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Metal News for April 21, 2015

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Tribe Posts "Burn The Empire" Video

Los Angeles trio Tribe today releases a video for "Burn The Empire," a new song taken from upcoming album “Atlas.”

Tribe was formed in 2010 in California by Jamie Waite (vocals/bass), Denner Vieira (guitars) and Rick Pivetta (drums). In 2013 Tribe released the digital EP “Through The Veil,” which marked the beginning of a partnership with Atlas co-producer Erik Reichers.

“Atlas” will be available everywhere May 26th via Primitive records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lost
2. Metamorphosis
3. Burn The Empire
4. Terreiro
5. Global Hysteria
6. Conduit
7. Manifest
8. The Fix
9. Helix
10. Trojan
11. Gravity
12. Mangue More...

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Annihilator Announces Tour Guests

Canada’s finest thrash outfit Annihilator has confirmed 2 special guest slots for an upcoming 2015 headline tour: Harlott and Archer. The band comments:

"Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Harlott are the finest example of the thrash metal genre in recent years. Taking most of their influence from the 80’s bay area thrash scene, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound and professional musicianship have earned Harlott a strong and dedicated fan base in the Melbourne metal scene, which still continues to grow to this day. Harlott will not only impress new audiences in and outside of the heavy metal genre, but they will also succeed in taking the fans back to the golden age of metal.

"Hailing from the unlikely roots of Santa Cruz, California, Archer is a band determined to deliver genuine uncompromising and unrelenting ass-kicking hard rock and heavy metal music to fans of all ages. As fans of the music themselves, this trio of hard rocking guys is not unlike any fan of the genre. They play for those that share a love for the music and the passion within. Make no mistake – this is a band that is truly the sum of its parts and is best illustrated by the collective musicianship these three individuals possess. Alex’s precise drumming, David’s masterful bass duties, and Dylan’s captivating combination of playing and singing make for a sound and a band that is uniquely satisfying while retaining all the heavy metal inspiration that ultimately drives them. There is a real tangible passion within the band that is revealed when they take the stage and crank out one of their intense performances. It makes one realize that these guys are the real deal….

"Archer has worked hard to climb the rock and roll heap and have no intention of letting go or slowing down as they continue to strive towards greater heights. It is through such tireless efforts that Archer has earned its past and present successes having toured and performed alongside some of the genre’s biggest acts. In addition to embracing the touring grind, Archer has recorded with the likes of Sam Taylor (King’s X, ZZ Top) & Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses/Rock Star Supernova fame. Listening to their recorded efforts reveal a dedication to their craft that continues to impress." More...

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ThisQuietArmy Releasing "Anthems For Catharsis"

ThisQuietArmy, the drone/experimental guitar-based project of Eric Quach (Hypnodrone Ensemble, Destroyalldreamers & Parallel Lines) will release new studio effort “Anthems for Catharsis” next month on May 15th via TQA Records & Consouling Sounds.

The new album was recorded and mixed by Erich Quach in his hometown of Montreal and according to the project's main man is darker than the last studio release “Rebirths” from 2014.

“Ruminations,” a new song from the 6-track release, is now playing below. You can also catch the band live on these dates:

May 05 - Rome, IT @ Forte Fanfulla
May 07 - Ghent, BE @ Consouling Store (TBC)
May 08 - Cologne, Germany @ Private Gig
May 09 - Mainz, Germany @ Baron
May 10 - Rochefort, Belgium @ Congoland
May 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ The Cave
May 12 - Hamburg, Germany @ MS Stubnitz
May 15 - Zottegem, Belgium @ Dunk! Festival
May 18 - Paris, France @ L'Espace B
May 19 - Geneva, Switzerland @ La Gravière
May 20 - Chambéry, France @ Le Brin de Zinc
May 21 - Bulle, Switzerland @ Ebullition
May 22 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Gaswerk
May 23 - Innsbruck, Austria @ PMK
May 24 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
May 25 - Milano, Italy @ Rock N Roll Club
May 26 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Channel Zero
May 27 - Maribor, Slovenia @ Gustaf Pekarna
May 28 - Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert
May 29 - Bratislava, Slovakia @ whoneedslyrics?! Festival
May 30 - Prague, Czech Republic @ 007 Strahov
May 31 - Berlin, Germany @ Tiefgrund (Halle) More...

