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Last updated on December 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM ET

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20 news articles posted on this day.

U.D.O. Parts With Drummer

U.D.O. (featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider) has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Drummer Francesco Jovino left U.D.O. due to personal reason. The band is searching for a new drummer now since a complete world tour is scheduled for 2015 starting early March 2015.

"If you feel ready to become the new U.D.O. drummer feel free to mail your application to fsuepfle@itm-agency.com (please NO big attachements with soundfiles or similar, if we're interested
we gonna contact you and ask for further information)."

The band's upcoming album "Decadent" is due out on January 23rd (EU) and February 3rd (USA) via AFM Records. More...

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Primal Fear Posts Live Footage With New Drummer

Primal Fear has released a drum cam video of new member Aquiles Priester (Angra) performing live with the band in Germany at the Knock Out Festival earlier this month. You can see the clip at Facebook here or catch fan-filmed footage in the YouTube player below.

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Pontus Egberg Joins King Diamond

Following the drama-filled departure of Hal Patino earlier this year, King Diamond has now officially recruited a new bassist.

Pontus Egberg (Dark Illusion, ex-The Lion's Share) is now stepping in to fill the vacant slot, as announced by the band via the image below.

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Heywire Releasing New Album

HeyWire's new self-titled album "HeyWire" is due out January 23rd, 2015 via Massacre Records. If you can't wait to hear music from the release however, you can download the instant grat track "Lean On Me" right away by pre-ordering the album at iTunes here. The album's track listing is:

1. Never Blink Again
2. Under the Sun
3. Lean on Me
4. My Way Out
5. Running
6. Could Have Told Me
7. The Lost
8. Love
9. Soul Is Gone
10. Scary More...

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Debauchery Announces New Album

Debauchery's new album will be called "Fuck Humanity" and is planned to be released in July of 2015 via Massacre Records.

Stay tuned for further details as they become available. "Fuck Humanity" will follow the band's 2013 album "Kings of Carnage."

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Down Performance Video From Brutal Assault Posted

The organizers of the Brutal Assault festival have released footage of Down performing at this year's edition of the fest back in August. Check out the 14 minute clip below, and if you can't get enough Phil Anselmo, be sure to check out the hilarious Metal Grasshopper video series.

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Perdition Temple Releases 7" EP

Perdition Temple just released a new 7" EP titled "Sovereign Of The Desolate," which can be ordered here or streamed in the player below. Hells Headbangers also comments:

"As a precursor to a highly anticipated new album for Hells Headbangers, 'The Tempter's Victorious,' American black/death barbarians Perdition Temple reveals a new 7" EP, 'Sovereign of the Desolate.'

"Aptly titled, this two-song scorcher complements the sonic devastation to be found on 'The Tempter's Victorious:' a militant, malevolent brand of blackened death metal that Perdition Temple have perfected, their crush chaotic yet controlled. However, band founder/scene veteran Gene Palubicki is joined by an elite cadre of new members here, including his old Angelcorpse guitar foil Bill Taylor (also of Immolation) and, on vocals, Black Witchery's intimidating Impurath. Both tracks here are exclusive, including a rabid, reverent cover of Blasphemy's classic 'Weltering in Blood.' Perdition Temple is the Sovereign of the Desolate!"

1. Sovereign Of The Desolate
2. Weltering In Blood More...

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Chelsea Dagger Releasing New EP

Swedish melodic metalcore band Chelsea Dagger will release a new EP titled "This Is My Revelry" on December 26th, 2014. A teaser trailer can now be heard below. Chelsea Dagger consists of:

Lead vocals: Victor Lowe
Clean vocals/Guitar: Oliver Olander
Lead Guitar: David Fremle
Bass: Hannes Hedman
Drums: Jimmie Nilsson

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Capsize Releases Guitar Play Through Series

San Diego's melodic hardcore outfit Capsize has released three guitar play through videos featuring guitarist Ryan Knowles.

The series features "Endless Emptiness," "This Song Made Me Think Of You," and "Linger," which can all be seen in the YouTube playlist below. Catch the band live on tour in Japan on these dates:

Jan 08 Tokyo Otsuka @ Meets
Jan 09 Nagoya @ Club Zion
Jan 10 Kanazawa @ Music Base Extreme
Jan 11 Niigata @ Golden Pigs Black Stage
Jan 12 Tokyo Shibuya @ The Game

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Ne Obliviscaris Posts Drum Play Through

Australian avant-garde metal band Ne Obliviscaris has released a drum play through video for the song "Forget Not," which comes off the "Portal Of I" album (reviewed here).

"Portal Of I" precedes the band's new 2014 album "Citadel." Check out our review of that latest full-length release at this location.

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Etched In Stone Streaming Holiday Track

Etched In Stone has a new holiday track online honoring the almighty Krampus (who is far superior to Santa). Give it a listen below, and the band also comments:

"For some god-awful reason, We have caught a case of the holiday wobbledy jeebs, and in doing such would like to extend to all of you with the utmost excitement, Said song 'Gruss vom Krampus' For the bad Santa in all of us, (and for a change in the holiday reveries) so enjoy this holiday gift!"

