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Metal News for June 18, 2013

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Overthrower Posts New Song Teaser

San Antonio, Texas based Overthrower is currently working on an upcoming new EP. The band has now posted a teaser for a track to appear on the EP, which can be heard in the player below. For more info on the band, head over to the Overthrower Facebook profile here.

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Threshold Cancels ProgPower Oslo Appearance

Threshold is sorry to announce that the band has pulled out of its upcoming ProgPower Oslo appearance. Guitarist Karl Groom comments:

"Unfortunately I cannot make the show for personal reasons. I'm sorry to let down our fans and the organisers, but I really hope we can do the show next year. Threshold will be replaced at the festival by Danish progressive metallers Royal Hunt." More...

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Sombres Forets Announces Album Release

Sepulchral Productions has announced July 9th as the international release date for Sombres Forets' third album, "La Mort du Soleil," which sees the band take on a more atmospheric and introspective approach.

The album's cover artwork is available below, and the track listing for "La Mort du Soleil" is as follows:

1. Des Épaves
2. Étrangleurs de Soleils
3. Brumes
4. Au Flambeau
5. L'Éther
6. La Disparition
7. Effondrement More...

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Upon Shadows Posts New Music Video

South American two-woman dark metal band Upon Shadows has posted a new video for the track "Alchemy Of Suffering." Check it out below. Upon Shadows consists of:

Natalia Arocena - Bass
Tamara Picardo - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, and Drum Programming

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Lament Signs With Roxx Records

Mexico-based Christian death metal act Lament has signed to Roxx Records for the release of a brand new EP, which also marks the band's 20th anniversary. The band is currently working on anniversary items that will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Roxx Records comments:

"Lament formed in Mexico City in 1993 and has been led by Abel Gomez since its inception. Today the band features Abel on lead guitar for the band, which also features Fidel Sanchez on vocals, Miguel Martinez on drums and Carlos Daniel Renteria on bass. The band has released 4 full length albums and a compilation of fan favorites in their 20 years together. The band also recently released a Limited Edition 20th Anniversary DVD compilation documenting the band's history."

When asked about the signing to Roxx Records and the release of this special Limited Edition EP Abel had this to say: “We are proud to be part of the Roxx family this will be a blast we promise you a killer EP, 20 years now and still rocking for the Lord we keep the flame burning Jesus Christ is Lord."

Watch for full release details and further information at the Roxx Records website.

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Monte Pittman Signs With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Monte Pittman, the guitarist known for his work with metal legends Prong and the illustrious pop-star Madonna. A release date for the new solo album will be announced shortly so stay tuned for updates.

Metal Blade Records founder and CEO comments: “We are so happy to welcome Monte Pittman to the Metal Blade Family. He is a tried and true metalhead and has recorded a crushing album! Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen produced a devastating metal record with Monte and we could not be happier that we are working together on this!”

Guitarist and mastermind of the band, Monte Pittman adds: “I’m beyond excited to be working with Brian Slagel and all of the wonderful team at Metal Blade. I can’t think of anyone I can put my faith and trust in more with my new album and where my career is headed. Metal Blade’s track record has stood the test of time. Brian has been responsible for a majority of bands that have influenced me and gotten me to where I am now. More...

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Psychostick Announces "Blow Your Fingers Off" Tour

Comedy rockers Psychostick have announced they will be hitting the road this summer for their "Blow Your Fingers Off Tour" that will include performances at this year's Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash, and Dirtfest. The band requests that you please don't actually blow your fingers off on the following dates:

June 21 - Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall
June 22 - Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza - Jackson County Fair Grounds
July 5 - Providence, RI @ McNeil's Tavern
July 6 - Brookfield, CT @ The Room
July 12 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House
July 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest - WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center
July 14 - St. Joseph, MI @ Czar's 505 - Show Details
July 16 - La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse - Show Details
July 18 - St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba's
July 19 - Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV's 65
July 20 - Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest - Winnebago County Fairgrounds
August 9 - Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
August 10 - Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest More...

