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Metal News for October 15, 2014

Last updated on November 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM ET

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Archgoat Announces New Release

The supreme demonic horde Archgoat is about to release new sonic blasphemy in the form of "The Apocalyptic Triumphator."

As usual, the creation of the front cover was handed to artist Chris Moyen (Beherit, Blasphemy etc.) and can be seen below. This slab of bestial and unholy blackened death metal will be released by Debemur Morti Productions this coming Winter on CD, vinyl, and digital download.

Recorded at the Temple Of Black Moon, this new Satanic offering contains the following hymns:

A)
Intro (Left Hand Path)
Nuns, Cunts & Darkness
The Apocalyptic Triumphator
Phallic Desecrator Of Sacred Gates
Grand Luciferian Theophany
Those Below (Who Dwell In Hell)

B)
Intro (Right Hand Path)
Congregation Of Circumcised
Sado-Magical Portal
Light Of Phosphorus
Profanator Of The 1st Commandment
Funeral Pyre Of Trinity More...

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Attika 7 Finishing New Album

Attika 7 - led by vocalist/bassist Evan Seinfeld (founder of the legendary Biohazard/star of HBO’s Oz) and guitarist Rusty Coones (FX's Sons of Anarchy) - is wrapping up work on a new full-length album, which is set for a mid-2015 release.

Today a vicious new track titled "Darkest Day" can be heard with an accompanying lyric video below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

Evan Seinfeld states: “Attika 7 is proud to release 'Darkest Day’ to the masses. This is easily our heaviest track to date. We think a lot of people are going to be very surprised about the sound, the energy and the musicianship. We have been working harder than ever to take our music to the next level.

“This is the ultimate revenge song about the wheel of Karma coming full circle and the hand of fate, whether by our hands or yours delivering some real justice. Too many people think there are no consequences to their actions, and revenge, a dish best served cold, can taste so sweet. When someone has done you wrong, you don’t always get to pay them back and when someone takes something from you, something must be done! The weak will beg for mercy and receive NONE, if Attika 7 has anything to say about it."

Coones further comments: “Attika 7 is an alumni of Rockstar Mayhem and Uproar festivals in recent years. After touring season ended in 2013 we took a hiatus. We wanted something new, something different. We didn't know what it was gonna be, but we weren't gonna stop till we found it. We decided to experiment with new sounds and influences. No rules, just strive to develop something epic. These new songs are the beginning of this journey, not the end." More...

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I.N.C. Posts New Lyric Video

Extreme metal band Indestructible Noise Command (I.N.C.) will release brand new concept album, "Black Hearse Serenade," on October 21st, 2014 via Ferocious Records (an affiliate of CDS Records, LLC).

Pre-orders for the album are available at this location and today I.N.C. and Loudwire have teamed up today to bring you the brand new lyric video for the "Black Hearse Serenade" intro track, "Stirring The Flock." Check it out below.

“‘Stirring The Flock’ is a sweet little ditty to throttle your ugly mug through a wall to. See you on the other side,” states lead guitarist Erik Barath. You can also catch I.N.C. live with Tantric next month on these dates:

11/5 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
11/7 Las Vegas, NV @ The Divebar
11/8 West Hollywood @ Whiskey A Go Go
11/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
11/12 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater @ Lounge
11/13 Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre
11/14 Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s Grill/The Reverb Rock Garden
11/15 Cherry Valley, IL @ Take 20
11/16 Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
11/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue @ 7th St. Entry
11/19 Madison, WI @ The Annex at the Red Zone
11/21 Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
11/22 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory More...

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Pryapisme Posts EP Teaser

Following the 2013 album "Hyperblast Super Collider," Pryapisme is gearing up to drop a 23 minute track/EP about space, cats, and house rent.

Check out the first teaser trailer for "Futurologie" below. The EP is due out February 9th, 2015 through Apathia Records. The label also comments:

"Last April, Pryapisme announced that their new album was on the way and, while it is still overloading CPU's all around the world, it became crystal clear that one track needed a special attention. This track, ladies and gentleman, is Pryapisme's most adventurous and exciting work to date: a 23 minutes track about space, cats and house rent.

