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Last updated on September 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM ET

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

Letters To The Blind Posts Playthrough Video

Ohio metal outfit Letters To The Blind has released a playthrough video for a track to appear on a new demo album release.

Check it out below, or you can find more info Letters To The Blind at Facebook here. The band consists of:

Chaz Bond
CJ Jones
Blaine Gordon
Randy Walton

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Menace Ruine Streaming "Soothing But Cruel"

Menace Ruine has released a new track online for streaming today titled "Soothing But Cruel." Check it out below, thanks to CVLT Nation.

"Soothing But Cruel" comes by way of the band's new album "Venus Armata," due out October 14th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. Soften Our Evil Hearts
2. Red Sulphur (streaming here)
3. Marriage In Death
4. Soothing But Cruel
5. Belly Of The Closed House
6. Torture Of Fire
7. Venus Armata More...

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A Breach Of Silence Touring With Drowning Pool

Australian outfit A Breach Of Silence is pleased to announce the band will be joining Drowning Pool as support on the Unlucky 13th Anniversary Sinner tour.

The tour will kick off on October 22nd in New Orleans, and is scheduled to wrap up November 26th in Joplin, MO. Other support acts are Like a Storm and Red Tide Rising. See below for tour dates.

“Drowning Pool has always been one of my favorite bands, and the 'Sinner' album was a big influence for me,” states A Breach Of Silence guitarist Mat Cosgrove. “We’re really honored that they’ve allowed us to be a support act, and we can’t wait to come to the states and tear it up alongside them each & every night!”

A Breach Of Silence also just premiered a new track entitled "T.P.N.E." from upcoming sophomore album "The Darkest Road," which will be released on October 7th through Eclipse Records. Give it a listen (thanks to Pure Grain Audio) here: More...

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Menace Releases Video Clip

Menace - the new brainchild from Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed) - has unveiled a new video for the track "Malicious Code." Check it out below, thanks to Revovermag.com.

"Malicious Code" is taken from Menace's debut album, "Impact Velocity," release through Season Of Mist in March. You can also see the previously released video for "Drowning In Density" at this location. More...

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Alkira Reveals "Juggernaut" Details

South Australian thrash-metal quartet Alkira today releases details about the "Juggernaut" album, now officially set for release on October 18th.

The 10-track album was mixed and mastered by Darren "Jenk" Jenkins (Mortal Sin, Deprivation), who also handled these duties on Alkira's "Red Devil" EP from 2013. The track listing is as follows:

1. Chains
2. Submission Therapy
3. Land of the Sodomite Damned
4. #479
5. The Fleet
6. Inebriated State
7. Juggernaut
8. Spiritual Abuse (Parallel Prisons)
9. Institution
10. Shattered End

"This album is a huge step forward for us," comments drummer Ryan Quarrington. "We have always felt that we have a unique sound, but these songs are pushing the envelope even further. It is considerably heavier, more aggressive and more intricate than the Red Devil EP... I think that is reflected in the album artwork as well. We are very proud of it."

Artwork for the album is again in the hands of Aaron Schirmer who also produced the goods for "Red Devil."

The first single from the album, "Submission Therapy," will be released in early October, along with an official video clip. Alkira has also recorded a cover of Sepultura's classic track "Inner Self," featuring guest vocals by Truth Corroded's Jason North, which is set for FREE digital release within the week. More...

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Bleach Everything To Release Split With Vors

Magic Bullet Records has locked a two-band split 7" for October release, marking the debuts of two fairly new names to the scene -- Richmond, Virginia's Bleach Everything and Los Angeles, California's Vors-- both of which include some very not new names to the scene. The label comments:

"Bleach Everything kicks off the festivities with 'The Moaner,' a demented little number about a violent man that lives in your attic undetected. Musically, the pace is as frantic and urgent as the final sands in the proverbial hourglass. Drums are crushed, buzzsaw guitars cut deeply across the speakers, and overdriven bass pushes along the possessed and just flat-out eerie vocals in a pre-meditated murderous game of musical chairs. Featuring current members of Iron Reagan, Suppression, and former members of Jesuit and Corn On Macabre, you know full-well it's going to be a completely twisted take on music as most people conventionally know it.

