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Metal News for March 25, 2014

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Konkeror To Release Debut Album

Lacerated Enemy Records is re-launching Konkeror's debut "The Abysmal Horizons" on May 15th, 2014. The label comments:

"Konkeror has made a mark with its unique brand of atmospheric and progressive death metal, rife with activity and enthusiasm. Lacerated Enemy Records is set to release the band's debut album which is evidently the next level in the evolution of this style, encompassing all elements that makes this style great, keeping it vicious, melodic and brutal, all at once. Konkeror is that kind of band.

"Konkeror's Lacerated Enemy Records version will be promoted thoroughly around the world, will feature bonus tracks including a Bolt Thrower cover, not to mention brand new artwork specially for this release which will be on CD format, limited edition digipack and will have renewed digital distribution worldwide."

Pre-orders are available here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. I,Monolithic
2. Towers
3. Incantations
4. Beyond The Abysmal Horizons
5. Creator - Destroyer
6. Usurpers Of The Primal Womb
7. The Pillars Of Creation
8. ...And The Cosms Flow Eternal More...

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Pit Stories: Trollfest's Figure 8 Pit

Tuesday has rolled around again, which means it's time to hear another Pit Story, this time from Norwegian outfit Trollfest. The band shares this story of a figure-8 pit breaking out in Austria:

Once upon a time in Austria, on the road with Korpiklaani, the trolls were trying to breathe some life into a slightly scattered crowd. It was time for “Der Jegermeister,” which is ALWAYS accompanied by a circle pit, usually of violent proportions. But there was no room! The concert hall consisted of several huge concrete columns of death!

The creative side of Trollmannen was let loose, and he went on a passionate rant that seemed to take on a life of its own. “Can you do it around the columns? We’ll have one there, and one over there.” Said the energetic frontman, pointing. The crowd cheered. “Fuck it, can you do it in a figure of 8!?” Trollmannen was inventing on the spot. “Allright, let’s do a circle-of-8 pit! I have to work on the name, but this is going to be legendary!”

Some hard core metal heads were already trembling with anticipation, wanting the song to start ASAP! “This song is called Der Jegermeister!!” roared the bearded Norwegian, and Trollfest went head first into one of their classic neck breakers. And yes, Trollmannen’s faith in the Austrian fans paid of and a fantastic 8-pit ensued! Some blood was probably spilled and some teeth left home, but it was worth knowing that we invented a new game to play!
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Boris The Blade Releases New Music Video

Boris The Blade has a new video clip out now for "Desolation," taken from "The Human Hive" album, due out May 12th, 2014. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Serpents Crown
2. Spawn Of Agony
3. Mortal Procession
4. Atrophy
5. Desolation
6. Malevolent
7. Ritual
8. The Human Hive
9. Eternal Ruin
10. Eulogy

Bonus tracks
11. Like Wolves
12. A Vulgate Prophet
13. For The Wretched
14. Wastelands
15. Your Last Breath
16. Tides Of Damnation More...

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Skinfather Releasing Debut LP

Southern California's terrorizing death metal cult Skinfather will release its debut LP this Spring via Streetcleaner Records. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Brandishing a name inspired from one of the genre's best bands in their prime, Dismember, the fairly new outfit, Skinfather, is unapologetically heavily inspired by the act and their fellow 1990's Stockholm counterparts, delivering an only slightly modernized version of what that scene's infinitely influential early supply of death metal provided.

"With a slick, antagonistic approach, Skinfather has decimated audiences around their locale over the past three years, having released several singles and EPs. Now in 2014, the band is taking it to the next level on both the live and release fronts, with new tour actions and the news of their debut LP now upon us.

"On April 22nd, Skinfather will release its debut album, None Will Mourn, on 12" LP via Todd Jones of Nails' DIY label, Streetcleaner Records, and on iTunes/Spotify. The album dispatches nine hard-edged hymns delivered with a cool, calculated, cavernous production, but not without an undercurrent of raging insanity buried under the onslaught of downtuned riff devastation. None Will Mourn was engineered by Taylor Young from Nails, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and features equally bold visual aesthetics courtesy of Raul Gonzalez." More...

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Nonpoint Signs To Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is excited to announce that Nonpoint will join its global roster of artists. Metal Blade will serve as the label home for the band worldwide.

"This is a dream situation for us. Just getting an offer from Metal Blade. We've always needed a team behind us outside of the U.S. It's a great feeling knowing you now have the best team possible." says Elias Soriano, the band's vocalist.

