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Metal News for April 14, 2017

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Paranoid Streaming New Song

Today first glimpse of Paranoid's new 7" release "Praise No Deity" comes online. Up for streaming is the first track "Mirai Sensou," which serves as the A-side of the upcoming 7" set to be released for the "May(hem) over Europe" tour starting the 10th of May. Catch the band live:

5/10: Oslo (Nor), Blitz
5/11: Göteborg (Swe), Truckstop Alaska
5/12: Köpenhamn (Dk), Dödsmaskinen
5/13: Hannover (D), Stumpf
5/14: Den Haag (NL), Vereniging de Vinger
5/15: Paris (FR), La Comedia
5/16: Milano (IT), Foa Boccaccio
5/17: Ljubljana (SVN), Klub Gromka
5/18: Wien (Aus), Venster99
5/19: Prag (Cz), Punx Picknic Festival
5/20: Potsdam (D), Fliese
5/21: Malmö (Swe), Plan B More...

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Megadeth Launches Browser Game

Megadeth today unleashes “Megadeth Invasion,” a browser video game for Cyber Army fans to fight the invasion for a chance to win a "Dystopia" prize pack, including a Kiko Signature KIKOSP2 Ibanez Guitar.

Head over here to play the game (Megadeth Cyber Army fan club login required).

Made in partnership with Songkick, the Cyber Army can battle space monsters for the opportunity to win additional prizes including a "Dystopia" Deluxe VR bundle, a poster signed by Dave Mustaine, and a vinyl record. Songkick and Megadeth will choose the winner May 1st, 2017.

In other news, David Ellefson also recently opened his own brick and mortar coffee shop in Jackson, MN. More...

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Prayers Of Sanity Releasing New Album

Portugal’s Prayers of Sanity is known for a fast and old-school thrash metal attack. After releasing two successful albums, “Religion Blindness” in 2009 and “Confrontations” in 2012, Prayers of Sanity is back as a power-trio to unleash third album, “Face of the Unknown,” which is set for release on April 28th via Rastilho Records.

Recorded and mixed by vocalist/guitarist Tião Costa, “Face of the Unknown” showcases the Portuguese trio in top shape, delivering nine tracks that merge the relentless and undiluted fury of classic thrash with the raw intensity of punk.

1. Face of the Unknown
2. Dead Alive
3. Past, Present, None
4. UnturnedD
5. In Between
6. March Forward
7. Someday
8. Betrayer
9. NOthing More...

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Hammerfall Posts Unboxing Video

Today Swedish power metal squad Hammerfall releases a colossal vinyl box set and now the band is giving an exclusive glimpse into the limited edition release with an unboxing video.

The set will be available in both clear and silver vinyl, featuring 10 albums including the previously unreleased (on vinyl) "Gates Of Dalhalla" live album. Check out the video below, followed by the complete track listing.


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Leif Edling Plays Favorite Bass Riffs

Last week, The Doomsday Kingdom released a self-titled debut album via Nuclear Blast Records, unveiling eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM.

Today, the band's mastermind Leif Edling plays through some of his all-time favorite bass riffs, including the works of Lee, Butler and Daisley. Find out which one Leif thinks is "bloody unbelievable" in the player below.

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Woe Booted For Performing With Inquisition

The Antifa crowd strikes again... despite being a liberal slanted band with specifically anti-fascist songs, U.S. black metal band Woe has been booted from performaning at the Hamburg ist Droneburg fest due to sharing the stage with Inquisition - a band frequently cited as being fascist. Chris Grig from Woe issued this statement to the fans:

"Woe and Ultha were just kicked off of a show because we are performing with Inquisition. We learned this via SMS, before our booker was informed, after driving four hours across Germany, and with no opportunity to appeal the decision.

"The absurdity of this situation is profound. For years, we have been exceptionally vocal about our political and social stances but still careful to not let them define us as a band. We never backed down from an opportunity to discuss it in interviews, we never shrank from it online, we covered a classic anti-fascist punk song to extremely apolitical black metal crowds, and we doubled down with songs like 'No Blood Has Honor' on our new album. Along the way, we introduced countless black metal fans who had never considered politics that it is possible to take an anti-fascist stance without sacrificing the harsh, abrasive stance of a black metal band.

