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Metal News for August 12, 2014

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Pit Stories: The Unwanted Pit

A few weeks back Halycon Way checked in with us to share a Pit Story about a massive wall of death at a Lamb of God show, and now the Atlanta prog metal group is back for another tale of pit shenanigans.

This week the group shares a tale of an unwanted pit failing to erupt at the NAMM convention. Halcyon Way had this to say about the event:

So, it's the Winter NAMM show in January of 2013. I'm at the Grove in Anaheim for an industry-only show there, and it's Exodus, Prong, and Jeff Loomis playing. I'm with a group of friends - other musicians, manufacturers, our producer Lasse Lammert is there, it's a good group. The Grove is a good sized venue, and it's probably about half full, so there's a pretty fair amount of room in the crowd area too, because the venue's floor is kinda segmented, with 20 foot sections going up from the stage. Basically, you have a 15-20 foot deep section the width of the venue, then there's a couple of steps up and a short wall, and there's another level a couple feet higher. I think there's 3-4 total. Keep in mind that this is an industry-only event, and that the general public was not allowed in. You had to get a pass from Dean Guitars in the NAMM show at the convention center.

So, during Prong's set there's a small pit breaking out in the lowest level, and that's cool. The people that didn't want to pit were up higher watching the show....until some drunk numbnuts decides he's going to start one 2 levels up. And the douche didn't even know how to really do a pit, he just decided to drunkenly stagger from one side of the venue to the other, and ram into as many people as he could. Women? Sure. Dudes? Of course. Mom with baby? He would have if there were one there. The guy was being a complete toolbag, just ramming into anyone at random, hitting them from behind, etc.
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Ace Frehley Streaming Steve Miller Band Cover

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has debuted "The Joker," the second single from his solo LP "Space Invader," which due out next week.

Check out Ace's rendition of The Steve Miller Band's song below, thanks to Ultimate Classic Rock.

Frehley will also perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety. Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of "Space Invader" signed by the space man himself.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin'
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship More...

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Kistvaen Releases Album Teaser

After unveiling the cover of the "Desolate Ways" album, Kistvaen today unveils a teaser trailer and the album's track listing.

"Desolate Ways" was recorded and mixed by Alex Dragomir of Raza Studio in Bucharest and the mastering was done by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors of The Cutting Room studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Kistvaen vocalist Stege comments:

"Desolate Ways was a journey I am proud to have been part of and in which I've poured a great deal of my being. I'm pleased with the final result and I hope that our listeners will share those feelings as well."

01. Morningstar
02. The Deepest Cut
03. Ecstasy
04. ...of Flesh
05. Dyssomnia
06. A Journey in Cold Blood
07. Emotional Holocaust More...

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Mukagee Signs With Dead Inside

Dead Inside Records has announced the signing of San Jose, CA hard rock / groove metal band Mukagee. The label comments:

"Mukagee (pronounced: 'Muck-ah-jee') is a powerful groove based heavy rock band with an incredible sound you need to experience! Poised on the cusp of break out stardom, this San Jose, CA based metal band cannot be ignored.

"Led by the amazing lead vocals of Mzao ‘Mo’ Waters backed by the grooving bass of Dave Wilson, soulful drums of Art Williams and the rocking guitar duo of Bob Lemos and Alvin Gatewood, these 5 innovative musicians knew they had something special. They have managed to create a unique sound that sets them apart from their contemporaries in the hard rock/metal genre.

"The Mukagee sound has depth. Combining a core metal sound with heavy influences of rock, alternative and the blues, these artists have taken their music to a whole new plateau. Mukagee delivers a full package of heavy riffs, fist-pumping rhythms, crushing beats and powerhouse vocals. Their live performances showcase music delivered with an intensity and energy few bands can match which has garnered them many opportunities to perform alongside some of the most notable national acts in music today."

Mukagee released debut CD “What You See” in 2012. Check out a music video taken off the album below. A new EP tentatively titled “Twisted Control” is due out in 2015. More...

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The Paramedic Releases New Album

The Paramedic's new album "Diary Of My Demons" is out now today via Bullet Tooth, and you can stream the release in full below, or pick up your copy at this location.

