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Last updated on April 28, 2015 at 4:51 PM ET

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Pit Stories: The Summer Of '89

We've all got fond memories of that one unforgettable show, and for this week's Pit Story, Daemonskald from the Canadian band SIG:AR:TYR shares this tale of seeing Metallica live back in '89:

In the summer of 1989, I was 19 and drove with a group of friends from London, Ontario to the famous Pine Knob Theatre in Michigan to see Metallica on the Justice For All tour. It was a very hot day, and there were 5 of us in a compact car with no air conditioning. Even with the windows rolled down for most of the 3 hour drive, all of us were in muscle shirts and sticking to each other in a horrifying, sweltering mess.

When we arrived, it was like a big football tailgate party in the parking lot with everyone partying it up before the gates opened. One of our guys got very friendly with a girl in the pickup truck parked beside us, and before we knew it, had run off with her into the bushes. Meanwhile, her big, mean-looking boyfriend came back wondering where she had got to. Some of his friends pointed towards our vehicle, and we actually watched him angrily put on brass knuckles and wait for them to come back. The girl and our friend came back separately, and she must of came up with a good excuse because things cooled down and we could stop worrying that we were going to get into a giant brawl before we even got into the venue.

The Cult opened up the show. At one point Ian Astbury seemed to have lost his famous cowboy hat in the crazy crowd. Metallica was amazing, but the one thing I remember most is that the crowd started a giant bonfire in the lawn seats and it just seemed to grow in size as the night went on. Then, hundreds of people started to mosh around the giant fire like some ancient pagan ritual. It was the most insane thing I’ve ever seen at a concert. Whenever I hear Creeping Death, that memorable day as a teenager in the 80’s always comes to mind.

SIG:AR:TYR will release the "Northen" full-length album - the band's first studio release in five years - later this coming Fall, with more details at this location. More...

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Maiden United Releasing "Remembrance" Album

Acoustic Iron Maiden tribute band Maiden United's “Remembrance” album will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12” vinyl, and as a digital download. The album contains 9 classic Iron Maiden songs in new acoustic arrangements with the following contributing musicians:

Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass
Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld) - Piano
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) – Hammond
Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) – Drums on Prowler
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) – Piano on Prowler
Thunderstick (Samson) - Drums on Burning Ambition
Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden) – Vocals on Prowler
Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden) – Vocals on Futureal
Wudstik (Ayreon) and Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Vocals on Aces High
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Violin on Still Life '15

The track listing is as follows:

1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition
6. Futureal
7. Aces High
8. Prowler
9. Still Life '15 More...

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Billy Club Sandwich Posts DVD Trailer

Veteran Bronx NYHC foursome Billy Club Sandwich has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming DVD collection, "Japan Suspects Tour."

The DVD, set to be released on May 12th through Dead City Records, can be pre-ordered now through the Dead City webstore. Featuring over 70-minutes of Billy Club Sandwich mayhem - professionally recorded live footage of classic songs, rare, behind-the-scenes lost tour footage, music videos, bonus footage and more - "Japan Suspects Tour" is a snapshot one of hardcore's most diverse bands in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Billy Club Sandwich drummer, Glen Lorieo, commented: "It was always a dream of ours to play Japan, and when we finally did we were lucky enough to have it documented. The footage that is captured truly shows BCS at its finest. This is some truly amazing video of BCS on tour, and along with the bonus footage, this DVD is a great historical release for our band."

"This tour was an amazing experience and proved to us once again that hardcore really is a worldwide family," BCS bassist, Gary Muttley, recalled. "We have nothing but love and appreciation for our Japanese family who helped us throughout the tour and everyone who came out to spend the time with us. I'm glad we were able to document this once-in-a-lifetime event and share it with everyone around the globe." More...

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Abandoned Elysium Streaming "Unmasked"

Estonian metal band Abandoned Elysium just made the "Unmasked" release available for streaming in full - check it out below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude 02:00
2. My Saviour 05:54
3. GOD CEO 03:39
4. Sun and Water 04:07
5. Entropy 03:46
6. The Balance 05:28 More...

