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Metal News for July 16, 2013

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Pit Stories: Mosh Pit Trampling

Now that Tuesday has rolled around again its time for another Pit Story shared by metal bands from all genres and locations.

The pit can be the center of the live show experience, where metal heads can get their aggression out, but injuries are an unfortunate byproduct - and a badge of honor for many show veterans. This week Wyoming metal/hardcore outfit Righteous Vendetta shares the following story of a fan getting trampled in the chaotic sea of the mosh pit:

Being a smaller band at this point we have seen a good amount of mosh pits but nothing as massive as say an As I Lay Dying pit. That said, we have seen some pretty crazy injuries in the pits. As a kid I always went to As I Lay Dying shows and got in the pits which consistently would extend 50 feet in diameter around the sound board. I remember running, breathing in all the dirt as I struggled to keep up with the people in front.

Something similar to this scenario happened at one of our shows in Wyoming. A circle pit broke out in the middle of this venue/skate park. I would say it was about 20-30 feet in diameter. There were huge kids, tiny kids, old kids, and youngsters alike. About fifteen seconds into the pit I saw a kid trip and fall and get trampled, I lost sight of him as the pit continued and forgot about what happened shortly after the incident.

We finish our set and someone comes up to us asking about the kid. Well apparently when he tripped he broke his ankle, not only that, when he was basically run over, his right arm was completely broken in half by someone who stepped on it. Both bones were protruding from his arm. In our compassionate hearts we went to visit him at the hospital where we just missed him as he went into surgery. I believe we drew him a nice picture!

Righteous Vendetta recently completed recording a new album at JTW Recording Studios with producer Joel Wanasek. The album is due out later this year, with more details to follow. Stay up to date with the band's latest activity over at Facebook. You can also start your own pit at a Righteous Vendetta show on these dates:

7/26 - Sheridan, WY @ Sheridan Fairgrounds
8/02 - Kassel, GERMANY @ Freakstock Festival
8/10 - Rybnik, POLAND @ Sonar Days Festival
8/16 - Grossandelfingen, SWITZERLAND @ Heavenstage Festival

Check back in next week as we share more Pit Stories, and let us know about your craziest metal show experience, and whether you've got any pit-induced injuries, in the comments section below.

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Neverdream Enters The Studio

Italian's Neverdream has entered the studio to record a brand new studio album. The piece will be named "The Circle" and is a concept album based on the same titled book, also written by the band. Both, book and CD, will be released at the end of this year. The story behind "The Circle" is about a serial killer, written in a thriller / noir style.

German musical theatre actor and singer for Vanden Plas, Andy Kuntz, will be in the studio with the guys in Italy soon to record his part as a special guest.

Once it's released, "The Circle" CD and book will be available for free on the band's webpage. Neverdream's older albums are available already to download for free at this location.

The "Circle" track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Requiem
3. A Life Beyond
4. Godless
5. Vesta
6. Hell's Flower
7. Mary Jane
8. The Face Of Fear
9. Hypnosis
10. Di Lei La Morte
11. The actor of blood
12. Killer Machine

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Laika Splits With Guitarist

Canadian melodic death metal act Laika has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Ronnie Ladobruk:

"Last night's show was a momentous occasion to bring another chapter to a close in Laika's nearly 5 year history, thank you all for coming out to witness Ronnie's last show on a Monday night nonetheless.

"We bid Ronnie farewell to pursue other projects. His time in Laika was fantastic, by far one of the more talented members we have ever had in the line-up. Even though we will lose a guitarist progress wont be halted.

"We start recording scratch tracks for the long overdue album 'Somnia'. Expect videos, teasers and much more. Stay tuned..."

You can also check out recently posted footage of Laika performing the track "Escalation of Terror" below. More...

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Arabrot Announces Self-Titled Album

Norwegian Grammy winning noise-metal-punks Årabrot will release their self-titled sixth LP through Fysisk Format in North America on September 3rd, following the European release on August 19th. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Årabrot follows the band’s greatest success story to date, the 2011-released Solar Anus LP. With more uncaged power than ever, the album surprised even Årabrot’s own diehard fanbase; suddenly biblio-pornographic lyrics had become popular culture, as had Steve Albini’s sparse production technique. Solar Anus featured on many best-of-the-year-lists, and it received widespread good reviews, including NME who called the record 'as unsettling as a thunderstorm approaching a medieval battle [8/10]' and The Stool Pigeon who, in a 5/5 review, dubbed them 'one of Europe's best heavy rock bands.' Årabrot is also now supported by Fund for Performing Arts and The Art Council of Norway.

