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Last updated on April 27, 2015 at 4:53 PM ET
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Schizoid is a heavy thrash metal band from Trikala, Greece that now has a new single online for streaming.
After releasing first EP "Schizophrenic," Schizoid returned to the studio to record new single "The Rfit." Both The EP and single where recorded at WarCode Studios in Trikala Greece by Milt_A. Check out "The Rift" below.
Ahead of an opening slot for Slayer and Doomriders this Wednesday at Converse Rubber Tracks: Boston, a performance at this year's Psycho California in Santa Ana next month, and a split 7" release with Deathkings on May 12th, today Boston sludge monsters Rozamov have released a new track online.
Check out the song "Ghost Divine" below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. Stream it now and prepare yourself for Rozamov's nationwide takeover in the coming weeks. The split's track listing is:
Canadian outfit Dead Soul Alliance today reveals the cover artwork for new album "Slaves To The Apocalypse," which the band states will be a step up in speed and brutality from previous release "Proud To Die."
Seattle's explosive two-piece synth/noise-rock duo Noise-A-Tron will release new album "Vast Arcane" via Bleeding Light Records tomorrow on LP/DD.
Today, CVLT Nation is streaming the debut in its entirety (also available in the player below). You can also catch the band live on these upcoming appearances:
5/2 Seattle, WA (record release show) @ Black Lodge w/ He Whose Ox Gored, Prize Hog
5/7 Portland, OR @ The Foggy Notion w/ Hot Victory, A Volcano
5/8 Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat w/ Entrail
5/9 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/ Lament City Scape, Deviod
5/12 Santa Barbara, CA @ The Funzone
5/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Solstafir, Ancient Wisdom, Suns of Orion
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Rips Tavern w/ CHIEFS, Destroyer of Light, Twingiant, Resinator, Hex Volt
5/16 San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Murder by Techno, They Feed at Night More...
"Godhunter vs. Destroyer of Light: Endsville," a collection of brand new end-time material from both acts, is being finalized for co-release between the two acts this Summer.
Additionally, the bands will collaborate on a major widespread tour together, which will see them both raiding the East Coast US for the first time.
This collaboration bears twenty minutes of new material and a cover track from each band. "Endsville" will see a collaborative release through Godhunter co-owned Battleground Records and Destroyer Of Light's Heavy Friends Records on July 28th.
A video trailer, the artwork, track listing and singles from the album will be released over the coming weeks. See the two bands touring together on these dates: More...
Shatter Messiah just signed a new record deal with Sleaszy Rider records, and the label had this to say:
"U.S. power metallers Shatter Messiah signed a worldwide deal with us and their fourth album will be released during 2015!
"The American metallers are led by guitarist Curran Murphy (ex-Nevermore, Annihilator) and drummer Robert Falzano (ex-Annihilator), and have as new bass player Kelly Conlon (ex-Death)!
"Their first 2 albums 'Never To Play The Servant' and 'God Burns Like Flesh' were released by Dockyard 1 and their 3rd album, 'Hail The New Cross,' was released in October 2013 by Mausoleum Records.
"They are currently recording their new album, which should be completed by early summer, they are a very heavy, yet very melodic band, with catchy choruses, so except a great release soon!"
Russian outfit Tantal just released a new music video for the track "Under The Weight Of My Sorrow I Crawl," taken off the "Expectancy" album. The clip was directed by Dmitry Ogai and Alexander Stoletov for Luma Studio and can be seen below.
Polish enigmatic black metal force Blaze Of Perdition has unveiled a new track online, titled "Into The Void Again," which can be heard below.
"Into The Void Again" is from the group's forthcoming album "Near Death Revelations." The brand new opus is scheduled to land on June 26th worldwide via Agonia Records. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Królestwo Niczyje
2. Into the Void Again
3. When Mirrors Shatter
4. Dreams Shall Flesh
5. Cold Morning Fears
6. The Tunnel
7. Of No Light More...
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) just released a new solo album titled "Accountable Beasts," which can now be picked up at iTunes. The track listing is as follows:
1. Leaf Killers
2. Accountable Beasts
3. Katastrophic World
5. First Day Back
6. As It Is In Heaven
9. The Wall Of Death More...
Argonauta Records is very proud to announce that the first official Argonauta Records Fest will take place on May 10th, 2015. The label comments:
"This is an event created primarily as a need to represent 'on stage' our musical taste, giving a 'live' vent to our first years of life as a label, enhanced by many feedbacks received both nationally and abroad.
