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Last updated on July 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM ET

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

A389 Recordings Streaming Digital Compilation

A389 Recordings is streaming a new "digital mix tape" compilation feature 54 tracks of hardcore and metal! You can listen to the all the songs below, or download a copy of the compilation at Bandcamp here. The full track listing can be found after the jump.


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Lo-Pan Reveals "Colossus" Details

The Ohio riff peddlers in Lo-Pan are pleased to unveil the details of their long awaited new full-length fittingly titled "Colossus."

Lo-Pan's fourth opus is named for the Colossus of Rhodes: a ninety-six-foot statue of the titan-god of the sun, Helios, constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the Greek city of Rhodes itself.

In the three years since of the release of third long-player, "Salvador," the Columbus four-piece has logged countless miles, crossing the country multiple times over on headlining tours and supporting the likes of Torche, High on Fire, KEN mode, Whores, Fu Manchu and Weedeater.

For the first time in the band's near decade-long existence, Lo-Pan knew exactly what it wanted when hitting the studio. The group road-tested songs like "Eastern Seas" and the title track for over a year, and then partnered with producer/engineer Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his Translator Audio studio in Brooklyn.

The album features cover art by Jason Alexander Byers (ex-Disengage, Black Black Black) and will have the following track listing: More...

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Albez Duz Releasing "The Coming Of Mictlan"

While Iron Bonehead Productions is known for unleashing the ugliest, gnarliest metal the underground has to offer, the label also has a keen knack for discovering near-uncategorizable talent within that same underground.

Enter Germany's Albez Duz and second album, "The Coming of Mictlan," set for international release on September 12th. Iron Bonehead comments:

"Truly an as-yet-undiscovered gem, the duo of Albez Duz create dynamic, emotive, expertly textured monoliths of sound that pull from various threads of doom metal, pyschedelic rock, dark ambient, and even neofolk, first unveiled in 2009 with their self-titled debut album. Now, with The Coming of Mictlan, Albez Duz have both made bolder strides sonically and seemingly perfected their idiosyncratic, oft-elegiac craft.

"Dark and most doomed for sure, there's a softer side to The Coming of Mictlan that easily evades the now well-worn cliches of doom metal and occult rock. These gentlemen are neither into perfection nor being a philanthropic Samaritan. Albez Duz is about blood, occultism, the drive for Gnosis, the savoring of nostalgia and melancholy. The aim is not to indoctrinate but to offer a balance to society – a spiritual sanctuary. The band considers itself as unity that consequently abstains from any names and rather focuses on their artistic performance than on image and personality cult. More...

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Cvlt Nation Releases Joy Division Cover Album

Cvlt Nation is proud to present the site's fourth covers compilation in an ongoing series with Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures."

Available now for streaming and free download at CVLTNation.com here, the collection features Arctic Flowers, Cemetery, Pinkish Black, Theologian, Old Witch, Dreadlords, Annex, Masses, Crimson Scarlet and Sun Splitter all delivering their own creative renditions of this seminal post punk album.

The CVLT Nation Sessions is a musical project with the aim of reinterpreting iconic music that has influenced a wide spectrum of genres, while also widening the audience for the participating bands. All the mastering is done by Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee with the exception of Arctic Flowers' "Wilderness," mastered by Brad Boatright. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dreadlords - Disorder
2. Annex - Day Of The Lords
3. Theologian - Candidate
4. Old Witch - Insight
5. Pinkish Black - New Dawn Fades
6. Masses - She's Lost Control
7. Cemetary - Shadowplay
8. Arctic Flowers - Wilderness
9. Crimson Scarlet - Interzone
10. Sun Splitter - I Remember Nothing More...

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Meridian Streams "Everything That Kept Me Moving"

Alternative hardcore newcomers Meridian (not to be confused with various other bands of the same name from the U.S. and Chile) will release Victory Records debut "The Awful Truth" on September 2nd.

Today you can hear the brand new track “Everything That Kept Me Moving” in the player below. In addition to the lead off track, "The Awful Truth" features twelve emotionally-charged, melodic hardcore tracks heaving with infectious melodies and pitch-perfect harmonies layered alongside guttural vocal roars.

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Deformatory To Release New Album

Ottawa, ON death metal band Deformatory will release second full-length album "Malediction" in 2015 via CDN Records.

The group's debut album "In The Wake of Pestilence" was just released in December of 2013 and Deformatory has been hard at work writing new more intense material ever since. Check out a brief teaser for "Malediction" below.

