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Last updated on April 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM ET

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Anatomy Of I Splits With Drummer

Anatomy Of I today has officially parted ways with drummer Marten van Kruijssen (Korpse, Houwitser).

The band has also revealed that Edwin van den Eeden (Bleeding Gods, ex-Sinister) will be stepping in as the replacement member. For more info on Anatomy of I, check out the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Theologian Announces Vinyl Edition Of New Album

Following its initial CD and digital release in October, Theologian's latest full-length, "Some Things Have To Be Endured," will receive a deluxe vinyl release from Crucial Blast on July 22nd, 2014.

This new LP edition of the album will come in gatefold packaging and feature completely different artwork from the CD version, using the evocative and disturbing images of NY photographer Gretchen Heinel. The vinyl will be pressed on blood-red wax in an edition of five hundred copies, and will include a digital download of the album. The track listing is as follows:

1. Black Cavern Myopia
2. The Conjoined Deviant Procession
3. Writhing Corpus Landscape
4. Gore-Stained Ramparts
5. Like Love, Only Real
6. Grand Guignol
7. Ectothermism
8. Welcome To The Golden Age Of Beggars

You can also catch Theologian live on these dates:

4/20/2014 Don Pedro - Brooklyn, NY w/ Queen Elephantine, Prana-Bindu
5/03/2014 Club Orpheus - Baltimore, MD w/ T.O.MB., Worms Of The Earth
5/08/2014 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY w/ Gnaw, Whitehorse
5/24/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR w/ Eight Bells, LKN, Eye Of Nix More...

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Ovif Releases "Démence" Album

Canadian outfit Ovif's new album "Démence" is out now, and can be picked up at Bandcamp here. You can also hear the songs below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Démence 04:10
2. Séquences Obscure 02:54
3. Hypersomniac 02:46
4. War Machines 02:15
5. Nécrophore 02:51
6. Seizure Complete 04:56
7. L'Évasion 03:41
8. Terra Incognita 02:51
9. New Reign 03:45
10. The Protector 03:34 More...

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Fragore Posts New Song Online

Italian outfit Fragore has released a track titled "Resurrection Nemesis," which is available for streaming in the player below.

"Resurrection Nemesis" is taken off the band's upcoming album "The Reckoning," due out as a CD digipak and digital download on May 3rd, 2014.

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Fractal Streaming New Single

Polish outfit Fractal has a new single out now titled "The Pledge," which comes off the "Goodbye To Silence" album.

The track was mixed and mastered by PSH Audio / Przemyslaw Kordzinski and can be heard in the player below. For more info on Fractal, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Paramnesia Releases New Album

French atmospheric black metal band Paramnesia has released a new self-titled album, which consists of two tracks clocking in at a total of over 40 minutes. You can check it out in the player below, or by heading over to the project's Bandcamp page here.

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Sleeper Effect Streaming New EP

Sleeper Effect’s “Hero Clone” EP is out now via The Orchard/WormHoleDeath, and today you can stream all the tracks online.

Listen to the songs below, or over at the Sleeper Effect Bandcamp page here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Fortress 03:58
2. Bullets 03:09
3. A City Burns 03:04
4. Hero Clone 04:27
5. Clown 04:31
6. Led Astray (Live) 05:18 More...

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Jar'd Loose Posts Drum Video

Gear Gods has posted a video of Jar'd Loose drummer Phil Hardman playing through "Carrion Guy," a track off the Chicago noise-rockers' upcoming second album, "Turns 13."

Check out the video below. Jar'd Loose will also embark this weekend on a jaunt with Montreal grinders Fuck the Facts on these dates:

Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

New album "Turns 13" was recorded by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos), mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane), and sees its release on May 27th via The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl). More...

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Such Sights Releases New Music Video

Sheffield’s (UK) punk fueled alternative metal outfit Such Sights has released a new music video for "In Her Name," taken from the band's "Where Hell Begins" EP. Check it out below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"The young upcoming British rock act are gearing up for a string of releases this year and live shows across the UK. Already starting to make waves across the north of England, the South Yorkshire bred quintet hit listeners hard with an exciting fusion of alternative rock, pop punk and metal.

"Influenced by bands such as Taking Back Sunday. The Bled and Comeback Kid – the fast paced, hard riffing and distinctly anthemic ‘Such Sights’ are quickly building their reputation as a live band exploding with raw energy and potential. 2014 could well see yet another Sheffield act with the skills to achieve great heights." More...

