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Last updated on June 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM ET

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

Satyricon Working On Album

Satyricon is currently working on new material to follow the previous 2013 self-titled album (reviewed here), and the band comments:

"Demo sessions for the new album day two. Really productive day despite having to overcome annoying obstacles. We have always enjoyed getting away during writing and this is the first of many get aways for the new record.

"New stuff is sounding amazing! Our good friend Snorre from Thorns is not involved in the new record, he's just hanging out making sure the vibe is right. Respect." More...

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Skull Fist Parts With Vocalist

Canadian heavy metal band Skull Fist just issued the following statement about parting ways with vocalist / guitarist Zach Slaughter:

"We're really sorry to tell everyone this but Zach has decided to leave Skull Fist for personal reasons. The 3rd album will still be released early 2016 and to clarify, with all 4 members. For the time being, the band will be on hiatus. Until then, hang tight."

The mentioned album will follow 2014's "Chasing the Dream," with further details to be announced shortly. In the mean time, check out a music video off the previous album below. More...

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Heavenwood Posts Drum Recording Clip

Heavenwood has a new (and quite brief) drum recording clip online shot at Serial Drummer studio, which can be seen below. The band also comments:

"Watch this Franky Costanza (Dagoba) video while recording drums for the new Heavenwood album and his fast double bass pattern 240 bpm swivel technique."

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Ancient Issues Album Update

At the end of May, reactivated black metal outfit Ancient announced the band's comeback album was being delayed. Today the group issues the following update about the situation:

"We are sorry to inform you guys, but the production of the new Ancient album 'Back To The Land Of The Dead' is being delayed further, if everything goes as planned, the album will have the final mix done at the Elfo studios in Italy in August.

"Ancient has still not signed with a new label, but this will be happening soon. A new track will be uploaded around end of August. More info. will follow later this week!"

This upcoming release will be Ancient's first new studio album in 11 years since the release of 2004's "Night Visit." More...

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The Atlas Moth Announces Summer Tour

The Atlas Moth has announced a U.S. tour in August with Vattnet Viskar and Profound Lore band Atriarch.

This will be The Moth’s last run in support of the “Old Believer” album as the band will be hard at work on a new album following the live trek. Dates are as follows:

08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock*
08/07 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock*
08/08 – Englewood, CO @ Moe’s*
08/10 – Boise, ID @ Shredder*
08/11 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
08/12 – Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon
08/13 – Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
08/14 – Glendale, CA @ The Complex
08/15 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
08/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
08/17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
08/18 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
08/19 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
08/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
08/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
08/22 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
08/23 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain
08/24 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
08/26 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
08/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

*no Atriarch

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See A Metal Band's Day At The Office

Aphyxion has released some rather unusual Esbjerg Rock Festival footage, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"Michael, our vocalist, mounted a GoPro on his head, and filmed his 'day at the office' - from when he got his first cup of coffee till he played on a gigantic stage at Esbjerg Rock Festival 2015."

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Adaliah Posts New Music Video

Adaliah's music video for "Death's Counterfeit" is now online, taken from the album "Shedding Skin" that is out now via Mediaskare Records. "Death's Counterfeit" was directed by Scott Hansen and can be seen below. The album's full track listing is:

1. Mistakes
2. Ghosts
3. Break or Bleed
4. Shedding Skin
5. Cursed With Disease (ft. Caleb Hatton)
6. Relapse
7. Coffin Nails (ft. Storm Strope of The Last Ten Seconds of Life)
8. Mind Eraser
9. Transitions
10. American Dream
11. Death's Counterfeit
12. New Days

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Meatwound Issues Warning Shot Against Mankind

Meatwound is a band comprised of former members of Combatwoundedveteran, The Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research, and more.

Hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences drive the Meatwound sound; a magnetic gutter wherein the pentatonic, industrialized elements of Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, all while a throbbing Big Black-style of hardcore punk gets a scuzzy sci-fi kick in the nuts that harkens The Locust.

"Addio," Meatwound's debut, was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and features the twisted artwork of Chris Norris, aka Steak Mtn.

The first warning shot from "Addio," titled "Funeral State," can now be heard below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. In Toilet
2. Goliath
3. Funeral State
4. Hand Of God
5. Meat Pack
6. I Am Transgressor More...

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Elitist Releases "Idle Hands" Video

Elitist's self-titled album dropped today (June 30th) and now a new music video has also come online for the disc's fourth track "Idle Hands," which can be seen below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Vision Red (streaming here)
2. Sense and Security
3. Numbered
4. Idle Hands
5. Deadweight
6. Return to Sender
7. Amber
8. Lonely Giant
9. Gone
10. Creatures of Habit
11. End Game More...

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Divahar Posts "Shadows" Video

DivahaR has a new music video online for the "Shadows" track, taken from the "Divarise" album and directed by Serj Gabyan. The album's full track listing is:

1. Shadows
2. Blindness
3. Call of the Fire
4. Alien
5. Ravenstone
6. Into the Heights
7. Areakan
8. Insane Silence More...

