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Metal News for March 10, 2016

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29 news articles posted on this day.

Down Cancels European Festival Shows

The organisers of Hellfest in France have announced that Down, the band led by former Pantera frontman, Phil Anselmo, have pulled out of this year's edition of the festival and that Puscifer will take their place. They also claim that the band has scrapped plans to tour Europe altogether, following the well publicised drunken remarks from Anselmo at Dimebash this year. A letter sent to the organisers from the vocalist, which was published by the festival's admins earlier, reads as follows:

"My awful mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so. However, I must point out, you damned-well know me better than this drunken incident could ever describe. Hellfest is my heart.

"And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have love for people all over this skirmishing earth. So my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don't think I should do any Euro festivals this year.

"So please I beg you, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you."

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Rotting Christ Responds To Religious Demands

Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ have issued a statement in response to the pressure heaped upon them by South African religious groups. The band has also confirmed it will perform the shows as scheduled but under a different moniker. The group's statement reads as follows:

"The religious voices that want to supress the artistic minds freedom and remove any "voice" that is different to their own will not dominate, they will not find auspicious ground against a band who lives in the frontlines of the NON SERVIAM battlefield.

"So we definitely will do our scheduled shows in South Africa this summer (under the name ? ? S*) and we promise a hell of a show to our African Metal brothers.

"See you in the battlefield!" More...

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Heaven's Cry Finishes New Album

Following the 2012 album "Wheels of Impermanence," Canadian outfit Heaven's Cry just wrapped up work on a new full-length release. The band comments:

"Hey everyone! We just got the final master a few days ago. The new record is done and it sounds great! Thanks to Yannick St-Amand and everyone that worked on the production with us.

"The whole concept of this album revolves around the theme of the human race, which throughout history, had to succeed in transforming and reinventing itself in order to survive every evolutionary step.

"'Outcast' drops June 3rd worldwide on Prosthetic Records and for the occasion, we'll be performing in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. See you there!" More...

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Castle Freak Streams Full New EP

Gore-obsessed death metal band Castle Freak is currently streaming new EP "Human Hive" online in full. The EP, which is due to be released on March 18th, is five tracks of filthy death metal played the old school way.

Check it out below, courtesy of Metal Injection. Castle Freak guitarist Zak Carter had the following to say about the release:

"I'm very fucking stoked about how our new EP 'Human Hive' turned out. It's our first release since coming back from being on hiatus for most of 2015, and our first with our new rhythm section. I'm very happy to have my longtime friends Sebastian Phillips and Ben Anft in the group on drums and bass, respectively, and I feel that their contributions to this release make it a perfect successor to 'Still Rotting' both in terms of songwriting and production." More...

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The Mountain Man Posts "Open Graves"

The Vancouver, BC metal heavy weights from The Mountain Man are streaming second single "Open Graves" from their upcoming EP "Bloodlust." The song unravels the concept of believing in God and heaven, discussing how the inevitable will consume all living things and we will end up as rotting corpses.

In addition to the new EP coming out March 25th (pre-order here), the band has won the Broken Neck Radio People’s Choice Awards and will be performing at this year's Armstrong Open Air Metal Festival.

The Mountain Man vocalist Parker comments: “We're really excited to be voted on Armstrong Metal Festival. It was a personal goal the band play Armstrong this year, and we couldn't have done it without all the fan support. Camping and music - what better way to spend a weekend.”

1. Backhand of God
2. Bloodlust
3. Open Graves
4. The Great Decay
5. Ghost More...

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Surgical Meth Machine Talks Band Name, Artwork

The second in a series of teaser clips discussing the upcoming Surgical Meth Machine self-titled, debut album is now online.

In this latest clip, mainman Al Jourgensen (Ministry), discusses the cover artwork and band name. Check it out below.

The new record, which was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso, will be released on April 15th worldwide via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Snake Tongue Releasing Debut Album

"Raptor’s Breath" - due out tomorrow, March 11th - is the debut album from Sweden’s Snake Tongue, featuring 28 minutes of ruthless, raw and aggressive mayhem held together by classic elements from the Swedish extreme scenes.

