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Promoters for the Metal Underground.com sponsored DeLand Rock & Metal Festival have announced that Pensacola deathcore act Sacrophagi has been added to the Saturday, November 8th portion of the event. Sacrophagi recently won the Sumerian Records battle of the bands to be added to the Summer Slaughter tour stop in St. Petersburg, FL on July 29th.
The DeLand Rock & Metal Festival will take place from November 7-9, 2014 at OB's Restaurant & Lounge located at 1750 North Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. The event will have two outdoor stages, the Main Stage and OB's Stage. Camping will be available. For all information on the event and where you can purchase one day, two day, VIP and camping tickets, head over to the official Facebook page at this location.
Previously announced headline acts include Seven Kingdoms, Massacre, Widow and Warforged along with notable acts: A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze and Draekon.
The very latest lineup and schedule is as follows, with more announcements expected soon:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 **PRE-PARTY**
1|6:15-6:45 - TBA
2|7:00-7:30 - TBA
3|7:45-8:15 - Unsung Hero - Metal from Tampa, FL
4|8:30-9:00 - TBA
5|9:15-9:45 - ShadowStrike - Power Metal from NY
6|10:00-10:45 - Judicator - Power Metal from Tuscon, AZ
7|11:00-11:30 - Project: Roenwolfe - Power Metal from AZ/FL
8| 11:45-12:30 - Fathoms Pass - Progressive Metal from Tampa, FL
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 8, 2014
1|12:00-12:30 - Koffity - Metal from Panama City, FL
3|1:00-1:30 - TBA
5|2:00-2:30 - All Hell - Death Metal from Longwood, FL
7|3:00-3:30 - Atlas - Metal from Melbourne, FL
9|4:00-4:30 - TBA
11|5:00-5:30 - Sacrophagi - Deathcore from Pensacola, FL
13|6:00-6:30 - The Bride Wore Blood - Deathcore from Orlando, FL
15|7:00-7:30 - Orbweaver - Experimental Metal from Miami, FL
17|8:00-8:45 - Promethean Horde - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
19|9:30-10:15 - Ovid's Withering - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
21|11:15-12:00 - Warforged - Death Metal from Chicago, IL More...
English stoner rock band Orange Goblin is the latest name to be added to the 10th anniversary Damnation Festival bill.
Orange Gobline will be joined by black metal quartet Winterfylleth and post-punk outfit October File, with both bands airing material from new albums at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 1st.
The trio of new additions bolster an impressively eclectic line-up which already boasts Bolt Thrower's only U.K. appearance, a Cannibal Corpse headline set and St. Vitus performing "Born Too Late" in full.
Orange Goblin said: "Over the last few years, Damnation has cemented itself into one of the UK's leading metal festivals, so it is a great honour to be asked back to play for a second time.
"It is already a great line up of bands, and we can't wait to be part of it."
Winterfylleth added: "We are proud to announce we will be playing Damnation Festival once again in 2014. The response we had in 2012 was mind blowing and we hope to see you all there once again. Damnation is a festival we always attend as fans regardless of playing and a must for all serious metal fans. We have a new album out a few weeks before the festival, so will be playing some exclusive new material for the first time on the day.”
October File also comments: "We are over the moon to be playing what is becoming one of the most important and special events in the UK. Damnation has worked hard to forge a name that is a must for fans and underground talent."
The line-up for Damnation Festival so far includes: Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Saint Vitus, Raging Speedhorn, Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh, Ahab, Revocation, Solstafir, Winterfylleth, H A R K, October File, Bast, Atlantis and Corrupt Moral Altar, with many more bands to be announced across four stages. More...
A new teaser trailer has been posted online for the forthcoming Hark / Ken Mode U.K. & European co-headline tour. Check it out below, and you can see the two bands live on these dates:
25-09 NL Amsterdam, Winston
26-09 NL Oss, Groene Engel
27-09 DK Copenhagen, Stengade
30-09 BE Brussels, Magasin4
01-10 FR Orleans, L'Astrolabe
02-10 FR Nantes, Ferrailleur
03-10 ES Barcelona, Razzmatazz
06-10 FR Toulouse, Saint des Seins
07-10 FR Montpellier, Black Sheep
08-10 IT Milan, LoFi
09-10 AT Innsbruck, PMK
10-10 DE Chemnitz, AC17
12-10 BE Liege, La Zona
14-10 UK London, Our Black Heart
17-10 UK Glasgow, Audio
19-10 UK Swansea, Garage More...
