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Metal News for August 18, 2013

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Saviour Posts "Morning" Video

Australia's Saviour has released a new music video for the track "Morning," which can be viewed below. You can also check out the band's previously posted lyric video for "Strength" at this location.

Saviour is:

Vocals - Bryant Best
Guitars - Lyndsay Antica
Guitars - Graeme Burgess
Bass - Paul Blythman
Drums - Jordan Mather

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Avantasia Issues Tour Recap

Avantasia's Tobias Sammet has checked in with the following post-tour recap via his official website here:

"Finally I have cooled down a little after this extensive Avantasia world tour, finally I have found a few moments to write down my thoughts on the tour. I have been on several world tours, I must have played something like 700 concerts in my life and I have to say: It‘s never been so difficult to say goodbye after a tour.

"The Mystery World Tour was an amazing experience for me, never before an Avantasia tour has been spread out over four months, never before I heard so many bad jokes (from anyone other than me) and never before I came home missing touring so much that it actually hurt, although I was happy to be back with my loved ones and get some rest. I wondered myself what it is, that makes the difference between earlier tours and this tour, and I guess it‘s simple: First of all, the tour was long enough to get used to being around those lovely fellow Avantasians. Second, if I compare it to Edguy tours: whenever we say goodbye we know, we‘ll meet a couple of months later to conquer the world again, with Avantasia the future is completely uncertain.

"I was accused of lying when I hit the road for the Mystery World Tour after I had announced the end in 2011. But you can imagine, it is not that easy to rely on a return of Avantasia, it depends on a lot of parameters, not at least all the musicians and their personal schedules. I thank God that He gave us the chance to bring that line up together and do this tour, I hope we will do it again some day, but you can never take that for granted, nor plan it, let alone expect it to happen again. I just hope one day it will happen. For sure there will be another album in a couple of years. But as much as I would love to do a tour, I do not know if we‘ll ever find a time frame in the future, that will allow us to bring the project on the road again. The organisation, the schedules, everyone‘s individual obligations with their individual bands, it‘s grinding... That‘s why I am rather thankful that I was given that chance. More...

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Kataklysm Frontman Gets Married

Kataklysm has posted the following brief message online about member Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm, Ex Deo) getting married:

"Congratulations to frontman Maurizio and his wife Suzzy on their marriage, beautiful ceremony yesterday."

Pictures from the ceremony can be found below. In other Kataklysm news, the band will be releasing new album "Waiting for the End to Come" on October 29th, 2013. The newly released alternative cover artwork can be found at this location. More...

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Dark Days Ahead Releases New Music Video

Finland's Dark Days Ahead has a new music video out now for "M.M.M." (Manic Moshing Monday), which is available below. The song comes of "The Long Road South." The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Hail The Lone Star
2. Enemy Of The Nation
3. Bastard Son Of Disaster
4. No Single Word
5. Manic Moshing Monday
6. Bring The Next One In
7. Deadly Empathy
8. Chaos Caravan
9. Until You Come Full Circle

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Rizon Announces New Tour Dates

Swiss melodic power band Rizon will be playing shows in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland this coming September and October. Details are available in the tour poster below.

Rizon released third album "Masquerade" last year through Karthago Records. The album's track listing is:

1. High Flyer
2. Sigh From Eternity
3. Masquerade
4. Tears of the Sun
5. Remotion
6. Same Same
7. Rise On
8. El Dios
9. Out of Nowhere
10. Cold Winters Night
11. Time After Time
12. Lost In Silence
13. Bells

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Sammath Posts "Fear Upon Them" Track

Dutch act Sammath has posted the song "Fear Upon Them" online, which is taken from the "Godless Arrogance" album, due out later this year via Hammerheart Records. Give the track a listen below. To hear more from Sammath, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

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Assyria Streaming New Track

Oregon act Assyria has posted the song "Godless" online, which was recorded at D-Wreckords Studios and can be heard in the player below. You can also pick up a digital copy of the single over at the Assyria Bandcamp page here.

