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Metal News for August 7, 2014

Last updated on December 19, 2014 at 2:16 AM ET

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Guns N' Booze

A couple so-so videos this week that are redeemed with a GREAT ASS; a couple other videos masquerading as PRO gun and alcohol public service announcements. More...

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City Of Stages Added To DeLand Rock & Metal Fest

Promoters for the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival have announced that Orlando metalcore act City of Stages has been added to the Saturday 6:30-7:00pm slot on the Mainstage for the event.

The DeLand Rock & Metal Festival is sponsored by Metal Underground.com and will take place from November 7-9, 2014 at OB's Restaurant & Lounge located at 1750 North Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. The event will have two outdoor stages, the Main Stage and OB's Stage. Camping will be available. For more information on the event, head over to the official Facebook page at this location.

VIP All Inclusive (includes camping) packages can be purchased at this location.

VIP Passes (Only) can be purchased at this location.

Camping Passes (Only) can be purchased at this location.

Previously announced headline acts include Seven Kingdoms, Massacre, Widow and Warforged along with notable acts: A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze, Draekon and Visceral Disgorge.

The very latest lineup and schedule is as follows, with more announcements expected soon:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 **PRE-PARTY**

-OB's STAGE-
1|6:15-6:45 - TBA
2|7:00-7:30 - Almost Winter - Metalcore from Orlando, FL
3|7:45-8:15 - Unsung Hero - Metal from Tampa, FL
4|8:30-9:00 - TBA
5|9:15-9:45 - ShadowStrike - Power Metal from NY
6|10:00-10:45 - Judicator - Power Metal from Tuscon, AZ
7|11:00-11:30 - Project: Roenwolfe - Power Metal from AZ/FL
8| 11:45-12:30 - Fathoms Pass - Progressive Metal from Tampa, FL

SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 8, 2014

-OB's STAGE-
1|12:00-12:30 - Koffity - Metal from Panama City, FL
3|1:00-1:30 - TBA
5|2:00-2:30 - All Hell - Death Metal from Longwood, FL
7|3:00-3:30 - Atlas - Metal from Melbourne, FL
9|4:00-4:30 - Darkness Rising - Metal from Deltona, FL
11|5:00-5:30 - Sarcophagi - Deathcore from Pensacola, FL
13|6:00-6:30 - The Bride Wore Blood - Deathcore from Orlando, FL
15|7:00-7:30 - Orbweaver - Experimental Metal from Miami, FL
17|8:00-8:30 - Promethean Horde - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
19|9:00-9:30 - Ovid's Withering - Death Metal from Tampa, FL
21|10:15-11:00 - Warforged - Death Metal from Chicago, IL More...

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The Lurking Corpses To Release New Album

The Lurking Corpses return from the grave to wreak more havoc in the cemetery with "Workin' For the Devil," set for international release on October 14th via Hells Headbangers. This will be the ghoulish quintet's first full-length in six long, undead years.

In anticipation for this comeback album, The Lurking Corpses today unveils a morbid new video for "The Leech and the Worm." Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Workin' For the Devil
2. The Gate
3. The Leech and the Worm
4. Tonight
5. Blind Dead Arise
6. She's Alone Again
7. Dead Fuck
8. Lady Frankenstein
9. You're Dead
10. Love Fades Away
11. No One Will
12. In Hell (I Wait for You)
13. Christina is Dead
14. The Legend of the Swamp Hag
15. Tormentor [Slayer cover] More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces New Tour Dates

The Black Dahlia Murder will be returning to the road in September for a select number of shows. These dates, which feature openers Lorna Shore, begin on September 16th.

Immediately following these shows, The Black Dahlia Murder will begin a next big North American tour, the announcement for which is slated to officially land next week. For now, catch the band live on these dates:

w/ Lorna Shore
09/16 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
09/17 Iowa City, IA Gabe's
09/18 St. Louis, MO Firebird
09/19 Champaign, IL The Highdive
09/20 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre

"Fool 'Em All," the second DVD release from Detroit, Michigan's The Black Dahlia Murder, was released on May 27th, 2014. More...

