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Metal News for November 10, 2014

Last updated on December 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM ET

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Frostbitten Kingdom To Release New Album

Frostbitten Kingdom was formed in Turku, southwestern Finland, during the summer of 2004 with the purpose of creating a grim mix of melodic black and brutal death metal.

The band will release "The Winter War Symphony" via WormHoleDeath Records on November 25th. Ahead of the release you can also now hear the new song "Lost, Forgotten And Forlorn" below, thanks to Metal-Temple.com. More...

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Force Majeure Recruits New Vocalist

Force Majeure has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Force Majeure is proud to introduce our new front man, Mr. Marcus Lång. Sir Marcus hails from Varkaus, Finland and has a powerful voice that commands you to check out the new Force Majeure single called 'The Great Starfall.'

"Besides the solid delivery of new Force Majeure line-up, the track features guest appearance on keyboards by Mr. Aleksi Virta of Finntroll."

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Black Tide Cancels Tour Dates

Florida's Black Tide has checked in with the following announcement about cancelling all remaining November tour dates:

"We are terribly sorry to announce that we will not be able to finish out our November touring run.

"We had a fall out with the booking agency who set this tour up. Not going to mention any specific names because that's just not who we are.

"We will most definitely make it up to all the venues and our die hard fans out there!! Just linked up with a new agency for a late Dec/Jan tour!

"We will see you soon."

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Hollow Earth Streaming New Track

With the release of debut LP "Silent Graves" set for tomorrow (November 11th) on Panic Records, Hollow Earth drop one more new, unheard track off the album.

Check out the track "Beneath the Weight of the Cross" in the player below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine.

"Silent Graves" was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails).

The Michigan crew is currently face deep in week one of the "Silent Graves" tour, a massive coast-to-coast U.S. tour that sees the band teaming up with Exalt, Run with the Hunted, KDC, and more. Dates are available after the stream. More...

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Crucial Blast Releases 22 Track Sampler

Crucial Blast Records has just issued a brand new label sampler through a name-your-price BandCamp download here. You can also stream all the tracks below.

"Carrion Anthems" features a variety of tracks taken from new, recent, and forthcoming releases from Crucial Blast. Ranging from crushing death industrial, outré black metal, misanthropic power electronics, jet-black ambient, twisted blackened industrial heaviness, occult darkwave, and noise-damaged death metal, this twenty-two track compilation showcases Crucial Blast's latest forays into the strangest subterranea of the black/death/industrial/ambient underground. More...

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Stray From The Path Drops Off Tour

Stray From The Path has issued the following announcement about dropping a forthcoming tour with The Acacia Strain and Emmure:

"Sadly, we have announced that Stray has pulled out of the Emmure/Acacia Strain tour. Its been a ridiculous year for us and the hardest we have ever toured, with something like 44 days off since January, and despite our previous ideas that not being on tour was the worst possible scenario for the band, its caught up with us and severely affected our personal lives at home.

"In our heads, we thought not being on tour was wrong, and that for us, not touring was a cause of cancer, not touring should be avoided, not touring would make our dicks fly off. We have never cancelled anything in our career, so hopefully everyone knows how serious a situation had to be in order for us to feel the need to make this decision.

"There are a lot of people behind the scenes that put work into a tour, promoters, agents, bands, managers, friends and most importantly supporters of our band, that we let down in this scenario, but still thought that it would be better for the future of this band, which is extremely important to us, and we hope everyone mentioned above.

"We will be utilizing this time to finish up writing our next album, and we hit the studio this February with Will Putney, and then hitting the road again immediately after.

"Finally, our apologies to Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Fit For A King, and Kublai Khan, and everyone involved. Sylar will be added to the tour, and our boys in FFAK will be taking our spot. See you all again in early 2015."

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Vihaan Posts Full Album Online

Progressive death metal project Vihaan released debut full-length album "Invicta" last month, and now all the tracks can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Hailing from the Detroit, Michigan area of the United States, Vihaan has been crafting its sound since the band's inception in 2012 into a mixture of modern progressive death metal, 70's prog rock, and jazz fusion to produce a debut album with a running time of more then 45 minutes across seven tracks.

