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Last updated on December 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM ET

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The Best Heavy Metal Christmas Songs

It's a yearly tradition for metal bands, sometimes of the very extreme death/black variety, to pull out a few tongue-in-cheek Christmas covers around this time.

While most are just jokes or aren't pulled off with much effort, there have been a handful of legitimately awesome heavy metal Christmas albums released, and we're going to show you the ones worth hearing.

If you've got a significant other or family member who insists on Christmas music this time of year, these are the albums you want to pull out to really give them a shock!

Death Metal Christmas - "Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics"

Back in 2013, Hate Eternal bass maverick J.J. Hrubovcak released a twistedly unholy rendition of some of the seasons darkest hymns. The EP as a whole is a bit hit or miss, but that death metal rendition of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" is absolutely killer. For all the hype this got at the time, it's a shame there's never been a follow-up release.

August Burns Red - "Sleddin' Hill"

While I'm not a huge August Burns Red fan personally, this Christmas album is absolutely phenomenal, and filled to the brim with metallic recreations of classic holiday tunes along with some originals. It's also instrumental, which is a plus, as the instrumentation here is top-notch and the band puts a heavy spin on these songs to a much better degree than many heavy metal Christmas albums that came before.

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Gloson Releasing "Grimen" Album

Art of Propaganda has set February 13th, 2017 as the international release date for Gloson's debut album, "Grimen." Earlier in 2015, Gloson's originally self-released "Yearwalker" EP was also reissued by Art of Propaganda.

Although post-metal might be a very millennial creation, with peaks and valleys of creativity across an expansive spectrum, "Yearwalker" proved that fire still rumbles down below and newcomers can still offer new twists on an oft-tired subgenre. But now, with the release of "Grimen," Gloson shows that not only was that EP not a fluke, but more so that powerful, poignant art can emerge from humble beginnings and that "post-metal" is merely a springboard for bolder, more daring excursions into the beyond.

The first glimpse into Gloson's "Grimen" comes in the form of a special lyric video for the track "Cringe," which can be viewed below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Prowler
2. Fabulist
3. Antlers
4. Cringe
5. Specter
6. Embodiment More...

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Dawnbringer Streaming "XX"

Today Dawnbringer streams the entirety of "XX," set for international release on December 23rd via Ektro Records. Like many funerals, Dawnbringer's "XX" is sudden, solemn, and brief, a dreamlike twist of old faces, bizarre incantations, and false comforts. It meditates on the nature of death and the infinity of grief, as well as the visceral climax of a closed box being lowered into the ground forever.

Regarding Dawnbringer’s future, bandleader Chris Black managed to say this: "Clues are more interesting than explanations. Too bad subtlety is out of style. But that has always been Dawnbringer’s comfort zone. It’s great that [2010’s] 'Nucleus' turned out to be so popular, but I had a strange feeling at the time that something had malfunctioned. I’m glad we’ve been able to deflect that sensation back toward the audience in the meantime. For now, if confusion will be our epitaph, I gratefully accept."

1. Why Would You Leave Me
2. Into The Maze
3. North By North
4. Earth
5. The End Of The Beginning More...

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Drude Releasing EP

Drude (formerly known as Burn The Army) will release a self-titled EP on February 10th, 2017. The group was also recently named by Invisible Oranges as one of the "Nine Bands You Need to Know From Indiana."

Drude is a slow-burn, paying sludgy metal that builds and destroys and then rebuilds 7 minutes at a time. The band, which consists of Jordan Smith (guitar), Corey Clark (bass) and Dyllen Nance (drums), has been a staple of the Indy metal for the better part of a decade.

1. Drude
2. Barbelo
3. Oasu
4. Demure
5. Eidolon More...

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The Metalhead Box Teases December Offering

Monthly subscription service The Metalhead Box has revealed two spoilers for the upcoming December Box. In each December box there will be one of four new releases from Unspeakable Axe Records.

Also feature, will be releases from Nuclear Blast Records, and a random CD from various labels and bands. The grand total will be 3 CDs per box, plus an assortment of other items yet to be revealed. For more info on signign up The Metalhead Box, head over to this location. More...

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Joakim Brodén Voted 5th In Czech Singing Contest

Joakim Brodén, front man of Sabaton, was voted fifth in the Czech national singing competition "Ceský slavík" on November 26th. Nuclear Blast comments on the event:

"This came as a huge surprise to the Czech domestic music scene, as well as it became a source of satisfaction for Czech metalheads as Sabaton is hugely popular in the Czech Republic. Brodén got 9826 points, trailing by roughly 2,000 to a fourth place.

