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Metal News for August 20, 2013

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Defunct Releases New Music Video

Romanian act Defunct has released a new music video for the track "The Boy With The Marble Eye," which can be viewed below. Check out more music and info on Defunct by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Trouble Recruits New Bassist

Metal legends Trouble have announced the recruitment of new bassist Rob Hultz, who is to debut on an upcoming Fall Tour.

On the eve of the European release of latest studio album The Distortion Field (reviewed here), Trouble has made a permanent addition to the band line-up with the hiring of bass player Rob Hultz. The following press release was issued:

"Hultz is no stranger to the heavy metal, hard rock, and doom metal genres as his lengthy music resume boasts. While still in high school, he joined an East Coast hardcore band called Social Decay which served as his introduction to recording and touring. After a decade, he left with the guitar player to form the doom metal band Godspeed and was signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and produced by Rachel Bolan of Skid Row. The band was represented by Gloria Butler Management and toured with iconic bands such as Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, and Cathedral, to name just a few. More...

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War From A Harlots Mouth Going On Hiatus

War From A Harlots Mouth recently checked in with the following announcement about going on "indefinite hiatus:"

"Today we are writing to all of you with some bad news. You might have heard the rumors or read some press releases and they are right, but only to an extend: WFAHM is going into an INDEFINITE HIATUS at the end of the year.

"There are a lot of reasons for us to make that move and believe me when I say that it's not an easy decision. But it feels like it's something we just have to do at this point. The last 7.5 years have been awesome for the most part and we're grateful for all the experiences and new friends we have made while travelling the world to show people what we're all about. We have toured places we never thought we'd get to see, such as Australia, Russia, almost the entire USA and all across Europe of course. We have made friends for life on the road. We have grown immensely as musicians and turned this band into something we are very proud of.

"Being in this band has been a great experience for each and everyone of us and it took us to places and opened up doors we couldn't even dream of. Being that the band started as a side project, we always stuck to the original spirit of making music that was outside of the box and therefor survived much longer than a lot of bands who were trying to be a part of certain hypes. We never cared for that, we just wanted to do our own thing and feel like we have achieved that. We want to thank everyone who's involvement made it possible for us to do what we do... you most definitely know who you are.

"The scene we're a part of used to be an inspiring subculture but has turned into an abortion of mainstream accessibility, with choreographies on stage and cute little matching outfits. It's frustrating to witness and really makes it less fun to go out and play with new bands sometimes. However, this is not a breakup, it's a hiatus. Sooner or later we might find the urge to come back and slay! More...

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Mouth Of The South Posts Tour Video

Mouth of the South is currently pounding the Southern United States pavement alongside Kublai Khan and Altars on the Random Acts of Kindness Tour.

The Texas hardcore outfit has partnered with NewNoiseMagazine.com to share their tour shenanigans and backstage hijinks. This is the first of three tour diary videos that fans can enjoy as the tour starts to near its end this month. Check it out below.

You can also stream the band's new album "Transparency" over at this location.

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Fuck The Facts Announces New Shows

Fuck The Facts will be embarking on a tour of the Canadian Maritimes in September, as well as making the band’s first ever appearance in Newfoundland. Dates are as follows:

09/17 Fredericton, NB at The Capital
09/18 Halifax, NS at Gus’ Pub
09/20 St. John’s, NL at Distortion
09/21 St. John’s, NL at Distortion
09/23 Charlottetown, PE at Baba’s Lounge
09/24 Moncton, NB at The Caveau

Before the tour, Fuck the Facts will be playing two shows with Rochester tech-metal band Psyopus, including an appearance at the Southern Ontario Metalfest with Dying Fetus. Dates are as follows:

08/23 Oshawa, ON at The Atria
08/24 Hamilton, ON at The Southern Ontario Metalfest (Club Absinthe) More...

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The Infinite Staircase Releases Lyric Video

The Infinite Staircase, the band comprised of brothers Lenny & Jeff Cerzosie, has released a lyric video for the new single "The Things We've Done." The clip was created by the band's longtime friend and fellow musician Tony D'Antuono and can be viewed below.

The single features guest performances by Sevendust's Morgan Rose and Lajon Witherspoon in addition to Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Chris Caffery and Cycle Of Pain's Troy Cromwell.

"The Things We've Done" marks The Infinite Staircase's first single since February's Top 30 Mainstream Rock Radio single "The Pride," which features Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) & John "JD" DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain).