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Cadaveria Posts "Strangled Idols" Video

The official music video for the song “Strangled Idols” from horror metal outfit Cadaveria is now online. “Strangled Idols” is taken from Cadaveria's latest album "Silence," released on November 18th, 2014 via Scarlet Records.

This video was produced by Morbid Vision and iRRegular videomaking, on the basis of a storyboard written by the band. Check it out below.

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Kaeck Releasing "Stormkult" Album

Kaeck was formed in the winter of 2014, consisting of members of Sammath, Kjeld, and Noordelingen who have been active in the black metal community for 20+ years.

The purpose of Kaeck is to wander the path of black metal in its purest and primal form, with the "Stormkult" album now set to be unleashed on August 28th. Today you can also check out the track "De Heerser Wederkeert" below.

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Fallen Angels Posts Lyric Video

Seattle, WA thrash band Fallen Angels wants you to remember the nuclear chaos brought upon Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII with a new lyric video for "Nightmare."

"Nightmare" is also being offered as a free download here and is one of eight tracks on the band's upcoming third studio release "World In Decay," produced by Grammy award winning engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors).

The album is set to be released on August 4, 2015 vial Cyberdyne Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Hammer's Blow (4:25)
2. Nightmare (4:58)
3. Forsaken Existence (5:05)
4. Leading the Blind (4:36)
5. Fire At Eden's Gate (6:13)
6. Into The Abyss (5:39)
7. The Hour of the Time (5:40)
8. Mortis Ex Machina (4:28) More...

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Windfaerer Releases New Song

New Jersey's own Windfaerer forges a soundscape that entwines folkloric elegance with black metal ferocity.

On upcoming effort "Tenebrosum," Windfaerer casts off the edge of black metal and takes the listener on a spiritual journey of discovery, embarking into unknown, treacherous seas. The album is named after the archaic term for the Atlantic Ocean ("Mare Tenebrosum"), meaning "sea of darkness."

In celebration of its forthcoming unveiling as an independent release on September 22nd, today the opening track "Celestial Supremacy" comes online for for public appreciation. The full album's track listing is:

1. Celestial Supremacy
2. Finisterra
3. Tales Told In Oblivion
4. Santería
5. The Everlasting
6. Morir En El Olvido
7. The Outer Darkness More...

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Pit Stories: Avoiding The Sea Of Flailing Fists

After a McDonald's cheeseburger break down from Zimmer's Hole and fights breaking out in the pit during every. single. song. of an Oceano set, today's Pit Story comes courtesy of Gyre guitarist Chirag Bhatt.

In the tale below, Bhatt reminisces about a simpler time when he wasn't cool enough to listen to At The Gates and ended up stranded atop a table in a sea of thrown fists during a Terror live set:

So, this brief but amusing tale takes place at the now closed Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey, sometime in the mid-2000's (honestly, every year from that decade has blurred together in my mind). It was probably my first time at a real hardcore show with bands like Terror and others playing. Though me and a few friends were really only there to see The Black Dahlia Murder because we were in our late teens and nowhere near cool enough to listen to At The Gates.

So, TBDM goes up and crushes their set and I spend the next 10 minutes downing glasses of water for my damaged throat as I had attempted to growl along the previous 30 minutes while forgetting that I don't know the first fucking thing about growling. In any case, it was a fun, crazy time in an old-fashioned metal mosh pit.

Soon enough, Terror goes up and suddenly the mosh pit turned into MJ's "Beat It" video sans the dancing. A flurry of flailing fists and face bandanas eventually lead to my friends and I standing on top of a couple of tables on the edges of the venue because we came to listen to metal, have a good time and not lose teeth. But before we got too down on ourselves for not being so down with the cool kidz, I looked over to the table to my right and saw none other than a few members of TBDM standing right on those tables with us wondering what in the actual fuck was happening - a sentiment we expressed to each other through bewildered looks and monosyllabic grunts of fear. All in all, the moment was a bizarre mix of fanboyism and concern for our physical well-being. But what more can you ask of a metal show?

The band’s new self-released EP "Moirai" is out now and available for stream/purchase at Bandcamp here (also available for listening below). If you missed it, check out Gyre's "I Release" drum playthrough video at this location. More...

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InAeona Announces Shows With Cult Of Luna

The Boston-based trio InAeona will support the release of Prosthetic debut “Force Rise The Sun” with a series of performances alongside Cult of Luna and Kylesa. The dates are as follows:

9/1 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
9/2 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
9/3 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theater
9/4 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s

“Force Rise The Sun” will be released this coming August 7th, 2015 and the new single "Leader" can be heard below. More...

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Bat Added To GWAR-B-Q Lineup

Bat, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin, and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce the group's recent addition to this year's Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia.

Bat will perform alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more. The band's Gwar B-Q appearance follows a headlining performance in Raleigh and serves as a precursor to a rare run of live abrasions through Richmond, Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh in September.

Comments Ryan Waste of the oncoming onstage demolitions: "After finishing up our debut full length album on Hells Headbangers this summer, we in Bat are gearing up for a short run around some rad US festivals. The first being the Gwar B-Q in our hometown of Richmond, which is always wet and wild. Come September, we hit the road again to play in Cleveland at the Hell's Headbash. We're thrilled to play with our pals in High Spirits and Midnight on the opening night. Beforehand, we're cramming in another hometown gig and hitting Chicago and Pittsburgh to round out the Labor Day weekend. Come rage with us and always beware of the Bat!"

