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Last updated on October 31, 2014 at 5:04 PM ET

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Incite Releases "WTF" Video

Incite wishes you a Happy Halloween with a brand new necro-tastic, NFSW music video. Check out "WTF" below, thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com.

The video stars Playboy model Carissa White alongside horror actor Brian Rohan, and features special FX by makeup artist Suzi Hale.

Director Robert Sexton is no stranger to horror film and video direction, as winner of the Best Director and Best Actor accolades at the Eerie Film Festival and the man behind music videos by bands such as Hellyeah, Death Angel, The Devil Wears Prada, and more.

Sexton states, “This is as close to a happy ending-ending that I've ever directed. I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity to show the world that the worm, does indeed, conquer all. It was a blast working with Richie Cavalera and Incite. This song kicks ass. After watching this video, the viewer may have only one question that beckons an answer.... WTF did I just watch? Kudos to Carissa White and Brian Rohan for acting without fear, Suzi Hale and her makeup team for the SPFX and the whole crew for going above and beyond the call.”

Incite frontman Richie Cavalera adds, “This video is insane from beginning to end. It really makes you say ‘WTF’ once you've watched it. Robert really took it to the next level on this one and we’re fired up for you to see it.”

Incite kicks off a tour with 36 Crazyfists, Skinlab, and All Hail the Yeti today in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The tour hits 20 western and central U.S. cities before wrapping up in Chico, CA on November 23rd. See below for a full listing of dates. More...

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Alpha Tiger Reveals New Album Details

Alpha Tiger is gearing up to release "iDENTITY" on January 20th, 2015 and today the band reveals the track listing and artwork.

"When we released our debut album Man Or Machine in 2011, it was greeted by raving reviews because lots of fans felt reminded of the golden age of heavy metal. Although this was an ideal start for us, it was nothing we wanted to limit ourselves to," guitarist and main songwriter Peter Langforth explains, adding: "Instead of remaining in the comfort zone of our newly-acquired fan base, our second release Beneath The Surface already saw us develop more individualistic and topical traits without straying too far from our basic style. We've completed this process on iDENTITY, now we sound the way we always felt Alpha Tiger should."

The latest recording by the five-piece was cut under the direction of Mirco 'Godi' Hildmann (Guano Apes, among others) and Dominik Glöckner at Berlin's Music Flash Studio. The nine songs plus an intro were produced by Alpha Tiger, before being mixed and mastered by Tommy Newton (UFO, Victory, Gamma Ray) at the Area 51 Studio in Celle. More...

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Rings Of Saturn Reschedules Mexico Tour

The delayed tour of Mexico headlined by Rings Of Saturn with support from Lack Of Remorse and Victim Of Greed has been rescheduled, the destructive caravan set to invade the populations of Queretaro, Leon, Monterrey and Mexico City from December 4th through the 7th.

The news of the trek to Mexico comes as Rings Of Saturn is already currently embarked on tour, supplying direct support for As Blood Runs Black on the headlining "Ground Zero" album release tour across the entire U.S.

The live actions coincide with the new Rings Of Saturn LP, "Lugal Ki En," which upon its mid-October release through California's Unique Leader Records decimated U.S. album charts, taking the #116 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart, #3 on the Heatseekers/New Artist chart, and #26 on the Independent album chart. See the band live: More...

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Necrophagia Offering Track For Download

In celebration of Halloween, the death metal maniacs from Necrophagia have released a free download for the track "Hexen Nacht." Get your copy at Bandcamp here.

"Hexen Nacht" is taken from the band's new album, "WhiteWorm Cathedral," which can be streamed in full below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Reborn through Black Mass
2. Вий
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral More...

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Northumbria Announces Album Release

Consouling Sounds is proud to announce the imminent release of “Bring Down the Sky,” the sophomore album from Toronto-based drone duo Northumbria, due out on November 21st.

The proper follow-up to the group's self-titled 2012 debut album was fully written, performed, and produced by the duo comprised of guitarist Jim Fields and bassist Dorian Williamson, though the album was mastered by James Plotkin, and sees the twosome further exploring the realms of often improvised, ambient metal.

