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Metal News for March 23, 2015

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Otep Drops Off Tour, Alleges Sexual Assault

Update: Terror Universal has now parted ways with its front man without stating a specific reason for the split, but it appears likely to be triggered by these events.

Otep has dropped off The Civil Unrest Tour due to issues with another band slated to be on the bill, with front woman Otep Shamaya alleging sexual assault on the part of that group's front man. The Otep Facebook page released this message to fans:

"Before the rumor mill begins: We dropped off the Civil Unrest tour because Terror Universal's molester singer violently grabbed my crotch on our last tour. He’s a drunken joke and a fucking scumbag. He’s lucky security handled it before I or my band could.

"We gave them a shot to play in front of our fans and we were repaid by this drunken jackass violating me during the meet and greet in front of our fans.

"We made it very clear that we will never play any show that has Terror Universal on it. We don’t tolerate any kind of passive sexual violence. We owe that to our fans and I never want to experience anything like that again especially from an opening act we were trying to help by giving them exposure to our TRIBE.

"We will be headlining in May-June and give the TRIBE a proper RIOT without any pants rapists on the bill. Onwards & upwards."

However it appears not everyone agrees with Otep's recounting of events, as The Civil Unrest Tour's Facebook page was just updated with this message in response: More...

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Scale The Summit Names New Album

Scale The Summit - which just recruited new drummer J.C. Bryant - has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album:

"Our new shreddin' album will be titled 'V,' due out this Summer via Prosthetic Records. We wrapped up the recording process a few days ago and now will have the amazing Jamie King mix this bad boy. Can't put into words how excited we are about this material! Artwork reveal coming soon!" More...

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More Bands Added To Obscene Extreme

And the brutality keeps on coming: Obscene Extreme America has added more bands to this year's line up for its fest taking place from August 20th - 23rd in Montreal, QC. Newly announced this week are the following groups:

Aggression
Trap Them
Deboned
Mesrine
Biological Montrosity
Soil Of Ignorance
Morpheus Descends

The previously announced lineup includes:

Agathocles
Corrupt Leaders
Creative Waste
Department Of Correction
Dropdead
Fuck The Facts
Full Of Hell
Goemagot
Inhumate
Magrudergrind
Malignancy
Psycho
Putrescence
M.o.d. Aka Method Of Destruction
Mother Brain
Saccage
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench More...

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Chaotic Years Posts Album Trailer

Symphonic metal outfit Chaotic Years has a teaser trailer online for a track off the band's upcoming album, which can be heard below. Chaotic Years also comments:

"Hello, everyone. We're proud to let you all know that we have finished our debut album and this video is a preview of its second track, 'Chaos.'

"The title of the album is 'Elegies of the Distant.' We, as a band, are looking for means to release this by at the moment, and we SO look forward to letting you all have this as soon as possible. Have a great week."

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Nobuna Posts New Single

Bangkok-based, post-hardcore five-piece Nobuna just released a new single online for streaming titled "The Rise."

The new single was produced, mixed, and mastered by Tunwa Ketsuwan at FinedayHigh Studios and can be heard in the YouTube player below.

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Craniumblast Streams "Singularity" Album

Craniumblast is a six piece blackened death / industrial metal band hailing from Finland and founed in 2007.

The band's latest album "Singularity," released last year, has now made its way online and can be heard in full below or picked up at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is:

1. I Remain 05:17
2. Shockwaves 05:16
3. Crania 07:22
4. Trinity 05:27
5. Serpent Ethos 04:54
6. Sea of Trees 05:40
7. A Universe Apart 05:29
8. Vultures 03:46
9. Pillars of Dread 03:56
10. We Built This Pity 05:04
11. Singularity 06:30 More...

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Voice Of The Soul Streams Full Album Online

Voice Of The Soul is set to unleash debut full-length album "Catacombs" in a mere matter of days and today the outfit, hailing from the Middle East, has teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com to offer a pre-release aural assault streaming the album in its entirety. Give it a listen below.

Vocalist and guitarist Kareem Chehayeb comments on the latest offering from the band: "The band started off as a straight up melodic death metal band, 'Catacombs' took on a different shift. The thrash has virtually disappeared from our sound on this album and riffs have some added 'colour' now which was inspired by bands like Opeth, Gojira, Daylight Dies, and various jazz bands that really inspired me to start writing metal again. 'Catacombs' also introduces occasional clean vocals, as well as more doom metal on some tracks." More...