To coincide with the release of this video, the band has finally announced an official release date for the "No Amends" EP. On October 15th, 2013 "No Amends" will be released via Vanity Music Group/The Infinite Staircase, Inc.

"No Amends" was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey. It was mixed by House Engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Panic! at the Disco) at Sterling Sound in New York City. More...

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Ephemeros Streaming Full New Album

In celebration of its official unveiling today via Seventh Rule Recordings, Revolver Magazine is streaming "All Hail Corrosion," the latest offering from Portland funeral doomists Ephemeros. Check out the album below.

"All Hail Corrosion" was tracked and mixed by Fester (Atriarch, Stoneburner) at Haywire Studios, mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, and bestows its listeners with forty traumatic minutes of measured depressive harmonies, soul-crushing growls, and haunting chants centered around the imminent decay of humanity. More...

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Eyes Set To Kill Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Eyes Set To Kill will release "Masks" next month on Century Media Records and with the release of the first single, "Infected," the four members of the Arizona rock outfit have been hard at work shooting a video for the song.

A sneak peek of the video is available online and can be found below, while the full clip will premiere next month. Catch Eyes Set To Kill live:

8/21 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy, with Butcher Babies
9/21 Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern, with Halestorm More...

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Zorormr Issues Album Update

Zorormr has issued the following update about recording for an upcoming new album:

"As promised here is the big announcement: Icanraz has recorded drumz for Zorormr's third album! All those recordings were made in the Polish legendary Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, and many others). The drumz are 100% pure and live with no sampling, a true masterpiece of old school high quality recording. Stay tuned for more info about it in the first part of the studio diary to be delivered in September!"

Here is what Icanraz had to say: "I've just recorded the drums for the new Zorormr album. What is Zorormr? It's HARD! This time I had the pleasure of doing it in Hertz Studio. Many good has been said about Wieslawski Bros. work so I won't repeat myself. The final effect kicks ass!"

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Self Defense Family Posts New Track Online

Verbicide Magazine premieres "The Bomber Will Always Get Through," the third and final track from Self Defense Family's upcoming new EP, The Corrections Officer In Me, out August 27th on Family Drugs.

Check out the track, along with "It's Not Good For The Man To Be Alone" and "Pop Song Written On The Automall," in the player below. The following press release was also issued:

"The Bomber Will Always Get Through is a seven-minute meditation, built on a hypnotic bassline and metronomic beat, intensified by distant guitar textures and frontman Patrick Kindlon's slow-building tale about the day he fell off his bike: 'Fell off my bike / Struck my head to the curb / Bad for my hairline / Great for self-worth...' The song evokes the world-weary post-hardcore of Dischord Records legends like Fugazi and Lungfish.

"The ever-unpredictable Self Defense Family, formerly known as End Of A Year, features an evolving lineup of anywhere from three to ten members, hailing from all across the US and UK. Records have been recorded across the globe, from Iceland to Jamaica to the Bay Area, and released on many various labels, including Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex Records, and now, Family Drugs.

"Frontman Kindlon also fronts the band Drug Church, co-owns Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, and runs a comic book press.

"The Corrections Officer In Me was written and recorded in one 24-hour period with producer Sam Pura, creator of 'The Waiting Room' series, which has featured live performances by Touche Amore, Loma Prieta, and many more. Pura is also co-owner of Family Drugs (with Twelve Gauge Records boss Jihad Rabah), the label on which the EP sees its release on August 27th. Family Drugs releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution." More...

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Periphery Announces "This Tour Is Personal"

Periphery will put the wraps on the most successful year of the band's career with a monstrous North American headlining tour.

The "This Tour Is Personal" trek, sponsored by Jackson Guitars, ToonTrack, Guitar World ,and All In Merch, kicks off on October 11th and also features Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Dates are available below.

Misha Mansoor (guitars) states: “We have been having a hard time keeping the details of our upcoming headlining tour package under-wraps because of how excited we are about it. This is mainly because for this trek we will be joined by Born of Osiris, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja. We felt that having those three bands would add some nice variety, virtuosity and of course virility to the package.

“We will be doing some different tiered VIP packages for this headliner as well, with more specific details on those in the coming weeks. You should make it out to a show because we have not one, but two, Australian bands on this package and we all know what a rarity that is. Also, this will be the last tour on this current album cycle for us, so we won't be back around for awhile. See ya there.” More...

