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Metal News for December 12, 2018

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Holding Absence To Release Debut Album In March

Cardiff's Holding Absence have announced that their self titled debut album will be released through SharpTone Records on 8th March 2019. The post-hardcore quintet have also confirmed that they will be embarking on a UK headline tour in support of the record throughout March with special guests Capsize.

Vocalist Lucas Woodland had the following to say about the bands newly announced full length: "After what feels like the longest time, we are incredibly happy to announce our debut self-titled album, “Holding Absence”. Lyrically and musically, we have pushed ourselves so hard to have an album that we fully feel represents this band in the best way possible. We’re so proud of this release, and cant wait for you guys to hear it." More...

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Motanka Signs With Napalm Records

Traditional Ukrainian Mystic Metal masterminds Motanka have joined forces with Napalm Records! Their unique sound, blending modern electro, metal and ethnic motives, leads the listener back to ancient times. Adding traditional Ukrainian instruments like dulcimer and ocarina to a classic metal band outlet underlines their traditional trademarks. Motanka is the name of the traditional doll that ancient Ukrainians used as an overseer for their protection and for the communication with their ancestors.

Napalm Records is proud to welcome one of the most talented and promising bands on the market to their family! After the band took the second place at Wacken Metal Battle 2018, the time has come to take the next step!

Motanka about the signing:
“We are very happy to sign the contract with Napalm Records. Together we will reach our goals much faster and will spread our music to the world! We are really excited to release our debut album with the professional team of one of the most famous labels of the world!”

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Misery Index Posts New Video Online

Baltimore, Maryland-based death metallers, Misery Index, will release their new album, Rituals Of Power, on March 8th via Season of Mist.

The album sees the powerhouse quartet unleash a barrage of ferocious death metal as violent as it is savvy. Their vicious vocals spit venom, laying bare the ills of a dystopian society gone mad. As rampaging new tracks like "New Salem", the title track, and "I Disavow" so brashly prove, Rituals Of Power is world-class modern extremity and Misery Index only grows more powerful with time.

"Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called 'post-truth' age," says the band. "Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one 'reanimated' monster; it's roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier."

In advance of its release, the band has unveiled the first single and official video for "New Salem" noting of the punishing track, "'New Salem' sums up perfectly the lyrical vitriol and musical dynamics featured across Rituals Of Power. We wanted to introduce the album, not just with a straight-ahead ripping tune, but with a smack to the face; it's a wakeup call for any concerned citizen and a code red for civilization. Ugly times call for stark and uncomfortable statements, and 'New Salem' castigates the faults and ineptitudes of our broken media system and the Crucible-esque, witch-hunt culture it fuels." More...

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The Raven Age Reveals New Album Details

British metal outfit The Raven Age, featuring George Harris, the son of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, has announced that they will be releasing their new album, "Conspiracy" on March 8th next year. In addition to this, the band has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for the album, as well as premiering a new song entitled, "Fleur de Lis," all of which you can check out below.


1. Bloom Of The Poison Seed
2. Betrayal Of The Mind
3. Fleur De Lis
4. The Day The World Stood Still
5. Stigmata
6. Surrogate
7. Seventh Heaven
8. Forgotten World
9. The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships
10. Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier
11. Scimitar
12. Grave Of The Fireflies More...

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0N0 Premiere New Song "The Crown Unknown"

Slovakian doom/death/sludge metal band 0N0 premiere a new song titled "The Crown Unknown", taken from their upcoming new album "Cloaked Climax Concealed", which will be out in stores March 3rd, 2018 via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out now "The Crown Unknown" below.

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Siniestro Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Blackened thrash metal outfit Siniestro premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new debut EP "Arctic Blood", which was released via Black Lion Records December 10, 2018.

Check out now "Arctic Blood" in its entirety below.

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Crack House Premiere "Smoke Crack In Hell"

CRACK HOUSE make their return to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions with the brand new 7-Inch EP Smoke Crack In Hell. Listen to the new track "Smoke Crack In Hell" below:

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All Else Fails Debut New Video ‘A Dream of Names’

Canadian metallers All Else Fails are ready to release their new album ‘The False Sanctuary’, coming 2 years after the last critically-acclaimed full length ‘The Forever Lie’. Keeping with their tradition of crushingly heavy and progressive metal they have composed 2 new songs for this album and included 5 B-sides from ‘The Forever Lie’, which were never released digitally.

