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Metal News for April 17, 2017

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Among Gods Posts Single, Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian death / doom crew Among Gods is now streaming new single "Vinter," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The band comments:

“Alongside penning down songs for our next release, we have been working on mixing a song from our doom vault. ‘Vinter’ from the 'Monument' album sessions been mixed in Consternation Studio and features Gunnhild Huser on vocals along with Kenneth’s voice. ‘Vinter’ (Winter in English) is titled and sung in Norwegian language.

"Gunnhild joined us on this song with her delicate voice and hearing her sing these words in Norwegian bring us back to the early 90´s, with a 3rd & The Mortal vibe. Based on the feeling of the harsh cold nature during a Norwegian winter, the song stands out as an atypical AG song but with the true norwegian roots deep in our hearts."

In related news, the band now officially welcomes Andreas Johansen & Jonis Forland to the Among Gods ranks with this statement: “They are both in the band Ashowa, Andreas join us on drums and Jonis on bass and we are very pleased to make this announcement. We now have full focus putting together a new live set, and there will be gigs ahead. After this we will again start working on writing new songs for the forthcoming AG album… doom over the world!" More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Avenged Sevenfold just released a behind-the-scenes clip for the "God Damn" video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"The 'God Damn' music video was charged with energy from our fans. Before it arrives, we're taking you on set to see how it was made. Go behind the scenes below.

"Want to be the first to see this kind of content? Join Deathbat Nation to get exclusive first looks, specially designed merchandise, tour pre-sales and more! Don't miss Avenged Sevenfold on tour this summer!"

A full listing of upcoming Avenged Sevenfold 2017 tour dates can be found after the video clip. More...

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Argus Megere Streaming Full New Album

The new, fourth studio album from Romania-based misanthropic black metal band Argus Megere, titled "VEII," is out on Loud Rage Music and is streaming in full. Check it out below or grab your own copy at Bandcamp here.

"VEII" features 4 long tracks and marks an official passing over the two decades milestone for the band. The opus was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Attila Lukinich in DSPro Studios, with drums and keyboards being recorded in Consonance Studio by Sol Faur (Dordeduh). The artwork and design were handled by Alexandru Das.

1. Carul Cerului
2. Tronul celui ce sta de straja
3. Umbre din piatra apuse
4. Tabla More...

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Svartsyn Releasing New Album

Swedish black metal project Svartsyn is gearing up to release new studio album "In Death" this coming June 9th, 2017 via Agonia Records. Check out the track listing and cover artwork below, and pre-orders are now online here.

1. Seven Headed Snake
2. Dark Prophet
3. With Death
4. The White Mask
5. Wilderness Of The Soul
6. Black Thrones Of Death
7. Exile In Death More...

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APMA 2017 Lineup Announced

The organizers of Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy, are thrilled to reveal this year's first wave of performing artists! The 2017 APMAs look beyond a single style of music to produce an entertaining evening for just about any music fan.

This year's APMAs feature performances by Against Me!, No. 1 charting platinum stars All Time Low, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (solo project of the Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman spawning alt-rock charting singles "Cecilia and the Satellite" and "Fire Escape"), rap icons Bone Thugs, multi-platinum Grammy Award winning group Korn, Cleveland native and award-winning actor/rapper Machine Gun Kelly, horror-rock favorites New Years Day, massive award-winning Japanese rock group One OK Rock, acclaimed group Pierce The Veil, Billboard chart-topping rock radio darlings The Pretty Reckless and chart-dominating melodic rockers Sleeping With Sirens.

More artists are set to be announced soon. Korn's Jonathan Davis states, "We're really excited to perform at this year's awards and are looking forward to seeing all our fans in Cleveland. I performed at the first ever APMAs back in 2014 with Asking Alexandria and it's been awesome to watch how this show has grown over the years."

Regular tickets are officially on sale now at this location and start at just $40 to experience all the action the APMAs have to offer. In addition, VIP tickets are available - including Monster VIP Table, Ultimate VIP and Premium Seating packages - offering the best seat in the house. More...

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Ninjaspy Streaming Full New Album

Vancouver's Ninjaspy released lastest album "Spüken" last week, which was again produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mudvayne, Gallows) and Ben Kaplan (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Haste the Day).

