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Metal News for August 22, 2013

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Three Ring Circus

Crashdiet have released a music video for the song "Circus", the latest single from their recent album 'The Savage Playground.’ More...

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Darsombra Recovers Stolen Gear

Baltimore-based audio/visual duo Darsombra will proudly play a free show this Saturday, August 24th, in full gratitude to the local scene for helping the band recover a huge arsenal of stolen equipment.

Following a recent break-in burglary of the Darsombra abode -- the thieves getting away with guitars, computers, amps, visual equipment and more -- the word made it to the proper parties in time and citizens/musicians/friends of the band helped track down and recover nearly all of the lost gear.

In a recent band newsletter, the members simply stated: "Watch out, world!!! This show is FREE because WE LOVE YOU and wanna say THANK YOU for all the love we received after our home was burglarized. So come on out and let us say it in person."

If you're in the area, please come celebrate the duo celebrate and give thanks. Darsombra will perform at Windup Space and will be joined by friends Yeveto, Height, and The Immortal Jellyfish.

8/24/2013 Windup Space - Baltimore, MD

Darsombra is planning to tour the entire country in the Spring of 2014; fans are encouraged to contact the band if you want Darsombra to come to your town on this widespread trek. Stay tuned for more band updates over the coming months.

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Of Glaciers Disbanding

Chicago's Of Glaciers has posted the following announcement online about deciding to call it quits:

"This is something I had no idea that I'd be typing this soon in my life. Yesterday the band came to a group decision that Of Glaciers has ran its course.

"Its not something we decided lightly or without a clear mindset. Members have decided to move on with their lives leaving multiple holes that cannot possibly be filled.

"I just want to take the time to personally thank all the fans, bands we've played with, people who have let us sleep on their floor, fed us, and let our music into their lives. Every single one of you have made this experience a life changing one. One we will never forget. So thank you."

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Crucifer Announces Vinyl Release

Iron Bonehead Productions has announced October 1st as the release date for Crucifer's vinyl "Coffins Through Time...A Mourning in Nazareth." The following press release was issued:

"At long last, the entirety of Crucifer's recorded work during the dark, epochal 1990s is collected on double-LP vinyl. Entitled Coffins Through Time...A Mourning in Nazareth, this 2LP collection comprises Crucifer's four demos - Humans Are Such Easy Prey ('91), Crown of Thorns ('92), Unparalleled Majesty ('93), and By Disgrace of God ('93) - alongside their Powerless Against tape from '96 and the 'Trafficking With the Dead' split with Nunslaughter from '99.

"Long-running and well-respected in the metal underground, Crucifer perfected a twisted and morbid sort of death metal that maintained a blasphemous, blackened edge that band leader/founder Cazz Grant would then expand upon in UG legends Grand Belial's Key. Crucifer's lineups may have always been shifting, but their commitment to dark, deathly arts always remained firm, which can be heard in all evilness across Coffins Through Time...A Mourning in Nazareth, all of which has been powerfully remastered by P. Engel at Temple of Disharmony. Featuring a 16-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes, old photos, and flyers as well as an A2 poster and quintessential Chris Moyen cover art, this is the ultimate Crucifer collection and a tribute to ancient times."

1. The Cinerarium
2. Demons Of Filth
3. The Funeral
4. Exhumed Remains Of A Decayed Corpse
5. Portrait Of Blasphemy
6. Introduction + Massacremation of the Flock
7. Disembowelment Lunacy
8. Apocryphal Nativity
9. Soul Burial
10. Chime Of The Goat's Head
11. Sodomy of Angels
12. Spirits
13. Demons Of Filth
14. Something Wicked This Way
15. Portrait Of Blasphemy
16. A Mourning In Nazareth
17. Chime Of The Goat's Head
18. Fire And Brimstone
19. My Lord Of Swine
20. Foul Deeds Will Rise More...

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Northern Plague Recording Album

Poland's Northern Plague has issued the following announcement about recording an upcoming new album:

"Good news! We have started the recording session of our newest album 'Manifesto' and signed a contract with German label Folter Records.

