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Last updated on August 4, 2015 at 2:43 PM ET

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Pit Stories: "Go Back To Zumiez!"

Every Tuesday we chat up metal bands from across the genre spectrum and across planet Earth to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

This week Chris Kelly of Philadelphia outfit Alustrium shares a tale of a hardcore dancer battling invisible ninjas - but hitting a real person. While he was great at windmilling innocent passers by, unfortunately his smack talk skills weren't quite up to par (blindgreed1 would have eaten this kid up and spit him out half-chewed in the insult hurling arena). Chris tells the story thusly:

Though we've seen our fair share of notable pit moments in our career, there's one that stands out to me. A few years ago we supported a pretty heavy hitting line up at Croc Rock in Allentown, PA. That place was our go-to stomping ground for a number of years. If I'm not mistaken, the tour package was The Faceless, Revocation, and the Haarp Machine (pretty sure that was the only US tour they ever did). Despite the fact that these were some of the more prominent technical metal bands around that time, in Allentown you will never have a shortage of misplaced deathcore kids looking to fight some invisible ninjas.

Though we avidly despise that kind of ridiculous, spastic self expression, it wasn't hurting us so we kept our mouths shut. That is until the most skilled of the ninja fighters landed one of his windmilling fists on our former drummer's face. Spoiler alert: not a cool thing to do. Needless to say, our guy quickly returned the favor and a few of the venue bouncers immediately stepped in. Both guys were dragged outside and thrown into the parking lot to settle their shit.

At this point the rest of us had either seen or heard about the incident and we were all now running to the parking lot to see what was happening. The ninja warrior was uttering your typical meathead jargon; "come on, bitch, the fuck you gonna do about it?" That kind of thing. At this point our drummer had no interest in continuing to interact with this kid simply because if either of them were to kick the other's ass, it was certain that the police would get involved. However, the last thing we heard him say before pulling him back inside was "Go ahead, man. Keep being a fucking moron. Go back to Zumiez." That line alone made the entire debacle worth it in our eyes.

Alustrium just released new album "A Tunnel To Eden" last month, which you can pick up at Bandcamp here. For more details on what's happening with Alustrium lately, head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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InAeona Streams Full New Album

InAeona is excited to reveal an advance stream of new effort “Force Rise the Sun” online - hear the full album below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. "Force Rise the Sun" is due out August 7 via Prosthetic Records. You can also see InAeona live on these tour dates:

8/30 Allston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub (Release Show w/Set and Setting and So Hideous)
9/1 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater #
9/2 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus #
9/3 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theater #
9/4 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
9/5 Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
9/11 Kansas City, MO – Harling’s Upstairs
9/13 Denver, CO – Seventh Circle Collective
10/10 Birmingham, AL – The Nick
# w/ Cult of Luna, Kylesa More...

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North Streaming "Old Blood"

Following the recent news that the Arizona-based gloom metal trio North would unveil first new material with Prosthetic Records this month, today the band premieres "Old Blood" — one half of the upcoming digital 7-inch, “Through Raven’s Eyes,” scheduled for release on August 14. Listen in below. Upcoming North tour dates include:

8/10 Tucson, AZ – Flycatcher (w/ Primitive Man, Northless)
8/15 Sierra Vista, AZ – JR’s
8/18 El Paso, TX – The Sandbox
8/19 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain
8/20 Houstin, TX – The Shop
8/21 New Orleans, LA – Sisters in Christ
8/22 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum 10 #
8/23 Atlanta, GA – The Earl #
8/24 Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown #
8/25 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5 #
8/26 Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony #
8/27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #
8/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus # (Silent Fest w/ So Hideous)
8/29 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
8/30 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
8/31 Milwaukee, WI – Quarters
9/1 Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon Bar
9/2 Des Moines, IA – The Fremont
9/3 Kansas City, KS – TBA
9/4 Wichita, KS – Rock Island Live
9/5 Colorado Springs, CO – The Flux Capacitor
9/6 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
9/7 Reno, NV – Holland Project
9/8 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
9/9 Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
9/10 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
9/11 San Diego, CA – The Merrow
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Inhuman Posts New Album's Title Track

The Costa Rican technical death metal goliaths from Inhuman are pleased to unleash the title track off their forthcoming new full-length “Conquerors Of The New World,” due out later this month via Satanath Records in Europe and Sevared Records in North America. Give it a listen below.

The follow-up to 2013’s "Course of Human Destruction" debut album was produced by Marcos Monnerat along with guitarist Jonathan Sanchez at Monnerat's Studios in San Jose and features the artwork of Spanish artist J.L.Rey from Phlegeton Art Studio. The track listing is:

1. Conquerors of the New World
2. Soulless Dead Eyes
3. Hold Your Crucifix (streaming here)
4. Extermination by Depopulation
5. Feed On Human Flesh
6. America Rises
7. The Chalice
8. Stabbed to Death More...

