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Metal News for March 28, 2014

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

This week certainly could've gone better for metal. Most of us woke Monday morning to the startling news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus - visiting alien, hilarious aficionado of all things offensive, and lead singer of costumed shock metallers GWAR - had died in his sleep of unknown causes Sunday, March 23rd.

Naturally, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) felt it only right to devote a nice, twitching, juicy slab of this week's podcast to Dave/Oderus. [00:50:45] His sudden death will likely have a massive, throbbing, aching impact on the future of metal culture, an impact as understated and yet as ever-present as his three-decade influence while alive and killing.

It's not all bummer news, though. We have some live concert adventures to share as well. Kevin caught performances by two renowned progressive metal bands: The Ocean [00:08:58] and Between The Buried And Me. [00:37:15] Mike saw thrashers Destruction [00:00:44] and experienced a unique, unexpected, trend-bucking grassroots event dubbed Annihilation Fest, held in Lynchburg, Virginia. [00:27:01]

We'd like to thank Metal Blade Records for their permission to use GWAR's "Zombies, March!" to open up this special episode, which you can check out here.

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Epistasis Streaming New EP

In less than a week, Crucial Blast will release the label's first recordings from NYC metal experimentalists Epistasis with the "Light Through Dead Glass" mini-album, and today Noisey.Vice.com lets the whole thing loose early. Give the full EP a listen below. The following press release was also issued:

"Set for release on April 1st, the collective's latest sonic explorations are documented through six new movements on the new EP, Epistasis' own specialized, unclassifiable mangling of influences swirling into a chaotic, devastating and yet beautiful entity.

"The haunting and crushing range of vocals pouring forth from Amy Mills' (Couch Slut) matched with her mournful trumpet contributions somehow weaves seamlessly into the barrage of percussion unloaded by drummer Alex Cohen (Pyrrhon, Malignancy) while guitarist Kevin Wunderlich (Couch Slut, Voice Coils) and bassist Doug Berns lay down an equally vast culmination of amplification and riff tactics. Mills recently also played trumpet on new albums from Castevet and Psalm Zero. The EP was recorded under the watch of Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane).

"Epistasis will showcase their latest works at a hometown gala, just days after the official release of Light Through Dead Glass. On Sunday, April 6th, Kayo Dot, White Suns, and Pyrrhon will share the stage at the Acheron in Brooklyn with EPISTASIS at the band's official release show for the record."

4/06/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon, White Suns More...

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Emery Announces New Album

Veteran Christian rock band, Emery, will launch a crowdfunding campaign next week to help support the band's upcoming full-length, "You Were Never Alone," which will be released this summer on BadChristian Music.

"You Were Never Alone" sees the return of Emery founding member/vocalist, Devin Shelton, and the band plans to tour in support of its upcoming sixth full-length effort.

Emery has also posted a rough mix of a song from the new album, "I Got Taken for a Bath," for free download at this location.

Commented the band: "It's been almost 11 years since we released 'The Weak's End.' That's a little hard to believe for us! In that time, we have seen more success than we could have possibly dreamed. We toured the world, created five more albums, and had the privilege of meeting and getting to know a ton of you along the way. You have never left us. As we came up with what we wanted to say here, it almost brought us to tears. We really were never alone. You are Emery. And you are the reason that we are still here, and why our new record is going to be our most important."

BadChristian Music was formed in 2013 by Emery's Matt Carter and Toby Morrell along with close friend Joey Svendsen.

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Stick To Your Guns Covers Florence + The Machine

Stick To Your Guns has released a surprise cover of Florence and the Machine’s "Dog Days Are Over,” recorded with producer Kyle Black (Comeback Kid). The song is a preview of Sumerian Records’ tribute album "Florence + The Sphinx."

“Florence is so talented. We chose this song because it has always resonated with us,” front man Jesse Barnett said. “Vocally, you can hear the growth of the band. We wanted to do something that would surprise people. We believe in stepping outside of the box – never satisfied with the ‘safe’ choice. Can’t wait to see what people think.” More...

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Thine Reveals Album Details

Thine, the enigmatic U.K. dark rock/prog quintet, has revealed the cover art and track listing for third studio album, "The Dead City Blueprint," to be released in North America on May 13th via Peaceville Records.

