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Last updated on September 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM ET

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Pit Stories: Bridging The Punk/Metal Divide

Tuesday's not just new release day - it's also when we have the best of the best in the metal world share their most memorable Pit Stories.

This week metal warrior Casey Orr of Rigor Mortis (...and Warbeast, and GWAR, and Ministry, and a whole bunch of others) shares a tale of camaraderie in the pit when metal heads and punk rockers come together to tear shit up and have a good time. Casey recounts the story thusly:

I grew up in Arlington, TX, just east of Ft. Worth and about 30 miles west of Dallas. Though only about 30 miles apart, Dallas and the Arlington/Ft Worth area are very different. While Arlington/Ft. W was clearly the birthplace of heavy metal in North Texas, Dallas, being a bit more "big city," was a fertile breeding ground for punk. At that time my only exposure to punk had been through main stream outlets. I was aware of Devo, The Sex Pistols, and The Ramones, but not much else. Our side of the Metroplex was all about Sabbath, Skynyrd, Led Zep, and the burgeoning NWOHM.

Sometime in 1984, a friend told me and Rigor Mortis drummer, Harden Harrison, about this crazy club in Dallas we HAD to check out. It was a punk rock club called The Circle A Ranch, and we said hell yeah, let's go! So one night Harden and I drove out to Dallas to this seedy area called Deep Ellum in search of enlightenment, or beer, or a fight, or all of the above.

We found the club, a dingy dump up a rickety flight of stairs, and we entered. As we got to the top of the stairs I looked around and realized we were the only longhairs in the room. It was all skinheads and mohawks! The band that was playing (I've long forgotten who) was playing faster and more aggressively than almost any of the metal I'd heard up to this point. After a slight verbal altercation between Harden and the doorman over "being a long haired hippie," which ended in mutual respect and acceptance (I was so mesmerized I barely noticed, I think I threw money at him and just went in), we proceeded into the room and soaked in this amazing scene that appeared in front of us. The first mosh pit we had ever seen!

There must have been 50 - 75 hardcore punk rockers slamming each other as they moved in a counter clockwise direction. It looked like they were beating the shit out of each other, but they weren't. In fact if someone went down, they were immediately helped back up and the melee continued. I felt like John Belushi in The Blues Brothers when he's in the church and has his revelation about "the band." After a couple of minutes we looked at each other, grinned, and jumped right in. Of course we went the opposite direction as they were going; what better way to introduce yourself? After a couple of songs we stepped out to catch our breath. Right about then two boots and braces type skinheads also left the pit and came right to us. The bigger of the two, who was bleeding from his forehead, said "I don't give a shit if you guys come here or not, but that shit (pointing at my spiked wristbands) has got to go!" Without even thinking about it, I popped the wristbands off, threw them over my shoulder, threw my arm around the big skinhead and dragged back him into the pit with me. We had a blast that night and it definitely changed me forever.

Rigor Mortis eventually played our first Dallas gig at The Circle A Ranch, and were the first metal band to infiltrate Deep Ellum and the punk scene. Sure there were constant scuffles between our fans (The Longhairs), and The Skins, but we never backed down and gained the respect and friendship of most of the punks in Dallas. And the press did wonders for our reputation!

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Exhumed Announces New Live Invasion

The West Coast gore hounds in Exhumed will take to the streets this Fall on another rash of live incursions with extreme metal technicians Carcass and manic death thrashers Noisem.

Slated to kick off on October 24th in San Diego, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will trample nearly two dozen cities with additional sonic devourment from death metal legends Obituary and Macabre on select dates.

From there the band will march overseas for more onstage devastation with Aborted, Origin, and Miasmal. See confirmed shows below.

Comments Exhumed's Matt Harvey: "We've been enjoying a rare few months of quiet in the Exumed camp, but we're finally emerging from the death metal equivalent of cryo-sleep to make some noise again. We're totally psyched to be back out amongst all you mutants and maniacs again for some beers, laughs and our usual brand of heavy metal mayhem. It'll be great to worm our way back into your little black hearts. We couldn't ask for a better tour package than with Carcass and Obituary, and our solo dates will allow us to unleash a full spectrum of stuff onstage - more songs, more production, more Marshall cabinets. It's gonna be a blast (beat). See you fuckers there! Bring beer!" More...

