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Last updated on November 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM ET
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12 news articles posted today (and counting...)
PelleK, the solo band for Damnation Angels/Qantice vocalist Per Fredrik Pellek Åsly, released a music video for the new track "Cloud Dancers." The song is the title track to the upcoming new album, which is expected for release by year end. The album was produced and mastered by Gisha Djordjevic.
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The track listing for "Cloud Dancers" is:
1. Enveloped in Smoke (Dead Night)
2. The Grey Ballet
4. Restless Butterfly
6. On the Lion's Back
7. Cloud Dancers
8. Carillon Canticle
9. Battle Supreme
The video, which was recorded, edited and produced by Febersyn AS, can be viewed here: More...
Finnish metal act Battle Beast unleashed a lyric video for the new track "Touch in the Night." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Unholy Savior," which is set for release on January 9th (EU), January 12th (UK/NED/DK), January 14th (S), January 16th (FIN) and January 27th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Unholy Savior
3. I Want The World….And Everything In It
5. Sea Of Dreams
6. Speed And Danger
7. Touch In The Night
8. The Black Swordsman
9. Hero’s Quest
10. Far Far Away
11. Angel Cry
Check out "Touch in the Night" here: More...
Letters To The Blind began as a long-distance recording project in 2011 between vocalist Chaz Bond and guitarist Blaine Gordon - former members of a band called BioGenesis - when the latter was living in Florida. The group was officially formed when Gordon returned to Ohio this past summer, and rounded out with drummer C.J. Jones and bassist Randy Walton.
Letters To The Blind play an invigorating mixture of melodic death, technical, and progressive metal, and elicits comparisons to Canada’s Into Eternity and Sweden’s Evergrey. The songs “Letters To The Blind” and “Creed Of Honor” (heard at sign-off, so stay tuned) receive major thumbs up from co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), minor flaws aside.
Then Kevin examines a recent controversy involving accusations of stolen artwork, this time by Los Angeles melodic hardcore act The Ghost Inside. Some are claiming that the quill pen on the cover of the new album “Dear Youth” bears too close a resemblance to a similar image on the cover of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “One Of Us Is The Killer.”  A ripoff on the level of the recent Avenged Sevenfold - Overkill fiasco, or the simple use of a common motif? Tune in for Kevin’s opinion, as well as his review of “Dear Youth” itself.
Finally, Mike offers his extensive, detailed reaction to Machine Head’s new monster “Bloodstone & Diamonds,” the Bay Area metal giants’ eighth studio album and debut on Nuclear Blast Records. Full disclosure up front: as a confirmed “Head Case,” he’s crazy about it, but it took a few listens for him to get there. Stay tuned to find out why.
Swedish metal act ShadowQuest, featuring vocalist Patrik Johansson (Bloodbound/Dawn of Silence), guitarist Peter Huss (Shining/Sinergy), guitarist Ragnar Widerberg (Witherscape/Saint Daemon), keyboardist Kaspar Dahlqvist (Dionysus/Nation/Ride the Sky), bassist Jari Kainulainen (MasterPlan/Stratovarius/Devil's Train) and drummer Ronny Milianowicz (Sinergy/Dionysus/Saint Daemon), have announced the impending release of the debut album "Armoured IV Pain." The album is set to be issued on January 26, 2015, but expect the fall to be "crammed with minireleases such as singles and videos" leading up to the drop.
The band released a music video for the new track "All One," which can be viewed below. The album was recorded and mixed by Ronny Milianowicz at Studio Seven in Sweden and was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Blood of the Pure
2. Last Farewell
3. All One
4. Live Again
5. Midnight Sun
6. Reach Beyond the Dream
7. We Bring Power
8. Insatiable Soul
9. Take this Life
10. Where Memories Grow
11. Freewheel Burning (Judas Priest Cover) More...
Italian symphonic power metal act Wind Rose, having just signed with Scarlet Records, released details on the upcoming sophomore effort "Wardens of the West Wind." The album is set for release on February 3, 2015.
