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Last updated on October 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM ET

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

Born Of Fire Posts "Dead Winter Sun" Music Video

Phoenix based power/progressive act Born of Fire released a music video for the new track "Dead Winter Sun." The song is the title track of the sophomore full length release. The album is expected out soon, with further details to be announced.

The video was directed by drummer Steve D. Dorssom. Check out "Dead Winter Sun" here:

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Mountains Under Oceans Releases New Single

Mountains Under Oceans - an instrumental four piece post-metal band based in Glasgow, Scotland - just released a new single.

Check out the track "We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand" in the player below, or pick up a digital copy of the song at Bandcamp here. Mountains Under Oceans consists of:

Dan Stevenson - Guitar
Robbie Tranter - Guitar
Steven Dempster - Bass
Mark Norris - Drums More...

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Avatarium Posts EP Trailer

Hailing from Stockholm, gloomy metal outfit Avatarium was founded in late 2012. Following the success of the band's eponymous debut in 2013, Avatarium just announced the release of new EP "All I Want." The vinyl/digital only EP will be out November 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band puts up the official teaser for the "All I Want" EP, giving you a first hint on what to expect. Check out the clip below. The track listing is as follows:

Side A (45 RPM)
01. All I Want
02. Deep Well
Side B (33 RPM)
01. Pandora’s Egg (live)
02. Tides Of Telepathy (live)
03. Bird Of Prey (live)

The three live songs were recorded at the 2013 edition of the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, which was the second ever Avatatrium show and the first one outside of Sweden. More...

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MindMaze Streams Title Track Of New Album

Pennsylvania progressive metal act MindMaze is streaming the new track "Back From the Edge." The is the title from the band's sophomore album "Back from the Edge." The album is set for release on Oct. 24th in Europe and Oct. 28th in North America via Inner Wound Recordings.

Mindmaze now features Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond. The track listing for the album is:

1. Back From the Edge
2. Through the Open Door
3. Moment of Flight
4. Dreamwalker (streaming over here)
5. The Machine Stops
6. Consequence of Choice
7. End of Eternity
8. Onward (Destiny Calls II)

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Look-Alike Metal Album Covers Part 2

Through the history of popular music, many album covers have paid homage to the iconic War World II photograph, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." This still features a group of United States Navy men raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. The original, taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in 1945, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and even inspired the equally iconic Marine Corps War Memorial monument located at Arlington, Virginia.

Two of the most recognizable cover album homages came out in 1986, barely months apart from each other. One was the sleeve for Savatage's third full-length, "Fight for the Rock" and the other belonged to Status Quo's "In the Army Now."

Savatage Vs. Status Quo

There are many factors that indicate that the conceptual similarities between both artworks were just coincidental. Ripping off each other or the original photo wasn't the point here. First, there was a short time frame between both albums' release dates—Savatage's in June; Satus Quo's in August. Probably, by the time "Fight for the Rock" came out, the cover for "In the Army Now" was already completed and heading into production and promotion. After all, let's remember that albums take a long time to put together from writing, production, to graphic design, marketing to release.

On top of that, the origins of both arts cannot be more different: Heavy metallers, Savatage, ordered their image (featuring the members of the band raising an American flag) apparently as a direct consequence of not including band photos in their previous albums' layouts. Their label (Atlantic) was demanding a portrait so instead of just simply posing like any other band, they opted for re-recreating the famous Iwo Jima still.

In the case of rockers, Status Quo, designer Mark Wilkinson (Judas Priest, Europe) remembers that the cover concept for his hand painted image (featuring fans and a British flag) "was suggested to me by singer/guitarist Rick Parfitt,—to reflect their 'denim army', the fans who followed them." More...

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Amaranthe Streaming New Song

Amaranthe is gearing up to release "Massive Addictive" on October 21st via Spinefarm Records, and today a new track from the album is available for streaming.

Check out "Trinity" in the player provided below. You can also watch the previously released music video for "Drop Dead Cynical" at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Dynamite
2. Drop Dead Cynical
3. Trinity
4. Massive Addictive
5. Digital World
6. True
7. Unreal
8. Over and Done
9. Danger Zone
10. Skyline
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale More...

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Ghost Brigade Offers Third Teaser For New LP "IV"

The fourth teaser from Finnish melodic death/doom metal act Ghost Brigade is available for the upcoming release "IV - One With The Storm." The album is set for release via Season of Mist Records on November 7th (EU) and November 11th (North America).

