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Metal News for August 29, 2013

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41 news articles posted on this day.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Blondes and Explosions

New videos high on explosives as well as the alluring temptation to walk into a dark forest after you have murdered a hooker. More...

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Kiuas Calls It Quits

Finnish metal band Kiuas has called it quits. The band will play its final performance on October 18th at Nosturi in Helsinki. The following announcement appeared on the band's Facebook Page:

"KIUAS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE KIUAS!

"After a long careful consideration and looking at all possible options, we, Kiuas, have decided it is time to put this band to its final rest.

"After four amazing albums, tours and festivals in Finland and around the world and amazing times together, we find ourselves in a situation where we can’t see ourselves evolving anymore as Kiuas and thus believe it is best for all past and present members and partners in crime to lay the name Kiuas to its grave.

"We will not stop making music, not ever, either together or separately, but Kiuas is as of today dead and our visions and plans are to be built on new fresh soil.

"To make sure we go down to our everlasting sleep in honor, Kiuas will play one more show, gathering together the history of the band and all its past members, united once more, in Helsinki’s Nosturi on October 18th.

"A funeral to remember. More...

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Gorguts Streaming Full New Album

12 years in the making, the long-awaited new Gorguts album "Colored Sands" is slated for release this Friday (next Tuesday September 3rd in North America).

The band has now teamed up with Revolvermag.com to stream the full release. Check out all the tracks below. "Colored Sands" follows the band's 2001 full-length "From Wisdom to Hate."

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Toxic Holocaust Reveals Album's Track Listing

Today Portland punk metal assailants Toxic Holocaust disclose the official track listing of the forthcoming "Chemistry of Consciousness" full-length.

Delivering 11 tracks of riotous animosity, "Chemistry Of Consciousness" was recorded by the band, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.

The album will detonate in North America on October 29th (October 25th in Benelux/DE/Finland and October 28th in UK/World).

1. Awaken the Serpent
2. Silence
3. Rat Eater
4. Salvation is Waiting
5. Out of the Fire
6. Acid Fuzz
7. Deny the Truth
8. Mkultra
9. I Serve...
10. International Conspiracy
11. Chemistry of Consciousness More...

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Burnt Books Announces Vinyl/Cassette Release

Following its digipak/digital release in January via At A Loss Recordings, this week the label announces info for the pending LP and cassette versions of the self-titled debut full-length from Columbia, South Carolina's Burnt Books.

Both new formats are set to hit on September 24th. The first pressing of the wax will be made available in a run of 322 on clear gold wax with orange and black marble and 105 copies on black, and the cassette manufactured in bright yellow, so both heighten the bold cover art by Sam Ford (Black Cobra, Wizard Rifle, etc.). Pre-orders for both formats are up and running here.

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Root Announces CD/DVD Release

On the 24th of September, cult dark metal band Root will release special anniversary recording "Viginti Quinque Annis In Scaena." Root was previously covered in our look at prolific bands with plenty of releases who still somehow remain unknown.

The release marks an impressively long 25 years of existence in the metal scene and consists of exclusive live material, recorded between 2007 and 2012. While the audio disc (and LP version) features the full show recorded at Melodka Music Club (Brno, Czech Republic) on the 19th of November 2011, the additional DVD includes road documentaries full of backstage, bonus, and exclusive material as well as live songs filmed at Hammer Open Air, Noctis Fest, Brutal Assault Festival, the No Mercy European Tour 2007, and more.

The band's latest full-length offering "Heritage of Satan" (reviewed here) came out in 2011. More...

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Standing Ovation Posts New Music Video

Finland's Standing Ovation released debut album "The Antikythera Mechanism" last year and now the band has posted a new music video for a track titled "I Have Superhiman Powers." Check out the clip belwo. Standing Ovation is currently writing for an upcoming new album.

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Thell Barrio Announces European Tour

Thell Barrio is gearing up to embark on the "For Life To The Hood" European tour, with details available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Thell Barrio was born in the year of 2006 in the streets of Santa Margarita, Jalisco by 6 men raised in the troubled and rough hoods in Mexico.

"Inspired by the daily struggle of the working class and low-lifers and the insurging violence of Mexico, they began blending their life stories and musical taste with the influences coming from their favourite bands, such as Sepultura, Brujeria, Fear Factory, Slipknot, as well as sparkles of street music from the Latino culture.

