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Last updated on March 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM ET

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Thrashback Thursday: Carnivore

Carnivore are one of those bands usually discovered retroactively, mostly by Type O Negative fans who are told by more seasoned headbangers, "You should check out Carnivore, the band Peter Steele had before Type O Negative." This advice is heeded more often than not, and just as often will be met with positive results. Carnivore only released two full length albums; a self-titled effort in 1986 and "Retaliation" only a year later. Both albums were praised by both metal fans and critics and one song in particular which stands out to many is "Carnivore," from the album, "Carnivore," by Carnivore.

The song is very much a thrash metal track, though featuring many more elements than the average output in the genre. There's something of an industrial feel to the song, particularly in the vocal area, though not played up enough to really be a mesh of the industrial and thrash fields, as well as featuring one of the catchiest chouruses of classic eighties thrash. What helped the track so much more was its lyrical content, arguably one of the best, and maybe even the first metal songs about cunnilingus, which made it something of an them for all those who like to partake in the act. Even peers such as Kerry King of Slayer think of the song very fondly, who mentioned it in the bonus features of the Get Thrashed documentary, stating after bellowing the chourus, "Gotta have it!" More...

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Thulcandra Premieres New Music Video

German black metal band Thulcandra - featuring Obscura's Steffen Kummerer - premiered the new music video "The Second Fall" over at No Clean Singing at this location (also can be viewed in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Ascension Lost," which is available no through Napalm Records.

Check out "The Second Fall" here:

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Moonspell Premieres New Music Video For "Extinct"

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell released a new music video for the title track of the new album "Extinct." The video can be seen exclusively over at Metal Hammer's website at this location. It can also be viewed in the player below. Check out our review for the album over here).

"Extinct" is set for release via Napalm Records on March 9th (UK) and March 17th (North America). An interactive preview clip can be heard over here).

The track list is:

1. Breathe (Until We Are No More) (see lyric video here)
2. Medusalem
3. Funeral Bloom
4. Domina
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last of Us (song streaming here)
7. A Dying Breed
8. Malignia
9. Extinct (song streaming here)
10. The Future Is Dark

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Iron Maiden Issues Update On Dickinson's Health

Iron Maiden's co-manager Rod Smallwood issued a statement on the current condition of vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who is currently battling cancer which was detected back before Christmas. Unconfirmed reports citing comments from drummer Nicko McBrain seem to indicate that Iron Maiden has completed work on a new studio album and has been in a holding pattern on ramping up the hype and excitement for it while Dickinson recovers.

Smallwood's statement reads: "Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

"Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on our website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

"After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

"Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated."

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Violent Reaction Premieres New Track "No Pride"

U.K.'s Violent Reaction premiered the new track "No Pride" over at Lambgoat at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's sophomore LP, "Marching On," which drops via Revelation Records on March 31st.

The track list is as follows:

Side A:

1. Intro
2. Leave Me Out
3. No Pride
4. Bored To Death
5. Death Threat
6. Stand & Fight
7. Disorder More...

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Forgotten Tomb Releases Lyric Video For New Track

Italian gothic doom metal act Forgotten Tomb released a lyric video for the new track "Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love." The song is the title track of the upcoming new release, which is set to drop via Agonia Records on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America. The album will be available in the following formats:

* digipack CD;
* box CD with jewelcase CD, bullet pendant and armband with band's logo (limited to 500 numbered copies);
* picture disc (limited to 300 hand-numbered copies);
* transparent white vinyl with red splatter (limited to 150 hand-numbered copies);
* black vinyl;
* digital formats

The track list is:

1. Soulless Upheaval
2. King Of The Undesirables
3. Bad Dreams Come True
4. Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5. Mislead The Snakes
6. Dread The Sundown
7. Swallow The Void

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Santa Cruz Premieres New Track "6(66) Feet Under"

Finnish shredders Santa Cruz, who mesh the guitar excess of the '80s with a thoroughly modern and youthful vibe that equals good time rock 'n' roll with lots and lots of grooves, have unleashed the brand new song "6(66) Feet Under" via MetalSucks over at this location. The track can also be heard in the player below.

