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Last updated on February 21, 2017 at 5:54 PM ET

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Pit Stories: Rained Out At Summer Breeze

There's a million and one Pit Stories in the metal world and we're on a quest to catalog them all!

After we premiered new track "Genesis 11:1-9" last month, Belgian symphonic black metal crew Saille checked in with us again for a tale of a show almost gone terribly wrong.

If all the equipment and crew manage to arrive in one piece, nobody has burned the place down, and drunk fans don't climb on stage and wreck everything, there's still always mother nature to contend with, as Saille discovered while playing the Summer Breeze fest. Guitarist Reinier Schenk recalls the story like this:

We arrived at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl (Germany) with plenty of time before our gig. We were lucky and got 1 hour for setting up our gear. About 15 minutes before we could get started all hell broke loose. It was already dark at that time, so we didn't see anything happening, but it got extremely windy and it started to rain.

The stage manager came to us running, with panic in his face. He was yelling to us: "Leave all your stuff here and get into that bus NOW!!!" We were looking at each other, wondering wtf is his problem? Everybody in the backstage was acting weird, running, shouting to each other, like a scene from a movie. Then others started to shout the same, so we all went into a bus and the driver started the engine and drove away as fast as possible and took us somewhere else.

Still not knowing what was happening he told us they would have to cancel our show, because a huge storm was heading to the festival site and it was too dangerous to play. We were all disappointed of course, but all of a sudden the driver got a phone call telling him the storm would not hit the festival. He drove us back to the stage (which was very wet from the heavy rain) and there we were... we had 15 minutes before showtime and we had to hurry as hell. No mercy!

Saille will release new concept album "Gnosis" this coming March 17th, 2017 via Code666 Records. Check out a track from the release below. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Stagehand Dies After Show

Currently out on tour in Europe, Avenged Sevenfold just issued this announcement about one person dying and another being seriously injured during last night's German show:

"We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.

"We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you." More...

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Death Awaits Announces New Album

French group Death Awaits was formed in 2002 and creates music influenced from classic metal genres from death and thrash to hardcore and grind.

Having previously released two albums, "Out Of Adversity" in 2011 and "The Abominable" in 2014, now the group has signed with Sliptrick Records and is gearing up to release a new full-length studio album titled "Solve Coagula." More...

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Whitechapel Kicking Off Metal Blade Tour

Tonight, Whitechapel will kick off Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary tour with a warm-up show in Lamoyne, Pennsylvania. From there, the band will join label mates Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone.

The journey will stretch from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana followed by a Whitechapel-only show March 17th in Birmingham, Alabama to close out the tour.

The band will play additional shows in May including an appearance at this year's Rock On The Range on Columbus, Ohio. See below for all confirmed dates.

2/21/2017 The Champ - Lemoyne, PA More...

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Immolation Releases "Fostering The Divide" Video

The New York-based death metal giants from Immolation are currently on tour in North America in support of their upcoming album "Atonement," which will be released on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band releases a lyric video for the brand new track "Fostering The Divide," which can be seen below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Distorting Light
2. When the Jackals Come
3. Fostering the Divide
4. Rise the Heretics
5. Thrown to the Fire
6. Destructive Currents
7. Lower
8. Atonement
9. Above All
10. The Power of Gods
11. Epiphany

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Trojans Posts Lyric Video

Two weeks ago, Sydney's up-and-coming heavy outfit Trojans dropped latest single "Mark of the Crown" featuring a guest vocal appearance from Aversions Crown's vocalist Mark Poida, along with revealing details on upcoming EP, "The Blissful Hollow."

Today the Trojans crew releases a lyric video for the track and announces tour dates alongside Mirrors and As Paradise Falls.

Friday March 24th - Melbourne 18+ Last Chance Rock N Roll Bar
Saturday March 25th - Melbourne AA Wrangler Studios
Friday March 31st - Newcastle 18+ Hamilton Station Hotel
Saturday April 1st - Sydney 18+ Bald Faced Stag
Sunday April 2nd - Wollongong AA Mix N Mosh II - Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club
Saturday April 7th - Brisbane 18+ Crowbar More...

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Temple Of Void Reveals New Album

Shadow Kingdom Records reveals the cover art and track listing today for Temple Of Void's second album, "Lords of Death," which can be seen below.