Vocalist and lyricist Michael Luciano commented, "This album was not for the faint of heart, and I think these songs are going to show that. 'Diary Of My Demons' is an album full of darkness, anger, sadness, and self-reflection. There were some things that I needed to get off of my chest, demons that I had to let go of. What better way to let them go than by sharing my demons with the world."

"With 'Diary Of My Demons', we wanted to define who we are as a band. We pushed our boundaries musically and lyrically to tap our true potential and I think these songs truly show it,” adds guitarist/songwriter Jake Nolan.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prologue
2. Have A Nice Day
3. Who I've Become
4. Proud
5. Make Me Feel
6. Lying To A Liar
7. Fire Red
8. I've Been There
9. Captivate
10. My Life In A Bottle More...

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HOD Posts New Track Online

In less than one month, San Antonio blackened death legion HOD will unleash all out hell with forthcoming new full-length "Book Of The Worm," due out September 9th.

Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice), "Book Of The Worm" features the recording lineup of guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A. and former drummer Dennis Sanders, with artwork byl Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia).

In preparation of its impending infiltration, today Revolver Magazine spews forth "Where Are The Demons." Listen in below.

Relays the band of the newest psalm of iniquity: "Where are the Demons? Metal is losing its fangs. Becoming too safe. Only in the underground does true metal run wild. While posers and safe bands sit at the top on a false throne, we will show where the true Demons are. View into the abyss and we will stare back at you!" More...

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Black Tongue Streaming "Falsifier"

Following the announcement of the band's signing to SOAR/Century Media Records, Black Tongue has confirmed the re-release dates for the "Falsifier" & "Born Hanged" EPs as September 2nd in North America.

The remixed and re-mastered "Born Hanged: Falsifier (Redux)" release format will initially be digital only, with the tracks to be included on the physical formats of the band's forthcoming album due out in the Spring of 2015.

Black Tongue has now revealed the song "Falsifier," which is a punishing example of just how heavy the Hull City Hate Crew is. Check it out below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Eclipse
2. Fauxhammer
3. Purgatory
4. Voices
5. Foreshadow
6. Waste
7. Ire Upon The Earth
8. Interlude
9. Falsifier
10. Blight
11. Coma (ft. Matt Jones)
12. H.C.H.C.
13. A Pale Procession
14. Wasted [Dellux Remix] More...

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Society Sucker Announces Self-Titled EP

Get This Right Records today confirms the September release of a new self-titled EP from Wilmington, North Carolina-based hardcore outfit Society Sucker. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Delivering their own slamming brand of NYHC-influenced East Coast hardcore, Society Sucker takes lessons from classic bands like Subzero, Next Step Up and Merauder, delivered in a brutal delivery akin to contemporary powerhouses Trapped Under Ice, Incendiary and Suburban Scum. Having quickly surged to the forefront of the quickly growing North Carolina hardcore scene since forming in the Summer of 2013, the band has performed heavily regionally along the East Coast with an extensive list of local and internationally touring acts.

"Following their debut demo dropped last year, the Summer of 2014 will bring forth the first official release from Society Sucker, having recently hooked up with Get This Right Records for the unleashing of the self-titled EP.

"With five enraged tracks loaded with more brutal hooks than a fleet of whalers, Society Sucker was recorded in February of this year at The Skylight Studio with Vince Ratti and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and bears bold cover art by Steven Kulesza. Society Sucker is a band committed to keeping hardcore hard. This is the proof." More...

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Black Crown Initiate Makes "The Great Mistake"

Black Crown Initiate has debuted "The Great Mistake," taken from the band's forthcoming debut LP "The Wreckage Of Stars," which is due out on September 30th, 2014 via eOne Music.

After signing to eOne earlier this Summer, Black Crown Initiate has since been hitting the road hard with acts like Septicflesh and Fleshgod Apocalypse. The band will also be participating on the all new Summer Slaughter Canada Club Tour with The Faceless.

"We started this band with absolutely no clue how far it would take us," says guitarist Andy Thomas. "It has been an amazing time, as of today, we can honestly say that we are starting a new chapter in our careers; one that will afford us opportunities that we never imagined. We are absolutely honored to be part of the eOne family." More...

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Meridian Streaming "Borrowed Time"

Meridian (not to be confused with various other bands of the same name from the U.S. and Chile) today releases "Borrowed Time," another track from the upcoming Victory Records debut, "The Awful Truth."

