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Metal News for March 13, 2014

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34 news articles posted on this day.


The Rockstar Ramblings: More Ass Shaking Please

This week’s videos feature a big ballad, an entertaining blast of love and a remake of a rock classic with just the right amount of ass shaking (note: never actually a wrong amount). More...

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Epistasis Streaming "Witch" Track

New York City-based avant metal harbingers Epistasis will release "Light Through Dead Glass" on April 1st via Crucial Blast. Today you can also hear the new track "Witch," courtesy of No Clean Singing.

The previously posted track "Finisterre" is also still available at this location, and the full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Time's Vomiting Mouth
2. Finisterre
3. Witch
4. Candelaria
5. Grey Ceiling
6. Gown Of Yellow Star More...

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Deathpoint Posts Video Blog About Lineup Changes

Hamilton, ON's metalcore act Deathpoint has announced upcoming Ontario and Quebec dates with support from new touring drummer Joey Muha of Threat Signal.

"The band is super stoked to have acquired the services of Joey Muha for our upcoming tour. We spoke to Threat Signal and asked Jon if he we could have Joey play with us for these shows and Jon loved the idea of Joey playing with us. These are going to be absolutely killer shows," comments guitarist Tim Ross.

March 22 - Bay Music Hall - Hamilton, ON - (Monsters of Schlock Show)
April 3 - The Spill - Peterbrough, ON
April 4 - Bar Le Trash - St. Hyacinthe, QC
April 5 - Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC
April 6 - Bell Pub - Belleville, ON

Deathpoint is on tour in support of latest album "Sinister." The band has also posted a new video blog addressing current line-up changes, which can be seen below. More...

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Pirosaint Offering Album For Free Download

New York's Pirosaint has announced that during this weekend (until Sunday March 16th), the "Infected Brutality" album will be available for free download right here. You can also stream the release below.

This offer is part of the band's 20th anniversary celebration of the "Infected Dreams" demo, recorded on March 14th, 1994 in Santiago, Chile.

"Infected Brutality" is the exclusive remastered versions of the two demos: "Atrocity Not Condign '92" and "Infected Dreams '94." The track listing is as follows:

1. Real psychology (1994)
2. Sent from the emptiness (1994)
3. Noise in my conscience (1994)
4. Agonic introspection (1994)
5. Brutality not condign (1992)
6. Killed your blood (1992)
7. Are only dead lives (1992)
8. Brutality not condign (1998) live
9. Noise in my Conscience (1998) live
10. Are only dead lives (1998) live
11. Real Psychology (1996) live

Drummer Ignacio Orellana commented: "We have received so many messages from the people (that knows us from back then), telling us how great this material is sounding now that has been remastered, that we thought that it would be special to share it during our small anniversary with new fans and more friends. This work it means a lot to us and represents our roots. Our new material brings a little of bit of that and all the new influences that comes included with the new members." More...

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Warchest Recruits New Guitarist

Chilean thrash metal band Warchest has announced that Tomás Kelly has joined the group as its new guitar player, replacing José Tomás García.

Tomás Kelly - previously involved with Carburador and Barouh - will participate on the recordings of a new Warchest album. He comments:

"Its an honor to be elected as their new guitarist, it's been very important for me to be able to play with people of this level, this will allow me to grow as a better musician and also to make new friends along the way… the new album is coming along ver heavy, so i am very happy for this opportunity, Warchest rules!"

Warchest is:

Christian Peláez: Guitar/Vocals
Raimundo Correa: Bass
Chris Oros: Drums
Tomás Kelly: Guitars

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Autumns Eyes Issues Band Update

After just under a year without any major updates, Autumns Eyes has now checked in with the following update:

"In case you haven’t noticed yet, Autumns Eyes has been dried out of updates for quite some time now. Many have questioned whether or not I was still alive, and I am deeply sorry to disappoint, but yours truly is still here. So that still begs the question of what has been going on during the down time.

"After moving into a new house last Summer, things looked promising up until some serious bull shit got in the way. First it was lyme disease, followed by an awful case of shingles. In case you are unaware, shingles is a virus which attacks those who have had chicken pox before. Think of it like a sharp toothed little bastard who chews on your nerves for weeks, or in my case, months at a time. Aside from having to listen to my own music over and over again, it was without question the most painful thing my body has experienced.

