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Metal News for May 23, 2014

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Animus Divine Discusses New Album

The Tuscon-based genre mishmashers in Animus Divine are following 2011's "Sorrow" album (reviewed here) with the release of new disc "NOVO."

We previously had the pleasure of premiering the new track "Leonard Lawrence" online (check it out below), and now the band has also offered us a first-hand look into to the specifics of this new release.

Read on for a full track-by-track breakdown as well as the band's thoughts about ditching the Gorgonzola from this release, winning a Summer Slaughter showcase show, and more! More...

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Battlecross Comments On Slayer Cover

Detroit, MI's Battlecross is releasing a new cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble." SiriusXM Liquid Metal's Jose Mangin will debut the track live today at 5:00 pm EST. It will then repeat every three hours throughout the weekend.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, "Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a fuck and throw in attitude in your riffs. War Ensemble is one of my favorite Slayer songs because it embodies the aggression and attitude of Slayer but also is more dynamic than a traditional Slayer song that is all speed.

"Jeff Hanneman was an underrated player and it's shame his greatness was only recognized after he passed. In honor of Jeff we wanted to cover 'War Ensemble' and throw in a bit of our own twist and speed to the song. Slayer!!!!!!"

The track will be available for streaming online on May 27th and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.

Battlecross' cover of "War Ensemble" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Battlecross recently kicked off a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The tour will wrap up at the end of May, and then the band will regroup and venture to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below. More...

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Frail Grounds Announces New Shows

Frail Grounds - the progressive metal band from Norway - will be heading to Germany and Belgium for a weekend tour this summer. Promoting the release of the debut album "The Fields Of Trauma," Frail Grounds is excited to finally bring the album to new locations.

The band comments: "It’s a great feeling breaking out of Norway and finally travelling to where there is such a great metal community! Both in Germany and Belgium we recieved great press coverage and feedback for ’The Fields Of Trauma,’ so it’s just fair that we get our asses down there to give everyone our very best heavy progressive metal! While we of course will be playing the best from ’The Fields Of Trauma’, we will also include some older stuff from ‘Corrosion’ (EP, 2008) and present some brand new tracks! Hope to see you in München, Berlin or Peer for some awesome nights!”

Frail Grounds will be playing at following dates and venues:

Friday 20th June: Blackland Metal Pub, Berlin (DE)
Saturday 21st June: The Other Side, Peer (BE)
Sunday 22nd June: Garage Deluxe, München More...

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Throne Of Vengeance Releases New Video

Calgary, AB's Throne of Vengeance has teamed up with Decibel Magazine for the premiere of new music video "Live Evil," which can be viewed below. Drummer Trevor Cobb comments:

“Live Evil is the title track from our 2013 EP. The song is a testament to karma involved in our everyday lives, with every action there are equal and unavoidable reactions. The video sheds light on Tommy (our lead singer)’s day as he goes about his business. He is faced with two choices and the resulting consequences are brought to life. Will he take a moral stand or let the evils of inaction consume him?”

In additional news, Throne Of Vengeance will be performing at this year's Calgary MetalFest on June 4th for the free festival launch party show alongside WAKE, Chron Goblin, Alkatine, Million Dollar Fix and Open AIR at the Ship & Anchor Pub. Catch the band live:

June 4 - Ship & Anchor - Calgary, AB - Calgary Metal Fest w/ WAKE, ChronGoblin, Alkatine, Million Dollar Fix
June 7 - Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver, BC w/ Dead Asylum, Blacked Out, Lethal Halo More...

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The Lion's Daughter Streaming Split Track

On May 27th, the St. Louis doom-bringers in The Lion's Daughter - along with Memphis metallic hardcore unit Nights Like These - will unleash a very special split seven-inch.

The seven-inch features one new track from each band and marks the first new output from Nights Like These, who released two full-lengths on Victory Records before disbanding in 2006, in eight years.

100% of the record's proceeds will be donated to dog and cat rescue organizations established to save stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes.

