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Metal News for March 20, 2015

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Grethor Announces "Cloaked In Decay" EP

U.S. black / death metal band Grethor will release upcoming new EP "Cloaked In Decay" on April 21st, 2015.

"Cloaked In Decay" was mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Altar of Plagues) and features artwork by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy). The EP also features a guest appearance by Bill Calomiris of Gloom. The track listing is:

1. Wraith
2. Misery of Ignorance
3. Somnia Malum Infinitum
4. Hemispheres Decaying
5. Organic Tomb
6. Monody for Artemis 2015 (Bonus Track) More...

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Human Improvement Process Posts New Video

Italian death metal act Human Improvement Process is gearing up to release latest EP "Enemies of the Sun" tomorrow on Memorial Records.

Today, the band has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to launch the brand new song and music video, "Tortured Hands of Reason." Check it out below.

"We're beyond excited to release our new stuff, which is more extreme and death metal oriented than our previous full length, 'Deafening Dissonant Millennium,'" the band told Decibel. "We're evolving in a new direction, and so does our music. Our new form is taking shape with this new EP, which will sound darker and heavier than everything we've released so far."

"Enemies of the Sun" was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Mnemic, Vision Divine, Secret Sphere, Elvenking) at Domination Studios. Cover artwork comes courtesy of Federico Musetti, evolving the concept from the band's debut full-length, "Deafening Dissonant Millennium," which released in 2013. More...

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Éohum Streaming New Track

Montreal, QC black doom Éohum (pronounced ee-o-um) has teamed up with MetalBlast.net to premiere latest track "Thus Spewed Thy Infectious Reign" from upcoming debut "Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch," due out on April 7th via Mycelium Networks as a pay what you want release. Guitarist Jeremy Perkins comments:

"'Thus Spewed Thy Infectious Reign' starts with a salad of doom riffs, gutturals and cleans, slowly progressing mid-way through the song to a relentless black death anthem. Transitioning between both worlds, this song has the capacity to keep the attention of an array of metal lovers. Type of song you want to put on a loop or that haunts your conscious for a couple of days! Lyrically speaks of our point of no return as a species, unless we awaken from our deep sleep and brings to surface the many coma-tic ways of our times. One of my personal favorites from 'Revelations, Aurora Of An Epoch'." More...

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Orphans Of Dusk Signs With Hypnotic Dirge

Orphans of Dusk has come to an agreement with Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions to release debut EP "Revenant" (previously self-released) cooperatively in early May. The album will be released in a jewel case CD, alongside a free 11cm x 7cm logo sticker. Hypnotic Dirge comments:

"Orphans of Dusk is a gothic death/doom band being projected into the stars from the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand/Australia.

"One of the few bands from this region attempting to break boundaries in depressive doom, it aims to keep pushing the genre from where bands such as Shape of Despair and Type O Negative left such devastating marks.

"Some HDR followers might recall Orphans of Dusk’s name due to their track 'Nibelheim' being included in the Hypnotic Dirge Records Doom Metal free digital compilation album 'Subarctic Nocturnes' released a few weeks ago!"

Orphans Of Dusk consists of:

Chris G - Vocals
James Quested - Guitars, Synths & Bass
Dan Nahum - Session Drums More...

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Paradise Lost Unveils Album Artwork

Returning with opus number fourteen, Paradise Lost's "The Plague Within" (set to be released June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America), was produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano at London's Orgone Studios.

The cover artwork was created by the Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of Watain, Ghost, and Entombed A.D. Zbigniew comments:

"Since their late 80's inception, through somber abrasiveness of their debut and harrowing tristesse of groundbreaking 'Gothic', the unparalleled icons of gloom, Paradise Lost grew deep into all things murky and dreadful in modern music. Let alone Duncan Fergado's artwork for their 'Lost Paradise' debut remains one of my fave covers, so having heard that with 'The Plague Within' the band harks back to days of old, was - to say the least - a thrilling incentive to pick up the commission.

"It was also a rare joy to see how preliminarily calm and reflective Arcimboldian artwork, kept becoming ever darker and more sinister past each of Nick's and Greg's scrutinies, to finally become what one can see on the actual cover. A portrait of hopeless decrepitude of mental illness - which is what 'The Plague Within' deals with thematically - where the tormented Sisyphus struggles to push his burden back up the slippery walls of a long frozen illusion."

