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Metal News for April 16, 2018

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Rock Fest Barcelona Completes Festival Lineup

With a grand total of 51 confirmed bands and some of the biggest artists in rock history, Rock Fest Barcelona is officially finishing its bill for the 2018 edition, which will happen on July 5th, 6th and 7th at Parc de Can Zam in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. The spectacular Kiss, the great Scorpions, the ‘madman’ Ozzy Osbourne, the return of Judas Priest and Helloween’s reunion, among others, will be headlining the festival and now five more bands will be added to the festival as the countdown begins for the most awaited, special and historic edition of Rock Fest Barcelona in its five years of existence. More...

Read the full article at Five new additions and closing of the bill.

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Rotting Christ Frontman Clarifies Arrest

Following the arrest of Rotting Christ frontman Sakis Tolis and drummer Themis Tolis the former has taken to social media to provide an update on the situation. His message reads as follows:

"To all friends that worried about our condition after the recent adventure we had with our arrest we would like to inform them that we are back home safe and in one piece.
There is no jail that can stop our endless lust for Metal and we promise that we will always be frontline in the battle against any kind of god-fearing regimes as well as any kind of terrorism independent of where they come from.Freedom of speech to everyone brothers.We will always shout at any part of this world...NON SERVIAM!
See you soon in the battlefield!

"With respect

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Thrawsunblat Streaming "Fires In Mist" EP

Thrawsunblat has released their previously announced "Fires In Mist" digital EP, comprised of two accoustic songs off the vinyl release of "Metachthonia." The acoustic instrumental cuts are "Fires That Light the Earth" and "In Mist We Walk."

Anyone who owns the vinyl and wants these digitally, can email the band (thrawsunblat at gmail) some proof and they'll send a download code.

You can stream or order the EP below:

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Bane Reveals New Members

Serbian blackened death metal outfit Bane, after relocating to Canada in 2012 have announced a new line-up featuring ex-Augury, ex-Neuraxis drummer Tommy McKinnon. The band also announced a portion of their upcoming Tour dates in North America and Europe throughout 2018. A statement from the band reads:

"We're trilled to welcome aboard Tommy McKinnon (ex-Augury, ex-Neuraxis) on drums as well as Stef Deschênes (Frostbite, Obtenebris) on bass. With this new line-up, the band is ready to get back on the road while still working on our new album."

The band has also announced some more tour dates for 2018, with their schedule in full below: More...

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Belphegor Announces European Tour Dates

Belphegor will headline European territory once again with special guest and direct support from Melechesh and guests (TBC). The run includes fourteen Rituals in nine countries, kicking off at ingenious With Full Force festival [only BELPHEGOR] in Gräfenhainichen/ Deutschland on June 14th.

The tour dates are as follows:

14 June (GER) Gräfenhainichen @ With Full Force*
15 June (HOL) Groningen @ Vera
16 June (GER) Osnabruck @ Bastard
17 June (HOL) Amstelveen @ P60
18 June (UK) London @ The Dome
21June (CH) St Maurice @ Le Manoir
22 June (CH) Winterthur @ Gaswerk
23 June (ITA) San Dona di Piave @ Revolver
24 June (ITA) Rome @ Traffic
25 June (ITA) Paderno Dugnano (MI) @ Slaughter Club
27 June (HUN) Budapest @ Blue Hell
28 June (SK) Bratislava @ Randal
29 June (POL) Katowice @ Mega Club
30 June (POL) Poznan @ U Bazyla
* Belphegor only

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Rotting Christ Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Rotting Christ have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name.

Frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.

"Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.

"Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

Rotting Christ were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.

21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
4 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
5 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
2 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
7 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates

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Vampillia Premiere New Video "Winter Ash"

Japanese avant-garde collective Vampillia premiere a new song and video titled "Winter Ash", taken from their upcoming new album "Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow", which will be released on May 4th by Temple of Torturous Sounds.

Check out now "Winter Ash" below.

Catch them live at the following shows: More...

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Dead River Runs Dry Premiere New Song "Acolyte"

Australia's black metal unit Dead River Runs Dry premiere a new song entitled "Acolyte". Check it out below.

