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Metal News for October 18, 2016

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Pit Stories: Steaming Crowd

The week has kicked off again and now that we're finally done with that abysmal Monday, it's time for another edition of Pit Stories straight from metal bands.

Last week we heard about an unruly fan getting what he deserved after repeatedly crashing into the band, but for this week's Pit Story we're moving away from unruly crowds to crowds getting set on fire by the performance... literally!

Rob Rom from Cincinnati, Ohio outfit Static Tension recalls one particularly cramped venue hosting a pyrotechnics-filled Rammstein show to some sweltering results. Rob tells the story like this:

On July 28th, 2001, some buddies and I had tickets to see the German metal band Rammstein at a club called Bogarts in Cincinnati. I was a big fan at the time and had huge expectations. I had seen pictures and heard stories of their pyrotechnics and had to witness it for myself. So we walked into the place and found it to be dark and rather quiet for a venue.... Turns out the opening band Crossbreed had some equipment difficulties and had to shut down after one song, but that's not what made this night so memorable.

Another band followed called Godhead, I myself wasn't very impressed, they weren't terrible, just not my cup of beer. So I waited through what felt like a 2 hour set for the flaming 6 piece to hit the stage. Keep in mind that Bogarts isn't exactly a big place to see a show, I've seen bigger school auditoriums. So the band finally hits the stage and within moments, there are already huge flames shooting out of the floor, they had to reach 15 ft at least! Not to mention flaming microphone stands, flame throwers attached to their faces, and random smaller pyro effects. Needless to say, the place was heating up, and my buddies and I moved to the back.

Halfway through the set, the members started dumping buckets of cold water onto the crowd, I swear I saw steam coming off of them! I was uncomfortably warm but still managing to stay cool enough in the back to finish the show. As the set neared its end, vocalist Til Lindemann came out in a large metal trench coat and was set completely on fire and finished the last song in what must have been the hottest coat in history. It was already miserably hot in that place and that poor guy had to finish the set in a flaming coat.

By the end of the evening, some of the crowd was drenched in cold water, my buddies and I, we were drenched in sweat, you could feel the heat coming off of the walls. It's no wonder they've never played there again. Had to of been a huge safety issue in such a small place. I've seen fights break out, I've seen people come out of pits completely bloody, I've seen people cut themselves on broken glass on the floor, and I'm sure you have all read enough about all of that, but never again have I seen a band who's act revolved around so much fire in my life!

Static Tension's new EP "Out Of Reach" is set to drop through Buried By Sky Records on January 6th, 2017. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. More...

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Caro Streaming "Escape The Night"

Caro has been releasing one track each day off new EP "Sever The 6th Head," with final song "Escape The Night" now online and available below. The band had this to say:

"We finally released the last song on the EP. Which means that it's time to spin through the whole EP! 'Escape the Night'' is the fifth and last track off 'Sever the 6th Head.'

"It's a fast, and crushing tune. The hardest to record on all instruments. The song came together in one rehearsal. It was one of those songs where everybody just knew, that this probably would make the record."

1. Manufactured Suicide
2. Life
3. Sever the 6th Head
4. The Event of Revolt
5. Escape the Night More...

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Sonic Pulse Releasing New Single

Sonic Pulse's new single "First Contact High" will be available to wake and bake your brain the morning of October 25th. Check out the single artwork, courtesy of Ian Hunter Tattoos, below.

"First Contact High" is taken off the band's impending full-length album "Vs. The Internet," which will feature guest solos from Jack Kosto of Seven Spires and Ryan Burke from Epicenter. You can also catch the band live with My Missing Half & Thrashole:

11/19 - Westbrook, ME
11/20 - Brooklyn, NY
11/21 - Buffalo, NY
11/23 - Baltimore, MD
11/25 - Wilmington, DE
11/26 - Philadelphia, PA More...

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Words Of Farewell Posts Track-By-Track Video

Words Of Farewell just issued a new track-by-track clip for upcoming album "A Quiet World," due out via AFM on November 18th. The band also commetns:

"After releasing our first new track 'My Share of Loneliness' last Friday we also want to tell you a little more about some of the other tracks of the album. So here's a little message from Alex giving some information about the first three tracks of 'A Quiet World.' Enjoy!"