"With 'Petit traité de futurologie sur l'Homo cretinus trampolinis (et son annexe sur les nageoires caudales),' the complete name of the track, Pryapisme have achieved a grandiose mix of electronic, metal and classical music, divided in eleven sections in purpose of clarity.

"In addition, a complete classical re-orchestration of this track will be added to the CD, in order to offer a complete 45 minutes experience. Over the next months, we shall be revealing more information (and more sound), but be prepared, a new video clip is on its way." More...

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One Morning Left Streaming New Single

One Morning Left has a new single out titled "The Star of Africa," which is the first sample from the band's forthcoming third full-length album, due out in 2015.

The single was mixed and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Attila, Emmure etc.) and can be heard through the lyric video below.

"A lot has happened since our last album which was released almost two years ago. Lots of shows all around, and lots of new music and some lineup changes. It’s definitely a new era for One Morning Left and all in a positive way," comments vocalist Mika Lahti.

He goes on to say, "It was specially a really nice to have one of our music genre’s leading producers to mix our new single. The band have again created something totally new and it’s awesome to show fans what to expect from our forthcoming album."

This single features new drummer Niko Hyttinen (ex–Snow White’s Poison Bite, Cold Cold Ground) and vocalist/guitarist Leevi Luoto (ARF). More...

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chILL Announces New EP Release

Finnish hard rock / modern metal blender chILL breaks four years of silence with an explosion by releasing new EP "Artificially Alive."

The EP is due out in March of 2015 via Twisted Entertainment - the label that also released the band's first full-length album "Controlled Chaos" in 2008 and the 2010 promo "In Your Spine" (reviewed here).

RiQ Lahtinen mixed and mastered the album and the stunning artwork was done by Mikko Raima. The track listing will be as follows:

1. Recycled Unentertainment
2. Nonbeliever
3. More Beast Than A Man
4. Useless Byproducts More...

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Inherit The Stars Releasing New EP

Offering a taste of things to come from the band's forthcoming EP, Sheffield’s alternative/metal-core outfit Inherit The Stars is streaming new song "On Our Own." Set for release on the 8th of December 2014, new EP "Beyond The Beacons" sets the scene for a whole new chapter in the history of Inherit The Stars.

Produced by the bands long-term collaborator Jim Pinder at UK’s Treehouse Studios (While She Sleeps/Fightstar etc), the 5 track offering pushes Inherit The Stars’ explosive sound and amalgamation of metal, pop punk, electronica, and post-hardcore that extra step further.

Fans can expect two video singles due for release in the coming months plus U.K. live dates for 2015 to soon be announced. More...

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Giant Squid Streaming New Track

San Francisco's progressive doom-rock scientists from Giant Squid will release their fifth LP, "Minoans," on October 28th via Translation Loss Records.

In celebration of the impending release, Stereogum is hosting the premiere of new song "Mycenaeans." Listen in below. Guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory comments on the album:

"'Minoans' is the record I've always known Giant Squid could make; ancient, exotic and other-worldly, while showing a new level of refined focus. Lyrically, the album is a giant love letter to the Mediterranean and specifically Bronze-age Greece - a region, people, and time period that deeply fascinates me - and which I feel mirrors these heartbreakingly brutal, turbulent times we live in today." More...

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Enslaved Checks In From The Studio

Enslaved is currently in the studio recording a thirteenth full-length album and today offers fans this latest update:

“As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction Enslaved is or is not heading in with the new album. This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions.

"The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for Enslaved, at least) elements. The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits."

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by EnslavedD members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7” single in 2012.

The new album is being produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Artwork will be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth Enslaved member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001’s "Monumension."

This new album follows the 2012 release "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), which garnered the band a seventh nomination for a Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of the American Grammy) in the category of “Best Metal Album.” More...

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GWAR's Manager Responds To Calls For A Break Up

After the band revealed two new members, GWAR's manager has now checked in with the following statement about upcoming live shows:

"Toodles, ya parasitic bohabs. It's me, Sleazy P Martini. As you may already know, GWAR will be out on the GWAR Eternal Tour starting tonight because Thai ladyboys don't pay for themselves. You smarter Bohabs have probably even noticed that GWAR has undergone a lineup change.