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Beyond Creation Posts Playthrough Video

Technical death metal unit Beyond Creation has premiered a playthrough video of bassist Dominic Lapointe performing the band's new track "Elusive Reverence," which can be seen below.

"Elusive Reverence" is taken from the band's forthcoming new album, "Earthborn Evolution." The album was recorded by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and produced by the band, will be released by Season of Mist in North America on October 28th. Pre-orders for the new album are available right here. More...

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GWAR Announces More GWAR-B-Q Details

The 5th Annual GWAR B-Q - GWAR's saucy, sinful summer celebration-draws ever closer! And good reasons to make the trek to Hadad's Lake on Saturday, August 16th keep multiplying.

We bestow upon you the following new reasons to attend: The pants wetting horror of the Crypt of Chaos, GWAR's own haunted house, and two more celebrity guests.

GWAR! Haunted! House! Those three words should get your heart racing! The GWAR B-Q will feature the Crypt of Chaos, the first-ever GWAR-themed horror experience! Combining Slave Pit's demented artistry and the pedigree of Tim Bunch's House of Horrors, this will be a sicker, scarier event than your wildest nightmares can imagine. You will beg for release and emerge a bloody, broken shell of your former self. That is, if you have the guts to enter...

GWAR recently announced that Jello Biafra will preside over the Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus Memorial (from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, August 15th). He will share those duties with two other special guests: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and Holliston TV series creator Adam Green. The event, also taking place at Hadad's Lake, is FREE to the public. Show up to drink GWAR Beer and unleash a primal scream to pay tribute to Oderus as he journeys to Valhalla and beyond.

For more details, head over to the GWAR-B-Q website here. More...

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Memphis May Fire Posts "Beneath The Skin" Video

Memphis May Fire just released a new video for "Beneath The Skin," taken off the band's latest album "Unconditional" via Rise Records. Check it out below, and you can also see the band's previous video for "No Ordinary Love" at this location.

"Unconditional" is Memphis May Fire’s fourth studio album, which was released this past March. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and topped the Billboard Alternative Albums chart. Catch the band live supporting the album on these dates:

10/16 — Las Vegas, Nev. –- House of Blues
10/17 — San Diego, Calif. -– The North Park Theatre
10/18 — Anaheim, Calif. -– House of Blues
10/19 — Tempe, Ariz. –- The Marquee Theatre
10/21 — Dallas, Texas -– House of Blues
10/22 — San Antonio, Texas -– Backstage Live
10/23 — Houston, Texas –- House of Blues
10/25 — Orlando, Fla. -– Hard Rock Live
10/26 — Tampa, Fla. -– The Ritz Ybor
10/28 — Atlanta, Ga. –- The Masquerade
10/29 — Charlotte, N.C. –- Amo’s Southend
10/30 — Baltimore, Md. -– Baltimore Soundstage
11/2 — New York, N.Y. –- Best Buy Theater
11/3 — Philadelphia, Pa. -– Electric Factory
11/4 — Boston, Mass. –- House of Blues
11/6 — Toronto, Ontario –- Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/7 — Pontiac, Mich. –- The Crofoot
11/8 — Chicago, Ill. –- Concord Music Hall
11/9 — Minneapolis, Minn. -– Mill City Nights
11/11 — Denver, Colo. –- Summit Music Hall
11/12 — Salt Lake City, Utah -– The Complex
11/14 — Reno, Nev. –- Knitting Factory Concert House
11/15 — Los Angeles, Calif. –- Club Nokia
11/16 — San Francisco, Calif. –- The Regency Ballroom More...

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Die Choking Announces New Live Shows

While their second 7" EP to be issued this September, Philadelphia's sonic contortionists in Die Choking have already begun infiltrating the masses with material from "II."

The band's hyperspeed set packs all five tracks from "II," as well as the previously released self-titled debut 7", leaving audiences in a whiplashed daze.

The live inundation continues this week, as Die Choking returns to NYC this weekend to rage alongside Aussie grind maniacs, King Parrot, this Sunday, August 10th in Brooklyn. The next day Die Choking raids Baltimore, Maryland for the Philly Crust Invasion, followed by a hometown gig three days later.

Next Saturday, August 16th, Die Choking joins the growing itinerary of bands to play at Really Awesome Super Fun Fest in Wilmington, Delaware. The band has also locked a hometown record release show for "II" on October 17th. Pre-orders are available here, and you can catch the band live on these dates:

8/10/2014 The Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY w/ King Parrot, Organ Dealer
8/11/2014 Dis Haus - Baltimore, MD w/ Alement, Repellers, Rukut
8/14/2014 Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PA
8/16/2014 Really Awesome Super Fun Fest - Wilmington, DE w/ Sete Star Sept, Tercer Mundo
10/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *II record release show w/ Pyrrhon
10/18/2014 The Wasteland - Kutztown, PA @ V.O.S Fest w/ Fantasy Panther, Unknown To God More...

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Belphegor Streaming Full New Album

After being covered in our Sunday Old School column last week, Belphegor is now streaming the band's entire new album online.

For those who just can’t stand to wait any longer, you can hear all of "Conjuring The Dead" in the YouTube player below. Be sure to also check out our review of the album right here.

"Conjuring The Dead" is out now in North America via Nuclear Blast and is due to drop in Europe tomorrow - August 8th.

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The Midnight Ghost Train Signs With Napalm Records

The Midnight Ghost Train just signed with Napalm Records to release "Cold Was The Ground" in February, 2015. The band comments:

"We're very proud to become part of the Napalm family. We're certain that with the help of napalm, our new album Cold Was The Groundwill show the world what heavy rock REALLY is, and what The Midnight Ghost Train is all about. Watch out, cause were coming for ya."

The next stop of The Midnight Ghost Train will be a major U.S. tour this Fall. Currently announced dates are as follows:

9/4: Topeka, KS @ Secret Show
9/5: Warrensburg, MO @ The Bay
9/6: Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
9/7: Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
9/8: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
9/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub
9/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless
9/13: Washington, DC @ Rosie & The Rockers
9/14: Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
9/17: Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
9/18: Madison, AL @ The Station
9/19: Jackson, MS @ OL Tavern
9/20: Lafayette, LA @ The Wild Salmon

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Ex-Assassin Front Man Forms Raging Rob

In the beginning of 2014, after almost 30 years as front man, Robert Gonnella left Assassin and formed his own band Raging Rob.

The new group is rounded out by ex-Assassin drummer Frank Nellen on drums, Warrant's Dirk Preylowski on lead guitar, and ex-Human Bastard members Maik Jansen (rythm guitar) & Rudi Görg (bass).

Currently the band is preparing a live set including old Assassin songs & Raging Mob tracks (Robert's former Chinese band). Raging Rob is composing new songs for a debut album to be released in 2015, followed by a string of live shows to support the release.

Further details are forthcoming, but in the mean time follow the latest from Raging Rob at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Confess Streams "You Will Pay Back"

After streaming the song "Unormal" online, Iranian band Confess has now released a track titled "You Will Pay Back," which can be heard below.

This is a re-recorded and re-mastered version of the song - previously released on the "Beginning of Dominion" album in 2012 - and it will appear on an upcoming EP release due out in October.

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Amaranthe Updates Tour Schedule

After announcing details on new album "Massive Addictive" (due out October 21st via Spinefarm), Amaranthe has added a new leg to the band's continuing tour schedule. Full dates are available below:

Aug 09 Rockpod Kamenon Snina, Slovakia
Aug 14 Rockstad Falun Falun, Sweden
Aug 17 Made of Metal Hodonin, Czech Republic
Aug 21 Vaksala Torg Uppsala, Sweden
Aug 22 Folkets Park Borgen, Sweden
Aug 23 Mariebergsparken Karlstad, Sweden
Sep 05 John Dee Oslo, Norway
Sep 06 Brynerocken Bryne, Norway
Sep 25 The Regency Ballroom w/ Within Temptation San Francisco, CA
Sep 26 Club Nokia w/ Within Temptation Los Angeles, CA
Sep 28 Gothic Theater w/ Within Temptation Denver, CO
Sep 30 First Avenue w/ Within Temptation Minneapolis, MN
Oct 01 Vic Theater Chicago, IL
Oct 02 Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Within Temptation Royal Oak, MI
Oct 03 The Sound Academy w/ Within Temptation Toronto, Canada
Oct 05 Metropolis w/ Within Temptation Montreal, Canada
Oct 07 Ram's Head Live w/ Within Temptation Baltimore, MD
Oct 09 Electric Factory w/ Within Temptation Philadelphia, PA
Oct 10 Terminal 5 w/ Within Temptation New York, NY
Oct 11 The Palladium w/ Within Temptation Worcester, MA
Oct 18 LOUDPARK Saitama Shi, Japan
Oct 23 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 25 Houston, TX
Oct 26 Dallas, TX
Oct 27 New Orleans, LA
Oct 29 Fort Lauderdale
Oct 30 St. Petersburg
Oct 31 Atlanta
Nov 01 TBA
Nov 02 TBA
Nov 22 Winter Masters of Rock Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov 29 Bingo Club Kiev, Ukraine
Dec 12 Zal Ozhidanlaya Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Dec 13 Club Volta Moscow, Russia More...

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Rabbits Streaming Full New Album

Now just days from full contamination of the human population is the malicious contagion known as "Untoward," borne of Portland-based vermin, Rabbits.

Exhaustingly tracked live to tape at Type Foundry, the engineering duties on "Untoward" were tag-teamed by Jeremy Romagna (Trees, Tecumseh, Wives) and Fester (Nux Vomica, Usnea, Stoneburner), collectively responsible for the majority of the band's previous recordings, then mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering.

"Untoward" will be released on August 12th via Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records.

American Aftermath is offering up a full-on romp through the spanking machine that is "Untoward." Listen in below. More...

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Divider Posts New Track Online

Invisible Oranges has premiered Divider's new track, "Requisite," which is the world's first taste of the Long Island, New York band's debut album, "All Barren." Listen in below.

Completed nearly a decade after the band's formation, "All Barren" was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). The LP is set for a September 23rd release on Glory Kid Ltd.

"All Barren" follows a handful of smaller Divider releases, including a Kurt Ballou-recorded debut EP and a split with Bone Dance, among others. Divider toured the East Coast with labelmates Mercy Ties in July, and upcoming touring is now in the works. More...

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Destruktor Releases Split With Throneum

An Australian/Polish celebration of barbarism awaits with "A Prophecy of Nihilism," joining together Destruktor and Throneum on a split 7".

Up first is Australia's Destruktor with "Besieged," a characteristically caustic attack that fuses the blackest of black metal and the deathliest of death metal.

Prolific like few others and always committed to the diehard metal cause, Poland's Throneunm follow with "Chtonian Lust," one of the band's rawest and most primal pounders, featuring some tastefully Bathorian soloing during the song's frenzied finale.

The 7" can be ordered via Hells Headbangers here, and the track listing is as follows:

Side A
1. Destruktor - Besieged
Side B
2. Throneum - Chtonian Lust More...

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Children Of Technology Streams New Song

The Italian speed metalpunks in Children Of Technology today premiere the new track "Blackout," which can be heard at Metal Hammer Norway's website here.

The track hails from Children Of Technology's second album, "Future Decay," set for international release on August 19th via Hells Headbangers. The label also comments:

"Busy out cruising the post-apocalyptic wasteland and four long years after their cult-classic It's Time to Face the Doomsday debut, the shit-hot Children Of Technology here crank up everything that made that record so special to so many listeners worldwide: more metal, more punk, more darkness, more fun, more crushing production, more crazed performances, more of MORE. More...

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Brotherhood Reveals "Till Death" Anthology Details

Southern Lord Recordings is about to release the classic works LP from late '80s hardcore act, Brotherhood, placing all of the band's demos and 7" releases in one remastered vinyl anthology entitled "Till Death."

