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Metal News for May 7, 2014

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Trivium Splits With Drummer

Trivium's Paolo Gregoletto has issued the following announcement about the band parting ways with drummer Nick Augusto:

"I had asked everyone to make this statement regarding Nick, personally and on behalf of the band because of the history we both have had together as friends and bandmates. There is no easy way to go about parting ways with someone; whether it's in a band or not, but if it is coming directly from one of us, I hope that it will be perceived out of our respect for him.

"This past Sunday, Matt, Corey, and I decided that it was best to part ways with Nick and to move forward as soon as possible. This decision was not one that we took lightly, given the fact that we are in the midst of a tour, and more importantly, that Nick has been with us for almost 3 and half years.

"We spoke face to face for about an hour on the bus - first informing him of our decision to move forward, both discussing the situation and how to precede with announcing it, as well as personally thanking him for being there when we needed him as a tech, and then as drummer. I made both those calls to Nick - I asked him if he would be willing to drop everything and come out and be apart of Trivium at a moments notice and he did without hesitation. On stage we all fit well together - I believe we became a tighter and more unified band because of him. There was not a dramatic ending to this, honestly it was quite muted and I am happy to have been able to speak directly and calmly to one another. More...

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Bl'ast! Announces New Tour Dates

Iconic Santa Cruz heavy fusion act Bl'ast! has confirmed a string of European tour dates this June, surrounded by widespread North American performances in May and July, in addition to a revamped live lineup.

Original Bl'ast! alumni, vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (also of Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider (LAB) will be 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 & Wasted Youth) on drums for the upcoming multi-continental run of upcoming tour dates.

On the subject of touring Europe, Mike Neider comments, "We couldn't have asked for a more perfect fit. Joey and Nick have shown tons of respect to the music and have added their blood to make even more manic and heavy! BL'AST! Is in full sound assault mode! We are looking forward to the upcoming dates, honestly, it feels never better! And to come over for the first time at this point in time will be a great display of heavy!" Vocalist Cliff Dinsmore adds, "We have such an amazing band chemistry going on right now...it's beyond anything I've experienced in all my years of playing with BL'AST! Nick and Joey's contribution to the band has brought it to a level of tightness and intensity that is totally insane!"

Oliveri and Castillo haven't played together since Queens Of The Stone Age over ten years ago. Joey C has this to say about being part of Bl'ast!: "Very Stoked to be playing with BL'AST! for a couple reasons: I go way back with the guys, be it when I was a kid playing in Wasted Youth, we did shows together, and I was always a fan. And obviously playing again with Nick Oliveri, my other old friend from our days in QOTSA together, makes it even that much greater and fun! Can't wait to get overseas to show what BL'AST! is all about, see ya soon!" More...

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Releases Album

The electro-industrial rock pioneers in My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult have released their 13th studio release "Spooky Tricks," which can be heard below. The band is also about to hit the road on the following dates:

5/28 Ramona, CA @ Mainstage
5/29 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke
5/30 Corona, CA @ M15
5/31 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
6/01 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
6/03 Tulsa, OK @ IDL Ballroom
6/04 Dallas, TX @ Trees
6/05 Austin, TX @ Elysium
6/06 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
6/07 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/08 New Orleans, LA @ One-Eyed Jack’s
6/10 Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
6/11 Richmond, VA @ Fallout
6/12 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
6/13 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
6/14 Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater
6/15 New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House
6/17 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
6/18 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
6/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Stache at Intersection
6/20 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
6/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
6/24 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
6/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Café
6/27 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/28 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
7/01 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
7/02 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go More...

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Circulo de Furia Streaming New Song

Chilean outfit Circulo de Furia is now streaming a new track online titled "Déjame Aquí," which can be heard below. The track hails from the band's latest EP "Aniquilador." For more info on Circulo de Furia, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Tesla Streaming "So Divine..."

Tesla has debuted a new single titled "So Divine," which can be heard below courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock.

Tesla will release the "Simplicity" LP on June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording's arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.

