Dragon Fire: Dee Snider, Devildriver, Rotten Sound, and more

Dragon Fire is Slow Dragon Music’s brief news round-up, filled with chunks of fleshy goodness.

How do we even begin to introduce this round up? It has been a crazy period like never before, and, to a degree, we really want to draw a line under it all, and move on. So that’s what we’ve done. The focus here has been entirely on clearing the decks and just starting with July. There has been plenty happening, so we’re not exactly stuck for juicy little morsels. Read on!!!

Rotten Sound have announced a live streaming event for this weekend. With tickets on sale here, the band say the “COVID-19-situation in Finland allows us to play a show in front of a 50% capacity of live audience.” These are strange times indeed…

Scotland’s most bleak and blackened, Saor, are re-issuing their albums Roots and Aura, with an all new, remastered sound. Both feature bonus tracks, and are set for release August 21st and September 11th, respectively.

Featuring Revocation’s Dave Davidson, “progressive grunge rockers” Gargoyl, are preparing to launch their debut full-length this October. Following up on their 2019 Asomatous demo, it features a “background static of anxiety and depression”, which they feel reflects a haunting feeling in modern society.

Dundee’s Catalysis have just unwrapped a killer new video for the title track of their album, out on Friday. Connection Lost shows the band at their best, and seemingly in letterbox widescreen format. It certainly stands out!

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Dropping a new album in October, Dez Fafara’s Devildriver have just unleashed Iona, a music video with a horror vibe. Representing a strong, darker sound for the band, the frontman says it is “unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out.” This is the second video from the full-length, preceded by Keep Away From Me.

French thrash/groove troop, Divine Side, have released a stormer of a new album in !! System Failure !!, exclusively through Bandcamp’s digital platform. The physical edition should see the light of day by the end of the month.

A ‘quick-banger’ … short, fast, catchy, and never lets up.” is how Unleash The Archers vocalist, Britney Slayes, has described the bands second track taken from approaching album, Abyss. Check out the ‘cinematic’ video for Soulbound below.

Aberdonian black metallers, Drekavac, are slowly summoning fresh evils from below. Imperious is the second video from their upcoming Insentient EP, due out in September. It follows first video, Cthonic, up into the light of day.

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With an unusual blend of progressive grunge and death metal, Seattle’s Draemora bring something new to the table in their Home video. Be warned, it deals quite visually with issues of alcoholism, so emetophobes might want to steer clear. Look out for their debut EP, Awakening.

Our favourite black metal Belgians, Thurisaz, are working up to the release of Re-Incentive, their first album since The Pulse Of Mourning. It is deeply emotional, with lots of melodies, while still remaining dark as ever. It deals with themes of depression, yet is somehow uplifting.

With 15 years under their belt, Powerwolf have decided it’s time to unleash a “best of” album in Best Of The Blessed. Charging into the German album charts at #2, it covers 16 studio anthems, some reworked, and 14 live tracks. Sounds like a fan’s must have! Head to Napalm Records store to check it out.

Metal legend, Dee Snider is also laying out some live recorded action on Napalm, with his new DVD/Blu-Ray, For The Love Of Metal Live. It’s a bit of a monster, with exclusive interviews, behind the scenes, personal commentary, and no less than 18 concert tracks, including one new, original song. On sale from July 31st. (…and yes, he most certainly still ‘has it’…)

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