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Last updated on August 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM ET

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

Zentaura Announces "Made With Blood" Album

Dark industrial metal trio Zentaura today unveils the cover artwork for a debut LP, which will be entitled “Made With Blood.”

The illustration was created by the artist Morgana Bast, while the album was recorded at Cronosound Estudios, produced by Sergio Salcedo and Zentaura, and mastered by Sergio Salcedo. "Made With Blood" will drop via Art Gates Records, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Enter
2. My Vampire Eyes
3. The Poker
4. Made With Blood
5. My Goddess
6. Insomniac Nights
7. Fuck U
8. Toxic People
9. That´s a Rain
10. My Vampire Eyes (Instrumental Version) (Bonus Track)
11. My Goddess (Ambient Version) (Bonus Track)
12. That´s a Rain (Electronic Remix) (Bonus Track) More...

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Bereft Signs With Prosthetic

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Wisconsin-based atmospheric blackened/doom metal quartet Bereft (not to be confused with the California band of the same name that released "Leichenhaus" in 2012). The label comments:

"Influenced by personal views on religion, politics and social injustice, Bereft remains unbound to any genre as they create their own brand of powerful, dynamic metal which intertwines elements of doom with black and post-metal outlines.

"Founded by Zach Johnson and Alex Linden in 2011, the band is rounded out by Cade Gentry on bass and Patrick Hotlen on drums. Bereft released their first demo in 2013 and immediately set out playing shows throughout the Midwest. The following year, they recorded their debut EP, 'Lost Ages,' for War Crime/Silent Pendulum Recordings.

"Bereft has remained active over the past year by performing with bands including Agalloch, Gloom, Downfall of Gaia and North. Take a peek at the group live in the below live footage, filmed earlier this year at a hometown show in Madison, Wis. The band is currently hammering out new material for their forthcoming debut with Prosthetic, set for a tentative Spring 2016 release."

Vocalist/guitarist Linden commented, ”We’re super-excited to be working with such a prolific label. It’s a partnership that we feel will be perfect for Bereft moving forward, and we really appreciate the opportunity!” More...

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Anatomy Of I Releases "In Memoriam" Video

Anatomy Of I - the band featuring bassist Steve Di Giorgio and drummer Dirk Verbeuren - has released a video for "In Memoriam," an exclusive bonus track on the 2015 re-release of "Substartum" through Punishment 18 records. The track listing for this new version of the album is as follows:

1. Organic Machine
2. Harvest the Fallen
3. Drowning
4. Dimensions
5. Washed Away
6. Fluid River
7. Banished Messiah
8. Substratum
9. As Eternity Ends...
10. Bound in Flesh
11. Organic machine 2015
12. Dimensions 2015
13. In Memoriam More...

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Voros Posts "Devilment" Video

Voros has a new video clip online, available below, and the band had this to say about the ensuing silliness:

"We proudly present the video for the track 'Devilment' from our new album 'Diseased Deity' due out September 4! A big thanks to Andy and Becky from Against The Grain Studio for making this clip a reality, as well as all our mates that came out to be a part of the video including the lads from AModernDeath, Dyssidia and Headbore. Warning: This video gets pretty weird from about the 3 minute mark."

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Bleed Streaming "Blood Ashes"

Edmonton, AB's brutal horror metal outfit Bleed (which recently sent us a Pit Story about black fuzz blood), has now released a new track titled "Blood Ashes."

This is the second single from debut full-length "The Hatred Inside," due out September 29, 2015. Vocalist Robert Kreed comments:

"Here is a song telling a tale of demonic warfare from the perspective of the victorious hoard. Once the world is laid to waste and the bodies heaped in piles, all is set to burn leaving nothing but Blood Ashes. Enjoy the carnage!" More...

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Caligula's Horse Reveals Album Details

Melding the forthright intensity of rock with the skill and inventiveness of progressive metal, Brisbane outfit Caligula's Horse has announced the release of 3rd record "Bloom" through InsideOutMusic on October 16, 2015 in EU & October 30, 2015 in the United States.

Caligula's Horse has posted a special video message below, telling you a little bit about the album and introducing the band, while the new album's track listing will be as follows:

1. Bloom
2. Marigold
3. Firelight
4. Dragonfly
5. Rust
6. Turntail
7. Daughter Of The Mountain
8. Undergrowth More...

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Interview

Pentagram Guitarist Talks "Curious Volume" Album

Pentagram could be viewed as Black Sabbath’s next of kin. The band formed in 1971 just two years after the birth of Sabbath. Sure, bands like Trouble and Saint Vitus made their mark on the doom scene, but Pentagram came first. Perhaps these other bands are considered fathers of the doom genre along with Pentagram because the doom scene didn’t really take off until the ‘80s. It was the mid-eighties when Pentagram released its self-titled debut. Two years later the band released another classic full-length recording “Day of Reckoning.”

