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Metal News for February 20, 2016

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14 news articles posted on this day.

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Jolly Kills Steven Wilson

New York City progressive/alternative rock group Jolly just launched the first clip in a series of animated shorts called The Jollyshow. In this first episode, entitled "Jolly Kills Steven Wilson," things get messy when the lovable but naïve Jolly unknowingly meet prog idol, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion). Spoiler art: it doesn't end well.

Commented Jollydrummer, Louis Abramson: "The progressive rock community is truly a special one. There are so many nuances that only those on the inside could understand. We decided to pay homage and show our love to the prog world in the best way we know how - by making fun of it. The beauty about the prog community is that everyone could take a joke, or at least we hope! But really, we do believe that people will see our nonsense as an act of love. Any fan of Jolly knows that Steven Wilson is a huge influence on us.

"We are very excited about this cartoon beyond the cheap laughs. This cartoon is 100 percent created by the band, from start to finish. The same goes for our music, and all our other video content. Our aim is to show the world that the only thing it takes to make quality content is heart."

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Soon Posts "Burning Wood" Track

With the release of "Vol. 1" - the forthcoming debut full-length from transcendental rock collective Soon - now just two weeks away, today second cut "Burning Wood" has been discharged for communal ingestion. Listen in via the SoundCloud player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. We Are On Your Side
2. Burning Wood
3. See You Soon
4. Gold Soul
5. Glass Hours
6. Mauveine
7. Datura Stramonium
8. Rise

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So This Is Suffering Inks Record Deal

Victorville, California-based So This Is Suffering has forged an alliance with Unique Leader Records for the release of the band's impending fourth album, which is currently in production. Additionally, the band has confirmed a headlining April U.S. tour with Lord Of War.

Writing is underway for new release "A Palace For The Pessimist," the band's first release for Unique Leader Records. Issues the band of the signing: "We're excited to be working with one of the top leading labels in extreme music. It's been a long journey and we want to thank our fans for their endless support along the way, thank you!" More...

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Babymetal Unveils New Album

We've got some big news about everyone's favorite underage school girl metal band: Babymetal will release new album "Metal Resistance" on April 1st. The album will be preceded by impending single "Karate," coming February 25th. The full "Metal Resistance" track listing is as follows:

1. Road of Resistance
2. Karate
3. Awadama Fever
4. YAVA!
5. Amore
6. Meta Taro
7. From Dusk Till Dawn
8. GJ!
9. Sis. Anger
10. No Rain, No Rainbow
11. Tales of The Destinies
12. THE ONE - English ver. - More...

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Suicidal Angels Reveals "Division Of Blood" Album

Suicidal Angels today reveals more details on upcoming 6th studio album "Division Of Blood," which follows 2014 album "Divide and Conquer" and will be released on May 27th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

Recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany with producer Jörg Uken, the "Division of Blood" track listing is as follows:

01. Capital Of War
02. Division Of Blood
03. Eternally To Suffer
04. Image Of The Serpent
05. Set The Cities On Fire
06. Frontgate
07. Bullet In The Chamber
08. Cold Blood Murder
09. Of Thy Shall Bring The Light More...

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Goatwhore Kicking Off 2016 Touring

New Orleans' favorite road demons from Goatwhore will take to the streets again with their first live performances of 2016. The onstage uprising began last night on their home turf at Gasa Gasa.

Next week, the band will level stages in six cities from February 25th through March 1st including an appearance at Inertia Entertainment's 20th Anniversary Show with Sacrifice, Macabre and Panzerfaust at The Opera House in Toronto.

Additionally, team Goatwhore will play at Shredmonton Fest in Canada in May as well as Bloodstock Fest in the UK and Motorcultor Fest in France, both set to take place in August, with supplementary live invasions currently in their plotting stages.

Comments frontman Ben Falgoust, "In August, we will be making our first appearance at Bloodstock Open Air. After many years of diligent work and relentless touring we have been presented with this fine experience. We are quite ready to give our fans and newcomers a performance well deserved of BOA. See you all then! We have some more festival announcements coming in the next month, so keep your eyes open for more details. If any of our European fans would like to see us at other festivals please step forward and demand our presence directly to the festival that you would like to see us perform at." More...

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Mindshift Signs With Eclipse Records

Eclipse Records is happy to announce the signing of melodic death metal outfit Mindshift. The label comments:

"Mindshift is a Swedish melodic metal band which was founded in 2006 by guitarist Johan Lund. Over the years, the band went through various lineups (as most bands in their early stages do), and finally released their debut album 'No Regrets' in early 2012. For Johan however, the original lineup never reached its full potential.

