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Metal News for February 19, 2014

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Iron Reagan Updates Tour Schedule

Virginia hardcore thrash hellions Iron Regan will obliterate the hordes on a menacing jaunt of live assaults this April.

Set to embark on April 2nd on the band's home turf, Iron Reagan will level the stages of twenty-one cities with co-conspiring labelmates/Creepsylvanian miscreants in Ghoul and blackened punk deviants/hometown comrades, Occultist. The caustic run includes an appearance on the iconic Macrock Festival as well as this year's edition of Tankcrimes' maniacal Brainsqueeze Fest.

Comments vocalist Tony Foresta: "This tour is based around a lot of killer shit we've been planning for a long time. A West Coast run with old friends and thrash heavyweights, Ghoul, Macrock in Virginia, the beer drinking rager Dark Lord Day and of course the soon-to-be-legendary Brainsqueeze Fest. We are really excited to hit the road with our local pals in Occultist as well as playing a ton of new songs. Things are happening!"

See Iron Reagan live:

w/ Occultist:
4/02/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond VA
4/04/2014 Macrock Festival - Harrisonburg, VA
4/05/2014 TBA - Nashville, TN
4/06/2014 Vino's Little Rock, AR

Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II w/ Ghoul, Occultist:
4/09/2014 Club Red - Tempe, AZ
4/10/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
4/11/2014 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA
4/12/2014 Rock City - Camarillo CA
4/13/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
4/14/2014 Midtown Barfly - Sacramento, CA
4/15/2014 Branx - Portland, OR
4/18/2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest - Oakland, CA *no Occultist

w/ Occultist:
4/22/2014 TBA - Salt Lake City, UT
4/23/2014 Moe's - Denver, CO
4/24/2014 TBA - Lawrence, KS
4/25/2014 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
4/26/2014 Three Floyd's Brewery [Dark Lord Day] - Munster, IN
4/27/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
4/28/2014 Frankie's - Toledo, OH
4/29/2014 Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
4/30/2014 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA More...

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Pilgrim Streaming New Track "The Paladin"

Rhode Island doom act Pilgrim is streaming the new track "The Paladin." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore album "II: Void Worship," which drops on March 28th (G/A/S), March 31st (EU) and April 1st (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

The album is the follow up to the 2012 debut release "Misery Wizard" (see review here). Check out "The Paladin" here:

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Gun Barrel Streaming Title Track Of New Album

Germany's Gun Barrel is streaming the new track "Damage Dancer." The song is the title track of the upcoming new release, which is set to drop on March 21st via Massacre Records. The album is the band's sixth full length studio release and second with vocalist Patrick Sühl, who replaced Xaver Drexler in 2011, when he passed away in March of 2010.

Check out "Damage Dancer" here:

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Sna-fu Grand Désordre Orchestre Posts Video

French hardcore punk rebels Sna-fu Grand Désordre Orchestre have premiered a brand new music video for “Catrina” on BlankTV.

Directed by Martin Carolo, “Catrina,” is taken from the band’s third full-length album “Knives & Bells,” recently released by Klonosphere Records. Check out the video below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Furious & Fast (streaming here)
2. You Don’t Like This Song
3. That’s All I Got
4. I’ll Give You Money
5. I Hate Berlin
6. Gangs
7. Serial Death Lane
8. Catrina
9. Clairvoyant
10. Deadosaurs
11. All in
12. Rising More...

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Shroud Of The Heretic Streams New Track

Ritualistic death metallers Shroud of the Heretic today premiere the new track "Chaotic Astral Ascension," which is available below thanks to Cvltnation.com.

The track hails from the band's forthcoming debut album, "Revelations in Alchemy," whose vinyl edition is set for international release on March 10th via Blood Harvest Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Arrival
2. Heretical Screams
3. Chaotic Astral Ascension
4. Illuminism
5. The Adversary
6. Revelations in Alchemy
7. Blasphemous Rebirth More...

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Whispering Woods Signs To Loud Rage

Romanian symphonic/gothic doom metal band Whispering Woods has officially signed with Loud Rage Music, becoming the first act to join the label’s roster.

The signing will see the production of Whispering Woods‘ second full-length album scheduled for an early 2015 release. Guitarist and founding member Doru Cailean comments:

"Since the beginning of Whispering Woods we always dreamed of having a collaboration with a label that could complement all of our work. We are extremely delighted and honored to have the opportunity of working with this highly dedicated and professional team. Thanks to Loud Rage Music, we can now mark the beginning of the newest and most exciting chapter of our fairy tale!"

