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Metal News for April 4, 2015

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11 news articles posted on this day.

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In Solitude Calls It Quits

Sweden's In Solitude, which was founded back in 2002, has decided to officially call it a day after releasing three full-length albums: a self-titled debut, breakout "The World. The Flesh. The Devil." (reviewed here), and final studio release "Sister."

The band issued this statement about the breakup:

"Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.

"This is something that's been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.

"The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.

"Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.

"This has been one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make and we've had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we've invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future.

"As the final words fell in our concluding agreement, we looked back and saw with new eyes the magnitude of our brotherhood and the things that were carried through because of it. Our trust, our love, our shared obligation. The truth of the hand and the truth of the word to disperse the bounds between us and to diverge the shore for us follow. How it gave us the width of the world and the means to share it and store it together. All that was in it and all that was taken from it. And all the things that now shall pass without our collective notice. More...

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FearOfHatred Posts Third Album Online

After spending nine years in the wilderness, FearOfHatred finally releases 3rd album "If Sleep Were Forever."

Still very much a one-man-band, and still self-recorded and released, FearOfHatred has shifted into the realms of progressive extreme metal. Ditching the bulk of the industrial/electro influences of before, the songs are more focussed yet also longer.

The entire "If Sleep Were Forever" album can be heard in the SoundCloud player provided below. For more on the project, head over to the FearOfHatred Facebook page. More...

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Feral Signs With Cyclone Empire

Swedish outfit Feral just inked a new record deal with Cyclone Empire. The band had this to say in a press release:

"That's right, we have signed a deal for the release of our next album, and to none other than Germany's Cyclone Empire! The upcoming album is entitled 'Where Dead Dreams Dwell' and is scheduled to be released by the end of May 2015. More details regarding the release is to be revealed soon.

"We are damned proud to have inked a deal the mighty Cyclone Empire! Them having released some of our favorite albums during the latest years, we are in good company to say the least. And to be releasing an album we have put so much time and effort into through this label is something we are extremely satisfied with. Our upcoming album includes some of the most varied material we have written, but still feels more unified than ever. This will truly be one massive assault of death metal, and we could think of none better to handle it than Cyclone Empire"

Feral is:

David Nilsson - Vocals
Viktor Eriksson - Bass
Markus Lindahl - Guitar
Roger Markström - Drums More...

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Pentagram Posts "All Your Sins" Live Footage

U.S. metal legend Pentagram has teamed up with Noisey to launch a performance clip from newly released double-disc DVD collection, "All Your Sins." Check out the clip below.

Featuring over seven hours of numerous electrifying concerts spanning three decades - all straight from the band's collection - "All Your Sins" released this week via Peaceville Records and can be picked up at this location. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs, and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. More...

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Gloson Streaming "Yearwalker"

The post-metal upstarts from Gloson just premiered a full stream of debut album, "Yearwalker" - out now via Art of Propaganda and Catatonic State. Listen in below, thanks to No Clean Singing. The track listing is as follows:

1. Årsgång
2. Sirens
3. The End/Aftermath
4. The Aftermath/Beginning More...

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Strauss Reveals New EP

London brings people together from all walks of life, so when a French guitarist met two Italians, a Spanish guitarist, and a British bassist, it seemed destiny to make noise together as Strauss (a Germanic name of course).

They’re now set to release their second EP "Luia" around late May. Drawing from common wells of Kylesa, Kyuss, and Red Fang, the fuzz-charged grooves they conjure up on "Luia" are infectious and dirt-laden, so you may well catch something.

Meanwhile vocalist Stef possesses both crooning tones and a manic bark to contrast, and even a rap-style vocal in the vein of Zack la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) on final track "2015."

Strauss started out with modest intentions, with the band saying: “met one day and decided to make some noise...that’s it really.” Building on the success of a self-titled debut, the band hit the road far and wide, even reaching Latvia’s Fontaine Festival and Sweden’s SandvikFest. Now, it’s time for round two of hitting the studio, and "Luia" has taken shape spectacularly. More...

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Modern Life Is War Announces Anniversary Shows

Deathwish Inc. issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and a new re-issue from Modern Life Is War:

"We are excited to announce the 10 year anniversary re-release of Modern Life Is War's 'Witness' - re-mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege with deluxe gatefold vinyl packaging including a 28 page 12" booklet. The band will also be embarking on 3 weekends of Witness shows where we they'll play the album in it's entirety. Tickets go on sale Friday at 12pm EST."

June 5 Boston, MA @The Middle East Downstairs
June 6 New York, NY @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
June 7 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
June 26 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St
June 27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
June 28 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
July 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
July 18 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
July 19 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

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Crowbar Announces "Summer Of Doom"

Crowbar will embark on the "Summer Of Doom" starting at the end of May alongside Battlecross and Lord Dying. Dates for the trek are as follows:

5/28/2015 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
5/29/2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
5/30/2015 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
5/31/2015 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
6/2/2015 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
6/3/2015 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
6/4/2015 - San Diego, CA - Til Two
6/5/2015 - Long Beach, CA - DiPiazzas
6/6/2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
6/8/2015 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
6/9/2015 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6/10/2015 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
6/12/2015 - Calgary, AB - Republik
6/13/2015 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
6/14/2015 - Saskatoon, SK - Obrians
6/16/2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
6/17/2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
6/18/2015 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
6/19/2015 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
6/20/2015 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
6/21/2015 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
6/22/2015 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
6/23/2015 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
6/24/2015 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
6/25/2015 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
6/26/2015 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
6/27/2015 - Albany, NY - Trickshot Billiards
6/28/2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage
6/29/2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
6/30/2015 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611
7/1/2015 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
7/2/2015 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
7/3/2015 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater More...

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BTBAM Streaming "Memory Palace"

Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me has released a brand new song from upcoming seventh full-length album "Coma Ecliptic."

Fans can listen to "Memory Palace" now below. "Coma Ecliptic" will be officially released worldwide on July 7th, 2015. Coma Ecliptic boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Singer Tommy Rogers shares:

"Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic."

The album was recorded in January and February of 2015 with longtime Between the Buried and Me producer Jamie King at Basement Recordings in North Carolina. Drums and piano were recorded with King and Kris Hilbert at the Fidelitorium. Final mixing and mastering was placed in the capable hands of Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. More...

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Nothing Announces North American Tour

Philadelphia-based Nothing is heading back out on a full North American tour. The band is co-headlining a portion of the tour with Merchandise and will also receive support from Cloakroom and Tony Molina on select dates. Check out the full tour routing below.

5.8 | Indianapolis, IN @ The White Rabbit ^
5.9 | Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar ^
5.10 | Austin, TX @ Austin Psych Fest
5.11 | Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola's ^
5.13 | El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls ^
5.14 | Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar ^
5.15 | Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock ^
5.17 | San Diego, CA @ Hideout ^
5.19 | Oakland, CA | Metro &
5.21 | Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
5.22 | Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt %
5.23 | George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
5.24 | Boise, ID @ Neurolux %
5.26 | Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge %
5.27 | Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater %
5.28 | Omaha, NE @ Slowdown %
5.29 | Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %
5.30 | Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon %
6.1 | Chicago, IL @ Subterranean %
6.2 | Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory %
6.3 | Toronto, ON @ ShiBGB's %
6.4 | Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar %
6.5 | Boston, MA @ The Sinclair %
6.6 | Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades %
6.7 | Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's %
6.8 | Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel %

^ with Cloakroom
& with Tony Molina, Cloakroom
% with Merchandise, Cloakroom More...

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Despot Releases New EP

Brazilian black metal duo Despot just released a new EP entitled "Pictures of the Void," which brings four blasting hymns that condense many musical influences.

The EP was written and recorded at Black Void Studio with Diogo C. performing the mixing and mastering duties for the first time, setting a new sonic signature for the band. "Pictures of the Void" is Despot's first release since the 2013 LP "Satan in the Death Row" and the band's first recorded output as a two piece. Check out the song "Artifact" below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bound Forever
2. Artifact
3. Bastard Hive
4. A Sick Man's Dream More...

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