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Metal News for February 27, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Flashers Optional

Warning: The following videos contain flashes of light. More...

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Fossils Streaming Full Album

Denmark's drums/bass duo Fossils is ready to provide meaty sophomore LP, "Flesh Hammer," this coming Monday, March 3rd.

Now the entire album has been carved up and served over. Get a taste below, courtesy of No Clean Singing. The following press release was also issued about upcoming recording release shows:

"The release of 'Flesh Hammer' will be celebrated with two Danish release shows, at Radar in Aarhus on February 28th and at Beta in Copenhagen, on March 1st. In the unconventional spirit of Fossils, these will not simply be typical release shows with the usual canapés and support bands, but instead an overload of awesome musical guests will be involved in each of the performances, not at least at the Aarhus gig where the program is quite overwhelming.

"Aarhus will see the resurrection of Fossils' old band, the local high-octane rock n' roll heroes, Studson playing a sweet set of oldies but goodies. Then Fossils will mutate into their own doom version, Slissof, covering an old Cola Freaks-classic with several guests from Cola Freaks, Rising and Studson. Hereafter, Fossils will perform Flesh Hammer from beginning to end, and finally the dynamic duo concludes the show when joined by numerous vocalists such as Jacob Bredahl (The Kandidate, ex-HateSphere) and Kim Kix (Powersolo) who will interpret various Fossils compositions from earlier releases. In Copenhagen Fossils will play a more straight-up set and special guests will be the aforementioned Studson and new local rock outfit, Weak."

2/28/2014 Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
3/01/2014 Radar - Arhaus, Denmark More...

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Near Death Condition Streaming New Song

Swiss death metal tyrants Near Death Condition have another track available today titled "Evolving Towards Extinction," which comes off the upcoming new full-length of the same name. Check it out below, courtesy of ThisIsNotAScene.com.

Set to detonate on March 18th via technical death metal empire, Unique Leader Records, "Evolving Towards Extinction" was mixed at Hertz Studios (Vader, Hate, Dead Infection, Vesania etc.) in Poland and mastered at Iguana Studios in Germany. The track listing is as follows:

1. Words Of Wisdom
2. Between The Dying And The Dead
3. Intelligent Design
4. Pandemic Of Ignorance
5. Praise The Lord Of Negation
6. The Anatomy Of Disgust
7. Anagamin
8. Evolving Towards Extinction
9. Vertigo
10. Communing With Emptiness
11. Nostalgia For Chaos More...

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The Overseer Posts New Song Online

With less than a week until the March 4th release of sophomore album "Rest and Let Go," The Overseer is giving fans one last sneak peek of the album with a new song, titled “Paper Thin Houses.” Check it out below, thanks to AltPress.com.

“This was the last song we wrote for the record,” bassist Bradley Riggs tells AP. “We had a few extra days at the beginning of our recording session and basically just locked ourselves in the A room and cranked out what I think is the most fun and unique song on the album. It funnels weird influences at times such as U2, the Peppers, Rage, and even a bit of Paramore (bass-wise). We're all really happy how it turned out!”

The band's previously posted lyric video for "Scarlet Wool" is also still available at this location. More...

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Plebeian Grandstand Streaming New Song

After releasing a music video for the track "Thrvst," Plebeian Grandstand has now posted another song online from upcoming album "Lowgazers." Check out "Endless Craving" below.

Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé (Birds In Row, Calvaiire, Death Engine) then mastered at New Alliance East (Converge, Gaza, Xasthur), "Lowgazers" is due out March 31st on deluxe 180 gram 2xLP via Throatruiner Records and Basement Apes Industries. Pre-orders and full streaming will be up next week. More...

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Battlecross Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Battlecross, which just returned home from a tour in Europe, is now set to hit the road in the States this weekend on a U.S. tour featuring Protest the Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. The first date of the tour is in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, March 1st and wraps up in Amityville, NY on April 6th.

The band comments: "We just had an amazing run with Killswitch Engage and Trivium in Europe and we're stoked to be with them yet again in the US! We're going to have a blast with our fans and hopefully make some new ones!"

The touring doesn't stop here though, as Battlecross will be playing dates with Killswitch Engage and Trivium as well as making a stop at the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. See the band live on these dates: More...

