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Last updated on October 21, 2014 at 6:47 PM ET

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

Traitors Cancels Upcoming Shows

Florida outfit Traitors has checked in with the following announcement about dropping off upcoming tour dates:

"To all of our friends and fans,

"It comes with much sadness that we must announce that Traitors will not be able to continue on the Fear of Life U.S. tour with Desolated. Due to personal issues and unforeseen circumstances that require our immediate attention, we were forced to make this very difficult decision.

"We deeply apologize to anyone that was planning to come see us, and STRONGLY encourage each of you to go see Desolated, Benchpress, and Vice on the remaining dates.

"We are going to be taking the next few months off of touring to finish our debut full-length 'The Hate Campaign' and will be hitting the road harder than ever in early 2015, on some tours that we know you all will enjoy.

"Thank you for the continued support."

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Amputory Wrapping Up Work On Album

Finnish death metal band Amputory is almost finished working on a debut full-length album. Signed to Xtreem Music back in 2012, the band has previously released two demo albums. The label comments:

"This debut album will include both songs from their demos and new ones and is expected to be mastered in the coming months at well known Finnvox Studios for a release sometime in early 2015. As soon as we have an album title as well as track list, cover artwork and an advance song, we'll announce it along with a release date for the album." More...

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Halo Of The Sun Releases New EP

Halo Of The Sun just released a free new digital EP titled "850MA" containing tracks from the forthcoming album "Cryogenian." The band comments:

"The album is concept piece inspired by the Cryogenian geological period from 850 - 635 million years ago when the Earth experienced some of the most severe glaciations in it's history. Imagine 215 million years of a winter so harsh even the equator was frozen and primitive life struggled to survive in isolated refuges beneath cold, dark oceans.

"The EP is available now as a free/pay what you want download and Cryogenian will be out as soon as it's finished but hopefully before the next glaciation.*

"*we make no guarantees."

The track listing is:

1. 850MA - Rodinia Assembled 08:08
2. 750MA - The Kaigas Glaciation 07:15
3. 720MA - The Sturtian Glaciation 07:45 More...

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Skindred Signs New Deal With Napalm

Napalm Records is delighted to announce the signing of Skindred with a new worldwide record deal.

Celebrating the signing of Skindred, Napalm Records Vice President Thomas Caser said: "Working with Skindred is a dream come true for me and all of us at Napalm Records. Skindred entered the Top 40 in the UK on their most recent album 'Kill the Power' and we believe we can build on this success not only in the UK but also in Germany, the US and the Rest of the World!"

Skindred's manager, Seven Webster from 7PM Management, added: "We have been talking to Napalm Records for a long time and we all believe that Skindred now needs to be with a designated Rock label that understands the genre and the band and that shares our passion and belief in the band on every level and wants to work with us on further building and breaking the band globally and taking them to the next level in what we all see as the next part of a long campaign. We could not be happier with this deal!"

Skindred has also confirmed that Dan Sturgess, after joining the band's live set up for the last few years as DJ/sampler and backing singer, has now joined the band properly as a full-time member and will also be involved in the writing of the band's forthcoming album (due out in 2015 via Napalm Records). Catch the band live on these dates:

Fri 6th March Longsight, O2 Apollo
Sat 7th March Longsight, O2 Apollo
Mon 9th March Glasgow, O2 Academy
Tue 10th March Newcastle, O2 Academy
Thurs 12th March Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
Fri 13th March Leicester, O2 Academy
Sat 14th March London, SSE Arena Wembley

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Metal Grasshopper Episode 2 Posted Online

In Metal Grasshopper episode 2, metal icon Philip H. Anselmo schools young grasshopper Dave Hill on headbanging, heavy metal vocals, and the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. Oh, and Hill takes a phone message for Anselmo from King Diamond, which is awesome.

Get schooled with "The Awakening" below, courtesy of Metal Injection. And if you missed it, peep episode one, "Origins," over at this location.

Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). More...

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Requiem Posts New Album Trailer

Santa Cruz, CA-based metalcore quintet Requiem just released a brand new teaser trailer for "The Unexplainable Truth," which can be seen below.

"The Unexplainable Truth" hits stores next Tuesday, October 28th via Cleopatra Records (E1). Stay tuned for a brand new music video for the band’s new single, "Sticks & Stones And Her Lovely Bones" coming soon.

