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Metal News for February 6, 2014

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Smells Like Bret Michaels

I guess it was only a matter of time. Bret Michaels is selling cologne named Roses and Thorns. You can pre-order now (apparently you get a CD also with your purchase). More...

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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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A Distant Calm Posts New Video

A Distant Calm has released a new music video for "Exodus," which comes off the "Traits of a Saint" EP and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Exodus
2. A Million Voices
3. Silver Tongue
4. Born a Sinner
5. Prisoner of Time

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Spiralarms Recruits New Drummer

Spiralarms has announced the addition of drummer Andy Galeon (Death Angel) to the fold. Andy will make his live debut with the band this Saturday, February 8th in San Francisco, CA at the Milk Bar. Guitarist Craig Locicero released the following statement on Andy joining the band:

"After much deliberation and our European tour, we've decided it is time to part ways with our good friend and Brother Ron Redeen. This was not an easy decision, but it came down to health and personal reasons that Ron must deal with on his own terms. Make no mistake about it this was difficult. Ron is a fantastic drummer and a wonderful person who deserves much credit and respect for his playing. We wish him nothing but the best for his future and we love him dearly.

"Now to the present...Andy Galeon, formerly of Death Angel, is 'the New Guy!' When Andy and I got together to play the Robb Flynn and Friends benefit last month, we just clicked. Everything we played together had something special going within our chemistry. This was totally unexpected by both of us and the only times previous to that I'd actually played music with Andy was on old Sabbath songs decades ago. That being said, we've been friends for about 25 years and toured our asses off together in 1990 in Europe and the States. Back then we were the two youngest kids on the bus! There is a history and pedigree that makes sense.

"When Tim, Cornbread and Brad watched Andy and I play at the benefit, it all became clear. He IS our guy that will help us continue to grow into the heavy rock force we set out to be. Our first full practice was tonight and we all got chills at how much we jelled with the power and groove Andy brings to the table. Andy's been playing drums his entire life and pretty much grew up in rock and metal school. Honestly, I'm so happy to have Andy in a situation were he can get back out there and show his skills in our music. We all complement each other with an ease that's difficult to come by. It's about time he steps back into the international ring, so to speak.

"Now it's out of the frying pan and into the fire! Two rehearsals and we're playing our first show Saturday night in San Francisco! That's what Professionals do and Andy is a Pro!" More...

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Deathpoint To Perform Anti-Valentine's Day Show

Love Hurts! Love Scars! Love Wounds as 1970's hard rock band Nazareth would put it best! But when it comes to Deathpoint and an Anti-Valentine's Day Show...

"What better way to say fuck Valentine's day than being in the pit with your closest of friends and the closest of strangers. This holiday, spend it with Deathpoint - Love stinks, but the music doesn't have to," comments vocalist Tom Emmans.

Deathpoint will be performing an Anti-Valentine's Day show on Feb 14th in Guelph, ON alongside Seducing Medusa, Killitorous, and This Is Identity. The band is also scheduled to perform this weekend in London, ON on Feb 7th and Windsor, ON on Feb 8th in support of latest album "Sinister" and latest music video "Between The Lines."

Feb 7, 2014 – The APK - London, ON - Show Details
Feb 8, 2014 – Canadian Anglo Club - Windsor, ON - Show Details
Feb 14, 2014 - Red Papaya - Guelph, ON More...

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Korn Releases New Video

Korn has now dropped another music video off latest album "The Paradigm Shift," which saw the return of former member Brian "Head" Welch.

Check out "Spike In My Veins" in the player below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

The track listing for "The Paradigm Shift" is as follows:

1. Prey For Me
2. Love & Meth
3. What We Do
4. Spike In My Veins
5. Mass Hysteria
6. Paranoid And Aroused
7. Never Never (watch the video here)
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (deluxe)
13. Tell Me What You Want (deluxe) More...

