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Last updated on February 27, 2015 at 5:44 PM ET

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Kill Ritual Recruits New Vocalist

SF Bay Area metal band Kill Ritual would like to welcome David Reed Watson (Rage of Angels, Electric Messiah, D.N.A.) to the band as its new official vocalist. Kill Ritual comments:

"Hailing from Las Vegas, David is a former U.S. marine with a musical career that started in theater and is veteran of numerous live shows and recordings.

"He’ll usher in a new sound and style for the band as they progress forward with some of their heaviest and most melodic material on their soon to be released 3rd yet untitled CD.

"The new CD will once again be recorded by Guitarist Steve Rice and mixed /mastered by Andy LaRocque and his Sonic Train Studios. A Summer 2015 release is expected." More...

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Acid King Floats Down The "Red River"

Acid King today premieres the first music to be heard from the forthcoming album, "Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere," with the song “Red River.” Give it a listen below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Band founder and singer/guitar player Lori S. said of the song: “Put on your headphones and let ‘Red River’ slowly dissolve into your brain and travel through your body.”

Pre-orders for the vinyl version of the eight-track outing are available now via The Omega Order. "Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere" was recorded at both Sharkbite and Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, mixed at Different Fur Studios and produced by Acid King and Billy Anderson. Tattoo artist Tim Lehi (High on Fire, Earthless) designed the cover art for the new album. You can also see the band live: More...

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Coal Chamber Posts New Album Studio Video

Coal Chamber's new album "Rivals" will be out on May 19th (US) and May 22nd (EU) and today the band has released a new studio video from the creation of the album. Check it out below.

You can also see Coal Chamber live on a new string of both U.S. and European dates kicking off March 6th. Full details are available after the video.


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The Prestige Posts Tour Video

A few days after a first announcement concerning its brand new full-length album, still expected in April through through various labels, France's The Prestige unveils a special video called "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground:" a short documentary of the group's memorable road trip around Cuba. Check it out below, courtesy of PartySmasherInc.com.

In 2014, the band received an exceptional invitation to tour the island, leading the Winter edition of the Brutal Fest with other European and Canadian bands. Director Berzerker (Closed on Sunday) followed and captured the adventure in this documentary. More...

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Nick Augusto Announces New Band

A little less than a year after parting ways with Trivium, drummer Nick Augusto now returns with a brand new band called Corrosion, which also features members of Insense and Before the Mourning.

The group, with a line-up rounded out by vocalist/bassist Tommy Hjelm and guitarists Christopher Cussell and Martin Rygge, has already recorded three songs and will release them soon as a digital EP via Mas-Kina Recordings.

Today, the four-piece has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to stream the "Machine Says No" single. Give it a listen below.

Augusto also had this to say: “It’s just four friends playing what makes us feel good and I really hope you all enjoy it. Really looking forward to making a full length and seeing everyone on tour soon. The idea for this project came together right after me and Trivium parted ways… All of us in Corrosion were friends already so it just felt right to start it up. I was an Insense fan, so going for a long shot them being all the way in Norway and I wanted to play in a band with them. We talked through emails and made it happen. We just wrote three songs and felt like it was a good introduction and a full length will come eventually. What you hear on this EP is just what we felt at the time and that’s what came out and it felt pretty damn good and clicked right away.” More...

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inAeona Signs With Prosthetic

The Boston-based trio inAeona – which fuses spacey post-rock melodies with metallic-based industrial chords — has signed with Prosthetic Records, with an as-yet-untitled album coming this Summer.

The group commented: "We’re beyond thrilled to have Prosthetic in our corner to help us expand our audience the world over and we’re totally pumped for this coming year! It’s an awesome opportunity for us to keep working, evolving and expanding. We put so much of our hearts into our music… it’s our way of communicating the pain, joy, and realizations of an often complicated and very finite human existence."

In regard to the forthcoming Prosthetic debut, inAeona says, “The making of our new album has been both grueling and exhilarating, as we had to dig deep and try our best to stay brave and honest about this life. The journey it’s taken us on is something we’re all ultimately proud to be a part of.” More...