Check out the artwork below, and see the band live on these dates:

May 29, 2015 - Rockavaria - Munich - Germany
May 30, 2015 - Der Ring - Grune Holle Rock - Nurburg - Germany
July 18, 2015 - Castle Party Festival - Bolkow - Poland
August 15, 2015 - Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbuhl - Germany More...

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Sacrophobia Re-Issuing Discography On One CD

25 years after the band's inception, Spanish death metal pioneer Sacrophobia is about to see all its recordings officially re-issued on CD under the title of "Dark Requiems."

The group's 1st demo "Only Death is Irreversible" came out in 1991 through Drowned Productions, followed by a 2nd demo recorded in '92 which was destined to be a 7" EP on Seraphic Decay Records, but that never happened and thus remained unreleased.

Then in '93 two more songs were recorded for a 5-way split CD with other 4 Spanish death metal bands entitled "Dead Flesh." A total of 10 studio tracks plus 3 unreleased tunes recorded live in '93 and 2 live cover songs was the legacy of Sacrophobia before splitting up in early '94. After this, one of the group's guitarists, Juancar, joined Avulsed.

The release date for "Dark Requiems" is set for April 20th and in the meantime, you can listen to the opening track from the "Dead Flesh" split album '93 below. More...

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Valborg Announces New Album

Germany's dark, primitive metal trio Valborg will unleash a fifth full-length opus via Temple Of Torturous.

Titled "Romantik," the follow-up to 2012's "Nekrodepression," features six tracks of somber avant-blackened beauty. After four albums based around experimental, skull-crushing doom, with "Romantik" Valborg dives deeper into the heart-tearing atmospheres of the abyss. Ambient synthesizers collide with wistful guitars, all slowly, purposefully floating above a foundation built upon pummeling rhythms and the band's harsh, German vocal inflections.

Valborg features current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald, and more. "Romantik" was produced, recorded, and mixed by Oliver Weiskopf at Stonehenge Studios, mastered by Michael Schwabe at Monoposto Mastering, and will be released on CD and digitally on May 19th, 2015 via Temple Of Torturous. The track listing is as follows:

1. Vampyr
2. Blitz aus Sodom
3. Comtesse
4. Sulphur Vitriol Angel
5. Kryptische Arroganz
6. The Haunted Womb

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Gospel Of The Witches Posts Video Interview

Karyn Crisis recently returned with a new project, Gospel Of The Witches, and consequent album, "Salem's Wounds."

Out now in Europe and due out March 24th in North America via Century Media Records, "Salem's Wounds" contains 13 tracks recorded by Karyn together with Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), and Charlie Schmid (Vaura). Check out a new video interview with the band below.

Karyn Crisis comments: "Here we have a video that was filmed and edited by Bob Vigna while the band and I were recently rehearsing in Brooklyn for our debut shows at the end of March. It gives the fans an opportunity to get to know the musicians of Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches as they talk about these upcoming East Coast appearances. Stay tuned, we will have another segment where the band discusses the album recording process very soon as well!" More...

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Deadfate Posts "The Darkest Sin" Video

After releasing a lyric video for the song "From The Ashes" (still available here), Deadfate now presents a new single from debut album "Dysfunctional" with the official video for "The Darkest Sin." Check it out below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. The Puzzle
2. Blindness
3. The Darkest Sin
4. Dreams and Delusions
5. François Delacroix
6. Bloodstain
7. Just Memories
8. From the Ashes
9. Crossfire More...

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Gary Holt Taking Over SiriusXM Liquid Metal

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt will host his own SiriusXM Liquid Metal Takeover this weekend, picking out over a dozen of his favorite cuts from his bands, and tracks from bands such as Venom, Warbringer, Death Angel, Metallica, Rainbow, Heathen and more. Tune in to SiriusXM Channel 40 at these times:

Friday, March 20th @ 12pm-2pm ET
Saturday, March 21st @ 9am-11am ET
Sunday, March 22nd @ 5pm-7pm ET

Gary Holt is also interviewed by SiriusXM host Jose Mangin about Exodus’ upcoming run on the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour with headliners Testament and special guests Shattered Sun, the band’s new Billboard Top 40-charting album "Blood In, Blood Out," guacamole, kids, the 49ers, health topics and more. Catch Exodus live on these dates: More...