"While writing Årabrot, singer and guitarist Kjetil Nernes inhabited an old abandoned church just across the border in Sweden, in a pastoral countryside where time has stood still for generations. While the lyrics on the 2010 release Revenge were a revenge fantasy dedicated to a certain someone, and Solar Anus and Mæsscr told stories of the human beast, Årabrot revolves around breaking away from city life and the feeling of social asphyxiation invoked by them. Nernes has revealed that much of the inspiration for the lyrics has been found in early 20th century surrealists like Georges Bataille and Robert Desnos, mixed with a fascination for the mythologies of ancient Greece and the Old Testament.

"Årabrot features a widened family of collaborators, most notably Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh/4AD), who in addition to recording and mixing the album, also plays bass and does backup vocals. Basic riffs, percussion and vocals were laid before Norwegian experimental music stalwarts Lasse Marhaug and Erland Dahlen added their musical substance to the mix, and a random visit by Laura Pleasants of Kylesa resulted in guest vocals on 'Arrabal's Dream. The album was then mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering." More...

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Aegaeon Releases New Music Video

Indiana based act Aegaeon has posted an official music video online for the band's new single "Neural Union." Watch the newly released clip below. You can also stream the single or pick up a digital copy at Bandcamp here.

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Homewrecker Headed Out On Tour

Ohio-based Homewrecker is currently headed out to the West Coast, determined to level every city in the band's way getting there and back on tour over the following two and a half weeks.

The action begins tonight in Milwaukee and then cuts a counter-clockwise scythe of destruction down the West Coast and through the Southeast and Midwest getting back to Ohio. Several shows will see Homewrecker sharing the stage with Malfunction and Black Ice, with local support to appear on each show as well.

Also just in, Homewrecker has been confirmed to head back to the West Coast again just over a month after the current tour ends. This newly-confirmed sixteen-date voyage will see the Homewrecker outfit joining Atlanta powerviolence trio Dead In The Dirt and Chicago’s hardcore innovators Harm’s Way.

Merging crusty crossover and powerviolence elements with contemptuous mid-paced hardcore, Homewrecker continues to tour in support of most recent LP, "Worms & Dirt," which A389 Recordings released a year ago. Stream the full release below. More...

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Slipknot's Clown Crahan To Direct "Officer Downe"

"Officer Downe," the original graphic novel created by Joe Casey (Man of Action) and artist Chris Burnham, is getting the feature film treatment with Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan set to direct the Casey-penned script.

The Man of Action/Image Comics title "Officer Downe" details the story of a brutal supercop who continually dies in the line of duty, only to be resurrected by his superiors and sent back onto the streets each and every time.

Skip Williamson (producer, Underworld, Crank) and Mark Neveldine (director, Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) will produce the feature along with Casey, Man of Action. Slipknot manager Cory Brennan exec produces. More...

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Sanktuary Posts Live Footage Of Metallica Cover

Canadian Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary have posted a live video covering Metallica's "Whiplash" during last weekend's show in Halifax, NS at Gus' Pub.

The clip can be found below, and the show took place with Montreal's Alcoholator plus locals Spew Cirrhosis and Shit Kicker.

Sanktuary unleashed the band's debut thrash thrill ride "Something Fierce" on July 2nd via Spread The Metal Records.

The full album is also now available for streaming at this location. More...

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Annihilated Signs With Unique Leader

California's Annihilated has signed a record deal with Unique Leader Records. The label issued the following statement about the signing:

"We are pleased to announce that LA based death metal outfit Annihilated has joined the Unique Leader roster.

"Annihilated was formed in 2008 founded by guitarist's Eric Matranga and Robert Fimbres; shortly after disbanding from the L.A. Death Metal band 'Excretion.' They began to create songs with a sense of purpose to outlet their vital message to promote rational thinking and to freely question what’s being told to us through the associated press and new media outlets. In 2012, drummer Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn) joined the group with the same values and ideologies. Helping to succeed their musical purpose, he added a new dimension of percussive flavor and syncopation to the music.

