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Metal News for May 30, 2014

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Acrassicauda Crowd Funding New Album

Iraqi metal outfit Acrassicauda - which was the subject of the "Heavy Metal In Baghdad" documentary - is now finally recording a full-length album.

The band has launched a crowd funding campaign for the release, and you can find all the available perks and make a donation at Kickstarter.com here. Acrassicauda comments:

"The new album takes the band’s signature thrash and doom metal into new territory, digging into their Middle Eastern roots. Allies and fans can get music, merch, DVDs, and personalized rewards to take part in the campaign.

"Breaking away from the old adage of politics, exile, war, death and destruction, Acrassicauda’s new take on things brings a breath of fresh air into the lives of the band members and allows them to break away from the past traumas and uncertainties of war torn Iraq.

"The new album pays homage to the ancient Mesopotamian civilization using the Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient poem written in the Acadian language in the 3rd millennium BC, originally inscribed on 12 tablets in cuneiform script. Delving into themes of exotic journeys, life and death, love, the divine, success and failure, the Epic of Gilgamesh has much in common with the experiences of the band —it is a humble yet honest comparison. The LP is an ode to the modern Iraq, a home from which they are exiled today." More...

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Suffokate Streaming New Track

Oakland, CA's Suffokate has returned with a new song titled "The Impostor," which can be heard below.

The song features the band's new line-up of Lars Diaz (drums), John Oliva (vocals), Ivan Munguia (bass), Jason Graff (guitar), and Miguel Esparza (guitar).

Suffokate will return to the road in July on the "Murder Without Motive Tour" alongside Abiotic, Aegaeon, and As They Sleep. Dates for the tour are as follows:

7/3 Houston, TX - Walters
7/4 San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
7/5 Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
7/6 Dallas - Tomcats West
7/7 Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
7/8 Chicago, IL - Bada Brew
7/9 Milwaukee, WI - The Metal Grill
7/10 Burnsville, MN - The Garage
7/11 Iowa City, IA - Gabes
7/12 Denver, CO - The Rock House
7/13 Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios
7/14 Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock
7/16 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
7/17 Richland, WA - Rays Golden Lion
7/18 Salem, OR - The Nest
7/19 Santa Rosa, CA - Live Musicians Co-op
7/20 San Jose, CA - San Jose Rock Shop
7/21 Riverside, CA - Clash City Studios
7/22 Las Vegas, NV - Sports Centre
7/23 Hollywood, CA - The Whiskey
7/24 Anaheim, CA - Mirror Image Studios
7/25 Mesa, AZ - Club Red More...

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Son Of Aurelius Discusses Upcoming Album

Son Of Aurelius runs a weekly podcast, and this week’s episode is particularly special as it also serves as the band’s official track-by-track explanation for new album "Under A Western Sun." The album is due out June 3rd and you can hear the band detail the writing and recording process behind each track in the player below.

"Under A Western Sun" is an independent project – no crowd funding and no record label - with co-production from Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. The track listing is as follows:

1. Return to Arms
2. Chorus of the Earth
3. The Weary Wheel
4. Coloring the Soul
5. The Stoic Speaks
6. Attack on Prague
7. Flailing Saints
8. A Great Liberation (available at this location)
9. Clouded Panes (streaming here)
10. Blinding Light
11. The Prison Walls
12. Submerge & Surface
13. Long Ago
14. Under a Western Sun
15. Strange Aeons More...

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Blood Ceremony Streaming "Loving You"

Following the success of last year's "The Eldritch Dark" album, Blood Ceremony is back with a brand new single.

Today, NPR is streaming the B-Side of the single "Loving You Master." Check out the "Loving You" track at this location. You can also hear the previously posted A-Side track "Let It Come Down" over here.

This limited edition vinyl comes in several different colors with a lyric insert. This is a brand new recording with both tracks exclusive to this release, and the single will be released June 23rd in North America on Rise Above Records. More...

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Exorcism Posts "Voodoo Jesus" Bass Video

The heavy doom metallers in Exorcism have posted a new bass playthrough video for the song "Voodoo Jesus," taken from debut album "I Am God" (reviewed here), which is out now.