"Release date is set for December 2013. For details go to our website here." More...

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OvO Announces New Album

The genre-collapsing OvO is pleased to announce the release of new album, "Abisso," on November 4th via the vessel of all things Italian and loud, Supernatual Cat Records. The following press release was issued about the band:

"The duo, made up of Bruno Dorella on a stripped back drum kit and Stefania Pedretti handling vocals and guitars, will be entering a thirteenth year together, showing no signs of relenting in the sonic exploration.

"OvO's live repertoire has seen them play everywhere from Europe to Mexico to Israel and everywhere in between alongside a host of sound-benders including Nadja, KK Null, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Rollerball, Thrones, SubArachnoidSpace, Zenigeva, Lightning Bolt, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Estradasphere, Steve Mc Kay, Trencher, Ludicra, Bill Horist, USA Is a Monster, White Mice, Bastard Noise, Zu, Larsen, Jarboe, and A Hawk and a Hacksaw.

"Having truly mastered the art of crafting sharp and incredibly loud dynamic noise, OvO's sound veers from bellyache sludge to simmering and shimmering compositions that ooze rock 'n' roll from punk-stained pores.

"Stay tuned for further OvO details in the coming weeks."

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Ulcerate Streaming "Weight Of Emptiness"

Loudwire is hosting a new track from "Vermis," the pending new album from Auckland, New Zealand's Ulcerate. Listen to the track below.

The fourth of the album's nine cataclysmic hymns, the volatile "Weight Of Emptiness" is its lengthiest, inundating the listener with over seven-and-a-half minutes of purely contorted, dissonant and suffocating death metal.

You can also check out the previously posted "Confronting Entropy" single over at this location. More...

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Cannabis Corpse To Re-Issue Four Releases

Season of Mist will re-issue American death metal act Cannabis Corpse's first four releases.

"Blunted at Birth," "Tube of the Resinated," "The Weeding," and "Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise" will hit the stores on September 27th in Europe.

All releases can already be pre-ordered on the Season of Mist e-shop. The digital editions are already available on all official download and streaming platforms. Cannabis Corpse's upcoming new album will be released next year on Season of Mist.

The re-issue track listing are as follows: More...

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Cronian Announces New Album Release

Back in May, Season of Mist welcomed progressive act Cronian to the label's Underground Activists division.

The Scandinavian band’s third album is entitled "Erathems" and has been scheduled for a November 8th release (November 12th in North America).

Cronian is none other than the union of Borknagar mastermind Øystein G. Brun with Mr. V, also known as Vintersorg, who also happens to be a key member of Borknagar.

The cover artwork and track listing for "Erathems" will be unveiled in a couple weeks. Further details are forthcoming. More...

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Archspire Announces Fall Shows

Up and coming technical death metal force Archspire (Tobi Morelli - Guitar; Spencer Prewett - Drums; Dean Lamb - Guitar; Jaron Evil - Bass & Vocals; Oli Peters - Vocals) has announced a fall Canadian headlining tour.

The band will criss-cross Canada for a month starting on September 20th in Victoria, BC and end in its hometown of Vancouver, BC on October 20th. The tour will also see Archspire joined by labelmates Beyond Creation as a headliner on select Ontario dates.

Archspire is currently finalizing the recording for a forthcoming Season of Mist debut at Vancouver's Rain City Recorders. The band recently released studio footage taken from the recording process, which can be viewed here. More...

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Metallica Announces Invitation-Only Performance

Sirius XM Radio announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21st at 8:30 pm ET.

Metallica will perform songs from the band's 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band’s limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the upcoming 3D feature film "Metallica Through The Never," which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27th and wide on October 4th.

"With historic performances from James Brown to B.B. King to Ray Charles and all that came before us, this will definitely be a memorable night for Metallica, our fans and those listening on SiriusXM," said guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Bassist Robert Trujillo added, "With its rich musical history the Apollo Theater and its legacy are totally unparalleled and we can't wait to perform there this September."

