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Last updated on December 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM ET

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

Otus Signs With Argonauta Records

Argonauta Records just issued this press release about inking a deal with Italian band Otus for a new album release:

"We're thrilled to announce we’ve inked a deal with Italian sludge post metallers Otus. Born in 2012, Otus takes elements of post-metal/sludge bands as Isis and Cult of Luna, passing through the Black Sabbath's doom up to the experimental music of Tool, Om and Sunn O))).

"The band enrich their sound playing ethnic instruments, building their own synthesizers, chanting mantras and taking particular care of their visual and symbolic identity, from poster art to visual projections. After their first demo-EP released in 2013, Otus took part in several gigs and festivals playing with great bands as Intronaut, And So I Watch You From Afar, Toner Low, Scale The Summit, and Shores Of Null." More...

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Varaha Releasing Self-Titled EP

Chicago-based atmospheric metal collective Varaha will release a self-titled, debut EP later this month. Recorded by Nick Morgan and Mike Lust and mixed and mastered by Adam K. Stilson at Decade Music Studios, the stunning three tracks comprising the EP includes guest appearances by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles et al) on saxophone and Josie Boyer (Round Rock Symphony Orchestra) on cello.

Varaha is the boar manifestation of Indian god Vishnu, who lifts the earth from underneath the ocean. In guitarist/vocalist Fabio Brienza's interpretation, Varaha symbolizes not only rebirth, but also strength, passion, and struggle.

"Art and birth were never supposed to be subtle or polite," Brienza notes. "Interestingly, 'Varaha' is also very similar to the Spanish word 'Baraja,' -- the cards that you've been dealt in life -- and though Varaha and Baraja come from two very different cultures, there exists a strong connection between the etymology of the two words. Almost as if the band name could be both Varaha and Baraja at the same time."

The "Varaha" EP will be released digitally via Bandcamp on December 16th, 2016 with a CD edition to follow in the coming months. More...

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Hillbilly Metal Band Fearless Signs Record Deal

Hillbilly metal band Fearless is now signed by Rehn Music Group and the new single ”Blood Sweat & Shine” will be released early 2017, followed by a first full album.

Fearless hails from Vagnhärad in Sweden and was founded by the brothers Andy (drums) and Tobias (guitar) Forssander in 2012. Since 2014 the band has also featured Michel Kolic (singer) and Martin Åberg (bass).

After forming, they spent some time with the brother's relatives in the deep south of the Louisiana bayou, learning how to make moonshine, fixin old rusty cars, fishin, and of course playing some music with the locals. They went back home to deliver a heavy mix of hard rock, metal, hardcore and a twist of blues. More...

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Kratornas Streams Full New Album

Bursting out of the metal underground with a third-world fury not seen since the mighty Sepultura unleashed the seminal "Beneath The Remains," Kratornas is set to make a devastating onslaught on the world of metal.

New album "Devoured By Damnation" has now come online for full streaming and can be heard below as it officially sees release today - December 8th - via Grathila Records. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Spit On God (4:44)
2. Dead Burning Christ (3:10)
3. Archangels of Destruction (2:25)
4. Deluge - After Massacre (2:37)
5. Blood of The Devil (3:14)
6. Evil Is Reborn (5:51)
7. Devoured By Damnation (4:49)
8. Cadavers of Gods (2:41)
9. Huios Diabolus (2:30)
10. World Within Demons (3:49) More...

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Endorphins Lost Releases "Choose Your Way"

Pacific Northwest-based group Endorphins Lost just issued the ravenous new "Choose Your Way" LP through Six Weeks Records, and the entire album now available for streaming.

Unloading fourteen tracks in twenty-eight minutes, "Choose Your Way" showcases the new Endorphins Lost lineup delivering a combination of primal powerviolence and metallic hardcore/crust punk, bridging the style forged by the likes of Infest, Spazz, Crossed Out, and Capitalist Casualties while bringing the metallic ferocity of Pacific Northwest acts such as Earth Control, The Drip, and Brainscraper.

Recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording this incendiary contribution is the sign of things to come, with new music and tours in the works. More...

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Skull Fist Posts Drum Playthrough

Skull Fist drummer JJ Tartaglia just released his latest playthrough video for the song "Call Of The Wild." The track is taken from Skull Fist's sophomore album "Chasing The Dream" and the clip was shot in full technicolor on the "Cliffs of Fistonia."

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Code Streaming "Brass Dogs"

Progressive black metallers Code today premiered a song titled "Brass Dogs." This is the first song to be revealed from the band's upcoming EP "Lost Signal," set to be released on January 25th via Agonia Records on vinyl and digital formats.

"Lost Signal" is a meeting of ages and a blurring of lines. In the Summer of 2015, Code spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the back catalog of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

The EP features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (2015), performed with a strong metallic approach. It also features three further songs, one from each of the first three albums performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that seen on the "Mut" album originally.

The result is a release that alternatively emphasises the subtlety and heaviness of the band's sound and provides a chance to hear these songs in a completely new way. More...

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Marty Friedman Issues Album Update

Following the "Inferno" album from 2014, Marty Friedman has a new album in the works and just issued this update on the recording progress:

"So I'm DONE with all my guitars on the new album! Jens Bogren (who mixed Inferno) is in Sweden right now mixing it, and so far 5 songs are done. Jens is knocking them out of the park. He is super fast and knows my sound, as you can hear on 'Inferno.'

"This time it's even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and with any luck more exciting for those of you who will hear it. There will be 11 or 12 songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn't make it to the album because it doesn't fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we`re pushing 60 minutes so it won't be a short album." More...

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New Carcass Album Coming In 2017

Following comeback album "Surgical Steel" (reviewed here), Carcass is apparently preparing a new album projected to land by the end of next year.

In an interview with Dead Rhetoric, Bill Steer discussed what's gone into work on a forthcoming release so far, and noted that "I think we should have an album that’s available by the end of the year [2017]. But I know how the industry has changed…so if it’s not happening, it’s not happening. We can’t really rush this. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time, including our own by putting out something substandard."

Excerpts from the interview follow. More...

Read the full article at Dead Rhetoric.

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Dodecahedron Unleashes New Song

More than a year after it was officially announced that a second album was being recorded, disturbing black metal outfit Dodecahedron is now streaming the first track taken from forthcoming release "Kwintessens."

Check out "Hexahedron - Tilling The Human Soil" below. You can also pre-order "Kwintessens" through Season of Mist here ahead of the album's March 17th release date.

Regarding thios sophomore full-length, Dodecahedron comments: "We are very excited about our new material. The forthcoming album is more coherent and straight forward compared to the debut. It was written with a clear and cold concept in mind, whereas the first album is a collection of material composed over a five year period. Expect more of our dismal atmospheres and calculated madness." More...

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Carach Angren Back In The Studio

Carach Angren has been working on new material at Abyss Studio in Ludvika, Sweden. States the band: "New Horror Stories being recorded."

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Dangerkids Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming Album

Dangerkids premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new album "blacklist_", which will be out in stores January 27th via Paid Vacation.

Check out now "blacklist_" below.

Frontman Tyler Smyth commented of the effort: More...

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