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Metal News for March 25, 2015

Last updated on June 3, 2015 at 1:50 AM ET

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39 news articles posted on this day.

InDespair Posts "Under Cold Sky" Video

Polish melodic death metal band InDespair strikes out with a first professional music video for "Under Cold Sky," which can be seen below.

The video was shot in a ruined post-communist manufacturing plant in Wroclaw, Poland, days before the facilities were razed to the ground. "Under Cold Sky" is one of three songs recorded to showcase the band's new singer and departure from its heavy/thrash roots towards the Swedish school of melodeath with hooky riffs, blistering solos, thunderous double bass, and memorable choruses.

InDespair's debut album "Time to Wake Up" (recorded with the previous singer and released in 2012) is available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and a variety of other streaming and digital distribution services. More...

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Exxiles To Release "Oblivion" In May

Prog metal outfit Exxiles will officially unleash "Oblivion" on May 28th via Nightmare Records. "Oblivion" is the first part of a trilogy and is a concept album dealing with the issue of loyalty. The band and guest lineup includes:

- Mauricio Bustamante (Ex Reign of the Architect)
- Simon Rojas
- Noel Martínez
- Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
- Chris Caffery (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
- Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle)
- Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion)
- Oddleif Stensland (Communic)
- Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon)
- Gus Monsanto ( Ex-Adagio)
- Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect)
- Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
- David Grey ( Lost in Thought)
- Sergio Agilar (Agora)
- Antonio Rivera (Solitude)

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Outre Streaming "Arrival"

Polish black metal ensemble Outre is proud to unveil the closing track from upcoming first album, "Ghost Chants."

Featuring the tortured throat of Stawrogin as a session vocalist, the song masterfully rounds out the album’s thirty-five minute duration with majestic confidence, unfolding from ambience and swelling chords into a turbulent blend of blast beats and unsettling guitar melodies.

Stream “Arrival” below, courtesy of the fine folks at No Clean Singing. "Ghost Chants" is due for release on 14th April via Godz Ov War / Third Eye Temple / Essential Purification. More...

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Death Alley Announces Debut Album

Amsterdam's heavy, punked-out, proto-metal outlaws from Death Alley will release the full-length album "Black Magick Boogieland" on May 19th via Tee Pee Records.

This is the debut album from the underground band featuring former The Devil’s Blood guitarist Oeds Beydals and ex-members of Gewapend Beton and Mühr.

"It’s thrilling to release our first full-length on Tee Pee, to become part of a family of bands whose music inspires us and with people we know well," says Death Alley front man Douwe. "It's about time Tee Pee opens the gates to the Black Magick Boogieland."

1. Over Under
2. Black Magick Boogieland
3. Bewildered Eyes
4. The Fever
5. Golden Fields of Love
6. Stalk Eyed
7. Dead Man's Bones
8. Supernatural Predator More...

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Deep Purple Announces Summer Tour

Deep Purple has announced the first batch of dates for a 2015 North America Summer tour (with more to be revealed soon).

Be sure to check out our look back at the band's history in the Sunday Old School column, and catch the long running outfit live on these dates:

7/14/15 Lewiston, NJ
7/22/15 Englewood, NJ
7/24/15 Lynn, MA
7/25/15 Port Chester, NY
7/30/15 Mashantucket, CT
8/2/15 Nashville, TN
8/4/15 Sterling Heights, MI
8/5/15 Columbus, OH
8/7/15 Sioux City, IA
8/12/15 Costa Mesa, CA
8/14/15 Laughlin, NV
8/15/15 Indio, CA

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Moonspell's "Extinct" Hits The Billboard Charts

Moonspell's new album "Extinct" (reviewed here), which was released last week via Napalm Records, has debuted on the Billboard Charts at these entries:

#20 Debut @ Billboard Top New Artist Albums
#86 Debut @ Billboard Top Hard Music Albums
#88 Debut @ Billboard Independent Current Albums

In support of the album, Moonspell will be returning to North America at the end of April. The band is teaming up for a North American tour alongside Septicflesh and Deathstars. The tour starts April 24th in Mexico City, Mexico and runs through May 19th in Atlanta, GA.

