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Last updated on September 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM ET
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8 news articles posted today (and counting...)
NYHC outfit Sick Of It All just launched a new lyric video for the song "DNC," available below thanks to Invisible Oranges. "DNC" is taken off the upcoming "Last Act Of Defiance" album, due out September 30th, 2014.
After playing a run of festival dates in Europe during the past summer, Sick Of It All will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour. Before that the band will do two shows in the U.S. on these dates:
October 4th - Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
November 8th - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
EMP Persistence Tour 2015 w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth
15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin - Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris - Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich - Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava - Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden - Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze - Brielpoort More...
Pennsylvania's Texas In July today releases monstrous new album, "Bloodwork," via Equal Vision Records.
Texas In July just kicked off a U.S. tour with After The Burial in support of the new record. Dates are as follows:
Sep 16 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sep 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Sep 19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Sep 20 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Sep 22 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Sep 23 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sep 24 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sep 25 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sep 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep 27 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock
Sep 28 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
Sep 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 1 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 2 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
Oct 3 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 4 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Oct 5 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcat’s West
Oct 7 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Oct 9 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Oct 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre More...
On October 13th, the French grand masters of blasphemy in Necrowretch will return with the "Even Death May Die" release.
This strictly limited 7" includes one brand new track (the title track), as well as an evil cover version of Slayer's classic "Black Magic." It's also the first taste of Necrowretch's upcoming second album, "With Serpents Scourge," which is scheduled for release in January 2015. Century Media comments:
"With the recruitment of Ilmar as Necrowretch's new drummer, the band has managed to push their limits further than ever before, delivering their filthiest, most ruthless and most diverse material to date. Necrowretch has retained their bestial intensity while adding a touch of melody as well. Expect a ferocious mix of Sweden's Merciless, the insane fury of classic Impaled Nazarene and a dose of mid 90's black/death!
"Even Death May Die is limited to 500 copies worldwide: 400 on black vinyl, 100 on golden vinyl. Stay tuned for the CM Distro USA pre-order coming soon!"
Even Death May Die
Black Magic (Slayer cover version) More...
Sister Sin will release fifth studio album "Black Lotus" on October 27th, 2014. Metal Hammer today dishes out the initial preview of "Black Lotus" with the premiere of the "Chaos Royale" lyric video.
Check it out below. Pre-orders are available over at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Food For Worms
2. Chaos Royale
3. Au Revoir
4. Desert Queen
5. Count Me Out
6. Stones Thrown
7. The Jinx
8. Ruled By None
9. Sail North More...
Finnish band Callisto, perhaps best known for post-metal classic "Noir" (2006), has announced the band's fourth album shall be titled "Secret Youth."
The band is putting finishing touches to the mix with producer Jonas Olsson, who also worked on the group's previous albums. Due to delays with the process, the album will be released on January 30th, 2015 instead of November 2014, as originally planned.
Callisto's "Secret Youth" will be the band's first release with new label home, Svart Records. Guitarist Markus Myllykangas describes the forthcoming album as "a tighter and less progressive affair" than its predecessor, "Providence" (2009).
For the album covers, the band is working with renowned Finnish photographer Juha Metso, whose somber black-and-white photography the band feels suits the music perfectly. Svart Records will announce the album cover and tracklisting for "Secret Youth" shortly.
The PA metal torchbearers from Black Crown Initiate have debuted a second song titled "Withering Waves" from their upcoming debut LP "The Wreckage Of Stars," due out on September 30th, 2014. Give it a listen below.
Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on this debut LP. Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for "The Wreckage Of Stars."
Black Crown Initiate will also be touring with fellow PA metal heads The Rivers Of Nihil throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates Unearth on the Hell Or High Wattage tour.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
10. Linear More...
Swedish supergroup Bloodbath is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, "Grand Morbid Funeral," on November 18th through Peaceville Records.
Following the departure of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer U.K. has broken the news that the new vocalist will be Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes.
Blakkheim (guitar) commented, "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's Grand Morbid Funeral!"
Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, "Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"
"Grand Morbid Funeral" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo. More...
The first date for the Pain of Salvation/Vangough North American tour (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com) doubled as ProgPower USA’s unofficial “Midweek Mayhem” show on September 10th in Atlanta, Georgia at The Loft music venue. Power metal band Theocracy joined for a set in-between the two bands to balance out the power- and progressive-metal for the evening with a powerful galloping energy. In the style of the three bands combined, here is a lyrical retelling of the experience of that show by writer Frank Serafine. More...