To accentuate this album they have also released a music video for the first single ‘A Dream of Names’. Watch it below:

Says Barrett Klesko (vocals, guitar): More...

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Volbeat Premiere Live Video For “For Evigt”

Volbeat debut another clip from their upcoming live set, “Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken“. Below you can stream the band's live performance video for their song “For Evigt” from the Blu-ray, etc. release.

The live effort will also be released on DVD, CD, vinyl and digital formats. It was captured at an August 26th, 2017 headlining live performance at the Telia Parken in their hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. Several guests also joined them onstage that night, including members of Metallica, Napalm Death, Kreator and more.

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Watch: News Report On O'Brien's Court Appearance

As previously reported Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O' Brian was arrested in Florida for burglary and aggravated assault. Below you can see a WFLA news report on his bail hearing including footage of the death-metal guitarist appearing in court with his wrists and ankles chained together and wearing an anti-suicide vest.

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Dark Helm Premiere New Song "Obey"

Indian progressive metal band Dark Helm premiere a new song entitled "Obey", taken from their upcoming new album "Hymnus de Antitheist", which will be out in stores December 25 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Obey" below.

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Musmahhu Premiere New Song

Musmahhu premiere a new song entitled "Spectral Congregation of Anguish", taken from their upcoming debut album "Reign of the Odius", which will be out in stores January 18th on CD and vinyl via Iron Bonehead.

Check out now "Spectral Congregation of Anguish" below.

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Baroness & Deafheaven Announce North American Tour

Baroness and Deafheaven will be out together co-headlining a North American run this spring with Zeal & Ardor tapped joining them as opener. Dates for that tour can be found below:

03/08 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
03/10 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
03/12 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
03/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/14 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
03/16 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
03/18 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/19 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
03/20 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
03/22 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/23 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
03/24 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/26 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/27 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater
03/29 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
03/30 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
03/31 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
04/02 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
04/03 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/05 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
04/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/07 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
04/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/10 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/12 New York, NY – Terminal 5

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Papa Roach Announce North American Summer Tour

Papa Roach announce their summer North American tour with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves. The band will be touring in support of their new release “Who Do You Trust?“, which is scheduled for a January 18th release date. Check out the below list of so far confirmed dates, with more stops still to come.

07/27 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom (no Bad Wolves)
07/28 Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center
07/30 San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre
08/02 Atlanta, GA – The Roxy
08/04 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/07 Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House (no Bad Wolves)
08/09 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
08/16 Detroit, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
08/20 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
08/23 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
08/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center (no Bad Wolves)
09/01 Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Event Center

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In Flames European/UK Tour Announced

In Flames announce their upcoming European/UK tour, which is scheduled to commence in April. In related news, the band will premiere their new single “I Am Above” this Friday, December 14th. The itineray for the European/UK tour can be found below:

04/03 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
04/04 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
04/05 London, UK – London Roundhouse
04/06 Nottingham, UK – Nottingham Rock City
04/07 Bristol, UK – Bristol SWX
04/09 Norwich, UK – UEA
04/10 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/12 Nancy, FRA – L’Autre Canal
04/15 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
04/16 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
04/17 Nimes, FRA – Paloma
04/18 Zurich, SWI – Komplex

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Unearth & Darkest Hour Canada Tour Announced

Unearth and Darkest Hour‘s co-headlining ‘The Death To False Metalcore Tour‘ will hit Eastern Canada in early 2019. The Agony Scene will join as opener. As previously announced Unearth and Darkest Hour will be also co-headlining a European/UK tour with Misery Signals, Malevolence and Left Behind joining them as support acts.

Unearth‘s new album “Extinction(s)” landed in stores last month.

01/31 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
02/02 Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
02/03 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
02/05 Kingston, ON – Overtime
02/06 Barrie, ON – The Foxx
02/07 London, ON – Rum Runners
02/08 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck

European/UK tour with Misery Signals, Malevolence and Left Behind: More...

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