"Brodén, whose mother is natural born Czech and later emigrated to Sweden during communist era, has two passports both Swedish and Czech. His popularity stems not only from being a frontman of a very successful metal act, but also, of course from his cool and friendly onstage behavior. Therefore, he was able to qualify into the top 6 final in the singer’s category, pushing aside big names of the Czech music scene."

Brodén’s fifth place is sort of a miracle of its own, pointing to metal becoming part of mainstream culture and loyalty and dedication of metalheads!

Joakim made a video to thank his Czech fans. You can watch it here (in English): More...

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Destruction Announces Support Acts For Tour

Destruction is due to return for a second leg of the "Europe Under Attack" tour in January and February, 2017. Support will come from Brazilian group Nervosa, plus Gonoreas from Switzerland and German group Rezet. Fronter Schmier comments:

"We will give two great rising talents the chance to open the show and prove their skills: Gonoreas are already a well-known metal act in their home country of Switzerland. The powerhouse features Damir Eskic, a former guitar student of Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) and also the #1 shredder in Helvetica - he also played on the last Destruction album.

"It's now time for them to rule over Europe with us! Rezet rom Germany are a tight American influenced thrash band with lots of killer riffs, they have been tearing up the underground for a while now and are an ideal fit on a Destruction tour. Our fans will dig their material I’m very sure!" More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Live Clip

The forthcoming release from Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, titled "Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live," will be available on December 9th through Nuclear Blast.

In anticipation of this package, the band just launched another track from "Cinematic And Live." Check out the live version of "Il Cigno Nero [Reloaded]" below.

You can also pre-order "Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live" right here. Pre-orders will receive both "Warrior's Pride [Live]" and "Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross) [Live]" instantly. More...

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Korpiklaani Filming Tour Documentary

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani is currently touring Russia in support of latest album "Noita" (reviewed here).

Travelling with the band on these 15 shows is Kimmo Kusniemi, who will make a documentary for TV and DVD. Kimmo has previously produced a documentary on the Finnish Metal scene in 2008, the 90 minute long "Promised Land of Heavy Metal."

Kimmo will also follow Korpiklaani on the upcoming Finnish Tour "V***u Soikoon." Stay tuned for full documentary details, and for now you can catch the folk metal superstars live on these dates: More...

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Stone Sour Posts New Video

Roadrunner recording group Stone Sour just released an official music video for the acoustic version of “Zzyzx Rd” that appears on the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of "Come What(Ever) May." This new edition drops December 16th as a digital download and 2LP vinyl edition.

"Come What(Ever) May: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" has been remastered and appended by an array of bonus material including rare tracks, B-sides, and never-before-heard versions of “Through Glass,” “Zzyzx Rd.,” and “Cardiff,” as well as an electrifying acoustic cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” More...

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My Silent Wake Gearing Up For 2017

My Silent Wake will begin 2017 with a short jaunt over to the European mainland for a series of dates in Germany and The Netherlands, presented by the Desert Rose Agency. The band will be accompanied on this mini-tour by German epic doom merchants A Sickness Unto Death.

The doom-laden duo kick off in Oldenburg, stopping off at Osnabrück and Tilburg, before My Silent Wake stridse on alone for a final show in Gouda. Full details are below. My Silent Wake will also be releasing a new album in early 2017 - stay tuned for info.

13.01.17 – MTS Vinyl Store – Oldenburg (D)
14.01.17 – Dirty’n’Dancing – Osnabrück (D)
15.01.17 – Little Devil – Tilburg (NL)
15.01.17 – Studiogonz – Gouda (NL) More...

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Carolina Rebellion 2017 Lineup Revealed

Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at this location. In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.

The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero. More...

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Musink Festival 2017 Announced

The 10th annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert is America’s largest tattoo and music festival, featuring hundreds of world-renowned tattoo artists, Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low and Slow Car Show, a vendor village and music from headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and more.

A limited number of discounted early bird tickets for MUSINK will be on sale this Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 AM PT, while supplies last. Single-day, full weekend 3-day passes, and a selection of VIP ticketing options will also be available for purchase. Full info is available here.

Musink producer Travis Barker says, “Stoked to be bringing in the 10th year of music, tattoos and cars with such legendary bands as NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion and The Vandals.”

NOFX’s Fat Mike explains, “When I have a cold I like to listen to Muse and take lots of Zinc. So when I heard of the Musink festival I got stoked! We gotta play it! Unless of course, I get sick." More...

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Thron Releases "Purified In Fire" Video

Today, German black metal cult Thron reveal a new video for "Purified in Fire." The track hails from the band's self-titled debut album, set for international release on January 20th, 2017 via Clavis Secretorvm. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Purified in Fire
2. Satan's Speech
3. The Blacklist
4. Orphaned by the Undertaker
5. Mutilation of the Unholy
6. Bloodfeast
7. The Evilution of Satan
8. Blackest Hell More...

