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Metal News for February 17, 2017

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41 news articles posted on this day.


Sicocis Discusses "Requiem Of The World"

There's only a week left to go before Nevada metal outfit Sicocis officially drops new album "Requiem of the World" via M-Theory Audio.

As we get ever closer to that February 24th release date, the group - which previously won the title of best local metal band from Vegas Rocks magazine - got in touch with Metalunderground to discuss the impending studio offering and what's been going on with local Las Vegas venues.

Check out the full interview with Ernie, Rafael, Travis, and Rob below, along with streams of a few select tracks from "Requiem of the World."

xFiruath: How long has the band been together and what was Sicocis up to prior to the recording of “Requiem Of The World?”

Rafael: There have been many incarnations of the band from the garage band days to the new lineup that is today. The main journey began back in 2008 when we were at a Dark Tranquillity / Firewind show here in Las Vegas out off all places for a tour to stop by. We met our previous bassist at the show and quickly formed a band that represented that kind of music on that tour. A kind of band with the sound heavily influenced by European bands or American bands that strictly tour in European markets. Prior to the recordings we’ve just been getting out there playing with who we can where we can and we’ve been blessed to know some incredible promoters and music lovers in town that helped us share the stage with many amazing acts that helped build our reputation. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride getting to where we are now.

xFiruath: Is there a particular story behind the band name?

Rob: A long time ago (in a galaxy far away) I was messing around with different band name ideas on paper. I thought it would be clever to create a Palindrome that represented the idea of escape, and something that represents a circular connection, much like Yin and Yang, which inspired the symbol design (you can find each letter of SicociS in it as well).

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FreaKings Releasing "Toxic End"

Swiss group FreaKings is gearing up to release "Toxic End" on March 6th, 2017. Cover artwork and track listing can be seen below, while the following press release was issued about the band:

"Pure passion! Three very playful blokes who sacrifice everything for their cause of boiling heart blood, which the pump only gives. Axeman, speedfreak and shouter Jonathan Brutschin, bass player Toby Straumann and drummer Simon Straumann are FreaKings and whip the eardrums with ecstatic, wild, damn precise thrash metal! Old School to the bone! is the motto of master Brutschin and the capable Straumann brothers."

1. Hell on Earth
2. Future Vision
3. Violent Disaster
4. TxWxNxD
5. Toxic End
6. Friendly Fire
7. Brain Dead
8. Price of Freedom
9. Wave of Pain
10. Beer Attack
11. No More Excuses More...

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All Else Fails Streams New EP

All Else Fails' new EP "The Forever Lie" celebrates the band's existence for the last 10 years annihilating Canadians from coast to coast along with a ecent first international tour of India performing at the Unmaad Fest and the Alcheringa Fest.

In celebration of this 10th anniversary, the original line-up will be reuniting for a CD launch show in Edmonton, AB on February 18th at The Forge on Whyte to give local fans an exclusive night to remember.

For those who can't be there to hear "The Forever Lie" live, All Else Fails is now streaming all the tracks below. Vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko comments:

"All Else Fails has a surprise for everyone this Saturday! To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, the Original AEF lineup is going to get together for the first time since 2009 to play a few songs off our old albums! We may be older, we may be fatter, we may be dumber, but we definitely have more tattoos. I also want to mention, we literally couldn't have done it without our fans support during the crowdfund campaign that made this all possible. I think it's our best disc yet, and can't wait to hear what you all think." More...

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Kobra And The Lotus Reveals New Album

Explosive Canadian outfit Kobra And The Lotus has completed work on new album and Napalm Records debut "Prevail I." The album is set for release on May 12th and today the band reveals the artwork, track listing, and first single "Gotham."

Frontwoman Kobra Paige comments: "When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of it's journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it's more than just music.

"'Prevail I' is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we're really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we'd like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you're not alone."

1. Gotham
2. TriggerPulse
3. You Don't Know
4. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)
5. Light Me Up
6. Manifest Destiny
7. Victim
8. Check The Phyrg
9. Hell On Earth
10. Prevail More...

