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Metal News for October 2, 2013

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Rivers Of Nihil Issues Track-By-Track Breakdown

Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America. The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan.

While "The Conscious Seed of Light" is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began this project with the idea of releasing four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates: "The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album's broader concept."

Now, fans can stream a video with audio samples of each track on the album (available below). Adam Biggs also elaborates on the concepts behind each track on the record: More...

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Deadlock Posts Guitar Tutorial

Deadlock recently released new album "The Arsonist" via Napalm Records. Throughout the recording process the band shot instructional videos for different tracks from the album, and today the video for the song "Dead City Sleepers" is available online.

Check out the video clip below, thanks to GuitarWorld.com. Deadlock's new music video for the song "The Great Pretender" can also be viewed at this location. More...

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Deserters Posts New Track "God Feels Nothing"

Another track from Deserters upcoming EP "Try To Feel" has now been posted online. You can listen to "God Feels Nothing" in the player below.

"It's about guilt and God's capacity to feel. I believe that if God could feel guilt, or anything at all, he would have bowed out, a long time ago," stated vocalist Matthew Roell. He further explains: "We are told that he is omnipotent, omnipresent, all-powerful and all knowing. Why would it be a sin to kill myself, if God planned it? Why would it be a sin to voice my disbelief, if God wrote the script? The only thing that makes me Godlike and the only thing that makes God like a man, is knowing when it is our time to leave."

"Try To Feel" will be available via digital retailers on October 29th through Mediaskare Records. More...

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Nami Re-Signs With Year Of The Sun

Year of the Sun Records is pleased to announce that Nami has re-signed with the label and is set to release a new album in November.

"We're very excited to have Nami back with Year of the Sun Records," states label owner C.F. Benner. "We couldn't be more impressed with the band's sophomore album and we're very honored to have the privilege to release it. This will be one of the best records that we've ever released and we can't wait for music fans everywhere to hear it."

Nami will release sophomore album "The Eternal Light Of The Unconscious Mind" on November 4th, 2013. The album's track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below. The nine track album was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth).

"When I first heard Nami, I was blown away by the strength and maturity from this young act," states Bogren. "This new album beats the previous one, which is still the best hidden secret of 2011."

1. The Beholders
2. Ariadna
3. Silent Mouth
4. Hunter's Dormancy
5. The Animal and The Golden Throne
6. Bless of Faintness
7. Hope in Faintness
8. Crimson Sky
9. The Dream Eater More...

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Depths Of Hatred Issues Album Update

Montreal's Depths Of Hatred has issued the following update about working on an upcoming new album:

"For those of you who are wondering, we're currently self recording our second album so it's been taking some time, but fear not! Guitars have been completed, we're tracking bass right now and drums have also been started!

"Keep coming back for some future updates, we'll have a lot more to reveal the closer we get to completing this album! So far everything is sounding awesome, can't wait to show you guys!"

You can also check out the band's previously posted "On The Road Again" video at this location.

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Cronian Streaming New Song

Cronian, the brainchild of Norwegian black metal masterminds Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) and Vintersorg, has released the first new track from forthcoming album, "Erathems."

The new track, titled "Ecocracy," is streaming now in the player below, courtesy of the folks over at Bravewords.com.

"Erathems" will see a North American release on November 12th via the Season of Mist Underground Activists Division. Pre-orders are available at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Cold Wave Eruption
2. Ecocracy
3. Drifting Station
4. Moments And Monuments
5. Blackwater Horizon
6. Core Resiliency
7. Chemical Dawn
8. End(Durance) Part III
9. Full Moon Inferno [bonus track on European digipak and digital editions]

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Max Cavalera Talks New Album "Savages"

The groove masters in Soulfly only took a year from the release of “Enslaved” to come back with a new full-length, this time titled “Savages.”

With the album now hitting stores, it seemed fitting to chat up the iconic front man Max Cavalera himself to find out more about the short time frame and what went into this latest metal assault.

A transcription of our talk is available below, in which Cavalera discusses how the passing of his father impacted his life and his decision to get into music, the many people involved in “Savages,” and a teaser of when fans can expect new material from Cavalera Conspiracy. More...

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Death Angel Announces Support Acts For Tour

With the release of their new cutthroat creation "The Dream Calls For Blood" just ten days ahead, the Bay Area thrashers in Death Angel now announce the full support package for their upcoming European Tour.

