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Metal News for February 17, 2016

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At The Gates Inspires Generations of Austinites

In Central Texas, the weekend that fell on Friday, February 12th through the 14th was filled with great shows featuring major European extreme metal bands, bands that rarely appear in North America. First, I caught Cradle of Filth (visit link) put on a spectacular show at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio. Two days later, the immortal At The Gates made it’s first ever appearance in Austin.

The forerunners of melodic death previously toured North America in 2008 with Darkest Hour and Municipal Waste. Then, they played San Antonio. Due to a publicist error, I couldn’t get into that show, so I partook in other debaucheries. I did, however, catch At The Gates tour twenty-years ago with Morbid Angel and Dissection as the opener. (Readers may have seen them on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise or Maryland Death Fest).

I didn’t know anything about them. I was there to see Dissection (the only time I caught the band), but liked what I heard and shortly after became a fan of Gothenburg bands. Twenty years later and I can sing all the songs, pump my fest and bang my head with the rest of the packed club at the Mohawk’s punk/metal-friendly club. More...

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Caedis Details New Album "Rise Of The Crocotaur"

Spanish groove metal act Caedis announced details of the forthcoming album "Rise of the Crocotaur," which is set to be issued by Xtreem Music.

Caedis combines elements which go from groove metal from the 90's, to the most recent tendencies of the European Extreme Metal, going through the dense sludge, epic passages and influences typical of the most classic Metal. The mixture is impressive.

Miguel Bárez and Mario Sánchez as guitar players, Chema Cobas as the drummer, Guillermo González as the bass player and Carlos E. Serrano as the Singer, they support a solid musical career in bands as Hell's Fire, Holycide, Inntrance, Avulsed (Live session guitar), Opium Relax, No Fate).

"Rise of the Crocotaur" is a dynamic and suggestive work which will fulfill the metal fans’ expectations. The track list is as follows:

1. Demise of the Lord
2. Of Thorns and Nails
3. Point of No Return
4. Retard Society
5. Perfect Punishment
6. Into the Flames More...

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Lamori Signs With Wormholedeath Records

Wormholedeath Records announced that Finnish melancholic metal combo Lamori has just signed a worldwide deal for the release of the new album "To Die Once Again."

The Band stated: "Lamori are excited to announce the signing with Wormholedeath for the release of the new album 'To Die Once Again.' The band has been occupied with the album for this last year. It has been a fantastic experience to work with these guys. They are all super supportive and we had a great time doing this album. We are all really thrilled about the release.
The signing with Wormholedeath has been a fantastic opportunity for the band. We have been around for some years now and put down a lot of hard work into this. To now get that push in the right direction, it really feels great. It lights a fire of enthusiasm in you. This new album is a unifying mix of everything we love about music. It has a bit of everything in there, wrapped in a dark cloth – black as the night."

The band have prepared an official album teaser which can be heard below. The track list and album artwork are as follows:

1. T.D.O.A Prelude
2. Until Death (Do Us Part)
3. Lost in Love
4. Chapter IV
5. To Die Once Again
6. Follow the Ghost
7. Drown Me
8. The Beauty of a Wilted Rose
9. Intermezzo
10. Wicked Little Things
11. Palace of Pleasure
12. T.D.O.A Postlude More...

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Pro-Pain To Tour U.S./Europe, Catalog Re-Releases

SPV/Steamhammer and Gary Meskil have recently signed a worldwide deal for the back-catalogue of Pro-Pain. The first two legendary albums "Foul Taste Of Freedom" and "The Truth Hurts" will be the first to be reissued (digipak and LP versions). These massive re-releases will hit the streets on May 27th, 2016. More details are coming soon.

In other related news, Pro-Pain announced the band's first North American Tour in nearly 7 years. The tour is scheduled to commence on May 31st at Churchill's in Miami Fl. A European Tour has also been scheduled for the summer, to further commemorate 25 Years of Pro-Pain and to celebrate the re-release of their first two groundbreaking albums "Foul Taste Of Freedom" and "The Truth Hurts".

