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Metal News for April 4, 2014

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 10

This past Tuesday, April 1st, dawned with a bang and ended with the agonized wail of countless deceived, angry, and fed-up folks. It's what the kids these days might call "butthurt." Even in this high-speed age of unlimited information, it seems that some still have trouble checking the calendar or fact-checking stories.

Your Metalunderground.com Official Podcast co-hosts, Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) found this all quite amusing. So in the irreverent spirits of Mark Twain, Orson Welles, and The Onion, they decided Tuesday evening to chuck all journalistic ethics and decency right out the window and wage a valiant, side-splitting battle against truth.

This week's episode is one hundred percent fact-free, and features a tongue-in-cheek rundown of some of Metalunderground.com's 2014 April Fools highlights, posted as headlines throughout Tuesday.

Among the lampooned: every single member of Metallica (in what is sure to be an evil, thrashing comeback effort, "Hell Hath No Fury"), prison escapee Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), evasive interviewee Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.), would-be cinematic deity Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), and noted Oscar-lacking actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "Meshuggah face" in the recent hit "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has earned him an onstage guest appearance with the twisted Swedish metal titans.

Please forgive the avalanche of lies and silly humor; we advise you to remove your "serious" caps for this episode. Also, a few bong rips beforehand wouldn't hurt. Take a listen here and enjoy!

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Hollow Debuts New Single "Iscariot"

Clad in black and painted in ghostly, skeletal white and gray, Montreal's Hollow is one of North America's most deceptively original and subversive underground metal acts today. Exploiting the surface aesthetics of black metal, the band surprises with an abundance of musical diversity and depth.

Years in the making, Hollow's analog-recorded debut studio effort "Mordrake" is finally ready to be unleashed May 30th. The album will contain twelve tracks, each of which combines black, death, thrash, symphonic, and progressive metal in a dizzying, memorable web.

To whet your appetite, Metalunderground.com is proud to exclusively premiere second single "Iscariot." Leaning toward Hollow's thrash and traditional metal influences, this is one of the more "riff-centric" offerings on "Mordrake."

"Iscariot" follows the March 1st release of "Landscape," Hollow's first official music video.

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Ape Machine Announces New Shows

Portland, Oregon stoner rock outfit Ape Machine has joined forces with TKO Booking and now share a roster with the likes of Motörhead, Anthrax, Superjoint Ritual and other legendary acts.

For now, Ape Machine has revealed three new spring dates in support of latest record, "Mangled By The Machine," which is out now in the Ripple Music store here. Catch the band live:

4/13 Portland, OR @ The Know (w/ Berri Txarrak, and Order of the Gash
4/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah - 2 sets on patio stage
4/15: Chandler, AZ @ Ovations Live! (w/ Motörhead!) More...

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Divine Realm Offering EP For Download

Instrumental outfit Divine Realm is currently offering the "Abyssal Light" EP for free download. You can stream the tracks below, or download the songs on a name-your-price basis (even free) at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stir of Ancient Tongues 01:22
2. Tempest 05:18
3. Neptunian Desert 04:24
4. Sentiments of Fear and Faith 04:16
5. Lost At Sea (Pelagic Descent) 01:07
6. Abyssal Light 04:07 More...

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Theorized Posts New Album Teaser

India's Theorized has released a teaser trailer featuring samples from the "Psychosphere" album. Check it out below. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Bound
02. Unbound
03. Symbiote
04. Genetic Variants
05. Riptide
06. Psychosphere
07. Venomous Tormentia
08. Engines of Creation I
09. Engines of Creation II
10. Psychoacoustic More...

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Violet Cold Posts New Single

Azerbaijan one-man crustcore outfit Violet Cold - the creation of project mastermind Emin Guliyev - has released a new single online for streaming.

Check out "Fight For Freedom" in the YouTube player available below. You can hear more music from the band over at Facebook here.