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Miss May I Releases New Music Video

Ohio 5-piece metalcore act Miss May I is getting ready to release forthcoming album "Rise Of The Lion" via Rise Records on April 29th, 2014.

This album serves as a follow up to the 2012 release "At Heart." The band has been working on the album with Seattle-based producer Terry Date (Bring Me The Horizon, Smashing Pumpkins) at Studio-X.

You can also now check out the new music video for "Gone" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Refuse To Believe
2. Lunatik
3. Gone
4. Echoes
5. You Want Me
6. Tangled Tongues
7. Hero With No Name
8. Darker Days
9. The End Of Me
10. Saints, Sinners, and Greats More...

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Exmortus Releases New Music Video

Exmortus has released a new music video for "Foe Hammer," taken from the band's latest Prosthetic Records album "Slave To The Sword."

The new video clip was directed by Ron Underwood and can be seen below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

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Kamelot Posts Tour Video

Kamelot has released a tour recap video covering the Argentina and Chile shows from the band's recent South American trek. Check it out below, and you can also see the band live on these dates (with more to be announced soon):

June 6th Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
August 29th Haarlem, NL

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Relapse Records Posts New Podcast

The March 2014 edition of the Relapse Records podcast is now available for free streaming and download via MetalInjection.net here.

This is the 29th installment of the official label podcast highlighting brand new songs from Relapse artists, exclusive interviews, and classic Relapse tracks.

This month features material from Nothing, Ringworm, Cripple Bastards, Indian, Red Fang, Primitive Man, Windhand, and more plus an exclusive interview and new tracks from Portland riff masters Lord Dying.

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The Exploited Posts Re-Release Trailer

After having to cancel all scheduled tour dates due to singer Wattie Buchan being hospitalized after a heart attack, The Exploited is now giving fans a little teaser for an upcoming series of re-releases.

The special editions of "The Massacre" (1990), "Beat The Bastards" (1996) and "Fuck The System" (2003) will be released on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

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Crowbar Announces New Album Release

The NOLA riff lords in Crowbar will release a new full-length album entitled "Symmetry in Black," due out on May 27th, 2014. The album will drop in Europe on May 26th via Century Media Records. Founding vocalist Kirk Windstein comments:

"We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all time high. We are 100% ready to get this Juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. Crowbar will not be stopped!"

The "Symmetry in Black" album was produced by Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur. The new effort follows 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand."

The new effort will be the band's tenth studio LP, and also marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of Crowbar. Windstein continues, "Crowbar is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. It's an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy & focus into something that I created 25 years ago! We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour. See you on the road!"

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Architects Streaming Full New Album

Brighton, England metalcore stalwarts Architects are streaming their new album "Lost Forever, Lost Together," which can be heard below.

The official release date is set for March 11th via Epitaph Records in the U.S. and available for pre-order at this location.

The band will also embark on a co-headlining tour with letlive. this Spring. Dates are as follows:

Apr 25 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
Apr 26 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
Apr 27 Burnsville, MN – The Garage
Apr 29 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
Apr 30 Lansing, MI – The Loft
May 01 Livonia, MI – Magic Stick
May 02 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
May 03 Worcester, MA – Upstairs @ The Palladium
May 04 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
May 05 New York, NY – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
May 06 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
May 07 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
May 08 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 09 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
May 10 Jacksonville, FL – Roc Bar
May 12 Houston, TX – The Studio @ Warehouse Live
May 13 Dallas, TX – The Door
May 14 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
May 16 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 17 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
May 19 Portland, OR – Branx
May 20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 21 Spokane, WA – The Hop More...

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Massive Signs To Earache/Century Media

Earache/Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Australian high-octane rockers Massive for a multi-album recording deal.

The four-piece formed in Melbourne in 2012 with the aim of making the loudest and fastest rock 'n' roll. Influenced by the likes of Guns N' Roses and AC/DC, Massive is a notorious group of road dogs, having traveled over a thousand miles for a single show.

Massive front man Brad Marr comments: "We're pumped to be teaming up with Earache/Century Media. The journey ahead is gonna be a fucking ripper!"

Massive's debut album, "Full Throttle," will be released this spring 2014 via Earache/Century Media. For a preview of "Full Throttle," check out the video for the track "One By One" below.