"Like all great bi-polar incidents and episodes, Vors complements the violent carnage of Bleach Everything via a deliberate, dead-behind-the-eyes ditty appropriately titled 'Mood Swinger.' Synth-heavy and glacially paced, the track sounds like it was written from the fire escape outside of the kitchen window you're obliviously walking around behind (towel optional). Drenched in the gritty low-budget outsider sleaze that defined many of the great VHS hits of the '70s and '80s, this could have easily been the soundtrack to 'Maniac,' 'Deranged,' 'Possessed' and the like. It's cold, it's rainy, and it's highly likely that Vors (aka J Bennett from Ides Of Gemini) is talking and laughing to himself while cutting the phone lines in your neighborhood.

"The whole bloody affair is packaged in a disturbingly meticulous and obsessive wrap from the hands and the mind of former Kink.com set-dresser STK MTN. This is the kind of record the brown paper bag was invented for."

Magic Bullet Records will let this auditory assault out of the bag on digital download and both black and white 7" vinyl pressings worldwide on October 14th.

2. Mood Swinger (VORS) More...

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Abhorrent Decimation Working On Debut Album

Today, the London based death metal newcomers in Abhorrent Decimation announce they are working with Ronnie Björnström of Enhanced Audio Productions (Garageland Studios, Sweden) on a debut full-length album.

This album will following the success of the band's debut EP "Infected Celestial Utopia" via Cold Birth Records and numerous shows across the U.K. including a tour with Hour of Penance and a crushing performance at this years Bloodstock Open Air Festival.

Vocalist Ashley Scott had this to say: “Ronnie is responsible for one my favourite sounding records of all time! The first time I heard Aeon 'Aeons Black', I knew we had to get in touch with Ronnie about the album. I would not settle for anything less. We spent a little time talking about the goal and what we wanted to achieve with this record and it was clear to me that Ronnie was able to give us exactly what we wanted. Our EP was a great start but now is the time to step everything up, material, production, direction – this album has to put our name on the map and we are positive Ronnie is the man for job.”

Ronnie also shared these words on the upcoming task ahead of him: “Abhorrent Decimation is a great band. It will be a fun project to work on for sure! We have had close contact to figure what direction we should aim for… It will be a killer album when it’s done. Ashley sent me the demo's, the material was like I expected. Aggressive, punchy and overkill! I had to take a couple of beers after listening to it due to all the brutality in the tracks!” More...

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Psychostick To Host Live Webcast

Fans of the comedic metal band Psychostick will have a special treat this week. Nine months after a successful crowd-funding campaign to build a studio with promise of new material, Psychostick is ready to give the first sneak-peek at what's been in the works.

The guys will be broadcasting live online at this location on September 18th at 8pm Central to announce the new album's title, answer questions, give away prizes and have an all-around good time goofing off with fans.

"We feel we've stepped up our game with every aspect of this new album, and we're treating the webcast the same way. Fans have always loved these webcasts in the past, but this time there are some serious improvements to maximize interaction and make it something no fan will want to miss," comments vocalist Rob Kersey.

The new album is the follow up to the humorcore band's 2011 album "Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D." More...

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Pitch Black Forecast Posts "Open Letter To God"

After streaming the song "So Low" featuring Randy Blythe, Pitch Black Forecast has released a new track featuring Devin Townsend.

