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Last updated on December 8, 2016 at 4:56 PM ET

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

Black Anvil Streams "As Was"

New York City's Black Anvil just premiered the title track to the forthcoming "As Was" full-length album - check it out below.

January 13th, 2017 marks the worldwide release of "As Was" via Relapse Records on CD, 2xLP and digital formats. The album was recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain), and features cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel).

Black Anvil will tour North America throughout January and February 2017 in support of thr new album with black metal legends Mayhem and Inquisition. A full list of dates is included after the song stream. More...

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Eluveitie Recruits New Members

Following the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi back in May, Eluveitie has now solidified a new lineup. Nuclear Blast Records comments:

"Eluveitie is alive, complete and stronger than ever before! After the folk metal superstars had to part ways with some band members in May 2016, the mourning and waiting is over: the new line-up is set!

"It was a long tramp for the fans as well as for the band to get there. They have taken a lot of time with the search for new musicians and now they can present the possibly strongest line-up of the band! They're very excited and can't wait to storm the stages of the world! More...

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Dying Whale Reveals New Album

Georgia-based hardcore punk outfit Dying Whale has issued full details and a February 3rd street date for the Nefarious Industries-bound "Last Moments Of Misery" album. In addition, a new track has come online. Check out "One Final First Kiss" below.

Dying Whale tracked "Last Moments Of Misery: at Earthsound Studios in the band's hometown of Valdosta, Georgia in February 2015, again working with engineer/producer Lee Dyess. Following a lineup shift, this is the first of the band's recordings to feature bassist Matt Zagorski also handling vocals, which mesh with the explosive and multifaceted delivery of guitarist Josh Zorn.

Drummer Eli Werth also makes his debut with the band, adding an element of urgency to the music that wasn't fully captured before. Additional vocal contributions from Rich Weinberger (Gatherers), Jeff Hill (Machinist!), Kelby Clark (Divorce Ring), Nannen Gatchell (Smiler), and Victor Skamiera (Fero Lux) are spread throughout the twelve-song melee. More...

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The Black Crown Signs With Zombie Shark

The Black Crown just inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records. The project is headed up by musician and producer, Paolo Navarretta, from Piano di Sorrento in South Italy.

Label founder Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, Ex-The Browning), remarks: "The Black Crown reminds me of early Katatonia and early Tool. I love it! I’ve been searching for a band like this for a while and I can’t wait for people to hear this music!"

The Black Crown’s full-length debut album "Fragments" was recorded in the Summer of 2016 at Syn Factory Productions in Piano di Sorrento and Fade In Studios in Massa Lubrense. The album consists of 10 tracks and is currently available for streaming and download via Bandcamp.

Navarretta states: “The Black Crown is really proud to be the first Italian band to sign with Zombie Shark Records. We are starting a really exciting journey, and we can't wait to see what's next.” More...

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Copia Streaming "Disconnected"

Melbourne's Copia today releases searing new single "Disconnected," along with a video so visceral and scathing in it's comment on the way humans treat life on Earth, it has to be witnessed. Bassist Booby Oblak says of the song and clip:

"Disconnected is a refection of our opinions of the current state of the world. It can be heavy to reflect on what we humans have created & how we are being controlled and manipulated by people in positions of power. The corrupt, creating fake idols, posing as 'gods', profiting at the expense of those in a weaker position.

"We all experience indoctrination to some extent, separated by politics, & classified by wealth, religion & culture, making the world an unpleasant place to live in at times. It's easy to lose sight of what we need in this fabricated world. The track is intended to be a wake up call. James from Red Boss helped us put our thoughts into images & it includes many issues which need to be addressed." More...

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Superjoint Announces U.S. Tour

Superjoint will kick of the new year with part one of a U.S. headlining tour. The band's latest journey is set to commence on January 12th and runs through February 4th with additional dates to be announced.

Support will be provided by Motor City thrashers Battlecross and noise rock eccentrics/Housecore labelmates Child Bite, also of Detroit.

