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Metal News for August 26, 2013

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Hate Cancels U.K. Tour

Poland's Hate has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's planned U.K. tour dates:

"We do regret to inform you that The Fleshgod Apocalypse/Hate tour in the UK has been cancelled. The reason for this is just bad organization of the shows and incompetence of the agency that was responsible for it in the first place.

"Stephen Moss of Nuclear Blast Touring said: 'We tried to rescue the tour after the previous agent who was booking it made many errors, but in the past weeks we had more trouble as promoters were confirming shows with us that the promoter had not confirmed with the venues. So shows were being cancelled. The only option is to cancel the tour and re-organize something for the future, which of course I am not happy about, with Nuclear Blast I have tried to rescue the tour, but we have failed.'

"We are sure that many of you will find this disappointing. All we can do is to assure you that together with our agent we will be working on another tour in the near future. We totally appreciate your support to the band and we hope to find another opportunity to come on a UK tour fairly soon. Until then Rest in HATE!"

Hate would have been touring in support of latest full-length album "Solarflesh" (reviewed here).

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Leaves' Eyes Unveils "Symphonies Of The Night" Art

Symphonic gothic act Leaves' Eyes unveiled the artwork for the upcoming release "Symphonies of the Night" (shown below). It was created by long time friend of the band Heile. The album is expected later in the year via Napalm Records.

"Symphonies of the Night" was recorded at Mastersound Studios. According to the band: "Expect this album to be the heaviest and most epic LEAVES' EYES experience to date: it will haunt you, even in your dreams."

More information concerning the album, release date and upcoming tours is expected soon! More...

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A Hero A Fake Disbanding

Eric Morgan of Charlotte-based act A Hero A Fake has checked in with the following announcement about the band deciding to call it quits:

"I'm writing to let you know that after nearly nine years, we are closing the book on A Hero A Fake. It's a bit surreal actually typing out these words, even though we came to the decision a couple months ago, the finality of it is only now setting in. No fights, babies, or rehab. There are just things we want to do musically that require a new start and a fresh perspective -- the results of which will be announced soon.

"The time I've spent with this band has been the most amazing, eye-opening, and rewarding experience of my life. When Justin, Patrick, and I started AHAF back in high school we couldn't of imagined the journey we were embarking on. From simply being in a room together writing music with friends to getting signed, releasing three full-lengths, and touring the country -- we've accomplished the things that at one time only lived in our daydream heavy minds.

"We've been fortunate to have so many great people and musicians have a hand in shaping who we are. Honestly, I couldn't say enough about how lucky I am to have played music beside every single current and past member of this band.

"Of course our story would be impossible without all our fans, family, and friends who gave us the motivation every day to move forward note by note and mile by never ending mile. Thank you so very much, your support has meant the world to us."

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Halcyon Way To Debut New Video At PPUSA

Atlanta's Halcyon Way are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album "Conquer." The band recently completed work on a music video for the new song "Web Of Lies," which will be premiered exclusively at the upcoming ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta next week on Saturday September 27th at 7:45 PM.

Halcyon Way will then hit the road this September and October along with Fozzy in support of the legenday Saxon's North American "Sacrifice" tour. The tour kicks off September 12th in Patchouge, NY and runs through October 19th in Vancouver, BC. A complete list of dates can be found at this location or in the poster below.

Guitarist Jon Bodan gave some insight on the new album:

"Thanks to the support of the many fans that contributed to our IndieGoGo campaign, we are in the final stages of editing our first 'proper' music video, for a track called "Web Of Lies" off our upcoming new record. The video is coming out amazing, and the song is killer - it's heavy, technical yet accessible, and it has the giant hook that defines the HW sound. More...

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Fatality Issues New Tour Blog

Toronto Fatality is currently out on the two month North American "Towards Disastour," which sees the band performing in support of the "Psychonaut" album.

