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Last updated on May 30, 2015 at 12:24 PM ET

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

Desolate Shrine Re-Issuing Debut Album

Hellthrasher Productions has checked in with the following announcement about re-issuing an album from Desolate Shrine:

"It’s a great pleasure for us to announce that we will be handling the official LP & CD reissues of Desolate Shrine’s debut album 'Tenebrous Towers,' originally released on CD in 2011 through Hammer Of Hate Records (and licensed by us from the current owner of its catalogue – KVLT). Both formats should be available for purchase later this year. Further info will be shared once all details are worked out!

"Desolate Shrine is one of the finest contemporary underground death metal acts, with a relatively small yet strong output of three amazing full-length albums to date, the latest two on Dark Descent Records.

"Debut effort 'Tenebrous Towers' opened up the crushing mysticism of Desolate Shrine with a truly remarkable form of possessed, blackened death metal. Executed with skill and worship, the heaviness of 'Tenebrous Towers' comes not only from speed but the crushing mid-tempo and oppressing slow tunes accompanied with atmospheric acoustic sections. The demonic inhuman growlings/screamings of the 2 vocalists not only interpret the in-depth lyrics but add more hell to the overwhelming atmosphere. Properly expressed with dynamic sounds, the debut album of Desolate Shrine is not to be missed!" More...

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Moonlyght Streaming "Human Remembrance"

Blast Head Records will release the new album "Return To Desolation" from Canadian band Moonlyght on July 7th, 2015.

This will be the third album from Moonlyght and features 9 tracks of progressive dark metal with folk elements, melody, and symphonics clocking in at 71 minutes. Check out the song "Human Remembrance" below.

Moonlyght consists of:

Luc Gaulin – Drums
Fred Bedard – Lead Guitars
Sébastien Robitaille – Vocals, Guitars
Thierry Nadeau-Cossette – Keyboards
Christian Jacques – Bass More...

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Vacivus Undergoes A "Dark Apotheosis"

Vacivus is streaming the opening track "Dark Apotheosis" off the "Rite Of Ascension" EP in the SoundCloud player below. Hellthrasher Productions also comments:

"We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the CD version of the upcoming new Vacivus EP 'Rite of Ascension.'

"Vacivus is a UK death metal band, formed in 2013 by members and ex-members of Wodensthrone, Horrified, Plague Rider and Warbastard, among many others. Since its formation, the band has shared the stage with the likes of Cruciamentum and Sheol, making a name for itself as one of the most promising acts of UK’s new wave of dark, chaotic death metal.

"The 'Rite of Ascension' EP will be released in July 2015 on tape via Goatprayer Records and later this year on CD through our label. Expect 5 tracks of absolute void worship, dealing with the occult, death & transcendence. Recommended for fans of Immolation, Morbid Angel, Grave Miasma and Dead Congregation." More...

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The Ongoing Concept Is "Unwanted"

The Ongoing Concept has released a video for new song "Unwanted," which is the first taste of forthcoming album "Handmade," due out June 16th.

In The Ongoing Concept's own frenetic fashion, song/video is ripping and disorienting, yet immediately memorable. Check it out below.

Keeping with the "Handmade" theme, the "Unwanted" video was directed by Dawson Scholz (guitarist/vocalist) and filmed by the band members. More...

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Vorage Signs With Hellthrasher

Hellthrasher Productions has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Vorage:

"A UK ambient death metal duo Vorage has joined our roster for the CD release of its 2014 self-titled debut demo, that was previously issued on tape via Exitium Prods.

"Vorage is a mysterious death metal entity, created and solely instrumentally performed by Sheol’s drummer A.H.S. with vocals provided by Al Xul. This is chaotic, churning maelstrom of death metal darkness that will surely appeal to those who appreciate the sound of Portal, Mitochondrion, Impetuous Ritual, Antediluvian and Abyssal.

"Let it get you through the infinite spheres of death’s black womb…" More...

