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Metal News for March 18, 2017

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20 news articles posted on this day.

"The Devil's Candy" - The Most Metal Movie Of 2017

Metal fans who dig horror movies take note: this is seriously the most metal movie you are going to see this year. Although originally released in 2015, "The Devil's Candy" wasn't available in America until yesterday and is out now via all the various VOD platforms.

From the same director as the utterly demented (in a very good way) "The Loved Ones," this follow-up flick from Sean Byrne features a metalhead dad and daughter caught in a very bad situation when the family buys a house with a nefarious past.

Heavy metal is essentially its own character in the film, and you'll see all kinds of nods to bands from Sunn O))) to Isis and of course the more well known like Metallica and Ghost.


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Soul Demise Streaming "Deceive The Masses"

On May 19th, 2017 Soul Demise return with new album "Thin Red Line." To get a first glimpse of the new material, today the band unveils “Deceive The Masses”. Starting with a mellow acoustic guitar, the song turns into a melodic death metal inferno - check it out below.

01. Plagued By Fear
02. Desperate Cry
03. Deceive The Masses
04. Empty
05. Live On The Edge
06. Frustration
07. T.R.L.O.S.
08. The Glow Of The Rich Man’s Friend
09. Purity Of Soul
10. Braindead
11. Hopeless Case More...

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Pyramaze Releases "20 Second Century" Lyric Clip

Denmark based power/progressive metal act Pyramaze released the first full track from the upcoming, and highly anticipated new album "Contingent." Check out the lyric video for new song "20 Second Century" in the player below. "Contingent" drops on April 28th in Europe and North America via Inner Wound Recordings.

The track list and album artwork can be found below:

1. Land Of Information
2. Kingdom Of Solace
3. Star Men
4. A World Divided
5. Nemesis
6. Contingent - Part I: The Campaign
7. 20 Second Century
8. Obsession
9. Heir Apparent
10. Contingent - Part II: The Hammer of Remnant
11. Under Restraint
12. The Tides That Won't Change
13. Symphony of Tears

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Vandroya Proclaims "I'm Alive"

Brazilian power/progressive metal act Vandroya, featuring vocalist Daisa Munhoz, released a lyric video for the new song "I'm Alive." The song will appear on the sophomore full length "Beyond the Human Mind," coming April 28th via Inner Wound Records.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Columns Of Illusion
2. The Path To The Endless Fall
3. Maya
4. Time After Time
5. Last Breath
6. I'm Alive
7. You'll Know My Name
8. If I Forgive Myself
9. Beyond The Human Mind More...

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Vanden Plas To Release Live CD/DVD

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the forthcoming live CD/DVD entitled “The Seraphic Live Works” from German progressive metal band Vanden Plas on May 12, 2017.

In the band's long career, Vanden Plas has only released one live album, "Spirit of Live," recorded in Paris at the legendary Elysée Montmartre, in 2000. With the upcoming release of "The Seraphic Live Works," the wait for another documentation of the band's immense talents as a live act is finally over!

Through many tours and countless concerts, Vanden Plas has proven again and again that it is among the world's leading progressive metal bands. The quintet's glowing reputation carries across the pond to the U.S. where Vanden Plas was invited to appear at the renowned ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2011 (and will return in 2017). Regardless of a band's fame, an invitation to this prestigious event is an honor and the performance is certainly a high note in Vanden Plas' history. And it is for exactly that reason that Vanden Plas decided to capture that unique moment.

"The Seraphic Live Works" shows unmistakably how extraordinary this gig at Center Stage Theater was for everyone involved. A performance exploding with energy, euphoric audience, and the venue's own special flair. The recordings will captivate every viewer and there is no question that Vanden Plas made the right decision to preserve this performance for eternity.

"The Seraphic Live Works" captivates and enthralls for nine songs, beginning with straightforward opener "Postcard to God" through the atmospheric "Far Off Grace" to the brilliant closer, "Silently." In this extended live version of the song, Vanden Plas ignites a prog metal fireworks display that is unparalleled, leading the listener through more than 11 magnificent minutes to a spectacular conclusion.

Vanden Plas has fans all over the world, but for those who have not yet been able to experience the band, they wanted to give them the next best thing with "The Seraphic Live Works." The audio and video capture an authentic band that stands out in the prog metal genre.

“The Seraphic Live Works” includes:

1. Postcard To God
2. Rush Of Silence
3. Holes In The Sky
4. Far Off Grace
5. Scar Of An Angel
6. Quicksilver
7. Cold Wind
8. Frequency
9. Silently More...

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Linnea Vikstrom Forms QFT, Signs To Despotz

Swedish vocalist Linnéa Vikström, best known as one of the vocalists in Therion (along side father Thomas Vikström) has signed a worldwide deal with Despotz Records.

Linnéa says, "I’m really excited to be working together with Despotz and with their help I’ll be sure to present some fantastic music to the world! Just the fact that Despotz is willing to release an album recorded completely live shows how willing they are to break new grounds and think outside of the box. Be ready to venture out deep into the universe as we launch this spacecraft of music!"

