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Last updated on March 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM ET

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Remembering A.J. Pero

A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) passed away this week. Pero was part of the “hey day” of Twisted Sister. Today, the Rockstar Ramblings pays a brief tribute to Pero in the form of a couple Twisted Sister videos from the classic ‘Stay Hungry’ album. More...

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Spite Gets "Trapped In The Pentagram"

Spite will be releasing a two-track EP via Iron Bonehead Productions on April 27th, with the label commenting:

"Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present the first 7" EP from one of American black metal's most promising names, Spite's 'Trapped in the Pentagram.' Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Spite has only released two, teasing tracks to date - one on a single-song demo, 'Desecration Rites,' and the other on a six-way split LP - but those who have heard those two songs have become entranced by the shadowy band's witching metal.

"For truly Spite creates bewitching black metal of an ancient variety, thrashing and hysteric and yet also imbued with a particularly cobwebbed atmosphere that knows no era nor decade...nor even century.

"Spite continue that upward/downward trajectory with two exclusive tracks on 'Trapped in the Pentagram:' Solomon's Seal is broken, and the lord has now become TRAPPED IN THE PENTAGRAM!"

A1. Trapped In The Pentagram
B1. Desecration Rites (2015 Version) More...

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Rongeur Reveals Demo CD Collection

Rongeur is a stoner/sludge trio from Oslo, Norway made up of current and former members of Trollfest, Ampmandens Døtre and Exeloume.

Since starting in late 2012, there have been no genre limitations, no rules, and no boundaries for Dag Ole (bass/vocals), Jostein (drums/vocals) and Ken-Robert (guitar/vocals): the only exception was that they wanted to make music sound raw and heavy.

The three-piece recorded two demo tapes, “Catastrophist” (2013) and “As the Blind Strive” (2014), which were recently compiled on a cassett -release by Aonair Productions. These demo recordings will now see release on CD and digital formats by Disiplin Media on April 13th. The track listing is:

1. Lying Bastard Whore
2. Traitors
3. Jon Hogg
4. Why Would You
5. It's a Given
6. Le Rocher Aux Singes
7. In Inceptum Finis Est More...

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Sworn Enemy Posts "No Mercy" Video

New York hardcore band Sworn Enemy has released the "No Mercy" music video prior to kicking off a North American tour. Check it out below.

The tour starts on March 27th in Amityville, New York and works its way though the United States and Mexico wrapping up on May 2nd in Brooklyn, New York. Sal of Sworn Enemy also comments:

"Greetings and felicitations children of technology. I'm happy to let you all know that our new video for 'No Mercy' will be airing on YouTube and whatever other format you can view it on. Along with that great news we will be hitting the road this Friday with the legendary Biohazard, dates are as follows: March 27th - April 5th.

"Once we finish up at the South East Beast festival we will be headlining the 'No Mercy, No Surrender Tour' with Wretched, Dark Sermon, and Hammer Fight. Dates are as follows: April 7th - May 2nd, and we plan on making a pit stop in Mexico for 6 shows so North America prepare for decimation as we grant you all no mercy, no surrender." More...

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Hollow Earth Signs With Good Fight

From the Detroit, Michigan area, Hollow Earth was founded in 2011 by vocalist Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud. The band just signed with Good Fight Music, which comments:

"The Hollow Earth sound is that of feral, metallic hardcore, anchored by a grand, apocalyptic weight that hints at a love for sludge and doom. Lyrics paint nightmarish accounts of dejection, suffering, and impending doom on both the personal and global levels. The band's 2012 debut EP, 'We Are Not Humanity,' was released on Panic Records, the label owned by Trial guitarist Timm McIntosh. This was followed by the debut full-length, 'Silent Graves,' also on Panic, in 2014.

"Produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails), Silent Graves was named 'one of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year' by Invisible Oranges. MetalSucks hailed the album as 'in the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it a scorcher and/or a ripper would be to undersell.'

"Since its formation, Hollow Earth has toured relentlessly, teaming up with bands like Trial, Old Wounds, Axis, and Exalt. The band embarks next week for a short tour that includes dates with Cult Leader."

Mar 30 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Cult Leader
Mar 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Cult Leader
Apr 1 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary w/ Cult Leader
Apr 2 - Chicago, IL @ Club Rectum w/ Cult Leader
Apr 3 - Omaha, NE @ Midtown Art Supply
Apr 4 - Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November More...