Drummer Robb Rivera comments: "We are excited to not only get THE worldwide label of labels to release our album outside of the US, but to be part of a family now that has pretty much set the bar for metal releases for 30 plus years. Needless to say, extremely excited to be able to get our music to the fans outside of the US through the team that helped launch Metallica."

Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records adds, "All of us at Metal Blade are happy to welcome Nonpoint to the Metal Blade family. We are excited to work with them and the bit of new material I heard sounds great!!"

Nonpoint's eighth full-length album is scheduled for release this Fall, with further details forthcoming.

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Crystal Tears Posts "Beds Are Burning" Music Video

Greek metal act Crystal Tears, fronted by Danish vocalist Soren Adamsen (Dignity/Ex-Artillery), posted a new music video for the track "Beds Are Burning," the band's cover of the Midnight Oil classic. The track appears on the new album "Hellmade," which drops in Europe on March 28th via Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Hellmade" is:

1. Destination Zero
2. The Skies Are Bleeding
3. Out of the Shadows (see music video)
4. The Devil Inside
5. Resurrection Suicide
6. Psycho Pollution
7. Under Your Skin
8. Violent New Me
9. Ever Alone
10. Rock n Growl
11. Beds Are Burning (Midnight Oil Cover)

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Playing Enemy Album Getting Vinyl Treatment

The newly launched Detroit-based Corpse Flower Records is extremely pleased to release the vinyl edition of "I Was Your City" from defunct hardcore act Playing Enemy.

Initially released on Hawthorne Street Records nearly a decade ago, the Corpse Flower edition of "I Was Your City" was mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst etc.) with design/layout by Demian Johnston and is limited to three hundred hand numbered copies on white vinyl.

Ordering info is available here, and the track listing is as follows:

Side A
1. Cancer
2. Jade
3. Monaco
4. This Happened
5. My Life As An Echo
6. The End Of Something
Side B
7. Must Bring Own Weapon.
8. And The Engine
9. Angels In A Trailer
10. A Thousand Victories
11. Capricorn

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Edenfall Streaming New Track

U.K. gothic doom act Edenfall is streaming the new track "She Brings the Winter." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies," the band's sophomore LP, which is due out on May 12th via Ravenheart Music. The album marks the first release for members: Marcelo Teixeira (drums) and Sean Brazil (bass), both joined the band in 2013 and Steve Mercy (guitars), who joined the band earlier this year.

Check out "She Brings the Winter" here:

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Amenra Releases New Video Clip

Neurot Recordings act Amenra has just released a stunningly personal thirteen-minute-long video for the epic track, “À Mon Âme.” Check it out below, courtesy of Nowness.com.

Amenra teamed up with fashion photographer Willy Vanderperre and director of photography for the video, taken from most recent LP, "Mass V." It may not be what you have come to expect from the cult crafters of discordance, but what is Amenra if not a master of defying expectation?

The band comments: "It is not at all like the sort of visuals we usually present; it is more a case study, or a visual interpretation of the band, a little piece of concept art, if you will. The idea they [Willy Vanderperre and director of photography Nicolas Karakatsanis] had was stripping us of everything we had – ‘what if we took it all away from them?’, ‘what if we took them from their comfort zone?’. No shadows or darkness to hide in, dark imagery, props or metaphors or symbols to use."

"Compare it to what we sometimes or mostly do with our music – stick to the mere necessary, take a minimalistic approach of a whole. What do we really need? To create a certain ‘feeling’ of emotion. For us, it was an extremely interesting cooperation. We normally keep our guard extremely high, never give something out of our hands, to keep it as close to our skin as humanly possible – that’s exactly what they did as well, literally…It was awkward, uneasy, and very confronting for us to see, yet one of the most interesting things we did lately, and an honor for us to be working with such talented and inspiring people. ‘Under a watchtower of punishing light.’”

Amenra will be hitting the road again next month. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Mos Generator Streaming New Song

Washington state hard rock outfit Mos Generator will release new LP "Electric Mountain Majesty" on April 15th via Listenable Records.

Today Crave Online is hosting a stream of a track off the album. Check out "Breaker" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond the Whip
2. Nothing Left but Night
3. Enter the Fire
4. Spectres
5. Neon Nightmare
6. Breaker
7. Early Mourning
8. Electric Mountain Majesty
9. Black Magic Mirror
10. Heavy Ritual More...