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ACxDC To Release New LP Via Melotov

Powerviolence act Antichrist Demoncore has officially teamed up with Melotov Records for the release of its debut full-length LP. Also popularly known as ACxDC, the band enters LA's The Pit Studio next week with producer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) to record the as-yet-untitled album. The following press release was issued about the band:

"With origins dating back to 2003, ACxDC returned to the scene in 2010 after a hiatus and has been systematically killing ever since. Although its Melotov Records debut is its first full-length, the band has a slew of EPs and splits under its belt, released via labels like Deep Six and To Live A Lie. Founder and frontman Sergio Amalfitano has described the band's mission as a 'war on any and all fundamentalism.' A pillar of the LA scene, ACxDC has played in the LA area with every band that matters and has toured with the likes of Capitalist Casualties. Current members also do time in other bands, most notably drummer Jorge Luis Herrera who bashes for powerviolence veterans Despise You.

"Melotov Records is the LA-based label founded in 2008 by Melanie Voltz. Now distributed exclusively by Converge frontman Jake Bannon's label, Deathwish Inc, Melotov is on a tear with recent releases by The Banner, Bone Dance, and Ghostlimb, and new upcoming 2014 releases by ACxDC, Tiger Flowers, and more.

"ACxDC's debut LP is slated for a late spring 2014 release on Melotov. The band has a European summer tour in the works, including festivals such as Fluff Fest and Obscene Extreme."

Melotov's Melanie Voltz states: "Words cannot describe how excited I am to be working with ACxDC. Not only are they monumental in the Los Angeles punk/hardcore community, but their beliefs and methods of promoting them are something I strongly identify with – veganism, marriage equality, anti-authority, etc. Antichrist Demoncore are a staple band, not just for their genre, but for encouraging change and opening conversations on difficult subjects in a way that makes it accessible for people within the aggressive music community. They are also some of the most down-to-earth dudes I've met. Their work ethic and moral codes, coupled with their insane live performances and equally insane 'audience participation', had me hooked upon initial exposure. I can't tell you how damn cool it is to now have the opportunity to be their home for this release."

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Taurus Announces New Album Release

Portland-based psychedelic doom/drone duo Taurus - featuring Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle and Ashley Spungin, formerly of Purple Rhinestone Eagle/Negative Queen - is pleased to unveil the details on forthcoming new full-length, "No/Thing."

Recorded to two-inch tape at Portland's Cloud City Studios by sound magus Billy Anderson, "No/Thing" was composed throughout the Summer of 2013 and features guest vocal infiltrations by Anderson and Leviathan's Wrest.

The album is due out April 1st and the track listing is as follows:

1. No Thing Longing... Human Impermanence
2. Lives Long For Own
3. Set Forth On The Path Of The Infinite
4. Increase Aloneness
5. Receed

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Death Toll Rising Comments On Award Nomination

Rising up the ladder of the Canadian metal scene with latest album "Infection Legacy" unleashed last October, Death Toll Rising won praise in 2013 from fans, metal publications, and support from Canadian Loud Charts.

Now with an upcoming tour with Kataklysm and Aborted on select dates during the "Kill The Elite Tour," the indie force is proud to announce hometown endorsement and nomination for "Metal Recording of The Year" from the Edmonton Music Awards. Drew Copland, guitarist for DTR comments:

"It is a great honour for us to be nominated for an Edmonton Music Award. We have been a part of this city's music scene for over a decade now and we are proud to represent it alongside some other amazing bands! We would like to extend a huge high five to our local fanbase for always supporting us and sticking with us. It took some time to get Infection Legacy out there, but we poured our heart and soul into it, and just being nominated is very gratifying for us! "

Catch the band live:

Mar 7 - Coaldale, AB - The Vent w/ Ides of Winter, Tramp Stamper - Event Details
Mar 8 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat w/ Demise Without Reason, Ides of Winter, Enemyus
Apr 10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
Apr 11 - Calgary, AB - The Rebublik - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
Apr 12 - Kamloops, BC - Columbo Lounge w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
Apr 13 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted

Death Toll Rising also comments: "We are absolutely pumped to be supporting Kataklysm and Aborted on select Western Canadian dates of the Kill The Elite spring tour 2014! Both of these acts have been major influences on us over the last 10 years. We will be alongside Vancity's stay tech masters, Archspire getting everyone primed to be wiped out by the headliners!"

