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Metal News for February 15, 2017

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51 news articles posted on this day.

Arkaik Announces Tech Trek II

Progressive death metal collective Arkaik will kick off the Tech Trek II tour with Archspire next month. The tour will begin March 17th in Tacoma, Washington and coil its way through nearly two dozen cities across the country, coming to a close on April 6th in Boise, Idaho. See all confirmed dates below.

Arkaik is currently working on the follow-up to 2015's "Lucid Dawn" full-length album. The as yet-untitled studio offering will again be engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Additionally, The Kennedy Veil's Gabe Seeber will be recording drums while Alex Bent joins Trivium on a European tour. Additional details are to be unveiled in the coming weeks. More...

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Moloch Streaming "Verwüstung" Re-Issue

As Argento Records prepares to reissue of the out-of-print "Verwüstung" album by Ukrainian black metal act Moloch on February 24th, today the entire newly-remastered vinyl repress is now streaming early.

Released in a one-time limited CD run in 2014, "Verwüstung" will now be reissued in a quality LP version, featuring the previously unreleased track "Große Geister Aus Dem Vergessenen Königreich Der Stille" alongside the entire album fully remastered for vinyl by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. More...

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Reflection Signs With Pitch Black

Pitch Black Records is thrilled to announce its 50th album release with the signing of legendary Greek metal band Reflection.

Reflection will be celebrating a 25th anniversary next year and is returning with fourth album, "Bleed Babylon Bleed," eight years since the band’s last offering. Label founder Phivos Papadopoulos comments:

“Our 50th release just had to be special. And this is as special as it could get, for a number of reasons! I remember discovering Reflection in the early ‘90s and receiving their demo tape after writing to them and how I was blown away by their music. Even more importantly though, since the day we first made contact, a truly unique bond has been formed between myself and the band’s founder and guitarist, Stathis Pavlantis.

"A bond that has certainly stood the test of time and has grown more and more throughout the years; we are not just friends, we are family now and the emotions associated with releasing this on my own record label, twenty-something years after we first met, cannot easily be put into words. I agreed to sign Reflection without even listening to the new album (which I haven’t regretted one tiny bit of course)! Here’s another fine example of that something that makes metal so magical and special I guess!”

New album “Bleed Babylon Bleed” is out on April 7th worldwide on CD and digital formats. The track listing is as follows:

1. Marching to Glory
2. Glorious Victory
3. The Iron Tower
4. Fallen Shadow
5. Takla Makan
6. Time Traveller
7. Stormbringer
8. Ruler of My Own Land
9. Bleed Babylon Bleed More...

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Russell Allen Announces "Metal For Autism" Tour

Giancarlo Trotta Entertainment and Rock On Agency are proud to announce the second part of the "Metal For Autism" tour with Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, TSO) for the project Magni Animi Viri. The organizers comment:

"In the first tour edition we could buy a bus to the medical centre in Salerno. Now we want to do more, because the situation in the south of Italy is difficult and medical treatments are too expensive for the families or it's too hard to reach a big hospital. Heroes Temporis association provides medical assistance (analysis, therapies and so on) for free for all these kids.

"Russell Allen will be keeping a workshop and after that, he will be performing a live show with support band De La Muerte. The guests will be Kobi Farhi from Orphaned Land on March 3, 4, 5, Marco Basile from DGM on February 23 and March 11, and Eldritch on March 3 and 5." More...

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Monolithe To Release New Album

Monolithe & Les Acteurs de l'ombre productions have secured a partnership to launch the band's upcoming seventh full-length album. Recording is underway, and the label and band have agreed on an early 2018 release, with full details forthcoming and a teaser available below.

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Blessing A Curse Posts "Your Disguise" Video

Orlando group Blessing a Curse premiered the sanguine, NSFW video for "Your Disguise" - check it out below. Blessing a Curse will spend the spring on tour with The Browning and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. Dates are below.

"'Your Disguise' is a song about coming to the realization that someone you considered to be a brother or close friend has been conspiring against you all along, and stabbed you in the back when you were at your lowest point in life," the band told Metal Insider. More...

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Fange Streams New Song

French sludge/noise outfit Fange just premiered a new track titled "Ressac." The song appears on upcoming record "Pourrissoir," due to be released March 17th on vinyl via Throatruiner Records and Lost Pilgrims Records.

