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Metal News for April 18, 2017

Last updated on April 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM ET

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Triaxis Parts With Guitarist

U.K. band Triaxis just issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitar player:

"It brings us great sadness to announce that guitarist Glyn Williams will be leaving Triaxis to pursue other avenues. He has amazing opportunities coming his way, and we hope you will continue to support this fantastic musician in all the work he does, just as you have supported us.

"We wish him all the best for his exciting future ahead. All 6 forthcoming dates will be going ahead with shredmaster Glyn as a part of the band, so please come and make these shows really special for us. See you on the road this week." More...

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Van Records Expanding To U.S.

Germany's cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil's Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records' owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label's relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer. More...

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Pit Stories: Gross Green Mucus

Sometimes you fight to get to the front of the crowd and see your favorite band up close and personal. Other times, it's not worth the effort.

That was the case for one unlucky lady who had the misfortune to be at the front of the pit when Dawn Of Ashes was playing... and one member was battling a truly wicked case of phlegm.

For this week's spectacularly gross Pit Story, Dawn Of Ashes shared the following mucus-laden tale:

I can't recall what state this happened in but on our tour with Dimmu Borgir, I came down with a nasty cold from being in below zero weather in Canada. From the illness, I was coughing up really gross green mucus.

While on stage at whatever venue we were playing at, I coughed up this gnarly mucus ball and spit it directly into the crowd. All of this happen in slow motion like in a movie. I looked down and right in front row I see a girl pulling this mucus out of her hair all in slow motion. It was fucking disgusting and I was trying not to die laughing while singing. Definitely a funny ass experience.

Third Dawn Of Ashes full-length album "Daemonolatry Gnosis" will be released June 9th through Metropolis Records. Check out a lyric video for the track "Guardians" below and get full album details over here. More...

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Scandelion Releasing New Album

Scandelion just issued this update about gearing up to release new album "When Everything Turns Black" later on this month:

"It's been a while since the last update and we apologize for it. However, this time is for a good reason. It has been a long and hard process with endless difficulties but finally we can announce that the new album is ready.

"'When Everything Turns Black' tells an intricate story that takes us from the Middle Ages to a distant future, where Dualism and Transmigration of Souls play a decisive role.

"The album will be available to listen through our Bandcamp profile from the 23rd of April. Stay tuned for the upcoming news regarding the physical release, very soon!

"Meanwhile, as a preview, you can listen one of the tracks of the album. We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your patience and support." More...

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Diarchy Streaming Full Album

India-based stoner metal group Diarchy recently released debut full-length album "Here Lost We Lie," which is now available at Bandcamp here or can be streamed in the player below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Love 03:04
2. Bulldoper 05:35
3. Gunpowder 05:52
4. Rorschach 07:36
5. Here Lost We Lie 05:01
6. Joy & Sorrow 03:42
7. Wallflower 04:05 More...

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Dark Matter Secret Reveals New Album

Formed in 2015, Russian instrumental prog / death group Dark Matter Secret was founded by guitarist/composer Denis Shvarts and fretless bassist Pavel Semin (new member of Irreversible Mechanism, ex-Arhideus) and initially released debut two-song effort, "Xenoform."

The quality of the music on "Xenoform" captured the interest of rising extreme metal label The Artisan Era, which recently signed the group, leading to forthcoming album "Perfect World Creation," which is set for release on June 2nd.

"Perfect World Creation" is a concept album revolving around the creation of the universe, dissecting that theme from both scientific and mythological points of view. Joining the band on "Perfect World Creation" is Arkona drummer Andrey Ischenko - check out a teaser trailer below unveiling the cover artwork. More...

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Bloodstock Adds Six More Bands

Bloodstock has six more bands lined up for the Sophie Lancaster stage this year: Leeds metal trio Blind Haze, Italian power/classic metal outfit, Arthemis, sludgy groove beasts Gods, symphonic goth outfit Season's End, Bristol progressive rockers Endeavour and classic rock n’ rollers, Blind River.