4/24: Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
4/25: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
4/26 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
4/27: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
4/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
4/30: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
5/1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Black Castle
5/2: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/3: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
5/4: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/5: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
5/6: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/9: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
5/10: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/11: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
5/12: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
5/13: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
5/14: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
5/15: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/16: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
5/18: Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/19: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade More...

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King Bird Streaming "Break Away"

Brazilian hard 'n heavy outfit King Bird just released a new song from the band's upcoming third album.

The new song is labeled "Break Away" and according to vocalist Ton Cremon "Is one of the heaviest compositions from the new album, but that keeps the various elements that characterize the musical identity of King Bird.”

The new album, still untitled, has entered the mixing stage in the hands of producer Henrique Baboom (Panzer, Jeff Scott Soto, Richie Kotzen). Stay tuned for more info.

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King Hitter Feels No Pain

Celebrating the official release of the self-titled debut EP from North Carolina’s King Hitter, Metal Injection just premiered the first video by the band for the song “Feel No Pain.” Check it out below.

Featuring vocalist Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion of Conformity) and his Leadfoot band mate, guitarist Scott Little, the EP is available now via iTunes, Amazon, FYE, and other outlets throughout North America. The European release is set for April 6th. The self-titled's track listing is as follows:

1. King Hitter
2. Drone Again
3. Feel No Pain
4. Suicide
5. The End More...

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Adimiron Posts Animated Video

Italian progressive metal act Adimiron has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to launch an animated music video for the song "Ayahuasca," taken from the band's fourth studio album, "Timelapse," which is out now on Scarlet Records. Check out the video below.

Named after the hallucinogenic brew used by indigenous tribes of South America, the band describes "Ayahuasca" as "the perfect concept for the final track of 'Timelapse,' which was born with the desire to gradually carry the listener on a mystical and visual journey to the end of the album."

Czech artist Monika Janouchová, responsible for the "Ayahuasca" video animations, states: "'Ayahuasca is an inspiring song. It has the power to take us to unreal places, and I just wanted to transform its potential into images. Each scene and situation brings us, together with the music, to a long surreal trip. Our mind opens and we are enabled to see more...It's like a vivid dream in which we cannot tell whether it is real or not and if everything will be normal once woken up."

"With Timelapse, we're trying to explore our relationship with the only aspect that cannot be modified in our lives: the flow of time," commented guitarist Alessandro Castelli. "The new album extends all our personal and daily feelings about the choices that compose our identity, a sort of glass sliding doors. But Timelapse is not only a mirror reflecting our inner tensions, it's like a 'portal' to our relationship with the surrounding world and how it's been modified from the beginning." More...

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All Out War Records New EP

New York-based hardcore/metal stalwart All Out War declare 2015 as the year of the "Dying Gods" as the quintet prepares its latest set of recordings for release this Summer.

Now nearing the band's two-and-a-half decade mark, All Out War proves that age has only refined the band's killing capabilities on "Dying Gods." The EP was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) at West West Side Studios in New Windsor, New York. Check out the cover artwork below, and stay tuned for further details. Catch the band live:

5/22-24/2015 Neumo's - Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest
8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter - Duisburg, DE
8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest - Hannover, DE
8/09/2015 Cassiopeia - Berlin, DE
8/10/2015 Underworld - London, UK
8/11/2015 Werk 21 - Zurich, CH
8/12/2015 Molotov - Marseille, FR
8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire - Paris, FR
8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest - Bretagne, FR
8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest - Ieper, BE More...

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Iris Divine Streaming Full New Album

In less than a week, New Jersey-based Sensory Records will release modern progressive metal act Iris Divine's debut full-length, "Karma Sown," and the album today sees early public infiltration.

Listen in below, courtesy of Bravewords.com. "Karma Sown" will drop worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st, 2015.

The record was produced by the band, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony. Catch the band live:

5/03/2015 Empire - West Springfield, VA w/ Haken More...