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Amberian Dawn Streams New Album's Title Track

The symphonic metallers in Amberian Dawn recently unveiled details on upcoming brand new album "Magic Forest," which is due out July 7th in the UK, and July 8th in USA/CAN on Napalm Records.

The band has now released the title track online, which can be heard below, and order info is available at this location. The track list for "Magic Forest" is:

1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest
4. Agonizing Night
5. Warning
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed More...

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Infernal Curse Streaming New Song

Today, the black/death barbarians in Infernal Curse premiere the new track "Waters of Phlegethon" via CVLTNation.com. Give it a listen below.

The track hails from Infernal Curse's forthcoming "The End Upon Us" 12" MLP, set for international release on May 16th via Iron Bonehead Productions. The label comments:

"Across four swift slices of barbaric bestiality, this Argentinean black/death power-trio paints a vivid portrait of a future most fatal. Explosions of subharmonic riff, drums driven with animalistic abandon, sepulchral voices plumbing the depths of the abyss, and chaotic leads divebombing into and out of the metaphysical carnage: here, Infernal Curse up-ratchet all the aspects that made their Awakening of the Damned debut so deadly, rendering The End Upon Us a study in deeply occult savagery."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The End Upon Us
2. Lascivious Malevolence
3. Waters of Phlegethon
4. La diosa del averno (Hadez cover) More...

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Red Eleven Signs To Lifeforce Records

Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish outfit Red Eleven, which will kick off with a single release on June 20th, followed by an album coming in early Fall, 2014. Lifeforce Records owner Stefan Lüdicke commented about the signing:

"Being a huge Faith No More fan, Red Eleven with their very own interpretation of their sound is a band that exactly hit me to the heart! The feel for great melodies and songs is just amazing! These guys know how to rock!"

Former/present bands of Red Eleven's members include names like Machine Men, Swallow the Sun, Code For Silence, Sons Of Aeon, Dark Days Ahead, Plutonium Orange, Manufacturer’s Pride, Dead Cult Diaries, Turta and so on, so there’s plenty of touring and studio experience among the group. The following press release was issued about the band:

"The story of Red Eleven began in 2009 under the name 'Project Red Eleven', when Teemu Liekkala and Tony Kaikkonen (Sons Of Aeon, Code For Silence) demoed a couple of songs together. Then one fine day in the summer of 2011 Tony played these songs to his buddies Pasi Pasanen (ex-Swallow The Sun, Sons Of Aeon) and Petteri Vaalimaa. The guys instantly thought 'This should definitely be a real band!' Thus, finally in January 2012 the 'project'-prefix was let go and Red Elevent started rehearsing. J-V Hintikka joined the band very soon when he heard they need a second guitarist. After 2 months of intensive rehearsing, they started recording their debut album ‘Idiot Factory.’

"In 2012-2013 the band toured in Finland's rock clubs and gained reputation as a groovy, hard rocking live act. Red Eleven released it’s first album ‘Idiot Factory’ through Secret Entertainment in April 2013. The debut album got very positive feedback from media in Finland, as well as abroad. During the summer of 2013 the band started preparing it’s second album, composing, arranging and rehearsing songs. They hit SN-Audio Productions in November to record 12 new songs with Sami Niittykoski. In March 2014 Red Eleven signed a record deal with German label Lifeforce Records." More...

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All Else Fails Snags Edmonton Music Award

All Else Fails is proud to announce a win at this year's Edmonton Music Awards in the category of "Metal Recording of The Year." Nominated alongside Death Toll Rising, Dieuponaday, Monarch Sky and Villianizer, vocalist/ guitarist Barrett Klesko from All Else Fail's comments:

"We are humbled and honored to take home the award for Metal Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards this past week. That we were considered and then chosen from the immense pool of amazing metal artists in this city is nothing short of mind blowing! On top of that we are extremely excited to hit the festival stages of both Tail Creek Mud & Music Fest and Loud as Hell Metal Festival this summer."

You can view the nominees list at this location. In additional news, the band has been confirmed to perform at this year's Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival taking place from June 27th - 29th with headliners Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and more. Full details can be found here.

Along with that fest, AEF have also been confirmed for this year's Loud As Hell Metal Festival taking place from August 29th - September 1st in Drumheller, AB. More...

