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Metal News for June 1, 2014

Last updated on July 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM ET

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Aurorean Recruits New Drummer

After announcing the departure of Brandon Bennett last week, Texas-based band Aurorean has issued the following update about bringing on a new member:

"Welcome Aurorean's new drummer Jay Sanchez! This guy has stepped up to the plate most definitely.

"And if you wanna see Aurorean come out the the Red Eye Fly up in Austin this coming Thursday come hang out with us." More...

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Enduring The Fall Issues EP Update

Canada's Enduring The Fall has issued the following update about working on a forthcoming EP release:

"That's a wrap! We've finished principle production on our upcoming EP and holy balls, is it ever a punishing production!!

"Rob, Guy, JP, Dan and myself are all incredibly impressed and proud of what we have created! We'd like to thank Terry at the Physics Lab for making us sound better than we actually are ...stay tuned for details on the release of EP 2014!!"

Check out photos of the band's time working on the upcoming release at Facebook here.

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Affiance Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Affiance has issued the following announcement about dropping off the rest of the band's current tour, which was scheduled to run through the end of June:

"Hey Warriors! We have some bad news and good news to fill you in on. First and foremost, we are unable to finish the Black Tide tour this summer because of quite a few unforeseen circumstances involving health, finances, and the planning of our brand new record.

"Because of this, we’re going to definitely make it up to all of you this fall when we hit the road again on some awesome tours and have some brand new music to play for you every night.

"With that being said, we’re going to be releasing the new record this fall and a new song for you all very soon!

"We really appreciate you all and are really grateful of the opportunities we have as a band. We’ll be following Warped Tour again, so hopefully we see you there!" More...

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Musk Ox Streaming "Part 3 - Arcanum"

Canadian neofolk trio Musk Ox recently announced the release of forthcoming new full-length
"Woodfall" and today is pleased to unveil third movement, "Part 3 - Arcanum," at Pitchfork.com here (scroll down past the first few streams to reach it).

Nearly six years in the making, "Woodfall" is a one-hour, five-part progressive folk epic of classical guitar, cello, and violin which sees Musk Ox push its sound to soaring new heights Expressing the essence of Canada's vast, magnificent landscapes through sound.

Dedicated to the life and memory of Adrian "The Energizer" Bromley, David Gold from Woods Of Ypres, and Steve "MF" Sauvé, "Woodfall" will be released independently on June 17th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

Part 1 - Earthrise (9:24)
Part 2 - Windswept (10:44)
Part 3 - Arcanum (17:35)
Part 4 - Above the Clouds (10:28)
Part 5 - Serenade the Constellations (17:46)

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Gehtika Splitting With Drummer

U.K. outfit Gehtika has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have some rather sad news to announce. Our drummer extraordinaire, Mr. Hemming, will be leaving the Gehtika ward after Bloodstock Festival.

"This is for personal reasons and we respect his decision & wish him all the best for the future.
However, this does mean that we will now be looking for a new drummer to replace Mr Hemming.

"So please get in touch if you're interested in trying out - we have an album planned for the end of the year so we'll be holding try outs effective immediately."

You can also see the band's Bloodstock Festival announcement video at this location.

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New Headbanger's Kitchen Episode Available

Headbanger's Kitchen - Hosted by Demonstealer from Demonic Resurrection - has another episode out now. Check out Demonstealer showing you how to make "Snowless Chicken Kiev," along with an interview with Aditya Mehta from Solar Deity, in the player below.

In related news, Demonic Resurrection has a new album coming this July titled "The Demon King." Get details and watch a teaser trailer for the release at this location.

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Troldhaugen To Enter The Studio

Troldhaugen is headed to Europe this September to support Alestorm (see the dates over here), but before those shenanigans begin, the band will record a new album. Troldhaugen comments:

"LISTEN UP PEOPLE! In a week’s time we will be entering the studio to record our second studio album.

"This collection of tales for the not-so-faint hearted include a terrible attack at a Mexican fiesta, a dark ride through the underworld, spooky bayou voodoo, and space travel!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!" More...

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Choking On Illusions Releases Music Video

Germany's Choking On Illusions has an official video clip out now for "Borderlines," taken from the band's upcoming full length album.

The clip was directed by Simon Friedl & Yves Otterbach of ambitious.films. The track was recorded by Arkadi Zaslavski at Mysterium Studio, Sembach (Germany) and mastered by Jay Maas at GetawayRecording, Boston (US). Check out the video below.

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Ace Frehley Posts New Single Online

After revealing the cover artwork a few weeks back, founding KISS member Ace Frehley has now released a track from his upcoming solo album "Space Invader." Check out the "Gimme a Feelin" single back, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

"Gimme a Feelin'" is available for purchase on iTunes immediately and "Space Invader" is available for pre-order via Amazon.

Frehley recently announced that he tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming LP. Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPs, "Destroyer" (1976) and "Love Gun" (1977), says, "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace."

Ken Kelly is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy sub genres, most notably for the Conan the Barbarian novels. He continues, "I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened."

Ace Frehley himself comments, ”I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!”

"Space Invader," his first new solo album in five years, is due out via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) this summer on July 8th. More...

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Sunday Old School: Vader

In 1992, Brutal Truth released their debut album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses." Perhaps this was a phrase ringing around the minds of a group of young men nine years earlier in Olsztyn, Poland, who formed a metal band while living under Communist rule and named it, Vader. The group was started by bassist Piotr Wiwczarek and guitar player Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski, initially as a speed metal band, though they eventually progressed into a death metal sound by the time they recorded their first demo, "Live in Decay" in 1986. It would be another three years before another demo, "Necrolust" was recorded, followed closely by a third demo, "Morbid Reich" in 1990. The demo circulated around the European metal scene, selling almost ten thousand copies, a very impressive tally for an underground group from Eastern Europe. The success of the demo earned them a deal with Earache Records, who were known at the time for releasing some of the heaviest bands around, including the likes of Godflesh and Carcass. They first attempted to record their debut album at Sunlight Studios in Sweden, however both the band and the label were unhappy with the end result and so it was re-recorded at Rhythm Studios in England. The finished product was finally released in November 1992 under the title, "The Ultimate Incantation." After releasing the album, Vader was able to tour in the West for the first time, initially in Europe with Bolt Thrower and Grave and then in the United States with Deicide and Suffocation .

Following a breakdown of communications with Earache, the EP, "Sothis" and live album, "The Darkest Age: Live '93" had to be released under different record labels, something which would also happen after the band recorded their sophomore full length, "De Profundis." The album received some excellent reviews in parts of the music media and included a cover of the Depeche Mode song, "I Feel You" on the American version of the release. It was something of a success in their home country, where they also recorded the album, selling over seventeen thousand copies in two weeks. They promoted the album by once again teaming up with some of the heaviest names in death metal, partnering with Cannibal Corpse and Immolation in Europe, before heading back to the United States to support Monstrosity and Broken Hope. The touring cycle for the album featured no less than 250 concerts and concluded with the band recording a covers album, "Future of the Past," which paid tribute to the likes of Celtic Frost, Sodom and Terrorizer. More...

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