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Metal News for August 6, 2014

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Blackwitch Pudding Posts Full EP Online

With the release of Blackwitch Pudding's new EP, "Covered In Pudding Vol. 1," less than a week away, The Obelisk is graciously hosting a full stream.

Hear all the tracks at this location (the song "Night of the Blackwitch" can also be heard below). The Obeliks's stream also comes with a complete track-by-track explanation of each song written by the wizards in Blackwitch Pudding themselves.

The EP is due out August 12th both digitally and on 200 limited-edition, wizard-conjured cassettes. The track listing is as follows:

1. Night Of The Blackwitch
2. Toke'n Man
3. Gods Of Grungus
4. Bong Hits And Lust More...

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The Prophecy 23 Unveils Album Artwork

The Prophecy 23's new album "Untrue Like A Boss" is due out on September 26th, 2014 via Massacre Records on both CD and cassette format.

The album was produced by Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner at the Kohlekeller Studio and features cover artwork by Marvin Clifford, which can be seen below. A recently released promo clip for the album can also be seen at this location.

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Gentrification Offering Album For Download

Gentrification has released the "Deviance" album online for free download. You can pick up a digital copy of the album at Bandcamp here, or stream all the songs below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Deviance 01:48
2. Sudden Death Syndrome 04:23
3. First World Collapse 04:22
4. Emancipate 03:29
5. Darkest Hour 03:17
6. For greater Say 03:41
7. Aspiration 00:46
8. Consumer Worship 04:49
9. With Compliments 01:44
10. If this ain't Hell 04:10
11. Venom in our Veins 03:46
12. Modern Tyranny 04:37 More...

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Straightline Posts "Retrogressive" Video

The German punk/metal band Straightline has released an official video clip for the explosive track "Retrogressive," which can be seen below. The track comes off the "Alteration Of The Rules" EP, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Alteration of the Rules 02:52
2. Retrogressive 03:09
3. Unfinished Story 03:25
4. Blistering Attack 00:31 More...

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Invidiosus Streams Full New Album

The "Malignant Universe" album by Invidiosus is now available on CD via Tridoid Records, and all 9 blistering tracks of death metal are now available online for streaming.

Pick up your copy of the album at Bandcamp here or listen in below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Intro 01:04
2. A Specious Existence 04:35
3. Organ Trail 02:54
4. Divine Invasion 03:48
5. Exacerbated Psychosis 06:42
6. Metrics of Mutilation 04:00
7. Psychomanteum 03:25
8. Malignant Universe 05:07
9. Outro 00:32 More...

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TWBM To Play Day Of The Shred Fest

Trapped Within Burning Machinery - Moreno Valley, California's five-piece crushing doom/sludge outfit - is set to play this year's Day Of The Shred Fest on November 1st alongside Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand, The Shrine, and a whole hell of a lot more.

The band was originally a one-man project started by Zak Esparza (lead guitar/vocalist) in 2007. After recording some demos, Zak recruited close friend Geoff Jones to play drums and Juan Rodriguez to fill in on bass.

The trio wrote and recorded the band’s first demo, "Evolutionary Transmitted Disease," and self-released it in the summer of 2009. In January 2011, the band entered the studio to record a first full-length album, "The Putrid Stench of Decaying Self," this time with new bassist Ernie Ballerz and second guitarist Robert Trujillo. The band released the full-length through Black Voodoo Records on October 5th, 2012.

In early 2014, the group released a limited split tape with LA's Pigeonwing. Trapped Within Burning Machinery has also recently added a third guitarist, James Inglett, to expand its sound. As of April of 2014, TWBM just finished second full-length, "The Filth Element," recorded with renowned producer/engineer John Haddad (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia), which will be released via Midnite Collective in the near future.

Day Of The Shred takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on Novemer 1st. Tickets are available here and the show will feature Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand Elder, The Shrine, Bongripper, Radio Moscow, Ancestors, Glitter Wizard, Graves At Sea, Danava, Arctic, Hot Lunch, All Them Witches, Goya, (16), Greenbeard, and Trapped Within Burning Machinery. More...

