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Last updated on August 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM ET

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Xerxes Posts "Exit 123"

Xerxes has released a new song today called "Exit 123," taken from upcoming record, "Collision Blonde," which is due out on October 21st via No Sleep Records.

Give the song a listen below thanks to Brooklyn Vegan, and you can also pre-order "Collision Blond" from No Sleep Records at this location.

"I cooked at a restaurant in Southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of Collision Blonde,” vocalist Calvin Philley tells BrooklynVegan.com. “I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. 'Exit 123' is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the Ohio River from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantasized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since."

Additionally, Xerxes and No Sleep Records have announced details of their upcoming CMJ showcase, “No Sleep till CMJ II,” that will serve as the band’s official album release show. Co-presented by BrooklynVegan.com, the free showcase will take place at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY on October 21st from 6PM till whenever and will feature headliner John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) along with ‘68, Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers.

In addition to their CMJ performance, Xerxes will be performing at Subterranean in Chicago, IL on August 26th where the band will be performing "Collision Blonde" in its entirety.

Aug 26 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean (w/Cut Teeth, Lord Snow, Droughts)
Oct 21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Paper Box (No Sleep till CMJ II)
Oct 31-Nov 1 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest More...

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Lago Streaming "The Tyranny Of Men"

A new precursory warning shot from Lago's debut full-length, "Tyranny," has been dispatched via MetalSucks preceding the album's official release on September 16th through Battleground Records. Check out the track "The Tyranny Of Men" below.

Lago recorded the blasphemous "Tyranny" in the Fall of 2013 by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered in March 2014 by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day).

Battleground Records will release "Tyranny" on digipak CD and via digital delivery on September 16th, 2014, while Swedish label Blood Harvest Records will be handling the vinyl edition. The band also has this record release show lined up:

9/20/2014 Tempe Tavern - Phoenix, AZ w/ Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. I
2. The Tyranny of Men
3. Father Of All
4. Concede To Oblivion (streaming here)
5. Coming Cataclysm
6. Bring To Ruin
7. Reckoning
8. Pox Of The Weary More...

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Shevils Posts New Track Online

Norwegian band Shevils has released a new single online titled "Shivers." Check it out in the SoundCloud player below.

"Shivers" will appear on the band's upcoming album (due out Spring 2015), which was produced and mixed Marcus Forsgren at EngfeltForsgren Studio, mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room Studios, and featuring cover artwork by Chris Faccone. More...

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The Francesco Artusato Project Releasing New Album

Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know, All Shall Perish) has returned with his second full-length solo album - titled "Our Dying Sun" - under the name The Francesco Artusato Project.

A video for the new track "Gates of Reason" can be viewed now below thanks to Guitar World and the album will be available across all digital platforms on October 7th.

Artusato states: "I am very excited about this record! I have been working on this second album for a while now; it had to be done in between writing and touring with my two bands Devil You Know and All Shall Perish, but I wanted to make sure it was exactly the way I wanted it.
"This album is definitely an evolution from the first one that was released in 2011. I really focused on the song writing aspect more than the pure technical aspect of playing guitar this time. Some songs are more fun and what you would expect from a rock/metal guitar instrumental record, others are just more intense with a darker mood and some others are a little more abstract. The more technical guitar playing is accompanied by a more soulful playing and I love that. This album is pretty much the portrait of the guitar player I am today.

"I was also very fortunate this time to work with two great musicians like bassist Ray Riendeau (James LaBrie, Star Monarchy, Solo Artist) and drummer Danny Handler (Solo Artist). That definitely created more the trio band feel. They are like me, fans of heavy music as well as jazz and fusion and those influences can make the difference when playing a certain style of music. Even though I still love to layer a lot of guitar tracks and sometimes I go a little crazy with that. Writing instrumental music gives me the freedom to try whatever I feel would sound good. This project is my way to experiment and try different things. Every solo record is probably going to be very different from one to the other and that’s why I do it.

"It was also so great to have friends and incredible guitar players like Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Wes Hauch (ex- The Faceless) to do guest solos on one crazy track towards the end of the record. That song is pure madness!
"This first song, 'Gates of Reason,' is one of the more 'traditional' and simpler ones but I had so much fun working on it. It definitely has a progressive/rock vibe and I think it’s a good introduction to the music on the record even though there’s so much variety counting all 11 songs." More...

