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Metal News for January 28, 2015

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Lycus Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Oakland, CA funeral death/doom quartet Lycus.

Originally formed in 2008, the group released a debut demo in 2011 which was later reissued by The Flenser the following year. 2013 saw the group release a debut full-length, entitled "Tempest," on 20 Buck Spin Records.

The band will now enter Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA this April to record a sophomore full-length and Relapse debut. The group commented on the signing and upcoming plans:

"We are extremely excited to announce that our second full-length LP will be released on Relapse Records later this year. These guys have shown us interest since our Demo surfaced, and finally, three years later we have the chance to work together.

"We will be entering the studio in April with hopes to release the album by this coming Fall. The new material is darker, stranger, and bleaker than Tempest, and the artwork will feature another masterful painting courtesy of Italian madman, Paolo Girardi."

Lycus has been confirmed for California Deathfest 2015 along with a Summer tour, which will be announced shortly. More...

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Outer Heaven Opens The "Vault Of Whispers"

The mighty Outer Heaven has revealed another new track off the upcoming "Diabolus Vobiscum" EP. This one, a 7-minute epic titled "Vault of Whispers," makes its debut via CVLT Nation and can also be streamed below.

Outer Heaven's "Diabolus Vobiscum" will be released February 10th on Melotov Records and can be pre-ordered now at this location.

The young Pennsylvania band churns out old-school death metal of the minimal, mid-tempo variety, soaked in vile, unearthly doom vibes. To hear more from the album, check out "That Which Was Taken" over at this location.

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Barishi Streaming "Endless Howl" EP

Dynamic Vermont metal act Barishi just released the "Endless Howl" EP, the follow-up to the band's 2013 self-titled full-length.

You can stream the tracks below, or pick up a digital copy of the album via Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. In the Hour of the Wolf 04:44
2. Smoke from the Earth 04:02
3. Endless Howl 03:43
4. Snakeboat 05:34 More...

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Crematory Working On Album, Posts Video

Crematory will take a break from all live activities in 2015 to focus 100% on recording a new album. All planed shows for 2015 had to be postponed to 2016, as in addition two of the band members are realigning in business matters.

The band started writing new songs in January and will enter the studio from May to June, with an early 2016 release expected, right in time for the band's 25th anniversary. The successor to "Antiserum" will reportedly include some surprises for fans, so stay tuned for more info.

Crematory also just dropped another video off the "Antiserum" album. Check out the "Virus" clip below, which was recorded at Wacken Open Air 2014.

To span the live inactivity this year, the band decided to release the whole Wacken show as a DVD, including private backstage footage, detailed interviews, footage from their rehearsal room and the three videoclips from "Antiserum." The as-yet-untitled DVD will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on the 17th of June in Scandinavia, 19th of June in Germany, 22nd of June in Europe, with the USA release date will be announced soon. More...

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Northland Streaming "Downfall And Rebirth"

After a hard working period of composition and studio enclosure, Spanish Viking folk metal outfit Northland steps forward with second full-length album "Downfall And Rebirth."

Northland came onto the scene with first demo "Freezing Sadness," which crossed musical borders and got the band signed with German label Black Bards, which saw the release of studio album "Northland" in 2010.

New album "Downfall And Rebirth" can be picked up at Bandcamp here or streamed in full below. The track listing is as follows:

1. When Nature Awakes 05:06
2. Bloodred Sunrise 05:35
3. Together We Die 03:52
4. The Rite 02:38
5. Fury's Unleashed 04:02
6. Duskriders 06:32
7. Spirit in Darkness 05:16
8. Whispers In The Wind 04:20
9. Downfall And Rebirth 07:44
10. Moonlight Spell 04:01
11. Newborn Star 05:39 More...

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Forward Unto Dawn Releasing New Album

Forward Unto Dawn has announced the impending release of sophomore album "Alpha," which was recorded last spring in Cleveland Ohio at Spider Studios before being mixed by Matt Dalton (Battlecross) and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Born of Osiris).