"Six bands of our roster will create an evening that will move into Stoner, Post Metal, Noisecore and Sludge territories. A fine opportunity to share with us what will be a feast made of extreme sounds and great bands. Stay tuned on our official website for more details about the bands on the bill and further initiatives related to the event to be held in Alessandria (Italy) at LIVE23."
The lineup will feature:
Nibiru (Psych Ritual Sludge)
Infection Code (Noisecore)
Varego (Post Metal/Stoner)
Last Minute To Jaffna (Post Metal)
Deaf Eyes (Instrumental Post Metal)
Kayleth (Space Stoner Rock)
IIVII is the solo project of visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Josh Graham. A founding member of Red Sparowes and Battle Of Mice, Graham currently plays in A Storm Of Light, and has also made appearances with Jarboe, Blood And Time, Tombs, Syndrome, Fallen Black Deer, and Tribes Of Neurot.
IIVII focuses on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge. This approach has allowed Graham to expand his sonic body of work and explore new electronic territory, focusing on the subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres, rather than the bombastic approach found in A Storm Of Light.
Depicting a derelict space colony in view of Saturn, the artwork was also completed by Graham, who currently serves as art director to Soundgarden, and has also worked with many bands including, Neurosis, Jesu, Shrinebuilder, Sleep, Vattnet Viskar, and ISIS.
IIVII's debut album is set for a September release on Consouling Sounds. The album will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl. More info to be announced in the coming weeks. More...
Germany's Deathrite has issued the following brief announcement about inking a new record deal and releasing an album:
"We're really stoked to announce that we're signed to Prosthetic Records. The new album 'Revelation Of Chaos' will be released this Summer. Check out the first teaser! Horns!!!"
The second album "Seele" from German black metal band Kain will hit stores on the 5th of June.
The follow-up to debut "Omega" was recorded and produced in collaboration with Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg einer Freiheit).
A week prior to that on May 29th, the release show of the quartet takes place at the cafe "Dom" in Würzburg, Germany. In addition to various special merch bundles, the album will be available this day for the first time ahead of its official release date. More...
Diabolus Arcanium is gearing up to release a new album, with a teaser trailer now available below. The band also comments:
"Our full-length album 'Path of Ascension' is all ready to be released by Transcending Obscurity. Release date and the artwork will be revealed soon."
Veil Of Maya’s new record "Matriarch" is due out May 12th via Sumerian Records, featuring new singer Lukas Magyar, who brought a mix of harsh and clean singing to the band’s evolving sound. The new album's track listing is as followS:
12. Lisbeth More...
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is best known for playing guitar in the Misfits. This is where he partially found his look, at least the long bangs called devil locks. Doyle also played in Kryst the Conqueror, Gorgeous Frankenstein and has toured with Danzig performing Misfits songs.
Doyle most recently branched out to create his own solo project. Last year Doyle released its debut album “Abominator.” Said album is a mix of punk and metal that will appease both Danzig and Misfits fans. The album featured Alex Story of Cancerslug on vocals, Dr. C.H.U.D. of the Misfits on drums, and Left Hand Graham of Gorgeous Frankenstein on bass. Since its release, Doyle has experienced lineup changes. While on the second day of his headlining tour, I caught up with Doyle to discuss these lineup changes. In the following interview we also talk about the making of “Abominator,” Doyle’s label, Monsterman Records and his brand of hot sauce. More...
Psyco Drama has inked a new record deal, with the band commenting: "We are very excited to share this announcement from the Pride & Joy Music label! We are looking forward to an exciting 2015 and hope you all will join us for the ride! Thank you."
The label also had this to say: "Psyco Drama, one of the US’ finest power/progressive metal bands of the 90’s, returns with 'From Ashes to Wings,' continuing the melodic power/progressive metal sound that brought them worldwide acclaim.
"Formed in Colorado Springs in 1990, Psyco Drama established themselves as a musical force to be reckoned with on their debut album, 'The Illusion (1996).'
"With Corey Brown (vocals) and Hercules Castro (guitar) being the main writing team behind Psyco Drama, the band is considering 'From Ashes to Wings' to be the rightful follow-up to 'The Illusion.' Joining Corey and Hercules on this musical rebirth is bassist Ian Ringler, a member of Psyco Drama during their previous incarnation (as well as Corey’s band mate in Magnitude 9), and drummer Greg Sands."
