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Metal News for August 7, 2013

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Autumns Eyes Streaming Full New Album

Solo metal act Autumns Eyes has now officially released new album "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets," which follows the previous full-length "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here).

"Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets" features reimagined and re-recorded tracks from the earliest days of Autumns Eyes a decade back.

You can stream all the album's songs in the player available below, or pick up a digital copy at Bandcamp here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Branches Across the Blinds 09:49
2. Accepting Madness 07:03
3. Lucid Empathy 13:46
4. Threat of My Extinction 08:06
5. Foreshadowed Misery 10:22

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Six Feet Under Announces East Coast Tour

Six Feet Under recently wrapped up the Hell In July Tour with Decrepit Birth, Cannabis Corpse, and Dealey Plaza.

The band is wasting little time and will return to the road this November for the East Coast Armageddon Tour with Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Malignancy, and Dark Sermon. The tour begins on November 8th in Rhode Island and the confirmed list of dates can be found below.

Six Feet Under's Chris Barnes comments: "After a killer run of dates last month with Decrepit Birth and Cannabis Corpse, I'm proud to announce the second leg to our US tour in support of our latest album 'Unborn.' We will be heading out on the road in November to continue spreading Death Metal plague with Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Malignancy and Dark Sermon…I'm so ready for this tour!! It's going to be an onslaught of total Death Metal insanity!! Be prepared to be pummeled! More dates TBA!!"

11/08 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
11/09 Nashua, NH Evolution Nightclub
11/10 Long Island, NY Revolution
11/12 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
11/14 Brooklyn, NY Paperbox
11/15 Springfield, VA Empire
11/16 Wilmington, DE Mojo13
11/17 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz

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Interview

Dez Fafara Explains New Album "Winter Kills"

Dez Fafara is very proud of Devildriver's new album "Winter Kills" (reviewed here) and he's not shy about sharing it, likening the album to a "killing stroke" that will make the rest of the scene stand up and take notice of the band.

"Winter Kills" drops on August 27th via Napalm Records, and now you can see what the frontman himself had to say about how this album was created, from song writing to artwork and onto visual representations like lyric videos.

In the full interview available below, Dez also talks about shooting a live DVD with no overdubs, the passion Napalm Records has for releasing the album, and how he hopes his lyrics can empower metal fans in the same way bands influenced him as a kid. More...

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Cleaver Signs With Dead Center Productions

Norwegian act Cleaver, which features members of Chthon and ex-The Sickening, has checked in with the following announcement about inking a new record deal:

"Cleaver is stoked to announce that we have signed with Dead Center Productions, which will release our debut album 'When There's No More Room In Hell…' on CD in the fall of 2013. 'When There Is No More Room In Hell…' features 10 songs, including titles such as 'Demon Semen,' 'The Dead Will Walk the Earth,' and 'Necro XXX.'

"The album was recorded, mixed, and produced at Necrostable Studio with Cleaver's throat slitter Ola Langli doing the dirty job. Now Hell is running over and the gates have been swung open! Cleaver is here to hit a unexpecting metal scene in the face like a hammer of steel!"

Drummer Espen adds: "This album is so far from being progressive as you can get, its actually regressive! Hail the infernal metal gods."

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Boston Punk Anthology To See Release

"Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is dedicated to vocalist Alec Steere aka "Smegma," who was hit by a train in 1999. The release is due out October 1st via Trev Records, and the following press release was also issued:

"Gang Green was the most raucous and explosive hardcore punk band in Boston from 1982-1986. 'Drop The Needle: Boston Punk Anthology' is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980's and 1990's.

"This release includes Gang Green's original 1985 version of the classic song 'Let's Drink Some Beer.' This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame. Check out the track below.

"Smegma + The Nunz featured members of hardcore legends Gang Green and The Freeze, with Alec Steere, former vocalist for Leper, who are considered to be Boston's very first hardcore band. Following Leper, Smegma + The Nunz became one of the most outrageous and most blasphemous bands in Boston in the early 80's. For the first time, here are five rare demo recordings by this now-infamous Boston punk band.