North American Tour 2016 dates are as follows:

5/31: Miami, FL @ Churchills
6/1: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
6/2: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
6/3: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
6/6: Reading, PA @ Reverb
6/7: New York, NY @ Santos Party House
6/8: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
6/9: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
6/10: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
6/11: Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
6/12: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
6/13: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
6/14: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom More...

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Novembre Posts "Umana" Lyric Video

Novembre, Italy's atmospheric death/doom metal purveyor, has released the first track "Umana" from its new album "URSA," due to be released on April 1st via Peaceville. View the "Umana" lyric video below.

Founding member and writer Carmelo Orlando commented on the track: "'Umana' (Italian for 'humane') is quite an old track, maybe eight years old, but it somehow managed to remain fresh. It's the first step into our new era, where songs got rid of useless frills and soar up above more easily. Also, lyrically, we expanded into new territories, a no man's land where philosophy, sociology and psychology meet. We let a giant like philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti speak for us."

"URSA" is available to pre-order on CD and LP from the Peaceville webstore at this location. Pre-orders also come with a bonus free three track EP "Annoluce," plus two exclusive tracks.

Novembre's seventh album "URSA" was recorded at Blue Noise Studio and PlayRec studio by Massimiliano Pagliuso, then mixed and mastered at Unisound Studios by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath). Cover art comes courtesy of Travis Smith.

After a period of inactivity since 2007's The Blue, which involved the departure of longstanding member Giuseppe Orlando, Novembre returns with a new set of potent and poignant tracks, effortlessly transitioning between soothing, epic, melancholy and intense, from what is one of the originators of the whole atmospheric death/doom scene. Headed by founding member and writer Carmelo Orlando, and with a reinvigorated musical alliance with Massimiliano Pagliuso, the line-up is completed by Fabio Fraschini (previously bassist on the Materia album) and David Folchitto on drums. There is also a special guest appearance from Anders Nyström of the Swedish doom master Katatonia, adding his own unique 'cold' touch to the album's single track "Annoluce."

Added Carmelo Orlando: "This album is a very important step in my life. It got me closer to what some may call 'maturity.' I've been able to delve even deeper into the chasm of the subconscious and unearth gems I didn't think existed. Lyrically and conceptually I explored new shores. I moved my ever-inwards headlights, and for the first time I dared to point them outwards, against the squalor of this Orwellian apocalypse we're committing towards the Earth and its sons, on a daily basis, in quasi-total indifference."

The track listing for "URSA" is:

1. Australis
2. The Rose
3. Umana
4. Easter
5. URSA
6. Oceans of Afternoons
7. Annoluce
8. Agathae
9. Bremen
10. Fin

Check out "Umana" here: More...

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Metal Church Announces U.S. Tour

Hard rock titans Metal Church are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records (Nuclear Blast in EU) release "XI," which is due out on March 25th.

The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for "XI" will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. Metal Church will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to this location.

"XI" marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via this location. A limited number of the deluxe international versions are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself.

The track list for "XI" is:

1. Reset
2. Killing Your Time (see lyric video here)
3. No Tomorrow (see music video here)
4. Signal Path
5. Sky Falls In
6. Needle & Suture
7. Shadow
8. Blow Your Mind
9. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools

For the current list of tour dates check out the image below: More...

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Van Canto Premieres "The Bardcall"

In 2006, Van Canto surprised the world of metal with a revolutionary idea: to perform metal music with vocals and drums only. Nine years later, after five top 20 releases in Germany, sold out headlining tours throughout Europe and festival performances taking the band from Wacken to Australia, Van Canto now mark a new chapter in the story of “metal a cappella”: Vocal Metal Musical.

“Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we’ve been working on this concept – and now we’re finally able to share it with the world," says founding band member Stef.

March 11th will see the release of the brand new Van Canto album “Voices Of Fire” on earMUSIC. For this release, the band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch (“Die Trolle” – engl. “The Trolls”) who is going to release his new fantasy novel “Feuerstimmen” on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag. Pre-order the album at this location.

