DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL – BAND EDITION: CRANKING IT UP TO 11 FOR THE HIT COMIC BOOK SERIES’ WORLD TOUR THIS MARCH

BURBANK, CA (February 1, 2021) – In anticipation of the international launch of DC’s runaway 2020 hit limited series, Dark Nights: Death Metal, the publisher announced today plans to collaborate with seven of the most renowned metal music bands for Dark Nights: Death Metal – Band Edition.

Representing a cross-section of metal music from across genres and generations, each special edition will feature a variant cover spotlighting a different metal band, an introduction from the band and exclusive interview. The lineup includes:

Issue #1: Featured band: Megadeth
Cover artist: Juanjo Guarnido

Issue #2: Featured band: Ghost
Cover artist: Werther Dell’ Edera

Issue #3: Featured band: Lacuna Coil
Cover artist: Timpano / Antonio Fuso

Issue #4: Featured band: Opeth
Cover artist: Mathieu Lauffray

Issue #5: Featured band: Sepultura
Cover artist: Albuquerque / Pedro Mauro

Issue #6: Featured band: Dream Theater
Cover artist: Santi Casas

Issue #7: Featured band: Ozzy Osbourne
Cover artist: Marco Mastrazzo

The Dark Knights: Death Metal seven-issue series event will launch in 13 countries internationally in March and rollout throughout 2021.

Dark Nights: Death Metal, from the bestselling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, launched in the U.S in June 2020. Dark Knights: Death Metal is the sequel to the smash-hit 2017-18 series Dark Nights: Metal, which brought widespread changes to the DC universe and introduced fans to the Dark Multiverse and a runaway-hit villain, the Batman Who Laughs.

When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, who have all been separated, fight to survive.

The seven single issues with the Band edition variant covers will be published monthly in eight countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Turkey.

For the Collectors’ Omnibus Edition featuring additional bonus content, these eight countries will be joined by Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Korea and Japan.

DC’s international publishing partners from each participating country will announce their respective release dates with press releases soon, so check out their social media for the latest information.

For more information about Dark Nights: Death Metal and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit the website at www.dcomics.com, and follow on social media @DCComics and @thedcnation.

About DC

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DC Joins With Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and More For Dark Nights: Death Metal – Band Edition

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Ritual By Ghost, Album: Opus Eponymous 2010

As Halloween approaches, feel free to ignore “Monster Mash” in favor of this handful of more austere chillers: Vintage murder ballads, dissonant classical spine-tinglers, psychedelic freak-outs, shock-rock creep-outs, Southern gothic alt-rock gloom, art-noise desolation and more.

This is not the longtime (and awesome) Japanese psych band, Ghost. It’s the Swedish band, Ghost. They are dusky, full-on vintage Satanic heavy rock. The anonymous Darkthrone-approved sextet refer to themselves as “a devil worshiping ministry,” rather than a band. We’re told they formed “in order to spread their unholy gospels and, furthermore, trick mankind into believing that the end is ultimately a good thing.” (It’s not?) They also note, “This is Black Metal at its most original and deceiving.” Black Metal in the sense of the Black Arts (or in the sense of a Venom album): Ghost give us very well-done vintage NWOBHM/Satanic ’70s metal with immediate, amazing hooks. Right, the lyrics focus on the Dark Lord, but there’s nothing scary about the music — think Mercyful Fate and old-timey Witchfinder General, but also Blue Oyster Cult and something more pop-rock nasal. Or get acquainted via “Ritual,” the chirpiest song about human sacrifice I know. It’s from the band’s full-length debut album, Opus Eponymous.

Psychedelic Lunch

Members of Ghost performed an instrumental cover of Pantera‘s “Walk” during their October 24th set at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Fan-filmed footage of that can be seen online below. The band are currently prepping for a European/UK tour to close out the year. They will be taking 2020 off from the road to start working on their new album for a 2021 release. You can catch them out with All Them Witches and Tribulation this fall at the below run of shows:

11/16 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/17 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/18 Glasgow UK – SSE Hydro
11/20 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/22 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
11/23 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
11/30 Katowice, POL – Spodek
12/01 Prague, CZE – Universum
12/03 Budapest, HUN – BSA
12/05 Mantova, ITA – Palabam
12/06 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
12/08 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
12/10 Lisboa, POR – Altice Arena
12/11 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
12/13 Eckbolsheim, FRA – Zenith Of Strasbourg
12/17 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
12/18 Saint-Herblain, FRA – Zenith Nantes Metropole
12/19 Toulouse, FRA – Zenith Toulouse Metropole

Watch Members Of Ghost Deliver Partial Instrumental Cover Of Pantera’s “Walk” Live

Written By Rich Deckard

GHOST: MELIORA

With their third lp, Ghost really took off. This is the one that blew them up; their Master of Puppets, if you will. Filled with instant classics and live staples like Cirice, He Is, Mummy Dust, Absolution….this record is stacked.

And the videos for this record are phenomenal, too. Even if you dont like this band, check out the video for He Is. Its an absolute classic; a satirical stab to the heart of the hypocritical world of organized religion.

Amazing.

And yes I know the debut is their most metal record, with its awesome primitive production, and cool 70s occult vibe.

But Meliora is a mature monster…

Quick Cuts

Fan-filmed video footage of GHOST‘s May 8 concert at Revention Music Center in Houston, Texas can be seen below.

GHOST played the first official show of the “Rats! On The Road” U.S. tour on Saturday night (Saturday, May 5) at Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. In addition to the previously released new single “Rats”, which opened the concert, GHOST played four more songs from “Prequelle” album, including “Faith”, “Dance Macabre”, “Miasma” and “Pro Memoria”. “Miasma” featured a saxophone solo from Papa Nihil, the aged “original” Papa Emeritus.

The band broke its show up into two sets, with the first featuring 12 songs and the second consisting of 11 numbers. The group spread out the new material across both sets, interspersed with fan favorites and hits like “Cirice”, “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”, “He Is”, “If You Have Ghosts” and show closer “Square Hammer”.

The band has expanded its onstage lineup to include at least eight musicians, not including the guest appearance from Papa Nihil.

GHOST next performs in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday night (May 11).

The Swedish-based act also played a surprise warm-up show on Friday night (May 4) at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles, where it aired three new songs during a 45-minute set. The Roxy concert was only announced one day earlier and tickets — priced at $6.66 — were made available starting at noon the day of the show.

GHOST will release its new album, “Prequelle”, on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. The record was tracked last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).

Watch GHOST Perform In Houston

Welcome To The Shadow Zone with Onyx the Fortuitous hosting may be my new favorite interview segment as far as metal bands go. It’s so gloriously awkward, and in its debut, Onyx the Fortuitous gets to interview Phil The Nameless Ghoul from Ghost. It’s weird, it stays weird, and it never stops being weird.

For those unaware, the dude playing Onyx the Fortuitous is comedian Andrew Bowser. It’s not serious.

Nameless Ghoul from Ghost Interview (Welcome to the Shadow Zone)

“A Weird Satanist Guy” Interviewing GHOST Is Gloriously Awkward