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Metal News for April 25, 2017

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Dead Crown Posts "Black Sheep"

Dead Crown just released a new music video for the "Black Sheep" single, which can be seen below. Vocalist Kendall Johns comments on the track:

"'Black Sheep' overall is a song about self-worth and struggles with depression, which are feelings / thoughts I had in my younger years. Growing up in a small town, I had 30 kids in my graduating class, and I was the only person who even listened to this type of music (metal). I always felt like an outcast so I also wanted to try and reach those small town people like myself, the black sheep of the world."

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Rock Goddess Posts New Video

London trio Rock Goddess just released a music video for "It's More Than Rock and Roll," the title track off a forthcoming EP set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Pre-orders are online here and the track listing will be as follows:

1. It's More Than Rock And Roll
2. Back Off
3. We're All Metal

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Anthrax Covers Kansas Live

This past Saturday, Anthrax closed a show at the sold-out Los Angeles "KillThrax" tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat: the band's first-ever live performance of Kansas cover "Carry On Wayward Son."

With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the "KillThrax" shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a "thumbs-up" for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play the tune live.

Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the group enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to come onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance. Mandel recorded the keyboards for the "Carry On" cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen. More...

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It Lies Within Kicking Off Tour

Michigan metalcore quintet It Lies Within is gearing up to kick off the "High Fives & Hand Shakes" tour later this week.

Having recently conquered Europe for the first time with The Browning and with a new album on the way, It Lies Within returns to the road at the end of the month for a 21-date run starting in hometown of Flint, MI on April 28th.

Support from: Blessing A Curse* / Light the Fire^

4/28 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
4/29 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House *
4/30 - Johnson City, TN @ Capone's * More...

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Argonauta Fest III Details Announced

Argonauta Records is thrilled to announce the 3rd edition of Argonautes Fest 2017, featuring eight bands from the label's roster ranging from stoner rock to post metal and even sludgy doom.

The festival will take place May 13th at Officine Sonore in Vercelli, Italy. Full details on how you can party with all the Argonauta staff and its bands can be found here.

Today the headlining band has been announced as Parisian group Eyes Front North, in addition to the following lineup: More...

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Nervecell Drummer Hospitalized

Nervecell just issued this update about the band's drummer being unexpectedly hospitalized and missing two upcoming shows:

"Last week our drummer Alex Micklewright was rushed to the hospital in the UK for what was quite a serious and unexpected cause. We were later informed that he had Sepsis Blood Poisioning, for those unfamiliar with the term, many have even died with such cases if not treated on time.

"As of yesterday Alex was released from the hospital and is now in resting mode until the results of his tests come through. We'd like you all to join us in sending positive vibes and in wishing him a smooth recovery. Due to all of this, Alex will obviously not be able to play the upcoming shows we have scheduled in Dubai and Beirut this weekend.

"Those of you who know Nervecell well, know we are not the kind of band who quits or pulls out of shows very often. So having said that, we'd like to announce and welcome our good friend Bachir Ramadan (InnerGuilt), who will be stepping in to handle the drum duties and helping us out for these 2 exclusive shows.

"We look forward to giving you one hell of a show in Dubai on the 28th, followed by our performance at the Beirut Metal Fest on the 29th. See you there folks!"

Nervecell's new album "Past, Present, Torture" will be issued this summer via Lifeforce Records. Check out first unleashed track "A Proxy War" over here. More...

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Lifeless Unveils New Album

Today, FDA Rekotz unveils the release date, cover art and track listing for the third full-length album from German metal act Lifeless. The label comments:

"8 new songs plus an intro full of intensity, feelings and brutality, with no doubt their best material to date. The new album called 'The Occult Mastery' sounds catchy as hell and invites you to a journey back to the glory days of classic death metal. This album is simply a pure masterpiece of Swedish sounding death metal and highly recommended for fans of pure classic death metal how it was meant to be."

Vocalist / guitarist Marc (ArtWars Mediadesign) is responsible for the cover artwork and "The Occult Mastery" will be out July 7th. The full track listing is as follows;

01. Prelude Kali Yuga
02. The Occult Mastery
03. Progenies Of A Cursed Seed
04. From Chaos Our Order Shall Rise
05. Delusions Of Grandeur
06. Rites Of Desolation
07. Interlude Dystopia
08. Insanity Reigns
09. Throes Of Dawn More...

