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Last updated on September 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM ET

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Panzer Reveals New Album Details

The German trio Panzer (not to be confused with the Brazilian band) consists of vocalist & bass player Schmier (Destruction, Headhunter), guitarist Herman Frank (Accept, Victory) as well as drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, ex-Running Wild).

"Send Them All To Hell" will drop November 28th, 2014 and today the band unveils the cover artwork. Commented frontman Schmier:

“The German Panzerwith a fantasy cover? No way! As much as I liked the idea doing something different and less stereotype, it was so much fun to create a real POWERFUL METAL WARMACHINE full of classical clichés.”

The artwork was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák, who also created the recent artworks for Destruction and Headhunter. “Together with this great and crazy guy, we have visualized the most brutal Panzer ever.” adds Schmier. "You will find a lot of details that you won’t recognize at first sight - hints to our lyrics and stuff that goes deeper than just the first martial impression! We will show you an intense cover trailer that will show all the fine points of this classical metal art that fits perfect with our music very soon!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Death Knell
02. Hail And Kill
03. Temple Of Doom
04. Panzer
05. Freakshow
06. Mr. Nobrain
07. Why?
08. Virtual Collision
09. Roll The Dice
10. Bleed For Your Sins More...

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While Heaven Wept Posts New Album Trailer

Virginia's While Heaven Wept is commemorating a 25th year with the release of sixth full-length album "Suspended At Aphelion" via Nuclear Blast this October. Today the band releases the first album trailer about the artwork for "Suspended At Aphelion." Check out the clip below.

The cover art was once again created by Gustavo Sazes and three separate audio masters were optimized for LP, CD, and digital download formats.

"Suspended At Aphelion" features a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire "Fear Of Infinity" line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including Fates Warning alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini - uniting two eras of Fates Warning for the first time ever.

The album will be released by Nuclear Blast on October 24th (EU) and November 18th (USA) and the track listing is:

I: Introspectus
II: Icarus And I
III: Ardor
IV: Heartburst
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
XI: Retrospectus

While Heaven Wept also reunited with producer/engineer Kevin "131" Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios for the recording of "Suspended At Aphelion" 12 years after creating the classic "Of Empires Forlorn" album together, solidifying an already strong team for this most epic of epics. More...

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Scar Symmetry Posts Album Trailer

Swedish melo-death metal band Scar Symmetry is set to release a new album and successor to 2011’s "The Unseen Empire" this Fall.

The new creation called "The Singularity (Phase 1 – Neohumanity)" will be out on October 3rd (EU), October 6th (UK & France), and October 14th (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast and is the first part of a trilogy.

The band just release a new album trailer, which can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:

01. The Shape Of Things To Come
02. Neohuman
03. Limits To Infinity (streaming here)
04. Cryonic Harvest
05. The Spiral Timeshift
06. Children Of The Integrated Circuit
07. Neuromancers
08. Technocalyptic Cybergeddon

Per Nilsson commented: "The lyrical concept that Henrik came up with for The Singularity trilogy is huge in scope, complex and awe-inspiring, and naturally the music I wrote needed to follow suit - and it is with great pride that we can now present 'Phase I - Neohumanity', the first part in the most progressive and elaborate project in the history of Scar Symmetry. What an awesome way of celebrating our 10th anniversary!" More...

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Randy Blythe Guests On The Jasta Show

In today’s episode of The Jasta Show, Jamey Jasta sits down with Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. They discuss the Gwar B-Q, Dave Brockie, Jello Biafra, staying sober, prison, Randy's love of literature, Randy's pcoming book, the wall of Death at Ozzfest, and more.

Randy comments on sobriety and getting sober on tour: "I was writing about drinking in my book, I address it quite a bit. It stopped working the last night I got drunk. It worked when I got to a place where everything that bothered me was shutdown. I drink because I didn’t like many things about myself and many things about the world. I didn’t want to cope with that."

Randy on what he learned from the events in the Czech Republic, and if there was a life lesson: “No there was no fucking lesson just tragedy. A dead fucking kid. Though I caught a bullet. It was bound to happen to someone. The barricade at that show was non-existent. The security is non-existent. If I were to do it again I would have stopped the show.”