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Nuclear Strikes Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Malaysian act Nuclear Strikes performing "Death March" live at Rock 4 Gaza. Check out the clip below. You can also hear more from Nuclear Strikes over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Until Dawn Signs With Spread The Metal

Spread The Metal Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Until Dawn:

"STM Records is very proud to announce our new acquisition to the STM family. Until Dawn from Fort Mac, AB Canada. These Alberta based heavy's just released 'Horizon' available on iTunes and CD Baby."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Roamers And Lurkers
2. Strings Of The Dammed
3. The Red Sun Rises This Day
4. Third Knee
5. This Fallen Fortress
6. A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks
7. DNR
8. Time Tested Fortune
9. The Trial
10. Polar Parallels
11. Horizon
Bonus Tracks:
12. WM3
13. Richard More...

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Dimmu Borgir Working On New Material

It's been almost three years now since the release of Dimmu Borgir's latest outing, the full-length album "Abrahadabra" (reviewed here).

The band is now working on a follow-up album, posting the following brief statement online via Facebook: "'By the desire to achieve.' Stoked about our new material, its shaping up nicely."

Further details on the coming release will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Fun In The Morgue Recruiting New Members

Ohio's Fun in the Morgue (not to be confused with the Swiss band Fun at the Morgue) has checked in with the following announcement about returning with a new lineup:

So, long time no talk corpses. We've been working hard putting the pieces back together after our untimely annex from our previous members.

"We've written new songs that sound nothing like our old songs. We've steered into a new abyss of structureless compositions that are much more technical than our past recordings.

"We picked up a second guitar player, David Hawkins, who has been swallowing the material quite well and we're auditioning a new singer on Tuesday. Things are starting to look up for the morgue. We'll soon have a full band, and be playing shows again.

"Look for us in the coming months, and don't miss out on some of the craziest, unorthodox, metal you've probably ever heard."

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Poisonblack Releases New Video

Finland's Poisonblack will be releasing new album "Lyijy" this coming September 13th, 2013.

The band now has a music video out for the track "Home Is Where the Sty Is," which is available for viewing at Radiorock.fi here.

A teaser trailer for the new album "Lyijy" has also been posted online and can be found in the player below.

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Reapers Riddle Posts New Music Video

Australian band Reapers Riddle has a new music video out how for the single "Drop," which will be featured on the coming concept album "The Ballad of Tristan Daye." Watch the clip below, or you can pick up a digital copy of the single at iTunes here.

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Syndemic Posts "Shelter In Disease" Playthrough

German death metal outfit Syndemic has posted a playthrough video clip online for the track "Shelter in Disease," which can be found below. The track comes off the band's debut album "For Those In Desperation."

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Neith To Release New Album

Italy's Neith will be releasing the "Then I" CD, which was recorded at Musicart Studio and produced by Pier Gonella, this coming September 15th, 2013.

A promo for the single "E.D.K." has also been posted online and can be found below. To hear more from the band, head over to the Neith Facebook profile.

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Loss Of Self Streaming "Twelve Minutes"

Black metal outfit Loss of Self has posted the title track online to the "Twelve Minutes" release, which can be heard below. You can also pre-order "Twelve Minutes" via The Flenser right here. The release is due out this coming September, 2013.

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Swords Of Dis Releases New Album

Swords of Dis has released the "Tides of Malediction" album, which can be bought over at Bandcamp here. You can also check out two tracks from the release in the player below.

The "Tides of Malediction" track listing is as follows:

1. The Dominance Of Pathos
2. Fane Of The Lost
3. Even Angels Bleed
4. Labyrinth
5. In The Shadow Of Eight
6. Gracing The Palace Of Forgotten Words
7. Tides Of Malediction
8. Starless Depths
9. Torn & Suffering More...

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Kuolemanlaakso Recording New Album

Finnish act Kuolemanlaakso, which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, is currently in the studio working on a new album and follow-up to the "Uljas Uusi Maailma" release (reviewed here).