Vocalist Spencer Le Von has agained checked in from the road with Dead Rhetoric.com, this time on a day off in Arlington, TX. Excerpts are available below, or you can read the full tour diary over at this location.


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Germ Posts New Song Online

Germ's new album "Grief" is due out on October 21st, 2013 via Eisenwald.

This new album follows previous release "Loss" (reviewed here), which is still available for streaming at this location.

In anticipation of the coming album release, Germ has posted a track from "Grief" online. Check out "Butterfly" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Butterfly
3. The Stain Of Past Regrets
4. Departures
5. Memorial Address
6. An End
7. Beneath The Cliffs
8. Blue As The Sky, Powerful As The Waves
9. How Can I?
10. I Can See It In The Stars
11. It's Over
12. Withering In Hell
13. Ghost Tree pt3 More...

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BTBAM Comments On Unapproved Releases

In what is apparently a reference to previous label Victory Records releasing the "Snapshot" 10 track compilation, Between the Buried and Me has posted the following message online about only buying releases directly from the band:

"Just so everyone knows, we have a merch button at the top of our page that is a listing of all our official merch stores. Please don't bother buying from anywhere else as it does not in any way filter through to us, nor do we have control over the quality of the product.

"Also, I know our fans are smart enough to know that if there is a new release coming out that we haven't advertised, then we obviously have nothing to do with it and again it is only profiting some third party that has no association with the band. We'd be more than happy if you just downloaded our old (ie: pre-Parallax) music and just continue coming to see us live.

"THANK YOU! See you all soon."

Between the Buried and Me left Victory Records several years ago and signed on with Metal Blade in 2011.

The band will also be touring with The Faceless and The Safety Fire in September. Dates are available at this location. More...

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WAKO Posts Tour Trailer

We Are Killing Ourselves has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming tour, which can be found below. WAKO also comments:

"Today is the day we gonna hit the road, it´s gonna be a hell of a journey! Wish us luck, hope to see you all in Northampton for the first gig of the UK Tour with Breed 77! Be there, be WAKO..."

8/29 -- Rushden, Northamptonshire -- Rushden Athletic Club
8/30 -- Nottingham, UK -- Rescue Rooms
8/31 -- Nuneaton, UK -- Queen's Hall
9/1 -- Stroud, Gloucestershire -- The Alternative Stroud Fringe Festival
9/2 -- Bristol, UK -- The Lanes
9/4 -- Islington, UK -- 02 Academy
9/5 -- Birmingham, UK -- 02 Academy
9/6 -- Derby, UK -- Hairy Dog
9/7 -- Northampton, UK -- Racehorse More...

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Mushroomhead Rejoined By Former Vocalist

Update: Waylon has since released a statement that he is still in Mushroomhead and no one has left the band. Check it out right here.

Mushroomhead has been re-joined by former vocalist Jason Popson, who stated on a brief message online: "Old school, new school, this is the WHOLE school. Mushroomhead, buckle up kids, I'm back!"

Mushroomhead then confirmed the announcement by re-posting Popson's comments and adding: "It's Official ladies and gentlemen! Sincerely, The Filthy Hands Co."

Mushroomhead will also be heading out on tour in September with One Eyed Doll, Ionia, and The X-Members. Dates are as follows: More...

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Asking Alexandria To Tour With Korn

Asking Alexandria has just announced more dates with Korn this fall. See the updated itinerary below, with more dates to be announced soon.

9/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/27 - New York City, NY - Roseland Ballroom
9/28 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
9/30 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10/2 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
10/3 Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
10/10 Los Angeles, CA - The Palladium

Asking Alexandria's new album, "From Death To Destiny," officially debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 41,082 units sold. This achievement marked the group's highest charting debut ever. Check out the band's music video for "The Death of Me" at this location. More...

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Tyr Streaming New Track

Tyr is due to release new album "Valkyrja" on September 17th in North America and September 16th in Europe. The band has now teamed up with Metal Hammer Germany to stream the song "Another Fallen Brother." Check it out in the player provided below.