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Crypt Rot Streaming New LP

As Southern Lord prepares to release the "Embryonic Devils" debut LP by Ohio black/death metal sect Crypt Rot this Friday, the entire album has been unleashed upon the public through an early stream - listen in below.

Formed in 2016 by a crew of scene veterans including several current/former members of Homewrecker, Crypt Rot enlisted Bill Korecky at the Mars Compound for the recording of "Embryonic Devils."

The band also recently filmed a video for the track "Pit Of Morbidity" which will see release in the weeks ahead. You can catch Crypt Rot live on these upcoming dates: More...

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A Wake In Providence Posts Drum Playthrough

New York City deathcore quartet A Wake in Providence recently signed Outerloop Records and today, the band has kicked off a series of playthrough videos, starting with a drum playthrough for "A Darkened Gospel" with Anthony Adipietro.

This video will be followed by two more, a guitar playthrough by D'Andre Tyre, as well as a second drum cover for "The Imperfect: Iconoclast." Check out this first clip below. Drummer Anthony Adipietro comments:

"I'm super excited to have been able to film these videos! I was able to perform and record the tracks in a comfortable environment and have my buddies D'Andre Tyre produce the audio and Joe Flannery film the videos. I had a blast tracking these, hope you guys enjoy 'em ! Big thanks to Vratim Footwear, Meinl Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Axis Percussion." More...

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Tsar Stangra Releasing New Album

By way of Quebec comes a unique blend of Eastern European-inspired black metal and Bulgarian folk music. Driven by complex song writing, exotic rhythms, and multiple orchestrations, the music offered by Tsar Stangra is as diverse and refined as the culture in which it represents.

Debut album "Celestial Forger" is set to drop on May 26th, and today a lyric video for "The Dream of the Hero" comes online and can be seen below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Celestial Forger
2. The Hanging of Vasil Levski
3. The Dream of the Hero
4. At Farewell
5. Yes, the End is Near
6. he Volunteers of Shipka More...

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Below Posts "Disappearing Into Nothing"

On May 19th, Swedish epic doom metal group Below will release new album "Upon A Pale Horse" worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out latest single "Disappearing Into Nothing" below.

Below comments: "'Disappearing Into Nothing' is one of the first songs we started writing for this album. Straight away when we played that ferocious, really heavy main riff we said to each other 'this must be the opener for the next album'! The song also has some very dynamic and vocally driven verses along with a melodic chorus. In short it's slow, heavy, melodic and it features lyrics about slowly dying. Enjoy!"

1. The Plague Within
2. Disappearing Into Nothing
3. The Coven
4. Upon a Pale Horse
5. Suffer in Silence
6. Hours of Darkness
7. 1000 Broken Bones (streaming here)
8. We Are All Slaves More...

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In This Moment Announces Summer Tour

In This Moment is currently criss-crossing North American on a mostly sold-out tour with Motionless In White and Avatar.

The band has now revealed summer touring plans, confirming further live activity alongside Motionless in White, but this time with Vimic and Little Miss Nasty. Starset will appear on a handful of dates. Additionally, In This Moment will support Avenged Sevenfold on June 19th and Papa Roach on June 23rd

All confirmed dates are below, with additional dates to be announced shortly. Further exciting In This Moment news will be revealed in due time. More...

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Gridfailure Streaming Collab Album

"Dendritic," the new avant/ambient collaborative album by New York groups Gridfailure and Megalophobe, will see release on Arbor Day (this Friday, April 28th). The artists are currently planting trees across the Lower Hudson Valley region in conjunction with the record, and today an advance stream has come online.

Fusing guitars, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, analog synth, mbira, theremin, harmonica, didgeridoo, trumpet, vocals, effects, and a variety of vocal styles, Gridfailure & Megalaphobe's "Dendritic" ebbs with hints of mellow prog and jazz, demoralizing noise/drone buildups, nature recordings captured in several countries, and more into ambient soundscapes, abstract dreamscapes, and a uniquely experimental overall sound.

Guest contributions include trumpet by Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran), vocals by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Friederike Schüür, guitar by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Rob Levitt, and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack). More...