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Zgard Announces Album Release

Svarga Music has set June 23rd as the international release date for Zgard's "Contemplation" album, which will be released in a regular jewel-case CD version and a digipack version limited to 100 copies. The label also comments:

"For the past four years, one-man Ukrainian band Zgard has been patiently developing an intensely personal vision of pagan-oriented black metal. Now, with the release of fourth album Contemplation, Zgard mastermind Yaromisl has perfected his craft, showing a rawer yet no-less-grandiose side that vividly illustrates the Carpathian mysticism at the heart of that craft.

"Compared to its celebrated predecessors, 2012's Reclusion and 2013's Astral Glow, ZGard here go for an atmosphere that's less cosmic and more organic, stirring both bloodlust and majesty within the listener as Yaromisl guides each of the seven tracks along an epic path. As always, the native folk touches are at the forefront but never threaten to overwhelm. As a title, then, Contemplation is more than fitting."

The track listing is:

1. Highlands
2. Through the Forest
3. Incarnation Memory
4. Wedge of Cranes
5. Silence
6. Contemplation
7. Underworld Bells

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Tribune Posts New Tour Blog

On the road for the Canada Slays tour in promotion of latest release "Tales," the heavy metal brewers in Tribune have posted a new tour blog from their experience in Grande Prairie, AB and Edmonton, AB. Give it a read at the band's website here.

The tour kicked off in Kelowna, BC on April 3rd and has the Tribune trekking as far East as Montreal, QC (April 19) to return West to wrap up the tour in Nanaimo, BC on May 3rd.

The concept album "Tales" was released in October 2013 via indie label Corpse Corrosion Music and was inspired entirely by literature featuring a wide array of influences from Homer to Mary Shelley to H.P. Lovecraft. Catch the band on the road for the remaining dates: More...

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Bloodstock Announces "New Blood" Stage

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce the first batch of breaking bands to grace the Hobgoblin-sponsored ‘New Blood’ stage this year.

"Bloodstock is very proud to support new bands from all over the world and the ‘New Blood’ stage gives us the platform to showcase grass-roots acts,underlining their belief that you don’t necessarily need a big record deal to have a shot at playing the festival.

"The following bands were chosen from CD applications to perform at Catton Park, while more will be added later via the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour which kicks off on 10th May and rolls through local clubs and venues throughout June.

"This year’s tour is the biggest to date, encompassing 23 regions, including various UK cities, as well as events in Latvia, Norway, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey. The best bands are chosen from each event to land a spot at Bloodstock this year. So get down to your local M2TM’s venue to support the best in breaking metal!

"The lucky seven additions span a range of metal genres; Londoners Abhorrent Decimation (death metal), Canada’s Phantom (trad metal), Slovenian's The Canyon Observer (post-noise/sludge), Norway’s Angerman (grunge rock/metal), London outfit Brutai (metalcore), Scotland’s Scordatura (death metal), and South London outfit Stoneghost (hard classic rock).

"Has your fave new band not submitted yet? Fear not, for Bloodstock will keep hunting out new additions via CD applications, video uploads, and the aforementioned ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour for some weeks yet! There’s still time to enter! A full list of application options can
be found at this location."

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Loudblast Streaming "A Bloody Oath"

After streaming "Ascending Straight In Circles," the French death metal outfit Loudblast has now released a new track titled "A Bloody Oath."

Give it a listen below, courtesy of LordsOfMetal.nl. Both tracks are taken off the "Burial Ground" album, due out on May 5th via Listenable Records. Pre-orders for "Burial Ground" are available at this location. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 12

“If it wasn’t for the thousands upon thousands of dollars Triston Seever lined Arty’s pockets with every week, the rock god knew the Hollywood agent wouldn’t tolerate the star’s strange new habits – the most disturbing of which was slaughtering young girls by the dozens. Triston Seever was a fraud; Arty knew this. (He was a man who knew a thing or two about fraud.) The little charmer was no longer an innocent kid. Something dark had taken hold of his body.”

Tune into our Official Podcast for co-host Mike Smith’s (OverkillExposure) dramatic reading of “All The Rage,” an original supernatural horror short by author Lindsey Beth Goddard.

