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Epica’s eighth studio album, Omega, is on the way with a February 26th, 2021 release via Nuclear Blast. Not too long ago, the band revealed the first taste of the record with the first single, “Abyss of Time” (in case you missed it, check it out here: https://youtu.be/sTbk3SfUq9Q). Now, Epica has also released a drum playthrough for the song, featuring Drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek, who says, “Here’s the drum playthrough from the abyss!! During the shooting, I hit and kicked the crap out of my kit for a fat and heavy sound, and I’m very happy to launch the drums-up-close of our opening track from our latest album ‘Omega’! All you Epicans; enjoy and bang your heads!!” Watch the playthrough here: https://youtu.be/Ht0qeqUMIaQ, and keep an eye on Epica via: https://www.epica.nl. 

Refused are set to follow up on 2019’s War Music with a brand-new EP to be released next month via Spinefarm Records. The Malignant Fire EP will feature four new original tracks, plus a unique and unusual choice for a cover – Swedish House Mafia’s hit “Greyhound”. The band took the instrumental track and reworked it in their own Refused style, adding lyrics and recording a music video while retitling it to “Born On The Outs”. You can see the music video right here: https://youtu.be/O6SwYH6-JHk. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/RefusedBand/ for more. 

Rock Photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss recently unveiled his exhibit to accompany his book, The Decade That Rocked, at the Monmouth Museum in New Jersey, and now he has a livestream event set for October 30th. Weiss will gather alongside guests such as Dee Snider, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo, Don Dokken, Jack Russell, Stephen Pearcy, Steven Adler, Lita Ford, Zakk Wylde, Steve Whiteman, and Charlie Benante in this virtual event, with all proceeds benefiting the Monmouth Museum. For all the details and to purchase tickets, head to: https://www.meethook.live/rock. 

Atreyu has two livestream shows coming up, with the first on November 20th and the second on December 4th. The first livestream will be a greatest hits set, and the second will feature a performance of the band’s 2007 album Lead Sails Paper Anchor in full, while both shows will have exclusive merch bundles and virtual meet and greets available, in addition to a Q&A session with Atreyu. You can find all the details right here: https://atreyumerch.com. In case you missed it, Atreyu recently released a new music video, for the track “Save Us”, and you can check that out here: https://youtu.be/qfSljVwOsFo. Keep up with Atreyu via: https://www.facebook.com/Atreyu/. 

Thy Art Is Murder is following up on last summer’s release of their fifth album, Human Target, with a brand-new drum playthrough video for the track “Atonement”. You can check that out right here: https://youtu.be/FZg1GahzfTw. Drummer Jesse Beahler says of the track, “From the first time I heard the demo, I knew ‘Atonement’ was going to be one of my favorite tracks from the new record. I loved the dark vibes and the heavy breakdown that closes the song. The playthrough version we have recorded here has a bit more extreme double bass 16th notes to increase the intensity drum wise. Often I will have an idea in the studio while recording but, to better serve the song, vocals, or the riff, we will often change drum parts around. Recording a drum playthrough gave me an opportunity to redo some parts with the drums as the focus. I’m happy to present one of the most challenging and rewarding tracks I’ve ever worked on”. Keep up with the band via: https://www.thyartismurder.net. 

Fleshgod Apocalypse has just re-released a track off their fifth album, Veleno, with a new unplugged acoustic rendition of “The Day We’ll Be Gone”. The song is part of a two-track digital single which also features an instrumental version, in addition to a studio performance video directed by Martina Lesley (Sanda Movies). You can see that video right here: https://youtu.be/CyEz4EQdgFk and find the acoustic single here: http://nblast.de/FGA-TDWBG-Acoustic. Frontman Francesco Paoli says: “In these uncertain times, we wanted to bare our inner souls and let the music speak for itself. This track pushes us out of our comfort zone as musicians and performer, proving that art in any form can survive the most dreadful circumstances. Given the current situation, it was the right time to do something truly experimental, a once in a lifetime musical exploration for the band”. For updates on the band, follow: https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse. 

Wolfheart released their full-length, Wolves of Karelia, via Napalm Records earlier this year, and now the band is following up with a new lyric video for a track off the record. Check out the history-based song, “Horizon on Fire”, right here: https://youtu.be/pPvsBd6GXog. Follow Wolfheart via: https://www.facebook.com/WolfheartRealm.