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Deathwish Prepares To "Unleash Hell"

Wisconsin's raging hardcore punk/thrash rock destroyers from Deathwish are prepared to assault the public with their second LP, "Unleash Hell," set for release on March 10th once again through Beer City Music And Skateboards.

The title track to the raging "Unleash Hell" is now playing below and pre-orders for the album can be found here. In support of the album, Deathwish will be hitting the road extensively.

Two U.S. tours will be with the legendary D.R.I. then one with the politically socially conscience hardcore/punk veterans M.D.C. Deathwish will also perform at Seven One Grind Fest this year as well as a three-week European tour in October. Stand by for full tour announcements in the weeks ahead.

1. Unleash Hell
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Watch You Burn
4. Rock N Roll Is One Hell Of A Drug
5. Live Fast Live Forever
6. God Has No Mercy
7. Destroyer at 2AM
8. Baptized In Fire
9. False Gods More...

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Aversio Humanitatis Streaming New Song

Spanish blackened death metal group Aversio Humanitatis just shared a new song from forthcoming EP "Longing for the Untold," which is set for release on March 1st via BlackSeed Productions.

Titled "Advent of the Inescapable," this new track can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. Recorded, mixed and mastered by guitarist S.D. at The Empty Hall Studio, “Longing for the Untold” follows the band’s previous album “Abandonment Ritual” released in 2012. The "Longing for the Untold" track listing is as follows:

1. Longing for the Untold
2. Prison of Shattered Glass
3. The Ever Shifting Path
4. Advent of the Inescapable More...

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Cattle Decapitation Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

This Sunday, San Diego deathgrind unit Cattle Decapitation will return to the road for a near-month-long U.S. jaunt as part of the Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary tour with labelmates Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone.

The band will begin this new journey on Sunday, February 19th in Wichita, Kansas with Allegaeon before uniting with Goatwhore on February 21st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The official anniversary tour begins on February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts and runs through March 18th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after which Cattle Decapitation will close the expedition with a final headlining show on March 19th in Phoenix, Arizona. More...

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Black Army Jacket Streaming Re-Issue

Magic Bullet is preparing to release two albums by infamous deactivated NYC powerviolence outfit Black Army Jacket. With both records prepared to be re-deployed into the public domain next week, today the entire fifty-track "Closed Casket" collection comes online for streaming.

The collection features various cassettes, 7"s, and splits in one convenient spot, culled from the band's self-titled, self-released cassette (1996), split with Spazz (1997), split with Corrupted (1997), split with Noothgrush, (1997), and "The Path Of Two Swords As One" 7" (1998).

Magic Bullet Records, celebrating the label's twentieth anniversary this year, will issue both "222" and "Closed Casket" on all digital platforms next Wednesday, February 22nd. More...

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Scour Announces First Show

Scour - the extreme metal collaboration uniting Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) - will play a first official show ever this weekend.

This inaugural performance will take place at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. To purchase tickets point your browser to this location. Scour will also appear at this year's edition of Hellfest in Clisson, France with additional live abrasions to be announced in the coming weeks.

2/19/2017 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA w/ Barghest, Witch Burial
6/16/2017 Hellfest - Clisson, FR More...

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Oceano Signs With Sumerian

Sumerian Records is pleased to announce the signing of Windy City deathcore titan Oceano. The band is currently recording the follow-up to 2015’s "Ascendants" at The Nook Recording Studio in New Lenox, IL and expects to release a 5th full-length album in late spring.

Vocalist Adam Warren comments: "I and the rest of Oceano are beyond honored to become a part of the Sumerian family. The journey of Oceano through its awakening was seemingly meant to bring us to such an exciting opportunity to work with the best label to truly visualize and amplify our music and message."

In other news, Oceano will hit the road this spring to headline The Revelation tour that kicks off on April 5th in Valparaiso, IN and wraps up on May 20 in Indianapolis, IN. Joining the tour will be Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, and No Zodiac. More...

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Lorna Shore Releases New Video

Today the New Jersey-based metal band Lorna Shore releases pulverizing sophomore full-length album "Flesh Coffin" with Outerloop Records. Along with the album's release today, Lorna Shore has also dropped a music video directed by Joey Durango for the album's title track - check it out below.