In honor of its release, Cvlt Nation is currently streaming The Lion's Daughter's "As The Sick Dream" (check it out below).

Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Rick Giordano, "This was the first song we had written after collaborating with Indian Blanket on A Black Sea, and our first opportunity to explore and utilize some of the things we had learned while making that album. I think our band has grown a lot in the couple of years since our last release as The Lion's Daughter, and discovered our band sounding more focused and matured than we had in the past. This song's lyrics became based around on my anger towards all the animal abuse cases I've witnessed here in St. Louis over the past year, and so the song very naturally paved it's own way to becoming a single to benefit dogs and cats."

Pre-orders are available at this location. Two special record release shows will be held next month: one in St. Louis at the Ready Room, which will see 100% of tickets sales sold at the door going to Stray Rescue and another in Memphis with the door going to Blue Sky Rescue and The Street Dog Foundation.

6/14/2014 Ready Room - St. Louis, MO
6/21/2014 Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN More...

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Locrian Releases New Music Video

Locrian has premiered a brand new video via The Quietus today. The video is for the track "Return to Annihilation," taken from the album of the same name released last year via Relapse Records. Check it out below.

The seven minute video was created by director Francesca Marongiu. Locrian's Terence Hannum commented: "One of the main influences was Andrei Tarkovsky's film 'Stalker,' and she [Francesca] tried to emulate that movie's bleak environmental landscape. One where the government blocks people from entering an area called 'the Zone' but people can enter illegally and confront a landscape that is always changing."

André Foisy further commented on the video concept and working with Francesca: "We asked Francesca to make a video since we’ve collaborated successfully before and we’ve been blown away by other videos that she’s made for her own project Agarttha and for Oikos. There’s a theme of mirrors in the album that Francesco embodies in the video in a very frightening way.

"One thing that’s so interesting about decay and destruction is that there’s this ghostly moment where a scene from the present post-industrial world is almost indistinguishable from a scene from a very primordial world. The video displays the slippage in the ghostly mirroring that’s both a modern world and a primordial one and that’s very disturbing." More...

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Outline In Color Reveals New Album Details

Outline In Color is gearing up to release new album "Masks" on June 24th, 2014 and you can now pre-order right here.

The cover artwork is available below and the track listing is as follows:

1. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
2. Animal Masks
3. Beautiful Secrets
4. Lifer
5. Water In The Desert
6. Con Artist Culture Vs. Pax Americana
7. Happy Hunting (A Title She Deserves)
8. Pick Your Poison
9. The Souvenir Scheme
10. Whispers
11. The Golden Rule
12. 55 More...

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Streams Acoustic Track

After streaming "Freitheit Gleichheit Brüderlichkeit" and "Was bleibt bin," Die Apokalyptischen Reiter now presents another track from the new double album "Tief.Tiefer." that is due out May 30th.

"Die Zeit" is the band’s first ever acoustic song and it can be heard in the player below. Commented the band:

"The recording sessions had a truly magical, special atmosphere. Unlike the rough first part 'Tief,' we decided to try new things with 'Tiefer,' things that have been appealing to us for a long time now. Newly interpreting old classics and entering new paths without alienation gave us shivers each time. We asked our video team to just film during recordings. A sweaty, intense performance during our loud shows can be very addictive, but we also enjoy slowing down. It’s definitely cool to play, sitting down. We’re already looking forward to our acoustic tour in the spring of 2015. The dates will be announced this fall.”

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Heliosaga Issues Album Update

Minneapolis power metal outfit Heliosaga has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Hello, everyone! It's about time to give an update on our progress. The album release has taken a bit longer than we expected.

"We initially mixed the album where we recorded, but decided that we wanted to take it in a different direction. The album will now be mixed by Michael Hansen (Phonomik, Chainfist) and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat).

"Jacob will also be reamping the guitars! The artwork and photos for the album are just about finished as well.

"The artwork looks great and is being done by Artside Digital Studio (Shaman, Edu Falaschi). We should have more updates for you in the coming weeks!"