"Vihaan is headed up by mastermind Lorenzo Piccirilli (Guitars, Bass, Programming, Backing Vocals) while bringing in session members to handle the drum work (Christopher Burrows) and vocals (Anthony Lipari) for the recording of 'Invicta.' Lorenzo and Chris mixed the album, while the mastering duties were performed by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Behold... The Arctopus). Vihaan's logo was designed by artist Travis Smith who has created artwork for many established Rock and Metal bands. (Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Nevermore, etc.)"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. City
2. Inflection
3. Statue
4. Episodes
5. Smoke
6. Valor
7. Perception More...

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Blind Guardian Reveals New Album Details

"Beyond The Red Mirror" will be the title of the tenth studio album by Germany’s Blind Guardian.

Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010’s "At The Edge Of Time" (reviewed here) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30th, 2015 and February 3rd, 2015 in North America.

Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, "Beyond The Red Mirror" showcases Blind Guardian's collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras - each featuring 90 musicians – also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings.

Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising the album's story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks “Bright Eyes” and “And The Story Ends.”

“A story between science fiction and fantasy,” explains Blind Guardian vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch. “The story begins with our 1995 album, Imaginations From The Other Side. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost.”

Asked to describe the band’s guiding principles for the creation of this new release, Blind Guardian guitarist André Olbrich shares: “We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.” More...

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Machine Head Announces Solo North American Tour

After cancelling a tour with Epica and Children of Bodom to finish work on new album "Bloodstone & Diamonds," Machine Head has announced a replacement tour (unsurprisingly with no support acts attached this time).

Machine Head will headline the North American tour in January with no openers or even local bands performing, instead offering up a two-hour set each night.

"We’re doing ‘An Evening With’ Machine Head Meaning: it’ll just be us, folks,” commented guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn. “We are really excited about the idea, playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having our own world. Promoters in the U.S. seem really stoked about it, some have said it feels like ‘an event’.”

In regards to the band’s decision to only headline for this touring cycle as well as no longer play festivals, Flynn elaborates: "We’re not trying to have a good time with a bunch of people who don’t know who we are. If Machine Head throws a party, big or small, we don’t want a bunch of ‘strangers’ there. This is about us and you guys, the die-hards! The Fucking Undesirables! We don’t care about the others out there. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere, if those people want to be a part of this, they know where to find us. So for the time being, and maybe ‘forever’ we’re done reaching out for them." More...

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While Heaven Wept Rants About Bad Reviews

After apparently reading some negative reviews of new album "Suspended At Aphelion," While Heaven Wept decided to give Wintersun a run for its money in the category of unnecessarily long Facebook rants.

Clearly not understanding the difference between facts and opinions, While Heaven Wept has issued the following statement about claims the band's new album is uninspired and lacking in creativity:

"The longer we exist, the more albums released, the more we achieve, the more visible we are, the more we are scrutinized…this all comes with the territory, and we certainly do not expect accolades, nor are we delusional; While Heaven Wept is not and has never been for everyone…in fact, it’s never been for anyone other than myself and the people who these songs are about - our lives, our stories…but, it does have a deep meaning for the musicians involved, as well as those out there who can empathize/had similar experiences. It’s NOT for everyone, and I fully expect that there will be those who actually loathe what we do. Honestly, that is neither my concern, nor my problem…and I would rather be polarizing than condemned to some grey area. I appreciate that there are those who truly love what we do as much as those who despise it - not too fond of the few falling in the 'middle of the road,' but the world doesn’t revolve around WHW or myself.

"What I intend to address here are some allegations and criticisms that are simply 100% false; you see, it’s one thing to say 'I just don’t get it' or 'I don’t like this band or their music'…that’s fine, especially when this is bolstered with sound reason…but it’s a completely different thing to throw out statements that seem as though the reviewer has some supernatural insight…speaking of inspiration (or lack thereof), or suggesting that what we do is in fact 'middle of the road' as far as degrees of creativity. And of course, there are those who can’t give up ghosts, or simply don’t bother to listen to the albums the way they were intended to be heard…or hemmed up with 'ideas' of what something should be versus what it actually is. Or isn’t. I’ll attempt to address some of this as well. For the sake of clarity, all of this is in response to feedback we’ve received, heard, and witnessed over the course of the unveiling of Suspended At Aphelion, but I will offer some insights into 'the bigger picture' as well.

"Allow me to address the fallacies and untruths first: More...

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Paganfest 2015 Lineup Announced

Finland's Wintersun has been confirmed as one of the main headliners of the upcoming Paganfest tour 2015. Wintersun will team up with Finnish comrades Turisas and Dutch folksters Heidefolk. Support acts will be Obscurity and Frosttide.