The festival's organizers further comment: "We’re also thrilled to welcome back Last.fm as sponsors of the Sophie Lancaster stage for 2017. Check out their Spotify playlist of bands on the Sophie stage and get excited for August!

"Bloodstock's ever tenacious search for the best breaking bands culminates soon with the kick off of the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals on 22nd April. The festival’s incentive to give up-and-coming acts a break by offering slots on the bill at Catton Park has helped give many acts a career launchpad and the finals see the M2TM team narrowing it down and picking their winners for 2017.

"This year, M2TM ran in 29 UK regions, plus events in Ireland and Norway to find bands for the New Blood Stage. Attendees at the finals can also win weekend festival tickets or prizes from our sponsors, Kraken rum and Hobgoblin ale. The lucky bands winning a slot on the New Blood stage will also be in with a chance of landing extra goodies from our friends at Gibson Guitars, Studiomaster & Carlsbro or recording time with Russ Russell at his Parlour Studios in Northampton." More...

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Desertfest Announces First Crop Of Bands

The organizers of the annual Desertfest just checked in with this announcement about the 2017 lineup coming together:

"We know you all have been aching for this, so without further ado let us present the first names for the 2017 edition of Desertfest Antwerp!

"We kick things off with Windhand, a scene favorite that has also managed to capture the hearts and minds of rock fans worldwide with their unique brand of female-led Sabbathian worship. Radio Moscow is another winner with a stone solid live reputation that will be sure to set the DF stage on fire.

"Next up, something more out of the ordinary: Part Chimp blends sludgey riffage with the acid bite of Amphetamine noiserock, and will delight anyone with a fine ear for heavily distorted blues. Finally, we keep the tradition of presenting Belgian bands to our international crowd. Hemelbestormer (that's Dutch for 'Stormer of Heaven') is a local postmetal band that has been making waves in Europe and the States for the last couple of years." More...

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Superjoint Kicking Off New Tour

The anticipated second leg of Superjoint's "Caught Up In The Gears" U.S. live takeover will commence this Friday, April 21st in San Antonio, Texas. The eighteen-date journey will work its way west, coming to a close on May 14th in Dallas, Texas.

Support will again be provided by Motor City thrashers Battlecross and noise rock eccentrics/Housecore labelmates Child Bite, also of Detroit, who both trekked out with the band during the first leg of the tour in January.

Comments Superjoint frontman Philip H. Anselmo, "It is our pleasure to be playing a show near you this April and May with Battlecross and Child Bite. Come as you are, bring a guest, spread the word! Let the generations unite! So much love to all the incredibly awesome Superjoint fans out there!"

In related news, Supoerjoint will appear at the first annual Metal Maya event, a four-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. More...

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Loathfinder Streaming New EP

The blackened doom newcomers from Loathfinder are presenting their debut EP "The Great Tired Ones" online today ahead of its official release at the end of April through Godz o War Productions.

"The Great Tired Ones" was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio (Azarath, Thaw, Blaze of Perdition etc.). The stunning cover artwork was done by Robert A. von Ritter (Outre, Diabolizer, Witchmaster etc.) while the design and colours originated by Maciej Kamuda (Nekrofilth, Kingdom, Ectovoid).

Loathfinder will perform the band's first ever live show on May 6th, 2017. The concert will be in support of German act Antlers at Kawiarnia Naukowa in Cracow, Poland and will also feature Silesian act Forge of Clouds as well as Rosk from Warsaw. More...

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Shredmonton Fest Offering Free Sampler

Edmonton, AB's loudest indoor metal festival and conference Shredmonton - presented by Prairie Fire Events Ltd - is offering metal fans a free digital sampler of headbanging tunes from bands on this year's line up. Listen in below or grab your own digital copy at Bandcamp here.

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year's Shredmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg's doom funeral Psychotic Gardening, and Edmonton gore masters Bleed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room.

This year's festival also features an all ages event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments: "We're very proud to be able to focus this year's festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year's experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we've done in the past."