The track listing for the album is:

1. Wretched Blues
2. Departures
3. Aurora
4. Disembodied Voices
5. Electra Complex
6. Stones and Pillars
7. Anchored
8. The Knife
9. Long Way to the Graves
10. Elämä On Tulta

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Cadaveria Reveals Album Details

Horror metal outfit Cadaveria has revealed the details on new album "Silence," due out on November 18th via Scarlet Records. "Silence" follows previous album "Horror Metal," released in 2012 on Bakerteam Records. The band comments:

“'Silence' is an immense and supreme ‘sound-folly’ that celebrates the capriciousness of destiny, the fugacity of life and the eternal presence of darkness in light. An instinctive impetus made of pure emotions, calibrated by awareness and experience.

"This album represents our maturity as musicians and the highest and most sincere expression of myself as an artist and as a woman. These new compositions are extremely gloomy and sinister, but they give off an explosion of power, intense energies and deep sensations. ‘Silence’ will guide you into a carnival of imagination and reality, where doom and free will are playing their last chess game. I’m sure it will leave many people speechless. Silence!”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Velo (The Other Side Of Hate)
2. Carnival Of Doom
3. Free Spirit
4. The Soul That Doesn’t Sleep
5. Existence
6. Out Loud
7. Death, Again
8. Exercise1
9. Almost Ghostly
10. Loneliness
11. Strangled Idols More...

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De Profundis Parts Ways With Drummer

De Profundis has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Nick Tingle:

"END OF AN ERA: It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Nick Tingle (drums) and De Profundis have parted ways after six years together. Nick was an essential part in forging De Profundis sound from the second album onwards and during this time we had the privilege to watch him mature as a drummer and musician overall.

"After years of doing music for practically no remuneration Nick has discovered the world of permanent employment and earning money in the process. We came together to the conclusion that he wouldn’t be able to contribute to the band like he has in the past and therefore didn’t want to hold us back.

"Although we didn’t know it at the time, Bloodstock turned out to be his last show with De Profundis and ironically it was his first gig with us back in 2008! Nice way to bow out.

"As sad a departure as this is, De Profundis has gathered a lot of momentum since the release of the Frequencies EP which we couldn’t let slip. We are therefore proud to welcome Tom Atherton (Carpathia, Phyrexia) to our ranks as our new drummer.

"For those of you who came to see us on the Malevolent Creation tour, you may have noticed Tom on the drums already as he was depping for Nick. Tom kindly stepped in a the last minute and learnt the songs in one week and had two rehearsals with us before setting off for what turned out to be our best tour so far. If you know what the drumming on a De Profundis song requires then you will understand what an incredible feat that was. When the position for a new drummer opened Tom was keen on joining us and taking the band forward.

"So please join us in welcoming Tom to De Profundis and once again we would like to thank Nick for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. You will be missed but not forgotten.

"See you all shortly on the road." More...

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Harmony Details New Album "Theatre Of Redemption"

Nearly a month after revealing a new lineup, Sweden's Harmony have announced the impending release of the new studio ablum "Theatre of Redemption." The album will be issued via Ulterium Records on November 28th (EU) and December 2nd (North America).

"Theatre of Redemption" features Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon, Heed) on vocals for all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).

The first single "The Window of My Soul," will be released digitally late this month. "Theatre of Redemption" will be issued in the following formats:

* Regular CD edition
* Black wooden box edition [Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Includes the CD and booklet, a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive "The History of Harmony" 20-page booklet]
* Vinyl edition [Limited to 500 copies. Includes insert with lyrics]
* Digital edition

All physical editions, as well as three different t-shirt designs, are available for preorder at the Ulterium Records Store at this location.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Window of My Soul
2. Inhale
3. Crown Me King
4. Son of the Morning
5. What If
6. Theatre of Redemption
7. Bloodbound
8. You Are
9. Hands of Time
10. In Search Of More...

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Wintersun To Launch Studio Crowd Funding Campaign

The Wintersun studio saga continues...

After posting a lengthy message online back in July about how no lesser studio could possibly do justice to the follow-up to the "Time" album (reviewed here) and trying to leverage the online rage of fans to force Nuclear Blast into building the band its own studio (followed by an even lengthier message defending the first one that had people pulling out the popcorn), Wintersun will now be launching a crowd funding campaign so the fans can foot the bill for said studio.

The following message gauging interest in such a campaign was posted on the Wintersun Facebook page:

"Wintersun Studio & Time II crowd funding survey (Please read first before liking!): Good news guys! We have reached an agreement with Nuclear Blast. We gotta give them big props for coming through for us! But first, we need to do a little survey to estimate if we could actually reach our crowd funding goal (which is pretty damn high) before we rush into it.

"We need to estimate carefully our goal, what is possible and what is not before we can move forward with our plans. This is sort of a test run, but this will hopefully determine approximately how much support we would have. We also want to be clear that the crowd funding is not a charity, we are not asking for donations or anything for free. You would totally get your monies worth!

