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Last updated on July 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM ET

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

Instanzia Posts Studio Update On "Spinning Maze"

Canadian power metal act Instanzia posted a new video studio report for the upcoming sophomore album "Spinning Maze." The video showcases the rhythm guitar and bass recordings which took place in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada between December 2013 and May 2014. The release date for the album has not yet been revealed, but the album will be issue via Metalodic Records.

Check out the latest update here:

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Burzum's New Album Seeing North American Release

After it was already released in Europe last month, Burzum's latest full-length album "The Days of Yore" is now seeing an American release via Candlelight Records. The label comments:

"Burzum’s The Days Of Yore continues the controversial musician’s post-incarceration output of recordings. In stores September 2nd, the album follows the ambient and haunting sounds of Burzum’s most recent releases. Inspired by Varg’s extensive knowledge of European history, it continues his explorative sound and lyrical works."

Varg himself states: “It is my first step towards something new, which at the same time is as old as the roots of Europe. I try to transport the listener to the days of yore, to make them feel the past that is still alive in their own blood.”

In other Varg Vikernes news, the recent immigrant to France (who is somehow bizarrely opposed to people immigrating to France) was fined and given a suspended sentence for "inciting racial hatred." More...

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Deadly Sins Signs Record Deal

Pathologically Explicit Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Japanese outfit Deadly Sins:

"We have closed a deal for a new release in 2015 where Deadly Sins from Japan will be releasing an MCD... don't waste your time and take a listen to this MP3 in our jukebox here.

"Deadly Sins was formed by Kohei, Imunny and Seibin to create extreme music based on brutal death metal in 2010. In 2013, new vocalist Takuya joined the band, and released the 'Demo2013' including 3 songs. This free demo wad distributed by the Amputated Vein Records (death metal label in Japan) online shop, dealt out in 500 copies." More...

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Noctem Live Footage Available

The Iberian extreme metallers in Noctem performed at Rock Arena Festival 2014, and now you can watch two video reports about the band’s performance. Check out the clips below. Noctem's latest album "Exilium" was released earlier this year.

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Scale The Summit Announces Vinyl Reissue

Prosthetic Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a vinyl edition of "Carving Desert Canyons" from Scale The Summit:

"As 2008 came to a close, heavy music was beginning to show signs of a transformation. At the top of the food chain, Metallica was actively promoting their new album 'Death Magnetic,' but year-end 'best-of' lists were instead populated with adventurous, forward-thinking acts like Opeth, Meshuggah, Enslaved, Gojira and the recently reunited Cynic. 2008 was also the first year in more than a decade with no Ozzfest tour, which furthered the sense of an imminent paradigm shift for the genre.

"In a different climate, a group that specialized in instrumental melodic progressive metal might have struggled to catch people’s attention. Luckily for Scale The Summit, though, the time was right to make an immediate impact. The group had already self-released one well-received album, but their Prosthetic debut 'Carving Desert Canyons' — released in February of 2009 — formally introduced the Texas quartet to the world at large. Its timeless, classic-minded progressive hard rock was hailed by Guitar World as 'full of tightly-woven guitar interplay, irregular time signatures and tasteful licks,' while Revolver called the album 'a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion.'

"The biggest endorsement of all, however, came from drum legend Mike Portnoy, who hand-picked Scale The Summit to open Dream Theater’s Progressive Nation summer tour that year. Additional tours with Protest The Hero, Between The Buried and Me, Cynic and Devin Townsend capped off an incredible 12 months that cemented the group’s arrival on the scene and solidified their reputation as a rising star in contemporary metal. More...

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Derdian Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Italian power metal act Derdian, featuring Elegacy vocalist Ivan Giannini, issued a lyric video for the new track "These Rails Will Bleed." The song appears on the new album "Human Reset," which is available today via the band at this location. The album marks the fifth full length studio effort from the band.

Check out "These Rails Will Bleed" here:

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Nightrage Signs With Despotz Records

Greek/Swedish melodic death metal band Nightrage has signed a deal with Swedish music company Despotz. The band's sixth studio album will surface in February 2015 with a new video single to be unleashed this fall.

