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Last updated on July 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM ET
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31 news articles posted today (and counting...)
German power metal act Brainstorm will enter the studio in early August to record the follow-up to 2014’s "Firesoul" album. The 11th full length studio album will be entitled "Scary Creatures" and is set for release in January 2016 via AFM Records (exact date to be announced soon). Once again, the band will work with producer Achim Köhler
More information is expected over the course of this year. Stay tuned. More...
Legendary New York act Riot V, founded by the late Mark Reale, is looking for you to appear in the upcoming new music video "Take Me Back." Well, the you of your youth - back when hair was a bigger, cans of Aqua Net flew off the shelves and high school attire consisted of spandex and ripped jeans. Send those embarrassing moments to: RiotVRocks@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is August 14th.
"Take Me Back" is taken from the latest album "Unleash the Fire," which is available now through SPV/Steamhammer Records. Check out our review of the disc at this location.
The band comments: "We know you have a photo or two from back in the day. Photos that you might be a little embarrassed to show, where you had big hair and spandex pants. We want a copy of that photo along with a current photo of you for use in our upcoming video for the song 'Take Me Back'!
"Not that Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall loves to be embarrassed, but see his example photos. You do not have to format them for us. We will do that. Just send us two individual files, one from back in the day and one from now, and we will do the rest. Email us your photos to RiotVRocks@gmail.com by August 14th.
"Shine on!" More...
Philadelphia's avant-garde dark metal band Hivelords today announces a North American tour beginning July 31st in support of new album "Tapered Limbs Of A Human Star."
The album is due to be released August 4 through Anthropic Records and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studio in Nahsville and features artwork by Tim Buckley. An advance song is available below, while the full track listing is as follows:
1. Soothsayer Worm
3. Begotten Grimoire
4. I Climbed The Highest Dakhma To Find It More...
The prolific instrumental duo of Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, known as Zombi, has announced new album "Shape Shift" is due out via longtime label Relapse Records on October 16.
The album marks a return to the group’s rock roots after a detour into electronic textures on previous albums, a path that had been informed by pursuing the group as a long-distance studio project following a withdrawal from live performance in 2007.
Energized by returning to the touring circuit in 2013 (supporting Italian horror soundtrack legends Goblin), the band resumed regular rehearsals to compose as a unit. Moore commented on the new material: “It’s a rock record – think of it as a follow-up to 'Surface To Air.' There are no techno jams or symphonic prog fantasies. No solo track interludes. We have officially moved from ‘studio project’ mode back into ‘live band’ mode.”
The track listing is:
1. Pillars of the Dawn
2. Total Breakthrough
3. Mission Creep
4. Interstellar Package
5. Diffraction Zone
6. Toroidal Vortices
7. Shadow Hand
9. Siberia II More...
As the group's thirtieth anniversary creeps ever closer late in 2015, Neurosis will this week embark on a North American tour, as the sixteen-city expedition kicks off tomorrow - July 31st.
The forceful aural surge of Neurosis will be felt through a deluge of performances set to take place in sixteen cities across America and Canada over the next three weeks. The quintet will punish the continent with a crushing live set, beginning on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, followed by shows in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Louisville, Detroit, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Carrboro, Atlanta and New Orleans, before coming to a smoldering finale in Houston on August 16th.
Support for Neurosis will include the thunder of labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle) for the entire trek, with additional legs of the tour also featuring nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, expansive rock duo, Sumac, doom/rock experimenters Pinkish Black and blues/rock-driven labelmates Iron Tongue. More...
A Devastating Truth just checked in with some devastating news about parting ways with two band members:
"Dear friends, we've got some good and bad news for you. First off the bad news.
"We've decided to part ways with our drummer Lucas and our bassist Guido due to a few recent issues concerning the future of our band. We wish them lots of luck with any of their future musical aspirations and their personal lives.
"Further off we've managed to find a new vocalist. Freek Kruijswijk will be filling in the empty spot as vocalist. Last but not least, some words concerning our new music. We're almost done writing our full length and we'll start tracking in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for the new material.
"P.S. Finishing the album is our main priority right now. The hunt for a new drummer and bassist is on a low profile, but if you think you have the skills required of becoming our new bassist or drummer be sure to contact our guitarist Tim."