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Sulphur Aeon Streaming New Track

"Gateway To The Antisphere," the leviathan sophomore LP from German death metal tyrants Sulphur Aeon, is just a week from official release through Imperium Productions and Ván Records.

Today Cvlt Nation has released the album's lacerating third movement, "Titans." Give it a listen below.

A must-have piece for followers of Ulcerate, Morbus Chron, Abyssal, Vanhelgd and the like, "Gateway To The Antisphere" will be released in cooperation between Imperium Productions and Ván Records on a massive, gatefold 2xLP, CD, and digital download on April 3rd. More...

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Blacksoul Seraphim Posts Full Album

Northampton, MA doom / gothic / black metal band Blacksoul Seraphim - featuring members of fellow New England metal band Sorrowseed - is streaming new album "Hymns for the Vanquished" online.

This is the band's sophomore album and it was released independently on March 8th. Listen in below, or pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Exalted Genocide 05:03
2. The Catalyst 05:52
3. The Sightless Hero 06:44
4. The Squire 05:34
5. Barren Martyr 06:39
6. Putrid Throne 07:22
7. Neonatal Saint 07:10
8. The Vessel 05:57
9. Eleemosynary 03:35
10. Infernal Harrowing 06:58 More...

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Neoheresy Streaming New Album

Polish outfit Neoheresy has revealed that the "Talionis" album will officially drop on April 1st, 2015 through Ritual Execution Productions. Pre-order info is available at this location, and you can also stream the entire release below. The track listing is:

1. Krzyk który zmienil sie w wiatr
2. Nie ma prawa...
3. Talionis
4. I chocby noc...
5. Purpurowy blekit
6. Kiedy slonce zachodem wzejdzie
7. Wlasnie tam II
8. Zamknietych powiek czar
9. Zaburza
10. Ceremonia upadku More...

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Putrified Releasing New EP

As previously announced, the Swedes from Putrified are working on a new EP for a release through Unholy Prophecies later this year. This will mark Putrified's first EP as a full lineup band.

Putrified has now revealed the titled will be “The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb.” On side A of the EP will be two exclusive new studio songs, while side B will host two shorter instrumental interludes and two cover songs – “Devils Whorehouse” (Misfits) and “Morbid Tales” (Celctic Frost).

The band will record in its own studio and utilize the services of Oskar Solvik of Endarker Studio for mix and mastering duties as proved successful with the “Sacrilegious Purification” mini-album. Cover art will be done by Brian VDP. Stay tuned for more details.

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Native Construct Posts Playthrough Video

Native Construct will release debut album "Quiet World" on April 21st via Metal Blade Records. Today Native Construct has also teamed up with Metal Injection to debut the band's play through video for the song "The Spark of the Archon." Watch the clip below.

Guitarist and composer Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes Native Construct a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act.

Yang, along with bassist Max Harchik, and vocalist Robert Edens completed work on debut album "Quiet World" in between 2011 and 2013. By 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album. More...

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Phrenetix Signs Record Deal

Phrenetix is a young promising thrash metal band hailing from Vilnius/Lithunia that formed in 2011. Following a demo release in 2013, the group has now signed with Inferno Records. The label had this to say:

"Phrenetix's music fully describes the essence of old school thrash metal, and also incorporates a variety of other music styles, which gives the group a unique, manic sound. More specific old school thrash metal influences might include Anthrax, Toxik, and other more progressive thrash metal bands, but the band seeks to maintain its originality expanding their musical sight beyond just metal music. Their distinct riffs and odd composition separates them from many thrash metal bands, which, including intensity, aggression and thrilling live performances, is the main Phrenetix feature and appeal.

"The band recently inked a deal with french label Inferno Records and is currently recording the first full-length album in Vilnius (Muzlab Studio) with the help of producer Rimtautas Piskarskas. This album will include 8 songs and will be entitled 'Art Of Jail.' More info/artwork will be revealed later!" More...

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Cult Of Endtime Releasing "In Charnel Lights"

Cult of Endtime is a five-headed cadaver from Finland, reanimated with the blackest of magick and possessed to play vintage death metal.

The beast has roamed the barren wastelands of eastern Finland since 2010 and has now been successfully on tape. The resulting album has been christened "In Charnel Lights," and Finnish label Svart Records has been given the daunting task to unleash the work to the world on May 29th.

