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Metal News for March 16, 2016

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31 news articles posted on this day.

Soon Kicking Off U.S. Tour

The transcendental rock contortionists from Soon kick off a string of live dates this evening in Baltimore, Maryland.

From there, the curious collective will make its way through nine more venues in four states through the end of the month, with additional live performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

These dates are in support of the "Vol. 1" album, which is still available for streaming online in full at this location.

3/16/2016 The Crown - Baltimore, MD
3/17/2016 Legion - Brooklyn, NY
3/19/2016 The Low Beat - Albany, NY
3/20/2016 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
4/09/2016 Blackbeard's Lost Weekender - Chapel Hill, NC
4/22/2016 Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
4/23/2016 Boone Saloon - Boone, NC
4/25/2016 Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA
4/26/2016 Mothlight - Acheville, NC
4/28/2016 Local Beer Local Bands - Raleigh, NC More...

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Gypsy Chief Goliath Releasing New Album

Pitch Black Records is thrilled to announce the return of one of Canada’s premiere stoner metal acts, Gypsy Chief Goliath, with third album "Citizens of Nowhere."

The main driving force behind Gypsy Chief Goliath, vocalist/guitarist AL “The Yeti” Bones (Serpents Of Secrecy, The Mighty Nimbus, Georgian Skull and Mister Bones) comments:

“It’s been awesome working with such a flagship independent metal label like Pitch Black Records. It’s so important to form an alliance with a label that believes in what you do as much as you do. Our new album is a smoke riff masterpiece that tells tales of the apocalypse, death, space, time travel, and the almighty highway!”

Clocking in at just under an hour, “Citizens of Nowhere” is scheduled for release on April 15th on CD and digital formats. The album includes 11 tracks, with a cover of the Sabbath classic “Killing Yourself to Live” as a CD bonus. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Sting
2. Holding Grace
3. Citizens of Nowhere
4. Black Samurai
5. Elephant in the Room
6. Gloomy Tombs
7. Odyssey
8. We Died For This
9. The Return
10. Witchcraft For The Ages
11. Killing Yourself to Live (CD Bonus) More...

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Surgical Meth Machine Posts Third Teaser Trailer

Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen's new project Surgical Meth Machine recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for the release of a self-titled debut album.

The 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. Al has recorded a series of album trailers, with the third one being posted online today.

Check out the new clip below, where Al discusses working with his long time collaborator Sam D'Ambrouso and the album's dichotomous material. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. I'm Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don't Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
07. Unlistenable
08. Gates Of Steel
09. Spudnik
10. Just Go Home
11. Just Keep Going
12. I'm Invisible More...

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Hatespirit Announces New Album Release

On May 1st, Altare Productions is proud to present the debut album of Hatespirit, titled "Blood & Poetry." A mysterious entity with no prior public recordings, Hatespirit hails from an ancient time of black metal.

Resolutely and proudly primitive, the Finnish band gnarls forth with black metal that breathes a woodland atmosphere despite its harsh and hateful contours. And yet, nature itself is a harsh and hateful mistress, offering no mercy for those who don't respect her wonders. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro - Blood & Poetry
2. Saalistajan Kuutamo
3. Viha ja Vitutus
4. The Wolfish Hunger
5. In Dusky Depths
6. Silvery Howls
7. Thought and Memory
8. Talvitunnelmia
9. Breath of Night
10. The Ghost Lights
11. Calm Before the Storm
12. Song of the Woods More...

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Overkill Posts Tour Trailer

The New Jersey thrashers from Overkill are set to kick off their upcoming tour on April 1st in Villeurbanne's Centre Culturel Oecuménique (France). A teaser trailer just came online and can also be seen below.

On this tour, the band will play a special anniversary show at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany on April 16th, 2016. That evening the band will play the albums "Horrorscope" (25th Anniversary) and "Feel The Fire" (30th Anniversary) in their entirety. If that wasn't enough, the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release.

Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth states: "Hallo Killers! This April 16, in Oberhausen we are putting together a special show, one that celebrates our history together. On this day in April we're recording the video and audio for not one but two Overkill releases. The bludgeoning 'Horrorscope' and where it all began for us, 'Feel The Fire.' A full night of kill from the past, celebrated in the present. It's your music, your scene, your metal. So be there, be loud and be proud!" More...

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The Random Monsters Streaming New EP

"We Pretend It's All Right," the new EP from Paris post-metal quartet The Random Monsters, is now playing online in its entirety. Listen in below.

Engineered and mixed by Francis Caste at Studio Sainte-Marthe, "We Pretend It's All Right" features three new songs that merge elements of post-rock, metal, ambient and noise. The EP was officially released last Friday, March 11 via Klonosphere Records. More...

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Abbath Releases New Video

Abbath just released a new music video for the band's explosive track "Winterbane," which can be seen below.

The band also embarks on a first-ever North American tour tommorow as a headliner of the 2016 edition of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour starts tomorrow, March 17th in Baltimore, MD at Soundstage, and sees Abbath joined by High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation.


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Martriden Posts Guitar Playthrough

Martriden just released a guitar playthrough video for the song "Invisible Cities," which can be seen below.

The track is taken off the band's most recent album "Cold And Silence," unleashed during November 2015 and following 2010's "Encounter The Monolith." The band has also made the album's title track available for free download here.

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Xenomorphic Contamination Posts Album Teaser

Xenomorphic Contamination just released a teaser for new album "Colonized From The Inside," due out next month and up for pre-order at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Rise of the Great Devourer
2. Onset of Infection
3. Colonized from the Inside
4. Extermination of the Weakest
5. Biomechanical Retaliation
6. Martyrs
7. Alien Deception
8. Xenomorphic Supremacy

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Monuments Performing Tour Without Vocalist

Monuments has issued the following statement about performing as an instrumental unit on upcoming tour dates:

"Due to some very serious personal issues, our man Chris will not be making it out with us on The Contortionist tour. He needs some time to get these issues taken care of - and we respect that and want to give him the time to get his head straight.

"We will be moving forward with the tour anyways and will be doing it INSTRUMENTAL! Something we've had to do a few times already - so we are confident that we will smash it and make you all proud. To make it a little more awesome for our friends out there, and to make up for the lack of vocals, we will play some lesser performed tracks from 'Gnosis/The Amanuensis\ albums, AND we will also be playing TWO new tracks from album #3...

"Unfortunately in order to do this right we need to rehearse some more - so sadly we will miss our shows at South By South Death tonight and Corpus Christi on the 18th, but we will be playing So What Music Festival and then smashing it with The Contortionist, Entheos, and sleepmakeswaves across North America until May ... see you on the road!" More...

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Gears Posts "Take Away" Video

Miami, Florida based band Gears has released a lyric video for the track "Take Away," which comes from latest EP "Pride Comes Before The Fall." Check it out below.

The EP was written by Corey Lowery & Gears, produced, mixed, & engineered by Corey Lowery, and mastered by Rodney Mills Masterhouse. The lyric video was created by James Shomo.

Drummer Jimmy Wooten comments: "'Take Away' is about entering into a sort of relationship with someone or some people that end up letting you down and the anger you feel when you should have known better because the signs were there. That moment when you're so angry at yourself for not listening to your instincts and allowing the inevitable to happen when you could have avoided the situation completely." More...

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Vredehammer Streaming Full Album

Vredehammer's new album “Violator” is set to drop on March 18th, 2016 via Indie Recordings, but today the full album comes online in advance. Listen in below! The "Violator" track listing is as follows:

1. Light The Fucking Sky
2. Spawn Tyrant
3. Violator
4. Deadfall
5. Ursus
6. Cyclone
7. Blodhevn

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D.I.E. Releases Music Video

Brazilian thrash / crossover outfit D.I.E. just released a new music video featuring a guest spot by Jão, guitarist and one of the founders of the hardcore band Ratos de Porão.

The music video was directed by Diego Cesario and features masks and effects crafted by artist Renato Fernandes. Check it out below.

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A Night In Texas Introduces New Vocalist

A Night In Texas recently recruited new vocalist Ethan Lucas, and today the band teases whats to come with this new addition to the lineup.