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Ides Of Gemini Posts Album Trailer

As "Old World New Wave," the new full-length from Ides Of Gemini, draws near, today the band offers up a haunting new trailer to whet the appetites of fans hungry for the forthcoming platter of ethereal nightmares.

Directed and produced by singer/bassist Sera Timms and shot by Timms with drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, the clip can be seen below.

Ides Of Gemini features Timms (also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Mare), Johnston-Gibson, and guitarist Jason Bennett. "Old World New Wave" was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.

"Old World New Wave" will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via Sige Records on September 16th, 2014. More...

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Sepultura Announces Live Release

In celebration of an astounding thirty-year career, Sepultura will unleash a new live offering entitled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" in North America via Eagle Rock Entertainment on September 16th, 2014.

In a performance that finds Sepultura accompanied throughout by the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles, the show was recorded from the band's main stage appearance at the legendary Rock In Rio gala in 2013. The following press release was also issued:

"Featuring 'Refuse/Resist,' 'Territory,' and 'Roots Bloody Roots,' which sees the audience chanting the entire cut from beginning to end, the sheer volume of sound, percussive enormity and powerful presentation sets this release apart from any previous Sepultura concert offering to date.

"With a one-hour run time divided into thirteen cuts, the album also features a cover of Prodigy's 'Firestarter,' the fan-chanted 'Sepulnation,' and music from the band's Kairos full-length. Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio will come available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band's history, Blu-Ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. More...

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Scythian Signs New Record Deal

Hells Headbangers is proud to announce the signing of U.K. black/death metal cult Scythian. The band has signed on for two full-length albums, and is currently hard at work on a label debut (and second LP overall), to be recorded in November at Priory Studios in Birmingham with Esoteric's Greg Chandler. Scythian will commission macabre Czech artist Blanka Dvorak to do the cover.

Scythian is the first U.K. extreme metal band to sign with Hells Headbangers, and the label states that the forthcoming album will establish the band as a force of British individualism and take its existing sound on a darker, more dystopian journey. The album is as yet untitled, but a teaser video can be found below.

A statement from the band reads: "After ten years of fighting tooth and nail, we've finally come out on top. Times have been hard, but they've bred a new kind of band - one that will follow its ambitions to the ends of the earth. We are immensely proud to announce our pact with Hells Headbangers. This is a historic day for us and for the resurgent UK scene. Scythian is a metaphor for the unorthodox, relentless, and unfashionable sounds of London. Though the trends of the last ten years have always stood against us, we have endured and prospered. Let this album be our revenge on the mediocre and self-indulgent work of our times. Many bands talk of being individual, of 'having their own sound.' We have never known anything but our own path. The coming album will establish Scythian as a strong and independent force." More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

At The Gates
Carach Angren
Evil Invaders
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak

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Scanner Unveils Artwork For "The Judgement"

German power metal act Scanner has unveiled the artwork for the upcoming long awaited release "The Judgement." The album is the follow up to the 2002 release "Scantropolis" and marks the first to feature vocalist Efthimios Ioannidis, who joined the band in 2003. "The Judgement" is set for release on December 5th via Massacre Records.

In recent news, the band welcomed back drummer Patrick Klose, who previously played with Scanner from 2010-2011. He replaced Franz Eichberger, who left in 2013 due to "religiously motivated reasons."

The artwork for "The Judgement" can be viewed here:


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DeLand Rock & Metal Festival Adds Sacrophagi

Promoters for the Metal Underground.com sponsored DeLand Rock & Metal Festival have announced that Pensacola deathcore act Sacrophagi has been added to the Saturday, November 8th portion of the event. Sacrophagi recently won the Sumerian Records battle of the bands to be added to the Summer Slaughter tour stop in St. Petersburg, FL on July 29th.

The DeLand Rock & Metal Festival will take place from November 7-9, 2014 at OB's Restaurant & Lounge located at 1750 North Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. The event will have two outdoor stages, the Main Stage and OB's Stage. Camping will be available. For all information on the event and where you can purchase one day, two day, VIP and camping tickets, head over to the official Facebook page at this location.

Previously announced headline acts include Seven Kingdoms, Massacre, Widow and Warforged along with notable acts: A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze and Draekon.