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Fortid Releasing New Album

Icelandic / Norwegian black metal outfit Fortid will be releasing a new full-length album entitled "9" on March 27th via Schwarzdorn Production. The album's seventh track "Galdur" can be heard below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Hrafnar
2. Hugur
3. Nornir
4. Viska
5. Leit
6. 9
7. Galdur
8. Rúnir
9. Hof More...

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Groan Streams "Witchfinder General Finder"

The cheekiest of U.K. doom bands, London's Groan will release new EP "Highrospliffics" (recorded by Sam Thredder of Slabdragger) as a FREE digital download on March 23rd via Bandcamp.

Today, you can hear the single "Witchfinder General Finder" (and answer the age-old question, "Who do you call when you can't find the Witchfinder General?"). Listen in below, courtesy of TheObelisk.net. The EP's track listing is:

1. Run Out Of Fucks
2. Witchfinder General Finder
3. March Of The Druids
4. Buried In Leathe More...

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Upsilon Acrux Releasing "Sun Square Dialect"

New Atlantis Records announces the April 14th release of "Sun Square Dialect," the seventh full-length album by LA's Upsilon Acrux.

Stream "Pitch Mountain : Maps," the opening track off "Sun Square Dialect," in the player below, courtesy of SteelForBrains.com. Founder/guitarist Paul Lai comments:

"I started this band in 1997 with the intention of being the line that connected Ornette Coleman to Sonic Youth, Magma to Neu!, King Crimson to Conlon Nancarrow, and Van Halen to Harry Pussy, and I think we've only added more lines. We've had about 20 different members and no less than 11 different versions of the band.

"This is our seventh album and our intent with this record is, as always, to make a distillation of the things we find fascinating about music, as well as an ongoing dialogue between the members and places we are, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We aren't trying to make perfect mathematical music, in fact all we're trying to make is rock music that's interesting to us... I think we make and destroy cities in the time it takes other bands to cross the street to get coffee."

The "Sun Square Dialect" album was recorded at Infrasonic Sound (The Jesus Lizard, Death Grips) and The Record Plant (in the room where Appetite for Destruction was recorded), and was mixed and mastered by Pete Lyman (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Xasthur). The track listing is: More...

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Hammurabi Posts New Video

Brazilian death / thrash metal act Hammurabi just released a single and video for the new song "The Emperor Returns To The Front."

The song was recorded and produced by the band at Mr. Sound Studio, supervised and mastered by Marcello Pompeu and Heros Trench. The cover art was provided by Hugo Silva of Abacrombie Ink (Project 46, Feartone, Miasthenia) in partnership with singer and designer Daniel Lugondi.

The music video was done by Willians de Abreu from Lab Brain Filmes. The song features the participation of Korzus bassist Dick Siebert. More...

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Adrenaline Mob Posts Final Picture With A.J. Pero

Adrenaline Mob, currently on tour, reported on the death of A.J. Pero. The post on the band's Facebook page reports that Pero died in his sleep on the bus this morning after the band's show in Clarksville, Tennessee. The post shows the final picture the band took with the fallen drummer (shown below). The cause of death has not been revealed.

The post reads: "We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces.. our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus. We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family. It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend! We love you AJ, rest in peace.

"We will cherish this last picture we all took together on tour forever! What a great night we had... we'll miss you buddy!" More...

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Farmageddon Reveals Full 2015 Details

Western Canada's loudest open air metal festival Farmageddon has unleashed the schedule and lineup of 40+ bands for this year's roster, which includes Grim Reaper, American bands Pallbearer and Incantation, plus Canadians Into Eternity and Archspire along with many support bands from Western Canada.

The third annual festival is set to take place in Ryley, AB (80 KM East of Edmonton) from June 11th - 14th. Details are as follows: More...

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Rabid Assassin Releases New Video

"I Hate," the new video from Rabid Assassin, can now be seen below. This is the first single released from the band's debut "Eliminate The System" album, due out May 19th on HighVolMusic. The following press release was issued about the clip:

"As strong advocates of the United States Constitution, Rabid Assassin exercised the 1st amendment of 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances' when creating ‘Eliminate the System.’