Guitarist Adam De Micco states: "Our vision for 'Flesh Coffin' was to have someone stuck within their own hell. Musically, this song is a different approach to what we do on the album, in which we tried to create more of an atmosphere. Again, we would not be able to accomplish this without the help of our director Joey Durango. This is our Purgatory."

If you haven't heard it yet, the full album is streaming online at this location and a listing of upcoming Lorna Shore tour dates can be found after the jump. More...

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Kadinja Streams Full New Album

French progressive tech-metal quintet Kadinja just shared a full stream of debut album “Ascendancy,” which is officially released today via Klonosphere/Season of Mist.

“Ascendancy” follows the band’s self-titled debut EP released in late 2013 and offers ten new tracks that sees Kadinja merging imaginative 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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Operose To Release New Album

Operose is a new symphonic progressive metal band from the United Kingdom, composed of rising opera sensation Jennifer Coleman, and neo-classical guitar virtuoso Joe McGurk.

The forthcoming debut album "Footprints in the Hourglass" also features Opposing Motion drummer Kevin Deplanche and is mixed and mastered by heavy metal legend Dennis Ward, showcasing the unique collaboration across eight varied tracks. "Footprints in the Hourglass" is coming March 23rd via Lion Music.

Jennifer Coleman is a Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar studying on the 2nd year of the Masters at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Janis Kelly. Jennifer has won numerous awards including an RCM Award supported by a Big Give Award, the Mavis Bennett Award for Grand Opera and the John Lightfoot Award for Musical Theatre at Maidenhead Music Festival. More...

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Dystopia Announces "Chaos Philosophorum"

Dutch black metal outfit Dystopia will unleash second full-length album, "Chaos Philosophorum," on April 21st. The album was recorded at Studio Helvete in Den Helder, mixed by Thomas Cochrane of TC Music, and finally mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

The artwork for the follow-up to 2013's "Haat" was designed by Adam Burke from Nightjar Illustration and can be seen below. Dystopia frontman Dennis Onsia commented:

"After years of growing and maturing towards our own sound, 'Chaos Philosophorum' feels like the first serious step in our own direction. This album represents us one hundred percent, both musically and emotionally. It includes influences from a lot of diverse musical genres, but I feel that we succeeded in making this album both original and organic."

Themes on 'Chaos Philosophorum' deal with space, existence and death. Onsia goes on to say, "We wanted to combine these concepts in our artwork, so we took the medieval plague doctor as a strong and recognizable symbol of death, and combined it with the almost magical shapes and colors of a galaxy. As if he is casting a spell. The artist Adam Burke did a tremendous job converting our ideas into this artwork." More...

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Demon Hunter Releases New Video

Demon Hunter just premiered a video for "Died In My Sleep," taken from the band's eighth album "Outlive," which drops March 31st through a partnership with Solid State Records.

"The video treatment for 'Died In My Sleep' was more about an overall vibe than a specific story," singer Ryan Clark told Loudwire. "The goal was to strip the concept back to strictly performance, but still deliver something visually interesting. Instead of opting for the typical desaturated tones that have become synonymous with metal videos, we pulled inspiration from the vibrant colors found in many of our favorite videos and photographs from the '90s — namely Nirvana’s video for 'Heart-Shaped Box' and the album cover for Alice In Chains’ 'Facelift.'"

Clark continued, "With sleep being a running theme, we wanted to create a world that seemed unordinary — almost like a computer glitch-laden subconscious. We worked with Belief Agency to built a forest set on an indoor sound stage, and used projectors to cast colors and textures against the background and on the band members. It was a lot of fun to set up and just experiment with these layers." More...

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Xibalba Posts New EP Online

Southern California's Xibalba today releases devastating new "Diablo, Con Amor... Adios" EP through Closed Casket Activities. The EP is also now online for streaming as the band takes to the road on a three-city stampede.

Xibalba will hit both the East and West Coasts of the U.S. with two short tours surrounding the release of "Diablo, Con Amor... Adios." The band hits Cambridge, Massachusetts tonight, with shows in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tomorrow, and Brooklyn, New York this Sunday, February 19th.

