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Metal News for February 11, 2014

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Hirax Spreads The "Immortal Legacy" Of Thrash

Long running California brigade Hirax doesn't show any signs of stopping or even slowing down, as the band's newest offering of old school thrashtastic metal "Immortal Legacy" is due out March 4th in North America and February 24th in Europe via Steamhammer/SPV.

With the album due out shortly and Hirax on the verge of a European invasion, I chatted up vocalist Katon W. De Pena about what the band has been up to lately and what fans can look forward to on this new release.

Check out the full interview below for his thoughts on touring South America, the process of recording "Immortal Legacy," and the album's epic cover artwork. More...

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Near Death Condition Streams New Track

Swiss extreme death metal legion Near Death Condition is pleased to wage war on the ears of the willing with a premiere of "Between The Dying And The Dead." Check it out below, courtesy of Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

This newest ode of repugnance will be featured on the band's forthcoming long player, "Evolving Towards Extinction," set to bloody the lands next month via Unique Leader Records on March 18th, 2014. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Words Of Wisdom
2. Between The Dying And The Dead
3. Intelligent Design
4. Pandemic Of Ignorance
5. Praise The Lord Of Negation
6. The Anatomy Of Disgust
7. Anagamin
8. Evolving Towards Extinction
9. Vertigo
10. Communing With Emptiness
11. Nostalgia For Chaos More...

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Vesania Working On New Album

Vesania has posted a video clip online of the band rehearsing a new song to appear on upcoming album "Deus Ex Machina" at Sound Division Studio. Further details are forthcoming, and the video clip is available below.

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Darsombra Announces U.S. Tour

Baltimore-based duo Darsombra has been slaving away for the past several months booking the most extensive tour excursion in the band’s history, and this week the final few shows are being confirmed. The following press release was issued about the tour:

"Set to begin in just two-and-a-half weeks, on February 28th, Darsombra will take their eclectic and nearly unclassifiable brew of ambient/avant-born noise/drone/psyche rock and synchronized visual performance out to nearly sixty American cities on the self-booked two-month trek! As always, the layered, looped riffs of bassist/guitarist/vocalist Brian Daniloski (ex-Meatjack, Trephine) will be transformed and looped over themselves in an ever-morphing flow of pedal effects and processors, building each song into epic, multi-layered soundscapes.

"Daniloski’s ill wall of sound be paired with cohort Ann Everton’s synchronized visual display, the artist’s organically-influenced backdrops and psychedelic patterns being broadcast directly onto the duo as they perform together, with Everton also supplying more synths, keys and other effects to the actual audio delivery of each performance more than ever on this tour." More...

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Carnifex Posts Studio Video

San Diego death metal outfit Carnifex has released a third studio video for the band's new album "Die Without Hope," which can be seen below.

The band is taking part in an exclusive AMA over at Reddit today. Surf over to this location and ask the band your questions personally.

"Die Without Hope" will be released physically and digitally on March 7th, 2014 and the new song "Condemned To Decay" can be heard at this location. More...

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While Heaven Wept Announces New Album

After two years in pre-production, the Virginia-based metal band While Heaven Wept has entered the studio to begin recording the first of two brand new albums, entitled "Suspended At Aphelion," which will be released via Nuclear Blast Records in late 2014.

Founding guitarist and primary composer Tom Phillips comments: “If (2011’s) 'Fear Of Infinity' was our 'Caress Of Steel,' 'Suspended At Aphelion' is without question our '2112' – and anyone familiar with the stories behind those Rush albums will understand that where we’re coming from is very similar both musically and circumstantially. 'Suspended At Aphelion' is the culmination of 25 years and embodies everything that While Heaven Wept has ever represented – yet so much more; it’s everything we’ve got to give in our hearts and souls.”

He continues: “The album really is, quite simply, the greatest epic in our canon in that it is a single, 40+ minute monolith divided into 11 parts – in the tradition of the aforementioned '2112' and our own ‘The Furthest Shore,’ ‘Finality,’ and ‘Thus With A Kiss I Die,’ amongst others.