“Metallica is a band of unquestioned influence, whose body of work spans decades and whose musical style is literally a music genre unto itself,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We are so excited to bring this private performance only to our subscribers nationwide. Listeners will also have access to Mandatory Metallica, the channel we’ve created with the band to showcase their iconic music.” More...

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Six Minute Century Details New Album

Houston power rock/metal act Six Minute Century will release the new album "Wasting Time" on October 15th via Nightmare Records. Formed in the summer of 2004, the band has become one of the top power/prog bands in the area. Lead by guitarist Don LaFon (Krucible/Mystic Cross/Logan), the band fuses interesting rhythms with the grooves of more southern style metal and the soaring vocal melodies of Chuck Williams. Which in the end give you something sounding in the vein of Savatage/Dio/Kamelot, with the vocal style of Fates Warning/Dream Theater/TNT.

While all members of S.M.C. are technically proficient, the band does not fit the category of a band trying to impress with how many notes they can play. Rather Six Minute Century prefers to write songs with melody and most of all passion! Which has helped them garner a wider audience than many of today’s prog-metal bands. More...

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Neurosis To Play NecronomiCon

Fresh off a recent two-pronged European tour, Neurosis will congregate at a one-off performance in Providence, Rhode Island this Saturday, August 24th.

This special ceremony has been arranged as part of the city-wide NecronomiCon: a four-day convention exploring the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other past and present writers as an exploration of the intersection of science and art that lays at the foundation of the "Cthulhu Mythos" genre.

Neurosis will take the stage at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel to perform a massive set as part of the festivities, with support from avant/crushing solo act Lustmord. The early show opens with the 45-minute silent film, "The Call of Cthulhu."

8/24/2013 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI w/ Lustmord [5pm doors]

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Call Of The Void Posts "Abomination" Video

Today Denver's Call of the Void bring the ruckus with a video premiere of "Abomination," brought to you by Revolver. Check it out below. The tune is featured on the band's "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length which reared its menacing head via Relapse Records this past Spring.

The video serves as a teaser for Call of the Void's forthcoming run of live assaults. The beatings begin September 21st on the band's home turf and will run through October 22nd. The band will be joined by labelmates Ringworm and Howl as well as Withdrawal on select dates. Details can be found after the jump. More...

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UFO Updates North American Tour Schedule

British hard rock outfit UFO (recently covered in our Sunday Old School column) has confirmed the band will be returning to North America this Fall. Some of the previously announced dates have been changed and new shows have been added.

The tour now kicks off October 4th in Poughkeepsie, NY and is currently scheduled to wrap up October 23rd in Houston, TX. Frontman Phil Mogg commented on the upcoming tour:

"USA and Canada tour this October? Are we looking forward to it? Bet your socks we are. So bring your mates, loved ones, earplugs and hangover remedies. UFO will be delivering. See you there!"

UFO's latest studio album "Seven Deadly" is available now. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Felix Martin Posts "Viroliano" Playthrough

Known for his unique amalgam of progressive metal, jazz, fusion, funk, and world music in addition to his self-designed 14-string guitar, Felix Martin has unveiled another playthrough video featuring new material from his upcoming release, “The Scenic Album.”

You can watch and listen as Martin plays a sample from each chapter of the three-part song “Viroliano” in the video below.

Due for release on September 17th, “The Scenic Album” — which features acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) and bassist Nathan Navarro — is Martin’s Prosthetic studio debut and the follow-up to his 2012 release “Live in Boston.”

You can pre-order a bundle consisting of both albums along with an exclusive t-shirt design featuring Martin’s unique 14-string guitar at this location. More...

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Rotten Sound Releases "Peace" Video

Fresh off latest EP "Species At War," Rotten Sound has released a fan-made animated music video for the track “Peace” via MetalInjection.net.

The video was directed and animated by Janne Kauranen and can be viewed below.

The Finnish grind gods also previously released a lyric video for “Salvation” which can be viewed here. The group is currently writing a new full-length and follow-up to 2011's "Cursed." More...

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Dark Tranquillity Streaming Early EP

After releasing the "Construct" album earlier this year (reviewed here), Dark Tranquillity will be heading out on a North American tour with Omnium Gatherum in early 2014.