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Die Choking Gearing Up For Mini Tour

Die Choking will enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) on April 1st to lay down thirteen tracks for a debut LP.

The Philly trio will also take grindblasting mayhem out on a four-city run this week alongside NYC death henchmen, with shows in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey between this Thursday, March 26th and Sunday the 29th.

In May, Die Choking raids the Midwest for shows in Milwaukee and Indianapolis surrounding a performance at No Tomorrow Fest in Appleton, Wisconsin joining MDC, Channel 3, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat and more, after which another run through NYC, New England and more awaits.

3/26/2015 Main Manor - New Castle, DE w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace
3/27/2015 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45
3/28/2015 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA - all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry
3/29/2015 The Meatlocker - Monclair, NJ - all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot
4/25/2015 Ortleibs - Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 Bremen Cafe - Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest - Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement
5/03/2015 Spunk Manor - Indianapolis, IN w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 - Brooklyn, NY w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl
5/15/2015 TBA New England
5/16/2015 TBA New England

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Thee Massacre Seeks Fan Help After Van Break-In

Thee Massacre has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help with recovery costs after the band's van was broken into. You can contribute at this location, and the band also had this to say:

"Recently our van / home away from home, was broken into and robbed. We thought that this was something that we could deal with on our own, but after learning of the cost to repair the van and replace the stolen and damaged items, it is truly a circumstance that we cannot bear the weight of by ourselves.

"So we are asking for your help, family, friends, fans, and anyone that even remotely likes what we do, and would like to see us continue to be able to do so at the highest level possible.

"We have some big plans for the summer kicking off with a big tour announcement coming soon, as well as plans for our first full length album. In order to make it all happen, we humbly ask for your help." More...

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Ektomorf Announces First U.S. Tour

Hungarian groove outfit Ektomorf will be coming to the U.S. in April and May for a headline tour, with support from Section6. Dates on the trek are as follows:

Apr 23 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
Apr 24 TBA Los Angeles, CA
Apr 25 LVCS, Las Vegas, NV
Apr 26 The Other Place Modesto, CA
Apr 28 Blue Lamp Sacramento, CA
Apr 29 The Maltese Chico, CA
Apr 30 3rd Street Pub Bend, OR
May 01 Duffy's Hangar Salem, OR
May 02 Louis G's Fife
May 03 The Hop Spokane, WA
May 05 The Dark Horse Missoula, MT
May 06 Machinery Row Great Falls, MT
May 07 The Railyard Billings, MT
May 08 Killpeppers Rocksprings
May 09 SEIRAM Fest Idaho Falls
May 10 Drive Bar Garden City More...

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Cradle Of Filth Shooting New Video

Cradle Of Filth - which is currently embroiled in the mixing stage of new opus nocturne "Hammer Of The Witches" - was assembled this weekend on the coast of Suffolk, England, undertaking a video for the forthcoming single "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" with director Sam Scott-Hunter. The 'Filth had this to say about the upcoming clip:

"The ultra-frenetic performance took place over two days at the former U.S. military base of Bentwaters, Rendlesham Forest (site of the UK's most prolific UFO encounter), firstly in an old fire station now used primarily in the film industry, and then in a creepy looking hangar that was once used for testing fighter jet engines...

"More pictures from the video shoot to follow as the week progresses. Tomorrow, some kinky bondage is being filmed on a farmstead near the Duxford war museum. Don't ask...." More...

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Nocturnalia Streaming Full New Album

"Above Below Within" is the second full-length album by Swedish psychedelic rock quintet Nocturnalia (formerly known as Nocturnal).

The album was recorded and mixed by the band's newly added guitarist Linus Lundgren at studio Ganymeden in Linköping during the Summer of 2014.

Unlike the last recording, Nocturnalia also decided to produce the album by itself, leaving a more personal mark on the final outcome. The track listing is as follows:

1. Vandringen 02:14
2. Within His Lies 04:51
3. The Watchman 04:31
4. Lady Of The Woods 07:35
5. Sing To Sleep My Soul 06:55
6. The Stone 05:24
7. Towards The End 07:30 More...

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Veil Of Maya Posts New Video

Veil Of Maya's new album "Matriarch" is coming out May 12th, 2015 and pre-orders are now available online at this location.