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Astral Doors Announces "Notes From The Shadows"

Astral Doors has finished work on new album "Notes From The Shadows," which is due out August 29th, 2014.

The band has now released the cover artwork, which can be seen below. Jonas Kjellgren handled the mixing and mastering of the album, and photos from the recording sessions can be seen at this location.

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Madball Posts Trailer For New Album

NYHC outfit Madball has posted a new video trailer in which the band talks upcoming album, "Hardcore Lives."

The "Hardcore Lives" album is set to be released on June 27th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and was tracked & engineered by Unearthed guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. Frontman Freddy Cricien explains the album title as follows:

"I shouted 'Hardcore Lives' on Madball's first release, 'Ball Of Destruction' - I was twelve then. It wasn't pre planned or written down... it was an ad-lib that I just threw out there and we kept it! Back then there was no choice really, not the way we were recording - two track live at Don Fury's... NYHC style! I feel the sentiment behind the expression still holds true today, maybe even more so. Hence the reason we finally chose to use it as a title.

"Sure, it's about waving the flag for our genre/culture, etc. - I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, 'Hardcore Lives' at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase' - it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... In life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart." More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 16

It's a review-o-rama this week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast! Your co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) treat you to a whirlwind of reactions to three very different new metal releases - but not before Kevin reminds you of our ticket giveaway for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, June 18th. Interested Florida residents should tune in for details.

First order of review business: the self-titled debut of eclectic supergroup Killer Be Killed, featuring Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta). This review is mainly Kevin's bag, with a few cents from Mike on some of the distressing "metal hipster" comments on YouTube.

Next, Mike takes over to rave about Arch Enemy's hotly anticipated tenth studio album "War Eternal," the first to feature new guitarist Nick Cordle (ex-Arsis) of Charlottesville, Virginia fame (Mike's proud hometown) and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist) of Montreal, Quebec. As far as Mike is concerned, this is some of the band's strongest material since the classic "Wages Of Sin" [2001] and is a must-buy release of 2014.

Finally, with heavy hearts, Kevin and Mike tackle the unpleasant burden of dissecting the new Mushroomhead album "The Righteous & The Butterfly," which both confirmed fans sadly agree constitutes the band's weakest material to date - a major letdown after a four-year wait and the hyped return of beloved vocalist Jason "J-Mann" Popson. However, they do their best to look on the bright side, though it is admittedly a struggle.

Tune in here, enjoy, and don't hesitate to offer us your feedback.

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The Algorithm Streaming "Will_Smith"

Set for release on June 2nd 2014, "Octopus4" follows The Algorithm's debut album "Polymorphic Code."

Today a new track from the album is available online. Check out "will_smith" in the player below, or you can hear the previous song "synthesiz3r" at this location. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. autoRun
2. discovery
3. _MOS
4. will_smith
5. PYTHAGORAS
6. synthesiz3r
7. damage points
8. void
9. loading
10. un dernier combat
11. recovery fail!
12. octopus4

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Hell Members Raising Money For Charity

Guitarists Andy Sneap and Kev Bower from British metal pioneers Hell are currently raising money for three U.K. charities: Nordoff Robbins, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline.

The guys are cycling 259 km from London to the Download Festival in the U.K. participating in the Heavy Metal Truants annual heavy metal charity bicycle ride. One of the main initiators of this fundraising project was Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden's manager) who will also be taking part in the ride. More info can be found at this location.

To raise even more money, starting tomorrow at 19.00CET/18.00UK, Hell will be selling several unique pieces from the band's history, including what might be the world's last three mint unplayed copies of the original 1983 "Save Us" 7" vinyl. The band has also produced a limited edition T-shirt, and will be selling many other items in the sale starting at GBP £1.00.

You can hit the special sale merch site by visiting the band's Facebook profile from 19.00CET/18.00UK tomorrow. For all information and also direct donations, please visit the fundraising page of guitarists Andy Sneap and Kev Bower here.