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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden To Headline Nova Rock

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Nova Rock festival, an annual event that saw some of the greatest names of the scene performing on its previous nine iterations.

For the jubilee tenth edition organizers are preparing a special event, with headliners Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and The Prodigy.

The event takes place in the Nickeldorf’s Pannonia Fields II from June 13th to June 15th. The line-up for the upcoming edition is not final, as organizers say that there will be more acts added with the event getting closer. See the currently announced lineup in the poster below. More...

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Reformers Signs With Mediaskare Records

Mediaskare Records is pleased to announce the addition of California’s Reformers to its roster of artists.

The band’s first Mediaskare release will be the debut full-length album "Abolish," which is set to hit stores and digital retailers on April 29th. A lyric video for the track “Belligerence" can be seen below.

“More and more you see people adopting the mantra, 'Negative Minded,' or, 'Stay Negative,' but why?” stated front man Andrew Backlin when speaking about “Belligerence.” He adds, “Hate saturates your very being, taking what was once joy, and extinguishing any hope for a future. Life has it's valley's, don't get us wrong, but there is so much beauty in this gift called life that we have been given. Choose to live in hate, and soon that is all you will see, it clouds your vision, preventing true joy from even being possible. This song is our response to people who choose to live in hate, letting it sap any part of life worth living, and for what? The satisfaction of feeling justified for past situations? Tomorrow is a new day, love life, forgive people, move on, happiness is not out of your reach.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Reform
2. Reckless American (feat. Johnny Plague of Winds of Plague)
3. Hooked
4. Abomination
5. Commercialized Genocide
6. Greed Machine
7. Eliminate The Sickness
8. Belligerence
9. PNP (feat. Justin Singh of The Great Commission)
10. Lipserver
11. Turn It Around
12. Last One Standing (feat. Brooke Reeves of Impending Doom) More...

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Ataraxie Announces Lineup Changes

After splitting with guitarist Sylvain Esteve last month, French outfit Ataraxie has issued the following update about recruiting new members:

"We have the share pleasure to announce some major changes for Ataraxie. After we auditioned many guitarists for filling Sylvain's shoes, we decided to become a five piece band. From now on, Ataraxie will have three guitarists!

"The new band members are Hugo Gaspar (Fatum Elisum), and Julien Payan (Void Paradigm, Mhönos, ex-Hyadningar, ex-Yuck)

"The new line up will play at the Dordrecht Doom Day festival, on may 10th 2014, sharing the stage with Loss (us), Worship (de), Lethian Dreams (fr), Monads (be), Doomed (de) and Abysmal Darkening (nl). Some other gigs will be soon confirmed."

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Alterbeast Streaming New Track

The musical assassins at Gear Gods today unleash the latest track of technical tenacity and demonical debauchery from Sacramento death metal ogres Alterbeast.

Titled "Mutilated Marvel," the track features on the band's forthcoming new full-length, "Immortal," set for release via Unique Leader Records on March 18th. Give it a listen below. More...

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Former Neuraxis Frontman Joins Mass Murder Messiah

Montreal-based "rockcore" act Mass Murder Messiah has recruited former Neuraxis frontman Alex Leblanc as the group's new singer.

Drummer Sammoth says, “Alex is a juggernaut on stage. He is the perfect fit for this band in all aspects. He’s a great frontman, has years of experience on and off stage and he’s just an overall great guy. We are VERY happy to add him to the M3 family.”

Leblanc: "It's good to be back in the game! After a two-year hiatus, I didn't realize how much I missed being in a jamroom and screaming my heart out. Mass Murder Messiah is a solid band and I can't wait to bring my special kind of mayhem to their style and terrorize crowds everywhere.”

The band recently confirmed an appearance at this year's Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada, and is already working on a follow-up to 2013's independently released album “The Rise Of Evil."

