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Metal News for May 13, 2014

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Enemy Of Reality Details Debut Album

The new Greek symphonic progressive act Enemy Of Reality, formed in part by 2013 by former Meden Agan vocalist Iliana Tsakiraki and drummer Philip Stone, announced details on the band's upcoming debut album "Rejected Gods." The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by producer Mark Adrian (Meden Agan/Bob Katsionis). The album's artwork was designed by Pierre Alain D. of 3mmi Design inFrance and can be seen below. The release date will be announced soon.

The album features guest performances by Ailyn Giménez (Sirenia), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Androniki Skoula (Chaostar), Maxi Nil (Jaded Star/ex-Visions of Atlantis).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Medusa
2. My Own Master (feat. Mike LePond)
3. Lifeless Eyes
4. Needle Bites (feat. Ailyn Gimenez)
5. One Last Try (demo version streaming here)
6. Her Descending Ghost
7. The Bargaining (feat. Androniki Skoula)
8. Grief Divine
9. Torn Apart
10. Twist of Time
11. Step into the Light (feat. Maxi Nil) More...

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Mournful Congregation Announces U.S. Appearances

The newest recordings from South Australia's funeral doom metal quintet Mournful Congregation are nearing release this Summer under the title "Concrescence Of The Sophia," which bridges the 2011 LP "The Book Of Kings" and an impending full-length opus. To be released via 20 Buck Spin on June 24th, the label comments:

"Concrescence Of The Sophia' begins with its title track, which boasts more than twenty minutes of expertly delivered but utterly disconsolate, plodding metal, where 'the weight of all waters, and the mass of all stars' exacts a heavy toll in the timeless pursuit of mystical knowledge.

"The monumental main riff onerously giving foundation to Damon Good's ardently howling leads and sepulchral lament. Acoustic interludes offering only temporary respite to doom's forgone conclusion. On the B-side, 'Silence Of The Passed,' at a mere nine minutes in length nonetheless foretells how vast is the agency of doom."

"Concrescence Of The Sophia" is confirmed for CD, 12" vinyl and digital release in North America on June 24th 2014. Osmose is handling the release onto the rest of the intercontinental territories the same week.

Mournful Congregation will return stateside just after the release of "Concrescence Of The Sophia," to make East Coast debut live appearances. Details are as follows:

6/27/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY @ Martyrdoom w/ Imprecation, Begrime Exemious
6/28/2014 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD w/ Begrime Exemious, Prosanctus Inferi
6/30/2014 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA w/ Hell Militia, Lord Mantis, Begrime Exemious
7/01/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY @ Martyrdoom w/ Lycus, Lord Mantis, Vilkacis, Evoken More...

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Strengthen What Remains Announces Summer Tour

Following a non-stop tour schedule earlier this year, Strengthen What Remains has announced Summer 2014 tour plans, which include dates alongside Cold Hearted and Remembering Never as well as festival stops at Audiofeed Festival, Creation Fest, and Mosh For Paws. Dates are as follows:

06/06/14 Valdosta, GA @ Elder House
06/07/14 Columbus, GA @ Summer Side Show
06/08/14 Chattanooga, TN @ Cloud Springs Deli
06/09/14 Nashville, TN @ House Show
06/11/14 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar*
06/12/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Forge*
06/13/14 Warner Robins, GA @ The River*
06/14/14 Tampa, FL @ Florida Rules Fest**
06/20/14 Valrico, FL @ Thug Mansion***
06/20/14 Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou’s***
06/23/14 Roanoke, VA @ The Big Gay Mansion
06/25/14 Union, PA @ Creation Festival (HM Stage)
06/26/14 Philadelphia, PA @ The Ducky
06/27/14 Brooklyn, NY @ The Place (Mosh For Paws)
06/28/14 Atlantic City, NJ @ The Boneyard (Mosh For Paws)
06/28/14 Rockaway, NJ @ Backroom Studios (Mosh For Paws)
06/30/14 Greencastle, PA @ The Breathing Room
07/01/14 Mansfield, OH @ House Show
07/03/14 Grand Rapids, MI @ Take Hold Church
07/04/14 Champaign, IL @ Audiofeed Festival
07/06/14 Herrin, IL @ HITTS More...

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NervoChaos Reveals Album Details

Brazilian death metal machine Nervochaos today presents the cover art for upcoming new album "The Art Of Vengeance." The art was handled by Marco Donida, who is also a musician involved with the bands Matanza, Hellsakura and Enterro.