Linnéa will work with her solo project under the secret name of QFT. The debut album will be released in November of 2017, with the first, as yet untitled, single hitting the streets in May.

"Imagine if Black Sabbath and Pagan's Mind gave birth to a starchild, thus QFT is born," says Despotz' Omer Akay. "This is the mastermind of Linnéa Vikström. The space journey has just begun." More...

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Dyonisian Signs With Sliptrick Records

Dyonisian signed on with Sliptrick Records for the band's upcoming sophomore release.

In the Spring of 2010, Tregor Russo decided to give life to a new musical project with the intent to create music and lyrics from the deep feelings, pathos, dark emotions and melancholic atmospheres and immerse them in complex gloomy arrangements. And so Dyonisian was born, with Tregor as guitarist, composer, arranger and lyricist.

Dyonisian delivers symphonic doom and progressive death metal mixed with other subgenres, such as classical baroque music and traditional Arabian music. The band is currently working on the finishing touches of the second full length album. Stay tuned for more information. More...

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Fighter Records Inks Deal With The Wizards

Spanish '70s hard/heavy rock band The Wizards has inked a deal with Fighter Records for the release of the highly anticipated second album "Full Moon in Scorpio," which will see the light on May 16th internationally.

Formed in Bilbao (Basque Country) back in 2013, these five outcasts decided to form a band after several intense sessions of drug abuse and hard liquor drinking marathons at backyard parties where the records of Black Sabbath, Danzing, The Cult, Blue Oyster Cult, Pentagram, Deep Purple, Dio, Horisont, and Electric Wizard were played so loud, neighbors would call the police sooner than expected.

In January 2014, The Wizards recorded the first demo, "Plagues." With only four songs recorded and a bunch of covers, the band was able to win the 26th edition of the local pop/rock contest Villa de Bilbao. During 2015, the band released the self-titled debut album through its own label, Witch Records, in collaboration with French label Geea Music. More...

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Skarlett Riot Signs With Despotz Records

Britain's Skarlett Riot has taken the music world by the throat with powerful, riff-led songs blending melody and grit with a muscular backbone. Add to that an ear for infectious hooks, a singer blessed with an enormous set of vocal cords, and you have a band that not only has miles of attitude but the songs to back them up. And now, the rising rockers have signed a worldwide record deal with Sweden's Despotz Records.

The band says, “We're so excited to announce our signing to Despotz Records! We have been and still are working hard behind the scenes so it feels great to be able to share this news with you all! We've got an amazing team of people working with us now and we can't wait to see what the future holds for Skarlett Riot. We'd also like to thank all of our fans for their loyal support and patience. More news coming soon! Here's to us!”

Having thrilled audiences at Download Festival and destroying stages at Leeds and Reading Festivals, Metal Female Voices Festival, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Camden Rocks, Steelhouse, Takedown, Giants Of Rock, S.O.S and a host of other festivals, Skarlett Riot has also shared stages with the likes of The Darkness, Kamelot, Gus G, Hammerfall, Leaves’ Eyes, plus many more.

Omer Akay of Despotz says, "After ten years of running Despotz Records, I had given up finding artists in the UK. But by pure luck we discovered Great Britain's best kept secret that will take the world by storm. We are so proud that Skarlett Riot choose us to lead their worldwide musical journey."

Skarlett Riot's debut single for Despotz, "Feel" is slated for release on April 21st with the full length album hitting the streets in the fall. More...

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Lovell's Blade Releases "Dynamite" Video Clip

Dutch rockers, Lovell's Blade, formed when several members split from long-running metal band Picture, released a video clip for the song "Dynamite." The song appears on the debut release "Stone Cold Steel," which is out now via Divebomb Records (USA) and Into the Limelight (EU/Asia).

Check out the clip here:

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Sunless Sky Streams New Song "Starfall"

Cleveland's Sunless Sky is streaming a second new song from the forthcoming release "Doppelgänger," which is due out on April 7th via Pure Steel Records. Check out "Starfall" in the player below.

Sunless Sky features Wretch vocalist Juan Ricardo (Dark Arena/ex-Attaxe/ex-Ritual) and
guitarist Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah/ex-Nevermore/ex-Annihilator).

The track listing for "Doppelgänger" is as follows:

1. Starfall
2. Doppelgänger (song streaming here)
3. Kingdom Of Sky
4. Stone Gods
5. Lake Of Lost Souls
6. Netherworld
7. Adrenaline Junkie
8. Inside The Monster
9. Heroin
10. Black Symphony

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Zombie Lake To Issue New Album

International (New York/Sweden) thrash act Zombie Lake will release the sophomore album "The Dawn Of Horror" on May 5th via Iron Shield Records, with distribution through Pure Steel Records. Zombie Lake is the side band of Protector mainman, Martin "Golem" Missy.

