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Metal News for August 25, 2014

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Raven Announces North American Extermination Tour

New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends Raven have confirmed that they will be touring North America this fall as part of the "North American Extermination Tour 2014." It was recently announced that RAVEN has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and their new studio album and follow up to "Walk Through Fire" is set for a release in February 2015. Fans can expect to hear Raven classics and new songs that the band is currently in the studio working on. The tour begins on October 3rd in Pompano Beach, FL and runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC. Support will come from label mates Night Demon.

Before their headline tour begins, Raven will also be serving as special guests at two upcoming Accept shows. The first is set for September 12th in Los Angeles, CA at The Saban Theater and September 15th at The Gramercy Theater in New York, NY.

Confirmed dates are:

RAVEN as Special Guests With Accept

9/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Saban Theater
9/15: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

RAVEN "North American Extermination Tour 2014"

10/3: Pompano Beach, FL @ Rip's
10/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar
10/5: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
10/9: Tulsa, OK @ TBA
10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go
10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club More...

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Von Hertzen Brothers Recording New Album

Finland's Von Hertzen Brothers will release a sixth studio album early next year via Spinefarm Records.

Following previous full-length "Nine Lives" (2013), the brothers - Mikko, Kie and Jonne Von Hertzen - are now back in the studio doing pre-production, this time with Grammy-nominated Canadian producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Rage Against the Machine) plus regular drummer Mikko Kaakkuriniemi and keyboard player Juha Kuoppala.

Once pre-production is complete, VHB will head across to Canada where recording will start in September; the studio chosen for the task at hand is The Farm (owned and operated by Richardson) in Vancouver. More...

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Descend Into Despair Recruits New Keyboard Player

Descend Into Despair has issued the following statement about bringing on a new keyboard player:

"We finally have completed our line-up! We are glad to announce that Andrei Negrea has joined us on keyboards and after a few more rehearsals we will finally be able to play live events. Welcome him aboard!"

Descend Into Despair also released latest album "The Bearer Of All Storms" back in January via Domestic Genocide Records. More...

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Anti Ritual Releases New Music Video

Copenhagen-based blackened hardcore four piece Anti Ritual appeared on the scene out of nowhere with the release of a self-titled debut EP this past April.

Released via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records, the 12" EP is packed with a furious conglomerate of black metal, sludge and hardcore set in a harsh lyrical critique of the systemic diseases of contemporary society.

Anti Ritual now releases an official video clip for the EP's third track,"No Second Earth." Check it out below, thanks to Metal Injection. You can also see the band live on these dates:

9/05/2014 Bei Ruth, Berlin, DE
9/06/2014 Café Taktlos - Glauchau, DE @ Killed System Festival
9/07/2014 VeB - Lübeck, DE
10/30/2014 Loppen - Copenhagen, DK
10/30/2014 TBA - Gothenburg, SE
11/01/2014 KKSB - Helsingborg, SE More...

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Enthroned Announces Brazilian Shows

Black metal outfit Enthroned will be heading on a short headlining tour across Brazil at the end of August.

The band will be playing in support of its new album, "Sovereigns." released earlier this year via Agonia Records. The dates are as follows:

August 28 - Belo Horizonte, Matriz
August 29 - Fortaleza, Beach Club
August 30 - Sao Paulo, Hangar 110
August 31 - Curituba, Hangar Bar More...

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Nihilo Crowd Funding New Vinyl Release

Swiss death metal band Nihilo has just launched a campaign to fund the vinyl release of latest album "Dum Spiro Spero."

Originally released on CD this past spring, many fans have been clamoring for a definitive vinyl edition of the album. As a result, the band is seeking to raise the money via crowd funding.

You can help fund the project and see the rewards on offer at this location. More...

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Striker Releases "City Of Gold" Lyric Video

Canadian metal act Striker posted a lyric video for the new track "City of Gold." The song is the title track of the new Napalm Records release, which is set to drop on the following schedule:

29.08.2014 G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
01.09.2014 UK & EUROPE
03.09.2014 NOR/SWE/ESP
09.09.2014 US/CAN

The track listing for "City of Gold" is:

1. Underground
2. City of Gold
3. Start Again
4. Bad Decisions
5. Crossroads
6. All for One
7. Mind Control
8. Second Attack
9. All I Want
10. Rise Up
11. Taken by Time
12. Two Minutes to Midnight (Bonus Track) (Iron Maiden Cover)
13. Watching You (Bonus Track)
14. Roll With the Punches (Bonus Track)
15. Fuck Volcanoes (Bonus Track)

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From The Vastland Reveals Album Details

Iranian outfit From The Vastland is gearing up to release third full-length album "Temple Of Daevas" on October 6th, 2014 via Non Servian Records. The album was recorded at Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, Norway this past January.