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Vegan Black Metal Chef To Appear At Veg Fest

Remember the Vegan Black Metal Chef and his hilariously titled "Seitanic Spellbook?" Turns out the dude is still cooking up some metallic and delicious non-meat dishes. He'll be appearing at a vegetarian festival in L.A. this coming Sunday and just issued this update via Facebook:

"People of Los Angeles! I invade your veg fest at the end of this month on April 30th. Come learn how to burn food and babble incessantly about things. I shall be there all day at my booth and at select times for a cooking demo and panel discussion which are on this website. Be there.... it's free." More...

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Dark Matter Secret Posts New Song

Rising instrumental progressive death metal trio Dark Matter Secret today launches "Organic Nucleation," the first single to be released from debut album "Perfect World Creation," which is set to drop June 2nd via The Artisan Era.

At it's core, "Organic Nucleation" is centered around the virtuosic playing of guitarist/composer Denis Shvarts, and supported by the talents of fretless bassist Pavel Semin (new member of Irreversible Mechanism, ex-Arhideus) and drummer Andrey Ischenko (Arkona) who supply a strong rhythm section that acts as a strong foundation and anchor for the shred-heavy guitar-work zipping by at warp speed. More...

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Tengger Cavalry Announces Tour With Felix Martin

June 2nd, 2017 will mark the release of Tengger Cavalry's upcoming full-length album, "Die On My Ride." Now the band is thrilled to announce that just a day after album drops, a 25+ date North American headline tour will kick off featuring support from Venezuelan world music/progressive fusion guitarist Felix Martin and pagan folk metal group Helsott.

The tour will begin in Montreal, QC on June 3rd and visits several other major Canadian and U.S. cities before coming to an end on July 8th in Manchester, NH (Helsott will appear June 18th - June 27th). See below for a full listing of dates.

Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature G states: "After so many months off the road, hours and hours of recording in the studio and many intense rehearsals, we are so excited to finally hit the road and raid with Felix Martin and Helsott! Helsott is amazing - they play European-influenced pagan folk metal, and Felix Martin is an absolutely skillful progressive-influenced metal/rock act. We're stoked to play many songs from our brand new album and also to have these awesome fellow world/folk music artists out with us!" More...

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Barrows Streaming "Entrada"

Los Angeles-based exploratory instrumental outfit Barrows just released the first full single from upcoming third album, "Obsidion," set for release in May. The song "Entrada" can be heard below.

"Obsidion" was written and performed by Jim Leonard and Richy Epolito, recorded and mixed by Sean Foye, Jim Leonard, and Richy Epolito. The album was mastered by Eroc from the legendary Krautrock band Grobschnitt and features stark/abstract artwork and photography by Alexandre Souêtre.

Barrows comments: "The album depicts the experience of a man who is abducted from earth and brought to Obsidion, a place where dimension is indefinable and the boundaries of human consciousness cease to exist. Entrada is the journey from earth to Obsidion." More...

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The Obsessed Posts Making-Of Footage

Earlier this month, doom outfit The Obsessed unveiled the "Sacred" full-length album alongside a trippy new Jimmy Hubbard-produced visual accompaniment to the record's title track. Today, the band is pleased to unleash a five-and-a-half-minute making of clip giving viewers a look at the video's creation from concepts to costumes.

Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Scott "Wino" Weinrich: "This Majikal story of love, lust, and inter-dimensional travel was realized in both dream and reality by the collaboration and wizardry of Jimmy Hubbard, The Obsessed, and Mr. Danger. The imagery of the story was executed by the savage energy of Sam and the stunning, exotic beauty and talent of Rachel Watson. It's all about passion, power, and dreams that do not die." More...

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Twelve Noon Posts "No Way Out" Video

Pittsburgh PA’s alternative metal rising stars Twelve Noon just premiered a new music video for the song "No Way Out." This is the first single off debut LP, "Saints and Sinners," which consists of ten songs and is set for a June 9th release through Eclipse Records.

“'No Way Out' is about our struggle as a growing band,” says vocalist Michael Loew. “Music is a part of everything we do. It's about us smashing down the barriers to success, and no matter how many times we fall down, we get right back up because in the end we will never give up trying. For us, there's simply No Way Out!”

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Wacken Battle USA Final Round Announced

Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to present the first-ever final to send one American band to play at this year's Wacken Open Air in Germany as part of the festival's international Metal Battle competition.

