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Last updated on December 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM ET

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

Portrait Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Swedish heavy metal outfit Portrait is pleased to announce a 7 date tour of the U.K. and Ireland in support of third album "Crossroads," which was released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.

Commencing in early 2015, the band will lay waste to venues the length and breadth of the isles in a blaze of twin-guitar fuelled metal mayhem. Entitled "Seven Ageless Rites UK & Ireland" these shows will see Portrait take glorious, galloping and honest heavy metal to new audiences alongside Rabid Bitch Of The North. Catch the band live:

30th Jan - Dolan's Warehouse - Limerick*
31st Jan - Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar - Dublin
1st Feb - Belfast - Voodoo
3rd Feb - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
4th Feb - Lancaster - The Yorkshire House
6th Feb - Birmingham - The Asylum
7th Feb - Black Heart Camden
*Portrait Only More...

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Von Posts New Lyric Video

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Von, one of the progenitors of U.S. black metal, to bring you the lyric video premiere of “Abandon,” which is taken from upcoming album "Dark Gods: Birth of The Architects," the 2nd volume in their Dark Gods trilogy.

The album will be released alongside a comic that is created by original member Venien. Check out the lyric clip below.

"Dark Gods: Birth of The Architects" is going to be released in an interesting way: the band will be promoting the new album for 12 weeks, 12 singles, and 12 variant covers of the Dark Gods Comic Book. A full launch of the album will then occur in March. More...

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Eternal Dream Releasing New Single

Spanish outfit Eternal Dream has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single:

"From Eternal Dream, we show you the cover of our upcoming single 'Reign of the Skies.' The single will have 2 songs, 'Reign of the Skies' and 'Neoclassical Fantasy.'

"It will be available for free download at December 24th in the morning, as the final candy of our Advent Calendar. You'll have it through our website and most of our digital platforms. Soon you'll have more info. Stay tuned!" More...

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Apocalyptica Posts Lyric Video

Apocalyptica just released a lyric video online, which can be seen below, and the band also issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"Great news: 'Shadowmaker,' which will be coming out in April 2015, is as good as finished. Eleven songs have been recorded, featuring Franky Perez on the vocal tracks, and the cover has been signed off as well. WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A GREAT START INTO THE YEAR OF 'SHADOWMAKER!'"

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Subversion Reveals New Album Details

Subversion has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a forthcoming mew album:

"We are extremely proud to reveal the new Subversion album will be called Animi (meaning ‘minds’). We have poured our hearts in to this and really hope you all dig the massive sound we have been aiming for when you finally get to hear it.

"To mark its release, we will be playing a very special album launch show with our bros in Xerath to celebrate what has been a hell of a journey for Subversion these past few years. Special signed advance copies of the album will be available at this show for those looking to get a physical copy before anyone else pre-launch date."

The album is due out on March 2nd in the U.K. and March 3rd in the United States. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Born of the Sun
02. Catalyst
03. Imperfect
04. Revelation
05. Illusion of Eternity
06. Entropy
07. In Order to Live
08. Pariah
09. Novation
10. Animi More...

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The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta Lineup Announced

The desert city of Tucson, AZ is host to a wide array of annual events in the musical realm and this coming February will see the addition of a still another: The Borderland Fuzz Fiesta.

Conceived and curated by the Rudell brothers of regional desert rockers Powered Wig Machine and Fuzz Evil, the inaugural show will take place on February 21st at The Rock. The lineup will be as follows:

Fireball Ministry
Wo Fat
Mos Generator
Powered Wig Machine
Goatroper
Skulldron
Asimov
Yeti Ender
Conqueror Worm
Methra More...

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Goatwhore Joining Skeletonwitch On Tour

Louisiana's Goatwhore is returning to Europe in April of 2015 as direct support to the Skeletonwitch European tour. Mortals will be opening up for both bands.

Goatwhore comments: "After being part of a really successful European and U.K. tour with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah for the last 6 weeks, I am really stoked to be returning in April with our good friends in Skeletonwitch & Mortals to offer another dose of extreme metal to our European and UK fans.

"This will be a crushing experience to all that attend. We would like to thank everyone that attended the shows in November & December. See you in 2015!" More...

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Hesperia Announces New Album Release

Italy's Hesperia just wrapped up work on fifth album "Metallvm Italicvm" at DPF Studio, with the release to officially drop on January 24th via Sleaszy Rider Records. A teaser trailer for the metal opera album can be seen below.