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Mob Rules Returns To Steamhammer/SPV

Northern Germany's Mob Rules is back with Steamhammer/SPV - as the band celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the group signed a new deal and is returning to the record company which already released and distributed five of it's previous studio albums.

"For us it's a great pleasure to have signed with Steamhammer," comments the band. "We're looking forward to the collaboration with Olly Hahn and his team, who supported us in both word and deed in the years between 1999 and 2008 and whose expertise we greatly value."

Steamhammer's product manager Hahn is happy to return this compliment: "Mob Rules have been among the most significant and impressive German melodic metal acts. We're proud to have them back on our roster."

Mob Rules is set to launch the first result of this renewed worldwide cooperation, the 20th anniversary boxed set "Timekeeper," on October 13th, 2014 (Germany: October 10th, US/Canada: October 28th). More...

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Acrania Streaming "A Gluttonous Abomination"

With the release of "Totalitarian Dystopia," the new full-length from the London death slingers in Acrania now less than two weeks away, American Aftermath is pleased to wreck your speakers with the track "A Gluttonous Abomination." Give it a listen in the player below. The album is due out August 19th, 2014.

Recorded with Stu McKay at Studio 6 in London with mixing/mastering by Chris Foster, "Totalitarian Dystopia" hurls forth a thirty-six minute maelstrom of audio wreckage through ten corrosive tales dissecting chaos, corruption, and the imminent collapse of mankind.

The record includes guest appearances from Tom Barber of Lorna Shore, Mendel of Aborted, and Jamie Hanks of I Declare War, and promises to engulf an entire new legion of modern death fanatics worldwide with its surgical execution and relentless brutality. More...

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Slipknot Posts "The Negative One" Video

Slipknot is gearing up to release a fifth full-length album, and the band just recently dropped first single "The Negative One."

Now a music video for the track has been released, which was directed by M. Shawn Crahan himself and produced by The Uprising Creative. Check it out in the player below.

You can also pick up a digital copy of the single at iTunes here. The band has not yet revealed who handled the drumming duties on the track, and further details on the album are still forthcoming.

This upcoming release will be the band's first since the death of Paul Gray and the departure of Joey Jordison.

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In Search Of Sun Launches New Lyric Video

U.K. rising rock/metal quintet, In Search Of Sun, has teamed up with MetalInjection.net to launch a lyric video for the new song "Idle Crown," taken from the band's upcoming debut album "The World Is Yours." Check it out below.

"The World Is Yours" will be released digitally in North America via Raging Demon Entertainment on October 7th, 2014.

Commented the band, "The World Is Yours has been a while in the making, but it's a big shift up for us in terms of direction and sound and we can't wait to get out there and start playing these songs live. Expect an uplifting and hard-hitting journey through groove-ridden riffing and punching beats."

"The World Is Yours" was produced by Phil Kinman at MTR Studios (Deadly Circus Fire, Tank, Paul Di'Anno) and mastered by Harry Hess at HBomb Mastering (Cancer Bats). The track listing is as follows:

01. The World Is Yours
02. Give In
03. 51 56
04. In Search Of Sun
05. Idle Crown
06. Burn
07. To The Axe
08. Skin
09. Draw The Line (streaming here)
10. The Eyes Behind I More...

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Ignis Haereticum Releases New Album

Ignis Haereticum has released new album "Luciferian Gnosis," which is available now via Goathorned Productions, and you can hear the song "Mysterium Fidei" below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Sub Tuum Praesidium
2. Mysterium Fidei
3. Ad Serpentem Tortuosum
4. Luciferian Gnosis
5. Sekhem-Hra Apep
6. De Sphinge Revelationem Mysterii
7. Exercitatus Spiritualium
8. Sic Luceat Lux Vestra! More...

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White Arms Of Athena Records New Album

White Arms Of Athena recently recorded the band's sophomore Prosthetic effort at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, High On Fire, Kvelertak).