The new album was recorded in Santa Cruz, CA at Sonic Shark Studios, mixed by JD Keiser at Laughing Lion Productions, and mastered by Nakasaki Sound. Catch the band live on these dates:

10/25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/8 - Monterey, CA @ Monterrey Fair Grounds
11/18 - San Jose, CA @ The Rock Shop
12/5 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza
12/6 - Hollywood, CA @ Bar Sinister More...

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Decaying Launches Full Album Stream

With the official release of Decaying’s fourth full-length record “One To Conquer” precisely two weeks away, starting today Decibel Magazine is hosting the full album stream (also available below).

The follow-up to third album “The Last Days of War” will be released on November 4th by long-time label Hellthrasher Productions. Pre-orders are currently available via this location.

“One To Conquer” is Decaying’s fourth full-length album in four years and sees the Finnish old-school death metal squad unleashing eight new tracks of earth-shattering, doom-influenced death metal. More...

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Project 86 To Release New Album

Project 86 will make its monumental return with a new album titled "Knives To The Future," which is scheduled for release on November 11th via Team Black Recordings.

In preparation for the release, the band has teamed up with Loudwire.com today to unveil the title track. Hear the new song below, and you can also pre-order the album at this location.

Following a successful Indiegogo campaign, raising nearly double the band's initial goal, Project 86 emerged from the studio with this ninth studio album, which picks up where the 2012 record "Wait For The Siren" ended.

"This record is a continuation thematically of where we left off with Wait for the Siren,” says vocalist Andrew Schwab. “It tells the story of a soldier post-battle who has forgotten where he came from or who he is. The album is about a search for truth and destiny through rediscovering secrets hidden in your past. Sonically it is heavy, deeply emotional, desperate, and very personal. I'm very proud of what has been accomplished both with the fans and the music in this recent chapter."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Spirit of Shiloh
3. Acolyte March
4. Knives to the Future
5. Son of Flame
6. Captive Bolt Pistol
7. Ambigram
8. Genosha
9. Pale Rider
10. Valley of Cannons
11. White Capstone
12. Oculus More...

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The Crinn Releases New Song Online

Minnesota’s extreme metal experimentalists in The Crinn have returned with a face melting new track entitled "Silent Betrayer."

Little has been heard from the band since the release of debut full-length album, "Dreaming Saturn," via Nuclear Blast Records back in 2010. Aside from a few one-off live performances and few and far between social media updates, The Crinn been excessively quiet over the last few years.

All that changes with the release of "Silent Betrayer," which is taken from forthcoming album "Shadowbreather." Check it out below. Vocalist John Nelson had the following to say about the upcoming release:

"It has been a long 4 years since we released our first full length record, 'Dreaming Saturn,' and we are beyond pumped to showcase 'Silent Betrayer' from our upcoming album entitled Shadowbreather!

"The first thing people might notice, contrary to our last release, is that the new album was not formed as a concept. The direction we went with was to write individual songs that are somewhat shorter in length, more in line with our self-titled EP. Stylistically we have no rules. We write what comes to us. These songs are a true expression of our experimental nature with a bit of a focus on making our sound meaner and heavier. We really hope you enjoy 'Silent Betrayer,' and we will be releasing more news on the album soon!!!"

The "Shadowbreather" album was recorded at Signaturetone Recording with producer/engineer Adam Tucker. A release date has not yet been set. More...

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Vesania Spreads Some "Dismay"

Poland's Vesania just released a new song from forthcoming album, "Deus Ex Machina." The track, "Dismay," is streaming below, thanks to Revolvermag.com.

The Polish symphonic black metal act - that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated - has been releasing albums and touring in Europe for over a decade. The band's fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is scheduled for release on October 28th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records.

The band had this to say about the "Dismay" track: "I often hear the opinion, and I agree with it - this album has no 'single,' each track is different, has its own atmosphere and is equally important for the overall impression. 'Dismay' is the song we started the recordings with, and this is the one that best defines the 'rock' sound of 'Deus Ex Machina.' 'Dismay' is relatively slower, sounds progressive, rather than black metal, and it adds a breath of air between the more intense songs. This is also the particular track, where the 'god from the machine' from the album title is mentioned and comes down to earth." More...

