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Metal News for June 26, 2015

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Vale Of Pnath Cancels Tour

After splitting with the band's vocalist earlier this month, Vale Of Pnath has also cancelled upcoming tour dates. The band comments:

"Due to increasingly disastrous events within the VoP ranks, we are regretfully forced to cancel our appearance at Armstrong Metal Fest and all of the shows on our STRONGARM TO ARMSTRONG July tour.

"In June, our vocalist Stevie left the band to pursue his lifelong dream of being a master Pokémon trainer. Wishing him well but wasting no time, we took to the Internet and immediately began the hunt for a new singer.

"A few days later, Alan (bass) fractures his heel and is laid up in a cast for the next 6 weeks, unable to tour at risk of further injuring himself and requiring emergency surgery. We didn’t want to but we were prepared to tour without a bass player, embarrassingly enough we’ve done it before, it’s less than ideal but still feasable in a pinch. More...

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Arch Enemy Brews Up Some Burning Angels

Arch Enemy presents "Burning Angel" hot sauce, which will be available during the Summer Slaughter tour this July/August (which we can only hope doesn't go the way of the Metal Alliance tour). Michael Amott comments:

"As an avid hot sauce enthusiast, I'm very excited to be able to bring out the Arch Enemy 'Burning Angel' Habanero Hot Sauce! We will start with selling it exclusively on the road during the Summer Slaughter U.S. tour. I guess a hot tour just got a little hotter!"

See the band live on these upcoming Summer Slaughter tour dates:

July 28, 2015 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
July 30, 2015 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
July 31, 2015 - Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1, 2015 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
Aug. 2, 2015 - The Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 3, 2015 - The Northland Performing Arts Center - Columbus, OH
Aug. 5, 2015 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 6, 2015 - Club 77 - Hamilton, ON
Aug. 7, 2015 - Heavy MTL - Montreal, QC
Aug. 8, 2015 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Aug. 9, 2015 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Aug. 12, 2015 - Webster Hall - New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
Aug. 13, 2015 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Aug. 14, 2015 - Gwar-B-Q Fest - Richmond, VA
Aug. 15, 2015 - The International - Knoxville, TN
Aug. 17, 2015 - Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX
Aug. 18, 2015 - Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX
Aug. 20, 2015 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
Aug. 21, 2015 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Aug. 22, 2015 - City National Grove Of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
Aug. 23, 2015 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
Aug. 24, 2015 - Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Death Angel Posts "Fallen" Audio From Live Album

Today Death Angel releases audio of "Fallen" taken from "The Bay Calls For Blood - Live In San Francisco," the CD component to the thrash band's upcoming "A Thrashumentary" DVD release.

Listen in below, and you can pick up "A Thrashumentary" - directed by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios - on July 24th through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Black Trip Releasing "Shadowline"

Black Trip back and on a mission - after first all-killer-no-filler album "Goin' Under" released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia), now the band is about to release second album "Shadowline," which vocalist Joseph Tholl describes as "a bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock."

Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds, "the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way."

Joseph Tholl continues, "When 'Goin' Under' was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand - Drums) didn't know the other guys that well so we've all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love heavy metal, that's the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan.

"With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We've influenced each other and we've begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can't do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on Goin' Under this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with Shadowline we have started to build the framework of the band." More...

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Morglbl Posts New Video

Following the very recent Free Electric Sound release of "Tea Time For Punks," the mighty sixth studio full-length from French rock/fusion trio Morglbl (still available for streaming in full here), the band has just issued an official video for the album's title track.

The madcap "Tea Time For Punks" video, which was directed by Enguerran Prieu, is just as screwball, unpredictable and engaging as Morglbl's energetic output as a whole, literally bringing its title to life. Come for the scones, stay for the riot. More...

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Kissing Candice Streams Full Album

You wouldn't expect a band called Kissing Candice to be heavy, but I'll be damned if they aren't man. The band's debut album "Blind Until We Burn" is now available for streaming in full via the player below until June 29th.

Frontman Joey Simpson says, “We are so eager for everyone to hear our best work yet! Thirteen tracks of pure horror, get ready!”

