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Metal News for October 16, 2014

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36 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Ball Breaker

Very few things make me laugh out loud – television doesn’t do it for me anymore and even movie’s labeled as comedies rarely split my gut. However, Steel Panther still makes it happen for me. Their videos continue to top one after another. Probably not for everyone, but you have to give it to them – apparently no one ever says “too much” when pitching video ideas. More...

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Skyharbor Releases New Video

Skyharbor has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new music video:

"Ladies and gentlemen... we present 'Patience.' A resounding and heartfelt round of thanks goes to the incredible hard work and genius of Jess Cope and the Owl House Studios team, for creating this beautiful video for us. Thank you all for helping us bring our dreams to life."

You can also hear the band's previously released track "Evolution" over at this location.

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Depths Of Hatred Streaming New Album

Depths Of Hatred will be releasing new album "Hellborn" tomorrow - October 17th - and today the band has made the full album available online for streaming. Listen in through the YouTube player below. The track listing (and corresponding times in the YouTube clip) is as follows:

00:00 - Nefarious Divinity
03:32 - Human Decay
07:40 - Secluded Redemption
10:30 - Son Of Perdition
14:18 - Ill Prosperity
17:57 - Born Condemned
20:55 - Unholy Incursion
24:49 - Misery Enslaved
28:35 - Buried Affliction
31:41 - Exodus
36:10 - Immortal More...

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Eyal Levi Announces Audio Boot Camps

Guitarist, composer, producer and engineer Eyal Levi (Daath) has announced a second appearance on his "Unstoppable Recording Machine" audio boot camp tour, following a successful workshop in Cleveland, Ohio at RobArnoldWorld Studio earlier this month.

Levi's next hands-on recording experience will take place on December 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th at his Orlando, Florida studio with special guests Matt Heafy and Joey Sturgis. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited. For more information, and to sign up for the Orlando workshop, head over to this location.

Levi describes the boot camps as "intense, hands-on, comprehensive immersion style experiences that will show people exactly what matters when trying to make pro sounding recordings. In just a few days, we will cover what would take a year or more in traditional school."

Commented Joey Sturgis, known for his work with bands like Asking Alexandria, Of Mice And Men, The Devil Wears Prada and more, "Maybe you've felt like there's something missing and no matter how much you watch or read, the problems always surface. This is your chance to not only learn from us, but to also work alongside us in a professional studio setting. We will arm you with real world solutions to the problems we all face in our audio lives."

"I am honored and humbled to be selected by my good pal, Eyal Levi, to demonstrate the inner workings of what happens on a guitar-player's end of recording an album," added Matt Heafy, lead vocalist and guitarist for heavy metal group, Trivium. "Eyal is immensely talented and innovative in his technical work in the studio, and I am excited for everyone to see how it's all done!"

Born in Atlanta, Ga. into a musical family, Eyal Levi was already playing violin and piano by the age of three, and composed his first symphonic work when he was just 17. In 2010, Levi moved to Orlando, Fla. where he joined forces with Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira) and Mark Lewis (Deicide, DevilDriver) at Audiohammer Studios. There he helped to both expand and enrich their facilities by adding a magnificent drum room, two new control rooms and sleeping quarters for the bands.

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Raper Posts New Music Video

Chilean thrash metal band Raper just released a music video for the track "Morphine," which is included on the group's latest independently release EP "Trail To Pain." Raper comments:

"The video was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones, and it was completely recorded using the new technology 4K, marking this video as one of the very first ones in Chile and South America to reach such high quality out there."

Raper consists of:

Alvaro Villagra - Guitar
Alejandro Mejías - Guitar
Chris Hernandez - Bass/Vocals
Mauricio Vidal - Drums More...

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Nervecell Re-Releasing "Psychogenocide"

Dubai-based death/thrash band Nervecell - recently signed to Unique Leader Records - will reissue the "Psychogenocide" full-length next year on January 27th.

Initially released via Lifeforce Records in 2011, "Psychogenocide" was produced and engineered by Rami H. Mustafa at Spellbind Studio in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with drums engineered by Joe Haley at Red Planet Studios in Australia.

