03/04- Heavy Metal News Round Up || Feat. Iced Earth, Imperia, Pagan’s Mind, Behemoth, Xerath, Deadlock


A smattering of the day’s heavy metal news in one convenient post…

Excerpts from two new songs set to appear on Blut Aus Nord’s forthcoming album, 777-Sect(s), can be heard on their label, Debemur Morti Productions' website. Look for the album on April 19 in North America and one day earlier internationally. Pre-orders for the 6-panel digipack and 12’’ gatefold in gold or black are available here

After over three years Pagan’s Mind will be releasing a new album, entitled Heavenly Ecstasy, later this year. A brand new song from the album titled Intermission made its debut on Wednesday on The Metal Madman podcast. That entire show can be streamed and downloaded here. If you’re only interested in hearing the new Pagan’s Mind track, it starts at about the 1:54:43 mark.

After the jump: Nergal is back on his feet and making music, Iced Earth’s vocalist leaves the band…again, and new music from Deadlock, Xerath, and Imperia

Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski, Behemoth’s mighty frontman who, earlier last year, was stricken with leukemia was seen out and about earlier this week at a Polish music conservatory, playing guitar. This is of course phenomenal news because it means the marrow transplant he received is taking and his strength is returning. For more pictures of Nergal and his badass Gretsch White Falcon guitar visit musicollective.pl

Mat Barlow is retiring from Iced Earth… again. In a statement to fans Barlow cited his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as reasons for his departure. Barlow goes on to say that he has committed to perform at all of Iced Earth’s 2011 European festival dates. Good on him. I mean, I would have preferred one last album, but a tour will do.  

Now we should all petition to get Ripper Owens back in the band. 

Imperia, the Dutch, female-fronted gothic metal act, has a new song, Fragile, streaming on their Myspace page. This track comes off Imperia’s new album, Secret Passion, which will hit stores on March 25 through Massacre Records. 

If you’re ever in the market for some Meshuggah-ish progressive metal mixed with orchestral passages reminiscent of Dimmu Borgir, Xerath is the band for you. Granted, I doubt anyone’s ever sought after anything so specific so I’ll just say; if you dig the aforementioned Meshuggah, you’ll probably like Xerath. Or if you’re one of those that value skill and technicality over atmosphere and feeling, this will be up your alley too.

Anyway… Xerath have a new song, Unite To Defy, off their upcoming album, II, available to stream on their Myspace page right now. II is the band’s (duh) sophomore album and will be released on April 25 through Candlelight Records. Go check it out

Aaaand finally…. Not to be left out, Deadlock also has a new song from an upcoming album you can stream on Noisecreep. The track, Falling Skywards, comes off the band’s new album, Bizarro World, which is due out on March 15.

That’s all, folks.

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