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Bulletboys Headed Off On Tour

The Bulletboys will embark on a national tour starting with some key headline dates in June before being joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour. VIP ticket packages are available here.

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums), with all members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009 - "Elefante."

The album was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed) and Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher), with Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) handling mastering.

“Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal. If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”

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SoulSteal Releases "Tenebris" Album

Nicosia, Cyprus-based group SoulSteal recently released the "Tenebris" album, which can now be heard online in full.

All music and lyrics were handled by Socrates Ioannou, while the "Tenebris" artwork was crafted by Nick Azinas and Edgor Szpajdel. The track listing is as follows:

1. Focus On Your Beasts 03:33
2. Survival 04:32
3. Revoke 03:07
4. Realms 03:35
5. Darkolepsy 02:16
6. Debris 04:25
7. Nothingness 04:42
8. The Answer (Unanswered) 04:12
9. Infraction 04:07 More...

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Concrete Posts In-Studio Video

Bulgarian group Concrete has a new recording video online, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"Here's how we spent our time during the sessions for 'Chambers of Afterlife' in Playground studio, Varna, Bulgaria. We plan on visiting again soon, but more info on that later." More...

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Thokkian Vortex Unveils Album Art

Thokkian Vortex - the band from Lord Kaiaphas (ex-Ancient) - will release debut album "Into The Nagual" later this summer in August. Full details are to come, but for now check out the album artwork below.

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Tiamat Working On Album

Following the recent re-issue of "The Astral Sleep" through Century Media and 2012 album "The Scarred People" (reviewed here), Tiamat is now crafting a new album.

The band issued this brief statement via Facebook: "Working on new Tiamat songs. Best greetz from Johan & Roger. Have a great weekend sisters & brothers!"

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Neter Posts "Triumphant March" Video

Spanish death metal band Neter has a music video online for the track "Triumphant March," which comes off the "Idols" album released last month. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Toward the Mass Grave
2. Triumphant March
3. Pulsar
4. Tongues of Shiva
5. Fallen Moai
6. Echoes from Bhopal
7. Predicament of Mankind
8. Solaris
9. Contagium Vivum Fluidum
10. Idols More...

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Angakok Releases New Album

Belguim's Angakok evolves further away from the tenets of the genre that birthed the group, and embraces more fully its own unique and confident blending of multiple kinds of doom, sludge and drone with a self-titled, full-length album out now through Satanath Records. Stream the album below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Perpaluktok Aitut 02:27
2. Sacrifice 04:05
3. Collapsing 06:01
4. Aksarpok 04:48
5. Samsara 11:56
6. Avioyok 01:03
7. Dead Birds 01:39
8. Trust My Scorn 05:09
9. Empty Cup 06:37
10. Sivudlit Nertorpok 03:54 More...

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Fistulas Streaming "Ashes Left Behind"

Fistulas (not to be confused with Fistula) is streaming a track titled "Ashes Left Behind" that will appear on an upcoming album. Listen in below. Fistulas consists of:

Trevor Polanco - Spewing forth vocal sickness, All surgical instruments
Mattais Olgin - Additional disgorging of vocal sickness, Pulsating sub-frequencies
Jordan Ament - blastulation with assault and battery

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Dawn Patrol Offers Single For Download

"No Turning Back" is the title of the new single from Memphis thrash band Dawn Patrol. You can stream it below, or download a free copy at Reverbnation here, and be sure to look for the new full-length "Democracy Delivered" on July 3rd.

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Claustrofobia Headed To Russia

Not content with thrashing the hell out of thirty venues (and one festival) in ten countries over the past seven weeks on the mammoth "Visceral" European takeover, Brazil’s Claustrofobia has turned its sights to Russia.

This new five-date tour commences in the country’s capital Moscow on June 2nd and takes the band around five cities finishing in Samara on 7th June. Front man Marcus D’Angelo comments on the recent European Tour:

“For all the unforeseen, the tour was extremely positive, as expected! It’s always a learning experience and that makes us keep the conviction. From the dirtiest underground venues to mainstream stages, we deliver the same punch and attitude as always. We're here to make metal reign, and we had the interests of Russia so we’ll face the demand!”