Additionally, Superjoint will play the For The Sick Benefit, a three-day festival-style event set up for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams, who's currently awaiting a liver transplant.

1/12/2017 Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
1/13/2017 Scout Bar - Houston, TX [
1/14/2017 The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX
1/17/2017 George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR
1/19/2017 The Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
1/20/2017 Big Shots - Valparaiso, IN
1/21/2017 Oddbody's - Dayton, OH
1/22/2017 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
1/24/2017 Diamond Pub Concert Hall - Louisville, KY
1/25/2017 The Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN
1/27/2017 House Of Music & Ent. - Arlington Heights, IL
1/28/2017 Pop's Concert Venue - Sauget, IL
2/3-5/2017 For The Sick Benefit For Mike IX @ Siberia More...

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Evenline Announces New Album

After 2010 EP "The Coming Life" and debut 2014 album "Dear Morpheus," Evenline will be back in early 2017 with a new full-length release. Second album "In Tenebris" displays a more personal and darker side of the band's universe. Check out new single / video for album track "Straitjacket" below.

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Kaira Posts 2016 Documentary

Russian pagan folk metal band Kaira released a documentary covering the band's exploits during 2016. The 47 minute clip features footage of the group onstage as well as some backstage antics and making-of segments.

Sliptrick Records comments: "Although the interviews are in Russian, the majority of the piece concentrates on the visual side of things and is well worth watching to get a good look at Kaira’s unique approach and vision. Much of the music in the documentary is taken from the album 'Roots Of Veles' released worldwide on Sliptrick Records late last year." More...

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Nocte Obducta Recording Album

Only a handful of months following a full-length album release, Nocte Obducta is preparing to drop another release. MDD Records comments:

"Sometimes things happen faster than you think! Not until six months after their still current album 'Mogontiacum (Nachdem die Nacht herabgesunken...)' the exceptional musicians from Nocte Obducta are already in the middle of the production to the successor, which should be released in the spring on MDD Records.

"The album will be titled 'Totholz (Ein Raunen aus dem Klammwald).' With 'Innsmouth Hotel,' 'Die Kirche der wachenden Kinder,' 'Trollgott,' 'Liebster,' and 'Wiedergänger Blues' are some already known track titles. If one can believe the statements of the musicians, the metallic part has been massively increased again!" More...

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Sinaro Posts New Song

Guitar guru Gus Sinaro has been paving a name for himself in heavy metal with his eponymous project Sinaro. Today, the band is serving up a blazing helping of metallic greatness with the new track "Break The Paradigm," featuring All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert.

"Break The Paradigm" will be available for download via online digital retailers next week, but for now you can check out the song in the YouTube player below.

"It is an honor to have my friend Oli Herbert come on board on this song and trade off solos with me," states Gus Sinaro. "All That Remains influenced me so much as far as modern metal goes and it's a dream come true to have such a talented musician involved in this song." More...

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Sepulchral Curse Streams "In Purifying Essence"

Another new Sepulchral Curse track has come online, culled from the impending "At The Onset Of Extinction" EP due to drop December 15th via Transcending Obscurity Records. Check out "In Purifying Essence" below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Envisioned in Scars (song streaming here)
2. In Purifying Essence
3. Gospel of Bones
4. Disrupting Lights of Extinction (streaming here) More...

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Galactic Empire Announces January Shows

After announcing a debut album is finally arriving in February, the Star Wars metal cover band Galactic Empire has now revealed a handful of shows to take place in January. The group comments:

"This system is now fully operational, we intend to display the full power of the dark side. The first systems targeted will be Cleveland, Pittsburgh and New York City. Prepare for destruction rebel scum!" More...

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Ghost Iris Inks Record Deal

Long Branch Records is pleased to welcome the Danish djent / metalcore group Ghost Iris to its roster. The band just inked a worldwide deal and will release a new record in early 2017.