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Oppression Streams "Scars 1988 - 1990"

Oppression just dropped a re-issue of all the demos & EP material recorded in ‘88 - ’90 through Xtreem Music, titled "Scars 1988 - 1990." You can also stream all the songs below, and the full track listing is as follows:

01. A Majesty, A Joker
02. Alone
03. For No Reason
04. Within Six Walls
05. Punishment From the Gods
06. No Day After
07. Oppression
08. Into the Dark
09. Immortal Objector
10. Parasites More...

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Corpse Garden Posts New Track Online

"Completely different" is what fans both old and new can expect on Corpse Garden’s upcoming release "Entheogen," says vocalist Felipe Tencio.

The Costa Rica based five-piece steeped with death metal roots recently announced "Entheogen," the band’s second album, will be released on May 15th through both Russia’s Satanath Records and Germany’s RTM Productions, with North American distribution through Sevared Records.

Felipe goes on to elaborate, “This album is dark, dense and aggressive. However, there are certain parts of it which focus mainly on psychedelic, hypnotizing passages that help build the atmosphere we want to create. We were immensely influenced by 70's progressive rock bands for this album so it's a more experimental approach to death/black metal.”

You can judge for yourselves on what to expect as "Corpse Garden" has unveiled the first single from the album entitled "Suspended Over The Abyss." Listen in below. More...

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CDC Headed Out On Tour

Following the release of the brand new "End" 12" EP, out now via Get This Right Records and Beatdown Hardwear, Southeastern Pennsylvania's CDC has confirmed the routing for an upcoming Spring U.S. tour in support of the record.

The tour runs from April 2nd through 13th, including shows down the East Coast and out to Puerto Rico for one gig before touring homeward. The venture also includes CDC's performance at Southeast Beast Fest in Jacksonville, Florida alongside Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Rotting Out, King Nine and many others.

4/02/2015 Black Tire Skate Supply - Dover, DE
4/03/2015 Green Light Sound Studio - Augusta, GA
4/05/2015 Club Aqua - Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast
4/06/2015 Pugs Live - Tallahassee, FL
4/07/2015 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
4/11/2015 Club 77 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
4/12/2015 Goat House - Odessa, FL
4/13/2015 Rockin' Hard Saloon - Murrells Inlet, SC
5/08-09/2015 The Drunk Horse Pub - Fayetteville, NC @ Breast Fest More...

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NY In 64 Reveals Album Details

New Jersey's instrumental quartet NY In 64 - featuring former members of You And I and current residents of East Of The Wall - will release recently completed debut LP, "NY64," via Magic Bullet Records on April 7th with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after.

The enigmatic album's artwork, track listing, and additional details have been revealed this week, in addition to new live shows the band is booking in support of its release.

NY In 64's maiden voyage into album land explores vast, lush terrain in genre territories some may apply "post" prefixes to, or refer to as "progressive," but the simple fact is, the band merely executes instrumental and melodic hardcore rock.

The seven dynamic sequences that formulate "NY 64" were recorded in November at Volume Fact and Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam, Meek Is Murder) by guitarist Chris Alfano, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, with the cover photography and layout by guitarist Justin Hock. The track listing is as follows:

1. Soon, You Will Lose Me
2. Bystander
3. A Towering Relic
4. Washington Square
5. The World's Fair
6. Maintaining Now, The Contact
7. Stan & Steve More...

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City Of Ships Releases "Alarm" Video

Last Friday saw the release of the "Ultraluminal" album from City Of Ships. Today the band premieres a new video for the song "Alarm," which can be seen below thanks to Diffuser.FM. The full album's track listing is:

1. The Light You Stole
2. Alarm
3. Metadata Blues
4. Preeminence
5. Private Party
6. Illawarra Escarpment
7. Lost It
8. Hardwired
9. The Old Man
10. Mile High More...

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Abnormal Thought Patterns Set To Alter Your Mind

After 2013 debut full-length album "Manipulation Under Anesthesia," the Bay Area progressive metal wizards from Abnormal Thought Patterns are now ready to show more creative magic with "Altered States Of Consciousness."

The album will feature guest spots by Tommy Rogers (Between The Buried And Me), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore), Michael Manring, Tim Roth (Into Eternity), and John Onder (Artension-MSG).