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Reincarnation Announces Re-Issue, New Album

The Spanish death metal veterans from Reincarnation are about to see their 1997 debut album "Void" re-issued together with previous mini-CD "Seed of Hate" from 1995.

Both recordings will come with remastered sound and four live bonus tracks taken from the 1998 Repulsive Festival. Everything will come with a revamped design still retaining the awesome artwork painted by Joe Petagno. "Void + Seed of Hate" is set for an April 1st, 2015 release via Xtreem Music.

Reincarnation is also currently working on a comeback album, with recording having wrapped up and mixing now in process. The album is tentatively titled "The Beginning Of The End" is slated for release in the Fall of 2015. More...

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Codas Releasing Debut EP

Crowquill Records is pleased to announce that the band will be releasing the debut EP from Codas, the post-metal project from Mario Quintero of Sleep Lady and Spotlights. The EP, which is titled "Currents," is projected to be released in the Spring of 2015.

"Currents" will consist of 4 tracks and is recommended for fans of bands such as Jesu, Nadja and Old Man Gloom. Crowquill label CEO BJ Dierkes had the following to say about the signing:

"Codas is one of those projects that comes along out of nowhere and just kicks you right in the gut. Their debut EP 'Currents' hits a sweet spot across an entire spectrum of influences and genres that have been masterfully melded together. This stuff is on a whole other level, and we’re stoked to be working with them." More...

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Fenix Tales Issues Recording Update

Marco from symphonic / gothic metal band Fenix Tales just wrapped up the recording of keyboard parts for a new album, due out later this year. Marco comments:

"It was a very challenging job but very satisfying, a quest to represent the music concepts, emotions and environments such as war, insanity, the search for spirituality, the darkness within us ... and to do that we had to dig in ourselves... a journey made of emotions and passion." More...

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Circuit Of Suns Streaming New LP

Circuit Of Suns is releasing a self-titled LP, and now all the tracks are available online for streaming in the SoundCloud player below. More info on the band can be found at Facebook here, and Circuit Of Suns consists of:

Mo Kofuma
Mike Darin
Michael Ranne Jr.

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Cryptic Hymn Posts New Lyric Video

Cryptic Hymn - the blackened death metal band forged from ex-Voyage of Slaves members Dave Palenske, Jon Grace, and Nathaniel Vowell as well as Josh Mumford of Anagnorisis - has posted a new lyric video for the single "Revel In Disgust."

The single is also available for free download at Bandcamp here and you can see the band live on these dates:

March 20 - Metropolis, IL @ The Elk's Lodge
March 21 - Murfreesboro, TN @ Tfg Productions
March 22 - Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
March 23 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
March 25 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
March 26 - Covington, KY @ The Backstage
March 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ Tba
March 28 - Louisville, KY @ Expo 5 More...

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Arcturus Reveals New Album Details

Arcturus has signed with Prophecy Productions and will finally release new album "Arcturian" on May 8th. The label comments:

"Arcturus are legend. Unparalleled in creativity, musicianship and artistic approach since their foundation days, mastermind Steinar 'Sverd' Johnsen and his cosmic crew consisting of past and present members of bands like Ulver, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar and Ved Buens Ende have been dancing their very own tightrope between genius and madness ever since. With each of their releases being an interstellar journey of its own, and always ahead of their time, Arcturus can justifiably be labelled as the epitome of avant-garde metal.

"Prophecy Productions feel honoured and are excited to welcome Arcturus to its artist roster and to accompany this milestone act on its upcoming enterprises. The first mutual work will be Arcturus' fifth full-length studio album, 'Arcturian,' which is scheduled for release on May 8th, 2015. Pre-order for all physical products (ltd. 2CD hardcover book, ltd. Gatefold LP, ltd. box sets, Digipak CD) is available now at this location."