The band has also now checked in with this update about streaming a very early EP online:

"After having been out of print for years and unavailable through digital services, our 'Of Chaos And Eternal Night' MCD from 1994 is now available through our bandcamp site. It's our first recording with Mikael Stanne on vocals and will probably surprise a lot of people that mainly are familiar with our later material. Stay tuned for more re-issue info."

1. Of Chaos and Eternal Night 05:12
2. With the Flaming Shades of Fall 03:27
3. Away, Delight, Away 05:20
4. Alone '94 05:42 More...

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Death Announces New Tour Dates

After a North American tour and a performance at Neurotic Deathfest, Death: DTA will tour Europe for the first time.

The Death line up will consist of Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic) - guitar & vocals. The set list will feature most of the songs from the "Human" album plus other Death classics.

In 1998, "The Sound Of Perseverance," the very last studio album of progressive death metal icons Death from Florida, saw the light of day. In 2001 charismatic band leader, guitar god, and sound pioneer Chuck Schuldiner tragically passed away. Many years later, the towering monolith of Chuck and Death's testimony hasn't even faintly started to crumble.

Direct support will come from German tech death heroes Obscura, who's singer/guitarist Steffen Kummerer was asked to be vocalist on the first Death-tribute shows in 2012, but couldn't take the job due to visa issues. Also on the tour will be Darkrise. More...

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Meshuggah Announces Latin American Shows

Good things come to those who wait, and those in Latin America have waited long enough. Nuclear Blast issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows from Meshuggah:

"Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in their career, Meshuggah headed to México and South America – home to some of the most passionate metal fans known to humanity. Exactly how passionate? Oh, you know… the kinds of fans who forsake eating and save their money for three months to buy one single concert ticket; the kind who sing guitar solos en mass out loud; the kind who rip out their own hair and leave it on the venue floor as offerings to the bands they love.

"What we’ve got here is what the National Weather Service states are the three necessary ingredients for a 'perfect storm:'

A) A flow of cool & dry air generated by a high-pressure system from one direction (i.e. MESHUGGAH)
B) A flow of warm air from a low-pressure system from another direction (i.e. México & South America)
C) Tropical moisture (i.e. the blood, sweat, and tears of joy courtesy of MESHUGGAH fans)

"Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Following this landmark tour, Africa and Antarctica will be the only two remaining continents as-yet-physically-untouched by a live Meshuggah concert."

11/08/13 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MÉXICO
11/12/13 Theater Caupolican – Santiago, CHILE
11/16/13 Carioca Club – São Paulo, BRAZIL More...

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Bury Tomorrow Posts "Sceptres" Video

Following a crushing set at Download Festival this year, the Bury Tomorrow lads have decided to share their experience with fans by using footage shot from the set to create an official video for the track "Sceptres." Check it out below.

Commenting on the video, member Davyd Winter Bates stated: "Download was such an amazing experience for us that we wanted to share it with everyone who couldn't make it to see our set. I hope everyone has half as much fun watching it as we did playing it, team BT forever."

The video was filmed and edited by Tom J. Cronin, who has worked with the likes of Orange Goblin, Brutality Will Prevail, Martyr Defiled, Hang The Bastard, and more. More...

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Reflections To Release New Album

Twin City natives Reflections will release a brand new studio LP entitled "Exi(s)t" on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013.

To celebrate, the band has released a short teaser via Instagram, which can be seen right here. Produced by Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios, this is the band's follow up to last year's "The Fantasy Effect."

Vocalist Jake Foster weighs in with his own words on what their fans can expect: "We're really stoked to release our debut album through eOne/Good Fight Music. We're even more excited for you all to hear how we've grown as a band."

Reflections just wrapped up the "South Of The Border" tour supporting All Shall Perish and label-mates Within the Ruins. The band is currently trekking across the country along with Oceano and will be announcing more touring plans soon.

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Valient Thorr Gearing Up For Tour

North Carolina hard rock heavyweights Valient Thorr released sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th.

"Our Own Masters" was recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk.

