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Last updated on May 5, 2016 at 12:26 PM ET

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

Interview

A Quick Chat With Moonsorrow's Mitja Harvilahti

Moonsorrow has become one of the most popular names in pagan metal over the past sixteen years, developing an epic sound that practically brings the bloodthirsty Vikings back from the grave. Their music has become beloved not just by metal fans, but by lovers of classic rock and indeed history buffs, fascinated with the research that goes into every song.

During their recent tour with Korpiklaani, (see review here,) I was able to fleetingly sit down and speak with the band's guitarist Mitja Harvilahti, who discussed the group's new album, "Jumalten Aika," it's cover artwork and how it feels to top the charts in their native Finland. You can watch the interview below. More...

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Interview

An Interview With Overkill Frontman Bobby Blitz

Overkill are one of the bands that have held the flag of thrash metal at it's highest throughout their career, keeping the genre's name alive in the good times and the bad. At the heart of it all is vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni, the only two constant members in a band which has spanned over three decades.

During their recent tour of the United Kingdom with Polish death metal stalwarts Vader (see review here,) I had the pleasure of meeting one of thrash metal's most beloved singers and asking Blitz about the past and present, the upcoming American election and much more. You can watch the interview in two parts below. More...

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Perturbator Streaming "The Uncanny Valley"

Perturbator's new album "The Uncanny Valley," along with its companion EP, "The Uncanny Valley - Bonus" is finally available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp. Check out this sleek, '80s VHS anime extravaganza below. Perturbator comments:

"Neon glyphs flash across the alley - blinking kanji. Hues of garish pink and red emerge, language of the night. Your android partner: a deadly weapon, just like you. She’s draped in the radiance, wearing it as camouflage. A prototype: lithe, oblique, next-gen fatale. Your last faith in humanity and the only soul you can trust.

"After the War Against Machines, factions of the Cult remain. Dismantling what little technological trust mankind retains. The black church is where they recruit their fanatics. Destroy them. A futile mission. A deadly trap. A four year descent into a sinuous labyrinth with no escape."

1. Neo Tokyo 04:13
2. Weapons For Children 05:26
3. Death Squad 04:24
4. Femme Fatale (Feat. Highway Superstar) 05:34
5. Venger (Feat. Greta Link) 05:08
6. Disco Inferno 06:09
7. She Moves Like A Knife 05:33
8. Sentient (Feat. Hayley Stewart) 05:32
9. Diabolus Ex Machina 04:39
10. Assault 04:08
11. The Cult Of 2112 03:58
12. Souls At Zero (Feat. Astronoid) 06:20
13. The Uncanny Valley 06:54 More...

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Pensevor Premieres Full New Sludgy Doom Album

The down-tempo, sludged out doom fest that is Pensevor has a new album slated to arrive this Friday, May 6th, 2016.

With less than 24 hours until the aural apocalypse arrives, we thought we'd just go ahead and bring about the end of all things a little early.

Check out all of "Klothod" in our exclusive stream below ahead of the release date!

Hibernacula records will handle the release of "Klothod," the full-length debut of this U.K. outfit. The album contains eight tracks that combine insane vocals with a back-end straight out of hell.

Pensevor is a four-piece from Farnborough, Hampshire, forming in 2011 to play hypnotic, primitive, regressive drop-C Neanderthal sludge-doom. You can pick up your copy of "Klothod" here and the album's full track listing is:

1. Totem
2. Ritualistic Blood Sacrifice
3. Sewerpuss
4. No Hope For Dying
5. Silvine
6 I Despair
7. Dungeoness
8. Lowest Of The Low More...

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Eluveitie Announces Major Lineup Split

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi from the band in what is described by Murphy as an "impossible situation."

The band will play out the next few shows with Sutter, Murphy and Henzi and then other performances the band has committed to, incuding Wacken this August, with replacement members before retiring for a while to solidify a new lineup.

The official band statement reads: "With a heavy heart we have to announce that Eluveitie will go through another change soon. We have decided to part ways with our longtime drummer Merlin Sutter. In the consequence of this, Merlin's close personal friends Anna Murphy and Ivo Henzi decided to leave Eluveitie as well.

"We all developed a lot over the last ten years – not only as a band, but also as individuals. And we partly developed in different directions; different goals, wishes and ideas emerged. Over the last years we all had to deal with interpersonal challenges within the band. Instead of pulling together, our days have rather been shaped by wearing friction and constant clash of interests. And thus we felt that we have become something we shouldn't have; that we've diverged from what Eluveitie was always meant to be – a band, a family, a passionate and deep-rooted group of musicians, where heart's blood can flow freely! Eluveitie was always meant to be about 'rock'n'roll,' passion and also about 'carrying the torch' of the Celtic spirit. Yet over the years we have partly diverged from our roots, which is not good.