Check out "Open Letter To God" in the SoundCloud player below. The new all star album project "As The World Burns" from Pitch Black Forecast will be released October 21st on Ferocious Records in CD, vinyl, and digital download formats. The album's track listing is:

1. Open Letter To God (Feat. Devin Townsend)
2. Landmine" (Feat. M. Shadows)
3. Season In Hell
4. As The World Burns
5. Hearts Of Darkness
6. Dialtone
7. So Low (Feat. D. Randall Blythe)
8. Atonement
9. Wrapped In Plastic (Feat. Human Furnace)
10. Ornament
11. Lighthouse
Bonus Tracks:
12. Masochist
13. Innocent
14. Sycamore
15. Bad Seed More...

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Silent Voices Posts "The Fear Of Emptiness" Clip

The Finnish progressive metal band Silent Voices just released a video for the track "The Fear of Emptiness." The track comes off latest album "Reveal the Change" that was released last year through Inner Wound Recordings.

Silent Voices features Sonata Arctica members Henrik Klingenberg and Pasi Kauppinen. "Reveal the Change" also included guest appearances by Mats Levén (ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Mike DiMeo (ex. Masterplan, Riot). The album was mastered by Ted Jensen and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Fear Of Emptiness
2. No Turning Back
3. Reign Of Terror
4. Faith In Me
5. Black Water
6. Burning Shine
7. Through My Prison Walls More...

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Starkill Posts Second Making-Of Video

Formed just two short years ago from the ashes of symphonic black metal act Massakren, Starkill is gearing up to release 'Virus Of The Mind" on October 14th, 2014.

Starkill has posted the second in a series of videos online today discussing the upcoming album. Check it out below. Century Media also comments:

"Now with singer/songwriter Parker Jameson premiering clean vocals - check out 'Winter Desolation,' 'Skyward,' and 'Before Hope Fades' - Starkill enters a superlative realm, where reflection can be paired with aggression and emotion of song and lyric can take on new and unimaginable forms."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Be Dead or Die
2. Winter Desolation
3. Breaking the Madness
4. Virus of the Mind
5. Skyward
6. Before Hope Fades
7. Into Destiny
8. God of This World
9. My Catharsis
10. Convergence More...

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Anaal Nathrakh Streaming "Monstro In Animo"

The long-running U.K. extreme metal duo and recent Metal Blade signees Anaal Nathrakh are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of "Monstrum In Animo," now playing below thanks to Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band's soon-to-be detonated "Desideratum" full-length, produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

"Desideratum" will send the Earth crashing into the Sun on October 28th, 2014. The previously posted song "Idol" can also be heard at this location. More...

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Iron Reagan Posts "Miserable Failure" Video

The wait is over and "The Tyranny of Will," Iron Reagan's 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury and Relapse Records debut, is available now.

The album was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced, plus it was mixed by Converge's Kurt Ballou. The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

Iron Reagan recently completed work on a video for the song "Miserable Failure." The video was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang) and can be seen below.

Singer Tony Foresta commented on the video: "Whitey McConnaughy and Iron Reagan proudly present to you the world's first (or at least as we know of) FLASH MOSH!!!! Enjoy!"

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Monolyth Reveals Album Release Date

Portugal's Monolyth will release debut album "Origin" this coming October 10th. To celebrate the moment, the band will get on stage in the same day at Bar do Estudante in Aveiro, with fellow countrymen Revolution Within, Kritter, Terror Empire, and Sotz. Tickets available at the venue for 5€ (12€ w/ CD, 15€ w/ t-shirt, 20€ w/ CD + t-shirt).

"Origin" was recorded at Audioplay/Palco Central Studios in Portugal with producers Andrés Malta and André Rodrigues, with mixing and mastering handled at Fullpower Studios. The record also comprises special guests André Macedo (Colosso, ex-Nebulous) and Andrés Malta (Muniches, ex-Beautiful Venom) on the tracks "Fake Symptom" and "Denied And Broken," respectively. The track listing is:

01. Catharsis
02. The Exile
03. Rupture
04. Imprisoned
05. The Catalyst
06. Obsolete
07. Denied And Broken
08. Origin
09. Salvaging
10. Fake Symptom
11. My Redemption More...