The very latest lineup and schedule is as follows, with more announcements expected soon:


1|6:15-6:45 - TBA
2|7:00-7:30 - TBA
3|7:45-8:15 - Unsung Hero - Metal from Tampa, FL
4|8:30-9:00 - TBA
5|9:15-9:45 - ShadowStrike - Power Metal from NY
6|10:00-10:45 - Judicator - Power Metal from Tuscon, AZ
7|11:00-11:30 - Project: Roenwolfe - Power Metal from AZ/FL
8| 11:45-12:30 - Fathoms Pass - Progressive Metal from Tampa, FL


1|12:00-12:30 - Koffity - Metal from Panama City, FL
3|1:00-1:30 - TBA
5|2:00-2:30 - All Hell - Death Metal from Longwood, FL
7|3:00-3:30 - Atlas - Metal from Melbourne, FL
9|4:00-4:30 - TBA
11|5:00-5:30 - Sacrophagi - Deathcore from Pensacola, FL
13|6:00-6:30 - The Bride Wore Blood - Deathcore from Orlando, FL
15|7:00-7:30 - Orbweaver - Experimental Metal from Miami, FL
17|8:00-8:45 - Promethean Horde - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
19|9:30-10:15 - Ovid's Withering - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
21|11:15-12:00 - Warforged - Death Metal from Chicago, IL More...

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Orange Goblin And Winterfylleth To Play Damnation

English stoner rock band Orange Goblin is the latest name to be added to the 10th anniversary Damnation Festival bill.

Orange Gobline will be joined by black metal quartet Winterfylleth and post-punk outfit October File, with both bands airing material from new albums at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1st.

The trio of new additions bolster an impressively eclectic line-up which already boasts Bolt Thrower's only U.K. appearance, a Cannibal Corpse headline set and St. Vitus performing "Born Too Late" in full.

Orange Goblin said: "Over the last few years, Damnation has cemented itself into one of the UK's leading metal festivals, so it is a great honour to be asked back to play for a second time.
"It is already a great line up of bands, and we can't wait to be part of it."

Winterfylleth added: "We are proud to announce we will be playing Damnation Festival once again in 2014. The response we had in 2012 was mind blowing and we hope to see you all there once again. Damnation is a festival we always attend as fans regardless of playing and a must for all serious metal fans. We have a new album out a few weeks before the festival, so will be playing some exclusive new material for the first time on the day.”

October File also comments: "We are over the moon to be playing what is becoming one of the most important and special events in the UK. Damnation has worked hard to forge a name that is a must for fans and underground talent."

The line-up for Damnation Festival so far includes: Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Saint Vitus, Raging Speedhorn, Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh, Ahab, Revocation, Solstafir, Winterfylleth, H A R K, October File, Bast, Atlantis and Corrupt Moral Altar, with many more bands to be announced across four stages. More...

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Hark Posts Tour Teaser

A new teaser trailer has been posted online for the forthcoming Hark / Ken Mode U.K. & European co-headline tour. Check it out below, and you can see the two bands live on these dates:

25-09 NL Amsterdam, Winston
26-09 NL Oss, Groene Engel
27-09 DK Copenhagen, Stengade
30-09 BE Brussels, Magasin4
01-10 FR Orleans, L'Astrolabe
02-10 FR Nantes, Ferrailleur
03-10 ES Barcelona, Razzmatazz
06-10 FR Toulouse, Saint des Seins
07-10 FR Montpellier, Black Sheep
08-10 IT Milan, LoFi
09-10 AT Innsbruck, PMK
10-10 DE Chemnitz, AC17
12-10 BE Liege, La Zona
14-10 UK London, Our Black Heart
17-10 UK Glasgow, Audio
19-10 UK Swansea, Garage More...

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Blood Of Kingu Premiering New Track

We've got a premiere today sure to blacken up your week by Blood Of Kingu - a cult act formed in the Ukraine in 2005 by none other than Drudkh mainman Roman Sayenko.

Since Blood Of Kingu's inception, the quartet has released two full-length albums: 2007's "De Occulta Philosophia" and 2010's "Sun in the House of the Scorpion." Now with new album "Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" due out next month, we bring you the grim track "The Bringer of Pestilence," which can be heard below.

"Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" has been scheduled for a September 2nd release in North America (August 29th worldwide). Pre-orders are available through Season of Mist here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Crowned Scarlet Moon Is Waiting For Eclipse
2. He Who Is Not To Be Named
3. Mother Hydra
4. Enshrined In The Nethermost Lairs Beneath The Oceans (streaming here)
5. Red Star On The Path Of Ea
6. Sigil Of The Watcher
7. Prayer To The Gods Of Night
8. The Bringer Of Pestilence
9. The Cycle Returneth More...

