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Last updated on December 6, 2016 at 3:05 PM ET

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Gojira Nominated For Grammy Awards

Roadrunner Records’ group Gojira just garnered its first-ever Grammy nominations, earning nods for Best Metal Performance for the song “Silvera” and Best Rock Album for acclaimed new LP "Magma" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The band commented on the momentous occasion: “We are honored and excited to receive our first Grammy nominations for ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ of 2016. We want to thank the Gojira fans around the world who have continued to help us achieve many firsts with 'Magma.' We couldn't be more proud and grateful.”

Earlier this year Gojira’s "Magma" took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart marking the first time a French band held the #1 spot on the chart in its nine year existence. More...

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Stick To Your Guns Releases New Video

Orange County hardcore band Stick To Your Guns has debuted a brand new video for “Better Ash Than Dust.” The song is the title track from the band’s recently released EP that is available now from Pure Noise Records.

Never ones to mince words, Stick To Your Guns takes a bold political and social stand against racism, police brutality, corporate greed, complacency and overall American gluttony at the expense of others in this seething new video.

“With the eyes of the world on what is happening in North Dakota and the Dakota Access Pipeline, I think this a perfect time to release this video,” says vocalist Jesse Barnett. “So much of what is happening to the indigenous people of what we call America is not only horrifying, but down right unacceptable. This is not just an injustice against these people, their land and their water, but it's a perfect example of how what we call a civilized society can, more often than not, be barbaric and disgusting. The support that the whole world has shown for Standing Rock has been and inspiring thing to watch and this band stands in solidarity with them.”

In support, Stick To Your Guns, Pure Noise Records and Good Fight Entertainment will each be donating a dollar per share, up to a thousand dollars each, to Standing Rock front line warriors. Stick To Your Guns recently wrapped up the U.S. “Better Ash Than Dust Tour,” and will be headed to Australia and Europe in early 2017. More...

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Monster Energy Fort Rock Lineup Announced

A lineup featuring some of rock’s biggest artists has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Fort Rock taking place this coming Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

South Florida’s biggest rock festival will be led by Def Leppard (Saturday headliner), Soundgarden (Sunday headliner), and A Perfect Circle, and will feature performances from over 25 bands on two stages, including The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, and more.

Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages for Monster Energy Fort Rock will be available starting Tuesday, December 6th at this location. The current music lineup for Monster Energy Fort Rock includes:

Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In Flames, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, and more to be announced. More...

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Inexorable Releasing "Sea Of Dead Consciousness"

Godz Ov War Productions is proud to present Inexorable's third EP "Sea of Dead Consciousness." Originally released as a limited-edition cassette in 2015, "Sea of Dead Consciousness" was a strikingly unique 'n twisted slice of death metal that Godz Ov War Productions felt deserved a wider release.

Now amended with an additional track, "Sea of Dead Consciousness" plays more like an album, fully displaying the powers of this German duo. This new edition is due out January 31st, 2017 and will feature the following track listing:

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Mayhem cover)
6. I Fell Nothing (Immolation cover)
7. Black Magic Mushrooms (Mysticum cover) More...

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Seeker Posts "Submit" Video

The product of loathe and venom, Seeker just unleashed "Submit," the first performance-based video from new album "Loss." The track features guest vocals from TJ of Wrvth and can be seen below.

“This is one of the most vicious songs that we've ever recorded and was the first song that we wrote for 'Loss,'” explains bassist/vocalist Bryce Lucien. “With the lyrics ‘Bite down hard until teeth splinter, inhale, swallow, repeat,’ we fell the video really captures the lifeblood of the song. A huge thank you to our friend TJ from Wrvth for doing the guest vocals at the end.”

Seeker has been tour non-stop since its release, and now the Dallas trio is on a first headlining trek with support from Hollow Earth.

12/6 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/7 Cupertino, CA @ The X-Bar
12/8 Sparks, NV @ The Elbow Room
12/9 Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
12/10 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
12/11 Boise, ID @ The Eclypse
12/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
12/14 Denver, CO @ Trailside Saloon
12/15 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
12/16 Dallas, TX @ Renos Chop Shop
12/17 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar More...