After battles hosted in Boston and Philadelphia, the final four Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia), Goblet (Boston), Power Theory (Philadelphia) and Upheaval (Boston) will compete for one to be crowned champion and play the stage at Wacken.

The national final will be held in Philadelphia on May 20th at the Whiskey Tango where all four bands will be judged by a music industry panel. More...

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The Ditch And The Delta Streams "Fuck On Asphalt"

As Battleground Records prepares to release the "Hives In Decline" debut LP by Salt Lake City-based trio The Ditch And The Delta, today new track "Fuck On Asphalt" comes online, which features guest contributions from Gentry Densley of Eagle Twin and Iceburn.

Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, "Hives In Decline" shows The Ditch And The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design within the group's unique take on doom/sludge metal. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs.

"Hives In Decline" also features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song "Fuck On Asphalt." The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily. More...

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Cirith Ungol Streams "King Of The Dead" Live

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol's first-ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of "King Of The Dead" this coming April 28th.

For a preview of this release, fans can now stream a live version of the title track below. This version was recorded live during the band's comeback show at the Frost & Fire festival last October in Ventura, CA.

"The King Of The Dead" Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus DVD. The full track listing can be found after the jump.

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Carach Angren Streaming New Song

Horror metal group Carach Angren is now streaming the second new track off upcoming album "Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten," due out June 16th via Season Of Mist. Check out the sinister "Charlie" below.

Regarding the new song, Carach Angren comments: "It will draw you right into the first chapter of an unsettling journey, setting an ominous dark paranormal tone. 'Charlie' has everything and more of what you may expect from us: a darkness brought forth by unsettling haunting melodies, piercing riffs, and bloodcurdling storytelling."

1. Opening
2. Charlie
3. Blood Queen
4. Charles Francis Coghlan
5. Song for the Dead (click to stream)
6. In De Naam Van De Duivel
7. Pitch Black Box
8. The Possession Process
9. Three Times Thunder Strikes More...

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The Lurking Fear Issues First Teaser

While Swedish death metal crew The Lurking Fear - featuring Tomas Lindberg on vocals - continues working on a debut album expected to be released in the late summer via Century Media Records, the group is now launching a first video teaser.

Containing advance music samples for an upcoming 7" EP, check out the video teaser below. The band also checked in with the following statement:

"Finally unleashed upon an unsuspecting mankind. The Lurking Fear rears its ugly head. The first three songs of death metal filth are soon to be released on the self-titled EP, out on Moondawn Records. The EP was recorded and mixed at Welfare sounds studios in Gothenburg early 2017, produced by Per Stålberg.

"The EP features the songs 'Tongued In Foul Flames,' 'The Infernal Dread,' and 'Winged Death.' Cover artwork by Branca Studios and special handlettering by Fenriz (Darkthrone). Pre-order starts May 8th here." More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces North American Tour

Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity is pleased to announce a return to North American soil; this time taking form of a month long headlining tour.

The band continues to support latest studio album, "Atoma," and has been touring worldwide on the strength of the 2016 release. Joining Dark Tranquillity on these upcoming shows in the U.S. & Canada are veteran thrashers Warbringer and heavy metal rebels Striker.

Tickets and VIP packages can be found right here and all upcoming dates and venues are as follows: More...

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Headbanger's Kitchen Releasing New Episodes

Woah, its been three whole years since we posted anything from Headbanger's Kitchen! Looks like the show has been trekking onward, although it sadly appears that the band interviews segment has been culled from the format.

Check out a smattering of recent episodes below. Run by Demonstealer of Indian metal band Demonic Resurrection, you'll see some interesting cultural differences in the cooking norms, like how "beef" is actually "water buffalo." More...

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Justin Symbol & The God Bombs Premieres Video

Ready for the vagina of the whole goddamn world to be opened up to you? Electronic rock group Justin Symbol & The God Bombs is set to release a second full-length album this coming fall titled "GΩDHEAD."

Today we're officially premiering a whacked out, psychedelic, bizarre-as-fuck music video for the title track - check it out below!

The "GΩDHEAD" music video was filmed in Joshua Tree, CA in June 2016 during an extreme heat wave that killed at least one person.

