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Metal News for March 26, 2014

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Tour Talk With Destruction

Thursday, March 20th, 2014. German thrash veterans Destruction were back in the States for the first time in two years, and for the second time with Brazilian support act Krisiun in tow.

This was show number three for the North American tour, and I reckoned I was in for the prime specimen tonight: bands with a pair of performances under their belts, loosening up and easing into a confident routine, yet with vast reserves of energy yet to be unleashed.

Not long after arriving at Springfield, Virginia's Empire (formerly Jaxx), I was propped on a tall stool in the Alchemy Room, a cozy bar just beyond the box office and separated from the venue proper by a pair of corridors and two sets of doors. Setting a half-full scotch rocks on the modest circular table, I glanced left at an unmistakable figure headed my way from the gloom of the concert hall.

I shook his hand. "Mike," I introduced myself. The rail-thin, grizzled figure chuckled, graying lion's-mane curls bobbing slightly. "Easy to remember," came the thick German-accented English, and I realized I was speaking with metal's incarnation of Scar ("The Lion King"), had actor Jeremy Irons used his humorous faux-German from his "Die Hard With A Vengeance" role.

Mike Sifringer, co-founder of Destruction and only permanent member to date, took a seat. The Alchemy Room was nearly empty, sound checks were still in muffled progress beyond the doors, and we immediately dove into a relaxed Q&A session. Destruction had recently booked Hell & Heaven Corona Metal Fest, and our transcript picks up with the event's last-minute cancellation. More...

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Dead By April Cancels London Show

Dead By April's Zandro Santiago has checked in with the following announcement about canceling tonight's show:

"Dear London fans. I am truly sorry for having to cancel today's show. The last couple of days I've been feeling really sore in my throat, and when I woke up this morning my throat was even worse and I also had a fever.

"I waited until sound check to see if I was able to sing, but my voice was gone. I couldn't sing at all. There was no other option than to cancel the show.

"I am so sorry for this and I understand that there are people out there who's disappointed and upset. I really hope to be able to make it up to you one day!" More...

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Interview

Ringworm Nails Down the "Hammer Of The Witch"

Human Furnace, a.ka. James Bulloch, says he's been using this moniker since ninth grade. It was a thing he used to sign his pictures with, like a Pushead signature. He used that nickname even before he even got into the band. These sketched images proved a precursor to his verbal art in Ringworm. When thinking of the band's latest opus "Hammer of the Witch," images bubble to the surface like an eyeball in a witch's cauldron.

"Hammer of the Witch" was just one of the topics we discussed with the front man after his performance at the Metal Sucks Showcase at SXSW. The album is the first to include the words "Relapse Records" on the back cover. This may be the band's first on Relapse, but they have a history dating back 25 years. Human Furnace feels much of their time wasn't promoted properly before signing to Relapse.

Distractions were minimal in the alley behind Dirty Dog Bar. Cops wondered shone their flash lights on us to see if we were packing heat or smoking pot. Austin had raised their level of security after the tragic events from the prior day . For this reason and the multitudes of drunk SXSW attendees passing by, it was not the ideal setting for an interview, but that didn't stop Human Furnace from fully speaking his mind as we discussed the above-mentioned topics. More...

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My Brother The Wind Finishes Album

Swedish instrumental rock collective My Brother The Wind has just put the final touches on the expansive new LP, "Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One," which is set for release this Summer.

"Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One" was recorded during a cold Saturday in January 2013. The album will come via American label Free Electric Sound, a subdivision of The Laser's Edge Group. While The Laser's Edge primarily focuses on progressive rock, and its offshoot, Sensory Records, is geared towards the collective's progressive metal releases, Free Electric Sound is the label's portal into instrumental territory.

With the outfit's four members hailing from Stockholm, Åmål, and Gothenburg, My Brother The Wind is a fully improvisational cosmic rock collective consisting of members of Swedish acts Makajodama, Magnolia, The Greencoats, and Anekdoten. More...

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Blood Of Kings Releasing Vinyl Albm

Seattle's Blood of Kings is pleased to announce that debut album "Starvation" will be released on vinyl by Tridroid Records.

