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Last updated on September 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM ET

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

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Signs With Neurot

Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle's Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his newest project, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth.

This trio of musicians -- Tad on guitar/vocals alongside veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Annunaki) -- will release a debut LP in early 2015 on Neurot Recordings.

Says Steve Von Till of the signing: "All of us at Neurot Recordings are so incredibly fired up about having the opportunity to be a part of this release. For me personally, Tad has been responsible for some of my favorite guitar driven noise of our generation not to mention the fact that it is an absolute pleasure to be working together with such great human beings. Witness the return of Tad with Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth!"

Stay tuned for further Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth developments, including audio teasers, as they transpire.

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Team Sleep Recording New Material

Team Sleep, the group featuring members of Deftones, Crosses, Death Grips and more, is reuniting to record the follow-up to the band's self-titled 2005 debut.

In a unique opportunity for fans, the band is offering an exclusive look at the recording process. On October 17th & 18th, Team Sleep is inviting fans to Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY as part of the Woodstock Sessions series for a listening party of the new material, a Q&A session with the band, a live performance, a meal with the band and much more.

Fans will receive recordings of the live performance both digitally and on vinyl, a CD of previously unreleased material, exclusive merchandise and more. Tickets are now available here.

Throughout the Fall, Team Sleep will record new material to be released in the coming year, with more details to be revealed soon. To hold fans over in the meantime, the band has unveiled two previously unheard snippets of tracks entitled "No" and "Dreamland," available for stream below. The band also comments:

"Dear friends,

"Please join us as we create our next record in Woodstock, New York. We'll gather at Applehead studio, near the base of the Catskill mountains to eat, write, play and record. For a long time, business people, logistics, careers, adulthood, families and the House Republicans have thwarted us, but we've continued to make music.

"At the same time, the creative process has become increasingly fragmented and dehumanized. With that in mind, we're very excited to get together with our friends, hang out, play music and have a unique experience in a beautiful place. We'd like you to be there, too. Your participation will be essential to the independent creation and release of the live performance and our forthcoming studio record; we look forward to seeing you." More...

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Macabre Headed Out On Tour

Chicago's murder metal trio, Macabre, is set to rampage across the U.S. on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October.

Joined by openers, Panzerfaust, and with direct support from the mighty Ringworm, Macabre will spread grisly tales of terror across the country from October third through Halloween night. The trek includes participation in Philip H. Anselmo's second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin.

After returning home to resupply with fresh provisions, just a week-and-a-half later Macabre will caravan through the Midwestern region on a brutal escapade as direct support for the legendary Carcass. The five-date invasion will see Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Madison, Des Moines and Joliet ravaged by the vicious lineup, which also includes the berserk invigoration of Exhumed and Noisem.

Macabre will also be headlining the Chicago Music Factory and Rebel Radio's seventeenth annual Holiday Of Horrors in their hometown on December 26th, joined by Jungle Rot, Scythe and Armored Assault. More...

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Divider Streaming Full New Album

"All Barren," the debut full-length by New York band Divider, is out today (September 23rd) on Glory Kid and streaming in its entirety below courtesy of Alternative Press.

Finally arriving nearly a decade after Divider's formation, "All Barren" was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). The album's apocalyptic sound has inspired comparisons to Isis and Tombs, among others. Divider is fronted by Chris Tzompanakis, founder of elder metallic hardcore outfit Skycamefalling.

Divider plays this Friday, September 26th at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Old Wounds, Exalt, and Meek Is Murder, then hits the road in October for a West Coast tour with Glory Kid label mates Mercy Ties.

Oct 18 - Portland, OR @ The Know
Oct 19 - Sacramento, CA @ The Starlight
Oct 21 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY
Oct 22 - Lancaster, CA @ Moose Lodge
Oct 23 - Murrieta, CA @ The Dial
Oct 24 - Chico, CA @ Monstros
Oct 25 - Seattle, WA @ The Kraken More...

