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Metal News for February 1, 2017

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36 news articles posted on this day.

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Hammerdrone Prepares For The "Dark Harvest"

Over the last few years I've been consistently impressed with the quality of the underground metal scene across Canada.

Counted among that thriving metallic community is melodic death outfit Hammerdrone (and now I can't stop thinking about a drone that launches Super Mario style hammers instead of missiles - sorry guys, that's probably not what you were going for!).

Following the "Clone of Europa" album from back in 2013, the Hammerdrone is getting ready for another strike in the form of second full-length album "Dark Harvest." While that album isn't due until late March, we've got plenty of advance info to fans to wade through after checking in with vocalist Graham Harris.

From the real life, stranger-than-fiction origins that inspired the album to the tendency of Americans to view Canadians as hyper nice people, we cover a bit of everything below, including all things "Dark Harvest!" More...

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Silence Equals Death Releasing "End Times"

Bergen County, New Jersey-based hardcore quintet Silence Equals Death has signed with Eulogy Recordings for the April release of the band's pummeling and infectious "End Times" debut album.

The name of the band has meaning not only for the masses, but for the members individually who have been silenced by past events. This band is a resurrection, a new voice, a new fight, and a new opportunity to connect with the world.

With ten new energetic and infectious tracks, "End Times" was recorded by Silence Equals Death at Scorpion Studios in late 2016, mixed by the band and Kevin Carafa, and mastered by Carafa with additional mastering by Michael White, with artwork by Carlo at Kill Carlo Boy Designs.

The album will be issued on CD and digital platforms through Eulogy Recordings on April 7th, with several bonus tracks included. Stand by for preorders, audio samples, and more to be issued in the weeks leading up to its release. More...

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Sunless Streaming New Song "The Ancient Ones"

As Minneapolis-based technical/avant-garde death metal trio Sunless prepares for the release of the "Urraca" debut full-length in late February, today advance track "The Ancient Ones" has been released online.

Sunless reinterprets influence from pioneers of extreme, dissonant metal, such as Gorguts, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega through an abstract lens that is all the band's own, boasting a prominent rhythm section, a scattered assortment of time signatures, interwoven and complex arrangements, and bellowing death growls.

The new album was tracked by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis (The Crinn, Ambassador Gun, Maeth), and mixed/mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. More...

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Shredmonton 2017 Lineup Announced

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce the 2017 lineup for Edmonton, AB's loudest indoor metal festival and conference, Shredmonton.

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year's festival will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg's doom funeral Psychotic Gardening, and Edmonton gore masters Bleed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14ththat the Mercury Room (full band list below).

This year's festival also features an ALL AGES event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments: "We're very proud to be able to focus this year's festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year's experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we've done in the past." More...

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Exodus Announces Download Warm Up Shows

The Bay Area thrash titans in Exodus are very pleased to announce they will be returning to U.K. soil in June for three performances.

They will be playing at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on the 7th of June and Southend’s Chinnery’s on the 8th of June. These two performances will precede an appearance at Derbyshire-based Download Festival the next day where Exodus will be headlining The Dogtooth Stage.

Vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza comments: “Exodus is very excited about returning to the UK!! Especially for the shows in Brighton and Southend, early last year we did an extensive tour of the UK, and our shows in Brighton and Southend were absolutely bonkers!! See you all in the pit in June."

7th June – Brighton, Concorde 2
8th June – Southend, Chinnerys
9th June - Donington, Download Festival

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Lecherous Gaze Posts "Thing Within"

Oakland, California group Lecherous Gaze will release new album, "One Fifteen," on February 10th, 2017. Produced by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Carl Saff, "One Fifteen" is 'The Gaze's third full-length LP.

Today, new song "Thing Within" comes online and can be heard below. If you missed it, previous track "Reptile Minds" can also be heard at this location.

"'One Fifteen' is the definitive Lecherous Gaze album," comments guitarist Graham Clise. "This record is a timeless masterpiece of epic proportions or some shit."

1.) One Fifteen
2.) Reptile Minds
3.) Cosmos Redshift 7
4.) Thing Within (Decibel premiere)
5.) The Day the Earth Caught Fire
6.) Dark Nebula
7.) Malevolent Shroud
8.) Blind Swordsman
9.) X City More...