The as-yet-untitled album -- expected to be released later this year -- will be mixed by Ballou, engineered and co-produced by Travis Kammeyer (Storm of Light, Generation of Vipers) and mastered by Alan Douches (Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan).

White Arms Of Athena's forthcoming album proceeds in a new direction from the 2011 full-length debut "Astrodrama," featuring a mélange of experimental progressive passages with a psychedelic-infused ambience.

The band, which has previously shared the stage with acts including Arsonists Get All The Girls, Katalepsy, Fallujah, The Contortionist, The Ocean, East of the Wall, Holy Grail and Baring Teeth, will release further information on the upcoming release in the coming weeks.

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Funerary Streaming "Starless Aeon"

CVLT Nation is streaming Funerary's debut, "Starless Aeon," in its entirety today prior to its August 12 release along with a free download. Check it out below. You can also catch Funerary live on these dates:

8/13 - San Bernardino @ Black Flame Collective w/ Harassor, Trapped Within Burning Machinery
8/14 - Chico, CA @ Cafe Coda w/ Amarok, Usnea, Fórn
8/16 - Oakland, CA @ Deadfest w/ Noothgrush, Usnea, Fórn & More
8/18 - Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar w/ Bell Witch, Ephemeros, Ancient Altar

Formed in early 2013, Funerary came to pass by the adherence of five souls looking to coagulate in depression, grief, and anger. Finding solace in dwindling light, the band creates a musical presence that is powerful and progressive in the realm of doom metal by combining what can only be described as cosmic, transcending songs ridden with despair and indignity. More...

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Dragonforce Streaming "Ring Of Fire"

Dragonforce will release "Maximum Overload" in the U.S. on August 19th via Metal Blade Records (reviewed here), and the album is available for pre-order through Metal Blade in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats.

The album also features an all time first for Dragonforce: a cover song. Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've Dragonforce-ized it"!

Today The A.V. Club is hosting a premiere of DragonForce's take on "Ring of Fire." Check it out below. More...

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Xerxes To Release New Album

Kentucky’s Xerxes will release new album, "Collision Blonde," on October 21st via No Sleep Records.

Today, the band is streaming the records’s first new track, “Chestnut Street,” which can be heard below thanks to SPIN.com.

Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes (with an instant download of “Chestnut Street”) and from No Sleep Records here. The label also comments:

"A lot has happened in the last three years since Xerxes' debut LP, Our Home is a Deathbed, both in the contemporary hardcore scene and in the band's personal lives. On Collision Blonde, Calvin Philley vocally delivers feelings on an album he hopes 'touches an aggressive place that I’m not comfortable with. I want it to hurt. I want it to be hard to listen to.' Philley comes across as a frantic mess about the last few years of reaching the heralded young age of 21 in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

"The band's sophomore full length is backed by guitarist Will Allard, bassist Joseph Goode and drummer Ben Sears (who also plays alongside Allard in Whips/Chains). With a new line-up and some years removed from their young, violent hardcore days, Collision Blonde's instrumental prowess sounds less like their elder contemporaries and more a cleaner tone reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain and The Cure, yet sharp and uneasy in the vein of Bauhaus’ early gothic post-punk edge. Tracks like 'Knife' and the closing 'Nosedive' are aggressively built up into a cathartic release, alluding to Ceremony, Iceage and mewithoutYou at times. More...

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Starkill Posts New Track Online

Starkill will release new album "Virus Of The Mind" on October 14 via Century Media Records. The first song to be released, "Breaking The Madness," is streaming now and can be heard below.

The Chicago based metallers will embark on a full U.S./Canadian tour joining up with Arch Enemy, Kreator and Huntress as well as headlining shows in between. See dates below.

New album "Virus Of The Mind" follows previous full-length "Fires Of Life" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:

1. Be Dead or Die
2. Winter Desolation
3. Breaking the Madness
4. Virus of the Mind
5. Skyward
6. Before Hope Fades
7. Into Destiny
8. God of This World
9. My Catharsis
10. Convergence More...

