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Last updated on September 4, 2015 at 3:05 PM ET

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

Necronomicon Announces U.S. Tour

Canadian extreme metal horde Necronomicon has announced a forthcoming U.S. tour in support of "Rise Of The Elder Ones" (reviewed here).

The tour begins on October 15 in Brooklyn, NY and will run throughout the month into November, seeing Necronomicon playing alongside Vital Remains, with The Kennedy Veil on select dates.

10/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery
10/16 Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611
10/17 Fort Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes Lounge
10/18 Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
10/19 Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap
10/22 Wichita, KS @ Corky's
**10/23 Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
**10/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
**10/26 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
**10/27 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
**10/29 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
**10/30 Reno, NV @ PB & J's
**10/31 Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazza's
**11/2 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
**11/4 Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar
**11/5 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/6 Ft Worth TX @ Tomcats West

** = With The Kennedy Veil More...

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Temple Of Baal Streaming "Hosanna"

French black/death metal outfit Temple Of Baal is streaming new track "Hosanna" below, taken from the band's upcoming fifth studio album, "Mysterium," due out October 2 on Agonia Records. As the album's title suggests, "Mysterium" dwells on the topics of spirituality and religiosity.

"From the opener, 'Lord of Knowledge and Death,' to the closing number, 'All in Your Name,' every inch of this record drips with it," the band commented. "'Mysterium' can be seen as a collection of meditations and prayers over the mysteries of faith, directed towards the gods of the left hand path."

The album covers a wide musical variety, from slower ritualistic parts, to furious blasts and thrashy riffs or the surprisingly melodic choirs of "Magna Gloria Tua" and "Hosanna," each song taking the listener into a journey evolving through various climates, keeping the listener's mind awake.

"I never got that much into monotonous, uniform albums," said band leader Amduscias. "I like music to take my mind from one point to another. Even if I have a strict view of what Temple of Baal should be, stagnation is not something I'm very fond of."

The "Mysterium" track listing is as follows:

1. Lord of Knowledge and Death
2. Magna Gloria Tua
3. Divine Scythe
4. Hosanna
5. Dictum Ignis
6. Black Redeeming Flame
7. Holy Art Thou
8. All in Your Name
9. The Golden Walls of Heaven (Bathory Cover, vinyl bonus track) More...

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The Agonist Gears Up For North American Tour

The Agonist is set to hit the road with Epica and Eluveitie for the Revolver North American tour, which kicks off on Tuesday, September 8 at Soundstage in Baltimore, MD.

The tour will take the band across the U.S. and Canada in support of newest album, "Eye Of Providence," out now on Century Media Records. In addition to the 19-city Revolver tour, The Agonist has confirmed a string of headlining shows that include stops in Regina, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Hartford and Manchester.

Vocalist Vicky Psarakis comments on the upcoming trek: "Words can't express how excited we are for the upcoming tour with Epica and Eluveitie! Getting to share the stage with bands that I grew up listening to is nothing short of a dream come true! It's been a while since The Agonist hit the West Coast on a U.S. tour and it'll be my first ever run with them out there since joining the band, so make sure not to miss this fantastic lineup!" More...

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Gama Bomb Releasing New Album

The thrash titans from Gama Bomb today announce an action packed new album due out October 30, 2015 and reveal the cover artwork.

The "Untouchable Glory" cover art was painted by Graham Humphreys, best known for his posters for A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Evil Dead.

Frontman Philly Byrne adds: "We're pretty sure this is the first album ever that combines martial arts, classic literature and alcohol and drug abuse. It's unlike any other thrash album - it sounds big and catchy, the album art is bright and bold, the choruses are massive. It's thrash with the colour turned up. We're very proud of it."' More...

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Solitary Recording Album, Announces Charity Show

U.K. thrash outfit Solitary is currently in the studio with producer Simon Efemy - noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Crowbar, and more - working on a third full-length studio album.

Solitary will also be taking a break from the studio on September 26 to play the Most Against Cancer, which will be taking place at The Hairy Dog in Derby. Solitary will be occupying the special guest slot and playing alongside the likes of Bull-Riff Stampede and I.C.O.N. Get down to the front and treat yourself to some seriously heavy thrash, while doing your bit for charity at the same time. Full details on the show can be found right here. More...

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Nyx Signs With Agonia, Posts Album Trailer

German female extreme metal force Nyx has inked a deal with Agonia Records. The band's debut album, "Home," is expected to drop on October 30, 2015. In anticipation, the duo has revealed a trailer for the upcoming effort - check it out below.