"The Dead City Blueprint" can be pre-ordered now this location. The band also comments:

"We've been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city's darkest avenues, so hope you'll find us there."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Brave Young Assassin
2. Flame to the Oak
3. Out of Your Mind & into a Void
4. To the Precipice
5. The Dead City Blueprint
6. A Great Unknown
7. The Rift
8. The Beacon
9. Scars from Limbo
10. Adrift Through the Arcane Isles of Recovery More...

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Renowned Eternity Splits With Vocalist

North Carolina's Renowned Eternity has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"We are saddened to announce the departure of lead vocalist Jerry Widner from the band. Now do not be alarmed, as this is not the end of RE, but rather a new beginning.

"Everything was left on good terms and for reasons that you, the public, don't need to know. ('haha' Laughter, funny jokes) Renowned Eternity will continue to bring our heavy hitting music that all of our wonderful, supportive fans love so much.

"We'll see you all on April 11th for a kickass show, hell... we might even have a surprise for you. Inbox Brett Cherokee Widner, Matt Bell, Matt Fulk, or Max Ryu-Jin Upright for ticket info. Thanks! And remain Metal!"

Anyone interested in applying for the now vacant position can find details at Facebook here.

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Feed Her To The Sharks Signs To Victory Records

Victory Records is proud to announce the signing of Melbourne, Australia’s Feed Her To The Sharks.

The five-piece modern metalcore act established itself by aggressively touring Australia with Asking Alexandria, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, and others, others in addition to a spot on the 2013 Warped Tour Australia.

The band comments: "We are very pleased to announce we have joined the Victory Records family! Victory is already home to many of our idols, and to say we are part of this is truly an honor. We are extremely excited to show our music to the world, and bring our unique sound to the masses!"

Feed Her To The Sharks will be hitting the road next month with Buried In Verona and Fit For A King, before entering the studio to record a Victory Records debut. More...

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So Delan Drops New Ode "Tonight"

Se Delan, the duo made up of multi-instrumentalist leader of Crippled Black Phoenix, Justin Greaves, and Swedish singer, Belinda Kordic (Killing Mood), has released a lyric video for the new song, "Tonight."

"Tonight" comes from the band's debut album, "The Fall," due out April 15th in North America on Kscope. "The Fall" can be pre-ordered now at iTunes here. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Chasing Changes
3. Beneath the Sea
4. Little One
5. Today
6. Tonight
7. The Hunt
8. Dirge
9. On My Way More...

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Etched In Stone Announces New Album

Four years have passed since central California's death metal unit Etched In Stone unleashed debut album, "Emulate The Defiler."

Following that release the band was forced to take an unexpected break to deal with multiple shifts in the lineup. This also led to numerous setbacks in recording a follow up album, which was originally intended for release in Summer 2013.

Etched In Stone has pushed on, refining its sound and recording the remaining tracks as time allowed. The band is now set to release sophomore album, "The Failure of Modern Man," this June. Etched In Stone vocalist/producer Brian Lewis, had the following to say about the forthcoming release:

"Releasing this album, for me at least, is a form of much needed closure. We’ve been hard at work on it for nearly 3 years and have had several discouraging setbacks and battles along the way, so I’m not only overjoyed that Etched in Stone is finally able to bring something new and entirely different from what we’ve ever done before to the table, but it’s enthralling to finally be able to say IT IS FINISHED! We are boldly stepping into new territory with this album musically and The Failure of Modern Man is a damn good indicator of what the future of Etched in Stone’s sound holds!"

"The Failure of Modern Man" is set for release on June 24th, 2014. More...

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Czar Gearing Up To Hit The Road

Chicago trio Czar is preparing to hit the road in April for a short U.S. tour, including a hometown show with the mighty Godflesh. Dates are as follows:

Apr 10 - Champaign, IL @ Error Records
Apr 11 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Apr 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Davey's
Apr 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Maidstone
Apr 15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Godflesh)
Apr 16 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Apr 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar
Apr 19 - Albany, NY @ Bogies

Czar's sophomore album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive," was released in November of 2013 and can be heard below. More...

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Interview

Pushing Boundaries With Krisiun

Thursday, March 20th, 2014. Destruction had just wrapped a ripping set at Springfield, Virginia's Empire, the third stop of the German thrashers' current North American tour. Since I'd interviewed guitarist Mike Sifringer upon arrival, I thought it only appropriate to finish the night by catching up with the support act: Brazilian trio Krisiun.