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Cretin Announces New Album Release

After eight long, eventful years, San Francisco's most deranged death/grind freaks are back with a brand new full-length album.

A perverted homage to the glory days of proto-grind and raw, depraved death metal, Cretin has perfected the lo-fi stylings of Repulsion, Autopsy and early Napalm Death upcoming sophomore full-length, "Stranger."

Check out the first track "It" below, and "Stranger" will be officially released by Relapse Records on CD, digital, and vinyl formats this coming December 9th, 2014. More...

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Emit Posts "Earthwork Misthill" Track

In one week, the extreme underworld noise specialists from Crucial Blast will unveil the worldwide edition of the out-of-print "Spectre Music Of An Antiquary" by U.K. black metal / ambient outfit Emit.

Today through the help of Ghost Cult Magazine, another sordid tale from the release has been posted as evidence of the album's utter creepiness. Check out "Earthwork Misthill" below.

As with Emit's previous output, the ten movements on "Spectre Music Of An Antiquary" are lyrically more focused on the occult lore and hidden history of the British isles rather than simply uttering Satanic shock value clichés.

Following several years of unavailability, Crucial Blast will reissue "Spectre Music Of An Antiquary" next Tuesday, October 28th as a six-panel digipak featuring evocative, all-new artwork. More...

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CDC Adds New Tour Dates

Pennsylvania hardcore quartet CDC is currently embarked on a latest load of international live excursions, touring Europe in advance of the band's next release, "End."

Having already pummeled Iceland, Germany, Poland and Latvia this week, CDC lights up the stage in Tallinn, Estonia this evening, with shows in Poland, Germany, Holland, the UK, France, Luxembourg and Belgium lined up between now and November 2nd.

In addition, a month after returning to U.S. soil, CDC will blaze through Virginia, Florida, and Tennessee on a four-show December run with label mates Society Sucker. At about the same time, the band will be preparing for the release of "End," which will see the light of day in early 2015 as a co-released title with European label Beatdown Hardwear and Get This Right Records, which is partially owned and operated by members of CDC.

10/21/2014 Snakehouse - Tallinn, Estonia
10/22/2014 TBA
10/23/2014 Inwersja - Katowice, Poland
10/24/2014 Jugendzentrum - Niesky, Germany
10/25/2014 Extase - Tilburg, Netherlands
10/26/2014 The Underworld - London, England
10/28/2014 Fort De Tourneville - Rouen, France
10/29/2014 TBA
10/30/2014 Soul Kitchen - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
10/31/2014 Peniche Inside Out - Liège, Belgium
11/01/2014 Wiesenhaus Eisleben - Eisleben, Germany
11/02/2014 Juz - Illingen, Germany
12/05/2014 TBA - Virginia Beach, VA w/ Society Sucker
12/06/2014 Hoddies Saloon and Grill - Longwood, FL w/ Society Sucker
12/07/2014 The Handlebar - Pensacola, FL w/ Society Sucker
12/08/2014 TBA - Knoxville, TN w/ Society Sucker

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Burn The Army Streaming EP

Indianapolis based post-metal band Burn The Army is unleashing a debut EP to the masses today. Made up of 4 potent tracks, this quick and dirty introduction is set to satisfy even the most particular post-metal fan.

"The Tide To Sink The Summit" is now available online for streaming. Check out all the tracks over at GunShyAssassin.com here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sky
2. Sea
3. And
4. End More...

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Job For A Cowboy Streaming New Song

Today, Job for a Cowboy unveils a new track from forthcoming album, "Sun Eater." The song is the opening track from the record, and it does so in commanding fashion.

Hear "Eating The Visions Of God" yourself below, thanks Metal Sucks. Metal Blade Records will release the album on November 11th and had to this to say:

"Producer Jason Suecof, vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker have crafted a cerebral and accomplished piece of technical death metal. Job for a Cowboy wrapped up touring in 2013 as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that summer.

"Following that performance, the band collectively decided to sharpen their focus and set an intent on cooking up a record that encompassed their full dynamic range of talent. The group had all agreed on the main course being a desire for futuristic tones, a wider spectrum of textures and tempos, and an emphasis on slightly more ancestral song construction. The result, 'Sun Eater,' does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band." More...

