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Metal News for January 30, 2017

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Unearthing The Completely Unexpected Underground

The ascendancy of Nergal's new dark blues / country project Me And That Man got me thinking about all the utterly unexpected sounds that have come through my speakers in the years I've been writing here.

For every thrash rehash, modern metal copy and paste job, or a slew of utterly identical melodic post-hardcore emo bands, there's always some outfit hanging out just below the surface that no one has ever heard of - but is putting out awe-inspiring sounds.

Today we're going to focus on those groups that go way off the beaten path, offering a very different take on various sub-genres than what you'll hear from the average metal band. You aren't going to read about them on Rolling Stone, but these are the innovators pushing boundaries that deserve to thrive in the metal underground.

Zeal And Ardor

This one-man project creates something that is so incredibly obvious in hindsight but has barely been scratched by the scene as a whole: a collision of old African American spirituals with extreme metal. Reading that description for the first time, it seems like those two forces wouldn't be compatible, but just think about the connotations for a second.

Why did black metal arise in the Scandinavian scene in the first place, and why are the early days of the style so closely associated with church burnings? American slaves persecuted by Christianity have more in common with the pagans of European lore than you might think.

Imagine if those same slaves had access to guitars and decided to take their music in a more extreme direction. I'll let the project's Bandcamp description explain the rest:

Imagine this: Django sacrifices a goat on stage while intimidating slave chants roar and screeching guitar riffs burn in the background. Then the rhythmic chain rattling evoking a satanic summoning makes way for the eerily familiar melodies of Norwegian black metal.

Intrigued? While the album as a whole does have some down points and a lack of focus (a full review is coming), the tracks that stick to this collision of ideas are top-notch. Zeal & Ardor's "Devil Is Fine" is due to officially drop February 24th, 2017.

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Tehom Releasing "The Merciless Light"

Blood Harvest Records has set April 21st, 2017 as the international release date for the debut album from Sweden's Tehom, titled "The Merciless Light."

With a lineup whose roots run deep in the Swedish underground for the past 20+ years, Tehom mainlines that combined experience into a beast of blackened death metal as fresh as it is timeless.

With all but a demo prior - also titled "The Merciless Light," but released in 2011 and at half the length and in rawer form - on this full debut album "The Merciless Light," the quartet took time to finesse and fine-tune this sound into one that spans decades without bearing the stench of "retro" tedium. The album is proudly and mercilessly death metal, but blackened in a most barbaric manner.

1. Absorbed Into The Will Of The Gre
2. The Smoldering Vessels
3. Faith From Water
4. Hearth Of Perdition
5. With Patience And Faith
6. Tehom Invocation
7. Voices From The Darkside More...

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Au-Dessus Signs With LADLO

LADLO Productions is proud to announce the signing of Lithuanian post-black metal band Au-Dessus, with a new album due to drop May 19th, 2017. Check out a teaser trailer below. LADLO also comments:

"On the shores of the Baltic sea at the crossroad between worlds, darker than the night, more hostile than the harshest winter, Au-Dessus pushes the post-black metal borders out.

"This new album will blow a freezing wind with atmospheres full of negative waves in order to take the listener to lands unknown, where the elements are either taken from sludge music or from mental torture, re-opens each and every wounds of the soul.

"With an enormous maturity for a second album, you will found nothing more ethereal, nothing more terrifying, because this one is Au-Dessus (above) everything else. And the story has just began. The album's name and artwork, realized by Metastazis, will soon be revealed." More...

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Barishi Posts "The Great Ennead" Video

Barishi just released a new music video for the track "The Great Ennead," directed by Bobby Csehak and showcasing a live performance by the band. "The Great Ennead" appears on "Blood from the Lion's Mouth," which released last year via Season Of Mist.

Additionally, Barishi just announced several live dates across New England, beginning on February 25th and seeing the band performing in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine before concluding on April 28th, with more dates to be announced soon.

Feb. 25 Revere, MA @ Sammy's Patio
Mar. 31 Stratton, VT @ Grizzly's Nightclub
Apr. 28 Portland, ME @ SPACE More...

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Merrimack Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of French black metal cult Merrimack. Regarding this signing, the band comments:

"We are pleased to announce that Merrimack is joining the Season of Mist roster. This is another significant step in our goal to deliver the blackest of metal, without compromising our art. Working with fellow countrymen will ensure a fruitful cooperation, and their unquestionable professionalism can be nothing but a motivation for the band to make this union last long!"

