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Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30

“Tuska?”

Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Lo-Pan Streaming New Track

With a tour supporting Black Cobra just one week away and a brand new record, the fittingly titled "Colossus," on the horizon, the Ohio riff bringers in Lo-Pan are pleased to uncork opening track, "Regulus," via Noisey.

Check out the new track below, and "Colossus" will see official release via Small Stone on October 7th, 2014. Elaborates vocalist Jeff Martin of the tune:

"'Regulus' is the brightest star in the Leo constellation. It's a multiple system consisting of four stars. 'Regulus' is also Latin for 'prince' or 'little king.' The song is about a dream I had. In the dream I lived on a planet in the regulus system and the star was about to explode. The planet is about to be destroyed. And I'm reflecting on life as a whole facing the knowledge that I'm about to die basically." More...

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Thrashless Enters The Studio

Estonian thrash metal band Thrashless has entered the studio to lay down tracks for a new release. Further details are still forthcoming, and you can check out photos from the studio at the band's Facebook profile here. Thrashless is:

Herman Sommer - lead vocal, guitar
Silver Vrait - bass, vocal
Henry Hinno - drums, vocal

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Children Of Technology Streaming Album Title Track

The Italian speed metal punks in Children of Technology are streaming the title track to "Future Decay" - out now on Hells Headbangers. Check out the title track and the song "Under The Ripping Storm" in the Bandcamp player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Future Decay
2. Remembrance Day
3. Blackout
4. Hold Up Your Fuel
5. Eaten Dust Overload
6. Under the Ripping Storm
7. Last Sunshine Gleaming
8. Fear the Mohawk Reaper More...

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Starkill Posts New Album Making-Of Footage

Starkill has posted the first in a series of videos discussing upcoming album, "Virus Of The Mind." Dubbed "Creating the Virus", the first of these videos can be found below.

"Virus of the Mind" is due out in North America on October 14th, 2014 and the new song "Breaking The Madness" is available for streaming here.

"Virus Of The Mind" follows debut album "Fires Of Life" (reviewed here). The Chicago based metal band will embark on a full U.S./Canadian tour joining up with Arch Enemy, Kreator, and Huntress as well as headlining shows in between. Dates are available after the jump. The new album's track listing is:

1. Be Dead or Die
2. Winter Desolation
3. Breaking the Madness
4. Virus of the Mind
5. Skyward
6. Before Hope Fades
7. Into Destiny
8. God of This World
9. My Catharsis
10. Convergence More...

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The Body Politic Posts Guitar Play Through

Nanaimo, BC six-piece powerhouse The Body Politic has teamed up with GunShyAssassin.com for the premiere of a new guitar play through for "Armature," the first single off upcoming EP "Egressor," due out on September 16th, 2014.

Check out the play through video clip below. The Body Politic's guitarist Matt Aasen also comments:

"Dan and I had a blast with this play through! I'm so excited to have an opportunity to showcase some of the guitar work from 'Egressor'. Since we have six members, sometimes it can be hard to focus on the individual parts of our songs - especially when each of us is playing something different! Armature is the best example of the kind of musicianship you should expect from the rest of Egressor."

In additional news, the band will be performing at this year's Beaver Fest in Valley View, AB on August 29th alongside Protest The Hero, Silverstein, Comeback and many more. For more info, visit this location. More...

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Anthrax Drummer Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

On August 18th, when Anthrax headlined the Rock Al Parquet 2014 Festival in Bogota, Colombia, the band's drummer Charlie Benate took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - in front of more than 140,000 screaming fans. Footage can be seen below.

Mike Portnoy had challenged Charlie, and he accepted, in large part because Mike Wright, the father of his friend Brandon Wright, has had ALS for 10 years - so this was personal.

Bandmates Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello did the dousing, and afterwards Charlie nominated Philip H. Anselmo, Sepultura's Andreas Kisser and music producer Jay Ruston, who produced Anthrax's "Worship Music." Anthrax's live DVD, "Chile On Hell," will be released on September 16th. More...

