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Last updated on January 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM ET

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

Synaptik Announces Re-Release And New Album

British heavy metal five-piece Synaptik recently announced the re-release of debut album "The Mechanisms of Consequence," arriving as a heavier remixed album due out on January 30th.

The Norwich men show no signs of slowing down as they are also set to make a huge impact in 2017 by following that debut with the release of sophomore album "Justify & Reason," due out March 10th.

For U.S. fans, it’s a double dose of metal as the remixed album and the new record "Justify & Reason" will be released as a double album directly via Divebomb Records.

Synaptik describes "Justify & Reason" as: "A collection exhibiting real finesse, true technicality but not at the expense of neck-snapping riffs and a progressive air that’s both bracing and intimidatingly menacing." More...

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Fates Warning Gears Up For European Tour

U.S. progressive metal group Fates Warning will return to Europe at long last next week to start a first European headlining tour in support of the "Theories Of Flight" album.

"Theories Of Flight" was released in July of last year and ranked high in year-end polls across all media, including #1 in Greece's Metal Hammer.

Support for the shows will be provided by Armored Dawn from Brazil as well as opening acts Fallen Arise (24.01.-01.02) from Greece and A New Tomorrow (02.-10.02.) from the UK.

24.01.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
25.01.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
27.01.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock
28.01.2017 Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
29.01.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
30.01.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colossaal
01.02.2017 Brno (Czech Republic) - Metro Music Bar
02.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
03.02.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Music Club
04.02.2017 Munich (Germany) - Strom
05.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
07.02.2017 Nürnberg (Germany) - Hirsch
08.02.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
09.02.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
10.02.2017 Bologna (Italy) - Zona Roveri
12.02.2017 Athens (Greece) - Gagarin205 More...

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CEMR Day 3 Lineup Revealed

The complete day 3 lineup has now been revealed for CEMR's 2nd annual MetalFest, which now makes the entire lineup available for the impending three day metal festival.

You can look forward to a bill of various genres assured to keep you on your feet and make your weekend a severe bangover with tons of amazing memories. The complete lineup will be as follows:

Day 3 – April 8th

Terrifier (Vancouver, BC)
W.M.D (Calgary, AB)
Tessitura (Edmonton, AB)
Train Bigger Monkeys (Calgary, AB)
Juliet Ruin (Edmonton, AB)
Forsaken Rite (Edmonton, AB) More...

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The Crawling Announces New Album

Formed in the winter of 2014 against the bleak concrete backdrop of Lisburn city, Northern Ireland, The Crawling has came a long way since those humble beginnings. Influenced by Paradise Lost, Katatonia and Bolt Thrower, The Crawling uses guttural vocals to combine melancholy with weight, churning out a heavy, doom/death ensemble.

With the announcement of the band's debut album "Anatomy Of Loss" now brought to the fore, The Crawling has revealed an album trailer which offers the first glimpse into what's over the horizon.

"Anatomy Of Loss" is set for release on April 7th, 2017 via Grindscene Records, featuring seven tracks expressing desperation and defeat and artwork from Travis Smith. Vocalist / guitarist Andy Clarke comments:

"'Anatomy of Loss' is an album inspired by true events. It examines experiences of the band first hand, and what we see in our everyday lives. In short, it is a collection of stories about loss, regret and despondency. It looks at how people develop mechanisms to cope with grief, failure and heartbreak; and more often than not - the inability to do so. More...

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Foscor Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Foscor, an innovative dark / atmospheric metal band from Catalonia, for the release of a new album. Foscor had this to say about the signing:

"Long has been the path through darkness, but a new light shines and will accompany us on the most thrilling journey Foscor has ever undertaken. We are pleased to announce that we have signed a deal with Season of Mist, visionary home of pioneers all around the globe in the noble art of musical creation, and the best partner possible to unveil our new emotional act to the world.

"We feel delighted sharing label with brilliant bands from the most intricate and extreme language to the most subtle and beautiful dark sounds. It gives us a great opportunity to expand our musical language and outlook on life while learning from such an experienced team. We are eager to have you bear witness of this moment. Stay with us to see where this venture will lead. Expect more news very soon."

