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Metal News for August 28, 2013

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Blackfinger Releasing Debut Album

Eric Wagner’s Blackfinger has signed a worldwide deal and revealed its new teaser video. The following statement comes from Mercyful Mike Management & Production:

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Blackfinger, featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner, has signed a worldwide deal with Germany’s prestigious Church Within Records. The mastered album is being delivered to Church Within as we speak, and the CD and vinyl versions are expected out by the end of the year. An exact release date will be announced soon. A full tour in support of the album is being discussed, and will be reported on as things fall into place. Until then, be sure to check out the new Blackfinger promo video from Kathy Reeves Productions below.”

As reported earlier, Dark Star Records will be handling the digital release of the Blackfinger debut, which will be available on the official release date of the CD/LP. The debut album, with its many peaks and valleys of heaviness and melancholy, along with Wagner's signature vocals, will mark the singer’s first recorded output since Trouble’s 2007 release “Simple Mind Condition”. The track listing of “Blackfinger” is as follows:

I Am Jon
Why God
On Tuesday Morning
As Long As I’m With You
Here Comes The Rain
My Many Colored Days
For One More Day
All The Leaves Are Brown
Til Death Do Us Part
Keep Fallin’ Down

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Inter Arma Gearing Up For Tour

Fresh from the studio recording an as-yet-untitled new EP for Relapse, which also released the "Sky Burial" LP earlier in the year, Inter Arma will embark on a sixteen city tour in just over a week.

The action begins next Thursday, September 5th when Inter Arma provides direct support for Gorguts in Springfield, Virginia, followed by a two-week co-headlining run with Woe. Along the way Inter Arma will branch off from the Woe trek for performances at Hopscotch Festival alongside Sleep, Evoken and more, as well as Boomslang Festival with Pallbearer, Thou, Grails and Locrian.

Stay tuned for more info on the pending EP, further tour updates and more on Inter Arma throughout the duration of the year. More...

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Wrust Streaming Official Video

Botswanan groove metal band Wrust has posted a video for the single "Hate 'Em All," which comes from the band's latest album "Intellectual Metamorphosis." The video footage was shot on the 29th of June in Milan, Italy, where Wrust performed at the Rock Festival Solomacelo. Recording took less than two hours and was edited by Lumilean Moving Images, the masterminds behind the upcoming metal documentary film, March of the Gods.

The content of the video focuses on the current state of many governments throughout the world, abusing the freedom of the human race, and embarking on campaigns of violence and oppression. "Hate ‘em All" is an appeal to the authorities: “ I wish you’d set us free...” Next up for Wrust will be a performance at the Augustus Metal Fest, a brutal metal fest featuring bands from Botswana and South Africa. That will take place on Saturday, August 31st at the Bull And Bush in Gaborone.

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Dead Bread Streaming New EP

Dead Bread, the one-man death metal project of Mateusz "Matt" Janiak from Carnage Inn, is streaming its new EP "Hatred Slice" over at YouTube. Matt does all vocals and instruments, but has six guest vocalists on this four song EP - two being his bandmates in the Polish band Carnage Inn. Lyrics on "Hatred Slice" were written and performed by Janick Klausen, while artwork was done by Pawel "Rózyk" Rózycki. Check out a new Carnage Inn song, "In Vain," over here.

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Voices Of Extreme To Release "Break The Silence"

Hailing from New York, Voices of Extreme is a powerful hard rock ensemble that will appeal to fans of dynamic, harmonic metal and melodic rock.

All of the members have extensive experience in the industry and are now supporting their new album "Break The Silence," the follow-up to their debut album "Hypocrite."

"Break The Silence" will be hitting stores on November 1st, 2013 via Smash-Mouth Records.

"Break The Silence," states vocalist Don Chaffin, “is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and various individual styles, and is a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances!”

1. Damned
2. Tell Me What It Takes
3. Apocalypse
4. Break the Silence
5. Numb
6. Did It Again
7. Hollow
8. Made of Stone
9. Blown Away
10. Sorry
11. Pain
12. More than Anything More...

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Gnaw Streaming "Water Rite"

In anticipation of a forthcoming full-length, set to terrify the masses globally this October, Pitchfork today spews forth the first helping of Gnaw's "Horrible Chamber" in the form of third track, "Water Rite." Check it out at this location.

