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Last updated on January 30, 2015 at 1:55 PM ET
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18 news articles posted today (and counting...)
The Belgian epic black metal band Signs Of Darkness and Shiver Records have set March 27th of 2015 as the release date for upcoming CD "The Age Of Decay." The cover artwork and track listing can be seen below.
"The Age Of Decay" was recorded at Artsounds Studios in Helchteren with producer and band member Peter Vaes. The artwork was taken care of by Marc at ArtWars Mediadesign. Marc comments:
"Working with Signs Of Darkness was quite interesting because it was the first time I worked with a Black Metal band. Their ideas on the artwork were quite appealing and challenging. It was a lot of fun working on the cover and layout. I really like their album and they are cool guys. Check 'em out in any case!!!"
1. The Rise of Serpents
2. The Age of Decay
3. Suffer the Cold
4. Clouds Over Your Masada
6. Amidst The Fog
7. The Sound of a Desolate Winter
8. Terra Nullius
9. Like Flies On Your Coffin
10. The Lazarus Syndrome
11. The Circle of Serpents
"The Age Of Decay" is the band's fourth full-length album since its formation in 1995. Its predecessor "Apostate" was independently released in 2011. Signs of Darkness had the following to say:
"The period during which this album was created was very intense.The songwriting, lyrical contents and also the artwork were designed in a close cooperation between all the bandmembers. The atmosphere was strong which is also the reason why we wanted to finish the recordings, mixing and mastering by ourselves. Be prepared for total mayhem!" More...
Fall Of Carthage has announced debut album "Behold" will be released via MDD Records, with a teaser trailer now available below.
Fall Of Carthage is a new project featuring members of Suidakra and Perzonal War. The "Behold" album was recorded at Gernhart Studio (Accuser, Destruction, Elvenking) and will be released in May. The artwork was created by Björn Gooßes of Killustrations.
The hammer demolishes once again! "Tortured Existence" (1990) and "Epidemic Of Violence" (1992) will be reissued on vinyl, featuring heavy 180g wax and the original cover artwork. Both titles are set for release on March 9th, 2015.
"For me Demolition Hammer represents the most sheer brute force that you can have in thrash metal," is how John Kevill (Warbringer) once described this NY based act, which released three albums via Century Media Records between 1990 and 1994. Pre-orders for these new versions will come available February 9th. More...
Crimson Falls has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"We’re very happy to announce that we already found a new guitar player in Cyril Hostijn. Cyril is a guitar player who has been active in the scene for several years now. He has played in My Aim and produced local bands such as Anti Icon, Concealed Reality and Awaiting Chaos.
"We’ve been rehearsing with Cyril for the last 3 months and we’re impressed by his skills, dedication & hard-working mentality. We believe that we’ve found the missing piece to complete our line-up and are thrilled to start working with him on new material.
"Cyril will play his first show with us next Saturday 31/01/2015 at the PAGODE BREAKT 2 Festival in Schilde (Antwerp). Come over and see us in action!" More...
Yesterday it was revealed that 65-year old Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath can apparently still kick as with the best of them, having been involved in a bar fight of some kind.
Although there hasn't been an official statement explaining the specifics of the situation at this point, Geezer did post a message thanking fans for support online via his Twitter page, which can be seen below.
According to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Geezer was arrested January 27th in California for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication, and vandalism after someone in the bar was hit and a window was broken. More...
Murashita - the new band led by former Hemoptysis front man/guitarist Masaki Murashita - has released a lyric video for debut single "Retribution." Check it out below.
You can pick up a copy of the single over at Bandcamp here, and the track features bassist Kelly Conlon (Death, Vital Remains), drummer Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under), and was mixed by Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX).
Murashita will be entering the studio this Spring to record a debut EP. Stay tuned for further details. More...
Quebecois black metal band Grimoire is streaming the entirety of new EP, "L'aorasie Des spectres rêveurs" - released this week in North America via Eisenwald - which can be heard below thanks to No Clean Singing. The EP's track listing is:
1. Tragédie Des ombres
2. Les rumeurs Des astres
3. Cachot de cristal
4. Cantilène céleste More...
California technical death metal faction Inanimate Existence will bring methodical audio alchemy to the stage next month on an eighteen-date live excursion.
The "Enter Into Atonement" tour 2015 is slated to inaugurate on February 26th in Stockton, California and will trounce venues throughout California as well as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, with the tour drawing to completion on March 15th in Sacramento.
Support will be provided by label mates and fellow technical death architects, Wrath Of Vesuvius. Inanimate Existence continues to tour in support of the "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement" full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records.
2/26/2015 The 207 - Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop - Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead - Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub - Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge - Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row - Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon - Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix - Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe's Grotto - Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern - Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music - Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer's - Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar - Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center - Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On The Y - Sacramento, CA More...