8/14/2015 Southland Ballroom - Raleigh, NC
8/15/2015 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad's Lake - Richmond, VA
9/03/2015 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
9/04/2015 Hell's Headbash (Agora) - Cleveland, OH
9/05/2015 El Rey Ballroom - Chicago, IL
9/06/2015 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA More...

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Khemmis Streaming Full "Absolution" Album

The entire mighty "Absolution," the debut LP from Denver-based doom metal quartet Khemmis, is now online for streaming as the band prepares for its release via 20 Buck Spin next Tuesday. Listen in below. You can also catch the new doom titans live on these upcoming dates:

8/01/2015 Hi-Dive - Denver, CO * "Absolution" release show w/ Call Of The Void,
8/06/2015 Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Satanarchist, Brainscraper
8/07/2015 McCoy's - Olympia, WA w/ Infinite Flux
8/08/2015 High Water Mark - Portland, OR w/ Druden, Satanarchist
8/09/2015 The Wandering Goat - Eugene, OR
8/10/2015 Café Colonial - Sacramento, CA
8/11/2015 Golden Bull Bar - Oakland, CA w/ Bog Oak
8/12/2015 San Jose Rock Shop - San Jose, CA
8/13/2015 TBA - Los Osos, CA
8/14/2015 Complex - Los Angeles, CA w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch
8/15/2015 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch More...

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Scale The Summit Announces New Album

The instrumental progressive quartet Scale The Summit will release fifth album, “V,” worldwide on September 18th.

The “V” cover by British artist Duncan Storr is a composite of images that visually represent the titles of specific songs on the new album. Over the next two weeks, Prosthetic will unveil the artwork piece-by-piece and song-by-song, beginning with the album’s opening track, “The Winged Bull" and now today moving onto ending track "The Golden Bird."

“V” was mixed by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist), who also worked with the band on previous album “The Migration.” This upcoming album is the group’s first with new drummer J.C. Bryant, who joined the group earlier this year.

1. The Winged Bull
10. The Golden Bird More...

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Aonia Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Aonia just issued the following message online about cancelling upcoming European tour dates slated for July:

"With heavy hearts, we must announce that we have to postpone the planned European tour this July with our good friends Alwaid.

"Sadly, the partner of one of our members has been diagnosed with a cancerous lymphoma. The doctors have begun treatment, and - as anyone who has undergone chemotherapy can attest - the side effects have left them extremely weak and ill.

"Our member feels unable to leave the country while their partner is so ill, a decision which we all agree with 100%. We also feel that embarking on our first foray into Europe with one member missing would be the wrong thing to do – and so, the only right thing to do in this circumstance is to withdraw.

"Alwaid and their support acts will still be appearing at the shows as planned, and we are extremely grateful to Alwaid for the support and understanding that they have shown. We thank you in advance, our friends and fans – the Aonia family – for your support while we help our bandmate through this horrible time."

If you missed it, a recently uploaded tour video documentary from the band's last trek with Alwaid can still be seen here.

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Parkway Drive Reveals New Album Details

Australia's Parkway Drive will release fifth album, "Ire," this coming September 25th on Epitaph. A video featuring death defying stunts for the track "Vice Grip" can also be seen below. Vocalist Winston McCall comments:

“This is the album for us. Every single step of the way, whenever there was gamble to take, we took the biggest one we could. If this isn’t the album that can go further than anything we thought was possible with this band and this type of music, that’s fine, but we can’t go back from this as far as we’re concerned.”

Pre-orders for "Ire" are available at this location and Parkway Drive will tour worldwide in support of the release, with U.S. dates to be announced soon. The album's track listing is:

1. Destroyer
2. Dying To Believe
3. Vice Grip
4. Crushed
5. Fractures
6. Writings on the Wall
7. Bottom Feeder
8. The Sound of Violence
9. Vicious
10. Dedicated
11. A Deathless Song More...

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Lychgate Posts New Song Online

Today the new Lychgate track "Deus Te Videt" comes online, which will be the sixth out of eight songs to appear on upcoming sophomore album "An Antidote for the Glass Pill."

The album features Greg Chandler (Esoteric) and V. (The One) is set to drop via Blood Music on August 18th, 2015. The track listing is as follows:

1. Unto My Tempest
2. Davamesque B2
3. I Am Contempt
4. A Principle on Seclusion
5. Letter XIX
6. Deus Te Videt
7. The Illness Named Imagination
8. An Acousmatic Guardian
9. My Fate to Burn Forever
10. The Pinnacle Known to Sisyphus More...

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Minds Like Mirrors Posts "Monuments" Video

Minds Like Mirrors has released a new music video for the song "Monuments," complete with flaming instruments - check it out below.

