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Last updated on August 4, 2015 at 1:56 PM ET

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Announces U.S. Tour

German underground black metal Der Weg Einer Freiheit has announced a first-ever U.S. tour. The trek, which begins on September 24 in Allentown, PA will see the band travel throughout the American east coast before concluding on October 7 in Brooklyn, NY.

The tour sees the band joined by newly-signed label mates Barishi. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Der Weg Einer Freiheit is touring in support of ambitious new album "Stellar," which can be heard in full after the listing of tour dates:

9/24 Allentown, PA @ Good Weekend
9/25 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
9/26 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
9/27 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
9/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
9/29 Nashville, TN @ The End
9/30 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/01 Madison, WI @ Willy Street Bar and Grill
10/02 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/03 TBA
10/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
10/05 Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
10/06 Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
10/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar More...

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U.D.O. To Stop Playing Accept Songs Live

At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, metal singer Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news: the 62 year old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library.

On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good.

During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band.
In the early 80s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakable voice on hits such as "Balls To The Wall," "Metal Heart," and "Princess Of The Dawn."

"I still love singing these songs live,“ Dirkschneider says. "The songs are still an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it's just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage."

After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. "There is enough high quality material to fill a two hour set with no problem," says Dirkschneider. "U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on."

The musician will not perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as Dirkschneider. More...

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Cianide Streaming Full New Album

The death metal doomlords from Cianide are streaming the entirety of "Death, Doom and Destruction" online - listen in below, and you can pick up your copy via Hells Headbangers on CD and double-LP this Friday, August 7.

Cianide has stuck to its guns for over 25 years now, patiently building a canon that's unrivaled in its consistency and trend-free philosophy. The "Death, Doom and Destruction" track listing is as follows:

1. Rage War
2. This World Will Burn
3. Metal Never Bends
4. Envy And Hatred
5. The Power To Destroy
6. Salvation
7. Deadly Spawn
8. The Truth (Master cover)
9. The Dying Truth '96
10. Rage War (demo)
11. Metal Never Bends (demo)
12. Envy And Hatred (demo)
13. Deadly Spawn (demo)
14. (We Are The) Doomed (demo) More...

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Interview

Dead Horse Talks Band's Resurgence

Dead Horse’s musical style, imagery and sense of humor has led to their being one of the most popular bands in Texas’ heavy music scene. The group crosses over death metal with thrash, punk and even a hint of country. Also, as you’ll find in the following interview, their sense of humor has left a mark on the scene. The title of their first full length, released in 1989, relates a band that doesn’t take itself so seriously, “Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That’s Time Consuming.” In 1991 the band followed this recording up with “Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers.” They released the “Boil(ing) EP in 1996 and then disbanded a year later.

During their hiatus, Relapse Records ensured Dead Horse’s music would still find listeners when they reissued their LPs in 1999, but the band would not play a show again until 2011. However, fans of the band could look elsewhere to hear its members when guitarists Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and drummer Ronnie Guyote joined Kurt Brecht of D.R.I. in forming the band Pasadena Napalm Division. In 2011, Michael Argo joined the band, which was the first time the band used a lead singer since Michael Haaga left the group around 1993. Since then the group has released the “Loaded Gun” EP and “Making A Dead Horse Live!” DVD.

Although the band doesn’t skateboard, they are heavily influenced by the music of skater bands, so to have their own skateboard was something special for the band. On the night of their skate deck release party, I caught up with Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and Allen Price to talk about the band’s resurgence, some of the shows they’ve played and music they’ve created the past couple of years, much of which is done in tone-and-cheek humor. More...

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The Agonist Posts "I Endeavor" Playthrough

Following a playthrough clip for "A Necessary Evil," The Agonist now has a new guitar playthrough video online. Check out guitarists Paco Jobin and Chris Kells playing "I Endeavor" from the "Eye Of Providence" album below. Upcoming The Agonist tour dates include:

08/08/2015 - Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC
09/08/2015 - Soundstage: Baltimore, MD
09/09/2015 - Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA
09/11/2015 - Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC
09/12/2015 - Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC
09/13/2015 - Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON
09/15/2015 - House Of Blues: Chicago, IL
09/16/2015 - Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN
09/18/2015 - O'Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK
09/19/2015 - Union Hall: Edmonton, AB
09/20/2015 - MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB
09/22/2015 - Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC
09/23/2015 - Neumos: Seattle, WA
09/25/2015 - The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA
09/26/2015 - Fonda Theatre: Los Angeles, CA
09/28/2015 - Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO
09/29/2015 - Sokol Auditorium: Omaha, NE
10/01/2015 - Mercury Ballroom: Louisville, KY
10/02/2015 - Agora Ballroom: Cleveland, OH
10/03/2015 - Irving Plaza: New York, NY More...

