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Last updated on May 6, 2015 at 1:25 PM ET

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

Sacred Gate Recruits New Vocalist

After the departure of Jim Over in the Fall of 2014, Sacred Gate no longer had a singer, forcing two shows to be cancelled in The Netherlands, which would have been the band's first performances outside of Germany. Today the band reveals new vocalist Rehza Bos, commenting:

"After six months of intensive search, a lot of applications and auditions, Sacred Gate has found in Ron Slaets the replacement of Jim Over. Ron (31 of age and from Roermond, The Netherlands) is a passionate and very talented singer, who has the same style of singing as Jim has, but Ron can reach some higher notes too.

"The band is convinced that we can continue making music on a high level with Ron and we all have started working on material for the third album." More...

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Tovarish Streaming "Declines In Empathy"

Rhode Island drone / noise doomsters Tovarish today stream the song “Declines in Empathy” online, taken from new album "This Terrible Burden."

Listen in below, and you can pick up “This Terrible Burden” this week on CD / digital download formats via Argonauta Records. The previously released track "Order 227" can be heard at this location.

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Children Of Aries Working On New Album

Last September, Children Of Aries unleashed debut album "The Sands of Time." With the crushing debut still holding strong, the band is continuing to look to the future.

Vocalist and guitarist Wil Bane comments on the band’s plans for 2016: "We’ve started writing new material this year. We’re looking to get a new album out some time next year. We don’t have any definite title, but we’ve got some ideas being thrown around the rehearsal space."

Drummer Alan White speaks on the new material: “It’s sounding really heavy so far. It just gets better and better!”

When speaking of a release date for the new material. Bane had this to say: “It all depends on how much we can get written before the year is out. Could be Spring 2016, or it could be Late Summer to Early Fall.”

Discussing what’s to come in 2015, White added, "We’re still working on something for this year, but nothing definite is in place. We may do a show or two, but right now, the focus is putting together the best album possible.”

In the mean time, check out "Invoke" in the player below from the group's debut album "The Sands of Time." More...

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BTBAM Posts "Making Of Coma Ecliptic"

Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me has premiered an exclusive clip from the "Making of Coma Ecliptic" DVD today. In the clip, lead singer Tommy Rogers discusses the concept of the band's upcoming album "Coma Ecliptic."

Between the Buried and Me recently wrapped a headlining tour with support from The Atlas Moth. On July 7th, the band will celebrate the release of "Coma Ecliptic" by continuing a headlining run and kicking off a tour with support from Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist. Full dates are available after the video clip.

Between The Buried and Me is composed of vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarist Paul Waggoner, guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs and drummer Blake Richardson. More...

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Tribe Acts As A "Conduit" For Metal

"Conduit," the new video from Los Angeles based metal trio Tribe, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Atlas," which will be released May 26th. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Lost
2. Metamorphosis
3. Burn The Empire (watch the video here)
4. Terreiro
5. Global Hysteria
6. Conduit
7. Manifest
8. The Fix
9. Helix
10. Trojan
11. Gravity
12. Mangue More...

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Stormhammer Streams New Track "Bloody Tears"

Germany's Stormhammer, now featuring new vocalist Jürgen Dachl (ex-Diabolos Dust) and drummer Chris Widmann (ex-Emergency Gate) who joined in 2014, is streaming the new track "Bloody Tears." The song appears on the band's fourth album "Echoes of a Lost Paradise," which is set for release on June 12th via Massacre Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Rememberance
2. Glory Halls of Valhalla
3. Fast Life
4. Echoes of a Lost Paradise
5. Leaving
6. Bloody Tears
7. Holy War
8. Black Clouds
9. Into Darkest Void
10. Promises
11. Stormrider
12. The Ocean More...

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Gespenst Releasing Debut LP

Gespenst is a new black metal band from Denmark that just released a preview track from upcoming debut LP "Forfald" (Danish for “decaying," "downfall" or "turning to ruin”).