You can stream the full podcast at SoundCloud here or in the player below.

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Xerxes Streaming "Knife"

Xerxes has unveiled a new groove-laden track called "Knife" today, which can be heard below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

The song is featured on the band’s upcoming record "Collision Blonde," due out on October 21st through No Sleep Records.

The record is available now for pre-order at iTunes (w/instant download of “Chestnut Street”) and from No Sleep Records at this location. Catch Xerxes live on these dates:

Oct 17 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
Oct 19 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct 20 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY - No Sleep Records’ CMJ Showcase @ The Paper Box
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire (w/Empire! Empire!, Free Throw)
Oct 23 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s Basement
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
Oct 31 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse (w/Coliseum)
Nov 1 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest @ The Atlantic (w/Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Rescuer)
Nov 4 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox (w/Coliseum) More...

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Machine Head Cancels North American Tour

Machine Head has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates that were to feature Epica and Children of Bodom:

"It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall.

"Our new album 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.

"We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date."

Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase. Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year. All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.

Machine Head will release 8th album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment) on November 10th.

Epica also comments: "We are really disappointed to inform you that our upcoming North American Tour in support of Machine Head has been cancelled. We were very much looking forward to play North America and to meet our US and Canadian fans again. Needless to say, this is a real blow for us. We hope to be able to return to North America as soon as possible!" More...

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Abysmal Dawn Posts Second Studio Video

Los Angeles based extreme metal band Abysmal Dawn returns with a massive display of refined brutality on fourth full-length "Obsolescence," due for release on October 28th in North America via Relapse Records.

Throughout the recording of "Obsolescence," Abysmal Dawn shot a series of videos documenting the process. Today the second video in the series showcasing the guitars is available for viewing below, courtesy of Metal Injection.

In support of "Obsolescence," Abysmal Dawn will be hitting the road with a handful of headline dates before joining up with Deicide. The headline shows start September 30th in Riverside, CA and go through October 5th in Nashville, TN. The tour with Deicide kicks off October 7th in West Springfield, VA and will run through October 28th in Dallas, TX.

The band has also announced a special listening party on September 28th at The Complex in Glendale, CA. This will be your chance to hear "Obsolescen"e in its entirety before anyone else. There will also be raffles and giveaways as well as DJ sets from members of Abysmal Dawn. More info on the event is available at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Human Obsolescence
2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer)
3. Inanimate
4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)
5. One Percent Incomplete
6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death
7. By My Demons
8. Laborem Morte Liberat Te
9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness
Bonus Track:
10. Night's Blood (Dissection cover) More...

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Headline News

Politician Apologizes For Falsely Accusing Bands

Agonia Records has issued the following announcement about a German politician apologizing to metal bands after accusing them of extremist political views without bothering to research the groups in question first:

"Political member of the centre-left German party SPD, Ralf Hofmann, has publicly apologized to - amogst other artists - Den Saakaldte, for his false false accusations concerning band's alleged involvement in the so colled 'right-wing scene,' with regards to the band's appearance at the Norwegian Hellcamp in Schweinfurt this October.

"The whole incident was originally and wrongly ignited by Antifa, and brought to the attention of Schweinfurt's local authorities (including Ralf Hofman), in order to ban the Norwegian Hellcamp Festival in October (more in this topic can be read in the German eiditon of Rolling Stone Magazine here).

"Evetually, after consulting credible independent sources, Mr. Hofmann decided to apologize and admit that his suspicions were incorrect and drawn from unreliable authors."

His statement reads as follows (full original German version available at Facebook here):

My call for the ban of the concert at Stadthalle on Octover 4th has caused some outrage in social media. At this point, I have been given access to sources and people who are competent on the subject and the bands, such as the webzine undergrounded.de.

At the core of the matter, it seems to be the case that our original source exaggerated some facts. I have to blame myself for what happened as I disregarded the central tenet of journalism to have at least two independent sources. But I am neither a journalist nor a full time politician, and doing volunteer work only, these things are not always easy.

The bands that will play on October 4th in Schweinfurt have elements of their show that can be considered tasteless / in bad taste. But the extremist background I suspected is apparently not there at all. Thus, I withdraw the call for a ban.