"Throughout all of my personal issues, there was a serious family issue that came up in the form of someone very close finding out they have stage four cancer. It was certainly a blow to my entire family, and we have since been doing everything we can to show our support and stay strong. Not only has it been an extremely trying time, but it has also been a time of inspiration. It has reminded myself and my family how precious our time here is, and not one drop of life should go to waste. More...

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John Longstreth Issues Gorguts, Origin Update

Origin drummer John Longstreth has checked in with an update on Origin, Gorguts, and his upcoming debut instructional DVD. Longstreth's upcoming DVD was recorded at the Warehouse Studio's in Vancouver BC, Canada. He comments:

'Hey just to give everyone an update on what is going on for me in 2014. Origin has completed the record 'Omnipresent' I am extremely happy with the outcome and can't wait until everyone gets to hear it!

"The DVD is coming along nicely but it will take a few months to complete everything. After it's completion I will be able to start sending out perks to all the contributors. I would like to thank everyone for their support this could not have happened without you. I will keep everyone updated as it progresses.

"I have been getting asked about the Gorguts up and coming dates lately. I will not be joining Gorguts on the up and coming tours.

"Luc Lemay has decided to take out Patrice Hamelin for all dates in 2014. I can't say I am not disappointed but I respect his decision and it allows me to concentrate on Origin, the DVD, other projects and future drum clinics/workshops. I am very happy to say that some Gorguts material will be included on my up and coming DVD."

Luc Lemay also issued the following statement:

"I'm writing today to share with you that we will now have a new drummer sitting behind the kit for Gorguts. Unfortunately, John won't be playing with us anymore.

"When I first asked John, Colin and Kevin to join me to be part of Gorguts, rule number one, for me, has always been that each of their respective bands and solo career would always come first. More...

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Destruktor Finishes Work On Album

Australian black/death act Destruktor has completed work on second album, "Opprobrium." Set to be released by Hells Headbangers later this summer, Destruktor's "Opprobrium" follows five years after the band's debut album, "Nailed."

Destruktor's vocalist/guitarist Glenn Destruktor simply states, "It thrashes, deaths, blacks, and even dooms..."

Once again recorded at 3 Phase studios in Melbourne with Sam Johnstone, "Opprobrium" features the lineup of Glenn Destruktor, drummer Jahred, and Brad Ollis on bass. A statement from Glenn Destruktor further reads:

"Finally, after many hours in the Destruktor dungeon, we return to unleash Opprobrium, our sophomore full-length. Seven blasphemous hymns have been conjured, and we are ready to desecrate the underground once again! Nailed set the standard - Opprobrium raises the bar! With Opprobrium, we show that we are not scared to try new ideas, but will never mistake creativity for wimping out! Half the album sounds like we could have written it 15 years ago; the other half keeps it interesting, adds darkness, ups the intensity, and kicks your head in even harder!"

A split 7" with Throneum will also be released shortly by Hells Headbangers, which will serve as a teaser for "Opprobrium," and will feature a promo recording of "Besieged," one of the seven songs set for release on Opprobrium.

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Fairyland Issues Album, Health Update

Fairyland's publicist has issued the following announcement about the status of Fairyland and the health issues being experience by Phil Giordana:

"Over the last couple years we have received numerous emails from Fairyland fans wondering when a new album would be released. 'Score to a New Beginning' the 2009 symphonic masterpiece stemming from the musical genius of Philippe Giordana was the last release and it has been fairly quiet ever since. We just received a message from Phil which made made us initially sad but Phil was never a person to feel sorry for himself. So we would like to wish him the best to get better soon and to find the courage and strength to complete a new album."

Phil Giordana also comments:

"Dear all (fans, non-fans, newcomers, that guy in accounting).

"It is no secret that I have been struggling with health problems since 2010/2011. I have vestibular degeneration, a condition that more often than not leaves me bed-ridden. Nausea, vertigos, vomiting, this is all part of my life now. It has also taken its toll on my composition/song-writing abilities. Hard to create new songs when life gives you the metaphorical finger.