Listen to "Borrowed Time" below courtesy of Altpress.com and you can pick up "The Awful Truth" when it sees official release this coming September 2nd.

You can also hear the previously released track "Everything That Kept Me Moving" at this location. More...

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Vile Regression Posts Playthrough Video

Just last month, the Irish extreme metallers in Vile Regression released their second record "Empires."

Today the band releases a new playthrough video for "Empires" closing track "The Empyrean Divide," which can be seen below. Guitarist Baz Christie comments:

"We decided on this track because we feel it showcases a lot of the technical instrumentation present on the record. It was the last song we wrote before entering the studio and we feel that technically and lyrically it's a good representation of what people can expect from Vile Regression in the future."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Tides
2. Raze The Complexity
3. Dream Of The Red Chamber
4. Thought Replication
5. The Abstract
6. Down To A Sunless Sea
7. The Empyrean Divide More...

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Deconstructing Sequence Streaming New EP

Deconstructing Sequence is proud to announce the release today of new EP "Access Code." The EP is available direct from the band, and can be streamed and purchased right here.

You can also hear both songs in the Bandcamp player below, and the "Access Code" track listing is as follows:

1. A Habitable World Is Found 07:16
2. We Have The Access Code 08:48 More...

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Stratovarius To Perform Full "Vision" Album

Stratovarius has announced a string of upcoming concept shows where the band will perform the classic 1997 album "Visions" from first song to last.

There will be six such shows in Finland in October, and the premiere of this concept show will take place at the legendary Progpower festival in Atlanta on September 12th. Details are as follows:

9.12. Atlanta, GA, USA. Progpower Festival. Sold out.
3.10. Rocktoberfest, Ouluhalli, Oulu w/Amorphis, Poisonblack
4.10. Tavastia, Helsinki
8.10. Lutakko, Jyväskylä
9.10. Klubi, Turku
10.10. House of Rock, Kouvola
11.10. Hard Day’s Night Part 2: the Dark Night. Kuopio-Halli, Kuopio w/Amorphis, Turmion Kätilöt More...

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Eyal Levi Hosting Metal Mixing Class

After hosting classes on songwriting and drum programming in heavy metal, Eyal Levi (producer at Audiohammer Studios), will host a three day CreativeLive course titled "GearGods Presents: Mastering Metal Mixing."

The class will be streaming live 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT on September 29th - October 1st.

The course will feature special guests Will Putney (Thy Art Is Murder, Poison The Well, Suicide Silence), Mark Lewis (Audiohammer Studios) and Josh Newell (Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, In This Moment) and will cover everything from prep and setup, to fundamentals and finalizing the mix for a complete guide to creating mixes that sound polished but not fake. Full details and free enrollment are available at this location.

Aside from his work behind the glass, Eyal Levi has toured the world and released three studio albums with Century Media/Roadrunner artists, Dååth, while also releasing an instrumental guitar album with Emil Werstler on Magna Carta called Avalanche of Worms.

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GWAR To Premiere New Characters On Stage

Surviving GWAR members Mike Derks (Balsac) and Brad Roberts (Jizmak) guested on this week’s episode of the Metal Sucks podcast to talk about the future of GWAR, their long and storied history with Dave Brockie, and their perspectives on both Brockie's addictions and untimely death earlier this year.

In the 40-minute interview, the GWAR guitarist and drummer discuss how there will be multiple new GWAR characters gracing the stage starting this Fall. Derks and Roberts also discuss this weekend's Gwar-B-Q, the upcoming opening of the Gwar Bar in Richmond, Virginia, and their upcoming touring plans. According to the band: "We take one dumb idea and couple it on another stupid idea and it becomes genius."

All of this and more of this week’s episode can be streamed below or at Metal Sucks here. More...

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Bloodshot Dawn Reveals New Album Details

Before closing a main stage show at Bloodstock Festival last weekend, unsigned U.K. melodic extreme metal band Bloodshot Dawn made a very special announcement.

Frontman Josh McMorran informed the crowd that a new album, entitled "Demons," would be released in the UK on the 26th of October (rest of the world TBA).

"Demons" is the second Bloodshot Dawn album and was funded by fans in a Kickstarter campaign which achieved it's goal in just 4 days. The album will also be the first recording with new drummer Janne Jaloma (also of Gothenburg death metal outfit Deals Death).