You can download Mass Murder Messiah's music for free at the band's official website.

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Rivers Of Nihil Announces New Shows

Pennsylvania death metal assassins Rivers of Nihil have announced a handful of live assaults leading up to an appearance on The Best In Brutality Tour with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan.

The latest run of dates in support of full-length album "The Conscious Seed Of Light" will initiate in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 10th and include a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 13th before kicking off The Best In Brutality Tour on March 18th in Phoenix, Arizona. The trek will come to a close on April 19th in Columbus, Ohio and includes an appearance at this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In related news, drummer Ron Nelson has recently parted ways with the band. Elaborates Rivers of Nihil in an official statement: "After five years as Rivers of Nihil, we have come to the mutual decision to part ways with our drummer and friend, Ron Nelson. Ron is the guy who started this band back in 2009 and most of us have been playing in bands with him since we were sixteen years old. He recorded two EPs and a full-length with us, toured all over the country, farted many times in our van, and has left an enormous space to be occupied. Without Ron, we absolutely would not be the band (or people) that we are today. Ron will be sorely missed by us and we wish him the best in his future endeavors! With the departure of such a monster of a player as Ron we knew that we had to carefully select our newest member; that guy is Alan Balamut. Alan has learned our live set in record time and with frightening accuracy. We are proud to have him as part of the Rivers of Nihil family and look forward to the times ahead. Catch Alan and the rest of us on tour this March and April with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Kahn on The Best Of Brutality Tour!" More...

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Benighted Streaming Full New Album

European death metal act Benighted is streaming new album, "Carnivore Sublime" at Stereokiller.com here.

"Carnivore Sublime" has been set for a North American release on February 18th. The track list and artwork can be found below. The album art was designed by Aborted vocalist Sven de Caluwé.

1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Experience Your Flesh
4. Slaughter/Suicide
5. Spit
6. Defiled Purity
7. Jekyll
8. Collection of Dead Portraits
9. Carnivore Sublime
10. Les Morsures de Cerbère
11. June and the Laconic Solstice More...

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Scale The Summit To Play Metal Injection Showcase

After years of attending and covering the metal happenings of South by Southwest, Metal Injection couldn't be more excited to present its first ever SXSW showcase. Metal Injection comments:

"Attendees of the Metal Injection showcase are in for one hell of a night. Scale The Summit and The Ocean will co-headline the show, with support coming from pummeling death metal masters Rivers of Nihil, 14-string guitar shred genius Felix Martin with his full band, the dark blackened ambiance of Vattnet Viskar, post-metal kings The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes kicking off the party with a bang.

"The party kicks off Thursday, March 13th starting at 7PM at The Dirty Dog. Free admission with SXSW badge or wristband. If you don't have SXSW credentials, there will be limited tickets on sale for the general public the day of show, so get there early! The poster below was created by renowned artist Mike Wholberg." More...

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Down To Support Black Label Society

Black Label Society is extremely excited to have the mighty Down join on as direct support for a select portion of "The Revolver Golden Gods" tour across North America.

Down will only be on a select portion of the tour starting May 2nd through May 23rd. See below for a list of all tour dates. Tickets are on sale now and for all additional information stay tuned to the Black Label Society Facebook profile.

Black Label Society's new album "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is due out on April 8th via eOne Recordings.

Fri/May-02 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Sun/May-04 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Mon/May-05 Clifton Park, NY (Albany) @ Northern Lights
Wed/May-07 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Thu/May-08 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Fri/May-09 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/May-10 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mon/May-12 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Tue/May-13 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Thu/May-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sat/May-17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Mon/May-19 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
Tue/May-20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Wed/May-21 St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis) @ Myth
Fri/May-23 Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theater More...

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Ringworm Streaming New Track

Cleveland's Ringworm is returning with Relapse debut "Hammer Of The Witch," set release March 18th in North America and March 17th for the UK/world.

Today Ringworm unleashes the second song from "Hammer of the Witch." Check out "Psychic Vampire" in the player below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.