"Altered States Of Consciousness" is set to be released on June 29 in Europe (June 30th North America) via Lifeforce Records. More...

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Violent Reaction Streaming Full New Album

Now just one week from having Revelation Records release sophomore LP, "Marching On," and kicking off a U.S. tour on the same day, Violent Reaction has unleashed the entire record early.

Get your fix of noinsy and chaotic punk/metal below, courtesy of BlowTheScene.com. Be sure to also catch the party live on these dates:

3/31/2015 Cafe Saint-Ex - Washington, DC w/ Public Suicide and Earth Girls
4/01/2015 TBA - Philadelphia, PA
4/02/2015 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
4/04/2015 HC Stadium - Boston, MA w/ Arms Race, No Tolerance, Chain Rank, Anarchy Boys (+ after party at the Boilerroom)
4/05/2015 The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
4/06/2015 Refuge Skateshop - Detroit, MI
4/07/2015 Old Mt Happy - Chicago, IL
4/08/2015 TBA - Indianapolis, IN
4/09/2015 The Rock Bottom - Pittsburgh, PA More...

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Noise-A-Tron Posts New Video

Seattle's explosive two-piece synth/noise-rock duo Noise-A-Tron will release new album "Vast Arcane" via Bleeding Light Records on April 28th as an LP/DD.

Today Invisible Oranges is premiering the group's abstract, gritty new video for "Six," along with an apt write-up describing "all VHS ugliness interspersed with psychedelic imagery." Check it out below, and you can also see the band performing live on these dates:

5/2 Seattle, WA (record release show) @ Black Lodge w/ He Whose Ox Gored, Prize Hog
5/7 Portland, OR @ The Foggy Notion w/ Hot Victory, A Volcano
5/8 Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat w/ Entrail, TBA
5/9 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s w/ TBA
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/ Lament City Scape, Deviod
5/12 Santa Barbara, CA @ The Funzone w/ TBA
5/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Solstafir, Ancient Wisdom, Suns of Orion
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Rips Tavern w/ CHIEFS, Destroyer of Light, Twingiant, Resinator, Hex Volt
5/15 Tuscon, AZ @ TBA
5/16 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Murder by Techno, They Feed at Night More...

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Secrets Of The Sky Reveals New Album

Oakland-based atmospheric doom quintet and recent Metal Blade signees, Secrets Of The Sky, will release a sophomore full-length this May.

Titled "Pathway," the mammoth thirteen-track follow-up to 2013's "To Sail Black Waters" was engineered, mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios. Metal Blade Records comments:

"Dark, brooding, pure, eclectic, 'Pathway' features Garett Gazay fluctuating between monstrous growls and clean, soothing vocal cascades, all the while complimenting the twisted compositions of guitarists Andrew Green and Clayton Bartholomew. Bassist Ryan Healy and drummer Lance Lea round out the lineup, their rhythms and distinctive voices adding further depth to the collective's meticulous, blackened soundscrapes.

"Sonically, Secrets Of The Sky aimed for a massive, clean, and organic sounding production. Much time was invested in obtaining huge drum sounds and the focus was on single performance takes throughout the process. The result is an ambitious foray into conceptual storytelling, coupled with emotional music full of peaks and valleys. This is a metal record, to be sure, but more importantly, it sounds like an album of music. This is not a random sequencing of songs or a search for a 'hit' single; the tracks all have their place in the story, and the cuts in between actually drive the narrative through sound effects and ambiance."

Comments Bartholomew of the first single: "'Three Swords' was the first song we put together for the new album when we started writing it back a year or so ago. In fact, the songs on the album were written in the order they appear on the record. The first album, To Sail Black Waters, ends with a single guitar part fading out, and the same riff fades in to the Pathway album via 'Three Swords.' The song is just a piece of the overall puzzle that constitutes Pathway, which I believe as an album is more well-rounded and dynamic as a whole than any of our previous work." More...

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Hammer King Establishing A New Kingdom Of Metal

Hammer King's "Kingdom of the Hammer King" will be out via Cruz Del Sur Music on May 5th, 2015. The label comments:

"Hammer King represents the perfect, balanced heavy sound of the German power metal tradition, highlighted by the right dose of epic tones.