Foscor already finished recording a forthcoming fifth full-length album, which will be released in the course of 2017. Stay tuned for full details. More...

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Dying Whale Streaming "The Cloud I Hold"

Georgia's Dying Whale has issued a new single from the Nefarious Industries-bound "Last Moments Of Misery" album (due out February 3rd), releasing "The Cloud I Hold" today.

Unifying elements of metal, sludge, and hardcore with ferociously raw emotional delivery, Dying Whale's "Last Moments Of Misery" revolves around the dark periods in our lives, and the idea of not having a place in this world or a home in the afterlife.

Dying Whale's Matt Zagorski offers of the new single: "'The Cloud I Hold' relates to so many people I come in contact with every day. The feeling that you can't speak up and tell the ones you love that you are barely holding on. All you hope for is them to tie you up and force you to tell them you don't see your life worth living. It feels like your last chance of life. Expose me."

The band has booked a record release show for the album, set to take place on February 6th in Valdosta, Georgia with Jucifer and more.

2/06/2017 Ashley Street Station - Valdosta, GA *record release show w/ Jucifer More...

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Eshtadur Announces New Single, Album

Colombian melodic death metal powerhouse Eshtadur will reveal new single "Cornered at the Earth" on February 10th, 2017. The track, which is taken from upcoming album "Mother Gray," is highly recommended for fans of early Soilwork and At the Gates.

Eshtadur launched in the fall of 2005 with the blazing demo "Timo Be Timo." Since then, the group has released a pair of EPs and a potent duo of albums. A rich touring history includes performances across Colombia, Peru, and Mexico along with a headlining performance at Rock Al Parque in 2016.

As Esthtadur prepares to unleash latest creation "Mother Gray" upon the world, the band is gearing up for first-ever U.S. dates and many more festival appearances. More...

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White Ward Signs With Debemur Morti

Debemur Morti Productions is proud to announce the signing of the Ukrainian explorators White Ward. The label had this to say:

"Formed back in 2012 in Odessa, and taking root in raw depressive black metal, the band creates a uniquely stunning mix of post-black metal, depressive, deeply emotive soundscapes, and mind-blowing dark jazz atmospheres utilizing perfectly fitting saxophone themes.

"In the coming weeks we will unveil the ground-breaking approach of this talented sextet but in the meanwhile you might want to check their older material, gathered on the 'Origins' compilation. Do not be hasty in judging White Ward on these tunes alone though. Indeed, their Art shaped into something pretty different nowadays.

"The intriguing cover is the work of the exceptionally talented photographer Olia Pishchanska and 'Futility Report' will be released later in 2017 on Digipack CD, 12" LP and digital. Keep tuned for more news very soon..." More...

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Dalriada Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Cruise

Dalriada will be joining the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise ship this February alongside Anthrax, Testament, Gojira, Therion, Death Angel, Arch Enemy, Testament, Moonsorrow, Pain, Devildriver, and many more.

The 70,000 Tons of Metal organizers comment: “We've got three more solid contenders for the Cripper Award for you Sailors! Throw your horns up for Dalriada from Hungary, Striker from Canada, and Witchtrap from Colombia!

"They will join you and 2,999 other die hard headbangers on board the original, the world’s biggest heavy metal cruise! That brings the count to 59... which means there's only one more. Who will it be? You will know... SOON!”

Dalriada had this to say about the news: "70000 Tons of Metal is definitely a huge step up for us. Cruising in the Caribbean, hanging out at the pool, slurping ridiculous cocktails while literally TONS of metal are shaking the boat! We didn’t even dream about a scenario, where one day WE, a bunch of drunk guys from Bumfuck Nebrahoma :) are gonna play at one of the most prestigious and exclusive metal festivals of the planet. Well, I guess there’s still a lot more to come." More...

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Vangough Releasing New Album

Vangough is a three-piece, American progressive metal band with a temperamental cocktail that invites both heavy metal fans and those seeking refuge from the beaten path.

The group's upcoming album "Warpaint" is now confirmed for a March 17th release date and today the artwork, track listing, and a special album teaser have been revealed.

Spending over a year in production, this album represents the delicate inculcation of restraint, self-doubt and introspection that was afforded as a result of recent touring efforts. Exposing the nakedness that we struggle to conceal, "Warpaint" is the story of embattled spirits.