The album will be available officially Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 with upcoming CD release shows to be announced soon. The band issued the following statement:

"Recording Alpha internationally was unbelievable. There's nothing like spending half a month living in a hotel room and studio with your 4 best friends doing what you love, it's an experience that definitely changes you as an individual and as a unit. We couldn't be more excited to show everyone what we've put all this time, effort, money and emotion into; and it's only just the beginning."

1. Transcendency
2. The Collapse
3. Concord & Dissolution
4. The Nature of Existence
5. Synthrospect
6. State of Duality
7. A Premonition More...

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Destiny Posts "Living Dead" Video

Gothenburg's Destiny just released a music video for the "Living Dead" single, which is the band's first new release in 10 years.

"Living Dead" will appear on an upcoming 33rd anniversary album due out later this year. The lineup for the track consists of:

Jonas Heidgert - vocals
Michael Åberg - guitar
Stefan Björnshög - bass
Kane Svantesson - drums (video)
Roger Christiansson - drums (audio)

"Living Dead" was produced by Destiny and Henrik Pettersson and recorded and mixed at Destiny Recording Studio. The video was produced by René U Valdes / Greenworks Television and can be seen below. More...

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Grapeshot Streaming "The Scene"

Spanish thrash / groove metal outfit Grapeshot is streaming new album "The Scene" online, which can be heard below, or over at the group's Bandcamp page here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Scene 04:40
2. Zombies 04:20
3. No Flowers 04:35
4. How Many Times 04:09
5. You Wouldn't Let Me Go 05:10
6. Godless Angels 04:29
7. Fornicage 04:06
8. Blinding Moon 04:13 More...

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Meaxic Releases New Single

New York's alt rock / metal band Meaxic just dropped latest single "On Instinct," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below or picked up digitally at iTunes here.

"On Instinct" comes from upcoming debut EP, "Synergy," set to be released later this Spring and currently being finished now.

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Tribulation Kicking Off Tour

Sweden's Tribulation will release "The Children Of The Night," the band's third album (and first full-length through Century Media Records), in April of 2015. Stay tuned for more news about the release coming soon.

Starting today, the band will also join Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, and Aeon on a North American trek that runs through March.

A limited 7" from Tribulation, entitled "The Death & Rebirth Of...," is also available at all shows while supplies last; this special single features a demo version of the new track "Holy Libations" on side A (to be included in its final form on the band's upcoming studio album) and another new track, "Laudanum Dreams," on side B. Catch the band live:

Jan. 28 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Jan. 29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Jan. 30 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Jan. 31 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Feb. 02 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Feb. 03 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Feb. 05 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Feb. 06 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Feb. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Feb. 08 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Feb. 10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Feb. 11 - Vancouver, BC - Comodore Ballroom
Feb. 13 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Feb. 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Feb. 16 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
Feb. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
Feb. 18 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 20 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Feb. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Feb. 22 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Feb. 23 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Feb. 24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
Feb. 25 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Feb. 27 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Feb. 28 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mar. 1 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Mar. 2 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
Mar. 3 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Mar. 5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Mar. 6 - Tampa, FL - Janus Landing
Mar. 7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution More...

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Yesterday's Saints Streaming "Recursion"

After streaming "Origen Adamantius" online, Yesterday's Saints has a new track up for listening titled "Recursion." Check it out below, courtesy of Dcist.com.

Both songs hail from new album "Generation of Vipers," which will drop on February 3rd, 2015 (read our review here). The track listing is:

1. Fall of the Ancients
2. Origen Adamantius
3. The Recruitment
4. A Priori
5. Sangreale
6. Cain's Agony
7. Sands of Nod
8. Generation of Vipers
9. The Divine Tragedy
10. Recursion
11. Luctus en Mane More...

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Tovarish Signs With Argonauta

Tovarish is the new exciting name in the Argonauta Records family. After signing a record deal, the label comments:

"Based in Providence, Rhode Island (USA) and combining dark ambient electronics, metal guitars and excruciatingly inhuman vocals, Tovarish explore themes such as bio-terrorism, man-made disasters and paranoia.