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Texas In July Announces Tour With After The Burial

Pennsylvania metal band Texas In July will join After The Burial on a Fall headlining tour, which kicks off on September 13th in Moorhead, MN.

The band will be touring as direct support behind new full-length record, "Bloodwork," which is due out on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at this location.

Texas In July recently debuted a video for the song "Broken Soul," which can be seen right here. The new song and upcoming album marks the band’s first record with new singer, JT Cavey, who has reinvigorated the band with his brutal screams and cathartic vocals.

With the addition of Cavey, along with cohorts Adam Gray (drums), Chris Davis (guitar) and Ben Witkowski (bass), Texas In July approached the recording of "Bloodwork" with a new sense of purpose and direction, holding nothing back as they unleashed some of the heaviest riffs and aggressive music the band has ever written.

The band is currently on the road in Europe with IWrestledABearOnce and will return in September for a tour with After The Burial. Dates are available below. More...

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Warbeast Posts "Birth Of A Psycho" Video

Warbeast is currently writing brand new songs for a forthcoming album, and last week the band treated hometown fans to a free show.

The thrash band also filmed a live video during this highly-energetic performance. Watch Warbeast playing "Birth of a Psycho" from the "War Of The Gargantuas" split EP that was released on Housecore Records back in 2013.

The clip was filmed live at the Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Dallas, Texas on July 30th, 2014. It was directed and edited by Brady Tulk and produced by Johnny Zero-Forever.

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Eisregen Announces "Zerfall" Re-Release

After releasing the "Flötenfreunde" EP back in April, Eisregen has now revealed a remastered version of "Zerfall" will be made available on August 15th, 2014 via Massacre Records.

All the songs on "Zerfall" were remastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E. It will be available as a limited and numbered digipak with exclusive bonus tracks that were originally featured on the sold-out "Fleischhaus" 7".

Also available will be a limited and numbered vinyl LP edition (500 units: 100 clear, 100 blood-red, 100 green, 200 black)on September 5th, 2014. More...

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October 31 Announces First Album In Nine Years

Virginia's October 31, featuring Deceased's King Fowley, announced the new album "Bury the Hatchet" will be released on October 14th via Hells Headbangers Records. The album marks the first full length studio release in nine years. The long-awaited album sees October 31 returning with a vengeance, firing off one mean, lean headbanger after another.

October 31 ranges the entire repertoire, which goes all the way back to the mid '90s: from "thrashing-like-a-maniac attacks" to "heart-pumping speed metal missiles" and plenty of traditional metal in between. "Bury the Hatchet" promises to be varied, dynamic, and immediately memorable heavy metal to the bloody, glorious end." The band also features ex-Overlord shredder Brian "Hellstorm" Williams and bassist Jim Hunter of While Heaven Wept and Twisted Tower Dire.

A statement from vocalist King Fowley reads: "The new album is finally done, and we are very, very pleased with the results. LOUD FUCKING HEAVY METAL is what the witch's cauldron is a'brewing! So drink up, ye olde metal muthas - DRINK UP!!!"

The track list for "Bury the Hatchet" is:

1. Tear Ya Down
2. Bury the Hatchet
3. Down at Lover's Lane
4. Under My Gun
5. The House Where Evil Dwells
6. Growing Old
7. Gone to the Devil
8. Arsenic on the Rocks
9. Voodoo Island
10. Angel Dusted More...

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Holy Tongues Posts Full New LP Online

Holy Tongues' debut LP, "Weak People," is out now via Melotov Records, and you can stream the full release below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine.

"Weak People" was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Earth). You can order the album from Melotov Records here. You can also see Holy Tongues live:

August 9 - Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (record release show)
August 10 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Flat More...

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Adrenaline Mob Announces New Shows

Continuing to support the band's 2nd album, "Men of Honor" (reviewed here), Adrenaline Mob announces today nine new shows in September.