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Swine Overlord Releases New Album

Swine Overlord's new album "Parables of Umbral Transcendence" is out now, and you can hear the song "Dismantling The Flesh Construct" in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Swine Overlord is one of the meanest, heaviest, most undiluted and brutal death metal albums this year. That is right, we said it!

"Over forty minutes of intense, slamming, blasting punishment. Winding and twisting, slithering from slow, brooding openings to manic blasts with wild-eyed riffing creating an atmosphere of instability. The goods have been delivered.

"If you're just sick, tired and terminally unmoved by the crop of benign death metal acts surfacing in the last few years (their thin, edgeless musical delivery and gurgling drain vocalists), then Swine Overlord will seem like a blast of fresh - or should that be fetid? - air. Includes special appearances by Mike O'Hara (Splattered Entrails), Josh Smith (Gutfucked), Hunter Pate, and Richard "Yeti" Kirk (Abdicate)."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Celestial Purge
2. Transformation and Rebirth
3. Convergence
4. Post-Burial Defloration
5. Falsum Messias
6. Bleeding the Sinful
7. Chunks
8. Cadaveric Pantomime
9. Umbral Transcendence
10. Dissiliency
11. Porkchop, The Man-Butcher
12. Dismantling the Flesh Construct
13. Seeds of a Treacherous Creation More...

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Buckcherry Doesn't Care, Just Says "Fuck It"

The always classy and not at all adolescent Buckcherry has released a new video clip for "Say Fuck It," taken off new EP "Fuck," which explores the band's recent discovery of that particular four letter word.

The "Fuck" EP is out now via - and I'm not even kidding here - the band's own label F-Bomb Records. You can pick up the EP via various digital outlets or at the band's official website here.

Fans can also catch Buckcherry on tour this Fall with the Rockstar Uproar Festival and select headlining dates. Venue and date information is available after the jump. More...

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Zapruder To Release "Fall In Line"

Zapruder's "Fall In Line" album will be released on October 20th via Hipsterminator Records & Apathia Records. Pre-orders available on August 25th and the first track will be posted online on September 1st. Apathia Records comments:

"Two years after the EP 'Straight From The Horse's Mouth,' Zapruder is back with 'Fall In Line.' Revolving around the forces that push us to forsake our individual selves and join the crowd, Fall In Line is yet another versatile record from a band that lives up to its promises of variety.

"Zapruder builds a universe of rock'n'roll riffs intertwining with intense Post-Hardcore atmospheres where distraught reveries side with violence and rage. These nine songs are nine worlds of complexity and research resulting from a better mastery of their music.

"The band confuses the listener from song to song, staying true to a maddening fascination for surprise and discomfort throughout the journey from the violence of 'We Are Orphans' to the poetic 'Je Ferai De Ma Peau Une Terre Où Creuser.' 'Fall In Line' is an intense album for those in search of a musical surprise."

The new album was engineered, mixed, and produced by Amaury Sauvé and features saxophone and clarinet by Clément Beuvon. You can also check out the previous EP "Straight From The Horse's Mouth" in the player below. More...

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1349 Posts Bass Teaser

The Norwegian black metal tyrants in 1349 are gearing up to deliver aural hellfire with their long-awaited new album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" on September 30th, 2014.

Today the band drops a bass teaser trailer for the album, which can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cauldron (listen here)
2. Slaves (streaming here)
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele's
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer

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Small Stone Records Destroyed By Flood

Last week, debilitating storms dumped flood water throughout the Detroit area, including the offices of Small Stone Records, label home of Sasquatch, Wo Fat, Greenleaf, Lord Fowl, Dixie Witch, Roadsaw and many others.

Gear and products were both destroyed and insurance is only going to go so far, so the musical community is coming together to help Scott Hamilton from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood. Donations can be made at this location.

Hamilton's support for heavy music in the near two-decades that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped the music scene by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs. More...

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Anaal Nathrakh To Release New Album

Anaal Nathrakh, which signed to Metal Blade earlier this Summer, has issued the following announcement about an upcoming album release:

"Finally, we are reaching the stage where things are coming together for the impending release of our new cacophony.

"For now, we can divulge that the title will be Desideratum. Everything is in Metal Blade's hands ready for pressing, artwork is finalized, and the release date is penciled in pending final confirmation.