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Miss May I Announces Tour With August Burns Red

Miss May I is pleased to announce the band's upcoming direct support run with headliners August Burns Red and supporting bands Northlane and Erra on the Rockstar Energy Drink "Frozen Flame" tour.

The trek kicks off on January 22nd in Baltimore, MD and runs for nearly a month and a half before coming to an end in Philadelphia, PA on March 8th. Tickets go on sale on Friday the 31st at 10:00 AM local time. See all tour dates below.

In a band statement, Miss May I says, “We're beyond excited to being on this tour. We've been fans of August Burns Red for years and have been waiting to finally have a chance to tour together, so we cannot wait to get on the road with them! Catch us on our longest American venue tour in two years!”

See the band live on these dates:

Headline dates w/ Affiance
10/21 Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas
10/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
10/24 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
10/25 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Ampitheatre – KNOTFEST
10/26 Yuma, AZ @ Jefe's Venue
10/27 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/28 Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
10/29 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
10/30 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
10/31 St Louis, MO @ Fubar More...

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Seventh NOLA Documentary Series Clip Posted Online

In the seventh and final episode of the "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" documentary, Down frontman Philip H. Anselmo opens up his home for a crawfish boil with the Noisey crew.

Meanwhile despite tragedy and significant loss, the natives of New Orleans will not waiver in their fight to write the best riff, and song, in the history of their city. Check out the final clip in the series below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

"Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Goatwhore and so many others. More...

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Atriarch Posts Full Album Online

With the release of "An Unending Pathway," the haunting new long player from Pacific Northwest atmospheric death/doom alchemists Atriarch, now less than a week away, today Pitchfork is streaming the record in its entirety. Listen in via Pitchfork.com's Advance series here.

Tracked at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engineered and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, "An Unending Pathway" boasts seven cataclysmic soundscapes made of cryptic atmospheres and droning floods of ritualistic sludge.

You can also see the band live on these dates: More...

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Abysmal Dawn Streaming Entire New Album

Abysmal Dawn is now less than one week away from the release of new album "Obsolescence," and today the group has teamed up with Metal Sucks to stream all of the disc.

Check out the tracks below. "Obsolescence" will be released October 27th in North America (October 27th in Europe). The track listing is as follows:

1. Human Obsolescence
2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer)
3. Inanimate
4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)
5. One Percent Incomplete
6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death
7. By My Demons
8. Laborem Morte Liberat Te
9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness
Bonus Track:
10. Night's Blood (Dissection cover) More...

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Skelethal Announces New Album Release

Hot on the heels of the "Deathmanicvs Revelation" debut, released earlier this year by Iron Bonehead Productions, French death metal cult Skelethal returns with another new MLP, "Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity," set for international release on November 28th via Iron Bonehead. The label comments:

"Once again, the duo's aim is plainly stated - absolute Death Worship - and once again, they wield the Metal of Death like a scythe, an axe, and blunt hammer simultaneously, all in obeisance to occult forces beyond the mien of man. Here on Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity, however, Skelethal's rumbling, roiling tank-tread of a sound drives deeper into the catacombs, deeper into death metal's past.

"In many ways, one could hear this MLP and be forgiven for thinking it was originally released in 1991, so studied and authentic is its ancient crunch. Then again, Skelethal exude their own personality, and continue to expand it here with a respect toward traditions - including a gutsfucking cover of Carnage's 'Torn Apart.' And so continues the story of modern death metal's brightest new hopes..."

The track listing is:

1. Subterranean Sigh
2. Sabbatical Demonic Invocation
3. Interstellar Knowledge Of The Purple Entity
4. Slaughtered From Beyond
5. Torn Apart (Carnage cover) More...

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Devin Townsend Posts "Rejoice" Clip

With just a week to go till the release of Devin Townsend Project's "Z²" (reviewed here) on October 27th, the band is now pleased to reveal a track from the "Sky Blue" side of the double-album.

You can check out the lyric video for "Rejoice" below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. Devin had this to say about the track:

"Hey guys, here's the first song from Sky Blue, it's called Rejoice. The album in general is about fighting through the ugly moments, and I think this song kind of summarizes it. Z2 was a very challenging record, but after intense personal scrutiny, I feel very proud. It's the most accurate representation of a challenging time. Rejoice! :) Thanks for the support guys." More...

