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Metal News for May 17, 2017

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Shining Show In Phoenix Cancelled

After front man Niklas Kvarforth's aggressive on and off stage behavior got a show in Portland cancelled, now the upcoming May 21st show in Phoenix has been nixed as well, with the promoter commenting:

"The show is officially cancelled. I tried to make this event happen but Metalsuck.com is turning people away as well as other publications. Not to mention the people that witnessed the event in question posting everywhere about it."

It's unclear at this point the fate of the remaining tour dates with Revenge and Wolvhammer, which were slated as follows:

May 17 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge (Cancelled)
May 18 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
May 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto (Cancelled)
May 23 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
May 24 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club More...

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Nordjärvi Streams "Crepuscule Of Fall"

Nordjärvi has released a new song online titled "Crepuscule of Fall" (featuring Chris Amott), which is the first track taken off the band's debut EP "Lakewind Whispers."

The EP is due out worldwide on July 7th, 2017 and was mixed and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room. Guitars meanwhile were recorded at Gothenburg Rock Studios with Daniel Antonsson and art comes courtesy of Travis Smith.

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In This Moment Album Certified Gold

In This Moment's 2012 album "Blood" was officially RIAA certified gold, as having moved 500,000 units specifically in the United States, as of May 10th, 2017. This accomplishment also marks Century Media Records' first gold record in company history.

Chris Howorth (guitars) states: "Maria and I are grateful beyond words for this wonderful achievement and it's an incredible feeling to know so many people appreciate the music on this album. Right before we went in to create the 'Blood' album two of our original band members and our manager quit on us (they didn't believe) and it left us with a do or die situation.

"We chose to let go of all fear and make the album we've always wanted. Huge thanks to Robert Kampf and Don Robertson at Century Media, Kevin Churko for never doubting us, Bill McGathy for stepping in at the perfect time, our band members for bringing it to life onstage and our fans for supporting us thru everything! We couldn't have done this without you! Much love!"

Don Robertson (Century Media President) further adds: "When Chris and Maria played us the first two demos for the album, I knew it was going to be the special and ground breaking record that they were determined to make. We are very proud to have the company's first certified gold record to be from our friends in In This Moment. Congrats to them for persevering and bringing the vision to life!" More...

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Body Count Posts "The Ski Mask Way" Video

Body Count partnered with graphic artist Tommy Ruffin to create the new animated, violent music video for "The Ski Mask Way." Check it out below.

"The Ski Mask Way" comes off abrasive new album "Bloodlust," which is available now (reviewed here). If you missed 'em, previous videos were also released for "No Lives Matter" and "Black Hoodie."

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Devin Townsend Writing Four Albums

Following the "Transcendence" album from last year (reviewed here), it would appear there's more Devin Townsend Project material on the horizon... or at least a bunch of material from Hevy Devy for some project or other.

Currently out on tour, Devin Townsend has released a series of tweets in the last few weeks about writing new material, with apparently four separate albums now in the works. Check out the tweets below. It's not clear at this point if all four are meant to be from a single project or multiple bands, let alone when they might be recorded and released. More...

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Yeghikian Inks Deal With Urban Yeti

Los Angeles band Yeghikian has just signed a worldwide deal with Urban Yeti Records. Front man Alexy Yeghikian commented on the signing:

"It feels great to find a home for our music that really believes in us. We are not trying to fit into a specific mold when it comes to any kind of sub-genre classification of metal. This band is about having a good time and giving an energetic performance."

Urban Yeti founder Mike Gevorgian had this to say: "This was a deal that just made sense to me from the beginning. I can ramble on about how talented they are and say the same stuff you normally hear when a label announces a new signing. It's not always easy working with talented people, egos and outside influence can get in the way.

"I've known Alexy since we were both in high school. We have had a bond before the band came into play so there's a level of trust that already exists between us. When I met the rest of his band and saw them perform I could tell this was a deal that needed to be made. I couldn't be happier to have Yeghikian as a part of the family." More...

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Old Iron Signs With Good To Die

Good to Die Records is excited to announce newest signing: Seattle doomsayers Old Iron. The label will release Old Iron's second full-length album, "Lupus Metallorum," on August 18th, and the group will respond by playing as many shows as possible at home and throughout the U.S including Northwest Terror Fest.