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Project Arcadia Posts New Music Video

Project Arcadia today releases an official video for "The Ungrateful Child," which is available below and comes off the "A Time of Changes" album scheduled to be released September 9th in North America via Nightmare Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Here To Learn
2. Shelter Me
3. I Am Alive
4. Beggars at the Door
5. The Ungrateful Child
6. Timeless
7. Joy
8. A Time of Changes
9. Formidable Foe (watch the video here)
10. The Deal
11. Shadows of the Night More...

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Mortuary Drape To Release New Album

Italian metal stronghold Iron Tyrant is tremendously proud to announce that a deal has been made with Mortuary Drape to release the band’s next full-length LP/CD this Autumn.

The album, the title of which is still undisclosed, is the band’s first in 10 years, and the first one to see founder Wildness Perversion return to drum duties since the black metal classic "All the Witches Dance" in 1995. According to the founder, the album "sounds 100% Mortuary Drape."

A release date for Mortuary Drape's next album shall be announced imminently, as well as the title, cover, and track listing.

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Neoheresy Posts Album Trailer

Poland's Neoheresy has released a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming "Talionis" album, due out in 2015. Hear advance music from the album in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Krzyk który zmienil sie w wiatr
2. Nie ma prawa...
3. Talionis
4. I chocby noc...
5. Purpurowy blekit
6. Kiedy slonce zachodem wzejdzie
7. Wlasnie tam II
8. Zamknietych powiek czar
9. Zaburza
10. Ceremonia upadku

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Halcyon Way Announces Tour With Saxon

Atlanta, Georgia prog metal crew Halcyon Way has been confirmed for a lengthy tour with Saxon and Skid Row across Europe in October - November of 2014.

This tour announcement is hot on the heels of the North American release of the band's 4th album, "Conquer" (reviewed here), which hit the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #41 the week of release. "Conquer" will be released on September 19th in Europe via Massacre Records.

"Last year when we were out with Saxon in US/Canada, we had an amazing time and the Saxon guys were great to us. We had conversations with Biff and the guys about doing it again, and here we are! We're very excited to be hitting the road in Europe again, and to be hanging out with our friends in Saxon (Official)? and new friends in Skid Row?," said vocalist Steve Braun. More...

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Einherjer To Release New Album

Einherjer will release new album "Av Oss, For Oss" on October 27th in Europe (October 31st in G/S/A) via Indie Recordings. The cover art was created by Costin Chioreanu and can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fremad
2. Hammer i kors
3. Nidstong
4. Hedensk oppstandelse
5. Nord og Ner
6. Nornene
7. Trelldom
8. Av oss, for oss
9. Blodsbånd (bonus track) More...

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Come The Dawn Reveals Album Cover

Come The Dawn is gearing up to release new album "Light of the World" on September 30th via Sumerian Records.

The band has now revealed the cover artwork - available below - and pre-orders are available at this location.


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Blodhemn To Suopport Mayhem On Tour

Indie Recordings has checked in with the following announcement about Blodhemn supporting Mayhem on upcoming European tour dates:

"Since it's inception in 2004, Blodhemn has been working tirelessly to further the sound of black metal, and after the EP 'Brenn Alle Bruer' and debut album 'Holmengraa,' both critically acclaimed, the Norwegian one-man band is now preparing to unleash their yet untitled sophomore effort on Indie Recordings.

"In support of the record due out in November 2014 they are proud to confirm their first ever European tour as direct support to the legendary Norwegian black metal band, Mayhem!

"As a live band Blodhemn sports a four-piece lineup delivering a blend of no nonsense thrash and high octane heavy metal with its traditional old-school blackness. Blodhemn's coming record is as aggressive as ever, yet on a grander scale. It is simply more epic as the grim assault of fast, blasting riffs are contrasted with longer, melancholy melodies sounding like the ocean after a storm, beautiful but ravaged and hurting. The result is a collection of true Norwegian grandeur and raw, salted wounds, daring you to behold it and reward those that do." More...

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Funereus Posts Album Trailer

Mexican black metal cult Funereus today reveals a teaser video for forthcoming new album, "Return of the Old Goat," set for international release on September 8th via Forever Plagued Records. The label comments:

"One of the best-kept secrets in black metal, since 2008, this Mexican horde have been patiently perfecting their craft - cryogenically grim and hateful black metal in the early '90s spirit - over the course of a couple demos, an EP, and a split.