The track listing and album artwork are below:

1. Bridge Over Bloodred Water
2. Killed A Thousand Times
3. Werewolf Attack
4. The Ceremony
5. Hoardering Skulls
6. Dead Eyes
7. Motorcycle Horror
8. Almighty Sorcerer
9. The Final Outbreak Of Agression More...

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Hemotoxin Gives A "Bleak Prognosis"

Pittsburgh progressive death/thrash act Hemotoxin has released the official video for "Bleak Prognosis," a song from Unspeakable Axe Records' album "Biological Enslavement."

The video was filmed by Red Fox Production. Special thanks to Ronin Studios and Ritchie Orozco. Check it out below:

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Kobra And The Lotus Issues New Single

It's been three years since Kobra And The Lotus' last studio album "High Priestess" was released back in 2014. The time since has not been wasted; with the third album under it's belt, and completing multiple tours worldwide (with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Black Label Society, and Fear Factory to name just a few), the path of self-discovery has led the band to this most important moment: "Prevail I,: the band's latest offering. The album will be released on May 12th via Napalm Records. Check out he new song "You Don't Know" in the player below.

"Prevail I" promises to be a rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies that will take the listener on a sonic journey leading them out from the darkness and into the light! Produced by Jacob Hansen (Pyramaze, Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, "Prevail I" will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date. More...

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Selfmachine Releases "Giddy-Up!" Video Clip

Dutch modern metal act Selfmachine celebrated the release of the new album "Societal Arcade" with the video clip for the new song "Giddy-Up!" Check it out in the player below. "Societal Arcade" is out now via Wormholedeath Records.

"Giddy-Up!" is the first music video taken from "Societal Arcade." The concept for the video was created by lead singer Steven Leijen and beautifully brought to life by David Hazeleger from TDD Studios. The song touches on the subject of the stress to reach goals and the fears of not succeeding while we completely forget to live and enjoy ourselves. Life is a party, especially if you come party with Selfmachine.

The band commented: “Shooting the video for ‘Giddy-Up!’ was an awesome experience. As always we have made and arranged everything ourselves. This means we have spent a lot of free weekends building the robot, creating its lights, spray painting the metal, teaching it how to play guitar and of course how to dance! We also had the help of our friend David Hazeleger for the filming, editing and after effects. But of course we didn’t use after effects for the robot… ;)”

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Time Walk To See New EP Issued Via Static Tension

Static Tension Recordings has been putting out one killer release after the other, so picking up the recently independently released EP "Beyond Eternity's Grasp" from Springfield, Missouri's Time Walk is no exception. The EP will see vinyl release through the label on May 12th.

Time Walk was formed in 2015 and offers the kind of power-packed death metal that we all remember in the '90s. The attitude is fresh and it's impossible to sit still while listening to the new EP. The track listing for the release is:

1. Ruinick Echoes
2. Fury Of The Sands
3. Time Heals Nothing
4. War
5. Temple Of The Forbidden
6. Enter The Realm Of Death (Runemagick Cover) More...

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Rogga Johansson Premieres "At Mountain Garpe"

Rogga Johansson (Demiurg) premieres a new song entitled "At Mountain Garpe", taken from the upcoming new album "Garpedans", which will be out in stores later in the year via Chaos Records. The album was recorded at The Rotpit, mixed by B. Helgetun at Studio Brainjar and mastered by Jonny Pettersson. All music and lyrics are by Rogga Johansson, and the cover artwork is by Roberto Toderico.

Check out now "At Mountain Garpe" below.

Says Rogga Johansson of the album: More...

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Prisoner Debuts New Song "Starve"

Virginia metal/hardcore crew Prisoner debuts a new song entitled "Starve", taken from the upcoming new album "Beyond the Infinite", which will arrive in stores on April 4th through Forcefield Records.

Check out now "Starve" below.

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Documentary On Immolation’s Ross Dolan Streaming

Fret12 just released a new short documentary on Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan. It’s the latest contribution in its ongoing "The Sound And The Story" series. Immolation‘s new album "Atonement”"saw a release last month. Catch the band live this April supporting Vader and Monument Of Misanthropy on the upcoming "Rise Of The Empire - European Tour 2017". Check out all dates after the jump.


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We Ride Premieres New Song "What You Are"

Spain’s hardcore/metal outfit We Ride premieres a new song entitled "What You Are", taken from the upcoming new album "Empowering Life", which will be out in stores April 14th via Victory Records. Deez Nuts frontman JJ Peters lends guest vocals to the track.

Says frontwoman Mimi Telmo of the track: "‘What You Are‘ is about the fine line split between friendship and indifference. No matter how hard you try to salvage a relationship, sometimes you just have to walk away. I’ve always been a Deez Nuts fan, and when meeting JJ in person, I saw that he is not only a great frontman, but also a lovely person. Over the years we became good friends and we always have a great time when we share a stage together. While writing this song, I felt it was perfect for JJ and I love how it turned out!"

Check out now "What You Are" below.

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