Nyx is made off Blitz (drums/vocals) and Vinterbarn (guitars/vocals) and was brought to life in 2011 to explore the endless metastases of the aspiring soul within a musical dimension.

Debut album, "Home," was recorded and produced in Blackout Studio (Enthroned, Corpus Christii, Emptiness, Lvcifyre) with Enthroned's bassist Phorgath behind the console.

The band commented: "We are Nyx and this restless album is our joint search for the inner home. Welcome to roaring wrath, screaming despair and silent yearning - welcome home."

On the album trailer, the duo added: "This small album preview contains song snippets of the upcoming Nyx album 'Home' combined with behind the scenes impression of the whole working process: rehearsals, photosessions, studio-recording."

The "Home" track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond
2. Chaos Pt. 20 - Black Isle
3. Chaos Pt. 38 - Metastases
4. Prelude
5. S.ave O.ur S.ouls
6. Deep
7. Going On
8. Home
9. Swallowed Screaming More...

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Continents Announces "Reprisal" Album

U.K. band Continents has announced the upcoming release of new album, "Reprisal," which will be available everywhere on October 30, 2015. Ahead of the release, the band has released the punchy new single “Life Of Misery.”

Continents comments: “We want to make sure people understand that the aggression we’ve created amongst the album is from genuine experience and for people to understand, as long as you commit yourself to the end goal, don’t listen to others who try to bring you down. Live life how you want to, not how other people want you to live it.”

The "Reprisal" album's track listing will be as follow:

1. Drowned in Hate
2. Scorn
3. Life of Misery
4. The Stand
5. I (Interlude)
6. Reprisal
7. Awakening
8. Lost, Loathe, Loss.
9. The Defeatist
10. Alone
11. II More...

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Vampire Streams "Pyre Of The Harvest Queen"

The darkness that kills with a bite... pre-orders for Vampire's new release, the MLP "Cimmerian Shade," have started - head over here for yours.

"Cimmerian Shade" will be released as 10" vinyl and digital download/stream on September 25, 2015 via Century Media. The opening track "Pyre Of The Harvest Queen" can also now be heard below.

With "Cimmerian Shade," Vampire continues walking the path from the previous self-titled demo (2012) and last year's debut album (reviewed here), offering ghoulish, horror-ridden Nordic death metal and an omnipresent eldritch atmosphere. The track listing is:

Side A
1. Pyre Of The Harvest Queen *
2. Sleeper In The Deep (instrumental)

Side B
3. Night Hunter
4. Hexahedron

* known from the "Whispers Through The Black Veil" LP-only compilation (Wyrd War, 2014) More...

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Monster Magnet Posts Lyric Video

After rearranged "Last Patrol" for a new release, Monster Magnet has gone back even further to 2010 and the "Mastermind" album, which is now coming out in a trippy new edition titled "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)."

A lyric video for the new edition of "Watch Me Fade" can now be seen below. Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf comments:

"'Watch Me Fade' features one of my favorite musical combinations: heavy, old school organ and fuzz guitar. When I hear that sound I want to sing like some mad preacher. The lyrics started out as a love song but wound up being a paranoid rant about living in the 21st century. I'm sure somebody out there can relate, and ... it's only 3 minutes and 6 seconds which has to be some kind of record for Monster Magnet. Rock on."

"Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)" will be released via Napalm Records on October 9, 2015. The track listing is as follows:

1. She Digs That Hole
2. Watch Me Fade
3. Mastermind '69
4. Hallucination Bomb
5. Gods and Punks
6. The Titan
7. When The Planes Fall From the Sky
8. Ball of Confusion
9. Time Machine
10. I live Behind the Paradise Machine Evil Joe Barresi's Magnet Mash Vol.1 More...

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Cardinals Pride Posts Full New EP Online

Canadian metalcore sextet Cardinals Pride released new EP, "Those People Will Never Die," today on New Damage Records. You can now stream all the tracks below, or pick up your own copy via iTunes here>

Cardinals Pride also just kicked off a Canadian tour in support of the new EP, which includes a release date show at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto tonight. Dates and venues are as follows:

Sept 4 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s (Homesick)
Sept 5 - St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall (w/Prophets)
Sept 7 - London, ON - The APK (w/Prophets)
Sept 8 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf (w/Prophets)
Sept 10 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
Sept 11 - Quebec City, ON - Salle Multi (w/Prophets)
Sept 23 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - L’Anti
Sept 24 - Kingston, ON - Overtime
Sept 25 - Sarnia, ON - Trinity Lounge
Sept 26 - Kitchener, ON - KOI Music Festival More...