In celebration of its relesae, a full stream premiere of the album has come online and can be heard below. Vocalist / guitarist Joel Parent comments:

"'Spüken' is the musical equivalent of a magician removing his own entrails. The guts just keep coming, like handkerchiefs from a sleeve, and its painful, colourful and cathartic all at once, in the same way that vomiting after hours of nausea is such a relief. The musical ideas that came together in this project span many years and come from many influences. Hearing them all together is a trip.

"There were a lot of hard times in the years while this record was being written and most, if not all of these songs are tied together by the search for something greater than oneself. Empowerment by going through ones pain, all this is woven into an album that is another spastic stylistic roller coaster not unlike our previous albums, but with smoother blending.

"From song to song there is a lot of variance, but within songs we have managed to take contrasting genres and combine them in more nuanced ways, with less hard cuts. This album is colourful, and the palette is dark." More...

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Drug Honkey Posts New Song

U.S. band Drug Honkey's new album "Cloak Of Skies" will officially drop on May 5th, 2017 and today another advance track has come online in the form of "(It’s Not) The Way." The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Pool of Failure (5:44)
2. Sickening Wasteoid (6:12) [streaming here]
3. Outlet of Hatred (6:48)
4. (It’s Not) The Way (6:36)
5. The Oblivion of an Opiate Nod (10:00) (featuring Bruce Lamont)
6. Cloak of Skies (8:11)
7. Pool of Failure (Justin K. Broadrick remix) (6:29) More...

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Xaon Releases Animated Music Video

Swiss band Xaon just released a first official video from upcoming release "The Drift." Titled "On The Nature Of Flights," the track kicks like a mule and serves as a perfect teaser into the breadth of sound that can be heard on the new album.

The video itself is an animated short full of horror and strong imagery. Orchestral, epic, suspenseful and tragic, Xaon is ready to stir the emotions. "The Drift" will be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on May 15th.

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Entropia Announces New Shows

Poland’s psyched-out black metal mystics from Entropia are pleased to announce that they will be performing for the first time in London, UK, along with two performances at Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Entropia is also slated to perform at the legendary Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland. F

The concert in London will take place on July 7th, 2017 and is part of a monthly heavy metal night, The Facemelter, run by London promotion agency Chaos Theory. Harrowed, an increasingly popular metal/hardcore outfit will be supporting. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. One more act will be announced.

The news follows the announcement that Entropia is releasing sophomore album "Ufonaut," on cassette this coming April 25th via Arachnophobia Records, with pre-orders now online right here.

22.04 – Metalmania Festival (Katowice, Poland)
12.05 – Kwadrat (Kraków, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
13.05 – B90 (Gdansk, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
14.05 – Klub u Bazyla (Poznan, Poland) w/ Oranssi Pazuzu & Cobalt
31.05-04.06 – Primavera Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
07.07 – The Black Heart (London, UK) More...

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Dischordia Announces "The Demon Moon" Tour

Fresh off the recently concluded "Wastelands" tour, progressive death metal trio Dischordia is proud to announce a second string of 2017 live dates with "The Demon Moon" tour.

The band is eager to keep the momentum going after releasing 2016 album, "Thanatopsis." If you missed it, Dischordia released an ambitious full band playthrough for the multi-song "Thanatopsis Suite," which consists of the first three tracks on last year's album and can be seen here

Dischordia guitarist Keeno comments on the band's growth and goals: "'Thanatopsis' has been really well received, better than we had hoped honestly. We are excited to get out West again and break in a new state!"

June 22 - Colorado Springs, CO
June 23 - Denver, CO
June 24 - Salt Lake City, UT
June 26 - Long Beach, CA
June 27 - Bakersfield, CA
June 28 - Ventura, CA
June 29 - San Diego, CA
June 30 - Tempe, AZ
July 01 - Albuquerque, NM
July 02 - Amarillo, TX More...

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A Flourishing Scourge Unveils New Album

The self-titled full-length debut from Seattle extreme progressive metal group A Flourishing Scourge will be released June 9th through the band's own imprint Begotten Records.

The album features eight dynamic and ferocious songs, all written and performed by original members Tye Jones (Vocals, Guitars), Kevin Carbrey (Bass), and Andrew Dennis (Guitars). The album also features session drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, ex-Abigail Williams).

