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Last updated on July 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM ET
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Drone project Blackwolfgoat will release the fittingly titled "Drone Maintenance" via Small Stone Recordings on August 26th, 2014.
Blackwolfgoat is the solo vessel of guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw). Shepard's previous two outings, 2010's Dragonwizardsleeve and 2011's Dronolith, established his modus operandi of looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, as well as purely ambient pieces.
Engineering and mixing duties were handled by Glenn Smith (Tired Old Bones Ehnahre, Ichabod et al) at his Amps vs. Ohms studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A quasi-concept album, the ten-track "Drone Maintenance" sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. The "Drone Maintenance" artwork was created by Alexander von Wieding (Karma To Burn, Monster Magnet, Trouble, etc.) and will feature the following track listing:
1. 1-Bwg8 8 9
5. 3-Bwg5 6 5
7. Night Heat
8. White Hole
9. 1-Bwg0 0 6
10. Cyclopean Utopia More...
As They Burn has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming festival appearances:
"Good news come with bad news. Unfortunately and due to reasons strictly out of our control, we finally had to cancel every single summer festivals included Fajt Fest, Days Of Fury Fest and at last Resurrection Fest... We are really sorry for all the people who were waiting for us, but that's the better choice for the whole band, and also individual projects. We'll be back soon!
"Good news is that we've been locked in our practice room for months now and our new album is on a very good way! All we can say for now is that is gonna sound massive and unpredictable... The whole band and the Victory Records crew are working hard on future plans and we'll be able to give you more information very soon!" More...
The prog metal fusion band Exivious has announced a string of European dates in continued support of latest album "Liminal" (reviewed here).
In addition to the band's previously announced festival appearances, the tour sees Exivious supporting Textures in October. Catch the band live on these dates:
8/9 Jaromer, CZ @ Fortress Josefov (Brutal Assault Open Air)
9/15 Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
10/3 Köln, DE @ Euroblast Festival X
11/15 Nürnberg, DE @ Generation Prog Festival
10/24 Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
10/25 Lyon, FR @ CCO
10/29 London, UK @ The Garage
10/30 Eindhoven, NL @ Effenaar
10/31 Amstelveen, NL @ P60 More...
This week the long wait is finally over, as the annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary on the unholy soil in the North of Germany.
For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online for the following bands:
Hammerfall on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Accept on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET
Children Of Bodom on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Carcass on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET
Kreator on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET
Promoters for the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival have announced that Pensacola metalcore act Almost Winter has been added to the Friday, November 7th pre-party portion of the event.
The DeLand Rock & Metal Festival is sponsored by Metal Underground.com and will take place from November 7-9, 2014 at OB's Restaurant & Lounge located at 1750 North Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. The event will have two outdoor stages, the Main Stage and OB's Stage. Camping will be available. For all information on the event and where you can purchase one day, two day, VIP and camping tickets, head over to the official Facebook page at this location.
Previously announced headline acts include Seven Kingdoms, Massacre, Widow and Warforged along with notable acts: A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze and Draekon.
The very latest lineup and schedule is as follows, with more announcements expected soon:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 **PRE-PARTY**
1|6:15-6:45 - TBA
2|7:00-7:30 - Almost Winter - Metalcore from Orlando, FL
3|7:45-8:15 - Unsung Hero - Metal from Tampa, FL
4|8:30-9:00 - TBA
5|9:15-9:45 - ShadowStrike - Power Metal from NY
6|10:00-10:45 - Judicator - Power Metal from Tuscon, AZ
7|11:00-11:30 - Project: Roenwolfe - Power Metal from AZ/FL
8| 11:45-12:30 - Fathoms Pass - Progressive Metal from Tampa, FL
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 8, 2014
1|12:00-12:30 - Koffity - Metal from Panama City, FL
3|1:00-1:30 - TBA
5|2:00-2:30 - All Hell - Death Metal from Longwood, FL
7|3:00-3:30 - Atlas - Metal from Melbourne, FL
9|4:00-4:30 - TBA
11|5:00-5:30 - Sacrophagi - Deathcore from Pensacola, FL
13|6:00-6:30 - The Bride Wore Blood - Deathcore from Orlando, FL
15|7:00-7:30 - Orbweaver - Experimental Metal from Miami, FL
17|8:00-8:45 - Promethean Horde - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
19|9:30-10:15 - Ovid's Withering - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
21|11:15-12:00 - Warforged - Death Metal from Chicago, IL More...
Swedish melo-death metal band Scar Symmetry is set to release a new album and successor to 2011’s "The Unseen Empire" this Fall.
The new creation is titled "The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity)" and will be out on October 3rd (EU), October 6th (UK & France), and October 14th (US) 2014 via Nuclear Blast. This will be just the first part of a concept album trilogy.
