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Last updated on July 3, 2015 at 2:17 PM ET

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

Godhunter Posts NSFW Video

As the massive split double-12" album "Endsville" from Godhunter and Destroyer of Light grows closer to release at the end of July, Godhunter just issued an official video for one of the split tracks.

Godhunter brings the "Cassandra Complex" psalm to life through a new video below, with an opening cameo from everybody's favorite fundie Pat Robertson. The grim but groove-laden doom metal thunder is delivered through an incredibly brutal barrage of footage capturing our violent society in action.

Created by Frank Huang (Metal Injection's Pit Full Of Shit), the completely NSFW new video is available below and is pretty much guaranteed to make you feel worse about the world you live in.

You can also see Godhunter touring with Destroyer of Light on these dates: More...

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Adversarial Releasing New Album

The super brooding Canadian band Adversarial will release "Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism" via Dark Descent Records on August 21st.

The band’s first full-length since 2010’s "All Idols Fall Before the Hammer" offers nine tracks of hellishly twisted aural blasphemy. Cover artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Dissenting the Waking Shell
2. Intro
3. Immersion Void Paragon
4. Eonik Spiritual Warfare
5. Interlude
6. Cursed Blades Cast Upon the Slavescum
7. Old Ruins Slumber in a Crushing Hatred of Man
8. Lone Wresting Hymns to the Warmoon of Chaos
9. Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism More...

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Just For Fun

Grease Goes Death Metal

Remember when Mary Poppins met death metal? Well Andy Rehfeldt is at it again, with an actually pretty fucking awesome mashup of Grease and some quality death metal.

Relive all the Travolta love in "The One That I Want" with a serious twist below. The music was recorded and produced at Endless Noise and features vocals by Thomas Hinds and Dori Kreisz.

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Panikk Passes The Time

The Slovenian thrashers from Panikk released debut album "Unbearable Conditions" via Xtreem Music in November of 2014 (still available for streaming here) and are currently working on their second album planned for release next year.

Iin the meantime they have recorded 2 new songs in the studio and added a live track to from the "Pass the Time" EP, which is released for FREE download at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:

1. Under Pretence
2. Rotten Cell
3. Messiah of Decay (live) More...

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Orkan Reveals New Album Details

With a release date set for the 11th of September, Dark Essence Records has now revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from Norwegian black metal band Orkan.

Titled “Livlaus,” the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (Taake) and V’gandr (Helheim) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.

With Norwegian lyrics, the whole album is loosely based on the concept of a lost soul trying to find peace in the kingdom of the dead, and was inspired by the forests and old sulphur mines in the area around drummer Rune Nesse’s hometown of Stord, on the west coast of Norway.

Artwork for the album was crafted by Tom Korsvold and the track listing on “Livlaus” goes as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
7. Skodde More...

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Infernal Majesty Announces "No God"

Infernal Majesty will finally be releasing a follow-up to the 2004 full-length "One Who Points to Death" and 2007 EP "Demon God" with a new album now revealed to be officially titled "No God." A brief teaser / announcement video can be seen below, with more material to be unleashed online next week.

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Powerwolf Streaming "Out In The Fields" Cover

The upcoming Powerwolf album "Blessed & Possessed" (reviewed here) will be released worldwide on July 17th via Napalm Records.

On top of that there's a ten track bonus tribute album titled "Metallum Nostrum" that features very special cover versions of classic anthems from metal giants including Judas Priest, Savatage, Black Sabbath, and Amon Amarth to name a few.

Today the wolves have released a brand new lyric video for the song "Out In The Fields" which is a cover of the Gary Moore track. Check it out below. Roel Van Helden commented on the song and lyric video:

"Like most of us, I began listening to metal when I was 11 years old. Later I discovered Thin Lizzy, who just like Iron Maiden - had a big influence on me. I still love to spin Gary Moore's records while having a good glass of wine. Also his blues phases were genius. For 'Out in the Fields' we made a few changes, for the musicians under us: The original track is played in 4/4 stroke, but we re-wrote it into 12/8. This way it became more metal. But a good song is functioning in any form."

The "Metallum Nostrum" disc is available with the 2-CD mediabook & all limited editions of "Blessed And Possessed." More...

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Christian Mistress Releasing "To Your Death"

Listen to "Open Road," the first single to surface from Christian Mistresses's forthcoming album "To Your Death," now via the Soundcloud player below.

Coming September 18th via Relapse Records, this new album is an 8-song excursion in pure American heavy metal. The album's track listing is:

1. Neon
2. Stronger Than Blood
3. No Place
4. Walkin' Around
5. Open Road
6. Ultimate Freedom
7. Lone Wild
8. Ill More...

