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Preview : listen to the new Shining album in its entirety

The least we can say is that Shining’s new album was eagerly expected! First, because it follows an impressive series of excellent records. We can’t help wondering if Kvarforth and his team will be indefinitely able to find enough resources in their depressive souls to deliver, album after album, the same quality than with V: Halmstad again and again. And second, because VII: Född Förlarare (that’s the new album’s name) was announced only a few months after VI: Klagopsalmer was released, but revealed almost two years later.

When listening to this latest misdeed, something becomes clear: Shining’s nickname, “the Opeth of black metal”, is well-deserved. On the menu: relatively long riffs dripping with malaise, melancholy and anger, and dark, efficient riffs interspersed with delicate atmospheric/acoustic parts, piano and flute sprinkles, some clean vocals and forthright solos. Whether or not you like the controversial personality of their leader, Shining once again managed to create a real work of art.

The music and lyrics were all written by Niklas Kvarforth and Rickard Bengtsson was chosen again to produce the album. A music video will also be posted online next Wednesday. « (it) might not be the most extreme thing you will ever see, but it will definitely be one of the most uncomfortable. » This is what we are told by the band. To keep you updated, we remind you that Fredric Gråby left the band Shining last month.

In Swedish, Född Förlorare means “born to lose”. So is this album doomed to failure, like its title seems to indicate, or is it a complete success, the like of which the band has been accumulating for several years?

That’s up to you to judge; you can listen to the entire album here exclusively.

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Exclusive new song premiere: listen to a song from Pain’s new album

You Only Live Twice is Pain’s seventh album. It will be released on the 3rd of June by Nuclear Blast. The music video for « Dirty Woman » has already been posted online. We interviewed Peter Tägtgren on the 3rd of May in Paris where he discussed the next video to be directed for « The Great Pretender ». Radio Metal are giving you the world exclusive opportunity to preview this track here below.

« The Great Pretender » is the second track from You Only Live Twice to be previewed. It is the third track on Pain’s album. And this album will surprise you! Especially if you discovered Pain during the latest Nightwish French tour, where Peter Tägtgren mainly played his melodic hits. The opening track for You Only Live Twice, « Let Me Out », has an unexpected fast pace and vocals. However, you can listen to « The Great Pretender » in the meantime, which is a catchy song reminiscent of Pain’s previous albums.


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Exclusive new song premiere: listen to a song from Loudblast’s new album

Hell-yeah! This new Loudblast album is great! Frozen Moments Between Life And Death will be released on April the 18th by XIII Bis Records and we strongly advise you to do your duty as a citizen by pre-ordering this album at your music store. Why are we this excited? There are many reasons but if we had to keep just one, we’d say that this thrash/death metal album is as rich, intense and amazing as the track « Frozen Moments Between Life And Death » that opens it. Seven years after their latest studio album, Planet Pandemonium, Stephane Buriez’ band still carries the flame, and that’s great news.

Yann, from Mass Hysteria told us last Thursday off the air that the album Frozen Moments Between Life And Death was killer. We won’t contradict him on that, and we now give you, exclusively, the track « Emptiness Crushes My Soul » in order for you to forge your own opinion.


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Exclusive new song premiere: Arkan with “Inner Slaves”

Salam, Paris-based band Arkan’s second album, is to be released on April the 18th. Founded in 2005 by drummer Foued Moukid (ex-The Old Dead Tree), the band mixes middle-eastern sounds with feminine vocals and growls. While Foued’s band always offers elaborate and inventive songs, Salam also features special guest Kobi Farhi, vocalist in Orphaned Land.

Arkan is about to hit the road to promote Salam, and the first gathering is scheduled for May the 14th at Casablanca (Morocco), but before you get to see the band on stage, take a moment to listen to the song “Inner Slaves”, second song off Salam to be shown.


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Discover Cavalera Conspiracy’s brand new Music Video

Radio Metal and Roadrunner Records offer you the opportunity to discover Cavalera Conspiracy’s brand new music video, “Killing Inside”.

The Cavalera brothers’ brand new album, Blunt Force Trauma, will be in stores on March the 28th in two different editions. A simple one and another with a live DVD filmed in France, at the Eurockéennes de Belfort festial, on July the 5th 2008.

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Exclusive Sneak Preview: in the cave with Benighted!