"Touring relentlessly in their own country and Europe, Thell Barrio played with the heaviest bands around and at the heaviest Festivals with the likes of Brujeria, Therion, Agnostic Front, Terror, Bleeding Through, Divine Heresy, A Traitor like Judas, Soulfly, Destruction, Exciter, Megadeth, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Overkill, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura and many more..." More...

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Righteous Vendetta Updates Tour Schedule

Wyoming rock/metal act on the rise Righteous Vendetta has confirmed an extensive fall touring schedule, including a direct support slot to Taproot on the September/October "Fall to Action Tour" as well as a stint with Trapt beginning on Halloween. A list of all confirmed dates can be seen below.

"The end of this year has really been an amazing turn of events," said vocalist Ryan Hayes. "We are excited to announce we will be both supporting Taproot in September/October on the 'Fall to Action Tour' and Trapt in October/November. As we are about a quarter of the way into our tour dates with 10 Years, the rest of the year is looking to be packed with RV shows. It is surreal to us to be supporting bands that helped us follow our dreams and we anticipate growing relationships with all of them."

Currently on tour with hard rock luminary 10 Years, Righteous Vendetta is gearing up for the release of a new full-length, due out this fall. The upcoming LP will feature new mixes of several tracks from the band's recent EP "Vol. 1" along with four brand new anthems. The band recently completed recording the new album at JTW Recording Studios in Hubertus, Wis. with producer Joel Wanasek who also produced the band's previous effort Lawless.

"The new record is sure to be one of the biggest, hardest hitting mixes in the genre," added Hayes. "It is heavy, catchy, melodic, and will have you singing every chorus after the first time you hear it." More...

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Sanktuary To Embark On Canadian Tour

Calling Halifax, NS home for the last few years, Northern Canadian Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary have announced new Eastern Canadian tour dates in support of latest album "Something Fierce," released earlier this summer on Spread The Metal Records.

Details are as follows:

Aug 30 - Quebec City, QC @ Scanner Club w/ Metalian
Aug 31 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog w/ Eternal Judgement
Sept 2 - Ottawa, ON @ The Rainbow w/ Joe Thrasher
Sept 5 - St. Catharines, ON @ The Temple w/ Hitman, Bury the Artifact, Paladin
Sept 7 - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria w/ Hitman, Fallen Legion, Sinew Sunder, Darkness in Aurora
Sept 11 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes w/ Metalian, Hitman, Whiskey Tax
Sept 12 - Trois Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe w/ Eternal Judgement, Hitman
Sept 13 - Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba's w/ The Busted Skulls, Green Lung Grinders
Sept 14 - Moncton, NB @ Claude's House w/ Dave's new band, Nameless Acoustic Wonders More...

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Domovoyd Announces Album's International Release

Svart Records has announced October 11th as the international release date for Domovoyd's "Oh Sensibility." The following press release was issued about the band:

"Echoing guitars from the grooves of distant space, Domovoyd drone forth their debut album, Oh Sensibility. Detonated in the year 2010, the band has risen to the forefront of the Finnish underground.

"Masters of dark, hypnotic, sprawling hazed-out doom, their music is a flaming celebration of the psychedelic arts, from the temples of Hawkwind to Matt Pike's altar of the riff. Capturing the live energy that has electrified audiences with their unique, heavy dose of rhythmic sludge, Oh Sensibility is an album that drone-heads and doom-freaks cannot afford to miss.

"Swilling the world about in their mouths and spitting it through a cosmic spiral, Domovoyd know how to traverse time and space, and have the necessary intoxicating ingredients to take you there. Saddle up your space rocket and say goodbye to your sensibilities, as Domovoyd, smoking long-dead galaxies in their wake, blast you into the furthest reaches of beyond. Tickets to the cosmos, in the form of CD,LP, and digital can be obtained via terrestrial communication with Svart Records on October 11th 2013. In the meantime, the first acid tab can be dropped below."

1. Introduction
2. Incarnation
3. Lamia
4. By Taking A Breath
5. Effluvial Condenser
6. Argenteum Astrum More...

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Earthling Kicking Off Tour Today

Black/thrash purveyors Earthling head back out on the road today on a new run of live infiltrations of clubs across the Southeastern quadrant of the country.