"In 2010, Funereus released their debut album, Profane Rite of Morbid Glorification, and now, four years later, they strike back at all that's sacred with their second album, Return of the Old Goat. Aptly titled, Return of the Old Goat is an utterly cold but unremittingly furious slab of ancient black metal possession: dead yet violent, trance-inducing yet diabolical, primitive yet memorable.

"It's a record that makes no apologies for its anachronisms, that its mission is to celebrate the glory of Satan and white-light blasphemy, that Funereus are ghoulish coffin spirits dedicated to haunting your subconscious. Seven glorifications of evil drenched in the vilest poison, Funereus' Return of the Old Goat is a nail in the heart of all that is holy - and the return of FUNERAL HEXING BLACK METAL!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Unhallowed Tomb
2. Prelude
3. Funeral Ghoul
4. Return Of The Old Goat
5. Below The Horns Of Blasphemy
6. Ascending The Throne Of Satan
7. Umbra Atrox More...

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Die So Fluid Posts "Landslides" Video

Los Angeles / London based gothic rock band Die So Fluid have released the official music video for their track "Landslides (originally premiering with Bloody Disgusting). The track is from the band's album "The Opposites Of Light" which will be released in the U.S. later this year. The band has also announced the dates of their upcoming tour of Finland. The tour kicks off in Tampere on September 3rd and wraps up in Lahti on September 7th. More...

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Gautama Posts "Octopus" Video

New Caledonia's thrash/death metal band Gautama has released a new music video for the track "Octopus," which can be seen below. The track comes by way off the "All Is Silence" album, available now, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ebony
2. Delirium
3. Octopus
4. Black Anvil
5. Shanti Land (feat. Thierry Soriano, Zool)
6. At the Gates
7. Dharma
8. L'ashet
9. Oniromancie
10. All Is Silence

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The New Jacobin Club Releases Album

Saskatoon's six-piece, punk rock cabaret The New Jacobin Club returns with latest creation "Soldiers of The Mark" out today, September 2nd. You can stream the full release below. Horde (guitar/vocals) comments:

"This album is most collaborative thing we've ever done, and I think it's the first time every member of this group has had their own musical voice shine through on a studio recording. Sharing lead vocals with Candi and working much more closely with Luminous on the string arrangements made the whole writing and recording process as exciting as if it was the first album we ever did."

RatKing (drums) adds: "As chaotic and unique as this band and its members are, when we play together we all somehow end up on the same page. I feel as though that really shows on this record."

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Mark 04:02
2. Parade of Innocents 04:41
3. Champagne Ivy 04:00
4. Angel MMXIV 02:49
5. A Grey Day to Die 03:54
6. Into the Fire 05:26
7. Garthim 03:57
8. My Smile 02:48
9. Seal of Metatron 03:50
10. Return to Eden 02:46 More...

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Castle Announces New Live Shows

Heavy metal trio Castle today reveals plans for a month-long headlining jaunt throughout Canada this October to further support the "Under Siege" album.

The stretch will kick off in London, Ontario on October 3rd and includes a handful of dates with Canadian heavy metal acts including Cauldron and Anciients. A full listing of dates can be found below.

10/3 London, ON – APK w/ Cauldron
10/4 Niagara Falls, ON – Vintage Sports Lounge w/ Cauldron
10/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electrique
10/7 Sherbrooke, QC - Bar Le Magog
10/9 Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s Lounge
10/10 Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
10/11 Halifax, NS – Gus Pub
10/13 Fredericton, NB – The Capital Complex
10/15 Quebec City, QC - Agitee
10/16 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Garrison w/ Satan
10/18 Barrie, ON – Fitzy’s
10/20 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
10/21 Regina, SK – The Club
10/22 Edmonton, AB – Black Dog
10/24 Vancouver, BC – Hindenburg w/ Anciients
10/28 Red Deer, AB – Vat Pub
10/29 Calgary, AB – Palomino Social Club
10/30 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
10/31 Thunder Bay, ON – Hunger 9 Festival More...

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MyChildren MyBride Signs With eOne

Alabama metal outfit MyChildren MyBride has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music / Good Fight Music with plans to release an all new LP in 2015.

"It feels great to partner up with a company that believes in what we do as musicians and artists. eOne / Good Fight was a very easy choice for us," says guitarist Robert Bloomfield.

The last time fans heard from the band was after the release of the third full-length, self-titled LP in 2012 via Solid State Records.