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Accept Posts "Blind Rage" Trailer, Part I

Legendary German metal act Accept has posted the first episode in a series of preview clips for the band's upcoming new album "Blind Rage." The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on August 15th (EU) August 18th (UK and France) and August 19th (United States).

The video features guitarist Wolf Hoffmann speaking about the album. The track list for "Blind Rage" is:

1. Stampede (see music video here)
2. Dying Breed
3. Dark Side Of My Heart
4. Fall Of The Empire
5. Trail Of Tears
6. Wanna Be Free
7. 200 Years
8. Bloodbath Mastermind
9. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey

Check out episode one here: More...

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Lord Volture Posts "Will To Power" Preview Clip

Dutch metal act Lord Volture posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "Will to Power," the band's third studio release. In addition, the release date has been announced as September 12, 2014 via Mausoleum Records.

The track list for "Will to Power" is:

1. Where The Enemy Sleep
2. Taklamakan
3. The Pugilist
4. Will To Power
5. My Sworn Enemy
6. The Great Blinding
7. Omertà
8. Badajoz (1812)
9. Line 'em Up!

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Gauntlet Releases "Beyond The Wall" Music Video

Japanese power metal act Gauntlet released a new music video for the track "Beyond the Wall." The song appears on the debut release "Birthplace of Emperor," which was issued just yesterday via Spiritual Beast Records.

The track list for "Birthplace of Emperor" is:

1. The Arousal
2. Beyond the Wall
3. In My Life
4. Arising for the Faith
5. Lead Us
6. Journey Over the Decade
7. Garden of Vengeance
8. 'Til the Seasons Rush Away
9. Spread Your Wings (BoE'ver)
10. The Day After...

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Mastercastle Announces New Album

Italian power metal act Mastercastle, featuring Athlantis guitarist Pier Gonella and Athlantis/Tragedian bassist Steve Vawamas, has announced that the band's fifth studio effort will be entitled "Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale." The album is targeted for a fall release via Scarlet Records.

Founded in 2008 by guitarist Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/Neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to "an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums." After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, Mastercastle are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of the new album.

This album was inspired by the different meanings and aspects of "censorship," and has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining the trademark sound. A special guest appearance will be made by Andrea De Paoli, keyboardist for Labyrinth has been confirmed.

More information on the new album is expected soon. More...

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Mortals Premieres "View From A Tower" Music Video

Brooklyn sludge act Mortals premiered the new music video "View From A Tower" over at Metal Injection at this locaiton (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "Cursed to See the Future," which was issued earlier this month via Relapse Records.

Check out the video here:

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Alberto Rigoni Announces Guest For New Album

Bassist Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits) announced that DGM guitarist and famed producer Simone Mularoni (Empyros/Epysode) will be a special guest on the new solo album "Overloaded." The album is set for release on October 1st (Any and All Records). Mularoni will join previously named guests Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie) and Fabrizio “Bicio” Leo.

Mularoni also handled the mixing of the drums for "Overloaded." Behind the scenes footage of Mularoni's recording session can be viewed here:

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Enchant Announces New Album "The Great Divide"

San Francisco progressive rock/metal act Enchant will release the eighth studio effort "The Great Divide" on September 29th in North America via InsideOut Music. It is the first release in eleven years, with the last - "Tug of War" - issued in 2003 via InsideOut.

Enchant is the Bay Area's long-running prog rock institution, founded in 1989, with the debut album "A Blueprint of the World" released in 1995. Main songwriter and guitarist Douglas A. Ott had the following to say about the upcoming release: "Well, it's finally here folks! There was a time when I was unsure of Enchant's future but fear not. We've made another album after 10 years and are very excited and proud of this endeavor! Our new album is called The Great Divide and we can't wait for you to hear it! Nine brand-new ENCHANT tracks, including one instrumental. Classic ENCHANT but with a bunch of new twists and turns. Long time in the making but it is surely worth the wait. Coming out late September, so be sure to check it out!"

The track list for "The Great Divide" is:

1. Circles
2. Within an Inch
3. The Great Divide
4. All Mixed Up
5. Transparent Man
6. Life in a Shadow
7. Deserve to Feel
8. Here and Now
9. Prognosticator More...

