The Metal Wani Herland is a bi-weekly feature that will bring YOU up-to-date with all the important news stories in metal from the last two weeks. We will be discussing new material from bands, news regarding tours and shows, drama and everything in between. No click-bait, no bullshit, just the facts as we find them.
04/01/2017 – Wintersun: The Time Between Time I & Time II
Finnish folky-melodeath band Wintersun hit headlines in the summer of 2014 when frontman Jari Mäenpää fired shots at their label, Nuclear Blast. He made some pretty big claims about Nuclear Blast purposefully delaying the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s Time I – which pretty much boiled down to due to unfortunate conditions and perfectionism, he needed his own studio to complete Time II, which Nuclear Blast, obviously, weren’t going to fund. That is a very, very abridged version of a huge amount of drama, and if you are unfamiliar with all that was said you should dig into the backstory.
However, on the 4th of January, Jari Mäenpää took to Facebook to announce that a new album – that isn’t Time II – in finished, and will be released sometime this year. Neither an exact release-date, nor the album title has been released yet – but we will keep you updated with new information as and when it comes. Regardless of the drama surrounding Wintersun, if Time I is anything to go by, the new album should be a really interesting and enjoyable listen!
06/01/2017 – Tony Iommi Remains Cancer-Free
Last month, we reported a bit of a scare with the legendary Godfather of heavy metal, Tony Iommi, finding a lump in his throat. With this following the his recent remission for lymphoma, everyone was understandably worried for the Black Sabbath riff-machine. However, in a piece of excellent news reported by Planet Rock, Tony Iommi was told on Christmas Day that the lump was not cancerous!
With 2016 claiming so many names in the limelight, this news was absolutely magnificent. Long may he reign!
07/01/2017 – The Impending Return of Angela Gossow
In early 2014, melodeath powerhouse Angela Gossow stepped down from her position as frontwomen of Arch Enemy after 14 years to focus on managing the band. She handpicked her replacement, Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist), and Arch Enemy went on to release one of their best albums to date, War Eternal, later in 2014.
Despite having focussed entirely on her managerial duties for the last three years, Angela Gossow told Hard Force, a French metal webzine, in a recent interview she is wanting to start work on a new extreme metal project. She stated, however, that it wouldn’t be until Arch Enemy have finished their new album, and completed the first touring cycle and estimated work would start sometime in 2018. This could mean a new Arch Enemy album will be on it’s way to us later this year.
Our French-speaking readers can read the full interview with Hard Force here: http://www.hardforce.fr/actu/18931/angela-gossow-du-growl-au-management-interview
09/01/2017 – Metal Hammer is Saved!
December saw some heartbreaking news for the metal world – the titanic magazine, Metal Hammer, was to be no more following it’s publishing company, TeamRock, going into administration. Even worse, the entire staff (around 70 people) for TeamRock were left without work, with no redundancy pay, the week before Christmas. The metal community as a whole reached out to Metal Hammer, with Orange Goblin frontman setting up a crowdfunding campaign for the staff members, which at the time of writing has £88,730 – 443% of the original target.
Excellent news came on the ninth of January, however, when Future Publishing, the company who sold Metal Hammer and Classic Rock to TeamRock in 2013 for £10.2 million, bought the rights for their old magazines back for only £800,000 – less than 10% what they sold it for four years ago.
Whatever your opinion on Metal Hammer as a publication, it is undeniable that the magazine has been a pillar of the metal scene for decades, and it’s loss would have been a tragedy for metal as a whole.
09/01/2017 – Morbid Angel and the Heaviest Tour of 2017
Fantastic news for our American readers – Tampa death metal kings Morbid Angel are back on the road this summer, with what will no doubt prove to be one of the best tour lineups of 2017. With support coming from Revocation, Suffocation and Withered, Morbid Angel are set to conquer the States once more. I’ve never been lucky enough to see Morbid Angel, and certainly missed much of their career due to being either unborn or a child, but I’m surprised by the venues chosen for the tour, with many having a capacity under 1000. Perhaps I’m being naive, but I would have thought Morbid Angel would easily be selling out larger venues. Although, perhaps with the flop of Illud Divinum Insanus they are opting to play it safe.