"Today we are proud to announce that we have signed an album deal with Despotz Records," commented Marios Iliopoulos of Nightrage. "We are super excited to work with such a dedicated bunch of people, and we are entering studio Dugout Productions with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15. We would like to take this opportunity to now officially introduce Ronnie Nyman as our 'new' vocalist."

"Dreams can really come true, Nightrage is a living proof of that," added Ömer Akay, Despotz Records co-founder and partner. "I'm honored to be working with Marios and Nightrage; we truly have the same background and visions to take the band to the mainstream."

Nightrage was founded in 2000 in Greece by Iliopoulos and his close friend Gus G. Heavily influenced by the Gothenburg metal scene, the band relocated to Sweden to accomplish its dreams. In its 14 years, Nightrage has released five studio albums and toured across Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Asia.

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Sinheresy Releases "Paint The World" Music Video

Italian metal band Sinheresy released a new music video for the track "Paint the World." The song si the title track for the 2013 debut full length album, which is available through Bakerteam Records.

The video was directed by Mario Orman. Check it out here

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Amplifier Posts "Named After Rocky" Video

Amplifier recently announced the release of new album "Mystoria," set for September 8th, 2014 in Europe. The band is now pleased to reveal the video for first single "Named After Rocky." Check it out below, courtesy of Classicrock.Teamrock.com.

The band had this to say about the video: "When we made this video we wanted to make a video with absolutely no sense of continuity whatsoever. Mission Accomplished."

The band can also reveal the first European dates for the Mystoria tour. Details are as follows:

6/10, La Peniche, Lille, France
07/10 - Lucerne, Schuur - Germany
08/10 - Munich, Strom - Germany
09/10 - Stuttgart, Keller Club - Germany
10/10 - Wiesbaden, Raucherkrammer - Germany
11/10 - Cologne, Luxor - Germany
12/10 - Dresden, Beatpol - Germany
13/10 - Osnabruck, Kleine Freiheit - Germany
14/10 - Hamburg, Knust - Germany
15/10 - Berlin, Privatclub - Germany
16/10 - Haarlem, Patronaat - Germany
17/10 - Helmond, Cacaofabriek - Germany More...

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SOS Streaming Full New Album

As NYC-based heavy punk/hardcore hybrid SOS comes within one week of releasing a fifth independent full-length, today Stereokiller is streaming the entire "Strength And Conditioning" album. Listen in at this location. The following press release was issued about the band:

"SOS is a fusion of heavy sounds; a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. Strength And Conditioning is a nearly forty-eight minute excursion into barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

"Lineup changes and a restructuring of the band followed by heavy-duty local performances for the past year formed a six-year gap between albums, but the band's heavy dedication has paid off, as Strength And Conditioning boasts SOS' most action-packed mayhem yet."

This Saturday, July 26th, SOS will play a record release show in the band's hometown of Queens, New York, opening for Downset. Just three days later, SOS will release "Strength And Conditioning" via digital download and on CD, as always through 316 Productions.

7/26/2014 Blackthorn - Elmhurst, NY w/ Downset, Alekhine's Gun, Driven Mad, Someonelse

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Disparager Vocalist Comments On Injury

Disparager vocalist / guitarist Chris AhKao has posted a video comment on Facebook addressing his recent injury fracturing his L2 vertebrae and cancelling the band's upcoming show on July 27th at The Acheron in NYC. You can watch the clip at this location.

In additional news, the band recently unleashed a new lyric video for "RIP Bill Hicks," taken from debut EP "Timeless, Ageless," which was produced by Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, H2O, American Nightmare, Polar Bear Club). Check it out below. More...

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Empress AD Releases New Music Video

The Roadrunner newcomers in Empress AD have just unveiled the eye-melting new video for "Invisible Conductor," which can be seen below.