Engineered and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, The Sword) at Red Room Studios in Seattle WA, "Lupus Metallorum" captures the full weight of a band whose megalithic sound had previously best been experienced live and in the flesh. Good To Die Records comments:

"The tritone — also known as 'the Devil’s interval' — is a pairing of notes that are three whole steps apart. It’s simply an interval between two frequencies, but for whatever reason, the human brain translates that pairing as sounding evil. Western composers avoided the note combination for centuries. The church frowned upon its use. It’s strange that two notes could elicit such negative reactions. But this is part of the magic of music — that certain combinations of frequencies trigger specific human emotions. More...

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Crypt Rot Posts "Pit Of Morbidity"

Ohio-based death cult Crypt Rot just released a new video for "Pit Of Morbidity," which hails from the band's freshly exhumed "Embryonic Devils" debut.

Formed in 2016 by a crew of scene veterans including several current/former members of Homewrecker, Crypt Rot enlisted Bill Korecky at the Mars Compound for the recording of "Embryonic Devils."

Lead vocalist / guitarist Ryan Sposito commetns: "The video was filmed in Ashtabula, Ohio, the indoor scenes filmed above the Harbor Perk Coffeehouse, and the outdoor scenes were filmed at bassist Aaron Schwarz's property. Director Jim Roberts went to school with me and since graduation he has released many B Horror movies. It felt like the perfect opportunity to collaborate.

"My friend Miles Ackroyd went to George A. Romero's school for makeup and special effects. Fortunately, I knew a lot of friends who could help make the video; the total budget was $600. I wrote the song lyrically after my brother passed away from brain cancer. So essentially, the plot is me as 'Father Flesh' guiding the younger version of myself through the horrors to come as a metaphorical way to express my extreme suffering in loss." More...

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Municipal Waste Talks Cover Art

Following a clip explaining the album's title, today Municipal Waste reveals a new video discussing the artwork for "Slime and Punishment."

This album marks the band's fourth time working with Andrei Bouzikov, as he was responsible for creating the artwork for "Massive Aggressive," "The Art Of Partying," and a split with Toxic Holocaust.

"Slime And Punishment" will be released on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Tengger Cavalry Posts "Cursed"

Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry has already released two new singles from upcoming album, "Die On My Ride," which is due out June 2nd via M-Theory Audio.

Those previous tracks, entitled "Die On My Ride" and "Ashley," portray two very different sides of the band, both musically and conceptually.

Today, Tengger Cavalry is introducing a third track into the mix. "Cursed" is a more introspective look at breaking down personal barriers risen by oneself and others. Check it out below.

"'Cursed' is about breaking barriers," says frontman Nature G. "Society has always put up different mental and physical barriers barring individuals just trying to achieve their dreams. You are too short, you are minority, you are a female not a man, you are from somewhere else, you don't look good enough.

"All these disadvantages that we think we are born with, are like a curse to us. We are cursed for believing these barriers, aren't we? No, we are not. We need to break this barrier of belief. We need to strike it and claim who we are supposed to be. Cursed, or rise above the curse." More...

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Dustrider Streaming Full New Album

Italian heavy psych outfit Dustrider today streams all of forthcoming new album "Event Horizon" in the SoundCloud player below.

Dustrider fuses heavy doom, desert rock, and fuzzy riffs in a spaced out trippy package highly recommended for fans of Colour Haze, Hawkwind, and Karma To Burn. "Event Horizon" will be out May 19th in CD/DD formats via Argonauta Records.

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Deliverance Releasing New Album

French group Deliverance, created in 2012 by Etienne Sarthou (Aqme, Grymt, Lazy) and Pierre Duneau (Memories of a Dead Man), initially released debut EP "Doomsday Please" the next year.

Now the band returns with "Chrst," a new full-length album due out May 26th via Deadlight Entertainment and mastered by Magnus Lindbergh from Cult Of Luna.

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The Cold Stares Posts "Head Bent"

"Head Bent" is the forthcoming new full-length album from Nashville duo The Cold Stares. Set for release June 16th via Small Stone Recordings, the eleven-track "Head Bent" was produced and mixed by the band with Greg Pearce and mastered by Chris Goosman.