"A Flourishing Scourge" was recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studios in Brooklyn, New York, from June 1st to June 10th, 2016. The album was engineered and mixed by Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax) with mixing and editing contributions from Tye Jones during the Fall of 2016, and was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios, Stockholm, Sweden. Original cover artwork by Andrada Saftescu.

1. Tidal Waves
2. To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse
3. Insatiable
4. Onerous
5. Awakened
6. Vacant
7. The Hedonist
8. Solace More...

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Secret Sphere Releases New Video

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present the release of "The Nature of Time," Secret Sphere's ninth studio album, on June 2nd, 2017. Today Secret Sphere releases a first video from that album for the song "The Calling" - check it out below.

Digital pre-orders for the album will come with an instant download of "The Calling." This new album celebrates 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of the band's widely praised debut album, "Mistress Of The Shadowlight."

Since then, Secret Sphere has evolved and developed a unique style into what has become a trademark sound, becoming part of an elite group of bands putting the Italian metal scene on the global map. The new album's track listing is as follows:

Chapter I - Genesis
- Intermission
- The Calling

Chapter II - The Seven Virtues
- Love
- Courage
- Kindness
- Honesty
- Faith
- Reliance
- Commitment

Chapter III - The New Dawn
- The Awakening

Chapter IV - The Way
- The New Beginning More...

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Kingdom Of Giants Talks New Album

Despite having released several EPs and LPs in the past, Kingdom Of Giants is a name new to Metalunderground, and its one we're hoping becomes a household staple in the scene.

New album "All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare" will arrive via InVogue Records this coming May 5th, offering a blend of modern metal and melodic hardcore that shows off the best elements of the genre without giving up either the heaviness or the melody.

While the band is gearing up for a May tour in support of the album, we got in touch with this California-based crew to discuss the impending release and how it all came together, from a "Stranger Things" inspired video to taking chances with an eclectic song lineup. Check out the full interview below. More...

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Newmachine Releases "Hell To Pay" Video

Newmachine has launched the first video "Hell to Pay" from debut CD "Karma," which was released back on March 17th through HighVolMusic. The band also recently finished a two week run of live shows and is now preparing for a summer tour tentatively due to start in June - stay tuned for full details.

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(The) Medicine Theory Announces New EP

On June 16th, (The) Medicine Theory will release "Rain Follows the Plow," the band's fifth studio recording. Thus EP continues the raw, stripped down, post-punk/rock/metal approach to songwriting the group is known for, with a visceral focus on storytelling.

1. Choke
2. Promise
3. A Place Without Sleep
4. Weeds
5. The Writer and the Drug
6. Radio Radio Off More...

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Killswitch Engage Re-Releasing Album, Beer

Killswitch Engage's "Alive or Just Breathing" (Roadrunner) was released on May 21st, 2002 and has since secured its reputation as a modern classic, as noted by its election to Decibel's elite Hall of Fame canon.

The record celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and the band, which released most recent album "Incarnate" in March 2016, is commemorating the occasion with an 180-gram black vinyl version that drops on May 12th.

Additionally, a limited release beer, dubbed "Alive Or Just Brewing," will be released in conjunction with the vinyl. The beer is available in select markets, including Tampa, New York City, and the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room. More info can be found here.

KsE is scheduled to play The Paramount Theatre on May 5th in Long Island, New York as part of The KillThrax Tour, a co-headlining bill with Anthrax that also features The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange as support. The vinyl will be available for purchase on tour beginning that evening. Tthe "Alive or Just Brewing" beer will also be on tap for the show so fans can properly celebrate the anniversary and Cinco de Mayo. More...

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Fallen Captive Posts "Weightless" Video

Ohio-based metal act Fallen Captive is today offering the first real taste of what to expect on the band's debut record, which is slated for release on July 14th, 2017.

New track "Weightless" is equal parts heavy and melodic, with a hook that will make you want to keep the song on repeat. Fallen Captive is ready to show the rest of the country why these musicians are the standard bearers in the local metal scene in Cleveland.

The band recently wrapped up recording this debut album with Cleveland producer Chris Parketny. Stay tuned for full info to arrive in the coming weeks.

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Don Jamieson Posts New Track

On Friday (April 21st), former "That Metal Show" host and comedian Don Jamieson will release his new comedy album, "Communication Breakdown," via Metal Blade Records.