Appearing with Adrenaline Mob will be Roadrunner Record's artist Bad Seed Rising, supporting debut EP "Charm City." Dates are as follows:

Sat 06 - Sep - Pottsville, PA - Goodfellas
Sun 07 - Sep - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Mon 08 - Sep - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
Tue 09 - Sep - Newport, KY - Thompson House
Wed 10 - Sep - Nashville, TN - Exit In
Fri 12 - Sep - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Sat 13 - Sep - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Sun 14 - Sep - Baltimore, MD - Fishhead Cantina
Mon 15 - Sep - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's

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Freak Kitchen Streaming "Mathematics Of Defeat"

Swedish trio Freak Kitchen is back with "Cooking With Pagans," the group's eighth and most frantic album to date.

The album is set for release on September 16th via Laser's Edge and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

The first single from "Cooking With Pagans," titled "Mathematics Of Defeat," can be heard below thanks to Decibel Magazine. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
3. Sloppy
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Mathematics of Defeat
8. I Don't Want to Golf
9. Hide
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan More...

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Lacuna Coil Announces Fall North American Tour

Lacuna Coil continues a world tour in support of latest Century Media release, "Broken Crown Halo" and has now announced a second run of dates in North America.

Support will come from Devil You Know for the entire tour, with Starset appearing Sept. 23-Oct. 12, with exception to Oct. 7-8, where Unlocking The Truth will join the tour.

Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian sates. The tour will kick off in Sacramento at this year's Aftershock Festival.

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia had this to say: "Hello all!! Busy year for Lacuna Coil ...and we couldn't be happier! We will be back in the US AND (finally!) Canada again! We are very excited to announce that, and to bring the new songs and the new dark aura back on the road. Our friend Howard Jones and his band Devil You Know will be joining us in the madness. It will be a great tour and you HAVE to share the fun with us!"

Confirmed dates are:

Sept 14 - Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)
Sept 16 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 17 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept 19 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sept 20 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept 21 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Sept 23 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Sept 24 - Calgary, AB @ Republik
Sept 25 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Sept 26 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center
Sept 27 - Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks
Sept 29 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Sept 30 - London, ONT @ London Music Hall
Oct 1 - Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
Oct 3 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Oct 4 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 5 - Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Oct 7 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Oct 8 - Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Oct 10 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct 11 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 - New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

*Devil You Know - support all dates
*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 - Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)
*Incura on all Canadian shows
*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7-8

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1349 Streams New Track "Cauldron"

The Norwegian black metal tyrants in 1349 have premiered a second new track taken from forthcoming album, "Massive Cauldron of Chaos."

The track, titled "Cauldron," is streaming below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine. "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" will be released in North America on September 30th. Pre-orders are available here, while the track listing is as follows:

1. Cauldron
2. Slaves (streaming here)
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele's
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer More...

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Crimson Shadows Posts Lyric Video

Crimson Shadows today reveals a brand new lyric video for "Rise To Power," which comes off upcoming album "Kings Among Men."

Check out the clip below, and you can pre-order "Kings Among Men" right here. The album drops on September 1st in the U.K. & September 9th in North America via Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. March of Victory
2. Rise to Power
3. Heroes Among Us
4. A Gathering of Kings
5. Maidens Call
6. Braving the Storm
7. Freedom and Salvation Intro
8. Freedom and Salvation
9. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides

Be sure to also check out Crimson Shadows' recent addition to our Pit Stories column here. More...

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Hideous Divinity Reveals Album Details

The Italian death metal merchants in Hideous Divinity, who feature within their ranks current and former members of Hour Of Penance and Ghouls, are preparing to unleash their second full-length on October 28th in the U.S. and 31st in Europe.

Titled "Cobra Verde," the offering was recorded at 16th Cellar Studios (House Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Trifixion, Vomit The Soul) in early 2014 and, in keeping with the tradition laid by former debut, "Obeisance Rising," revolves itself around a movie concept.

Comments the band, "Cobra Verde is no ordinary album. We entered Stefano 'Saul' Morabito's 16th Cellar Studios for the second time, knowing we could get the best only going to the best. We pushed Saul and he did the same with us: we struggled, argued, started from scratch numerous times. The result was hard to reach but in the end no one could say anything but, 'THIS is it.'