Comments Pitchfork of the decomposing tune: "... the first philippic from their forthcoming second LP Horrible Chamber is a delightful seven-minute span of punishment. As drums splatter against a multi-dimensional electronic framework, crisscrossing howls and ghoulish utterances suggest Pere Ubu jamming with Wolf Eyes on the bow of a sinking ship. Dubin's venomous speak-sing has lost nothing since Khanate's heyday, but with Gnaw, his stately menace is replaced by red-eyed paranoia."

"Horrible Chamber" will be unleashed via Seventh Rule Recordings on October 15th, 2013. Preorder details to be unveiled in the coming weeks. More...

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Rob Zombie Hosting Battle Of The Bands

Fullerton, California’s The Slidebar has partnered with Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to host a battle of the bands live local music showcase this September and October.

Unsigned talent will compete for a chance to play the Monster Energy Main Stage on one night of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare.

The live music showcase nights for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands will begin with preliminaries at Slidebar on September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 25th, and will culminate with the four finalists competing on October 6th.

One winner will earn the honor of performing on the Monster Energy Main Stage at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. The performance date for the winning band will be announced at the final battle at Slidebar on October 6th.

To enter the competition, bands should email slidebarvenuebooking@yahoo.com by September 13th, 2013. Each entry should include: Band Name, Genre, Facebook Page, Twitter, Contact Name, and Contact Email. Bands will be chosen from these entries to perform at the weekly battles, each featuring five bands. Also visit the SlideBLOG at this location for more details.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will feature 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2nd headlining performance by Rob Zombie himself. The Halloween music and horror event will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10th - November 2nd at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.

This bone-chilling experience will combine advanced haunted house attractions with a music festival from top artists in the realms of hard rock/metal, rock alternative, EDM, and Latin music. More...

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hAND Issues Album Update

Prog outfit hAND has checked in with the following update about recording a new album:

"Lots has been happening, first things first, Kintsugi album recording is only 4 weeks away now. We are seriously getting excited (and maybe a bit panicked) about this. We are recording this album in 3 stages, starting with preproduction; tracking the guitar, bass and synth on our home set-up before we head to the studio. This is well underway and sounding delish! Next will be the tracking of the drums and vocals, experimenting with amps and mics and re-amping guitars and bass - that's at the studio in Wales (as well as a few other things) - then a short break before the mixing and production begins.

"Onto the E.P - writing has been going really well and it has certainly been an interesting process. In terms of being finished it's around 75% done, but we are putting it on hold now till after album recording as we need to focus our efforts on Kintsugi.

"We have lots of ideas for what to do for the release of Kintsugi, the word 'vinyl' is being thrown around quite a lot… One thing we definitely want to do is have pre-order bundles with various merch items, including some special limited-edition deluxe bundles. Once the artwork is finalized (which should be pretty soon) we'll be running polls on our FB / Twitter pages to see what items you want included in these bundles. Of course we'll let you know when these go up!

"Stay tuned, of course we'll be posting video, photo and all kinds of updates from the studio and over the next few months! Enjoy the sunshine!"

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WirgHata Signs With Blasphemour Records

Siberian metal act WirgHata has announced the band's signing with Blasphemour Records. Due to this new signing, the album's release - originally scheduled for September - has been postponed.

"Cold Dismay" is due out October 29th, 2013 on CD and digital formats. In the meantime you can check out samples of 3 songs from the upcoming release below.

Pre-sales for the CD are now available at this location and the digital version will be available soon on Itunes, Amazon, BandCamp, and more. More...

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Homewrecker Adds New Tour Dates

Following a destructive West Coast tour through most of July and into August, Ohio hardcore killers Homewrecker have confirmed a solid two months of late Summer/early Fall touring on two continents, set to begin in less than two weeks.

First up, Homewrecker will hit Toledo and Indianapolis with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell on September 9th and 10th on the way to connect with Harm's Way and Dead In The Dirt for a two-week Midwest-to-West Coast assault followed by another handful of dates with Harm's Way only.

Additionally, this week Homewrecker confirms the band's first European tour. The band is set to invade the continent for a full run alongside Calm The Fire just days after the mass of American tour actions, running from October 4th through 19th. Full tour info is available below. More...

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Atlantean Kodex Streaming Track From New Album

As Germany's heroes of true heavy metal, Atlantean Kodex prepare to proudly unveil their sophomore LP "The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)," today the first full single from the new opus is playing online.

