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Last updated on March 4, 2015 at 8:42 AM ET

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

St. Elmos Fire To Release First Album In 23 Years

Pure Steel Records recording artists St. Elmos Fire announced that the writing for the next album is just about wrapped up. The California based melodic metal band has been working on the new material since late last year. It will mark the first new material since "Desperate Years" was issued on Black Dragon Records in 1992, 23 years ago.

According to guitarist Jeff Jones, the album will contain between 10 to 12 new songs: "We are extremely excited to be releasing our new music on Pure Steel. They are one of the best metal labels around and we are thrilled to be part of their metal family!"

The album will feature original band members drummer Kris Gustofson and guitarist Jeff Jones. Mike Palombi who joined the band last year will be handling the lead vocals.

Pre-production and recording for the as of now untitled new record will begin soon in the band's studio in Sacramento. More information is expected soon. More...

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Shadowkiller Signs With Pure Steel Records

Northern California power/progressive act Shadowkiller has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will release the follow up to the 2013 debut album "Slaves of Egypt" this year in the form of the sophomore effort "Until the War is Won." The first salvo from the effort - a lyric video for the track "Survival" - will be released soon. More information on the album, including cover artwork, track list and exact release date will be announced soon.

Shadowkiller is:
Joe Liszt: guitar, lead vocals (D-Train, HellHound, Rocka Rollas, Ancient Empire)
Marc Petac: lead guitar (Germhead, Bad Influence, Sterling Violation)
Gary Neff: drums (Forced Psychosis, HellHound)
Dan Lynch: bass (3rd Zen) More...

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Occult 45 Posts Entire New EP "Human Abhorrence"

Philadelphia’s grindcore outfit Occult 45 is streaming its new EP titled "Human Abhorrence" in its entirety below. The EP will be released on March 10 via Broken Limbs Recordings.

If you want to catch Occult 45 live on stage, check out the upcoming dates below: More...

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Morbid Evils Posts Entire Debut Album

Finnish doom / sludge four-piece Morbid Evils is streaming the entire debut album "In Hate With The Burning World" set to drop March 6 via Svart Records. The band was formed by Rotten Sound’s Keijo Niinimaa early in 2014 focusing on downtuned riffs played at earthworm pace.

You can stream the full album "In Hate With The Burning World" below and order it in all formats HERE.

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Posts New Song

German black metalers of Der Weg Einer Freiheit are about to release their new album "Stellar" on March 24 via Season of Mist. In anticipation of the album release the band premieres a new song titled "Eiswanderer".

Check out the new song now below.

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Original Broken Hope Drummer Dies At 42

Broken Hope's co-founding drummer Ryan Stanek passed away at the age of 42 on March 1.

States Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner about Stanek's unexpected death: "I was stunned to hear of Ryan's passing and I'm still not believing it. Though Ryan and I didn't talk that often since he split from Broken Hope many years ago, we did correspond once in awhile, and we always wished each other well in whatever endeavors we were pursuing. Ryan was always an extremely talented man. When we first met, he was the best metal drummer within a 100-mile radius, and Joe Ptacek and I were fortunate to have this amazing drum-kid in our own backyard! Ryan co-founded Broken Hope with Joe and me. We were the core… just the 3 of us, in the beginning, all in high school. Ryan also designed the very first Broken Hope logo, which was a 'circular logo' we used on our first flyers and backdrop. With all that, Ryan's artistic talents went beyond drums and drawing, he also played acoustic guitar incredibly well, wrote some of the segues on the earlier Broken Hope albums, contributed his own lyrical-parts on the "Swamped In Gore" album and also, Ryan became a singer-songwriter post Broken Hope, in other bands he formed where he expressed his art his own way, and very well done. Ryan set the bar for death metal drumming when we recorded "Loathing". Specifically, the track "Siamese Screams" is a song that measures any drummer's worth if he or she can play it to Ryan's original level."

"If there's a heaven, I wish you travel well, Ryan… and I imagine you and Joe [Ptacek] have met up and are having a blast."

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Saturnalia Temple Streaming "Black Sea Of Power"

The enigmatic Saturnalia Temple has premiered new track "Black Sea of Power" online - listen in below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com.

The song hails from the band's second album, "To the Other," set for North American release on April 7th via The Ajna Offensive. The cover art was created by Manuel Tinnemans (The Devil's Blood, Deathspell Omega, Necros Christos) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. ZazelSorath
3. To The Other
4. Snow Of Reason
5. March Of Gha'agsheblah
6. Black Sea Of Power
7. CrownedWithSeven
8. Void More...

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Across The Burning Sky Letting Fans Pick Artwork

Across The Burning Sky has published two different designs for upcoming album "The End Is Near" and wants the fans to make the final decision as to which will actually be used.

Everyone can leave a comment at Facebook here and let Across The Burning Sky know whether you like the "Kali" or "Skull" version (both available below).

Everyone who votes will have the chance to win a download code for a free copy of the album once it is released. The designs were made by German airbrush artist Lies Maria from Brush'n Roll. More...

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The Kahless Clone Announces Debut EP

"An Endless Loop," the debut EP from Chicago instrumental dark music band The Kahless Clone, will be released on March 17th.

Featuring Novembers Doom guitarist Vito Marchese, the EP is a gripping musical journey that forges the vibe of dark metal with the sonic landscape and emotional buildups of post-rock.

The Kahless Clone was started by Marchese as an outlet for some of the instrumental songs he had been writing. Marches secured the talents of Zach Libbe, Garry Naples, Andy Bunk, and Ben Johnson to help him record "An Endless Loop."