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Vehemence Announces New Album Details

Phoenix, Arizona-based death metal quintet Vehemence is preparing to return to full-time deployment this year, with upcoming our dates coming together around the band's first new album in over a decade, "Forward Without Motion," confirmed for release through Battleground Records on October 23rd.

The outfit's first album since Metal Blade Records' 2004-released "Helping The World To See," Vehemence comes storming back to the death metal circuit with a crushing new album regaining traction after time off the grid.

The album's guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of guitarists Bjorn Dannov and Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix. An official video for the LP's opening track, "I Don't Want To Look Inside," will be issued alongside CD, LP and digital preorders on August 23rd. The full track listing is:

1. I Don't Want To Look Inside
2. Imagining The Loss
3. Murdered By The Earth
4. Jim The Prophet
5. In The Shadows We Dwell
6. A Dark Figure In The Distance
7. It's All My Fault
8. She Fucks Like She's Alive
9. There Are So Many Reasons To Give Up On Religion

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So Hideous Releasing "Laurestine"

Prosthetic Records presents "Laurestine," the second full-length album by So Hideous, due out October 16.

Before "Laurestine" there was debut album "Last Poem/First Light," a 2013 self-release that balanced blackened angst and rich musicality. Like its predecessor, "Laurestine" was recorded at The Wild Arctic Recording Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with producer Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and features actual orchestral and choral tracks recorded by The First Light Orchestra.

A teaser trailer unveiling the artwork and new music is available below, and you can see So Hideous live on these dates:

Aug 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Aug 29 - Rockaway, NJ @ The Backroom Studios
Aug 30 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
Aug 31 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Sep 1 - Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
Sep 2 - Toronto, ON @ Coalition
Sep 3 - London, ON @ The APK
Sep 5 - Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap
Sep 6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club More...

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Lux Ferre Reveals New Album

At long last, Portuguese black metal institution Lux Ferre is set to release third album, "Excaecatio Lux Veritatis," on October 1 via Altare Productions.

It's been six years since the band's last album, 2009's "Atrae Materiae Monumentum," and five years before that for debut album "Antichristian War Propaganda" in 2004, but Lux Ferre has spent those years well, honing its attack and solidifying the lineup. The new album's track listing is:

1. A Luz Ofuscante da Verdade
2. Não Há Salvação
3. A Lenta Adaga da Morte
4. Caos no Meu Sangue
5. Canção da Loucura
6. Miséria
7. Mundo das Sombras
8. Sob o Véu da Ignorância More...

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Announces U.S. Tour

German underground black metal Der Weg Einer Freiheit has announced a first-ever U.S. tour. The trek, which begins on September 24 in Allentown, PA will see the band travel throughout the American east coast before concluding on October 7 in Brooklyn, NY.

The tour sees the band joined by newly-signed label mates Barishi. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Der Weg Einer Freiheit is touring in support of ambitious new album "Stellar," which can be heard in full after the listing of tour dates:

9/24 Allentown, PA @ Good Weekend
9/25 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
9/26 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
9/27 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
9/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
9/29 Nashville, TN @ The End
9/30 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/01 Madison, WI @ Willy Street Bar and Grill
10/02 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/03 TBA
10/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
10/05 Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
10/06 Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
10/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar More...

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U.D.O. To Stop Playing Accept Songs Live

At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, metal singer Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news: the 62 year old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library.

On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good.

During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band.
In the early 80s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakable voice on hits such as "Balls To The Wall," "Metal Heart," and "Princess Of The Dawn."

"I still love singing these songs live,“ Dirkschneider says. "The songs are still an important part of my catalogue and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it's just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage."

After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. "There is enough high quality material to fill a two hour set with no problem," says Dirkschneider. "U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on."

The musician will not perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as Dirkschneider. More...

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Cianide Streaming Full New Album

The death metal doomlords from Cianide are streaming the entirety of "Death, Doom and Destruction" online - listen in below, and you can pick up your copy via Hells Headbangers on CD and double-LP this Friday, August 7.

Cianide has stuck to its guns for over 25 years now, patiently building a canon that's unrivaled in its consistency and trend-free philosophy. The "Death, Doom and Destruction" track listing is as follows:

1. Rage War
2. This World Will Burn
3. Metal Never Bends
4. Envy And Hatred
5. The Power To Destroy
6. Salvation
7. Deadly Spawn
8. The Truth (Master cover)
9. The Dying Truth '96
10. Rage War (demo)
11. Metal Never Bends (demo)
12. Envy And Hatred (demo)
13. Deadly Spawn (demo)
14. (We Are The) Doomed (demo) More...

