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Metal News for August 19, 2015

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A Second Look At Heavy Metal In Video Games

Two weeks back we asked a simple question: why isn't there more heavy metal in the video game world?

Our Facebook page blew up with gamers offering up their favorite titles with metallic soundtracks, and we took a closer look at several worth your time. In that post still available here if you didn't read it, we looked at the king of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – as well as Saint's Row The Third, Killing Floor 2, Painkiller, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload.

After that post went online, Zynthetic – responsible for much of the music in Killing Floor and Killing Floor 2 – wrote up an article attempting to answer the question of why more metal doesn't show up in video games since they seem like a perfect and obvious match.

For his take on the lack of metal in gaming, including the difficulties in licensing existing music and the lack of metallic knowledge among composers, read the full article right here.

Since we love gaming and we love metal, it seemed like a good idea to keep checking in every so often with new entries that combine the two, and this week we'll cover four more solid games filled to the brim with extreme metal. Don't see your favorite game listed? Don't worry, we'll cover more in the future, but be sure to still give us your picks in the comments below.

Splatterhouse

Five years ago a reboot of the '88 arcade game Splatterhouse hit consoles, and it was very much notable for the inclusion of an all-metal soundtrack featuring the likes of Lamb of God, Mastodon, Municipal Waste, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Goatwhore.

As the name would suggest, it's filled with buckets of blood and guts, and the action-oriented beat 'em up style is somewhat similar to Dante's Inferno/God Of war/etc. The frantic combat will see your character Rick frequently losing limbs and more, but that's not a problem because they grow back – and hey, you can pick up the severed appendages of your foes to continue beating them down!

This one's filled to the brim with all sorts of horror goodies (and ridiculousness) like time travel, cosmic horror deities, and plenty of nods to Lovecraft with names like “Dr. West” and places called “Arkham.” Someone helpfully put all the songs from the soundtrack together into one playlist at YouTube here, and you can check out a game trailer below:

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Chaos Frame Posts New Lyric Video

Chaos Frame just released a lyric video today for the track "Paper Sun," taken off the upcoming "Paths To Exile" album due out September 4, 2015 via Nightmare Records.

"Paths To Exile" was mixed by Carlos Alvarez for Dirty Viking Audio (Divine Disorder, Noble Beast, Shadowdance, Judicator) and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios (Ayreon, Pain of Salvation, Megadeth, Devin Townsend Project). The album's track listing is:

1. Painful Lessons (5:36)
2. Paths To Exile (7:44)
3. Derceto (5:03)
4. Terra Firma (6:06)
5. Paper Sun (5:29)
6. Giantkiller (7:09)
7. Doomed (5:11)
8. The World Had Two Faces (7:45) More...

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Maruta Announces Tour Dates With Yautja

South Florida hyper deathgrind quartet Maruta has just declared an upcoming series of Eastern U.S. conflicts in the form of a two-week September tour alongside Yautja.

The new tour sees the band prepared to wipe thirteen cities off the map, running from September 17th through 30th, beginning in Maruta's hometown of Miami and hitting Tallahassee, Atlanta, Columbia, Fayetteville, Harrisonburg, Baltimore, Louisville, Akron, Rochester, Cambridge, Brooklyn and Montclair.

October will see Maruta on the road across the U.S. once again on a massive tour supporting The Black Dahlia Murder alongside Iron Reagan and Harms Way. Full upcoming dates are as follows:

w/ Yautja
9/17/2015 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
9/18/2015 Pug's Live - Tallahassee, FL
9/19/2015 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
9/20/2015 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
9/21/2015 Drunk Horse Pub - Fayetteville, NC
9/22/2015 The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
9/23/2015 The Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
9/25/2015 Spinelli's Downtown - Louisville, KY
9/26/2015 The Rialto Theatre - Akron, OH
9/27/2015 Flour City Station - Rochester, NY
9/28/2015 Cantab Lounge - Cambridge, MA
9/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
9/30/2015 The Meat Locker - Montclair, NJ More...

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Operation: Mindcrime Posts "Burn" Video

Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime just released a music video for "Burn," taken off his upcoming album "The Key." Check it out below.

"The Key" will be out on Frontiers Music srl this coming September 18, but Geoff Tate is already working on follow-up material. Tate says the second album in the trilogy is currently being mixed, while the third is "mostly written" and on track to be finished by October.