We've got a premiere today sure to blacken up your week by Blood Of Kingu - a cult act formed in the Ukraine in 2005 by none other than Drudkh mainman Roman Sayenko.
Since Blood Of Kingu's inception, the quartet has released two full-length albums: 2007's "De Occulta Philosophia" and 2010's "Sun in the House of the Scorpion." Now with new album "Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" due out next month, we bring you the grim track "The Bringer of Pestilence," which can be heard below.
"Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" has been scheduled for a September 2nd release in North America (August 29th worldwide). Pre-orders are available through Season of Mist here and the track listing is as follows:
1. Crowned Scarlet Moon Is Waiting For Eclipse
2. He Who Is Not To Be Named
3. Mother Hydra
4. Enshrined In The Nethermost Lairs Beneath The Oceans (streaming here)
5. Red Star On The Path Of Ea
6. Sigil Of The Watcher
7. Prayer To The Gods Of Night
8. The Bringer Of Pestilence
9. The Cycle Returneth More...
Legendary German metal act Accept has posted the first episode in a series of preview clips for the band's upcoming new album "Blind Rage." The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on August 15th (EU) August 18th (UK and France) and August 19th (United States).
The video features guitarist Wolf Hoffmann speaking about the album. 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 out episode one here: More...
Dutch metal act Lord Volture posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "Will to Power," the band's third studio release. In addition, the release date has been announced as September 12, 2014 via Mausoleum Records.
The track list for "Will to Power" is:
1. Where The Enemy Sleep
3. The Pugilist
4. Will To Power
5. My Sworn Enemy
6. The Great Blinding
8. Badajoz (1812)
9. Line 'em Up!
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Japanese power metal act Gauntlet released a new music video for the track "Beyond the Wall." The song appears on the debut release "Birthplace of Emperor," which was issued just yesterday via Spiritual Beast Records.
The track list for "Birthplace of Emperor" is:
1. The Arousal
2. Beyond the Wall
3. In My Life
4. Arising for the Faith
5. Lead Us
6. Journey Over the Decade
7. Garden of Vengeance
8. 'Til the Seasons Rush Away
9. Spread Your Wings (BoE'ver)
10. The Day After...
Check out "Beyond the Wall" here: More...
Italian power metal act Mastercastle, featuring Athlantis guitarist Pier Gonella and Athlantis/Tragedian bassist Steve Vawamas, has announced that the band's fifth studio effort will be entitled "Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale." The album is targeted for a fall release via Scarlet Records.
Founded in 2008 by guitarist Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/Neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to "an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums." After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, Mastercastle are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of the new album.
This album was inspired by the different meanings and aspects of "censorship," and has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining the trademark sound. A special guest appearance will be made by Andrea De Paoli, keyboardist for Labyrinth has been confirmed.
More information on the new album is expected soon. More...
Brooklyn sludge act Mortals premiered the new music video "View From A Tower" over at Metal Injection at this locaiton (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "Cursed to See the Future," which was issued earlier this month via Relapse Records.
Check out the video here:
Bassist Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits) announced that DGM guitarist and famed producer Simone Mularoni (Empyros/Epysode) will be a special guest on the new solo album "Overloaded." The album is set for release on October 1st (Any and All Records). Mularoni will join previously named guests Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie) and Fabrizio “Bicio” Leo.
Mularoni also handled the mixing of the drums for "Overloaded." Behind the scenes footage of Mularoni's recording session can be viewed here:
San Francisco progressive rock/metal act Enchant will release the eighth studio effort "The Great Divide" on September 29th in North America via InsideOut Music. It is the first release in eleven years, with the last - "Tug of War" - issued in 2003 via InsideOut.
Enchant is the Bay Area's long-running prog rock institution, founded in 1989, with the debut album "A Blueprint of the World" released in 1995. Main songwriter and guitarist Douglas A. Ott had the following to say about the upcoming release: "Well, it's finally here folks! There was a time when I was unsure of Enchant's future but fear not. We've made another album after 10 years and are very excited and proud of this endeavor! Our new album is called The Great Divide and we can't wait for you to hear it! Nine brand-new ENCHANT tracks, including one instrumental. Classic ENCHANT but with a bunch of new twists and turns. Long time in the making but it is surely worth the wait. Coming out late September, so be sure to check it out!"