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Fucked Up Streaming "Disorder"

With the release of the "Year Of The Dragon" EP, the sixth installment from Canadian hardcore punk unit Fucked Up's ongoing "Zodiac Series," now less than two weeks away, today you can hear the new song "Disorder." Give it a listen at Pitchfork.com here.

"Year Of The Dragon" boasts three tunes -- the title track, a seventeen-and-a-half-minute epic anthem centered on dreams, expectations, compromise and hypocrisy and two classic Canadian punk covers: Cardboard Brains's "I Wanna Be A Yank" and The Ugly's aforementioned "Disorder." The title track can also be heard at this location.

You can also catch the band live on these dates:

4/19/2014 Oakland Metro @ Brainsqueeze Fest II - Oakland, CA
4/27/2014 Lawnya Vawnya - St. John's, NL
6/06/2014 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY Record Release Show
6/08/2014 Field Trip Festival - Toronto, ON
6/13/2014 B Sides Festival - Lucern, CH
6/14/2014 VK, Brussels, Belgium
6/15/2014 Gorilla - Manchester, UK
6/16/2014 The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
6/17/2014 Belgrave - Leeds, UK
6/18/2014 Koko - London, UK
6/19/2014 Point Ephemere - Paris, FR
6/20/2014 Hurricane Festival - Scheessel, DE
6/21/2014 Southside Festival - Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE
6/22/2014 Best Kept Secret Festival - Hilvarenbeek, NL

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Second Rate Angels Posts New Video

Second Rate Angels has released the band's first ever music video for the track "Dragged Out," which can be seen below.

"Dragged Out" is taken from the band's upcoming EP "The Lost Days," due out June 4th, 2014. The band also comments on the new clip:

"We would like to thank Amar Chundavadra and Sam Kelm for all their hard work they put in to making this video happen. We would also like to thank Ross Marshall and Sandrien Veconnet for all their help." More...

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Blackened Eyes Posts Lyric Video

Thrash metal outfit Blackened Eyes has a new single out now titled "Days of Terror." Check out the newly released track via a lyric video below. The band also comments:

"As if just releasing a single wasn't enough, we would also like to announce that we are creating a music video starting in just two weeks for Days of Terror!

"It will be produced by the band alongside Meagan Smith. A meeting is to be held tomorrow discussing final arrangements before (getting drunk) the filming begins!"

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Todtgelichter Issues Vocalist Update

Yesterday German avant-garde metal outfit Todtgelichter announced the departure of three members. Now the band has checked in with the following vocalist update:

"Yesterday we had some news for you which will surely shape a new future for Todtgelichter. For those who didn’t read it, Tobias is no longer part of the band. You may read all about in yesterday’s post.

"We have decided to continue as a five-piece band with long-time (and honorary founding) member Marta as sole main vocalist, sometimes accompanied by backing vocals of Frederic. We think this is the best solution as she knows exactly what we are looking for in a vocalist, what the band needs and what moods we want to invoke. Furthermore her influence on songwriting has been growing over the last years and her skills have greatly improved also.

"Yes, that means she will take over ALL main parts. Those of you who think she can’t cope with the older songs, just you wait until she spits 'Blutstern' right into your faces!

"The new guitar player will be revealed tomorrow, so all that is left is: We're searching for a new bass player! Beware the new setup – watch us at the RAGNARÖK festival 2014!" More...

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Gozu Embarking On European Tour

The Massachusetts hellions in Gozu will take their riffs overseas next week for a first-ever European takeover.

Set to begin at the legendary Roadburn Festival, the band will wage a full-on volume ambush through ten select locales in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia and Italy, concluding with a performance at Desertfest in Berlin.

Gozu will be touting "The Fury Of A Patient Man" full-length released last Spring via Small Stone. A special deluxe edition of "The Fury Of A Patient Man" was recently released via Small Stone in celebration of the upcoming European journey.

Limited to 500 copies, the 2XLP set comes on 180-gram wax with a wide spine jacket, poly-lined sleeve, and two colors - LP one is "clear green" while LP two is "solid purple." Sides one, two and three feature tracks from the original album, while side four offers up exclusive vinyl-only numbers with one original tune ("Break You") and Gozu-ed renditions of Simply Red's "Holding Back The Years" and D'Angelo's "Shit, Damn, Motherfucker."

