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Last updated on September 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM ET

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

Postvorta Streaming Full Album

Today, Bleeding Light Records releases the debut album from Italy's Postvorta. You can stream the full release below, and the label also comments:

"While there are many bands that traverse and explore the same terrain as heavy titans Neurosis and Isis, very few of those bands embrace these influences and yet do not feel like imitators.

"Postvorta, the pulverizing sextet from Ravenna, Italy are ones who incorporate a similar style as their influences, but move themselves and the listener through stunning corridors of sound that feel fresh. Bringing elements of post-metal, hardcore and doom into a swirling vortex of monolithic and earth shaking heaviness.

"The band creates beauty, destroys and rebuilds it in stunning and imaginative ways time and time again throughout their 70 minute debut offering. As beautiful as it is ferocious, 'Beckoning Light We Will Set Ourselves on Fire' commands the listener with authority."

Initially self-released in May digitally, the band recently joined up with Bleeding Light Records for today's official CD issuing. More...

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Die Choking Streaming "Tonsil"

Now just two weeks from release is the second 7" from Philadelphia-based hyperthrash/grindcore trio Die Choking, simply entitled "II."

As the September 29th release date approaches, today Cvlt Nation has leaked a new track from the decimating EP. Check out "Tonsil" below.

With the vinyl version of the EP, the band is including a printed document which will serve as a legal, personal Living Will, to memorialize one's final wishes upon their time of death. Founding bassist/vocalist Paul J. Herzog coments:

"This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013. Despite the absolute, irreversible nature of brain death she (as far as I know) remains on 'life' support. The controversy of this is obvious but my interest is geared more towards the broader subject of CHOICE in regards to medical treatment during end of life scenarios. It is unfortunate, but families often contradict explicit wishes of dying loved ones. The severe and painful nature of pursuing a 'do everything you can' mentality is dire to say the least. This, to me, is pure tragedy. My goal is to open the dialogue a bit and introduce a tool to communicate the questions one needs to ask should they or a loved one be in a life threatening or life ending circumstance. Most people WILL end up THERE and not simply die in their sleep nor arrive to a facility DOA."

You can also catch the band live:

10/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *II record release show w/ Pyrrhon
10/18/2014 The Wasteland - Kutztown, PA @ V.O.S Fest w/ Unknown To God, Empty Vessels
10/19/2014 Voodoo Brewery - Meadville, PA w/ Grin & Bear It, Fantasy Panther
10/22/2014 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI w/ Fantasy Panther
11/16/2014 Dishaus - Baltimore, MD w/ Visions Of War, Wrath Cobra, Incisor More...

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Viper Solfa Signs With Massacre

Massacre Records today announce the signing of Norway's extreme metal outfit Viper Solfa. Vocalist Ronny Thorsen comments about the signing:

"After spending over a year crafting this beast of an album, Viper Solfa is very pleased to announce our signing to Germany’s Massacre Records! Having worked intensely in both Sound Suite Studios in France and Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway, to obtain the results needed to present the material, it feels very comfortable to hand over the finished product to one of the longest-running metal labels around. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the enthusiastic people at Massacre!"

Massacre Records adds: "Viper Solfa is still a young band, formed in 2013, but consists of experienced musicians. The band emerged as an idea of ex-Trail Of Tears front man and Viper Solfa vocalist Ronny Thorsen, who was quickly joined by fellow TOT band members Endre Moe (bass) as well as Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (drums) and guitarist/keyboardist Morfeus (Mayhem, Limbonic Art).

"With the material at hand, it soon became obvious that the band's sound needed a diverse and intense female voice. After numerous auditions with vocalists from all around the globe, Miriam 'Sphinx' Renvåg (Ram-Zet) completed the band's line-up.

"The vast musical backgrounds of everyone involved results in a merciless musical extreme metal beast, which the band fittingly labels as 'Poison Music.'"

Viper Solfa's debut album is entitled "Carving An Icon" and is expected to be released in the first half of 2015 via Massacre Records. More...

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Righteous Vendetta Adds More Tour Dates

Righteous Vendetta has revealed even more shows this season: beginning October 12th, 2014, the band will hit the road on a string of dates with Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch and special guests We As Human.

Righteous Vendetta frontman Ryan Hayes states: "I can speak for the entire band when I say we are stoked to announce our tour with Thousand Foot Krutch and our friends We As Human. It has been a dream since day one to tour with Thousand Foot Krutch and it is finally happening!"

Righteous Vendetta released the "Defiance" EP earlier this month, and you can catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Massive Posts "Still Alive" Clip

New York based metalcore band Massive (not to be confused with the Australian rock outfit of the same name) has released an official music video for the track "Still Alive," which can be seen below.

The video was directed by Sam Link (Sleeping With Sirens, Bruised But Not Broken, and Crown The Empire) and the track was produced by Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, and We Came As Romans).

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Michael Schenker Announces New Tour

Guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide U.K. tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday, December 10th.

Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office on 0844 478 0898 or from this location. Four days before his U.K. tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday the 6th of December.

Schenker will perform songs from the new album "Bridge The Gap," which features the “Lord Of The Lost And Lonely” single, plus MSG, UFO, and Scorpions rock classics.

The Bridge The Gap UK tour will feature Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” band, comprising ex-Scorpions member Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.

Planet Rockstock Saturday 6th December
Newcastle O2 Academy Wednesday 10th December
Glasgow O2 ABC Thursday 11th December
Nottingham Rock City Friday 12th December
Manchester Ritz Saturday 13th December
Leeds O2 Academy Monday 15th December
Bilston The Robin Tuesday 16th December
Norwich Waterfront Wednesday 17th December
Bristol O2 Academy Friday 19th December
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Saturday 20th December

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Toxic Waltz Releases "Decades Of Pain" Video

Bavarian thrash band Toxic Waltz has released it's first official music video for "Decades Of Pain," which can be seen below.

The clip was filmed and produced by Thorulf Peterson & Fraindlvision and was shot for the title track to the "Decades Of Pain" album, released in January of 2014.

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Season Of Ghosts Signs With Coroner Records

Former Blood Stain Child singer Sophia's project Season Of Ghosts has signed a deal with Coroner Records for the release of forthcoming album "The Human Paradox," scheduled for a December 2014 worldwide release.

"The Human Paradox" was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage, and more). Mejibray's Mia will appear as a guest guitarist.

Further details about official release date, tracklist, artwork, etc. will be revealed soon. The following press release was also issued:

"Season of Ghosts is a groundbreaking music project, dedicated to the love for the unseen and film soundtracks, combining extreme rock and metal sounds, harsh electronics and powerful, compelling vocals, through the eerie spectrum of a sci-fi and horror movie."

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces Day Schedule

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...

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Stick To Your Guns Reveals New Album

Stick To Your Guns has today revealed the title and release date for a fifth studio album: The band will release "Disobedient," produced by John Feldmann, on February 10th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.

"Growing up in a world where we are taught to submit, blindly follow and unquestioningly comply, this album is a critique and unlearning of these Stepford mindsets.” said frontman Jesse Barnett. "Where we should be glorifying doing what is right instead of what we're told, we are only failing each other. Not anymore. Forever Disobedient."

"Disobdient" is the follow up to the band’s 2012 release, "Diamond." Further details will be announced through Sumerian shortly. More...

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Gust Streaming Full Album Online

Trollhättan, Sweden-based Gust this week releases a self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord. You can stream the full album below. Southern Lord also comments:

"Self-recorded at Fvck Life Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Warcry, From Ashes Rise, Deathreat) at Audiosiege, who also supplies guest vocals to the album, Gust is a crushing and incredibly dynamic album, displaying a unique style of crust-infused hardcore and talented songwriting from the young act.

"With ten tracks in just under a half-hour, the members of Gust unleash a maelstrom of cutting edge demolition, with cerebral elements continually emerging from the shadows with an almost ethereal effect. Fans of Cursed, Oathbreaker, Rise And Fall, and now-labelmates The Secret, Baptists and Dead In The Dirt will no doubt find something addictive in the band's harsh output.

"As the band continues to tour in support of the new album, Gust has another run of European gigs being solidified for early October, with more on the way. Stand by for further announcements in the coming weeks."

10/02/2014 Nordengården - Gothenburg, SE
10/03/2014 Rota Flora - Hamburg, DE
10/04/2014 Köpi - Berlin, DE
10/05/2014 Kawiarnia Naukowa - Krakow, PL
10/06/2014 Na Pul Cesty - Prague, CZ
10/07/2014 TBA - Bratislava, SK
10/08/2014 TBA
10/09/2014 TBA - DE
10/10/2014 TBA - PL
10/11/2014 T-Stube - Rendsburg, DE
10/12/2014 TBA - Malmö, SE More...

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Serpent Noir Unveils Album Artwork

Serpent Noir today reveals the front cover for new album "Erotomysticism," which was created by Timo Ketola and can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:

I. The Veritable Red Dragon
II. Ayin
III. Al Runa
IV. Desert of Azazel
V. The Dioscuri of Darkness
VI. The Initiatrice of A'arab Zaraq
VII. Mephistophelian Pacts More...

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Puig Destroyer Streams New Song

Baseball-grindcore band Puig Destroyer has debuted a new track called “Batflip” today through Noisey.com. Give it a listen below.

The track is featured on the band’s forthcoming, self-titled record due out on September 30th via No Sleep Records. Fans can pre-order the record now at this location.

Puig Destroyer’s first full-length record pays homage to America’s favorite pastime with 20 face-melting tracks, including “Batflip,” “Mike Trout” and “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team.”

Be sure to check out the previously posted "Mike Trout" here. The album's track listing is: More...

