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Metal News for November 20, 2015

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Housecore Horror Film Festival 2015 Day Three

Day Three of Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas started like day two at the Holiday Inn where the film portion of the festival took place. Just like the last two years, I made sure to watch at least one film. It’s difficult to take in a film as there are so many great bands to catch, but having to be over at the hotel for interviews, I figured get there early and catch a film, so I checked the schedule and saw that a showing of Gwar’s home video “Skulhedface” was playing. Don Drakulich, aka Sleazy P. Martini, provided commentary.

Short (the heals he wears as Sleazy really boast his height, not to mention his ten-pound hair piece) and wearing glasses and short brown hair, Drakulich started the film off with a slide show presentation where he talked about how he created many of Gwar’s costumes with the help of other members. In fact, most of the celebrities were his creations. He detailed how most of the characters/props were made with silicon. He also told how the story of how Sleazy P. Martini, Gwar’s “fucking manager,” came to life. There were two Sleazys before him known as Sluggo P. Martini that didn’t work out. Tony Clifton and Jersey cops with disco hair were the inspiration for this character. He lent commentary on “Skulhedface,” a hilarious film based on the music of “This Toilet Earth,” that also starred Jello Biafra and Sabastian Bach. Drakulich left after the presentation and returned in full costume for fans to get autographs and pictures. More...

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Spinebreaker Posts New Single Online

San Jose-based Spinebreaker has unloaded the maiden single from upcoming debut "Ice Grave" LP with the gory torrent "River Of Pain."

Spinebreaker's "Ice Grave" debut provides a soundtrack of raw, sonic death-metal annihilation in a world of human filth, greed, and corruption. Having slithered into the Bay Area hardcore and metal community over the past two years, the band's explosive blend of European death metal is fueled through a tendency for intense-as-fuck live performances and love for an array of d-beat, punk, and hardcore.

Creator-Destructor will issue "Ice Grave" on 12" vinyl and through all digital outlets on January 15, 2016. Pre-orders have gone live right here. More...

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Adept Signs With Napalm Records

Swedish outfit Adept just announced a worldwide signing with Napalm Records. Upcoming album "Sleepless" is already in the starting blocks & set to be released on February 19, 2016. The band comments:

"We are happy to announce that we have signed with Austria's finest Napalm Records. We can also reveal that our new album 'Sleepless' will be released on February 19th. Originally planned to be released summer 2015 this album has been an absolute roller coaster to make.

"Recorded in January and then re-recorded in September we can finally shine a light on this album. Through the ups and downs we created something truly beautiful with 'Sleepless.' A melodic hard-hitting album with its roots to our early days. Thanks to Napalm Records we have a new found strength and confidence to push us forward. We can't wait to show you what we've been working on. Bring on February."

Billie Klein - Napalm Records A&R - adds: "We are more than happy to finally have Adept on board. Here is a young band that combines furious metal, uplifting & catchy melodies and post-rock atmospheres and is always ready to step on stage and rock, no matter the situation. Welcome to the Napalm Family!" More...

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Hatebreed Playing Impericon Festivals Tour

New Haven, Connecticut group Hatebreed has been confirmed to headline the Impericon Festivals tour in April/May 2016. Most cities (except for London and Manchester) will also see metalcore saviors and fellow label mates Bury Tomorrow take the stage.

Hatebreed is currently working hard on the follow-up to 2013's "The Divinity Of Purpose," while Bury Tomorrow will release brand new album, "Earthbound," on January 29, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

22.04. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
23.04. D Leipzig - Agra
01.05. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
02.05. UK Manchester - Academy (without Bury Tomorrow)
03.05. UK London - O2 Forum Kentish Town (without Bury Tomorrow)
04.05. F Paris - Les Docks de Paris
05.05. CH Zürich - X-Tra
06.05. AT Wien - Arena
07.05. D München - Zenith More...

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Feral Releases "Succumb To Terror" Video

Swedish death metal squad Feral has released a brand new video clip for the track “Succumb to Terror,” taken from latest album, “Where Dead Dreams Dwell,” out now through Cyclone Empire.

The video was shot in the bands hometown of Skellefteå, north Sweden, by Henrik Johannesén. "Where Dead Dreams Dwell" was mixed and mastered by ex-guitarist Petter Nilsson, during the fall of 2014. The cover art was done by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Vocalist David Nilsson comments: "'Where Dead Dreams Dwell' contains some of our most diverse material so far, with songs shifting in both tempo and length, yet it feels more unified than ever. We are thrilled to present this video for the closing track of the album which is a straight and unrelenting blast to the face. No bells and whistles, just death metal in its purest form!" More...