Loud Rage Music also comments: “Having such a professional and hard-working band as Whispering Woods as the first signing on Loud Rage Music is a definite statement that we only aim for the best. It’s an honor to have them aboard and we, as much as the band, promise the new album will be not only a confirmation of the huge band’s talent but also one that will take the World by storm and give Metal fans a new band to cheer for!” More...

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Hidden Hate Posts "Path Of Ignorance"

Italian outfit Hidden Hate has released a new track online titled "Path of Ignorance," which was recorded at Sliver Music Studio by Luca Cocconi, with mixing by Simone Sighinolfi and Luca Cocconi. Give the song a listen in the player below.

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Issues Releases New Music Video

After previously releasing a lyric video for the track, Issues has now debuted a brand new music video for "Stingray Affliction," the lead single to the band's self-titled debut album.

"Issues" was released yesterday - February 18th - via Rise Records. The band is currently on tour supporting Bring Me The Horizon and Of Mice & Men in the U.S. on the American Dream tour. Issues will be hitting the road again in April with Of Mice & Men along with Beartooth for a U.K. run before playing the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer.

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Mothership Seeking Fan Funds For New Album

Ever wanted to have a Skype jam session with Mothership? A performance in your back yard? An original drum skin? Then this is your chance!

Texas-born rock and rollers Mothership is preparing to record a second record, titled "Mothership II," which will be released on Ripple Music, and the band is also about to head out on a two-week European tour with Wo Fat. But the band needs your help. The goal is to raise $10,000 in 40 days to cover recording and transportation, and there are prizes and perks involved for those who donate, including the finished record.

See a video message from the band below, and find full details on the crowd funding campaign at IndieGoGo.com here. More...

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Million Dollar Fix Streaming "Hoptical Illusions"

Calgary, Alberta's Million Dollar Fix has timed the release of a new track perfectly, as the cold-winter blues have set in across most of the Northern Hemisphere and the party-it-away attitude this band brings to the table is excellent medicine.

Armed with some seriously upbeat glam riffs and classic stoner-metal breakdowns, "Hoptical Illusion" is here to put a smile on your face and a beer in your hand. Check it out at TheObelisk.net here.

"Hoptical Illusions" comes by way of the four-song self-release "Psychedelephant," due out March 11th, and follows Million Dollar Fix‘s 2012 full-length debut, "Billygoat." The track listing is as follows:

1. Never Fight Her Flow
2. The Crow
3. Hoptical Illusions
4. Kill The Banker

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Resurrection Posts Album Teaser

Florida death metal band Resurrection has released a teaser for new album "Soul Descent - March Of Death," which will be available during the "March Of Death" European shows until its official worldwide release in April. Check out the trailer below, and you can catch the band live:

3/14 - Hamburg, Germany @ Bambi Galore
3/15 - Weissenfels, Germany @ Schlosskeller
3/16 - Chemnitz, Germany @ La Casa
3/17 - Katowice, Poland @ Korba
3/18 - Poznan, Poland @ U Bazyla
3/19 - Most, Czech Republic @ TBA
3/20 - Berlin, Germany @ TBA
3/21 - Deinze, Belgium @ TBA
3/22 - Amsterdam, Holland @ TBA
3/23 - Aalen, Germany @ TBA
3/24 - Munich, Germany @ TBA More...

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Sonic Pulse Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

Boston's Sonic Pulse has been working on upcoming album "The Breast of Both Worlds," and now the band has launched a crowd funding campaign to finish off the release and fund an upcoming music video and tour.

Details on the campaign and information on donating can be found at IndieGoGo.com here, and a video update from the band is available below.

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Antropomorphia Announces New Album

Dutch death metal outfit Antropomorphia today announces the successor to the controversial "Evangelivm Nekromantia" long player released in 2012 via Metal Blade Records. The band comments:

"It's been almost 6 months, of what might have seemed like a deathlike slumber to the outside world, but has been nothing more than a way to focus and prepare for the upcoming storm that we've called 'Rites ov Perversion.'

"We finished the pre-production just last week and will soon enter the Aftermath studio to record the follow up to our full length debut 'Evangelivm Nekromantia.' All updates and relevant news can be found on our Facebook channel."

Stay tuned for more info on "Rites Ov Perversion," and you can also catch the band live:

02/05/14 NL – Tilburg – Neurotic Deathfest
26/07/14 NL – Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival More...