01. Parmi Les Ruines
02. Agapes
03. Ultrafrance
04. Les Gémonies
05. Vore
06. Ressac More...

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Kadinja Streaming "Ropes Of You"

French progressive tech-metal group Kadinja just premiered the third single off forthcoming debut full-length album "Ascendancy," due out on February 17th via Klonosphere/Season of Mist. Check out "Ropes Of You" below.

“Ascendancy” follows the band’s self-titled, debut EP released in late 2013 and offers ten new tracks of fearless music that sees Kadinja merging imaginative and intoxicating melodies with crunchy and technical riffs.

1. Stone Of Mourning
2. GLHF (Feat Rick Graham)
3. Episteme
4. Episteme Part II
5. 'Til The Ground Disappears
6. A November Day
7. Dominique
8. Ropes Of You
9. Bittersweet Guilt
10. Seven (The Stick Figures) More...

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Almanac To Record Festival Show, Announces Album

Almanac - the symphonic metal cavaliers led by ex-Rage guitarist Victor Smolski - unleashed debut album "Tsar" last year, but this emperor has only just started to rise. Now the Almanac crew are climbing onto their horses for their first headline tour ever. This trek started on February, 4th in Roselare, Belgium and there are still some shows in Germany and the Nethlerlands left.

Right after this tour, the band will start the recordings of a second album, which is scheduled to be released in summer 2017. In addition, Almanac is confirmed to play at the Masters of Rock festival, with the show to be recorded and published as bonus DVD on the limited first edition of the upcoming album.

Victor comments: "We are very happy and delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year's edition of 'Masters of Rock 'festival in Czech Republic!!! This show will be a very special one which will include a premiere of new song material from the second Almanac album and which will be recorded for a live DVD. We are also working on some special surprises exclusively for this 'Masters of Rock' festival show!!! Looking forward to seeing y'all there..." More...

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Unearth Announces Canadian Shows

Unearth just announced the band's first-ever shows in Halifax, Moncton, and Fredericton with special guests Fit For An Autopsy, Exalt, and Darkness Divided. These additional dates arrives around previously announced North American shows - check out full details in the tour poster. Advance tickets for all three newly announced shows will be on sale now Tuesday, February 21st via this location.

Saturday, April 1st at The Caveau (Moncton, NB - 19+)
Sunday, April 2nd at The Seahorse Tavern (Halifax, NS - 19+)
Monday, April 3rd at The Capital Complex (Fredericton, NB - 19+) More...

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The Drip Announces New Shows

Washington-based grindcore outfit The Drip has booked several new upcoming shows across the Pacific Northwest in support of Relapse Records-released "The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability."

The Drip's new shows include an opening slot at the Seattle date of the upcoming Decibel Magazine tour featuring Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, and Horrendous on March 28th. That set is followed by a headlining show in Olympia the following night, March 29th, and the weekend cones to a smoldering finale with a show in Portland March 30th, with Nails, Toxic Holocaust, and Gatecreeper. Additional shows are to be expected.

3/28/2017 Neptune - Seattle, WA @ Decibel Tour w/ Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous
3/29/2017 Obsidian - Olympia, WA
3/30/2017 Analog Café & Theater - Portland, OR w/ Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper More...

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Helsott Signs With M-Theory Audio Records

California act Helsott – whose exotic sound mixes melodic death with pagan influences – has signed with M-Theory Audio Records, who will release the group's new five-song EP, "The Healer," on April 28. The cover art by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) can be seen below.

Since forming seven years ago, Helsott – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group's unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

Helsott now returns with "The Healer," a five-song EP recorded in part at Southern California's Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). The release spawned from the band's successful crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the recording of "Woven," when they offered to write a song about a fan who pledged a certain amount. A patron named Doc – who was indeed a doctor – took them up on their offer, and the band liked the final result so much that they decided to write and record additional new songs to be issued in conjunction. More...

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Distillator Unveils "Summoning The Malicious"

Dutch thrash outfit Distillator will release second full-length album, "Summoning The Malicious," on May 1st via Empire Records. The album was recorded at the band's own studio, while mixing and mastering were done by Dennis Köhne.

The artwork for Distillator’s follow-up to 2015 release “Revolutionary Cells” was created by Andrei Bouzikov and can be seen in the clip below for third track "Estates Of The Realm." The new album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Blinded By Chauvinism
2. Mechanized Existence
3. Estates Of The Realm
4. Summoning The Malicious
5. Enter The Void
6. Algorithmic Citizenship
7. Stature Of Liberty
8. The King Of Kings
9. Megalomania More...

