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Metal News for March 24, 2014

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38 news articles posted on this day.

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Unearthing More Of The Black Metal Underground

The metal phenomenon has exploded across the world in recent years, and with the advent of services like YouTube and Bandcamp there's far more music out there than any metal fan could ever hope to hear. That's why each Monday we take a look at three lesser known bands in the metalverse that you should be paying attention to.

We've covered underground black metal extensively in the past, digging up bands that specifically go for a heavily symphonic sound, black metal groups that experiment with non-traditional ideas, and even the highly misanthropic acts.

There's still quite a few underground black metal outfits that deserve a wider audience though, and today we'll cover three that each put a slightly different spin on the style.

Aurvandil

Taking a classic kvlt black metal sound, French band Aurvandil drags it out with 9 – 20 minute tracks that lull you in and perform their hypnotic black magic. Aurvandil focuses on a one-two combo, using acoustic and atmospheric segments that explode into fast paced black metal.

While the long song lengths and repetition won't work for everyone, these massive tracks are a journey worth taking if you want black metal to be lo-fi and exude a feeling of years gone past. Following the 2011 album “Yearning,” Aurvandil's latest slab of aural drudgery “Thrones” will see a digital release at the end of April.

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Miasmal Streaming "Until The Last"

Gothenburg's Miasmal has launched the first track from upcoming album, "Cursed Redeemer," which is due out April 21st in Europe and May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. Check out "Until The Last" below, thanks to Terrorizer.com.

Recorded in no more than 7 days with Fredrik Nordström at the mighty Studio Fredman, Miasmal's sophomore effort, "Cursed Redeemer," continues the band's aim of unleashing straight-forward death metal upon the masses. The track listing is as follows:

1. Cursed Redeemer
2. Call Of The Revenant
3. Whisky Train
4. Excelsior
5. A Veiled Remembrance
6. Until The Last
7. Frozen In Time
8. 2013 More...

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Arsafes Streaming "Dog Eat God"

Arsafes has a new track out now titled "Dog Eat God," taken from the "Ratocracy" album, due out May 1st. Give it a listen below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Behold The Hydrogen Dominator (Intro)
2. E.T.F.M.
3. Against The Legions
4. Piranha Pool (As Borders Collide)
5. 20 Days
6. American War Machine
7. Dog Eat God
8. Faith
9. -Secret Track-
10. Species Selector
11. Self-Destroy
12. A New Way Of Creation
Bonus Tracks
13. Cockiness (Rihanna Cover)
14. Far Beyond Metal (Strapping Young Lad Cover)
15. Drink, Fight and Fuck (GG Allin Cover)

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Crosswind Announces "Vicious Dominion" Release

Greek metal outfit Crosswind's new album "Vicious Dominion" will see release via No Remorse Records on June 23rd, 2014. The album's track listing will be as follows:

1. From Ashes Reborn
2. Lords Of Deceit
3. The Order
4. Angels At War
5. Legion Lost
6. Vicious Dominion
7. Aeons
8. Grim Steeds
9. Eye Of The Storm More...

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Arceye Releases Playthrough Video

Today U.K. death thrashers Arceye premiere a playthrough video for the title track off sophomore record "At First Light." Watch the video below, courtesy of MetalMouth.net. Arceye vocalist/bassist Al Llewellyn comments:

"'At First Light' is one of my personal favourites from the album. Technically it is a nice display of what we can do and captures the majority of what Arceye is all about. With it being the title track of the album and one we weren't wanting to make a full music video for, it seemed the obvious choice for a play-through video!

"As a musician I think it's nice to watch play-through videos of bands sitting in their rehearsal rooms without the glamour of a full production music video, it's where they spend the majority of their time writing/rehearsing the songs they play, it's honest and there's no hiding behind slick camera work or bullshit!

"Musically 'At First light' was a collective effort of all of us, it was intended as our first track/set the mood of the album song with a big build up to a fast verse then a break down mid section to get some heads banging!

"With it being the title track of the album also the lyrical content is about the road ahead/where we think we are as a band which is captured in our album artwork!" More...

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Enthroned Posts New Track Online

Belgium's black metal outfit Enthroned has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to launch a new track, "The Edge of Agony," from the band's upcoming full-length, "Sovereigns."