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Blackfinger To Release New Album

Eric Wagner is a unique and legendary voice in the doom scene, and M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce the release of his next Blackfinger album, "When Colors Fade Away," this coming summer.

Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, in recent years Wagner has been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein and one of those is Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric has a new full band lineup and is joined in Blackfinger for a sophomore album by another respected name in doom metal circles: guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that Blackfinger has signed with M-Theory Audio,” cites Eric Wagner. “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Marco Barbieri again after all these years.”

“Eric, the pleasure is all mine,” responds M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “Eric Wagner is a true artist, talent and storyteller. I’ve spent the last 34 years listening to classic tales weaved by this man; and he is truly one of my favorite vocalists. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric and Trouble while at Century Media during their Plastic Green Head album cycle and even had his other band, The Skull, headline one of the Doom in June Festivals. Now our co-operation and friendship continues and I am fortunate to release the new and phenomenal Blackfinger album.” More...

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Zeal & Ardor Announces U.S. Mini Tour

Zeal & Ardor just finally confirmed a set of U.S. tour dates, which should please eager fans who've been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for Manuel Gagneux and Z&A to make a stateside live debut.

About the tour, Gagneux said, "I am really excited to be bringing this show on the road and to be back in the U.S. soon!"

Zeal & Ardor, which was selected as Apple Music's New Artist of the Week earlier this month with the debut album "Devil Is Fine" (reviewed here) will perform in L.A., Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York in August.

8/19 — Los Angeles— The Hi Hat
8/20 — Las Vegas — Psycho Vegas
8/22 — Chicago – The Beat Kitchen
8/23 — Brooklyn – St. Vitus More...

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Ulsect Streaming "Unveil"

Ulsect has released another new track off the band's forthcoming self-titled album: check out the band's take on dissonant blackened death metal with "Unveil" below.

Regarding this new track, the band comments: "Our song 'Unveil' speaks of scorned omens and the revelation of inevitable consequence. The chaos and sudden transitions that initiate this track are contrasted by a moment of clarity, ultimately leading to a crushing and repetitive mantra; a symbolization of the vicious cycle in which death is a necessity for life to bloom."

Ulsect features Joris Bonis and Jasper Barendregt of Dodecahedron as well as former Textures bass player Dennis Aarts. The band's eponymous debut album will be released on May 12th via Season Of Mist, with the track listing as follows:

1. Fall to Depravity (streaming here)
2. Our Trivial Toil
3. Diminish
4. Moirae
5. Unveil
6. An Augury
7. The Endling
8. Maunder More...

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Eyes Of The Dead Parting With Guitar Player

Connecticut-based group Eyes Of The Dead just issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's guitarist after one final show at the end of April:

"If you hadn't already heard, our guitarist Rob 'Hobbit' Moore is expecting another child this summer, and with that comes all the family responsibilities that need to take top priority in life. With that Hobbit has made the difficult decision to step down as our guitarist in order to put all his focus into his growing family.

"It's been a year since Hobbit first came back into EOTD, and we couldn't be more grateful for the time and work he has put in with us, and thank him for that. It will be sad to have him leave our ranks, but everyone understands that it's what's best for him in his life right now, and wish him the best for everything he has coming.

"Keep an eye out for some more news on who he will be passing the torch to as our new guitarist, that will all be announced soon enough. In the mean time, follow the link here to Nasty Fest at Cherry St in Wallingford on the 29th. This will not only be Hermon VonRolls last show with Nasty Disaster, but also Hobbits very last show with Eyes of the Dead. It's truly a night you will not want to miss out on!" More...

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Vesperia's Morgan Rider Covers Katatonia Track

Vesperia frontman Morgan Rider has posted an acoustic cover video performing one of his favorite tracks from Katatonia: "Idle Blood" from the "Night Is The New Day" album.

Rider comments: "I recorded this cover in my home studio and filmed it in the crown lands near my house. I am a big Katatonia fan and have been wanting to record an homage to them with a slightly altered arrangement for awhile now."

Vesperia is also currently completing the recording of a new album to follow 2015’s "The Iron Tempests" EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer / producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater). More...