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John Frum Announces New Album

This is February 15th, John Frum Day. On this day, cult followers from all over the island of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu come to the village of Lamakara at Sulfa Bay to march, raise their flags, and celebrate their esoteric way of life.

This is also the day that the patron saints of altered states known as John Frum reveal to the world the first glimpse into a new chronicle of auditory disturbances. Indulge your senses with a teaser trailer below.

Consisting of current and former members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, John Zorn and many other renowned projects, John Frum has been fermenting a bedeviled broth since 11.11.11. Like a planchette moved by the presence of subtle energies, John Frum functions as a medium for malefic musings.

Nearly 6 years in the making, John Frum’s unorthodox debut "A Stirring in the Noos" maneuvers through 40 minutes of darkly psychedelic and meticulously crafted death metal. More...

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Cursus Releasing Self-Titled Album

Texan doom-duo Cursus will crush worlds on the band's colossal self-titled debut coming April 28th, 2017 via Artificial Head Records. Check out advance track "Waters Of Wrath" below.

Taken from the Latin word meaning “course” – specifically the mournful paths our ancestors once took to bury their dead – the San Antonio-based paring of guitarist/vocalist CJ Duron and drummer Sarah Roork first came into being in the winter of 2013.

The "Summer Solstice Sessions" demo quickly caught the ear of label boss and fellow Texan, Walter Carlos, who signed Cursus on the spot to his Houston-based label Artificial Head Records.

“I had toured with Cursus a few times over the years and I’ve always admired their massive sound. Their ability to crush bodies in the room with their songs is uncanny,” explains Carlos. “Initially, we were going to release a live cassette by the band from recordings they made while on tour. But as the project kept going, we decided that a full-length studio album would be better and we’re proud to have Cursus as part of our family.” More...

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Devin Townsend Project Announces U.S. Tour

Devin Townsend Project will return to the road in the U.S. this year with a two week stretch of dates; some of which will see the band playing support for Opeth.

The band continues to tour on the strength of new record "Transcendence" (reviewed here).

Speaking about their upcoming shows in North America, Devin comments:

"Continuing on our run to support Transcendence, we are coming back to America for a quick run with Opeth and Gojira as well as some additional dates to get us to and from those shows.

"We are many places this year and are trying to make sure we take advantage of our geographic locations as we roll. The band keeps getting stronger and we look forward to seeing you there!"

Hevy Devy fans can catch these impending Devin Townsend Project 2017 tour dates across the United States: More...

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Goatwhore Joining Metal Blade Tour

New Orleans' Goatwhore will return to the road later this month as part of Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary tour alongside label mates Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone.

The band's latest trek will stretch from February 21st through March 15th, with various headlining dates scattered throughout.

From there, the band will take a short break before joining Amon Amarth for two weeks' worth of shows from May 1st to May 21st. Due to scheduling conflicts between the two tours, Goatwhore will not appear on six of the Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary tour stops. See a full listing of dates below.

Goatwhore also recently completed tracking the follow-up to "Constricting Rage Of The Merciless." Titled "Vengeful Ascension," the band's latest studio offering was captured at
Earth Analog near Champaign, Illinois. More...

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Infernal Angels Streaming Full Album

Infernal Angels just released new album "Ars Goetia" and is now happy to present the full album streaming online. Check it out below or via the My Kingdom Music YouTube page.

My Kingdom also comments: "The first feedback is absolutely thrilling. Here the Italian black / deathsters present to you all their 4th full-length album 'Ars Goetia' including the killer official video of 'Belial: The Deceiver' and the three songs where Mancan from Ecnephias, Lorenzo from Frostmoon Eclipse and Snarl from Black Faith offer their voice as special guests. The album is a black monolith and we hope you'll enjoy it!" More...

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Sect Inks Deal With Southern Lord

Southern Lord has signed North American hardcore outfit Sect, comprised of an international cast of scene veterans hailing from the likes of Cursed, Burning Love, Earth Crisis, Catharsis, Undying, and Day Of Suffering.

The result of these musicians' alignment is a caustic, riotous, belligerent style of vile hardcore fed by a boundless well of socio-political vitriol. With two countries and four hometowns between them, Sect was born when two project ideas between tour mates merged into the same experiment, finally taking shape in 2015 and culminating in recording sessions in Raleigh, North Carolina in early 2016.