Amid a slowly waning bustle of gear breakdown and merch removal (what was left, anyway), I stood before Krisiun's bassist/vocalist Alex Camargo. A formidable rock of a man with a menacing death metal stage demeanor, Alex in his downtime revealed a far different, relaxed side at odds with his swarthy "Machete" resemblance and husky voice. Here's what happened... More...

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Jar'd Loose To Release New Album

Jar'd Loose returns with the release of its second album, "Turns 13," which was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy).

"Turns 13" drops May 27th as a vinyl LP on Threshold of Pain Records, and as a CD and digital download on The Path Less Traveled Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Light Took Us
2. Jackson the Pollock
3. Summer of Lung
4. Adult Prom
5. Carrion Guy
6. Full Body Cast
7. Isthmus
8. Turning 13
9. The Yarn Store More...

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Memories Of A Dead Man Streaming New Song

Today, French post-metal quintet Memories Of A Dead Man has revealed a brand new track entitled “Aurora,” which is available below via Terrorizer Magazine.

The track comes off the band’s third full-length album "Ashes of Joy," set for release on April 14th via Send Me The Wood Music and distributed in Europe by Season of Mist Records.

Pre-orders for “Ashes of Joy” are available over here. More...

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SXSW 2014 Day Four: Spirit Caravan

Saturday, March 14, the roads seem quiet compared to the previous night. Part of this was due to my moving back to Red River Street and away from Dirty Sixth. Everybody seemed tired, and as a publicist opined to me, Thursday morning's crash on Red River casted bad mojo onto the festivities. Whatever the cause, there was no 1001 person to flood a capacity venue. More...

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Nux Vomica Posts Entire Album Online

Invisible Oranges is now streaming the entire third LP from morose crust quintet, Nux Vomica, set for release on April 1st via Relapse Records. Give it a listen below. Relapse also comments:

"Closing a five-year gap since Nux Vomica's last full-length release, the record was recorded throughout 2011-2012 at Haywire Studios in Portland, Oregon.

"Blending the suffocating atmospherics of the doom/sludge with the raw ferocity of black metal, punk and d-beat crust, the band's organic heaviness comparably hangs in limbo somewhere between Neurosis and His Hero Is Gone.

"Their self-titled album delivers three epic tracks, creating a forty-minute emotional odyssey into the depths of human darkness; a flawless combination of epic song structures with crushing melodies and colossal riffs with powerful dynamics." More...

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Lost Society Posts New Track-By-Track Video

Finnish newcomer outfit Lost Society today presents the fourth part of the band's track-by-track video series for new album "Terror Hungry."

In this episode, Samy, Arttu, Mirko and Ossi provide you with background information on the sixth and seventh tracks "Snowroad Blowout" and "Tyrant Takeover." The new album "Terror Hungry" is due out April 1st, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:

The track list for the album is:

1. Spurgatory
2. Game Over
3. Attaxic
4. Lethal Pleasure
5. Terror Hungry
6. Snowroad Blowout
7. Tyrant Takeover
8. Overdosed Brain
9. Thrashed Reality
10. F.F.E.
11. Brewtal Awakening
12. Mosh It Up
13. Wasted After Midnight
14. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll (Twisted Sister Cover) (Bonus Track)

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Visigoth Signs With Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records announced the signing of Salt Lake City natives Visigoth. The traditional metal act has been blazing a path through the metal underground since their inception in 2010. The release of the "Vengeance" demo in 2010, and the "Final Spell" EP in 2012 earned the band praise from throughout the underground scene in North America and Europe. The band has entered Boar's Nest Studios to record their full-length debut with Andy Patterson. New album news will be made available soon, and until then, fans can see Visigoth live at select shows in April, May and June. Confirmed shows are on the band's Facebook Page.

According to the press release: "Visigoth plays heavy metal that hearkens back to the golden age of ironclad riffwork and powerful vocals. They pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on the history of the genre, and their earth-shaking sound echoes with a deep reverence for their roots. Visigoth goes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. In Visigoth's realm, there are no frills, no gimmicks; there is only heavy metal." More...

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Lord Mantis Posts "Negative Birth" Track

After previously streaming the track "Body Choke" online, Lord Mantis has now released another song online.