"Chuck Stilphen (guitar) and Walter Gustafson (drums) were members of Smegma + The Nunz, The Freeze, and also recorded with Glen Stilphen (bass) in Gang Green and Mallet Head. Chuck and Glen also appear with the bands Scratch and Celebrity Death Certificate, which also features Erich Thaler, from the influential Boston-based alt-metal band Stompbox, who released the landmark album Stress on Columbia Records in 1994." More...

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Signatura Rerum Streaming New Track

Romanian black metal outift Signatura Rerum released new album "In Sfarsit..." at the beginning of the month, and a track from the release titled "Blestem Soptit" can now be heard below. The band also comments:

"The bond between black metal and folk influences gives us that typical Carpathian aura and places us amongst few black metal bands who acquire this kind of musical expression.

"The band was formed at the initiative of Echivoc (vocals) and Vârcolac (quitar) who shaped the first Signatura Rerum's songs. Soon, Exitus (bass) and Stihia (guitar) joined the band.

"Lyrics are based on fantasy and folklore. Our first song 'Muntele Înghe?at' talks about a 'frozen god' from a fictive carpathian kingdom in decline. In this song, people's struggle and pain is well outlined on their road to find the 'Frozen God.' More...

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Eldritch Recording New Album

Italy's Eldritch has checked in with following update about recording a new album:

"Cheers people, how is it going? The 10th of August gig with Overkill, Stratovarius, Marduk, and more is very near... In the meantime the drummer Raffahell quite finished the recordings for the upcoming Eldritch album!

"There are many interesting things to say about what the new shit will sound like but we'll keep you posted in the next bulletins... Here's also a video of what happened these last days in Syncropain Recording studios.... Rock on gents!"

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Skydancer Streaming New Track

Skydancer has posted the song "Ancares" online, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:

"Here it is, the first official track from our upcoming album. There's not much to say. There are small changes in the musical direction and you probably won't get the lyrics, but they are inspired on a Galician landscape.

"We hope you like it, and if you do, please share it and spread the word. We'll really appreciate it. 'Land of the Grim' will be released this fall (hopefully) by Suspiria Records."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Swamp Tomb
2. Ancares
3. Ancestral Lands
4. L' Even
5. Meet The Ferryman
6. Treason Wall
7. The Galician Exile
8. Lembranza More...

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Hammerdrone Finishes Recording Album

Melodic death metallers Hammerdrone have completed tracking their new, and as yet untitled, album.

The album follows the band's debut EP, "A Demon Rising," which was released in 2012. According to vocalist Graham Harris, the new album features "nine tracks of aggressive yet melodic death metal."

The band has engaged artist Nathan Navetto to produce the album cover art. A release is anticipated in October of this year.

The full track listing is:

1. Jevon's Paradox
2. Clone Of Europa
3. Subtle Knives
4. Kelpie
5. Death In The Yukon
6. Wraiths On The Horizon
7. Triumph
8. Stormchaser
9. Prometheus Is Murdered

You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "A Demon Rising" at this location.

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Fear Theories To Record New Album

Norwegian heavy metal band Fear Theories has begun the process of writing new material expected to be recorded later this year with studio sound engineering RAMI award winner Jeffro Lacksheide handling the mixing responsibilities.

On May 3rd, Fear Theories self-released the debut EP "So It Begins" consisting of five tracks of heavy metal with a traditional sound, catchy riffs, rough vocals, fast guitar solos and a modern twist.

Early this year Fear Theories won the Karmøygeddon Kick Off band contest and performed at the Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in May, sharing the bill with greats like Sabaton, Overkill, Eluveitie, and Paradise Lost among others.

In late August, Fear Theeories will begin a small tour in Norway which includes supporting Zeno Morf at the band's release party on September 6th. More...

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Public Guilt Officially Closing Down

After seven active years, from 2004 through 2011, and the last two spent on hiatus, Baltimore-based independent label Public Guilt is officially closing its doors this year. The following press release was issued about the closure:

"Public Guilt had a great run, having disbursed thirty-five unique and eclectic releases from some incredible artists including Aluk Todolo, Aun, The Psychic Paramount, Zu, Strotter Inst., Cream Abdul Babar, Destructo Swarmbots, Terminal Lovers, Darsombra, and many others.