Stream the new song today below before "Sovereigns" hits stores on April 15th via Agonia Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Anteloquium
2. Sine Qua Non
3. Of Feathers and Flames (streaming here)
4. Lamp of Invisible Lights
5. Of Shrines and Sovereigns (available here)
6. The Edge of Agony
7. Divine Coagulation
8. Baal al-Maut
9. Nerxiarxin Mahathallah More...

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Boddah Streaming "Obligation"

Hungarian stoner grunge trio Boddah is streaming the track "Obligation" online, which comes off the band's mini EP. Check it out below. Boddah is:

Levente Blanar - vocals, guitar
Attila Balogh - bass
Dominik Dencs - drums

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Stigmhate Reveals New Album Title

Black metal outfit Stigmhate is going to release the new album "Zodacare Od Zodameranu" via Bakerteam Records. The label comments:

"Active in the extreme metal scene for the last 15 years, the band is back with their most obscure and oppressive album to date, both musically and lyrically.

"The album was recorded and mixed between Outer Sound Studios and Destroyed Studios by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Necrodeath) and Stigmhate's own guitarist Mike, and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated).

"The cover artwork and packaging was handled by renowned Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (Dimmu Borgir, Keep Of Kalessin, Dark Funeral). Some very special guest appearances by Shyaithan (Impiety) and Nachtgarm (Negator, Dark Funeral) have also been announced."

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A Breach Of Silence Posts New Music Video

A Breach of Silence has released a new music video for the band’s latest single "Night Rider," which can be seen below via Bloody-Disgusting.com.

The music video puts the viewer “in the boots” of the green-faced undead lead character, and into the action of western-style shootouts, fist fights, and a dramatic showdown. Join our heroic vigilante Night Rider as he shows a group of outlaws terrorizing a peaceful town who’s boss.

"Night Rider" pays homage to two of the band’s favorite pastimes - 1960’s classic westerns and first person shooter video games. It was directed by Steven Caldwell of Caldwell Entertainment.

"For the Night Rider video, we wanted to do a really cool story line about a character we created called Night Rider” states guitarist Mat Cosgrove. "He’s an undead cowboy whose mission is to take anyone bad or evil back to the deep dark fiery pit where he came from. We as a band use this character as a medium to tell our stories, experiences, and learning’s of life. The true meaning of the song is that, you can make mistakes, and fail at things, but it’s the mistakes and failings that make you who you are. The Night Rider is a vigilante of sorts, he is initially arrested by the law, but when some local bad guys shoot up the town and gun down the sheriff and his deputies, he’s released from prison to carry out justice and uphold the law." More...

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Enabler Announces New Album

Following recent broadcasts informing the public of Enabler's deadly revamped lineup and impending East Coast tour, the Midwest-based trio now expose the details on an upcoming second full-length release, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde."

Translated from French to signify "the absolute end of the world," the title of the new album is yet another of the band's works inspired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in this case in referencing his movie "Cigarette Burns."

"La Fin Absolue Du Monde" was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at his Austin Enterprises.

Stated founding guitarist/vocalist and chief songwriter Jeff Lohrber on the current state of Enabler: "This record is one of the proudest moments of my recording career. It's a record made by a full band, and it sounds like a band playing. That is something that is lost in modern recording and is slowly becoming a thing of the past in the modern world of music. I feel alienated by it and I'm pissed about it. I recommend turning everything all the way up while listening to it."

Further details on the release, pre-orders, and track listing are forthcoming.

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Kittie Posts Teaser Trailer

Kittie has a new teaser clip out titled "What You Always Wanted," in which the band announces big news is coming at the end of the month. Check it out below, and Kittie also comments:

"Next Saturday March 29th 2014, we are dropping the bomb! please share and spread the word This is going to be EPIC!!!! Love you guys and thank you for all your support!"

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The Unguided Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

The Unguided has posted behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Inception" music video in 11 Frames Productions studio. This new clip was edited by Richard Sjunnesson and can be viewed below.

"Inception" is taken off the band's latest album "Fragile Immortality," which was released in February of 2014.

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Scythia Gearing Up For Tour

Vancouver, BC folk metal band Scythia's upcoming trek, dubbed the “Conquest of the Northwest” tour, kicks off in Edmonton, AB on March 29th.

The tour hits ten cities in the U.S. and Canada, running sporadically through April 26th in Calgary, AB at a battle for Wacken at Vern’s.