ICS Vortex on behalf of Arcturus says: "A new chapter, and a new prophetic partner...We are star tripping psyched to be releasing 'Arcturian' soon!"

Arcturus line-up 2015:

Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs - vocals
Steinar "Sverd" Johnsen - keyboards
Knut Magne Valle - guitar
Hugh "Skoll" Mingay - bass
Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg – drums More...

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Sigh Announces New Album

Sigh has wrapped up work on new album "Graveward," with an official release date to soon be announced. The artwork can be seen below, and the band also issued this press release:

"Two and a half years were required to finish up Sigh's 10th studio full-length album 'Graveward,' which embraces everything from vintage keyboards such as Minimoog and Fender Rhodes to real orchestral instruments.

"Each song ended up in having more than 100 tracks and the total amount of the sound data exceeded 100GB. 'Cinematic Horror Metal' should be the best phrase to describe this most layered grandiose album in Sigh's history.

"Inspired by a little chat with Fabio Frizzi, well-known for his legendary works for Lucio Fulci's movies like 'The Gates of Hell' and 'The Beyond,' 'Graveward' was composed as a homage to Italian zombie flick classics, Hammer Horror Films, and King Diamond.

"Of course the musical influence is as wide as ever including aforementioned horror soundtrack composers (Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, James Bernard, Jerry Gold Smith, and John Carpenter), and their roots (Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, Bartok, and Charles Ives), left-of-center rock / metal artists (Celtic Frost, King Diamond, The Beach Boys, Magma and Frank Zappa), Free Jazz (Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Peter Brotzmann) and some Central Asian traditional music.

"'Graveward' welcomes various guest musicians including Matthew Heafy from Trivium, Fred Leclercq from DragonForce, Niklas Kvarforth from Shining (Sweden) Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ, Metatron from The Meads of Asphodel and so on. The cover artwork was done by Costin Chioreanu, who worked with Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide and Ulver." More...

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Hamerex Embarking On "The Last Ride"

Hamerex has revealed a brand new EP, titled "The Last Ride," which will be released on March 16th and features four brand new tracks.

This is the first release from Hamerex since Chris Moule's departure from the band back in August, and features the current guitarist Steve Blower on vocals. The band has also since brought in Simon Brooks on bass while Andy Firth took over as the second guitarist.

Following this EP release, Hamerex will now be focusing on writing and recording the follow-up to 2013's "IX" album, which the band is aiming for a 2015/2016 release. "The Last Ride" is currently available to pre-order at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Calm Before the Storm / Natures Wrath
2. Ride on Ruin
3. Reign of Fire
4. Apophis More...

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Iris Divine Streaming "The Everlasting Sea"

Northern Virginia's Iris Divine has released another new single from the impending debut full-length release, "Karma Sown," which will hit the streets worldwide via Sensory Records on March 31st.

The opening track from the album, "The Everlasting Sea," thunders with almost six-and-a-half minutes of sonic enormity, displaying the outfit's heavier metal influences as well as the more serene and beautiful elements of Iris Divine's vibrant sound. Give it a listen below, courtesy of PureGrainAudio.com.

Sensory Records will release "Karma Sown" worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st, 2015. You can also see the band live on these dates:

5/03/2015 Empire - West Springfield, VA w/ Haken More...

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Shroud Eater Streams New Track, Announces Shows

Miami, Florida's Shroud Eater will release the two-song EP, "Face The Master," on April 7th, 2015 as regular and special-edition cassette via Primitive Violence Records & Visual, as well as a digital download.

In celebration of the EP's release, the band will also be embarking on an eight-day trek up and down the east coast in support of the release. Dates are available below.

Today, CVLT Nation has revealed the fang-gnashing title track to the EP. Give it a listen below.

4/22 - Savannah, GA @ THE JINX
4/23 - Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
4/24 - Philly, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
4/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
4/26 - Washington DC @ TBA
4/27 - Wilmington, NC @ TBA
4/28 - Charleston, SC - “Tunnel of Lust” House Show More...

