Album Review: In Flames – Battles


Artist: In Flames

Album: Battles

Release Date: November 11th, 2016

Record Label: Nuclear Blast

In Flames is a delicate matter. You cannot simply say they are a mediocre modern band and be done with it as they are one of the pioneers of Swedish death metal. They have such monumental releases like Whoracle, The Jester Race, Colony, and Clayman. However, they morphed from being a trend creator to a trend follower in 2000s and 2010s.  Continue reading

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Horror Metal MALACODA Unleash New EP ‘Ritualis Aeterna’


Canadian horror inspired symphonic power metallers MALACODA (named after a demon from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’) return with their new six track EP ‘Ritualis Aeterna’ out now as of December 2nd. The EP is the follow up to their well-received 2014 self-titled debut album. Packed with dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century with intelligence and intensity to rival that of their infernal inspirations! Continue reading

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Album Review: Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake


Band: Testament

Album: Brotherhood of the Snake

Release Date: October 28th, 2016

Label: Nuclear Blast

Testament is one of the most influential thrash metal bands out there, no matter what. They never achieved the financial and media success of the Big-4, but then, neither did they need it nor it was necessary for listeners. In fact, it may even be a better thing to stay away from that top tier for quality’s sake. Continue reading

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Soilwork’s Fury Tour 2016 Final Show – November 16, 2016 – Toronto, Canada


A press release came into Metal Nation News late last summer announcing one of the best tour packages of the year, the Soilwork headlined Fury Tour with support from Unearth, Battlecross, Wovenwar and Darkness Divided to be played in 26 markets across North America. When the Rev saw that the Toronto show would take place at the infamous Rockpile West, a smallish room with about a 400 person capacity, he jumped at the chance to take in the show with photographer Phoenix Camerah.  Continue reading

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Album Review: Defiant – Time Isn’t Healing

Defiant Time Isn't Healing


Release Date: November 28th 2016

When I think of power metal I typically think of symphonic bands like Stratovarius or Sonata Arctica. Bands like these tend to have a sound so full with guitars and keyboards that they typically fill your speakers to the max. Stereotypically these bands also tend to have a vocalist with a pretty clean cut voice, often operatic to their own right. Defiant describe themselves as a power metal band, but after hearing their upcoming album Time Isn’t Healing, I’m not sure that’s completely accurate. Continue reading

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DEE SNIDER Shares His Secret To A Successful Marriage

Dee Snider

In a business not known for fostering healthy and stable relationships, TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider and his wife, Suzette, have made their marriage work for more than three and a half decades, even as Dee traveled the world as the frontman for one of the most successful bands of the glam-metal era. How have they survived the ups and downs and kept things fresh decades into their union?

I get asked this a lot,” Dee said during an interview with veteran radio personality Jenn Marino, who in 2014 joined MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx as co-host of “Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx”. “Suzette and I have been married 36 years, I’ve been with her 40, living together 39. She is, you know, ‘through thick and thin.’ And I could say some funny things, I could say some truthful things, like ‘Just say yes,’ which every married dude you’ll ever see… ‘Happy wife, happy life,’ and all that stuff like that. Or I can tell you pithy things and stuff like that.”

He continued: “One thing I can say… When we went to therapy — and we’ve been to therapy; I nearly blew it a few times — the therapist said, ‘The only difference between couples who get divorced and the couples who stay together [is] the couples that stay together refuse to accept divorce as an option.’ That’s the only difference. It’s not the problems they have; everybody goes through the same stuff or does the same mistakes or stumbles or falls, but the couple that stays says, ‘We’re not getting divorced, so let’s figure this out.’ So there’s that, and that plays a really big part. And the other part is just knowing it’s a work in progress. And if you think it’s just you said it and forget it — no. Life is constantly changing, things happen…

Snider added: “Look, falls from grace… Success? My success, which nearly destroyed us, because I became so full of myself, I didn’t wanna hear anybody tell me ‘no,’ and Suzette is not a ‘yes’ girl. She’s a tough Brooklyn chick; she’s never been a ‘yes’ girl. And at some point, I didn’t wanna hear anybody saying anything to me but ‘yes.’ So I nearly destroyed it then. But we made it through. I got knocked down, and we kept it together. At one point in her life, her brother was murdered, and let me tell you, that was devastating in her life, and that was one of those points where you sit there and go, ‘Well, for better or for worse… And I’ve gotta hang on through this,’ because you don’t just walk away when things get a little crazy and a little tough, because a depression and a half set in after that. So it’s a work in progress.