Bloomfield continues, "This record is a huge leap for us musically and I couldn't be happier with how it's turning out. The songwriting is the best its ever been and I'm even more excited to get back on the road to showcase what we've been creating. More info to come soon!"

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Beauty In The Suffering Posts New Lyric Video

Oklahoma City based industrial metal band Beauty In The Suffering has released an official lyric video for the new track "Juliet (You're Mine)."

The track was written, programmed, arranged, performed, and produced by DieTrich Thrall and features drums from Chris Emery (American Head Charge). DieTrich comments:

"Excited to be able to introduce everybody to our new single 'Juliet (You're Mine)!' Very much inspired by the many friends who have filled my social media news feeds with all of their experiences and confessions of unrequited love. Makes me wonder why we put ourselves through this soul-crushing crucible in the first place - that we could somehow find that ONE person to fill ALL of the many holes in our heart. But then, if it had been too easy - would it have mattered as much..?

"Broken pieces of the mess that you left behind you.. The Beauty We Glean From The Suffering We Have Endured Can NEVER Be Denied.." More...

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The Contortionist Streaming New Track

With only two weeks remaining before the release of new LP, "Language," The Contortionist is debuting a new single called "Primordial Sound" today.

Check out the track below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. "Language" is due out September 16th, 2014 via Good Fight Music / eOne Music and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Source
2. Language I: Intuition (streaming here)
3. Language II: Conspire
4. Intergration
5. Thrive
6. Primordial Sound
7. Arise
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable

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Embreach Releases New Music Video

Finnish outfit Embreach has released a new music video for "Beneath The Waves," taken off the band's 2012 release, "Hues of Red."

The clip was filmed by Jaakko Mäkilä & Jan Wikholm and can be seen below. The "Hues of Red" track listing is as follows:

1. Descent
2. The Night Beckons
3. Beneath the Waves
4. On That Day
5. Hues of Red
6. We Must Not Wait
7. 451
8. ...And Then Silence
9. Of Sorrow
10. Unmarred More...

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Sorxe To Play Midnite Communion II

This Fall, an annual celebration of arts, crafts, and musicianship within the realm of darkness
befalls upon Los Angeles. Midnite Communion II will play host to nine artists, three musical
performances, and a number of crafters, toolers, and builders all with an artisan approach. The following press release was issued about the coming event:

"Specifically curated by the Midnite Collective, this year's theme is entitled 'Out of the Woods,'
celebrating the emergence and accomplishments within the first year of renewed vision operating
under the guise of Midnite.

"By unifying these creative entities with the endarkened community of greater Los Angeles, the purpose is not only to share these outlets with our brothers and sisters within the shadows but to extend gracious appreciation for the incredible support through 2014.

"This year's creative harvest has brought a spectacle of pieces contributed by Lucas Ruggieri, Krist Mort, Farron Loathing, Raoul Mazzero, and Joie 'Jaxa' de Vivre. An extended exhibit showcasing and reflecting a year of Midnite Ceremonies includes Mike Lawrence, Sebastian Mazuera, Shaun Beaudry, and Jean Saiz. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Virginia’s worst, Cough, who will be supported by Salt Lake City’s sonically destructive INVDRS and Phoenix progressive metal act Sorxe.

"Taking place on Saturday, November 15th within the confines of The Complex in Glendale, California, this Communion will have two periods of worship and tribute. Beginning at 7pm, the art exhibit and craft fair will have an opening reception free to the public. At 9pm, the venue will be emptied and re-entry will be granted with tribute for the musical acts while the art exhibition and craft fair will still be available for viewing and perusing." More...

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Kreator Announces World Tour

The German thrash metal giants in Kreator have just announced an extended run of live dates for this upcoming Fall, including a show at the prestigious Japanese Loudpark Festival in Tokyo.

Joining forces with Kreator for the headlining run in Europe and North America will be none other than Arch Enemy.

Following the release of the live DVD/Blu-ray "Dying Alive," as well as a massive onslaught at this years’ Wacken Open Air, Kreator will kick off this world tour October 19th and will be on the road until December 22nd. More...

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Blastfest 2015 Announces New Bands

Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered the black metal capital of the world, is now just under 6 months away from seeing a total extreme metal annihilation!

The second edition of Bergen’s new indoor metal festival, Blastfest, has already been launched with a remarkable lineup.