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Black Breath Announces New Live Shows

Following a tour of Australian in April, an East Coast run including a set at the fifteenth anniversary of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, and most recently West Coast touring alongside the likes of Rotten Sound and more, Black Breath today announces its next run of live confrontations.

Four new cities have been scheduled for Black Breath's demolition in early August, including Portland, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Oakland. The Seattle savages will be flanked by backup provided by Mammoth Grinder on the first three dates and Obliterations on two of them, which end up seeing all three bands taking part in The Power Of The Riff in LA. The next day in Oakland will see Early Graves and Obliterations jointing once again.

This newest run will be preceded by a hometown gig on July 13th as Black Breath provides direct support for Autopsy, with additional support from Scolex and Bone Sickness.

You can also check out footage of Black Breath at NEMHF XV, courtesy of Crowbar TV, in the player available below.

7/13/2013 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA w/ Autopsy, Bone Sickness, Scolex
8/06/2013 Ash St Saloon - Portland, OR w/ Mammoth Grinder
8/08/2013 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Mammoth Grinder, Obliterations
8/09/2013 The Echo - Los Angeles, CA @ Power Of The Riff
8/11/2013 Metro Sideroom - Oakland, CA w/ Early Graves, Obliterations More...

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Arceye Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

U.K. death thrashers Arceye have posted the final installment of their studio blog series that takes the viewer behind the scenes of "At First Light," the band's upcoming new album. Check it out below, or watch the previous clip in the series at this location.

States the band: “This is the final video which shows us setting up our own mobile Pro Tools setup to record guitars, bass and vocals. We recorded everything at a few locations including our practice room. Doing it this way meant that we could take our time and get the performances we wanted without the pressure of daily studio costs. When we had finished we sent it all off to Scott Atkins (Sylosis, Cradle Of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gama Bomb) at Grindstone Studios to re-amp, mix and master it.”

The video also shows the artwork process that was undertaken by the bands drummer Craig Mackay. “Craig painted the front cover and all of the portraits. These were then scanned into the computer and Craig finished off the final artwork layouts and text. Even though this was a fairly long process we always wanted to put together a great album package, which included the artwork as well as the music within. We believe we have achieved this and are very proud of the finished product. We hope everyone else agrees.” More...

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Fuck The Facts Streaming Full New EP

Fuck The Facts releases new EP "Amer" today, and now all the tracks are available for streaming online. Check it out at Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Une triste vue
2. Vent du nord
3. Panser la plaie au lieu de soigner le mal
4. A void
5. Jour de souffrance
6. L'enclume et le marteau
7. Amère More...

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WBTBWB Announces New Album Release

We Butter The Bread With Butter will release new album "Goldkinder" on August 13th, 2013. Guitarist Marcel Neumann comments, “We had about 80 songs recorded during this time, but we kept throwing away recordings and starting over again until we felt we created something totally new.”

"Goldkinder" was recorded by the band itself and mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Apocalyptica). Incorporating the technical harmonics of metal and the hooks of electro-pop into heavy rock, songs range from in-your-face pit-starters like “Alles Was Ich Will” to tunes with colossal melodies like “Mayday Mayday.”

While Neumann admits that the band may shock some fans who loved the pure aggression of 2010’s full-length, "Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging," he says “We didn’t want to be carbon-copy band # One Million and one with the same elements, the same sound and same structures as everyone else. It makes us sad to see every band trying to copy themselves or others.” More...

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Gene Hoglan Joins Down On Stage, Footage Available

Legendary heavy metal drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan joined Down on stage this past Saturday in Denmark at the Copenhell Metal Festival 2013 while on tour with Testament in Europe.

During a performance of 'Bury Me In Smoke," Hoglan stepped behind the kit to help Phil Anselmo and the rest of Down bring the set to a close.

Drum cam footage of the performance can be seen in the player below.

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Mayhem Festival Partners With "Metal Of Honor"

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is proud to announce the partnership of iHome and Metal of Honor, an awareness and fundraising effort focused on the needs and challenges of active duty military, veterans, and their families.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has supported Hope For The Warriors and the Pathway Home, both national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the many challenges facing veterans, since their inception.