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Gorod Releasing New Album

Gorod's new full-length "A Maze Of Recycled Creeds" is due out October 16 via Unique Leader Records, featuring nearly fifty minutes across 11 tracks. The song "Celestial Nature" has also come online and can be heard below.

Comments the band of the latest opus, "The lyrical concept of this album is based on the unfathomable fantasies created by various secret societies and mystical orders. 'A Maze Of Recycled Creeds' speaks of the fraternity of the Rose-Croix, specifically via the works of Sâr Merodack Joséphin Péladan (1858 - 1918), a peculiar 'guru' claiming to have divine origins from Assyria...

"For the track 'Celestial Nature,' we touch on the enlisting of neophytes by using astrology. In a preamble to the initiation rites, the Rosicrucian disciple must identify himself with one major star and two minor stars the better to understand himself as an individual. This teaching matches with the Rosicrucian recurring discourse pattern about knowing oneself."

The full "A Maze of Recycled Creeds" track listing is:

1. Air de l'Ordre
2. Temple To The Art-God
3. Celestial Nature
4. Inner Alchemy
5. The Mystic Triad Of Artistry
6. An Order To Reclaim
7. From Passion To Holiness
8. Dig Into Yourself
9. Rejoice Your Soul
10. Syncretic Delirium
11. Celestial Nature (Alt Version) More...

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My Dying Bride Seeking Fan Questions

Peaceville Records and My Dying Bride are now welcoming fan-submitted questions for an upcoming filmed interview with band co-founder, composer, and guitarist Andrew Craighan.

He will answer (just about) all you've ever wanted to know regarding the band's present and past albums, history and interests, and likely anything relating to the words "doom" and "metal."

Send your questions to info@peaceville.co.uk by Monday, August 10 and the top selections will be answered in full and detailed glory.

My Dying Bride's latest opus and 12th full studio album, "Feel the Misery," is set for release on September 18 via Peaceville Records. More...

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Opensight Posts EP Trailer, Announces Launch Show

The cinematic progressive metal film nerds from Opensight have made the final details available for the launch gig of their upcoming EP "Ulterior Motives." The concert, in conjunction with Chaos Theory Music, will take place on September 4th at The Black Heart in Camden, London.

Headlining will be the post-metal soundscapes of Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster (which is launching a third album), and opening the show will be the progressive metal act Sumer. Further info is available at Facebook here.

A new teaser trailer is also now online for "Ulterior Motives," which is available below. The track listing is:

1. Alibi (streaming here)
2. The Chase
3. Vanishing Point
4. Ulterior Motif
5. Antagonist More...

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Hatred Signs With MDD Records

MDD Records today announces the signing of another thrash metal act from Germany. The label comments:

"We are proud to welcome Hatred to the MDD Family. The band finished the recording for the 'War Of Words' album earlier this year and sent out a few copies on its own. The response was great and so were the first talks with MDD.

"This fall 'War of Words' will released on MDD with some bonus tracks and will also include some songs with well known guest musicians like Christian Münzner (Alkaloid, Ex-Necrophagist, Ex-Obscura) and Markus Hammer (The New Black). Keep your eyes and ears open for more news in the next weeks!" More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Recording Clip

Children Of Bodom has a third video clip online teasing new album "I Worship Chaos," this time covering the recording gear used for the album.

The previous two clips are also still online, explaining the album artwork and also covering the lyrical content.

"I Worship Chaos" is set to release worldwide on October 2, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The "I Worship Chaos" track listing is as follows:


01. I Hurt
02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)
03. Morrigan
04. Horns
05. Prayer For The Afflicted
06. I Worship Chaos
07. Hold Your Tongue
08. Suicide Bomber
09. All For Nothing
10. Widdershins
Bonus Tracks (digibook only):
11. Mistress Of Taboo (PLASMATICS cover)
12. Danger Zone (KENNY LOGGINS cover)
13. Black Winter Day (AMORPHIS cover) More...