In 2012 the documentary “Last Days Here” chronicled the band's ups and downs and put the group in the public light like never before. And now, 44 years after their formation, the band has released its ninth studio full-length “Curious Volume.” Said album revisits the doomy sound the band is known for but with a greater emphasis on hard rock. Longtime guitarist Victor Griffin spoke with me on the phone about the making of this album, the band’s influence on the doom scene, the impact of “Last Days Here” and many more topics. More...

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God Syndrome Posts Drum Recording Footage

God Syndrome has a new studio video available below, and the band also comments on the progress of an upcoming release:

"The work upon our full-length album is almost finished! All of the tracks are mixed and mastered, and ready for further production! The artwork & production are the next final steps that we're going to take before the release!

"And to make things clear about our new LP, we would like to present you the studio footage from the drum recording session by furious Pawel 'Pawulon' Jaroszewicz (Hate, Antigama). This song is called 'Summon the Sun,' and it will be on our upcoming LP among the 10 brand new tracks. Keep an eye on the news from God Syndrome and thanks for your support!" More...

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Meadows End Posts "All Of Them"

The unstoppable year of Meadows End continues as we reach another month in 2015.

Every month throughout this year, the Swedish band is dropping a song until all 12 tracks have seen official release.

Today song #8 out of 12 comes online - check out "All Of Them" below, and you can also hear the previous track "End Of Fallens" at this location.

These tracks feature cover artwork by Fredrik Burholm and were mixed/mastered by Oscar Nilsson at Crehate Studios, Gothenburg.

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Fallen Fate Parts With Bassist

U.K. modern metal outfit Fallen Fate has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Peter Hodgson:

"After nearly 10 years it is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the departure of Hodge from the band. At this time he has decided to take a step back from Fallen Fate to concentrate on things at home and with work.

"The band will now put any upcoming tour plans on hold until we find a suitable replacement going forward. We have all had an awesome time touring together and we will all remain good friends. We wish Hodge all the best for the future.

"We will announce within the coming months when we are going to begin our search for a replacement bassist. Below is the finished piece of our last work together, the video for 'Last Rites.'" More...

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Pneuma Hagion Releasing "Trinity I"

Pneuma Hagion will release the "Trinity I" tape via Nuclear War Now! Productions on September 15th, with the label also commenting:

“Holy Spirit, as it is defined in the Christian New Testament and thus more commonly understood in contemporary society, is a term derived from the combination of the Greek words 'hagion' and 'pneuma,' respectively. However, canonical Christian doctrine is not the only belief system to have adopted these foreign words in an effort to explain our perceived existence. In a Gnostic context, the same words refer to the 'Divine Spark' of human consciousness that is imprisoned, perhaps hopelessly, in this material universe.

"It is this latter interpretation that has inspired the vision, birth, and execution of Pneuma Hagion, a musical entity of the same etymological root. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, and consisting of one solitary member, Pneuma Hagion plays a brand of bleak and oppressive death metal that reflects this hopelessness of the individual’s consciousness held captive by an imperfect and often punishing physical existence. More...

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Dethrone Signs With Massacre Records

Dethrone is set to release a new album via Massacre Records in early 2016, titled "Incinerate All." Massacre also comments:

"The band was formed in the summer of 2011 and already released an EP (2011) as well as the debut album 'Humanity' (2013). They aim to serve intense and straight-forward Swedish metal in the vein of bands such as Defleshed, The Crown or the early The Haunted."

Dethrone consists of:

Mattias Vestlund - Vocals
David Hartikainen - Guitar
Jonas Carlsson - Guitar
Kenni Öjebrant - Bass
Simon Lundh - Drums More...

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Skyforger Releases New Music Video

Skyforger just dropped a new music video for the track "Melnas Buras," taken off the "Senprusija" album. The band also comments:

"As promised, here is video for new album song 'Melnas buras.' It transports you back into the dark times of the Great Northern War (1700-1721), when the plague reigned over coasts of the Baltic Sea, where it killed about a third of the Prussian population.

"Unfortunately, it also took the last native speakers of the Old Prussian language and those who still kept the old ways alive. It can be said that after the plague, the Old Prussians had ceased to exist as a nation..."

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Chemical Burn Posts "My Weakness" Video

Chemical Burn has a new video out now for "My Weakness," which appears on "Raining Anvils" (out now via MegaSonic). You can also stream the album in full right here.

Produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Exodus) at Oakland's JingleTown Studios, "Raining Anvils" finds Chemical Burn searching for strength amidst life's obstacles. "It's not necessarily just drugs and alcohol, but our day-to-day obsessions, relationships, the drama we get involved in and the emotions we feel from it," explains vocalist/bassist Mike Garnica. "A lot of the album is about a journey through a mentality that has gone from a rock bottom of sorts, to a rebirth and new course in life."

Chemical Burn will be touring extensively throughout the year, having recently played a special show with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's Philm at L.A.'s famed Whisky A Go Go. More...