"Monuments" is the third single off the band's upcoming EP "Metanoia" (release date TBA). The clip was directed by David Borges and was shot in various areas of the group's home state of Maryland. Vocalist Peter Austin comments:

“This song is probably one of the best testaments to the meaning of our EP 'Metanoia.' A changing of one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life, is something we chose to express visually with our track ‘Monuments’. While the song carries a different meaning for each band member, the message remains the same. You are not alone.” More...

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The Unravelling Streams New Single

Following debut album "13 Arcane Hymns" (reviewed here), The Unravelling's lead vocalist Steve Moore was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He spent the next year and a half in surgery/recovery, sending his collaborative partnership with the project's co-founder and instrumentalist, Gustavo De Beauville, into a hiatus.

Following Moore’s recent recovery from cancer, The Unravelling is now back and more focused than ever, celebrating with the menacing and forceful "Master Drone" single. Complete with new artwork from Shaun Friesen, the project is moving forward with it's own eccentric and mysterious artistic sensibility.

About the single, Moore says, "The 'Master Drone' is certain of his reality, and therefore living through an artifact. He is opinionated, and likely a respectable, ambitious member of society. He could be a motivational speaker, an atheist, a religious leader, a 'life coach' or a serial entrepreneur. He thrives within identity and strives for new identities as he grows old. He's in all of us. He represents our human programming."

Gustavo comments, "'Master Drone' turned out quite dark, heavy and to the point - I think it's gonna be a doozy to perform live." More...

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Jeff Waters Interviews Wacken Metal Battle Bands

Wacken Open Air TV just posted video of Annihilator's Jeff Waters guest judging and interviewing bands during this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada.

Watch live clips and sit downs with 2015 champions Vesperia, 2014 winners Mutank, plus competing bands such as Dahlmers Realm, Windy City Slaughter, Elnora, Shark Infested Daughters, Hellborn Death Engines, AfterEarth, Dethgod, Fayne, Evertrapped, DistortHead, Decadawn, ...From the Deep, Endemise, Deathrow Six, Chariots of The Gods, and more.

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Watertank Streams Full "Destination Unknown" Album

"Destination Unknown," the sophomore album from French quartet Watertank, is out today through Solar Flare Records and playing online in its entirety. Give it a listen in the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Automatic Reset 03:11
2. Fever 02:18
3. Contrails 03:59
4. DCVR 04:25
5. Last / Lost Hope 03:04
6. Surrender 01:50
7. Doomed Drifters 04:40
8. Scheme 05:21
9. Destination Unknown 04:02 More...

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Spillage Releases Debut Album

Nearly 10 years in the making, the debut album from Spillage has just been let loose on the highways of hard rock/metal.

Tony Spillman, formerly of Earthen Grave, has assembled a lineup that brings the songs of Spillage to life with raw emotion, colorful landscapes, and at time, full blown rage. Lothar Keller (The Skull/Divinity Compromised) lends his range to light up the vocals, Nick Bozidarevic (Band of Brothers) joins Tony to create a very Tipton/Downing-esque guitar duo, and Willie Max (Blackfinger/Shadoz Edge) and Chris Martins (Band of Brothers) hold down a thunderous rhythm section, while Paul Rau lays down the essential keyboard accents. Special guest lead guitar spots by none other than Trouble's Bruce Franklin send things into the stratosphere.

Produced by the Bruce Franklin, the self-titled "Spillage" debut is now released world wide on June 30th, 2015 via Qumran Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Darkness
2. Live In Fear
3. The Road
4. Call It Freedom
5. In Hell
6. Insomnia
7. Devil Woman
8. Land Of Opportunity
9. We Are More...

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Just For Fun

Anthrax Releasing "Devil You Know" Bourbon

In keeping with the goal of finding the "best of the best" for fans regardless of who manufactures it, the members of Anthrax have produced a new bourbon, "The Devil You Know," priced at $59 and available now at this location.

"If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them," said Anthrax's Scott Ian. "We really enjoyed 'Indians,' the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly."

Consequently, Anthrax decided to do another round of "taste testing," this time working with Kentucky-based Knob Creek to produce two barrels of a high-end bourbon, "The Devil You Know," now part of the distillery's small batch bourbon collection. Both barrels were aged for nine years, a process that results in a much richer more distinctive taste, and every bottle purchased ships with a card personally autographed by the band.

Anthrax is currently in the final stages of recording the follow up to Grammy-nominated 2011 hit, "Worship Music." The new album is expected out early 2016. More...

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Ghost Key Streams New EP

Peoria’s hardcore newcomers Ghost Key just released new EP "The Things I Am Not" today through No Sleep Records. You can also stream the release in full at Punknews.org here.

Ghost Key will be performing a handful of shows with Shai Hulud in July. See the band live on these dates:

July 10 - Providence, RI - Simons 677
July 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - My Place Pizza
July 12 - Lemoyne, PA - The Champ
July 13 - Silver Spring, MD - Koi Room
July 14 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
July 15 - Jackson, MS - Doc 36
July 16 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova
July 17 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
July 18 - Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats West
July 19 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
July 20 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
July 21 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
July 22 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward
July 23 - Green Bay, WI - Lyric Room @ Keggers
July 24 - Peoria, IL - The Brass Rail
July 25 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry

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Regarde Les Hommes Tomber Reveals Album Details

A second track from the upcoming Regarde Les Hommes Tomber album "Exile" will be release tomorrow, and today the band unveils the artwork and track listing, which will be as follows:

I. L'Exil
II. A Sheep Among The Wolves
III. Embrace The Flames (streaming here)
IV. They Came...
V. ...To Take Us
VI. Thou Shall Lie Down
VII. The Incandescent March More...

