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Last updated on March 3, 2015 at 2:26 PM ET
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17 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Greek / Swedish melodic death metal band Nightrage has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to stream "Desperate Vows," a new song from the band's upcoming sixth studio album, "The Puritan," set to release on April 24th through Despotz Records.
Stream the new track, featuring a guest vocal appearance from Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.Ü.), in the player below. "The Puritan" can be pre-ordered online through the Despotz Record webstore here.
"The Puritan" welcomes new Nightrage vocalist, Ronnie Nyman, to the mix. Nyman joins founding member, guitarist Marios Iliopoulos, and bassist, Anders Hammer, after performing with the band last year on its Japanese and Russian tours.
Album number six was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden. More...
Ottawa's Of Reverie announced today the band has parted ways with vocalist Michael Labelle. Michael recorded two singles with the band, "Voice of the Fallen" and "Parallels," and you can stream both of them below.
Of Reverie is currently in the studio with Horizons' guitarist, Doug Meadows, finishing the follow-up EP to 2013's "Dreamcatcher." There is currently no talks of a new vocalist, but the band has confirmed there are no plans of stopping.
Michael's departure stands as the band's third split after vocalists Matthias Foks and Eric Williamson left in late 2013. Of Reverie comments:
"We are both happy and sad to announce today that Mikey will no longer be with us. We are very stoked for him with what he has in store! That being said we want to thank you all for your continued support and let you know that we have absolutely no intention of slowing down. We're still working on our new EP and we'll have details coming on that very soon, or maybe even a teaser!"
Michael also had this to say: "As some of you may have already heard, I have parted ways with Of Reverie. I was given an opportunity in January that I could not refuse. I've learned so many things being in this band that have made me a better musician and a better person in general. There is absolutely no bad blood or anything, we are still all friends and talk every day. As for myself, things are not ready to unfold yet but you will find out very soon. Your support is all I can ask for. I hope to see you all later this year." More...
The French occult rockers in Akasava have a wealth of information to spread about their exciting upcoming EP "Strange Aeons."
The band hit the studio last week to begin the recording procedure, and according to frontman Louis Hauguel, “that was one epic day, we've recorded everything except for the vocals! It's going to be heavy & fuzzy from the raw cuts I've listened to!”
The track listing for this EP, due in late spring 2015, is as follows:
1. Join The Ritual
2. The Deep
3. Sons Of Bastet
4. The Witch Is Rising
5. Black And White Lady
6. And Die!
Berlin's Treedeon will release debut album, "Lowest Level Reincarnation," through the fine folks at Exile On Mainstream in North America on April 7th.
A more than fifty-minute-long, full-on, rocked-out sludge assault awaits the listener within these eight raw songs. Today you can hear the album in full below, courtesy of TheSleepingShaman.com. More...
Nashville Pussy is gearing up to release new CD compilation "Ten Years Of Pussy" on SPV/Steamhammer. This 22 track monster takes the best studio tracks of the last decade and even throws in a live bonus EP taken from a blistering 2009 show at Nottingham.
Nashville Pussy hails from Atlanta, deep in the heart of "the BBQ nation" and sounds like ACDC slap boxing with Lynyrn Skynyrd while Motorhead watches. Formed by husband and wife guitarists Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys, Nashville Pussy rose out of the ashes of Cartwright's former band Nine Pound Hammer in 1997. Since then the group has played thousands of gigs in 40 different countries.
"Ten Years Of Pussy" will be released in the USA on May 12th as a 2CD digipak and download through SPV/Steamhammer. The track listing is: More...
The Dutch diabolists from Entrapment have inked a worldwide deal with Pulverised Records to inflict devastation and terror with the arrival of the third as-yet-untitled full-length. The label comments:
"With the group's last effort 'Lamentations Of The Flesh' released almost a year ago, Entrapment head-honcho Michel Jonker wasted no time churning out new morbid tunes which promises to be the band's most definitive work to date.
"Work on the new album has already begun and Entrapent is set to enter Aborted's bass-player JB Van Der Wal's studio for all tracking, mixing and mastering duties, as well as also showcasing the masterful artwork of Marald Van Haaasteren (Bolt Thrower, High On Fire, Wolfbrigade, etc)." More...
John LaMacchia - who formed Spylacopa in the early 00’s - brings you the project's first full length record, and the first new release since the band's 2008 self-titled debut EP.
With a large cast of musicians including members of Isis, Mister Sparx, Palms, Candiria, Made out Of Babies, Slow Parade and Julie Christmas, the new full length, "Parallels," features some of the original line up that appeared on the first release as well as contributions from some new faces.
The delay of the album was partly due to the tragic murder of drummer Troy Young, who was killed in his Brooklyn apartment in December 2009 following an attempted robbery.
John LaMacchia comments: "Troy Young Tracked the drums for all the original material that made up the debut EP and most of what makes up this full length which is a huge reason why this record is being released. These are some of the last recordings of Troy Young tracking drums in a professional setting. After meeting Troys family during the trial of his murder, I felt somewhat obligated to get this record out. Troy would have wanted this record to come out and I feel that this is a way of helping to keep him active and present. He was such a talented young guy who was just getting a foothold in New York City as a working and functioning musician when he was killed.”
The album was Produced by John LaMacchia, mixed by Ken Schalk of Candiria, and mastered by Julian Silva at On Air Mastering. Spylacopa's "Parallels" will be available March 31st, 2015 via Rising Pulse Records, with pre-orders available at this location. More...
The doom / sludge upstarts from Morbid Evils have premiered new track "Burning World" online. Listen in below thanks to CVLT Nation.
