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Last updated on August 17, 2017 at 6:03 PM ET

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

The Walking Dead Orchestra Releasing New Album

French death metal legion The Walking Dead Orchestra will release second full-length album, "Resurrect," on October 13th via Unique Leader Records. Issues the band of the self-produced offering:

"We conditioned ourselves to unleash our primal influences, it's a back-to-the-roots process with old-school riffs tuned to the more modern sound. We are proud of this combination. Each song has its own identity. We recorded, mixed, and mastered the entire album by ourselves at our own studio, Spike Recording Studio, which allowed us to keep every step of the production process under control. This gave us the time and freedom to really develop our sound.

"This album imposes an ambiance with many twists and surprises and the songs structures are more mature. This is a new chapter for the band but also for the Architect, the main character of The Walking Dead Orchestra's concept which takes place through a post-apocalyptic world. The artwork reflects The Walking Dead Orchestra's universe and illustrates each situation our main character goes through."

Pre-orders for "Resurrect" will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out "Dogmes Anxiogenes" below. More...

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Raven Kicking Of U.S. Tour

NWoBHM band Raven is set to kick off a U.S. tour tonight with Dead By Wednesday in Clifton Park, NY. The tour runs through September 16th in Wilmington, DE, and a complete list of dates can be found below.

Bassist and lead vocalist John Gallagher cannot wait for the tour to start, stating: "We are looking forward to this upcoming U.S. East coast run...the band is on fire and kicking ass big time! Will be pulling a few deep cuts here so get yer asses out to see us!"

8/17: Clifton Park, NY @ Trickshot Billiards Sports Pub
8/18: Manchester, NH @ Jewel Music
8/19: Hamden, CT @ Axe Fest @ The Outer Space*
8/20: Long Branch, NJ @ The Brighton Bar
8/22: Chesapeake, VA @ Riff House Pub
8/24: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
8/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
8/26: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
8/27: Metairie, LA @ Twist of Lime
8/30: San Antonio, TX @ Gold Bar
8/31: Austin, TX @ Texas Mist
9/1: Arlington, TX @ Diamond Jim's Saloon
9/2: Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
9/3: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/4: Covington, KY @ Madison Live
9/5: Akron, OH @ The Empire Concert Club & Bar
9/6: Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing Co
9/7: Cave-In-Rock, IL @ Full Terror Assault Open Air*
9/8: Madison, WI @ The Frequency
9/9: Yorkville, IL @ The Revival 2017
9/10: Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
9/12: Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Concert Hall
9/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
9/15: Allentown, PA @ Jabber Jaws Bar and Grille
9/16: Wilmington, DE @ Bar XIII (RAVEN ONLY) More...

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Katla Reveals Album Deatils

Katla is an Icelandic band featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam).

Named in tribute to one of Iceland's greatest active volcanos, Katla creates powerful, panoramic music where shimmering guitars, crushing melodies and atmospheric density meet dark, entrancing power. Katla's debut album, "Móðurástin," will be released on October 27th via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Dool).

The lyrics tell tales of living in a country of contrasts; a land where fire and ice co-exist and dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. Iceland: a country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture. "Móðurástin," Icelandic for (a) Mother's Love, might seem like a strange title for a metal album, but Katla dares to be different. What on Earth is stronger than a mother's love?

1. Aska
2. Hyldýpi (streaming here)
3. Nátthagi
4. Hvila
5. Hreggur
6. Kul
7. Móðurástin
8. Dulsmál More...

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Ancient Posts Gothoom Festival Video

On July 20th, Ancient performed at Gothoom Festival in Slovakia, and now footage from that performance can be seen below (edited by the band's session drummer Jonathan " A.D.D " Garofoli).

Check out the band playing "On Blackest Wings" from the "Proxima Centauri" album. As previously announced, Ancient will also be touring Latin America in September, with more festival shows planned in late 2017 and into 2018.

September 7 Mexico – Merida Yucatan
September 8 Mexico – San Luis Potosi
September 9 Mexico – Mexico City
September 10 Guatemala – Guatemala City
September 12 El Salvador – San Salvador
September 13 Costa Rica – San José
September 15 Colombia – Cali
September 16 Colombia – Bogotà
September 17 Ecuador – Quito
September 19 Lima – Peru
September 20 Chile – Santiago
September 21 Argentina – Buenos Aires
December 2 – Into Darkness Festival IV – Leeuwarden – Holland
December 3 – Baroeg Rotterdam – Holland
May 12 (2018) – Under The Banner of Black Light Fest – Graz – Austria More...