While the band has just seen the light, so to speak, it is not composed of complete newcomers and comprises members of Woebegone Obscured, Glorior Belli's live lineup, Dwell, ex-Horned Almighty, and Black Dementia.

Gespenst’s music is a mixture of 90’s Norwegian black metal, funeral doom, and suicidal black metal, but music speaks better for itself, so check out “Life Drained to the Black Abyss” below. More...

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Messiah's Kiss Gets "Buried Alive" With New Video

German melodic metal act Messiah's Kiss, featuring ex-Jack Starr's Burning Star/ex-Riot (live) vocalist Mike Tirelli, released a new music video for the track "Buried Alive." The song appears on the latest album "Get Your Bulls Out," which was released back in December 2014 via Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Homselvareg Signs With Sliptrick

Italian spawn Homselvareg has signed with Sliptrick Records for the release of third album "‘Catastrofe," a raging blend of old school black metal and devastating new school aggression. Sliptrick comments:

"Produced at Alpha & Omega studio by Alex Azzali and featuring a brand new line-up (Gerion from Tumulus Anmatus, Johnny Phaser and Nioin) along with founding members Bazzy Mogan and Plague, Homselvareg will definitely set their name back on the map after a few years of hiatus. Be sure to sign up at their official Facebook for release details and news." More...

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Rygel Releases Lyric Video For New Track

Brazilian metal act Rygel released a lyric video for the new track "The Story Begins." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Revolution," which is expected to drop this month. Details of the follow up to 2012's "Imminent" are....imminent.

Check out "The Story Begins" here:


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Cut Up Streaming "Burial Time"

Swedish death metal act Cut Up has finished recording a debut album for Metal Blade and will release "Forensic Nightmares" June 30th in North America and on June 26th in Europe. Check out the song "Burial Time" below. Cut Up vocalist/guitarist Andreas Björnson comments:

"After more than a year of hard work, patience and determination we can finally present to you all our debut album, 'Forensic Nightmares.' As the title proudly states, we are giving you nothing but a violent dose of death metal with an excellent production. I am ridiculously proud of what we've created together and can't wait to hit stages around the world in support of the record."

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Enter Hell
02. Burial Time
03. Remember the Flesh
04. A Butchery Improved
05. Brain Cell Holocaust
06. Forensic Nightmare
07. Camouflesh
08. Order of the Chainsaw
09. Stab and Stab Again
10. Bunker Z 16
11. Dead and Impaled More...

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Warbeast Gears Up For U.S. Trek

The Texas thrash behemoths from Warbeast are readying for a live takeover with a slew of one-off shows through their homestate and beyond throughout the Spring and Summer months.

The festivities commence this Friday in San Antonio at Fitzgerald's. The following evening, the band will bring sonic devastation to the Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 in Houston alongside Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards and more.

The latest bout of live mayhem finds Warbeast with an updated lineup featuring newest recruits, second guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud (stepson of vocalist Bruce Corbitt), two young, thirsty Lonestar thrash heads and longtime Warbeast devotees.

Comments Corbitt, "We are back with a new lineup and we're ready to hit the stage again doing what we do best, that is to kick some ass Texas thrash style! We are also busy working on some new songs and talking about entering the studio sometime in August to record this deadly new material. I'm anxious to start this next chapter of WARBEAST. It will be memorable, I can guarantee everyone that much!" More...

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Royal Quest Details Debut Album

Greek symphonic power/progressive act Royal Quest will self-release the debut album "The Tale of Man" worldwide on May 22, 2015.

Royal Quest was formed in 1998 in Athens when Yannis Androulakakis (guitars/vocals) and Dennis Bekatoros (bass) started putting their musical and lyrical ideas together. After releasing the demo in 1999, the duo decided to work on a concept album with an original story inspired by the "Eternal Champion." In the meantime, the line-up was shored up to participate in several underground festivals in Athens.

Throughout the years, Dennis and Yannis focused on completing the album with the addition of a new member, Odysseas (drums). Compositions, story editing, recording attempts and sound experimentation, but also disappointments and long breakups resulted in the end of the co-operation of the two founders with Dennis' initiative. In January 2010, Yannis decided to produce the album on his own. The recording and engineering plans started from scratch and in 2014 the album was mixed by Yannis himself and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios. More...