Accompanying the San Francisco based five piece band will be German thrash institution Dew Scented, Italian groove monster Extrema, and Roman progressive force Adimiron. Dates are as follows:

26.11. PL Katowice - Mega Club
27.11. CZ Prague - Nova Chmelnice
28.11. D Karlsruhe - Substage
29.11. IT Brescia - Arcicolony (EXTREMA main support)
30.11. IT Gualtieri - Temprock Club (EXTREMA main support)
02.12. AT Vienna - Szene
04.12. D Munich - Backstage
06.12. D Erfurth - Centrum
07.12. BE Eeklo - Kubiek
08.12. FR Paris - La Maroquinerie
10.12. UK London - Underworld
11.12. DE Essen - Zeche Carl
12.12. NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting - Effenar Hall (without ADIMIRON)
13.12. D Alsfeld - Stadthalle (without ADIMIRON)
14.12. CH Bern - X-Mas Metal Meeting without ADIMIRON)
15.12. D Geiselwind - Christmas Metal Meeting (without EXTREMA & ADIMIRON) More...

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The Defiled Announces November Shows

Hot off a recent U.K. tour with Motionless in White, today The Defiled has announced a European run with Wednesday 13 for November.

Starting in the Netherlands on November 5th, the fearsome fivesome will work their way around mainland Europe and Scandinavia, taking a break to head back to the U.K. for a performance at the Vans Warped Tour on Saturday, November 16th before re-joining Wednesday and his shock rockers in Italy on November 20th to complete the tour.

“After an amazing summer touring the US and just coming off the road in the UK with Motionless In White we are itching for more, we can't get enough!” enthuses The AvD. “I literally can't wait to see all the Wednesday 13 guys, there is nothing like touring with your buddies!” More...

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Periphery Releases New Music Video

The new Periphery music video for "Ragnarok" (directed by Jeff Holcomb) can now be viewed via the YouTube player below.

The video was shot during the 2013 edition of Summer Slaughter and the track comes off of the album "Periphery II: This Time It's Personal."

Periphery will cap the year with a monstrous North American headlining tour - the "This Tour Is Personal" trek - sponsored by Jackson Guitars, ToonTrack, Guitar World and All In Merch. The tour kicks off on October 11th and also features Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja. More...

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Sepultura Posts Third Trailer For New Album

Sepultura has released the third trailer for the band's upcoming album "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart." Check it out below.

The group also recently released a new single titled "The Age Of The Atheist," which is still available for streaming at this location.

Sepultura's new record is set for European release on October 25th via Nuclear Blast. The album's artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner, while recording took place with producer Ross Robinson.

The track listing for the album is:

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss Of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover) More...

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Death Toll Rising Streaming Album's Title Track

Unleashing sophomore album "Infection Legacy" on October 22nd, Edmonton's Death Toll Rising is also now streaming the title track online.

Check it out in the player below courtesy of Exclaim.ca. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Infection Legacy
2. Judas Cradle
3. Scorched Earth Policy
4. Born To Defile
5. Malice Incarnate
6. Crack Open A Cold One
7. Slaughter To Survive
8. Revelation Despair
9. Septic Entity More...

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Mastic Scum Reveals New Album Details

Mastic Scum has been busy finishing upcoming album "C T R L" in the past few months. "C T R L" will be released on December 6th, 2013 via Massacre Records.

The band recorded 11 tracks including a re-recorded demo song at the Grindlab Studio in several studio sessions this spring. Photos from the recording sessions are available here. The band also comments on the album:

"It depicts a futuristic vision of the technological evolution and development of society - the need to control and the inevitable collapse of a system!"

The cover artwork - featured below - was designed by Lukas Lancko of IsisDesignStudio. Mike Kronstorfer mixed the album at Metalforge Studio and it was mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio. You can catch the band live on these dates:

16.11.2013 AT Liebenfels - Kulturhaus (Hellfeier Festival)
13.12.2013 AT Leoben - JUZ Spektrum
14.12.2013 AT Linz - Ann & Pat
20.12.2013 AT Salzburg - Rockhouse (Salzburger X-Mas Metal Meeting)
28.12.2013 AT Innsbruck - Weekender
17.01.2014 AT Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller More...

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Xenomorphic Contamination Streams New Track

Xenomorphic Contamination is a new studio project formed by members of Vomit the Soul and Antropofagus. The band now has a new song online for streaming titled "Chasm of No Return," which can be heard in the clip below.