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Ohrenfeindt Posts New Single

Ohrenfeindt just unleashed the first single from upcoming album "Motor An!" due out on September 18, 2015 via AFM Records. You can also catch these upcoming European Ohrenfeindt tour dates:

29.08.2015 Schwarzenbek, Stadtvergnügen
11.10.2015 Nürnberg, Brown Sugar (Chris Laut SOLO show)
16.10.2015 Kiel, Räucherei
21.10.2015 Nürnberg, Hirsch
22.10.2015 (CH) Pratteln, Z 7
23.10.2015 Köln, Underground
24.10.2015 Hannover, Musikzentrum
05.11.2015 Berlin, Magnet
06.11.2015 Fulda, Kreuz,
07.11.2015 München, Backstage
13.11.2015 Bochum, Matrix
14.11.2015 Leipzig, Hellraiser
19.11.2015 Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
20.11.2015 Affalter, Zur Linde
21.11.2015 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
18.12.2015 Burglengenfeld, VAZ Pfarrheim
26.12.2015 Hamburg, Gruenspan
22.01.2016 Bremen, Aladin
23.01.2016 Celle, CD-Kaserne More...

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Losing September Posts New Music Video

Losing September just released the "American Hero" music video, which was directed by Nick Rage and can be seen below.

The song comes from the band's "American Hero" EP available now on iTunes. Losing September will support the release on a tour kicking off on September 4 in Akron, Ohio and working it's way throughout the midwest before wrapping up on Septmeber 25 in Slidell, Louisiana.

Guitarist Nick Foreman comments on the clip: "This was one of the most stressful videos to shoot for sure. We had to take multiple takes of us getting shot by a host of paintball guns from about 10 yards away while blindfolded. It was the first music video off our new 5 song EP called American Hero, so it had be a little more daring than our other music videos we've done. We wanted to push the envelop a little bit more on this one."

09/04 - Empire - Akron, Ohio
09/05 - Pappy Z's Farm Fest - Negley, Ohio
09/09 - Acoustic Room - Muncie, Indiana
09/10 - 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, Indiana
09/11 - The Warehouse - Clarksville, Tennessee
09/17 - RBC - Dallas, Texas
09/18 - Fitzgerald's - San Antonio, Texas
09/19 - BFE Rock Club - Houston, Texas
09/26 - Corner Pub - Slidell, Louisiana More...

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Fit For An Autopsy Reveals New Album Details

Fit For An Autopsy is set to release "Absolute Hope Absolute Hell" through eOne Music / Good Fight Music on October 2, 2015.

A music video for the title track recently came online and can be seen here, while the newly unveiled artwork and track listing are available below.

Fit For An Autopsy's Will Putney noted, "After listening to more music, and expanding our palette, we realized we are capable of making a more interesting metal record. We saw lots of bands doing the same thing over and over. We thought, 'We can expand on all of this in a way that is unique to us,' so we approached the new album with that mentality, to break the mold of what we saw and heard, and to go outside of the limits of our genre."

Guitarist Pat Sheridan concurred, saying, "From the first album 'The Process of Human Extermination' to 'Hellbound,' there is a big change in the feel, the tone, the songwriting and the ability to write a song. 'Hellbound' was great, but we want to grow musically as a band. When you start touring and seeing what other bands were doing and being introduced to new things, you realize you are supposed to write a new record that is totally different." More...

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Ambush Releases "Possessed By Evil" Music Video

Swedish traditional metal act Ambush released a music video for the new track "Possessed By Evil." The song will appear on the upcoming sophomore LP "Desecrator," which is due out on October 30th via High Roller Records. The album is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2014 debut "Firestorm."

The track list for the album is:

1. Possessed by Evil
2. Night of Defilers
3. Desecrator
4. The Chain Reaction
5. Southstreet Brotherhood
6. Rose of the Dawn
7. Master of the Seas
8. Faster
9. The Seventh Seal More...

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Ramon Ortiz Posts Guitar Playthrough

Expert shred fusion guitarist Ramon Ortiz will release his second solo album "Portal" on September 15, 2015. Today Ortiz is unleashing another blazing playthrough video for the track “No Quiero Truco,” which also includes intro and outro tutorials. Check it out below.

The previously released track "82512," which features percussion by Paoli Mejias of fusion rock legends Santana, can be heard at this location.

Ramon Ortiz is currently sponsored by Seymour Duncan pickups, Mesa Boogie amps and Fernandes guitars, who built his first signature seven string tribal themed guitar, designed by Ortiz himself. More...

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Hate Eternal Announces Headlining Tour

The death metal legends from Hate Eternal have announced a headlining North American tour in support of new album "Infernus" (available for full streaming over here).

The "Infernus Tour 2015" begins on October 27 and sees the band travel throughout the U.S and Canada (on select dates) before concluding on November 25.