"The project takes on the challenging issues that plague the world today with songs that are straight forward and hit on topics everybody can relate to but which most are scared to talk about. It runs the gamut of everything that is messed up in the world today." More...

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Wrath Of Vesuvius Announces New Tour Dates

Following a recent journey breaking stages alongside Inanimate Existence, the technical death dealers from Wrath Of Vesuvius will embark upon another run of live takeovers, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour.

Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

Wrath Of Vesuvius will release a third full-length album this June. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares from Bay Area jazz group Atta Kid on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of transcendental death metal. "Wrvth" will be released on June 16th, 2015. Music and preorders packages to be unveiled in the days to come. More...

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Encoffination Announces U.S. Shows

American cult death/doom duo Encoffination will crawl forth from the group's usual obscurity early this April to deliver a rare wave of macabre, slow-motion funeral marches to several East Coast locations on the Abyss Of Funeral Winds tour.

Having played a total of three unrelated live performances since the band's 2008 inception, the four-city Abyss Of Funeral Winds trek will see Encoffination storming through Atlanta, Raleigh, Baltimore, and Brooklyn from April 1st through 4th, making it the band's first consecutive set of tour dates ever.

The band's kinfolk, Father Befouled and Ghoulgotha -- both of whom share members with Encoffination -- will supply grueling opening support on all four shows of the Abyss Of Funeral Winds.

4/01/2015 529 - Atlanta, GA
4/02/2015 The Holy Mountain Compound - Raleigh, NC
4/03/2015 The Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
4/04/2015 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY More...

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Kain Gearing Up For New Album Release

After the debut full-length "Omega" in 2012, German blackened death metal band Kain (not to be confused with the U.K. group Kaine) is back in 2015 with a second long player.

The album is already recorded and the whole production will be finished shortly. Expect a great journey for all dark and deathened black metal fans, with some special guest musicians like Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg einer Freiheit). The album will hit stores this Summer. Stay tuned for more details. More...

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Agnostic Front Posts New Album Webisode

The New York hardcore pioneers from Agnostic Front have released the fourth webisode for the band's forthcoming album, "The American Dream Died."

Watch the episode "A Wise Man" below. "The American Dream Died" drops April 7th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The American Died
3. Police Violence
4. Only In America
5. Test Of Time
6. We Walk The Line
7. Never Walk Alone (feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller)
8. Enough Is Enough
9. I Can't Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
14. Attack!
15. A Wise Man
16. Just Like Yesterday More...

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Meridius Streams Full New EP

B.C. based thrash and groove metal band Meridius (named after Russell Crowe's character in Gladiator) has unleashed a self-titled debut EP. You can now stream all the tracks below, and bassist Peter Riemann comments:

"We are extremely proud of this EP, it is merely a taste of whats to come. It is a relentless mix of pit-stirring thrashers, crunchy grooves and epic melodies sure to send thrashers and metal fans alike into a frenzy! We would like to also give a special thanks to Matt Roach who produced and mixed the EP, he`s extremely talented at what he does and were glad to be associated with him. Any bands based in Vancouver should contact him!"

1. Speed Kills (3:42)
2. Walk The Plank (5:27)
3. Conquer The Throne (4:17) More...

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Crom Dubh Releases "Heimweh" Album

Germany's Ván Records is proud to have added London-based epic black metal sect Crom Dubh to its ever-expanding roster, as the band's debut full-length album "Heimweh" is released onto the masses. The label comments:

"Merging melodic yet merciless black metal with folk and post-rock influences, Crom Dubh's debut full-length, 'Heimweh' (meaning homesickness), continues the narrative of the band's 2010 EP, 'Deifr,' in which the gathering and dissolution of a great river operated as a metaphor for the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. 'Heimweh' follows a similar narrative, albeit with a focus on the life of the lone individual within this tumult, following a traditional cradle-to-grave progression throughout the course of the album that runs parallel to Hesiod's five ages of man. The album handles themes of loss, ruthlessness, nostalgia, exile, and death, thinking on the journey ahead and the way home.