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Empatic Streaming New Track "Crimen Pessimum"

Polish death metal act Empatic is streaming the new track "Crimen Pessimum." The song appears on the forthcoming new release "Ruined Landscape," which is set to drop on April 11th via Terrasound Records. The album is the band's second album and first to feature guitarist Piotr "Kain" Kolakowski (Neyra/Violent Creed), who joined the band in 2012.

The track listing for "Ruined Landscape" is:

1. Trauma
2. Crimen Pessimum
3. Ruined Landscape
4. Oblivion Path
5. Ambush
6. Valley of Shadows
7. Obsession
8. Fight
9. Countenance of Fear
10. Struggle (EmpatiC II)

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Noble Beast Releases New Album

Noble Beast's self-titled album has now been released digitally and on CD, and today you can hear several tracks from the release.

Hear the previously posted "Iron-Clad Angels" here, or check out "The Dragon Reborn" and "We Burn" below.

You can order your own copy of the album right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Iron-Clad Angels 06:45
2. Behold the Face of Your Enemy 05:15
3. Master of Depravity 04:59
4. The Dragon Reborn 06:10
5. We Burn 08:25
6. The Noble Beast 06:06
7. Peeling Back the Veil 04:44
8. Disintegrating Force 04:42
9. On Wings of Steel 07:17
10. Nothing to Repent 08:31 More...

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Opeth Comments On Upcoming Album

Metal Injection correspondent Robert Pasbani sat down with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson to discuss the band's upcoming album, their views on religion, and what they consider "heavy" to mean nowadays.

Check it out below. The band's currently untitled new album is projected for release this coming June.

On the topic of what's "heavy" Mikael had to say this: "I don’t think it’s traditional heaviness, like when you talk about heavy and metal music. I kind of reevaluated what I think is heavy in the last couple of years and turning up the distortion and tuning down and triggering the drums doesn’t make it heavy to me anymore. It just sounds like nothing. So, we went the other way. We never tuned down. We kind of lost distortion and tried to opt for a more normal type of drum sound, like a real drum sound. I think it makes it sound heavier. Some of those parts that are slow and doomy just sound heavier. But it’s also emotionally, a heavy record."

On their views of religion: "I would say we’re atheists. Like many other metal bands, we were into satanism and stuff like that. Growing up in Stockholm, and forming a band in the late '80s, it comes with the territory. It was a gimmick in those days, just like it is today with the satanic bands. But we never had any religious beliefs ourselves. I think it’s still interesting with the occult. I always had a fascination for it. But it’s not something I want to push on to." More...

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Novembers Doom Posts "Bled White" Studio Video

Novembers Doom has released a new in-studio video for upcoming album "Bled White," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"And here we have the fifth and final installment of the Novembers Doom studio reports, documenting the making of Bled White, our upcoming 9th studio full-length release. This video features a lot of outtakes and nonsense, as you'll see.

"Also features the talents of our good friend Ben Johnson of Divinity Compromised on keyboards. We hope you enjoyed these little videos we've shared with you these past few weeks, please go to YouTube and 'like' them and share them with your friends, we always appreciate your support."

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Derdian Reveals New Album

Derdian today reveals the cover artwork and track listing for upcoming album "Human Reset," which are available below. An official release date will be announced soon.

01. Eclipse
02. Human Reset
03. In Everything
04. Mafia
05. These Rails Will Bleed
06. Absolute Power
07. Write Your Epitaph
08. Music is Life
09. Gods Don’t Give A Damn
10. After The Storm
11. Alone
12. Delirium
13. My Life Back More...

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Toxic Shock Films Show For DVD

New York outfit Toxic Shock performed a sold-out show this past Saturday at Even Flow Bar and Grill. "The pit was awesome," said vocalist Ray Bell. "Watching all those people thrashing around really gets us pumped up. We were ready to jump in!"

The show was captured on film for use in an upcoming DVD release. The band, which contains members who now reside all across the country, will return to the old stomping grounds again on June 6th for a show at Revolution in Amityville, N.Y.

"We can't wait to get it going again at Revolution," Bell said. "People were turned away when Even Flow sold out, so we are excited to give everyone another chance to come out and tear it up with us!"