Check out "Negative Birth" below, thanks to Stereogum.com. Both tracks come off new album "Death Mask," due out April 29th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Body Choke
2. Death Mask
3. Possession Prayer
4. You Will Gag For The Fix
5. Negative Birth
6. Coil
7. Three Crosses More...

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Reveals Album Artwork

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter today reveals the artwork for upcoming double album "Tief.Tiefer," which is set to be released on May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The artwork that underlines the deep connection between both albums has also been done by front man Fuchs, who already created the cover to the classic "Riders On The Storm."

The new album's track listing will be as follows:

Tief
01. Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit
02. Wir
03. Wo Es Dich Gibt
04. Was Bleibt Bin Ich
05. Ein Leichtes Mädchen
06. Ein Vöglein
07. Es Wird Nacht
08. Die Wahrheit
09. 2 Teufel
10. Die Welt Ist Tief
11. So Fern

Tiefer
01. Die Zeit
02. Der Weg
03. Friede Sei Mit Dir
04. Flieg, Mein Herz
05. Das Paradies
06. Die Leidenschaft
07. Auf Die Liebe
08. Der Wahnsinn
09. Terra Nola More...

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Scorpion Child Kicking Off Tour Tonight

Austin, Texas based classic rock sensation Scorpion Child kicks off a European tour tonight in Brussels.

Commented singer extraordinaire, Aryn Jonathan Black: "There is nothing better than opening your eyes in London and knowing that you will soon hit the road together with Horison and Jackson Firebird!"

28.03.2014 BE – Brussels, AB Club
29.03.2014 DE – München, Droptune Festival
30.03.2014 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
31.03.2014 CH – Pratteln, Z7
01.04.2014 IT – Milano, Lo Fi Club
02.04.2014 IT – Bologna, Freakout Club
03.04.2014 AT – Innsbruck, Weekender
04.04.2014 DE – Esslingen, Komma
05.04.2014 AT – Wolfsberg, JUZ
06.04.2014 DE – Lichtenfels, Paunchy Cats
08.04.2014 AT – Wien, Arena 3 Raum
09.04.2014 DE – Darmstadt, Steinbruch Theater
10.04.2014 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
11.04.2014 DE – Siegen, Vortex
12.04.2014 NL – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival
13.04.2014 DE – Rheine, Hypothalamus
14.04.2014 DE – Hamburg, Logo
15.04.2014 DK – Kopenhagen, Beta
16.04.2014 DE – Berlin, Comet
17.04.2014 DE – Dresden, Scheune (without Jackson Firebird)
18.04.2014 CH – Uster, Rockcity (without Jackson Firebird)
19.04.2014 DE – Essen, Turock (without Jackson Firebird) More...

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Sonata Arctica Streaming Full New Album

Finally the day has come: the brand new Sonata Arctica new album "Pariah’s Child" is out in Europe now, with the North American release officially coming April 1st, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today you can also hear the entire album online. Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below, courtesy of Metalhammer.co.uk.

Be sure to also read our very own CROMCarl's tongue-in-cheek review of the new album over at this location. More...

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Doro Covers Led Zeppelin

In honor of her 30 year stage jubilee, internationally successful rock singer Doro will celebrate with fans from all over the world with two unique shows on May 2nd: the "Classic Night" with an orchestra, and May 3rd: the "Rock Night," at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf.

Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record from the rock queen.

The "Raise Your Fist – 30 Years Anniversary-Edition" contains the re-release of the "Raise Your Fist" record, as well as a bonus CD highlight entitled "Powerful Passionate Favorites." There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, Kiss, and Dio.

To get a first impression, check out Doro's cover version of the Led Zeppelin track "Babe I’m Gonna Leave You" below.

Commented Doro Pesch: "Along with T.Rex, Led Zeppelin was among my all-time favorite bands of the 70s. They were four phenomenal musicians, who did not only come up with excellent rock songs, but also with wonderful ballads - such as 'Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,' a very emotional track and among my personal faves of the band. This is why it became the first choice for our 'Raise Your Fist - Anniversary Edition.'" More...

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Coldwar Posts "Ether Child" Lyric Video

Ireland's Coldwar released a lyric video for the new track "Ether Child." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Pantheist," which is set to drop on April 28th via Candlelight Records. The album is the band's fourth release and first for Candlelight.