Scheduled to be released on May 22nd, 2014, "Starvation" will be available in a limited edition run of 300 copies. 150 copies will be available on opaque blood red vinyl and 150 will be available on black vinyl. Pre-orders are currently available from Tridroid Records here. More...

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Memphis May Fire Releases New Video

Memphis May Fire has now debuted a video for the single "No Ordinary Love," taken off the "Unconditional" album. Check it out below.

"Unconditional" was released yesterday and can be found at Target, Hot Topic, Best Buy and of course at iTunes here via Rise Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. No Ordinary Love
2. Beneath the Skin
3. Sleepless Nights
4. The Answer
5. Possibilities
6. Speechless
7. The Rose
8. Not Enough
9. Need To Be
10. Pharisees
11. Divinity More...

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Just For Fun

John Longstreth Shows You How To Make Coffee

In the player below, Origin drummer John Longstreth talks about his daily rituals, which includes his new sponsor Bulletproof Coffee.

In the video John demonstrates how to make a cup of coffee and talks about his developed routine for managing his schedule on and off the stage. He comments:

"I've been drinking Bullet Proof coffee for over a year now. The energy, the focus, the health benefits are amazing! As a touring musician, a Brazilian jiujitsu practitioner, and a man who has a very demanding day to day schedule, I find that replacing my 6 daily cups of coffee with 2 cups of Bullet Proof Coffee allows me the energy and focus I need to keep on keep'n on all day!" More...

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HOD Announces New Album, Tour Dates

San Antonio blackened death legion HOD is pleased to announce an official union with newly revamped Arctic Music for the release of new full-length, "Book Of The Worm," this Summer. Comments the band of the chaos set to ensue:

"The album is long overdue, but finding the right label to work with takes time. Label head, Julian Hollowell, made us a great offer, and knowing Julian for years, due to his membership in Kult ov Azazel, we knew this was the right choice for us. The wait is worth it."

In related HOD intel, the band will embark upon another short run of live abrasions next week alongside New Orleans black/death dealers, Abysmal Lord. The slaughter will begin April 2nd in Memphis sullying a total of seven metropolises. The band will be toting the forbidden psalms of "Fuckin' Metal Volume 1," a collection of demo and comp tracks available for the first time on one CD.

4/02/2014 The Buccaneer - Memphis, TN
4/03/2014 The Bada Brew - Chicago, IL w/ Cardiac Arrest
4/04/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
4/05/2014 Taxidermy House - Cleveland, OH
4/06/2014 Sluggo's - Chattanooga, TN
4/07/2014 The Star Bar - Atlanta, GA
4/08/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA

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GWAR-B-Q Still Happening, Band Issues Statement

After the passing of Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, earlier this week, Gwar's manager Jack Flanagan has now checked in with the following update regarding the cause of death and the upcoming GWAR-B-Q event:

"On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.

"Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

"We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

"We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

"As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year's GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad's Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad's Lake."

At this point it is unknown if Gwar will be disbanding or if a new member will be sought to step in.

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Gamma Ray Posts More Interview Footage

Gamma Ray posted additional 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 and on April 15th in the U.S. via Armory Records.

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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Wild To Release "En Tierra Hostil"

Spanish heavy metal band Wild will release "En Tierra Hostil" via Splitrick Records this coming April 15th, 2014. The label comments:

"Do you remember when you first heard of Judas Priest or Accept? Do you remember the first time your speakers exploded with Iron Maiden?

"Five bastards have not forgotten those times and decided to sell their soul to the devil and wrap up classic, powerful, razor sharp and wild heavy metal!

"Welcome to the second assault of the Spanish metal band Wild. 'En Tierra Hostil' was roduced by Ángel 'Choco' Muñoz, recorded, mixed and mastered in studios Traste Cero in Madrid.

"Nine songs straight to you ears blowing your brains off, like you won't stop shredding your air guitar like a maniac! 38 minutes of pure undiluted heavy metal. The classic rockers and new blood together in this hell called 'En Tierra Hostil.' Now bang your head for god’s sake!" More...