Marcus also reports that drummer Caio D’Angelo is recovering well, with Xandão still replacing him for the Russian tour dates allowing extra recovery time before the rest of the year commences. The band also has an as-yet untitled release ready to unveil before the year is out.

02/06 - Rock House - Moscow/RU
03/06 - MOD Club - Saint Petersburg/RU
05/06 - Garage Club - Kazan/RU
06/06 - Biker Club House - Ulyanovsk/RU
07/06 - TBA - Samara/RU

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Milking The Goatmachine Posts New Album Preview

Milking The Goatmachine has posted a second preview of the upcoming album titled "Goatgrind" which is set to drop on June 26, 2015 via NoiseArt Records.

Check out now the new album preview below.

The tracklist of "Goatgrind" reads as follows: More...

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Depths Of Hatred Premieres New Music Video

Montreal death metal outfit Depths Of Hatred premieres a new music video for the track titled "Son of Perdition" taken from the recently released album "Hellborn".

Check out now the new music below.

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Paradise Lost Posts Album Preview

British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost are streaming audio samples of all the tracks that are featured on the upcoming album "The Plague Within" which will be released on June 2nd in the US (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (Watain, Ghost, Entombed A.D.)

Check out now the entire album preview below.

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Prion Becomes Obsessed With Power

Prion's "Uncertain Process" will drop on June 2nd (with orders through Comatose Music shipping now) and today the track "Power Obsessed" also comes online. Listen in below, courtesy of Eternal-Terror.com. Comatose Music also comments:

"‘Uncertain Process’ is a relentless journey throughout ten tracks of torturous aggression, meticulously crafted for maximum carnage. The inevitable evolution of Prion during the past seven years is evident with their more sophisticated song structures and enhanced production quality when compared to 2008's ‘Impressions/’

"In addition to the new CD, this release also comes with a bonus DVD ‘This is How Argentina Bled,’ containing a full live set professionally filmed at The Roxy Live, Buenos Aires in 2013. The CD and DVD are packaged together in a double jewel case with incredible artwork by Marco Hasmann. Also look out for Prion on their European Tour 2015 in September with Avulsed and Natron."

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Distant Sun Posts New Tracks Online

Distant Sun's "Dark Matter" album officially drops today - May 30th - and now two new tracks from the release have come online. You can hear both "Zero To Hero" and "Shattered Empire" below. The full track listing is:

1. Prophet of the Mean
2. Kill the Fremen (streaming here)
3. Dark Matter
4. Godsdoom
5. Matrix Hacked
6. Shattered Empire
7. Gifts of Journey
8. Healer of Souls
9. Apocalypto
10. Zero to Hero More...

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Vulcano Streams "Bloody Vengeance" Re-Issue

Greyhaze Records just re-issued "Bloody Vengeance," the 1986 full-length debut from Brazilian death metal pioneers Vulcano, and now the new version is available for streaming below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dominios Of Death
2. Spirits Of Evil
3. Ready To Explode
4. Holocaust
5. Incubus
6. Death Metal
7. Voices From Hell
8. Bloody Vengeance More...

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Coathanger Abortion Streaming "Media Mindsnare"

Tennessee death grinders Coathanger Abortion are back with an all new oozing discharge of southern styled brutality out now via Comatose Music.

Today you can also hear a new track from the "Observations of Humanity" release - check out
"Media Mindsnare" below, courtesy of Apochs.net.

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Humiliation Releasing New Album

Humiliation will release "Under the Siege of Invasion" on June 30th via Deepsend Records (CD format) and Dark Side of Punk (Vinyl). You can stream new track "Operation Python" below, and the full track listing will be as follows:

1. Into the Truth & The Battle
2. Sikawang
3. Lost of K-XVI
4. Occupation Force
5. Lintang Barracks
6. Operation Python 03:41
7. Borneo Campaign
8. Death Order
9. Grave Error
10. Liberation More...