"Our politics have made us the subject of ridicule by some people in the extreme metal scene, but we do not care. Even our detractors typically understand that black metal is full of conflict and diversity. Those who hate us for our liberal views are free to do so, and, ironically, those are the people who are least willing to tell us what we should or shouldn't do, what shows we should and shouldn't play. We'd find this funny if it wasn't so poignant right now. More...

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Slagduster Streaming "Profane Puppet"

Slagduster offer a progressive, groovy, and heavy sound. Following 2010 debut album "Nature.Humanity.Machine," the isolated Grand Forks, BC band returns in 2017 to unleash new album "Deadweight" on May 5th, 2017.

After previously streaming the "Peeping Ron" track, today Slagudster is sharing another track off the upcoming release. Hear the words of the "Profane Puppet" below.

Pre-orders are online at this location and you can also catch Sladguster live at the Armstrong Metal Fest:

July 14/15 - Armstrong, BC - Armstrong Metal Fest w/ Revocation, Ninjaspy, Aggression - info More...

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Avatarium Posts "Hurricanes And Halos" Trailer

Sweden's doom wizards from Avatarium will deliver third studio album "Hurricanes And Halos" on May 26th and today the band reveals a first studio trailer for the release.

In this clip, you can witness recordings at the Gröndahl Studios, while singer Jennie-Ann Smith and guitarist Marcus Jidell discuss the songwriting process and the arrangements of these eight new tracks.

Pre-orders for "Hurricanes And Halos" can be found here. Once again, Avatarium relioes on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the 60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock.

Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by Candlemass wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and singer Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to "The Girl With The Raven Mask" that topped multiple soundchecks in 2015 and earned the "Up And Coming" award from German Metal Hammer. More...

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Child Bite Gears Up For New Touring

Detroit noise rock unit Child Bite is readying for part two of a U.S. live assault supporting labelmates Superjoint.

The tour will make its way west from San Antonio, Texas on April 21st and run through May 14th in Dallas, Texas. Additional support will be provided by fellow Motor City thrashers Battlecross.

Prior to the journey, Child Bite will play the annual Berserker Fest this Saturday in Pontiac, Michigan. An event organized by Chile Bite frontman Shawn Knight, the performance will find the eclectic collective sharing the stage with the likes of Gwar, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Brain Tentacles and many more. Just four days later the band will then perform a one off show in Evansville, Illinois before joining up with Uncle Phil and co for another round of roadbound shenanigans.

Comments Knight: "We haven't done a full west coast tour since last summer with Voivod, so of course we are excited to head that way next week with Superjoint and Battlecross. Lucky for Texas, Anselmo and co always have a collective boner for that state so we will be hitting them again on this trip. Where else... Colorado for three days! Many edibles will be consumed, so expect those shows to be extra psychedelic. The whole thing will be a real humdinger and a gosh darn hoot and a half, I promise you." More...

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Wintersun Announces Second Guitarist

Wintersun - the band that bilked you all out of €439,840 for a digital album release at €50 a pop - proudly presents a new second guitarist today: 27 year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.

Jari Mäenpää commented: "We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realize how a talented and skillful guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realized he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"

Asim commented: "It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!" More...

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Loathe Releases "East Of Eden" Video

Liverpool experimental collective Loathe today releases debut full-length album, "The Cold Sun," today on SharpTone Records. The album is available for purchase here.

In conjunction with today’s release, Loathe has also premiered a brand new video for the song “East of Eden,” which can be viewed below. Talking about the new record’s debut, guitarist Erik Bickerstaffe says:

"Viewing the release of 'The Cold Sun' is something that at one point seemed a lifetime away. Now that the time has come, we have never been more infatuated or enthusiastic about our collective effort before. We hope you thoroughly enjoy what we 5 have worked ever so tirelessly on."