"That all changed in the fall of that year when singer Marcus Mao Uggla (who played bass in Blowsight at the time) joined the band on vocals. It was the moment when Mindshift took things to a new level. They quickly began writing new material, and a new era of Mindshift began.

"By April of 2013, Mindshift entered Soundfraction Studios, and recorded the four song EP 'Evilution,' which would define the band’s direction and musical vision well into the future. A few months after releasing the EP, Mao and Johan recruited drummer Fabien Fabbe Perreau (also from Blowsight), and the band recorded their five song EP 'In Time,' which was released in January of 2014.

"Later that year, in the Fall of 2014, Mindshift began recording songs for their second full-length album, 'Horizon' and finally in the Fall of 2015 after finishing the album and performing dozens of shows, the band caught the attention of Eclipse Records." More...

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WarCrab Recruits New Vocalist

After recently parting with the band's vocalist, WarCrab has now issued this announcement about bringing on a new member:

"We are very happy to introduce to you all the latest addition to the WarCrab family!! Taking up vocal duties will be our long-time friend and all round bloody nice bloke Martyn Grant!

"We welcome Martyn into the fold and look forward to laying all to waste with him at the helm, starting with THE DIRTY DOZEN charity all-dayer in Dudley on March 5th!!! Many thanks for your support." More...

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Reptilian Announces "Perennial Void Traverse"

Much as they've done with Sepulcher and Inculter, Edged Circle Productions is proud to present the debut album of a Norwegian newcomer who'll soon be spoken of far and wide: Reptilian's "Perennial Void Traverse."

In some ways like national contemporaries Obliteration and Execration - and, of course, grandaddies Cadaver - the still-young Reptilian whips forth a whirlwind of utterly twisted, fever-dreaming death metal.

Across its six sidewinding tracks, "Perennial Void Traverse" indeed draws the listener into a void of ghastly contours that continually shapeshift. Due out April 22nd, the track listing is as follows:

1. Swamp
2. Possessed By the Eyes of the Living
3. Cede to Celestial Providence
4. Phantasm
5. Cadaverous Creature
6. Transmigration More...

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The Maledict Releasing "Dread"

The Maledict will release new album "Dread" on March 4th, 2016 via Transcending Records, with the label commenting:

"The Maledict is a death/doom band which formed in rural Victoria, Australia, in 2012. Originally conceived as a small-scale death metal project between guitarist/vocalist and principal songwriter Ian McLean and bassist Stuart McCarthy, 2013 saw The Maledict transition to full-performing act, with the addition of Karl Freitag as the band's drummer and Stuart Henry taking on lead guitar duties.

"In this year, the band released the 48-minute demo 'Salvation in Yielding', which illustrated the beginnings of a shift in musical direction for the quartet. As the band continued to perform and write, the initial straight death metal approach continued to mutate, inheriting an increasing number of gothic, orchestral and doom metal influences.

"With the release of their self-produced debut studio album, 'Dread,' The Maledict's musical identity finally stands fully realized, weaving between funereal waltzes and crushing death metal with equal zeal." More...

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Buffalo Theory MTL Streaming New EP

Buffalo Theory MTL returns to the scene with a full premiere of fourth and latest offering "Skeptic Knight" before its release via Stand Productions on February 26th.

This release is the follow-up to 2014 "Murder Trilogy" EP and was recorded at Indica Studio in Montreal, QC. The track listing is as follows:

1. Conspiracy In Paranoland (3:45)
2. Punishment (3:09)
3. Get On It (2:59)
4. Skeptic Knight (3:20)
5. Psychic Enclosure (2:37) More...

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Your Memorial Premieres New Song "Forever United"

Minnesota's metal outfit Your Memorial premieres a new single entitled "Forever United", out in stores now via Facedown Records.

Check out now "Forever United" below.

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Polyphia Premieres New Song & Music Video "Crush"

Polyphia premieres a new song entitled "Crush", taken from the upcoming new album "Renaissance", which will be out in stores March 11 via Equal Vision.

Check out now "Crush" below.

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I See Stars Premieres New Track "Mobbin’ Out"

Metalcore outfit I See Stars premieres a new song entitled "Mobbin’ Out". The band kicked off a headlining tour earlier this week. Dates can be found after the jump.

Check out now "Mobbin’ Out" below.

Catch I See Stars on "The Light in the Cave Tour": More...

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