The song appears on the band's self-titled sophomore effort, which is set to drop on March 10th via Spinefarm Records. The boys will be here in the U.S, this spring, touring with their labelmates in Amaranthe. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.

The track list for "Santa Cruz" is:

1. Bonafide Heroes
2. Velvet Rope
3. My Remedy
4. 6(66) Feet Under
5. Bye Bye Babylon
6. We Are the Ones to Fall
7. Wasted & Wounded (see music video here)
8. Let Them Burn
9. Vagabonds (Sing With Me)
10. Can You Feel the Rain

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Warbringer Is Back In Action With New Lineup

Warbringer built a reputation for themselves. The Southern California thrash metal band were part of every major tour around the globe for five years straight. In that time, it was miraculous that they found time to record four albums of unrelenting aggression. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

"I really thought that the 'Empires Collapse' record cycle ended prematurely due to the departure of (guitarist) John Laux and (drummer) Carlos Cruz. I figured it would be the end of the band, and the end of my life's work, as I'd really put everything I had into this band" explains singer John Kevill.

"I remember on the last show we played on that US tour (guitarist) Adam Carroll came to me and told me how we had to keep the torch held high and to realize the full potential of the band no matter what. We carried on the following European tour with fill-in members, as we really hate to cancel a gig and let down our fans, but it really seemed like the end for us. Fortunately, though it took a long time, we have been able to find musicians in our area to help carry on the torch of the destructive, intense music this band stands for. So welcome Vicken Hovsepian on drums, Noah Young on guitar, and Alex Malmquist on bass. Our mission since we started rehearsing together was to be the tightest incarnation of the band yet, and to raise the bar and move forward, never back. So far progress has been great and I can't wait to get out there and unleash this new weapon upon the world."

After months of intense rehearsal the five-piece is ready to show the world the new Warbringer. The campaign starts with an Asian Assault because there's nothing better than flying halfway across the world and debuting your new lineup in front of a huge crowd at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside established heavyweights like Lamb of God, Mayhem, Vader, Unearth, and The Faceless among others. This show will be followed by additional headlining dates in the region, an area Warbringer have attacked feverishly before.

"We are extremely pumped to return to Asia. It will be our third time over there and we're ready to get back into action and bust some skulls! We've played Indonesia and Taiwan before but this run will include our first visit to China so we're excited for that" states Kevill. More...

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Slaughter To Prevail Details New EP

Russian death metal act Slaughter to Prevail is preparing an all-out assault against the world in 2015! After unleashing a music video for the new track "Hell" weeks ago, the band is set to finally unleash an EP, appropriately entitled "Chapters of Misery."

Scheduled for release on March 24th, 'Chapters of Misery' will feature five terrifying tracks:

1. Intro
2. Hell (see music video here)
3. Beast
4. Death
5. Misery
6. Crowned & Conquered (feat. Lucas man of Rings Of Saturn) More...

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Invincible Force Debuts New Track

Chilean obscure thrash metal unit Invincible Force has teamed up with The Breathless Sleep to debut a new track from upcoming Dark Descent Records release "Satan Rebellion Metal." "Bringers of Armageddon" is now streaming exclusively at this location (also in the player below).

"Satan Rebellion Metal" will be released on March 10th in the U.S. via Dark Descent, and March 17th via Sound Pollution and April 2nd via Code7/PhD in Europe. The album will be made available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

"A ripping and vile blend of thrash, death and Christ-hating black metal, Satan Rebellion Metal will leave a trail of broken and bloodied corpses in its wake. Next to bands like Force of Darkness and Dekapited, Invincible Force [is] one of the strongest Black/Death/Thrash Metal bands from Chile and highly recommended for fans of Slaughter Messiah, Force of Darkness, Possessed, Nifelheim and Desaster."

