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Metal News for August 11, 2015

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Pit Stories: Mosh Pit Padawan

Ready for some more mosh pit mayhem metal heads? Tuesday's rolled around again, so let's dive right in!

A few months back Fin'amor provided us a Pit Story about a fight managing to break out during every single song of a set, and today Fin'amor returns for another tale from the pit. This time vocalist Benjamin Meyerson shares a story of a student learning the ways of the mosh:

It was my first day of teaching seniors in high school, and within 5 minutes a student walked up to me and asked “Are you in a band?” I lifted my finger to my mouth and whispered “tell no one.” It was nice to be asked, but the last thing a teacher wants is for students to know we have lives outside of the class.

After the semester ended I celebrated with a Meshuggah show. The venue was wall to wall packed, and through the crowd comes the same student, who had just graduated high school. He was with his friends enjoying the show, when out of nowhere a massive pit breaks out. He turns to me and asks me very politely, “Mr. M, Can you teach me to pit?” I gave him a five minute lesson on pit etiquette and unspoken metal codes and asked “have you ever crowd surfed?” He says “no, show me.” I smile and turn to the biggest dude I can find, tap his shoulder, give him the double thumb lift sign, point to my student, and he lifts him and throws him into the pit.

I meet him a few minutes later in between two walls of death, he thanks me for everything, the walls close and I see him jumping off into the sea of fists and feet once more. He came up to me after the show and said “that was the greatest thing a teacher has ever taught me.” I smiled, and in that moment realized that I learned something too: experience and learning are like a mosh pit, you either jump in yourself and bust your ass like I did when I was a kid, or someone shows you the way and tosses you in and you bust your ass anyway. Either way, when the walls of death close, someone is going to bust their ass eventually.

Fin'amor's "Forbidding Mourning" album dropped last month and can be picked up at this location or streamed in full below. You can also read our review right here. More...

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Legionary Releases New EP

Legionary just released a new EP titled "Dominate & Depopulate," which can be heard below or picked up at Bandcamp here. The band comments:

"This record was pure joy to record, and everyone was super professional, and added so much to this release. In my opinion, this is by far the strongest lineup Legionary has ever had... I know that for months I was hinting at this being my last recording, but I just love doing this shit too much, so when you finish listening, know that this isn't the last you've heard from Legionary!

"I will just be taking a little more time to write and record the next one because of stuff going on in my personal life... But enough of that... You wanna hear this killer new EP, so please support my music, and buy the EP for only $5."

The track listing is:

1. The Time To Choose Sides Has Come 02:01
2. Premeditated Civil War 05:10
3. Shall Not Be Infringed 05:45
4. Global Depopulation Agenda 06:50
5. Premeditated Civil War (Instrumental) 05:10
6. Shall Not Be Infringed (Instrumental) 05:45
7. Global Depopulation Agenda (Instrumental) 06:50 More...

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Southern Lord Announces U.S. Label Tour

Southern Lord Recordings is proud to announce the finalized itinerary for the label's upcoming package tour, featuring Goatsnake, Black Breath, Battalion of Saints, and Obliterations.

The tour will toast the West Coast next month, breaking out of Los Angeles on September 16th, after which it will plunder Long Beach, Ventura, San Diego, Mesa, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Seattle for Black Breath's "Slaves Beyond Death" record release show, with the final show hitting Portland on September 27th. Tickets for all shows are now available.

9/16/2015 Mystery Box - Los Angeles, CA
9/17/2015 Alexs' Bar - Long Beach, CA
9/18/2015 The Garage - Ventura, CA [*no Goatsnake]
9/19/2015 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
9/20/2015 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
9/22/2015 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
9/23/2015 Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
9/24/2015 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
9/26/2015 Highline - Seattle, WA **Black Breath record release show
9/27/2015 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR More...