The track list for "Pantheist" is:

1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Ether Child
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer
6. Ghostdance
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment Of Being
9. Last Days Of The 4th Sun

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Equilibrium Unveils New Album Artwork, Track List

German epic metal outfit Equilibrium will set aflame a new bonfire this summer with fourth studio album "Erdentempel," set for release on June 6th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation, which was recorded, produced and mixed under the direction of René at Helion Studios and mastered at Finnvox-Studios. The cover artwork was done by Skadi van Terror and can be seen below.

René states: “Things finally get going again! The new album is done and we can hardly wait to share it with the world. The 12 titles are already a hint that it’s an extremely varied album. I have just listened to the album again, and I’ve never been so happy and excited after the completion of an album. The album really includes every facet of Equilibrium. We are also very proud of the cover artwork of Erdentempel. Skadi has been listening to the record most intensely, started to draw and this is the outcome. She really managed to put the content of the album into a picture!

"By the way, this time there is one song with English lyrics on the album. It is for all our fans who don’t speak German. So they can finally understand the lyircs while listening to it. The other songs are still in German, of course!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Ankunft
2. Was Lange Währt
3. Waldschrein
4. Karawane
5. Uns'rer Flöten Klang
6. Freiflug
7. Heavy Chill
8. Wirtshaus Gaudi
9. Stein Meiner Ahnen
10. Wellengang
11. Apokalypse
12. The Unknown Episode More...

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Bloody Hammers Releases New Lyric Video

Bloody Hammers posted a lyric video for the new track "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," the first single from the new album "Under Satan's Sun." The album will be issued via Napalm Records in North America on June 10th (May 30th G/A/S, FIN & Benelux, June 2nd UK & Rest of Europe, June 4th ESP/SWE/NOR).

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
2. Spearfinger
3. Death Does Us Part
4. The Moon Eyed People
5. Second Coming
6. Welcome To The Horror Show
7. Under Satan´s Sun
8. Dead Man´s Shadow On The Wall
9. The Last Alarm
10. Necrommancer

Check out the lyric video here: More...

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Sabaton Posts "To Hell And Back" Lyric Video

Swedish power metal act Sabaton posted a lyric video for the new track "To Hell and Back." The song is the first single from the upcoming release"Heroes," which is set to drop on May 16th (EU), May 19th (UK) and May 27th (USA) via Nuclear Blast. A review for the album can be found at this location.

The track list is:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts of Iron

Check out "To Hell And Back" here: More...

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Final Conflict's "Ashes To Ashes" Seeing Re-Issue

The mischief makers at Tankcrimes are extremely honored to announce the reissue of "Ashes To Ashes," the 1987 debut LP from Los Angeles hardcore punk outfit Final Conflict. This new edition is due out April 15th, and the label also comments:

"Influenced by the British punk severity of bands like Discharge and one of the first groups to fuse hardcore's simplistic and manic audio fury and heavy metal's musicianship with any degree of success, the spiky-haired punks in Final Conflict manifested a sound that would go on to be emulated by hundreds of bands to come, none ever reaching the level of raw power this LP delivered. Originally issued on Pushead's Pusmort Records in 1987 then later released via Relapse Records in 1994, this monumental release now find's a new home at Tankcrimes Records.

"Available on vinyl and 2CD, the original Ashes To Ashes tapes were found, baked, restored and transferred by Ulysses Noriega at The Laundry Room Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California and remastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Studios in Austin, Texas. The 2CD version includes the 1985 Demo on the bonus disk while the vinyl edition includes 12" x 12" 24-page book with lyrics, photos, flyers, commentary and more plus a foldout poster. The first pressing comes on in three color schemes: splatter (mailorder exclusive), red and black wax."

In commemoration of its release, today Vice's music portal Noisey offers up a stream of "Abolish Police" (available below). The album's track listing is: More...

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Taurus Streaming "Increase Aloneness"

With the official unveiling of "No/Thing," the forthcoming new offering from psychedelic doom/drone duo Taurus, less than a week away, today you can hear the track "Increase Aloneness."

Check out the track below - which features a gust vocal appearance by producer Billy Anderson - courtesy of Avclub.com.

"No/Thing" will be released independently on April 1st, 2014 via Taurus' official Bandcamp page here. More...

