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Last updated on May 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM ET

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Mini-documentary about Metal album covers released

On-the-rise online channel, FreqsTV recently premiered a new short film about the making of the book “And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.”

You can see the 4-minute documentary below. It's narrated by the book’s author, Ramon Oscuro Martos, who discusses details about his 264-full color volume and also comments about the current and future situation of album covers.

“As a longtime Metal head and collector of Metal books, I was delighted to see someone had finally taken the time to do a proper book on metal cover art,” says the doc's director, Randy Salo. “I hope that this video can help further the reach of “…And Justice for Art” and brings this exhaustive work into the limelight. Honestly, this book is definitely for those metal heads who want to see the legacy of cover art preserved.”

“And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers” features more than 400 graphics and 100 band/artist interviews. It's available exclusively via BigCartel

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Ghost Key Streaming "Dismantle"

Peoria hardcore band Ghost Key has debuted a new song called “Dismantle," which can be heard in the player below.

The track is featured on the band’s upcoming EP, "The Things I Am Not" due out on June 30th from No Sleep Records and available now for pre-order at this location.

Ghost Key recently wrapped up a tour with Church Tongue and will be performing at a special album release show in Peoria, IL at Rail II on June 27th. More...

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Strains Posts Lyric Video

Famined Records’ newest signing - the Belgian metal/hardcore outfit Strains - has just released a new single off forthcoming label debut "Redefine[d]."

“White Chains” is off the Aljoscha Sieg-recorded EP that will be released June 30th with vocalist Maarten Janssen commenting, “We took our time to get the best out of this first EP and are more than happy with the record we’ve been able to create.”

Maarten continued by revealing, “In 2007 I suffered from an accident that put me in the hospital in complete isolation for several months, undergoing over 10 surgeries. This accident changed everything I stood for and knew of life at that point. Every track of 'Redefine[d]' tells a part of my story starting at how I now look at the life I led before the accident to today where I analyze the whole process I underwent and my look at the future. Although the lyrics are quite personal, I still feel they’re abstract enough for other people to relate to the daily struggles that changed me as a person in every aspect.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Great Disconnect
2. 13/04
3. White Chains
4. Infinite
5. Acceptance More...

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New Website Lets You Hire Metal Musicians

A website has recently launched titled Metal For Hire, which boasts a colossal lineup of musicians and producers available to hire for session work, lessons, and even lyric video creation.

More info can be found over here, and the site's current lineup includes:

Glen Drover - (session Guitars, Etc...) Megadeth, King Diamond, Testament
Doc Coyle - (session Guitars, Etc…) God Forbid, Lamb Of God, Trivium
Jason Bittner - (session Drums, Etc…) Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam, Anthrax
Bjorn “speed” Strid - (session Vocals, Etc…) Soilwork, Demon Hunter, Sonic Syndicate
John Gallagher - (session Bass, Etc…) Raven
Dirk Verbeuren - (session Drums, Etc...) Soilwork, Devin Townsend, Jeff Loomis
Jon Howard - (session Vocals, Etc…) Threat Signal, Arkaea, I Legion
Chris “zeuss” Harris - (producing, Etc…) Rob Zombie, Queensryche, All That Remains
Francesco Artusato - (session Guitars, Etc…) Devil You Know, All Shall Perish
Dj Heavygrinder - (remixes, Etc…)
Ben Schigel - (producing, Etc…) Chimaira, Drowning Pool, Misery Signals
Chris Clancy - (session Vocals, Etc...), Wearing Scars, Mutiny Within, I Legion
Hannah Verbeuren - (photographer) Soilwork, Rolling Stone, Decibel, Revolver
Sebastian Reichl - (session Guitars, Etc...) Deadlock, I Legion
Ralph Santolla - (session Guitars, Etc…) Deicide, Death, Obituary
Samus Paulicelli - (session Drums, Etc…) Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams, Arsis, Goatwhore
Tommy Jones - (videographer) Slayer, Lamb Of God, Testament, Kataklysm More...

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Diabolicum Offers Salvation Through Vengeance

"Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows)" is the impending new long player from Swedish industrial black metal misery makers Diabolicum.

Now boasting the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, the record breaks the band's fourteen-year slumber and boasts nine harrowing psalms of disease and torment. The record will see release on July 7th, 2015 via Italy's Code666.

In celebration of its official ignition, today you can get the first taste of plague with fifth cranium-crusher, "Salvation Through Vengeance." Listen in below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Baxxar Ehl Uhza
2. Void of Astaroth
7. One mans war
5. Salvation through Vengeance
3. Silent Spring
8. Angelmaker
4. Genocide Bliss
6. The Abyss of the Shadows
9. Ia Pazuzu More...

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Congiura Releases "iBlood" Video

Conguira has a new music video out now for the title track to the "iBlood" album, coming via Sliptrick Records.

The clip was directed by Stefano Ianni and features Simone Marchi. Check it out below. "iBlood" was produced, tracked, mixed and mastered by Stabber and Jamrock Records.

Featuring 8 tracks of serious no-nonsense metal to bang your heads off, the album will be available worldwide through selcted distributors and shops and each and every digital platform.

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Blaze Of Perdition Streams New Track

Polish black metal group Blaze Of Perdition has revealed a new track in anticipation of upcoming third studio album, "Near Death Revelations," set to be released on June 26th worldwide via Agonia Records.

The song is called "Królestwo Niczyje" and can be listened to via the Agonia Records YouTube channel. The full album's track listing is:

1. Królestwo Niczyje
2. Into the Void Again (streaming here)
3. When Mirrors Shatter
4. Dreams Shall Flesh
5. Cold Morning Fears
6. The Tunnel
7. Of No Light More...

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Rooms Of Ruin Maps Out "Vertical Geographies"

Middletown, NY sludge/stoner metal band Rooms of Ruin has released a music video for the track "Vertical Geographies" that comes off latest album "Into The Black."

"Intro The Black" was released independently in late 2014, while the video was directed and edited by Ignacio Orellana. Check it out below.

Formed in Early 2011, Rooms of Ruin began as a side project for Cabal 34 members Ken F. (Ex Morpheus Descends) Dave M. and Annie Terror (Ex Casket Architects) when they wanted to explore a slower, sludgier sound. More...

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Livhzuena Posts Full Album Online

“Dark Mirror Neurons,” the debut album from French death metal group Livhzuena, dropped last Friday via Klonosphere Records / Season of Mist.

All of the album is also now online for streaming. Listen to "Dark Mirror Neurons" below, and you can also order your own copy at this location.

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False Flag Releasing EP, Announces Live Shows

It's coming.... "Nest of Vipers," is the third release from Calgary’s False Flag, and this time the band is taking to the road.

False Flag's signature bottom end sound was mastered by Alan Sasha Laskow at Perfect Fifth (Every Hour Kills, Divinity, Death Toll Rising, and Titan’s Eve) and the new EP is slated to be available August 4th. Russ Gauthier (guitar & vocals) comments:

"We are very excited to share our new EP 'Nest Of Vipers' with our fans and peers, but especially the people that haven't heard us yet. This EP is a huge push forward, in that it showcases our many influences while still keeping the same low tuned groove that our fans have come to expect from us. The songwriting, performances, and production are finally up to our own standards and we are more excited than ever to unleash these heavy tunes for you all to hear!"