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Sacrocurse Streaming Full New Album

Today, the black/death barbarians in Sacrocurse stream the entirety of their debut album, "Unholier Master," which was released this week by Hells Headbangers.

Hear the album in full at GunShyAssassin.com here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Hot on the heels of their internationally acclaimed Sulphur Blessingdemo, Unholier Master sees scene veteran Zolrak Montes - most known for Nodens and Unholier, but also a former member of Morbosidad and Obeisance - now joined by drummer LZ, both men unleashing one furious, fiery barrage of bestiality after another, their surging onslaught whipping the listener into a diabolical possession. But here, Sacrocurse receive the properly crushing production their maniacal metal so deserves: robust and rounded, full yet feral, highlighting the red-eyed and rabid performances rendered by Zolrak and company. Immediately memorable from beginning to bloody end, Unholier Master proves who the new masters are... "

The track listing is as follows:

1. Sepulchral Desolation
2. All Existence Perishes
3. Command Demonic Prayers
4. Rites Of Perverted Idolatry
5. Oath For Eternal Damnation
6. C.O.N.V.U.L.S.E.
7. Unholier Master
8. Ripping Death Solution
9. Sulphur Blessing
10. End of Mankind Universe More...

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Rage Posts 30th Anniversary Tour Trailer

Only two more weeks until the 30th anniversary tour for Rage kicks off on September 3rd in Osnabrück, Germany.

Rage will be performing a special best-of-set with tons of surprises including a special acoustic session and a brand new anniversary stage set. Check out a teaser trailer for the forthcoming tour below.


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Earth Posts Album Trailer

As the Ouroborean creative cycle of Seattle's Earth circles into its twenty-fifth year, the band prepares to unveil a glorious tenth full-length studio LP, "Primitive And Deadly," on September 2nd.

A new teaser trailer has been posted online and can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"With some of the most massive and straightforward rock movements in the band's continuing duration, and featuring the first vocal contributions since their seminal 1996 Pentastar album, 'Primitive And Deadly' is undoubtedly a standout release in Earth's impressive catalog.

"With founding guitarist Dylan Carlson weaving his slow-motion, organic dirges throughout the amazingly restrained percussion of his longtime cohort Adrienne Davies, the duo are here joined by bassist Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and additional guitarists Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).

"Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows lends her angelic voice to the album's third composition, 'From The Zodiacal Light,' while the fifth track, 'Rooks Across The Gates,' features an evocative vocal contribution from Mark Lanegan previously of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Mad Season and more." More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming "The Adversary"

With the official unveiling of the "Old World, New Wave" full-length now less than one month away, Ides Of Gemini is pleased to offer up another helping of sonic sanctity with "The Adversary."

Check out the song below, thanks to Revolvermag.com. Elaborates guitarist Jason Bennett of the consuming tune:

"The album was sequenced with vinyl in mind, so the 'old world' songs are on side one and the 'new wave' songs are on side two. 'The Adversary' is from the 'new wave' side of the album, which we see as a hint toward the musical direction of future Ides Of Gemini releases. At least that's what we're saying now, until we write a bunch of new stuff that sounds nothing like this."

"Old World New Wave" will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014. Catch the band live on these dates:

9/19/2014 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA IDES OF GEMINI Record Release Show w/ Ancestors
12/18/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Disasterhate Signs With Club Inferno

Club Inferno (a My Kingdom Music sub-label) is proud to announce the signing of the thrashing death metal band Disasterhate.

The band's debut CD titled "Mirroring The Abyss" is ready to be released officially on September 22nd, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Me = Android
2. Desecrated Sick Reality
3. Shining Black Mirror
4. In A Rarefied Morning Sun
5. Blank
6. Toxic Sleep
7. The Abyss
8. Day Of Zero
9. The Isle Of The Dead More...

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Bloodtruth Posts New Lyric Video

With the impending doom of debut album, "Obedience," looming, Italian death metal horde Bloodtruth has created a lyric video for the album's eighth track, "Foresworn," which can be viewed below.

Unique Leader Records will release "Obedience" on September 16th, 2014. The following press release was also issued:

"The ten tracks engulfing Bloodtruth's 'Obedience' tap into a wealth of unadulterated lyrical hatred released through incinerating waves of limb-removing, guttural metal. Engineered by Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera (both of Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Sonic Hammer Studios, 'Obedience' was then mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer and legend Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Unfanthomable Ruination, Inherit Disease), and is enshrouded with some of the most intense artwork to date by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm), the perfect summary of the level of extreme comprising 'Obedience.'" More...