On September 6th, Valient Thorr will launch a North American tour that will kick off with a performance as part of the 2013 Hopscotch Festival, in Durham, NC. The 22 city headlining trek will feature support from Boston's Ramming Speed and Portland, Oregon's Lord Dying and will run through September 29th with a celebratory homecoming gig in Chapel Hill, NC. Get ready to party.

Valient Thorr frontman Valient Himself comments, "Alahoyus Thorriors and True Believers! We are back from Europe, finishing up a nice little break and excited as Hell about bringing the sounds of 'Our Own Masters' to more of the United States (and Vancouver!)! Along for the ride with us will be our brothers from Bawston Ramming Speed! Also along on these adventures comes Portland's Lord Dying!

"Check out our website for details and dates and links fer yer tickets to PA-RA-DISE (or Boise, San Fran, Fort Worth or wherever it is you live that we will be ROCK-N!) PUT CHYER SOULS ON THA TABLE CAUSE ITS TIME TO SHAKE IT OUT!!" More...

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Born Of Osiris Comments On Upcoming Tour

Born of Osiris has now released new album "Tomorrow We Die Alive," and the band will also spend this fall on tour across North America with label mates Periphery, Dead Letter Circus, and Twelve Foot Ninja. See dates below.

Check out the band's new music video for the track "Machine" after the jump, which was filmed live at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival in Detroit, MI.

Lee McKinney (guitars) states: “Wow, we recently wrapped up the RockStar Energy Mayhem Festival tour and this was one of the best summers of my life and easily my favorite tour we've ever done. Everything about the festival is so smooth and relaxed. We got to play to bigger crowds than ever, make new fans that wouldn't normally get to see us and we were out there playing new music from our new record. The whole summer just had so much excitement to it. The new material was going over insanely well, most of the time even better than our old material.

"The new disc, Tomorrow We Die Alive, to me is the record that we always should have put out. It has such a fresh and alive feeling to it. We had the live atmosphere in mind when we were writing it, too. I think for that reason this is gonna be the first record where people can come see us and hear a ton of new music. This record is just straight heavy beginning to end with some of my favorite melodic parts, and some of my favorite moods/atmospheres. I also really love what Ronnie and Joe are doing vocally with this one, it's been another great way to pack in as much melody and feeling as possible. We're getting ready for our CD release show at Reggie's in Chicago and it's impossible to decide which songs we are going to play off the new record because we want to play them all.

“Please go pick-up Tomorrow We Die Alive as we have never been more proud of anything we've created. We can't wait to hear what you all think of it and thanks for all of your continued support. See you all very soon." More...

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Armed For Apocalypse Announces Tour Dates

California metal technicians, Armed For Apocalypse, will bring their rage to the stage next month on a long overdue run of live takeovers.

Set to commence in Chico, California on September 10th, the "Oceans To Summits Tour" will pillage its way through seventeen cities, with additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks. The band will be joined by Iconocaust on select dates.

Elaborates drummer Nick Harris of the upcoming run: "We are straight up pumped to get back on the road! This new record is long overdue and touring on is even more overdue. We have so much to prove as a band! There's not just a chip on our shoulders; there's a giant cavity of pissed off emotions ready to snap at any moment. We are going to go out every single night and put it all on the line! If there is only the staff and the bands watching us, or if the show is sold out, we don't care! Every show is being played like it is our last chance of making our rock 'n' roll dreams come true. This tour is the first of many tours and the first of many large middle fingers to all of you that doubt Armed For Apocalypse! We are on a mission and the mission starts in Chico September 10th! See you on the road!" More...

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Forty Winters Announces Fall Tour

South Florida heavy metal outfit Forty Winters has announced a fall headlining tour, "The Blackout Tour," set to commence next month.

Support on the run will come from A Fight For Life, After Me The Flood (9/25-10/21), and Fero Lux (9/18-9/22). A list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more shows to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We always look forward to making new friends and seeing new things, and we're just grateful for the chance to be a part of different scenes and movements," said vocalist Xavier Vicuna. "Touring, in general, is something we get super stoked about - the experience overall is what we look forward to. Just getting in the van and going...Also, In N Out Burger."