See the band live on these dates:

July 21 - Medicine Hat, AB - Liquid w/ Statue of Demur, Leave The Living, Morbidly Depraved
July 22 - Regina, SK - The Club w/ Statue of Demur and guests
July 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern w/ Statue of Demur
July 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rendezvous Pub w/ Statue of Demur, After Earth, Decrepitation
July 25 - Red Deer, AB - Slumland w/ After Earth, Wives Tail, Decrepitation
July 26 - Calgary, AB - Morgan’s Pub w/ After Earth, Statue of Demur
July 31 - Calgary, AB - Distortion w/ From The Wolves, Lordosis, Oh Shit, The Electric Revival More...

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Aftershock 2015 Festival Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will feature a lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.

The band lineup for Aftershock 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, and more (daily lineup below).

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."

Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at Aftershock this year and performing in our hometown. It's always special to return to the city that made us."

Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye

Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips More...

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SOS Celebrating 20 Years

New York City's heavy-hitting groove quartet SOS is celebrating twenty raging years together as a band in 2015, and is currently booking shows across the city throughout June in celebration of crushing right through the two decade mark.

Following the release of fifth full-length, "Strength And Conditioning," SOS performed on the street at the massive NYC Marathon for the fifteenth consecutive year, amidst a widespread rash of other performances.

Continuing the live mayhem, the band will play home turf on Friday, June 5th with Warrior Soul and a host of other support acts, followed by a free, all-ages, outdoor matinee show at Tompkins Square Park on June 13th with an assortment of friend acts.

June 21st will see SOS hammering Astoria Skate Park in Queens with another all-ages, outdoor matinee show. Stand by for additional live shows to be confirmed through the Summer months.

Issues the band: "The weather's getting nicer and SOS is stoked to celebrate twenty years of heavy grooves! What better way than with a bunch of kick ass shows with our musical brethren? See ya in June!"

6/05/2015 Blackthorn 51 - Elmhurst, NY w/ Warrior Soul, Metalfier, Tempest City, Black Dawn
6/13/2015 Tompkins Square Park - New York, NY w/ Srotakin IV, Snake Canyon,
6/21/2015 Astoria Skate Park - Queens, NY w/ Jump For The Sails, Lardhand, Off The Turnpike

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Old Wounds Will "Never Sleep Again"

New song "Never Sleep Again," the second single off Old Wounds' sophomore album, "The Suffering Spirit," is now online for streaming. Give it a listen in the Bandcamp player below. Due out June 30th on Good Fight Music, "The Suffering Spirit" is a huge statement from the young New Jersey crew.

Good Fight comments that the album "sees Old Wounds ascend to a new level, from DIY workhorse to world-class band. Self-proclaimed 'true freaks,' Old Wounds have always brought more drama and showmanship into their hardcore than most bands dare and on 'The Suffering Spirit,' thanks in part to producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), that vibe is finally documented in all its glory."

Catch Old Wounds performing live on these upcoming shows:

Jun 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ask a Punk
Jun 28 - North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective
Jun 29 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion
Jun 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Jul 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
Jul 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus More...

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Elitist Releasing New Album

Los Angeles, CA's Elitist will release a self-titled, sophomore full-length on June 30th. Today, the band is also premiering a new song called "Vision Red" and has launched preorders for the digital only release, available at this location.

"This is the first track on the album. It's one of the more energetic songs on the record and it just felt right starting it off with a bang!" shares vocalist Chris Balay. "We wanted to make a song that was really fun to play live to get people going! 'Vision Red' is a great example of how we have evolved in our sound but stayed true to the hard hitting roots we love so much."

The new album was co-produced by Daniel Braunstein (Volumes, Elitist) and Julian Rodriguez and recorded at DB Music Studios in Woodland Hills, CA and Parallel Focus Studios in Westlake Village, CA. The track listing is:

1. Vision Red
2. Sense and Security
3. Numbered
4. Idle Hands
5. Deadweight
6. Return to Sender
7. Amber
8. Lonely Giant
9. Gone
10. Creatures of Habit
11. End Game More...

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Apex Festival Streaming Compilation Album

The three-day NYC-based apocalyptic music event Apex Fest VI rapidly approaches -- set to overthrow the city the first weekend of June, with East Coast mini-tours leading up to and following the event -- bringing an incredibly diverse and harrowing roster of extreme experimental acts together.

A foretaste of this gathering has been made available to the public, as the exclusive fest compilation CD is now playing online. Check it out below, thanks to HeathenHarvest.org. The festival itself will take place in NY from June 5th - 7th, 2015.

The "Apex Fest VI" compilation's track listing is as follows: More...

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Downfall 2012 Headed Out On Tour

Alternative metal three piece Downfall 2012 from Houston, Texas is pleased to announce the group will once again be performing alongside Otep.

This time Downfall 2012 joins Otep on the "Art of Fury" tour beginning June 8th, 2015, with the band to also play several off dates not connected to the main run. Dates are available below. More...

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Taproot To Play Dirt Fest

Hitting the stage for the first time in 2 years, Michigan’s own Taproot will perform alongside Down & Pop Evil at this year’s installment of Dirt Fest.

Fans can expect a set full of the favorites spanning the course of Taproot’s 15+ year career. Having sold over 1.5 million records worldwide, Taproot helped pioneer the nu-metal sound and has toured worldwide with bands such as Slipknot, Linkin Park, and Deftones as well as Ozzfest 2001.

The fest will take place at the Birch Run Expo Center at 11600 N. Beyer Rd Birch Run, MI on August 7th - 8th. For more information, head over to the Dirt Fest website. More...

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Gus G. Posts New Album Trailer

After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album "Brand New Revolution," Gus G. is now ready to launch a few more details.

"Brand New Revolution" will be released in the U.S. on July 24th, 2015 and comes with artwork once again created by Gustavo Sazes. The tracklisting for the album, which features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) & Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), reads as follows:

1. The Quest
2. Brand New Revolution
3. Burn
4. We Are One
5. What Lies Below
6. Behind Those Eyes
7. Gone To Stay
8. One More Try
9. Come Hell Or High Water
10. If It Ends Today
11. Generation G
12. The Demon Inside More...

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Ahab Releasing New Album

Ahab has checked in with the following announcement about releasing an upcoming new full-length album:

"Our new album is an interpretation of William Hope Hodgson's 'The Boats Of The Glen Carrig' and it will be released on August 28th as LTD 6 page Digipak + Bonus Track, 2LP Gatefold edition, strictly limited Wooden Box Edition + Ultra Deluxe Canvas Edition via Napalm Records. Pre-orders will start on June 18th."

1. The Isle
2. The Thing That Made Search
3. Like Red Foam (The Storm)
4. The Weedmen
5. To Mourn Job
6. The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison) More...