The band is also gearing up to unleash debut album, "Still Life Moving Fast," on September 1st, 2014. Empress AD will be hitting the road in December supporting Turbowolf as part of the Download Freezes Over tour. Dates are as follows:

01 Dec - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
02 Dec - Deaf Institute, Manchester
04 Dec - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
05 Dec - Sound Circus, Bournemouth
06 Dec - 100 Club, London
08 Dec - Waterfront, Norwich
09 Dec - Dingwalls, London

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Mutank Posts Jam Footage

The Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions in Mutank have posted a new video from their recent jam session, which includes a new track called "Channel Change." The band comments:

"For a Tank Mu we got together and made a new jam vid in the tank. New song included called Channel Change. Check Steve-out's radical bass riffage, and Steve-in's debut behind the mic. Come hear Channel Change and another brand new song on Friday night at L'alizè with Lich King and Trainwreck Architect and Reanimator. Say goodbye before we leave for Germany!!!"

You can also catch the band live on these dates:

July 25 - Alize - Montreal, QC - w/ Lich King, Trainwreck Architect, Reanimator
July 30 - International Wacken Metal Battle @ Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany - 2pm - WET Stage
Aug 22 - Trailer Thrash Fest - Saint-Pie, QC w/ Reanimator, Eternal Judgment, Death Lullaby More...

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Cowards Re-Issuing Album, Working On New Release

Fear not what the name implies, as this Paris-based quintet Cowards is anything but weak or inhibited in its delivery. Thundering with massive, low-end amplification and a downcast, scathing vocal delivery, Cowards' noxious brew of sludge/doom is not from, or for, the weak of heart.

Formed by current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman's Chair, Eibon and Hellbats, Cowards will reissue its debut album with an official release in North America, and plans for a next full-length studio endeavor are now confirmed.

The debut LP "Shooting Blanks & Pills" was recorded only six months after the band was formed, and was originally released on France's Throatruiner Records. A rebirth will now occur on CD and transparent 12" LP via Canadian label Secret Handshake Recordings on September 1st, 2014. Additional pressing and release details will follow in the coming days. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hoarse From The Get Go
2. Last Card
3. Scarce
4. Vices & Hate
5. Arrogant, Unseen
6. Grand Failure More...

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Crucified Releasing "Dead Of Sleep"

Get This Right Records is honored to announce the upcoming release of the final recordings from defunct hardcore/thrash outfit Crucified, "Dead Of Sleep," as a vinyl and digital release on September 9th, 2014. The label comments:

"Crucified was a short-lived outfit from the Bay Area. Their volatile, energetic delivery of classic NYHC foundation jacked-up with pummeling metallic thrash influence and infectious pick-up parts saw the band make an instant impact on the hardcore scene.

"In 2008 they recorded their first four-song demo which was later released as a split with California's No Truce on Escapist Records. After playing all over the West Coast and releasing another split with Steel Nation in 2009 on Double Or Nothing Records, their 2010-released Coldest Winter LP was released on the same label, upon which the band toured the United States and parts of Canada that Summer.

"In May of 2011, Crucified entered the studio for one last session, where they recorded four new tracks, set to see release as the Dead Of Sleep EP, yet just after completing the process, the band decided to call it a day. Now, three years after their demise, these final four anthems will be available for the first time. More...

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Entrails Streams "Total Death" Track

In celebration of the official unearthing of "Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection" (the mammoth new compilation from Swedish death metal day-ruiners Entrails) today Cvlt Nation offers up the gnarled decadence of "Total Death."

Give it a listen in the SoundCloud widget below. Comments founding guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist of the debaucherous number: "This is one of the heaviest songs I've ever written. I got the idea for this when I heard Morgoth for the first time, and their classic Cursed album back in the '90s. Simple riffing with rotten atmosphere is the key to create such a headbanging song!"

"Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection" is an eighteen-track collection featuring Entrails' "Reborn" and "Human Decay" demos. You can also check out the previously posted song "Breath Of Blood" at this location. More...

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Martyrvore Announces New Mini-Album

Martyrvore is gearing up to release "Malevolent Desolation" through Iron Bonehead Productions, and the label comments:

"One of America's vilest yet overlooked cults, Martyrvore returns to rape ears and ruin souls with a brand-new 12" MLP, Malevolent Desolation, set for international release on September 12th via Iron Bonehead Productgions.

"The band's first studio recordings in seven long years, Malevolent Desolation comprised eight disgusting blasphemies against God, all coalescing into a churning 'n' spurning rush of death metalled crush and black metalled atmosphere.