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Woe Streaming "The Din Of The Mourning"

"Hope Attrition" is the impending new full-length album from U.S. black metal collective, Woe.

Composed throughout the end of 2015 and most of 2016, this alarming seven-track offering, the band's first in four years, will see release next month via Woe's new label home Vendetta Records.

As a precursor to the album's impending release, today new track "The Din Of The Mourning" is offered for public consumption and can be heard below.

"'The Din Of The Mourning' is the dramatic tale of a system's inevitable collapse, those who push against progress, and those who exploit fear," reveals founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg of the tune.

He goes on to say, "It was written over the course of many months, seeing revision after revision, and did not feel finished until we received the guest vocals from Brooks Wilson (Crypt Sermon). I had a rule against performing my own clean vocals on this album but this song demanded a feeling of drama that only Brooks could provide." More...

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Body Count Album To Feature Mustaine And Blythe

In response to a fan question on Ice-T's Twitter profile, Body Count has now revealed that Max Cavalera, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe will all appear on new album "Bloodlust" coming via Century Media Records.

An official music video for first single "No Lives Matter" is coming on February 17th, with a previously posted teaser clip available right here.

Ice-T states: "With our last album 'Manslaughter,' we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact." More...

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Sarke Announces New Album

Only a year on following previous album "Bogefod," Sarke is now about to hit the recording studio and lay down tracks for a new release. The band comments:

"8 days to go before Sarke enters the studio to record the new album. We are very satisfied with the new material and we are really looking forward to start working in the studio. We will keep you updated with info, photos and hopefully short videos from the studio." More...

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First Blood Streaming Full Album

Vicious metal-edged hardcore group First Blood is gearing up for the release of new album, "Rules," on February 10th via Pure Noise Records. In anticipation, the band today streams this new record in its entirety ahead of time - check it out below.

First Blood comes out swinging with "Rules," the band's first album in seven years that was produced by recording mastermind Will Putney at Graphic Nature Studios (formerly known as The Machine Shop) in Belleville, NJ.

Elaborating on the album title, vocalist Carl Schwartz says: "Rules are everywhere. Explicit rules. Unwritten rules. Unspoken rules. The rule of law. Some rules we accept. Others we hate or choose to ignore. Frequently, those who set the rules are found guilty of breaking those rules. Many have become victims of the rules they live by, either by conquest or consent. I hope that, after listening to this album and reading the lyrics, we can revisit and remind ourselves of the very essence of the underground music scene: Living our own lives by our own rules." More...

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Emmure Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Emmure's upcoming seventh studio album, "Look At Yourself," will see a March 3rd worldwide release via SharpTone Records.

Just prior to the release, Emmure will embark on a month-long trek in North America alongside After The Burial for the "Carry The Flame" tour, which begins on February 22nd in Cleveland, OH.

To give listeners a taste of what they can expect from Look At Yourself, the band has released two new songs off the album, "Russian Hotel Aftermath" and "Torch," which can be streamed below. More...

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Nervochaos Posts 360 Degree Videos

Brazilian extreme metal outfit Nervochaos just posted two 360° videos, featuring the songs "Total Satan" (from "Battalions of Hate" released in 2010) and "The Devil's Work" (from "The Art of Vengeance" in 2014).

Nervochaos comments: "This is a project by Tellus Studios, we recorded the videos earlier this year and we wanted to release some clips to our fans. Expect more videos coming soon. Thanks to Tellus Studio & everyone involved on this project."

Tellus Studio also stated: "We thank you, for the honor that you gave us in being able to work for you. You are a great band, and excellent people! We are your fans! \m/ hail NervoChaos!" More...

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White Skull Finishes New Album

Italian heavy metal band White Skull just checked in with the following announcement about wrapping up work on a forthcoming album:

"Recording of White Skull's new album 'Will Of The Strong' is complete and now it's time to mix the tracks. Gaetano Di Falco has been entrusted with the artwork. This amazing artist has worked with bands such as Manowar, Ten and House of Lords. You can check out his works here."

New full-length release "Will Of The Strong" follows the 2012 album "Under This Flag." Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. More...

