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Last updated on January 23, 2017 at 1:48 PM ET

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Lock Up Streaming "Desolation Architect"

This coming March, Listenable Records will unleash a new full-length album from Lock Up entitled "Demonization." In advance of its official unveiling, today new song "Desolation Architect" is offered up for public consumption.

The band's latest incarnation features Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth, Venomous Concept, Primate) on vocals alongside bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, Meathook Seed), drummer Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), and guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram - Chile, Criminal).

Boasting a crushing fourteen tracks, "Demonization" will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats in Europe on March 10th followed by a North American release to be announced shortly.

Wonders Embury in considering this new track's theme, "From conception to dissolution, what do we leave behind? Or what can we? If our lives could be compared to a canvas of artwork, how defined and inspirational will it be to our next of kin? Was it fulfilled and true? Can they learn from the mistakes we all make?" More...

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Dimmu Borgir Issues Recording Update

Seven years on from "Abrahadabra," Dimmu Borgir continues the slow crawl towards a new album. Today the band issued the photo below along with this brief update:

"Voices of the apocalypse... It's a wrap...Recording sessions with Schola Cantorum choir now complete! Excellent teamwork: Jock Loveband, Gaute Storaas, Gerlioz, Shagrath #DimmuBorgir2017."

While there's no concrete details of any sort about what was recorded with the choir and when it will see release, we do know Dimmu Borgir will release double DVD "Forces Of The Northern Night" this coming April 14th.

This new DVD will contain two of the band's live rituals: a show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. More...

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Like Moths To Flames Gearing Up For Tour

Like Moths To Flames is having an incredibly productive 2017 and the year has only just begun: in addition to being in the studio with producer Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Crown the Empire) and working on a next album due out via Rise Records in 2017, the band will embark on a U.S. tour with Sworn In.

The tour runs from March 15th through March 26th and includes an appearance at the annual So What? Festival. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, January 25 at 12pm local time. The tour also features My Enemies & I, Cover Your Tracks, and BackWordz.

3/15 Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
3/16 Webster, NY @ Harmony House
3/17 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
3/18 Whitehall, PA @ Planet Trog
3/19 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
3/20 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
3/21 Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
3/22 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
3/24 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
3/25 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
3/26 Grand Prairie, TX @ AirHogs Stadium (So What? Festival) More...

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Body Count Posts "No Lives Matter" Teaser

Body Count, featuring Ice-T on vocals, just released a new music video teaser for upcoming single, "No Lives Matter." The scathing track comes off impending full-length album "Bloodlust" (Century Media Records).

Look for the official music video to drop on February 17th and more info pertaining to the album will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ice- T states: "With our last album 'Manslaughter,' we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact."

Ice-T and co-founder/lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected a mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable "Manslaughter." They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer.

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Varaha Releasing Self-Titled CD

Late last month, Chicago-based atmospheric metal unit Varaha released a self-titled debut EP. Captured by Nick Morgan and Mike Lust and mixed and mastered by Adam K. Stilson at Decade Music Studios, the three tracks comprising the EP include guest appearances by Bruce Lamont on saxophone and Josie Boyer on cello.

Initially released digitally, "Varaha" will finally be available on CD this coming February 3rd. Pre-orders are currently available here and you can stream the release in full below.

Varaha will also bring these hymns to the stage in the coming weeks first with a one-off performance on Withered and Immortal Bird tour late next month followed by a show supporting Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, and Earthen in March, with additional live dates to be announced soon.

2/28/2017 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Withered, Immortal Bird
3/26/2017 Reggie's - Chicago, IL w/ Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, Earthen More...

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Acranius Releases "Return To Violence" Video

Ahead of the full release of 3rd album, "Reign of Terror," this Friday, January 27th through Rising Nemesis Records, Germany's own brutal slamming death metal band Acranius launches a lyric video single for "Return To Violence." Check it out below. The full "Reign of Terror" track listing is as follows:

1. Born A King
2. Kingmaker (watch the video here)
3. Return To Violence
4. Outlaw
5. Built On Tradition
6. The True Reign
7. Warpath
8. Battle Scars
9. The Executioner
10. Died A Liar More...

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I Am Posts "Life Through Torment" Video

Dallas-based vicious death/hardcore outfit I Am just released a new video for "Life Through Torment," the title track off the band's debut album nearing independent release on February 10th.