"The reason for this is the absence of Oderus Urungus due to his return to space. First of all, let's clear something up: Oderus is not dead! Nor is GWAR. Now, admittedly things will be different. For instance, with Oderus's absence, touring expenses will be scaled back considerably as crack usage by the band will drop by over nine tons a day. To which I, the CIA and the Medellin Cartel respond with a collective: 'Phew!' Now all those drug mules crossing the border can use the extra butt space for more important things such as food, water and more relatives.

"Of course, there are many in the scene (code for no-talents) who say that with Oderus out of the band, GWAR should hang it up. To which I must respond: If I wanted your opinion, I would just knock you unconscious and urinate on your face. Which wouldn't elicit much of an opinion at all - just the way I like it.

"You see, GWAR is a perpetual and unstoppable force. If I tried to retire them, I most certainly would end up flayed, shredded, pulled and served with coleslaw and fries to Gor-Gor. One who is a lion tamer cannot suddenly decide to stop and ask his lions to become house cats. And GWAR's lust for human carnage cannot properly be met in semi-retirement on the talk-show circuit. So the shows must go on. And they have, starting with Riot Fest in Chicago. The GWAR Eternal Tour starts tonight in Norfolk, VA and goes through December 13th in Baltimore, MD.

"Now, there are some who would say, 'How can you find a lead singer as talented as Oderus Urungus?' To which I have responded by having famed archeologist Dr. Richard Leaky travel to Antarctica to dig up another immortal Scumdog. According to Dr. Dick, these furballs are stacked up in GWAR's fortress basement like chicken pot pies four for a buck. In fact, I have already thawed out one promising prospect named Blóthar. While not as talented a singer as most primates, he's definitely better than Justin Bieber or the entire One Direction line up. More...

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Dreamgrave Releases New Album

Progressive dark metal band Dreamgrave just released new LP "Presentiment," which can be picked up at Bandcamp or streamed below.

After the unexpected success of the "Deadborn Dreams" demo, the band had troubles finding stable, lasting members. While the search has taken up several years, founder and band leader Dömötör Gyimesi continued working on new ideas, which eventually became the foundation for the "Presentiment" LP.

In September 2012 he met János Mayer, which resulted in a shifting of the songs towards a more progressive approach. In September 2013 the band started recording the demos with the beautiful soprano of Mária Molnár. After a lot of hard work and with the help of Gergo Drahota (VolumeFeeder) and Jeno Godó, the band finally went into the studio to record the "Presentiment" LP, a concept album consisting of eight dark metal movements.

The band issued the following breakdown of the track listing and each song's place within the album:

1. Ethereal Eternity: the realm of true emptiness, a world absent of life, dreams, fear and pain.
2. Black Spiral: stranded between two worlds trying to escape from the Spiral that hauls your soul into total annihilation.
3. Memento Mori: a metaphor for the recurring things in life you always think you can withstand - but in the end it breaks you every time.
4. The Last Drop Falls: the last attempt to emerge from the inevitable, ending in complete surrender.
5. Presentiment: images reminiscent of the future overrun your consciousness. Only a fracture of reality echoes in you leaving you paralyzed by fear - all you can do is breath in and out.
6. Presentiment (Part II): even with all the beauty and innocence of the unknown the uncertainty of it makes you tremble with fear.
7. False Sense of Confidence: the realization that the ignorance-based extreme self-confidence will eventually devour your whole existence.
8. It's Ubiquitous: the dissolution of this encompassing premonition, that states that there is still some hope left for us. The darkness surrounding us all dissolves into the light - since darkness is just the lack of light. More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Streams New Track

The new Cavalera Conspiracy studio album "Pandemonium" will be released on November 3rd in the U.K. & November 4th in North America via Napalm Records.

According to Napalm, the record "shows that fatigue is a foreign word for them. Front man Max Cavalera rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound."

Today another song from "Pandemonium" is being unveiled. Check out "Babylonian Pandemonium" in the player below, thanks to Loudwire.com.

A preview clip featuring 30 second samples of each of the album's tracks can also be heard over at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra More...

