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Metal News for May 27, 2015

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Sacri Monti Releasing Self-Titled Album

Encinitas, CA psychedelic heavy rock champions Sacri Monti have signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records.

The five-piece, which features drummer Thomas Dibenedetto of Joy and Radio Moscow bassist Anthony Meier in its ranks, will drop a self-titled debut on July 24th. Tee Pee Records comments:

"Boasting a sound best described as a mix of early 70's underground hard rock, with psychedelic and krautrock elements, Sacri Monti joins a blooming Tee Pee roster that includes fellow San Diego associates Harsh Toke, Joy and the genre's founding fathers, Earthless.

"Roughly translated as 'Sacred Mountains,' Sacri Monti blazes a scorching trail of superb shredding and smoldering riff-o-rama on their impending debut. The record is a searing smorgasbord of muscular rock that boils '70s guitar rock down to its purest essence while simultaneously skyrocketing a pathway towards the future of molten heavy psych.

"Fingers bleed, eardrums implode and craniums collapse when Sacri Monti ranks up its bitchin', blistering buzz. Tune in, turn it up and BURN!!"

The album's track listing is:

1. Staggered in Lies
2. Glowing Grey
3. Slipping from the Day
4. Sitting Around in a Restless Dream
5. Ancient Seas and Majesties
6. Sacri Monti More...

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William English Streams "A Monger"

Up-and-coming British sludge band William English is streaming "A Monger," a new track from forthcoming debut album "Basic Human Error."

Give it a listen below, and you can also hear the previously released track "Grandpa Sorrow" at this location. "Basic Human Error" will be released on June 30th, 2015. Pre-orders can be purchased right here. More...

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Cerebellion Streaming Full New Album

With less than one week to go until Cerebellion's new album "Regeneration" is released worldwide, the band just couldn't wait any longer to share the full-length.

All the tracks from "Regeneration" are temporarily online for advance streaming via SoundCloud. Check out the album below while you still can, and be sure to pick up your own copy when it drops on June 2nd. Pre-orders are available at this location. More...

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Agalloch Gearing Up For Tour

Portland's long-running dark metal collective Agalloch will kick off the "Serpens In Cvlmination" Western Hemisphere tour MMXV next week.

Set to commence on June 5th in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse sixteen cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20th in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

Agalloch continues to tour in support of "The Serpent & The Sphere," released last year via Profound Lore. More...

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The Negation Posts "Memento Mori" Trailer

Although seemingly an orthodox black metal band, France's The Negation is more than meets the eye and will release new album "Memento Mori" worldwide via Kaotoxin Records on July 10th. A new teaser clip is now available below. This time it's war! The record label also comments:

"Kaotoxin would like to clarify the artistic concept behind The Negation, which is featuring tyrants speeches and images, from both the left and right wing in these videos.

"Kaotoxin is not, and nor is The Negation, supporting any politics or ideology and 'Memento Mori' is a call to resistance for the so-called 'weak' to resist, fight, crush and destroy the so-called 'elite,' might they be tyrants, politicians, bankers or whoever, and stand against all kind of physical or spiritual enslavement. They are few, we are billions and they can't win. Resist, fight and crush them 'till the last one cries for the pity we won't have.

"The last track of the album is a concept based on this statement. Two left-wing tyrants (Mao and Stalin) speeches are featured on the left ear channel while two right-wing tyrants (Hitler and Goebbels) are featured on the right ear channel. The listener consequently stands in the middle and triumphs, being the only one in the end when the four speeches end." More...

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Desolate Pathway Taps Kostas Salomidis

U.K. epic doom metal band Desolate Pathway is delighted to announce a guest guitarist for the group's upcoming album: none other than Kostas Salomidis of Greek stalwarts Sorrows Path. The new material comes off the back of last year’s "Valley Of The King."

Guitarist Vince Hempstead commented: “We would like to announce with honour that Kostas Salomidis from the amazing Greek doom band Sorrows Path has recorded 2 guest guitar solos for our 2nd album planned for early 2016. Last week, Kostas recorded the guitar solos at Fragile Studios in Athens with producer Vangelis Yalamas, and the results are amazing. A great way to connect with our Greek mythology-based new recordings.”

The band is also due to hit the road several times throughout the year. Confirmed upcoming dates are as follows:

Jun 18th: The Cave, Addlestone, Surrey, w/ Hagstone & Famyne
Aug 29th: Power and Glory Festival, Hatfield w/ Stampede, Savage, Martyr, Sacrilege
Aug 30th: The Carlisle, Hastings, w/ Lord Volture & Toledo Steel
Sept 19th: The Carlisle, Hastings w/ Famyne
Oct 31st: Fest of Hades, Wakefield w/ Hamerex, Kaine, Aonia, Promethium and more
Nov 13th: The Haunt, Brighton, w/ Temperance, Seventh Sin & Proscenium
Nov 14th: The Anvil, Bournemouth, w/ Ded Orse, Bitter Divide & Seventh Sin
Nov 28th: The Unicorn, London w/ Sir Admiral Cloudesley Shovell

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Shining Posts New Video

Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has released a brand new music video for the track "Vilja & Dröm." The Martin Strandberg-directed video (NSFW) is streaming below, thanks to No Clean Singing.

"Vilja & Dröm" is taken from Shining's new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here). If you missed it, be sure to listen to the full album right here.

Shining also recently announced summer European festival dates, including appearances at Barroselas Metal Fest, Incineration Fest in London, Wacken Open Air, and many more. A full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump. More...

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Riverside Checks In From The Studio

While the polish Prog masters from Riverside continue working on new studio album "Love, Fear and the Time Machine," they are now already announcing various international touring runs to launch the record, which is expected to be released in September 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

Riverside checked in with the following comment from the studio: "Recordings are going really well. We are almost at the end. We are happy with how the new compositions are turning out. Believe it or not but this might become the Riverside album you have been waiting for."