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Psygnosis Announces New Album

Psygnosis has a new album titled "Neptune" due out May 28th, 2017. Bucking the traditional band lineup, Psygnosis features no drummer and no singer, with a rhythmic programmed background mixed with extreme metal.

This new album arrives after numerous shows across France and Mexico performing with the likes of Melechesh, God Dethroned, Dagoba, and many more.

The "Neptune" release is preceded by a live show at l’Opéra National du Rhin with Empyrium, Igorrr, Grorr and Laniakea, slated to be the first metal show in a French opera. More...

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Mountaineer Streaming "Womb"

Bay Area, CA group Mountaineer today reveals the first new track off forthcoming Lifeforce Records debut "Sirens & Slumber." Check out the "Womb" audio teaser below. Lifeforce also comments:

"Sad, but yet somehow beautiful - this could be a roughly description for 'Sirens & Slumber.' Mountaineer introduces itself with a debut album that is build on opposites and supposed contradictions. At the same time, the nine songs touch the listeners in the innermost.

"The group pursues a subtle straightforward path, using clear patterns of action. Nevertheless, the songwriting is surprising and thrilling. At first listen you never expect the recall factor, 'Sirens & Slumber' develops. With only little input, Mountaineer creates magnificent music - an organic soundscape of ravishing beauty and formidable profundity." More...

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Life Of Agony Releases "World Gone Mad" Video

After 12 long years, Brooklyn hard rock Life Of Agony is finally back with brand new album "A Place Where There's No More Pain," which is set to be released April 28th via Napalm Records.

Back in the famous and original "River Runs Red" line up fronted by the one & only Mina Caputo, today the band unleashes an official video for "World Gone Mad" - check it out below.

"The message behind 'World Gone Mad' could not be more relevant to what's going on all over this planet right now. People are more divided than ever, and if we continue to ignore the fact that this world is busting at its seams and just continue to 'stick our heads underground,' like the lyrics suggest, we will see a madness in our lifetime like we've never experienced before," explained bassist Alan Robert. More...

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Social Arsonist Gearing Up For Spring Shows

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid Social Arsonist will be hitting the road for dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May, which will then be followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned the web. Finding Canadian singer Cayle Charlton, the duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases: 2016 full-length "Duality of Perception" and 2014 debut EP "De-Evolution of Thy Self." More...

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Disorder Premieres Full New Album

Ready for a little audio chaos this morning? Ahead of the official release date this Friday the 21st, we're now exclusively premiering new album "Fuego Negro" from thrash / black metal crew Disorder.

The Salvadorian band will see "Fuego Negro" co-released via Satanath Records' sub-label Symbol Of Domination with Morbid Skull Records.

Get a full advance listen below, and pre-orders are now online here.

Although originally started in '93 by Jorge Montesino, difficulty finding members who didn't want to play grunge or alternative at the time meant a first demo wasn't recorded and released until '01. The project would then go dormant for another ten years, eventually reactivating with a new lineup that resulted in the "En El Rio Del Olvido" album.

Fast forward to 2017 and now “Fuego Negro” is confirmed to be release on CD format in a limited run of 666 copies. Follow the latest on the band at Facebook here and the album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Carroñeros De Justicia
2. Existencias Paralelas
3. Bajo El Yugo De La Ignorancia
4. 333
5. Tiempos Violentos
6. Misantropica Barbarie
7. Fuego Negro More...

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Oversense To Issue Debut Album "The Storyteller"

German melodic power metal act Oversense announced the impressive melodic metal debut album “The Storyteller,” which features along with phat headbanger riffs, a bombastic orchestra and choirs. The album will be issued on May 12th.

With "The Storyteller," you won’t find a wider range of variety on an album of this genre. Produced in cooperation with Olaf Reitmeier (Avantasia, Kamelot, Epica) and Miro Rodenberg (Edguy, Brainstorm, Rhapsody Of Fire) and released through Dr. Music Records, Oversense intends to cause a stir on the heavy metal scene! The band from Southern Germany delivers a great musically spectacle that is going to delight you. This is a compulsory purchase for fans of bands like Edguy, Orden Ogan or Brainstorm.