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Blood Red Throne Signs With Candlelight

Blood Red Throne has officially inked a new record deal with Candlelight Records, and the label issued the following statement:

"Daniel 'Død' Olaisen started his musical career in the legendary Norwegian black metal band Satyricon in 1996 at just 19 years of age when he joined as a live guitarist.

"Since 1993 Død had been writing death metal riffs and in 1998 he started working on material for his own death metal band and with his friend Tchort (Emperor, Carpathian Forest), who also played bass in Satyricon, Blood Red Throne was officially a born.

"Shortly after, the young and talented bass player Erlend Caspersen was found and the search for a drummer and singer could start! After a while BRT got in touch with Freddy Bolsø; he was just the drummer they were looking for and the band could now begin rehearsing material.

"A demo was soon recorded with Ronnie Thorsen from Trail of Tears on vocals which became ‘Deathmix 2000’. A deal with Hammerheart Records was then signed.

"A debut album had to be recorded, but they still hadn't found a permanent singer. Just three weeks before entering studio, BRT asked long-time friend, Mr.Hustler to join the band, despite never having played in a band or done vocals ever before. But ‘Monument of Death’ became a fuckin' killer debut album, released in 2001! The limited edition included a package called 'The Suicide Kit', which not only contained the actual album, but also a printed razor blade and a poster. The kits were hand numbered in the band member's own blood!

"Espen 'Beist' Antonsen (The Sickening) replaced Freddy Bolsø on drums and the band recorded ‘Affiliated With The Suffering’ in 2002, playing a host of European festivals with it. Nothing lasts forever and Beist left the band when BRT were about to record their first album on Earache Records. With help from Bernt Moen they managed to record their darkest and most intense album, ‘Altered Genesis’, released in 2005. Soon after Vald replaced Mr. Hustler on vocals and Anders Haave became the new permanent drummer in time for a new European tour and the recording of fourth album, ‘Come Death.’ More...

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Devin Towsend Announces Tour With Periphery

Following the announcement of the new Devin Townsend Project album "Z²" and the subsequent lightning-fast sell out of London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall venue for his show on the 13th of April next year, the band can now reveal an extensive run of European shows for 2015, which will include support from Periphery and Shining.

Devin had this to say: "Now that the recording and mixing for Z2 is finished, it’s time to gear up for touring again! There’s a bunch of events coming up, and one of them that I'm extremely proud to announce is a European headlining tour with support from the incredible Periphery and the insane Shining!

"That’s a heck of a line-up I think, each band is doing something unique from each other, yet are really well defined. It will be an opportunity for us to explore our back catalog as well as the Z2 albums, Sky Blue and Dark Matters (from the upcoming double album, Z2).

"One of the greatest things about doing this for as long as I have is that we get to do these sorts of awesome events. I can’t even begin to express how honored I am to share the stage with these incredible bands, and to have such overwhelming support from the audience lately. It’s honestly just an absolute pleasure to do this.

"So it is with great pride I invite you to the show! Hopefully we come near you, let’s do this!" More...

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Svartidaudi Playing Roadburn Fest

Svartidaudi has checked in with the following announcement about playing the upcoming Roadburn Festival:

"We are extremely proud to announce that Svartidauði will break bones and slit throat at next year's installation of Roadburn Festival. Handpicked for the curated night 'House of the Holistic' by Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Einar 'Kvitrafn' Selvik of Wardruna."

Einar had this to say about the band: "Svartidaudi is for me the most interesting Black Metal band I´ve heard in a very long time coming from the North which makes it a very natural choice to welcome them into our curated night!"

Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson also adds: "What happened with black metal? Whatever it was, you can't blame Svartidauði. They're making interesting, weird and dark music instead of being sexy and circusy. They embody the spirit that once bound me to the genre, and we are very proud and privileged to have them as part of Houses of the Holistic!” More...