"Well versed in the ancient ways, Martyrvore mainline all the evilest metal sounds of the '80s and early '90s, whether it be black, death, thrash, or grindcore, and spit them forth with Fuck-off attitude and unrepentant hostility. Malevolent Desolation is a vicious, viscous listen, and proves that Martyrvore is back uglier and more depraved than ever."

1. Shemhamforash (Intro)
2. Masaya
3. Global Annihilation
4. Crush The Seals
5. Perversion Rites
6. Mouth of The Grave
7. The Black...
8. Malevolent Desolation (Outro) More...

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Mongol Releasing New Album

Canadian outfit Mongol is due to release new album "Chosen By Tengri" on July 26th, 2014 and now you can stream all the tracks online.

Check out the songs in the player below, or over at the Mongol Bandcamp page here. "Chosen By Tengri" was produced and mixed by Sam Levitt at The Human Jerky Productions, with the drums produced by Tyson Travnik at Sonic Dungeon Studio.

Mastering was handled by Lasse Lammert at LSD Studio, with artwork created by Jose Arias. The track listing is as follows:

1. Clans Carve the Way 04:12
2. Chosen by Tengri 05:39
3. Subutai 03:09
4. The Last Ride of the Merkits 06:30
5. Scourge of the East 05:53
6. Storming the Wall 05:37
7. Glory of the Khan 06:03
8. Whispering Winds 06:24 More...

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Rise Against Releases New Music Video

Rise Against's new official music video for the single "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore" is out now and can be seen below or over at Vevo here. The band also comments on the clip:

"Our new video for the song 'I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore' encompasses the overwhelming noise of our world and the fatigue we all feel as its witness. This song is a starting point, not an ending point. It's about the wake-up calls in life that let us know something needs to change." More...

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Spiral Shades Streaming "Fear"

After we premiered a new lyric video for the "Frustrations" track from '70s style stoner doom outfit Spiral Shades, now the band has released another track online.

Check out the song "Fear" in the player below, hosted by the Roadburn festival's website. The "Hypnosis Sessions" album by Spiral Shades will be officially released via RidingEasy Records on August 5th, 2014. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Frustration
2. Illuminati
3. Grim Rituals
4. Fear
5. Wizardry
6. The Slowing Deep
7. Abstract Illusions
8. Torment
9. Fading Sunlight More...

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Unsung Hero Added To DeLand Rock & Metal Festival

Promoters for the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival have announced that Tampa metal act Unsung Hero has been added to the Friday, November 7th pre-party for the event.

The Metal Underground.com sponsored DeLand Rock & Metal Festival will take place from November 7-9, 2014 at OB's Restaurant & Lounge located at 1750 North Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. The event will have two outdoor stages, the Main Stage and OB's Stage. Camping will be available. For all information on the event and where you can purchase one day, two day, VIP and camping tickets, head over to the official Facebook page at this location.

Previously announced headline acts include Seven Kingdoms, Massacre, Widow and Warforged along with notable acts: A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze and Draekon. The current schedule can be found below.

The latest lineup and schedule is as follows, with more announcements expected soon:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 **PRE-PARTY**

-OB's STAGE-
1|6:15-6:45 - TBA
2|7:00-7:30 - TBA
3|7:45-8:15 - Unsung Hero - Metal from Tampa, FL
4|8:30-9:00 - TBA
5|9:15-9:45 - ShadowStrike - Power Metal from NY
6|10:00-10:45 - Judicator - Power Metal from Tuscon, AZ
7|11:00-11:30 - Project: Roenwolfe - Power Metal from AZ/FL
8| 11:45-12:30 - Fathoms Pass - Progressive Metal from Tampa, FL

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 8, 2014

-OB's STAGE-
1|12:00-12:30 - Koffity - Metal from Panama City, FL
3|1:00-1:30 - TBA
5|2:00-2:30 - All Hell - Death Metal from Longwood, FL
7|3:00-3:30 - Atlas - Metal from Melbourne, FL
9|4:00-4:30 - TBA
11|5:00-5:30 - The Bride Wore Blood - Deathcore from Orlando, FL
13|6:00-6:30 - TBA
15|7:00-7:30 - Orbweaver - Experimental Metal from Miami, FL
17|8:00-8:45 - Promethean Horde - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
19|9:30-10:15 - Ovid's Withering - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
21|11:15-12:00 - Warforged - Death Metal from Chicago, IL More...