"The music moves around the figure of singer/guitarist/composer Titan Fox (Ross The Boss’ singer). The line-up is completed by former Saltatio Mortis drummer Dolph A. Macallan, K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitar. All the musicians involved in this band have an aged and trained background in metal music, as demonstrated through the masterful Kingdom of the Hammer King!

"What surprises most on the album is the catchy immediacy of the compositions. Indeed, the melodies and glorious guitar solos embed and remain in the brain. 'Aderlass; Blood of Sacrifice,' 'Chancellor of Glory,' and the title track are a perfect examples of epic power metal anthems that’ll have you singing at the top of your lungs and fist-pumping for the duration. All killer, no filler; Kingdom of the Hammer King is the complete package!"

The album was recorded and produced at the Greywolf Studios by Powerwolf's own Charles Greywolf. The cover artwork was created by German Artist Timo Würz and the track listing is: More...

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Stoneghost Reveals The "New Age Of Old Ways"

Sometimes you have to start from the present and work backwards to get a story in context. On April 6th, Stoneghost will release the relentless and blistering "New Age of Old Ways" on the Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Volbeat, Gojira, Joe Bonamassa), but the band very nearly never made it to this point.

Front man, tattoo artist, and mouth piece Jason Smith recalls: “I was having a kid and I couldn't cope with it, I didn’t think I would be able to carry on with the band too, I wasn’t in a good place.”

Deciding to depart with a powerful epitaph of what they were capable of, the band members were to collectively exit the world with a "New Age of Old Ways:" the last record of a promising but fledgling act, it was then that the reverberating noise reached the ears of Mascot and things were to change.

Formed in Bromley, South East London in 2007 amongst a thriving underground scene, Jason Smith (vocals) began the journey with Cris Finniss (Drums), Jamie Nash (Bass) and Andrew Matthews (Guitar) as Snakebite. The quartet quickly became a dominant fixture on the London circuit with their blend of hardcore, metal, and adrenaline-fueled rock.

In 2009 the group opened Bloodstock Festival and stormed the stage in front of 1500 people. This led to the band playing the Ronnie James Dio Stage at Bloodstock the following year alongside Opeth, Fear Factory, Children of Bodom, Gojira and the Devin Townsend Project. A trip to Germany to perform at the Wacken Open Air festival came next as did Metal Hammer's Hammerfest IV in 2012. More...

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Kamchatka Releasing Sixth Album

Swedish blues rock trio Kamchatka will release sixth studio album, "Long Road Made of Gold," on May 22nd, 2015 via Despotz Records.

Today, the band has teamed up with Diffuser.fm to stream the first single, "Get Your Game On." Listen in through the SoundCloud player below.

"Long Road Made of Gold" was recorded in Kamchatka's own studio and rehearsal room, the "Kamchatka shelter," and mixed and mastered by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir).

"Even though our music is rooted in '60s and '70s music, it's important for us to have a contemporary sounding album," explained drummer Tobias Strandvik. "We don't want to repeat ourselves either, and having Russ Russell mixing and mastering certainly gives it the punch and power we wanted. Russ is mostly known for extreme metal like Napalm Death etc., but embraced this project with open arms and the sonic outcome is definitely our strongest to date." More...

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Minsk Streaming New Song

"The Crash & The Draw" is the new full-length from Midwest avant sound voyagers, Minsk, and is set to drop via Relapse Records next month.

As its official release day draws near, today Stereogum offers up closing track "When The Walls Fell" for public intake - check it out below.

Previously posted track "The Way Is Through" can also still be heard over here. A complete list of upcoming tour dates can also be found after the jump. More...

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Kirk Von Hammett Adds New Events To Fear FestEvil

Kirk Von Hammett today announces the addition of a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos to take place outside of the RockBar Theatre in San Jose on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th as part of his second annual Fear FestEvil.

The carnival will feature an authentic freak show, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk's '36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend. Tickets are available at this location.

On Friday April 10th, guests attending the now SOLD OUT Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of 'whodunnit' mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who. Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special horror royalty as they try to crack the mystery open.