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Destruction Gearing Up For Tour

The German thrashers in Destruction will return to the road with the "Thrash United" tour next week.

Joining in the trio en route will be Finnish label mates Lost Society and Belgium newcomers Evil Invaders.

Commented Destruction front man Schmier:

"After several journeys around the world and great festival tours, we are finally back with a European headlining tour! And we’re looking forward to presenting a 'Best of 30 years' without any curfew, we could hardly play at any festival.

"With Lost Society & Evil Invaders we got two aspiring and sensational opening acts with us to heat up the audience very night! This generation clash will serve you the finest and most excessive Thrash & Speed attack yet to seen! I hope you are still very HUNGRY!!!!” More...

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Hammerfall Posts Making-Of Video

The Swedish metal pioneers in Hammerfall recently released the "(r)Evolution" album (reviewed here), featuring 11 glorious hymns.

Today the band unveils the making-of trailer for the "Hector's Hymn" video. Check it out below, and you can see the full "Hector's Hymn" video clip at this location.

The clip gives you an insight on the work of Hammerfall and 11Frames Productions, using green screen technique, mattresses, and definitely more than eleven frames.

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Equilibrium Posts Tour Teaser

German epic metal band Equilibrium will kick off the "Erdentempel" tour together with Trollfest and Nothgard next week and will be en route throughout most of October.

To give you a tiny hint on what can happen on the road, the band just recently released a trailer, showing the band at this year's edition of Summer Breeze festival. Catch the band live supporting the "Erdentempel" album (reviewed here) on these dates:

01.10. DE Ludwigsburg - RockFabrik
02.10. DE Geiselwind - Musichall
03.10. DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.10. DE Essen - TuRock
05.10. BE Vosselaar - Biebob
06.10. UK London - Islington Academy
07.10. FR Paris - Nouveau Casino
09.10. CH Pratteln - Z 7
10.10. DE Lindau - Vaudeville
11.10. DE München - Backstage
12.10. AT Wien - Arena
13.10. SL Lubljana - Gala Hala
14.10. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
15.10. AT Salzburg - Rockhouse
16.10. DE Karlsruhe - Substage
17.10. DE Hamburg - Markthalle
18.10. DE Berlin - C-Club More...

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Carcass Announces EP Release

Following the "Surgical Steel" comeback album (reviewed here), the British extreme metal icons in Carcass will release a collection of unreleased and hard to find tracks this November entitled the "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP.

All the songs were recorded during the "Surgical Steel" sessions, which was produced by Colin Richardson and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap. The EP will be release on physical and digital formats on November 14th (Europe) and November 17th (UK).

“Well, let’s call this tying up loose ends,” commented frontman Jeff Walker. “We thought we’d make all the tracks available from the 'Surgical Steel' album session available on an EP… just in case you bought the Jewel Case version, DIDN'T buy the Digipak, didn’t buy the Japanese Import, or maybe you never bought the Decibel Magazine issue with the flexi disc? Well here you go; ALL the songs on one disc along with an previously unreleased track. Even Trevor Strnad’s arm makes a guest appearance! Enjoy.”

The track listing is:

1. A Wraith In The Apparatus
2. Intensive Battery Brooding
3. Zochrot
4. Livestock Marketplace
5. 1985 (reprise)

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Die Choking Streaming Full New EP

In just one week, Philadelphia's new tyrants of hyperthrash, Die Choking, will release second blazing 7", "II," and today the entire EP is now playing below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

With a former member of Total Fucking Destruction and current members of Cop Problem and Burden, Die Choking's hyperactive grind/thrash resounds with an even darker powerviolence edge than the previous self-titled EP, fueled with even more speed and vehemence.

"II" will see release on September 29th on both digital and virgin red vinyl 7" in a run of 300 copies, the vinyl version including a printed document which will serve as a legal, personal Living Will, to memorialize one's final wishes upon their time of death.