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Twelve Foot Ninja Adds More Shows

Australia's Twelve Foot Ninja has added several show dates to the band's upcoming U.S. tour with In This Moment, Starset, and 3 Pill Morning. The tour kicks off October 26th and tickets are on sale now at this location.

Twelve Foot Ninja has also added two headlining dates that include the Palladium Theatre in Worcester, MA on November 16th and The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on November 19th.

With 36 dates now confirmed, Twelve Foot Ninja is supporting the recent stateside re-release of debut album "Silent Machine" (Volkanik Music). Earlier this year, the band also took home the prestigious "Best New Talent" award at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

“The U.S. has been really great to us so far and we're pumped to come back with In This Moment, Starset, and 3 Pill Morning,” said guitarist Steve 'Stevic' MacKay. “We've been hibernating in the studio since the last U.S. tour so we're itching to hit the stage and we're ready to unleash.” More...

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Xibalba Finishes Recording New Album

Pomona, California's unstoppable Xibalba has completed tracking a third LP, and is wrapping up the final elements in order to unleash these monstrous recordings in early 2015, once again through Southern Lord. The label comments:

"The unforgiving rage of Xibalbo's death-metal influenced hardcore has never been more apparent, with the new album showcasing nearly forty-five minutes of their most extreme material yet, as they continue to explore more ominous and foreboding tones.

"Now confirmed to bear the title 'Tierra Y Libertad,' the eight-song call to arms was recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) as was the 2012 sophomore LP, 'Hasta La Muerte.' Similarly, Xibalba returned to Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) to create Tierra Y Libertad's cover artwork."

Southern Lord will unleash the remorseless "Tierra Y Libertad" in January 2015, with a final street date, the album art and more information to be leaked in the coming weeks. In conjunction with the release of the new LP, Xibalba will hit the road hard again in 2015. Stay tuned for dates.

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Anaal Nathrakh Streaming "The One Thing Needful"

Today Noisey spews forth a new ode of acrimony from the U.K. extreme metal miscreants, Anaal Nathrakh.

Titled "The One Thing Needful," the latest hymn serves as the fourth movement on the band's forthcoming "Desideratum" full-length, slated for release later this month via Metal Blade Records (October 28th).

Check out the new song in the player below, and you can also hear the previously released "Monstro In Animo" track over at this location. More...

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Nekrofilth Kicking Off Tour

Starting tomorrow, filth-banging Hells Headbangers recording artists Nekrofilth will terrorize stages all across Europe with comrades Repuked.

Dubbed the "Filling Europe With Poison Tour 2014," Nekrofilth's latest tour will span at least 21 dates and plow through The Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Hungary.

Presented by Doomstar Bookings, the confirmed dates and venues for the tour are as follows: More...

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Cripper Posts New Studio Video

Cripper just launched a third studio video for new album "Hyëna," which is scheduled to be released the 21st of November in Europe and November 25th in North America.

Check out this latest studio clip in the player below. You can also pre-order the album via Metal Blade over at this location.

A bonus DVD (available in Europe) features the entire 45-minute show Cripperplayed at the Metaldays Open Air 2014 plus all the bands video clips and studio footage with a total running time of approximately 90 minutes.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Hyena
2. Tourniquet (streaming here)
3. Bloodshot Monkey Eye
4. A Dime For The Establishment
5. 7"
6. Animated Flesh
7. The Origin
8. Patterns In The Sky
9. The Jackhammer
10. Patronized
11. Pure More...

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Nuclear Perversion Enacts "Desolation Rituals"

Today, Nuclear Perversion streams the entirety of debut demo, "Desolation Rituals," which is out now on Iron Bonehead Productions.

Listen in below, thanks to CVLT Nation. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"A duo of Nocturnal Werewolf of Blasphemous Devastation and Nuclear Goatvomits (vocals, bass) and Malignant Invoker of Kosmik Apocalypse (guitar, drums), Nuclear Perversion is aptly named: their gnarly, gnawing brand of blackened death metal is riddled with radiation and exists to defile, desecrate, and detonate.