This latest barrage of live broadcasts kicks into gear tonight in Knoxville, Tennessee, then plows south with shows in the Carolinas and Florida over the next nine evenings, ending at Fall Line Fest in Richmond, Virginia.

After a few days off-duty, Earthling busts out on a three-day riffing spree across the band's native Virginia September 12th, 13th, and 14th, including shows with Zuul, Deceased and others.

8/29/2013 The Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN w/ Rudemas, In L'a Kesh
8/30/2013 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC w/ Divulgence, The Terrigen Mist
8/31/2013 911 House - Gainesville, FL
9/01/2013 The Shelter - St Petersburg, FL
9/02/2013 Shantytown Pub - Jacksonville, FL
9/03/2013 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
9/04/2013 Da Beach House - Nags Head, NC
9/05/2013 The Cave - Chapel Hill, NC
9/06/2013 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest w/ Inter Arma, Thou, Woe, Barge
9/12/2013 Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA w/ Zuul, Salvaticus
9/13/2013 house show - Charlottesville, VA w/ Salvaticus
9/14/2013 The Attic - Luray, VA w/ Deceased, Inhumation More...

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Maruta Signs With Relapse

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of tech savvy grind specialists Maruta. The label comments:

"Founded in the swamplands of South Florida in 2005 Maruta (Mitchell Luna – vocals, Eduardo Boria – guitar, Mauro Cordoba – guitar/bass, Daniel Morris - drums) has been blurring the lines between grindcore and technical death metal ever since.

"The band has released two full lengths through Willowtip records, 2008's 'In Narcosis' and 2011's 'Forward Into Regression,' to very positive reviews. The forthcoming full length and Relapse Records debut promises to follow an upward trajectory of extreme music innovation.

"Maruta will begin recording this next full length with Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer / Agoraphobic Nosebleed at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, MD early next year. This collaboration marks the first time that Scott Hull has agreed to record a band that is not his own, and certainly lays the groundwork for an ear shattering Relapse debut."

Vocalist Mitchell Luna commented on the signing: "Relapse is a label with a very diverse roster, and one that has put out several records in the past that we consider highly influential. A partnership with them just felt like the next logical choice, and we feel like we fit right in." More...

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The Celebrator Releases New EP

Chicago hardcore outfit The Celebrator has released debut EP "You Sold Your Dream," which is now available for streaming via Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. White Knuckles 01:33
2. Expire 02:31
3. Vices 03:05
4. Mary Jane Crotch Rot 02:13 More...

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The Faceless To Tour With BTBAM

The Faceless is currently preparing to embark on a massive North American tour as direct support to Between The Buried and Me, which kicks off on September 13th.

The band is still touring in support of latest effort, "Autotheism." A new tour promo and music video for the track "Ten Billion Years" is available below, and tour dates can be found after the jump.

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Dark Angel Members Comment On Reunion Possibility

Each member of Dark Angel has come forward to express thoughts about future touring rumors that have been posted across the web, apparently calling into question whether the Keep It True Festival confirmation was correct. Gene Hoglan states:

"I'm here to state that again, DFA is still talking about doing shows in 2014. As of now, none of the members have booked anything in regards to fests or individual dates. Of course, there are the rumors of certain fests being booked, but any talks that may have occurred, were done so without the ENTIRE bands' knowledge and acquiescence, and therefore cannot be deemed as credible. One thing that holds true to us is that we feel that Dark Angel's legacy is in danger of being tarnished if these random acts were to continue. There are a host of valid reasons why Dark Angel has been slow to react to the myriad offers we have received in the past to reunite, but the most important reason is that we wish to do the greatest service possible to our fans, and if that means the time has yet to be right, then the time has not been right. And, concerning the immediate future of 2014, if the time and conditions are not right, then again, they will not be right for all involved. Most importantly, our fans.

"We do realize that yes, reunions are quite the norm these days. Dark Angel however, has never conformed to the norm, and we refuse to reunite unless we can come back and give our fans the most stellar situation possible. Which is precisely what we are working towards behind the scenes. We greatly appreciate everyone's enthusiastic response to the possibility of a proper reunion, and as a unit, Dark Angel will do what will be best. For us and our amazing fan base. Again, we truly appreciate all of you."

