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Metal News for June 19, 2016

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7 news articles posted on this day.

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Sunday Old School: Unleashed

There are some countries where heavy metal is very popular, then there are countries which don't just appreciate heavy music, they contribute to it... heavily. Many fans of the genre will tell you that it was born in England but Germany is its spiritual home, though Scandinavia is where it's very welcome to stay. Indeed, it's not uncommon to see metal bands reach high chart positions in Finland and their neighbours to the west, Sweden, are almost as welcoming, spawning many amazing and important bands of their own, as well as the famous Swedish death metal sound. This tone is often credited as the Gothenburg sound but many of these groups came from the capital city of Stockholm, including today's band, Unleashed.

Unleashed was founded in 1989 by singing bassist, Johnny Hedlund, who had only just been fired from Nihilist, the band that was to become Entombed. He was joined in his endeavour by drummer Anders Schultz and guitarists Robert Sennebäck and Fredrik Lindgren. The former was replaced by Tomas Måsgard pretty quickly and the group set about making their mark by recording the demos, "Revenge" and "Utter Dark." The tapes soon found their way to German label Century Media, who snapped up the band almost immediately, resulting in their 1991 debut full length, "Where No Life Dwells." The record was hailed instantly as a death metal classic and remains one of the most popular albums to emerge from the Swedish metal scene to this day, which helped propel the band's popularity massively, allowing them to tour Europe and the United States with fellow death metal favouites, Morbid Angel. More...

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Strychnia Issues Album Update

Strychnia just launched a Kickstarter campaign for new album "Into The Catacombs" (check out the perks for joining the campaign over here) and also revealed the cover artwork below. The band comments:

"For the past year we have been working on completing a new full-length album. Unfortunately the band has dwindled down to 2 members - which does not affect our recording process, but it makes things very hard financially. My partner in the band is a multi-instrumentalist and plays guitar, bass, and drums. So all we need to finish this album is really some extra help with the finances.

"You guys are the best fans we could ever ask for and the amount of support has been immense! You all know our Vocalist - Kevin, was struggling with some personal issues... and because of you guys he is now motivated to come back stronger than ever. We know you will always be by our side, and we will always be by yours!" More...

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Farmageddon Open Air Launches GoFundMe Campaign

One of Western Canada's loudest outdoor metal festivals - the Farmageddon Open Air - has launched a GoFundMe campaign in support of the next event to be held in 2018.

Prairie Fire Events Ltd. organized last year's 2015 fest that saw headliners Grim Reaper from the UK, American bands Pallbearer and Incantation, plus Canadian group Into Eternity and Archspire along with many more from the Western Canada metal scene.

Earlier this year, Prairie Events also held an indoor metal fest and conference, ShrEdmonton, with Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone, and many more.

Main coordinator Tyson Travnik issued the video statement below explaining the GoFundMe campaign for Farmageddon 2018. More...

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Circle Of Witches Finishes Recording Album

Italian heavy metal band Circle Of Witches recently hit the stage at Metal Frenzy Festival in Germany alongside such names as Dark Tranquillity and Decapitation.

“We are firmly linked to Germany on the musical side”, said Mario Bove, frontman of the band, “because some of our favorite acts are band like Kreator, Destruction, Accept, or Blind Guardian, but above all, because we had our baptism of fire on huge stages by opening Doro and UDO’s Russian gigs last year. German public is well known for being demanding and learned about metal performances. This excites us much more.”

Circle Of Witches also just wrapped up recording for a new album, which has now entered the mixing phase. Stay tuned for further news about the title and release date to arrive in the coming weeks. In the mean time, footage from a performance in Russia is available below. More...

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Mustan Kuun Lapset Releases New EP

Finnish dark metal group Mustan Kuun Lapset suddenly resurrected from the depths of the abyss after cutting the project's life short in 2007.

The time has come for a new MKL material and the band has released a new EP via Inverse Records named "Kuolemanvirta," which is is available in all digital music services worldwide.

"Kuolemanvirta" is the first official MKL release since the compilation album "14 Talvea" and the previoust studio album "Viimeinen laulu kuolemasta" (Stay Heavy Records, 2007).

Mustan Kuun Lapset will celebrate the release of "Kuolemanvirta" in Nummirock, which is one of the biggest open air metal festivals in Finland. The band consists of:

Pete Lehtinen - vocals, guitar, synths
Ville Pelkonen - bass
Mikko Hautala - drums
Heikki Piipari - guitar More...

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Fange Posts "Cour Martiale"

French sludge/noise horde Fange has posted a first track off the "Purge" album, which was engineered by KKP (Abjvration, Huata, Ataraxie) and features artwork designed by guitarist B. Moreau. Check out "Cour Martiale" below.

This is the first release of the band with a new line-up that includes drummer B. Louvet (Le Dead Projet, Eat Roses) and vocalist M. Jungbluth (Calvaiire). The record is due out September 2nd on 12" vinyl and CD via Throatruiner Records and Lost Pilgrims Records.

01. Cour Martiale
02. Mâchefer
03. Roy-Vermine
04. Étouffoir
05. De Guerre Lasse
06. Girone Della Merda More...

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Leaves' Eyes: Live Video With New Singer Posted

Fan-shot video footage of Leaves' Eyes' June 10, 2016 performance at the RockFels festival in Loreley, Germany can be seen below. The band made its live debut with new singer Elina Siirala earlier this year on April 17 at the Hammersonic festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Check it out now below.

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