Check out a brief clip featuring Ethan below, and stay tuned for a full lyric video to arrive March 27th, 2016. This upcoming single was engineered/produced by Cory Judd and mixed/mastered by Buster Odeholm.

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Mantar Streaming New Track

As the release of "Ode To The Flame," the punishing new full-length from Northern Germany-based infernal metal twosome Mantar, slithers ever closer to release, today the nihilistic sounds of "Schwanenstein" are offered up for communal feasting.

New album "Ode To The Flame" will be released on April 15th via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available as a digi-CD, vinyl (black and gold - the latter of which is only available from the Nuclear Blast Mailorder), and digital download. More...

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Node Reveals New Album Artwork

Italian outfit Node is scheduled to release brand new sixth studio effort “Cowards Empire” at the end of April, 2016, via Punishment 18 Records.

The album was recorded during March/September 2015 with producer Larsen Premoli (Destrage) at Reclab Studios in Milan and will contain a DVD with excerpts of the band's 20th Anniversary concert shot on March 15th, 2014.

Today, Node has unveiled the album cover art created by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis) - check it out below. The album is also set to include guest musicians Daniele Orlandi (Blackstarr & The new Black), Gianluca Ferro (Time Machine), Tommy Massara (Extrema), Lisy Stefanoni (Evenoire), Luca Di Fato (Wake Arkane), Oinos (Will o wisp Australwave), Andrea Caniato, and Steve Minelli. More...

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Mars Red Sky Posts "Mindreader" Video

Bordeaux, France-based psychedelic stoner doom trio Mars Red Sky will release new album "Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)" in North America this May via Listenable Records.

Already available to European audiences, "Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)" was captured by Gabriel Zander. Peep the band's latest video for fourth movement, "Mindreader," in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. (Alien Grounds)
2. Apex III
3. The Whinery
4. Mindreader
5. Under The Hood
6. Friendly Fire
7. Prodigal Sun
8. Shot In Providence More...

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Boudain Releasing "Way Of The Hoof"

Boudain's "Way of the Hoof" is a storm of space, pork, and riffs! Recorded at SpaceLab 420 studios, the follow-up to the band's 2013 EP is perfect for anyone who enjoys the kind of groove that makes you want to smoke out, grill out, and chill with the swine.

Boudin is a Cajun sausage dish that is most frequently rolled into a ball, battered, and deep-fried. Coincidentally, Boudain is also one of the heaviest bands you're bound to find North of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, a state known for both its crispy, fried pig fat, as well as its crispy, fried, pig-fat-soaked stoner metal bands.

Brian Lenard (guitars): "Ya can't fit any more meat in the record. For real, we tried and there ain't no room."

Chris Porter (bass/vocals): "This album far exceeds our expectations and we're ready to get it out there." More...

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Gomorrah Changes Name To Lucis Absentia

Static Tension Recordings is pleased to announce that the label will release "To the Depths," the debut EP by Ohio's Lucis Absentia.

The band was previously known as Gomorrah and originally released "To the Depths" independently in 2014. The album is a blistering tour-de-force of old-school thrash with a hint of modern metal.

The group commented on the name change: "Lucis Absentia is a name we came up with sort of out of the blue. It means 'Absence of Light' in Latin which we felt coupled well with the music. It's a dark name with a bit of mystique that hopefully draws some people in."

Static Tension Recordings owner Kyle Stevens also commented about the signing: "I’m beyond excited to be adding Lucis Absentia to the Static Tension Recordings family. These Ohio death merchants are set to decimate everything in their path. Nay sayers beware…."

"To the Depths" will be released on June 10th, 2016 and is up for pre-order at this location. More...

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Chaos Moon Releasing "Amissum" Digipak

Pennsylvania-based black metal act Chaos Moon will release an extended digipak CD version of latest EP "Amissum" on March 18th through Hellthrasher Productions.

Created and solely instrumentally performed by A. Poole (of Krieg, Martröð, Esoterica, Skáphe, Lithotome) with a little vocal contribution from E. Baker (Manetheren), this new EP captures the band's trademark, densely-layered black metal sound in its most ethereal form.