The album will be scheduled for a release on Pride & Joy Music this coming August 2015. Stay tuned for more details.
Refused is fucking alive and there's no escape: the Iconic Swedish hardcore band is releasing "Freedom" (the band's first new album in 17 years) on June 30th via Epitaph. Listen to the first new song "Elektra" below, courtesy of Pitchfork.com.
In 1998, Refused released the iconic album "The Shape of Punk to Come." It was also the year that the band broke up and declared "Refused Are Fucking Dead." Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance and the group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour. This process was greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.
Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states: “It’s not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
Drummer David Sandström adds: "Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.” More...
God Damn’s red-hot, molten pot of volatile riffs and bludgeoning rhythms is taken to explosive heights on "Vultures," due out May 19th via One Little Indian (bumped one week from original release date). You can now stream the album's title track online via the SoundCloud player below, hosted by Stereogum.com. More...
Guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a 2016 nationwide U.K. starting at Bilston Robin on Wednesday January 20th, 2016.
A 48-hour ticket pre-sale starts at 9am on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at this location. Tickets are available to the general public on Friday May 1 from the 24-Hour box office on 0844 478 0898 and over here.
Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album "Spirit On A Mission," which features the singles "Vigilante Man" and "Live and Let Live" plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics.
The January 2016 U.K. tour will feature Schenker's Temple of Rock band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White. More...
Byzantine has announced plans for a month long U.S. tour with special guests Mobile Deathcamp. The West Virginian titans will be touring in support of "To Release Is To Resolve," out now via CEN/RED Distribution. Dates for Byzantine’s upcoming tour can be seen below.
May 30 - Charleston, WV - The Monkey Barrel
June 12 - Elmhurst, NY - Blackthorn 51
June 13 - Chicopee, MA - Maximum Capacity
June 14 - Lewiston, ME - Irish Twins Pub
June 15 - Burlington, VT - Nectars
June 16 - Watertown, NY - The Flashback Lounge
June 17 - TBA
June 18 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe’s
June 19 - Syracuse, NY - Mac’s Bad Art Bar
June 20 - Clifton Park, NY - Trick Shot Billiards
June 21 - Revere, MA - Sammy’s Patio
June 22 - Providence, RI - Firehouse 13
June 23 - York, PA - The Depot
June 24 - New Castle, DE - JB McGinnes
June 25 - Chesapeake, VA - RiffHouse
June 26 - Wilmington, NC - Reggie’s 42nd St Tavern
June 27 - Asheville, NC - New Mountain More...
Following the special digipack reissue of "Joined in Darkness," Forever Plagued Records is proud to present yet another special Demoncy release: "Empire of the Fallen Angel (Eternal Black Dominion)," set for international release on June 29th on both CD and vinyl LP formats.
Although originally released in 2003 after years of mysterious silence, the renamed "Empire of the Fallen Angel (Eternal Black Dominion)" is an entirely new and different recording. Whereas the original 2003 album was recorded with a full band lineup, this version was recorded solely by Demoncy founder Ixithra, with the first four tracks being entirely new compositions. The track listing is:
1. Invocation To Satan
2. Risen From The Ancient Ruins
3. Scion Of The Dark
4. Eternal Black Dominion
5. Sepulchral Whispers
6. My Kingdom Enshrouded In Necromantical Fog
7. The Enchanted Woods Of Forgotten Lore
8. The Obsidian Age Of Ice
9. Night Song (Apocalyptic Dawn)
10. Empire Of The Fallen Angel
11. Shadows Of The Moon (The Winter Solstice)
12. Warmarch Of The Black Hordes
13. The Ode To Eternal Darkness More...
Alexi Laiho from Children Of Bodom wants you to play guitar with him! Alexi is turning the Senate Square into an amazing metal arena, having composed a commissioned song for the Helsinki Festival, and he is inviting 100 electric guitarists to join him in performing it on the big stage.
Today another selection entitled "L'homme Mauves" is available for streaming from The Great Discord's upcoming "Duende" album. Check out the premiere of the song below, courtesy of RevolverMag.com.
"Duende" will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Great Discord is:
Fia Kempe - vocals
Aksel Holmgren - drums
André Axell - guitars
Gustav Almberg - guitars
Rasmus Carlson - bass More...