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Texas In July Shares Some "Sweetest Poison"

Pennsylvania metal band Texas In July has debuted a new track titled “Sweetest Poison” today through Loudwire.com (also available below).

The song is featured on the band’s fourth full-length album, "Bloodwork," which is due for release on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. Fans can pre-order the record digitally at iTunes (w/instant download of “Broken Soul”) and in a variety of bundles at this location.

"Sweetest Poison is a perfect representation of all that Bloodwork has to offer wrapped up in one song,” says guitarist Chris Davis. “When writing albums in the past, we felt trapped into certain guidelines as far as what a Texas In July song needed to sound like, which was something we wanted to break free of this time around. While this song still sounds like the TIJ our fans expect to hear, it features a bunch of new elements for us. JT's vocal performance on this song is one of my favorites on this album, and he really shows just how dynamic and wide of a range he has!”

The band just wrapped up a European tour and will be hitting the road again in September for a full U.S. tour with After The Burial, I Declare War, Reflections and Come The Dawn. More...

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Gideon Posts New Album's Title Track

Gidoen has released the title track off upcoming new album "Calloused," which is due to hit the streets on October 14th, 2014.

Hear the song below, and the new album's pre-orders are now available. Be sure to also catch Gideon on tour with Being As An Ocean, Fit For A King, and Wolves At The Gate (dates available after the jump). More...

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Blood Of Kingu Streaming Full New Album

The cult black metal heathens in Blood Of Kingu are streaming their forthcoming new album, "Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" (reviewed here) in full online.

Hear all the tracks in the player below, thanks to No Clean Singing. "Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" has been scheduled for a September 2nd release in North America (August 29th worldwide) and is available for pre-order here. The track listing is:

1. Crowned Scarlet Moon Is Waiting For Eclipse
2. He Who Is Not To Be Named
3. Mother Hydra
4. Enshrined In The Nethermost Lairs Beneath The Oceans
5. Red Star On The Path Of Ea
6. Sigil Of The Watcher
7. Prayer To The Gods Of Night
8. The Bringer Of Pestilence
9. The Cycle Returneth More...

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Traitors Has Equipment Stolen On Tour

Florida outfit Traitors has issued the following announcement about having personal items and equipment stolen while out on tour:

"If you don't know, our van was broken into last night and had all our belongings and some instruments stolen.

"We are hurting very bad financially but our fans mean the world to us & we won't let this stop us so we will be finishing all the dates of the tour.

"If you could help donate or buy some of our merch it would mean the world to every single one of us. Thank you all once again. Paypal: Domination305@yahoo.com." More...

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Subservience Announces New EP

After releasing the "Blueprint To Chaos" demo in 2010, a split with Sa-da-KO in 2011, and two crushing EPs "Dystopia" and "Ripped In Half" in 2012 and 2013 respectively, Sussex quintet Subservience is set to unleash yet another beast of a record.

"Upheaval," recorded at Brighton Electric, is the title of the band’s forthcoming EP and is set for release on October 17th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. Upheaval
2. Inhuman Savagery
3. Slither
4. Divine Malevolence

Indonesian artist Krisna Widiathama was commissioned for the "Upheaval" cover art, which can be seen below. The band claims "Upheaval" is the group's heaviest effort to date, and guitarist Ryan Jardine comments:

"Previously our lyrics had been firmly based on reality but now, with our new vocalist [Dan Lofthouse], we have taken inspiration from works of fiction and combined this with real life experiences. Musically, we really wanted to expand on everything we've done before, to push ourselves further and add more technicality, yet making sure we didn't lose the all-important groove people know us for. Everyone in the band has been fully involved with the new material. We all have a vast range of influences and it's just been about bringing this all together." More...

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Vattnet Viskar To Play Maryland Death Fest

Currently in writing mode for a sophomore album, New Hampshire's Vattnet Viskar is proud to announce the band will join the likes of Amorphis, Bloodbath, Neurosis, Triptykon, Vallenfyre, Napalm Death, among many others at 2015's Maryland Deathfest.

The band is set to appear at the Rams Head Live during the festival (May 21st - 24th), with an exact date and performance time to be announced soon.

