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Last updated on July 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM ET

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

Hope Drone Plucks The Chords Beneath The Earth

Following the previous stream of "Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow," Hope Drone now has another otherwordly black metal track online from forthcomign album "Cloak Of Ash." Experience "The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth" in the player below.

New album "Cloak Of Ash" was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and the band (also at Wavelength Studios), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

"The music is something that was created to lose yourself in and whatever comes out of that is a valid experience," issues of the band on the cathartic elements of their latest offering. "A lot of reactions to our music refer to as nihilistic and honestly while it is bleak at times, there is a lot more going on and not excessive amounts of pure negativity." More...

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Raven Announces North American Tour

NWOBHM outfit Raven will soon return to the road in North America supporting latest release "ExtermiNation" (reviewed here).

The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below. If you missed it, check out the band's recent video for "Battle March/Tank Treads" at this location.

8/27: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus
8/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery
8/29: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live
8/30: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
8/31: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/1: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique
9/2: Toronto, ON @ Garrison
9/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
9/4: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
9/6: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
9/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java More...

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Destroyer 666 Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the re-signing of Destroyer 666. The influential metal cult act will again release its next extreme masterpiece via the label.

Regarding the re-signing, guitarist/vocalist KK comments: "Believing it is preferable to go with the devil you know, Destroyer 666 has signed for our next album with Season of Mist."

Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian adds: "Even though they are not the easiest to deal with, re-signing Destroyer 666 is something I really wanted. When you operate in the metal scene, you sometimes need to face the real bad boys. This is not about playing safe."

What a ringing endorsement, eh? Sounds like the band and label just loooove each other. Set to record late July, the forthcoming album promises a return to Destroyer 666's thrashing roots. When asked about the delay between albums (the last studio full-length was "Defiance" back in 2009), KK responded:

"I have been busy with what every red blooded headbanger wants to do: tons of sex, drugs, and heavy metal - just a lot more from all of it than I had planned. Well, now I have taken a break from such things to finish the album, deal with wankers, and start gigging again." More...

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Deiphago Reveals A "Serpentine Anti-World"

Today, Deiphago (a band that contrary to press releases is very likely no more violent than any other) premieres the new track "Serpentine Anti-world" online.

The track hails from Deiphago's fourth album, "Into the Eye of Satan," set for international release on August 7th via Hells Headbangers. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Intro: Obliteration
2. Evil and Adverse
3. Bloodbath of Genocide
4. (6 x 6 x 6) / 3
5. Serpentine Anti-world
6. Calculated Acts of Cruelty
7. Red Dragon of Chaos
8. Ritual Death of the Enemy
9. Into the Eye of Satan More...

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Soilwork Posts New Song Snippet On....MYSPACE?

Whoa what the hell - apparently MySpace wants back into the music game? In a sentence I probably haven't typed in 6+ years, somehow Myspace has premiered a snippet of new music from Soilwork (which of course can also be heard below if you don't care to return to that barren social media wasteland).

Soilwork will release forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic," worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, with pre-orders online here.

A brand new track snippet of the title song “The Ride Majestic” can be heard below.

The band also has extensive European and U.S touring on the horizon, with full details available after the YouTube clip. More...

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Enabler Posts New Album's Title Track

As Enabler prepares to deliver third LP, "Fail To Feel Safe," in just over a month, today the title track comes online and can be heard below (courtesy of MetalSucks).

The band's first album for Century Media, with "Fail To Feel Safe" Enabler delivers a slick and dynamic record furiously deploying thirteen brand new tracks in exactly forty-two minutes. The track listing is as follows:

1. Suffer to Survive
2. Fail to Feel Safe
3. By Demons Denied
4. Euphoric Revenge
5. Isolation Sickness
6. Sinister Drifter
7. Sail the Sea of Fire
8. Haunted
9. Drownage
10. Demolition Praise
11. Malady
12. La Furia
13. Sabotage Within More...

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The Sword Unveils "High Country" Album

The Sword has a new album coming titled "High Country," and the title track can now be heard online at the band's official website here while the artwork and track listing are available below.

"High Country" follows previous album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here) and will drop on August 21st. Pre-orders are now available at this location.

01. Unicorn Farm
02. Empty Temples
03. High Country
04. Tears Like Diamonds
05. Mist and Shadow
06. Agartha
07. Seriously Mysterious
08. Suffer No Fools
09. Early Snow
10. The Dreamthieves
11. Buzzards
12. Silver Petals
13. Ghost Eye
14. Turned to Dust
15. The Bees of Spring

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Abigail Williams Issues Album, Tour Update

With Abigail Williams nearing the recording completion of a forthcoming new album, the band has announced an upcoming West Coast tour.