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Beaten To Death Announces 2017 Shows

Norwegian grindcore crew Beaten To Death just confirmed the band's first shows for 2017. All confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The five-piece group will tour in support of latest album “Unplugged,” which was released in late 2015 via Mas-Kina Recordings and - despite the name - is about as rabidly electric as you can get.

Meanwhile, Beaten To Death recently completed 12 new songs for a fourth album and plans to enter the studio in April to begin recording.

22.02 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Bar Ebrietas W/All Over The Face and Edgar Wallach
23.02 - Budweis, Czech Republic @ Mc Fabrika W/Dærrwin
24.02 - Leeuwarden, Holland @ Café Mukkes W/Zubzero
25.02 - Haarlem, Holland @ Complexity Fest More...

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Sicocis Posts "Beyond The Quantum Waves"

As was recently announced, Sicocis has scheduled February 24th as the release date for new album "Requiem of the World" via M-Theory Audio. Following that news comes new track "Beyond the Quantum Waves," which can be heard below.

“’Beyond the Quantum Waves’ is our epic, melodic, sci-fi episode that combines great progressive elements with a dark cyber cloud hanging over it as you listen,” explains guitarist Rafael Ortega, who created the lyric video.

“It’s the contradictory lyrical concept about the atom and how scientists found this everlasting power for life and yet we used it to destroy, hence the atom bomb. Einstein knew that by using it as a weapon it would cause more pain and suffering as mankind knows its power only as a weapon and not for something that can progress life,” explains singer/guitarist Ernie Rodrigues. “We tried to bring that element of science and technology to the music, as well, mixing in synthetic sounds with organic orchestrations and choir fusing that progressive metal groove with a shred metal piece.”

Like what you hear below? You can catch Sicocis live on these upcoming U.S. shows in Nevada and California:

2/23 The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
2/25 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
2/26 The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA More...

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Steve Grimmet Charity Album In The Works

Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice streamed a live interview recently with Steve and Millie Grimmett to update fans on Steve’s ongoing medical condition. Venom Inc.’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin joined the conversation, and during the near hour-long interview, Kay was announced a special fundraiser show in Grimmett’s hometown of Swindon (England).

Planned for April 1st, the event is being organized by Brian Keene at Riff’s Bar. Bands for the event will be announced shortly. Also announced was a special collaboration of metal artists that are coming together to record Grim Reaper material in an effort to help raise additional funds for Steve’s rising medical and recovery costs.

Spearheaded by Dolan, Turbin, Kay, and Sy Keeler (Onslaught), contributors currently include Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more to be announced soon. The recording will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil). More...

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Cypher16 Joining Amaranthe On Tour

The London natives from Cypher16 have risen up the ranks in their native U.K. throughout the last few years, amassing a devoted following which has afforded them the opportunity to perform at numerous festivals around the world.

Now, after the buzzing release of latest album "The Great Surveyor," Cypher16 sets sight on North America and will embark on a tour alongside headlining act Amaranthe.

Beginning February 10th at Scout Bar in Houston, TX, the tour will also feature support from Failure/Anthem, Citizen Zero and Smash Into Pieces while trekking through North America until March 11th.

Cypher16 frontman Jack Doolan states, "We're excited to be hitting the road with our good friends in Amaranthe once more, this time around the USA and Canada! We'll be bringing you guys a joint Swedish and British musical assault, and the party won't stop at the stage! See you there!" More...

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Mike IX Williams Returning To The Stage

EyeHateGod frontman Mike IX Williams successfully underwent a liver transplant last month and continues a slow road to recovery. The IX Lives IX Lives Benefit, set to commence in Williams' hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana this coming weekend, was organized to help with his mounting medical expenses.

The three-day event will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues and includes appearances by Crowbar, Superjoint, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard, and many more acts bound together for the cause.

EyeHateGod will close Saturday night's show with a host of guest singers including Philip H. Anselmo (Superjoint, Down), Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore, Soilent Green), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House), Hollise Murphy (Fat Stupid Ugly People), Shawn Knight (Child Bite), and more. See the day-to-day lineup below.

Though weekend passes are no longer available, the shows are not sold out. Remaining tickets will be available at the door for each show. Orange amplification has donated a Micro Dark amp with O headphones that will be raffled off along with EyeHateGod test presses and other Mike IX memorabilia.