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Vantablack Warship Releasing Debut EP

Montreal’s Vantablack Warship is a devastating maelstrom of dark, slow-churning metal, ready to devastate all in its path. Many of the members are veterans of the Quebec metal scene coming from punk, death and thrash bands such as Arseniq33, Ghoulunatics, and Les Ekorchés among many others.

The oncoming onslaught of metal that is Vantablack Warship has been fine tuning its craft to set sail with a debut self-titled EP on October 9, 2015 through Bandamp and iTunes.

The warship's crew is comprised of Yannick (Pil) Pilon (Arseniq33, Buffalo Theory MTL) at the helm on vocals, Pat Gordon (Ghoulunatics, Les Ekorchés, Leprocy, Buffalo Theory Mtl) on guitar, Pierre Pitre (Arseniq33, Foreshadow) manning the drums, Thierry Hivon (Brutal Chérie, Sarkasm) rigging the guitars, and Kurt Clifford (Foreshadow) anchoring the bass.

For those living in the Montreal area, the band's EP launch show will be held on September 26th at Atomic Cafe. The track listing is:

1. You'll Burn For This (2:30)
2. The Pit (3:02)
3. The 99% (1:18)
4. Irreversible Kill (3:47)
5. From Silents To Haunting Possessions (3:38)
6. Fucked Machine (5:10) More...

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Anfinnsaas Streaming New Track

Anfinnsaas is a duo that was formed by Knut Finsaas and Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen in 2013, in the middle of Norway. Today the band drops new track "Sla°tt Fra Røstad," which can be heard below, and will appear on a self-titled album due out September 18, 2015.

Taking main inspiration from traditional Nordic tunes, Anfinnsaas wanted to have a fresh and new sound that differs from the metal sound of today. The album's track listing is:

1. Svensk Revelje
2. Anfinnsaas
3. Ha°landsdal
4. Sla°tt Fra Røstad
5. Elve
6. Spissrot

If you missed it, be sure to also check out the band's recent entry in our Pit Stories column about a pregnant mosher at a Mayhem show. More...

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Grave Pleasures Releases "Dreamcrash"

Grave Pleasures from Finland has officially released debut album "Dreamcrash" via Metal Blade Records in the U.S. and Sony Columbia worldwide.

Formed out of the debris of the band Beastmilk - which we tended to refer to as Breastmilk in articles and released the "Climax" album in 2013 - Grave Pleasures is taking the concept of the apocalypse one step further.

Watch the video for "New Hip Moon" below, and you can pick up your copy of the album through Metal Blade here. The album is available digitally now, with CDs to be released on November 13, and vinyl to arrive in early 2016.

Grave Pleasures consists of singer/songwriter Mat McNerney (also of Hexvessel), bassist Valtteri Arino, guitarist/songwriter Linnéa Olsson (The Oath, Sonic Ritual), drummer Uno Bruniusson (In Solitude, Procession) - as well as live and studio session guitarist Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu).

"I am concerned with a total collapse of our dreams", says Mat McNerney. "Hacking out this feverish, frantic and very uninhibited music, it exposes and lays raw some intense emotions. As we get deeper and closer to capturing the spirit of what we set out for this band to be, we are touching some vital nerves. It's getting under the skin, under the flesh." More...

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Asher Media Offers 32 Track Compilation For Free

With the future leaders of the world going back to their educational institutions, Asher Media Relations is proud to offer a new FREE download compilation of artists the company has worked with this year.

The "Back To School Vol. 1" sampler features over 30 tracks to prep students for a deafening mosh to make those class rooms of higher learning just a bit more bearable! Enjoy the headbanging tunes below, or download your own copy at this location. More...

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Faith No More Performs On Jimmy Kimmel

Yesterday (September 3) Faith No More appeared for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and footage from that show can be seen below - featuring the band in tuxedos and including the return of the gimp!

Faith No More performed both "Sunny Side Up" and "Separation Anxiety" off the comeback album "Sol Invictus," which was the band's first official album release in 18 years.

The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart with numerous top ten entries across the globe.


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Grave Unveils New Album Artwork

Grave has revealed the cover artwork for upcoming album "Out Of Respect For The Dead," available below.