Bass player Lucio Manca comments: "I can’t wait to play with Exorcism live, this project is very important for me. I hope to see you at our first shows June 15 in Majorca/Spain, June 21 Dokk’em Open Air in Netherlands and 22 June, Tongeren in Belgium."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. End Of Days
02. I Am God
03. Voodoo Jesus
04. Last Rock’N Roll (streaming here)
05. Master Of Evil
06. Exorcism
07. Higher
08. Stay In Hell (listen here)
09. Fade The Day
10. Zero G (listen here) More...

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Anguish Sublime Release New EP After 10 Years

Anguish Sublime is awoken from a 10 year slumber and now brings out a new release: the EP titled “Unveiling the Origin” is finally out and ready to fill your senses with gushing sounds of atmospheric death metal. The release can be heard below and contains the following tracks:

1. Damnation Code
2. Worm’s Eye-View
3. Coffin for a Frozen Desire
4. Cycloneheart Vertigo
5. Episode Andromeda More...

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FunGoneWrong Releases New Music Video

FunGoneWrong has released a debut music video for the "Cry Me A River" single, which was directed by Houston Curtis & Phil Sebal and can be seen below. You can also pick up a copy of the single at this location.

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Wo Fat Streaming New Album's Title Track

Dallas swampadelic fuzz faction Wo Fat today drops a brand new resin-coated canticle for your bong-ripping enjoyment.

Titled "The Conjuring," the smoke-fueled number comes by way of the band's forthcoming new full-length of the same name. Light up and listen in below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

"The Conjuring" will drop via Small Stone on June 17th, 2014 on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The vinyl edition -- 180 gram vinyl with deluxe jacket and poly-lined sleeves -- comes in transparent red or black, each limited to 250 copies. See the band live supporting the release on these dates:

5/30/2014 Freak Valley Festival 2014 - Netphen, DE
5/31/2014 Jagerklause - Berlin, DE
6/01/2014 Fonobar - Waraw, POL
6/02/2014 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE
6/03/2014 Chemiefabrik - Munich, DE
6/04/2014 Kinski - Zurich, SW
6/05/2014 Le Volume - Nice, FR
6/06/2014 Rocksound - Barcelona, ESP
6/07/2014 Peyote Fest - Madrid, ESP More...

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Lorna Shore Posts "Cre(h)ate" Video

Rising metal four-piece Lorna Shore today releases a new video for "Cre(h)ate." The track is featured on the band's sophomore EP, "Maleficium," which was self-released by the band in December and subsequently re-released on Density Records in March.

A young woman delves into black magic only to meet a violent end in the “Cre(h)ate” video, which was shot by director Jeremy Tremp and can be seen below.

"The ‘Cre(h)ate’ video builds on our message that began with the ‘Godmaker’ video,” says bassist Gary Herrera. “The song is about people who follow things blindly and in this video the woman continues to test her luck with demonic spirits. She eventually creates one she can't contain using the Lorna Shore sigil. This represents our message to everyone who is listening and watching - we will not follow anything blindly and will continue to do things our way." More...

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Havok Releases New Video

The Denver thrashers in Havok have premiered a new video for "Chasing The Edge" taken from the band's third full-length album on Candlelight Records, "Unnatural Selection."

Produced by guitarist David Sanchez, mixed by Terry Date, and mastered by James Murphy, the album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz. David Sanchez comments on the new video:

"In case you couldn't tell by the video, 'Chasing the Edge' is about space exploration. This song is dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus and his groundbreaking idea that sparked the modern scientific revolution. Without his bold observations that turned the Church on its head, you might not be reading this text on a computer screen right now! The lyrics are dictated from Copernicus' point of view, but of course, the meaning of the song can be interpreted in many different ways.

"Astronomy is very humbling when you realize that we are an incredibly tiny part of the cosmos. No matter how self-interested our society becomes, it should always be remembered that we are not the center of the universe... There is just SO much out there. Every time I look up at the night sky, I can't help but contemplate the possibility that somewhere out there, there are creatures looking at our star; Wondering, like myself, about the possibility of life near our tiny pinhole of light, which we call the Sun. Peering into the vast ocean of suns above our heads is a mind-expanding exercise and I recommend that people do it more often. What greater fountain of mystery and wonder could you possibly look at with your own two eyes?

"We live in a historic time of human triumph and incredible discovery. It would be a shame to let these advances in understanding go unappreciated. We should be grateful for revolutionary thinkers like Nicolaus Copernicus and always remember, like the song says, 'That an open mind has the biggest impact.'" More...