The recording was mainly made in HoboRec Studio by Ulf Blomberg and is mixed by Kurt Ballou (GodCity) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege). The artwork was made by Mattias Frisk, while the track listing is as follows:

1. Raptor's Breath
2. In Stoned
3. Post Mortem Spasms
4. Altar
5. Lashes
6. The Horror
7. Ghost Dance
8. Death Dance
9. The Narcissist More...

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Like Rats Opens The "Gates"

Chicago's Like Rats today opens the "Gates" with a destructive new single from upcoming Southern Lord-bound "II" LP. Formed by members of blazing powerviolence/grinders Weekend Nachos, this entity deploys a belittling, mid-paced death stomp.

Southern Lord will release "II" on March 25th. The record will be available on 12" LP and digital, as well as on CD. The latter, bearing the title "Like Rats," sees the new "II" album joined by the band's back-catalog for the first time with twenty-two tracks in total.

Preorders are available at this location and you can see Like Rats perform live on these upcoming dates:

4/30/2016 TBA - Milwaukee, WI w/ Disrotted, Northless, Lifes, Owlscry
5/01/2016 Downstairs - Chicago, IL w/ Disrotted, Staring Problem, Mexican Werewolf More...

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Rorcal Streams Full New Album

Three years following the release of third album "Világvége," Swiss blackened doom five-piece Rorcal is back with a brand new full-length album entitled “Creon.”

A concept work based on the death of four well-known figures from the Greek mythology all linked to Creon, Rorcal’s fourth full-length album was recorded by Stéphane Kroug at Blend Studio and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions.

The album is set for release on CD/LP formats this coming March 25th, but you can hear the full release ahead of time today. Check it out below courtesy of CVLT Nation, who stated that “Rorcal presents this story in a magnificent way, managing to give emotions to the various acts of the play.” More...

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Slave I Releasing "Scriptures"

Slave I will release "Scriptures" on March 15th, 2016 via Transcending Records and the artwork can be seen below. The record label comments:

"Pieced together via Craigslist in the Fall of 2015, the New Hampshire sextet Slave I has made an immediate impact with a unique brand of extreme metal coined as 'Mandalorian Metal.' Star Wars fans will make the connection between their tongue-in-cheek genre term and their band name (which is of course named after Boba Fett's infamous ship).

|On listening to the band;s debut EP, 'Scriptures,' you'll hear a range of influences spanning the boundaries of black metal, death metal, progressive, technical, etc. The overall takeaway from their sound however, is distinctly Slave I and so Mandalorian Metal it is. Whatever label you care to give them, Slave I is a remarkable young band that sounds tighter and more mature than many bands with 10 times their history.

"The band has already shared the stage with the likes of Within the Ruins, Currents, and A Wake in Providence and will soon add Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Black Crown Initiate, Jungle Rot, and more in the spring/summer of 2016. 'Scriptures' is just the beginning of something big." More...

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Lacuna Coil Reveals "Delirium" Details

There is an old sanatorium up in the hills of Northern Italy. An old, abandoned, and decayed fortress whose corridors are filled with the ghosts of a thousand tortured minds and souls. A place where every wall still bares the scars of countless damaged lives… Welcome to the Lacuna Coil Sanatorium!

With this 8th studio album, the Italian Gothfathers decided it was time to up the ante, switch into a heavy mode and finally take full creative control over every aspect of "Delirium," which is set for a worldwide release on May 27th, 2016.

After being heavily involved with previous productions, Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. 2016 shows Lacuna Coil including U.S. drummer Ryan Blake Folden as a tight unit that realized their collective vision for "Delirium" at BRX Studio in their native Milan between December 2015 and February 2016.

Yet again they worked with Marco Barusso (engineer, mix) and Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati created the artwork for "Delirium," which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The House Of Shame
2. Broken Things
3. Delirium
4. Blood, Tears, Dust
5. Downfall
6. Take Me Home
7. You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost In The Mist
9. My Demons
10. Claustrophobia
11. Ultima Ratio More...

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Zhrine Streaming "Empire"

Icelandic death metal cult Zhrine is streaming a vicious new track off forthcoming album, "Unortheta." The track, titled "Empire," is streaming below courtesy of MetalSucks.

Regarding the new track, Zhrine comments: "With 'Empire' we evoke torturous waves through crushing dynamics. We entice echoes of roaring laughter and chanting madness as the world struggles on the edge of a sinkhole, teetering on the brink of a maze that leads us into paradise."