Here is an overview of the upcoming Riverside tour dates announced so far for 2015: More...

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Barshasketh Releasing "Ophidian Henonis"

Blut & Eisen Productions is proud to present the third album from one of black metal's brightest/darkest hopes: Barshasketh's "Ophidian Henonis" will drop on July 30th.

Originally hailing from New Zealand but later relocating to Scotland, Barshasketh has been patiently perfecting its bewitching craft these past five years, away from prying eyes but with sights set on diabolical fullmoon mysticism.

"Ophidian Henosis" explodes forth with cryogenic violence and fog-drenched atmosphere, arcing about with subtle shifts in texture and twists in composition, maintaining a headspace of otherworldly splendour whilst never lingering too long in a monochromatic mire. The track listing is:

1. Ophidian Henosis - I
2. Ophidian Henosis - II
3. Ophidian Henosis - III
4. Ophidian Henosis - IV
5. Ophidian Henosis - V
6. Ophidian Henosis - VI
7. Ophidian Henosis - VII More...

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Battlecross Is Not Your Slave

Motor City thrashers Battlecross just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and nearly immediately upon returning launch a brand new song from forthcoming album, "Rise to Power."

The new song, "Not Your Slave," is streaming below. You can also pre-order "Rise To Power" at this location. The album will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015.

The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single streaming below: "We're really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won't write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet."

1. Scars
2. Not Your Slave
3. Absence
4. Spoiled
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
8. Despised
9. Shackles
10. The Path More...

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Deathhammer Proclaims "Satan Is Back!"

Today the Norwegian black-thrash commando Deathhammer premieres new track "Satan is Back" online - headbang away through the player below.

The track hails from Deathhammer's expression of "Evil Power," to be released on June 30th via Hells Headbangers on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. The label had this to say:

"An iron-fisted statement of intent in both title and execution, 'Evil Power' proves that this Norwegian duo continue to get better with age, retaining their original youthful enthusiasm which endeared the Hells Headbangers-released 'Onward to the Pits' to so many the world over whilst pushing their songwriting toward more mature but no-less-deadly ends.

"Once again, Deathhammer are firmly committed to their blackthrashing metal here, storming with vengeance as if 1985 never ended, braving nuclear winter and eternal devastation, but make no mistake: 'Evil Power' is no repeat of past glories. Like those eternal bands who find a special sound and continue to expand it without losing their identity, Deathhammer render 'Evil Power' a rollicking ride through past, present, and future, at once rawer and more refined, more manic and also more measured - but always, always VERY METAL. Because when all is said and done, 'Evil Power' will always prevail!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Warriors of Evil
2. Total Metal
3. Satan is Back
4. Powertrip
5. Sinner's Possession
6. Belial's Curse
7. Rot in Shreds
8. Omen of the Beast More...

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Scorpion Child Enters The Studio

Austin rockers Scorpion Child have stepped into the studio to work on their sophomore album. The band will once again work with Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who produced and arranged the band’s self-titled, full-length debut.

Scorpion Child’s vocalist Aryn Jonathan Black had the following to say: "The band is now locked in the studio committing everything to album #2. Everyone is dressed to the 9's and it’s business time!"

Praised for “proper rock-and-roll riffage” and “unapologetic classic rock” by Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon and commended by radio & television personality Eddie Trunk for “old school spirit, kick-ass hard rock, killer riffs and vocals,” Scorpion Child's music has been played on Eddie Trunk’s live show on SiriusXM satellite radio and on Nights with Alice Cooper. Stay tuned for more info on the album, due to drop via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Culture Killer Signs With Metal Blade

The Florida natives from Culture Killer have signed with Metal Blade Records and are preparing to record their full-length debut album.

Previously, the band had released the "Denial" EP in 2014, and a single "Exterminate Filth" earlier this year. Today, fans can hear a brand new cut that will be appearing on their forthcoming debut. The track, "Justice Through Retaliation," is streaming below. Culture Killer will be tracking throughout June with Kenny Gil (Dark Sermon) at Pig Pen Recordings.

On signing with Metal Blade, vocalist Ian Campbell commented: "As a group of young musicians, it comes with great honor that Culture Killer is fortunate enough to be a part of the Metal Blade Family, alongside some of the most legendary and influential bands to date. We love working with everyone on the Metal Blade staff and can't wait to release our debut full-length through the label later this year!"

Drummer Dylan Blow elaborates on the topic Culture Killer tackled with the new track available below: "The song tells the story of a woman fighting a seemingly endless battle with spousal abuse. She reflects on the words and feelings that she once embraced; soon realizing that the man she loved was now her greatest fear. At the turning point of the song, she finds that her only chance of survival is to kill him.

"Domestic violence is an extremely disturbing and reoccurring reality. Sadly, many stories remain untold. Don't be afraid to speak up, don't be afraid to reach out for help, and most importantly, don't ever feel ashamed to tell your story."

More details about the upcoming album will be made available throughout the next few months. The album is expected to be released later this year. More...

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Sabaton Touring With Alestorm

Put on your combat gear, grab a tankard, and prepare to witness the metal event of 2016. Swedish power metal heroes Sabaton are coming back to the UK in 2016 and this time they're bringing Scotland's favourite metal pirates Alestorm, with further support from Swedish band Bloodbound.

Sabaton's bass player Pär Sundström comments: "We felt that the last UK tour was not enough and since then we have been thinking of what we can do and talking to our friends in Alestorm we came up with the idea of this tour.

"When we hit the UK both bands will play a full set! And it‘s in good venues where we can bring more of our stage set than we could in the past. This will be awesome!" More...

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Helloween Posts Track-By-Track Video

With the release of 15th studio album "My God-Given Right" coming next week - May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US) - the pumpkin heads from Helloween are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Helloween has also revealed a new track-by-track trailer, including song snippets and comments on the tracks "Heroes," "Battle’s Won," "My God-Given Right," and "Stay Crazy." Check out the clip below.

The "My God-Given Right" track listing is: More...