A trailer for “Bring Down the Sky” produced by F Squared Media is playing below. Pre-orders are also available at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Transcendence
2. The Ocean Calls us Home
3. Ostara
4. The Silver Forest
5. Bring Down the Sky More...

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Ancient VVisdom Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

"Sacrificial" is the latest full-length from occult death rock conjurors, Ancient VVisdom (read our review here).

Released last week via the Magic Bullet Records compound, "Sacrificial" was produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin, and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering.

In celebration of its release, Revolver is currently hosting an in-depth, track-by-track breakdown of the record as told by Opposition. In speaking of "Sacrifice," Opposition elaborates, "Smooth soothing bass and drums lead the way with a Danzig-like intensity. The guitars drop in with vocals and the ceremony has begun. I call upon the bearer of light to come forth from the abyss and the power of the left hand path. There, in the mind of every human being, is the enlightening of all the ages, the ultimate sacrifice."

Read the full track-by-track breakdown over at this location, and check out a song off the album below. More...

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Brazilian Tribute To Moonspell Released

A new Brazilian tribute to Moonspell has been released and is now available for free download. Check out "Em Nome Do Medo - A Brazilian Tribute To Moonspell" at this location.

Organized by Heavy And Loud Press and The Burn Productions, the project reunites 18 Brazilian bands paying a tribute to the dark metal masters, Moonspell. Heavy And Loud had this to say:

“'Em nome do medo' features 18 bands from 11 different Brazilian states, from almost all regions of the country: Northeast, Southeast, South and Midwest. Demonstrating Moosnpell’s importance and influence in the last generations of extreme metallers in Brazilian lands, 'Em nome do medo' brings groups of diverse dark and gloomy heavy metal subgenres, with representatives of black metal, death metal, dark metal, doom metal and gothic metal.

"Heavy and Loud Press and Burn Productions chose the title 'Em nome do medo' as a way to strengthen the bond between the two Portuguese-speaking countries. 'Em nome do medo,' from the album 'Alpha Noir,' is a Moonspell song entirely in Portuguese. Fear, our survival instincts. More...

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Indestructible Noise Command Posts New Video

New England heavy metal quintet I.N.C. (Indestructible Noise Command) has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to launch a music video for the track "No Turning Back," taken from the band's fourth album "Black Hearse Serenade," which released last week on Ferocious Records.

Stream the new music video, directed by Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, System of a Down, Mudvayne) and starring Michael Rodrick from the TV show "24," in the YouTube clip below.

I.N.C. will support the new record on the road with Tantric next month. The 15-show run will kick off next week in Colorado Springs, Colo. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen after the video. More...

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Dark Sarah Announces Album Release

Finnish cinematic metal band Dark Sarah has reached its crowd funding goal for the upcoming concept album "Behind The Black Veil."

The album will be released early next year, and the band's latest crowd funding update clip - featuring Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko - can be seen below.

While the crowd funding campaign has been met, you can still pre-order and help the group reach its stretch goals at IndieGoGo here. Dark Sarah also comments:

"The ones who don't know me yet my name is Heidi Parviainen, I'm a classical singer from Finland. But you may know me better from by previous band, Amberian Dawn. In 2012 our path together came to its end. Back then I already knew I wanted to make something different, something that would not maybe be so 'radio friendly' but would create a whole new world around music, music that would combine elements of film music and metal music and even some music theater too. And so I started a very ambitious project, Dark Sarah, where all the elements: music, story, videos, photos etc. would support each other like in a good movie."

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Crown The Empire Releases New Video

Texas metalcore outfit Crown The Empire has debuted a brand new video for "Bloodline" today. Check it out below.

The track can be found on the band's sophomore album "The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways," which is available now on iTunes via Rise Records.

Crown The Empire is currently in the U.K. on tour with Asking Alexandria, The Ghost Inside, and Secrets.

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Day 3

A good night’s sleep and mild weather helped me catch a second wind on the fifth consecutive day of metal concerts. I watched NWOBHM legends Satan at Beerland on Wednesday, the day before HHFF kick-off party. The sun’s rays dimmed just a little due to Superjoint Ritual backdrop and a breeze gave us some relief while catching the bands on the Midway stage. For me, today’s activities didn’t start there, though, it started at the Grindhouse tent located around the side of Emo’s. More...

