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Metal News for April 23, 2017

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Sunday Old School: Witchfynde

It's been a while since we've dug into the vaults of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, the movement in the late seventies/early eighties that was credited with taking heavy metal and rock music away from the stadiums and back to the streets. While it gave the world such big names as Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard, it also contained a number of influential groups such as Venom, Raven and Witchfinder General, as well as some cult favourites like Tygers Of Pan Tang, Jaguar and Tank. This week we'll be looking at a band which probably belongs in the third category, who may not be the first name on everybody's lips when discussing the scene, but certainly rank up there as one of the heavy hitters, Witchfynde.

Witchfynde began life in 1973 either in the town of Mansfield, or the county of Derbyshire (sources differ,) the brainchild of schoolmates Richard Blower and Neil Harvey, who assumed the positions of bass player and vocalist respectively, before adding guitarist Trevor "Montalo" Taylor to the fold. Neither Blower or Harvey stayed for too long and by 1975, the lineup comprised of Montalo, bassist Andro Coulton, drummer Gra Scoresby and singer Steve Bridges. They slogged it out in the clubs for four years before they released their first single, "Give 'em Hell" in 1979, through Round Records, the only release from the company. More...

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Odraedir Releases "Legends Of The Dark Times"

Four years after the "Troll Cave" EP, Czech pagan metal band Odraedir now releases full-length debut album "Legends of the Dark Times."

Check out the song "Path Of The Wolf" below, revolving around the story of Geralt of Rivia, the main character from famous fantasy cycle The Witcher, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkovski. The full track listing is:

01. The Legend Now Begins...
02. Heroes of the Dark Times
03. Brave Souls
04. The Dawn of Oden´s Horde
05. Beowulf and Grendel
06. Beowulf and the Dragon
07. Pagan Forest
08. Choir of Swords
09. In the Name of Thor
10. Legends Ain´t Be Forgotten
11. Path of the Wolf (bonus track) More...

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Dead By Wednesday Re-Releasing Album

New Haven based metal group Dead By Wednesday has announced the re-release of debut album "Democracy is Dead." Comments the band:

"In honor of Record Store Day 2017' Mindsnap Music will be re-releasing Dead By Wednesday's very 1st / debut CD 'Democracy is Dead,' which came out in 2006 on Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed's Stillborn Records label.

"It features the original line up including the dual singer brothers & my cousins David & Ceschi Ramos. It is different then what the band is like now musically & doesn't represent their current sound but it's still a very unique & stellar piece of the band's history in its own right that everyone should own & at least check out."

Furthermore, it was just announced that the EMP Label Group U.S. tour featuring Dead By Wednesday and Raven has been scheduled for for August 17th - Sept. 10th, 2017. Stay tuned for full into to arrive shortly. More...

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Omen Releasing Split With Battleroar

Omen And Battleroar are releasing a 7" split single via Cruz Del Sur Music, with pre-orders online at this location. The label also comments:

"When it comes to epic metal, Omen and Battleroar are two names that do not need introduction. Omen (USA) was formed by guitarist Kenny Powell in 1983, and since the release of the debut album entitled 'Battle Cry' (on Metal Blade Records) have set the standards for the genre, while Greek Battleroar, founded in 2000, are one of the most-valued and long-lasting active bands, and released 4 albums in 17 years of activity.

"Omen's 'Up From The Deep' sounds as if it was taken directly from 'Battle Cry' - war cries introduce the legendary OMEN sound, with Kenny Powell painting a majestic tapestry of guitar notes above which Kevin Goocher delivers a brazen complimentary vocal performance.

"Battleroar's 'Stronghold' is in the same style as the fastest and heaviest songs on their last album 'Blood Of Legends' (released on Cruz Del Sur in 2014). It shows a massive rhythmic session, great leads, and Gerrit’s classic, epic and melodic vocals. More...

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Contra Announces "Deny Everything"

On July 1st 2017, video game influenced doom band Contra will release debut album "Deny Everything" via Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records.

The album features 10 tracks and is highly recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, Down, Eyehategod and Crowbar. Pre-orders are online here and an advance track can be heard below.

Contra was formed as an instrumental 3-piece by former Sofa King Killer guitarist Chris Chiera and ex-Rue drummer Aaron Brittain. They enlisted the aid of So Long Albatross bassist Adam Horwatt to play 4-string baritone guitar.

After recording the "Son of Beast" demo, the band decided to add another layer to this potent mix of metal, blues, rock, and sludge by asking vocalist Larry Brent to join the ranks. After only three shows, Larry began recording vocals to eight of the ten tracks of "Deny Everything."

1. Human Buzzsaw
2. Snake Goat
3. Altered Beast
4. The Gorgon
5. Humanoid Therapy
6. Son of Beast
7. Bottom Feeder
8. 100 Hundred Hand Slap
9. Dr. Goldfoot
10. Shrimp Cocktail More...

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