"Any road, I have five new songs ready for the next Fairyland album. One of those will be recorded soon with full capacity production (ie: what the album will likely sound like). I'm still having second thoughts about who will be singing on that one song, but all in all it's gonna be great! Just hang in there, and a new Fairyland lbum will come up soon enough.

"I would really like to thank all the people who have given me support these past few years, be it my label (Napalm), my friends and family, or fans of the band. You're all the reasons I need to carry on."

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Aurvandil To Release New Album

Eisenwald has set April 21st as the international release date (May 6th in North America) for Aurvandil's "Thrones" album. The label also comments:

"All yearning embittered, the flesh is shed, the Journey ends: Aurvandil returns with Thrones carved in stone and snow, distilling the essence of soaring, northern purity throughout four hymns of Iron and Ice, four funereal storms summoned: glacial black metal.

"Aurvandil was incepted in 2006 as a spontaneous, scornful, hatred-driven catharsis. Following hesitant first steps, Ferd commenced a quest for hyperboreal purity, concluding with Yearning, thus shedding all flesh and past wanderings. Now the yonder beckons, a final journey towards the Northern blaze - a horizon of ashes and frost. Thrones was carved in stone and snow, distilling the essence of soaring, northern purity."

The track listing is as follows:

1. For Whom Burnest Thou
2. The Harvest of Betrayal
3. Summon the Storms
4. Ingen Lindring

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Hour Of Penance Posts New Lyric Video

Today you can watch the lyric video for Hour Of Penance's brand new single "Resurgence Of The Empire." Check it out below.

The new album "Regicide" is due out May 13th and pre-orders are available at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Through The Triumphal Arch
2. Reforging The Crowns
3. Desecrated Souls
4. Resurgence of The Empire
5. Spears of Sacred Doom
6. Sealed Into Ecstasy
7. Redeemer Of Atrocity
8. Regicide
9. The Sun Worship
10. The Seas of Light
11. Theogony
1. The Uncorrupted Ones
2. Frail As The Flesh Of Christ
3. Monarch of Heresy More...

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Augury Checks In From The Studio

Canadian progressive death metal band Augury is currently in the studio working on an upcoming third full-length album. The band has now issued the following update:

"2 new songs finished on drums and structure! What a great rehearsal yesterday! Also the guitar recording is going well here at Humanoise studio, we're starting with the axes along the clic tracks on this one, sounds fuckin heavy!"

This new release will follow the 2009 album "Fragmentary Evidence" (reviewed here), with further details forthcoming.

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Menace Streaming Full New Album

Menace, the brainchild of Napalm Death axeman Mitch Harris, is currently premiering debut full-length "Impact Velocity" in its entirety. Give it a listen below, courtesy of AllMusic.com.

"Impact Velocity’ features contributions from Derek Roddy (drums), Fred Leclercq (bass), Nicola Manzan (violin, cello, viola), Shane Embury (bass), and Russ Russell (producer and navigator of paradoxology).

The album will be released on March 14th (March 18th in North America) and is already available for pre-order on the Season of Mist e-shop. More...

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Wolvhammer Enters The Studio

Midwestern black/death act Wolvhammer is currently deep in the process of laying down the tracks that are to become the band's third LP.

Occupying Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Wolvhammer is currently tracking the follow-up to Profound Lore debut, "The Obsidian Plains," with Dan Jensen at the soundboard.

Stated guitarist Jeff Wilson today on the recording process, "Just waking up on what is day five of recording for LP #3... fortunately for myself not hungover today. We finished up all of the drums/auxiliary percussion last night, which means we'll be knocking out guitars and bass for the next three days or so. Wrapping it up on Wednesday and shipping it off to be mastered. This one is definitely going to come out of left field for some of those familiar with our other material. Be forewarned."

In addition to Wilson, Wolvhammer is comprised of drummer Heath Rave (ex-Across Tundras), bassist Joe Noel (ex-Samothrace, ex-Altar of Plagues, live) vocalist Adam Clemans (Shaidar Logoth) and guitarist Brendan Seven.