Scythia will be touring in support of new album "...Of Conquest" and you can catch the band live on these dates:

Mar 29th: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop w/ Ides of Winter, Eye of Horus, Ironstorm
Apr 3rd: Golden, BC @ Rockwater Grill
Apr 4th: Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winkerbeans w/ Iron Kingdom, 88 Mile Trip, Alchemy Chamber
Apr 5th: Longview, WA @ L&J Grill w/ Within the Pyre, Zorakarer
Apr 7th: Seattle, WA @ Two Bit Saloon w/ Zorakarer, Fallen Angels
Apr 8th: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge w/ Gorgon Stare, Terraclipse
Apr 11th: Maple Ridge, BC @ The Wolf Bar
Apr 12th: Nelson, BC @ Kootney Co-op
Apr 19th: Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelson's Pub w/ Viathyn, Enemyus, Skymir
Apr 26th: Calgary, AB @ Vern’s w/ Wacken Battle More...

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King Parrot Adds More Tour Dates

After dismantling California and laying waste to the ears and eyes of attendees at SXSW, the Australian thrash grind miscreants in King Parrot have added additional dates to their already extensive North American tour through April. Full details are available below.

w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
3/25/2014 The Chop Shop - Charlotte, NC
3/26/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
3/27/2014 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
3/28/2014 Good Weekend - Allentown, PA
3/29/2014 Ralph's - Worcester, MA
3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
3/31/2014 Nectars - Burlington, VA More...

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Infernal Curse Announces 12" Release

Infernal Curse's "The End Upon Us" 12" MLP will be released internationally via Iron Bonehead Productions on May 16th. The label comments:

"Across four swift slices of barbaric bestiality, this Argentinean black/death power-trio paints a vivid portrait of a future most fatal. Explosions of subharmonic riff, drums driven with aninimalistic abandon, sepulchral voices plumbing the depths of the abyss, and chaotic leads divebombing into and out of the metaphysical carnage: here, Infernal Curse upratchet all the aspects that made their Awakening of the Damned debut so deadly, rendering The End Upon Us a study in deeply occult savagery."

1. The End Upon Us
2. Lascivious Malevolence
3. Waters of Phlegethon
4. La diosa del averno (Hadez cover) More...

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Sleeper Effect Signs To WormHoleDeath

London progressive metal four piece Sleeper Effect has signed a worldwide deal with Wormholedeath for the release of debut EP “Hero Clone,” due out April 13th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Fortress
2. Bullets
3. A City Burns
4. Hero Clone
5. Clown
6. Led Astray

The band states: “We are extremely happy and proud to release ‘The Hero Clone’ through Worm Hole Death. This collection of songs are very close to our hearts and to have the support and desire shown by WHD is unparalleled in giving us the confidence to push forward with this material. The team are a joy to work with and we are over the moon to have found Sleeper Effect a new home. We are looking forward to sharing our music with a wider audience and can’t wait to hit the stage to support this record.”

WormHoleDeath comments: “Sleeper Effect came to life when lead singer Adam broke his leg on the set of a zombie film. After some personal tragedies and a difficult period outside of music the rehearsal studio became the therapy room where the guys could bring their problems and work them out through the music. For these reasons their music is something true, real and beyond emotional, specially for someone like me, that have melted cds from Quicksand, Deftones, Staind, Cold and Rival Schools into the player. These guys represent another great chance of growth for our label and we will not fail them. Just check them out, they are absolutely great!!!” More...

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Ereb Altor Posts Acoustic Track Online

Ereb Altor has released an acoustic version of the track "Fire Meets Ice," which is the title track off the band's latest full-length album. The acoustic version is include as a b-side on the 7" vinyl "The Lake of Blood," and can now be heard in the player below.

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BotSC Finished Recording New Album

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, the Seattle sludge/doom band featuring frontman Tad Doyle, has posted the following update to its Witch Ape Studios page:

"Today we have finally finished all of the recording. This process has been quite a journey for us and we feel really good about the energy BotSC guitar amplifiers and emotion that we have have infused into the songs . A whole lot of heart and soul was poured into the record with many of the songs being written over six years ago.

We are grateful to all of the people who inspired us along the way and especially those who came to our shows and showed us support all along the path we have weaved. We have booked time with the inimitable Billy Anderson Producer Engine Ear and we are beyond stoked to finish the record and move on to the next phase. Artwork! Stay tuned."