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Amberian Dawn Reveals New Album Details

Amberian Dawn today reveals the track listing and cover artwork for new album "Innuendo," which is set to drop on October 23 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders are also up now at this location.

1. Fame & Gloria
2. Ladyhawk
3. Innuendo
4. The Court Of Mirror Hall
5. Angelique
6. Rise Of The Evil
7. Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams
8. Knock Knock Who’s There
9. Symphony Nr 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft
10. Your Time – My Time
11. Fame & Gloria (Instrumental Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Sunrise (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track) More...

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Hate Eternal Streaming New Album's Title Track

Hate Eternal today has another track online from forthcoming album "Infernus." Check out the title track below, courtesy of that one mouth that blabbers.

If you missed them (or just want a death metal refresher!) several other songs from "Infernus" are also online - check out "Zealot, Crusader of War" and "The Stygian Deep."

Pre-orders for the album (due out August 21) across multiple CD and LP bundles are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. The artwork for "Infernus" was painted by Eliran Kantor and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Locust Swarm
2. The Stygian Deep
3. Pathogenic Apathy
4. La Tempestad
5. Infernus
6. The Chosen One
7. Zealot, Crusader of War
8. Order of the Arcane Scripture
9. Chaos Theory
10. O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call More...

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Stargazery Parts With Bassist

Jukka Jokikokko from Finnish band Stargazery has issued the following announcement to fans about parting ways with the group:

"The forthcoming show at Jalometalli shall be my last in Stargazery’s lineup. Ten great years with awesome people and two albums.

"The situation is simply that I feel that I’m not able to give my all for Stargazery, since my passion of making music has focused elsewhere. It’s not fair towards the other members, so it’s my personal decision to step aside.

"My metal brotherhood with these guys will still go on and every one of them shall remain the dearest of friends for me. From now on, I will concentrate on making music with my long term passion, Zenith Reunion. I wish all the best for Stargazery and all the fans! See you one more time at Jalometalli!"

Stargazery released the "Stars Aligned" album earlier this year, and a track off that release is available below. More...

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Vampire Announces Mini-LP Release

Remember the Swedish old school black/death outfit Vampire that popped up last year? Now the Vampire is striking back with a new mini-LP titled "Cimmerian Shade" coming out September 25 via Century Media. The track listing is:

Side A
1. Pyre Of The Harvest Queen
2. Sleeper In The Deep (instrumental)
Side B
1. Night Hunter
2. Hexahedron

Pre-order starts August 28, and this will follow the band's previous self-titled full-length album (reviewed here). More...

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Exclusive

ORCumentary Plunges Into A Cavernous Hole

ORCumentary is the evil brainchild of keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Orc Adams, and while it may be a "solo" act, with 2 albums, an EP, and over 100 live shows in 7 states under his belt, ORCumentary is proving that strength doesn't always come with numbers.

Adams' savage "orc rock" sound is a unique mix of folk, industrial, power, and death metal, but the largest influence on the music is his hatred of elves, men, dwarves, goblins, and 2+ piece bands.

If you loved "Praise Gor-Nacular" (reviewed here), or "Orcs 1, Goblins 0" (check out a music video off that album over here), then we've got a stinky, hulking green surprise for you today. Moving past men and goblins, ORCumentary's new album "Destroy the Dwarves" is coming in early October, and today we're exclusively premiering an advance track!

Plunge into the cavernous hole below, and let us know how much you love what you discover there! The album's full track listing will be:

1. The Big Trollbooth in the Sky
2. Destroy the Dwarves
3. You Must Procreate!
4. Into Their Cavernous Hole We Plunge
5. He Drank Deep From His Mug
6. The Betrayer’s Song
7. The ORCtogenarian
8. Within the Folds of my Fat
9. Killing is Fun
10. Cropduster
11. The Leprechaun Hunt (CD Exclusive Bonus Track)

If you just can't get enough of orc on everything else combat, hear the rest of the project's discography at Bandcamp. More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Enters The "Tower Of Souls"

Unless you've been living under a rock, D.C. area metal act A Sound of Thunder has been a shining beacon of the U.S. metal scene for the past four years (starting with the explosion of the sophomore record "Out of the Darkness" in 2012). Having released successive albums of higher quality material in each year since ("Time's Arrow" in 2013 and "The Lesser Key Of Solomon" in 2014)...it's no wonder the new album "Tales From the Deadside" will continue that trend. The album is set to drop on September 25th via the band's very own fan backed label Mad Neptune Records.