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Bl'ast! Heading Out On Tour

In addition to an upcoming European tour and stateside performance at This Is Hardcore Fest, reformed Santa Cruz hardcore act Bl'ast! has just confirmed several upcoming July East Coast gigs.

The new Bl'ast! live lineup sees original vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider (LAB) joined by Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goatsnake, Wasted Youth) on drums.

In 2013 Southern Lord released the newly-revamped vintage recordings from Bl'ast! in the form of the "Blood!" LP, with the recording mixed by Dave Grohl. Catch the band live on these dates:

6/21/2014 Hellfest - Clisson, France
6/23/2014 Stick Mikes - Brighton, UK
6/24/2014 The Fleece - Bristol, UK
6/25/2014 Star and Garter - Manchester, UK
6/26/2014 Audio - Glasgow, UK
6/27/2014 Underworld - London, UK
6/28/2014 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
6/29/2014 PMK - Innsbruck, Austria
6/30/2014 Freakout Club - Bologna, Italy
7/01/2014 Lo Fi Club - Milano, Italy
7/02/2014 Vipor Room - Wien, Austria
7/03/2014 Magnet - Berlin, Germany
7/04/2014 Roskilde Festival 2014 - Roskilde, Denmark
7/23/2014 Santos Party House - New York, NY
7/24/2014 Great Scott - Allston, MA
7/25/2014 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest More...

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Opium Warlords Streaming New Album

Opium Warlords is currently streaming the entirety of new album "Taste My Sword of Understanding," which is out today via Svart Records. Check it out below, thanks to Terrorizer.com.

"Taste My Sword Of Understanding" is the third offering of Opium Warlords, the project of Sami Albert Hynninen. In comparison to the earlier albums "Live At Colonia Dignidad," and "We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky" (reviewed here), it takes a few steps towards more conventional and easy-to-listen-to levels, but still can't be mistaken for the average force-fed background bubblegum hum you might hear on the radio. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Sadness Of Vultures
2. The Self-Made Man
3. The God In Ruins
4. The Solar Burial
5. The Land Beyond The Pole
6. Mount Meru
7. This Place Has Been Passed
8. Manisolas From Misandria
9. In Melancholy Moonless Acheron More...

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Trap Them Streaming "Lungrunners"

“Blissfucker,” Trap Them's follow-up to “Darker Handcraft,” is scheduled for release via Prosthetic Records on June 10th. To further the excitement, the band has unveiled a third track from the album, titled “Lungrunners." Listen in at Pitchfork.com here

Recorded with unspoken fifth member and longtime friend Kurt Ballou (Skeletonwitch, Converge), “Blissfucker” is described by vocalist Ryan McKenney as “heavy and loud and bitter. Some songs are fast, some songs aren’t, but all the songs are awesome and we wouldn’t change one thing.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Salted Crypts (available at this location)
2. Habitland
3. Gift and Gift Unsteady
4. Lungrunners
5. Organic Infernal (streaming here)
6. Sanitations
7. Bad Nones
8. Former Lining Wide The Walls
9. Savage Climbers
10. Ransom Risen
11. Let Fall Each and Every Sedition Symptom

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Overdrive Signs To Pure Rock

The English metal band Overdrive (not to be confused with the Swedish, Mexican, or Argentinean bands of the same name) has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Rock Records, a sublabel of Pure Steel Records. Details on new material from the band is forthcoming. Overdrive consists of:

Ian Hamilton - bass, vocals
Tracey Abbott - guitars
David Poulter - vocals
Ian “Scratch” Padgett - drums
Tim Hall - keyboard, vocals

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 17

First things first: any South Florida residents interested in seeing DevilDriver in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th should email your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com with the subject DEVILDRIVER. We are hosting a ticket giveaway through the Revolution Live venue.

Last week on the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, we reviewed a series of new full-length releases. This week, we were forced to settle for mere songs, tastes of albums soon to come.

Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gets things started by reviewing the new Entombed A.D. song "Bedlam Attack," off the forthcoming album "Back To The Front.” You may also know this band as Sweden’s long-running pioneer act Entombed - creators of the death metal classics “Left Hand Path” and “Clandestine,” and “death ’n’ roll” landmark “Wolverine Blues” - and Mike offers his take on the legal dispute that led to the slight name change.