In related news, Williams will make his return to the stage with EyeHateGod for a performance at this year's Berserker IV Music Fest in Pontiac, Michigan. Comments Williams: "These past few years have been somewhat of a rough ride for me health wise, but thanks to my super supportive fans, friends, and family, I am finally on the mend and looking forward to the future." More...

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Ferocity To Record New Album

Denmark's death metal crew Ferocity just issued this announcement about bringing on a new drummer and gearing up to hit the studio:

"Finally some good news from the Ferocity camp!!! We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with drummer Mikkel Christensen.

"He is young, he is good looking and he has done a splendid job on one of the best danish albums released in 2016: 'War Will Reign' from our friends in Prevail. If you don’t know them already, make sure to check them out!

"We have finished the writing process some time ago and are very eager to hit the Antfarm Studio in late April 2017. You read correctly: The legendary Tue Madsen, who is behind the heavy and ferocious sound of Meshuggah, HateSphere, The Haunted and Illdisposed, just to name a few, will be producing our next album and we can’t wait to share it with you!! Stay tuned for more news soon."

This new album will follow Ferocity's 2013 album "The Sovereign," with more details slated to arrive soon. More...

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Conan Announces North American Tour

Conan is as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria.

This monumentally brutal three piece will invade North America in May on tour with North. In addition to the headline run, Conana will also take part in this year's Maryland Death Fest and 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, CO. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Conan frontman Jon Davis commented: "We are excited to get back to the USA and Canada to play at Maryland Death Fest, 71 Grind and also the other awesome shows we have lined up. We are also looking forward to sharing the road with our friends in North." More...

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Unearthly Trance Posts New Song

New York City sludge/doom/drone trio Unearthly Trance is pleased to unveil the debilitating sounds of "Scythe." The tune, now streaming below, comes by way of the band's forthcoming full-length album "Stalking The Ghost."

"'Scythe' lyrically touches on the occult symbolism and mythos of Saturn," elaborates guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky. "It is one of the songs we've had for a while for the new album. It works great live and I feel like it's a perfect representation of the Unearthly Trance sound."

February 24th will see the worldwide release of "Stalking The Ghost" via Relapse Records on CD, LP, and digital formats. Previously posted song "Famine" can also be heard at this location.

"Stalking The Ghost" was recorded at Menegroth/The Thousand Caves Studios by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) and features cover art by Orion Landau (Yob, Red Fang, Graves At Sea). Fans can also catch these upcoming Unearthly Trance tour dates:

4/17/2017 KB18 - Copenhagen, DK
4/18/2017 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
4/19/2017 Magasin4 - Brussels, BE
4/20/2017 Roadburn - Tilburg, NL
4/21/2017 Doom Over Leipzig - Leipzig, DE
4/23/2017 JAZ - Rostock, DE More...

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Assemble The Chariots Parts With Vocalist

Vocalist Kristo Sundström from Finnish outfit Assemble The Chariots just issued this announcement about departing the band:

"After a long period of uncertainty and doubt I have finally come to the decision that after today I will be stepping down from the lead vocalist position in Assemble the Chariots. Now, many of you will probably start speculating for the reasons of my departure from the band due to recent events, but let me assure you this is not a heat of the moment decision but rather one that took me years to decide.

"Being in ATC has been...interesting. When I first joined I was taken by their technical skills and the song 'Necrophilia' blew me away, but things chance and people change and I have come the conclusion that I am not the right person to be in Assemble the Chariots.

"A mix between professional and personal difference in opinions and other long term things have contributed to this decision, I felt it to be best that the band continues onwards with someone else leading the helm. What it all basically boils down to is how we wanted to act and work as a band and after a prolonged period of working against my own style this was an relatively easy decision. More...

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Amon Amarth Bringing Viking Ship To Illinois

When Swedish metal band Amon Amarth takes the stage at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday, July 16th in support of latest album "Jomsviking," attendees will be treated to quite a visual spectacle.

The band’s full production plans include an infamous life size replica of a Viking ship hull and live Viking fighting! The impressive setup pays homage to the band’s Swedish roots and the Jomsvikings, a shadowy and legendary sect of mercenaries.

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14th, Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago.