“Giving back and showing gratitude to those that have sacrificed for all of us and those who continue to sacrifice is the message we want to spread,” comment Mayhem producers John Reese and Kevin Lyman.

As a part of this effort, all ,ilitary personnel will be allowed early entry to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival shows with military I.D. All military veterans are encouraged to go to the Metal of Honor tent, located in the festival area, to obtain a wristband and information on the various charities supporting their needs. More...

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Letlive. Streaming New Album

In anticipation for the band's forthcoming release, Los Angeles based rock act letlive. is currently streaming "The Blackest Beautiful" three weeks in advance of the record’s scheduled debut this coming July 9th via Epitaph Records.

Check out the stream below. The band is also out on the Warped Tour, with a complete list of dates available after the jump.

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Black Tar Prophet Signs With Domestic Genocide

Driven by chemical despondency and the liberation of low-end audio scum, Nashville-based gruesome twosome Black Tar Prophet has confirmed that a pending second LP will see release via Domestic Genocide. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Bearing a noxious brew of fuzz and misery-powered fuckcrush akin to Bongzilla, Buzzov*en, Weedeater, Noothgrush and the like, yet void of any vocal contributions, it’s pretty obvious from opening note to crushing closing of every track what the instrumental act is focused on; playing purely pummeling auditory filth with corrosive drugs coursing through it all.

"Since their 2011 convergence the duo Black Tar Prophet has soiled the lands with a rash of demo releases, and in 2012 released both a one-song/forty-two minute album called Note To Nod, and a split with Atlanta act Crawl, with a lineup shift happening the same year amidst the plethora of recordings coming into existence.

"They’ve endured tours of the Southern US states, and have tore up local venues with countless regional acts including Order Of The Owl, Backwoods Payback, Before The Eyewall, Crawl, Gorgantherron, Ponykiller, Motherplant and many more. The band will focus on intoxicating more audiences in the live setting over the rest of 2013 as they conjure and capture the material for their new full-length which will see release in early 2014 via Domestic Genocide. More...

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Manowar To Release New Live EP

Manowar will release highlights of the band's Lord Of Steel World Tour 2012/2013 on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.

"From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, The Lord Of Steel World Tour was a terrific experience," said Joey DeMaio. "Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP," he continued. "'The Lord Of Steel Live' is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it."

The album will be mixed and mastered at Manowar's own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with long time Manowar engineer Dirk Kloiber.

"The Lord Of Steel Live" will be released digitally as an iTunes exclusive worldwide on July 9th, 2013 and on CD in retail and through this location on August 16th, 2013.

Tracks include:

El Gringo
Expendable
Hail, Kill And Die
Manowarriors
The Lord Of Steel
Thunder In The Sky

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Ministry Announces New Album Release

Al Jourgensen will release his band Ministry's new studio album, "From Beer To Eternity," on September 6th via 13th Planet Records. This album will follow previous release "Relapse" (reviewed here) and pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry's Facebook.

As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn't going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, "I had no choice."

Sessions for what would become "From Beer to Eternity" began last December at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.

Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19th, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before," states Jourgensen, "everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record." After returning from Scaccia's funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D'Ambruoso for three excruciating months. More...

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Twitching Tongues Posts New Music Video

Los Angeles-based quintet Twitching Tongues will release sophomore LP "In Love There Is No Law" on August 20th via Casket Activities. The album was recorded, produced, and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit, then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Preceding the release of the LP, this week Twitching Tongues and Closed Casket release a brand new 7”/digital single for the title track, in addition to dropping the band’s first official video, which was directed by Joel Perkins. Check it out at Revolvermag.com or in the player below. The new album's track listing is:

1. Eyes Adjust
2. In Love There Is No Law
3. World War V
4. Good Luck...
5. Preacher Man
6. Deliver Us To Evil
7. Departure
8. Feed Your Disease
9. Frigid More...

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Katatonia Announces "Dethroned & Uncrowned"

Katatonia recently launched a crowd funding campaign to release a re-imagined version of latest album "Dead End Kings" (check out our review of the original version right here). The new album is to be titled "Dethroned & Uncrowned."

