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Metal News for March 5, 2015

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Katatonia Posts "Day" Live Video

Sweden's Katatonia has launched a live video of the track "Day" from upcoming concert film, "Sanctitude," to be released in North America on March 31st, 2015 via Kscope. Check it out below.

Katatonia's Anders Nystrom comments on the release: "Day... something you wake up to, or at least have to pull through, over and over. Most of them you forget about, but a couple you maybe look back upon and wish to relive again.

"Unfortunately in reality, I'm afraid that's not possible, at least not until Apple buys NASA and releases a new version of their Time Capsule backup machine and send people into the cloud and back into history to fetch an older version of their lives, but luckily for us, there's a current control of our music that doesn't need time travel.

"We have always felt that if there's a need, we're entitled to the freedom to give our old songs a makeover in the now rather than the never. So, in the making of 'Sanctitude' there was one song in particular that meant a great deal to us. In fact, it was our first song ever to feature entirely clean vocals accompanied by clean guitars and it was written and released right in the peak of our death metal years.

"The song stood out, but isolated itself into oblivion in the climate of heavier music. Therefore we wanted this song to get a second chance, to be re-discovered. Even 20 years later when performing it live for the first time, it appears the parks are still grey and look the same..." More...

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Scythian Releasing New Album

Scythian's second full-length album, "Hubris in Excelsis," is complete and being prepared for release via Hells Headbangers.

"This is the album that almost killed us," says founding guitarist A. Von Moller. "Against the tides of trend and adversity, we created an work that would represent our own battles and our music as we wanted to hear it. We're proud to return with nine punishing anthems and tales of human folly - Hubris in Excelsis."

Recorded and engineered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric / Priory Studios) and mastered by Leon Macey (Mithras / Dreaming Studios), "Hubris in Excelsis" marks the transformation of a little-known U.K. band into a serious contender.

Heavily inspired by apocalyptic science fiction, morbid poetry, and the unlikely mix of Sodom, Bathory, and Angelcorpse, Scythian has taken yet another stride into unknown territory.

"The name Scythian was never meant to chain us to a singular period or people in history," says frontman S. Vrath. "We regard it as an metaphor, a connotation to a fierce and untameable spirit. With Hubris in Excelsis, we dive ever deeper into the essence of this force – into the metaphysical and beyond. Scythian is not about standing still; it is about discovery - hubris - and the fatally impending nemesis."

Scythian signed a two-album deal with Hells Headbangers in late 2014. Stay tuned for a release date as well as the cover artwork and track listing shortly. More...

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Elderoth Streaming "This Shadow By My Side"

Montreal, QC prog/power metal band Elderoth has teamed up with BraveWords.com to premiere the first single "This Shadow By My Side" from forthcoming sophomore release "Mystic," which is due out April 28th. Listen in at this location.

Founding member and mastermind behind Elderoth, Collin McGee, comments: ""This Shadow By My Side' has been a song that I did a lot more work with than the rest of the album. I had gone through several versions until I was completely satisfied with the final product. I wanted to really make the song something very unique and tasteful for the fans to enjoy. The process of writing this song itself has helped me develop more of my own style in which will be very beneficial for my songwriting on future material."

The band’s 2015 lineup features founding member Collin McGee on guitars and vocals with Xavier Sperdouklis on bass, Vincent Harnois on guitars, and Jessy Normand on drums. The new album's track listing is:

1. Within (1:01)
2. Black and Blue (4:15)
3. This Shadow By My Side (4:48)
4. My Future (3:27)
5. Falling Star (4:09)
6. In A Dream (3:36)
7. The Ocean (4:35)
8. Far In The Sea (4:27)
9. Always Remember (3:56)

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Thurisaz Traces "Patterns Of Life"

Belgium's Thurisaz will release fourth full-length album, "The Pulse Of Mourning," on March 31st via Sleaszy Rider Records.