"Simplicity" will be the band's seventh studio full-length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the follow-up to "Forever More," and features the following track listing:

1. MP3
2. Ricochet
3. Rise and Fall
4. So Divine...
5. Cross My Heart
6. Honestly
7. Flip Side!
8. Other than Me
9. Break of Dawn
10. Burnout to Fade
11. Life is a River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. 'Til that Day
15. Burnout to Fade (writing demo version)*

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Symptom 7 Streaming Songs From New Album

New York power trip Symptom 7 released new album "Hogs Tooth" on May 1st, and now three tracks from the release are available online.

Check out "Dead In The Water," "Machine," and the title track "Hogs Tooth" in the Reverbnation page below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Machine
2. Counted Out
3. Dead In The Water
4. Hogs Tooth
5. Recon
6. MRKW
7. Masters And Slaves
8. To The Grave
9. Nevermind
10. Take
11. No One Else
12. Darkness Eternal
13. Again More...

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Vengha Posts New Single

Swedish metal outfit Vengha is gearing up to release new album "Ergo" this coming July, 2014. Today the first single from the album has been made available. Check out "Which Way" in the player below, or find more info on Vengha at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Arch Enemy Singer Discusses "War Eternal" Album

Back in March, Century Media Records announced Angela Gassow would be stepping down as Arch Enemy's singer and taking on a management role. The voice of Arch Enemy for 13 years, Gassow lent her seething pitch to 6 albums. In addition her longevity, Gassow is seen as one of the greatest female vocalists in the realm of extreme metal. This being said, finding another female who can crush it like Angela seems a lofty task. She looked to Canada to find a pretty, blue-haired maiden named Alissa White-Gluz.

White-Gluz possesses the attitude, voice and experience the band so desired. She had released three albums with fellow Century Media artists, The Agonist. Her ability to growl certainly raised a few eyebrows including those of Angela Gassow. Gassow called her and asked if she could fill the spot, which White-Gluz obviously accepted. Since then, White-Gluz left Canada for Sweden to record the band's 9th studio album "War Eternal."

With just a month to spare before the album hits American shores, I called Alissa to get her thoughts on the new album. She was on vacation in New York, but still found the time to discuss joining the band and making this album. More...

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Lilith Announces New Record Deal

Phoenix, Arizona's Lilith has just joined the 6131 Records family, and the label issued the following statement:

"Lilith's unique sound, self-proclaimed 'feminist doom punk,' and personal, often poignant lyrics make for music that is so refreshingly honest and scathing it's hard not to pay attention.

"Lilith will be touring throughout the Eastern U.S. in May / June (dates below) and their 'Bloom' demo is currently available via Bandcamp for free download."

Details on the band's forthcoming 6131 Records debut release will be announced in the coming months. More...

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Negura Bunget Cancels Tour

Negura Bunget has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced North American tour:

"We are deeply sorry to say it, but we are forced to cancel our entire U.S. and Canadian tour as of this moment.

"Some visa complication completely beyond the band’s control are forcing us to do this in the last moment, despite the fact that we’ve been working on this tour plan for over one year and we already secured our work permits months ago.

"Needless to say we invested a huge amount time, energy and money into making this tour happen, so we are taking a huge loss now. But we are still here, and we will return! Meanwhile we’ll focus all our frustration energy into completing the last details of the new album TAU." More...

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Decapitated Issues New Album Update

The Polish tech-death masters in Decapitated are currently busy at Hertz Studio working on their new album. Now the band has posted a new message right in the midst of is recording progress:

"We are now at the stage of tracking the vocals and the guitars. It looks like recording the new Decapitated album has so far proved extremely demanding. Never before had we faced a challenge as testing as the new songs turned out to be. We cross-breed various styles, sounds and every day we put the crossbar higher and higher.

"Slowly but surely everything starts to come along and we can clearly feel something hugely exciting is emerging. Surely it is going to be the new level for Decapitated and as usually, as with each subsequent album, both music and sound will be somewhat different. I've been using my new custom-made Ibanez Iceman guitar during this session and EVH amps and cabs. The sound is original, powerful and crushing.

"We flirt with various tempos mixing death metal with grindcore and almost outright black metal atmosphere together with more, so to speak, 'crowd-puller' beats verging on groovy, almost stoner-rock climates. There are also a few more modern metal rhythmic riffs where we return to the climate of »Organic Hallucinosis« album. I'm certain that the very fact we are again, after 9 years, in Hertz studio will evoke the spirit of that album.

