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Metal News for October 31, 2016

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31 news articles posted on this day.

Novembers Doom Recording Album

Following the 2014 full-length album release "Bled White" (reviewed here), Novembers Doom has now entered the studio to work on a new album. The band comments:

"Since we're held up in the studio, creating our newest opus, I wish we had something to share with you for Halloween... A treat if you will. All we can offer you at this time, is the promise, it's worth the wait. SOON."

Stay tuned for more info on the album, and in the mean time you can check out "Bled White" below. More...

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Words Of Farewell Posts New Track-By-Track Clip

Words Of Farewell just issued a new video discussing several songs off impending album "A Quiet World," which can be seen below. The band also comments:

"And to start the week we bring you the last track by track concerning our upcoming album, including track seven through nine. Can't wait to release the album and hear your thoughts! Pre-order the album on iTunes and get 'My Share of Loneliness' right away!"

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Frosttide Parts With Two Members

Frosttide has parted ways with Joni Snoro and Lauri Myllylä. The band issued this statement online about the lineup change:

"We are saddened to inform that due to personal differences and motivation problems, Frosttide has decided to part ways Joni Snoro and Lauri Myllylä. The band will continue working as a 3-piece on the follower of 'Blood Oath,' which will see the light somewhere next year. We thank Joni and Lauri for their time in Frosttide and wish them the best in their musical career with their new project.

"This situation does not affect the album making process neither the sound of the band. The only difference will be the vocals that will be done from now on by Juho Patinen. Our show in Bäkkäri, Helsinki on 10.12.2016 will remain as planned. Guitars and bass stations will be covered by two session musicians which will be announced next month. We thank you for your understanding." More...

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Manimal Releases New Video

Here's your treat for Halloween: Swedish heavy metallers Manimal just released a new video clip, filmed for the title track of recent album, "Trapped In The Shadows." Check it out below, and you can also catch Manimal supporting Firewind on an European tour in February / March of 2017. Full details on the tour are available here.

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Herman Frank Posts Album Trailer

The new studio album by legendary Germany metal guitarist Herman Frank and his band will be unleashed on November 18th, 2016 via AF Records.

Check out this brand new "The Devil Rides Out" trailer below, which (beside a few new sound snippets) gives you plenty of info on the band's new line-up, working as a team, and future plans. The track listing is as follows:

1. Running Back
2. Shout
3. Can't Take It
4. No Tears in Heaven
5. Ballhog Zone
6. Run Boy Run
7. Thunder of Madness
8. License to Kill
9. Stone Cold
10. Dead or Alive
11. Run for Cover
12. I Want It All

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Red Fang Posts Album Commentary Video

Red Fang released new album "Only Ghosts" on October 14th via Relapse Records and has now unveiled an in-depth album commentary companion video.

This new video covers all aspects of the album process, from personal elements to producer influence, and includes a thorough track-by-track walkthrough straight from the band. Haven't heard "Only Ghosts" yet? The full album is available for streaming here.

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Black Anvil Announces Tour With Mayhem

The NYC black metal titans from Black Anvil have announced a full North American tour in January and February alongside Mayhem and Inquisition. A list of dates can be found below.

Black Anvil recently finished recording an upcoming third full-length album, which will be released in early 2017. Details about the upcoming album will be announced soon. More...

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Wildspeaker Signs With Prosthetic

Prosthetic Records is pleased to add Dallas, TX’s Wildspeaker to the label's ever expanding roster. The blackened crust band consists of vocalist Natalie Kahan, guitarists Nelson Favela and Zak Pitts, bassist Garry Brents (Cara Neir), and drummer Ricky Rivera.

Since forming in 2014, Wildspeaker has several independent releases, as well as through different labels. Most recent album, “Guilt and His Reflection,” is a split with crust/death/blackened duo Cara Neir on Broken Limbs Recordings.

Now signed to Prosthetic, Wildspeaker is currently writing and recording for a second full-length album, expected to drop in the spring of 2017. Vocalist Kahan comments on the singing and upcoming album:

“Prosthetic Records has put out so many of our favorite bands. It’s an honor to become part of the current roster with North, Deathrite, Skeletonwitch, and so many others. I think Wildspeaker’s newest album will be our strongest material yet. We can’t wait to share it. See you on the road!” More...

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Wovenwar's New Album Hits The Charts

After releasing sophomore effort, "Honor Is Dead," Wovenwar has now landed on the worldwide charts for the album:

#76 Top 200
#9 Hard Music Charts
#44 Digital Music Charts


#7 Billboard Current Hard Music Albums
#15 Billboard Independent Current Albums
#27 Billboard Current Rock Albums
#40 Billboard Current Digital Albums
#41 Billboard Digital Albums
#63 Billboard Top Current Albums More...

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Blessing A Curse Releasing New Album

Florida outfit Blessing A Curse formed in Orlando in 2013, releasing debut EP “Somewhere in Between it All” and quickly gained local recognition by opening up for touring acts such as Beartooth, Alesana, I See Stars and Like Moths To Flames.

Blessing A Curse just finished recording a first full-length record entitled “Satisfaction For The Vengeful” with Andrew Wade at The Wade Studio and is now set to to be released November 4th via Smartpunk Records.

1. Your Disguise
2. Devil Eyes
3. Every Single Lie
4. Strangers Again
5. Caving In
6. Attic In the Sky
7. Down the Rabbit Hole
8. Sewn Together
9. Pray For Someone Else
10. Cacoon
11. Leather Wings More...

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Fistula Streaming New Song

The Ohio pessimists and miserycore veterans from Fistula are set to drop the demoralizing wares of their "The Shape Of Doom To Cumm)))" album this week. Slated for a November 1st unveiling via Totem Cat Records, the seven-track punisher was recorded, mastered, and produced by Dave "Big Metal" Johnson in Cleveland, Ohio.

The album features guest guitarist David Szulkin from Blood Farmers and Church Of Misery, and comes shrouded in the cover renderings of Eric C. Harrison, formerly of Grief. "The Shape Of Doom To Cumm)))" will be limited to 500 vinyl copies in three color variations: 100 splatter, 200 clear green, and 200 black.

In the meantime, sample the audio repugnance of "Sabbath Wants To Do A Split With Me" below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Serial Vapist
2. Promiscuity Ingenuity
3. Goat Brothel
4. Sabbath Wants To Do A Split With Me
5. Tough Guy
6. Black Maggot
7. Negative More...

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Cultes Des Ghoules Releasing New Album

The metal underground is awash with more bands than ever, but none quite sound like Poland's Cultes Des Ghoules, which is now preparing for the imminent release of third album "Coven" on February 17th, 2017. A preview track can be heard below, while the album's full track listing will be as follows:

1. The Prophecy (Prologue) / Devell, the Devell he is, I swer God… (Scene I)
2. Mischief, mischief, the devilry is at toil… (Scene II)
3. Strange Day, see the clash of heart and reason… (Scene III)
4. Storm is coming, come the blessed madness… (Scene IV)
5. Satan, father, savior, hear my prayer… (Scene V) More...

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Dys Inbunden Streaming Mayhem Cover

In celebration of Halloween, Dys Inbunden just released a cover of Mayhem's "Buried By Time and Dust," a track which is in line with the band's philosophy and musical style

Every genre of metal has its culminating album: recordings which capture and define a movement or era. For Norwegian black metal, Mayhem’s "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" is that record.

To match Mayhem's air of terror, mystery and evil, Gefandi Ör Andlät adds his own unique vocal elements to “Buried by Time and Dust." The cover speaks for itself and pays homage to the mighty Mayhem on the eve of Halloween. More...

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Virvum Posts Drum Playthrough

Zurich, Switzerland based progressive death metal group Virvum recently released debut full-length album "Illuminance" (streaming in full here).

Today the band premieres a new drum playthrough for the album track "Earthwork" - catch Virvum drummer Diego Morenzoni gracefully bashing away at his kit below.

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Phosphorus Releases "Devastation"

From the depths of the Quebec, Canada underground comes metallic extremists Phosphorus and aptly-titled sophomore effort "Devastation." The album is available now at Bandcamp here and can be heard below. The full "Devastation" track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Dévastation I
3. Dévastation II
4. Dévastation III
5. Outro More...

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Soen Reveals New Album Details

Soen, the progressive group featuring the otherworldly-driven drumming of Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), is now takeing another trip into uncharted waters.

Upcoming third offering "Lykaia" is due out February 3rd, 2017 via the band's new label home UDR Music and will be available digitally, on CD digisleeve, and gatefold vinyl. The label comments that this album sees Soen "remain fascinated with the shadows and the darker edges of our world, with a particular focus on the various thoughts and concepts behind religion and ritualistic, belief-based behavior in society."

Recorded at Ghost Ward, StudioGröndal and Deep Well in Stockholm, Sweden, with production duties handled by guitarist Marcus Jidell and the mix made by Stefan Boman, Soen kept things as far away from the digital age as possible, embracing warmth and organic recordings as the drive behind the technical working process.

Vocalist Joel Ekelöf states, "Wherever we could the music was analog, all the sounds you hear were pure and not samples or keyboard generated. When we needed a Mellotron, we got a real one. With my vocals as well, we intentionally left out the endless possibilities of post editing and instead focused on pure vocal work." More...

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Ulcerate Posts Drum Tracking Video

Following last week's Relapse Records release of "Shrines Of Paralysis" - the fifth album from New Zealand's Ulcerate - today a crushing new drum tracking video featuring Jamie Saint Merat comes online.

If you missed it, the full "Shrines Of Paralysis" album is still available for streaming right here. Ulcerate's headlining North American tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm begins this Wednesday, November 2nd in Los Angeles.

The tour bulldozes its way through the continent for virtually the entire month, with the final show hitting Brooklyn on November 29th. Full date and venue info is available after the jump. More...

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Distorted Harmony Posts Lyric Video

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela

Distorted Harmony's new lyric video for "Children Of Red" was created in a celebration of the upcoming DH Fest 2017 (January 5th, Israel) and comes off the band's second album "Chain Reaction."

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Versifist Releases "Cipher"

Vault Of Dried Bones, in conspiracy with Iron Bonehead Productions, is proud to present Versifit's second EP, "Cipher," on 7" format.

Hailing from the isolated realm of Nova Scotia, Versifist offers two swift 'n' scabrous six-minute attacks of nuanced, deathened black metal. On the A-side of "Cipher" is the aptly titled "Bring Back the Dark," where the power-trio become a force of self-propulsion, blasting forward with iron-fisted energy before settling into a tense 'n' sustained down-tempo toward song's end.

On the B-side, "...In Tongues" goes the reverse route, starting delicately and ominously before patiently building back into that iron-fisted energy, this time applying a frozen melodicism atop. Check out both tracks below. More...

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The Ominous Circle Streaming "From Endless Chasms"

20 Buck Spin and Osmose Productions present the debut LP from harrowing Portuguese death metal sect The Ominous Circle, having slated "Appalling Ascension" for release in January. As an early glimpse into the album's decimating delivery, a stream of the track "From Endless Chasms" has come online.

The portentous artwork for "Appalling Ascension" was created by Timo Ketola and the album will be released on CD, 2xLP, cassette, and digital formats January 27th, in North America through 20 Buck Spin and in Europe through Osmose Productions.

1. Heart Girt With A Serpent
2. From Endless Chasms
3. Poison Fumes
4. Ateg Gibor Le-Olam Adonai
5. A Gray Outcast
6. to En
7. As The Worm Descends
8. Consecrating His Mark More...

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Crippled Black Phoenix Streams Full New Album

Crippled Black Phoenix just issued the complete forthcoming album "Bronze" in advance of its official release date, which has been scheduled for November 4th, 2016 via Season Of Mist. Check out all of "Bronze" below.

1. Dead Imperial Bastard
2. Deviant Burials
3. No Fun
4. Rotten Memories
5. Champions Of Disturbance (Pt 1 & 2)
6. Goodbye Then
7. Turn To Stone
8. Scared And Alone
9. Winning A Losing Battle
10. We Are The Darkeners More...

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Vipassi Streaming "Benzaiten"

Vipassi just unveiled the first track taken from forthcoming album "Sunyata." This debut of the Australian instrumental collective - featuring members of Ne Obliviscaris - will be out in stores on January 20th. Get a first taste with the track "Benzaiten" below. The new album's full track listing is as follwos:

1. Gaia
2. Benzaiten
3. Jove
4. Sum
5. Elpis
6. Paradise
7. Samsara More...

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Gridfailure Offering EP For Download

Gridfailure's "Further Layers Of Societal Collapse" EP is now infecting the masses through a free digital download at Bandcamp here.

With seven tracks harnessing twenty-six minutes of harrowing dementia, "Further Layers Of Societal Collapse" meshes the ghostly elements of dark ambient, power electronics, and industrial metal.

1. A Severing Of Ties 03:26
2. Digital Crush 04:51
3. Android Infusion 01:50
4. Get Fucked Dance 02:57
5. Broken Systems 02:47
6. Indian Point Disaster Direct Proximity Warning Tester 02:45
7. Woodlands Of Self-Impalement 07:37 More...

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Need Reveals New Album

Need's upcoming album "Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom" will drop on January 17th, 2017 and today the cover artwork and track listing have come online. Produced by Need, the album was mixed and mastered by hector.d and features cover artwork by Nick "Eyejacker" Panagiotopoulos.

1. Rememory (6.59)
2. Alltribe (7.34)
3. Therianthrope (6.29)
4. Riverthane (7.24)
5. Tilikum (7.48)
6. I.O.T.A. (5.05)
7. Hegaiamas (21.52) More...

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Crowbar Releases "Falling While Rising" Video

Crowbar just debuted a music video for "Falling While Rising" today. Directed by Justin Reich (Ace Frehley, Black Label Society), this is the first video installment from the band off new LP "The Serpent Only Lies."

Crowbar released "The Serpent Only Lies" on October 28th, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and via SPV overseas.

"We are so excited about our 11th studio record! 'The Serpent Only Lies' is a powerful follow up," says frontman and guitarist Kirk Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork!"

The band also recently announced co-headlining tour dates with NOLA neighbors Goatwhore capping off the calendar year with style. Dates are available here.

"This upcoming tour is one that we're all looking forward to!," says Kirk Windstein. "These are our Brothers. Hell, Sammy Duet was in Crowbar for a few of our best records! To the fans of both bands, here's your early Christmas present! and we are super stoked to have Lillake on this tour with us!" More...

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Code Orange Unveils New Album

Code Orange has announced details on new LP "Forever," due to be released on Roadrunner Records this coming January 13th, 2017. The follow-up album to 2014’s breakthrough "I Am King," new release "Forever" is heralded by the LP’s title track and accompanying official music video.

"Forever" is available for pre-order now. Recorded with producers Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA, "Forever" s a jarring and experimental body of work, pushing the envelope with songs like “Bleeding In The Blur,” “Kill The Creator,” and “Spy."

Comprised of Jami Morgan (Drums / Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar / Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass), Code Orange has gripped listeners and press around the globe with visionary compositions and aggressive power. More...

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Holycide Posts "Annihilate... Then Ask!" Clip

Spanish thrash sensation Holycide - featuring Dave Rotten from Avulsedon vocals - just revealed the first advance song from upcoming album "Annihilate... Then Ask!" in form of a killer lyric video that you can watch below.

Holycide is currently finishing a crowdfunding campaign (which is at 50%) offering pre-orders on different formats and combos of th album both on CD, 12" LP & cassette formats as well as lots of exclusive goodies. You can support the band until the 10th of November right here.

"Annihilate... Theh Ask!" will be released on 1st of February, 2017 through Xtreem Music. Stay tuned for more info.

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Warfist Premieres Full "Metal To The Bone" Album

Are you metal to the absolute bone? Warfist sure is hell is, and today the band is going to show you how black thrashing madness is properly done!

The lesson in true metal arrives with a full stream of new album "Metal To The Bone," now online a few days ahead of the official November 4th release date via Godz Ov War Productions. Enjoy the evil thrash ‘n’ roll journey below.

The band comments: “'Metal to the Bone' is our second studio album, which mixes old-school thrash as instructed by the best German recipes, mixed with the best of the first wave of black metal and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll in the style of Motörhead.

"It is fast, hard and aggressive, but at the same time catchy. This album contains nine tracks in which the devil lurks and screams at you through the sound of rough guitars, wheezing bass lines and galloping drum beats. In short, pure fucking honest METAL which does not even think about taking prisoners!"

Can't get enough of the album stream? You can pre-order your own copy of Warfist's "Metal To The Bone" album right here.

1. Pestilent Plague
2. Written with Blood
3. Convent of Sin
4. Tribe of Lebus
5. Breed of War
6. Metal to the Bone
7. NecroVenom
8. Playing God
9. Reclaim the Crown More...

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Hot Coffin Releases Music Video

Noise rock band Hot Coffin just revealed a chilling new video for "Whistle, Hawk and Spit," a track taken from the band's recently released self-titled album.

This video - available below - shows the band playing "Whistle, Hawk and Spit" in front of a crowd wearing creepy masks that bear the band member's likenesses. Like what you hear? vYou can order the vinyl edition of "Hot Coffin" here. More...

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Tarnkappe Debuts Title Track Of Upcoming New Album

Dutch black metal band Tarnkappe debuts the title track of the upcoming new album "Winterwaker" ("Guardian of Winter"), due out in stores coming December via Hammerheart Records.

Check out now "Winterwaker" below.

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Alumni Premieres New Song "Surrender"

Alumni premieres a new single and lyric video titled "Surrender", out in now via Bandcamp. Chelsea Grin frontman Alex Koehler guests on that new track and the clip was created by Shan Dan Horan.

Check out now "Surrender" below.

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