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Last updated on August 4, 2015 at 1:03 PM ET

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

Opensight Posts EP Trailer, Announces Launch Show

The cinematic progressive metal film nerds from Opensight have made the final details available for the launch gig of their upcoming EP "Ulterior Motives." The concert, in conjunction with Chaos Theory Music, will take place on September 4th at The Black Heart in Camden, London.

Headlining will be the post-metal soundscapes of Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster (which is launching a third album), and opening the show will be the progressive metal act Sumer. Further info is available at Facebook here.

A new teaser trailer is also now online for "Ulterior Motives," which is available below. The track listing is:

1. Alibi (streaming here)
2. The Chase
3. Vanishing Point
4. Ulterior Motif
5. Antagonist More...

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Hatred Signs With MDD Records

MDD Records today announces the signing of another thrash metal act from Germany. The label comments:

"We are proud to welcome Hatred to the MDD Family. The band finished the recording for the 'War Of Words' album earlier this year and sent out a few copies on its own. The response was great and so were the first talks with MDD.

"This fall 'War of Words' will released on MDD with some bonus tracks and will also include some songs with well known guest musicians like Christian Münzner (Alkaloid, Ex-Necrophagist, Ex-Obscura) and Markus Hammer (The New Black). Keep your eyes and ears open for more news in the next weeks!" More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts Recording Clip

Children Of Bodom has a third video clip online teasing new album "I Worship Chaos," this time covering the recording gear used for the album.

The previous two clips are also still online, explaining the album artwork and also covering the lyrical content.

"I Worship Chaos" is set to release worldwide on October 2, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The "I Worship Chaos" track listing is as follows:


01. I Hurt
02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)
03. Morrigan
04. Horns
05. Prayer For The Afflicted
06. I Worship Chaos
07. Hold Your Tongue
08. Suicide Bomber
09. All For Nothing
10. Widdershins
Bonus Tracks (digibook only):
11. Mistress Of Taboo (PLASMATICS cover)
12. Danger Zone (KENNY LOGGINS cover)
13. Black Winter Day (AMORPHIS cover) More...

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Amberian Dawn Reveals New Album Details

Amberian Dawn today reveals the track listing and cover artwork for new album "Innuendo," which is set to drop on October 23 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders are also up now at this location.

1. Fame & Gloria
2. Ladyhawk
3. Innuendo
4. The Court Of Mirror Hall
5. Angelique
6. Rise Of The Evil
7. Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams
8. Knock Knock Who’s There
9. Symphony Nr 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft
10. Your Time – My Time
11. Fame & Gloria (Instrumental Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Sunrise (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track) More...

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Hate Eternal Streaming New Album's Title Track

Hate Eternal today has another track online from forthcoming album "Infernus." Check out the title track below, courtesy of that one mouth that blabbers.

If you missed them (or just want a death metal refresher!) several other songs from "Infernus" are also online - check out "Zealot, Crusader of War" and "The Stygian Deep."

Pre-orders for the album (due out August 21) across multiple CD and LP bundles are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. The artwork for "Infernus" was painted by Eliran Kantor and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Locust Swarm
2. The Stygian Deep
3. Pathogenic Apathy
4. La Tempestad
5. Infernus
6. The Chosen One
7. Zealot, Crusader of War
8. Order of the Arcane Scripture
9. Chaos Theory
10. O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call More...

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Stargazery Parts With Bassist

Jukka Jokikokko from Finnish band Stargazery has issued the following announcement to fans about parting ways with the group:

"The forthcoming show at Jalometalli shall be my last in Stargazery’s lineup. Ten great years with awesome people and two albums.

"The situation is simply that I feel that I’m not able to give my all for Stargazery, since my passion of making music has focused elsewhere. It’s not fair towards the other members, so it’s my personal decision to step aside.

"My metal brotherhood with these guys will still go on and every one of them shall remain the dearest of friends for me. From now on, I will concentrate on making music with my long term passion, Zenith Reunion. I wish all the best for Stargazery and all the fans! See you one more time at Jalometalli!"

Stargazery released the "Stars Aligned" album earlier this year, and a track off that release is available below. More...

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Vampire Announces Mini-LP Release

Remember the Swedish old school black/death outfit Vampire that popped up last year? Now the Vampire is striking back with a new mini-LP titled "Cimmerian Shade" coming out September 25 via Century Media. The track listing is:

Side A
1. Pyre Of The Harvest Queen
2. Sleeper In The Deep (instrumental)
Side B
1. Night Hunter
2. Hexahedron

Pre-order starts August 28, and this will follow the band's previous self-titled full-length album (reviewed here). More...

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ORCumentary Plunges Into A Cavernous Hole

ORCumentary is the evil brainchild of keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Orc Adams, and while it may be a "solo" act, with 2 albums, an EP, and over 100 live shows in 7 states under his belt, ORCumentary is proving that strength doesn't always come with numbers.

Adams' savage "orc rock" sound is a unique mix of folk, industrial, power, and death metal, but the largest influence on the music is his hatred of elves, men, dwarves, goblins, and 2+ piece bands.