Benighted is a brutal death metal band formed in Saint-Etienne (France) in May of 1998. A few months ago, the five-piece signed with Season Of Mist ; a nice reward for a band that managed to make a name for itself by performing in every place possible in our beloved France.

With their sixth album entitled Asylum Cave, Benighted return stronger than ever to deliver their usual amount of hard work and face-kicking. We’re offering you a chance to discover their brand new song « Fritzl » exclusively on Radio Metal. This song, following Benighted’s tradition, varies from disturbing atmospheres to violent outbursts.

Asylum Cave will be released on the 29th or March.

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Exclusive sneak preview: Before the Dawn, and before the release of the album, even!

Great surprise! Before The Dawn is about to release its sixth album (already!), Deathstar Rising. The Finnish mix efficiently heavy metal (with guttural singing) with gothic melodies worthy of Amorphis. The result is refreshing, original and catchy.

Deathstar Rising will be released on the 25th of February.

For this occasion, Radio Metal and Nuclear Blast present you a sneak preview of Deathstar, with its catchy refrain, here and in our playlist.

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Exclusive Sneak Preview: on the road to the apocalypse!

Radio Metal, in partnership with Nuclear Blast, presents you a sneak preview of the new track « Dr Pest », from Die Apokalyptischen Reiter‘s new album « Moral & Wahnsinn », which is to come out on the 25th of February 2011. After Licht, it is the second album to be written exclusively in German. The singer and bassist Volk Mann confirmed us yesterday on the phone that the band does not intend to produce tracks in English anymore. « Writing in English does not help that much anyway, we still remain a band with an unpronounceable German name. »

The album’s title, « Moral und Wahnsinn » (Morality and Insanity) suggests that the concepts of morality and insanity are not universal, but relative. As always, the German band follows the international current affairs and their album offers an analysis of the world’s mechanisms.
You’ll find more explanations on that topic in the interview of the very talkative Volk Mann, which will be available here in a few weeks.

Till then, you can enjoy « Dr Pest » here and in Radio Metal’s playlist:

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Exclusive new song premiere: Evergrey with “Restoring The Loss”

Evergrey deserves your utmost respect. No matter the conditions in which they have to play, no matter the size of the audience and no matter the ordeals they have to deal with, the music and its sharing with the fans remain the number one priority of these Swedes. Following a massive wave of departures from the band, leaving leader Tom Englund and keyboardist Rikard Zander the only two left, it’s an almost completely reconstituted band (once again excellent musicians and good backing vocalists) coming back from afar with a new endeavor entitled Glorious Collision, which is to be released on February the 28th. A refreshing album for the fans, including all the elements Evergrey’s audience appreciates: a powerful yet precise guitar tone, hard-hitting songs, melodic with that touch of melancholy soaring from Englund’s voice, once again full of sincerity and vulnerability.

Radio Metal, associated with SPV, would like to use this occasion to offer you an exclusive preview of a song of the album: the amazing “Restoring The Loss”. Let’s take a moment to notice the brilliant music arrangement. Not being particularly dense, the keyboard lines are discrete and subtly placed. A constant on the album. “Restoring The Loss” happens to be of exemplary moderation: no real solo, only a few fast runs here and there, to remind us that in Evergrey, they know how to play. The band does just enough to remind it, but stays rigorously simple. Let’s note the presence of a pleasant arpeggio, bare and simple, serving as a bridge for a few bars.

Finally, let us not forget (not a chance!) the chorus of this song, which will be the reason why you won’t be able to listen to it only once. You can listen to it (and re-listen to it) right here, and on air with Radio Metal.

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Exclusive new song premiere: Zuul FX will beat the crap out of you!

You lucky devils! Christmas is behind us by a few weeks now and Radio Metal is still spoiling you with kick-ass material. RM and XIII Bis Records are joining forces today to exclusively present you with a new track called « Beat The Crap Out » from the band Zuul FX. The song is from the album The Torture Never Stops, available on the 28th of February.

We are very fond of the Zuul FX band members ever since the very start of Radio Metal when they gave a friendly interview some four years ago. In fact, Zuul FX have gone forward in four years (Aurel left the group) and The Torture Never Stops is their third album already. We are hopeful that the alliance between Zuul FX and the record label XIII Bis will take them one step closer to national and international recognition for the band whose live performances are also excellent.

According to all of these (positive) facts, from today until the 21st of January, we are offering you the chance to discover the song « Beat The Crap Out », exclusively on Radio Metal and via this article.

Enjoy the musical explosion!

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