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Unearth Announces New Shows

Unearth has announced a new batch of tour dates named the "Northern Watch Tour" surrounding the band's appearance on the 2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, taking place in Worcester, MA the weekend of April 17th, 18th, and 19th.

The band will be hitting a variety of Canadian cities starting April 11th with Texas in July and California's Winds of Plague providing direct support. Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments:

"We are finally done with the new album and ready to hit the road! Eastern Canada, Cleveland's Fire Fest and the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will all be part of the tour dates this April. We are proud to include Winds of Plague and Texas in July on this Northern trek. See you all soon."

Unearth recently wrapped up production on a yet-to-be titled new LP due later this year. Further details are forthcoming. More...

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Conan Streaming Full Album

English outfit Conan is gearing up to release new album "Blood Eagle" this coming March 3rd (EU) and March 11th (North America) via Napalm Records.

Today the band has also posted the full release online for streaming, which is available below thanks to Noisey.Vice.com. The newly released music video for the track "Foehammer" can also be seen at this location. More...

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Malevolent Creation Comments On Drummer Situation

Yesterday drummer Gus Rios announced he was parting ways with Malevolent Creation. A statement went up on the band's Facebook page that day, which was quickly taken down after strong backlash from the fanbase over the derogatory nature of the post. Now the band has issued the following comments about the matter:

"The decision to replace our now x drummer Gus Rios has been in the works for the last 6 month's. The decision became final after the recording of our new album and the cancellation of our show in Chicago January 25th, 2014 after our drummer Gus contacted the promoter and changed our flight's to Chicago from early Friday the 24th to the day of the show on the 25th. Without telling anyone in the band until a week before the show. That resulted in a huge problem within the band and ultimately our flights to Chicago were cancelled that Saturday, January 25th due to an ice storm coming through Chicago that afternoon.

"That day we decided we were firing Gus from the band and contacted our former and now new drummer Justin Dipinto who played with and recorded the Malevolent Creation album 'The Will To Kill' in 2002. There have been to many problems with Gus since he began filling in as our drummer in 2009 to mention, but the fact that he recorded/programmed/edited the drum parts on our last 2 recordings was really the final nail in the coffin.

"We have recorded many albums since 1990 and they were all recorded as a band playing with a drummer live in the studio until the drums were perfect for each song. This is now our 2nd recording that nobody was present for when the drums were recorded and on our newest album 'The Path Of Malevolence' Chapter 1 I had to record my guitar to a click track and then Gus recorded/programmed and edited his drum tracks to the music. Anyone who has been playing music as long as we have knows a real band does not record like that. And the fake sounding and edited kick drums are something we have avoided all these years until Gus entered the picture. More...

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Stoneburner Posts Album Trailer

Portland sludge bringers Stoneburner today reveal a first audiovisual insight into the sounds that propel the forthcoming full-length, "Life Drawing." This video teaser opens with a quote from A.A Milne whilst the lurching bassline of "Caged Bird" sets the scene. Check it out below.

"Life Drawing" will be available in North America via Neurot Recordings on April 15th, 2014
(April 14th in the UK/EU). The track listing is as follows:

1. Some Can
2. Caged Bird
3. Drift
4. An Apology To A Friend In Need
5. Pale New Eyes
6. Giver Of Birth
7. Done
8. You Are The Worst
9. The Phoenix More...

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Down Reveals New EP Details

Down will release the new EP "Down IV - Part Two" on May 13th, 2014 via Down Records/ADA-Music.

Tracked at Nodferatu's Lair - iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo's home studio - and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and Down, the new EP is the sequel to "Down IV - Part One."

In support of the upcoming record, Down will take to the road this spring, joining Black Label Society and Devil You Know on a North American tour. The tour, which also includes Down headlining shows and festival appearances, begins at Iron City in Birmingham, AL on May 2nd, and ends at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 25th.

The run also includes an appearance on May 24th at Emo's in Austin at the "Rock the Heart" concert, a benefit for the late Mike Scaccia's (Rigor Mortis/Ministry) "Heart Rock" Foundation, with the goal of raising awareness about heart disease.

The new EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Steeple
2. We Knew Him Well
3. Hogshead/Dogshead
4. Conjure
5. Sufferer's Years
6. Bacchanalia More...