Tad Doyle, who has also collaborated with Mike Scheidt and Aaron Edge in the band Lumbar, will also be appearing with BotSC at the Bleak Outlook Vol. 2 festival in Tacoma. The event will take place between April 11th-13th and will feature over 30 bands. For info on it, head over to the festival's facebook page. More...

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Septicflesh Posts In-Studio Footage

Septicflesh's forthcoming album "Titan" will hit stores on June 20th, 2014. Watch part 2 of the making-of video series below, which features drummer Fotis Benardo recording his parts. Further details on the album are forthcoming.

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Hate Recruits New Drummer

Extreme metal outfit Hate today announces the addition of drummer Pawel "Pavulon" Jaroszewicz to the group's ranks after Hexen's departure earlier this month. Hate's mainman and songwriter Atf Sinner comments:

"We are proud to inform you that Pavulon has joined Hate as a full-time drummer! I must say this was not a hard choice, because we have known Pavulon for years and always admired his dedication to the music and development he has made being in groups such as Crionics, Vader, Decapitated and Antigama. Having played a couple of shows together, we now strongly feel that he is the right man in the right place.

"I have no doubt that his drumming skills will bring in some extra power to our live sound as well as new songs. He will be appearing on the upcoming album, which will be followed up with more details soon. We have been working on the new material for months now and I am hoping we get in the studio by June and start tracking. In a few days we start European tour with Kampfar (below). Remember not to miss that!

"To sum up, I want to say we have long needed some new blood and energy and finally we got it. Now I am looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead to make HATE shine brighter than ever!" More...

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Red Dragon Cartel Releases "Shout It Out" Video

Red Dragon Cartel, the new hard rock act featuring former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee, released a second music video for the track "Shout it Out." The song appears on the self-titled debut which was issued back in January via Frontiers Records.

Check out "Shout it Out":

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Gamma Ray Streaming New Track "Avalon"

Gamma Ray is streaming the new track "Avalon," the opening track from the new album "Empire of the Undead." The album is set for release on March 28th via earMusic.

The track list is:

1. Avalon
2. Hellbent (streaming here)
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

Check out "Avalon" here: More...

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Vanna Enters The Studio

Boston’s melodic hardcore group Vanna has entered the studio to record a debut for Pure Noise Records, and 5th full-length overall, at the Machine Shop in NJ with Will Putney (Stay From The Path, Northlane, Miss May I & more).

The album is due for release this Summer. Vocalist Davey Muise comments:

“One of the things we love most about music is the freedom to try new things and mess around with new sounds and bring different elements into play. We've gotten to work with such amazing producers and engineers in the past. As we started looking towards our future and what we wanted to capture with a new record we started jamming some of out favorite sounding records of late and they all had one common denominator, Will Putney."

He continues, “Making the move to Pure Noise Records was a direction step for us that we really wanted and we needed a producer and studio that could take us to levels and places we ourselves haven't been too. Hearing Will was psyched to work with us was the icing on the cake for all involved.

"Will himself being a touring musician and really having an ear to the ground and a finger on the pulse of what's going on not only in music but the world, certainly made our mutual decision very easy. We can't wait to see what he and the staff at The Machine Shop will pull out of us this time. Except new and big things.”

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The Graviators Streaming Full Album

The Graviators will release new album "Motherload" via Napalm Records on March 31st in Europe and April 8th in North America.

Today the band has released the entire album online for advanced streaming. Check out all the tracks in the player below, thanks to TheObelisk.net. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album at this location. More...

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Protest Posts Pre-Production Footage

Texas outfit Protest has checked in with the following update about working on an upcoming album:

"Protest is in the home stretch of pre-production of the new album, working out the kinks as they say, on 14 new songs. Drum tracking officially begins in a few weeks. Here's a peek behind the curtain at this past weekends rehearsals."

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Bullet Announces New Tour Dates

The Swedish highway pirates in Bullet will hit the road again in late April. After their journey throughout Europe alongside German Metal Institution Primal Fear earlier this year, the Växjö-based quintet will head out for a few headlining dates as well as several festival encounters.