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Announces Summer Shows

The Seattle doom merchants in Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth will bring their lumbering odes to stages throughout North America next month supporting Neurosis.

Slated to embark on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, the trek will coil its way through sixteen cities, including one headlining performance, coming to a close on August 16th in Houston, Texas. Additional support will be provided by The Body, Sumac, Iron Tongue and Pinkish Black on select dates.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle of the journey, "Being a huge fan of what Neurosis does for so long, we are really excited that we have the honor and privilege of being support for them on this tour. It is a gift for us to be able to do this." More...

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Negative Plane Announces Tour With Malthusian

Negative Plane once again returns to Europe to undertake what will be the final run of shows in support of second album, "Stained Glass Revelations," before work proper begins on new material that will see the light of day in the not-too-distant future.

Support for the tour comes from Invictus Productions labelmates Malthusian, who recently released a second EP through the label Below the Hengiform. As two unique entities bringing out the primordial elements inherent within black, death, and doom metal, both Negative Plane and Malthusian are a complementary duo that will certainly darken the remaining summer days.

July 15th - Voodoo Lounge, Dublin (IRL)
July 16th - The Black Heart, Camden, London (without Malthusian) (UK)
July 17th-18th - Chaos Descends Fest, Crispendorf, Germany (without Malthusian) (DE)
July 19th - K-17, Berlin (DE)
July 20th - Show Barlang, Bupapest (HU)
July 21st - Flying Circus Pub, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
July 22nd - Grelle Forelle, Vienna (AT)
July 23rd - Freakout Club, Bologna (IT)
July 24th - Werk 21, Zurich (CH)
July 25th - Helvete, Oberhausen (DE)
July 26th - Willemeen, Arnhem (NL) More...

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Funerary Streaming New Split Track

On August 11th, Midnite Collective will unleash the 12" split from Phoenix, Arizona's Funerary and Trieste, Italy's Oooze, just before the two hit the road for a U.S. tour with Relapse Records' own Lycus and special appearances with Fórn and Loss.

This week another dark glimpse into this split is offered up with Funerary's miserable "Descent." Check it out below. The split's track listing is as follows:

Side A: Funerary
1. Ascent
2. Descent

Side B: Ooze
1. Targeted (listen here)
2. Necrotopya
3. Bridges Burned
4. Satanachia's Will More...

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Speedtrap Releasing "Straight Shooter" Album

Speedtrap’s sophomore album, "Straight Shooter," will hit the shops on September 11th via Svart Records, and the new single, also titled "Straight Shooter," is out now as a teaser for the album and the band's summer live performances. Svart Records comments:

"Speedtrap's debut album, 'Powerdose,' took many by surprise and left many established acts eating dust on several end-of-the-year lists in 2013. Metal Hammer called it 'metal fed on a diet of Motorhead and alcohol, Exciter and suspect powders – high octane and hellbent for leather' while InvisibleOranges.com considered it a 'fist-raising triumph.' Since then, Speedtrap has performed across the European continent and also gone through some lineup changes: Jaakko Hietakangas (ex-Ranger) has joined the ranks as second guitarist, and Antti Salminen has taken up bass duties while earlier bassist Markus Hietamies has switched to the drum-set.

"Even though Speedtrap still are a loud, obnoxious bunch of catchy riff-mongers with no regard for speed limits, 'Straight Shooter' also showcases the band’s ability to push the envelope and, with their new dual-guitar setup, write memorable songs that twist and turn like a drag racer on LSD." More...

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Rotting Christ Releasing Live Album

Greek metal band Rotting Christ has announced a live double-album titled "Lucifer Over Athens," recorded in December 2013 in the group's home city of Athens and featuring a setlist running from early demos to Rotting Christ's most recent album.

"Lucifer over Athens" will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on August 21st, and is available for pre-order here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. 6 6 6
2. Dub Sag Ta Ke
3. Athanatoi Este
4. ?ta ??? ?aiµ??a ?a?t??
5. Nemecic
6. After Dark I Feel
7. Sorrowfull Farewell
8. Among Two Storms
9. Gloria De Domino Inferni
10. Feast Of The Grant Whore
11. The Nereid Of Esgalduin
12. Forest Of ‘N Gai
13. The Sign Of Evil Existence
14. Transform All Suffering Into Plague
15. Fgmenth Thy Gift
16. Societas Satanas More...

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Tombstalker Signs With Shadow Kingdom

Shadow Kingdom Records dug through the wastelands of Kentucky to find and sign, Tombstalker. The label comments:

"Established in 2008 these champions of chaos have been harnessing their unique blend of black and death metal fury and are prepared to conquer all in their path. At its core lies a foundation of dark and venomous death metal in the vein of the early 90s Swedish pioneers, further injected with a heavy dose of Bolt Thrower that crushes like tank treads over fragile bones! They also have elements of evil thrash metal such as (early) Sepultura, dark melodic sense of Dissection or Necrophobic, and lastly nods to early 80s UK and Scandinavian hardcore. When it all comes to together it makes for one disgusting beast of a band!