Check out the mammoth eleven-minute "Sol Invictus (With Faith and Fire)" in the SoundCloud player below courtesy of Revolvermag.com.

Founding guitarist Manuel Trummer states of the tune, "'Sol Invictus' takes you on a trip through the dark underbelly of European folklore to a realm of fertility cults, fire-worship and corn-demons, older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than dreaming Sumer and mankind itself. Now grab a beer, turn the volume to 11 and bang your head like a man possessed."

The album will see stateside release on CD on October 1st, with the mammoth 2xLP version to follow shortly after. Outside of North America, Germany's Ván Records will disburse the vinyl edition while Italy's Cruz Del Sur will handle the CD release. More...

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A Pale Horse Named Death Releases Music Video

A Pale Horse Named Death has completed work on the video for the song "DMSLT". Check out the video below, courtesy of Decibelmagazine.com.

A Pale Horse Named Death will be hitting the road this fall supporting Danzig. The band will appear alongside Texas Hippie Coalition and Butcher Babies on all dates.

The tour is set to kick off October 8th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and run through October 31st in San Francisco, CA. More...

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Fit For An Autopsy Posts New Single

Fit For An Autopsy has released another new single called "Do You See Him" in anticipation of upcoming new LP "Hellbound," due out September 10th, 2013. Listen to the track below.

With Will Putney producing his own band this time around, this is some of the band's most forward thinking material to date. Artist Brian Mercer was also tapped to develop the "Hellbound" cover art. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Great Gift Of The World
2. Still We Destroy
3. Thank You Budd Dwyer
4. Do You See Him
5. Tremors
6. Dead In The Dirt
7. There Is Nothing Here Worth Keeping
8. Mother Of The Year
9. Children Of The Corn Syrup
10. The Travelers More...

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Atonement Releases New Album

After a recording process of almost two years, Atonement is now ready to unleash its first, self-titled full-length. You can stream the full album below, and the band comments:

"A mystic death metal album of epic proportions, incorporating influences from various areas: oriental melodies, enhanced by various acoustic guitars, black metal esotericism and even some classical music.

"Due to uncertain live capacities in the near future, the album is only available as a digital download on Bandcamp at the moment. However, full artwork and lyrics are included, for a mere 5$. Listen and let the might of the ancient ones crush your feeble flesh.

"The all-devouring darkness now comes down and let the gates be opened forevermore..."

1. Leviathan, All-Devouring 07:24
2. Ominous Sacrifice 06:38
3. Chalice of Flesh 05:31
4. Rev. 9:11 01:23
5. Apollyon 06:44
6. Purification 05:58
7. Fire in the Veins, Blood in the Eyes 07:19
8. Wrath of Tiamat 03:36
9. The Calling 02:20
10. The Rise of the Ancient Ones 12:15 More...

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Oranssi Pazuzu Streaming New Song

As "Valonielu" -- the sophomore LP from Finland's cult black metal experimentalists Oranssi Pazuzu -- nears split release on 20 Buck Spin in North America and Svart in Europe in mid-October, today Pitchfork unveils the first single from the album.

Explore the visionary violence of "Olen Aukaissut Uuden Silmän," at this location. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"With ethereal elements infiltrating a stabbing, frigid blackened stomp, the opening elements of Valonielu's fifth track, 'Olen Aukaissut Uuden Silmän (I Have Opened A New Eye),' is the perfect introductory sampling of the celestial expansiveness of the boundless Oranssi Pazuzu's utterly creepy delivery. Possibly the most straightforward of the six expansive songs on the album, while jagged blasts and blitzkrieg attacks appear intermittently, the majority of the track's crushing mid-paced thunder runs rampant with a frigid, unwavering destructive trajectory. More...

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Nervous Streams New Track

Terrorizer Magazine today presents a stream of a new Nervous song, "Cog in the Machine," off the Oakland, California band's self-titled debut album, out September 24th on Twelve Gauge Records.

Check out the track, along with the song "Good Morning," in the player provided below. Nervous' self-titled debut album was recorded and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Run-DMC). Twelve Gauge Records releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution. More...

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Horseback Streaming 3CD Collection

Chapel Hill, NC's experimental act Horseback is streaming the full 3 CD set of singles and rarities titled "A Plague of Knowing." Check it out via Bandcamp or in the player provided below.