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Mors Principium Est Replacing Arsis On Tour

The melodic death metal masters in Mors Principium Est have stepped in for Arsis, whoch had to cancel its participation, and will now join The Agonist and Threat Signal on tour starting October 3rd. Dates are as follows:

Oct 03 - Eindhoven, Holland @ Effenaar
Oct 04 - Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
Oct 05 - Calenzano, Italy @ Cycle Club
Oct 06 - Romagnano Sesia, Italy @ Rock & Roll Arena
Oct 07 - Roma, Italy @ Traffic Club
Oct 08 - To be announced
Oct 09 - Darmstadt, Germany @ Steinbruch Theatre
Oct 10 - To be announced
Oct 11 - Cologne, Germany @ EuroBlast Festival
Oct 12 - To be announced
Oct 13 - Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
Oct 14 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ Randal Club
Oct 15 - Olomouc, Czech Republic @ S-Cube
Oct 16 - Katowice, Poland @ MegaClub
Oct 17 - Prague, Czech Republic @ HOODOO Club
Oct 18 - Jena, Germany @ F-Haus
Oct 19 - Hoogeveen, Holland @ Waves Of Metal Festival
Oct 20 - Paris, France @ Le Divan du Monde
Oct 21 - Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier
Oct 22 - London, UK @ The Garage
Oct 23 - Bournemouth, UK The Anvil Bar More...

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Frosthelm Recruits New Members

North Dakota's blackened thrash unit Frosthelm has recruited Avenger of Blood's drummer and added a second guitarist from Fargo's Imperion. Shannon Frye from Avenger of Blood and Matthew Bellmore of Imperion have officially joined ranks with up and coming group.

On his recent recruitment Shannon says, "I am happy to have joined a great ambitious band and look forward to everything we can accomplish together."

The band plans on hitting the studio in February to record the upcoming full length "The Endless Winter." Mixing and mastering duties are to be performed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Skeletonwitch, Behemoth).

Matthew Bellmore also had this to say on his recent joining: "I'm thrilled and honored to be a new element of Frosthelm. I will be be playing guitar, and I feel that this is a good fit for me musically and technically. What I am most excited about is I finally have the opportunity to work with incredibly dedicated, motivated, and musically intelligent people (not to mention great guys too). One thing is to be certain, Frosthelm will destroy."

Frosthelm bassist Jimmy Cherry says: "Lineup changes are almost always difficult situations, But I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to join the helm, Their dedication is second to none, and I see many achievements on the horizon for Frosthelm."

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In My Shiver Signs With Hypnotic Dirge

In My Shiver, an experimental black metal/shoegaze band from Camerino, Italy has signed with Hypnotic Dirge Records for the release of upcoming second album "Delicate Poison," which is scheduled to drop in December, 2013.

The opening track from the album, "Closed View" is now available for streaming below. Hypnotic Dirge also comments:

"The conceptual themes of In My Shiver include the loneliness and sadness of modern life, cityscapes, and a critique of the dominant culture. In 2009 In my Shiver released their debut album 'Black Seasons' through Solitude and Despair Music in South Korea and now they present their follow-up album 'Delicate Poison.' Combining oppressive and ferocious black metal with melancholic modern depressive rock, In My Shiver blends these sounds to create an unrelenting modern depressive classic with amazing riffs and melodies.

"In particular In my Shiver utilizes dissonant chord structures to create an uncomfortable and claustrophobic atmosphere and has a strong ability in using contrasts throughout the album which is only heightened by a professional sound quality, strong musicianship, and a diverse vocal performance. This album will appeal to fans of post-black metal, and 80’s rock/electronic music, and in particular fans of Katatonia, Solefald, and early-Ulver." More...

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Abiotic Posts New Song Rehearsal Clip

Abiotic spent the last few weeks preparing for an upcoming Fall tour with death metal legends Dying Fetus.

In addition to usual tour preparations, the band has welcomed new vocalist Dickie Allen to the lineup. Allen, who previously fronted fellow Floridians Dealey Plaza, joins guitarists Johnathan Matos and Matt Mendez, along with bassist Alex Vazquez and the band's other recent addition, drummer Aaron Stechauner.

To warm fans up to the revamped lineup, Abiotic has released a clip of a brand new track, "Perceptive Impurity," recorded at a recent band rehearsal. Check it out below.

Guitarist Johnathan Matos comments on the addition of Dickie Allen to the lineup: "We couldn't be more excited to welcome such a talented individual into the band. We've never been stronger or more driven and everyone will be able to see that with a brand new song we'll be playing on the Dying Fetus run. Get ready for album two!"