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Sick Of It All Launches New Lyric Video

NYHC outfit Sick Of It All just launched a new lyric video for the song "DNC," available below thanks to Invisible Oranges. "DNC" is taken off the upcoming "Last Act Of Defiance" album, due out September 30th, 2014.

After playing a run of festival dates in Europe during the past summer, Sick Of It All will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour. Before that the band will do two shows in the U.S. on these dates:

October 4th - Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
November 8th - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX

EMP Persistence Tour 2015 w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin - Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris - Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich - Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava - Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden - Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze - Brielpoort More...

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Texas In July Releases New Music Video

Pennsylvania's Texas In July today releases monstrous new album, "Bloodwork," via Equal Vision Records.

The band has also premiered a new video for the single “Sweetest Poison," which can be seen below courtesy of Altpress.com. You can also order your own copy of the album at this location.

Texas In July just kicked off a U.S. tour with After The Burial in support of the new record. Dates are as follows:

Sep 16 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sep 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Sep 19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Sep 20 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Sep 22 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Sep 23 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sep 24 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sep 25 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sep 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep 27 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock
Sep 28 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
Sep 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 1 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 2 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
Oct 3 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 4 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Oct 5 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcat’s West
Oct 7 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Oct 9 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Oct 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre More...

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Necrowretch Announces New 7" Release

On October 13th, the French grand masters of blasphemy in Necrowretch will return with the "Even Death May Die" release.

This strictly limited 7" includes one brand new track (the title track), as well as an evil cover version of Slayer's classic "Black Magic." It's also the first taste of Necrowretch's upcoming second album, "With Serpents Scourge," which is scheduled for release in January 2015. Century Media comments:

"With the recruitment of Ilmar as Necrowretch's new drummer, the band has managed to push their limits further than ever before, delivering their filthiest, most ruthless and most diverse material to date. Necrowretch has retained their bestial intensity while adding a touch of melody as well. Expect a ferocious mix of Sweden's Merciless, the insane fury of classic Impaled Nazarene and a dose of mid 90's black/death!

"Even Death May Die is limited to 500 copies worldwide: 400 on black vinyl, 100 on golden vinyl. Stay tuned for the CM Distro USA pre-order coming soon!"

Side 1
Even Death May Die
Side 2
Black Magic (Slayer cover version) More...

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Sister Sin Posts Lyric Video

Sister Sin will release fifth studio album "Black Lotus" on October 27th, 2014. Metal Hammer today dishes out the initial preview of "Black Lotus" with the premiere of the "Chaos Royale" lyric video.

Check it out below. Pre-orders are available over at this location and the track listing is as follows:

1. Food For Worms
2. Chaos Royale
3. Au Revoir
4. Desert Queen
5. Count Me Out
6. Stones Thrown
7. The Jinx
8. Ruled By None
9. Sail North More...

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Callisto Announces New Album Details

Finnish band Callisto, perhaps best known for post-metal classic "Noir" (2006), has announced the band's fourth album shall be titled "Secret Youth."

The band is putting finishing touches to the mix with producer Jonas Olsson, who also worked on the group's previous albums. Due to delays with the process, the album will be released on January 30th, 2015 instead of November 2014, as originally planned.

Callisto's "Secret Youth" will be the band's first release with new label home, Svart Records. Guitarist Markus Myllykangas describes the forthcoming album as "a tighter and less progressive affair" than its predecessor, "Providence" (2009).

For the album covers, the band is working with renowned Finnish photographer Juha Metso, whose somber black-and-white photography the band feels suits the music perfectly. Svart Records will announce the album cover and tracklisting for "Secret Youth" shortly.

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Black Crown Initiate Streaming "Withering Waves"

The PA metal torchbearers from Black Crown Initiate have debuted a second song titled "Withering Waves" from their upcoming debut LP "The Wreckage Of Stars," due out on September 30th, 2014. Give it a listen below.

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on this debut LP. Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for "The Wreckage Of Stars."

Black Crown Initiate will also be touring with fellow PA metal heads The Rivers Of Nihil throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates Unearth on the Hell Or High Wattage tour.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
3. Malignant
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
9. Purge
10. Linear More...

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Bloodbath Reveals New Vocalist

Swedish supergroup Bloodbath is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, "Grand Morbid Funeral," on November 18th through Peaceville Records.

Following the departure of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer U.K. has broken the news that the new vocalist will be Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's Grand Morbid Funeral!"

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, "Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"

"Grand Morbid Funeral" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo. More...

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Vangough, Theocracy, Pain of Salvation Make Mayhem

The first date for the Pain of Salvation/Vangough North American tour (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com) doubled as ProgPower USA’s unofficial “Midweek Mayhem” show on September 10th in Atlanta, Georgia at The Loft music venue. Power metal band Theocracy joined for a set in-between the two bands to balance out the power- and progressive-metal for the evening with a powerful galloping energy. In the style of the three bands combined, here is a lyrical retelling of the experience of that show by writer Frank Serafine. More...

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