“We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild… like Van Canto does,” explains lead singer Sly who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch.

"On the one hand working closely with Van Canto was a lot of fun but on the other hand it was also very demanding,” adds author Christoph Hardebusch. “The great picture can only be achieved when creative minds interact with each other; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Right from the start, story and music has been a unit which has influenced and fueled each other."

The cover artwork for “Voices Of Fire” as well as its various illustrations were created by fantasy artist Osmar Arroyo from South America. “For this album, we wanted people to actually see the most important scenes. Omar is a great artist who understands our vision,” Ross, responsible for the guitar vocals, adds.

The track list for the album is:

1. Prologue
2. Clashings on Armour Plates (see lyric video here)
3. Dragonwake
4. Time and Time Again
5. All My Life
6. Battleday's Dawn
7. Firevows (Join the Journey)
8. The Oracle
9. The Betrayal
10. We Are One
11. The Bardcall
12. To Catharsis
13. Epilogue

Today, Van Canto has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the new music video for the track "The Bardcall." The video features Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies. Check it out here: More...

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Wisdom Releases "Rise Of The Wise" Preview

Hungarian power metal act Wisdom, featuring new Alestorm guitarist Máté Bodor, released a preview clip of the new album "Rise of the Wise." The album is out on February 26th via NoiseArt Records. The album features a guest appearance by Sabaton's Joakim Broden.

The track list for the album is:

1. Over the Wall
2. Raven's Night
3. My Heart Is Alive
4. Hunting the Night
5. Hero
6. Through the Fire
7. Nightmare of the Seas
8. Believe in Me
9. Secret Life
10. Welcome to My Story
11. Rise of the Wise

Check out the clip here: More...

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Savage Master Reveals Title, Artwork Of New LP

Kentucky-based traditional metal act Savage Master announced the new studio album "With Whips and Chains." The album will be issued on April 22nd via Skol Records and High Roller Records on CD, LP and digital download.

The cover artwork can be viewed below. More information on the album is expected very soon.

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Withem Signs With Frontiers Music Srl

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian progressive metal band Withem for the release of the band’s sophomore album, "The Unforgiving Road."

Inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan's Mind, Dream Theater, and Circus Maximus among others, Withem started in 2011 when Øyvind Voldmo Larsen (guitars) and Ketil Ronold (keyboards) met the gifted drummer Frank Nordeng Røe. Soon they were joined by the voice talent Ole Aleksander Wagenius. While on the debut album bass duties were taken care of by the special guest Andreas Blomqvist from Seventh Wonder, now the band has Portugal-born Miguel Pereira fully integrated as the bassist in their lineup.

Withem’s music incorporates elements of progressive metal, symphonic metal and straightforward heavy metal. Creative virtuoso musicians, together with the unique vocal abilities of Ole Aleksander Wagenius, give the band a much-needed distinctive touch to stand out in the progressive metal scene.

The band states: "We were overwhelmed with the reviews and reactions we received worldwide on our first album, and we couldn’t wait for the next Withem chapter to take place. We pretty much set a goal for a follow-up soon after ProgPower USA 2014. Soon after we started the writing process, and entered the studio in January 2015 to pursue that 'difficult second album.' We are extremely happy that we could join forces with Frontiers Music Srl and 'The Unforgiving Road' will hopefully leave our listeners with a smile on their faces. We tried to stick to our guns when it comes to keeping a strong melodic approach to each song, while taking advantage of the unique abilities of every instrument. Overall we feel that the sound and production has evolved into an even more mature and modern landscape and we can’t wait to share 'The Unforgiving Road' with our friends and fans!"

More details including release date and shows will be revealed in the weeks ahead. More...

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Know Your Nemesis Signs With Wormholedeath

Norwegian modern metal act Know Your Nemesis signed on with Wormholedeath for the release of the new album "Break the Chain" (release date to be announced soon). To celebrate this event the band have prepared a full song preview, which can be streamed in the player below.