A new video off the album for the track "Mikasa" can also be seen below. The clip was produced and directed by Ramon Boutviseth and features tribal fusion dancer Natsumi Suzuki and fire dancer Yoko Morimoto.

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Nachtgeschrei Recruits New Member

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about Nachtgeschrei recruiting a new member:

"Nachtgeschrei is complete again! After the departure of Joe, who fulfilled his lifetime dream and emigrated to the other end of the world, the septet recently introduced their newest band member Lauren 'Laui' Weser! She will play the hurdy-gurdy, flute and will also sing!

"The young folk musician, who was already an active member in Des Teufels Lockvögel and Fiolka, will make her live debut on April 18th in Munich, Germany."

Nachtgeschrei also added: "We are beyond excited to have found a wonderful and creative partner in crime and we already have a lot of plans with her!"

Laui had this to say: "The guys welcomed me with open arms, and I can't wait to rock out on stage with them! I know that I've got big shoes to fill, but please be sure that Nachtgeschrei will always stay true to themselves!" More...

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Kataklysm Unveils New Album Artwork

Kataklysm today reveals explosive artwork for the upcoming album "Of Ghosts And Gods," which can be seen below. Nuclear Blast comments:

"The artwork was created by the dark and macabre artist from Ocvlta Designs.

"The new Kataklysm cover art echoes a sinister artwork depicting the reality of humanity’s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the Mortal and the Everlasting. The background shows an ancient Incantation written in Aramaic."

Upcoming album "Of Ghosts And Gods" is set for a worldwide release on July 31st via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Crystal Ball Welcomes You To "Paradise"

Your prayers have been heard: the new Crystal Ball song "Paradise" is now available for streaming below.

The band’s new album "LifeRider" was produced, mixed, and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O.). Thomas Ewerhard created the cover artwork.

The album will feature a duet with Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo as well as guest musician Stefan Kaufmann on acoustic guitar. "LifeRider" will be released on May 22nd, 2015 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks. More...

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Cyrence Taking A Trip To "The Hospital"

Munich's melodic thrash metal outfit Cyrence will release new EP "The Hospital" on March 27th, 2015. Check out the title track below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. A New Beginning...
2. Dystopia
3. This Life
4. The Hospital
5. I Won't Fall
6. You Kill Me
7. Purity Control More...

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Aggression Checks In From The Road

The recently reformed Canadian outfit Aggression has been slaying stages on the "Forsaken East Coast Survival" tour, and now the band has released a road report for the fans via CrownOfViserys.com.

The U.S. tour kicked off earlier this March at the 2015 edition of Defenders of The Old Festival in Brooklyn, NY. These were Aggression's first series of shows since 2005, where the band reunited at the Montreal Metal Massacre. You can still catch the last night of the tour:

March 23 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar

Aggression had this to say about recent tour dates: More...

Read the full article at Crown Of Viserys.

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Impellitteri Announces Vinyl Release

Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the upcoming Impellitteri album "Venom."

A deal was inked with Frontiers Records for the vinyl edition and the release dates are set to May 29th for Europe and July 7th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics. 350 copies come with a standard black disc and 150 copies with a white disc.

"Venom" is available for pre-ordering at this location and the track listing is as follows:

Side A
01. Venom
02. Empire Of Lies
03. We Own The Night
04. Nightmare
05. Face The Enemy
06. Domino Theory

Side B
01. Jehova
02. Rise
03. Time Machine
04. Holding On
05. Rock Through The Night
06. Reach For The Sky More...

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Claustrofobia Releasing DVD

South America’s Claustrofobia has now released details on a DVD being released to coincide with the "Visceral European" tour and also to celebrate twenty years of bringing punishing thrash from Brazil to the worldwide stage.

Comments vocalist and guitarist Marcus D’Angelo: “The DVD, 'Visceral 20 Years,' is a résumé of our career up until now, it also closes one circle and another begins. It was produced totally independently; there is no major company involved.

“'Visceral 20 Years' includes live material recorded at Peste Fest plus documentary material, with many images and videos that were never published before. There are also all our video clips and other bonus materials. It’s very special to be able to share to both old and new fans alike a bit of these last 20 years.”

For a hint of what fans can expect from the DVD, check out the recently released video "Metal Malóka" below. The DVD, produced and edited by Studio Kaiowas and mixed by Ciero of Da Tribo studios, will be available during the coming tour.