The band has now posted an extensive series of studio diaries online, which can be read over at the Kuolemanlaakso website here.

You can also watch a music video for "Ikiuni," taken off the previous album, in the player available below.

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Antropofagus Drum Cam Footage Available

Sick Drummer Magazine has posted drum cam footage online of Antropofagus performing "Loving You In Decay/Thick Putrefaction Stink" at Brutal Assault 2013. Check it out below. These two songs are taken from the 1999 release "No Waste of Flesh."

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Maladie Recording New Album

Germany's Maladie is currently recording the sequel to the "Plague Within" album. Maladie's vocalist Déhà has now checked in with a video update about the recording process, which can be found below. For more info on Maladie, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Dave Mustaine Shows Gigantour Gear

Dave Mustaine Of Megadeth teamed up with LoudGuitars.com to show off his jam room gear on the Gigantour. Check out the video clip below.

Megadeth released latest album "Super Collider" earlier this year. A video for the title track off the album can be seen at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Kingmaker
2. Super Collider
3. Burn!
4. Built for War
5. Off the Edge
6. Dance in the Rain
7. The Beginning of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget to Remember
10. Don't Turn Your Back...
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover)

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Noosphera Posts EP Trailer

Noosphera has posted a teaser trailer online for the "Echoes of Life" EP, which will feature the band's new lineup including Myrthala Bray Rodriguez and Raul war Jimenez. Check out the teaser below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.

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Power Trip Announces Upcoming Shows

Texas powerhouse crossover outfit Power Trip has been confirmed to take part in a new hardcore tour this Fall.

Beginning October 4th, Power Trip will provide support for LA hardcore kingpins Terror on a North American headlining tour, the trek to forge a brutal clockwise path in North America all month. Throughout the trek additional acts including Fucked Up, Counterparts, Vehement Serenade and more will provide additional support, including Code Orange Kids on the majority of the dates.

The following press release was also issued about the band: "Surging with a modernized translation of the works of mandatory crossover pioneers Nuclear Assault, the Cro-Mags and Leeway, Manifest Decimation hurtles Power Trip's 'steel, speed and destruction' ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. With nearly thirty-five minutes of thrashing violence, recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon's Gate in Philadelphia, Manifest Decimation wages war on all in its earshot, much like the Power Trip name has become synonymous with in the wake of their rabid live shows."

See Power Trip live on these dates: More...

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Warbringer Comments On New Album

Warbringer's John Kevill has posted the following message online about completing work on the band's new album:

"So you all know - everything is done, we have the completed master is in, I got to jam the record a few times in sequence while driving across the desert the other day.

"I'm proud to say I think this is the strongest Warbringer record and contains our absolute best work to date. Some of it is kind of a departure from what we normally do - in a really cool way, and different song-by-song. It will be interesting to see what you guys think in a couple months.

"Keep rockin', dudes, and keep your eyes peeled here for more preview/updates on the record, coming soon!"

The new album "IV: Empires Collapse" is due out this coming October via Century Media. You can also catch the band live: More...

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Syrian Death Metal Band To Get Documentary

New York production company After Hours Films has issued the following announcement about shooting a death metal documentary:

"At After Hours, we’ve recently come across a group of artists in Syria, who together form a band known as Netherion. This band has been able to persevere in the face of extreme diversity, successfully recording and releasing one album despite never playing together.

"Against all odds, Netherion have been able to achieve a measured amount of success through social media. They currently have over 3,000 likes on Facebook and 160 followers on Twitter. Aside from that, the band has also received positive reviews from online outlets such as Nocturne Magazine, Brutiful Metal Radio, Salute Records, and Metal Storm.

"Oppression happens everyday all over the world and Netherion represent the latest example of the extreme prejudice. Their early success is a testament to their fortitude, and now we are in the process of helping them take the next step.