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Virgin Steele Re-Issuing "Visions Of Eden"

SPV/Steamhammer is proud to re-release on February 17th, 2017 Virgin Steele's "Visions Of Eden" as a 2CD digipak.

The first disc will contain a remixed version of the entire album and the second disc will contain a remastered presentation of the original version.

The package will also include a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis. The full track listing for both discs will be as follows:

1) Immortal I Stand (The Birth Of Adam)
2) Adorned With The Rising Cobra
3) The Ineffable Name
4) Black Light On Black
5) Bonedust
6) Angel Of Death
7) God Above God
8) The Hidden God
9) Childslayer
10) When Dusk Fell
11) Visions Of Eden More...

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Seven Kingdoms Releases "Neverending" Video

Florida power metal act Seven Kingdoms recently unveiled the track listing and cover art for forthcoming full-length album, "Decennium." This 10 year anniversary album follows the successfully crowdfunded "In The Walls: EP, and will feature the two songs from the EP along with eight brand new tracks.

A crowdfunding campaign for "Decennium" will start on December 9th and run until the middle of January and the album is to be released at the end of January, 2017. Today a new video for the song "Neverending" comes online as an advance taste of the album.

The clip was shot at North Avenue studios during the tracking of the "Decennium" record and the live footage was filmed over the band's last tour featuring numerous stops in Florida. The CD pressing will be limited to 1,000 copies with the double vinyl LP limited to 250, and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Stargazer
2. Undying
3. In The Walls
4. The Tale Of Deathface Ginny
5. Castles In The Snow
6. Kingslayer
7. The Faceless Hero
8. Neverending
9. Hollow
10. Awakened From Nothing More...

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Mayhem Releasing "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive"

Norwegian black metal group Mayhem is celebrating the release of 1994 landmark "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" full-length with tours across the globe. This coming January, the band will march across North America performing the record in its monumental entirety.

In conjunction with these live appearances, Mayhem will also release "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive" on December 15th, 2016. The album was captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during a headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival. The show marked Mayhem's first time ever playing "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" in full.

On first single "From The Dark Past," Mayhem comments: "'From The Dark Past' has not been played many times live before, yet is in many ways an archetypical song from the band, containing key elements that are scattered throughout the rest of the album - blizzard blast beats and eerie atmospherics, all of course adorned by vocalist Attila Csihar's unique voice within the genre. 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' is widely considered one of the most influential black metal albums of all time, and this is the first time in history this classic album from 1994 is performed live in its entirety." More...

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Announces 2017 Shows

Following a triumphant sold-out show at the Birmingham Genting Arena earlier this year, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be returning to tour the U.K. in June of 2017.

The very special opening night will see the band headlining the second annual Stone Free Festival at The O2, London, which will be Blackmore’s first London show since 1995 with further shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

Sat 17th June – London The O2 – Stone Free Festival
Thurs 22nd June – Manchester Arena
Sun 25th June – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wed 28th June – Birmingham Genting Arena

Playing classics from both Rainbow and Deep Purple’s anthemic catalogue, the legendary guitarist needs no introduction and is universally acknowledged as a singular and visionary talent, one who has helped shape and define the landscape of rock music and the evolution of the guitar at its core.

With a background immersed in classical and r’n’b he was a founding member and driving force of Deep Purple, going on to form Rainbow in 1973, which sold in excess of 28 million albums. More...

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Bloodstock Wishes You A Metal Christmas

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival just checked in with this heavy metal Christmas greeting to fans and announcement about new band confirmations:

"As we pelt into December, Bloodstock HQ is getting some Christmas treats ready! As well as preparing the on-sale dates of VIP upgrades, the remainder of the VIP ticket allocation and this year’s deposit scheme, we’ve three more bands to announce for 2017!

