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Metal News for August 16, 2017

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Pit Stories: Should We Have Brought Goat's Blood?

Guess I'm getting forgetful in my old age, because I somehow completely missed that yesterday was Tuesday. Your regularly scheduled Pit Story will arrive today instead!

This week we've got Devin Doucette from Toronto outfit Centuries Of Decay sharing a tale of when your band doesn't quite fit into the show.

Devin recalls this tale of being the only band not sporting robes and candles at a Satanic Black Mass:

I guess the most interesting live story is about a show we played sometime in December of 2015. We had just finished playing a gig at the Velvet Underground in downtown Toronto in what was supposed to be the venue's final gig before it closed (was bought and reopened under the same name). The show went well for us and we played like a well oiled machine. Afterwards, a promoter approached our bassist Anthony and asked if we would be interested in playing a black metal gig that was being held in downtown Toronto. Now, we have some elements to our music that derive from black metal, but we are certainly not a black metal band (I mean, Anthony had a long sleeved, striped maroon shirt on for the show). The one final detail is that the show was being put on by true Satanists.

It's December and we are loading into the event. We are greeted by the promoter with open arms and a Jim Beam gift set (very thoughtful). We were opening the event, but before the party got started, candles were being set up on stage and shortly afterwards a Satanic mass began. (Before I go further, I would like to state that I don't judge anyone for what they believe or think. Everyone has a right to their own opinions etc.) We were 4 dudes wearing mostly black street cloths, and there were people here with capes and corpse paint, cloaks and masks, taking part in a straight up satanic ritual.

The ceremony began with an incantation read from the Satanic Bible (presumably) by a young man, also donning a cape and extremely nervous. Despite the packed venue, it was super quiet, so quiet that we could hear someone entering the bathroom stall and fire up the hand dryer during the reading.

Despite us being 'visually' out of place, everyone at our show had a great time. We met some great bands and were paid in advance, more than any other show at the time. The promoter was amazing and generous and everyone had a blast. It was one of the best shows we ever played. Lesson is that music can transcend boundaries, and making those connections in turn makes the music community stronger.

Pro tip -- if you'd bring a bottle of wine when going to a dinner with new friends, the least you can do when meeting new black metal bands is bring a flagon of goat's blood to spill. Anything else is just a plain old social faux pas.

Centuries Of Decay unleashed a debut, self-titled concept album on August 4th, 2017. You can check out a track below, or hear the full album and pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here. More...

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Mac Sabbath Posts 360 VR Videos

The fast food-themed Black Sabbath cover kings from Mac Sabbath recently released their very first music video - the Claymation fiasco "Pair-a-Buns" - and are now following up with three brand new 360° VR live performance music videos, filmed at The Regent Theater.

Produced by Jay Spangler, the VR videos are viewable with any VR viewer or Google Cardboard. Watch the videos for "Sweet Beef," "Chicken For The Slaves," and "More Ribs" below.

Mac Sabbath will return to the Regent Theater on December 29th, 2017 as part of a three-day run, co-headlining with the Dwarves. 45 Grave will also perform at the Regent show, and tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM local time. Other dates include December 30th in San Diego and December 31st (New Year's Eve) in Mesa, AZ. More details will surface on these dates soon. More...

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Crawl Posts "I"

Blackened doom/noise project Crawl today streams new song "I." The track is taken from the album "This Sad Cadav'r," which will be released digitally (along with the rest of the band's catalog) on September 1st, 2017 via Black Bow Records. Check it out below, courtesy of NineCircles.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Gearing Up For Tour

Corrosion Of Conformity will join Danzig on a short run of live dates next month. The week-long trek will commence on September 7th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and includes stops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Montclair, New Jersey; Huntington, New York; Lewiston, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

As a precursor to that run with Danzig, Corrosion Of Conformotiy will play Psycho Las Vegas this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas alongside the likes of Mastodon, Swans, The Murder City Devils, Cult Of Luna with Julie Christmas, and many more.

The following week the band will make its way to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. See all confirmed dates below. In other news, CoC has been diligently working on the follow-up to 2014's "IX" offering. Helmed by longtime producer John Custer, the record will mark the band's studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan.

8/20/2017 Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino - Las Vegas, NV
8/26/2017 Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT

w/ Danzig:
9/07/2017 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
9/08/2017 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
9/09 /2017The Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
9/11/2017 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
9/12/2017 Artpark Amphitheater - Lewiston, KY
9/14/2017 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
9/15/2017 The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI

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Metallica Streaming Tonight's Edmonton Show

After engaging in some silly carpool karoake and releasing another music video for "Now That We're Dead," Metallica has more in store for fans.

Tonight - Wednesday the 16th - Metallica will live stream the final show of the band's current North American trek in Edmonton.

To stream the final show of the North American leg of the "WorldWired" stadium tour, head to this site or navigate to the band's YouTube channel at approximately 8:45p Mountain Time (10:45p EST / 9:45p CST / 7:45p PST).

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Sibiir Posts "These Rats We Deny"

Norwegian blackened hardcore five-piece group Sibiir today shares a new music video for the track “These Rats We Deny," taken from the band’s self-titled debut released last December via Fysisk Format.

The video features footage from a recent European tour with Kvelertak and is now playing below. With backgrounds in such diverse groups as Sigh & Explode, Jack Dalton, Do You Love Melena? and Call:Vega, Sibiir was formed in 2014 in Oslo, Norway. Two more songs from the self-titled album can be heard here. More...

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Morbid Evils Posts "Case IV - Tumour" Video

Finnish doom/sludge titan Morbid Evils just released a new video for "Case IV - Tumour." The track hails the band's second album, "Deceases," set for international release on August 25th via Svart Records.