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Rob Zombie Embarking On New Tour

After releasing new live album "Spookshow International Live" and filming his upcoming crowd-funded horror flick "31," Rob Zombie is now about to embark on a new string of tour dates. The band issued this update:

"Just three more days until Rob Zombie hits the road again for a series of US and European tour dates. Don't forget to hit up the RZ tour page to see the full itinerary and get ticket links (for those last minute purchases). Shows are starting to sell out!

"'Spookshow International Live' is also out now! The album features 19 live tracks, including fan favorites such as 'Dragula' and 'Living Dead Girl' as well as live renditions of tracks from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and a cover of The Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop.'" More...

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Klone Posts Gear Videos

French post-rock/metal sextet Klone recently released new album, "Here Comes The Sun "via Klonosphere/Pelagic Records.

Today, the group is showing off its gear by releasing a drum playthrough video for the track “Gone Up In Flames” in addition to a special LÂG Guitars gear demo video.

The drum playthrough features Florent Marcadet and was recorded at "Studio de Fleix" by Fabien Devaux, who also handled mixing and mastering. Marcadet uses Pearl Reference Series, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth drumsticks.

The guitar demo video presents the band’s new guitar endorsement with LÂG Guitars and features guitarists Guillaume Bernard and Aldrick Guadagnino explaining the technical specs on their LÂG Roxane R1500’s. More...

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Hope Drone Dons A "Cloak Of Ash"

Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal collective Hope Drone emerges from the depths with Relapse Records debut, "Cloak Of Ash," set for release this July.

"Cloak Of Ash" was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and Hope Drone at Wavelength Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

Sample the suffocating sounds of fifth movement, "Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Unending Grey
2. Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow
3. The World Inherited
4. The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth
5. Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning
6. He Waves Forever Shatter Upon Our Shores
7. Carried Apart By The Ceaseless Tides More...

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Dreadnought Streaming "Transpiration"

Denver's progressive metal quartet Dreadnought (not to be confused with various European bands of the same name) has signed to Sailor Records, and the band's sophomore album "Bridging Realms" is due out on LP/CD/DD/cassette on August 11th.

Today the first single "Transpiration" comes online and can be heard below. The "Bridging Realms" track listing is as follows:

1. Ode To Ether
2. Odyssey
3. Minuet De Lune
4. Transpiration
5. Bridging Realms More...

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Ides Of Gemini Gears Up For Summer Tour

Ides Of Gemini is very pleased to announce a latest bout of West Coast live ceremonies. Set to commence on July 14th in Oakland, the journey will coil its way around ten cities through California, Oregon, Vancouver and Washington, coming to a close on July 24th in Glendale. The band will be joined by blackened dream pop duo, Clay Rendering.

As a precursor to the expedition, the ethereal trio will play two shows supporting Oxbow next week. Two weeks later the Ides will head to Salt Lake City for a performance at Crucialfest alongside Rosetta, Norska, Disforia and more followed by a slot on the Demon Lung record release show in Las Vegas on June 20th. See Ides of Gemini live on these dates: More...

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Xul Posts "Orbit Of Nemesis" Video

Unleashing the new EP "Extinction Necromance" last week (which follows 2012's full-length "Malignance") Vernon, BC blackened death metal band Xul is destroying the pit with a new music video for the track "Orbit of Nemesis." Check it out below.

"We've always loved playing live and our live experience has become one of the bands best traits. With our first video, we've tried our best to capture that experience to show people who haven't yet or can't get to a show what we're all about," comments guitarist Bill Ferguson. Be sure to also catch Xul live in Canada on these dates:

June 5 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Metal Fest
June 11 - Ryley, AB - Farmageddon Open Air
July 17 - Armstrong, BC - Armstrong Metal Fest
July 31 - Drumheller, AB - Loud As Hell Fest
Aug 14 - Vanderhoof, BC - Metallion Fest
Oct 3 - Lethbridge, AB - Bill Kergan Centre More...

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Evil Masquerade Answers Fan Questions

In a new video clip available below, Evil Masquerade answers questions from fans and supporters. The response was quite overwhelming when the Evil Masquerade Q & A idea was recently announced at the band's official website.

It was necessary to limit the ambitions to only include one question per person and to cut the video into a Part 1 and a Part 2. The total playing time is now about half an hour. Check out the first part here: More...

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Darke Complex Has "Intrusive Thoughts"

It's the final R.I.P. for Widow, which is now to be known as Darke Complex. The "Widow" EP, titled almost like an epitaph for the former name, is out now via Spinefarm.

The coordinates of a follow-up full-length are carefully being plotted, but for now the band drops a video for "Intrusive Thoughts," which can be seen below. It's dark. It's creepy. It's really fucking weird. And that's everything you will love about it. The band comments:

"'Intrusive Thoughts' is the last song on our debut EP, 'Widow.' It's our way of saying goodbye, both literally and figuratively. It's the end of the record, the end of this story, and the end of this era in our existence." More...

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Fall City Fall Announces New Tour Dates

Calgary's hardcore noisemakers from Fall City Fall are hitting the road with Edmonton's Slum Lord for the "No Parents, No Rules" tour that will see them embark across Canada this coming June and July in support the "Victus" album.

A follow-up release is set to be released later this year, and the band also plans to give fans exclusive free download cards during the tour at the door of each concert for a new single. Vocalist Keenan Pylychaty comments:

"There have been a lot of hardships within the past year for us as a band, but they've helped us grow and put us in the right mind set. With everything that's happened whether it be member changes or writing and recording our new record at Rain City Studio with Stu Mckilliop, I think we owe it to our fans to come out and show them what we've been working so hard on, show them that we're are still dedicated to fucking shit up and that this is not the end. There's still a lot of fight left in us and we came to make waves." More...

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Shardborne Posts Studio Video

Irish prog metal band Shardborne has released a new studio video diary online showcasing the bass and guitar recordings for upcoming album "Living Bridges."

The album, recorded entirely by Shardborne’s Ciaran Culhane and Ben Wanders, went on to be mixed and mastered at The Basement Recording Studios in North Carolina under the experienced eye of Jamie King.

The band comments on working with the renowned producer: “We made a short list of engineers that we had in mind to mix the album, and after talking to a few we decided to ask Jamie King if he would do it. We love the work he had done for bands such as Between the Buried and Me and Scale the Summit, and he seemed like a perfect fit. We were thrilled with how it came out and with the work he did.”

"Living Bridges," which features artwork by Duncan Storr, is set for release on 10th July via Out On A Limb Records and is the band’s follow-up to the 2011 "Aeonian Sequence" EP. More...

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Mercy Brown Streaming "Birds"

Washington metal outfit Mercy Brown has unveiled a track from the band's debut self-titled record, courtesy of MetalRecusants.

“Birds” is a ripping start to the album; after the unsettling intro “From The Sky,” “Birds” flares up with dirty death metal riffing and Sera Hatchett’s vicious growls, which switches to soothing crooning for the chorus. Mercy Brown is:

Josh Schultz - Bass
Lunden Herndon - Drums
Chris Tanaka Canwell - Guitars
Sera Hatchett - Vocals More...

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DoctoR DooM Releasing New Album

DoctoR DooM will release new album "This Seed We Have Sown" on July 24th, 2015 via Ripple Music and today you can hear the track "Relax, You're Dead" below.