If you missed last year's "Visionaries" EP from A Devastating Truth, check it out in full via the player below. More...
We've almost reached the end my Kataklysm loving friends - clip #9 out of 10 consecutive daily music video premieres is now online.
Today's video is for "Hate Spirit" and can be seen below. All 10 videos come off the new Kataklysm album "Of Ghosts and Gods," which will drop tomorrow - July 31.
“Hate Spirit” is a song written to all people who contribute to the world’s demise and continue to do so through violence, greed, and politics. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Breaching The Asylum (check out the video)
2. The Black Sheep (see music video here)
3. Thy Serpents Tongue (see the clip here)
4. Soul Destroyer (see music video here)
5. Vindication (video available here)
6. Marching Through Graveyards (see music video here)
7. Shattered (watch at this location)
8. Hate Spirit
9. Carrying Crosses (video available here)
10. The World Is A Dying Insect More...
Soulfly has released a lyric video for the track "Sodomites" (featuring Todd Jones of Nails) taken off upcoming album "Archangel."
“I wrote this track about the wrath God which struck down Sodom for their sinful behavior,” commented Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera. “I used quotes from the Old Testament in some of the lyrics. It was also really exciting to work with Todd from Nails on this track since I’m a big fan!”
New Soulfly album "Archangel" will be released on August 14 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Vancouver's Anciients has announced two special headlining performances in the band's native British Columbia later next month. The group will be performing in Victoria on August 27 and in Nanaimo on August 28 respectively. Event details can be found below.
Anciients is also deep in the process of writing material for a new album, due ot be released by Season of Mist in the months to come. If you haven't heard it, the previous album "Heart of Oak" is available for full streaming below.
8/27 Victoria, B.C. @ Distrikt Nightclub w/ BUSHWACKER and TORREFY
8/28 Nanaimo. B.C @ the Cambie w/ BUSHWACKER and RAVENSUN More...
Aborted has begun writing new material for the follow-up to "The Necrotic Manifesto" (reviewed here) and is gearing up to enter the studio later this year.
Today the band has unveiled new tour dates and released a guitar playthrough video. Watch Danny Tunker and Mendel Bij De Leij perform "The Necrotic Manifesto" below. The band alos had this to say on the coming new material:
"2014 and 2015 have been insanely busy years for Aborted. 'The Necrotic Manifesto' marked the most intensive touring cycle the band ever had, we played every continent on the globe and met some great people along the way. Things haven't been quiet in our camp since and we will continue to bring you some more gore ridden metal!
"That's right we have begun writing the follow-up to 'The Necrotic Manifesto,' we will begin recording by the end of the year, so expect a release by spring time 2016. We have some BIG surprises planned for the record, more about that later... We will continue our onslaught doing headline tours in South Africa, Egypt and Israel before the end of the year and a handful of very exclusive european shows so if you want to see us destroy things, come on say what's up before the year is over! More...
Norwegian metal band Sphere has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Michael Hebo:
"We are sad to announce that Michael and Sphere are parting ways. We would like to thank him for all the times and moments together, and wish him the best in the future.
"However, we are extremely excited to announce our new band member, Ulrik Eid Nilsen, former guitarist in Sevenfield and Wheels of Rust. This feels like the final piece of the puzzle to complete the band, and we can't wait to tour Europe an entire month together this fall!" More...
The Berlin-based heavy metal blues rockers from Lucifer released their debut "Lucifer I" album (reviewed here) on June 16th via Rise Above Records.
In support of that debut, the band will play a first ever North American tour alongside High on Fire, Pallbearer, and Venomous Maximus. The tour begins tonight in San Diego, CA and wraps up August 23rd in New Orleans, LA. A complete list of dates is below. More...
The Ritual Aura is preparing to unleash an upcoming album on August 27 via Lacerated Enemy Records. The "Laniakea" album from this Australian tech death outfit is available for pre-order here and bears the following track listing:
1. Mythos Of Sojourn
3. Time-Lost Utopia
4. EraOf The Xenotaph
5. Nebulous Opus Pt, I
6. Precursor Of Aphotic Collapse
7. Erased In The Purge
8. Nebulous Opus Pt, II
9. Laniakea More...
On September 18, Christian Mistress will release a new 8-song excursion in pure American heavy metal with "To Your Death."