Returning home, Xibalba will then travel to the West Coast, with shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Pomona, February 24th through 26th. Additional tour dates are to be expected.

2/17/2017 Elk's Lodge - Cambridge, MA
2/18/2017 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
2/19/2017 Sunnyvale - Brooklyn, NY
2/24/2017 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Downpresser, Red Death
2/25/2017 Union - Los Angeles, CA
2/26/2017 PBW - Pomona, CA w/ GodsHate, Red Death, Vamacharra, Hot Heads, Iron Curtain
4/01/2017 Real Art - Tacoma, WA More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Kicking Off U.S. Tour

After having to drop off several Mexican shows, Pennsylvania progressive death metal unit Rivers Of Nihil will begin a month-long U.S. tour tomorrow supporting Darkest Hour.

The journey will commence February 18th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and run through March 21st in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additional support will be provided by Ringworm as well as Rotten Sound and labelmates Tombs on select dates.

w/ Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Rotten Sound:
2/18/2017 Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
2/19/2017 Agora Theater - Cleveland, OH
2/20/2017 Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA *Rivers Of Nihil only
2/21/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - New York, NY
2/22/2017 New Dodge Tavern - Detroit, MI
2/23/2017 Reggies - Chicago, IL
2/24/2017 The Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI
2/25/2017 The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
2/26/2017 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
2/29/2017 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
3/01/2017 Metro Bar - Salt Lake City, UT
3/02/2017 Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV More...

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Gozu Announces U.S. Tour

Massachusetts-based rock/metal outfit Gozu will embark on a short run of live dates next week, with shows in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Dover, and Portland. Following this northeast trek, Gozu will make its way to the west coast in April alongside Ape Machine. See confirmed dates below.

2/22/2017 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ The Age Of Truth, Kingsnake
2/23/2017 Lucky 13 Saloon - Brooklyn, NY w/ Pants Exploder, Eyes Of The Sun, Eat
2/24/2017 The Dover Brickhouse - Dover, NH w/ KYOTY, Tar
2/25/2017 Geno's Rock Club - Portland, ME w/ Sylvia, All Night, Lousy More...

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Falls Of Rauros Posts "White Granite"

Today, Falls Of Rauros premiere the first track from upcoming 4th album "Vigilance Perennial." The album is scheduled for release on March 31st, 2017 worldwide. Check out new track "White Granite" in the player below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. White Granite
2. Labyrinth Unfolding Echoes
3. Warm Quiet Centuries of Rains
4. Arrow & Kiln
5. Impermanence Streakt Through Marble More...

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Royal Thunder Streaming "April Showers"

Royal Thunder just debuted the first song from new album "Wick," which is due out April 7th via new label home Spinefarm Records. Check out "April Showers" bleow.

"A lot has happened in life between 'Crooked Doors' and 'Wick,'" said singer / bassist Mlny Parsonz. "This song was a liferaft and an outlet while we were on the road. It was a song that we lived in and looked forward to playing, live.

"Personally, it gave me the freedom to release my emotions and process my thoughts while I was on the road. We hope you enjoy this song. And we appreciate your support, sincerely. We present to you....'April Showers.'"

1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep More...

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100 Years Announces Self-Titled Album

100 Years is gearing up to release a self-titled album via Suicide Records on February 28th, 2017. The label comments:

"Formed in 2012, 100 Years is an alt-metal group from Sweden, comprised of well-seasoned musicians with a slightly extraordinary background in the music scene, having served before in death metal pioneers Merciless and household punk rock group Dia Psalma.

"Such diverse background and wide source of influences really played a major part in sculpting 100 Years eclectic sound. The band’s self-titled debut album is really hard to categorize or place in a single style. Throughout these nine songs you’ll detect influences from such diverse artists as Swans, Neurosis, Killing Joke or Celtic Frost, it’s definitely heavy and harsh, yet it’s equally harmonic and engaging." More...

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Native Construct Releases Instrumental Album

Boston, MA based progressive act Native Construct just launched an instrumental version of debut release, "Quiet World" (originally reviewed here).