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Bonded By Blood Announces New Tour Dates

Chaotic Tapestry Management is proud to announce Southern California’s thrash merchants Bonded By Blood will be returning to U.K. soil this May.

Comments the band, "Were very excited to announce that we will be returning to the UK for a short headlining tour. Our fans over seas never disappoint and we want to express our thanks by giving them a new set with a few surprises. This is going to be a tour you won't want to miss and it's an exclusive treat to our fans in the UK. See you in the pit!!!"

Bonded By Blood return to the U.K. in support of third album "The Aftermath" Joining Bonded By Blood will be Flayed Disciple. Dates are as follows:

5/18th Boston Music Rooms, London
5/19th Exchange, Bristol
5/20th Full Moon, Cardiff
5/21st Audio, Glasgow
5/22nd Star & Garter, Manchester
5/23rd Queens Hall, Nuneaton
5/24th The Lecturn, Brighton*
*No Flayed Disciple More...

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At The Gates To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

At The Gates, Primordial, and Urfaust are the first acts to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon. Limited early Bird-ticket presale will start on April 1st via the official festival website here. The festival's final lineup is scheduled to feature 32 bands across two stages.

The new At The Gates album "At War With Reality" is due for release later this year via Century Media Records. The band will also be touring Europe with Morbus Chron and Triptykon in December, with details available here.

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Mutank Announces New Live Shows

Montreal, QC thrash band Mutank will be performing the following show dates in support of the "M.E.C.H. Metal" release:

March 29 - Montreal, QC @ Death House w/ Eternal Judgment, Chemical Way, Powered by Death
April 12 - Montreal, QC @ Barfly w/ Venomenon +guests
April 25 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Chaos w/ Ogenix (plays Sepultura), Alcoholator, Leather Up Your Ass (80's metal tribute), Shotgun Cure
April 26 - Ottawa, ON @ Lunetas Bistro w/ Thrashards, Whiskey Tax, Regret
May 1 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes (Wacken Metal Battle) w/ Warsenal, Chemical Way, Kruhl

In additional news, the moshers released a new video for the track "The Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock," which can be seen below. More...

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Gus G. Announces Reddit AMA Session

On March 31st, Gus G. will take part in an "Ask Me Anything" chat on Reddit.com. Fans are welcome to submit questions from 9PM CET/12PM PST/3PM EST to 10:30PM CET/1:30PM PST/4:30PM EST.

He comments: "Wanna know why and how I created my debut solo album? Wanna know how I got the gig with Ozzy Osbourne? Funny tour stories? Wanna talk about cats? Tattoos? Guitars? Gear and playing tips? Heavy Metal? Action heroes? Guitar heroes? Join me on Reddit on March 31st and Ask Me Anything."

The new solo album "I Am The Fire" is out now via Century Media Records. Check out a teaser trailer below. More...

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New Opeth Album Gets A Track-By-Track Breakdown

A few days ago, Metal Injection was sent an untitled, unsequenced stream fresh out of the recording oven by Roadrunner Records of the new Opeth album, which is now confirmed to feature no harsh vocals.

Metal Injection writer Greg Kennelty decided to do a track-by-track review for fellow Opeth fans anticipating the album.

You can read his breakdown of three tracks below, or find the full article at MetalInjection.net here.

Track One (6:46)

If you would have told me this was a lost track written between Ghost Reveries and Damnation I wouldn't have even questioned it. The song kicks off with some organ and drum runs that settle into a little groove, another distant keyboard that sounds like a mix between strings and a theremin joins in and then everything explodes into the full band. The song sticks with the Ghost Reveries groove-vibe for a little and then calms down into Damnation pianos and mellotrons with the classic clean-toned droning guitar over top. Vocals come in around three-minutes and they're really layered over top what feels like a beefier version of the first section. Think Heritage with teeth. There's a killer guitar solo and then right before it's all over, there's a really interesting instrumental section that's a little shreddier than anything Opeth have done up to now. Not shreddy as in wanky, but this big full-band unison thing going on that's just really cool. Then a string section and organ fade the song out.