The band unites vocalist Chris Colohan (Cursed, Burning Love, Left For Dead), guitarists James Chang (Catharsis, Undying) and Scott Crouse (Earth Crisis, The Path Of Resistance), bassist Steve Hart (Day Of Suffering), and drummer Andy Hurley (Racetraitor, Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things).

Offers Colohan of signing with Southern Lord: "My rule of thumb with labels these days is to work with one that I own at least five LPs from. Smart music business opportunities don't mean shit without a true respect for each others' tastes, aesthetic and passions. More...

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Gojira Gearing Up For U.S. Touring

Gojira just announced a run of U.S. headline dates, which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 - 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 - 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time. For tickets and more information visit this location.

The announcement follows Gojira’s recent Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance with the "Silvera" track and Best Rock Album for "Magma" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Furthermore, Gojira was recently announced as support for Metallica on a string of North American dates, joining the WorldWired tour along with Avenged Sevenfold on July 29th at Los Angeles, CA’s Rose Bowl and continuing on the road through August 16th.

Additionaly, this coming spring Gojira is set to embark on a string of U.S. dates with Opeth that will kick-off May 4th at Nashville, Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium and will also see Gojira performing festival sets at Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5th) and Rock On The Range (May 19th-21st). More...

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Fuck You Pay Me Announces New Album

Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore unit Fuck You Pay Me, led by Tony Erba (Face Value, H100's, Gordon Solie Mother Fuckers, 9 Shocks Terror), will release the "Dumbed Down" full-length album via Tankcrimes on March 24th.

Self-described as, "fast, negative, anthemic dark hardcore done correctly," the band further elaborates: "economic desperation; the wrong color on a pregnancy test; dropping your phone into the shitter; 3:17 AM at Steve's Hot Dogs... We sound a lot like that

The album was captured at Negative Space in Cleveland by John Delzoppo and mastered at Mammoth Sound in Santa Cruz, California by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust).

1. Dumbed Down
2. Ammosexual
3. Opt Out
4. Dark Side Of The Spoon
5. Saint Dorner
6. Douche Chills
7. Steubenville City Limits
8. 50 White Dudes With Machetes/Crisis Actors
9. You Hate Me And I Hate You More...

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Nightqueen Posts Video Revealing New Vocalist

Belgian symphonic power metal act announced that the new vocalist will be Hellen Heart. The announcement came via a video clip, which you can check out in the player below. The clip features a compilation of singles featuring the vocalist.

The band will post more information with a full interview with Heart on April 1st. In addition, the date and venue of Heart's first live gig with the band will be revealed.

Nightqueen last released the album "rEvolution" independently with now departed vocalist Keely Larreina. Check out the clip here:

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Vermilion Whiskey Premieres Pre-Release Album

We've been eagerly awaiting the "Spirit Of Tradition" album ever since hard-rockin' Louisana outfit Vermilion Whiskey hooked us up with that Pit Story about the debauchery of the NOLA scene.

We're almost there now, with the album due to drop this Friday, February 17th! Just two days removed from the official release date, today we're premiering "Spirit Of Tradition" in full - listen in below and let us know what you think.

The band's blend of metal with southern and classic rock is refreshing in a sea of groove clones. Hailing from South Louisiana, Vermilion Whiskey is a working man's band, steeped in whiskey and fueled by rocking tradition. The new album's track listing is:

1. Road King
2. The Past is Dead
3. Come Find Me
4. Monolith
5. One Night
6. Loaded up More...

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Unruly Child Releases New Song "Someday Somehow"

Hard Rock veterans Unruly Child are streaming the new song "Someday Somehow." The song appears on the highly anticipated new studio release "Can't Go Home," due out via Frontiers Music Srl on February 24th.

The track listing for "Can't Go Home" is:

1. The Only One
2. Four Eleven
3. Driving Into The Future
4. Get On Top
5. See If She Floats
6. She Can't Go Home (song streaming here)
7. Point Of View
8. Ice Cold Sunshine
9. When Love Is Here
10. Sunlit Sky
11. Someday Somehow

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Hammr Signs With Hells Headbangers Records

Today, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Hammr. Highly impressed by the band's self-titled debut EP in 2015, not to mention hailing from the label's home base of Cleveland, the first fruit of this union shall be Hammr's debut album "Unholy Destruction," which shall be released later this year.