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Eluveitie Enters The Studio

The Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:

"Right after taking home a Swiss Music Award earlier this month (the first metal band ever to do so!), we have entered the Swiss New Sound Studio again to begin work on the follow-up to 2012’s 'Helvetios,' once again with legendary producer Tommy Vetterli.

"As always, working with Tommy is as efficient as it is creative: both drum and guitar tracking is already completed! We have now begun work on the folk instruments and vocals at Newsound Studio, Lucerne’s Soundfarm Studio, and Chrigel’s home simultaneously. We are extremely proud of the new material and can’t wait to present yet another big step in the evolution of Eluveitie later this year!

"We were also able to secure a bunch of exciting guest performers, the first of which we have recorded last week: the wonderful Christine Lauterburg. More...

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Goatwhore Reveals New Album Details

Goatwhore's new album, "Constricting Rage of the Merciless," is scheduled for release in North America on July 8th.

Fans that see Goatwhore live on the road as part of the Metal Alliance Tour will have the opportunity to reserve a copy of the CD at the band's merch booth. Those pre-orders will include a special limited edition/exclusive album laminate and and exclusive t-shirt. The laminates will include unique pre-order codes to enter o-line to have the album shipped right to the buyer's door upon release.

"Constricting Rage of the Merciless" was recorded with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL. This is Goatwhore's fourth studio outing with Rutan at the helm, and to achieve an even more dark and powerful tone on this album, all drums, bass, and rhythm guitars were tracked to 2-inch tape. New music from the album will be made available in the coming weeks.

Erik Rutan commented on the recording sessions: "Working with Goatwhore again for our 4th album together was amazing! It is through our experience and established trust and bond in the studio that allowed us to push each other to the limits, only to achieve the best performances and tones we could. This album came out so dynamic and huge, partly due to the fact that we recorded drums, bass, and main rhythm guitars to analog tape. Goatwhore has a massive sound and we all felt recording to analog would be the best way to capture it, giving it a very unique quality and feel, built off of integrity and vibe. This is our finest moment working together and the guys did an incredible job creating and performing all the songs on this record. Goatwhore fans be prepared!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Poisonous Existence In Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth For Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven's Crumbling Walls Of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh
7. FBS
8. Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed
9. Schadenfreude
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery More...

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Devil You Know Posts New Video

Devil You Know, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devolved), has a new video clip out now for "Seven Years Alone," which can be seen below thanks to Metalhammer.

The band's new album "The Beauty of Destruction" will be available on April 25th (Europe) and April 29th (North America/UK/France) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. A New Beginning
2. My Own
3. Embracing The Torture
4. For The Dead And Broken
5. Seven Years Alone
6. It's Over
7. A Mind Insane
8. Crawl From The Dark
9. The Killer
10. I Am The Nothing
11. Shut It Down
12. As Bright As The Darkness
13. Sacrifice (bonus track – vinyl LP only)

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Demon Hunter Comments On Album Release

"Extremist," the seventh studio album from Demon Hunter, smashed its way into the Billboard Top 20, debuting today at #16 on the Billboard 200. This represents the highest chart debut in the band’s career.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the support from our die-hard fans,” says Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark. “We can’t thank you enough for continuing to encourage us 13 years into this band. And to the new fans - thank you as well! Welcome to the family! Also, a special ‘thank you’ to everyone that worked hard to make this record what it is. We’re so proud of it, and so humbled to know it’s appreciated.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Death
2. Artificial Light (streaming here)
3. What I'm Not
4. The Last One Alive (available here)
5. I Will Fail You (streaming below)
6. One Last Song
7. Cross To Bear
8. Hell Don't Need Me
9. In Time
10. Beyond Me
11. Gasoline
12. The Heart Of A Graveyard
Deluxe edition bonus songs
13. Waste Me
14. Helpless Hop More...

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Autopsy Streaming New Song

U.S. death metal outfit Autopsy (recently covered in our Sunday Old School column) has teamed up with Noisey to launch a brand new track, "The Howling Dead," from the band's upcoming seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves." Give it a listen below.

"Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves" can be pre-ordered now via the Peaceville webstore here. The band also comments:

"TOURNIQUETS TIGHTEN....HACKSAWS RIP.....GRAVES ARE FILLED.....THIS IS AUTOPSY, THIS IS DEATH METAL.... With the stench of 'The Headless Ritual' still permeating the befouled air, Autopsy has once again come for your very metal soul with their newest blood soaked homage to all things dark, twisted and horrific, once again bone crushingly heavy nightmares await. 'Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves' will awaken the most depraved part of the coldest zombie's stare. Blood will flow, brains will be destroyed, coffin lids will be opened..."

The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios with producer Adam Munoz and sees a continuation of Autopsy's pursuit of the ultimate in metallic horror and extremity, featuring the longstanding combo of Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles on guitars, Joe Trevisano on bass, and Chris Reifert on drums/vocals. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Dunderbeist Posts Studio Video

Norwegian outfit Dunderbeist is currently in the studio working on the follow-up album to 2012's "Songs Of The Buried." The band has now released an in-studio video clip, which can be seen below, and you can also find photos from the recording sessions over at the Dunderbeist Facebook profile here. More...

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Cauldron Black Ram Streaming Full Album

Next week 20 Buck Spin will launch Cauldron Black Ram's "Stalagmire" LP on April 1st in North America and April 4th in Europe.

In anticipation of the impending release, today the entire record is playing online below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com. Pre-orders for the coming album are available online at this location. More...

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Nashville Pussy Announces U.S. Tour

Nashville Pussy has released latest studio album "Up The Dosage" via SPV/Steamhammer, and in support of the release the band has announced a North American tour beginning this May.

The tour kicks off May 21st in Charlotte, NC and runs through June 21st in Chicago, IL. The tour sees Nashville Pussy supporting The Supersuckers as well as playing headline gigs with support coming from catl and The Yawpers.

5/21: Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall*
5/22: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Music Hall*
5/23: Johnson City, TN @ The Casbah Johnson City*
5/24: Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery*
5/25: Memphis, TN @ Young Avenue Deli*
5/27: Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room*
5/28: Fort Worth, TX @ The Aardvark*
5/29: Austin, TX @ The Bellmont*
5/30: San Antonio, TX @ Korova*
5/31: Lubbock, TX @ Melt* More...

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Hornss Reveals Album Details, European Tour

Thanks to the L.A. based label EasyRider Records, this May the Hornss trio will see the release of a debut album. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland with Greg Wilkinson, if you were sold on the strutting doom groove of their demo 'The Red Death' then 'No Blood, No Sympathy' is going to blow your mind and then some.

"Drawing on influences such as Hawkwind, St. Vitus and The Ramones, Hornss deliver devastating doom, death punk fury (both Mike and Nick were also founding members of San Fran punk band The Jack Saints), stoned out meanderings and crushing desert progressions that will strike a chord no matter where your allegiances lie.

"The band takes to the road throughout August/September for a European tour in support of their debut album No Blood, No Sympathy, which will be released via EasyRider Records on 13th May."

29th August – Utrecht @ ACU (Netherlands)
30th August – Siegen @ Vortex Musikclub (Germany)
5th September – Linz @ Ann And Pat (Austria)
6th September – Feldkirch @ Graf Hugo (Austria)
12th September – Ilirska Bistrica @ MKNZ (Slovenia)
20th September – Kortrijk @ The Pits (Belgium)
21st September – Tilburg @ INCUBATE FESTIVAL (Netherlands) More...

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Karyn Crisis Reveals Details On New Album

Vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis today reveals further details of her newest musical project, Gospel of the Witches.

Gospel of the Witches features Karyn Crisis' vocals and mystical lyrics, over music composed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso. With Tiso playing all guitars and bass, the lineup is completed by Danny Walker of Intronaut on drums, and Ross Dolan of Immolation on vocals. In addition to the core lineup, the album will contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs.

A 13-song album is currently in the pre-production stages. Tracking begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC.