"The Art Of Vengeance" will be released again by Cogumelo Records in Brazil and the rest of the world by Greyhaze Records. It was recorded at Studio HR in Rio de Janeiro and was produced by Alex Azzali. More...

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Tusmorke Streaming Entire New Album

Psychedelic prog/folk outfit Tusmorke today streams the entirety of the "Riset Bak Speilet" album, set for international release on May 16th via Svart Records. Listen in below, courtesy of TheQuietus.com. Svart also comments on the band:

"With roots stretching deep into the Scandinavian neo-progressive rock underground of the early '90s, the identical Momrak twins recorded a Tusmorke demo in 1997 but soon put the band on hiatus for several years.

"Tusmorke returned in 2009 with a full electric lineup, and the debut album, Underjordisk Tusmorke, appeared three years later. May 2014 sees the dark minstrels return with a sophomore album, Riset Bak Speilet ('The Birch Behind The Looking Glass'). A 50-minute transmission from the heart of the darkest northern forests, the album skillfully channels the spirit of classic British acid folk rock and soaks it in a black witches cauldron.

"The spellbinding concoction is at times reminiscent of classic acts like Jethro Tull and Incredible String band, and also not entirely far off from modern forest magicians such as Hexvessel and Wolf People." More...

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Confession Announces "Life And Death" Album

The Australian hardcore heavyweights in Confession are proud to announce the release of their third full-length album "Life And Death," which will hit stores in North America on June 24th through Mediaskare Records.

Fronted by Michael Crafter, a key player in the hardcore scene who earned his stripes as founding member of I Killed The Prom Queen, Confession has laid out 11 tracks bolstered with contributions from Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction, Adrian Fitipaldes of Northlane, and Karl Schubach of Misery Signals.

"Life And Death" is a sonic journey through the last two years of Crafter’s life: a political yet incredibly personal account, working through the multi-faceted issues that come with births, deaths, illnesses, friendships and love. The album was recorded in California with engineer Dan Castleman and the track listing is as follows:

1. Life
2. Still Breathing
3. Holy War (feat. Ahren Stringer of The Amity Affliction)
4. Hollow
5. Fuck Cancer
6. March 23
7. Old Blood (feat. Adrian Fitipaldes of Northlane)
8. 51-73 (feat. Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction)
9. Fear (feat. Karl Schubach of Misery Signals)
10. The Forgotten
11. Death More...

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Night Ranger Streaming New Track

Rock outfit Night Ranger has a new track online for streaming, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:

"Here's another new song from our upcoming album High Road! This one is called 'I'm Coming Home' and you can hear it at melodicrock.com.

"This one has the one and only Kelly Keagy on lead vocals! If you pre-order the album on iTunes, 'I'm Coming Home' and 'High Road' will automatically download to your iTunes. High Road will be released by Frontiers Records on June 10th in North America / June 6th Europe."

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Arcline Streaming New Song

Los Angeles hardcore band Arcline (featuring members of Hoods and Ruckus) is premiering "Borderline," a song off the band's new self-titled demo. Give it a listen in the player below.

The band's new three song demo was recorded and produced by Taylor Young (Xibalba, Downpresser) and mastered by Brad Boatright (OFF!, Sleep) at Audiosiege Engineering. The full demo will be available this Wednesday May 14th via Bandcamp. More...

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Evil Conspiracy Signs To Sliptrick Records

Evil Conspiracy has inked a new record deal with Sliptrick Records, and the label comments:

"For fans of Iron Maiden, Accept, old and new school thrash, Mercyful fate and some prog metal on top of that!

"Evil Conspiracy was born under the name of Legions in 2000, recording a couple of demos with different line-ups and changing to the current name in 2002. After recording more demo tapes, they did their first appearance in Örebro Sweden opening for Lost Horizon at their tour premiere… A few more gigs and a lot of fans more Evil Conspiracy was one of the headline acts at the Wretstock festival. In the early 2004 Evil Conspiracy was the supporting act at 'Dionysus' release party in Örebro, and received outstanding feedback from the audience.

"At early spring of 2005 Kjelle (Vocals) decided to leave the band, so Stefan Berglund from the Swedish doom metal act Memory Garden took in on the vocals duty.