Hammr was formed in Cleveland, Ohio by J. Hammer in 2013. As a strictly solo endeavor, Hammr recorded a full digital-only demos album, which caught the attention of several labels. From there, the band went on to release the Hammr EP in 2015, first digitally and then on cassette tape through Hota Rex, the latter of which quickly sold out. Other plans for releases were delayed due to label managers going to jail as well as the usual financial delays, which led J. Hammer to start releasing demo singles directly to the metal people. It was during this time that he met the folks behind Hells Headbangers and also Demona founder Tanza Speed, who both took a lot of interest in Hammr. Once he received the offer, J. Hammer decided to hold off on recordings for other labels, and use some of his demos and new material for the imminent debut album, "Unholy Destruction." More...

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Arduini/Balich Streams New Song "The Fallen"

Arduini/Balich - the result of two very powerful figures in in the metal scene. Victor Arduini (Fates Warning) and Brian "Butch" Balich (Argus) - is streaming the new song "The Fallen." The song appears on the upcoming debut release "Dawn of Ages," which is set for release on February 24th via Cruz Del Sur Music.

The album will be available as a deluxe 6-panel digipack CD and gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus: Uriah Heep's "Sunrise", Beau Brummels' "Wolf Of Velvet Fortune" and Black Sabbath's "After All (The Dead)."

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover)

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Bereft Posts New Song "We Wept"

Wisconsin blackened doom metal band Bereft (not to be confused with the California band) has released the first song from the upcoming new album "Lands," which is targeted to drop on March 31st via Prosthetic Records. Check out "We Wept" in the player below.

The track listing for "Lands" is:

1. We Wept
2. The Ritual
3. In Filth
4. Waning Light More...

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Leathermask Issues "Noise" Lyric Video

Italian metal act Leathermask posted a new lyric video for the song "Noise." The track is lifted from the band's debut full length record "Lithic," which was just issued at the end of January via Sleazy Rider Records.

Check out the clip here:

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No Good Advice Signs To Argonauta Records

Italian stoner rockers No Good Advice are the latest addition to the Argonauta Records roster.

No Good Advice was formed in Turin in Fall 2012. The band mixes the music influences of its members - which ranges from Black Sabbath to Kyuss and from Motörhead to Pink Floyd. They play stoner rock with a massive use of powerful riffs and fast rhythm sections.

A new release, which is the follow-up to the debut EP "Prehistoric Overdrive" (RMN Music) is targeted for release in April 2017.

Stay tuned for more details. More...

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DangerAngel Releases "Call My Name" Video Clip

DangerAngel issued a new video clip for the song "Call My Name." The song appears on the band's latest release "All The King’s Horses," which is available from MelodicRock Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Treat To Issue New Live CD, DVD, Blu-Ray

Frontiers Music srl is happy to announce the release of the first in a series of live albums and videos captured at the popular annual Frontiers Rock Festival. The first artist in the series is the legendary Swedish melodic rockers Treat, who will release the band's first ever live CD and first live DVD/BLU-RAY in over 10 years entitled “The Road More or Less Traveled – Live in Milano” on April 21, 2017.

On April 23, 2016, Treat played a hotly anticipated set at Frontiers Rock Festival III. Held close to Milano, Italy, this was the third annual edition of the festival and saw Treat playing hot on the heels of the release of the latest studio album, “Ghost Of Graceland." The release date of this live album happens to be about one year after the initial performance took place and almost coincides with the 2017 edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival as well.

The band took the stage by storm, opening the show with the title track from the last studio album and showcasing a very special lineup, which features H.E.A.T. keyboardist Jona Tee taking the place of Patrik Appelgren for this exclusive performance. Treat offered a show with a great mixture of new and recent songs taken from their latest album, the highly regarded 2010 release "Coup De Grace," and classic songs from the good ol’ days including "World Of Promises," "Get You On The Run" and "Ready For The Taking." More...

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Nachtgeschrei Releases New Single, Video Clip

German modern folk metal act Nachtgeschrei issued a video clip for the band's brand new song/single "Tiefenrausch" ("Trilogy"). The song is available from SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Metall Announce Debut Release "Metalheads"

Founded in 1982 under the moniker Headless, Germany's Metall disbanded after one demo in 1987 ("Studio Tracks 1987-89). In 2013, the band reunited as Metall and signed on to Iron Shield Records for the upcoming debut album "Metalheads." Expect the album to drop on April 7th via Iron Shield, with distribution worldwide via Pure Steel Records.

The track listing for "Metalheads" is:

1. Metalheads
2. Fly
3. Crimson King
4. The Gods Above The Sky
5. Riding On The Storm
6. Glory
7. Imperium
8. Wrath More...