The 2015 lineup includes the brutal force of Poland’s own Decapitated, Sweden's Craft, the Canadian death institution of Cryptopsy, and Finnish black metal kings, Impaled Nazarene, to name a few.

With still 20 more bands to come, today the festival organizers announce the addition of At The Gates, Dark Funeral, Rotting Christ, Demilich, Sarke, Destruction, Saturnus, Endstille, and Borknagar. More...

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Pord Posts Full New LP Online

With the release of the long-time-coming second LP, "Wild," out now via Solar Flare Records, and as a European tour in support of the album underway, French noise rock détachement Pord now lets loose the entire album.

Stream all the tracks below, thanks to Scene Point Blank. The following press release was also issued about the LP:

"From the sprawling backwoods and farmlands of rural Lozère, Pord displays a caustic but cohesive style of noise rock output on Wild, the album showing a renewed musical evolution since earlier recordings, and the band's raging delivery here hinting at straight rock and roll on a number of songs.

"With a faster pace and precise execution, their taut and aggressive delivery remains intact throughout the nearly forty-minute venture, which was recorded at Rec Studio in Geneva with Serge Morattel (Knut, Tantrum, Ventura)." More...

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Cycles Within Cycles Streaming "Mouths Of Rivers"

Bleeding Light Records has teamed up with Canada's Puregrainaudio.com to host a stream "Mouths of Rivers" by Cycles Within Cycles.

Containing 4 tracks of highly cinematic songs with dramatic voice overs, "Mouths of Rivers" will be available as a cassette and digital download on September 9th, 2014. Stream the release below, or you can pre-order your own copy at this location. More...

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Trascëndental Streaming "Nothingness" Re-Issue

Trascëndental's discography is being re-issued via Xtreem Music, and today the new version of "Nothingness" is now available online.

You can order your own copy at the Xtreem Music Bandcamp page here, or listen in below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cancer of Creation 04:38
2. Dying 05:28
3. Gods (False Answer II) 03:54
4. Sorrow 04:48
5. ABT 04:35
6. Outro 02:28
7. Millennium's End 01:37
8. Depressed 04:16
9. False Answer 04:02
10. Uncertain Future 04:12
11. Right to Die 04:17
12. The Last Day 03:56
13. Two Sides 03:59
14. Innocent 04:43 More...

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The Haunted Streaming Full Album

Sweden's The Haunted today releases 8th full-length, "Exit Wounds," worldwide via Century Media Records.

You can also now hear the album in full online. Give it a listen in the player below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com. The album's track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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Headline News

Faith No More Recording Album

It's official - after 18 years of waiting, Faith No More will release a new album in 2015! The band revealed the news to Rolling Stone in a new interview, stating the record is due out next April through Reclamation Records.

Remember that new song "Motherfucker" the band played in London earlier this Summer? That will be the lead single off the album, and will be released separately on November 28th.

If you hadn't seen the performance, check out footage below. Further details on the album are forthcoming, and you can read the full interview at Rollingstone.com here. More...

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Aborym Recruits New Guitarist

Industrial black metal outfit Aborym has announced the addition of guitarist Giulio Moschini (Hour of Penance) to the group's ranks.

Giulio brings a wealth of experience to the band, having already performed with Aborym during it's last round of live shows.

Aborym also recently signed a new record deal with Agonia Records and is working on the follow-up to 2013's "Dirty" (reviewed here). More...

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Devin Townsend Announces New Ziltoid Album "Z²"

Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the long-awaited new Ziltoid double-album "Z²" on October 28 in the U.S. and October 27 in Europe. The "Z²" project will also see him play a landmark show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from www.kililive.com.

Townsend commented:

"Hey all!

"So it's been years I've been trying to get the energies in line to do another Ziltoid record, and it's finally happened! Z2 is my new record, and it's a multimedia event that has taken a ton of people a ton of effort to bring to you! It's a double album, (one side DTP, and one side Ziltoid) and the concept expands on Ziltoid the alien, and his sci-fi adventures in a way that kind of throws back to 50's radio plays... but obviously with complicated, heavy music as its soundtrack. It has taken a great deal of energy to put this all together, and the music is just one of the aspects of it. It's a dream come true in a lot of ways, and I'm excited and honoured to be able to finalize the project with a live version of the entire record at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London on April 13th of next year! (!!) Basically what we did with The Retinal Circus a few years back will be taken to the next level with Z2 live.