Oversense began working on "The Storyteller" immediately after issuing the debut EP "Dreamcatcher" in 2014. The album features a guest solo on the song "Wild Hunt" from Avantasia/ex-Heaven's Gate guitarist and famed producer Sascha Paeth. On May 3rd, theband will release the music video for the first single "Mr. Mackie’s Chase For Love."

“The Storyteller” is twelve individual stories assembled to one musical concept with the following track listing:

1. Forgotten Tales
2. Wild Hunt
3. Mr. Mackie’s Chase For Love
4. Purgatory
5. Sally
6. We’re Gonna Bring You Thunder
7. Phobia
8. Last Goodbye
9. The Heart Begins To Shiver
10. When The Undead Rise
11. Through The Panther’s Eyes
12. Big Bang (Bonus Track) More...

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Wind Rose Hears "The Wolves Call"

Italian folk/power metal band Wind Rose issued a lyric video for the new song "The Wolves Call." Check it out in the player below.

The song appears on the third studio album "Stonehymn," which drops on May 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere) and the artwork (shown below) was created by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr).

The track listing for "Stonehymn" is:

1. Distant Battlefields
2. Dance of Fire
3. Under the Stone
4. To Erebor
5. The Returning Race
6. The Animist
7. The Wolves’ Call
8. Fallen Timbers
9. The Eyes of the Mountain More...

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Labyrinth Streams New Song "Take On My Legacy"

Italian progressive metal band Labyrinth is streaming another new song from the band's long awaited new studio album titled "Architecture of a God." Check out "Take On My Legacy" in the player below. The album is set to drop on April 21st via Frontiers Music srl.

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Bullets (see video here)
2. Still Alive
3. Take On My Legacy
4. A New Dream (song streaming here)
5. Someone Says (see video clip here)
6. Random Logic
7. Architecture of a God
8. Children
9. Those Days
10. We Belong To Yesterday
11. Stardust and Ashes
12. Diamond

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Pigeon Lake Signs With Wormholedeath

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that Norwegian stoner/hard rock act Pigeon Lake has joined the roster for the worldwide release of the new album "Barriers Fall," the band's sophomore full length effort. The new song "Hide and Seek" can be heard streaming in the player below.

The band commented: "We are extremely happy, proud and psyched to officially announce our record deal with Wormholedeath Records. We've kept this under the lid for a fair amount of time, working on our upcoming album – writing, recording and planning. The pieces are finally put together and we are so hyped and ready to show you what we've been working on. We can't wait to play, say hello and share special moments with each and every one of you, listening to our music. It's time to repay the faith being put in us!"

The album cover and track listing for "Barriers Fall" can be found here:

1. Ragnarok
2. Lyra
3. Barriers fall
4. The Futility of You
5. Hide and Seek
6. Sunder
7. A Familiar Problem
8. Perfect Place
9. Let's Pretend More...

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Old Season Streams New Song "Scavenger"

Irish metal act Old Season released the first single from the upcoming sophomore full length album "Beyond the Black." Check out "Scavenger" in the player below. "Beyond the Black" is set for release on May 19th via Pure Steel Records, with pre-orders available on May 5th, 2017 via the label's webshop.

Old Season was founded in 2003 and released the debut album "Archaic Creation" in 2009. If you are into truly epic melodic heavy metal with light NWoBHM influences, then you need to check out "Beyond the Black."

The track listing for the album is:

1. A New Dawn
2. Scavenger
3. Chosen
4. Elegy
5. The Journeyman
6. Rivers of Cepha
7. Words from Beyond...
8. The Void
9. Nevermore

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Custard Conjures "The Pied Piper"

German power metal veterans Custard is streaming the new song "The Pied Piper." The song appears on the new album "A Realm of Tales," set to drop on May 19th via Pure Steel Records.