The track list is:

1. Rise The Wrath of Satan
2. Scraps of The Dead
3. Necromance
4. Summoning The Black Destruction
5. Desolation
6. Onwards To War
7. Bringers of Armageddon
8. Unholy Trinity

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Malthusian Sets Date For "Below The Hengiform" EP

Invictus Productions announced the impending release of the highly anticipated debut EP of Irish black/death metal act Malthusian entitled "Below the Hengiform". The EP is set for international release on April 6th and will be available on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.

Malthusian's debut demo - "MMXIII" - was one of the most acclaimed and coveted demos of recent times, selling out its initial pressing by Invicuts almost immediately. Its three songs display a uniquely hallucinogenic and poisonous brand of black/death/doom metal, instilling unrest and unease in the all-too-willing listener. Now, with "Below the Hengiform," Malthusian "dig deeper into the horror of the grave and the doom of the earth, unfurling yet three more world-eating vortexes that exhibit an even-more-unique and increasingly idiosyncratic approach. Here, the quartet malform and then meld only the most challenging and unsettling elements of bestial black metal, morbid death metal, and langourous doom, swirling the alchemical mixture together as amorphous globules of subsonic sound pulse irregularly and bracingly before devouring the listener, all the while dotted with atonal 'n' angular stutters before the soul-damning plummet to the very abyss." Taken together, once again, Malthusian show the way forward for supposedly "extreme" metal, jarring uncomfortably with the stasis that the modern death metal scene appears to languish in due to its retro fixation. Below the Hengiform lies the beginning, and the end...

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

1. The Gasless Billows
2. Slouching Equinox
3. Forms Become Vapor More...

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Unearth Announces Tour Dates

Unearth will be supporting the "Watchers Of Rule" album with a World Tour in 2015. The trip includes return stops in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and a first time trip to the island of Okinawa (Japan). The journey continues in May with shows and festival appearances in Europe like Groezrock Festival (Belgium), Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany), Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark) and many more. Furthermore the New England Metal pioneers have been announced as main support on the Arch Enemy "European War Eternal" 2015 Tour.

Vocalist Trevor Phipps commented: "We are amped to hit the road with the mighty Arch Enemy in Europe this May and June. We've collectively been fans of that band for years and are pumped to finally get to tour together. Get ready for a killer tour Europe! Also be sure to catch us at numerous festival appearances before and throughout the Arch Enemy dates."

30.04. Dunkerque - Les 4 Ecluses (France)
01.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium)
02.05. Viborg - Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark)
03.05. Hannover - Faust (Germany)
04.05. Bourg en Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
05.05. Lille - Le Splendid (France) + ARCH ENEMY
06.05. Savigny Le Temple - L'Empreinte (France) + ARCH ENEMY
07.05. St. Etienne - Le Fil (France) + ARCH ENEMY
08.05. Audincourt - Le Moloco (France) + ARCH ENEMY
09.05. Bourg En Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
10.05. Uelsen - ZAK (Germany) + ARCH ENEMY
11.05. Zürich - Komplex 457 (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
14.05. Lausanne - Les Docks (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
15.05. Tonrino - Audiodrome (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
16.05. Pinarella de Cervia - Rock Planet (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
18.05. Bordeaux - Krakatoa (France)
21.05. Lisboa - Paradise Garage (Portugal)
22.05. Porto - Hardclub (Portugal)
23.05. Santiago de Compostela - Capitol (Spain)
28.05. Annecy - Brise Glase (France)
29.05. Nürburg - Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany)
30.05. Warsaw - Ursynalia 2015 (Poland)
31.05. München - Rockavaria (Germany)
02.06. Budapest - Open Air (Hungary)
03.06. Graz - Orpheum (Austria)
04.06. Wörgl - Komma (Austria)
07.06. Alkmaar - Podium Victorie (Netherlands)
20.-24.07. Tolmin - Metal Days Festival (Slovenia)

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Goatsnake Details New Album "Black Age Blues"

Los Angeles based stoner act Goatsnake will release the third full length studio release entitled "Black Age Blues" on June 2nd via Southern Lord.