Ghost Iris comments: "It is such a pleasure to continue our journey as a band with Long Branch on board. It makes us proud, it makes us happy but most importantly it boosts confidence to our ambitions and dreams."

Florian Kreutzfeldt (A&R Long Branch Records) had this to say: "Ghost Iris was one of the highlights at this years Euroblast Festival, so we immediately decided that we want to work with this band. We are really proud to welcome such a young, ambitious and creative band to our LBR-family." More...

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Otus Signs With Argonauta Records

Argonauta Records just issued this press release about inking a deal with Italian band Otus for a new album release:

"We're thrilled to announce we’ve inked a deal with Italian sludge post metallers Otus. Born in 2012, Otus takes elements of post-metal/sludge bands as Isis and Cult of Luna, passing through the Black Sabbath's doom up to the experimental music of Tool, Om and Sunn O))).

"The band enrich their sound playing ethnic instruments, building their own synthesizers, chanting mantras and taking particular care of their visual and symbolic identity, from poster art to visual projections. After their first demo-EP released in 2013, Otus took part in several gigs and festivals playing with great bands as Intronaut, And So I Watch You From Afar, Toner Low, Scale The Summit, and Shores Of Null." More...

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Varaha Releasing Self-Titled EP

Chicago-based atmospheric metal collective Varaha will release a self-titled, debut EP later this month. Recorded by Nick Morgan and Mike Lust and mixed and mastered by Adam K. Stilson at Decade Music Studios, the stunning three tracks comprising the EP includes guest appearances by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles et al) on saxophone and Josie Boyer (Round Rock Symphony Orchestra) on cello.

Varaha is the boar manifestation of Indian god Vishnu, who lifts the earth from underneath the ocean. In guitarist/vocalist Fabio Brienza's interpretation, Varaha symbolizes not only rebirth, but also strength, passion, and struggle.

"Art and birth were never supposed to be subtle or polite," Brienza notes. "Interestingly, 'Varaha' is also very similar to the Spanish word 'Baraja,' -- the cards that you've been dealt in life -- and though Varaha and Baraja come from two very different cultures, there exists a strong connection between the etymology of the two words. Almost as if the band name could be both Varaha and Baraja at the same time."

The "Varaha" EP will be released digitally via Bandcamp on December 16th, 2016 with a CD edition to follow in the coming months. More...

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Hillbilly Metal Band Fearless Signs Record Deal

Hillbilly metal band Fearless is now signed by Rehn Music Group and the new single ”Blood Sweat & Shine” will be released early 2017, followed by a first full album.

Fearless hails from Vagnhärad in Sweden and was founded by the brothers Andy (drums) and Tobias (guitar) Forssander in 2012. Since 2014 the band has also featured Michel Kolic (singer) and Martin Åberg (bass).

After forming, they spent some time with the brother's relatives in the deep south of the Louisiana bayou, learning how to make moonshine, fixin old rusty cars, fishin, and of course playing some music with the locals. They went back home to deliver a heavy mix of hard rock, metal, hardcore and a twist of blues. More...

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Kratornas Streams Full New Album

Bursting out of the metal underground with a third-world fury not seen since the mighty Sepultura unleashed the seminal "Beneath The Remains," Kratornas is set to make a devastating onslaught on the world of metal.

New album "Devoured By Damnation" has now come online for full streaming and can be heard below as it officially sees release today - December 8th - via Grathila Records. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Spit On God (4:44)
2. Dead Burning Christ (3:10)
3. Archangels of Destruction (2:25)
4. Deluge - After Massacre (2:37)
5. Blood of The Devil (3:14)
6. Evil Is Reborn (5:51)
7. Devoured By Damnation (4:49)
8. Cadavers of Gods (2:41)
9. Huios Diabolus (2:30)
10. World Within Demons (3:49) More...

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Endorphins Lost Releases "Choose Your Way"

Pacific Northwest-based group Endorphins Lost just issued the ravenous new "Choose Your Way" LP through Six Weeks Records, and the entire album now available for streaming.