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Jungle Rot Releasing "Order Shall Prevail"

Jungle Rot reinforces its position as a staple in the old school death metal arena with the announcement of ninth full-length album, "Order Shall Prevail," coming June 30th, 2015.

To preview "Order Shall Prevail," the band has released the first track, "Paralyzed Prey," which delivers more of the groove-laden, no-frills savagery fans have come to expect. Listen in below.

“The album title came up while watching a news story about police brutality, basically hinting at a new world order if we don't put our governments in check,” guitarist Jimmy Genez states.

Hear the new tunes live for the first time at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer, as Jungle Rot plans to annihilate the Victory Records Stage. The new album's track listing is:

1. Doomsday
2. Paralyzed Prey
3. Blood Revenge
4. Fight Where You Stand (Featuring Max Cavalera)
5. Order Shall Prevail
6. The Dead Pestilence
7. I Cast The First Stone
8. E.F.K.
9. Trench Tactics
10. Nuclear Superiority More...

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Feral Reveals Creatures Among The Coffins

The second track from the upcoming Feral album "Where Dead Dreams Dwell" has been revealed, entitled "Creatures Among the Coffins."

This is a real stomping headbanger of a song and should get your blood pumping until the the album release this Friday.

"Where Dead Dreams Dwell" is going to be released on May 29th through Cyclone Empire, on CD, black LP, blue LP and digitally.

Feral consists of:

David Nilsson - Vocals
Viktor Eriksson - Bass
Markus Lindahl - Guitar
Roger Markström - Drums More...

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Epica Announces Tour Dates With Eluveitie

This Fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica and Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s The Agonist supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tour dates.

Epica front woman Simone Simons comments: “We are ecstatic to finally return to North America. It is time to nurture our long-distance relationship with our fans over in North America. We'll have a wonderful time together and will perform songs spanning our entire discography. You guys better be ready for us.”

This will mark Epica’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head in 2013 was cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of latest album, "The Quantum Enigma," which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.

Eluveitie’s lead vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann further states: ”We're 8 months into the ‘Origins’ World Tour now and far from getting tired! We can't wait to finally return to the USA and Canada; especially because we'll return alongside the mighty Epica! By Toutatis, this is gonna be fucking awesome!" More...

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Abrams Releases New Music Video

Denver trio Abrams has presented a new trippy music video for "Sea Salt Lines," which is available below. Created by prolific videographer Frank Huang (known for documenting the Brooklyn metal scene in his Pit Full of Shit series), the "Sea Salt Lines" video shows the purple-hazed band onstage, ripping through the epic tune.

The song "Sea Salt Lines" appears on upcoming debut album "Lust. Love. Loss." coming out June 16th as a self-released CD, cassette, and digital download. "Lust. Love. Loss." was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, SubRosa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). It follows a 2014 EP, released on Canadian label No List Records (KEN mode). More...

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Connoisseur Posts "Pot Hole" Video

Now embarked on the "...And Stoner Justice For All" Summer tour, today Connoisseur offers up the hilarious new video for "Pot Hole." The stoney psalm comes by way of the band's "Stoner Justice" full-length, set to drop next month via Tankcrimes Records. Check out the clip below.

Connoisseur will bring weedian hymns to stages throughout the U.S. on a mammoth run of live incursions that recently kicked off in California. The trek will smoke out over four dozen metropolises through July 11th. Hide your nugs!


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Symphony X Posts Lyric Video

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters from Symphony X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called "Underworld" this coming July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, Symphony X reveals a lyric video for the track "Nevermore."

“This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches. The track listing is:

01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend More...

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Nile Unearths Something That Should Stay Buried

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality from Nile are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album "What Should Not Be Unearthed."

Produced by Nike and mixed by Neil Kernon, the album will be released August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork (available below) was handled this time by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc. Mastermind Karl Sanders states:

“All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album 'What Should Not Be Unearthed.' It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, 'At The Gates Of Sethu,' was super surgically clean and very musicianship oriented whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; 'Unearthed' is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting.

"Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!” More...

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Black Fast Negotiates "Terms Of Surrender"

America’s newest neo-classic riff masters from Black Fast will release their all new LP "Terms Of Surrender" on August 7th, 2015 via eOne Music. The label comments:

"Ripping pages from Death's technical death metal guidebook, the St. Louis foursome conjures the spirit of the late, great Chuck Schuldiner while channeling the viciousness of Megadeth's young-and-hungry Dave Mustaine and blistering aggression of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza. The band tapped veteran producer Erik Rutan for the effort on their debut LP for eOne Music. Known for his work with Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Goatwhore, and Cannibal Corpse, Rutan was an easy choice."

"We can't wait to work with Erik Rutan! Erik is a legend." says front man Aaron Akin. "Excited doesn't even do justice to the mind frame we are in. I've followed his work for over a decade, and he's been at it for way longer than that. I mean, it's fucking Erik Rutan!"

"Black Fast has an amazing blend of heaviness and melody," says Rutan. "Their aggressive and raw style has a very unique approach and an immense energy to it. Black Fast has an interesting range of influences in their music, making it impossible to stereotype or pigeon hole. I think the recording process went fantastic and feel this is an album metal fans will truly appreciate."

New album "Terms of Surrender" will be the band's followup to the previously self-released "Starving Out The Light." Stay tuned for more details to come shortly. More...

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Cult Of Endtime Streaming "In Charnel Lights"

Cult of Endtime is a five-headed cadaver from Finland, reanimated with the blackest of magick and possessed to play vintage death metal. The beast has recorded new album "In Charnel Lights," with Svart Records to handle the release on May 29th.

The full album is now online and can be heard in the player below. Recorded and mixed by the band's guitarist and mastered at Orgone Studios, London, the album takes what was an exceptionally promising demo band to wholly new levels. The track listing is as follows:

1. A Vast Cosmic Horror
2. Cairns On Mercury
3. Prognatus De Sigillum
4. The Colossus Fell
5. Hidden Gods
6. Gnostic Haeresis
7. Funeral Voyagers
8. Discourse With The Dead More...