The album's cover artwork was created by band member Mattias Theuwen in cooperation with Jeroen Mylle (Amenra) and can be seen below. A new single titled "Patterns Of Life" can also be heard below. Thurisaz also comments:

"Patterns Of Life was the first song written for 'The Pulse Of Mourning.' The main riff has been around for 2 years but until now the song remained unfinished. It has all the key elements of Thurisaz: diversity, agressivity and beauty."

The follow-up to 2011's "The Cimmerian Years" was produced by guitarist Peter Theuwen together with Nik Mettez and Kris Belaen at the CCR studios in Zulte and mastered at the Tailor Maid Studio. The track listing is as follows:

01. Longing...
02. ...For A Change
03. Patterns Of Life
04. Tangram
05. Rays Of Light
06. One Final Step
07. Enslaved Dreams
08. In All Remembrance
09. Stargaze More...

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Benighted Adds New Tour Dates

Extreme death metal outfit Benighted has announced a string of tour dates in the U.K next month. The trek, which begins on April 11th, sees the band playing shows in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and more before concluding on April 17th in Reading.

Support on this tour comes from Cancerous Womb and Abhorrent Decimation. A full list of tour dates can be found below. Regarding the forthcoming trek, the band comments:

"We are very proud and excited to come back to the UK for this leg. We are looking forward to kick ass together with our friends from Cancerous Womb and Abhorrent Decimation, who will join us! We will sure deliver a sick and intense show that our UK fans will not forget soon. Promise! Don't miss this!" More...

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Anthrax Posts Studio Video

A brand new - but unfortunately quite brief - video clip from Anthrax, shot during the recording of an upcoming album due out later this year, can be seen below.

Anthrax - Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais - has been working in Los Angeles with producer Jay Ruston. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming release.

You can also see Anthrax live on these dates: More...

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Festerday Announces Full Works Release

Hot on the heels of archival releases from bands such as Abhorrence, Xysma, and Mordicus, Svart Records is delving deeper into the Finnish death metal scene of yesteryear with the complete works of Festerday.

Entitled "...The Four Stages of Decomposition...," the double-CD / triple-LP package consists of all Festerday studio material, live and rehearsal rarities, plus new renditions of nine old songs that have re-recorded, renamed, and re-composed. Festerday's "...The Four Stages of Decomposition..." is set for international release on May 29th, and can be sampled below.

Festerday was formed in Pietarsaari (Jakestown), Finland, approximately 1989 when four 13- to 14-year-old guys (Timo Kontio, Kena Strömsholm, Miikka Timonen, and Jallu Honkaniemi) met at the local youth center and realized that they all shared the same interests within the underground scene. The members had already been involved in some band activities before they got together, but the musical outcome of those bands did not exactly turn out as planned. The underground scene offered something out of the ordinary to the youngsters. Tape-trading and fanzines drove them deeper, and after a couple of months, the four guys were jamming in the local youth center's facilities doing covers of punk, thrash, and death metal songs.

In 2014, the band started to rehearse 25-year-old songs. At this point, Antti Räisälä from Total Vomit Experience joined in on bass as a full member, and plans for an album started to take form. Later the same year, Finnish label Svart Records showed interest in the group, and this time, the ink did dry on paper. The set's track listing is:

1. I Breathe Death*
2. Necrolatry (Risen from the Grave)*
3. Mouth-To-Mouth Vomiting*
4. ...Life...Hearse...Mould*
5. Wonderful Worms*
6. Rotting under Goregeous Autumn Colors*
7. Shit-Blistering*
8. Romantic Regurgitation of Excrements*
9. Maggot Infested Corpse*
10. A Writhing Mass of Flesh-Eating Maggots
11. Necropsy (Buried but Resurrected)
12. Dismembered and Devoured
13. Carunculae under Skin
14. Palpation of the Dissected
15. Life Among Tears and Clouds
16. In Gorgeous Autumn Colors
17. Wonderful Worms
18. Born in a Casket
19. Cadaver's Vomit
20. Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage
21. Putrified Corpses
22. Ready to Die
23. Snorting Bile
24. Your Bones Around My Neck
25. Entangled in Entrails
26. Stiff Swollen and Blue
27. Forever...Rotting
28. Ready to die
29. Hacked into Pieces