Vegar "Vyl" Larsen and AndrÈ "Tjalve" Kvebek contributed drums and bass, while band mastermind Sina composed the songs and laid down all the vocals and guitar tracks. He was joined by Terje Olsen (Chton / Khonsu) as a guest vocalist for backing vocals of the album.

The "Temple Of Daevas" track listing is as follows: More...

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Autumn's Dawn Streaming New Album

Autumn's Dawn is stream the entirety of debut album, "Gone," which can be heard in the Bandcamp payer below.

"Gone" is set for North American release on September 3rd via Eisenwald, and the label also issued the following press release:

"Very aptly titled, Autumn's Dawn's 'Gone 'is a kaleidoscopic plummet into the depths of despair and regret. Upon a foundation of melancholic melody, Autumn's Dawn create a nine-song cycle of dark, emotive energy, dynamically spanning depressive rock, post-black metal, and plenty in between.

"Most of Gone's song titles - 'Until My Heart Corrodes With Rust,' 'Grace of the Grave,' 'When the Sun Sets for the Last Time,' and 'Blank Stare, Dead Eyes' among them - vividly portray its contents, and the bright 'n' balanced production illuminates every shadowy corner. Although Gone is Autumn's Dawn's debut album, the Australian duo are hardly newcomers: vocalist/drummer Sorrow is the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed Germ, and did time in cult OZBM bands like Austere, Woods of Desolation, and Nazxul among others.

"In many ways, Autumn's Dawn in general and Gone in particular can be seen as a more refined version of Grey Waters, a short-lived yet celebrated band of Sorrow; in other ways, one can imagine Sentenced and Mono squaring off with Germ and Austere. Any way you describe it, Gone is the end...and the beginning." More...

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Gorguts Headed To Japan

Gorguts has announced the band's first ever Japanese tour, kicking off on November 6th, and seeing the band headline alongside Krisiun.

Gorguts also recently finished a co-headlining European tour alongside label-mates Misery Index. The band is touring in support of latest album "Colored Sands" (reviewed here).

11/6 Osaka @ Nanba Rockets
11/7 Nagoya @ Imaike Club3star
11/8 Tokyo @ Shibuya Cyclone More...

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Cannibal Corpse Posts Biography Excerpts

In addition to releasing thirteenth full-length album, "A Skeletal Domain," the death metal icons in Cannibal Corpse will also be releasing an official autobiography on September 16th.

"Bible of Butchery: The Official Biography" was written by Joel McIver, the author of "Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica" and biographies on Black Sabbath, Slayer, Slipknot, and Queens Of The Stone Age.

The book spans 150 pages, includes a forward written by drum legend Gene Hoglan, and is loaded with photos from throughout the Cannibal Corpse and Metal Blade Records archives. The book is available now for $19.99 plus shipping at this location. Today excerpts from the book have also been made available online: More...

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Lost Soul Finishes Recording New Album

Lost Soul has issued the following announcement about wrapping up a work on a forthcoming album:

"We proudly announce that we finished works on our new album. We have decided that we will work on 'Atlantis' as long as we must to achieve a desired quality, as we believe that the music on this album is so good that it couldn't be spoiled by weak mix.

"We approached mix four times. Each time we had to wait for free spot in the studio. The recordings began in April last year. By the end of June 2013 we recorded drums, guitars and bass. A month later we recorded solos. Meanwhile unfortunately, I had an accident and couldn’t firmly stand on my feet for five months, to record the vocals. Eventually in January 2014 we recorded vocals, keyboards, samples and extras.

"In February we recorded 12-piece choirs that uniquely affect the atmosphere on the album. After unsuccesful cooperation with one studio we decided to make the mix in Hertz Recording Studios. Wieslawski Bros. We’d like to thank them for patience. With tremendous work, focus, dedication and commitment, we achieved the sound that perfectly reflects the message of 'Atlantis.'