Captured amidst a bombardment of fists and feet flailing within a writhing mosh pit of fans as I Am performed the track live, the video was filmed by Travis Kuykendall and Chad Lee and edited by Kuykendall.

Issues the band: "Our first music video was shot at a taqueria so it only seemed fitting to do the next one at a pizzeria. J&J's pizza shop had a cool basement they let people throw shows in. 'Life Through Torment' was the first song we wrote off the album and it's just an ass beater. We're not trying to be the coolest band or most popular. We're just trying to make badass music and tour the world making friends." More...

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Opeth Releases "Era" Video

Sweden’s musical alchemists from Opeth have debuted a new video for the song “Era” today, taken off 12th studio album "Sorceress" (reviewed here). This new video was directed by Markus Hofko and can be seen below.

The video for “Era” comes just ahead of the band’s return to the U.S. for a headline spring tour with support from Gojira and Devin Townsend Project. The tour will also include a special one-off show in Philadelphia on May 6th with Mastodon, Gojira, Eagles of Death Metal, Devin Townsend Project and Russian Circles).

Mikael Åkerfeldt comments on the new video: ”I have to say our involvement in the making of the 'Era' video was so minimal we can’t take credit either for or against its brilliance. We did 3D scans of our bodies (clothed) in Munich during the last European tour. I remember everyone’s extremely tired and probably slightly hungover. The director just placed us in a ice-cold room and then scanned us with something that looked like a flashing hairdryer. Done! We’ve done our part for the video. Next! More...

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Amenra Recording Album, Announces Acoustic Tour

Amenra is currently recording a new studio album, titled "Mass VI," once again with Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Om, Swans) in the snowy Belgian Ardennes. The album will see release later this year via Neurot Recordings, with more details to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, following the release of "Alive" - Amenra's live acoustic album recorded at Ancienne Belgique, in Brussels, Belgium - the band will, for the first time, dedicate a full tour to those acoustic sounds across Europe.

Commencing February 16th and entirely stripped back from any electric mass, dates for the upcoming Feb / March trek are as follows: More...

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Amelia Grimmett Issues Update On Steve's Health

Vocalist Steve Grimmett - who had part of his leg amputated earlier this month - remains in a South American hospital after being refused flight home when the airline disallowed him to board on Saturday evening. Grimmett has been battling a life-threatening condition for a week after being rushed to a local hospital in Ecuador; the singer was amidst a tour in support of Grim Reaper's latest album, "Walking In The Shadows."

Grimmett’s wife, Amelia Grimmett, has been updating fans around the globe of the singer’s condition via the band’s official Facebook page since the reports started to surface on January 14th. “Last Saturday, whilst doing a gig in Ecuador, Steve was taken very ill,” she noted. “He finished the gig sitting down but was transported to a local hospital immediately after the performance where they operated to remove an infection.”

In an interview with Larry Kay of The Metal Voice this past weekend, Ms. Grimmett further detailed the situation: “The band was only ten days into a South American tour when Steve began to feel ill. He took some tablets thinking it was maybe altitude sickness. However during the early part of the band’s performance, Steve’s health went downhill quickly. He was taken to hospital and rushed into surgery to attempt to remove a growing infection on his foot. More...

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Helion Prime Signs With AFM Records

Sacramento based science fiction power metal band Helion Prime is the newest addition to the AFM roster. The group, founded by guitarist Jason Ashcraft, has been active since 2014 and issued a self-released debut CD in 2016. The band recently split with vocalist Heather Michele Smith and replaced her with Witch Mountain vocalist Kayla Dixon.

AFM Records will officially release the album, titled "Helion Prime," on February 24th worldwide.
From Science Fact to Science Fiction … that’s the lyrical range of topics for Helion Prime. The band is a refreshing, high class addition to the scene - highly recommended to check out for fans of Iron Savior, Star One, Dream Evil, Iced Earth and even Amaranthe. It’s melodic, at times rough, classic but modern at the same time, throughout cleverly arranged and adds a unique touch to it. Helion Prime is a band that combines epic (female) vocals with strong guitar work and a natural instinct for killer melodies. Watch out for things to come from this amazing new and promising group. More...

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Samael Signs With Napalm Records

Swiss industrial black metal pioneers Samael just signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records! The band is working on a new album, which will be released later in 2017.

Founded in 1987 as an old school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of Bathory, fellow countrymen Celtic Frost, and Venom, the brothers Vorph and Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its high peak in those legendary album such as "Passage" and "Eternal."

