Album Announcements

METAL CHURCH WELCOMES MIKE HOWE BACK TO THE BAND

Just when it seems like everyone is leaving bands, heavy metal pioneers Metal Church switch it on us! In an announcement made on Facebook earlier today, Metal Church confirmed that Mike Howe, the band’s vocalist during the ’80s and early ’90s, has returned to the band after more than 20 years of retirement.

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HEIDEVOLK SAYS GOODBYE TO LONG-TIME VOCALIST AND GUITARIST

Because there simply has not been enough heartache lately, it’s been announced that vocalist Mark “Splintervuyscht” Bockting and guitarist Reamon “Bomenbreker” Bloem are leaving Dutch folk metal band Heidevolk. Splintervuyscht and Bomenbreker released individual statements via the Heidevolk Facebook page:

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TOP 5 ALBUMS I’VE LISTENED TO SINCE MY HIATUS

Just because I stopped writing about metal didn’t mean that I stopped listening to it. Quite a few awesome albums dropped since my departure, and my friends have been kind enough to keep me in the loop (occasionally against my will — hey, I was on hiatus for a reason). Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately, in no particular

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TÝR “MARE OF MY NIGHT” NOW STREAMING ON METALINSIDER.NET

Get a sneak preview of Týr’s upcoming Valkyrja album on MetalInsider.net, where “Mare Of My Night” is currently streaming! I am thoroughly embarrassed to admit that I only just now got the “nightmare” reference after reading frontman Heri Joensen’s explanation of the song: It’s based on the mare from folklore, the human-like creature that lies on top of you, riding

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TURISAS COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral Photography. According to an announcement on their Facebook page, Turisas’s upcoming album is done! The band announced the album’s completion with a screenshot of the finished tracks: The still-unnamed album was recorded at 5by5 Studio in Helsinki, Finland, and little else is known about it. So far, the band has been keeping mum about album details,

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KÁRI STREYMOY AND TÝR PART WAYS

Earlier today, folk metal band Týr announced that they and drummer Kári Streymoy have split. Streymoy had been in the band for 15 years, but experienced back problems that sidelined him for much of 2008 and ultimately led to his departure from the band. Týr’s official statement reads as follows: We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the

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THE SWORD CANCELS TUSKA 2015 APPEARANCE

Photo credit: Sandy Carson. Tuska Open Air organizers have announced that The Sword will no longer be appearing at the Finnish metal music festival this

TURISAS COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral Photography. According to an announcement on their Facebook page, Turisas’s upcoming album is done! The band announced the album’s completion with

KÁRI STREYMOY AND TÝR PART WAYS

Earlier today, folk metal band Týr announced that they and drummer Kári Streymoy have split. Streymoy had been in the band for 15 years, but