To hear more from the album, check out the previously posted tracks "Mare of My Night" and "Blood of Heroes."

Tyr will be heading out on a European tour with Finntroll in September. Dates are avaialble after the jump. More...

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Doyle Joining Second Leg Of Danzig Tour

Former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will head out with Danzig on the second leg of the Danzig 25 tour.

The second leg of the tour will again feature a special Misfits set and also includes openers Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, and A Pale Horse Named Death. The tour kicks off on September 13th with a performance at Riotfest in Chicago, IL, and picks back up again on October 8th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tour closes in San Francisco, CA on Halloween night.

Just before his Los Angeles performance with Danzig next Friday, August 30th at Gibson Amphitheatre, Doyle will take part in an exclusive signing at Guitar Center Hollywood on Thursday, August 29th from 3:00-4:00PM. Guitar Center Hollywood is located at 7425 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Digipak copies of "Abominator" will be available for sale and fans will have the opportunity to get their CD signed by Doyle himself. More...

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Principles Releases Music Video

Australian Principles has released a music video for the track "Oakwood," which comes off the band's debut album and can be found below.

The clip was directed by D.O. Blackley of Her Name Is Murder Productions. The Principles album "The Path to Survival" is due out this coming September 13th, 2013.

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Bossk Signs With Deathwish

Atmospheric post-everything band Bossk has joined the Deathwish family to release the "Pick Up Artist" EP. The label comments:

"The band released four promising recordings ('1,' '2,' the '3' DVD, and a split EP w/ Rinoa) on their own Eyes Of Sound label before taking temporary hiatus in 2008. After four years of dormancy, Bossk awoke from their slumber collectively inspired to create in 2012. The band soon performed at UK's Damnation Festival In the Fall of 2012, and entered the studio to record the 'Pick Up Artist.'

"A seven minute textural epic that is crushingly heavy and uniquely melodic. Crashing forward in two unique movements, 'Pick Up Artist' has a hypnotic ebb and flow that carries Bossk past obvious influences (Isis, Neurosis, etc.) as they expand into new uncharted territory. The song was released to the public via free download in the Fall of 2012 to critical acclaim. More...

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Haemophagus Signs With Razorback

Razorback Recordings is thrilled to announce the release of a 2nd full-length CD from Italy's Haemophagus in late 2013/early 2014. The label comments:

"The new album is titled 'Atrocious,' and is some of the absolute BEST splatter/horror death/grind we have heard in years! Featuring ultra-ripping and catchy guitar riffs, deranged vocals, and a great mix of styles... 'Atrocious' is the death/grind album that gorehounds have been STARVING for!

"Haemophagus has been around for almost 10 years now, having released a ton of EP's and playing tons of shows all over Europe. A new personal standard has been set by the band on this new album. Try to imagine a mix of Repulsion and Terrorizer, along with Voivod and early-Slayer! There is truly no band around today that sounds like Haemophagus!" More...

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Carcass Releases New Track

Carcass has premiered another track from upcoming new album "Surgical Steel." Check out "Unfit for Human Consumption" in the player below courtesy of The Gauntlet.

Carcass will also be joining Amon Amarth on a European tour this coming November/December. Details are available at this location.

"Surgical Steel" will be released on September 16th (UK), September 13th (Rest of Europe) and September 17th (North America). 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 (streaming here)
11. Mount of Execution More...

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A Breach Of Silence Posts Lyric Video

A Breach of Silence and Eclipse Records have released a brand new lyric video for the song "Circles." The video was directed by Caldwell Entertainment and can be viewed below.

"When writing the chorus for Circles, I wanted it to be a clear message that you have control over your own life, and have the power over the choices you make," states vocalist/bassist Blair Layt. "The song itself is toned down, compared to most of the others songs on the album, but I think this helps to separate it and stand out - a lot like the message that it's trying to get across."

A Breach of Silence just wrapped up shooting another music video for the song "Night Rider" (to be released in September), and previously released a clip for "There Will Be Blood," which can be found right here.

The band is gearing up for more touring in October, as direct support for Swedish metalcore masters Adept. All dates are listed below.

A Breach of Silence recently wrapped up production of debut full-length "Dead or Alive," which will be released on October 1st by Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd (Bring Me The Horizon, Opeth, In Flames, Arch Enemy). More...

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And The Kingdom Fell Recruits New Gutiarist

And The Kingdom Fell has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"OK peeps, we have some bad news and some good news...

"The bad news is that our guitarist, David Bautista, will no longer be playing with us. We wish him the best of luck and we hope he had a great time playing shows with us. If anyone out there is looking for a really good metal guitarist, hit up David.

"The good news is that Jentzen Flaskerud, former guitarist of Pathways, will be taking his place! We are very stoked to play shows with him in the near future and see what he can bring to the crowd. Get stoked!"

To hear the band's music, check out "The Iridescence of a Forgotten Paradise" at this location. More...

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Notti Del Terrore Posts New Music Video

Notti Del Terrore has posted an animated video online for the track "My Name," which is taken from the band's second album "Havoc." The following press release was also issued:

"It took 4 months to complete this one man's job. Instead of hiring a video crew and heading into an abandoned factory, church or anything like that, Belgian industrial metallers Notti Del Terrore (NDT) decided on doing an animated video.

"Frontman KVN spent 4 months on drawing, animating and editing the footage for what would become a rollercoaster ride straight to hell. Brace yourself for 4 minutes of blood'n gore, action and more blood 'n gore." More...

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Mortal Soul Posts Playthrough Video

Kenyan hard rock/metal band Mortal Soul has posted a playthrough video of its new track "Solace," which was produced and filmed by Shinigami Studios in Nairobi. Young Mwanzia (ex-In Oath) joins them on bass. "Solace" comes from the recent debut EP "Ashes in the Wind," the second out of seven songs on the 35 minute release. Stream the entire album over at youtube.

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Nine Inch Nails Posts Art Teaser

Nine Inch Nails has posted a video teaser for the artwork/packaging of new album "Hesitation Marks," which features previously unreleased music. Check it out below.

"Hesitation Marks" includes artwork by Russell Mills and art direction/layout by Rob Sheridan. The album is due out September 3rd, 2013.

You can also watch a music video for "Came Back Haunted" over at this location.

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I Spit Ashes Streaming "World On Fire"

I Spit Ashes has posted a new version of the song "World on Fire" online, which can be heard in the player below or downloaded at SoundCloud here.

The band's latest full-length "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light" was released last summer via Massacre Records.

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Noctum Announces New Album

Noctum has confirmed an October 29th release date for the band's Metal Blade Records debut "Final Sacrifice."

Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed. The cover art was painted by Timo Ketola (Sunn o))), Arktau Eos) and can be found below.

In the town of Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2009 a band called Séance was formed. Moving at breakneck speed the band formed in September, recorded a two-song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed names to Noctum. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records. More...

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Arkona Issues Recording Update

After releasing the "Decade of Glory" live album, Arkona is now working on a studio full-length titled "Yav."

The band recently finished recording guitars and is now beginning work on vocals. Further details will be announced as they are available, and you can follow the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Sepultura Reveals New Album Artwork

Sepultura has now revealed the artwork for forthcoming album "The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart."

The art was handled by Alexandre Wagner and can be viewed below.

Although being inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie “Metropolis,” the release is not set out to be a concept album or a soundtrack like it's precedessors "Dante XXI" (“The Divine Comedy”) and "A-Lex" (“A Clockwork Orange”).

The album is scheduled for a late October 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Gus G Announces Guitar Clinic Tour

Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) has announced an Italian guitar clinic tour presented by Modern Music Institute. Details and ticket info can be found here, and dates are as follows:

OCT 8 - COMO (Woodstock)
OCT 9 - VERONA (Baricentro)
OCT 11 - SIRACUSA (La Perciata)
OCT 12 - CASERTA (My Toy) More...

