners, shows no mercy. Screams and growls, filthy riffs and blast beats will be the support for your anger!” Visit: https://www.facebook.com/Nachtblutgefluester/ for more.