"Demons" spans 43 minutes and includes guest musicians such as Sven De Caluwé (Aborted, System Divide), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue) and Chris Amott (Armageddon, ex-Arch Enemy).

Speaking of "Demons" in relation to the band's self-titled debut, which was released in 2012, Josh comments: “From a musical perspective it has been a completely natural progression. We have not become more melodic or more brutal but rather we’ve enhanced all aspects of the sound we had built up on the first album! This album is a huge step up in technical ability and song writing prowess without changing the music enough to alienate our current fans!

“The title ‘Demons’, which is also the name of one of the tracks, perfectly represents the lyrical content within the album. It also ties in with the amazing new artwork. The song's lyrical content is about demons on both a personal and a wider social scale, explaining our views on modern society and the struggles within the mind. The album is all about beating your demons and making something of the time you have on the earth whilst battling the ever lasting struggles and trials that come with being human.”

The artwork was masterminded by Swedish artist Par Olofoson and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Smoke and Mirrors
2. Consequence Complex
3. Unified
4. Inadequacy
5. Black Hole Infinity
6. Human Void
7. The Image Faded
8. Demons More...

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Nightwish Posts "Planet Hell" Video

While Nightwish is currently working on an upcoming new studio album, fans can enjoy a series of five special clips, with impressions taken from the "Imaginaerum" world-tour. Today marks the start with a clip for "Planet Hell," which can be seen below.

Following the "Imaginaerum" album (reviewed here), Nightwish is gearing up to drop a new album through Nuclear Blast next year. You can see a making-of video covering the album's creation at this location.

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Old Wounds Announces North American Tour

With Old Wounds' new EP, "Death Projection," due out September 16th on Good Fight Music, the New Jersey crew announces a September tour with Canada's Exalt.

Presented by Invisible Oranges, the two-week run sees Old Wounds and Exalt tear across the U.S. and Canada, including a stop at Koi Fest in Exalt's hometown of Kitchener, Onatrio, with Every Time I Die, Protest the Hero, Expire, and more.

Old Wounds released debut LP From "Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest" last year, and the upcoming new EP "Death Projection" was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War). Catch the band live supporting the release on these dates:

Sep 12 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Wunderloft
Sep 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
Sep 14 - Bellaire, OH @ Rock Hill Community Center
Sep 15 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
Sep 16 - Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Sep 17 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Take Hold
Sep 18 - Royal Oak, MI @ Genesis Church
Sep 19 - Ajax, ON @ Rotilicious
Sep 20 - Kitchener, ON @ Koi Fest
Sep 22 - Montreal, QC @ il Motore
Sep 23 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up
Sep 24 - North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective
Sep 25 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ My Pizza Place
Sep 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory
Sep 27 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio More...

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Sacrocurse Streaming "Rites Of Perverted Idolatry"

The black/death barbarians Sacrocurse are now premiering the new track "Rites of Perverted Idolatry." Listen in below, thanks to NoCleanSinging.com.

The song hails from Sacrocurse's forthcoming debut album, "Unholier Master," set for release on August 19th via Hells Headbangers for both the international CD version and North American vinyl LP version (Iron Bonehead Productions is handling the European vinyl pressing). The track listing is as follows:

1. Sepulchral Desolation
2. All Existence Perishes
3. Command Demonic Prayers
4. Rites Of Perverted Idolatry
5. Oath For Eternal Damnation
6. C.O.N.V.U.L.S.E.
7. Unholier Master
8. Ripping Death Solution
9. Sulphur Blessing
10. End of Mankind Universe More...

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Buckcherry Streaming "The Motherfucker"

Misfit rock ‘n’ roll band Buckcherry has teamed up with RevolverMag.com today to debut a new track called “The Motherfucker.” Give it a listen below.

"The Motherfucker" is taken from the band’s upcoming EP with the cerebral title "FUCK," which is due out on August 19th via the band’s own F-Bomb Records.