New album "Unortheta" is Zhrine's debut recording, and will be released worldwide on April 8th, featuring album art by Zbigniew M. Bielak. The track listing is as follows:

1. Utopian Warfare
2. Spewing Gloom
3. The Syringe Dance
4. World
5. Empire
6. The Earth Inhaled
7. Unortheta More...

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Tides From Nebula Posts New Single

Instrumental 4-piece Tides From Nebula is finally back with a brand new track entitled "We Are The Mirror." This is the first single from new album "Safehaven," which will be released May 13th, 2016 via Long Branch Records and Mystic.

"'Safehaven' is going to be our 4th release and we are extremely happy to share it with our fans," states the band. "In the past we have worked with acclaimed producers who taught us so much that this time we felt we were ready to take that task upon ourselves. The creative process was smooth and spontaneous similarly to when we were writing our debut album 'Aura'. We are sure that you will be able to hear it all: honesty, darkness, experience and energy." More...

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Trivium Releases New Video

Roadrunner recording group Trivium has unveiled an official music video for “Dead And Gone,” taken from the band’s latest LP "Silence In The Snow." Directed by Jon Paul Douglass, the video is streaming below.

Having recently wrapped a U.S. headline tour, Trivium will return to the road this spring alongside Sevendust and Like A Storm for a run of North American dates.

The trek gets underway April 26th at the Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA and will see Trivium making several stateside festival appearances at Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville (April 30th), Monster Energy’s Fort Rock (May 1st), Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 7th), Northern Invasion (May 14th-15th), Rock on the Range (May 20th-22nd) and Rock’n Derby (May 22nd). More...

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Abnormality Reveals New Album

Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality has announced the details for upcoming sophomore album, "Mechanisms of Omniscience."

Due out April 29th worldwide via Metal Blade Records, "Mechanisms of Omniscience" marries the ceaseless brutality coming out of New York and New England to the hyper-blasting intensity endemic to Quebecois death meta. Check out the blistering title track below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Swarm
2. Synthetic Pathogenesis
3. Mechanisms of Omniscience
4. Catalyst of Metamorphosis
5. Vigilant Ignorance
6. Irreversible
7. Hopeless Masses
8. Assimilation
9. Cymatic Hallucinations
10. Consuming Infinity More...

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American Head Charge Posts Album Preview

The new American Head Charge album "Tango Umbrella" will be released on March 25th, 2016 via Napalm Records. If you would like to get a first impression of the upcoming record, check out a full album preview clip below.

American Head Charge describes this fourth album as follows: "We touched upon different directions. Our influences come from the early 90s, Ministry, Tool, PJ Harvey and so forth. We cover a lot on Tango Umbrella. If people dig it - Cool. If not: Go F Yourself!"

Harsh words, harsh riffs: the foundation of American Head Charge's sound still remains firmly rooted in catchy alternative metal, the NWOAHM, industrial and groovy heaviness! More...

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Warfect Reveals New Album Artwork

Warfect just checked in with this brief announcement about unveiling new album artwork and an upcoming live performance:

"So it's time to present the cover of our upcoming album! Again done by Andrei Bouzikov! What do you think boys and girls??

"We will be opening for our brothers in Protector at their release party at Bastionen in Uddevalla on March 12th!"

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Nervosa Reveals New Album Details

Nervosa indulges in relentlessly raw thrash metal on second studio album "Agony" that merges the energy of the glorious 80s with the refined aggression of this millennium.

Today the band releases the cover artwork and track listing, which are both available below.

"Agony" was mixed and mastered by Andy Classen and this new thrash masterpiece will be released on June 3rd via Napalm Records. Pre-orders are due to come online soon.

1. Arrogance
2. Theory Of Conspiracy
3. Deception
4. Intolerance Means War
5. Guerra Santa
6. Failed System
7. Hostages
8. Surrounded By Serpents
9. CyberWar
10. Hypocrisy
11. Devastation
12. Wayfarer (Bonus Track) More...

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Wormreich Recruits New Bassist

U.S. black metal outfit Wormreich today announces the recruitment of a new bassist, with the band commenting:

"Wormreich is pleased to announce the addition of our new bass player, Tezrian, into the covenant! Her debut declaration of faith as a member of the Wormcult will be at our next scheduled ritual, Germany’s Under the Black Sun Festival, this coming July. Chaos Dominvs nobiscvm!"