Abiotic's most recent album, "Symbiosis" (reviewed here) is available worldwide now. More...

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Coven Announces Sophomore LP "Destiny Of The Gods"

U.S. doom metal act Coven (also known as Coven 13) will release the sophomore LP "Destiny of the Gods" on November 19th via Shadow Kingdom Records.

Shadow Kingdom Records owner Tim McGrogan commented on the album: “There have been quite a few old 80’s bands that have reformed and wrote a new album that turned out badly. With that said, we feel for those bands that have fallen flat on their faces because it’s very hard to pick up after such a long hiatus and create something that not only pays homage to what your roots are, but also brings something new and exciting to the table. That’s the trick to creating a new album after being out of the scene for a long time. Very few bands have come back from the grave to make something on par or even better than what they’ve done in the past.

"It might be hard for the fans to swallow this, but Coven is among the very few bands over the past couple years that have created another masterpiece that stands right up next to the classic Worship New Gods! At first we weren’t sure what they wrote because they have such unusual songwriting skills, but as this sunk in, its greatness unveiled itself. There’s really no other band in the world that sounds like Coven. They have so many strange influences that create so many obscure sounds that it couldn’t be copied even if another band tried."

The track listing for "Destiny of the Gods" is:

1. Thor's Twins
2. Winds of Revelation
3. Elfstone
4. Walpurgisnacht
5. Isle of Man
6. Frost Giants
7. Witches Kiss
8. She Rides the Dawn
9. Solitary Days
10. Spellbound More...

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Place Vendome Streaming New Track "Power Of Music"

Place Vendome, featuring Ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, is streaming the new track "Power of Music." The song appears on the upcoming new LP "Thunder in the Distance," which is set for release via Frontiers Records on November 1st (EU) and November 5th (North America).

The track listing for the album is:

1. Talk To Me
2. Power of Music
3. Broken Wings
4. Lost in Paradise
5. It Can't Rain Forever
6. Fragile Ground
7. Hold Your Love
8. Never Too Late
9. Heaven Lost
10. My Heart is Dying
11. Breakout
12. Maybe Tomorrow
13. Thunder in the Distance

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Year Of The Goat Announces European Tour Dates

Year Of The Goat announced a string of European Tour dates in support of the band's latest LP "Angels' Necropolis." The thirteen-city tour is sponsored by Rock Hard Magazine, including a performance at Hammer Of Doom VIII in Wuerzburg, Germany with Orchid, While Heaven Wept, Jex Thoth, Procession, Altar Of Oblivion, Age Of Taurus and others.

The band's latest video for "Spirits Of Fire" can be seen over at this location. Confirmed tour dates are:

11/07/2013 Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
11/09/2013 Second Skin - Athens, Greece
11/10/2013 Eightball Club - Thessaloniki, Greece
11/11/2013 Rockcafe St. Pauli - Hamburg, Germany
11/13/2013 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
11/14/2013 Baroeg - Rotterdam, Netherlands
11/15/2013 Helvete - Oberhausen, Germany
11/16/2013 Hammer Of Doom Festival - Wuerzburg, Germany
11/18/2013 Orange House - Munich, Germany
11/19/2013 KFZ - Marburg, Germany
11/21/2013 Blue Hell - Budapest, Hungary
11/22/2013 Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
11/23/2013 Paunchy Cats - Lichtenfels, Germany

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Paradise Lost Streaming "Gothic 2013"

Today, gothic-doom metallers Paradise Lost teamed up with Terrorizer UK to premiere the band's newly recorded track, "Gothic 2013", taken from their upcoming album, "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)." The album is due out on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) via Century Media Records. The album features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has worked with artists such as Orphaned Land, Morbid Angel and Watain.

All tracks found on this compilation are previously released rarities - except the new track "Loneliness Remains," and the newly recorded "Gothic 2013" and "Our Saviour 2013." These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10" vinyl (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies), which can be pre-ordered here.

"Gothic 2013" (the newly re-recorded version of the title track of the band's classic 1991 LP) can be heard over at this location, or in the player below.

Vocalist Nick Holmes commented on the track: "When the opportunity came up for us to re-record 'Gothic', we were really pleased because it meant that we could finally do the song justice (production wise) and Simon Efemey had the chance to give it his polish. 'Gothic' has often been considered a bench mark in our early career and it was good to revisit it."