"Taking a closer look at our discography, we don’t need to prove anything to anyone. But we wanted to prove to ourselves that we are able to create a material sounding damn live, powerful, hard and heavy, and at the same time selective. We wanted to show that playing so extreme music like LS we can record 100% live drums, we can record a few guitars per side, we can get a fantastic sounding bass, find a place for the vocals, which I’m very proud of... With all the things that emphasize the needs of the present times in terms of production, live production, the new album Lost Soul is still very selective and smooth, its great in reception from beginning to end, fully thought out and mature. Every time I listen to it, I have tears in my eyes. Tears of emotion, pride, victory. More...

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Mayhem Announces New Tour Dates

The Norwegian black metal pioneers in Mayhem have announced the second leg of their European tour celebrating the band's 30th anniversary.

The new tour kicks off on November 2nd in Gdansk, Poland and will run until November 16th for a final performance in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mayhem touring in support of latest album "Esoteric Warfare" (reviewed here). Catch the band live on these dates:

11/2 Gdansk, Poland @ B90
11/3 Vilnius, Lithuania @ Club New York
11/4 Kiev, Ukraine @ Younost club
11/6 Riga, Latvia @ Melna Piektdiena
11/7 Tallinn, Estonia, @ Klubi Tapper
11/8 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
11/9 Jyväskylä, Finland @ Lutakko
11/10 Tampere, Finland @ Yo-talo
11/11 Turku, Finland @ LoGoMO
11/13 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
11/14 Örebro, Sweden @ Kulturhuset
11/15 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
11/16 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädgårn More...

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Empire Auriga Streaming Full New Album

Today, black/ambient/industrial cult Empire Auriga streams the entirety of the forthcoming album, "Ascending the Solar Throne." Give it a listen at Halifax Collect here. The following press release was also issued:

"The band's long-awaited comeback record, Ascending the Solar Throne is set for release on August 19th via Moribund Records. Empire Auriga's debut album, Auriga Dying, was critically acclaimed for its ahead-of-the-time fusion of black metal, dark ambient, and industrial, all coalescing into a cosmic black hole that was both devouring and debilitating.

"Eight years later, Empire Auriga return with the highly anticipated Ascending the Solar Throne. Aptly titled once again, Empire Auriga bring us the true sound of interstellar death with Ascending the Solar Throne. Here, the mysterious trio exists as the delirious melancholia awakened by union with the void, wisps encircling the kernal of futility at the center of each body, shining with listless abandon, seething as evaporation through obsolete ruins, smoldering with the intuition of having seen through the membrane. This is the sound of Ascending the Solar Throne!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prophetic Light [5:45]
2. Jubilee Warlord [5:32]
3. The Solarthrone [5:01]
4. Waste [2:50]
5. Planetary Awakening [5:30]
6. Are You Worthy of Gold? [4:06]
7. The Foundation of All Human Fears [4:56]
8. The Last Passage of Azon Grul [7:21]

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Ensiferum Recording New Album

Ensiferum has completed the writing process for an upcoming new album and Metal Blade Records debut.

With pre-production out of the way, the band is prepared to begin recording. Work will begin on September 8th at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Fans can expect to hear new music at the beginning of January, 2015.

Bassist Sami Hinkka offers the following update: "Hi folks! Only a couple more weeks to go! We head to Astia Studio on 8th of September and recordings will take around five weeks.

"We had really good and creative pre production sessions with Anssi Kippo so now we are very well prepared to give 110% on each take in the studio. Because the songs were almost ready when we made the demo versions of them, Mr. Mikko Mustonen is already arranging orchestrations on top of those. Gotta love technology!

"There are still few minor details to arrange and couple of lines of lyrics to twist and turn but nothing can stop us anymore! We are convinced that this will be ground breaking album for us and the whole genre. (Modesty? What's that?)"

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015. You can also catch the band live:

08/30/14 Crispendorf, DE Wolfszeit Festival
09/05-06/14 Hüttikerberg, CH Meh Suff! Metal Festival
11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 - 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival

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Death Valley Driver Posts EP Teaser

Death Valley Driver has announced the band will be releasing an upcoming 4-song EP entitled “Carnivore’s Oath” on October 7th via east coast metal label Diminished Fifth Records.

The band has released a teaser, available below, featuring samples from all 4 songs in addition to the album art which designed by tattoo artist John Doe.

With two full-length releases under it's belt, Death Valley Driver headed back into the studio in March 2014 with producer Colin Buchanan to record "Carnivore's Oath."