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Ektomorf Posts Final Studio Video

Ektomorf has now released the seventh and final clip in a series of studio videos from the band's time working on a new album. Check out this clip below or find the previous video in the series right here. Ektomorf also comments:

"We're back again, with the final studio report. Hope you guys had fun and learned more about the band - and we certainly hope that you are as excited as we are about our upcoming album! STAY AS YOU ARE!"

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GOG Streaming Full Album Online

GOG is currently streaming the forthcoming record "Ironworks" online. Check out all the tracks from the release via PopMatters here. The track listing is as follows:

1. 1870-1906 (watch the music video below)
2. Tasks Which Destroy Body And Soul
3. God Says To Love You In Chains
4. A Promised Eternity Fulfilled With Cancer
5. Into Her, She Carved The Word Empty
6. I Draw My Strength From You More...

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Hirax Unveils "Immortal Legacy" Album Artwork

U.S. thrash metal veterans Hirax unveiled the album artwork for the upcoming new LP "Immortal Legacy." The album is scheduled for release on September 20th (Germany), September 23rd (EU) and September 24th (North America).

The album's artwork was created by Philip Lawvere. Check it out here:

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Black Sleep Of Kali Releases New Tracks

TRVE Brewing Co. and Flatline Audio have teamed up to released two new tracks from Denver-based Black Sleep of Kali (members of Call of the Void and Vimana). You can stream "Judecca" and "Morbus" here or in the player below. TRVE Brewing also comments:

"In the short time we've been open we've been fortunate enough to meet a huge number of people within the heavy metal community that love and support what we're doing at TRVE Brewing. Because of this overwhelming support we decided we wanted to give back to the people working their asses off on the road and around town - writing killer tunes and entertaining the hell out of our beer soaked scene.

"Back in the days before TRVE, our owner was lucky enough to meet Dave Otero at a homebrew meetup. Dave is the owner and producer at Flatline Audio, one of the premier studios in the country specializing in all forms of heavy and crushing riffage. Recent discussions led to the idea of a collaboration: hand pick bands and send them up to record at Dave's Studio for no fee whatsoever. Recording time ain't always cheap, and there are killer bands out there fighting tooth and nail just to break even. We wanted to help these people out and get their music heard.

"For our inaugural session, we sent our pals in Black Sleep of Kali up to Flatline to throw down two insane tracks - Judecca and Morbus. They're available for free download right over here.

"TRVE and Flatline plan on making this an ongoing collaboration, and are already hunting for the next band to send into the studio. Be ready for more crushing tunes this winter." More...

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Snovonne Announces New Tour Dates

Slovakia's Snovonne will hit the road again with her live band - Samuli Tuomas Mäkelä (Guitar), Peter Báleš (Bass), and Lukáš Michálek (Drums) - for a string of European shows with Amendfoil. The following press release was also issued:

"Snovonne is a female progressive metaller - a singer and songwriter living by turns in USA and Slovakia. Her music combines temperament and unpredictability, orchestral and theatrical monumentality and playful bitterness of language. A brave mix of temper and heavy riffs with fragile and heart-breaking melodies.

"In 2012, Snovonne has released her last album - The Nightmare Bride (featuring a duet with Swedish metal titans Soilwork), toured Europe, released several videos and became more internationally recognized artist.

"For this tour, Snovonne comes up with a brand new show taking the theatrical and expressive parts of her music to a new visual level."