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Martyr Defiled Releases "616" Video

Martyr Defiled has released a new music video for the track "616," which can be seen below. "616" comes by way of the band's upcoming album "No Hope No Morality," due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America (digital only) via Siege Of Amida/Century Media Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. LVCIFER
2. Demons In The Mist (see the video here)
3. Sineater
4. 616
5. No Hope
6. Neverender
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
10. Deathstare
11. No Morality More...

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Motorhead Posts New Lyric Video

Motorhead, which recently announced the upcoming Motorboat cruise in September (get full details right here), has a new lyric video out now for "Crying Shame."

Check out the lyric clip below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com. "Crying Shame" comes off the band's latest album "Aftershock" (reviewed here). More...

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For Today Releases New Video

For Today, which recently conducted an interesting interview about the religious/secular divide in music, has released a new music video for "Break The Cycle."

The track features Matty Mullins and comes off the "Fight The Silence" album, available now at iTunes here.

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War Master Announces "Blood Dawn III" Tour

War Master has announced the "Blood Dawn III" U.S. tour dates, set to demolish the eastern half of the country - including the Maryland Death Fest - along with a brief run with Japanese grinders Unholy Grave. Dates are as follows:

5/09/2014 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
5/10/2014 San Antonio, TX Korova w/ Disma and Blaspherion
5/11/2014 Austin, TX TBA
5/12/2014 Dallas, TX Lola's
5/13/2014 Oklahoma, OK TBA
5/14/2014 Kansas City, MO Davey's Uptown
5/15/2014 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
5/16/2014 Milwaukee, WI Frank's Power Plant
5/17/2014 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
5/18/2014 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
5/19/2014 TBA
5/20/2014 Binghamton, NY Fitzie's Irish Pub
5/21/2014 Washington D.C., Union Arts DC (W/ Unholy Grave, Excruciating Terror, Stapled Shut)
5/22/2014 Saint Vitus-Brooklyn, New York (w/Unholy Grave, Excruciating Terror, Birdflesh)
5/24/2014 Maryland Death Fest (Rams Head Live Stage w/ Asphyx, Pungent Stench)
5/26/2014 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
5/27/2014 Raleigh, NC The Maywood
5/28/2014 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Death Fest
5/29/2014 Birmingham, AL TBA
5/30/2014 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
5/31/2014 New Orleans, LA Siberia

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Nightsatan Announces CD/DVD Release

Svart Records, in conjunction with Solina Records and Twisted Films, today sets May 9th as the international release date for Nightsatan's "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom" CD/DVD.

The movie draws inspiration from the very same source the Finnish band does: '80s post-apocalyptic science fiction. In the beginning, the synth warrior Wolf Rami envisioned the band's music as "the soundtrack to Miami Vice meets heavy metal." During their career, the band's sound has extended to both ends of that spectrum, and the synth-metal riffs of the early material has given way for a more progressive and atmospheric approach.

Directed by Chrzu, better known as the director of animated films such as Curse of the Remote Island (2008), "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom" is a proud tribute to vintage Italian post-apocalyptic sci-if. It is a very unusual short epic, full of sex, violence, and general sense of wonder. The track listing is as follows:

1. Lost Karelia
2. (Obey) Thy Master
3. Of Wolf And Rami
4. Theme From Loops Of Doom
5. Secret Of The Mystery
6. Doom Doom Girl
7. Nightmare In The Night Doomsday Judgement
8. Enter The Loop
9. Mazathoth Speaks
10. Battle Knights
11. Inhalator II Love Theme
12. Rejects Of The Wasteland
13. Echo Of A Dying World
14. Loops Of Doom End Credits More...

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Martyrdod Enters The Studio

Sweden's d-beat crust purveyors in Martyrdod have once again entered the infamous Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth) to record a fifth full-length, entitled "Elddop."

The follow-up to 2012's "Paranoia" LP will, as with its predecessor, be released via Southern Lord. Additional details on "Elddop" will be announced upon the completion of the recording sessions in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Martyrdod has been invited to provide support for Converge's recently announced European tour this August, also joined by Okkultokrati. Stand by for additional live and tour actions to be confirmed in the months ahead. More...

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Gojira Posts New Music Video

Gojira has released a new music video for "Born In Winter," which can be seen below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

The track comes off the band's 2012 studio album "L'enfant Sauvage." Gojira also released a new live CD/DVD/photo book earlier this month titled "Les Enfants Sauvages."

