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Metal News for January 23, 2014

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Cool as Steel

Steel Panther have done it again. Just when you think they couldn't create a more humorous video they go out and create a video for "The Burden Of Being Wonderful." A video high on comedy and high on self confidence… More...

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Deadkill Streaming Full New Album

Alert the authorities, warn the women and children, and start doing some stretches: today is the day that "No, Never!" is unleashed upon the world.

The first full-length from Seattle's own Deadkill can be heard below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Additionally, Deadkill has announced a handful of record release shows in support of "No, Never!" Catch the band live:

1/24 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Dust Moth, Rookery, Into Violence
1/25 - Portland, OR @ The Know w/ The Ax, Cougar More...

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Inter Arma Comments On Upcoming Shows

Richmond, Virginia's tour-incessant tonal decimation crew Inter Arma recently announced the confirmation of a maiden European trek, now set to take place just after the already looming U.S. tour with Russian Circles and KEN Mode, which is less than two weeks from embarking.

Inter Arma guitarist Trey Dalton commented: "We've heard nothing but pretty incredible things about how awesome it can be touring in Europe, and needless to say we're very ready to experience that for ourselves. We're most definitely looking forward to playing at Roadburn as we're basically pals with half the bands playing, not to mention that we'll be with some of our best friends in Windhand for the majority of the tour. That being said, I think we're pretty excited about all of the shows. Most of us haven't done a lot of international traveling at all so this is a pretty righteous opportunity."

While still touring in support of the "Sky Burial" LP, the name of Inter Arma's recently recorded EP has been announced as "The Cavern," which encompasses a sprawling forty minutes of material. A final release date and further details on "The Cavern" EP will be released upon its completion. Catch Inter Arma live:

2/02/2014 The Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA w/ No Tomorrow, Earthling
2/03/2014 Double Happiness - Columbus, OH
2/04/2014 Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City, IA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/05/2014 The Firebird - St Louis, MO w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/06/2014 Vino's Pizza Pub Brewery - Little Rock, AR w/ KEN Mode
2/07/2014 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/08/2014 Club Dada - Dallas, TX w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/09/2014 Fitzgerald's Upstairs - Houston, TX w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/10/2014 The Parish @ House of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/11/2014 Rehab - Tallahassee, FL w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/12/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/13/2014 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/14/2014 WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/15/2014 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/17/2014 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/18/2014 The Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/19/2014 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/20/2014 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/21/2014 The Middle East (Downstairs) - Cambridge, MA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/22/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/23/2014 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/24/2014 Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/25/2014 Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/26/2014 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
2/27/2014 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
2/28/2014 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
3/01/2014 Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode
3/02/2014 The Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
3/03/2014 Neurolux - Boise, ID More...

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Neige Morte Signs With Consouling Sounds

Consouling Sounds is proud to welcome the obscure French entity known as Neige Morte to its roster.

The band’s sophomore record “Bicephaale” will be released on April 7th in Europe, one day later in North America, and follows the band's self-titled debut album issued by UK’s Aurora Borealis in 2011.

"500 Jours de Haine," the first song to be revealed off the release, is now available for streaming below. More...

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Lies Of Nazca Posts Lyric Video

Lies of Nazca has released a new lyric video for the track "New Form," which comes off the "Aleph" album. The song can be heard below, and the album's full track listing is as follows:

1. The Impending World
2. Cardinality of Perfection
3. Cosmogonal Grounds
4. We, Unrelenting Mechanisms
5. I, Sidereal Messiah (feat. Nicolo` Carrara from Damned Spring Fragrantia)
6. Periapsis Condemnation
7. New Form (feat. Garrison Lee from Erra)
8. Anachroternal²
9. Dismantled & Recombined
10. Aleph More...

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Ready, Set, Fall Cancels Tour

Ready, Set, Fall is canceling the band's previously announced European tour dates for February, commenting:

"We are sorry to let you know we have been forced to cancel our European tour finally. A member of the band has just suffered a terrible loss and will not be able to be present in the upcoming tour. We are all close to him so we are trying to reschedule the tour to fall, please watch out for more news soon! Refunds for tickets are available at point of purchase. Thanks for your understanding!"

