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Metal News for October 25, 2018

Last updated on November 14, 2018 at 1:21 PM ET

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Sick Of It All Posts "Waking The Dragon" Lyric Vid

New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All has posted a new lyric video online for the title track of their upcoming new album, "Wake The Sleeping Dragon!" You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on November 2nd through Century Media Records and is their first release since the 2014 album, "Last Act Of Defiance."

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Graspop Announces First Batch Of Bands

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the first fifty names for next year's edition of the event. Headlining the Friday night will be Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation, while capping off Saturday will be Iowa nine piece, Slipknot. Also performing at the festival will be Def Leppard, Whitesnake, King Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Testament and many more. You can see the initial lineup below. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows: More...

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Laaz Rockit Bassist Passes Away

Longtime Laaz Rockit and Dublin Death Patrol bassist Willy Lange has passed away at the age of 57, his bandmates have confirmed, following a motorcycle accident. The bass player joined Laaz Rockit in 1983 and performed on the albums "City's Gonna Burn," "Stranger To Danger," "Know Your Enemy" and "Annihilation Principle" before the band broke up, but took part in their reunion, performing on their latest album, "Left For Dead," which was released in 2008. Tributes have been pouring in from the metal community including his bandmates and peers.

Lääz Rockit vocalist Michael Coons posted the following via Facebook: "In shock... the important thing is to honor Willy Langenhuizen and his family at this time... I will get back to all of you when I’m able to... too difficult right now to do so, please understand."

Willy's Dublin Death Patrol bandmate, Testament frontman Chuck Billy, wrote: "Today I lost my best friend Willy. You were the person I could always count on and I love you for that, I will never forget the wonderful times we shared, see you on the other side, my friend." More...

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Battle Beast Announces European Tour Dates

Enormously successful European headline tours, gigs in Russia and Asia, North American tours as support to Sabaton, Kamelot, Delain and Leaves’ Eyes, as well as countless festival appearances worldwide; the "Bringer Of Pain" touring cycle let these Finnish heavy metallers visit places that some other bands can only dream of. After playing around 200 shows in support of their latest record, the band is now recording their fifth, yet-untitled studio album. Doubtlessly, its release will once again be accompanied by touring all around the globe to present the group’s new ass-kicking hymns. That’s why Battle Beast are pleased to announce the first leg of their 2019 touring cycle today! Kicking off on April 2nd at Forum Bielefeld, Germany the run will come to an end after 33 shows on May 12th at Parkteatret in Oslo, Norway. The full itinerary can be found below.

Vocalist Noora Louhimo states "Battle Beast has created itself a shiny new skin and we’re showing it off with pride. With music more theatrical and empowering than ever before, we’re taking our listeners to brand new emotional and musical landscapes. This will be an adventure that just needs to be experienced live!" More...

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Bodyfarm Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced that Dutch death metal outfit Bodyfarm is the latest band to be added to the lineup for next year's edition of the floating festival. The ship will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accept
Arkona
Bodyfarm
Coroner
Dark Funeral
Delain
Eluveitie
Ensiferum
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Gloryhammer
Heidevolk
In Vain
Kalmah
Max & Iggor: Return To Roots
Mayan
Ne Obliviscaris
Nile
Obituary
Onslaught
Paradise Lost
Persefone
Pestilence
Rage
Riot V
Soulfly
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Tiamat
Tristania
Twilight Force
Unleash The Archers
Visions Of Atlantis
Vomitory
Warbringer

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Interview

Threshold Explains "Legends Of The Shires"

After an initial cult status, progressive metal has grown to become one of the more popular sub-genres for headbanger's these days. The likes of Anathema, Queensryche and especially Dream Theater have all found critical and commercial success and are often viewed as the "thinking man's metal." Hailing from Surrey, Threshold has become one of the most respected and challenging bands in all of progressive music since the release of their debut, "Wounded Land" twenty five years ago.

Now with former vocalist Glynn Morgan back in the fold and their latest record, the double concept album, "Legends Of The Shires" being hailed by many fans as their best, the future looks even brighter than their respected past for the English quintet. At their recent show in London, I had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist Karl Bloom and bass player Steve Anderson to discuss the story, ideas and nature of "Legends Of The Shire," the parallels between man and country, Brexit and more. You can watch the interview in full below. More...

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Imperialist Premiere New Song

California based black metal band Imperialist premiere a new song entitled "Splendor Beneath an Ancient Permafrost", taken from their brand new album "Cipher", which is out in stores now via Transcending Obscurity.

Check out now "Splendor Beneath an Ancient Permafrost" below.

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Cabal Premiere New Video For "Nothingness"

CABAL premiere their brand new video for the track "Nothingness" from their debut album "Mark Of Rot", which was released in February this year. The song features the voice of CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder.

Check it out below:

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Striker Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Edmonton's STRIKER will be releasing their sixth studio album "Play To Win" this Friday, October 26th via their independent label Record Breaking Records. Before the album officially hits speakers across the world, the band premiere its pre-release full-album stream.

Listen to "Play To Win" in full below.

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Black Tomb & Crud Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

New England's Black Tomb and Florida's Crud premiere the pre-release full-album stream of their upcoming split release "Doom Is Dead", which will be out in stores on Halloween.

Check out now "Doom Is Dead" in its entirety below.

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Portrayal of Guilt Debut New Song "Among Friends"

Austin’s Portrayal of Guilt premiere a new song entitled "Among Friends", taken from their upcoming new album "Let Pain Be Your Guide", which will be out in stores November 16 via Gilead Media (U.S.)/Holy Roar (Europe).

Check out now "Among Friends" below.

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Premiere New Song

Walking Corpse Syndrome premiere a new song entitled "Bled Her", taken from their upcoming new EP "Embrace the Suffering".

Check out now "Bled Her" below.

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Serocs Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Multinational (Mexico, France and Canada) technical death metal outfit Serocs premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "The Phobos / Deimos Suite", which will be out in stores October 26 via Everlasting Spew. The band features members of Chthe’ilist, Zealotry, Benighted, First Fragment.

Check out now "The Phobos / Deimos Suite" in its entirety below.

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Ektomorf Premiere New Track “Eternal Mayhem”

Ektomorf debut their new two-song single “Eternal Mayhem“, which will be released this Friday, October 24th, via AFM Records. The effort also features a take on Metallica‘s “Hardwired“.

Cover of Metallica‘s “Hardwired“: More...

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Kublai Khan & Left Behind Announce Mini-Tour

Kublai Khan and Left Behind will be out on a mini-tour this December. The trek will hit the following stops:

12/18 Sprintfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
12/19 St. Louis, MO – Sinkhole
12/20 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
12/21 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre (‘Snowed In‘) (no Left Behind)

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Kat Katz Exits Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Vocalist Kat Katz has quit Agoraphobic Nosebleed. In an announcement issued via Facebook, she states:

“Tired of being bullied by dudes. Salome and now Agoraphobic Nosebleed.

I quit Agoraphobic Nosebleed tonight. Hopefully, I find a band that respects me and treats me as an equal.”

Agoraphobic Nosebleed themselves have posted the following statement in response:

“News update: We’ve had some disagreements with Kat about how we should interact in the band, and as a result she quit. We wish her well with music in the future.

Scott has some writing and recording to wrap up with Pig Destroyer, and after that he’ll start writing music for the next ANb record.”

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The Ocean Premiere New Song & Music Video

The Ocean premiere a new official music video for their track “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence“, taken from the upcoming new album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic“, which will be released on November 02nd.

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