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Destrage Posts New Music Video

The Milan, Italy natives in Destrage are premiering a video for "Purania" today, the second single taken from new album "Are You Kidding Me? No." due out via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America.

Check out the video clip below, courtesy of FEARnet.com. The concept for the video was written by The TJS Collective and produced by Sara Bertagnolli and Gianluca Pagani. Destrage comments:

"We did the shooting on a freezing Sunday, in January 2013. Cold keeps people awake and reactive, but we didn't know it before that day! Anyway, a pretty large team of people was involved in the process of making this video. The Jack Stupid Collective came up with the concept together with the band, wrote the screenplay, set the style and organized the production. There was quite a lot of stuff to do. Location managing, set design (that place was a total blank warehouse). Casting, illustration, actor and extras managing and a lot of logistic shit. We also hired a D.O.P. and two camera operators, an electrician and everyone we needed on the set. When everything was shot, The Jack Stupid collective worked on it very hard for a few months in post production.

"It was a pretty exhausting process, especially the animation of every single drawing, but we're satisfied about the final result. We would like to thank everyone who was involved; you are too many to be mentioned, but you know who you are!

"The story is set in an imaginary city, Purania, where personal choice has been banned, and people are controlled by a central brain unleashing an army called Select & Defend, divided in small squads of Blamers and Erasers. An underground secret movement, which the government calls 'The Incoherents' is planning a revolt." More...

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Karyn Crisis Launches Kickstarter For Solo Album

Karyn Crisis (Ephel Duath) has launched a crowd funding campaign for releasing her new solo album under the name Gospel of the Witches. Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso, who also appears on the project, has issued the following statement:

"Plotting, composing and putting together Karyn Crisis's solo project Gospel of the Witches spanned a five years period that literally changed our personal and musical lives. During this time we saw this album grow in different exciting directions and many shapes, we finished putting dozens of different dresses on it.

"One thing never changed: its soul. This album has its own peculiar and demanding will and it revealed itself to us little by little, riff after riff. Lately, after a bursting phase of musical inspiration that lasted a few months the 13 songs that we are about to record were nailed. Today it is with great excitement that we reveal to you some details about this very special piece of work.

"At the Kickstarter page here, Karyn has few things to say to you. What I feel to add is that I'm proud and blown away by what we accomplished: these songs show Karyn Crisis at her very best. There are not so many artists quite like her, let's support and celebrate together Karyn Crisis' new wonderful adventure."

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Vattnet Viskar Announces New Tour Dates

New Hampshire's post-black/doom metallers Vattnet Viskar have announced over two months of touring in support of debut full-length, "Sky Swallower."

The extensive North American trek kicks off in March with Vermont's sludgy stoners Vaporizer as they head into this year's SXSW music festival. From there, Australian thrashers King Parrot join the bill for a lengthy run of dates, before Vattnet Viskar finally meets up with Dillinger Escape Plan in April. See below for all upcoming tour dates and details. More...

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Bloodway Releases New Music Video

Romanian dark metal outfit Bloodway has released the band's first ever video for "Free Ends," which can be seen below.

"Free Ends" appears on the band's debut MCD "Sunstone Voyager and the Clandestine Horizon," due out February 27th. The video was made by lead vocalist and guitarist Costin Chioreanu, also know for his work as a graphic artist under the name Twilight13media.

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Hark Streaming "Clear Light Of..."

Hark today premieres new song "Clear Light Of...," a track featuring Neil Fallon of Clutch and taken from forthcoming album "Crystalline," due out March 18th in North America.

Give the song a listen in the player below, courtesy of Metalhammer.co.uk. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Palendromeda (streaming here)
2. Hounded By Callous Decree
3. Sins On Sleeves
4. Black Hole South West (streaming here)
5. Breathe and Run
6. Mythopoeia
7. Scarlet Extremities
8. All Wretch No Vomit
9. Xtal 0.6
10. Clear Light Of... More...

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I Am Heresy Offering Tracks For Download

I Am Heresy will release new album "Thy Will" on March 3rd in Europe/Australia/NZ and March 4th in North America.