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Critical Solution Unveils Album Artwork

Critical Solution has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a new track online and revealing the "Sleepwalker" artwork:

"Album artwork + new song 'Back From The Grave' streaming now! Mario Lopez has done it again! We have no words!

"Our new coming album is named 'Sleepwalker!' On this record you will meet many characters, and mabey even someone you already know? More info soon and that also goes for the release date! 'Back From The Grave,' featuring, Denner/Shermann is also available now beow!" More...

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Aelter Streaming Fourth Album

Today the cinematic doom/Western-noir troupe Aelter stream the entirety of fourth album, "Aelter IV: Love Eternal," out now on via Pesanta Urfolk. Listen in below, courtesy of HammerSmashedSound.com.

Aelter is one of several side-projects to emerge from the Wolvserpent camp, and uniquely known for a cinematically dreary dreamscape of doom-inspired darkness. Over the course of three albums, Aelter has steadily evolved from the minimal, wide-open expanses of sound - found on 2009's debut "Dusk Dawn" and 2010's "Aelter II: Follow You Beloved "(collected together by Crucial Blast in 2011) - to the strange ambient-influenced slowcore first suggested by 2011's "Aelter III" and now reaching its fullest fruition on "Aelter IV." The track listing is:

1. Intro
2. Death Eternal
3. Love Eternal
4. Life Eternal
5. Hope Eternal More...

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Ayreon's "The Human Equation" Coming To Theater

Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production "The Theater Equation" based on Ayreon's "The Human Equation."

The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the nieuwe Luxor theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.

For years, fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's rock operas have begged for a live performance. The creative team of Shadow Freaks, a theater production company lead by Lucassen's former manager Yvette Boertje, now answers that call by staging a fan favorite; "The Human Equation."

"The Human Equation" tells the story of comatose man who battles his emotions that have come to life in a frightening and bizarre world: his own mind. After a 20-day emotional rollercoaster ride filled with good and bad memories, shocking revelations and hope-filled desires, the man has to make a decision: wake up or die?

Show dates are as folows:

18 September (SOLD OUT)
19 September (SOLD OUT)
20 September (SOLD OUT) More...

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The Negation Premieres Album Teaser

Earlier this month, French nihilistic black metal outfit The Negation announced a new record deal with Koatoxin Records.

This freshly inked deal will see the release of the band's second full-length album "Memento Mori" On July 7th in North America and July 10th worldwide. "Memento Mori" features artwork done by Metastazis (Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Watain...) and pre-order info is available at the Kaotoxin website here.

Today we're bringing you the official worldwide exclusive premiere of the album's teaser trailer, which can be seen below. Stay tuned for more forthcoming info on the release. More...

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Connoisseur Streaming "New Amsterdam"

Following a solid year of blunt rolling and live perversions, glassy-eyed, California smoke goliaths Connoisseur will unleash the weedian fruits of the "Stoner Justice" offering this June via Tankcrimes Records.

Initially released in EP form last year and captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, the "Stoner Justice" redux is remastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and has been expanded to fourteen blunted ragers, including a live set professionally recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover on February 13th, 2015.

Puff, puff, pass the track "New Amsterdam" below, courtesy of a stream hosted by CvltNation.com. More...

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Hatchet Announces New Bassist

San Francisco thrash band Hatchet has announced Kody Barba as its new Bassist. The band comments:

"Kody has made quite the journey from Harrisburg Pennsylvania to join us in recording the album. His presence will definitely be heard on the new album and his style is awesome! We thank him in his commitment and faith in the Hatchet name and he is bringing a new, excited energy to the group."