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Bloodtruth Details Debut Album "Obedience"

Italy's Bloodtruth, initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, posted details on the upcoming debut album "Obedience." The album is set to drop via California-based Unique Leader Records on September 16th.

Bloodtruth now features the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer Giacomo Torti. According to the press release Bloodtruth "heaves forth a sonic fire ball of speed, brutality and unadulterated hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early '90s death metal and evocative Gregorian chant, representing the band's homeland and history, with methodical technicality, Bloodtrueth [is] ceaseless in [it's] ear-lacerating capabilities."

"Obedience" was engineered by Fleshgod Apocalypse's Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera at Sonic Hammer Studios, then mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Inherit Disease et al).

The track list for "Obedience" is:

1. Subvenite (Intro)
2. Surrounded By Blind Bigots
3. Throes Of Death
4. Suppurating Of Deception
5. Coerced To Serve
6. Quench Your Thirst
7. Summoning The Heretics
8. Foresworn
9. March Of The Fools
10. Obedience More...

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The Prophecy 23 Announces New Album

German thrashers The Prophecy 23 announced that the follow up to the 2012 release "Green Machine Laser Beam" will be entitled "Untrue Like A Boss." A promo clip for the release, which features the album artwork and behind the scenes studio footage can be viewed in the player below. The album is set for release via Massacre Records on September 26, 2014.

More information on "Untrue Like A Boss" is expected soon. Check out the promo clip here:

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Stryper Announces New Live Release

Stryper announced the impending release of the new live CD/DVD release entitled "Live At The Whisky," which is set for release on September 23rd via Frontiers Records. The concert footage was recorded at a sold-out performance last November at the famous Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California.

The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest release, "No More Hell To Pay." From the show opener “Legacy” to the final notes of show finale "Soldiers Under Command," "Live At The Whisky" documents Stryper’s musical legacy spanning 30 years. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) showcase the musicianship and songs that garnered the band a large fan base in the mainstream world. "Live At The Whisky" was produced by Michael Sweet and is available for pre-order at Amazon at this location.

"We've always wanted to record a live album that captures the rawness of the band and this is it! We couldn't be more thrilled then to have captured this at the infamous Whisky, where it all began for us. After 30 years, we're still proud to do what we do and hopefully it shows. This is an intimate performance, the way it should be." More...

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Crimson Shadows Posts "Kings Among Men" Preview

Canadian melodic death metal act Crimson Shadows has posted an interactive preview for the upcoming new album "Kings Among Men," the sophomore full length album. The interactive preview, available in the player below, features clips from the entire release.

"Kings Among Men" drops on September 1st in the U.K. & September 9th in North America via Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. March of Victory
2. Rise to Power
3. Heroes Among Us
4. A Gathering of Kings
5. Maidens Call
6. Braving the Storm
7. Freedom and Salvation Intro
8. Freedom and Salvation
9. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides

Check out the preview here: More...

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Bullet Posts "Storm Of Blades" Music Video

Sweden's Bullet posted a new music video for the new track "Storm of Blades." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new album, set to release on September 5th (EU) and September 9th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "Storm of Blades" is:

1. Uprising
2. Storm Of Blades
3. Riding High
4. Tornado
5. Hawk Eyes
6. This One’s For You
7. Hammer Down
8. It’s On
9. Crossfire
10. Run With The Hunted
11. Coming In Loud (Bonus Track - Digipak Edition)

The video was produced by Philip Truong for Bläcksquid Inc. Check it out here: More...

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Words Of Farewell Splits With Guitarist

German melodic death metal act Words of Farewell announced the departure of guitarist Henrik Tschierschky, due to time constraints of job and university occupations. Tschierschky joined the band in 2011 and appeared on both the debut "Immersion" and the sophomore album "The Black Wild Yonder," which was just issued this past February via AFM Records. The fill in guitarist for live performances will be Robin Dirks (Victims of Prejudice) as the band seeks a permanent replacement.

The announcement reads: "We are sad to announce that we've recently split ways with guitarist Henrik Tschierschky who will no longer be with us due to time constraints resulting from job and university occupations. We had a blast playing with him, hanging out with him, and do wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

"Currently Robin Dirks (Ex Master Splinter & Victims of Prejudice) is filling in. But for geographical reasons we are still looking for a full time member for the slot.

"So if you feel like you're up for the task and live nearby Marl, NRW, hit us up for more information on how to audition for the slot." More...

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