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U.D.O. Brings On New Keyboardist

Following the recruitment of his son Sven Dirkschneider in the drum position, U.D.O. has now issued the following update about bringing on a new keyboardist for upcoming live shows:

"U.D.O. is very proud to present our new tour keyboarder Harrison Young. The band is currently rehearsing for the tour. Harrison already became a fixed part of the U.D.O. family and everybody is highly motivated to kick ass on tour. This is the best U.D.O. ever with a great NEW setlist!!!!

"Harrison Young is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer from just outside of New York City, currently living in the Netherlands. In addition to touring and recording with his own two bands, Earth Minor and The Harrison Young Quartet, he has also appeared on numerous albums including metal queen Doro Pesch’s latest release, 'Raise Your Fist' and NYC hip hop Legend Talib Kweli’s album Gutter Rainbows, for which Harrison provided the iconic piano riff on the #1 iTunes single, ‘Cold Rain.’

"For the past several years, Harrison has been touring the world with Doro as her keyboardist, appearing at festivals like Wacken, Graspop, and Sweden Rock, in addition to countless headline shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Moscow. In 2013, he sang the official anthem of the inaugural Full Metal Cruise alongside Doro in front of hundreds of thousands of people at Hamburg Germany’s 824th Harbor Celebration.

"He also recently released a new album with his long time rock band, Earth Minor entitled 'Across The Atlantic In Record Time,’ which is now available worldwide at his website. Harrison is thrilled to join the U.D.O. team as of this upcoming European tour and looks forward to rocking with you in your city." More...

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Abiotic Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Abiotic is set to release devastating new album "Casuistry" this coming April 21st on Metal Blade Records, which follows the "Symbiosis" full-length (reviewed here).

In support of the album, the band will be hitting the road starting this April for an extensive North American tour. Abiotic s heading out alongside Boris the Blade, Alterbeast, and more. The tour kicks off April 12th and wraps up May 8th in San Francisco, CA.

In addition to the dates with Boris the Blade, Abiotic will play select headline dates leading up to the start of the tour and an additional headline date on the way back home. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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Motor Sister Streaming Full Album

Motor Sister - featuring Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums - is now offering up the entire "Ride" album for public consumption.

Listen to the album in its entirety below, courtesy of AllMusic.com. Singer Jim Wilson on the album: "Get ready for Motor Sister! Finally some music you can turn up LOUD and feel it!"

"Ride" will be released March 10th in North America on Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders for the album are available now at this location. More...

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Éohum Announces Album Release

Formed in 2010 from the mind of guitarist / writer Jeremy Perkins, Éohum (pronounced ee-o-um) brings together some of the most dark and groove oriented metals of heavy low end doom riffs to meet black metal atmospheres.

The "Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch" album will be made available as a pay-what-you-want release via Perkins' indie label Mycelium Networks. He also comments:

"April 7th we unleash our first beast, 'Revelations Aurora Of An Epoch' and it will give everyone a good idea of what Éohum has to offer. A storm of relentless black, doom and death metal embark together on a ship of progressive madness. With guests like Matt McGachy on this album, one can enjoy a multitude of arrangements with its original sound, which we are so proud to share with the world, but this is just the beginning!"

The release features a collective of musicians including Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) (Tracks 3-4-5-7), Lana Edwards (Intro & Outro), Phillippe Rieder (Track 6), Nick Wybo (ex-Vinyl Hero) on drums, Annie Perreault on French horn/trumpet, Sylvain Dumont on guitar, James Heymans on bass and Perkins himself on guitar plus a live line up that includes drummer Simon Mackay (The Agonist) and vocalist Barrie Butler (ex-Tard). More...

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Liturgy Releasing New Album

"Quetzalcoatl" - available for streaming below - is taken from the upcoming Liturgy album "The Ark Work," due out March 24th, 2015 on Thrill Jockey Records. Pre-orders are now available at this location and the track listing is as follows:

01. Fanfare
02. Follow
03. Kel Valhaal
04. Follow II
05. Quetzalcoatl
06. Father Vorizen
07. Haelegen
08. Reign Array
09. Vitriol
10. Total War More...