After canceling a show in São Paulo due to health issues, Motorhead has checked in with the following update about the situation:
"Due to a food related tummy problem, unfortunately Lemmy was not able to perform the show in São Paulo.
"He is already feeling much better and ready to continue the South America dates! Next stop Curitiba!
"Lemmy regrets this mishap very much and is looking forward to making it up to all the fans."
Holy Serpent today premieres new track "The Plague," which can be heard below courtesy of Noisey. The band's self-titled album will drop May 12th through RidingEasy Records and features the following track listing:
Damnation Angels will not be appearing at the upcoming Ridgefest 2015, with the band issuing this statement:
"We're sorry to say that we've had to pull out of next weekends Ridgefest. It was a tough decision but many elements forced us to pull out. Mainly due to the contract for the show not being signed along with a serious lack of promotion and doubts of whether the festival would actually even go ahead.
"Our doubts started when the Facebook page promoting the festival became completely silent early March but we hung on and pressed for the contract to be signed until it was too late to make plans for travel and rehearsal. Both us and our management thought pulling out was the best course of action. We apologize to any of our fans who were attending, we were really looking forward to the show!!"
The organizers of Ridgefest also recently posted this message online about the status of the festival:
"Righto folks, here is the story. Lots and lots has gone wrong with this the very 1st Ridgefest, over ambitious maybe, naive certainly, inexperienced ooh yes, finished ooh no. More...
The upcoming self-titled album from Polish thrash metal band Raging Death is coming out tomorrow via Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
A new brief teaser trailer for the release has now come online and can be heard below. The full track listing is as follows:
01. Space Invaders
02. Raging Death
03. Back To The Past
04. Warrior Of Revenge
05. Evil Command
06. Race Of Races
07. Cry For Time
08. Challenged By The Unknown More...
Aeon Zen just dropped a video clip teasing a new song with a guitar solo playthrough, which can be seen below. The band comments:
"Here's a video of Alistair recording the solo section for a new Aeon Zen track, 'Disconnected.' This song was almost entirely written during an Aeon Zen live stream in March 2015 with input and direction from our fans. Here is a first glimpse at the results!"
Exarsis just released a music video for "Skull And Bones," which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"The video clip for 'Skull And Bones' taken from our 3rd album 'The Human Project' is finally unleashed...So turn it up! This song is about the infamous secret brotherhood Skull and Bones.
"By reading the lyrics of the song and watching the video you will have a first notion of what this mysterious society is about...Not just another conspiracy theory! 'The Human Project' will be out on May by MDD Records so stay tuned for more..." More...
Following on from the band's triumphant return to the metal scene in 2014, London’s Sikth has decided to answer the calls from fans and record new music in 2015.
“We’ve always maintained that more music would emerge one day and for the first time in years it feels like now is the time” says guitarist Dan Weller. “We had an amazing time travelling round the world last year. Having a chance to reconnect with our fans was very special for us”
The as-yet-untitled EP will be the follow-up to the 2006 album "Death Of A Dead Day" and will see the band enter the studio for the first time in 10 years.
Mikee W Goodman adds: "We did not realize our music had spread so far! I believe we have amongst the most passionate and energetic fans in the World. I am honoured to play to them. But what we have been asked most is about new music. My desire to make new Sikth music is as strong as it’s ever been. I can’t wait to get started!"
Recording starts this summer with a November release date penned, it will also be the first time Sikth will make a record without the assistance of a record label. A crowd funding campaign is now online, which you can take part in at this location. More...
Clemens "Ardek" Wijers, the keyboardist and main composer behind extreme metal conjurers Carach Angren, has contributed to a new project titled Lindemann, featuring Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Pain.
This newly formed band has revealed that debut album, titled "Skill in Pills," will be released later this year.
Regarding the new project, Wijers comments: "I'm very proud to announce that I have created orchestral arrangements for project Lindemann by Till Lindemann and Peter Tägtgren. Their album called 'Skills in Pills' will be released in May and is going to be a killer!"
Legendary Swedish producer and musical mastermind Peter Tägtgren compliments: "Clemens pimped up my orchestra parts like a god."
Feared, the Swedish death-metal foursome founded by The Haunted’s Ola Englund, just released an animated video for “By Silent Screaming,” the seventh track from upcoming fifth album “Synder,” which is set for release on May 25th.