As would be indicated by the song titled, EP name, and record label moniker, "FUCK" is a six-song record dedicated to the word in question. You can check out Buckcherry just now discovering that profanity exists on these dates:

Aug 12 – Rochester, MN – The Wicked Moose
Aug 13 - Green Bay, WI - Green Bay Distillery
Aug 15 – Glen Flora, WI – The Northwoods Rock Rally
Aug 16 - Peru, IL - Illinois Valley Regional Airport (Uproar Festival)
Aug 17 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center (Uproar Festival)
Aug 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (Uproar Festival)
Aug 20 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Aug 22 – Salem, OR – L.B. Day Amphitheatre
Aug 23 – Mt. Pocono, PA – Mt. Airy Casino Resort (Uproar Festival)
Aug 24 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center (Uproar Festival)
Aug 26 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center (Uproar Festival)
Aug 27 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Pavillion (Uproar Festival)
Aug 29 - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheater (Uproar Festival)
Aug 30 - Tampa, FL - Midflorida Credit Amphitheatre (Uproar Festival)
Aug 31 – Gulfport, MS – CPR Fest Jones Park (Uproar Festival)
Sept 2 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 3 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater (Uproar Festival)
Sept 5 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone Amphitheatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Event Center (Uproar Festival)
Sept 7 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 9 - Broomfield, CO - 1STBANK Center (Uproar Festival)
Sept 11 - Post Falls, ID - Greyhound Park (Uproar Festival)
Sept 12 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park (Aftershock Festival)
Sept 16 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre (Uproar Festival)
Sept 20 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion (Uproar Festival)
Sept 21 – Tucson, AZ - Kino Memorial Stadium (Uproar Festival)
Oct 4 – Lancaster, OH – Mickey's Bar
Oct 5 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
Oct 10 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Casino
Oct 17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live More...

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Trascëndental Discography To See Re-Issue

Xtreem Music has released the following announcement about re-issuing the Trascëndental discography:

"One of Spain's most underrated death metal bands from 90's are Trascëndental, a band formed back in 1991 that released a first demo in '95 entitled 'Uncertain Future' that would become their debut album 'Behind...' one year later. Then in '98 a second and last album entitled 'Dimensions' was released and the band disbanded right after that.

"Both albums were released on a very limited self-financed way thus getting no promotion and distribution at all, resulting on this previously called 'underrated' status, since basically nobody, specially outside of Spain, knew about the existence of this band, and only a small circle of death metal freaks knew about Trascëndental.

"Now, nearly 2 decades after the recording of their first album, the band sees their discography re-issued under the title of 'Nothingness' with remastered sound and improved artwork featuring both original album covers, lyrics and tons of photos and flyers from back in the days. The style of Trascëndental is a classic Death Metal near to bands like Death ('Leprosy' era), early Pestilence, early Gorguts, Polluted Inheritance, and the likes. A slightly technical stuff later developed by his mainman Armando García on his later band From Nowhere.

"The release date for 'Nothingness' is set for September 1st and in the meantime don't waste a second to check out one song from their debut album 'Behind...' below." More...

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Drunk Dad Announces Tour With Hondruan

You can tell from the Eolian relation that's it's already going to be an ugly tour: Drunk Dad and Honduran are headed on out a U.S. trek.

From August 29th through September 30th, this Portland-based duo will plow through a counter-clockwise arc of the American colonies, with twenty-seven municipalities on the shitlist for the scummiest beatdown of the season, including shows with Same Sex Dictator, Godstomper, Stapled Shut, The Drip, Rabbits and tons more.

Additionally, both bands will perform matinees at the Eolian Empire-organized D.I.Y. "anti-fest" dubbed Festicide this weekend (August 16th and 17th). Catch the devastation live on these dates:

8/29/2014 Club 21 - Portland, OR w/ Same Sex Dictator
9/04/2014 The Colony - Sacramento, CA
9/05/2014 Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Disastroid
9/06/2014 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Godstomper, Sete Star Sept, Gods America
9/07/2014 MDM Studios - Los Angeles, CA w/ Stapled Shut, Actuary, Vulva Esser, Shitbrains, Putasos
9/08/2014 TBA - Flagstaff, AZ
9/09/2014 The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Roñoso, Doomed to Exist, My Man Mike
9/10/2014 The Grynde - El Paso, TX w/ Communion of Thieves
9/11/2014 Holy Mountain - Austin, TX w/ The Unmothered, The Dead See
9/12/2014 Vino's Brew Pub - Little Rock, AR
9/13/2014 The East Room - Nashville, TN w/ Sheepshifter, Realeyes, One Beggar Sun
9/14/2014 Ten Pins Tavern - Athens, GA w/ Toxic Ass Implant
9/15/2014 Foxfield Bar and Grill - Columbia, SC
9/16/2014 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA
9/17/2014 TBA - Baltimore, MD
9/18/2014 Motel Hell - Philadelphia, PA w/ Heavy Medical
9/19/2014 The Gutter - Brooklyn, NY w/ Heavy Medical, Law$Uits
9/20/2014 Obrien's - Boston, MA w/ The Proselyte, Jack Burton vs David Lopan
9/21/2014 Whitney House - Hartford, CT w/ Weald
9/22/2014 Certain Death - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Crappy Funeral
9/23/2014 TBA - Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 Vandals - Kansas City, MO
9/25/2014 TBA - Denver, CO
9/27/2014 TBA - Missoula, MT
9/28/2014 Underground 15 - Spokane, WA
9/29/2014 Rays Golden Lion - Richland, WA w/ The Drip
9/30/2014 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Rabbits More...

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Alterbeast Splitting With Vocalst

Alterbeast has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Unfortunately our singer Cameron will be stepping down from vocal duties at the end of August, we are sad to see him go, but we will be forever grateful for his contributions to this band and cant wait to see what cool and amazing stuff he does next! We hope you will roll out to Cameron's last show w/ Origin, King Parrot, Beyond Creation and more Friday, Aug. 29th in South Lake Tahoe and send him off in DM fashion!

"Our good friend Monte Barnard (The Antioch Synopsis, Soma Ras) will be stepping up to fill Cam's shoes, and let us tell ya, this guy is a fucking unstoppable killing machine! He is the real deal. One of the best frontmen we have ever seen, with a vocal range that is unmatched by most. We really lucked out in gaining this most welcomed member to the Alterbeast family. Catch him with us this October when we tour North America w/The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, and Chelsea Grin! Presented by Blackcraft! Check the dates below!" More...

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Todtgelichter Vocalist To Miss Summer Breeze

Avant-garde band Todtgelichter has announced vocalist Marta will not be performing at the upcoming Summer Breeze festival due to illness, and Torsten from Agrypnie will be stepping in to handle vocal duties at that show. Marta comments:

"Dear friends, my enthusiasm and joy to perform at the Summer Breeze was very high! All the more devastating though was the news I got from the doctor today. Due to an infection and following pain that developed overnight my voice got affected in a way that left only one option: to cancel my participation for the gig in two days. More...

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Video

The Acacia Strain has released a new music video for the track "Cauterizer," which can be seen in the player below.

The band's new album "Coma Witch" is due to land in stores on October 14th, 2014. Pre-orders are available here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Human Disaster
2. Cauterizer
3. Send Help
4. Holy Walls of the Vatican
5. VVorld Demise
6. Nailgun
7. Graveyard Shift
8. Bridgepainter
9. Whale Shark
10. Delusionalisphere
11. The Observer

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Hateful Desolation Wraps Up Recording

After lineup changes and delays, Hateful Desolation has issued the following announcement about wrapping up recording for a new release:

"We just want to let you know that we have finished all the recordings, mixing and mastering for the demo 'Withering In Dust' and soon we will upload a preview. We are currently looking for a label to release the demo on a physical copies. Thank you all for your patience." More...

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Kaine Passes On Record Label Offers

Kaine recently self-released new album "The Waystone" (which is available at Bandcamp here), and the band has now posted this message online to fans explaining why the group has turned down offers from record labels:

"Kaine has been negotiating with a number of established European record labels over the past month and despite having firm offers the band has decided to decline these deals.

"This is due to a number of reasons ranging from the labels wanting a high % of merch sales taken at gigs, total control over digital income to little or no income on any records sold and for the lack of any real plan, investment or advantage over releasing our material ourselves.

"The band funded 'The Waystone' entirely, to be essentially offered 50-100 free CDs to sell from these labels (we can produce our own CDs reasonably with Cram Duplication anyway) in return for the rights over our album with little or no % of sales offered to the band we didn’t believe these were fair or realistic offers. The album was a significant cost to the band and our objective is to break even on this cost, none of these offers would have allowed this to happen and would have resulted in a loss while essentially allowing them to make a small profit from our hard work.