The album was recorded and mixed by the band's guitarist and mastered at Orgone Studios, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. A Vast Cosmic Horror
2. Cairns On Mercury
3. Prognatus De Sigillum
4. The Colossus Fell
5. Hidden Gods
6. Gnostic Haeresis
7. Funeral Voyagers
8. Discourse With The Dead More...

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Doro To Play Rock In Rio

Doro Pesch recently rocked several legendary clubs in the American capital cities, and this coming September 19th for her very first time, she will perform at Rock in Rio.

"This is amazing and a dream coming true," says Doro Pesch, who will be the first female German artist ever to conquer this legendary stage.

Rock in Rio celebrates its 30th anniversary, where Doro will enter stage alongside the Brazilian power metal heroes from Angra, who had Dor as a guest singer on the song "Crushing Room."

“Now the members invited me to perform this track along with them at Rock in Rio. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are,'" adds the metal queen.

But before Doro will write metal history in September, she will act with her band on a German tour, starting on April 19th in Saarbrücken and ending up on December 19th in Nürnberg. Special guest on the dates in April and May will be Norwegian rock act Spitfire. The upcoming Doro dates are as follows: More...

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Riotor Signs With Inferno Records

Quebec, Canada-based outfit Riotor has inked a deal with French label Inferno Records to release upcoming album "Rusted Throne."

Today the artwork and a first track from "Rusted Throne" have come online. Check out "Nightmare Is My Life" and and that artwork (which might be either the best or the worst metal has seen in quite some time) below. Inferno Records comments:

"Riotor formed back in 2007 in Québec and are no newcomers in the underground metal circuit! After a brilliant debut album released in 2010 (on Bestial Invasion Records) and many live shows where the beast spat his venomous metal style in the face of many metal maniacs, a new album is in the making & will be released on Inferno Records. This one will be entitled 'Rusted Throne' and will include 10 new devastating songs to be released on CD & cassette. The artwork - sick/sick/sick !!! - has been made by Ismarevil and easily gives you an idea of the album's content." More...

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Epica Posts Tour Aftermovie

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica recently returned home from a South American tour, where the band performed in front of thousands of people In Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina.

Epica's guitar player Isaac Delahaye has the following to say about the trek: "Damn, this has been a great tour once again! More and more bands are going to this beautiful part of the world and we all understand why: some of the most enthusiastic and passionate metalheads can be found in South America. We've been overwhelmed by the warm welcome, the great weather, the gifts, the hospitality, the food, the cheering and the support from the crowds, etc. Thanks for all of that and for charging our batteries to keep the whole circus going! See you all next time!"

In Sao Paulo the band was joined in by Bruno Zuppone from VTV Filmes. He followed the band during the entire day and created an awesome aftermovie, which can be seen below.

The coming months will see EPICA tour Greece, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Russia. Hereafter the band will hit the European festival circuit. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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My America Posts Recording Footage

My America has teamed with Substream Magazine to present a video clip showing behind-the-scenes action from the recording of new album "Misses." Check it out below.

The Brooklyn trio's second full-length, "Misses" was recorded with producer Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD and is currently being mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Code Orange) at Audiosiege.

As frontman Matt Turner states, "After playing music together for over ten years I feel like we finally have something that's truly representative of us... This the record I've wanted us to release for a long time."

Before stripping down to its current three-piece lineup, My America was a quartet called My America Is Watching Tigers Die that toured the nation throughout the '00s and put out several releases, most notable 2009's "Stone Age" LP on Pluto Records. More...

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Blade Of Spirit Releases New Song

Greek outfit Blade Of Spirit - which hasn't released a full album since 2006's "Shadow's Race" - is finally out with a brand new track titled "Sacrifice."

Give it a listen below, and hear more from the band's past discography over at Facebook here. Blade Of Spirit is:

?anos Kompos (Vocals)
Panos Kalimeris (Lead & Rhythm Guitars)
Jim Savvoulidis (Lead & Rhythm Guitars)
Laz Gkourgkoutas (Bass Guitar)
Makis Kavoukas (Keys, Synths)
Yiannis Kaltirimtzis (Guitar)

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Purson Signs With Spinefarm

Purson has joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see the band's second studio album, "Desire's Magic Theatre," released this Autumn in the wake of a number of high-profile festivals and shows, including Download in the U.K. Spinefarm comments:

"The U.K. outfit, whose music touches a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic and classic rock, blending other-worldly romance with shadowy foreboding are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to 'Desire's Magic Theatre,' which will be released under the Spinefarm/Machine Elf Records banner."