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Arena Rock Singles DLC Released For Rocksmith 2014

This week's Rocksmith 2014 DLC pack includes five arena rock singles.

Learn to play “Holy Diver” by Dio, “Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison, “Seventeen” by Winger, and “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.

The downloadable content is available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

“Holy Diver” by Dio – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Seventeen” by Winger – Eb Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

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Primordial Streaming "Come The Flood"

Today Stereogum is pleased to host the official unveiling of "Come The Flood," the new hymn from Dublin metal troupe Primordial.

The stirring tune appears as the third track on the band's "Where Greater Men Have Fallen" full-length, set for release via Metal Blade Records this November 25th. Check out the track below.

"Where Greater Men Have Fallen" was recorded at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma) and delivers some of the band's deepest, most methodically arranged, thematically profound and plainly gripping compositions. More...

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Obituary Streaming Full New Album

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

"Inked in Blood" will be released October 27th in North America/UK/World and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th via Relapse Records.

Today Obituary is giving fans a chance to hear "Inked in Blood" in its entirety one week before the album is released. Listen in below, thanks to Lambgoat.com. More...

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Crobot Posts "Night Of The Sacrifice" Clip

Pennsylvania’s old-souled dirty groove rock quartet Crobot will release Nuclear Blast debut album "Something Supernatural" on October 24th (EU) / October 27th (UK) 2014.

The band has also now revealed a new video visualizer for the track "Night Of The Sacrifice." Check it out below.

For "Something Supernatural," the band worked with producer Machine at his Machine Shop studios. The band spent the past few years honing its live show and garnering a devoted following from bombastic U.S. performances at festivals and clubs shows, as well as more high-profile tours with Clutch, The Sword, and Kill Devil Hill.

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Obsidian Kingdom Releases New Video

Spain’s progressive metal/rock outfit Obsidian Kingdom today premieres a video for the track titled "Ball-Room," which can be seen below courtesy of No Clean Singing.

"Ball-Room" is taken from the band's ambitious debut album, "Mantiis – An Agony in Fourteen Bites." Regarding the music video, the band comments:

"Behold Obsidian Kingdom's music video for 'Ball-Room,' one of the bloodiest chapters out of Mantiis and a shocking visual tale portraying sex, death, and a good load of frenzied pleasures. Shot and directed by the band and Oyeme! Studio in a damp basement, this clip is not recommended for the faint of heart. Don't forget to wash your eyes after you've watched it."

Obsidian Kingdom is re-issuing the album via Season Of Mist, and the band comments: "We feel there could be no better way to introduce our debut album to a wider audience for it to enjoy and judge; a post-modern rock opera where girls and insects dance to the sound of an eerie tune that will delight progressive music lovers from all over the world." More...

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Toxic Holocaust Comments On Cancelled Shows

Toxic Holocaust has issued the following announcement about cancelling upcoming shows due to problems with the tour booking agent:

"Last nights show in Chile was bitter sweet, it was one of the best shows we have ever played but this morning we woke up to an email from our South American booking agent that he would not be coming with us for the rest of the tour.

"That seems like no big deal right? We have done plenty of tours all over the world with out anyone with us....well here's the problem: He never gave us ANY info on what flights we would be taking, how we would be getting to the airport, shows etc. and zero info about the show dates.

"The deal was from the very beginning that he would be with us translating, and helping us along. With hardly any info and only learning about this a couple hours before we were supposed to fly to Argentina made it impossible for us to continue on. More...

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Agathodaimon Calls It Quits

Sathonys from long-running German metal outfit Agathodaimon has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:

"The important news as such to start with - we'll split the band.

"And it's damn hard to put this into words. Agathodaimon has been my steady companion during the past years, since its foundation in 1995.

"Looking back, many things changed since then, others stayed the same - we always kept our core principles and our band philosophy in focus. And one of its main aspects was to always strive to deliver the best result possible. But this means that dedication and a good amount of time is needed, and that's what I currently can't deliver.

"Having a family (2 kids) meanwhile, I can either choose between them or the music. Or go for a half-hearted compromise.