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Abiotic Updates Tour Schedule

South Florida's Abiotic will kick off a lengthy North American tour next month alongside Boris The Blade, Alterbeast, and more. The live assault will officially commence on April 15th in Memphis, Tennessee and coil its way through nearly two dozen cities, drawing to a close on May 8th in San Francisco, California.

The band will be touring in support of the "Casuistry" full-length, set to drop via Metal Blade Records next month on April 21st. See Abiotic live on these dates: More...

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Holy Serpent Announces Self-Titled Album

RidingEasy Records is psyched to announce that this May the label will be releasing the debut, self-titled album from Melbourne’s stoner doom quartet Holy Serpent.

The advance track "Shroom Doom" can also now be heard below, and "Holy Serpent" will officially drop on May 12th, 2015.

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Imbolg Announces New Appearances

Woodside, Queens Gothic metal band Imbolg draws its name from a pagan holiday (also known as Candlemas) that takes place in late Winter in anticipation of Spring. It marks a time for people to rejoice and acknowledge brighter times to come, as well as find gratitude for what they already have.

Appropriately, Imbolg is planning select east coast dates thisWwinter, leading the charge into the impending Spring season. These events include a performance in July at the annual Witchsfest in New York City, in addition to a performance at the City of Dark Angels Annual Crow Party, which features a live appearance by actor Laurence Mason, best known for his roles in The Crow as "Tin Tin" and also on the new television series Gotham.

More dates are set to be added in Rhode Island and Connecticut, but see below for all currently confirmed performance dates featuring Imbolg.

3/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Legendary Dobbs
3/27 – New York City, NY @ Leftfield (City of Dark Angels Annual “Crow Party”)
4/8 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
7/11 – New York City, NY @ WitchsFest (at Astor Place btwn Broadway and Lafayette) More...

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Die Choking To Record New Album

Philadelphia's frenzied trio Die Choking has completed the writing process for thirteen brand new tracks and is preparing to enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania the first week of April in order to lay down what will become the band's debut LP.

Through the production of Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) the band's notoriously rabid anthems will be captured in the most realistically devastating way possible. Stand by for studio updates in April followed by additional info on Die Choking's impending debut album. See the band live on these dates:

3/26/2015 Main Manor - New Castle, DE w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace
3/27/2015 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 - all ages
3/28/2015 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA - all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry
3/29/2015 The Meatlocker - Monclair, NJ - all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot
4/25/2015 Ortleibs - Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 TBA - Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest - Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement
5/03/2015 TBA - Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 - Brooklyn, NY w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl
5/15/2015 TBA New England
5/16/2015 TBA New England

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Eohum Streaming New Track

Montreal, QC's Éohum will release debut album "Revelations, Aurora of An Epoch" on April 7th, which will being offered as a pay-what-you-want download via band mastermind and guitarist Jeremy Perkins' label Mycelium Networks.

Another song off the album is now online. Check out "Equatorial Rains" in the player below, thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com. The full track listing is:

1. Leaving Harbour 2:50
2. Rooted Deep Within 4:36
3. Equatorial Rains 5:08
4. Defined Sacredness 04:36
5. Revelations, Aurora of an Epoch 6:39 [streaming here]
6. Wiser Every Sunrise 6:05
7. Thus Spewed Thy Infectious Reign 5:07
8. Give Us O' Rain 1:43 More...