Leading up to the release of "Hammer of the Witch," Ringworm will embark on the "North American Inquisition: Chapter 1."These dates begin March 12th in Nashville, TN and wrap up March 16th in St. Louis, MO. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Megadeth Comments On Newsted Cancellation

Yesterday it was announced that Newsted had been removed from two Soundwave festival shows and replaced by Whitechapel.

The Soundwave organizers stated the change was made "at the request of Megadeth," which has caused Megadeth's management to comment on the issue.

Speaking to ABC News Radio, Megadeth tour manager Jim Carroccio states: "Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off [the Soundwaves festival]. Dave did not put him on the bill and did not take him off the bill.

"Dave [Mustaine] submitted a list of bands he was comfortable with and the promoter ignored the list. Dave and Jason are friends [and] this has blown up into something silly."

The dates to now feature Megadeth, Whitechapel, and Volbeat are as follows:

TUE 25 FEBRUARY - SYDNEY, ROUNDHOUSE – Lic A/A
THU 27 FEBRUARY - MELBOURNE, THE FORUM – 18+

Read the full article at ABC News Radio.

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Dead In The Manger Signs With 20 Buck Spin

Olympia, Washington-based 20 Buck Spin announces today the induction of mysterious entity, Dead In The Manger. The label comments:

"Very little information was provided to 20 Buck Spin regarding Dead In The Manger when the label was initially contacted about a release, only that the band delivers a mix of depressive black metal and grind (which seemed on paper an impossible combination) and that the intention is to leave a feeling of unease and despondency in the listener.

"Nonetheless, a cursory listen to the outfit's debut MLP, 'Transience,' leaves no doubt that Dead In The Manger succeeds handily in creating music both brutally violent and coldly agonizing. More...

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Dio Tribute Album To See Release

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

* Previously unreleased More...

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Monolord Posts New Music Video

Following on from the premiere of the LP’s title track last December, Sweden’s psychedelic doom band Monolord will release first full-length "Empress Rising" via Easy Rider Records this April. The five-song album clocks in at almost fifty minutes of skull crushing heavy grooves and guitars that summon the spirits of Norse gods when played at volume.

Today the band releases a music video for the title track, which can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Empress Rising (12:20)
2. Audhumbla (7:23)
3. Harbinger of Death (8:35)
4. Icon (8:15)
5. Watchers of The Waste (9:49)

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Conan Streaming New Song

English outfit Conan is today streaming the track "Foehammer," which can be heard at Pitchfork.com here.

Next week Conan will debut a music video for "Foehammer," and you can check out a previously posted teaser clip for the video at this location.

"Foehammer" comes off the "Blood Eagle" album, due out March 11th in North America and March 3rd in Europe. The track listing is as follows:

1. Crown of Talons
2. Total Conquest
3. Foehammer
4. Gravity Chasm
5. Horns for Teeth
6. Altar of Grief More...

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Cynic Streaming Full New Album

Cynic is due to release new album "Kindly Bent to Free Us" in North America on February 18th, 2014 (February 14th worldwide).

Today the band is streaming the entire album online ahead of its official release date. Stream all of "Kindly Bent To Free Us" at Prog Rock Mag here. The track listing is as follows:

1. True Hallucination Speak (6:03) (watch the lyric video here)
2. The Lion's Roar (4:35)
3. Kindly Bent to Free Us (6:27)
4. Infinite Shapes (4:57)
5. Moon Heart Sun Head (5:21)
6. Gitanjali (3:58)
7. Holy Fallout (6:35)
8. Endlessly Bountiful (3:56) More...

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Hamferd To Support Amorphis

Continuing the "Circle" world tour, the Finnish metal veterans in Amorphis have just revealed the supporting act for an upcoming European leg. Faroese doom metal band Hamferd has been confirmed as the sole support in March 2014.

Commented Hamferd guitarist Theodor Kapnas: “We're really looking forward to hitting the road again! The clear highlight of our last European tour was opening for Amorphis in Hamburg, which was an incredible experience for us. So we're delighted that we've been given the opportunity to open for Amorphis for an entire tour. Hope to see lots of people at the shows.”