"The first gig with Stefan was in December 2005 when they were the supporting act for the Swedish metal band Nocturnal Rites, and to tell you the truth it was a blast with Stefan on stage.

"And then they released the promo CD 'The Plague' with Mike Wead (King Diamond, Memento Mori, Candlemass) and Simon Johansson (Memory Garden, Fifth Reason, Abstarkt Algebra and more) as the producers.

"And in June, 2006 Stefan Berglund decided to join the band full time. In the Fall of 2006 they supported big acts like Evergrey and Sabaton. More...

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Gaggle Of Cocks Releases "Crawl" Video

Gaggle of Cocks has released a video clip for the song "Crawl," which can be seen below, and the band comments:

"Last December, we played a show at The Legendary Dobbs in Philly with some great bands. We had a two man production crew shoot the set.

"Here's the video they put together for the song Crawl, off our first album, American Trash! Thanks to Nick Hatsis and Anthony Zagarella for their hard work.

"Special thanks to Jo Shuftan for premiering the video on Horns Up Rocks! We'll be playing a special Horn's Up Rocks show in NYC on July 19th... get on it! Get down! CRAWL!" More...

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Death Of An Era Announces Album Release

Ohio's metal outfit Death Of An Era will release debut full-length album "Black Bagged" this coming June 23rd, 2014.

You can hear the new single "Big Brother" in the player below, courtesy of Lambgoat.com. Pre-orders for the album are also available via Artery Recordings. Death Of An Era consists of:

Daniel Simpson - Vocals
Michael Cooper - Drums
Nathan Stewart - Guitar
Dustin Colling - Guitar
Chris Cooper - Bass More...

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Down Posts New Music Video

Down today releases an official music video for "We Knew Him Well," taken off the "Down IV, Part II" EP released today. The track listing is as follows:

1. Steeple
2. We Knew Him Well
3. Hogshead/Dogshead
4. Conjure
5. Sufferer's Years
6. Bacchanalia

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Trap Them Posts "Organic Infernal" Track

"Organic Infernal," the new single from Trap Them's upcoming June 10th release "Blissfucker," is streaming below courtesy of Lambgoat.

Containing 45+ minutes of unrestrained, unmedicated, unapologetic displays of depression, desperation, and blasphemy, "Blissfucker" is available for pre-order through Prosthetic Records. The previously posted track "Salted Crypts" can also be heard over at this location.

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Broughton's Rules Entering The Studio

The Pittsburgh, PA instrumental rockers in Broughton's Rules have entered the studio to record their sophomore album for Relapse Records.

The band, featuring current and former members of cult math rockers Don Caballero, is recording at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, MA with noted engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving).

The album is expected to be released this Fall via Relapse. Guitarist Jeff Ellsworth comments that the new material is "appropriate music to listen to while sipping herbal tea during the apocalypse."

Broughton's Rules formed in 2010 and released debut record "Bounty Hunter 1853" via Relapse in 2011. You can stream the full release below. Additionally, the band will be playing a hometown show with label-mates Nothing on May 11th at The Smiling Moose. More...

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Rage Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

The German heavy metal masters in Rage are currently celebrating their 30th band anniversary and are about to release "The Soundchaser Archives," a 30 track compilation (plus bonus DVD), which will be out on May 23rd, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band has announced the "30 Years Of Rage" anniversary tour for September and October 2014. Dates for the trek are as follows:

03.09. D Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
04.09. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
05.09. D Andernach - JUZ
08.09. CH Pratteln - Z-7
09.09. I Milano - Live Club
12.09. ES Madrid - Copernico
13.09. ES Bilbao - Santana 27
16.09. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
23.09. BE Vosselaar - Biebob
24.09. D Bochum - Zeche
26.09. BG Sofia - RBF Club
27.09. GR Thessaloniki - Eightball Club
28.09. GR Athen - Stage Volume 1
01.10. HU Budapest - A 38
02.10. AT Wörgl - Komma
03.10. D Steinheim - Stadthalle
04.10. D Burgrieden - Riffelhof
05.10. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
06.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
07.10. D Bremen - Aladin
08.10. D Köln - Essigfabrik
10.10. D Speyer - Halle 101
12.10. SK Bratislava - Randal Club
13.10. D Augsburg - Spectrum More...

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Misery Index Streaming Full New Album

Baltimore, Maryland's death metal extremists in Misery Index are streaming their forthcoming album "The Killing Gods" below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

Misery Index will see the release of "The Killing Gods" on May 27th in North America (May 23rd worldwide). The band's fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright.