"Yet, musically…while clearly this is While Heaven Wept …it’s very much beyond anything else we’ve ever done…VERY progressive, but in a harmonic sense more than the technical. The bottom line is, if you enjoyed those aforementioned 'mini-epics' – or the 'Vast Oceans Lachrymose' album for that matter – then this is the elevation and evolution several years beyond those. We’ve approached this one as if it were to be our last – so again, it’s everything we’ve got!” More...

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Adrenaline Mob NAMM Footage Available

Gear Gods has posted video footage of Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando giving a tour of the ShredNeck booth and products, including his very own signature ShredNeck model, at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

Watch the footage below to check out ShredNeck practice and warm-up tools including travel size guitars and basses, and the easy string-changing device Tremblock.

Adrenaline Mob's new album "Men of Honor" is set to drop via Century Media Records on February 18th (USA) and February 24th (EU). Check out the new song "Feel the Adrenaline" over at this location. More...

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Orbweaver Gearing Up For New Tour

Sunshine State psychedelic death metal ensemble Orbweaver is readying to kick off a twenty-date stretch of roadside assaults next week.

The live abrasions will commence on Tuesday, February 18th with a special hometown kick off show before the band joins fellow Floridian sludge assassins Shroud Eater for a westward run of audio debauchery.

Offers guitarist/vocalist Randy Piro (ex-Hate Eternal, Gigan): "We are really excited to team up with our good friends and riff lords, Shroud Eater, for the slow invasion of the Orb-Eaters...a tour which will take us from our homes in Miami, to the West Coast and back. Brains will be twisted, senses warped, and a mysterious trail of green slime will be left in our wake. May the strangers be listening!"

In the meantime, witness the band decimate the stage opening for Morbid Angel in December via the YouTube clip below. Upcoming tour dates are available after the jump. More...

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Scott Ian Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is taking his “Speaking Words” tour on the road in North America, beginning in Chicago, IL on February 20th. The following press release was issued about the tour and Ian seeking funds to release a live DVD:

"Speaking Words isn’t just a hilariously raucous story-telling experience, but an honest look at the insane life that Scott Ian has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. During each show, Scott Ian will take part in a special Q&A session with the audience. Fans also have the opportunity to take part in a unique VIP Pack experience. S

"Based on the resounding success of the U.K. leg of the tour not only was the decision made to continue the tour, but also to create a DVD of Scott Ian's Glasgow performance.

"The footage has been captured, but now comes the tough part—editing it all together and turning it into a high-quality product. Putting together a DVD like this requires funding, and Scott is asking his loyal fans around the world to help finance the project, by way of a Pledge Music campaign.

"Visit the 'Speaking Words in Glasgow' Pledge Music page and donate to make this DVD a reality, right here. Also, learn about the truly awesome pledge points ranging from $10-$25,000: like $1,000 for an LA-area vinyl shopping trip, $2,500 to catch a NY Yankees game with Scott, $5,000 for Scott to play on your band’s next record, $12,500 for Scott’s Custom “Zombie Killer” signed guitar, and beyond! The possibilities are endless!" More...

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Neige Et Noireceur Reveals Album Details

Sepulchral Productions has set March 28th as the international release date for Neige Et Noirceur's "Gouffre Onirique et Abîmes Cosmiques."

The band's fourth full-length sees a return to raw, ice-cold, and ambient black metal - along a few new twists along the way. While mainman Spiritus' style remains instantly recognizable, "Gouffre Onirique et Abîmes Cosmiques" is also probably the closest the band has ever come to the "classic" sound of the early '90s, courtesy of epic and melancholic riffs and keyboard parts.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Gouffre Onirique et Abîmes Cosmiques
2. Future Torture
3. Écho Des Abysses
4. Le Portail de Kadath
5. La Marche Des Astres Noirs
6. Les Cavernes de Glace I
7. Les Cavernes de Glace II
8. Les Cavernes de Glace III More...

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Righteous Vendetta Posts New Lyric Video

Wyoming rock/metal act Righteous Vendetta has teamed up with CCM Magazine to launch the band's new lyric video for "With Love."

