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Metal News for April 7, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Ville Friman Discusses New Insomnium Album

Every few years you can expect the ever-reliable Finnish outfit Insomnium to let loose another darkly atmospheric bout of melodic death metal.

The band's latest offering "Shadows of the Dying Sun" lands at the end of the month, following 2011's "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here). After keeping a very recognizable base sound across each album through the years, there will be a few surprises in store for fans this time around.

"I would say the core sound of our band is there," said Insomnium member Ville Friman when I spoke with him last week, adding "I think we have used our influences differently on this album, though... It's more diverse."

During our discussion, Ville took me through the writing and recording of "Shadows of the Dying Sun," touching on everything from how lyric videos come together to bonus material on the album's special edition. More...

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Battlecross Announces Shows With Huntress

American thrash metal band Battlecross has confirmed a European summer run, including some of the biggest festivals, as well as co-headline shows with Huntress.

Battlecross comments: "We're excited to be part of this years Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park! Once again we get to be part of two more great European festivals with some of the biggest bands in Metal and Rock! To be able to share the stage with Metallica again and for the first time, Slayer is an honor! We look forward to melting the European crowd's faces!"

05/06/14 DE – Nürburg – Rock am Ring
06/06/14 DE – Nürnberg – Rock im Park
10/06/14 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
11/06/14 DE – Tilburg – 013 w/Huntress
13/06/14 UK – Castle Donington – Download Festival
15/06/14 AT – Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
17/06/14 CH – Uster – Rock City w/Huntress
18/06/14 CH – Geneve – L'Usine w/Huntress
19/06/14 IT – Milano – Club Legend w/Huntress
20/06/14 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar w/Huntress
21/06/14 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara Club w/Huntress
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop Festival

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Mire Interivew/Performance Footage Available

Montreal, QC's Mire performed on Global TV Montreal's Morning Show earlier today (April 7th). Watch the video below of the band's interview and acoustic performance of "Limitless Pt. 2," or over at GlobalNews.ca here.

Mire officially released new album "Inward/Outward" on March 18th, which follows the band's 2010 self-titled EP. Vocalist JP LaChapelle comments on the release:

"Interpreted through our fingers, tongued and toe tips, this album which we've been working on for 2 years at totally different points in our lives, demonstrates the fan of emotions of 5 individuals' experience. The craft is the loom into which our soil-tending, sun-vising and pest-warding efforts bear fruit. Love for the fate of man and the anger to defend it. Overwhelmed with a sense of innate creativity, we all curb our nature to the structures put in place for our short lives; whether building an enterprise, community or institution of any kind. Mire's decided to make music. Filtered as pure as possible, our passion rendered this product.

"Our maiden album expresses the plight of an impeached animal nature, faced with the philosophy of man's fate run through questionable funnels. Throughout our creative process, we've experienced different stages and shed skins. The 5 colors we shine combine through the prism of 'Inward Outward' to produce the first of Mire's own hues. Being able to walk one's own path is its own reward and we five musicians feel incredibly fortunate to have seized the chance to create this album. That's what we celebrate every time we hear it." More...

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Brea Releases New Music Video

Oklahoma City's collective of progressive/stoner metal alchemists in Brea have just released a new music video for their song "Redemption." Check it out below.

The video was directed by Mike Walsh and Jon Shahan, and supports the "Redemption 2.0" single, a re-recording of a song previously featured on the band's 2013 album, "Guests Among Clouds."

Brea is slated to begin work with Josh Newell (Intronaut, In This Moment, Linkin Park) on the followup to "Guests Among Cloud" in 2014.

“We're pretty stoked,” says vocalist/guitarist Russ Brownfield. “We have so many cool new ideas and we can't wait to share them with the growing number of people following us.” More...

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The Ocean Announces July Shows

The Ocean has announced a run of U.K. and Irish dates in the lead up to the band's UK Tech Fest 2014 appearance. A handful of shows have now been confirmed for July and can be seen below. The Ocean's Robing Staps comments:

"We only hit London and Damnation Fest in Leeds on our last Euro headliner tour, so we're happy to return to the UK now for another cool festival. We're also excited to get back to Ireland, we haven't been there since 2009 and have really good memories of our last tour over there."

At the UK Tech Fest 2014, The Ocean will join Vildhjarta, Glass Cloud, The Safety Fire, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Deadly Circus Fire, and many more. The festival takes place from July 10th - 14th, with full details available at this location.

See The Ocean live this coming July:

7/8th LEEDS – Cockpit
7/9th GLASGOW - Audio
7/10th DUBLIN – Fibber Magees
7/11th CORK – Cyprus Avenue
7/12th MANCHESTER – Academy 3
7/13th UK TECH FEST 2014 - Newark Showground

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Mount Salem Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Chicago, IL's Mount Salem is preparing to embark on a headlining tour in May. The tour will play select cities between Chicago and Los Angeles, and includes shows in New Mexico and Arizona with Mount Salem opening up for Saint Vitus. Catch the band live:

05/01 Chicago, IL Township
05/02 Madison, WI Dragonfly Lounge
05/03 La Crosse, WI JB's Speakeasy
05/04 Sioux City, IA Chesterfield
05/05 Lincoln, NE The Bourbon
05/06 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge w/ Speedwolf
05/08 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad w/ Saint Vitus, Sons of Huns
05/09 Tempe, AZ Club Red w/ Saint Vitus, Sons of Huns
05/10 Los Angeles, CA TBA
05/11 San Francisco, CA The Make-Out Room
05/12 Sacramento, CA Witch Room
05/13 Portland, OR Slabtown
05/15 Salt Lake City, UT The Shred Shed
05/16 Frisco, CO Future Shock
05/17 Des Moines, IA Kung Fu Tap and Taco More...

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Selim Lemouchi To Be Honored At Roadburn Festival

The organizers of the Roadburn Festival have issued the following announcement about honoring Selim Lemouchi (The Devil's Blood, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies), who passed away earlier this year:

"The Devil's Blood's first-ever show at Roadburn 2008 was undeniably one of the great moments in the festival's history. After the group disbanded in early 2013, guitarist Selim Lemouchi sought to channel his considerable creative energies into a new project: Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies.

"During 2013, the debut EP Mens Animus Corpus was followed by the release of the full-length Earth Air Spirit Water Fire. The album presentation in December 2013 offered a tantalizing hint of transcendent performances to come, and consequently we at Roadburn HQ were thrilled to add Selim and his new band to this year's Afterburner bill.

"However, thrill turned to sorrow with the news of Selim's passing last month. At first, it was impossible to grasp. How could he be gone? The idea of removing his name from the various Roadburn 2014 posters, press releases and website items was too much to bear. Even after being able to talk with his family, even after having had a little time to grieve, it was still incomprehensible that he would not be joining us. More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Lynchburg, VA

“FREE SANDWICH,” the black-on-white marquee lettering announces outside the unassuming roadside deli. “JESUS LOVES YOU.”

For many Americans today, such a sight is instant “meme bait” – earnest religiosity begging for a sneering, sarcastic caption. For this returning Virginia native, who spent eight years in secular New England associating with metalheads and entertainment business types, it’s a fidgety sensation of dislocation, of being marooned between two worlds at odds with one another. Two worlds – let’s face it – at war.

Which is why I still have no idea what to expect – I am indeed attending a metal show, I have to keep reminding myself – as I turn off Route 29 South and weave my way uphill to narrow Old Colony Road in Madison Heights, minutes from Lynchburg. More...

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Triptykon Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Triptykon, Holy Moses, and Morbus Chron are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon, and the currently revealed lineup is as follows:

AT THE GATES
HOLY MOSES
MORBUS CHRON
PRIMORDIAL
TRIPTYKON
URFAUST

The full festival is set to include 32 bands across two stages. Get all the details and find ticket information at the Eindhoven website here. More...

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Machine Head Announces "Killers & Kings" Tour

Machine Head is proud to announce the first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date "Killers & Kings Tour" will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S. Says vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn:

"When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles.

"These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) 'B and C markets,' (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc...). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.

"Part of the reason we don't hit these places, is that sometimes their local economy just can't afford to pay as well as a major city. As a band, Machine Head has always made the effort to re-invest in our band rather than pocket the money. We've done a lot of tours where we lost buttloads of cash, all in the name of giving our fans the best show of their lives. That is what is most important to us.

"And with that said, we're probably gonna lose some moolah doing this club run. But you know what? The way we look at it, this is also re-investing in our band, by investing in the most important thing we have, YOU! It's giving die-hard Machine Head fans, the Head Cases in the nooks and crannies of America, the places that are often starving for live music, something special and unforgettable.

"And local bands you are welcome to jump on in every city. Because this will be the first time that we've ever played a lot of these cities, we're not even sure if we HAVE fans there, but we believe we can break even!! More...

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Ava Inferi Releases Final Song

Portuguese doom metal band Ava Inferi has premiered "Ao Teu Lado," a new track taken from the "One And All, Together, For Home" compilation. The track is streaming below, courtesy of Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.

"Ao Teu Lado" marks the final chapter in Ava Inferi's storied career, as the band has announced this will be the last recording it ever releases.

Due out May 23rd (5/27 in North America) via Season of Mist, "One And All, Together, For Home" is a compilation of bands recording folk and acoustic tracks. Regarding the new Ava Inferi song, guitarist Rune Ericksen comments:

"Ao Teu Lado is inspired by traditional Portuguese music known as Fado, which means fate. Both the melody and lyrics of Ao Teu Lado are rooted within the Fado style. The title translates as By Your Side and true to this intimate genre it is a kind of love song with a dramatic ending." More...

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Foscor Digitally Releases Rare Tracks

Having recently released all three previous albums digitally, dark metal outfit Foscor now releases some rare tracks - including previously unreleased songs - and material that has long since sold out, as well as the entire soundtrack of the 10th Anniversary live DVD “Deu Anys Vers la Foscor.”

Included in the new releases are the Xerion cover “Na Noite Dos Tempos” (originally included in a 2002 split), the 2008 track “The Ghost Sonata” (exclusively composed for the never-released “Toteninsel: A Tribute to Arnold Böcklin” album), and the song “The Other’s Voice” (originally included in the sold out 2010 split 7” EP with Necrosadist “Onslaught of Black Putrefaction”).

The new material, together with the three full-length albums, “Entrance to the Shadows’ Village,” “The Smile of the Sad Ones,” and “Groans to the Guilty,” can be found at Bandcamp here.

Commenting on the decision to release previous material digitally, front man Fiar said: “Foscor is entering a whole new phase of its existence, and many new fans have started following the band, fans that perhaps don’t really know our history, and it seemed like the ideal way to let them find out about us. When we released the three albums we offered them for free download for a month as a thank you to old and new fans, and we received an extraordinary response, with many people actually paying for the albums, rather than downloading them free, and that certainly gives us a lot of confidence for the future.” More...

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Oruga Posts Album Trailer

French massive doom/sludge act Oruga has revealed a video trailer for upcoming debut album, "Blackened Souls," which is set to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records. The track listing is as follows:

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

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Anathema Announces Album Release

Following the release of brand new studio album "Distant Satellites," Anathema will head out on an extensive European tour. Dates are available in the poster below.

"Distant Satellites' is the follow-up to 2012's "Weather Systems" (reviewed here) and will be released on these dates:

Germany & Sweden – 6th June
UK & RoW – 9th June
USA, Canada & France – 10th June More...

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Mountains Among Us Signs New Record Deal

North Carolina based avant/doom-gaze band Mountains Among Us has inked a deal with Argonauta Records. “Commission the Twelve” will be out in June 2014 in noble DigiSleeve CD limited edition.

Formed in 2007 by Brandon Helms, the band released first full-length "True North" in 2008 followed by the second album "Believer" in 2010.

After working on some experimental EPs from 2011-2012, the band began writing for a first full-length in over four years, described by the band as its "heaviest, most ambitious work to date."

Argonauta Records comments: "Their blackened avant-garde style is constantly morphing into new territory while experimenting in different sounds, which will appeal to fans of Earth, This Will Destroy You, Nadja, and Deafheaven."

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Rorcal Re-Issuing "Vilagvege"

About a year after its LP limited release, “Vilagvege,” the latest album from Swiss black/doom metal outfit Rorcal, is about to be repressed as a CD digipack edition for the first time this spring.

The CD version will be out on April 15th, 2014 with the help of Bleak Recordings from Portugal, the French Lost Pilgrims Records, WOOAAARGH Records from Germany, Hellthrasher Productions (Poland) and Calofror Records from Switzerland.

In the meantime, the album is still available for full streaming in the Bandcamp player below. In other news, the band is also currently working on a split LP with Process of Guilt. More...

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Lawnmower Death Crowd Funding Album Re-Issue

The British madcap thrashers in Lawnmower Deth have launched a Kickstarter campaign to re-press their 1990 debut album, "Ooh Crikey It's… Lawnmower Deth," after recently being confirmed to play at this year's Download Festival on Saturday, June 14th.

Having been unavailable for nearly twenty years, repeated demands from hardcore fans has led Lawnmower Deth and Earache to launch a campaign to get the album remastered and reissued, with a range of suitably-mad items concocted for fans to pledge for and all profits going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

You can contribute to the Kickstarter campaign and see the perks available for contributing over at this location.

Frontman Pete "Qualcast Mutilator" Lee comments: "You know that giddy feeling you get. The one when you're 9 and 3/4 old, that one where it makes you kick your legs, the one that makes you run down hills going 'urgh-urgh-urgh-urgh-urgh'.

"You mean you've forgotten? Fear not. Here's how to get it back. Them lovely people at Earache, and now honorary buffoons have decided, after many years of pestering, to reissue the now legendary opus that is 'Dark Side of the Moon'. Ok, they couldn't get that, but they have got 'Ooh Crikey It's…'. Horns. Heard ya! And not only that, all profits will go to our most favourite and deserving charity, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. We need your pledges, now! Show us the money. Show SOPHIE the money. You can always chuck the vinyl away afterwards."

If the campaign is successful, the album will be reissued on CD and vinyl in a limited print run, remastered from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range (FDR) audio, which allows the music's nuances to shine through, giving the album a more ferocious, immersive and dynamic sound than ever before.

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Knifeworld Inks Deal With InsideOutMusic

InsideOutMusic is very pleased to announce the signing of Knifeworld for the release of forthcoming new album "The Unravelling" later this summer.

The eight-piece band led by Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Gong) has been working on the follow-up to 2009's "Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat."

The band had this to say about the signing: "Knifeworld are very happy to be signing to InsideOut. Our forthcoming album, The Unravelling, is so close to completion we are terrified to mention it. Nonetheless it will be the first Knifeworld album to feature the full psychedelic majesty of our eight piece line-up.

"It must go off like an atom bomb in your broken hearts. An atom bomb that will make a mockery of all you hold dear. An atom bomb of love. InsideOut hold the trigger and we've dared them to press it. Press it real good now."

Label-head Thomas Waber added: "It's great to welcome Knifeworld to the InsideOutMusic family, and there is no doubt that 'The Unravelling' will prove to be something very special indeed." More...

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Emmure Posts "Like LaMotta" Video

Taken from the band's forthcoming sixth studio album, "Eternal Enemies" (due out April 15th), Emmure is proud to unveil the music video for “Like LaMotta," which is available below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Bring a Gun To School
2. Nemesis (watch the video here)
3. N.I.A. (News in Arizona)
4. The Hang Up
5. A Gift A Curse
6. E (streaming here)
7. Like LaMotta
8. Free Publicity
9. Most Hated
10. Grave Markings
11. Hitomi’s Shinobi
12. Rat King
13. Girls Don’t Like Boys, Girls like 40’s and Blunts
14. New Age Rambler
15. We Were Just Kids More...

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Black Anvil Streaming "Eventide"

New York's Black Anvil today unveils the first taste of forthcoming album, "Hail Death." Give a listen to "Eventide" in the player below.

The band's third album "Hail Death" is due out in North America on May 27th, 2014 through Relapse Records and was captured at Magpie Cage Studio by J. Robbins

"We really wanted to capture our live sound on this record which is one of the reasons we went with J. Robbins," drummer Raeph Glicken relays. "We didn't want it to sound perfect; we wanted it to sound like us."

Bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney agrees, adding, "We bring it live and I feel confident saying that. We are black metal but we also aren't interested in doing what hundreds of bands have done before," he continues, "We're interested in doing our own thing and this album is the most self-realized expression of that to date." More...

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Impaled Nazarene Releases New Lyric Video

Impaled Nazarene has released a lyric video for the title track off new album "‘Vigorous and Liberating Death." Check it out below.

The band's 12th studio album "Vigorous And Liberating Death" is due out April 14th via Osmose Productions. The track listing is as follows:

1. King Reborn
2. Flaming Sword Of Satan
3. Pathological Hunger For Violence
4. Vigorous And Liberating Death
5. Martial Law
6. Riskiarvio
7. Apocalypse Principle
8. Kuoleman Varjot
9. Vestal Virgins
10. Drink Consultation
11. Dystopia A.S.
12. Sananvapaus
13. Hostis Humani Generis More...

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Seth Announces European Tour

Black metal outfit Seth has announced a new spring European tour. The tour, which sees Seth play alongside technical death metal legends Pestilence, kicks off on April 24th in Drachten, The Netherlands, and will hit various European territories before ending on May 10th in Trier, Germany.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Seth is touring in support of latest album "The Howling Spirit," released in June 2013 via Season Of Mist.

The once-defunct band became reactivated following the 2012 re-release of the acclaimed 1998 debut "Les Blessures de I'Ame." The new version is remastered and includes two bonus tracks and brand new artwork.

Regarding the new incarnation of the band, band leader Heimoth issued the following statement: “This is some exceptional moment for us as we are now officially back on the very same label that released our first album in 98’ and I guess this truly makes our recent comeback even more worthwhile. Both parts have taken different directions for more than 10 years but we are thrilled to unveil ‘The Howling Spirit’ together. I personally feel this is a significant step forward born from the special relationship the band and SOM have had through the years.” More...

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Cloak Of Altering Streaming New Song

Crucial Blast will poison the reservoir of humankind this Spring with the release of "Plague Beasts," the punishing third full-length from Cloak Of Altering, one of the many projects from Dutch noise architect Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories.

Ahead of the album's release, the track "Chaos Magician of the Abyss" is now available for streaming below, thanks to American Aftermath.

"Plague Beasts" will be set loose via digital delivery and six-panel CD digipak on April 29th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Plague Beasts (streaming here)
2. White Inverted Void
3. Translucent Body Deformities
4. Chaos Magician Of The Abyss
5. Ash666urA
6. Into Celestial Hell
7. Altering Foreve More...

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Tiger Flowers Streaming Full Album Online

The new Tiger Flowers album "Dead Hymns" was produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation).

The album sees official release this coming April 8th via Melotov Records, but today you can hear all the tracks ahead of its drop date.

Check out all of "Dead Hymns" below, courtesy of Metal Sucks.

You can also see the band live on these dates:

Apr 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Apr 8 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
Apr 9 - Chillicothe, OH @ Tecumseh Inn
Apr 10 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
Apr 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Apr 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter More...

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XII Boar Posts "Truck Stop Baby" Video

UK metal n' roll titans XII Boar return with brand new single "Truck Stop Baby," which now has a corresponding video clip. Check it out below, and the band comments:

"This greasy southern fried masterpiece will be sure to get your collective booties shakin'! So what you waiting for? - Click play and get down and dirty!"

The single will available on limited edition 7" purple vinyl packaged with an audio CD and an exclusive shaped vinyl decal sticker. The release also features a one-off, down tempo, mellowed out reworking of "Train Wreck" on the B-Side.

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Insanium Posts New Lyric Video

Long Island's Insanium will release the "Solitary Confinement" album on June 3rd, 2014. The band has also released a lyric video for the track "Skin Deep," which can be seen below. Insanium comments:

"This song is about the pointless war of words between those who are judgmental about others' career choices, and those who are judged. There's a lot of unnecessary rage and finger pointing between these people and 'Skin Deep' portrays how ridiculous these arguments get from the point of view of a young musician."

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Setfire Posts Video Teaser

The Brazilian thrash metal band Setfire has launched a teaser for upcoming video "Envy Shit," a track which comes from debut release "Deserted Land."

Directed by Samuel Chaves and starred by Renan Stark, this video was recorded in the city of Suzano, Brazil, during two days in December of 2013. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Evil Masquerade Releases "Like Voodoo" Clip

Evil Masquerade has released a new video clip for the "Like Voodoo" single, which can be seen below.

"Like Voodoo" is taken from the band's upcoming sixth album "The Digital Crucifix," due for release on April 22nd, 2014.

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Toxic Holocaust Cancels Tour Dates

Toxic Holocaust has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates with Skeletonwitch:

"Unfortunately, due to a serious and prolonged ear infection suffered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the Toxic Holocaust/Skeletonwitch Australian & New Zealand tour will not be happening in April 2014.

"Joel is unwell and recommended by his doctor not to fly till his condition is taken care of. We are truly sorry, but this is something that's out of hands.

"Toxic Holocaust will be rescheduling their tour for November with another U.S. band, whilst Skeletonwitch will now be doing their own headline tour sometime later when time permits in their busy schedule.

"Details about ticket refunds and tour dates coming soon."

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Triaxis Splits With Bassist

Basist Owen Crawford from Triaxis has issued the following announcement about departing the band:

"This is never an easy thing to do, but today I have to let everyone know that I'm leaving Triaxis. A lot has happened since joining the band 6 years ago, I've played at some fantastic shows, some terrible ones and I've met some great people along the way, but there are things both outside and inside the band that have caused me to make this decision.