Says singer/guitarist/songwriter Rosalie Cunningham: "As I sit here in the control room at Gizzard Studios, the pride of East London, I'm excitedly realizing that our second album has turned out to be everything I'd imagined and more! My world has been so consumed by it that I've barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolor variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust."

She continues, "The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we've taken over the last 12 months. It's been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we've had.On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a Purson record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything... and you have our promise that the best is yet to come..."

Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto, "I've been following Purson since the early days of their career, and I've always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. Purson really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I'm delighted that Spinefarm and Purson have now forged this fresh alliance..."

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Tribe Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

The first two in a series of webisodes leading up to the release of “Atlas,” the upcoming album from Los Angeles based progressive metal trio Tribe, have now come online.

The band also released the single "Metamorphosis," now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other major digital music stores.

Tribe was formed in 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, by Jamie Waite (vocals/bass), Denner Vieira (guitars) and Rick Pivetta (drums). In 2013 Tribe released the digital EP “Through The Veil”, which marked the beginning of a partnership with “Atlas” co-producer Erik Reichers. “Atlas” will be available everywhere May 26th via Primitive records. More...

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Beyond Dishonor Releasing New EP

Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, Beyond Dishonor will release the "Generations" EP on April 14th, 2015. "Generations" is available for pre-order now at this location.

The band's 2011 full-length, "Travesty," was a concept album drawing from band favorites Se7en, Ghostbusters and Full Metal Jacket. In similar fashion, "Generations" features pop culture references evident in song titles like "ED209 vs. The Staircase" (RoboCop) and "What Clayton Bigsby Doesn’t Know" (Chappelle’s Show).

"Generations" boasts production credits from producer Andreas Magnusson, known for his work with The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, and others. You can also see the band live on these dates:

4/10 Concord, NH @ Tandy's Top Shelf
4/11 Revere, MA @ Sammy's Patio
4/12 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog w/ Young Graves
4/14 Catonsville, MD @ Shepard Space w/ Phinehas
4/15 Silver Spring, MD @ Immanuel's w/ My Ticket Home, Phinehas, Shai Hulud
4/16 Lynchburg, VA @ Liberty Skate Park w/ My Ticket Home, Shai Hulud, Mouth For The South
4/18 Trenton, NJ @ Championships Bar and Grill – CD RELEASE SHOW!
4/19 Albany, NY @ Bogies w/ Every Passing Dream and Invoker
4/20 Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus w/ My Ticket Home and A Wake In Providence
4/21 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/ A Wake In Providence
4/22 Philadelphia, PA @ The Theatre of the Living Arts w/ The Color Morale, Slaves, Vanna
4/24 Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry w/ Along Came A Spider
4/25 Lancaster, PA @ Launch Music Conference
4/26 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ Along Came A Spider More...

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Asphagor Posts Full Album Online

Austrian black metal outfit Asphagor has made the band's entire debut album "Havoc" available online for streaming. Give it a listen in the YouTube player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Agony 07:13
2. Absurd In Death 04:34
3. Mountainthrone 04:30
4. Into Perdition 04:52
5. The Dead Old Tree 06:35
6. Oblivion 06:09
7. Soul Of Winter 04:17
8. A New God 04:30 More...

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Wovenwar Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Wovenwar is excited to return to Europe in May for a club tour as direct support to Sylosis. Tickets and dates are listed now at this location. Comments the band:

"If we lads in Wovenwar had a pence for every great show memory experienced in the Europe, our trousers'd be loaded with one or two quid… each. Off our trolleys in enthused anticipation of our upcoming tour, we look forward to performing many more wonderful moments with you lot. Cheers!" More...

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Torche Releases "Annihilation Affair" Video

Torche just released a Phil Mucci-directed, animated video for “Annihilation Affair,” which can be seen below, courtesy Loudwire.com.

“Phil Mucci's creation and destruction is so beautiful. Everything we hoped for and more,” said Torche singer/guitar player Steven Brooks. Coming on the heels of the video release is news that the band will host a Reddit AMA tomorrow evening at 7 PM eastern.

Torche is in the final week of a North American tour and will head overseas on May 2nd for a month of European dates before returning to the U.S. for a co-headline run with Melt-Banana. More...