Misery Index was recently added to the main stage of this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 25th in Baltimore, MD. The band also announced a special live date as part of this year's Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21st. More...

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Adrenaline Mob In Vehicle Crash

Adrenaline Mob has been out on the road supporting Avenged Sevenfold, and the band was involved in a vehicle accident on Monday, May 12th. Adrenaline Mob issued the following statement:

"We are sad to announce that the band has been in a serious accident yesterday traveling to Canada on the current A7X/Hellyeah Tour.

"The band & crew are pretty beat up but by the grace of God there's no serious injuries & everyone is OK.

"Unfortunately the trailer flipped & equipment has been destroyed but they are figuring out the next move in hopes to continue on. Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts & prayers!!"

You can leave a message to the band and see photos from the recent tour dates over at the Adrenaline Mob Facebook profile here. More...

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MartYriuM Posts Tour Footage, Announces New Shows

The Malta-based black/death metal band MartYriuM is gearing up to embark on the "Where no Shadows Cast the Firelight" tour in Slovakia later this month, with details available after the jump.

In anticipation of the coming trek, the band has also released footage from its recent dates on the "Obscure Manifestations" tour in the Czech Republic. Check it out in the player below.


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Cynic Announces North American Shows

The progressive metal innovators in Cynic have announced a string of North American tour dates. The trek, which starts on July 6th in Vancouver, BC, will see the band perform select dates in the U.S. and Canada before concluding on August 12th in New York City.

Cynic will also be trekking to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of the Heavy Montreal festival in early August. A full list of tour dates can be found below. These dates will be in support of the band's latest album "Kindly Bent To Free Us" (reviewed here).

7/6 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
7/8 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

8/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/8 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
8/9 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL (For more information and tickets, please click here.)
8/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater More...

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Origin Releases Song From Upcoming Album

The death metal icons in Origin today premiere a brand new song entitled "Manifest Desolate." This is the first track to be revealed from Origin's upcoming 6th album, "Omnipresent," set to be released on July 4th in Europe via Agonia Records (July 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast). Give it a listen below.

Featuring the recording debut of new vocalist Jason Keyser (ex-Skinless), together with drummer John Longstreth (ex-Angelcorpse), guitarist Paul Ryan and bassist Mike Flores, Origin marks a genre-defying return with their 6th full-length release. The band comments:

"Omnipresent is a culmination of 15 years of technical death metal brutality that transcends definition. From light speed to absolute zero, it is a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe, to the darkest nether of the mind."

The cover artwork was created by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Kataklysm, Exodus) and was recorded with long-time producer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording Studio (US) and both mixed and mastered together with Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (Altar of Plagues, Krallice, Jarobe). More...

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Enabler Kicking Off New Tour

Having just returned from a three-week East Coast tour, Enabler will head back out on a new six-week tour assault in just days, as the release date for new LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," nears its street date.

Enabler's newest tour itinerary begins this Thursday, May 15th with a five-city run including a set at the massive three-day Pouzza Fest in Montreal. From there, the band treks back to the East Coast on the way to let loose at its first ever Maryland Deathfest performance on Sunday May 25th at Batlimore Soundstage.

Just two days later "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" will see release the same day as Eyehategod's brand new album, after which both bands will tour the U.S. for a full month, with the trek also including Ringworm. Full dates are available below. More...

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Just For Fun

Slayer's "War Ensemble" Ukulele Cover Online

Rob Scallon has posted a video of his Ukulele cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble" online, complete with solos. Not only is the cover well played, but the video is very entertaining with his energetic playing and head banging.

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Brutal Blues Signs To Selfmadegod Records

Selfmadegod Records has just inked a deal with grind act Brutal Blues and is preparing to release the band's self-titled debut mini-album.

A maniacal duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Steinar (Psudoku, Parlamentarisk Sodomi, BxSxRx) and drummer/vocalist Anders (Blodsprut, Moha!, Noxagt, Ultralyd), Brutal Blues unleashes blisteringly fast, raw, cutting-edge grindcore, and those familiar with the members' previous acts should expect nothing less than sonic devastation.

The self-titled debut release was recorded DIY at the Rifferiet in Norway and mixed by Anders, with the artwork designed by Steinar and Leon Tomatis. Check out the first track to be released from the album, titled "Rett," in the player below.