"Shortly after, they recruited (Ex-Decapitated) bassist Martin Rygiel to lay down bass tracks on their EP 'Injected.' Martin's thunderous bass attacks and vast knowledge of music added the aggression and solid foundation the group was hoping for. The band self-released their EP 'Injected' in 2012, recorded at John Haddad's Trench Studio's in Corona, CA by the bands own Scott Fuller, who also handled the production duties. More...

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Twitching Tongues Announces New Tour Dates

While currently embarked on a European tour with Harm’s Way, LA-based Twitching Tongues has now announced the upcoming On Tour There Is No Law trek, confirmed to swarm North America for a month as the Fall season begins and just a month after the pending release of sophomore LP, "In Love There Is No Law."

Just after its release on August 20th via Closed Casket Activities, Twitching Tongues will support "In Love There Is No Law" to the extreme by invading more than thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada between September 13th and October 14th.

Support will be provided by Stigmata and Turnstile on select dates and by Downpresser and Angel Du$t for the entire tour, which will also include a stop at Reading, Pennsylvania-based hardcore gathering Tsunami Fest on September 29th. Check out a full lists of tour dates below. More...

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Black Tusk Streaming "Tend No Wounds" EP

It is exactly a week to the date before the release of the "Tend No Wounds" EP from Savannah metallers Black Tusk. Starting today Punk News is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire EP. Get a first listen to "Tend No Wounds" at this location.

Black Tusk has announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer. They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and runs through July 27th in Memphis, TN. Black Tusk will also return to Europe this autumn to tour in support of "Tend No Wounds." The trio from Savannah, Georgia will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp.

The new EP's track listing is as follows:

1. A Cold Embrace
2. Enemy of Reason
3. The Weak and the Wise
4. Internal/Eternal
5. Truth Untold
6. In Days of Woe More...

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Unbeliever Posts Guitar Tracking Video

Unbeliever has posted a studio video online documenting the guitar tracking process for the band's upcoming album "For Now, We Survive." Check out the clip below. "For Now, We Survive" is due out August 12th, 2013.

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Old Corpse Road Cancels Festival Appearance

British black metal outfit Old Corpse Road has checked in with the following announcement about pulling out of a festival and recruiting a temporary drummer for coming live shows:

"You may have already read but sadly we've had to cancel our performance next Friday at the Out Of The Ashes Festival. Sadly The Dreamer is temporarily out of action so cannot perform live drums for the time being. Don't let this stop you going to the festival as it's sure to be a fantastic weekend of metal.

"The good news is that we've managed to recruit a session drummer for the foreseeable future to ensure no further gig cancellations. We'd like to welcome to the fold Box Head (Boxhead Percussion), who you may know from his drumming skills in Aloeswood and Ravenage.

"We'd like to thank Box for coming on board in our hour of need. Please give him a warm welcome."

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Finntroll To Tour With Blackguard, Metsatoll

The trolls of Nordic folklore are believed to be dirty creatures of enormous strength and appetite. Their grotesque physique grants them a comic element, although the humor tends to be on the grim side as these nocturne beings hunger for human flesh. Unsurprisingly, this has earned them a rather bad reputation.

All things considered, Finntroll are the perfect embodiment of all aforementioned sentiments - although one might want to replace the hunger for human meat with an unquenchable thirst for booze. Catch the trolls on tour in November/December with Blackguard & Metsatoll:

11/4/2013 West Springfield VA US Empire
11/5/2013 New York City NY US Stage 48
11/6/2013 Montreal QC CA Club Soda
11/7/2013 Quebec City QC CA Imperial de Quebec
11/8/2013 Ottawa ON CA Mavericks
11/9/2013 Worcester MA US The Palladium
11/10/2013 Pittsburgh PA US Altar Bar
11/11/2013 Cleveland OH US Peabody's
11/12/2013 London ON CA Rum Runners
11/13/2013 Joliet IL US Mojoes
11/14/2013 Saint Paul MN US Station 4
11/15/2013 Winnipeg MB CA The Zoo
11/16/2013 Regina SK CA The Exchange
11/17/2013 Calgary AL CA The Republik
11/18/2013 Edmonton AL CA Pawn Shop
11/20/2013 Vancouver BC CA Red Room
11/21/2013 Seattle WA US El Corazon
11/22/2013 Portland OR US Hawthorne Theatre
11/23/2013 San Francisco CA US Slim's
11/24/2013 Anaheim CA US The Grove
11/26/2013 Las Vegas NV US LVCS
11/27/2013 Tempe AZ US Rocky Point Cantina
11/29/2013 Salt Lake City UT US In the Venue
11/30/2013 Denver CO US Bluebird Theater
12/1/2013 Lawrence KS US Granada
12/2/2013 Dallas TX US Trees
12/3/2013 San Antonio TX US Backstage Live
12/4/2013 Houston TX US Scout Bar
12/6/2013 Tampa FL US Orpheum
12/7/2013 Atlanta GA US The Masquerade
12/8/2013 Louisville KY US Diamand Pub and Billiards
12/9/2013 Baltimore MD US Soundstage More...

