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Below is our complete Earthling news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Earthling Kicking Off Fall Tour

The latest live expedition for Harrison, Virginia-based Earthling is now underway in support of the "Dark Path" album (available for streaming below).

The band will lay waste to city after city for a full month, pummeling a counter-clockwise arc through the Midwest, down to the Gulf Coast and then eastward closing the trek with a home state show on October 26th, bludgeoning audiences with Vektor, Lord Almighty, Ashencult, Primitive Man and countless others along the way. Full details are as follows:

9/26/2013 The Fillmore - Washington, DC w/ Vektor, Midnight Eye
10/01/2013 house show - Boston, MA w/ Lord Almighty
10/02/2013 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY w/ Mutilation Rites, Syphilitic Lust
10/03/2013 Millcreek Tavern - Philadelphia, PA w/ Casket, Ashencult, Repellers
10/04/2013 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
10/05/2013 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Liquified Guts
10/06/2013 Elimination Chamber - Morgantown, WV
10/07/2013 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Artillery Breath, Nail Bat
10/08/2013 Casa Demise - Dayton, OH
10/09/2013 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Nakay, Shamesquats, ShitHearts
10/10/2013 The Mutiny - Chicago, IL w/ Warboner, Gnarly Death, Savas
10/11/2013 TBA - Milwaukee, WI
10/12/2013 TBA - Appleton, WI
10/13/2013 The Hexagon - Minneapolis, MI
10/14/2013 The V-Spot - Madison, WI w/ Primitive Man, Mellow Harsher
10/15/2013 house show - Cincinnati, OH w/ Impia, Valdrin
10/16/2013 Sidecar - Lexington, KY
10/17/2013 PK's - Carbondale, IL
10/18/2013 Murphy's - Memphis, TN w/ Hosai Bro's
10/19/2013 The Taquaria - Dallas, TX
10/21/2013 The Grand - Austin, TX w/ Widower, Dethroned
10/22/2013 - TBA
10/23/2013 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
10/24/2013 - TBA - Birmingham, AL
10/25/2013 Static Age Records - Asheville, NC w/ Shadow Of The Destroyer
10/26/2013 Screamers - Radford, VA @ Samhain Fest w/ Death Shroud, Evicera More...

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Earthling Kicking Off Tour Today

Black/thrash purveyors Earthling head back out on the road today on a new run of live infiltrations of clubs across the Southeastern quadrant of the country.

This latest barrage of live broadcasts kicks into gear tonight in Knoxville, Tennessee, then plows south with shows in the Carolinas and Florida over the next nine evenings, ending at Fall Line Fest in Richmond, Virginia.

After a few days off-duty, Earthling busts out on a three-day riffing spree across the band's native Virginia September 12th, 13th, and 14th, including shows with Zuul, Deceased and others.

8/29/2013 The Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Rudemas, In L'a Kesh
8/30/2013 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC w/ Divulgence, The Terrigen Mist
8/31/2013 911 House - Gainesville, FL
9/01/2013 The Shelter - St Petersburg, FL
9/02/2013 Shantytown Pub - Jacksonville, FL
9/03/2013 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
9/04/2013 Da Beach House - Nags Head, NC
9/05/2013 The Cave - Chapel Hill, NC
9/06/2013 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest w/ Inter Arma, Thou, Woe, Barge
9/12/2013 Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA w/ Zuul, Salvaticus
9/13/2013 house show - Charlottesville, VA w/ Salvaticus
9/14/2013 The Attic - Luray, VA w/ Deceased, Inhumation More...

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Earthling Streaming Full New Album

The blazing debut LP from Harrisonburg, Virginia-based Earthling, titled "Dark Path," is out now on Forcefield Records. Terrorizer Magazine is now hosting a stream of the album, which can be heard right here or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Through an organic, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music, Earthling has finally captured their corrosive sound on record. A diverse, premier debut offering, Dark Path is a coarse display of the band's terrorizing spirit; a ravenous force that has guided the group through countless shows, relentless demo recordings, and over five years of sheer sacrifice.

"Recorded by Garret Morris (Windhand, Cough, Parasytic, Bastard Sapling) and mastered by Mikey Allred (Inter Arma, Hellbender, Across Tundras), one can rest assured that this album is well versed in sonic mayhem. More...

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Earthling Streaming New Song

With a clear-cut mission of laying waste to all in its path with musically depraved indifference, today Harrisonburg, Virginia-based battalion Earthling blasts a shot of mighty riffage point blank into the population through Pitchfork. Check out the "Resent" track at this location.

The track comes off new LP "Dark Path," due for release May 7th. The LP version will be pressed with 100 copies of yellow/red haze vinyl with half of the pressing shipping out with the band on tour, beginning this week as Earthling hits the road with local blackened sludgesmiths Inter Arma.

The new album's track listing is:

1. Dark Path
2. Resent
3. Losing Sight
4. Soldier Of The Fortunate
5. Wilderness Throne
6. Pass Into Beyond

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Earthling Reveals "Dark Path" Release

Richmond, Virginia-based Forcefield Records confirms the pending Springtime release of the debut LP from local hellbrigade, Earthling. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Formed in early 2009 as a project between Harrisonburg natives Alan Fary (guitar/vocals) and Brently Hilliard (drums), following several member shifts solidified the Earthling lineup with Praveen Chhetri (guitar) and Jordan Brunk (bass).

"Having released a pair of three-song demos, a split 7” with the mighty Valkyrie, and having extensively inundated their local DIY music circuit, the band has crafted a crusty, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music.

"Now on the heels of their split 7" with Valkyrie (a band who shares guitarist, Alan Fary), Earthling has finally captured their corrosive sound on record, and now prepares to unleash hell upon its own kind with their ominous Dark Path on CD, LP and digital May 7th, 2013. A diverse, premier debut offering which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of all things ripping, Dark Path is a coarse display of the band's terrorizing spirit; a ravenous force that has guided the group through countless shows, relentless demo recordings, and over five years of sheer sacrifice. More...

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