"The vocals sound very promising. Rasta is a much more experienced vocalist compared to the 'Carnival Is Forever' album times. And his voice sounds more powerful and deeper. There's still a lot of work ahead of us so I gotta go now." More...

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Killer Be Killed Streaming Full New Album

Killer Be Killed - the new project comprised of Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta) - has made the band's entire debut self-titled album available online for streaming.

Be sure to read our review of the album right here, and listen in yourself to the release below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. "Killer Be Killed" is due out this week in Europe (May 9th) and May 13th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Belphegor Reveals New Album Details

The diabolical black/death metal outfit Belphegor has just revealed the cover design for forthcoming album "Conjuring the Dead."

The artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton from Septicflesh, who also painted the cover of "Pestapokalypse IV" in 2006.

Belphegor's Helmuth comments: “The spectacular cover, the offensive lyrical content, the Death Musick. Belphegor's nine new sound collages are a new dimension of intensity and dynamics.”

Seth adds: "Once you can customize the basic principles of Renaissance painting and deriving energy/data from chaotic reservoir of unconscious...you get Belphegor's "Conjuring The Dead' cover art.”

The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida under the direction of Eric Rutan, three and a half years after "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) was released.

The band's tenth studio album will be unleashed on August 8th (EU/North America) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Wilson To Release The Fuckery On Vinyl

Last summer the Fuckery ensued, and this summer the Fuckery continues! The Detroit scum dogs in Wilson previously released their debut "Full Blast Fuckery," which was lauded as an album that "would make your children emerge from the womb looking like tattooed Wookies" by Decibel Magazine.

Until now the album was only available in CD and digital formats, but beginning the last week of June, 2014 "Full Blast Fuckery" will be available on vinyl.

This special edition will be lime green, feature all new artwork, and will come with an exclusive 18" x 24" poster. The LP can be pre-ordered over here. Wilson frontman Chad Nicefield explains:

"We've been anxiously gyrating over here in the Wilsoncamp waiting to announce that our record Full Blast Fuckery will be available for the first time on wax! We couldn't be anymore stoked to start titty fucking the ears and souls of you all with our first ever vinyl release! The packaging and artwork we put together for this is different, new and VERY special to us! We hope this piece of Rock N Roll debauchery lands itself a load all over your hearts and minds! Climb the volcano of Fuckery and let it blast forever!" More...

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Culture Abuse Signs To 6131 Records

6131 Records has announced the signing of San Francisco's Culture Abuse, and the label comments:

"Featuring members of All Teeth and Dead To Me, Culture Abuse hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and can best be described as a wild pack of animals that have been stirring things up along the West Coast since Fall 2013.

"Following the release of their The Day Dreams of Nothing demo EP, 6131 Records almost immediately began talks to sign this impressive new band. Their amalgamation of punk, hardcore, and grunge is unlike anything heard before, feeling both vitally important and on the brink of disaster at the same time."

Culture Abuse will be announcing plans for a forthcoming 6131 Records debut in the near future. The previous demo "The Day Dreams of Nothing" can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here. You can also see the band live:

05/10 Oakland, CA @ The Naming Gallery w/ Creative Adult, Gayhenry (matinee)
05/10 San Francisco, CA @ Bender's w/ Pins of Light, Elephant Rifle
06/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room w/ SNFU, Nihilist Cunt
06/07 San Francisco, CA @ Honey Hive Art Gallery w/ Sabertooth Zombie, The Coltranes
06/08 Oakland, CA @ 917 35th St. w/ The Coltranes, Harsh Vibes, Half Goon, TV Dreams More...

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Flesh Born Announces New EP

Texas-based screamo-meets-black metal quartet Flesh Born, formerly known as Elesh Norn, will be dropping new EP, "Han," on emerging Midwest label Skeletal Lightning this coming June 24th, 2014.

Pre-orders are available at this location. The B-side will feature the band's debut EP "All The Pain I Built Up."

Flesh Born recently paired up with fellow Texan blacked punk duo Cara Neir for an impressive split hinting at things to come. Check out the tracks below, and you can see Flesh Born live on these dates: More...