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Breathless To Release New Album

Spanish thrash band Breathless is ready for the release of sophomore album "Return to Pangea." Check out the artwork and hear new track "Killing Sophy" in the player below.

"Return to Pangea" will drop via Xtreem Music on January 20th, 2015. The full album's track listing is as follows:

01. Tectonic Chant
02. Killing-sophy
03. Atomic Waste
04. Introspective Nightmare
05. Return to Pangea
06. Beyond the Ritual
07. Masterade
08. Ursula has a Tank
09. Breathless
10. Brooding Wraith
11. Spinning Metal More...

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Armageddon Streaming "The Watcher"

Armageddon today premieres the new track "The Watcher" - listen in below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

The song hails from "Captivity & Devourment," set for North American release on January 20th, 2015 via Listenable Records.

Armageddon first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with cult album "Crossing the Rubicon," a sci-fi-themed concept album. Two more albums followed, "Embrace the Mystery" in 2000 and "Three" in 2003, both featuring different lineups and different musical directions, with Christopher Amott being the sole original member. The new album's track listing is:

1. Captivity and Devourment
2. Locked In
3. Rendition
4. Fugitive Dust
5. Conquer
6. Thanatron
7. Background Radiation
8. The Watcher
9. Equalizer
10. Giants More...

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Astral Blood Releases New EP

Black metal band Astral Blood is pleased to finally unleash a self-titled debut EP. Consisting of 3 tracks of epic black metal, Astral Blood is a stunning introduction to the band featuring Andrew Rasmussen of Noble Beast, Tommy Curry of Sept of Memnon, and Joe Waller of Amiensus.

Stream all the tracks below, or pick up your own copy over at this location. Physical copies will be available in 2015 via Tridroid Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Secluded and Forbidden 06:44
2. Interlude 02:40
3. Our Almighty Gaze 06:44 More...

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Witchrist Streaming Full New MLP

Today the Kiwi black/death barbarians from Witchrist stream the entirety of their forthcoming "Vritra" MLP, set for international release on 12" vinyl this coming December 31st via Iron Bonehead Productions.

Give the three-song release a listen through the player below, courtesy of CVLT Nation. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Haruspex
2. Transmuting Rituals
3. The Golden Ascent More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Announces Festival Appearances

The Australian progressive metal standouts from Ne Obliviscaris have announced a range of 2015 festival dates.

In addition to the previously announced Soundwave Festival inclusion, the band added numerous European Festival performances including Hellfest (France), Tuska Open Air (Finland), Summer Breeze (Germany), Resurrection Fest (Spain), and more.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. These dates are in support of new album "Citadel" (reviewed here).

2/21-22 Adelaide / Melbourne, AU @ Soundwave
2/28-3/1 Sydney / Brisbane, AU @ Soundwave
6/19-21 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/26-28 Helsinki, FI @ Tuska Open Air
7/16-18 Viveiro, ES @ Resurrection Fest
7/19-25 Tolmin, SI @ Metaldays Festival
8/13-15 Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summer Breeze

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Kissing Candice Releases New Video

Kissing Candice's new music video for the track "Ghosted" can be viewed below, and front man Joey Simpson comments:

"This is Kissing Candice in raw form, no big story lines or illusions. It's really going to introduce everyone to our image. We want you to see this video say ‘What the fuck did I just watch, that was insane, I want more!'"

Bassist Mike Grippo adds, “We want to prove that there is more to Kissing Candice than just music. There is a whole realm of horror we want to drag you into with us."

Get ready for the debut release from Kissing Candice, scheduled for release in 2015.

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Frosttide Announces New Album's Track Listing

Finland's Frosttide will release "Blood Oath" on February 27th via Noiseart Records, which will contain eight original tracks and two cover songs. The artwork and track listing are available below, and the band also comments:

"'Blood Oath' is a direct follow-up to the last album and fits into the concept of it - when recording 'Awakening' we decided to make a set of brother albums. We saved one song from 'Awakening' to be on the second record.

"So, even though this is our second record, we decided to base the lyrics on the story that occurred before 'Awakening.' Making this a prequel. The story allows the listener to know where everything originated and what led to the arrogant and greedy attitude that can be seen in the protagonist of 'Awakening.'"

1. Prologue
2. Blood Oath
3. Gates Of The Asylum
4. Fate Redefined
5. Traitor Within
6. Foreshadow
7. New Reign
8. Winds of Winter's Call
9. One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head-Cover)
10. Apache (The Shadows-Cover) More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Tour Dates

Finland's Sonata Arctica recently released a re-recorded version of debut album "Ecliptica," which originally came out 15 years ago.

