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Metal News for February 2, 2016

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Odyssey Streams Full New Album

Spokane, Washington's instrumental metal trio Odyssey is today streaming all of new record "Voids" online ahead of the official February 5th, 2016 release date.

Listen in below, courtesy of Metal Injection. You can also pre-order "Voids" if you like what you hear below. Details are available at Bandcamp here.

Our review of this stellar instrumental metal release can be read at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Emerge. Evolve. Adapt.
2. Negate The Infinite
3. Like Moths to the Flame
4. Motives
5. Echoes
6. Before There Were Eyes To See
7. The Plot Thickens
8. Delineation
9. Left Unspoken
10. Voids More...

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Pit Stories: The Limp Dick Salute To Behemoth

Oh guys, we've got a doozy of a Pit Story for you today!

This one's got it all: unwanted fecal matter, a dude too drunk to realize he shouldn't be naked, and an, er... "half mast" salute to Behemoth at Bloodstock Open Air.

Whether for good or ill, there's also video of the whole debacle below, if you've got the courage to give it a view.

This week's tale comes courtesy of Barnes, the guitarist / saxophone player from Welsh death metal band Intensive Square, who had this to say about witnessing something that can never be un-seen:

Undoubtedly the craziest thing I have seen inside or outside of a venue, would have to be during Behemoth's headline set on Saturday 11th August 2012, at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire. I'll set the scene: there was a huge boisterous rabble of our friends that went to the festival together and we spent the majority of that day drinking at our campsite. As the night drew in, we made our way into the festival area to catch Behemoth's set. In the mania of his inebriation, our good friend (who, for the purposes of this tale, we'll call Tony) repeatedly proclaimed that right at that moment Behemoth were "the greatest living metal band." When we reached the main stage, the band were already in full swing amidst a stage laden with Satanic artifacts and spewing pyrotechnics into the night sky.

Once we had weaved through the crowd and got as close to the stage as we were going to, the band began to play "Chant For Eschaton 2000." Tony went ballistic: "Fuck, boys! This is fucking insane! Behemoth is my favourite fucking band, boys!" and then he started to undress. Pissed beyond reason, mesmerized, and now completely naked, Tony bent over to pick up his red cap and simultaneously evacuated an unintentional morsel of shit from his bowel at the centre of a slowly widening circle of strangers; the festering eye of an uncomfortable storm.

"Boys, you've got to get me up there" he implored. Once our friends Andrew and Jamie had volunteered to raise him on their shoulders, Tony glanced down at his disappointing penis and realised that his general had been demoted to the rank of cadet and that he was not fit for the parade. He scoured the immediate crowd in search of a handjob, seeking to "make it a bit bigger," but upon realising that no help was at hand, he set about the task himself.

As Chant for Eschaton 2000 reached its climax, Tony was treacherously hoisted upwards until he was standing erect above the crowd, still pumping his fist in a futile bid to cajole his limp penis into following suit. He soon realised that this was a thankless task and gave up. Steadying himself with one hand, he slowly raised the other and formed an exultant horn as he shared the perplexed gazes of guitarists Seth and Nergal.

I know you might reconcile this as a fantastical myth, too implausible to have really happened, but luckily you don't have to take my word for it. Just check out the video below and skip to 49:20 where you can see the evidence for yourself as broadcast live on the official Bloodstock coverage of the festival.

Intensive Square's debut album "Anything That Moves" is out now on Black Bow Records on vinyl. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Devil You Know Announces Tour Activity

Devil You Know will kick off a 2016 North American touring cycle on March 5th as direct support to Atreyu with From Ashes To New and Cane Hill in support.

The band will then head back out on the road with Hatebreed and Devildriver from May 13th through June 4th. These shows are Devil You Know's first U.S. performances in support of latest album "They Bleed Red." Catch the band live on these dates:

w/Atreyu
03/05 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/07 Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
03/08 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
03/12 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Muisc Hall
03/14 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
03/16 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
03/17 Lubbock, TX – Depot Patio
03/18 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls More...

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Lizzies Inks Deal With The Sign Records

Madrid-based heavy metal group Lizzies is proud to announce the inking of a record deal with Sweden's The Sign Records (Night, Beast!, Throne Of Heresy, among others) to release an album on April 1st.

The title of this first effort will be "Good Luck" and it features 9 songs recorded and produced by Ola Ersfjord (Dead Lord, Tribulation, Primordial) at Moontower Studios in Terrassa and Cuervo Studios in Madrid. Mastering was handled by Magnus Lindberg.