Their releases will be staggered with nine months to a year between them, but Tate wanted to record all three in the same time frame to make sure there was a flow and continuity to the story. The track listing for "The Key" is:

1. Choices
2. Burn
3. Re-Inventing The Future (streaming here)
4. Ready To Fly
5. Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room
6. Life or Death?
7. The Stranger
8. Hearing Voice
9. On Queue
10. An Ambush Of Sadness
11. Kicking In The Door
12. The Fall More...

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Anthrax Announces New Tour Dates

In the final stages of recording the follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music," Anthrax will hit the road beginning August 28 for a 42-city global trek that will see the band playing three major festivals as well as sharing stages with the likes of Motorhead and fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer.

Anthrax's Bello, Benante and Ian started the new album writing process back in late 2013 when they began exchanging suggested riffs and other ideas for the new songs. With producer and "sixth member of the band" Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions started last fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

According to Benante, "'Worship Music' started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. 'Worship' was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy."

Said Bello, "The thing about Anthrax...we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey's powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we've done a really good job of that on this new record."

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Bloodshot Dawn Parts With Guitarist

Bloodshot Dawn just issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitar player Benjamin Ellis:

"Very sad and shocked to announce Benjamin has decided to leave Bloodshot Dawn, below is his statement. We will be looking for a new guitarist soon and plan to come back as strong as ever for more touring of 'Demons' and to begin work on our third album very soon! Details of auditions will be available soon! Please leave your messages for Ben below and thanks for your continued support!

Ellis himself had this to say: "This has been a difficult decision to make, but today I announce my departure from Bloodshot Dawn. As you are all probably aware, things have been very quiet in the Bloodshot Dawn camp this year, as a few of the guys needed some time off to address health issues before the band could move forward at full strength again. We were all in agreement that this was absolutely necessary, but this quiet period gave me a chance to step back, reflect on things, and reconnect with my musical priorities.

"While I am extremely proud of the music we have made with Bloodshot Dawn, there are certain musical ideas I have always wanted to pursue, that just aren’t possible with BSD. For this reason it’s now time for me to move on to new things.

"I have put my heart and soul into this band for almost 6 years, and it has been a truly life changing experience. We have shared the stage with so many incredible bands and some of our musical heroes, met countless amazing people, and travelled to places I never thought I would see, let alone perform in! Of course, there’s been blood, sweat, tears and a good deal of stress too, but I have learnt so much and can’t believe some of the things we have achieved. More...

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Irata Streaming "Lion Slayer"

The maiden single from Irata's second album, "Sweet Loris," just came online in the form of the LP-opening "Lion Slayer." Listen in below. Kylesa's label Retro Futurist is currently prepping the album for an early October release.

The sound of Greensboro, North Carolina-based trio Irata dodges genre barriers with dexterous, infectious grooves influenced by a variety of underground rock and metal scenes. Once an instrumental act, the lineup has shifted from a trio to a duo and back, and following several lineup shifts since the band's inception eight years ago, Irata has solidified things with its most roaring setup yet. Catch the band performing its mesmerizing art live on these tour dates:

10/06/2015 State Theatre - Saint Petersburg, FL w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/07/2015 Grand Central - Miami, FL w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/08/2015 The Social - Orlando, FL w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/09/2015 Jinx - Savannah, GA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/10/2015 New Mountain - Asheville, NC w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/13/2015 The Basement - Columbus, OH w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/14/2015 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/16/2015 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/17/2015 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/19/2015 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/20/2015 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/23/2015 The Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/24/2015 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
10/25/2015 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts
11/21/2015 The Maywood - Raleigh NC w/ Castle, Bedowyn More...

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Hercyn Streaming "Of Ruin"

In the year MMXIII, Hercyn self-released the twenty-four minute epic "Magda," covering black metal passages with waves of melodic guitars, thunderous drums and cacophonous synths.

Hercyn now emerges with newest vision entitled "Dust and Ages," consisting of four tracks of progressive black metal that move beyond the established blueprint set by "Magda." The Hercynian stylings remain progressive and ambient, but the boundaries imposed by style or namesake have been pushed further.

