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Last updated on January 23, 2017 at 7:56 AM ET

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Dark Rites Issues Debut Release Today

January 23rd 2017 sees the release of Dark Rites debut album "Dark Rites," released worldwide on Sliptrick Records. A classic mix of hard and heavy to bring in the new year.

The band was established by Randy (USA) and Wojtek (UK) in early 2016 after weeks of planning and overcoming physical obstacles due the members living on different continents. With rehearsals being almost impossible on a regular basis, modern technology lent a hand and saved the day. Oskar (Sweden), previously of Disrupted I, joined Dark Rites shortly afterwards and since then they have worked on the songs featured on the forthcoming album. Much of the work was done in their home recording studio, and not being subjected to time limits or deadlines, allowed the band to hone and perfect each song until they finally reached their desired effect.

All the songs on the album are strongly influenced by the characters within the band, with lyrics inspired by our beliefs, views and fascinations. The group share a strong passion for metal music and take inspiration from many metal sub-genres and many diverse artist. This has given the band a fresh view on the composition of the songs and they have not been afraid to mix converging styles to achieve the best possible result. The Dark Rites album is exactly this! A complete combination of death metal melodic lines, powerful riffs, thrash metal tempos, heavy metal solos which combined with powerful vocal offer a unique metal experience. As a band, the members have never wanted to be restricted to a certain style when it comes to creating music and writing songs and so they have striven to blend different aspects of their influences into an original whole. Some may call it death metal or metalcore and others may call it alternative metal, but for Dark Rites it has always been about expressing their passion for metal music.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Dark Rites
2. Faces in the Crowd
3. Buried Within
4. Hall of the Slain
5. Dyatlov
6. John Frum
7. Bleeding Kansas
8. Murder Capitol More...

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Torrefy Unveils The "Thrashiest Dictator" Of All

Canadian thrash act Torrefy issued a new lyric video for the song "Thrashiest Dictator." The song appears on the self-released sophomore album "The Infinity Complex," which was issued back in August. Pick up your copy of the album at this location.

Check out the clip here:

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Diviner Releases "Riders From The East" Video

Greek heavy metal act Diviner - featuring ex-InnerWish vocalist Yiannis Papanikolaou - issued a new music video for the track "Riders From The East." The song appears on the 2015 debut album "Fallen Empires," which is available through Ulterium Records. A review for the album can be read at this location.

The video contains footage from the bands shows in Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as backstage/rehearsal footage. It was directed by Antonis Mad-Tøny Taniskidis and features guest vocals by Mina Giannopoulou. Check out the clip here:

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Horisont Says Its "About Time"

Swedish hard rock act Horisont released a video clip for the new song "About Time." The song is the closing track and title song the the upcoming release set to drop on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hive
2. Electrical (this location.

The album was recorded at Wisseloord, ICP Belgium. The mixing was completed by Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed) with additional mixing by Stefan Glaumann (Within Temptation, Rammstein, Paradise Lost). Ted Jensen (Machine Hear, Death Angel, Thy Art Is Murder) of Sterling Sound in New York City and Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner (David Bowie, Suicidal Tendencies, Gemini Syndome) handled the mastering of "The Sick, Dumb & Happy."

The Charm The Fury has matured since the debut "A Shade Of My Former Self." With several of Europe's biggest festivals under their belt, they have transformed their sound into a startling slab of ultra-modern but utterly distinctive metal that shrewdly and honestly redefines what The Charm The Fury is all about. Driven by a collective distaste for the state of the world in the 21st century, the band recorded an angry album underpinned by ferocious intelligence and a heartfelt desire to wake people out of their digital stupors.

Below is the track list for album:

1. Down On The Ropes
2. Echoes
3. Weaponized
4. No End In Sight
5. Blood And Salt
6. Corner Office Maniacs
7. The Future Need Us Not
8. Silent War
9. The Hell In Me
10. Songs Of Obscenity
11. Break And Dominate More...

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Fourth Studio Video Posted By Apocalypse Orchestra

Swedish medieval metal act Apocalypse Orchestra posted a fourth studio video report in an ongoing series leading up to the release of debut record which expected via Despotz Records in 2017. Details of the album have yet to be disclosed.

Apocalypse Orchestra was formed by mult-instrumentalists Mikael (Vocals, guitars, mandola, lute and cittern) and Erik (Hurdy gurdy, mandola, bagpipes, backing vocals) who developed a bond over their mutual love of the unlikely combination of folk music and doom metal. With a foundation of original music and lyrics the duo also decided to incorporate melodies stemming from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a long gone era.

The songs tell stories of plagues, of hell and the senseless acts of war and suffering, all while weaving a romantic era thread combined with the crushing modern metal mentality that only Apocalypse Orchestra can deliver.

In the latest clip - which you can check out here - the "folky stuff" is recorded: More...

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Majesty Plans To "Die Like Kings"

Germany metal act Majesty issued a lyric video for the new song "Die Like Kings." The song will be featured on the band's new opus "Rebels" coming via NoiseArt Records on March 3rd.

The track list for "Rebels" is:

1. Path to Freedom
2. Die Like Kings
3. Rebels of Our Time
4. Yolo Hm
5. The Final War
6. Across the Lightning
7. Fireheart
8. Iron Hill
9. Heroes in the Night
10. Running for Salvation
11. Fighting till the End More...

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Mastodon Posts Second Teaser Video For New Album

Mastodon posts another hilarious teaser video for its forthcoming new album, which is expected out this spring. The band recorded the effort with Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, Korn etc.).

Check out now "Am I prepared? That is the question." below.

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Withered Premieres New Lyric Video

Atlanta's Withered premieres a new lyric video for "To Glimpse Godliness", taken from the band's 2016 album "Grief Relic". Explains Withered:

"The lyrics are a continuation from ‘Distort, Engulf’ (Grief Relic). These songs pair up to illustrate becoming overwhelmed by the frustration with the mortal limitations of human existence. It ponders your willingness to cast off this physical existence and achieve an aethereal sense of timelessness & limitlessness. To perceive the universe as a blank nothingness from a lone, single consciousness is to glimpse godliness."

Check out now "To Glimpse Godliness" below.

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Grima Debuts New Song "The Moon and Its Shadows"

Siberian atmospheric black metal outfit Grima debuts a new song titled "The Moon and Its Shadows", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Tales of the Enchanted Woods", will be released by Naturmacht Productions on February 25th, 2017, in a 4-panel digipak edition.

Check out now "The Moon and Its Shadows" below.

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Trivium Taps Bent As New Drummer & Shares Clip

Trivium has officially confirmed that the band has tapped drummer Alex Bent (Dragonlord, ex-Battlecross, etc.) for the upcoming European/UK tour. Rumors of Bent being recruited by the band first emerged a few weeks back.

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto tweeted Bent‘s yesterday: "So as to who is playing for us in the UK/EU… Alex sent us this video two days after being put in touch with him. We also had a few weeks of rehearsal together in November."

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