You can check out an introduction video on the band's Facebook page.

As previously reported, Hatchet has begun recording its third full-length studio album, set to be released summer 2015 via The End Records/ADA.

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Wormreich Benefit Show Announced

A host of bands will honor those that lost their lives recently from Wormreich and Khaotica, with the show taking place at Autograph Rehearsal Studios in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 2nd. The benefit show organizer's comment:

"The show is a fund raiser to help Ashley Burkett, who was Ian McKinney's love and soon to be mother of Mia, their daughter. This is a way to make sure that baby has as many comforts that we can help provide. Ian A. McKinney knew and touched many of us through the years with his music and friendship. Lets come together and celebrate his life and the lives of Paul and Nicolas as well as those still with us trying to get their lives back to normal. More...

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Stop Breathing Releasing "V"

Oxnard, California-based Stop Breathing will release new LP, "V," this Summer. A tight knit union of bandits also hailing from The Fucking Wrath, Glass & Ashes, The Missing 23rd, Young Livers and other acts, Stop Breathing has been pounding out energetic skate-punk/late-'80s hardcore since 2009.

Cranking things up another few notches with this fifth official release, in the group's fifth year as a band, "V" was recorded in two sessions; the first in 2013 right before bassist Mike Carter moved to Portland, and the second nine months later with everything but bass. They sent the songs up to Portland, where Carter would track the bass lines and backing screams, after which it was mastered by Paul Miner at Buzz Bomb Sound Labs (Death By Stereo, H20). More...

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Wizard Eye Signs With Black Monk Records

Philadelphia-based stoner/doom band Wizard Eye is announcing its partnership with emerging label Black Monk Records for the release of an upcoming self-titled album.

"Wizard Eye is thrilled to be working with Black Monk Records," says bassist/vocalist, Dave. "As a Philly-based label whose owners have been fans of ours since day one, we can't imagine a more ideal partnership for our first release on vinyl. Black Monk Records has empowered us to bring our titanic wizard riffs to the masses in exactly the format they need and with complete artistic integrity."

The newly formed label, started by the owners of Philadelphia record store, Vinyl Altar, will focus on releases from local artists who share their love for high-quality albums with strong aesthetics. More...

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Felipe Hernández Releases Music Video

Chilean guitarist Felipe Hernández released a music video for the track "Disonancia Mental" that comes off his new album of the same name. The video was directed by Carlos Toro of Abymso Productions. Digmetalworld Records comments:

"Felipe Hernández’s solo project delivers a progressive and instrumental metal music, where he has gotten to record all the guitars and bass tracks. The drums were recorded by Gerardo Barnechea of Vastator.

"The track ‘Disonancia Mental’ is featuring Paola Carmona and Sr. Diaz of Vastator on vocals/melodies. Felipe Hernández is Vastator's former guitarist and current Nimrod’s guitarist and Luctus Hydra.

"The conceptual album ‘Disonancia Mental’ was mixed and mastered by Eric Greedy, known for his work with Ozzy Osborne, Ronnie James Dio, Primus. The original artwork contains original illustrations from the Inkila Studios." More...

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Raging Death Releasing Self-Titled Album

Raging Death is a thrashing horde form Silesia, Poland that will release a self-titled album via Punishment 18 Records on April 27th, 2015. The band comments:

"We play old school thrash metal influenced by 80’s teutonic metal gods. We are strong believers in true metal faith, our music is travel back to the 80’s, when metal was wild, loud and full of fury and anger. Fast, rough and with no compromise. Metallic punch stringht into your face!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Space Invaders
02. Raging Death
03. Back To The Past
04. Warrior Of Revenge
05. Evil Command
06. Race Of Races
07. Cry For Time
08. Challenged By The Unknown More...

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Vargsheim Posts Track-By-Track Clips

Today the German black metal group Vargsheim publishes the second and third parts of a track-by-track preview for the "Träume der Schlaflosen" album. Check 'em out below, or you can find the previously posted 1st episode at this location.