The album was then mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) in Bialystok, Poland and features a guest vocal appearance by Nile's Karl Sanders on the song "Shunq (To The Despaired...King Of Darkness)"

Adds the band in a collective statement, "Psychogenocide is an album about manipulation and the deception of the human race for an agenda of a higher purpose. A modern approach to the old-school death/thrash metal sound, that is both technical yet melodic and full of the Nervecell signature Middle Eastern twist."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Anemic Assurgency
2. Upon An Epidemic Scheme
3. All Eyes On Them
4. Amok Doctrine
5. Psychogenocide
6. Imprint
7. Shunq (To The Despaired...King Of Darkness)
8. The Taste of Betrayal
9. Driven By Nescience
10. Nation's Plague

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Disinterred Re-Issuing "Incantation"

The French label Dolorem Records will reissue the "Incantation" EP from Belgian death metal band Disinterrred.

Initially available on vinyl, this reissue on CD will be embellished by a bonus track, recorded live by the band in 2014, in addition to 5 original tracks off the EP. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sacrifice
2. Boundless Cruelty
3. Incantation
4. The Promise
5. Dies Irae
6. Live at Vlamrock 2014 (bonus track) More...

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Abysmal Dawn Posts New Lyric Video

The past weeks have seen the release of 2 face-ripping tracks from Abysmal Dawn's forthcoming release "Obsolescence."

Today the third song comes your way in the form of a lyric video. Get a first look at the lyric video for "Laborem Morte Liberat Te" below.

"Obsolescence" will be released October 27th in North America via Relapse Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Human Obsolescence
2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer)
3. Inanimate
4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)
5. One Percent Incomplete
6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death
7. By My Demons
8. Laborem Morte Liberat Te
9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness
Bonus Track:
10. Night's Blood (DISSECTION cover) More...

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1349 Streaming Bonus Cover Track

The Norwegian black metal tyrants from 1349 have released a cover track taken from death metal pioneers Possessed.

The track, titled "The Heretic" is streaming now in the player below. Previously, "The Heretic" was only available on the limited North American version of 1349's new album, "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" on CD digipak.

"Massive Cauldron of Chaos" was released in North America on September 30th, and is available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele's
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer More...

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Miss May I Kicking Off New Tour

Miss May I will tear up the stage at Knotfest on Saturday, October 25th. On the way to and from Knotfest at San Manuel Ampitheatre in San Bernardino, CA, the band will be stopping in several cities on a headline run featuring special guests Afffiance.

See below for a full listing of tour dates, which kick off in Little Rock, AR next Tuesday, October 21st.

“After a nice break to recover from the madness of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, it's time to hit the road on our way to Knotfest,” states backing vocalist and bassist Ryan Neff. “Along the route are some places we've never had the chance to play, and a few others we haven't been to in quite a while. These small rooms should be a throwback to the early days of our touring career, and we can't wait to bring the riffs!”

10/21 Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas
10/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
10/24 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
10/25 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Ampitheatre – KNOTFEST
10/26 Yuma, AZ @ Jefe's Venue
10/27 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/28 Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
10/29 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
10/30 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
10/31 St Louis, MO @ Fubar

Guitar players can also win a Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Guitar now via Miss May I and Premier Guitar Magazine. To enter and for more details on the guitar, visit this location. More...

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In The Company Of Serpents Announces New EP

Denver doom bringers In The Company Of Serpents will unleash a brand new slab of slow-roasted audio disease on December 21st titled "Merging In Light."

The follow-up to the band's 2013 EP "Of The Flock" carries on the band's historically intestine-rupturing resonance with three tracks of lumbering cheerlessness. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, "Merging In Light" flaunts over twenty slow, ugly minutes of true sonic desolation. The track listing is as follows:

1. Breed, Consume, Die
2. Third Mind
3. A Union Of Opposites

The album features artwork by illustrator Sam Turner (Sleep, Speedwolf et al) and will be released independently on limited 12" colored vinyl with an etched B-side. See the band live on these dates:

10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO w/ Neurosis, Subrosa
11/08/2014 No Thanks Fest - Emory, Texas w/ Uzala, Sabbath Assembly, Dead To A Dying World More...