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Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson To Curate Roadburn 2015

Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has been announced as one of the curators of Roadburn Festival 2015 alongside Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik.

As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for this curated Roadburn event, named "Houses of the Holistic," and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well.

The Norwegian pair, both former Roadburn performers, have played an important role in bringing together the past, present and future sounds of hard rock, progressive metal, and alternative scenes, which makes them the ideal choices to carry on the tradition that began in 2008.

Enslaved's performance, dubbed "House of Northern Gods," will consist of a set list specially put together for "Houses of the Holistic," featuring songs from the band's entire catalogue, with accompanying visuals created by Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.

Ivar Bjørnson comments: “To say that my dream as a kid was to one day curate the Roadburn Festival would perhaps be to take it a tad too far – but it isn’t that far from the truth. There’s some ridiculously big shoes to fill, but luckily negative pressure, idea draught and performance anxiety aren’t something I’m into. It is my favourite festival in one of my favourite parts of the world; so this is nothing short of one the biggest honours I’ve been given! It is a privilege to undertake this challenge in twosome with Einar; an artist I truly feel in tune with artistically and philosophically – now it is all about hard work and dedication to ensure that the audience and the festival itself is given a Friday to enjoy, experience and remember. I for one can’t wait!”

Roadburn Festival 2015 will run for four days from Thursday, April 9th to Sunday, April 12th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. "Houses of the Holistic," co-curated by Ivar Bjørnson will take place on Friday, April 10th, 2015.

Enslaved's latest album "RIITIIR" was released on September 28th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast (reviewed here). More...

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Belphegor Releases "Conjuring The Dead" Video

Belphegor today releases a music video for "Conjuring The Dead," which is the title track off the band's upcoming album of the same name (reviewed here).

Check out the new video below, courtesy of Metal Hammer. The clip was shot and edited this past May by director Walter Fanninger with German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror embodying the main character on screen.

"Conjuring The Dead" will be due out on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU/Brazil/Japan), and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. Front man Helmuth comments: “With Conjuring The Dead we glorify Diabolical Death Metal. Belphegor is still like a world war tank, rolling in worldwide without compromise!! Now turn the volume all the way up and go to hell with us..” More...

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Dying Out Flame Signs With Xtreem Music

Nepal's Dying Out Flame - which was covered in our look at the Kathmandu underground metal scene - has signed a deal with Xtreem Music to release debut album "Shiva Rudrastakam." The label comments:

"Self-defined as 'Vedic death metal,' Dying Out Flame is a fucking brutal and technical yet original Death Metal band hailing from Kathmandu (Nepal) that plays a ferocious style reminiscent of bands like for example Vital Remains, Krisiun, Hate Eternal, Deicide, Nile... blending it with vedic chants and ancient period of hinduism. Something quite original that instantly puts this band aside from your usual conception or whatever kind of death metal you've heard before.

"Dying Out Flame's debut album is entitled 'Shiva Rudrastakam,' containing 6 tracks in over 35 minutes that was released just 10 days ago in a very limited unofficial edition just for their local shows and it's now going to be officially released with improved artwork and the usual worldwide distribution and promotion that Xtreem Music provides to its bands."

The album is due out August 15th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Praise of the Omnipresent One
2. Shiva Rudrastakam
3. Eternal Mother of Great Time
4. Vayuputra
5. Maisasura Maridini
6. Trinetra Dhari (Three Eyed One) More...

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Just For Fun

10 Year Old Girl Nails Slayer Song On Rocksmith

From the Murp appearance on "America's Got Talent," to the Babymetal phenomena, and on to Unlocking The Truth signing a record deal, it seems the Internet just can't get enough of kids performing heavy metal.

Keeping that trend going this week is a new viral video showcasing 10 year old girl Audrey nailing the guitar on Slayer's "War Ensemble" with the game Rocksmith, which is similar to Rock Band but features a real guitar and actual lessons.