1. Morphine
2. Dust
3. The Suffering
4. Gravity
5. Till Nothing's Left
6. Knell
7. Black Rabbit More...

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Destrage Releases Guitar Playthrough Video

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed: words such as "progressive," "cinematic," "mathcore," "technical," and "groove-laden" could be thrown at the group, but really the only one you need is just Destrage.

This has never been more true than on "A Means To No End," the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece released in October 2016 via Metal Blade Records.

Today a guitar play-through video by Camilla Boro / Sandhog Music Production for the track "Dreamers" comes online, featuring the band's own Matteo Di Gioia and Ralph Salati.


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Dool Streaming "Vantablack"

Holland's most notorious musicians have gathered to form Dool, a dark rock band featuring bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Micha Haring from celebrated cult rockers The Devil's Blood and the country's most infamous rock singer, Ryanne van Dorst.

Rounded out by guitarists Nick Polak (Gold) and Reinier Vermeulen (The New Media), Dool radiates an undeniable raw energy and has created a distinct sound right from the start. The band will release debut album, "Here Now, There Then," on February 17th via Prophecy Productions.

In advance of the record's release, new song "Vantablack" has come online and can be heard below. If you missed it, a previous video for the "Oweynagat" single can be seen right here.

Dool takes the listener from “dark caves, inhabited by ancient ghosts” on "Oweynagat" to “the deep abysses of a broken heart” on cuts like "Death of Love/" From the sensual and teasing "Words on Paper," to the imposing and ominous 10 minute epic "Vantablack," Dool hits every pressure point. More...

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Metallica Performs "One" With Lang Lang

Pro-shot footage has come online of Metallica performing "One" with concert pianist Lang Lang, which can be seen below. The video was filmed at LeSports Center in Beijing, China on January 18, 2017.

Metallica will also perform on the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards this coming February 12th, where the track "Hardwired" is nominated for the Best Rock Song category.

Metallica's new album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" was released last November on the band's own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including: CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and "deluxe deluxe" versions.

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Fen Prepares For "Winter"

Atmospheric U.K. black metal group Fen today announced details on a fifth full-length album, set to see release via Aural Music imprint Code666 this coming March.

Titled "Winter," the six-track production was captured by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (Ulver, Altar Of Plagues, Grave Miasma, Primordial, Solstafir) and stands among the band's most enticing piece of work yet for the English three-piece; rich in sound, beguilingly delicate, and shrouded in darkness.

The six "Winter" movements are thematically and compositionally linked and ideally, the whole record is intended to be listened to in one sitting to allow the full journey to be absorbed.

"Winter," which comes sheathed in the cover art of Fen bassist/vocalist Grungyn, will be available in standard CD, double black vinyl limited to 300 copies, and digital formats in North America on March 10th followed by a European street date of March 17th. More...

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Belphegor Issues Recording Update

European black / death metal outfit Belphegor is back in the studio to record an 11th (and still untitled) album. The LP will act as the follow-up to d 2014 recording "Conjuring The Dead." Expect a release date Mid-September through Nuclear Blast Entertainment, followed by an intense touring cycle worldwide.

Frontman / guitarist Helmuth Lehner comments: "Drums and bass guitar have been executed masterfully by Serpenth [bass guitar, screams] and German maniac drummer Bloodhammer. A new chapter, a new challenge."

Serpenth adds: "We've once again created an LP with two different tunings in the manner in which we did 'Pestapokalypse VI' [Oct. 2006]. Added a lot of new elements and structures to our trademark sound and tuned the guitars down to get an even more brutal and obscure guitar tone. These are the most furiously heavy, fierce and superior nine sound collages we have ever written and recorded."

Keep an eye on out for news informing on details such as the album title, producer, studio trailer, as well as lyrical and artistic concepts in the next update. More...

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Kynesis Signs With Argonauta Records

Italian post-metal act Kynesis signed on with Argonauta Records. The band's new record "Pandora" will be issued this year, with further details to be revealed soon.

Kynesis was born in Turin from the ashes of a previous project to search a different and innovative sound, drawing influences from bands such as Cult of Luna, Pink Floyd, My Dying Bride, Deftones, Mogwai and Isis.

