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Metal News for July 1, 2014

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Afterburner Posts "Narrow Anymore" Video

Ankara, Turkey-based metal band Afterburner has a new official video clip out now for the song "Narrow Anymore," which is available below. You can also find more info on Afterburner at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Extrema Posts New Lyric Video

The Italian thrash metal masters in Extrema have released a lyric video for the song "Deep Infection," which is taken from the band's latest album "The Seed Of Foolishness."

Check out the clip below. You can also watch the band's previously released music video for "Again and Again" over at this location.

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Godsmack Reveals Album Art, Streams New Song

Godsmack has a new single out now titled "1000hp," which will also be the title of the band's upcoming album.

"1000hp" - the follow-up to Godsmack's 2010 album "The Oracle" - is due out on August 5th, 2014 through Republic Records. Check out the title track below, and you can see the "1000hp" album cover after the jump.

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Save The Clock Tower Releases New Music Video

Bullet Tooth is excited to release the debut album "Wasteland" from Tasmania's Save The Clock Tower today (July 4th in Australia).

Revolver Magazine is also premiering the new music video for "These Diseases," which can be seen below.
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Save The Clock Tower is a 4 piece post-hardcore band from Launceston, Tasmania. The band officially began playing together in 2010 and took the small island by storm in a very short amount of time. The band commented on the new signing and label home:

"We are stoked to be a part of a great label like Bullet Tooth. Thanks to Josh Grabelle for seeing that hard work is paying off and every step we take is another step towards realising our dreams. Knowing that Josh has developed great bands such as Memphis May Fire, Bullet For My Valentine, First Blood, and Affiance gives us the best chance possible to move forward as a band and as individuals. Bullet Tooth has created a close family of bands and we cannot wait to meet and play with everyone!"

The "Wasteland" album's track listing is as follows:

01. Swan’s Song
02. A Pale Horse
03. Wasteland
04. At the Bottom of a Bottle
05. Isolate; Recreate
06. To The Dreamer
07. Sanctuary
08. The Beautiful Lie
09. The Way We Were
10. These Diseases
11. Hope, Sweet Home
12. Oblivion More...

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Wolves In The Throne Room Streams Full Album

One week ahead of its looming release date next Tuesday, July 8th you can hear all of "Celestite," the new instrumental LP from Olympia, Washington's Wolves In The Throne Room. Listen to the tracks at NYTimes.com here.

"Celestite" is a fully synth-composed companion to the 2011-released "Celestial Lineage" LP, and is a far cry from the blackened maelstrom Wolves In The Throne Room typically delivers. Produced by Randall Dunn, the instrumental passages on "Celestite" reflect the tracks of its predecessor in a whole new light, with more than forty-five minutes of rich, otherworldly, synthesizer-constructed works which more resemble a sci-fi/horror soundtrack or meditative musical experience.

You can also see Wolves In The Throne Room live on these dates:

7/11/2014 Capital Theatre Backstage - Olympia, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, D A Terence
7/12/2014 Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, A God Or Another
7/13/2014 The Venue - Vancouver, BC w/ Nommo Ogo, Neck Of The Woods
7/14/2014 Crocodile - Seattle, WA w/ Nommo Ogo, TBA
7/15/2014 Star Theatre - Portland, OR w/ Nommo Ogo, Druden
7/17/2014 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Dispirit, Nommo Ogo
7/18/2014 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Nommo Ogo, Lycus
7/19/2014 TBA - San Diego, CA w/ Nommo Ogo
7/20/2014 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nommo Ogo, Volahn

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Holy Tongues Streaming New Track

The prolific Melotov Records continues its 2014 roll with "Weak People," the debut full-length by Holy Tongues, which is set for an August 5th release.

Today you can also listen to "92," taken off the "Weak People" album, via the player below and courtesy of The A.V. Club.

Holy Tongues is comprised of three members of the late Ruiner, the Baltimore band that made a name in the '00s via two LPs on Bridge 9 Records, the latter produced by J. Robbins (Modern Life Is War, Coliseum), and via tours with the likes of Strike Anywhere and Pulling Teeth.