Merrimack was founded by guitarist Perversifier in 1994 with a clear vision to keep the black metal flame burning as an act of aesthetic terrorism – adamantly based in the underground as opposed to any attempts to co-opt or commercialize.

Following the recording of previous album "The Acausal Mass" (2012) at the legendary Necromorbus Studio, Merrimack embarked on a European tour with Norwegian genre icons Mayhem and accepted invitations to prestigious festivals such as Hellfest in their native France, Germany's Party-San Open Air and Summer Breeze and Montreal's Messe des Morts in Canada.

The band is currently preparing to release a next milestone of extreme black metal with a malicious underground spirit later this year. More...

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Helheim Streaming New Album

Helheim's ninth full-length album "LandawarijaR" hit the streets on the 20th of January via Dark Essence Records, and now all the tracks have come online for streaming.

Music for the seven-track album was crafted by H’grimnir and V’gandr with lyrics by V’gandr. Recording took place at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, where the album was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen. Guest vocals were provided by William Hut, Morten Egeland, Pehr Skjoldhammer, Bjornar E Nilsen, and Ottorpedo.

1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr More...

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Hautajaisyo Releases New Single

From the depths of Finnish melancholy and death worship comes Hautajaisyö ("funeral night"), which just released a new single titled “Unohdetut” ("the forgotten"). You can stream the new release below, and the track listing is as follows:

01. Unohdetut
02. Kuusikymmentäkaksi (Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus cover)

Finnish fans can also catch Hautajaisyö live on these upcoming spring dates:

Cave Bar, Iisalmi, Finland 03.03.2017
Fubar, Tallinn, Estonia 13.04.2017 More...

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Ecferus Releasing "Shamaniacal Essence"

Hellthrasher Productions just released an extended CD version of the new Ecferus EP "Shamaniacal Essence." Hailing from Indiana, USA, and influenced by evolutionary anthropology and primitive myth, Ecferus explores the psyche of early humans through a vehicle of exciting and unpredictable black metal.

Producing seven releases in under two years, Ecferus’ sole member, Alp, has kept a prolific pace while exploring different musical approaches each time. Self-released digitally two months ago, his latest opus "Shamaniacal Essence" is the destruction of knowing; an induced psychosis purposed as the mental devolution into animal primality.

"Shamaniacal Essence" was recorded between August and October 2016 at Ghost Cave Studio and features the artwork by Luciana Nedelea. The track listing is as follows:

1. Lobotomization Portal Ascent (CD bonus track)
2. Talisman Fire Eye
3. Psychophilic Volts
4. Deprogrammation Entranceptor More...

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Necroblood Releasing "Collapse Of The Human Race"

Iron Bonehead Productions, in conspiracy with Amor Fati Productions, is proud to present Necroblood's debut album, "Collapse of the Human Race." The album will drop March 31st, 2017.

Begun in 2010, Necroblood consists of still-fresh stalwarts of the growing French death metal scene, and the band has deep roots in the country's black metal underground. Taken together - the gutted grind of death metal, the blasphemous aura of black metal - "Collapse of the Human Race" thus becomes a diseased 'n' disgusting fist in the face of all that is pure and pristine.

01. Intro
02. Through Limitless Abysses
03. Evil Against Evil
04. Sons of Genocide
05. Glorification Through Destruction
06. Essential Collaspe
07. Baptised by Devil's Cum
08. Sadistik Hunt
09. Operation Gomorrah
10. The Omen More...

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Within The Ruins Reveals "Halfway Human"

Within The Ruins is gearing up to release "Halfway Human" via eOne Music / Good Fight Music this coming March 3rd, 2017. The track listing and artwork can be seen below, while eOne comments:

"'Halfway Human' is a super-strength strike against complacency and conformity. Vocalist Tim Goergen, bassist/clean vocalist Paolo Galang and the band’s cofounders - guitarist/producer Joe Cocchi and drummer Kevin 'Drummer' McGuill – cast aside any fear of how Within The Ruins may be perceived by let their creative impulses takeover.