Jim Durkin also states:

“To our Kick Ass Fans: It has come to my attention that shows are being booked and promises being made in the name of Dark Angel and some of it's former members. No one as far as I know, has been given authority to speak for or conduct business on behalf of Dark Angel, myself or any other Ex member. Not to mention making any promises regarding the future of the band. There are other Ex members who would love to be Involved in this if it is done correctly! And protect our Legacy!

"I and others behind the scenes here have asked other ex members many times to stop the postings on Facebook, other web sites, and doing interviews regarding the future of the band. But it continues.... This is all premature. There have been NO rehearsals yet, and little if any face-to-face meetings. But we are talking about 2014! I'm all for a guy doing an interview and talking about his glory days with the band. But if you start making unapproved statements about the future of the Band? You're off course! More...

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August Burns Red Announces DVD Release

After wrapping up a momentous summer that included a Billboard Top 10 debut for latest album, "Rescue & Restore," and a mainstage spot on Warped Tour, August Burns Red is preparing to unveil another offering, a brand-new DVD entitled "Foreign & Familiar" to release this fall.

The documentary chronicles the entire 18-month touring cycle behind the band’s breakout 2011 album "Leveler." From headlining tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia - with stops in New Zealand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and more along the way -
"Foreign & Familiar" shows the globetrotting act doing what it does best in settings all over the world.

"Foreign & Familiar has literally been three years in the making," explains guitarist JB Brubaker. "It's no small task to try and squeeze 18 months of touring into a two hour package, but that's exactly what we have here. I am grateful that we were able to pull this DVD together, as this is something we'll all be able to look back on as old men and remember the good ol' days. I think anyone who cares about this band will find Foreign & Familiar to be an entertaining and insightful behind the scenes look at ABR on the road."

The band is also pleased to announce the Endless Chicago Weekend event on November 22nd and 23rd, featuring back-to-back shows at Chicago's House of Blues and, for fans holding a weekend pass, early entry on Saturday to attend an exclusive screening of "Foreign & Familiar," followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet with the band.

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Truth And Its Burden Streaming New Track

South African band Truth and Its Burden has released a new track titled “Brick To Bone,” which can be heard below.

The song is a pre-production demo from the group's new full-length album, which will be released in early 2014 through Rite of Passage Records.

“The song speaks about how lyrical content in music can change people, empower mind and spirit and really “condition” people to become stronger,” stated vocalist Ashley De Beer. “It’s all about being an inspiration in people’s lives which is basically what we always hope we can achieve with our music.”

The band will be hitting the road with Betrayal and Conqueror on the ‘Survive The Wild Tour' in September throughout South Africa. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Elvenking Postpones September Tour Dates

Elvenking has checked in with the following announcement about postponing upcoming tour dates to 2014:

"We have been informed that the UK gigs we should have played in September have been cancelled and possibly put back to 2014. This happened due to unforseen events and beyond our will or control. If you already bought your tickets contact the promoters. We are really sorry and we hope to come in UK as soon as possible. It is a promise!"

The band has also posted live footage online, available below, and comments on the clip:

"HERE'S A LITTLE TRIBUTE TO OUR FANS AND TO THE GREAT TIME WE HAD ON STAGE THIS SUMMER: the second episode of the ERAvaganza series! This time we have collected a bunch of pictures and videos taken from the internet including some pro stuff, gems taken from our iPhone collections and some true fan evidence of how great and successful Summer has been for ELVENKING this year. This video covers the latest festivals inculding: Sun Valley Festival and Metal for Emergency (ITALY), Masters of Rock (CZECH REPUBLIC), Rock Pod Kamenom (SLOVAKIA), Sabaton Open Air (SWEDEN). ENJOY IT!" More...

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As Prayers Fail Releases Lyric Video

As Prayers Fail has a new lyric video out new for the song "Borders," which is taken from the band's second full-length album "High Hopes & Heavy Hearts." The video is available below, and As Prayers Fail comments:

"The past year, we shared the stage with some of our biggest idols, met amazing people and had the time of our lives. That's all because of you guys, words cannot describe how thankful we are. So here is the video. Your video. We owe it to you."

