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Last updated on October 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM ET

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Dimesland Records New Album

Oakland, California-based Dimesland recently completed construction on a first full-length and will sear the name "Psychogenic Atrophy" into the consciousness of thrill-seeking music fans abroad. The following press release was issued about the band:

"With members' musical past and contemporary placement in a divergent array of bands including The Residents, Wild Hunt and more, abstract metal quartet, Dimesland produces a sound that is the result of a blend of controlled chaos and musical mutation, heavy tension and dark psychedelia.

"As Dimesland guitarists Nolan Cook and Drew Cook, drummer/vocalist Harland Burkhart and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace create a place where aggression and imagination merge harmonically, rhythmically and lyrically to explore the terrain of psychological havoc and mental fracture. The recorded by Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg). Staggered through a multifaceted media bombardment over the coming months, the band will independently release their latest work in several formats, beginning with digital delivery in late Autumn, a CD version to follow thereafter, and ultimately a deluxe vinyl release by mid-2015.

"Forward thinking explorers of the more daring, progressing end of extreme metal citing the likes of Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal should keep Dimseland on the center of their radar as the band deploys further information and audio from Psychogenic Atrophy in the coming weeks. Tour actions regionally and abroad are also imminent.

"Dimesland's debut recordings came to light as an EP entitled Creepmoon, released on Vendlus Records in 2012, the unique brutality of the songs drawing critical praise immediately."

Stay tuned for further details on the upcoming full-length album.

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Black Hate Posts Single Teaser

Mexican black metal outfit Black Hate will be premiering a new single online next month titled "Aneetmaa," and now the band has dropped a teaser clip to give you a taste of what's to come.

Check out a brief snippet of the song in the SoundCloud player below, and stay tuned for the full track and news on an upcoming release to drop on November 8th.

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Day 2

Michigan psyche doom-death group, Acid Witch opened day two on Midway’s outdoor stage. After a night of barely any sleep, I didn’t arrive in time to catch their set. It’s a shame because they were one of the bands I wanted to see. I heard a burst of guitar notes from tech-death metallers Archspire but only as I pulled into the venue. The first part of this day would be spent around the press tent conducting interviews with Napalm Death and Gwar. This included missing most of the set from Polish death metal veterans Decapitated, whose late coming was the apparent reason for Midway being behind on time. The day before their appearance at Housecore the group had totaled their van. I’m not sure how they made it to Austin, but they were there and played a full set. More...

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Emit Streaming Full Album Online

Following several years of unavailability, this week Crucial Blast has officially re-released "Spectre Music Of An Antiquary" by the bizarre UK-based ambient/black/noise/soundscape entity, Emit.

You can stream the full re-release below, or pick up your own copy at this location. As with Emit's previous output, the ten movements on "Spectre Music Of An Antiquary" are lyrically focused on the occult lore and hidden history of the British isles. The track listing is:

1. Haunter of benighted English summers 01:37
2. Mors wher Devels are abrod 04:20
3. Dusk gardens of translucent mansions 03:56
4. Shades over the mere 04:17
5. Trees once adornd with severed heads 04:57
6. Sylvan old enchanter 03:51
7. Beneath carvings linger 03:14
8. Earthwork misthill 02:52
9. The meadow reapers (a field recording) 03:55
10. Emanations from beneath far hills, beyond far moons 12:34

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Scarred Releases "Cinder" Video

Luxembourg-based technical death metal collective Scarred just released a new music video for “Cinder” via BlankTV.

The track comes off the band’s debut full-length record “Gaia-Medea,” which was mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at Split Second Sound Studio and released in 2013 via Klonosphere Records. Watch the video directed by Yorrick Vaast in the player below.

