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Metal News for April 27, 2017

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Branch Arterial Posts "My Curse"

Melbourne's Branch Arterial is moving full steam ahead towards album release next Friday. New single "My Curse" has now come online and can be heard below ahead of tomorrow's April 28th release date.

Heaviest effort yet, new album "Beyond The Border" once again finds the band seeking out new vital forms of musical expression within the progressive rock idiom. After climbing a mountain of hurdles the last few years, Branch Arterial is ready to share this story. More...

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Bleed Again Releases New Video

Bleed Again just released a new music video for "Walk Through The Fire," taken off forthcoming album "Momentum" due out next month via Sliptrick Records. The label comments:

"Yet another no-nonsense, balls to the wall track from U.K. band Bleed Again. 'Walk Through The Fire' comes across in classic modern metal vein with a deep growling voice permeating the verse and a melodic chorus cutting across the airwaves.

"The video features the band in basic live line-up mode, just the way they like it. Just one more week until the release of their debut album, Momentum …are you ready to Walk Through The Fire?" More...

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Weregoat Releasing New Album

Iron Bonehead Productions, in conspiracy with Parasitic Records, is proud to present Weregoat's debut full-length album "Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication" on vinyl LP and cassette tape formats.

Fellow conspirator Vault of Dried Bones will handle the album's CD edition. Due out June 30th, the artwork can be seen below, and the full track listing is as follows:

01. Goat Lust
02. Osculum
03. Molested By Evil
04. Screaming
05. Forked Tongue
06. Full Moon
07. Under The Whip
08. Archgoat
09. As Cold as The Devils Seed
10. Pestilential Rites More...

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Capture Posts "Dingbats" Video

Capture, formerly known as Capture The Crown, just released a video for "Dingbats" that can be seen below. The band comments:

"'Dingbats' encapsulates and tributes memories of Capture The Crown and the good times that were had by all. We have shortened our name to Capture and cannot wait to show you what we have been working on later this year."

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Solbrud Announces New Album

Copenhagen-based black metal quartet Solbrud will release third album, titled "Vemod," on June 9th via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records. The first sonic excerpt from the forthcoming album has been made available alongside the album's artwork and release details - check out the trailer below.

"Vemod" - Danish for sadness or melancholy- is an album proclaiming the imminent fall of mankind and was recorded with producer Lasse Ballade (Slægt, Orm, Halshug) in his Ballade Studios in Copenhagen, during a freezing January 2017.

In addition, Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Rainbow) has overseen the mastering in Sweet Silence North where the album received an old-school tape mastering, enhancing the band's analogue and organic sound. As with the band's two previous albums, the record consists of four tracks, which this time makes up a playing time of fifty epic and intense minutes.

1. Det Sidste Lys
2. Forfald
3. Menneskeværk
4. Besat af Mørke More...

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Nesseria Signs With Deadlight For New Album

French group Nesseria just signed to Deadlight Entertainment, joining a label roster featuring the likes of Cowards, Witchthroat Serpent, and Primal Age.

This new deal will see the release of Nesseria's upcoming third album "Cette Erosion de Nous Mêmes," which was recorded at Drudenhaus Studio. Deadlight Entertainment comments:

"For some years, Nesseria was among the bands we were following with strong attention. When in 2015, we had the opportunity to release the CD edition of 'Fractures,' there was no hesitation from us. The collaboration went so well it was logical to carry on with this new album we loved at first listening." More...

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Dead Register Announces "Fiber" Vinyl Edition

Goth / doom band Dead Register is pleased to announce the band will release a vinyl version of debut album "Fiber." The album will be available on black vinyl, or as a special edition translucent sea blue with sea foam speckles.

This wax edition of the album will be released via Throne Records, with pre-orders online over here or via the group's Bandcamp page. You can stream the digital edition below. More...

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First Fragment Comments On Upcoming Tour

Montreal-based neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment is pleased to announce the band's first ever U.S. tour supporting Vale Of Pnath.

