(Photo – Derek Carr)

From upcoming album announcements to lineup changes, festival lineup confirmations and set cancellations, a lot happened last week in the world of metal. Here’s a quick look at what you may have missed:

Much to the dismay of former band mate Kirk Windstein (guitar/vocals), Patrick Bruders (bass) left Crowbar. German thrash metal band Darkness have reformed with a new lineup featuring original members, Andreas “Lacky” Lackaw and Arnd Klink, and newcomers including bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesler (Kreator) and guitarists Bony Fertigmensch and Meik Heitkamp.

Deicide announced their upcoming album, In The Minds Of Evil, will be released on November 26, 2013. Carcass posted a streaming version of their upcoming album Surgical Steel via YouTube. Guitarist Eric Ellis (Bury Your Dead) announced plans to release his solo album The Weight of Knowing, on October 15th, 2013. Ellis is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for gang-related crimes.

Several artists were confirmed for the Metal Allstars tour, set to hit South America this November, including
Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) and Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Accept). Slayer’s Kerry King (guitar) is slated to appear at the 2013 Alberta Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival in Calgary, AB.

Lamb of God reportedly canceled their upcoming September 28th gig in Kuala Lumpur after receiving several death threats. The show became the subject of much controversy after the city’s authorities openly objected to the band’s performance on religious grounds. Dark Angel have been removed as headliners for the Keep It True XVII festival in Germany. The decision stemmed from organizers’ concerns that the current turbulence surrounding the band could have a negative effect on the festival.

Videos released last week include Ghost Ship Octavius‘ “Saturn And Skies“, A Pale Horse Named Death’s “DMSLT” from Lay My Soul to Waste, Avulsed’s “Dead Flesh Awakened” from Ritual Zombi, Black Label Society’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” (Bill Withers), Deadlock’s “The Great Pretender” from The Arsonist, Dead Trooper’s title track from Fat Horny Beast, Butcher Babies’ “Magnolia Blvd” from Goliath and Demonical’s “The Order” lyric video from Darkness Unbound.

By Alxs Ness

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