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Hoath Streaming New Song

The mysterious Finnish black/death cult Hoath just premiered a new song titled "Of Virgin Moon and Serpent" online.

This track hails from the band's second album, "Codex III: Crown of the Mind," set for international release on November 4th via Saturnal Records. The full track listing is:

1. Embodiment Of Ultimate Existence
2. With The Lightning of Eye
3. Crown Of The Mind
4. Behold The Soul (Profane Research)
5. By Spell And Hoofs Of Steel
6. Upon The Sixth Theorem
7. Of Virgin Moon And Serpent
8. Anael
9. Proclamation of the Crowned And Conquering Child
10. Courage, Pride and Triumph
11. To The Mother Of Abominations
12. Exultant Upon The Ruined Earth
13. Qliphoth More...

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Thrown Into Exile Posts Album Sampler

Urban Yeti Records is pleased to announce the release of Los Angeles group Thrown Into Exile's debut album, “Safe Inside,” set to drop officially on Friday, October 21st.

To celebrate this dynamic and powerful debut, Thrown Into Exile invites all friends, family, fans and the media to a record release party this coming Tuesday, October 25th starting at 7pm at The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles.

An album sampler has also come online featuring snippets of each "Safe Inside" song - check it out below. More...

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Die Choking Kicks Off U.S. Tour

Philadelphia's Die Choking begins a U.S. tour with Paris-based Department Of Correction this week. Following the band's first European tour early this year with DOC, the trek will now repeat itself on U.S. shores.

DOC will head into the country mid-October to join up with Die Choking for a week-and-a-half of tour dates down the East Coast, beginning the eleven-city run in Allentown on Thursday, October 20th. From there, the bands will blaze through Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, Atlanta, and Jacksonville, before coming to a finale at the massive The Fest 15 in Gainesville. More...

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Metal Blade Launches New Metallic Christmas Line

To celebrate the holiday season, Metal Blade Records has now launched a new line of Christmas and winter items, as part of the label's "Chrismassacre" promotion.

The new sweaters, mugs, and ornaments included artwork designed by underground metal legend Costin Chioreanu of Twilight13 Media.

In addition to being able to pre-order your favorite seasonal gifts and clothing, a new sale will be offered each week, for 12 weeks. These "12 Weeks of Chrismassacre" kicks off today with Week 1: slashed prices on all hoodies. Check here every Monday (through the first week of January) for a new weekly "Chrismassacre". More...

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"Metronomicon" Melds Rhythm Gaming With RPGs

"Metronomicon" is a rhythm game that collided with the RPG genre to birth an union between the two that is out now through Steam here.

While much of the soundtrack is more on the electronic and poppy side, darkwave groups Perturbator (read our review of new album "The Uncanny Valley") and Gost (which just released "Non Paradisi") are featured in the track listing.

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Echoterra Releases "All The Lies" Video

Echoterra just released a remixed version of "Land Of The Midnight Sun," and to herald the new edition a music video is also online that can be seen below. The band comments:

"Five years ago today, we released our album 'Land of the Midnight Sun.' For the past few months, we have been working on a remix and remaster of the album and as of today, it is available.

"What we did was go through each individual track and give it a bit more polished sound than the original release; the drums, bass, and guitars were brought up a bit more in the mixes and Melissa's fantastic vocals are now much brighter and stand out quite a bit more.

"Here's our video for 'All The Lies' with the remastered audio; take a listen and let us know what you think!" More...

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Calligram Streaming "Drowned"

Calligram's new album "Demimonde" is set for release on November 4th via Cimmerian Shade Recordings, and today the album's third track "Drowned" comes online. Listen in below, and you can pre-order the album at Bandcamp here.

1. Red Rope
2. Bed of Nails
3. Drowned
4. Black Velvet
5. Bataclan More...

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Exploding Head Syndrome Inks Record Deal

Norwegian hardcore outfit Exploding Head Syndrome has signed a deal for the release of new album “World Crashes Down” with Wormholedeath Records. EHS also comments:

“Exploding Head Syndrome are proud to announce our signing with Wormholedeath Records for the worldwide release of our next album, 'World Crashes Down.' The album was recorded in Italy at Mathlab Recording Studios with producer Jonathan Mazzeo during the summer of 2016, and will be out November 4th, 2016.” More...