"We have begun the process of getting the band out of Syria so that they can freely pursue their passion without fear of prejudice. We want to help them achieve their dream of touring and to spread their message to the world-wide audience. With escalated tensions as a result of the civil war in Syria, time is of the essence.

"As After Hours Films, our role in this process, is to record and document Netherion’s incredible journey from imminent danger to the stage."

You can find more info on Netherion over at Facebook here, or watch a video for the track "Catastrophic Reality" in the player below. More...

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Focused Minds To Release New Album

6131 Records has issued the following announcement about the release of "The Fact Remains" from Focused Minds:

"After much anticipation, we're excited to announce that preorders are now available for the first proper full length by Midwestern champs Focused Minds. Entitled The Fact Remains, the eleven-track album of outspoken hardcore will be released on September 17th!"

The band has also teamed up with Altpress.com to stream the new track "Content." Give it a listen at this location.

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Internal Bleeding Posts Lyric Video

Internal Bleeding has posted a new lyric video online for the track "Castigo Corpus Meum," available below. The track comes off the "Imperium" release, which has the following track listing:

1. Castigo Corpus Meum
2. The Pageantry of Savagery
3. The Visitant
4. Placate The Ancients
5. In The Absence of Soul More...

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Smile Empty Soul Posts Album Trailer

California veteran rock trio Smile Empty Soul has posted a teaser video for upcoming sixth studio album "Chemicals." Check out the short video, featuring a clip of the brand new song "False Alarm," in the player below.

"Chemicals" will hit stores October 1st, 2013 on the band's new imprint Two Disciples Entertainment, which, in conjunction with Pavement Entertainment, will see the band controlling all aspects of marketing and promotion for the new record and impending tours.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Sean Danielsen, "We've been on a different label with every release in our career, and we were tired of not being the priority. We started our own label with a business partner who's been a great friend to us over the last 10 years, and found distribution through some other long-time friends of ours. Now we're running the campaign ourselves and we're totally in control, doing what we feel needs to be done."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Black and Blue
2. False Alarm
3. Chemicals
4. Balance
5. Swim
6. New Low
7. Real
8. Sitting Ducks
9. Mechanical Rationality
10. Landslide More...

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Istengoat's "MMXII" To See Vinyl Reissue

Blood Harvest has announced August 30th for the vinyl release of Istengoat's "MMXII." The label comments:

"From Santiago, Chile, comes yet another amazing death metal act in the shape of Istengoat. Formed at the beginning of 2011 with the main goal of creating a simple, direct, and powerful sound which can transmit the sensation of being in front of a tornado, the band has recently teamed up with Blood Harvest for the vinyl release of the band's upcoming debut album, titled Atlas Shrugged.

"Recording will commence in July 2013, and the CD edition will be handled in South America through Soul Erazer (Brazil). In the meantime, as an introduction, Blood Harvest will re-release Istengoat's sold-out debut from 2012, MMXII, on a limited 7" EP vinyl edition. The band has just finished assembling the last parts for the layout, and it's been sent off to press."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Pogrom
2. Avatara
3. Shiqus Sho More...

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AGATG Posts Studio Video

Arsonists Get All The Girls has posted a new studio video online from the band's time working on "Listen To The Color." Check out the clip below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Setting Course For Disaster 00:41
2. When I Was Your Age Pluto Was Still A Planet 00:34
3. Bottle City 02:21
4. MK-ULTRA: Psychotropic Puppets 01:17
5. MK-DELTA: Glorified Killers (feat. ex-vocalist/keyboardist Cameron Reed) 03:39
6. Disease Test The Best 01:52
7. Balloon Battle 02:44
8. Listen To The Color (feat. Robby Bancroft of Five Characters In Search Of An Exit) 02:50
9. Beast Fist 00:42
10. Bardonis Chonies 00:19
11. Play the sheep 02:21
12. My Newest Vision” (feat. Rob Smith of Heavy Heavy Low Low/Downstariis) 01:42
13. Ride The Wave” (feat. Garin Rosen) 01:27
14. Watchers 04:02
15. Sunny Places For Shady People 02:54