Marcus also comments on the upcoming shows: “Get ready for brutal metal with real feeling from the fucking third world! We are gonna put the mosh pit on fire so pay attention and join us.” More...

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Helfir Unveils New Album Artwork

Helfir today reveals full details on upcoming album "Still Bleeding," due to drop on April 13th, 2015 via My Kingdom Music. The track listing and artwork can be seen below, and My Kingdom also comments:

"The decadence and the melancholy have a new great interpreter: its name is Helfir! A personal sound made of contamination of acoustic dark rock melodies and gloomy sounds will stand at the deep heart of each listener with alienating atmospheres in the best Antimatter, Anathema and Porcupine Tree tradition."

1. Oracle
2. My Blood
3. In The Circle
4. Alone
5. Dresses Of Pain
6. Black Flame
7. Portrait Of A Son
8. Where Are You Now?
9. Night And Deceit More...

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One-Eyed Doll Releasing "Witches"

Austin, TX outfit One-Eyed Doll will release new album "Witches" via Standby Records on March 24th. A support tour for the album is also in full swing and will run through May 1st - see below for all dates.

"Witches" is a concept album based on historical research of the Salem witch hysteria. Many of the lyrics are direct quotes from the original handwritten witch trial court documents. The songs explore different personal accounts from real people and touches on theories about why it happened. It's meant to be listened to in one sitting, from beginning to end, like a movie.

"Even though this is probably our heaviest album yet, it was written almost completely on banjo and mandolin in the Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz, CA," drummer Junior Sewell boasts. "It has this great 'forest metal' vibe. It was also all written at once with several melodic themes that appear throughout the album."

The album's track listing is:

01. Ember
02. Prayer
03. Black In The Rye
04. A Rope For Mary
05. More Weight
06. Remember
07. Witch Hunt
08. Stillness
09. Afflicted
10. Sorrow
11. The Ghosts Of Gallows Hill More...

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Klone Posts New Album Trailer

Klone, hailing from the picturesque city of Poitiers, France, will release "Here Comes The Sun" on April 27th via Klonosphere / Pelagic Records. A teaser trailer is available below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Immersion (streaming here)
2. Fog
3. Gone Up In Flames
4. The Drifter
5. Nebulous (streaming here)
6. Gleaming
7. Grim Dance
8. Come Undone
9. The Last Experience
10. Summertime More...

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Witches Mark Live Footage Available

Carlos Morales at FrioMortuorio has released footage of Witches Mark performing live in Portland, Oregon at the Ash St. Saloon. Check it out below. You can also stream the band's entire "Witching Metal Ritual" album online by heading over to this location.

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Mutank Announces New Shows

Montreal based thrash outfit (and 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada champion) Mutank is hitting the road for the following dates in support of the "M.E.C.H. Metal" album:

March 28 - Toronto, ON - Bovine Sex Club w/ Black Absinthe, Python
April 25 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf w/ Smirking Revenge
May 9 - Sherbrooke, QC w/ Dealer, Cross Bones, Sights of War
May 23 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf w/ Accursed Creation, Volatile, Sludgehammer

In additional news, Mutank recently announced new guitarist Jordan Kelly to the line up after co-founding member Steven "Steve-In" Breen decided to part ways with the band in January. More...

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Torture Pulse Signs With Xtreem Music

The Finnish death metal veterans from Torture Pulse have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming 2nd album, which is currently being completed and will be entitled "God Leash."

Torture Pulse was formed back in 2005 featuring members from Mythos, Belial & Impaled Nazarene. A release date, advance song, and full track listing for "God Leash" will be announced shortly. In the mean time, check out the "Devilroot" EP below. More...

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Rise To Fall Announces "End Vs Beginning"

Spanish modern melodeath group Rise To Fall's new album entitled "End Vs Beginning" will be released on June 9th, 2015 via Coroner Records.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. A teaser clip can be seen below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. End Vs Beginning
2. The Threshold
3. Plastic Scene
4. Burning Signs
5. Parasites
6. Rise Without Drama
7. Thunders Of Emotions Beating
8. Murk Empire
9. Against All Odds
10. Dark Clowns Leading Blinds
11. Emptiness
12. Welcome To...
13. ...The Refuge
14. Unspeakable Sins
15. Sustension More...