Guitarist Patricia states: "'Good Luck' is the result of an intense year of growth and evolution together. We were looking for something fresh and catchy, something that lasts! Recording it was as natural as possible - no metronome, playing together...- which was an amazing experience we will never forget thanks to our producer, Ola Ersfjord." More...

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Avatarium To Play Stockholm Rocks

Doom metal outfit Avatarium has been added to the Stockholm Rocks Festival 2016 bill, set to take place May 7th, 2016 at Debaser Medis in Sweden.

This is the first live show ever in Stockholm for Avatarium, joining the previously announced Inglorious and Grand Magus, with more names to be announced soon.

The organizers of the Stockholm Rocks Festival have also made a playlist fan fans to check out at Spotify here. More...

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Raw Posts "Stop Asking" Drum Video

Raw just released another video with a song from the band's third album "Battalion of Demons." Check out the drum playthrough for "Stop Asking" featuring Alexander Wenz below.

The footage was filmed during the recording sessions for the band's current album, which was released on January 15th. A previously posted studio video for the song "Battalion Of Demons" can also be seen at this location. More...

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Sorrow Plagues Releasing New Album

Following three EP releases, Sorrow Plagues is now gearing up to drop a debut, self-titled album on February 8th. From sole member David Lovejoy, "Sorrow Plagues" is a brand of black metal that is unafraid and willing to venture into the unknown.

Pre-order your copy here and check out second track "Aspirations" below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Fade
2. Aspirations
3. Awaken
4. Twilight
5. Surrender
6. Redemption More...

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Ellipse Posts "Enseveli" Video

French outfit Ellipse has just launched a new music video for the track “Enseveli” off the band’s first full-length album “À Nos Traîtres.” The video was directed by Corentin Bahuaud and is available below.

Recorded and mixed by Arthur Lauth at Brown Bear Recording and mastered by Ronan Cloarec at Masterlab Systems, “À Nos Traîtres” was released on December 12th via Finisterian Dead End. The track listing is:

1. I
2. Calvaire
3. Enseveli
4. Epsilon
5. II
6. A Nos Traîtres
7. Ascension
8. Dans La Gueule Du Loup
9. III
10. Ruines
11. IV
12. La Chute More...

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Hot Coffin Releasing Self-Titled Album

Triple Eye Industries is pleased to announce the release of a self-titled album from Milwaukee outfit Hot Coffin. The album, which is due to be released on April 1st, consists of 8 heavy but hooky tracks.

"Hot Coffin" will be released as a limited edition butter cream colored 12" vinyl and includse a digital download card. You can pre-order the album and listen to the lead track "Whistle, Hawk & Spit" at this location (also streaming below).

The band's label comments: "Triple Eye Industries is proud to announce the partnership with long-time comrades, Hot Coffin, as we release their second full-length album featuring new vocalist Chris Chuzles. Back with a heavier, darker sound – the hook-laden, anthemic songwriting tendencies and tight execution which Hot Coffin is known for still surface on this, their most ambitious release to date." More...

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Drop Out Of Life Releases Split With Killer Victim

Romanian bands Drop Out Of Life and Killer Victim have released a split EP through 0331 Records. You can pick it up at Bandcamp here or stream all the tracks below.

The artwork was crafted by lead vocalist Catalin Oltei "Viez" of Killer Victim, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Drop Out of Life - Brian (DTNMM) 01:09
2. Drop Out of Life - Harvey 02:32
3. Killer Victim - Selective Rights 03:31
4. Killer Victim - Cineva Profita 02:54 More...

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Mac Sabbath Hitting The Road For U.S. Tour

Every March, masses of hungry fast-food fanatics search endlessly for their favorite brain-freeze inducing treat. A minty milkshake you say? No, we're talking about Mac Sabbath - bringing the deliciously disturbing "Rock-Sham-Shake" tour to your town this March!

As if they didn't get enough frosty coolness from this year's massive blizzard, the tour will frost over the majority of the eastern U.S., beginning down in Dallas, TX on March 3rd. See below for a complete listing of confirmed tour dates where you can catch the world's only McDonald's-themed Black Sabbath cover band! More...

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Fuck The Facts Nominated For Juno Award

Canadian grindcore band Fuck The Facts has been nominated for a Juno Award (Canada's yearly music award show) in the category Heavy Metal Album of The Year for the August 2015 release "Desire Will Rot."