Furthermore, some of the dates will be Paganfest extended shows led by folk metal superstars Korpiklaani. They are joined by Hannover’s finest Grailknights and Germany's Finsterforst to complete the Paganfest 2015 billing.

Currently announced dates are as follows:

19.03. DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
20.03. DE Leipzig - Hellraiser *Extended Show
21.03. DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle *Extended Show
22.03. NL Tilburg - 013 *Extended Show
23.03. DE Hamburg - Markthalle
24.03. CH Pratteln - Z7
25.03. DE Saarbrücken - Garage
26.03. DE Frankfurt - Batschkapp
27.03. DE München - Backstage *Extended Show
28.03. AT Wien - Arena *Extended Show
29.03. DE Berlin - Postbahnhof *Extended Show

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Siriun Streaming Full New Album

Brazilian death/thrash band Siriun - featuring Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Daath, Feared) on drums - just released debut album "In Chaos We Trust."

The full album can be streamed below or downloaded at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Mass Control 03:57
2. Infected 04:55
3. Spread of Hate 04:44
4. Cosmogenesis 01:15
5. In Chaos We Trust 05:48
6. Transmutation 03:46
7. Intent 04:38
8. Becoming Aware 04:16 More...

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Claim The Throne Announces New Tour Dates

Ruthlessly tearing the boundaries of folk metal in the heaviest of ways, the Australian warriors from Claim The Throne are ready to hit U.S. & Canadian soil for the first time.

The band’s latest album "Forged In Flame" has previously seen Claim The Throne raid stages through Australia, New Zealand, UK and Asia. Catch the group live on these upcoming dates supporting the album:

Tue Jan 13 – Brooklyn, NY – The Trash Bar
Wed Jan 14 – Bay Shore, NY – Even Flow Bar & Grill
Thu Jan 15 – Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Rock Diner
Fri Jan 16 – Montreal, QB – L’alize’ (with Primalfrost)
Sat Jan 17 – Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
Sun Jan 18 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar (with Primalfrost)
Mon Jan 19 – Burlington, VT – Nectars (with Primalfrost)
Fri Jan 30 – Las Vegas, NN – Adrenaline Sports Bar & Grill

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DroneAsylum Streaming New Single

International electronic/metal band DroneAsylum released a debut album in 2013 and has now released a new single titled "Hi-Tech Underground," which can be heard below.

DroneAsylum is also currently preparing a second full-length album, due for release in 2015. Stay tuned for further details.

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Ascent To Power Working On New Album

Ascent To Power, Maine's own metal powerhouse (who has shared the stage with Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Unearth, Kittie, and more) just wrapped up the band's final show of 2014 playing along side Threatpoint.

Ascent To Power will be taking the next few months off from playing live to work on and record a sophomore release due out in early 2015. Further details are forthcoming.

The band's debut release "World Order" is available now through cdbaby.com. More...

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Alkira Engages In "Submission Therapy"

South Australian thrash metal quartet Alkira today releases an official film clip for "Submission Therapy," the first single from debut album “Juggernaut.”

Speaking about the video, drummer Ryan comments: “It is silly…very silly. The song is themed around the ideas of domination and submission in a number of different contexts, both forced and voluntary. We threw a few ideas around and then our film guy Brett Hookham ran with it. We're stoked with how it has turned out so hopefully it gets a few laughs!”

"Juggernaut" was released on October 18th, 2014 and was described by EchoesAndDust.com as “possibly the best thrash album of the year…[or] of the past several years." The track listing is:

1. Chains
2. Submission Therapy
3. Land of the Sodomite Damned
4. #479
5. The Fleet
6. Inebriated State
7. Juggernaut
8. Spiritual Abuse (Parallel Prisons)
9. Institution
10. Shattered End More...

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Cowards Finishes Work On New Album

Decimating Paris-based sludge/hardcore outfit Cowards has completed the final stages of preparation on a second full-length helping of callous and remorseless hymns of self destruction, and is now ready to contaminate the planet with "Rise To Infamy" this Winter.

The album was recorded by Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback). Cowards has now slated "Rise To Infamy" for 12" LP and digipak release on February 9th, with Throatruiner Records & RVINS Records producing the vinyl version and Deadlight Entertainment handling the CD.