Set to kick off July 11th, the tour will hit fourteen cities before wrapping up in Seattle on July 27th. The tour announcement follows the recent release of the special 4-disc collection, "From Legend To Becoming" available now in stores nationwide.

The limited edition collection includes the band’s three full-length albums, 2008’s "In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns" (reviewed here), 2010’s "In The Absence Of Light" (reviewed here) 2012’s "Becoming" (you guessed it - reviewed here) plus the debut EP "Legend."

"After a year off from touring and working on our new record, we are looking forward to getting in the van again,” says vocalist/guitarist Sorceron. Continuing he notes, “we will be playing lots of new material from the upcoming release as well as our favorites from the past."

Sorceron has been keeping busy the last year working on new material for Abigail Williams as well participating in other recording projects - Lord Mantis, Missing - and serving as producer and engineer on other recordings. “Musically this album is very diverse,” he said. “the overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album. Artistically this is the best line-up I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.” More...

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Venom: "Black Metal Is A Very Dated Album"

WDR has a new video interview available online with Cronos from Venom shot at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany.

The full 14 minute chat can be seen below, but this nugget in particular may be of interest to fans who idolize the 1982 "Black Metal" album, as it seems the band realizes how dated it is and prefers more recent material:

"Back then people didn't understand the music. There's a lot more hype around that album. We've had kids coming up to us and saying, 'I don't like 'Black Metal.' It's a very dated album, and unless you're from that period, it's difficult to get into. That's why we play some of the songs live — so people can understand it. But I prefer the newer stuff anyway."

Venom released latest album "From The Very Depths" (reviewed here) earlier this year. More...

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Stu Marshall Ending Empires Of Eden

Following the release of fourth album "Architect of Hope," it seems there's no hope to be had for any upcoming Empires of Eden material. Stu Marshall comments on laying the band to rest:

"I am announcing here that I will not be making anymore Empires of Eden albums. The decision comes for many reasons, one most importantly that I think the series has run its course and, unless an artist has something new to say, they best leave their prior works do the talking.

"To say I am grateful for your support is an understatement. The amazing people and opportunities this (EOE) thing spawned for me is incredible. Without EOE, Death dealer and my new band Blasted to static would never have been born.

"So first, thank you for following. The 4 albums will remain a set for me. Very special in many ways. Each album contains pure performances from some incredible talent. The good news is the music output from me is increasing... two bands both with global touring plans and releases. Death Dealer releases our second album this year with European touring staring next week and, Blasted to Static’s debut will be completed soon with early 2016 touring planned. More...

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Fin'amor Streaming Entire New Album

New York's Fin'amor will release new album "Forbidding Mourning" on July 7th, with pre-order bundles available right here. Today the band also makes the entire album available for pre-listening. Check it out below.

Fin'amor comments: "We are excited to have our long-overdue work released to the masses. The last seven years have lead to this culmination of our efforts and we hope that it will bring as much pleasure to the listeners as it did to us in the process of making it. The temple of doom is looking for followers, so we will see you en masse."

If you dig what you hear, be sure to also head out and see Fin'amor performing live on these upcoming dates:

7/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13 Saloon (CD Release Show)
7/11: Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Bros
7/12: Albany, NY @ Trickshots
8/14: Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar w/ Immortal Bird
8/15: Raleigh, NC @ Slims w/ Helgamite
8/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie More...

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Disturbed Posts Making-Of Clip

In case you missed the news, Disturbed has returned with a new album titled "Immortalized" after going on hiatus back in 2011.

The band recently dropped a video clip for new song "The Vengeful One" (still available here) and now the first in a series of teaser clips is online. Check out part 1 in the making of "Immortalized" below.

"Immortalized" will be officially released on August 21st, 2015 and is available for pre-order today at this location.

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Silent Voices Posts New Lyric Video

Check out the official lyric video for "Darkest Night" from Silent Voices below. You can also grab the single at the Inner Wound Recordings Bandcamp page here. The full digital release features the following track listing:

1. Darkest Night 07:33
2. Darkest Night (Radio Edit) 05:12
3. Glassheart (2015 Revisited) 06:10

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Black Fast Comments On Upcoming Touring

Black Fast will support Revocation this fall on a new run of tour dates also featuring Cannabis Corpse and Archspire.