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Vetten Äpärät Posts New Song

Vetten Äpärät is a second generation folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland that will see the release of debut album "Syntyi Talven Kyynelistä" in early 2016. The album was recorded at Suomenlinnan Studio and mastered at Finnvox Studios, and a new track titled "Wind of Exhaustion" from the upcoming release is available below.

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Osiah Releases New Single

U.K. brutal deathcore outfit Osiah just released a new music video for the "Dethronement of Gods" single, which will appear on an upcoming album due out in early 2016. The video was shot and edited by Loki Films, and the single is now available via Bandcamp here.

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Epic Death Posts "Hide" Video

Black / thrash / death metal band Epic Death just released a music video for the track "Hide," taken off upcoming album "Witchcraft," due out December 11, 2015.

The video was directed by Triin and filmed at Musician Services Unlimited. Epic Death's Dennis Dorsett comments: "It’s about the pain of an unhappy life filled with regret and the only thing you want to do is hide from the pain by finding a safe place by yourself, unfortunately, no matter where you hide time will find you." More...

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Drowning Pool Releases New Single

Platinum selling outfit Drowning Pool just released an all new single titled "By The Blood," taken off upcoming album "Hellelujah."

"We're excited as hell to get our brand new single out to everyone!" says guitarist CJ Pierce. "Back to the core sound you know from Drowning Pool! Crank it up!"

Drowning Pool will release "Hellelujah" on February 5, 2016 via Entertainment One Music. The new LP will be the first since signing with the label earlier this summer.

"By The Blood" will also be featured during World Series of Fighting 25 taking place tonight. This is an eight man, one night tournament for the top contender spot for the World Lightweight Title taking place at 11PM eastern / 8PM pacific on NBC Sports @ Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.

The new album's cover was crafted by artist Brian Mercer, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Push
2. By The Blood
3. Drop
4. Hell To Pay
5. We Are The Devil
6. Snake Charmer
7. My Own Way
8. Goddamn Vultures
9. Another Name
10. Sympathy Depleted
11. Stomping Ground
12. Meet The Bullet
13. All Saints Day More...

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Today Is The Day Kicking Off New Tour

Today Is The Day has crossed the Atlantic to begin a month-long tour of Europe, beginning tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st, with support for the entire trek to be provided by Italian sludge savages, Grime.

On their way out of the country, front man Steve Austin announced, "Our European tour starts this Saturday in Brussels. The tour is of course still on and we are not cancelling. We are going to go about our lives as we normally do and play music for our fans and friends in Europe, not afraid. I hope to see you there! We are with you Europe! Let it rip, light it up!" More...

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Stick To Your Guns Posts New Video

Need some high energy hardcore metal to kick off your weekend? Stick To Your Guns just dropped a new music video for "Nothing You Can Do To Me," taken off the "Disobedient" album released earlier this year. Check it out below.

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Despite Exile Posts "Herald Of Blindness" Video

Italy's Despite Exile has revealed a brand new video for brutal deathcore anthem "Act IV: Herald of Blindness" off the band's forthcoming new EP "Disperse." Check it out below, and you can pick up a digital copy of "Disperse" on November 27, 2015. The track listing is as follows:

1. Act I - Gaze of Leviathan
2. Act II - Panoptic Servant
3. Gather Void (Interlude)
4. Act III - Transcendental Observer
5. Wither Sight (Interlude)
6. Act IV - Herald of Blindness
7. Act V - Dissipating Martyrs

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Eight Bells Streams New Song

Eight Bells returns with sophomore album "Landless," coming February 12, 2016 via Battleground Records.

From Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells is the trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space, bassist/vocalist Haley Westeiner, and new drummer Rae Amitay, also of Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat.

"Landless" was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch). You can now stream album track "Hating" in the player below.

Conceptually, "Landless" is a sequel to its predecessor. Where "The Captain's Daughter" was about a person lost at sea, "Landless" is about that same person returning and finding there is no one to return to – a meditation on the fundamental solitude and nothingness of living.

1. Hating
2. Landless
3. Hold My Breath
4. The Mortal's Suite
5. Touch Me More...

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Anvil Releasing New Album

Anvil will release the confidently titled "Anvil is Anvil" on February 26, 2015 via SPV/Steamhammer.