Check out the second single "Stronger Than Blood" below, or be sure to also check out the previously posted song "Open Road" here if you haven't already.
"To Your Death" will be available on CD, LP and digital formats September 18th from Relapse. More track premieres, video, and info coming soon. Until then, see the band on tour across North America in September and Europe/UK in October. The track listing is as follows:
2. Stronger Than Blood
3. No Place
4. Walkin’ Around
5. Open Road
6. Ultimate Freedom
7. Lone Wild
8. Ill More...
Poland's Banisher started rehearsing as a band 10 years ago this month, and now the group is also gearing up to release a new album. Banisher comments:
"New album is getting ready, check out the studio report from guitar recordings, in case you missed it. Oh, and don't forget to attend on Drrrama reaktywacja next month! We're playing on 28.08.2015! Cheers and stay tuned!"
While waiting for the upcoming Banisher album, you can also hear the previous "Scarcity" release at Bandcamp here.
Faith No More has posted a live video for the single “Superhero,” available below and filmed at The Fillmore in Detroit on May 8.
Faith No More is in the midst of a North American tour, playing the Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta this evening.
The band’s first album in nearly two decades, "Sol Invictus," was released in May and landed at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, as well as in the Top 10 on most international charts (#2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK to name a few).
“What this tells me,” said Faith No More founder and bass player Bill Gould, of the album’s successful launch, “is that there is a need out there; people want to hear things that exist outside the mold. It makes me feel grateful and it gives me hope.” More...
In anticipation of their upcoming record "Under The Red Cloud" (due out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), the melancholic metal masters from Amorphis release the album's fourth making-of episode today.
This clip gives an insight into the studio with Esa Holopainen and into Tomi Koivusaari’s guitar setup as well as Niclas Etelävuori’s bass recordings. Watch the episode here:
For Today is pleased to announce the band has signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The label will release the incendiary metal group's next album internationally.
More details on the album and the band's autumn plans will be revealed shortly. For now both band and label are celebrating their new partnership.
Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, said of the signing; "I am very happy to work with one of my absolute favourite American bands, For Today. This band is unique in their mission, style and message. They have delivered a killer album and it is such an amazing opportunity to sign For Today to Nuclear Blast during this time."
For Today was founded in 2005, releasing first studio album "Ekklesia" in 2008, now releasing a total of five studio albums to date and currently working on a sixth endeavor. Stay tuned for more info.
Blood Music today releases the first 7 minutes from Kauan's single-track, 52-minute magnum opus "Sorni Nai," which revolves around the Djatlov Pass Incident. Check out the tracks' opening segment below.
"Sorni Nai" is set to drop on October 20 (CD and digital download) and November 10 (vinyl) with pre-orders going up in early August.
Trivium dropped a surprise music video for "Silence In The Snow" today, which just happens to be the title track to an upcoming album of the same name, due out October 2nd via Roadrunner Records.
The video for "Silence In The Snow" was directed by JonPaul Douglass and can be seen below. This new album follows previous full-length release "Vengeance Falls" (reviewed here).
In an odd combination, apparently former Emperor member and current solo artist Ihsahn made an appearance on the album, according to his Twitter feed. This actually isn't the most bizarre combo from Ihsahn though (remember when he released a track with Serj Tankian?).
Krallice just self-released new album "Ygg huur," which is available digitally as well as available for CD pre-order, with the physical version to arrive in early September.
Pick up your copy at Bandcamp here. You can also stream all of "Ygg huur" below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Idols 03:08
2. Wastes of Ocean 06:41
3. Over Spirit 06:41
4. Tyranny of Thought 06:41
5. Bitter Meditation 06:41
6. Engram 05:37 More...
A new Cruciamentum track titled "Tongues Of Nightshade" is now online and can be heard below, taken off the upcoming "Charnel Passages" album, due out in September via Profound Lore Records. The full track listing is as follows:
1. The Conquered Sun (The Dying Light Beyond Morpheus Realms)
2. Necrophagous Communion
3. Tongues of Nightshade
4. Rites to the Abduction of Essence
5. Piety Carved from Flesh
6. Dissolution of Mortal Perception
7. Collapse More...
Burn Halo has announced the Wolves Of War Tour 2015 in the likeness of a forthcoming LP, "Wolves of War," due out September 4 via eOne Music.