Then co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) reviews the new song "Thirst," off the imminent album "From Parts Unknown” by Buffalo, New York’s eclectic hardcore punkers Every Time I Die. As with Entombed, this band has never been too shy to experiment stylistically, and Kevin evaluates the quirky evolution leading up to this current work.

Finally, we react to a bizarre international story. Poland’s Behemoth just can’t seem to stay out of trouble these days, and due to alleged “wrong visas,” the band was recently detained and deported from Russia while on tour. Though Randy Blythe’s (Lamb Of God) 2012 fate in the Czech Republic was thankfully averted, we can’t help but feel troubled over the occasional pitfalls of travel in this part of the world - and if frontman Nergal’s account is accurate, the jail accommodations were, to put it politely, less than sanitary.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe to the Metalunderground Official Podcast via iTunes or RSS.

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Mortician Enters The Studio

Austrian traditional metal band Mortician (not the U.S. death metal band of the same name) has entered the studio to record a new album.

The album is tentatively due for release later this year and will feature nine tracks. The as-yet-untitled release follows 2011's self-titled album, and further details are forthcoming. Mortician consists of:

Patrik Lercher - bass
Thomas Metzler - guitar
Daniel Khan - vocals
Gergely Nagy - drums More...

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A Body Divided Parts With Bassist

Knoxville, TN outfit A Body Divided has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's bass player:

"We unfortunately have to say that we have parted ways with our bassist Michael Ramsey, there is nothing to be said negatively about him he is an awesome friend and musician. With that we are looking for a bass player here are the criteria you have to meet if interested please message us.

1. Must be 18+ and tour ready
2. Must have own equipment (tour ready)
3. Must be able to contribute to the band both financially and musically
4. Would like to have tour experience but not necessary

"We have a tour booked for September and several others planned for the fall along with recording a new EP so please serious inquiries only this band is not a hobby." More...

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Arch Enemy Posts Track-By-Track Video

Arch Enemy continues the run of Century Media artists supporting Decibel Magazine with an exclusive flexi disc featuring two cover tracks, Moderat Likvidation's "Nitad" and Anti Cimex's "When The Innocent Die."

Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "When approached about doing the Decibel Magazine flexi, I immediately knew I wanted to pay tribute to some of my earliest influences in the 80's Swedish punk scene! 'Nitad' and 'When The Innocent Die' were recorded in Arch Enemy's rehearsal space and the result is abrasive and extreme, punk as fuck!"

"Nitad" and "When The Innocent Die" were recorded during the "War Eternal" studio session. For a preview of Arch Enemy's upcoming album (reviewed here), be sure to check out part 1 of the track-by-track video series below.

"War Eternal" is due out on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The album track listing is as follows:

1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn (see the lyric video)
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name (watch the music video here)
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World More...

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Astral Doors Posts "Notes From The Shadows" Teaser

Swedish metal act Astral Doors, featuring Civil War frontman Nils Patrick Johansson, posted a teaser clip from the upcoming new album "Notes From the Shadows." The 3 minute clip features snippets of multiple tracks on the release, which is expected to drop on August 29th via Metalville Records.

More information on the album is expected soon. For now, enjoy the teaser clip here:

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Black Star Riders Parting Ways With Bassist

Black Star Riders today announces the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza after the band’s current U.S. tour, ending June 22nd.

Marco, a founding member of Black Star Riders, has decided to pursue other projects after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (formerly of RATT and Lynch Mob).

Guitarist Scott Gorham comments: “I am very sad to see Marco go. We have been together in a band now for almost 20 years and Marco is my brother and we wish him well for the future. It’s an amicable parting of ways and we all respect that Marco wants to do other projects outside of Black Star Riders and there just isn’t time to do both.”

Vocalist Ricky Warwick adds: “Marco will always be part of the BSR family and a true friend of ours. We are very happy to introduce Robbie Crane to everyone as the new BSR bass player. The guy killed the audition and we can’t wait to get on stage with him on our Euro run starting mid July and then of course in the studio in the autumn for the recording of the second Black Star Riders record.”