"Each and every single one of us is definitely a passionate musician! But in this group constellation, we seemed to rather cumber, than to inspire each other. The band has suffered from this for a longer time now.

"So we ended up in this painful situation where the mentioned facts have made it impossible to us to continue like this and we came to the point eventually, where we believe, it's best to go separate ways. More...

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Dying Fetus Fan Has Ashes Scattered In Pit

Dying Fetus is currently on the road headlining the "Metal Alliance Tour" with support from The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate and rotating openers Reaping Asmedia and Nylithia.

During the May 3rd Illinois stop of the tour, the band received what they considered a very interesting request. One of the band's biggest fans recently passed away and as a final wish, he had asked that his ashes be scattered on stage during their show. When the band ripped into Nick's favorite song "Homicidal Retribution," the band honored his wish and did just that.

"We just scattered nicks ashes in the pit for his favorite song, 'Homicidal Retribution,' may he RIP. Rest in the pit \m/", commented the band on Twitter.

Prior to this tour that band was busy in the studio recording their latest release for Relapse Records. Once the "Metal Alliance Tour" concludes the band will finish the long anticipated eighth studio release. Album name and release date is TBA. After the album is complete they will embark on an extensive Europe run that will include headline and festival dates, all of which are listed below. More...

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Sliptrick Reckords Signs Brute Forcz

Los Angeles' Brute Forcz is a kick ass heavy metal band formed in 2010 after ex-professional wrestlers Slammer and Jammer decided they wanted to make heavy metal music in the style of Motorhead, Judas Priest, AC/DC and W.A.S.P.

The power trio began performing in Los Angeles in the Summer of 2010. They immediately gained attention and a growing fan base opening for bands such as W.A.S.P., LA Guns, Loudness, Michael Schenker Group, Joey Bella Donna (Anthrax), Y&T, Steel Panther, George Lynch and many more.

The band also caught the attention of legendary producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen and recorded their debut album "Out for Blood" at Office Studios. After spending the last few years dealing with Injuries, surgeries, bad finances, departures, and even death, Brute Forcz is back with a new self-titled 4 song EP.

The EP features guitarist Rowan Robertson (Ex-Dio) and was engineered and produced by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (Metal Blade A & R, Slayer to name a few) and Skull Seven Productions.

More information on the EP is expected soon. More...

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Witches Of Doom Issues "Lizard Tongue" Video

Rome's Witches of Doom issued a new music video for the track "Lizard Tongue." The song appears on the band's new album "Deadlights," which was just released last week via Sliptrick Records.

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Mechanical God Creation Announces New Bass Player

Italian death metal act Mechanical God Creation has announced the new bassist: Luca Ziliani (Crypt of the Whisper).

The band commented: "We are extremely happy to present Luca Ziliani as our new official bass player. We are really lucky to have found him because we believe he completes perfectly the line-up as a great musician and great person. We are ready to continue our musical project in the best possible way."

Luca commented: "With a great pleasure I announce my collaboration with Mechanical God Creation, good persons and great musicians. I expect a great experience with them and can't really wait to hit all the stages with this cool band! See you soon!"

Mechanical God Creation is currently busy writing new material for a third album, scheduled to be released in 2016.

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Cadaveria Enters Studio To Record New EP

A year and a half after the release of the latest album "Silence," Italian horror metal act Cadaveria have entered the recording studio to work on the production of an new EP. This work will represent something totally new in the history of the band, since this year celebrates the 15th anniversary. In fact, legendary Italian thrashers Necrodeath, which shares two band members with Cadaveria (Flegias aka Marçelo Santos, singer in Necrodeath and drummer in Cadaveria, and GL aka Peter Dayton, bassist in both bands), will take part in this EP.

Cadaveria herself has defined this collaboration as "a blood pact between two diabolic entities that will give life to a new irreligious and obscure soul".

The two bands have signed an agreement with the label Black Tears for the release of their EP in Europe.

The band also confirmed the following live gigs:

21.05.2016 France, Saint-Hilaire-les-Places - Rock Metal Camp
02.07.2016 Italy, Resia (UD) - eResia Metalfest
17.09.2016 Malta - Voices Of The Succubi Festival

New shows will be announced soon! More...

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Savage Is Ready To "Lock N Load"

NWOBHM heroes Savage released a new music video for the track "Lock N Load." The song is taken from the 2015 album "7." Check it out in the player below.