The instrumental tracks, as was the case with the original release, were mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording in North Carolina. Listen to the album now via your favorite streaming or download service here. Guitarist Myles Yang comments:

"One of the hallmarks of 'Quiet World' is the extreme density of the arrangements. The album is saturated with important, but oftentimes subtle layers and Easter eggs. Every time I've happened to hear this music with the vocals muted, I've been struck by just how much is going on under there that I had stopped paying attention to.

"Without the vocals as the main focal point, you really start to notice all those countless details. It's a totally fresh and very interesting perspective on this music. We just had to put it out there for all our hardcore fans. On top of that, we're pleased to be able to include the 8th track, 'Silence,' on this release. This was originally a bonus track available only on the Japanese version of 'Quiet World', but it really is an essential component of the concept. glhf."

Native Construct is currently in the midst of writing a sophomore album for Metal Blade Records with an expected release date for the second half of 2017. More...

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Vampire Calls Forth The "Ghoul Wind"

Swedish death/thrash act Vampire is streaming the new song "Ghoul Wind," which you can check out in the player below. The song appears on the upcoming second full length effort "With Primeval Force," expected to drop on April 21st via Century Media Records.

The album's track listing is:

1. Knights of the Burning Crypt
2. He Who Speaks
3. Metamorfosis
4. Skull Prayer (song streaming here)
5. Midnight Trial
6. Revenants
7. Ghoul Wind
8. Initiation Rite
9. Scylla

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Firespawn Posts New Song "Blood Eagle"

Swedish death metal act Firespawn - featuring Entombed vocalist L-G Petrov and Unleashed guitarist Fredrik Folkare among its ranks - is streaming the new song "Blood Eagle." The song appears on the sophomore album "The Reprobate," which is set for release on April 28th via Century Media Records.

Check out the song here:

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I Hate Heroes Posts Tour Diary

Emerging Pennsylvania group I Hate Heroes recently hit the road for a short trek across the U.S. Midwest last month.

Support on the "Winter Bash" tour came from Minneapolis metalcore quintet Villain of the Story (Stay Sick Recordings) and North Dakota post-hardcore quintet Glass Houses (InVogue Records).

Today, I Hate Heroes has teamed up with us to exclusively release a series of tour diaries from that trek. Check out this in-depth insight into each day of the tour below, along with a stream of the band's latest single "Now Or Never." Stay tuned for more details to arrive shortly from I Hate Heroes as work is underway on a new LP. More...

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Dreamstoria Issues "Dreams Never End" Album Teaser

Japanese melodic power metal act Dreamstoria - featuring Symphonia drummer Shingo Uchida and Dragon Guardian/Minstrelix vocalist Leo Figaro - issued a preview clip for the band's upcoming sophomore release "Dreams Never End." The album is set for release on March 8th via Walkure Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Tell Me
2. I Live My Life for You
3. Through the Fire
4. Crying in the Shadows
5. Just Believe. It's True!
6. Don't Let Me Down
7. It's Gonna Be All Right!
8. Sacrifice
9. From Your Heart
10. Never
11. Long Way to Go

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Liv Sin Posts New Song Feat. Destruction's Schmier

The singer and major force from the former band Sister Sin - Liv Sin - released a new single from her upcoming solo release "Follow Me," which drops on April 28th via Despotz Records (pre-order the album at this location). Check out "Killing Ourselves To Live" in the player below. The song features Destruction frontman Schmier as a guest vocalist.

"Follow Me" was produced by longtime U.D.O. bassist, Fitty Wienhold and features the following track listing:

1. The Fall
2. Hypocrite
3. Let Me Out
4. Black Souls
5. Godless Utopia
6. Endless Roads
7. Killing Ourselves to Live (Feat. Schmier)
8. I'm Your Sin
9. Emperor of Chaos
10. Immortal Sin
11. The Beast Inside

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Nightrage Releases "The Venomous" Music Video

Swedish melodic death metal act Nightrage released a music video for the new song "The Venomous." The song is the title track from the band's upcoming new album that drops on March 31st via Despotz Records.