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Ensiferum Posts Track-By-Track Break Down

Following an epic march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum last month, Finnish folk metal warriors Ensiferum will return to North American soil next week on a co-headlining journey with countrymates Korpiklaani.

Slated to embark on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will pillage nearly two dozen cities with the final performance to be held on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest.

Ensiferum will be touring in support of the "One Man Army" full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of their arrival, today Revolver Magazine offers up a thorough track by-track breakdown of "One Man Army" as presented by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen and bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka.

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Agusa Signs With The Laser's Edge

The Laser's Edge has signed Malmo, Sweden-based psychedelic/prog outfit Agusa for the release of the band's impending sophomore album this Summer. The label also comments:

"With almost forty minutes of new material, Agusa delivers a wide array of seamlessly-executed, organic rock on the aptly titled 'Agusa 2.' The band's tranquil output blends tripped-out psychedelic and progressive rock structures are inspired by more folk than occult influences, instilling visions of nature, the cosmos, and dreamlike passages, meandering into realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence.

"While not a fully instrumental recording, backing vocal mantras only seep in through purposeful cracks in the construction of these immense movements, adding an even more spacious feeling to the overall flow of the album."

The Laser's Edge will release "Agusa 2" on CD and digital platforms this coming July 21st, while Agusa will issue the album on vinyl through its own Kommun2 label. Stand by for additional info on the album to be released in the coming days. More...

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Kingcrow Unveils Details For New Album

As Laser's Edge division, Sensory Records, prepares to release Kingcrow's sixth full-length studio recording, "Eidos," today the album's cover artwork, track listing and additional details have been revealed.

"Eidos" will drop on June 23rd and follows the "In Crescendo" album released last year. "Eidos" is a conceptual album about choices, consequences, dealing with regret, and disillusion. As the "Phlegethon" album dealt with childhood, and "In Crescendo" about the end of youth, "Eidos" can be considered the third part of a trilogy about the path of life.

This new album was recorded at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, with the production handled by Diego Cafolla and Thundra Cafolla. Several guest appearances help create the album's new atmospheres, including saxophone provided by Stefania Bentivoglio on the track, "Slow Down," and piano by Fred Colombo of Spheric Universe Experience for the track, "The Deeper Divide."

Mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, the production of the album is matched with artwork by Cristian Nastasi/Devilnax. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Moth
2. Adrift
3. Slow Down
4. Open Sky
5. Fading Out Pt. IV
6. The Deeper Divide
7. On The Barren Ground
8. At The Same Pace
9. Eidos
10. If Only More...

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Djevel Streaming Album's Title Track

Djevel is currently streaming the title track from the forthcoming album "Saa Raa og Kald," due out April 30th through Aftermath Music. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Skritt For Skritt Mot Mareritt
2. Vaar Forbannede Jord
3. Hode og Hals I Doedsvals
4. Om Prest og Pest
5. Norges Land og Rike
6. I En Iskald Grav
7. De Som Hadde Onde Oeyne
8. Salmesang og Knokkelklang
9. Saa Raa og Kald
10. I Vaar Herres Navn More...

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Immortal Bird Kicks Off Tour, Announces Album

Chicago's blackened death grind miscreants from Immortal Bird will kick off their Western Migration tour today.

Immortal Bird will flap through eleven states in over a dozen cities, with the migration coming to a halt on May 14th in Madison, Wisconsin. Immortal Bird will be teasing tracks from a forthcoming new dose of deviance entitled "Empress/Abscess" on the tour.

The follow-up to 2013's "Akrasia" EP was tracked by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York.

"Empress/Abscess" includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, trading in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place. The track listing is as follows:

1. Neoplastic
2. Saprophyte
3. The Sycophant
4. To A Watery Grave
5. And Send Fire More...

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Exorcism Posts "World In Sin" Trailer

A new teaser for "World In Sin," the forthcoming EP from Exorcism, can be seen below. The limited edition EP, of only 666 copies, will be made available on June 1st via Dream Records, through the band's website, and on all digital platforms. The track listing is as follows:

1. World in Sin
2. Black Day in Paradise
3. Virtual Freedom
4. Sahara
5. Black Star More...

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Europe Posts "Days Of Rock N' Roll" Video

Last week, rock legends Europe kicked off the band's first U.S. tour in 10 years (see below for remaining dates).