Tracked during the midsummer of MMXV, engineer Tony Stanziano (also Hercyn's bassist) captured and cast into stone Hercyn's energies like never before. "Dust and Ages" will be released officially on September 11 on compact disc, cassette, and digital format. The full track listing is:

1. Dust
2. Of Ruin
3. Storm Before the Flood
4. Shining
5. Echoes
6. Waves
7. Wash Away
8. Onward and Outward
9. Ages More...

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Abhorrent Decimation Unveils Album Artwork

Death metal quintet Abhorrent Decimation recently revealed the title and release date for debut album, "Miasmic Mutation." Today the U.K. based outfit unveil artwork and a trailer giving fans a very first and snippet of audio from the album - check it out below.

The band enlisted renowned Swedish artist Pär Olofsson (Bloodshot Dawn, Exodus, Hour Of Penance, Revocation) to complete the artwork for "Miasmic Mutation." Vocalist Ashley Scott comments:

"I had the name for the record a LONG time ago. As early as July 2014 I knew I wanted the record to be called 'Miasmic Mutation' and I think originally I wanted something orange; super bright and obnoxious, something to juxtapose the look of the 'Infected Celestial Utopia' EP. Writing was taking shape but slowly, I figured getting the art done would not only drive things forward in the project but I thought it would also force me into a place of inspiration for the concept and lyrics.

"I considered a few people for the job, I mailed Pär first off but was also talking with Seth Siro and a few other artists to see who was up for the project. Truly I got the best vibe from Pär, not to mention his huge back catalogue of amazing art; coincidentally most of which adorns some my favourite death metal records.

"So once we got the small stuff out the way, we moved onto the concept. He asked for some very loose direction on the piece, which totally worked for me as I wanted him to have as much creative head room as possible. I think I shared three images with him, one of an icy landscape, one of an ominous cloud and then finally I sent him the Gustave Doré print 'Satan.' I explained that I could see a vast icy landscape full of frozen bodies, and that I wanted a huge split in the ice to break up the landscape compositionally. From the horizon or split I wanted the 'Miasmic Mutation' to be taking form. More...

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My Dying Bride Streaming New Track

Current Decibel Magazine cover star My Dying Bride has teamed up with the magazine for an exclusive limited flexi disc featuring the unreleased song "Hollow Cathedra." Today you can hear the track below, and you can also snag the flexi in the October issue of Decibel.

My Dying Bride's latest opus and 12th full studio album, "Feel the Misery," is set for release on September 18 via Peaceville Records.

The band commented: "Contained within are all the grandeur and mastery of the melancholic one would expect to find on a recording from this group of musicians. The crushing of hearts and the solemn farewells to friends and lovers twinned with the destruction of flesh and the passions of cruelty are laid neatly for the listener to devour and savor. Eight new compositions detailing the path of life through dark doors and the burdens we all must endure simply to make it to the end, My Dying Bride have returned with a foreboding new album which may enlighten, delight and consume the soul in one epic sitting."

The full track listing is as follows:

1. And My Father Left Forever (streaming here)
2. To Shiver in Empty Halls
3. A Cold New Curse
4. Feel the Misery
5. A Thorn of Wisdom
6. I Celebrate Your Skin
7. I Almost Loved You
8. Within a Sleeping Forest More...

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Children Of Bodom Performs With 100 Guitarists

Last Friday, Children of Bodom's guitar superstar Alexi “Wildchild“ Laiho played a really special show: he went on stage with an army of 100 guitar heroes and presented a song he wrote for this one evening.

These guitarists were joined by Alexi's band mates Jaska Raatikainen on drums and Janne Wirman on keyboards. This once-in-a-lifetime event took place at the Senate Square in Helsinki as part of the opening of Helsinki Festival. Check out video from the event below.

In support of the upcoming record "I Worship Chaos" (out October 2, 2015 via Nuclear Blast), Alexi and Janne will be available for answering questions in a live fan Q&A next Tuesday, August 25, at 8am PST / 11am EST at this location. More...

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A Breach Of Silence Posts Acoustic Video

Australia's A Breach Of Silence has turned off the distortion to premiere a new music video for an acoustic rendition of the song "Vultures." The video features footage shot while on tour, and memorable moments of the band hanging out with fans before and after shows.