The month-long journey will commence on September 29th in Chicago, Illinois and run through October 26th in Denver, Colorado. Additional support will be provided by Virvum.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Phil Tougas, "Next September will mark the band's 10th anniversary and to celebrate, we will be touring in America for the very first time. We have come a very long way since then. We are very excited to embark on such a journey along with two of the most promising bands in the technical metal scene as this package is a must-see for every self-respecting fan of the genre. See you on the road!" More...

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Amon Amarth Kicking Off Tour With Goatwhore

Amon Amarth will return to the road later this week for a U.S. headlining trek with labelmates Goatwhore.

Beginning this Sunday, April 30th and running through May 21st, the eighteen-date trek will also see the band making appearances at some of the country's premier music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Dark Lord Day, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range. See all confirmed dates below.

Amon Amarth will be touring in support of "Jomsviking," the band's first concept record telling a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark anthemic metal. More...

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Madrost Reveals New Album

Madrost returns with a new full-length album titled "The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh," due out on June 27th and featuring seven tracks of sci-fi progressive thrash metal.

The forthcoming album picks up where previous release "Into the Aquatic Sector" left off and takes the sound to a whole new level. Vocalist/guitarist Tanner Poppitt comments: “I wanted a broader scope to work with and have the listener think about what they are listening to.

Cover art was crafted by Tony Koehl, while "The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh: was mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Studios, and mixed and recorded by Mark Rivas of Rivas Studios. The album was produced by Mark Rivas and Tanner Poppitt. Pre-orders are now online here.

1. Eyes of the Deceit
2. The Silence in Ruins
3. From Sand to Dust
4. Abstractions
5. No Future
6. Scorned
7. Dimensions More...

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Death Of Kings Streaming "Shadow Of The Reaper"

Atlanta's Death Of Kings today reveals "Shadow of the Reaper," a new track from upcoming album "Kneel Before None." Listen in below.

In further news, the band will also embark on a U.S. tour beginning in June. All confirmed dates are as follows:

June 1st - Atlanta, GA @ the Clermont Lounge (record release)
June 9th - Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord
June 10th - Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
June 11th - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 12th - Detroit, MI @ The Dodge
June 13th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee Shop
June 14th - Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NY
June 15th - Boston, MA @ O'Briens Pub
June 16th - Brookyln, NY @ Golden Sounds
June 17th - Richmond, VA @ 25 Watt
June 18th - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone More...

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Father Befouled Unveils New Album

After a five-year wait, veteran Dark Descent alumni Father Befouled returns with "Desolate Gods," the band's 4th studio offering of twisted and cacophonous death metal chaos.

Picking up where 2012’s "Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace" left off, "Desolate Gods" picks up the torch, resulting in a suffocating and mysterious album of serpentine riffing and lurching, cavernous doom.

Dark Descent Records will release "Desolate Gods" this coming June 23rd on CD and digital formats. The album was recorded in various sessions in Atlanta, GA, between August and December 2016 and then mixed and mastered by Cruciamentum’s Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio. More...

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Peace Is Just A Break Posts New Video

Two years following the "Echoes" single and a whole lot of time spent both on stage and working on an album, Swiss metal group Peace Is Just A Break now unveils a new self-titled music video. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more details on an impending album to arrive later this year.

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Nudist Posts New Video

Italian noise rock crew Nudist has unveiled an official video clip for "Bury My Innocence," which can be seen below. This song is the title track to the band's latest album, released back in March via Argonauta Records.

1. Strengthless
2. Bury My Innocence
3. Bloody Waters
4. Dead Leaves
5. Drift More...

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"Welcome To Wacken" Teaser Posted

In anticipation of this week's world premiere at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival, BangerTV has posted the first of three exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at the forthcoming virtual reality documentary "Welcome To Wacken."

This will be the first fully 360° virtual reality music festival documentary, produced by Canada's Banger Films ("Metal Evolution," "Iron Maiden: Flight 666") and Secret Location.