Kissing Candice is also headed off on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festival - see the band live on these dates:

June 26 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA
June 27 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, CA
June 28 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
June 30 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
July 1 - Idaho Center Amphitheater - Nampa, ID
July 3 - Ak-Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
July 4 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM
July 8 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
July 10 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
July 11 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
July 12 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater - Tinley Park, IL
July 15 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, Canada
July 17 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
July 18 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
July 19 - Xfinity Theatre - Hartford, CT
July 21 - Pnc Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 22 - Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion - Gilford, NH
July 24 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
July 25 - Xfinity Theatre - Mansfield, MA
July 26 - Nikon At Jones Beach - Wantaugh, NY
July 29 - Aaron's Amphitheater At Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
July 31 - White Water Amphitheater - New Braunfels, TX
Aug 1 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion - Woodlands, TX
Aug 2 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX More...

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Creeping Releasing "Revenant"

New Zealand's Creeping is one of the metal underground's best-kept secrets, and thus Iron Bonhead Productions is proud to present the vinyl version of the band's third album, "Revenant," coming on August 28th. The label comments:

"For a decade now, Creeping have been capturing the sensation(s) of their very moniker with a potent blend of doomed-out death metal dusted with black metalled atmosphere. It's a sound that doesn't conveniently slot into one category - be it black, death, or doom metal - but one that bristles with unself-conscious uniqueness and a strive for the beyond.

"'Revenant' is arguably Creeping's best, most-beyond work yet, each of the five molten, monolithic tracks unfolding patiently, dragging the listener into the undertow before crushing all fortitude with the sheer psychic and physical weight of their rotten ruminations.

"Whether the listener would rather be bulldozed or entranced, it matters not: 'Revanant' tantalizingly offers keys to wherever you care to go. But returning is another matter, one that's forever Creeping..."

1. Death Knell Offering
2. Scythes Over My Grave
3. Cold Soil
4. Drear
5. Revenant More...

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False Flag Streaming "Sacrifice Of Solitude"

The track "Sacrifice of Solitude" off of the "Nest of Vipers" EP from Calgary groove metallers False Flag is now online. This track is the first song off the 2015 EP slated to be released Tuesday, August 4th and available for pre-order here.

The Calgary four piece wanted to ensure that fans would not be completely caught off guard by the changes from this new EP to older albums like "Orobas" (2013) or "Suffer In Silence" (2014), commenting:

"We wanted to start the EP off with a familiar sounding song, something that could have been off our last album or our first EP. 'Sacrifice Of Solitude' is a solid, mid tempo rocker with a bouncy groove throughout. The lyrics deal with the spreading of lies through disinformation and the defiance of blissful ignorance. The song also features guest vocals from Garrett McElroy from Afterearth (Who also engineered and mixed the new EP at his studio)."

See False Flag live on these dates:

July 21 - Medicine Hat, AB - Liquid w/ Statue of Demur, Leave The Living, Morbidly Depraved
July 22 - Regina, SK - The Club w/ Statue of Demur and guests
July 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern w/ Statue of Demur
July 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rendezvous Pub w/ Statue of Demur, After Earth, Decrepitation
July 25 - Red Deer, AB - Slumland w/ After Earth, Wives Tail, Decrepitation
July 26 - Calgary, AB - Morgan’s Pub w/ After Earth, Statue of Demur
July 31 - Calgary, AB - Distortion w/ From The Wolves, Lordosis, Oh Shit, The Electric Revival More...

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Hatebeak Is Back!

After 8 years of molting, Hatebeak is back! The world's first and arguably best parrot-fronted death/grind machine returns with the release of "Number Of The Beak," set to hatch today - June 26th - via Reptilian Records.

Though shrouded in secrecy during the band's initial existence (aside from "Waldo" the African Grey Parrot on vox), it is rumoured that Blake Harrison (Pig Destroyer) and Mark Sloan (Malvador/Triac) are the humans in the group.

This monolithic release, which is beautifully mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) can now be streamed below. More...

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Old Wounds Is Going To Make You Suffer

With Old Wounds' sophomore album, "The Suffering Spirit," out next Tuesday, June 30th on Good Fight Music, today the full album comes online.

Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), "The Suffering Spirit" sees Old Wounds rocking out on a whole new level of power, emotion, and hooks.

Based in the heaviest hardcore purveyed by bands like Buried Alive and Disembodied, the New Jersey band has moved forward into the realm of melody while still honoring the past. Get your face smashed thoroughly in below. More...