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Krisiun Enters The Studio

The death metal maniacs from Krisiun just entered Mana Recording Studios in Florida to start the recording of their new album, set to be released in the late Summer / early Autumn of 2015.

The producer of the new album is nobody less than Erik Rutan, the brain and heart of death metal masters Hate Eternal and former guitarist for Morbid Angel. Rutan comments:

"Working with Krisiun at Mana Recording is such an honor for me. We worked together on 'Conquerors of Armageddon' in 1999 during the beginning stages of my producing career and for us to work together again now is just fantastic!

"Krisiun is one of the best death metal bands out there. Their bond musically and creatively is so unique. The new material is outstanding....fast and heavy with this savage primal brutality! Lots of vibe and dynamics. The drum tones and performances came out pummeling. The rhythm guitars are huge and tight as hell. The bass is punishingly heavy and attacking. We have started tracking vocals now and starting to work on additional guitars and solos as well. This will be an album every death metal fan surely cannot miss!" More...

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Shape Of Despair Announces "Monotony Fields"

The Finnish funeral doom pioneers from Shape Of Despair have announced the title of their forthcoming album: "Monotony Fields."

The album will be released by Season of Mist on June 16th in North America. Shape Of Despair also comments:

"We are proud to announce Season of Mist as our new label. Since our latest album 'Illusion's Play' was released 10 years ago, we can already reveal that our long awaited follow-up full-length will express misery in new ways. As we have published EP's and our first releases via various labels, we are pleased to have found a steady home and look forward to a long lasting partnership."

Formed in 1995, Shape Of Despair has released "Shades of..." (2000), "Angels of Distress" (2001), and "Illusion's Play." (2004). Stay tuned for more details.

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Nibiru Reveals New Album

Italian ritual psych sludge act Nibiru (not to be confused with the New York or California bands of the same name) today reveals the cover artwork for new album “Padmalotus,” due to be released by Argonauta Records on May 18th, 2015. The track listing is as follows:

1. Krim
2. Ashmadaeva
3. Trikona
4. Khem.

"Padmalotus" was recorded at Aadya’s Temple, then mixed and mastered by Emiliano “Pilloplex” Pilloni at Soundlab Studio. Drummer / guitarist Siatris comments:

“'Padmalotus' does not represent a step forward compared to 'Netrayoni' or "Caosgon,' but a move to a higher level. As the lotus grows out of mud, blossoms above the water and rises to the sky, our latest album is a real elevation compared to our previous ones. We stayed true to our roots, but at the same time we stepped into a new territory." More...

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Psychomancer Releasing "Inject The Worms"

Orchestrated Misery Recordings has set April 7th as the day on which "Inject the Worms" from Indiana death metal merchants Psychomancer will be released. The label comments:

"With a long and storied career, Psychomancer's version of brutalized death metal has been a favorite in the Chicago/Northern Indiana region since forming in early 1998. 'Inject the Worms' is the band’s first recording since 2007's 'Butchered by Me,' which was released by Rotting Corpse Records.

"Recently revamped in 2012 with a new line-up and blitzkrieging the area Illinois/Indiana/Michigan area with shows, the band consists of founding member Duston Bullard taking on bass/vocal duties, new blood Corey Blackstad on drums and guitarist Curt Hutchison on rhythm/lead.

"'Inject the Worms' is a more diverse, demon-tempered, and complete than their previous releases. With a sheer vocal attack and hints of melodic death metal riff-age, the new incarnation has forged six songs of atmosfear and heaviness with themes that are more than your typical 'killing, cutting, maggots, killing with my knife.'

"The heaviness and aggression of death metal is there, but this is more a psychological way of mutilation, of treading the dark paths of life that bring you to face the elements of death. The music is still as heavy as you would expect with shattering blast beats and frantic double bass, a switching tempo pattern between fast paced and sludge-driven guitar, thundering bass and growling vocals; but there is also an added element of storytelling and a myriad nods to many metal genres knotted together intricately adding a depth to this newly evolved Psychomancer." More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast Episode 45

The 45th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Weighing Down" by New England's band of the week In The Red.

This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") also discuss some hot topics brewing in the metal community as of late like Lars Ulrich being blamed for the lack of bass sound on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All," Veil of Maya adding clean vocals with the new song "Mikasa," and Otep dropping out of yet another tour due to the band's singer being violated.