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Self Defense Family Streaming New Song

PunkNews is presenting the premiere of the new Self Defense Family song, "Pop Song Written on the Automall," appearing on the band's upcoming EP, "The Corrections Officer In Me," due out August 27th on Family Drugs. Give the song a listen at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Self Defense Family, formerly known as End Of A Year, is a mercurial collective whose shifting lineup consists of anywhere from three to ten members, hailing from around the US and the UK. The sound is rooted in the works of post-hardcore leaders like Fugazi and Lungfish, while 'Pop Song Written On The Automall' also shows off a heavy Killing Joke influence (as does the cover of The Corrections Officer In Me, a nod to Killing Joke's Brighter Than A Thousand Suns cover).

"Frontman Patrick Kindlon is a formidable wordsmith and also a DIY force who, in addition to his role in Self Defense Family, fronts Drug Church, runs Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, and helms Ashcan Press, a comics publisher. Self Defense Family has released music on a wide range of labels, including Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex Records, and now, Family Drugs.

"Family Drugs is a new label co-founded by Jihad Rabah of Twelve Gauge Records and producer Sam Pura whose acclaimed series, 'The Waiting Room,' has seen him work with Touche Amore, Loma Prieta, and many more. Family Drugs releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution."

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Ne Obliviscaris Arrives In Japan

Australia's Ne Obliviscaris will be kicking off an Asian tour on August 20th, and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about officially reaching Japan:

"Arrived safely in Japan! Unfortunately half our gear got left in Hong Kong... But alas they assure us we'll have it tomorrow. Lucky we start out trip with a day off tomorrow!"

The band is touring in support of the "Portal of I" full-length (reviewed here). The band is currently in the middle of writing a Season of Mist debut with plans to record in late 2013. Catch Ne Obliscaris live:

20 Aug 13 Aichi, Nagoya (JP) Tight Rope
21 Aug 13 Shinjuku, Tokyo (JP) WildSide
23 Aug 13 Wuhan (CN) Vox
24 Aug 13 Guangzhou (CN) T-Union
25 Aug 13 Shenzhen (CN) B10
28 Aug 13 Hong Kong (CN) Hidden Agenda
30 Aug 13 Taipei (TW) The Wall
01 Sep 13 Bangkok (TH) Harmonica More...

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Ektomorf Posts Studio Footage

A new episode of Ektomorf TV is now online, offering you more insights into the band's recording session, this time covering bass and guitars. Check out the new album recording footage below, or you can also watch a previous entry in the studio series at this location.

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Fun At The Morgue Releases New EP

Swiss four-piece Fun At The Morgue, which describes itself as old school death metal with punk influences, has released the "Massoula" EP online.

The release was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Rec Studio in Geneva by Serge Morattel, and you can now stream three of the EP's songs below or at Bandcamp here. The tracks available for streaming are:

1. Heretic 01:27
2. Pigfucker feast 01:59
3. Dark prophecy 04:05 More...

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Alaska Posts Single Teaser

Alaska will be releasing a new single this coming September 1st, 2013 titled "In Search of Lost Time," which is due out via Beheading the Traitor.

A teaser trailer for the single, created by Soothsayer Design, can be found below. "In Search of Lost Time" was recorded at The Office/The Artist Studio and then mixed & mastered by Venom Sounds.

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Marko Pajanen On Ongelmanuori Releases EP

Finnish old school punk outfit Marko Pajanen On Ongelmanuori has released "Lyhytsoitto!" ("Shortplay!") which is a collection of tracks ranging from 13 to 25 seconds long. Check out the songs below, or you can download the release on a pay-what-you-want scale at Bandcamp. The track listing is:

1. Punkia 00:13
2. Mä Haluun Olla Angstii 00:16
3. Markolla On Ongelma 00:19
4. Mitä Tänään Syötäisiin 00:25
5. Liikennekuolema 00:17
6. Jos Maukka Ois Mun Faija 00:19
7. Kekkoslovakia 00:26
8. Nouskaa Kapinaan 00:20
9. Teinipaska 00:23 More...