During an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Suzette gave her opinion about why her relationship with Dee has lasted this long. She said: “I believe the key to a successful marriage, or relationship in general, is to always view it as the first or second or third date, when things were exciting and new and you literally fantasized about meeting, seeing each other, the butterflies in your stomach. I think that’s the way you keep it alive. And I always fantasize if I was his mistress or girlfriend, what would I do? What would I have done [36] years ago?

Snider’s solo album, “We Are The Ones“, was released on October 28 via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the record is described by Dee as “an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS.” He added: “Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I’ve abandoned my past to move forward.

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ALL ELSE FAILS Launch Crowdfunding For New Album ‘Forever Lie’

All Else Fails

All Else Fails, the loud, heavy, lyrically conscious Canadian metal band who’s 2013 EP ‘Fucktropolis‘ garnered them award wins at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards and Edmonton Music Awards are ready to give fans the follow up they have been waiting for with the announcement of their forthcoming album ‘The Forever Lie‘.

Almost 4 years ago we released a little EP called “Fucktropolis” that exceeded all our expectations. It’s been a long time following up with a new album, but we finally have the new songs ready to go, and we are about to unleash “The Forever Lie”. We’re extremely excited about it and can’t wait to let you all in on it!” says vocalist Barrett Klesko.

Completing the tracking of the album plus mixing to begin soon along with artwork pending, ALL ELSE FAILS have ran into a snag. In order to give fans their best album to date, AEF need some additional funding. The pre-release date is set for December 2016, with full album release set for late winter / early spring 2017.

In order to complete the production, AEF have started an IndieGoGo campaign, for the first time and in return are offering some great exclusive perks such as an alternate personal CD artwork along many others.

Please visit the following link to learn more of what is being offered: HERE

Plus watch video of vocalist Barrett Klesko explain the crowdfunding and ask random people what AEF means to them below: 

AEF also understands that not everyone will be able to help financially, and that’s ok! You could simply share the campaign on all your social media and let more people know, help them reach farther than they alone can. Every bit helps!

About All Else Fails: 

The fourth release since 2007, 2013’s award winning ‘Fucktropolis‘ was the follow up to the band’s 2012 album ‘The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been‘ that received world wide praise from industry publications around the world along with their music video ‘This Burden of Life‘ added to rotation on Canada’s largest music channel Much Music, expanding their Canadian fan base dramatically.

Making their mark around the world for their aggressively dark brand of metal that is breaking the traditional ideals of their genre and drawing comparisons to bands like As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God. All Else Fails infuses their music with a variety of elements that includes experimental, classical, synth lines, and spoken word sampling to accent a unique blend of heavy as hell screams and shiver inducing clean vocals.

Their high energy live show sets them apart from their peers and has garnered them appearances on numerous high level festivals over the years, including Van’s Warped tour, Boonstock and opening support slots for artists like Korn, Killswitch Engage, Protest the Hero, Cancer Bats, Dayglo Abortions, 3 Inches of Blood, Fear Factory, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and Arise & Ruin.

Fucktropolis – EP Stream – Listen here.

Music Video – Anti-Martyr – Watch here.

Music Video – Better Left Undead – Watch here.

Music Video – A Most Unwanted Reprieve – Watch here.

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EP Review: Leaves’ Eyes – Fires In The North


Band: Leaves’ Eyes
EP name: Fires In The North
Release date: November 4th
Record Label: AFM Records

On November 4th, Leaves’ Eyes released their new EP in the USA and Canada. The epic metal hymn called Fires In The North will be the 6th EP released by the Norwegian – German Symphonic Metal band. Since Leaves’ Eyes has released a full album in the fall of 2015, this EP contains one new song, an acoustic cover of this song and three new versions of songs from the latest 2015 album King of Kings. Curious how this new EP will add to their extensive catalogue, read on!