"Desolation Rituals, their debut demo tape, is likewise aptly titled: it resides within its own vacuum of solitude and sin, and serves the purpose of driving both ever inward and, at least, outward with unrepentant wrath. Bestial savagery, downtempo dirges, scurrying anxiety, garish grind, insane hideousness - all things unclean and unwell get stirred into Nuclear Perversion's acrid cauldron. Even the song titles - 'Weapons of Mass Perversion,' 'Fistfuckchrist,' and 'Sodomic Nuclear Sunrise' among them - spell in no uncertain terms this band's raison d'etre."

1. Intro
2. Satan's Wrath
3. Misanthropic Annihilation
4. Crushing The Symbols Of The Holy
5. Weapons Of Mass Perversion
6. Fistfuckchrist
7. Sodomic Nuclear Sunrise
8. Outro More...

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Cannibal Corpse Explains Cancelled Russian Shows

Cannibal Corpse recently completed a tour of Russia, a country the band has played previously many times with no issues. Unfortunately, as many Russian fans are already aware, this tour did not go as planned. Cannibal Corpse has released a statement, which can be read below.

"As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to.

"In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order). More...

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Beyond Creation Streams Full New Album

Montreal's fast-rising technical metal band Beyond Creation today is streaming forthcoming album, "Earthborn Evolution," in its entirety. Check it out below, thanks to Lambgoat.com.

"Earthborn Evolution" will be released by Season of Mist in North America on October 28th. Beyond Creation also announced a November tour in Australia, where the band will play alongside Season of Mist label mates Ne Obliviscaris. Shortly thereafter, the band will embark on a winter Japanese tour.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Elusive Reverence
2. Sous la lueur de l'empereur
3. Earthborn Evolution
4. The Great Revelation
5. Neurotical Transmissions
6. Abstrait Dialog
7. The Axiom
8. L'exorde
9. Theatrical Delirium
10. Fundamental Process More...

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Malevolent Creation Signs To Century Media

Malevolent Creation just signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Currently working on an upcoming 12th full-length, the band will unleash this new album in 2015 and tour the world in support of it. Vocalist/founding member Bret Hoffmann comments:

"I am very excited and extremely pumped to be signing and working with Century Media! I believe we will finally get that push we need to really get our music out there!! It feels great to have the guys at Century Media believe in us and our new songs, and really want to stand behind them and the band, and push us forward to bigger things! I mean I think we have always been a bit under rated (I hear that from a lot of fans too) and I really think with this signing we have a great chance to boost this band up!!! It's also a pleasure to have drummer Justin DiPinto back in the fold! He brings the hungry aggressive quality this band has always had back to the forefront!

"When we played 3 weeks of festivals and shows in Europe in August it felt great!! That aggression was feeling strong!! Looking so forward to playing MANY shows after this album hits the street!! Speaking of which. We are currently working on the new slab! It is coming out intense and heavy as HELL!! Everyone is killing it! I think everyone is just so determined and hungry to bust out the heaviest music and ideas we can with this one!! Great heavy grooves will not be missing, I promise!!

"With this signing to Century Media and the new ripping album being done, I see great thing happening!! So with that being said, we will soon be unleashing the Malevolence all over the world!!! We will be pounding stages and eardrums into oblivion and hope to see you all out there!!! Let the slaughter commence!!!!"

Guitarist/founding member Phil Fasciana adds: "I couldn't agree more with Bret's comments concerning signing with such an established record label (Century Media) and having the confidence of knowing we are working with a company that believes in our band's music and will get it distributed worldwide properly. Along with guitarist Gio Geraca, bassist/founding member Jason Blachowicz and returning drummer Justin DiPinto, we no longer have the word 'compromise' associated with band and its music. More...

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Alkoholizer Reveals New Album Track List

Italian thrashcore metal band Alkoholizer today reveals the track listing for new album "Free Beer... Surf Up!!!"

This new full-length album will be released in November by Punishment 18 Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. The HogMosh!! - Nozno strikes back
02. Faceless
03. Surfin’ beer
04. Breathalize and destroy
05. System Aberration
06. Never come back sober!!
07. Antisocial Trap
08. Skating Madness
09. Mind Pollution
10. Stop hit off the ghetto – Join the boar party!!!

You can also hear the band's previous release "Drunk Or Dead" by heading over to this location.

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Slipknot Streaming "AOV"

Slipknot keeps on bringing the pain!