Karyn Crisis speaks about Gospel of the Witches: "The album is a bold statement and an epic, unabashedly emotional work of devotion to the ultimate expression of the power of the fires of transformation: The Witch. Davide has a haunting ability to generate undeniably emotional landscapes with his guitar, and these songs twist and turn into darkness and then transmute into heartbreaking beauty and light. As a testament to Ancient Ways and the union of opposites, I explore the feminine power in my voice on this album and couple it with Ross' intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses. Danny will round out these 13 dark mantras with thunderous drums. Take the tendrils of my unstoppable voice into the Great Mysteries... or run for the hills."

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing costs. Check it out and see all the available rewards for contributing at this location.

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Fucked Up Streaming "Year Of The Dragon"

Canadian outfit Fucked Up is currently streaming the title track to "Year of the Dragon," which is due out via Tankcrimes on April 15th, 2014. Give the song a listen below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

"Year Of The Dragon" boasts three tracks, cover art by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch), and will come available on 12", CD, and digitally.

Side A features the title track, an eighteen-minute epic anthem centered on dreams, expectations, compromise and hypocrisy. Side B is rounded out by two classic Canadian punk covers from Cardboard Brains and The Ugly. More...

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Cryptic Abyss Releases New EP

Australian groove metal unit Cryptic Abyss has released a new six track EP titled "Into The Abyss,"
which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Themelco at Monolith Studios.

The album's artwork was made by Pzychopart/Abyss Designs and the track "Blood on the Nature Strip" features Matt Young from King Parrot. Cryptic Abyss comments on the release:

"We have had so much fun ever since the very creation of the band, but when we first went onto that stage we knew that this was for us and through all the jamming and writing we have a six track EP that has been released March 2014."

You can stream the full release below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Grooveback 06:10
2. Words of a Brute Spirit 03:40
3. Throne of Hatred 03:32
4. No Sympathy 06:15
5. Blood on the Nature Strip (Ft. Matt Young) 03:16
6. Into the Abyss 03:56 More...

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Black Anvil Reveals Album Details

New York-based black metal crew Black Anvil is pleased to announce the release of the band's third full-length album. A teaser trailer is available below.

"Hail Death," which includes the cover art of Metastazis (Behemoth, Alcest, Black Dahlia Murder) will be released via Relapse Records in North America/UK/World on May 27th, 2014 preceded by Germany/Benelux/Finland on May 24th, 2014.

The sonic fury was captured at Magpie Cage by J. Robbins of Jawbox, who, although best known for recording punk and post-hardcore acts, perfectly understood the band's creative vision.

"He's got a really good style of making records and I knew he would understand that we wanted to make this sound live and organic as opposed to tight and compressed," relays bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney, citing Kiss' Destroyer and Metallica's Master Of Puppets as inspiration. "I wanted it to be a little more rock 'n' roll sounding because I felt the songs were a little bigger and structured. It tells a story from beginning to end and the recording reflects that."

As such, the behemoth offering includes a bonus track: A Black Anviled cover of "Under The Rose" from Kiss' iconic ninth studio recording, "The Elder." More...

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The Quill Cancels Tour Dates

The Quill has checked in with the following announcement about cancelling upcoming European tour dates:

"We are sad to announce we have to cancel the upcoming shows in Germany and the Netherlands.

"We were really looking forward to play these shows but due to personal matters we have no other option but to cancel these shows."

The affected shows are as follows:

April 17th Pitcher, Düsseldorf DE
April 18th Musicon, The Hague NL
April 19th Rare Guitar, Münster DE
April 20th Asgaard, Beverwijk NL More...

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Decapitated Christ Parts Ways With Drummer

Spain's Decapitated Christ has issued the following announcement about splitting with its drummer:

"We are really sad to announce the departure of our drummer and co-founder member Blasthagel.

"It's a totally friendly parting anyway and he was kind enough to play our next gig with Mystifier on April. It will be his last gig before quitting.

"We are now looking for a new drummer, 'cause many gigs and tours are planned this year!" More...