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Sunn O))) Releases Live Archive

Sunn O))) announces that the band's live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via Bandcamp here.

Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from a 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to a recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty. Sunn O))) also invites you to contribute to this sonic archive, commenting:

"Sunn O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you. We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!"

See the band live in Europe on these upcoming summer dates:

7/17/2015 Dour Festival - Dour, BE
7/19/2015 Ilosaarirock Festival - Joensuu, FI
8/06/2015 Brutal Assault Festival - Josefov, CZ
8/07/2015 OFF Festival - Katowice, PL
8/09/2015 Heimathafen Neukolln - Berlin, DE
8/11/2015 PIPL - Moscow, RU (with Phurpa)
8/13/2015 Øya Festival - Oslo, NO
8/14/2015 Way Out West - Gothenburg, SW
8/15/2015 Koncerthuset - Copenhagen, DK
8/16/2015 Kampnagel - Hamburg, DE
8/18/2015 Southbank Centre - London, UK @ David Byrne's Meltdown (with Phurpa)
11/19-22/2015 Le Guess Who? Festival - Utrecht, NE

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Degreed Posts "The Scam" Video

Sweden's Degreed just posted a brand new video for "The Scam," taken out of the album “Dead But Not Forgotten."

The band’s third album, “Dead But Not Forgotten” was released on June 19th via Sun Hill Production. Bassist / vocalist Robin Ericsson comments:

“We’ve been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of 'We Don’t Belong' in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded 14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they’re all so freakin’ good!

"This album is different from the previous two because we produced it ourselves this time, and Mats engineered, mixed and mastered it. Someone once said that we don’t sound like any other band. He described our sound as the 'degreed sound,' and if there’s such a sound, this is it! This is Degreed all the way…” More...

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Soto To Play Monsters Of Rock

Soto, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, is confirmed to play the Monsters Of Rock Cruise taking place from February 22nd - 26th. Jeff Scott Soto will also play on the MOR Cruise during a show with Gus G.

Soto also recently released a music video for the track “Break,” featured on the new album, "Inside The Vertigo." The video, directed by Thiago Kiss, can be seen below.

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Hammercult Unveils "Built For War" Artwork

Hammercult's "Built For War" is coming out on August 28th via SPV/Steamhammer and today the stunning artwork crafted by Péter Sallai can be seen below. The album's track listing is:

1. From Parts Unknown (Intro)
2. Rise Of The Hammer
3. I Live For This Shit
4. Spoils Of War
5. Ready To Roll
6. Raise Some Hell
7. Blackened Blade
8. Let It Roar
9. Ode To Ares (Interlude)
10. Altar Of Pain
11. Blood And Fire
12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight
13. Road To Hell More...

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U.S. Bastards Want You To Stop Resisting

From the hopeless abyss of Richmond, VA comes U.S. Bastards, a punk/speedrock/heavy metal trio formed in 2007 and fronted by GWAR's lead guitarist Brent Purgason (aka Pustulus Maximus) along with John Kelly (Arbiter of Conceit) and Jeremy Dutra (Car Thief).

The Bastards continue what bands like Zeke, Motorhead, and Peter Pan Speedrock started with stacks of Marshalls driven by Les Pauls to blast your brains out of your ears. These dudes are loud and pissed... about what you may ask? The answer is "everything." After selling their souls to Satan for $50 and a half a pack of smokes they are coming to your town to prove rock and roll is not dead. Yet.

The "Stop Resisting Tour" begins July 4th in Winston Salem, NC to get the word out for a new full length LP coming soon from Primitive Ways Records. See the band live: More...

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Leave The Living Posts New Music Video

Breaking necks with punishing riffs and breakdowns backed by wrenching screams, Alberta's Leave The Living has released a new lyric video for the track "Sink or Swim."

Available below, "Sink Or Swim" is taken off debut album "Pacifist," released on May 1st and available both digitally and on CD. The band also comments on upcoming tour dates:

"Leave the Living is stoked to be hitting the road with our good friends in Netherward to promote our new album 'Pacifist'! We will be in some cities we've never been to before and can not wait to make some new friends! Make sure you come out to a show and say hi!" comments vocalist Justin Shadows." More...

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Helloween Releasing "Hellbook"

The pioneers of power metal and saintly pumpkin heads from Helloween recently conducted an interview with Metal Shock Finland's chief editor, Mohsen Fayazi.