Vattnet Viskar released debut full-length, "Sky Swallower," last year via Century Media. The band will also be back on the road this fall with Pallbearer and Tombs for a North American tour. See below for all upcoming dates. More...

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The Skull Reveals New Album Details

The Skull - featuring original members Eric Wagner (vocals) and Jeff "Oly" Olson (drums) from Trouble alongside longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn) and former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough - will release debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" on November 4 via Tee Pee Records. The label comments:

"Written and recorded this past spring, For Those Which Are Asleep features ten tracks of elemental Heavy Metal and is the first full length album to feature Wagner, Holzner and Olson since the 1995 release of Trouble's critically acclaimed LP Plastic Green Head.

"The new record's greatest strength is how well it captures the apocalyptic trudge that Trouble delivered from the first downbeat of their 1984 debut, but now unequivocally propelled by the hallmarks of a hungry new band fueled by new blood. The mighty voice of Wagner is on full display; the vocalist proving on For Those Which Are Asleep that he still wields an eerie power at the mic. Titanic riffs abound as Keller and Goldsborough weave ominous atmospheres over the molten, crushing core of Holzner and Olson's sinister strut.

"Make no mistake, The Skull is in complete command of it's craft and has capably created a modern classic; a recording where atmosphere is established as drums crash, guitars blare and stories are told."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Trapped Inside My Mind
2. The Touch of Reality
3. Sick of It All
4. The Door
5. Send Judas Down
6. A New Generation
7. Till the Sun Turns Black
8. For Those Which Are Asleep
9. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment

This month, The Skull will also pay tribute to Trouble's debut "Psalm 9" (which Wagner and Olson co-wrote and performed on) in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the record's release. The Skull will perform the album in its entirety at both the Wings of Metal Festival (Aug. 29 in Montreal) and the Vultures of Volume Festival (Aug. 30 in New Castle, Delaware) as headliners of each gathering. More...

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Obituary Posts New Album Teaser

The death metal legends in Obituary make their Relapse debut with "Inked In Blood," their 9th full-length LP.

"Inked in Blood" will be released October 28th in North America via Relapse Records and today the first taste of the album has been made available in an exclusive album teaser video.

Samples from three brand new tracks can be heard in the video below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Centuries of Lies
2. Violent By Nature
3. Pain Inside
4. Visions in my Head
5. Back on Top
6. Violence
7. Inked in Blood
8. Deny You
9. Within a Dying Breed
10. Minds of the World
11. Out of Blood
12. Paralyzed With Fear More...

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Lacuna Coil Releases New Video

Lacuna Coil is proud to present a video for "Nothing Stands In Our Way," available below thanks to Revolvermag.com and taken off latest album "Broken Crown Halo" (reviewed here).

Lacuna Coil continues a world tour in support of the latest Century Media release with a run of dates in the U.S. and Canada throughout September and October. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Stench Streaming "Archways"

Swedish death metal band Stench today premieres a brand new track entitled "Archways," which is the first song to be revealed from the band's upcoming full-length album "Venture."

Check out the track in the YouTube player below "Venture" is set to be released on the 26th of September in Europe and 7th of October in North America via Agonia Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Archways
2. The Vast
3. Road
4. Small Death
5. Celebration
6. Way
7. Venture More...

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Last Leaf Down Signs With Lifeforce

Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of Swiss shoegaze band Last Leaf Down. The label comments:

"Founded in 2003 the band first started to play some sort of doom/dark metal with a strong Katatonia influence.

"2007 marked a big turning point for Last Leaf Down with singer and drummer leaving the band. Replacements have been found soon with Benjamin Schenk as the new vocalist and Patrick Hof as their new drummer. The change in the line-up also marked the change in the band's sound away from Metal to their present direction, which reminds on Shoegaze-Bands from the 80s, but without sounding outdated.

"Followed by local shows the band recorded a promo EP in 2011 and in 2013 Last Leaf Down recorded new demo tracks they did spread widely through social networks such as Youtube, Soundcloud and Facebook, which brought the band a lot of attention by critics and new fans.

"Last Leaf Down is currently putting the final touches on a debut album, which is set to be released in November 2014 via Lifeforce Records." More...

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Orbweaver Parts Ways With Drummer

The Florida psychedelic noise conjurers in Orbweaver have issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"With a heavy heart we announce that Scott Spasiano will no longer be playing drums with us in Orbweaver. We appreciate all Scott has done with us, and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.