In advance of its release, today the record's title track comes online and can be heard below. Notes frontman Chris Tapp, "I was listening to a bit of Queen and always loved 'Tie Your Mother Down,' so I started writing with that in mind. The music just sounds like bikes to me. I've always had hot rods and bikes and wanted to do a tribute song to all the good people in those communities.

"A big part of my cancer recovery was getting my mind right, and just riding; there's nothing like the focus and peace it brings. The bike and gear head community is so much about family and respect, and just love for the machine. 'Head Bent' is that feeling of 80mph wind twisting your neck down the highway." More...

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Nervecell Signs With Metal East

Nervecell just issued the following announcement about signing a new record deal following the group's departure from Unique Leader:

"We have signed with Metal East Records who will release our new album 'Past, Present…Torture' this summer for all our fans in the Middle East region. It feels great to have a label from our own region, who works hard, believe in us and are just as dedicated as we are towards our music! Stay tuned for the official album release date very soon…"

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Raven Drummer To Miss Shows Due To Health Issue

NWOBHM group Raven has hit a slight snag in live activity, releasing the following tour update to fans:

"So... life can (and does) throw the occasional 'mother' of a curve ball.... Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer Joe 'the Baron' Hasselvander will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

"As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance. However in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on.

"Thursday in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from Tattooed Millionaires will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the East Coast we are extremely honored to have Fear Factory drummer, and all around Metal legend Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, Kill Ritual drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors. More...

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Dying Fetus Posts New Video

Death metal overlords Dying Fetus just shared a music video for the second single off impending 8th studio album "Wrong One To Fuck With." The video for "Panic Amongst The Herd" was directed/animated/edited by Mount Emult and can be seen below.

If you missed it, the band's previously released clip "Fixated On Devastation" can be viewed at this location. June 23rd, 2017 will see the worldwide release of "Wrong One To Fuck With" via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/digital formats.

Dying Fetus will headline the Modified Ghost Festival II at the end of the month with label-mates Red Fang, Exhumed and Primitive Man in Vancouver, BC. The band will also headline the Bay Area Death Fest this July in San Francisco, CA. Stay tuned for further tour announcements in the near future.

May 25 Vancouver, BC Modified Ghost Festival II
Jul 21 San Francisco, CA Bay Area Death Fest More...

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Byzantine Releases New Video

On July 28th, Byzantine will release new album, "The Cicada Tree," via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview, a new video for the single "New Ways to Bear Witness" (featuring a cameo by Skeletonwitch's Dustin Boltjes, as well as ex-Byzantine drummer Matt Wolfe) has been launched online.

Directed and edited by Holly Siders, the filming of "New Ways to Bear Witness" resulted in Chris "OJ" Ojeda (vocals, rhythm guitar) suffering a concussion. OJ comments about the experience:

"So, we came up with an idea of having our old drummer do a cameo appearance in the music video. Matt Wolfe left the band right before we signed with Metal Blade and had occupied the drum seat for the last 12 years. We felt it was a perfect opportunity to let fans know that we still love Matt and he's still welcome and important to our band. What's the best way to have an ousted band member make a cameo? To hit me with a vehicle, of course!

"We set up the scene and did about 5 or 6 takes of Wolfe hitting me with the vehicle and me rolling off the vehicle. I didn't know until we wrapped shooting the next day that something was wrong and had a very hard time driving home. I contacted an ER doctor friend of mine who told me I needed to come see him ASAP. After a CT Scan and an EKG, he let me know I had a standard sports type concussion from repeatedly hitting my head during the video shoot. I got 3 days off work and a cool story out of it! Rock!" More...

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Integrity Releases "I Am The Spell" Video

Integrity returns with 12th studio album "Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume." A conceptual foretelling of the final days of Armageddon, "Howling..." is a manifestation of pentecostal nightmares and religious depravities, wrought with fire and brimstone sermons and occult prophecies bathed in waves of destruction.

The album was recorded and mixed at Developing Nations Studio in Baltimore with mastering handled by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Toxic Holocaust, Full Of Hell) and will see its release on CD/2xLP/deluxe 3xLP/CS/digital formats via Relapse Records on July 14th. A music video for the song "I Am The Spell" directed by frontman Dwid Hellion can be viewed below.

