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Last updated on July 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM ET

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

Crystal Tears Posts New Lyric Video

Greek power metal act Crystal Tears - now fronted by Danish vocalist Søren Nico Adamsen (Dignity/ex-Artillery/ex-Crystal Eyes) - posted a new lyric video for the track "The Skies Are Bleeding." The song appears on the band's latest album "Hellmade," which is available now via Massacre Records.

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Widow Sunday To Play Karmakon

Widow Sunday, which was covered in the Boston edition of our continuing look at underground metal bands, has checked in with the following announcement about returning to the live circuit at a festival next month:

"To Our Dear Friends and Fans,

"It gives me and the rest of Widow Sunday great pleasure to announce that after nearly two years of silence, we will be returning to the stage this August 16th in support of Karmakon 2014!

"We listened to your messages and posts so we figured it was about damn time we got back out there and shook our booties again. The love and support you have shown us during our time away is incredible, and frankly a little surprising. The fact that you guys still care about our music was reason enough to come back and get this party rolling again!

"We are very excited and honored to help celebrate Rock Karma Productions for all the hard work and dedication they have given to the bands they support. RKP helped Widow Sunday in innumerable ways and helped lift us to a new level. Your hard work will not be forgotten!

"We’re very excited to announce some line-up news: Original member Adam Cutler has returned to the fold on rhythm guitar! In addition, performing with us at this show will be Shaun Callaghan of Give Zombies the Vote on lead guitar!

"We are so happy that he’s with us to start this new chapter in the Widow Sunday story, and we can’t wait to share it all with you. So let’s get out there and dance!!" More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Album Update

Luca Turilli posted an update on Italian cinematic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody's new album "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." In a post on the band's Facebook Page, Turilli mentioned that 20 songs were composed for the new release.

The update reads: "Hi to all! Here we go with another update related with our new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY album entitled 'Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus.' Just to tell you that I recently went through the most creative and exciting time of my life. 11 songs were previously composed and partly already recorded. Right now, in the last 2 months, I reached the final goal of 20 songs composed. I never had so many tracks available for an album and believe me if I tell you that the final decision for the album sequence will be very hard, this time harder than ever before. These new songs will be recorded in Kempten (Germany) at the Backyard Studios in September and from that moment on, thanks to this official Facebook page, you will be constantly updated about what is going on. I won’t spend any further word about the quality of these songs and I will just re-add here the words of Nuclear Blast’s head of promotion, Markus Wosgien, who seemed to be really excited after listening to the demo of the first composed songs: More...

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Dictated Posts New Track "The Basher"

Dictated has launched a second single online titled "The Basher," taken off forthcoming album release "The Deceived," and featuring a guest vocal spot by Jason Keyser from Origin.

Hear the new song via the SoundCloud player below, thanks to the folks at Metal Hammer Germany. Dictated also comments:

"The Basher was the last song written, two days before entering the studio. It has become our personal favourite because it containes all the death metal ingrediënts and a memorable chorus! A special shirt will be printed for this song.”

"The Deceived" is set for release on August 15th via Metal Blade Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Forced Into Dismay
2. This is to All
3. No Absolution
4. The Basher
5. No Mercy For Cowards (streaming here)
6. Dispossession
7. The Deceived
8. Stonebreakers Rising
9. They Live, They Suffer, They Die
10. Rail Of Death More...

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Crimson Shadows Denied Access To The U.S.

Crimson Shadows is set to release "Kings Among Men" on September 1st in the U.K. & September 9th in North America via Napalm Records, but unfortunately the band won't be appearing before U.S. fans anytime soon to support the release.

The Canadian outfit has issued this statement about being denied entry to the country while on tour with Battlecross:

"We regret to inform all our USA fans that we did not gain access to the USA and unfortunately have to drop off that part of the tour with Battlecross and IKILLYA.

"We will still be playing Ottawa Aug. 3, Quebec Aug. 4, and London Aug. 5. We do have plan for a full USA tour once we get back from our European tour and we will also be releasing some album teasers very soon for our new album 'Kings Among Men' out September 9th on Napalm Records. We apologize to all our fans again but it was out of our control."

The remaining dates of the Battlecross tour are as follows (Crimson Shadows only on the August 3rd, 4th, and 5th dates): More...

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Beyond Creation Streaming New Track

Tech-death band Beyond Creation is now revealing the first track taken from forthcoming new album "Earthborn Evolution." Check out the song "Elusive Reverence" in the player below, hosted by Zero Tolerance.

Pre-order info for "Earthborn Evolution" can be found at the Season of Mist shop here, and the album is due out October 24th, 2014. You can also catch the band live on tour with Origin and King Parrot, with dates available after the jump. More...

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Vexillum Announces New Album "Unum"

Italian power/folk metal act Vexillum announced that the third studio release will be entitled "Unum" ("alone" in Latin). The album will contain seven new track and two cover songs and will have a myriad of guest appearances, which include Chris Bay (Freedom Call), Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis/Jaded Star), Mark Boals (Ring of Fire/ex-Iron Mask/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian).

The release date for the album has not yet been announced. The track list is as follows:

1. The Departure: Blow Away the Ashes
2. The Jester: Over the Clouds
3. The Sentenced: Fire and Blood
4. Lady Thief: What We Are
5. The Hermit: Through the Mirror
6. The Way Back: The Clash Within
7. The True Beginning: Standing as One
8. Spunta la Luna dal Monte (Tazenda Cover)
9. Run Runaway (Slade Cover) More...

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Kattah Streaming New Single "Apocalypse"

Brazilian power metal act Kattah is streaming the new track "Apocalypse." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Lapis Lazuli," which is expected for release later this year. The release was recorded At Click Audioworks Studio and was produced by Roy Z and Andy Haller, mixed by Andy Haller and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. "Apocalypse" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Mistheria (Artlantica).

The track listing for "Lapis Lazuli" is:

1. Behind the Clay
2. Inside my Head
3. Apocalypse
4. Alpha Centaury
5. Vetus Espiritus
6. Rebirth of Pharaohs
7. The Hidden Voice
8. Lapis Lazuli
9. A Capoeira
10. Land of God
11. You Will Never Be Dead More...

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Axenstar Signs With Inner Wound Recordings

Swedish power metal act Axenstar, featuring Skyfire guitarist Joakim Jonsson, has signed on with Sweden's Inner Wound Recordings. The band's sixth studio release will be entitled "Where Dreams Are Forgotten," and is targeted for release later this year, with more information and samples expected in late summer.

The band commented: "This is an album we're extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album. As always we have recorded the album at Studio Underground with Pelle Saether in charge of the mixing and producing. And of course we're really excited to have been signed to Inner Wound Recordings and to work with them on this release! Make sure to check out our new album "Where Dreams Are Forgotten" later this year!"

Axenstar was formed in 1998 and has released five albums: "Perpetual Twilight" (2002), "Far From Heaven" (2003), "The Inquisition" (2005), "The Final Requiem" (2006) and "Aftermath" (2011). More...

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Strydegor Unveils Artwork & Track List For New LP

Germany melodic death/viking metal act Stydegor unveiled the album artwork and track list for the band's upcoming release "Enraged." The album is the third full length studio release and is expected out this year, though no date has been announced as of yet. More information about the band and release can be found via Facebook at this location.

The artwork design - shown below - was created by Ingo Tauer. The track listing for "Enraged" is:

1. Preludium
2. Final Judgement Day
3. Enraged
4. Zuarina
5. Destiny (Feat. C. Hellmann)
6. Grogaldr
7. Rise of Hel
8. Throughout the Darkness
9. Meereswut (Feat. Askan) More...

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