The band commented: "We are very excited to have signed with WormHoleDeath. This is a great opportunity for us to spread our music and share it with the world. We had a lot of fun on our trip to Italy and we sure hope it wasn’t the last time. We feel we are ready to take on the challenge of being a published artist aswell as living up to the expectations of fans and that of the music industry, as this has been a life-long dream for all of us!"

Formed in 2009, Know Your Nemesis started their journey in Kongsvinger, Norway. Since it’s foundation by Ole Petter Bjørnseth (guitar/vocals) and Marius Haugen (guitar), a few members have been in and out, resulting in the current line-up. During 2014 Ole Kristian Bekkevold (bass) and Birk William Hynne (drums) joined the band, making the band complete again.

The track list for the album is:

1. Fade Away
2. Metaphor Of Broken Dreams
3. Break The Chain
4. Breathe
5. Blind Me
6. Are We Alone (Unholy War)
7. So Be It
8. Freedom Call
9. End Of Me
10. Free My Fears More...

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Ravensire Streaming New Album In Full

"The Cycle Never Ends," the new album from Portuguese Epic Metallers Ravensire, is now streaming in its entirety in the player below. Purchase the digital download of the album over at this location.

"The Cycle Never Ends" is out now in North America via Cruz Del Sur Music. Order the CD at this location.

Formed in 2010, Ravensire built a strong reputation in the European underground metal movement with their two previous albums "Iron Will" (2012) and "We March Forward" (2013). Given that Ravensire's sound is genuinely devoted to the likes of Omen, old Manowar, and Brocas Helm, both albums were highly acclaimed by epic Metal fans, fueling the band's songwriting on "The Cycle Never Ends."

Check out the album here:

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Ereb Altor Issues "Twilight Of The Gods" Video

Swedish viking metal act Ereb Altor - featuring Isole members Daniel Bryntse (known as Ragnar) and Crister Olsson (known as Mats) - issued a music video for the track "Twilight of the Gods." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new Bathory tribute album entitled "Blot-Ilt-Taut," which is set to drop on February 26th via Cyclone Empire Records.

The track list for "Blot-Ilt-Taut" is as follows:

1. The Return of the Darkness and Evil
2. Woman of Dark Desires
3. A Fine Day to Die (song streaming here)
4. Blood Fire Death
5. Song to Hall Up High
6. Home of Once Brave
7. Twilight of the Gods

Check out "Twilight of the Gods" here: More...

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The Grindmother Premieres "Age Of Destruction"

The Grindmother, 67-year-old mother of Corrupt Leaders frontman, Rain Forest, premieres another new song and title track from her upcoming album "Age Of Destruction", which will be out in stores April 28.

Check out now "Age Of Destruction" below.

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Wage War Premieres New Music Video "Youngblood"

Ocala, FL's metalcore outfit Wage War premieres a new music video for "Youngblood", taken from the band's latest album "Blueprints", out in stores via Fearless Records.

Check out now "Youngblood" below.

Explains guitarist Cody Quistad the song, which tackles suicide and the aftermath it leaves: More...

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New Years Day Premieres New Music Video

Hard rock/melodic metal act New Years Day premieres a new music video entitled "I'm About to Break You", taken from the the band's latest album "Malevolence", out in stores via Another Century Records.

Check out now "I'm About to Break You" below.

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Rorcal Streaming New Track

Swiss blackened doom five-piece group Rorcal just unveiled the very first single from upcoming fourth album “Creon,” due out on March 25th. The "Haemon" track is now playing below.

A concept work based on the death of four well-known figures from the Greek mythology all linked to Creon, Rorcal’s new full-length album was recorded by Stéphane Kroug at Blend Studio and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions.

The album is is set for release on CD/LP formats this coming March 25th through Bleak Recordings, GPS Prod, Grains Of Sand Records, Lost Pilgrims Records, Wolves And Vibrancy Records, Division Records, Dullest Records, Longlegslongarms Records, and Unquiet Records.