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Endstille Announces New Tour Dates

Black metal war machine Endstille has announced a new European tour. The trek, which will in begin on March 27th in Groningen, NL will see Endstille make stops in France, Germany, and more before ending in early April.

Endstille will be touring in support of newest album, "Kapitulation 2013," which can be streamed in full via the Bandcamp player below.

3/27 Groningen (NL) @ Vera
3/28 Oostrozebeke (BE) @ JH 't Ipperste
3/29 Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
3/30 Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
4/1 Toulouse (FR) @ Saint des Seins
4/2 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
4/3 Nürnberg (DE) @ Rockfabrik
4/4 Alsfeld (DE) @ Hessenhalle (Kings of Black Metal Festival Warm Up Night)
4/5 Leipzig (DE) @ Hellraiser
4/6 Hamburg (DE) @ Bambi Galore More...

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Orbweaver Checks In From The Road

Florida exploratory death metal act Orbweaver recently waged audio Armageddon upon the U.S. kicking off a twenty-date run of live takeovers alongside Shroud Eater. Relays guitar demoness, Sally Gates, from the van"

"The 'Wintour' has been excellent so far. We've had a great response at all the shows and some very generous hospitality. A couple of highlights from the road including stopping in New Orleans in the lead up to Mardi Gras. We had a massive sci-fi-themed parade go right past the venue. There were even Dr. Who costumes and floats! We also had an archery challenge in Pensacola -- New Zealand vs Colombia vs USA. Scores are still being debated...It's great to be on the road with our good friends Shroud Eater, and the bonus of touring in the Winter is that the van still smells fresh! Thanks to everyone who's come out to our shows so far, and hope to see the rest of you on the road!"

Orbweaver is currently touring in support of the "Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon" EP, released last Summer. Catch the band on the remaining tour dates:

2/27/2014 Frankie Teardrops - San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Hashmouth
2/28/2014 The Complex - LA, CA w/ Lightning Swords Of Death
3/01/2014 Yucca Tap Room - Phoneix, AZ
3/02/2014 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/03/2014 Taqueria Pedritos - Dallas, TX
3/04/2014 Vino's Pizza And Pub - Little Rock, AR
3/05/2014 The End - Nashville, TN
3/06/2014 Chapel Hill Underground - Chapel Hill, NC
3/07/2014 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC
3/08/2014 529 - Atlanta, GA
3/09/2014 Burro Bar - Jacksonville, FL w/ Porter, Atma
3/10/2014 Fubar Downtown - St. Petersburg, FL w/ Landbridge, Ulcer, Cosm

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Pyrrhon Streaming Album's Title Track

The experimental death metal perpetrators in New York City's Pyrrhon (pronounced peer-on) are pleased to soil ears with the title track from their forthcoming new long player, "The Mother Of Virtues," due out April 1st. Give it a listen below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.

Comments vocalist Doug Moore of the title track: "I've seen some people say that we aren't 'really' a death metal band, and this song is pretty good evidence in favor of that claim. It's also one of the more ambitious songs we've ever recorded, structurally speaking. Good luck."

The album was recorded by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice). More...

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Bloodbath Posts Photo Of New Vocalist

Bloodbath will be entering the studio to record a new full-length album in March, which will be the band's first since the departure of vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt.

The death metal supergroup previously posted a series of clues online as to who the vocalist would be, and now the band has released a tantalizing photo of the new frontman - showing only his beard!

Who do you think it is? Popular consensus online seems to be that its Jörgen Sandström or Paul Kuhr.

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Magoa Posts "Wall Of The Damned" Video

Magoa has released a new music video for the track "Wall Of The Damned," which was directed by Benjamin Cappelletti and can be seen below.

The track comes by way of the "Topsy Turvydom" album released last year and still available for streaming in full at this location.

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Below Announces New Album

Below spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record a debut full-length album.

The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title and art for "Across the Dark River," due for release on April 15th in North America and April 14th/11th in UK/Europe. Check it out below. More...

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Holy Moses Details New Album "Redefined Mayhem"

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses will release the new album "Redefined Mayhem" in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the USA on April 29th through SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available as a standard CD, double gatefold LP with colored vinyl plus bonus track and the CD in a cardboard sleeve and as download (CD and LP have different covers).