In celebration of the tour, the band is unleashing a brand new music video for “Days of Rock N’ Roll.” Check it out below, thanks to Revolvermag.com.

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest states, “We simply wanted to make a live video like we used to, uplifting and entertaining and really capture a band and its audience at a peak! The video was shot in Manchester and Wolverhampton on our latest UK tour. We used our friend and video director extraordinaire, Patric Ulaeus, who has done our five latest videos. The song is about the rise and fall... and rise of Rock 'n' Roll.”

4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den
5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival
5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun More...

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Virgin Steele Reveals Album Details

Virgin Steele will release a new album this summer on SPV/Steamhammer. The title has been changed to "Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation" and the album will now have three different versions of the cover art. Front man David Defeis speaks on the new album:

"Our new album, which is called 'Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation,' is not a concept album per se, but there is a through line that connects the tracks. The lyrics essentially deal with relationship issues and by that I mean.... the connections between entities.... as in all sorts of beings, not only human beings...but also Gods & Goddesses, Spirits, Elements, or whatever, plus various creatures, animal, vegetable and or mineral, but largely the album is about connections between people.

"People and their belief systems, people and their Gods or Goddesses...people and their life philosophies and also the various substances we invest or inject into our daily or nightly rituals and our worldview, and all the complexities of what drives us, makes us who we are and takes us where we may...or may not be going.

"To sum it up this album is about.... all the various ways in which humans can entangle themselves, or destroy themselves...so the album's title essentially encompasses what the vibe of the whole Work is about. The title relates to the album in the way that the title 'Noble Savage' or 'Age of Consent' expressed each of those particular works. The title provides a framework and connective tissue, but each song is really its own thing. More...

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Ethereum Releases Music Video

Chilean Gothic band Ethereum has a music video out now for the track "Angel Of Death" that is included on the album "Winter Trails" released independently in 2012.

The video was directed by Carlos Toro of Abysmo Productiones and can be seen in the player below. Ethereal was formed in 2010 and creates a mixture of abstract sounds that represents darkness, deserted lands, and desolated atmospheres. More...

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Earth Gearing Up For Tour

Seattle's Earth will begin a latest round of live actions for 2015 in less than two weeks, with performances scheduled at Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest), Psycho California and more throughout May, including a run with support from True Widow. Dates for the trek are as follows:

5/09/2015 Carson Creek Ranch - Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/11/2015 Sister - Albuquerque, NM w/ True Widow
5/12/2015 Club Congress - Tucson, AZ w/ True Widow
5/13/2015 Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ w/ True Widow
5/14/2015 Pappy & Harriets - Pioneertown, CA w/ True Widow
5/16/2015 Observatory - Santa Ana, CA @ Psycho California
7/18/2015 Revolution Hall - Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Presents
9/10-12/2015 Ellnora Guitar Festival - Urbana, IL More...

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Skinless Posts Self-Titled Video

Following the aftermath of the "Serpenticide" track premiere, New York death metal sickos Skinless further traumatize the metal hordes with the visual accompaniment to their namesake track, "Skinless." Check it out below, thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.

The latest skull-crusher comes by way of the band's imminent new full-length, the fittingly-titled "Only The Ruthless Remain," which was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver.

Elaborates vocalist Sherwood Webber, "The 'Skinless' video chronicles the sordid obsession of our accomplice, the Hudson Skinner. Captured by an equally ruthless Jim Brassard and his team, have a look into the sickened world of the Hudson Skinner set to song by your fiends in Skinless." More...

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Destrage Announces Summer Festivals

Italy's Destrage has plotted out the summer months with a batch of festivals throughout Europe. The first scheduled festival is the April 30th Festival Rama in Italy, followed by appearances at the With Full Force (Germany) and Bloodstock (UK) festivals in July and August, respectively.

