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Last updated on August 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM ET

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

Menace Ruine Reveals New Album Details

Montreal's Menace Ruine has completed work on forthcoming album "Venus Armata." Profound Lore Records comments:

"Written and recorded from Spring 2013 to Spring 2014, this sixth album by Menace Ruine is the natural follow-up to 'Alight in Ashes.'

"With 'Venus Armata' the duo’s exploration continues with their most vocally intriguing and focused album to date. 'Venus Armata' is also the band’s most musically refined album likewise despite the same minimal set up, and raw primal sounds which seamlessly thread the sonic palette through the likes of experimental music, martial ambient/electronic, noise/industrial, darkwave, and neo-folk respectively.

"A novelty this time, the addition of Geneviève’s sistra, nutshell instrument (kamutef), and wrist bells which add life and subtleties to the rhythms has allowed her to charge the songs with even more energy and intention."

The album is due out October 14th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Soften Our Evil Hearts
2. Red Sulphur
3. Marriage In Death
4. Soothing But Cruel
5. Belly Of The Closed House
6. Torture Of Fire
7. Venus Armata More...

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Matricide Joining Cryptopsy On Tour

Matricide has announced the band will be supporting latest album "When Random Turns To Fate" (streaming here) by hitting the road at the end of the month with Cryptopsy, Disgorge, and Jungle Rot. Dates are as follows:

30.08 - Essen. Germany - Turok Open Air
31.08 – Cardiff, UK – The Baa Bar
01.09 – Wolverhampton, UK – The Robin 2
02.09 – Glasgow, UK – Audio
03.09 – London, UK – Boston Music Rooms
04.09 – Den Hag, Holland – Paard Van Troje
05.09 – Huettikon, Switzerland – Meh Suff Fest
06.09 – Bischofswerda, Germany – Morbid Fest
07.09 – Warsaw, Poland – Progressja
08.09 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice More...

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GWAR Announces Tour With Decapitated

Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff) they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available - including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior.

GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as the band's enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks.

BalSac The Jaws of Death radioed in this statement on The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect:

"Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'"

GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR's founder and lead singer, since March. The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world. More...

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Century Media Spins Off Hard Rock Label

Century Media Records founder, Robert Kampf, has announced the formation of new record label, Another Century.

The label will focus on hard rock and has already signed several ew bands to the roster, including Los Angeles rock veterans Rev Theory, New Zealand's rising stars Like A Storm, and Chicago based group The Bloodline. Kampf comments:

"Twenty five years after starting Century Media the excitement to do another version of the label could not be any larger. My undying love for rock has driven the formation of this label Another Century. Over the years great bands like Otherwise and In This Moment have been released on Century Media but sometimes got lost or felt ill mixed among some of the heavier CM bands. Another Century now has a clear path and mission statement: To develop and break the best bands in rock to come!!!"

Otherwise is gearing up to release sophomore album, "Peace At All Costs," on September 16th and currently is having success with the single, "Darker Side of the Moon," which is currently #29 on the U.S. Active Rock charts. The album was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Steel Panther). The band is set to hit the road with Like A Storm next month and will be appearing at Sacramento's Aftershock festival as well as Louisville's Louder Than Life fest.

Rev Theory, formed in 2002, has sold over half a million albums and is currently wrapping up the recording for a new album. The first single, "Born 2 Destroy," is making its way to radio soon.

New Zealand's Like A Storm self-released the EP "Chaos Theory: Part I" and made its way over to the States touring with the likes of Sick Puppies, Shinedown, Alter Bridge and Creed as well as hit several festivals. The band sent the single "Love The Way You Hate Me" to radio and personally called stations to play the track. The song became a hit, soaring up the charts, where it currently is sitting at number 22. The band will have a new full-length out on Another Century on October 28th and is currently on tour now, meeting up with Otherwise next month.

The Bloodline was formed by Shaun Glass (Soil) and features vocalist Travis Neal (Divine Heresy), guitarist Chuck Wepfer, and Frankie Harchut on drums. The Bloodline is currently in the studio recording a debut album.

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Crucified Barbara Posts Playthrough Video

Scandinavia's all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up with Guitar World to launch a guitar playthrough video of brand new song "I Sell My Kids for Rock'N'Roll."

Check out the clip below. The track comes from the band's upcoming album "In the Red," due out September 10th on Desptoz Records. "In the Red" can be pre-ordered now through the Crucified Barbara web store here.

The band's Despotz debut was recorded at Studio Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip. Artwork for album number four comes courtesy of Stockholm, Sweden artist Erik Rovanpera.

Dealing with topics like misogyny and animal rights, Crucified Barbara calls the album, "the best thing we've ever done musically. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression, and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the songwriting."

Be sure to also read our full interview with the band about the upcoming album at this location. More...

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Necrosemen Working On New EP And Album

Swiss cult Necrosemen is entering the studio at the end of August to start recording a new, as-yet-untitled EP for Blood Harvest Records.

After this release, Necrosemen will continue working on an upcoming full album for Blood Harvest, which will be the band's debut LP.

Previously, Necrosemen had released a 12" MLP for the label, "And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyre." Released in March 2013, this one-sided 12" offered three tracks of pure, barbaric black/death not dissimilar to newer titans like Teitanblood and Wrathprayer or old gods like Beherit and Blasphemy. "And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyr" can be heard in its entirety via the Bandcamp player below.

A official bio for the band reads as thus: "Necrosemen is a nefarious entity born during August MMXII in Switzerland as a one-man band. In March MMXIII, the first opus, And All Shall Be Smitten By Fyre, was released through Blood Harvest Records, compound of three tracks of old-school and cold black/death metal. Since the end of MMXIII, NCRSMN has evolved to the band it is now: a five-actors entity vomiting sonic waves of Death. This coven performed its first rite in Olten, Switzerland with Mystifier the 30th of May MMXIV." More...

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Trauma Recruits Dublin Death Patrol Bassist

Resurrected San Francisco speed metal act Trauma has named ex-Dublin Death Patrol member Steve Robello as the band's new bassist. Robello replaces outgoing member Marcel Eaton.

The band commented: "They put a couple of records out and played a bunch of festival dates a little while back. He was the Bassist who played with us at the HOA festival. We are glad to have him."

Trauma reformed in 2013 after a 28 year absence from the scene. The band will go down in history as being the late Cliff Burton's band before joining Metallica. Back in June, Trauma signed on with Pure Steel records for the release of as of yet untitled sophomore release due out later this year. It is the first release since the debut full length "Scratch and Scream" was issued 30 years ago.

The current lineup for Trauma is:

Donny Hillier - vocals
Kurt Fry - guitars
Kris Gustofson - drums
Steve Robello - bass More...

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Thunder And Lightning Posts Preview For New EP

German melodic power metal act Thunder And Lightning released a preview clip for the upcoming new EP "Slice of Life." The EP celebrates the band's 10th anniversary and will be released on September 6th when the band performs at the K17 - The Club in Berlin, Germany.

The EP and will contain five tracks consisting of three brand new songs, one re-recording and one acoustic version of a Thunder And Lightning classic.

1. Man On The Wire
2. Low Winter Sun
3. Journey Of The Damned
4. Thunder And Lightning (Reloaded)
5. Horizon (Acoustic Version)

Check out the teaser here: More...

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