This limited edition 3-Disc collection compiles a half decade’s worth of compilation: vinyl only, demos, live recordings, and previously unreleased Horseback material from 2007-2012. The album was released on August 20th, 2013 via Relapse. More...

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Twilight Of The Gods To Tour With Rotting Christ

European super group Twilight of the Gods and Greek cult act Rotting Christ will hit the road together on October 16th.

With Negura Bunget and other bands as support acts, the tour will travel through Europe to end on November 5th.

The Twilight of the Gods debut album is entitled "Fire on the Mountain" and will be released on September 27th (October 1st in North America).

Check out the new song "Destiny Forged In Blood" at this location.

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Gorguts Streaming New Song

The death metal pioneers in Gorguts are streaming a new song off their forthcoming record, "Colored Sands."

"Le Toit du Monde," the album's opening track, is streaming below courtesy of Lambgoat.com. 12 years in the making, the long-awaited new Gorguts album is slated for release this Friday (next Tuesday in North America). The track listing is as follows:

1. Le Toit du Monde
2. An Ocean of Wisdom (streaming here)
3. Forgotten Arrows
4. Colored Sands
5. The Battle of Chamdo
6. Enemies of Compassion
7. Ember's Voice
8. Absconders
9. Reduced to Silence More...

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Gorod Splits With Drummer

French act Gorod has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Hello to you all. These few words are to let you know that our drummer Samuel Santiago is no longer in Gorod. The reasons for this split up only concern Samuel and Gorod, no others statements will be made about this.

"The few gigs booked for the end of the year are confirmed and will be done with a temporary drummer, these gigs will be the the last concerning 'A Perfect Absolution.'

"In the following weeks GOROD will focus and start to compose for a new album and - we have a few ideas - we will search for a new drummer. More news soon." More...

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Inquisition Unveils New Album Details

As previously announced, black metal powerhouse Inquisition has named forthcoming album "Obscure Verses For The Multiverse."

The American / Colombian duo’s sixth full-length has been scheduled for an October 25th (October 29th in North America) release. The track listing is as follows:

1. Force Of The Floating Tomb
2. Darkness Flows Towards Unseen Horizons
3. Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
4. Spiritual Plasma Evocation
5. Master Of The Cosmological Black Cauldron
6. Joined By Dark Matter, Repelled By Dark Energy
7. Arrival Of Eons After
8. Inversion Of Ethereal White Stars
9. Infinite Interstellar Genocide More...

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Vera Cruz To Embark On Tour

French Hardcore metallers Vera Cruz will embark on a British tour next month, in the wake of latest album, "Skinandteethandnails."

The trek is starting on September 18th in Swansea and will end on October 2nd in Plymouth. See the full schedule below.

18 Sep 13 Swansea (UK) Upstairs @ Jack Murphy's
19 Sep 13 Cardiff (UK) Bogiez
20 Sep 13 Milton Keynes (UK) Crauford Arms
21 Sep 13 Huddersfield (UK) The Parish
22 Sep 13 Glasgow (UK) Audio
23 Sep 13 Edinburgh (UK) Banshee
24 Sep 13 TBA (TBA) TBA
25 Sep 13 Rhyl (UK) North Wales Inn
26 Sep 13 Derby (UK) The Hairy Dog
27 Sep 13 Worksop (UK) The Frog and Nightgown
28 Sep 13 Stoke-on-Trent (UK) Minsters Bar
29 Sep 13 London (UK) Upstairs @ The Garage
30 Sep 13 Southampton (UK) Joiners
01 Oct 13 Reading (UK) Face Bar
02 Oct 13 Plymouth (UK) The White Rabbit More...

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Exivious Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to welcome instrumental progressive band Exivious to the label's roster.

The Dutch quartet consists of Tymon Kruidenier (ex-Cynic) and Michel Nienhuis (Dodecahedron) on guitars, Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic) on fretless bass, and Yuma van Eekelen (ex-Pestilence, The New Dominion) on drums.

Exivious’ forthcoming second album is entitled "Liminal" and has been scheduled for a November 8th release (November 12th in North America).

“We're very pleased to announce that Exivious has found a home with Season of Mist,” the band comments. “After being independent since the beginning of the band, it's an exciting step for us to get signed. As such, we're proud and honored to be taken in by one of the most prestigious metal labels out there. Season of Mist is driven foremost by their passion for good music and they have an impressive roster of bands. We're very optimistic about a long and successful collaboration."