Stand by for samples of the album, preorder links, and extensive tour actions as Cowards takes these distraught anthems on the road.

Secret Handshake Recordings recently reissued Cowards' out-of-print "Shooting Blanks & Pills" debut LP, originally released on Throatruiner in 2012. You can also hear the previous "Hoarder" EP below. More...

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Et Moriemur Posts New Video

The Czech doomsters from Et Moriemur just released a music video for the song "Liebeslied," taken from the band's second full-length album entitled "Ex Nihilo In Nihilum." The CD will be released on November 17th by the Russian doom label Solitude Productions.

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Psychostick Releases An Ode To Bruce Campbell

After dropping a clip for "President Rhino," today the Chicago, IL based comedy rock kings from Psychostick have posted a new lyric video for their tribute track to the world's greatest actor Bruce Campbell.

Check out the clip for "Bruce Campbell" in the YouTube player provided below.

The tribute is taken off the band's new album "IV: Revenge of The Vengeance," released last week via Rock Ridge Music.

For more info on the album, read our recent interview with the audacious outfit over at this location.

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Diskord Posts "A Downward Spire" Clip

Norwegian outfit Diskord has a new music video out now for "A Downard Spire," the closing track from the band's latest mini-album "Oscillations." The clip was directed, shot, and edited by Jon André Fosstvedt. Watch it below.

"Oscillations" was released on CD (August 15th) and vinyl LP (September 2nd) via Hellthrasher Productions (Europe) and Australopithecus Records (USA), and it features 26 minutes of brand new material, recorded with new guitarist Havard Ostli. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Horrid Engine
2. Lethargic Regression
3. Hermit Dream
4. Elytrous Oscillations
5. Symbiotic Whims
6. A Downward Spire More...

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Metal Bands Share Their Stories About Athon

Bassist Jonathan Athon from Black Tusk passed away this weekend after being in a motorcycle crash, and since then many bands from across the metal community have commented on how Athon impacted their lives.

Skeletonwitch shared this story about Black Tusk:

"Many years ago we left Ohio, bound for Savannah, GA, to tour with some new friends in a band called Black Tusk. In a now legendary move (that we will never let him forget) Andrew from Black Tusk booked the shows on the wrong calendar year! This resulted in about 5 days off in a row while things got sorted out.

"Andrew, James, and Athon rolled out the red carpet (and about 500 beers) and let us move in to 'Black Tusk Manor' for those 5 days. We've been family ever since.

"Yesterday we lost a brother. Athon, we miss you. We will carry your music and the many, many, memories with us forever. Our thoughts are with Andrew, James, Athon's family, and the entire creative community in Savannah, where Jonathan Athon will be sorely missed." More...

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Raunchy And Ewigheim Albums Pushed Back

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about pushing back the release dates for the new Raunchy and Ewigheim albums:

"We've got bad news for you: The releases of Ewigheim's and Raunchy's upcoming new albums have been postponed due to high demand at the pressing plant.

"Both Ewigheim's '24/7' and Raunchy's 'Vices. Virtues. Visions.' will now be released on November 21st, 2014 via Massacre Records!

"We're deeply sorry and apologize for any inconvenience." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Working On New Album

After having worked with the band for several years in the United States already, it is with great pleasure that Nuclear Blast Records can officially announce the worldwide signing of Great Britain's Cradle Of Filth. Iconic vocalist Dani Filth had this to say on the subject:

"Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger has been trying to snare the band ever since I flew over to see him way back in 1996 as a viable label option, after we left Cacophonous records. He barely missed out due to the close proximity to the band of Music For Nations, the label that Cradle stayed with until 2001. Now, not only do Nuclear Blast have offices all over the world, but the one in London is actually dead opposite to the old MFN building! Which is weird!

"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history. Next year is going to be a massive year for the band and the black flags start flying here, with the announcement of our unholy union with Nuclear Blast who have already done great things with my Witch County band, Devilment."

Cradle Of Filth just returned from a successful run through Russia and will hit the studio to begin recording the successor of 2012's "The Manticore And Other Horrors" (reviewed here) later this month. More...

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Manilla Road's "Out Of The Abyss" Seeing Re-Issue

Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue "Out of the Abyss," the seventh full-length release from Manilla Road, on January 13th, 2015.