The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Amon Amarth, Body Count, and many more. More...

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Evocation Streaming "Children Of Stone"

On March 10th, Evocation will celebrate a return to death metal with the stunning new album, "The Shadow Archetype." While honoring the group's Swedish death metal roots, "The Shadow Archetype" also adds thrash metal elements for an addictive, heavy sound.

For a first preview of the album, the single "Children of Stone" can be heard below. Evocation guitarist Marko Palmen comments: "In my opinion, the new album is a step towards the roots of the band, although it also has a footing in the future. I think the sound of the new album in many ways reflect the dynamic of me and Simon, who wrote the music for the album.

"I'm more of an old-school death metal kind of guy and Simon comes from the younger generation of death metal freaks who enjoy technicality and brutality. Somehow, we just merged those two sides of death metal into the creation that will be known as 'The Shadow Archetype'. But I also have to point out that the album is a creation made by all the members of Evocation and I think we all pushed ourselves to the very limit of what is achievable. I'm certain that we all can stand proud of the album in the future."

Featuring a cover and layout by Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, etc.), "The Shadow Archetype" was recorded at three different studios and features the following track listing: More...

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Bandcamp Donating To ACLU In #NoBanNoWall Protest

Bandcamp - a site that has become the mecca for all things underground metal - is getting involved in protests against the Trump administration's immigration ban and proposed $15 billion border wall.

This coming Friday, Bandcamp is donating 100% of their profits from any song purchased all day long to the ACLU. Bandcamp founder Ethan Diamond posted a list of groups from the affected countries, including Syrian metal band Theoria, at this location. What do you think of this decision and Bandcamp's involvement in the situation?

Diamond also issued this statement:

"Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.

"Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended. More...

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Bury The Rod Premieres "Conformed To Death"

Most in the metal scene are against conformity, but Austin, Texas group Bury The Rod is taking it a step further with the track "Conformed to Death!"

Culled from the band's "Harvest" EP, today we're stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of a new lyric video for this killer song.

Check out the Scott Rudd-directed clip below, and if you like what you hear, the rest of "Harvest" is up for streaming at Bandcamp here.

Nik Kefalas (guitar, programming) also had this to say: "The track 'Conformed to Death' displays the range of aggression that this band represents. Lyrically, with our disdain towards the status quo and musically, showcasing the elements of the extreme music that we have grown to love. This song captures the essence of what Bury the Rod is."

The Texas five-piece caters to all lovers of aggressive music, blending aspects of groove with the blistering speed of death metal blast beats and tremolo picked riffs and a tinge of forceful breakdowns. Catch the band live on these upcoming dates:

2-27-17: Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere - Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
3-29-17: Angelmaker, Falsifier, Extortionist, Filth - Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
Summer 2017 National Tour (Dates TBA) More...

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Azarath Signs With Agonia Records

Polish black/death metal tyrants Azarath has signed a new record deal with Agonia Records. The latest release with the label was the 2009 offering "Praise The Beast." The band is expected to release a new album, the successor to "Blasphemers' Maledictions" from six years ago, this April.

Azarath's brand of death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering the band's impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre.

Azarath crept from the shadows almost two decades ago, by the will of Inferno (of longtime Behemoth fame) and then-members Bruno and D. Six albums later, the band's line-up is shaped by the said Behemoth drummer, together with Bart (Armagedon, Damnation) on guitars, Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, Deus Mortem, ex-Infernal War) on vocals and guitars, as well as Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.

After rejoining forces with Agonia Records, Azarath is ready to shed some blood upon the altar once again in 2017. More...

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The Doomsday Kingdom Posts Second Trailer

Swedish doom act The Doomsday Kingdom, the brainchild of Candlemass founder Leif Edling and featuring Wolf vocalist Niklas Stålvind and Avatarium/ex-Evergrey guitarist Marcus Jidell, issued a second in a series of trailer clips for the upcoming self-titled full length debut record.

"The Doomsday Kingdom" is set to drop on March 31st via Nuclear Blast Records and sports the following track listing:

1. Silent Kingdom
2. Never Machine
3. A Spoonful of Darkness
4. See You Tomorrow
5. The Sceptre (see lyric video here)
6. Hand of Hell
7. The Silence
8. The God Particle

In the clip, Edling talks about the songwriting process. Check it out here: More...