"Expect an update approximately this time next week with release date, preorder information, and a streaming track from the album. Following that, more information and hopefully preview tracks will be made available in the run up to the day itself. Preparations for triage and all emergency measures should be made now.

"Nearly there..."

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Alex Skolnick To Speak At Metal Impact Conference

The Metal & Cultural Impact Conference (MACI) will take place November 6th - 8th and is under the umbrella of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS).

Revolver Golden Gods Awards founder and former producer Josh Bernstein will be giving the closing keynote, "Heavy Metal: A Business, A Lifestyle, Past, Present & Future.” Alex Skolnick meanwhile will be giving a panel on "Louder Education," which was a web series originally produced with Metal Injection. Both Alex and Josh will be presenting on Saturday, November 8th.

Other events of interest are a heavy metal "masks" art exhibit and screening of the heavy metal Africa documentary, "March of the Gods." There will be a closing concert (off-campus) of local/regional metal bands during the evening of Saturday, November 8th.

In addition to Alex & Josh, a few speakers of note are Vivek Venkatesh (dubbed Professor Death Metal by Decibel magazine) and Jason Netherton of Misery Index (both presenting on Thursday, November 6th in the "Death Metal/Black Metal" category).

Laina Dawes, author of "What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal," will be presenting on Saturday, November 8th in the "Women in Metal" category. Full details can be found at this location.

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Sterbhaus Re-Issuing Album, Announces New Release

Swedish based quartet Sterbhaus is reissuing "Angels for Breakfast …And God for Lunch" worldwide via Black Lodge records.

This release will also be accompanied with an exclusive limited version (500 copies) on white vinyl, and is due out September 26th, 2014. The album was recorded at Abyss Studio and mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (Black Lounge).

The band also takes this opportunity to announce a new album for this coming Spring 2015. The release – tentatively called “New Level of Malevolence” - will include 10 or 11 songs and recording will start during the Fall. The band comments:

“We have been kinda bitching about how bloody crappy most of metal productions are today. The modern age has made it so damn easy to cheat your way through the recordings and end up with a stale, clean, slick and completely uninspired product. For the audiophile they may sound swell but Metal is more than that. In my opinion this is what’s killing off the good aspects of the scene and not people downloading or labels not pushing cash into expensive recording studios.

"It’s the band's obvious uninterest in treating each release as the most damn important shit in the world that’s killing the genre ATM. We’re gonna do our part in working against all this. Actually that is our mission. You can expect absolutely no fillers and only killers… much as the last album that we're reissuing now, but with the belt tightened quite a bit more.” More...

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Katagory V Calling It Quits

After failing to meet a crowd funding goal to release the band's fifth album, Katagory V has posted the following message online about calling it quits:

"Now that the campaign has ended, and was sadly unsuccessful, it is time to make an announcement concerning the future of Katagory V.

"As much as I pains me to say this - I am officially announcing that Katagory V is no more. I have been trying to be positive for the past three years in hopes that the band would regroup, release the 5th album and continue on in some capacity, but as of today, it appears very unlikely that it will ever happen.

"It is financially impossible and economical to do so and still compete on a any level along side our peers. This indiegogo campaign was a true test to see if Katagory V was still relevant, If our fan base was large enough and dedicated enough to rally support & funding, if people still wanted to hear our music, and if we could survive the wild west of the digital age. This did not happen - We and over estimated our popularity and relevance in the heavy metal music scene. Because of this, there is no purpose for Katagory V to continue.

"Throw in a recession a few years ago, causing some band members to become jobless or financially strapped, going through divorces, having heath issues and expenses, losing places to rehearse/write/record, record labels being passive and flaky with communication & commitments, or just flat out showing general disinterested in working with us, and the music industry itself as a whole becoming a huge question mark and extremely unreliable; When you take ALL OF THAT into consideration, coupled with our failed indiegogo campaign, the end result made our 'Middle-to-Lower-class' band obsolete and unable to survive in the new musical climate of free-culturists, Tech-utopians, and those who feel that there is a money tree outside that supplies us with an endless supply of capitol to harvest from, so we can continue to create our art and exploit it ourselves.