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Exist Immortal Announces 2017 Tours

London metallers Exist Immortal will embark on two upcoming support tours following the release of second album "Breathe," which came out at the end of October on Primordial Records.

February will see the band first hit the road in the U.K. on a five date tour with Essex melodic metallers Forever Never, before crossing shores to Holland in April, taking on seven dates supporting tech metal giants Textures.

(supporting Forever Never)
Feb 8th – Plymouth, Underground
Feb 9th – Swansea, The Scene
Feb 10th – Bedford, Esquires
Feb 11th – Bridgewater, Cobblestones
Feb 12th – Reading, Face Bar More...

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The Mute Gods Reveals New Album

Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Aristocrats) will return as The Mute Gods with forthcoming second album "...Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth."

This sophomore output is set for release on February 24th, 2017. Following the release of 2016's debut album "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" and a Progressive Music Award 2016 win in the Vanguard category, the trio deliver adventurous rock effort infused with timely perspectives on the state of religion, politics, media, and the environment.

The Mute Gods examine these and other major queries facing our planet on a second album for InsideOut Music. It's a darker, deeply thought provoking follow-up that picks up from where the first album left off, examining societal control mechanisms and looking at the inevitable outcomes should we continue down dark, dogmatic pathways.

Musically, the album is an expansive rock effort with a heavier, more metal-oriented focus than its predecessor, yet steeped in melodicism and addictive hooks.

Nick Beggs had this to say: "I know I'm not the only person who feels the way I do. Other people understand the state of the world and what's at stake as we make one terrifyingly bad decision after another. This album asks people to take off their rose-tinted spectacles and consider the reality facing us. At this point in my career, I feel strongly that it's important to use music as a vehicle for truth, not just feel-good entertainment." More...

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Aborym Posts Album Preview

Italy's industrial/electronic metal group Aborym just revealed a six-minute album trailer for "Shifting.negative" featuring snippets of each song on the record. The album, which is going to be released on January 25th via Agonia Records, will be the band's 7th full-length installment.

The follow up to 2013 "Dirty" was recorded with an all new line-up consisting of founder Fabban, multi-instrumentalist Dan V, bassist & guitarist RG Narchost, guitarist Davide Tiso (ex-Ephel Duath, Gospel Of The Witches), keyboardist Stefano Angiulli and several guest musicians (including Sin Quirin of Ministry fame).

"Shifting.negative" was mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound Studios (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Mike Patton) in New York. More...

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Brutai To Support Devil You Know On Tour

You are cordially invited to witness Devil You Know at a venue near you for the "Third Time's A Charm" U.K. tour. Supporting will be special guests Oni, Wearing Scars, and Brutai. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Jan 10 The Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Jan 11 Waterfront Studios Norwich, United Kingdom
Jan 12 Fibbers York, United Kingdom
Jan 13 O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jan 14 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Jan 15 The Live Rooms Chester Le Street, United Kingdom
Jan 17 G2 Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jan 18 The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Jan 19 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Jan 20 Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Jan 22 Underworld London, United Kingdom
Jan 23 The Scene Swansea, United Kingdom
Jan 24 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Jan 25 Joiners Southampton, United Kingdom More...

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Season Of Arrows Announces Album Release Date

Season Of Arrows was originally set to drop "Give It To The Mountain" via Static Tension Recordings this month, but after leaving the label and signing with Argonauta, a new release date of Mach 24th, 2017 has now been confirmed.

The band comments: "We’re very excited to announce today that we have signed with Argonauta Records (Genova, Italy). They are true pioneers in working with awesome underground heavy doom/sludge bands. Our blood, sweat, and tears went into making this record, and it’s always great to see when that effort is rewarded." More...

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Horror God Signs On With Lavadome Productions

Lavadome Productions introduces a stirring addition to its roster - Russian nihilists Horror God.

The experimental death metal band has signed with Lavadome for the 2017 release of a split CD with fellow Russian DM band Techne. Horror God will remain in league with Lavadome for its forthcoming third full-length opus.

Horror God's "Dust," the first track from the split to be released, is now streaming. Experience the overwhelming aural storm here:

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Misanthropia Reveals New Album Details

Misanthropia is a symphonic black / death metal band from the Nijmegen area in the Netherlands that first introduced itself to the scene with debut album "Rise Of Necropolis" in 2006, followeed by "Slang Des Doods" in 2010.

After many line-up changes, Misanthropia was ready to start recording a brand new album in 2015. Because he did such a wonderful job in 2010, Mike Wead was asked to mix and master this album as well. The drum tracks were recorded by Mike in Studio Soulless (Grave) in Stockholm, and later, Mike Wead and Simon Johansson (Wolf) finished mixing and mastering new album “Omerta” in the SolnaSound Recording Studio in Sweden.

