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Metal News for May 18, 2014

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8 news articles posted on this day.

My Epic Posts "Arise" Video

My Epic is excited to announce the release of the instrumental version of “Behold,” the band’s fourth studio album.

The album will be available through all digital outlets on May 27th via Facedown Records, and you can now listen to the song "Arise" via the video clip below. The band comments:

"‘Arise’ is the first track on Behold and is the first of a trilogy of songs depicting the return of Jesus. This is a look at the magnitude & brevity of the world He holds together."

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Dol Kruug Posts Full Album Online

Space-tech death metal project Dol Kruug has released debut album "Eat Me" with 10 accompanying music videos. You can hear the full album courtesy of the interactive YouTube clip below (simply click the track you want to hear).

Dol Kruug is the third project of Thanasis Lightbridge, known for his space metal projects Dol Ammad and Dol Theeta.

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Hornet Launches Crowd Funding Campaign

U.K. hard rock outfit Hornet is set to enter the studio this summer to record a brand new EP and is now offering fans the chance to pre-order exclusively through a PledgeMusic crowd funding campaign. Details and perks for pledging can be found at this location.

Every digital EP also includes a ticket to an intimate pledge-only launch show at a secret location in London later this year.

This isn’t the first time Hornet have used PledgeMusic, as the band ran a successful campaign last year and released debut album "Skies Are Falling." Frontman Joe Thompson explains: “We have a close relationship with our fans and like the fact that they can be involved in the making of the record with us and not just listen to it. Times have changed, I think it’s an important thing nowadays as people like to follow their favourite bands online and like to have a closer relationship with the band and the music.”

Hornet is giving fans access to an exclusive blog via PledgeMusic talking talk about the record and showing videos, photos, and rehearsals. As a bonus, there will be prizes given away to one or more lucky fans for every 20% of the band’s target hit such as VIP tickets to a headline show at The Barfly, Camden on 29th May, signed merchandise, and more.

“The ‘Pledge-only’ EP launch show is unlike any show we've done before as our fans will decide the set list, hear the new songs played live for the very first time, get a signed setlist from the night and gain early entry to the venue and receive their photo with us. I think it’s going to be something really special” says Joe.

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Skurk Releasing "Final Gift" EP

Icelandic thrash act Skurk is gearing up to release "Final Gift" on June 20th, 2014 and the band has now dropped a lyric video for the title track, which can be seen below. The following press release was also issued about Skurk:

"The name Skurk is an old northern word, and stands for all kinds of noise and fuss or hooligan and ribaldry. The music is inspired by Kreator, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Nuclear Assault, Wrathchild America and Black Sabbath to name some of the guys’ most favourite bands then and now.

Skurk toured Iceland ferociously for three years - through blizzard and snow, and finally bought a studio. The next step was to make an album, which was distributed mostly amongst friends and family. Subsequently the band broke up, and in the coming years some of the members found themselves in various bands such as Changer and Shiva while others pursued other interests and work careers as lumberjack mountain guides and meat cleavers.

Skurk reunited in 2011 to play a special concert with viking band Skálmöld, teamed up with drummer Porvalur Helgason (Gruesome Glory, Malignant Mist) the concert was a total success, and the band decided to continue rehearsing. Skurk later shared the stage with great artists as Legend, L’esprit Du Clan, Hangman's Chair, Momentum, and Eiríkur Hauksson (Eric Hawk) from Artch, amongst others. With revitalised spark, new music started to brew, and in 2013 Skurk went to studio GFG to record a new album and hired non other than Kristján Heiðarsson (Changer, Dark Harvest, Vetur) to play the drums. Since the original album was released in such limited edition, the band members decided to record their favourite tracks from the early days, along with one new track."

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Seventrain Releases New Music Video

The southern California rockers in Seventrain - featuring former 24-7 Spyz drummer Joel Maitoza, former Cage guitarist Eric Horton, guitarist Jef Poremba who previously played with Coffi Baker, former Tourniquet bassist Steve “Dino” Andino, and vocalist Jon Campos (Dive Bomber) - have just released the official video for their new single "Bittersweet Seduction." Check it out below.

The band's self-titled debut album was released in the US, Europe, and Japan on February 18th, 2014 via So Cal Records / Alliance Entertainment and charted on the CMJ Top 40 Loud Rock charts at #36 it’s first week to radio. The album is currently available through iTunes here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bleeding
2. Rays Of The Sun
3. Change
4. Broken
5. Pain
6. Trouble
7. Never
8. Bittersweet Seduction
9. How Does It Feel
10. Carry The Cross
11. Let It Out More...

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Desert Lord Releases New Album

Finnish four piece Desert Lord has released first album "To the Unknown," which is now available on CD and digitally.

You can preview all the tracks below, or pick up a copy over at Bandcamp here. The album is also available via digital sites such as iTunes and Spotify, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Forlorn Caravan
2. Wonderland
3. Expanding Egos
4. New Dimensions
5. Manic Survivor's Song
6. Become Aware More...

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Avatarium Working On New EP

Doom outfit Avatarium - featuring Leif Edling and Lars Sköld - released a debut self-titled album last year (reviewed here), which earned the band a nomination in our "best newcomers" category for the 2013 year-end awards.

Now Avatarium is working on a follow-up EP, and the band has issued the following brief recording update:

"Today we recorded drums for the new Avatarium EP in Studio Gröndahl run by David Castillo. Rickard Gustavsson assisted and did a great job! Lars Sköld made that vintage Gretsch kit sound amazing!!"

You can also check out the "Boneflower" video taken off the previous album release in the player below. More...

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Sunday Old School: Down

Bizarrely, one of the most surprising things about so called super groups is one of them is actually good. Many have been excited about some collaborative efforts only to find themselves disappointed with the end result. One band which did not fall in to this category however were one formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1991 when a group of friends formed a new group together. These were no ordinary group of metal fans however, as they consisted of Corrosion of Conformity guitarist (later vocalist,) Pepper Keenan, Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod, Crowbar members Kirk Windstein and Todd Strange and perhaps most notably, Pantera singer, Phil Anselmo. The quintet all had a long time love of such doom bands as Trouble, Witchfinder General and Saint Vitus and decided they wanted to form a band more in the vein of these acts, rather than the ferocious thrash which was popular at the time. They soon recorded a three track demo and circulated it around the metal scene, hyping themselves up by asking fans if they had heard of a band called Down. When they eventually performed a live concert in New Orleans, they were spotted by a representative of Elektra Records, who offered them a record deal there and then.

The group recorded their debut album, "NOLA" once the members were free from the schedules of their main bands and released the record in September 1995. It was a success both commercially and critically, peaking on the Billboard album charts at number fifty five. The media were very impressed with the album and most publications gave the album very high scores, dazzled by the combination of Black Sabbath influenced metal, hardcore punk, doom and stoner infections and southern rock flavour. It spawned four singles, the most successful being, "Stone the Crow," which became Down’s first single to enter the Billboard top 40. Two of the other singles, "Temptation’s Wings" and "Bury Me in Smoke" have gone on to become fan favourites, as did the album tracks, "Eyes of the South" and "Hail the Leaf." Touring in support of the album was very limited, consisting of only a thirteen date trek before the members put Down on hiatus to focus on their respective bands. More...

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