Season of Mist adds: "The sound of Exivious is hard to define; it operates in a space where metal meets fusion meets post-rock and still is none of the above. The band blends a wide variety of musical genres into a coherent, unified sound that’s driven by the incredible chemistry shared by the four musicians. You can get an idea of what ‘Liminal’ will sound like by listening to 'Entrust,' the opening track of the album." More...

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Euroblast 2013 Teaser Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Euroblast 2013 festival, which will take place from October 11th - 13th in Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany.

The clip is available below, and the following bands will be appearing at the fest:

Aliases, Arecibo, Arsis, Bear, Benea Reach, Cambion, Circles, Cyclamen, Dawn Heist, Deathember, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Empathea, Ever Forthright, Feared, Grand Exit, Hacride, Heights, Hord, Humanity's Last Breath, Hypno5e, Invocation, Kartikeya, Lifeforms, Meshuggah, Monuments, Nexilva, No Consequence, Overdown, Pomegranate Tiger, Skyharbor, Syqem, Tardive Dyskinesia, Textures, The Agonist, The Algorithm, The Ocean, The Omega Experiment, ThirdEar, Threat Signal, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Xerath. More...

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Ill Nino Comments On Upcoming Tour

Ill Ninio will embark on the American Epidemia Tour this fall, which is slated to begin on September 28th.

Throughout the month-long run, Ill Nino will be honoring U.S. Military service personnel by offering free admission and 2-for-1 tickets for all who present a Military ID at each event.

A son of a U.S. Army war veteran, bassist Laz Pina explains, “I am especially proud to be honoring our troops. Our military service men and women don’t choose war, but rather choose defending our freedom. For this we must be grateful.”

Vocalist Christian Machado goes on, “As we celebrate the return of our brave soldiers and wounded veterans, we will never forget those who gave their lives. A celebration for those who have served without fear and prejudice is in order.” More...

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Raven Announces More Tour Dates

New wave of British heavy metal act Raven is embarking on a U.S. and Canadian tour in support of the documentary DVD entitled "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey," which documents the band's almost 40 year career. The DVD was released July 16th via Steamhammer/SPV in North America.

In addition to previously announced dates, Raven has confirmed a co-headlining run with Diamond Head. These special shows kick off October 16th in Vancouver, BC and are scheduled to run through October 25th in Dallas, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Joining the tour will be special guests and long time friends Mpire of Evil, which features ex-Venom members Tony Dolan (Demolition Man) and Jeff Dunn (Mantas) together with drummer JXN Jackson. The first leg will start in Lake Worth, FL on September 11th and end in Columbus, OH on October 2nd. More...

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Vesperia Posts Tour Footage, New Song

Canadian metallers Vesperia have released footage from their cross-Canada tour this August with Crimson Shadows. Vesperia performed shows all the way from Ontario to Victoria, BC over a 2 week span, covering over 11,000 km and accomplishing over 120 hours of driving. The tour diary footage can be viewed below.

In addition to the new tour footage, Vesperia is also streaming a song from new album "An Olden Tale." Check out the new track after the jump.

Comments the band on the video: "Here we proudly present the folkiest and most upbeat song we have to offer from An Olden Tale! Can you pick out the banjos being played throughout the song? Ready those neck muscles and top up your mjød-horn for the sounds of Forsaken Shore!" More...

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Aphyxion Recording New Album

The young and upcoming death metal act Aphyxion, which played at Wacken 2011, is currently recording a debut full-length album that will consist of 10 tracks, including the "Despicable
single that is already on iTunes, Spotify and Youtube.

The recordings are taking place in Hansen Studios, where Volbeat, Raunchy, Aborted, Amaranthe and others have formerly worked. The album will be finished and released in the autumn of 2013. More...

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Hell Announces New Album

Risen from their own legacy, having disbanded in 1987, Hell was reincarnated in 2011 with the addition of Andy Sneap (guitar) and David Bower (vocals) joining original members Kev Bower (Guitar and Keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums).

Now the British quintet is about the release the follow-up to "Human Remains" (Nuclear Blast 2011). The sophomore offering of the band, "Curse And Chapter" will also be released via Nuclear Blast on November 22nd, 2013.

"Curse And Chapter" will include a bonus DVD, offering 6 songs from a show at the Darwin Suite Assembly Rooms in Derby, on February 23rd, 2013. As a first lead-off single, Hell will release "The Age Of Nefarious." More...