Formed in the French town of Ariège in the Midi-Pyrénées by guitarists Jean-Laurent Pasquet and Jérémie Delattre, since its formation in 2011 DoctoR DooM has blazed an impressive underground trail for followers of new, authentically crafted hard rock, metal, and progressive blues.

Having come together out of a shared appreciation for forgotten 60s and 70s music, it didn’t take long for the duo to find kindred spirits in drummer Michel Marcq and bass player Sébastien Boutin Blomfield as they sought to pull together the rhythm section required to knock out a monumentally heavy live set. Initially performing covers of Coven, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, out of the riffs and drum rolls of old grew some new, original numbers that would later surface fully formed on the 2012 debut "DoomO" EP through STB Records. More...

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Mefitic Experiences "Woes Of Mortal Devotion"

Mefitic will release the "Woes of Mortal Devotion" LP/CD through Nuclear War Now! Productions on June 15th. The label also comments:

"All too often, a band emerges from the underground, records a promising demo or EP, and soon after, under some perceived notion of urgency, releases a lackluster debut album rife with impotent filler tracks, and is thus discarded to the overpopulated scrap pile of mediocre metal bands.

"Fewer and farther between are the bands that rightfully and patiently take their time to properly develop their musicianship and songwriting abilities, experiment with their sound and recording technique, and then unleash a debut album, sometimes several years later, that is more than worthy of its time in waiting. Having existed for over ten years, but content to this point to have released just a handful of demos, splits, and a single EP, Italy's Mefitic fits the latter categorization.

"With its debut album, 'Woes of Mortal Devotion,' hereby released under the banner of Nuclear War Now!, Mefitic proves that patience is rewarded by the quality of its product.

"Those who are familiar with Mefitic's earlier releases are likely to note a distinct evolution in the bands sound on their debut full-length. Although it continues to fester in the wound recently opened by the 2012 EP 'Columns of Subsidence,' the approach to this album is notably less chaos-driven and instead more controlled than previous recordings. More...

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The Great Discord Streaming Full New Album

The Great Discord's "Duende" will be available worldwide through Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

With the release date nearly here, now Metal Blade is streaming the album in full - give it a listen below. The Great Discord consists of:

Fia Kempe - vocals
Aksel Holmgren - drums
André Axell - guitars
Gustav Almberg - guitars
Rasmus Carlson - bass More...

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Dark Sermon Summons "The Oracle"

Tampa metal act Dark Sermon will release an all new LP titled "The Oracle" on August 21st, 2015 via eOne Music / Good Fight Music.

"All I can say is that it is certainly a step in a new and interesting direction," says frontman Johnny Crowder. "As a whole, it is slower, faster, heavier, more engaging, and more mature than 'In Tongues.' I think we finally found our true sound."

The new effort will be the follow-up to the band's label debut "In Tongues," released in 2013. Crowder concludes, "We're touring extensively in support of this new record, so keep an eye out for dates."

The band is currently wrapping up a U.S. / Canadian tour with Aborted and label-mates Fit For An Autopsy next week. More...

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Vattnet Viskar Releases "Glory" Video

New Hampshire's post black metal band Vattnet Viskar has launched a new video for "Glory," the fifth single from upcoming sophomore album "Settler."

The clip was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-Neurosis, Soundgarden), who also created the band's "Breath of the Almighty," "Settler," "Colony," "Yearn," and "Impact" videos. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar More...

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Waltteri Väyrynen Joining Paradise Lost For Tour

Due to other commitments, Adrian Erlandsson will not be able to participate in the Paradise Lost European tour or upcoming festival dates this year. The band comments:

"We are pleased to announce drumming duties have been left in the young capable hands of Waltteri Väyrynen who is kindly stepping in to cover."

Waltteri also adds: "No words can explain how excited, grateful and honoured I am to do all these shows with Paradise Lost this year. The band has been one of my first and biggest influences ever since I was a little kid. Really looking forward to see all of you on the road! It's gonna be one hell of a year! Cheers!!" More...

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Vangough To Release Crowd Funded Live Album

"Living Madness," available everywhere June 16th, is Oklahoma progressive act Vangough's crowd-funded live CD which was recorded while on the Metal Underground.com sponsored tour with Pain of Salvation last fall.

Topping just over 40 minutes with seven tracks, "Living Madness" is a testament to Vangough's unhinged and dominating live performances, which touched down in such cities as New York City, Toronto, Seattle and San Diego among others.

A live video for the song "Infestation" taken from the recordings used to put together Living Madness can be viewed below.

Taking a cue from the 2013 album "Between the Madness," Vangough have upped the ante in terms of ferocity as is displayed here on their live release. Featuring tracks from across the band's career, including a medley from 2009's debut "Manikin Parade," fans will be very pleased to hear their favorite tracks in a new way. "Seeing as this was our very first tour, we wanted to capture all the raw energy and emotion you'd expect from a first-time touring act."

Recorded by guest guitarist Cameron Conyer, "Living Madness" was then mixed back in Dallas by long-time collaborator and producer Sterling Winfield. "I love working with Sterling and always trust him to produce a killer mix." The band also connected with famed album artist Travis Smith for the cover (shown below). "We felt like it was time to further shift the artwork into a more brooding and disturbing direction as is befitting of where we're headed. Travis' vision fit perfectly with ours." More...

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Xenofanes To Release Debut

Swedish blackened thrash act Xenofanes, originally formed in 1993, will finally issue a debut album entitled "Pissing in the Holy Grail" through Iron Shield Records (with distribution via Pure Steel Records) tomorrow (May 29th). The band issued six demo, promo and/or split releases since forming and re-forming (2010).

The track list for "Pissing in the Holy Grail" is:

1. Soulthirst
2. Vermin of the Earth
3. Spitfire Inferno
4. Mentally Damaged
5. Next Stop Purgatory
6. Ancient Predator
7. Eruption of Hate
8. Speed Dating Antichrist
9. Pissing in the Holy Grail More...

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In Vain Signs Signs With Pure Steel Publishing

Spanish metal act In Vain signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Publishing. The band's latest release "The Little Things That Matter" (released independently in 2014), will be the first issued through the label. More news on the release is expected soon.

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Mortician Takes Flight In "Eagle Spy" Lyric Video

Austrian traditional metal act Mortician released a lyric video for the track "Eagle Spy." The song appears on sophomore effort "Shout for Heavy Metal," which is available from Pure Underground Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

Check out "Eagle Spy" here:

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Blizzard Hunter Details Debut Album

Peruvian speed metal/traditional metal act Blizzard Hunter unveiled the album artwork and track list for the debut full length album "Heavy Metal to the Vein." The album is set for release on June 19th via Pure Underground Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

The track list is:

1. Conqueror Of Destiny
2. I'm On My Way
3. Heavy Metal To The Vein
4. Heart Of Fire (Vampire Hunter's Song)
5. Nemesis (Feel My Strength)
6. Ghost Rider
7. The Murder
8. My Revenge
9. The Joke
10. The Final Judgment More...