The campaign has already reached its goal, but fans can still contribute funds and get perks at this location. Katatonia comments on the campaign and coming release:

"First off, we wanna say that we’re completely happy with the outcome and success of ‘Dead End Kings’, but truth to be told, we saw a potential in going in a different and unexplored direction with the same material. Our instincts told us that this would be both intriguing and captivating to revoke the loud and aggressive sound picture dominant on the album and instead give way to the atmosphere and tranquillity lurking beneath. This eventually became an urge, so a few months later down the road we decided it was time to re-visit this project, but indulge in new creative experimentation.

"So, it’s our wish to release the entire album in a stripped down, semi-acoustic way and turn things around completely and we are asking you, the fans, to help us do this by Pledging the various album formats and other exclusive items we have made available. By doing so you can check back regularly to find out about our campaign and the album’s progress.

"The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album. Also by pledging you are helping the bands ability to be able to tour further afield. Although the songs are the same and the track listing doesn’t change, we hope the end result is something entirely different!

"Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings’. More...

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Dismanibus Streaming "The Old Lie" Album

Essex, U.K. based five piece death metal act Dismanibus is streaming the band's debut album "The Old Lie" via MetalRecusants.com. Check out the stream over at this location or via the SoundCloud player available below. More...

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Iron Reagan Announces Lineup Change, Tour Dates

Richmond, VA's hardcore/thrash hybrid Iron Reagan has announced a slew of new tour dates starting June 27th. Tour mates include Drop Dead, Whiplash, Witchhaven, GWAR, Hatebreed and Mean Jeans among others (all tour dates below).

The band's debut full-length "Worse Than Dead" was released earlier this year on A389 and Magic Bullet Records.

Iron Reagan is also debuting a brand new line-up for this tour with original members Tony Foresta, Phil "Landphil" Hall of Municipal Waste, and drummer Ryan Parrish (ex-Darkest Hour) joined by Mark Bronzino (ANS, Big Eyes, Kicking Spit) on second guitar and Rob Skotis (Hellbear) on bass. More...

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Better Left Unsaid Posts "She Needs Violence" Clip

Modesto, CA's Better Left Unsaid has released a new video for the track "She Needs Violence," which can be viewed below.

The song is the lead single from Better Left Unsaid's new self-titled album, which just hit stores via Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group and was produced by Adam Ruppel (Systematic). You can also check out the opening track "Mr. Dark" at this location, and the album's full track listing is:

1. Mr. Dark
2. The Butcher
3. She Needs Violence
4. My Wounds
5. Threat of Truth
6. Exile the Righteous
7. Liberator
8. Snake Oil
9. Death's Reflection
10. For You More...

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Battlecross Taps Kevin Talley For Mayhem Tour

Detroit, MI's Battlecross performed at the Orion Music and More fest on June 8th, and the band was joined by metal drummer, Kevin Talley, who has previously performed with Six Feet Under, Chimaira, The Red Chord, Dying Fetus, and more.

With less than two weeks to go before the beginning of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, Battlecross is excited to announce that Kevin Talley will also be performing with the group all summer long.

Check out a video of Kevin Talley performing "War Ensemble" live at Orion Music and More in the player below.

The band's new album "War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. A new song from the album is also available for streaming online. Check out "Flesh and Bone" at this location. More...

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The Room Colored Charlatan Posts Lyric Clip

The Room Colored Charalatan has released a lyric video for the track "Nexus Point," which can be viewed below and features guest vocals from Dan Tompkins. You can also check out studio footage from the recording of the single over at this location.

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Revocation Streaming New Song

Revocation's self-titled new album will be released in Europe on August 2nd, The U.K. on August 5th, and August 6th in North America via Relapse Records.

This is the band's 4th full-length release and the first featuring new bassist Brett Bamberger. The artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile).