The eerie artwork was again done by Costin Chioreanu, who has been responsible for the band's last three albums as well as the "Morbid Ascent" EP. Chioreanu is also known from his works for bands such as At The Gates, Paradise Lost or Arch Enemy, to name a few.

"Out Of Respect For The Dead" will be released worldwide on October 16, 2015. Expect nothing but evil and untamed ferocity from the masters of Scandinavian death metal. You can hear the new song "Redeemed Through Hate" over here. More...

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Aeon Kicking Off Tour With Origin And Krisiun

Still touring in support of the 2012 album "Aeons Black" (reviewed here - and about time to record a new album wouldn't you say, boys?) Swedish death metal unit Aeon will begin a march through North America this evening on the Devastation On The Nation Tour featuring headliners Origin and Krisiun.

Set to embark in Crest Hill, Illinois, the Metal Injection-sponsored live takeover will decimate nearly three-dozen venues through October 5th. Additional support will be provided by Alterbeast, Soreption and Ingested.

Dates are as follows: More...

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Killing Floor 2 Releases Free Content Update

Killing Floor 2 - a game recently covered in our look at video games with heavy metal soundtracks - just had a new content pack released titled "Incinerate 'N Detonate," which expands the game's original content by 50%. Check out a trailer below.

It's sort of an odd way to go about releasing content, since the game is technically still in early access and hasn't even been "officially" released (despite the fact that anyone can buy and play it), but more content is a good thing, and the all Solid State Records lineup on the soundtrack is an excellent backdrop to the insane gore system where every part of the Zeds can be dismembered or blown apart.

Killing Floor 2 is actually currently available on a "free weekend" through Steam, where Steam users can play the game at no cost through Sunday. Download and give it a try right here.

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Motorhead Cancels More Shows

After cancelling a Denver tour date and then cutting short a recent Austin show after only three songs, the rest of Motorhead's impending shows have been in question.

Today the band issued this update about cancelling two more gigs with the intention to return to live stages down the line:

"Regrettably Motörhead have had to cancel their Dallas and Houston appearances. Saxon will still be playing in each city (please check local media for up-to-date venue information).

"Lemmy fully intends to resume touring duties as, and when, his doctors give him the all-clear. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES, and as always, THANK YOU for your support, understanding and good wishes."

Motorhead's new album "Bad Magic" saw release last month and is now available everywhere. More...

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Deformatory Reveals "Malediction" Details

Canadian brutal tech death outfit Deformatory is set to release a second full-length album via CDN Records in December of 2015.

Entitled "Malediction," the eight track relentless follow-up to "In The Wake of Pestilence" was recorded, mixed and engineered by Dan Rogers at From The Frost Audio in Ottawa, Ontario, and takes the band's hateful sound to an entirely new and dark dimension.

"Malediction" is the first installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Saväel, the creator of Darkness, and the original source of pure evil. In "Malediction," the story follows the discovery of the sacred incantation text, his re-awakening, and the subsequent obliteration of the Light, the Heavens, and all remnants of humanity. This is an album that will appeal to the nostalgia of old school death metal, delivered with modern, dark, and technical ferocity. The track listing is:

1. Infernal Gateway
2. Dimensions of Malevolence
3. Obsequium
4. Eviscerated Requiem
5. A Hideous Veneration
6. Apotheosis
7. Oracles of Perdition
8. Aphotic Existence More...

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Slayer Goes To Prison

Slayer recently spent some time at the Sybil Brand Institute, the women's prison in East Los Angeles, where the band shot a music video for the "Repentless" title track with none other than iconic actor Danny Trejo.

Behine-the-scenes footage from the filming has now made its way online and can be seen below before the full video drops.

You can read more about the filming over here. "Repentless" is due out 9/11 (Nuclear Blast).

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Ugly Kid Joe Premieres New Lyric Video

Ugly Kid Joe debuts its new lyric video for the track titled "Hell Ain’t Hard To Find", taken from the band's first new album since 1996 titled "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be", scheduled to drop October 16th 2015. The album is featuring members of Godsmack, Sevendust among others.

Check out now the opening track for the upcoming new album "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be" below.

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Forevermore Premieres New Music Video "Wormtongue"

Indianapolis metal outfit Forevermore premieres its brand new music video for the track "Wormtongue", taken from the band's last album "Telos".

You can now check out the new clip below.

Forevermore is going on a North America tour this fall with Emery, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, & Hearts Like Lions. Check out all dates below: More...

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