“All The Rage” appears in the brand new metal-themed horror fiction anthology “Axes Of Evil,” out this month via Diabolus In Musica Publishing, an imprint of Chupa Cabra House. "Axes Of Evil" was edited by veteran metal journalist Alex S. Johnson.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) shares his thoughts on “The Joy Of Motion,” the recently released third album from Washington, D.C.’s instrumental progressive metal prodigies Animals As Leaders.

Pop some popcorn, take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Otargos Posts New Music Video

French black/death metal band Otargos has revealed an official video for the song "Fleshless Deathless," which can be seen below.

"Fleshless Deathless" comes from the group's last album "Apex Terror," released in September 2013 and available through Listenable Records.

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Glamour Of The Kill Returning To The U.S.

England's Glamour Of The Kill will return to the U.S. supporting the release of "Savages," due out May 13th, 2014. The band will head out on the road with Escape The Fate and label-mates Pop Evil and Avatar. Dates can be found at this location.

"We are more than excited that our second full length Savages will be released to the GOTK family in America!" says vocalist Davey Richmond. The last time the band performed on American soil was in 2012. Richmond continues, "We are so proud of this record and can't wait for everyone to hear it and learn the words!"

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Break
2. Second Chance
3. The Only One
4. Live For The Weekend
5. A Freak Like Me
6. Heartbreaker
7. Rescue Me
8. Leave It All Behind
9. A Beautiful Day To Die
10. Tears Of The Sun
11. Welcome To Hell More...

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Menace Drummer Featured In NAMM Videos

Menace drummer Derek Roddy is featured in two NAMM 2014 videos recently released by GearGods.

The footage, captured at the Axis Percussion booth, features Derek playing "I Won't See the Sun" from Menace's recently released debut album "Impact Velocity," which dropped via Season of Mist on March 18th in North America. You can also stream the entire album over at this location.

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Double Experience Announces New Tour Dates

The Ottawa, ON video game rock nerds in Double Experience are proud to announce the "Rated M For MaTOUR," which will include a performance at this year's Canadian Music Week on May 10th in Toronto, ON.

Vocalist Ian Nichols comments: "Ever since we completed the new record last summer, we toured extensively overseas and got tons footage for the new single in the process. For this spring tour, we really wanted to focus on our home province of Ontario and visit cities that we haven't been to in almost a year. To make it even more special, we will be bringing the very first copies of our brand new album along with us as a tour-exclusive for our fans to get their hands on before the official release later this year."

The band is gearing up for the summer release of the forthcoming album "721835" on August 1st and you can also see the "Who The Hell" video below. Catch the band live:

April 22 - Cobourg, ON @ Columbus Centre
April 23 - Peterborough, ON @ Legendary Red Dog
April 24 - Barrie, ON @ The D.I.Y.
April 26 - North Bay, ON @ Granite Club
April 27 - Newmarket, ON @ The Jam Spot
April 28 - London, ON @ The APK
May 2 - Windsor, ON @ Villains Beastro
May 3 - Chatham-Kent, ON @ Mc B's
May 10 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar (Canadian Music Week Showcase)
May 30 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox More...

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Infestus Streaming New Track

German black metal outfit Infestus has teamed up with Terrorizer.com to stream a new track from upcoming album "The Reflecting Void." Check out "Spiegel der Seele" below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:

1. A Dying Dream
2. Spiegel der Seele
3. Constant Soul Corrosion
4. Cortical Spreading Darkness
5. Fractal Rise of the Fall
6. Inner Reflexion
7. Devouring Darkness
8. Origin More...

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Tesla To Release New Album "Simplicity"

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Tesla's brand new studio album entitled "Simplicity" on June 6th in Europe, and the label comments:

"The Sacramento Rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. 'Simplicity' is Tesla's seventh all original studio album which follows a 6-years creative break from the release of the previous album 'Forever More.'

"After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with 'Into the Now,' their successful come-back album from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist--not sounding like another."

The first new song off the new album, "Taste My Pain," was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new track is, according to the band, "A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and Tesla trademark blazing guitars."

Guitarist Frank Hannon comments on the album: “I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than Forever More, and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!”

“The opening track is called MP3”, continues Hannon “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values...and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock n roll song called Ricochet that talks about uncle Ted...can't wait to play this stuff live!” More...

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Trees Of Eternity Announces Bass Player

Trees Of Eternity - the collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun) and Sweden based, South Africa born, singer Aleah - has issued the following announcement about who will be playing bass on an upcoming album:

"So indeed, we are happy to announce that our bass player is Mattias 'The Crypt' Norrman, perhaps best known for his work with Katatonia (1999-2009), but you may also know him from October Tide or various other projects past and present.