The tour announcement follows the incredibly exciting news that progress is being made with Morbid Angel’s upcoming ninth album, as yet untitled. The drums for the album, which are being handled by Scott Fuller (ex-Abysmal Dawn, Annihilated) are complete, and the band will be continuing with bass, vocals and guitars soon. The production for the new album is being handled by the legendary Eric Rutan. Scott Fuller and guitarist Dan Vadim Von (Vadim Von, ex-Wretch) join Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker to complete Morbid Angel’s lineup. This will be Tucker’s first album with Morbid Angel since 2003’s Heretic – though his new material with Warfather should help sate the appetites of those that can’t wait.
10/01/2017 – “Torment” Awaits Those Who Venture Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under are reliable in their music. Whether you like the band or not, you can’t fault their consistency. The band don’t venture into unwanted melody, or needless proggy passages – a Six Feet Under album is always set to be pure, punishing, old-school death metal.
On the 10th of January, Six Feet Under announced that their 12th album will be called Torment, and is set to be released through Metal Blade Records on the 24th of February. They also released the first taste of the new album, “Sacrificial Kill,” which you can listen to below.
11/01/2017 – Obituary Promise “A Lesson In Vengeance” With New Album
Hailing from the home of death metal, the Tampa-based old-school heroes Obituary have released a teaser for their upcoming, self-titled album. Obituary will be the band’s tenth release, following 2014’s excellent Inked In Blood. The tracklist for Obituary is as follows.
- Sentence Day
- A Lesson In Vengeance
- End It Now
- Kneel Before Me
- It Lives
- Turned To Stone
- Straight To Hell
- Ten Thousand Ways To Die
“Ten Thousand Ways To Die” is also the title track from Obituary’s newest live album, which was released in October 2016. Pre-order your copy of Obituary here: http://www.relapse.com/obituary-obituary/
11/01/2017 – Dimmu Borgir Dive into the “Northern Night”
Fans of symphonic black metal have been searching for a sign of life from Dimmu Borgir for years. The band released their ninth album, Abrahadabra, in 2010 to mixed-to-positive reviews, and then announced in 2013 that work had begun on the tenth record. Since then, however, nothing… until now.
On the 11th of January, Dimmu Borgir announced that they will release a live album – Forces of the Northern Night – on the 14th of April. The album will have two full shows on it – a show in Oslo with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a choir, and their 2012 set at Wacken Open Air. That is not all, however – Dimmu Borgir teased us in the announcement with the final line “Beware: This is not the only gem the year 2017 holds for Dimmu Borgir.” If they do indeed release their new album this year, it will mark a seven year gap between studio releases – the band’s longest to date.
11/01/2017 – Aussie Xenomorphs Aversion Crown Rise from the “Prismatic Abyss”
Australian deathcore up-and-comers Aversions Crown are building up to release their outstanding new album on the 20th of January through Nuclear Blast Records. Xenocide is easily the band’s best album to date, and you can read our review of it here: https://www.metalwani.com/2017/01/review-aversions-crown-xenocide.html
To grab a bit more attention, Aversions Crown have released a ritualistic nightmare for one of Xenocide’s strongest tracks: “Prismatic Abyss.” Check it out below!
12/01/2017 – New Behemoth? Sort of.
Polish extreme metal megastar Adam “Nergal” Darski, of Behemoth fame, took to Instagram on Thursday to tease some new material for a live album. Behemoth has spent much of 2016 on the road, even playing their 2014 critically revered masterpiece The Satanist in full on selected dates.
Nergal stated in his post that the as-yet untitled live album will be Behemoth’s only release of 2017, so no new material for another year at least. However, this post does follow an earlier post from the frontman teasing that writing for the new album has begun. The Satanist was a masterpiece in every sense of the word, and it is a surprise to no one that every Behemoth fan is anxious to see how they will follow it – if writing has already begun then we may be able to expect the release to come in the first quarter of 2018, but that is pure speculation.
No other details regarding the live album have been announced, but we will keep you updated as and when we hear anything more.