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Metal News for April 29, 2017

Last updated on August 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM ET

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Chiral Releasing "Gazing Light Eternity" On Tape

On June 16th, 2017 Folkvangr Records will release the cassette version of Chiral's black metal masterpiece "Gazing Light Eternity."

The album will contain one previously unreleased track and be available in extremely limited quantities. Pre-order yours here and you can stream the original tracks below.

Chiral is an Italian one-man band from the countryside near Piacenza that incorporates traditional Cascadian black metal into a more raw sound and with a special taste for acoustic instruments.

1. Part I (The Gazer)
2. Part II (The Haze)
3. Part III (The Crown)
4. Part IV (The Hourglass)
5. Part V (The Gazer's Throne) More...

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Confessions Of A Traitor Releasing EP

Following a digital self-release last year, Sliptrick Records today confirms the official label release date of June 13th for British hardcore group Confessions Of A Traitor's "Illuminate" EP. The mini-album contains the following five blistering tracks:

01. In Darkness, Ignite The Spark
02. For The Fires We Burn Are Boundless
03. The Light We Possess Is Relentless
04. Through Struggle, Hope Will Anchor Our Souls (feat. JT Cavey of Erra)
05. Illuminating The Night

Fans can also catch these impending Confessions Of A Traitor 2017 live shows:

June 3rd - Headline Mini festival/All day event | Scream lounge, Croydon, London
July 3rd - Basingstoke Live festival | Basingstoke
August 20th - Main support/All day festival | The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton More...

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Soundgarden Embarks On Tour

One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum band Soundgarden just embarked on a North American headlining tour in Tampa, FL at WXTV Rockfest. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates, with full tour info available below.

Soundgarden will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, including Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock Festival, 89.7 The River's Rockfest, Rock on the Range, and more.

In other news, Soundgarden and Sub Pop recently released the remixed and expanded reissue of the band's Grammy nominated debut full-length album, "Ultramega OK," on March 10th. Soundgarden is currently working on a new album. More...

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Lo-Pan Kicks Off U.S. Tour

Ohio riff rockers Lo-Pan return to the road this weekend, kicking off the trek with a show in Dayton last night. The band will play three more one-off shows before joining The Obsessed and Karma To Burn for a two-plus-week stretch of dates from May 3rd through May 20th. See all confirmed dates below.

4/28/2017 Blind Bob's - Dayton, OH w/ Neon Warship, Grand Mammoth
4/29/2017 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN
4/30/2017 LiveWire - Chicago, IL w/ Aped
5/01/2017 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Path of Might, The Judge, and Beyonder

w/ The Obsessed, Karma To Burn:
5/03/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2017 Three Links - Dallas, TX
5/05/2017 Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
5/07/2017 Korova - San Antonio, TX
5/08/2017 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
5/09/2017 The Jinx - Savannah, GA
5/10/2017 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
5/11/2017 EARL - Atlanta, GA
5/12/2017 Gramps - Miami, FL
5/13/2017 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
5/14/2017 Pour House - Raleigh, NC
5/16/2017 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
5/17/2017 ONCE Ballroom - Boston, MA
5/18/2017 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
5/19/2017 The Ballroom at Outer Space - New Hanover, CT
5/20/2017 Otto Bar - Baltimore, MD More...

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XII Boar Finishes New Album

U.K. doomy metal 'n roll outfit XII Boar just wrapped up work on a new album to follow last year's "Beyond the Valley of the Triclops." The band comments:

"Album #3 is finished!! All wrapped up tonight, got the final mixes sounding hella sweet and Chris Fielding has worked his magic once again.

"Cannot wait for y'all to hear what this CD contains! #xiiboar #fieldingsdreams #Skyhammer #skyhammerstudio #Hardrock #metal #stonerrock #finished #success #album3 #finalmix #gold." More...

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Crystal Ignite Releases Track Featuring Ben Moody

Australian artist Crystal Ignite has released her debut single, "Everything You Break," featuring Ben Moody (Evanescence) and off of her upcoming, as-yet-unnamed EP. "Everything You Break" can be heard in the player below, and Crystal Ignite comments:

"'Everything You Break' is one of the most emotional tracks I have written. It is a tragic love song, a break-up song, that brings the realization that the person you loved was not who you thought they were.

"Having Ben Moody featured on guitar makes this track even more special. The breaking Evanescence album he co-wrote was extremely influential on me and my early music career. Working with him on this track is a true honor." More...

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Orthodox Streams "I'm Scared Of You"

A scathing new track has come online from Nashville’s own Orthodox: check out the hyperkinetic “I’m Scared Of You” below. The track is the first dose to be administered from forthcoming album, "Sounds Of Loss," to be released via Unbeaten Records (Left Behind, Stigmata, Purgatory) on 5/26/17.

Centered on the songwriting team of Adam Easterling (vocals, drums) and Tyler Williams (guitar, bass) Orthodox is quite an anomaly. Though identifying as a straight edge band, the group is unabashedly metal in sound and influences range from death metal down to more mainstream hard 'n heavy sounds.

Speaking on those influences, Easterling said: "When Orthodox was formed I was still in high school. Our early material was really influenced by groups like the hardcore band, Foundation. However as time wore on, we realized we were much bigger metal heads than the hardcore/punk associated with straight edge. We just focused on writing the music we wanted to hear.”