Check it out in the player provided below. The track comes from the October album release "The Fire Inside."

Righteous Vendetta is currently out on the American Head Charge headlining "Shoot Tour Part III." The U.S. tour, which also features the Gulf Coast hard rock/metal act, Cathercist, will continue throughout February. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be seen after the jump. More...

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Rocklahoma Band Lineup Revealed

Rocklahoma will rock the Midwest with a lineup featuring Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Motörhead, and many more from May 23rd - 25th at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The three-day camping festival is presented by Bud Light.

The current band lineup for the 8th Rocklahoma is as follows: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Seether, Motörhead, Jackyl, Filter, Black Label Society, Theory of a Deadman, Killswitch Engage, Skid Row, All That Remains, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Hellyeah, Kix, Down, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Pretty Reckless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, Skindred, KYNG, We As Human, Nothing More, Devour the Day, Heaven’s Basement, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Eve to Adam, Truckfighters, Killer Dwarfs, Bai Bang, Lynam, ASKA, Black Tora, Firstryke, Mystery, Nasty Habit, Sleepy Hollow, Wicked, Down & Dirty, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Ratchet Dolls, Ragdoll, Dellacoma, Chaotic Resemblance, Scattered Hamlet, Siren, Mach22, Tempt, London's Dungeon, Mine Enemies Fall, The Chimpz, Sleepwalking Home, Well Hung Heart, Framing The Red, Blackwater Rebellion, Dryver, and Dirty Crush.

“I initially questioned whether or not we would be able to top last year’s Rocklahoma lineup this time around,” says Joe Litvag, Rocklahoma’s co-executive producer for AEG Live. “But with some of the biggest names in the rock world today like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Deftones playing alongside Rocklahoma legends like Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Tom Kiefer of Cinderella and Kix, there is not a doubt in my mind that we just raised the bar! Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same!”

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister explains: "I view this festival as sort of a ‘Royal Rumble’ of rock; it's every band for itself, each trying to claim the belt. When Twisted Sister is done that night, the promoters are going to need to change the name of the event to 'I Wanna Rocklahoma'!"

Staind’s Mike Mushok also says, "Totally stoked to play Rocklahoma again! I'm looking forward to a great day of music shared with some amazing fans!”

Full details and ticket information can be found online at this location.

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Cripple Bastards Streaming Full New LP

In just days, Relapse Records will have officially infiltrated the populace with "Nero In Metastasi" - the label LP debut from longtime Italian hardcore/grind act Cripple Bastards - with the record set for release in the U.K. February 17th and in North America on February 18th.

"Nero In Metastasi" is the band's third LP recorded under the watch of producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today you can hear the entire release in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. Upcoming tour dates are available after the jump. More...

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Direwolves Posts Album Teaser

Less than two years after debut EP "Me From Myself, To Banish," French hardcore/crust outfit Direwolves is releasing first full-length "Aegri Somnia" on March 31st.

The record was mastered at New Alliance East, while the artwork is once again handled by Fortifem. "Aegri Somnia" will be released on gatefold LP and CD via Throatruiner Records, and a video teaser is available below. The record label also comments:

"Formed in 2011 in Lorient, western France, Direwolves rapidly stood out from the pack by combining both the melodic and the heavy aspects of punk hardcore. Their first full-length 'Aegri Somnia' not only follows the path of their EP 'Me From Myself, To Banish' (2012) but also enhances the spectrum of their sound, browsing through a large range of sub-genres while avoiding their respective clichés. Songs such as 'Holy Treason' or 'Face The Facts' show the band at their most vehement, colliding unstoppable drumming with heavily metallic-influenced riffs while the end of the record explores more emotionally-charged post-metallic soundscapes. With their constant will to remain straightforward but diversified, Direwolves deliver eleven highly epic and passionate anthems, condensing everything you could expect from a great hardcore LP in 2014." More...