Vargsheim consists of the live line up from Imperium Dekadenz and released third full length album "Träume der Schaflosen" on the 20th of February via MDD Records. More...

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Nibiru Posts Second Webisode For New Album

The second in a series of webisodes leading up to the release of "Padmalotus," the third album from the Italian ritual psychedelic trio Nibiru, can be seen below.

This trailer features the song “Ashmadaeva," with the band commenting: “The name Asmodai is believed to derive from Avestan language *aešma-daeva, where aešma means ‘wrath’, and daeva signifies ‘demon’. This track contains a particular ambivalence. On one side the raw power of the classic sound of Nibiru and on the other side it incorporates a thrilling dark ambient with particular instruments like gong and didgeridoo.

“This is the first track we wrote during the new Nibiru ‘way’. We took more care of its structure, even if we did not lose our love for the improvisation. After the creation of this song, we decided to create a record quite different, compared to the previous albums."

Due on May 18th via Argonauta Records, the "Padmalotus" track listing is as follows:

1. Krim
2. Ashmadaeva
3. Trikona
4. Khem. More...

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Pit Stories: Brian Fair Breaks Nose

It's time for another round of Pit Stories. This story comes to us via Matt Garzilli of Sworn Enemy. Brian Fair of Shadows Fall thought he could mosh in during Sworn Enemy and then play a show but he went to the hospital instead. More...

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Thurneman Releases New Album

Thurneman is releasing a debut album titled "De räknar våra dagar" via Swedish label Gaphals after an uncountable amount of vinyl singles and EPs during the last couple of years. The label comments:

"With rough edges the band spits out 15 tracks of classic Swedish hardcore mixed with early U.S. hardcore punk influences - think Huvudtvätt, Missbrukarna and Raped Teenagers reproducing with Husker Du, Articles of Faith and early Poison Idea. Swedish Harcore Punk at it's best.

"LP version includes CD-discography with a total of 43 songs and digital download. Thurneman has previously released singles and EPs on DMC, Sorry State Records, Puke 'n' Vomit Records and Too Circle Records." More...

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Fear The Concept Releases "Identity" Single

Central Florida-based metal band Fear The Concept just dropped first single, "Identity," off of an upcoming record of the same name due to drop this Spring.

The song, which was produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada), can be heard through the video clip below. Fear The Concept frontman Mike Frush had this to say about the new release:

"This new sound is nothing like what we've released before; it's a whole new beast. We've put our blood, sweat, and tears into this record, and we're beyond ecstatic to finally be able to share it with the world." More...

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Evemaster Inks Record Deal

Evemaster just inked a new record deal with Italian label The Goatmancer, with the label issuing this statement:

"Evemaster was born during the bleak Autumn of 1996 when Tomi Mykkänen (music) and Jarno Taskula (vocals) formed the band from the ashes of Finnish death/thrash group Mortal God.

"After releasing the highly acclaimed demo 'In Thine Majesty' in early 1997, the debut album 'Lacrimae Mundi' in 1998 and the second album 'Wither' in 2003 it was time for a new album which was entitled 'III.' It was released in Scandinavia in June 2010. The album features more mature song writing which had evolved melodically and added heavier parts in the music. The album has received rave reviews especially in Finland. The album features Dan Swanö on vocals on 2 songs (he also mixed and mastered the album) and Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum) doing 2 guitar solos.

"After the demise of Supernova Records the band felt the album didn't get the deserved recognition they decided to work with up and coming Italian label The Goatmancer with the re-release of the album in 2015. This re-release is to boost the band for their next release which should be out in 2016.

"Since the beginning Evemaster has played concerts with bands such as Anathema, Grip Inc, Pain of Salvation, Throes Of Dawn, Samael, Enochian Crescent, Profane Omen, Vader, Lacuna Coil etc."

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Bullet For My Valentine Announces Tour Dates

Bullet For My Valentine just wrapped up recording a fifth studio album and is wasting no time getting back on the road.