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Demonic Resurrection Unleashes "Kurma" Lyric Video

Indian epic death/black metal band Demonic Resurrection released a lyric video for the second track from the highly anticipated new album "Dashavatar." Check out the clip below.

"Dashavatar" is coming March 15th via Demonstealer Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Matsya - The Fish (see lyric video here)
2. Kurma - The Tortoise
3. Varaha - The Boar
4. Vamana - The Dwarf
5. Narasimha - The Man-Lion
6. Parashurama - The Axe Wielder
7. Rama - The Prince
8. Krishna - The Cowherd
9. Buddha - The Teacher
10. Kalki - The Destroyer Of Filth

Behold - "Kurma - The Tortoise" here: More...

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Eternal Rest Announces New Album

Australian Tech death terrorists Eternal Rest revealed the artwork for the front cover of the band's upcoming new album "A Death in the Darkness." The album will be released worldwide on March 24th through Truth Inc Records

"A Death in the Darkness" was mixed and mastered by Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studios, New York (Suffocation, Obituary) and features a guest appearance from Psycroptic guitarist Joe Haley.

The album features the following track listing:

1. The Garment of Death
2. Abolished
3. Scorned in Fractured Light
4. If My Dreams Wore A Crown
5. Heralds of Woe
6. Halls of Misery
7. Enlightened by Darkness (featuring Joe Haley - Psycroptic)
8. Atop the Towers
9. Extinguished
10. The Nectar of Evil
11. Curse You All More...

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Uneven Structure Reveals "La Partition" Details

French progressive metal sextet Uneven Structure finally announced the new album "La Partition" will be issued on April 21st, 2017 via Long Branch Records. A teaser clip for "La Partition" can be viewed below.

"La Partition" is a full concept album and the follow-up to the bands first EP "8" (2009) and the debut full-length "Februus" (2011), which both received great feedback and critical acclaim. A brand new single will be released very soon!

Hailing from France, one of the biggest markets and breeding stock for bands within the tech metal and progressive rock scene, Uneven Structure was formed in may 2008 from the intention of Benoit Friedrich (bass) and Igor Omodei (guitar) to finally bring the technically enhanced and progressive music they had been working on for themselves alive. The sound they were aiming to create was a one of a kind merger of groovy polyrythmic guitar riffs with huge slick of ambient guitar leads, which they undoubtedly accomplished. More...

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Nighon Announces New Album "The Somme"

Finnish industrial/symphonic metal act Nighon issued a video clip for the new song "The Greatest of Catastrophes," which you can enjoy in the player below. The song is the first single from the band's second studio effort "The Somme," which drops on May 5th via Inverse Records.

Nighon was formed in 2008, in Pietarsaari, Finland. The sound has evolved into an unique blend of symphonic movie music and industrial metal. Nighon released its first record "Cor Oblivionis" in 2014 on Univocal Records. The band has gigged with bands like myGRAIN, Magenta Harvest, Finntroll, Kill The Kong and Arkentype.

"The Somme" was recorded in Soundspiral Audio and Nighon's home studio. It was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg Sweden.

The album is a conceptual release with stories from World War I, World War II and the similarities between those and the crises we see today in our world. The sound is much more extreme than previous Nighon compositions, widening the contrasts even more than before. The album is supposed to be heard in it’s entirety non-stop. The single “The Greatest of Catastrophes” is a blend of the outbreak of World War I and the Ukraine crisis. The video was filmed during the winter 2016 by Kasper Dalkarl, David Viklund and Stephanie Blomqvist. More...

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Mexican Chili Funeral Party Issues New Album

Italy's Mexican Chili Funeral Party issued the brand new album "Mexican Warriors' Revenge" today (February 15th) via Sliptrick Records.

The band was formed in the summer of 2009 in Milan utilizing influences such as Kyuss, Brant Bjork, Queens of The Stone Age, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The four have developed over the years, crafting a distinctive style by entering the stoner and hard rock realm. The band released the debut self titled album in 2014 and have since built a strong reputation on the live circuit supporting such luminary’s as with Fu Manchu, The Shrine, Unida, Zu, Spirit Caravan, Nick Oliveri and God Is an Astronaut amongst others.

Recorded in 2016 at Anam studio by Marcello Mantovani and mixed at Bordello Studio by Marco Bonanomi, the new Mexican Chili Funeral Party album, "Mexican Warriors’ Revenge" is made up of eleven high-octane, energy-infused tracks that blend stoner rock, power rock and grunge influences. The album is nothing if not original. Each song has its own story and at the same time stands as a piece of the album’s conceptual puzzle: the journey and the exploration of distant lands, both real and imaginary, are the leitmotiv of the entire project.