If you loved "Praise Gor-Nacular" (reviewed here), or "Orcs 1, Goblins 0" (check out a music video off that album over here), then we've got a stinky, hulking green surprise for you today. Moving past men and goblins, ORCumentary's new album "Destroy the Dwarves" is coming in early October, and today we're exclusively premiering an advance track!

Plunge into the cavernous hole below, and let us know how much you love what you discover there! The album's full track listing will be:

1. The Big Trollbooth in the Sky
2. Destroy the Dwarves
3. You Must Procreate!
4. Into Their Cavernous Hole We Plunge
5. He Drank Deep From His Mug
6. The Betrayer’s Song
7. The ORCtogenarian
8. Within the Folds of my Fat
9. Killing is Fun
10. Cropduster
11. The Leprechaun Hunt (CD Exclusive Bonus Track)

If you just can't get enough of orc on everything else combat, hear the rest of the project's discography at Bandcamp. More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Enters The "Tower Of Souls"

Unless you've been living under a rock, D.C. area metal act A Sound of Thunder has been a shining beacon of the U.S. metal scene for the past four years (starting with the explosion of the sophomore record "Out of the Darkness" in 2012). Having released successive albums of higher quality material in each year since ("Time's Arrow" in 2013 and "The Lesser Key Of Solomon" in 2014)...it's no wonder the new album "Tales From the Deadside" will continue that trend. The album is set to drop on September 25th via the band's very own fan backed label Mad Neptune Records.

For the new release, the band shattered another crowdfunding campaign goal, this time in less than 21 hours, proving that the greatest record company of all might very well be the fans themselves. The campaign still runs for another 13 days, so get in on all the perks and stacking rewards at this location.

Today, the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to unleash the first full track stream from the Valiant Entertainment flagship comic character Shadowman inspired release - the crushing "Tower of Souls."

"Tower of Souls" is the soundtrack to the first major battle between Shadowman, the hero, and Master Darque, the villain. Master Darque is trapped in a hell-like domain known as the Deadside, but is nearing the culmination of his plan to escape and wage war on the Earth. Only Shadowman has the power to stop Darque's scheme, so Darque recruits Baron Samedi, the voodoo lord of the dead, to keep Shadowman occupied. But Samedi's loyalties are not what they seem: he betrays Darque and clears a path for the final confrontation between Darque and Shadowman. The lyric video features panels straight out of Valiant Entertainment's comic book series.

Guitarist Josh Schwartz comments: "When we wrote the song we wanted to capture the sinister nature of Darque's plot and the huge consequences involved, so we used a lot of sinister and dissonant notes and chord changes. An unrelenting triplet beat drives the song forward and gives it an almost militaristic feel. Hopefully the listener feels that he's right in the middle of an epic battle on the Deadside!" More...

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ShadowStrike Names New Keyboardist

New York power metal act Shadowstrike announced that the band has named Optic keyboardist Ryan Patane as a full time member. Patane was a live guest for the band, notably appearing at the 2014 installment of the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival.

Patane commented: "I've got power metal coursing through my veins, so I'm thrilled to be a part of ShadowStrike. They're a good group of dudes and we've got some tasty music in the works. I hope the fans are ready for a lot of key shreddage!"

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Krais added: "We are extremely happy and excited to have Ryan be a part of ShadowStrike. After we played together back in November at Deland Rock and Metal Festival in 2014, we all knew that Ryan would be a perfect fit in the group; not only musically, but we all got along really well and have built on our friendships since then. He is amazing keyboardist with a lot of talent, and his style is only helping us broaden our sound and even adding more progressive elements that we otherwise would have opted out on.”

In addition, the band provided an update on the upcoming new album: "The new album is coming along great and we have been writing it with Ryan since we got back from Deland in November. It is almost finished being written, and it is sounding amazing. The music we are able to create now with a proper keyboardist has brought us to the next level and we can’t wait to give out full details about the album and share the new music with you all!"

The band will perform live on the following dates:

August 14th w/ Insomnium and Omnius Gatherum @ Trick Shots, Clifton Park, NY
September 9th w/ Angra and Gothic Knights @ B.B King’s, New York, New York
September 22nd w/ Hibria and Unleash The Archers @ Even Flow Bar and Grill, Bay Shore, NY

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Mastercastle Gives You "Pirates"

Italian metal act Mastercastle released a new music video for the track "Pirates." The song appears on the band's latest release "Enfer (De La Bibliothèque Nationale)," which is available now via Scarlet Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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Epsilon "Feasts On The Flesh Of My Enemies"

Austrian death metal act Epsilon released a new music video for the track "I Shall Feast on the Flesh of My Enemies." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Zu Richten," which was issued back in the beginning of June via Mighty Music.

Check out the clip here:

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Black Fast Premieres New Music Video "I Conspire"

Black Fast premieres another new track titled "I Conspire", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Terms Of Surrender", out in stores August 07th via eOne Music.

Check out now "I Conspire" below.

See the band live on the following dates: More...

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The Devil Wears Prada Premieres New Song "Alien"

The Devil Wears Prada premieres another new song titled "Alien" taken from the band's upcoming first official release since 2013, the conceptual EP "Space", which will be out in stores on August 21st via Rise Records.

Check out now "Alien" below.

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