Die Choking will celebrate the release of "II" with a hometown record release show on October 17th with Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain and Fantasy Panther, and also kick off a week-long Die Choking and Fantasy Panther tour. Additional tour actions will be announced in the coming days.

10/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *II record release show w/ Pyrrhon
10/18/2014 The Joke Hole - Glenmoore, PA @ V.O.S. Fest w/ Fantasy Panther, Empty Vessels
10/19/2014 Voodoo Brewery - Meadville, PA w/ Fantasy Panther, Grin & Bear It
10/20/2014 Ottawa Tavern - Toledo, OH w/ Fantasy Panther, Grin & Bear It
10/21/2014 The Foundry - Cleveland, OH w/ Fantasy Panther
10/22/2014 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI w/ Fantasy Panther
10/23/2014 Standard Projects - Hortonville, WI w/ Fantasy Panther
10/24/2014 The Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Fantasy Panther
10/25/2014 Rock Room - Pittsburgh, PA w/ No Brainer
10/26/2014 DIV Lounge - Montclair, NJ
11/16/2014 Dishaus - Baltimore, MD w/ Visions Of War, Wrath Cobra, Incisor More...

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Job For A Cowboy Posts New Song

Job For A Cowboy has wrapped up work on music and art on fourth full-length album, "Sun Eater." Metal Blade Records comments:

"Along with producer Jason Suecof, vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker have crafted a cerebral and accomplished piece of technical death metal. Job for a Cowboy wrapped up touring in 2013 as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that summer.

"Following that performance, the band collectively decided to sharpen their focus and set an intent on cooking up a record that encompassed their full dynamic range of talent. The group had all agreed on the main course being a desire for futuristic tones, a wider spectrum of textures and tempos, and an emphasis on slightly more ancestral song construction. The result, 'Sun Eater,' does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band."

Listen to "Sun of Nihility" below and you can pre-order the album now at this location. Regarding composition, guitarist Tony Sannicandro recalled:

"This album came together very smoothly. We had the concept before hand and I took it upon myself to try and portray that concept through the music. I took a much more melodic approach than 'Demonocracy:' focusing on the structuring and the layering that would complement the story to my ears."

The other half of the guitar duo, Al Glassman, continued to be a driving force behind the band's sound. Bassist Nick Schendzielos added that "Al riffs long and hard for greater the good of everyone involved. He really used a lot of foresight in his revisions during the writing process, creating ample room for me to mood-out the tracks with bass that you can actually hear. in the end I think we really brought the character out in each and every song."

"Sun Eater" will be available via Metal Blade Records on November 11th in North America and November 7th/10th in Europe/UK. More...

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Rings Of Saturn Posts New Lyric Video

With the October 14th release date for Rings Of Saturn's second LP, "Lugal Ki En," rapidly approaching, another brand new single has been declassified and is now on public display through a lyric video for "Unsympathetic Intellect." Check out the lyric clip below, thanks to Revolvermag.com.

Unique Leader Records will release "Lugal Ki En" in North America October 14th and in Europe on the 17th, the album produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies) and the custom, conceptual art pieces created by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art. More...

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Engraved Disillusion Releases New Music Video

U.K. melodic death metal act Engraved Disillusion released a music video for the new track "Embrace the Flames." The song is taken from the upcoming sophomore full length effort "The Eternal Rest." The album is set to drop via the band on Halloween (October 31st, 2014) and pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. Life is...
2. Embrace The Flames
3. Lost
4. Curse The Sorrow
5. Shadows Run Black
6. No Tomorrow
7. Into Oblivion
8. In Aeternum
9. Echoes From A Silent Sky
10. The Eternal Rest

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Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, Black Anvil Slay Austin, TX

Red 7 held the concert in their outside stage, which due to the previous days storms, we were wondering if we would be rained out. As if the gods were fans of this tour, there was no raining on September 20. However, the rain did leave a muggy residue that was heated even further by packed crowd. Being on a Saturday certainly helped nudge area metal heads to get downtown, as did the lineup itself. Ghoul probably brought in the most fans, as evidenced by all the Municipal Waste and other crossover shirts and hats. Skeletonwitch shirts were also in abundance. Black Anvil was a nice complement to Ghoul and Skeletonwitch.