Nevertheless, the band's debut for Lifeforce Records – “Memento” – will be out on February 24th (Europe) and March 4th (North America). More...

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Chris Barnes Announces New Project IHATE

Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes is pleased to bring fans his latest work of sonic deviance in the form of the fittingly christened IHATE.

A venture inadvertently launched between Barnes and multi-instrumentalist/fellow horror enthusiast Bob Taggett, their as-yet-untitled debut promises to deliver eight violent tracks of raw, unrepentant death metal brutality and lyrical depravity. Relays Barnes of the project's formation:

"Early last year I got a message via Facebook from someone named Bob and Bob said to me, as a lot of people do, 'I have some songs and I'd like you to sing on them. Can I send you a song so you could check it out?' I get a lot of these requests and didn't think too much of it, but since I was just fresh back from a tour and a little bored, I decided to entertain the idea of listening to a song from Bob. After receiving an email with the first track that was attached to a video which more or less mapped out a murder storyline, I thought it was really different, and definitely creepy visually. And there was something very primitive and energetic to the attack of the music. It was very driven. I could feel it instantly. I knew this wasn't a joke and wasn't done half-assed. The music I was listening to was aggressive as a knife carving chunks of flesh off a body. Putting the music to a video caught my attention, immediately, as to Bob's focus. I found it all really interesting.

"I have almost always worked from a storyline in my head for my lyrical inspiration and my own imagination, but never have started from the standpoint of lyrically scoring a storyline already laid out on video first, like scoring a film. That seemed really exciting to me as a writer as well as a vocalist. I emailed Bob back and told him I would love to be involved with making this album with him. So one thing led to another and we began writing and recording. We are very close to finishing the album and have enlisted the good people at Pledge Music to help us reach out to all of the fans who we hope will help us make this album a reality."

As for what true death metal miscreants can expect from the IHATE end product? "To me, it really is a masterpiece of brutal, violent death metal," says Barnes, "I'm really stoked that if got to work on this album. The fans know that I'm no stranger to writing some sick lyrics, but the stuff I have come up with this time is entirely over-the-top even by my standards. I really want the fans to hear this album and dig into the storylines of the songs. This is the first time I've used crowd-funding to make and release an album. And it's been a very challenging, interesting learning experience along the way. And an eye-opener as well. We are really hoping the fans of death metal will make a pledge and preorder our new album. It's really important to us that this album gets released. This is brutal as fuck." More...

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Sunn O))) And Ulver Reveal Album Artwork

Having already revealed the story of how the impending collaborative "Terrestrials" LP from Sunn O))) and Ulver was conceptualized and created, the other vital components of the recording and the full LP artwork have now been released. The collaboration is due out February 4th, and the following press release was also issued:

"Conceived in the interim 2008-2012 at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, Norway, the aggregation of this recording are Greg Anderson, Stephen O'Malley, Daniel O'Sullivan, Kristoffer Rygg, Jørn H. Sværen & Tore Ylwizaker - with ghost appearances by Ole-Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv (viola & violin), Stig Espen Hundsnes (trumpet) and Tomas Pettersen (drums).

"Terrestrials was produced by Stephen O'Malley & Kristoffer Rygg, mixed by Anders Møller at Crystal Canyon during February and March 2013, and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone, London in April. Art direction was handled by Stephen O'Malley. The cover of Terrestrials bears a portrait of our sun, captured in the wavelength of hydrogen alpha light -- 656.3 nanometers in the deep red -- on June 10, 2012 by Alan Friedman."