"Weak People" was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Earth). The track listing is as follows:

1. Pale Light
2. Filters
3. 92
4. Bright Light
5. Small Fires
6. Smoker
7. Follow
8. 1/10/82 - 8/8/12 More...

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Ghoul Announces Vinyl Re-Issue

While the public is still reeling from the barrage of transmissions from ghastly Creepsylvanian outfit Ghoul over recent months, the band has now announced a vinyl manifestation of debut album, "We Came For The Dead!!!"

Initially released in 2002, "We Came For The Dead!!!" delivers a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania and features the album-closing rendition of Megadeth's "Skull Beneath The Skin."

Tankcrimes is currently embalming the cadaver of "We Came For The Dead!!!" for its public service on September 9th, where the wax edition of the more than thirty-three minute release will be reissued on three disgusting colors of vinyl.

This version will be available in the "More Blood" red edition in a run of 666, the ultra-limited "Torch" pressing in a tri-color yellow/orange/bone scheme, and the Die Hard edition, which bears a "Blood Spill" red inside clear vinyl, foil stamped jacket, flexi postcard and bonus track "We Are Creepsylvanians" by Igvar Shmeltzy and the Turnips. Pre-orders are available right here. More...

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Wolvhammer Streaming Full Album

Stereogum is now hosting a stream of Midwestern metal cult Wolvhammer's third monstrous full-length album, "Clawing Into Black Sun," as the album nears release in just one week via Profound Lore Records. You can hear the full album in the SoundCloud player below.

"Clawing Into Black Sun" will be in stores next Tuesday, July 8th and Profound Lore Records comments:

"Wolvhammer's amalgamation of black metal and death rock surges with self-infliction, abuse, regret, and debauchery, Uniting members of Shaidar Logoth, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves, Doomsday and other acts. Recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, the bruising eight songs obviously displaying how the band's songwriting and delivery skills have developed since previous releases." More...

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Overkill Releases New Music Video

After releasing a lyric video for the track, Overkill has now debuted an all new music video for the "Armorist" single. Check it out below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video depicts the raw power that emulates from the bands viscous live show. "We had a head banging riot working with Kevin Custer, he has an eye for the performance and the fast editing hand. Just what the doctor ordered for a face-melting, thrash-a-thon," says frontman Bobby Blitz.

This is the third time Custer has directed the band's visual element. Prior to "Armorist" he was tapped for "Bring Me The Night," from "Ironbound" in 2010 and "Electric Rattlesnake" from "The Electric Age" in 2012.

Blitz continues, "I was quite blown away with his use of natural light in Armorist, as if he let the sun in through the windows, then controlled how it was used. Horns up Kids, here comes the Overkill/Custer, Armorist!"

Overkill will release seventeenth LP "White Devil Armory" on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. Check out our review at this location. More...

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Rings Of Saturn Reveals New Album Info

Bay Area aliencore outfit Rings of Saturn will unleash a forthcoming new full-length this October 14th via Unique Leader Records.

Titled "Lugal Ki En," the twelve-track offering was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies et al) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features the drum prowess of Black Tongue/Infant Annihilator basher Aaron Kitcher, guest solo work by Day Of Reckoning guitarist Rusty Cooley, and custom artwork by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art, who crafted the band’s seminal "Dingir" cover.

Comments guitarist Lucas Mann of the album concept, “The concept of the album in a nutshell is that long after the Aliens conquer humanity, they evolve to a point where they transcend space, time and reality to take their conquest into the realm of the gods where they wage war on angels and demons. The album title Lugal Ki En translates from ancient Sumerian cuneiform to mean ‘King Of The Earthlings, Lord Of The Cosmic World.’ The Sumerian cuneiform is visible behind the English pronunciation of the album title.”

The track listing will be as follows:

1. Senseless Massacre
2. Desolate Paradise
3. Lalassu Xul
4. Infused (Feat. Rusty Cooley)
5. Fractal Intake
6. Natural Selection
7. Beckon
8. Godless Times
9. Unsympathetic Intellect
10. Eviscerate
11. The Heavens Have Fallen
12. No Pity For A Coward (Suicide Silence cover) More...