The track hails from Morbid Evils' debut album, "In Hate With The Burning World," set for international release on March 6th via Svart Records. The full track listing is:
3. In Hate
4. South of Hell
6. Burning World More...
UK metal n' rollers XII Boar just released a brand new music video for the song "Rock City," which can be seen below.
Taken from the forthcoming album "Pitworthy" (due out March 9th), "Rock City" serves up a mighty slab of hard rockin' 70's inspired groove with a massive dollop of sludge metal.
Pre-orders for "Pitworthy" are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. Young Man
3. Crushing The P
4. The Schaeffer Boogie
6. Crawdaddy Blues
7. Chicken Hawk
8. Battle Boar
9. Rock City
10. Quint More...
On March 17th, Oklahoma City's Dischordia will be releasing a new EP of covers entitled "Sources" entirely for free through Rogue Records America. The first single from the EP, a crushing re-imagining of Thrice's "All The World is Mad," is streaming below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Three Dimensional Defect - Written by Decapitated
2. All The World Is Mad - Written by Thrice
3. Sugar Coated Sour - Written by The Dillinger Escape Plan
4. Don’t Go Into That Barn - Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan
"Since some of these artists are not always direct influences on our sound it was fun to step outside of our comfort zone and bring in non-metal elements," comments guitarist Keeno. "We wanted to pay tribute to our influences while also pushing ourselves stylistically."
You can also catch the band live on these dates:
March 12, 2015 - Oklahoma City, OK
March 13, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM
March 14, 2015 - Tempe, AZ
March 15, 2015 - Glendale, CA
March 17, 2015 - Oakland, CA
March 18, 2015 - Ventura, CA
March 19, 2015 - Yuma, AZ
March 20, 2015 - Flagstaff, AZ
March 21, 2015 - Amarillo, TX More...
Iron Bonehead Productions, in conspiracy with Vault of Dried Bones, is proud to present an exclusive 7" from Radioactive Vomit, titled "Ratsflesh" and due out April 27th. IBP comments:
"Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Vancouver, Radioactive Vomit thrust forth a vile, sickening brew of bestial black metal and bulldozing D-beat. Coated in copious layers of noise and feedback but always underpinned by a nuclear-powered pulse, Ratsflesh rages right from the beginning and offers no compromise / no remorse / no surrender until the final radioactive seconds trail off into the gutter. In fact, compared to so much modern bestial metal, Radioactive Vomit emit a street-level sort of grime, as suggested by titles like 'Stench of Treachery' and 'Speak With Tongues of Flies' and of course the Ratsflesh title itself, and duly imbue their music with this sense of decay, spiritual or otherwise. Feast upon Ratsflesh..."
2. Pestis Malevolus
3. Stench Of Treachery
5. Speak With Tongues of Flies
6. Outro More...
In celebration of Record Store Day on April 18th, Metallica will release "No Life 'til Leather" as a limited edition cassette.
The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band's original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass.
Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. Metallica comments:
"This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the 'demo tape.' In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as 'No Life 'til Leather' and it led us to our first record deal... the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world."
Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this Summer. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hit The Lights
2. The Mechanix
4. Seek & Destroy
5. Metal Militia
6. Jump In The Fire
7. Phantom Lord More...
After reuniting to play the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, God Dethroned has checked in with the following announcement about working on new material:
"Dear unholy friends of God Dethroned,
"It's been something like 5 years since we last wrote a God Dethroned song. Maybe some of you wondered if we still have it in us to write new stuff again and the answer is definitely yes, we do!
"The first riffs have been written and the inspiration is there to write a lot more. You know we never write the same album twice and also this time there won't be an exception to this rule.
"I'm not gonna tell you yet what you can expect, it's even a bit too early for us to say what will be the outcome, but we're trying something completely different this time around.
"This will be the third and final chapter about World War One and we're hoping to have the recordings finished before year end.
"We'll keep you posted about the process, but most of all, we'd like to see you at one (or more) of the upcoming shows this season!"
Originally released in 1996, "Wicher" by the pagan black metal outfit Sacrilegium is now seeing re-issue via Pagan Records on March 6th, 2015.
Ahead of the official release, we're proud to premiere a stream of the entire new version of "Wicher." If you miss the '90s sound in underground European metal, be sure to listen in below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
"Wicher" will be available on double-gatefold vinyl, complete with bonus track, lyrics and previously unreleased photos. Order your own copy at this location.
And more good news for Sacreligium fans: the band is officially reunited and now working on a new album. Stay tuned for more info on the impending release. More...
The Ukrainian metalcore band Down & Dirty from Kiev, best known as the follow-up project of Make Me Famous founder Denis Shaforostov, just posted a new playthrough video for "Move It" which was released last year via Sumerian Records.
Check out Stas Belove of Down & Dirty playing "Move It" on his Schecter guitar below.
Greek technical death metal band Sickening Horror is about to release its third album titled "Overflow", after the 2007 debut album "When Landscapes Bled Backwards" (with Nile's drummer George Kollias in the line-up) and 2009's follow-up "The Dead End Experiment". Today the band offers you a first taste of what "Overflow"will sound like and premieres a new song entitled "Interstellar" below.
Sickening Horror's new effort will be released on March 17 via Deepsend Records and can be pre-ordered HERE.
Polish blackened death metal outfit Neolith released its new album "Izi.Im.Kurnu-Ki" yesterday, via Non Serviam Records. Today the band is offering the full-album stream below.
The album is available for order now at Bandcamp via the link HERE.