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Gloson Streaming "The Aftermath/Beginning"

The post-metal upstarts from Gloson just premiered the epic new track "The Aftermath/Beginning" online - listen in below thanks to NoCleanSinging.com.

The track hails from Gloson's forthcoming debut album, "Yearwalker," set for international release on March 23rd via Art of Propaganda and Catatonic State. Art Of Propaganda had this to say:

"Post-metal might be a very millennial creation, with peaks and valleys of creativity across an expansive spectrum, but fire still rumbles down below and newcomers can still offer new twists on an oft-tired subgenre. Enter Sweden's Gloson and their 'Yearwalker' debut. Originally self-released digitally last year, the mini-album is now being released on vinyl LP to show the international metal scene how much that fire still rumbles down below.

"At a taut yet spacious 32 minutes, 'Yearwalker' displays a young band with a veteran's grasp of sludgy, sometimes-sinister post-metal. The four songs comprising the record are mini-epics in themselves: often crushing right out of the gate, other times simmering with delicious tension, always with deft 'n' subtle shifts in dynamics, and all recorded in warm, molten analog. More...

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Acherontas Streams Full New Album

Greek black metal vanguard Acherontas is now streaming the entirety of fifth album, "Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification)," which is officially released today via W.T.C. Productions. Hear all eleven tracks below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com. W.T.C. Productions also comments on the band:

"Since their metamorphosis into a new entity in 2007, these Greeks have staunchly upheld the magick 'n' mysticism of classic, second-wave black metal.

"Across 11 expansive tracks in a time-evaporating 70 minutes, Ma IoN explores a wide swath of sonic territory, ranging Acherontas' characteristically windswept style of songwriting to twisted 'n' twisting variations of it to, most crucially, ritualistic soundscapes comprising ancient Far Eastern & shamanic instrumentation.

"Taken together, it's a total sensory experience that effortlessly guides the listener across chilly night skies, barren desert plains, humid marshlands, and the fiery abyss of the unknown. In their never-ending quest to seek the deepest wisdom, Acherontas are here joined by a whole host of incredible guest musicians, including members of Abigor, Malign, Nightbringer, Black Seas of Infinity, Emme Ya, and Tatir amongst others.

"What results is a shockingly bold, daring vision of black metal: 'Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification).'" More...

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Thrust Re-Issuing "Fist Held High"

In celebration of Thrust's 35th anniversary, Metal Blade Records is releasing the ultimate edition of the band's 1984 album "Fist Held High."

The release includes the entire album, live and demo tracks from the beginning through the late 80s, plus the unreleased studio album "Reincarnation" recorded in 1988/1989 and produced by Bob Kulick. Thrust guitarist Ron Cooke comments:

"A big Thank You to the fans who never stopped playing the music. After all these years it's always been about the music, standing the test of time, connecting with the fans soul, pouring out the creative spirit through the music into the hearts of many and return filling our hearts. For that is the true connection between the heart soul and each other. That is why the music will always live on." More...

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Nightwish Posts Teaser #12

Finland-based symphonic metal outfit Nightwish recently released the first single "Élan" from forthcoming studio album "Endless Forms Most Beautiful."

The album will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK), and 31st (US), 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today sees the release of the 12th episode from the “making of” series in which the band explain the themes and inspirations for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." With a month still until release, who knows how many more of these things there will be?

Nightwish keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: “There’s a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ or ‘Alpenglow’ all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It’s temporary character. Evolution…Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm – seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album – that science can even be something profoundly spiritual.” More...

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Equilibrium Announce New Tour Dates

German epic metal band Equilibrium has been touring across Europe in support of latest studio effort "Erdentempel," and now the five-piece announces its first ever Asian tour of China and Japan for April 2015. Dates are available below.