It stars Justin Symbol, Will Evil, Jabbath Kadabra, and John Doll (aka The God Bombs) plus Ryan Frankenstein (of the band Our Frankenstein) and Angel Nightmare (of the band Midnight Nighmare).

The video was filmed in homage to 70s psychedelic/occult film makers such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger and tells the story of Justin Symbol's quest for a mystical cactus shaped microphone atop a mountain in Joshua Tree. He is challenged along the way by various evil forces attempting to thwart his conquest. More...

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Nargaroth Posts New Song "Whither Goest Thou?"

Reinvigorated German black metal band Nargaroth released a special lyric video for the new track "Whither Goest Thou?," which you check out below. The song appears on the upcoming seventh studio album "Era of Threnody," which is set for international release on May 16th via Inter Arma Productions.

German longest-running and most prolific black metal band, Nargaroth built a canon of work that's as infamous as it is cult in the underground. Led as always by the peerless vision of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ash, the Nargaroth aesthetic has spanned the many extremes of black metal as an artform, but always done with bravado and self-belief, purity of intent and purity of purpose. Now, with the band's first full-length in a long eight years, "Era of Threnody" has arrived to mark a glorious new epoch for Nargaroth.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Dawn of Epiphany
2. Whither Goest Thou?
3. Conjunction Underneath The Alpha Weel
4. ...As Orphans Drifting In A Desert Night
5. The Agony Of A Dying Phoenix
6. Epicedium To A Broken Dream
7. Love Is A Dog From Hell
8. Era Of Threnody
9. TXFO
10. My Eternal Grief, Anguish Neverending More...

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Death Yell Streams New Song "Souless"

Chilean black/death metal act Death Yell released the new song "Soulless," which you can check out in the player below. The song appears on the long-awaited debut album, "Descent Into Hell," which will see release later this summer through Hells Headbangers.

Death Yell had a very short but intense life in the late '80s until they abruptly split up in 1991. For good or bad reasons, their unique demo "Vengeance From Darkness" became a referent and even influential for many brutal death/black metal bands and 'bangers, raising the band - even after all these years - to the level of an emblematic and even cult name from that time.

Death Yell reunited 20 years after they broke up to come back with the recording of "Back From the Depths" - released in 2013 through Hells Headbangers as a split 7” with Atomic Aggressor.

Says founding guitarist Andrés "Pollo" Lozano about this highly anticipated debut album: "'Descent Into Hell' is actually our first full-length after 30 years! We are very pleased to become part of the Hells Headbangers legion, as we wanted to work with a specialized, serious, and well-known underground metal label in order to materialize this project."

He adds, "It took us quite some time to decide about recording this album. We had to make the decision about either burying the band definitively or take the risk of resurrecting Death Yell… Eventually, we just did it and made all in our hands to keep our original brutality intact. We are quite sure that Death Yell fans will not be disappointed."

Marcelo Vasco designed the album cover (shown below), who's also designed the latest album covers of Slayer and Kreator. The release date and preorder will be announced shortly.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Soulless
2. Descent into Hell
3. Cries of the Nazarene
4. Bluffer
5. Betrayed Chastity
6. Purging Demons (acoustic intro)
7. Thy Will be Done
8. Will Never Enjoy
9. Healing by Blood
10. Macabre Fuckfeast More...

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Devil Premieres Full-Album Stream Of New Album

The Norwegian doom rockers in Devil premiere the full-album stream of their new album "To The Gallows", out in stores now via Soulseller Records.

Check out now "To The Gallows" in its entirety below.

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Evoke Thy Lords Streaming New Album "Lifestories"

Siberia, Russia based stoner doom veterans Evoke Thy Lords premiere the full-album stream of their new album "Lifestories", out in stores now via Solitude Productions.

Check out now "Lifestories" in its entirety below.

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Blurring Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Rochester, New York-based technical grindcore act Blurring premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming five-song EP "Cloud Burner", which will be released on April 28th via Bandcamp. Blurring features legendary bassist Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Anthrax, etc.) and Erik Burke (Sulaco, ex-Kalibas) on drums.

Check out now "Cloud Burner" in its entirety below.

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Vermin Lord Premieres Full-Album Stream

Seattle’s avant-garde black metal outfit Vermin Lord premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Mourning", which is out now and available for download at Bandcamp.

Check out now "Mourning" in its entirety below.

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