"NO SHOWS WILL BE CANCELLED! See you guys at Churchills on the 6th! May The Strangers Be Listening!" More...

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Decaying Announces "New Order" EP

Decaying is gearing up to release the "New Order" digital EP next week on Tuesday, August 26th The band comments:

"The main part of the EP is a re-recorded version of the song 'New Order,' which was initially released on our first demo and on the first Decaying full-length 'Devastate.' This new version is an outtake from the 'One To Conquer' album recording sessions. While it's a bit rough on the edges, it is played tight and serves it's purpose as being the first little teaser for our upcoming fourth full-length.

"In addition to the song 'New Order,' you'll get to hear four live tracks which were performed earlier in 2014 at Sture 21, a show we had in Helsinki with Krypts & Sepulchral Curse. These tracks haven't been recorded in a professional quality, but the sound is OK and the master is at reasonable levels. So, a nice little bonus as well.

"So, something extra for you to check out prior to the release of our upcoming album 'One To Conquer' later this year! Stay tuned..."

The track listing is as follows:

01. New Order (2014)
02. The Ardennes Offensive (live)
03. The Aftermath (live)
04. Initiation & Operation Citadel (live) More...

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Pig Destroyer Announces "Mass & Volume" LP Release

Pig Destroyer (not to be confused with baseball themed grind act Puig Destroyer) will be releasing a proper physical edition of the crushing EP "Mass & Volume" via Relapse Records.

A teaser trailer can be found below, and pre-orders are available at this location. The physical edition of "Mass & Volume" is due out October 14th (October 13th in Europe). Relapse Records comments:

"Previously available for a limited time as a digital only release with all of the proceeds going to the family of former Relapse Records employee Pat Egan, who tragically passed away last year, this cult release will now be available on physical formats for the first time ever.

"Written and recorded during the final hours of the sessions for 2007’s Phantom Limb LP, 'Mass & Volume' finds Pig Destroyer’s typically break neck speed virtually come to a grinding halt with two epic songs of crushing doom." More...

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Sanctuary Streaming New Track "Arise And Purify"

Resurrected Seattle metal band Sanctuary premiered the opening track from the long awaited comeback release "The Year the Sun Died." The song "Arise and Purify" can be heard over at Brave Words at this location, as well as in the player below. The song represents the first new material since the band's legendary 1989 release "Into the Mirror Black."

"The Year the Sun Died" will be released in North America on October 14th (October 6th in Europe) and will be available as a standard CD and deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, "Waiting for the Sun," a cover of the classic Doors song.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died

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Abazagorath Posts New Song

Black metal band Abazagorath is gearing up to release new album "The Satanic Verses," and today the group has teamed up with Invisible Oranges to stream a new track.

Check out the song "Mahound" in the SoundCloud player available below. "The Satanic Verses" is set to drop October 7th and can be pre-ordered via Eternal Death here. More...

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Daydream XI Streams New Track

Daydream XI is gearing up to release new album "The Grand Disguise," and now the band has released a track, which can be heard below. Daydream XI also comments:

"Hey Daydreamers!! We are very proud to finally present you the studio version of 'Watch Me Rise,' the first single off 'The Grand Disguise!'

"And we can also tell you that the album is coming out on all digital formats on September 27th, 2014. Let us know what you think and what are your expectations for the album." More...

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Viathyn Posts "Cynosure" Teaser Medley

Power/prog metal band Viathyn has posted a teaser medley featuring snippets from all nine songs off the band's upcoming album.

The "Cynosure" teaser can be heard below, and the album is due to officially drop this coming October 7th, 2014.

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Wömit Angel To Reveal The "Holy Goatse"

Time for the second assault: fetus raping force from the depths of satanic machinery is about to arrive!

Wömit Angel's second album "Holy Goatse" will come out October 3rd, 2014 through Inverse Records. The label comments:

"Wömit Angel salutes such old values as Impaled Nazarene, Motörhead, and Carpathian Forest. The music is straightforward crowbar-to-the-face sado-punk/black metal. This second album lays down even more punk/HC tunes. So sit back and listen to the soundtrack fit for Sodom brought to you by the unholy and horny soul torturing crew!"