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King Parrot Streaming "Die Before You Die"

"Ugly Produce" is the impending new full-length from Australian extreme metal miscreants King Parrot, slated for release on September 22nd in North America via Housecore Records, in Europe via Agonia Records, and in Australia via EVP Recordings.

The album was recorded at the infamous Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia and produced by Blood Duster's Jason Fuller. In advance of its official detonation, today second single, "Die Before You Die," is offered up for communal consumption.

King Parrot comments: "This track was one of the last we put together when we were writing the album. It's got a real thrash vibe to it, but also features some of the slowest and sludgiest moments from our forthcoming album. The lyrics touch on breaking out of the mold that's expected of you in society, and pissing caution to the wind. It's effectively what we've had to do to get this band out of Australia. If you live like you've already died, or approach life from that mindset, you can get through most things without fear." More...

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Miracle Drug Releases New Video

"How Much Is Enough," the debut EP by Louisville's Miracle Drug, is out now on War Records. Following its release, the band today issues a new video for the record's "Grudge" track.

Comments Miracle Drug vocalist Bricks Avalon on the track, "I have always wanted the people who have wronged me to fully pay for the pain that they have caused me. I have always cringed at the thought of their lack of suffering. For years I would hold onto this grudge until it became an outdated obsession that was eating at my own personal progression and peace. I am to release, forgive, and move beyond daily."

The "Grudge" video was directed and edited by Andrew Kline and Eric Thompson for PushOneStop. Kline, also of War Records and Strife, offers, "I wanted to create a narrative that would reflect the meaning of the song without being too obvious. The video starts with a young girl watching her past life on a TV screen. You can see that she was haunted and always running away from something in her past. The video ends with her standing up and changing that." More...

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Moonspell Reveals "1755" Details

Moonspell will release new album "1755" on November 3rd, 2017 via Napalm Records. The record label comments:

"From the first second the conceptual dramaturgy Moonspell has created feels like a detonation of the mind. '1755' is more than just the band's new magnum opus: It's the musical version of the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home Lisbon. Naturally this album comes and is sung in Portuguese."

The album was produced by Tue Madsen and also features Paulo Bragança supplying the haunting voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured on "In Tremor Dei" (English: "Fear Of God").

Now the band, fronted by Fernando Ribeiro, unveils full details about "1755" and unleash the cover artwork as well as the album track list. Says Fernando:

"I have been fascinated with Portuguese history since I can remember. The year of 1755 marked the birth of a new Portugal. Much more than just the greatest natural disaster ever to occur on European soil, the great Lisbon Quake, shockwaves can not be reduced to a dramatic death toll.

"From absolute tragedy, a new city was born, giving way to a new time where Portuguese relied more on themselves than on the crown or the cross, granting us, much of the city, the lay country, the free will that we enjoy today. This is not just another album from us. It's a musical and lyrical History document, a homage we pay to our legacy and to the amazing skills and resilience of our fellow Portuguese back then, of all mankind when brought down to the knees by the violent forces of Nature and Reason. Whatever is, is right... yet the earth shakes." More...

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Cave Bastard Premieres "Hobocide"

Portland, Oregon-based DIY label Accident Prone Records will unveil a brutalizing new split between Austin, Texas’ Blk Ops (with ex-members of Kill The Client), and San Diego, California’s Cave Bastard (with ex-members of Cattle Decapitation and more).

After a song from the Blk Ops side previously came online, today we're stoked to premiere a brand new track from Cave Bastard's contribution to the split.

Check out "Hobocide" below, but maybe don't try to commit any on your own - Rutger Hauer taught us some of them have shotguns and aren't messing around!

Offers Cave Bastard of the brutalizing new single, “The name ‘Hobocide’ was actually created by a friend of mine fifteen years ago with no concept, except that it meant, ‘the killing of hobos/homeless.’ The lyrical inspiration came a couple of years ago when San Diego saw a string of murders among the homeless, many of which were committed by the local police. The song is written from the perspective of the killer, and dares to expose the listener to their own morals. Morbidity in art draws out the best and worst in us: those who are appalled by the lyrics do in fact have moral decency, and those whom agree with the lyrics ought to question their humanity.”

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Twingiant Reveals New Album Details

Loud and heavy metal band Twingiant is pleased to announce the release of new album "Blood Feud" via Argonauta Records on October 13th, 2017. The band's guitarist Nikos Mixas commented:

"We're so excited to be on the verge of releasing our 3rd full-length album via Argonauta Records. We've put a lot of work and thought into the material, the production in addition to the artwork concept and we couldn't be more proud of the result!