The track listing for "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)" is:

1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (Spear Of Destiny cover version)
3. Ending Through Changes
4. The Last Fallen Saviour
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
7. Cardinal Zero
8. Back On Disaster
9. Sons Of Perdition
10. Godless
11. Missing (Everything But The Girl cover version)
12. Silent Heart
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*

*=tracks that appear on the limited 10"

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Thunder Tribe Posts New Music Video

U.S. metal/progressive rock act Thunder Tribe posted a new music video for the track "Part of the Black." The song appears on the upcoming release "War Chant." The album drops on October 15th via Nightmare Records.

Thunder Tribe is a completely fresh and yet familiar sound, combining elements from the last 40 years in rock and metal, one moment you'll hear something from the Beatles or Black Sabbath and the next Alice in Chains or Texas Hippie Coalition, and hints of the greats like Iron Maiden, Zeppelin, Triumph the Scorpions and yes even Pink Floyd in their extremely soulful bluesy version of Power/Prog Metal. All in all a net take on and healthy dose of vintage rock infused metal which has been absent for far too long in recent metal.

Thunder Tribe is comprised of five veteran musicians that understand the feeling and power of melodic metal music. "The songs on their upcoming CD "War Chant," resonate with high-range, operatic vocals, dual harmony guitar riffs, and thumping bass and drums. Vocal phenomenon, Michael Duncan, sings with a power and range that has not been heard since the mid 80s! The guitar duo of Ronnie Duncan and Rick Sargent produce magical sounds of harmonies and power chords that hard rock and metal enthusiasts haven't heard for decades. The intricate and commanding foundation pounded out by Tom Dawson (bass) and Chad Osborne (drums) give off that heavy undercurrent that allows great players to shine, as Michael, Ronnie, and Rick do on this album. Thunder Tribe's melodic performances on this album lend to their live aura that is based on the "concert experience." If you have long been searching for that "missing metal sound" in current-day, modern music, but you find that nothing quite quenches your thirst for metal, it is essential to check out Thunder Tribe..."

The track listing for "War Chant" is:

1. More Wicked Than Not
2. Part of the Black
3. Say Goodbye
4. The Light
5. War Chant
6. Believe
7. Watching It Burn
8. Above the Blue
9. Echoes of a New Day
10. Fly
11. It's a Lie

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A Hero For The World Posts Trailer Clip For New EP

International act A Hero For The World announced that the band will release a new extended EP entitled "On Fire." The release will drop digitally on October 8th via the following digital media outlets: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune, Google Play, Xbox, Rdio, Deezer, Simfy, Muve Music, iHeartRadio, Nokia, MediaNet, Vervelife, Wimp, Sony, Gracenote, Shazam, 7Digital, Juke, eMusic and more. The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Kaasgaard and David Sivelind at Paradise Power Studios in the Phillippines. Drum recordings were made in Los Angeles.

"On Fire" includes two new tracks: "Save the World From Fire," a mid-tempo rocker with a persistent call-to-action, and "Die (If You Stand In My Way)," a song for the enemy, both a warning and a promise. There is also the ballad "Mahal Kita," which marks the first hard rock/metal song sung in Taglish; a mix of Tagalog Filipino language and English.

Other notable tracks among the many bonus tracks include a unique live acoustic rendition of the band's 2012 song "Eternal Shadows" and the orchestral "A Hero For The World Main Theme"; an obscure track that was originally composed back in 2007 for an unreleased feature film project. This composition later paved the way for the band's debut album.

The full track listing is:

1. Save the World From Fire
2. The Chase
3. Die (If You Stand in My Way)
4. Mahal Kita
5. The Memory Will Remain
6. Eternal Shadows (Live in the Philippines -- Acoustic Version)
7. End of Time (Instrumental Version)
8. We Are Forever (Edit Version)
9. Free Forever (Acoustic Version)
10. A Hero for the World Main Theme
11. A Quest for the Brave (Instrumental Version)
12. One Hope of Light (Edit Version)
13. Save the World From Fire (Extended version)
14. Die (If You Stand in My Way) (Instrumental Version)
15. Mahal Kita (Radio Edit) More...

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Dark Descent Holding Label Showcase

Dark Descent Records, in association with Parasitic Records and Ash St. PDX, are hosting a two-day showcase festival taking place this weekend (October 4 - 5) at the Ash St. Saloon in Portland, OR. Ticket information can be obtained here. This October also sees Dark Descent Records reach the four-year mark as a label. To celebrate, the label is holding a sale that runs from today through Saturday, Oct. 5. Dark Descent Records founder and owner Matt Calvert comments:

"October marks the four year anniversary of Dark Descent Records. Having founded the label in 2009, I never envisioned we would be where we are today in this short of a timespan. This weekend (Oct. 4 -5) we will be holding the label's first showcase event in Portland, Oregon at the Ash St. Saloon.