The album's track listing is:

01. Serpens Cauda
02. Skin 'n' Fuck
03. Nekrofilian kutsu
04. Nailgun Crucified
05. Summoning The Spirits Of Agony (Through Self-Fatality)
06. I Come With A Murder
07. The Witchhammer
08. Holy Goatse

Wömit Angel consists of:

Vile Anarchy - Drums
J. Violatör - Guitar & Backing Vocals
W. Horepreacher - Bass & Vocals More...

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Madds Mikkelsen Talks Horror, Rock, And More

Party Smasher Inc. - the new musician / illustrator / photography site created by Dillinger Escape plan's Ben Weinman - has released a new video interview with actor Madds Mikkelsen, in which he discusses horror movies, classic rock, and more. Check it out below, and Party Smasher also comments:

"Mads Mikkelsen is the Danish actor currently killing it (literally) as Hannibal Lector on the hit show Hannibal. Perhaps it was his bloody eyed role in the James Bond film Casino Royale, that showed us just how creepy this guy could be. What most people don't know, however, is that he was originally a gymnast and dancer. The guy can KICK!

"Check out this one-on-one with Elliot of Little Punk People where Mads talks about his love for classic rock, horror movies, and getting over the nerves of playing one of our generation's most iconic villains." More...

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Beyond Creation Headed To Japan

Progressive, technical death metal unit Beyond Creation has announced a winter Japanese tour slated for early December. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Beyond Creation is also currently on the band's first North American tour, which sees the band trek alongside Origin through September 9th.

The band's new album "Earthborn Evolution" will be released by Season of Mist in North America on October 28th and the track listing is as follows:

1. Elusive Reverence
2. Sous la lueur de l'empereur
3. Earthborn Evolution
4. The Great Revelation
5. Neurotical Transmissions
6. Abstrait Dialog
7. The Axiom
8. L'exorde
9. Theatrical Delirium
10. Fundamental Process More...

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The Order Of Israfel Premieres "Wisdom" Video

Sweden's The Order of Israfel premiered the new music video "Wisdom" over at Metal Injection at this location (also in the player below). The song is the title track from the upcoming debut release set to drop via Napalm Records on September 9th in North America and worldwide as listed below:

Aug. 27th: NOR/SWE
Aug. 29th: G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
Sept. 1st: UK & Rest of Europe
Sept. 3rd: ESP

The track listing for "Wisdom" is:

1. Wisdom
2. The Black Wings A Demon
3. The Noctuus
4. The Earth Will Deliver What Heaven Desires
5. The Order
6. Born For War
7. Promises Made To The Earth
8. The Vow
9. Morning Sun (Satanas)

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HammerFall Releases "Hector's Hymn" Music Video

Swedish power metal act HammerFall premiered the new music video for the track "Hector's Hymn" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also in the player below). The song is the opening song from the new album "(r)Evolution," which drops on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be found over here.

The track list for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

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At The Gates Unveils "At War With Reality" Artwork

At The Gates, the pioneering band of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound, has announced additional details about the highly anticipated "At War With Reality" comeback album, which is set for release on October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

Today, the band revealed the cover artwork (shown below), which was designed by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. Chioreanu, who previously worked with bands such as Arch Enemy, Morgoth and Darkthrone, gave the strong lyrical theme of "At War With Reality" a conceptual togetherness with the visuals crafted for this project.

Vocalist/lyricist Tomas Lindberg commented on the album's theme: "The concept of 'At War with Reality' is based on the literary genre called 'Magic Realism.' The main style within this genre is the notion that 'reality' is ever-changing, and needs to be constantly re-discovered and re-conquered. We felt that Costin's artwork style would be the perfect visual contribution to this album, so he became the natural choice..."

Guitarist and main songwriter Anders Björler further explained: "I got in touch with Costin a few years back. I was immediately impressed with his dark and original style. He collaborated on some T-shirt designs for At The Gates as well as designing the album artwork for my Instrumental Project. We realized pretty early on that his style would accompany the music and the concept perfectly."

Additionally, Chioreanu checked in with the following comment: "I have been waiting for this album for almost 20 years and it's the biggest honor for me to illustrate it - As there is no greater achievement for a dreamer than the moment when the dream becomes reality. 'At War With Reality' is by far the most complex visual story I have ever created, from all points of view. From the very first moment the band presented the concept, I found it extremely stunning and at the same time super-challenging. I like to think that visual art and music are tools to explore our minds - to create, to discover and to push the limits. At the Gates, one of my all-time favorite Metal bands, offered me a chance to explore a new dimension." More...

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