"This may sound trivial at first, and I did my best to check all available options and possibilities. But in the end it became obvious that I can't continue with the band on a level that it deserves, that can still aim to 'deliver the best result possible.' More...

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Skeletonwitch Vocalist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Skeletonwitch's Chance Garnette will be sitting out the remaining dates on the band's current tour, meaning the group is now performing as an instrumental four piece. Skeletonwitch issued this statement about the situation:

"Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.

"Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.

"This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.

"We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.

"You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.

"We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.

"Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.

"Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon." More...

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Sickening Reveals Album Track Listing

Italian brutal death metal outfit Sickening entered the studio this month to begin work on a new album based on Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond." The cover art will be revealed shortly, and today the band unveils the track listing:

1. Into The Unknown
2. Crucified By Preconception
3. The Passage
4. Condemned Blind
5. The Slow Pace Of Suffering
6. ...And Then New Light
7. The Prophecies Of Eibon
8. Beyond The Threshold
9. Descent Into The Abyss

Stay tuned for more details, and you can check out the band's music and stay up-to-date on the recording process over at Facebook here.

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White Empress Drummer To Miss Tour Dates

White Empress - the new outfit featuring Paul Allender (ex-Cradle Of Filth) - is headed out on tour supporting "Rise Of The Empress" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following update about bringing on a session drummer for these shows:

"Due to an unfortunate, last-minute family emergency, drummer Zac Morris will not be appearing behind the kit with us for the upcoming midwest dates.

"However, drummer Jon Siren (Early Man, Mankind is Obsolete) has flown out from LA to join us for these dates!

"He's totally kicking ass on the material and we're really stoked to have him on board. 12-hour a day rehearsals have been taking place to get this all in order - the metal can't be stopped!! See you all soon!" More...

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Sonic Syndicate Posts New Tour Blog

Sonic Syndicate has released a second vlog from the ongoing "Diabolical Tour Of Art" headlining trek. Take a look behind the curtains below, and you can also see the previously posted first video at this location.

The tour is leading the band through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, supporting a self-titled album that hit the official album charts in Germany (#36) and Austria (#74). Remaining shows are as follows:

21.10.2014 CZ Prag - Nova Chmelnice
22.10.2014 D Berlin - SO36
23.10.2014 D Stuttgart - Universum
24.10.2014 D Bochum - Matrix
25.10.2014 D Kiel - Pumpe More...

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Hammerfall Teams Up With NHL Team

The players of the NHL team Minnesota Wild began the 2014-15 season with two shut-outs against the Colorado Avalanche. Now the team is pleased to announce that for all upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota Wild will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metal group HammerFall.

"When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild’ by HammerFall, it was like a gift because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for Game Presentation,” states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. “The energy, the drive, and of course just having ‘Wild’ in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State of Hockey!”

HammerFall lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: “It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants. We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof. The State of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!”

The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23rd. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin & Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis’ own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with HammerFall’s “Fury Of The Wild” blasting in the arena!

This past September, HammerFall’s ninth studio album "(r)Evolution" (reviewed here) debuted at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and clinched the band’s highest-ever first-week sales record in the United States.

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Enforcer Announces New Shows

The Swedish speed metal maniacs from Enforcer just announced their return to the European roads for November.

Following the success of latest album "Death By Fire," the band will be playing a run of shows including the renowned Speedfest in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Commented vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “In connection with the forthcoming European tour with Overkill, we can now announce that we will be doing a few extra selected headliner shows. These will also include longer and special sets.”

Dates are as follows:

16.11. NL Antwerpen - Kavka
17.11. D Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
18.11. D Aalen - Rock It
19.11. D Trier - Ex House
20.11. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
21.11. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
22.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest More...

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Absentia Lunae Posts Album Teaser

Italian futurist black metallers Absentia today Lunae reveal a new teaser video for upcoming album, "Vorwarts," set for international release on November 3rd via Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF).

A teaser trailer for the album can be heard below, and the "Vorwarts" ("forward") track listing is as follows:

1. Dissolution Mechanism
2. Furor of the Monuments
3. Rapace Planare
4. Manipulated Statues of Flesh
5. Vorwarts
6. Tragedy Told By Golden Horns
7. L'arrivée More...

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