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Sarke Appearing In Zombie Biker Movie

"Saga" is the name of a brand new Norwegian movie set to premiere in October. The movie, directed by Jørn Steen, is based upon the viking text Eyrbyggja and is a hellish blend of vikings, zombies, bikers, and black metal.

Or as Steen puts it "...everything he wanted to feature in a movie." Drunkinagraveyard.com has foreseen it to "possibly be one of the most metal movies of the year."

Sarke's vocalist Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum) is featured both musically and as an actor in the movie. For more info, head over to the flick's Facebook page here. More...

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Borealis Releases New Single

Borealis has a new single online for streaming titled "My Peace," taken off upcoming album "Purgatory" - check it out below.

"Purgatory" is due out on June 19th (EU) / July 21st (North America) through a deal with AFM Records. Pre-orders are up here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Past The Veil
2. From The Ashes
3. The Chosen One
4. Destiny
5. Darkest Sin
6. My Peace
7. Place Of Darkness
8. Welcome To Eternity
9. Sacrifice
10. Rest My Child
11. Purgatory
12. Revelation More...

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When Prophets Fail Experiences "Dread"

Germany's When Prophets Fail has released the song "Dread" online, which can be heard below and comes off the debut album "Prophecy." For more info on When Prophets Fail, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Daniel Trigger Streams "I Was A Titan"

U.K. based singer / songwriter Daniel Trigger has a new metal ballad online for streaming titled "I Was A Titan." Listen in below, or snag a digital copy of the track through Daniel Trigger's Bandcamp page.

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Kyng Playing Nepal Benefit Show

Metal For Nepal is a humanitarian initiative established to help raise funds for the victims and rural communities effected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. Southern California organizers are excited to unveil plans for a benefit concert to be held in Los Angeles on June 13th, sponsored by Revolver Magazine.

The show will take place on June 13th at the Complex in Glendale, California courtesy of Church of the 8th Day. Confirmed headliner is heavy metal outfit Kyng, along with direct support provided by sludge quartet 16 and further support will be provided by fellow Angeleno metallists’ Thrown Into Exile and Kaustik.

Tickets for the 21+ only event will be made available at the door for $15. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to the non-profit charity organization No Silence For Nepal, which features metal community members who are currently in the trenches providing food, water, and shelter, plus medication to the most remote villages where little to no help has yet arrived.

Kyng drummer Pepe Clark commented: “The power of music never ceases to amaze and the metal community is no different! Metal for Nepal is an amazing effort to help others in need and we are honored to have been asked to participate.” More...

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Tornados On Mars Gives Nemo A Nightmare

Florida "insanecore" band Tornados On Mars (formerly know as Nine Anomalies) has a new track online for streaming titled "Nemo's Nightmare."

Give it a listen below, or pick up a digital copy of the song through Bandcamp here. "Nemo's Nightmare" is the first track off an upcoming EP - stay tuned for more info.

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ASG Announces European Tour

ASG has confirmed a full European tour for this Summer. The North Carolinian heavy rockers will kick off the two week run on June 14th in London and it will run through June 28th including a pair of dates with Lamb of God.

This will be the second European outing for ASG since the release of last year's album, "Blood Drive," produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Fu Manchu).

Jun 14 Borderline London, United Kingdom
Jun 16 Black Sheep Montpellier, France
Jun 17 RockSound Barcelona, Spain
Jun 18 Jardin De Ceferina Vitoria, Spain
Jun 19 Heads Beach Brewery Hossegor, France
Jun 20 Hellfest 2015 Clisson, France
Jun 22 Zeche Bochum, Germany
Jun 23 Bastard Club Osnabruck, Germany
Jun 24 La Zone Liege, Belgium
Jun 25 Kap Tormentoso Stuttgart, Germany
Jun 26 Cassiopeia Berlin, Germany
Jun 27 Immerhin Wurzburg, Germany
Jun 28 Den Atelier Luxembourg More...