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Thine Streaming Full New Album

U.K. dark rock/prog outfit Thine has teamed up with A.V. Club to stream the band's upcoming "The Dead City Blueprint" album before it hits stores on May 13th via Peaceville. Check it out below.

The Dead City Blueprint can be pre-ordered now at iTunes or at Amazon.com.

The follow-up to 2002 album, "In Therapy," "The Dead City Blueprint" was recorded at Academy Studios (Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride) and features 10 tracks. Commented the band:

"We've been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city's darkest avenues, so hope you'll find us there." More...

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Islander Streaming "Coconut Dracula"

Islander has released the single from one of Revolver's "Most Anticipated Albums of 2014," titled "Violence & Destruction."

The single, “Coconut Dracula,” can be heard below, courtesy of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival website. You can also hear the previously posted track "The Sadness of Graves" over at this location.

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Wo Fat Releasing New Album

On June 17th, Wo Fat will release "The Conjuring," the band's fifth full-length and second via the volume perpetrators at Small Stone.

Pre-orders are available here, and you can hear the song "Beggar's Bargain" below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump, bassist Tim Wilson, and drummer/backing vocalist Michael Walter are jazz-combo tight and their roll is easy and natural, much like Fu Manchu, but far bigger and in the case of The Conjuring, far darker.

"There's been a creature lurking in the woods since Wo Fat's 2006 debut, The Gathering Dark. Their second album, 2009's Psychedelonaut, pulled back on the threat some to lighten the mood, but whether it's the motor-driven rush of 'Read The Omens' or the you're-already-lost-in-it riff-exploration of seventeen-minute closer 'Dreamwalker,' The Conjuring is indeed a backwoods ritual. Bluesmen have sold their souls for less.

"Veterans of Roadburn, slated for Freak Valley 2014 and self-sufficient with Stump handling the recording at his own Crystal Clear Sound on their home turf, Wo Fat pushes their jams farther than they've ever gone before on these five tracks. Topped off with a mastering job from Nolan Brett at Stump's studio and an otherworldly cover courtesy of Alexander Von Wieding, the beast that Wo Fat's tectonic riffage calls to earth has never seemed more real or more alive than it does on The Conjuring."

The album's track listing is:

1. The Conjuring
2. Read The Omens
3. Pale Rider From The Ice
4. Beggar's Bargain
5. Dreamwalker More...

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Witch Mountain Recording New Album

Witch Mountain has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming album:

"Today we enter the studio to begin recording our 4th album. Billy Anderson is producing once again. It shall be mighty. Look for it this Fall on Profound Lore (North America) and Svart Records (Europe)."

Further details are forthcoming, and you can also hear the previous release "Cauldron of the Wild" below.

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Mortals Streaming New Track "View From A Tower"

Brooklyn sludge act Mortals is streaming the new track "View From A Tower" from the upcoming release "Cursed to See the Future." The album is the band's second full length effort, and its set for release on July 4th (Germany/Benelux), July 7th (UK/World) and July 8th (North America) via Relapse Records in CD, LP and digital formats.

The track list is:
1. View From a Tower
2. Epochryphal Gloom
3. The Summoning
4. Devilspell
5. Series of Decay
6. Anchored in Time

Check out "View From A Tower" here: More...

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Pilgrim Announces Tour With Age Of Taurus

Rhode Island's Pilgrim is returning to the road in June with Age of Taurus. The east coast/Midwest tour begins on June 14th in New Bedford, MA and wraps up in Brooklyn on June 25th at the Acheron. The entire list of confirmed dates are available below.

Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by sound sage Mike Moebius and centered on tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom and widespread obliteration, Pilgrim's "II: Void Worship" is a frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom that is available now.

06/14 New Bedford, MA @ No Problemo
06/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
06/17 Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
06/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/19 Indianapolis, IN @ Fifth Quarter
06/20-6/21 Milwaukee, WI @ Days of the Doomed Festival (NO PILGRIM)
06/22 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge (NO AGE OF TAURUS)
06/23 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
06/24 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
06/25 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron More...

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Noisem Announces New Live Run

The Baltimore death/thrash mosh motivators in Noisem, fresh off of the massive North American Decibel Magazine Tour, have just confirmed another string of live actions for this month.