Having raged the West Coast from its 1987 inception to disbanding just over two years later, Brotherhood existed alongside Insted, Bl'ast, Chain Of Strength and Uniform Choice. The members of the band were all bred in the Northwest on The Accused, Poison Idea, The Melvins, and with East Coast threads born of SSD, DYS, Corrosion Of Conformity and Straight Ahead woven into the sound, the group created a powerful strain of straightedge hardcore conveying intolerance for racism and sexism. More...

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Dystopia Re-Issuing "Human=Garbage"

The volume dealers at Tankcrimes are very pleased to announce the official reissue of the legendary "Human=Garbage" debut full-length from iconic West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, Dystopia.

The album was initially released in 1994 as a five-track LP on the band's own Life Is Abuse and Misanthropic Records, then followed in CD format as a twelve-track brutalizer with help from Common Cause in Germany who booked the band's very first European tour.

Included on the Tankcrimes edition are tracks from the band's 1993 splits with Grief and Embittered as well as one additional tune only previously released on the CD collection.

Set for official unveiling this Fall, the Tankcrimes reissue comes packaged as a double LP on clear vinyl with a 7" x 7" sized booklet as well as a download card for the digitally astute. The release will come available on CD as well. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming "The Chalice & The Blade"

In celebration of "Old World New Wave," the impending new release from ethereal sound serpents Ides Of Gemini, today Noisey.Vice.com offers up the first official sampling of the record with "The Chalice & The Blade" (available for streaming below).

Relays singer/bassist Sera Timms of the tune, "The main riff [guitarist] J brought in for '...Chalice...' marches in as a transcendent assault with [drummer] Kelly's oppressive, jagged beat moving it forward like some re-animated corpse. A mechanized shamanic trance that sent me straight into the underworld lyrically." More...

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Old Man Gloom Posts Video Teaser

A documentary is on the way titled "Old Man Gloom: Here Is a Gift for You," and today a teaser trailer has been posted online, which can be seen below. Profound Lore Records also comments:

"The new Old Man Gloom album will come out this fall. It's beyond crushing and massive. In the meantime, to conspire with the album's release, filmmaker Kenneth Thomas made a documentary on them. Check out the trailer." More...

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Resilience Releases New Single

Chilean heavy metal band Resilience has released a single titled "Libertad En Mi Piel" ("Freedom On My Skin"), in support of upcoming album "Lo Que El Fuego Se LLevo" ("Gone By The Fire") that will be released in North America via Digmetalworld Records.

The album "Lo Que El Fuego Se LLevo" was produced by Velattore’s guitar player and founder Marcelo Oyanedel and recorded at Merlet Studios in ValparaÌso, Chile. Mastering was handled at Imperial Lion Studios in Santiago by Ricardo Martinez. Artwork was designed by Daniela Reyes Marchant under the concept of Marcelo Oyanedel. The track listing is:

1. Libertad en mi Piel
2. Los Ultimos Versos
3. La Puerta Interior
4. Con cada Atardecer
5. Despertar
6. Mi Nueva Voz
7. Lo que el Fuego se llevÛ
8. La Fe de los Caidos
9. Algo en que Creer More...

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In Love Your Mother Posts Album Teaser

In Love Your Mother is gearing up to release "The Great Ape Project" in October, and now a teaser trailer can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Describing the music of the wild guys from In Love Your Mother in words isn't easy – and that's a good thing! The sound is living from an unbelievably high and massive energy which is combined in a heavy sound concept. The young band's musical influences are various: Mathcore and Progressive Metal are the base for their experimental and brutal sound.

"These roots and the bands' own pepper end up in a meaty portion MotherCore. The sounds are living from an unbelievable blasting energy which is transported in a brutal sound concept. Everyone will be able to assure himself on October 10th 2014 when the album will be released via Dr. Music Records.

"The idea behind their bandname delivers the content which is also represented in their music: views and insights about the sick and bad world we were warned of by our mothers. With their dissonant, technical riffs and their distinctive, yet genre-typical shouts, In Love Your Mother are playing out their hearts – what is also represented in their lyrics. In the 17 songs of 'The Great Ape Project' singer and guitarist Valentine Baumgartner, bassist Amedo Mauriell and Drummer Andrea Tinner are dealing in a progressively insane way with the fear of themselves ('Signs Of A Medium Life'), but also with the doubts they have towards society ('Ein Hase, Zwei Haese').

