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Metal News for August 15, 2018

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Former Annihilator Frontman Passes Away

Randy Rampage, the founding vocalist of Canadian punk band D. O. A. and twice singer for heavy metal legends Annihilator, has passed away at the age of 58. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet. The news was broken by the page of the documentary film, Bloodied But Unbowed, which focused on a number of punk figures including Rampage, who posted the following message:

“Tonight sometime after 7 PM Randy Rampage left us to reign in the heavens. A punk legend has moved on. And because he shared himself with you, please share a moment and think of Randy Desmond Archibald aka Rampage. We love you Randy.”

Rampage featured on two Annihilator albums, including the classic 1989 release, "Alice In Hell" before leaving the band on the promotional tour, returning nine years later and recording the album, "Criteria For A Black Widow," before leaving once more to reunite with D. O. A.

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Soulfly Posts New Album Trailer Online

Metal icons Soulfly are set to release their devastating new album Ritual on October 19th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released the first of several album trailers. Watch guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera discuss the exceptional album artwork for Ritual, below.

Comments Max Cavalera: “I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favourite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco! The Ritual artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early Soulfly as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into: like death and black metal and some hardcore. Working with Josh Wilbur for Soulfly this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”

Metal Underground caught up with Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera this week in Bristol, England to discuss "Ritual," which you can also view below. More...

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Danzig And Paradise Lost At Brixton Academy

Some pairings just fit perfectly. Bread and butter, salt and vinegar and in tonight's case, Danzig and Paradise Lost. The two veterans are both celebrating thirty years of their respective bands this year and joined forced for two nights only in the United Kingdom last week, the first taking place in Glasgow and the second in London. I went along to South London's Brixton Academy, one of several venues in the country under the sponsorship of mobile phone company, 02.

Taking to the stage with "No Hope In Sight," from the 2015 album, "The Plague Within," England's own, Paradise Lost offered no frills but plenty of darkness and Gothic visions with a lively set which featured no more than one song per album represented. This included only one song, "Blood and Chaos" from their latest opus, "Medusa," along with more recent material such as the title track from 2009's, "Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us" and "The Enemy" from "In Requiem."

There was also a number of older favourites on display such as the anthemic "Ember's Fire" and the "Shades Of God" standout track, "As I Die." The quintet also brought out a cover of the Bronski Beat hit, "Small Town Boy" before finishing up with "Say Just Words" from the 1997 album, "One Second." From start to finish, Paradise Lost carried themselves with the standing of the legends they are, whilst retaining an intimate feeling throughout, resulting in a solid performance and a setlist which delighted fans. More...

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Ross The Boss Announces UK Tour Dates

Former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss and his eponymous band will be heading to the United Kingdom this October for a string of headlining shows in support of their latest album, "By The Blood Sworn," which was released this year through AFM Records. They will be joined on the trek by Scottish metal band, Uproar.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 5 - Bannermans -Edinburgh, Scotland
October 6 - Cathouse - Glasgow, Scotland
October 7 - Trillians -Newcastle, England
October 8 - The Underworld Camden -London, England
October 9 - The Corporation -Sheffield, England
October 10 - The Iron Road -Evesham, England
October 11 - Eleven - Stoke-on-Trent, England

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Aseroe Premiere New Song & Video "Decomposition"

International black metal outfit Aseroe premiere a new song and music video titled "Decomposition", taken from their upcoming new EP, which will be out in stores August 24 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Decomposition" below.

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Altars Premiere New Song "Ancient Plague"

San Jose-based death metal outfit Altars premiere a new song called "Ancient Plague", taken from their upcoming self-titled debut EP, which drops August 23rd via Sentient Ruin Laboratories and Dawnbreed Records.

Check out now "Ancient Plague" below.

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Exocrine Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

French tech-death band Exocrine premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Molten Giant", which will be out in stores August 17 via IndieMerch.

Check out now "Molten Giant" in its entirety below.

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Sepulcher Premiere New Song "Abyssal Horror"

Norwegian death thrash band Sepulcher premiere a new song entitled "Abyssal Horror", taken from their upcoming new album "Panoptic Horror", which will be out in stores September 14th via Edged Circle Productions.

Check out now "Abyssal Horror" below.

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Absolvtion Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

French black/death band Absolvtion premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new EP "Gallow’s Destiny", which will be released by Atavism Records on August 20.

Check out now "Gallow’s Destiny" in its entirety below.


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Bloodtruth Premiere New Song "The Last Prophet"

Bloodtruth premiere a new song and music video entitled "The Last Prophet", taken from their upcoming new album "Martyrium", which will be released by Unique Leader Records on September 28th.

Check out now "The Last Prophet" below.

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Aethereus Premiere New Music Video

Aethereus premiere a new video for "That Which Is Left Behind", taken from their upcoming new album "Absentia", which is out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now "That Which Is Left Behind" below.


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2018 ‘Metal Alliance Tour’ w/ Goatwhore Announced

The ‘Metal Alliance Tour‘ will return this fall with Goatwhore confirmed as headliner for this year’s edition. The Casualties, Black Tusk and Great American Ghost are booked as support acts. Morthereon will join the trek from 10/31-11/07 while Gozu will open the shows from 11/18-11/30.

w/ Morthereon:

10/31 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
11/01 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/02 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/03 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
11/04 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/06 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/07 West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
11/08 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/09 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing Co.
11/10 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
11/11 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
11/13 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
11/14 Portland, Or – Dante’s
11/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11/17 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

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Whitechapel Tour w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano Announced

Whitechapel announce a fall leg of dates of their ‘Ten Years Of Exile Tour‘ which will find them performing their 2008 sophomore album in full each night. Chelsea Grin, Oceano and Slaughter To Prevail will join them as support acts. After the tour Whitechapel intend to return to the studio to finish recording their new release which is due out in the spring via Metal Blade.

11/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
11/02 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
11/03 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
11/04 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
11/05 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
11/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/08 Huntington, WV – V Club
11/09 Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
11/10 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
11/12 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
11/13 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
11/16 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
11/17 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
11/18 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
11/20 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
11/21 Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
11/23 Wichita, KS – Wave
11/24 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
11/25 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
11/27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/28 Spokane, WA – The Pin
11/29 Seattle, WA – Showbox at The Market
11/30 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
12/01 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
12/02 Bend, OR – Domino Room
12/04 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
12/05 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
12/06 Bakersfield, CA – Bryder’s
12/07 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater
12/08 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12/09 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
12/12 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
12/13 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
12/14 Memphis, TN – Growler’s
12/15 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
12/16 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine

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