From May 13th through the 20th Noisem will hit the road and support for the quick but deadly trek will be provided by Ocean City's grueling hardcore/powerviolence crew, Jarhead Fertilizer, which features members of Full Of Hell.

Noisem also just tracked a new single for A389 called "Consumed," which is being slated for release this Fall. More info will follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the track "Defiled," released as part of Decibel Magazine's Flexi Series, over here.

5/13/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
5/14/2014 The Depot - York, PA
5/15/2014 The Lair - Buffalo, NY
5/16/2014 Basement Transitions - Erie, PA
5/17/2014 The Foundry - Cleveland, OH
5/18/2014 TBA - Pittsburgh, PA
5/19/2014 Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, MD
5/20/2014 Swirled World - Ocean City, MD

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Father Murphy Embarking On North American Tour

Italy's Father Muprhy is currently en route to the East Coast where the band will spread eccentric and diseased hymns across North America on an epic month-long journey, with additional rituals recently added in Washington, DC, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Albany. The trek includes a live appearance on June 19th at WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The frighteningly strangulating avant occult duo, who The Wire likened to "homemade Morricone and toytown Goblin," will be touring in support of the "Pain Is On Our Side Now" EP, released via Aagoo Records earlier this year.

A concept album that centers itself on failure, "Pain Is On Our Side Now" boasts four chilling tracks of eroticism and emotional decay, which can all be heard below. See the band live on these dates: More...

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Until Dawn Releases New Music Video

Metal fans new to the world of Until Dawn can get a taste by checking out the band’s brand new technically-driven, “zombified” music video for the track "Roamers and Lurkers." Check it out below, via Revolver Magazine.

The video is directed by Barrett Klesko and features the band performing in a dark, barricaded high school gym. Zombies take over the gym and attack the band during the song, turning them into the undead monsters themselves!

"Roamers and Lurkers" can be found on the band’s recently released new album "Horizon," which is available at CD Baby.

Until Dawn is gearing up to head out on a headline tour of Eastern Canada with Deathpoint later this month, kicking off at The Rockpile East in Toronto, ON on May 23rd. Details are as follows:

5/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Rockpile East
5/24 - Ottawa, ON @ Luneta Cafe (with Deathpoint)
5/25 - Quebec City, QB @ Le Sous-sol Du Cercle (with Deathpoint)
5/26 - Montreal, QB @ Cafe Chaos (with Deathpoint)
5/30 - Brandon, Canada @ North Hill Inn
5/31 - Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom (with Deathpoint) More...

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Complete Failure Offering Track For Download

Pittsburgh's Complete Failure is offering the track titled "Errant Social Mile Marker" as a free download over at Bandcamp here.

"Errant Social Mile Marker" is taken from the band's latest full length, "The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault," which can be streamed in full below. Regarding the album, the band said:

"'The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault' is the godproduct for us 4 of many lost relationships, arguments, lost sleep, migraines, pain, loss of life, debt, one assault, one ruined career, countless hours of driving, writing, rewriting, rewriting, fighting and shit talk over arrangements, drug addiction and rehabilitation, and about 50 hours straight of recording over the course of two and a half years at peoples houses in a few different states at pretty much any affiliate band members house that had a microphone and a laptop that could run recording software of any kind.

"Nothing I personally have ever been a part of as a human being has ever called upon so much out of me from a standpoint of living breathing resentment and frustration for being alive and trying to 'keep up' with earth around you. With every passing day to practice to show to belligerent release of sobriety between us as members of Complete Failure, it was more and more obvious that if it weren't all coming out right now then never. I don't know if the wise man ever said it but he should have. You could die tomorrow for anything, so why not kill yourself for nothing today." More...

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The Ocean Posts Live Footage From New DVD

The Ocean is streaming live footage from the recently released "Collective Oblivion" DVD. The clip is taken from the band's Hong Kong stop on a tour across China. Watch "The City in the Sea" from the 2006 "Aeolian" album below.

Founding member and guitarist Robin Staps fills us in on the details: "This clip was filmed at our show at Hidden Agenda in Hong Kong during our first tour there in 2011. It was a crazy night, the audience was actually more drunk than us, and completely went ape shit.