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Album Review: Evergrey – The Storm Within


Artist: Evergrey

Album: The Storm Within

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

Label: AFM

Evergrey is one of my all-time favorite bands. Their discography has so many great tracks, it makes one wonder why the band is not more popular. Well, that is a matter for the PR and marketing guys to discuss. We are here to talk about their latest effort, The Storm Within. Continue reading

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Album Review: Opeth – Sorceress


Band: Opeth 

Album: Sorceress

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release Date: September 20, 2016

From the moment I first heard the Sorceress single from Opeth about a month ago my excitement for the newest chapter of Opeth grew to a level not acquired from the previous album, Pale Communion.  The air and tone of the single Sorceress spoke to me and said, “This new album is going to blow you away!”  Well, it did!

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MARTYRDÖD To Release Their Sixth Album List Via Southern Lord This November

 MARTYRDÖD To Release Their Sixth Album List Via Southern Lord This November

The unparalleled Swedish giants of modern metallic d-beat, MARTYRDÖD, return this November with their sixth full-length of endlessly fascinating, devastatingly different crust, List, once again through Southern Lord, as with 2012’s Paranoia and 2014’s Elddop. Their calling card of lamenting melodies churned out at breakneck pace has become more and more pronounced with each new record, and now on List, MARTYRDÖD has elevated to a new artistic high point. The combination of crisp Scandinavian metal distortion and intricate, folk-like guitar leads contribute to a record that feels like one for the ages — very much like the fearsome, In Extremis.

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KHEMMIS Noisey Exclusively Streams Hunted Album Ahead Of Release Through 20 Buck Spin Next Week

KHEMMIS Noisey Exclusively Streams Hunted Album Ahead Of Release Through 20 Buck Spin Next Week


With the impending release of one of the year’s most anxiously-anticipated doom/heavy metal records on the cusp of release, KHEMMIS‘ entire second LP Hunted is now playing exclusively through Noisey, alongside an interview with the band.

 Noisey introduces their in-depth coverage of Hunted with praise, including, “Within its five towering tracks resides soaring riffs and polarized vocals executed with pinpoint precision by Phil Pendergast and Ben Hutcherson. The dueling guitarists and vocalists for the band are responsible for some of KHEMMIS‘ most striking characteristics. Phil’s crisp, cleans contend with Ben’s gritty growls as the band rides a slow, loud, and heavy wave of Thin Lizzy-inspired orchestrations that are moving them to the top of Denver’s music scene.”

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Album Review: Existance – Breaking The Rock

Existance Breaking The Rock Album Review


Release Date – October 15th, 2016

The last two bands that I’ve been given to review, Existance as well as a band called Kryptos for a different site, have had a sound that would be described by most as old school metal. Listening to these bands made me really want to go back and listen to actual old school metal bands. Not the Judas Priest‘s or Iron Maiden‘s of the old school world but rather the Riot‘s and the Accept‘s that had cult followings so strong that they’re still around today. It’s pretty easy to hear why a band like Existance would aspire to have a sound so similar to these great energetic bands from three decades ago and why they’d release a whole album, Breaking The Rock, which commemorates these glorious days of heavy metal. Continue reading

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Calgary Thrashers ILLYRIAN Premiere New Lyric Video ‘Zeta Reticulan’ via Metal Nation Radio

Calgary thrashers ILLYRIAN have teamed up with Metal Nation Radio for the premiere of their second single and lyric video ‘Zeta Reticulan’ in support of their upcoming album ‘Round 2: Fight!’ due out on October 7th. The album was co-produced by the band with Casey Lewis at Echo Base Studios plus mastered by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios. Continue reading

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Album Review: Void King – There Is Nothing

Void King There Is Nothing Album Review


Release Date – June 21st, 2016

I always seem to find myself reviewing stoner metal bands. Often it’s done reluctantly, because there doesn’t seem to be much else out there lately, and I end up writing the same things about them. Sometimes I get ones who prove to be worth more than just a few listens. Today I’ll be writing about the latter with Void King‘s There Is Nothing from early this past summer. Continue reading

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