The project has collaborated with various musicians from Turin. Today the singer is Ivan Di Vincenzo, who shares the guitarist role with Luca Braga; rhythmic section consists of Giacomo Grillone on bass and Fabio Losano on drums.

In 2014, after releasing a live CD, the band started to work on the first full album "Kali Yuga," critically acclaimed for its eclectic sounds. The band made a promotional tour sharing the stage with many bands such as Forgotten Tomb, The Great Old Ones and Mortuary Drape.

"Pandora" is about the Greek myth but transposed into the present day. The theme of hope is told through decadent tunes, dilated times and Italian lyrics. Recordings and mixing took place at Alarm Studio by Alessio Sogno, arranger also of synthesizer tracks. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna). More...

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Warbringer Issues "Silhouettes" Video Clip

Warbringer is definitely one of the most aurally devastating bands in the scene today and make a triumphant step forward on the upcoming record, "Woe to the Vanquished." On March 31st they deliver their monumental 5th full-length via Napalm Records.

To shorten the wait time, the band has unleashed the first ripping track "Silhouettes" today via music video which was directed by Orie McGinness (Enlighten Creative Studio) and produced by Shan Dan Horen (Shadow Born Group). The video is shown exclusively via Decibel Magazine's website at this location, or in the player conveniently located below.

John Kevill gives a deeper insight into the first song "Silhouettes": "This song, the album opener, is a blazing and intense number; we wanted the album to open with pure annihilation. I had the lyric in my head and the frantic riff under the verse since the beginning of 2014, and I am very pleased that it exists as a full song now.

"The idea for the song came from a particularly chilling detail found at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; when the atomic bombs went off the shadows of people whose bodies were vaporized still remain burned onto the walls and the ground where they once stood. To me, this is goddamn horrifying. I thought - 'What if the souls of those dead remain trapped in the shadows?'

"I wanted to have the song written from a future where civilization has failed, the Earth is in ruins and the few remaining survivors live a horrible existence. The untold millions of shadows from this future, burnt into stone, look back at us in the present time and judge us for bringing about the apocalypse that, though we saw it coming, we did nothing to avoid.

"The way I see it, we continue funding weaponry that keeps getting more and more devastating (search 'satan-2' if you think this issue is some relic), and leadership seems on a sharp downward trend as well. Not the ingredients for a positive outcome. Remember, it only takes one mistake, once, and everything everyone has ever built, written, painted, all music, all culture, every ounce of human achievement is gone, in a single blinding flash. Like it or not, this is the world we live in today, and entering 2017 the delicate balance tips and sways more and more.
So, Happy New Year. Enjoy the time we have left, and fucking thrash. Woe to the Vanquished.
We're Ghosts!" More...

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Ayreon Reveals New Album Title & Artwork

Ayreon unveiled the cover artwork for the upcoming new album "The Source." More details will be revealed very soon, including release date, track listing and pre-order information.

Mastermind/composer Arjen Anthony Lucassen commented: "The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!"

Vocal guest appearances for "The Source" include: James Labrie (Dream Theater) as "The Historian"; Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) as "The Chemist"; Simone Simons (Epica) as "The Counselor"; Michael Mills (Toehider) as "TH-I"; Floor Jansen (Nightwish) as "The Biologist"; Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) as "The Astronomer"; Tobias Sammet (Avantasia/Edguy) as "The Captain"; Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) as "The Diplomat"; Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as "The Prophet"; Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) as "The Preacher"; Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder/Kamelot) as "The Opposition Leader"; and, Russell Allen (Symphony X) as "The President."

Musician guest appearances for "The Source" include: Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Guthrie Govan (Asia), Mark Kelly (Marillion) and Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged). More...

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"Helluva" Trailer #2 Available From Trollfest

Norwegian folk metal act Trollfest released the second in a series of album trailers for the upcoming new album "Helluva." The album drops on February 24th.

In the second clip (shown below), the band talks about the various instruments used on the record.