"It’s been a great year since the release of Graveyard Dead," commented vocalist Dan Hodgson. "We felt a sudden urge of creativity and decided to record an EP with some new influences and an extra ear in having Colin Buchanan produce. He really helped us capture the vision we had in mind for these new songs. It’s a bit of an evolution for us in sound, while still retaining the foundation of Death Valley Driver. We hope people get as much enjoyment listening to the songs as we had creating them.”

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Coven Of Ash
2. Drowning in Silver
3. Carnivore's Oath
4. Hellhounds / Gatekeepers More...

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Arsenite Unveils New Album Cover

Sweden's Arsenite has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album "Apophis," which can be viewed below.

"Apophis" will follow the band's previous album "Ashes Of The Declined." You can also hear unmastered promo versions of several tracks from the album at the band's Facebook profile here.

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The Aversionist Streaming Song

Guatemalan progressive death metal band The Aversionist is working on the cover artwork of its debut, as of yet untitled, release. Below is featured one of the tracks, "Inception," which will be included upon it.

The Aversionist will be heading out on its first few series of tour dates in Guatemala and Belize later this year. Check out the three dates below.

31st of October- Moonrise Metal Fest X - Salón Agayc Zona 1
1st of November - 4th Metal Haven Bash - Benque Viejo, Belice
2nd of November - PetenHell - Petén


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Satyricon Pulls Out Of U.S. Festivals

Satyricon has checked in with the following announcement about pulling out of two upcoming U.S. festival shows:

"Dear U.S fans,

"We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014.

"The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other. Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage.

"It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it."

The upcoming new releases follow Satyricon's self-titled album from 2013 (reviewed here). More...

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Lasher Zombie Streaming EP

Belizean metal band Lasher Zombie has finally released its "King of Kings" EP, and has made it available for streaming in the player below.

Featuring five tracks and a bonus acoustic cover of the Belize national anthem, "King of Kings" also features a collaboration with the band Lisergia on "Mother Universe vs Satan." More...

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We Are Human Releases New Music Video

We Are Human is a new metal project from Woodstock, ON, featuring the lineup of musicians formerly known as Misguided Aggression. As Misguided Agression the band released two full-length albums, "Hatchala" (2009) and "Flood the Common Ground" (2011) through Year of the Sun Records.

Following hot on the heels of the lyric video for the band's debut single "Apotheosis," is a full music video for the track "New Scars, Old Habits."

The video was directed by Steve Putt and displays the full fury and energy of We Are Human's live performances in an up-close-and-personal way. They song is the lead track off the band's upcoming self-titled EP, recorded by Tom Ireland at Ice House Studios and mixed/mastered by Jon Howard of Threat Signal. We Are Human plan to release this debut EP in early 2015. More...

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Sepultura Posts Live Video From New DVD

Sepultura will unveil a new live offering entitled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" next month on September 16th, 2014.

In a performance that finds Sepultura accompanied throughout by the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles, the show was recorded from the band's main stage appearance at the Rock In Rio gala in 2013.

In celebration of its impending street date, today Revolver Magazine offers a glimpse into this awe inspiring production with a five-and-a-half minute clip of "Territory," available for viewing below. More...

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Placenta Powerfist Posts Track

German brutal death metal band Placenta Powerfist is streaming a track from its recent album "Parasitic Decay." Check out that song, "Pesticial Insemination," below. The album is on Rising Nemesis Records, with distribution by Sevared.

Philipp Schubert recently joined the band as second axeman, and Placenta Powerfist plans to perform its next show on Sept. 5th at the Helvete Metal Club in Oberhausen. Check out the band's facebook page for updates.

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Rigor Mortis Streaming "Poltergeist"

Nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, Rigor Mortis will release the band's fourth and final studio album "Slaves to the Grave" on October 7th.

This marks the bands first studio album in 23 years, and the first with the classic original line up (Mike Scaccia - guitar, Casey Orr - bass, Bruce Corbitt - vocals, Harden Harrison - drums).

Today you can hear the new song "Poltergeist" in the player below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The previously released track "Flesh for Flies" can also be heard at this location.

With help from the fans via an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, the band is releasing "Slaves To The Grave" on its own Rigor Mortis Records. Everyone who contributes to the fundraiser will have their name included in a special "thank you" list on the CD.

The campaign ends on August 28th, so there's only a few days left to help out, get your name on the CD, and pick up some killer swag. More...