"While we’re sorry to see the label coming to an end, we’re also excited to announce that Public Guilt is selling off its back catalog and many distro items at super low prices, with CD's starting at $1, 7"s starting at $1 and LP's starting at $5. Help the label clear out some space and explore some unique artists while adding a few pieces to your collection now while the stock lasts!"

Check out the full Public Guilt label discography here and scan the substantial list of on-sale titles at this location.

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Psycroptic Gearing Up For Tour With Exhumer

Tasmanian extreme metallers Psycroptic are teaming up with Hour Of Penance, Dyscarnate, and Exhumer for a European trek.

The Inherited Sedition European tour will kick off next month in Aarschot, Belgium and will cross ten countries resulting in fifteen shows. Dates are as follows:

20.09 Belgium, Aarschot @ JC De Klinker
21.09 Germany,Essen @ Turock
22.09 UK, London @ Electrowerkz
23.09 Ireland, Dublin @ The Pint
24.09 UK, Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
25.09 UK, Cardiff @ Bogiez Rock Club
26.09 UK, Margate @ Westcoast
27.09 France ,Paris @ Glazart
28.09 Switzerland, Lausanne @ Metal Assault Festival
29.09 Switzerland, Zurich @ Planet 5
30.09 Germany, Munich @ Feierwerk Kranhalle
01.10 Slovakia, Kosice @ Collosseum
02.10 Czech Rep, Ostrava @ Barrack Music Club
04.10 Netherland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
05.10 Denmark, Copenhagen @ Beta More...

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Where Giants Once Stood Posts Playthrough Clip

Unleashing debut EP "The Changing" last week, Toronto, ON metallers Where Giants Once Stood have posted a new guitar play through video for the track "Disbelievers." Check it out below. A listing of the band's upcoming tour dates can also be found after the jump.

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Willpowerless Joining American Head Charge Tour

East Coast hard rock up-and-comers Willpowerless kick off a U.S. tour with American Head Charge tomorrow night in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Philadelphia, PA quartet will join the "Shoot Tour," already in progress, through August 21st. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be seen on the band's Facebook profile here.

Commented vocalist Ryan Panfil: "We are extremely excited and honored to spend the next couple of weeks on the road with great bands like American Head Charge and Psychostick. Check out our Facebook page for an updated list of dates. Hopefully we'll see you on the road!" More...

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Onslaught Unveils Album Art & Title Of New LP

U.K. thrash act Onslaught have unveiled the title and artwork for the band's follow up to the 2011 release "Sounds of Violence." The new album will be entitled "VI" and is scheduled for release on September 20th via AFM Records.

More news on the album is expected shortly. Check out the artwork here:

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The New Dominion Excretes Single

The New Dominion has excreted the "Atonement of Species" single, which comes off the "Procreating the Undivine" album. Check it out below. The band also comments:

"Due to the insane amount of responses we received on our first single 'Ommatidea,' we feel it is about time to introduce our next endeavor of sickness to humanity - 'Atonement of Species.'

"We trust we can again count on your relentless enthusiasm, as this track represents a far more more groovy, yet ruthless mid-pass death metal vibe. While being a nearly totally different facade of this band it still contains all the elements necessary for a crowd to go completely mental. Crank up your amps, gather your hordes and make your neck snap in the stampede."

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Diesto Announces New LP

Portland, Oregon-based powerhouse Diesto will release a mammoth fifth LP, "For Water or Blood," later this month via Eolian Empire. To help spread the news, The Sleeping Shaman is hosting the premiere of "Sirens." Check it out below.

The following press release was issued about the band:

"Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Chris Dunn, guitarist Mark Bassett, bassist Rusty Powers and drummer Devon Shirley, since the turn of the century Diesto has ravaged the lands with their pummeling riffery through a pile of releases and countless shows, their determination heralding the band as one of Portland’s hardest-working heavy acts. While their earlier days showcased a more noiserock-built flamboyance, over time the aggro has eroded a bit, the sharper edges of their rock now worn down to a smoother doom rock style, while all of the heaviness remains.