"We're sometimes criticized for never changing," guitarist and vocalist Lips explains. "But why should we change something we're renowned for? Isn't it much more important to stay faithful to yourself? To do what you do best? The idea behind our latest album is: we are what we are, and that's how it's going to stay!"

"Anvil is Anvil" presents Lips, drummer Robb Reiner and new bassist Chris Robertson in a thoroughly magic metal moment. Lips had this to say: "Time will tell whether this album is the absolute pinnacle of our career. But I would already refer to it as 'gaining the momentum.' The year 2013 was a perfect new start for Anvil. We were touring, went on to write the new material, toured again and returned to compose some more. During that time, the new line-up gelled into a real unit. The arrival of Chris was just as significant for us as the film back in 2008. He helped me enormously with my vocal lines, which is why my voice sounds better than ever on stage and also in the studio." More...

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Housecore Horror Film Festival 2015 Day Two

Day two started at the Holiday Inn. The 7th floor of the Holiday Inn hosted the film portion of the festival. There were also a number of vendors associated with the films there. Angelcorpse guitarist Gene Palubicki was one of the vendors on hand. He starred in the movie “American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock,” the second film in the “American Guinea Pig” series. This film had a major buzz about it. Many fans I talked to expressed a desire to see this film and according to Palubicki the Zombie Room wasn’t big enough to accommodate all interested parties. The event featured a Q & A with director Marcus Koch and producer/screenwriter Steven Biro and was moderated by Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, House of 1,000 Corpses).

The band schedule for both the Aztec and Korova was different than the night before when Korova started early in the day, ended, the Aztec started and then the Korova hosted the last band at 12:30 AM. Today, the Korova started at 6 PM and ran concurrently with the Aztec. Austin d-beat punkers Krigblast opened Korova. More punkisms came via Chicago, Illinois’ Kill It Again and many fans gushed at seeing veterans, Fang. The Aztec hosted a day filled with punk rock, too, starting with Poison Idea, Dropdead and Negative Approach. And the grindcore of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Cripple Bastards also fit into the punk’s gnarled family tree. More...

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Benefactor Decease Streaming New Album

Originally due out in 2013 but pushed back repeatedly, Benefactor Decease has finally dropped new album "Anatomy Of An Angel" via Xtreem Music. You can pick up your own copy right here or stream the entire album below. The full track listing is as follows:

01. Intro - Intermental Excitation
02. Electrical Death
03. Chronicles of a Paraphiliak
04. Anatomy of an Angel
05. The Finest Form For Body Modification
06. Feeling the Razor's Touch
07. Abandonement to the Hanger
08. Subsistence For Regeneretic Impulse
09. Lyssa
10. A Blade in the Dark More...

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Cloak Of Altering Streaming New Track

Cloak Of Altering, one of the horrifying alter egos of the notorious Dutch industrial black metal maniac Mories, will release the "Manifestation" full-length through Crucial Blast in early December.

Returning with the follow-up to the maniacal 2014 album "Plague Beasts," Cloak Of Altering unleashes yet another brain-scrambling blast of mutated symphonic black metal, nightmarish breakcore madness, and hellish electronics fused together.

In advance of the album's December 4, 2015 release, check out new song "Cave Systems Of The Outer Moons" below. More...

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The Ghost Inside In Deadly Bus Crash

The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus crash yesterday in which 10 people were injured and 2 died. The group checked in today with this update:

"Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries.

"Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all U.S. shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can."

KFoxTV.com also reported on the collision:

“We have accounted for 12 people. Two have been confirmed deceased and 10 are injured,” said State Trooper Moises Vasquez. “Some were transported to local area hospitals in Hudspeth, and others were transported to El Paso."

The driver of the tour bus, Gregory Hoke, 31, of Round Rock, Texas and the driver of the semi, Steven Cunningham, 64, of Las Cruces, were killed, officials said. The Ghost Inside band members, Andrew Tkaczykt, 28, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson, 28, received serious injuries and were transported to University Medical Center via helicopter. They are said to be in critical condition, officials said.

If you'd like to help out the band, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help cover the cost of medical expenses and replacing the tour bus. More...

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Rex Shachath Streaming New EP

Today the Northern Irish death metallers from Rex Shachath release their latest offering, "Revocation Of The Blood Elect," via French label Great Dane Records, and to mark the occasion all the tracks are streaming below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Atonement Through Atrocity
2. Impious Axiom
3. Revocation Of The Blood Elect
4. Within The Temple Of Disgust (Featuring Ben McCrow)
5. Colossus Rise More...