For a preview, new track "Weed, Cigs, Election 2016" can be heard below. Recorded at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, the album's title and cover come from Don's Rutgers University senior yearbook photo.

Don explains: "My young nieces and nephews found the photo at my mom's house and starting texting me how funny it was, and when I saw it again after so many years, I agreed! I majored in communication, so it was just a matter of adding the 'Breakdown' to it, which is obviously something you never want to happen in comedy."

1. Dave Mustaine Riffs, Intervention, Baby in the Drain...
2. Sober, Finger-Banging, Drunk Logic
3. Weed, Cigs, Election 2016
4. Kiefer (streaming here)
5. Myrtle Beach
6. Free Clinic, Raccoons
7. Rockers Aren't P.C.
8. Where Have All the Rock Stars Gone?
9. Rocking Women, Viking Metal, Big Four
10. Vagina No-No's, Van Fucker, Doggie Style
11. Dating at 50, Threesome (Almost)
12. Brad & Angelina, Great Head, Mr. Brownstone
13. Johnny Depp More...

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Wolfkhan Streaming Full Album

Described as "fiendishly clever and highly addictive," Wolfkhan’s debut album is streaming now in its entirety below. "Cyber Necro Spirituals" is officially due out on the 25 of April, 2017 via Arachnophobia Records.

Wolfkhan is a rather unknown name. The project’s history, however, dates back to the early 90s. Mainman Marcin Gasiorowski, also known as the leader of Thy Worshiper, comments:

"Wolfkhan has come into being after Thy Worshiper's demo 'Tym z krainy cieni' ('To those from the shadow realm'). Somehow, I've always had some other ideas which I thought were worth recording. This is when we released the first demo. The second one saw the light of day after Thy Worshiper album 'Signum' had been unleashed.

"You can still watch the video for the single 'El Diablo' on YouTube. I have always cooperated on subsequent Wolfkhan's releases with Thy Worshiper guitar players. Recently, I felt the creative call when we had come back with 'zarna dzika czerwien' record. There was something I needed to get out of my system." More...

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Avulsed Streaming Live Album

Avulsed now has officially released the live album "Night of the Living Deathgenerations" via Xtreem Music on limited deluxe Digipack 2-CD + DVD.

The show was recorded live on November 19th, 2016 at Changó Club in Madrid (Spain) during the band's 25th anniversary tour. 21 classic songs played are presented and can be streamed below.

01. Prelude
02. Amidst the Macabre (instr.)
03. Stabwound Orgasm
04. Breaking Hymens
05. Carnivoracity
06. Powdered Flesh
07. Sick Sick Sex
08. Horrified by Repulsion
09. Gorespattered Suicide
10. Addicted to Carrion
11. Devourer of the Dead
- CD 2 -
01. Elegy for the Rotting (interlude)
02. Dawn of the Apocalypse (instr.)
03. Dead Flesh Awakened
04. Sweet Lobotomy
05. Daddy Stew
06. Red Viscera Serology
07. Blessed by Gore
08. Nullo (The Pleasure of Self-mutilation)
09. Hidden Perversions
10. Burnt But Not Carbonized
11. Exorcismo Vaginal

*DVD contains the entire show + interview + photo gallery + extras More...

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Anathema Announces North American Tour

Anathema, which recently revealed the new song “Springfield” (streaming here) from the band’s forthcoming album "The Optimist" (June 9th, Kscope), is now thrilled to announce first North American dates since 2014.

The nine dates, which kick off on August 16th in Baltimore, include stops in New York, Chicago and a trio of Canadian dates. Tickets will be available this Friday the 21st.

"Touring the U.S. and Canada is always a fantastic privilege,” said guitar player Daniel Cavanagh. “These countries have been the birthplace of some of the most revered recording artists of all time. We are delighted to visit the east coast and we promise to visit the west coast, following up soon. Our new album, The Optimist, is set in America. It will be a blast! "

Anathema recorded "The Optimist" in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the helm. Mastering was handled at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. More...

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Ungraved Apparition Premieres New Song

Ungraved Apparition will unleash new full-length album titled "Pulse_0" on April 23rd via GrimmDistribution, a label partner of Satanath Records.

As we near that release date, today we've got an exclusive premiere of the album's seventh track, which translates to "Extreme Phenomenon." Pre-orders for the album are online here.