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Solace Of Requiem Streaming Video

Technical blackened death metal trio Solace Of Requiem has released the official music video for "Soiling the Fields of Putridity." Taken off the band's newest album "Casting Ruin," the song and video both address religion's choke hold on science. Stream the censored version below. The band comments:

"This video was entirely self-made on a very small budget. We hope you enjoy what we have created.... The men in gas masks represent the pioneers of science, technology, hard work and progress. They also represent the many martyrs of science that have sacrificed so much in the name of logic and reason.

The shrouded figure represents organized religion and its paralyzing veil of ignorance, apathy and segregation. The Slave Girls represent the innocent victims that are born into a society that has enslaved them without their consent nor their knowledge.

The Slave Master represents the false prophets and self-proclaimed deities that have used their dogma to advocate oppression and barbaric behavior. The landscapes represent the common reality we all share with each of the groups represented within them. In essence, the landscapes offer an insight into the true reality, which is ultimately left unchanged."

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Dire Peril Posts New Lyric Video

California sci-fi power metallers Dire Peril just released a lyric video for the track "Space Invaders," a song based on the iconic 80’s Atari game of the same name.

"Space Invaders" is the first track to be made available from upcoming EP "Queen of The Galaxy," which is set for release on September 26th, 2014 through Dead Inside Records.

Dire Peril is joined by special guest guitarist Tony Cordisco (Judicator) on "Space Invaders." The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. My Vengeance Is Everything (Chaos Reigns)
2. Space Invaders
3. Queen Of The Galaxy (Ft. Brittney Hayes)
4. Something About You (Boston Cover)

Vocalist Brittney Hayes (Unleash The Archers) also makes a special guest appearance taking on the duty of lead vocals for the title track “Queen of The Galaxy.” The cover artwork for the album was created by Sean “Zombie” Walusko and can be seen at this location. More...

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Sanity's Rage Signs With Dead Inside

Dead Inside Records is proud to announce the signing of Belgian thrash act Sanity's Rage. The label comments:

"Sanity's Rage is no stranger to the metal world, having delivered it's brand of anger-fueled, technical thrash over the last 10 years to the metal masses. Releases like 'You Are What You Swallow' & 'The Rage Of One' have become must have albums for any fan of thrash metal.

"Hailing from the surrounding area of Brussels, Belgium Sanity's Rage has gained much notoriety throughout the world not only through music but in the delivery of a high energy live performance.

"To date Sanity's Rage has shared the stage alongside many of their peers such as Laaz Rockit, Destructor, Huntress, Gamma Bomb, Saxon, Testament, Savage Messiah, Agent Steel, Onslaught and many… many more.

"With the end of 2014 drawing close Sanity's Rage prepares to deliver an all-out pure thrash attack with the release of the much anticipated follow-up to 2012's 'You Are What You Swallow.'

"The band has been hard at work finishing writing for a next as-of-yet untitled release due out in 2015 via Dead Inside Records. The band's signing could not have come at a better time as Sanity's Rage celebrates its 10 year anniversary which has been aptly labeled 'Decade Of Calamity.'" More...

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Requiem For Oblivion Streaming Debut Album

The debut full-length album from U.S. outfit Requiem For Oblivion, titled "Dark Tales Of Forgotten Mindscapes," is available and online now.

The release is a concept album based on band founder Steve J.'s personal experience with addiction and depression. You can stream all the songs below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Inception 03:36
2. Tortured 04:30
3. F.I.V.E. 05:13
4. Conflicted 05:30
5. Tale Of Woe 05:37
6. A Grim Jest 05:27
7. Thinking Of Death 04:23
8. The Dark Journey 06:32
9. Requiem For Oblivion 04:36 More...

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Wayne Static Announces New Tour Dates

Wayne Static (formerly of Static-X) will be hitting the road this Fall on a co-headline run with Powerman 5000. American Head Charge will provide support on most dates.

The tour will kick off November 6th in Waterloo, IA and is currently scheduled to run through November 30th in McCallen, TX.

A list of dates can be found below, with more to be added in the coming weeks. Wayne Static also comments:

"2014 has been an awesome year! We just finished up the 15th anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip tour. I’ve got the best band behind me that I’ve ever had, and I am very excited to round out the year with a co-headline tour with Powerman 5000. It’s another 15th anniversary tour! It’s a testament to both bands that we are both still going strong and the timing is perfect for us to tour together again. I am equally excited to share the stage with American Head Charge again. I believe it was 2005 when we toured together last. This is a great line up and this tour is gonna kill!" More...

