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Last updated on October 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM ET

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17 news articles posted today (and counting...)

Abysmal Dawn Streaming Entire New Album

Abysmal Dawn is now less than one week away from the release of new album "Obsolescence," and today the group has teamed up with Metal Sucks to stream all of the disc.

Check out the tracks below. "Obsolescence" will be released October 27th in North America (October 27th in Europe). The track listing is as follows:

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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Skelethal Announces New Album Release

Hot on the heels of the "Deathmanicvs Revelation" debut, released earlier this year by Iron Bonehead Productions, French death metal cult Skelethal returns with another new MLP, "Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity," set for international release on November 28th via Iron Bonehead. The label comments:

"Once again, the duo's aim is plainly stated - absolute Death Worship - and once again, they wield the Metal of Death like a scythe, an axe, and blunt hammer simultaneously, all in obeisance to occult forces beyond the mien of man. Here on Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity, however, Skelethal's rumbling, roiling tank-tread of a sound drives deeper into the catacombs, deeper into death metal's past.

"In many ways, one could hear this MLP and be forgiven for thinking it was originally released in 1991, so studied and authentic is its ancient crunch. Then again, Skelethal exude their own personality, and continue to expand it here with a respect toward traditions - including a gutsfucking cover of Carnage's 'Torn Apart.' And so continues the story of modern death metal's brightest new hopes..."

The track listing is:

1. Subterranean Sigh
2. Sabbatical Demonic Invocation
3. Interstellar Knowledge Of The Purple Entity
4. Slaughtered From Beyond
5. Torn Apart (Carnage cover) More...

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Devin Townsend Posts "Rejoice" Clip

With just a week to go till the release of Devin Townsend Project's "Z²" (reviewed here) on October 27th, the band is now pleased to reveal a track from the "Sky Blue" side of the double-album.

You can check out the lyric video for "Rejoice" below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. Devin had this to say about the track:

"Hey guys, here's the first song from Sky Blue, it's called Rejoice. The album in general is about fighting through the ugly moments, and I think this song kind of summarizes it. Z2 was a very challenging record, but after intense personal scrutiny, I feel very proud. It's the most accurate representation of a challenging time. Rejoice! :) Thanks for the support guys." More...

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Arena Rock Singles DLC Released For Rocksmith 2014

This week's Rocksmith 2014 DLC pack includes five arena rock singles.

Learn to play “Holy Diver” by Dio, “Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison, “Seventeen” by Winger, and “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.

The downloadable content is available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

“Holy Diver” by Dio – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Seventeen” by Winger – Eb Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass

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Primordial Streaming "Come The Flood"

Today Stereogum is pleased to host the official unveiling of "Come The Flood," the new hymn from Dublin metal troupe Primordial.

The stirring tune appears as the third track on the band's "Where Greater Men Have Fallen" full-length, set for release via Metal Blade Records this November 25th. Check out the track below.

"Where Greater Men Have Fallen" was recorded at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma) and delivers some of the band's deepest, most methodically arranged, thematically profound and plainly gripping compositions. More...

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Obituary Streaming Full New Album

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

"Inked in Blood" will be released October 27th in North America/UK/World and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th via Relapse Records.

Today Obituary is giving fans a chance to hear "Inked in Blood" in its entirety one week before the album is released. Listen in below, thanks to Lambgoat.com. More...

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Crobot Posts "Night Of The Sacrifice" Clip

Pennsylvania’s old-souled dirty groove rock quartet Crobot will release Nuclear Blast debut album "Something Supernatural" on October 24th (EU) / October 27th (UK) 2014.

The band has also now revealed a new video visualizer for the track "Night Of The Sacrifice." Check it out below.

For "Something Supernatural," the band worked with producer Machine at his Machine Shop studios. The band spent the past few years honing its live show and garnering a devoted following from bombastic U.S. performances at festivals and clubs shows, as well as more high-profile tours with Clutch, The Sword, and Kill Devil Hill.

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Obsidian Kingdom Releases New Video

Spain’s progressive metal/rock outfit Obsidian Kingdom today premieres a video for the track titled "Ball-Room," which can be seen below courtesy of No Clean Singing.

"Ball-Room" is taken from the band's ambitious debut album, "Mantiis – An Agony in Fourteen Bites." Regarding the music video, the band comments:

"Behold Obsidian Kingdom's music video for 'Ball-Room,' one of the bloodiest chapters out of Mantiis and a shocking visual tale portraying sex, death, and a good load of frenzied pleasures. Shot and directed by the band and Oyeme! Studio in a damp basement, this clip is not recommended for the faint of heart. Don't forget to wash your eyes after you've watched it."

Obsidian Kingdom is re-issuing the album via Season Of Mist, and the band comments: "We feel there could be no better way to introduce our debut album to a wider audience for it to enjoy and judge; a post-modern rock opera where girls and insects dance to the sound of an eerie tune that will delight progressive music lovers from all over the world." More...

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Toxic Holocaust Comments On Cancelled Shows

Toxic Holocaust has issued the following announcement about cancelling upcoming shows due to problems with the tour booking agent:

"Last nights show in Chile was bitter sweet, it was one of the best shows we have ever played but this morning we woke up to an email from our South American booking agent that he would not be coming with us for the rest of the tour.