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Cowards Working On New Album

Paris-based sludge metal heathens Cowards - uniting current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman's Chair, Eibon, Glorior Belli, Hellbats and more - have been locked into the studio over recent weeks, the band completely immersed in the process of creating a second full-length release.

Having returned to the solace of Sainte-Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback) where the "Shooting Blanks & Pills" debut LP and subsequent "Hoarder" EP were conceived, the members of Cowards have already harnessed the drums, bass, and main guitars, and will continue to pile on the levels of auditory grime and antagonism with producer Francis Caste until these new works are adequately dangerous for release onto the population in January 2015.

Some brief video clips from the recording can be seen at Facebook here. You can also catch the band live on these dates:

11/07/2014 La Instants Chavirés - Montreuil, FR
11/08/2014 La Scène Michelet - Nantes, FR
11/09/2014 Mondo Bizaro - Rennes, FR
11/14/2014 El Diablo - Lille, FR w/ General Lee

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Krisiun Releases New Music Video, Working On Album

The death metal maniacs from Krisiun are proud to present their new video for "Blood Of Lions," taken from their latest studio album, "The Great Execution," and to announce the last set of dates on the corresponding world tour.

The band comments: "We made this video clip in celebration of 4 years of relentlessly touring around the globe in support of the album 'The Great Execution.'

"This video features live footage shots from most of the festivals and clubs we played on this tour so far, just for you to feel the live energy of the band, from big festivals to small clubs. No fake fantasy or bullshit, just the sheer power we deliver in our live shows.

"During the past 4 years we played in various countries around the world and we'll be wrapping up this world tour now by hitting places we haven't played before yet on this cycle, this time going to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai/Emirates."

Krisiun has also started working on a new album, which is set for release in 2015. Moyses Kolesne (guitar) comments: "We already have 8 new songs for the new album. We are still writing some more songs, and I can say we are very satisfied with the results. It's going to be recorded around February/March 2015, with a possible release in the summer of 2015." More...

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Kontrust Streaming "Just Propaganda"

Austria's Kontrust is gearing up to release a fourth album titled "Explositive" on November 10th in the U.K. & November 11th in North America via Napalm Records.

Today the crossover sensation releases a new track from the album. Check out "Just Propaganda" below, courtesy of Slam Magazine. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dance
2. Why
3. Just Propaganda
4. I Freak On
5. Shut Up
6. Cosmic Girls
7. Vienna
8. Bulldozer
9. Play!
10. This is my Show
11. Bad Time More...

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Pain Of Salvation Streams Acoustic Track

Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation recently announced an acoustic album, "Falling Home," to be released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 and on January 13th, 2015 in North America via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

A first track off "Falling Home" is now being launched online. Check out the acoustic version of "Linoleum" below, thanks to Prog Magazine.

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in about the release as follows: "Damn, it will be so nice finally to have this album see the light of day in a context larger than my head, our rehearsing room and a multitude of work computers and hard drives in selected homes. It has been a long time, and the road to release has been very complicated and unexpected, including finding myself in hospital for four entire months after a close call with flesh eating bacteria. Who would have guessed as we set out to record a quick little acoustic something all those many months ago in what seems like another lifetime by now?

"On the other hand, it has turned this album into so much more than we ever expected it to be. I find the term 'acoustic album' very misleading. This album is as bold a statement as any of our albums, and will in the same way offer laughter, tears, surprises and challenges. If it's not original, if it's not uncompromisingly passionate, then it's not Pain of Salvation."

Gildenlöw commented about the track "Linoleum" in particular as follows: "I love the versatility of this animal, and I keep dragging it into different contexts to see how it will adapt and respond. In other words, this track was a given when we started discussing an acoustic project, and probably the first one I sat down with to rearrange. I have always loved to play around with the emotional spectrum of suppressed rage in music and lyrics, and making this song acoustic called for even higher levels of challenge when it came to finding that perfect balance of dialed down subtlety and sudden bursts of emotional display. I love how it came out in the end. An agile predator. Let's invent a word today: Pantheresque." More...