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Hatesphere, Ex-Volbeat Members Form New Band

Former and current members of Hatesphere, Volbeat, Mercenary, Illdisposed, and Artillery have joined forces in a new hard rock combo called Dirt Torpedo. The band is currently in the studio writing material for its debut album.

Dirt Torpedo's first song, entitled "Alive And Kicking", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The band consists of:

Mike Park (HATESPHERE, ex-MERCENARY) - Drums
Franz "Hellboss" Gottschalk (ex-VOLBEAT) - Bass
Peter Lyse Karmark (HATESPHERE) - Lead Guitar
Emil Sauer (LOUD 'N' ROWDY) - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals More...

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Power Of The Night Festival Lineup Announced

Power of the Night: the ultimate Cyprus 2-day heavy metal festival will be taking place July 26th and 27th. The lineup will be as follows:

July 26th
Emerald (NL)
R.U.S.T. (CYP)
Chainsheart (CYP)
Dark Poetry (CYP)
Crusifire (CYP)

July 27th
Domine (ITA)
Hardraw (CYP)
Infected Syren (CYP)
Stainlesz (CYP)
Unholy Reich (CYP)

Further info is available over at the festival's Facebook event page here. More...

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Revamp To Support Kamelot

Dutch metallers Revamp have just been confirmed as main support for symphonic metal act Kamelot on the band's forthcoming European tour. Dates for the trek are as follows:

03.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
06.11. FIN Tampere - Pakkahuone
07.11. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
08.11. S Stockholm - Klubben
09.11. N Oslo - Rockefeller
11.11. D Hamburg - Knust
12.11. D Bochum - Matrix
13.11. B Genk - Rondpunt
15.11. NL Tilburg - O13
16.11. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
17.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
18.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
19.11. D Munich - Backstage
21.11. I Trieste - Teatro Miela
22.11. SK Bratislava - Majestic
23.11. CZ Zlin - Winter Masters of Rock More...

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Theocracy Announces European Shows

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will return to Europe for a tour this fall. See a list of confirmed shows below, with more shows to be announced soon.

November 2nd: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
November 9th: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Collosseum - Kosice, Slovakia
November 12th: T.B.A. - Brno, Czech Republic
November 13th: Club Hoodoo - Prague, Czech Republic
November 15th: Maata Näkyvissä - Turku, Finland N
November 16th: Rock Without Limits - Stuttgart, Germany

The latest Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds" was released in Europe on November 25th 2011 through Ulterium Records, in North America on November 21st 2011 through Nightmare Records, and in Japan on April 25th 2012 through King Records. More...

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Conspiranoia Posts Making-Of Footage

Conspiranoia has posted a making-of video for the "Spiritual Complexity" release, which can be found below, and the band comments:

"It's already been one year since the making of the Spiritual Complexity EP! We want to celebrate it by sharing with you some funny (ridiculous - the right word is ridiculous - I mean seriously...) moments in the making of! Have fun!"

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Stomach Earth Streaming Full New Album

Stomach Earth (the solo project of The Red Chord guitarist and founder Mike "Gunface" McKenzie) releases its self-titled debut album today - July 16th - via Black Market Activities.

In celebration of the release, Stomach Earth has teamed up with Metalsucks.net to stream the full album. According to Metalsucks, the album will fuck your face directly off - so enjoy the face fuckery in the player below! More...

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The Defiled Issues Video Message To Fans

The Defiled will be releasing new album "Daggers" this coming August 6th, 2013 in North America.

Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Stitch D has teamed up with Altpress.com to issue a video message to fans about upcoming North American tour dates. Check it out below.

The new album's track listing is:

1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Mourning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:44)
Bonus tracks:
12. I Destroy What Destroys Me (4:16)
13. Self Under Siege (3:25) More...

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James LaBrie Posts New Lyric Video

It is just under two weeks till the latest studio album from Dream Theater's James LaBrie hits the streets, and as such a lyric video for the anthem "Back On The Ground" has been released for your listening pleasure.

This track is taken from the album "Impermanent Resonance," to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic, and you can check out the video below. The standard album's track listing will be the following:

1. Agony
2. Undertow
3. Slight Of Hand
4. Back On The Ground
5. I Got You
6. Holding On
7. Lost In The Fire
8. Letting Go
9. Destined To Burn
10. Say You're Still Mine
11. Amnesia
12. I Will Not Break More...

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Saxon Seeking Fan Input For Setlist

Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about seeking fan input for the band's coming North American tour dates:

"Saxon fans – send us your ideas!

"As we are winding down the European Festival season, it is time to begin preparations for our upcoming tour of US & Canada together with Fozzy this September. We would like You, The Fans to choose a set list for the North American tour – which means 12 songs plus 4 taken from the Sacrifice album, fans around the world are invited to take part but, we want to hear specifically from the North American fans who will attend the shows.

"There will be prizes for the best three set list suggestions, who will each win a copy of the new Sacrifice album T-shirt. And for the Grand Prize winner; a VIP package, Sacrifice album CD and a T-shirt. Prizes will be available to pick up at one of the shows of your choice.

"Post your list on the Saxon747 site or on Facebook."

Saxon released new album "Sacrifice" earlier this year. Check out the title track's music video below. More...

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Starkill Gearing Up For North American Tour

Chicago based Starkill (formerly Massakren) will be hitting the road next month in support of new album "Fires of Life," released earlier this year on Century Media Records (check out our review here).

Founding member Parker Jameson had this to say about the upcoming tour: "We're incredibly honored and excited to be touring North America with Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Arsis. As fans of--and having been inspired by--all of these bands, we're glad to be part of the lineup and can't wait to share the stage with these guys."

Check out Starkill on tour: More...

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Carcass Offering Song For Free Download

Carcass will be releasing new album "Surgical Steel" on September 13th (Europe), September 16th (UK), and September 17th (North America).

After previously making the song available for streaming, now the band is also offering a free downlaod of the track "Captive Bolt Pistol." Head over to the Nuclear Blast website here to download the track (email registration required).

"Surgical Steel," the band’s first studio release since the 1996 LP "Swansong," was produced by Colin Richardson and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap. Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band's current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding and guitarist Ben Ash. More...

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Trucker Diablo Posts Live Festival Dates

Ireland's Trucker Diablo is ready to storm the stages of countless festivals this summer in support of its Ripple music release "Songs of Iron." Glascowbury, happening Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of July in Eagle Rock Valley, Draperstown, finds the boys rocking with such notables as The Answer, The Japanese Popstars, and And So I Watch You From Afar. Later, Planet Rock's Steelhouse Festival brings the Irish rockers on to the stage with metal legends Saxon and Michael Schenker, as well as Magnum, FM and Anvil. Check out the dates below.

7/20: Glasgowbury Music Festival
7/27: Rock & Blues Old School Weekender
7/28: Planet Rock's Steelhouse Festival
8/02: Indiependence Music & Arts Fest
8/17: Stendhal Festival of Art More...

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Serpent Crown Signs To Label

Female-fronted power trio Serpent Crown has released their self-titled debut through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. This five-song EP had been originally self-released by the band and has been streaming over at bandcamp. The band has announced the first of many live dates in support of "Serpent Crown" below.

In 2008, singer/guitarist Dara Santhai and drummer Will Carroll joined forces to create Serpent Crown. In 2012, Carroll left due to commitments as the touring drummer for Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel. Upcoming Serpent Crown shows will have Mike Jochimsen (Apocryphon) on the drums for select dates.

