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Metal News for April 25, 2018

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Inferno Metal Festival 2018 - Part 2

Friday, March 30th – Day Two

Being that this was the Easter holiday weekend, just about everything in Oslo was shut down to include every restaurant that wasn’t a kebab joint. I was also tipped off that beer sales would be ending by late afternoon for the duration of the holiday. I came to the harsh realization that I was going to survive these next few days on a steady diet of kebab, a set amount of canned beer and 7-11 paninis for nourishment.

The first thing that was on my agenda was to attend a screening for a movie called Rockabul. Here’s a short synopsis copy/pasted from the movie’s promotional material; “Rockabul follows Afghanistan’s first metal band District Unknown. The film features never before seen footage of underground expat party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society. The band put themselves in the firing line to challenge conflict with culture.” Even though in all actuality I’m reviewing a heavy metal music festival, I will say this: Rockabul is a movie that highlights the harsh reality about an arts culture trying to get off the ground during the middle of a war (Operation Enduring Freedom) and socio/political uncertainty. I liked that Rockabul doesn’t sugarcoat anything and the ending leaves you with some questions regarding “what ifs” and “where are they now?” The director, Travis Beard (a separate exclusive interview forthcoming on Metalunderground.com), stated that Rockabul will be released for public consumption via streaming platforms within a year or so.



After the movie, I made my way back to the Rockefeller and settled in for the 2nd night of shenanigans. On this night, I was able to peruse more of the merch booths and art exhibits available. Compared to other metal festivals I’ve been to, Inferno doesn’t have the sheer number of merchants slinging merch. This is probably due to the fact that there really isn’t the space to house said vendors. Regardless, the selection of shirts, LPs, CDs, spiked leather gear, etc. on hand was pretty decent and the lines weren’t bad at all. I really enjoyed the art exhibits. I have made a point to check out the art exhibits at every festival I’ve been to, but I would have to say that Inferno’s are some of the best I’ve seen so far.

Emperor was the first band I checked out on this night. Without a doubt, they were one of the hometown favorites throughout the entire festival. I swear that everyone in attendance on this night was jam-packed into the main stage room. For a band that is exclusively playing festivals at the moment, you would hope that they would play a wide spread of songs from their entire catalog, and that they did. They ended their three-song encore with “Inno A Santana,” and it was absolute perfection.

The headliner for this night, Fleshgod Apocalypse, put on a brilliant show as well. Following Emperor was no easy task, but the theatrically inspired Italian death metal band did more than a fine job. This was actually my first time checking them out and it definitely won’t be the last. After partying to the wee hours of dawn the previous night, I decided to take it easy on my liver and returned to my room after Fleshgod Apocalypse’s set. Inferno Festival is a marathon, not a sprint… More...

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Gyre Premiere New Song "Wanting More"

The first single from Shared Visions, the debut album by New Jersey rock/metal outfit, GYRE, has been premiered through a lyric video for the track "Wanting More." Shared Visions features ten sprawling new tracks mixed and mastered by Kevin Antressian (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and will see release in June.

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Mortuous (Exhumed, Repulsion, Etc.) Premiere Song

San Jose brutal death/doom practitioners, MORTUOUS debut their new single "Bitterness" streaming below. The band - featuring past and present members of Exhumed, Repulsion, Necrot, Atrament, and others - will unleash the bestial fruits of its Through Wilderness debut in North America this June via a joint partnership between Tankcrimes Records and the newly-launched Carbonized Records spearheaded by drummer Chad Gailey (Necrot).

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Infrared Premiere New Song "All In Favour"

Set to unleash their new album "Saviours" on May 25th, Ottawa thrashers INFRARED are "All In Favour" of premiering their first single streaming below.

“Anyone who likes a more classic thrash sound, and longs for those days, just like we do, will dig this album. Since we are from that era, we are not trying to bring back that style of music, we are simply continuing what we know and do best!” comments vocalist / guitarist Armin Kamal.

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Abstracter Premieres New Song "Ashen Reign"

"Ashen Reign," the first single from Oakland, California blackened doom destroyers ABSTRACTER's impending their third album, Cinereus Incarnate is streaming below. ABSTRACTER returns with their most astonishingly telluric, bleak, and hopeless material to date on Cinereus Incarnate, the album recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Vastum, Autopsy, Noothgrush) in Oakland and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell, Vallenfyre).

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Scientist Premiere New Video "Magick Mirror"

Chicago's favorite avant metal alchemists SCIENTIST released the brain-contorting wares of their complex yet compelling Barbelith full-length earlier this month.

Today, they debut the visual accompaniment to Barbelith track "Magick Mirror" noting, "'Magick Mirror' is perhaps the greatest example of what SCIENTIST accomplishes as a band and what Barbelith represents musically. The song is brimming with the creative incorporation of melody, dirty riffs, somewhat bluesy leads, light black metal musicality, and the integration of a progressive twist... some of the most creative elements of songwriting SCIENTIST practice...are to be found on the track..."