Forty Winters will hit the road in September with an arsenal of new material, songs the vocalist describes as, "vintage Forty Winters with an even more pissed off and determined feel." More...

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Her Dying Regret Posts Album Teaser

With just under a month until Reading metalcore unit Her Dying Regret unleash "Legacy" to the world, the band has posted a track by track teaser. Check it out below.

Following debut EP "The Siren," the new release "Legacy" was recorded at Avenue Studios, Camberley with producer Daniel Kerr. “We want that to be a distant memory and for ‘Legacy’ to be what we're remembered for,” comments the band. "On ‘Legacy’ the lyrical content and vocal style is very different as we have two vocalists providing a new dynamic that allows us to be more creative and versatile, we've also taken some elements out of different sub genres of metal to fuse it with our own sound to create something different."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Ashes
3. All Judge, No Jury
4. The Shallow
5. Legacy (watch the video here)
6. The Last Lie
7. The Filthy Truth More...

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Mephistopheles Streaming New Track

Tasmanian technical death metal legion Mephistopheles is pleased to unveil new track "Silver Doors" via Decibel Magazine. Check it out below.

Called "vicious, artful, and sonically different," the latest hell hymn comes by way of the band's forthcoming new full-length, "Sounds of the End," due out October 1st, 2013 via Willowtip Records.

Notes vocalist Matthew "Chalky" Chalk (formerly of Psycroptic) in anticipation of Sounds of the End: "I cannot wait to know what people think of this album. It's been ten fucking years since Psycroptic's Scepter of the Ancients, and this is my first album on which I've been lead vocalist since then. This is a very exciting time for me, the birth of a new era, and I think what Mephistopheles have achieved is every bit as fresh and compelling as SotA seemingly was back in 2003. The riffs, the instrumentation, the sound -- it's all fluent and multi-dimensional, and just waiting to bust its way out of some speakers and into the lives of as many metal loving maniacs as possible! It's our personal soundtrack to the Apocalypse. But it's not all doom and gloom. This is should probably be called Party of the End because musically, it's pretty upbeat."

The previously posted track "The End Of All Light" can also be heard over at this location. More...

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Brutalody Streaming EP Online

Denton, TX based Brutalody has a debut EP, entitled "The Usurper," consisting of three songs mixing melody and brutality. You can stream all three tracks in the player below.

Brutalody will also be performing live on the following dates:

Fri Aug 30th - Wit's End (Dallas, TX)
Sat Sept 21 - The Boiler Room (Dallas, TX w/Kill Ritual)
Fri Sept 27 - Tomcat's West (Fort Worth, TX)
Sat Oct 12 - Hailey's (Denton, TX)

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Skeletonwitch To Answer Fan Questions

Have a burning question you've always wanted to ask Skeletonwtich? Here's your chance!

Head over to Reddit's AMA page this coming Monday, August 26th at 7:00pm EST and ask away, as the entire band - vocalist Chance Garnette, guitarists Scott Hedrick and Nate Garnette, bassist Evan Linger and drummer Dustin Boltjes -- will answer queries as part of a virtual Q&A.

In conjunction with the band's forthcoming album, "Serpents Unleashed," set for release in North America on October 29 via Prosthetic Records (October 28 EU/UK, October 25 Germany), the band will hit the road this Fall with The Black Dahlia Murder. The previously announced trek includes two new dates in El Paso and South Lake Tahoe and follows another bout of performances supporting Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C. in addition to a pair of headlining gigs of their own. The band's confirmed upcoming itinerary is listed below. More...

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Noisem Announces Live Shows

Baltimore thrashers Noisem will embark on their most widespread and extreme tour to date this fall, the quartet having been confirmed as support for a massive chunk of the upcoming North American trek with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the Noisem crew will hit twenty-four cities across the U.S. and Canada with the tour from October 24th through November 19th.

Preceding the tour, Noisem has several regional gigs including three dates with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell in September.

Noisem recently released a video for "Severed," which can be viewed below, and the clip was captured by multiple cameras live during the band's searing set at this year's Maryland Deathfest. More...