Originally released in 1988, guitarist/founder Mark “The Shark” Shelton describes the album in the reissue’s liner notes as having “some of the most brutal material that MR has ever done." Shelton goes on to say that “it was the last album in an epic quest by Randy, Scott and I to be as fast and furious as possible with some of the songs…and most of the topics were quite dark and based on Cthulhu mythos or other horror and mystery directions.”

Shadow Kingdom Records’ Tim McGrogan had this to say: “Most fans think the golden era is Crystal Logic through Mystification, but we encourage fans to spend more time with this album. The first thing that’s interesting about this album is that it originally contained one of Manilla Road's greatest epic songs ever, 'The Book of Skelos.'

"The song was dropped off of the album for some unknown reason (that would be a good interview question for Mark Shelton), and later appeared on a different pressing of The Courts of Chaos and we’re not entirely sure that song even made it to the first pressing of that album either.

"Strangely enough if you’re familiar with that song and can imagine that song being a part of this album, Out of the Abysswould arguably be one of the best Manilla Road albums and would have expanded and been part of what’s now considered their classic era. The album is dark, evil, thrash-y heavy metal with some killer King Diamond-esque vocal screams. Without a doubt Out of the Abysshas some of the fastest, most intense Thrash Metal not only on any Manilla Roadalbum, but of any 80’s thrash metal album.” More...

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Sleeping With Sirens Releases "Kick Me" Video

Sleeping With Sirens just released a video today for a brand new song titled "Kick Me." Watch the video, directed by Sitcom Soldiers, in the player below.

The video was filmed this Summer at a surprise show for fans in London. “Kick Me” is the first single to be released from the band since last record, "Feel," which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

Sleeping With Sirens is also working with producer John Feldmann (Panic! AT The Disco, Good Charlotte) on a new album – further details are to be announced.

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XII Boar Streaming Motorhead Cover

U.K. band XII Boar just released a sludge-tinged cover of the Motorhead classic, "Damage Case."

Take part in the southern-fried stoner journey of fuzzed up, groove filled sound in the player below. The song can also be downloaded for free at SoundCloud here.

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Black Fate Posts New Lyric Video

Melodic metal band Black Fate just released a lyric video for "Lines In The Sand," the first single from upcoming album "Between Visions & Lies."

"Between Visions & Lies" will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records. The label comments:

"Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, Black Fate will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album 'Between Visions & Lies' that could be described like a mix between Kamelot, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Conception. The album was mastered by Erik Tordsson [Antestor, End of September] at Solid Mix Studios."

The album's track listing is:

1. Rhyme of a False Orchestra
2. Lines in the Sand
3. The Game of Illusion
4. Into the Night
5. In Your Eyes
6. Call of the Wild
7. State of Conformity
8. Without Saying a Word
9. Perfect Crime
10. Weight of the World
11. In Fear More...

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Freak Kitchen Releases New Video

Swedish trio Freak Kitchen is back with "Cooking With Pagans," the band's eighth and most frantic album to date.

The album was released on September 16th via Laser's Edge, and after dropping a video for the "Sloppy" track, today another video is online for "Freak Of The Week."

Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video was put together for the track and directed by artist Juanjo Guarnido. The video previously premiered at the New York Comic Con and can be viewed below.

The "Cooking With Pagans" track listing is as follows:

1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
3. Sloppy
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Mathematics of Defeat
8. I Don't Want to Golf
9. Hide
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan More...

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In Tormentata Quiete Posts New Track

"La Visione Del Nero,” a track from the upcoming album "Cromagia" from Italian avant-garde band In Tormentata Quiete has been debuted online and can heard in the SoundCloud player below.

“Cromagia," the band’s 3rd full-length release, is set to be released on My Kingdom Music on the upcoming 17th of November. Pre-orders are available at this location, and the track listing is:

1. Blu
2. Il profumo del Blu
3. Rosso
4. il sapore del Rosso
5. Verde
6. Il sussurro del Verde
7. Giallo
8. La carezza del Giallo
9. Nero
10. La visione del Nero
11. InVento More...

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Into Infernus Streaming New Songs

Into Infernus today releases two tracks from the band's forthcoming album "The End Of Eden," due out November 16th, 2014.

Check out "Tainted" and "Eve: Arch Angel" in the Bandcamp player provided below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prologue: Domain of the Beast
2. A Death Stalking Addiction
3. Falling from the Heavens
4. Eve: Arch Angel
5. The Vermin Race
6. Albastor: The Serpent
7. Tainted
8. Adam: The Addict
9. I Am Nothing
10. Eden I: The Temptation of Sin
11. Eden II: Demon's Dance
12. Eden III: Domain of the Angel More...