The track listing and album artwork for "A Realm of Tales" can be found here:

1. Icy Stare
2. Queen of Snow
3. The Pied Piper
4. Arabian Nights
5. Snow White
6. Snow Away (Intro)
7. The Little Match Girl
8. Daughter of the Sea
9. Witch Hunter
10. Sign of Evil
11. Bluebeard
12. Forged in Fantasy

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Blazing Rust Signs With Pure Steel Records

Russian old school metal band Blazing Rust has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band will release the debut album "Armed To Exist" on July 28th. Details of the album are expected soon.

Blazing Rust was formed in November 2014 and consists of former and current members of well-known metal acts Pyre, Drama, Ulvdalir, Internal Damage, Grenouer. Having a unique tinge and vision without limiting themselves to the rigid frameworks, Blazing Rust pays homage to real heavy metal gods such as Dio, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Diamond Head.

Guitarist Roman Dovzhenko commented: "We are so excited about the fact that this album is coming out finally! An extensive work on all the production of our first full-length was carried out perfectly. We knew what we want and what we need and i believe we've achieved that! I'm happy with the results and I'm sure that nobody of you metal brothers-in-arms will be disappointed!"

Vocalist Igor Arbuzov added: "Making 'Armed to Exist' album had been a huge fun for me as I received a big amount of creative freedom and support from the band. We realized very soon how close we are musically and mentally. In my opinion our album is not just an imitation of the most popular 80s music genre. It's a great collection of tracks that won't leave any heavy metal fan indifferent. They can be fast and mid-tempo, rough, agressive and melodic at the same time, - everything you expect from classic metal. 'Armed to Exist' is a statement from the younger generation of musicians that says: "We're ready to carry the flag of Heavy Metal!"!" More...

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Sarcasm Issues Video For New Song

Legendary Swedish death metal act Sarcasm issued a video clip for the new song "Scars of a Land Forgotten." The song is taken from the sophomore full length album "Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds," which is set to drop on April 28th via Dark Descent Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Bloodsoaked Sunrise
2. From the Crimson Fog They Emerged
3. Embodiment of Source
4. Scars of a Land Forgotten
5. In the Grip of Awakening Times (see lyric video here)
6. Silent Waves Summoned Your Inner Being
7. A Black Veil for Earth
8. The Drowning Light at the Edge of the Dawn

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Athorn Issues "Born In Flames" Video

German melodic death metal act Athorn issued a new video clip for the song "Born in Flames." The song appears on the latest album "Necropolis" - a post-apocalyptic concept album.

With "Born In Flames" the Germans open another chapter of the space western and this time the band reveals a soft side, as the tune is a genuine heavy metal ballad. The video shows singer Carsten Frank and in proper style Björn Spier on the acoustic guitar as comic characters which take turns with filigrane designed image sequences that reflect the topic of the epic concept album, including zombies, space cowboys, priests and not to forget the fine portion of end time romantic which is essential for a true ballad.

Check out the clip here:

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Sparzanza Signs With Despotz Records

Swedish hard rock band Sparzanza can look back on a 20 year long career filled with explosive metal, award nominations, radio airplay and loads of tours and live gigs. The band has made a huge effort and has been looking for the right label to work with further.

"After meeting up with Sparzanza we can definitely say that we've found each other.," says Carl-Marcus Gidlof of Despotz. "Both through innovational thinking, digital media and the fact that we want to work on taking the band to an international level taking advantage of Despotz strong presence both digitally and physically. We're very pleased that they choose to have us as part of their team and welcome Sparzanza to the Despotz Family.” Carl-Marcus Gidlöf, Despotz Records

The band has released seven dark hard rock albums and a double compilation album since 1996. In the recent past Sparzanza have found themselves riding in wake of rock legends and have set their sights on main stages everywhere.

The band says, "The creative spirit at Despotz is nothing we have ever felt at any label we have worked with before. Our crazy ideas get thumbs up and we really feel that we have the possibility to develop Sparzanza towards what we want the band to be and achieve. To feel prioritized, listened to and like nothing is impossible is what made us sign this deal. We can't wait for what´s to come."