Check out the YouTube clip below to see Audrey shredding, along with some scream support from sister Kate. More...

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Riul Doamnei To Miss Festival

Riul Doamnei has checked in with the following statement about missing the band's previously announced performance at the Carpathian Alliance fest:

"Dear friends, due to serious personal reasons we are forced to cancel our next show at Carpathian Alliance Festival. Our bass player can't be on the stage with us and we can't simply deliver our usual performance without him.

"We are sorry and we will do our best to permor the next year!! We invite you to join this edition and support this amazing festival! The remaining summer schedule of the band won't change." More...

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Crystal Tears Posts New Lyric Video

Greek power metal act Crystal Tears - now fronted by Danish vocalist Søren Nico Adamsen (Dignity/ex-Artillery/ex-Crystal Eyes) - posted a new lyric video for the track "The Skies Are Bleeding." The song appears on the band's latest album "Hellmade," which is available now via Massacre Records.

Check out the video here:

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Widow Sunday To Play Karmakon

Widow Sunday, which was covered in the Boston edition of our continuing look at underground metal bands, has checked in with the following announcement about returning to the live circuit at a festival next month:

"To Our Dear Friends and Fans,

"It gives me and the rest of Widow Sunday great pleasure to announce that after nearly two years of silence, we will be returning to the stage this August 16th in support of Karmakon 2014!

"We listened to your messages and posts so we figured it was about damn time we got back out there and shook our booties again. The love and support you have shown us during our time away is incredible, and frankly a little surprising. The fact that you guys still care about our music was reason enough to come back and get this party rolling again!

"We are very excited and honored to help celebrate Rock Karma Productions for all the hard work and dedication they have given to the bands they support. RKP helped Widow Sunday in innumerable ways and helped lift us to a new level. Your hard work will not be forgotten!

"We’re very excited to announce some line-up news: Original member Adam Cutler has returned to the fold on rhythm guitar! In addition, performing with us at this show will be Shaun Callaghan of Give Zombies the Vote on lead guitar!

"We are so happy that he’s with us to start this new chapter in the Widow Sunday story, and we can’t wait to share it all with you. So let’s get out there and dance!!" More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Album Update

Luca Turilli posted an update on Italian cinematic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody's new album "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." In a post on the band's Facebook Page, Turilli mentioned that 20 songs were composed for the new release.

The update reads: "Hi to all! Here we go with another update related with our new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY album entitled 'Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus.' Just to tell you that I recently went through the most creative and exciting time of my life. 11 songs were previously composed and partly already recorded. Right now, in the last 2 months, I reached the final goal of 20 songs composed. I never had so many tracks available for an album and believe me if I tell you that the final decision for the album sequence will be very hard, this time harder than ever before. These new songs will be recorded in Kempten (Germany) at the Backyard Studios in September and from that moment on, thanks to this official Facebook page, you will be constantly updated about what is going on. I won’t spend any further word about the quality of these songs and I will just re-add here the words of Nuclear Blast’s head of promotion, Markus Wosgien, who seemed to be really excited after listening to the demo of the first composed songs: More...

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Dictated Posts New Track "The Basher"

Dictated has launched a second single online titled "The Basher," taken off forthcoming album release "The Deceived," and featuring a guest vocal spot by Jason Keyser from Origin.

Hear the new song via the SoundCloud player below, thanks to the folks at Metal Hammer Germany. Dictated also comments:

"The Basher was the last song written, two days before entering the studio. It has become our personal favourite because it containes all the death metal ingrediënts and a memorable chorus! A special shirt will be printed for this song.”

"The Deceived" is set for release on August 15th via Metal Blade Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Forced Into Dismay
2. This is to All
3. No Absolution
4. The Basher
5. No Mercy For Cowards (streaming here)
6. Dispossession
7. The Deceived
8. Stonebreakers Rising
9. They Live, They Suffer, They Die
10. Rail Of Death More...

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Crimson Shadows Denied Access To The U.S.

Crimson Shadows is set to release "Kings Among Men" on September 1st in the U.K. & September 9th in North America via Napalm Records, but unfortunately the band won't be appearing before U.S. fans anytime soon to support the release.