You can also watch the band's previous music video for "Hollow Stare" at this location.

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Device Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Device, which features David Draiman of Disturbed, has checked in with the following announcement about canceling all upcoming live shows through October:

"Due to complications with his wife's pregnancy, David has chosen to stay close to home until the baby is born. All scheduled tour dates between now and the due date of the first week in October have been canceled."

David also posted this message online via Facebook: "Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. Lena and the baby are OK, just a rough time in the home stretch. Needed to be here for them. Thanks for understanding." More...

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Volumes Posts Warped Tour Footage

Professionally shot footage of Volumes performing at this past summer's Vans Warped Tour set to the track "Intake" is now available online and can be viewed below.

"Intake" comes from the band's album "Via," which is available in stores and online now through Mediaskare Records.

Volumes will release a new single in September, followed-up with "The 8:18 Tour" alongside The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, and Texas In July. Dates for that tour can be found after the jump.

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My Dominion To Record New Album

Essen, Germany based melodic death metal outfit My Dominion has signed a contract with Nihilistic Empire Records.

The band will enter the AMP Studio (Duisburg/Germany) in November to record a first full-length album, due for release in Spring 2014. Check out the song "I Rule" below, or you can see the band live at the Turock Open Air festival.

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Omb Posts New Album Trailer

Israeli progressive/avant-garde metallers Omb are set to release their debut album “SwineSong” on September 1st via Ward7 Group.

The official album trailer can be seen below, courtesy of Prog Sphere Promotions. The first single
"An Ordinary Caveman Sings Ode to Obsession" is available at this location.

The band members include Or Rozenfeld on bass, Davidavi Dolev on vocals, Yuval Tamir, on drums and Yuval Kramer on guitars, all of them involved with other bands such Amaseffer, Reign of the Architect, and Dark Serpent.

The band comments: "In this album, we wanted to present to the listeners the places we were, as musicians, throughout the process. In order to obtain that unique sound, we recruited old and new friends (mostly unknown) from different genres to bring their own style of playing into each song. The album was self-composed, self- arranged and self-produced." More...

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Oujia Announces New Album Release

Spanish black metal outfit Ouija, which released the classic album "Riding Into the Funeral Paths" in '97 via Repulse Records and reunited in '09 releasing the comeback EP "Adversary" in late 2010, has now finished recordings for new album "Ave Voluptatis Carnis."

The band, consisting on original vocalist Midgard (also in Spellcraft) and original guitarist Map together with also Spellcraft members Fulgur (drums) & Murcilag (guitar), have replaced the band's previous bass player with new member Hastur.

"Ave Voluptatis Carnis" was recorded at Nomad Studios and later mastered at Swedish Necromorbus Studio. The cover artwork was handled by artist Igor Mugerza, who also did the cover art for the latest Spellcraft album. "Ave Voluptatis Carnis" is scheduled for a November release and you can already listen to an advance track below. More...

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Metadox Offering Track For Download

Metadox (featuring former members of DesDemon) is currently offering a free MP3 track of new material to all fans for download.

Download the track “Birth of the Dragon” at this location. You can also check out Metadox next Friday, September 6th in Elmhurst, New York at Blackthorn 51. More...

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Sarke Streaming New Track, Announces Release Date

The ever moving target of the release date for the new Sarke album has now been nailed down to September 20th in Norway and September 23rd in the rest of the world. You can check out the new track "Walls of Ru" in the player below, and the full track listing for "Aruagint" is as follows:

01. Jaunt of the Obsessed
02. Jodau Aura
03. Ugly
04. Strange Pungent Odyssey
05. Walls of Ru
06. Salvation
07. Skeleton Sand
08. Icon Usurper
09. Rabid Hunger

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Woe Embarking On U.S. Tour

The black metal antagonists in Woe are pleased to announce a bout of live assaults next month. Scheduled to commence September 6th and run through September 22nd, the latest run marks the band's lengthiest tour of its career. Woe will be joined by genre-crushing co-headliners Inter Arma.

Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg of the trek, "Not only is this Woe's longest tour to date, it is almost entirely new ground for us. We couldn't be more appreciative for this opportunity to ruin so many beautiful cities and their charming populations. We are especially glad to be teaming up with Inter Arma, one of our favorite bands in the American metal scene."