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Designs Of Chaos Posts Holiday Message To Fans

Designs Of Chaos just posted the following year-end recap and holiday message to fans via Facebook:

"This year has been the most challenging year we've ever faced. Losing Chris hit everyone harder than we could have imagined.

"We want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this year and before.

"Our thoughts and hearts are with Chris' wife and family today and everyday, and to anyone who's lost a loved one this time of year can be such a mix of emotion, we love you all!

"We are working hard behind the scenes to get our EP finished so you can all hear it and we will be out to see you all in the new year. Thanks so much everyone and we wish you all a very happy Christmas!" More...

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Wrath of Akhlys Posts New Video

Wrath of Akhlys - consisting of Jordan Embleton (Former XisForEyes & Nexilva) and Ricky Lee Roper (Osiah & Former XisForEyes) - has a new video clip out now for the song "Predation."

The track features guest spots by Alex Teyen of Black Tongue and Jason Evans of Ingested and can be heard below.

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Soul Cycle Streaming Rough Cuts

Soul Cycle has released two rough cut tracks online to tease a forthcoming full-length album. Check out the new music below, and the band also comments:

"Merry Christmas everybody! I thought now would be as good a time as any to share some rough cuts from SCIII, sans leads. They may not be very interesting, and they may not sound very good yet, but here they are! You guys have been so great to us and we can't thank you enough, even as we take a century to finish the third album.

"The first track is essentially just a little intro, part of a two part song called 'Anthem.' The second track is a full song (again, minus the leads) that had a name but then I changed it and now it doesn't have a name again so there.

"What do you guys think so far? Who do you want to hear playing over these tracks besides us? Let us know what you think! And most importantly, have a happy holiday season and a great new year!" More...

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Slice The Cake Posts Year End Message

Slice The Cake will be baking up a new album titled "Odyssey to the West," due out on March 1st, 2015. The band has also briefly come out of the kitchen to offer this year-end update:

"2014 has been nothing short of arduous for us, full of trials and tribulations that have shaken our very foundation, both on a personal level for each of us, and for us as a collective. But we're bouncing back. We're stronger than ever, more unified than ever, and more ready and willing to take hold of all the opportunities that lie ahead of us in the coming year.

"We each and every one of you a thank you. This project began as a bunch of dudes in bedrooms making some music, and it became a way for us to pour out our very souls and stay sane, and now it's becoming a chariot that can take us to the stars and beyond.

"And that's down to you guys. We can make the music, but without people to listen to it, it may well have ended up meaning very little in the grand scheme of things.

"And so, we stand on the precipice between 2014 and 2015, transfixed on time's unwinding, unending waltz, ready to leap across the chasm into the new year and raise a whole new generation of men without faces. And believe us when we say we couldn't be any more excited.

"So with warmth, and the deepest of love, we hope your holidays are happy, and that 2015 brings you all great things." More...

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Znafelriff Releasing New EP

Norwegian/German black metal outfit Znafelriff will officially release the "Ruin" EP on January 1st, but the release is now available digitally at Bandcamp. You can stream the release below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Heisere Stille 04:29
2. Ruin 03:53
3. Abgrund 04:09
4. Graues Land 04:15
5. Eismeer aus Angst 04:53 More...

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The Unliving Streaming Diabolical Christmas Track

In honor of the holidays, black metal outfit The Unliving just released a diabolical re-imagining of "Silent Night," titled "Silenced Night." Check it out below, or you can hear more music from the band (and read the lyrics to "Silenced Night") over at SoundCloud here.

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Diecast Streaming Two New Songs

Diecast has released rough mixes of two songs from a forthcoming album after months of delays. Check out "Devil's Eyes" and "Gods of War" below. The band also comments:

"Merry Christmas to everyone! as promised here is not 1, but 2 songs from our upcoming album 'Through Blackened Wings.' Please note that these are only rough mixes of the songs, let us know what you think!"


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Izah Announces "Sistere" Album

2015 sees the release of Izah's debut full-length "Sistere," for which the band teamed up with producer Jochem Jacobs (ex-Textures).

"Sistere" has become a heartfelt 72 minute long musical narration through darkness and light, hope and despair. In four heavy atmospheric compositions Izah takes the listener from serene post-rock passages to crushing hardcore grooves, from dark ambient to free form noise and from hypnotizing black metal to massive walls of sludge.

The album is due out February 23rd, 2015 and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Indefinite Instinct
2. Duality
3. Finite Horizon
4. Sistere More...

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Mandrágora Signs With Inferno

South American heavy metal band Mandrágora is excited to announce a record deal with Inferno Records. The label comments:

"Although no release date has been yet defined, you can expect the first full-length album by Mandrágora somewhere in 2015 - more info will come later on time as soon as new details have to be revealed!

"The debut album will be recorded at the Quarter Note Studios in Lima, Peru with Paul Pinto as music producer. It is also agreed that a limited cassette edition of the band including their demo, songs from the EP and two new songs could be shortly released early 2015 - you're warned, stay tuned!

"If you're fan of heavy metal legends like Iron Maiden, Warlock, Acid, Saxon or Judas Priest... then don't miss Mandrágora!"

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