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Infernal War Re-Releasing "Terrorfront"

In addition to the upcoming "Axiom" album (dropping April 21st via Agonia Records), Infernal War will also be re-releasing the long sold out debut "Terrorfront" on limited vinyl. This new edition features a bonus track as well as an updated cover and layout. The track listing is:

1. Introduction to Assassination
2. Crushing Impure Idolatry
3. Dead Head's Empire
4. Be a Slave or Be a Lord
5. Crush the Tribe of Jesus Christ
6. Terrorfront
7. Salvation
8. The Grand Intolerance Manifestation
9. Dechristianized by Parabellum
10. Triumphant Outroduction
11. Christ Passion More...

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Vulture Locust Releases Live Footage

Portland, Oregon death/grind outfit Vulture Locust is streaming footage from a CD release show at the Ash Street Saloon in Downtown PDX.

To any seeking bleeding ears, raw and nasty renditions of Vulture Locust tracks “Terror Alert Level,” “I Remember Building 7,” “They Live We Sleep,” “The Audacity of Hoax,” “Chemtrail,” “Brandishing The Scalp of God,” and “SowReaper” are now online.

Check out the clip below. You can also stream the full new "Command Presence" album online by heading to this location. More...

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Imperial Triumphant Streaming Full Album

With "Abyssal Gods," the imminent new full-length from New York City black metal legion Imperial Triumphant now just days from contaminating the planet, today Cvlt Nation offers up a stream of the record in its twisted entirety. Give it a listen below.

The album was captured at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, also in New York.

Imperial Triumphant will bring infernal persuasion to the stage alongside Canadian black metal heathens, Thantifaxath, on a near-two-week run of live assaults this Spring. Dates are as follows:

5/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2015 Rockin Buffalo Saloon - Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI
5/14/2015 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN
5/16/2015 TBA - Pittsburgh, PA
5/15/2015 Live Wire Lounge - Chicago, IL
5/17/2015 Carabar - Columbus, OH
5/19/2015 TBA - Knoxville, TN
5/20/2015 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest - Baltimore, MD More...

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Sick Of It All Posts "Get Bronx" Video

Right before kicking off a South American Tour in Mexico City, NYHC band Sick Of It All premieres brand new video "Get Bronx."

The video was recorded in Europe during the EMP Persistence Tour earlier this year by Dirk Behlau. Check it out below, courtesy of Decibel Magazien. Drummer Armand Majidi commented about the song and video:

"'Get Bronx' is a hard-hitting groove with a message of defiance against the modern powers of oppression. This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work. When a big club pulsates like that, the spirit of hardcore is kept alive." More...

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The Dead Cold Reuniting

The Dead Cold return with a renewed line up and song roster ready to showcase renewed fury at Rendezvous Pub on March 21st with Dieuponaday, Exes for Eyes (Montreal), Surrender To Reason, and Appraise The Peril.

Since the Edmonton death metal group added new members, the group's sound has evolved tenfold. Bryan Newbury comments:

“The Dead Cold has been a labour of love for many years. Despite some minor setbacks, Andrew and I have always kept this band a priority in our lives due to the positive environment we have created with it. We are excited to bring back our band with new members Cyn Mercredi, Brad Fife and Helge Lipphardt. We have revitalized our sound, our message and we cannot wait to destroy the Rendezvous with our friends on March 21!” More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Carnivore

Carnivore are one of those bands usually discovered retroactively, mostly by Type O Negative fans who are told by more seasoned headbangers, "You should check out Carnivore, the band Peter Steele had before Type O Negative." This advice is heeded more often than not, and just as often will be met with positive results. Carnivore only released two full length albums; a self-titled effort in 1986 and "Retaliation" only a year later. Both albums were praised by both metal fans and critics and one song in particular which stands out to many is "Carnivore," from the album, "Carnivore," by Carnivore.