Marco Mendoza issued this statement: “I loved my time in Black Star Riders and want to thank all the fans for making the last year on road so successful. I am sorry to be leaving the band but I feel it’s time for me to pursue other avenues, some of which I have already been working with, all of which I am very excited about. I wish the guys all success in the future and I am very happy that my friend Robbie Crane will continue to blaze with BSR.”

But exciting things are ahead with the addition of veteran bassist Robbie Crane, who states: “I am very excited to be a part of the Black Star Riders family. As a long time fan of their music, I am thrilled to be a part of the band.” More...

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Deathstars Posts New Track-By-Track Video

After previously putting out the first track-by-track trailer for upcoming album "The Perfect Cult," Swedish band Deathstars now reveals the second commentary segment on this new creation.

"The Perfect Cult" will be released on June 13th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Check out this new clip below, or find the previously posted track-by-track video at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Explode
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil’s Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
07. Bodies
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts More...

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Tankard Posts Video Teaser

Totally non-legendary German alcoholic thrash metal outfit Tankard - whose upcoming album “R.I.B.” will be released on June 20th (Europe) and June 24th (U.S.) via Nuclear Blast - has posted a spectacular teaser clip to announce an upcoming video that will be premiered on June 5th. Check out the teaser below, and the full "R.I.B." album's track listing is as follows:

1. War Cry
2. Fooled By Your Guts (see the lyric video here)
3. R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)
4. Riders Of The Doom
5. Hope Can’t Die
6. No One Hit Wonder
7. Breakfast for Champions
8. Enemy Of Order
9. Clockwise To Deadline
10. The Party Ain’t Over ‘Til We Say So

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Baptists Finishes Work On New Album

Vancouver's Baptists recently completed work on a second full-length album, the follow-up to the 2013 debut "Bushcraft."

Entitled "Bloodmines," the new album was recorded at Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with Kurt Ballou and will be released via Southern Lord worldwide in September. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Like its predecessor, Bloodmines is a fast, exhilarating album of rage, oozing with genuine raw emotion and punk rock fury. Shards of feedback make way for fast powerful riffs and savage vocals, whilst explosive drumming pumps blood around the band's beating heart. On album tracks like 'Vistas,' 'Calling,' and the title track, 'Bloodmines,' the pace changes, revealing powerful, almost anthemic, jagged noise rock akin to influential San Diego post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu and similar acts which go beyond the two minute mark. Discordant guitar melodies and abrasive vocal passages are elongated, still volatile but perhaps allowing for further contemplation of the band's underlying message.

"Baptists continually find new ways to express their rage and with Bloodmines they have created a memorable and commanding album. Official release dates and previews of the album will be released throughout the Summer months.

"Additionally, Baptists is one of dozens of acts confirmed to raid Tucson, Arizona on October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th for Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, joining Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, Pelican, -16-, The Body, Eagle Twin, Author & Punisher, Primitive Man, Obliterations, Secrets Of The Sky, Godhunter and tons more. More on SWTF can be found here, and further Baptists tour actions will be disclosed over the coming weeks." More...

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Death Division Issues Album Update

Death Division - the band featuring Jerry Montano (Hellyeah / Danzig) and Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel / Divine Heresy / Hate Eternal) - has issued the following update about working on an upcoming album:

"The new Death Division records is officially written! 13 NEW TRACKS! We are absolutely pumped...

"We have a TON of news coming soon!! Thank you all for hanging in there and supporting Death Division and DIY music.

"You know when you're listening to preproduction tracks that are only 2 guitar parts & you get chills... Shit is gonna be epic! Be ready DeathCult. We have a fresh batch of awesome in the oven & it's gonna be delicious when it's ready" More...

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Troldhaugen Posts Tour Announcement Video

Troldhaugen is so excited to be heading over to Europe this September that the band had to film a short clip letting everyone now about it. Check out the overabundance of joy in the player below.

The band will be performing live across European countries with Alestorm and Brainstorm. Dates are available after the jump.

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Svartna Releases New Music Video

Finnish female-fronted outfit Svartna, featuring the voice of Black Sun Aeon, has released a music video for the track "Cornered By Death."

The video was directed by Janica Lönn and comes off the "Long Time Lost" EP available now via Violent Journey Records.

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Abolishment Of Flesh Cancels Australian Tour

U.S. death metal outfit Abolishment Of Flesh has checked in with the following announcement about cancelling upcoming Australian shows scheduled for September:

"Hey everybody, we really hate to announce bad news but unfortunately we will not be going to Australia due to circumstances beyond our control! The promoter that was supposed to take care of us messaged us that he will NOT be able to do the tour.