"Wardens Of The West Wind" was produced by ex-Labyrinth/ex-Vision Divine bassist Cristiano Bertocchi (now the band's new bassist) and mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM). The artwork (shown below) was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire).
The track listing is:
1. Where Dawn and Shadows Begin
2. Age of Conquest
3. Heavenly Minds
4. The Breed of Durin
5. Ode to the West Wind
6. Skull and Crossbones
7. The Slave and the Empire
9. Born in the Cradle of Storms
10. Rebel and Free More...
Italian metal act Alltheniko is streaming another new track "Fast and Gloious." The song is the title track from the fifth studio album due out on December 4th via Pure Steel Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Tank of Death
2. Fast and Glorious
4. Holy War, Holy Fighters
5. Scream for Exciter (streaming here)
6. Spirit of War
7. Power to Rebel
8. The Arenas God
9. Power and the Glory I.U.W.S. (Saxon Cover)
Check out "Fast and Glorious" here: More...
Italian metal act Nightglow released a music video for the new track "Fuck You." The song is taken from the upcoming sophomore album "Orpheus," which is set for release via Bakerteam Records on December 1st. The artwork for the release (seen below) was created by Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti.
The track list for the album is:
1. The Infection
3. Lead Me
5. Fuck You
7. Stay With Me
9. On My Knees
10. Orpheus More...
Spanish thrash act Angelus Apatrida unleashed a preview clip from the upcoming new album "Hidden Evolution," the band's fifth full length. The album is set for release on January 19th (EU) and January 27th (North America) via Century Media Records.
"Hidden Evolution" was recorded at Ultrasound Studio in Moita, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso. The artwork (shown below) was created by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules.com, who has also designed album sleeves for bands such as Annihilator, Destruction, Stratovarius, Grave Digger and Nightingale.
The track listing is as follows:
2. First World Of Terror
4. Tug Of War
5. Serpents On Parade
6. Wanderers Forever
7. End Man
8. Speed Of Light
9. I Owe You Nothing
10. Hidden Evolution More...
Serious Black, the union of vocalist Urban Breed (Project: Arcadia/Trail of Murder), guitarist Roland Grapow (MasterPlan), guitarist Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), bassist Mario Lochert (Emergency Gate) and drummer Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian/Savage Circus), along with keyboardist Jan Vacik, has dropped the very first single "I Seek No Other Life." The song appears on the upcoming debut album "As Daylight Breaks," which will be released on January 16th (EU) and January 20th (USA) via AFM Records.
Check out "I Seek No Other Life" here:
Fear Factory is forced to cancel it's European Tour with Intronaut and Chabtan scheduled for spring 2015.
Explains Fear Factory: "To our fans in Europe, The UK, and Ireland; We regretfully MUST postpone the tour until Summer 2015 in order to complete our forthcoming , and ninth, studio album. This is an important album for us, so we wish to complete it properly so that we release a great album for our fans. We will see you soon! Sincerely, Fear Factory."
Wayfarer the four piece atmospheric black metal band hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Denver Colorado was founded in 2012, after recording an instrumental demo the previous year.
The band got signed to Prosthetic Records in August of 2014, and will be embarking on a West Coast tour in early Winter in support of the release of "Children Of The Iron Age" on November 24, 2014.
You can now stream the full album below (courtesy of Decibel).
Progressive metal band Periphery will release dual albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega", in North America on January 27, 2015 via Sumerian Records and one day earlier internationally through Century Media Records.
States Periphery drummer Matt Halpern: "Given the nature and complexity of the "Juggernaut" story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release. "Juggernaut" is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because the album is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in 2, in the form of 2 separate albums. "Juggernaut: Alpha", the 1st part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while "Juggernaut: Omega", focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey."
Periphery founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor adds: "This is new ground and it's exciting. It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album."
You can now stream the song "The Scourge", taken from "Juggernaut: Alpha" below.