"During the encore, 'The City In The Sea' off our 'Aeolian' record, Loic asked everyone to come up on stage and things went off the hook. These kids really enjoyed seeing some live metal in their city, and there are some quite unique dancing styles on display." More...

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Battlecross Posts Live Footage

Detroit metal squad Battlecross has just launched three new live bootlegs. POV Recordings recently shot and edited live videos of "Flesh & Bone," "Never Coming Back," and "Kaleb" from the band's show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Check 'em out below.

You can also see the band live with Killswitch Engage on these dates:

5/12/2014 Capones - Johnson City, TN w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/13/2014 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/15/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/16/2014 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI w/ Trivium, Devil You Know (No Killswitch Engage)
5/17/2014 London Music Hall - London, ON w/ Trivium
5/18/2014 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY w/ Nothing More
5/20/2014 Iron City - Birmingham, AL w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/21/2014 The Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/22/2014 Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/23/2014 Centerstage Bar & Grill - Kokomo, IN w/ Black Fast
5/24/2014 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Black Fast
5/25/2014 Aftershock - Merriam, KSw/ Black Fast
5/26/2014 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
5/27/2014 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ Nothing More
5/28/2014 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO w/ Nothing More
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8/09/2014 Dirtfest @ Birch Run Expo Center - Birch Run, MI

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Funeral For A Friend Streaming New Cover Track

Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral For A Friend has premiered a new cover of BoySetsFire’s song “Rookie” today at AltPress.com (also available below).

The song is featured on a two-track split record, which also features Boysetsfire covering Funeral For A Friend’s “1045 Amsterdam Conversations.” The split 7” vinyl will be released in the U.S. on May 13th by No Sleep Records and is currently available for pre-order here.

“When it came down to figuring out what BSF track we wanted to cover it wasn't easy,” says FFAF’s Matthew Davies. “We all had our favourites but we just had to figure out which song collectively made sense. After the Eulogy is such an inspirational record and we all love 'Rookie,' it's probably the most recognizable BSF song and we figured because of it's connection with people that we should give it a shot. We recorded it in a day. It was so much fun to play, it's such an anthem.” More...

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Hammercult Posts "Satanic Lust" Clip

The Israeli neo-thrashers in Hammercult have announced a handful of continental European Festival appearances this summer, along with the release of a new clip for the song "Satanic Lust."

Check out "Satanic Lust" below, which comes off current album "Steelcrusher." You can also check out the lyric video for "Into Hell" at this location, or catch the band live:

07.06. D-Reichenbach - Chronical Moshers Open Air
10.07. D-Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air
11.07. B-Antwerp - Antwerp Metal Fest

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Palace Signs To Massacre Records

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Palace:

"Traditional metal without a fuss or quibble still exists and Palace are living proof! In 1990, the band rose from the ashes of Saints Anger.

"The band's debut 'Toy Of Rage' was released in 1996, followed by 'Unsolved Mysteries' in 1999. Both albums were supported by countless gigs. 'Machine Evolution' (2003) received fantastic reviews, both in Germany and abroad.

"The band's 4th album 'Black Sun' was released in 2006 via STF Records as well as 'Divine Intervention,' which followed in 2008. The band's latest album 'Dreamevilize' was released in 2011 via Firefield Records.

"In the past decades, Palace played with bands such as Grave Digger, Doro, U.D.O. or Sabaton and played at festivals like Saarbanger Festival, Steel Meets Steel, Rage Against Racism or Fullmetal Osthessen.

"One of the highlights in the band's live history was surely the European tour with Primal Fear and Brainstorm in 2012 where they played 19 gigs in 10 different countries!"

Palace's new album "7th Steel" is set to be released this coming Autumn 2014 via Massacre Records.

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Opeth Single Release Pushed Back

Update: Roadrunner and Opeth have now released a statement about the delay and announced the album is being pushed back to August. Check it out right here.

In a press release sent out last month by Roadrunner Records, it was announced that "Cusp of Eternity" - the first single off Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" - would be released along with album pre-order info on May 6th, 2014.