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Pilgrim To Enter The Studio, Announces Tour Dates

Rhode Island doom disciples Pilgrim will enter the studio next month to record the follow-up to "Misery Wizard" (reviewed here), and the band will also return to Europe in November for a full tour with Windhand. Comments vocalist/guitarist The Wizard:

"THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUR WORTHY OF SONG AND LEGEND. Not only is it our first lengthy European venture, but we get to share it with our incredibly talented friends WINDHAND (whose music we worship). This is honestly a dream come true for us. We are will be featuring a new bass player for the excursion, whose identity shall remain a mystery for the moment.

"Unfortunately, we had planned to be supporting the release of our new record this tour, but due to various complications with our studio we were not able to meet our deadline. However, we just confirmed today that the recording of our second record will begin next month at Moonlight Mile Studios! And with that, so begins the next chapter of our pilgrimage. We have worked UNFATHOMABLY hard to make this tour come together. Blood, sweat, and tears. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR!" More...

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Epysode Unveils New Album "Fantasmagoria"

After months of announcements revealing guest appearances and teasers, Belgian based band Epysode has announced that the sophomore LP will be entitled "Fantasmagoria." The album drops on October 11th via AFM Records.

The successor to “Obsessions” was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen studio in Denmark. Beside band leader Samuel Arkan, the following vocalists and musicians have contributed to “Fantasmagoria”:

Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)
Henning Basse (Melium, Uli Jon Roth)
Ida Haukland (Triosphere)
Matt Marinelli (Borealis)
Tezzi Persson (Between The Silence)
Mike LePond (Symphony X)
Léo Margarit (Pain Of Salvation)
Julien Spreutels (Ethernity)
Simone Mularoni (DGM)

The unusual thing is that all these guests personally came to Noise Factory studio (Belgium) to record and track their own parts. As with many other projects, no one recorded his/her parts at home.

Arkan expalins: "I wanted the whole thing to get a real 'band' feeling, therefore having all vocalists and musicians here was very important to me. We got to know each other better and better while spending time together. The new material sounds very fresh, dark, heavy, modern and 'true' with 'straight in the face' guitar riffs, intense voices and melodies, massive work on progressive atmospheres and orchestral parts. All the artists who participated in this album gave their soul to it, gave their best, they travelled deeper into sensitivity and sincerity. That's probably the best words which define 'Fantasmagoria'... sincerity & spontaneity ! This album comes from the heart of each musician and vocalist who worked on it, and you can feel it when you listen to this new EPYSODE album.” More...

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Evil Masquerade Reveals New Album Title

Danish based metal act Evil Masquerade has revealed the album title to the follow up to 2012's "Pentagram" (see review here). Slated for an early 2014 release via Dark Minstrel Music, the band's sixth release will be entitled "The Digital Crucifix."

Evil Masquerade is:

Henrik Flyman (Lacrimosa) - guitar
Apollo Papathanasio (Ex-Firewind/Spiritual Beggars) - vocals
Thor Jeppesen (Ex-Sinphonia) - bass
Dennis Buhl (Sinphonia) - drums
Artur Meinild (Ex-Seven Thorns) - keyboards More...

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Vengeance To Release New Album "Piece Of Cake"

Brimming with confidence and justifiable pride legendary Dutch hard rock band Vengeance has announced the release of their latest album "Piece Of Cake." The album will be issued on October 25th (Germany), October 28th (EU) and November 5th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer.

Gutarist Timo Somers (Delain) explains: "People can expect what to my ears is the best Vengeance album to date. The songs are a nice blend of old school Vengeance (think 'Arabia') and some more modern sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken, it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon sounds better than ever."

Somers promises eleven gripping new compositions: "'Raintime' is the fastest song on the album. The song kind of sounds like a Malmsteen song with Leon on vocals. Double bass, big chorus and a fast guitar solo are the keywords."

The most typical song is the title track "Piece Of Cake." Somers again: "We needed a party song for the album and we wrote this together in about an hour in the studio. It`s this typical AC/DC thing with Leon going nuts and some Van Halen like guitars."