In conjunction with the release, Ulver will be on tour throughout Europe over the coming months. Details are as follows:

2/01/2014 Savoy Theature - Helsinki, Finland
2/05/2014 Feb B90 - Gdansk, Poland
2/06/2014 Lido - Berlin, Germany
2/07/2014 Akropolis - Praha, Czech Republic
2/09/2014 Dynamo Grosser Saal - Zurich, Switzerland
2/10/2014 Szene - Wien, Austria
2/11/2014 Backstage - Munich, Germany
2/12/2014 Werkstatt - Koln, Germany
2/13/2014 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
2/15/2014 Bloom Mezzago - Milano, Italy
2/16/2014 Circolo Delgi Artisti - Roma, Italy
2/26/2014 Club Volta - Moscow, Russia
2/23/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD More...

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Century Media Co-Owner Passes Away

Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on January 20th, 2014 after falling ill several months ago. He was 49. Robert Kampf, Century Media founder, comments:

"I have lost my best friend of 32 years and my business partner of 24. Although the unthinkable already happened three days ago, I am still in a state of utter shock. Oliver Withöft leaves a space that cannot be filled for all who held him dear. He was a tremendous father, husband, son and friend and will be terribly missed. I will always treasure him in my heart as the witty, brilliant and altogether great person he was. Farewell Oliver, see you on the other side and in our next life."

The following press release was also issued by Century Media:

"Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1964, Withöft studied linguistics, business and history in both Germany and the UK. Robert Kampf started Century Media Records 25 years ago simply to create a suitable label home for his own band, Despair. He was looking for a trustworthy and strong partner to lead the company with and found this person in his best friend and fellow musician Oliver Withöft, who joined the company eighteen months later, sharing the same love and passion for music, and metal in particular. Since that very day, these two friends developed one of the most important independent record labels on the planet. Today the company has around 100 people on payroll in Dortmund, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Melbourne and the Netherlands.

"A lot of musical careers were developed over the years: Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, In This Moment, Otherwise, Iced Earth, Die Broilers, Arch Enemy and Heaven Shall Burn are just a few of them. Century Media became a brand name recognized across the world. Oliver Withöft was always the strategic, legal and financial mind behind the organization. He was not only a strong fighter for the company, but also a very intelligent and forward-thinking leader. When the music industry drastically changed in the '90s, he was the first to think about new ways to adapt to the needs and challenges of the rapidly-changing market. We have lost a great man with an amazing sense of humor, a warrior, and an overall very human being. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Judith, and their three daughters." More...

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Plague Widow Gearing Up To Record Album

Plague Widow has checked in with the following update about gearing up to record a new album:

"We are very excited to announce that we enter the studio on April 14th to begin recording our first full-length album on Willowtip Records with Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California. More updates soon!"

This new full-length follows the band's previous 7" split with Oblivionized titled "This Black Earth." More...

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Wrong Posts "They Look At Me" Video

Spanish black metal band Wrong has unleashed a new music video for “They Look At Me,” a song that comes off the group's first full-length album “Memories of Sorrow” released in early 2013 by Aphelion Productions.

Check out the video below, and the following press release was also issued about the band:

"Formed in 20012 by Phlegeton (Wormed, Banished from Inferno, Godüs…) and DP (The YTriple Corporation, Neverdie), Spanish black metallers Wrong released their debut full-length 'Memories of Sorrow' in the following year, a surprising effort that displays a remarkable balance between avant-garde melodies and acerbic black metal." More...

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Black Vul Destruktor To Release Vinyl Split

Blood Harvest Records has set February 21st as the release date for "Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse," a double-vinyl 7" split between Black Vul Destruktor and Et Verbi Sathanus.

Black Vul Destruktor was previously covered in our look at underground metal bands in Argentina, and the following press release was also issued about the coming split:

"The title Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse says everything it needs to, as it unites two South American hordes dead set on destruction: Argentinian occultists Black Vul Destruktor and Chilean barbarians Et Verbi Sathanus.

"A double-7" split release, Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse features two exclusive songs from each band, arguably their best work to date and perhaps the wider world's introduction to these deep-underground maniacs. Black Vul Destruktor's two contributions, 'Sword of Luciferian Light' and 'Void of Darkness,' titularly bespeak the quartet's void-ward, Luciferian aims, conjuring cruel black/death bestiality with total violence and seeming ease.

