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

Vanhelga Album Seeing Vinyl Reissue

Sweden’s Carnal Records has set the 8th of August as the date for the release of a limited edition splatter vinyl version of “Längtan,” the third full-length album from Sweden’s Vanhelga.

Strictly limited to 300 copies, the vinyl edition of “Längtan” features artwork by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano on the gatefold cover, whilst the thirteen-track disc itself comes in blue splatter and includes the bonus Burzum cover track "Black Spell of Destruction."

Advance orders are now being taken either direct from the band via email at 145188@gmail.com and on Facebook, or from Carnal Records via email at carnalrecords@Hotmail.com. The track listing is:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm
13. Black Spell of Destruction (Burzum Cover) Bonus Track More...

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Those Who Bring The Torture Posts New Track

As Selfmadegod Records prepares to release the fourth studio full-length from Swedish death metal outfit Those Who Bring The Torture, American Aftermath is now streaming the title track to "Piling Up" (you can also stream the track below).

With ten direct death metal hymns (for fans of Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation and Grave) "Piling Up" was recorded at The Rotpit and Studio Roadkill in late 2013, mixed and mastered by Brynjar Helgetun at Studio Brainjar, and bears cover artwork by Roberto Toderico (Sinister, Asphyx).

Pre-orders for Piling Up are now available here and the album will see release in Europe on Friday, August 1st. More...

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Antropomorphia Reveals New Album Details

Dutch necromantic death metal act AntropomorphiA is ready to unleash new album "Rites Of Perversion" upon mankind.

"Rites Ov Perversion" is set for release on September 12th on CD/LP in Europe, and on CD and digital formats in North America on September 16th. Check out the first single "Nekrovaginal Secretions" below, and you can pre-order the album via Metal Blade here.

Comments AntropomorphiA: "With 'Rites ov Perversion' we created a more organic layered and violent album, we explored within the realm of our musical origin and its atmospheric grimness, but at the same time not limiting ourselves to the sinister beauty of other dimensions. There are songs that have a bleak mid-paced drive and songs that just have primitive skull penetrating riffs…its the definition of this band, where we stand and what we are in this point of time…behold the sway of death!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Temphioth Workings
02. Carved to Pieces
03. Inanimatus Absqui Anima
04. Crowned in Smoldering Ash
05. Nekrovaginal Secretions
06. Gospel ov Perversion
07. Morbid Rites
08. Tevfelskvnst
09. Open Casket (Death) More...

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Weedeater Gearing Up To Record New Album

Notorious sludge outfit Weedeater will soon record a new full-length album, and first for Season of Mist, with long-time engineer Steve Albini (High On Fire, Neuroris). Stay tuned for further details.

The band has also announced a brief tour around the recording. The string of dates, which begin on September 5th in Richmond with the band headlining the Fall In Line Fest, will eventually route to Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, IL.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...

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Tobias Sammet Launching Radio Show

On August 13th, Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) will join the club of vocalists who host their own radio show.

Every Wednesday from 9:00 PM to midnight, Tobias is going to play his favorite rock and metal music and talk about whatever comes to his mind.

Just like Alice Cooper's show, the Tobias Sammet Rock Show will be broadcast on Radio Bob, and you can stream it at this location.

Edguy's latest album "Space Police - Defenders of the Crown" (reviewed here) is out now, and you can check out a music video from the release below. More...

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Gus G. Announces New Live Shows

Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) and Birmingham, AL rock group Lynam will be teaming up for a string of west coast dates in October.

Gus G. will be supporting his debut solo album, "I Am The Fire," and Lynam will be supporting latest release, "Halfway To Hell." The dates kick off October 15th in Los Angeles, CA at the world famous Whisky a Go Go and mark Gus' first solo band appearances in North America. He comments:

"I'm very excited to play my first solo shows in North America! Expect a killer set-list with songs from my debut solo album 'I Am The Fire', as well as material from Firewind, Ozzy and some surprises! I'm putting a killer band together for this short run and Mats Leven will be handling vocal duties! Also, I'm very happy to team up with Lynam -- they're a killer hard rock band, and their singer Jacob Bunton co-wrote with me and sang a song on 'I Am The Fire.' See you all out there!"