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SXSW 2015 Day Three: Tone Deaf Touring Showcase

A little bit of rain didn’t stop SXSW attendees from once again packing the Dirty Dog Bar down on Sixth Street this Friday. While the Metal Sucks showcase was heavy on tech death bands, the Tone Deaf Touring showcase included down tempo acts The Skull and Weedeater. Before those acts took the stage, though, progressive instrumentalists Stinking Lizaveta opened the show. The Philadelphia, Ohio based band has fifteen years of touring American and European audiences. This longevity showed in the trio’s tightness. Their female drummer played hard sticking tightly to the bassist who played an upright bass. The guitarist adeptly traversed his fret board. They received a good response from the small crowd. More...

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Scythian Reveals New Album Cover

U.K. death metal outfit Scythian (not to be confused with Canada's Scythia) has revealed the cover and track listing for "Hubris in Excelsis," the band's second album, which is set to be released later this year by Hells Headbangers.

Painted by esteemed underground artist Blanka Dvorak, the cover art (as well as interior art) to "Hubris in Excelsis" is rich with imagery influenced by morbid, dystopian sci-fi and resonates with the album's latent lyrical themes. Six images have been created in total, and all will grace the layout of the album, which will be released on CD and vinyl editions, with both the CD and 12" gatefold vinyl (with poster) formats having their own unique respective layout.

1. Beyond the Dust...
2. Hubris in Excelsis
3. Apocalyptic Visions
4. As Tyrants Feast...
5. Penultimate Truth : Ultimate Deceit
6. The Laws...
7. Three Stigmata
8. War Graves (Dulce et Decorum Est...)
9. Dystopia More...

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God's Hate Streaming "Father Inferior"

Kicking off the week with a brutalizing slab of revulsion, Southern California outfit God's Hate has released the title track to the impending "Father Inferior" 7" through the aid of Bloody Disgusting (give it a listen below).

"Father Inferior" is the lead song from the impending single of the same name, which is set to strike in April. Recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by Taylor Young, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige, this A-side destroyer is the perfect introduction to God's Hate's ssacrilegious, low-end thunder. You can also catch the band live:

3/27/2015 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA @ United Blood IX
4/12/2015 Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY w/ Disgrace
4/13/2015 Bogies - Albany, NY w/ Disgrace
4/14/2015 Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC w/ Disgrace
4/15/2015 SHIBGB's - Toronto, ON w/ Disgrace
4/16/2015 Ocean Garden - Buffalo, NY w/ Disgrace
4/17/2015 The Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA w/ Nails, Incendiary, Disgrace
4/18/2015 The Palladium - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest More...

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Dark Void Releasing Debut EP

Cypriot thrash metal group Dark Void has announced debut EP "Release the Kraken" will be self-released on April 3rd. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Calling themselves Badass Thrash and describing their influences from Slayer to Vivaldi, Dark Void are indeed a force to be reckoned with, despite their young age. Listening to their massive thrash sound one would find it hard to believe that the band members' average age is just 17!

"Formed in late 2013 as a group of friends getting together just to have fun by playing some of their favorite classic thrash metal songs, they soon after decided to take things a bit more seriously.

"In the Spring of 2014 the band recorded a demo which secured them an opening slot for the June 2014 Sepultura concert in Cyprus and since then Dark Void have been on an endless ride gaining tremendous momentum and establishing a strong fan base with one gig after another. Parallel to this ride, they also worked on their debut EP, which is now finally ready to be unleashed.

"Release the Kraken will be directly available from the band on CD in a limited pressing and the band will be presenting it live on release date at Rock City Bar in Nicosia, Cyprus. The EP which features six tracks, was recorded at Soundwave Studios and it was mastered by Colm O'Rourke. The amazing cover artwork was created by Remedy Art Design." More...

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Vetten Äpärät Releasing New Single

Inverse Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single and album from Vetten Äpärät:

"Surfacing from Helsinki, Finland Vetten Äpärät is a six member folk metal band founded in 2006. They consider themselves to be the second generation of Finnish folk metal as they were influenced by the Finnish pioneer bands that came before them. Wanting to take the genre to the next level Vetten Äpärät are currently creating a folk metal lifestyle that goes beyond just playing and recording music.

"Their music is built on the strong base of Nordic melodic metal ranging from skull crushing low tuned sounds to traditional folk melodies. The vocals bring the message of the harsh but beautiful life in the realm of north. Visually their goal is to create an authentic theatre-like concept. The band has found their style from the flora and fauna of the creatures and elements in folklore like dryads.