14.03. D Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
15.03. CZ Prague - Storm Club
16.03. HU Budapest - Club 202
18.03. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5 Club
19.03. SRB Belgrade - Dom Omladine
20.03. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
21.03. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
22.03. AT Graz - Explosiv
23.03. DE Nürnberg - Hirsch
25.03. CH Solothurn - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
26.03. DE Karlsruhe - Substage
27.03. DE Hannover - Musikzentrum
28.03. DE Düsseldorf - Zakk
29.03. DE Lindau - Club Vaudeville
30.03. DE Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal

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Scorpion Child Recruits New Drummer

Austin classic rock sensation Scorpion Child has added a new face to the line-up: drummer Jon “Charn” Rice, formerly of Job For A Cowboy. Scorpion Child bassist & founding member Shaun Avants shares the following:

“Scorpion Child is excited to announce some recent line-up changes within the camp. As with any team or group, decisions must be made that are vital to the overall attitude, creativity, quality, and lifespan of a shared and common goal. Any decision we make is and always will be for the betterment and advancement of this band.

"That being said, we have decided to move forward as a four piece - at least for now - as we say goodbye to our friends [rhythm guitarist] Tom Frank and [former drummer] Shawn Alvear. We wish them the very best in any and all of their future endeavors and it should be noted that their contributions were not without their merits.

"We are pleased to announce that Jon 'Charn' Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy, 1349) will be taking the position as our new drummer. He exemplifies ambition, hard work, and the general personality that gives this band the potential to function as a tighter unit. His handful of performances with Nonpoint and the Shiprocked cruise earlier this year only solidified our faith in his abilities and filled us with an overwhelming excitement for the coming possibilities.

"Thank you to all of our fans for weathering the seas of change. We'll see you all very soon. Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger.”

Before heading out to the U.K. for nine shows starting March 16th, Scorpion Child will have a showcase at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas with a date & time coming shortly. Catch the band live:

16.03. UK Bristol - Exchange*
18.03. UK Colchester - Arts Centre**
20.03. UK Birmingham - O2 Academy 3*
21.03. UK Sheffield - Corporation**
22.03. UK Glasgow - King Tuts*
23.03. UK Newcastle - O2 Academy 2**
25.03. UK Nottingham - Rock City*
26.03. UK London - Underworld*
27.03. UK Manchester - Roadhouse**
* = MONSTER TRUCK headlining
** = SCORPION CHILD headlining More...

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Fragarak Posts Tour Diary

Fragarak has released a video tour diary, available in the YouTube player below, and the band also comments:

"Nepal Death Fest 2014 - the journey, the show and every other experience that went down with the tour! Sit back and enjoy the tour diary to grab the insights! And while your'e at it, do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more upcoming updates!"

You can also stream the band's "Crypts of Dissimulation" album over at this location.

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Devin Townsend Posts "Kingdom" Performance Clip

Devin Townsend recently recorded a performance video for EMG TV to showcase his EMG pickups with support from Fractal Audio and D'Addario. Check out the "Kingdom" performance video below.

In other recent news, Devin Towsend Project's "The Retinal Circus" DVD was named our top metal DVD of the year. Read the full 2013 year-end award article at this location.

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Inner Sanctum Posts Wall Of Death Clip

India's Inner Sanctum has released footage of a wall of death at a festival appearance, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"None of us really expected MAD fest Ooty to be so much fun. Here's a little video of the small wall of death. It was quite fun to see people, who had probably never been in a pit join in and let themselves go. It's always fun as a band, to know that you're capable of getting people to get out of their comfort zones and just have a blast."

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Bloodguard Changes Name To Beyond Grace

Bloodguard has checked in with the following announcement about changing names:

"Well, here it is. The big news that we've been teasing for what seems like forever. It comes in three important parts, so pay attention!

"From today we are officially changing our name. After many years of good times, great shows, and bad decisions, we feel like a fresh start is in order. We hope you'll all continue to support us as we transform into Beyond Grace.