In the interview with bass invader Markus Grosskopf, he revealed information about an upcoming surprise for the fans, which will be a book entitled "Hellbook." An excerpt can be read below:

"I don't really know the time when it comes out but we are working on it and details. We are collecting stuff and pictures, old and new ones, then we can correct it. It will be a kind of history book with lots of pictures, but it is going to be a little surprise."

Markus also explained the band's relation ship with Nuclear Blast Records as follows: "It is very good, it is very nice, we finally came back home. They tread us very well, we saw them on a festival, we had a few drinks together. It is nice working with them, it is nice working with Markus Wosgein. You know, it's an old metal company."

You can listen to the whole of this interview at MetalShockFinland.com here.

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Immortal Bird Streams "Neoplastic"

"Empress/Abscess" is the impending new full-length from Chicago-based blackened death grind misfit Immortal Bird.

Captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York "Empress/Abscess" finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit.

The result is a harrowing sound excursion through the bowels of human existence picking up where 2013's "Akrasia" EP left off. In anticipation of its official unveiling next month, today the band offers up a taste of opening hymn, "Neoplastic," featuring a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos. Listen in below. More...

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Arrival Of Autumn Posts Drum Playthrough

Got another one for a certain Drum_Junkie known to hang out around here... Arrival of Autumn just posted a new drum playthrough/music video by drummer Ty Fox for the track "Labyrinth," which is off latest album "Shadows."

You can stream the full album at Bandcamp here and Canadian fans can catch the band live on these dates:

June 27 - Grande Prairie, AB - Better Than Fred's w/ Cancer Bats
July 12 - Edmonton, AB - YEG Event Centre / Flow Lounge @ Mule Fest w/ Brothers Grim More...

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Essence Reveals "Prime" Details

Denmark's Essence - recently signed to Spinefarm - today reveals details on label debut "Prime," due out October 2nd, 2015. Spinefarm comments:

"Narrowing the gap between the poppy energy of The Offspring and the youthful vehemence of early Metallica and Slayer, the album, their third overall, is a 'Prime' example of how a riveting combo of melodic and catchy yet wildly thrashing metal is done. 'No Sleep 'Till Def,' the first instant grat track, lands on July 17th, while the lead single and video for 'Untouchable' will land in August."

A teaser trailer is available at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Refuse to Exist
2. Thunder Prayer
3. No Sleep 'Till Def
4. Heart of Gold
5. Modern Heroes
6. Untouchable
7. Flawless
8. Prime
9. Watch it Burn
10. Triumph More...

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This Gift Is A Curse Posts Album Teaser

This Gift Is A Curse today offers a sneak preview clip of forthcoming album "Swinelord," which has been tentatively slated for release in autumn 2015. Check out what the Swedish extremists have deigned to tease us with below.

The band previously issued the following statement about signing with Season Of Mist: "After negotiations back and forth ever since the release of our debut album, the planets finally came into alignment: we are proud to announce to have signed to Season of Mist. We have admired this label for years. We have all grown up listening to their numerous bands and releases, which have contributed to shape the very sound of what we like to call This Gift Is A Curse. A new full length album will be out in 2015. We can hardly wait to unleash it upon you!" More...

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Revocation Recruits New Drummer

Revocation is happy to officially confirm drummer Ash Pearson as the band's new full time drummer after the departure of Phil Dubois.

Pearson is most well known for his work in 3 Inches of Blood, and is a welcome addition to the line up. Front man Dave Davidson offered the following on the announcement:

"We're very stoked to announce that Ash Pearson is our new drummer! Many of you might already be familiar with his drum skills in 3 Inches Of Blood but for those of you who are unaware of his talents let us assure you that he absolutely KILLS behind the kit! We're looking forward to starting this new chapter of Revocation with Ash on board and can't wait for everyone to see him in action."

Here's what Ash has to say about our newly forged alliance: "I am very honoured to be joining Revocation. Phil is a good friend of mine and I feel privileged to have his blessing and to be his successor. I take seriously the challenge to keep the caliber of this band high and look forward to continuing the legacy of Revocation." More...