Obviously that date has come and passed without the single coming online, and fans are not happy about it. Every post on the Roadrunner Records Facebook page is filled with dozens of not-so-nice comments from Opethians (and I'd say it's a good bet none of them are buying that Black Stone Cherry album RR keeps posting about....) that range from "I always did dislike your company. I'm sure this type of crap dosen't happen with Nickelback" to threats to pirate the album when it is released, on to amusing Opeth lyric references like "I don't know how or why, and I'll never know WHEN..."

There's been no official statement yet from either Roadrunner or Opeth, but rumors are circling that the original June 17th release date for "Pale Communion" is being pushed back to the end of the Summer. Stay tuned for further details when an official announcement is made available.

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Septicflesh Releases Lyric Video For "Burn"

Greek extreme metal giants Septicflesh released a lyric video for the new track "Burn." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Titan," which will hit European stores on June 20th (EU) via Season of Mist and June 23rd (USA) via Prosthetic Records.

The track list for "Titan" is as follows:

1. War In Heaven
2. Burn
3. Order Of Dracul (streaming here)
4. Prototype
5. Dogma
6. Prometheus
7. Titan
8. Confessions Of A Serial Killer
9. Ground Zero
10. The First Immortal

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Zix Details New Album "Tides Of The Final War"

Lebanese female-fronted act Zix posted details on the upcoming debut album "Tides of the Final War." The band has tapped Grammy Award winning producer Steve Thompson (Guns N' Roses/Metallica/Anthrax) for the album, which includes the All-Star Protest Song “Metal Strike.”

Zix was formed in 2010 by composer/bassist Ziad and is devoted to breaking metal music in the Middle East. Zix is fronted by Maya on vocals and features Argentinian guitarist Juan Carrizo on guitar and ex-Manowar/ex-Death Dealer drummer Kenny Earl Rhino.

The star studded track “Metal Strike,” a song protesting the oppression of metal heads throughout the Middle East, includes the likes of: Tony Martin (Ex-Black Sabbath), Blaze Bayley (Ex-Iron Maiden/Wolfsbane), Paul Di'Anno (Ex-Iron Maiden), Ronny Munroe (Metal Church), Ross The Boss (Ex-Manowar/Death Dealer), David Shankle (DSG), Jack Starr (Burning Star/ex-Virgin Steel), Giles Lavery (Dragonsclaw/ex-Warlord), David Marcelis (Lord Volture), Frederic Bartolomucci (Legend), Stu Marshall (Death Dealer/Empires of Eden) and Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot/Rough Cutt). The cast of stars is is joined by local metal celebrities Dany Deaibesson (vocals), Vík Bajac (Impulse); Tony Ghanem (Ostura); Walid WolfLust (Kaoteon) and Nathalie J (Bandage), who is a Lebanese metal activist that has worked with the likes of Doug Katsaros (Aerosmith). More...

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Space Eater Signs With Pure Steel Records

Serbian thrashers Space Eater signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band was formed in 2004 in Belgrade and released two full length albums - "Merciful Angel" in 2007 through I Hate Records and "Aftershock" in 2010 via Stormspell Records. In 2012, the band issued a three song demo entitled "Ninja Assassin." In 2013, the band added guitarist Ðorde Lukovic (Centurion), who replaced founding guitarist Nemanja Pavlovic.

The band is currently working on the third full length album and first for Pure Steel. More information will be available soon. The current lineup is:

Luca Matkovic - vocals, guitars
Karlo Testen - bass
Marko Danilovic - drums
Ðorde Lukovic - guitars More...

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Rage Posts Interview Clip For 30th Anniv. Release

Legendary German metal act Rage posted interview footage, featuring vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner and guitarist Victor Smolski speaking about the upcoming 30th Anniversary double CD release "The Soundchaser Archives," which is set for release on May 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "The Soundchaser Archives" is:

CD 1:

1. Anybody Home? (see lyric video here)
2. Mystery Trip
3. In Union
4. Long Hard Road
5. Full Moon (international version)
6. Nevermore
7. French Bourrée
8. A Perfect Day
9. Enough Is Enough
10. Here Comes the Night
11. Spiritual Awakening
12. Lost in the Void
13. The Missing Link
14. Another Kind of Madness
15. Down to the Bone More...

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