Poland's Selfmadegod Records will release "Brutal Blues" on May 22nd in CD and digital formats, and a limited run of the MCD will come in a screen-printed jewel case available directly from the band and on Selfmadegod Records webstore. An LP version will see release through Drid Machine Records (Norway) and Nerve Altar Records (USA).

In support of the new release, Brutal Blues will be touring Europe for two weeks. The tour kicks off May 14th in Oslo, Norway and concludes May 31st in Malmo, Sweden. The Polish leg of the tour will see the band accompanied by Rape On Mind and labelmates Antigama as part of New Dimension Tour. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Skjold
2. Rett
3. Stafett
4. Medalje
5. Tradisjon
6. Alminneleg Utsegn More...

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Sworn Enemy Streaming Full New Album

Sworn Enemy will release new album "Living on Borrowed Time" today via Rock Ridge Music/ADA. The band continues its legacy with the addition of new guitarist Matt Garzilli, and bassist Mike Puccciarelli.

Starting today, "Living on Borrowed Time" is streaming in its entirety below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.

Sworn Enemy will embark on a North America headline tour in support of "Living on Borrowed Time" this May and June. The first show sees the band making an appearance May 17th at the "Black N Blue Bowl" in Brooklyn, NY. Support on rest of the run will come from Silence The Messenger. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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Wolvhammer Streaming "Death Division"

The first track to be released from Wolvhammer's upcoming third LP, "Clawing Into Black Sun," is now playing online. Check out "Death Division" below, courtesy of a Decibel Magazine, well in advance of the album's impending July release date.

The seventh of the eight passages captured on "Clawing Into Black Sun," "Death Division" burns with the malicious, mid-paced drive and dread-inducing riffs Wolvhammer is ultimately reliable for.

Profound Lore will release "Clawing Into Black Sun" on Tuesday, July 8th, and this will be Wolvhammer's second full-length for the label. The outfit's amalgamation of black metal and death rock surges with self-infliction, abuse, and debauchery with nearly fifty minutes of brand new material recorded in March at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis with Dan Jensen at the soundboard. More...

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Sabaton Posts "Heroes" Track-By-Track, Part II

On May 16th (EU), May 19th (UK) and May 27th (USA), Swedish power metal act Sabaton will release the new album "Heroes" via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band released part two in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the album (see review here).

The track listing for the album is:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back (see lyric video)
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist And Bite (see lyric video)
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts of Iron

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Ronny Munroe Posts In Studio Footage On New LP

Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe posted the first part in a series of in studio videos on the making of his new solo record "Electric Wake." The clip features Todd LaTorre (Queensryche), George Lynch (ex-Dokken), Dave Rude (Tesla), Pamela Moore and Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church).

Guest stars to appear on "Electric Wake" include George Lynch, Dave Rude (Tesla), Pamela Moore (Queensryche's "Sister Mary"), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolf) and more.

The track listing for "Electric Wake" is as follows:

1. Burning Time
2. Ghosts
3. Electric Wake
4. Turn To Stone
5. My Shadow
6. Not You Not Me
7. Pray
8. Ritual Damage
9. Sleepless Mountain
10. The Others
11. United
12. Tainted Nation (Bonus Track)
13. Total Eclipse (Iron Maiden Cover) (Bonus Track)

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Miasmal Posts Entire Album Online

"Cursed Redeemer," the new album by Gothenburg's Miasmal, is seeing release today in North America via Century Media Records.

Recorded at Studio Fredman, "Cursed Redeemer" contains eight tracks of relentless death metal in a traditional, yet stunningly fresh style. The album is now available online in its entirety and can be heard below, thanks to No Clean Singing. More...

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Hyperborean Releasing New Album

This May, Swedish experimental black metal duo Hyperborean will release a 2nd full-length album entitled "Mythos of the Great Pestilence" in digital format.

"Mythos of the Great Pestilence" was mixed by Magnus Devo Andersson (Marduk) and recorded in 2013 at Endarker Studio Sweden with Fredrik Widigs (Marduk) performing the drumming duties.

A cover version of the Blue Öyster Cult classic "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" was recorded at the same time, but will not appear on the album and has been made available online (check it out below). The track listing is as follows:

1. Hail Dystopia
2. The Great Pestilence
3. Bring Forth the Dead Man
4. The Slaves of this World
5. Änglamakerskan Hilda Nilsson
6. On the Nature of Mankind
7. Ethics of the Conqueror
8. The New Paradigms Outcasts More...