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Gwar Announces More Australian Shows

As they continued to prepare the Scumship for war, the unstoppable force known as Gwar has announced two Australian headline shows in addition to appearances at this year's Soundwave Festival.

The first show is set for Wednesday February 26th in Sydney at The Factory Theater and the second show is set for the following night Thursday February 27th in Melbourne at 170 Russell.

Supporting the Scumdogs on these two dates of devastation are Amon Amarth, Satyricon, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

"The sickest, heaviest, most beastly bands of this years Soundwave will be joining forces to create the most hideous noise ever," said notorious asshole Oderus Urungus, lead singer of Gwar and despoiler of the planet Remulak. "It's an amazing line-up and I fully expect to see mounds of flaming corpses where once stood smiling fans."

Catch Gwar live:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder:
2/26: Sydney, Australia @ The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion:
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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Mire Announces TV Performance

Mire will release "Inward/Outward" on March 18th to follow a 2010 self-titled EP. The Montreal band has also now announced it will be performing on Quebec's Musique Plus channel for the show Top Musique. Vocalist JP LaChapelle comments:

"Musique Plus has always crossed my mind in terms of establishing myself as a public figure, even when I wanted to become a VJ Host as a kid. I didn't expect to be on air behind the microphone growing up, but it's great to grow out of some stereotypes. Now I understand that every stroke of the brush gets us closer to popping up on the map in terms of people's interest. So it's a real honor to get invited for a live interview, and we look forward to delivering a kick-in-the-chest performance at 6pm on Friday Feb 28th. Turn up the volume on your TV."

Two years in the making, "Inward/Outward" is a 10 track reflection of ideas flying every which way around the recording studio, ranging from cognitive science to a military stint in Afghanistan by guitarist Dave Massicotte.

“We created this with our guts and have dared to explore a less common style of metal where the music is less obvious and sometimes requires the individual to have more than one listen before being able to grasp and really appreciate every musical element,” says guitarist Massicotte of the album. “From big chunky guitar to light piano melody, every song will take you on a different journey and set of emotions." More...

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Zaum Signs With I Hate

Zaum is pleased to announce the band will be releasing debut album "Oracles" this May on Swedish based record label I Hate.

The band has released a teaser from thei upcoming, 4-song, 50 minute debut album. Check it out below. Front man Kyle McDonald comments:

"Throughout the years I’ve written for and toured in several bands, but now finally have one creative outlet exclusive to my artistic endeavors. With our debut album Oracles, we’ve crafted a piece a work which is intended to be listened to as a whole; with a deeper spirit present in the medium beyond the borders defined by the music itself. Both Chris Lewis and I have been lifelong fans of incredibly heavy and slow music in particular. This reality coupled with my obsession of authentic old world music – specifically Asian based – we certainly wear our influences openly on our sleeves."

The band has also revealed the following upcoming tour dates:

Mar 20 - Fredericton, NB @ Gallery Connexion
Mar 21 - Quebec City, QC @ Salle Unison
Mar 22 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Mar 23 - Ottawa, ON @ TBA
Mar 26 - Windsor, ON @ The Dominion House
Mar 27 - Barrie, ON @ Clarkson Pub
Mar 28 - Sudbury, ON @ Millard's
Mar 29 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
Mar 30 - London, ON @ Hideaway Records & Bar
Apr 11 - St. John's, NF @ Distortions
Apr 12 - St. John's, NF @ Distortions
Apr 24 - Charlottetown, PEI @ TBA
Apr 25 - Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub
Apr 26 - Moncton, NB @ The Caveau More...

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I Am Heresy Releases Music Video

I Am Heresy has released a first official music video for the song "The March Of The Black Earth," taken from the Century Media debut album "Thy Will," due out March 3rd in Europe/Australia/NZ and March 4th in North America.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Cvltnation.com. Vocalist Nathan Gray also comments:

"March Of Black Earth, through symbolism and archetype, stands in defiance of the standard views of 'good' and 'evil.' It speaks of human exploration into a life without fear or reverence for imaginary deities, who are bent on suppressing our most natural desires. If those deities deem a lust for knowledge, freedom of our carnal self, and disobedience to be sinful, then let us become the best sinners we can be!"