20/09/2013 - Exit Us, Prague. CZ - with Amendfoil (FIN)+ Minority Sound (CZ)
21/09/2013 - Garage Club, Ostrava. CZ - with Amendfoil (FIN)
22/09/2013 - U Ocka, Bratislava. SK - with Amendfoil (FIN) + Feelme (SK)
24/09/2013 - Latvijas 1. Rokkafejnica, Riga, LV - with Amendfoil (FIN)
26/09/2013 - Jack The Rooster, Tampere. FIN
27/09/2013 - O'Hara's Freehouse, Tampere. FIN - with Amendfoil (FIN)
28/09/2013 - Bar Bäkkäri, Helsinki. FIN - with Amendfoil (FIN)
12/10/2013 - Rock Heat Club, Arezzo. IT - with Lunocode (IT) More...

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Ctulu Releases Acoustic Music Video

Lovecraftian black metal act Ctulu has just released the band's first ever music video to the track "Nachtwind."

The song is originally from second full-length "Sarkomand," however, this music video is a special acoustic version of the song. The video was filmed with Harddrive Media in Hamburg and on the shores of the Baltic in Kiel. The black metallers have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com to release the video, which is available below.

Ctulu will re-release third full-length "Seelenspiegelsplitter" via Black Blood Records on October 4th. Additionally, Roman Szymura, who is known for his work in AEBA, has joined Ctulu as the band's permanent drummer. The band has confirmed the following live European dates:

10/25/2013 – Mannheim (DE)
10/26/2013 – Cork (IRL)
10/27/2013 – Limerick (IRL)
11/15/2013 – Bremen (DE)
12/22/2013 – Nicosia (CY) *** Supporting Rotting Christ ***
23/03/2014 – Till Death Doom Us Part, Bristol (UK)
05-06/06/2014 – Gahlen Moscht Open Air (DE) More...

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Trollband Streaming New Album

Trollband, previously covered in the folk metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has now released new album "Samsara," which is the follow-up to "In The Shadow of the Mountain" (reviewed here).

You can download the album on a name-your-price basis via Bandcamp here or stream the songs below. The track listing is:

1. Blood to the Heartwood 02:58
2. Ravenous 05:52
3. River 05:26
4. Cavern 05:12
5. Wither 04:24
6. Throat of the World 04:30
7. Centuries of Sand 02:10
8. Roots of the Earth 05:49
9. Mortal Soul of Man 04:33 More...

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Kambrium Signs With 7Hard Records For New LP

German symphonic power death act Kambrium have signed a record deal with 7Hard Records for the release of the upcoming sophomore full length release "Dark Reveries." The album is scheduled for release on October 18th.

Guest stars to appear on the album include: Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia), Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer/Ex-Emerald) and Martin Schnella (Flaming Row). Schnella also produced and mixed the new album. The album's artwork (shown below) was created by ArtWars Mediadesign.

The track listing for "Dark Reveries" is:

1. Dark Reveries (Intro)
2. Taken by the Storm
3. Scepter of the Serpent
4. Spellbound by a Nightmare
5. Dark Lights (Feat. Thomas Winkler)
6. Beastly Hybris
7. Lake Gloom (Feat. Amanda Somerville)
8. The Distant Shore
9. Frost Reflection
10. Opus Aeturnus (Feat. Melanie Mau) More...

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Ferocity Posts "The Sovereign" Official Video

Deepsend Records has announced the worldwide release of Ferocity's "The Sovereign" on September 3rd. Stream album track "...And the Rest is Silence" below in the player and listen to the official music video for the title track from "The Sovereign" afterwards. With Nikolaj Kjærgaard on the drums as the newest addition to the band, Ferocity is now adding elements of grind and blastbeat-laden death to its repertoire.

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Bassist Paasikoski Splits With Sonata Arctica

Marko Paasikoski, bassist for Sonata Arctica, has split with the band. He sites the fact that he wishes to explore other things as the option to be part of a touring band no longer exists. Replacing Paasikoski will be Winterborn bassist Pasi Kauppinen.

The band will enter the studio in October to record the follow up to the latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (see review here). The new release is targeted for a Spring 2014 release.

The announcement reads: "It's with much sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce that our bass player for the past decade Marko Paasikoski is no longer in the band."