Additionally, Integrity recently announced a European tour this June followed by a Japanese tour in October. Dates are available below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fallen To Destroy
2. Blood Sermon
3. Hymn For The Children of the Black Flame
4. I Am The Spell
5. Die With Your Boots On
6. Serpent of the Crossroads
7. Unholy Salvation of Sabbatai Zevi
8. 7 Reece Mews
9. Burning Beneath the Devils Cross
10. String Up My Teeth
11. Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume
12. Viselle De Drac (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
13. Entartete Kunst (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
14. Deathly Fighter (Digital / Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
15. The Perfect Silence (Digital Bonus Track) More...

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Gorguts Announces New Tour Dates

Gorguts has not only announced four special package shows featuring Fallujah, Havok, Revocation, and Venom Prison, but the acclaimed Canadian death metal group also added more European dates in summer in support of latest release "Pleiades Dust."

See below for a list of all confirmed dates. The special European package shows with Havok, Fallujah, and Revocation will feature changing running orders at every venue.

Gorguts will further perform at Brutal Assault (CZ), Ieper Festival (BE), Vagos Metal Fest (PT), and Summer Breeze (DE), as well as touring in support of Converge in late August. More...

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Hooded Menace Working On Album

Hooded Menace is currently busy with the recording of a next full-length albumm. The Finnish death doom prodigies comment:

"We are excited to announce that Jaime Gomez Arellano (Solstafir, Cathedral, Ghost) will be handling the mixing and mastering for our new album, which is targeted to come out on Season of Mist in 2018. Drum tracking begins this weekend at SF Sound Studio. We are stoked!"

Regarding the recent signing to Season Of Mist, the band adds: "We are stoked to join the very diverse roster of Season of Mist. This is a rather logical step onward on our path. New possibilities under new circumstances. We have exciting plans for the next Hooded Menace album and we are glad we have a strong, forward-thinking label backing us up." More...

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Der Weg Einer Freiheit Posts New Song

Der Weg Einer Freiheit is now premiering the first sinister track taken from upcoming fourth studio album "Finisterre." The song, "Skepsis Part II," can be heard below. Frontman Nikita Kamprad comments on behalf of the band:

"We are extremely stoked to finally be able to present the first new track taken from our upcoming album 'Finisterre'. In comparison to the quite complex and progressive instrumental 'Skepsis Part I', the now premiered 'Skepsis Part II' is a more straight forward composition, in which epic melodies are aggressively building up until the doomy grand finale.

"Ultimately, we consider both parts of 'Skepsis' to be connected and forming one extensive musical piece. This lyric video also provides an impression and closer look at the extensive album artwork, which was created by our friend Max Löffler once again. Enjoy!"

1. Aufbruch
2. Ein letzter Tanz
3. Skepsis Part I
4. Skepsis Part II
5. Finisterre More...

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Origin Posts Studio Video

In anticipation of upcoming new album "Unparalleled Universe," iconic U.S. death metal crew Origin recorded a series of in-studio videos. The first video, featuring guitarist and founding member Paul Ryan, is now available for viewing below.

"Unparalleled Universe" will be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). Earlier the band revealed the first single, "Accident And Error," in the form of a 360 degree lyric video available here.

"It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years" says Ryan. "To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically."

The album was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck. Origin emerged with ten new songs including a cover of Brujeria's "Revolución" that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic. More...

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The Ferrymen Streaming "Ferryman"

The Ferrymen - the new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Free Fall), vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black, Rainbow) and drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, MasterPlan) - is streaming another new track from the upcoming debut self-titled album, which drops on June 2nd via Frontiers Music srl.

Check out "Ferryman" in the player below:

The album track listing is as follows: More...

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Hadal Reveals A "Painful Shadow" Video Clip

Italian death/doom metal band Hadal is proud to announce the release of the new official video for the title track of the latest album "Painful Shadow," which is available now via Sliptrick Records.

In the bands own words; “We tried to recreate the essence of the album, using no colors but only black and white, as a reminder of the acoustic guitars opposed to the distorted ones and of the clean vocals opposed to the growls. A lonely soldier is facing an unfair war, surrounded by the distressing presence of a silent shadow that hangs over him. Particular attention has been paid to the photography and the film making technique. We didn’t want to use special effects or any computer graphics. Our intention was to keep it as real and as cruel as reality is.”