Created by Thibault Barbaroux and Quentin Nigues, the animated video chronicles the story of Pierre, a father who’s trying to rescue his daughter from their apartment in Dunkirk (France) before the German soldiers raiding the building find her. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Your Demise
3. Of Iron And Ashes
5. My Grief, My Sorrow
7. By Silent Screaming
8. Wolf At The End Of The World
9. My Own Redemption
10. Dying Day
11. War Feeding War
12. The Narcissist
13. Godless Devotion More...
The release of Arcturus' upcoming new album "Arcturian" is still some days ahead (May 8th), but now there's an "Arcturian" album player by which you can listen to excerpts of all the album tracks. Check it out below. The track listing for the album is:
1. The Arcturian Sign
5. Game Over
8. The Journey
10. Bane More...
Originally a full band that fell apart around 2005, Amidst The Withering has continued on as a duo consisting of Serge Farinas (Guitars, Bass) and John Hembree (Vocals).
Tomorrow (April 28th), Amidst The Withering will release "The Dying Of The Light," which revamps the old material, while also setting aside new material for a follow-up.
“The Dying of the Light” represents many hours of labor and love (and hatred), and although it has changed much, the music still contains within it the spirit of former members Cliff Widener and Jason Cartee.
Today ahead of the official drop date we're stoked to premiere the entire 13 song release online, which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Prelude to Darkness
2. Auri Sacra Fames
3. The Clarion Light
4. The Withering
5. Aegri Somnia
6. Autumnal Lament
7. Infinitus Dolor Amoris
8. Seraph Enslaved
9. The Acolyte
11. A Love Benighted
12. Epilogue (A Defiant Succumbing)
13. The Dying of the Light More...
French power metal act Elvenstorm is streaming the title track of the upcoming new EP "Soulreaper." The EP is due out soon from Inferno Records.
Check out "Soulreaper" here here:
French deathcore act Chabtan released a music video for the new track "The Kiss of Coatlicue." The song is the title track to the upcoming debut full length effort, which is due out on May 25th via Mighty Music. The album is the follow up to the debut EP "Eleven" (2011).
The track list for the release is:
1. The Nahual's Omen
3. Born from Vucub Caquix
4. Astral Monsters
5. Anthropomorphic Beast
6. The Kiss of Coatlicue
7. Follow the Darkest Way
8. Ah Puch Reign
10. Obsidian Butterfly
11. Visions of the Snake More...
German gothic/industrial act Schwarzer Engel released a lyric video for the new track "Herrscher Der Nacht" from the new release "Imperium I - Im Reich Der Götter." The album was released this past Friday via Massacre.
2. Gott vs. Satan (song streaming here)
3. Herrscher Der Nacht
5. Ave Maria (Die Mutter Gottes)
7. Ritt Der Toten
8. Tiefer (Muss Ich Graben)
9. Schmerz Bleibt Mein
10. Meine Liebe
11. Im Herzen Wohnt Die Trauer
12. Beuget Euch (Bonus Track)
Check out "Herrscher Der Nacht" here: More...
Italian modern rock/metal act Starsick System - featuring Pathosray/Fairyland vocalist Marco Sandron (ex-Eden's Curse) and fellow Pathosray member Ivan Moni Bidin on drums - released a new music video for the track "Believe." The song appears on the debut release "Daydreamin'" which was released earlier this month via Bakerteam Records.
The video, which was directed and edited by Francesco Sogaro, can be viewed here:
Italian old school death metal act Drown in Blood is streaming the new track "Reign of Hypocrisy." The song is the opening track from the debut full length album "Addicted to Murder." The album drops today via Punishment 18 Records.
The full track list is:
1. Reign of Hypocrisy
2. Impersonal Living
3. Purification of Flesh
4. Walking Dead
5. Vengeance Is Mine
6. Razor in My Hand
7. Evil Parasites
8. Beast in the Cage
Check out "Reign of Hypocrisy" here: More...
The reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal legends of Exciter - featuring guitarist John Ricci, bassist Allan Johnson and drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler - performed again together at the "Keep It True" festival (April 24./25.2015) in Germany.
Check out the fan-filmed video footage below.
The Brazilian thrash veterans from Sepultura premiered a new track titled "DarkSide." Another new 30th anniversary song to look forward to, titled "Under My Skin," will be released on June 5th, 2015.
Check out "DarkSide" below now.