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Feral Posts Full Release Party Set

The release party for Feral's new album "Where Dead Dreams Dwell" was held in the Swedish band's hometown back on May 30th. The show was filmed with multiple cameras and has now been made available online - check it out in the YouTube playlist below.

During the event the band played the new album straight through as well as an additional set directly afterwards with a couple of select covers.

Live sound, mixing, and mastering were handled by Petter Nilsson (ex-Feral), who also mixed and mastered the album for which the release party was held. More...

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Tortorum Parts With Drummer, Working On EP

Norwegian black metal band Tortorum just issued this announcement about splitting with the band's drummer and working on a new EP:

"Due to logistical and geographical issues it has become unfortunately necessary to part ways with our brother Dirge Rep. A decision born of no bad blood, we hail Dirge Rep for his part in Tortorum. Eternal gratitude brother for everything so far. It has been an honour....

"In further news, the band continue to finalize material for the forth-coming mini album. More news to come. Expect total fucking darkness."

If you missed it, the band's full previous studio album "Katabasis" can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. More...

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Manegarm Issues Album Update

After beginning the recording process for a new album at the end of last year, Manegarm is now in the home stretch, issuing the following update about mixing the material:

"Hard work in the studio! 4 of 8 songs mixed and done! This one will for sure be our most epic and powerful album up to date. Sounds amazing."

Hopefully the photo below is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, because it would appear the music isn't interesting enough to get anyone off their damn cell phones...

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Hellbastard Dubs Itself Outsider Of The Year

As the imminent release of "Feral," the brand new full-length from long-running U.K. crust metal crossover crew Hellbastard draws ever closer, today second track "Outsider Of The Year" comes online and can be heard below. This follows the previous stream of "We Are Coven," still available here.

Issues guitarist/vocalist Scruff Lewty of new track below: "You know that feeling you get where you don't like anything about what you experience? Where you'd rather be somewhere else? Like in the company of a beloved pet, like a cat or dog you love spending time with. Anything but the drone of the shitty experience you're having? That's what 'Outsider...' is about. The urge to escape the fools." More...

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Indesinence Streaming Mammoth 15 Minute Song

The massive centerpiece track "Mountains of Mind / Five Years Ahead (Of My Time)" from the new Indesinence album "III" is now streaming online and can be heard below.

Due to be released July 21st through Profound Lore Records, “III” was recorded and mixed by Greg Chandler of Esoteric in his Priory Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege. The track listing is:

1. Seashore Eternal
2. Nostalgia
3. Embryo Limbo
4. Desert Trail
5. Mountains Of Mind/Five Years Ahead (Of My Time)
6. Strange Meridian
7. III More...

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Verdun Finishing Work On Album

Montpellier, France-based sludge/doom metal outfit Verdun has completed work on a debut full-length album.

Following the sold out EP "The Cosmic Escape Of Admiral Masuka," which was released on vinyl, CD and tape via Throatruiner Records, Head Records and Lost Pilgrims Records, Verdun's unique brand of devastating sludge/doom made an impression through 80 crushing live shows all across Europe (sharing the stage with Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Pallbearer, Yob, Ken Mode and more).

The upcoming new record is currently being mixed and mastered by Tad Doyle (Yob, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Lumbar...) and is set for a tentative release later this year via Throatruiner. Stay tuned for more info. More...

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Interview

Cathedral Guitarist Gaz Jennings Discusses Demo

Black Sabbath’s first devilish tri-tones on their namesake track gave birth to the doom metal riff in 1970. However, the ‘80s was the decade that truly defined doom. Trouble, Candlemass, Saint Vitus and Pentagram all debuted with monumental full-lengths in the mid-Eighties. Greatness had already been achieved and ideas used. When Cathedral emerged in 1989 they weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. The band sought to recreate the sounds of the bands they loved, doom bands.

Cathedral is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, but the group is far from being a cover band. Gary “Gaz” Jennings has a signature guitar sound. His guitar speaks its own language. Also, Cathedral expanded the conversation on metal bands for how slow a band could get. They took the rhythms of doom bands and slowed them down even further. Not that these paces were always expected of them. Fans of Napalm Death did not expect the newest band from Lee Dorian, one of the singers on Napalm Death’s debut “Scum,” to sing such so slowly.

Lumbering riffs, psychedelic space jams and Dorian’s slow and low gruff voice made this band a new favorite in the still blossoming doom scene. The group released nine albums, influenced countless acts and played all over the world, often with bands they idolized like Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus. They released memorable videos like “Ride” and “Hopkins (Witchfinder General).” Above all the group was having fun. When they stopped having fun was when they decided to call it quits.