The band is headed to South America for a headlining tour in July with special guest Motionless In White. Tickets will go on sale at this location for Brazil, Argentina and Colombia dates on Thursday, April 23rd and for the Chile date on Tuesday, April 28th. Dates are listed below.

Matt Tuck comments: “Hey everybody!! We are beyond excited to be coming back to South America. It's been far too long since we saw you last and we can't wait to bring the noise back for you amazing people. Make sure you pick up your tickets fast and we'll see you there.”

Bullet For My Valentine will raise hell on the road all Summer long - the upcoming South American tour will precede the band’s monumental North American run with Slipknot and Lamb of God that’s taking place July through September. More...

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Heidevolk Announces Member Departures

Heidevolk announced that guitarist Reamon Bomenbreker and vocalist Mark Splintervuyscht have split with the band after a twelve year run. In 2013, the band saw a split with then vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker, and this announcement brings a full turnaround on the vocal duo front.

The band posted the following on Facebook: "With a heavy heart Heidevolk says good bye to both Reamon (guitars) and Mark (vox). After 12 intense years with Heidevolk they have decided that it is time to move on. We thank them for the great times both on and of stage and we wish them both the very best for all their future endeavors. The album release show May 2nd @ LuxorLive (Arnhem, NL) will be their last live performance with Heidevolk."

Bomenbreker commented: "After twelve fantastic years I am announcing my departure from Heidevolk. I would like to express my gratitude to the fans around the world for all their support over the years: you are amazing. I would also like to thank the Heidevolk members and crew (past and present): it has been a honour working and partying with you. I am proud of what we have achieved over the years. This is an extremely difficult decision for me to make, but the last year my heart hasn’t been in it 100% anymore. I strongly believe that when you’re part of a band you have to give it 100% or don’t do it at all. More...

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Deez Nuts Streaming Full New Album

Deez Nuts released new album "Word Is Bond" today in North America. In celebration of the release, Lambgoat.com is hosting a full album stream. Give it a listen below.

With the release of "Word Is Bond," the band will embark on an extensive European tour with Stick To Your Guns, Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Tribulation Posts "Strange Gateways Beckon" Video

Sweden's Tribulation has finally released third full-length, "The Children Of The Night," worldwide today via Century Media Records.

For a preview of "The Children Of The Night," a new video for the album track "Strange Gateways Beckon" has been launched today. Check it out below, courtesy of Pitchfork.com. More...

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Shape Of Despair Strolls Through "Monotony Fields"

The Finnish funeral doom pioneers from Shape Of Despair are streaming the first track taken from their new album, "Monotony Fields."

The album's title track is streaming below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. "Monotony Fields" will be released by Season of Mist on June 16th in North America.

Regarding the track, Shape Of Despair comments: "Monotony fields, a song which reflects the album and it’s atmosphere the most for us. Slow trip into the mind of desperation." More...

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Enabler Touring With Meek Is Murder

After recently completing work on upcoming album "Fail To Feel Safe," Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler is now ready to embark on a U.S. headlining tour.

Kicking off in Torrington, CT on June 1st, the trek will feature Meek Is Murder as support. See below for all dates.

Due out summer 2015, Enabler's forthcoming album was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti and producer Greg Thomas. More...

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Thy Art Is Murder Announces Headline Tour

Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export Thy Art Is Murder just announced the upcoming European tour titled "The Australian Takeover." The band will be supported by Australian label mates Aversions Crown, who released Nuclear Blast debut "Tyrant" in November 2014.

Thy Art Is Murder comments: "As Emmure had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to illness, a lot of fans were asking what happened to the rest of the bands. A few things led to another and all of a sudden the rest of the package couldn't do the tour.