The song is very much a thrash metal track, though featuring many more elements than the average output in the genre. There's something of an industrial feel to the song, particularly in the vocal area, though not played up enough to really be a mesh of the industrial and thrash fields, as well as featuring one of the catchiest chouruses of classic eighties thrash. What helped the track so much more was its lyrical content, arguably one of the best, and maybe even the first metal songs about cunnilingus, which made it something of an them for all those who like to partake in the act. Even peers such as Kerry King of Slayer think of the song very fondly, who mentioned it in the bonus features of the Get Thrashed documentary, stating after bellowing the chourus, "Gotta have it!" More...

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Thulcandra Premieres New Music Video

German black metal band Thulcandra - featuring Obscura's Steffen Kummerer - premiered the new music video "The Second Fall" over at No Clean Singing at this location (also can be viewed in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Ascension Lost," which is available no through Napalm Records.

Check out "The Second Fall" here:

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Moonspell Premieres New Music Video For "Extinct"

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell released a new music video for the title track of the new album "Extinct." The video can be seen exclusively over at Metal Hammer's website at this location. It can also be viewed in the player below. Check out our review for the album over here.

"Extinct" is set for release via Napalm Records on March 9th (UK) and March 17th (North America). An interactive preview clip can be heard over here).

The track list is:

1. Breathe (Until We Are No More) (see lyric video here)
2. Medusalem
3. Funeral Bloom
4. Domina
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last of Us (song streaming here)
7. A Dying Breed
8. Malignia
9. Extinct (song streaming here)
10. The Future Is Dark

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Iron Maiden Issues Update On Dickinson's Health

Iron Maiden's co-manager Rod Smallwood issued a statement on the current condition of vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who is currently battling cancer which was detected back before Christmas. Unconfirmed reports citing comments from drummer Nicko McBrain seem to indicate that Iron Maiden has completed work on a new studio album and has been in a holding pattern on ramping up the hype and excitement for it while Dickinson recovers.

Smallwood's statement reads: "Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.

"Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on our website at the appropriate time, probably in late May.

"After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.

"Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated."

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Violent Reaction Premieres New Track "No Pride"

U.K.'s Violent Reaction premiered the new track "No Pride" over at Lambgoat at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's sophomore LP, "Marching On," which drops via Revelation Records on March 31st.

The track list is as follows:

Side A:

1. Intro
2. Leave Me Out
3. No Pride
4. Bored To Death
5. Death Threat
6. Stand & Fight
7. Disorder More...

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Forgotten Tomb Releases Lyric Video For New Track

Italian gothic doom metal act Forgotten Tomb released a lyric video for the new track "Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love." The song is the title track of the upcoming new release, which is set to drop via Agonia Records on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America. The album will be available in the following formats:

* digipack CD;
* box CD with jewelcase CD, bullet pendant and armband with band's logo (limited to 500 numbered copies);
* picture disc (limited to 300 hand-numbered copies);
* transparent white vinyl with red splatter (limited to 150 hand-numbered copies);
* black vinyl;
* digital formats

The track list is:

1. Soulless Upheaval
2. King Of The Undesirables
3. Bad Dreams Come True
4. Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5. Mislead The Snakes
6. Dread The Sundown
7. Swallow The Void

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Santa Cruz Premieres New Track "6(66) Feet Under"

Finnish shredders Santa Cruz, who mesh the guitar excess of the '80s with a thoroughly modern and youthful vibe that equals good time rock 'n' roll with lots and lots of grooves, have unleashed the brand new song "6(66) Feet Under" via MetalSucks over at this location. The track can also be heard in the player below.

The song appears on the band's self-titled sophomore effort, which is set to drop on March 10th via Spinefarm Records. The boys will be here in the U.S, this spring, touring with their labelmates in Amaranthe. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.

The track list for "Santa Cruz" is:

1. Bonafide Heroes
2. Velvet Rope
3. My Remedy
4. 6(66) Feet Under
5. Bye Bye Babylon
6. We Are the Ones to Fall
7. Wasted & Wounded (see music video here)
8. Let Them Burn
9. Vagabonds (Sing With Me)
10. Can You Feel the Rain

Check out "6(66) Feet Under" here: More...