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The Unity Tells "No More Lies"

German melodic metal act The Unity - formed by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehre (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitars) - issued a video clip for the new song "No More Lies." The song appears on the self-titled debut album which drops on May 5th via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The band commented about the song: "We're happy to present with 'No More Lies' another track from our upcoming debut album. It stands for all that The Unity has to offer: cool Riffing and strong melodies. For us this is the best track to show the metal fans what they can expect from our album."

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Rise And Fall
2. No More Lies
3. God Of Temptation
4. Firesign
5. Always Just You
6. Close To Crazy
7. The Wishing Well
8. Edens Fall
9. Redeemer
10. Super Distortion
11. Killer Instinct
12. Never Forget

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Excalion Signs With Scarlet Records For New Album

Finnish melodic power metal act Excalion signed on with Scarlet Records for the upcoming new album "Dream Alive." The band recently released the new single "Centenarian," which you can stream at this location.

Excalion truly shows what shedding skin means. With a vibrant, aggressive, fast yet melodic new album, Excalion steers to the forefront of Finnish melodic metal bands. The album builds on the storyline that was established with the '"Centenarian" single, telling about a modern escapist who lives both the past and present, crafting his own realities. "Dream Alive" takes you through this journey, welcoming you through the pathways of the new century with stories that will not escape your mind.

Excalion’s new line-up combines the powerful vocals of Marcus Lång with the strong compositions of Jarmo Myllyvirta, setting the scene for the band’s signature arrangements, tight rhythms and flawless soloing.

"Dream Alive" was mixed by Tuomas Kokko at Electric Fox studio (Ghost Brigade) and mastered by Brett-Caldas Lima at Tower Studio (Ayreon, Adagio). The outstanding artwork (shown below) that captures the storyline of the album was created by a rising star from Poland, Piotr Szafraniec.

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Totengott Signs With Xtreem Music

Spanish dark metal act Totengott has just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of the (as of yet untitled) debut album, which will see release this coming summer. While Xtreem Music will be releasing the physical CD version, Dutch label Burning World will be handling the digital and vinyl releases.

The album was recorded, produced, and mixed by Totengott at Anglagard Recording Studio (Grao, Spain) during late 2016/early 2017, and was mastered by James Plotkin (well known for his work with bands like Conan, Electric Wizard, Isis the band, Amenra, Thou, Jesu et. al.). Artwork was created by Procesonegro Art Studio.

The release date, title, artwork, tracklist, and other info will be released in the next weeks, so stay tuned! More...

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Desolate Pathway Signs With Wormholedeath

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that U.K. doom metal act Desolate Pathway has signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of the debut and sophomore albums "Valley of the King" (2014) and "Of Gods and Heroes" (2017).

"Of Gods and Heroes" will be issued on the following release schedules ("Valley of the King" release dates will be announced soon):

Digital release date : May 12th (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
U.S.A : July 7th (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Physical release date : June 16th (Aural Music Group)
Japan: October 25th (Wormholedeath Japan/DiskUnion)

The band Band statement
"Having been patient with finding the perfect label to sign with since forming, we at Desolate Pathway are absolutely thrilled to be joining the WormHoleDeath family and look forward to a long, happy and prosperous association for worldwide physical and digital distribution of our two albums, Valley of the King and Of Gods and Heroes."

The track listing for "Of Gods and Heroes" is:

1. Intro
2. The Old Ferryman
3. The Perilous Sea
4. Medusa’s Lair
5. Into the Realms of Poseidon
6. Enchanted Voices
7. Gods of the Deep
8. The Winged Divinity
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Nervecell Starts A "Proxy War"

Middle East extreme metal pioneers Nervecell released the new song "Proxy War," which you can enjoy in the player below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Past, Present, Torture." The album will be issued this summer via Lifeforce Records, with more information expected soon.

"Past, Present…Torture" is the band’s third full-length studio release and follow-up to 2011’s "Psychogenocide." The album was mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) in Poland. The album cover artwork (shown below) was created by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Origin, Whitechapel).