Oct. 15 - The Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17 - Count's Vamped - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 18 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
Oct. 19 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ More...

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Wintersun Frontman Explains New Album Delay

After the long wait for "Time I" (reviewed here) to finally be released, fans have been left hanging again waiting for the follow-up "Time II." Now Wintersun's Jari Mäenpää has issued the following statement online about the reasons behind the delay:

"Reality update about crowd funding, TIME II and future albums. I´m very happy to see that we have so much dedicated fans that would be willing to pledge and be a part of funding a studio for Wintersun, so I could make the next Wintersun album without it taking another 10 years again.

"I´ve been thinking about this Kickstarter/Pledge crowd funding thing for a while and I´m very confident now that there is enough of you guys that would help us raise the money for the Wintersun studio! This would give me the freedom to make music efficiently and nonstop. It would eliminate lot of the problems I´ve struggled with all my life and still continue to struggle everyday. For example right now I need a studio to reamp guitars for TIME II. And not just any studio, my own studio where I can craft my sounds exactly like I want them. 3rd party studios have never worked for me and I´ve never gotten satisfactory results for the insane prices they charge.

"I live in a small shitty apartment building and I have neighbors. It is very very hard to work like this. I can´t record vocals, I can´t practice my singing, I can´t record guitars, I can´t record guitars even with modelling amps, because the electricity is so bad in this shitty building so I get lots of interference, I even play and practice the electric guitar acoustically without an amp 99% of the time in my home, I can´t record drums or basically any acoustic instruments, I don´t have the room or cool space for a big computer farm which is a must for the orchestrations for the next album (the place is too small and hot even for the one computer I have), I can´t mix properly, ´cause the room is so bad and there´s always ambient noise in and outside the building. That´s why I usually turn my sleeping rhythm around and mix at nights, but that causes problems in my everyday life. I can´t do pretty much anything properly in this situation. Building a professional studio for Wintersun would erase all this and give us the freedom to make music nonstop. It would upgrade our album sound significantly and most importantly speed up the album making process significantly. This would even raise our live game. With proper preproduction, able to tweak our live sounds and setup properly we would sound pretty incredible live. We would also be able to rehearse more and that would allow us to be able to play live more often and come to places where we normally have not been able to come. The studio would allow us to have more time for everything. More...

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Black Therapy To Record New EP

Melodic death metal band Black Therapy is working on a new EP, following the debut album "Symptoms of a Common Sickness" released last year.

The band features vocalist Giuseppe Di Giorgio (Eyeconoclast) and will enter Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio (Eyeconoclast, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance) in September to record the EP, entitled "The Final Outcome."

The release is set for the second half of October via Revalve Records. Artwork and a finalized track listing will soon be unveiled. In the mean time, check out a music video taken off the band's previous album below. More...

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Nocturnal Poisoning To Release "Doomgrass"

Nocturnal Poisoning is the project of Scott Conner, who formerly was the creative force and sole member of black metal outfit Xasthur. Nocturnal Poisoning will release "Doomgrass" this coming August 19th, 2014 via The End Records, with pre-orders available here. The label also comments:

"In 2010 Scott dissolved Xasthur to move on to more challenging musical endeavors, namely Nocturnal Poisoning. Using bluegrass guitar playing and American folk music as a starting point, Nocturnal Poisoning weave dark, complicated songs that are dissonant and melancholic as well as melodious.

"Finger-picked guitars are layered upon each other with sparse percussion to create a hypnotizing atmosphere of desolation. The vocals are delivered by Robert Nesslin, in a evocative, bluesy, chant-like style, adding yet another layer of despair to the already purgatorial mixture of sound. More...

