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Last updated on July 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM ET

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11 news articles posted today (and counting...)

Vale Of Pnath Parts With Guitarist

Following the departure of the band's vocalist, Vale Of Pnath has gone through another lineup change, this time swapping out guitarists. The group comments:

"Due to personal reasons, Vale of Pnath has parted ways with guitarist Harrison Patuto. Although his time in the band was short lived, he was an outstanding member of this band and is a fantastic guitar player. Moving on from this is always difficult but we have so much in store for you, we can't just give up.

"Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Eloy Montes of Flub will be taking over guitar duties! We are currently in the process of finishing the writing of our full length, and his contributions thus far are more than we could have asked for.

"If you aren't familiar with his playing, check out his band or even better - check out this clip of him playing the first solo in 'Sightless.'"

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Hecate Enthroned Recruits New Vocalist

Earlier this month Hecate Enthroned parted ways with the band's vocalist, but now a new member has been found. The U.K. group comments:

"We are very pleased to announce the addition of Joe Stamps as Hecate Enthroned’s new vocalist!
Joe has been a friend of the band for many years and has stood in on live vocals for us in the past; some of you may remember our U.K. mini tour in 2006 when Joe did the Southampton and Nottingham shows with us.

"We have always been fans of his incredible power and impressive range which is currently on display wih his band Lacrota (Sheffield) and in his past work with Ethereal (Liverpool).

"Joe’s great attitude, commitment and passion for what he does made him the natural choice and we are excited to start working with him live and in the studio. We are sure you will join us in welcoming Joe to the family." More...

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Ancestral Dawn Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Peruvian symphonic power metal act Ancestral Dawn has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first Rock Metal Opera made in Perú and the first in the world mixing ancient South American instruments, international world class guests and an Inca culture based storytelling. The project features ex-Nautiluz members Jorge Higginson on bass and Jorge Segersbol on main vocals along with a cast of guest appearances. The campaign page can be accessed at this location.

Confirmed guest appearances include: Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Angra/Vision Divine) and Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland/Destiny). Guests will lend their voices to different characters in the story.

As for the album's conceptual story, the band reports: "The album's story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century in a fictional city inspired in Lima-Perú, known as 'The grey City,' a place always covered by a strange deep haze.

"There, catholic medical student, Sebastián Vendrel (Bastian), analyses several cases of unusual coma as the rate of suicides strangely increases in the city.

"Soon, his beloved fiancée, Jessica Isern, will fall in this rare state too, forcing him to twist his principles and search for alternative methods of ancient shamanic medicine.

"Thus, Bastian finds Andean Warlock 'Sairi Tupaj' (Fabio Lione), who knows that the answer of the disease is way more related to the dark force controlling the strange haze of the city, than just finding some natural herbs as medication. Instead he offers him the opportunity to see the real problem with his own eyes, by taking a spiritual trip with the divine beverage of Ayahuasca.

"Drinking from it will unleash the real adventure: Dark forces, ancient shamans and primordial Inca gods will guide Bastian trough an old world far beyond his beliefs." More...

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Saxon Takes Out The "Battering Ram"

Legendary U.K. metal act Saxon released a music video for the new track "Battering Ram," the title track from the band's upcoming new release. The album is set for release on October 16th via UDR Music.

The title track is also available as a digital single release and if you decide to pre-order the album on iTunes, you will automatically be able to download and stream it straight away.

The band commented: "We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and we hope that you enjoy watching it! Thank you all for your support \m/"

The track list for the album is:

1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil's Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
4. Destroyer
5. Hard and Fast
6. Eye of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
11. Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song) More...

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Hatchet Takes You To "The World Beyond"

Bay Area thrash act Hatchet unleashed a stream of the new track "The World Beyond." The song will appear on the new album "Far Beyond Lunacy," the band's third long player. The album is set to drop on October 30th via The End Records.

"Far Beyond Lunacy" is the first album to feature new members Joey Karpowicz (ex-Intruder) on bass and Ben Smith on drums. The track list for the release is:

1. Where Time Cannot Exist
2. Living in Extinction
3. Lethal Injustice
4. In Fear We Trust
5. Killing Indulgence
6. Dead and Gone
7. Tearing into Hell
8. Prophet of Delusion
9. The World Beyond
10. Frozen Hell
11. Awaiting Evil More...

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Annihilator Posts Video Clip For "Suicide Society"

Canadian thrash act Annihilator released a new music video for the track "Suicide Society." The song is the title track off the upcoming new release, which is due out September 18th via UDR Music.

In a setting which evokes the atmosphere of a sanitarium (an abandoned East German swimming pool), Jeff Waters and company deliver an incisive, aggressive yet curiously cathartic meditation on the state of our world’s societal consciousness. The video can be viewed in the player below.

The track list for "Suicide Society" is:

1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
3. Snap
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...

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Lachrymose Details New Album "Carpe Noctum"

Greek melodic doom act Lachrymose will issue the new album "Carpe Noctum" on August 28th via Pure Steel Publishing. Pre-orders will be available on August 14th.

The main protagonist in Lachrymose - Blackmass - is well known in the black/death metal scene, as the mastermind of Rotting Flesh. Enhanced by the talented female singer Hel, bassplayer Kerk and Drummer Mancer (also in Rotting Flesh), the band recorded recorded ten darkened doom tunes together with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). Forged with doom metal elements and powered by sophisticated melodies, the Hellenic quartet mix metal harmonies with high, operatic female vocals. A guest vocal appearance by Therion/ex-Candlemass vocalist Thomas Vikstrom.

The track list is as follows:

1. Precipice of Bliss
2. Fales God
3. Pinnacle of Faith
4. Black Legend
5. My Shadow (A Revelation)
6. Face Of Horror
7. Carpe Noctum
8. In A Reverie (feat. Thomas Vikstrom)
9. Thyella
10. Fade More...

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Valdur Premieres New Music Video

Hailing from Sierra Mountains old-school black metal warriors of Valdur premiere their new music video for "Blessings Of The Goat", taken from their new album "Pathetic Scum", which was released last month digitally and in digipak format via the band's own label Bloody Mountain Records.

Check out now the music video "Blessings Of The Goat" below.

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Conquer Divide Premieres New Music Video

All-female metalcore outfit Conquer Divide premieres its new music video for the track "Nightmares", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which just hit stores last week via Artery Recordings.

Check out now the new music video for "Nightmares" below.

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Stratovarius Premieres New Lyric Video

Finnish power metal veterans Stratovarius premiere their official lyric video for the song "Shine In The Dark" taken from the upcoming new release "Eternal". The album will drop on September 11th, 2015 (Europe) and September 18th, 2015 (USA) via earMUSIC.

Check out now "Shine In The Dark" below.

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Short Preview Of A New Iron Maiden Song Posted

Iron Maiden is offering a first taste of new music from the eagerly awaited new studio album "The Book Of Souls", which will be released worldwide on September 4th through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). The album was recorded in Paris with Iron Maiden's longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014. The band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

Check out now the short preview of a new Iron Maiden song below.

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