Ever aptly titled, "Lords of Death" is an irrevocably massive slab of doom / death and the album by which Temple of Void will rightfully take its seat at the throne. Nearly three years in the making, the new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Charnel Unearthing
2. Wretched Banquet
3. A Watery Internment
4. The Hidden Fiend
5. An Ominous Journey
6. The Gift
7. Graven Desires
8. Deceiver in the Shadows More...

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Förgjord Posts New Songs

Today the idiosyncratic black metal cult Förgjord premieres new tracks "Uhripuu" and "Vahvempi kuin koskaan," which hails from the band's upcoming third album, "Uhripuu," set for international release on March 10th via Werewolf Records. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Johdanto
2. Uhripuu
3. Kuolleiden Yö
4. Täyttymys
5. Vahvempi Kuin Koskaan
6. Nälkämaan Laulu
7. Kiviseen Syleilyyn
8. Tie, Totuus Ja Kuolema
9. Ovat Korpit Pois Lentäneet More...

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Something Mechanical Releasing New EP

Edmonton group Something Mechanical will release new EP "Less Than Human" on March 17th, 2017 to follow the band's self-titled debut album. Check out opening track "Gunn" below.

Inspired by Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Days Of The New, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, vocalist/ guitarist Colin Pearce describes the music as “original, honest, blue collar, catchy and straightforward!” More...

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Hollow World Announces New Tour

Last week, Hollow World unveiled savage new track "Wildfire" and announced upcoming album "Exanimate" will drop March 17th. Having just played alongside some of Australia's best extreme metal artists on the Thrash Blast Grind Festival, today details emerge on a tour in support of the new album.

The "Exanimate" Australian tour, presented by Amoeba Quake Events, sees Hollow World playing most shows alongside Daemon Pyre and Zeolite and travelling to the Red (Dead) Centre of Australia to play Blacken Open Air Festival in Alice Springs. The tour also takes in stops in Ballarat, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Warrnambool, Adelaide and Brisbane along the way, with a host of amazing local supports.

Friday 24th March - Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Saturday 25th March - The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 31st March - The Vault, Newcastle
Saturday 1st April - Factory Floor, Sydney
Friday 7th April - The Loft, Warrnambool
Sunday 16th April - Blacken Open Air, Alice Springs
Saturday 22nd April - Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Saturday 29th April, Crowbar, Brisbane More...

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Scala Mercalli Posts Making-Of Video

Italian heavy metal group Scala Mercalli today releases a making-of clip looking at the creation of the "September 18, 1860" music video.

The video was dedicated to the battle of Castelfidardo, where the Sardinian Kingdom Army defeated the Pontifical State Army to set Umbria and Marche regions free. The clip was filmed in the same places where the battle took place, under the National Monument to the Fallen. More...

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Vuur Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

In 2016, renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen announced the formation of a brand new progressive metal group under the name of Vuur. The band now offers a glimpse into the recording process of a debut album at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, the Netherlands.

In the video, Anneke reveals that the lyrical content of the album is inspired by the many cities she has visited while being on the road. Anneke comments:

"For a long time I've wanted to make a kind of concept album about the cities we've visited, because we tour so much and see so many countries and cities. I often have a strong feeling for a city. It can be anything - sometimes I visualize a city as a man or a character, or sometimes something happened in that city and I want to write about that."

The first confirmed tour dates are as follows:

9th June - Neushoorn (warm-up show), Leeuwarden - the Netherlands
30th June - Tuska Open Air, Helsinki - Finland
14th July - Masters of Rock, Vizovice - Czech Republic
15th July - Dynamo Metal Fest, Eindhoven - the Netherlands More...

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BackWordz Posts Inauguration Day Clip

BackWordz vocalist and avowed Libertarian Eric July hit the streets of Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day to interview people on the street. He broadcast live from the event and filmed additional footage during his trek to the nation's capital.

Check out the music video / political discussion clip below. Hip hop / metal combining group BackWordz will release new Libertarian anthem "Veracity" through Stay Sick Recordings on March 31st.

The band will also embark on a tour with Like Moths to Flames this coming spring. Dates are available after the video clip. More...

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Textures Posts Guitar Playthrough

It's been exactly one year since the release of Textures' fifth studio album "Phenotype." The record was released via Nuclear Blast Records in February of 2016, and today the band celebrates the 1st anniversary by releasing a guitar playthrough for the song "Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand."

Guitarist Joe Tal states: "It's been a long while since we released a guitar playthrough video, it's about time! To me this song represents the essence of the music of Textures; poly-rhythms, groove, a big epic chorus, tempo changes and Thrash metal style riffs. It's all there! Big thanks to fine people at Ibanez guitars." More...