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Just For Fun

Orchid Fan Makes Killer Playmobil Music Video

The San Francisco-based classic rockers Orchid have been honored by a creative fan with a self made Playmobil music video for the song "Wizard of War," which can be seen below.

The band stumbled upon the video when surfing the web and enjoyed is so much that they also would like to encourage other fans to do more along the same lines. Commented guitarist Mark Thomas Baker:

"Wow! This is so cool! Fan made videos are very cool. To think that someone would spend the time to make something like this is really flattering to us. Thanks to Marcus and Christina for their effort! If anyone has something like this on their minds - give it a go! We love this stuff and love to see what you make of it!!"

Commented director and die hard Orchid fan Marcus W.: "For quite some years now Orchid are one of my favorite bands. I've had the chance to meet these guys several times already and the truly are some of the nicest dudes on this planet. With this video I just wanted to do something nice for them, I hope I've succeeded!"

"Wizard Of War" comes off Orchid's latest album, "The Mouths Of Madness," which was released in April 2013. More...

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Hollow Earth Releasing Debut Album

Panic Records, the label founded by Timm McInotsh of Seattle hardcore vets Trial, will release Hollow Earth's debut "Silent Graves" this coming November 11th on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.

From Dearborn, Michigan, Hollow Earth was formed in 2011 by vocalist Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of metallic hardcore outfit Shai Hulud. Mike Moynihan is also a current member of recent Century Media signees Enabler.

Hollow Earth's debut full-length "Silent Graves" was recorded by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recordings (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails).

Stream new track "World to Come" in the player below, courtesy of Metal Sucks. Hollow Earth embark on a U.S. tour in November with Exalt, including select dates with Run with the Hunted and KDC. More...

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Twingiant Announces New Album

The Phoenix-based sludge masters from Twingiant are set to release their new album "Devil Down" this Winter.

"Devil Down" is the follow up to "Mass Driver" (available for streaming here) and was engineered and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) at Arcane Digital Recording. The band had the following to say about the new album:

"We’ll be releasing our 2nd, full-length album entitled, Devil Down, by the end of the year. We’re really happy with how it’s coming along and it’s been nothing short of awesome working with Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) of Arcane Digital Recording. Since Tony (guitars) joined the band last summer, our sound evolved as you would expect.

"We have more of a 70s/Southern Rock feel now and it’s really evident on Devil Down more so than when we were flirting with that sound on the Sin Nombre EP. The vocals are probably the most noticeable change from the prior two releases. You can actually understand 75% of what Jarrod is saying and there are more of them now.

"Devil Down still has all the elements that you would expect from Twingiant, but you can definitely tell that we’ve matured and found our stride. We can’t wait to release it."

Further details about the album, including a complete track listing, will be announced shortly.

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Amplifier Posts New Lyric Video

Amplifier recently released latest studio album "Mystoria" and is currently in the midst of a European tour with Knifeworld and Awooga before heading back to the U.K. for two big shows in London and Manchester.

To celebrate, the band has launched a lyric video for the track "The Meaning Of If," which you can check out below.

Sel Balamir checks in from the tour with this statement: "This song's proving to be a live favorite already. Heavy and groovy - that's what Amplifier are all about."

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

Oct 16 Patronaat Haarlem, Netherlands
Oct 17 Cacaofabriek Helmond, Netherlands
Oct 18 Le Batofar Paris, France
Nov 15 The Ritz w/ Kerbdog, Nine Black Alps, Hawk Eyes, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 16 The Forum w/ Kerbdog, Jamie Lenman Hawk Eyes, London, United Kingdom More...

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Sonic Syndicate Checks In From The Road

Anglo-Swedish modern metal powerhouse Sonic Syndicate has posted a video blog from the ongoing "Diabolical Tour Of Art" headlining run.