He went on to say, "Each suffering character in the video represents self-sacrifice, killing what is left of our self-expression. The ominous beast in the plague mask represents each characters individual oppression. Their freedom is personified by the archetype Belial, or Baal, ('without a master') who represents an infernal innocence, freedom, and mockery of self imposed slavery. Hear the call... Free yourself from the bondage of self-denial, and accept the gift of sin!" More...

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Nails Announces New Shows

California's Nails has confirmed a new set of West Coast shows in a headlining run at the beginning of May.

This new five-date Nails bombing run will see Oxnard's hardcore/crust warriors headlining all dates, with support from Seattle powerviolence duo, Iron Lung, Olympia's putrid death metal horde, Bone Sickness, and Southern Cali-based death act, Skinfather.

"Abandon All Life," the demoralizing second full-length from Nails, was released via Southern Lord in March 2013. Catch the band live: More...

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Ophidian I Recruits Drummer

After the departure of Tumi Snær Gíslason last year, Iceland's Ophidian I has now announced Stefán Ari Stefánsson of Gone Postal as the band's new permanent drummer.

Stefán “Stebbi” Ari Stefánsson has been sitting behind the kit during the last few months as a live member and is now working with the band on new material tentatively scheduled for release later this year. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Since 2010, the Icelandic technical death metal ensemble Ophidian I have cut a swathe through the Icelandic metal scene. Fusing together a myriad of influences such as Necrophagist, Obscura and the Faceless, Ophidian I has crafted an intricate yet ferocious breed of death metal, combining sophisticated songwriting with lyrical themes such as eschatology and the darker sides of human history.

"In June, 2011, Ophidian I started work on their debut album Solvet Saeclum. Recorded in Studio Sýrland and produced by Jóhann Ingi of Studio Fossland, Solvet Saeclum was released in June 2012 through SFC Records. Met with positive reviews from critics and fans alike, Ophidian I had gained a lot of momentum. This combined with limitless passion and great ambition, Ophidian I aim to further refine their music and widen their audience."

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Dead To A Dying World To Record New Album

Dallas, Texas-based blackened doom congregation Dead To A Dying World will enter the studio in the near future to record the band's sophomore full-length release.

The band is preparing to record this time with sonic decimation engineer, Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins). The new opus, bearing the title "Litany," has enough material planned to fill two full 12" platters. "Litany" will also feature collaborations and contributions from members of Sabbath Assembly, Pinkish Black, and Ecocide. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Litany was developed with the themes of isolation, insanity, and reflection in a time of global devastation, evoking the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth; this new chapter reveals the aftermath of the self-titled release. From the ashes, we find three warring clans who personify each theme and embody their own unique struggles, each clan has sought their own way of survival in an unforgiving world, some in search for higher meaning, and others through methods of irrevocable cruelty. These concepts are explored individually and finally together, representing by synecdoche, our own struggles in modern society.

"Founded in 2010, Dead To A Dying World incorporates cello, violins, and upright bass elements and more into a morose but intimidating end-time style of doom, with a putrid, blackened weight to their waves of slow-motion, Apocalypse inspired doom dirges and a harrowing double-vocalist approach. With several tours in different regions of the countries since inception, the band's self-titled 2xLP album was produced by Phillip Cope of Kylesa and released via Tofu Carnage Records in 2011."

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Ghost Brigade Working On Album

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about Ghost Brigade recording an upcoming album:

"Ghost Brigade is currently hard at work on a forthcoming studio album! The Finns’ fourth full-length, which title is yet to be unveiled, will be made of 10 songs and will hit the stores later this year."

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Decapitated To Record New Album

Poland's Decapitated has announced the band is currently in the rehearsal room working on material for an upcoming album, with studio time to commence shortly.

This new album will follow 2011's "Carnival Is Forever" (reviewed here), with further details forthcoming. More...

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Tryants Blood Streaming Full "Coven" Release

After releasing "Into the Kingdom of Graves" on vinyl through Tridoid Records, Tyrants Blood is now gearing up to drop the "Coven" compilation.