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Ninth Circle Goes "All Or Nothing"

Los Angeles power rockers Ninth Circle went "All or Nothing" on a new music video, which can be viewed in the player below. The song appears on the latest elease "Legions of the Brave," which was released back in 2014 via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

The video was directed by Elan Sobel, Check it out here:

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Edge Of Paradise Gives "Rise For The Fallen"

California's melodic metal band Edge of Paradise released a music video for the track "Rise for the Fallen." The song appears on the new album "Immortal Waltz," which was issued last week via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Perfect Shade of Black
2. It’s My Showtime
3. Immortal Waltz
4. In A Dream
5. Rise For The Fallen
6. Ghost
7. Break Away
8. Goodbye
9. Children of the Sea

Check out "Rise for the Fallen" here: More...

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Johan Fahlberg Splits With Denied

After seven years of touring and three releases, Swedish metal Denied has parted with singer Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart).

Founding member and guitarist Andreas Carlsson commented: “We have shared great times together and created a lot of kick ass heavy metal. We are still the best of friends and there is absolutely no bad blood between him and the band. Johan needed to focus on his commitment to Jaded Heart and there was simply not enough time for the both bands any longer. We fully
understand his decision to quit. He will always be our brother”

The vacancy for a new front man has been filled by acclaimed vocalist Germán Pascual (ex Narnia, Divinefire, Minds Eye, Empire 21). Carlsson continued: "Germán's experience, skill and great personality made our decision very easy. We are now excited to continue the Denied journey together and the best is yet to come".

This summer, the band will head into the studio to record the follow up to the 2013 album "Let Them Burn" (see review here). The album will once again be produced by Fredrik Folkare, also mastermind of Swedish death metal legends Unleashed. More...

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Asylum Pyre Goes Acoustic In New Music Video

French power/progressive act Asylum Pyre released a new video clip for the track "Laughing With the Stars." The song, which originally appeared on the 2009 independently released debut album "Natural Instinct?," was re-worked acoustically in 2015. The band recently re-signed on with Massacre Records for the release of the third studio effort, the details of which are expected soon. The latest release is 2012's "Fifty Years Later."

Check out "Laughing With the Stars" here:

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Tempel Streams Second Track From New Album

Arizona-based progressive instrumental duo Tempel is streaming the new track "Descending Into the Labyrinth" - the second new track from the sophomore effort “The Moon Lit Our Path.” The album will be issued on June 16th via Prosthetic Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Carvings In The Door (song streaming here)
2. The Moon Lit Our Path
3. Descending Into The Labyrinth
4. Tomb Of The Ancients
5. Dawn Breaks Over The Ruins

Check out "Descending Into the Labyrinth" here: More...

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Fogalord Belts "The Scream Of The Thunder"

Italian symphonic metal act Fogalord released a new music video for the track "The Scream of Thunder." The song appears on the 2012 debut release "A Legend to Believe In," which is available through Limb Music.

Check out the video here:

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Galvano Releases New Lyric Video

Swedish sludge metal act Galvano released a lyric video for the new track "The Gathering." The song appears on the sophomore release - and Candlelight Records debut - "Trail of the Serpent," which just dropped last week.

The track list is:

1. The Gathering
2. Following the Trail
3. Stench of Prey
4. Driven Snow

Check out "The Gathering" here:

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Secret Illusion Unveils New Singer With New Song

Greek power/progressive metal act Secret Illusion unveiled new vocalist Vasilis Axiotis in style...by releasing a lyric video for a new track entitled "Winds of Tomorrow." The track is available as a free download at this location.

Vasilis Axiotis - former vocalist of Phantom Lord and Persona Non Grata - joins the band following the departure of Sunlight's Dimitris Giannakopoulos, who fronted the band since 2011 appearing on both full length albums "Illusion" (2011) and "Change of Time" (2014).

"Winds of Tomorrow" was mixed and mastered by Nigel Foxxe. The band warns: "There is more to come, the new material sounds great and the 3rd album will definitely be the best Secret Illusion album so far!"

Check out "Winds of Tomorrow" here: More...

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Pandemia Becomes Your "Warmonger"

Czech Republic death metal act Pandemia issued a new music video for the track "Warmonger." The song appears on the latest album "At the Gates of Nihilism" - which was issued back in February via Mighty Music. The album was the band's first release in six years.

Check out "Warmonger" here:

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Vörgus Releases "Headhunter" Music Video

Swedish death thrash act Vörgus released a new music video for the track "Headhunter." The song appears on the band's debut release "Hellfueled Satanic Action," which was issued back in 2009 via Inferno Records.

Check out "Headhunter" here:

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Culture Killer Streaming New Track

Florida's Culture Killer is streaming the new track "Justice Through Retaliation." The song is the title track of the upcoming debut release via Metal Blade Records. More details on the album - which is expected for release later this year - is forthcoming.

Culture Killer's music and lyrics make it apparent that this band has a goal and message, and that this isn't directionless rage. Drummer Dylan Blow commented on the title track: "The song tells the story of a woman fighting a seemingly endless battle with spousal abuse. She reflects on the words and feelings that she once embraced; soon realizing that the man she loved was now her greatest fear. At the turning point of the song, she finds that her only chance of survival is to kill him.

"Domestic violence is an extremely disturbing and reoccurring reality. Sadly, many stories remain untold. Don't be afraid to speak up, don't be afraid to reach out for help, and most importantly, don't ever feel ashamed to tell your story."

Check out "Justice Through Retaliation" here:

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Unleash The Archers Releases Mad Max Style Video

Canadian power/melodic death act Unleash The Archers released a Mad Max inspired video clip for the new track "Tonight We Ride." The song appears on the new release "Time Stands Still," which drops on June 26th in Europe and July 7th in North America via Napalm Records.

The video was directed and edited by Nathan Karma Cox and can be viewed in the player below. The track list for "Time Stands Still" is:

1. Northern Passage (Intro)
2. Frozen Steel
3. Hail Of The Tide
4. Tonight We Ride
5. Test Your Metal
6. Crypt
7. No More Heroes
8. Dreamcrusher
9. Going Down Fighting
10. Time Stands Still
11. Tonight We Ride (Video Edit)

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts New DVD Trailer

Avenged Sevenfold is streaming a first teaser for their upcoming new DVD release "This Is Bat Country". More updates to come on the band's new website HERE.

Check it out now below.

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Thy Art Is Murder Posts First 'Holy War' Trailer

Australia's Thy Art Is Murder is streaming the first in a series of trailers for "Holy War" which will be released, on June 30 via Nuclear Blast. The new album was produced and mixed by Will Putney (Suicide Silence, Exhumed, The Acacia Strain) and will be made available in various formats (digital, limited digipak and assorted color vinyl).

Check out now the trailer below.

Explains Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andrew Marsh about the origins of the new album and its title: More...

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Maruta Posts Full LP Online

Florida's ultra-deathgrind quartet Marluta is now streaming all of the "Remain Dystopian" 17 track LP below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.

Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer's Scott Hull and vocals with Torche's Jonathan Nuñez, the record is a vicious blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. If you like what you hear, be sure to see Maruta live on these dates:

6/06/2015 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL *Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose
6/13/2015 Hourglass Brewery - Orlando, FL *Record Release Show w/ Mindscar, God Harvest
6/20/2015 Sindicato De La Canaco - Merida, MX w/ Broken Hope, Sadistic Intent
6/25/2015 Maguires Pizza - Liverpool, UK
6/26/2015 The Red Lion - Bristol, UK
6/27/2015 The Unicorn - London, UK
6/28/2015 The Pit's - Kortrijk, BE
6/29/2015 Les Runes - Brodeaux, FR
6/30/2015 Les Pavillons Sauvages - Toulouse, FR
7/01/2015 Stage Live - Bilbao, SP
7/02/2015 TBA - Madrid, SP
7/03/2015 TBA - Barcelona, SP
7/04/2015 Sabato 4 Luglio - Turin, IT
7/05/2015 Circolo Colony - Brescia, IT
7/06/2015 Dürer Kert - Budapest, HU
7/07/2015 RC Brooklyn - Brno, CZ
7/08/2015 Reil 78 - Halle, DE
7/09/2015 Club Novitatis - Dresden, DE More...

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Lowburn Wrapping Up Work On Album

Finnish stoner horde Lowburn is working with producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Acid King, Eyehategod, etc.) on the final details for a new album to be released by Argonauta Records in late Summer, 2015. The label comments:

"Just wait for a pure fuzzy stoner rock at its very best! Formed by Battelore members Tomi Mykkänen and Henkka Vahvanen, Lowburn was born as a band since the very first jams, recruiting Miika Kokkola and Tommi Havo (replaced by Tommi Lintunen in the beginning of 2015). After a couple of EPs, the guys are now giving the final touches to their debut full length, highly anticipated as a massive energy of fuzzy groove!" More...

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Just For Fun

Metallica’s "Master Of Puppets": St. Anger Version

"I was bored, so I replaced all the snare hits with the St. Anger snaredrum. You're welcome." says YouTuber "data_dreams 2000."

Well I am not so sure many Metallica fans will appreciate this new version of the bands title track to the 1986 classic "Master Of Puppets" to be honest.

Check it out below.

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Windy City Slaughter Headed Off For Tour

Riffs That Kill Booking Agency presents The Canadian Slaughter Tour for Grande Prairie outfit Windy City Slaughter. Dates are available below and will also feature Toronto metalcore band Loyalist (exclusing Oshawa, Ontario).

The tour kick off takes place in Lethbridge, AB on June 5th with five other dates in Manitoba and Ontario. This will be the first tour for Windy City Slaughter, with the band commenting:

“We've been pummeling crowds across Alberta for long enough, and it's time to take the insanity across Canada! Our former singer had to step down for personal reasons, but we couldn't have gotten more lucky to have our friend and absolute vocal monster Walker Thompkins of By the Beard of Zeus filling in for us. Ever since we started this band, we planned to take this as far as we could, playing as many shows in as many places as possible. We're very excited to tread some new ground and slaughter some new faces!”

Friday, June 05 - Lethbridge, AB - The Moose Hall*
Saturday, June 06 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn
Monday, June 08 - Sudbury, ON - Little Montreal
Wednesday, June 10 - Toronto, ON - Nocturne
Friday, June 12 - Oshawa, ON - The Atria
Saturday, June 13 - Guelph, ON - Dstrct* (Licensed)

*All Ages, all other shows are 19+ More...

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Xibalba Posts "Guerrilla" Video

Xibalba has issued an official video for the revolutionary anthem "Guerrilla," taken off third LP "Tierra Y Libertad," which saw release in January via Southern Lord Recordings.

In complete DIY fashion, Xibalba basically took the concept of the classic "Cold" video to the next level, this time the overthrowing an entire neighborhood in the group's hometown of Pomona, California.

Directed, shot and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine/One films, with footage by Danny Mayo and Mike Sogoff, the video for "Guerrilla" features a brutalizing live uprising filmed at a live outdoor show in a Pomona neighborhood, utilizing the voices of friends and family to carry the message of the track to the masses. See Xibalba doing its thing live on these dates:

6/26/2015 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13
7/25/2015 The Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore w/ Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane
9/05-06/2015 Ghostfest - Leeds/Bristol, UK w/ Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon
09/11-16/2015 Southeast Asia Tour TBA
9/26/2015 Jewel's Catch One - Los Angeles, CA w/ No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary
10/09/-11/2015 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest w/ Infest, Autopsy
10/15-18/2015 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Sleep, Dropdead More...

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Prurient To Support Godflesh On Tour

Prurient, n support of the recently released “Frozen Niagara Falls” double album, will be doing a first full U.S. tour in seven years this September as direct support to the mighty Godflesh.

The tour includes stopovers at this year’s Hopscotch Fest, Pop Montreal, and Cold Waves Festival. Full routing and venue info is as follows:

09/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest
09/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
09/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
09/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
09/17 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/18 – Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
09/21 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
09/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
09/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
09/24 – Pontiac, MI @ Thr Crofoot
09/25 – Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
09/28 – Vancouver, BY @ Venue Nightclub
09/29 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/03 – Pamona, CA @ The Glass House More...

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Dew-Scented Streaming "Affect Gravity"

German thrash staples Dew-Scented will release tenth album, “Intermination,” on June 30th in North America via Prosthetic Records. Featuring vicious artwork by Gustavo Sazes, the album consists of 13 evolving and twisting tracks, with a new song coming online today. Check out "Affect Gravity" below.

Vocalist Leif Jensen says, "'Affect Gravity' is probably a bit of an unusual track for Dew-Scented and not only because of the talkbox at the beginning. It’s got quite some melodic riffing and a very dark twist, but it’s always dynamic and heavy. It turned out to be one of my personal faves on the album and I look forward to playing it live too!”

Drummer Koen Herfst added, “I tried to really emphasize the aggressiveness of the song by playing pretty much straightforward and really loud in the parts that ask for it. I love the way the toms turned out in the mix, which makes the parts that lead into the verses really heavy. Halfway through the song I do a groove inspired by Derek Roddy, which is basically a blast-beat on my second snare combined with a back beat on my main snare. After that I do a really heavy and basic groove which breaks things open in the guitar solo.”

The album’s complete track listing is as follows:

1. Declaration Of Intent (1:00)
2. On A Collision Course (3:49) (stream)
3. Scars Of Creation (3:46)
4. Affect Gravity (3:56)
5. Means To An End (4:41)
6. Ode To Extinction (4:05)
7. Demon Seed (3:48)
8. Power Surge (3:53)
9. Ruptured Perpetually (3:35)
10. Living Lies (4:19)
11. Atavistic (3:38)
12. Reborn (3:32)
13. Radiation Sickness (2:05) (Repulsion cover)

Digital Bonus Tracks
14. Those Who Will Not See
15. Survival Reaction (Solstice cover) More...

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Nothgard Recruits New Bassist

German melodic death metal band Nothgard has announced the recruitment of new bass player Nico Kolja. The band comments:

"Almost 4 weeks ago our dear friend Vik S. left the band due to unforeseen circumstances and private issues. However, Vik will remain within our band family of course. Further more he will support the band with taking care of the homepage and more.