In response, the members of Den Saakaldte commented: "Stop this bullshit! Our members, our lyrics and what we represent as a band has not a single thought even, being mixed with either left - centre - right political ideas....never has -never will!! We give a SHIT for politics and LEAVE US OUT OF THIS GOD DAMN THING!" More...

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Today Is The Day Releases New Video

The first single from Today Is The Day's tenth LP, "Animal Mother," has been released via Metal Injection through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, "Masada," which can be seen below.

Produced by visual architect David Hall of Handshake Inc., the visual accompaniment for "Masada" delivers the track in a vibrant, high-contrast collage of footage, combining imagery born of nature's itinerary and humanity's inherently sadistic and perverse ways. Cult leaders summon more flies to the fire while children learn to handle automatic weapons. Brains decay and maggots feast upon the flesh of mammals, while a twisted, obfuscated plot unfolds amidst several unnamed humans in this disgustingly satisfying slab of cinematic madness.

Issued director David Hall of the video: "I'm always honored when Steve Austin asks me to create a video for Today Is The Day. Early on we decided that 'Masada' should be the track people hear first from the new album because it really represents the album in terms of rock and diversity and TITD insanity. Steve wanted a video that would infect minds and reflect the madness of the music. I ate some meatloaf and went on a vision quest and was shown a couple in a desert being corrupted by their dysfunction and desire to control one another. So this is what I made."

Southern Lord will release "Animal Mother" on LP, CD, and digital download in North America on October 14th, as the band's first venture for the label. More...

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Philip Anselmo Discusses Housecore Horror: Part 1

The nights in Austin, Texas will once again grow darker this October when heavy metal icon and horror cinema freak, Philip Anselmo brings his second installment of the Housecore Horror Film Festival. In addition to screening over 100 films of a twisted and depraved nature, the entire remaining cast of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” part one and two will be on hand. A small number of fans can even purchase a ticket to dine with this ghoulish ensemble at the site of the original house.

This is just a brief overview of the film side of the festival. Each of the four days of the festival include nearly a dozen heavy metal bands of numerous sub-genres. Some of the bands producing the most hype include Glenn Danzig performing both Samhain and Danzig solo sets, Voivod, Gwar, Eyehategod, Macabre, Neurosis and Warbeast. Festival curator Philip Anselmo will reunite with Superjoint Ritual for a special performance. Blackened death metal cult of Portal, who holds a special place in Anselmo’s heart, will make their way to the Texas’ capital from Australia.

I had to split my interview with Philip Anselmo into two parts just to get a loose grip on all the festivities set to occur. In this first segment, we revisit last year’s festival including his personal highlights and talk about some of the inner workings in gaining this year’s lineup. Anselmo expresses his thoughts on some of the premiere artists set to appear and how he feels about them on a personal level. More...

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The Duskfall Finishes Work On New Album

The waiting is soon to be over: The Duskfall just put the finishing touches on new album "Where The Tree Stands Dead."

The opus, which was mastered by Ahti Kortelainen (Sonata Arctica, Moonsorrow, Sentenced) will be released on November 21st in Germany/Switzerland/Austria, November 24th in U.K. and rest of Europe, and on December 2nd in North America.

Shortly the track listing, artwork, and first audio snippets will be unveiled. The Duskfall consists of:

Magnus Klavborn – Vocals (ex-Engel)
Mikael Sandorf – Guitars (ex-Gates of Ishtar)
Ronny Edlund – Guitars
Jonatan Storm – Bass
Fredrik Andersson – Drums

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Ufomammut Posts Documentary Clip

Following recent news of the upcoming "XV" DVD, documenting fifteen years of incredible psychedelic doom from Italian trio Ufomammut, a clip taken from the ninety-minute documentary on the band, which consumes just one part of the DVD, has been posted online. Check it out below. The following press release was also issued:

"Since 2013, Ufomammut has been working on a special video project documenting their incredibly vibrant discography and unbeatable live delivery, now set for release as XV.