"That seems like no big deal right? We have done plenty of tours all over the world with out anyone with us....well here's the problem: He never gave us ANY info on what flights we would be taking, how we would be getting to the airport, shows etc. and zero info about the show dates.

"The deal was from the very beginning that he would be with us translating, and helping us along. With hardly any info and only learning about this a couple hours before we were supposed to fly to Argentina made it impossible for us to continue on. More...

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Agathodaimon Calls It Quits

Sathonys from long-running German metal outfit Agathodaimon has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:

"The important news as such to start with - we'll split the band.

"And it's damn hard to put this into words. Agathodaimon has been my steady companion during the past years, since its foundation in 1995.

"Looking back, many things changed since then, others stayed the same - we always kept our core principles and our band philosophy in focus. And one of its main aspects was to always strive to deliver the best result possible. But this means that dedication and a good amount of time is needed, and that's what I currently can't deliver.

"Having a family (2 kids) meanwhile, I can either choose between them or the music. Or go for a half-hearted compromise.

"This may sound trivial at first, and I did my best to check all available options and possibilities. But in the end it became obvious that I can't continue with the band on a level that it deserves, that can still aim to 'deliver the best result possible.' More...

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Skeletonwitch Vocalist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Skeletonwitch's Chance Garnette will be sitting out the remaining dates on the band's current tour, meaning the group is now performing as an instrumental four piece. Skeletonwitch issued this statement about the situation:

"Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight.

"Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters.

"This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece.

"We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.

"You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany.

"We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future.

"Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.

"Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon." More...

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Sickening Reveals Album Track Listing

Italian brutal death metal outfit Sickening entered the studio this month to begin work on a new album based on Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond." The cover art will be revealed shortly, and today the band unveils the track listing:

1. Into The Unknown
2. Crucified By Preconception
3. The Passage
4. Condemned Blind
5. The Slow Pace Of Suffering
6. ...And Then New Light
7. The Prophecies Of Eibon
8. Beyond The Threshold
9. Descent Into The Abyss

Stay tuned for more details, and you can check out the band's music and stay up-to-date on the recording process over at Facebook here.

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White Empress Drummer To Miss Tour Dates

White Empress - the new outfit featuring Paul Allender (ex-Cradle Of Filth) - is headed out on tour supporting "Rise Of The Empress" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following update about bringing on a session drummer for these shows:

"Due to an unfortunate, last-minute family emergency, drummer Zac Morris will not be appearing behind the kit with us for the upcoming midwest dates.

"However, drummer Jon Siren (Early Man, Mankind is Obsolete) has flown out from LA to join us for these dates!

"He's totally kicking ass on the material and we're really stoked to have him on board. 12-hour a day rehearsals have been taking place to get this all in order - the metal can't be stopped!! See you all soon!" More...

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Sonic Syndicate Posts New Tour Blog

Sonic Syndicate has released a second vlog from the ongoing "Diabolical Tour Of Art" headlining trek. Take a look behind the curtains below, and you can also see the previously posted first video at this location.

The tour is leading the band through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, supporting a self-titled album that hit the official album charts in Germany (#36) and Austria (#74). Remaining shows are as follows:

21.10.2014 CZ Prag - Nova Chmelnice
22.10.2014 D Berlin - SO36
23.10.2014 D Stuttgart - Universum
24.10.2014 D Bochum - Matrix
25.10.2014 D Kiel - Pumpe More...

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Hammerfall Teams Up With NHL Team

The players of the NHL team Minnesota Wild began the 2014-15 season with two shut-outs against the Colorado Avalanche. Now the team is pleased to announce that for all upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota Wild will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metal group HammerFall.

"When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild’ by HammerFall, it was like a gift because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for Game Presentation,” states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. “The energy, the drive, and of course just having ‘Wild’ in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State of Hockey!”

HammerFall lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: “It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants. We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof. The State of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!”

The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23rd. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin & Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis’ own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with HammerFall’s “Fury Of The Wild” blasting in the arena!

This past September, HammerFall’s ninth studio album "(r)Evolution" (reviewed here) debuted at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and clinched the band’s highest-ever first-week sales record in the United States.

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Enforcer Announces New Shows

The Swedish speed metal maniacs from Enforcer just announced their return to the European roads for November.

Following the success of latest album "Death By Fire," the band will be playing a run of shows including the renowned Speedfest in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Commented vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “In connection with the forthcoming European tour with Overkill, we can now announce that we will be doing a few extra selected headliner shows. These will also include longer and special sets.”

Dates are as follows:

16.11. NL Antwerpen - Kavka
17.11. D Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
18.11. D Aalen - Rock It
19.11. D Trier - Ex House
20.11. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
21.11. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
22.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest More...

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Absentia Lunae Posts Album Teaser

Italian futurist black metallers Absentia today Lunae reveal a new teaser video for upcoming album, "Vorwarts," set for international release on November 3rd via Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF).

A teaser trailer for the album can be heard below, and the "Vorwarts" ("forward") track listing is as follows:

1. Dissolution Mechanism
2. Furor of the Monuments
3. Rapace Planare
4. Manipulated Statues of Flesh
5. Vorwarts
6. Tragedy Told By Golden Horns
7. L'arrivée More...

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