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Messiah Complex Streaming New Track

Cape Town, South Africa's Messiah Complex has released a new track online for streaming, and the group also comments:

"Today we unleash 'Sons of Gehenna.' Recorded and produced by Burning Tone Studios, we are proud to bring you our latest single. Have a listen below and experience what it means to ascend and leave behind mortality..."

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Slipknot Reveals New Album Details

After posting two singles online (hear "The Devil In I" here or watch the clip for "The Negative One" at this location), the reactivated Slipknot crew today reveals details on a forthcoming album release.

The new album, titled "5: The Gray Chapter," will be released worldwide on October 21st, 2014.

Pre-orders are now online and can be found at this location.

The track listing for "5: The Gray Chapter" (the band's first album since the death of former member Paul Gray) will be as follows:

1. XIX
2. Sarcastrophe
3. AOV
4. The Devil In I
5. Killpop
6. Skeptic
7. Lech
8. Goodbye
9. Nomadic
10. The One That Kills The Least
11. Custer
12. Be Prepared For Hell
13. The Negative One
14. If Rain Is What You Want
15. Override (bonus track)
16. The Burden (bonus track) More...

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Whispering Woods Finishes Recording

Romanian Symphonic Gothic Doom Metallers Whispering Woods are announcing the end of their recording sessions for the upcoming album, a long and careful process that saw the band approaching the moment when the material will be sent for mixing and mastering by World renowned Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, etc.). The band's second album is scheduled to be released in early 2015 by Loud Rage Music.

In the meantime the band also released a video teaser offering a glimpse of its funny and, at the same time, hard life in the studio. Featuring three demo tracks, "Demon Blood", "Calusarii" and "Farewell Ladybug," the video teaser is available for streaming below.


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Crimson Shadows Launches Indiegogo Page

Crimson Shadows has launched an Indiegogo campaign in advance of its fall tour with Alestorm. The band has commented upon it below.

"In September, we will be embarking on our first ever European tour, supporting Alestorm, and will be the most important tour we've ever embarked upon as it will launch us as a band on the continent of Europe only a week after our album is released.

"In preparation for this tour, we planned a N. American tour with our brothers in Battlecross this month to raise the money to meet expenses that we will incur on our tour to Europe. Unfortunately, we were denied entry to the United States on June 22nd in N. Dakota, on our way to our first US Headlining show, EVER in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We wont let this stop us!

"If our Indiegogo campaign is successful with your support, our fiercest and most heroic fans will be responsible for developing Crimson Shadows around the world. You will enable us to tour Europe in September with Alestorm, and you'll help support our Napalm Records worldwide debut by allowing us to play for new audiences in Europe and beyond!" More...

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The Haunted Premieres New Music Video

Swedish metal act The Haunted premiered the music video for the new track "Cutting Teeth" over at Metal Injection at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Exit Wounds," which is out on September 1st (EU) and September 2nd (USA) via Century Media Records.

The track list for "Exit Wounds" is:

1. 317
2. Cutting Teeth
3. My Salvation
4. Psychonaut
5. Eye of the Storm
6. Trend Killer
7. Time (Will Not Heal)
8. All I Have
9. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill the Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost in the Machine

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Johnny Touch Premieres New Track

Australian trad metal maniacs Johnny Touch have hooked up with Grande-Rock.com for the exclusive premiere of album track "Dishonourable Discharge," which is now streaming at this location.

"Inner City Wolves" was recently released on August 19th via Shadow Kingdom Records, whose webstore brings us the entire stream below.


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Cardinals Folly Debuts Another New Track

Doom merchants Cardinals Folly have teamed with TheObelisk.net for the debut of a new track off of the band's sophomore album, "Our Cult Continues!" The song, "The Lover's Crypt," is now playing at this location. "Our Cult Continues!" was just released August 19th on Shadow Kingdom Records. Stream more of the album below.