"The conventional is refused and the band deals rather with 'Fishpunks,' 'Hedehogs' and 'Haesen. 'Wish Me An Ocean Part 1 & 2' are addressed to the jaded homo sapiens who isn't able to have a look beyond one's own nose and is satisfied with his low cravings. In the first part turned off guitar lines meet hypnotic recoveries, while in the second part, the band dashes straight forward. 'Johnny Rocke Is Not Dead' deals with a dadaistic comic-strip character which swings between madness and fun and its mythology is also a link to Valentin's other Band Vendredi Soir Swing. More personal are the lyrics of 'We're Gonna Dance Till Everyone Is Naked And Fall Apart.' In this chaotic chunk, which is also the first music video, the dreams of singer Valentine where picked in a mixture of an decent boom and intense dreamy vocals." More...

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Ace Frehley Announces Tonight Show Appearance

2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12th, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM.

Ace Frehley will release "Space Invader," his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin'
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship More...

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Rigor Mortis Streaming "Flesh For Flies"

Today the first taste of music from the final Rigor Mortis album "Slaves to the Grave" has been unleashed. The first single, "Flesh For Flies," can be heard below thanks to MetalSucks.net.

Bassist Casey Orr comments on the "Flesh For Flies" song: "Being huge horror fans, and being from Texas, we've always had a special love for the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There's a song on our first record called Slow Death that was a tribute to the original TCM. The song Flesh For Flies is sort of an homage to the second movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. This time as told from the killer's point of view. Nothing beats a good old fashioned, chainsaw wielding, inbred cannibal serial killer!"

Vocalist Bruce Corbitt added: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre of Metal has cooked up our tastiest batches of carcass stew and chainsaw chili for this final meal. Once again.... the original lineup and recipe of Rigor Mortis don't skimp on the meat when it comes to furiously paced metal and excessive amounts of gore. The saw is family, but so is Rigor Mortis... Drayton Sawyer and Leatherface would be proud... RIP Marilyn Burns!" More...

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Godhunter Streaming "Pursuit/Predator"

"Pursuit/Predator," Godhunter's latest plodding and antagonizing anthem and the lead track to the band's upcoming "GH/0ST:S" split LP with Secrets Of The Sky, is now playing a month ahead of the album's release.

Check it out below, courtesy of Invisible Oranges. "GH/0ST:S" bears nearly thirty-five minutes of new material, with Godhunbter's side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and Secrets Of The Sky's recorded and mixed by Juan Ortega at Trident Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Following its limited edition cassette release on tour this Spring, "GH/0ST:S" will see a deluxe LP release on September 9th. Currently in manufacturing, the vinyl version will be pressed on 180-gram black/white swirl wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. The track listing is as follows:

A1. GODHUNTER "Pursuit/Predator"
A2. GODHUNTER "GH/0ST:S"
B1. SECRETS OF THE SKY "The Star"
B2. SECRETS OF THE SKY "GH/0ST:S II"

Catch Godhunter live on these dates:

8/24/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl'ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin

You can also see Secrets Of The Sky:

10/18/2014 The District Tavern - Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Primitive Man, North More...

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Morbid Evils Signs With Svart Records

Today, Svart Records announces the signing of Morbid Evils. The label comments:

"Formed by Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound), the sludgy Finnish four-piece MORBID EVILS crawled out from the sewers in early 2014, and are already, after months of arduous work, putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which the group recorded and produced themselves in proper DIY fashion.

"Morbid Evils' debut album will hit the streets in early 2015. The title track will be released as a digital single on Friday, August 8th, and is available via all major digital outlets."

Check out the song "In Hate With The Burning World" below, and you can catch the band live on these dates:

22.08.2014 Helsinki - Loose - with Baltimor, Desert Lord
26.09.2014 Helsinki - Lepakkomies - with Demonic Death Judge, Coughdust
10.10.2014 Turku - Rekisteri - with Ritual Mist, Hisko Detria
17.10.2014 Forssa - Blue Pool
18.10.2014 Loimaa - Loivari - with Rotten Sound, Rytmihairio, Curimus More...