As for the album's most unusual song "Back To Square One," a blues rock ballad in the vein of Gary Moore, Somers says: "I don't think a lot of people know this side of Vengeance, but it showcases our more soulful side." More...

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Saltatio Mortis Posts "Satans Fall" Lyric Video

German modern folk act Saltatio Mortis posted a lyric video for "Satans Fall." The track appears on the band's new album "Das Schwarze Einmaleins," which was issued last week via Napalm Records.

Check out "Satans Fall" here:

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Stryper Posts "No More Hell To Pay" Samples

Christian hard rock act Stryper posted samples for the upcoming new album "No More Hell To Pay." The band's first full studio release in 10 years will be released on November 5th in North America via Frontiers Records in both standard CD and deluxe digipak formats (featuring exclusive video content).

The track listing for the new release is:

1. Revelation
2. No More Hell To Pay
3. Saved By Love
4. Jesus Is Alright
5. The One
6. Legacy
7. Marching Into Battle
8. Te Amo
9. Sticks & Stones
10. Water Into Wine
11. Sympathy
12. Renewed

Check out the samples of "Revelation," "Saved By Love" and "Marching Into Battle" here: More...

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Rick Wakeman Tapped For New Ayreon Album

After revealing JB Christoffersson (Grand Magus) as the second guest vocalist, master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen has now revealed the name of the yesterday's "guess the keyboardist 2" video as the legendary Rick Wakeman (see video below) for the forthcoming new release "The Theory of Everything." The album is due out later this year.

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Carcass Posts First Track-By-Track Video

U.K. rot 'n' roll legends Carcass posted the first video in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the release of "Surgical Steel," the comeback album which is due out September 16th (UK), September 13th (Rest of Europe) and September 17th (North America) through Nuclear Blast.

The track list for the album is:

1. 1985
2. Thrasher's Abbatoir
3. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
4. A Congealed Clot of Blood
5. The Master Butcher's Apron
6. Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard
7. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
8. Unfit for Human Consumption
9. 316 L Grade Surgical Steel
10. Captive Bolt Pistol (see lyric video below)
11. Mount of Execution

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ReVamp Posts Track-By-Track Preview Videos

Revamp, featuring Ex-After Forever and current Nightwish live vocalist Floor Jansen, posted the first two track-by-track videos for the upcoming sophomore release "Wild Card." The album is due out on August 23rd via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
2. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
3. Wild Card
4. Precibus
5. Nothing
6. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
7. Distorted Lullabies
8. Amendatory
9. I Can Become
10. Misery's No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (Bonus Track)

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Volturyon Recruits New Bassist

Volturyon has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"We are happy to announce that Tim Scott is Volturyon's new bass player. Tim has been a friend of the band for many years and we're very glad to have him onboard.

"Tim grew up in Northern California and the Bay Area thrash scene. By the age of 16 Tim had already played in various hardrock/metal bands before moving to the New York City area. There Tim found a thrash band Parasyte and quickly made contacts in the New York/ New Jersey underground metal scene including Henry Veggian and John MacEntee of Revenant. In 1987 Tim was asked to join Revenant and the then new started death metal revolution.

"Over the years with Revenant, Tim played shows with and toured with such bands as Morbid Angel, Gorefest, Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse to name only a few. Revenant disband in 1994 and Tim decided to take his bass to Florida and the then exploding South Florida death scene, there he teamed up with Phil Faciana (Malevolent Creation ) and Rob Barret (Cannibal Corpse) creating a Grind band called HatePlow. In 1999 Tim left HatePlow and moved to Sweden.

"In Sweden Tim has kept himself involved with the music scene as promoter and metal disc jockey. The addiction of playing music has never left him and in 2011 Tim started Margrave with friends Torbjörn Bryndel(Insision) and Henke Östensson (The Ugly) , that culminated in an EP 'Acid Spell' TBR 2013/14 on Bifrost records.

"Tim is also trying his hand as vocalist in Methane. A venture with Jimi Masterbo (Hell Patrol) that is testing new demensions of the Southern Metal / Groove metal genre."

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