"Coven" is due out February 18th and features a collection of earlier material from the band that has never before been available digitally. Now you can hear the entire compilation online in the player below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com.

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Hannes Grossmann Streaming Solo Track

Hannes Grossmann (Obscura / Blotted Science / Necrophagist) has posted a song online from his solo record "The Radial Covenant." Check out "Aeon Illuminate" in the player below.

"The Radial Covenant" is available from Hannes' official webstore and features guest appearances from Jeff Loomis, Per Nilsson, Christian Muenzner, and Ron Jarzombek.

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Mantar Posts New Music Video

Mantar today premieres the new video for "White Nights" via Decibel magazine's website (also available below).

The song hails from Mantar's debut album, "Death By Burning," out now internationally and set for North American release on February 25th via Svart Records on CD, LP, tape, and digital formats. You can hear the full album right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Spit
2. Cult Witness
3. Astral Kannibal
4. Into The Golden Abyss
5. Swinging The Eclipse
6. The Berserkers Path
7. The Huntsmen
8. The Stoning
9. White Nights
10. March Of The Crows More...

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Roads To Nowhere Offering EP For Free Download

Deathcore outfit Roads To Nowhere is currently offering the six track "Dead World" EP for free download.

Listen to the tracks below, or pick up your own digital copy of the release at Bandcamp here. The "Dead World" track listing is as follows:

1. Dignity 03:20
2. In Years Passed 04:15
3. Battle Proud 03:09
4. Sharks 05:06
5. Darkest Frame of Mind 03:19
6. Dead World 04:21 More...

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Astrophobos Announces New Drummer

Sweden’s Astrophobos is pleased to announce that drummer Jocke Wallgren has joined the band as a permanent member.

Jocke Wallgren, also of Swedish black metal band Valkyrja, has been playing live with Astrophobos following the release of debut full-length “Remnants of Forgotten Horrors” in late January. He will make his first appearance as full-time drummer on February 26th at Debaser Strand in Stockholm along with Agrimonia, an event that celebrates the release of the new Icelandic movie entitled "Metalhead."

Recorded and mixed at Garaget Studio by Erik Nilsson (Aoria, A Swarm of the Sun) and featuring session drummer Fredrik Widigs (The Ugly), “Remnants of Forgotten Horrors” follows the “Arcane Secrets” EP from 2010. More...

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Gravecrusher Signs To Xtreem Music

Hungarian death metal machine Gravecrusher has inked a deal with Xtreem Music and the first of the coming releases for the label will be a new mini CD entitled "Morbid Black Oath."

This new release will serve as the band's real introduction to the scene after 3-song demo "Mutilation Ritual" from 2012, which was later released as a 7" EP and split cassette with Necrosodomy.

"Morbid Black Oath" contains 4 new songs recorded at Black Hole Sound Studio and will include the 3 songs from the "Mutilation Ritual" demo. The track listing is as follows:

01. Triumph of the Undead
02. Necromantic Perversion
03. Morbid Black Oath
04. Worship the Impaler
05. Mutilation Ritual (*)
06. Deranged Massacre (*)
07. Cryptic Butchery (*)
(*) bonus from "Mutilation Ritual" demo

The cover artwork was made by U.S. artist Mark Riddick and a release date for "Morbid Black Oath" is expected something during spring 2014. In the meantime, Gravecrusher will keep busy working writing new material for a debut full length album due out in early 2015. More...

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Civil War Signs With Napalm Records

Swedish metal act Civil War, featuring former Sabaton members (Daniel Myhr – keyboard, Oskar Montelius - guitar, Rikard Sundén – guitar, Daniel Mullback – drums), has inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band also features bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon) and singer Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Lion's Share/Wuthering Heights).

The debut full length album "The Killer Angels" received excellent feedback worldwide (see review here) and was certified gold in Sweden. The band is expecting big things for this year.