"So we would like to know... If we did this crowd funding project, how many of you guys would be willing to pre-order a TIME II High Quality download package? Stem mixes and many other killer goodies would be included in the perk. All details will be revealed later, but this package would be huge, something never done before! Here´s a little taster what the package would include:

TIME II
- High quality full album download (wav 24bit, 44.1kHz), exactly the way the album was recorded, mixed and mastered
- Includes all tracks (Fields of Snow, The Way of the Fire, One with the Shadows, Ominous Clouds, Storm, Silver Leaves)
- Beautiful PDF extended digital booklet with all crowd funding backer names included (optional)

TIME II Stems
- Separated mix tracks for all Drums, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Melody Guitars & Solos, Vocals, Orchestrations of all songs
- Make your own mix, adjust the levels for your own liking, listen all the main instruments separately, discover and learn all the secrets inside the mix layers

"But that´s just for starters, this package would include many other items and surprises. We feel very confident about this and trust that you all would go crazy about it! And this package is just the first perk on the list. But this would be our main focus for the campaign.

"The price would be very affordable and with the guarantee that 100% of the raised money would go for the funding of our studio and Wintersun´s album productions. This would be your chance of a lifetime to support us directly and get an insane TIME II package for your money at the same time (pun intended!). So win-win! All we want you to do for now is...

"Please LIKE this post if you would buy and support us.

"Please DO NOT click the LIKE if you would not buy.

"AND PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO EVERYONE!!! Because it's important that all our potential supporters see this post and we get some idea whether there's a chance to reach our goal. Thanks!"

So, what do you guys think - is this legitimate use of crowd funding in a win/win for fan and musician, or should the group suck it up and do what ever other metal band on the planet with a major label record contract manages to do and release albums on a regular schedule? More...

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Lapis Lazuli Announces New Album, Reveals Artwork

Swedish symphonic metal band Lapis Lazuli announced that the fifth studio album will be entitled "The Downfall of Humanity." The album's artwork can be viewed below. More information on the album, including release date and track list is expected soon.

The update with the reveal reads: "Sorry for the long silence! We have been really busy with stuff!
The mixing of the album is finished! And the mastering is being done as we speak! In just a few weeks we will give you more details about the release of the album! (Announcement of an announcement)!"

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Artillery Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

UMC - promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Danish thrash legends Artillery have been added to the 2015 roster. The band is about to embark on a North American Tour this November with U.K.'s Onslaught in support of the "Legions" (2013).

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.

Artillery joins previously announced bands below, with 29 bands still to be announced:

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

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White Empress Posts Track-By-Track Video Part I

U.K. symphonic extreme act White Empress released the first part in a series of track-by-track videos for debut full length release "Rise of the Empress." The album dropped via Peaceville Records just yesterday in the U.S.

The video showcases the album's first five tracks - "Rise of the Empress," "The Congregation," "A Prisoner Unleashed," "Darkness Encroaching," and "Sven's Tower" - as Paul Allender (ex-Cradle of Filth) gives the background and insight on the writing process for the album.

Check out the clip here:

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Nightwish Releases Fifth Trailer For New Album

As Nightwish continues to prepare for the upcoming eighth studio album, the latest in an ongoing series of album trailers is available. In episode 5, vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp) and Uillean pipe lord Troy Donockley, the band's newest members, arrive at the secluded lake in Finland to take part in the writing and recording.

Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who appears in this latest episode, will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues relating to insomnia, with Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow The Sun) replacing him.

All the clips in the series were produced by Ville Lipiäinen. Check out the fifth installment here: More...

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Alltheniko Streaming New Song "Scream For Exciter"

Italian metal act Alltheniko is streaming the new track "Scream for Exicter." The song appears on the band's upcoming fifth studio release entitled "Fast and Glorious," which is set to drop on December 4th via Pure Steel Records.

1. Tank of Death
2. Fast and Glorious
3. KaiserSteel
4. Holy War, Holy Fighters
5. Scream for Exciter
6. Spirit of War
7. Power to Rebel
8. The Arenas God
9. Power and the Glory I.U.W.S. (Saxon Cover) More...

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Primordial Announces New Album Details

Dublin's Primordial will release new studio album, "Where Greater Men Have Fallen," on November 25th via Metal Blade Records. Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates:

"Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album."

The band's idea was to keep the Primordial trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. Nemtheanga adds, "We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
2. Babel's Tower
3. Come The Flood
4. The Seed Of Tyrants
5. Ghosts Of The Charnel House
6. The Alchemist's Head
7. Born To Night
8. Wield Lightning To Split The Sun More...

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