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Gnaw Their Tongues Announces New Collection

Maryland-based purveyors of sonic annihilation, Crucial Blast, today proclaims that multiple titles from The Netherlands' most terrifying musical entity, Gnaw Their Tongues, are awaiting impending release through the label in 2015.

The releases begin with the January discharging of "Collected Atrocities 2005-2008." Crucial Blast also comments:

"For nearly a decade, Dutch avant-black/doom entity, Gnaw Their Tongues -- named after a particularly evocative passage from the Book Of Revelation -- has been infecting the underground with a uniquely disturbing brand of chaotic heaviness.

"Fusing together malevolent, rumbling doom with rabid, noise-damaged aggression and blasts of fearsome orchestral power and industrial pandemonium, and draping these lurching, hellish dirges in an oppressive atmosphere thick with horror and despair, the intensely nightmarish music of Gnaw Their Tongues defies easy categorization. The sum of all GTT's construction and execution is the work of sole architect and madman, Mories, also known for other destructive output with Cloak of Altering, Pyriphlegethon, De Magia Veterum, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, Pompidou, Dimlit Hate Cellar and others.

"Before the release of the band's Crucial Blast debut, An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood, in 2007, Gnaw Their Tongues crawled into the black metal/industrial underground via a number of ultra-limited EPs which quickly went out of print, and are now sought after by fans of the band's abject blackened horror. Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 is a new double CD anthology that gathers together essential, out-of-print early recordings from the band that span the first three years of Gnaw Their Tongues's existence, compiling the Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur, Horse Drawn Hearse and For All Slaves... A Song Of False Hope EPs, the material from the Static Hymnal compilation, and other rarities from the bowels of the GTT archive. More...

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Bloodbath Streaming Album's Title Track

Sweden's Bloodbath has teamed up with Record Store Day to launch the title track from the band's upcoming fourth album "Grand Morbid Funeral," due out November 18th via Peaceville. Stream the song below.

Record Store Day celebrates and promotes the culture of the indie record store year-round. Find a list of all the special releases coming out especially for gift-giving and getting, exclusively at record stores, starting on Black Friday at this location.

"Grand Morbid Funeral" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, with mixing handled by David Castillo. This is the band's first album to feature new vocalist Nick Holmes.

The album's track listing is:

1. Let the Stillborn Come to Me
2. Total Death Exhumed
3. Anne
4. Church of Vastitas
5. Famine of God`s Word
6. Mental Abortion
7. Beyond Cremation
8. His Infernal Necropsy
9. Unite in Pain
10. My Torturer
11. Grand Morbid Funeral More...

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Samskaras Streaming New Single

Montreal progressive death metal band Samskaras just released second single, "Red Hill," which can be heard below.

"Red Hill" tells the story of one of band member Eric Burnet's actual ancestors, from his birth in a London jail during the industrial revolution to his establishing a family in Canada.

The previously released track "Consecrate" can be heard at this location, and the following press release was issued about the band:

"Samskaras is the new metal project founded by Montreal-based musician Eric Burnet (Derelict). With songs written from an exploratory perspective, influences as far-flung as Gorguts, The Ocean, Enslaved, Wood Of Ypres, The Faceless, Gojira and more are mixed into inventive combinations. Burnet is joined by drummer Alexandre Dupras, known for his work with (the)Plasmarifle, Unhuman and Teramobil." More...

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Aborted Releases New Music Video

Just in time for Halloween, Aborted now delivers a video for the song "Cenobites," taken from "The Necrotic Manifesto" (reviewed here).

Check it out below (if you've got a strong enough stomach), courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can also catch the band live on the Hell Over Europe tour with Origin and Miasmal on these dates:

20.11. Rockfabrik - Nuremberg (DE)
21.11. JC De Klinker - Aarschot (BE)
22.11. Gebäude 9 - Cologne (DE)
23.11. Marx - Hamburg (DE)
24.11. Pumpehuset - Copenhagen (DK)
25.11. Pokalen - Oslo (NO)
26.11. Biljardkompaniet - Kristianstad (SE)
27.11. Konfus - Esbjerg (DK)
28.11. Hellraiser - Leipzig (DE)
29.11. Lido - Berlin (DE)
30.11. Fabryaka Club - Cracow (PL)
01.12. Firlej - Wroclaw (PL)
02.12. Nova Chmelnice - Prague (CZ)
03.12. Randall - Bratislava (SK)
04.12. Viper Room - Vienna (AT)
05.12. Feierwerk - Munich (DE)
06.12. Traffic Club - Rome (IT)
07.12. Le Korigan - Luynes (FR)
08.12. Razz 3 - Barcelona (ES)
09.12. Caracol - Madrid (ES)
10.12. Metronum - Toulouse (FR)
11.12. Ubu - Rennes (FR)
12.12. Divan du monde - Paris (FR)
13.12. Eindhoven Metal Meeting - Eindhoven (NL)
14.12. Underworld - London (UK)
15.12. Grillen - Colmar (FR)
16.12. Bett - Frankfurt/Main (DE)
17.12. Jubez - Karlsruhe (DE)
18.12. Rock It - Aalen (DE)
19.12. Gaswerk - Winterthur (CH)
20.12. Turock - Essen (DE) More...

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Dominanz Releasing New Album

Dominanz has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"Today there are only two weeks to our album Noxious will be released. We welcome you all to explore our dark path. We hereby give you Salvation from Helloween! The forth song on the album. Enjoy your evening!"

The "Noxious" album was recorded at Earshot Studio and mixed by Herbrand Larsen of Enslaved. Mastering was done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio.

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Sarpedon Announces Album Release

Norway’s Sarpedon is finally poised to unleash itself onto the metal scene, having been years in the making. Inverse Music comments:

"A long-time project of guitarist Torgeir P. Krokfjord, the band has been working together for several years – and whilst all members have been pursuing other projects and careers throughout, the Sarpedon project has now finally come to fruition.

"Although relying heavily upon influences such as Savatage, Nevermore, Symphony X, Emperor, and Queen, Sarpedon intends not only to take these impulses one step further, but also to combine them into a whole new beast altogether – and in the process, declaring war on Prog Metal as we know it today. Trying not to sound too much like a bearded freelance nothing describing overpriced coffee, Sarpedon’s music is an uncompromising blend of the immediate and the sophisticated, with a slight topping of Broadway to go with it.

"Torgeir is the musical catalyst of the band, his guitar playing combining the finest of melodic Scandinavian shredding, and Southern chugging. His brother Eirik P. Krokfjord (all vocals) once started singing with Sarpedon in mind – and now, more than ten years and two singing degrees from the Norwegian Academy of Music later, he is ready to race out of the blocks of a promising career at the front of one of Norway’s most exciting Metal exports. Drummer Carl Engstrøm has extensive experience from the Extreme/Black Metal scene (currently also playing and touring with Troll, Endezzma, Astaroth, and Attentat), and contributes virtuosity at the back, with both Andreas Wærholm and Eirik producing haunting sound landscapes at the keys. More...

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36 Crazyfists Signs With Spinefarm

Like a bear native to the Alaskan tundra, 36 Crazyfists has emerged from a four year recording hibernation and signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

The band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and new album "Time and Trauma," is due out in February of 2015.

"We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records and although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn't be more grateful to unleash the beast that is Time and Trauma with their help," said frontman Brock Lindow. "20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!"

Spinefarm Senior Director of Marketing Tim Brennan echoed that sentiment, saying, "We are thrilled to have 36 Crazyfists be part of the growing Spinefarm family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fanbase. Time and Trauma is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band."

36 Crazyfists released debut "Bitterness the Star" via Roadrunner Records in 2002. The follow-up, 2004's "A Snow Capped Romance," is largely considered a sleeper classic in the post-hardcore realm. The band also released several additionally beloved albums, including "Rest Inside the Flames" (2006) via the now-defunct DRT Entertainment, as well as "The Tide and Its Takers" (2008) and "Collisions and Castaways" through Ferret Music. The coming Spinefarm debut is the band's first album in four years and the first since "Collisions and Castaways," released in 2010. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Exorcism Posts "Higher" Drum Clip

"Higher," the new drum video from international metal band Exorcism, featuring newly recruited drummer Alexis Von Kraven, can be viewed below.