"Not wanting to let you guys down we worked tirelessly with our agent to bring you a tour. A headline tour. And the final European tour of the Hate album cycle. And we're bringing some friends. We are happy and proud to announce our good friends from Australia, Aversions Crown, Feed Her To The Sharks, and Earth Rot will be joining us on this exciting excursion. Our amazing agent still has a lot of work to do to pull the dates together for announcement but get excited for this last minute run of Australian metal before 'Holy War' is released!"

The upcoming album "Holy War" will be available in various formats and unleashed in Europe on June 26th. See the band live: More...

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The Great Discord Posts Second Teaser

Metal Blade Records is prepared to add The Great Discord to the growing list of Sweden's heavy metal exports.

Today the label releases a second teaser from upcoming album "Duende." Part 2, "Sacrosanct (Deus Ex Homine)" can be viewed below.

"Duende" will be available worldwide via Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More...

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Xandria Details New EP "Fire & Ashes"

German symphonic metal act Xandria announced the details of the upcoming new EP to be entitled "Fire & Ashes." The EP will drop on July 31st via Napalm Records. The cover artwork (shown below) was designed by eminently respectable Felipe Machado, known also for his works with Rage, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior and Rhapsody of Fire.

In addition to three new tracks, "Fire & Ashes" will feature two re-recorded classics: "Ravenheart" (from the 2004 release of the same name) and "Now & Forever" (from the 2005 release "India"). Two covers will be included as well: Sonata Arctica's "Don't Say a Word" and Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love."

The band commented on the choice of the Meatloaf classic: "During the photoshoot for the Sacrificium record we were digging through our music libraries to find something appropriate for getting us in the right mood. At some point we got stuck with an artist every one of us had a crush on someone with and a story to tell about back then from our teenager days in the earlier 90ies.

"We straight away started joking about doing a Xandria version of this particular song, but really forgot about it until the discussion of doing some remake for an EP came up again. With the biggest respect we started this operation of transforming one of our all time faves, a real classic, into a Xandria hymn. Well, we think we quite did an 'okay' job and on July the 31st it`s your turn to decide whether you`ve got a favorite song or not."

The track listing for "Fire & Ashes" is:

1. Voyage of The Fallen (New Track)
2. Unembraced (New Track)
3. In Remembrance (New Track)
4. Ravenheart (2015 Version)
5. Now & Forever (2015 Version)
6. Don't Say A Word (Sonata Arctica Cover)
7. I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (Meatloaf Cover) More...

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Forgotten Tomb Lining Up New Tour

Italy's purveyors of black/doom metal Forgotten Tomb will embark on an headlining European tour in late October/early November 2015, supporting latest record "Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love," which was released by Agonia Records in April 2015.

The band will perform a brand-new set of songs, including material from all its discography that hasn't been played ever before.

Hailing from France, Nocturnal Depression will team up as support for the whole tour, promoting new album "Spleen Black Metal" via Avantgarde Music.

Full venue and show details will be available soon, but for now Forgotten Tomb has revealed the following upcoming dates preceding the tour with Nocturnal Depression:

16.05.2015 - Melna Piektdiena, Riga, LATVIA
17.05.2015 - Kulturos Baras Kablys, Vilnius, LITHUANIA
30.05.2015 - Billar Billy's, Mexico City, MEXICO
06.06.2015 - Metropol Live Stage, Kiev, UKRAINE
09.08.2015 - Agglutination Metal Festival, Chiaromonte (PZ), ITALY
18.09.2015 - Phoenix Club, St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
19.09.2015 - Rock House, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION More...

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Kowloon Walled City Signs With Neurot

Neurot Recordings is very pleased to welcome San Francisco-based sludge/noise rock unit Kowloon Walled City to the label family for the CD release of an as-yet-untitled third full-length, expected out this Fall, with Gilead Media handling the release on vinyl.

Comments Neurot's Steve Von Till: "Kowloon Walled City is a hardworking, no-nonsense group of people, who deliver no-nonsense, in-your-face aggressive music. We couldn't be happier."

Adds the band, "It goes without saying but we're all honored and excited about this. Literally every interaction we've had with the Neurosis camp has been great - they are super solid people who 100% get it. The same goes for Gilead Media. All right, back to work."