Locals, Sore put the night in motion. Their sludgy sounds added another distinct flavor to the three tour bands who possessed unique styles in their own rights. Fronted by ex-The Roller vocalist Mike Morowitz, Sore’s sound was akin to tearing away a sore from one’s flesh. It was abrasive and loud and divergent in tempo. Stomping doomy grooves saw bodies beginning to warm up. Faster grind seemed too caustic and it was too early in the evening to start a pit. But people took notice. More...

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Anna Murphy Of Eluveitie Talks "Origins"

Eluveitie. In 2014, it’s more than just a band name (especially if you can pronounce it correctly). It’s a symbol, a trademark, a familiar signature on a distinct masterwork born of an eclectic labor of passion.

It wasn’t always this way. When Nuclear Blast signed the underground Swiss octet in 2008, the “folk metal” subgenre had barely begun to make itself a rising force outside of Europe. Seemingly overnight, all that changed with the furious shred of a violin, the insane interlocking precision of flutes and whistles, and the solemn drone of a hurdy-gurdy (“Time to buy a dictionary,” puzzled many a stumped metal fan), all packed in a cannonade of melodic death metal riffage.

This apparently instant success, of course, was in fact the result of several years of uncertainty and perseverance, a far cry from the humble project launched by frontman and mandolinist Christian “Chrigel” Glanzmann in 2002. That evolving journey has continued to this day, throughout a massive world tour for the acclaimed 2012 album “Helvetios,” an extended break, and now, perhaps the group’s finest hour, “Origins.” (reviewed here)

Following Eluveitie’s first-ever performance on U.S. soil in support of the album, at the Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, September 19th, I caught up with hurdy-gurdy specialist and backing vocalist Anna Murphy backstage. Though fearless leader Chrigel had opted to hit the sack, several of Anna’s bandmates decided to join us, including drummer Merlin Sutter, guitarist Rafael “Rafi” Salzmann, guitarist Ivo Henzi, and - last but not least - bassist Kay Brem, who made a belated appearance bearing some vital information. More...

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Sick Of It All Streams Track, Announces Tour Dates

Sick Of It All announces U.S. tour dates today, which can be found below. The band has also teamed up with New Noise Magazine to bring you another song from upcoming album "Last At Of Defiance," which will hit stores next Tuesday.

Listen to "Get Bronx" below, and the band also comments: "Get Bronzx is a term we came up with and use amongst a group of our friends in the NYHC scene. It is used to describe the point that is passed push coming to shove, when you go all out. Musically the song is a hybrid throwback fusing some early punk type chord changes with a late 80's NYHC style groove. The ending clearly Black Sabbath influenced and well... Geezer rules!"

9/27/2014 Reverb Tsunami Fest Reading PA
10/4/2014 Irving Plaza New York NY
11/1/2014 Magic Stick Detroit MI
11/2/2014 Reggies Rock Club Chicago IL
11/3/2014 Fubar St. Louis MO
11/5/2014 The Conservatory Oklahoma City OK
11/6/2014 Three Links Dallas TX
11/7/2014 Red Seven/FFF Nites Austin TX
11/8/2014 FUN FUN FUN Fest Austin TX
11/9/2014 Scout Bar Houston TX
11/11/2014 High Dive Gainsville FL
11/12/2014 The Local 662 St. Petersburg FL
11/13/2014 Churchill's Pub Miami FL
11/14/2014 Backbooth Orlando FL
11/15/2014 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL
11/16/2014 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
11/18/2014 Shaka's Virginia Beach VA
11/19/2014 The Ottobar Baltimore MD
11/20/2014 Asbury Lanes Asbury Lanes NJ
11/21/2014 Simons 677 Providence RI
11/22/2014 Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal QU
11/23/2014 Hard Luck Toronto ON More...