4/12/2014 Roadburn - Tilburg, NL
4/13/2014 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
4/15/2014 Feierwerk - Munich, DE
4/16/2014 Channel Zero - Ljubiljana, SI
4/17/2014 Magnolia - Milano, IT
4/18/2014 E20 Underground - Montecchio, IT
4/19/2014 TBA
4/20/2014 TBA
4/22/2014 Das Bette - Frankfurt, DE
4/23/2014 Musicon - Den Haag, NL
4/24/2014 The Underground - Cologne, DE
4/25/2014 Astra Kulturhaus Desertfest - Berlin, DE More...

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Dol Kruug Announces "Eat Me" Album

Dol Kruug, the space-tech death metal project of Thanasis Lightbridge, has announced debut album "Eat Me."

The album will be released in May, 2014 and will be presented with 10 video clips to appear on Thanasis' YouTube channel and also on a Blu-Ray disc called "Watch Me." A teaser trailer is available below, and pre-orders can be found at this location.

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Blistered Streaming "Soul Erosion" EP

In anticipation of the new release "Soul Erosion" by Tampa, Florida's Blistered, today the full EP is available online.

Listen to the release below, or over at the 6131 Records Bandcamp page here.

The EP, being released on 12" vinyl and on cassette, will be available worldwide this coming Tuesday, April 8th. For those eager to get the songs, you can already download it now for only $3 from the 6131 Records Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rusted 02:53
2. Life Does Not Satisfy 03:15
3. Retribution 01:45
4. Coldest Blood 02:47
5. Soul Erosion 02:56 More...

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Patria Posts New Lyric Video

Brazilian black metal outfit Patria will release "Individualism" via Indie Recordings on April 21st in Europe.

This is what Øystein of Borknagar has to say about the upcoming release: "The most interesting and convincing traditional Black Metal album I have heard in years! Highly recommendable!"

Today the band's "Orphan of Emptiness" track has been made available online via a lyric video. Check it out below. The full "Individualism" track listing is as follows:

01. Individualism
02. Blood Storm Prophecy (streaming here)
03. Uncrowned God of Light
04. Outrage
05. Orphan of Emptiness
06. Far Beyond the Scorn
07. Catharsis
08. Epiphany
09. Your Rotten Heart Dies Now
10. God's Entombment
11. Requiem for the Ego More...

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Deadly Circus Fire Crowd Funding New Album

U.K. progressive metal outfit Deadly Circus Fire today launches a crowd funding campaign to record a new album. Head over to Pledge Music here to take part and sees the perk for contributing. The following press release was also issued about the campaign:

"This is their way of inviting you to get involved as well as a way of thanking you for all your support over the years.

"In exchange for your pre-order, or ‘pledge‘, you will get exclusive access to the creation the album plus the chance to receive a range of other exclusive, rare, bespoke and limited edition items. Perhaps you’d like a signed CD copy of the album? Or original handwritten lyrics? There’s a whole host of items on offer such as signed artwork of the album, DJ sets and VIP tickets to one of their upcoming shows!

"You’ll also be kept up to date with the progress of the project as we’ll be posting exclusive video diaries, rough mixes and demos from the album,blogs and perhaps even the odd live or never before released track. This will all be available to those who get involved, via the 'Updates Page.' On top of this, those who pledge will also be helping Teenage Cancer Trust!

"So there you have it. There’re many reasons to get involved. You’ll be among the first people in the world to hear Deadly Circus Fire‘s new album, knowing that YOU supported them to help make it happen." More...

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Second Brain Streaming "Synthesis" Album

Italian free form metal band Second Brain is currently streaming the entire "Synthesis" album online. Give it a listen in the player below.

"Synthesis" will be out on physical and digital formats April 28th, 2014. You can pre-order the album at the band's official website here or over Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hierarchies 04:09
2. The Sins of Others 04:11
3. Rise of The Last 04:35
4. The Deranged 04:44
5. Insects 05:07
6. Not Any More Heavens 05:37
7. Before The End 03:18
8. Final Eclipse 05:13 More...

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Retribution Signs To Pitch Black

Pitch Black Records is pleased to announce the addition of symphonic black metal band Retribution from Valencia, Spain to the label's roster. Pitch Black comments:

"Formed in 2005, Retribution released a debut album in 2007 followed by an EP in 2013. The band now returns with a much more refined and matured sound creating superb, explosive symphonic black metal which is also complemented by choir arrangements.

"Featuring two vocalists, one handling the hellish growls and the other a soprano, Retribution is a fine example of the perfect marriage (in hell!) between symphonic and extreme music."

The “Corpus Antichristi Y3K” album is scheduled for release worldwide on May 13th, 2014 on CD and digital while a track is now available for streaming below. More...

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Napalm Death Streaming Cover Track

After a successful run of dates all across Europe, Napalm Death is proud to announce two very special projects that have been in the works recently.

Today Napalm Death is launching a special cover of "To Go Off And Things" by the Cardiacs. Give it a listen below or over at the Napalm Death Bandcamp page. Shane Embury comments:

"Since I was blessed with being introduced to Cardiacs way back in 1986 they have been one of my favorite bands of all time! Getting to meet and become friends with Tim Smith, the musical genius behind it all, over the years was an added bonus. Tim always struck me as a person with a massive heart, who had a very pure and innocent view of the world in which we live in - something I totally related to, as the world can be a dark place - he radiated happiness.

"We shared many fun and elaborate conversations after Cardiacs shows in the early 90's and I loved every minute of every conversation with him. I could go on and on for hours about how amazing his music is and the immense influence it has had on my life but suffice to say this cover of 'To Go Off And Things' that we have recorded is in tribute to the brilliance that is Tim Smith - it is the least we can do for a man who has given us so much.

"Tim has unfortunately been severely unwell for a few years now and we hope with this recording made available to everyone for download on our bandcamp site for only £1 (you can pay more if your heart so desires!) we can help raise some money to go towards Tim's rehabilitation! We hope you like our version of the song and find it in your heart to donate something towards such a worthy cause...Thanks for taking the time to read this." More...

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Necrophobic Re-Recruits Former Member

After parting ways with Tobias Sidegård last year, Necrophobic has checked in with the following announcement about bringing on a new member:

"Necrophobic is proud to announce that Anders Strokirk has re-joined the band as their permanent vocalist.

"Anders was in the band during the years 1992-1994 and sang on the legendary debut album 'The Nocturnal Silence' (1993).

"Anders voice is both strong and characteristic. We are now ready to play live again and support last autumn’s album release 'Womb of Lilithu.' More news will follow..." More...

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Neige Morte Releases Full Album

In less than a week, Belgian label Consouling Sounds will release the second full-length from French obscure black metal act Neige Morte.

Today a full stream of the “Bicephaale” album is available online. Check it out in the SoundCloud player below, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.

“Bicephaale” will be released on April 7th in Europe, one day later in North America, and follows the band's self-titled debut album issued by Aurora Borealis in 2011. More...

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Harakiri For The Sky Streaming New Song

Austrian black metal/post-rock outfit Harakiri For The Sky today premieres the new track "Burning From Both Ends." Give it a listen below thanks to No Clean Singing.

The track hails from the band's forthcoming second album, "Aokigahara," which is set for international release on April 21st via Art of Propaganda. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. My Bones To The Sea
2. Jhator*
3. Homecoming Denied (streaming here)
4. 69 Dead Birds For Utoya**
5. Parting
6. Burning From Both Ends***
7. Panoptycon****
8. Nailgarden
9. Gallows (Give' Em Rope)
10. Mad World (bonus track for vinyl version)*****

* Guest vocals by Seuche (Fäulnis)
** Guest vocals by Cristiano (Whiskey Ritual)
*** Guest vocals by Torsten (Agrypnie)
**** Guest Vocals by Eklatanz (Heretoir)
***** Cover song of Tears Of Fears

An album release tour will take place from April 21st - 24th with Eis & Fäulnis. In October 2014, Harakiri For The Sky will embark upon a 10-day European tour with Agrypnie, with other shows to come throughout the year. More...

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Tribune Posts Tour Blog

The heavy metal brewers in Tribune are hitting the road for the Canada Slays Tour, that will kick off in Kelowna, BC on April 3rd and see the band trek as far East as Montreal, QC and return West to wrap up the tour in Nanaimo, BC on May 3rd.

The band recently posted a pre-tour blog for fans. Give it a read at this location. Catch Tribune live on these dates:

April 3 – Fernando’s – Kelowna, BC w/ Empyria
April 4 – Blind Beggar – Calgary, AB w/ Negative Earth, Zipgun Wisdom
April 5 – Blarney Stone – Red Deer, AB w/Stranger Danger, This Monster Won’t Die Grendel’s
April 7 – Better Than Fred’s – Grande Prairie, AB
April 10 – Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK w/ Bleed, Tribune, Destrier, Black Tremor
April 11 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
April 12- The Town Hall – Hamiota, MB w/ Operation Switchback
April 17 – TBA
April 18 – TBA
April 19 – Cafe Chaos – Montreal, QC w/Dissension, Spelldown
April 20 -TBA
April 22 – Rainbow Bistro – Ottawa, ON
April 25 – North Hill Inn – Brandon, MB w/Bloodlyne, Dissolution, and The Void
April 26 – Lethbridge, AB – The Moose Hall(all-ages)
April 27 – Rendezvous – Edmonton, AB
April 30 – Byng Roadhouse – Cranbrook, BC
May 2 – Cambie Esquimalt – Victoria, BC
May 3 – The Cambie – Nanaimo, BC More...

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Digmetalworld Offering Albums For Free Download

Digmetalworld - the New York metal distributor that specializes in the promotion of South American metal bands - has announced that 75% of its Bandcamp catalog has become available for free download.

Pick up your own free copy of digital albums from Digmetalworld at this location. Owner/CEO Ignacio Orellana explains:

"Due the current state of the music business, we hope that all the people such as 'new media sites, djs, reviewers, promorers, everybody' can join us on our new way of promotion. Every album on our catalog its already on iTunes, Spotify, etc, etc... but what we really would like to see, are comments and thoughts of the fans and metal music alike. We are happy to have real quality metal music for you all, so if you are interested at all, here we are and get your digital copy from us directly and not from a piratebay, torrent or pirate blog." More...

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Enabler Streaming New Song "Prey"

As the final touches are being put on the second LP from Enabler, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," the first single from this dynamic album to hammer the public has been released and can be heard below, courtesy of MetalSucks.

Another of Enabler's recordings to be inspired by the works of legendary horror/sci-fi director, John Carpenter - in this case, his 2005 episode of the Masters Of Horror series, "Cigarette Burns" - the "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" album was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises.

The album will be released on May 27th, 2014. You can also catch the band on the road soon, with details available after the jump. More...

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Taina Posts Performance Footage

Taina has released a live performance video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"It's time for a new video, which we have released recently! It's a live performance of our band. Those, who haven't seen Taina live before, have now the opportunity to see how Taina rocks the stage! Besides the new video, there is a free download of our EP on our website! Have fun watching us live!"

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Mournful Congregation Releasing MLP

Yet another shining jeweled crown to add to the growing reliquary of Mournful Congregation, 20 Buck Spin proudly presents "Concrescence Of The Sophia" to the North American cemetery.

Intended as an "in-between" release while the funeral directors sculpt a next full-length eulogy, the release begins with its title track, the 20+ minute "Concrescence Of The Sophia" where "the weight of all waters, and the mass of all stars" exacts a heavy toll in the timeless pursuit of mystical knowledge. On the B-side, "Silence Of The Passed," at a mere 9 minutes in length, nonetheless foretells how vast is the agency of doom.

20 Buck Spin will handle the North American release on June 24th -- set for digital, MCD and MLP pressings -- with Osmose mongering the wares to international lands.

Mournful Congregation is confirmed to headline two nights of the Martyrdoom fest on Friday, June 27th alongside Imprecation, Begrime Exemious, Geryon, and then again on Tuesday, July 1st, joined by 20 Buck Spin labelmates, Lycus, as well as Lord Mantis, Vilkacis and Evoken. More...

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More Than A Thousand Releases New Video

Portugal's More Than A Thousand has released a brand new music video for latest single, "Heist." Check it out below, thanks to Lambgoat.com.

The new single is fresh off the band's newest LP, "Vol.5 Lost At Home," which came out in the U.S. on February 18th via eOne Music.

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Ilsa Finishes Recording New Album

Washington, DC's Ilsa has completed tracking fourth LP, "The Felon's Claw," with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore.

With ten new tracks of the band's most brutal material to date, "The Felon's Claw" features the debut of new guitarist Tim Moyer (formerly of pre-Ilsa outfit, Time Of The Wolf) as well as guest lead appearances by former axmen Lady Snowblood and Domenic Romeo. The artwork will be handled by Joshy Brettell.

"The Felon's Claw" is due to pollute the streets this coming Halloween on LP, CD, and digital formats via A389 Recordings. Tunes and additional info will be leaked out upon completion this Summer.

You can also catch Ilsa on the road with Seven Sisters of Sleep on these dates:

5/16/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee's Irish Pub - Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie - Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY]

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Bane (U.S.) Announces Final Album

Longtime Equal Vision Records band Bane will release fourth and final full-length album, "Don’t Wait Up," on May 13th. The album was recorded in Haverhill, MA with producer Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane).

Bane will also headline in support of the album on a U.S. tour this Spring, featuring support from Turnstile and Take Offense. All upcoming shows can be found below. A second set of US tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The bittersweet announcement of the forthcoming final album comes nearly twenty years after Bane’s first release, which led the band on countless tours.

“I can’t believe we did it…but we did it. To me it means, we’re leaving,” shares vocalist Aaron Bedard of the new album. “This is us with our jackets on, our hair is clean and we’re walking out the door and we look back at our loved ones and we’re like...don’t wait up...we’re going to be out late tonight.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Non-Negotiable
2. All the Way Through
3. Calling Hours
4. Park St.
5. What Awaits Us Now
6. Hard to Find
7. Lost at Sea
8. Post Hoc
9. Wrong Planet
10. Final Backward Glance More...

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Winterstorm Posts New Music Video

German power metal outfit Winterstorm has released a new video for the song "Metalavial," which can be seen below.

The band's new album "Cathyron" is out now and can be bought via Noiseart Records here. Winterstorm is currently on tour and you can catch the show on the following dates:

04.04. DE Bremen, Aladin
05.04. DE Köln, Live Music Hall
10.04. DE Berlin, Lido
11.04. DE Glauchau, Alte Spinnerei
12.04. DE Düsseldorf, Pitcher
13.04. DE Dortmund, FZW More...

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Septuagint Streaming "Psalm IV"

Rising Greek black metal outfit Septuagint today premieres the new track "Psalm IV," which can be heard below thanks to Eternal-Terror.com.

The track hails from Septuagint's forthcoming debut MCD, "Negative Void Trinity," set for international release on April 7th via Forever Plagued Records. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Another prospective band from the fertile Greek black metal scene, Septuagint play a fast black metal style that knows when to pace itself - not much different from some bands under the moniker of orthodox BM, but with their own Mediterranean flair. Lyrically, Septuagint are very religious, but the duo also distance themselves, to a certain degree, from being absorbed completely in any particular theological train of thought.