Vocalist Mélanie Mongeon comments: "We are extremely proud to be nominated for a second time for a Juno Award for Heavy Metal Album of The Year. 'Desire Will Rot; was self recorded, self released and self promoted; to be recognized for such a DIY effort is extremely rewarding and also shows a change in times.''

The following bands were nominated in the Heavy Metal Album Of The Year category:

Searching for Zero - Cancer Bats (New Damage)
Never Wanna Die - Diemonds (eOne)
Desire Will Rot - Fuck the Facts (Noise Salvation)
Of Ghosts and Gods Kataklysm (Nuclear Blast)
Success - KEN mode (New Damage)

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Graf Orlock Posts Crushing New Album

In a new interview published today online, LA Weekly profiles Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb mastermind Justin Smith.

The full new Graf Orlock album "Crime Traveler" is also online before it officially drops on Friday, February 5th, and can be heard below.

LA Weekly has long supported hometown phenom Smith, nicknaming him "The Heavy Metal Professor" in the People 2013 issue, a list of "the most interesting people in Los Angeles."

By day a college professor in the LA area, Smith has been cranking out noise via Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb for well over a decade. More...

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Eyes Of The Dead Parts With Guitarist

Matt Talarczyk of Connecticut-based metal band Eyes Of The Dead just issued this announcement online about parting ways with the group:

"I apologize to everyone for this, but it is something I have to do. My time with this band has come to an end. You could imagine that this is very hard for me to do, and again, it is something I have to do.

"I would like to say that I am immensely, eminently, unable to find the proper word to express the amount of gratitude I have for you all sharing this 12 or so year journey with me. I am most thankful for the current and best lineup of jokers I have ever shared a stage with. But also the others that have put up with me over the past years.

"I know my exceeding amount of passion for this was hard to deal with at times. I would like to state that this decision is based off of personal issues and I will leave it at that. I will always consider E.O.T.D exactly what I always said it was. Family. So let it be known that there is no bad blood. And with that I will let the final curtain fall as I exit stage left. Thank you all again."

Eyes Of The Dead was also previously covered in our look at underground Connecticut metal bands here.

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Plateau Sigma Streaming "Palladion"

Italian act Plateau Sigma has today issued the first song from second LP, "Rituals," which is set for release on March 15th, 2016. Check out "Palladion" below, and the band also comments:

"A recall and interpretation in doom-metal/dark-wave key of the rituality, solemnity and sensuality of the propitiatory rituals of war, death and love in the ancient Greek-Roman cultures. A liaison with a past that we still belong to, we are part of and should preserve with pride.

"While each song is an Ode to a divinity of the Roman Pantheon, the album as a whole is dedicated to God Bacchus. In our humble opinion doom metal is the best music genre to represent Dionysian atmospheres." More...

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Illidiance Posts "Critical Damage" Video

Illidiance just released a new live video for the track "Critical Damage," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"Illidiance enters 2016 with fresh forces and the work on the coming new album 'The Iconoclast' is going with double vim! Right we would like to present our first official live video filmed on a tour with Limp Bizkit in Rostov-On-Don, we spent much time on video and sound mixing and mastering, and now the killer song 'Critical Damage' is lifting the curtain! More videos will be coming soon!"

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Demonstealer Unveils Album Artwork

Demonstealer - the side project of Sahil Makhija from Demonic Resurrection - today unveils the album cover artwork for new release "This Burden Is Mine," due out March 25th.

The cover art was crafted by Michal Xaay, and "This Burden Is Mine" also features Geroge Kollias on drums. The full track listing is as follows:

1. How The Mighty Have Fallen
2. An Unforgiving Truth
3. When The Hope Withers And Dies
4. This Burden Is Mine
5. Frail Fallible
6. The Failures Of Man
7. Where Worlds End
8. The Last Jester Dance
9. From Rubble And Ruin More...

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Obscura Posts Full New Album Online

Today, after teasing numerous songs from new album "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening"), the German progressive metal masters Obscura are finally streaming the complete disc online. Listen in below.

Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), "Akróasis" consists of eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal.

Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, "Akróasis" will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond when it drops February 5th, 2016. More...

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Dynazty Reveals New Album Details

Dynazty will release fifth album "Titanic Mass" on April 15th via Spinefarm Records. The record label comments:

"Hailing from the musically lively mecca that is Stockholm, Sweden, Dynazty is a prime example of forward-thinking and evolutionary sound development. It was with the Spinefarm-released album 'Renatus' (2013) where Dynazty truly came to its own.