Upon its completion, details on the new album's official Summer release date and more will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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Cellador To Support Hatchet And Diamond Plate

Denver, CO metal outfit Cellador is taking its brand of speedy power metal on the road to San Francisco act Hatchet and Chicago trio Diamond Plate on the upcoming "America Under Plague" North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

04/11: Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
04/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room (Leon’s Lounge)
04/13: Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room
04/15: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
04/16: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
04/18: Big Spring, TX @ Sugars Bar
04/22: Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
04/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red (Red Owl)
04/24: Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar
04/25: Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café
04/26: Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House Live
04/27: Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
04/30: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
05/01: Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
05/02: Denver, CO @ Moon Room More...

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Psychotic Gardening Posts Album Teaser

After deliberately and methodically lying low to prepare new material while vocalist Chuck Labossiere filled in with Broken Hope for tour dates in Europe and Canada, Winnipeg's death metal band Psychotic Gardening is proud to announce its return in 2014.

Psychotic Gardening's forthcoming album "Hymnosis" set for release on May 13th to follow 2011's "Humanitorium" and the 2007 debut "Hürdür." A teaser trailer is available below.

"Hymnosis" features nine heavy hitting assaults that include a cover of Death’s "Open Casket" with a guest appearance from Tim Roth (Into Eternity) and Chuck Wepfer (Broken Hope).

Andrew Wiens (guitarist) comments: “Hymnosis, for us, is a defining album. It has some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done and some of the most dark, heavy and crushing doom as well. This release is dynamic and we take you on a journey, the way a record was meant to. If we’ve done our job - and I think we have - you feel like it has taken you somewhere that somehow life has changed, shifted and moved underneath you.”

Chuck Labossiere (vocals/guitar) adds: "This album is special to me because I feel the band has outdone itself creatively. These guys really understand what Psychotic Gardening is all about artistically and have poured so much attitude and spirit into it. this is a record that's all its own, something that's unique to each member's style." More...

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Teramaze Streaming New Song

Aussie progressive metallers Teramaze will release their 4th album "Esoteric Symbolism"
on April 15th via Nightmare records and distributed by Sony/RED.

Today you can hear the song "Punishment By Design" below, and pre-orders are available at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. All Seeing Eye
2. Line of Symmetry
3. Transhumanist
4. Bodies of Betrayal
5. Parallels-Dual Reality
6. Spawn
7. Punishment by Design
8. Dust of Martyrs
9. The Divulgence Act
10. Esoteric Symbolism
11. vi Order Out of Chaos
12. vii Darkest Days of Symphony
13. viii In Vitro More...

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Close Your Eyes Posts Studio Performance

Close Your Eyes is currently wrapping up a tour with Affiance and has partnered with Hurley to launch an “In The Hurley Studios” session. Check out a video of the band performing “The End” below, which is taken from latest album "Line In The Sand."


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Holocausto Canibal Reveals EP Details

"Larvas" is the title of the upcoming EP from Portuguese perverted grinders Holocausto Canibal, which will be released this year through Bizarre Leprous Production.

As announced a few weeks ago, this new opus includes four new songs, six live tracks (recorded at the Obscene Extreme Festival 2013 in Czech Republic) and three remixes of songs taken from the band's previous album, "Gorefilia." Drummer Diogo P. comments:

“As we said before, the whole purpose of this new release is to make the transition between 'Gorefilia' and the new songs we’re working on for the next album. In addition to the four unreleased tracks featured in 'Larvas', we’ll also have six songs from our show at the one and only Obscene Extreme Festival 2013, which was undoubtedly one of the best shows on the whole Gorefilia touring cycle. Also, we contacted a few friends to remix some tracks from 'Gorefilia' - psytrance master Mad Magus, minimalistic experimentalists Ermo and chaotic dnb deliverer Epitome Criminal. All of them resulted to be amazing collaborations!” More...

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Hell And Heaven Festival Cancelled

Several bands that were set to attend the 2014 Hell and Heaven Festival have posted online via Facebook that the event is now cancelled. Marduk posted this message online sent from the festival's organizers:

"Dear all,

"We first want to apologize about the miscommunication the last few days. It's very sad and painful for us to inform you that for reasons that we don't understand yet and we are pretty sure that you heard about it... The HELL AND HEAVEN METAL FEST 2014 is definitely cancelled.

"We did everything in our hands to avoid this situation but at the end it was impossible to keep going with this project for now.

"Apparently we've been blocked in the entire country to do this amazing festival for political issues and private interests of the big entertainment companies. More...