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Agalloch Streaming Entire New Album

Acclaimed Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch has released its latest album, “The Serpent & The Sphere,” the follow-up to 2010’s “Marrow Of The Spirit.” You can now listen to the entire album and buy it online via the band's bandcamp page. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson likewise at Everything Hz), “The Serpent & The Sphere” also features a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neo-folk band Musk Ox who wrote and provided the album’s acoustic interludes.

You can also catch Agalloch live on these dates: More...

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Tom G. Warrior Comments On Death Of H.R. Giger

In response to the news of the passing of H.R. Giger, former Celtic Frost frontman/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon) posted a statement on the iconic artist. Giger's artwork adorned the covers of Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and both full length Triptykon albums "Eparistera Daimones" and "Melana Chasmata."

The statement reads:

"For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.

"H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.

"A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost's most important albums, 'To Mega Therion', even more significant. Other links to Giger's universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.

"Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his circle. More...

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Bury Tomorrow Posts "Of Glory" Music Video

U.K. metalcore act Bury Tomorrow released a music video for the new track "Of Glory." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Runes", which drops on May 23rd (EU), May 26th (UK) and May 27th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The video was directed by Tom J Cronin and can be seen in the player below.

The full track list for "Runes" is:

1. Man On Fire (see music video)
2. Shadow, A Creator
3. The Torch
4. Watcher (streaming here)
5. Our Gift
6. Darker Water
7. Another Journey
8. Under the Sun
9. Year Of The Harvest
10. Garden of Thorns
11. Divine Breath
12. Of Glory
13. Last Of The Ice
14. Hail The Lost
15. The Torch (Acoustic)
16. Watcher V2

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Headline News

Alien Creator H.R. Giger Passes Away

Multiple worldwide news outlets are reporting that Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," and best known in the metal circles as the man who created such iconic artwork that adorned the covers of such classic albums as Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and most recently Triptykon's "Melana Chasmata," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall on Monday, his museum reported Tuesday.

Giger's works often showed macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, and the style influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.

Giger worked as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to such hit movies as "Species," 'Poltergeist II," 'Dune," and most famously "Alien," the design of which won the 1979 Academy Award for special effects. More...

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Epica Posts Drum Play-Through Video

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica posted a drum play-through video featuring Arien "The Beast" van Weesenbeek demonstrating the song "The Essence of Silence." The song appears on the new album "The Quantum Enigma," which is out now worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Arien van Weesenbeek is endorsed by Amedia Cymbals, Balbex Drum Sticks, Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads. The video was filmed and edited by Remco Tielemans at the Rock Station in Reuver. Check it out:

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Devangelic Posts New Track

From the holy city of Rome, Comatose Music presents the blasphemous creation known as Devangelic, whose debut full-length "Resurrection Denied" will be released June 24th.

Featuring members from Putridity, Vulvectomy and Coprophiliac, Devangelic recorded nine tracks of inexorable brutality at 16th Cellar Studio, with artwork provided by Toshihiro Egawa. Check out the promo video for "Desecrate the Crucifix" below.

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Morbid Slaughter Releasing EP

Boris Records is proud to announce the May 31st release of Wicca from Lima, Peru's Morbid Slaughter on 7" vinyl. The release marks the label's first foray outside of the necropolis of Atlanta.

The EP will contain the the title track and another song, "The Nightly Breath of God." Morbid Slaughter previously released a couple of demos in Peru, most recently the 2013 "The Summoning of the Graveyard Ghouls." While awaiting the release of "Wicca," check out the title track from that 2013 demo below.

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Hellgoat Posts New Track

Eternal-Terror.com has posted the exclusive debut of "Demonic Worship of the Horned Beast," the first of two tracks off "End of Man," the upcoming 7" vinyl release from Atlanta black metal force Hellgoat. Check out "Demonic Worship of the Horned Beast" at this location or below in the player. Boris Records will release the "End of Man" vinyl 7" on May 31st.

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MACH22 Streaming Entire Album

MACH22 have officially self-released their debut album, "Sweet Talk Intervention." The folks at NewNoiseMagazine.com have posted an exclusive full album stream, which can be accessed at this location.

MACH22 will be appearing at the highly acclaimed Rocklahoma festival, which will be held May 23rd-25th in Pryor, OK.

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