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Cormorant Announces "Earth Diver" Release

Cormorant will release the "Earth Diver" album this coming April 8th, 2014 and now pre-orders are available at this location. You can hear two advanced tracks from the release below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Eris
2. Daughter of Void
3. Sold as a Crow
4. Waking Sleep 09:11
5. The Pythia 06:16
6. Broken Circle
7. Mark the Trail
8. A Sovereign Act More...

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Tiger Flowers Streaming "Tectonics Of Teeth"

After streaming the "Suicide Giants" track, Tiger Flowers has released another song from upcoming debut album "Dead Hymns."

Check out "Tectonics of Teeth" in the player below, courtesy of The A.V. Club. "Dead Hymns" – produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation) – comes out April 8th on Melotov Records.

You can also see the band live on these dates:

Apr 4 - Newburgh, NY @ The Wherehouse
Apr 5 - Potsdam, NY @ Hurley's
Apr 6 - Rochester, NY @ Firehouse Saloon
Apr 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Apr 8 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
Apr 9 - Chillicothe, OH @ Tecumseh Inn
Apr 10 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
Apr 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Apr 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter More...

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Pyrrhon Uploads Full Album For Streaming

With its imminent U.S. takeover now exactly one week away, today the sonic disease of Pyrrhon's "The Mother Of Virtues" can be heard in its entirety.

Recorded by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the nine tracks occupying "The Mother Of Virtues" are available at Pitchfork.com here.

The album will be available on CD, LP and digitally in North America via Relapse Records on April 1st, Germany/Finland/Benelux on March 28th, and UK/World on March 31st. Catch the band live:

3/28/2014 Trans Pecos - Brooklyn, NY Record Release w/ Psalm Zero, Stern, Penchant
4/6/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Epistasis, Kayo Dot, White Suns

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Helloween Signs With Nuclear Blast

Germany's Helloween, founded in 1984, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The band's latest studio album "Straight Out Of Hell," charted at a sensational #4, the band's highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five weeks. Additionally Helloween made another five top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the U.S. Billboard Charts.

Now Helloween returns to its old label home Nuclear Blast, where the band previously released two albums - "The Dark Ride" (2000) and "Rabbit Don’t Come Easy" (2003) - both of which have just been re-issued with extended bonus material.

Nuclear Blast label owner Markus Staiger comments: “We are more than proud, that Helloween is part of the Nuclear Blast family again. All those years we had a friendship-like connection and ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. Helloween to us is a matter of the heart, there’s not only the two records to mention, but an act that influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

The band itself is equally celebratory. Vocalist Andi Deris states: “As a label, Nuclear Blast is 'Heavy Metal to the bone,' and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.” More...

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Solstafir Gearing Up For Festival Tour

The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have announced a full run of European summer festival dates.

Among these performances, Solstafir will play Norway's Karmøgeddon Festival, France's Hellfest, Sweden Rock Festival, Germany's Freak Valley Festival, Belgium's Grasspop Metal Meeting, and for the first time ever, a special one-off date in the United States as part of this year's Maryland Deathfest. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Sosltafir is touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). More...

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The Wretched End Checks In From The Studio

Norwegian outfit The Wretched End has been holed up in the studio recording drums for a new album with Dominator from Dark Funeral. The band has now checked in with the following brief udpate:

"Here's the Wretched End at Barnsville Studios, Telemark. The drum session for the new album is done. Thanks to Håkon, Roar, Marius and Trym Torson for assisting and helping with gear."

The band's upcoming album will follow previous full-length "Inroads" (reviewed here), with further details forthcoming. More...

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Midhaven Posts New Lyric Video

A new lyric video is now available online for "Seeking The Divine," which comes from Midhaven's new album "Spellbound." You can pick up your own copy of the album right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Lunar Blessing
2. Seeking the Divine
3. Spellbound
4. Tales from the Tide
5. Ascension
6. Fall of Olympus
7. Third Eye
8. White Wash
9. Death Row

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Horseback Releases New Album

Horseback's fifth full-length record "Piedmont Apocrypha" is out today via Three Lobed Recordings, and you can now stream the full release below or find ordering info at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Passing Through 06:44
2. Piedmont Apocrypha 10:27
3. Milk and Honey 04:19
4. Consecration Blues 02:20
5. Chanting Out The Low Shadow 17:00 More...