7/25 @ Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
8/29 @ TBA - Eugene, OR
8/30 @ The Kraken - Seattle, WA
8/31 @ The Shredder - Boise, ID
9/01 @ Ashland Street Saloon - Portland, OR

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Tornado To Enter Studio For Sophomore LP

Finnish/American sleaze thrashers Tornado, featuring Ex-Gothic Slam vocalist Superstar Joey Severance, will enter 5k Studio in Helsinki, Finland with Amorphis drummer Jan Rechberger to record the sophomore LP "Black President," the follow up to the Listenable Records debut “Amsterdamn, Hellsinki” (2011). The release is expected for early 2014. Demo tracks of the title track and "David and Goliath" can he heard streaming below.

The band also unveiled its new lineup, consisting of:

Superstar Joey Severance (Ex-Gothic Slam) - Vocals
Tuomas Leskinan - Guitar
Henri Soisalo (Withered Within) - Bass
Timo Ponni (Carnal Demise) - Guitars
Jani Neimala - Drums More...

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Touchstone Detail Fourth Album

Progressive rock/metal act Touchstone have signed a record deal with Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red for the release of the band's upcoming fourth LP "Oceans Of Time," which drops on October 7th. The album is the follow up to "The City Sleeps" (reviewed here). Pre-orders can be made over here.

"Oceans Of Time" was produced by John Mitchell (It Bites), and it carries forth the conceptual "Wintercoast" storyline in the title track as well as completes the "Shadow trilogy" with the track "Shadow’s End." The band describes the sound as “a more guitar-orientated sound than previous albums, due to the nature of the writing process.”

Label Hear No Evil commented: “Touchstone are a fresh and exciting addition to the Hear No Evil roster, with a modern album that strikes a perfect balance between classic, melodic prog and more streamlined, contemporary hard rock.”

The track listing for "Oceans Of Time" is:

1. Flux
2. Contact
3. Tabula Rasa
4. Fragments
5. Spirit Of The Age
6. Suffer The Little Children
7. Shadow’s End
8. Solace 2013
9. Through The Night
10. Thunder & Crickets
11. Oceans Of Time More...

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Exumer Announces Lineup Change

German thrashers Exumer have parted ways with guitarist H.K., who played his last show at the Bang Your Festival in Germany on July 13. The guitarist's departure has been an amicable one and has left for solely personal reasons.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein commented: “We were sad to let H.K. go after touring with him for the past three years and recording our comeback album in 2011. However, the thrashing must go on and we already have found a session guitarists who will accompany us to South and North America for our upcoming tour dates there. We will try our best to fulfill all our touring obligations and find a permanent 2nd guitarist as soon as possible to ensure a band chemistry that will take Exumer to the next level.”

Exumer's latest album is "Fire & Damnation," is available worldwide on Metal Blade Records now. For a review of the release, head over to this location. More...

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Thunderstone Breaks Long Silence

Finnish metal band Thunderstone, originally created in 2000 by Ex-Antidote guitarist Nino Laurenne, has broken its four year silence since the release of "Dirt Metal" in 2009. The band posted the following on its Facebook Page:

"The long silence is over! We know many of you have wondered what’s become of Thunderstone — some even declaring the band dead. Well, we aren’t dead yet! In fact, in the next four weeks, we will announce major news regarding the band here and on Twitter. Stay tuned every Friday and you’ll know what’s happening in the near future. Believe me, it’s going to be exciting stuff!"

Thunderstone released five albums since 2002. It's current lineup consists of:

Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance) -- Vocals
Nino Laurenne (Ex-Antidote) -- Guitar
Titus Hjelm (Ex-Antidote) -- Bass
Jukka Karinen (Status Minor/The Magnificent) -- Keyboards
Mirka Rantanen (Warmen/Kotipelto) -- Drums More...

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Varg Vikernes Arrested In France

Update: Vikernes has now been released and no charges have been filed.

Euro News (see article at this location) has reported that Burzum's Varg Vikernes has been arrested in France on what authorities have called "suspicion of planning a massacre."

Vikernes' wife had legally purchased four guns, but suspicions had already been raised when the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 in Oslo two years ago, had reportedly been received by the musician. French authorities searched his home for weapons and explosives and the prosecutor has deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism.”

Vikernes served 21 years in prison for the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous, as well as receiving convictions for burning four churches. He moved to France with his wife and children following his release in 2009.