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Abhorrent Deformity Releasing Debut Album

Comatose Music proudly welcomes North Carolina death metal newcomer Abhorrent Deformity to its lineup. Featuring former members of Labyrinthe and Lorelei, Abhorrent Deformity will release debut full-length "Entity of Malevolence" on October 30, with Comatose Music commenting:

"The album stands out as a convergence of brutality, complete with the boundless onslaught of crushing riffs, unmerciful drumming and bloodthirsty vocals. This unforgiving vortex of obliteration is poised to rise from the deepest depths of Hell. Artwork for 'Entity of Malevolence' done by the creative Italian mastermind Marco Hasmann."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Crown of Worms
2. Manifested Filth
3. Skeleton Carver
4. Buried Beneath Human Remains
5. Stench of the Decomposed
6. Boundless Suffering
7. Entity of Malevolence
8. Enshrined in Putrid Decay
9. Baptized in Embalming Fluid
10. Casket Maker More...

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Bruce Corbitt Undergoes Heart Surgery

Warbeast / ex-Rigor Mortis member Bruce Corbitt successfully underwent heart surgery yesterday, and a benefit show is now being planned for October to help cover the costs of ongoing medical treatment.

Full details on the Fort Worth, Texas show can be found here, with the organizers commenting:

"We are going to help Bruce & Jeanna Corbitt with the expenses of this nightmare they've been going thru. Bruce has been there to help so many of us and as a proud man, he will not ask for help for himself. SO let's all support him and show up!! Thrash'n Alan Tuggle will be hosting the event and there will be performances by:

7:00 - 7:30 - Rabid Flesh Eaters
7:50 - 8:20 - Chemicaust
8:40 - 9:10 - CreeperTexasMetal
9:30 - 10:10 - Protest
10:30 - 11:10 - Horror Cult
11:30 - 12:30 - Wizards of Gore aka Rigor Mortis
12:50 - 1:30 - Dead Rising

"Of course there will be raffle and auction items coming from all over the country so get ready for a killa time \m/" More...

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Native Construct Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Native Construct is set to begin a headlining tour in support of debut album "Quiet World" tonight (read our review here).

The aptly-titled "Proggest August Tour" will include supporting acts Wings Denied and Outrun the Sunlight. Native Construct vocalist Robert Edens comments on the tour:

"We're very excited to hit the road in August with our friends in Wings Denied and Outrun the Sunlight! These guys are doing some really cool stuff in the prog metal realm and we're so thankful to have them supporting us on this run. For fans who have been waiting to hear Quiet World live, this is a show they certainly don't want to miss."

Native Construct's live lineup will include fellow Berklee College of Music alumni James Knoerl (drums) and Kee Poh Hock (guitar). Also, it was recently announced that Native Construct will be performing at ProgPower USA XVI during the main show on Friday. See the band live: More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces U.S. Tour

Cannibal Corpse spent the summer of 2015 conquering Europe, including stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows.

But the corpse isn't even close to being finished with 2015 yet, now unveiling plans for a massive U.S. tour this fall. Beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th, direct support is slated to come from Metal Blade label mates Cattle Decapitation, preceded by Sweden's Soreption, plus a local opener on each show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th. VIP upgrades will be announced soon, stay tuned to the band's website for details as they are made available.

Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster comments: "We're very excited to be hitting the road this fall with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption, two killer bands that we know our fans will love. Get ready for a night of complete brutality!"

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan expresses the band's excitement for these shows: "We've wanted to tour with Cannibal Corpse ever since we started touring and we're glad that's finally going to be a reality! Looking forward to making memories with these guys and Soreption!" More...

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Urilia Streaming New EP

Urilia's new EP "The Adversarial Light" drops today - August 11 - and is now available digitally via iTunes here.

In celebration of the release, the full EP is also online for streaming. Listen in below, courtesy of Metal Injection. The track listing for "The Adversarial Light" is as follows:

1. The Adversarial Light (Intro) [feat. Michael W. Ford]
2. I am Nephilim
3. Bleeding Perfection
4. Ordained by the Hydra
5. Core of the Black Sun More...

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Eastern Front Posts Gruesome New Video

Black metal outfit Eastern Front just dropped a gruesome new video for "Ghouls of Leningrad," which can be seen below.

"Ghouls of Leningrad" is taken from the new album "Descent Into Genocide," released on July 28 via Candlelight Records. The full track listing is:

1. Retribution Sky
2. The Hanging Of Faith
3. Blitzfreeze
4. Katyn Forest
5. Descent Into Genocide
6. Die Reise In Den Tod Pt.1
7. Ghouls Of Leningrad
8. In Memory Of The Fallen More...