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Warbringer Is Back In Action With New Lineup

Warbringer built a reputation for itself: the Southern California thrash metal band was part of every major tour around the globe for five years straight. In that time, the group somehow found time to record four albums of unrelenting aggression. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

"I really thought that the 'Empires Collapse' record cycle ended prematurely due to the departure of (guitarist) John Laux and (drummer) Carlos Cruz. I figured it would be the end of the band, and the end of my life's work, as I'd really put everything I had into this band" explains singer John Kevill.

"I remember on the last show we played on that US tour (guitarist) Adam Carroll came to me and told me how we had to keep the torch held high and to realize the full potential of the band no matter what. We carried on the following European tour with fill-in members, as we really hate to cancel a gig and let down our fans, but it really seemed like the end for us. Fortunately, though it took a long time, we have been able to find musicians in our area to help carry on the torch of the destructive, intense music this band stands for. So welcome Vicken Hovsepian on drums, Noah Young on guitar, and Alex Malmquist on bass. Our mission since we started rehearsing together was to be the tightest incarnation of the band yet, and to raise the bar and move forward, never back. So far progress has been great and I can't wait to get out there and unleash this new weapon upon the world."

After months of intense rehearsal the five-piece is ready to show the world the new Warbringer. The campaign starts with an Asian assault because there's nothing better than flying halfway across the world and debuting your new lineup in front of a huge crowd at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside established heavyweights like Lamb of God, Mayhem, Vader, Unearth, and The Faceless among others. This show will be followed by additional headlining dates in the region, an area Warbringer has attacked feverishly before.

"We are extremely pumped to return to Asia. It will be our third time over there and we're ready to get back into action and bust some skulls! We've played Indonesia and Taiwan before but this run will include our first visit to China so we're excited for that" states Kevill. More...

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Slaughter To Prevail Details New EP

Russian death metal act Slaughter to Prevail is preparing an all-out assault against the world in 2015! After unleashing a music video for the new track "Hell" weeks ago, the band is set to finally unleash an EP, appropriately entitled "Chapters of Misery."

Scheduled for release on March 24th, 'Chapters of Misery' will feature five terrifying tracks:

1. Intro
2. Hell (see music video here)
3. Beast
4. Death
5. Misery
6. Crowned & Conquered (feat. Lucas man of Rings Of Saturn) More...

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Invincible Force Debuts New Track

Chilean obscure thrash metal unit Invincible Force has teamed up with The Breathless Sleep to debut a new track from upcoming Dark Descent Records release "Satan Rebellion Metal." "Bringers of Armageddon" is now streaming exclusively at this location (also in the player below).

"Satan Rebellion Metal" will be released on March 10th in the U.S. via Dark Descent, and March 17th via Sound Pollution and April 2nd via Code7/PhD in Europe. The album will be made available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

"A ripping and vile blend of thrash, death and Christ-hating black metal, Satan Rebellion Metal will leave a trail of broken and bloodied corpses in its wake. Next to bands like Force of Darkness and Dekapited, Invincible Force [is] one of the strongest Black/Death/Thrash Metal bands from Chile and highly recommended for fans of Slaughter Messiah, Force of Darkness, Possessed, Nifelheim and Desaster."

The track list is:

1. Rise The Wrath of Satan
2. Scraps of The Dead
3. Necromance
4. Summoning The Black Destruction
5. Desolation
6. Onwards To War
7. Bringers of Armageddon
8. Unholy Trinity

Check out "Bringers of Armageddon" here: More...

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Malthusian Sets Date For "Below The Hengiform" EP

Invictus Productions announced the impending release of the highly anticipated debut EP of Irish black/death metal act Malthusian entitled "Below the Hengiform." The EP is set for international release on April 6th and will be available on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.