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Pirosaint Releases "Infected Brutality"

NY based thrash band Pirosaint has released the album "Infected Brutality" digitally via Digmetalworld Records, an album which will be distributed via MVD Entertainment Group in North America by the end of 2013. You can stream the full album at this location.

"Infected Brutality" contains Pirosaint's original demos, "Atrocity Not Condign '92" and "Infected Dreams '94" recorded originally in Santiago, Chile by Jose Luis Corral at the Rec. Studios. The album also includes four previously unreleased live tracks and was remastered at Oily Sound Studios in New Windsor, NY. "Infected Brutality" is currently available on digital format via iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Digmetalworld's website. With this album the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of the second demo "Infected Dreams."

Running order of the album:

- INFECTED DREAMS - Demo II - 1994
1. Real Psychology (1994) - remastered
2. Sent from the Emptiness (1994) - remastered
3. Noise in my Conscience (1994) - remastered
4. Agonic Introspection (1994) - remastered

5. Brutality not Condign (1992) - remastered
6. Killed Your Blood (1992) - remastered
7. Are only Dead Living (1992) - remastered

8. Brutality not Condign (1998) live
9. Noise in My Conscience (1998) live
10. Are only Dead Living (1998) live

- LIVE SHOW - SANTIAGO, Teatro Carrera
11. Real Psychology (1996) live

12. Semillero Rock (1991) rehearsal (CD bonus track)

The band is currently finishing up the recordings for the new album that will be released early 2014. More information about this releases and the upcoming album at the Official Website.

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Turisas Releases "Ten More Miles" Music Video

Turisas released a music video for the new track "Ten More Miles." The song appears on the new album "Turisas2013," which is scheduled for release on September 2nd (UK) and September 3rd (North America) via Century Media Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. For Your Own Good (streaming here)
2. Ten More Miles
3. Piece by Piece
4. Into the Free (streaming here)
5. Run Bhang-Eater, Run!
6. Greek Fire
7. The Days Passed
8. No Good Story Ever Starts with Drinking Tea
9. We Ride Together

Check out "Ten More Miles" here: More...

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Statement Issued On Joseph LaCaze's Death

As was recently announced, Joseph M. LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for EyeHateGod, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight and Outlaw Order, passed away on August 23rd in New Orleans after a five-week UK and European tour with EyeHateGod.

He also performed ceremonial voodoo drumming in numerous solo experimental electronics projects. Doctors confirmed to family members that the cause of death was respiratory failure. He also suffered from long term asthma.

An account is set up for the benefit of his daughter Lilith LaCaze. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze donation fund at any Capital One Bank in any city.

The band's PR team also states: "We at Earsplit join the fans around the globe in mourning this tragic loss, and extend our sincerest sympathies to Joey's family, friends and band mates. He will forever be remembered. Rest in peace." More...

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Yidhra Streaming Debut Album

Los Angeles doomsters Yidhra are about to release their debut album "Hexed" on September 13th, and are already streaming the entire nine song release over on bandcamp. Previously Yidhra had a four song EP to its credit, released back in 2009.

Veteran producer Bill Metoyer had this to say about working with Yidhra: “Not since Trouble have I worked with a band in this genre so talented. Yidhra! I have no clue what the name means, but to me it means DOOM!”

Says Yidhra founder and guitarist Dave Krocker: "Working with Bill was awesome. Just the thought of his history, and reading his name on all those influential records, it was kind of crazy. He knows his stuff and he's super easy going. It was great!"

Comments vocalist Ted Venemann: "We went in the studio with a plan to make a record that ebbed and flowed. One that would organically segue, like our live shows, from one powerful emotion to the next and Bill helped us capture all of that intensity and more. "Hexed" is a super heavy and grooving album and we are really proud of what Bill and us accomplished." More...

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Overtorture Announces German Tour

Swedish death metal brutes Overtorture will invade Germany next week for a series of shows dubbed the "At the End the Dead Await Tour 2013." The action kicks off on September 7th in Mannheim with Fleshcrawl, Revel In Flesh and Raw.