"Glacially-paced, cold, and depressive, their music challenges listeners with dense, aleatory textures offering only fleeting respite in brief moments of coherent rhythm and melody.

"Tovarish are also a staple of the live noise/metal scene in the New England region, and have performed alongside acts including Gnaw, Pharmakon, Kowloon Walled City, Zozobra, Batillus, Gnawed, and Yoshiko Ohara."

The forthcoming album is scheduled out by Spring 2015. Stay tuned for further details coming soon. More...

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Demon Hunter Releases "Death" Video

Demon Hunter has a new video clip online taken off the "Extremist" album released last year. Check out "Death" in the player below. The album's full track listing is:

1. Death
2. Artificial Light
3. What I'm Not
4. The Last One Alive
5. I Will Fail You (watch the music video here)
6. One Last Song
7. Cross To Bear
8. Hell Don't Need Me
9. In Time
10. Beyond Me
11. Gasoline
12. The Heart Of A Graveyard
Deluxe edition bonus songs
13. Waste Me
14. Helpless Hop

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Simbiose Streaming New Track

Nearly three years following the release of the crushing fifth album “Economical Terrorism,” Portuguese grind/crust group Simbiose is back with a new effort called “Trapped,” which is scheduled for release on March 15th via Anticorpos Records in collaboration with Criminal Attack Records, Deviance Records, Apathy Never, Punk Vortex, Tanker and Neanderthal Stench.

The album was recorded by Paulo Viera at Brugo Studio and BPM’S Studio and offers 14 new tracks of venomous and downright crushing grind/crust, including a guest performance of Bri Doom from British crust legends Doom with a guitar solo on the song “Deixós falar…”

Today you can also hear the song “Ignorância Colectiva” below, courtesy of PontoAlternativo.com. Asked about this new song and the musical direction of “Trapped,” vocalist Jonhie said the following:

"Ignorância Colectiva is a song that talks about the kind of people that just likes to criticize and say bad things about others, but in reality don’t do nothing for anyone or to change anything!

"Trapped is a different record, we wanted to give a new and fresh tone to the band's sound without disappointing our long-time fans. It’s more mature and has a cleaner sound... but it shows the same attitude!” More...

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Wolvhammer Adds Headlining Shows

Midwestern cult Wolvhammer has confirmed several headlining dates surrounding an upcoming U.S. tour supporting 1349, Origin, and Abysmal Dawn.

Following the two-pronged Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour, Wolvhammer will spend the majority of February on the opening slot of the Chaos Raids USA 2015 tour, headlined by Norwegian black metal legion, 1349, with additional support from Kansas' tech death metal unit, Origin, and California death outfit, Abysmal Dawn.

The recently expanded nineteen-date run will begin February 8th in Tampa, Florida, and run through the 26th in Savannah, Georgia. Yet Wolvhammer has also just locked up several headlining shows preceding and subsequent to the main run, February 5th, 6th and 7th, as well as the 27th and 28th. More...

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Taken By The Sun Announces Self-Titled Album

Chicago progressive post metal doom/gaze collective Taken By The Sun will release a debut full-length next month.

Tracked almost exclusively live at Electrical Audio (with "Confessions Of An Opium Eater" recorded at Studio 54 Music Zone), engineered by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room, all in Chicago, "Taken By The Sun" is monolithic in its delivery boasting a sprawling, eight-track, forty-two minute sound expedition. The track listing is as follows:

1. Scars
2. Demons Tempt the Dying Man with Crowns
3. Fuse
4. Red
5. Detached
6. Volatile
7. Confessions of an Opium Eater
8. Ornaflux

The self-titled "Taken By The Sun" will be released independently on February 24th via Bandcamp. More...

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Black Cyclone Splits With Vocalist

Swedish thrash outfit Black Cyclone has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Announcements from the BC-HQ! Our singer Arnór has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons and we wish him good luck in the future.