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Prematory Calls It Quits

Belgium's high-energy metal outfit Prematory has decided to put all that energy to rest, issuing the following statement about calling it quits:

"We have an announcement to make that some of you might not have expected: due to several reasons, we have decided that now is the time for the Prematory journey to end. After more than 150 shows and seven years of hard work, we've hit a hurdle that we can't overcome as a united force.

"The honest truth and reason behind our decision is that it became clear to us that we simply don't have the drive anymore to keep on going. All of the members are embarking on different journeys into the future and this has lead our collective to stray from the path.

"We know that many of you were still hoping to see us live. Sadly, all current shows have been cancelled due to scheduling issues and there are no plans to do a final performance at this moment in time.

"Prematory has been a big part of our lives, we've committed thousands of hours to this band and we have nothing but love for what we have managed to accomplish. We've had an amazing time and we would like to thank all of you for this. There are no hard feelings between all the current members, the decision to end was made in mutual agreement and we wish each other good luck in all future endeavors."

It would appear the new album the band mentioned working on back in February has been scrapped. For now, enjoy going "Down The Drain" with Prematory below. More...

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Cut Up Streams "Forensic Nightmares"

Swedish death metal act Cut Up will release debut album "Forensic Nightmares" today in Europe, and on June 30th in North America. Now this slab of brutal death metal is available for streaming in full below. Comments drummer Tobias Gustafsson:

"I proudly present to you, our debut album 'Forensic Nightmares!' Less than a year and a half after we started Cut Up, our hard work and determination has paid off and resulted in this blasterpiece.

"We couldn't be more satisfied with the album! 'Forensic Nightmares' clearly makes a statement about what Cut Up is all about, and what our mission is for the future. So don't sit back and enjoy this, but bang your fucking heads while blasting it at maximum volume! Then repeat! Cheers!" More...

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Dragony Engages In "Shadowplay"

Dragony has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album this coming September:

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – it’s finally time! The wait is over, the curtain is ready to be lifted; the dragons are back!

"We are extremely happy and proud to announce that our new studio album will be titled 'Shadowplay' and is set for a worldwide release in September 2015 via our label Limb Music!

"We have been working very hard on this new album for the better part of one year in the studio now to deliver great new Symphonic Power Metal anthems, and we feel that all the hard work has finally paid off – we love the new material, and we are very much looking forward to sharing more details like collaborations, guest performances, and of course also the first audio snippets with you in the weeks to come!

"For now, we are thrilled to present the artwork for 'Shadowplay,' designed by the talented Péter Sallai from Hungary, who has already provided amazing artworks for fantastic bands such as Sabaton, Crematory, and Satyricon." More...

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After The Burial Comments On Guitarist Melt Down

After guitarist Justin Lowe posted a paranoid rant on Facebook (which now appears to have either been taken down or made private) accusing the other members of various bizarre actions and effectively leaving the group, After The Burial has now issued the following statement about the situation:

"To our fans, friends and family, and everyone else who has reached out in light of Justin's recent statement. We genuinely appreciate your support and concern. This is a very sad and hurtful situation for us to grasp, and unfortunately it is one we still don't fully understand.

"Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind. A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of.

"We are very sorry we haven't made a statement until now, but there is reasoning behind our decision. Early yesterday after he made the post, he went missing for the entire day. He was in minimal contact with only a few people over the phone, and the information we gathered from them gave us reason to believe he was unsafe in his current state of mind. We were on our phones all day with family, friends, and local authorities trying to regain control of the situation.

"We felt it was definitely not the appropriate time for us to make a statement, in fear that it may escalate things further. Fortunately, he's back home now. He's safe and in the care of his family.
The context of his words and the thoughts he expressed came with as much surprise to us as it did to anyone, including his family and closest friends. These are thoughts he has kept hidden from everyone very well until now, and it's so very unfortunate he felt he couldn't reach out and talk to someone about the things that were affecting him before it got to this point.

"Justin is ill, and right now he needs more than ever to be shown that the world is not against him. He needs support and love from everyone, and to know that we only want what's best for him. We will continue to support him and his family as best we can through this tough time.

"We must ask that, out of respect for friends and family, you refrain from making any comments or speculations about what's going on. We ask also that you respect the privacy of everyone involved while we work through this.

"Mental illness is a very serious matter, and we are treating it as such. If you or anyone you know may be suffering from a mental illness, the time to find help is now."