"Within The Ruins sound raw, reenergized and angry, with a deliciously dark sarcastic bite and attitude. They’ve jettisoned the more sterile clinician approach prevalent in the genre, having already taken the perfected super produced sound past its limits before."

1. Shape-Shifter
2. Death of the Rockstar (streaming here)
3. Beautiful Agony (watch the video)
4. Incomplete Harmony
5. Bittersweet
6. Objective Reality
7. Absolution
8. Ivory Tower
9. Sky Splitter
10. Ataxia IV
11. Treadstone More...

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Deletere Announces New EP Release

Délétère will release the "Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam" EP via Sepulchral Productions on March 18th, 2017. The label comments:

"Hot on the heels of first album, 'Les heures de la peste,' the soldiers of pestilence strike back with a new EP that will solidify their place among the best black metal bands from Québec. Building on the sound that has been the bands own since its beginning, this new output features 26 minutes of Délétère at its best, delivering songs that are both furious and epic.

"From the incisive yet intricate riffs to Thorleïf's commanding vocals and the subtle use of keyboards, Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam has everything that has made Délétère quickly attract followers, and it will without a doubt ensure they convert many more to their perverse cause."

1. Incipit : Noster Fructus Irae
2. Le Lai de la Vermine
3. Horae Leprae : Cantus IV : I.N.O.P.I.A E.T. M.O.R.B.O.
4. Milites Pestilentiae II : De Violatione Ciuitatis Febilis Dei
5. Ordo Regis Caedis More...

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Jenner Posts "To Live Is To Suffer" Trailer

Jenner today releases a new teaser for the upcoming debut album "To Live is to Suffer," due to be released via Inferno Records on February 20th, 2017.

The ablum was recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Luka Matkovic at Citadela Sound Production studio in Belgrade. Check out the teaser trailer and artwork below.

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Dying Whale Streams Full Album

"Last Moments Of Misery," the pounding new full-length release from Georgia-based hardcore/punk outfit Dying Whale, is now playing ahead of its release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.

With infectious and ferociously raw emotional delivery, "Last Moments Of Misery" coalesces elements of metal, sludge, and hardcore into an encompassing sound, infused with a theme which revolves around the dark periods in our lives, and the idea of not having a place in this world or a home in the afterlife.

Nefarious Industries will release "Last Moments Of Misery" on CD and digital formats this coming February 3rd. Catch Dying Whale live on these tour dates: More...

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Accept Reveals "Restless And Live" Chart Positions

On January 13th, the heavy metal titans from Accept finally delivered their new live package called "Restless And Live."

This set not only includes the entire show that Accept played at the Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from the group's most recent European tour.

With this package, the band also enter the charts worldwide, including #1 in Germany. Wolf Hoffmann comments:

"To get a message on tour like that - is so cool and I am sure, we will be overtaken by joy on stage and bring the house down! Thank you, fans! And to all, who are involved and tirelessly working for us: Thank you big time! See ya on tour." More...

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One Last Shot Posts "Leather & Fangs" Video

Horror-infused screamo band One Last Shot from Syracuse, NY just debuted the new music video for the single "Leather & Fangs." The video starts with a nostalgic introduction from Steven Smith of Fuse's Steven's Untitled Rock Show and then showcases a performance from the band at the haunted Landmark Theater in NY.

The video was shot by B-horror director Ron Bonk (She Kills, Night of the Strange), with the track's production being handled by Justin Spaulding and Steve Sopchak (Such Gold, Ice Nine Kills). The single comes from upcoming album "The Death of a Poet & All of His Friends," which will be released independently on 3/31.

"The album is a concept album about 5 strangers running from an ambiguous dark force," says vocalist Jeremy Miller. "They find refuge in an isolated chapel in the woods at night that they block themselves in from the evil that surrounds them. The album is about their character development & realization of inevitable death. This song in particular is about the main character, 'The Poet,' and his struggles with life and death in the situation he's been dealt."

The "Poet" character is loosely based off Miller's own struggles with life and death. At age 17, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has no cure and requires daily medication in order for him to stay alive. More...

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Death Of Kings Announces New EP

Atlanta group Death Of Kings returns with "Hell Comes to Life," a stunning EP that contains two tracks of blistering old-school thrash mixed with traditional heavy metal.

"Hell Comes to Life" will be released on March 31st, 2017 as a limited edition vinyl release. A full-length album will be released later in the year. Stay tuned for info.