"It is virtually impossible to do so when you have financial and moral responsibilities OUTSIDE of your music. Sorry for the small diatribe, but this is really what it all boils down to at the end of the day. This is the reality of being a musician today… and this is the future of music.

"Concerning the unreleased 5th album, 'Resurrect the Insurgence,' which was indeed completed and ready to be release for almost 4 years now; it is now in limbo. We are currently discussing a digital-only release, but because the band is done, it almost seems anti-climatic to do so - as if it is a participation trophy for ourselves and the true Katagory V fans who really wanted us to continue on. This is not what we wanted to see happen, however, we are considering the possibility and discussing the option. More...

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Obsidian Kingdom Album Being Re-Issued

Back in April of 2013, Season of Mist welcomed Spanish avant-garde outfit Obsidian Kingdom to the roster.

The label is now pleased to announce that the re-issue of the long sold out self-released debut album, "Mantiis – An Agony in Fourteen Bites," will officially hit stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Not Yet Five
2. Oncoming Dark
3. Through The Glass
4. Cinnamon Balls
5. The Nurse
6. Answers Revealing
7. Last Of The Light
8. Genteel To Mention
9. Awake Until Dawn
10. Haunts Of The Underworld
11. Endless Wall
12. Fingers In Anguish
13. Ball-Room
14. And Then It Was More...

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Nachtblut To Release New Album

Following the stunning combination of industrial and black metal with 2012 album "Dogma" (check out our review here), genre cross over act Nachtblut will release new album "Chimonas" later this year.

The front cover artwork for "Chimonas" has today been revealed and can be seen below, and the official release dates are as follows:

G/A/S: 17.10.2014
FIN & BENELUX: 31.10.2014
UK & EUROPE: 03.11.2014
NOR/SWE/ESP: 05.11.2014 More...

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Ghost Brigade Announces New Album

Finnish heavy-rock act Ghost Brigade is back - the band just announced the title of its forthcoming album will be "IV - One With The Storm."

Ghost Brigade's aptly named fourth full-length has been set for a November 7th release (November 11th in North America) via Season Of Mist.

"IV - One With The Storm" will be available in various formats, including a collector’s edition. Full details and pre-orders through the Season of Mist e-shop will be made available in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, check out a track taken off the band's previous album"Until Fear No Longer Defines Us" in the player provided below. More...

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Today Is The Day Posts Album Trailer

As Today Is The Day prepares to assault the masses with tenth full-length album, "Animal Mother," Southern Lord today discloses the LP's track listing and a visual trailer featuring the first precursor of the hostile and haunting audio the album promises to unleash.

The band's lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. The "Animal Mother" recording sessions took place at Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin.

The cover art for Animal Mother was created by Samantha Muljat. A video trailer produced by David Hall of Handshake Inc. can also be seen below. More...

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Nightwish Posts New Album Behind The Scenes Clip

Nightwish is currently working on a new album, and the yet-untitled creation will be the band's first studio record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It’s currently set for a release in Spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band has put up the third album trailer, available below, and main composer Tuomas Holopainen comments:

“When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie. Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head… it takes at least 12-18 months to write an album.” More...

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Carnifex Posts "Hatred And Slaughter" Video

San Diego, CA death metal outfit Carnifex is today premiering the official music video for "Hatred And Slaughter" (available below) taken from the band's most recent effort and Nuclear Blast debut, "Die Without Hope" (reviewed here).

Recently the band also announced a European tour this November/December supporting Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive and German metalcore pioneers Heaven Shall Burn. Dates can be found after the jump. More...

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Iron Reagan Wants "Four More Years!"

Iron Regan's Relapse debut "The Tyranny Of Will" is a 24 song wrecking ball of hardcore punk/thrash fury recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and mixed by Converge's Kurt Ballou.

The album will be released September 16th in North America and features cover art done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

Today the band has debuted a new song from "The Tyranny Of Will" online. Check out "Four More Years" below, thanks to Loudwire.com.

Bassist Rob Skotis comments on the new song: "Elect yourself to sit down with four more beers while having your ear drums sensually assaulted by our new track."