"Their debut full-length album 'Black Crusades' is set to devastate the underground with its filth ridden, hammer crushing anthems of chaos. An unholy union of extreme metal accomplished without detracting from any one school this album makes for a refreshing take on classic sounds. Above all Tombstalker represents the warrior spirit and evolution through conflict! There is only WAR!" More...

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Conveyer Signs With Victory

Victory Records just issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with mallcore outfit Conveyer:

"Victory Records is proud to usher in the new leaders of melodic hardcore, Conveyer. The band has laid a solid foundation over the last few years through numerous self-booked, successful North American tours and a self-released debut album, 'Worn Out.'

"As the newest addition to the Victory Records family, Conveyer prepares to build on their devoted and faithful following with their sophomore release, 'When Given Time To Grow,' set to be released September 4th, 2015."

Get a taste of the upcoming album with the new song “Haven" below. Frontman Danny Adams also comments on the signing:

“Realizing Victory was on board with Conveyer and wanted to help us do more was a surreal experience. When I was thirteen or fourteen, my mom signed up for a Victory sampler, and it got me into bands like Atreyu, Bayside, Silverstein and eventually The Warriors and Refused. A majority of the bands that got me into going to shows and participating in a local hardcore/metal scene were putting out records through Victory before I even knew what music I liked." More...

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Tribe Gets "Lost"

"Lost" is the latest video to come online from Los Angeles based progressive metal band Tribe - check it out below.

The song is taken from the band's full-length album, "Atlas," released on May 26th 2015 via Tribe’s own indie label, Primitive Records. The album is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Google Play and other digital music stores and features the following track listing:

1. Lost
2. Metamorphosis
3. Burn The Empire (watch the video here)
4. Terreiro
5. Global Hysteria
6. Conduit (streaming here)
7. Manifest
8. The Fix
9. Helix
10. Trojan (available here)
11. Gravity (check out the video clip)
12. Mangue More...

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Lamb Of God Posts "Overlord" Video

Lamb Of God just revealed an official music video for the brand new track “Overlord.” As with the previously released “512” track, “Overlord” is directed by Jorge Torres-Torres.

“Overlord” is the second official music video to be released in support of the band’s upcoming seventh full-length album, "VII: Sturm Und Drang," hitting stores and digital retailers on July 24th, 2015 via Epic Records.

“Overlord” is what some may consider the most unique and versatile track on the record – a new play on the revered Lamb Of God sound. The track “Overlord” uniquely features clean vocals and lyrics penned by vocalist Randy Blythe, and the video itself features his own personal concept and treatment.

“For years I've wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind's eye could be translated into film for others to watch,” Blythe begins. “Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for 'Overlord' is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my 'mental script' into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me. More...

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T.A.N.K. Releasing "Symbiosis" Album

T.A.N.K. (Think Of A New Kind) has revealed September 21st as the release date for new album "Symbiosis," with pre-orders to come online soon. In the mean time, check out the cover artwork and track listing below.

1. Away?
2. Symbiosis
3. From the Straight and Narrow
4. Baneful Storm
5. Nihil
6. Blood Relation (feat. Björn ‘Speed’ Strid)
7. The Chrysalis
8. Troubled Days
9. Drawing Hope
10. Legacy
11. Like Vultures
12. The Edge of Time More...

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Firelord Wields The "Hammer Of Chaos"

Firelord - a doomish stoner metal band - just unveiled the artwork by Randy Ramdhani for the upcoming "Hammer of Chaos" EP.

This impending EP features four new tracks produced by Daniele Giordana and an extra Slo Burn cover ("Pilot of the Dune"). Stay tuned for more info and the official release date.

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Soulfly Sold It's Soul To Metal With New Track

Soulfly released a lyric video for the new track "We Sold Our Souls to Metal," the opening track on the new album "Archangel." The album is set to drop worldwide on August 14th via Nuclear Blast.

The album's track listing is:

1. We Sold Our Souls To Metal
2. Archangel
3. Sodomites (feat. Todd Jones of Nails)
4. Ishtar Rising
5. Live Life Hard! (feat. Matt Young of King Parrot)
6. Shamash
7. Bethlehem’s Blood
8. Titans
9. Deceiver
10. Mother Of Dragons (feat. Richie Cavalera of Incite, Igor Cavalera of Lody Kong, Anahid M.O.P.)

Bonus Tracks for special edition:

12. Acosador Nocturno
13. Soulfly X More...

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Die Choking Announces Album, Tour Dates

Philadelphia's hypergrind violators from Die Choking will release their debut full-length LP, "III," through The Compound Recs late this summer as the band begins a rigorous tour schedule in the coming weeks.

"III" was recorded in April with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted) capturing Die Chokin's most intense material yet. The band then sanctioned Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Nails) for its mastering.