In this clip, cameras follow director Sam Dunn and creative director Marty Flanagan as they attempt a day of shooting in Wacken's infamous Metal Market with fans Lee and Chrissy, a married couple who traveled from New Zealand to Germany for their first-ever Wacken experience.

Regarding the challenges of filming in 360, Sam Dunn is seen explaining, “It's different, filming in VR. Slower. It's a challenge, with the mud. And people are very interested in the VR rig. It's like an alien landed. Everyone stops to look at the alien.”

The full documentary will premiere April 28th in Toronto at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the free DocX program. More...

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Oni Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Technical / progressive metal band Oni will join up with Devin Townsend Project tomorrow for select dates running through May 5th, and then starting May 16th opens two dates with another massive line-up: Gojira, Deafheaven and Code Orange. See below for a full listing of dates.

w/ The Devin Townsend Project
4/28 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
4/29 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
4/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/2 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
5/4 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
5/5 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

w/ Gojira, Deafheaven, Code Orange
5/16 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
5/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Releases New Video

Avenged Sevenfold just released a new music video for "God Damn,” taken from the band's latest album "The Stage."

This official video, available below, was directed by Anders Rostad and produced by Lauren Solie. If you haven't heard "The Stage" yet, its available in various formats and up for streaming here.

Avenged Sevenfold is also gearing up for extensive spring / summer touring. A full listing of upcoming dates is available after the jump. More...

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Cellar Darling Announces New Album Title

Cellar Darling, the new band formed by ex-Eluveitie members Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi, will release a first studio album on June 30th. The album will feature 14 brand new tracks and is entitled "This Is The Sound."

Anna Murphy comments: “In less than a year we’ve formed a new band, written an album and come up with what we believe is our sound. This is who we are and we’re looking forward to what happens with it!”

Merlin Sutter adds: "This is it: this is the result of nearly one year of incredibly intense creativity, of ups and downs, of loss and gain. This is the most personal work of our lives. This Is The Sound.”

The band also showcased some of these songs two weeks ago for the very first time. Cellar Darling had this to say about the experience: "We’ve had the best time at our show in Lucerne earlier this month! For the first time, we got to play our brand new and freshly recorded songs live for you. We only wish that all of you who couldn’t make it, but who showed us such amazing support in the last year, could have been there with us. It was a magical and unique experience and we can’t wait for more." More...

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Khost Releasing New Album

UK-based experimental label Cold Spring Records presents the third full-length recorded excursion from Birmingham's death industrial/doom group Khost, titled "Governance" and coming June 16th. Cold Spring Records comments:

"The ten-track 'Governance' continues Khost's immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance, and ruminates upon the exertion of wills that are not your own, and upon the ways to detect and trace the outlines of the presence(s) that may exert these daily wills upon you, day by day.

"It was written over the course of the 2016/17 winter, during times of unease and sickness for the band, including one near-death experience. The resulting album is a hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape. Governance is like driving at night with your spirituality asleep at the wheel." More...

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Wreche Releasing "Desert"

Fragile Branch Recordings is pleased to announce the release of "Desert" by black metal duo Wreche on May 26th, 2017. Check out the track listing and artwork below. The following press release was also issued about Wreche:

"The old piano wire creaks and whines as the hammer turns, wrenching the pin from the rotted maple. Steel clinks and piles upon the concrete while the wires twist and fall, knotting like weeds. As the spirit is pruned, it protests gently, plying the old songs—a final ghostly stride through the mind’s quiet gramophone.

"Wreche expands the palette and language of the piano to black metal. As the piano is physically 'pruned' in the first movement, so is its context. Large swaths of color collide through heavy handed massive chord stylings, marrying the drama of modern classical with the savage thrash of metal percussion and despondent screams of traditional black metal.

"Lyrical themes build upon this tension, contrasting darkness and light, intimacy and isolation, desert and city, all the while, musically, a war, storm, and stillness of shifting emotion rages. By transforming and revising the guitars of black metal, replacing them with shards of crystalline harshness and frenzied scherzos, Wreche invites space for new interpretations of genre, forging a path out of the proverbial forest—be it Norwegian, Olympian, or Appalachian—and into something more hopeless and sinister." More...