"States Marko:

'I have come to a situation in my life where being a part of a touring band is not an option for me anymore and it's time to explore other things. I wish to thank all the fans and my bandmates for all the good times, great shows and adventures that we have had over the last decade.

'The memories from this time will stay with me forever but at the moment I don't have the motivation or the passion that is required to be in the band so it's better for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. I wish all the best for the guys ! -Marko'

"We understand Marko's decision and this is of course a thing that we have talked about during the last tour. We appreciate Marko being a stand up guy and finishing up the Stones Grow Her Name- World Tour. Thank you Marko for all these years and best of luck and fortunes with your future endeaveurs, we'll miss you bro !!

"Our new bass player is Pasi Kauppinen (Silent Voices, ex-Requiem, Winterborn). We've known him for many years and he has mixed both our DVDs as well as recorded parts of our last 3 studio albums. He will join the band starting with the upcoming album.

"Sonata Arctica will start rehearsing in September and enter the studio in October. The new studio album will be out next spring with a world tour to follow." More...

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Whoretopsy Parts Ways With Guitarist And Drummer

Australian slammers Whoretopsy recently posted the news that their guitarist and drummer have exited the band in this following announcement:

"It’s with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce the departure of AJ and Gilesy from Whoretopsy. For 2 years we have been slamming together as brothers, and in that time achieved incredible things and accomplished dreams. We thank them for everything and wish them the best of luck with their future musical endeavors."

AJ: "Hey guys, it's AJ here. I have decided to part ways with my beloved band. I wish the guys all the best.. And everyone that's ever supported me and the guys along my journey, I appreciate it so much.... Couldn't have wished for more. Love, AJ”

GILESY: “Thanks to everyone for the support but it's time to move on. Had the time of my life and good luck to the remaining members.”

Whoretopsy plans on continuing and fulfilling all current tour commitments, which include supporting Kataklysm and Gotsu-Totsu-Kotsu on December 6th at the Northcote Social Club along with the Slamtember mini tour. Chris Paras and Brenton Marsh from The Seraphim Veil will join the ranks as drummer and guitarist for that upcoming tour. Check out the lyric video for Whoretopsy's newest tune "Nature's Pocket" below.

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Preview Of Bloody Climax Reissue Available

Bloody Climax posted a preview clip of the upcoming reissue of the unearthed 1985 release "Back to the Wall." The album will be available on September 6th via Kathargo Records (a division of Pure Steel Records). The album contains tracks previously unreleased, which were planned for a sophomore LP.

The German traditioanl metal act featured drummer Thomas Krämer and guitarist Frank Heller - both of Vendetta. Vocalist Matthias Müller currently sings for the gothic/death metal act Amorticure.

The track listing for the reissue is:

1. Edge Of The Daring
2. Turn To Ice
3. Back To The Wall
4. Bloody Climax
5. Cinderella
6. Jailbreaker
7. Living In The Night
8. Turning In Circles
9. No Paragon
10. Ride With The Wind
11. Run For Cover
12. Fight For My Life
13. Flames Of Hell
14. Out Of Control
15. Straight From The Heart

Check out the preview clip here:
16. Taken By Force More...

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Damnations Day Releases New Music Video

Australian progressive metal act Damnations Day, featuring Teramaze drummer Dean Kennedy, has released a music video for the new track "Invisible, The Dead." The song is the title track of the band's debut album, which is due out on September 17th via Nightmare Records.

Damnations Day is:

Jon King - Guitars
Luke Vinken - Bass
Dean Kennedy (Teramaze) - Drums
Mark Kennedy (Ex-Asphodel) - Vocals , Guitars (rhythm)

The track list for "Invisible, The Dead" is:

1. Invisible, the Dead
2. The Meaning
3. I Am
4. The Reaper
5. A Ghost in Me
6. Lucid Dreaming
7. Reflections
8. Carried Above the Sun
9. A World to Come More...

