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Last updated on August 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM ET

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15 news articles posted today (and counting...)

Anaal Nathrakh Reveals New Album Details

The Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees in Anaal Nathrkah are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall.

Titled "Desideratum," the follow-up to 2012's "Vanitas" full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

"Desideratum" will devour the masses whole on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime, you are cordially invited to sear the skin right off your bones with first single, "Idol," below. Pre-order info is also available at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Acheronta Movebimu
2. Monstrum In Animo
3. The One Thing Needful
4. A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
5. Desideratum
6. Idol
7. Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots, And Humanity)
8. The Joystream
9. Rage And Red
10. Ita Mori More...

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The Sabbathian Announces "Ritual Rites" Mini-Album

Svart Records today announces September 3rd as the international release date for The Sabbathian's debut mini-album, "Ritual Rites," to be released on vinyl and digital formats.

Check out the song "Ancient's Curse" in the SoundCloud player below. Svart had this to say about the group:

"The Sabbathian comprise two fundamental elements: doom metal, and the occult forces of nature and energy. These elements brought together three individuals in the form of The Sabbathian.

"Taking their roots to the core of true, heavy, darkened metal, The Sabbathian draw an unparalleled ion from the likes of Candlemass and Black Sabbath, all while retaining a sound very personable to them. Formed by Chad Davis (Hour of 13), the journey is to create music for the hours of darkness and gloom. Joined by guitarist Joey Downs (Altar Blood), his contribution adds the element of power and everything the sense of heavy.

"Featuring the sheer vocal beauty of Anette Gulbrandsen (Leave's Eyes, Nattsol, Mäctätus) at the forefront, her alto/soprano vocal stylings bring forth medieval choirs and haunting apparitions that complete what is The Sabbathian: a journey into darkness, a voyage into the cosmic void unknown. With Ritual Rites, The Sabbathianhave arrived as a force to be reckoned with in the world of modern-day occult doom rock, and will remain the top contender until death."

1. Ancient's Curse
2. Ritual Rites
3. Nightshade Eternal More...

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Thy Darkened Shade To Release New Album

Today, W.T.C. Productions sets October 31st as the international release date for Thy Darkened Shade's second album, "Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet." The label comments:

"Bolder and brasher than the Greeks' celebrated Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs debut, Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is a sprawling and serpentine work, a daring and diabolical monument to the eternal light of esoteric illumination.

"At the core of Thy Darkened Shade's aesthetic is the band's profound and intensely studied lyricism. As the serpents of Eden, they are both the shining and the shadows, and consequently know the illusions of good and evil since they originate from the source: Or She-ein Bo Mahshavah, the solitary true light.

"Thy Darkened Shade are those few who have the wisdom to overcome, the sovereignty to become something evolved, in the forms and likeness of their gods. Across Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet's 78-minute runtime, many names are hailed, amongst them - Satan, Loki, Typhon, Set, Ahriman, Lucifer, Prometheus, Kingu - and the band explore myriad routes toward that burning, searing illumination.

"But as labyrinthine as Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet is and its pathways at times beguiling and treacherous, here black metal music serves a greater purpose: the Promethean mantras lead Thy Darkened Shade and the blood of Qayin binds them towards acausal freedom. 'We possess everything we need to destroy all illusions; we are the children of Lucifer - we shine in grandeur and might.' Thus begins the age of Acausal Necrosophic Black Metal: hail the new dawn..." More...

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Beyond Creation Sending "Neurotical Transmissions"

Technical death metal unit Beyond Creation is streaming the second track taken from forthcoming album, "Earthborn Evolution." The new track, titled "Neurotical Transmissions," is streaming online courtesy of Revolver Magazine.

"Earthborn Evolution" will be released by Season of Mist in North America on October 28th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Elusive Reverence (available here)
2. Sous la lueur de l'empereur
3. Earthborn Evolution
4. The Great Revelation
5. Neurotical Transmissions
6. Abstrait Dialog
7. The Axiom
8. L'exorde
9. Theatrical Delirium
10. Fundamental Process More...

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1349 Hosts An "Exorcism"

The Norwegian black metal tyrants in 1349 are streaming a third new track from their upcoming album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos."

The new track, titled "Exorcism" is streaming in the player below, courtesy of Guitar World. "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" will be released in North America on September 30th, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. The track listing is:

1. Cauldron (listen here)
2. Slaves (streaming here)
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele's
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer More...

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Knotfest Headed To Japan

In addition to the Knotfest taking place in California this coming October, the festival is also headed to Japan in November.

Sweden's Amon Amarth will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for Knotfest 2014, which takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days.

Amon Amarth will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, and Five Finger Death Punch. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at this location.

Other bands to appear at the Japanese edition include Lamb Of God, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Bring Me The Horizon, and more.

In other Amon Amarth news, earlier this month a brand new trailer was released for "Northmen - A Viking Saga," the upcoming action film featuring Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg. Hegg appears alongside Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Knights of Badassdom), Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Tom Hopper (Merlin, Doctor Who), and more. To view the official trailer (watch for Hegg in action around the 1:28 mark), visit this location. More...

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Black Tongue Releases New Music Video

Fast rising hate machine Black Tongue has released a brand new video for the song "Eclipse" in the build up towards the release of the band's forthcoming "Born Hanged : Falsifier [Redux]," due Sept 1st in Europe and Sept 2nd in North America.

The "Eclipse" video can be seen below, thanks to Metal Injection. Black Tongue also just finished a mammoth headline tour of the USA and Canada, and is now due to tour the UK with Suicide Silence in the Winter.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eclipse
2. Fauxhammer
3. Purgatory
4. Voices
5. Foreshadow
6. Waste
7. Ire Upon The Earth
8. Interlude
9. Falsifier
10. Blight
11. Coma (ft. Matt Jones)
12. H.C.H.C.
13. A Pale Procession
14. Wasted [Dellux Remix] More...