"We are very upset cause we've been planning this for a whole year and even passed up many other opportunities for this. We apologize to all our friends and fans from down under that were looking forward to see us. We still plan on making it to Australia in the near future so please keep all the positive feedback coming!

"On another much happier note, we will be announcing some new tour dates here in North America SOON! So keep an eye out for updates! Peace..."

Abolishment of Flesh also just wrapped up the "Brutal Alliance" tour with Embryonic Devourment and Xapharon.

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The Algorithm Posts Full Album Online

Due out June 2nd, "Octopus4" follows The Algorithm's debut album "Polymorphic Code," and today the full release is available for streaming.

Listen to all of "Octopus4" at SoundCloud here. 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 More...

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Aurorean Splits With Drummer

Drummer Brandon Bennett from San Antonio, TX outfit Aurorean has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:

"Hey there friends. I am devastated to announce that I, Brandon, drummer for Aurorean, will no longer be able to do my duty as a member of Aurorean.

"Many things are going on for me and I cannot hold back my good friends in this band by not being able to travel and tour and do all the great things a signed band must do. So it is with great regret that I am stepping down.

"I wish my band mates the very best and hope that they find a great replacement and continue on the road to success! I will miss this like a lost child but it is for the good. Thank you very much guys!

"This band will always be my pride and at least I can tell my children that there dad was in a signed band and that I played my heart out. I will miss you. Good luck my friends! I will see you on the big stage under the bright lights some day for sure. Best wishes!" More...

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Metalsteel Releases New Music Video

Slovenian metal act Metalsteel released a new music video for the track "Call Off the War." The song appears on the band's latest and fifth studio album "This Is Your Revelation," which is available through On Parole Productions.

Check out "Call Off the War" here:

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Prayed And Betrayed Unveils Album Artwork

Prayed And Betrayed has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

"Cover art for our upcoming release 'The Abundance of a Sickened Mind' now shall be revealed! The album will see the daylight next month, so stay on your toes!"

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Esoteric Splits With Keyboardist

U.K. outfit Esoteric has issued the following announcement online about parting ways with keyboard player Jan Krause:

"Following our recent tour, keyboardist Jan has decided to part ways with Esoteric. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.

"We are therefore in search of a suitable replacement. Anyone interested should be in the West Midlands area of the UK, or have the ability to get to central Birmingham for weekly rehearsals.

"Experience and own equipment is a must. Contact us through our Facebook profile."

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Grave Digger Premieres Lyric Video For New Track

Legendary German power metal act Grave Digger premiered a lyric video for the new track "Season of the Witch" over at Decibel Magazine's website at this location. (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Return of the Reaper," which is set to drop on the following release schedule:

July 11th: G/A/S FIN & Benelux
July 14th: UK & Rest of Europe
July 15th: USA/CAN
July 16th: ESP/SWE/NOR

The track list for the album is:

1. Return of the Reaper
2. Hell Funeral
3. War God
4. Tattooed Rider
5. Resurrection Day
6. Season of the Witch
7. Road Rage Killer
8. Dia de los Muertos
9. Satan's Host
10. Grave Desecrator
11. Death Smiles at All of Us
12. Nothing to Believe

Check out "Season of the Witch" here: More...

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Crowbar Streaming Official Video

Crowbar has just released the official video for its new single "Walk with Knowledge Wisely," which is streaming below. The track comes from its new Century Media release "Symmetry in Black."

The band will be having an official CD release party tonight at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, which is also a XXV anniversary celebration for Crowbar. Go to the venue's website for more details.


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A Metal Tribute to the History of Video Games

YouTube user FamilyJules7X has released a 17 minute Metal Tribute to the History of Video Games in video and audio formats. The medley covers 38 video game tunes in a style reminiscient of Powerglove. He has also made the track available for download as an MP3 or WAV file.

The song list is as follows: More...

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Vestal Claret Posts New Music Video

Connecticut traditional metal act Vestal Claret, featuring ex-Atlantean Kodex vocalist Phil Swanson, posted a new music video for the track "The Stranger." The song appears on the band's latest album "The Cult of Vestal Claret," which is out now via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Check out the video here:

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