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The Doomsday Kingdom To Debut At Roadburn

Doom-heads rejoice! Leif Edling, the master bassist and songwriter behind Candlemass, will bring his new project The Doomsday Kingdom to play a first show at Roadburn 2017 on Sunday, April 23rd, at Het Patronaat!

Edling’s legacy is second to none in doom. For over 30 years he has crafted songs that find vibrancy in darkness, life within the morose, and explored grand miseries that have influenced two generations of bands from around the world.

Working with vocalist Niklas Stålvind when not handling those duties himself, Edling now presents the "Never Machine" demo EP on November 25th.

“After hosting Candlemass and Avatarium in years past, we are thrilled to have The Doomsday Kingdom making a debut on stage – the first time playing live anywhere!” exclaims Walter Roadburn. “There could not be a better setting than Het Patronaat for what’s sure to be a pilgrimage of doom for Roadburners from around the world. Don’t miss it!” More...

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Athanasia Releases New Music Video

Athanasia just released an official music video for the track "Spoils Of War," taken off upcoming album "The Order of the Silver Compass." The music video was directed by Matt Zane and shot in Burbank, California.

Caleb Andrew Bingham from Athanasia comments: "I am beyond excited to unveil Athanasia's first single 'Spoils of War' and give the public a small taste of what they can expect to hear on our upcoming LP 'The Order of the Silver Compass!'" More...

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Wretch Announces Fall Tour

Indianapolis-based doom metal trio Wretch has announced U.S. tour dates in support of the band's self-titled debut album.

The trek will launch on November 8th in Indianapolis, when the band shares the stage with Nik Turner's Hawkwind. The festivities will then run through November 22nd in Chicago, hitting Detroit, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and more, along the way.

Featuring vocalist / guitarist Karl Simon, formerly of The Gates of Slumber, alongside drummer Chris Gordon and bassist Bryce Clarke, Wretch rises from the ashes of the musician's past project, which ended tragically with the passing of Gates' bassist Jason McCash in 2014.

Wretch has also been confirmed as one of the featured acts at the 2017 Roadburn Festival, set for April 20th - 23rd in Tilburg, with Wretch performing on the 20th.

November 8 Indianapolis, IN 5th Quarter Lounge (w/ Nik Turner's Hawkwind)
November 11 Detroit, MI Small's
November 13 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
November 14 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo (w/ Bongzilla and Wizard Rifle)
November 16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
November 19 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
November 22 Chicago, IL Live Wire More...

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Coliseum / Doomriders Re-Issuing Danzig Tribute

Magic Bullet Records will reissue the long out-of-print "Not Of this World" split 7" from Coliseum and Doomriders in November, and this week pre-orders have come online.

Back in 2005, Coliseum's Ryan Patterson self-released a 12" on his label Auxiliary, which featured both his band and Boston's Doomriders providing an ultimate tribute to the almighty Danzig. Each band turned out a cover of a song from the classic self-titled debut Danzig LP, with Coliseum adding two originals and Doomriders putting up one original track. A CD version of the release was also issued on the defunct Level Plane label.

While the Coliseum material was later repackaged into a collections release on Temporary Residence, the Doomriders material remained out-of-print for many years. As part of the upcoming Magic Bullet Records' 20th anniversary, the label is celebrating the friends and musicians that were a significant inspiration as the years went on, starting with a split 7" featuring both bands' Danzig covers from the 2005 "Not Of This World" spli More...

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Tactus Posts "Red And Ivory" Playthrough

After unleashing debut full-length album "Bending Light" on October 7th, Fredericton, New Brunswick prog group Tactus is now showing fans the shredding power behind the "Red and Ivory" track in a new guitar playthrough.

"Red and Ivory" is just one of 10 tracks featured on "Bending Light," which was produced by the band with mixing and mastering by Jamie King (Between The Buried In Me, Paradise Lost, Scale The Summit).