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Stone Sour Announces New Album

Stone Sour returns with brand new album "Hydrograd," which will be available worldwide on June 30th. Check out a teaser trailer a video for the song "Fabuless" below, and you can also catch the band live on these upcoming dates:

5/18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range Official Kick-off Party
5/20 Saint Louis, MO Pointfest
5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma (May 26-28)
5/26 Sioux City, IA Anthem at Hard Rock
5/28 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion

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Cydemind Streaming "Tree Of Tales"

Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini, Rush along with classical, jazz and progressive rock, Montreal-based Cydemind will release first full-length album "Erosion" on May 26th.

The album offers a refreshing take on progressive music that is sure to attract interest from a wide audience, especially with classically trained violinist Olivier Allard, who leads the listener throughout the different moods of compositions. Today you can hear new single "Tree Of Tales" below.

Guitarist and main songwriter Kevin Paquet commments: "After the release of our first single 'What Remains,' we wanted to show another side of Cydemind. ‘Tree of Tales’ offers many different moods and time signatures. There’s some groovy drum and bass lines, lots of grand piano and of course Olivier’s violin shines on top of all that.” More...

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Cut Up Posts New Music Video

Just one month ago, Swedish death metal band Cut Up released sophomore album, "Wherever They May Rot," worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has released a new video for the album track "Behead The Dead" - check it out below.

Cut Up guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bjornson comments: "The time has come to deliver a new video upon thee and we're going all in on the deathgrind with 'Behead The Dead!' Working once again with our Arvika film crew we have created a suiting old-school VHS-like video for this unrelenting song.

"The lyrics describe the action plan for a corpse that simply will not rest and fits the music accordingly. Turn the stereo all the way up to eleven and blast shit to bits! Our brand new album, 'Wherever They May Rot' is out NOW worldwide through Metal Blade Records!"

Cut Up has also been confirmed for this year's edition of the mighty Summer Breeze festival taking place in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany in August. See below for all upcoming dates:

Apr. 29 - Sundsvall, Sweden - Club Destroyer
May 12 - Deinze, Belgium - Muziekcafe Elpee
May 13 - Veghel, Netherlands - Deathfest II
May 20 - Hyvinkaa, Finland - Steelfest Open Air
July 29 - Essen, Germany - Nord Open Air
Aug. 16-19 - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany - Summer Breeze Festival
Oct. 21 - Belusa, Slovakia - Deathfest More...

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Eva Can't Signs With My Kingdom Music

My Kingdom Music is pleased to announce the signing of Bologna-based metal band Eva Can't. The group's 4th album, titled "Gravatum," will be released on July 14th, 2017.

Initially formed in 2009, Eva Can't (the name representing the real and innate limit of human nature with death), grew from the fertile underground scene of Bologna with members coming from bands such as In Tormentata Quiete, Malnatt, and Mors Tua.

Front man Simone commented on the signing: "We have worked a lot on this album, with passion and devotion and we are very excited to be working with My Kingdom Music on this as so many of the bands that have helped to shape our own artistic pathways have before us. It means a lot to us!!!"

My Kingdom Music's Francesco Palumbo added: "Eva Can't is something spectacular. They are creative, complex but so amazing that the first time I listened to their songs I was absolutely captured by the beauty of their compositions. Their mix of heavy gothic doom and folk metal is never monotonous, absolutely elegant in its form and with a lyrical approach that defining poetic is reductive. I am very honoured to be working hand-in-hand with the band, and look forward to My Kingdom Music playing a key role in exposing new fans to this incredible band." More...

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God Dethroned Releases "Annihilation Crusade" Clip

Next week (May 5th), Dutch death metallers God Dethroned will unleash new album, "The World Ablaze," worldwide via Metal Blade Records.