Written and recorded between 2012 - 2016, Amissum stands as a collection of tracks that were not intended to be included on any full-length album. Compared to the original version, self-released digitally in September 2015, the CD edition will contain two previously unpublished bonus tracks; one being from the same session as the rest (Resurrection III), the other brand new (Amissum). The cover photo was taken by H.V Lyngdal (Wormlust) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Amissum
2. Resurrection I
3. Resurrection II
4. Resurrection III
5. To Transcend The Spine
6. Illusions of Dusk and Dawn (Rerecorded) More...

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...From The Deep Posts Vocal Clip

Ottawa, ON's ...From The Deep just posted a video sample of vocalist Graham Cwinn's behind the scenes scream from the song "Forever," which is set to be recorded on a future release.

Graham comments: "This is an example of my sing scream technique in our song 'Forever'. This is just one of the many vocal techniques used in our music."

The group's latest EP "The Absurd Horror" was unleashed in July 2015 and can be heard at Bandcamp here. Stay tuned for more info on an impending release ...From The Deep. More...

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Desaster Streaming "End Of Tyranny"

On April 8th, the German black thrashers from Desaster will release their new full-length, "The Oath of an Iron Ritual," worldwide via Metal Blade Records.

For a preview of the album, check out new single "End of Tyranny" in the player below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Intro (The Oath)
2. Proclamation in Shadows
3. End of Tyranny
4. The Cleric's Arcanum
5. Haunting Siren
6. Damnatio Ad Bestias
7. Conquer & Contaminate
8. The Denial
9. The Oath of an Iron Ritual
10. At the Eclipse of Blades More...

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Slayer Releases New Music Video

In Slayer's song "You Against You," vocalist Tom Araya screams "Your perfect world is ending this day, So what? I wouldn't have it any other way." And so, from the very first frame of the band's "You Against You" music video, the gore, the violence, the projectile-blood-spewing and the carnage begins and just never ends.

"You Against You" is the prequel to "Repentless," Slayer's brutal 2015 video filmed at an L.A. prison that has logged nearly 7.5 million YouTube views.

Like "Repentless," "You Against You" was directed by BJ McDonnell, stars Jason Trost ("Hatchet III") as Wyatt (the eyepatched rebel inmate) and tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt's erroneous arrest and imprisonment.

Slayer's performance of "You Against You" was shot deep in the heart of California's Mojave desert earlier this year in a graveyard of jets, airliners, and helicopters.

"After the 'Repentless' video," said Slayer's Tom Araya, "BJ delivers with 'You Against You.' Fucking awesome!!!!!"

Slayer is currently in the final weeks of a winter 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass supporting. Remaining dates are below.

3/17 Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
3/19 The Paramount, Seattle, WA
3/20 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
3/22 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/25 Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
3/26 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV More...

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Hemotoxin Premieres New Track

U.S. outfit Hemotoxin has gotten both musically tighter and more adventurous since the band's 2013 debut, gleefully switching gears mid-song from aggressive thrash to full-on death metal and even offering more diverse genre influences.

The band's next album "Biological Enslavement" is now only a month from release - due out April 15th via Unspeakable Axe Records - and today we're dropping an advance stream so you now what to expect from this atomic blast of metal headed your way.

Check out our exclusive stream of "Forgotten Faces" below, and if you like what you hear, the "Biological Enslavement" album is up for pre-order at this location.

Guitarist / vocalist Michael Chavez comments on this new track: "'Forgotten Faces' was the first song written for the album and the music was written by Michael Rohwer. We arranged the song as a band and I wrote the lyrics. The words were inspired by my personal feelings about classism in the United States, and my own personal encounters with the issue. It's our most musically technical song to date and is the first song we all wrote together." More...

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InnerWish Issues "Modern Babylon" Music Video

This Friday, the new self-titled album from Greek melodic metal act InnerWish is expected to drop in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records. Today, the band unleashed the music video for the new track "Modern Babylon," which can be viewed in the player below.