"Joining the BOA fray for the first time are Skindred. The boisterous Welsh crew mix a unique blend of reggae, punk and metal and are renowned for their live shows. If you’ve ever taken part in Evil Scarecrow’s epic ‘Crabulon’ before, get ready to join in with the Newport helicopter! Check out ‘Sound The Siren’ from their current album ‘Volume,’ out now via Napalm Records.

"Also landing a main stage slot are Canadian thrash icons, Annihilator. Last year’s ‘Suicide Society’ album - the band’s fifteenth! - spawned tour dates around the globe, but rumour has it they’re heading back to the studio this month! More...

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Wolfheart Posts "Boneyard" Video

Finnish metal band Wolfheart just released a new single via Spotify, along with an accompanying YouTube video. Check out "Boneyard" below, which showcases an even more aggressive, faster, darker, and colder Wolfheart.

The upcoming Wolfheart album "Tyhjyys" ("Emptiness") will be released on the 3rd of March, 2017 via Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded recorded at Petrax studio (Hollola, Finland) and Deep Noise studios (Kouvola, Finland).

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The Press Gang Offering Track For Download

The Press Gang recently released fifth studio album "Medusa 5" via indie label Wiener Dogs. The ten track release showcases one of Calgary's most talked about bands with a blend of heavy riffing punk, metal, and hard rock.

Today these rabble-rousers are offering fans a free download of "Dagger In The Eye," the album's first track and homage to one of the world's greatest musical geniuses David Bowie. Listen in below or grab a free copy at PureGrainAudio here.

Vocalist / guitarist Colin McCulloch comments: "One of my biggest musical influences was David Bowie. His passing, and the way he checked out with his final album was nothing short of spellbinding, inspiring, and very humbling. This song is a tribute to the man and his work ethic, and a brute reminder that we are all indeed mortal. Life is short. Sing your OWN song, make your OWN mark upon the world. Let this be a call to arms to do just that each and every one of us. What this man did with his life creatively is staggering." More...

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Terror Signs With Pure Noise

Southern California’s veteran hardcore group Terror just joined Pure Noise Records. The band finds itself in good company with the Pasadena based label, whose roster includes Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts, The Story So Far, State Champs and Knocked Loose among others.

In addition the recent label signing, Terror will also release an impending new EP this coming spring. Full details are still forthcoming.

"After a great run of releasing records with Century Media and Victory for the last 10 years, it's exciting to find a fresh, new home for Terror,” says vocalist Scott Vogel. “We are humbled to still be a band with a lot of love and support around the world, and Pure Noise Records is exactly who we wanted to work with for our future. We look forward to the next chapter in this wild ride and couldn't be happier to be doing it together with Jake (Founder of Pure Noise Records).”

Since forming in 2002, Terror has become one of the hardcore genre’s most notorious and successful acts. Over the years the band has released 6 classic albums, the latest being "The 25th Hour," which was released by Victory Records in 2015

2017 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Terror with a new label and a savage new EP. Follow the band at Facebook for more updates. More...

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Echelon Posts New Song

Echelon - featuring Hail of Bullets and Paganizer members - will release new album "The Brimstone Aggrandizement" on December 22nd via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Another new song from that album comes online today. Check out "Lex Talionis" below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Plague of the Altruistic (streaming here)
2. The Forbidden Industry (streaming here)
3. Lex Talionis
4. Of Warlocks and Wolves
5. The Brimstone Aggrandizement
6. Vital Existence
7. The Feared Religion
8. Monsters in the Gene Pool / Sonic Vortex More...

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Yurodivy Posts "Children Of The Sun" Clip

French DIY outfit Yurodivy just released a video clip for the song "Children Of The Sun," extracted from an upcoming album titled "APHOS" and available for viewing below.

This new release will drop on LP and digital formats February 2nd, 2017 via Itawak records, Dingleberry Records and Distribution, Dead Punx Records, Dead Stallion & The Battalion Million, Maniyax Records, Rad Nauseam Records, Skatepizza and WOOAAARGH.

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Queensryche Releases "Hellfire" Video

Seattle's heavy metal icons from Queensryche are nearing the end of their "Condition Human" world tour, which has now brought them back to North America on a fall headlining run.