The band was formed in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Vulk and joined by current and former members of Blood Stained Dusk, Ancient (Nor), and Hallows Eve, and despite tragedy and death, Wormreich has returned to unleash Satan’s will upon the Eart

About Wormreich’s upcoming albums, Vulk reveals: “As of now, we are currently in the process of writing and recording our next full-length album, to be titled 'Vril: Elixir of Death and the Void.' We will also be putting out three split releases through various labels this year: a split 12" LP with Florida’s legendary Kult ov Azazel, a split 7" with Texas black/death titans Hod, and a split CD with North Carolina’s Vesterian and two other artists yet to be announced. More details will be released in due time. We also wish to announce that our first full-length album, 2011’s 'Edictvm DCLXVI,' will be reissued sometime this year through Black Plague Records.” More...

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Bardus Streaming New Track

Philadelphia's Bardus has unveiled an intoxicating flood of "Haze" from the psychedelic/noise rock-soaked ways of the new "Stella Porta" album. Check it out below.

If you missed it, you can also take a "Smoke Bath" with a previously posted track here. "Stella Porta" will be released on CD and digitally on April 1st.

Having just returned home from "The Cosmic Oddity" tour into the Midwest and back with Grizzlor, Bardus will head back out on the road directly in conjunction with the release of "Stella Porta."

This new trek will see the band playing in Columbia, South Carolina on March 31st, then meeting up with The Glorious Rebellion the following day for a ten-city run together up and down the East Coast through April 10th. Additional tour dates will continue to be announced throughout the coming months. More...

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Gorod Posts "Inner Alchemy" Video

Today an official music video comes online for "Inner Alchemy," taken from French tech death strategists Gorod's "A Maze Of Recycled Creeds" full-length, which released last Fall in North America via Unique Leader Records.

In related news, Gorod will kick off a Canadian tour later this month. Set to commence on March 24th and run through April 16th, the band will be joined by Bookakee as well as Beyond Creation on select dates. Full info is available after the jump.


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Dischordia Entering The Studio

Active since 2010, Oklahoma City based progressive death metallers Dischordia have toured hard and released two eclectic EPs along with a full-length in the past 5 years since their inception.

Now in 2016, the band is set to enter Soundwalker Studios this Friday, March 11th to begin tracking upcoming sophomore full-length, "Thanatopsis." Conceptually, the idea behind "Thanatopsis" comes from a work by the famed American poet William Cullen Bryant. Used as a theme, "Thanatopsis" means a view or contemplation on death.

The band is also proud to announce an official signing to Rogue America Records, who will be putting out "Thanatopsis" upon its release. Rogue Records comments:

"In today's crowded death metal scene, a lot of the best newcomers to the scene have risen up in the ranks by crafting a multi-faceted sound not behold to the influence or sound of one style of death metal. Which is precisely the kind of eclectic and exciting progressive death metal that Dischordia does so well. More...

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Dead Aeon Disbanding

Jack, Chris, Ros, Darren and Evan from Dead Aeon have issued this collective message about deciding to call it a day:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the end of Dead Aeon today. Due to other commitments and responsibilities, as well as life generally getting in the way, we feel as a band we are unable to give Dead Aeon the time and effort that it deserves.

"Dead Aeon has been a huge part of our lives for a very long time. The band has been very close to all of our hearts, and we are all saddened to see it go. Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the years.

"The 'Apotheosis' EP will remain up on Bandcamp, and will be made to download free of charge. 'I, Demigod' will also remain online, free of charge as usual." More...

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New Music Video "Never Forever" Posted By InAeona

Boston's InAeona released a new music video for the track "Never Forever." The song appears on the band's latest album "Sun|Moon," which is available now through Prosthetic Records.

Check out the clip here:

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A Sound Of Thunder Issues New Music Video

D.C. traditional/progressive metal act A Sound of Thunder released a new music video for the song "A Sound of Thunder," which is taken from the album "Out of the Darkness" which was released by Nightmare Records in 2012. Live footage was shot at Empire Nightclub (formerly the legendary Jaxx Nightclub) on September 19, 2014.