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Cerebus Posts New Album Trailer

U.S. metal outfit Cerebus has released a teaser trailer for the band's forthcoming album "Hallelujah," due out August 15th, 2014 via Total Deathcore. Check out the trailer below, and you can find more info on Cerebus at the band's Facebook page here.

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Belphegor Headed To North America

The diabolical death/black metal band Belphegor will return to North American shores with a headlining tour this Fall.

Joining the raid of conquest and blasphemy, dubbed the “Voices From The Dark” tour 2014, is a cornucopia of the finest metal miscreants the world has to offer.

Greek outfit Rotting Christ as well as Beheaded from Malta and Svart Crown from France will be supporting on the trek.

“Belphegor is still brutal and consistent, rolling in worldwide like a wartime tank,” comments Belphegor frontman Helmuth Lehner. “It will be a pleasure to conquer the states again. On 'Conjuring The Dead' we celebrate diabolical death musick with one of our most brutal offerings yet. Join the Belphegor rituals and go to hell with us.”

The band's upcoming album "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) is due out on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU/Brazil/Japan), and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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High On Fire Announces Tour Dates

High On Fire has begun work on a new, as-yet-untitled studio album. The group has convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, LA and Oakland, CA, with a 2015 tentative release date via eOne Music expected for the new LP.

Additionally, the band is now gearing up for Summer tour dates. The performances will kick off August 12th in Cambridge, MA with High On Fire headlining the inaugural Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour.

The just-announced run will continue with stops in Toronto, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. High On Fire will also appear among the featured acts at the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, set to take place September 4th - 6th in Raleigh, NC. Catch the band live:

August 12 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair ** #
August 14 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall ** #
August 15 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg ** #
August 19 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex ** %
August 20 San Francisco, CA The Chapel ** %
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival (w/ Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Valient Thorr, etc.)
September 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
September 20 Miami, FL Grand Central
September 21 Orlando, FL Will's Pub ?
September 22 THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN as part of Motörhead’s Motörboat
September 27 Portland, OR Dantes More...

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Opium Lord Signs To Candlelight

Candlelight Records has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Opium Lord:

"Opium Lord’s surroundings reflects their sound, born out of a small industrial town in The Black Country, in the shadow of the of the Birmingham suburbs where the genre was created; they play dark soul mailing avant sludge blending doom and math to construct their original sound.

"2013 was a busy year, releasing a now sold out debut EP, playing numerous UK appearances including Supersonic Festival and headlining a tour of mainland Europe. It’s safe to say they made some pretty bold statements in what was only their first year and a half of formation.

"Their debut EP 'The Calendrical Cycle – Prologue: The Healer' reached critical acclaim for a two track taster of what is to come, including Terrorizer Magazine awarding it top marks in a review.

"Coming soon on Candlelight Records will see the band’s first full length 'The Calendrical Cycle: Eye of Earth,' which promises to be far more in depth and crushing than its predecessor."

The band had this to say: "Candlelight has produced some of the biggest bands in metal since its inception, so it's an absolute honour to join the ranks to carry on our journey. We have done a lot since we formed this little band in The Black Country and we have had a lot of support along the way, we instantly felt at home talking with the guys from the label and relationships are important to us, so here we are, signed Candlelight because of that mentality. Our debut album The Calendrical Cycle: Eye of Earth shall be with you via Candlelight Records soon."

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Devin Townsend Posts "Flight" Video

After releasing a video for "Mountaintop," Devin Townsend is proud to present to you the 2nd official promo video for the "Casualties of Cool" track "Flight." The video was shot, directed, and edited by Konrad Palkeiwicz, who is one of Devin’s dearest friends.

Devin comments: "Casualties Of Cool is one of my favourite things, if not my favourite thing I've done to date. It’s pretty left of centre, and now that my big Z2 project and all its chaos is nearing completion, it means even more to me. A dark and quiet place to go.