The artwork, createdy by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, can be seen below. Further details are forthcoming, and the band comments:
"FINALLY the first installment of The Singularity will see the light of day - writing and recording this album took much longer than I had anticipated, but I'm pretty sure you'll find it to be well worth the wait as in my opinion, this album contains some of Scar Symmetry's most epic moments ever!" More...
Columns is nearing the official release date for new album "Please Explode," which will be available starting August 5th in North America via Relapse Records.
Vinyl, CD, and t-shirt bundle pre-orders for "Please Explode" can be found at this location, and today the band is streaming the entire album online. Check out all sixteen tracks below, courtesy of Metalsucks.net.
Orange Goblin has checked in with the following announcement about wrapping up work on an album and gearing up to hit the road:
"The brand new Orange Goblin album is now finished and will be sent for mastering in the next few days. The title, artwork and release dates will all be revealed in the coming weeks.
"The band will hit the road in October and November, touring the UK and Europe with the legendary Saint Vitus. Following this, they'll be heading out all over the world in late 2014 and all of 2015 in support of the new album.
"Orange Goblin are already confirmed for Hammerfest VII in March 2015 but expect lots of tours and festivals throughout next year and beyond. Tickets for the following shows are on sale now!" More...
It appears the Brutal Fest has been cancelled, with several bands posting messages online stating the event is cancelled and they weren't ever paid. A sampling of posts can be seen below.
Dawn of Demise: "Brutal Fest has been cancelled. The promoter is a lying bastard cuntfuck idiot loser who has stolen peoples money and so on. Aborted and Aeon have also cancelled, and if you look at their updates you can see that they also are pretty pissed..."
Aborted: "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter of brutal fest. Aborted officially cancel our appearance at this event. We hope the promoter gets what he deserves and everyone who bought tickets get their money back. See you all in Aarschot with Exhumed and Origin this November instead!"
Aeon: "Due to an unprofessional and fraudulent act of the promotor AeoN is canceling the show at Brutal Fest in Hasselt. We really hope that everyone who has bought a ticket will get the money back. See you all on the Cannibal Corpse tour."
At this point there doesn't appear to have been any sort of official statement from the festival's organizers. More...
The Belgian tornado of death metal that is Emeth has signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of an upcoming 4th album. The label comments:
"We're extremely proud of being able to work with one of Europe's most prominent forces in the most extreme, technical and brutal death ,etal field. Having gained a strong reputation with their three previous albums, Emeth is ready to go a step further with their combination of sheer brutality and technical insanity.
"This new album will be entitled 'Aethyr' and it's completely recorded and ready for a tentative release scheduled during September 2014. Soon we'll announce full track list, detailed cover artwork and a full advance track as well as exact release date. In the meantime, check the band's official website here and check this teaser that will show you how awesome this album is going to be. Get ready for it!!" More...
Riot V, the band born from the remaining members of U.S. metal pioneers Riot, have unveiled the artwork and track list for the upcoming new release "Unleash the Fire," which is set for release on August 27, 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album is the first from the band since "Immortal Soul" (see review here) was released in 2011 just before the death of founder/guitarist Mark Reale. It also marks the first for new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Reverence).
Earlier this month, guitarist Mike Flyntz reported on the new album via Facebook, saying: "I just listened to the rough mix of the new RIOT V record "Unleash The Fire." Mark and I would always burn a CD, or back in the day make a cassette tape for the car. 'You must always listen to it in your car first,' he would say. This record is for my friend Mark Reale. I am very proud of it. We made a great record on a shoestring budget. When it is released you will hear Mark's spirit throughout. We couldn't have done it without the constant support from the Riot fans and of course the support of Tony Reale."
The track list for "Unleash the Fire" is as follows:
1. Ride Hard Live Free
2. Metal Warrior
3. Fall from the Sky
4. Bring the Hammer Down
5. Unleash the Fire
6. Land of the Rising Sun
7. Kill to Survive
8. Return of the Outlaw
10. Take Me Back
11. Fight Fight Fight
12. Until We Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (Live) (Bonus Track) More...
Portuguese gothic metal act Heavenwood is streaming the new track "The Juggler." The song will appear on the upcoming release "The Tarot Of The Bohemians, Part 1." The album is expected to drop later this year. More information on the album is expected soon.
Check out "The Juggler" here:
Pennsylvania hard rock/stoner act Crobot, who recently signed on with Nuclear Blast Records posted a music video for the new track "Nowhere to Hide." The song appears on the band's self-titled EP, which can also be heard streaming in full at this location. A debut full length album is expected soon.
Check out "Nowhere to Hide" here: