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Metal News for October 9, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Bhleg Releases New Single

Sweden's Bhleg has released a new single titled "Alyr," which can be picked up at Bancamp here or streamed in the player below. Serving as an introduction to the debut album “Draumr Àst,” “Alyr” carries two tracks filled with wooden melancholy.

Bhleg recently inked a 3 album deal with Nordvis, starting with the debut album "Draumr Ást," set for release during Autumn 2014. The "Alyr" single's track listing is:

1. Solkronan 06:05
2. Alyr 07:17 More...

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Phoenix & Dragon Recruits Vocalist

Arizona's Phoenix & Dragon has announced the recruitment of a new singer to the band's lineup. Classically-trained Danny Aiello will debut with the group at The Blooze Bar in Phoenix on October 17th.

“People who’ve been following us for the last few years might not realize that our music has lyrics,” said founding member and lyricist Teddy Arunski. “We’ve been looking for a singer since 2012, but it wasn’t until we were introduced to Danny that we felt we’d found someone with the talent and training to keep up with the rest of the band.”

Aiello, who is a vocal instructor at The School of Rock in Gilbert, AZ, has a wide range of musical influences, but what sets him apart is his love of opera and his classical training, which has given his voice extended range and power. After studying with tenor Augusto Paglialunga, Aiello began landing leading roles in musicals around Phoenix and became the youngest member of the Arizona Opera chorus in the 2013-14 season. More...

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Cattle Decapitation To Premiere New Song

Cattle Decapitation will be performing a brand new song off the band's upcoming 2015 Metal Blade release at the mid day show of the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

The show will be at Midway's on Friday, 10/24 with Unearth, Brian Posehn, Origin, fellow San Diegan and friend Author & Punisher, and Evil United.

Later that same evening, Cattle Decapitation's vocalist Travis Ryan will be performing vocals with Wizards of Gore (the gore thrash act Rigor Mortis under a different name) for his all time favorite Rigor Mortis track "Foaming at the Mouth," which will mark this the band's first time playing the song in over 25 years.

Friday, 10/24 - Midway's (Day show)
Unearth
Cattle Decapitation
Brian Posehn
Origin
Author & Punisher
Evil United

Friday, 10/24 - Emo's (Night Show)
Voivod
Portal
Wizards of Gore
Subrosa
War Master More...

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Overcast 3CD Set To See Release

Bullet Tooth is excited to announce the 3xCD discography "Only Death Is Smiling" from Massachusetts metal legends Overcast.

The band started in the early 90s long before the explosion of metal from the New England area, and released a few albums on indie labels until the late 90s when the group broke up to focus on new bands like Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage.

As many of the Overcast titles are out of print, the band decided to release "Only Death Is Smiling" on Bullet Tooth featuring 45 tracks on 3 separate CDs, scheduled for official release in late 2014.

Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) comments: “In my eyes, Overcast was one of the most influential bands from their era. They came at a time where it wasn't so commonplace to mix heavy musical styles as much as they did. (And their singer Brian looked like a spooky creature from the deep with his hair.) Their ability to make unique, heavy, aggressive, and melodic songs was such a cool thing to see back then, and ultimately was what brought me to want to do a collaboration with Mike.”

Ken Susi (Unearth) had this to say: "When I was in the Danvers middle school system, one of my older high school friends Jay (Agoraphobic Nose Bleed) handed me ‘Expectational Dilution’ on a copied cassette. Needless to say, I was in awe! Overcast was and always be one of the greatest bands to come from the New England area! I followed them religiously from gig to gig and was lucky enough to share the stage with them once or twice. The Unearth camp still rocks the whole discography to this day! Fans for life!!!" More...

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AC/DC Streaming New Track

Following the departure of Malcolm Young, AC/DC will release new studio album "Rock Or Bust" on December 2nd.

The new song "Play Ball" can be heard below, and the full "Rock Or Bust" track listing will be as follows:

1. Rock or Bust
2. Play Ball
3. Rock The Blues Away
4. Miss Adventure
5. Dogs of War
6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
7. Hard Times
8. Baptism By Fire
9. Rock the House
10. Sweet Candy
11. Emission Control More...

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Swine Overlord Recruits New Drummer

Not long after the release of debut full-length "Parables Of Umbral Transcendence," the unholy slam trio has decided to convert to a quartet. Swine Overlord now welcomes Bryan Mowers on drums. The band comments:

"We're really excited to have Bryan aboard. We're confident he'll help us evolve and step up our game even more. This is a big time for us, a lot of change is happening, and we think he's going to be a very positive force in getting the best result possible."

Bryan had this to say about his recent joining: "I'm very excited to be joining Swine. There's a lot of big changes going on and I hope to bring a different dynamic and groove to the music. Judging by the pre production stuff floating around, we have our work cut out for us and I can’t wait to release the new stuff."

New album "Parables of Umbral Transcendence" was produced by Anthony Viscusi at Dark Seed Audio and features guest appearance by Hunter Pate, Richard Kirk (Abdicate), Mike O'Hara (Splattered Entrails), Josh Smith (Gutfucked). More...

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Taste The Exodus Burger At Album Listening Party

Whether you prefer your burgers rare or well done, fans attending the official Exodus listening party at Kuma’s Corner on Sunday October 12th will get a taste of "Blood In, Blood Out" in more ways than one!

Come listen to the new album on loop whilst enjoying the brand new Exodus Burger at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL, this Sunday from 7:00 - 10:00pm. The listening party will also include Exodus merch giveaways.

The Exodus Burger is being served up in celebration of the impending release of the band’s 10th studio album, "Blood In, Blood Out," due to drop October 14th via Nuclear Blast.

So what’s in the Kuma’s Corner Exodus Burger? Your taste buds are about to rocked, the burger features a 10 oz burger patty, fried veal strips, Arbol chile salsa, black rice and bean cake, Pepperjack cheese, and roasted Serrano peppers.

Lucas Tobias states, “We've been matching burgers and bands for years and the opportunity to pay homage to anyone involved in influencing a genre in its infancy is always one that we want to take part in. So, when thrash legends Exodus announced the release of their new record, Blood In, Blood Out, we jumped at the chance to create something worthy of the legacy they've established for themselves. We went to work crafting a burger to match the intensity of their music and still tastefully, in our way, give them the credit they are due. This is our homage to one of the godfathers of thrash metal.” More...

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Morgoth Resumes Work On New Album

Returning from a recent tour with Bolt Thrower, Morgoth has now checked in with the following update:

"The European tour with Bolt Thrower ended three days ago. We're back from a fantastic trip and returned to the so called 'reality.' We are still impressed by all the support we experienced by all of you out there.

"We would like to thank everybody who was involved in making this tour such a massive success. Now we'll continue working on the new album... Thank you all and see you in the pits!"

After the band's reunion in 2011 and the release of the "God Is Evil" 7" (the first studio release in 18 years), Morgoth is now working on new album, "Ungod," which is planned for a release in Spring 2015. Stay tuned! Be sure to also catch the band live:

28.11.2014 - Bucharest (Romania) - November to Dismember Metal Fest
08.11.2014 - Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony / Hellbrigade Fest V
17.01.2015 - Dippoldiswalde / Dresden (Germany) - Break The Silence Festival
20.02.2015 - Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest

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Rublood Posts "Electro Starfuckers" Video

Rublood just released a video for the single "Electro Starfuckers," taken from the band's debut album "Star Vampire," which was released on Bakerteam Records (read our review here). Bakerteam also comments:

"Inspired by the atmospheric sounds of bands such as Rammstein, Depeche Mode, Joy Division and Deathstars, Rublood soon developed a very distinctive personality, mixing heavy riffs, dark atmospheres and poetic lyrics with strong visuals.

"When they perform on stage, Rublood delight their audience with a magnificent gothic show, which allowed them to be noticed by the producers of Warner Bros film ‘Studio Illegale.’ The band appears in the film performing the first single ‘Through The Looking-Glass’." More...

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Charm Designer Recording New Album

The Colombian Gothic doom metallers from Charm Designer are currently working on the recordings of their sophomore (and as-yet-untitled) release, which will tentatively see the light of day early next year.

For the follow-up to 2008’s “Blood Sounds,” the band is working with producer Waldemar Sorychta (well known for his work for such bands as Samael, Tiamat, Lacuna Coil, Sentenced, Moonspell, and Tristania, among many others), who will be in front of the production duties for a Latin American band for the first time ever.

Further details are still forthcoming, and you can follow the recording process over at the Charm Designer Facebook profile.

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In Search Of Sun Posts New Video

U.K. rising rock/metal quintet In Search Of Sun has teamed up with ArtistDirect.com to launch a music video for the track "Draw The Line," taken from the "The World Is Yours," which released earlier this week on Raging Demon Entertainment.

"We had so much fun making this video," the band told Artist Direct. "It was a breath of fresh air working with such awesome people. It's short and sweet, but it certainly gets the message across. The song is about how, no matter what you do, the government are always tracking your every move. However, no matter what they do, they cannot get into your head, so we're trying to tell people to use some initiative to think outside the box and excel in what you do. The girls in the video represent the silver lining in every cloud. Break for nothing!" More...

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Exhumed Recruits New Member

Exhumed has checked in with the following announcement about bringing on a new member for upcoming tour dates:

"A quick announcement before our Fall / Winter tour season gets started... We'd like to extend a very morbid and maggot-filled welcome to our new bassist / vocalist Matt 'Slime' Ferri, who will be meeting all of you mutants on the road shortly.

"Matt replaces our good friend Rob 'Bodybag' Babcock, who we wish all the best for in the future. We're sure you'll all make Matt feel welcome onstage (read: buy him beers) and all the guys in the band are psyched to bring you the latest and greatest version of Exhumed.

"Cheers from Harvey and the usual gang of idiots!"

Catch Exhumed live on these dates: More...

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American Heritage Streams "Anxious Bedwetter"

"Prolapse," the sixth full-length studio album from Chicago's American Heritage, will see release in late November through French noise mongers, Solar Flare Records, and the first single from its onslaught is now on the loose courtesy of Revolvermag.com. Check out "Anxious Bedwetter" below.

"Prolapse" leads with six cranked-up American Heritage originals followed by three covers, the album energizing the listener from the lead riff of opening track, "Eastward Cast The Entrails." Yet it's the second track, "Anxious Bedwetter," which takes the whiplash level up a notch, with jacked-up rhythms and layered leads thundering in and out in a mesmerizing, epic attack.

Solar Flare Records will release "Prolapse" on digital, CD, and LP platforms this coming November 24th, 2014. More...

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Vattnet Viskar Embarking On North American Tour

Currently in writing mode for a sophomore album, New Hampshire's Vattnet Viskar is ready to kick off a North American tour next week with Pallbearer and Tombs. See below for all upcoming dates.

Vattnet Viskar released debut full-length, "Sky Swallower," last year. Catch the band live supporting the release on these dates:

10/14/2014 - York, PA - The Depot *
10/15/2014 - Cincinnati, OH - The Hub *
10/16/2014 - Louisville, KY - New Vintage (w/ TOMBS only)
10/17/2014 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/18/2014 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's
10/19/2014 - Champaign, IL - High Dive
10/20/2014 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
10/21/2014 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick Lounge
10/22/2014 - Chicago, IL - Township (w/ TOMBS only)
10/23/2014 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10/24/2014 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/25/2014 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
10/26/2014 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
10/27/2014 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
10/28/2014 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
10/29/2014 - Philadelphia, PA - Black Box
10/30/2014 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
10/31/2014 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 More...

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Saint Vitus Kicking Off 35th Anniversary Tour

Saint Vitus kicks off an extensive European tour in celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary today.

To honor this grand occasion, the godfathers of American doom metal will perform all songs from the fan-favorite "Born Too Late" album (originally released in 1986). Saint Vitus will be joined by British doomsters Orange Goblin. Dates for the trek are as follows:

09 Oct 14 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
10 Oct 14 Limoges (FR) CCM John Lennon
11 Oct 14 Barcelona (ES) Day of Doom
12 Oct 14 Madrid (ES) Shoko
13 Oct 14 Lisboa (PT) Rca Club
15 Oct 14 Bilbao (ES) Kafe Antzokia
16 Oct 14 Bordeaux (FR) Le Krakatoa
17 Oct 14 Genève (CH) L'usine
18 Oct 14 Mezzago (IT) Bloom Club
19 Oct 14 Roma (IT) Init Club
20 Oct 14 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv Club
21 Oct 14 Winterthur (CH) Salzhaus
22 Oct 14 München (DE) Backstage Halle
23 Oct 14 Saarbrücken (DE) Garage
24 Oct 14 Paris (FR) La Fleche d'Or
25 Oct 14 Tourcoing (FR) Le Grand Mix
26 Oct 14 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
28 Oct 14 Bristol (UK) The Fleece
29 Oct 14 London (UK) Heaven
30 Oct 14 Dublin (IE) Button Factory
31 Oct 14 Belfast (UK) Limelight More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Streaming "Pyrrhic"

The Australian metal visionaries in Ne Oblivscaris today are streaming new track "Pyrrhic," taken from the upcoming "Citadel" album. Listen in below, courtesy of Lambgoat.com.

Regarding the new track, the band comments: "Pyrrhic is a tune we are really stoked on. It showcases 2 extreme dynamics from the band, and has many layers of timbre and intensity. It is again something completely different we have explored, and something we are very excited to share this with all of you."

Due out November 11th, the full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Painters of the Tempest (Part I): Wyrmholes
2. Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
Movement I: Creator
Movment II: Cynosure
Movement III: Curator
3. Painters of the Tempest (Part III): Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb
4. Pyrrhic
5. Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
6. Devour Me, Colossus (Part II): Contortions More...

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Acherontas Announces New Album

Greek black metal vanguard Acherontas today reveals the title for the band's upcoming album as "Ma Ion - Formulas of Reptilian Unification."

The album - Acherontas' fifth full-length to date - will be released by W.T.C. Productions during the early part of 2015, and follows the band's "Amenti" album released by W.T.C. in May of 2013. Acherontas comments:

"The Typhonian tradition is reflected upon our upcoming Grand Working bearing the name Ma Ion - Formulas of Reptilian Unification. All recordings finished. Now the album is in the hands of Abgrund Studio in Germany for mix and mastering. Our coven is honored by great artists and individuals. We are proud to have among us and feast at her salted waters: TT (Abigor), AR-Ra'd al-Iblis (Nightbringer), Nebiros (Ofermod/Malign), Indra (Naermataron/Tatir), Edgar Kerval (Emme Ya), and Jhon Longshaw (Black Seas of Infinity).

"With this new opus, we reached new fields of creation, musically and spiritually. Our mission was to create a path to rise the subconscious of the Mortal upon other planes of existence. To dream in ecstasy, to feast in orgy, and to rise the potential of the Mortal to feel behind the skin of matter...for these are not just words, but shells that form in flesh and blood."

Further details on the album - including the track listing and release date - will be announced shorlty. More...

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Osmium Guillotine Releasing "Live From The Asylum"

British traditional heavy metal band Osmium Guillotine is proud to announce the band will be releasing "Live From the Asylum" on October 18th. "Live From the Asylum" contains 8 tracks that were recorded live at the Asylum in Chelmsford on June 28th, 2014.

In addition to the Asylum gig, the album will include the Live on Saint FM session that the band recorded on April 28th at the Saint FM local talent show. The Live on Saint FM session will be included with the CD as a digital download.

You can pre-order "Live From the Asylum" at this location and listen to the track "Goomba" in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Osmium Guillotine (Intro)
2. D-Day
3. Subhuman / Evil Beyond Evil
4. Phobophobia
5. Breathe it in, Son (Extended)
6. Hobgoblin / Subhuman (reprise)
7. Goomba 06:34
8. City of Chaos (Encore)
9. A Million To One (Live on Saint FM) More...

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Order From Chaos Announces Discography Box Set

Nuclear War Now! Productions has set November 25th as the international release date for Order From Chaos' vinyl discography box set "Frozen in Steel." The label comments:

"It is a nearly axiomatic principle that the most truly important artists tend to be overlooked or at least do not obtain the full extent of their deserved accolades during the time they produce their greatest work. Even in the context of underground metal, this principle is too often proven accurate.

"Such is the case with Order From Chaos. During the short span of the band’s existence, Order From Chaos garnered emphatic support from a relatively small faction of the underground, but went largely unnoticed by the scene at large. As time passed, however, the scene began to catch up with Order From Chaos and their albums attained their well-deserved canonical stature.

"Shortly after the three Kansas City, MO teenagers – Pete Helmkamp, Chuck Keller, and Mike Miller – united to form Order From Chaos in 1987, they clarified their mission: they would channel all their creative energy into the band, perfect the presentation of their message, and terminate the project after three albums in order to preserve the integrity of their statement. The band members adhered to this directive, and after recording three albums (augmenting their discography along the way with various demo and EP releases), they disbanded in 1995 following the completion of their magnum opus, An Ending in Fire.

"To bring the music of Order From Chaos into proper focus, the band (the members of which have all remained continually active in the underground metal scene since their days in Order From Chaos) worked together with Nuclear War Now! Productions to produce this definitive discography collection. Frozen in Steel contains all of the material Order From Chaos released during its existence. Included here are all the demos and early EPs revealing the band’s obsession with the likes of Venom, Sodom, Slaughter Lord, and Voivod among others. Listening to the demos, one hears the raw materials out of which Order From Chaos would later construct its definitive monumental statement of intent, the debut album Stillbirth Machine. While clearly maintaining the integrity of their approach on previous releases, the debut album extends beyond the confines of any particularized genre or subgenre; instead, it reflects a style that is wholly and completely that of Order From Chaos.

"With their second album, Dawn Bringer, Order From Chaos’ ability to refine their sound became remarkably apparent. As with any genuine musician, author, or artist, Order From Chaos was not content with remaining static, and Dawn Bringer shows the band expanding the borders of its sonic and thematic universe. Its inclusion in this boxset marks the first time the album has ever been committed to vinyl. Finally, if their first two albums and their impeccable collection of shorter EP releases did not secure Order From Chaos’ legacy, their final album, An Ending in Fire, is irrefutable proof of the band’s genius. It is, in fact, nothing short of a masterpiece. More...

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Father Murphy Kicking Off North American Tour

Following a successful journey through Mexico, Italy's avant occult twosome Father Murphy will be bringing séances to North American stages on another run of live rituals.

The twisted duo will levy odes of oddities upon Brooklyn residents tonight at the Acheron with Theologian. From there the band will spread psychedelic soundscapes to nearly two dozen cities. Dates are as follows:

10/09/2014 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Theologian, Onirogen, Of Earth And Sun
10/12/2014 The Cabbage Path - Philadelphia, PA w/ Unguent/Bruno, Strong & Sutton, SCC
10/14/2014 Machines With Magnets - Providence, RI
10/15/2014 Neverland - Boston, MA
10/16/2014 Bennington College - Bennington, VT
10/17/2014 La Vitrola - Montreal, QC w/ Iceage, Lower, Merchandise
10/18/2014 Gabba Hey - Ottawa, ON w/ Iceage, Femminielli
10/19/2014 Horseshoe - Toronto, ON w / Iceage
10/20/2014 TBA - Cleveland, OH, TBA w/ Ssleaze, Nyodene D (DJ Set)
10/21/2014 PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI w/ Iceage, Helm
10/22/2014 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Iceage, Helm
10/23/2014 Space Oddities - Chicago, IL w/ Doll Food
10/24/2014 The Wisco - Madison, WI w/ Oozing Wound, Running & Yakuza
10/26/2014 Emma Bistrot - Nashville, TN
10/27/2014 The Gnarlington Cemetary - Cookeville, TN w/ Sheep Bella Tine
10/28/2014 Blurry Vision Records - Decatur, AL w/ Kudzu, Marrow
10/29/2014 Eyedrum - Atlanta, GA
10/30/2014 Caledonia Loounge - Athens, GA
11/01/2014 Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
11/02/2014 Union Arts - Washington, DC w/ Thollem McDonas
11/21/2014 Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, NL w/ Swans, Xiu Xiu, Carla Bozulich, Prurient, Baby Dee, Savages more

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Nightingale Announces New Album

Sweden's Nightingale is back in the spotlight with a long overdue 7th studio album. Entitled "Retribution," the follow-up to 2007's "White Darkness" will be released via the band's new worldwide label InsideOutMusic on January 27th, 2015 in North America.

Nightingale was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band -- which is completed by Dan's brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums) -- the new album once again showcases a timeless hybrid of different musical styles. From atmospheric metal to catchy AOR and melodic prog, "Retribution" offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.

Dan Swanö, who contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards, commented: "We started putting material together for this album around 2008, but out of all those songs only two made it to the album. I felt that, unless it is the best possible Nightingale album, where every song on the album easily could replace any song from our previous albums, there was no point in making a new album at all.

"During the writing of the Witherscape debut album, I wrote a lot of stuff that would work better on a Nightingale album, and before I knew it, I had the skeleton for a lot of potentially awesome Nightingale songs! It was important that the new material had the vibe of the older albums, yet with a better production and performance.

"I am very confident that all the Nightingale fans will love 'Retribution' since I made sure I felt the same rush inside me when I listened to the tracks that I did upon listening to the finished version of our most famous tracks from the past!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. On Stolen Wings
2. Lucifer's Lament
3. Chasing The Storm Away
4. Warriors Of The Dawn
5. Forevermore
6. Divided I Fall
7. The Voyage Of Endurance
8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
9. The Maze
10. Echoes Of A Dream More...

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Today Is The Day Streaming Full Album

As Today Is The Day begins a widespread tour schedule in support of the act's tenth LP, "Animal Mother," (just days from release through Southern Lord Recordings) the entire album is now playing online. Give it a listen below, thanks to Lambgoat.com.

Today Is The Day's first venture for the label, Southern Lord will release "Animal Mother" on CD and digital download in North America on October 14th, and the colored vinyl LP on October 27th. More...

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Nothnegal Announces New Shows

Dynamic melodic metal outfit Nothnegal will support Kreator and Arch Enemy in late November for a week of dates in Spain and France.

Nothnegal's European tour follows the band's recent television appearance on Villa TV in its native Maldives. Villa TV, one of the most viewed channels in the country, showcased a special acoustic performance from the band. Footage of the VTV appearance can be found here: More...

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Rise And Fall Going On Hiatus

Belgium's Rise And Fall just checked in with the following brief announcement about deciding to go on hiatus:

"Remember when we said we were writing a new record? Well, we were... and then we weren't... and now we have decided to shelve all Rise And Fall plans for the time being. Sorry 'bout that.

"However there are 4 new bands with Rise And Fall members coming into fruition right now. So stay tuned to this page to find out what we are up to." More...

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Age Of Woe Recruits New Guitarist

Swedish outfit Age Of Woe has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We can now reveal that we have found a new guitarist in Björn Pettersson (ex-Iamus, ex-Siebensünden). Björn has been a huge asset to Age of Woe and have brought a lot to the table since day one.

"He’s been touring with us as Martin’s stand in throughout 2014 and has attuned well to the band. We are very happy about this and are now set on the future. Welcome Björn!" More...

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Massacre Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Pioneering Florida death metal group Massacre, which launched "Back From Beyond" (the band's first studio album in almost 20 years) earlier this year worldwide via Century Media Records, has announced tours through North America and now also Europe in order to continue promoting the release.

The upcoming runs will feature Massacre alongside Death (Death To All), Obituary, and Rivers of Nihil in North America, with Death (Death To All), Abysmal Dawn, and Loudblast in Europe. The band had this to say:

"Massacre is very excited to be part of the Swamp Leper Stomp Tour 2014 & the Death (DTA Tours) Symbolic European tour 2015. This is a great opportunity for us to bring Florida Death Metal to the masses and show people what Massacre is all about. Both tours have great line-ups and the fans get to see some awesome bands!!! With the history that Rick Rozz and I have with Death, we feel this will only add to the excitement and atmosphere of the shows." More...

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Machine Head Album To Include Guitar

In addition to all the standard editions, the Nuclear Blast USA web shop is proud to offer an extremely limited edition premium pre-order bundle for the new "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album that includes an Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V guitar and randomly selected accessories used in the recording of this eighth studio release.

Will your bundle include used guitar or bass strings or used guitar or bass picks? What song does Robb Flynn’s handwriting say they were used on? Will you get used bass drum or tom heads, or used drum sticks? The only way to find out is by ordering!

Only 250 of these ebony gloss Epiphone Robb Flynn “MH” Signature Flying V bundles are available. Gear heads curious about the guitar specs can read up on them at this location.

Due out in North America on November 10th as the band's Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Machine Head guitarist & vocalist Robb Flynn has called the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album “a milestone for us. I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album.” More...

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Khold Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

Khold, Norway's premier exponent of groove-laden, grim black metal, has released a new video offering a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album.

Check out the clip below from drummer Sarke outlining the motivations behind the music and what to expect from each song on new album, "Til Endes," which is out now on Peaceville Records (read our review here).

You can also still stream all of "Til Endes" in full by heading over to this location, and read our recent interview with Sarke here. More...

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Hammerfall Announces Lineup Changes

The Swedish heavy metal pioneers in Hammerfall are still enjoying the success of latest full-length record "(r)Evolution," but today the band also has to make the following major announcement:

“Life in a heavy metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, Hammerfall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough.

"But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by 'The Swedish Tank' with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavors and hope that 15 years can’t be erased that easily.

"Also, bassist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with Hammerfall, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik’s absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation.

