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Arch Enemy has just dropped a brand new standalone single, the track “Deceiver, Deceiver”, making for the first release since 2017’s Will To Power. Directed by Patric Ullaeus and mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen, you can check out the video for the single here: https://youtu.be/m_m2oYJkx1A. Arch Enemy founder Michael Amott says of the track, “Wait…what? Has it really been four years since we last released new Arch Enemy music? Time flies…especially when you tour the world for a couple of years, decide to take some time off…and then we all get hit with a global fckn pandemic! Everyone’s been through hard times these last couple of years, and it’s beautiful to see everything coming back now. This very much feels like the right moment to return with a brand new song, ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’! Not the happiest of tunes, but believe me – we’re ecstatic to be back!” Keep up with Arch Enemy via: https://www.archenemy.net/en/. 

Cradle of Filth has officially released their highly-anticipated thirteenth studio album, Existence Is Futile, this week via Nuclear Blast Records. You can check out the album’s two music videos, for the tracks “Necromantic Fantasies” and “Crawling King Chaos” here: https://youtu.be/PiV5XupV-TI and here: https://youtu.be/Wks1aBh49sQ. Cradle of Filth are in the midst of their Lustmord and Tourgasm tour, wrapping things up in the U.S. this week before heading to Mexico and the UK this weekend. For all the details, head to: https://www.cradleoffilth.com/tour. 

Death Angel have a new live record, The Bastard Tracks, set for November 26th via Nuclear Blast, featuring a show recorded live at The Great American Music Hall in their hometown of San Francisco on May 22nd, 2021. You can see the live video for the track “Where They Lay” right here: https://youtu.be/GD21V6MVBdA/ Frontman Mark Osegueda says of the track, “‘Where They Lay’ is a prime example of a Death Angel Bastard track! We have rarely played this song live and I’m guessing the last time we did was 2010! I love the release I get singing this song. Namely because the screaming bits I do are so cathartic!!! And I need a release during these crazy times! And screaming is one of my favorite ways to get frustration out of my system!! I look forward to screaming in front of a live audience again soon!” while guitarist Rob Cavestany adds, “Rise! This empowering message echoes thru the entire song from the first note to the last. Where They Lay is one of our pure thrash cuts with those chugging riffs, pounding grooves and vicious lyrics that incites head banging and thrashing! It’s so fun to play on guitar, I love the percussive, rhythmic attack and the solos are so twangy. I’m stoked to include it in the set and to launch it as the first single from our upcoming release ‘The Bastard Tracks’”. Death Angel is scheduled to head out on The Bay Strikes Back, the U.S. run alongside Testament and Exodus in spring of 2022. Head to: https://www.deathangel.us for the dates and details. 

In Flames is revisiting their past this fall, with a plan to reissue their classic 1994-2008 catalog on CD, featuring the previously out-of-print Lunar Strain, Subterranean, The Jester Race, Black-Ash Inheritance, Whoracle, Colony, Clayman, Reroute To Remain, Soundtrack To Your Escape, Come Clarity, A Sense of Purpose, The Tokyo Showdown, and Used & Abused: In Live We Trust. Frontman Anders Fridén comments, “I’m thrilled to know that we have label that still believes and supports the physical format. This is a great opportunity to pick up any records from the In Flames catalogue you may have missed. Enjoy our music on compact disc as it was originally released”. Visit: https://www.inflames.com for more. 

Unleash The Archers recently wrapped up their time on the road across the U.S., but they’re making up for lost time in 2020 by getting right back out there – The Abyss Strikes Back will feature rescheduled U.S. and Canadian tour dates that the band will head out for in December. Here’s what frontwoman Brittney Slayes has to say: “What if we had some good news for a change? 😉 When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… So this is us making some lemonade! As you might know, we recently had to cancel our European tour, but we have been working our butts off this last week to do a quick scheduling of dates in the U.S. for this December. To start, we are going to replace the five shows that were cancelled in September (Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Rochester) and are super excited to add some additional dates in Canada and the surrounding U.S. as well. Again, we are so sorry to everyone in Europe that we are going to be missing, but hopefully everyone who had a show cancelled on them earlier this year in the U.S. will get a chance to come rock out with us before the year is over! Also, Aether Realm and Seven Kingdoms are on board again so that’s some great news too 😉 See you all in December!” Follow the band via: https://www.facebook.com/UnleashTheArchers/. 

Obscura’s new album A Valediction is on the way, with the release set for November 19th via Nuclear Blast. This week, the band has unveiled a new video, for the track “When Stars Collide (feat. Björn Strid)”, which you can check out right here: https://youtu.be/YQdGX_zefvg. Frontman Steffen Kummerer says of the track, “One of the highlights and contested compositions of ‘A Valediction’ features Björn Strid of our label mates Soilwork. ‘When Stars Collide’ recombines an uplifting pace with a rather dark and bitter narrative that leads into to a story for reflection. A sense of delight and feeling of relief covers all mournful misery”. For more on the album and Obscura’s upcoming album, visit: https://realmofobscura.com.