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Graveyard Shifters Posts New Video

The Finnish crust punk ‘n’ rollers from Graveyard Shifters have released a brand new music video from the upcoming EP “Brainwashed by Moonshine.“

Check out the video for “A Good Day to Die Hard & Loud“ below. The “Brainwashed by Moonshine” EP is in stores October 31st in Europe via Eternal Sound Records. The track listing is:

1. Chicken Cage Of Terror
2. A Good Day To Die Hard & Loud
3. Graveyard Shifters (Necromance)
4. Molotov Cocktail
5. Play The Victim

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Volume IV Kicking Off New Live Trek

Atlanta's Volume IV may have been quiet as of late, but with a huge year ahead and many things to announce in the coming months, the group is kicking things off by taking southern-tinged biker doom riffs on the road. Dates are as follows:

11/1 Birmingham, Alabama @ The Bottletree
11/4 Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
11/7 Brunswick, GA @ HBGB
11/8 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
11/22 Montgomery, AL @ Head On The Door
12/4 Spartanburg, SC @ Groundzero
12/5 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
12/6 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
12/31 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar More...

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Slayer Tells Fan: "Don't Sell Your Car!"

Slayer fan Jake put his 1997 Ford Escort up for sale to buy tickets to see the band play in Los Angeles on November 14 at The Forum.

To get the message out, Jake made a spoof video of the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial, which can still be seen at this location.

Well, as it turns out, you don't have to sell the car, Jake: Slayer saw your cool video....and here's the band's message to you:

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Anatomy Of Habit Streaming Sample From New Album

With the release of "Ciphers + Axioms," the latest full-length from Chicago post-metal/noise rock collective Anatomy Of Habit now less than two weeks away, today Cvlt Nation delivers a sample of the hauntingly hypnotic timbre of second movement, "Then Window." Give it a listen below.

Manned by the ingenuity of noise prodigy Mark Solotroff of Bloodyminded, Anatomy Of Habit features drummer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake, Gastr Del Sol etc.), guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), percussionist Theo Katsaounis (Joan Of Arc) and bassist Kenny Rasmussen (ex-Radar Eyes).

The new album was tracked at Soma Studios with sound sage Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Corrections House) and delivers two gripping, twenty-plus minute epic compositions.

Says Solotroff of the "Then Window" track: "When we started playing a shorter version of 'Then Window' live, a very close friend of mine used the term, 'boogie rock,' to describe it, which quite frankly made me a bit crazy. But after thinking about it, I had to agree that core elements of this song made it the most straightforward rock and roll thing we've done, which may partially explain why we obliterated the rock structure and let the second half of the song soar into outer space." More...

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Project 86 Streaming New Track

Project 86 has premiered a new song called “Genosha” today, which is being hosted by Revolvermag.com (also available below).

The track is featured on the bands upcoming ninth studio album, "Knives To The Future," due out on November 11th via Team Black Recordings. The record is currently available for pre-order at this location.

"Genosha" is one of the most hectic and emotionally vulnerable songs I have ever been a part of with this band,” states frontman Andrew Schwab. “It's one that does not relent until it's finished with you. Lyrically, it explores the empowering emotions which come from the realization that when abuse in a relationship occurs, the victim is not to blame. If you have been wounded by another, there is great freedom in realizing that it was not your fault.”

See the band live on these dates:

Nov 14 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
Nov 15 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room More...

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Nightmares Releases Halloween Music Video

Nightmares today releases a music video for "Let The Right One In," taken off latest record "Suspiria" (out now via Rise Records) that is bound to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Check out "Let The Right One In" below, or your can stream all of the recently released "Suspiria" album over at this location.

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Wayne Static Announces Tour With Drowning Pool

Wayne Static will be co-headlining throughout the United Kingdom and Russia with Drowning Pool early next year. The tour kicks off on January 8th in Ekaterinburg, Russia and wraps up in Bristol, England on January 25th.

Wayne will be playing his 1999 Platinum album "Wisconsin Death Trip" in its entirety while Drowning Pool will perform the complete Platinum debut album "Sinner." Wayne Static comments:

“What can I say... It's been far too long since we've played the UK and this will be our first time in Russia. To say I'm excited would be an understatement! For those of you still wondering what to expect from my solo band, don't fear, we're still bringing the Evil Disco with a ton of classic Static-X and a couple from my solo record, Pighammer. I have the best band ever backing me up and the shit's on fire! Add our friends Drowning Pool to the mix and this is gonna be an awesome tour!” More...

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Pain Of Salvation Posts "1979" Video

The release date for the acoustic album "Falling Home" by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation via InsideOutMusic is drawing closer, with a January 13th release set for North America.