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Audiotopsy Signs With Napalm

Audiotopsy - the powerhouse new band featuring guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne, Hell Yeah), drummer Matt McDonough (Mudvayne), vocalist Billy Keeton (Skrape), and bassist Perry Stern - has signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. A debut album is scheduled for release in late Summer 2015.

"Audiotopsy is the band that has been waiting to happen," says Greg. "All the stars aligned and here we are. It's some of the best music I've been a part of. We all cannot wait for everyone to hear it and we're excited to join forces with Napalm to make it all happen! See ya on tour!" More...

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Every Time I Die Headlining Common Vision Tour

Every Time I Die has announced plans to headline the second annual Common Vision Tour this summer.

The band will be joined by Real Friends, Counterparts, Gnarwolves, Brigades, and Gatherers. The tour will start July 23rd in Richmond, VA and wrap up August 22nd in Poughkeepsie, NY. Nick “Biggie” Grimaldi, tour producer for the Common Vision Tour, states:

“When we created the Common Vision Tour in 2014, it was to bring credible bands together on a sonically mixed bill with one common denominator: great music. Now in our second year, I think we have exceeded that goal. Being an iconic band that's paving the way for so many of their peers with their music, attitude and ethics; Every Time I Die seemed like the perfect headliner for the tour. With an amazing mix of genres under them: Real Friends, Counterparts, Gnarwolves, Brigades and Gatherers; this tour has something for everyone. I’m extremely excited and proud of this tour and cannot wait for it to kick off this Summer!”

Every Time I Die’s frontman Keith Buckley adds: “With so many multi-band tours covering so much ground these next few Summer months, it was important for us to be a part of something that would not only excite us but be able to satisfy a wide range of musical tastes. Common Vision is a perfect fit and we're honored to be headlining. Playing after so many incredible bands will be difficult, but Every Time I Die loves a challenge and if you don't believe me just imagine how hard it was for Andy Williams to slip into that speedo in the new black video all those years ago.”

Buffalo hardcore band Every Time I Die is Keith Buckley (vocals), Jordan Buckley (guitar), Andy Williams (guitar), and Stephen Micciche (bass). The band is touring in support of seventh album "From Parts Unknown." More...

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Prophets Of Saturn Streaming "Retronaut"

Hailing from the British Midlands, English psych-metal four-piece Prophets of Saturn return this July with a follow-up to the band's 2013, self-titled debut.

New album "Retronaut" is coming via HeviSike Records on July 17th, 2015. Today you can also hear a new song off the release - check out the "Retronaut" title track in the player provided below. Fans can also catch Prophets Of Saturn spreading the good news on these dates:

Fri, 17th July – Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham (w. Witchsorrow and Iron Void)
Sat, 1st August – The Rigger, Newcastle-Under-Lyme (w. Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children of The Knight and Space Witch) More...

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Jeff Scott Soto Performs "Here I Go Again"

Video has surfaced of Jeff Scott Soto preforming “Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake/David Coverdale live with Joel Hoekstra, Howie Simon, David Z Rock, Steve Ferlazzo & Matt Starr at Lucky Strike. The fan filmed video can be viewed below.

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Zonaria, Nightrage Added To Maximum Rock

Maximum Rock Festival returns in 2015 with a new edition, spread across 4 massive days of concerts and various other activities, which shall take place between October 15th - 18th in two different venues: Colectiv Club and Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania.

A total of 25 bands will perform at the event, and, so far, the following groups have been confirmed: Epica, Annihilator, Skalmold, Kistvaen, Harlott, Archer, Cap de Craniu, Gothic and Crimena, with many others still on the line.

Just today, Zonaria (Sweden), Nightrage (Greece/Sweden) and Hatemode (Romania) have also been added to the festival's line-up. More...

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Uzziel Gets "Torn Apart"

Fans of true blue heavy thrash metal will find a lot to like in Uzziel's sophomore release entitled "Torn Apart." It is exactly what it purports to be: an aggressive, in-your-face heavy metal album, filled with old-school crunch grooves and hardass thrash attitude.

Released digitally in November of 2014, "Torn Apart" will finally be issued physically this Summer and world-wide on June 26th through Dr Music Records. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Children‘s Playground
2. Like A God
3. Lies
4. Wash Away My Tears
5. Coming For You
6. In Your Eyes
7. The War Within
8. I Am Dying
9. Why
10. Captured By Emptiness
11. Lost Control
12. Are You Afraid
13. Frozen
14. D‘ Alighieri‘s Nightmare More...

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Teethmarks Announces "Survival Of The West" Tour

Ontario outfit Teethmarks has revealed the dates for the upcoming "Survival Of The West" tour, which will see the band play from Toronto to Edmonton and back again.

“We’re excited to get out on the road again and play some of these new songs,” commented the band, adding “Let’s party.” Dates for the impending trek are as follows:

June 23rd, Tues - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
June 24th, Wed - Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Algonquin Hotel
June 26th, Fri - Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill
June 27th, Sat - Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
June 28th, Sun - Edmonton, AB @ DV8
June 29th, Mon - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
July 1st, Wed - Winnipeg, MB @ HMS Arlington
July 2nd, Thurs - London, ON @ Thunder Bay, ON @ Super Secret House Show (ask a punk!)
July 4th, Fri - Sudbury, ON @ Little Montreal

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Outre Posts Black And White Video

The twisted black metallers Outre from Poland have a new music video out for "Chant 6 - Vengeance," built around their show with Svartidaudi, Antediluvian, and Emptiness earlier this month.

The black-and-white video, edited by Kuba Leszko, conveys the tortured mania of the band’s performance, surrounded in fog and bright lights. Check it out below.