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Warped Tour Lineup Reportedly Leaked

This year's Warped Tour is set to take place from mid-June through early August, but until today the lineup was a big question mark.

KillTheMusic.net is reporting that part of the lineup has leaked, and will include GWAR (which makes sense, as the band canceled this year's GWAR-B-Q with the statement that "GWAR is about to take on the craziest year of touring").

It's important to note that the source of the leak was not identified, so this may be pure speculation. KillTheMusic issued this statement:

According to our sources, we learned the following facts about this year’s Warped Tour:

Bad Religion, Lagwagon, CKY, Black Veil Brides, Beartooth, Hatebreed, and GWAR are a few of the many bands playing the year.

5 bands from Fat Wreck Chords and 5 from Epitaph.

25 bands cut from the usual lineup to ensure this year is quality.

Assuming this leak doesn't change any plans, the full lineup is due to be announced on March 22nd, 2017 with the planned tour routing available below. More...

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Christ Agony Announces New Tour

Still fresh from the "Legacy" tour, the Polish black metal crew Christ Agony just announced an Eastern European trek, kicking off on April 20th in Cluj Napoca.

Tour support comse from the Bulgarian death metal squad Eufobia and Italian symphonic black metal band Eternal Samhain. Dates and venues are as follows:

April 20 - Cluj Napoca @ Hard Club
April 21 - Craiova @ CSS
April 22 - Bucharest @ TBA
April 23 - Varna @ Varna Live Club
April 24 - Sofia @ Live & Loud
April 25 - Ruse @ Legacy
April 26 - Timisoara @ Daos More...

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Valborg Releasing New Album

German ensemble Valborg has signed with underground indie label Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions. The group will release new full-length LP, "Endstrand," on April 7th, 2017 and Prophecy Productions comments:

"Championed by Celtic Frost / Triptykon architect Tom G. Warrior as 'abundantly original and unique' and 'a mixture of Bohren und der Club of Gore, early Black Sabbath and Hellhammer,' Valborg creates dense, inventive music that escapes categorization. The trio’s blunt, forceful songs are at once raw and primitive yet hold a nihilistic sophistication that forges clouds of nightmarish atmosphere, giving them a narcotic, dreamlike feel that very few bands achieve."

Produced by Markus Siegenhort (Lantlôs), "Endstrand" is a 13 song end-time vision hosting apparitions of empty beaches, bunkers in the dunes, novel biological phenomenon, washed up artifacts, noise distorted signals and omnipresent whirring. The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Battle Beast Posts "Bringer Of Pain" Video

Finnish heavy metal crew Battle Beast release fourth studio record "Bringer Of Pain" last Friday through Nuclear Blast. Today the band has released another musical taster in the form of a music video for the album's title track. The clip was produced by Dark Noise Productions and can be seen below.

Bassist Eero Sipilä commented on the video: "Short story: We wanted to do a video which was simply about thrashing around. 'Bringer Of Pain' is the fastest and probably the least commercial-sounding song on the album, displaying a completely different side as opposed to the previous singles so it seemed like a perfect choice. Empty industrial hall, tons of smoke, tight jeans and lot's of headbanging – the classic metal video!" More...

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The Doomsday Kingdom Discusses Band Lineup

On April 7th, the self-titled debut album from The Doomsday Kingdom will descend upon mankind and unveil eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM.

Today, mastermind Leif Edling reveals the third album trailer and discusses how he completed the band's line up with singer Niklas Stålvind, guitarist Marcus Jidell, and drummer Andreas 'Habo' Johansson.

"The Doomsday Kingdom" is set to drop on March 31st via Nuclear Blast Records and sports the following track listing:

1. Silent Kingdom
2. Never Machine
3. A Spoonful of Darkness
4. See You Tomorrow
5. The Sceptre (see lyric video here)
6. Hand of Hell
7. The Silence
8. The God Particle

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Korn Kicking Off World Tour

Roadrunner recording group Korn has announced plans for a spring headline tour set to get underway May 7th at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. This run will continue through May 18th and sees Korn joined by special guests Animals As Leaders and DED.

Korn will begin another wide-ranging world tour by kicking off back to back nights Grand Opening week at Anaheim, CA’s brand new House of Blues on March 5th and 6th. From there the two-time Grammy Award-winning band embarks on a marathon global run visiting Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

Next, Korn returns to North America for a series of festival performances, including Concord, NC’s Carolina Rebellion (May 6th), Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range (May 20th), Oshkosh, WI’s Rock USA (July 13th), and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Open Air (July 15th). More...