The month-long trek sees Hate Eternal joined by label-mates Misery Index and Beyond Creation, as well as Rivers Of Nihil. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...

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Christian Mistress Kicking Off Tour

The Olympia, WA based heavy metalists from Christian Mistress are about to embark on a string of live dates across North America with hesher-comrades High Spirits and Savage Master.

A full listing of tour dates is available below, which will be in support of new Christian Mistress release "To Your Death," an eight track excursion into heavy metal due out September 18, 2015 via Relapse Records. More...

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Dordeduh Going On Live Hiatus

Vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Edmond Karban (better known as Hupogrammos) from Dordeduh has issued the following announcement about going on hiatus from live appearances:

"Dear friends and collaborators, I am letting you know of my decision to put aside live performances for an undetermined period.

"Being a professional musician requires time and dedication but lately life circumstances, both personal and professional, led me to the point of not being able to focus on my music as I used to and to not fulfill my own expectations from myself. To be able to provide a good musical product and to have a good live performance, which were always my aims, one has to dive into the process wholeheartedly.

"Now I am at a point where that is not possible anymore. All my life music was my top priority but time has come to put other aspects first as it is their turn now. Becoming a father and having a family became the core of my life. At this stage I feel it is the right time to put my time and dedication into that direction. Any creative process requires whole involvement, body and soul, and this time the strings that I feel the need to play on are my two little boys. I want to make sure they grow happy, secure and that I support them in following their own dreams. More...

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Wilderness Dream Streaming Self-Titled EP

Creator-Destructor Records will release the self-titled debut EP by California thrash metal crossover crushers Wilderness Dream this October, and the entire record has now been issued for streaming in its entirety. Listen in below.

Born from the thrash epicenter of the San Francisco Bay Area comes Wilderness Dream, a brand new four-piece heavy metal unit of destruction combining the speed and fury of 80s thrash and 90s death metal, with the melodic leanings and no-frills DIY aesthetic of modern day punk.

"Wilderness Dream" will see an October 16 release in 12" 180-gram black vinyl, with a silkscreened B-Side in a gatefold jacket with download included, as well as all digital outlets. Preorders for the vinyl are available here.

The upcoming year will see Wilderness Dream on the road in support of this debut, having recently confirmed a hometown San Fran gig on October 27th and a set at The Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida on October 30th. Stand by for further an extensive list of tour dates to be announced throughout the rest of this year and into next to be announced. Furthermore, the band will record a second EP for release in late 2016. More...

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Vreid Streaming New Song

Earlier this month Vreid announced work was underway on a new album, and now the band is ready to unleash the opening salvo with a new track stream.

Check out "Haust" below, which is the first song to come online from upcoming full-length "Sólverv," due out via Indie Records on October 9, 2015. The album follows 2013's "Welcome Farewell" (reviewed here), with full details to arrive shortly.

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Immoral Majority Posts Deadfest Footage

Portland, Oregon's grind squadron Immoral Majority just posted live footage from the band's assault on Deadfest 2015 in Oakland, California.

Featuring guest vocalist/guitarist Ryan Bartek (of Portland grinders Vulture locust), these brutal tracks highlight the battering ram that is Immoral Majority. Check out the footage below, and if you missed it, you can hear all of Immoral Majority's new release "Exist To Get Pissed" right here.

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Motorhead Cancels Denver Show

Over the past year a series of health issues with front man Lemmy has caused Motorhead to repeatedly cancel live shows, and it appears that has occurred again now that the group has nixed a Denver tour date. Motorhead comments:

"The Rocky Mountain High has affected Lemmy like the high altitude of Salt Lake City.

"It's been quite a while since Lemmy was this 'high' in the US, and thus having got a burst of altitude sickness (which made it hard for him to breathe and sing properly) he has very reluctantly decided not perform in Denver.

"Lemmy is really sorry and wants to thank the fans for their support and trust. He looks forward to the next-up Texas shows…at low elevations."

Motorhead is touring in support of newly released album "Bad Magic," with a music video off that release available below. More...

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Mantric Streaming "FaithFaker"

Loyal Blood Records is proud to present “Sin,” the second album from Mantric, a progressive metal trio from Norway comprised of former members of Extol. Set for release on September 25, “Sin” follows the band’s debut album “The Descent” released in 2010 by Prosthetic Records.

"Sin" was recorded between Subsonic Society Studio with Tommy Akerholdt (Turbonegro) overseeing the drums/guitars tracking and Cipralexed Studio with Tor Magne Glidje handling bass, guitars, synths and vocals recordings. The nine-track album was later mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden in San Francisco.

Mantric today premieres a brand new track from “Sin” entitled “FaithFaker” - listen in via the SoundCloud player below. The "Sin" track listing is:

1. FaithFaker
2. On The Horizon
3. Give Me Eyes
4. Arrogance vs. Anxiety
5. Die Old
6. Maranatha
7. Anhedoniac
8. In The Shadow Of My Soul
9. Black Eyes More...