New release "Sounds Of Loss" is a concept album, with Easterling explaining: “The entire album is centered on the theme of anticipated grief. It’s preparing for the loss of loved ones, people around you due to various reasons including addiction and illness. I tried to write about the strain that grief and loss have mentally, physically and even on your faith. Musically Tyler and I strove to have the music reflect what the topic is. For example ‘I’m Scared Of You’ was written to express what fear would actually sound like within the musical context of our band.” More...

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Totalitarian Releasing New Album

The shadowy nihilistic black / death machine Totalitarian is now about to spread the poisonous ashes of a first full-length manifest.

The 56-minute opus, both massive and elusive, is entitled “De Arte Tragoediae Divinae”and will unleash the purity of its will onto those who are eager for a more penetrating enlightenment. Check out a full stream below, and get your copy at at Bandcamp here.

The compact disc and digital version of "De Arte Tragoediae Divinae" are being released on April 30, 2017 courtesy of Barren Void Records. Official CD distribution is handled by Lavadome Productions. More...

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Emperor Reuniting For "Anthems 2017" Shows

Following the previous 20th anniversary shows for "In The Nightside Eclipse" a few years back, Emperor is again reunited for a slew of dates in remembrance of follow-up album "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk."

Front man Ihsahn just issued this update:

"Finished a very successful pre-prod with Emperor this week for the upcoming #anthemstothewelkinatdusk2017 shows! Original hand painted backdrop from 1997 in the background to set the mood. Thanks to Konsert-Service as and @tonedeafproductionsdk for making this sound right both on stage and for everyone attending this summer!"

Stay tuned for full details on the dates and venues to be announced shortly.

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Sovereign Announces Cassette Release, Tour Dates

On May 12 2017, Folkvangr Records will release the cassette version of "Spirit Warfare: Demo MMXVII" by kvlt USBM band Sovereign. The cassette is being released to coincide with the band's tour of the Western United States. Dates are as follows:

4/30/17 – Los Angeles, CA (5 Star Bar)
5/1/17 – Sacremento, CA (Starlite Lounge)
5/3/17 – Oakland, CA (The Golden Bull)
5/4/17 – Portland, OR (Twilight Café and Bar)
5/8/17 - Salt Lake City, UT (Metro Music Hall)
5/9/17 – Denver, CO (3 Kings Tavern)
5/11/17 – Mesa, AZ (The World Famous Nile Theater) More...

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Vital Remains Announces Tour

Alpha Omega Tours has the huge pleasure to announce today a Vital Remains Latin American tour, kicking off July 2nd in San Jose (Costa Rica) and running through Brazil on the 15th. Check out all the confirmed dates below:

July 02 - Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Peppers
July 04 - Panama City, Panama @ Hangar 18
July 07 - La Paz, Bolivia @ Salon De Oro
July 08 - Cochabamba, Bolivia @ Ex-Carnivale
July 11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Museo Rock
July 12 - Montevideu, Uruguay @ BJ Sala
July 13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Clash Club
July 14 - Fortaleza, Brazil @ Teatro Boca Rica
July 15 - Belem, Brazil @ Parque Dos Igarapes More...

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Mean Streak Posts "Caught In The Crossfire"

Swedish heavy metal crew Mean Streak has released a digital single and music video for "Caught In The Crossfire," taken from the upcoming fourth full-length album "Blind Faith."

This new album will be released in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records on June 2nd, in Japan via Marquee/Avalon (including one exclusive bonus track) on May 31st and in USA via HighVolMusic on June 16th.

The video was produced by Exit Stage Left, with director / editor Ari Pereira, and the new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blood Red Sky
2. Animal In Me
3. Retaliation Call
4. Settle The Score
5. Tear Down The Walls
6. Tears Of The Blind
7. Love Is A Killer
8. Come Undone
9. Fire At Will
10. Caught In The Crossfire
11. Gunnerside
12. Smile Of A Clown (Japan Bonus Only) More...

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Fallen Arise To Play Hammerfest

Athens based symphonic metal band Fallen Arise has been confirmed for the 10th anniversary edition of Hammerfest U.K.

Stated the band: "We are proud to announce our participation at Hammerfest in Pwllheli, Wales, U.K. next March 17th, 2018! We will share the stage with Sepultura, Hellyeah, Blaze Bayley and other great bands!"

Taking place in March of 2018, you can get more information on Hammerfest by heading over to the festival's official website here.

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Cadaveria Posts New Single

Horror metal band Cadaveria just released the third and last single of the "Mondoscuro" trilogy, entitled “Mater Tenebrarum." The cover artwork shows Cadaveria herself acting as a sinister Madonna (of the Darkness) with Child.

Besides being a Necrodeath cover, the track contains a clear reference to horror cinema that has always been a source of inspiration for Cadaveria. In fact the final part of the song traces the main theme of Dario Argento's "Inferno," originally composed by Keith Emerson. Among the guest artists are organist Ignis Forasdomine and Lindsay Schoolcraft from Cradle Of Filth. More...

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Cryptic Shift Debuts New Single "Cosmic Dreams"

Cryptic Shift debuts its new single entitled "Cosmic Dreams" via UKEM Records. The track was produced, mixed & mastered by Jack at JRH Productions. The artwork was created by A. Nagamasa, additional editing done by Nemesis Design.

Check out now "Cosmic Dreams" below.

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Wage War Premieres New Song & Video

Ocala, FL's metalcore outfit Wage War premieres a new song and video titled "Don’t Let Me Fade Away", taken from the upcoming new album "Deadweight", which will be out in stores August 04th via Fearless Records. Recording sessions for the release took place with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive) and A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon handling the production duties.

Check out now "Don’t Let Me Fade Away" below.

States guitarist/vocalist Cody Quistad: More...

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