1. Hell Comes to Life
2. Hell Patrol More...

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Memoriam Posts "For The Fallen" Trailer

Old school death metal group Memoriam will unleash debut album, "For The Fallen," on March 24th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band reveals a second video trailer discussing the Memoriam name.

"For The Fallen" is also available for pre-order in various formats over here. The album's artwork was created by Dan Seagrave and the track listing is as follows:

1. Memoriam
2. War Rages On
3. Reduced to Zero
4. Corrupted System
5. Flatline
6. Surrounded (By Death)
7. Resistance
8. Last Words More...

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Banisher Recruits New Members

Polish death metal band Banisher has now officially recruited two new members to fill the bassist and drummer positions, issuing this update about the situation:

"It's time to reveal our new line up! Ladies and gentlemen, we are glad to welcome aboard two great musicians.

"Piotr Kolakowski (ex-Hate, Neyra, Violent Creed) - who is going to be our bass player and Eugene Ryabchenko (Vital Remains, Castrum, Angerseed, Obliterate, Posthumous Blasphemer and many more) - who has already been helping us out in 2016, as our drummer.

""We are really looking forward to start playing gigs and we're already working on few gigs in Poland and an European tour in Spring 2017! Soon we will give you some more info about that. " More...

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Toy Called God Releases New Music Video

Groove metal influenced hard rock act Toy Called God released latest album "Dirt On Your Coffin" earlier last year. Hailing from Brentwood, CA, the quartet has been making a name for itself since 2011 - mixing heavy distortion, infectious hooks, and headbanger riffs.

Last spring, the band released a music video for the single "False Prophet," which was shot and directed by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynyrd Skynyrd). Today, Toy Called God is following that with a second music video supporting "Dirt On Your Coffin" for the track "Numb In A Bottle." Also directed by Mike Sloat and focusing on the dangers of alcoholism, you can see this new clip below.

Guitarist Patrick Donovan states, "Far too often in our journey, those we love choose to numb themselves to life as opposed living it. Often times those around them want to help their loved ones but don't know how to do that. Sometimes that help comes too late. Live life, love your people, never give up and never go numb." More...

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Cellar Darling Posts Video Update

Last week, the storytellers from Cellar Darling announced their signing to Nuclear Blast. While they are currently working on their first studio tale that is scheduled to see the light of day this summer, the band now offers an insight into this work to give a first update to fans.

Watch the trailer below for a personal message from Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Sutter. The band also comments:

"With the start of the new year, we have officially begun recording our very first album at Tommy Vetterli’s New Sound Studio. Creativity is flowing, spirits are high, and we could not be happier with the results so far! We cannot wait to share this with you. In the meantime, we’ll keep you up to date with the video here." More...

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Fit For An Autopsy Releases Music Video

Fit For An Autopsy just debuted a brand new music video for "Heads Will Hang." Directed by Max Moore, this is the first music video the band has released from upcoming new release "The Great Collapse," due out March 17th, 2017 via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music in North America and SPV overseas.

Founding guitarist / producer Will Putney comments, "The concept behind the song/video was to set a scenario in America where a normal happy family was placed in a similar extreme situation, in the hope that it creates a certain feeling of empathy for what less fortunate nations are experiencing right now. And to shed some light on just how close we are to the same tragedies hitting our homes.

"People in the United States always seems to form these really strong opinions about war, refugees, and other crisis situations in third world nations without really having the perspective of what's actually happening there. Everyone's guilty of it to some extent; a lot of us live very privileged lives in comparison to other pockets of the world, where the basic comforts like clean water, power, shelter, and safety are not guaranteed." More...

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Metal Allegiance Posts "Pledge Of Allegiance" Clip

Metal Allegiance recently gathered at the City National Grove of Anaheim for an unforgettable tribute to our fallen heroes.

Hosted by Jackson, Charvel & EVH as well as sponsored by Loudwire, Monster Energy and Musician's Institute, the night was filled with many special performances as well as an appearance and early birthday celebration for Ray Burton.

Today, the band releases an exclusive 360 video of the opening song of the night, "Pledge Of Allegiance." This night marked the first time in a year that the core four, David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, and Mike Portnoy have played together.