"So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it’s the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!” More...

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Soulburn Streaming "Under The Rise Of A Red Moon"

After some triumphant live-debut shows supporting Bolt Thrower and Morgoth, Dutch blackened death/doom metallers Soulburn are getting ready to release sophomore album, "The Suffocating Darkness," via Century Media Records on November 17th.

Consequently, Soulburn is now debuting the first song off the upcoming album. Check out "Under The Rise Of A Red Moon" below, thanks to Terrorizer.com.

Soulburn's Bob Bagchus comments: "This track shows well what Soulburn is all about: cold, dark and grim blackened doom/death metal. 'Under the Rise of a Red Moon' is furious and contains all the elements we love the most about metal. This song also shows that one does not need many riffs to create a grim atmosphere...this is a mid-paced assault with a pure and heavy 80's feel, just how we wanted it!"

New album "The Suffocating Darkness" was recorded with Harry Wijering (Harrow Productions) and mix/mastering duties were taken over by Dan Swanö (Unisound Recordings). The artwork was designed by Timo Ketola and additional artwork was provided by Roberto Toderico. Catch Soulburn live:

10.01.2015 - Essen (Germany) + THANATOS
17.-19.04.2015 - Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013 Neurotic Deathfest More...

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Avatarium Posts Lyric Video

Hailing from Stockholm, gloomy metal outfit Avatarium was founded in late 2012. Following the success of the band's eponymous debut in 2013 and the "Moonhorse" single, Avatarium just announced the release of new EP "All I Want."

The vinyl/digital only EP will be out November 14th (EU) / November 17th (UK), 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Today the band put up the official lyric video for title track "All I Want," which can be seen below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

Side A (45 RPM)
01. All I Want
02. Deep Well
Side B (33 RPM)
01. Pandora’s Egg (live)
02. Tides Of Telepathy (live)
03. Bird Of Prey (live) More...

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Stigmhate Recruits Session Guitarist

Black metal band Stigmhate has issued the following announcement about bringing on a session member for live shows:

"We are pleased to announce that Nicola Bianchi, mastermind of black metallers Handful Of Hate,
will join the band as a session guitarist for upcoming shows."

The confirmed shows are as follows:

17 OCT. BLOOM CLUB - VIGODARZERE (PD) - ITA
28 - 30 NOV. - NOVEMBER TO DISPEMBER FEST.- BUCHAREST - ROM
06 DEC. - BLACK WINTER FESTIVAL - CIRCOLO COLONY - BRESCIA - ITA

You can also check out the song "Mistress Of Bone’s Mounds" taken from newly released album "Zodacare Od Zodameranu" below. More...

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Part Two Of Tour Diary Posted By Seven Kingdoms

U.S. power metal act Seven Kingdoms posted the second part in a six part series of diary/behind the scenes footage from the band's recent trek with Manticora in Europe dubbed "Reclaiming the Land" tour back in May 2014.

Seven Kingdoms is set to headline the upcoming Metal Underground.com sponsored DeLand Festival in the band's hometown of DeLand, Florida. For information, head on over to this location.

Check out part two of the video series here:

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Scar Symmetry Releases Track-By-Track, Pt. I

Swedish metal act Scar Symmetry release the first part in a track-by-track video series for the upcoming new release "The Singularity (Phase I - Neohumanity)," the first of a planned concept album trilogy. The album is out in Europe already with the North American street date approaching on October 14th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for the album is as follows:

1. The Shape Of Things To Come
2. Neohuman
3. Limits To Infinity (see lyric video here)
4. Cryonic Harvest (see lyric video here
5. The Spiral Timeshift
6. Children Of The Integrated Circuit
7. Neuromancers
8. Technocalyptic Cybergeddon

Check out the first part here: More...

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Victorius Releases "Twilight Skies" Music Video

German power metal act Victorius released a music video for the new track "Twilight Skies." The song is the opening track for the upcoming third studio album "Dreamchaser," which is set for release on November 14th via SPV/Sonic Attack Records.

The track list for "Dreamchaser" is:

1. Twilight Skies
2. Day Of Reckoning
3. Dragonheart
4. Fireangel
5. Dreamchaser
6. Battallions Of The Holy Cross
7. Blood Alliance (see lyric video here)
8. Speedracer
9. Where Ravens Fly
10. Black And White
11. Silent Symphony

Check out "Twilight Skies" here: More...

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