The band also revealed that this is the start of its presentation of latest album "Ghost Chants" onstage. The first appearance will be at Germany’s In Flammen Open Air on 2nd - 4th July, with more details to be announced shortly. More...

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KEN Mode Pays Tribute To Dead Actors

KEN mode is now streaming a fourth brand new song taken from forthcoming sixth full-length "Success," which has been scheduled for a June 15th release (June 16th in North America). The power trio from Winnipeg, Canada is streaming "Dead Actors" below.

"The song 'Dead Actors' is our tribute to both 90's indie rock and to the duality of the meaningfulness of conscious existence; it's self-aware almost to a fault," reveals frontman Jesse Matthewson. "We were trying to take the feeling of Slint, June Of 44, maybe a dash of Dazzling Killmen, Engine Kid, and even Soundgarden and filter it through Manitoban wheat grass. For some reason it feels very 'Canadian Prairies' to me, and I really like that."

KEN mode recorded "Success" with engineer Steve Albini to capture the material in a fully live and analogue session in the band's hometown in November 2014. The track listing is as follows: More...

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U.D.O. Releasing DVD/2CD Set

On July 31st, the new U.D.O. DVD / 2CD set "Navy Metal Night" will be released via AFM Records. In February of 2014, U.D.O. played a very special sold out show, accompanied by the German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee). The symphonic sound of the orchestra and the choir merged with the songs of U.D.O. and made the evening a unique unforgettable experience for the audience.

This bombastic live event will now be made available for all fans of U.D.O., either on DVD or Blu Ray plus 2 accompanying CDs. At this year’s Wacken Open Air, the unique musical collaboration can be seen live on stage again, this time with the German Federal Armed Forces Orchestra.

"I was simply overwhelmed by the whole event, it’s like a dream came true,” Udo Dirkschneider states. “It’s really more than words can say. This DVD will be something special to me, definitely a highlight of my career.”

“Navy Metal Night” was produced by Mattes & Björn Schlüter and co-produced by Udo Dirkschneider. The release was mixed by Mattes & Björn at Redhead Studio A, Wilhelmshaven and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark. More...

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Benighted Taps Fill In Drummers, Seeks Replacement

Benighted has announced that long-time drummer and brother Kevin Foley will be unavailable to perform with the French brutal death shooting stars this Summer due to the blasting progeny having an offer to join another big project that he can't refuse. The band is searching for a full time replacement and today reveals two drummers stepping in for ucpoming Summer festivals.

Austrian killer machine David Diepold will bang the drums at the Ranger Rock Festival in Brand, Germany on the 13th of June and the Swiss Summer Break(Down) Festival in Geneva at Kalvingrad on June 27th. On all other Summer festivals (please see below for a full list of shows), the band's friend Kevin Paradis (who appeared in Benighted's music video "Experience Your Flesh") will sit on the drum stool.

Interested talents can apply by sending two drum videos of the songs "Asylum Cave" and "Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth" to benightedmanagement@gmail.com. In the meain time, catch Benighted live on these upcoming tour dates: More...

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Pyogenesis Announces New Album

The wait is over - after more than a 13 year hiatus, Pyogenesis is to release a new studio album on August 14th, 2015 via a freshly inked deal with AFM Records.

Flo Von Schwarz comments: "The best about metal are the people: I've known Jochen (Richert, AFM Records) for more than 20 years, and with him and the whole AFM team I made the right choice.”

AFM Records adds: "For 24 years Pyogenesis means tours and fans all around the globe, playing in front of 560,000 people in Hungary, performances at Rock am Ring /Rock im Park or Wacken and #1 in MTV’s viewer charts. Besides that, the band co-invented the genre 'Gothic metal' in the early 90s. But 24 years of Pyogenesis also means 13 years without a new album and 10 years without shows.

"Now, this break is finally over! After a sold out comeback show in Romania, the band will release a highly anticipated 6th album in summer. With 'A Century In The Curse Of Time,' the four-piece around mastermind Flo V. Schwarz are returning to their roots, recording not only the heaviest, but also the most epic and ambitious album in the band’s history. It’s their first concept album ever: The lyrical theme is about the change of society in the 19th century under the influence of the industrialization, the steam-engine, the emerging bourgeoisie and science fiction literature such as Jules Verne."

Pyogenesis will play as one of the top acts at this year‘s Summer Breeze Festival (August 12th -15th) in Dinkelsbühl/Germany. Stay tuned for more info on the coming album.

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A Light Within Looks Through The Window

Ambient post-metallers A Light Within are proud to present a new track from the "Body Matter" EP, titled "World Through The Window."

The track exhibits the band’s morose and reverb-drenched sound, with vocalist Kyle Brandt delivering an emotional performance not unlike Chino Moreno in style, on top of huge chords and thundering drums. The guitars flip from fragile melodies to thundering riffs at a moment’s notice, and the bass accentuates the deeper recesses of the sound. Check it out below.

A Light Within is:

Kyle Brandt – vocals/keys
Jeff Irvine – guitars
Josh Bennett – guitars
Nick Sloan – drums
Andy Schiller – bass More...

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Ensiferum Invites Fans To Video Shoot

Ensiferum's tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29th in New York City, but the night before, Ensiferum will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video.

Fans in attendance on May 28th in Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for "Warrior Without a War."

The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band's current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen. Sami Hinkka adds: "Get yourself to Philadelphia on 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!"

Ensiferum is touring in support of the valiant "One Man Army" full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. See the band live on these remaining dates:

05/27 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
05/28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
05/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza

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Dead Lord Signs Record Deal

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Dead Lord from Sweden, with a mission to rock. The label had this to say:

"The band's critically acclaimed debut album, 'Goodbye Repentance,' was released in 2013 through High Roller Records. The album as well as two 7" EPs (one being a split 7" with Black Trip) gained Dead Lord a lot of attention, both from media and fans of straight forward rock.