Cathedral has been on hiatus since 2013, but their music lives on. Lee Dorian has a place to re-release the band’s albums on his label, Rise Above Records. One such release was the band’s demo “In Memoriam.” While drone and funeral doom bands of today play even slower tempos than “In Memoriam,” the demo was at the time hailed for being excruciatingly slow. I spoke with founding member and guitarist Gaz Jennings about this reissue. He reflected on the band’s early days, its eventual demise, and brought us up to date with his new projects Lucifer and Death Penalty. More...

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Varg Signs With Napalm

German metal band Varg (a regular fixture on the Paganfest tours) has now officially signed a new deal with Napalm Records.

"We are happy to announce Napalm Records as a strong and loyal partner on our side. Napalm Records is one of the most important metal labels worldwide. This partnership is nothing less than an unstoppable weapon! ACHTUNG! The Wolves are coming!“

Those wolves are roaming once again and are set to release their brand new album "Das Ende aller Lügen," with release dates and more details forthcoming. More...

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Leprous Posts "Slave" Lyric Video

After having performed last weekend at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater, Norwegian Prog metallers Leprous continue to promote their newest studio album "The Congregation," which was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Today, Leprous is pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track "Slave." The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Leprous' Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track: "I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich." More...

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Cynic Announces Japanese / European Shows

It's been awhile since we heard from the recently prog rockified Cynic, and now the band is gearing up for a headlining European tour this fall in support of "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here).

The tour starts on October 1st in Berlin, and sees the band concluding the trek in Munchen on October 10th. The American trio will be joined by Tides Of Nebula as well as Onward With Love. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, Cynic's Paul Masvidal comments: "We are ecstatic to be coming to Europe and sharing the Cynic frequency with fans across the pond. Cynic will be performing as a trio with many new surprises yet to be seen and heard in this tight format. Also pleased to have Tides Of Nebula and my new project with Amy Correia called Onward With Love (OwL) to share with the community." More...

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Inmate Posts New Music Video

Slovenia's metalcore outfit Inmate premieres its music video for the track titled "Tomorrow Never Comes", taken from the band's second album "Tree of Life", which is set to drop August 26th.

Check it out below.

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Mercy Brown Premieres New Music Video

The genre-bending female fronted metal outfit Mercy Brown premieres its brand new music video for the track "News Complaint", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year.

Check out now "News Complaint" below.

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Exclusive

Shardborne Premieres Full New Album

Ahead of the July 10th release date for "Living Bridges" we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of Irish instrumental / prog metal band Shardborne's new album in full - listen in below.

"Living Bridges" follows the 2011 EP “Aeonian Sequence” (available at Bandcamp here) and was mastered by producer Jamie King (known for his work with Between The Buried and Me). Artwork for "Living Bridges" was designed by Skyclad and Scale the Summit artist Duncan Storr.

Each track stands unique on its own or can be listened as part of a 51 minute sonic journey which has often more similarities towards classical composition than the modern day verse, chorus, verse repeat set-up.

Comments drummer Ben Wanders on the album: “'Living Bridges' is a culmination of our interests and pretty accurately represents the type of music we like to create. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes, and that results in having many varied influences on the music.”

As for inspiration, adds bassist Cormac O’Farrell, “We focused mainly on creating as interesting an album as possible for us musically. We try to keep it interesting, using things like phone numbers to make up riffs or time signatures! Also, with many interesting pedals lying around you’re never short of inspiration or entertainment!

The album was recorded entirely by the band’s Ciaran Culhane [guitars] and Ben Wanders, before going on to be mixed and mastered by Jamie King at Basement Recording. Ciaran comments on the recording process: “The biggest challenge for us really was the amount of time it took. We wanted to be thorough and make sure every part of each song was as good as we could make it…. I don't think we would have achieved a finished product that we were as happy with if we had gone to someone else's studio…” More...

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Alustrium Posts Playthrough Video

Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania progressive technical death metal outfit Alustrium is streaming the instrumental playthrough video for the track "Slackjaw", taken from the upcoming album "A Tunnel To Eden", which will be released on July 24th, 2015.

Check out "Slackjaw" below.

If you have not checked out the regular version with vocals yet, you can do that using the player below. More...

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Kataklysm Premieres New Track

Kataklysm premieres a new track titled "The Black Sheep", taken from the upcoming new album "Of Ghosts and Gods", which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records this coming July 31st, 2015.

Check out "The Black Sheep" now below.

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