"We're also releasing our first single 'Panopticon,' as part of an ongoing series of free downloads of slightly older material that we feel still deserves to be heard, even as we continue grow and progress. You can download it at Bandcamp here.

"We've also just released a video for 'Panopticon,' which you can find below. Thank you to all of you who've supported us this far. We hope you'll continue with us in this new chapter.

"Remember... there is no salvation... we are all beyond grace..." More...

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Austrian Death Machine Locks Down Album Release

Artery Recordings has teamed up with Ahhnold to release Austrian Death Machine’s new record "Triple Brutal."

The fate of the album was in limbo after Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly trying to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife, but it's now official: the record will hit retail stores and digital outlets on April 1st, 2014.

"Triple Brutal" was crowd funded on Indiegogo and all contributors will start receiving their packages on March 28th. The album follows previous record "Double Brutal" (reviewed here) and royalties from "Triple Brutal" will be going to the World Vision Charity. More...

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Tortorum Streaming New Song

Black metal cult Tortorum today premieres the new track "Into The Sixth Coil," which can be heard below courtesy of Terrorizer magazine.

The track hails from Tortorum's forthcoming second album, "Katabasis," set for international release on March 8th via W.T.C. Production. The track listing is as follows:

1. Descensus
2. The Great Appetence
3. In Nameless NonBeing
4. Severance and Perseverance
5. As The Light Falls to Slaughter
6. Into the Sixth Coil
7. Open Wide the Gates of Chaos
8. Attributions to the Dead
9. Beyond the Earth and Air and Sun More...

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Black Orchid Premieres New Lyric Video

Flagstaff Arizona's Black Orchid released the "Wake" album on September 6th, 2013, and today we are proud to premiere a new lyric video taken off the album.

In continued celebration of the release, Black Orchid tapped Century Media Records videographer and director Shan Dan Horan to create a lyric video for latest single "The Blue(s)." Check out the video below, and vocalist Matt Babcock comments:

"We all love Breaking Bad and decided bid the show a final farewell with a blistering new lyric video. Thanks to director Shan Dan at Century Media Records, the video turned out great and whether you love metal, Breaking Bad or both this video will be very entertaining!"

To hear more from the band, check out the track "Good Intentions" here. The "Wake" album is available at iTunes and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Bloom
2. Deserve to Die
3. There Go I
4. Annastacia
5. Ichthus
6. Crestfallen
7. The Blue(s)
8. Good Intentions
9. Anomaly (Live)
10. Depths of Despair (Live)
11. Rape the Willing
12. CWE

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Incura Posts Lyric Video For "Get The Gun"

Vancouver aggressive melodic rock act Incura posted a lyric video for the new track "Get the Gun." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut self-titled full length album, which is set for release on February 26th via InsideOut Music.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Get the Gun
2. I Breathe This
3. I'm Here Waiting
4. Who You Are
5. Turning Blue
6. Decide
7. Here To Blame
8. The Greatest Con
9. I'd Give Anything
10. Sweat Runs Cold

Check out "Get the Gun" here: More...

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Interview

In The Trenches with Jesse Cannon: Audio Craftsman

In our last interview with a heavy metal audio engineer, Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studio, we dug into the thrilling world of modern heavy metal recording and mixing, as well as heard about his upcoming online “Advanced Drum Production” clinic through CreativeLive, where viewers can stream educational clinics live with music industry veterans. You can read that interview here. This time, fellow CreativeLive instructor Jesse Cannon of Cannon Found Soundation Studios in New Jersey imparts several choice bits of knowledge in that area in an interview with Metal Underground.

As an established craftsman of sound who has worked with Dillinger Escape Plan, The Misfits, Senses Fail, The Cure, and many others, his words are backed by hours upon hours of actual studio time in the painstaking pursuit of high fidelity, tested and re-tested. Of particular note for the do-it-yourself crowd are his responses to being asked to describe common barriers to good production and how to get around them. More...

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