"At the end of this process, we reached for the stars, and hopefully got to the moon, and after this album cycle, I will be taking some time to recharge my batteries and see what the next chapter holds. I hope you enjoy this record and all its offshoots, as one of my goals is to hopefully inspire folks to reach for unconventional ways to express themselves as well. We couldn't have done it without you! See you at the show?" More...

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Look-alike Metal Album Covers, Part 1

Facebook's ever-growing community, And Justice For Art has joined forces with MetalUnderground.com to present monthly episodes of their infamous series "Look-alike Metal album covers." These short but thought-provoking articles focus on artworks that somehow, are uncannily similar, both visually and conceptually. Of course, the metal connection will always be there. Is this a coincidence? A mere rip-off? Let's try to figure it out together....

Grave Digger Vs. Dissection

German irreverent Heavy Metal quintet, Grave Digger, finally released its seventeenth studio opus, "Return Of The Reaper." The album came accompanied by a cover art courtesy of their longtime artist/collaborator, Gyula Havancsak. It features the reaper-like figure previously established by the band, relentlessly driving a ghostly carriage throughout a graveyard.

Although the graphic seems to be a continuation of the band's previous covers (also featuring the reaper) this idea, however, is far from original. Before Gyula, legendary designer, Thomas Holm, explored a similar setting on King Diamond's "Abigail" (1987) and then, in 1993, Swedish maestro, Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin (At The Gates, Tiamat) created its own rendition for Dissection's debut ,"The Somberlain."

What connects "Return Of The Reaper" cover with these illustrations (especially with "The Somberlain") is not just the theme but also the structure of the whole composition, featuring a similar point of view, the relentless attitude of the main rider character, the graveyard setting and even way the horses look like. Thankfully, Gyula's vibrant painting style is far from Whalin's quasi-monochromatic approach and this creates the well-needed differences.

Was Wahlin inspired by Holm? Was Gyula consciously influenced by Kristian Wåhlin? We just don't know. One thing is true: both "Abigail" and "The Somberlain" covers have been part of the Metal imagery for decades. Consciously or not, these images could have been in Gyula's mind at the moment of creating his own, otherwise, arresting graphic... In his defense, Gyula briefly comments: "I tried to avoid the "Abigail' direction and I love Dissection, but I forgot "The Somberlain" artwork! How could I forget "The Somberlain" cover!?"

Dear Gyula, this could happen to anyone... Better luck next time.

Iron Maiden Vs. Earth, Wind and Fire

After portraying the irreverent Eddie as punk street assassin (Killers), the devil's puppeteer (Number Of The Beast) and a mentally unstable patient (Piece Of Mind) UK's mythical illustrator, Derek Riggs, decided to adorn the cover of Iron Maiden's 1984 album "Powerslave" with the band's beloved mascot acting like a pharaoh-like, giant monument surrounded by all kinds of Egyptian references. Such arresting image, demonstrated Eddie's capacity to mutate into different characters without losing its iconic trademarks and magnetic allure.

According to Martin Popoff's book, "Run For Cover", Riggs took inspiration from a concept initially suggested by bassist Steve Harris, to reinforce some of the album's lyrics. "Steve had this picture of these five guys dragging this Pharaoh's head along, some engraving he'd found," Riggs recalls. "So I started drawing it, and it just grew and grew. Most of this I invent as I go along." Of course, the final image (rich in post modern overtones and inside jokes) was far and away what Harris and Riggs had originally imagined.

However, as original, refreshing and imposing as this cover is, its overall look, color palette and Egyptian-based thematic are however, uncannily reminiscent of another album artwork. We're talking about the illustration produced by Japanese illustrator, Shusei Nagaoka for Earth, Wind and Fire's "All 'N All." Originally created in 1977, that graphic proposes a reconstruction of the ancient Abu Simbel Temple of Ramesses II, garnished with all kinds multicultural iconography and futuristic subtext, which extents to the album's back sleeve.

Both covers ("All 'N All" and "Powerslave") have many distinctive attributes that make them original in their own right—for example, the campy humor injected by Riggs and Eddie's transformation are unrivaled. Also, Nagaoka's postmodern flare is one-of-its-kind.