Napalm's A&R Sebastian Münch states: "I could not be prouder! Today we would like to announce the worldwide signing of the Swiss cult band Samael! Samae has created some of the most lethal and authentic Black Metal albums with 'Blood Ritual' and 'Ceremony of Opposites'! With a more industrial approach later on, masterpieces likes 'Passage' and 'Eternal' saw the light of day! To make a long story short, Samael are musical geniuses and we are happy to continue, together, this success story! Welcome to the Napalm family!"

The band on comments the signing to Napalm Records and future endeavors: "We're thrilled to announce that we've tightened the knot with Napalm Records for the release of our new album! We're looking forward to this exciting alliance for what will undoubtedly be the most important record in the S A M A E L history! More...

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Thy Art Is Murder Makes Vocalist Return Official

Australia's incendiary extreme act Thy Art Is Murder confirmed the return of vocalist CJ McMahon by releasing a video clip for the new song "No Absolution."

Guitarist Andy Marsh recently spoke on McMahon's return and the brand new track: "A little over a year ago we were left in a pickle when CJ had finally reached his breaking point - the physical, emotional and mental stresses of touring, and the lifestyle had taken its toll on him. After the dust had settled we had time to speak amongst ourselves, and with him, and we were all able to get on the same page.

"He was able to take time off from the road and work consistently, tick off some life goals like getting married, and enjoy the routine and familiarity of life at home with his friends and family.

"Conversely the rest of us kept going, touring relentlessly, playing bigger tours to more people than ever before, going to new countries for the very first time, and had a blast taking a few great vocalists and mates out for the ride with us while we weathered the storm and figured things out. Special thanks must go out to Monte Barnard, Nicholas Arthur, Lochlan Watt, and every other vocalist who took the time to apply in our discrete vocalist auditions. More...

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Dark Rites Issues Debut Release Today

January 23rd 2017 sees the release of Dark Rites debut album "Dark Rites," released worldwide on Sliptrick Records. A classic mix of hard and heavy to bring in the new year.

The band was established by Randy (USA) and Wojtek (UK) in early 2016 after weeks of planning and overcoming physical obstacles due the members living on different continents. With rehearsals being almost impossible on a regular basis, modern technology lent a hand and saved the day. Oskar (Sweden), previously of Disrupted I, joined Dark Rites shortly afterwards and since then they have worked on the songs featured on the forthcoming album. Much of the work was done in their home recording studio, and not being subjected to time limits or deadlines, allowed the band to hone and perfect each song until they finally reached their desired effect.

All the songs on the album are strongly influenced by the characters within the band, with lyrics inspired by our beliefs, views and fascinations. The group share a strong passion for metal music and take inspiration from many metal sub-genres and many diverse artist. This has given the band a fresh view on the composition of the songs and they have not been afraid to mix converging styles to achieve the best possible result. More...

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Torrefy Unveils The "Thrashiest Dictator" Of All

Canadian thrash act Torrefy issued a new lyric video for the song "Thrashiest Dictator." The song appears on the self-released sophomore album "The Infinity Complex," which was issued back in August. Pick up your copy of the album at this location.

Check out the clip here:

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Diviner Releases "Riders From The East" Video

Greek heavy metal act Diviner - featuring ex-InnerWish vocalist Yiannis Papanikolaou - issued a new music video for the track "Riders From The East." The song appears on the 2015 debut album "Fallen Empires," which is available through Ulterium Records. A review for the album can be read at this location.

The video contains footage from the bands shows in Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as backstage/rehearsal footage. It was directed by Antonis Mad-Tøny Taniskidis and features guest vocals by Mina Giannopoulou. Check out the clip here:

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Horisont Says Its "About Time"

Swedish hard rock act Horisont released a video clip for the new song "About Time." The song is the closing track and title song the the upcoming release set to drop on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hive
2. Electrical (see video clip here)
3. Without Warning
4. Letare
5. Night Line
6. Point of Return
7. Boston Gold
8. Hungry Love
9. Dark Sides
10. About Time

Check out "About Time" - directed by Max Ljungberg - here: More...

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W.B.T.B.W.B. Issues Music Video For New Song

German industrial metal act We Butter the Bread With Butter issued a music video for the new song "Klicks. Likes. Fame. Geil!" The new single can be downloaded from iTunes at this location.

Check out the clip here:

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The Charm The Fury Posts "Down On The Ropes" Video

Dutch modern metal act The Charm The Fury issued a music video for the new song "Down On The Ropes." The song will appear on the band's upcoming sophomore album "The Sick, Dumb & Happy" coming March 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.