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Profetus Explores "The Dire Womb Of Winter"

Finnish funeral doom outfit Profetus just released a new video for "The Dire Womb of Winter," available below. The track hails from Profetus' latest album, "As All Seasons Die," released last year via Svart Records. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Rebirth of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer's Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter More...

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Blind Guardian Announces North American Tour

Blind Guardian has announced a North American tour this fall with country mates Grave Digger. The band is supporting the latest album "Beyond the Red Mirror" (see review here) and Grave Digger the latest "Return of the Reaper" (see review here).

The dates and venues are as follows:

Oct 27 Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Oct 29 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
Oct 30 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
Oct 31 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
Nov 01 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 03 Webster Hall, New York, NY
Nov 04 Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, PA
Nov 06 The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
Nov 07 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Nov 08 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
Nov 09 Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 11 The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Nov 13 MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, Canada
Nov 14 Union Hall, Edmonton, Canada
Nov 16 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
Nov 17 Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Nov 19 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Nov 20 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
Nov 21 City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Nov 22 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
Nov 24 Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
Nov 25 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
Nov 27 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Nov 28 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL More...

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Starquake Releases "Here I Go Again" Lyric Video

German based heavy rock 'n' roll act Starquake, the studio project of German multi-instrumentalist, singer, sound angineer and producer Mikey Wenzel a/k/a "The Voice," released a lyric video for the new track "Here I Go Again" (shown in the player below). The song appears on the new album "Times That Matter" which drops on May 29th via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

The track list for the release is:

1. Scenes From A Revolution
2. Close Encounter
3. I'm Goin' Mad (You Comin')
4. Here I Go Again
5. The Needle Lies
6. Times That Matter
7. Goodbye My Friend
8. No More Hate
9. Whatever
10. Fairytale

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Shadowkiller Posts Preview Clip For New Album

Northern California progressive power metal act Shadowkiller has released a teaser video for the sophomore release which will be entitled "Until The War Is Won." The band recently signed on with Pure Steel Records and the album is expected later this year.

Full details are forthcoming. For now, check out the teaser here:

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Within Silence Shows You A "Silent Desire"

Slovakian melodic metal act Within Silence is set to release the debut album "Gallery of Life" on May y 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America via Ulterium Records. Today, they express a "Silent Desire" with a music video for the album's second cut. The video was directed by 3Media Production and can be seen below.

Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. "Gallery of Life" has everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like "Silent Desire" and "Emptiness of Night" to pounding metal tracks like "The Last Drop of Blood" to epic metal songs like "Road to the Paradise."

"Gallery of Life" should please fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general.

The track list for "Gallery of Life" is:

1. Intro
2. Silent Desire
3. Emptiness of Night
4. Elegy of Doom
5. The Last Drop of Blood
6. Love is Blind
7. Anger and Sorrow
8. Judgement Day
9. The World of Slavery
10. Road to the Paradise (see lyric video)
11. Outro

Check out "Silent Desire" here: More...

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Engraved Disillusion Goes "Into Oblivion"

U.K. melodic death metal act Engraved Disillusion goes "Into Oblivion" on a new music video released today. The song is taken from the band's 2014 independent release "The Eternal Rest."

Check out the clip here:

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Mastic Scum Releases "Controlled Collapse" Video

Austrian death machine Mastic Scum released a new music video for the track "Controlled Collapse," which appears on the latest release "C T R L." The album was issued back in 2013 via Massacre Records.

Check it out here:

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Debauchery Streams New Track

German death/hard rock act Debauchery is streaming the new track "Ironclad Declaration of War." The song appears on the ninth studio release entitled "Fuck Humanity," which will be issued via Massacre Records this year.

