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Slayer is making a grand return to the stage, for the first time since their Final World Tour in November 2019. The lineup of Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph will play Riot Fest in Chicago on September 22nd, and Louder Than Life in Louisville on September 27th. Tom Araya says, “Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans, and to be honest, we have missed that”. Kerry King adds, “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them”. Keep an eye out for updates via: https://www.slayer.net/.

Judas Priest is preparing to release Invincible Shield, their nineteenth studio album via Epic Records. This week, you can check out the latest single, “The Serpent and The King”: https://judaspriest.lnk.to/tsatk. Invincible Shield will be out on March 8th, followed by the start of Judas Priest’s world tour on March 11th in Europe, before they head to the U.S. and Europe throughout the rest of the spring. Visit: https://www.judaspriestinvincibleshield.com/ for more.

Amaranthe has officially unleashed their seventh full-length, The Catalyst, via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the title track via: https://youtu.be/5521ErpWF_M?feature=shared. Amaranthe says of the release, “The proverbial eagle has landed! After a few years of hard toil, sweat, and at least a small amount of blood, we are enormously proud and downright electrified to know that our newborn and latest album – The Catalyst is available worldwide! This has truly been a journey of pure passion and creative experimentation, along with a dose of soul-searching for good measure. We hope that you will find it to your taste, and if you do – don’t forget to stop by The Catalyst World Tour when it hits a town near YOU!” Amaranthe is in the midst of their European tour alongside Dragonforce and Infected Rain, with more shows on the horizon. Head to: https://www.amaranthe.se/ to keep up with Amaranthe.

Motörhead’s The Löst Tapes series has just been released, featuring five concerts from the cassette archives of the band, spanning 1984-2008. These live concerts have been released as limited edition vinyl collections before, but now they are available as a CD box set collection. For all the details, visit: https://imotorhead.com/.

Max & Iggor Cavalera have a new venture, but this time, instead of music, it’s coffee – Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Official ‘Blood Brothers’ Coffee Cold Nitro Brew Cans are available for preorder and shipping on March 1st. Find all the info at: https://www.conceptcafes.com/product/new-preorder-max-iggor-cavalera-s-official-blood-brothers-nitro-cold-can-release-1-promo-box-1-limited-edition-blood-brothers-nitro-snapchill-can-1-12oz-blood-brothers-bag-1-signature-blood-brothers-sticker/61?cs=true&cst=custom.

Death Dealer Union just dropped a new single, “Beyond Heaven”, featuring guest vocals from Lena Scissorhands. Frontman CC McKenna says, “The song ‘Beyond Heaven’ is one of my favorites on the record. It was written by myself and two gentlemen named Mark Wenzel, and Keith Wolter along with Lena Scissorhands, and Doug Weiand. The song is really about shedding the darkness that might hold you back or probably better said is that it’s about confronting the darkness within yourself; that you may acknowledge its beauty and move on to the highest version of yourself. All we have to do is collectively believe!… We present to you our final video and single for our first album Initiation”. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/w5eohaAsFps?feature=shared. For more on Death Dealer Union, head to: https://www.deathdealerunion.com/.

Myrath is getting ready for Karma, their upcoming studio album set for March 8th via earMUSIC. This week, you can see the video for “Candles Cry”, the latest single off the upcoming album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHUVfIDjsGo&feature=youtu.be. Producer/Keyboardist Kevin Codfert says,”This song is very special to me as it’s the first vocal duet I’m singing with Zaher. At first, it wasn’t supposed to go like this. I presented my interpretation of the chorus to Zaher, and he said, ‘I love your voice. So, go ahead, I’d rather have you sing it!!’ From a deeper perspective, this song is about the loss of free will, of soldiers who no longer know which cause they should support”. Find more on the band at: https://www.myrath.com/.