Don’t miss the chance to join in Bullet for the next round of truly beer-and sweat soaking hard rock entertainment at any of the following dates:

25.04. S Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
06.06. AT Insbruck - Weekender
07.06. I Fossalta - Red Moon Fest
08.06. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
14.06. D Weismain - Legacy Festival
10.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
11.07. D Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Festival
18.07 D Kierspe-Rönsahl - BÄÄÄM Festival
26.07. S Örebro - RockViken More...

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Five Finger Death Punch Releases New Music Video

Five Finger Death Punch has released a new music video for "House of the Rising Sun," which comes off latest album "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2."

The video is available below, and the band comments:

"We went out there with two helicopters, two gyrocopters, twenty something crazy cars, a big cast and an arsenal of cameras.

"We ended up with so much amazing material, the hardest task was to compress it down into a 3 minutes video, so we made an extended version with a long intro and we are making an even longer ‘directors cut’ as we speak…

"Until then, Five Finger Death Punch presents… 'House of the Rising Sun'... premiering NOW on VEVO!" More...

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Anti-Mortem Posts "Hate Automatic" Video

The Oklahoma natives & saviors of southern-infused hard rock in Anti-Mortem have released an acoustic performance video for the song "Hate Automatic," which can be seen below courtesy of Metalhammer.

The song comes off the band's upcoming album, "New Southern," due out in physical & digital formats on April 25th in Europe and April 29th in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by the esteemed Bob Marlette (Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown).

The track listing is as follows:

01. Words Of Wisdom
02. New Southern
03. 100% Pure American Rage (watch the video here)
04. Hate Automatic
05. Black Heartbeat
06. I Get Along With The Devil
07. Path To Pain
08. Wake Up
09. Ride Of Your Life
10. Stagnant Water
11. Truck Stop Special
12. Jonesboro

Bonus Track:
13. A Little Too Loose (MR. BIG cover) More...

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Beyond Mortal Dreams Streaming 7"

Australia's hidden jewel - the extreme death metal force known as Beyond Mortal Dreams - has just released a new seven-inch EP "Lamia" in cooperation with Lavadome Productions and Unholy Prophecies.

Featuring two tracks, it contains the brand new title track and a re-recorded version of "Demonsword Infernal," which appeared on the 2006 demo "The Demon And The Tree Of The Dead." "Lamia" is band's first offering since 2012's "Dreaming Death" EP.

The two songs on "Lamia" are now streaming below.

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Overkill Reveals Artwork & Track Listing Of New LP

Legendary thrash act Overkill unveiled the artwork and track list for the upcoming new album "White Devil Armory."

The album is due out July 18th via Nuclear Blast Records and was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely. The track list is:

1. Freedom Rings
2. Where There's Smoke...
3. Pig
4. Amorist
5. Down To The Bone
6. Bitter Pill
7. King Of The Rat Bastards
8. Another Day To Die
9. It's All Yours
10. In The Name More...

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MACH22 Posts New Video

"Sweet Talk Intervention," the debut album from Philadelphia hard rockers MACH22, will be released on May 6th. It's no wonder guitar icon Slash chose them Grand Prize Winner in Guitar Center's Onstage with Slash contest. Check out the official video for "Go Ahead" and see/hear for yourself below.

A young band, MACH22's already racked up some impressive credentials: opening for Slash, Steel Panther, Tom Keifer, Cheap Thrill, and performing for an audience of 75,000 at Jay-Z's Made in America Festival.

Founding member Lamont Caldwell is a versatile musical force. After joining the band of soul singer Bilal Oliver as a saxophonist, Lamont toured with Erykah Badu, Common, Kirk Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, and Jay-Z.

Sebastian LaBar, son of legendary guitarist Jeff LaBar (Cinderella), was personally trained by his father and quickly set out on his own.

Jaron Gulino is a skilled musician who spent time on the road with thrash and death metal bands. His own group, On Top, gained worldwide press with its debut album. An in-demand bassist, Jaron recently played several shows with Charm City Devils.

Ted Merrill may be the youngest member but he has a long list of notable credits. His previous band The Euphorics provided support for national acts Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses), Smile Empty Soul, Uli Jon Roth, Ionia, and Charm City Devils. Ted was also voted a finalist in the Mark Tremonti shredding contest by Baltimore's 98 Rock.

Drummer Damian MonteCarlo has opened for many of the bands he grew up listening to: Ratt, Skid Row, Warrant, Vince Neil,and Dokken. Before joining MACH22, Damian fronted and played guitar in numerous bands and self-produced three full-length albums and an EP.