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Interview

Magister Templi Discusses "Into Duat" Album

Magister Templi hails from the cold, northern confines of Norway where black metal thrives. Although the band includes two members of the black metal group Svarttjern and the band delves in the occult, they are not a black metal band. The five piece plays grandiose heavy metal in the tradition of such greats as King Diamond and Rainbow. Magister Templi’s lyrics could be transposed into black metal songs, though.

The band writes about Western occultism, specifically Aleister Crowley. Their most recent album “Into Duat,” (reviewed here) available September 18th, is based on Egyptian Mythology—a critical part of Western occultism. Their penchant for the occult is analyzed in the following interview with Magister Templi members Abraxus d’Ruckus and Baphomet. More...

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The Paramedic Parts With Vocalist

The Paramedic - which was recently accused of racism and homophobia by a number of music news outlets - has issued the following announcement about splitting with front man Mike Luciano:

"As many of you may know, we did not make it to the last few dates of the Music Over Matter Tour, and we haven't yet issued an explanation as to why... The Paramedic and vocalist Mike Luciano have mutually decided to part ways.

"Over the past few years, there have been creative differences, and differences in opinion between Mike and the rest of The Paramedic. There was always a strong friendship that came first, so these things were easy for us to overcome, for the most part.

"As of late, there has been a lot of attention on Mike for some of his opinions and views that he has shared with the world. Although this wasn't a problem for Mike, the rest of us in The Paramedic did have an issue with these things, as we do not share those views and opinions with him.

"Everyone has the right to their own opinion, and freedom of speech is something that we all share. So, Mike is free to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants. The problem is that when you are in a band with 5 other people, whatever you say, and whatever people think about you kind of gets spilled over onto everyone else, regardless of their own views and opinions. More...

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Hate Eternal Streaming Full Album

Hate Eternal may not officially be releasing new album "Infernus" until later this month, but today the whole thing finally lands online.

The album, which has been heralded as "their fastest album to date...this is what death metal is all about," (Stereogum), "The gnarliest sounding album of their entire discography" (New Noise Magazine), and "Untouchable" (Decibel Magazine) will be released worldwide by Season of Mist on August 21.

The cover art for new album "Infernus" was painted by artist Eliran Kantor and the track listing is as follows:

1. Locust Swarm
2. The Stygian Deep
3. Pathogenic Apathy
4. La Tempestad
5. Infernus
6. The Chosen One
7. Zealot, Crusader of War
8. Order of the Arcane Scripture
9. Chaos Theory
10. O’ Majestic Being, Hear My Call More...

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Re-Armed Has A "Total Lack Of Communication"

Finland's Re-Armed will unleash death this coming August 21 in the form of new single/EP "Total Lack of Communication."

This upcoming self-released EP follows sophomore album "Rottendam," which dropped last year. "Total Lack of Communication" is designed to keep the fires burning and blood flowing while the band works on new material for another full-length album.

Re-Armed has been around since 2001, when five guys from Kerava, Finland decided to start playing similar music likened to so-called "Gothenburg metal.” Their musical style has evolved along with many demo tapes, gigs, lineup changes and the well-received debut album "Worldwide Hypnotize," which was released internationally on January 2012 via Massacre Records.

The second album "Rottendam" was released on January 2014 via Eternal Sound Records, but major lineup changes froze the band almost for a year. Former guitarist/songwriter Tommi Helkalahti decided to leave the band, leaving vocalist Jouni Matilainen as the only original member.

The new EP's track listing is:

1. Total Lack of Communication
2. Meant to be Broken
3. Unhuman More...

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Rapid Dominance Streaming Full Album

Rapid Dominance has made the full "Of Innocence and War" album available for streaming online - listen in below or you can get your own digital copy via Bandcamp.

''Of Innocence and War'' is a story based on true events from the front man’s hometown Baghdad about three friends growing up in warzone set against the background of recent historical events, dealing with subjects such as insanity, death, exile and the outcome of war. The track listing is:

1. Shock and Awe 06:22
2. Indoctrinated Youth 06:13
3. Holy Hypocrites 05:41
4. Beneath Baghdad 08:33
5. Diaspora 05:47
6. Spew Vitriol 05:19
7. King of the Ruins 05:03
8. The Gates of Ivory 02:52
9. Abandon Reason 08:07 More...