Today Century Media Records is offering two tracks off the album for free download. Get your copies of "Rahabh" and "March Of Black Earth" at this location. You can also catch the band live on these dates:

02/19 (USA) Cleveland, OH - Not That’s Class (with Off With Their Heads)
02/20 (USA) Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail (with Off With Their Heads)
02/21 (USA) Chicago, IL - Subterranean (with Off With Their Heads)
02/22 (USA) Madison, WI - The Frequency (with Off With Their Heads)
02/23 (USA) St. Louis, MO - The Firebird (with Off With Their Heads)
02/24 (USA) Champaign, IL - Memphis on Main
02/25 (USA) Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter (with Off With Their Heads)
02/26 (USA) Atlanta, GA - 529 Venue (with Off With Their Heads)
02/27 (USA) Richmond, VA - Empire
02/28 (USA) Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Pulling Punches)
03/16 (USA) Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron More...

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Traitors Streaming Self-Titled Release

Traitors has posted the band's entire new self-titled EP online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below.

"Traitors" is also available for pre-order at this location, with the EP to see official release on February 25th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Product of Hate
3. Irreversible
4. False Intelligence
5. Dead Nerves More...

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Aborted Reveals New Album Details

The death metal psychopaths in Aborted have just finished their eighth full-length, "The Necrotic Manifesto," with Danish producer Jacob Hansen. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and on April 29th in North America via Century Media Records. Front-man Sven de Caluwé comments:

"I can't believe we did it to be honest. We had a little over 3 months from start to master on this record-- everyone really gave 300% on this record, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with Jacob once again, who really pulled the best out of all our asses. I can say in all honesty that 'The Necrotic Manifesto' is without a doubt the strongest record Aborted has done thus far and could not be more proud of everyone involved in the project.

"It is the most brutal, extreme and technical record of the band without losing sight of groove and catchiness, which are all vital elements of this band. We cannot wait to get out there and start playing some new material in front of people and get some feedback on what we did in these intense months. Besides this I am very thrilled to have some of my favorite vocalists on this record as guests. Both Phlegethon (Wormed) and Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain) brought their own brand of burp to the table and really complemented the songs they are on! The artwork has been done by Par Olofsson (Pathology, Immortal)."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Six Feet Of Foreplay
2. The Extirpation Agenda
3. Necrotic Manifesto
4. An Enumeration Of Cadavers
5. Your Entitlement Means Nothing
6. The Davidian Deceit
7. Coffin Upon Coffin
8. Chronicles Of Detruncation
9. Sade & Libertine Lunacy
10. Die Verzweiflung
11. Excremental Veracity
12. Purity Of Perversion
13. Of Dead Skin & Decay
14. Cenobites More...

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North Announces EP Release

Atmospheric post sludge metal sorcerers North are preparing to unleash the ethereal rumblings of their "Metanoia" 12" EP on March 11th, 2014.

The EP was recorded and mixed by Dana Fehr Wavelab Studios in Tucson, Arizona with additional engineering by Chris Shultz and mastering by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst), and will serve as the follow-up to 2012's "The Great Silence." Elaborates guitarist Matthew Mutterperl of the compelling offering:

"Metanoia is defined as 'a change in one life's resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.' Since our last LP, we've dealt with internal struggles that possibly could have stalled or stopped us completely, but there was a conscious effort. There were a series of moments where things changed, and where we needed to go, what we needed to do, and who we needed to be felt markedly different. This record is evidence of that; a preview of a newfound sense of being in a band, making music, and building complex relationships with good people for almost nine years. To me, the record couldn't have had any other title. It was the most appropriate." More...

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Godhunter Streaming Full New Album

"City Of Dust," the debut full-length release from Godhunter, has now seen release and can also be streamed online in full. Give it a listen in the player below, or pick up your copy at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Despite All 06:23
2. Rats in the Walls 04:52
3. Brushfires 05:46
4. Snake Oil Dealer 07:17
5. Shooting Down the Sun 04:44
6. Palace of Thorn 05:00
7. City of Dust 04:58
8. Plague Widow 10:19 More...

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Texas In July Posts In-Studio Footage

Texas In July is working a currently-untitled new album, and now the band has posted the first in a series of in-studio video clips online. Check it out below, and stay tuned for further info on the coming album.

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Demolisher Releases New Single

Chicago, IL outfit Demolisher has released a new single online for streaming, which will also appear on an upcoming album. Check out "Violent Society" in the player below. Demolisher consists of:

Adam Warren - Vocals
Maudi Ortiz - Guitar
Cliff Wagle - Guitar
Dakota Leyva - Bass
Pedro Unzueta - Drums

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Holy Moses Splits With Band Member

Holy Moses will release new album "Redefined Mayhem" on April 29th, with pre-orders now available at this location.