"The Venomous" is a relentless tale of extinction, told with as much 'venomous' aggression as there are intriguing and mesmerizing melodies. Memorable hooks and some of the catchiest choruses that metal has seen in decades does nothing to compromise the brutality and honesty that Nightrage is known for. The music is catchy and extreme. Lyrically, the album deals with the failure of mankind and how we as human beings are racing towards our own extinction.

The track listing for "The Venomous" is:

1. The Venomous
2. Metamorphosis/Day Of Wrath
3. In Abhorrence
4. Affliction (song streaming here)
5. Catharsis
6. Bemoan
7. The Blood
8. From Ashes Into Stone
9. Trail Of Ghosts
10. Disturbia
11. Desolation And Dismay
12. Denial Of The Soul (Instrumental)

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Venom Inc Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

In mid-2015, former Venom member Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, together with original members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn and Tony "Abaddon" Bray, formed a second incarnation of Britain's seminal black metal band. After coming together under the flag Venom Inc, history began to write itself once again. Now, after proving their lasting prowess on the road and at festivals internationally throughout the past year, the band is pleased to announce the signing to premier international heavy metal label Nuclear Blast Records' roster. The band is scheduled to release a new album this year - more details coming soon!

Nuclear Blast A&R Manager Jaap Wagemaker states, "Nuclear Blast is very stoked to welcome Mantas, Abaddon and the Demolition Man as new members of the Nuclear Family! We grew up with the first three albums that Mantas and Abaddon recorded and made them legendary, and that led the foundations to black metal! I've also been a big fan of Atomkraft with the Demolition Man as well! I've already had the pleasure of working with Mantas and Abaddon early 90's when there was a tribute released, In The Name Of Satan, and when they did the reunion show at Dynamo Open Air! A couple of years ago I saw them perform with Venom Inc - their first ever concert at Keep it True and ever since then the band have proven to be road warriors and have played around the globe answering to the calls of their legions!

"This year I received the first demos and they proved that they are still built of iron and steel and that they have returned at full force! The band is ready to write another chapter to their legendary status! It is with great pride that we welcome Venom Inc to Nuclear Blast!" More...

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Invasion Releases Video Clip For New Song

Indiana’s war-themed death metal act Invasion dropped a nuclear bomb of an album - "Destroyer of Mankind" today via Abyss Records. To celebrate mankind's destruction, the band released a video for the song "Approaching Cauldron of Horror," which you can enjoy in the relative danger of your own home via the player below. is streaming the new song "The Divine Wind" exclusively over at Dead Rhetoric at this loca

The track listing for the album is:

1. I Am The Enemy
2. Approaching Cauldron Of Horror
3. The Divine Wind (song streaming here)
4. Iron Bottom Sound
5. Dying On The Beaches Of Normandy
6. A Satisfying Death
7. Play The Devils Piano
8. Summon The Wolfpack
9. Shores Of Betio Island

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The Unity Releases Debut Album Details

German melodic metal act The Unity - formed by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehre (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitars) - released the artwork and track listing for the self-titled debut album, which drops on May 5th via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The band also features vocalist Gianba Manenti (Love.Might.Kill), guitarist Stef E, bassist Jogi Sweers (Love.Might.Kill) and keyboardist Sascha Onnen (Love.Might.Kill).

Every note of the debut album oozes the great creative potential of all band members: powerful numbers such as the fast and tough "Rise And Fall" and the grooving "No More Lies" with its dynamic guitar riff and melodious chorus are just as symptomatic for the group’s unbridled energy as the slow, doom-laden "God Of Temptation," which features a latent Black Sabbath flair thanks to its distinctive guitar hook.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Rise And Fall
2. No More Lies
3. God Of Temptation
4. Firesign
5. Always Just You
6. Close To Crazy
7. The Wishing Well
8. Edens Fall
9. Redeemer
10. Super Distortion
11. Killer Instinct
12. Never Forget More...

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Artwork And Track List For New Arthemis Revealed

After just signing with Scarlet Records, acclaimed Italian metal band Arthemis revealed the first details of the new album "Blood-Fury-Domination," the first new material in five years (2012's "We Fight"). The album drops on April 7th.