Named after a now-demolished Hong Kong region notorious for its brothels, opium dens and casinos, Kowloon Walled City was formed in 2007 and has since released an EP, two full-lengths and a number of splits.

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Ambassador Gun Streaming New Tracks

Minneapolis, Minnesota's scathing grind trio Ambassador Gun just released two brand new tracks today, well ahead of the street date for the band's third full-length album, "Tomb Of Broken Sleep."

The follow-up to 2012's "Golden Eagle" album, "Tomb Of Broken Sleep" presents Ambassador Gun in top form, unloading ten new tracks in just over twenty-six minutes that were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording.

"Tomb Of Broken Sleep" will be released digitally via Bandcamp on July 15th, 2015, with physical versions to follow by the end of Summer. The full track listing is:

1. Heart Of Corruption
2. Narcotic
3. Invaders
4. Once Upon The Sauce
5. Tomb Of Broken Sleep
6. Fire At Will
7. Mighty Steed
8. County Fair Massacre
9. Karamazov
10. Smoke Crack Worship Satan More...

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Cryptic Abyss Posts "Rusty Knife" Video

Melbourne’s Cryptic Abyss just unveiled an official video clip for newest single, “Rusty Knife,” which can be viewed below.

“Rusty Knife” marks Cryptic Abyss’ first recorded material as a five-piece after bassist Kurt Morley joined the fold. Featuring hilarious guest spots from both Nathan ‘Yeti’ Amatnieks (Frankenbok) and Chris Themelco (Orpheus Omega), “Rusty Knife” features some absolutely crushing death metal filmed and edited by Milein Shulze at Blixa Productions. Cryptic Abyss is:

Calvin Cobby - Lead Vocals
Damon Morley - Guitar/Backups
Nathan Allen - Guitar/Backups
Kurt Morley - Bass
James Catarinozzi - Drums More...

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Earth Crisis Streaming "The Discipline"

The wait is over and fans can finally hear the first song and title track off the upcoming record “The Discipline” from Earth Crisis. Check it out below, thanks to Lambgoat.com. “The Discipline” will drop on May 19th via Bullet Tooth.

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Elm Street Announces New EP "Heart Racer"

Australian speed metal act Elm Street has posted up a preview clip of the upcoming new EP "Heart Racer" (heard in the player below). The three song release will be issued digitally and via Big Cartel through Massacre Records on May 9th.

"Heart Racer" is the follow up to the 2011 debut full length "Barb Wire Metal." The track list is as follows:

1. Heart Racer
2. Next in Line
3. Will it Take a Lifetime?

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Kaledon Announces New Singer

Italian power metal act Kaledon named its new vocalist: Michele Guaitoli (Overtures/Future is Tomorrow). As an introduction, the band has posted up an in-studio video clip of the Guaitoli performing the track "Suprise Impact," which originally appeared on the 2010 release "Legend of the Forgotten Reign - Chapter VI: The Last Night on the Battlefield."

Kaledon's latest album "Antillius: The King of the Light" was issued last November via Scarlet Records, which marked the final album to feature former vocalist Marco Palazzi.

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Remembering Gary "Godlike" Snyder 1969 - 2015

This morning, myself and other members of the MetalUnderground.com community were shocked and saddened to read that one of our most beloved visitors to the site, Gary Snyder, better known around here as "Godlike," had passed away suddenly on March 10th at the age of only forty six. That it took so long for some of us who knew him to find this out has added to the sadness felt that we will never again get to speak to him about the music he loved so dearly and the life he led so fully.

Gary was the embodiment of rock and roll. He lived on the road thanks to his occupation as a trucker and was all about having a good time through the usual rock channels. He knew guitars perhaps better than anyone else I've ever known, creating quite a collection and eager to pass on his knowledge to the younger crowd. In the days when the Metal Underground community was thriving, communicating via e-mails and telephone conversations, he would frequently contact me to see how I was, what I was up to and most of all, to talk about rock and metal, introducing me to such bands as Fastway and Jake E. Lee's, Badlands in the process. He also was very keen to get me to the United States, extending the invite indefinitely for me to come and stay with him, something I tragically will now be unable to do.