"Opting for a sound more modern, more defined, and more addictive, 'Renatus' saw the band take a leap towards a tighter sound with an arsenal of rapid rhythm patters and machine-gun riffs, ever-present soaring vocals plus huge, addictive choruses. Thanks to its massive arrangements, 'Renatus' was an exceptional album.

"Now, 'Titanic Mass' sees the Swedes take the next logical step in the never-ending flux that is their sound. This time, they chose to maintain the overall bite and tightness of 'Renatus' while taking a courteous nod in the direction of power metal and adding a symphonic element; yes, the arrangements are Titanic this time! The band has succeeded in making the songs yet another notch more addictive than before. The edgy yet massive production of Peter Tägtgren (Sabaton, Pain, Dimmu Borgir etc, ad infinitum) elevates 'Titanic Mass' to Dynazty's ultimate statement to date." More...

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Demise Of The Crown Releases New Video

Montreal, QC's Demise Of The Crown just released a video for new single "We Are Invincible" from the band's upcoming debut self-titled album, produced by Kevin Jardine (Uplift Studios, guitarist of Slaves On Dope) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Protest The Hero, Alexisonfire, Rush).

The album is due out on March 4th, and guitarist Manuel Iradian comments: “We are proud to announce the release of our new music video for our upcoming album in March! This video is exclusively about the band, an introduction to us, and our passion for heavy metal music.

"If you're looking for cheesy gimmicks that will make you like us, you're in the wrong place! This video is raw, in you're face, catchy and will leave no doubt in your mind that this band means business and is stronger than ever after a hard year of bullshit.

"We’re also very proud of the fact that the video is produced and directed by our good friend Joseph Ghaleb. Who says you need to pay a team that doesn't care about you 10K budget to make a music video? We surely don’t think so. Crank this new video up, drink up and raise you're horns friends!" More...

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Murashita Posts New Music Video

Murashita just released the first music video from his solo debut EP "Inescapable Damnation." Check out "Conquer The Foe" now!

The video was filmed and produced by Matt Zane (Lord Zane Productions) and the shoot took place in Los Angeles, CA. It also features the band's touring lineup, bassist Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent) and drummer Chris Aguirre.

The "Inescapable Damnation" EP features the talents of David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity) and Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent), and will hit stores worldwide on Friday, February 12th through Plastic Head Distribution. More...

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Illusions Dead Premieres Full New Album

A few weeks back we had the distinct pleasure of exclusively premiering a new track off the forthcoming Illusions Dead album "Celestial Decadence," and today we're teaming up with the Finnish band again for round 2.

This time we've got the entire album up for advance listening before it drop on February 8th, so hurry up and click "play" below already and become consumed by the destructive force that is "Celestial Decadence!"

After being thoroughly and utterly annihilated by these eight tracks, you can also pre-order a copy to call your own right here.

The album's cover was crafted by Moonrot art, and the full "Celestial Decadence" track listing is as follows:

1. Incursion
2. Devoured By Hatred
3. Shadow and Flame
4. Hour of the Raven
5. Revolution (Celestial Spheres)
6. Tormentor of the Weak
7. The Way of the Deceiver
8. Illusions Dead More...

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Vanish Releases "Great Collapse" Video Clip

German progressive/power metal act Vanish released a new music video for the track "Great Collapse." The song appears on the latest album "Come to Wither," the sophomore full length album now available on Massacre Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Soul Of Steel Releases "Secret Worlds" Video

Italian power metal act Soul of Steel released a new music video for the track "Secret Worlds." The song appears on the 2013 release "Journey to Infinity," which is available now through Bakerteam Records.

Check out the clip here:

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Circus Maximus Wreaks "Havoc" On New Lyic Video

Norweigian progressive metal act Circus Maximus released a lyric video for the new track "Havoc." The song is the title track from the eagerly anticipated album due out on March 18th via Frontiers Music srl.

Musically the band offers the usual mixture of very heavy moments intertwined with extremely accessible melodies. Songs like "Pages", the opener "The Weight", "After the Fire" and "Remember" show the full range of the Circus Maximus sound. The album has very heavy songs ("Havoc") and slow and melodic moments ("Loved Ones") too.

The re-defining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original Progressive-Metal bands around. It's early yet, but "Havoc" is an absolute contender for Top Albums of 2016, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard, progressive and metal music. It is just THAT good!