"On the other hand we are very happy to present you the first pic of the new musician behind the bass. Again we say thank you to Vik for all the past years and dearly welcome Nico." More...

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Exmortus Recording New Album

The Los Angeles-based extreme shred powerhouse Exmortus is returning to Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) to begin tracking a sophomore album for Prosthetic Records.

The follow-up to last year’s “Slave To The Sword,” expected out this Fall, will feature new bassist Michael Cosio (ex-Abysmal Dawn) alongside the band’s existing core of Conan (vocals/guitars), Mario Moreno (drums), and David Rivera (guitars).

Moreno announced, “2014 was a great year for Exmortus and the campaign for ‘Slave to the Sword’ has been relentless since its release. This year has been a little quiet for us but with good reason. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be entering the studio at the end of this month to once again record with the mighty Zack Ohren. Zack did a phenomenal job on ‘Slave to the Sword’ and we’re ready to record some more bone-crushing, face-melting shred for you all!”

You can also catch Exmortus performing live on these impending Summer tour dates:

7/10 Fullerton, CA – Riff Haus
7/11 Glendale, CA – The Complex (Prosthetic Showcase)
7/15 Denver, CO – Marquis at The Parkway #
7/17 Chicago, IL – Double Door #
7/21 Kansas City, MO – Aftershocklive Musicvenue #
7/22 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep #
7/24 Tucson, AZ – The Flycatcher #
# with Kyng

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Soilwork Announces Headlining Tour

Swedish melodic metal group Soilwork is pleased to announce an upcoming European headline tour in November, dubbed the "The Tour Majestic," with support from Hatesphere.

These dates will be in support of just-announced album "The Ride Majestic," due out August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Record. Further details and album artwork can be seen right here.

Drummer Dirk Verbeuren states, "It's been ten years since an unforgettably epic European tour with our brothers in Hatesphere. Now that our tenth album is almost ready to be unleashed, we can't wait to once again share the stage with Hatesphere and bring you another monumental dose of top class melodic death metal!"

Also beforehand, Soilwork is slated to perform at the 7th annual Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin on September 18th, 2015. More...

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Goatsnake Posts "Grandpa Jones" Track

Goatsnake is sure to get your motor running with latest jam "Grandpa Jones," a celebratory rock 'n' roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman. Listen in below.

Pete Stahl's vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson's guitar work.

Says Anderson of the track: "Grandpa Jones: One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling 'Flag and 'Sabbath (that ole' moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin'!"

If you missed it, you can also still hear the title track to new album "Black Age Blues" right here. The album will come via Southern Lord Recordings on June 2nd. More...

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Obsequiae Streaming New Album

Minnesota-based medieval metal outfit Obsequiae just dropped sophomore long player "Aria Of Vernal Tombs" this week, and now the entire record has been posted online for public consumption. The album is available via the SoundCloud clip below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Ay que por muy gran fremosura
2. Autumnal Pyre
3. Until All Ages Fall
4. L'amour dont sui espris
5. Pools of a Vernal Paradise
6. Anlace and Heart
7. The Anchoress's Orison
8. In the Absence of Light
9. Wilweorthunga
10. Des oge mais quer eu trobar
11. Orphic Rites of the Mystic More...

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In The Presence Of Wolves Posts New Video

New Jersey/Philadelphia progressive rock/metal group In The Presence of Wolves today releases a brand new music video for "Storm In A Red Dress."

Originally imagined with a short film style, director Ryan Beacher was able to shrink down the footage into a four-and-a-half minute music video. The theme of the video relates to the title and concept behind the track – a devilish woman out to cause trouble.

Guitarist/vocalist Chris Capitanio explains, “Tom (our lead actor) goes out for a night on the town, only to come in contact with a devilish woman in a red dress. Unbeknownst to Tom, she drugs him and leads him on a night he will never remember.”

Capitanio adds, “Our original concept was very different from the final product but the one characteristic that stuck around was that we wanted it to be trippy. Tom (the lead actor) actually came up with the idea of wanting to walk around Philly in a kimono while tripping out and the video stemmed entirely from that concept. It was important to us that video wasn't super serious. We take our music very seriously but we don't take ourselves seriously at all. It was a lot of fun to finally explore that part of our personalities and still connect it with our music.” More...

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Neurosis To Embark On Summer Tour

As the band's thirtieth anniversary nears, Neurosis will be hitting the road in its most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following a crushing performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty Neurosis embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August.

For this widespread endeavor, Neurosis will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac, and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...

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Helloween Posts Second Track-By-Track Video

Following the recently released first clip in the series, Helloween just dropped a second track-by-track clip online.

Both videos tease upcoming 15th studio album "My God-Given Right," due for official release on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US).

The second (out of four) track-by-track trailers includes song snippets and comments on "Lost In America," "Russian Roulé," and "The Swing Of A Fallen World." More...

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Tribe Posts "Trojan" Clip

L.A. outfit Tribe has a new video clip online for "Trojan," taken off the freshly released album "Atlas" that dropped yesterday via Primitive Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lost
2. Metamorphosis
3. Burn The Empire (watch the video here)
4. Terreiro
5. Global Hysteria
6. Conduit (streaming here)
7. Manifest
8. The Fix
9. Helix
10. Trojan
11. Gravity (check out the video clip)
12. Mangue More...

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Aggression Announces Canadian C.H.U.D. Tour

After celebrating a 30 year anniversary tour in March, Aggression has re-kindled the fire and is hitting the road once again. The band will have not just founding member / guitarist Denis "Sasquatch" Barthe (who reformed the Canadian 80's thrashers) but will also include original bassist Yves "Dug" Duguay.

The Canadian C.H.U.D. Invasion tour includes three festival appearances at Alberta's Farmageddon Open Air in June along with BC's Metallion Festival and Montreal's Obscene Extreme Festival in August (all dates listed below).

Yves "Dug" Duguay comments: "Seeing the new version of the band and having a chance to play one show with them already back in March, I had no other options than joining when the chance came up! The new members do a great job helping capture the essence of what Aggression is supposed to be. Seeing them perform brought me right back to the early days. Of course it is nice to be reunited with Denis 'Sasquatch' Barthe too!"

June 5 - Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall & Lounge
June 6 - Victoria, BC - The Cambie
June 12 - Calgary, AB - Overtime Sports Bar
June 14- Ryley, AB - Farmageddon Open Air Festival
August 14 - Vanderhoof, BC - Metallion Festival
August 20 - Quebec City, QC - Bar La Source De La Martiniere
August 21 - Montreal, QC - Obscene Extreme America Festival
August 22 - Jonquiere, QC - Le 4 Barils
August 23 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rock Cafe Le Stage More...

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Poison Idea Goes On Indefinite Hiatus

Upon returning from a European tour which consumed the past several weeks, Poison Idea has announced that the band is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.

The band needs to address some health issues and personal matters, and all upcoming shows for the future have been cancelled or postponed. Additional details on the band's future plans will be announced at a later date.