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Wintersun Unveils "The Forest Seasons" Artwork

Finnish symphonic epic black metal act Wintersun revealed the artwork for the upcoming new album "The Forest Seasons."

The band commented: "We're proud to show you guys our NEW 3rd full length album cover! The album cover was made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates THE AWAKENING of a mystical forest where the seasons are merging together.

"Enjoy guys! This album is sick and minds will be blown! Our INDIEGOGO crowdfunding campaign will start on March 1st where you can order the new album DIRECTLY from us with the highest quality!"

Check out the cover here: More...

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Born Again Sparks A "New Generation"

French metal/hard rock act Born Again issued a music video for the new song "New Generation." The song is taken from the band's upcoming album "Strike With Power," set to drop on February 24th via Massacre Records.

"Strike With Power" was produced by the band and was mized and mastered by Pierre-Emmanuel Pelisson at Studio PE in Besancon, France. Cover artwork (shown below) was created by Stan Decker. The track listing is as follows:

1. New Generation
2. Strike With Power
3. Preachers Of The Night
4. Betrayal
5. We Feed The Fire
6. Angel In Black
7. Deal With The Devil
8. Wings Of Hate
9. No Class
10. Dawn Of The Gods More...

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Jaded Heart Issues "Godforsaken" Lyric Video

Hard rock act Jaded Heart issued a new lyric video for the song "Godforsaken." The song is lifted from the band's latest and 13th album "Guilty By Design," which was issued last year via Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Windswept Streams New Song

Formed by Drudkh mastermind Roman Sayenko, Windswept explode from the underground with the ferocious debut album "The Great Cold Steppe," expected to drop on March 31st via Season of Mist Records. Pre-order the album at this location.

Today, the band is streaming the new song "Shrouded in Pale Shining, So Sleeps Infinite Ancient Steppe," which you can check out in the player below.

Paying homage to the Ukrainian black metal scene's bitter, icy roots, Windswept draws inspiration from the harsh and unforgiving nature of the Eastern winter steppes.

Written and recorded in only three days, "The Great Cold Steppe" showcases cascading melodic riffs against a wall cacophonous drums and Sayenko invoking unchained wrath with his most powerful vocal delivery to date. "The Great Cold Steppe" sees Windswept picking up the torch for the genre and proving that malignant, fierce black metal is as extreme and scathing as ever before.

Check out "Shrouded in Pale Shining, So Sleeps Infinite Ancient Steppe" here: More...

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Emerald Announces New Album "Reckoning Day"

Swiss metal act Emerald, one the home of Gloryhammer vocalist Thomas Winkler, announced the new album "Reckoning Day." The album is set to drop on March 24th via Pure Steel Records.

After the departure of singer Thomas L. Winkler, it became quiet around Emerald camp since the long-distance collaboration with the new American singer George Call (Aska, ex-Omen) (who joined in 2014) turned out to be very difficult. After two years, Emerald and Call parted ways as friends. This collaboration still resulted in three songs that from "Reckoning Day" ("Evolution In Reverse," "Through The Storm" and "End Of The World").

A more than worthy replacement was found in Swiss vocalist Mace Mitchell, who refined the remaining songs with his powerful voice and finally finished the record.

Those who know Emerald, know what they will get with "Reckoning Day": Pounding drums, heavy riffs and melodic leads, reinforced with vigorous power metal vocals with balls and a transparent but also very powerful production by V.O. Pulver (Gurd, Poltergeist, Destruction).

On the second half of the album, the band integrated a concept called "The Burgundian Wars," which is based on the historical novel "Der Löwe von Burgund" by keyboardist Thomas Vaucher.

The track listing for "Reckoning Day" is:

1. Only The Reaper Wins
2. Black Pyramid
3. Evolution In Reverse (Feat. George Call)
4. Horns Up
5. Beyond Forever
6. Through The Storm (Feat. George Call)
7. Ridden By Fear
8. Mist Of The Past
9. Trees Full Of Tears
10. Lament Of The Fallen
11. Reckoning Day
12. Reign Of Steel
13. Signum Dei
14. Fading History
15. End Of The World (Feat. George Call) (Bonus Track) More...