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USX Announces New Live Shows

Appalachian masters of dark psychedelia, USX (formerly U.S. Christmas), will take to the road this week for a run of shows through the Southeastern U.S. states alongside local brethren Generation Of Vipers.

The five-city run begins on Wednesday, July 17th in Asheville followed by Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbia through next weekend. The two acts are to share the stage with Sons of Tonatiuh, Across Tundras, and more throughout the trek.

Stated USX founder Nate Hall of the trek: “We are anticipating some good hot and sweaty shows with our good friends Generation of Vipers, Sons of Tonatiuh, and some cool new southern bands. We are hitting some of our favorite cities and it would be cool to see a ton of people come out. As always, we will play as loud and hard as we can. And we are LOADED with merch.” More...

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Anagnorisis Reveals New Album Details

Louisville’s black metal horde Anagnorisis is preparing for the scorching Summer unleashing of its first new full-length since 2007’s "Overton Trees," as the band's massive sophomore LP "Beyond All Light" nears release. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Thunderously capturing Anagnorisis’ most expansive material to date, 'Beyond All Light' was meticulously recorded by the band and mixed by guitarist Zak Denham and his One by One Studios, and then mastered by Brian Lueken at Decibel Mastering.

"The two-part LP is broken into two segments, each act featuring three massive songs overall encompassing nearly fifty minutes. The band’s already classically-influenced but forward-thinking approach to black metal ventures into new territories, and while skeletal elements of their earlier material shrouds the material, more orchestral and atmospheric elements penetrate the band’s wickedest, blazing attacks ever.

"While comparisons to notable bands like Nachtmystium, Emperor, Summoning and Drudkh can be made, Anagnorisis weave their own unique visions and configurations into their songcraft, creating a wholly engaging, epic atmosphere."

Today Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting a stream of the first single from "Beyond All Light," with the album opening anthem “Eulerian Path.” Stream it in the player below. More...

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Witches Mark Streaming Full New Album

"Witching Metal Ritual," the debut full-length from Austin, TX-based metallers Witches Mark, is now available on Heaven and Hell Records.

To celebrate the release of this eight-track firestorm of trad-rooted pure metal mayhem, the band has locked horns with PureGrainAudio.com for a full album stream of "Witching Metal Ritual." Push the volume knob to 666 and check it out below.

"Witching Metal Ritual" features eight tracks of uncompromising metal glory blending elements of thrash, speed, doom, black, and death while anchoring their overall sound firmly within the framework of traditional heavy metal.

The album was co-produced by the band and Stuart "Batlord" Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor), with mixing and mastering by Brendon Bigelow (Ignitor/Death Of Millions). The previously posted music video for the album's title track can be found at this location. More...

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The Eternal Posts New Album Sampler

The Eternal has posted a 10 minute sampler online for the band's upcoming album "When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade." Check it out below.

The album was engineered and produced by vocalist/guitarist Mark Kelson and is the first album to feature second guitarist Brad Cook. According to a press release, the new album sees The Eternal "return to a darker sound with the band releasing some of its most emotive and personal material to date."

"When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade" will be released in Australia through Rocket Distribution on August 30th and in Japan through StayMetal Records on September 25th. The track listing is as follows:

01. When The Circle Of Light Begins To Fade
02. Beneath These Waves
03. Motionless
04. Drifting
05. In Severance
06. Divided We Fall
07. Yesterday’s Fire
08. Carry Us Away
09. A Quiet Death Of The Sun
10. The End Of Everything
11. Without A Trace
12. Dark Day Coming
13. The Burning Truth More...

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Phantom Glue Streaming "Bow In The Dust"

Revolver Magazine presents the premiere of Phantom Glue's new song, "Bow in the Dust," off the Boston band's second album, "A War of Light Cones." Check it out here or in the player below.

"Bow in the Dust" offers a sweet slab of the band's signature sound - gritty and driving. Beneath the music lies a rich conceptual world of supernatural, Lovecraftian darkness. The album is reportedly an alternate, occult history of Colonial America. The previously posted track "Captain Keith Pierce" can also be heard at this location.

Out today, July 16th, on Black Market Activities as a vinyl LP and digital download, "A War of Light Cones" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou - producer of albums by Torche, Doomriders, and more, and also a former bandmate of Phantom Glue frontman Matt Oates (in noisy hardcore act The Huguenots, back in the 90s). More...

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