"As the band's visual elements are of of equal importance as their music, with virtually every album created with a video counterpart specifically fitted for said release and their corresponding live performances of the tunes. The DVD features over three hours of footage -- including Magickal Mastery Live, a twelve-song live act -- interviews, outtakes, and extras, all documenting these first fifteen years of the band.

"This audiovisual experience will also be available as a special wooden 8GB USB drive, with both versions set for official release via the band's own Supernatural Cat Records on October 15th."

Pre-orders are available at this location. Catch the band live on these dates:

10/03-05/2014 Up In Smoke - Pratteln, Switzerland
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD More...

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Charnia Releasing New Album

Charnia's "Dageraad" album is due out September 20th, 2014 and two tracks from the album have been made available online. Check out the songs below. Consouling Sounds Records also comments:

"Hailing from Waasland, Belgium, Charnia combine elements of such disparate genres as sludge, post-metal, drone and ambient to conjure a mesmerizing atmosphere that can be equally terrifying and serene, haunting yet enchanting.

"With 5 tracks in 39 minutes, their debut full-length album, 'Dageraad,' features an intense, emotionally-gripping sound throughout, encompassing all of their different influences into one cohesive style and pulling the listener between worlds of complete, menacing darkness and tranquil vastness.

"This debut album demonstrates the potential of this incredibly talented band, and is without a shadow of a doubt the herald of even more exciting things to come."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Daknam
2. Waeslandwolf
3. Het Dodenhuis
4. Zielsondergang
5. Dageraad More...

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Kicker Announces New Tour Dates

Oakland punk supergroup Kicker - which features within its ranks members of Filth, Dystopia, and Neurosis with infamous veteran road dog, Pete the Roadie, on vocals - will kick off a short rash of North American live assaults this week.

Set to inaugurate on September 20th at Brooklyn's Burning Fest, Kicker will hammer through Philadelphia, Richmond, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Montreal before coming full-circle with a second stop in Brooklyn on September 27th. The trek marks the band's first time on East Coast soil. Kicker will be joined by Hard Skin on select dates.

Living by the slogan, "we're here to drink your beer, eat your chips and bludgeon your ears with punk," Kicker was forged on rainy night at 924 Gilman. The members took refuge in the brewery bar across the street. Mauz [Dystopia], had a room full of musical equipment and an idea for a band. Dave [Edwardson, Neurosis] was looking for a new project. Pete the Roadie -- who for over thirty years has roadied for the likes of Subhumans, Amebix, Jello Biafra, Neurosis and everyone in between -- swore he would never cross over to the dark side. Somehow though, he was convinced. Toby, of crust punk legends Filth, was lured out of semi-retirement. They were all looking for something more than everyday life can provide. A few lyrics and some guitar riffs led to regular rehearsals and eventually a demo. Soon it was time for the first gig. As it turns out, Roadie is a natural. And the true spirit of punk rock lives on...

9/20/2014 Brooklyn's Burning Fest @ The Wick - Brooklyn, NY w/ Doom **
9/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA **
9/22/2014 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA **
9/23/2014 Comet Ping Pong - Washington DC **
9/24/2014 Belvederes - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Submachine **
9/25/2014 S.H.I.B.G.B's - Toronto, ON
9/26/2014 Coop Katacombes - Montreal, QC
9/27/2014 The Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY
** w/ Hard Skin (UK) More...

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Carnal Agony Releasing New Album

The Swedish no-holds-barred heavy thrashers from Carnal Agony will unleash a debut album with
Helloween/Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch this year. "Preludes & Nocturnes" is due out November 14th, 2014. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Drawing influences from the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, In Flames and Testament and devoted to classic literature such as HP Lovecraft, John Milton and Edgar Allan Poe (often inspiring their lyrics), Carnal Agony is the latest sensation in the Scandinavian metal scene with an incendiary blend of pounding thrash metal, memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics.

"Umeå based Carnal Agony is currently producing the album at Studio Seven with producer Ronny Milianowicz (former member of Sinergy, Dionysus & Saint Deamon and featured on Primal fear, Amon Amarth, Jorn and several other Heavy and AOR artist's album).