"Redefined Mayhem" is a prime example of an album, which expertly blends past and present. "Holy Moses have never released standard thrash songs, and we never will," Sabina Classen explains with some pride. "We write songs which we like ourselves and don't compromise in terms of trends and concessions to wrong expectations. We don't have to please everybody, we're our own brand, we have our own sound, which includes the occasional odd beat, technically demanding passages and unusual chord structures as well as interesting lyrics which deal with the dark side of people and their minds."

In 2014, Holy Moses doesn't show any symptoms of fatigue mainly due to the perfect balance consisting of founder members and musicians who have played in other groups: vocalist Sabina Classen has been the voice and face of HOLY MOSES since 1981, bassist Thomas Neitsch has been in the band for six years, drummer Gerd Lücking joined the fold three years ago, and guitarist Peter Geltat was enlisted in 2012, supporting his colleagues immediately in a number of successful shows such as the Barge To Hell Cruise 2012. The current line-up is ready to face new challenges in a permanently evolving metal genre. "This is Holy Moses, mark 2014, and 'Redefined Mayhem' defines a new chapter of our band history," explains Sabina Classen, adding: "We had to redefine ourselves as a band and gel as a team. There were people who voiced their doubts that it would work. But the new songs prove beyond all doubt that HOLY MOSES continue to be a force to be reckoned with."

Fans of the band can look forward to a contemporary thrash metal oeuvre, which reflects the band members' influence while skilfully forging an arch to the group's successful past with classics such as "Finished With The Dogs" (1987) and "The New Machine Of Liechtenstein" (1989). Classen commented: "It's still first-rate thrash metal, fast-paced and powerful, chaotic at times but with a modern touch and amazingly multi-faceted guitars and drums."

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Tom Warrior Recommends Fans Don't Buy Box Set

Triptykon's upcoming sophomore full-length album, "Melana Chasmata" will be released on April 14th (Europe) and April 15th (North America) through Century Media Records. Tom Gabriel Warrior has now issued the following statement however about not endorsing one edition of the release:

"The box set with extra items, limited to an edition of 2000, contains the mediabook edition of the album. It is not a Triptykon product, however, but a Century Media idea (much like the 10" box is a Nuclear Blast-only edition). I strongly dislike the CM box, and it is my personal recommendation to Triptykon's fans not to purchase it.

"CM have licensed the rights for the album and can thus market it as they wish, but that doesn't mean there are merits in such a limited edition venture. I personally feel it is in bad taste and does not represent Triptykon. All items which are officially issued by Triptykon (i.e., the mediabook CD, the pendant, and the tote bag) will be available separately through the usual outlets, so there is no need to support such a cheap and ill-fitting marekting venture." More...

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Bloodtruth Signs To Unique Leader

Italian death metal troupe Bloodtruth is pleased to join Unique Leader Records' expanding realm of extreme bands. The following press release was also issued about Bloodtruth:

"Initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, and now featuring the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer Giacomo Torti, Bloodtruthheave forth a sonic fire ball of speed, brutality and unadulterated hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early '90s death metal, evocative Gregorian chant representing the band's homeland and history and methodical technicality, Bloodtruth are ceaseless in their ear-lacerating capabilities.

"Following the release of a two-track promo in 2012, the band joined Unique Leader for the release of their debut full-length, slated to drop later this year. Titled Obedience, the ten-track behemoth was engineered by Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera (both of Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Sonic Hammer Studios, mixed and mastered by the Italian sound sorcerer Stefano Morabito (Hour Of Penance, Eyeconoclast, Unfathomable Ruination, Inherit Disease, etc...) at 16th Cellars Studios and bears the sinister artwork of Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm)."

Further Bloodtruth intel, including release dates and teaser tracks, is to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Lantlos Uploads New Song From Upcoming Album

Lantlos has uploading a new track for streaming titled "Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes," which can be heard below. The band also comments:

"Finally we can present you the first glimpse of our work from the past 2 years! We are proud to show you the first single of our to be released album Melting Sun: 'Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes!'

"Hope you'll enjoy. The album will be released via Prophecy Productions on the 2nd of May. We are also proud to present you the breathtaking cover artwork made by our friend Pascal Hauer. Find his page here and give him a like here.

"Furthermore, we launch our official web shop today. Please notice that all benefits go directly into our music/studio! Please show some support at this location.