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Revocation Posts "Invidious" Video

Boston metallers Revocation are stoked to premiere the video for their song "Invidious." The video was shot by David Brodsky (Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, Kylesa) at a sold out hometown show and can be found below.

Revocation's fourth album was released two weeks ago and can be streamed in its entirety right here. You can also read our recent interview with the band at this location. More...

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Hemorrhaging Elysium Posts Lyric Video

Death grind band Hemorrhaging Elysium has a lyric video out now for the track "Filth," which is taken off the upcoming album "Degrading Mortality," due for release on November 12th, 2013. Watch the clip below.

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Death Angel Announces New Album Track Listing

Three years have passed since the release of Death Angel’s crushing "Relentless Retribution." Now the Bay Area veterans have returned with yet another visceral slice of thrash. "The Dream Calls For Blood" was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White.

"We are excited to reveal the track list of our upcoming release, The Dream Calls For Blood," commented guitarist Rob Cavestany. "As we speak I’m about to board my flight home from 3 incredible shows in England, Belgium and Holland - after 3+ years of constant touring for our last album, Relentless Retribution. At last the cycle has ended with our insanely hot and wild gig in Rotterdam last night! This means we begin the next phase, which is preparing to tour for the new record; it all kicks off in October! By looking at the song titles I guess it's obvious that angst and struggle is still a major part of our reality. Thankfully we have this outlet to vent and release aggression. That way we remain the happiest band in Thrash! (laughs) Hope these song titles intrigue you."

The album will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Europe), October 14th (UK) and October 15th (North America). Fans will be able to purchase a standard jewelcase version of the album or digipak edition that includes a bonus track and bonus DVD.

1. Left For Dead
2. Son of the Morning
3. Fallen
4. The Dream Calls for Blood
5. Succubus
6. Execution - Don’t Save Me
7. Caster Of Shame
8. Detonate
9. Empty
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust

Digipak Bonus
11. Heaven And Hell

Bonus DVD
The Making Of "The Dream Calls For Blood" More...

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Stonegriff Reveals "Prologus Magicus" Details

The first album of the Swedish doomsters Stonegriff, "Prologus Magicus," will be released on August 30th via Metal on Metal Records. The label comments:

"With a vintage sound, which is both heavy and dark, organic and vivid, their debut brings crushing riffs, and vocals with a particularly wide rage and tons of charisma. Their music is relatively simple and therefore effective - this band gets straight to the point. Stonegriff can be best compared to Krux, while it's rather obvious that their main influence are the forefathers of the genre, Black Sabbath. Fans of Trouble, Pentagram, Candlemass, Nomad Son, Spiritus MOrtis, and Las Cruces should dig them too."

A promo clip for the "Prologus Magicus" album (featuring a fragment of "Devil's Daughter" song) can be found below, while three full songs, "Black Magic Circle," "Mercenary Bay," and "Impossible" are available for streaming at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. Black Magic Circle
2. Secrets of Your Soul
3. Mercenary Bay
4. For Madmen Only
5. Impossible
6. Black Snow
7. Devil's Daughter
8. In the World that You Rule

The album cover was created by Chilean artist Santiago Caruso (who recently did the artwork for Chilean band Pentagram's "The Malefice" CD). Pre-orders are available at this location. More...

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Nomad Sun Releasing "The Darkening"

On August 30th, Metal on Metal Records will release the 3rd studio album of Nomad Son, the traditional doom metal band from Malta formed in 2006 by Albert Bell of Forsaken.

"The Darkening" brings high-octane doom metal combined with '70s hard rock and classic heavy metal. The label states: "Those who associate doom only with slow tempos may be in for a surprise a few times listening to this album. But those who are familiar with the band know what they can expect: recognizable style with versatility of moods and tempos, unique vocals and ominous soundscapes created by Hammonds."

Three songs off the album, "The Devil's Banquet," "The Darkening," and "Descent to Hell" are available for streaming at the Metal on Metal Records website.

The artwork was painted by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (who's also the author of the previous covers from Nomad Son, Attacker, Exodus, Witchburner, Forsaken, Meliah Rage, Manilla Road, Deceased, Arkham Witch and others). The album's track listing is:

1. Light Bearer
2. Age of Contempt
3. The Devil's Banquet
4. Only the Scars
5. Descent to Hell
6. The Darkening
7. Caligula
8. The Orphaned Crown
9. Epilogue More...