Check out the clip here:

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Textures Announces Break Up And Farewell Dates

Another sad day in the history of heavy music: Dutch polyrhythmic metallers Textures has called it quits. The band's full statement reads:

"Ladies and gentlemen, there is no easy way to say this, so here it is: Textures comes to an end.

"Personal motives have led to this decision and it has not been made in haste. These personal reasons made it harder to be the productive band Textures always has been in the past and which this band needs to be. Without this dedication Textures would merely be a shell of what it used to be.

"Break-ups are never easy and always bring difficulties. Unfortunately we have to announce that our anticipated 6th album ‘Genotype’ will not be released and so there will be no double album. At least not for the coming years...

"The breakup of Textures doesn't mean that there is any hardship within the band. We still have a strong connection with current and former members and this decision won't lead to any tensions whatsoever. Furthermore the individual band members will continue to make music and pursue new musical endeavours. Keep your eyes and ears open...

"Thanks to all the friends, fellow musicians and other colleagues we have had the pleasure to meet along the way. And of course special thanks to all the fans who have supported us throughout the years. It is your dedication, appreciation and continued presence at our shows all over the world that made this journey one to remember for a lifetime.

"We hope to see you all very soon on our farewell tour.

"Textures - OUT" More...

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Third Studio Trailer Posted By Rage

German metal veterans Rage issued the third studio trailer for the upcoming new album "Seasons Of The Black." The album drops via Nuclear Blast Records on July 28th.

"Seasons Of The Black" was recorded in February/March 2017 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Its production was handled by Rage, while renowned studio wizard Dan Swanö took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios (Grefrath, Germany).

Check out the clip here:

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Beartooth Posts "In Between" Live Video

Beartooth has posted a live video performing "In Between" during the band's November 11th, 2016 show at Express Live!, Columbus, OH. The clip appears on the bonus DVD "Beartooth: Live In Columbus", included with the deluxe edition of "Aggressive", out May 26th.

Check out now "In Between" below.

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Ljosazabojstwa Premieres New Song "Piekla"

Belarus, Minsk based blackened death metal outfit Ljosazabojstwa premieres a new song entitled "Piekla", taken from the upcoming new EP "Sychodžannie", which will be out in June via Hellthrasher Productions.

Check out now "Piekla" below.

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Chaos Debuts New Song "Indoctrination"

Indian thrash band Chaos debuts a new song entitled "Indoctrination", taken from the upcoming new album "All Against All", which will be released by Transcending Obscurity India on June 15th - in a digipak format, in a limited-edition gold-embossed box set, and digitally. The cover art was created by Reuben Bhattacharya (Visual Amnesia), and the record was produced by Keshav Dhar of Skyharbor.

Check out now "Indoctrination" below.

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River Black Premieres New Song "#Victim"

River Black (Ex-Burnt By The Sun, Revocation etc.) premieres a new song entitled "#Victim", taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released July 07th on Season Of Mist.

Check out now "#Victim" below.

River Black features former members of Burnt By The Sun (vocalist Mike Olender, guitarist John Abudato and drummer Dave Witte) and Revocation bassist Brett Bamberger. Says Olender of the song: More...

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth's alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

"Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th. All tickets will be refunded.

"We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

"This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed. More...

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Read The Full First Chapter Of "Light Dawning"

Update: the second chapter has also come online and can be read over here.

Following previous sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning."

Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions available here.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

Today we're introducing you to one of those main characters: Myrr, a man on the run since coming across something beyond his comprehension that is desperately sought by the Knights of the Black Gauntlet. Check out an exclusive sneak peak of the full opening chapter of "Light Dawning" below.

"Light Dawning" was inspired by heavy metal of all stripes, from avant-garde black metal to occult rock, with the Myrr segments of the book in particular drawing on tracks from the Code album "Mut" and Shining release "IX - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." If you'd like to read the chapter as it was written and intended to be experienced, a playlist of songs fueling the writing sessions can be heard below that match the themes and tone of the book's opening section.

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