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Wovenwar Releases "Archers" Video

San Diego's Wovenwar recently performed a special show at Brick By Brick on July 10th. It was an intimate show, full of the band's friends and family, and Wovenwar took the opportunity to film a portion of the set for a new video.

The "Archers" video was shot by Josh Knoff and directed/edited by Nick Hipa. Check it out below. Hipa adds:

"Our video for 'Archers' is cut from live footage filmed by Josh Knofffrom our recent hometown show at Brick by Brick. The lyrics heavily reference specific themes and songs from Shane's previous band (Oh, Sleeper) as a sentimental nod to how that chapter in his life was unforgettably formidable. With that in mind, it felt appropriate to create a visual edit captured from our venue in a room filled with quite a bit of family and friends… it kinda just completes the whole vibe as positively nostalgic."

Wovenwar's self-titled debut (reviewed here) was released in August of 2014 and landed at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. More...

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Hanging Garden Releases New Video

Even with the current temperatures speaking a whole different language, autumn is already stretching out its feelers.

Time for some Finnish melancholia in form of the brand new Hanging Garden single and video for "Embers," taken off the forthcoming album "Blackout Whiteout."

Check out the new clip below, and you can pick up new album "Blackout Whiteout" starting September 25 through Lifeforce Records.

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Tankard Drummer Hospitalized For Stroke

Frankfurt-based thrash outfit Tankard unfortunately has to announce that drummer Olaf Zissel was taken to hospital due to a suspected stroke.

According to a statement from Nuclear Blast, Olaf is doing well under the circumstances at the moment. He will undergo examination by a team of doctors during the next few days, so he won’t be able to play the shows at Summer Breeze Festival, Germany and Motocultor Fest, France.

Gerd Lücking (Holy Moses), who would be on the road as a soundtech for Tankard, consented jump in as stand-in for Olaf and to play the two upcoming gigs. Tankard comments:

"We’re shocked and keep our fingers crossed for Olaf, that the suspicion doesn’t confirm and that he will be released from the hospital soon. We wish, that he will get well soon and fast. And we want to thank Gerd, who consented short dated to play these both shows with us." More...

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Just For Fun

70,000 Tons Of Metal Invades Heavy Montreal

70000tons.tv has uploaded video footage of hi jinx in the VIP Lounge at this year's Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec.

The 2 minute clip includes an inpromptu wrestling match between Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze and Kim Dylla (Vulvatron, ex-GWAR); and Abbath frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath) making his entrance into the hot tub, which was made available to 70000 Tons Of Metal survivors who won VIP upgrades via social media contest. More...

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The Sword Premieres New Song "Early Snow"

The Sword premieres another new track titled "Early Snow" taken from the upcoming new album "High Country" which will be out in stores August 21st.

Check out now "Early Snow" below.

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Malaki Premieres New Track "Miracle"

Los Angeles metal outfit Malaki premieres a new song titled "Miracle", taken from the band's recently released "Black" EP.

You can now check out the new track "Miracle" below.

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Just For Fun

Metal Mad Libs Premieres Hilarious New Song

Metal Mad Libs is streaming another hilarious new song with lyrics entirely composed of Youtube comments.

Check out now "Metal Mad Libs 5" below.

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Whitechapel Posts Live Video For "I, Dementia"

Whitechapel is streaming pro-shot live footage performing the song “I, Dementia”, during the band's appearance at the "Impericon Festival 2015" in Leipzig, Germany earlier in the year.

Check it our now below.

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Fuck The Facts Premieres New Track

Canadian grindcore outfit Fuck The Facts premieres a brand new track titled "Storm Of Silence" taken from the bands' upcoming album "Desire Will Rot", out August 25th via Noise Salvation.

Check out now the new music video "Storm Of Silence" below.

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Soulfly Premieres Title Track Of New Album

Soulfly premieres the title track of its tenth studio album "Archangel", which is set tp drop August 14 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The new album was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children Of Bodom), the cover artwork was created by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom).

Check out now "Archangel" below.

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