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms 30 Bands For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced the first slew of thirty bands for the 15th edition of the festival to be held on May 26-29, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the list includes: Samael (performing "Ceremony of Opposites" in full), Venom and Exicter.

Ticket information can be found at this location.

There are still 50 bands expected to be announced, but so far the lineup looks like this:

Auroch (Canada)
Denouncement Pyre (Australia)
Deströyer 666
Gruesome More...

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Insomnium Names Fill-In Guitarist For Tour

Finnish melodic death metal act Insomnium announced that Sanctuary guitarist Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy/ex-Arsis) will fill-in as guitarist for Ville Friman on theupcoming North American tour.

The band embarks on the first headlining tour of the U.S. this August. The statement in part reads: "Due to his very busy work schedule, Ville Friman is not able to join the band on this run of dates, but fans can still expect the dual face-melting, guitar hero onslaught of Vanhala & Cordle every night!"

Friman commented: "My sincere apologies for not being able to take part in Insomnium's touring schedule this year. I've tried my best to work my way around work and band and will be doing as many shows as possible. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take part in this run. But worry not, Nick has kindly accepted to step into my shoes and will be shredding his way into your hearts every night. In the meanwhile, I'll be concentrating on coming up with new Insomnium tunes. Hope to see you soon in North America."

Nick Cordle adds: "It'll be an honor and a pleasure to sit in with Insomnium on this run! They're an awesome live band and I'll try to hold up my end of that 'face melting guitar hero onslaught' as promised!"

Kicking off at the Heavy MTL festival on August 9th, the tour also features Omnium Gatherum as direct support. Stay tuned for details about a special tour split 7" with both bands coming soon! More...

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Praying Mantis Streaming New Track "The One"

Legendary NWoBM act Praying Mantis is streaming the new track "The One." The song appears on the new album "Legacy," will be issued August 21st via Frontiers Music srl.

The track listing for "Legacy" is:

1. Fight For Your Honour
2. The One
3. Believable
4. Tokyo
5. Better Man
6. All I See
7. Eyes Of A Child
8. The Runner
9. Against The World
10. Fallen Angel
11. Second Time Around

Check out "The One" here: More...

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The Silent Rage Posts Preview Clip Of New Album

Greek melodic power metal act The Silent Rage posted the first in a series of preview clips for the band's upcoming new release "The Deadliest Scourge," the first full length album after two EP's in 2009 ("The Silent Rage") and 2011 ("Harvester of Souls"). The band is currently shopping the album to labels, so no release date has been set as of now.

The band posted the following update on the album: "We are more than happy to announce that mixing and mastering of our upcoming album, 'The Deadliest Scourge,' is officially done & was made by Fotis Benardo! So to have a hint we decided to spread a small sample of the album, which you can hear on the link below. Feel free to send us your feedback about it!

"The band is officially now in search of a record label. Stay tuned for more news concerning participant guests!"

"The Deadliest Scourge" will be the first release to feature vocalist Steve Venardo (Double Square), who joined in 2013, and lead guitarist Kostas Krikos, who joined in 2014.

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The V Shows Off A Little "Starshine"

The V - the new solo project of Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman - is streaming another new track "Starshine" from the debut release "Now Or Never." The album is set for release on July 3rd (EU) and July 10th (USA) via Frontiers Music srl.

Guest stars to appear on the release include: Michael Sweet (Stryper), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner/ex-Dokken), Garry Bordonaro (The Rods) and Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Leather Leone (Chastain), Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Jimmy Durkin (Dark Angel), Mick Tucker (Tank), Jordan Ziff (Age of Evil), Derek Kerswill (Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow) and Peter Tentindo (Venus Mars Project) and many more.

The track list for "Now Or Never" is:

1. Again (track streaming here)
2. Now Or Never
3. Roller Coaster
4. L.O.V.E
5. Line In The Sand (track streaming here)
6. Love Should Be To Blame
7. Kiss My Lips
8. Spellbound
9. Starshine
10. Below Zero
11. Ready To Run
12. King For a Day

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Kadavar Faces "The Old Man" In New Music Video

German classic rock act Kadavar released a music video for the new track "The Old Man." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Berlin," which is expected for release on August 21st via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "Berlin" is:

1. Lord Of The Sky
2. Last Living Dinosaur
3. Thousand Miles Away From Home
4. Filthy Illusion
5. Pale Blue Eyes
6. Stolen Dreams
7. The Old Man
8. Spanish Wild Rose
9. See The World With Your Own Eyes
10. Circles In My Mind
11. Into The Night
12. Reich der Träume (Nico cover) (Bonus Track)

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70,000 Tons Adds 3 More Bands, 10 More Next Week

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - added three more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise. Children of Bodom, Moonspell and Turisas join the fray. Ten more acts are expected to be announced next week.