Due out January 6th, the album’s artwork is by Jan Örkki Yrlund (Darkgrove Design) and will feature the following track listing: More...

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Dantalion Streams New Song

Spanish doom metal group Dantalion is streaming the new song "A River Of Deprivation." The song appears on the upcoming new release "...And All Will Be Ashes," which is expected to drop by year end via Sleaszy Rider Records. More information on the album is expected shortly.

Check out "A River Of Deprivation" here:

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Feanor Releases New Lyric Video

Argentinian traditional metal act Feanor released a new lyric video for the song "The Discipline Of Steel." The song appears on the latest (and third) full length studio effort "We Are Heavy Metal," which was issued via Massacre Records back on November 25th.

Check out the clip here:

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Messenger Builds A "Fortress Of Freedom"

German metal act Messenger released a new music video for the song "Fortress Of Freedom." The song is the closing track from the band's latest album "Starwolf, Pt. II: Novastorm," which was issued in 2015 via Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Alltheniko Releases New Single "Waste Of Time"

Italy's Alltheniko released a lyric video for the new single "Waste of Time." The song will appear on the band's next studio release and follow up to the 2014 album "Fast and Glorious."

Check out the single here:

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Psycholies Is "F.U.L" With New Video Clip

Italian industrial dark glam metal act Psycholies issued a new music video for the song "F.U.L." The song appears on the debut album "Inner Labyrinth," which was just issued a few weeks back via Germany's Trisol Music Group.

The video was produced by Visual Factory Arketipos artists, and presents the band at the center of his unmistakable sound atmospheres. A black vortex of sounds and images, animates the script of a story that is just a look on 'dark world of Psycholies.

Check out the clip here:

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Dark Horizon Announces New Album "Aenigma"

Underground Symphony is proud to announce the latest details about the fifth full length release from Italian symphonic power metal act Dark Horizon. The new release will be entitled "Aenigma." The album drops in March 2017, with the exact date to be revealed soon.

After the success of the EP "Metalhead," released back in March, the Italian metal band has composed 10 new tracks of melodic power with symphonic arrangements and prog influences. This full length also features special guest appearances from Nocturnal Rites singer Jonny Lindqvist on the track "Future World" and Mob Rules singer Klaus Dirks on the track "Ace Of Hearts."

"Aenigma" was produced by Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb, Tragodia, Adramelch) and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Kamelot, Epica, Amaranthe) and it will be available as a digipak CD, with 100 copies featuring a DH symbol pendant.

The track list and artwork can be found below:

1. Hell’s Fire Wheels
2. Another Lie
3. Future World
4. It’s Time To Be A King
5. Time Is a Healer
6. Ace Of Heart
7. Never Again
8. The Avenger
9. Sea Sirens Voices
10. Back To The Real More...

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Suffocation Begins Recording New Album

After announcing the band was searching for a cover artist late last month, Suffocation has begun recording a new album, sharing the below update from the studio.

States the band: "Day 1 in full force studio getting some really nice tones dialed in and tomorrow starts the first day of drum tracking. ANYONE READY FOR A NEW SUFFOCATION ALBUM???????????"

This new full-length release will follow the 2013 Nuclear Blast release "Pinnacle Of Bedlam." Check out a lyric video from that release over here.

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Bone Storm Premieres Full-Album Stream Of EP

Hailing from Middletown, Connecticut death metal outfit Bone Storm premieres the full-album stream of the band's three-track EP "Ritual Supremacy", out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Ritual Supremacy" in its entirety below.

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Gohrgone Debuts Full-Album Stream Of New Album

French death metal band named Gohrgone debuts the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Finis Ixion", out in stores now via Great Dane Records.

Check out now "Finis Ixion" in its entirety below.

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Uncanny Premieres Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Swedish death metal veterans Uncanny premiere the full-album stream of their new three-track EP "Liturgy", out in stores now via Bandcamp. Original members Fredrik Norrman (Katatonia, October Tide) and Kennet Englund (Dellamorte, Interment, Centinex) are joined by new vocalist Mikael Hanni (Disrupted). The EP also includes guest solos on two tracks by Jonas Kjellgren (ex-Carnal Forge, Scar Symmetry, Centinex).

Check out now "Liturgy" in its entirety below.

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Undead Streaming Lyric Video "Volatile Existence"

Part-Spanish, part-British death metal band Undead premieres a new lyric video for a song named "Volatile Existence", taken from the band's new four-track EP "Redemption", out now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon MP3.

Check out now "Volatile Existence" below.

We're including also a full stream of the EP below: More...

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