Poison Idea release the "Confuse & Conquer" LP through Southern Lord Recordings in April of this year. All the tracks are available for streaming below. More...

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Lord Dying Inflicts "A Wound Outside Time"

Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying released sophomore album "Poisoned Altars" earlier this year via Relapse Records. Recently the band completed work on a video for the "A Wound Outside Time" single, directed and edited by Brett Roberts and Jon Meyer. Check it out below.

Front man Erik Olson comments: "We're psyched to release this new video! This vid pays homage to our favorite early 90's death metal videos, like Bolt Thrower's 'Cenotaph,' Unleashed's 'Before the Creation of Time,' Entombed's 'Left Hand Path,' etc. We really love the quick flashes of cliched over the top imagery and slow motion head banging sequences that infest so many videos of that era. Enjoy, and catch us on the road." More...

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Æges Signs With Another Century

Æges has officially inked a worldwide deal with Another Century and is currently hard at work tracking a label debut offering. The label had this to say:

"Æges meld riffs that echo from California desert sand and imbue them with a post-hardcore angst and the smarts of the most challenging of 90’s alt-rock. It’s no surprise that Æges is the juncture of a band whose current members have helmed such a diverse array of bands including 16, The Rise, Cutthroats 9, Juliette & the Licks and Unwritten Law, amongst others.

"When choosing a producer, Æges ultimately found a spirited partner in Bob Marlette, whose long and varied career has included work with Black Sabbath, Shinedown and Rob Zombie. For all additional information be sure to head over to the band's website."

Kemble Walters (vocals, guitars) states: "We're all excited to announce our signing to Another Century. We've seen what they've done with their other artists and can't wait to see what they've got planned for us. We are currently in the studio with Bob Marlette making a slamming record. We definitely didn't skimp out on the nasty riffs and fat hooks! 2015 has been amazing and 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for us. Believe me when I say 'we're all buckled up and ready to roll!'"

Mike Land (drums) further adds: "We're thrilled to be partnering with Another Century. As a band we're looking forward to recording the biggest and best Æges album to date. We've written a diverse array of songs for this release; from heavy and chaotic, to soulful and atmospheric. We feel that our fans, both existing and new, will be able to find something timeless in the new material."

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Vehemence Goes "Forward Without Motion"

Following an entire decade without a new album, the Phoenix-based melodic death metal kingpins from Vehemence return to full-time duty in 2015, having reactivated the band and completed their fourth full-length studio full-length.

New album "Forward Without Motion" is now set for release on October 27th, 2015 via Battleground Records. The label comments:

"Their first new album since 2004's Metal Blade Records-released 'Helping The World To See,' Vehemence returns to the death metal fold with a stunning new album that will surely see the band regaining their traction within the scene after their time off the grid. 'Forward Without Motion' is the culmination of years of hard work and the collective desire to write the best songs and capture the best performances."

Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov perhaps says it most succinctly when describing the record, "I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved."

Working on the songs off and on for several years between 2007 and 2011, Vehemence began a methodical, painstaking tracking process for "Forward Without Motion" between 2012 and 2014, the album's guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of Dannov and guitarist Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix.

"Kyle did all the mixing, reamping, and mastering," says Dannov. "It was really great to have those tools at our disposal, without having to worry about a budget or studio expenses."

Vocalist Nathan Gearhart also remarks: "The lyrics of 'Forward Without Motion' each tell a unique story dealing with pain, loss, sadness, and horror. Written over the course of twelve years, each piece stands alone in subject. The consistent theme of the lyrics as a whole denote humanity's dark side, and summarize our lives and impact on our world during our limited time. Nothing changes. Nothing gets better or worse. It's all the same. It's time without a number. We are all going to die leaving this world just as fucked as those before us, and future generations will continue this cycle."

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Autumnal's "Grey Universe" Seeing Re-Issue

Xtreem Music is re-issuing a 2CD version of Autumnal's "Grey Universe" including demos "The Age of the Sin" ('04) & "In My Shell" ('00) by this veteran Spanish band. You can now stream the new version below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. As Soon as you Die, Kill me 10:34
2. There is Only One Season in the Way 05:13
3. It Lays Over the Leaves 04:14
4. You Left it, But There's No End 07:27
5. Cemetery of Screams 09:18
6. Today, Tonight 10:34
7. Your Inner Says [Demo '04] 11:43
8. She Cries [Demo '04] 11:13
9. Zoe [Demo '04] 12:48
10. My Lost Time (Owns to No One) [Demo '04] 09:40
11. Outro [Demo '04] 01:53
12. Your Voice and my Remembrance [Demo '00] 06:26
13. Both Hands of Truth [Demo '00] 08:00
14. Age of Wrath [Demo '00] 09:48
15. Absence [Demo '00] 02:17
16. Me, the Fault [Demo '00] 13:44
17. Then and Now [Demo '00] 07:30 More...

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Arabrot Offers Up A "Mea Culpa"

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult Årabrot just released the maiden single from latest EP, "You Bunch Of Idiots." Hear the band's "Mea Culpa" below.

"You Bunch Of Idiots" is the third in a trio of themed EPs from Årabrot, the first two of which -- "Murder As Art" and "I Modi" -- already saw release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with Eolian Empire for the band's first official U.S. title.

The EP is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12" vinyl EP and all digital outlets on June 23rd. The track listing is:

1. Cannibal Manifesto
2. Time To Pull The Sticks
3. Celebration
4. Mea Culpa
5. ---
6. It's Hot Drop It More...

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Strengthen What Remains Re-Writes The Past

Strengthen What Remains is streaming "Rewriting the Past," the first single off newest effort, "Justice Creeps Slow," which will be available everywhere June 9th. Check out the new track below.

The Blood & Ink Records band will be touring this Summer in support of the release across North America. Dates are available after the track stream.

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Exodus Gears Up For European Tour

Exodus is set to kick off an upcoming European headline tour on June 1st, 2015. The European dates start in Hamburg, Germany at Knust and end in Helinski, Finland on June 26th.

The tour includes several festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air. Exodus also just wrapped up a successful U.S. run with Testament and Shattered Sun.

“We’re already out here in Europe ready to kill,” states vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. “We are currently in Spain and ready for the rest of Europe and all the festivals. See you in the pit for The Toxic Waltz!” More...

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Alustrium Opens "A Tunnel To Eden"

Emerging from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alustrium is introducing the world to a new form of progressive death metal, and we're stoked to be the harbingers today of upcoming album "A Tunnel To Eden."

Check out our exclusive worldwide premiere of the opening title track below. You can also find more info on the band and check out some playthrough videos at the Alustrium Facebook profile.

From intense, technical riffs to lengthy, soulful solos, Alustrium creates a unique blend between melody and fierce brutality. The band's new album will be released on July 24th, 2015 and the track listing is as follows:

1. A Tunnel To Eden
2. The Atheist Phenomenon
3. In His Own Image
4. Wander
5. Slackjaw
6. Procreate, Eviscerate
7. My Possessor
8. Lucid Intervals
9. The Illusion of Choice I
10. The Illusion of Choice II
11. The Illusion of Choice III More...

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