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Ecstatic Vision Explores The Astral Plane

The "Sonic Praise" album from Ecstatic Vision is due out June 30th on Relapse Records, with new song "Astral Plane" available below. Relapse also comments:

"Ecstatic Vision exploded onto Philadelphia's scene with one of the most thrilling guitar driven records in a LONG time. The trio have properly captured the sound of their phenomenal - hell of a ride live show which in time earned them a signing to Relapse Records. 'Sonic Praise' weaves the guitar heroics of the 70's heavy classics of UFO and Hawkwind with the rhythmic intensity of Sun Ra and Fela Kuti. Massive riffs vibe seamlessly with deep rhythms to create one of the most original and best heavy psych debuts in years.

"Recorded at various studios throughout Philadelphia, the group's debut is an acid-tinged mix of trance inducing, primitive African tribal and heavy psych a la Hawkwind, Goat and Amon Düül II. The band formed in early 2014 and has already played numerous high profile shows like Pallbearer, Georgia's Meltasia Festival alongside Black Lips, Nik Turner's Hawkwind and toured North America with YOB and Enslaved. This June you can catch them on the east coast for a few dates with Creepoid - stay tuned for more." More...

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Lycus Finishes New Album

Oakland, CA funeral death/doom quartet Lycus has completed the recordings for a sophomore full-length and Relapse Records debut.

The album was recorded at Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA this April and will once again feature album art from renowned Italian painter Paolo Girardi (Inquisition, Bell Witch).

The band has announced a series of west coast dates this summer with Dispirit to play new material. The shows kick off on June 4th in Sacramento, CA with Ufomammut and Usnea and a complete listing of dates is available below.

Originally formed in 2008, Lycus released a debut demo in 2011 which was later reissued by The Flenser the following year. 2013 saw the group release debut full-length, entitled "Tempest," on 20 Buck Spin Records (listen below).

Jun 05 Complex LA Los Angeles, CA
Jun 06 The Merrow San Diego, CA
Jul 11 Highline Seattle, WA
Oct 08 Complex LA Los Angeles, CA More...

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Vereor Nox Teaches Liberation Through Sacrifice

Following the release of the "Kronos: Fear" track (still available for streaming here), the Italian symphonic blackened death band Vereor Nox has a new track online. Check out "Fenrir: Liberation Through Sacrifice" in the YouTube player below.

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Nefertem Streaming "Us, United"

The track "Us, United" can be heard in the YouTube player below, coming off the "All Hell Breaks Loose" EP from Sri Lankan metal band Nefertem.

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Ethereal Dawn Taps Petr Eflimov For New Song

Petr Elfimov lent his vocals to the new Ethereal Dawn track "Break Us," which will appear on full-length album "The Moonlight Of Gloom." Check out the song below, followed by a video showcasing vocal recordings. Ethereal Dawn also commetns:

"You may have seen him in Eurovision 2009 singing for Belarus with the incredible song ‘Eyes That Never Lie.’ He’s a very talented and great singer/musician. His voice sounds really great with the song 'Break Us!' So check it out now!" More...

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Archaeologist Streaming Full EP

Archaeologist's full "Vol. II" EP is now online for streaming and can be heard below. The release was mastered by Steven Ostroske of Third Eye Studios and features a guitar solo in "Aggressor" by Avi of The Raven Autarchy as well as guest vocals in "Beyond The Edge" by Steven Ostroske. Artwork was handled by Lorraine Green and the track listing is as follows:

1. Aggressor
2. Lucid Dreams
3. Unforgiving Skies
4. The Void
5. Beyond The Edge More...

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Thornesbreed Streams "Dividua Anima Pt. I"

Brutal black metal outfit Thornesbreed just released new track "Dividua Anima Pt. I" online - listen in via the SoundCloud clip below (courtesy of No Clean Singing).