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Hornss Streaming New Track

Hornss will release "No Blood No Sympathy" on May 13th, 2014 and today you can hear the new track "Heir to the Pickle Throne." Check it out below, courtesy of The Obelisk. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Unlike some who are content to adopt that desert sound, San Franciscan trio Hornss were born into it. Moulded by it from the very beginning in the case of members Mike Moracha and Nick Nava, who originally got their start in the Palm Springs band Solarfeast alongside ex-Kyuss/Evolution’s End member Chris Cockrell.

"Formed in 2010 with a line-up completed by drummer Bil Bowman (formerly of Zodiac Killers, blackQueen and Scrog) Hornss have taken to the stage in support of Fatso Jetson, Naam, Windhand, YOB and The Freeks and are every inch the band you’d hope they would be given the ancestry, influence and arid air that forged their formation.

"Thanks to the LA based label EasyRider Records, this May the trio will have a debut album to call their own. Recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland with Greg Wilkinson, if you were sold on the strutting doom groove of their demo The Red Death then No Blood No Sympathy is going to blow your mind and then some. Drawing on influences such as Hawkwind, St. Vitus and The Ramones Hornss deliver devastating doom, death punk fury (both Mike and Nick were also founding members of San Fran punk band The Jack Saints), stoned out meanderings and crushing desert progressions that will strike a chord no matter where your allegiances lie." More...

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Incantation Splits With Guitarist

U.S. death metal outfit Incantation has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"With a heavy heart we announce the resignation of our long time metal brother Alex Bouks. Over the last few years there have been some rough waters that we have all been navigating.

"A hiatus is more desired, thinking this is the best thing to do to save the magic that we have all worked together on.

"With respect we wish only the best to Alex and his work outside the band. He is truly an amazing musician and we are happy to have worked with him." More...

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Vallenfyre To Release "Splinters" Album

On May 12th in Europe and on May 13th in North America, Vallenfyre's second full-length, "Splinters," will be released via Century Media Records.

The cover artwork was created by Brian D'Agosta, who previously drew a logo for Vallenfyre bassist Scoot's other band, Extinction of Mankind. For a first preview of "Splinters," a video trailer featuring part of the album's opening track, "Scabs", can be viewed belwo.

"Vallenfyre was something I felt utterly compelled to do. It was almost like I didn't have a choice. I was told by a bereavement counselor that I should write down and vocalize my feelings. I did just that and then everything just seemed to take a natural course," is how Greg Mackintosh (vocals/lead guitars) describes the initial spark helping him to transform the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into the band's firs talbum "A Fragile King" (2011). More...

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Headline News

Two Dead At SXSW

The annual SXSW festival in Texas features a variety of metal showcases and is currently underway, but the festivities were put on hold this morning when two people died and 23 were injured outside The Mohawk. BBC News reports:

Two people have been killed after a drunk driver crashed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in the US, police say. A man and a woman died and many others were injured on the crowded street in Austin, Texas.

The driver is thought to have been trying to escape from the police when the collision happened. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said he had now been taken into custody after officers shocked him with a stun gun.

The driver will face two counts of capital murder over the crash, which took place about 12.30am local time (05:30 GMT) on Thursday.

Read the full article at BBC News.

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System Divide On "Indefinite Hiatus"

System Divide has issued the following announcement about dropping off a tour with Soilwork and going on indefinite hiatus:

"We understand there is some confusion regarding our appearance on the Soilwork tour. To clarify we have cancelled our appearance to the agent little over 2 months ago so we don't know why we are still being announced as part of the Soilwork tour.

"The reason of us cancelling is personal, and all we can say for now is that there will not be any System Divide shows in the foreseeable future.

"More news will eventually follow, as of now the band is in indefinite hiatus. We thank you all for your support and love." More...

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Lacuna Coil Posts New Lyric Video

Italy's Lacuna Coil is currently on tour in the U.S. with Revolver Magazine's "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour." The band's new album "Broken Crown Halo" is set for release April 1st via Century Media Records.