"Our own CDs are selling well presently and we take 100% of the income minus a little for selling through bandcamp/CD Baby. We also retain 100% of our digital and merch income. This puts us in a very strong position moving forward.

"Kaine recently managed to negotiate a decent deal with a label in America which saw a fair % of return for sales and would have even lead to the album being released on vinyl, but this has also fallen through with them not being able to commit to their end of the agreement. We are very disappointed that this deal did not work out.

"The band has not been disheartened by this process, we have had bad experiences with labels in the past and are keen not to return to a loss making situation once more. As stated we are in a very strong position and while we may lack the investment to buy our way onto major festivals, supports and tours and into the established magazine we will continue to work hard, playing every show we can and try and buck the trend and be a success through hard work in what is a dying 'Metal' industry. We will continue to be 100% honest about what’s happening with the band and the challenges we face within the 'industry.'" More...

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Num Skull Premieres Remastered Track

Num Skull's classic "Ritually Abused" album is due for official re-release (in physical and digital formats) on September 16th in North America (U.K. on September 15th) and pre-orders are now available right here.

For those who missed the album the first time around, or if you want to find out how the remastered edition sounds, today we are hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "The Henchman!"

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also hear the previously released "Pirate's Night" at this location.

Originally released in 1988, this lost thrash release has been fully remastered and features an exclusive bonus track originally available on the Num’s The World Demo. Sounding like a demonic blend of Possessed and Slayer, "Ritually Abused" is as skull-shattering and relevant today as when first released over 25 years ago. More...

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Coal Chamber To Release New Album

Napalm Records is pleased to announce the signing of Los Angeles, California's Coal Chamber, which previously ended its career with a tumultuous breakup in May of 2002.

Following that breakup, the band reunited in 2011 and 2013 for a handful of festival shows as well as an extensive North American tour. Now all four members of Coal Chamber (Dez Fafara, Nadja Peulen, Mikey Cox, Meegs) have decided the time was right to begin work on a new album. The band is currently working on material, with a release slated for next year.

Dez Fafara comments: "How many times do you get a second chance at anything in life? We toured the world, it was insane and crowds came out in force and we had a blast! For this I'm so appreciative! Now..... It's time to release a NEW COAL CHAMBER RECORD! The Vibe between us all is positive AND we've assembled a killer team around us! Now with Napalm Records on board get ready for a heavy, explosion from Coal Chamber! We've evolved and so has the music, from the demo music I've heard you're gonna sink your TEETH into this! Stay tuned!"

Nadja adds: "It's been a long time coming but the wait is over! There are no words to describe how excited I am to be working on the new Coal Chamber record!!! I can't wait to see all your faces when we rock this album out! Stay tuned!!!" More...

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Tantal Signs With Bakerteam Records

Russian progressive death metal act Tantal has signed on with Italy's Bakerteam Records. The band is set to release the sophomore album "Expectancy" on October 28th.

Formed in 2004 in Moscow, Tantal attracted critical acclaim with the release of the debut album "The Beginning Of The End" in 2009, which was described as "an addictive mix of progressive, death, thrash and modern metal enriched by gloomy conceptual lyrics and plenty of attitude." While touring relentlessly in support of that album, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially, with videos broadcast on national television and songs featured on the most important metal radio shows.

In 2013, Tantal announced the addition of talented female vocalist Milana Solovitskaya to the lineup and a new album, "Expectancy," which redefines the sound as "way more diverse and mature than its predecessor." The new release is said to feature "beautiful catchy melodies, powerful riffs, expressive guitar solos and a groovy rhythm section, including one song in their native Russian language and an acoustic version of one song from the previous album as a bonus tracks, especially recorded for this release."

The album's artwork (shown below) was conceived by renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, Firewind, Cryptopsy, Amaranthe). The band previously posted a lyric video for the track "Nothing," which can be viewed at this location. More...

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Kattah Signs With Bakerteam Records

Brazilian power metal act Kattah signed with Italy's Bakerteam Records for the release of the new album "Lapis Lazuli" on October 28th. Formed in 2006 in Brazil, the band is known for a unique approach to music, mixing heavy metal with Arabian, Eastern European, Brazilian and many other musical styles, atmospheres and rhythms.