"Blood-Fury-Domination" is absolutely over the top! Massive production, uplifting songs, sing-along choruses and a true wall-of-sound that mixes the deepest roots of metal with modern influences and hooks. This true piece of art absolutely means "no compromise"! Love it or leave it! It clearly screams "We are Arthemis and we're gonna get you all"!

"Blood-Fury Domination" was mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM) and will feature the following track listing:

1. Undead
2. Black Sun
3. Blood Red Sky
4. Blistering Eyes
5. If I Fall
6. Warcry
7. Into The Arena
8. Dark Fire
9. Firetribe
10. Inner-Fury Unleashed
11. Rituals More...

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Vandroya To Release Sophomore Album

Brazilian power/progressive metal act Vandroya, featuring vocalist Daisa Munhoz, will issue the sophomore full length "Beyond the Human Mind" on April 28th.

Munhoz commented: "It's been awhile since we last spoke. As you all know, we finished the recordings of our second album in 2016. I know I may sound biased saying this, but the album sounds awesome. The harmonies created by Marco are fantastic, really catchy! Vandroya continues to be a power metal band with some progressive waves, just the way we all like it. You'll hear lots of heavy and speed parts, and, of course, some emotional soft parts, which I absolutely adore."

The track listing and cover artwork (created by Felipe Machado Franco) can be found below:

1. Columns Of Illusion
2. The Path To The Endless Fall
3. Maya
4. Time After Time
5. Last Breath
6. I'm Alive
7. You'll Know My Name
8. If I Forgive Myself
9. Beyond The Human Mind More...

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U.D.O. Splits With Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen

Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen (Conquest/ex-Amberian Dawn) has split with U.D.O. for personal reason.

According to the band: "There is no bad blood or drama in this departure! The band and especially Udo wanna thank Kasperi for his great support and many fantastic shows on this planet. All the best Kasperi!"

Heikkinen also posted a statement: "I want to thank everyone, especially the fans, for these great four years I was in the band. I also wish all the best for the band with their future endeavors. From now on I will focus on my other music projects and some different outlets of creativity. You will surely hear from me again when the time is right. Stay metal and tsönk all the way!"

Heikkinen just completed a massive North American trek with Dirkschneider on the "Farewell to Accept" tour. More...

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Excalion Streams New Song "Centenarian"

Finnish melodic power metal act Excalion is streaming the new single "Centenarian." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Dream Alive" (the follow up to 2010's "High Time"). The album's artwork was unveiled recently and can be viewed below. More information on the album is expected very soon.

"Centenarian" is the first studio track featuring vocalist Marcus Lång (Force Majeure), who joined in 2015.

Check out "Centenarian" here:


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Excalibur Signs With Fighter Records

Spanish metal pioneers Excalibur (formed back in 1984) has just signed a deal with Fighter Records for the release of the third full length studio album (and first since 1996) entitled "Humo Negro" ("Black Smoke") which will be released this coming spring.

After a couple of demos in '84 & '87, Excalibur released the debut album "Generación Maldita" (Damned Generation) in '88, which only 100 copies were saved from destruction making it one of the most sought-after treasures of Spanish metal.

In 1996, the band recorded the second album "Cero" (Zero) which was never commercialized, and remains unreleased still today. In 2013, the band returned with a new EP titled "Más Duros" (Harder). Now in 2017, the band finished "Humo Negro," which represents the purest and most traditional Spanish metal to be distributed both nationally and internationally via Fighter Records.

More details of "Humo Negro" are expected soon. More...

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House Of Lords Releases New Single, Video

Los Angeles hard rock act House of Lords released the new single/video clip from the forthcoming new album "Saint Of The Lost Souls." Check out "Harlequin" in the player below. "Saint Of The Lost Souls" on March 24th via Frontiers Music srl.

"Saint Of The Lost Souls" was recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian. The new collection of songs has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band's trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell's guitar.

The track list for "Saint Of The Lost Souls" is:

1. Harlequin
2. Oceans Divide (song streaming here)
3. Hit the Wall
4. Saint of the Lost Souls
5. The Sun Will Never Set Again
6. New Day Breakin'
7. Reign of Fire
8. Concussion
9. Art of Letting Go
10. Grains of Sand
11. The Other Option

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Hate Unbound Issues "I, Martyr" Video Clip

Hate Unbound's critically acclaimed debut album "Plague" drops today via Inverse Records. The band celebrates in gloomy fashion with a new music video for the song "I, Martyr," which is available in the player below.