The track list for the album is:

1. My Religion is Hate (Intro)
2. Ironclad Declaration of War
3. Kneel Before the Dragon Gods
4. Gorezilla
5. German Warmachine
6. Murderbrute Minotaurs
7. Fuck Humanity
8. For the Emperor
9. King Of The Killing Zone
10. The Horror The Forest
11. Zombie Extermination Crusader
12. To Hell

Check out "Ironclad Declaration of War" here: More...

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Tad Morose Releases "Forlorn" Music Video

Swedish progressive power metal act Tad Morose released a music video for the new single "Forlorn." The song will appear on the band's new album "St. Demonius," which is set to be released on August 28th via Despotz Records.

The track list for "St. Demonius" is:

1. Bow to the Reaper's Blade
2. Forlorn
3. Where Ignorance Reigns
4. Remain
5. Black Fire Rising
6. Day of Reckoning
7. The Shadows Play
8. Darkness Prevail
9. Fear Subside
10. Dream of Memories
11. The World Is Growing Old
12. Your Own Demise More...

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Weedeater Posts New Track "Bow Down"

Weedeater is offering another new track titled "Bow Down" taken from the upcoming full-length album "Goliathan". Season Of Mist have that album scheduled for release on May 19th (US) and one day earlier in UK/Europe.

Check out now "Bow Down" below.

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IwrestledABearOnce Posts New Song

IwrestledABearOnce is streaming a new song titled "Wade In The Water" taken from the band's upcoming new album "Hail Mary" which is set to drop on June 16th via Artery Recordings. Pre-orders for that album are set to go up on May 12th.

Check out now "Wade In The Water" below.

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The Dead Goats Posts New EP "Don’t Go In the Tomb"

Poland's old-school death metallers The Dead Goats premiere their upcoming new EP "Don’t Go In the Tomb" below, which is set to drop on CD on May 10, 2015 via Arachnophobia Records.

Check out now the EP below, which includes three tracks. Two original songs and a cover of Repulsion’s "Festering Boils".

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Santa Cruz Posts New Music Video "My Remedy"

Finnish heavy rockers Santa Cruz premiere their brand new music video for "My Remedy" taken from their recently released self-titled album via Spinefarm Records.

Check out now the new music video below.

Santa Cruz will be in the U.S, this spring, touring with their labelmates in Amaranthe. Check out all dates below: More...

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GWAR Destroying The Literary World

"Let There Be GWAR" is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the "Dim Time" when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague.

This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR: a GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. "Let There Be GWAR" takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band's albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome.

Compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman, the hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave-Pit Inc, the production company behind the band. You can pre-order yours over here. More...

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Pitbulls In The Nursery Streams Full Album

"Equanimity," the second full-length album from French progressive and experimental death metal group Pitbulls In The Nursery, was just officially released via Klonosphere Records and up until now only two tracks from this new effort have been revealed.

Starting today however, you can listen to “Equanimity” in its entirety below, thanks to Decibel Magazine. “Equanimity” was recorded at Dark Wizard Studio by François “Francesco” Ugarte and follows the band’s debut album “Lunatic,” released in 2006. More...

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Church Hitting The Road

Sacramento, California's fresh-faced psychedelic doom crew Church just crushed their way onto the scene with "Unanswered Hymns," a debut album CVLT Nation named the "Doom Release Of The Month" just after the group opened for Yob at a packed hometown show.

Now, with a cassette release on the horizon through Transylvanian Tapes on June 4th and a vinyl release slotted for September 22nd through Battleground Records, the band has set its sights on the road. Dates are as follows:

5/13 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Atriarch & Waning
6/4 - Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Ufomammut, Usnea, & Lycus
6/6 - Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Ufomammut, Usnea & Surivival Knife
6/7 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
6/8 - Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar w/ Swamp Heavy, Dura Madre & Audrey Horne
6/9 - Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
6/10 - Ashland, OR @ Club 66
7/11 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Sabbath Assembly, Christian Mistress & Waning
8/13 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Abstracter
8/14 - Oakland, CA (DEADFEST) @ Oakland Metro
8/16 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Primitive Man & Northless
8/17 - Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Amarok More...

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