States the band:

"As fervour permeates the discourse of chaos, the only response is creation.

Our thanks to Kurt Neist of Futility for his assistance in mixing and mastering.

Face the Acolyte."

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Vile Caliber Premiere New Track & Video

Vile Caliber from Helsinki have released a new track 'Willpower'. After releasing their debut album "Tomorrow's For Those Who Dare", the new single leans more towards their heavy metal sound.

Vile Caliber's Drummer Vesa commented on the new single:

"In terms of production and songwriting We have kicked it up a few notches and multiplied everything by a thousandfold. Roaring guitars with fast shredding, thunderous rhythm sections driving forward like a steamroller, with energetic and intense vocals as the icing on top of this heavy metal cake. Enjoy!"

Check the video below:

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Sick Of It All Back In The Studio

Sick Of It All are back in the studio for their new album, according to the below Facebook post they shared this past weekend. Sick Of It All are expected to be working on their upcoming twelfth full-length effort with more details yet to come.

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Carpathian Forest Share Full-Album Stream

Carpathian Forest share the full-album stream of the band's brand new 7'' EP "Likeim / All My Friends Are Dead", out in stores now via Indie Recordings.

Check out now "Likeim / All My Friends Are Dead" in its entirety below.

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Aphasiac Debut "All Feeling Was Dying Out..."

Depressive black metal unit Aphasiac debut a new song titled "All Feeling Was Dying Out…", taken from their upcoming new album "Into the Nothingness of Cold and Hopelessness", which will be released by Pest Productions on May 15th.

Check out now "All Feeling Was Dying Out…" below.

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Wømb Premiere New Song

Portuguese black metal band Wømb premiere a new song entitled "In the Abyss of this Darkness in which the Spirit has Died to Itself", taken from their upcoming new 7'' EP named "Taciturn", which will be released by Purodium Rekords on June 6.

Check out now "In the Abyss of this Darkness in which the Spirit has Died to Itself" below.

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Gaerea Premiere New Song "Absent"

Portuguese band Gaerea premiere a new song entitled "Absent", taken from their upcoming new album "Unsettling Whispers", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity on June 22.

Check out now "Absent" below.

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Just For Fun

Watch Teenage Kids Cover Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

Five teenage musicians from the O’Keefe Music Foundation recently took to covering Slayer‘s classic “Raining Blood“. A music video for their version can be seen below.

Following musicians were involved: More...

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Motograter Bassist Allegedly Fired Without Notice

Motograter bassist Mylon Guy has apparently found out via social media that he is no longer a member of the band. Yesterday Motograter announced the addition of bassist Aeon Cruz to their lineup.

Comments Mylon Guy:

“I didn’t quit anything. Motograter means too much for me to quit. I just read on here yesterday that I won’t be coming back. Like really? Wtf. This is what happens to you when you have a family tragedy to deal with. You get kicked out of you own fucking band and they don’t even have the balls to tell you. You have to read it on the internet!!! Nice nuke. You are a class act bud.”

Guy‘s firing comes in the wake of some major lineup changes which has seen drummer Dustin “Skunk” Anderson and Noah “Shark” Robertson both exit the band.

Currently Motograter are scheduled for this run of dates beginning next month. More...

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Stone Sour’s Josh Rand Addresses Addiction Issues

Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand has spent a number of weeks at a treatment center for his addiction issues. In a statement Rand comments:

“As many of you may already know, in January of this year I made the difficult decision to step away from the Canadian leg of the Stone Sour tour. I hit a personal breaking point and it was imperative that I address it.

My high anxiety and desire to feel comfortable in my own skin over the years led to an alcohol and Xanax dependency. That along with aggression issues made me feel miserable and I just could not continue to live that way. Thankfully, with the support of my band, family, and friends I was able to come home and seek help.

Now (three months later) I’m doing well, but still a work in progress. I want to sincerely thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and positive words. It means a lot to me.

Much love,
Josh Rand“

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Just For Fun

Watch Trivium’s Matt Heafy Help A Crowd Surfer

Trivium frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy helped the security staff during a recent overseas performance. In the below tweet shared by Heafy, you can watch him stop mid-song to help a crowd surfer make it over the barricade.

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