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Ektomorf Becomes The "Agressor" With New LP

Hungarian neo-thrash masters Ektomorf have set October 23rd as release date for the brand new album entitled "Aggressor."

The album includes 14 brand new, in-your-face tracks, which include “Evil By Nature” featuring a guest appearance by George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse.

The track listing is:

1. Intro
2. I
3. Aggressor
4. Holocaust
5. Move On
6. Evil By Nature (Feat. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher)
7. You Can’t Get More
8. Emotionless World
9. Eastside
10. Scars
11. Damned Nation
12. You Lost
13. You’re Not For Me
14. Memento More...

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Broken Flesh Streaming Self-Titled Album

Oklahoma City's Christian death metal outfit Broken Flesh will drop a self-titled album on September 4, 2015 via Luxor Records.

The new album features ten brand new tracks and two rerecorded tracks from the 2009 debut release "Forever In Flames." Today the full "Broken Flesh" album comes online and can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Valley Of Mass Crucifixion
2. Blood Harvest
3. Consumed By Death
4. Buried Alive
5. Hell
6. Cries Of The Dead
7. Forever In Flames
8. Unworthy
9. Exalt
10. Ignominy
11. By His Blood
12. Hate More...

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Grim Van Doom Releasing "Grim Love"

Grim Van Doom was founded during 2011's winter and managed to step into the tiny spot between common doom and dirty sludge, creating a musical monster in the process. Dark sound-sculptures, gooey downtempo-beats and neck-breaking groove define the drop-tuned sound of the band, while nihilistic lyrics are shot at the audience through massive shouting.

The band recently hit the studio (the sludge-wise well known Tonmeisterei in Oldenburg, Germany) to record a forthcoming debut album "Grim Love," which is set to drop on September 11, 2015. The track listing is:

1. Goddamn This Love
2. Family Girl
3. Snowfields
4. The Storm
5. Thulsa
6. Butchr
7. Frank Vilyn
8. Nilsis More...

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Hell's Guardian Streaming EP

Melodic death/folk metallers Hell’s Guardian recently released a new EP, "Ex Adversis Resurgo," which is now online for streamingt below.

"Ex Adversis Resurgo" contains 3 brand new songs, 2 live songs, a piano version of "Follow Your Fate" and artwork by Jan Örkki Yrlund (Manowar, Korpiklanni, Tyr, Sirenia). The full track listing is as follows:

1. Pagan Ritual 00:41
2. Fire Of Persecution 04:05
3. Ex Adversis Resurgo 04:54
4. Cradle's Lake (Live Brixia Metal Fest) 04:49
5. Silence In Your Mind (Live Brixia Metal Fest) 05:21
6. Follow Your Fate (Piano Version) 05:00 More...

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Call Of The Void Embarking On U.S. Tour

The Denver, CO metallic hardcore grinders from Call Of The Void have announced a 2+ week U.S. tour this fall with support from Syracuse, NY's Bleak.

Kicking off on October 1st in Omaha, NE, the tour will run through October 18th and will include a stop at Southwest Terror Fest alongside Dropdead, Xibalba & more in Tucson, AZ. A complete listing of dates is available below.

Additionally, the band recently recorded a brand new EP with Dave Otero at Flatline audio in Denver called "Are You Fucking Kidding Me." Details on that release will be made available shortly. The band's recent sophomore album "Ageless" can be heard below. More...

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Synapses Posts Full Album Online

"Devoutness," the new album from Italy's Synapses, mixes modern technical death metal with an old school mindset and appeal.

The album was recorded, arranged, mixed and mastered by the band and guitarist Alessio Fassoli. The artwork was created by Colin Marks Rain Song Design (Jeff Loomis, Origin, Kataklysm, Aborted).

Recently released via Cimmerian Shade Recordings, all of "Devoutness" can now be heard below, and you can grab your own copy at Bandcamp here. More...

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Iron Regan Releases A Beer With Jelly Beans

When Iron Reagan and Strangeways Brewing got to collaborating, two core ideas were immediately at war: wanting to brew a favorite style, the Belgian Tripel, while at the same time desiring to make a dark-as-night ale to pay homage to metal music.

Peace was partially restored when they realized they could brew a Belgian Black Tripel. Jelly beans were added to enhance the insanity while at the same time keeping with the essence of the band’s name.

Finally, months of aging in oak barrels bring it all back to earth. The result is the "Just Say Go" Belgian Black Tripel (8.4% ABV~17 IBU). You know why you should drink it? Iron Regan's Tony Foresta sums it up best: "IT HAS FUCKING JELLYBEANS IN IT!"

Catch Iron Reagan live on these upcoming tour dates: More...

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Sanzu Finishes Work On New Album

Perth, Australia’s death metal group Sanzu recently completed the recording and mixing process for a new album and follow-up to previous EP “Painless.”