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Ratbreed To Release Debut First Single


Finnish heavy metal quintet Ratbreed have completed the works on their debut album. Formed in 2015, “Evoke The Blaze” is set for release on July 13th 2018 through Inverse Records and will contain 8 songs. One track off it is streaming below.

The recordings took place partly at Deep Noise Studios in Kouvola with mr. Juho Räihä and partly at the band’s guitarman Markus Taipale’s private studio. The album was mixed and mastered by Juho Räihä at Sound Spiral Audio (Wolfheart, Profane Omen, Before The Dawn etc.) in Kouvola, Finland.

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Just For Fun

Watch New Hilarious Megatallica Mash-up

YouTuber, The Taskmaster, debuts his first metal mash-up in over a year with Megatallica’s “The Bell Tolls in My Darkest Hour”, blending of course Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and Megadeth’s “In My Darkest Hour” into one seamless song.

Check it out below:

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Pánico Al Miedo Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

Spanish death metal / thrash metal outfit Pánico Al Miedo premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Formador", which will be out in stores April 27 through Cimmerian Shade, Symbol of Domination and United by Chaos.. The effort features guest solos from James Murphy (Death, Obituary) and Bobby Koelble (Death) and art by Ed Repka.

Check out now "Formador" in its entirety below.

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Down Among the Dead Men Premiere New Song

Down Among the Dead Men premiere a new song entitled "Darkness of Glass", taken from their upcoming third album "…And You Will Obey Me", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity Records on June 15th.

Check out now "Darkness of Glass" below.

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The Contortionist European/UK Tour Announced

The Contortionist will head overseas this summer for the below European/UK run of shows:

06/23 Dover, UK – The Booking Hall
06/24 Dessell, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/26 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
06/27 Paris, FRA – Backstage
06/28 Cologne, GER – MTC
06/29 Munich, GER – Backstage Club
06/30 Milan, ITA – Dissonance Festival
07/01 Budapest, HUN – A38
07/04 Berlin, GER – Musick and Frieden
07/06 Newark, UK – Tech Fest
07/07 Glasgow, UK – The Cathouse
07/08 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
07/09 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
07/10 Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
07/11 London, UK – Underworld
07/13 Viveiro, ESP – Resurrection Fest

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TBDM Premiere New Video “Kings Of The Night World"

The Black Dahlia Murder premiere a new music video for their track “Kings Of The Night World“. The video was directed by Wretched drummer Marshall Wieczorek and you can stream it below.

In other news, The Black Dahlia Murder have some vinyl reissues planned with special limited edition pressings of “Everblack“, “Ritual” and “Unhallowed” scheduled for a May 18th release via Metal Blade. Pressing details can be found below: More...

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Light This City Debut New Track “Terminal Bloom”

Light This City debut the title track to their new effort “Terminal Bloom“. That album is the outfit's first full-length release in roughly a decade and willbe out in stores on May 25th via Creator-Destructor Records. Comments drummer Ben Murray:

“We’re super excited to share the title track from the upcoming record with you all! ‘Terminal Bloom‘ is one of the heavier songs on the album, with basically zero melody — just pure thrash! We wanted to release a total banger for the second single to show our fans the diversity of heaviness within the record, and I think this one represents the influences we drive from classic Bay Area thrash and death metal. The song is definitely a ripper, and an unrelenting example of the pace of the album. We hope you enjoy it! Turn it up loud.”

Light This City have this West Coast run of dates with Gygax booked in June: More...

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Ruiner Announce Summer European/UK Tour

Ruiner will be touring overseas this summer for the below run of shows:

07/19 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
07/20 Herk-de-Stad, BEL – Stad Rock Herk Festival
07/21 London, UK – Boston Music Room
07/22 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
07/23 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
07/24 Aalborg, DEN – 1000 Fryd
07/25 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ
07/26 Warsaw, POL – Poglos
07/27 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
07/29 Rokycany, CZE – Fluff Festival

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Split Cranium Premiere New Video

Split Cranium premiere a video for their song “Ingurgitated Liquids“, taken from their upcoming debut release “I’m The Devil And I’m OK”, which will be in stores on May 25th. The band's lineup boasts a number of familiar faces:

Guitars/vocals: Aaron Turner (SUMAC, ex-Isis, etc.)
Guitars: Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle)
Keyboards/vocals: Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, etc.)
Bass: Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders)
Drums: Tomi Leppänen (Circle)

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Walls Of Jericho East Coast Tour Announced

Walls Of Jericho will be touring the East Coast in June to play the below run of dates with First Blood, Left Behind and Sanction:

06/06 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
06/07 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
06/08 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
06/09 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
06/10 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
06/11 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
06/12 Rochester City, NY – Photo City
06/13 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar

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Bullet For My Valentine Debut New Music Video

Bullet For My Valentine debut their new music video for their latest track “Over It“. A June 29th release date is scheduled for the group’s new effort “Gravity“.

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Parkway Drive Premiere New Video “Prey”

Parkway Drive debut a music video for their new track “Prey“. The song is taken from the band’s new effort “Reverence“, out May 04th on Epitaph.


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