Guitarist, composer, and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation. The outcome is a very emotional and above all else, a very personal album. It harks back to the roots of the band, without neglecting the bombastic nature of the previous two records. See the band supporting "Erdentempel" live:

16.04. CN Beijing - Yo Gong Live House
17.04. CN Shanghai - QSW Live House
19.04. CN Taiwan - Jack Studio Concert Venue
22.04. JP Osaka - The Live House Soma
23.04. JP Nagoya - Imaike Club 3 Star
25.04. JP Tokyo - Live Bar The Doors
26.04. JP Tokyo - Live Bar The Doors

Additionally, Equilibrium will be playing a full run of European Festivals in spring and summer of 2015. Don’t miss the chance to catch up with the band at the following dates: More...

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The Passion Of Our Souls Streams Full New EP

Finland's melodic death/pop metal duo The Passion Of Our Souls is now streaming the full "Soulmates" EP as a pre-listen before the official release date, of March 3rd.

The "Soulmates" EP will be released via all major digital distributors and as a self-released physical version direct from the band. Pick your copy up at this location

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Elegacy Announces Sophomore Album

Valery Records and V-Promotion are proud to announce the sophomore release from Italy's Elegacy "The Binding Sequence," the first album in ten years.

Elegacy is a progressive/power metal band founded in Turin a decade ago. The efforts and the talent of the musicians involved in the project allowed the band, in the mid 2000s, to be considered one of the most outstanding and promising realities on the Italian progressive/power metal scene. In 2005, the debut album "Impressions" was distributed worldwide by Northwind/Self.

Subsequently, a large amount of material was written over the years by keyboardist Constantin Terzago and guitarist Massimo La Russa, who kept the band alive and ready for a new beginning. In 2011, Elegacy came into contact with Mark Zonder, legendary drummer of Fates Warning and Warlord and Mike Lepond, bassist of Symphony X who both listened to a demo of new material and decided to join the project. To complete the band is Derdian vocalist Ivan Giannini, who also contributed to the melodies and choir arrangements.

In the summer 2014, the mastering for "The Binding Sequence" was finally ready and is set to be released in spring 2015 through Valery Records, with distribution by Audioglobe. It will also be available as a digital download through iTunes. More information is expected soon.

The cover artwork can be viewed here: More...

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Maegi Releases Third Studio Update On New Album

Maegi, the power/progressive side project of Dreamtone vocalist Oganalp Canatan, released a third video studio update on the upcoming sophomore release "Tales From the King's Court." The video contains a demo version of the new track "The King Who Sold His Men."

In the video Canatan explains that he has completed 10 demo tracks of the 12 song album. The recording process is tentatively set for March (drums), April (guitar/vocal/bass recordings) and in May more details on guest stars to appear will be announced. At the end, a new demo track is sampled.

Check out the report here:

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Wolfpakk Releases Lyric Video For New Track

German hard rock act Wolkpakk, featuring vocalists Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max), released a lyric video for the new track "Running Out of Time." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Rise of the Animal," which drops today in Europe and on April 14th in the USA via AFM Records.

Guest stars set to appear on the album will include: Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Marc Storace (Krokus), Don Dokken (Dokken), Andi Deris (Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Norum (Europe), Axel Rudi Pell, Al Barrow (Magnum), Bob Daisley (ex-Black Sabbath), Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC) and Simon Philips (ex-Toto).

The track list is as follows:

1. Riders of the Storm
2. Sock It to Me (see music video here)
3. Monkey on Your Back
4. Highlands
5. Black Wolf
6. Somewhere Beyond
7. Running Out of Time
8. Grizzly Man
9. High Roller
10. Rise of the Animal
11. Universe

Check out "Running Out of Time" here: More...

