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Hot on the heels of their November single ‘NEVER TO RETURN,’ Infected Rain are back with ‘BECAUSE I LET YOU,’ another dynamic song showcasing the band’s singular progressive-meets-nu-metal sound. The single — the latest taste of the Moldovan group’s upcoming sixth album, TIME — arrived accompanied by a vivid, gory music video. “In ‘BECAUSE I LET YOU,’ we delve into the paradox of love’s pain, exploring how our deepest affections can lead to our greatest wounds,” Infected Rain commented in a joint statement. “It’s a raw reflection on the vulnerability we expose in love, and how sometimes those we trust most can wield our secrets and fears against us. This song isn’t just about the struggles in relationships; it’s a mirror to the courage it takes to acknowledge and voice this complex reality.” [via Revolver]

Symphonic Metal soprano vocalist/pianist Talia Hoit premieres ‘Whispers in the Storm’, flexing beautiful vocals and astonishing range whilst delivering an operatic and angelic vocal performance in cinematic grandeur. Talia Hoit explains, “The song ’Whispers in the Storm’ is about the moment when someone has been caught up in a bad relationship and they begin to realize the truth that things aren’t really supposed to be happening that way. Since the lyrics use the idea of the whispers in the storm as a metaphor, I wanted to create a visual metaphor in the video with a very stormy scene.” [via Outburn]

Symphonic metal Vikings, LEAVES’ EYES, have revealed first details about their new album to be released in 2024 with AFM Records. The band’s ninth studio offering will be titled Myths Of Fate. The band unveiled their album cover artwork and a music video for the first album single, ‘Forged By Fire’. Says LEAVES’ EYES band mastermind and singer, Alexander Krull: “Finally the time has come and we can present you our new video FORGED BY FIRE! We played FORGED BY FIRE on stage at WACKEN as a world premiere and the song was enthusiastically celebrated by the fans! Here’s the video with an awesome storyline about the legendary Tyrfing sword and a fiery performance in the truest sense of the word! With FORGED BY FIRE we are starting a series of videos with the magical theme of the new album MYTHS OF FATE! Are you ready to travel with us into the world of sagas?” [via Metal Planet]

Swiss modern metal upstarts Illumishade unveil their magical sophomore record and Napalm Records debut, Another Side of You, out February 16. Fronted by vocalist Fabienne Erni and guitarist Jonas Wolf (both of Eluveitie) and completed with orchestration and synths by film composer Mirjam Skal, bass by Yannick Urbanczik, and drums by Marc Friedrich, Illumishade skillfully balances all things both dark and light on Another Side of You. On their new single cut from the new album, ‘Here We Are’, Erni’s radiant charisma shines brighter than ever with her crystal-clear vocal delivery. Wolf’s guitar work is as blazing and emotional as ever, while a fresh dose of modern prog brings a cutting edge to the band’s elaborate songwriting. The song impresses with a stomping chorus and an exciting variety in its middle passage, and arrives alongside a stunning music video. Illumishade on ‘Here We Are’: “‘Here We Are’ is an anthem to the essence of being in the here and now. It tells about accepting the legacy of history, acknowledging our current standing as a foundation from which we can move forward.” [via Amplify the Noise]

Elettra Storm will release the debut album Powerlords on February 16 through Scarlet Records. First single and video ‘Higher Than The Stars’ is out now.

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