"I've never been more excited to go on tour," says guitarist Joey Roxx. "I cant wait for everyone to hear the new material and see what we're going to bring live!"
The band is enlisting support from Southern California compatriots Heartist and newcomers Courage My Love. Dates are as follows: More...
German symphonic metal act Xandria is one day from issuing the brand new EP "Fire & Ashes" (due out July 31st via Napalm Records), the follow up to the 2014 slab of perfection called "Sacrificium," the first release to feature vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen (see review here).
Today, the band teams up with Metal Unfdergound.com for the exclusive unleashing of the lyric video for the opening track "Voyage of the Fallen." The EP features three new tracks, two re-recorded classics - "Ravenheart" (from the 2004 release of the same name) and "Now & Forever" (from the 2005 release "India") - and two covers: Sonata Arctica's "Don't Say a Word" and Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love."
The full track listing for "Fire & Ashes" is:
1. Voyage of The Fallen (New Track)
2. Unembraced (New Track)
3. In Remembrance (New Track)
4. Ravenheart (2015 Version)
5. Now & Forever (2015 Version)
6. Don't Say A Word (Sonata Arctica Cover)
7. I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (Meatloaf Cover)
Check out "Voyage of the Fallen" here: More...
Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.
As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):
17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth
15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss
14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...
German power metal act Rebellion, featuring ex-Grave Digger bassist Tomi Göttlich and Wolfchant/Xiron vocalist Michael Seifert, is streaming the brand new track "Hengist." The song appears on the band's seventh full length studio effort entitled "Wyrd bið ful aræd – The History of the Saxons."
The album is set for release on September 25th via Massacre Records. Check out the track here:
Detroit's "progressive super metal" act Imminent Sonic Destruction will be hitting the road this fall in support of Fates Warning on the first half of the upcoming 2015 North American tour.
ISD is currently wrapping up production on the sophomore full-length CD, a concept album entitled "Triumphia," and will be playing selections from it on tour.
The Fates Warning tour dates featuring Imminent Sonic Destruction are:
Fri, Oct 9 * Hartford, CT * Webster Theater
Sat, Oct 10 * Worcester, MA * Palladium
Sun, Oct 11 * Poughkeepsie, NY * The Chance
Tues, Oct 13 * Brooklyn, NY * St. Vitus
Wed, Oct 14 * Amityville, NY * Club Revolution
Fri, Oct 16 * Detroit, MI * Token Lounge
Sat, Oct 17 * Chicago, IL * Reggie's
Sun, Oct 18 * Cleveland, OH * Agora Theater
Tues, Oct 20 * Altoona, PA * McGarveys
Wed, Oct 21 * Dayton, OH * Oddbody's
Bordeaux's, France progressive and technical death metal outfit Gorod premieres a new song titled "Celestial Nature", taken from the forthcoming new album "A Maze of Recycled Creeds", which will be out in stores October 16, 2015 via Unique Leader Records (North America) and Listenable Records (Europe).
Unfortunately the new track can only be heard outside the US via this LINK. Maybe they changed this regional restriction in the meantime, so give it a try nonetheless.
Moreover we still have the guitar playthrough for "Celestial Nature" for you, if you haven't seen it yet, you can now stream it below.
Quebec City-based brutal death metal outfit Unbreakable Hatred premieres another brand new track and music video titled "Dysfunctional System", taken from the band’s upcoming new second album "Ruins", which is scheduled for release on August 21st via Unique Leader Records.
Check out now the clip for "Dysfunctional System" below.
Black Fast premieres another new track titled "The Coming Swarm", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Terms Of Surrender", out in stores August 07th via eOne Music.
Check out "The Coming Swarm".
The band is going on an extensive tour this summer and fall. Supporting Goatwhore in August and Revocation/Cannabis Corpse in September. Check out all dates below: More...
Chicago experimental black metal/industrial act Locrian premieres a brand new music video for the "Arc Of Extinction", which is the opening track of the band's new album "Infinite Dissolution", which was released past friday via Relapse Records.
You can now check out the music video for the "Arc Of Extinction" below.