Continuing to build on the momentum of their latest studio album, the band has released a visceral new music video for "Hellfire", which spotlights the Malaysian passenger flight crisis in 2014. Speaking about the influence and subject matter for the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre states:

"'Hellfire' is a depiction primarily based on the tragic events surrounding the Malaysian airline flight MH17. Despite the storyline's foundation, the lyrical and visual narrative transcends into other pertinent, global subject matters. Civil unrest, guerrilla warfare, media propaganda, and social inequalities are just some examples of the multifaceted issues marbled throughout 'Hellfire'. A poignant illustration of an unfortunate yet timeless reality." More...

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Heavens Decay Premieres Full New Album Early

Next Monday, December 12th marks the release of "The Great Void Of Mystery," the debut album from Heavens Decay.

A week ahead of that drop date, we're letting you in on the mystery of the void early with a full, exclusive album premiere! Check out "The Great Void Of Mystery" below, and if you dig it, be sure to pre-order your own copy here.

Led by Julio Viterbo (Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph) the music is primarily NWOBHM-inspired music infused with the range of influences from Viterbo's impressive career as a musician.

After a long and illustrious path in death metal as a guitarist in the aforementioned bands, Viterbo decided to reconnect with the classic heavy metal that enveloped him as a youth and gave meaning to his life. This change in direction led to the launch of Heavens Decay.

After composing several songs, Viterbo invited Oscar Clorio to join him on the journey as drummer and the pair then recruited Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) as vocalist. The songs were completed via the Internet, as Oscar lives in Mexico City, while Julio and Nick call Chicago home.

Finally in July 2016, Heavens Decay recorded "The Great Void Of Mystery" in Chicago's Minbal studios. The album was engineered by Matt Russell and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound studios in Sweden. Artwork was created by Arturo Vargas at Souls Crematorium Art Studio and the full track listing is as follows: More...

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Symphonity Issues "King Of Persia" Lyric Video

Czech/German/Slovak power metal act Symphonity released a new lyric video for the song "King of Persia." The song is the title track of the latest album available now through Limb Music.

Check out the clip here:

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Hanging Garden Heads "Towards The Sun"

Hanging Garden released another new music video in support of the new EP "Hereafter," which is available now through Lifeforce Records. Check out the clip for "Towards the Sun," which features Swallow the Sun's Mikko Kotamäki as vocal guest.

Check out the clip here:

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Firewind Releases EPK Promo Clip For "Immortals"

Greek power metal group Firewind - led by guitar wizard Gus G. - released a EPK video for the upcoming new album "Immortals." The album is set to hit the streets on January 20, 2017 via AFM Records in North America and Century Media in Europe.

The clip gives a behind the scenes look into the making of "Immortals." The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Hands Of Time (song streaming here)
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
8. Immortals
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes
11. Vision Of Tomorrow (Bonus Track on Digipak)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Arduini/Balich Announces Debut Album

Arduini/Balich is the result of two very powerful figures in in the metal scene. Victor Arduini needs no introduction, being one of the founding members of Fates Warning. The same can be said for Brian "Butch" Balich, the mighty voice of Argus.

The project has released a preview clip showcasing the forthcoming debut album "Dawn of Ages." While only a mere fraction of the nearly 80-minute long record, the teaser video serves as a taste of what's to come when Cruz Del Sur Music releases this "doom-laden progressive wall of metal" next year. Check it out further below.

"Dawn Of Ages" will be released on February 24, 2017 as a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished by a wonderful, original Michael Cowell's (Alunah) artwork (shown below). The vinyl version will be released as a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus: Uriah Heep's "Sunrise", Beau Brummels' "Wolf Of Velvet Fortune" and Black Sabbath's "After All (The Dead)."

"Dawn Of Ages" is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music. A monumental piece of music on the level of While Heaven Wept or Atlantean Kodex's releases. A rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, progressive and doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor's guitar melodies empowered by Butch's passionate interpretation. Indeed "Dawn of Ages" is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover) More...