"Diesto's freshly completed fifth LP For Water or Blood -- their first release for Eolian Empire, and their first album to be released on vinyl -- finds the band continuing its journey West, its storied and troubled past dragged through the Cascadian forest to the Pacific Ocean, treading and crawling slowly but steadily ahead as it cuts a winding path of riffs deep into the heavy frontier with echoes of Zep III, Pompeiian Floyd, and Masters of Reality bouncing between mountains of Sleep and Yob doom boosted by heavy hooks, chiming intertwined guitars, expressive vocals, and surprising attacks of angular noise rock and dissonance. More...

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Darkapathy Streaming Self-Titled Album

New York act Darkapathy has released a self-titled album, which can be heard at Bandcamp or in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Intro (Darkapathy) 02:11
2. Apocalcryptic 04:54
3. Time Is Now To Slaughter 04:21
4. GASP 03:16
5. Blood Plague 04:36
6. Flesh Coated Armor 05:35
7. Abyss Of Black Filth 04:44
8. In Death Beauty 04:46 More...

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Vattnet Viskar Streaming New Song

New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar has premiered "Mythos" on NPR Music today. The new song is from the group's debut album "Sky Swallower," due in stores on September 3rd via Century Media.

Check out "Mythos" right here. The full album's track listing is:

1. New Alchemy
2. Fog of Apathy (streaming here)
3. Monarch
4. Breath of the Almighty
5. Ascend
6. Mythos
7. As I Stared Into the Sky
8. Apex More...

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Thought Chamber To Release Sophomore LP

U.S. progressive metal act Thought Chamber, featuring Enchant/Spock's Beard vocalist Ted Leonard, have returned with the sophomore LP "Psykerion." The album is set for release on September 16th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via InsideOut Music.

"Psykerion" contains 16 tracks/64 minutes of progressive metal with a technical sci-fi twist, likely to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Yes, Rush or Planet X. The album’s cover artwork, seen below, was designed by John E. Holland/MistyMountainGraphics.com. The album was recorded in various locations between 2012 and 2013 and finally mixed and mastered by Tom Size (Y&T, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Enchant) at Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.

The album is the first since the acclaimed debut album "Angular Perceptions" was released in 2007.

Thought Chamber is:

Ted Leonard (Enchant/Spock's Beard) - vocals
Michael Harris (Darkology/Arch Rival) - guitars; keyboards; vocals
Mike Haid (David T. Chastain) - drums
Jeff Plant - bass
Bill Jenkins - keyboards More...

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Depravation Streaming Releases Online

Depravation's first full-length "II: Maledictvm" is out now and available for name-your-price (aka. free) download at Bandcamp.

Depravation was founded in December 2011, and in March 2012 the band released the demo-tape "I: Praedictvm." Both releases can be heard through the widgets available below.

You can also find further info and details on upcoming shows from the band at the Depravation Facebook profile. More...

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Kataklysm Shooting New Music Video

Kataklysm has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a music video for the band's upcoming album:

"Something strange is happening in Belgrade, Serbia today: the filming of the new video clip 'Elevate' from the new album 'Waiting For The End To Come,' a visual masterpiece in darkness, blood and death metal."

A teaser trailer for the coming album "Waiting For The End To Come" can also be viewed at this location. More...

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Centuries Streaming "Taedium Vitae" Album

Get ready for a serious aural infliction in the form of Centuries' "Taedium Vitae," streaming in the player below today courtesy of Rocksound.tv.

The Florida-based wielders of ominous disgust and crust have this week released the debut LP on Southern Lord. The label also comments:

"Taedium Vitae is a relentless barrage of abrasive, blackened, emotive hardcore played with a strong sense of urgency as Centuries unload their most potent brew of dark hardcore surging with tragic melodies and an emotive angst-ridden vocal assault. Aspirations are methodically countered through rapidly executed and slowly shifting declines in pitch, implications of hopelessness are harnessed in the fantastic cyclical monotony of the d-beat and dry-throated vocals are placed around the riffs like a distorted transcript of a confession.