"Et Verbi Sathanus' two contributions, 'Holocaust in the Paradise' and 'Gehinnon,' similarly bespeak arcane, diabolical aims, crushing purity and goodness with surging warfare noise and ritualistic fervor. Head south into the abyss and behold Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse..."

1. Black Vul Destruktor - Sword of Luciferian Light
2. Black Vul Destruktor - Void of Darkness
3. Et Verbi Sathanus - Holocaust in the Paradise
4. Et Verbi Sathanus - Gehinnon More...

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Socionic Releases New Video Clip

The Los Angeles-based progressive heavy rock band Socionic has released a music video for the single "Epiphany." Check it out below. The following press release was also issued:

"Wrought with symbolism – both visually and lyrically – the release marks the arrival of the band’s founding vision and describes the unique creative approach and expression that has become the project’s mantra. The video, created from the original song artwork which was featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine [issue 111, July 2013], guides the viewer through the layers of the 'Epiphany' as it reveals buried meaning through rich and immersive visual production."

“Epiphany” is the lead single from the recently released “Identity” album produced by Rhys Fulber. More...

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Arkona Splits With Drummer

Russian outfit Arkona has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Vlad Sokolov:

"We have a sad news - Vlad 'Artist' Sokolov left our band. It's first change in our line-up for the last 10 years and it is hard for us to realize it.

"Vlad decided to leave the band at the beginning of summer 2013. The main reasons are tiredness of live shows and his desire to spend more time with his family.

"We are very thankful for everything he made for the band during these 10 years! But, our journey continues and we are ready to turn the next page of our history... More...

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Savage Messiah Announces Album Release Dates

British shred-heavy melodic metallers Savage Messiah have secured a deal with Trooper Entertainment for the Japanese release of their upcoming new album, "The Fateful Dark."

The album is due to be released in Japan on March 12th, following its European launch on March 10th through Earache Records. The album will then release in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on March 18th. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver comments:

"We're extremely excited and proud to be able to announce our first domestic Japanese release! So a massive thanks goes to Earache and Trooper for putting this together. Japan is a country that we've always held in high esteem and we know that there is a vibrant rock/metal scene over there which we hope to become a part of. This deal should hopefully enable the band to tour over there and we look forward to the adventures to come!"

The Fateful Dark was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer Scott Atkins and features artwork created by Peter Sallai. You can pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe right here. You can also catch the band live:

Mar. 02 - London, UK - Barfly
Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival More...

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Our Last Enemy Posts "10,000 Headless Horses" Clip

Eclipse Records is pleased to present the video for the song "10,000 Headless Horses" by Our Last Enemy, which can be seen below.

The song is taken from Our Last Enemy's debut North American album entitled "Pariah," coming out on March 11th, 2014 through Eclipse Records.

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Grimlord Releases Music Video

Polish outfit Grimlord has released a music video for "Widerstand 17," which can be viewed below. Grimlord is:

Barth La Picard - Lead guitar and vocals
Ryshak - Rhythm guitar
Leviathan - Bass guitar
Caspero - Drums

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Jeff "Oly" Olson Posts Beer Video

Allagash Brewing Company has released a short video, "The Red Howes Story," chronicling the new Imperial Stout brewed by Allagash Brewery and Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble, The Skull, Retro Grave, Victor Griffin's In~Graved).

The Red Howes Story consists of reel-to-reel video of Olson's grandfather and family, behind the scenes video of the brewing of Red Howes, and is narrated by Olson. Check it out below. More...

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Old Silver Key Streaming Full Album

Old Silver Key, the collaborative project between members of Drudkh and Alcest main-man Neige, is streaming debut album, "Tales of Wanderings" in the player below.

Old Silver Key previously released an animated music video for the track "Burnt Letters" to support the album. The video, directed and produced by Les Discrets member Fursy Teyssier can be viewed here. More...

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Cretin Enters The Studio

Relapse Records has checked in with the following announcement about Cretin entering the studio to record a new album:

"Grind purists Cretin are heading back into the studio! The band are currently working on their follow-up to 'Freakery,' their first material in over eight years!"