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Flotsam and Jetsam Thrashes Austin

Sunday December 4, 2016—

Veteran speedsters Helstar and Flotsam stopped in Austin, Texas for an old school metal throw down. New wave thrashers, Hatchet warmed up the crowd. Hair flew, fists pumped and even a mosh pit or two broke out. From pure speed to concrete grooves, from high pitch vocals to growls, the show was a lesson in true metal. More...

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Panzer Announces New Members, Releases New Song

German metal act Panzer - featuring bassist/vocalist Schmier (Destruction) and ex-Accept drummer Stefan Schwarzmann - announced a new lineup. Replacing Herman Frank on guitar will be Poltergeist guitarist V.O. Pulver and HammerFall's Pontus Norgren.

"After producing the debut with Panzer, the guys asked me to help them out live to help provide the double axe-attack on stage", recalls V.O. Pulver. "Of course I took the opportunity to rock out with my buddies. And when the chance came up to join them permanently, I didn't hesitate to accept and now I can't wait to play the sound of my youth!"

Pontus Norgren was just as excited to join the heavy metal war machine: "It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join the Panzer project, it was a straight up YES! To be able to create music with good friends is the most important thing in my world and in this band, having fun when making music, is number one. I'm looking forward to all of the craziness that the future is going to bring with these guys. So let's kick some serious...!" More...

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Daemoniac Announces Debut Full Length LP Details

The debut full length album by Italian death metal act Daemoniac is complete and ready to be unleashed on January 1st via Xtreem Music. "Spawn of the Fallen" is the continuation of the debut debut EP "Lord of Immolation," which was released in May 2015. The album was recorded at Sweden at Sunlight Studios with producer Tomas Skogsberg. Check out a taste with the new song "Procreation of Hatred" in the player below.

Formed back in 2013 by ex-Horrid bass player, Daemoniac follows the path laid down by the greats of Swedish death metal, but in a more dark and brutal way, with inspiration from bands like Nihilist, Crematory (SWE), Macrodex, early Necrophobic and Carnage. "Spawn of the Fallen" is an 8-song opus (including a Macrodex cover) which will surely stand out among countless other bands with its overwhelming brutality and ferocity that perfectly captures the essence and feeling of the '90s.

The track listing for "Spawn of the Fallen" is as follows:

1. Intro/Macabre Eucharist
2. Regurgitated From Hell
3. From Depths of Hideous Chasms
4. Spawn of the Fallen
5. Intro/Procreation of Hatred
6. Cursed Hecatomb
7. Upon Golgotha
8. Cremation (Macrodex cover) More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy: Sick Midsummer Fest 2017

Austria's metal underground festival Sick Midsummer has announced the addition of Austrian/French brutal death metal veterans of Monument Of Misanthropy to the billing of its 2017 edition. Sick Midsummer will take place on Saturday, July 8th, 2017, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Scharnstein, including the following so far confirmed bands:

Outre, Lebenssucht, Soul Demise.

Tickets for the festival can soon be ordered online HERE.

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A Dream of Poe Posts New Full-Album Stream

Portugal's A Dream of Poe premieres the full-album stream of the band's new album "A Waltz for Apophenia", out now via Solitude Productions.

Check out now "A Waltz for Apophenia" in its entirety below.

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Those Who Fear Debuts New Song "Heretic"

Those Who Fear debuts a new song entitled "Heretic", taken from the upcoming new album "State Of Mind", due out in stores on December 09th via Facedown Records. The track features a guest turn from Sleeping Giant frontman Tommy Green.

Check out now "Heretic" below.

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Boris The Blade Premieres New Song "Misery"

Melbourne’s Boris The Blade premieres a new song entitled "Misery", taken from the upcoming new album "Warpath", which will be out in stores January 27th through Siege Music. The new track features a guest turn from ex-Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon. The release will also feature guest turns from Within The Ruins and Carnifex‘s frontmen as well.

Check out now "Misery" below.

The track listing for "Warpath" shapes up as follows: More...

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