The track hails from the band's second album, "GTRD," set for international release on June 29th via Art of Propaganda. "GTRD" is Thornesbreed's first full-length in 12 years, and first new release since 2011 as well as the band's first for Art of Propaganda. The track listing is as follows:

1. Death, lucid Death
2. Not a second from Oceans to frozen Wastelands
3. Abendwerk
4. A Marrow’s Void
5. Perpetual Stigmata
6. Horns ov Gaia
7. Dividua Anima Pt. I
8. Towards the liquid paltry Grounds More...

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Crowned Kings Posts "Forked Road" Video

Crowned Kings has a new music video available below for the track "Forked Road," taken off the album of the same name. The new album was produced by Nick Jett (Terror) and features Dre Stewart (Donnybrook). Pre-order your copy via Demons Run Amok here.

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TLTITWTKUA Posts Guitar Playthrough

The Lone Tree In The Woods That Killed Us All (a band that should really tour with Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire) has a new playthrough video up now for "Apex II: Movement III." Check it out below, and you can also stream the full "Apex II" album by heading over to this location.

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Wisdom In Chains Streams Full LP

Eastern Pennsylvania's unstoppable Wisdom In Chains is now streaming empowering "The God Rhythm" LP in its entirety.

Initially set for release on June 30th, the album's street date has been pushed forward, now set to hit the streets on June 16th, and today, the entire anthem-packed, fourteen-track record is now playing online. Check it out below. Wisdom In Chains will also be performing live on these upcoming dates:

6/27/2015 Club Reverb - Reading, PA *record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore
8/05-08/2015 Fortress Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault More...

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Total Metal Fest To Skip 2015 Edition

Following the 2014 edition of the fest, it has been made official today that there will be no Total Metal Festival taking place this year. Luigi Pisanello, director of the organizing agency Vivo Management, explains why:

“It was since many months that we were almost sure about this decision. We delayed trying to find a less bitter way to announce it to our supporters but we realized that it wasn't possible to sweeten a bad news like this.

"After the last edition was easy for anyone to expect another magnificent festival; all those who joined the TMF2014 have experienced (without exaggeration) two of the most beautiful days of their own metalhead life! We had excellent and worldwide renowned bands, a stage and a sound-lights system that rivals any other big Italian festival, a highly-experienced staff that has served our users impeccably, games, free camping, a number of toilets even higher than necessary and all, but really everything, what fits with a class 'A' music festival!

"But being so meticulous cost us a really huge amount of money and, unfortunately, the response of the audience (though still plentiful and very warm) was less than our estimates. Then I personally found that other Italian festivals of the same kind, arranged with much less attention to details and, in some cases, even with a more skimpy artistic bill, obtained, with similar ticket costs, the same numbers in terms of public response, but with much less onerous investments from the organizers. More...

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Idolatry In Vehicle Crash, Cancels Show

Edmonton’s own Idolatry was involved in a car accident on May 28th on Highway 17 East of Wawa, Ontario.

While travelling down a gravel road the band's vehicle veered off the road and into the ditch. Lord Matzigkeitus (vocals) sustained some cracked ribs during the accident, but no other members were severely hurt.

The black metal group has been on tour performing in Canada and was on route to a May 29th show in Brandon, MB, which would have been the last date of the tour and was subsequently cancelled. The band apologizes to fans who were hoping to see the performance.

Idolatry has launched a crowdfunding campaign here to raise money for vehicle repairs and fuel to get back to Edmonton. The band comments:

“Our band Idolatry went out east for our first Canadian tour and right before our last show had a vehicle accident. We are all fine, bruised but fine. Unfortunately, we have to cancel the remainder of the tour and need your help to make it back to Edmonton, Alberta. If you can make a donation we would be incredibly grateful.” More...

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Inferis Posts Acoustic Video

Following the departure of guitarist Gonzalo Medinelli last month, Chilean band Inferis has released via Youtube an acoustic video for the single "Farewell." The track will appear on an upcoming album that is currently being recorded, with more details to come soon.

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