“The acoustic version of 'Vultures' is something we have been wanting to record for quite some time now. We really wanted to do something special for our fans to show what they mean to us,” states guitarist Mat Cosgrove. “We believe the feel and emotion of this acoustic version really brings that to the table.”

Lead vocalist Rhys Flannery continues, “As musicians, we want people to see that we’re not just another metal band. This acoustic version of Vultures shows people that we can do things differently, think out of the box, and show another side of the band which people didn’t previously know existed.” More...

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Texas In July Reveals Final North American Shows

Having recently wrapped up the band's last European shows and releasing a final music video (available below), Texas In July has now revealed dates for the band's farewell North American tour before disbanding.

Texas In July originally formed in 2007 and signed to Equal Vision Records in 2010 - the band is is currently comprised of JT Cavey (vocals), Adam Gray (drums), Chris Davis (guitar), and Benjamin Witkowski (bass).

Witkowski, one of the band's founding members, shares: "We have all been patiently waiting the arrival of this announcement. This November/December is going to be an absolute blast, making a trip around North America one last time as TIJ. We are all very excited to spend time with fans/friends from all over during this last tour. Just a few more months til the first gig of the last gigs, see you all there!"

Chris Davis adds: "Having something that has encompassed so much of our lives for so many years come to an end is not easy, but we are very excited to have one last round of wild shows with all of the fans that made this adventure possible for us. We'll be playing songs from every album in the band's catalogue, some that haven't been played in years, or ever at all! Come help us make this last tour one that we will remember for the rest of our lives!" More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Talks Weed With High Times

The Black Dahlia Murder has a fond appreciation for cannabis culture, and front-man Trevor Strnad now gives us all a very in-depth look into his favorite strains (unsurprisingly including Black Dahlia), best culture spots around the world and why green is good in a new interview with High Times here.

The band also dropped a new track titled “Threat Level Number Three,” which is available below and comes off upcoming full-length album "Abysmal," due out September 18 via Metal Blade Records.

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Swallow The Sun Releasing Triple Album

After signing with Century Media, Swallow The Sun has announced the band's upcoming release will be a triple album entitled "Songs From The North I, II & III."

The Finnish sextet’s last album, "Emerald Forest And The Blackbird" (reviewed here), was released in winter 2012; come November 2015, the long wait between recordings will finally be over.

Main songwriter and guitarist Juha Raivio comments on the triple album concept: “Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern day and age...Many will say it's madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs. This should never turn into a shallow fast food industry where music is only downloaded one song at a time.

"These albums hold life, death, gloom, beauty and despair in their deepest levels and forms. The three chapters are different but connected, one long journey through these songs written up here in the North. Music is holy, albums are holy. See you on the other side, friends.”

Stay tuned for more news about "Songs From The North I, II & III" coming soon.

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Flesh Of The Earth Parts With Guitarist

Flesh Of The Earth has issued the following statement online via Facebook about parting ways with the band's guitar player:

"Tonight I have the misfortune of announcing that Dale Clough, our guitarist, has decided to leave Flesh Of The Earth. With commitments in life, it has become too difficult for him to balance the band and everything else in life.

"Right now we are focusing on Dale's last show, which will be at the Bendigo Hotel this Friday. So this is certainly one not to miss, as it may be our last show for a long while."

To hear some Flesh Of The Earth music, check out the band's "Mangrove" single at this location. More...

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Gorguts Finishing Work On Single-Track Album

In a new interview with Metal Injection conducted at Heavy Montreal, Luc Lemay revealed that Gorguts is almost done with the follow-up to 2013's "Colored Sands" (reviewed here).

According to Luc, the album will be a single track opus. When asked about progress on new material, Lemay responded:

"[Bassist] Colin Marston and [guitarist] Kevin Hufnagel, when they come over for gigs, we like to spend more days working on material. The new record, besides lyrics, everything is written. The music is finished, let’s say 98%. We’re into the minor detail phase, which we stop every two seconds and go 'minor detail, what about this and this.'

"The new record is going to be a single track… one long song. I’ve been wanting to do that for a long, long time. After hearing Porcupine Tree’s 'The Incident,' Meshuggah’s 'I,' the Deathspell Omega EPs, I said I really wanted to get into this compositional exercise, to get one big movement, and I think it’s pretty good. I can’t wait to share it with the crowd and that’s going to be a lot of fun to play live." More...