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Exalt Signs With New Damage

New Damage Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Exalt to the label's roster. The Kitchener, Ontario-based hardcore band will release sophomore album "Pale Light" on November 4th.

"Pale Light" is the follow-up record to Exalt's 2012 debut "Breach False Minds." Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes and directly from New Damage Records. For a first taste, stream the new song "Greying" below.

Recorded at Chicago’s Bricktop Recording studio with producers Andy Nelson and Pete Grossman (Veil of Maya, Fireworks), Exalt’s sophomore effort features 11 tracks of raw, chaotic hardcore.

“People can expect a much more focused and realized album than our past efforts,” says lead vocalist Tyler Brand. “Consistency in the writing and style of this record I think makes it a full front to back record, instead of just a collection of songs.”

Choosing to avoid the central themes that surrounded previous efforts, the lyrical content on "Pale Light" revolves around the idea of watching both the world and our bodies slowly perish. “Although it's not lyrically a concept record, it just turned out that the songs revolved around this idea more than anything else,” comments Brand. “I am much happier with this record lyrically than anything I've written before.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Death is the Road
02. Forsaken
03. Greying
04. Deafen
05. Pale Light
06. Worn as Earth
07. Feed
08. Palmcarver
09. Old Vein
10. Flesh to Ash
11. Fear is the Wind More...

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Bog Oak Posts New Song Online

The black-doom upstarts from Bog Oak today premiere the new track "A Sea Without Shore" online. Check it out below, thanks to CVLT Nation.

The track hails from the band's debut EP, "A Treatise On Resurrection and the Afterlife," set for international release on November 28th via Svart Records on MCD, MLP, and digital formats. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Bog Oak is a fuzz-drenched blackened doom outfit from California formed in May of 2013. Debut EP, 'A Treatise On Resurrection and the Afterlife' consists of four allegories that pay as much homage to Black Sabbath and Hellhammer as they do to the metaphysics of Mulla Sadra, Suhrawardi’s philosophy of illumination, and the alchemy of Al-Ghazali.

"With their commitment to huge, gnarly guitar and bass tones, thundering drums, and vocals that range from demonic screams to angelic cleans, Bog Oak create a heavy brew of mystical dirges and forsaken atmospheres."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Science of the Afterlife
2. The Resurrection of Animals
3. Time Drift of Seasons
4. A Sea Without Shore More...

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Exodus Streaming New Album's Title Track

Fans clamoring for a second new track from the upcoming new Exodus record, "Blood In, Blood Out," are having their cake and eating it too today.

The blazing new title track, "Blood In, Blood Out," is available for streaming below, courtesy of Billboard.com.

Guitarist Gary Holt states, “Time to let a fast one outta the bag! Check out this advance preview of the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and get another taste of our upcoming new record! Fast raging thrash! One of many in the new disc! Bay Area sickness to slap you upside your face!”

"Blood In, Blood Out" is due out in North America on October 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and the previously posted song "Salt The Wound" can be heard at this location. The track listing is as follows:

01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02. Blood In, Blood Out
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
09. Numb
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms More...

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Animus Mortis Reveals New Album

Today, Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF) sets November 3rd as the international release date for Animus Mortis' new album, "Testimonia." The label comments:

"Animus Mortis was founded mid 2004 by N.Onfray. Sid soon joined on vocals, and with this lineup, the band recorded the demo Desolated Landscapes. In July 2005, after a couple of live shows, the band went back to studio to record the MCD Thresholds Of Insanity, getting a great response in the European scene.

"In April 2007, the band recorded their debut full-length, Atrabilis (Residues from Verb & Flesh), and the album was released at the beginning of 2008, again by the French label Debemur Morti Productions. With this first album, Animus Mortis positioned itself among the most recognized Chilean black metal bands abroad. During 2008 and the first quarter of 2010, the band evaluated many backup musicians with the purpose to cover live shows with international bands, gigs across Chile, and along the way, made different recordings. In 2008, the band made splits with renowned bands in Spain, France, and Italy.