Recording, mixing, and mastering was done at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI by Chris Wisco, who was able to properly capture the mood and atmosphere of the songs. The band is currently booking live dates/tours to help promote the release. The track listing is:

1. Leave This Place With Me
2. I Can Feel Them, but I Can't Remember Them
3. Everything You See is Gone
4. A Somber Reflection More...

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Ether Releasing "Hymns Of Failures"

Nearly eight years after debut album "Depraved, Repressed, Feelings," the tortured beast that is Ether rises from slumber to deliver a second strike.

Still destructive, negative, and schizophrenic, "Hymns of Failure" also sees main man Scythrawl adding a dash of experimentation and going for a more epic sound. Those who like their black metal full of contrasting moods, from the darkest of hatred to the deepest of depression will not want to miss this opus. The track listing is as follows:

1. Failure
2. Enmity
3. Coldness
4. Emptiness
5. Hypersensitivity
6. Isolation More...

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Mantar Comments On Upcoming Tour Activity

Dynamic 'n' devastating power-duo Mantar has confirm dates for the group's first-ever U.S. tour, playing as direct support to Prosthetic Records recording artist Mutilation Rites.

Mantar will be touring all across the United States this month, bringing the filth 'n' fury of Svart Records debut album, "Death By Burning," to domestic audience. Dates are available below. The band also comments:

"2014 has been a crazy year for us, as we just started touring in April of that year after our debut came out and already got the chance to play 18 countries right away, including a first quick visit in the US at FEST 13 in Florida to play an awesome show with the Melvins. That was definitely one of the best Mantar shows so far, and so we are more than excited that 2015 starts with our first real US tour right away. We can't wait to play this tour together with Mutilation Rites and hope to meet shitloads of good people over there.. So, feel free to stop by and have beers with us!" More...

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The Night Flight Orchestra Releasing New Album

Swedish classic rock band The Night Flight Orchestra - featuring Björn Strid (Soilwork), David Andersson (Soilwork) and Sharlee D' Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars) - has a new album entitled "Skyline Whispers" that will be released on June 9th, 2015 via Coroner Records.

The album was recorded at Nordic Sound Lab Studios, Skara (Sweden), engineered by The Night Flight Orchestra and Bengan Andersson, mixed by Sebastian Forslund, and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Studios, Skara (Sweden).

You can listen to Björn Strid talking about the forthcoming album with Canadian rocker Danko Jones on his podcast below. The album track listing is as follows:

1. Sail On
2. Living For The Nighttime
3. Stiletto
4. Owaranai Palisades
5. Lady Jade
6. I Ain’t Old, I Ain’t Young
7. All the Ladies
8. Spanish Ghosts
9. Demon Princess
10. Skyline Whispers
11. Roads Less Traveled
12. The Heather Reports
13. Floridian Eyes (Exclusive Digipak Bonus Track) More...

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Ufomammut Streaming "Plouton"

Noisey.Vice.com has premiered the new track "Plouton" online (available below), which is the gargantuan second movement from Ufomammut's impending seventh LP, "Ecate."

Ufomammut's massive international tour in support of "Ecate" begins directly after its release, with several Italian shows preceding this two-week European tour with the UK's Conan, and including appearances at both of this year's Desertfest events in London and Berlin.

May and June will see the band on its first-ever tour of North America. Initiated by a performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest with lablemates Yob, Neurosis and countless others, Ufomammut's month-long North America Spring 2015 tour will run from May 13th through June 13th, with direct support from Relapse Records' Usnea. More...

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Yesterday's Saints Announces Tour With Iron Man

Maryland doom / heavy rock statesmen Iron Man and Virginia's energetic death / power metal upstarts Yesterday's Saints have teamed up for an 11-city tour of destruction through New England and the Midwest that begins in Washington, DC on March 12th.

If you've been to a metal show at Northern Virginia's Empire, you've likely caught Yesterday's Saints melodic take on the genre hybrid, as one of the venue's favorite opening bands. Followers of Maryland's storied doom legacy should be well versed in Iron Man's 25-year history and the crushing power of guitarist Alfred Morris III's riffs.

Dates for the coming trek are as follows:

3/12: Washington, DC @ The Pinch
3/13: Allentown, PA @ Jabber Jaws
3/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/15: Brooklyn, NY @ The Paper Box
3/16: Providence, RI @ Dusk
3/17: Salem, MA @ Koto
3/18: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
3/19: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Skeletunes - formerly Berlin Music Pub
3/20: Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
3/21: Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday Bar CLUB IS ON OSU CAMPUS
3/22: Dayton, OH @ Courtyard Lounge - Englewood More...

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Bhagavat Releasing "Annunciazione"

Bhagavat is an Italian black metal project, born in 2005 as a one-man band from Vama's mind. The initial aim was to create music deeply inspired by the masters of the Scandinavian black metal scene.

Along the years, stylistic evolution and the increasing need of live performing led to searching for additional members. This process resulted in a 3-piece line up composed of Vama, Mithra (guitar) and Maelstrom (drums).

In 2009, the promo CD "To Burn A Lair Of Snakes" was recorded and self-distributed. Now the band's first full length album "Annunciazione," originally recorded in 2012, will finally released by Rockshots Music in May of 2015. More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Heading Out On Tour

Flotsam and Jetsam is pleased to announce the first wave of confirmed club and festival dates for the band's upcoming 2015 European tour that’s scheduled to start in May and run through August.

This tour will mark the group's return to Europe, coming off 2013's "Ugly Noise" and last year’s re-recording of the 1988 classic “No Place For Disgrace."

Initially set to start in April, the tour was pushed out a month to May in order to allow Flotsam and Jetsam time to continue writing for a 2015 release that will feature new drummer Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), who joined the band in late 2014.

Tracking on this untitled effort will begin in March 2015, with more European and U.S. tour dates to follow. More...

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