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Martyr Defiled Releases "No Morality" Video

Martyr Defiled just released a new music video for "No Morality" via the Download Festival website (also available below).

"No Morality" comes by way of the "No Hope No Morality" album released earlier this year through SOAR/Century Media Records. You can stream all of the disc at this location and the track listing is as follows:

2. Demons In The Mist
3. Sineater
4. 616
5. No Hope
6. Neverender
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
10. Deathstare
11. No Morality More...

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Amaranthe Releases New Video

A mere week after premiering the brand new song "Drop Dead Cynical," the first sonic taste of the new album "Massive Addictive" due out October 21 via Spinefarm Records, Amaranthe has now released the accompanying video for the song.

Check it out below to see more than a dozen MMA fighters, cheerleaders, and lots and lots of pyro. The band once again teamed with director Patric Ullaeus for this visual spectacle.

"We can now finally unleash the 'Drop Dead Cynical' video, directed by master director Patric Ullaeus," Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck said. "It is energetic, bombastic and explosive, just like you have come to expect from Amaranthe's videos, and the powerful delivery of the song is accentuated by the martial combat throughout the video. As always, you are in for a visual treat; more than 15 MMA fighters, cheerleaders and enough flames to light the heavens on fire! Get ready to be entertained!"

Catch the band live on these dates:

09/25/14 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
09/26/14 Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
09/28/14 Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
09/30/14 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
10/01/14 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
10/02/14 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
10/03/14 The Sound Academy - Toronto, ON - CANADA
10/05/14 Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/07/14 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
10/09/14 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
10/10/14 Terminal 5 - New York, NY
10/11/14 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
10/25/14 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX *
10/26/14 House of Blues - Houston, TX *
10/27/14 Parish at House of Blues - New Orleans, LA *
10/29/14 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
10/30/14 State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL *
10/31/14 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA *

* denotes a headline date; not a Within Temptation show More...

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Crucified Barbara Sells Kids For Rock And Roll

The all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up with CraveOnline.com to launch a music video for the new track "I Sell My Kids for Rock'N'Roll."

The song comes from the band's recently released fourth album "In the Red" (reviewed here) out now on Despotz Records, and can be seen below.

"Crucified Barbara would like to thank the narrowness and prejudice that grows and thrives all the way up to the elite of the music business for the inspiration for this song," the band told CraveOnline.com.

The band's Despotz debut was recorded at Studio Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip. Artwork for album number four comes courtesy of Stockholm, Sweden artist Erik Rovanpera. More...

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Noctem Releases New Music Video

Iberian extreme metal act Noctem released a music video for the new track "The Adamantine Doors." The song appears on the upcoming release Prosthetic Records debut "Exilium," which dropped just yesterday in North America.

The album's track list is:

1. Enuma Elish
2. Apsu Dethroned
3. Decrepit Human Kingdom
4. Tiamat’s Crown
5. The Rising Horns
6. Halo of Repugnance
7. Egregor
8. The Splint of Destinations
9. Eidolon
10. The Adamantine Doors
11. Divine Xib’alb’a *
12. The Adamantine Doors (Orchestral Version) *

Check out "The Adamantine Doors" here: More...

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Nero Di Marte Streaming New Track "Pulsar"

Italian experimental metal act Nero Di Marte is streaming the new single "Pulsar," the second track released from the upcoming new album "Derivae." The album is set for release via Prosthetic Records on October 27th (EU/UK), October 28th (USA) and Nov .1 (Germany).

The track list for the album is:

1. L’Eclisse
2. Clouded Allure
3. Pulsar
4. Dite
5. Simulacra
6. Il Diluvio
7. Those Who Leave

Check out the clip here: More...