Now, the atmospheric video clip directed by Stefan Daniels for the song "1979" has been launched online and can be seen below. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw comments:

"We had the greatest time shooting this video. We went up north to an old fisher village where Johanna's family has rented old fisher cabins in the summers since her father was a little child. I have spent time there with her since we met twenty years ago and I love the place. No phones, no television, just the ocean and nature and these old cabins. It seemed the perfect place to shoot the video for '1979.' So, we spent a few days there, the entire band with families and Johanna's sisters and their families, and we just had a wonderful time together. I remember standing in the store Googling beer brands to find out which bottles had remained most the same since the 70s, hahaha.

"We had many scripted scenes that we shot but that never ended up in the final video - some nude bathing and Ragnar jumping into the water with his clothes on from a row boat. In the end Stefan Daniels (the director) decided to go with the small gestures and made Sandrian and his kite be the heart of the video, which was a perfect decision.

"My favorite clips are probably the ones at the breakfast table in the cabin and the one in front of the cinema, simply because, to me, they capture the air of the late 70s so perfectly, as I knew them. It almost hurts to watch those clips, and I'm close to tearing up every time. My intellect knows perfectly well that these are new recordings, but my heart connects at a split second and breaks from the loss of an era." More...

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Antropomorphia Releases Music Video

The Dutch necromantic death metallers from AntropomorphiA just released a new video for "Nekrovaginal Secretions," taken from the album "Rites ov Perversion." Check out the censored version in the YouTube player, or the uncensored version in the Vimeo clip below.

The uncensored version of the S. Roth directed "Nekrovaginal Secretions" is streaming exclusively on antropomorphia-official.com.

The band comments: "We are proud to announce the visual accompaniment for the gospel 'Nekrovaginal Secretions'. It's a visual reference to a macabre love story, erotic rituals and a sexual attraction to the dead." More...

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Epica Posts New Music Video

Dutch band Epica today premieres an official music video for "Victims of Contingency," which can be seen below, thanks to Revolvermag.com.

The video was directed by Remko Tielemans (Textures) and produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv. Epica guitar player Mark Jansen states about the clip:

"We've picked a heavy and brutal track this time as we wanted to surprise everybody. As 'Victims of Contingency' is also a fan-favourite, we are convinced that it is the right choice. The video for 'Storm the Sorrow' has been received very well by the fans so we were very happy to work with Remko and his team again. We think the end result for 'Victims of Contingency' is astonishing and I am very excited that we can finally share this video with all of you!"

The track "Victims of Contingency" is taken from the band’s latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (reviewed here). More...

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Devil You Know Cancels European Tour Dates

Devil You Know - the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devovled) - will no longer be part of the upcoming European Machine Head tour starting on November 7th.

The band has issued the following official statement: "It is with much regret that we are forced to announce the cancellation of our upcoming U.K. and European dates supporting Machine Head due to business issues far beyond our control. We want to personally extend our apologies to the Machine Head guys and their entire camp and thank them for offering us such a great opportunity.

"To our fans, the last thing we want to do is let you down. We are devastated that we can't perform for you all and be part of an amazing tour with one of our favorite bands. As musicians, the five of us have a job we love to do and we are ready to get onstage and do it, but unfortunately the cancellation of this tour is completely unavoidable despite every attempt by us to make it happen.

"The business side of this industry is very ugly at times and this is one of those unforeseen instances where the band has to suffer. To put it mildly, we are extremely agitated by this situation and right now our hands are tied, but we are going to deal with it and forge on! We WILL tour Europe and the U.K. as soon as we possibly can and make it up to you all.

"Sincerely, Howard, Francesco, John, Ryan, Roy.” More...

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Metal Machine Posts New Lyric Video

After streaming the track "Morning Star" online, Metal Machine today drops a new lyric video for the track "Nailed To The Cross."

The track is taken from the band’s new album, "Free Nation," which was released on October 24th via Dream Records. The video was created by Gustavo Freeze at Elborato Productions in Spain and edited by Axel W. of RockNGrowl.

The band comments on the track: "Nailed To The Cross is a great rocker in mid tempo. The story about two people and their co-dependent in a very bad way. The figure of speech.” More...