"If you like to hear more from Arnór, check out Lawgiver and Under Attack. The upcoming demo is making progress and we hope to release it in the near future. Beast up! Ugh!" More...

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Heavydeath Reveals Album Artwork, Track Listing

Named one of CVLT Nations's "Top 6 New Bands You Must Hear Today," Heavydeath was formed with the purpose of creating and playing exactly what the name implies.

The music is recorded as a trio. No frills: just guitar, bass, drums, and some vocals on top/inside of it. To date, Heaydeath has recorded four demos, alternately released on cassette and digital formats.

Slated for release on March 6th via Svart, the debut album "Eternal Sleepwalker" from Heavydeath was recorded under rather simple conditions in the summer of 2014: simply a drum-kit, a bass, and a guitar and with no overdubs. In the landscapes of heavy riffs, there are also some chanting vocals here and there in the songs, too.

As the band states, "We have, just like the previous demo recordings, tried to keep the material straight and primitive in the same Heavydeath style. We enjoy creating small details like morbid dis-harmonies and melodies in the riffs, but we have also tried to make it sound a little different than previous recordings. It would be boring if the album sounds exactly like the demo recordings. One thing is, for sure, it sounds heavy as death."

The track listing and artwork can be seen below. More...

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Demonical Enters The Studio

Swedish death metal outfit Demonical recently went into the studio to record an EP scheduled for a Spring release via Agonia Records.

The first new tracks since the release of the 2013's "Darkness Unbound" album are being recorded in Amplified Studios (drums) and Wing Studios (rest of the instruments) in Sweden, with Sverker Widgren (vocals) behind the knobs. Sverker will also be handling the mixing and mastering duties in the near future.

On the recording of the new EP, bassist Martin Schulman commented: "Armed with blood and iron we have hereby started the recording process of a new four track EP, once again bringing forth the ravishing sounds of HM-2 and razor sharp chants of Stockholm-style death metal darkness. The hour of death draws near!" More...

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Beyond Creation Announces U.S. Shows

Tech death outfit Beyond Creation just announced upcoming U.S. tour dates kicking off March 27th in Michigan and seeing the band travel through the East Coast before concluding April 12th in Rhode Island.

Beyond Creation is touring in support of new album "Earthborn Evolution," which can be streamed in full below. Catch the band live on these dates:

3/27 Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
3/28 Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
3/29 Akron, OH @ Empire Concert Club
4/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Infest w/Cannabis Corpse
4/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
4/12 Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13 More...

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Infesting Swarm Announces Debut Album

Art of Propaganda today unveils a daring newcomer that breathes new life into usually traditional metal tropes: Infesting Swarm and debut album, "Desolation Road," set for international release on March 30th. Art Of Propaganda comments:

"Hailing from Germany, Infesting Swarm have been quietly and patiently perfecting their craft for the past eight years, waiting for the right moment to unveil their momentous creation. At last, it is here, and the band's debut album swells and surges with a glorious melancholy without losing its metallic might. Very aptly titled, 'Desolation Road' deftly combines achingly melodic doom-death with emotive-yet-poisonous black metal, each of its eight epic tracks travelling down different corridors of the soul.

"But at its core, Infesting Swarm's 'Desolation Road' is a METAL record: not your standard 'post-black metal' where the latter (and most important) element is an afterthought at best, the aggression is kept to a maximum while the peripheral, non-metal elements are maximized without overtaking the central, black metalled thrust.

"Thus, 'Desolation Road' is an album that both ably walks the line between traditionalism and progression, triumph and tragedy."

1. Dead Transmission
2. Ending
3. Desperation
4. Year Of No Light
5. Abandoned Life
6. Der Lauf der Zeit
7. Horizon On Fire
8. Desolation Road More...

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Barren Earth Streams New Album's Title Track

Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, just launched the title track from an upcoming third full-length.

The album will be entitled "On Lonely Towers" and will be released via Century Media Records on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and March 24th, 2015 in North America.