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Helldorados Releases New Music Video

Germany hard rock act Helldorados posted a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Lessons in Decay." The sophomore effort is set for a September 19th (EU) and October 19th (USA) release date via Massacre Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Seven Deadly Sins
2. In for the Kill
3. By the Progress
4. The Devil Takes the Hindmost
5. Anytime, Anywhere
6. Let Us Play
7. Megalomaniac
8. Wake up Dead
9. To Live Is to Die
10. Something Sweet
11. We Won't Back Down

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Methedras Posts New Video

Italian veterans Methedras have released the video for "Subversion," the first single off the band's upcoming album "System Subversion." The video, directed by Salvatore Perrone (The Modern Age Slavery, Dillinger Escape Plan) is now playing below.

Moreover, the band has been announced as direct support for Floridian death/thrash legends Solstice on their first-ever European tour. The tour is set to kick off in November with a full list of dates coming soon.

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Interview

Sanctuary Forecasts "The Year The Sun Died"

Sanctuary punctuated the 1980s with an exclamation point with "Refuge Denied" (1987) and "Into the Mirror Black" (1989). Their initial effort was a chillingly dark record that towed the line between power metal and thrash. Warrel Dane's falsetto voice rivaled metal gods King Diamond, Rob Halford and Geoff Tate. Also, Dave Mustaine produced the album and played a solo on their cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," further marking this as a metal classic.

Dane injured his voice during the making of the album, which forced him to sing in a lower register than the previous recording. Although the sophomore recording didn't retain such incredibly high vocals, Dane sang with a greater sense of anger and developed his deep narrations. On the whole, the album showed more progressive traits with heavier grooves and prominent bass lines via Jim Sheppard. The album also showed a fuller production.

This album would also mark the band's swan song. Rumors formed that the band quit due to pressure from their label to become a grunge band, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge refutes. Dane, Sheppard and the newly acquired Jeff Loomis would go on to form Nevermore, which showed the three shed its 80s metal armor for 90s metal groove and progressive virtuosity.

Seventeen years after disbanding, Sanctuary reformed. A couple years after their reformation, Nevermore split. After a few years of shaking off the rust in front of crowds, mostly during one-off shows such as the metal cruises 70,000 Tons of Metal and Barge to Hell, once again the band landed itself in a studio and created its first recording in twenty-five years, "The Year The Sun Died." I spoke to the main man behind the music (Dane wrote the lyrics), Lenny Rutledge to get a sense of how they made this comeback. We had a bunch of catching up to do in the following interview including hearing about the band's split, return and getting Dave Mustaine on board to produce "Refuge Denied." More...

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Bloodsoaked Posts Brutalized Glam Covers

On their newest album, "Religious Apocalypse," USDM tour de force Bloodsoaked pays tribute to the bygone era of '80s glam metal with brutalized renditions of Cinderella's "Shake Me" and Ratt's "You're in Love."

As this much awesome would be impossible to keep a lid on until the album's September 2nd release date, the band has posted both tracks on their YouTube channel. To stream, just scroll below.

Now with the addition of a second guitarist, Bloodsoaked is ready for a US tour in November 2014 and European tour in April 2015 to support this Comatose release.

Bloodsoaked - "Shake Me"

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A Sound Of Thunder Premieres "Elijah" Lyric Video

D.C. area metal band A Sound of Thunder has dropped a bombshell of a track for an exclusive premiere right here on Metal Underground.com. The song appears on the upcoming new release "The Lesser Key of Solomon," which will be available on September 9th via Mad Neptune Records.

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for the release of the band's previous effort "Time's Arrow" - the band followed that up with an even bigger crowd-funding success for "The Lesser Key of Solomon," so much so that the band funded the new album, a covers EP and the first tour for the West Coast this November.

"The Lesser Key of Solomon" represents the strongest material for A Sound of Thunder, which sees the band grow in both song writing and progression. Check out our review for the album at this location. One of the finest tracks is "Elijah," a 9 minute 30 second opus that features a new side to versatile vocalist Nina Osegueda's voice as a nod to King Diamond.

We asked Osegueda for her thoughts on the song: "Elijah is the kind of song I dreamed of creating since I first heard King Diamond. I wanted to tell an original story that was twisted and evil, and I wanted to be able to utilize a few different singing styles so it would be challenging. I wrote a short story about the characters to get inside their heads and map out their personalities and objectives. To me, it's more than a song, it's a whole world we're describing within just 10 minutes. I wanted to make sure that world was as colorful and bloody as possible."