They shared the stage with Mikkey Dee, Vinny Appice, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez, Eddie Hermida, Arejay Hale, Carla Havey, Chris Jericho, Mark Osegueda, Phil Demmel, Gary Holt, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, and Billy Sheehan. More...

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Ignis Gehenna Streaming Full New Album

Australian black metal cult Ignis Gehenna is currently streamikng the entirety of debut album, "Baleful Scarlet Star." Released earlier this month by Seance Records, hear Ignis Gehenna's blazing "Baleful Scarlet Star" in its entirety below.

The seeds of Ignis Gehenna were sewn in 2007 by Erebus Enthroned singer Nihilifer and Archfiend. Based in Australia, Nihilifer crafted the music while Archfiend, from the USA, penned lyrics. These initial works expressed the devilry of youth and a crude demo was recorded, entitled "Ecclesia Diabolus." In 2010, the band produced the EP "Revelations of Sinister Rebirth," released through the Korean label Misanthropic Art. An entrancing-yet-ugly sound pervaded this short work of bloodshed and fanaticism.

In the years of silence since, Nihilifer has continued Ignis Gehenna as a purely solo work, slowly writing music and creating lyrics to reflect experiences, insights, and visions of his idiosyncratic path. The work was finished upon relocating to a remote part of Australia where isolation allowed his creative vision to flourish. Now at the dawn of the new year, when the fires of spring are burning anew down under, the debut album, "Baleful Scarlet Star", has seen release through Seance Records after spending many years behind closed doors, echoing within its composer's mind. More...

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Sepultura's "Machine Messiah" Hits The Charts

Brazilian heavy metal icon Sepultura has entered the charts worldwide with latest output "Machine Messiah." Andreas Kisser states:

"Thank you Sepulnation, we are so happy with the response and positive feedback for the new album, we can't wait to bring the Messiah to the stage!

"Overwhelmed by the energy and the excitement of our fans, the charts positions just reflects this great momentum in our career! See you all on tour! Bow down to the 'Machine Messiah!!!'"

These are all initial chart entries around the globe for the "Machine Messiah" album release:

Czech: #14
Italy: #14
Germany: #27
Switzerland: #27
Austria: #33
Portugal: #35
Belgium (VI): #35
Belgium (WA): #67
France: # 74
Australia: #82
USA: #86
UK: #165, #18 Indie, #9 Rock More...

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Amon Amarth Announces U.S. Tour

After touring the world this past year in support of latest album "Jomsviking" (which was included in our look at the best cover art of 2016), Amon Amarth will head back out on the road this spring for a USA tour with Goatwhore.

Starting April 30th, the trek also features select appearances by Amon Amarth at some of the nation's premier music festivals: Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Dark Lord Day, Northern Invasion, and Rock on the Range.

Amon Amarth comments: "United States! We return to your lands this Spring and we will raid and plunder your little cities as we please. For the first time we will be sailing our longships towards the curious native celebrations called 'The Loudest Month' (Welcome To Rockville, Northern Invasion, Carolina Rebellion & Rock On The Range) where we will sack and burn them to the ground and feast on the spoils. Our good friends in the almighty Goatwhore will be joining us on this voyage on all headline shows. You have been warned."

Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust (vocals) adds: "We are looking forward to hitting the road with Amon Amarth and playing some raw as fuck metal for you people. Show up with your anger and let's make some chaos happen. I know you all need to vent some issues. Let's do it together and crush the opposition. I also hope by the end of this tour I can try to be as cool as Joe Grindo from Theories." More...

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Tonight We Stand Releases New Video

"Invisible Enemies" is the first video release from the forthcoming EP "Redemption" delivered by young Italian band Tonight We Stand. Check out this classic piece of modern metal with a monochrome video reflecting the clashing style and lyrics of the song below.

The "Redemption" EP is due to be released on February 9th, 2017 via Sliptrick Records. You can catch Tonight We Stand supporting the release live on these dates:

Feb 08, 2017 - Tapper | Tallinn, Estonia
Feb 09, 2017 - Nabaklab | Riga, Latvia

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Ferndal Streams "In Die Freiheit"

German black metal outfit Ferndal today publishes first song "In die Freiheit," taken from the band's debut, self-titled album due out April 21st via Einheit Produktionen (CD) and Black Megalith for the vinyl. The album cover art was created by Norax Martínez of Lux Divina, and more info on the band is available at Facebook here.

