Watch! Primordial reveal Babel’s Tower

Primordial Babels Tower Crop

Irish metal marauders Primordial have released an epic cinematic video for their new track “Babel’s Tower.”

The song is lifted from the band’s new album, Where Greater Men Have Fallen, released today via Metal Blade Records.

Originally premiered in the UK via Metal Hammer’s website, the erstwhile metal magazine said of the video:

“At once a deeply personal exorcism and a song plugged deeply into the enflamed, fist-raising heart of heavy metal, Babel’s Tower is an eight-minute epic and the accompanying video, set among their native Irish hills is equally mesmerising.”

Check it out below:

Primordial will headline their own Redemption Festival in Dublin on the 28th and 29th of November, and will play three dates in the UK next year with Malthusian:

Feb 5th: Glasgow Audio
Feb 6th: Manchester Sound Control
Feb 7th: London Islington Academy

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AC/DC finish recording new album

ACDC

Rock legends AC/DC have announced that their new album is complete.

Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine, frontman Brian Johnson revealed that the band have been recording in Vancouver, and that the process was now finished.

“It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs,” he said.

“I wanted to call the album Man Down,” he continued, “But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”

Johnson was referring to founding member of the band Malcolm Young, who announced in April that he was to step down from the group owing to ill health. Rumours had been circulating for days that AC/DC were about to retire from music, before the official statement regarding Young was made.

Meanwhile, Johnson also received an honorary degree from Northumbria University yesterday (9th June.) The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. Andrew Wathey, said that the frontman has been an “inspiration to the people of the North East and rock fans the world over.”

The new album will be released either late this year or early next, with AC/DC saying that they are likely to embark upon a world tour during 2014.

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Def Leppard sponsoring Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride

Def Leppard Rooftop Photoshoot

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot has revealed that he is sponsoring the 2014 Heavy Metal Truants charity bike ride, and is urging all fans of rock and heavy metal music to do the same.

The ride – which raises money for Nordiff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline – is a three day, 162 mile trek from London to the Download festival at Donnington Park.

The riders will set off from the UK capital on the 11th of June, and aim to arrive at Download around midday on the 13th June, just in time for the festival to begin. This year’s pack of riders includes Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, who founded the Heavy Metal Truants, Metal Hammer magazine editor Alexander Milas, and the man that Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot is sponsoring, heavy metal fan Andy Huuns.

“This is a great cause,” says Elliot, “so I’ve decided to sponsor Andy, and I’m encouraging everybody to do the same thing – and if not Andy then somebody else they know.”

“London to Donington – that’s pretty hardcore,” continues the singer, before breaking out the Leppard puns. “These guys can’t do it in a day, so they’ll have to cycle on through the night, which would leave them high ‘n’ dry in the morning. They would have to start a campfire to warm up – hence being pyromaniacs. This in in turn would probably affect their brains, causing mass hysteria. And then they would need lots of Red Bull to adrenalise themselves to finish the race. And you can quote me on that!”

You can donate to Heavy Metal Truants here.

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