1. Anamnesis (2:12)
2. Aurora (6:26)
3. Scimitar (4:08)
4. All Roads (4:06)
5. Feast or Famine (4:58)
6. Colossus (4:20)
7. Goliath (7:14)
8. Cardinal (4:20)
9. Red and Ivory (6:56)
10. King of the Sky (14:35) More...

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Wovenwar Streaming "Lines In The Sand"

This Friday (October 21st), Wovenwar will release sophomore album, "Honor Is Dead," via Metal Blade Records.

More aggressive and fluid than its self-titled predecessor, "Honor Is Dead" was written with contributions from all members, while the music for Wovenwar was mostly written before vocalist Shane Blay joined the band.

Check out a video for the new single, "Lines In The Sand," in the player below. The new album's complete track listing is as follows:

1. Confession
2. Censorship
3. Honor Is Dead
4. Lines in the Sand
5. World on Fire
6. Compass
7. Stones Thrown
8. Cascade
9. Silhouette
10. Bloodletter
11. 130 More...

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God Creates New Music

Progressive instrumental project God is releasing a new track every two weeks, starting back in late August and running through December 25th, 2016. The first five tracks have now come online as lyric videos and can be heard below.

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Balfor Teases New Album

Balfor just issued a teaser clip for the band's impending 2017 album, with the band commenting: "We are pleased to present you a video trailer to 'Black Serpent Rising,' a very first introduction to our new studio effort."

New album “Black Serpent Rising” was recorded at More Music Studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mixing and mastering were handled at Blacklight Studio by Shaddar (Khors, Ulvegr), while cover artwork was created by Ukrainian artist Nurgeslag (Rotting Christ).

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Upon Shadows Unveils "Geometry Of Music"

Dark metal duo Upon Shadows just released a new single and video titled "Geometry Of Music," which can be seen below. The track was recorded in Oulu, Finland and Montevideo, Uruguay.

Mixing and mastering were handled by Mika Pohjola at Soundmix recording studio, Oulu, Finland. "Geometry Of Music" also features the special participation of Kimmo Luttinen on drums (ex-Impaled Nazarene , ex-Beherit, ex-Catamenia).

Tamara Picardo from Upon Shadows comments: “We feel extremely grateful and honored to have the participation of one of the biggest Finnish black metal legends!“

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Chariots Of The Gods Announces New Tour

Melodic death metal crew Chariots Of The Gods will hit the road in November / December to support recently unleashed album "Ages Unsung."

The tour will venture across the province of Quebec along with hometown shows in Ottawa, ON, which includes supporting Sonata Arctica on November 14th (dates and info below).

Joining Chariots of The Gods on these tour dates will be Montreal's Pronostic.

Nov 4 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
*Nov 14 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks w/ Sonata Arctica, Leave's Eyes, Omnium Gatherum
Nov 18 - Mont Tremblant, QC - Bar L'Epicentre
Nov 19 - Laval, QC - Bar Le Repaire
Nov 25 - Longueil, QC - Bar Zone 132
Dec 2 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf
Dec 3 - Buckingham, QC - Bar Le Windsor
Dec 9 - Quebec, QC - La Source De La Martiniere
Dec 10 - Sherbrooke, QC - Bar Le Magog
Dec 16 - Drummondville, QC - Pub Heriot
Dec 17 - Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC - Studio 35
* = without Pronostic More...

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Animals As Leaders Posts "Arithmophobia"

Animals As Leaders today premieres new song "Arithmophobia," which can be heard below. Pre-orders for the band's forthcoming album, "The Madness of Many," which include instant downloads of "Arithmophobia" and "The Brain Dance," are available here.

"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding: “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”

Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

The trio kick off a first tour in support of the new album on November 10th, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates. More...

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Illyrian Posts Album Release Show Footage

Following the release of new album "Round 2: Fight" (available for full streaming here), Calgary group Illyrian has now dropped a live video from the album launch party. Check out the Canadian thrash group preforming the album's title track below.

"Round 2: Fight!" was co-produced by the band with Casey Lewis at Echo Base Studios plus mastered by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios and is available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

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Dark Sarah Releases "Aquarium" Lyric Video

Cinematic metal band Dark Sarah - a music project by vocalist Heidi Parviainen (ex-Amberian Dawn) - issued a lyric video for the new song "Aquarium." The song features a guest appearance from Delain vocalist Charlotte Wessels and will be featured on the new album "The Puzzle," which drops on November 18th in Europe and North America via Inner Wound Recordings.