For the new release, the band shattered another crowdfunding campaign goal, this time in less than 21 hours, proving that the greatest record company of all might very well be the fans themselves. The campaign still runs for another 13 days, so get in on all the perks and stacking rewards at this location.

Today, the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to unleash the first full track stream from the Valiant Entertainment flagship comic character Shadowman inspired release - the crushing "Tower of Souls."

"Tower of Souls" is the soundtrack to the first major battle between Shadowman, the hero, and Master Darque, the villain. Master Darque is trapped in a hell-like domain known as the Deadside, but is nearing the culmination of his plan to escape and wage war on the Earth. Only Shadowman has the power to stop Darque's scheme, so Darque recruits Baron Samedi, the voodoo lord of the dead, to keep Shadowman occupied. But Samedi's loyalties are not what they seem: he betrays Darque and clears a path for the final confrontation between Darque and Shadowman. The lyric video features panels straight out of Valiant Entertainment's comic book series.

Guitarist Josh Schwartz comments: "When we wrote the song we wanted to capture the sinister nature of Darque's plot and the huge consequences involved, so we used a lot of sinister and dissonant notes and chord changes. An unrelenting triplet beat drives the song forward and gives it an almost militaristic feel. Hopefully the listener feels that he's right in the middle of an epic battle on the Deadside!" More...

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ShadowStrike Names New Keyboardist

New York power metal act Shadowstrike announced that the band has named Optic keyboardist Ryan Patane as a full time member. Patane was a live guest for the band, notably appearing at the 2014 installment of the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival.

Patane commented: "I've got power metal coursing through my veins, so I'm thrilled to be a part of ShadowStrike. They're a good group of dudes and we've got some tasty music in the works. I hope the fans are ready for a lot of key shreddage!"

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Krais added: "We are extremely happy and excited to have Ryan be a part of ShadowStrike. After we played together back in November at Deland Rock and Metal Festival in 2014, we all knew that Ryan would be a perfect fit in the group; not only musically, but we all got along really well and have built on our friendships since then. He is amazing keyboardist with a lot of talent, and his style is only helping us broaden our sound and even adding more progressive elements that we otherwise would have opted out on.”

In addition, the band provided an update on the upcoming new album: "The new album is coming along great and we have been writing it with Ryan since we got back from Deland in November. It is almost finished being written, and it is sounding amazing. The music we are able to create now with a proper keyboardist has brought us to the next level and we can’t wait to give out full details about the album and share the new music with you all!"

The band will perform live on the following dates:

August 14th w/ Insomnium and Omnius Gatherum @ Trick Shots, Clifton Park, NY
September 9th w/ Angra and Gothic Knights @ B.B King’s, New York, New York
September 22nd w/ Hibria and Unleash The Archers @ Even Flow Bar and Grill, Bay Shore, NY

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Mastercastle Gives You "Pirates"

Italian metal act Mastercastle released a new music video for the track "Pirates." The song appears on the band's latest release "Enfer (De La Bibliothèque Nationale)," which is available now via Scarlet Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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Epsilon "Feasts On The Flesh Of My Enemies"

Austrian death metal act Epsilon released a new music video for the track "I Shall Feast on the Flesh of My Enemies." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Zu Richten," which was issued back in the beginning of June via Mighty Music.

Check out the clip here:

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Black Fast Premieres New Music Video "I Conspire"

Black Fast premieres another new track titled "I Conspire", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Terms Of Surrender", out in stores August 07th via eOne Music.

Check out now "I Conspire" below.

See the band live on the following dates: More...

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The Devil Wears Prada Premieres New Song "Alien"

The Devil Wears Prada premieres another new song titled "Alien" taken from the band's upcoming first official release since 2013, the conceptual EP "Space", which will be out in stores on August 21st via Rise Records.

Check out now "Alien" below.

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