Photos from the studio can be found at the Cretin Facebook profile here. Bassist Matt Widener had this to say about the project:

"We have entered Compound Recordings in Santa Cruz, CA to start recording our new album. As usual, we cretins are easily distracted and it takes us years to release anything, so we're excited to finally crest this stage of the album. Get ready for more cretanic song-stories and proto-grind, backwoods death metal—this time with extra women and a much bigger sound. With 'Freakery' you grinded like it was ‘89, now you'll grind like it's, uh, ’91?"

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Battlecross Comments On Upcoming Shows

As was announced yesterday, Detroit, Michigan-based metallers Battlecross will be joining Canada's Protest The Hero as direct support on the band's spring U.S. tour, set to commence March 1st in Buffalo. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24th.

Guitarist Tony Asta comments: "Battlecross is very excited to hit the road with Protest The Hero! They seem like a very successful, humble group of guys who don't take things too seriously yet are serious about the business -- a good role model for all modern bands and we can't wait to get to know them on the road. Oh yeah and they're shredders! Being direct support is a huge honor and we won't let anyone down. This is a very unique tour package and we can't wait to play to new crowds as well as expose some of our fans to bands they may not have seen yet. See you all in the road this spring!"

The latest Battlecross effort, "War Of Will," saw the band on the road as a part of 2013's Rockstar Mayhem Festival and debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. See the band live: More...

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Lost Society Reveals Album Artwork

Lost Society will release "Terror Hungry" on April 4th, 2014. The album was produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Lordi) at the Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica). The artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

01. Spurgatory
02. Game Over
03. Attaxic
04. Lethal Pleasure
05. Terror Hungry
06. Snowroad Blowout
07. Tyrant Takeover
08. Overdosed Brain
09. Thrashed Reality
10. F.F.E.
11. Brewtal Awakening
12. Mosh It Up
13. Wasted After Midnight
Bonus:
14. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll More...

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Centaurus A Recording New Album

German death metal band Centaurus A is currently recording a new album with session singer Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.Ü., Scarve). Recording is taking place at Dugout Studios with Daniel Bergstrand, and the band also comments:

"It's with great pleasure to let you know that the awesome Lawrence Mackrory of Darkane, F.K.Ü. & Scarve will be the singer on the new album! Lawrence is right now recording the vocals and will make it a beast of an album! We're stoked to have him on board as session singer for the recordings!"

Lawrence Mackrory also comments: "It's very brutal, very technical and very, very good. The album is being produced, engineered and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand."

The band also recently split with vocalist Johannes Henke, and further details on the band can be found at Facebook here.

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The Moth Gatherer Offering Unreleased Track

The Moth Gatherer is offering a free download of an unreleased song, taken from the "A Bright Celestial Light" album sessions. The song is titled "Ascend" and can be accessed through "liking" the group's profile at Facebook right here.

Recently, the band announced a new line-up member, Svante Karlsson, who will take care of drums and guitars. With plans to focus on a new record in the near future, co-founding member Alex Stjernfeldt commented:

"Svante joined The Moth Gatherer to complete the line-up and to bring a sonic groove to the drums. We have known eachother for a long time and we felt that we all would benefit from working together. So now, we will start the work on our follow-up to "A Bright Celestial Light."

The full "A Bright Celestial Light" album can also be heard below. More...

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Kongh Announces "Ten Years Of Doom" Tour

Kongh has announced dates for the "Ten Years Of Doom" tour, which can be found below. The band also comments:

"Finally we can announce that we're about to tour through Europe again. It's been over two years since last time, and this will be our first tour outside of Scandinavia in support of our latest album 'Sole Creation.' April 2014 also happens to be exactly ten years since the formation of Kongh, and this journey will be a celebration of that. Total heaviness guaranteed.

"A second leg of the tour, covering other parts of Europe not possible for us to visit in April, is currently being planned to happen at a later point this year."

