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Metal News for May 3, 2015

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8 news articles posted on this day.

Darkend Parts With Keyboardist

Darkend just released this statement online about splitting with keyboardist Antarktica:

"We would like to announce that we are parting ways with our keyboard player: the split has been friendly and we really wish the best for Antarktica and his future project.

"What a ride it has been! More news about our future line-up will be released soon, keep your eyes wide open, warloks and witches!"

The band also recently released a cover track provided for a Paradise Lost tribute album. Check out Darkend's version of "Colossal Rains" over here. More...

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OH. Releases New Album

The Greek-American progressive rock/metal artist OH. released her second vinyl and digital album "Synemotion" on April 24th, 2015. The album is available for streaming below, and you can get your own copy over here. OH. comments:

"'Synemotion' is a journey through the complex emotional states we experience when we are overwhelmed by concerns and fears – escapist feelings in the song 'Run Away,' anger and frustration in 'Rumpus' – wanting to cower and hide in 'Subterfuge' – longing and nostaglia in 'Elegy' and the experience of disappointment and let-down in the song 'Deception.' Finally, letting go and receiving the feeling in the song 'Reception' – and the awareness and sensation of irony knowing it will all start over again in the 'World of Warcraft.'

"The title track, 'Synemotion,' expresses in words this entire journey from pain and fear to release and hope. But most importantly the song uncovers how we cope with pain, fear, disappointment, depression, embarrassment and futility, it uncovers what actually happens to us, when we are overwhelmed by experience, and with a strange twist of perception, gifts the listener a path out of the darkness and despair, into an even more compelling and complex palette of emotions and sensations. The song gives hope and strength to walk through life even with wounds and disfigurement and have an even greater experience than before. More...

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The Green River Burial Says Goodbye To Vocalist

The Green River Burial has checked in with the following announcement about performing the band's final show with its current vocalist:

"Yesterday we played the last show with Mert as our singer. The past five years together have been a wild ride for all of us and together we achieved more than any of us ever thought was possible.

"Therefore we as a band want to thank him for all the wonderful experiences we shared together. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors. We will always be brothers." More...

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Excalion Introduces New Lineup

Finnish melodic metallers Excalion have just announced a new line-up after a few years of silence since last album "High Time."

The band released a promo video to introduce the new members, giving a sneak-peak to the new songs being prepared for the next album. Excalion also had this to say:

"As you might have noticed, the band has been very silent for the last three years or so. However, now things have changed towards positive and we have found an entirely new gear. Some changes in our lineup were necessary to revive the band and continue as Excalion. We would like to introduce you our new singer Marcus Lång as well as our new guitarist Aleksi Hirvonen.

"There was no bad blood or anything with our previous bandmates Jarmo Pääkkönen and Vesa Nupponen. However, both of them went through some personal changes in their lives and chose not to continue in Excalion.

"What has happened in 2014 was that we firstly recruited Aleksi Hirvonen as the guitarist, knowing his excellent skills as a guitarist and also as a musician. We have been composing and rehearsing new material throughout the year, finding the sound that allows new influences from Aleksi inside the band while still retaining the elements that make Excalion what it is.

"By Autumn 2014 we felt we have the package in balance for finding a new vocalist. We knew it would be an almost impossible task and eventually listed some three singers in Finland that we thought being competent enough to sing in the band. Marcus Lång was a quite natural choice as we have heard his mind-blowing voice and power in Force Majeure as in some cover bands. We contacted him and found out Excalion and Marcus fit perfectly together. We have to say the atmosphere in the band is just perfect.

"Long story short, we have been composing and rehearsing new material with Excalion and we have songs for an album to kick some serious ass. Looking forward seeing you all out there very soon." More...

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Aspects Releases New Single

Aspects just released a new single titled "Sailor's Tale," which can be heard below or downloaded on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp here. Aspects also comments:

"'Sailor's Tale' enables the listener to see into the internal struggles and minor conflicts that are part of our common life as a band. We had to overcome many obstacles and were barred from easy accomplishments in the past couple of years.

"We had to deal with our third guitarist leaving us, our lead singer working graveyard shifts for two week periods in Germany and all the other minor and major nuisances of life. 'Salior's Tale' is us, and it might become you as well!"

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Isurus Offering Tracks For Download

"Logos" is the first track to be released from "Logocharya," the second album from U.K. band Isurus, due to drop on May 15th.

The video was filmed in the studio whilst recording "Logocharya," which was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand. You can also download a three-track sampler from the upcoming album for free at the Isurus website here.

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Sunday Old School: Amorphis

When being interviewed a few years back in Tampere, Sakis Tholis of Rotting Christ stated that he believes Finland is now the capital of metal music. Looking at how many bands come from there and how commercially successful the genre is in the country, one could say it’s quite hard to argue with the man. It wasn’t always this way though, Finnish bands had to work hard to build both scenes and reputations and one of the bands who really helped make Finland a metal force was a group from the capital city, Helsinki, who go by the name, Amorphis.

Amorphis was put together in 1990 by drummer and guitarist, Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen, both members of the thrash metal outfit, Violent Solution, which struggled on for a while as the duo recruited a former bandmate, Tomi Koivusaari on vocals and guitar, as well as bass player, Oppu Laine. The band put together a demo, "Disment of Soul," the next year, helmed by the Stratovarius guitarist, Timo Tolkki, which was deemed good enough for the band to be offered a worldwide recording deal with Relapse Records. Their debut album was then released in 1992 under the title, "The Karelian Isthmus," receiving some very high praise upon release. It was much more of a solid death metal album than later releases, albeit with some doom influences on display, a style which could also be heard on the demo collection, "Privilege of Evil," which was released a year later. More...

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Kaltenbach Open Air Posts Festival Trailer

Austria's Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and deploying following bands among many others: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Darkfall. Check out the official festival trailer streaming below. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE.

Check out the official Running Order 2015: More...

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