Bassist Olli-Pekka Laine comments: "During the writing process of the album, we did many things from a totally new perspective. If there ever was a certain pattern in a basic Barren Earth song, this time we consciously tried to think things differently. Many other things changed too, some of them unintentionally, some of them willfully. A new production team, a new front man, a new record label... The list goes on.

"With the first song representing the album, we make no exception. Instead of putting out a song in a typical verse-chorus form, we thought that this 3-piece boulder would stand for the album better. It demands some concentration from the listener, but patience is rewarded in the end! So there you are, the title track of the upcoming album, On Lonely Towers."

Vocalist Jón Aldará adds: "On Lonely Towers can be considered a centrepiece of the album concept; stringing together the different storylines from the other songs, uniting the main characters and finally bringing a sense of hope to their struggles. It is also the song which inspired Travis Smiths beautifully crafted album cover."

"On Lonely Towers" was mixed by Petri Majuri and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork was created by no other than Travis Smith.

This new album follows previous releases "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here) and "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here). More...

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Drakkar Unveils Album Artwork

The new Drakkar album "Run With The Wolf" will be released via My Kingdom Music on March 16th, 2015.

The album will feature special guest appearances by Terence Holler (Eldritch vocalist), Olaf Thorsen (Vision Divine, Labyrinth) and Mat Stancioiu (ex-Labyrinth) and will release as a limited digipack deluxe edition including a bonus CD titled "Coming From The Past," with 5 classic songs from the first three albums of Drakkar re-recorded by the current lineup.

Cover artwork was handled by Alessandro Bragalini (who created the "When Lightning Strikes" cover), and the track listing will be as follows:

CD I: “Run With The Wolf”
1. Rise Of The Dark Lords (Intro)
2. Under The Banners Of War
3. Run With The Wolf
4. Watcher On The Wall
5. Ride The Storm
6. Burning
7. Southern Cross
8. Gods Of Thunder
9. Invincible
10. Call Of The Dragonblood

CD II: “Coming From The Past” - bonus CD
1. Coming From The Past
2. Dragonheart
3. Eridan Falls
4. Pure Of Heart
5. Galadriel' Song More...

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Dead In The Manger Streaming Full Album

Just days before 20 Buck Spin sets mysterious metal legion Dead In The Manger's "Cessation" LP loose upon the public, metal webzine Steel For Brains is hosting a stream of the entire torrential album (give it a listen below).

The follow-up to the anonymous act's malicious "Transience" EP, released approximately a year ago, Dead In The Manger's ominous objective is made all the more evident on this debut full-length endeavor, "Cessation." The album surely unleashes the expected searing and blast-driven grind/black metal alloy as its predecessor, yet also explores much more spacious and trance-inducing textures, opening portals to new realms of their insidious dimension through six unnamed movements.

20 Buck Spin will officially release "Cessation" this Tuesday, February 3rd, on 12" vinyl and through all prime digital outlets. More...

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Sorcerer Signs With Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish epic doom metal band Sorcerer, will release "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" on March 20th on CD, vinyl, and digitally.

Pre-orders for the album are available now at this location, and you can also hear the song "The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer" below. The band comments:

"Sorcerer are proud to have signed with the legendary metal label Metal Blade, home of many bands that has inspired us to start making music. With the new album 'In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross' we hope to continue where we ended many years ago. It is all the fans that have supported us through the years that has inspired us to do this album and we really looking forward to meet you all on gigs and festivals soon!"

Sorcerer was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 but disbanded after two demos in 1992. In 2010 the band came back together to play the Hammer of Doom festival in Germany and a year later the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece.

In the end it took over two years to write, arrange, and record a new album, but the result is nothing but pure, heavy epic doom metal. The process of putting all bits and pieces together and making it ready for mix and mastering was the work of drummer Robert Iversen, who was acting as the spider in the recording web. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend). The track listing is as follows:

1. The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer
2. Sumerian Script
3. Lake of the Lost Souls
4. Excorcise the Demon
5. In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
6. Prayers for a King
7. The Gates of Hell
8. Pagans Dance More...