The track list for the album is:

1. The Weight (song streaming here)
2. Highest Bitter
3. Havoc
4. Pages
5. Flames
6. Loved Ones
7. After The Fire
8. Remember
9. Chivalry

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Tarchon Fist Declares "We Are The Legion"

Italian metal act Tarchon Fist is streaming the new track "We Are The Legion" in the player below. The track appears on the band's latest album "Celebration" which will see worldwide worldwide release via Pure Steel Promotion on February 5th (a year after it was originally issued via Il Male Produzioni Records).

The track list for the release is as follows:

1. Celebration
2. Victims Of The Nations
3. Eyes Of Wolf
4. The Game Is Over
5. Fighters
6. It’s My World
7. Thunderbolt
8. Metal Detector
9. We Are The Legion
10. Ancient Sign Of The Pirates
11. Still In Vice
12. Blessing Rain
13. The Game Is Over (reprise)

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Destructor Streaming New Track

Ohio's legendary metal act Destructor is streaming the new track "The Shedding Of Blood And Tears." The song appears on the band's first new release in nine years, "Back In Bondage." The album will drop on February 26th via Pure Steel.

The track list is:

1. Fight (track streaming here)
2. Final Solution
3. G-Force
4. N.B.K.
5. Pompeii
6. Powerslave
7. The Shedding Of Blood And Tears
8. Tornado
9. Triangle

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Sarasin Issues "In Our Image" Track Stream

Ontario melodic hard rock act Sarasin is streaming the new track "In Our Image," the second track to be unleashed since announcing the self-titled debut full length album, which is due out on February 26th via Pure Steel Records. The album is the first release in 28 years for the band.

The track list for "Sarasin" is:

1. The Hammer see music video here)
2. Enemy Within
3. In Our Image
4. Now
5. Soul in Vain
6. Sinkhole
7. Live to See the Glory
8. Forevermore
9. Wake Up

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Ninja Unleashes The "Thunder"

German metal act Ninja has released the first taste from the upcoming studio album "Into the Fire." Check out "Thunder" in the player below. The album will be available on March 18th via Pure Steel Records. Pre-orders will begin on March 4th.

The track listing for "Into the Fire" is:

1. Frozen Time
2. Thunder
3. Vagabond Heart
4. Masterpiece
5. Hot Blond Shot
6. Always Been Hell
7. Blood Of My Blood
8. Coward
9. Last Chance
10. Sledgehammer
11. Supernatural
12. Into The Fire

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Sleepy Hollow Streaming New Track

New Jersey traditional metal act Sleepy Hollow is streaming the new track "Black Horse Named Death." The song is the opening track from the upcoming third full length studio release "Tales of Gods and Monsters," which is set for release on February 19th via Pure Steel Records.

"Tales of Gods and Monsters" features the debut studio release for vocalist Chapel Stormcrow (Altar of Dagon) and bassist Saculus von Doom (Altar of Dagon), both having joined in 2014.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Black Horse Named Death
2. Sons Of Osiris
3. Alone In the Dark
4. Bound By Blood (see music video here)
5. Goddess Of Fire
6. On Blackened Seas
7. Baphomet
8. Creation Abomination
9. Shapeshifter
10. Time Traveller
11. Shadowlands

Check out "Black Horse Named Death" here: More...

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Dark Funeral Enters Studio To Record Sixth Album

Almost precisely 20 years after the Swedish masters of black metal released the debut and landmark album "The Secrets of The Black Arts," and six years after the release of their last full-length studio album, "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus," Dark Funeral is finally entering the studio again to create another blasphemous masterpiece.

Lord Ahriman comments: "We've been waiting for this day a long time! Today we've finally entered Dug-Out studios in Uppsala to begin the recording of our sixth studio album! Last we were here, we recorded the Nail Them To The Cross single and that was indeed a great warm up for the new album. It introduced Heljarmadr as the new vocalist and lyricist, showing that we are unstoppable and that we still hold the world in our hands, ready to crush and destroy! We are extremely eager to bring this monster into this world and after months of preparations we are finally here to summon the beast!!"

The album will be recorded and produced by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and many more) and will be released via Century Media Records.

More details coming soon! More...

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Nervosa Announces North American Tour

2014 saw the release of highly anticipated debut album "Victim of Yourself" from Brazilian demolition crew Nervosa via Napalm Records. In support of the album, the band has finally made it's way to the states and are set to embark on a North American Tour.

The tour kicks February 9th in Seattle, WA and runs through March 10th in Memphis, TN. A complete list of dates can be found below. In addition it has just been announced that Nervosa will take part in the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise February 4th - 8th. More info can be found at this location.