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Earthless Streaming Hour Long Jam Session

This July, a colossal collaborative concert, previously privy only to those who were fortunate enough to have helped fill a Netherlandic concert hall multiple moons ago, will be unleashed in audio form as "Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket In A Dutch Haze."

The recording will see a July 8th release date via Outer Battery Records / Roadburn Records. Today, in advance of the album's release, Noisey premieres the album in full with the forewarning, "Get ready to cry because you will never play this well."

Check it out in the player provided below. The following press release was also issued:

"Back-story: an impromptu heavy psych JAM between J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr, Sweet Apple, and one of both Rolling Stone and Spin's 'Greatest Guitarists of All Time') and California space rock masters Earthless at the 2009 SXSW Festival left an onlooking crowd stunned and breathless.

"When word of the performance spread, the world-renowned musicians were asked to play the main stage of Holland's annual international rock festival, Roadburn, to attempt to recreate the magic that revved-up an Austin audience at what was thought to be a one-time event.

"Fast forward to the 2012 installment of the fantastic fest; when Earthless' guitarist Isaiah Mitchell had to back out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstance, six-string shredder Graham Clise from J Mascis' loud, psychedelic project Heavy Blanket (and who also plays with Mascis in Witch and in the bitchin' Bay Area band Lecherous Gaze) stepped in on second guitar. Backed by the best rhythm section in today's adventurous rock world -- Mario Rubalcaba and Mike Eginton from Earthless -- the quartet stormed the stage for what would become an incredible one-time happening, leading to almost a full hour of some of the most mind-bending heavy psych imaginable.

"The epic jam session gave birth to shredding psychedelia and hard rock blues underpinned by the muscular rhythmic sensibilities of kraut-rock and the unbridled energy of 70's guitar rock. The formidable foundation laid by drummer Rubalcaba became a jumping off point for Mascis, Clise and Eighton to explore their inner cosmoi for consciousness-expanding riffs and music-induced psychedelic experiences." More...

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Atreyu Returns From Hiatus

Southern California’s Atreyu has now officially risen from a self-imposed hiatus started back in 2011.

The reunited lineup, featuring vocalist Alex Varkatzas, drummer Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel and bassist Marc Mcknight, will return to the stage for the first time in three years for an exclusive mainstage performance at Aftershock 2014 festival on September 14th in Sacramento, CA.

“The time has come,” says drummer Brandon Saller. “We have been spending the last few months planning this moment. Writing new music and thinking about the future while also reflecting on the past. We all came to the conclusion that it was the right time. Our history is too powerful to ignore forever. Our fans have given us too much. The void of Atreyu, in the world and within ourselves, had existed for long enough. We are happy to announce that after almost 4 years, the beast has risen!"

“To say we are looking forward to Playing this years Aftershock Festival is an understatement,” adds frontman Alex Varkatzas. “It's been 3+yrs since we have rocked the stage as brothers, and to be playing with all these high caliber bands, in the state that we call home, is truly awesome.”

As many fans have already noticed, 2014 also marks the 10 year anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, "The Curse." Could there be more shows announced this year? Could there be new music to be released? Stay tuned as the story of Atreyu is far from over….

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Islander To Play Aftershock Festival

Islander is excited to officially announce its participation in the Aftershock Festival 2014 on September 13th at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.

The lineup can be seen in the poster below, and full details about tickets, military discounts, hotel and VIP packages and more are available at this location (save $10 by using the password "SACROX").

Other confirmed bands include Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, and more.

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Strikeforce Signs With HighVolMusic

Midwest hard rock band Strikeforce has signed a deal with Maryland-based independent music company HighVolMusic.

The new project titled "All About The Money" will be released this Fall and distributed via MRi/Sony. Jason McEntire was tapped to produce the new project (The Urge, Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley, Eddie Money) with mastering completed in Germany by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, UFO, Doro Pesch, Mad Max).