"Today was the second and final day of bass recordings, and Mattias really did an amazing job, adding his personal touch to the songs while tapping perfectly into the Trees of Eternity sound. We couldn't be more satisfied with the way this album is progressing, and all the talented people involved!"

Trees Of Eternity is working with prodducer Jens Bogren as well as recording engineer Johan Örnborg. Further details are forthcoming.

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Volume IV Announces U.S. Tour

Atlanta outfits Volume IV and Order Of The Owl have announced a co-headline tour/path of destruction in the days leading up to the Eye of the Stoned Goat Festival. Details are as follows:

4/29 Johnson City TN @ Hideaway
4/30 Pittsburgh PA @ Garfield Artworks
5/1 Allentown, PA @ Good Weekend
5/2 Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
5/3 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
5/4 Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Rock Diner, (Eye of the Stoned Goat)
*5/22 Birmingham, AL @ TBA
*5/23 Nashville.TN @ Foobar
*5/24 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

*Just Volume IV More...

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Suffokate Recruits New Vocalist

California outfit Suffokate has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio:

"We will be hitting the recording studio April 28th to record 2 new songs. We can't wait to release these new songs and want to thank all our fans for their continued support we promise we won't disappoint!

"We have a new vocalist, and some tours that are happening this summer but we won't be giving out details yet. We will post new music , tour information, and announce our new vocalist all together."

You can also check out previous music from the band by heading over to the Suffokate Facebook profile here.

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Slice The Cake Posts "Of Gallows" Clip

Slice The Cake has released the band's first official play through video for "Of Gallows," which is taken from the first full-length album "The Man With No Face."

Check it out below, and you can also stream both "The Man With No Face" and the follow-up album "Other Slices" over at Bandcamp here.

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Skeletonwitch Announces Summer Shows

The heavy metal crusaders in Skeletonwitch will continue to support “Serpents Unleashed” on an upcoming European tour.

In addition to appearing alongside Suffocation and Havok, the band has announced appearances at several of the summers’ largest festivals including Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, and Party.San. A full list of dates can be found below.

7/26 Munchen, DE – Free & Easy Fest
7/27 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof *
7/28 Hannover, DE – Chez Heinz *
7/29 Essen, DE – Turock *
7/30 Paris, FR – Le Divan Du Monde *
8/1 Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Fest
8/3 Luynes, FR – Le Korigan *
8/4 Zurich,CH – Alte Kaserne *
8/5 Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet *
8/6 Innsbruck, AT – p.m.k *.
8/7 Schlotheim, DE – Scholtheim Party.San Open Air
8/8 Jaromer, CZ – Brutal Assault
8/9 Chemnitz, DE – Rock Im Betonwerk
8/11 Manchester, UK – Sound Control #
8/12 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks #
8/13 London, UK – Barfly #
8/14 Dinkelsbuhl, DE – Summer Breeze
8/16 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme
* w/ Suffocation & Havok
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Hour Of Penance Posts Playthrough Video

Watch as Italian death metal regiment Hour Of Penance play through the ferocious new song “Desecrated Souls” from forthcoming release “Regicide” below.

“Regicide,” which revolves around the themes of destruction, rebirth, and the killing of the king, will be released in North America on May 13th via Prosthetic Records (May 12th - UK/EU, May 16th - G/A/S and Australia).

“Regicide” will be offered on limited-edition digipak CD featuring three bonus tracks, which will also be available via download card to anyone who orders the album on vinyl, cassette, or deluxe-edition digital download.

All digital and physical pre-orders come with an instant download of the song “Resurgence of the Empire.” Pre-order your copy here. The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Lurking Evil Streaming "Return Of The Blind Dead"

Lurking Evil now drinks the chalice of blood with the Razorback horror-hive! The label comments:

"Razorback is proud to announce we have signed one more band to our roster of horror-creatures of the night... Lurking Evil from Spain!

"Unearthed from their deathly crypt, Lurking Evil rises up with their brand of catchy, demonic thrash metal with a blackened punk vibe taking influences from the blood-thirsty Hammer horror films of the 70's as well as ultra-violent and atmospheric Spanish Horror.