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220 Volt Releases "Walking In Starlight" Preview

Swedish hard rock/melodic metal act 220 Volt will release the new album "Walking in Starlight" on September 26th via AOR Heaven. The album is the first full length release since 1997's "Lethal Illusion," and first release to feature vocalist Anders Engberg (Sorcerer), who joined in 2013.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walking in Starlight
2. System Overload
3. Broken Promises
4. Alive
5. Blind
6. Stranted
7. Get Me Out
8. The Waiting
9. Through the Wastelands
10. Burning Heart
11. Take a Good Luck
12. One Good Reason
13. Guiding Light More...

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Mob Rules Releases "Timekeeper" Trailer Clip

German melodic metal act Mob Rules celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the upcoming new release "Timekeeper" on October 10th (Germany), October 13th (EU) and October 28th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records. As a precursor, the band issued a trailer clip for the boxset, which consists of two CDs, a single and a live DVD.

The full track list is:


1. Temple Fanfare
2. Pilot of Earth
3. Black Rain
4. Cannibal Nation
5. Astral Hand
6. Close My Eyes
7. Dead Man's Face
8. Among The Gods
9. In The Land Of Wind And Rain
10. Hollowed Be Thy Name
11. Last Farewell
12. Ice And Fire
13. Lord Of Madness (Live)
14. With Sparrows Rain Song (Live) More...

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The Flight Of Sleipnir Details New Album "V"

Colordo psychedelic doom metal act The Flight of Sleipnir, after recently signing on with Napalm Records, announced details on the upcoming new album, which will be entitled "V." The album is set to drop on the following release schedule:

November 24th: CAN
November 25th: USA
November 28th: GAS/FIN/BENELUX
December 1st: UK/Rest of Europe
December 3rd: ESP/SWE

The track list is as follows:

1. Headwinds
2. Sidereal Course
3. The Casting
4. Nothing Stands Obscured
5. Gullveig
6. Archaic Rites
7. Beacon in Black Horizon More...

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Folkstone Announces New Album, Reveals Details

Italian folk masters Folkstone revealed the details on the upcoming new release, which will be entitled "Oltre… l’Abisso." The album drops on November 3, 2014 via the band's own label Folkstone Records, distributed by Audioglobe. The artwork, shown below, was created by Jacopo Berlendis, who worked with the band for the last few releases.

The track listing is as follows:

1. In Caduta Libera
2. Prua Contro il Nulla
3. La Tredicesima Ora
4. Mercanti Anonimi
5. Respiro Avido
6. Manifesto Sbiadito
7. Le Voci della Sera
8. Nella mia Fossa
9. Fuori Sincronia
10. Soffio di Attimi
11. L’Ultima Notte
12. Ruggine
13. Tex (cover Litfiba)
14. Oltre… l’Abisso More...

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ProgPower USA XV: Kick-Off Day With Pagan's Mind

Just one year to the day after the expeditionary US satellite Voyager I left our solar system, pushing mankind’s exploration of space to interstellar regions, Pagan’s Mind, DGM, and Draekon were to push the limits of bombastic progressive and power metal in a live setting and leave the crowd -- and this writer -- with nothing but hyperbole to explain the feat.

After Wednesday’s Midweek Mayhem show, the bar was set high at ProgPower USA XV in Atlanta for Thursday September 11th’s Kick-Off Show festivities. Nevertheless, in ProgPower tradition, Thursday’s show by Swordlord Productions built upon Wednesday’s energy and elevated it beyond the stratosphere. On this night, I and the crowd were to be treated to the talents of the sci-fi prog thrill-seekers of Norway’s Pagan’s Mind, a show that was also to be recorded for a crowd-funded live DVD entitled “Full Circle.”

As if that weren’t enough, Italy’s long-running kings of speed -- DGM -- were to put in a set of their own, with the USA’s own Draekon opening things right. Moreover, Evergrey had just hosted an exclusive listening party for their upcoming album, “Hymns For The Broken,” in the main venue an hour before the doors opened. What a day it was to be! More...

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