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Abysmal Dawn Releases New Video

While wrapping up a North American tour with Deicide, Abysmal Dawn released new album "Obsolescence" this past Monday. You can stream the full album at this location.

Recently the band also completed work on a video for the song "Inanimate," which can now be seen below. Front man Charles Elliot also comments on the track:

"Lyrically this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human being, in order to survive our modern society. An inanimate object if you will; one without hope that has cut themselves off from emotion. Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitize us in the process. In short, this might be the most depressing song you ever wanted to circle pit too." More...

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Napalm Death Comments On Upcoming Album

Following South American touring as well as appearances at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horrorfest in Austin as well as Slipknot's Knotfest in San Bernadino this past weekend, British grindcore legends Napalm Death are ready to reveal the first details for new, 15th studio album release.

The album will be entitled "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and will be released via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America. Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway chimed in as follows in regards to the album's title and concept:

"Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up).

"Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface it is alive and well in many different forms - it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous. Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the 'Apex Predator' represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalise from it), and the 'Easy Meat' is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply.

"Fittingly, the music on 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' is punishing. We feel it's more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect - both musically and lyrically - this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation." More...

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Ascension Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the German occult black metal tyrants Ascension (not to be confused with the various U.K. and U.S. bands of the same name) for North America.

The band will release a new album, titled "The Dead of the World," on December 24th in North America on CD. The track listing and Erik Danielsson (Watain) designed album art for "The Dead of the World" can be seen below.

Ascension's "The Dead of the World" follows the band's ambitious debut album, "Consolamentum" (2010). The track listing is:

1. The Silence of Abel
2. Death's Golden Temple
3. Black Ember
4. Unlocking Tiamat
5. Deathless Light
6. The Dark Tomb Shines
7. Mortui Mundi

The band's first-ever European tour, titled "Under Four Wings of Death," starts on February 19th and will see the band hit various territories across Europe including Germany, France, The United Kingdom, and more. More information about the tour will be available soon. More...

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1349 Releasing Candlelight Years Box Set

Norway's 1349 is returning with a compilation of the band's entire catalog while under Candlelight Records.

Contained within the deluxe 5CD box "The Candlelight Years" will be "Liberation," "Beyond The Apocalypse," "Revelations of The Black Flame," "Hellfire" and a special live DVD "Hellvetia: Live at Bikini Test la Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland 2005."

Pre-orders are available over at this location. More...

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Hate Eternal Recruits New Drummer

Chason Westmoreland has been announced as the new Hate Eternal drummer today. The band had this to say about the lineup change:

"Please give a warm welcome to our new drummer Chason Westmoreland!!! We are extremely excited to have Chason join Hate Eternal and add his monstrous style to the band!

"Chason is an incredibly dynamic drummer and has really added a powerful and beastly element to the band and our new record. Chason has finished all of his drum tracking and did an amazing job!! We cannot wait to finish and release the new Hate Eternal album for a 2015 release!! Lots of touring to follow!" More...

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Shining Comments On Drummer Change

Norwegian blackjazz outfit Shining has checked in with the following statement about the band's drummer situation:

"I know some of you have asked who our real drummer is. Is it Torstein Lofthus or Tobias Ørnes Andersen? We’ve now decided to make public that Torstein have decided to leave the band, and that Tobias is Shining’s new drummer.

"Torstein was part of the band from the very beginning back in 1999, and his unique playing style has been a paramount element in our music, no matter if we played acoustic jazz or industrial metal. He’s been my longest running partner in crime, and a good and important sparring partner for musical and strategic decisions along the way, and it’s safe to say that Blackjazz would not have been born without him.

"In 2013 we started seeing the need to have a substitute on drums if we should be able to tour as much as we wanted to, and Torstein and me decided to bring Tobias in to help out when Torstein was not available to tour.

"A year and a half later, with shitloads of touring all around the world, it’s clear that the need for a substitute was bigger than we thought it would be. Tobias has now been playing a little more than 100 shows with us in 2013 and 2014, and have been booked for our upcoming UK/Ireland tour in December and for our big European tour in March. He’s also already recorded drums for five new tracks that is planned for release closer to summer next year.