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Lordi Releasing Limited Edition Hot Sauce

Lordi has a new skull-themed limited edition hot sauce being sold on tour, with the band issuing this brief announcement:

"Special edition official Lordi hot sauce available now at our merch table!! Limited to 100 box sets made by Redd Skull Hot Sauce See you tonight Le Cercle, Quebec City!"

You can grab your box at these upcoming Lordi 2017 tour dates:

2/21 Le Cercle Quebec, QC, Canada
2/22 The Opera House Toronto, ON, Canada
2/23 Stage 48 New York, NY
2/24 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
2/25 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
2/27 Center Stage - The Loft - Vinyl Atlanta, GA
2/28 The Orpheum Tampa, FL
3/2 Scout Bar Houston, TX
3/3 Fitzgerald's Bar & Live Music San Antonio, TX
3/4 Trees Dallas Dallas, TX More...

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I Am Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Dallas-based death metal/hardcore outfit, I Am, just announced a March tour in support of the violent "Life Through Torment" debut album.

This new set of tour dates will storm across the U.S. beginning March 13th in Columbus, Georgia, then cutting Northwest across the country and down the West Coast, ending with a triple-shot of shows in Texas, the final show taking place in Fort Worth on March 30th.

I Am will be supporting headliner Bodysnatcher for the entire trek, with Wicked World also joining in for all but the first several shows. I Am will also be announcing an April tour with Wicked World, Mercy Blow, and Mara in the days ahead.

3/13/2017 The Estate - Columbus, GA w/ Bodysnatcher
3/14/2017 El Opry Event Center - Athens, AL w/ Bodysnatcher
3/15/2017 Autograph Rehearsal Studio - Murfreesboro, TN w/ Bodysnatcher
3/16/2017 The Building - Hot Springs Village, AR w/ Bodysnatcher
3/19/2017 The Lodge Room - Pocatello, ID w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/20/2017 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/22/2017 Rock Hard PDX - Portland, OR w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/23/2017 The Washington House - Salinas, CA w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/24/2017 Chateau Le Punk - Las Vegas, NV w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/26/2017 Gideon's Hall - Upland, CA @ Tough Love Fest w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/27/2017 51 West - Tempe, AZ w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/28/2017 Backstage - Lubbock, TX w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/29/2017 Acadia Bar- Houston, TX w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World
3/30/2017 Tomcat's West - Fort Worth, TX w/ Bodysnatcher, Wicked World More...

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Avatarium Unveils New Album

Sweden's doom group Avatarium is back with a third studio album where singer Jennie-Ann Smith and her gentlemen will cast a spell over you with a truly magical sound experience - "Hurricanes And Halos" will take the world by storm on May 26th and contains eight majestic new tracks. Nuclear Blast Records comments:

"Once again, Avatarium relies on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the 60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock.

"Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by Candlemass wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and singer Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to 'The Girl With The Raven Mask' - an album that topped multiple soundchecks in 2015 and brought them the 'Up And Coming'-award from German Metal Hammer. More...

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Alan Robert Releasing New Horror Coloring Book

The color-crazed carnage continues with Alan Robert's "The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book!" Pre-orders are available now at this location.

The Life of Agony bassist/songwriter follows up his Amazon #1 best seller "The Beauty of Horror" with everyone's favorite undead girl Ghouliana, as she mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing a deadly spell. Try and find the ingredients she's sprinkled throughout Robert's intricate pen and ink illustrations before it's too late!

"I was completely blown away by the overwhelming response to the first book," Robert says, "the amazing color work fans have been posting online inspired me to get crackin' on volume two right away! And this time, Ghouliana's got even more tricks up her sleeve."

"Alan gave colorists around the world the creeps with his coloring book debut," says IDW VP of New Product Development, Jerry Bennington. "If you're not still shaking from the first go round, there's more gruesome images from his brain splattered onto the page for fans to color until their hair stands on end!" More...

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Entity Of Hate Streaming New EP

India's Entity Of Hate has now released the "Cursed for Eternity" EP, which can be heard in full below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cursed For Eternity 03:40
2. Lovers & Prey 04:29
3. Heart Shaped Dagger 03:53
4. Bloody Tears (Castlevania) 02:22 More...