Black Fast's all new LP "Terms Of Surrender" is due out August 7th, just a month prior to the tour's start.

"This gang that I'm in, Black Fast, is so grateful to Revocation for this opportunity," says vocalist Aaron Akin. "I think of them as the premier band at what they do. They work so hard and shred their asses completely off and their fans recognize this and are rabid with passion. We can't wait to go out there every night and give it everything we have. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. We look forward to meeting all you maniacs on the road!"

The upcoming dates are as follows: More...

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Kerry King On Ghost: "I Just Hate The Music"

In a video with Artisan News Service (which can be seen here if the YouTube player below won't load properly), Kerry King of Slayer discusses his feelings towards the cross-genre megastar band Ghost, which has divided the metal community between its sound and imagery.

King comments:

"Dude, I love the imagery. I love it. I just hate the fucking music. I like them. You know, they've been on many tours with us. I just, I can't. And I tried. I wanna like them, and I can't.

"I got their CD from Brian Slagel from Metal Blade. It was when Gary Holt first started playing with us, and I picked up Gary. And I'm, like, 'Brian said this is awesome, man.'

"So we put it in, going to practice. It wasn't awesome. It wasn't awesome for me. I'm, like, 'Well, maybe just the first song sucks.' And we went to the next one. It's just not for me... And I've tried so hard."

Slayer's new album "Repentless" is set to drop on September 11th (check out the title track here), while Ghost just returned with Papa Emeritus III and will release the "Meliora" album on August 21st. If you missed Ghost's latest video, "Cirice" is still available at this location. More...

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Stryper Reveals Album Details, Pisses Off Fans

Next week, Frontiers Music will unleash the first single from the upcoming Stryper album, "Fallen," and now the album artwork and track listing can be found below.

The band also managed to step into the shit pretty hard with its predictably anti-gay fan base when Michael Sweet posted "No matter what you agree with or disagree with, stand for or stand against - love conquers all. Love prevails, hate fails......." on the same day SCOTUS extended marriage rights to all same-sex couples across the United States. You can read all the Christian rage at the band's Facebook page here.

1. Yahweh
2. Fallen
3. Pride
4. Big Screen Lies
5. Heaven
6. Love You Like I Do
7. All over Again
8. After Forever
9. Till I Get What I Need
10. Let There Be Light
11. The Calling
12. King of Kings More...

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Borknagar Wraps Up Work On Album

It's nearly time for some long-overdue new Borknagar metal fans! After finishing the recording in early June, now the mixing/mastering is complete and the album is ready to go. Borknagar comments:

"That's it!! Our 10th opus is finally nailed into the forever. Thanks to the brilliant wizardry of Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios this album will definitely stand forth as a milestone of our musical journey!

"We are deeply amazed by this man's ability to turn coal into diamonds, a cloudy day into inspiring sunshine. None above, none aside- none even close.

"Thanks for the coop, friendship, coffee and days of share awesomeness Jens! More updates will follow soon!"

Garm (Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver) is slated to make a guest appearance on two tracks for the album, due to drop later this year via Century Media and following the 2012 release "Urd" (reviewed here). More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Streaming New Track

Missoula, Montana based death metal outfit Walking Corpse Syndrome is streaming its new track titled "Apocalypse", taken from the upcoming new album "Human Delusion", which is scheduled for release this fall.

Check out now "Apocalypse" below.

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Buried In Verona Premieres New Track And Video

Buried In Verona premieres its new track titled "Can’t Be Unsaid" taken from the new album “Vultures Above, Lions Below” which will be out on August 07th via Rise Records. The band recently has regrouped with a new guitarist, bassist and drummer.

Check out now "Can’t Be Unsaid" below.

Explains vocalist Brett Anderson: More...

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For All Eternity Posts New Music Video "Metanoia"

Sydney-based melodic metalcore band For All Eternity premieres a brand new music video for the title track to their latest album "Metanoia", which is set to drop on July 10th via Facedown Records.

Check out now "Metanoia" below.

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Axis Posts New Track "Transgression"

Floridian outfit Axis premieres a new track titled "Transgression", taken from the full-length debut "Show Your Greed", which will be out on September 04th via Good Fight Music. The album was recorded and mixed by Taylor Young (of Nails/Twitching Tongues) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Noisem, Full Of Hell).

Check out now "Transgression" below.

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Scale The Summit Teases Third New Track

Scale The Summit previews a third new audio sample of the track titled "Kestrel", taken from the upcoming new album “V” which is scheduled to drop on September 18th via Prosthetic Records.

Check it out now below.

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