The Canadian outfit has issued this statement about being denied entry to the country while on tour with Battlecross:

"We regret to inform all our USA fans that we did not gain access to the USA and unfortunately have to drop off that part of the tour with Battlecross and IKILLYA.

"We will still be playing Ottawa Aug. 3, Quebec Aug. 4, and London Aug. 5. We do have plan for a full USA tour once we get back from our European tour and we will also be releasing some album teasers very soon for our new album 'Kings Among Men' out September 9th on Napalm Records. We apologize to all our fans again but it was out of our control."

The remaining dates of the Battlecross tour are as follows (Crimson Shadows only on the August 3rd, 4th, and 5th dates): More...

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Beyond Creation Streaming New Track

Tech-death band Beyond Creation is now revealing the first track taken from forthcoming new album "Earthborn Evolution." Check out the song "Elusive Reverence" in the player below, hosted by Zero Tolerance.

Pre-order info for "Earthborn Evolution" can be found at the Season of Mist shop here, and the album is due out October 24th, 2014. You can also catch the band live on tour with Origin and King Parrot, with dates available after the jump. More...

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Vexillum Announces New Album "Unum"

Italian power/folk metal act Vexillum announced that the third studio release will be entitled "Unum" ("alone" in Latin). The album will contain seven new track and two cover songs and will have a myriad of guest appearances, which include Chris Bay (Freedom Call), Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis/Jaded Star), Mark Boals (Ring of Fire/ex-Iron Mask/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian).

The release date for the album has not yet been announced. The track list is as follows:

1. The Departure: Blow Away the Ashes
2. The Jester: Over the Clouds
3. The Sentenced: Fire and Blood
4. Lady Thief: What We Are
5. The Hermit: Through the Mirror
6. The Way Back: The Clash Within
7. The True Beginning: Standing as One
8. Spunta la Luna dal Monte (Tazenda Cover)
9. Run Runaway (Slade Cover) More...

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Kattah Streaming New Single "Apocalypse"

Brazilian power metal act Kattah is streaming the new track "Apocalypse." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Lapis Lazuli," which is expected for release later this year. The release was recorded At Click Audioworks Studio and was produced by Roy Z and Andy Haller, mixed by Andy Haller and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. "Apocalypse" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Mistheria (Artlantica).

The track listing for "Lapis Lazuli" is:

1. Behind the Clay
2. Inside my Head
3. Apocalypse
4. Alpha Centaury
5. Vetus Espiritus
6. Rebirth of Pharaohs
7. The Hidden Voice
8. Lapis Lazuli
9. A Capoeira
10. Land of God
11. You Will Never Be Dead More...

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Axenstar Signs With Inner Wound Recordings

Swedish power metal act Axenstar, featuring Skyfire guitarist Joakim Jonsson, has signed on with Sweden's Inner Wound Recordings. The band's sixth studio release will be entitled "Where Dreams Are Forgotten," and is targeted for release later this year, with more information and samples expected in late summer.

The band commented: "This is an album we're extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album. As always we have recorded the album at Studio Underground with Pelle Saether in charge of the mixing and producing. And of course we're really excited to have been signed to Inner Wound Recordings and to work with them on this release! Make sure to check out our new album "Where Dreams Are Forgotten" later this year!"

Axenstar was formed in 1998 and has released five albums: "Perpetual Twilight" (2002), "Far From Heaven" (2003), "The Inquisition" (2005), "The Final Requiem" (2006) and "Aftermath" (2011). More...

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Strydegor Unveils Artwork & Track List For New LP

Germany melodic death/viking metal act Stydegor unveiled the album artwork and track list for the band's upcoming release "Enraged." The album is the third full length studio release and is expected out this year, though no date has been announced as of yet. More information about the band and release can be found via Facebook at this location.

The artwork design - shown below - was created by Ingo Tauer. The track listing for "Enraged" is:

1. Preludium
2. Final Judgement Day
3. Enraged
4. Zuarina
5. Destiny (Feat. C. Hellmann)
6. Grogaldr
7. Rise of Hel
8. Throughout the Darkness
9. Meereswut (Feat. Askan) More...

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