"The Puzzle" is a concept album and that continues the story from the debut "Behind The Black Veil." It tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been send to an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys.

Other guest stars set to appear on "The Puzzle" are: Manuela Kraller (ex. Xandria) and JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings).

The track listing for the album is:

1. Breath
2. Island In The Mist
3. Little Men
4. Ash Grove
5. For The Birds
6. Deep And Deeper
7. Dance With The Dragon (Feat. JP Leppäluoto)
8. Cliffhanger
9. Aquarium (Feat. Charlotte Wessels)
10. Rain (Feat. Manuela Kraller)

Check out "Aquarium" here: More...

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Mors Principium Est Posts Album Six Studio Diary

Finnish based melodic death metal act Mors Principium Est released the first part in a studio diary series on the upcoming six full length studio release. The as of yet untitled album is expected for release in 2017.

In the first episode, U.K. based guitarist Andy Gillion is shown recording. Gillion commented: "Hey guys, welcome to the studio diary for album number six. The thing is that things got a little bit crazy the last time and a few people asked me: 'Could you do something a bit more serious this time and really show what goes into making an album?' And that's exactly what I am going to do!"

Check out the clip here:

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Adagio Posts Artwork Creation Video Clip

French symphonic progressive act Adagio issued a new video clip featuring the creation of the artwork for the upcoming new album "Life." The video features a time lapse sequence of Ludovic Cordelières of Rusalka Design as he crafts the artwork.

Adagio will issue "Life" in December. The band recently announced that the band's new vocalist is Kelly Carpenter (ex-Firewind/Darkology).

Check out the clip here:

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Burning Point Wants You To "Master Them All"

Finnish power metal veterans Burning Point released a lyric video for the new song "Master Them All." The song is the opening track from the upcoming new album "The Blaze," which is set for release on November 25th via AFM Records. It marks the first release of all-new songs since vocalist Nitte Valo (ex-Battle Beast) joined the band in 2014. Check out the song in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Master Them All
2. Time Has Come
3. Incarnation
4. My Spirit
5. The Lie
6. Dark Winged Angel
7. Chaos Rising
8. Lost In Your Thoughts
9. Things That Drag Me Down
10. The King Is Dead, Long Live The King
11. Metal Queen (Lee Aaron Cover) (Bonus Track)

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Gaerea Details New Release, Streams New Song

Greek black metal act Gaerea revealed the artwork and track listing for the self-titled new EP. In addition, a music video for the new track "Void of Numbness" was released yesterday and is available in the player below.

Darkened, dissonant and furious black metal explorations converge in this 27 minute debut EP, due to be released in November 11th via Everlasting Spew Records. A vinyl version will follow in mid 2017. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list is as follows:

I - Santificato
II - Final Call
III - Pray to Your False God
IV - Through Time
V - Void of Numbness More...

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SpiteFuel Hits Studio, New Single Expected Soon

South German heavy rockers of SpiteFuel have been riding the Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Elvenking, Perzonal War) in Troisdorf these days, in order to record the new longplayer, which will be released on MDD Records next spring.

In order to shorten the waiting time, the band is already planning to release a new single called "Sleeping With Wolves" in December, which will include the brand new song in various versions. Among other things, an orchestral implementation is currently underway, for which composer Arkadius Antonik (Realms Of Odoric, SuidAkra) is responsible.

More news is expected soon.

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Just For Fun

Watch Scotland's "Rawking Gran" Dance To AC/DC

Below you can watch an old lady rock out to AC/DC’s "Highway to Hell", performed by Badboys, a covers band from Paisley, Scotland.

States the band on its Facebook page: "Badboys played at The Spree in Paisley today; last song was Highway to Hell and this happened #RAWKINGRAN -AMAZING!!!"

The clip was posted past weekend and has already passed 1.1 million views... Check it out: More...

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Planes Mistaken For Stars Pre-Release Album Stream

Planes Mistaken For Stars premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Prey", which will be out in stores this Friday, October 21st via Deathwish Inc..

Check out now "Prey" in its entirety below.

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