"Crom Dubh was formed in 2003 by M. Beonetleah (Craven Idol), S. O'Fairdehaigh (Disfago), and Xavi (El Punto Devil). A rehearsal demo was recorded in 2003, and the 'Damnation Upon Us' demo was recorded in 2004. Ro (Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Destroyer 666) joined to record the 'Fallen Sons' demo in 2005. Xavi and Ro left to pursue other projects, and A. Haege joined on drums. Crom Dubh recorded and released the 2010 EP, 'Deifr' (Ground Zero), as a three-piece, before being joined by S. Vrath (Scythian, Craven Idol) and A. Von M (Scythian). A. Von M played live with the band on several occasions before leaving the band on good terms.

"Recorded by J. C. Volgard (Scythian, Craven Idol) in the Summer and Autumn of 2013, Crom Dubh's first full-length opus 'Heimweh' presents forty-five minutes of majestic yet menacing northern black metal with an incredible storyline to overthrow fans of Dissection, early Summoning, Taake, Drudkh, Tsjuder, Carpathian Forest and the like." More...

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Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero, Dead At Age 55

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has reported that drummer A.J. Pero passed away. The cause of death is not yet known.

On his Facebook Page, French reported: "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, A.J. Pero.

"The band, crew and most importantly the family of A.J. Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time."

Pero played with Twisted Sister from 1982-1986, 1997-1998 and 2003-present, having appeared on all but one release ("Love Is For Suckers," 1987). He also appeared on the classic Cities album from 1986 - "Annihilation Absolute." In addition, Pero has performed on the latest two Adrenaline Mob releases: "Men of Honor" (2014) and this year's EP "Dearly Departed."

More information on his untimely death is expected soon. More...

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Burnt Books Streams Full New Album

"Where There's Smoke There's Fire," the writhing second album from Columbia, South Carolina-based Burnt Books, is out today through Retro Futurist Records.

In celebration, the band's hometown record release show takes place tonight, and "Where There's Smoke There's Fire" in its entirety has been released via the Selective Memory webzine. Give it a listen below. Catch the band live supporting the album on these dates:

3/20/2015 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC *record release show w/ Glittoris
4/02/2015 Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Pig Mountain
4/03/2015 Odditorium - Asheville, NC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Uninhabitable, Spliff
4/04/2015 25 Watt - Richmond, VA w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Slowing
4/05/2015 The Ottobar Upstairs - Baltimore, MD w/ Crazy Bag Lady
4/06/2015 Legion Of Doom - Columbus, OH w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Checkmate
4/07/2015 Fifth Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Torturess, Voidweaver
4/08/2015 The Bishop - Bloomington, IN w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Torturess, Wounded Knees
4/09/2015 The Stone Fox - Nashville, TN w/ Crazy Bag Lady. Sky Burial, Thetan, Subject/Rulers
4/10/2015 Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Crazy Bag Lady
4/11/2015 Caledonia - Athens, GA w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Cinemechanica, Harsh Words, Savagist
4/12/2015 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Cinemechanica
5/02/2015 Caledonia - Athens, GA
5/19/2015 TBA - Atlanta, GA More...

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Helloween Reveals Track List, First Single

German metal legends Helloween have revealed further details of the upcoming new album "My God-Given Right", the band's 14th studio release. The album is set to drop on May 29th via Nuclear Blast Records.

"My God-Given Right" was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the band's very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, HammerFall) handling production and recording duties.

On April 17th, the album's first single will be released, which will be for the speed metal track "Battle’s Won." Along with the digital release, a limited edition 2-track vinyl single will also be issued, featuring the album track "Lost In America."

The full album will be available in CD, digipak, earbook and colored vinyl editions and the track listing for all versions are as follows:

Standard CD:

1. Heroes
2. Battle’s Won
3. My God-Given Right
4. Stay Crazy
5. Lost In America
6. Russian Roulé
7. The Swing Of A Fallen World
8. Like Everybody Else
9. Creatures In Heaven
10. If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Living On The Edge
12. Claws
13. You, Still Of War

The limited digipak (with special 3D lenticular cover) and the vinyl version will feature two bonus tracks:

14. I Wish I Were There
15. Wicked Game More...

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Tesseract Posts "Odyssey/Scala" Trailer

U.K. prog metal band TesseracT is set to release its first live audio/video concert. Titled "Odyssey/Scala," the CD / DVD and LP / DVD package welcomes back vocalist Daniel Tompkins.