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Dying Fetus To Headline Denver Black Sky

On Saturday, December 14th at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ in Denver, CO, death metal powerhouse Dying Fetus will be headlining Denver Black Sky.

Denver Black Sky is a metal festival curated by Skinless and ex-Enemy Reign frontman Sherwood Webber. Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday August 24th at 10:00 AM and can be purchased here.

Dying Fetus will play a string of Canadian tour dates beginning later this week. This run also includes select dates in the U.S. The tour will run through September 3rd in Providence, RI.

The band will be on a headlining North American tour presented by Metal Sucks and Converse, which kicks off October 5th in Wilmington, NC and runs through November 2nd in Springfield, VA. The tour features support from label mates Exhumed as well as Waking the Cadaver (10/4-10/19), Abiotic and Rivers of Nihil (10/26-11/2). More...

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Julius Seizure Streaming New EP

New Jersey based Julius Seizure is now releasing sophomore EP "Trials." The EP features all new material with new vocalist Charlie Corletta.

"Trials" was recorded and engineered by the band's guitarist Steve Toth and mixed/mastered by Kevin Anteeassian at Backroom Studios. Although an Ttunes release has been temporarily delayed, "Trials" can be purchased on the band's official website or streamed below.

Julius Seizure also just released the first single and music video "Second Coming." The video directed by Jonathan Robertson of P1 Digital Media can be found right here. The band will be celebrating the release of "Trials" with an official record release show at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ August 24th.

1. The Chance
2. Trials
3. TMSNEV
4. Sixth And Falling
5. Second Coming More...

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Tiger Flowers Wrapping Up New Album

As work on the band's debut album nears completion, New York City's Tiger Flowers is preparing for a short tour of the Eastern U.S. Joining on all dates will be Long Island shredders Johnny Booth.

Tiger Flowers' set list will consist of old favorites as well as songs off the upcoming full-length, including "Cruisin' Til the Wheels Fall Off" which can be heard right here.

Sept 5 - Ithaca, NY @ Just Be Cause
Sept 6 - Jamestown, NY @ Jamestown Skate Products
Sept 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Sept 8 - Chicago, IL @ Grand Bar
Sept 9 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th St Pub
Sept 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Sept 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Arts Space
Sept 12 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's
Sept 13 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
Sept 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory

Tiger Flowers' as-yet-untitled full-length debut was engineered and mixed by Eliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and is being mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation). No label has yet been announced to release the album.

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Hyperborean Posts Lyric Video

Over the months of April and May 2013, Swedish act Hyperborean entered Endarker Studio to record sophomore album, "Mythos of the Great Pestilence," which will be released later this year by Abyss Records.

A lyric video for the track "The Great Pestilence" can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Hail Dystopia
2. The Great Pestilence
3. Bring Forth the Dead Man
4. The Slaves of the World
5. Änglamakerskan Hilda Nilsson
6. On the Nature of Mankind
7. Ethics of the Conqueror
8. The New Paradigms Outcasts

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Nocturnal Graves Reveals Album Details

After a three-year hiatus, Nocturnal Graves return from a morbid slumber with "...From the Bloodline of Cain," set for international release on November 12th through Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was also issued:

"Before breaking up in 2010, Nocturnal Graves was at the forefront of a fertile Australian underground metal scene that ably mainlined the best elements of black, death, and thrash.

"With '...From the Bloodline of Cain,' the Oz commando show that their first run was no fluke, and are back with a bloody vengeance. In many ways, Nocturnal Graves' present can be best described as the perfect synthesis of ancient South American and German styles - fierce and fiery, incensed and enraged, and eternally thrusting with violence & force - but with a immediately ingraining songwriting acumen that's second to none. These songs will get in your head, and FAST, and compel you to destroy everything/anything within striking range: this is ...From the Bloodline of Cain!"

The track listing is:

1. Promethean War
2. Slave Annihilation
3. The Conqueror's Flame
4. Ascension Through Lucifer's Might
5. Through the Devil's Flesh
6. Iron Command
7. The Great Adversary
8. ...From the Bloodline of Cain More...

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Touche Amore Releases Live Video

Touche Amore played "Is Survived By" in its entirety to support the Bridgetown DIY space in La Puente, CA. Footage of the band performing the track "DNA" at the show is now avaialble online and can be found below.

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Withem Reveals "The Point Of You" Details

Sensory today unveils the details for the pending debut full-length "The Point Of You" from Norwegian progressive quintet Withem, scheduled for release early this Fall.