On Saturday April 11and Sunday April 12, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Ghoul, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah.

There will also be special guest appearances from Corey Taylor, Slash, John 5, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr., Ron Chaney, Charlie Benante, and Bill Moseley. Sirius Radio's Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone's Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings. More...

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GWAR Reveals New GWAR-B-Q

Come celebrate GWAR's 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any Summer.

The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).

This amazing milestone in GWAR's torrid history - 30 fucking years! - demands more than just a one-day party. The Scumdogs have set forth a slew of satellite events to be held across Richmond over the three-day weekend of August 14th through 16th. GWAR fans will be busier and more fulfilled than during any time in their miserable existence.

In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film "Empire Records," in which they had a starring role. GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th - 10th.

Finally March 23rd marked a sad anniversary in the GWAR family, as it was the one-year anniversary of founding member Dave Brockie's (Oderus Urungus) final journey to Valhalla. We celebrate him on this day as we celebrate and worship him every day. Hail Oderus! More...

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Blackout Streaming Self-Titled Album

Brooklyn Vegan is today premiering the new self-titled album from Blackout, which can be heard below.

The band was initially formed by guitar player/vocalist Christian Gordy and drummer Taryn Waldman at Gordy’s July 4th cookout in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York back in 2011.

Waldman, a former Hooter's waitress turned big time commercial film editor and Gordy; a one-legged bartender/artist/BBQ enthusiast were (by their own admission) something of an oddball couple for NY's rigid metal scene. Yet with no direction and zero discussion both connected instantly and instinctively began banging out massive caveman jams against a patriotic backdrop of food, alcohol and the stars and stripes.

"Blackout" by Blackout will be released worldwide on RidingEasy Records on March 31st, 2015 and the band will be throwing an official album release party at Union Pool, Brooklyn on Saturday April 11th. More...

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Connoisseur Announces EP Redux

"Stoner Justice" was the debut EP from California smoke kings Connoisseur (a band that likens itself to "an Earth Crisis that smokes weed and listens to Spazz"), and now the glassy-eyed ganja squad will revisit the release.

Now re-mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering (Abscess, Toxic Holocaust, Voetsek etc.) with an updated, wholly mind-bending cover art collaboration by Skinner (Mastodon) and Hal Rotter (Atriarch, Cough, Eyehategod, Skeletonwitch), "Stoner Justice Redux" has been expanded to fourteen skull-crushers, including a live set professionally recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover on February 13th, 2015 (mixed and mastered by the same team).

"Stoner Justice" will see release this June on CD, LP and digitally via Tankcrimes. In the meantime, take a smoke break and check out the band's new lyric video for "Orc Summer," now playing below courtesy of Revolvermag.com. More...

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Royal Thunder Announces North American Shows

Royal Thunder, which releases sophomore album "Crooked Doors" on April 7 via Relapse Records, today announces the band's first North American tour in support of the eleven-song release.

The tour kicks off on May 28th at Siberia in New Orleans and stretches through early July with a previously announced mid-June stint with Halestorm.

Opening on all Royal Thunder headlining dates is Wild Throne - which will release debut album, "Harvest of Darkness," on August 18th via Roadrunner Records. More...

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Maruta Releasing New Album

Having inked a blood pact with underground overlords Relapse Records, Miami's unhinged deathgrind maniacs from Maruta will declare war on society by unloading their charged label debut, the "Remain Dystopian" LP, now set to disrupt early June.

"Remain Dystopian" is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer's J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Jay Randall.

The album will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America. The track listing is as follows:

1. Genocide Interval
2. Hope Smasher
3. The Void Within
4. Minimal Progress
5. Protocol For Self Immolation
6. Absolutist
7. Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth
8. Submergence aka Barren Oceans Of Infinity
9. Erode
10. Stand In Defeat
11. Remnants Of Failed Utopia
12. I, Usurper
13. Durandal
14. Psalm For The Withered
15. Return To Zero
16. Slaying Jehova
17. Immune More...