Woe will be touring in support of latest album "Withdrawal" (reviewed here). More...

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Morbid Angel Announces "Covenant" Anniversary Tour

Morbid Angel has announced that the band will embark on a U.S. tour in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 album "Covenant." The album will be played in its entirety and the tour kicks off in Atlanta on November 7th.

Confirmed dates are:

11/07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masuerade
11/08 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/09 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/10 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/12 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
11/15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
11/17 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues More...

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Horisont Streaming "Writing On The Wall"

Swedish stoner rock band Horisont is streaming the new track "Writing on the Wall." The song appears on the upcoming third album "Time Warriors." The album is scheduled for release on September 30th (UK/EU) and October 1st (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "Time Warriors" is:

1. Writing on the Wall
2. Diamonds in Orbit
3. Ain't No Turning Back
4. Backstreet
5. Vänd Tillbaka
6. She Cried Wolf
7. Brother
8. Dödsdans
9. Eyes of the Father
10. All Must Come to an End, Part I & II More...

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Martin Schirenc Regroups Pungent Stench

Martin 'El Cochino' Schirenc posted the following notice on his facebook page regarding the resurrection of Austrian groove/grindcore pioneers Pungent Stench. Here is the statement:

"Original composer, vocalist and guitarist El Cochino (Martin Schirenc) has once again beaten the odds by re-animating the filthy kings of odor Pungent Stench, and is joined by his henchmen Danny Vacuum (Genocide SS, The Accidents) on bass & vocals and Mike G. Mayhem (Hollenthon) on drums.

"Due to possible legal bullshit regarding the use of the name Pungent Stench, the re-born triumvirate from Vienna/Austria will perform all future shows under the banner: The Church Of Pungent Stench.

"Fans will finally get what they’re asking for, throughout the years: An old school set list including some rare and even never played before material, such as tracks from the 1989 split LP with Disharmonic Orchestra, as well as classic smash hits from their first three albums!

"The band is highly motivated and will play its first official show on Friday, December 13th at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in The Netherlands. That day, The Church Of Pungent Stench will perform together with other highly appreciated artistes such as Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Vomitory, Watain, Belphegor, Tiamat and Carpathian Forest.

"Smell you later,

"The Church Of Pungent Stench."

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Iron Man Streaming New Track "Hail To The Haze"

Maryland doom act Iron Man is streaming the new track "Hail to the Haze." The song appears on the band's upcoming fifth full length LP "South of the Earth," which is set for release on September 30th (UK/EU) and October 1st (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "South of the Earth" is:

1. South of the Earth
2. Hail to the Haze
3. The Whore in Confession
4. The Worst and Longest Day
5. Aerial Changed the Sky
6. IISOEO (The Day of the Beast)
7. Half-Face / Thy Brother's Keeper (Dunwich Pt 2)
8. In the Velvet Darkness
9. The Ballad of Ray Garraty

Chekc out "Hail to the Haze" here: More...

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Wisdom Streaming New Track "Take Me To Neverland"

Hungarian power metal act Wisdom is streaming the new track "Take Me to Neverland." The song appears on the band's upcoming third release "Marching for Liberty," which is scheduled for release on September 27th via NoiseArt Records. Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine/Hollow Haze) will make a guest appearance on the album.

The track list for the album is:

1. World of the Free
2. Dust of the Sun
3. War of Angels
4. Failure of Nature
5. The Martyr
6. God Rest Your Soul
7. Take Me to Neverland
8. Wake Up My Life
9. My Fairytale
10. Have No Fear
11. Live Like a Beast
12. Marching for Liberty

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John Wetton Named Latest Ayreon Guest

After revealing Steve Hackett as the album's only guest guitarist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the vocalist" video as Asia/King Crimson's John Wetton (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

Check out the reveal here:

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Wizard Streaming New Track "Angel Of Death"

German metal act Wizard is streaming the new track "Angel of Death." The song appears on the upcoming release "Trail of Death," which is set for release on September 27th via Massacre Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Creeping Death
2. War Butcher
3. Electrocution
4. Angel of Death
5. Angel of the Dark
6. Black Death
7. One for All
8. Post Mortem Vivere
9. Death Cannot Embrace M
10. Machinery of Death
11. We Won't Die for Metal
12. Where Are You (Bonus Track)

Check out "Angel of Death": More...