Take a look behind the curtains of the first show of tour, which took place this past Saturday in Muenster, Germany.

The tour is leading the band through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic, supporting the group's self-titled album, which was released back in June. Remaining dates are as follows:

16.10.2014 CH Herisau - Pontem
17.10.2014 D München - Backstage
18.10.2014 D Adelsheim - Live Factory
20.10.2014 AT Wien - Viper Room
21.10.2014 CZ Prag - Nova Chmelnice
22.10.2014 D Berlin - SO36
23.10.2014 D Stuttgart - Universum
24.10.2014 D Bochum - Matrix
25.10.2014 D Kiel - Pumpe More...

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Sylosis Posts Guitar Playthrough Video

Sylosis recently dropped a music video for "Mercy" (available here), taken off the upcoming "Dormant Heart" album.

The band has recorded a guitar tutorial for the track, which can be seen below.

Commenting on the track front man Josh states: "Mercy is the first single off the new album. It's got a pretty dark and heavy vibe to it but it's one of the most melodic tracks on the album at the same time. It's got a big slow, doomy outro with an octave pedal on the guitars so that's going to rumble some guts live. For this video, we wanted to keep it dark and claustrophobic. It's got some of the artwork from the album and inlay illustrated as well which came together really well."

The new album "Dormant Heart" is set to be released January 16th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. More...

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The Defiled Plays Show On An Iceberg

A gigantic iceberg has been turned into the most unlikely of gig venues in the Greenland Sea, as U.K. metal band The Defiled performed on top of the floating platform for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig – which sees artists put to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice cold conditions.

Braving freezing temperatures and fast flowing ice, the group performed the special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft.

Prior to taking to the icy-stage, Frontman Stitch D, along with keyboard player The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time getting to meet local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness this unique one-off performance. The Defiled played a 30 minute set featuring tracks from latest album "Daggers."

In the lead up to the gig, the team scoured the area for several days on the search for the perfect berg – one that was large enough and thick enough to take the band and all the equipment. All of the instruments, sound equipment and the band members themselves were ferried onto the gig stage with the help of local experts who have lived and worked amongst these impressive ice floes for generations. More...

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Atriarch Streaming "Bereavement"

"An Unending Pathway" is the forthcoming new full-length from Pacific Northwest death/doom conjurors Atriarch.

Together the mesmerizing collective summon forth haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. In celebration of the album's imminent unveiling, today the gate keepers at Vice Magazine's music portal Noisey offer up fourth movement "Bereavement" for public consumption. Give it a listen below.

The new album was tracked at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engineered and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege.

You can also see Atriarch live across the U.S. West Coast on these upcoming dates:

11/07/2014 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
11/08/2014 Obsidian - Olympia, WA
11/10/2014 Slabtown Records - Portland, OR Release Show w/ Usnea, Muscle, Marrow
11/12/2014 Wandering Goat- Eugene, OR
11/13/2014 Cafe Colonial - Sacramento, CA
11/14/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard - Oakland, CA w/ Dispirit
11/15/2014 Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA w/ Cough, Invdrs, Sorxe
11/16/2014 Tower - San Diego, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/17/2014 Sweet Springs - Santa Barbara, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/18/2014 The Knockout - San Francisco, CA
11/19/2014 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Plague Widow
11/20/2014 Club 66 - Ashland, OR
11/21/2014 Wisp House - Salem, OR More...

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Goatwhore Posts New Music Video

Louisiana's favorite blackened thrash goliaths in Goathwore have launched a brand new music video for the track "Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed." Check it out below.

The song appears on the band's latest collection of NOLA-flavored audio devastation, entitled "Constricting Rage Of The Merciless."

Tomorrow night, Goatwhore will be performing at New Orleans' notorious House Of Shock
where the band's "Baring Teeth for Revolt" video was filmed. For tickets and info, check out the band's Facebook event page.

Following the House Of Shock performance, Goatwhore will take on the next leg of Autumn live assaults set to commence October 23rd in St. Louis. Full details are available after the vidoe. More...