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Interview

Interview with The Skull Vocalist Eric Wagner

South By Southwest (SXSW) is a festival for discovering new bands. The Skull is only three-years old and released their debut album “For Those Which Are Asleep” just last year. However, its members, Ron Holzner and Eric Wagner have a long history in the metal scene. The two formerly played in the highly influential band, Trouble, which is rooted as far back as 1979. The Skull took its name from Trouble’s second album, which Wagner lent his vocals to. The group also plays early Trouble songs live. I caught up with vocalist Eric Wagner before the band played one of three performances at SXSW. In the following brief interview, Wagner discusses the history of The Skull, its formation, members and lyrics. More...

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Discreation Reveals New Album

Discreation's "Procreation Of The Wretched" will be released on May 22nd, 2015 via FDA Rekotz / Soulfood as a CD, LP, and digital download. FDA Rekotz comments:

"Discreation celebrates death metal that combines the best elements of both the American and European schools of death metal by melting blast, groove and melodies into a unique mixture.

"With 'Procreation Of The Wretched,' Discreation are about to open a new chapter in their career. The music became even more heavy and darker, both being emphasized by the new band logo. The album was recorded with Thilo Krieger at the Desert Inn Studio. The natural production captures the live feeling perfectly without missing the contemporary punch.

"For the artwork, Discreation could once again employ the renowned artist Juanjo Castellano, who created a perfect match to the music with his dystopic style."

The album's track listing is:

01. Planetary Punishment
02. Descending To Abysmal Darkness
03. Megacorpse
04. Procreation Of The Wretched
05. The Hunter
06. To Cosmic Shores
07. Corporate Hatred
08. Decapitation Marathon
09. Your Good Shelter
10. Dead Certainties More...

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Nile Drummer George Kollias Posts New Song

Nile drummer George Kollias' new solo album titled "Invictus" is scheduled for a May 19th release via Season Of Mist.

11 tracks and 4 bonus songs appear on the album, which also features some notable guest appearances. One new track featuring Rotting Christ guitarist George Emmanuel also went online. That track is titled "Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead"and can be streamed below. More...

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Terra Posts Entire Debut Album

Cambridge U.K. black metal band Terra is streaming its entire self-titled debut album. The album comes out March 31 via Hibernacula Records.

Check it out now below.

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Entheos Posts New Bass Playthrough Clip

Entheos, the new and fast rising technical death metal/deathcore supergroup featuring bassist Evan Brewer (ex-The Faceless, ex-Animosity), Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals as Leaders, ex-Animosity), Frank Costa (ex-Animosity), and Chaney Crabb (Systems) is streaming a bass playthrough video for "Primal".

Check out now Evan Brewer rip through Entheos' "Primal" below.

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Just For Fun

Kitties In Chains Post Parody Of "Man In The Box"

The creators of "Phil Anselmo's Cooking Hostile" series Joey Siler and Chris Senter have made a parody of "Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains:

Check out Kitties in Chains' version of "Man In The Box" below.

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Ghost Ship Octavius Posts New Lyric Video

Following last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign, Ghost Ship Octavius, featuring guitarist Matt Wicklund (ex-God Forbid, ex-Himsa), drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore), and vocalist Adon Fanion, have finally released their self-titled debut which can be purchased HERE.

Check out the track "Mills Of The Gods" now below.

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Headline News

Former Death Bassist Passes Away

Former Death and Death To All bassist (see also live clip below) Scott Clendenin has passed away at the age of 47. Says former manager of Death Eric Greif on the band's official Facebook page:

"With a sense of shock, I'm letting all of you know of the passing today of former Death bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects.

"Of course he was the skilled player on 'The Sound Of Perseverance' Death album, and recently participated in two DTA (Death To All) live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of 'Voice Of The Soul.' Our thoughts go out to Scott's family at this difficult time."

Scott Clendenin stated in an interview 2011 about the experience of playing with Death and Control Denied: "It was a great honor to have played with someone so revered as Chuck (Schuldiner). I can say it made me a better player and person to be involved in these bands." More...

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Now And On Earth Posts New Song

Now And On Earth has uploaded a new track titled "Your Number Is Up" taken from the upcoming album "Blacked Out" available April 14th via Epitaph Records.

You can now check out "Your Number Is Up" below.

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