The debut album "Eyes Of Sand" (2010) saw positive reviews from all over the world, and it came to no surprise when fellow Brazilian act Angra invited them to open their 2011 European tour, a great opportunity for Kattah to display their powerful live show and consolidate their name among thousands of heavy metal fans. "Lapis Lazuli" sees the band taking things to a whole new level, with stronger melodies, classier arrangements, outstanding performances and a production team which includes some of the best professionals in the business: Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Sepultura, Helloween) and Andy Haller (Ozzy Osbourne, System Of A Down).

The band previously posted a stream of the track "Apocalypse" which can be heard at this location.

The track list for "Lapis Lazuli" is:

1. Behind the Clay
2. Inside my Head
3. Apocalypse
4. Alpha Centaury
5. Vetus Espiritus
6. Rebirth of Pharaohs
7. The Hidden Voice
8. Lapis Lazuli
9. A Capoeira
10. Land of God
11. You Will Never Be Dead More...

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Rebellious Spirit Posts Teaser Clip For New LP

German hard rock act Rebellious Spirit unveiled the album art and posted a teaser clip for the upcoming sophomore release "Obsession" (shown below). The album is scheduled for release through SPV/Steamhammer on September 19th in Germany, September 22nd in Europe and October 14th in the USA as a DigiPak and digital download.

The band previously announced a string of live dates, which can be found at this location.

Check out the teaser clip here: More...

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Midnight Sin To Release Debut Album "Sex First"

Italian glam/hard rock act Midnight Sin announced that the debut release "Sex First" will be issued on October 14th via Bakerteam Records. Midnight Sin's music is described as "a sexy combination of Sleaze Rock, Hard Rock and AOR, their songs are powerful and catchy, their lyrics shocking and irreverent." More information on the release is expected soon.

The lineup for Midnight Sin is:

Albert Fish - Vocals
LeStar - Lead Guitar
Maurice Flee - Rhythm Guitar
Acey Guns - Bass
Dany Rake - Drums More...

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Ace Frehley Streaming New Track "Space Invader"

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is streaming the new track "Space Invader." The song is the title track from the upcoming new solo release. The album is set for release in Germany/Scandinavia: August 15th and Europe on August 18th via SPV/Steamhammer Records and August 19th in North America via eOne Music.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin' (streaming here)
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

Check out "Space Invader" here: More...

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Machinae Supremacy Releases New Music Video

What would happen if Jinx from League of Legends found herself at a Machinae Supremacy concert with a camera? Well, Swedish "SID Metal" act Machinae Supremacy shows you with the new music video "Beyond Good and Evil."

The song appears on upcoming new release "Phantom Shadow," which is set for release on August 22nd (EU) and August 26th (USA) via Spinefarm Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. I Wasn't Made for the World I Left Behind
2. The Villain of this Story
3. Perfect Dark
4. Europa
5. Throne of Games
6. Meanwhile in the Hall Of Shadows
7. Phantom Battle
8. Captured (Sara's Theme)
9. Renegades
10. Beyond Good and Evil
11. The Second One
12. Redemption Was Never Really My Thing
13. The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall
14. Versus

Additional live footage for the video was filmed by Kevin Park. The video was recorded at Machinae Supremacy's first USA concert at MAGFest in January 2014. Rehearsal footage recorded by Mr Sidstyler Chris Cook in Manhattan, NYC, in December 2013. Jinx Cosplay is by Ely Renae. Check out the video here: More...

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Lonely Kamel Releases "Shit City" Lyric Video

Norwegian stoner hard rock act Lonely Kamel posted a lyric video for the album "Shit City." The album is the follow up to 2011's "Dust Devil" (see review here) set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

Aug 27th: NOR/SWE
Aug 29th: G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
Sept 1st: UK & Rest of Europe
Sept. 3rd: ESP
Sept. 9th: USA/CAN

An interactive clip, featuring snippets of the entire new album, can be found at this location. The track list for "Shit City" is:

1. Shit City
2. White Lines
3. Is It Over?
4. I Feel Sick
5. Seal The Perimeter
6. Freezing
7. BFD
8. Falling Down
9. Nightjar (Necromandus Cover)

Check out the video here: More...

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