"Drums and vocals were entirely performed and recorded in the studio, while guitars were pre-recorded and reamped by Saul using a combination of Peavey Triple XXX and Mesa Dual Rectifier. Bass was also pre-recorded and re-amped. Prepare for the slavery of the human heart." More...

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Bullet Posts "Storm Of Blades" Preview Clip

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

The track list for "Storm of Blades" is:

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

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Amaranthe Announces New Album "Massive Addictive"

Sweden's Amaranthe, known for fusing melodic metal with elements of EDM, will release their third album "Massice Addictive" via Spinefarm Records on October 21. The album was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) at the helm. It marks the first release for the band's third vocalist Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson, who joined in 2013.

"'Massive Addictive' is true to its title. The band's signature, larger-than-life sound, comprised of kinetic riffing, pulsating beats and celestial, melodic choruses, remains in tact, but the album finds Amaranthe continuing to explore a range of dynamics and with a willingness to push themselves even further."

Guitarist Olaf Mörck (Dragonland) commented: "We have lived and breathed this album every hour and every day the last year, and to know that this music is about to reach everyone's ears is beyond exciting. Following the first leg of The Nexus World Tour, we sat down and agreed that we wanted the next album to be really fresh, new and even to raise a few eyebrows, all while retaining our signature sound."

He continued, "'Massive Addictive' is in every way that huge leap forward we wanted to achieve and the album definitely contain our strongest song writing to date. The press often asks us to 'describe the album with three words'; this time, the answer is simple - it's MASSIVE, it's ADDICTIVE, and most importantly, it's AMARANTHE!"

The track listing for the release is:

1. Dynamite
2. Drop Dead Cynical
3. Trinity
4. Massive Addictive
5. Digital World
6. True
7. Unreal
8. Over and Done
9. Danger Zone
10. Skyline
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale More...

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Triptykon Premieres New Music Video "Aurorae"

Triptykon premiered the new music video for the track "Aurorae" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "Melana Chasmata," which was issued back in April via Century Media Records (see review here).

The clip is an ominous visualisation of "Aurorae," one of the most poignant and personal songs on "Melana Chasmata." It was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously collaborated with Triptykon for the group's highly acclaimed "Shatter" video clip), and filmed in Leipzig, Germany, earlier this year. As it was the case with "Shatter", the "Aurorae" clip is based on concepts by Hirsch and Triptykon singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior.

The "Aurorae" clip is to be followed later in 2014 by an EP of the same title, featuring additional unreleased music by the group and released through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records. Moreover, the end of the year will see Triptykon embark on a major European tour with At The Gates.

Check out the video here: More...

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While Heaven Wept Announces New Album Details

U.S. progressive doom act While Heaven Wept announced that the band's upcoming new release will be entitled "Suspended At Aphelion." The album commemorates the 25th anniversary of the band and is set for release via Nuclear Blast on October 24th (EU) and the October 27th (North America).

"Suspended At Aphelion" was produced and engineered by Kevin Gutierrez (Raven/Deceased) at Assembly Line Studios. The album's artwork was created again by Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel) and can be seen below.

Guitarist/keyboardist/composer Tom Phillips commented on the style of the album: "While most of our albums have been thematic, this is the first time we've released something entirely of a conceptual nature in the grand tradition of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Rush, Marillion, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, Queensrÿche and of course Fates Warning...and musically, this album falls somewhere in the middle of all of that with a touch of Viking-era BATHORY as well."

The track listing is:

I: Introspectus
II: Icarus And I
III: Ardor
IV: Heartburst
V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
VII: Souls In Permafrost
VIII: Searching The Stars
IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
X: Lifelines Lost
XI: Retrospectus More...

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Elina Laivera Announces Solo Album Title

Elina Laivera, ex-vocalist of the Greek act Seduce the Heaven, has announced that the debut solo album/project with French keyboardist/composer Viv Lalu will be entitled "Kaleidoscope." The album is targeted for release in late 2015.

The announcement reads:

"Dear friends and fans, after a year of composing music and pouring feelings on paper, it's time to introduce my debut solo album, KALEIDOSCOPE, coming out in late 2015.