However, one can't but wonder if somehow (probably unconsciously) Derek took certain inspiration from Nagaoka's which came out seven years before Iron Maiden's 5th album. Just compare the symmetric look of both compositions, the similar use of colors, the placement of the pyramids ruling over all the other elements in both pictures, etc... Is it "Powerslave's" cover a ripoff or just a coincidentally look-alike? Most probably the latter. After all, it has enough differential elements to be called an original art. After all (to be fair) the cover of the Earth, Wind and Fire's album is just a fragment of Nagaoka's entire panoramic original piece.

But really... what's originality? Isn't art and even human life itself, an evolutionary process? It should be perfectly Ok to take from here and there in order to create something new. Remember: there's nothing completely new under the sun, Egyptian or not.

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Explorer Details New Album "Shout In The Fog"

Italian speed metal act Explorer (not to be confused with U.S. metal act Exxplorer), will release the sophomore full length album "Shout in the Fog" on September 12th via Iron Shield Records (distribution via Pure Steel Records). The album is the first since the 2011 debut "Sober Deserve to Die!!"

The track list for the album is:

1. Tell Me (What You Want)
2. Just Escape
3. Into the Pub (With No Exit)
4. Fading Away
5. Maggots of Evil
6. Hidden in the Dark
7. Earth Massacre
8. Runaway From the Cross More...

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Death SS Releases "Bad Luck" Lyric Video

Italian horror rock act Death SS released a new lyric video for the track "Bad Luck." The song is the closer from the latest full length album "Resurrection," which was issued in 2013 and is available via Lucifer Rising Records.

In addition, the band has launched a video contest for the track. From the band: "Make your home-video clip for the song 'Bad Luck'! The requirements are simple: create a music video, preferably in cartoon style, for the song 'Bad Luck' from the latest Death SS album 'Resurrection.' You have time until Halloween and anyone can participate. The best video wins a customized DEATH SS - 'BAD LUCK' electric guitar, 1 'BAD LUCK' t-shirt, 5 signed copies of the forthcoming 'Resurrection' DVD (that will feature the winning clip along with the credits of the author) and, last but not least, the release and the worldwide promotion of the video by Lucifer Rising Records/Self Distribuzione. For any further info, please visit the web page dedicated to the contest: www.luciferrising.com.

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Thy Art Is Murder Posts Guitar Play-through Video

Aussie deathcore act Thy Art is Murder released a guitar play-through video, which features the track "Immolation" from the latest album "Hate." The album was issued in 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video was filmed on a day off during the European Summer tour 2014 by Savage Photo/Film. Check it out here:

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Faithsedge Releases "Saving Anything" Lyric Video

California hard rock/progressive metal act Faithsedge, featuring former and current members of Dokken, Trixter and Hardline, released a lyric video for the new track "Saving Anything." The song appears on the new album "The Answer Of Insanity," which drops today via Scarlet Records.

The album was produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles.

The track listing for "The Answer of Insanity" is:

1. Now I Know The Truth
2. Revolve My World
3. The Way I Have To Let You Go
4. Are We Gonna Stand?
5. Comes Crashing Down (streaming here)
6. Saving Anything
7. Pray For This
8. Until Your Home
9. When I Lost You
10. Destroy You

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Lords Of Black Releases Another Lyric Video

Spanish metal act Lords of Black, featuring Saratoga members Tony Hernando (g) and Andy C. (ex-Dark Moor), released another new lyric video, this time for the band's eponymous track "Lords of Black." The song is the title track from the debut album, which was self-released back in May.

Check out "Lords of Black" here:

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Eluveitie Releases "The Silver Sister" Lyric Video

Swiss folk metal masters Eluveitie released a new lyric video for the track "The Silver Sister." The song appears on the new album "Origins," which was issued at the beginning of August via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

In just a few weeks, Eluveitie will embark on a North American Tour with Tyr and Metsatoll, beginning in Baltimore on September 19th. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

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Gormathon Posts "Absence Of Trust" Music Video

Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a second new music video, this time for the new track "Absence of Light." The song appears on"Follow the Beast," the new full length release due out on September 29th (EU) and October 7th (USA/CAN) via Napalm Records. The band previously released a video for the track "Land of the Lost," which you can check out at this location.

The track listing for "Follow the Beast" is:

1. Remedy
2. Land Of The Lost
3. Hellbender
4. Break The Chains
5. Celestial Warrior
6. In Benevolence
7. World Of Sin
8. Remember
9. Absence Of Trust
10. Warlords Of Doom
11. Into Oblivion
12. Silent Walk

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