Strikeforce is currently playing the midwest with plans to expand outward with the release of "All About The Money." Catch the band live:

JUL 5TH @ THE BRETZ WILDLIFE & WINERY - CARLYLE, IL
JUL 26TH @ MADISON COUNTY FAIR - HIGHLAND, IL
AUG 24TH @ THE HOGPIT BARN, GRAFTON, IL
AUG 30TH @ THE KEYS - CARLYLE, IL
SEPT 13TH @ ISLE CASINO - CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.
SEPT 20TH @ ROGERS THEATER, POPLAR BLUFF, MO.
OCT 5TH @ THE HOGPIT BARN, GRAFTON, IL - RAT RUN
NOV 1ST @ THE KEYS - CARLYLE, IL
DEC 20TH @ THE KEYS - CARLYLE, IL

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Revocation Announces New Album Title

Revocation completed work earlier this year on a fifth album with producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios. The new album will be called "Deathless" and will be released worldwide this Fall on Metal Blade Records. The art for "Deathless" was painted by Tom Strom.

New music, as well as pre-order bundles, will be officially launched later this Summer. As previously announced, Revocation will be on tour throughout the Fall with label mates Cannibal Corpse and Aeon in Europe. North American tour dates will follow.

Revocation is also proud to join Crowbar on tour in September-October. The tour also features Havok, Fit For An Autopsy, and Armed For Apocalypse. Full details are available below. More...

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War Master Gearing Up For Tour

Still smoldering from the Blood Dawn 3 tour, War Master has oiled the death machine and set its course for the American West.

Starting on Independence Day, the band plays Austin at the Mohawk Club as part of American Icon Records' expo featuring Pentagram. From there the war machine rolls throughout the West with four of the nine dates spent in California.

On the 13th of July, War Master joins Terrorizer, Nausea, Phobia, Wehrmacht and several more bands as part of Los Angeles Grindcore Fest. Check below for a complete list of tour dates. War Master's split with Unholy Grave will also exclusively be available for sale on this tour.

The idea for the split dates back to pre-War Master days, when Insect Warfare toured with the Japanese grinders. War Master met Travis Bonner at a Morbid Angel show in Austin during in December 2013. Bonner recorded the two tracks "Mass Cremation" and "Sadistic Force" during one of the coldest days in the early winter of 2014. Both tracks relate a rawer production than previous recordings and emphasize the jolting riffs found on the first couple of Entombed and Grave albums. The Unholy Grave side includes five tracks of coarse-toned grindcore. Each track relates raw-boned riffs, hemorrhaging voices and shuddering blast beats.

7/4 - Austin, TX-The Mohawk
7/5 - San Antonio, TX-Korova
7/6 - Laredo, TX-Cold Brew
7/7 - El Paso, TX-Horizon Bar
7/9 - Tempe, AZ-51 West
7/10 - Los Angeles, CA-Redwood Bar
7/11 - Richmond, CA-Burnt Ramen
7/12 - Oakland, CA-Road House
7/13 - Los Angeles, CA-Grindcore 2014 Fest More...

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Wo Fat Streaming Instrumental Version Of New Album

Today an instrumental version of "The Conjuring," the latest long player from Dallas stoner doom peddlers Wo Fat, has been posted online. Check out this alternate instrumental edition at The Obelisk here.

The album is out now via Small Stone Recordings, and you can also hear the full version with vocals in the player provided below. More...

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Protokult Unveils "No Beer In Heaven" Art

Toronto, ON's fun loving, beer drinking progressive folk metal band Protokult is proud to share with fans the artwork and the track listing for upcoming album "No Beer In Heaven."

The album is set for official release on August 8th, 2014 to follow the 2011 EP "Marzena" and 2009 debut "Ancestral Anthems." Protokult's Martin Drozd comments:

"We are anxious and excited to finally unleash the first Protokult full-length album with our current and talented lineup. Expect nothing short of pure, heathen prog-folk with a healthy traditional metal dosage in the mix. Our first single, Get Me A Beer will be released early this July and expect the official video shortly thereafter! The video follows a story line which can be best described as 'Spinal Tap meets folk-metal' and captures the band in an unpleasant, humorous yet all-too-realistic situation in which artists may find themselves in (we certainly have!)"

In additional news, Protokult will be performing a Toronto CD release show on July 26th for hometown fans at Bovine Sex Club with support from locals Primalfrost, Tsargrad, and Montreal's Karkaos.