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Striker Offering Song For Free Download

Edmonton, AB metal band Striker is ready to set out on a new adventure with forthcoming album "Stand In The Fire" set for release via the group's own Record Breaking Records label on February 5, 2016.

Before it drops, Striker is offering fans a FREE download of new track "Too Late." Grab it for $0.00 through CDBaby.com here.

The new album's track listing is as follows:


1. Phoenix Lights (3:38)
2. Out For Blood (3:51)
3. Too Late (4:52)
4. Stand In the Fire (3:39)
5. The Iron Never Lies (4:06)
6. Escape From Shred City (2:53)
7. Outlaw (4:35)
8. Locked In (3:45)
9. United (4:06)
10. Better Times (3:37)
11. One Life (4:17) More...

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Katatonia References Pop Up In Fallout 4

Got an interesting little tidbit for all the gamers out there today. Remember when Skyrim had a quest riddled with references to Katatonia songs?

Turns out somebody at Bethesda must be a Katatonia fanatic, because more references to the Swedish band's music appeared in a terminal in the recently-released Fallout 4. Check it out below.

Katatonia is also currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2012's "Dead End Kings." You can read the latest studio report from the band and find a brief drum video clip right here. More...

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Gorguts Announces Tour Dates With Pyscroptic

The death metal pioneers from Gorguts have announced a headlining European tour kicking off March 23 in Norway as part of Inferno Fest, and seeing the band traveling throughout the rest of month, making stops in the Netherlands, The UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland and more before concluding on April 17.

Support on this tour comes from Psycroptic, Dysrhythmia, and Nero Di Marte. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Gorguts is touring in support of the critically-acclaimed album "Colored Sands" (reviewed here) released back in 2013.

23.03.16 Norway Oslo Inferno Fest, Vulkan Arena Gorguts, Psycroptic only
24.03.16 Sweden Stockholm Fryshuset Klubben
26.03.16 Holland Tilburg 0 1 3
27.03.16 Belgium Brussels Magasin 4
28.03.16 UK Manchester Sound Control
29.03.16 UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks
30.03.16 UK London The Dome
31.03.16 France Evreux Abordage More...

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Helmut Posts "Garlic Snails" Video

Today, Swiss bluesy-metal group Helmut has released the first video from new album “Bite!” for the song "Garlic Snails." Check it out below.

Released last Friday, November 13 through Tenacity Music, “Bite!” follows the band’s second full-length “XI IX XI” issued in 2011 and was recorded and mixed by guitarist Sam Albert and mastered by Greg Dubuis at Studio du Flon. The "Bite!" track listing is as follows:

1. So Long Seagull
2. Nagarkot
3. Kelly Preston
4. Garlic Snails
5. Chronocide
6. Transitional Women
7. Beer Break by the Lake
8. Oensingen
9. Schmetterling
10. Poor Cancer More...

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Borknagar Reveals Album Artwork, New Track

Norwegian metal act Borknagar revealed the album artwork for the upcoming new album "Winter Thrice," which is set for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on January 22, 2016. Check it out below. In addition, the first taste of the album via the lyric video for the new track "The Rhymes of the Mountain," can be heard in the player below.

The track list is:

1. The Rhymes Of The Mountain
2. Winter Thrice
3. Cold Runs The River
4. Panorama
5. When Chaos Calls
6. Erodent
7. Noctilucent
8. Terminus

The album’s limited edition Digipak CD version and the gatefold 2-LP also come with the bonustrack “Dominant Winds” and additionally, the Digipak will include a Borknagar logo-patch. More...

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Mortalicum Issues Fourth Studio Album

Swedish doom rockers Mortalicum released the fourth studio album "Eyes of the Demon" today via Metal on Metal Records. The new album proves their quality and consistency in the style blending doom, early '80s heavy metal and '70s hard rock.

The album's artwork - shown below - contains a fragment of the "Lucifer" artwork by Francesco Scaramuzza, an Italian artist from the XIX century, known for his illustrations for Dante's "Divine Comedy."