"In 2011 and 2012 Vetten Äpärät recorded two demos (Demo 2011 and Taru 2012) as a five piece unit. After their original bassist left in the spring of 2013 the band went through changes in their concept. By the end of the year the band got a new bass player and recruited a completely new member for lead guitars which changed Sami's role in the band to just vocals and flutes. With the new line-up Vetten Äpärät recorded their debut single 'Sydäntalven Viha' in 2014.

"The single will be released at 27th of March 2015. Vetten Äpärät is currently preparing it's debut album to be released in Autumn 2015." More...

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Monolord Streaming "We Will Burn"

Swedish trio Monolord return with "Vænir" on April 28th (RidingEasy Records), with the song “We Will Burn” streaming now below, courtesy of Cvlt Nation.

“’We Will Burn’ is pure misanthropy,” said Monolord drummer Esben Willems. “It deals with the disgust for what we humans do to ourselves and to our own planet. No matter how clear the results are to us, we seem to be selectively ignorant to the fact that we are a self-destructive breed and that we are digging each other's graves. It's not a matter of if, but when. We WILL burn and we're heading there at blinding speed. On top of that, mentioning that fact is severely threatening to a lot of people - actually to the vast majority - so any attempt to slow down that man-made apocalypse is beaten down on, hard.”

The "Vænir" track listing is as follows:

1. Cursing The One
2. We Will Burn
3. Nuclear Death
4. Died a Million Times
5. The Cosmic Silence
6. Vænir More...

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Miracle Master Announces New Vocalist

German heavy rockers Miracle Master have announced the new vocalist will be Ecki Singer (ex-Silverlane). The band is working now on the sophomore album, to be released in fall of this year. Live shows with Singer have been booked for this summer.

The band commented: “We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Ecki Singer into the band as vocalist. Ecki has really been a breath of fresh air for us, his voice add more modern dimensions to our sound.”

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Ilium Streams New Song "Orbiting A Sun Of Sadness"

Australian power metal act Ilium is streaming the new track "Orbiting A Sun of Sadness." The song is taken from the new album "My Misanthropia," which will drop digitally tomorrow, March 24th via Nightmare Records. The first CD version (only 1000 copies) will be released as a "Limited Edition Double Digipak" including bonus CD "Wendigo" (5 Tracks) including three originals and two very special remakes; "Tragedy" - (The Bee Gee's) and "Love is All" - (Roger Glover/Ronnie James Dio).

The album features new vocalist Lance King (Gemini, Lance King, ex-Pyramaze). The track listing is as follows:

1. My Misanthropia
2. Quetzalcoatl
3. Penny Black
4. Lingua Franca
5. Godless Theocracies
6. The Hatchling
7. Orbiting A Sun Of Sadness
8. Zenith To Zero
9. Yuletide Ebbs
10. The Cryptozoologist

Check out the track here: More...

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Kiske/Somerville Releases New Music Video

Kiske/Somerville, the union of ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske (Place Vendome/Avantasia) and Trilium founder Amanda Somerville (Avantasia), released a music video for the new track "Walk On Water." The song is lifted from the upcoming new sophomore studio release "City of Heroes," which drops on April 17th via Frontiers Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. City of Heroes
2. Walk on Water
3. Rising Up
4. Salvation
5. Lights Out
6. Breaking Neptune
7. Ocean of Tears
8. Open Your Eyes
9. Last Goodbye
10. After the Night Is Over
11. Run with a Dream
12. Right Now

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Bloodlost Posts New Music Video "Legion From Hell"

Swiss thrash metal act Bloodlost released a music video for the new track "Legion From Hell." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Evil Origins," which will be released soon via Massacre Records. "Evil Origins" is the first release since 2011's "Trashell."

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Furor Gallico Posts New Lyric Video

Italian folk metal act Furor Gallico posted a new lyric video for the track "Wild Jig Of Beltaine." The song is taken from the latest album "Songs From the Earth," which was issued last month via Scarlet Records.

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Thunderstone Posts Teaser Clip Of New Single

Finnish metal act Thunderstone posted a preview clip of the band's upcoming new single/music video "Fire and Ice." The single is the first glimpse at the return of original vocalist Pasi Rantanen, who left after the 2007 release "Evolution 4.0." Rantanen replaces outgoing vocalist Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance).