"With the reputation of being one of the best live rock acts today, Dead Lord has played festivals like Rock Hard, Muskelrock, Getaway Rock, Hell's Pleasure, Turock Open Air, Hell Over Hammaburg and also Metal Assault and have toured with Imperial State Electric, Noctum and most recently Wolf.

"Dead Lord's appearance at Rockpalast/Crossroads Festival was broadcasted via WDR in October 2014 and can still be seen here. More...

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The Great Discord Posts New Video

One of the most unique things about Swedish outfit The Great Discord is its visual presentation. Today, the band further expands upon its intriguing and mystifying visuals with a new video for the song "The Aging Man."

The video was directed by Philip Kullgren and edited by Joakim Sjöholm, both from Pellen Productions. Check it out below. The band also comments:

"The video is a mix of a presentation of our band, and a visualization of the concept behind our song, 'The Aging Man.' The idea is that a man, facing his mortality, struggles with his impending death, here personified by Fia's stage persona. Acting as a sort of inverted Saint Peter, or Charon, she is a gatekeeper, a guide, challenging his thoughts and beliefs about what is going to happen, and forces him to face his demons and his regrets. The game of chess is a symbol for this struggle. Welcome to The Great Discord."

The Great Discord's new album "Duende" will be available worldwide through Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More...

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Deiphago Heads "Into The Eye Of Satan"

At long last, Deiphago - one of the most violent, envelope-pushing bands on the planet - is set to release fourth album, "Into the Eye of Satan," on August 7th via Hells Headbangers.

Each Deiphago album has seen the Filipino power-trio push the furthest reaches of musical extremity, marking a place in time in demonic development whilst creating a monument for all perpetuity.

"Into the Eye of Satan" is no different in this respect: founding demons Voltaire 666 (bass bulldozers and black vomits) and Sidapa (crasheraxe and leads) are once again joined by Savnok on deathhammers, picking up where they left off with "Satan Alpha Omega" in 2012. With this lineup now solidified, Deiphago sought to create a new, defiling standard and went in search of esteemed producer Colin Marston (Gorguts) to man the recording console.

New track "Red Dragon of Chaos" can be heard below, and the full album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Civil Unrest Tour Dates Announced

Dates have now been announced for The Civil Unrest Tour 2015 presented by Revolver Magazine & Coldcock Whiskey.

The tour features headliner Ill Nino with Straight Line Stitch, The Bloodline, Unloco, Davey Suicide, Motograter, Thira, Lydia Can't Breathe, Darkc3ll, Gabriel And The Apocalypse, The Convalescence, Erasing Never, Xiting The Systm, Happy Accidents, and My Zero.

The trek kicks off on June 3rd in Colorado Springs, Colorado and it works it's way thoughout the U.S. wrapping up on June 28th in Corona, California. Dates for The Civil Unrest Tour are as follows: More...

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Ignite Inks New Deal With Century Media

Just as the band is heading out for another European tour, Orange County outfit Ignite and Century Media Records are happy to announce that they have renewed their long-time business relationship, signing a brand new worldwide record deal.

Expect a brand new album and follow-up to the 2006 release, "Our Darkest Days," out before the end of 2015. The yet-untitled album was recorded over the course of a year with producer Cameron Webb, who has worked with diverse artists such as Motörhead, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio and Pennywise.

Zoli Teglas (vocals) can already shed some light on some of the topics on the upcoming album such as bullying, the trappings and pitfalls of what some call the progress of today's world, to the mass media and its filtered information that he feels is molded to suit eco political goals for the occupation of natural resources to the oppression of peoples.

Zoli also hits upon topics such as racism and prejudice in America and the insanity of war told to him from the stories of hardship and perseverance of his immigrant family while making their journey west through war torn Europe before finally ending up in Los Angeles California. Don't miss Ignite live on these dates: More...

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One Day Waiting Confronts "Fear Itself"

NY alternative metal band One Day Waiting has released the music video for "Fear Itself," available below.

The music video was directed and edited by Ignacio Orellana and is for the "Fear Itself" single recorded by Roy Thompson at New Paltz Recordings, in New Paltz, NY and mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering. One Day Waiting consists of:

Tyler Kray - Vocalist
Nick Cozzolino - Guitarist
Connor Koch - Bassist
John Zambito- Drummer More...

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Starkill Unleashes "Winter Desolation"

Starkill's latest album "Virus Of The Mind" was released in late 2014 and the Chicago based four piece has been busy ever since, currently preparing for a North American tour with Sepultura.

There is also a new lyric video for "Winter Desolation" that just launched on the Century Media YouTube channel and can be seen below. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Parker Jameson had this to say:

"Winter Desolation was the first track we recorded for the new album, blending together all the influence and experience gained from touring with bands we have had the privilege of playing with.

"It also has a guest vocal section from Arsis' James Malone, which is also exciting since we will be now heading out on tour with them for our third time. We're pumped to be supporting them, and the legendary Destruction and Sepultura this May and June." More...

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Frosthelm Posts New Music Video

Having released "The Endless Winter" just a few months ago, North Dakota blackened thrash outfit Frosthelm has now premiered the first official music video from the album, "Silent And Dark, The Everlasting Sky." Check it out below.

Directed by Vernon Chapel, the video mixes images of barren landscape, rural decay and desolation with the band performing the song.

"The Endless Winter" was released via Matt Hyde's Black Work (Alkemy Brothers) label on March 22nd and wa tracked at Clear Lake Recording Studios in Los Angeles during July 2014 and produced and engineered by Eric Milos and Alec Schneider. More...

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Bantoriak Releases New Video

Psychedelic doom rock band Bantoriak has released a new video clip, made by Simone Manetti, for the track "Chant Of The Stones."

The song is taken from the album “Weedooism,” out now on CD/DD via Argonauta Records. Check out the video clip below.

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Strauss Posts EP Online

The European melting pot that is Strauss has revealed all of second EP "Luia," with the five track riff-a-thon available to be heard online now.