"The current drummer for this album will be world famous heavy drummer Uli Kusch ( formerly of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Holy Moses, Masterplan and many others)."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. War Prayer
2. The Frozen Throne
3. Rebels Lament
4. Rebellion
5. Carnal Agony
6. Night Of The Werewolf
7. Fire Walk With Me
8. Sleep Waker
9. Crystal Lake
10. Secrets Within The Shrine
11. Together We're Lost More...

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Audrey Horne Releases New Video

The brand new Audrey Horne music video for the track "Out Of The City" is online now and features Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth.

Get out of the city and purely into fun with the brand new music video below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

The new album "Pure Heavy" is set to be released on September 29th in the UK & October 7th in North America via Napalm Records. More...

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Everyone Dies In The End Streams Full Album

Featuring former members of the East Coast hardcore/metal bands Lord By Fire and Facade Burned Black, Everyone Dies In The End is a band well versed in the ways of heavy music. Yet unlike their previous incarnations, the Richmond, Virginia quartet has since traded in unabashed metal for a more accomplished approach on "All Things Lead To This."

With song titles seemingly pulled from the passages of works by Philip K. Dick or the dust jackets of Arthur C. Clarke novels, the macrocosmic influence these writers shared is also one that can be heard throughout this record.

"All Things Lead To This" will be given an official release on September 23rd, and today you can stream the entire release. Listen in below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine. More...

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The Haunted Posts "Eye Of The Storm" Video

Swedish death/thrash band The Haunted continue to spread the word on 8th full-length album, "Exit Wounds," recently released worldwide via Century Media Records.

Today, the video clip for the high-energy track "Eye Of the Storm," produced by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear, has been released and can be seen below. The album's track listing is:

1. 317
2. Cutting Teeth (watch the music video here)
3. My Salvation
4. Psychonaut
5. Eye of the Storm
6. Trend Killer
7. Time (Will Not Heal)
8. All I Have
9. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill the Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost in the Machine


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Seth Releases New Music Video

The French black metal unit Seth today releases a video for "One Ear to the Earth, One Eye on Heaven."

The clip is available below and comes by way of "The Howling Spirit," released last year via Season Of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. In Aching Agony
2. Killing My Eyes
3. One Ear to the Earth, One Eye on Heaven
4. Howling Prayers (Act I)
5. He Whose Heart Is Heavy with Sin
6. Ten Barrels (A Scourge for the World, a Plague for His Soul)
7. Scars Born from Bleeding Stars
8. Howling Prayers (Act II)
9. Mort-luisant
10. Dicing with Death More...

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Tragodia Posts New Music Video

Brescia, Italy-based progressive metal outfit Tragodia just released an official video from the band's third LP "Mythmaker" (reviewed here), which was released last November via Kolony Records.

Envisioned and constructed for Mythmaker's powerful opening anthem "A Cry Among The Stars," the new video was filmed in two locations in Italy, directed by Michele Sirigu of G-Studio Entertainment and assisted by Riccardo Frigoni.

Featuring the Tragodia quintet performing the song at the base of a mammoth marble quarry with close-up and extremely high viewpoints of the members, the second location features dancer Veronica Calini performing in an abandoned warehouse, set in a completely different manner. Watch the video below, thanks to Revolvermag.com. More...

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Obituary Unleashes Some Serious "Violence"

The death metal legends from Obituary make their Relapse debut with "Inked In Blood," their 9th full-length LP.

"Inked in Blood" will be released October 28th in North America via Relapse Records. So far only one song has been heard by the public from "Inked in Blood," but today that will change as Metal Sucks is hosting the premiere of a second single from the new album.

Check out "Violence" in the player below. In support of the new album, Obituary will also be hitting the road this Fall with Carcass, Exhumed, and Noisem from October 28th through November 9th. Then after a quick break the band will provide direct support for the upcoming "Death to All" Tour. The tour kicks off November 14th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through December 7th in Miami, FL.

The new album's track listing is:

1. Centuries of Lies
2. Violent By Nature
3. Pain Inside
4. Visions in my Head
5. Back on Top
6. Violence
7. Inked in Blood
8. Deny You
9. Within a Dying Breed
10. Minds of the World
11. Out of Blood
12. Paralyzed With Fear More...