The band has also now checked in with the following brief update about parting ways with Oliver Jaath: "Dear Friends of Holy Moses, we have to say, that Olli left the band... Olli, we wish you good luck and thank you for all these years!"

Olli also comments: “Hi folks, after almost 8 years I decided to part ways as guitarist with Holy Moses to start some new musical projects. Many thanks for all the exciting years. I wish Holy Moses all the best and success for the future, see ya soon!” More...

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Elvenking Cancels U.K. Shows

Elvenking will release new album "The Pagan Manifesto" in May 2014 via AFM Records, with a teaser trailer available below.

The band has also announced its upcoming U.K. shows have been cancelled, issued the following statement:

"We are sorry to announce we won’t be able to play the UK shows as planned, for reasons that go beyond our will and control. Unfortunately the promoters didn’t show any respect and/or any kind of professional behavior to us.

"These shows had already been canceled in September 2013, and that caused us a big loss of money; nevertheless, we decided to cover those costs ourselves, with the promise of a better situation for the re-scheduled February gigs. After months of silence, unanswered mails, not a single information, plan or time schedule, we read on Facebook that the Dublin show was canceled and nobody had the good sense to let us know.

"Once asked what was happening and why nobody was telling us anything about this gig, the promoters decided not to pay the agreed amount of money that would have covered our costs for getting there.

"Our agency informed us that the advance payment, which was agreed from both sides - and which we needed to buy our flight tickets, was late. Furthermore, the contract hasn't been signed (until today) by the promoter, and the promoter informed our agency, that they don´t have money to pay right now and they have to wait for the money from the ticket sales. In other words: If the sales are bad (and no one ever told us how the sales were), we might end up paying again. More...

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Alterbeast Posts New Track "Vile Remnants"

Sacremento death metal act Alterbeast today spews forth "Vile Remnants," which comes courtesy of the band's "Immortal" full-length, set for imminent detonation on March 18th via Unique Leader.

Listen to the song in the player below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Methodically assembled in several locals throughout 2013, with guitars and bass recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles by former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan 'Bart' Williams, vocals arranged at Mayhemeness Studios in Sacramento by Bob Swanson (Rings Of Saturn) and drums tracked at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al), who also mixed and mastered the offering, Immortal is a dynamic, instrumentally pummeling and plainly scathing manifestation of auditory brutality." More...

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Impetuous Ritual Finishes New Album

Australian metaphysical occult death metal band Impetuous Ritual has completed work on new album “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence.” The album will drop via Profound Lore on April 15th, and the label also comments:

"Manifesting what will be one of the darkest, swarming and suffocating death metal albums of the year, the follow-up to 'Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence' takes the brutal and atmospheric sound paradigm Impetuous Ritual have forged and morphs it into a more advanced level of unrelenting sonic terror. An overbearing listening experience in the realm of death metal horror, 'Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence' is a ceremonial-like offering where death metal surrealism and apocalyptic violence merges with an intellectual aesthetic forged through the album’s concepts and themes."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Verboten Genesis
2. Venality In Worship
3. Sentient Aberrations
4. Despair
5. Inservitude Of Asynchronous Duality
6. Womb Of Acrimony
7. Metastasis
8. Abhorrent Paragon
9. Blight More...

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Archspire Streaming New Song

Archspire is streaming a new track off upcoming album "The Lucid Collective," which is due out April 25th in Europe and April 29th in North America. Give it a listen below, courtesy of VS-Webzine and the band also comments:

"So here's a track off our new album, this song is called 'Lucid Collective Somnambulation.' If you are familiar with our first album, this song is lyrically intended to be a sequel to the track 'Rapid Elemental Dissolve.'"

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Tankard Issues Second In Studio Report On "R.I.B."

Beer soaked metallic legends Tankard released a second in studio video on the recordings for the new release "R.I.B." The album is set to drop on June 20th via Nuclear Blast Records. In this installment, Buffo and Andy explain the recording progress and reveal some new details of the album.

If you missed the first episode, head over here. Check out the new clip here:

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Now Or Never Releases New Music Video

Now Or Never - the new act featuring Nightmare vocalist Jo Amore and ex-Pretty Maids members Ricky Marx (guitars) and Kenn Jackson (bass) - released a new music video for the track "Brothers." The song appears on the band's debut self-titled album, which was just issued in North America via Mausoleum Records earlier this year (see review here).