"Taedium Vitae blasts by under a consistently intense regime of percussive perdition, with moments of unique fascination - white noise nose dives, string-wrenching clamor and an all encompassing overcast mood, delivered through the medium of brimstone hardcore and the burnt flavor of dejected crust. The record was recorded with Kris Hillbert at Legitimate Business studios in Greensboro, North Carolina and is out now worldwide this week through Southern Lord." More...

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Doro Checks In From 30th Anniversary Tour

Nuclear Blast Records has checked in with the following update about metal queen Doro's 30th anniversary shows:

"Doro Pesch really hits it off! In 2013/2014 the Metal-Queen celebrates her 30th Throne-Anniversay with special shows all around the world.

"The phenomenal kick-off to this concert row has taken place last Friday at the largest and most important metal festival of the world, Wacken, where 80,000 fans have given their rock queen an overwhelming welcome and international stars of the genre like Motorhead, Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Fish (Subway to Sally), Uli Jon Roth (Ex-Scorpions and Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger) payed their honours to Doro on stage."

Wacken was only the beginning. "I want to celebrate this big anniversary all year long with my fans around the world," Doro who will start an extended European Tour with her band from October onwards, explains. "We are in the midst of planning special Shows in London, Paris and New York." More...

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Death Angel Reveals New Album Details

Three years have passed since the release of Death Angel's crushing "Relentless Retribution" album - three years of constant touring and on-the-road-songwriting. Now the Bay Area veterans have returned with yet another visceral slice of thrash!

"The Dream Calls for Blood" was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White. "The Dream Calls for Blood" will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America).

"Rob contacted me early on about doing this cover," explains White. "He wanted a continuation of the work we did on 'Relentless Retribution.' Kind of a complimentary piece that featured the wolf in sheep’s clothing again, only this time in some sort of frozen environment. I love it, I guess he's come to be known as ‘Wolfie’. Perfect! As the concepts for the album grew, so did the details and various elements for the album cover.

"For example, It started as a single lone wolf, though Rob thought it important to add his pack. I guess they're somewhat symbolic of the band. The wolves look like they've come a long ways, I can relate. I don't want to try to dictate the meaning of the cover art. Suffice to say the main elements depicted in the piece are representational of the core thoughts and themes Rob poured into the album. Solar eclipse, lunar mirage, lighting from the coming storm, the killing field , blood, death, decay...those things. Though at times this one was a struggle (thanks for your patience with me DA, VJ and NB!) the album title actually pushed it to where it needed to be. I love the title, a perfect representation of the lyrics and Death Angel in general."

"Once again my metal brothers have put out an album that truly captures their live energy and originality as a band," commented Suecof. "Death Angel has not only maintained their classic thrash element, but they've taken every aspect of what they can do as musicians to the next level - writing, playing and maintaining an intense vibe throughout all the tracks! I believe this is an album that will stand the test of time - not just for Death Angel fans, but for fans of all genres of metal. Enjoy!" More...

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Behemoth Pushes Album Back To 2014

The release of Polish extreme metal masters Behemoth's upcoming tenth studio album "The Satanist," which was previously announced for this fall, has now been postponed to early 2014 and will be accompanied by an extensive headlining tour – further information including the exact dates to follow soon.

Until then, the only chance to catch Behemoth live in Europe after the forthcoming show at Czech Brutal Assault Festival on August 10th will be an exclusive show at German "Metal Hammer Paradise" from November 15th to November 16th. For further information, visit this location.

Regarding the title of the new album, front man Nergal recently stated: "It took us over two decades to come up with a title that…says it all. While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast—Proud and Radical. 'The Satanist' stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves I couldn't think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now."

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Alcoholator Recruits New Bassist

Alcoholator has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"We want to announce the latest addition to our ranks, his name is GORD and he will officially be filling the bass player position with us from now on!

"We are really happy to welcome him amongst us and you will surely see him destroying the stage in the near future if you haven't already! Give him a warm welcome!! In Gord we trust!" More...

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Wisdom's New Album To See "Fabio Effect"

Wisdom announced that Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine frontman Fabio Lione will lend his voice for a guest appearance on the forthcoming new album "Marching for Liberty." As previously revealed, the album continues the journey of the Wiseman from the band's previous two efforts. The new release is scheduled for a September 27th drop date via NoiseArt Records.