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The Duskfall Streaming Album's Title Track

In two weeks, The Duskfall's new opus "Where The Tree Stands Dead" will hit the streets in Europe, but today the title track is available for streaming online.

The album was mastered by Ahti Kortelainen and will be released on November 21st in Germany/Switzerland, November 24th in U.K. and rest of Europe, and on January 13th 2015 in North America.

The artwork was done by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel) and the album's track listing is as follows:

01. To The Pigs
02. Farewell
03. I Can Kill You
04. Where The Tree Stands Dead
05. We The Freaks
06. Endgame
07. Hate For Your God
08. The Charade
09. Burn Your Ghosts
10. Travesty
11. We Bleed More...

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Stormcast Signs With Pitch Black Records

Pitch Black Records today welcomes Cyprus-based black metal band Stormcast to its artist roster. The label comments:

"Formed in 2007 in Nicosia, Cyprus and influenced by the status of society and people’s own personal struggle, Stormcast sought to write music to express them and create something that defines them.

"Following a 4-track promo in 2009 and a 3-track promo in 2012 the band’s debut album is now ready to be unleashed! The band has extensive live experience, having performed at MetalDays Festival and having supported acts such as Rotting Christ, Sabaton, Stratovarius and Nightstalker among others.

"Through writing and experimenting with its own material, the band slowly found its style of music; that of atmospheric black metal. Blending touches of symphonic metal as well as gothic and melodic death metal and a subtle dose of doom, Stormcast have created a unique style and sound that they can truly call their own. The band members are passionate and determined and this is clearly evident throughout their work." More...

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Malphas Premieres "Shards Of Truth"

Philadelphia-based black metal band Malphas is prepping a new EP titled "The Conjuring" for release, and today we're stoked to bring you some symphonic darkness ahead of the release date.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the new song "Shards Of Truth" below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

Founded in 2012 by Paul DeSanctis and Eric Dunleavy, accompanied by Dave Guglielmi and Damian DiFrancesco, Malphas conjures malevolent sounds straight from the Scandinavian scene.

The four piece comes together with a healthy blend of melodic death, black, and power metal, with additional occasional touches of prog and jazz, Malphas is a well-rounded and innovative display of modern heavy metal.

The band's lyrics are written as a concept story revolving around Malphas, the 39th goetic spirit in demonology. Malphas serves as the grand president and general of hell; commanding forty legions of demons and appearing before conjurers in the form of a crow.

Cover artwork for "The Conjuring" was designed by Alec Pezzano. "Malphas approached me with some existing artwork and just asked for my professional opinion," Pezzano remembers. "After explaining to them what I thought and what they should be looking for, they asked if I'd do the artwork for them. The only initial info they gave me was they wanted a crow, a Satanic sort of temple setting, and the color blue. I took the concept and ran with it, putting my own spin on the elements they gave me. I took it a step further after hearing the title and thought of the crow as an omen or spirit guide, a bringer of darkness—hence the glowing talisman."

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. The Conjuring
2. Shards Of Truth
3. Legions
4. Visions Of The Burning Darkness
5. Heaven's Fall More...

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Erra Streaming New Video And Drops New EP

Erra releases new EP "Moments Of Clarity" today via Sumerian Records on iTunes and Google Play. Limited physical copies are also available exclusively through Killer Merch. The track listing is:

1. Dreamcatcher
2. Warrior
3. Lights City
4. Our Translucent Forever
5. Moments of Clarity

Watch the video for the new track "Warrior" below.

You can catch Erra on the "Frozen Flame Tour" Featuring August Burns Red, Miss May I, & Northlane Jan-Mar 2015. More...

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Cancer Bats Posts New Music Video "Satellites"

Cancer Bats will be releasing new album "Searching For Zero" in March 2015. It will be produced by Ross Robinson also know for working with Korn, Slipknot. You can now watch the video for the new song "Satellites" below.

"Searching For Zero" - Track List:

01. Satellites
02. True Zero
03. Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake
04. Beelzebub
05. Devil’s Blood
06. Cursed With A Conscience
07. All Hail
08. Buds
09. Dusted
10. No More Bull Shit
11. Rust And Bone More...

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