The single and album have been mastered at Chartmakers with Svante Forsbäck, also known for his work with Rammstein, Volbeat, and Apocalyptica among others. The drop date for the single and new album has not yet been revealed.

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The Gentle Storm Premieres "Shores Of India" Video

The Gentle Storm (the new project of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) premiered the music video for the new track "Shores of India" over at The Age of Metal at this location (also in the player below).

The song appears on the debut album "The Diary." The album is set for release today in Europe and on March 24th (USA/World) via InsideOut Music. A review for the album can be viewed over here.

The track listing for "The Diary" is as follows:

CD1 : Gentle

1. Endless Sea (gentle version) 05:59
2. Heart of Amsterdam (gentle version) 06:36
3. The Greatest Love (gentle version) 04:08
4. Shores of India (gentle version) 06:40
5. Cape of Storms (gentle version) 05:28
6. The Moment (gentle version) 06:08
7. The Storm (gentle version) 05:56
8. Eyes of Michiel (gentle version) 03:56
9. Brightest Light (gentle version) 04:46
10. New Horizons (gentle version) 05:24
11. Epilogue: The Final Entry (gentle version) 02:02 More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Details "Prometheus" LP

The creators of cinematic metal are finally back with their most outstanding record: "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus," which is set to be released on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK), June 30th (US) by Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order your copy at this location.

The album was composed and produced once again by Luca Turilli, responsible, as always for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire a.o.) and mastered by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock a.o.) at MSM studios.

Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mix, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Dan Lucas (Karo) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69). Including 70 minutes of epic music, sounding cinematic, bombastic and dramatic as never before, the new Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody masterwork will lead the listener to an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.

And this time it was not enough for the band to simply sound cinematic. It came the time for Rhapsody to finally “look” cinematic too. Therefore, the new cover artwork and the album booklet, introducing the new cinematic graphic style of the band, were realized by the well-known amazing artist named Stefan “Heile” Heilemann (Epica, Lindemann a.o.).

The digipak version of the album will include the cinematic version of "Thundersteel," the famous song of Riot, performed by the Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY singer Alessandro Conti in duet with Ralf Scheepers!

The first single, entitled "Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross)" will be released on April 24th, 2015. The long-awaited orchestral ballad "Fantasia Gotica," not included in the full length album, will be released as a bonus song before the same album release. More news will follow soon on how to get it for free! More...

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Eden's Curse Posts "No Holy Man" Live Clip

U.K. hard rock act Eden's Curse released another live clip from the new release "Live With the Curse." Check out "No Holy Man" (from the 2011 album "Trinity"). The live release dropped on March 14th in Europe and is set to be issued on April 14th in the USA via AFM Records.

The clip and album were recorded live at The Classic Grand in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday 28th November. It was mixed and mastered by the bands long term engineer Dennis Ward (Krokus/Angra/Unisonic).

The track list for the double live CD is:

Disc 1:

1. Symphony of Sin
2. Break the Silence
3. Masquerade Ball
4. Black Widow
5. Trinity
6. Fly Away
7. Just Like Judas
8. Fallen From Grace
9. Jerusalem Sleeps
10. Guitar Solo
11. Time to Breathe More...

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Shattered Posts New Lyric Video

Shattered a technical death metal outfit hailing from Würzburg, Germany is streaming a new lyric video for the song titled "Bipolar Disorder" taken from the album "New Atlantis".

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Lay Siege Posts Entire Debut Album

U.K. metal act Lay Siege is streaming the entire debut album "Hopeisnowhere", which is released today via Lifeforce Records. Comments vocalist Carl Brown: " This album has been a long time coming so to finally have it released and through a label like Lifeforce is amazing for us. We’re all extremely proud of the songs and also of the sound of the album and we can’t wait to share it with everyone."

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Crimson Swan Posts Music Video

Crimson Swan, a melodic funeral doom outfit hailing from Hamburg, Germany, is streaming a new music video for the track "Accusations". "Accusations" is taken from the band's debut album "Unlit" which was released on March 13 via Quality Steel Records.

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Zatokrev Posts New Song

Zatokrev is streaming a first new track titled "Bleeding Island" taken from the Swiss band's fourth effort "Silk Spiders Underwater…". The new album is scheduled to be released on April 13 via Candlelight Records.

Check out now "Bleeding Island" below.

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