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While Heaven Wept Posts Track-By-Track Video

Virginia's long-running epic metal band While Heaven Wept is commemorating its 25th year of existence with the release of sixth full-length album "Suspended At Aphelion."

This new album is due out via Nuclear Blast November 18th in North America (October 24th in Europe). Today the band releases the first track-by-track trailer for "Suspended At Aphelion," which can be seen below. The track listing is:

I: Introspectus
II: Icarus And I (see lyric video here)
III: Ardor
IV: Heartburst (streaming here)
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
XI: Retrospectus More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Announces New Tour Dates

Italy's symphonic death metal horde Fleshgod Apocalypse will return to European roads in late October, joining Finnish death metal powerhouse Insominum. Fleshgod Apocalypse will be touring in support of latest album "Labyrinth" (reviewed here).

The tour will kick off October 30th in Weinheim and will be concluded on November 16th in Cologne. Opening each night will be Finnish five-piece Stamina. Commented Fleshgod Apocalypse guitarist & vocalist Tommaso Riccardi:

“We are very proud to hit Europe again in November, especially with such a cool package. We've always been interested in Insomnium's music, and I personally enjoy their last work 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun' a lot.

"Also, I have to admit I just recently listened to Stamina and I really like they're groovy style too. I think their idea on the video clip for ‘Valtiaan Uudet Vaateet’ was great! I think the three of us will work very well together, since there's the right balance of violence, speed, grove and melody, so I am really confident it will be great every night. More...

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Xerxes Streaming Full New Album

The new Xerxes album "Collision Blonde" will arrive next Tuesday, but fans can hear it online in full now.

Louisville’s explosive avant-garde rock band Xerxes just dropped a full stream ahead of the October 21st release date. Listen in below, or over at the band's website here.

Beginning tomorrow, Xerxes will be kicking off a string of tour dates in support of the new record, which include an album release show at No Sleep Records’ “No Sleep till CMJ II” showcase in Brooklyn on October 21st. Dates are as follows:

Oct 17 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
Oct 19 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct 20 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ Showcase/Collision Blonde Album Release Show @ The Paper Box
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire (w/Empire! Empire!, Free Throw)
Oct 23 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s Basement
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
Oct 31 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse (w/Coliseum)
Nov 1 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest @ The Atlantic (w/Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Rescuer)
Nov 4 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox (w/Coliseum) More...

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Truth And Its Burden Working On Album

South African outfit Truth And Its Burden has checked in with the following announcement about working on new material:

"A lot has happened over the years of this band. We've had dudes leave, kicked dudes out, got signed - got screwed, lost tons and tons of money, nearly lost it all, lost respect from people based on choices we made and a string of bad things that have happened over the years. Its been a long haul of struggle fueled by a shared passion.

"This has not been easy, but it has been worth it. We have had solid support from people who we feel TRULY loved us for the right reasons, and trusted us through it all, despite what was being said behind our backs. These people know who they are and we're ever grateful for their continued support and belief in us.

"Our new album is still being constructed, its something we feel will shed serious light on things we've previously thought not to openly discuss out of fear of rejection or fear of judgement from others. You can only keep quiet about things for so long before something has to be said.

"We are looking into possible tours for next year and some festival options. We will keep you all posted on the details, when we know more." More...

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Mindwars Streaming New Track

Mindwars - the band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members - is preparing the release new album "The Enemy Within."

You can now hear a preview of the album through the song "Crash" below. The album will be release on October 27th by Punishment 18 Records (physical and digital). A vinyl edition is expected this coming January, 2015 by Night Of The Vinyl Dead. More...

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Despised Icon Announces Reunion Shows

The reactivated Montreal death metal pioneers from Despised Icon have now announced some North American shows this Winter.