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New Years Day Announces U.S. Tour

New Years Day is preparing to hit the road for the band's first tour of 2017 supporting Attila on the upcoming "Let's Get Abducted" tour. New Years Day continues to tour throughout North America and internationally on the strength of third studio album, "Malevolence" (2015).

Speaking about the band's upcoming tour, New Years Day frontwoman Ash Costello states: "Attila was one of my favorite bands to watch everyday on Warped Tour because they put on such an entertaining show! It's a party! So I'm really excited to be able to watch them every single night and invite all of the NYD fans to be part of the madness too!"

Tuesday, February 14th - Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
Wednesday, February 15th - Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
Thursday, February 16th - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
Friday, February 17th - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Saturday, February 18th - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
Tuesday, February 21st - Reno, NV @ Cargo
Wednesday, February 22nd - Fresno, CA @ Strummers
Thursday, February 23rd - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Friday, February 24th - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Saturday, February 25th - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Sunday, February 26th - Odessa, TX @ Club Patron
Monday, February 27th - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Tuesday, February 28th- Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
Thursday, March 2nd - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Friday, March 3rd - Chattanooga, TN @ Revelery Room
Saturday, March 4th - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Sunday, March 5th - Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
Tuesday, March 7th - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Wednesday, March 8th - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
Friday, March 10th - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Saturday, March 11th - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Sunday, March 12th - Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete's More...

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Dead Animal Assembly Plant Releases New Video

Dead Animal Assembly Plant just released debut music video “Rise With Me," which can be seen below.

The Sweet Meats Slaughterhouse was founded in 1895 by Wilhelm Schröder. Internationally known for his advances in industrialized butchery; he produced 30% of the meats consumed in the United States. In 1915, tragedy struck the small town he called home; when all the livestock were infected with an unexplained fatal disease.

The ever-resourceful Schröder turned to the only available meat; the townsfolk. After discovering the terrible truth, they enacted their own form of justice. Feeding the once prolific Schröder to his own machines. The Sweet Meats Slaughterhouse remained eerily quiet and vacant; until one night, horrible noises resembling music emanated from the dank hallways.

"Rise with Me" is an intense and deliberate music video highlighting the darker side of the human persona; written to show the effects of media outlets highlighting mass shootings in modern day America. The band comments: More...

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Fearless Posts Music Video

Following a stream of the song last week, hillbilly metal troupe Fearless now has a music video online for "Blood Sweat & Shine."

Where did this hillbilly metal come from? brothers Andy (drums) and Tobias (guitar) Forssander spent some time in the deep south of Lousiana learning the finer points of moonshine, fixin' cars, and playing music with the locals.

Debut single “Hillbilly For Life” was self-released in 2015 and produced by Kristoffer Folin at Purple Skull Media in Stockholm. That was just the beginning, with lots more coming from the hillbilly crew - stay tuned! More...

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Witherfall Posts Album Trailer

Based out of Los Angeles, Witherfall is the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth, Kobra And The Lotus, White Wizzard), singer Joseph Michael (White Wizzard) and the late Adam Sagan (Circle II Circle, Into Eternity).

The band's recording lineup is rounded out with the addition of acclaimed Bassist Anthony Crawford (Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati) and now Witherfall is set to release debut "Nocturnes And Requiems" on February 10th.

A new trailer has also come on line today in which the band discusses the album title and the cover artwork by Kristian Wåhlin.

Witherfall headed to Phoenix, Arizona to self-produce this debut album with engineer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Brian "Head" Welch, MSG) in late 2014. The album was then sent on to New York City for mixing and mastering by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Hatebreed) at Planet Z.

"Nocturnes And Requiems" is dedicated to the life of Adam Sagan who passed on December 7th, 2016 during the final stages of production. The band collectively commented: More...

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Las Rageous Festival 2017 Announced

This year marks the debut of Las Rageous, a two day music festival taking over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd.

Created by Live Nation, Las Rageous will feature performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Coheed and Cambria, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, and more with two stages in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax stated, “We are looking forward to playing the Las Rageous festival, planning on making this first-time festival memorable.”

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin said, “We’re really excited to be a part of Las Rageous in April. We love playing Vegas and are looking forward to being a part of this new festival.”