Track Two (5:36)

The track opens with an oscillating noise that sounds like an effected guitar and underneath comes this big, full band groove. I mean one seriously fat motherfucker of a riff. "Track Two" is a lot less progressively influenced than "Track One." There's a few verses, a chorus, a guitar solo and a few little four-or-eight-bar runs between the sections. Where the song lacks in progressive grandiosity, it makes up for by being a straight up headbanger. You know how when "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen comes on and there's that one part everyone head bangs to? This whole song is like that. One of the best moments is the guitar solo, not only because it just rips like mad, but because there's this punctuated, stop-and-go riff underneath that absolutely demands a foot tap at the very least. I would not suggest listening to this song in public because you're going to be forced to react to it in some capacity.
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Hades Archer Releasing Split With Slaughtbbath

Chilean black/death outfits Hades Archer and Slaughtbbath are uniting for a special split LP courtesy of Iron Bonehead Productions. The label comments:

"Set for international release on May 16th, each band occupies their own side of this limited-edition vinyl LP, and each is titled accordingly: Hades Archer with 'Circus of Abominations,' and Slaughtbbath with 'Antichristos Thanatos.'

"Hades Archer's side is appropriately titled, as the band who brought you the infamous Penis Metal EP blasts forth with a five-pronged attack of throbbing, pulsing bestiality that's as hypnotic as it is harrowing, perverse as it is punishing.

"On their side, Slaughtbbath dive deeper into the mysteries of the occult, and conjure forth a whirlwind of death energy that positively reeks of sulfur, sacrilege, and salaciousness. Once again, South American darkness rises to devour the light, and Iron Bonehead is there at the frontlines." More...

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Blood And Sun Posts "Cedar Smoke" Track

Blood And Sun today premieres the new track "Cedar Smoke" online, which can be heard below courtesy of Avclub.com.

The track hails from Blood And Sun's debut album, "White Storms Fall," set for international release on May 15th through Pesanta Urfolk.

Blood And Sun is a newly unveiled collaboration featuring Tanner Anderson (Obsequaie/Celestiial), Luke Tromiczak (Maledicere), and Erik Wivinus (Thunderbolt Pagoda): three native Minnesotans with strident heathen beliefs.

The "White Storms Fall" track listing is as follows:

1. Hewn
2. Merciless Master
3. Fell
4. Veiled Lady
5. Feast
6. Lord of the Spring
7. Culling
8. White Storms Fall
9. Cedar Smoke
10. Adieu
11. Keen
12. Tides
13. Slaughter the Instant More...

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Stoneburner Streaming New Track

After streaming the track "Some Can" online, Stoneburner has now released another track from forthcoming album "Life Drawing."

Check out "An Apology To A Friend In Need" in the player available below. The band comments: "This song is one of our favorite pieces to play. Riding the line between the crunchy, aggressive riffs and the more subdued, fragile sections gets us high as hell. Lyrically, 'An Apology...' is just that. It's a reflection on those times when it takes everything you've got just to get out of bed, with no room left for others. The dark times when you turn your back on a loved one's pain, because all you've got to give is the poison of your own shitty problems."

"Life Drawing" is due out in North America via Neurot Recordings on April 15th, 2014. More...

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Vallenfyre Posts New Song Online

On May 12th in Europe and on May 13th in North America, Vallenfyre's second full-length, "Splinters," will be released via Century Media Records.

For a preview of "Splinters," the album's first single "Scabs" can be heard below, courtesy of Stereogum.com.

Best known as a founding member of U.K. gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost, Greg Mackintosh (vocals/lead guitars) transformed the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into Vallenfyre's death/doom/crust debut, "A Fragile King" (2011).

This heartfelt and cathartic release is now followed-up by the even more abrasive and extreme second full-length, "Splinters." More...

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U.D.O. Announces New Live CD/DVD Set

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. wo recording a live DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. This is the first live release of U.D.O.’s new line-up and it's due out on May 23rd, 2014. AFM Records comments:

"The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, including many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album 'Steelhammer.' U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. 'Steelhammer - Live From Moscow' will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor)." More...

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Lord of Logos Denied Entry Into U.S.

Belgium logo artist, Christophe Szpajdel has been denied passage into the United States at the port of Philadelphia. Szpajdel was scheduled to appear this Saturday, March 29th, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas at Bonds 007, to present art work from his recent book "Lord of the Logos: Designing the Metal Underground."

Promoters of the exhibition have stated his cancellation is the result of U.S. customs and beyond their control. They also issued a statement from Szpajdel: More...