We then conclude with In The Red's "Blink of an Eye" playing us out. Check out the full new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Throes Of Ire Posts EP Teaser

Throes Of Ire just released a teaser trailer for the recently announced EP, titled "The Mourners Cairn," which will be released before an unnamed full-length album later this year. A preview for the upcoming full-length can also be heard over at this location.

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Helleborus Streaming New Track

Named after a gorgeous, but poisonous, flower that blooms in winter, Colorado-based Helleborus is the new creation of brothers Jerred & Wyatt Houseman (both former members of Execration).

Pushing creative freedom to new levels, the psychedelic black metal project is Dionysian in nature and explores themes of sexual mysticism, Qabalah, and the esoteric. Check out the track "Coils" below, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Vocalist Wyatt Houseman comments:

"Coils is the most universal offering in our continuous developing sound. It's driven by a dark stream of inventive instrumental extravagance and the kind of creative power that romanticizes the listener. With catchy melodic grooves and blackened chords we desire to express something fresh and unconventional to our audience.

"We explore a lot of contrasting resonations that you may not expect to hear from a traditional black metal outfit. This is only one song we have planned from our upcoming album; each will tell their own cryptic story. We are extremely proud of this project and look forward to developing it further with fans watching and listening."

"Coils" is just one of many songs the brothers plan to unleash on a soon-to-be finished debut full length "The Carnal Sabbath." More...

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Leprous Unveils New Album

Norwegian prog outfit Leprous is set to release new album "The Congregation" on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd in North America via InsideOut Music. The album's artwork was created by artist Nihil and can be seen below.

Leprous also comments: "The artwork represents the album's dark theme very well by showing deformation and disturbance."

Leprous recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway.

Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal," "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The full track listing is:

1. The Price
2. Third Law
3. Rewind
4. The Flood
5. Triumphant
6. Within My Fence
7. Red
8. Slave
9. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower More...

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Interview

God Damn Discusses "Vultures" Album, SXSW

God Damn is a hard band to describe by way of single genre terms. The band has elements of hard rock, hardcore, stoner, thrash, noise and alternative. They are heavy. They are light. What makes their diversity even more astonishing is that this is all created by two members. The duo recently made the trip from the UK over to America for the first time. Their tour led them to SXSW to play the widespread festival. After failing to connect with the group, they were cordial enough to answer a few of my questions via email. In the following interview, the band discusses their time in America and the SXSW experience as well as giving us details about the history of the band and what to expect from their forthcoming debut album “Vultures,” due to hit American stores on May 12th via One Little Indian Records. More...

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Vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi Re-Joins Amoral

Helsinki-based Amoral is now a six-piece, with original vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi returning to the lineup. Kalliojärvi's return has been cooking up since last year, and he will be largely present on the band's 7th studio album, on which they are working at the moment, with an early 2016 release planned.

”Damnation! The Amoral gigs I've done cameos at during the last few years have been fun experiences, so when I was asked to come back to the group, I was both surprised and excited. For musical reasons, but also since I've always been comfortable in said company”, Kalliojärvi says.

Niko continues: ”The new lineup let's us realize musical ideas in a whole new way. The more I've been thinking about it, the more it makes sense. Amoral has been broadening it's sound pallette throughout it's history – now, more than ever, we have a whole pack of aces up our sleeves!”

Songwriter and guitarist Ben Varon also sees the new possibilities that Kalliojärvi's return bring to the band.

”Niko's company felt natural both onstage and backstage, and hearing his voice -which I've always said is one of my all-time favorite growls - on those songs after a long while felt good”, Ben says.

”And once I realized what a great guitarist Niko is these days, the vision started to get clearer: this would be just the thing to take our musical journey to the next level! Two singers, three guitar players, one of which is now a part-time keyboardist... Things just got interesting!”

Amoral's new lineup will make it's live debut at the Tuska Metal Festival afterparty in the end of June. More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Tears Open "Angel Flesh"

It's been awhile since we heard from Montana dual-drum outfit Walking Corpse Syndrome, and today that finally changes.

The band has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new track titled "Angel Flesh" a day before its official digital release. Continuing in the groove metal vein, the song also incorporates elements from Southern metal and deathcore.