Amanda Moore of Live Nation explained, “Bringing an annual rock festival to this city has been a dream ever since we opened the Live Nation Las Vegas office. Rock and metal music have a rich history here in Sin City; from the bands it has fostered, to its wild and loyal fans, to KOMP - one of the oldest and most respected rock stations in the country.” More...

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Aeternam Posts "Sun Shield" In Studio Video

Canadian death/folk metal act Aeternam issued an in studio video clip for the new song "Sun Shield." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Ruins Of Empires," which is expected to be issued independently on February 10th. The album is the band's first in five years (2012's "Moongod").

The track list for "Ruins of Empires" is:

1. Damascus Gate (see video clip here)
2. Paropamisadae
3. Sun Shield
4. The Keeper of Shangri-La
5. Fallen is the Simulacrum of Bel
6. Colossus
7. Nightfall on Numidia
8. Praetor of Mercury
9. Zadyin Arga

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Vastum Announces "Eight Days Of Death" Tour

San Francisco death metal horde Vastum has declared an impending late winter invasion of Europe, announcing a string of tour dates surrounding the band's performance at The Netherlands Death Fest.

The announcement is joined by news of label home 20 Buck Spin's plans to reissue primal debut album, "Carnal Law," which has been out-of-print on vinyl since its 2011 release. "Carnal Law" was issued originally on vinyl by Deific Mourning / Contagion Releasing in 2011 in a one-time limited version of 500 copies. Those disappeared and the album has since been unavailable on vinyl for the last four or five years. More...

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Sanctuary Posts "Dream Of The Incubus" Lyric Video

U.S. metal act Sanctuary released a lyric video for the 1986 demo song "Dream of the Incubus." The restored and re-mastered song will appear on the upcoming release "Inception," which is set to drop on February 24th, 2017 via Century Media Records. "Inception" is the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied."

"Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).

Recorded in March of 1986 at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center between April and July 1986, "Inception" offers other previously unreleased highlights as "I Am Insane" along with several classic "Refuge Denied" songs that are burning with fervor and intensity.

The track listing for "Inception" is:

1. Dream Of The Incubus
2. Die For My Sins (song streaming here)
3. Soldiers Of Steel
4. Death Rider / Third War
5. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
6. Ascension To Destiny
7. Battle Angels
8. I Am Insane
9. Veil Of Disguise

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Disperse Streams New Song "Surrender"

Polish progressive metal act Disperse is streaming another new song from the forthcoming studio effort "Foreword," which is set for release on February 24th, 2017 via Season of Mist. Check out "Surrender" in the player below.

"Foreword" is uplifting and inspirational, and sees Disperse take a bold step into the future, showcasing the band's immense flair for elegant and evocative songwriting.

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The Moth Gatherer To Release New EP

Sweden's sludge/doom metal act The Moth Gatherer will release a new EP titled "The Comfortable Low" on March 31st via Agonia Records. Sound-wise, the EP will be a nod towards the band's debut album, "A Bright Celestial Light" (2013) and a wink towards the hardcore and electronic side. The release will feature guest appearances from Dennis Lyxzén (Refused/INVSN) and Fred Burman (Satan Takes A Holiday).

The band commented: "After 'The Earth Is The Sky' (2015) we felt like we needed to push our limits while not forgetting our roots. Our roots in hardcore and our current interest in electronica made their mark on these two songs, a constant travel through harsh and beautiful soundscapes. The music and lyrics are supposed to feel like painful beauty and to provoke reflection. The themes revolve around an inner search, a way to rise while being pushed down by depression".

The new material was once again recorded with Karl Daniel Lidén behind the console and clothed with artwork prepared by SCG (shown below). "They both feel like an integral part of the The Moth Gatherer" - concluded the band.

"The Comfortable Low" will be available digitally and in limited edition coloured vinyls:
- grey LP (limited to 250 copies)
- grey LP with black & white splatter (limited to 250 copies).

Pre-orders are available at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. This Providence of Bones (feat. Dennis Lyxzén)
2. Still Life Slumbers Here (feat. Fred Burman) More...