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Meshuggah Posts "I" Re-Issue Trailer

The re-mastered, re-issue edition of Meshuggah's "I" is due out this coming September 26th (Europe), 29th (U.K.) and 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today a teaser trailer for the re-issue has been made available and can be heard below.

The full track listing is as follows:

01. I (remastered)
02. Bleed (live)
03. Dancers To A Discordant System (live)
04. Pitch Black

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The Crown To Release 7" EP

The Swedish death metal veterans from The Crown are proud to announce the release of their 8th studio album, "Death Is Not Dead," which will be unleashed on January 12th in Europe and January 13th in North America via Century Media Records.

To give fans a preview of what's to come, The Crown will release a limited 7" EP, titled "Headhunter," on October 27th.

This EP includes one track from the upcoming album, as well as an exclusive track on the b-side: a furious cover version of Napalm Death's classic "Unfit Earth" (originally found on ND's album, "Harmony Corruption").

To hear a clip of new material, head over to The Crown's revamped website here. Stay tuned for pre-order info. The Crown's lineup consists of:

Johan Lindstrand - vocals
Marko Tervonen - guitars
Magnus Olsfeld - bass
Robin Sörqvist - guitars

The "Death Is Not Dead" track listing will be as follows:

1. Reign
2. Headhunter
3. Iblis Bane
4. Eternal (Paradise Lost Cover)
5. Struck By Lightning
6. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)
7. Herd of Swine
8. Horrid Ways
9. Ride To Ruin
10. Meduseld
11. Godeater More...

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Thanatos Reveals New Album Release

The Dutch death/thrash metal veterans in Thanatos will release their brand new studio album, "Global Purification," on November 17th in Europe and November 18th in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records. The label comments:

"With Stephan Gebédi's (guitar, vocals) and Paul Baayens' (guitars) duties with their other bands - Hail Of Bullets and Asphyx - it has become a bit quiet around Netherland's longest running extreme metal band. But 2014 marks Thantaos' 30th anniversary and their return to full power.

"And what would be better than to celebrate this event with the release of Thanatos' fiercest, most merciless and mature album to date? Global Purification contains 10 tracks of exterminating death/thrash that bring back memories of the days when metal was about breaking rules-- instead of creating them."

For a preview of "Global Purification," Thanatos has launched the new track, "Feeding The War Machine," which can be heard below. Also catch the band live on these dates:

Nov. 15, 2014--Scream Bloody Scum Fest--Scum, Katwijk (NL) **unofficial CD release party**
Dec. 13, 2014--Eindhoven Metal Meeting--Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
Jan. 10, 2015--Turock--Essen (Germany) More...

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Abiotic Recording New Album

Following the face-shredding, brain-melting, ear-destroying "Symbiosis" album (reviewed here), recording is currently underway for Abiotic's sophomore album at The Basement Recording in Winston-Salem, NC.

The band is working with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract, Glass Casket, Last Chance to Reason) whose creative input will be an important facet on how these new songs take shape.

In a recent interview, guitarist John Matos explained: "Jamie King is the man and we can't wait to hear what he has in store for our sound. We wanted to be as prepared as possible so that we have that wiggle room to be creative during tracking. Being solid on how everything will go before hand leaves room to try new things and can take a record to the next level." The entire interview can be read now on heavyblogisheavy.com.

Abiotic's second album will be released in early 2015. New vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips have joined the lineup since the previous album, which is rounded out by the immensely talented guitarist duo of John Matos and Matt Mendez, along with bass phenom Alex Vazquez.

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Decapitated Posts Lyric Video

Polish death metal band Decapitated today releases a new lyric video for the title track to upcoming album "Blood Mantra."

Check out the new clip below, and you can also read our review of the album at this location.

"Blood Mantra" will be released this coming September 26 (Europe), September 29th (U.K.), and September 30th, 2014 (U.S.) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Exiled In Flesh
2. The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation
3. Veins
4. Blood Mantra
5. Nest
6. Instinct
7. Blindness
8. Red Sun
9. Moth Defect (Bonus Track) (Digipak Edition) More...