"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London. A trailer for Odyssey/Scala can be seen below.

"Odyssey/Scala" will be available in physical and digital formats on May 18th in Europe and May 19th in North America via Century Media Records. More...

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Dawn Of Azazel Releasing New Album

Long-running, New Zealand-based progressive death metal band Dawn Of Azazel will release a fourth full-length next month on April 28th. Titled "The Tides Of Damocles," the ten track slab of sonic violence is the trio's first output in six years following 2009's "Relentless" long-player.

"The Tides Of Damocles" was recorded, mixed, and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, "The Tides Of Damocles" thrusts forth forty-eight minutes of harrowing, surgically precise death metal mastery.

Comments the band of this latest work: "We're excited as fuck to resurface with this record. It has an anger and a dynamism that reflects the reasons we've been silent for a several years, and our aggression moving forward in spite of these obstacles. We couldn't be more proud of this record as our contribution of something ferocious and unique to the death metal genre." More...

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Unleashed Releases Second Track-By-Track Video

Swedish death metal stalwarts Unleashed released the second part in an ongoing track-by-track series for the upcoming new album "Dawn of the Nine." The series features mainman Johnny Hedlund giving the meaning behind the songs of the new release.

"Dawn of the Nine" is set to drop on April 24th (EU), April 27th (UK) and May 4th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track list is:

1. A New Day Will Rise
2. They Came To Die
3. Defenders Of Midgard
4. Where Is Your God Now? (see lyric video here)
5. The Bolt Thrower
6. Let The Hammer Fly
7. Where Churches Once Burned
8. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
9. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

Check out the clip here: More...

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Magic Kingdom Posts Lyric Video For Title Track

Belgian power metal act, featuring Iron Mask guitarist Dushan Petrossi, released a lyric video for the title track of the new release "Savage Requiem," which drops today in Europe and April 14th in the U.S. via AFM Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. In Umbra Mea
2. Guardian Angels
3. Rivals Forever
4. Full Moon Sacrifice
5. Ship Of Ghosts
6. Savage Requiem
7. Four Demon Kings Of Shadowlands
8. With Fire and Sword see lyric video here
9. Dragon Princess
10. Battlefield Magic

Check out "Savage Requiem" here: More...

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Dave Mustaine & Chris Adler Photographed Together

A photo that was taken on Thursday, March 19th of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler having a discussion (courtesy of Twitter user @bobbryar).

Megadeth is rumored to have hired Chris Adler and Angra's guitarist Kiko Loureiro to play on the band's new album, which is currently being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. More...

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Bitter End Posts New Video

Texas act Bitter End is streaming a clip for the new song "Power and Control" taken from the upcoming new album "Illusions of Dominance". The album was produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Piece By Piece) and will be out June 30th, 2015.

Check it out below.

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Artizan Posts New Song "Supernova"

Florida melodic metal act Artizan is streaming a new track titled "Supernova" taken from the upcoming third studio release "The Furthest Reaches". The album is set to drop on April 24th via Pure Steel Records.

Check ot now the track "Supernova" below.

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New Viral Video: “Weird Core Genres”

Today YouTuber Steve "T" Terreberry shows us some hilarious takes on some new subcore genres that have come out: geographycore, segacore, and even acousticore.

Check out the video below.

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Soilwork Drummer Posts Tracking Footage

Soilwork's drummer Dirk Verbeuren has uploaded a clip of himself tracking drums for Soilwork's upcoming 10th studio album at Ghost Ward Studio, Stockholm, Sweden with engineer David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath). And it seems to me the new album is going to be a quite speedy one....

Check it out now below.

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Sigh Posts New Clip "Out of the Grave"

Experimental metal outfit Sigh is streaming a new music video for the track "Out of the Grave" below.

This is the first single taken from Sigh's new album "Graveward," which comes out April 13th in Europe and May 4th in the U.S.

"Out of the Grave" also features some guest vocals by Trivium’s Matt Heafym who's voice is almost completely unrecognizable on this track though. Check it out below. More...

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