In anticipation of this release, the band has launched a new video for the track "Annihilation Crusade," which can be viewed below.

God Dethroned's Henri Sattler comments: "'Annihilation Crusade' is the opening song from the new album and starts off with a heavy rolling riff before it unleashes its mayhem. One of the more brutal songs on the album but with a beautiful epic middle part. The lyrics are about an army that crushes everything in its path to victory!"

1. A Call to Arms
2. Annihilation Crusade
3. The World Ablaze
4. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
5. Close to Victory
6. Konigsberg
7. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
8. Breathing Through Blood
9. Messina Ridge
10. The 11th Hour More...

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Ungraved Apparition Streaming Full Album

After we exclusively premiered a new song off the disc last week, Russian dark metal band Ungraved Apparition has now released debut full-length album "Pulse_O" via GrimmDistribution. You can stream the album in full below, or pick up your own copy in various formats at Bandcamp here.

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Pure Premieres New Song "Le Silence Mortel"

Satanath Records is keeping it real 'n raw in the underground, this time via sub-label Symbol Of Domination in cooperation with Obscure Abhorrence Productions.

That trinity of label involvement will see the release of new album "J'aurais dû" from Swiss raw black metal band Pure on May 13th, 2017.

Ahead of that release date we've got an exclusive U.S. premiere of new track "Le Silence Mortel" - check it out in the YouTube video below.

Pure was founded by Bornyhake (known from Borgne, Enoid, Deathrow, Darvaza, ex-Kawir, and others), and the band name very much fits the sound on this fourth album, which is as pure old school black metal as you can get without a time machine.

The lyrics, all in French, describe the worst and best moments of Bornyhake's life. You can check out previous releases from the project at Bandcamp here or follow the latest on Pure via Facebook. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Anonyme et sans visage
02. Je tuerais le monde pour ta lumière
03. Le silence mortel
04. Le jour où je suis mort
05. J'aurais dû
06. Solitude More...

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Hate Releases "Numinosum" Music Video

Polish extreme black/death metal act Hate issued a video clip for the new song "Numinosum." The track was lifted from the new spite fueled assault "Tremendum," which drops on May 5th via Napalm Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Asuric Being (Check out song here)
2. Indestructible Pillar
3. Svarog's Mountain
4. Numinosum
5. Fidelis Ad Mortem
6. Into Burning Gehenna
7. Sea of Rubble
8. Ghostforce
9. Walk Through Fire
10. Hearts of Steel (Bonus Track)

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Prospekt To Sail Into "The Illuminated Sky"

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records announces the re-emergence of UK-based Prospekt, as the band completes the textured second album, "The Illuminated Sky." Closing a four-year void since the release of the lauded "The Colourless Sunrise" debut, the follow-up will see release this July.

Prospekt spent 2016 writing and recording "The Illuminated Sky," during which they acquired two iconic guest artists to take part in the album: Guitar virtuoso Greg Howe of Michael Jackson fame provides an eclectic solo on the powerful "Alien Makers Of Discord" and vocalist Marc Hudson of DragonForce provides a stellar contrast to Morris' voice on the epic "Where Masters Fall." Combine with that the excellent production, thanks to the mixing skills of Øyvind Larsen at Lionheart Studios, and the massive mastering job by mastermind Jens Bogren, and the result is album that has progressed upon the debut album and will no doubt open the floodgates to new fans.

From technical power metal, laden with soaring vocals and blistering guitar work, to epic orchestral driven prog, Prospekt has produced the best effort to date. "The Illuminated Sky" is an album that excites and takes the listener on a journey through the cosmos via the wonders of prog. More...

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Lost Dreams Releases "Finding X" Music Video

Austrian melodic death metal act Lost Dreams issued a video for the new song "Finding X." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Exhale," expected to drop on May 26th via Massacre Records. More information on the album is expected soon.