"After our special Blackjazz show at Blå in Oslo a few weeks ago, where we performed the album Blackjazz from start to finish for the first time, with both Torstein and Tobias on drums, Torstein told us that he wanted to quit the band and that Tobias should be the new drummer of Shining. We’re sorry to see him go, but we’re are grateful for the years we have had together and wish him the best of luck in the future!

"In the time we’ve played with Tobias, the young extraordinary drummer talent has brought enormous enthusiasm and fire to the band, and every show with him makes the rest of us feel younger and younger. We can’t wait to have him with us for the next few decades of Blackjazz!" More...

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Entities Posts New Lyric Video

Entities has released a lyric video for the "Esuna" track, which will appear on the "Novalis" album due out December 23rd. Check it out below, and the band also had this to say:

"This is our very first official lyric video and also our official single off our brand new full length album entitled 'Novalis.' We are extremely excited to bring all of you new music after 2 years of no new material! This song consists of one of many different atmospheres that this album will encompass. Pre-orders will be up very soon via iTunes and Bandcamp."

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Subterranean Masquerade Posts Album Preview

Last month we premiered a new lyric video for the track "Reliving The Feeling" (still available here), and now Subterranean Masquerade has released a track-to-track preview of new album "The Great Bazaar."

Check out the full preview trailer below. The album features appearances by Kjetil Nordhus of Green Carnation / Tristania and Paul Kuhr of November's Doom.

The full track listing will be as follows:


1. Early morning Mantra
2. Reliving the feeling
3. Tour diary
4. Nigen
5. Waiting
6. Specter
7. Father and Son
8. Home (Bonus Track)
9. Beyond the Pale (Bonus Track) More...

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Enduring Revery Premieres New Album

Following the "Earth Floods Red" album (reviewed here), the experimental solo metal outfit Enduring Revery is gearing up for a Halloween surprise for fans: a new full-length finally drops tomorrow!

You can still pre-order new album "Through The Keyhole" before it drops tomorrow at Bandcamp here. The digital version will also include instrumental versions of all four tracks, for a total of eight songs.

For fans you feel three years is too long and can't wait another day, today we've teamed up with Enduring Revery to stream the four main songs online! Check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. The track listing is as follows:

1. Fists of Enlightenment
2. Lovely Day
3. Disintegrate
4. I'm Still Warm More...

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Black Fate Streams New Track

Greek power/progressive act Black Fate, featuring Sunburst guitarist Gus Drax and Destiny Dawn vocalist Vasilis Georgiou, is streaming the new track "Lines in the Sand." The song appears on the upcoming fourth album entitled "Between Visions & Lies," which drops via Ulterium Records on November 28th (EU) and December 2nd (North America).

The track listing for the album is:

1. Rhyme of a False Orchestra
2. Lines in the Sand
3. The Game of Illusion
4. Into the Night
5. In Your Eyes
6. Call of the Wild
7. State of Conformity
8. Without Saying a Word
9. Perfect Crime
10. Weight of the World
11. In Fear

Check out "Lines in the Sand" here: More...

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Threshold Premieres New Music Video "Unforgiven"

U.K. progressive metal act Threshold premiered the new music video for the track "Unforgiven" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also available in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "For the Journey," which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be read over here.

Check out "Unforgiven" here:

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Messiah's Kiss Streaming New Track

German metal act Messiah's Kiss, featuring ex-Jack Starr's Burning Star/ex-Riot (live) vocalist Mike Tirelli, is streaming the new track "Livin' in Paradise." The song is the opening track of the new album "Get Your Bulls Out," which is set for release on December 5th via Massacre Records.

"Get Your Bulls Out" is the band's fourth studio effort and first in seven years. The album marks the first studio album for drummer Jason Banks (Persian Risk), who joined in 2007 shortly after the release of "Dragonheart."

The track list for the album is:

1. Livin' in Paradise
2. Immortal Memory
3. Rescue Anyone? Rescue Me!
4. Survivor (Take a Ride on My Heels)
5. Time to Say Goodbye
6. Only Murderers Kill Time
7. Fuel for Life
8. Mission to Kill
9. Symphony of Sin
10. Nobody Knows Your Name
11. Who's the First to Die
12. Whisper a Prayer
13. Without Forgiveness
14. Buried Alive (streaming here)

Check out the "Livin' In Paradise" here: More...

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