The song is taken from Exorcism's debut album "I Am God" (reviewed here) and the video (available below) was filmed at Digisound studio in Metepec, Mexico.

Exorcism is:

Csaba Zvekan – Vocals
Joe Stump – Guitars
Lucio Manca – Bass
Alexis Von Kraven – Drums More...

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Machine Head Posts Second Album Trailer

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head just released the second trailer for their upcoming album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

Check out this new clip below, or watch the previously posted first video at this location.

In other Machine Head news, Devil You Know just dropped off the band's European tour set to start next month.

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" is due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Rise Of The Northstar Releases New Single

The manga metal moshers from Rise Of The Northstar have released a brand new digital single, titled "Dressed All In Black." The song is now available via all digital download sites and can be heard below.

The song comes off the band's debut album, "Welcame," which will be released November 21st via Nuclear Blast Records. "Welcame" was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Zeuss. The track listing is as follows:

01. What The Fuck
02. Welcame [Furyo State Of Mind]
03. The New Path
04. Samurai Spirit
05. Dressed All In Black
06. Again And Again
07. Tyson
08. Bosozoku
09. Simon Says*
10. Authentic
11. Blast 'em All
*PHAROAHE MONCH cover More...

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Destruction Cancels Upcoming Shows

German thrash outfit Destruction just announced the cancellation of the band's upcoming shows in Spain. Destruction had this to say:

"We are devastated that we can't come to Spain next week but without any money for flights or any transportation it is impossible for us to travel!

"The promoter broke his contracts and promises but the worst thing is that the faithful Spanish metal heads and the band were so much looking forward to return for a tour after many years of absence.

"We will make sure our new partner will include several shows on the Iberian peninsula for 2015! Salud & thrash till death!!!" More...

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Rob Zombie To Play Bloodstock

This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.

Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”

Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.

Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...

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Sickening Unveils Album Artwork

Sickening's new album "The Beyond," a tribute to filmmaker Lucio Fulci, will be released in early 2015 via Amputated Vein Records.

Today the band unveils the cover artwork for "The Beyond," created by Daemorph Evil Art Dominion. The track listing is as follows:

1. Into The Unknown
2. Crucified By Preconception
3. The Passage
4. Condemned Blind
5. The Slow Pace Of Suffering
6. ...And Then New Light
7. The Prophecies Of Eibon
8. Beyond The Threshold
9. Descent Into The Abyss More...

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Hope Drone Signs With Relapse

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Australian atmospheric black metal quartet Hope Drone. The label had this to say:

"Formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2011, Hope Drone (Karl Hartwig - guitar, Christopher Rowden - guitar/vocals, Francis Keil - drums, Aaron Pickersgill - bass/vocals) quickly made a name for itself with its 2013 self-titled debut that was hailed by Cvlt Nation as 'fresh, invigorating and captivating,' by Scene Point Blank as a record that 'achieves on all fronts' and by Angry Metal Guy as 'possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically.'

"After supporting acts like Neurosis, Deafheaven, Caspian and Rosetta in Australia, the band recorded their sophomore record once again with engineer Christopher Brownbill. The yet-to-be-titled album will see it's release via Relapse in the Spring of 2015."

Guitarist Karl Hartwig commented on the signing and the upcoming material: "We're stoked to be welcomed into the Relapse family and have our records released by the label that is responsible for some of our favourite releases. The record was recorded at the soon to be defuct Wavelength Studios with our engineer Christopher Brownbill. We really wanted to push ourselves with this record and spent much longer crafting songs with a greater dynamic and depth to them, both in terms of songwriting and how we approached capturing the songs. We aimed for a more live sounding recording that was still rich in atmosphere and I think we've achieved something that is a true reflection of how we sound live."

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Hope Drone and stream the band's self-titled debut below. More...

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Tribute To The Lesser Played Halloween Classics

So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.

On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...

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Sandalinas Working On New Album

Spanish/Swedish metal band Sandalinas is working on a forthcoming album to be called "Circles," produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios (Sweden).

The album will feature Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance) on vocals and Chris Caffery (Savatage) as guest guitarist and composer, with a planned release in 2015.

The band's last single "Power To The People" can be heard in the promo video trailer below, featuring footage from the band's latest European tour supporting House of Lords. More...

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