The album was recorded at Wisseloord, ICP Belgium. The mixing was completed by Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed) with additional mixing by Stefan Glaumann (Within Temptation, Rammstein, Paradise Lost). Ted Jensen (Machine Hear, Death Angel, Thy Art Is Murder) of Sterling Sound in New York City and Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner (David Bowie, Suicidal Tendencies, Gemini Syndome) handled the mastering of "The Sick, Dumb & Happy."

The Charm The Fury has matured since the debut "A Shade Of My Former Self." With several of Europe's biggest festivals under their belt, they have transformed their sound into a startling slab of ultra-modern but utterly distinctive metal that shrewdly and honestly redefines what The Charm The Fury is all about. Driven by a collective distaste for the state of the world in the 21st century, the band recorded an angry album underpinned by ferocious intelligence and a heartfelt desire to wake people out of their digital stupors.

Below is the track list for album:

1. Down On The Ropes
2. Echoes
3. Weaponized
4. No End In Sight
5. Blood And Salt
6. Corner Office Maniacs
7. The Future Need Us Not
8. Silent War
9. The Hell In Me
10. Songs Of Obscenity
11. Break And Dominate More...

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Fourth Studio Video Posted By Apocalypse Orchestra

Swedish medieval metal act Apocalypse Orchestra posted a fourth studio video report in an ongoing series leading up to the release of debut record which expected via Despotz Records in 2017. Details of the album have yet to be disclosed.

Apocalypse Orchestra was formed by mult-instrumentalists Mikael (Vocals, guitars, mandola, lute and cittern) and Erik (Hurdy gurdy, mandola, bagpipes, backing vocals) who developed a bond over their mutual love of the unlikely combination of folk music and doom metal. With a foundation of original music and lyrics the duo also decided to incorporate melodies stemming from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a long gone era.

The songs tell stories of plagues, of hell and the senseless acts of war and suffering, all while weaving a romantic era thread combined with the crushing modern metal mentality that only Apocalypse Orchestra can deliver.

In the latest clip - which you can check out here - the "folky stuff" is recorded: More...

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Majesty Plans To "Die Like Kings"

Germany metal act Majesty issued a lyric video for the new song "Die Like Kings." The song will be featured on the band's new opus "Rebels" coming via NoiseArt Records on March 3rd.

The track list for "Rebels" is:

1. Path to Freedom
2. Die Like Kings
3. Rebels of Our Time
4. Yolo Hm
5. The Final War
6. Across the Lightning
7. Fireheart
8. Iron Hill
9. Heroes in the Night
10. Running for Salvation
11. Fighting till the End More...

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Mastodon Posts Second Teaser Video For New Album

Mastodon posts another hilarious teaser video for its forthcoming new album, which is expected out this spring. The band recorded the effort with Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, Korn etc.).

Check out now "Am I prepared? That is the question." below.

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Withered Premieres New Lyric Video

Atlanta's Withered premieres a new lyric video for "To Glimpse Godliness", taken from the band's 2016 album "Grief Relic". Explains Withered:

"The lyrics are a continuation from ‘Distort, Engulf’ (Grief Relic). These songs pair up to illustrate becoming overwhelmed by the frustration with the mortal limitations of human existence. It ponders your willingness to cast off this physical existence and achieve an aethereal sense of timelessness & limitlessness. To perceive the universe as a blank nothingness from a lone, single consciousness is to glimpse godliness."

Check out now "To Glimpse Godliness" below.

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Grima Debuts New Song "The Moon and Its Shadows"

Siberian atmospheric black metal outfit Grima debuts a new song titled "The Moon and Its Shadows", taken from the band's upcoming new album "Tales of the Enchanted Woods", will be released by Naturmacht Productions on February 25th, 2017, in a 4-panel digipak edition.

Check out now "The Moon and Its Shadows" below.

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Trivium Taps Bent As New Drummer & Shares Clip

Trivium has officially confirmed that the band has tapped drummer Alex Bent (Dragonlord, ex-Battlecross, etc.) for the upcoming European/UK tour. Rumors of Bent being recruited by the band first emerged a few weeks back.

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto tweeted Bent‘s yesterday: "So as to who is playing for us in the UK/EU… Alex sent us this video two days after being put in touch with him. We also had a few weeks of rehearsal together in November."

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