"Animus Mortis are now ready to regain the throne they deserve with this new mature work, a Testimonia of their uncompromising attitude on the research within the dark side of black art. This new material sets the trend in which the band has been working on, keeping the Animus Mortis identity and also adding new passages into the composition path. More...

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New Bands Added To Bloodstock 2015

It’s all systems go for Bloodstock 2015 with no rest for the wicked: as well as the recently announced Saturday night headliners, Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, more bands are getting locked in for August 2015.

Following Emperor’s triumphant headlining set at Bloodstock this year, Emperor frontman Ihsahn brings his solo project to Catton Park as a one-off, U.K. exclusive. Ihsahn comments:

“At this year's Bloodstock I had the great pleasure of finishing off our 20th Anniversary Tour of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, and next year, I am really looking forward to returning with a whole new Ihsahn set. Nostalgic. Contemporary. I get to do both! See you all there!” More...

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Exivious Posts Playthrough Video

Exivious just released a play through video for the song "Deeply Woven," which is taken from the "Liminal" album released last year (reviewed here). Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Entrust
2. One's Glow
3. Alphaform
4. Deeply Woven
5. Triguna
6. Movement
7. Open
8. Immanent

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Ne Oblivscaris Streaming New Song

The Australian metal visionaries in Ne Obliviscaris are streaming new music taken from their upcoming full-length, "Citadel."

The virtuousic acoustic segment "Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb" can be heard below, courtesy of Sea Of Tranquility.

"Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb" is a movement that follows the first track released by the band titled "Curator," which can be heard here. The new album is due out November 11th and the track listing is as follows:

1. Painters of the Tempest (Part I): Wyrmholes
2. Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
Movement I: Creator
Movment II: Cynosure
Movement III: Curator
3. Painters of the Tempest (Part III): Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb
4. Pyrrhic
5. Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
6. Devour Me, Colossus (Part II): Contortions More...

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Ancient Dome Reveals New Album Track Listing

Today the Italian thrashers from Ancient Dome reveal the track listing for their new album, the third full-length of their career, titled "Cosmic Gateway to Infinity."

The new release will be managed by Punishment 18 Records, which already released "Human Key" (2009) and "Perception of this World" (2010).

01. N.I.F. (New Interstellar Force)
02. ...Hyperspace
03. A Sea Of Stars
04. Cosmic Gateway To Infinity
05. Colonizing Asteroids
06. Nebuloid [Instrumental]
07. Dead Zone
08. Empire Of Lies More...

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Exmortus Releases "Metal Is King" Music Video

California death/thrash act Exmortus released a new music video for the track "Metal is King." The song appears on the latest studio album "Slave to the Sword," which was issued back in February via Prosthetic Records.

Check out "Metal is King" here:

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Season Of Ghosts Detail New LP, Post Preview

Greek vocalist Sophia Aslanidou (ex-Blood Stain Child) has announced that her project "Season Of Ghosts" will release the new album "The Human Paradox" December 8, 2014 via Coroner Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage). A preview clip for the album can be heard below.

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, horror movie. Mejibray's MiA appears as guest guitarist for some tracks.

The track list for "The Human Paradox" is:

1. Nothing Disappears Without A Trace
2. Genesis - The Phoenix Syndrome
3. Time Travellers
4. Dream; Paralysis
5. The Human Paradox
6. [NE]: MESIS - The Kiss Of Justice
7. Beautiful Eternal Things
8. Dreaming In The Gray Lands
9. The Road To Acheron
10. Quantum - Through The Looking Glass
11. Reincarnation
12. There And Back Again

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Interview With Tim Brown Of Striker

Formed in 2007, Canadian traditional metal act Striker set to stake a claim in the crowded so-called “New Wave of Traditional Metal” scene. If metal bands emerging from the Great White North are known for anything – it is how to fight, survive and win. They represent some of the most criminally underrated and classic bands found in heavy metal, especially when you count legends like Anvil, Exciter and Helix among newer acts like Cauldron and Skull Fist.