"Finally, its available for people who didn't order through Pledge, and I'm proud to present the video for ‘Flight’, done by long-time friend and collaborator Konrad Palkeiwicz. Konrad moved to an Island and filmed his interpretation of the song and I think it's beautiful.

"We have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at Union Chapel and Savoy Teatteri in Finland, and it’s really a pleasure to have the ability to do this type of music. Thank you for the support!"

A project over four years in the making, largely at night when home from turning the dial up for the day job in the studio, "Casualties of Cool" saw Townsend look at himself in order to go forward. Digging out a battered old Fender amp and telecaster, he revisited the rootsy country and North American folk music of his youth. Driven simply by the desire to see how things unfolded, free of the usual recording contract constraints and subsequent limits on time, the album released back in June reached No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, No.11 in the Indie album charts and No. 77 in the UK album charts.

The album was fully supported by a crowdfunding campaign on Pledge Music reaching nearly 550%. The stock of physical CD’s of "Casualties of Cool" have also finally arrived at Devin’s official online merch store. More...

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Ancient Dome Signs Record Deal

Punishment 18 Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a new record deal:

"Italian thrash metallers Ancient Dome have signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of the new, third full-length album of their career.

"The group already released two albums with Punishment 18 Records, 'Human Key' (2009) and 'Perception of this World' (2010)."

Further details are forthcoming, and you can also find more info on Ancient Dome at the band's Facebook profile.

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Rob Zombie Crowd Funding New Movie

Joining on with the crowd funding revolution, Rob Zombie has launched a campaign to raise funds for his new movie "31," which will continue his evil clown fetish and take it to new heights.

You can find all the perks for contributing and full details at this location. Rob Zombie himself also comments:

"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man... a game called 31.

"31 has no rules. 31 has no boundaries. It is ever so simple. Do whatever you can do to kill your opponent before they kill you. Keep this up for 12 hours and freedom is yours.

"Who are the opponents? Well... a group of vile, filthy, blood-thirsty clowns known as THE HEADS. They come in all shapes and sizes and each grows nastier than the last.

"What kind of film is this you ask? It is a fast paced, mean dirty film for those who like it rough. Get ready for a sick piece of celluloid! This is some hardcore business for the blood-thirsty gore hounds.

"Get on board! Get involved! Be part of this horrifying business! The world of horror needs you!" More...

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Alunah Posts "Awakening The Forest" Preview Clip

U.K. stoner/doom act Alunah posted a preview clip for the third studio effort "Awakening the Forest." The clip features vocalist/guitarist Sophie Day and artist/illustrator Michael Cowell discussing the imagery and symbolic meanings behind the artwork. The album is set to drop via Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin on the following release schedule:

Oct. 3rd: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
Oct. 6th: UK & EUROPE
Oct. 7th: US/CAN
Oct. 8th: NOR/SWE/ESP

The track list for "Awakening the Forest" is:

1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask of Herne
5. Scourge and The Kiss
6. The Summerland (Bonus Track)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Accept Posts Second Trailer Clip For "Blind Rage"

Accept posted the second installment in a series of preview clips for the new album "Blind Rage." The album will be released on August 15th (EU) August 18th (UK and France) and August 19th (United States) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "Blind Rage" is:

1. Stampede (see music video here)
2. Dying Breed
3. Dark Side Of My Heart
4. Fall Of The Empire
5. Trail Of Tears
6. Wanna Be Free
7. 200 Years
8. Bloodbath Mastermind
9. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey

Check the second preview here: More...

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Heliosaga Announces Debut Album, Reveals Artwork

Minnesota symphonic power metal act Heliosaga announced that the band's debut release will be entitled "Towers in the Distance." The album's artwork can be viewed below along with two preview clips released in the last couple of weeks. The release date for the debut has not yet been announced, but it is expected for release this year.

Check out the album's artwork and take a listen to the trailers below:


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