Strauss started out with modest intentions, stating “[we] met one day and decided to make some noise...that’s it really.” The group eventually centered around London as its stomping ground and got to work crafting that noise. Check out what came out of those sessions below. More...

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Eschatos Streams New Album

Following the stellar "Hierophanies" album release, Latvian black metal band Eschatos is gearing up to drop new full-length "The Grand Noir."

Although it won't officially drop until May 29th, you can now hear all the tracks in the Bandcamp player provided below.

"The Grand Noir" was recorded at Eschatos Studio and Pump Recordings by Gints Lundbergs, mixed by Guntis Podvigs, and mastered by Girts Laumanis at Hodila Records. Cover artwork was handled by Janis Burmeisters and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Grand Noir Rising 05:06
2. In Whole Alone Is Good And Elsewhere Nowhere 07:32
3. The First, The Last And The Living 05:21
4. On The Divine Names 04:40
5. Feast Of A Thousand Beasts 10:43 More...

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Hyades Releasing Hungry Wolves

The official release date for the new Hyades full-length thrash album "The Wolves Are Getting Hungry" is now officially set for June 29th, 2015.

The release will be managed by Punishment 18 Records and you can see the front cover artwork below. Stay tuned for track listing and other details.

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Mindwars Working On New Material

Punishment 18 Records just checked in with the following announcement about Mindwars already gearing up to record a new full-length release to come out at the tail end of 2015:

"Former Holy Terror and Headcrasher/Jester Beast members band Mindwars is currently working on their next new record album that is due to come out at the end of the year by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.

"Band is ready to enter in Number 8 Studio, in Torino, to begin recording sessions. The new album is yet to be titled." More...

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Extinction Level Event Parts With Member

Vocalist Gavin Grace from the all-bass metal outfit Extinction Level Event has issued the following announcement about losing a member:

"It's with heavy hearts that we announce the departure of our friend and brother-in-clank Ryan 'Hype Train' Reedy. We wish Ryan nothing but the best in the future and know that he'll find nothing but success in whatever he decides to do going forward.

"On a personal note, Ryan is the man who brought me into this band and is therefore single-handedly responsible for the most insane few months of my life. For that I am eternally grateful. We couldn't have gotten to where we are without you, brother. As for the rest of you, hold tight. This ride ain't over yet. Clank will never die!" More...

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Decrepid Reveals New Album

The British death metal mongers from Decrepid have finished their sophomore album and it's ready to be unleashed upon mankind via Xtreem Music on June 20th.

The title for this monstrous work is "Osseous Empire" and it was originally intended for a 2014 release, but line up changes forced the band to delay these plans until 2015. The album's track listing is:

1. Concussion
2. Death Walks Above
3. Indulgence in Self Destruction
4. Ashumaniac
5. Into to the Doom
6. Breeding Anger
7. Fear Within More...

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Housecore Horror Festival III Coming

Metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October.

Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival's success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year. "I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be," he says. "There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day."

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. "When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered," Anselmo continues. "Nothing has changed, in that respect."

Tickets to go on sale soon - stay tuned for additional announcements. More...

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Wrath Of Vesuvius Comes "Into Bloom"

As California technical death metal architects, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), prepare for the release a self-titled, third full-length this June, a lyric video just came online for the track "Into Bloom."

Comments the band on the new track: "This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams."

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, WRVTH's latest offering features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal. More...

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Into The Divine Posts New Track

Indiana's Into the Divine dropped a scorching new track titled "Verities of Immortality" online, which can be heard below.

The song, taken from forthcoming debut EP "Harbinger of Entropy," showcases how the band deftly mixes brutal death metal with a more modern style. "Harbinger of Entropy" will be released on June 9th 2015.

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Disarmonia Mundi Streaming "Stormghost"

Below you can hear a brand new song entitled "Stormghost" taken from the forthcoming Disarmonia Mundi album "Cold Inferno," which will be released on June 9th, 2015 via Coroner Records.

The album was produced, engineered, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House. As for previous Disarmonia Mundi releases Björn Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra) appears on guest vocals. The track listing is:

1. Creation Dirge
2. Stormghost
3. Behind Closed Doors
4. Coffin
5. Oddities From The Ravishing Chasm
6. Slaves To The Illusion Of Life
7. Blessing From Below
8. Magma Diver
9. Clay Of Hate
10. Toys Of Acceleration More...

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Napalm Death Invading Festivals And Clubs

After a successful run of dates in Australia and New Zealand together with Carcass, British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death continue to promote 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" with festival appearances this past weekend in North America (Maryland Death Fest and Fort Worth Metal Festival) as well as dates in Europe and Russia this coming Summer. Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury checked in briefly with greetings while on travels as follows:

"We had an awesome time down in Australia & New Zealand with our old friends Carcass! A lot of history between us as everyone probably knows and the crowds were very appreciative with most of the shows sold out. And what a great line up, also with Extortion opening...a truly awesome band from Australia. All in all a killer tour and I almost got Bill Steer up onstage for a few of the old songs, but we never quite managed it with all of the crazy traveling and early flights. But one day soon though, I tell you...Cheers!"

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Revocation Releases "Madness Opus" Lyric Clip

Revocation is back on the road right now supporting Veil of Maya - The tour began in Detroit, MI, and will wind its way through the east coast, the south, and up into western Canada for a final show on June 14th in Winnipeg.

In celebration of the tour dates, Revocation prepared a series of lyric videos with fellow guitarist and director/animator Nick Hipa. The first, "Labyrinth of Eyes," launched last week. Now, "Madness Opus" has been unveiled and is streaming below. See the band live on these dates:

w/ Veil of Maya, Oceano, Gift Giver, Entheos
05/27 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
05/28 Jacksonville, FL Underbelly
05/29 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
05/30 Tampa, FL State Theater
06/02 El Paso, TX Mesa Music Hall
06/03 Tucson, AZ The Rock
06/04 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock
06/06 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
06/07 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
06/08 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
06/11 Calgary, AB The Republik
06/12 Edmonton, AB The Pawn Shop
06/13 Regina, SK The Exchange
06/14 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret More...