Die Choking will partner with The Compound for the release of "III" this September on all digital platforms as well as three color variations of 180-gram colored LP with exclusive colors and merch bundle packages. The cover artwork, confirmed street date and more will be issued in the coming days, followed by new official videos, audio samples and more. See the band live: More...

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Halo Of Dreams Streaming EP

Finland's thrash/death five piece band Halo Of Dreams has made the three track "Kidu" EP available online for streaming. Listen in below or over at the band's YouTube profile here. The track listing is:

1. Viisasten Juoma
2. Polku, Valhe ja Kuolema
3. Kidu

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Meadows End Streams Sixth "Sojourn" Track

The "Sojourn" continues as Swedish metal band Meadows End releases the sixth in a series of once-a-month tracks from the album.

Today track 6, "Deadlands," comes online and can be heard in the YouTube player below. If you missed fifth track "Soulslain," it can still be found online for streaming at this location.

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Riverside Unveils New Album

Having just played a first post-studio live show as part of the Metal Hammer Festival / Prog Edition in Kattowice, Poland this past weekend, Riversie is pleased to announce the first details for an upcoming studio album.

Entitled "Love, Fear and the Time Machine," the band's sixth studio album will be released via InsideOut Music on September 4th, 2015. It features cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and contains the following track listing:

1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
2. Under the Pillow
3. #Addicted
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
5. Saturate Me
6. Afloat
7. Discard Your Fear
8. Towards the Blue Horizon
9. Time Travellers
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching) More...

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Amorphis Posts In Studio Preview Clip For New LP

Amorphis posted the first in a series of in studio preview clips for the upcoming new album "Under The Red Cloud," which will be released worldwide on September 4th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The clip gives an insight into the pre-production process with producer Jens Bogren.

Drummer Jan Rechberger comments: "We have been working there with Jens Bogren for one week. This time was a great experience and Jens made us playing more aggressive and working really hard."

The track list for the album is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death Of A King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Cannabis Corpse Announces Fall Tour

Death metal powerhouse Cannabis Corpse has announced a new North American tour.

The trek, featuring Revocation, label-mates Archspire, and Black Fast, begins on September 3rd in Providence, RI and sees the band trekking across the U.S. and Canada before concluding a month later in Boston, MA.

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

9/3/2015 Providence, RI @ Dusk*
9/4/2015 New York, NY @ Studio @ Webster
9/5/2015 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
9/6/2015 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
9/8/2015 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
9/9/2015 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
9/10/2015 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
9/11/2015 Cave in Rock, IL @ Full Terror Assault Fest**
9/12/2015 Ft Worth, TX @ Rail Club
9/13/2015 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
9/14/2015 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
9/16/2015 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
9/17/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
9/18/2015 Los Angeles, CA @ Mystery Box
9/19/2015 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
9/20/2015 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
9/21/2015 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/22/2015 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
9/24/2015 Edmonton, CA @ Starlite
9/25/2015 Regina, SK @ Riddell Center
9/26/2015 Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel
9/27/2015 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater Studio B
9/29/2015 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
9/30/2015 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck***
10/1/2015 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's***
10/2/2015 Quebec City, QC @ La Source***
10/3/2015 Boston, MA @ Great Scott*** More...

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Diemonds Signs With Napalm Records

Toronto hard rock act Diemonds have signed on with Napalm Records. The band's third release "Never Gonna Die" will be issued on September 4th. A lyric video for the new track "Over It" (see below) will give you a taste of what is to come.

"Stoked to be a part of the Napalm family, ready to unleash our proudest and most exciting album to date." says C.C Diemond about the signing and upcoming album.

With "Never Wanna Die" the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n' roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to the sound, Diemonds takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild children, and misfits, and combine them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to. Priya Panda, the band's front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has has been waiting for. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever-growing legions of the band's loyal following are any indication, Diemonds is firmly carving a path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.

The artwork and track listing for "Never Wanna Die" is:

1. Never Wanna Die
2. Hell Is Full
3. Over It
4. Ain't That Kinda Girl
5. Secret
6. Better Off Dead
7. Forever Untamed
8. Wild At Heart
9. Meet Your Maker
10. Save Your Life More...

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Deathhammer Posts Full New Album Online

The Norwegian black-thrash commando that is Deathhammer now streams the entirety of new album "Evil Power" - which is out officially today via Hells Headbangers on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. The track listing is as follows:

1. Warriors of Evil
2. Total Metal
3. Satan is Back
4. Powertrip
5. Sinner's Possession
6. Belial's Curse
7. Rot in Shreds
8. Omen of the Beast More...

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Malevolent Creation Leads You On "Dead Man's Path"

The wait will soon be over: five years after the release of the last studio album "Invidious Dominion" in 2010, Florida death metal act Malevolent Creation is back. The new album "Dead Man’s Path," will be issued via Century Media Records worldwide on September 18th.

The band says: "Expect nothing but a ferocious, riff-driven and relentlessly uncompromising death/thrash massacre. No one can destroy this Malevolent Creation!"