"THE ALBUM is exactly what its title orders; a kaleidoscope of sounds and images. Looking through it, each song is a different pattern/scenery. KALEIDOSCOPE is an observation of life and events through my own eyes, stories with their bright and dark shapes and reflections and how these views even change from time to time, just like a kaleidoscopic pattern changes.

"Of course, everyone can see different things in these patterns/songs, looking through the Kaleidoscope; things they can either relate to already or stories that are new to them. What one can see through the Kaleidoscope depends either on their own imagination or former experience or on their ability of perception.

"Hence, KALEIDOSCOPE offers a look into one's soul.

"Dare to have a look?"

More information on the release, including the various guest appearances, is expected soon. More...

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Heliosaga Posts Lyric Video For "A Tower So Tall"

U.S. symphonic metal act Heliosaga released a lyric video for the new track "A Tower So Tall." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut release "Towers in the Distance," which is set for release on August 22, 2014.

The track list for the album is:

1. A Tower So Tall
2. Scarlet Sphere
3. Lost
4. Hideaway
5. To Heal All Wounds
6. Memorativa
7. Hunter’s Moon
8. Edenscar
9. Luminary
10. All Souls

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Provocator Premieres New Track From Debut

Slovenian one man black metal act Provacator premiered the new track "Unholy Rape of the Holy Whore" exclusively over at GunShyAssassin at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming debut full length release "Antikristus." The album is set for release via Moribund Records on August 19, 2014.

The track list for the album is:

1. Let Jesus Fuck You (Intro)
2. Unholy Rape Of The Holy Whore
3. 7 Storms of Eternal Damnation (see art video here)
4. Conqueror Of Blasphemus Revenge
5. Profanation of the Cross
6. Kirkebrann
7. Black Star of Lucifer
8. Antikristus

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Decapitated Streaming New Song From "Blood Mantra"

Polish death metal act Decapitated is streaming the new track "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" from the upcoming release "Blood Mantra." The album is set for release on September 19th (EU), September 29th (UK) and September 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Blood Mantra" is:

1. Exiled In Flesh
2. The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation
3. Veins
4. Blood Mantra
5. Nest
6. Instinct
7. Blindness
8. Red Sun
9. Moth Defect (Bonus Track - Digipak Edition)

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Primal Fear Releases "Alive And On Fire" Video

German power metal act Primal Fear, featuring ex-Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers, Sinner/Silent Force bassist Mat Sinner and Voodoo Circle/Silent Force guitarist Alex Beyrodt, released a new music video for the track "Alive and on Fire." The song appears on the band's latest album "Delivering the Black," which is available through Frontiers Records.

Primal Fear recently announced they will appear on board 70,000 Tons of Metal when it sets sail on January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale bound for Jamaica. For the latest lineup for the biggest metal cruise, head on over to this location.

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Project Arcadia Posts "Formidable Foe" Music Video

Bulgarian progressive power metal act, now featuring Serious Black/Trail of Murder vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Marose), released a music video for the new track "Formidable Foe." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore studio release "A Time of Changes," which is due for release on September 9th (North America) and September 26th (Rest of the World) via Nightmare Records.

The track listing for "A Time of Changes" is:

1. Here To Learn
2. Shelter Me
3. I Am Alive
4. Beggars at the Door
5. The Ungrateful Child
6. Timeless
7. Joy
8. A Time of Changes
9. Formidable Foe
10. The Deal
11. Shadows of the Night More...

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Nightwish's Jukka Nevalainen Forced To Take Break

In the midst of writing a new album, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced that drummer Jukka Nevalainen is forced to step down and take a break from music activities due to ongoing health concerns. It seems for many years, Nevalainen has been suffering from insomnia. His replacement for the upcoming follow up to "Imaginaerum" will be Wintersun/Swallow the Sun drummer Kai Hahto.

Nevalainen posted a statement and a video (shown below):

"How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

"For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

"During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

"On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too. More...

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