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Eden's Curse Posts In Studio Footage On New LP

Multinational Melodic Metallers Eden’s Curse posted up a couple of in studio videos chronicling the recordings of the fourth studio album "Symphony Of Sin," which is due out October 4th (EU) and October 22nd (North America) via AFM Records.

"Symphony of Sin" was produced by Paul Logue and mixed and mastered by the groups long term engineer, Pink Cream 69/Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward. It featues the band's new vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia/Dreyelands) and new keyboardist and former Powerquest mainman Steve Williams.

The track list is:

1. Symphony Of Sin
2. Break The Silence
3. Evil & Divine
4. Unbreakable
5. Fallen From Grace
6. Losing My Faith
7. Rock Bottom
8. Great Unknown
9. Turn The Page
10. Sign Of The Cross
11. Wings To Fly
12. Devil In Disguise More...

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Ayreon Taps Jordan Rudess As Next Guest

After revealing Cristina Scabbia as the third guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the keyboardist 3" video as Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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Epysode Posts Additional In Studio Footage

On the heels of the announcement of the new album "Fantasmagoria," Epysode posted up additional in studio footage on the recordings of the new release. In this video, Matt Marinelli, vocalist of the Canadian act Borealis, is shown recording his vocal parts for the album. "Fantasmagoria" drops on October 11th via AFM Records.

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Darkology Announces New Album Title, Artwork

Texas based power/progressive act Darkology, featuring vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Firewind/Adagio), announced that the band's long awaited sophomore effort will be entitled "Fated to Burn." The band is streaming an unmastered sample of the title track (heard below).

"Fated to Burn" is the follow up to the 2009 release "Altered Reflections" and is expected out for release by year end. The album was mixed and mastered by Chris Tsangarides. Guitarist Michael Harris spoke about the sound of the album: "This album is a tribute to the old-school and it’s our hope that what we’ve done here will remind the listener why they got into metal in the first place."

Darkology is:

Kelly Sundown Carpenter – Vocals
Michael Harris - Guitars
Mike Neal - Bass
Brian Harris - Drums

The cover artwork was created by Rainer Kalwitz (Shadow Gallery/Dare/Praying Mantis). Check it out here: More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Puerto Rico

Today on Metal Underground, we will head over to almost the southeasternmost zip code in the US - the island of Puerto Rico. Not exactly a nation, although many of its citizens would like it to be, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States with its own constitution and a rhythm and vibe that rival that of any Central American country.

We have featured several Puerto Rican bands and groups that have ties to that island in our news such as Zafakon, who rose to prominence with their "Fall" EP back in 2010. The all female gothic/black metal trio Matriarch, now disbanded, combined the impossibly high soprano operatic pitch of guitarist Vanessa Urrutia and the evil lower end vocals of Shamara and Isabel. Too bad "Revered Unto the Ages" was their swan song. Countless bands are actively playing, releasing albums and making the news on a regular basis, though. More...

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Project: Roenwolfe Streaming "The Trader Of Pain"

U.S. power thrash act Project: Roenwolfe is streaming the new track "The Trader of Pain." The song appears on the new album "Neverwhere Dreamscape," which was just released this past Saturday via Masters of Metal Productions.

Project: Roenwolfe features guitarist Tony Cordisco (Judicator/Vermiform) and vocalist Patrick Hoyt Parris (Ex-Theocracy/Lascaille's Shroud).

Check out "The Trader of Pain" here:

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Enduring Revery Streaming "Earth Floods Red"

Maryland-based, one-man experimental metal band Enduring Revery has made the deluxe edition of the debut EP "Earth Floods Red" (reviewed here) available for pre-order via bandcamp.com for just $4. The deluxe edition contains the original four tracks from the "Earth Floods Red" EP, plus instrumental versions of each of those songs.

Metalunderground.com is hosting the exclusive full album stream a week before the album is finally released.

UPDATE: The album has been released and is available for download from bandcamp or directly via the player below: More...

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