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Blind Guardian Recruits Barend Courbois

In the course of his career he has played over 4,000 shows and recorded over 60 albums and worked together with musicians like Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde, and Atma Anur (Journey). In 2004 he was voted as best metal and all around bass player by Guitar Player magazine.

His name is Barend Courbois, and he is the new bass player of Blind Guardian – out on January 30th (Europe) and February 3rd (North America), fans will be able to enjoy his skills on the upcoming album "Beyond The Red Mirror" (reviewed here).

“This was the longest production I have ever been involved in,” the Dutch musician explains. “As we all know, the recordings took a total of two years. The music is so versatile, which is just what makes the style of Blind Guardian so unique.”

Regarding his own style, Courbois is quite confident: “I play in a very powerful, but also melodic way,” he explains. “You could compare me to John Deacon. Something that Queen-fans Hansi Kürsch and Gitarrist André Olbrich really like.” More...

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Behemoth Releasing Biography

"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" by Lukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive Behemoth biography. This book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by Behemoth, serves as an in depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band.

As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn't "Poland's response to Motley Crue's biography The Dirt." Simply put, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" is the story of Behemoth, the music, and the band's rise to the upper echelon of metal, becoming a household name in Poland.

"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" is a 490 page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade Records in February 2015. The book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, and lyric sheets. Pre-orders are available now at this location.

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: "If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which Behemoth's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might."

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: "The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Of course, not as a religion experience - I didn't understand anything and couldn't care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you're ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos - a guitar." More...

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Agnostic Front Issues Track-By-Track Break Down

The New York hardcore pioneers from Agnostic Front have released a full track-by-track commentary for every song on upcoming album "The American Dream Died." Find the piece written by the band's iconic frontman, Roger Miret, below.

The band is also announcing a collaboration of Madball guitarist Matt Henderson on the song "A Wise Man." Commented Miret: "Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for 'A Wise Man' being that song has a total 'One Voice' era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (Backtrack NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!"

Miret had this to say about each track on the release:

"The American Dream Died: It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!

"Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to 'protect and serve' us. If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with. Don't abuse your badge!

"Only In America: It's sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You've gotta be blind if you don't see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!

"Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won't get left behind. More...

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The Agonist Posts "My Witness, Your Victim" Video

The Agonist has brought out another video from forthcoming album "Eye Of Providence," due out February 24th. "My Witness, Your Victim" can be seen below, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com. Guitarist Danny Marino had this to say about the video:

"We're thrilled to release the My Witness, Your Victim video! This is the first video we are releasing that was directed and edited by our very own Bassist Chris Kells. Chris shoots music videos for other bands when he is not touring with us and it was really cool to finally do one for The Agonist.

"Lyrically this song dives into the album theme of the Eye of Providence. We live in a world where everything is being tracked and the more we interface with technology the more we lose our humanity. We're really happy with how the video turned out and believe it or not the actor was not harmed (too much) during the shoot!"

You can also watch the band's previously released music video for "Gates Of Horn And Ivory" over at this location. More...

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Iris Divine Signs With Sensory Records

Northern Virginia-based trio Iris Divine has joined The Laser's Edge family by signing with the label's progressive metal subdivision, Sensory Records, for the late Spring release of impending debut album, "Karma Sown." Sensory Records comments:

"With a brand of emotional, progressive hard rock/metal not quite like anything else out there, Iris Divine is musically rooted in the raw energy and rhythmic interplay of Rush and King's X. Fans of dark, guitar-driven rock bands from Alice In Chains, Deftones to the contemporary metal riffing of Lamb of God and Pantera, will connect to the heavy core of the band's modern sound.

"Add to that progressive complexity and moody synths inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, and a liberal dose of memorable hooks and melodies, to understand some elements of the band's sound. And yet, the band has a distinct identity, not quite sounding like any of the aforementioned bands, and with an emotional urgency that pulls subtly from alternative and other influences.

