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Judas Priest has announced the second leg of their Invincible Shield tour with special guests Sabaton, adding 23 more shows to the run across North America, including some festival dates. For the full list of dates and all the details, head to: https://www.judaspriestinvincibleshield.com/.

Bruce Dickinson has just announced a limited edition CD release of his new single, “Resurrection Man”, out on July 26th via BMG. Bruce Dickinson says, ““The surf guitar at the intro – the Dick Dale bit – that’s me! We were just mucking around with the tremolo setting, we put the chords down and I went, ‘Ok, that’s kinda cool!’ It was like, ‘What if Quentin Tarantino made a metal record?’ Then it goes somewhere different, we get a bit heavy, and we did this whole middle section and it was like, ‘Were you just channelling Geezer Butler in another life?’ It was early Sabbath – Behind the Wall of Sleep. Just, ‘Oh my god that’s heavy!’” The 3-track CD includes special double-sided movie posters featuring the comic book artwork of The Mandrake Project, with Episode 3 being released on July 17th via Z2 Comics. For more on Bruce and The Mandrake Project, visit: https://www.themandrakeproject.com/.

Signs of the Swarm are heading to their Decade of the Swarm tour, and on the way, they’ve dropped a live music video for the track “Borrowed Time”, featuring footage from their 2023 tour supporting their fifth EP Amongst the Low & Empty. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/dZ0XI1Ft6BU?feature=shared. Drummer Bobby Crow says, “Originally, we were going to make a live video for ‘Pray for Death, but after seeing how wild everyone gets when we tell them to jump with us to ‘Borrowed Time,’ we knew it had to be this one. We had our friend Dylan come out to our sold-out Toronto headliner last November to film more footage of the song to allow us to really nail the vibe, alongside some sick festival shots and more from our raging UK headliner last summer. We think it captures the vibe of our show well and is a good preview for those considering hitting Decade Of The Swarm. Hope to bounce with you soon!” Signs of the Swarm are heading out with Cane Hill, Ov Sulfur, 156/Silence, A Wake In Providence at the end of August. Find all the dates at: https://www.facebook.com/signsoftheswarm/.

The Black Dahlia Murder is preparing for the release of their tenth studio album, Servitude, set for September 27th via Metal Blade Records. Co-founder Brian Eschbach says, “Before the tragedy, no one ever thought this band was going to exist without Trevor. Everyone that’s in the band now is someone that Trevor and I searched for. We spent so much time on the road together that everyone understands the mission statement. We don’t really need to talk about it. We just need to make great music and try to make people happy playing it”. Eschbach has filled the vocal spot following the tragic passing of Trevor Strnad, and former member Ryan Knight has returned to take Eschbach’s place on guitar. Follow the band via: https://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial.

Amorphis is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their iconic album, Tales From The Thousand Lakes, with a live recording of a performance shot at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland. Check out a preview with “Black Winter Day” here: https://amorphis.rpm.link/blackwinterdayPR. Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Live At Tavastia) will be out on July 12th via Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM). Follow Amorphis at: https://amorphis.net/.

All That Remains recently released “Divine”, their first single since 2018’s Victim of the New Disease, and since the passing of longtime guitarist Oli Herbert. This week, they’re following up with another new single, “Let You Go”, produced by Josh Wilbur, which you can check out here: https://found.ee/atrletyougo. Frontman Philip Labonte says, “As a lyricist, I find songs about the human condition to be most compelling. ’Let You Go’ is a great example of that. So many can relate to being in a bad relationship that you can’t seem to break out of. Be it with a substance (or with a person) and this song speaks to that struggle so many of us are familiar with”. All That Remains is heading out on tour alongside Megadeth and Mudvayne throughout the summer and fall. For all the info, visit: https://allthatremainsonline.com/.