To mark this monumental event and the four year anniversary of the label, we will be running a four day sale in the web store from October 2 and culminating with the final day of the showcase on October 5. This is our way of saying thank you for your support for the bands and the label.

So, come out to the showcase if at all possible. If not, celebrate with us by enjoying the great items at even further discounted prices from October 2 - 5. Thanks once again and we look forward to many more years of providing you with some of the best metal the underground has to offer!"

Check out streams and live footage of all of the acts slated to play the showcase festival, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at this location. For updates and details regarding the showcase, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Dark Descent Records Showcase lineup:

Friday, Oct 4th:

Horrendous
Anhedonist
Ritual Necromancy
Sempiternal Dusk

Saturday, Oct 5th:

Mitochondrion
Gravehill
Weregoat
Dire Omen

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Pigs Streaming Full New EP

“Gaffe,” the forthcoming EP from NYC noise-rockers Pigs (featuring Dave Curran from Unsane on guitar and vocals, Jim Paradise from Player’s Club on drums, and producer Andrew Schneider on bass and vocals) is now playing in its entirety.

Stream all of "Gaffe" in the player below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine. "Gaffe" serves as a stop-gap release between the band’s debut album "You Ruin Everything" and a forthcoming (still in the works) sophomore effort, and also serves to celebrate the band's imminent European tour along with label mates Sofy Major. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Protest The Hero Streaming New Song

Protest The Hero has released a new track online titled "Drumhead Trial," which can be heard below. The band also comments:

"Although it was not our initial intention to release this song next... we have put up an official copy of 'Drumhead Trial' for you guys to hear.

"We heard a bunch of terrible versions of this on youtube after it aired on radio in the US. If you had the misfortune of hearing one of these monstrosities - our sincerest. Hopefully you can at least rip your heartless comments on a version that sounds a little better. I hope you are all happy - the people have won this round ha!

"This song features our friend Kayla Howran ripping some vocals toward the end! It also features Ron Jarzombek destroying Luke in a trade-off guitar solo!" More...

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Interview

Rock 'N' Rolf Talks Running Wild And "Resilient"

Dictionaries define "resilient" as "returning to the original form." For Running Wild, the title "Resilient" is more than just the name of the fifteenth studio album, its a testament to rebounding, staying true and also "returning to the original form." In 2009, as the "final jolly roger" echoed through the small town of Wacken, Germany, fans were left with a lasting impression of one of metal's most beloved acts. The original metal pirates were done...or were they. In October of 2011, the word came out that as mainman Rolf Kasparek was writing bonus track material for what was supposed to be the reissuing of earlier Running Wild releases, the songs seemed strong enough to bring back the legendary band. "Shadowmaker" was born and released in 2012 via Steamhammer/SPV Records (see review here). It was met with mixed views from fans and critics.

After the release of "Shadowmaker," the ideas began to flow like the days of "Under Jolly Roger," "Pile Of Skulls," "Blazon Stone" and "Black Hand Inn." It started with the opening riff of "Soldiers of Fortune," and cascaded into the most fun Kasparek has had since the old days. As a matter of fact, there were so many ideas, the metal pirate couldn't record them all. "Resilient" is a testament to those old days (see review here) with modern production behind it. The album comes out via Steamhammer/SPV within the next week in Europe (Oct. 2nd - Scandinavia; Oct. 4th - Germany; Oct. 7th - Rest of Europe) and North America on Oct. 22nd.

Rolf sat down to discuss the album, the band's legacy as the originators of "pirate metal" and whether we will ever see Running Wild live again. More...

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Ape Machine Adds More Tour Dates

Portland, Oregon's Ape Machine is sowing its seeds by continuing an onslaught of regional touring of the urban wastelands of the U.S. West Coast. The quartet that admittedly is "out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners" is eager to bring the live Machine back to stages, and show the masses what hard and heavy music is supposed to do to the senses.

Ape Machine is revisiting some frequent haunts of past West Coast tours all in the support of the band's Ripple Music debut, "Mangled By The Machine," and this time playing in the coveted opening slot in San Diego for UK's monsters of retro rock, Orange Goblin.