The band commented: "'Past, Present…Torture' is an album we’ve been working on for roughly the last 4 years. The album consists of 13 new tracks that promise to be the most extreme and versatile Nervecell record to date, have no doubt about it! The title speaks for itself, focusing on the state of the world and where we are all headed as a civilization. We can’t wait for you all to have a taste of what’s in store, don’t say we didn’t warn you…" More...

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Onegodless Announces "Mourner" Details

Dutch metal act Onegodless will issue the debut album "Mourner" on June 9th. The CD comes with earplugs, as the album is best to enjoy on volume at 11. Pre-order can be made at onegodlessofficial.com.

"Mourner" was produced by Robin Zielhorst & Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious, Skeletor, Codex). It was mixed and mastered by Tymon Kruidenier and the artwork (shown below) was created by GutsArt in cooperation with Zielhorst.

Onegodless was founded by bassist Robin Zielhorst. Zielhorst is known for his (fretless) bass playing in bands like Cynic, Exivious, Our Oceans, Textures, various studio projects and solo performances, and joins forces with Pieter Verpaalen (Textures), Yordi Lopez (Red Eyes, 3D Monster) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence, Exivious).

Zielhorst commented on the album: "A lot of the things we say are meant in a humorous way, more or less. It's a reaction to the (music) world as it is right now. Of course we did not invent a new genre called 'HEAVYSTONERBLUESGROOVEROCKSLUDGEMETAL,' but it was either that or call it anti-Djent (laughs). The music and the lyrics are very serious, though, there's not a joke in that".

About the album title and its artwork Zielhorst says: "It fits. It's a link to the previous band name, a way to include our roots, so to say. It also underlines the artwork: the Yogi man (inside artwork) mourns about the world, closed off in his own being."

The track list for "Mourner" is:

1. Intro
2. The Calm
3. Burn The Sun
4. Countless Hours
5. Unstable
6. Hangman's Time
7. Songs Of Old
08. Goliath
09. Salvation
10. My Blood
11. From The Ashes More...

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Hidden Lapse Signs With Rockshots Music

Rockshots Music proudly welcomes Italian melodic progressive metal act Hidden Lapse to its artist roster. The band will release the debut album "Redemption" on June 2nd.

Hidden Lapse is deeply influenced by the progressive metal scene as well as the modern and alternative metal. The power trio line-up features Alessia Marchigiani – Vocals, Marco Ricco – Guitars and Romina Pantanetti – Bass.

"Redemption" is both a fiction and everyday tale about a nameless young woman facing tough choices and consequences, through a long inner journey” comments the band itself.

The band is streaming he lyric video for the first single "Compassion" in the player below. More...

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Pyramaze Shows "A World Divided"

Denmark based power/progressive metal act Pyramaze released a video clip for the new song "A World Divided." The song is lifted from the upcoming new album "Contingent," which is set for release on April 28th in Europe and North America via Inner Wound Recordings. See our review for the album over at this location.

The track list and album artwork can be found below:

1. Land Of Information
2. Kingdom Of Solace (see lyric video here)
3. Star Men
4. A World Divided
5. Nemesis
6. Contingent - Part I: The Campaign
7. 20 Second Century (see lyric video here)
8. Obsession
9. Heir Apparent
10. Contingent - Part II: The Hammer of Remnant
11. Under Restraint
12. The Tides That Won't Change
13. Symphony of Tears

Check out "A World Divided" - directed, shot, edited, and VFX by Chance White - here: More...

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Celestial Grave Streaming "Pvtrefactio" EP

Today the Finnish black metal upstarts from Celestial Grave stream the entirety of their forthcoming 7" EP, "Pvtrefactio." Set for international release on April 21st via Iron Bonehead Productions, check out the advance listen below.

Striking while the iron's hot, this two-song record follows quickly on the heels of Celestial Grave's celebrated debut demo, "Burial Ground Trance." The new EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Deteriorating Angel
2. Pvtrefactio More...

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