"Combine that with an 80's Bathory and early-Celtic Frost influence and you get instantly absorbed into the Horror-Mood! Debut CD out in May of 2014!"

Listen to a brand new song from the upcoming album below titled "Return of the Blind Dead." The track listing for "The Almighty Hordes of the Undead" is as follows:

1. The Fog
2. Twins Of Evil
3. Minions
4. Blood Is Life
5. 3AM
6. Pustulous Horde
7. Return Of The Blind Dead
8. Nightmare
9. The Dark Paths Of The Other Side
10. Rites Of Deepest Horror
11. Witches Sabbath
12. Winds Of Solitude More...

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The Hell Holds Prosthetic Owner Hostage

Video footage has recently surfaced which depicts Prosthetic Records co-owner E.J. Johantgen being held against his will at an unknown location while being forcibly required to announce the signing of The Hell.

In compliance with the request, Prosthetic Records has officially announced a record deal with The Hell and will release the band's new album in July. More details shall follow shortly. Catch the psychotic band live (if you dare) at either London’s Camden Rocks Festival (May 31) or at the prestigious Sonisphere Fest (Headlined by Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, etc). More...

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Mutilation Rites Finishes New Album

In conjunction with the band's appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, the filthy black metal quartet of Mutilation Rites will embark on a brief east coast/midwest tour supporting Black Breath in late May. Dates can be found below.

Mutilation Rites has also finished the follow-up to 2012's "Empyrean," which was once again recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore. The new album, “Harbinger,” will be the band’s first full-length to feature Ryan Jones (ex-Today is the Day) on bass and vocals. A summer release is expected and more details will be revealed shortly.

5/2 Clifton, NJ – Clash Bar
5/25 Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
5/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Undergound ^
5/27 Cambridge, MA – Sinclair ^
5/28 New York, NY – Santos Party House ^
5/29 Cleveland, OH – Foundry ^
5/30 Detroit, MI – The Shelter ^
5/31 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club ^
7/18-20 Oshkosh, WI – Gilead Fest 2014 @ Oshkosh Masonic Center
7/21 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club w/ Ash Borer

^ with Black Breath, Yautja and Theories

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Waxen Streaming "Hollow Eyes"

Today, American black metal outfit Waxen has premiered the new track "Hollow Eyes" through NoCleanSinging.com (available below).

The track hails from Waxen's "Agios Holokauston," set for release on May 27th via Moribund Records. Waxen is the cult solo-project of metal vet Toby Knapp, who comments:

"Waxen is my personal, musical manifestation of the extreme negative polarity. Waxen's debut was recorded nearly a decade ago, and this follow-up Agios Holokauston was only made possible by a cloud of darkness that once again lingered over me that needed to be transformed into an artform. I recorded this in the most primitive ways to capture the true essence of black metal. Broken, tiny earphones were used as the 'microphone,' and all instruments were plugged into a 4-track and overdriven by 'maxing out' the unit itself. My aim is to reintroduce a strain of black metal that inspired me, bands like Octinomos, Algaion, early Graveland, and Craft, just to name a few."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Suicidium 4:20
2. Procession 11 5:27
3. Destined For Division 4:13
4. At War With Reason Itself 6:26
5. With Hatred Be Destroyed 4:38
6. Hollow Eyes 6:03
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Eisregen Reveals New EP Details

Eisregen's new EP "Flötenfreunde" will contain 5 tracks as well as 2 video clips and is due out on April 25, 2014 via Massacre Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rotes Meer
2. Tausendschweiner
3. Blut Saufen
4. Mordlust
5. Tot / Untot (Demo Version)
6. Lang Lebe Die Nadel (Studio Edit/Video Clip)
7. Mutter, Der Mann Mit Dem Koks Ist Da (Video Clip)

Massacre Records also comments: "'Rotes Meer' is an soon-to-be extreme metal hit and a sure candidate for Eisregen’s live set, 'Tausendschweiner' is the now definite version of the lost 'flute track' of the band, 'Blut Saufen' just can’t be described and 'Mordlust' is a brand new version of an old band classic.

"These four songs, which will only appear on this mini album, will be completed by the demo version of the blast massacre 'Tot / Untot.' Yantit is responsible for the artwork of 'Flötenfreunde.' The mini album will also be available as limited edition digipak with glow-in-the-dark effect and embossed print as well as limited 10' vinyl edition (666 hand-numbered units)." More...

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