Check out the clip here:

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Vintersorg Returns With "Till Fjälls Del II"

Back to the roots! A heartfelt return to snowcapped mountains, pure nature-inspired mysticism, and Nordic folklore! Sweden's Vintersong has returned with the new album "Till Fjälls Del II," which will be available on June 30th via Napalm Records (preorder here). As the first taste, the band released a lyric video for the song "Fjällets mäktiga mur."

How would Swedish duo Vintersorg continue after 2014's intruiging "Naturbål"? Shunning repetition, vocalist and mastermind Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund did the unthinkable and composed a sequel to his groundbreaking 1998 album with "Till Fjälls del II"! This means no scientific lyrical concept, no progressive trickery, but a heartfelt return to snowcapped mountains, pure nature-inspired mysticism, Nordic folklore and black metal with a captivating epic streak. Vintersorg share a vision of equally harsh and melodic soundscapes that melt the raging extremes of the late 90s with the focus of 2016.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Jökelväktaren
2. En väldig isvidds karga dräkt
3. Lavin
4. Fjällets mäktiga mur
5. Obygdens pionjär
6. Vinterstorm
7. Tusenåriga stråk
8. Allt mellan himmel och jord
9. Vårflod More...

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Bassist Niclas Etelävuori Splits With Amorphis

After wrapping up an extensive North American tour with Swallow the Sun, Finland's Amorphis announced that bassist Niclas Etelävuori has decided to leave the band. Original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine has rejoined the band as his replacement.

In an announcement on Facebook, the band stated: "Dear all, We just arrived back home from almost an 8 week North American tour that was a great success in many ways. A humble thank you to all who came to the shows and meet & greets to tell us that we were truly missed last 8 years. Next tour will take place much sooner, that’s for sure.

"There are a lot of things happening right now in Amorphis camp but the saddest part is that our dear brother Niclas Etelävuori has decided to part ways with Amorphis. His decision has nothing to do with the band, no bad blood, no hard feelings between us so it is better that you read his statement and thoughts below. It’s really hard to describe the feelings everyone is going through right now, especially when we have worked as a family with him for so many years. People should understand that Amorphis has always been a democratic band and it’s pretty obvious that not all choices can please everyone. Some people don’t get along with each other, that’s life. The focus and all decisions have still aimed for the greater good and only what is best for AMORPHIS. We will continue with our current management as we feel that there is no distrust between us whatsoever.

"Even in these circumstances the show must go on, so we are happy to announce that our old friend and original Amorphis bass player Olli-Pekka (Oppu) Laine is going to play the forthcoming shows and festivals with us. It’s been a long time since we played together but it sure is going to be nostalgic and great fun. Rest of the year continues busy as we are now heading to Russia after couple of weeks and from there to Radio Rock (FIN) cruise before the festival season starts. Under The Red Cloud tour will end in September and after that we start to work on a new album. We’ll keep you informed about that later on.

"Most of all, we want to wish Niclas nothing but the best in the future and he will always remain as a close brother to us. Shine on!"

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Kalopsia Was "Destined To Return"...And They Have!

New Jersey death metal act Kalopsia has released a new song from forthcoming album "Angelplague." Stream "Destined to Return" in the player below!

"Angelplague" will be released on May 19th through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The album is now available for pre-order on CD and digital formats over here).

Weaving together the blasting intensity of American death metal, Scandinavian melodies and Jersey's homegrown breakdowns, "Angelplague" is Kalopsia's most ferociously heavy effort to date. The relentless opener "Destined to Return" is a high-velocity foreshadowing of things to come, while "Christened Upon the Slab" and "Not Peace But Pestilence" focus on knuckle-dragging, head nodding groove. "Scorched Earth and Blackened Skies," the longest and most dynamic track on the album showcases frenzied fretwork and brutal groove before unleashing a dual-guitar hook that gets stuck in the listener's head with all the subtlety of a pick axe.

"We wanted to come out swinging" says guitarist Matt Medeiros. "Our last album was focused on speed and dexterity. This time we wanted bigger hooks, and bigger breakdowns."