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Black Star Riders Posts "Heavy Fire" Lyric Video

Black Star Riders issued a lyric video for the new song "Heavy Fire." The song is the title track to the band's third album coming February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Heavy Fire" is as follows:

1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In (see lyric video here)
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye (see music video here)
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
11. Fade (Limited Edition Digibook CD Bonus Track)

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Kreator Pays Tribute With "Fallen Brother" Video

German legends Kreator issued a video clip for the song "Fallen Brother." The clip is a tribute to those lost in the metal world over the years. The song appears on the new album "Gods of Violence", just issued this past Friday via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out our review for the album at this location.

The album's track listing is:

1. Apocalypticon
2. World War Now
3. Satan Is Real (see video clip here)
4. Totalitarian Terror (see video clip here)
5. Gods Of Violence (see music video here)
6. Army Of Storms
7. Hail To The Hordes
8. Lion With Eagle Wings
9. Fallen Brother
10. Side By Side
11. Death Becomes My Light

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Former Black Sabbath Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He was sixty eight years old. The news was broken by Nicholls' former bandmate Tony Iommi, who had worked with the musician from 1979 to 1996. Iommi posted a message online which reads as follows:

"I'm so saddened to hear of the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He's been suffering for a while now with lung cancer.

"Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again. Rest in peace my dear friend." More...

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Mushroom Cloud Announces "Bleed For Justice"

Following the "In Mad Minute" release from back in 2013, Denmark group Mushroom Cloud has revealed new EP "Bleed For Justice." The mini-album was ercorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus with Tue Madsen and will feature the following track listing:

1. The Formless
2. Bleed For Justice
3. Tear Down The Wall More...

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The Anchor Releases "The Hardest Part" Video

Metalcore outfit The Anchor has a new music video titled "The Hardest Part" online, taken off full-length release "A World Ahead." Vocalist Linzey Rae, most notably known for her Metal Kitchen parody videos, discussed the meaning behind the song:

"I lost my mom to drug addiction. One of the most difficult lessons in life is realizing that you can't always change or save someone. The hardest part is letting go and saying goodbye.

"This song is a testament to forgiving through pain, remembering the best in people, and letting go of resentment. We can only be free when we find forgiveness for those who have hurt us most." More...

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Temperance Posts Live Video

After the announcement of a upcoming co-headlining European tour with Temperance, Italian power metal band Overtures just releasing live footage recorded during a previous summer tour, where the band played in more than 20 shows, including Gods of Metal and SpazioRock Festival.

"Unshared Worlds" was the very first single from latest album "Artifacts" (released May 2016 via Sleaszy Rider Records). Check out the live video below. Catch these upcoming Overtures 2017 tour dates with Temperance:

09.03.2017 - Temperance + Ancienth Myth live @ Covent Garden Studios, Eragny - FRANCE
23.02.2017 - Centro Giovani - Gorizia - ITALY *
24.02.2017 - Vegallomas Klub - Szombathely - HUNGARY *
25.02.2017 - Pod Skalkou - Ceska Trebova - CZECH REPUBLIC *
26.02.2017 - Melodka Club - Brno - CZECH REPUBLIC **
27.02.2017 - Exit Us - Prague - CZECH REPUBLIC **
28.02.2017 - Rudeboy Klub - Bielsko Biala - POLAND **
02.03.2017 - Titans Club - Lens - BELGIUM ***
03.03.2017 - De Verlichte Geest - Roselare - BELGIUM ***
04.03.2017 - Rockheaven - Eygelshoven - NETHERLANDS ***
05.03.2017 - Moonlight Music Hall - Diest - BELGIUM ***
07.03.2017 - Garage Deluxe - Munchen - GERMANY ***
08.03.2017 - Soundcheck One - Waldbrown - GERMANY ***
09.03.2017 - Covent Garden Studios - Eragny - FRANCE ***
10.03.2017 - Petit Leman - Vevey - SWITZERLAND ***
11.03.2017 - Met Bar - Lenzburg - SWITZERLAND ***
12.03.2017 - Rock Town - Cordenons - ITALY *** More...

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Bungler Signs With Innerstrength

Buffalo, NY's unhinged hardcore heavies from Bungler just inked a deal with Innerstrength Records. Following two self-released albums, the band will release Innerstrength debut "The Nature of Being New" on March 3rd, 2017.

"The Nature of Being New" is a 12-song example of Bungler playing what the band feels like and not caring what anyone thinks, looking to pass right through any genre barrier erected in the ears of new listeners. More...

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