Spearheading a new influx of “true metal,” Striker has dropped its latest monumental effort “City of Gold” via Napalm Records earlier this month. It is a continuation of the power burst made on the breakthrough album “Armed to the Teeth” (2012) (see review here). With a little more punk influence added in this time around, the band have seemingly found “Cibola” and continue the march towards metal glory. Metal Underground.com sat down with the Striker’s newest axeslinger Tim Brown (Shadowblade/ex-Kobra and the Lotus), who joined in 2013, replacing Ian Sandercock.

EDITORS NOTE: On September 15th, Striker announced that it was forced to drop off the upcoming North American your with Onslaught and Artillery, which was discussed below. Read the announcement at this location. More...

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Gormathon Releaes "Remember" Music Video

Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a music video for the new track "Remember," the third for the upcoming new album "Follow the Beast." The video was directed by Thomas Lothström.

"Follow the Beast" is the band's sophomore full length release and is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

September 24th: NOR/SWE
September 26th: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
September 29th: UK & EUROPE
October 7th: US/CAN

The track list for "Follow the Beast" is:

1. Remedy
2. Land Of The Lost (see music video here)
3. Hellbender
4. Break The Chains
5. Celestial Warrior
6. In Benevolence
7. World Of Sin
8. Remember
9. Absence Of Trust (see music video here)
10. Warlords Of Doom
11. Into Oblivion
12. Silent Walk

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ProgPower USA XV Interviews: PAIN OF SALVATION

Several hours before their performance of the “Remedy Lane” album at ProgPower USA XV in Atlanta, GA on September 12th, Pain of Salvation was in a kind of limbo of nervousness. Some of their equipment had been mistakenly flown elsewhere while they had been flying to the states, a broken snare drum disaster was narrowly averted by one of their Johnny-on-the-spot sponsors who personally made a trip to Guitar Center for them, and frontman Daniel Gildenlöw was in a cool-headed but obvious state of conflicted anticipation. It was hardly “the right time” to do an interview with the band. Nevertheless, Gildenlöw and guitarist/vocalist Ragnar Zolberg generously agreed to take ten minutes with MetalUnderground.com’s Frank Serafine to open up about their situation.

With an acoustic album to be released following two raw and polarizing “Road Salt” albums, Gildenlöw’s recent medical triumph over flesh-eating bacteria, and a North American tour now under way, it is a time of great change for the band. Among other things, the tall tag-team twosome of Zolberg and Gildenlöw revealed that the band had worked up a very special version of Dio’s classic “Holy Diver” for the acoustic album. Gildenlöw also discussed how putting his experiences into song changes his own recollection of those experiences over time as they become “the album.” More...

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Amorphis Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Finnish metal act Amorphis is the new "30th act" to be added to the 2015 roster. With the recent demise of Chimaira, Amorphis represents the new halfway point in the lineup announcements. According to UMC, "[a]fter weeks of negotiations, even our Skipper could not convince [Chimaira] to do one final show on board."

Amorphis is still supporting the latest album "Circle" (2013) and recently announced a string of 20th Anniversary shows with Avatarium in support, which celebrates the band's classic 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes."

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Amorphis joins previously announced bands below, with 30 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Megaherz Releases "Himmelsstürmer" Lyric Video

German darkwave rock act Megaherz released a lyric video for the new track "Himmelsstürmer." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Zombieland," which will drop via Napalm Records on October 27th. In support of the album, the band recently announced a string of tour dates, which can be found over at this location.

Check out "Himmelsstürmer" here:

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Tuxedo Releases New Music Video "Jealousy"

Austrian modern metal act Tuxedo released a new music video for the song "Jealousy." The song appears on the latest LP "Flowerfield Melodies," which is available now through Massacre Records.