Drummer Federico Paulovich commented on the band's summer schedule, so far: "We're very excited to be back on the road and hit the stages of some of the greatest festivals around Europe such as With Full Force and Bloodstock Open Air! Also, we can't wait for this summer headlining tour to begin: we'll be all around our lovely homeland Italy, and it's going to be a blast! Let's get this party started!"

30.04 Festival Rama (IT) Peschiera Del Garda, VR
01.05 Wings Of Bea (IT) Santhià, VC
22.05 Summer Crock Festival (IT) San Martino di Lupari, PD
13.06 Sabbio Summer Fest (IT) Sabbioneta, MN
20.06 Langhe Rock Festival (IT) Santo Stefano Belbo, CN
28.06 Sottozero Summer Festival (IT) Cassinone di Seriate, BG
03.07 With Full Force Festival (DE) Leipzig
11.07 Headbangers Fest (IT) Fondi di Baia, NA
18.07 Figino Rock Party (IT) Figino Serenza, CO
09.08 Bloodstock Festival (UK) Birmingham
01.09 Circolo Magnolia (IT) Segrate, MI More...

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Nekrogoblikon Discovers "Atlantis"

Nekrogoblikon today shares “Atlantis,” a song from the goblin metal outfit’s forthcoming album, "Heavy Meta" due out June 2nd Mystery Box Records).

Pre-orders are available now with physical bundles available at this location. "This is definitely our most pre-orderable album to date,” said guitar player Goldberg.

"Heavy Meta" was produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Children of Bodom), Nicky Calonne, and Nekrogoblikon, with Matt Good mixing. The track listing is as follows:

1. The End of Infinity
2. We've Had Enough
3. Bring Us More
4. Snax & Violence
5. Atlantis
6. We Need a Gimmick
7. Full Body Xplosion (streaming here)
8. Let's Get Fucked (with Andrew W.K.)
9. Mood Swing
10. Nekrogoblikon More...

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Bhagavat Streaming Album's Title Track

Italian black metal band Bhagavat's debut album "Annuciazione" is coming out May 8th, 2015 via Rockshots Music. You can stream the title track online below today, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Cloaca Doctrinarum
2. To Burn A Lair Of Snakes
3. Il Manifesto Del Maligno
4. Annunciazione
5. Black Tongue Of Ground
6. Nei Mondi Infimi
7. Su Navi D'Argento
8. MoKsa More...

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Ghold Streaming Full Album

Recorded at lss Studio with Dan Miller, Ghold's new album "Of Ruin" was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Old) and can now be streamed in full below, courtesy of Metal Hammer.

With stints of regional European touring already underway in support of "Of Ruin," Ghold will come to North American audiences for the first time this Summer. Details on this crushing impending venture remain cryptic, but stand by for additional reports in the coming days.

In the meantime, Ghold prepares to raid this year's massive Temples Festival in Bristol, UK on Sunday, May 31st. More...

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Haken Working On Album

London-based progressive metal band Haken is currently in North America doing a run of shows with label mates Spocks Beard and Next To None.

The band will join Between The Buried & Me on a European tour later this year as main support, and has also started work on a forthcoming new album. Haken comments:

"Excitement levels are off the scale in the Haken camp at the moment! Being offered a tour support slot with one of our favourite bands is an absolute dream come true. Their music has had a massive impact on us as a band and individual musicians over the years.

"Our new album is shaping up to be a real beast! We've written a bunch of sketches and are currently selecting which ones to develop further. We can't wait to share it with everyone." More...

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Frontline Calling It Quits

Glasgow's Frontline has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"So, as a band we've been talking about this for a while, and recently things haven't exactly being going our way, and we've felt like the flame is slowly burning out. So, it comes with great sadness for me to announce that Frontline will be ending soon.

"We formed this band 4 years ago, we've achieved a lot to be proud of in our time and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us along the way. But, unfortunately, things have been slowing down for us and we feel now is a good time for things to end.

"We're currently sitting on 3 new songs that we're still going to release, probably in the next couple of weeks online, and with a physical release to follow. We're not doing this for us, to make money before the ship goes down, but rather we're doing it for anyone who's supported us to pick up one last release off of us. More...