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Agathodaimon Releases "I've Risen" Music Video

German symphonic black metal act Agathodaimon released a new music video for the track "I've Risen." The song appears on the band's latest album "In Darkness," which was back in June via Massacre Records.

Check it out here:

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Zix Announces All Star Cast For "Metal Strike"

Lebanese metal act Zix announced an all star cast for the track "Metal Strike," which will appear on the upcoming debut release. The song itself is a protest against the oppression of metalheads throughout the Middle East. Guest appearances include: Tony Martin (Ex-Black Sabbath), Blaze Bayley (Ex-Iron Maiden), Paul Dianno (Ex-Iron Maiden), Ronny Munroe (Metal Church), Ross The Boss (Ex-Manowar/Death Dealer), David Shankle (DSG), Jack Starr (Burning Star), Rhino (Ex-Manowar/Death Dealer) (who plays drums on the entire album) and many more.

In September, the band will have the release in the hands of Maor Appelbaum, who will be handling mastering. Applebaum has also worked with the likes of Halford, Lita Ford, Angra, Queensryche, Therion, Sepultura, Adrenaline Mob.

In the following videos Blaze Bayley and Ronny Monroe talk about "Metal Strike": More...

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Hollow Haze Announces German Show; Special Duet

Italian metal act Hollow Haze announced that the band will support Tarja in Germany on October 25th at Festhalle Durlach in Karlsruhe, Germany. According to the band, vocalist Fabio Lione will also perform a duet of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" (which was covered by Nightwish in Tarja's tenure).

Hollow Haze has just issued the new album "Countdown to Revenge" in Europe this week, with September 10th as the North American drop date via Scarlet Records. Tarja's new LP "Colours in the Dark" dropped in North America this week via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records and is scheduled for European release on August 30th. More...

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Kongh To Re-Release "Counting Heartbeats"

Sweden's premiere doomsters Kongh will re-release the debut album "Counting Heartbeats" via Agonia Records.

The album, containing over 50 minutes of additional playing time in comparison with the original version, is set to be released on the 24th of September worldwide.

The re-released "Counting Heartbeats" will feature two bonuses never released on CD before: the split LP with Ocean Chief and the "demo 2006" - the band's first ever recording.

"Counting Heartbeats" will be available only as a limited deluxe double digipack. The first batch of CDs attainable at the Agonia Records Webstore will additionally be available with an exclusive silver-print t-shirt. Pre-orders are available right here.

The band is also currently working on a new European tour. Details will be forthcoming. More...

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Gigan Announces U.S. Tour

The extreme psychedelic tech metal eccentrics in Gigan are pleased to announce the Ritualistic Projection Tour 2013 headlining trek.

Set to commence October 18th in Appleton, Wisconsin, the brief but pulverizing run will trample through seven cities and includes an in-store matinee performance at Reckless Records in Chicago with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

Gigan will be touring in support of the forthcoming "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science" full-length. The multi-textured offering was recorded with sound-weaver Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) at Earth Analog Studios in Chicago and is set to drop this Fall via Willowtip Records.

10/18/2013 The Maritime - Appleton, WI
10/19/2013 Reckless Records (In-Store Matinee) - Chicago, IL
10/19/2013 Frank's Power Plant - Milwaukee, WI
10/20/2013 The Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
10/23/2013 St, Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
10/24/2013 Roggie's - Boston, MA
10/25/2013 The Boneyard - Atlantic City, NJ
10/26/2013 Trickshots - Albany, NY More...

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Beyond The Oblivion Posts "Shades Of Grey" Clip

Adelaide, Australia's Beyond The Oblivion has a new lyric video online for "Shades of Grey," which is the title track to the band's coming debut album. "Shades of Grey" is due out September 14th, 2013 and the lyric clip is available below. Beyond the Oblivion consists of:

Damo Sellar: Vocals
Matt Disisto: Guitar, Vocals
Joshua Nowak: Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Cutting: Bass
Sara Holmes: Keys
Liam Weedall: Drums More...

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