"We've been home for a month now, and though it's been great to work on writing new songs, we're all hungry to back out and rock some more," stated guitarist Ian Watts on the bands' mind set for getting back on the road, "One of the dates on this run is with Orange Goblin, who we shared the stage with at Freak Valley Festival in Germany. Those guys kick ass so we're looking forward to rocking with them again!"

Ape Machine, Ripple Music and DeadRhetoric.com have conspired to give one lucky winner a copy of "Mangled By The Machine" on CD and vinyl LP. The contest remains open through Friday, October 4. Enter to win at this location. "Mangled By The Machine" was released in early May of 2013 by Ripple Music, and is distributed throughout the North America through Nail/Allegro Distribution, the UK through Code 7, and Continental Europe through Clearspot International.

APE MACHINE Live:

Oct. 4 @ Blue Lamp - Sacramento, Ca
Oct. 5 @ The Redwood Bar & Grill - Los Angeles, Ca
Oct. 6 @ The Soda Bar - San Diego, Ca
Oct. 7 @ Audie's Olympic - Fresno, Ca
Oct. 8 @ Night Light - Oakland, Ca
Oct. 9 @ Rontoms - Portland, Or

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Craven Idol Streaming Full Album

UK-based coven Craven Idol and Dark Descent Records have joined forces with Decibel Magazine for an exclusive full-album stream of the band's forthcoming debut, "Towards Eschaton." Available worldwide through Dark Descent on digital, CD and vinyl formats on October 15th, "Towards Eschaton" can be previewed now at this location.

"Towards Eschaton," which features artwork by Paolo Girardi, represents the culmination of Craven Idol's dark visions to date. A coalescing of the band's new and older material results in a mercurial assault, but one whose constituent parts each read from the same bloodied hymn sheet. Pre-order info is available here.

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Eternal Rest Posts Official Video

Australian tech-death merchants Eternal Rest have just released the official music video for the song "Manifestation," taken from their critically-acclaimed debut "Prophetic." Recorded and mixed by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, "Prophetic" was released in April of this year by Deepsend Records. Digital and physical copies can be purchased at the label's bandcamp page. Check out the video for "Manifestation" below. In additional news, the band has announced the following string of live dates:

Oct. 27 @ The Hifi - Brisbane w/ Behemoth & Hour Of Penance
Nov. 22 @ The Grand Poobah - Hobart w/ Departe
Nov. 23 @ Enigma Bar - Adelaide w/ Tzun Tzu & Intellect Devourer
Dec. 4 @ Crowbar - Brisbane w/ Kataklysm & Gotsu Totsu Kotsu

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Chastain To Return With Original Vocalist

U.S. metal act Chastain - founded by guitar virtuoso David T. Chastain (CJSS) - will release the new album "Surrender to No One," which will feature original vocalist Leather Leone back in the fold. The album is set for release on November 19, 2013 via Leviathan Records.

Leone left the band in 1992 and was replaced by Vainglory vocalist Kate French in 1995. French sang on the last four albums, including the latest "In An Outrage" in 2004. Leone fronted the band for the first five, including the band classics "Mystery of Illusion," "The 7th of Never" and the last one she fronted "For Those Who Dare," in 1990.

The 2013 lineup is:

David T. Chastain - guitars
Leather Leone (Sledge Leather) - vocals
Mike Skimmerhorn (Ex-CJSS) - bass
Stian Kristoffersen (Pagan's Mind) - drums

The track listing for "Surrender to No One" is:

1. Surrender To No One
2. Fear My Wrath
3. I Am Sin
4. Stand And Fight
5. Freedom Within
6. Bleed Through Me
7. Call Of The Wild
8. Evil Awaits Us
9. Save Me Tonight
10. Deep Down In The Darkness
11. Rise Up More...

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Words Of Farewell Posts Studio Update On Second LP

German melodic death metal act Words of Farewell, posted an update on the recordings of the second full length album and follow up to the 2012 AFM Records debut "Immersion." The untitled album is slated for a 2014 release.

The band posted this short update with photo: "Alex [Otto] listening to his vocal recordings in the studio, looking for things to improve. We're almost done and the record already sounds really impressive, even without any mixing."

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.

The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.

The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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Mayfair Details New Album "Schlage Mein Herz..."

On November 8th, Austrian progressive metal act Mayfair will release the band's first new studio album in 15 years - entitled "Schlage Mein Herz, Schlage" ("Beat My Heart, Beat") through Pure Prog Records (a division of Pure Steel Records). The album is the follow up to the 1998 album "Fastest Trip to Cyber-town." The album marks the first studio release to feature new bassist Johannes Leierer and drummer Jolly, who joined the band in 2010.