San Francisco traditional/speed metal act Trauma have detailed the upcoming new release "Rapture and Wrath," the band's first album in thirty one years. The sophomore effort and follow up to the 1984 debut "Scratch and Scream" is set to drop on February 27th via Pure Steel Records.
It’s all there: the powerful and charismatic high-pitched vocals of Donny Hillier, which can be described as a cross between Geoff Tate and Bruce Dickinson, the hard rockin’ guitars and many exciting melodic passages. This album has everything you need, satisfaction guaranteed! On "Rapture And Wrath," groove, anthemic melodies and catchy hook lines go hand in hand. Combine that with a clean, crisp production and you got yourself a hell of a good time.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Heart Of Stone
2. When I Die
3. The Long Way Home
5. The Walking Dead
6. Kingdome Come
8. Under The Lights
9. Don't Tread On Me
10. Too Late More...
The Gentle Storm - the new procject of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) - released a behind the scenes clip on the artwork for the upcoming debut album "The Diary." The album is set for release on March 23rd (EU) and March 24th (USA/World) via InsideOut Music.
For a taste of the album, check out the lyric video for the track "Endless Sea" at this location. In the clip, Luccassen discussed the concept around the artwork. Check it out here:
Belgian power/progressive act Ethernity announced the first of three guest vocalists to appear on the title track of the band's upcoming debut release "Obscure Illusions," in the form of DGM vocalist Marco Basile. The album is set to drop on March 20th and was mixed by DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni.
The name "Ethernity" comes from the combination of the two words "ether" - which refers to the upper regions of space, the sky and the heavens - and "eternity" - which means the infinite time and the timeless state into which the soul passes at a person's death. The band was formed in 2000 and released four demos and a debut EP "Quest of Forgiveness" in 2008. Members feature former Magic Kingdom keyboardist Julien Spreutels and drummer Nicolas Spreutels.
Check out the announcement clip here:
Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish released the tenth trailer for the upcoming new release "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set to drop on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
In the video, the band wraps up the album recordings and the members reflect on the album set to be released this spring.
The track listing is:
1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope
5. Our Decades In the Sun
6. My Walden
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
8. Edema Ruh
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth
Check out the clip here: More...
Israeli metal outfit Ferium are hard at work in the studio working on their upcoming concept album, "Behind the Black Eyes." Video footage from the recording sessions can be viewed below.
"Behind The Black Eyes" greatly expands the concept first introduced on the band's debut album "Reflections." The connection between the two albums is evident in part by the inclusion of a new track titled "Reflections," while the debut album contained the song "The Black Eyes." "Behind The Black Eyes" is the story of one man's deteriorating relationship from beginning to end; from promising beginnings to the bitter end. Musically, "Behind the Black Eyes" raises the intensity level and deepens the impact with powerful riffs and melodic atmospheric parts, ensuring that nary a listener is left unaffected by the experience. The album will once again be produced and recorded by guitarist Boxer at his very own Boxer Studio.
Check out the clip here:
Portland's Lord Dying released a music video for the new track "Poisoned Altars." The song is the title track of the band's latest album, which was issued earlier this week via Relapse Records.
The video was directed and by Brett Roberts and "Danger" Ehren McGhehey and edited by Brett Roberts. Check it out here:
California old school thrash legends Hirax have released a new music video for the track "Hellion Rising."
The song appears on the band's latest effort "Immortal Legacy," which is available now through SPV/Steamhammer Records. Check out "Hellion Rising" here:
Just For Fun
Never being one to let an opportunity for a joke slip by, vocalist Rody Walker of Protest the Hero, which is known for highly entertaining videos, put together his own "audition" clip for the vacant vocalist spot in Asking Alexandria, complete with an original composition written specifically for the occasion.
Watch Protest the Hero Vocalist Rody Walker Asking Alexandria for a chance below.
The Texas death grinders from Kaliya will be releasing a forthcoming self-titled album on March 3rd, 2015.
In anticipation of the release, the band offers another preview of its tasty grind-infused take on the classic Swedish death metal sound in the form of a new song titled "Human Meat."
After their critically acclaimed debut album Look and Behold (2011) and follow-up Monstrorum Historia (2013), the metallers of Lo!, hailing from Sydney, Australia, are back with a new EP: The Tongueless.
2014 was a big year for Lo! In Australia: the band supported Trivium, In Flames, Corrosion Of Conformity and Torche, to name a few. Besides the massive live presence on their continent, Lo started working on new material, immediately after the departure of former vocalist Jamie-Leigh Smith in late 2013.
”Stylistically I aimed for a harsher, more venomous tone as Lo!'s voice”, says new vocalist Sam Dillon. “Lyrically I was looking towards themes of extinction and mankind's extreme ignorance towards creatures. The track 'Orca' was inspired by the 'Blackfish' documentary highlighting the history of killer whales in captivity.” More...