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At The Gates Announces European Tour

Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this December, their first in nearly twenty years. They will be joined on the trek by Triptykon and Morbus Chron. Speaking about the tour, vocalist Tomas Lindberg stated:

"We are very excited for this tour. It will be our first proper tour of Europe since 1996. As we have been playing only festivals in Europe since the reunion in 2008, this will be the first chance for us to meet the fans of Europe in a more intimate environment. Playing live for our own crowd, our own people in smaller clubs is something that is essential to us as a band and we are looking forward to finally being able to deliver a full At The Gates show in this setting, without having to work around the schedules and conditions of bigger festivals. It will also be the first time ever that we will be able to present some new compositions in a live setting - as the new album will be released by then. It's hard and uncompromising and I think the new songs will work great live next to the old songs.

"As for going out together with Triptykon, we couldn't be more thrilled. I have always looked upon the work of Thomas Gabriel Fischer as a great source of inspiration. From naming my first band, Grotesque after a line in a Celtic Frost song back in 1988, to the mighty comeback with his new reincarnation with Triptykon. Seeing them live every day for three weeks will be mind-blowing. More...

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Threshold Announces Album Title

Threshold will release a new album at the end of September via Nuclear Blast, and today the band announces the successor to 2012 output "March Of Progress" will be called "For The Journey."

The album is currently being produced at Thin Ice Studios in England by band members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards).

Commented Richard West: "Our recording sessions have been wonderful, we’ve really enjoyed making this record. All the basic parts are recorded so now it's just a case of finishing our solos, compiling the vocals and adding more production moments. I think we've made a very solid record, we're really looking forward to putting it out there!"

The band will take a short break from the studio in April to perform shows in Germany and Holland before commencing the final mixing at Thin Ice Studios in May.

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Lullacry Announces Farewell Compilation

Finland's Lullacry has issued the following update about releasing a compilation album and lining up a final show:

"Spinefarm Records will release a farewell 2CD compilation 'Legacy 1998-2014' on May 9th! It includes lots of special stuff like previously unreleased tracks, live tracks and one BRAND NEW SONG: 'Hell On High Heels,' recorded at Astia studio on February 2014 with original Be My God -era line-up!

"Spinefarm will also release a remastered debut album 'Sweet Desire' including five bonus tracks: Three studio live and two previously unreleased tracks!

"Final Show will be at Tavastia Club, Helsinki on May 10th. Be there! What a nice way to die!" More...

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Ferium Streaming Tracks From Debut

Israeli aggressive metallers Ferium will release "Reflections" through the UK's Transcend Music on April 7th. Stream four select tracks from the twelve-song release below, or over on soundcloud.

Ferium first came to prominence after opening for Gojira in Israel back in August. Later, in October 2013, the band went on their first European Tour supporting acts such asThe Agonist, Threat Signal, Mors Principium Est and Dawn Heist. Visit Ferium's website for more details.

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Zoldier Noiz Releasing Second Album

Outlaw French thrash extremists Zoldier Noiz will release their second full-length, "Regression Process," on May 27th through Unspeakable Axe Records, with distribution from Dark Descent Records. Listen to track three from the ten-song release, "Tomorrow is Today," below.

Zoldier Noiz have been around for over a decade now, churning out demos as well as a previous studio album "Schizoid Reject." That effort landed them a coveted spot as Fenriz's Band of the Week back in 2010. Now they are back to follow that up with their second album "Regression Process."


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Sabbatory Releasing Debut Album

On May 27th, Unspeakable Axe Records will release "Endless Asphyxiating Gloom," the debut from Canadian death metal outfit Sabbatory. Stream album track "Being, Thy Eternal Perplexor" below.

Sabbatory is death metal from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Key band members have been off-and-on members of Besieged. This summer they will appear at the RRROOOAAARRR fest in Montreal alongside scheduled acts Blasphemy, Revenge, Funebrarum and others.

Distribution for "Endless Asphyxiating Doom" will come from Dark Descent Records.


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Mass Infection Posts New Track

Greek death dealers Mass Infection and Comatose Music have teamed with UK-based metal hub MetalMouth.net for the exclusive premiere of the song "Beholding the Throne."

Taken from their forthcoming third full-length album, "For I Am Genocide," "Beholding the Throne" is now playing at this location. The album is set for an April 2nd release via Comatose Music.

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Gravehill Debuts New Track

Pitchfork.com has lit the flame that will torch the kingdom with the exclusive world premiere of "Open Their Throats," the latest track to debut off of Gravehill's forthcoming long-player "Death Curse."