Today Sonata Arctica is proud to announce the "Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015," together with special guest Freedom Call. The band comments:

"It’s been some months since we released the re-recorded version of our debut album 'Ecliptica' and of course we couldn’t resist the temptation of attempting to play the whole album front to back live.

"Hence, we’re happy to announce the 'Ecliptica' special shows in Europe. On these shows we’ll perform 'Ecliptica' in it’s entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog. This is a one-time thing only, don’t miss it.

"As special guest we will bring Freedom Call who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 'Eternity' record and play a special set around that album. See you all out there!!!" More...

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Fit For A King Joining Frozen Flame Tour

Fit For A King will be joining the Frozen Flame tour with August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, and Erra, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Dates are as follows:

1/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
1/23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
1/24 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
1/25 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/27 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
1/28 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/29 - Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
1/30 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
1/31 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
2/1 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
2/3 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
2/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/7 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
2/9 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
2/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
2/13 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
2/14 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/16 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
2/17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/19 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/20 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
2/21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
2/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/25 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
2/26 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
3/2 - Lake Buena Visa, FL @ House of Blues
3/3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/5 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
3/6 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts More...

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Cognizance Posts "The Making of _INCEPTUM"

Technical death metal outfit Cognizance has released new EP "_INCEPTUM" today along with a behind the scenes look documentary of the entire recording process.

The documentary includes both songs from the EP, "The Succession of Flesh" and "Aeon of Creation." The filming was done and edited by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios with Eyal Levi handling all recording, audio production and mixing duties.

"_INCEPTUM" also includes the drum work of Alex Rüdinger (Ex-The Faceless, Conquering Dystopia) and features the following guest appearances:

Frank Mullen (Suffocation)
Eyal Levi (Daath)
Jason Suecof (Crotchduster)

You can now stream "The Making of _INCEPTUM" below (courtesy of Metal Injection). More...

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Daydream XI Releases "Wings Of Destruction" Video

Brazilian power/progressive act Daydream XI released a new music video for the track "Wings of Destruction." The video was filmed at the band's performance at Bar Opiniao on November 9, 2014. The song appears on the Power Prog Records debut full length release "The Grand Disguise."

The video was filmed by Johnny Marco, edited by Marcelo Pereira and colorized by Tiago Masseti. Check it out here:

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6:33 Posts "Black Widow" Music Video

French experimental act 6:33 released a music video for the new track "Black Widow." The song will appear on the new release "Deadly Scenes," which drops January 12th (Europe) and January 13th (North American and digital) via Kaotoxin Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Hellalujah
2. Ego Fandango
3. The Walking Fed
4. I'm a Nerd
5. Modus Operandi
6. Black Widow
7. Last Bullet for a Gold Rattle
8. Lazy Boy
9. Deadly Scenes (streaming over at New Noise Magazine here)

Check out "Black Widow" here: More...

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The Unguided Releases "Eye Of The Thylacine" Video

Swedish groove metal act The Unguided released a new music video for the track "Eye Of The Thylacine." The song appears on the latest album "Fragile Immortality," which is available from Napalm Records.

The band recently announced the impending new 2 track EP "Fallen Angels," which is out on December 22, 2014 via Napalm.

The video was filmed partly at the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden and partly at the The Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden. It was directed by 11Frames Productions. Check it out here:

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Marty Friedman Releases "Undertow" Music Video

Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman released a new music video for the track "Undertow." The song appears on the latest album "Inferno," which was issued back in May via Prosthetic Records.

The video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says Friedman (who currently resides in Tokyo): "'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime. It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it."

Regarding the video's concept, Friedman explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary."

Check out the clip here:

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Operadyse Releases Second Preview Clip Of New LP

French symphonic metal act Operadyse released a second preview clip for the upcoming, yet untitled, sophomore full length release. The band features Spheric Universe Experiment vocalist Franck Garcia. The new album is the first for members Gianni Nardone (keyboards) and Vincent Labelle (drummer), who joined earlier this year.

The clip represents a demo work in progress. Check it out here:

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Metalsteel Releases New Music Video "Narcissus"

Slovenian metal act Metalsteel released a new music video for the track "Narcissus." The video is the second for the band's latest album "This Is Your Revelation," which was issued via On Parole Productions. The previous video for "Call Off the War" can be seen at this location.