"No Beer In Heaven" was recorded at Spectre Sound Studios and will be released August 8th, 2014. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Get Me A Beer! (3:04)
2. Heaven Cast Me Out (4:04)
3. My Father’s Word (5:49)
4. Flight of The Winged Hussar (5:52)
5. Sol Intention (4:39)
6. Edge of Time (5:28)
7. Sanctuaries (2:04)
8. Desert Scourge (4:31)
9. Gorale (4:15)
10. Summer’s Ode (6:07)
11. Razbival Okovi Perun (1:26) ("Perun Has Shattered The Shackles")
12. Water of Life (8:46) More...

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Stench Recording New Album

Swedish death metal trio Stench, featuring the members of Tribulation, is currently working on the follow-up to the 2010 debut album, "In Putrescence."

The band entered Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Portrait) in Stockholm this May and founding member Jonathan Hulten commented: "The material has been in the making since 2010, and, along with the artwork, has accumulated enough power to swing your senses to the sky."

The album is slated for an autumn 2014 release via Agonia Records. The doors to the band's yet-untitled full-length were opened by a self-titled 7" EP, released earlier this year in a black and limited to 100 copies blue vinyl, and featuring three new songs.

For more info on Stench, head over to the death metal band's Facebook profile here.

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Unfathomable Ruination To Play In Airtight Box

U.K. death metal outfit Unfathomable Ruination will soon be performing a very different kind of set: one inside a box with limited oxygen! The Independent reported on the upcoming stunt:

Death metal band Unfathomable Ruination are to perform in an airtight, soundproofed box outside the Gherkin in London this week.

Visible but inaudible to the public, the band's set will form an art installation by Portuguese artist João Onofre called 'Box Sized DIE', which is part of new exhibition Sculpture in the City.

Unfathomable Ruination also commented via Facebook about the article from The Independent: "According to the medical professionals who read The Independent, we're all going to die... Challenge Accepted." More...

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Cannibal Corpse To Release New Album

The American death metal icons in Cannibal Corpse are pleased to announce the release of their thirteenth full-length, "A Skeletal Domain."

With lucky number 13 the band has switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked the previous three outings (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan.

Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of its notoriously hyper kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.

"At the end of the day, we're still making a death metal record, no matter where it's being recorded," relays bassist Alex Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that it could not be more pleased with previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable.

"Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That's what makes this exciting," adds Webster. "Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it's not same-old same-old."

Mark Lewis would concur with Webster's analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that "there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history." More...

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Inquisition Announces Summer Tour

Black metal outfit Inquisition has announced a string of summer dates including shows at festivals such as Under The Black Sun (DE), Brutal Assault (CZ), Party.San Open Air (DE), Motocultor (FR), Metal Méan (BE) and Beyond the Gates (NO).

The tour will kick off at the Little Devil in Tilburg on July 3rd and the American duo will continue to ravage Europe until a final black mass at the Pussy A GoGo in Stockholm (SE) on August 30th.

03 Jul 14 Tilburg (NL) Little Devil
04 Jul 14 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete
05 Jul 14 Berlin (DE) Under The Black Sun Festival
10 Jul 14 Flensburg (DE) Roxy
11 Jul 14 Fredericia (DK) Metal Magic Festival
12 Jul 14 Torgau (DE) In Flammen
13 Jul 14 London (UK) Boston Arms
14 Jul 14 Glasgow (UK) Audio
15 Jul 14 Belfast (UK) Voodoo
16 Jul 14 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
17 Jul 14 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
18 Jul 14 Anyksciai (LT) Devilstone Open Air
20 Jul 14 Paris (FR) Le Klub
22 Jul 14 Chambery (FR) Brin de Zinc
23 Jul 14 Milano (IT) Blue Rose Saloon
24 Jul 14 Tolmin (SL) Metal Days Festival
25 Jul 14 Porto (PT) Hard Club
26 Jul 14 Lisboa (PT) RCA Club More...

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The Haunted Reveals "Exit Wounds" Album

The Haunted will be releasing new album "Exit Wounds" on August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America.

You can check out studio footage of the band's recording "Exit Wounds" right here, and the artwork is available below. The track listing will be as follows:

1. 317
2. Cutting Teeth
3. My Salvation
4. Psychonaut
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. Trend Killer
7. Time (Will Not Heal)
8. All I Have
9. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill The Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost In The Machine More...