"Angelplague" continues Kalopsia's horrific mutation, blending blasting brutality, pit-inducing ignorance, melodic guitar interplay and an old-school vibe to create a pestilential soundtrack to scorch the earth and blacken the skies. The album was produced by Bobby Torres at Frightbox Studios.

The track listing is:

1. Destined to Return
2. As the Serpent Devours
3. Christened Upon the Slab
4. Not Peace But Pestilence
5. Scorched Earth and Blackened Skies
6. Source of My Evil
7. Surge of Terror
8. Bitter Sacraments More...

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Cadaveric Incubator Streams New Song

Finnish death/grindcore act Cadaveric Incubator is streaming the new song "Gravestench Asphyxiation." The song appears on the upcoming debut album "Sermons of the Devouring Dead," which is set to be released via Hells Headbangers later this summer.

The track listing for "Sermons of the Devouring Dead" is:

1. Gravestench Asphyxiation
2. Hideous Premonition
3. Cadaveric Incubator
4. The Covenant of Gore
5. Cold in Casket
6. Rite of Eibon
7. Massacred
8. Swarming Decay
9. Unburied Abominations
10. Conceived in Filth
11. The Undead Fiend
12. Horrific Festering Plagues

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Ashcloud Announces New Album, Streams New Song

Swedish-British death metal duo Ashcloud has finished recordings for the third album to be entitled "Kingdom of the Damned." The album drops on June 20th via Xtreem Music. For the first taste, the song "Suspended in Death" is streaming in the player below.

Following the style that Ashcloud has been building through the previous two albums, this new work "Kingdom of the Damned" shows a band that has forged its own personality, always within the traditional Swedish Death Metal style, spiced with doses of crust and awesome melodies that are perfectly blended with the heaviness and fast parts of the songs. This new work shows a much rawer sound without loosing the melodic edge that is essential for Ashcloud's style.

The track listing for "Kingdom of the Damned" is as follows:

1. Among the Grotesque
2. Kingdom of the Damned
3. Suspended in Death
4. Dansa pa Krossade Skallar (feat David Nilsson)
5. The Serpent King
6. Under Dödens Vingar pt. 4 (feat Rogga Johansson)
7. The Seven Tumpets of Hell
8. A Breath of Decay
9. When Empires are No More
10. Megeddio More...

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Be The Wolf Releases "Peeps" Music Video

Italian rockers Be The Wolf released a music video for the song "Peeps." The song is taken from the band's latest effort "Rouge," which is available via Scarlet Records.

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Nicumo Releases Video Clip For New Single

Finnish melancholic metal act Nicumo is about to release the second full length album "Storms Arise," which drops on July 7th via Inverse Records. The band issued the first single in the form of a music video, so check out "Death, Let Go" in the player below.

"Storms Arise" follows band’s well received debut "The End of Silence" (2013, Inverse Records) and takes a step towards even more versatile scales of music and emotions. The album contains eleven tracks with unexpected rhythmic elements which will make your head banging, while the melancholic melodies forces you to rise your fist up in the air and cry. Versatile soundscapes mesmerize the listener and takes a hold until the last note. "Storms Arise" strengthens Nicumo’s position on northern metal scene, and gives it a timeless masterpiece to keep the scene alive.

"Storms Arise" was recorded and mixed at Joshua Music Studios during 2016 by Olli Tainio from Lucky Punk Productions, who has worked as an mixing, recording and an assistant engineer in various projects such as Callisto, SAKIA and his own band Blind Architect. Mastered by Svante Forsbäck (e.g. Amorphis, Volbeat, Apocalyptica, Rammstein). The cover art was designed by Hannu Karppinen.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Dawn
2. Old World Burning
3. Beyond Horizon
4. Unholy War
5. Death, Let Go
6. Guilt
7. Poltergeist
8. If This Is Your God, I Don't Need One
9. Sirens
10. Aiolos
11. Dream Too Real More...