Daryl Mitchell comments: "For the 'I, Martyr' video, we went with an abstract idea. One that implies that a persecuted person, a potential martyr if you will, had fought back against their oppressor and won. Now she is dragging her victim's bodies in order release their souls. Showing the struggles she has from carrying the guilt and then bleeding out and dying. We tried to not get to deep into the specifics in hopes that people would form their own opinion of how and why things happen the way they do. We hope you enjoy it."

The track listing for "Plague" is:

1. Baptized in Lies
2. Cut
3. Suffering
4. Burn Your Idols
5. Soiled
6. Puncture
7. Plague
8. I, Martyr
9. Grey Skies
10. The Fallen

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Labryinth Returns With "Architecture Of A God"

Frontiers Music Srl is particularly pleased to announce that after a seven year hiatus, Labyrinth, the legendary Italian metal band, will return with a brand new studio album, "Architecture of a God" on April 21, 2017.

In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call from Frontiers asking them to discuss with vocalist Roberto Tiranti the possibilities of a reunion with a return to their classic sound to mount a comeback for the band. After much discussion, the guys agreed to make an album and also to make a very special appearance at the the first annual Frontiers Metal Festival, where they performed their signature album, "Return to Heaven Denied" in it's entirety [Said performance is being prepared for a future home video release].

Olaf says: "This has been easily the most difficult and challenging album I ever worked on. To be honest, when Frontiers contacted me, insisting to make this reunion happen, I was skeptical and worried. We couldn't simply make a new album, it wouldn't have been honest to the fans, to ourselves. Of course, this is as easy to say as also unbelievably tough to make real: we have so many good albums out there, looking at us from their past and which people still keep in their minds and hearts. That's why we decided to strengthen our line-up, joining with nobody else but the best musicians we believed they would have fitted perfectly into our perspective of the music we were about to write."

Andrea adds: "The making of this album has been a fantastic journey. We brought back a lot of classic elements of our music, mixing it with something new and I'm so enthusiastic about the final result."

Roberto Tiranti makes it short: "Just when you thought you already gave everything you could, expressing every possible musical aspect of your way of intending music for a band like Labyrinth, then comes 'Architecture of a God,' to remind you that nothing is impossible!"

With a new line-up rounded out by drummer extraordinaire John Macaluso (TNT, Riot, Ark etc.), Oleg Smirnoff (Vision Divine, Edritch) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi on bass, Labÿrinth are truly coming back stronger than ever and have offered up a superb self-produced album. "Architecture of a God" (mixed by DGM's Simone Mularoni) is a record that encompasses all the elements the band is known for: fast power metal songs with unforgettable hooks, epic prog infused metal songs, and some great melodic numbers that compose a record which is easily going to be another milestone for the Italian metal masters!

"What we have in our hands, now, it's "Architecture of a God": by far, the most mature and complete album we ever wrote," concludes Thorsen. "There's no will to challenge our glorious past, but I'm really confident that, once released, this album will set a new standard for our music!"

The track listing for "Architecture of a God" is:

1. Bullets
2. Still Alive
3. Take On My Legacy
4. A New Dream
5. Someone Says
6. Random Logic
7. Architecture of a God
8. Children
9. Those Days
10. We Belong To Yesterday
11. Stardust and Ashes
12. Diamond More...

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Psychotomy Premieres "Evidence of Tyranny" Video

Venetian death metal trio Psychotomy premieres a new song and music video titled "Evidence of Tyranny", taken from the band's upcoming new album, which will be released later this year.

Check out now "Evidence of Tyranny" below.

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Ghost Key Premieres New Song "Downpour"

Peoria hardcore/metal outfit Ghost Key premieres a new song entitled "Downpour", taken from the upcoming new album "If I Don’t Make It", which will be out in stores later today via InVogue Records.

Check out now "Downpour" below.

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