Drummer Ryan Parish added: "And it's the classic long song at the end of the album! A whopping 4 minutes!" More...

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Necrophagia Warns You To "Fear The Priest"

Necrophagia has premiered a new track online titled "Fear the Priest!" Check it out below, thanks to horror destination Bloody-Disgusting.

"Fear the Priest" is taken from Necrophagia's new masterpiece of horror metal, "WhiteWorm Cathedral," which will be released by Season of Mist on October 28th in North America.

Pre-orders can be made at the Season Of Mist e-shop here. Regarding the new track, Necrophagia main-man Killjoy De Sade issued the following statement:

"The Exorcist has been a main stay in my top five films from the first time I watched it. It left an impact on me as a child and has never lost any of it it's power. I've viewed it literally hundreds of times. During the course of our career I've written many songs about The Exorcist. Some dating clearly back to 1984. I have never felt that any of the previous song attempts would have portrayed it's impact or captured the true dread that the film. Finally with Fear the Priest I think we have done it justice. Fear the Priest is our ultimate homage to one of the greatest horror films of all time!"

The album's track listing will be 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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Puig Destroyer Brings Together Baseball And Grind

Nothing says “America” like good ol’ fashioned baseball and torrential grindcore. Combine the two and you’ve got Puig Destroyer (not to be confused with the band you are currently no doubt thinking of when you assumed it was a typo in the headline).

Today the band has joined forces with No Sleep Records and will be releasing a new self-titled record digitally on September 30th, which just so happens to be the first day of the MLB Postseason. Pre-order info the record is available now at this location.

In addition to the band signing to No Sleep, Puig Destroyer has also released the first new song called “Mike Trout” today through MetalSucks.net (check it out below). The song pays homage to Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 2014 All-Star MVP outfielder, with a crushing, neck-breaking grindcore anthem that shout’s “No doubt, Mike Trout, he can do everything!”

"Going in, we knew we wanted a song about Mike Trout on this record,” says vocalist Mike Minnick. “Riley [Breckenridge] is a die-hard Angels fan, and all of us love watching the guy play. You want to see every at-bat, every insane defensive play, just like Puig. He's absolutely electrifying." More...

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Chainfist Announces New Album Release

Danish metal band Chainfist will release second full-length album "Scarred" on October 6th worldwide via Mighty Music/Target Group.

The album contains 11 tracks produced by Michael Hansen at Phon Studio and mixed/mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Anubis Gate, Pretty Maids) at Hansen Studios. The “Scarred” album teaser can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Scars of time
02. 1000 ways to bleed
03. Black rebel noise
04. Another day in hell
05. Poison moon
06. 10.000
07. Know you hate
08. Seven minutes of pain
09. Statement
10. Mass frustration
11. Black rebel noise (acoustic) More...

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I.N.C. Reveals New Album Deteails

Indestructible Noise Command (I.N.C.) will release brand new concept album, "Black Hearse Serenade," on October 21st, 2014 via Ferocious Records (an affiliate of CDS Records, LLC).

You can pre-order the album now at this location. The album art for Black Hearse Serenade (available below)was illustrated by Sam Shearon. Shearon’s countless creations include cover art for many popular mediums, including album covers for bands such as Ministry, Biohazard, Rob Zombie, and more.

I.N.C. guitarist Erik Barath states, “The art reflect the theme that religion can be used as a weapon by those who dwell in its darkest corners.”

Barath offers more details on the concept behind Black Hearse Serenade: “Black Hearse Serenadetells a story, set in Southern California, about a broken man, his congregation of runaways, junkies and lost souls and a murderous path to finality. A childhood filled with embarrassment and shame, born of religious zealotry and an overbearing mother, that broken child has now become a man.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Stirring The Flock
2. Sainted Sinners
3. Cyanide and Whiskey
4. Organ Grinder
5. Black Hearse Serenade
6. The Lies We Devour
7. Lucky #7
8. Invite This Plague
9. No Turning Back
10. Love Like Napalm

The bulk of "Black Hearse Serenade" was recorded at Dexters Lab Recording, the studio owned and operated by Nick Bellmore (otherwise known as Nicholas T. Rage from Toxic Holocaust, who personally engineered and mixed the album). All of Erik Barath’s lead guitars and piano/keyboard parts were recorded in Cyprus with Philip Zilfo. "Black Hearse Serenade" was then mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering. More...