Today the band has posted the first full-length track from the upcoming release. Check out "The Hive" in the player available below. Frontman Dave Davidson comments:

"The Hive is a great introduction to our upcoming full length, it's fast and FUCKING PISSED. We can't wait to play this one live, but for now just invite your friends over and circle pit in your room."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hive
2. Scattering the Flock
3. Arch Fiend
4. Numbing Agents
5. Fracked
6. The Gift You Gave
7. Invidious
8. Spastic
9. Entombed By Wealth
10. A Visitation More...

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The Arrs Unveils New Music Video

The Arrs has posted a new music video online for "Du Berceau A La Tombe," which was created by Stoyfilms and can be viewed below.

This clip comes off the band's "Soleil Noir" album, and you can also check out the previously posted video clip for "L'Âme la plus noire" at this location.

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Moss Of Moonlight Posts New Lyric Video

Blackened folk metal duo Moss Of Moonlight has released a lyric video for "Eole," taken from the band's upcoming album "Winterwheel," which is scheduled for release June 21st, 2013. Singer, drummer and percussionist Jenn Grunigen comments on the song:

“Eole is a song about Hretha, a little-known Anglo Saxon goddess. Because not much is known about her, we took some liberties in creating a mythic cycle of her own--a depiction that is, in all likelihood, utterly wrong. But this album is not just about adhering to ancient ways--it's about creating new ones (and one common interpretation of Hretha is that she's associated with rebirth). Humans are not what they once were, for better and worse. So, this song tells of humanity's power to give life--even to goddesses; it's the story of an elk and her feral, wandering goddess-companion whose life force thrives in human blood.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Gaet
2. Eole
3. Catte
4. Hraefne More...

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Witherscape Video Interview Available

Witherscape, the new atmospheric and progressive dark metal outfit formed by Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, will release debut album "The Inheritance" on July 29th in Europe and August 6th in North America via Century Media Records.

Swanö recently visited the Century Media office in Dortmund to discuss the new album and how the band came together. Check out the video interview below. The new album's track listing is:

1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls
3. Dead For A Day
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6. The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8. The Wedlock Observation
9. The Inheritance More...

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Kaotoxin Streaming French Grind Compilation

Kaotoxin Records is going to grind your face off with the release of "In Grindo Veritas": A Collective Work of French Grind Intoxication. Due out on July 2nd (a day later in North America), "In Grindo Veritas" features 44 tracks by 37 French grinders. That's over an hour of grind for the price of a single! VS-Webzine has posted an exclusive stream of the entire compilation.

A gathering of 37 of France's up-and-coming Grinding acts along with some renewed veterans (Gronibard, Pulmonary Fibrosis...) with either previously unreleased tracks (the vast majority) or exclusive versions (Nolentia, Trepan'Dead, Gronibard) for "In Grindo Veritas": A Collective Work of French Grindcore Intoxication was mastered by Dan O'Hare of Total Fucking Destruction at the Mark-It-Zero studios (Brutal Truth), curated by Florian of Department Of Correction, and features artwork by outstanding artist Luis Sendon (Brutal Truth, Obscene Extreme Fest, SWR Fest).

From the crusty shores (Nolentia, Grist...) to the grinding Death Metal ones (Diktat), from the Goregrind insanity (Foetal Injury, Defecal Of Gerbe, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Gronibard...) to the technical Grind (Department Of Correction...), from traditional Grind (Yattaï, FaxE...) to cyber Grind (Mulk...) every subgenre of the 30 years old yet still raging Grindcore movement is featured, with a truck load of killer bands for the listener to discover. Stream it all below.


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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Acoustic Video Posted

Germany's Die Apokalyptischen Reiter presented an acoustic and re-arranged version of the "Friede Sei Mit Dir" in Berlin earlier this year.

Footage from the acoustic performance has now made its way online and can be found below.

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Rotting Christ Posts New Music Video

Greek act Rotting Christ has released a new music video for "666," which comes off the band's latest album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here).

Watch the video through Metal Injection here or in the player below.