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Signum Regis Posts Recording Video

Slovakian outfit Signum Regis has released an album recording video, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:

"We are already in the recording mode! Here's a little video blog from the studio. Check it out (including English subtitles)!"

You can also hear the band's song "The Ten Plagues" by heading over to this location.

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Morbid Angel To Perform "Covenant" In Full

Morbid Angel has announced a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the milestone release "Covenant" by performing the complete album live. See the band celebrating "Covenant" on these dates:

08 Nov 14 Rennes (FR) Etage
09 Nov 14 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon
11 Nov 14 Toulon (FR) Vox
12 Nov 14 Vevey (CH) Rocking Chair
13 Nov 14 Bologna (IT) Estragon
14 Nov 14 Milan (IT) Live Club
15 Nov 14 Lindau (DE) Club Vaudeville
16 Nov 14 Pratteln (CH) Z7
18 Nov 14 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
19 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) Postbahnhof
20 Nov 14 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 14 Zlin (CZ) Hala Euronics (Winter Masters Of Rock)
23 Nov 14 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
26 Nov 14 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
27 Nov 14 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
28 Nov 14 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
29 Nov 14 Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) La Ferme du Bireau (Mass Deathtruction Festival)
02 Dec 14 München (DE) Backstage
03 Dec 14 Mannheim (DE) Alte Seilerei
04 Dec 14 Essen (DE) Turock
07 Dec 14 Dublin (IR) The Academy
08 Dec 14 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
09 Dec 14 Glasgow (UK) The Garage
10 Dec 14 Birmingham (UK) The Asylum
11 Dec 14 Bristol (UK) Bierkeller
12 Dec 14 London (UK) 02 Academy Islington
13 Dec 14 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar (Eindhoven Metal Meeting)
14 Dec 14 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen
16 Dec 14 København (DK) Pumpehuset
17 Dec 14 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
18 Dec 14 Malmö (SE) KB
19 Dec 14 Norrköping (SE) Black (Christmas Festival Flygeln)
20 Dec 14 Oslo (NO) Vulkan Arena More...

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Opeth Issues Book Release Update

Back in March, Opeth announced a 25th anniversary coffee table book was in the works, and now the band has checked in with the following update about the release:

"Rocket88 and Opeth are still working on it – and it's looking damned good! We have conducted new and exclusive interviews with everyone, and lots of rare and previously unseen images have been found for inclusion, so the book is shaping up to be something very special.

"However, in our bid to be as definitive as possible and that the book be the ultimate document, the research and interviews are ongoing – meaning that it will now be published at the beginning of 2015 rather than this year.

"We will keep you posted of all developments and, rest assured, it'll be worth the wait!"

Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" will be released August 26th, 2014 and you can hear the first single "Cusp Of Eternity" below. More...

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Suicide Silence Announces New Tour Dates

California's Suicide Silence has announced European headlining dates in support of the band's upcoming album, "You Can't Stop Me." The band will be supported by Australian label mates Thy Art Is Murder.

Commented Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun: "Europe!!! We love you so much, it's been too long since a proper European tour and we couldn't be happier to let you know it's happening soon. Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! Whatever it is just let it happen. See you wonderful humans soon!!"

Added Thy Art Is Murder: "Can't wait to get back to Europe with Suicide Silence and eat some pork, man! Smoke loads of hash and play some breakdowns, cuz breakdowns are fucking brutal! In Bratislavia... and Budapest... and Britain...!" More...

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BloodKlot Splits With Bassist

Australian old school death metal outfit BloodKlot has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"Unfortunately we have to tell everyone that our bass player Ben Ingram will no longer be playing in the band.

"We wish him all the best in his ventures, but for now we will be playing as a 3 piece band and we will keep everyone up to date with what happens.

"Big things to come still though and our new songs are coming together awesome."

You can also hear the band's "Hantu" EP released earlier this month in the Bandcamp player below. More...

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Fields Of The Nephilim Recording New Tracks

Fields of the Nephilim has been elusive on the live scene during the last year with only a few exclusive appearances. The band has been spending the time creating, writing, and recording new material, and now Fields Of The Nephilim has checked in with the following update:

"Now is the time for me to let go and release some new Nephilim tracks which have been constrained to the studio for some time.