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Between The Buried And Me Announces DVD Release

Progressive powerhouse Between the Buried and Me will be releasing "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" next month on Metal Blade Records.

The September 30th release will be the band and label's first ever Blu-ray release. The video will also be available on DVD and via digital retailers. Pre-orders are available at this location.

"Future Sequence: Live at Fidelitorium" was recorded at Fidelitorium Recordings outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In the video, fans will see Between the Buried and Me performing 2012 album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" (reviewed here) in its entirety.

Drummer Blake Richardson comments on the approach to recording this release: "We've always been fans of DVDs where it's just the band, you don't have any other distractions."

Vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers explains further: "We wanted to give the fans something that made them feel a little closer to us, and made them almost feel like they're at practice with us." More...

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Menace Ruine Reveals New Album Details

Montreal's Menace Ruine has completed work on forthcoming album "Venus Armata." Profound Lore Records comments:

"Written and recorded from Spring 2013 to Spring 2014, this sixth album by Menace Ruine is the natural follow-up to 'Alight in Ashes.'

"With 'Venus Armata' the duo’s exploration continues with their most vocally intriguing and focused album to date. 'Venus Armata' is also the band’s most musically refined album likewise despite the same minimal set up, and raw primal sounds which seamlessly thread the sonic palette through the likes of experimental music, martial ambient/electronic, noise/industrial, darkwave, and neo-folk respectively.

"A novelty this time, the addition of Geneviève’s sistra, nutshell instrument (kamutef), and wrist bells which add life and subtleties to the rhythms has allowed her to charge the songs with even more energy and intention."

The album is due out October 14th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Soften Our Evil Hearts
2. Red Sulphur
3. Marriage In Death
4. Soothing But Cruel
5. Belly Of The Closed House
6. Torture Of Fire
7. Venus Armata More...

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Matricide Joining Cryptopsy On Tour

Matricide has announced the band will be supporting latest album "When Random Turns To Fate" (streaming here) by hitting the road at the end of the month with Cryptopsy, Disgorge, and Jungle Rot. Dates are as follows:

30.08 - Essen. Germany - Turok Open Air
31.08 – Cardiff, UK – The Baa Bar
01.09 – Wolverhampton, UK – The Robin 2
02.09 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
03.09 – London, UK – Boston Music Rooms
04.09 – Den Hag, Holland – Paard Van Troje
05.09 – Huettikon, Switzerland – Meh Suff Fest
06.09 – Bischofswerda, Germany – Morbid Fest
07.09 – Warsaw, Poland – Progressja
08.09 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice More...

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GWAR Announces Tour With Decapitated

Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff) they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available - including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior.

GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as the band's enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks.

BalSac The Jaws of Death radioed in this statement on The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect:

"Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'"

GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR's founder and lead singer, since March. The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world. More...

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Century Media Spins Off Hard Rock Label

Century Media Records founder, Robert Kampf, has announced the formation of new record label, Another Century.

The label will focus on hard rock and has already signed several ew bands to the roster, including Los Angeles rock veterans Rev Theory, New Zealand's rising stars Like A Storm, and Chicago based group The Bloodline. Kampf comments:

"Twenty five years after starting Century Media the excitement to do another version of the label could not be any larger. My undying love for rock has driven the formation of this label Another Century. Over the years great bands like Otherwise and In This Moment have been released on Century Media but sometimes got lost or felt ill mixed among some of the heavier CM bands. Another Century now has a clear path and mission statement: To develop and break the best bands in rock to come!!!"

Otherwise is gearing up to release sophomore album, "Peace At All Costs," on September 16th and currently is having success with the single, "Darker Side of the Moon," which is currently #29 on the U.S. Active Rock charts. The album was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Steel Panther). The band is set to hit the road with Like A Storm next month and will be appearing at Sacramento's Aftershock festival as well as Louisville's Louder Than Life fest.