The track assaults with a combination of several styles at once, telling a whole story from the first person. First we start with a blistering assault of technical death metal as the main character suddenly gets into a car accident. Then we shift to death metal with a slow swaying as demonized workers appear on the stage and take the main character to the local hospital branch. Soon a shift occurs towards metalcore as we see what happens within the walls of the filthy hospital, with sadistic masters watching on during a brutal bacchanalia. Finally we end with atmospheric some death / doom, with the main character eventually reaching the morgue and going through rigor mortis.

Ungraved Apparition hails from Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was founded in late 2014 by three members: Micky Babossa (guitar), Paul Kas (drums), and Leon Kratt (bass guitar). In the process of creating the material, the musicians felt the need for a powerful and heavier sound, thus in August 2015 Bones Taker joined them as the second guitarist, mainly for playing the solos. Accompanying him was Damned for the role of the vocalist.

The band's debut album "Pulse_0" is a concept of how musicians see the inner world of a person and his desperate struggle for every minute of life. For more info on the band, follow the official Ungraved Apparition website or VK page. More...

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Abbath Walks Off Stage At Inferno Fest

Apparently there was an issue at the Inferno Fest this weekend with front man Abbath walking off the stage a few songs into the band's set. The organizers of the festival issued this comment:

"We are very sorry that Abbath left the stage after 30 minutes into their show. Of course this has nothing to do with the festival and an official statement will come from the band. We hope you all had a great festival even that the night was cut a bit shorter than expected. Thanks for your understanding!"

Nothing official has arrived from Abbath yet, but we'll update when it does. In the mean time, where's what a few festival attendees commented via Facebook:

Martin Undfors: He played 4 songs and it sounded Super-great! Awesome energy on stage and everything was good. But then he suddenly throws his guitar in the floor hard as fuck and walks of stage. Then drumsolo for some minutes before they close the gig.

J-p Kneip: Can confirm, 4 songs in, everything seemed ok, then he leaves the stage. We thought it was a technical issue and the drummer played an improvised solo, I think he didn't know what was going on either. After that, he went backstage too and 10 minutes later, one of the Inferno guys came on stage and said that they (the band?) had asked him to tell people they wouldn't finish the show and that they would issue a statement later. It's very unprofessional, even if there were technical problems or problems within the band, the show must go on.

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December's Fire Re-Releasing "Vae Victis"

"Vae Victis" by December's Fire is a landmark of its own epoch, and now thanks to a reissue by Arachnophobia Records, this gem will be available once again. The remastered CD is due out on the 25 of April. 2017.

The newly remastered title track is streaming below and pre-orders are online here. Whether for authentic fascination or tongue-in-cheek nostalgia, the memory of the only December’s Fire full-length lives on.

Originally released in 1996 by Last Epitaph Productions from Germany, "Vae Victis" in many ways embodies the aspirations of the Polish metal underground of the mid-90s period - especially of those who sought new ways of expression on its fringes. Piotr Weltrowski, member of Hefeystos and Behemoth collaborator, was at the forefront of this current. December's Fire was his solo undertaking.

Verses of songs such as “Patrz jak plona dzikie róze” (translates to: “Look How the Wild Roses Burn”) and the title track were given a passionate interpretation by Behemoth's Nergal, and they are now something which dozens of fans know by heart. Marcin Rybicki of Left Hand Sounds studio was responsible for remastering and refreshing the sound of "Vae Victis." More...

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Nuclear Announces New Tour

Chilean thrashers Nuclear today announce a new European tour slated for June and July 2017. For nearly half of the dates, Nuclear will be accompanied by Conflicted, a young promising thrash metal band also from Chile.

This tour will mark the end of the promotion of Nuclear's most recent release "Formula For Anarchy" (Candlelight Records, 2015) as it is expected that the follow-up album will see the light in early 2018.

The band comments: "It is always a pleasure to come back to the EU to show our music. Metal heads there have always received the band with enthusiasm and energy - we are sure this time won't be any different."

This Eurotour will also be the very first for Conflicted, promoting 2015 album "Under Bio-Lence" (Sick Bangers). "We are extremely happy to do this for the first time. We have played a lot of shows with Nuclear and the combination is lethal. We cannot wait to start this and show the people in Europe what the band is all about." More...

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