In the announcement on the band's Facebook page, it was stated: "We can proudly announce that on our upcoming album's title track which will be released on the 27th of September, a great inspiration of ours namely Fabio Lione, frontman of Rhapsody and Vision Divine will be doing guest vocals! More news regarding his appearance will be posted shortly!" More...

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Evocation Streaming Carcass Cover

After releasing "Illusions Of Grandeur" last year to critical acclaim, Sweden's Evocation is now ready to release a new EP, entitled "Excised And Anatomised," featuring five cover versions of metal classics.

Evocation's rendition of "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" can now be heard below, thanks to Decibel Magazine.

Due out digitally on September 3rd in North America, "Excised And Anatomised" is available for pre-order at CM Distro on dark red vinyl (USA exclusive color limited to 100 copies).

The track listing is:

Side 1
1. ... For Victory (originally by BOLT THROWER)
2. Corporal Jigsore Quandary (originally by CARCASS)
3. You Suffer (originally by NAPALM DEATH)

Side 2
1. Enigma (originally by EDGE OF SANITY)
2. Terminal Spirit Disease (originally by AT THE GATES) More...

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Seven Kingdoms Finalizes Dates For Tour

Florida power metal act Seven Kingdoms has finalized its schedule of tour dates for the upcoming U.S. headlining tour beginning in Delaware on August 15th. The live dates are in support of the band's latest LP "The Fire Is Mine," which is available now via Nightmare Records (see review at this location).

The final list of dates are as follows:

August 2013:

15: Thur - New Castle, DE @ JB McGinnes
17: Sat - Toronto, Ontario CN @ Rancho Relaxo
18: Sun - Montreal, Quebec CN @ L'Alize
19: Mon – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (get tickets here)
21: Wed – Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
22: Thur - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
23: Friday – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
24: Sat - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
25: Sunday - Miami, FL @ Churchill's
26: Monday - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum More...

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Purify The Horror Streams Full EP

After streaming a sampler of its EP, UK grinding trio Purify The Horror has now posted the entire twelve-song release in a complete stream. Stream the entire release courtesy of Dissected Records below. Purify The Horror consists of three individuals prominent within the underground music scene who have decided to remain anonymous and adopt the image of filthy pigs in an effort to effectively incite the grind revolution. The band's untitled debut EP is a 17-minute long celebration of sensory depravity.

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Monsterworks Unveils New Album

4.5 billion years in the making... Eat Lead and Die Music has announced the impending release of Monsterworks' "Earth," available on August 20th with digital distribution through the usual outlets on August 30th. The album will be offered as a special edition numbered digipak CD signed by the band, with lyric booklet and two bonus tracks. Vocalist/Guitarist Jon had this to say about the concepts surrounding the album:

"I am intrigued by evolution, not just of biological organisms but also how the physical world changes over time, so it was not that much of a stretch to consider doing an album themed around the life-cycle of Earth; beginning with its origin 'From Dust and Gravity' where a clumping together of rock and minerals left over from a supernova explosion formed a globe orbiting an infant star.

Each track progresses chronologically, from an early period called the 'Late Heavy Bombardment' which is thought to have delivered water and seeded chemical elements that developed into life and what was to be our 'Last Universal Ancestor.' Then we move onto a time where cyanobacteria started to photosynthesize and a process of 'Oxygenation' paved the way for more complex animals to evolve, 'Powered by Fate' as it were. Explosions of life, even when resulting in huge animals like dinosaurs, were often 'Bookended by Extinction' events that wiped the slate almost entirely clean until our chance came in the present 'Aeon of Man.'

Earth honors the seemingly miraculous yet naturally occurring planet on which we live. The title track is the only song that gets a little preachy about our responsibility as custodians of the environment; the rest is just a tale of the sequence of events that got us this far. So take from it philosophically what you will, Monsterworks primarily aims to produce metal which blurs the boundaries between preposterousness and the familiar while hopefully initiating a little independent thought along the way." More...

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New Heaven And Hell Sampler Available

A new Heaven and Hell sampler titled "Over the Top" is now available for download courtesy of the label at this location. Below is the listing of the 21 tracks from each of the artists on the label, plus you get a sneak peek at their upcoming releases.