Titled “Heavy Over The Home,” this new album was recorded by Sanzu in Perth, mixed and mastered by G1 Productions in Somerset - UK, and is set for release on December 3 followed by a full Australian tour.

“Ever since the release of the ‘Painless’ EP we have been working around the clock writing, recording and preparing for the album,” commented vocalist Zachary Andrews.

He goes on to say, “Our debut EP ‘Painless’ came from a place of spiritual and musical naivety. The title was chosen to almost make fun of ourselves for thinking 'yeah this will be easy, piece of cake, painless!' when in fact, Sanzu almost didn't make it through the production phase and it’s possible we wouldn't still be here today. It wasn’t intentional but ‘Heavy Over the Home’ is significantly darker in theme and sound. Although we still very much have retained the Sanzu sound, this record feels like a different place entirely. This is a concept we hope to continue with each album if possible, exploring the different realms of music and art within the vessel of this band, without sacrificing what is loved in our sound.” More...

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Dimesland Announces CD Release

Crucial Blast has confirmed the upcoming November 11, 2015 CD release of "Psychogenic Atrophy," the debut full-length from Oakland's avant-garde thrash assassins, Dimesland.

Appearing at the end of 2014 as a digital-only, self-released title, "Psychogenic Atrophy" was met with little fanfare, yet made an immediate and powerful impression upon those who heard it. An in-house favorite release of 2014, Crucial Blast was so blown away by this album that the label wanted to make it available as a physical release, reissuing "Psychogenic Atrophy" on CD in digipack packaging that features subtly unnerving cover art from Swiss photographer and performance artist Chantal Michel.

Unfortunately, shortly after the initial digital release of "Psychogenic Atrophy" in November, as Dimesland was preparing to tour heavily on the new album, guitarist Drew Cook tragically passed away.

While this leaves the future of the band uncertain for the time being, the remaining members -- Drew's brother, guitarist Nolan Cook, drummer Harland Burkhart, and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace -- continue to honor their fallen comrade's memory, and this new physical version of "Psychogenic Atrophy" is meant to do exactly that. More...

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Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall Posts New LP Preview

Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall - the all star project of Primal Fear/Kiske-Sommerville guitarist Magnus Karlsson - released a preview clip for the upcoming new album "Kingdom of Rock." The album is set to drop via Fronters Records srl on November 6th.

For the new release, Karlsson has enlisted an impressive vocal guest lineup including: Jorn Lande (ex-MasterPlan/Allen-Lande), Jakob Samuel (The Poodles), Tony Harnell (ex-TNT/Skid Row), Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance), David Readman (Pink Cream 69/Voodoo Circle), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and Rebecca De La Motte.

1. Kingdom of Rock
2. Out of the Dark
3. No Control
4. When the Sky Falls
5. Angel of the Night
6. I Am Coming for You
7. Another Life
8. Never Look Away
9. A Heart So Cold
10. The Right Moment
11. Walk This Road Alone

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Antagonist Zero Spreading "Tears Over The Baltic"

Following the release of the "No Tears" MCD, Antagonist Zero will be touring the Baltics and Poland from September 4 - 12. Antagonist Zero will be joined by Paean, Estonia's gift to progressive death metal.

The tour starts from Järvenpää, Finland, followed by shows in Estonia, Poland and Latvia. Dates and venues are as follows:

4.9 Black Pool, Järvenpää, Finland (w/o Paean)
5.9 Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia (w/o Paean)
8.9 Tawerna, Rumia, Poland
9.9 Sasiedzi, Elblag, Poland
10.9 Komin, Suwalki, Poland
11.9 Melna Piektdiena, Antithesis V Fest, Riga, Latvia
12.9 Melno Cepurišu Balerija, Jelgava, Latvia More...

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Stellar Master Elite Streaming New Cosmic Track

The portal of the first track from Stellar Master Elite’s new album has now been opened, spilling forth a blackened doomy rumble with thick ambient elements to guide the listener through the cosmos.

Take a listen to the track "Transmission: Disruption" in the YouTube player below. New album "III: Eternalism - The Psychospherical Chapter" is due for release on October 1, 2015. The full track listing will be as follows:

1. Transmission: Disruption
2. Desperate Grandeur
3. Buried in Oblivion
4. Perdition Time Loop
5. Hologram Temple
6. The First Principle
7. Mark of the Beast
8. Eternalism
9. Downfall More...

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At The Gates Opens "The Book Of Sand"

Swedish death metal pioneers At The Gates issued a new music video for the track "The Book of Sand (The Abomination)." The song appears on the 2014 comeback release "At War With Reality" (see review here).

The clip was filmed at the Rockstadt Extreme Fest in Romania on August 15th, 2015. Check it out here:

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Mad Alien Release "Goodbye" Promo Video

Defunct German act Mad Alien released a promo clip for the track "Goodbye." The song appears on the release "Time War," a compilation of reissued tracks from the band's 1989 EP "We Are Alive" and 1995 debut album "Qui Habet Aures Audiendi, Audiat." The release is available now via Kathargo, under its "Heavy Metal Classics" line, with worldwide distribution via Pure Steel Records.