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Nekromanteion Summons "Cosmic Horrors"

Nekromanteion will release a 7" titled "Cosmic Horrors" via Iron Bonehead Productions on June 19th, 2015. The label comments:

"Ever aptly titled, 'Cosmic Horrors' is a two-headed beast of sepulchral sickness and hallucinatory horror.

"Hailing from Bolivia, Nekromanteion sonically offer obeisance to ancient South American darkness - maniacal thrashing, utter possession, OTT oblivion - yet just as equally nod here to earliest, ugliest Greek black metal at its most primitive and primordial.

"With both songs being suitably named, 'Oath of Black Fire' and 'Demonic Libations,' and completed by even-more-suitably rendered covered artwork, 'Cosmic Horrors' is a 10-minute plunge into Nekromanteion's grimy, gangrenous depths." More...

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The King Is Blind Recording Album

2014 saw The King Is Blind establish itself as a band to watch out for with the release of first EP "The Deficiencies of Man" via Mordgrimm and a series of live shows including notable performances at Bloodstock and HammerFest VII.

And so to 2015, this year that will see The King Is Blind ascend to the throne of U.K. metal while working once more with producer Tom Donovan. TKIB is currently ensconced in Tom Donovan Studios in rural Essex recording a debut full-length, which the group described as “an involved and dark concept album.”

Vocalist Steve Tovery comments: “The Deficiencies of Man was us in the embryonic stages of our development, both musically and conceptually. What is being realized on our debut album is a post-chrysalis explosion and a fulfilment of ideas.

“It’s a complex and complete album, one that has seen us challenge ourselves to produce something outside of, and above, the norm for the heavy end of metal. It is a varied, multifaceted and aggressive concept album that, we hope, will take its place as part of the legacy of great UK metal albums.”

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Andrew W.K. Gets Radio Show From Glenn Beck

Ultra conservative rag TheBlaze - Glenn Beck’s opinion and entertainment network - announced today the expansion of TheBlaze Radio Network with the addition of rock ‘n’ roll party guru Andrew W.K.’s new weekend radio show, America W.K.

America W.K. is a weekly two hour program and debuts on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. Andrew will host a raw and penetrating discussion of what it is to be alive – meaning, motivation, mindset, and making dreams come true, all included in a celebration of life itself – and all with a positive and honest outlook. Andrew will also field questions and input from the audience, adding an engaging interactive component.

Andrew W.K. said: “When Glenn asked me to do my own radio show on TheBlaze, I was shocked but excited, as I knew he would allow me the unrestrained freedom to say exactly what I wanted. I’m very dedicated to exploring and learning from different people in different places, and always with an open heart. If people never went outside their own box, life would be boring. After all, why would I only want to talk with people who already think exactly like me?”

Glenn Beck adds: “My relationship with Andrew W.K. is a perfect example of how two people can come together on what unites us, and become strange bedfellows. He is open minded, honest, loves his fellow man even though he may disagree with him, and is a natural entertainer. Our mutual audiences have already begun to find commonalities. I think he is the perfect fit for TheBlaze Radio Network.” More...

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Korpiklaani Posts Track-By-Track Video

In anticipation of their upcoming new record, "Noita" (reviewed here), the Finnish folk metal superstars from Korpiklaani have made a second track-by-track video available.

This new clip breaks down the songs from "Noita" - watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the meaning of the tracks "Sahti," "Luontoni," and "Minä Näin Vedessä Neidon" below.

The previously posted first clip in the series can also be seen at this location, and a full music video for "Pilli On Pajusta Tehty" is available right here. More...

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Aversions Crown Posts "Earth Sterilizer" Video

Six-headed Australian death machine Aversions Crown has released a candid on-the-road video from the group's last jaunt in Europe back in January of this year. The video is for the track "Earth Sterilizer" and can be viewed below.