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ProgPower USA XVI Kick Off Show Announced

Just a day after the lineup announcement for ProgPower USA XVI was revealed to the crowd on Friday, September 12th, the annual kick off show was revealed. Headliner DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt) will play a solo set. In support is the U.S. debut of Swedish power metal act Dragonland, which features Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck and Destiny vocalist Jonas Heidgert, along with Brazil's Almah, which features former Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.

Both the kick off and main festival announcement videos can be seen below. Tickets for the main festival will be available starting on October 4th with the kick off show tickets available in early November. More information can be found over at the official site at this location.

Check out the main festival lineup video here:

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Elina Laivera Names Guest Guitarist On Solo Album

Elina Laivera, ex-vocalist of the Greek act Seduce the Heaven, has announced that James LaBrie guitarist Marco Sfogli will appear on the her debut solo album/project "Kaleidoscope." The album is a collaboration with French keyboardist/composer Viv Lalu. The album is targeted for release in late 2015.

The announcement reads:

"It is with great joy and honor that we announce the magical guitar power of MARCO SFOGLI in our team!

"Guitar player, composer and arranger, Marco needs normally no further introduction but for those of you who might not know, Marco has also been lending his sensational guitar sounds to James LaBrie (being also member of his solo band) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Alex Argento, Virgil Donati, LALU and more!"

Elina commented: 'Being a James LaBrie fan myself, I listened to Marco's playing for the first time on the album 'Elements Of Persuasion' and I was blown away. I could never imagine that years later, I would meet Marco in Frankfurt, Germany at the legendary Musikmesse in March 2014. I watched his performance at the DV MARK booth with my producer Viv Lalu by my side and I told him right away 'I want to have him on my album! Such musicality and power! That's it!'

More guests are soon to be announced. More...

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Crobot Streaming New Track "La Mano De Lucifer"

Pennsylvania’s groove rock quartet Crobot is streaming the new track "La Mano De Lucifer." The song will appear on the new album "Something Supernatural," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on October 24th (EU) and October 27th (UK).

Check out "La Mano De Lucifer" here:

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Nachtblut Teases New Album "Chimonas"

German black/dark metal act Nachtblut released a teaser clip for the upcoming fourth studio LP "Chimonas." The album is the first to feature basisst Trym, who joined the band in 2012 following the release of "Dogma." "Chimonas" is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

October 17th: G/A/S
October 31st: FIN & BENELUX
November 3rd: UK & EUROPE
November 5th: NOR/SWE/ESP

The track list for the album is:

1. Gotteskrieger
2. Wien 1683
3. Wie Gott sein
4. Kalt wie ein Grab
5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
6. Schwarz
7. Dort wo die Krähen
8. Märchen
9. Töte mich
10. Chimonas

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Khold Releases "Til Endes" Music Video

Norwegian black metal act Khold today released a music video for the new track "Til Endes."

The song is the title track of the band's forthcoming sixth studio release, which will drop on September 29th (EU) and September 30th (North America) via Peaceville Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Myr
2. Skogens oye
3. Ravnestrupe
4. Dommens arme (Sepultura cover)
5. Til Endes
6. Det dunkle dyp
7. Avund
8. Hengitt

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Ultra-Violence Releases New Music Video

Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence released a new music video for the track "Turn Into Dust." The song is taken from the debut full length release "Privilege to Overcome," which is available from Punishment 18 Records.

The band's previous music video for "L.F.D.Y" can be seen over at this location. Check out "Turn Into Dust" here:

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Nightwish Announces North American Tour For 2015

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are pleased to announce a 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. In support will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain, who are currently on an extensive North American tour with Xandria in support of Sonata Arctica.

Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:

"Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!"

EnterTheVault.com is the exclusive place to purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) through October 11th.

Confirmed dates are:

04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD More...

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