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Lachrymose Uncovers Your "False God"

Greek melodic doom act Lachrymose released a new music video for the track "False God." The song appears on the new release "Carpe Noctum," which dropped this past Friday via Pure Steel Publishing.

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Infected Streaming Debut Single "Infected"

Infected is a new industrial metal project featuring Troctapuss a/k/a Brian Troch and Jeff Vincent. Troch is known for his work as lead vocalist in Cyclone Temple, Hammeron, The Reign of Terror, Znöwhite and Shooting Hemlock. More information on the band is expected soon.

The song was released via Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music. Check it out here.

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R.U.S.T. Continues On As R.U.S.T.X

Greek traditional metal act R.U.S.T. will continue as R.U.S.T.X and are streaming the new track "Revolution X" (heard in the player below).

R.U.S.T. formed in 2003 (known then as Flames in Ice) with the purpose of playing traditional 80's Heavy Metal following the footsteps of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Warlord, Savatage, Stormwitch and Riot. R.U.S.T. has been an live active band on the island of Cyprus and Europe for many years now. In addition, the band is the proud co-organizer (along with Hardraw and the rest of the P.O.T.N. Crew) of the annual Power of the Night Metal Festival.

In the summer of 2007 R.U.S.T. released the first demo EP "Rust" at the 2nd Power of the Night Festival. In 2010, the band released its first single, "Metal Child" followed by the debut full length "Forged in the Fire of Metal” in 2011.

In 2014, Tasos (Vocals) and Adamos (guitars) split with the band for personal reasons and the band went on hiatus. In 2014, R.U.S.T.X was born, consisting of George Xanthou (bass), Panayiotis Xanthou (guitars) and Johnny Xanthou (drums), along with new vocalist Katerina Xanthou. Katerina's addition marks a new era for the band, as all the members are siblings.

"Revolution X" is expected to be included on an upcoming new album. More information is expected soon. Check it out here: More...

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Annihilator Releases "Suicide Society" EPK Clip

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released an EPK preview clip for the upcoming new release "Suicide Society." The album is set to drop on September 18th via UDR Music.

"Suicide Socity" marks return of guitarist/mainman Jeff Waters to full time vocal duties, the first since 2010's "Annihilator" album.

The track list for "Suicide Society" is as follows:

1. Suicide Society (see music video here)
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again (see lyric video here)
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute

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Waken Eyes Signs With Ulterium Records

Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the all-star progressive metal band Waken Eyes to the label. The band features members of Darkwater, Symphony X and Steven Wilson). The debut album "Exodus" will be released on October 30th in Europe and North America. A preview clip for the album can be heard below.

"Exodus" was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator) in Sweden and the layout was made by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica).

"Exodus" is a very impressive and diverse album that will surely appeal to fans of progressive metal, prog rock and melodic metal. The album has a great mix of catchy melodies, challenging instrumental parts and epic cinematic movements that will surely capture the attention of the musical community. Everything comes together perfectly in the title track that ends the album with its 18 minutes long epic filled with melodies, progressive parts and a good dose of feeling.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Cognition
2. Aberration
3. Deafening Thoughts
4. Back To Life
5. Palisades
6. Cornerstone Away
7. Still Life
8. Arise
9. Across The Horizon
10. Exodus More...

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Grumo Announces New LP "Fallimento"

Italian grindcore act Grumo will release the new album "Fallimento" on October 26th via Earthquake Terror Noise.

Grumo (meaning "Clot", "Gore") was formed in 2004 in Modena (Italy), when Riki (vocals) and Nico (drums) got together. At the beginning, the sound was inspired by bands like Anal Cunt and early Napalm Death, with tracks often under 40 sec. The purpose was to play pure noisecore, with explicit and sharp but funny lyrics.

The first demo, "K.a.r.n.e." ("Meat") was unleashed in 2006 and over the next years many splits LPs were recorded. During the years, the band has played many gigs and festivals (Porco Dio Fest, September to Dismember 3th, Roma A-Bestial Fest), supporting both Italian (Cripple Bastards, Dysmorfic, Repulsione, Jesus Ain’t in Poland...) and international bands (Holocausto Canibal, D-Compose, Sakatat, Social Chaos, Yack, Captain Cleanoff, Sete Star Sept).

Although the first 8 years were characterized by few line-up changes, 2012 marked a significant turning point: the first record, "Voglio Vederti Sprofondare" ("I Want to See You Sink"), was released through independent labels.

The track listing for "Fallimento" is:

1. Intro
2. Blood Spilling
3. Nothing To Declare
4. Cani Sciolti
5. Fallimento
6. Fucking Business
7. Animo In Rivolta
8. Solo Morte E Miseria
9. Viewers Of The End
10. Vendetta Animale
11. Alienation
12. Suffer The Children More...