The video was shot and directed by Mickael Bost. Check it out here:

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Shores Of Null Detail Debut Album "Quiescence"

Italian blackened doom metal act Shores of Null have issued details on the upcoming debut release "Quiescence." The album drops on March 24th via Candlelight Records.

"Born with the sole aim of exploring the darker side of metal music, absorbing elements of gothic, doom, melodic death metal and other subgenres. It is something distant from the musical approach of the mother bands, some of which got over 10 years of experience under their belt (The Orange Man Theory, Zippo). Crushing epic riffs and impressive gloomy vocals are combined here with dismal lyrics and misty soundscapes, where the whole plot can be described as epic, intense and very peculiar."

The track list for "Quiescence" is:

1. 0x0000
2. Kings Of Null (streaming here)
3. Souls Of The Abyss
4. Night Will Come
5. Ruins Alive
6. Quiescent
7. The Heap Of Meaning
8. Time Is A Waste Land
9. Pain Masquerade
10. Eudaemonia More...

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Universal Mind Project To Release Debut Album

Founded in 2012 by American guitarist and composer Michael Alexander, Universal Mind Project (a/k/a UMP) is a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe. UMP is currently working on the project’s debut album "The Jaguar Priest." Details on the album, along with release dates, are expected soon. You can follow the progress at the band's official Facebook Page.

Musically, moving on progressive metal paths, combining features of melodic death and symphonic metal in a modern and fresh way, UMP counts some great names of the metal music industry in its ranks, such as Charlie Dominici (vocals, ex- Dream Theater), Mike LePond (bass, SYMPHONY X), Alex Landenburg (drums, Rhapsody, ex-Annihilator, ex-Stratovarius), Henrik Bath (vocals, Darkwater), Emanuele Casali (keyboards, DGM, Astra), Elina Laivera (vocals, ex-Seduce The Heaven), Johan Reinholz (guitar, Andromeda), Theodore Ziras (guitar, Hand Of God), David Valdes (guitar).

Guitarist Michael Alexander gives us an insight to the creating process of the homonym track and presents the line up of guest musicians appearing on it in the first studio report, which can be seen here: More...

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Lacuna Coil Streaming New Track "Die & Rise"

Italy's Lacuna Coil is streaming the new track "Die & Rise," which will appear on the upcoming new album "Broken Crown Halo." The album is set for release via Century Media on March 31st (EU, Australia/NZ) and April 1st (North America).

Just this past Friday, the band announced the retirement of long time members Cris Migliore (guitars) and drummer Cristiano Mozzati (drums), who both joined in 1998.

The track list for "Broken Crown Halo" is:

1. Nothing Stands In Our Way (streaming here)
2. Zombies
3. Hostage To The Light
4. Victims
5. Die & Rise
6. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
7. Cybersleep
8. Infection
9. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. On Cold Day

Check out "Die & Rise" here: More...

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Voyager Releases "Breaking Down" Lyric Video

Australian progressive metal act Voyager released a lyric video for the band's new single "Breaking Down." The song will appear on the band's fifth studio album, which is targeted for release this year via the band's own label IAV Records. The album was successfully funded at the tail end of January via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

"Breaking Down" was recorded by vocalist Daniel Estrin and guitarist Scott Kay, mixed by Matthew Templeman at Templeman Audio and mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound.

Check out the single here:

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Gamma Ray Posts Second Preview Clip Of New Album

German power metal act Gamma Ray, featuring Helloween founder Kai Hansen, released another preview teaser for the band's upcoming new release "Empire of the Undead." The preview clip features an interview segment featuring Hansen discussing the challenges of making the new release. The album is set to drop March 28th via earMusic.

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Axxis Details "Kingdom Of The Night II"

German traditional metal act Axxis will release the new album "Kingdom of the Night II" via Phonotraxx Publishing (distributed by Soulfood) on February 28th. The double length album will come in a "white" and "dark" combination - which the band will show off its rockin' roots as well as the heavier more power metal direction of recent albums. The release is a sequel to the 1989 debut album "Kingdom of the Night."

Facts about the release and its various versions are:

CD 1 - Black Edition CD includes heavier and darker songs.
CD 2 - White Edition CD includes ballads and more quiet songs.

Will be released in the following formats:

- Digital download
- Black Edition or White Edition - single digibook CD
- LP (double vinyl including Black and White Edition)
- Super deluxe box (including Black & White Edition, metal pin, patch, sticker)

The super deluxe box edition includes a bonus CD with the following tracks:

1. Songs of the Damned
2. Legions of the Damned

The track listing is: More...

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