You can also stream the full album at this location, or check out our interview with the band about the release right here. The track listing is as follows:

1. In Yumen - Xibalba
2. P'unchaw Kachun - Tuta Kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Kataton Demona Eaftou
5. Cine Iubeste Si Lasa
6. Iwa Woodoo
7. Gilgames
8. Rusalka
9. Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu
10. 666
11. Welcome to Hel (bonus track) More...

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Orange Goblin To Tour With Airbourne

Orange Goblin has checked in with the following announcement about heading out on a European tour this winter:

"We are very happy to announce that Orange Goblin will tour the U.K. again in November and December as main support to Australian rockers Airbourne. Also appearing on all shows will be The Treatment. Tickets are on sale now."

The full list of dates is as follows:

Thu 28th Nov – Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
Mon 2nd Dec - O2 Academy, Leeds
Tue 3rd Dec - Rock City, Nottingham
Wed 4th Dec - O2 Academy, Newcastle
Fri 6th Dec - O2 ABC, Glasgow
Sat 7th Dec - The Ritz, Manchester
Mon 9th Dec - HMV Institute, Birmingham
Tue 10th Dec - O2 Academy, Bristol
Wed 11th Dec - O2 Academy, Oxford
Fri 13th Dec - The Forum, London

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Eldrimner Releases New Music Video

Eldrimner has released a new music video for "Undergången," which can be viewed below and was directed by Jimmy Olausson of OJ Media.

The track comes off the band's "Inom förloppet av ett liv" release. For more info on the band, head over to the Eldrimner Facebook profile here.

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Auction Held To Benefit Doommantia Founder

Ripple Music is proud to announce the latest in their ongoing series of rare test pressing auctions for charity, this time benefiting the medical needs of Doommantia founder Ed Barnard. The long-running site, Doommantia is one of the leading forces bringing CD Reviews, Interviews, Authorized free downloads and Promotion for bands in the Doom, Stoner, Psychedelic, Drone, Sludge Metal genres. The site also has an active forum for heavy rock maniacs to share ideas and views, creating a solid doom rock community.

For those unaware, Ed had been forced into homeless by a medical condition but still manages to keep the Doommantia site viable online when he can get near a wifi signal. Ed suffered a series of heart attacks that forced Ed to become unemployed. Those events, plus the exorbitant cost of cardiac medications made paying the rent an impossibility and he was evicted from his place in Aberdeen, Washington. Now homeless, the doom and metal community has been rallying around his cause with benefit concerts and a compilation of 39 heavy bands that all donated their music to help Ed's cause. Ed just turned 50, and recently had to live in a storage locker for one month, which is inhumane for a man with a heart condition, or anyone for that matter. The compilation, Doommantia Vol. 1, is available here.

Now Ripple Music offers their assistance to help a musical brother in need. After establishing an ongoing company policy of giving back to the community, Ripple Music has auctioned off some of their rarest test pressings to help the BP Spill Gulf Clean Up, Wounded Warriors, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research, and Joplin Missouri Tornado Relief, amongst others. The auction of the extremely rare test press for Devil To Pay's "Fate is Your Muse" will continue that tradition, offering heavy rock/doom fans a chance to get one of only two test-pressings ever to be released to the public.

"Fate is Your Muse" was unleashed upon an eagerly-waiting audience, April 9th, 2013 and immediately garnered critical rave reviews, leading Shakefire.com to boast, "If you love Rock music, you have to check out Fate is your Muse and Devil to Pay. If these guys aren't rock legends already, they will be for sure soon." The "Fate is Your Muse" Rare Test Press Auction is live on eBay at this location. 100% of proceeds from the auction will be used to help help Mr. Barnard regain his self-sufficiency. Don't miss this chance to own a unique Doom Collectible LP and support the heavy rock community. More...

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Earthen Grave Streaming New Track

Chicago doom-metallers Earthen Grave have made their newest single "Death is Another Word...." available for streaming and purchase via the Ripple Music bandcamp page. The newly recorded single from the upcoming remastered release of Earthen Grave's self-titled debut finds the band unleashing a terror of groove-laden classic metal and doom. Twin guitar harmonies sear through the riff-fest of pure darkness and post-Sabbath heaviness. "Death is Another Word...." is one of several bonus tracks exclusive to the Ripple Music re-release of the fully remastered Earthen Grave debut, appearing on both the CD and double-LP versions of the album.