Hell's current album "Curse & Chapter" was released on November 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Sonic Syndicate Announces New Tour

Anglo-Swedish modern metal powerhouse Sonic Syndicate has announced upcoming festival dates as well as a tour supporting the band's upcoming fifth, self-titled studio album: the "Diabolical Tour Of Art." Commented the band:

"It’s crazy, exciting, and mind-blowing to be back! The one thing we were looking forward to more than hitting the studio, was getting back on the road and seeing our fans, and now we have a killer new album to go out with! We can’t wait for you to hear the new material, and of course we’ll be ripping apart the stage with our favorite songs from all our albums! It is our personal mission to guarantee that these will be our most kick-ass, energetic and dynamic live shows yet. If you’ve seen SOSY live before then you’re gonna want to see the 'Diabolical Tour of Art' as its gonna be bigger, better and more bad-ass. If you’ve never seen SOSY live before then now is the perfect time to join the party, and get to one of the cities we’re playing. Damn, this is gonna be good!”

The album is set to be released July 4th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Commented guitarist, main songwriter and founding member, Robin Sjunnesson:

"We decided to go with this one as a 'self-titled' release. Mainly because as an album we have put everything we’ve got into it. All of our experience as musicians, the evolution of the music, the sound from all eras of the band, and also the road we have taken as people. This is us, this is Sonic Syndicate in all its beauty and destruction. It shows our strength, our love for melody, our scars, our energy. The cover art is a definite representation of that. In the background, a battle-torn city laid to waste, four figures emerging together with only each other to depend on in an environment so harsh, only those with a tough heart, body and soul can survive. The tone throughout this album is definitely darker, and as my Swedish family would say “With a red-line running in the middle” so we put this into the colour-scheme. We could not be more proud of this album, and we thank our fans for the support, it's because of them that we’re here. This album is for you.” More...

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Coprocephalic Signs To Lacerated Enemy

Lacerated Enemy Records is overwhelmed to announce the signing of Taiwan / U.S based brutal death metal outfit Coprocephalic. The label comments:

"With guest vocals from Matti Way (Pathology), Angel Ochoa (Disgorge) and Jeremiah Blue Jensen (Guttural Secrete) Coprocephalic promises to be the next legend in this style of music.

"Lacerated Enemy Records is going all guns blazing to release this masterpiece of technical/atmosperic brutality in all possible formats and features only the most outstanding artwork from Sarafin Concepts (Oceano, Vale Of Pnath,The Kennedy Veil).

"Their music is the next logical step in extreme metal brutality and takes the sound forward to incorporate atmosphere like few others.

"Coprocephalic brings the next generation of atmospheric death metal from the depths of Taiwan, sustaining their brutal roots and going beyond anything you've ever heard from them. One of the best albums this year has to offer. Each track has a mind altering feel leaving you to want more.

"The vocals are inhuman with mind blowing rhythmic patterns, guitars are monstrous with a touch of melody and darkness, drums are dedicated to crushing each and every piece of this album. Featuring three legends of brutality Angel Ochoa (Disgorge), Matti Way (Pathology), and Jeremiah Blue Jensen (Guttural Secrete, Euphegenia). More...

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Cop Problem To Play Punk Island

The South Philly punk/hardcore activists in Cop Problem will raid Brooklyn for a one-off show providing support for NYHC act Sheer Terror this Friday, May 23rd.

The FREE gig will take place at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with additional support from NYC punks Agitätor and All Torn Up.

Cop Problem will also return to NYC in one month, as one of the many bands confirmed to participate in the mammoth DIY undertaking, Punk Island. Nearly one hundred punk and hardcore bands from across the lands will invade Staten Island for the biggest annual gathering of this fully free, all-day, all-ages gathering, including All Torn Up, Inhuman, Darkside NYC, The Banner, Vice, Concrete Cross, and dozens more.

5/23/2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Sheer Terror, Agitätor, All Torn Up
6/21/2014 Punk Island - Staten Island, NY

Additional tour dates are being slated for July and August, as the band begins to harness new material for the follow-up to the "Buried Beneath White Noise" EP.

