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Cradle of Filth is heading toward the release of their 13th studio album, Existence Is Futile, set for October 22nd via Nuclear Blast. This week, the band reveals the second single off the album with a music video for the track “Necromantic Fantasies”, which you can check out right here: https://youtu.be/PiV5XupV-TI. Here’s what frontman Dani Filth has to say about the video: “This is a very different video from its predecessor, sporting more of a narrative amid leaning back toward a dark Victorian gothic vibe, showcasing the second of many unique tracks on this, our 13th album. It’s very cinematic, much like ‘Crawling King Chaos,’ but walking a much more ‘dark faerytale’ path. The director Vicente [Cordero] has done such an amazing job bringing the storyline together with the band and the incredible sets. It looks gorgeous. And the song is pretty good too!” Cradle of Filth will be out on the road with support from Once Human and 3Teeth next month across the U.S. Head to: https://www.cradleoffilth.com/tour for all the dates and details. 

Exodus’ eleventh studio album, Persona Non Grata, is set for a November 19th release via Nuclear Blast Records, and this week the band has revealed the lyric video for the second single, “Clickbait”, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/A0TuqQo_wGI. Gary Holt says of the track, “Very excited to launch the release of ‘Clickbait’ from our upcoming record! Crushing and aggressive as hell, it captures the power of the new record perfectly! Getting more excited by the day. November 19th can’t come fast enough!” Exodus is also heading out for The Bay Strikes Back Tour alongside Testament and Death Angel in just a few weeks, kicking things off on October 6th in San Luis Obispo, CA, and wrapping things up on November 27th in Oakland, CA. Find all the info at: https://exodusattack.com/site/. 

Hammerfall is preparing to unleash the 21st Anniversary Edition of their international breakthrough and first number one record, Renegade, with the special release of Renegade 2.0 later this year. To preview the upcoming release, Hammerfall has just revealed a legendary live video from Wacken Open Air 2001, with the classic track “Templars of Steel”, off the original Renegade record. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/as0yfmoj-RY. Frontman Joacim Cans says, “Oscar and I went down to Gran Canaria to write and finalize some songs for the Renegade album. Somewhere in the constant ‘haze’ I still remember that Oscar played the riff to the song and it totally blew me away. Couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the hymn-like masterpiece and try some vocal ideas in my temporary studio built in the bathroom. This song became the opening track on the upcoming tour and created one of the coolest show openings ever when the draw bridge slowly started to come down during the pulsating intro to the song”. Visit: https://hammerfall.bfan.link/renegade-2-0.ema for all the details. 

Carcass has just released their highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Torn Arteries, via Nuclear Blast this week, with a new music video to accompany it. “The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” is up on the Nuclear Blast Official YouTube Channel now: https://youtu.be/kkE-o-5RqwM. Vocalist/bassist says of the new album release, “I think as our 7th album, it does stand out from the others both sonically and stylistically. You can definitely tell that it’s Carcass; when you drop that needle on the vinyl, when you hear that guitar tone, you can tell it’s Bill Steer, but each album is always a product of its time”. Keep up with the band via: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCarcass/. 

Epica has a new release out, and it’s not in the form of new music, but a new beer. The band has teamed up with Belgian craft beer brewery Kazematten for a special Epica Beer. Guitarist Isaac Delahaye says of the partnership and product: “Being born and raised in Ypres (Belgium), and having seen the rich history of Belgian craft beers, I didn’t have to think twice to accept the proposal of my hometown brewery to create a custom Epica lager beer. Together with the team at Kazematten, who have been perfecting the recipe with passion, know-how, and tremendous craftsmanship for the last 18 months, we came up with this easy-to-drink and unbelievably smooth 5.4% beer. Tasting the final result sure put a smile on the faces of everyone in the band, and we all quickly grabbed another one”. You can find more on the Epica beer info at: https://www.kazematten.be/en/beers/epica/. 

American/Canadian Alt Metallers Set The Sun are making their debut with an EP later this year, with a variety of special guest artists that are yet to be announced, which the band is referring to as The Collective. This week, the band has revealed the first single and first guest, “Invisible”, featuring guest vocalist Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter and guest bassist Thomas Freckleton of Silent Planet, which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/YXvCTZqiA-w. Ryan Clark says of working with the band, “I believe collaboration at its best stems from mutual appreciation. When I first spoke with—and listened to—Set The Sun in the summer of 2020, it was clear that our collective interests and influences were aligned. I’m very particular with modern heavy music and I’m not often impressed with the trajectory of the genre. STS, however, has all of the components that excite me: major riffs, beautiful melodies, lush electronic textures, slick execution, and more. They’re heavy but not one-dimensional, progressive but not overly self-indulgent. These guys tick all the boxes for me, so collaboration felt natural. I’m honored to be a part of the band’s introduction to the world, stoked for the opportunity to contribute to a song that I genuinely love, and pleased to work with such talented and humble individuals”. For more on the band, visit: https://www.setthesun.com.