April 10 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
April 11 - Bielefeld, DE - AJZ (with Windhand, Indian, Inter Arma)
April 12 - Leipzig, DE - "Doom Over Leipzig" at UT Connewitz
April 13 - Wroclaw, PL - Firlej
April 14 - TBA
April 15 - Vienna, AT - Arena (with Sourvein, Graves At Sea)
April 16 - Nurnberg, DE - Artischocken
April 17 - Brussels, BE - Magasin 4
April 18 - Rouen, FR - Emporium Galorium
April 19 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie (with Terra Tenebrosa, The Old Wind)
April 20 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje (with Castle, Lonely Kamel, Sleepy Sun)
April 21 - Hamburg, DE - Astra Stube
April 27 - London, UK - "The Desertfest" at The Underworld More...

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Bombs Of Hades To Record New Album

Bombs of Hades has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio and record a new album:

"February 28th Bombs of Hades will start recording our 3rd album 'Atomic Temples' at Soundlab Studio. Out in May 2014 on War Anthem Records. More details on the album (song titles, art, etc.) will follow soon. Stay heavy!"

You can also stream the previous LP "The Serpent's Redemption" in the player below. More...

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Miserable Failure Releases Free EP

Grindcore outfit Miserable Failure has released the "Hope" EP for streaming and free download.

Check out the songs below, or download them at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Blueprints of Self-Disgust 01:02
2. One more Reason to Set this World on Fire 00:57
3. Goodbye & good Riddance 00:57
4. This World ain't mine 00:59 More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Announces Tour

Walking Corpse Syndrome has announced upcoming Spring tour dates. Catch the band live on these dates:

March 14 - Butte, MT - 5 Mile Bar and Grill
March 15 - Moses Lake, WA - Moose Lodge
March 28 - Columbia Falls, MT - The Bandit Saloon
March 29 - Great Falls, MT - Machinery Row
April 4 - Deer Lodge, MT - Montana Bar
April 5 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
April 12 - Spokane, WA - The Checkerboard
May 9 - Missoula, MT - The Top Hat

You can also check out the band's music video for "The Individualist" over at this location. More...

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TesseracT Announces North American Tour

U.K. progressive rock band TesseracT will once again be returning to North America. It will be the band's third tour supporting the critically acclaimed "Altered State" album (see review here).

Former touring partners, Intronaut, who will be fresh off a tour of their own with Between The Buried and Me and Deafheaven will be direct support. To make these events even more special, instrumentalists, DIY prog artist, Cloudkicker, will be touring for the first time ever with the members of Intronaut as his backing band.

Comments TesseracT:

"Last year we spent a few short weeks with a bunch of west coast musicians called Intronaut, stalwarts of the scene who have been honing their skills for years into an awesome blend of progressive jazz tinged metal. For as long as we can remember there has been a home studio producer of genre defying music called Cloudkicker. He has until now been restricted to the studio. So, it's with great pleasure that we get to rejoin our brothers in Intronaut, and be a part of Cloudkicker's first ever tour! This will be seriously fun."

Intronaut comments:

"When we first met Ben a few years back and discovered the Cloudkicker album "Beacons", we unanimously fell in love with it and have since bugged him to let us be his band. Now it is finally happening. Intronaut is absolutely over the moon about this once in a lifetime opportunity for Cloudkicker fans to hear his stuff live. Sweetening the deal even further is the fact that we get to do the tour with our favorite British chaps in TesseracT. This tour is going to kick ass!"

Cloudkicker, aka, Ben Sharp elaborates:

"This just happened to be a time when Intronaut was free and, incredibly, I was able to get the entire month of April off from work. We have been in touch since 2010 and they had told me a few times that we could make this happen, but it wasn't until last fall that I decided to give it an honest effort. Having the professionalism and technical proficiency of a band like Intronaut was the piece of the puzzle that finally encouraged me to pursue this since they are making it so easy for me. I know that when we show up for the first night of the tour everything will be locked in and we can just focus on having a good time." More...