Cop Problem's second official release, "Buried Beneath White Noise" is out now on 7" wax via The Compound in North America and through Prejudice Me in Europe, as well as digitally via the band. More...

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The Great Sabatini Releases Music Video

As Montreal noise metal bastards The Great Sabatini prepare to embark on the "Dog Years" North American tour in just two days, national Canadian music source Exclaim! Magazine is hosting a premiere of the band's latest single "Guest Of Honour." Check out a video clip for the song below.

Filmed sans-mascots, characters, storylines and other artistic angles utilized in the previously-released video for "Munera," the visual accompaniment for "Guest Of Honor" is a stripped-down, multi-angle, practice room rager, simply showcasing what the band does best... butcher riffs, snap necks, and roar until blood pours forth from all orifices. Check it out below, and catch the band live on these dates:

5/24/2014 The Windsor Hotel - Winnipeg, MB
5/25/2014 Amigos - Saskatoon, SK
5/26/2014 Wunderbar - Edmonton, AB
5/27/2014 Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver, BC
5/29/2014 The Kraken - Seattle, WA
5/30/2014 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Rabbits, Drunk Dad
5/31/2014 Cafe Infoshop - Fresno, CA
6/01/2014 The Rogue Bar - Scottsdale, AZ
6/02/2014 Sister Bar - Albuquerque, NM
6/03/2014 BarBar - Denver, CO
6/04/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
6/05/2014 Black Sparrow Tattoo Club - Billings, MT
6/06/2014 Dicken's - Calgary, AB
6/07/2014 The Mercury Café - Regina, SK
6/09/2014 Black Pirate's Pub - Thunder Bay, ON
6/10/2014 Moose Lodge - Sault Ste Marie, ON
6/11/2014 Café Dekuf - Ottawa, ON
6/13/2014 Turbo Haus - Montreal, QC More...

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Powerman 5000 Announces Co-Headlining Tour

Powerman 5000 has announced an August co-headlining U.S. tour with Hed P.E. beginning August 1st in Sauget, Ill. Support on the run will come from Sunflower Dead. A full list of all confirmed tour dates can be seen below.

Powerman 5000 is currently gearing up for the release of its latest album, "Builders Of The Future," due out May 27th on T-Boy Records/UMe. You can hear the song "Invade, Destroy, Repeat" in the player available after the jump. More...

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Sworn Enemy Enters Billboard Charts For First Time

Last week Sworn Enemy released new album "Living on Borrowed Time" via Rock Ridge Music/ADA.

The album landed on two of Billboard's top charts including #8 on The Heatseekers Chart and #20 on the Hard Music Chart. This is Sworn Enemy's first time entering the Billboard Charts.

Sworn Enemy is currently on a North American headline tour with support coming from Silence The Messenger. The tour runs through June 28th in Poughkeepsie, NY and a complete list of dates can be found below.

5/23: Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
5/25: Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
5/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Metal Grill
5/28: Fargo, ND @ The New Direction
5/29: Thunder Bay, ON @ The Office / Crock's
5/30: Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo Cabaret
5/31: Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn
6/3: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop Live
6/5: Red Deer, AB @ The Vat Pub
6/7: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
6/8: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/10: Portland, OR @ Branx
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
6/12: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/15: Fresno, CA @ Strummers
6/17: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
6/19: Juarez, Mexico @ Hysteria Bar
6/20: Dallas, TX @ Trees
6/21: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Club
6/22: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
6/24: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
6/25: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
6/26: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
6/27: Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
6/28: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance More...

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Mastodon Posts Preview Of New Track

Mastodon has released a preview of the new track "Chimes At Midnight," which can be heard exclusively over at the Mastodon Facebook profile here.

The track comes by way of upcoming album "Once More 'Round The Sun," and if you pre-order the album you'll receive an instant download of "Chimes At Midnight" on June 3rd. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11 Diamond In the Witch House More...

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Allegaeon Announces Tour With Chimaira

Allegaeon will be hitting the road this August with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of "The Artery Metal Tour."

The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour will be available at this location.