After just streaming the new songs "Custer" and "Sacrastrophe" (listen in over here), the reunited band today drops the track "AOV."

Check out this newly released song over at the official Slipknot website.

These new tracks hail from Slipknot's impending comeback album, ".5: The Gray Chapter," which will be the band's first since the death of Paul Gray.

".5: The Gray Chapter" is due out October 21st via Roadrunner Records and the album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Batlecross Announces Tour With War Of Ages

Battlecross just checked in with the following update about new tour dates running through the end of the year:

"Tour announcement - Battlecross is hitting the road with our friends in Wretched and War Of Ages on the 'Winter Warriors' tour!

"Stay tuned to this page for info about special events to pay tribute to members of the military through the tour. Which show are you going to?" More...

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Ensiferum Announces "One Man Army" Tour

Ensiferum just announced a full European tour in support of the band's upcoming new album due in early 2015. Comments Sami Hinkka:

"Hi folks! The new album is almost recorded and it sounds amazing! Soon we will start mixing it if everything goes well you all can get this masterpiece to your hands in early 2015.

"After that you have some time to learn all the songs and lyrics and then it's time to put your warpaint on and get ready to shout your lunges out because… We are really happy to announce our album release European tour!

"We can't wait to play the new songs live! For technical reasons we can't reveal the rest of the bands yet but we can tell you that the tour's package will be extremely strong and interesting. This will be a show no metalhead wants to miss! More info coming soon… Folk on!"

Dates are as follows: More...

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Raskasta Joulua Releasing New Christmas Album

In the fine tradition of Death Metal Christmas, August Burns Red, and a handful of other metal bands that get in the holiday spirit, Finland's all-star symphonic Christmas project Raskasta Joulua ("Heavy Christmas") is back for its 10th year running.

The project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled "Ragnarok Juletide," releases on November 11th via Spinefarm Records. Get a taste below.

But this is not just another set of ho-ho-ho-hum takes on holiday songs nor is it a collection of predictable, safe versions of seasonal jams! For the first time ever, these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in the English language.

Raskasta Joulua is inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project or this release. Don't expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a "rock" feel. That would be a Christmas cop out.

Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It's all here on this year's "Ragnarok Juletide." More...

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Hate Eternal Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of legendary death metal band Hate Eternal. The label comments:

"Helmed by founder, guitarist/vocalist, primary songwriter, and producer Erik Rutan, Hate Eternal has been one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years. The band's five full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

"Hate Eternal (Rutan [guitar, vocals] and J.J. Hrubovcak [bass/vocals]) are currently holed up in Rutan's Mana Recording studio recording a new album that will be released in early 2015."

Regarding the recording, Rutan comments, "We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We've worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We're super proud of what we've accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date."

Rutan continues, "Now it is time to bring this all to life! The recording process so far has been fantastic. I've never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it's first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We cannot wait for you to hear this album!"

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Metal Machine To Release "Free Nation" Album

Metal Machine will finally deliver recordings from a few years back which led to numerous high profile shows in Europe. The band, fronted by lead singer Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism), is making the recordings available for a Worldwide digital release via Dream Records on October 24th, 2014 under the album title "Free Nation."

The live line up consisted musicians as Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Zvekan, Raven Lord) on vocals, Peter Scheithauer (Killing Machine, Belladonna) on guitars, Jari Kainulainen (Masterplan, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Evergrey) on bass and Jon Dette (Iced Earth, ex-Slayer, ex-Testament) on drums.

The music is described as "pure heavy metal with high pitch screams, thrashy riffs, blast beats drumming and powerful bass lines."

Singer Csaba Zvekan commented: "I am excited that these recordings have finally found a way to all the fans who have seen us perform with these songs live!"

The album was mastered by TMS Studios. The cover was designed by Axel W. (Rock N Growl).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Skull And Bones
2. Nailed To The Cross
3. Detox
4. Morning Star
5. World Of Tempation
6. Hellraiser
7. Lord of War
8. Black Sun
9. Free Nation More...

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Astralion Posts "At The Edge Of The World" Video

Finnish melodic power metal act Astralion released a new music video for the track "At the Edge of the World." The song, which was independently released by the band back in November 2012, is the first single of the upcoming debut release, which has been set to drop on November 14th via Limb Music. Details on the album are expected soon.