"Mexican Warriors’ Revenge" stands out from the band’s previous work in as much as aside from being artistically more mature, the record’s instinctual component is perfectly blended with a more rational one in terms of selecting the best sounds and arrangements to realize their vision.

The track listing is as follows:

1. 01
2. Vespucci
3. Power Of Love
4. La Ballata Del Korkovihor, Pt. II
5. Ranger
6. Waiting For The Sun
7. 1605
8. Lu Curt
9. Tomahawk
10. 11
11. Seul B More...

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D.R.I. Announces More Tour Dates

After just announcing a string of tour dates in Canada (over here), hardcore/metal crossover pioneers D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) added Australian and North American dates for the “But Wait…There's More" Tour.

The full slate of confirmed dates can be found below:

AUSTRALIA 2017
02.16.17 CANBERRA, AU - TRANSIT LOUNGE
02.17.17 SYDNEY, AU - FACTORY FLOOR
02.18.17 BRISBANE, AU - CROWBAR
02.19.17 SYDNEY, AU - BLACKWIRE (all ages)

PUERTO RICO 2017
03.25.17 SAN JUAN, PR - LA RESPUESTA

WESTERN CANADA 2017
04.21.17 WINNIPEG, CAN - MANITOBA METALFEST
04.22.17 SASKATOON, CAN - LOUIS
04.23.17 EDMONTON, CAN - UNION HALL
04.24.17 CALGARY, CAN - MARQUEE
04.26.17 VANCOUVER, CAN - RICKSHAW THEATER

NORTHWEST 2017
04.28.17 SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
04.29.17 PORTLAND, OR - DANTE'S
04.30.17 EUGENE, OR - WHIRLED PIES
05.01.17 GRANTS PASS, OR - SOUND LOUNGE
05.02.17 RED BLUFF, CA - OPHIDIAN STUDIOS
05.03.17 RENO, NV - SHEAS TAVERN
05.04.17 SACRAMENTO, CA - ACE OF SPADES
05.05.17 SALINAS, CA - FOX THEATER
05.06.17 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SLIMS
05.07.17 WILLITS, CA - COMMUNITY CENTER

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Wintersun Reveals "The Forest Seasons" Track List

Finnish act Wintersun issued the track listing for the upcoming new release "The Forest Seasons." An Indigogo campaign for the album commences on March 1st (stay tuned for link). Today, vocalist/guitarist Jari Mäenpää revealed track-by-track information about each song on the release.

In a statement on Facebook, Mäenpää stated: "This album is more primitive and organic than I normally like to do, but still modern, melodic, epic, bombastic yet also dark and dare I say even shocking and we love it! It is new and different, 'cause I don´t like doing the same thing over and over, but it's still very much a Wintersun album - although Wintersun can be anything, even techno/trance/pop... There are no limits with the music of Wintersun!

"It is a longer album than 'TIME I' running over 53 minutes and for once I'm 100% happy with the sounds and the production. The sound fits PERFECTLY for this album! This album actually sounds great in every sound system/speakers/headphones I've listened to it! If you are a Wintersun fan you won't be disappointed! It has everything you would expect from a Wintersun album, that we can promise you! And if you're not a fan, you might like it anyway, because it has lot of variety and new dimensions to our sound and style.

"'The Forest Seasons' album was something that I could do with my current resources, but it doesn't take anything away how great the album is. Because it is killer! And music isn't measured in money. Album costing hundred bucks or a million bucks can be equally good albums. (But the unfortunate thing is that certain albums can only be done with higher end production and then again some albums would sound like shit with a big budget production and vice versa, some albums would sound like shit with low budget production and some albums would sound killer with low budget production!)

"The album has four epic and monumental songs, all very different, but still merging together perfectly like the season changes. Two of the songs, 'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' and 'Eternal Darkness (Autumn)' are multipart songs like 'Starchild' and 'Sons of Winter and Stars'.

"AWAKEN FROM THE DARK SLUMBER (SPRING)

"'Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)' is the starting track. It's a very energetic song illustrating the awakening of nature and it will build up to a big climax! (This song has this album's "killer riff"... forest style!) More...