Now the band has released a lyric video for the "Die & Rise" single, which can be seen below. Upcoming Lacuna Coil tour dates are also available after the jump. The track list for "Broken Crown Halo" is:

1. Nothing Stands In Our Way
2. Zombies
3. Hostage To The Light
4. Victims
5. Die & Rise
6. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)
7. Cybersleep
8. Infection
9. I Burn In You
10. In The End I Feel Alive
11. On Cold Day More...

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Decapitated Recording Album, Announces Drummer

On March 10th, Polish death metal band Decapitated hit Hertz Studio in Poland to record a sixth record, which will follow "Carnival Is Forever" (reviewed here). The yet-untitled creation is set for a release in September via Nuclear Blast.

In another note, the band also today announces drummer Michal Lysejko as a full-time member of Decapitated. Commented guitarist Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka:

“We would like to share few news with you. All you know that we've been quite busy lately. We had some personal changes in the band and also we did I guess the best tours we had; with Meshuggah, Lamb Of God, and Children of Bodom.

"First of all we want to introduce you to Decapitated's new drummer Michal Lysejko. Some of you had a chance to meet him already during tour with LAMB OF GOD this January. Also I want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the people who took a challenge and sent their video for an audition.
Also since January this year we signed worldwide management contract with Continental Concerts & Management.

"That's for sure big step and opportunity for us and big challenge. But I guess the most important news for most of you is that after almost nine years we back to Hertz Studio (albums: 'Nihility,' 'The Negation,' 'Organic Hallucinosis') to record new album which will be released autumn this year. We will inform you about details soon. Keep it touch!!”

11.04 BE Bomal-sur-Ourthe - Durbuy Rock Festival
07.05. F Vannes - L’Echonova
08.05. F Matignicourt Et Goncourt - Lezardos Festival
06.06. D Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
28.06. PL Ilawa - Fama Rock Festival
09.08. UK Walton on Trent, Derbyshire - Bloodstock
31.07. - 02.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
13.08. PL Wegorzewo - Seven Festival
13.08. – 16.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze

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Madball Recording New Album

The New York hardcore legends in Madball have entered the studio to begin work on their 8th full-length release, and the first since 2010's "Empire."

The band is recording basic tracks with Unearth's guitarist Ken Susi at System Recordings in Grafton, Massachusetts. Additional recordings will take place at Pinecrust Studios, in Miami, Florida with Jonathan Nuñez at the helm.

The band will hand over mixing duties to producer/mixer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who worked with the band on "Legacy" (2005) and "Infiltrate The System" (2007).

The still-untitled album will feature some special guest appearances to be announced later and is slated for a mid summer release.

Commented the band: "We are currently in the studio... about to wrap up our new record next week...we are feeling very excited and enthusiastic about the material and hope those that eventually hear it will feel the same! It has all the elements you'd want to hear from us of course. But, it also has some 'newer' elements that actually have more of a 'throw-back' vibe, if that makes sense. Influences from music we grew up with i.e. It'll always have the MB stamp on it though. You all will have to be the ultimate judges...prepare yourselves! Hardcore lives..." More...

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Blatant Disarray To Release New Album

Blatant Disarray, the Raleigh based thrash metal band, is set to release second full-length album, “The Harbinger,” on May 13th, 2014 via new label home Dirt Records.

“The Harbinger” will be available for pre-sale here starting on April 2nd, along with the release of the first single “There Will Be Pain."

The new album was recorded at Mike Schaefer’s own studio, Schaefer Sound Productions, in Raleigh, NC from March 2013 to January 2014. Over that 11 month time period, Schaefer personally produced, engineered, and mixed the record.

When asked about the decision to take such a large role in the production process Schaefer said: “I’m not sure if I recommend it to be honest. There were a number of times throughout the process when I thought it was just a bad, bad idea and I should really be paying someone else to do this. In music, nothing is ever perfect. You have to be willing to let it go at some point and be happy with what you’ve captured. That can be tough when you wear so many hats. Now that it’s done, I am very happy we chose to do it this way. It has definitely been a great experience.”

“The Harbinger” shows a progression in the band’s sound, due in part to the addition of two new members during the writing process for the album: drummer Trey McLamb and bassist Patrick Strickland. A number of special guest performances push this new sound even further, including guest vocals by Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity on “Arise” and “Born in a Body Bag.” More...

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Machine Head To Release Record Store Day Vinyl

Machine Head is currently in the studio recording an eighth album, which will be followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle. The first production blog from the album's recording can be found at this location.