Rev Theory, formed in 2002, has sold over half a million albums and is currently wrapping up the recording for a new album. The first single, "Born 2 Destroy," is making its way to radio soon.

New Zealand's Like A Storm self-released the EP "Chaos Theory: Part I" and made its way over to the States touring with the likes of Sick Puppies, Shinedown, Alter Bridge and Creed as well as hit several festivals. The band sent the single "Love The Way You Hate Me" to radio and personally called stations to play the track. The song became a hit, soaring up the charts, where it currently is sitting at number 22. The band will have a new full-length out on Another Century on October 28th and is currently on tour now, meeting up with Otherwise next month.

The Bloodline was formed by Shaun Glass (Soil) and features vocalist Travis Neal (Divine Heresy), guitarist Chuck Wepfer, and Frankie Harchut on drums. The Bloodline is currently in the studio recording a debut album.

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Crucified Barbara Posts Playthrough Video

Scandinavia's all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up with Guitar World to launch a guitar playthrough video of brand new song "I Sell My Kids for Rock'N'Roll."

Check out the clip below. The track comes from the band's upcoming album "In the Red," due out September 10th on Desptoz Records. "In the Red" can be pre-ordered now through the Crucified Barbara web store here.

The band's Despotz debut was recorded at Studio Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip. Artwork for album number four comes courtesy of Stockholm, Sweden artist Erik Rovanpera.

Dealing with topics like misogyny and animal rights, Crucified Barbara calls the album, "the best thing we've ever done musically. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression, and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the songwriting."

Be sure to also read our full interview with the band about the upcoming album at this location. More...

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Necrosemen Working On New EP And Album

Swiss cult Necrosemen is entering the studio at the end of August to start recording a new, as-yet-untitled EP for Blood Harvest Records.

After this release, Necrosemen will continue working on an upcoming full album for Blood Harvest, which will be the band's debut LP.

Previously, Necrosemen had released a 12" MLP for the label, "And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyre." Released in March 2013, this one-sided 12" offered three tracks of pure, barbaric black/death not dissimilar to newer titans like Teitanblood and Wrathprayer or old gods like Beherit and Blasphemy. "And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyr" can be heard in its entirety via the Bandcamp player below.

A official bio for the band reads as thus: "Necrosemen is a nefarious entity born during August MMXII in Switzerland as a one-man band. In March MMXIII, the first opus, And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyre, was released through Blood Harvest Records, compound of three tracks of old-school and cold black/death metal. Since the end of MMXIII, NCRSMN has evolved to the band it is now: a five-actors entity vomiting sonic waves of Death. This coven performed its first rite in Olten, Switzerland with Mystifier the 30th of May MMXIV." More...

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Trauma Recruits Dublin Death Patrol Bassist

Resurrected San Francisco speed metal act Trauma has named ex-Dublin Death Patrol member Steve Robello as the band's new bassist. Robello replaces outgoing member Marcel Eaton.

The band commented: "They put a couple of records out and played a bunch of festival dates a little while back. He was the Bassist who played with us at the HOA festival. We are glad to have him."

Trauma reformed in 2013 after a 28 year absence from the scene. The band will go down in history as being the late Cliff Burton's band before joining Metallica. Back in June, Trauma signed on with Pure Steel records for the release of as of yet untitled sophomore release due out later this year. It is the first release since the debut full length "Scratch and Scream" was issued 30 years ago.

The current lineup for Trauma is:

Donny Hillier - vocals
Kurt Fry - guitars
Kris Gustofson - drums
Steve Robello - bass More...

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Thunder And Lightning Posts Preview For New EP

German melodic power metal act Thunder And Lightning released a preview clip for the upcoming new EP "Slice of Life." The EP celebrates the band's 10th anniversary and will be released on September 6th when the band performs at the K17 - The Club in Berlin, Germany.

The EP and will contain five tracks consisting of three brand new songs, one re-recording and one acoustic version of a Thunder And Lightning classic.

1. Man On The Wire
2. Low Winter Sun
3. Journey Of The Damned
4. Thunder And Lightning (Reloaded)
5. Horizon (Acoustic Version)

Check out the teaser here: More...

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