Unloading fourteen tracks in twenty-eight minutes, "Choose Your Way" showcases the new Endorphins Lost lineup delivering a combination of primal powerviolence and metallic hardcore/crust punk, bridging the style forged by the likes of Infest, Spazz, Crossed Out, and Capitalist Casualties while bringing the metallic ferocity of Pacific Northwest acts such as Earth Control, The Drip, and Brainscraper.

Recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording this incendiary contribution is the sign of things to come, with new music and tours in the works. More...

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Skull Fist Posts Drum Playthrough

Skull Fist drummer JJ Tartaglia just released his latest playthrough video for the song "Call Of The Wild." The track is taken from Skull Fist's sophomore album "Chasing The Dream" and the clip was shot in full technicolor on the "Cliffs of Fistonia."

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Code Streaming "Brass Dogs"

Progressive black metallers Code today premiered a song titled "Brass Dogs." This is the first song to be revealed from the band's upcoming EP "Lost Signal," set to be released on January 25th via Agonia Records on vinyl and digital formats.

"Lost Signal" is a meeting of ages and a blurring of lines. In the Summer of 2015, Code spent some time in a studio in England to experiment with tracks from the back catalog of four albums. The idea was to re-visit past works from a different angle and "Lost Signal" is the result.

The EP features three songs from most recent album "Mut" (2015), performed with a strong metallic approach. It also features three further songs, one from each of the first three albums performed in a more subtle and introspective style similar to that seen on the "Mut" album originally.

The result is a release that alternatively emphasises the subtlety and heaviness of the band's sound and provides a chance to hear these songs in a completely new way. More...

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Marty Friedman Issues Album Update

Following the "Inferno" album from 2014, Marty Friedman has a new album in the works and just issued this update on the recording progress:

"So I'm DONE with all my guitars on the new album! Jens Bogren (who mixed Inferno) is in Sweden right now mixing it, and so far 5 songs are done. Jens is knocking them out of the park. He is super fast and knows my sound, as you can hear on 'Inferno.'

"This time it's even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and with any luck more exciting for those of you who will hear it. There will be 11 or 12 songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn't make it to the album because it doesn't fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we`re pushing 60 minutes so it won't be a short album." More...

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Headline News

New Carcass Album Coming In 2017

Following comeback album "Surgical Steel" (reviewed here), Carcass is apparently preparing a new album projected to land by the end of next year.

In an interview with Dead Rhetoric, Bill Steer discussed what's gone into work on a forthcoming release so far, and noted that "I think we should have an album that’s available by the end of the year [2017]. But I know how the industry has changed…so if it’s not happening, it’s not happening. We can’t really rush this. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time, including our own by putting out something substandard."

Excerpts from the interview follow. More...

Read the full article at Dead Rhetoric.

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Dodecahedron Unleashes New Song

More than a year after it was officially announced that a second album was being recorded, disturbing black metal outfit Dodecahedron is now streaming the first track taken from forthcoming release "Kwintessens."

Check out "Hexahedron - Tilling The Human Soil" below. You can also pre-order "Kwintessens" through Season of Mist here ahead of the album's March 17th release date.

Regarding thios sophomore full-length, Dodecahedron comments: "We are very excited about our new material. The forthcoming album is more coherent and straight forward compared to the debut. It was written with a clear and cold concept in mind, whereas the first album is a collection of material composed over a five year period. Expect more of our dismal atmospheres and calculated madness." More...

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Carach Angren Back In The Studio

Carach Angren has been working on new material at Abyss Studio in Ludvika, Sweden. States the band: "New Horror Stories being recorded."

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Dangerkids Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming Album

Dangerkids premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new album "blacklist_", which will be out in stores January 27th via Paid Vacation.

Check out now "blacklist_" below.

Frontman Tyler Smyth commented of the effort: More...

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