A limited amount of CDs and LPs will be available directly through the band when they play the Days of the Doomed fest in Cudahy, WI on June 22nd. Keep an eye open for the world-wide release of the CD and double-LP on July 9th, available through Nail Distribution, Code 7, Clearspot, and the Ripple Music Store.

EARTHEN GRAVE Live Dates:

June 22nd @ The Blue Pig - Cudahy, WI **
Days of The Doomed Fest III (Event Page)

July 20th @ The Boiler Room - Dallas, TX **
Heavy Fest II (Event Page)

August 10th @ Mayne Stage - Chicago, IL **
Record Release Party w/ Devil To Pay & Divinity Compromised (Event Page)

October 12th @ 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
Denver Doom Fest III (www.facebook.com/denverdoomfest3)

** - EARTHEN GRAVE featuring Rachael Barton Pine


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Ayreon Posts First In Studio Report On New LP

Ayreon, the brainchild of Arjen Lucassen, posted the first in studio video on the recording of the new double album "The Theory Of Everything." The footage includes a time lapse of the recording session of violinist Ben Mathot at Electric Castle.

"The Theory Of Everything" is tentatively scheduled for a late 2013 release time. Check out the new footage here:

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Taberah Unveils Album Artwork For "Necromancer"

Australian power thrash act Taberah, who recently signed with Dust on the Tracks Records, has unveiled the album artwork for the sophomore LP "Necromancer" (seen below). The artwork was created by Hannah Flowers, a Tasmanian tattoo artist. The album is scheduled for a July 2013 release.

"Necromancer" was engineered by Theo B (Scorpion), produced and mixed by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and mastered by Australian Metal Icon Stu Marshall (Death Dealer/Empires Of Eden/Dungeon/Paindivision). A stream of the new track "2012" can be heard over at this location.

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Mesmerize Streaming Cranberries Cover "Promises"

Italian metal act Mesmerize, featuring ex-Time Machine vocalist Folco Orlandini, is streaming the cover of the Cranberries track "Promises." The track on the band's new LP "Paintropy," which was issued at the end of April via Punishment 18 Records. The song is the third single for the release; check out: "Monkey In Sunday Best" and "2.0.3.6".

"Promises" is streaming below:

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Rebellious Spirit Posts "Gamble Shot" LP Preview

German hard rock act Rebellious Spirit posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming debut release "Gamble Shot." The album drops on June 21st (Germany), June 24th (EU) and July 2nd (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track list for "Gamble Shot" is:

1. Let`s Bring Back
2. Sweet Access Right
3. Cry For You
4. Change The World
5. Lights Out
6. Gone Wild
7. Don't Leave Me
8. You're Not The Only One
9. Forever Young
10. Rock it
11. Lights Out (Bonus Video)
12. Change The World (Unplugged Live) (Bonus Video)
13. Sweet Access Right (Unplugged Live) (Bonus Video)

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra Posts Third Trailer

Lingua Mortis Orchestra, the side project of German power pioneers Rage and the first band to mix orchestra with metal, posted another trailer for the upcoming debut LP "LMO." In this trailer, guitarist/composer Victor Smolski discusses the coordination of two orchestras for the release. "LMO" is due for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The album is a conceptual release written by vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner and is based on the true story of the burning of witches in Gelnhausen in 1599.

Previous trailers can be seen at this location and over here.

Guest stars to appear on the album include: Jeannette Marchewka and soprano singer Dana Harnge, as well as, Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/Ex-Sons of Seasons/Ex-Metallium), among others.

The tracklisting for "LMO" is as follows:

1. Cleansed By Fire: a) Convert The Pagans, Pt. I; b) The Inquisition (instrumental); c) Convert The Pagans, Pt. II
2. Scapegoat
3. The Devil´s Bride
4. Lament
5. Oremus (instrumental)
6. Witches` Judge
7. Eye For An Eye
8. Afterglow

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