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Project Silence Enters "The Era Of Fear"

Project Silence released a new lyric video for the song "The Era of Fear." The song appears on the latest album "Slave To The Machine," which is available now via Sliptrick Records. The album is centered around themes of Sci-Fi, violence, sex, love and misery.

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Obscura Amentia Sails The "Ocean"

Italian black metal studio-band Obscura Amentia released the new single "Ocean." Check out the lyric video in the player below. The song appears on the new album "The Art of the Human Decadence," which is available from Sliptrick Records.

"Ocean" is the romantic representation of the comparison between man and nature: the insignificant human being that suffers from the awareness of just being a drop in an ocean of life and nothing in the face of the magnificence of nature. Check it out here:

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Vanden Plas Issues New DVD Clip

German progressive metal act Vanden Plas issued a clip from the upcoming live CD/DVD entitled “The Seraphic Live Works,” which drops on May 12th via Frontiers Music srl. Check out "Postcard to God" in the player below.

Through many tours and countless concerts, Vanden Plas has proven again and again that it is among the world's leading progressive metal bands. The quintet's glowing reputation carries across the pond to the U.S. where Vanden Plas was invited to appear at the renowned ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2011 (and will return again this September). Regardless of a band's fame, an invitation to this prestigious event is an honor and the performance is certainly a high note in Vanden Plas' history. And it is for exactly that reason that Vanden Plas decided to capture that unique moment.

“The Seraphic Live Works” includes:

1. Postcard To God
2. Rush Of Silence
3. Holes In The Sky
4. Far Off Grace
5. Scar Of An Angel
6. Quicksilver
7. Cold Wind
8. Frequency
9. Silently

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Malamorte Details New Album

Italy's Malamorte released details on the upcoming new album "Satan Goes To Heaven To Destroy The Kingdom Of God." Find the artwork and track listing below. The album drops via Pure Steel Records on June 9th.

Malamorte was formed in 2009 and is the a side project of Alex Nunziati (Lord Vampyr, ex founder/singer of Theatres des Vampires, Cain, Nailed God, Shadowsreign, Sepolcrum, ex-VII Arcano).

On "Satan Goes To Heaven To Destroy The Kingdom Of God," the band presents unblemished occult heavy metal with doom influence. Plaintive yet stirring vocals influenced by King Diamond meet up with the outstanding, dark atmosphere of early Death SS classics, with a little touch of Black Metal. Doom melodies and dark organ sounds give a decent obscure charm to the album.

The track listing is:

1. Intro
2. Thorn in the flesh
3. Waiting for the end of Christianity
4. Unholy Cult
5. Satan goes to heaven to destroy the kingdom of god
6. Intramezzo
7. Blasphemies for the Horned God
8. Ode to Damnation
9. Aut Satan aut Nihil
10. Outro More...

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Assault Debuts New Video For "The Fallen Reich"

Singapore's death thrash metal outfit Assault will release its debut full length album "The Fallen Reich" on May 10th via Transcending Obscurity Asia. Today we bring you a lyric video for the album’s title track streaming below.

"The Fallen Reich" features artwork from world renowned artist, Mark Riddick.

The track listing for "The Fallen Reich" is: More...

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Upon A Burning Body Premieres New Music Video

Upon A Burning Body premieres a new music video for "The Outcast", taken from the band's latest album "Straight From The Barrio", out in stores now via Sumerian Records.

Check out now "The Outcast" below.

The band is currently touring with Within The Ruins, Kublai Khan and more on its "Saved By The Breakdown Tour". More...

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A Story Inspired Debuts New Song "Weak Willed"

A Story Inspired debuts a new song entitled "Weak Willed", taken from the upcoming new EP, "Overcome/Overthrow", which will arrive in stores this Friday, April 28th. Fit For A King frontman Ryan Kirby guests on the track.

Check out now "Weak Willed" below.

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All That Remains Premieres New Music Video

All That Remains premieres the title track to the band's upcoming new album "Madness", which will be out in stores April 28th via Razor & Tie.

Check out now "Madness" below.

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