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Damnation Plan Streams Title Track Of New Album

Finnish progressive melodic death metallers Damnation Plan has released the new single "Reality Illusion," which you can check out in the player below. The song is the title track from the upcoming new album coming March 10th.

The band is running a Pledge Music pre-order campaign for the upcoming full length album. By pre-ordering the album from the campaign you'll get 10+ in-depth video documentary episodes about the making of the album. The campaign can be found here at this location.

Drummer/songwriter/lyricist Jarkko Lunnas commented: "Creating this album took us 3+ years of hard work, driving me and some of us almost insane during the process of recording the album almost entirely ourselves. It was a massive task but I believe it served the end result well!

"The album deals with separating the truth from the beliefs and seeing it (or not seeing it) through the different bubbles that we've learned to live in our stable and modern societies. We are estranged from the reality until we are forced to face it.

"The album delivers the message covering a whole spectrum of feelings from an atmospheric and emotional perspective, all the way to the maximal intensity."

"Reality Illusion" was mixed by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath, etc) at Unisound Studios. The track listing for the album is:

1. Intro
2. Beyond These Walls
3. Rulers Of Truth
4. Rise Of The Messenger
5. Blinded Faith
6. The Empowerment
7. Maze Of Despair
8. Iron Curtain Falls
9. Reality Illusion
10. A Chapter In Greed
11. The Final Destination

Check out "Reality Illusion" here: More...

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Krisiun Announces Latin America Co-Headline Tour

Brazilian death metal maniacs Krisiun and extreme metal lords Nervochaos announced the first ever co-headlining Latin American Tour, kicking off on March 9th!

Krisiun stated: "We're really glad to announce that in March we'll be doing a whole Latin America tour with our brothers from Nervochaos! It'll be killer, we hope to see all metalheads there!"

Nervochaos added: "Latin America get ready! We've joined the almighty Krisiun for a Latin American tour in March. Do not miss it!"

The dates and venues are as follows:

March 9th - Assungao, Paraguay @ Absoluto Rock
March 10th - Montevideo, Uruguay @ Bluzz Live
March 11th - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Museo Rock
March 12th - Santa Cruz De la Sierra, Bolivia @ Ex-Discoteca Skala
March 14th - Cochabamba, Bolivia @ Ex-Carnivale
March 16th - Quito, Equador @ La Capital Deportiva
March 17th - Bogota, Colombia @ Auditorio Lumiere
March 18th - Medellin, Colombia @Accion Impro
March 19th - Armenia, Colombia @Discoteca Mistica
March 21st - Tegucigalpa, Honduras @ Gimnasio 3
March 23rd - Monterrey, Mexico @ Cafè Iguana
March 24th - Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage
March 25th - Mexico City, Mexico @ Cosa Nostra Mx
March 26th - Merida, Mexico @ Live Stage More...

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Angel Martyr To Release Debut Full Length Album

Italian speed metal act Angel Martyr announced details of the upcoming full length debut entitled "Black Book: Chapter One." The album is set for release on March 17th via Iron Shield Records, with distribution via Pure Steel Records.

Angel Martyr was born from the ashes of the Wraith’sing, a project activated in 2006 by founding members Tiziano Hammerhead Sbaragli (Etrusgrave) and Tiziano Atreiu Chater (Ormgarth-former Imperium). The two came together to play pure heavy metal with fast and simple riffs, rhythmic impact, earsplitting high-notes and a powerful double bass drums. At that time, the song "Angel Martyr" was born, and quickly after was adopted as the band’s name. After some months, the members realized that musical visions were different and often very divergent so they split as friends.

In the 2012 installment of Heavy Metal Night, the band was reborn through Tiziano Sbaragli (vocals, guitars) and Dario Rosteni (bass) along with drummer Francesco Taddei - drums. Today, Taddei lives in London, but maintains his commitment with Angel Martyr. The band wrote and completed recordings for the full length debut.

The track listing for "Black Book: Chapter One" is:

1. Obsequies
2. They. ... Among Us
3. Victims
4. Eric The Conqueror
5. Midnight Traveller
6. Turn On The Fire
7. Pirate Song
8. On The Divine Battlefield
9. Angel Martyr More...

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