1.Dark Design- No Death
2.Witches Mark- Cauldron Boron
3.The Reticent- Enemy
4.False Prophet- Holy Deception
5.Eugenic Death- Medication Time
6.Dogbane- Fire and Brimstone
7.Overlorde S.R.- Keeper of the Flame
8.Blacksmith- The Beast
9.Ancient Creation- Apocalypse
10.Seventh Calling- Paid in Blood
11.M-16- Shot Down
12.Demontuary- Days of Infernal Insanity
13.Hellrazor- Darker Days
14.Ritual- Dark Star
15.Praetorius- Pirates of the West
16.Core Device- Trail the Vein
17.Overlord- White Witch
18.Twisted Tower Dire- A Dangerous Meeting
19.Thunderstick- Afraid of the Dark
20.Natu Sabverata- Godless State of Mind
21.ESP- Take ‘em Alive

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'77 Posts New Track

Spanish hard rock bruisers '77 have debuted the first track off their upcoming third full-length album, "Maximum Rock n' Roll." The song, entitled "Down and Dirty," is streaming now below. '77 had the following to say regarding "Maximum Rock n' Roll":

"We obviously wrote music in typical '77 fashion such as 'Down and Dirty' or 'Stay Away from Water,' tunes that will make you bang your head and raise your fist in the air while singing the choruses. Once more we recorded live in the studio, supervised by Fred Estby this time behind the mics and mixing desk, and we are really happy with the sound we got: no tricks, no FX; just 'Maximum Rock and Roll' played as loud as possible."

The band has also unveiled the cover art, designed by urban artist and AC/DC enthusiast Abdul Vas, for "Maximum Rock n' Roll." Check it out after the tracklisting. More...

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Gama Bomb Drops Off U.S. Tour Due To Visa Issues

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb announced that the band is forced to drop off the planned tour of North America from August to September 2013 with Artillery, Bonded By Blood and Fueled By Fire. The reason: delays in securing visas.

"We’re really gutted to have to make this call, but we’ve found ourselves caught in a massive web of red tape and time’s run out to make the tour possible in the way we want it to be," said singer Philly Byrne.

"We’ve been faced with barriers and delays all for months now, and we held off on making this call, but ultimately we’re dealing with big organs of state where there’s no one person you can ring up and make it happen."

"Even worse than all the behind-the-scenes crap that’s gone on, letting our fans down is the hardest thing to stomach. If you bought a ticket for one of these cancelled shows, we’re coming back soon to make it up to you. We’re already working on making it happen."

Bassist Joe McGuigan commented: "We’ve done our best to make this tour happen but unfortunately this whole process is out of our hands. We want to apologize to our friends in Artillery, our brothers in Bonded By Blood, and most of all to all the US thrashers out there."

The tour is set to commence in San Diego on August 21st. More...

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Extrema Releases New Music Video

Italian act Extrema posted a new music video for the track "Again and Again." The song appears on the latest LP "The Seed of Foolishness," which is available via Scarlet Records. The video was directed by Freddy and edited by Daniele Farina.

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Eden's Curse Details New Album

Multinational Melodic Metallers Eden’s Curse will return with the fourth studio album "Symphony Of Sin," which is due out October 4th (EU) and October 22nd (North America) via AFM Records.

Produced by Paul Logue and mixed and mastered by the groups long term engineer, Pink Cream 69/Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward, "Symphony Of Sin" is the first release with new Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia/Dreyelands) and former Powerquest mainman and keyboarder Steve Williams.

The track list is:

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

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Hibria Posts "Silent Revenge" Preview Clip

Brazilian power metal act Hibria posted a preview clip for the upcoming North American release of "Silent Revenge," which is expected out on September 10th via AFM Records. The album dropped in Europe on July 26th.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Silent Revenge (see music video)
2. Lonely Fight
3. Deadly Vengeance
4. Walking to Death
5. Silence Will Make You Suffer (see music video)
6. Shall I Keep on Burning?
7. The Place That You Belong
8. The Scream of an Angel
9. The Way It Is
10. Bleeding on My Regrets

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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