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Lacuna Coil Unveils Album Artwork, Track List

Italian metal act Lacuna Coil unveiled the album cover and track listing for the forthcoming new studio album "Broken Crown Halo." The album is set to drop April 1, 2014 in North America (March 31 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand) via Century Media Records. The album marks the band's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to "Dark Adrenaline" (see review here), which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in 2012.

On the artwork (shown below) the band had this to say: "We are fighting for a kingdom and a crown that is not what it seems to be, one that in reality represents the moment of confusion we're living in, and the very fragile situation we're facing every day."

The track list for the album is:

1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
2. Zombies
3. Hostage To The Light
4. Victims
5. Die & Rise
6. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
7. Cybersleep
8. Infection
9. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. On Cold Day More...

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Chrome Division Posts "You're Now Dead" Video

Chrome Division released a lyric video for the new track "You're Now Dead." The song appears on the new album "Infernal Rock Eternal," which was just released in North America this week via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Check out "You're Now Dead" here:

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Pretty Maids Announces "Louder Than Ever" Release

Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids announced the new release "Louder Than Ever." The album is expected for release on March 21st in Europe and March 25th in North America via Frontiers Records and will contains some new studio material along with re-recorded tracks from previous albums. The release will also contain a DVD containing a retrospective of the "Motherland" Tour along with archive footage spanning the band's career.

The track listing for "Louder Than Ever" includes:

CD: Deranged (New Song); Playing God; Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth; My Soul To Take (New Song); He Who Never Lived; Virtual Brutality; Tortured Spirit; With These Eyes; Nuclear Boomerang (New Song); Snakes In Eden; Wake Up To The Real World; A Heart Without A Home (New Song).

DVD: A Retrospective of the "Motherland" 2013 World Tour. Includes Archive footage from early stages of the band's career, interviews, backstage, Studio Footage and the usual freakiness.

Check out an EPK video for the release here: More...

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Diabulus In Musica Announces New Album "Argia"

Spainish symphonic metal act Diabulus In Musica unveiled the album artwork and track list for the upcoming third album "Argia." The album is the first to feature new members Odei Ochoa (bass), David Carrica (Tierra Santa) (drums) and Alexey Kolygin (Allowance) (guitars). The release date has not yet been announced, as more info is expected soon.

The album will feature guest appearances by Sirenia vocalist Ailyn Giménez and Stormwind/Therion vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-Candlemass).

The track list for "Argia" is:

1. Et Resurrexit (Libera Me)
2. From the Embers
3. Inner Force
4. Furia de Libertad (feat. Ailyn Giménez)
5. Maitagarri
6. Sed Diabolus
7. Spoilt Vampire
8. Eternal Breeze
9. Mechanical Ethos
10. Encounter at Chronos' Maze (feat. Thomas Vikström)
11. Indigo
12. Healing
13. Horizons More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts 2nd "Pariah's Child" Preview

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the second preview clip of the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child" (see the first here). In this video, new bassist Pasi Kauppinen (Winterborn) talks about joining the band. "Pariah's Child" drops on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of the release, the band will embark on the first full North American headlining tour with Delain and Xandria this September/October. More information can be found at this location.

The track list for "Pariah's Child" is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Grave Digger To Release New Album In July

German power metal veterans Grave Digger announced that the band will release a new album on July 11th via Napalm Records. More information on the yet untitled release is expected soon. The band revealed the new logo (seen below) which will appear on the cover artwork. The 15th full length studio effort is the follow up to 2012's "Clash of the Gods" (see review here).

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Delain Announces New LP "The Human Contradiction"

Dutch metal act Delain announced that the band's new release will be entitled "The Human Contradiction." The album is set for release on the following schedule via Napalm Records:

Germany/Austria/Switzerland, April 4, 2014
UK, Rest of Europe: April 7, 2014
USA and Canada: April 8, 2014
Japan, ANZ, South America, Russia: TBA

The band commented: "We are proud to announce the release date, cover art and tracklist of our new record: 'The Human Contradiction.' We are really excited about the new tracks and can't wait to share them with you!"

More information on the album, including announcements of guest musicians, is expected soon. The track list for album is:

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons More...

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