The track listing for the album is:

1. This Is Just the Intro
2. Professor Otto
3. Spelunking Sisters
4. Gigantic Cave
5. Steel Sarah (see music video here)
6. Trollachen
7. Hen of Hades
8. Reiten mit ein Fisch
9. Fräulein Helluva
10. Kabaret
11. La Grande Finale
12. What a Good Idea
13. Don Gnomo Vega
14. Sputnik

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HammerFall Posts "Built To Last" Lyric Video

Swedish power metal act Hammerfall issued a new lyric video for the song "Built to Last." The song is the title track for the band's latest album issued last November via Napalm Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.

HammerFall will tour North America for the first time in seven years in 2017 in a co-headlining trek with Dutch symphonic metal act Delain. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

Check out "Built to Last" here:

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Sawthis Releases Music Video For New Single

Italian death thrash act Sawthis released a video clip for the new single "This String Is For Your Neck." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Babhell," which is set to drop on March 24th via Mighty Music.

More information on the album is expected soon. For now, check out "This String Is For Your Neck" here:

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Thormesis Posts Lyric Video For New Song

German black metal act Thormesis released the first taste of the upcoming fifth studio album will be entitled "Trümmerfarben." Check out the lyric video for "Walheelas Fährte" below. "Trümmerfarben" will be issued via MDD Records on February 10th.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Intro - Aetas Nova
2. Trümmerfarben
3. Walheelas Fährte
4. Lodernd Flammen
5. Die Klagen der Einöde
6. Verblasst
7. In?Stille wachen die Toten
8. Im Herbst trugen sie mich fort
9. Outro - Vale

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Iron Maiden Returns To North America

U.K. metal legends Iron Maiden have announced a second leg of the "Book of Souls" tour for North America. The second leg will be a more extensive run of shows to begin in Virginia on June 3rd. Support for the run will come from Sweden's Ghost.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 27th. Fan Club pre-sale starts Tuesday, January 24th.
Full details can be found at www.ironmaiden.com.

Confirmed dates and venues are:


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Laser Dracul Debuts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Swedish doom metal trio Laser Dracul premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming vinyl demo re-release, which will be out in stores on January 27th via German label Ván Records.

Check out now "Laser Dracul" in its entirety below.

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Patria Premieres New Song & Lyric Video "Axis"

Brazilian black metal outfit Patria premieres a new song and lyric video entitled "Axis", taken from the upcoming new album "Magna Adversia", which will be out in stores March 3rd 2017 through Soulseller Records.

Check out now "Axis" below.

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Nita Strauss Premieres New Music Video

Nita Strauss, the LA-based guitarist for the Alice Cooper band premieres a new solo single titled "Pandemonium", taken from the new all-female compilation "She Rocks, Volume 1", out in stores now via Favored Nations Entertainment.

Check out now "Pandemonium" below.

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Gorephilia Premieres New Song "The Ravenous Storm"

Finland's death metal band Gorephilia premieres a new song entitled "The Ravenous Storm", taken from the upcoming new album "Severed Monolith", which will be out in stores on March 3rd via Dark Descent and in a vinyl edition through Saco Un Ojo Records.

Check out now "The Ravenous Storm" below.

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Mindful Of Pripyat Debuts 2 New Songs

Italy's death metal outfit Mindful Of Pripyat debuts two new songs titled "Hostage" and "Specimen", taken from the upcoming new split-release with Stench Of Profit. The album will be out in stores on 12'' vinyl, on CD, and as a digital download on March 1st via Everlasting Spew.

Check out now "Hostage" and "Specimen" below.

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Northlane Premieres New Song & Music Video

Northlane premieres a new song and music video titled "Intuition". The band recently debuted the song live at last weekend’s "Unify Gathering" festival, where the footage for the clip was shot.

Check out now "Intuition" below.

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Bill & Phil Debuts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Bill & Phil (Down, Superjoint etc.) - featuring Phil Anselmo and actor/musician Bill Moseley ("House Of 1000 Corpses" etc.) - debuts the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut EP "Songs Of Darkness And Despair", which will arrive in stores this Friday, January 20th.

Check out now "Songs Of Darkness And Despair" in its entirety below.

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Mutiny Within Debuts New Song "Circles"

Mutiny Within debuts the fourth and final single from the band's upcoming new album "Origins", called "Circles". The new album will be out in stores February 10th.

Check out now "Circles" below.

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