1. Polyneikis
2. Antigoni
3. Haemon
4. Efrydiki More...

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Azrael's Bane Announces Double CD Release

Houston, Texas based heavy metal band Azrael's Bane and HighVolMusic have released the artwork and track listing for upcoming sophomore album "Modern Day Babylon," which is due to be released in April.

The "Baniac Pak" will include two full length CD's in a digipak: "Modern Day Babylon" and the band's debut "Wings of Innocence." Both recordings have been remixed and remastered with bonus tracks added. A CD release party is also scheduled for April 8th at BFE in Houston, Texas with Infidel Rising in support.

Vocalist Trey Gadler checked in with the following comment: "We're glad 'Modern Day Babylon' is getting an official release. Everything has been reconfigured for this release and we are looking forward to getting back out there. We've already started writing for the next one due out 2017." More...

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Doro Gearing Up For U.S. Shows

Doro Pesch will return to the U.S. next week for short run of live dates set to commence with an appearance on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise East, which will set sail from Miami, Florida on February 22nd.

From there, Doro and her band mates will make their way through seven venues, the trek coming to a close in Queens, New York at Blackthorn 51 on March 6th. Additionally, Doro will make an in-store meet-and-greet appearance at Rock Fantasy Records prior to her performance at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York on March 5th.

Says Doro of the upcoming dates: "I'm so excited to start the New Year with some tour dates in the states! I can't wait to see all the loyal fans again and many new faces. I'm so happy and honored to be part of the Monsters Of Rock cruise as well! We'll play all our highlights as well as the best songs of the Warlock era. You can expect a full metal, high-energy, amazing show with lots of heart, soul and true metal power!"

In related news, Doro will be honored with the Metal Goddess Award at this year's edition of the Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards in May at the Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. More...

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Infernal Outcry Releasing New EP

Infernal Outcry today releases a fiery taste of new music - a bombastic single called "Eclipsed," ripped straight from the heart of the "Mass Extinction Requiem I" EP due for release on March 18th.

For the uninitiated, Infernal Outcry is a technical and progressive extreme metal band based in Hobart, Tasmania. Punishing drums, maliciously methodical guitars, and deathly screams all play their part in luring the listener into a diverse musical landscape of weighty, multi-textured, and brooding compositions.

"Mass Extinction Requiem I" was produced by a legend of the Australian Metal scene, Joe Haley (Psycroptic). Vocalist Liana Eriksen also comments:

“One of the main themes I am interested in exploring is the emotional conflict arising from the awareness of our mortality, particularly in relation to the unsustainable and artificial nature of our global civilisation and its negative impacts on the natural world. The lyrics are an expression of the darker emotions that are experienced by humanity and attempt to provide the listener and creator with a form of catharsis by aiming to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us.” More...

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Kult Ov Azazel Working On Album

Hailing from Florida, the blasphemous and blackened metal act Kult Ov Azazel spits forth hate towards humanity and religion. The band's latest full length studio album "Destroying The Sacred" came out in 2009 via Arctic Music.

At the start of the year, Kult Ov Azazel revealed a new pre-production demo track for "Corpus Edimus, Sanguinem Bibimus," featuring a guest solo by Phil Fasciana of Malevolent Creation.

At this time, the band has half of a new album recorded as a pre-production demo and continues to forge forward with the recordings. "Violators of the Covenant" will be the first album recorded with the band's new line-up, featuring Hag (vocals), Necrol (guitar), Armanen (bass), along with longtime members Xaphan (guitar/vocals) and Hammer (drums).

The album will be recorded and produced by the band at S.B.S. Studio in Fort Lauderdale, FL and will include ten tracks. More information will be revealed shortly.

Kult Ov Azazel comments: "We are extremely pleased to announce we will be signing on with Alpha Omega for our management and booking. We have absolute belief that working with this fine organization will be what Kult Ov Azazel needs to excel to the next level. We are looking forward to releasing our fifth full length studio album, Violators of the Covenant, and getting out on tour in support of it. We know that with the help and support of Alpha Omega this will all become a reality much sooner than later."

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