Guitarist Mick Jeffery also commented on forthcoming tour dates: "We cannot wait to get back to Europe with our mates in Thy Art Is Murder for the Australian Takeover tour! We're hitting some new spots as well as some old favs so come out and bang your heads with us!" More...

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GWAR Announces 30th Anniversary Tour

Thirty years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind.

30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!

What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR's "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence - the Internet! That's right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet's ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it.

Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages: "I've survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming! Where is Baltimore?"

Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross. Dates are as follows: More...

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Shroud Of The Heretic Releasing Second Album

Iron Bonehead Productions has set July 31st as the international release date for the second album from Shroud of the Heretic, titled "Unorthodox Equilibrium." This album follows last year's "Revelations in Alchemy" debut LP and will feature the following track listing:

1. Unorthodox Equilibrium
2. Metempsychosis
3. Sprawling Black Mass Consummation
4. Omega Apeiron More...

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Opeth Announces 25th Anniversary Details

Roadrunner Records group Opeth has announced details for two very special U.S. performances celebrating the group’s landmark 25th anniversary.

The unique shows, dubbed "An Evening with Opeth," are set for October 22nd at New York’s Beacon Theater and October 24th at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater and will see Opeth celebrating its career with two unique sets each night.

The once-progressive Swedes will perform 2005's "Ghost Reveries" album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of classics from the band's entire 25-year career. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 1st at 10:00AM local time with VIP/Fan Club Presale beginning Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00AM local time.

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt commented on the performances: “The forces that be put up a very mystical and subtle little advert on the so called internet. Yes, we will celebrate 25 years of being Opeth in 2015 and this is reason enough to gather up the forces and play. For you.”

Opeth’s upcoming return to North America marks the group’s second tour of the states since the release of latest album "Pale Communion." More...

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Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" Bluegrass Version

Finnish hillbillies Steve'n'Seagulls - who previously released bluegrass version's of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper", Dio's "Holy Diver"and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" - are back with a cover for Metallica's "Seek And Destroy". Their album "Farm Machine" is set to drop on May 12th via Spinefarm Records.

Check out now the bluegrass version of "Seek And Destroy" below.

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The Devil Wears Prada Posts New Track

The Devil Wears Prada premieres a new song online titled "South Of The City," which was released via Roadrunner Records for this year's Record Store Day festivities.

The group wrote and recorded the track from scratch over a four day period. A digital release of the single is set for today via iTunes here.

Check out now "South Of The City" below. More...

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Total Negation Posts New Track "Fluechtling"

One-man blackened athmospheric metal fortress Total Negation premieres the track titled "Fluechtling" taken from the upcoming new third full-length effort "Zeitzeuge" set to drop on June 16th via Temple Of Torturous Records.

Check out now "Fluechtling" below.

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Scorched Posts Track "Caverns Of Catharsis"

Hailing from Delaware upstart old-school death metallers of Scorched premiere the track "Caverns Of Catharsis" taken from the upcoming selftitled demo "Scorched" which is scheduled to be released this summer via Unspeakable Axe Records.

Check out now "Caverns Of Catharsis" below.

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Orakle Posts New Track "Aux Éclats"

French blackened progressive metal masters of Orakle are streaming another new track titled "Aux Éclats" taken from the upcoming album "Éclats" set to drop on May 11th via Apathia Records. Pre-orders (CDs, Tshirts, Exclusive Bundles) are available at this location.

Check out now the new track below.

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Dogmatic Absolution Premieres Oppressive Poetry

Following the 2012 EP "In His Trinity Essence" and a promo release from the following year, raw black metal outfit Dogmatic Absolution is gearing up to drop "Poetries Of Oppression" this coming June 9th via Tridoid Records.

Ahead of the release, today we're premiering the album's first single titled "The Poetry of Oppression," which can be heard below. Dogmatic Absolution comments:

"Poetry of Oppression speaks about misanthropy and the sadness of living in a world full of lies, and culminates in the end with a total disregard of humanity. The lyric of this song were written by our guitarist El."

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Ventus Mortis
2. Bringer of Light
3. The Eternal Promise
4. Poetry of Oppression
5. Almighty Solitude
6. Night Arises More...

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