We are also glad if you buy the album directly from our Label. Find info on pricing and formats here." More...

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Animals As Leaders Streaming New Track

After previously streaming the song "Tooth and Claw" online, Animals As Leaders has now unleashed another track from its upcoming new album.

Check out the track "Lippincott" in the YouTube player below. Both songs are taken from upcoming full-length album "The Joy Of Motion," set to drop on Sumerian Records this coming March 25th.

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Gloryful Recruits New Bassist

Gloryful's upcoming new album is set to be released on April 25th via Massacre Records. "Ocean Blade" was mixed by Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Asphyx, Motorjesus) at Unisound and mastered by Powerwolf's Charles Greywolf at Studio Greywolf, while Kris Verwimp is responsible for the cover artwork. You can listen to the new song "Cradle Of Heroes" below.

The band has now also introduced new bassist Daniel Perl. Shortly before the recording of the upcoming album "Ocean Blade," former bassist Oliver Karasch decided to leave Gloryful Oliver stated:

"Due to personal reasons, I can't fulfill the role as bassist of Gloryful anymore. It was a great time and I will always cherish the memories of great shows and the best company anyone could imagine. This has been the best band I ever played in and I'm glad that a good replacement could be found, otherwise I wouldn't have left."

Daniel Perl comments about his new role as Gloryful's bassist: "Working his artilleristic instrument, he had flattened the ground - besides his band members - for the infantristic sound to take over.
As this good man has taken a back seat, it was my call to enter the band. With great pleasure and honor I'm taking the task that has been Oliver's since the start of Gloryful. Locked and loaded and ready to rumble in the name of heavy metal, let the war begin!" More...

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DevilDriver Posts New Lyric Video

The California groove machine DevilDriver released sixth studio album "Winter Kills" in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Now the band has released a lyric video for album track "Sail," which can be seen below courtesy of Loudwire.com.

DevilDriver is currently on tour as part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia, following those dates, the band heads to Japan for three special shows with Bay Area Thrashers Testament. March 27th sees the band kicking off a European headline tour in Cologne, Germany and it will run through April 19th in Schijndel, Netherlands. Dates are available after the jump.

Plans for a North American tour are being finalized now and will be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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Trollfest Posts Preview Clip Of "Ave Maria"

Norwegian folk metal act Trollfest posted a preview clip for the new track "Ave Maria." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Kaptein Kaos," which is set to drop on March 28th (EU) via NoiseArt Records and April 8th via Napalm Records.

The single for "Ave Maria" is set for digital release via all major digital retailers, such as iTunes, WiMP, Spotify, Amazon.com and others.

The band explains the song: "This song is about Kaptein Kaos who finds himself in Jerusalem with quite blue balls. He finds himself a young willing maiden and seduces her with a song. Nine months later the young maiden finds herself in a tricky situation with some serious explaining to do for the puritan village; luckily she is clever and claims the child is sent from God."

The track list for "Kaptein Kaos" is:

1. Trolltramp
2. Kaptein Kaos
3. Vulkan
4. Ave Maria
5. Filzlaus Verkündiger
6. Die Grosse Echsen
7. Seduction suit no.21
8. Solskinnsmedisin
9. Troll Gegen Mann
10. Sagn Om Stein
11. Renkespill
12. Kinesisk Alkymi
13. Døden banker på

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21 Octayne Signs With AFM Records

German hard rock act 21 Octyane, featuring LT Rhapsody drummer Alex Landenburg (Mekong Delta) and Axxis guitarist Marco Wriedt, have signed on with AFM Records for the release of the debut album "Into the Open." The album drops on May 23rd in Europe through the label, with the U.S. date to be announced.

The band recently released the new single "The Heart (Save Me)" via Amazon and iTunes, along with the music video, which can be seen at this location (and in the player below). More...

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Schammasch Signs With Prosthetic Records

Swiss black metal act Schammasch released a teaser clip for the upcoming double album "Contradiction." The album drops via Prosthetic Records on April 28th (EU) and May 2nd (Germany).

The label commented: "Very excited to announce the worldwide signing of Switzerland's Schammasch. Their monolithic Prosthetic debut opus "Contradiction" is coming soon. Probably the most important extreme metal record you'll hear all year."

More information on that album is expected soon. Check out the teaser clip here:

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