Napalm Death have dropped a track called "Earthwire" from their Apex Predator – Easy Meat album sessions. Proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to help the people of Nepal who are trying to recover following the catastrophic earthquakes that ravaged the country back in the spring. Head here to purchase "Earthwire" and do your part.
In an interview on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta's podcast earlier this week, Devil You Know singer Howard Jones revealed that he contemplated committing suicide while he was still fronting Killswitch Engage. Jones cited lifelong depression and anxiety issues that escalated after Killswitch Engage became one of the biggest heavy metal bands of the '00s. Listen to the full podcast above to learn more about the singer's struggles and how he's overcome them.
King Diamond is currently bringing his unique brand of theatrical metal to North America as part of the Mayhem Festival. The influential Danish vocalist had promised to release a new studio album this year, but fans will have to wait till 2016. In a new interview, King admits that his band's current tour schedule has delayed his recording plans, but says that "it's gonna be the best you've ever heard from us." Lucky album No. 13 will be his first since 2007's Give Me Your Soul… Please.
New York thrash titans Anthrax are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches next album, which is due out in early 2016. It will be the band's follow-up to 2011's Worship Music, their first album featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990's Persistence of Time. Anthrax enlisted Jay Ruston (The Winery Dogs, Steel Panther) to produce the as-yet-untitled forthcoming album's recording sessions. To hold you over till next year, Anthrax posted a new video teaser filmed at Ruston's studio in Southern California featuring some new music.
Christian hard rock missionaries Stryper have announced the October 16 release of Fallen, their forthcoming eighth album. Tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Massachusetts, the album will include a cover of Black Sabbath's "After Forever." The scorching track streaming above, "Yahweh" was co-written by Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery. God save you!
The criminally underrated Christian Mistress premiered the song "Open Road" from their next album for the twisted minds at Relapse Records. (Lambgoat)
Rivers of Nihil's "Monarchy" is a beast of a track. (Metal Sucks)
Firespawn is a new death metal outfit featuring members of Entombed, Unleashed, Dark Funeral and Necrophobic that should get on your radar. (Blabbermouth)
"Holy War" is the latest video from Thy Art Is Murder. (Nuclear Blast)
Metal Blade just announced the signing of Kelzer, a blackened thrash band hailing from Germany. (Metal Blade)