Give it a listen below and let us know what you think of the track. "Angel Flesh" is taken from the upcoming release, "Human Delusion," expected to drop in the Fall of 2015. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to catch Walking Corpse Syndrome live on these dates:

5/2/15 - Everett, WA - The Firewheel
5/8/15 - Lewiston, ID - 3rd Wheel
5/9/15 - Richland, WA - Ray's Golden Lion
5/15/15 - Missoula, MT - The Dark Horse
5/16/15 - Twin Falls, ID - The Cellar
5/29/15 - Bozeman, MT - The Faultline North
5/30/15 - Riverton, WY - Fremont County Fairgrounds
6/5/15 - Moses Lake, WA - The Ding Dang
6/6/15 - Spokane, WA - The Pin
6/12/15 - Columbia Falls, MT - The Bandit Saloon
6/13/15 - Great Falls, MT - Machinery Row
6/19/15 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
6/20/15 - Rock Springs, WY - Killpeppers
6/27/15 - Butte, MT - 5 Mile Bar More...

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Unleashed Releases Third Track-By-Track Video

Swedish legends Unleashed released the third part in a series of track-by-track clips for the new opus "Dawn of the Nine." The album drops on April 24th (EU), April 27th (UK) and May 4th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. A New Day Will Rise
2. They Came To Die
3. Defenders Of Midgard
4. Where Is Your God Now? (see lyric video here)
5. The Bolt Thrower
6. Let The Hammer Fly
7. Where Churches Once Burned
8. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
9. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

Check out part three here: More...

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Dygitals Details New Album "Dynamite"

French heavy metal act Dygitals will release the new album, "Dynamite" on May 5 in North America and May 21 in Europe via Mausoleum Records. The cover artwork, track list and a short video sample can be viewed below.

"Dynamite" was produced, engineered and mixed by Didier Chesneau at MII Recording Studio, based in Forainvillier Dreux in France. "Dynamite" is the fourth full length album and second since the band reformed in 2009 after a 19 year absence. The album marks the return of the band to its glorious form.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dynamite
2. 30 Years Of Rock
3. No Speed Limit
4. Sin City
5. Everybody Knows
6. Will You Help Me
7. No Way Out
8. We Wanna Live Free
09. Don’t Want To Let You Down
10. End Of The Story More...

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Evergrey Announces North American Tour

Sweden's Evergrey announced a tour of North America this Summer with Australia's Voyager, Canada's Borealis and Houston's Oceans of Slumber. The tour begins in Chicago and winds up in Atlanta as part of the Mid-Week Mayhem show (which features Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way) to kick off ProgPower USA in September.

Evergrey is supporting the latest album "Hymns For the Broken." A review for the album can be found at this location.

The tour is presented by Revolver Magazine and Infinity Concerts. Confirmed Dates are as follows:

Aug 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Aug 27 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
Aug 28 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Aug 29 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Aug 30 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
Sep 1 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Sep 3 – New York, NY – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Sep 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Sep 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep 6 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Sep 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
Sep 9 – Atlanta, GA – Midweek Mayhem @ ProgPower USA (The Loft) **

**Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way More...

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Statement On Future Of Immortal Issued By Abbath

In an exclusive statement to Metal Hammer at this location, Immortal founder Abbath issued a statement about the future of the band, a new album with a different lineup under the moniker "Abbath" and an impending tour.

The statement reads: "Immortal’s frontman and founding member has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded; unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new line up. Whilst grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, the time is now right for Abbath to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy.

"The next two years will see the release of a new album alongside select live performances – the first of these to be announced is The Forum in London on Friday 18th September. This will be Abbath’s first time back on stage in the UK since triumphantly headlining Bloodstock Festival in 2011 alongside W.A.S.P and Motörhead. Following this, February 2016 will see a return to playing on home soil as the headliner for the prestigious Blastfest in Bergen – on top of a 100% Norwegian line up.

"Abbath is a continued weaving of this artist’s creative thread: new songs have been honed, ready to sit alongside classic Immortal material and rarely – if ever – played gems that will be unearthed from an epic catalogue spanning over two decades.

"Using his own name is a natural step for Abbath, having become iconic and synonymous with the band that he co-founded in 1990. That’s 25 years of powering face first into the northern wind; a milestone for any band, and rather than exploit it by dragging Immortal’s name through the mud, Abbath will instead carry his own on his back.

"The name of Immortal, for the time being, will rest; the essence, the power, the music – and Abbath – will not."

More information on the new album and confirmed dates of the tour are expected soon. More...