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The Bearer Debuts New Song "Maru Says Hello"

Austin, TX outfit The Bearer debuts a new song entitled "Maru Says Hello", taken from the upcoming new EP "Fiction", which will be released on March 10 (digital and vinyl) by CoinTossRecords and Blasphemour Records.

Check out now "Maru Says Hello" below.

Comments the band’s guitarist Michael: More...

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Lucifera Premieres "Los Demonios de Loudun"

Colombian metal outfit Lucifera premieres a new song entitled "Los Demonios de Loudun", taken from the upcoming new album "Preludio Del Mar", which will be released on February 24th, 2017 via Morbid Skull Records.

Check out now "Los Demonios de Loudun" below.

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Restos Humanos Streaming "Aquel Ojo"

Restos Humanos is streaming a new song titled "Aquel Ojo", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, out in stores now via Epidemia Recs, Power From Hell Records, Grindfather Productions and Eyes Of The Dead Productions. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Mal De Testa Records, Tombolo (PD), in December 2016.

Check out now "Aquel Ojo" below.

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Sloth Herder Streaming New Song

"Doli Incapax" is the torrential new single from demented avant-death/grind outfit, Sloth Herder, culled from the band's impending "No Pity, No Sunrise" full-length album.

Maryland-based Grimoire Records presents Sloth Herder's merciless proper debut full-length recording on March 24th, 2017.

The follow-up to the obscure 2012 EP "Abandon Pop Sensibility," this new release presents a monstrous, fourteen-track attack in just over thirty-five minutes delivered by vocalist Josh Lyon, bassist Luke Ibach, drummer Sean Wilhide, and guitarist Nick Craggs, and additional sounds by Ryan Neal. More...

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Junius Debuts New Song "Clean The Beast"

Junius debuts a new song entitled "Clean The Beast", taken from the forthcoming album, "Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light", which will be out in stores March 03rd via Prosthetic Records.

Check out now "Clean The Beast" below.

Junius will be touring the east coast in April with InAeona: More...

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Gruesome Premieres Title Track From Upcoming EP

Death worshipping death metal outfit Gruesome premieres the title track from the band's upcoming new EP "Fragments Of Psyche", which will be out in stores on March 31st through Relapse Records. Former Death drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic) guests on this particular new track.

Check out now "Fragments Of Psyche" below.

Says vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) of it: More...

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Born Of Osiris Debuts Re-Envisioned "Abstract Art"

Born Of Osiris debuts its re-envisioned version of "Abstract Art", taken from the band's upcoming re-recorded debut EP, "The New Reign", which will arrive in stores on February 24th through Sumerian Records.

Check out now "Abstract Art" below.

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Legion Massacre Releases "Caged And Tortured"

Legion Massacre has released debut EP "Caged and Tortured," which was mixed and mastered by George Bokos (Ex-Rotting Christ ex-Nightfall, Stone Cold Dead) at Grindhouse Studios studios.

The band was formed in 2011 by Stavros Mpont (guitarist) and soon after Carlos Reyes (vocals/bass) and Riccardo Grechi (drums) joined the band for today's complete lineup.

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Woe Streaming "The Ones We Lost"

U.S. black metal unit Woe will release new "Hope Attrition" full-length album next month via new label home Vendetta Records. In advance of its release and in conjunction with Valentine's Day, today "The Ones We Lost" is offered up for public feasting.

"If the name doesn't give it away, 'The Ones We Lost' is about coming to terms with a loved one's death," elaborates founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg. "For me, it is the most draining song of Woe's entire catalog. I, the other members of the band, and seemingly everyone I know had to deal with sudden deaths of family and friends over the past few years. Even if you recover, it leaves you changed."

He goes on to say, "The cognitive dissonance between your body's sense of something fundamentally broken in the world and the world's indifference never really goes away. I think of this song as the emotional centerpiece of the album, a statement about grappling with the individual's powerlessness in the face of the ultimate, final uncaring force." More...

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Obituary Premieres New Song "No"

Obituary premieres a new song titled "No". The track is taken from Decibel Magazine’s flexi disc series. The band's self-titled new album is scheduled for a March 17th release date via Relapse Records.

Check out now "No" below.

Obituary will be touring with Kreator, Midnight and Horrendous this spring. Here’s the itinerary: More...

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Gift Giver Posts Kid Rock Cover

Gift Giver is streaming a cover of Kid Rock’s "Bawtidaba", which served as one of the single’s from Kid Rock's 11x platinum selling 1998 album, "Devil Without A Cause".

Check out now "Bawtidaba" below.

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