A concept record, "The Cold Sun" features a compelling 35 minute long meandering into the depths of a dark, post-apocalyptic tale. The record follows the adjacent timeline of two protagonists, who exist during a dystopian future stricken by tragedy. The record was recorded at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, Georgia under the watchful eye of producer Matt McClellan. More...

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Kelly Keagy To Take Break From Night Ranger

Kelly Keagy, the drummer, co-lead vocalist and co-founder of multi-platinum and long-running band Night Ranger, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the band during April and May as he recovers from a successful heart procedure.

Veteran drummers Deen Castronovo (formerly of Journey/Bad English) and Fred Coury (Cinderella) will sit in for Keagy for the next 6 weeks during the band's 35th anniversary world tour, which coincides with the release of 11th studio album, "Don't Let Up."

Keagy issued the following statement: "I've dealt with a heart abnormality my entire life. At the recommendation of my doctors, I decided to undergo a procedure that will allow me to come back even stronger. I've asked the guys in the band to go ahead with the tour, and I'm looking forward to rejoining them on the road as soon as I can. I'm grateful for the support and prayers of my family, my bandmates, and our fans, which have meant everything to me as I've gone through this process."

Keagy is now at home continuing his recovery, which is expected to take six weeks. Night Ranger's Jack Blades (lead vocals, bass), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars), and Eric Levy (keyboards) issued the following statement: More...

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Rob Zombie Releases "31" Soundtrack

Following the release of latest movie "31," Rob Zombie has now unleashed the soundtrack via digital services, issuing this statement to fans:

"Greetings you awesome motherfuckers - the official 31 soundtrack is now available and you should just go out and fucking get it, stream it, listen to it by all means necessary.

"In other news I've got tour dates. Be sure to check out the website for all tour info. Need merch for yourself or the rocker in your life? Check this awesome shit out. That's it for now, but more is on the way."

In other news, Zombie also recently released a music video for "Get Your Boots On! That’s The End Of Rock And Roll" taken off latest absurdly-titled album "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser." More...

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White Ward Streams "Futility Report"

White Ward today unveils a new track titled "Futility Report," taken from the forthcoming full-length album of the same name.

The album will be released on May 12th on digipack CD, 12" LP, special edition 12" LP and digital download via Debemur Morti Productions. "Futility Report" contains 6 fascinating and rich compositions, mixinga deep and aggressive black metal feeling with a melancholic jazzy vibe. The track listing is as follows:

1. Deviant Shapes
2. Stillborn Knowledge (streaming here)
3. Homecoming
4. Rain as Cure
5. Black Silent Piers
6. Futility Report More...

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Suffocation Unveils New Album

New York death metal group Suffocation will release new album "...Of The Dark Light" on June 9th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released the first single, "Your Last Breaths," in the form of a 360º track video below.

"...Of The Dark Light" was produced by Suffocation and tracked at Full Force Studios with longtime engineer Joe Cincotta. Mixing and mastering was handled by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss. Cover artwork was created by Colin Marks.

Comments founding guitarist Terrance Hobbs: "The moment we have been waiting for is here, our new album '...Of The Dark Light' will finally be released through Nuclear Blast on June 9tj, 2017! Over the last 4 year period Suffocation has taken its time to write this record and we couldn't be prouder. It is our most brutal record yet!

"Suffocation worked through the end of 2016 to hash out and lay down the tracks at Full Force Studios with Joe Cincotta and once again enlisted Zeuss to bring this creation to life! Myself, Frank Mullen, Charles Errigo, Eric Morotti and Derek Boyer have all pushed the limit of what Suffocation is and we hope you enjoy it! More...

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Miss May I Releases New Video

Miss May I today releases a first track and official music video for “Lost In The Grey,” which comes off impending album, "Shadows Inside," due out on June 2nd. You can also catch Miss May I headlining a North American tour starting in Canada on May 11th.

"Shadows Inside" was co-produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Emmure, Crown The Empire) and Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris). Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive, Neck Deep) handled all mixing duties.