The track list for "The Great Divide" is:
2. Within an Inch
3. The Great Divide
4. All Mixed Up
5. Transparent Man
6. Life in a Shadow
7. Deserve to Feel
8. Here and Now
9. Prognosticator More...
Italy's Bloodtruth, initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, posted details on the upcoming debut album "Obedience." The album is set to drop via California-based Unique Leader Records on September 16th.
Bloodtruth now features the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer Giacomo Torti. According to the press release Bloodtruth "heaves forth a sonic fire ball of speed, brutality and unadulterated hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early '90s death metal and evocative Gregorian chant, representing the band's homeland and history, with methodical technicality, Bloodtrueth [is] ceaseless in [it's] ear-lacerating capabilities."
"Obedience" was engineered by Fleshgod Apocalypse's Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera at Sonic Hammer Studios, then mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Inherit Disease et al).
The track list for "Obedience" is:
1. Subvenite (Intro)
2. Surrounded By Blind Bigots
3. Throes Of Death
4. Suppurating Of Deception
5. Coerced To Serve
6. Quench Your Thirst
7. Summoning The Heretics
9. March Of The Fools
10. Obedience More...
German thrashers The Prophecy 23 announced that the follow up to the 2012 release "Green Machine Laser Beam" will be entitled "Untrue Like A Boss." A promo clip for the release, which features the album artwork and behind the scenes studio footage can be viewed in the player below. The album is set for release via Massacre Records on September 26, 2014.
More information on "Untrue Like A Boss" is expected soon. Check out the promo clip here:
Stryper announced the impending release of the new live CD/DVD release entitled "Live At The Whisky," which is set for release on September 23rd via Frontiers Records. The concert footage was recorded at a sold-out performance last November at the famous Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California.
The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest release, "No More Hell To Pay." From the show opener “Legacy” to the final notes of show finale "Soldiers Under Command," "Live At The Whisky" documents Stryper’s musical legacy spanning 30 years. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) showcase the musicianship and songs that garnered the band a large fan base in the mainstream world. "Live At The Whisky" was produced by Michael Sweet and is available for pre-order at Amazon at this location.
"We've always wanted to record a live album that captures the rawness of the band and this is it! We couldn't be more thrilled then to have captured this at the infamous Whisky, where it all began for us. After 30 years, we're still proud to do what we do and hopefully it shows. This is an intimate performance, the way it should be." More...
Canadian melodic death metal act Crimson Shadows has posted an interactive preview for the upcoming new album "Kings Among Men," the sophomore full length album. The interactive preview, available in the player below, features clips from the entire release.
"Kings Among Men" drops on September 1st in the U.K. & September 9th in North America via Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. March of Victory
2. Rise to Power
3. Heroes Among Us
4. A Gathering of Kings
5. Maidens Call
6. Braving the Storm
7. Freedom and Salvation Intro
8. Freedom and Salvation
9. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides
Check out the preview here: More...
Sweden's Bullet posted a new music video for the new track "Storm of Blades." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new album, set to release on September 5th (EU) and September 9th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list for "Storm of Blades" is:
2. Storm Of Blades
3. Riding High
5. Hawk Eyes
6. This One’s For You
7. Hammer Down
8. It’s On
10. Run With The Hunted
11. Coming In Loud (Bonus Track - Digipak Edition)
The video was produced by Philip Truong for Bläcksquid Inc. Check it out here: More...
German melodic death metal act Words of Farewell announced the departure of guitarist Henrik Tschierschky, due to time constraints of job and university occupations. Tschierschky joined the band in 2011 and appeared on both the debut "Immersion" and the sophomore album "The Black Wild Yonder," which was just issued this past February via AFM Records. The fill in guitarist for live performances will be Robin Dirks (Victims of Prejudice) as the band seeks a permanent replacement.
The announcement reads: "We are sad to announce that we've recently split ways with guitarist Henrik Tschierschky who will no longer be with us due to time constraints resulting from job and university occupations. We had a blast playing with him, hanging out with him, and do wish him all the best for his future endeavors.
"Currently Robin Dirks (Ex Master Splinter & Victims of Prejudice) is filling in. But for geographical reasons we are still looking for a full time member for the slot.
"So if you feel like you're up for the task and live nearby Marl, NRW, hit us up for more information on how to audition for the slot." More...