Malthusian's debut demo - "MMXIII" - was one of the most acclaimed and coveted demos of recent times, selling out its initial pressing by Invicuts almost immediately. Its three songs display a uniquely hallucinogenic and poisonous brand of black/death/doom metal, instilling unrest and unease in the all-too-willing listener.

Now, with "Below the Hengiform," Malthusian "digs deeper into the horror of the grave and the doom of the earth, unfurling yet three more world-eating vortexes that exhibit an even-more-unique and increasingly idiosyncratic approach. Here, the quartet malform and then meld only the most challenging and unsettling elements of bestial black metal, morbid death metal, and langourous doom, swirling the alchemical mixture together as amorphous globules of subsonic sound pulse irregularly and bracingly before devouring the listener, all the while dotted with atonal 'n' angular stutters before the soul-damning plummet to the very abyss."

Taken together, once again, Malthusian shows the way forward for supposedly "extreme" metal, jarring uncomfortably with the stasis that the modern death metal scene appears to languish in due to its retro fixation. Below the Hengiform lies the beginning, and the end... Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

1. The Gasless Billows
2. Slouching Equinox
3. Forms Become Vapor More...

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Unearth Announces Tour Dates

Unearth will be supporting the "Watchers Of Rule" album with a World Tour in 2015. The trip includes return stops in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and a first time trip to the island of Okinawa (Japan). The journey continues in May with shows and festival appearances in Europe like Groezrock Festival (Belgium), Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany), Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark) and many more. Furthermore the New England Metal pioneers have been announced as main support on the Arch Enemy "European War Eternal" 2015 Tour.

Vocalist Trevor Phipps commented: "We are amped to hit the road with the mighty Arch Enemy in Europe this May and June. We've collectively been fans of that band for years and are pumped to finally get to tour together. Get ready for a killer tour Europe! Also be sure to catch us at numerous festival appearances before and throughout the Arch Enemy dates."

30.04. Dunkerque - Les 4 Ecluses (France)
01.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium)
02.05. Viborg - Viborg Metal Festival (Denmark)
03.05. Hannover - Faust (Germany)
04.05. Bourg en Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
05.05. Lille - Le Splendid (France) + ARCH ENEMY
06.05. Savigny Le Temple - L'Empreinte (France) + ARCH ENEMY
07.05. St. Etienne - Le Fil (France) + ARCH ENEMY
08.05. Audincourt - Le Moloco (France) + ARCH ENEMY
09.05. Bourg En Bresse - La Tannerie (France)
10.05. Uelsen - ZAK (Germany) + ARCH ENEMY
11.05. Zürich - Komplex 457 (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
14.05. Lausanne - Les Docks (Switzerland) + ARCH ENEMY
15.05. Tonrino - Audiodrome (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
16.05. Pinarella de Cervia - Rock Planet (Italy) + ARCH ENEMY
18.05. Bordeaux - Krakatoa (France)
21.05. Lisboa - Paradise Garage (Portugal)
22.05. Porto - Hardclub (Portugal)
23.05. Santiago de Compostela - Capitol (Spain)
28.05. Annecy - Brise Glase (France)
29.05. Nürburg - Grüne Hölle Rock (Germany)
30.05. Warsaw - Ursynalia 2015 (Poland)
31.05. München - Rockavaria (Germany)
02.06. Budapest - Open Air (Hungary)
03.06. Graz - Orpheum (Austria)
04.06. Wörgl - Komma (Austria)
07.06. Alkmaar - Podium Victorie (Netherlands)
20.-24.07. Tolmin - Metal Days Festival (Slovenia)

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Goatsnake Details New Album "Black Age Blues"

Los Angeles based stoner act Goatsnake will release the third full length studio release entitled "Black Age Blues" on June 2nd via Southern Lord.

According to the press release "Black Age Blues" is "an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of Goatsnake in top form. Everything is magnified; Pete Stahl's vocals have never sounded so good, the rhythm section comprised of Greg Rogers on drums and Scott Renner on bass are the driving force on each track, and Greg Anderson's riffs are heavier than ever before."