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Headline News

Former Suicidal Tendencies Bassist Passes Away

The American hardcore/crossover thrash metal legends in Suicidal Tendencies have announced that bass player Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, who joined the group in 2011 and left earlier this year, has sadly passed away.

The cause of death has so far not been revealed. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.

"Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at it's best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."

More information will be revealed once it becomes available.

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Sepultura Singer Comments On Live Album

"Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins-Alive At Rock In Rio" could be considered the "Stomp" of heavy metal. Filmed on the main stage at one of the largest rock festivals in the world, Rock in Rio, French industrialists Les Tambours du Bronx electrify Sepultura in front of their hometown by playing 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles.

The grand performance can be heard on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on September 16th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD and Blu-Ray contain an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes footage including interviews, rehearsal and sound-check plus clips of the band before hitting the stage.

I spoke with Sepultura front man, Derrick Green via a conference call from his home base in Brazil. In the following conversation, he gave me insight on participating in what he feels is probably the loudest concert he has ever played!


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Former Metal Maniacs Editor Battling Lymphoma

Former editor Katherine Ludwig of revered underground metal magazine Metal Maniacs, who fought for underground metal back in the 80's and 90's, is undergoing a battle of a more personal nature.

Katherine was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma back in June, having already undergone two chemotherapy treatments, and has chosen to share her struggle via the following facebook page. The following excerpt is from the page, which provides links on how to donate to Katherine during this challenging time:

Katherine Ludwig. Pioneering writer/editor of Metal Maniacs magazine with over 100,000 readers. Metal. Thrash. Hardcore. Progressive. Punk. Doom. Loud, proud, humble, divisive, outspokenly political. Always in the pit, always thinking. Writing stories that she cared about, about music that meant something to her.

In the trenches, scribbling and taking photos about music that this magazine, on the newsstands where no outlander, nothing before it had been seen, had sold because of her passion: passion and fire and desire, and her message, her fanatical goals and quirks and politics, which she believed were essential to the person. She never backed down, and never bowed.

She’d cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: Sepultura. Voivod. Prong. Kreator. White Zombie. Obituary. Cathedral. Cro-Mags. Neurosis. Eyehategod. Carcass. Corrosion of Conformity. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like the Amebix, Deviated instinct and Winter.

She gave a platform to unsigned bands and zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she’d soldier on, and call people out.

And now? Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which has spread in pockets throughout her body. Chemo and survival. Ports in her chest, infusions and meds, badass baldness and snazzy wigs. Getting up, taking care of her son, and fighting. More...

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Shadows Fall To Go On Hiatus

Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall will embark on the group's "final" European tour in less than a week. The “Hell on Earth” tour will begin in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 14. The tour also features Unearth, The Acacia Strain and War of Ages.

The band has been touring non-stop for over a decade and has decided that it’s time to “take a hiatus” from future extensive touring. In addition to this upcoming European run, Shadows Fall is planning a final North American tour and will possibly visit a few other territories some time over the next year.

"There are many factors that are behind this difficult decision that the band has been dealing with for some time now," the band said in its update. "In a nutshell it comes down to families, member availability, and finances. Further impacting our decision is the fact that we have two members with young children. Plain and simple, they want to be with their families to watch their kids grow. Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made.

"Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup. Due to his obligations with Anthrax, he will not be able to join us on this European tour. Felipe Roa will once again fill Jon’s position and we are thankful to him for joining us on this run. Also returning for this tour is original bassist Paul Romanko who has sat out from touring for the last two years to raise his son. More...

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Einherjer Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced via video clip (shown below) that Norwegian viking metal act Einherjer is the 30th act to be added to the 2015 roster, which marks the halfway point for band announcements. The band just released a new digital and 7" vinyl single entitled "Nidstong" earlier this week via Indie Recordings and the music video for the song can be viewed over at this location.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Einherjer joins previously announced bands below, with 30 bands still to be announced:

Arch Enemy
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
Equilibrium More...

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Lonewolf Reveals "Cult Of Steel" Album Art

French power metal act Lonewolf unveiled the artwork for the band's seventh full length studio release "Cult of Steel." The album marks the first release via new label Massacre Records, and is targeted for release in October.

Check out the cover art here:

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Track-By-Track Pt 2 For New LP Posted By Bullet

Swedish traditional metal act Bullet released the second part in a series of track-by-track video clips for the upcoming new release "Storm of Blades." The album will be released on September 5th (EU) and September 9th (USA) via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Storm of Blades" is:

1. Uprising
2. Storm Of Blades (see music video)
3. Riding High
4. Tornado
5. Hawk Eyes
6. This One’s For You
7. Hammer Down
8. It’s On
9. Crossfire
10. Run With The Hunted
11. Coming In Loud (Bonus Track - Digipak Edition)

Check out part two here: More...

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Victorius Streaming New Song "Blood Alliance"

German power metal act Victorius announced the impending release of the third studio album "Dreamchaser," with the lyric video for the new track "Blood Alliance" (view in the player below). The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "The Awakening." The album is set for a November 14th release via SPV/Sonic Attack Records.

The track list for "Dreamchaser" is:

1. Twilight Skies
2. Day Of Reckoning
3. Dragonheart
4. Fireangel
5. Dreamchaser
6. Battallions Of The Holy Cross
7. Blood Alliance
8. Speedracer
9. Where Ravens Fly
10. Black And White
11. Silent Symphony More...

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