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Hellish War Releases "The Challenge" Music Video

Brazilian metal act Hellish War released a new music video for the track "The Challenge." The song appears on the latest album "Keep It Hellish," which was issued last summer via Pure Steel Records. The album was the first to feature vocalist Bil Martins (DarkWitch/Ex-Heavenly Kingdom).

Check out the clip here:

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The Order Of Israfel Releases New Music Video

Swedish doom act The Order of Israfel released a new music video for the track "On Black Wings, A Demon." The song is taken from the band's debut album "Wisdom," which was issued back in September 2014 via Napalm Records.

See The Order of Israfel on tour during the following dates:

27.03.15 SE - Stockholm / Undergangen
28.03.15 SE - Karlstadt / Heaven and Hell
24.04.15 UK - London / Desertfest
30.04.15 DK - Copenhagen / Heavy Days In Doomtown

w/ Pentagram
21.05.15 BE - Antwerp / Trix
23.05.15 DE - Munich / Backstage
24.05.15 DE - Lindau / Club Vaudeville
25.05.15 AT - Vienna / Arena
27.05.15 DE - Leipzig / UT Connewitz
28.05.15 DE - Berlin / SO36
29.05.15 DE - Hamburg / Klubsen

03.06.15 SE - Solvesborg / Sweden Rock Festival
20.11.15 DE - Würzburg / Posthalle

Check out "One Black Wings, A Demon" here: More...

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Harmony To Release "Remembrance" EP

Swedish melodic power metal act Harmony announced the impending release of the EP "Remembrance." The EP will be issued in Europe on May 22nd, UK on May 25th and North America on May 26th via Ulterium Records.

The 6 track release includes four re-recorded songs from the debut album "Dreaming Awake," as well as two new songs, all featuring ex-Lost Horizon vocalist Daniel Heiman. The EP was mixed at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The track listing is:

1. Eternity
2. Dreaming Awake
3. Without You
4. She
5. In His Heart
6. Feed My Hunger More...

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Starblind Signs With Pure Steel Records

Swedish metal act Starblind, featuring ex-Steel Attack drummer Mike Stark on vocals, has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will enter Studio 2-Takt owned by producer Cedrick Forsberg (Rocka Rollas) for the recording of the upcoming sophomore album.

Starblind was formed in early spring 2013 and six months later began the recordings of the debut album "Darkest Horrors." It was released in July 2014 on Stormspell Records and it received very good reviews, resulting in a three week European Tour in support of Tim "Ripper" Owens. After the tour, the band began focusing on writing songs for the second album and a pre-production demo was recorded with producer Cedrick Forsberg in February 2015, leading to the record deal with Pure Steel Records

The band commented on the signing: "After a few months of negotiating with different labels Starblind are proud to announce the signing with Pure Steel Records GMBH for a worldwide release of our upcoming album. Pure Steel's profile fits us as a band perfectly and we feel confident that this will help us take the next step as a band.” More...

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Origin And Krisiun Headlining North America Tour

The "Devastation On The Nation" Tour today announces Origin and Krisiun as co-headliners of this year's edition of the tour.

Supporting bands have been revealed as Aeon, Soreption, Alterbeast and Ingested.

Specific tour dates will be announced next week, with the current tour poster available below.

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Breeding Filth Premieres New Song

Indiana's brutal technical death metal outfit Breeding Filth is streaming a new song titled "Exhibit Of Perverted Lunacy."

The track is taken from the upcoming full-length "Perverse Devolution." set to drop in the Fall of 2015. Check out "Exhibit Of Perverted Lunacy" in the player below.

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V A I L S Posts New Song "Megatron's Telethon"

Swansea sludge duo V A I L S premieres a new song titled "Megatron's Telethon" taken from their upcoming EP "Galactic Triceratops" which was recorded by Joe Garcia (OM, Temples Festival) and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Isis). "Galactic Triceratops" shall be limited to just 100 and the first 50 orders shall come with a very limited edition logo patch.The new EP is due to be released via When Planets Collide on March 30th.

Check out now "Megatron’s Telethon" below.

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First Video Of Chris Adler Tracking For Megadeth?

A short video clip of a drummer believed to be Lamb Of God's Chris Adler laying down tracks for Megadeth's new album has been posted on the band's official YouTube channel.

Last week a photo that was taken of Dave Mustaine and Chris Adler having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant posted on Twitter by former My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar. If true, Adler's involvement with Megadeth would apparently be limited to studio work only.

Megadeth has yet to officially announce permanent replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group in 2014.

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