"Hailing from just outside of the Washington, DC area, Irisi Divine has opened for such acts as Katatonia, Orphaned Land, Fates Warning, and Periphery, channeling its studio output into intense, passionate live performances that balance precision with in-the-moment catharsis. Often called a 'musician's band,' the band time and again earned the respect of its regional peers, and could well become new faces gaining prominence among the musician community on a wider scale. More...

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Aversions Crown Recruits New Vocalist

After announcing he would be sitting out a tour, Colin Jeffs has decided to step down permanently from Aversions Crown.

Mark Poida, who has been filling in for Jeffs on the current European tour alongside Within The Ruins, has stepped up to join the band as the full time new vocalist.

The band announced on its Facebook page this morning: “Please welcome Mark Poida to the mic who will be stepping up to fill Colin's very big shoes. If you've seen us this year in Australia or Europe, you'll know that Mark has a huge voice and will be crushing it for us moving forward. Cheers Colin for all the good times!”

Colin announced the departure is not due to his recent vocal scare and thanked fans for support, saying: "Friends, unfortunately the time has come for me to part ways with Aversions Crown. This is a difficult call for me to make but a necessary one. The band has been my sole focus for the past 5 years and whilst it has been an amazing experience it has also been a very draining one.

"I've reached a point in my life where this band is just not what I want to focus on anymore and feel as though if I can't put 100% of my heart into this I shouldn't be doing it at all, this decision is not linked to me being absent from the current tour or my recent vocal scare, it’s something I had comes to terms with before these events. Thanks to everyone who has ever supported what I do in any way, it’s been real. Peace." More...

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Chainfist Releases New Video

"Black Rebel Noise," a brand new video from Danish metallers Chainfist, can be viewed below. The track is taken from the band’s album "Scarred," which was released on October 6th, 2014. A previously released lyric video for "Statement" can also be seen at this location.

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Amon Amarth Begins Work On New Material

Asked if the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2013's "Deceiver Of The Gods", Ted Lundström of Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth states: "Yeah, we just started very recently. We have some ideas for songs and lyrics, but we haven't really sat down to put it together yet. But after this tour, that will be our main focus, just to work on the album 24/7. So hopefully we can record it after the summer. That's the plan. But we don't have any finished songs yet."

Regarding when fans should expect to see the new Amon Amarth album, Ted says: "I would hope that we can release it early next year. But it depends on so many factors: record label and release schedule and touring and studio time and all that. But hopefully early next year we can get it out. That would be our plan. The plan is to stay out of shows. We will see. If something really interesting shows up, we might do something. But our plan is to not do any festivals whatsoever this year."

You can now watch the entire chat below.

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Down Posts "We Knew Him Well" Live Video

Down's video for the song "We Knew Him Well" can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew.

States Philip Anselmo about "We Knew Him Well": "I kinda like people to think for themselves and come up with their own conclusions, because a lot of times I'll have a couple of specifics in mind and then somebody will come along and say to me what their thoughts are on a certain songs is about. And I find it really interesting, because it's something that I haven't even considered before in my life and it makes sense to me the way they explain it. So, "We Knew Him Well" is about several different people, not just in my life, but the lives of my bands, family life, anybody that is, I guess, very very close to you. That's one I wrote for them."

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Oceans Ate Alaska Premieres New Music Video

Stemming from Birmingham, UK, the five-piece Oceans Ate Alaska offers a progressive strain of experimental modern metalcore. The band found inspiration for their name from the world's largest recorded mega-tsunami - measuring at 1,700 feet high - that demolished Alaska's coastline in 1958. The band was attracted to the natural disaster's national headline that read "Oceans Ate Alaska" where they decided to carry the name on a path to make their own history.

Oceans Ate Alaska premieres a new song and music video "Vultures and Sharks". The the track is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, "Lost Isles" which is set to drop February 24 via Fearless Records.

Check out "Vultures and Sharks" below.

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