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Armored Saint Releases Live Video

This Friday (February 24th), Armored Saint will release new live album, "Carpe Noctum," which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as at a headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

For a preview, a live video of "Last Train Home" from Wacken Open Air can be viewed below. The full "Carpe Noctum" track listing is as follows:

1. Win Hands Down (Live)
2. March of the Saint (Live)
3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
4. Last Train Home (Live)
5. Mess (Live)
6. Aftermath (Live)
7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
8. Reign of Fire (Live) More...

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Saber Tiger Releasing "Halos And Glare"

Saber Tiger from Japan will release "Halos And Glare - The Complete Trilogy" this coming May through Into The LimeLight Records. The label comments:

"Past, present and future come together in Saber Tiger's music. The band honors the tradition of heavy metal, but is also clearly a band of its own time. Twin guitar melodies and inventive riffs should satisfy everyone's eighties metal euphoria, but the music also sounds fresh and vibrant. Their unpredictable songwriting will keep you hungry for more.

"After a short visit to Europe in June 2016, they signed with Into The LimeLight Records to release old and some new material for the European market. Saber Tiger developed a very cool CD box set 'Halos And Glare - The Complete Trilogy' with the last three albums, a bonus disc with some new and never released material, a booklet and a download voucher to get some extra very cool material. LimeLight Records will also release a separate album with a selection of songs of the box content, all to be released in May 2017.

"To promote the box set and celebrate their anniversary, Saber Tiger will do an European tour of three weeks to play festivals and shows in September 2017. And as proof that hard work and never giving up always pays off, 2017 will be the year that the world will finally know about Japan's best kept secret." More...

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The Moth Gatherer Posts New Song

The Moth Gatherer just released new song "This Providence Of Bones" (featuring Dennis Lyxzén of Refused), taken off upcoming EP "The Comfortable Low." Agonia Records comments:

"Sound-wise, the EP is a nod towards the band's debut album, 'A Bright Celestial Light' (2013), and a wink towards the hardcore and electronic side, with guest appearances from Dennis Lyxzén and Fred Burman (Satan Takes A Holiday). The new material was once again recorded with Karl Daniel Lidén behind the console and clothed with artwork prepared by SCG."

1. This Providence of Bones
2. Still Life Slumbers Here

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Fear Is Dead Premieres New Music Video

We've got what's certainly destined to be a classic video for you today that has it all: insane asylums, ladies going to town on each other, and of course plenty of metallic performance clips spliced throughout.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Gotta Go" video below, culled from Fear Is Dead's "Eleutherophobia" EP, which is available here.

The video was directed by vocalist Skila from this New York-based band and co directed by Steven Velasquez and Walter Rodriguez. Fear Is Dead comments on the clip:

"Love songs are not something we often do. The moral of the song is 'don't stay where you're not wanted, and you won't always be loved as you love.' All sets were fabricated by PutitupNYC. The first scene bed room set was built in our home studio. The 2nd and 3rd scene sets were built at Block 6 Studios. We will be releasing our 4th EP, titled 'What Remains' earliest May, latest by June." More...

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Nuisible Premieres New Song & Music Video

French hardcore metal outfit Nuisible (ex-As We Bleed) premieres a new song and music video titled "Death Legacy" via Deadlight Entertainment.

Check out now "Death Legacy" below.

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Fit For An Autopsy Debuts New Song "Iron Moon"

Fit For An Autopsy debuts a new single titled "Iron Moon" (featuring guest vocals from Ion Dissonance singer Kevin McCaughey), taken from the upcoming new album "The Great Collapse", which is due on March 17 via eOne Music/Good Fight Music.

Check out now "Iron Moon" below.

Says guitarist Will Putney about the track: More...

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Craven Idol Premieres New Song "A Ripping Strike"

London, UK's black metal outfit Craven Idol premieres a new song entitled "A Ripping Strike", taken from the band's upcoming new album "The Shackles of Mammon", which will be released via Dark Descent Records on April 14.

Check out now "A Ripping Strike" below.

Comments the band about the song: More...

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Just For Fun

Man Covers Necrophagist On Quebec’s "The Voice"

Louis-Paul Gauvreau recently raised a few eyebrows auditioning on "La Voix 5" (Quebec's version of "The Voice") with a cover of Necrophagist‘s "Stabwound" and surprisingly made it to the next round. Canadian singer Isabelle Boulay voted for for him, later revealing that she grew up listening to metal.

Check it out below.

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