Allegaeon will be touring in support of new album "Elements of the Infinite," due for release on June 24th, 2014 in North America, and June 23rd in the UK/Europe. Catch the band live: More...

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Deathkings Streaming "Marytrs (Vol. I)"

No Clean Singing has premiered Deathkings' crushing track "Martyrs (vol. I)" from the upcoming reissue of the 2011 debut LP, "Destroyer," which will be released on June 24 via Midnite Collective. Listen in below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Halo Of The Sun
2. Martyrs (vol. I)
3. Martyrs (vol. II)
4. Destroyer

The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Born of growling bass, thundering drums and enough melancholia to fill the pits of hell, Deathkings are here to satiate the collective need for dissonant, progressive, stomach-rumbling doom. To start at the beginning, many things had to come to an end. Daryl Hernandez and Nicolas Rocha were both spawned in similar musical history having shared a band together since the late '90s.

"Once embarked upon, the journey acquired Sean Spindler to see the recording of Destroyer within his first month in the group with former guitarist Steve Parilla. A chance encounter brought Mark Luntzel into the group to fill the secondary guitarist position while continuing onward into musical progression.

"Progressively seeking melodic enlightenment, the band recently finalized the production of their next endeavor, All That Is Beautiful, and are working towards assembling its future release." More...

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Prong Adds New Tour Dates

The new Prong album "Ruining Lives" entered the U.S. Billboard charts at #16 Heatseekers/Top New Artists, #28 Hard Rock, #28 Current Hard Music, #58 Top Hard Music and #74 Indie while "Ruining Lives" also continues to be #1 at CMJ Loud Rock Radio.

The band has added more tour dates in Europe and North America as special guest to Overkill and additional headline appearances. Full details are available below.

European Summer Dates:

22.07. I-Milano - Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin - Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen - Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven - Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam - Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim - Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
02.08. D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
06.08. GB-Belfast - Limelight 2
07.08. IRE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
08.08. GB-Derbyshire - Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
19.08. D-Düsseldorf - Stahlwerk Club
20.08. D-Aachen - Musikbunker
21.08. D-Stuttgart - Universum
22.08. D-Würzburg - Posthalle
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg - Wünnstock Open Air More...

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Watain Announces Special New York Show

On Sunday, June 15th at the Brooklyn Bazaar, the Swedish black metal tyrants in Watain will descend upon New York, this time with their infamous stage show entirely uncompromised: expect a harsh and wild ceremony of blood, fire and death...

Presented by The Bunce Group, Brooklyn Bazaar, Blackened Music Series and Northside Festival, this special appearance will be Watain's only U.S. show this summer. Tickets can be purchased right here.

Watain will be playing in support of fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt (see review here), which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records. Check out the video clip for "Outlaw" below. More...

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Anathema Posts Documentary Clip

The 3 disc deluxe version of Anathema's upcoming album "Distant Satellites" includes a DVD with a making-of documentary. Today the band posts a clip from that documentary, which can be seen below.

"Distant Satellites" is due out via Kscope on June 10th in North America (June 9th Europe) and can be pre-ordered at this location. You can also check out the previously posted track "The Lost Song Part 3" over here.

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October File Posts New Lyric Video

October File has a new lyric video online for "Elation," taken from the brand new album "The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition" on Candlelight Records.

The album is due out May 26th, 2014 (June 10th North America) and can be pre-ordered at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. I Fuck The Day
2. Heroes Are Welcome 04:44
3. Reinvention
4. The Water
5. Elation
6. Upon Reflection
7. Where The Clouds Meet The Horizon
8. All Rise All Fail
9. To Be Watched Upon More...

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Dream Theater Releasing Box Set

Roadrunner Records will be releasing a box set of Dream Theater albums spanning from 1992's "Images And Words" to 2011's "A Dramatic Turn Of Events."

The set is available for preorder now at Amazon.com here and is due out July 8th. Dream Theater also released a new self-titled album last year. More...