In between tour dates, MACH22 recorded their debut album "Sweet Talk Intervention" at Sound Dragon Studios with Jeff LaBar (producer) and Ronnie Honeycutt (engineer). It was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by UE Nastasi, (AC/DC, The Ramones, Led Zeppelin).


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Sidious Posts Tour Dates

Blackened Death Metal horde Sidious (featuring Eye Of Solitude members) will embark on a four day trip across the UK in July alongside The Infernal Sea, Ethereal and Scutum Crux in support of their "Ascension to the Throne Ov Self" debut EP released on May 2013 by Kaotoxin Records.

The band is currently busy working on their debut full-length which will be produced by their EP's producer Russ Russell (Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death...) and released later this year.

Sidious has also been invited to join the bill of a very special event in September, "Wrongstock" - a festival of exclusively Russ Russell-produced artists. They will be joining the likes of Leng Tch'e, The Rotted, DripBack, Karybdis, Evil Scarecrow, Saturnian, Oaf and Shrapnel. Wrongstock will take place in London's The Underworld on September 20th.

SIDIOUS "Darkness Across UK" dates:

July 24 - Manchester @ Satan's Hollow
July 25 - Liverpool @ Lomax
July 26 - London @ Black Heart
July 27 - Birmingham @ Scruffy Murphy's More...

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Sparzanza Posts "Into The Unknown" Music Video

Swedish metal act Sparzanza released a music video for the second single from the upcoming new release "Circle." Check out "Into the Unknown" in the player below. "Circle" is the band's seventh studio release and is is set to drop via Spinefarm Records/Black Cult Records on March 28th.

The previously released single/video for "Underneath My Skin" can be seen over at this location. Check out "Into the Unknown" here:

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Gravehill Streaming New Track

California death horde Gravehill have debuted a brand new track off their highly-anticipated third full-length, "Death Curse," with Decibel Magazine.

This exclusive world premiere of the song that features guest contributions from Autopsy's Eric Cutler and Chris Reifert includes written commentary from Gravehill vocalist Mike Abominator. To check out "The Ascending Fire" visit this location and below.

"Death Curse" is set for release on April 1st via Dark Descent Records. The nine-song album will be available on CD and digital formats with vinyl treatment coming soon.

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GWAR Manager Confirms Frontman's Death

GWAR manager Jack Flanagan has confirmed the earlier reports that the band's lead singer Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, has passed away at the age of 50 in his home. A statement from the manager reads as follows:

"It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM, EST - Sunday March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed."

More information will be brought to you as soon as it becomes available.

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GWAR Frontman Reportedly Dead At 50

Update: the band's management has now issued an official statement, which can be read here.

According to various reports, GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, has been found dead in his home. He was fifty years old. Chris Bopst, a former Gwar bassist and current writer for Style Weekly stated: "I wish it was a joke. Everyone is in shock."

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," another former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop added. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe also weighed in on Brockie's passing, saying: "Got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him."

Gwar's management is expected to comment on the situation at 1pm EST today.

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Gamma Ray Posts Parts III And IV Of Interview

Gamma Ray posted parts three and four in a series of interview clips with guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen (co-Helloween founder) on the upcoming new release "Empire of the Undead." The album will be released in Europe this week (March 28th) via earMusic.

The track list for the album is:

1. Avalon
2. Hellbent (see lyric video)
3. Pale Rider
4. Born to Fly
5. Master of Confusion (see lyric video)
6. Empire of the Undead
7. Time for Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

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Qantice Posts Additional In Studio Footage

French symphonic metal act Qantice, fronted by Damnation Angels vocalist PelleK, released additional footage from the studio on the making of the sophomore album "The Phantonauts." The new footage shows the guest appearances, which include: Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Yossi Sassi (Ex-Orphaned Land), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Carole Jarrot, Dimitri Halby and Pierre Mercuriali.

The album will be released on April 7th (EU), and an unspecified date in May for the USA. It is available now in Japan.

The track list for "The Phantonauts" is:

1. Bygones
2. Epic Fail (streaming here)
3. Hoverland
4. Phantonaut
5. Slayers' Jig
6. The Last Circus
7. Giant of Embers
8. Swansong by Syphelia
9. The Gest of Nekroxyter
10. Stars
11. Mild Illusion

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