The cover artwork (shown below) was created by tattoo artist German Latorres. Detailed info on the various formats and track listings for "Dead Man’s Path" (incl. vinyl color splits) will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

The band's lineup is:

Brett Hoffmann – vocals
Phil Fasciana – guitars
Gio Geraca – guitars
Jason Blachowicz – bass
Justin DiPinto – drums More...

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Nervosa Premieres "Into Moshpit" Music Video

All female Brazilian thrashers Nervosa are about ready to hit the road on a massive tour of Europe all this summer with the likes of U.S. thrash legends Hirax and a run with Crisix and Desolator, culminating in the band's first headline tour of the U.K.

Appropriately, in celebration of the upcoming tour, the band has premiered its new music video for the track "Into Moshpit," which appears on the 2014 debut album "Victim of Yourself," which is available now via Napalm Records at this location.

Metal Underground is proud to present the premiere of the video here:

All the upcoming tour dates can be found below: More...

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DragonForce Posts "In The Line Of Fire" DVD Clip

U.K. power metal act DragonForce released a preview clip for the upcoming debut DVD release "In the Line of Fire." The live DVD/CD/Blu-ray release is expected July 10th via earMusic.

The DVD was shot in High Definition during the bands ultimate stage headline show at 2014’s Loud Park Festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. It features nine camera angles to capture the raw energy of their show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide.

Guitarist Herman Li explains: “We always held the opinion that if we ever did a DVD we wanted to do it properly. Now, having released six studio albums we thought we had a great cross section of material to pick from and we knew the facilities at Loud Park made it a great place to film a show. Everything just came together and we’re very pleased with the results and hope the fans will be also”.

The track listing below features a mixture of new songs from the latest album "Maximum Overload" mixed in with foot stomping anthems and lightning fast shred-fests from previous releases.

1. Fury of the Storm
2. Three Hammers (streaming here)
3. Black Winter Night
4. Tomorrow's Kings
5. Seasons
6. Symphony of the Night
7. Cry Thunder
8. Ring of Fire
9. Through the Fire and the Flames
10. Valley of the Damned

Check out the clip here: More...

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Deathrite Lays Down The "Toxic Hammer"

German punk death act Deathrite is streaming the new track "Toxic Hammer," which is taken from the new album "Revelation of Chaos." The album is scheduled for release on July 24th via via Prosthetic Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Melting Skies
2. Circle of Destruction (song streaming here)
3. Determinate To Rot
4. Toxic Hammer
5. Mayhem Remains
6. Wrathbringer
7. Salute To Death
8. Swords and Revolt
9. Predator
10. Infernal Domination

Check out "Toxic Hammer" here More...

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Krossfire Issues "Fall From Grace" Lyric Video

Bulgarian progressive power metal band act Krossfire released a lyric video for the new track "Fall From Grace." The song will appear on the upcoming sophomore release "Shades of Darkness," expected for release later this year via Pure Steel Records. The album is the follow up to the 2011 debut "Learning to Fly" (see review here).

The band commented on the track: ""The song and lyric are loosely based on Goethe's tragic play 'Faust' and the idea of getting everything you want, the universal knowledge, but paying the ultimate price."

More information on "Shades of Darkness" is expected shortly. Check out "Fall From Grace" here:

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As Darkness Dies Signs With Pure Steel

Connecticut metal act As Darkness Dies (f/k/a Graven Image) has signed on with Pure Steel Records for the release of the new album "Life Incomplete." The album was produced by Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and will be released later this year (date TBA). A preview clip for the album can be heard at this location.

The band issued the following statement about the signing: "As Darkness Dies (ADD) are pleased to have signed with 'Pure Steel Records' from Germany. This culminates a lot of hard work and effort by the band and our producer Michael Vescera guiding us every step along the way. To go from local band to being a signed band is something every musician dreams of; we have been given that chance, and opportunity. Art is art regardless of the medium, and to have the chance to get it onto a world stage is something every artist hopes and dreams about. We are looking forward to the future, and looking back on the past, and how and where it all started, a couple of guys playing music just hoping they were good enough for people to like what it is that they are putting together.

"Here’s to all the possibilities, aspirations and dreams, and to giving people something they can hold on too. Music is more powerful than any other force in life because it sums up everything in life. And we all love that one song. Here’s to music, here’s to all it can bring out in each and every one of us." More...

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Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime Posts CD-Trailer

Operation: Mindcrime, the new band of former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate, is streaming an album trailer for the upcoming new album "The Key".

Check out the album preview now below.

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Iron Witch Streaming New Track

Liverpool, UK sludge outfit Iron Witch is streaming its brand new single "Left Behind" taken from the forthcoming album due winter 2015 via Secret Law Records.

Check out now "Left Behind" below.

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Interview With Morbid Angel's Steven Tucker Posted

Bassist/vocalist Steven Tucker who recently rejoined Morbid Angel, replacing longtime frontman David Vincent, was interviewed by Jet on the June 26 edition of the "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show on Metal Messiah Radio.

States Tucker about the new album: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."

You can now listen to the entire chat using the player below.

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Thy Art Is Murder Premieres Controversial New Clip

Australia's Thy Art Is Murder premieres a controversial video for the title track to the band's new album "Holy War," which will be made available today (June 30th) in North America.

Check out "Holy War" below.

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