Ahead of the release date, which Sensory now confirms as October 8th, today Dead Rhetoric is hosting a stream of the track "Burned By Senses." Check it out below. The label also comments:

"The Point Of You was harnessed over countless hours in the studio, each member of Withem focusing all of their energy and talents on immaculately perfecting their individual contributions, perfecting their world class blend of metal. The band's passion and dedication put forth is obvious on the nearly fifty-minute opus, Withem's gripping, melody-driven songs avoiding clichés and pitfalls of overly dramatic instrumental sections and sheer senseless, complexity, and instead centering the songs on creative interplay between musicians, and the unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wageniusgives the band a much-needed distinctive touch to tackle the overcrowded progressive metal scene.

"The Point Of You was produced and mixed by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at his own Lionheart Studio, boasting powerful and bombastic production values with enough raw moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts. The production values will certainly please even the audiophile listeners out there." More...

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Ringworm Posts New Track "Bleed"

Cleveland's Ringworm has teamed up with Metalsucks.net to stream the title track to the new 3 song 10" titled "Bleed." Check out the track below.

"Bleed" will be released September 17th via Relapse Records and features three brand new songs, including a "Discharge" cover. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Ringworm will hit the road this fall for a tour with label-mates Howl and Call of the Void. These dates kick off October 1st in Albany, NY and runs through October 12th in Akron, OH. More...

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Dichotomy Streaming "Polarity"

Irish melodic/tech death quintet Dichotomy has posted a new song titled "Polarity," following the release of debut album "Paradigms" last week. Give it a listen below.

"Paradigms is about a multiple of things." comments lead guitarist Steven 'Rats' Rahaman. "The 5 of us wanted to get together and write music that we would be happy to listen to ourselves. we all individually have a varied taste in music and style so the music we created had allot of contrast so the name Dichotomy was chosen. The lyrics themselves in Paradigms create a collection of dichotomies. So in a nutshell you could say that 'Paradigms' is about the band name which is about the music."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Empyrean
2. The Sentient Oppressed
3. All - Seeing Eye
4. Polarity
5. No Catharsis
6. Covenant Of The Forsworn
7. Alea Iacta Est
8. ...Of Strife Of Discord More...

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Jeff Olson Returns To The Skull

Jeff "Oly" Olson has joined forces again with The Skull, the band he formed with fellow original member of Chicago doom-metal legends Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and the band's longtime bassist Ron Holzner.

Olson states, "I know that I've mentioned that I wouldn't perform Troubles music anymore unless it's with the other original members, but I've had a change of heart. I want to rock again. Although I have been having a great time playing keys for In~Graved (led by former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin), I miss the drums and playing classic Trouble songs. I'm still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for The Skull too.

"In just a few short months, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary year for Trouble's debut record Psalm 9. Trouble guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin are having fun with their new record, and I had fun writing some intros for it, it's just that Eric, Ron, and myself want to jam too and celebrate our 30th anniversary as well with a tour and a new record. We've worked just as hard as Bruce and Rick over the years and we feel that we’ve earned the privilege to celebrate with the fans as well. There is no animosity between the two bands and we intend to keep it that way. More...

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Morton Posts Live Performance Video

Morton has posted a new live performance video online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:

"Finally, it is time to officially lift the curtain and give you a sneak peak on what's waiting for you on the new Morton album. And while we're going creative in the studio, you have the opportunity to check out the live version of one of our new songs - Divine Descent!

"Although, we can't call this song much of a spoiler. The upcoming album turns to be pretty diverse, and there is no way a single song could reveal the whole album's essence. Perhaps, Divine Descent is the most 'traditional' and old-school song among others - in a good way!

"Filming and recording took place at Rock'U festival, on the night between the 6th and the 7th of July. The idea to shoot a live video came to us just a couple of days before the show, thanks to the guys from PicOi for their initiative." More...

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Watain Streaming Full New Album

Swedish black metallers Watain have released their new album, "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here), today in North America. The entire album is now available for streaming online courtesy of the Century Media YouTube channel. Check out the stream below.

Watain is currently gracing the magazine covers of Decibel (USA), Terrorizer (UK), Metalized (DK), Rock Hard (DE), Scream (NO), Sweden Rock (SE), Rock Tribune (BE), and Metallian (FR).