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Axegressor Posts New Song

Listenable Records, Eternal-Terror.com and Finnish thrash mongers Axegressor have joined forces to premiere a brand new song from the band's upcoming album, "Last."

This track, "Merciless Reality Check," has been unleashed in the form of a lyric video which is now playing at this location and below. "Last" has been scheduled for North American release on June 24th.

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Zoldier Noiz Posts New Track

Outlaw thrash extremists Zoldier Noiz and MetalMouth.net have locked horns to unleash a brand new track off the band's forthcoming album, "Regression Process."

The exclusive premiere of album track "Random Justice" is now playing over here.

"Regression Process" will receive its official release on May 27th through Unspeakable Axe Records, with distribution from Dark Descent Records.

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Deep In Hate Posts Video

MetalInjection.net has posted the exclusive worldwide premiere of the newest music video from Parisian deathcore band Deep In Hate. The Brice Hincker directed video for "Altars of Lies," taken from the band's upcoming third full-length album "Chronicles of Oblivion," is now playing at this location and below.

"Chronicles of Oblivion" is set for a June 3rd release on Kaotoxin Records. The album is being offered on digital and limited edition digisleeve CD formats with multiple merch + CD bundles available.


Deep In Hate has been announced as the main support act for the French leg of Arch Enemy's upcoming European tour. War Eternal and Mulidan will appear on the tour as well. Dates are as follows:

June 2 - Rennes @ L'étage
June 3 - Rouen @ 106
June 4 - Strasbourg @ Laiterie


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Horrid Returns With New Album

Metal hub Crown Of Viserys is streaming "Blood on Satan's Claw" off of "Sacrilegious Fornication," the new album from Italian old-school death blasphemers Horrid. "Blood on Satan's Claw" is now playing at this location. "Sacrilegious Fornication" is out now on Dunkelheit Produktionen on CD and digital formats.

The album was recorded at Sweden's Sunlight Studios by Thomas Skogsberg and mastered in the Occultum Studio in Biella, Italy. "Sacrilegious Fornication" contains an exclusive Hellhammer cover ("Massacra") and a special guest appearance by Johan Johannson (Interment). Artwork comes courtesy of Cristophe "Thorncross" Moyen.


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Darkest Era Posts New Track

New Noise Magazine has given worldwide premiere to "Trapped in the Hourglass," the newest track from Northern Ireland's Darkest Era. The song comes off the band's forthcoming second full-length album "Severance," which is due for release on June 3rd (US) and June 13th (Europe) on CD, vinyl and digital formats via Cruz Del Sur.

To listen to the exclusive song stream, head over to this location. "Severance" was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu. More...

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On Top Returns With EP

Philadelphia's hard-hitting power trio On Top is back with a brand new EP entitled "Top To Bottom," set for release June 3rd on HPGD Productions. Listen to the track "No Shame" below.

This release marks the return of Jaron Gulino (MACH22) on lead vocals/bass guitar and Danny Piselli (Fisthammer) on drums, with newcomer Brian Davis on lead guitar. "Top To Bottom" was recorded at Tribe Sound Studios in West Chester, PA, engineered/mixed by Brian Davis and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob).

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Mordbrand Streaming New Track

After several splits and EPs, "Imago," the debut full-length CD from Sweden's Mordbrand will finally be unleashed May 20th on Deathgasm Records.

"Imago" consists of nine tracks of dark, haunting Swedish death metal. The album also features guest leads by Eric Cutler (Autopsy) and CC DeKill (Gravehill), as well as artwork once again by the master Juanjo Castellano. A vinyl LP version of "Imago" will be released through Deathgasm and Doomentia Records in the coming weeks.

GunShyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive stream of album cut "Join them in Thralldom." Check it out here. More...

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Darker Half Streaming New Track "Nemesis"

Australian metal act Darker Half is streaming the new track "Nemesis." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new album "Never Surrender." The album is tentatively scheduled to drop in June, and further details are forthcoming.

"Never Surrender" is the first album in three years, when the band released "Desensitized" via Rockstar Records. Check out "Nemesis" here:

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