A counterpart of sorts to vocalist Keijo Niinimaa's older group Rotten Sound, Morbid Evils has become known for exploring slower tempos and the lower end of the sonic spectrum, all topped with a fascination with the morbid realities of our hopeless existence.

1. Case I - Murder
2. Case II - Dead Weight
3. Case III - Evaporate
4. Case IV - Tumour
5. Case V - Death Breat
6. Case VI - Abacinated and Blind

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Maharaja Streaming "Blood Moon"

Ohio sludge band Maharaja today streams new track "Blood Moon." The song is taken off forthcoming album "Kali Yuga," which will be released on September 22nd and features the following track listing:

1. Blood Moon
2. Slave to Senses
3. Free Choice
4. Ethisfidi
5. Ourboros
6. Blaq Magiq Carpet Ride
7. I, Undying More...

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Battle Raider Streaming New Album

Today the Mexican heavy metal warriors from Battle Raider stream their sophomore, self-titled record online in full ahead of the August 21st release via Fighter Records. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Flying Fingers
2. Battle Raider
3. Hard Flyer
4. Atlanteans of Gold
5. Early Fantasy
6. Tartan Piper Alpha
7. Commander
8. A Sioux Prayer More...

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Crimfall Posts "Until Falls The Rain" Video

On August 25th, Finnish cinemascope metallers Crimfall will release new album, "Amain," worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Crimfall has now premiered the first video clip in support of that album -- check out "Until Falls the Rain" below. The video was directed by Olli Hakkinen and shot by Max Smeds.

Crimfall comments: "Before we unleash the third storm that is 'Amain,' we present you our very first music video. 'Until Falls The Rain' is the crushing conclusion for the album, last simmering truths are laid low, throats bared against the unforgiving fall.

"It was a long day of drowning under homemade sprinklers, shooing away fire brigades and mopping away thousand lakes of water. In the end we are more than satisfied with the forlorn end result."

1. Eschaton
2. The Last of Stands
3. Ten Winters Apart - pt1. Far From Any Fate
4. Ten Winters Apart - pt2. Song of Mourn
5. Ten Winters Apart - pt3. Sunder the Seventh Seal
6. Ten Winters Apart - pt4. Dawn Without a Sun
7. Mother of Unbelievers
8. It's a Long Road
9. Wayward Verities
10. Until Falls the Rain More...

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Tetrarch Posts "Pull The Trigger"

Trailblazing metal group Tetrarch is getting ready to kick off an upcoming tour with metal giants DevilDriver and fellow support artists 36 Crazyfists, Cane Kill, and Uncured this coming Friday, August 18th.

In anticipation of the tour kickoff, and the release of upcoming album "Freak" (due out September 29th), the band is thrilled to reveal another new track, entitled "Pull The Trigger." Check it out below.

Guitarist Diamond Rowe tells AP: "There are so many people who struggle with mental illness and have inner battles with self-worth, and 'Pull the Trigger' is about just that... we wanted this video to just essentially be a plethora of clips of things that can cause people to attract negative feelings in this day and age, whether its drugs, politics, relationships, etc. While I don't struggle with these things, all of us in this band have people close to us that do, so I think it touches home for us and a lot of other people." More...

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Stömb Announces New EP

Born from the association of four musicians coming from multiple horizons, Stömb is a progressive and instrumental metal band proposing modern and dreamlike music. Formed in 2012 in France, the band released a first EP titled "Fragment" in 2014 and the "The Grey" album in 2016.

Performing live with video projection designed by Hicham Haddaji (Klone, Trepalium, Hacride, Septic Flesh) Stömb subsequently participated in several shows, like the festival Metalsphere (France) and the Euroblast (Germany).

Now Stömb is back with a new EP titled "Duality," which is due to drop September 8th. Check out the cover artwork below. More...

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Metallica's Episode Of "Carpool Karaoke" Posted

The entire clip of comedian Billy Eichner and Metallica on Carpool Karaoke has finally been released.

They play "Metal Have I Ever," sing Rihanna and The Little Mermaid, and make their way into a supermarket to get randos to sing "Enter Sandman."

You can watch the entire thing with your Apple Music subscription here.

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In Twilight’s Embrace Premieres New Song

Poland’s blackened death horde In Twilight’s Embrace premieres a new song titled "The Hell of Mediocrity", taken from the band's upcoming new fourth full-length "Vanitas", which be released on September 22nd via Arachnophobia Records.

Check out now "The Hell of Mediocrity" below.

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Nocturnes Mist Debuts "Shadow of the Flame"

South Australian black metal outfit Nocturnes Mist debuts a new song entitled "Shadow of the Flame", taken from the upcoming new album "Diabolical Baptism", which will arrive in stores September 15th via Séance Records.

Check out now "Shadow of the Flame" below.

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Scale The Summit Premieres New Music Video

Scale The Summit premieres a new music video for "Royal Orphan", taken from the band's latest release, "In A World Of Fear", out in stores now.

Check out "Royal Orphan" below.

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Papa Roach Debuts Music Video "American Dreams"

Papa Roach debuts its new music video for "American Dreams", taken from the outfit's new album "Crooked Teeth",out in stores now via Eleven Seven Music. Comments frontman Jacoby Shaddix: "America is struggling, America is divided, America is hurting right now. We’re at a fever pitch of confusion, smoke and mirrors, blatant lies. The American Dream is on the chopping block."

Check out now "American Dreams" below.

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We Ride Premieres New Music Video "What You Are"

Spain’s hardcore outfit We Ride premieres a new music video for "What You Are", taken from the band's debut album "Empowering Life", out in stores via Victory Records. The song features a guest sport from Deez Nuts frontman JJ Peters.

Check out now "What You Are" below.

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