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

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Timo Tolkki's Avalon Posts EPK For New Album

Timo Tolkki's Avalon released an EPK for the upcoming new album "Angels of the Apocalypse," which is due for release on May 16th via Frontiers Records. For the album, Tolkki has assembled 3/4ths of the classic Stratovarius "Dreamspace" lineup, with multiple guest vocalists including: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix. Joining Tolkki is ex-Stratovarius founder Tuomo Lassila on drums and ex-Stratovarius keyboardist Antti Ikonen.

The album continues the concept story of "The Land of New Hope": "It is 2020 A.D - The Elements send 4 Angels to observe mankind and its actions in the last century. There are 4 Angels, but still they are One. Fire, Wind, Earth and Water are their names. With the Elements they observe in unimaginable sadness and anger the primitive events that take place in the last 150 years as they have the ability to go back and forth in time. As they give their final warning, Mankind sees unimaginable destruction that shakes its core foundations. Pandora`s Box is opened and the forces of Nature are unleashed. Is this the prelude for Judgement Day..."

The track list for "Angels of the Apocalypse" is: More...

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Meridian Dawn Streaming New EP "The Mixtape"

American/Finnish/Belgian modern metal act Meridian Dawn release their new EP on today. In anticipation of this release, the band is streaming the EP exclusively over at Age of Metal at this locationl (also streaming in the player below).

The band is the brainchild of guitarist Brandon Johnson, vocalist Antony Ha¨ma¨la¨inen (Nervosia, ex-Nightrage), and drummer Johan Nunez (Firewind, ex-Nightrage, Suicide Of Demons), who recorded a plethora of demos from the summer of 2010 until the winter of 2013. The band's lineup was completed in late 2012 by bassist Nick Ziros (Into The Moat, ex-Remembering Never, ex-Before The Mourning), and guitarist Christopher Jon (Before The Mourning, ex- White Wizzard, ex-Remembering Never, ex-Nightrage).

"Thieves," "The Fever Syndrome," and "Dressed In Ice (Feat. Jake E of Amaranthe)” are all original Meridian Dawn songs mixed, produced, and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain, Solution .45) at The Panic Room studio in Sko¨vde, Sweden. These mixes will also serve as the precursor for the debut LP.

"I Don’t Wanna Be Me" is a Type O Negatice cover and tribute to late Peter Steele. It was mixed, produced, and mastered by Daniel Antonsson (Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Dimension Zero) at Gothenburg Rock Studio in Go¨teborg, Sweden. More...

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Ex-Almah Guitarist Paulo Schroeber Dies

Former Almah guitarist Paul Schroeber, died at age 40 yesterday in Our Lady Mediatrix Hospital in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil after he was hospitalized for several days for a ICU treatment.

Schroeber received a reconfiguration procedure cardiac device - similar to a pacemaker, which had no effect and a transplant was needed. Schroeber suffered from an enlarged heart, which caused accumulation of water in the lungs which caused difficulty in breathing.

The band released the following statement (translated using Bing): "We are deeply sad and Almah's shaken with the news that our brother Paulo Schroeber music died. Paul, as well as an extremely gifted musician was a single person, a kindness and a good mood genuinely special. The strength and the naturalness with which he dealt with his painting was one of many admirable characteristics. The man was prematurely, and as if adivinhássemos, we dedicate the show yesterday, in Florianopolis, to him. Get the lesson and the work, which proudly we recorded together on two albums. So little for what could still be done, but more than enough to ever be forgotten by us, ex-bandmates or by fans. Paul, thanks for the friendship and the music we share. Keep fingers in shape, one day we will have a sound again. ;)" More...

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Pilgrim Streaming Full New Album

With its imminent unveiling now just one week away, today Pilgrim's "II: Void Worship" is available online in its entirety. Listen the full release at Pitchfork.com here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by sound sage Mike Moebius and centered on tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom and widespread obliteration, Pilgrim's 'II: Void Worship' is a frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom. Each of its eight tracks ebb and flow into frenzied climaxes and fade into sweet audio depressions, molding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisted spires of critic, shadowy doom metal epics."

Pilgrim is currently performing ceremonies across the U.S. supporting reunited stoner rock icons Spirit Caravan. The journey will raze nearly two dozen cities by its conclusion and has already seen the band captivating newfangled ears at three SXSW performances. Catch the show: More...

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