"Narcissus" was directed and edited by Matej Sušnik. The live footage was shot at Metaldays 2014, the studio shots were from studio Jork and the rehearsal footage shot at Metalsteel's practice place in 2014. Check it out here:

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Dark Avenger Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Brazilian metal act Dark Avenger posted a lyric video for the new track "Parasite." The song is the first new material since 2013's "Tales Of Avalon: The Lament" (see review here).

The song was written by vocalist Mario Linhares and guitarist Glauber Oliveira (Harllequin). It was produced and mixed by Oliveria and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark. Oliveria along with drummer Anderson Soares and keyboardist Vinicius Sodré Maluly just joined the band earlier this year.

Check out "Parasite" here:

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Zero Down Streaming Title Track To New Album

Seattle's Zero Down, featuring Bitter End guitarist Matt Fox, is streaming the title track to the new album "No Limit to the Evil." The album was just issued last week via Minotauro Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Return of the Godz
2. No Limit to the Evil
3. Devils Thorn
4. Cold Winters Night
5. Leche di Tigre
6. Phantom Host
7. Suicide Girl
8. Steve McQueen
9. Two Ton Hammer
10. Black Rhino

Check out "No Limit to the Evil" here: More...

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Nightwish Announces New Album, Release Date

Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish have announced that the forthcoming new album, and first with vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp), will be entitled "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set for release on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's entire work was inspired by a quote from Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Tuomas Holopainen commented: "This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015 – join us!"

The drum work on the album was completed by Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto.

The track list has yet to be revealed, but the album can be preordered in various formats over at this location. The first single "Élan" is set to be released on February 13, 2015. Details on the single can be found at this location.

Stay tuned for much more on the way. The album artwork can be viewed here: More...

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Maverick Releases "In Our Blood" Music Video

Northern Ireland hard rock act Maverick released a new music video for the track "In Our Blood." The song appears on the band's debut album "Quid Pro Quo," which was just issued at the tail end of November via Massacre Records.

Check out "In Our Blood" here:

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Hate Posts 3rd Preview Clip Of New Album

Poland's death metal outfit Hate released a third in a series of preview teasers for the upcoming new release "Crvsade: Zero." The album is set for a January 25th release via Napalm Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Vox Dei (a Call From Beyond)
2. Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath
3. Death Liberator
4. Leviathan
5. Doomsday Celebrities
6. Hate Is The Law
7.valley Of Darkness
8. Crusade Zero
9. The Omnipresence
10. Rise Omega The Consequence!
11. Dawn Of War
12. Black Aura Debris
13. The Reaping (Bonus Track) More...

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Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Explains New Album

Metal Wani's Owais Nabi and Sairaj Kamath recently conducted an interview with Napalm Death's frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway.

States Greenway on the musical direction of Napalm Death's upcoming new album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat":

"Well, it's not reinventing the wheel, let's put it like that. It would be inaccurate of me to say so. But it's just a couple of steps forward, basically. There are many different influences within Napalm, but I guess there's two quite distinctive styles, just on a listening level, and that's… you've got the very traditional, fast and chaotic, almost off-the-rails kind of Napalm approach, and then you've got a real kind of queasy, ambient, quite depressing sound, actually, in some ways. And we've been sort of doing the 2 in tandem now for many, many albums, but I think as time goes on, we're tending to mix the styles a little more… not better, necessarily, but in more inventive ways, and I think that's where we are now. That's about the best description I can give, because, obviously, you'll understand that, for us, the album's still really fresh, so I haven't fully digested it, even though I made the fucking thing, along with the other guys. But I have still yet to fully digest it."

Being asked whether "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" is another conceptual effort Greenway continues: More...

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Talk To The Stranger Posts New Single

Southern California metalcore group Talk To The Stranger just released a new single online for streaming. Check out "Blank Faces" below, and you can hear more from the group over at Facebook here.

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Exes For Eyes Seeking Independent Platinum Release

Toronto, ON based metal outfit Exes For Eyes unleashed new album "Tongues Like Figure Eights" earlier this month with the challenge to fans and the metal community to help a fully independent band reach Platinum status with one million digital copies sold.

"The idea is to sell the concept of a new business model for independent bands as much as it is about selling the album," comments vocalist James Arsenian.

To get your digital copy of "Tongues Like Figure Eights" for $1, head over to the band's website here.

Featuring eleven assaulting tracks that include guest appearances by Bjorn Strid of Soilwork, Lisa Sinner of Out of The Ruins, and Dominic Cifarelli of Chronicles of Israfel\Scars On Broadway, "Tongues Like Figure Eights" was produced by EFE guitarist Dave Sheldon to follow 2011's debut album "The Amsler Grid." More...

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