It wasn't just myself that Gary reached out to. Some of the older members such as Wilco and Blindgreed1 (real/full names withheld unless otherwise requested,) were able to bond with him over their memories of the bands they loved back in their youth such as Saxon and the younger members were drawn to him because of his life experience, easy going attitude and love of the music that we were told by people his age, "we'd grow out of." Even when he suffered through bad times, he only asked us for patience while he was away and that he would be back to his old self as soon as possible. No sob stories, no aggression, just a man who was concerned that he wouldn't be making people laugh as much as he had.

I'm sure we all have fond and specific memories of Gary, which are welcome to be left in the comments section below. It seems the most appropriate way to close this small tribute to a great character, would be to rock out to some of the music he lived for, which in this case, will be one of his favourite bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. Raise a glass, light one up or bang your head in memory of a brother, friend and above all, rocker. This one's for you Gary. More...

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty

According to CNN, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was originally charged with "attempting to procure a murder", has plead guilty to the charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs in a New Zealand court. The original charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison. At the moment, he is released on bail until the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 26th. More...

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Kamelot Announces Second Leg Of Tour

In just under a week, Kamelot embarks on a North American tour with DragonForce, which will take up the month of May. Well, the band has teamed up with DragonForce again for a second leg of the North American tour in support of "Haven" (May 5, 2015 in North America and May 8, 2015 in Europe and rest of the world) to begin this November.

The band made the following announcement: "For those who missed the news yesterday - We are really pleased to announce that we'll return to the U.S. and Canada this Fall for the second leg of our biggest North American Headliner Tour to date, with special guest Dragonforce. Spread the news!!"

Tickets for the second run will can be found at this location. The dates are as follows:

13: Revolution, Ft Lauderdale, FL
14: Masquerade, Atlanta
15: Expo Five, Louisville , KY
17: Filmore, Charlotte ,NC
18: Filmore, Silver Springs , MD
20: Webster Theater, Hartford., CT
21: Imperial Theater, Quebec City , Que
24: Town Ballroom, Buffalo , NY
25: Royal Oak Music Theater, Detroit , MI
26: Music Hall London , ON
27: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland , OH
28: The Rave, Milwaukee , WI


1: Knitting Factory, Spokane , WA
2: Vogue Theater, Vancouver , BC
3: Showbox, Seattle, WA
4: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
6: Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA
7: HOB, Las Vegas, NV
9: HOB, Dallas, TX
10: HOB, Houston, TX
12: The Ritz, Tampa, FL More...

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Encyrcle Streams New Track "Dizzy Me Deadly"

Danish metal act Encyrcle is streaming the new track "Dizzy Me Deadly." The track appears on the band's upcoming debut self-titled release, which is due to drop on June 2nd via Unspeakable Axe Records. A review for the album can be found over here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Chronoboros
2. To The End
3. Evoke The Night
4. Bloodbasker
5. En Trance
6. Dizzy Me Deadly
7. Serpent's Dream
8. Deathlust
9. Facelasher
10. Black Dust
11. Obliteration Eyes

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Just Like Gentlemen Posts "Whorecrux"

Metalcore act Just Like Gentlemen hailing from Jacksonville, FL is about to release the new album "Asylum" on April 28 via We Are Triumphant Records. In anticipation the band premieres a new song and music video titled "Whorecrux".

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SWARÞ Posts Entire "Omines Pestilentiae"

Black metal outfit SWARÞ - who's origins and members are unknown - is streaming "Omines Pestilentiae" in the player below. "Omines Pestilentiae" is set to drop on April 30th via Daemon Worship Records. The digipak CD and download version will be available HERE.

Check out now the album below.

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