This past April, the band reissued the 1993 debut album "Behind," which was completely remastered and reissued by Pure Prog Records. It contains a bonus second CD, which has the tracks from the demo "Find My Screams Behind This Gate" and eight further previously unreleased demo-tracks.

The track list for "Schlage Mein Herz, Schlage" is:

1. Schlage Mein Herz, Schlage
2. Firestorm
3. Wwwrong
4. Drei Jahre Zurück
5. Abendp_rno
6. Island
7. Du Allein
8. Tric Trac
9. Bitter Or Sweet
10. Der Abschied More...

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Gene Hoglan Posts Trailer For New DVD

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament/Dark Angel) posted a new teaser for his upcoming DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two." via Modern Drummer at this location (also shown in the player below). Earlier this week, Gene announced a few of the tracks that will be included on the DVD:

Testament - Rise Up
Meldrum - A Toast To Romance
Galaktikon - On My Way
Strapping Young Lad - Skeksis

"The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two" is available for pre-sale now with seven package options (see below) at this location. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for the DVD, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see! Email: streetteam@reversedrecords.com and tell Gene what you want to see on the next DVD, and you will be given the chance to pre-order several packages.

Pre-Order Packages: (These one-time-only offers are available until October 15, 2013)
*Prices do not include shipping

(Level 1) Symbolic: $30
Fan Club Ranking: Private First Class
A copy of the DVD when it is released and a poster, both signed by Gene Hoglan.

(Level 2) The Atomic Clock: $60
Fan Club Ranking: Specialist
Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumstick, a copy of the DVD and a poster, both signed by Gene. More...

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Argus' "Beyond The Martyrs" Streaming In Full

Pennsylvania metal act Argus is streaming the entire new album "Beyond the Martyrs" over at Zero Tolerance's website at this location. The album comes out today in the US and October 4 in Europe via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Argus was named after Argus Panoptes or Argos, a primordial giant in Greek mythology. Reportedly, guitarist Erik Johnson had an Argus-related vision while recovering in hospital.

Argus is:

Andy Ramage - Bass
Erik Johnson - Guitars
Butch Balich - Vocals
Kevin Latchaw - Drums
Jason Mucio - Guitars More...

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Carcass Streaming Decibel Flexi-Disc Bonus Track

Carcass is streaming the track "Zochrot," which appeared on a special flexi-disc as part of Decibel Magazine's sold out October 2013 print edition. The song was recorded as part of the "Surgical Steel" recording sessions (see review here).

Check out "Zochrot" at this location.

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Skinflint Releases "Dipoko" Music Video

Botswana's Skinflint released a new music video for the track "Dipoko." The song is the title track to the 2012 release, the band's third. The album was originally released via Metal Records, but was re-issued this past July when the band signed on with Pure Steel Records.

Check out "Dipoko" here:

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Silent Voices Signs With Inner Wound, New LP

Finnish progressive metal band Silent Voices - featuring Sonata Arctica members Pasi Kauppinen (bass) and Henrik Klingenberg (keyboards) along with Winterborn vocalist Teemu Koskela - has signed on with Inner Wound Recordings for the release of the band's fourth full length LP "Reveal the Change." The album is scheduled for release on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in North America.

"Reveal the Change" features guest vocal performances by Mats Levén (Candlemass/Ex-Therion/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Mike Vescera (Obsession/Ex-Loudness/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Mike DiMeo (Ex-Masterplan/Ex-Riot). The album was mastered by Ted Jensen (Bon Jovi/Dream Theater/Megadeth).

The band commented on the new release: "The entire band and all the people we are working with are very excited about this new album. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new songs and to be back on tour again."

The track listing is:

1. The Fear Of Emptiness
2. No Turning Back
3. Reign Of Terror
4. Faith In Me
5. Black Water
6. Burning Shine
7. Through My Prison Walls

Check out the teaser clip here: More...

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Levania Streaming New Song "Seven Times To Forget"

Italian gothic metal band Levania is streaming the new track "Seven Times To Forget." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore full length LP "Renascentis," which is due out soon on Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Prooemium
2. Arcadia
3. Spiral
4. Needles
5. My Writings Of Hope
6. Seven Times To Forget
7. Metamorphosis
8. An Icy Embrace
9. Onirica
10. Drakarys
11. Lucretia
12. Four Seasons

Check out "Seven Times To Forget" here: More...

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