Appearing on the album intro to "Another River To Cross" is acoustic guitar courtesy of David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M), the track also containing previously released recordings from "The River." Piano is played by Mathias Schneeberger and Petra Haden contributes violin and vocals. Another welcome addition to the album, across multiple tracks, are brilliant backing vocals by Dem Preacher's Daughters: Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.

"Black Age Blues" is familiar, but nothing here is a repetition of what we've heard before, as the band continues to refine the timeless, ultra-heavy rock that they are infamous for, surpassing even the highest of expectations.

The track listing and front cover, with photography and design from Samantha Muljat are shown below. Audio samples are expected soon.

The track listing is:

1. Another River To Cross
2. Elevated Man
3. Coffee & Whiskey
4. Black Age Blues
5. House Of The Moon
6. Jimi's Gone
7. Graves
8. Grandpa Jones
9. A Killing Blues More...

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Insomnium Announces North American Tour

After successfully completing an extensive trek with Dark Tranquility in January, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium are excited to announce their return to North America this Summer/Fall for their first ever USA headlining tour! Featuring Omnium Gatherum as direct support, the run kicks off at the Heavy MTL Festival on August 9th.

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen commented: "We are very happy to return to North America so quickly! With each previous tour we have felt that we've clearly gone forward and gained new fans so now it's the right time to bring a full headliner show across the Atlantic Ocean. We are very much looking forward to playing in Heavy MTL festival and that will be an awesome kickstart for the tour. And naturally we are more than happy to be sharing the bus and stage with our fellow Finnish brothers in death metal, the almighty Omnium Gatherum! Killer shows expected every night so get your tickets way in advance. See you all soon!"

Guitarist Markus Vanhala - who will pull double duty this tour - added: "Here's the tour that every melodeathmaniac (except my back & neck) have been waiting for - the double trouble Insomnium Gatherum tour in North America! That's gonna a hell of a ride thru America and nice times with super dudes as both of my brotherhood camps will be staying in the same bus. The last year's Omnium Gatherum North American debut tour was a blast and also a great success, so I'm really happy to come back also with OG and have another round spin of 'Beyond the World tour' beyond Atlantic!"

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Crown Added To Kaltenbach Open Air Line Up

Industrial doom outfit Crown will be playing at this year's edition of the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival (replacing the black metalers of Hellsaw who recently called it quits). Hailing from France, Crown (not to be confused with The Crown) consists of two men and a machine who tune their neutron guitars to the Richter scale, and deliver the sound of a molten universe collapsing.

The Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and deploying following bands among many others: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Darkfall. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE .

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Dormant Inferno Posts New Track

Mumbai's, India melodic death and doom outfit Dormant Inferno is streaming the new track "Deliverance" taken from the split release "Beyond Forgotten Shores". "Deliverance" is one of 3 songs by Dormant Inferno on the split along with two tracks by Dionysus from Pakistan (one of which is a cover of Incantation’s "A Once Holy Throne"). The split is scheduled for release by Transcending Obscurity India on April 7.

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Byzantine Posts New Song

Byzantine is about to unleash its new album "To Release Is To Resolve" on April 7th. Today the band offers a first taste of it by premiering the track "The Agonies" below.

Explains frontman Chris Ojeda: "'The Agonies' is a street term for withdrawal symptoms from pain pills. More...

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Meek is Murder Posts New Song

Meek is Murder is streaming a new track titled "Outward". The track is taken from the upcoming release "Onward" which will be released as part of a set with the band’s previously-released EP "Into the Sun" on May 5 via Rising Pulse Records.

You can now stream the new song below.

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Aborted Posts New Guitar Playthrough Video

Aborted is streaming a new guitar playthrough video showing Mendel Bij De Leij shredding through the song "Excremental Veracity" from the album "The Necrotic Manifesto" released via Century Media Records, 2014.

Watch the clip below and download the tabs HERE.

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