The band recently performed a run of dates in Europe, four years after announcing that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist Alex Erian comments:

"Cheers to everyone that came out to our reunion shows this summer. The response was overwhelming. It felt just like in the good old days. We promised you a few more in Canada and the US, so here you go! There won't be any other dates so don't miss out. Keep it brutal."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Dec 13 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Dec 14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 20 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Dec 21 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium

Having created quite a buzz with their debut album, 2002's "Consumed By Your Poison," Despised Icon's brand of technical death infused hardcore matured and developed over the years, arguably reaching its peak with 2007's classic, "The Ills of Modern Man." The band has sold over 150,000 albums worldwide and have influenced countless number of bands in the metal and hardcore scene today. Despised Icon disbanded in 2010 after a series of sold out farewell shows. More...

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Borknagar Recording New Album

After announcing back in December that pre-production was about to begin on a new album, today long-running Norwegian metal band Borknagar has officially begun the recording process.

The band issued this brief announcement: "Oh yeah, finally back in studio. Time to fire up the engine again..Good times!"

This upcoming, as-yet-untitled release will follow the 2012 album "Urd" (reviewed here). Further details are forthcoming, so stay tuned! More...

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Slipknot Streaming "Killpop"

The barrage of new Slipknot material continues today!

".5: The Gray Chapter" - the band's first since full-length release since the death of Paul Gray - is due out October 21st via Roadrunner Records.

Today you can hear the new song "Killpop" online by heading to the album's official website here.

Previously released tracks include "AOV" as well as "Custer" and "Sacrastrophe."

The full track listing is as follows: More...

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Voices Posts Album Trailer

Voices has posted another clip online to alert fans of the release of an upcoming second album to drop via Candlelight Records.

The "London" album is due out in Europe in November, with a U.S. release coming in early January. The track listing is as follows:

01. Suicide Note
02. Music For The Recently Bereaved
03. The Actress
04. Vicarious Lover
05. Megan
06. Imaginary Sketches of A Poisoned man
07. The Antidote
08. The FuckTrance
09. Hourglass
10. The House Of Black Light
11. The Final Portrait Of The Artist
12. Last Train Victoria Line
13. The Ultimate Narcissist
14. Cold Harbour Lane More...

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Withem Posts Entire ProgPower USA Performance

Norwegian power/progressive act Withem posted the band's entire performance at ProgPower USA XV in Atlanta, Georgia this past September. The proshot footage of the band's debut U.S. live performance was mixed and edited by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen.

Check out the performance here:

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Virgin Steele Announces New Album

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to announce a new Virgin Steele studio album for February / March 2015.

This will be the first full-length album with brand new songs since "The Black Light Bacchanalia" released in 2010. David DeFeis describes the new album:

"....it is a very heavy non-concept type album in the vein of something like a Noble Savage or an Age Of Consent, where there is no particular 'story' that one has to follow...it is instead a straightforward collection of songs that work well together. It is about 80-90% tracked already, and final mixing will begin next month!"

He further stated that: "I know that we announced a box-set was to be issued this autumn, which in addition to two more re-issues, would also have included a new bonus album called 'Ghost Harvest,' (which by the way is finished and ready to go).... but... the group and I and our label all feel that the time is right now first for some brand new U.S. metal in the style that Virgin Steele deliver, therefore the new album is now our focus but...fear not...the previously discussed box set will be released later next year, most likely a short time after we issue the brand new release that we are currently completing. More...

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Behemoth Comments On Polish Tour

Behemoth just finished touring the band's home country of Poland. Eight of the nine shows went flawlessly, while one show in Poznan was cancelled due to political and religious agitations (which ended up being the subject of a recent Metalunderground weekend podcast).

The band promises to come back as soon possible. Nergal, outspoken Behemoth frontman comments:

"We are seriously worn out. Why? We gave our very fuckin' best to deliver the highest quality performance during these 8 shows. I dare to say that this band has never been in a better shape. On every possible level we reached our top… now let us enjoy the view for a moment.

"All shows went absolutely brilliantly and for many reasons 'The Satanist tour' has already earned its place as a massive historical achievement for Behemoth! We are taking few weeks off now before flying to South America and South Africa in November/December. In the meantime, we are planning seriously thrilling surprises for you… just wait and see!"

A brief video including live clips from the Gdanks show is available below. The band's latest album "The Satanist" is out now. More...

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