You can see Watain live in North America this coming October, along with Tribulation and In Solitude. Dates for the tour are available right here. For more information on "The Wild Hunt," also be sure to read our interview with the band at this location.

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Katatonia Posts New Lyric Video

Katatonia has released a lyric video for the reworked version of "The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here," taken from the group's impending "Dethroned and Uncrowned" album.

The song originally appeared on Katatonia's 2012 release "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here), which has been reimagined on "Dethroned and Uncrowned."

The new version of the album will release September 10th in North America and will mark the band's first release on Kscope - sister label to Katatonia's longtime home Peaceville Records - to celebrate the label's fifth anniversary.

"Dethroned and Uncrowned" can be pre-ordered now at this locaiton. Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström commented: More...

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Týr Posts In Studio Footage For "Valkyrja"

Týr posted behind the scenes footage of the band recording the new release "Valkyrja" at Hansen Studios with famed producer Jacob Hansen. The album is due out via Metal Blade Records on September 13th (G/A/S), September 16th (EU) and September 17th (North America). The video features drummer George Kollias (Nile), who guest stars on the album along with Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes).

The track listing for "Valkyrja" is:

1. Blood of Heroes
2. Mare of My Night
3. Hel Hath No Fury
4. The Lay of Our Love
5. Nation
6. Another Fallen Brother
7. Grindavísan
8. Into the Sky
9. Fánar Burtur Brandaljóð
10. Lady of the Slain
11. Valkyrja
12. Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden Cover)
13. Cemetery Gates (Pantera Cover)

Check out the video here: More...

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Fates Warning Premieres New Track "Firefly"

Progressive metal act Fates Warning premiered the new track "Firefly" over at U.K.'s Classic Rock Magazine at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's upcoming new release (and first in a decade) "Darkness In a Different Light," which is scheduled for release on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via InsideOutMusic. It was produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and mixed by long time Fates Warning engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

The album will be available in the standard CD, as well as a 2CD Mediabook edition (Europe) and a Gatefold 2LP version with four bonus tracks.

Vocalist Ray Alder had the following comments about the song: "'Firefly' is very personal to me in more ways than one.... After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject, it just fit the mood. As for the subject, I'm pretty sure we've all felt this way at one time or another. Sometimes things just don't work out the way you think they would, but that's okay, that's part of life...We move on. Ironically, while recording "Firefly" in New Hampshire I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn't seen a single firefly for at least fifteen year since I had left my hometown of San Antonio TX, so I kinda took it as a sign, a sign of what, I don't know...
But very ironic nonetheless..."

The track listing for "Darkness In A Different Light" is as follows:

1. One Thousand Fires
2. Firefly
3. Desire
4. Falling
5. I Am
6. Lighthouse
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

Bonus Tracks:

1. Firefly (Extended)
2. Falling Further
3. One (Live)
4. Life In Still Water (Live)

Check out "Firefly" here: More...

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Epysode Announces Next Guest Vocalist

Belgian based Epysode announced the next in the string of guest musicians for the upcomign Epysode II album, expected out later this year via AFM Records. This time, the band has tapped Triosphere vocalist/guitarist Ida Haukland.

Haukland joins the previously named guests: Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund, DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni, Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond and MaYaN vocalist Henning Basse.

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Ektomorf Posts Additional In Studio Footage

Hungarian groove artists Ektomorf posted the fourth episode of "Ekotmorf TV," which is chronicling the recordings for the band's new album and follow up to 2012's "Black Flag." The title, date and track listing has not yet been announced, but the album is expected for release in 2014 via AFM Records.

In this episode, Zoltán Farkas lays down some of the vocal tracks. Check it out here:

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Ayreon Announces Guest Keyboardist

After revealing Nightwish's Marco Hietala in the first "guess the vocalist" video, Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, announced that keyboardist Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) will also guest on the forthcoming new release "The Theory of Everything." The album is due out later this year.

A video revealing his appearance can be seen here:

In addition, Lucassen also posted the second "guess the vocalist" video, which can be seen here: More...

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Vulture Industries Streaming New Track "The Hound"

Norweigian act Vulture Industries is streaming the new track "The Hound." The song appears on the forthcoming third release "The Tower," which drops on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Season of Mist.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Tower (see lyric video)
2. Divine - Appalling
3. The Hound
4. Blood On The Trail
5. The Dead Won't Mind
6. A Knife Between Us
7. The Pulse of Bliss
8. Sleepwalkers
9. Lost Among Liars

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