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All Hell To Release "The Red Sect"

After a year of honing its malefic craft, North Carolina's blackened thrash/punk act All Hell has returned with a new volatile offering. "The Red Sect" marks a crossroads for the band; the straightforward aggression of the debut ("The Devil's Work," 2014) blends with a seething, menacing atmosphere - further enhanced by the mixing and mastering skills of Toxic Holocaust mainman Joel Grind - creating an album that is dark, vicious, and compelling. The record's ten tracks weave a frightful narrative of ritual possession, vengeance, and revolt. The band has further explored and defined their sound, once again drawing influences from a wide array of genres such as thrash, black metal, deathrock, and punk.

Since the debut release, All Hell has been busy sowing chaos through live performances while crafting the sophomore effort. Playing and touring throughout the Southeast, the band has quickly developed a following and earned a reputation as one of the most intense and lethal live acts in the region, having shared the stage with bands like 1349, Black Tusk, Ghoul, Skeletonwitch, and Toxic Holocaust.

With a relentless drive, growing support, and two albums under their belt, All Hell pushes forward, intent on spreading its hellish music and intense live experience to as many people as possible.

"The Red Sect" will be released on October 16th via Horror Pain Gore Death Productoons Records. The track listing for the album is:

1. Crossroads
2. Mass Possession
3. Venomous
4. Blood for the Baron
5. Graveyard Dust
6. In My Command
7. Blackshape
8. The Unseen
9. Funeral Feast
10. The Red Sect More...

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Nuclear Detonation Releases Debut Album

Italian thrash act Nuclear Detonation issued the debut album "Living Dead, Sons Of The Lobotomy" via Iron Shield Records, with worldwide distribution via Pure Steel Records. The album was originally released back in March on cassette via the small independent label Puzzle Records.

Nuclear Detonation was founded in 2012 by vocalist/guitarist Luca "Detonation" Sergi in Calabria, Italy. The band issued its first single single "Down To Hell" in 2013.

The track list for the album is:

1. Down To Hell
2. Slow Decay
3. People Of The Lie
4. A.T.A. (Another Thrash Attack)
5. Living Dead
6. Hang The Poser
7. Mental Prison
8. Nuclear Detonation More...

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Hell's Guardian Release "Ex Adversis Resurgo" EP

Italian melodic death/folk three piece Hell’s Guardian has released the new EP, "Ex Adversis Resurgo" via Bandcamp (also available via iTunes). The EP is the follow up to the 2014 debut "Follow Your Fate."

"Ex Adversis Resurgo" contains 3 brand new songs, 2 live tracks and a piano version of the debut title track "Follow Your Fate." The new material is more aggressive with engaging rhythms compared to the debut.

The artwork (shown below) was created by Jan Örkki Yrlund (Manowar, Korpiklanni, Tyr, Sirenia).

The track list is:

1. Pagan Ritual
2. Fire Of Persecution
3. Ex Adversis Resurgo
4. Cradle’s Lake (Live at Brixia Metal Fest)
5. Silence In Your Mind (Live at Brixia Metal Fest)
6. Follow Your Fate (Piano Version) More...

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Killson To Issue Debut Album "In Limbo"

Greek alternative metal act Killson will issue the debut release "In Limbo" on November 6th (EU) (October 9th in Greece) via Roar! Rock of Angels Records. A preview clip for the album can be heard in the player below.

The album was recorded and mastered by Thanos Mylonas and mixed by John Gamilis (Playground Circus) and the band itself, while the front cover artwork (shown below) was created by Abstrata - The Art of Gustavo Sazes (Outloud, Firewind, Gus G. etc)

The track list is as follows:

1. Addiction
2. Belong
3. Disown
4. Ditch
5. G-Loc
6. In Limbo
7. Left Behind
8. My Kind
9. No One Man
10. Sane
11. Sheroin
12. Shut Up More...

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Creature To Release First Original LP In 26 Years

German melodic metal act Creature has resurfaced with "Ride the Bullet," the sophomore release and first since the band's 1989 self titled debut. In 2005, the band issued a reissue of the debut entitled "Way to Paradise."

"Ride the Bullet" will be issued via Kathargo Records, with worldwide distribution via Pure Steel Records, on September 18th.

The track list is:

1. Intro
2. Nervous Breakdown
3. Ride The Bullet
4. Can’t You Realized
5. Don’t Believe In Rumours
6. Deep Down ’n’ Dirty
7. L.A.
8. Heroes
9. Spit
10. Bitch Part I
11. Bitch Part II
12. I Can’t Break Out
13. Break
14. L.O.V.E.
15. No Voice Rumors More...

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Metallica Posts Official Live Footage Of "Battery"

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's August 22, 2015, performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, including drummer Lars Ulrich in a meet-and-greet with local fans, and the performance of the track "Battery" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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