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Nightfell Streaming "I Am Decay"

Through a joint alliance, this May Southern Lord and Parasitic Records will disburse the debut recordings from Nightfell, the musical entity formed by the union of Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Parasitic Records) and Todd Burdette (His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Deathreat, Severed Head Of State).

Dubbed "The Living Ever Mourn," the collective's bruising tones and bleak perspectives on life feature forty minutes of thundering epic metal bridging morose heaviness with melodic destruction.

Today you can hear the new song "I Am Decay" in the player below, courtesy of Cvltnation.com.

The album was recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan 'Maus' Mersky, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. It will see North American release on May 13th, with Southern Lord handling the CD and digital versions, and both Southern Lord and Parasitic will co-release the vinyl edition. More...

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Nunslaughter / Acid Witch Split Streaming Online

Today Noisey.Vice.com is streaming the entirety of the new 7" split between Nunslaughter and Acid Witch. Check out all the songs below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Acid Witch - "Evil"
2. Nunslaughter - "Fiends of Old"
3. Nunslaughter - "A Sordid Past"
4. Acid Witch - "Spooky Tails" More...

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Exodus Checks In From The Studio

San Francisco's veteran thrashers in Exodus have entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap to record their eleventh album.

Guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following update:

“We are well into drum tracks; everything is going super smooth and Tom [Hunting] is just killing it! Best drum sound this band has ever laid down - sounds just simply pummeling! Only one more song and some B sides to go, then we go through things and make sure everything is up to par, and then time for guitars! Can't wait to add the crunch to these monsters. This is gonna be so goddamned heavy it ain't even funny! We couldn't be more stoked and pleased with how this record is coming along! Bludgeoning!”

Exodus performed at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL in San Francisco in early February. This May, the band will also play six shows as direct support to Slayer with openers Suicidal Tendencies before joining Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock at this year’s Rock On The Range festival.

5/9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
5/10 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
5/11 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
5/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
5/15 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
5/17 - Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium - Rock on the Range
8/10 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau - Heavy Montreal

Exodus international dates:
7/11 - Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/16 - Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque

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EyeHateGod Reveals New Album Details

The New Orleans' disciples of hardcore, blues-based, post-amplified audio wreckage in EyeHateGod are pleased to unleash their new studio recording later this Spring on May 27th.

Set for North American release via Housecore Records, the domestic version of the self-titled offering will come in a CD digipack, while the LP will be a single slab of vinyl in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following colors:

- Black (600 copies)
- Purple (300 copies)
- Clear (400 copies)
- Purple and Grey (300 copies)

The track listing is as follows:

1. Agitation! Propaganda!
2. Trying To Crack The Hard Dollar
3. Parish Motel Sickness
4. Quitter's Offensive
5. Nobody Told Me
6. Worthless Rescue
7. Framed To The Wall
8. Robitussin And Rejection
9. Flags And Cities Bound
10. Medicine Noose
11. The Age Of Bootcamp More...

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Kylesa Announces New Tour Dates

Southern quintet Kylesa has announced a spring Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia headlining tour.

Kylesa's New Zealand leg of the tour kicked off last night in Auckland, and the band will continue hitting the various territories throughout the rest of the month into April, before concluding the tour in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The band has also announced a special date in France, as part of this year's Hellfest in Clisson. Kylesa is touring in support of newest record, "Ultraviolet." More...

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Arch Enemy Reveals Album Artwork, Track Listing

Extreme metal icons Arch Enemy recently parted ways with Angela Gossow and recruited new front woman Alissa White-Gluz.

The band will unleash 9th studio album, "War Eternal," worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America.

The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu and can be seen below. Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments:

"I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we've been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who's work I've admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he's delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we've ever had with ARCH ENEMY!"

"War Eternal" was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band with Jens Bogren, mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Primitive Man Announces U.S. Tour

Following a June run of live abrasions through Europe, Denver blackened sludge trio Primitive Man will wage war upon the U.S.

Slated to commence on July 19th on the band's home turf, Primitive Man will devour nearly two dozen cities through August with their traumatic psalms of smoldering, sludge-laden sorrow. The band will be joined by Copenhagen hardcore/black metal merchants, Hexis.

Primitive Man has spent much of this month on the road in support of latest album, "Scorn," which was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio. Catch the band live: More...

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