"Trying to concentrate the work and thoughts down to a simple single objective is always a difficult practice but that's the nature of the beast. Easy to find the beginning but always hard trying to reach the end.

"I'll always close the door behind me to begin but it then becomes hard to find my way out when spending so much time in the dark.

"We are finally at the stage of recording and compiling the most important elements created and gathered."

Further details will be forthcoming in the near future.

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Alestorm Posts Preview Clip Of New Album

Scottish metal pirates Alestorm released an interactive preview clip, which features snippets from the entire upcoming release "Sunset on the Golden Age." The album is set to be released via Napalm Records on the following schedule:

August 1st: GAS, FIN & BENELUX
August 4th: UK & Rest of Europe
August 5th: USA/CAN
August 6th: ESP/NOR/SWE

The track list for the album is:

1. Walk The Plank
2. Drink (see music video here)
3. Magnetic North
4. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
5. Mead from Hell
6. Surf Squid Warfare
7. Quest for Ships
8. Wooden Leg!
9. Hangover
10. Sunset on the Golden Age

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Daarchlea Announces New Album Details

Kuala Lumpur's Daarchlea is currently wrapping up work on the "Suns" album, which will land on August 27th, 2014. The band comments:

"Suns combines elements of black metal, modern metal, prog metal, and hints of traditional Malaysian folk music, all of which combined together into a seamless, unique collection of songs that will leave an indelible mark upon all who listen. The record will deal lyrically with human and the purpose of one being on this earth."

A teaser trailer is available below, and the full "Suns" track listing will be as follows:

1. Birth, The Beginning
2. The Book Of Heresy
3. Qhilav
4. Phase One : Tree
5. Phase Two : Human
6. Odyssey : Towards The Sun
7. Paradoctrine
8. Messiah
9. Ascend To Arasy
10. The Great Extinction More...

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Exodus To Play Fear FestEvil After Party

Scion Audio Visual will celebrates San Diego's enormous comic & entertainment convention with Metallica guitar player Kirk Hammett and his toy company Kirk Von Hammett Toys with an exclusive, RSVP-only celebration dubbed the “Fear FestEvil After Party.”

The party will showcase a performance by Bay Area thrashers Exodus on July 25th at F6IX located at 526 F Street in San Diego, California. This special Exodus performance will be highlighted by Hammett joining the band on-stage for a few songs.

"Through Scion A/V, we are always looking for creative ways to merge the worlds of music and art that strike a chord with our customers," explained Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions at Scion. "In addition to sponsoring several tours and dozens of special events each year, we also have the Scion A/V Installation where we support independent visual artists. Partnering with Kirk Hammett and his toy company helps bring distinctive music and art forms to an enthusiastic audience, which is what Scion A/V is all about." More...

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Underlined Finishing Work On Album

Florida's Underlined has checked in with the following announcement about wrapping up work on the "& Then" album:

"The very talented Alex Crescioni (Diminished 7 / Stygian Sound) is officially handling the final mix of &THEN. The second its complete, we'll be revealing all the information regarding its release date, accompanied by a link for pre-orders!

"I've begun filming a music video for Eight Three One, and we're pursuing fall or winter touring / live options, since our last attempt to tour with a band, very much so, blew up in our faces.

"With fingers crossed and guns loaded, I believe that something interesting should hit our radar soon enough." More...

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Living Colour Announces New Album

Living Colour, which was previously featured in our Sunday Old School column, today announces new album "Shade" and a tour set to kick off September 18th at The Opera House in Toronto, Canada.

The group — vocalist Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun — is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on "Shade," which will be produced by Andre Betts and mixed by Ron Saint Germain.

Due out in the Fall, "Shade" follows 2009's "The Chair In The Doorway" and is Living Colour's sixth studio album.

"'Shade' is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light," says Reid. "From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, 'Shade' is the next chapter of a unique American journey."

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Pharaoh Posts Album Trailer

Pharaoh - a new project featuring Shawn O'Brien from Above This - will be releasing a self-titled album later this year via Above Records. The band has released a teaser trailer online for the release, which can be heard below.

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