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Last updated on October 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM ET

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

Sarpedon Announces Album Release

Norway’s Sarpedon is finally poised to unleash itself onto the metal scene, having been years in the making. Inverse Music comments:

"A long-time project of guitarist Torgeir P. Krokfjord, the band has been working together for several years – and whilst all members have been pursuing other projects and careers throughout, the Sarpedon project has now finally come to fruition.

"Although relying heavily upon influences such as Savatage, Nevermore, Symphony X, Emperor, and Queen, Sarpedon intends not only to take these impulses one step further, but also to combine them into a whole new beast altogether – and in the process, declaring war on Prog Metal as we know it today. Trying not to sound too much like a bearded freelance nothing describing overpriced coffee, Sarpedon’s music is an uncompromising blend of the immediate and the sophisticated, with a slight topping of Broadway to go with it.

"Torgeir is the musical catalyst of the band, his guitar playing combining the finest of melodic Scandinavian shredding, and Southern chugging. His brother Eirik P. Krokfjord (all vocals) once started singing with Sarpedon in mind – and now, more than ten years and two singing degrees from the Norwegian Academy of Music later, he is ready to race out of the blocks of a promising career at the front of one of Norway’s most exciting Metal exports. Drummer Carl Engstrøm has extensive experience from the Extreme/Black Metal scene (currently also playing and touring with Troll, Endezzma, Astaroth, and Attentat), and contributes virtuosity at the back, with both Andreas Wærholm and Eirik producing haunting sound landscapes at the keys. More...

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36 Crazyfists Signs With Spinefarm

Like a bear native to the Alaskan tundra, 36 Crazyfists has emerged from a four year recording hibernation and signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

The band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and new album "Time and Trauma," is due out in February of 2015.

"We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records and although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn't be more grateful to unleash the beast that is Time and Trauma with their help," said frontman Brock Lindow. "20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!"

Spinefarm Senior Director of Marketing Tim Brennan echoed that sentiment, saying, "We are thrilled to have 36 Crazyfists be part of the growing Spinefarm family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fanbase. Time and Trauma is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band."

36 Crazyfists released debut "Bitterness the Star" via Roadrunner Records in 2002. The follow-up, 2004's "A Snow Capped Romance," is largely considered a sleeper classic in the post-hardcore realm. The band also released several additionally beloved albums, including "Rest Inside the Flames" (2006) via the now-defunct DRT Entertainment, as well as "The Tide and Its Takers" (2008) and "Collisions and Castaways" through Ferret Music. The coming Spinefarm debut is the band's first album in four years and the first since "Collisions and Castaways," released in 2010. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Exorcism Posts "Higher" Drum Clip

"Higher," the new drum video from international metal band Exorcism, featuring newly recruited drummer Alexis Von Kraven, can be viewed below.

The song is taken from Exorcism's debut album "I Am God" (reviewed here) and the video (available below) was filmed at Digisound studio in Metepec, Mexico.

Exorcism is:

Csaba Zvekan – Vocals
Joe Stump – Guitars
Lucio Manca – Bass
Alexis Von Kraven – Drums More...

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Machine Head Posts Second Album Trailer

The Bay Area metal titans from Machine Head just released the second trailer for their upcoming album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

Check out this new clip below, or watch the previously posted first video at this location.

In other Machine Head news, Devil You Know just dropped off the band's European tour set to start next month.

"Bloodstone & Diamonds" is due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Rise Of The Northstar Releases New Single

The manga metal moshers from Rise Of The Northstar have released a brand new digital single, titled "Dressed All In Black." The song is now available via all digital download sites and can be heard below.

The song comes off the band's debut album, "Welcame," which will be released November 21st via Nuclear Blast Records. "Welcame" was mixed and mastered by renowned producer Zeuss. The track listing is as follows:

01. What The Fuck
02. Welcame [Furyo State Of Mind]
03. The New Path
04. Samurai Spirit
05. Dressed All In Black
06. Again And Again
07. Tyson
08. Bosozoku
09. Simon Says*
10. Authentic
11. Blast 'em All
*PHAROAHE MONCH cover More...

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Destruction Cancels Upcoming Shows

German thrash outfit Destruction just announced the cancellation of the band's upcoming shows in Spain. Destruction had this to say:

"We are devastated that we can't come to Spain next week but without any money for flights or any transportation it is impossible for us to travel!

"The promoter broke his contracts and promises but the worst thing is that the faithful Spanish metal heads and the band were so much looking forward to return for a tour after many years of absence.

"We will make sure our new partner will include several shows on the Iberian peninsula for 2015! Salud & thrash till death!!!" More...

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Rob Zombie To Play Bloodstock

This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.

Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”

Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.

Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...

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Sickening Unveils Album Artwork

Sickening's new album "The Beyond," a tribute to filmmaker Lucio Fulci, will be released in early 2015 via Amputated Vein Records.

Today the band unveils the cover artwork for "The Beyond," created by Daemorph Evil Art Dominion. The track listing is as follows:

1. Into The Unknown
2. Crucified By Preconception
3. The Passage
4. Condemned Blind
5. The Slow Pace Of Suffering
6. ...And Then New Light
7. The Prophecies Of Eibon
8. Beyond The Threshold
9. Descent Into The Abyss More...

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Hope Drone Signs With Relapse

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Australian atmospheric black metal quartet Hope Drone. The label had this to say:

"Formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2011, Hope Drone (Karl Hartwig - guitar, Christopher Rowden - guitar/vocals, Francis Keil - drums, Aaron Pickersgill - bass/vocals) quickly made a name for itself with its 2013 self-titled debut that was hailed by Cvlt Nation as 'fresh, invigorating and captivating,' by Scene Point Blank as a record that 'achieves on all fronts' and by Angry Metal Guy as 'possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically.'

"After supporting acts like Neurosis, Deafheaven, Caspian and Rosetta in Australia, the band recorded their sophomore record once again with engineer Christopher Brownbill. The yet-to-be-titled album will see it's release via Relapse in the Spring of 2015."

Guitarist Karl Hartwig commented on the signing and the upcoming material: "We're stoked to be welcomed into the Relapse family and have our records released by the label that is responsible for some of our favourite releases. The record was recorded at the soon to be defuct Wavelength Studios with our engineer Christopher Brownbill. We really wanted to push ourselves with this record and spent much longer crafting songs with a greater dynamic and depth to them, both in terms of songwriting and how we approached capturing the songs. We aimed for a more live sounding recording that was still rich in atmosphere and I think we've achieved something that is a true reflection of how we sound live."

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Hope Drone and stream the band's self-titled debut below. More...

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Tribute To The Lesser Played Halloween Classics

So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.

On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...

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Sandalinas Working On New Album

Spanish/Swedish metal band Sandalinas is working on a forthcoming album to be called "Circles," produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios (Sweden).

The album will feature Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance) on vocals and Chris Caffery (Savatage) as guest guitarist and composer, with a planned release in 2015.

The band's last single "Power To The People" can be heard in the promo video trailer below, featuring footage from the band's latest European tour supporting House of Lords. More...

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