"I'd like to thank everyone that has made the effort to come to a show (or for some of you a lot of shows) and all the people that I've spoken with, drank too much beer with and insulted people's mothers with. Best of luck to the rest of the band in the future."

The band also comments: "We are really sad and shocked that Owen is leaving Triaxis, and we completely understand his reasons and respect his decision. We want to take this opportunity to thank him for all the work he has put in to making Triaxis what it is and his writing skills have given us some amazing songs to share. We've had lots of fun, plenty of highs and lows, but so many happy memories and we wish him all the best with his future projects."

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SSoGE Releases New Live Video

Moravian folk metal band Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy just released a new live video for "Dva stíny mám" ("I Have Two Shadows"), which was filmed at Masters Of Rock Festival 2013.

Check it out below, courtesy of Spark-Rockmagazine.cz. The band's "Návaz" is available via Season of Mist here.

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Flayed Disciple To Release New EP

2014 has seen U.K. death/thrash outfit Flayed Disciple back in the studio recording a new EP and follow-up to the 2012 debut album "Death Hammer." Chuck Creese, who produced the "Ejaculate While Killing" EP in 2010, was back at the helm recording the new record.

Guitarist Jon Whitfield comments, “The new EP will remain untitled and released on a stunning 12" vinyl as well as digitally. This release is to showcase the bands new sound and energy, and our new drummer Rich Lewis who joined us in 2013.”

The self-titled EP will be released on May 24th via Bethlam Records and contains three new tracks: "Sick Abomination," "The Gates Of Bedlam," and "The Maniac." More...

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Opium Warlords Announces New Album

Svart Records has set May 30th as the release date for "Taste My Sword Of Understanding" by Opium Warlords, which follows previous album "We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky" (reviewed here).

Set to be released on CD and double-LP formats, "Taste My Sword Of Understanding" is the third offering of Opium Warlords, the project of Sami Albert Hynninen. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Sadness Of Vultures
2. The Land Beyond The Pole
3. The Self-Made Man
4. The God In Ruins
5. The Solar Burial
6. Mount Meru
7. This Place Has Been Passed
8. Manisolas From Misandria
9. In Melancholy Moonless Acheron More...

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Insomnium Posts New Music Video

Finnish melodic death metal outfit Insomnium has completed the video clip for the track "While We Sleep," taken from upcoming album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun," which is due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America via Century Media Records.

The video was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and can be viewed below, courtesy of No Clean Singing.

Insomnium's Ville Friman (guitars/vocals) comments: "Couple of weeks ago we travelled to Wroclaw, Poland, to shoot the first music video from 'Shadows Of The Dying Sun'. This time we decided to work with a Polish production company, Grupa 13, whose work includes the new Behemoth video, amongst others. The song we chose for the video is called 'While We Sleep'. It's a wistful song with all typical Insomnium elements included - riffs, melodies, aggression, sorrow, grandeur and hope. We shot everything within one day and it was really a pleasure to work with such a professional film group. Everything went smoothly, and we are amazed and very happy with the end result. You really can't complain when the film group provides you vodka schnapps between the takes. We sincerely hope that you'll like the end result as much as we do."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep
3. Revelation (see the lyric video here)
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
8. Ephemeral
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun More...

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Plague Vendor Streaming Full Album

Pitchfork.com is streaming Plague Vendor's visceral debut album "Free To Eat" now. Visit this location to listen in its entirety. "Free to Eat" is due out on April 15th via Epitaph and is available for pre-order here.

Plague Vendor is a band of four friends from Whittier, CA. Brandon Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums), and Jay Rogers (guitar) are inspired by their hometown, the Liars' discography, dubbed VHS tapes, and Andy Kaufman. The band name was taken from the title of a Mexican folk tale "The Pulque Vendor" that Blaine had interpreted as Plague Vendor.

"Free To Eat" veers rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection, compressing the range of human experience into ten rapid-fire, in-your-face songs. Everything was recorded live in the studio, using only two or three takes with no overdubs. The track listing is as follows:

01. Black Sap Scriptures
02. Cursed Love, Hexed Lust
03. Breakdance On Broken Glass
04. My Tongue Is So Treacherous
05. Numbers
06. Plague Vendor
07. Finical Fatalist
08. Seek The Ruby Scarab
09. Garden Lanterns
10. Neophron Percnopterous More...

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