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Interview

Dead Horse Talks Band's Resurgence

Dead Horse’s musical style, imagery and sense of humor has led to their being one of the most popular bands in Texas’ heavy music scene. The group crosses over death metal with thrash, punk and even a hint of country. Also, as you’ll find in the following interview, their sense of humor has left a mark on the scene. The title of their first full length, released in 1989, relates a band that doesn’t take itself so seriously, “Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That’s Time Consuming.” In 1991 the band followed this recording up with “Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers.” They released the “Boil(ing) EP in 1996 and then disbanded a year later.

During their hiatus, Relapse Records ensured Dead Horse’s music would still find listeners when they reissued their LPs in 1999, but the band would not play a show again until 2011. However, fans of the band could look elsewhere to hear its members when guitarists Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and drummer Ronnie Guyote joined Kurt Brecht of D.R.I. in forming the band Pasadena Napalm Division. In 2011, Michael Argo joined the band, which was the first time the band used a lead singer since Michael Haaga left the group around 1993. Since then the group has released the “Loaded Gun” EP and “Making A Dead Horse Live!” DVD.

Although the band doesn’t skateboard, they are heavily influenced by the music of skater bands, so to have their own skateboard was something special for the band. On the night of their skate deck release party, I caught up with Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and Allen Price to talk about the band’s resurgence, some of the shows they’ve played and music they’ve created the past couple of years, much of which is done in tone-and-cheek humor. More...

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The Agonist Posts "I Endeavor" Playthrough

Following a playthrough clip for "A Necessary Evil," The Agonist now has a new guitar playthrough video online. Check out guitarists Paco Jobin and Chris Kells playing "I Endeavor" from the "Eye Of Providence" album below. Upcoming The Agonist tour dates include:

08/08/2015 - Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC
09/08/2015 - Soundstage: Baltimore, MD
09/09/2015 - Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA
09/11/2015 - Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC
09/12/2015 - Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC
09/13/2015 - Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON
09/15/2015 - House Of Blues: Chicago, IL
09/16/2015 - Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN
09/18/2015 - O'Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK
09/19/2015 - Union Hall: Edmonton, AB
09/20/2015 - MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB
09/22/2015 - Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC
09/23/2015 - Neumos: Seattle, WA
09/25/2015 - The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA
09/26/2015 - Fonda Theatre: Los Angeles, CA
09/28/2015 - Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO
09/29/2015 - Sokol Auditorium: Omaha, NE
10/01/2015 - Mercury Ballroom: Louisville, KY
10/02/2015 - Agora Ballroom: Cleveland, OH
10/03/2015 - Irving Plaza: New York, NY More...

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Gorod Releasing New Album

Gorod's new full-length "A Maze Of Recycled Creeds" is due out October 16 via Unique Leader Records, featuring nearly fifty minutes across 11 tracks. The song "Celestial Nature" has also come online and can be heard below.

Comments the band of the latest opus, "The lyrical concept of this album is based on the unfathomable fantasies created by various secret societies and mystical orders. 'A Maze Of Recycled Creeds' speaks of the fraternity of the Rose-Croix, specifically via the works of Sâr Merodack Joséphin Péladan (1858 - 1918), a peculiar 'guru' claiming to have divine origins from Assyria...

"For the track 'Celestial Nature,' we touch on the enlisting of neophytes by using astrology. In a preamble to the initiation rites, the Rosicrucian disciple must identify himself with one major star and two minor stars the better to understand himself as an individual. This teaching matches with the Rosicrucian recurring discourse pattern about knowing oneself."

The full "A Maze of Recycled Creeds" track listing is:

1. Air de l'Ordre
2. Temple To The Art-God
3. Celestial Nature
4. Inner Alchemy
5. The Mystic Triad Of Artistry
6. An Order To Reclaim
7. From Passion To Holiness
8. Dig Into Yourself
9. Rejoice Your Soul
10. Syncretic Delirium
11. Celestial Nature (Alt Version) More...

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My Dying Bride Seeking Fan Questions

Peaceville Records and My Dying Bride are now welcoming fan-submitted questions for an upcoming filmed interview with band co-founder, composer, and guitarist Andrew Craighan.

He will answer (just about) all you've ever wanted to know regarding the band's present and past albums, history and interests, and likely anything relating to the words "doom" and "metal."

Send your questions to info@peaceville.co.uk by Monday, August 10 and the top selections will be answered in full and detailed glory.

My Dying Bride's latest opus and 12th full studio album, "Feel the Misery," is set for release on September 18 via Peaceville Records. More...

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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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Exclusive

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.

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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.

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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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