OVERTORTURE - At the End the Dead Await Tour 2013:

9/07 @ 7er Club - Mannheim, Ger. w/ Fleshcrawl, Revel In Flesh & RAW
9/08 @ Steinbruch Theater - Darmstadt, Ger. w/ Nile, Ex-Deo & Svart Crown
9/09 @ Bastard Club - Osnabrück, Ger. w/ Embedded & Burial Vault
9/11 @ Alte Zuckerfabrik - Rostock, Ger. w/ Armagenda & Dystopia
9/12 @ Cocktailbar im KUZ OHZ - Osterholz Scharmbeck, Ger.
9/13 @ Morbide Festspiele 15 - Bischofswerda, Ger. w/ Defeated Sanity & Disinter
9/14 @ Schlachtfest XII, Aurich, Ger. w/ Nailed To Obscurity, Krow & Epitome More...

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Stryper Premieres "Revelation" Lyric Video

Christian act Stryper has premiered the band's new single "Revelation" via NewReleaseTuesday.com at this location (also available below).

The track appears on the upcoming new release "No More Hell To Pay," which hits North America on November 5th via Frontiers Records. 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

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Epica To Release "Retrospect" DVD This November

Epica will release the DVD/3CD/2Blu-ray live release "Retrospect" on November 8th via Nuclear Blast. The release features the band's 10th Anniversary show from earlier this year in the Netherlands in its entirety, as well as exclusive interviews with all band members and behind-the-scenes footage from the show. The package will include a deluxe 48 page hardcover book and have the following track list:

1 - Introspect
2 - Monopoly on Truth
3 - Sensorium
4 - Unleashed
5 - Martyr of the Free Word
6 - Chasing the Dragon
7 - Presto
8 - Never Enough
9 - Stabat Mater Dolorosa
10 - Twin Flames
11 - Serenade of Self-Destruction
12 - Orchestral Medley
13 - The Divine Conspiracy - Anniversary Edition
14 - Delirium
15 - Blank Infinity
16 - The Obsessive Devotion
17 - Retrospect (New Song)
18 - Battle of the Heroes & Imperial March
19 - Quietus
20 - The Phantom Agony
21 - Cry for the Moon
22 - Sancta Terra
23 - Design Your Universe
24 - Storm the Sorrow
25 - Consign to Oblivion
26 - Outrospect More...

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Sunburst Posts First In Studio Video For Debut

Sunburst, the brainchild of guitarist Gus Drax (Biomechanical/Paradox/Black Fate), posted the first in studio video on the band's recordings for the untitled debut release. Formed in 2010, the band draws its influences from Dream Theater, Conception, Nevermore, Symphony X and Megadeth. Demo recording samples along with the band's promo video for "Beyond the Darkest Sun" can be heard/viewed below.

Sunburst is:

Gus Drax (Biochemical/Paradox/Black Fate) - Guitars
Vasilis Georgiou (Innosense/Black Fate) - Vocals
Kostas Milonas (Blacklegs/N.U.R.V/G.K Group) - Drums
Vasilis Liakos (Innosense/Black Fate) - Bass

Check out the in studio video with drummer Milonas here: More...

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Wolfpakk Posts "Cry Wolf" Trailer Clip

Wolfpakk posted a preview trailer featuring clips from the entire upcoming sophomore LP "Cry Wolf," which is scheduled for release on August 30th (EU) and September 24th (North America) via AFM Records.

Guest vocalists for the album are: Amanda Somerville (Kiske/Somerville), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Göran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell, Hardline), Doogie White (Ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker), Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Blaze Baley (Ex-Iron Maiden), Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) and Jean-Marc Viller (Callaway).

The track list for "Cry Wolf" is:

1. Moonlight
2. A Matter Of Time
3. Dark Revelation (see music video)
4. Cold Winter
5. Palace Of Gold
6. The Beast In Me
7. Wakken (streaming here)
8. Pressure Down
9. Run With the Wolf
10. Cry Wolf
11. Kid Raw (Bonus Track)

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Avelion Reveals New EP Cover Artwork

Italian melodic metal act Avelion revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming EP "Liquid Breathing." The EP was recorded, mixed at Silver Music Studio by Luca "X-Coc" Cocconi (The Modern Age of Slavery/Amassado) and Simone "Sygo" Sighinolfi (Hallucinator/Lowpitch) and mastered at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden by Jens Bogren!. The single "Falling Down," can be heard streaming over at this location.

The artwork was created by Stefano Mattioni and can be seen below. The EP will contain three songs of what the band has dubbed "Nexto Metal" and will be available this fall in digital and physical CD format. More...