In addition, the destination was announced yesterday. In 2016, 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival also boards a new vessel, The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!.

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices start at USD 666 plus USD 348 Taxes and Fees per person and include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Public Sales begin on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3PM PDT. For more information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Children of Bodom, Moonspell and Turisas join the previously named acts:

At the Gates
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil More...

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Jonne Issues New Music Video

Jonne - the solo band featuring Korpiklaani frontman Jonne Järvelä - issued a new music video for the track "Metsaan On Iaksi Mieli." The song appears on the 2014 release "Jonne" - out now on Massacre Records.

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Withem Posts New Album Sampler

Norway's Withem are hard at work completing the sophomore release and follow up to the critically acclaimed debut "The Point of You."

The yet untitled release - dubbed "Withem 2" - will be issued in February 2016 via Sensory/Lasers Edge Records. More information is expected soon.

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Tank Streams Title Track Of New Album

U.K. metal act Tank is streaming the new track "Valley of Tears." The song is the title track of the upcoming new studio release, expected to drop on September 18th via Metal Mind Productions. The album features ex-DragonForce vocalist ZP Theart.

The track list for the album is:

1. War Dance
2. Valley of Tears
3. Of Tears
4. Eye of an Hurricane
5. Hold On
6. Make a Little Time
7. Heading For
8. Eternity
9. Living a Fantasy
10. World on Fire
11. Hold Your Fire

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

The final day of a festival always seems to be the most subdued and relaxed, most likely a result of tiredness, but with such a solid lineup to look forward to, who has time to take it easy? Graspop Metal Meeting still had plenty to offer the head bangers on this Sunday, with things getting off to a great start at the second main stage, where New Zealand hard rockers, Like A Storm got things underway. This was another case of checking out a band I had never heard of and they proved well worth a gamble, as their brand of hard rock with a tinge of alternative metal was the perfect way to wake up the sleepy unwashed and accentuate a few hang overs. Like The Dead Daisies two days before, Like A Storm are all about having a good time. It's rock the way it was designed to be, a lot of fun and high energy, though they put their own, native stamp on things by utilising the didgeridoo, which believe it or not, actually works really well with their music. The instrument was first used in a solo performance, before being brought out again for their song, "Love the Way You Hate Me," and there were other surprises in store too, most notably a cover of the Coolio hit, "Gangsta's Paradise." A great way to start the day.

A little bit of Pop Evil followed, which continued the theme of enjoyable hard rock, before the day's first trip to the Marquee came, this time to check out Winterfylleth. This was another band I was unfamiliar with, despite seeing the name in passing a number of times. I assumed from the name that they were a black metal group, but there's a lot more to them than that. They display an amazing musical talent which goes beyond the simple goal of making music just to be extreme, which some bands are guilty of, and don't conform to the uniform of corpse paint and spikes out of a mistaken sense of obligation, something else young black metal groups have done from time to time. Winterfylleth are another outfit that let the music do most of the talking, which is guaranteed to win over newcomers and please fans who turned up to see these metal Mancunians. More...

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Asking Alexandria New Pro-Shot Live Clip Streaming

Asking Alexandria is streaming a multi-camera live footage video of the new lineup performing "Welcome" and "Breathless" at the Mesa, AZ stop of the Vans Warped Tour on June 23rd.

You can check it out now below.

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Ramming Speed Premieres New Track

Ramming Speed premieres its new song "Don’t Let This Stay Here", which was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge and will appear on their upcoming new studio album that is being lined up for a fall release.

Check out now "Don’t Let This Stay Here" below.

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August Burns Red Premieres New Song "Ghosts"

August Burns Red premieres the new song "Ghosts" which features A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon. The track is taken from the upcoming new album "Found In Far Away Places" which will be released this coming Tuesday, June 30th via Fearless Records.

Check out now "Ghosts" below.

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