Guitarist Josh Schwartz also commented: "'Elijah' is definitely our most ambitious song to date, both musically and lyrically. It's almost a mini-opera. [Vocalist Nina Osegueda] worked incredibly hard on the vocal harmonies on this, not just stacking up three part harmonies, but doubling each part and matching every little nuance from her lead vocal track in her harmony tracks. The result is a massive, lush chorus with a very cinematic feel. The song is going to be challenging for some listeners. There are a lot of tempo changes, unusual harmonies, and a big key change right in the middle of the chorus, but I think our fans will get it." More...

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Northern Crown Details Debut EP, Streams New Track

Florida doom metal act Northern Crown will release the debut EP "In the Hands of the Betrayer" on October 14, 2014. The title track can be heard streaming over at this location.

"In the Hands of the Betrayer" features five intense pieces ranging from four to twelve minutes in length. Covering the emotions of retribution, shock, outrage, and despair in the originals, the album rounds out with a cover of Candlemass' classic song "Crystal Ball." "Doom, specifically, is about alienation," main songwriter and guitarist Zachary Randall explains. Randall goes on to note that, "this is easily the most personal art I've ever created, both musically and lyrically." Each song, the oldest more than ten years in the making, is detailed, emotive, and pronounces a rare resonance and memorability. Northern Crown is the sound of realization and reaction, with a touch of smoke and mirrors - an approaching, encroaching storm.

Album vocalist Frank Serafine summons a formidable blend of his vocal influences, such as Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford and Jorn Lande. Drummer Josh Brown is guided by the rule of elegant simplicity in his style and contributes many nuances to the songs both in pushing a section or pulling back the momentum. Featured performers also include guests from psych metal pioneers Orbweaver, with guitarist Sally Gates contributing leads and Randy Piro summoning bass guitar lines from the aether. Additionally, Roberto Celentano of Shadow Society adds a keyboard presence in the forms of organs and piano throughout the record, recalling Ray Manzarek, Jon Lord, Ken Hensley and Per Wiberg, which completes the crux of the smothering atmosphere.

The track list for the EP is:

1. In the Hands of the Betrayer
2. A Perfectly Realized Torment
3. Crystal Ball (Candlemass Cover)
4. Approaching, Encroaching Storm
5. To Thee I Give an Orchid More...

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Onkel Tom Streaming New Track

German metal act Onkel Tom, featuring Sodom's Tom Angelripper, is streaming the new track "Vom Paradies gen Süden." The song appears on the new release "H.E.L.D," the first studio album in three years. The album is set to drop on September 19th via Steamhammer/SPV Records.

The track list is:

1. Flatus antelucanus
2. Prolligkeit ist keine Schande
3. Zu wahr, um schön zu sein
4. Ein bisschen Alkohol
5. Am Morgen danach
6. Was euch nicht passt
7. Vom Paradies gen Süden
8. Wer nach dem Lied noch stehen kann
9. Der Duft von Lavendel
10. Im Suff
11. Der Onkel kommt zum Hausbesuch
12. Auf Gedeih und Verderb
13. Ich bin noch am Leben

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Bullet Posts Track-By-Track, Pt. 1 For New Album

Sweden's Bullet posted the first in a series of track-by-track videos clips for the upcoming new release "Storm of Blades." The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on September 5th (EU) and September 9th (USA).

The track list for "Storm of Blades" is:

1. Uprising
2. Storm Of Blades (see music video)
3. Riding High
4. Tornado
5. Hawk Eyes
6. This One’s For You
7. Hammer Down
8. It’s On
9. Crossfire
10. Run With The Hunted
11. Coming In Loud (Bonus Track - Digipak Edition)

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Savage Master Streaming New Track

Louisville occult metal act Savage Master is streaming the new track "The Ripper in Black." The song is taken from the new album "Mask of the Devil," which will be issued on Halloween day, October 31st, via Skol Records.

Savage Master is:

Stacey Peak - Vocals
Adam Neal - Guitar
Larry Myers - Guitar
Eric McManus - Drums

Check out "The Ripper in Black" here:

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MindMaze Streaming New Track "Dreamwalker"

Pennsylvania progressive metal act MindMaze is streaming the new track "Dreamwalker," which can be heard in the player below. The song is the first full track released from the band's upcoming sophomore album "Back from the Edge," which is set for release on Oct. 24th in Europe and Oct. 28th in North America via Inner Wound Recordings.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Back from the Edge
2. Through the Open Door
3. Moment of Flight
4. Dreamwalker
5. The Machine Stops
6. Consequence of Choice
7. End of Eternity
8. Onward (Destiny Calls II)

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