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Annihilator "Feast" Album Streaming

A full album stream of the new fourteenth album "Feast" from Canadian metal band Annihilator has made its way onto YouTube.

Screen all nine tracks below, a couple which feature guest appearances from Alexi Laiho and Danko Jones - both of whom have collaborated with Jeff Waters and company before. More...

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Empyrium Posts Preview Of "Into The Pantheon"

German neofolk act Empyrium posted a preview clip from the upcoming live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release "Into the Pantheon." The release the band's performances at the Wave Gotik Treffen in the Pantheon of Volkspalast Leipzig on June 11, 2011 and is scheduled for release via Prophecy Productions on August 30th in the following formats:

- CD plus booklet in a cardboard case
- DVD/Bluray (region code free) plus booklet in a cardboard case
- Slipcase box including both cardboard cases with CD, DVD and Bluray plus booklet and photo cards of the Empyrium live line-up

The track list for "Into the Pantheon" is:

1. The Days Before the Fall
2. The Franconian Woods in Winter's Silence
3. Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays
4. Heimwärts
5. Mourners
6. Die Schwäne im Schilf
7. Dead Winter Ways (Unreleased Track)
8. Der Weiher
9. Many Moons Ago
10. Das blau-kristallne Kämmerlein

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Warrion Details Debut Album

U.S. metal act Warrion, the band created by guitarist Ron Ravi Warrion, will release its debut LP "Awakening The Hydra" via Pure Steel Records on September 27th. Surrounding Warrion is an all star group consisting of: vocalist Michael Vescera (Obsession/Ex-Loudness/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), lead guitarist Tim Thomas (Abattoir/Ex=Agent Steel), bassist Keith Knight (ASKA), drummer Rob Brug (Halloween/Ex-Damien) and guest vocalist George Call (Aska).

The sound is not far removed from the musicians main acts, with European influences in the songwriting; melody lines and heaviness are well balanced. Catchy songs like the title track opener, refined with a good chorus, the straight sounding “Savage," the quietly starting "Adversary," the brisk "Victim of Religion" and the dark sounding "Serpent’s Fire": all classic Power Metal with expressive, charismatic vocals and a sophisticated guitar work which never follows the trends. The production is modern but not at all soulless or undifferentiated.

The track listing is:

1. Creations of the Mind
2. Awakening the Hydra
3. Carnage
4. Adversary
5. Invocation
6. Victim of Religion
7. Serpent’s Fire
8. Savage
9. Lucifer My Guide
10. Earth Fire Water Spirit
11. Hydra Reprise More...

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Hatesphere Streaming Title Track Of New LP

Danish thrash act Hatesphere is streaming the new track "Murderlust." The song is the title track from the upcoming eighth studio album, which is set for release on September 27th via Massacre Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Murderlust
2. Pandora's Hell
3. Fear Me
4. The Violent Act
5. Punishable By Death
6. In Process
7. Iconoclast
8. Darkest Of Forces
9. Refill The Chest
10. Assassin (Muse Cover)
11. Murderlust (Pre-Production) (Digipak Bonus Track)
12. 500 Dead People (Live) (Digipak Bonus Track)

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Soulfly Posts "Savages" Trailer

Soulfly posted a trailer for the upcoming new release "Savages," which features vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera speaking about working with producer Terry Date. "Savages" drops on October 4, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Bloodshed (see lyric video)
2. Cannibal Holocaust?
3. Fallen
4. Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla
5. Master of Savagery?
6. Spiral
7. This Is Violence
8. K.C.S.
9. El Comegente
10. Soulfliktion

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Steve Hackett Tapped For New Ayreon

After revealing Mike Mills as the fourth guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the guitarist" video as Genesis' Steve Hackett (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year. Hackett will be the only guest guitarist on the release.

Check out the reveal here:


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Human Fortress Posts First In Studio Video

Germany's Human Fortress posted the first in a series of in studio videos on the recordings of the new album "Raided Land." The album is set for release on November 29, 2013 via AFM Records. The album is the first since "Eternal Empire" was released in 2008 via Massacre Records. It features the return of guitarist Volker Trost and drummer Apostolos Zaios, as well as new vocalist Gus Monsanto (Symbolica/Code of Silence), new bassist André Hort (Rough Silk) and marks the first studio album with keyboardist Dirk Liehm (who joined the band in 2009).

The first installment features Monsanto laying down vocal tracks with producer Michael Bormann (PowerWorld/Redrum).

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