Astralion was formed in 2011 and features vocalist Ian E. Highhill (Olympos Mons) along with members of The Addication and ex-members of HumanGod. The band plays straight melodic power metal and sports the motto: "Forget the dragon, forget the sword here's true power from the chord!"

Check out "At the Edge of the World" here:

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Falls of Rauros Streaming Entire New Album

Portland, Maine's atmospheric and folk black metal band Falls of Rauros has released a new album entitled "Believe In No Coming Shore." The new album is available through the band's bandcamp page and can be streamed below.

"Believe In No Coming Shore" is the follow up to a split with Panopticon, released earlier this year, and the band's fabulous full-length album "The Light that Dwells In Rotten Wood."

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Sabaton Releases "Night Witches" Lyric Video

Swedish power metal act Sabaton released a new lyric video for the track "Night Witches." The song appears on the band's latest album "Heroes" (see review here), which is out via Nuclear Blast Records.

Sabaton is currently in the midst of a North American trek with Amon Amarth and Skeltonwitch, which stops tonight in Hartford, CT. Remaining dates can be found at this location.

"Night Witches" tells the tale of female fighter pilots in WWII. Check it out here:

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MirrorMaze Releases "The Poet" Music Video

Italian progressive metal act MirrorMaze released a music video for the new track "The Poet." The instrumental song will appear on the as of yet untitled sophomore release. The band is in the midst of recording new material, while still searching for a replacement singer - the duties of which on the debut release "Walkabout" were handled by Serenity's Fabio D'Amore.

More information about the new album is expected soon. Video shooting and production for the video is by Michael Gardenia Photography. Check out "The Poet" here:

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Eden Circus Streaming New Track "Comfort"

German post rock/progressive act Eden Circus is streaming the track "Comfort." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Marula," which was just released orth America via Lifeforce Records.

The band recently released a music video for the track "Her Lovely Hands Upon The Black Earth," which can be seen at this location. Check out "Comfort" here:

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Darkology Leaks Two New Tracks Ahead Of Tour

Dallas power/progressive metal act Darkology "leaked" a couple of new tracks - "Kill Me If You Can" and "Beyond The Grave" - from the upcoming release "Fated to Burn." The album was delayed, which was explained in a recent statement by the band, and no timetable for release has been set by Rockaholics Records.

The two tracks were released ahead of the band's European trek with Overkill, Prong and Enforcer, which starts on October 30th (see dates here). The tracks feature Firewind/Adagio/Iron Mask vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who could not commit to the tour. A touring vocalist was teased by the band via its Facebook Page, but no name has been officially released as of yet.

The track list for "Fated to Burn" is:

1. Kill Me If You Can
2. Beyond the Grave
3. On Morrows Break
4. The Eyes of the Machine
5. Quantum Genocide
6. The Shadows of Oth
7. Fated to Burn
8. 21st Century Frankensteins (Nobot 2)
9. Festival of Fear
10. Holy
11. Nightmare King: (i) Shadows of the Abyss; (ii) The Summoning; (iii) The Construct; (iv) Eternus Nocturne: The Dark Domain
12. Your Hollow Soul (Work in progress – instrumental mix) (Japanese Bonus Track)

Check out "Kill Me If You Can" and "Beyond The Grave" here: More...

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Dynazty Releases "Cross The Line" Music Video

Swedish metal act Dynazty released the new music video "Cross the Line." The song was taken from the band's fourth and latest album "Renatus," which was released back in March via Spinfarm Records.

Dynazty will make their United States live debut on September 12, 2015 as part of the sold out ProgPower USA XVI Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

The video was directed by Rick-y.com. Check it out here:

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Korn Releasing 20th Anniversary Book

Korn has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new hard cover book to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's first album:

"Korn's debut album was released on October 11th, 1994.

"To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the band is releasing a limited-edition 300-page hard cover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members.

"From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far. Pre-order it first along with lots more on PledgeMusic here."

Korn's latest album "The Paradigm Shift" was released in 2013, and you can watch the band's most recent music videos online for "Spike In My Veins" and "Hater."

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