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The Gentle Storm Releases New Music Video

The Gentle Storm (the new project of Arjen Lucassen and Anneke van Giersbergen) released a music video for the new track "Heart of Amsterdam." The song appears on the debut album "The Diary," which drops via InsideOut Music on March 23rd (EU) and March 24th (USA/World). The track list is as follows:

CD1 : Gentle

1. Endless Sea (gentle version) 05:59
2. Heart of Amsterdam (gentle version) 06:36
3. The Greatest Love (gentle version) 04:08
4. Shores of India (gentle version) 06:40
5. Cape of Storms (gentle version) 05:28
6. The Moment (gentle version) 06:08
7. The Storm (gentle version) 05:56
8. Eyes of Michiel (gentle version) 03:56
9. Brightest Light (gentle version) 04:46
10. New Horizons (gentle version) 05:24
11. Epilogue: The Final Entry (gentle version) 02:02

CD2: Storm

1. Endless Sea (storm version) 05:53
2. Heart of Amsterdam (storm version) 06:37
3. The Greatest Love (storm version) 03:57
4. Shores of India (storm version) 06:24
5. Cape of Storms (storm version) 05:32
6. The Moment (storm version) 06:10
7. The Storm (storm version) 05:58
8. Eyes of Michiel (storm version) 04:00
9. Brightest Light (storm version) 04:54
10. New Horizons (storm version) 05:25
11. Epilogue: The Final Entry (storm version) 02:03

Check out "Heart of Amsterdam" here: More...

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Septicflesh, Moonspell To Tour North America

Septicflesh will team up with Moonspell and Deathstars for a North American tour run this coming April/May as part of the "Conquerors of the World III" festival tour. Septicflesh is supporting the latest album "Titan," Moonspell is celebrating the new album "Extinct" and Deathstars is still supporting the 2014 release "The Perfect Cult."

Confirmed dates, with more expected to be announced are:

April 24th: Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
April 25th: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
April 26th: Fort Worth, TX @ The Bail Club
April 28th: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
April 29th: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
April 30th: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
May 2nd: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
May 3rd: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
May 4th: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 5th: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
May 6th: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
May 9th: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
May 10th: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 11th: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 12th: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
May 13th: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
May 14th: Montreal, QC @ Theater Corona
May 15th: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
May 16th: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 17th: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
May 18th: Springfield, VA @ Empire
May 19th: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade More...

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Enslaved Releases Lyric Video For New Track

A lyric video for the new track "One Thousand Years of Rain" is available from Enslaved in the player below. In our own review for the upcoming new album "In Times" (check it out here), xFiruath states of the song: "'One Thousand Years Of Rain'...kicks off with a faster pace and offers up some of that stunning 'RIITIIR' vibe of harsh/fast blended with clean/melodic. The track throws a curve ball five minutes in, slowing down and unexpectedly throwing in Viking gang chants."

"In Times" is set for release on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming (see music video here)
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight

Check out "One Thousand Years of Rain" here: More...

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Soen Releases "Kuraman" Lyric Video

Swedish progressive metal act Soen released a new lyric video for the track "Kuraman." The song appears on the latest album "Tellurian," which is available via Spinefarm Records.

The band is embarking on a European tour this week. Check out the clip here:

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Dark Sarah Signs To Inner Wound Recordings

Inner Wound Recordings announced the signing of the cinematic metal project Dark Sarak to the label. The debut album "Behind The Black Veil" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.

Dark Sarah is the new project from Heidi Parviainen (ex-Amberian Dawn). The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Dark Sarah's music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. Sarah's thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with guest vocalists - "The Fate": Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), "The Queen of No Good": Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and "The Moon": Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

The production, orchestrations and mixing was handled by Mikko P. Mustonen of Pathos Music (Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum) and the album was mastered by Henkka Niemisto of Chartmakers (Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani). The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia).

The track listing is:

1. Save Me
2. Poison Apple
3. Hide And Seek
4. Memories Fall (feat. Manuela Kraller)
5. Evil Roots (feat. Inga Scharf)
6. Violent Roses
7. Hunting The Dreamer
8. Fortress
9. Silver Tree
10. Sun, Moon And Stars
11. Light In You (feat. Tony Kakko)
12. Sarah's Theme
13. Memories Fall (orchestral version)
14. A Grim Christmas Story More...

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