"Out of the Darkness" is available now at Amazon, iTunes and all other digital outlets. A full album stream is now available at Bandcamp.

The band's most recent album - "Tales from the Deadside" - was released in September 2015 and entered the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart at #8 and the Hard Rock Albums chart at #16 with approximately 1800 copies sold. "Tales from the Deadside" is a concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's popular Shadowman comic book series. The album was produced by Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven).

The band is currently about to enter the studio for the follow up to "Tales from the Deadside." Stay tuned for more details soon. Check out the clip here: More...

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Fallen Captive Signs With Urban Yeti Records

Fallen Captive, a Cleveland, Ohio-based metal act, has signed with independent record label Urban Yeti Records. Formed in 2010, the group has a strong following in the region from countless tours and several strong album releases. The lineup includes Stevie James (vocals), Jim Bergmann and Rob Warmuth (Guitars), Jay Verbic (Drums), Brian French (keys) and Morgan Patterson (bass).

The group cites Periphery, Killswitch Engage and After the Burial as some of the influences for their sound and approach to writing songs. Guitarist Jim Bergmann says, "Not a lot of bands (if any) really have the overall sound we have. Our different influences creates a more unique personality for our music." The band has toured frequently over the years and are known for their high-energy live shows. When asked about their live performances, guitarist Rob Warmuth added, "We like to have fun on stage and we show it, smiles and all...it's who we are."

When asked about Fallen Captive, Urban Yeti co-founder Mike Gevorgian said, "This is a band I've enjoyed as a fan for many years and I look forward to the metal community discovering and enjoying the talent of these guys the same way I have." He continued, 'These guys love music and they love metal. They are not trying to be something they aren't. I feel like their personality shines through their art and the songs they write feel organic."

Fallen Captive is currently working on their latest album, which is slated for a mid-summer release. The group has released the first song from that album entitled The Flooded Divide and the video can be seen at this location. More...

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Shadowdream Re-Signs With Wormholedeath

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that ambient/jazz act Shadowdream - the one man band of brainchild Magister Nocturnal - has signed a new licensing deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of the new album "The Sunsettler's Motel."

After the 10th anniversary record release "UM," Shadowdream is ready to unleash the album in 2016, with the exact release date is still under discussion. More information is expected soon.

The track list for the album is:

1. Good Evening and Welcome to the Sunsettler’s Motel
2. The Sunsettler's Theme
3. The Murder Story Part 1 - After Midnight I Heard Someone Scream in the Room No. 217
4. The Murder Story Part 2 - The Mysterious Tenant from the 3rd Floor
5. While the Motel Sleeps Nightmares Are Being Painted
6. The Hour of the Wolf, Alfa and Omega
7. The Obsession Begins Tomorrow
8. Good Morning and... It Starts Today... More...

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Assassin's Blade Debut Album Details Available

Ex-Exciter vocalist Jacques Bélanger has been dormant since his departure from the band in 2006. His defining vocal style resurrected the legendary Exciter on 1997's "The Dark Command," 2000's "Blood of Tyrants" and 2004's "New Testament." Now, Bélanger returns with a new band named Assassin's Blade. The debut album "Agents Of Mystification" is set to drop via Pure Steel Records on April 29th.

Joining Bélanger is an all Swedish band featuring guitarist David Stranderud (ex-Portrait), Cult of the Fox/Void Moon bassist Peter Svensson and Void Moon drummer Marcus Rosenkvist.

The track listing for "Agents of Mystification" is:

1. Agents of Mystification
2. Herostratos
3. The Demented Force
4. Dreadnought
5. Autumn Serenade
6. Transgression
7. Nowhere Riders
8. Crucible Of War
9. Frosthammer
10. League Of The Divine Wind
11. Prophet’s Urn More...

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Madness Of Sorrow Names New Singer

Italian gothic metal act Madness Of Sorrow announced that the band has recruited a new vocalist, known as Prophet. After three records, the latest being the 2015 offering ""III: The Beast," mastermind Muriel Saracino decided to focus on songwriting and the managerial side of the band, while continuing to perform guitars.

The band is still looking for a bass player for live dates. The current line-up is as follows:

Prophet: Vocals
Muriel: Guitar / Vocals
Derrick: Drums More...

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