Levi Benton (vocals) states: "Our new video for 'Lost In The Grey' was by far the most extreme video we have ever done! The shoot involved an entire forest landscape set, live action volatile weather elements and rodents in mouths. We have never had a video like this before. The vibe for the song is really captured well and sets a great image not only for the song, but the record as a whole. Shadows Inside is the most honest record we have ever created and a big part of that was just having the freedom and time to put everything we had into it.

“This is a great first track to release to the mass as it represents the effort it takes to get out of the complacent and stale life people live. The song is about finding that hope and drive to push you to a new and better life. The lion has always represented hope and ambition and now with this video it's physical and represented as a mask that one needs to show them there is a better life for everyone, if you push for it.” More...

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Green Meteor Posts New Song

Following a stream of previous song "Mirrored Parabola Theory," the U.S. sonic space warriors from Green Meteor just released a new single from upcoming album "Consumed by a Dying Sun."

Check out new song "Sleepless Lunar Dawn" in the player below. "Consumed by a Dying Sun" will be released in CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available from April 21st, 2017. Pre-orders are now online at this location. More...

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The Furor Posts "Fomes Peccati"

The Furor just released a new video for "Fomes Peccati," taken off the "Cavalries of the Occult" album - check it out below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. 30 Year War
2. Cavalries of the Occult (listen here)
3. Death Manifest
4. Fomes Peccati
5. Lake of Fire
6. Rampage Upon the Rational (streaming here)
7. Second Coming Slaughtered
8. Storm of Swords
9. Totaliterror More...

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Rock Goddess Releasing New EP

London trio Rock Goddess returns with a brand new three song EP entitled "It's More Than Rock And Roll," which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution will be handled via Cargo Records and physical CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case, by Rock Goddessdirectly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered.

It's only taken 30 years, but finally the original, classic Rock Goddess trio returns, except that we should not see this three-track EP as a follow-up to the self-titled, debut album put out in 1983. Oh no, this is a complete affirmation that Jody Turner (guitar/vocals), Tracey Lamb (bass) and Julie Turner (drums) are fully relevant to the hard rock scene in 2017. So, if you are nestling down for a comfortable trip into the borough of nostalgia, then you had better be prepared to have this notion scrambled, and then served up with music that has a huge taste for contemporary aptitude and attitude.

In the early 1980s, Rock Goddess made a reputation for delivering songs with full frontal riffs, snapping rhythms, and snappy melodies. That hasn't altered. Since the three reunited in 2013, they've proven to be an energized, committed live band not reliant on past glories, but hell bent on the pursuit of an even more electrifying future. More...

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Agonia Offering 6.66% Off Everything For Easter

Agonia Records is getting in the holiday spirit this Easter / Good Friday with a special discount code. Between the 14th and 17th of April everything is 6.66% at the Agonia Records webstore with discount code bunnyeatseggs. Get on shopping some new Satanic metal right here.

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God Dethroned Posts New Video

On May 5th, Dutch death metal band God Dethroned will release new album, "The World Ablaze," worldwide via Metal Blade Records. To hear the second single and title track of the record, a new video for "The World Ablaze" can be viewed below.

Henri Sattler (vocals/guitars) comments: "This song is a mix between epic melodies and fast but catchy riffs - and a song where Mike Ferguson shows off his skills as a lead guitar player. The lyrics deal with the war then, but can also be projected on the current situation in the world."

God Dethroned collectively adds: "'The World Ablaze' is our final album in the WWI trilogy. We aimed to create an album that is very dynamic and diverse. It contains typical GD riffing with loads of melodies and catchy hooks. The songs are perfect for our live shows as they contain many mid-tempo parts combined with faster and more brutal parts. Diversity to the max! Dan Swano mixed the album in his typical fashion but without robbing the band of its own identity. Mastering was handled at the Wisseloord Studios where they also mastered albums for bands like Rammstein, among many others, and they put the icing on the cake. The album sounds crystal clear and heavy as fuck at the same time. We are very proud to present this album during our upcoming Serpent Fest album release shows early May!"