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Insomnium Cancels Tour

After recently having to replace two members for live shows, Insomnium has now issued the following statement about cancelling upcoming European tour dates:

"First of all, we like to start thanking all of you for your continued support during these dark times. You have welcomed Mike Bear and Nick Cordle with open arms and because of you and headstrong Markus’s the U.S. tour is still going as strong as ever. For this we are eternally grateful.

"However due to unfortunate circumstances, we have no choice but to cancel the planned Eastern European tour. We hope we can rebook this tour in the future and come and play our hearts out for you as soon as possible. We are truly sorry for this but the current situation is beyond us.

"In other note, we will be playing three-gig tour in Belarus and Russia in November (5-7.11) and all the booked one-off shows including Metal Hammer awards gig in Berlin (18.9), Geiselwind Christmas Bash (11.12) and 70000Tons of metal cruise in next February. We’ll be back in full strength before you know it."

Niilo comments: "I've spent the past weeks in a hospital with my family. We've had some positive news but it's not yet clear how much time we need to spend here during the coming months. It's obvious that I can't do any longer tours at least for the rest of the year. I hope that I can get back to touring as soon as possible and we’ll be able to play in all these countries in the future."

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Battlecross Streaming Full New Album

Motor City thrashers Battlecross will release third album "Rise To Power" this Friday via Metal Blade Records. But you don't have to wait until Friday - check out the full album stream below.

"Rise to Power" was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

From August 21st through August 24th, Battlecross will play a handful of CD release shows, before joining up with GWAR and Butcher Babies for a North American tour kicking off August 25 in Millvale, PA and wrapping up September 18 in Rochester, NY. More...

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Zardonic Releases Heaviest Dance Track Ever

International metal EDM producer Zardonic just released the single "Against All Odds" off of his debut album on eOne Music, "Antihero." Check out the heaviest in dance music below.

The massive album boasts a collection of 26 tracks, including instrumental mixes as well as remixes from Voicians, The Outside Agency, Evol Intent, Heavygrinder, Darksiderz, Esparta, Dub Elements, Counterstrike, and Rusty K.

Zardonic also produced the NBC MMA World Series of Fighting main theme, which can be heard over here.

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Deathember Calls It Quits

Elias Ryen-Rafstedt from Deathember has issued the following announcement about the band calling it quits:

"It might not come to a surprise, but Deathember as a band has been put to sleep. I (Elias) am writing this as the last member left in this band.

"When we experienced a major line-up change in late 2014, me and Staffan decided to cool things down and think about how to proceed with this project. The result is that Staffan decided to leave Deathember to focus entirely on music production and recording at his new studio.

"This leaves me here. After 7 years with different lineups but the core always being me and Staffan, the only right thing to do is to end here. I can't say for sure that Deathember won't be playing again ever. But for now and the foreseeable future, the band will be dead.

"A huge thanks to everyone who's been coming out to our shows, tours, buying merch and supporting us over the years. We will never forget.

"The Swedish Groove metal will continue to thrive in other projects, i'll make sure of that. RIP 2008-2015." More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Premieres "Ending Created"

Over the last several months, dual drum outfit Walking Corpse Syndrome has been dropping a series of tracks from upcoming album "Human Delusion."

Today we're stoked to bring you another exclusive look at the quickly approaching full-length, due to drop on September 25, 2015. Check out "Ending Created" below and be sure to let us know what you think.

While the song is streaming online today, the single will be available for download at Bandcamp here starting August 21. "Ending Created" takes Walking Corpse Syndrome in a new, thrashier direction while still retaining the stomping groove that the band has shown on the other two singles from "Human Delusion."

If you missed them, be sure to also listen in to the previously released tracks "Angel Flesh" and "Apocalypse" before the new album drops.

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Circle II Circle Announces New Album Details

Following the impressive main stage performance of Zak Stevens with Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra in front of 80,000 people at Wacken Festival 2015 in Germany, Zak and his band Circle II Circle announced details about the upcoming new album "Reign Of Darkness."

EarMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage albums like "Edge Of Thorns," "The Wake of Magellan" and "Dead Winter Dead" (true milestones of hard rock and metal and some of the biggest charts metal successes in the 90's) and Circle II Circle albums such as "Seasons Will Fall" alike.

"Reign of Darkness," is set to be released on October 16th, 2015.

Circle II Circle is a band that has been reinventing themself through the years, but maintaining that signature sound that fans around the world love – “Reign Of Darkness” is no exception to that attitude, bringing out the very best, Circle II Circle has to offer. Needless to say, that "Reign Of Darkness" overshadows what has been done before.

"You might say that 'Reign of Darkness' represents a musical reinvention for us, but the minute you hear each song you know right away that it‘s CIIC. We wanted to pay homage to the past, but we also wanted to create a musical renaissance within our genre that is fresh and energetic. This is an album that will positively pave the way for our future" commented Stevens. More...

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Ghost Machinery Signs With Pure Legend Records

Finnish power metal act Ghost Machinery, featuring Burning Point drummer Jussi Ontero and guitarist Pete Ahonen (on guitars/vocals here), signed a worldwide deal with Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel.

The band is working on the follow up to the 2010 release "Out for Blood." More news is expected soon. More...

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Teramaze Releases Preview Clip Of "Her Halo"

Australian progressive metal act Teramaze posted a preview clip of the new album "Her Halo," featuring behind the scenes footage and interview segments surrounded by segments of the new album. "Her Halo," which is due out October 30, 2015. Pre-orders are online now at this location, and the "Her Halo" track listing is as follows:

1. An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento)
2. To Love, a Tyrant
3. Her Halo
4. Out of Subconscious
5. For the Innocent
6. Trapeze
7. Broken
8. Delusions of Grandeur

Check out the clip here: More...

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Denner/Shermann Posts "Satan's Tomb" EP Preview

Mercyful Fate guitar Legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann released a preview clip of the debut EP "Satan's Tomb" under the moniker Denner/Shermann. The offering is that of supremely classic heavy metal infused with an overload of the duo's signature, dark magic shredding. Check it out in the player below.

Joining the pair is ex-King Diamond/ex-Sabaton drummer Snowy Shaw, Demonica bassist Marc Grabowski (Demonica) and Cage/Death Dealer vocalist Sean Peck. Denner commented: "Creating these songs with this line up really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing." Shermann added: "This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume."

Peck commented: "Being invited to collaborate with these two guys who had such a profound, major impact on my indoctrination to metal, has been absolutely killer! And now we are continuing to write more material for a full length release too. My mind is officially blown!"

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The cover artwork (shown below0 was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on Mercyful Fate's iconic "Melissa" and "Don't Break the Oath" is well known throughout the metal world.

The track listing for "Satan's Tomb" is as follows:

1. Satan's Tomb
2. War Witch
3. New Gods
4. Seven Skulls More...

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Weeping Silence Reveals Cover Art For New LP

Maltese gothic-doom metal outfit Weeping Silence revealed the cover art for the long awaited fourth studio effort "Opus IV Oblivion," it's first since joining the Massacre Records roster earlier this year. The album is set to drop on October 23rd.

The artwork (shown below) was designed by Darkgrove (Delain, Stratovarius, Sirenia, Manowar), and is inspired by the tomb art at the co-cathedral of Malta. The cover is laden with meaning and intricately woven with the album's lyrical themes.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Oblivion - Darkness In My Heart Anno XV
2. Ivy Thorns Upon The Barrow
3. Eyes Of The Monolith
4. Hidden From The Sun
5. In Exile
6. Stormbringer
7. Transcending Destiny
8. Bury My Fairytale
9. Gothic Epitaph More...

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From The Hellmouth Premieres Entire New Album

Hailing from Cleveland brutal death metal outfit From The Hellmouth premieres its entire self-titled debut full-length album, which is set for release on August 28 via Redefining Darkness Records.

Check out now "From The Hellmouth" below.

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Gorepunch (ex-System Divide) Premieres New Song

Cleveland's Gorepunch featuring ex-members of System Divide and Mike Heller of Malignancy and Fear Factory, premieres a new track titled "Wait for Me to Reload", taken from the band's upcoming debut album "Give 'Em Hell", which will be released August 25, 2015 via Seeing Red.

You can now check out "Wait for Me to Reload" below.

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