This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing Machine Head’s next full-length album, the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store Day (April 19th, 2014), the label is excited to release a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled "Killers & Kings." Side B of the release will also feature Machine Head covering a track by the southern CA hardcore outfit, Ignite.??

“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both Metallica demos, Exodus demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of 'Pleasure Of The Flesh' by Exodus, easily 2 years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we're gonna do that for you. I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff."

This limited edition 10” will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each.?? The track listing is as follows:

Side One: Killers & Kings (demo version)
Side Two: Our Darkest Days/Bleeding (Ignite cover)

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Amberian Dawn Signs With Napalm Records

Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Napalm Records:

"We're happy to announce that we've signed a worldwide deal with legendary Napalm Records. Release date of our new album 'Magic Forest' is scheduled for June 2014.

"Our deal covers all territories, including USA and that's really important to us since we haven't got our CD's released there properly yet despite that we have a lot of fans there. We love the fact that Napalm is able to get our music available everywhere."

Songwriter Tuomas Seppälä also comments: "I'm very glad about this new deal with Napalm Records. I'm sure that our co-operation will be successful and enjoyable. This label showed us some interest already in very beginning of our career so I feel very comfortable in landing on this great label. Together with our booking agency/management Twisted Talent Concerts we're surely going to make something happening here.

"New album Magic Forest is AD's first studio album with singer Capri. Now with her I've been able to fulfill some of my early dreams with musical styles and this new style is really big, fresh and naturally flowing. New sound is more keyboard driven and the vocal lines have some strong influence of 1980's. But since this is AD, there's of course also some fast songs included and some really serious guitar & keyboard shredding too. Mr. Jens Johansson of Stratovarius once again contributed some really awesome playing in form of one keyboard solo. Thank you Jens, you've been supporting us so many years now. More...

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Dust Bolt Unveils New Album Artwork

Bavaria's thrash metal band Dust Bolt has revealed the cover for upcoming sophomore release "Awake the Riot."

The art, available below, was created by Andrei Bouzikov (Skeletonwitch, Municipal Waste) and the album will be released as a standard CD edition, limited 2LP gatefold, and on digital format. The track listing is as follows:

1. Living Hell
2. Soul Erazor
3. Beneath the earth
4. You lost sight
5. Agent Thrash
6. Living a Lie
7. Awake the riot - The final war
8. Eternal Waste
9. Drowned in blind faith
10. Worlds built to deceive
11. The Monotonous - Distant scream
12. Future Shock (Evil Dead Cover)

The album will see release on these dates:

30. May 2014 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
02. June 2014 UK & Rest of Europe
04. June 2014 ESP/SWE/NOR
10. June 2014 USA/CAN More...

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I Miti Eterni Signs With Jolly Roger Records

Jolly Roger Records announced the signing of Italian act I Miti Eterni, the side project of In Aevum Agere mastermind Bruno Masulli. The debut album "Historia Cumae" is targeted for release in Autumn 2014. The ambitious project mixes Italian, English and ancient languages with an exciting power metal sound. Formed in 2004, the first demo, "Demo I," was issued in 2013, in which Masulli played all instruments and sang.

More information on the debut full length album is expected soon.

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Bloody Hammers Announces New Album

Fresh off signing with Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin, Blood Hammers has revealed that the new album will be entitled "Under Satan's Sun." The album will be issued in North America on June 10th (May 30th G/A/S, FIN & Benelux, June 2nd UK & Rest of Europe, June 4th ESP/SWE/NOR). It will be available as a regular CD, limited edition vinyl gatefold and digitally.

Their first singled entitled "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" is available for streaming at this location. Limited editions of the 7" single are available for purchase as well through Napalm Records' website. The A side features "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" and the B Side is a non-album track called "Glimpse" which will only be available on this release. The single is available in both white and red vinyl.

"Under Satan's Sun" contains the following track listing:

1. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
2. Spearfinger
3. Death Does Us Part
4. The Moon Eyed People
5. Second Coming
6. Welcome To The Horror Show
7. Under Satan´s Sun
8. Dead Man´s Shadow On The Wall
9. The Last Alarm
10. Necrommancer More...

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