The band commented: "We are more than happy to sign with Napalm Records, one of the best labels in the world. Our intention is to deliver Heavy Metal under the Napalm flag for many years. The civil war has only just begun."

The band also confirmed the following live dates: More...

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Messenger Releases "The Spectre" Music Video

German power metal act Messenger released a new music video for the track "The Spectre." The song appears on the band's latest album "Starwolf - Pt. 1: The Messengers," which is available through Massacre Records.

Check out the video here:

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Vanishing Point Streaming Title Track Of New Album

Vanishing Point is streaming the title track off the upcoming new release "Distant Is The Sun" (see player below). The album is available on March 4th (USA) and February 21st (EU) via AFM Records.

The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
2. King Of Empty Promises
3. Distant Is The Sun
4. When Truth Lies
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Let The River Run
7. Denied Deliverance
8. Story Of Misery
9. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental)

Check out "Distant is the Sun" here: More...

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Airborn Streaming New Track "Mess We're In"

Italian power metal act Airborn is streaming the new track "Mess We're In." The song appears on the forthcoming release "Dark Future Rising," which is set to drop on February 28th via Remedy Records/Soulfood. The album was mastered by Iron Savior mainman Piet Sielck at Powerhouse Studios.

The track listing for "Dark Future Rising" is:

1. They Arise
2. Mess We're In
3. Reign of the Human Race (see music video)
4. Sword of Justice
5. Nitehawk
6. King of Fear
7. Dark Future
8. Solar Messiah
9. Forces of Nature
10. Jack of All Trades
11. Bonecrusher
12. Wild and Free
13. Resurrection

Check out "Mess We're In": More...

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Heresiarch Announces New EP

Iron Bonehead Productions today sets March 31st as the international release date for Heresiarch's "Wælwulf" 7" EP, which will be the band's first new record since 2011's "Hammer of Intransigence." The following press release was issued about the EP:

"At three doomed 'n' deadly songs, Wælwulf displays that Heresiarch have lost none of their purifying fire in the interim; if anything, their savagery has intensified to almost uncomfortable levels. But within their perpetually churning, gnawing rush of gnarled sound lies nuance and nous that few within the wider 'war metal' ranks can match - and Wælwulf is the latest, most devastating proof."

1. Waewulf
2. Abrecan
3. Endethraest

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My Enemyz Blood Posts "Amazing Grace" Video

My Enemyz Blood has created its own rendition of "Amazing Grace," which can be heard below, and the band also comments:

"Our version of Amazing Grace was inspired by a good friend of ours who attended the candlelight vigil of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots that died fighting the Yarnell Hill Wildfire on June 30, 2013.

"His exact words were 'If you can listen to Amazing Grace being played on the bagpipes and not shed a tear, you have no soul.' It spoke volumes to me about what a powerful song this is, considering that our friend is not a religious man.

"Our prayers go out to the families of all 20 members of hotshot crew. Thank you to Casey Kendel that played the bagpipes for us at the end of the video."

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Impaled Nazarene To Release New Album

Impaled Nazarene will release a 12th studio album this coming April 14th via Osmose Productions. The album will be titled "Vigorous And Liberating Death" and the track listing (not the finalized order), will be as follows:

1. King Reborn
2. Flaming Sword Of Satan
3. Pathological Hunger For Violence
4. Vigorous And Liberating Death
5. Martial Law
6. Riskiarvio
7. Apocalypse Principle
8. Kuoleman Varjot
9. Vestal Virgins
10. Drink Consultation
11. Dystopia A.S.
12. Sananvapaus
13. Hostis Humani Generis.

The album was recorded at City Lights and S/Mental studios, and "Vigorous And Liberating Death" is being mixed right now at Studio Fungus by the band's long term sound engineer Max “Kosher/Kebab” Kostermaa, who also handled the previous album "Road To The Octagon." The album will be mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios and the cover art has been created by Taneli Jarva.

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Villains Streams New Song

Oswego, IL metal outfit Villains has released a new track online for streaming. Give a listen to "Problem Child" in the player below, courtesy of Lambgoat.com. You can also hear more from Villains over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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