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Sunday Old School: Ratos de Porão

For many people, the mere mention of Brazilian metal will instantly, and in some case solely, conjure up memories of Belo Horizonte’s, Sepultura. But if one were to look deeper at the heavy music of this vast and amazing country, a treasure trove of great music will be uncovered. Today, we look at one of the oldest heavy acts from Brazil that are still going, who made a name for themselves in both the punk and metal scenes, led by a larger than life vocalist named João Gordo, whose very name means fat. I'm talking of course, about Ratos de Porão. Ratos de Porão were formed in 1981 in Sao Paolo, the largest city in Brazil and were almost immediately considered one of the most aggressive and fierce sounding bands in the Brazilian punk scene, thanks largely to them being more influenced by the UK82 bands such as Discharge and The Exploited than the previous punk scene that inspired their contemporaries. They focused their lyrical themes on speaking out against the Brazilian government and society, a concept that was somewhat radical for a band from Brazil to do, given how oppressive the government was compared to other countries with flourishing punk scenes, including the United States and Great Britain. The lyrics shone through on their debut album, "Crucificados Pelo Sistema," which was released in 1983 through Ataque Frontal and immediately established itself as one of the most abrasive punk records ever to come from Brazil. Despite the attention their debut received, the group was forced to call it a day soon afterwards, when the punk scene in Sao Paolo was all but dissolved thanks to gang violence.

The group didn’t stay inactive for long, returning to the scene in 1985 with more of a thrash metal take on their sound. Lead singer João Gordo remained, as did original drummer Jão Carlos, who switched to guitar, his place behind the drum kit being taken by a man named Spaguetti. After releasing their second album, "Descanse Em Paz" through Baratos Afins, they began to associate with the heavy metal scene a lot more, perhaps most noticeably with four long time fans who had a band of their own named Sepultura, as well as other soon to be known bands such as Korzus. RxDxPx then released their third album in 1987, entitled "Cada Dia Mais Sujo e Agressivo," which was their first album to be released in English, as well as their native Portuguese, a move they had previously shied away from for fear that their grasp of the English language was so poor that fans outside Brazil would make fun of them. More...

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Dea Marica Streaming "Curse Of The Haunted"

London doom outfit Dea Marica is currently streaming the "Curse of the Haunted" album online. Give it a listen through Bandcamp here or in the player provided below. The track listing is:

1. The Tower 07:07
2. The Last Goodbye 08:17
3. Skeletons and Blind Skulls 08:07
4. Doom Bar 06:27
5. Edge of Darkness 07:49
6. Dead and Damned 09:39
7. Don't Pray for Them 08:02
8. Lady Greensleeves 06:13 More...

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Sahg Announces New Album

Forged in Bergen’s creative melting pot in 2004, the Norwegian riff-lords in Sahg have conquered stages from Wacken to India.

"There’s no denying our influences,” says Olav Iversen, frontman, guitarist, and co-creator of Sahg’s towering sounds. "Our biggest heroes are the bands that truly defined heavy music. Sabbath and Zeppelin have created some of the darkest atmospheres ever expressed by musicians. In later years, however, we have also taken a lot of influence from modern, progressive metal bands, like Mastodon and Opeth. But the key to making use of your influences isn’t by imitating their work, but by using them to create something new and unique."

The band's new Opus will be titled "Delusions Of Grandeur," which Indie Recordings describes as "otherworldly, mystical, unflinchingly progressive, and unafraid to call upon the powers of doom," going on to say that the album "is nothing less than 48 minutes of impeccable musicianship and flawless delivery."

Sahg's fourth album was recorded at Solslottet Studios – aka Castle Of The Sun – under the production of Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Krakow).

“We recorded it live,” says Olav. “We wanted to capture the heat of the moment and the organic vibe of our live performance.” More...

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