"InnerWish" was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall) and mastered by Peter In De Betou (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth).

The track list for the album is as follows:

1. Roll The Dice
2. Broken
3. Modern Babylon
4. Machines Of Fear
5. Needles In My Mind (see lyric video here)
6. My World On Fire
7. Rain Of A Thousand Years (song streaming here)
8. Serenity
9. Sins Of The Past
10. Through My Eyes
11. Zero Ground
12. Cross The Line
13. Tame The Seven Seas

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Nocte Obducta Resurfaces With New Album

Anyone who follows Nocte Obducta on social media channels have noticed that the band regrouped last summer to start to work on a new album in Mainz Ultratone Studio. The Band referred to the album as the most ambitious project since "Nektar" and announces that "the return to intricate structures and more metallic roots one or the other, who was less enthusiastic in recent years, is likely to reconcile."

The new album will entitled "Mogontiacum (Nachdem die Nacht herabgesunken)" and is expected this summer (date to be announced soon).

The track list for the album is:

1. Am Ende des Sommers
2. Glückliche Kinder
3. Ein Ouzo auf den Nordwind
4. Lethe, Stein und See - Teil I
5. Löschkommando Walpurgisnacht
6. Tango im Festungsgraben
7. Desîhra Mogontiacum
8. Die Pfähler
9. Am Waldrand
10. Lethe, Stein und See - Teil II
11. Im Dunst am ewigen Grab der Sonne More...

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Split Heaven Streams New Track "Battle Axe"

Mexican metal act Split Heaven is streaming the new track "Battle Axe." The song is taken from the new release "Death Rider," which is set to drop on March 25th, 2016 via Pure Steel Records.

"Death Rider" features new vocalist Jason Conde-Houston (Skelator) from Seattle, Washington, who joined the band back in December 2014.

The track list for the album is:

1. Death Rider
2. Awaken the Tyrant
3. Battle Axe
4. To The Fallen
5. Speed Of The Hawk (see music video here
6. Ghost Of Desire
7. Sacrifice
8. Talking With The Devil
9. Descarga Letal
10. Destructor

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Suns of Thyme Signs To Napalm Records

It is hard to imagine that something called Krautgaze could grow up in any other place than Berlin. In its glittering darkness, the city is a perfect breeding ground for a band like Suns of Thyme.

It is definitely no coincidence that Napalm Records, home of bands like Monster Magnet, God Is An Astronaut, My Sleeping Karma and Desert Rock legend John Garcia, has already been keeping an eye on this band & is now extremely pleased to announce the worldwide signing of Suns of Thyme.

Suns of Thyme on signing to Napalm Records: "From the day we finished our first record until the now upcoming release of the second one we have been on a journey of individual and collective progress: Becoming a five-piece band and with everybody involved in the song writing process, we had to find new ways to communicate and make music together. In all the excitement and struggle that comes with this we have grown a lot, each one personally as well as a band in whole. While this journey is far from over yet, 'Cascades' is gonna reflect our current state in every aspect: in the lyrics as well as in arrangement and sound. With Napalm Records and especially our A&R Billie Klein we are glad to have found people who understand us, our progress and our way of making music and who gave us the opportunity to put out this record the way we wanted it to come out." More...

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Dead Eyed Sleeper Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

German death metal act Dead Eyed Sleeper premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Gommorh", which will be out in stores March 19, 2016.

Check out now "Gommorh" in its entirety below.

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Woman Is The Earth Post "Torch Of Our Final Night"

Enigmatic American atmospheric black metal outfit Woman Is The Earth premieres the title track from the upcoming new third full-length "Torch Of Our Final Night", which will be out in stores through Init Records on April 15th on CD, cassettte, and digital, with LP pressings due in June.

Check out now "Torch Of Our Final Night" below.

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The Raven Age Premieres New Music Video

The Raven Age premieres a new music video for the track "Angel in Disgrace". The U.K.-based metalcore band features Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ son George on guitar. The band is currently on the road with Iron Maiden as the opening act, along with Anthrax, on "The Book of Souls" world tour.

Check out now "Angel in Disgrace" below.

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