Metal On Metal Records commented on the album: "They definitely have a knack for memorable melodies, groovy riffs and damn fine guitar solos, and they perform with natural ease and finesse. As always with Mortalicum, the production is one of the brightest points - nice organic sound that is like a balm for the ears of those who are fed up with modern plastic production. For these guys it's not the image but only the music that matters, and when you hear it, it's very clear it's coming straight from their hearts. They give a nod musically toward BLACK SABBATH, GRAND MAGUS, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, RAINBOW, TROUBLE, DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, CANDLEMASS or SAMSON, but at the same time they have the ability to put their own identity to their songs."

A promo clip for "Eyes of the Demon" album (featuring a fragment of "Iron Star") can be viewed below.

The track list is:

1. King of the Sun
2. Eyes of the Demon
3. Iron Star
4. Beneath the Oak
5. Mars
6. Lost Art of Living
7. The Dream Goes Ever On
8. Room of No Light
9. The Distant Brave
10. Onward in Time More...

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Arkham Witch Releases "I Am Providence"

U.K. traditional/doom metal act Arkham Witch issued the third full-length studio album "I Am Providence" today via Metal on Metal Records.

Vocalist Simon Iff commented: "It's definitely a continuation in the style of 'The Lord of R'lyeh' and 'Kult of Kutulu' - that kind of fun take on the pulpy side of Lovecraft and a sheer musical celebration of the man and his imagination and legacy in popular culture rather than an attempt to imitate in music his cosmic viewpoints and eldritch atmospheres."

Guitarist Aldo Doom added: "I just want to add on behalf of myself and the rest of the gang that this has been one fun album to do. I don't want to scare all our fans and give too much away, but it's going to sound a lot different to our previous releases. We are NOT changing our style or wanting to progress into something different. Simon just simply started writing the songs for the album in a very cool different approach and the rest of us went with the flow! The result... well, if Lovecraft was around today, he'd be cruising around in his car, blasting out this album full volume and banging his head!" More...

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Emerald Sun Unites Us Under The "Metal Dome"

Greek melodic metal act Emerald Dome issued a new music video for the track "Metal Dome." The song is the title track of the latest album, issued back in May via Fastball Music, with distribution via Soulfood.

The clip, which was directed and edited by Ivan K. Maras for BOB-MEDIA/Lensflareclips can be viewed here:

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Hatesphere Releases "The Executioner" Playthrough

Danish death/groove metal act Hatesphere released a guitar playthrough video clip for the new trakc "The Executioner." The song is the opening track from the new album "New Hell," the band's ninth full length studio effort, which drops today via Massacre Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Executioner
2. Lines Crossed Lives Lost (see music video here)
3. Head on a Spike
4. The Longest Haul
5. Your Sad Existence
6. On the Shores of Hell
7. New Hell
8. Master of Betrayal
9. Human Cesspool
10. The Grey Mass
11. Resurrect With a Vengeance (Live)
12. New Hell (Dynamic Mix)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Phantasma Issues "Miserable Me" Music Video

Phantasma - the new symphonic rock musical featuring Delain's Charlotte Wessels, Serenity's Georg Neuhauser and Everon's Oliver Phillipps - released a new music video for the track "Miserable Me." The song appears on the debut release "Deviant Hearts," which drops today via Napalm Records.

The track listing is:

1. Incomplete
2. The Deviant Hearts
3. Runaway Grey
4. Try
5. Enter Dreamscape (see lyric video here)
6. Miserable Me
7. The Lotus And The Willow
8. Crimson Course
9. Carry Me Home
10. The Sound Of Fear
11. Novaturient
12. Let It Die (see music video here)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Escarnium Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Brazilian death metal band Escarnium premieres its entire new album "Godless Shrine Of Decay", which will be out in stores today November 20th via Redefining Darkness Records.

Check out now the pre-release full-album stream of "Godless Shrine Of Decay" below.

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False Flags Posts Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Yorkshire, UK hardcore/metal outfit False Flags premieres its entire new album "Hexmachine", which will be out in stores today November 20th. The band will launch its new album today at "Bad Apples" in Leeds with a free show and support from Clenstch and Gloomweaver.

Check out now the pre-release full-album stream of "Hexmachine" below.

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Contrarian Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Posted

Progressive technical death metal act Contrarian - featuring members of Nile, Sulaco, Mithras, Goemagot, Delirium Endeavor and others - premieres its entire new album "Polemic", which will be out in stores today November 20th via Willowtip Records.

Check out now the pre-release full-album stream of "Polemic" below.

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Intervals Premieres New Song "Fable"

Intervals premieres a new song entitled "Fable", taken from the upcoming new album "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.

Check out now "Fable" below.

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