"During every step of the creation process for 'Blood Feud,' we took our time and we feel that we’re releasing our best effort yet by a longshot. In the past, we’ve been lumped into the stoner rock/metal/sludge scene, but that’s really not the case anymore, 'Blood Feud' may have some of those elements, but ultimately, it’s a metal album.”

You can pre-order "Blood Feud" over here. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Throttled
2. Poison Control Party Line
3. Ride the Gun
4. Re-Fossilized
5. Shadow of South Mountain
6. Formally Known As
7. Last Man Standing
8. Kaishakunin More...

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Void Ritual Premieres "Heretical Wisdom"

You might not typically think of Albuquerque, NM as the place to gain some ancient, horrifying wisdom from a tentacled thing off in the distance. Blue meth sure, but black metal from the darkest depths of the void?

Well, that's exactly what you are getting here with New Mexico-based black metal project Void Ritual. New album "Heretical Wisdom" officially drops tomorrow - August 18th, 2017 - but today we're premiering all eight tracks a day in advance!

Listen in below and let us know what you think. You can also still pre-order your own copy at this location or snag a cassette copy here. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Flood
2. Breathing Ice
3. A Mockery of Flesh & Bone
4. Heretical Wisdom
5. The Frozen Altar
6. Maelstrom
7. Dead in Blackest Night
8. Nachzehrer More...

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Cryptex Perform Savatage’s Classic "Gutter Ballet"

There are songs that last for and influence whole generations. And there are bands that do not only cover them but rather find an outstanding way to make them their own – so that an interpretation like this sometimes becomes so much more than just a cover version.

And there are really impressive examples of this – like the one Cryptex gave with an epic version of Savatge's "Gutter Ballet" at this year’s 70000Tons Of Metal Cruise, where they amazed several metalheads with how much this song seemed to be made for the band around singer Simon Moskon. Cryptex thereby inspire with a progressive passion that to date seemed to be a unique feature of Savatage.

But this must not remain an exclusive experience for selected sailors. And so the band now recorded a live session video of their version of this masterpiece just before the start of their autumn "Anthems of Glory Tour 2017". This first result of the threepart Rain Shelter Sessions can now be watched below:

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Akercocke Premieres Trailer For New Album

The official trailer for "Renaissance In Extremis", the sixth full-length album from London's death metal outfit Akercocke, can be seen below. Due on August 25 via Peaceville Records, the disc was mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile, Deicide) and mastered by Alan Douches (Death, Misfits, Cro-Mags) at West West Side Music.

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Altarage Debuts New Song "Fold Eksis"

Black metal outfit Altarage debuts a new song entitled "Fold Eksis", taken from the upcoming new album "Endinghent", which has been scheduled for release on October 13th via Season Of Mist.

Check out now "Fold Eksis" below.

"Endinghent" Track Listing: More...

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Attic Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Mercyful Fate/King Diamond influencend German metal coven Attic premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Sanctimonious", which will be out in stores August 18th via Ván Records.

Check out now "Sanctimonious" in its entirety below.

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Old Iron Debuts New Track "Valerian"

Seattle’s Old Iron debuts a new track entitled "Valerian", taken from the forthcoming new album "Lupus Metallorum", which will be released by Good to Die Records tomorrow August 18. "Lupus Metallorum" was engineered and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, The Sword) at Red Room Studios in Seattle WA, and it was mastered at AudioSiege by Brad Boatright.

Check out now "Valerian" below.

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Broken Hope Posts "Womb Of Horrors" In-Studio Clip

Chicago's very own conductors of death metal brutality forming Broken Hope recently took part in an in-studio performance for avclub.com. Below you can watch the band performing "Womb Of Horrors" from the band's album "Omen Of Disease" (2013).

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Counterparts Premieres New Song "Thieves"

Counterparts premieres a new song entitled "Thieves", taken from the upcoming new album "You’re Not You Anymore", which will be out in stores on September 22nd via Pure Noise Records.

Check out now "Thieves" below.

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Motograter Premieres Music Video For "Dorian"

Motograter just released the official music video for the band's latest single "Dorian" directed and produced by Christopher Davis (Human Twelve). The track is taken from Motograter's sophomore album 'Desolation' released past Friday, August 11th, 2017 via EMP Label Group.

Check out now "Dorian" below.

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