"Since 2006, Codex has been trying to compile his work to no avail. It's taken seven years to get all his work together for their debut EP, Negative Void Trinity, which is being proudly released by Forever Plagued. Highly recommended to anyone who is following the Greek scene, firstly, then of course, bands like of Aosoth, Ascension, Avichi, Acherontas, Nightbringer, etc."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Devotion To The Plague Redeemer
2. Psalm I
3. Psalm IV
4. Psalm II
5. Psalm III More...

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Freedom Hawk Announces Tour Dates

Virginia riff-wranglers Freedom Hawk will swoop into Europe later this week for a seven-date live incursion through Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. Slated to kick off this Saturday, the short run includes a stop at this year's Roadburn Fest in Tilburg.

Freedom Hawk will be touring in support of the "Holding On" full-length, released in 2011 via Small Stone Recordings. Following the European trek, Freedom Hawk will return to the band's creative home nest to put the finishing touches on a forthcoming new long player set for release in late 2014/early 2015.

4/05/2014 Vortex - Siegen, DE
4/06/2014 AMC - Antwerp, BE
4/07/2014 Le Glazart - Paris, FR
4/08/2014 The Pitcher - Dusseldorf, DE
4/09/2014 Jagerklause - Berlin, DE
4/10/2014 Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, NL
4/11/2014 Immerhin - Wurzburg, DE
4/12/2014 Rare Guitar - Munster, DE

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Oruga Reveals Album Details

French doom/sludge act Oruga has unveiled the artwork for upcoming album, "Blackened Souls," due to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records.

Blackened Souls was recorded "live in studio" in order to reflect the true nature of Oruga's music" honest with no compromises. Pre-orders for the album will be launched on Monday, April 7th. The track listing and artwork are available below.

I. Heretics
II. We, The Darkness
III. Dead Among The Living
IV. Disciples
V. Cursed
VI. Ghosts Of Anneliese More...

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Devil You Know Answers Fan Questions

Devil You Know, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and John Sankey (Devolved), has released the first part of a recently conducted fan Q&A where the band answered questions submitted via Facebook. Check it out below.

The band's new album "The Beauty of Destruction" will be available on April 25th (Europe) and April 29th (North America/UK/France) via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Phoenix & Dragon Splits With Drummer

Arizona symphonic metal outfit Phoenix & Dragon has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"After 8 wonderful years, Phoenix & Dragon will SADLY be parting ways with our original drummer and most importantly long time best friend and brother, Jair Wing.

"Jair was a fundamental part (not to mention the musical backbone) in the development of this band since he first joined us back in 2006. We cannot express in words how enormously sad we are to see him go and wish him the ABSOLUTE BEST in his future projects! Phoenix & Dragon will never be quite the same without him.

"Phoenix & Dragon will be having a commemorative show in Honor of Jair’s Final P&D performance on Sunday, April 27th at the 'Red Owl' in Tempe, Arizona. We would love to see as many fans, friends and family members there as possible as we say farewell to the first era of Phoenix & Dragon.

"Tickets and more show details will be available next week. Please come out to support and say goodbye to a great friend! We love you, brother"

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3 Posts New Song "Sugarlife"

The band with a number for a name - 3 - has parted ways with Metal Blade Records and is headed into DIY territory.

Today marks the first installment of the band's plan to release one new song every month for the forseeable future. Check out the new track "Sugarlife" in the player below.

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Den Saakaldte Streaming New Track

Norwegian black metal act Den Saakaldte today launches a debut track from upcoming album "Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete," set to be released on May 27th in Europe and June 10th in North America via Agonia Records. The song is entitled "Din Siste Dag" and is available for listening below.

The successor to "All Hail Pessimism" (2009) was recorded in Strand Studio in February 2014. The album will be available as a 3 panel digipack CD, digitally, and on vinyl (in three versions: black, blue and red). Pre-orders are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Din Siste dag
2. Forbanna Idioter
3. Du Selvproklamerte Misjonær
4. Endeløst Øde
5. Djevelens Verk
6. Som Ett Arr på Sjelen
7. Ondskapens Nødvendighet More...

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