1. A Call to Arms
2. Annihilation Crusade
3. The World Ablaze
4. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
5. Close to Victory
6. Konigsberg
7. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
8. Breathing Through Blood
9. Messina Ridge
10. The 11th Hour More...

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Thy Worshiper Re-Releasing "Popiól"

Arachnophobia Records is pleased to announce that the remaster of Thy Worshiper’s debut album, "Popiól," is going to be released on the 25th of April, 2017. Pre-orders are available via the record label’s webstore here.

In order to understand the popularity of Polish black metal, one cannot just look back at albums from the last decade. Its history dates back to over 20 years ago." Popiól (Introibo ad altare Dei)," originally released in 1997, along with Behemoth’s "Grom" and Lux Occulta’s "Forever Alone, Immortal,"and many others added to the richness and uniqueness of the Polish black metal scene.

Comprising of the melancholic Polish spirit and rebellion against Christianity, the album's distinctiveness is in its mature songwriting, which perfectly resists the destructive nature of time. To this day, tracks from "Popiól" are among the fans’ favourite.

The upcoming reissue was remastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio and consists of a refreshed design. The band’s latest studio effort, "Klechdy," was released in 2016, also via Arachnophobia Records. More...

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EyeHateGod Takes Over MetalSucks' Instagram

EyeHateGod will take over MetalSucks' Instagram page today - Friday, April 14th - prior to the group's headlining set on day one of this year's Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside Off!, Negative Approach, Fuck You Pay Me and many more.

The performance serves as frontman Mike IX Williams' first show since a liver transplant this past December. Be sure to follow a day of EyeHateGod shenanigans using the hashtag #EyehategodTakeover.

In addition to Berserker, EyeHateGod will make its way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York this weekend. The band recently booked additional shows next month in Louisiana and Texas. See all confirmed dates below.

Williams recently spoke to Clrvynt.com about his recovery and return to the stage. Check out the full interview over here.

4/14/2017 Berserker IV @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI
4/15/2017 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
4/16/2017 Brooklyn Bazarre - Brooklyn, NY
5/26/2017 Strange Brew - Shreveport, LA
5/27/2017 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
5/28/2017 The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX More...

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Nightbringer Streams Full New Album

Underground black metal cult Nighbringer is now streaming forthcoming new album "Terra Damnata" in full. The album, a furious whirlwind of black metal fury, can be heard below.

Regarding the album, vocalist Naas Alcameth comments: "With 'Terra Damnata' we have tread even deeper into the labyrinth of certain esoteric traditions and sacred mythos, closer to the heart of the living darkness that destroys all and liberates but few. The spirit of the album is one of an ever backwards turning and embracing of both terror and ecstasis, love and death, before the gods and daemons of the Age of Misrule.”

"Terra Damnata" is Nightbringer's fifth full-length album and will be released worldwide today - April 14th, 2017 - via Season Of Mist. The track listing is as follows:

1. As Wolves Amongst Ruins
2. Misrule
3. Midnight's Crown
4. Of the Key and Crossed Bones
5. Let Silence be His Sacred Name
6. Inheritor of a Dying World
7. The Lamp of Inverse Light
8. Serpent Sun More...

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Abandoned Palace Releases New Single

Canadian atmospheric post-metal project Abandoned Palace just released new single "Shades of Autumn" for free download or pay-what-you-want via Bandcamp.

It's been two years since the release of the project's self-titled, debut EP and mastermind Von Warugi (AKA Chris Warunki, drummer of prog metal band OmnisighT) says: "This is just something to bridge the gap between our debut EP and the full length album to follow, likely late 2017."

As for the alter-ego he states, “It’s just a way to bring out my dark side musically and distinguish myself as a composer/producer. The drums really take a back seat to everything else going on within the songs; in fact I’m always writing the drum parts dead last, whereas in OmnisighT, the drums are my primary role and focus.” More...

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