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Power Theory Splits With Guitarist

Power Theory has officially parted ways with guitarist Nygil Hoch and the band issued the following statement about the situation:

"Our producer and friend Matt DiFabio (Single Bullet Theory/Pissing Razors) will be handling lead guitar duties for our show in Chicago next weekend.

"We will not embellish on the reasons behind the decision to let Nygil go, and we ask our friends and fans not to indulge in the mudslinging that has been initiated on Facebook by him since his termination. Actions speak louder than words do, and class and maturity usually speak much louder than lies. This was not a decision we wanted to make, but circumstances left no other choice.

"We will be setting up auditions for his replacement upon our return from Chicago, and we will still meet our deadline for the release of 'Driven By Fear' by the end of the summer. It will be worth the wait."

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Swallow The Sun Posts Paris Footage

In 2013, Swallow The Sun's "The Morning Never Came 10th Anniversary" tour arrived in Paris. The video clip below is the story of that day by Samed Hajji.

The band was performing in support of both first album "The Morning Never Came" and latest album "Emerald Forest and the Blackbid" (streaming here).

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Arkona Posts Preview Of New Album "Yav"

Russian folk metal act Arkona released a preview clip of the upcoming new album "Yav." The clip features snippets of the entire album and can be heard in the player below. The album is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

April 25th: GAS
April 28th: FR
April 30th: ESP/SWE/NOR
May 2nd: FIN & BENELUX
May 5th: UK/Rest of Europe
May 6th: USA/CAN

The track list is as follows:

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let (streaming here)
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven'
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved'ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav'
9. V ob'jat'jah kramoly

Check out the preview here: More...

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Below Posts New Track Online

Swedish doom band Below today releases a second song from "Across The Dark River." Check out "Mare Of The Night" below, courtesy of Rock Hard Germany.

Below calls the track: “An ultra-heavy song about a mythological creature who enter your dreams. Starting out slow and ending in a furious onslaught.”

Below spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record "Across The Dark River," due out April 11th via Metal Blade. The previously posted first single "Portal" is still available at this location. More...

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Vredehammer Teases New Album

Vredehammer's new album "Vinteroffer" is due out April 7th in Europe, and now today a new headbanging teaser clip has been posted online. Check it out below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Awakening
2. Cthulhu (streaming here)
3. Seduce Infect Destroy
4. Suicide Forest
5. We Are The Sacrifice
6. Sykdom
7. Summoned
8. Vinteroffer
9. Admissa

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Darker Half Confirms For WOM VII Festival

The Warriors of Metal Fest has announced the confirmation of Sydney, Australia's power thrash metal band Darker Half for this summer's Warriors Of Metal Fest VII. Darker Half will be supporting the release of their upcoming third studio album, "Never Surrender." Check out the song "End of the Line" from Darker Half's 2012 album "Desensitized" below.

Band vocalist and guitarist, Vo Simpson states: "We are stoked to be coming to the US for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII this year! This'll be our first time in America and our first show outside Australia so we're excited to come and play with so many great bands and hope we can bring back some killer stories.

It's an honour to be invited to play a festival we've heard so much about over here, so we hope you enjoy what we do. We look forward to seeing you, rockin' your socks off and making some new fans and friends on the other side of the planet \m/."

Darker Half joins a whole host of other bands that have confirmed in the past month for the Warriors Of Metal Fest's seventh installation. The latest bands that have been added to the roster are A Sound Of Thunder, A Tortured Soul, Noble Beast, Zephaniah, Steel Assassin, Shadowstrike, Vermithrax, Valhalla, Aska and Benedictum w/special guest Leather Leone. Vermithrax replaces the previously confirmed Flesh Engine.

Get updates on the WOM VII Festival at this location. The 7th annual Warriors of Metal Fest will be held June 27th-28th at O'Shecky's LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.


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Odium Returns With New Track

Following 2012's "Burning Bridges To Nowhere" and a short break from the industry to make some much needed changes, Odium is back with a new lineup.

Today the band unleashes new single "Failure II," which can be heard below, courtesy of Pure Grain Audio.