According to the press release "Black Age Blues" is "an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of Goatsnake in top form. Everything is magnified; Pete Stahl's vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson's riffs are heavier than ever before."

Appearing on the album intro to "Another River To Cross" is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), the track also containing previously released recordings from "The River." Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Another welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks, are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher's Daughters: Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.

"Black Age Blues" is familiar, but nothing here is a repetition of what we've heard before, as the band continues to refine the timeless, ultra-heavy rock that they are infamous for, surpassing even the highest of expectations.

The track listing and front cover, with photography and design from Samantha Muljat are shown below. Audio samples are expected soon.

The track listing is:

1. Another River To Cross
2. Elevated Man
3. Coffee & Whiskey
4. Black Age Blues
5. House Of The Moon
6. Jimi's Gone
7. Graves
8. Grandpa Jones
9. A Killing Blues More...

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Insomnium Announces North American Tour

After successfully completing an extensive trek with Dark Tranquility in January, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium are excited to announce their return to North America this Summer/Fall for their first ever USA headlining tour! Featuring Omnium Gatherum as direct support, the run kicks off at the Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th.

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen commented: "We are very happy to return to North America so quickly! With each previous tour we have felt that we've clearly gone forward and gained new fans so now it's the right time to bring a full headliner show across the Atlantic Ocean. We are very much looking forward to playing in Heavy MTL festival and that will be an awesome kickstart for the tour. And naturally we are more than happy to be sharing the bus and stage with our fellow Finnish brothers in death metal, the almighty Omnium Gatherum! Killer shows expected every night so get your tickets way in advance. See you all soon!"

Guitarist Markus Vanhala - who will pull double duty this tour - added: "Here's the tour that every melodeathmaniac (except my back & neck) have been waiting for - the double trouble Insomnium Gatherum tour in North America! That's gonna a hell of a ride thru America and nice times with super dudes as both of my brotherhood camps will be staying in the same bus. The last year's Omnium Gatherum North American debut tour was a blast and also a great success, so I'm really happy to come back also with OG and have another round spin of 'Beyond the World tour' beyond Atlantic!"

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Crown Added To Kaltenbach Open Air Line Up

Industrial doom outfit Crown will be playing at this year's edition of the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival (replacing the black metalers of Hellsaw who recently called it quits). Hailing from France, Crown (not to be confused with The Crown) consists of two men and a machine who tune their neutron guitars to the Richter scale, and deliver the sound of a molten universe collapsing.

The Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and deploying following bands among many others: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Darkfall. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE .

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Dormant Inferno Posts New Track

Mumbai's, India melodic death and doom outfit Dormant Inferno is streaming the new track "Deliverance" taken from the split release "Beyond Forgotten Shores". "Deliverance" is one of 3 songs by Dormant Inferno on the split along with two tracks by Dionysus from Pakistan (one of which is a cover of Incantation’s "A Once Holy Throne"). The split is scheduled for release by Transcending Obscurity India on April 7.

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Byzantine Posts New Song

Byzantine is about to unleash its new album "To Release Is To Resolve" on April 7th. Today the band offers a first taste of it by premiering the track "The Agonies" below.

Explains frontman Chris Ojeda: "'The Agonies' is a street term for withdrawal symptoms from pain pills. More...

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Meek is Murder Posts New Song

Meek is Murder is streaming a new track titled "Outward". The track is taken from the upcoming release "Onward" which will be released as part of a set with the band’s previously-released EP "Into the Sun" on May 5 via Rising Pulse Records.

You can now stream the new song below.

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Aborted Posts New Guitar Playthrough Video

Aborted is streaming a new guitar playthrough video showing Mendel Bij De Leij shredding through the song "Excremental Veracity" from the album "The Necrotic Manifesto" released via Century Media Records, 2014.

Watch the clip below and download the tabs HERE.

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