The all-female thrash metal combo pushes the pedal to the metal and offers the listener high-speed riffs, furious drumming and raging leads. The songs have a brutal and raw energy and are crowned by murderous hooks and the aggressive vocals by bassist Fernanda Lira. Nervosa will take the thrash metal scene by storm!

Confirmed dates for the tour are: More...

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Sacrilegium Unveils "Anima Lucifera"

Legendary Polish black metal act Sacrilegium has revealed the artwork of the upcoming new full-length release "Anima Lucifera." The author of the artwork, and the whole graphic design of the album, is Marcin Lojek (Thaw, Sunrise, Nadja). The album will be available on March 18th via Pagan Records as a digipak CD, digital or gatefold LP.

"Anima Lucifera" is the second full-length of the band, recorded almost 20 years after the release of their influential debut, "Wicher." The album title refers directly to a line from a poem by Leopold Staff; excerpts of which have been used in the new Sacrilegium tracks. Similarly, the works of W. B. Yeats and Fernando Pessoa appear next to Nantur’s original lyrics.

"Anima Lucifera" was recorded in the autumn of 2015 at the Pomeranian North Studio. Mixing and mastering duties were undertaken by Nihil (Furia, Morowe, Massemord) at Czysciec Studio.

The recording line-up for the album is:

S – Guitars
N – Vocals
C – Bass
R – Drums More...

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Treat Reveals The "Ghost Of Graceland"

Iconic Swedish melodic rock act Treat will release the new album "Ghost of Graceland" on April 15th via Frontiers Music Srl. The album is the first new material in six years (2010's "Coup de Grace").

Building on the success of "Coup de Grace" - hailed by both fans and critics as a masterpiece - Treat is releasing an album packed with reflective, soul searching songs dressed in devilishly seductive yet hard hitting melodic rock.

"This is where we are today, as a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It's a statement: this is us in 2016", says main songwriter and guitarist Anders Wikström.

"Ghost of Graceland" was produced by long time Treat fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!

To achieve the organic, pure, bold, (somewhat) cocky, contemporary sound with melodies and choruses to die for that they were going for, the band took a step back. Says Anders Wikström: "It's a musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots, the music and the heroes that got us dreaming back in the 70's: KISS, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple and UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock 'n' roll was a matter of life or death." Treat got in the time machine and retrieved all that restless energy. But "Ghost of Graceland," with all it's delicious, action packed and hook laden melodic rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives. More...

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Judicator Announces New Album "The Last Emperor"

Arizona based power metal act Judicator - featuring guitarist Tony Cordisco and Disforia vocalist John Yelland - has announced that the band's new album will be entitled "The Last Emperor" and is expected for release this year.

The band will return to Dirty Viking Audio Production and Tower Studio for the production of the album, where the last album "At the Expense of Humanity" was recorded. The artwork (shown below) was created by Mark Whisnant of Brilliant Engine.

The band commented on the concept for the album: "'The Last Emperor' will continue our trend of concept albums, and return to our historical roots--but this time with a fictional twist.

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Diabolical Added To Kaltenbach Open Air 2016

Austria's metal underground festival K:O:A (Kaltenbach Open Air) has announced the addition of the swedish death metal titans Diabolical to the billing of its 11th edition. K:O:A will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian Alps nearby the small village of Spital am Semmering, including the following so far confirmed bands:

Exodus, Unleashed, Tankard, Taake, Impaled Nazarene, Insomnium, Jungle Rot, Monument Of Misanthropy, Skyforger, Thulcandra, Forgotten Tomb, Abrupt Demise, Age Of Agony, Anomalie, asmodeus, Ctulu, Epsilon, Halo Creation, Harakiri For The Sky, Illuminata, Insanity Alert, Moros, Mortal Strike, Mosfet, Nuclear Vomit, Pray for Pain, Sakrileg, Steel Engraved, Taxidermist, Vulvathrone, Waldschrat.

Tickets for the three days lasting festival can be ordered online at Ticketmaster HERE.

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High Hopes Premieres New Song "Manipulator"

Hailing from Reading U.K. melodic metalcore outfit High Hopes premieres a new song entitled "Manipulator", taken from the upcoming new album "Sights And Sounds", which will be out in stores February 5, 2016 through Victory Records.

Check out now "Manipulator" below.

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UXO Premieres Full-Album Stream Of Debut Album

UXO - the new band project featuring Unsane frontman vocalist/guitarist Chris Spencer and Today Is The Day vocalist/guitarist Steve Austin - premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new self-titled debut album, out in stores now via Reptilian Records.

Check out now "UXO" in its entirety below.

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