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Skalmold Reveals New Album Details

Following the "Börn Loka" album (reviewed here), Iceland's Skalmold now has new release coming out later this year.

The new album "Með Vættum" will be released worldwide via Napalm Records on November 25th in the U.S. and December 1st in Europe. Artwork was handled by Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson (Asgeir Jon Art) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Að vori
2. Með fuglum
3. Að sumri
4. Með drekum
5. Að hausti
6. Með jötnum
7. Að vetri
8. Með griðungum
9. Sleipnir Live (Bonus Track)
10. Valhöll Live (Bonus Track) More...

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1349 Posts Final Studio Teaser For New Album

1349 today releases the final of five studio videos to prepare us for the hell that awaits on the upcoming album release "Massive Cauldron Of Chaos."

Let the darkness have another piece of your soul while you catch up with the latest clip below. "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" is due out on September 30th, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Cauldron (listen here)
2. Slaves (streaming here)
3. Exorcism (available at this location)
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele's (streaming here)
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer More...

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Centinex Shows Off Some "Moist Purple Skin"

Returning after an almost eight-year hiatus, the Swedish death metal force Centinex today premiere a brand new song entitled "Moist Purple Skin."

The song is available in the form of a lyric video prepared by Twilight 13 Media (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Darkthrone) and is available for streaming below, thanks to Metal Hammer.

Centinex will release a new comeback album entitled "Redeeming Filth" on the 21st of November in Europe and on the 9th of December in North America via Agonia Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. When Bodies Are Deformed
02. Moist Purple Skin
03. Death Glance
04. Stone Of Choice
05. Unrestrained
06. Bloodraze
07. Without Motives
08. Rotting Below
09. Dead, Buried and Forgotten
10. Eye Sockets Empty More...

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Allen/Lande Posts New Lyric Video

Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and Jorn Lande (Jorn) have collaborated to form Allen/Lande, and will be releasing new album "The Great Divide" on October 17th (Europe) and October 21st (North America).

Today the band has teamed up with Blabbermouth.net to release a lyric video for the track "Lady Of Winter." Check it out below. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Come Dream With Me
2. Down From the Mountain
3. In the Hands of Time
4. Solid Ground
5. Lady of Winter
6. Dream About Tomorrow
7. Hymn to the Fallen
8. The Great Divide
9. Reaching for the Stars
10. Bittersweet

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Arkan Posts "Hayati" Video

French Oriental metal band Arkan has debuted a new video for the song "Hayati," available below thanks to Revolver Magazine. "Hayati" is taken from Arakan's latest album "Sofia" (reviewd here), released on June 19th, 2014.

Over its ten years and several releases, Parisian metal band Arkan has matured into a heavy, subtle and melancholic group tempered by Arabic percussion, ancient oriental string instruments, and the ethnic sounds of Algeria and Morocco. More...

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 1 (Friday)

There really was no better way of preparing for the official days of 2014’s ProgPower USA festival than to have gone “Full Circle” with Pagan’s Mind, DGM, and Draekon the night before, on September 11th in Atlanta, GA. For the 12th of September, if you weren’t waking up late and shmammered from the after-party the night before, you were soon to be treated to a variety of international bands: From Greece, the proggy show-stealing Need, performing their latest album, “Orvam: A Song For Home.” From Germany, the power chant-fest that is Orden Ogan. From Norway, young prog super-champs Leprous. From Sweden, the humble prog-titans of Seventh Wonder were to perform their “Mercy Falls” album. Finally (and again from the Scandinavian countries!) from Finland, the prestigious major-key-masters of Stratovarius were to perform their 1997 album, “Visions.”

With doors opening at 1:30 in the warm Atlanta afternoon, crowds and pizza (courtesy of nearby restaurant DaVinci’s) flowed in steadily to Center Stage, combining with drinks, merchandise, band members, and a few awesome wheelchair-bound metalheads with passion for the music for a very warm “Welcome to ProgPower!” feeling. Truly, ProgPower is a festival like none other in the US - full of friendly faces, excitement, and a sense of brotherhood. Further, the first band of the day (Need), personified this enthusiasm and attitude perfectly as they took the stage at 2PM. They would have the crowd in their pocket within three songs. More...

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