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Argonauta Festival Footage Comes Online

The Argonauta Records Festival went down May 10th, 2015 in Bosco Marengo, Italy. A 10 minute after video showcasing highlights from the show is now online and can be seen below, with the label commenting:

"?It's already been 12 days since our first Argonauta Fest, an event that only a year ago it was impossible even to think about and that has now become reality. Six bands took turns on stage to give life to an incredible evening that represents for us a small but important step in what we want to do in the future, with daily passion and devotion.

"The Argonauta Fest is something really important to us and its feedback gave us additional enthusiasm to continue with our intentions. Thanks to all the bands of our roster, to all Argonauta Records collaborators and all those attending to the show to have made a dream of a few reality for many. See you next year!?" More...

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Evil Invaders Covers Exodus Live

Evil Invaders has released a brand new live video for the track "Fabulous Disaster," which is a cover version of the classic from thrash outfit Exodus. Evil Invaders singer Joe states:

"Playing this Exodus song at our last headlining show was one of our most intense moments on stage so far! It's hard to describe what happens to you when tons of adrenaline are pumping through your veins when over 600 fans are going completely INSANE together with you.

"Afterwards we even heard that people got carried away because of the madness in the crowd. This is the way Speed/Thrash Metal shows should be like! It's all about the adrenaline, the intensity and maniacs going completely WILD! We're currently touring throughout Europe so hopefully a lot of Thrashers will show up and join the party haha!" More...

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Enabler Drops New Video Clip

On June 2nd, Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler will release a limited edition 7"/digital single, titled By "Demons Denied," that contains an extended version of the title track, along with two exclusive b-sides, "The Flame" and "Some Things Are Worth Living For."

The standard version of "By Demons Denied" will appear on the band's Century Media debut full-length, "Fail to Feel Safe;" the lyric video for the album version can be viewed now below.

To pre-order the "By Demons Denied" 7" release, head over to Enabler's merch store. Next week, Enabler will appear at this year's Temples Fest in the United Kingdom, then hit the road with Meek Is Murder in North America. See below for all dates. More...

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Dragonforce Jumps "In The Line Of Fire"

Multi-national metal maestro DragonForce will release debut DVD "In the Line of Fire" worldwide July 10th, featuring high definition footage shot during the band's Ultimate Stage headline show at 2014's Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan.

The band used multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of the show. Pre-orders are now online at this location. The DVD was mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud in Los Angeles, CA and produced and edited by Herman Li.

The track listing below features a selection of new songs from the latest album "Maximum Overload" mixed in with foot stomping anthems and lightning fast shred-fests from previous releases. The video also includes backstage, behind the scenes, and off tour footage to give fans an insight into the Maximum Overload World Tour.

"In the Line of Fire" track listing:

Fury of the Storm
Three Hammers
Black Winter Night
Tomorrow's Kings
Symphony of the Night
Cry Thunder
Ring of Fire
Through the Fire and the Flames
Valley of the Damned
Defenders (CD Only Bonus Track)


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Vattnet Viskar Makes An "Impact"

New Hampshire's post-black metal band Vattnet Viskar has launched a new video for "Impact," the fourth single from sophomore album "Settler." The clip was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-Neurosis, Soundgarden), who also created the band's "Breath of the Almighty," "Settler," "Colony," and "Yearn" videos.

Vattnet Viskar's Nick Thornbury (Guitar/Vocals) comments: "This song is a good summary of the huge highs and lows that the album deals with."

The "Settler" track listing is as follows:

1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar More...

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Unmothered Unleashes EP For Public Consumption

The Austin blackened sludgers from Unmothered are streaming new EP "U M B R A" online in full today, which just dropped officially via Crowquill Records.

"U M B R A" contains three tracks of intense music which will appeal to fans of Unsane, Today is the Day and YOB. The EP will be available digitally and on compact disc. Check out the full album stream below. More...

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Soilwork Unveils New Album

The Sweden-based melodic death metal experts from Soilwork have announced details regarding their forthcoming 10th studio album, "The Ride Majestic." The new album will hit stores worldwide on August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. "The Ride Majestic" was recorded by David Castillo at Studio Gröndal, and was produced and mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street.

The cover art (available below) was illustrated by Róbert Borbás of Grinddesign. "The Ride Majestic" will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle), pre-order your copy here. Soilwork vocalist Björn Speed Strid comments:

“We just put the final touches on our new album, 'The Ride Majestic,' and all we can say is that it's going to be massive. It definitely picks up where we left off with 'The Living Infinite,' but slightly darker, atmospheric and almost anthemic, with some really interesting twists and turns. Can't wait to play this epic beast live! Await the ride majestic ladies n’ gents!” More...

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Cattle Decapitation Unveils New Album

In 2012, Cattle Decapitation released "Monolith Of Inhumanity." Here we are, three years later, and now Cattle Decapitation and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil the band's magnum opus with "The Anthropocene Extinction," set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Bringing back "Monolith Of Inhumanity" producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), Cattle Decapitation returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life.

"Dave is a bonafide producer," elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. "He's got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith... had worked out so well. We've always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody." More...

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Arch Enemy Headlining Summer Slaughter 2015

Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.

Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.

Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"

Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...

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Slayer Announces New Album

It's official, after months of teasers, the godfathers of thrash are ready to officially unveil new album details.

The brand new, eleventh Slayer studio album, now announced to be titled "Repentless," is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Records.

A brief teaser trailer is available below. Stay tuned for more info to come your way shortly. In the mean time let us know - how do you think this one will stack up, and will it be worth the wait or live up to older material with all the lineup changes?

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Fear Factory Finishes New Album

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release, "Genexus:"

“The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement. We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans.

"The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever. Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job! We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it.”

New album "Genexus" will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap. In support of the album, Fear Factory will also perform live on these dates: More...

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