“The break has definitely had a positive influence on us as a band,” says guitarist and original founding member Bo Louther. “It has allowed us to step back and really just make music purely because we love it. Also, with a new vocalist comes a whole new dynamic [and] we’re open to experimenting a bit more.”

With a new full-length album in the works, Odium is gearing up to unleash material that’s set to be more aggressive than ever, but will still keep the band’s signature sound. More...

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Twitch Of The Death Nerve Streaming Song

UK brutal death metallers Twitch Of The Death Nerve and Eternal Terror Webzine have teamed up for the exclusive world premiere of "Scores of Sores, Legions of Lesions," from their forthcoming album, "A New Code of Morality." "Scores of Sores, Legions of Lesions" is now playing at this location. "A New Code of Morality is due out on April 29th via Comatose Music.

Twitch Of The Death Nerve was formed in 2004 as a side project of Tom Bradfield and Tom Carter from Infected Disarray and Beef Conspiracy. After releasing a split CD, the pair continued with their other projects (including Grindethic Records and Repulsive Dissection) whilst at the same time working on tracks for a full length release. The line-up was later completed by recruiting Defeated Sanity drummer Lille Gruber, and the band began working on their debut.

"A New Code of Morality" features epic Marco Hasmann artwork to complement the misanthropy drenched nihilism. More...

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Michael Angelo Batio Posts New Video

M.A.C.E Records has officially released the new Michael Angelo Batio music video "8 Pillars of Steel," which is playing below.

The song was written by Michael Angelo Batio and longtime friend Marc McNally and features guest solos by music icons George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM), Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Craig Godly (Dio), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis), Rusty Cooley (Day Of Reckoning) and drum virtuoso Joe Babiak.

"8 Pillars Of Steel" is the first single from Batio's new album "Intermezzo," which features 10 tracks of brand new, original music. It is filled with Batio's signature virtuoso guitar playing, mixed meters, great melodies, superb arrangements, world class production and features an amazing list of some of the best guitarists on the planet. This is the first album that the shredder recorded using his new Dean signature MAB 7 "Warrior" 7-string guitar.

The complete list of guest guitarists on Intermezzo includes: George Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Jeff Loomis, Craig Goldy, Dave Reffett, Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth, OHM), Rusty Cooley, Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Elliott Dean Rubinson, Joe Stump (Holy Hell), Andrea Martongelli, Alex Stornello, Bill Peck, Max Carlisle, Florent Atem, Annie Grunwald (Formless), Tobias Hurwitz, Joe Rose and more.

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Stuka Squadron Hints A Possible Reunion

The confusing evolution of the band formerly known as Stuka Squadron started in September of 2012, when founding member Lord Graham Pyre (bassist) split with the band. Carrying on without him, the band named a new bass player, before a name dispute ensued, causing the remaining members to change the name to Iron Knights. Since the change in name, vocalist James Duke Fang Begley split with the band along with Stuka guitarist Gravedigger Cox.

Now, its appears a reunion might be on the horizon as Lord Graham Pyre and James Duke Fang Begley have been working on new material and a snippet of a song entitled "Pit of Fire" has surfaced. Earlier this month, the band posted the following on the Official Facebook Page:

"Squadroneers and adherents of the Subterranean Reich. Following the conclusion of THE BLOOD WAR which has disrupted our campaign for the last two years, Oberkommando has authorised the announcement of a NEW WUNDERWAFFE (MIRACLE WEAPON in your inferior English tongue). This is the first step in OUR NEW CAMPAIGN. The STUKA SQUADRON RETURNS! Who wishes to sample the new MASTER WORK?"

This post followed along with the song snippet:

"Squadroneers, Knights and veteran First Legionnaires. Propagndaoberkommando has authorised the release of this first glimpse of the THE NEW WEAPON. The tide will turn. Victory is inevitable."

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Incura Releases "The Greatest Con" Music Video

Vancouver hard rock act Incura released a new music video for the track "The Greatest Con." The song appears on the band's debut self-titled full length album, which is available through InsideOut Music.

Check out "The Greatest Con" here:

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