Savage released the new studio album via Minus 2 Zebra in late 2015. Included with the double-album is a live performance disc titled "Live N Lethal." The album can be purchased at this location.

The band has also announced several upcoming live appearances, as follows:

21 May Real Time Live - Chesterfield, UK
24 Sep Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival - P60, Amstelveen, Holland
15 Oct British Steel Saturday Night Festival #5 - Fismes, France
3 Dec O2 Academy - Sheffield, UK

Check out the clip here:

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PelleK Releases New Album Preview Clip

PelleK - the band featuring ex-Damnation Angels vocalist Per Frederik Åsly - issued a 6 minute preview clip (with lyrics) for the upcoming new album "A Marvelous Method of Reclusion." The album will be available independently in mid-June. A special crowdfunding/pre-order campaign is underway, which you can contribute to at this location. Those who pre-order will receive the album on June 1st.

All music was written by Per Fredrik Åsly, with lyrics by George Andrade after an idea by Per Fredrik "PelleK" Åsly. The album was produced and mastered by Scott Atkins from Grindstone Studios. The album's artwork (shown below) was created by Roxana Barahona Oliva.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Path Of Reclusion
2. From the Depths
3. I Know You Don't Know
4. In Windows
5. Intermezzo
6. The Space Between
7. Whispers
8. All That I Am
9. The Master Of Reclusion
10. A Reason Unseen

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Great Master Issues "Lion & Queen" Teaser Clip

Italian epic power metal band Great Master posted a preview teaser for the new release "Lion & Queen," the third album and first for the band in four years. "Lion & Queen" will be available on June 15th via Underground Symphony. The album will be issued as a strictly limited edition digipak (200 hand signed copies).

"Lion & Queen" was produced and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Sounds Studio, with the participation of distinguished guests as Mularoni (DGM) and Yackson (Shadows of Steel) on guitars, Andreas Wimmer (Final Chapter) and Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon) on orchestral parts and piano, SY (Armonight) on vocals.

The track list is:

1. Voices
2. Another Story
3. Oldest
4. Prayer in the Wind
5. Traveller of Time
6. Stargate
7. Mystic River
8. Holy Mountains
9. Time After Time
10. The Other Side
11. Walking on the Rainbow
12. Lion and Queen More...

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Earth Ship Streams "Valley Of Thorns"

German sludge/doom act Earth Ship released a lyric video for the new track "Valley of Thorns." The song appears on the upcoming fourth full length effort - "Hollowed" - which drops on June 24th via Napalm Records.

The track listing for "Hollowed" is:

1. Reduced to Ashes
2. Hollowed
3. Valley of Thorns
4. Conjured
5. Monolith
6. In Fire's Light
7. In the Arms of Medusa
8. Castle of Sorrow
9. Safeguard of Death
10. Red Leaves
11. The Edge of Time
12. Blood Candy (Bonus Track)
13. The Edge of Time - Acoustic (Bonus Track)

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Headless Crown Posts "Here Comes The Night" Video

Swiss metal act Headless Crown released a new music video for the track "Here Comes the Night." The song appear on the 2015 debut release "Time For Revolution," which is available via Massacre Records.

Check it out here:

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Hatespirit: "Blood & Poetry" Full-Album Streaming

Finland’s black metal outfit Hatespirit premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new debut album "Blood & Poetry", out in stores now via Altare Productions.

Check out now "Blood & Poetry" in its entirety below.

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Defeated Sanity Premieres "At One With Wrath"

Defeated Sanity premieres a new song entitled "At One With Wrath", taken from the upcoming new new full-length experimental release "Disposal Of The Dead/Dharmata", which will be out in stores July 22 via Willowtip Records. Defying convention, the album is comprised of two separate EPs, and is essentially a split release with itself.

Check out now "At One With Wrath" below.

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Chelsea Grin Premieres New Song "Clickbait"

Chelsea Grin premieres a new song entitled "Clickbait", taken from the upcoming new album "Self Inflicted", which will be out in stores July 01 via Rise Records.

Check out now "Clickbait" below.

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Inter Arma Premieres New Song "Paradise Gallows"

Inter Arma premieres a new song entitled "The Paradise Gallows", taken from the upcoming new album "Paradise Gallows", which will be out in stores July 08 via Relapse Records.

Check out now "The Paradise Gallows" below.

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Vektor Premieres New Song "Pteropticon"

U.S. progressive and technical thrash act Vektor premieres a new song entitled "Pteropticon", taken from the upcoming new album "Terminal Redux", which will be out in stores this coming Friday, May 06 via Earache Records.

Check out now "Pteropticon" below.

States Vektor frontman and guitarist David DiSanto: More...

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