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Helldorados Posts "Lessons In Decay" Preview Clip

German hard rock act Helldorados posted a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Lessons in Decay." The sophomore effort is set for a September 19th (EU) and October 19th (USA) release date via Massacre Records.

Check out the preview here:

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Fossils Announces New EP And Tour Dates

This past March, pummeling instrumental noise/punk/metal duo Fossils released a second full-length album titled "Flesh Hammer."

Fossils has now lined up a string of Danish shows this Summer and Fall, amongst those a mini-tour with noise rockers The Malpractice and a performance at the newly established Postfest in Aarhus, Denmark where such acts as The Ocean and This Will Destroy You will join the lineup. Dates are as follows:

8/15-16/2014 Rabbit Hole Festival - Horsens, DK
9/06/2014 Tobakken - Esbjerg, DK
9/12-13/2014 Postfest 2014 - Aarhus, DK w/ The Ocean, This Will Destroy You
9/18/2014 Ideal Bar - København, DK w/ The Malpractice
9/19/2014 Atlas - Aarhus, DK w/ The Malpractice
9/20/2014 Posten - Odense, DK w/ The Malpractice
10/18/2014 Kansas City - Odense, DK w/ Plök

Following the upcoming shows, Fossils and producer Q will start working on a new, obscure and yet undisclosed EP; a project that will include several guests and new angles on old material. The EP is set to be released in February 2015 via Indisciplinarian. More...

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Jari Mäenpää Further Clarifies Previous Statements

Wintersun mainman/composer Jari Mäenpää posted a lengthy clarifying statement on his previous remarks with regard to the delay in releasing "Time I," as well as his issues on crowdfunding and label Nuclear Blast Records.

Sit back, pull up a chair, grab a snack and a beverage and dig in. The statement goes in detail about the sound mix and issues surrounding "Time I" (see review here) and his battle with perfection. It reads:

"I feel like I need to explain the situation more clearly as some people seem to be a bit confused. So let's get more into the details…

"Let's get one thing clear first, I don´t live in a fantasy world. You might say I´m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to album production. Fine, I´ll give you that. But I do make compromises, lots of them. TIME I was all a huge compromise. The melody guitars are all old modelling amps (not the new Axe-FXs and whatnots which sound pretty decent actually). There simply was not enough budget to record them properly in a professional studio, so they sound pretty horrible and are very hard mix and fit in with the rest of the instruments. The vocals were all recorded in various rehearsal places just with my laptop (the reason why it took so long to record them and also because of the hundreds of vocal tracks I needed to record for these albums). They are certainly not the best quality vocal recordings. Again, another compromise for not having enough budget for a 3rd party professional studio. I also wanted some time to practise my vocals while recording, which I´ve never really done before, but you can hear the improvement. Also I do some of the vocal arrangement work and experiment with different things while recording, this would be impossible in a 3rd party studio. The rhythm guitars were actually recorded in a 3rd party studio, but I didn´t have enough time to craft the sound exactly like I want it. Rhythm guitar is the thing I´m the most perfectionist and passionate about. There´s only a handful of rhythm guitar sounds I like from the millions of heavy metal records out there, so you can imagine how hard it is for me to be able to produce the guitar sound of my dreams in few days in a 3rd party studio. Impossible. And to fit it in with hundreds of orchestration & synth instruments, to not muddy the bass, to be able to scoop the mids so the whole mix doesn't sound like a kitchen radio (I don´t like mids in metal guitars plus the orchestra instruments already eat a lot of the mids space), but still keep the upper mids smooth and not harsh, to not mask the drum overheads, but still having enough modern highs and upper mids attack to have it cut through the mix. This is almost a mission impossible, but I know I could do it in my own time in my own studio... So the time ran out from the studio´s “taximeter” and I was left with unsatisfying guitar sound and very hard to fit in the mix (still had to pay the studio bill though). I was very unhappy about this, but still released the album! The orchestrations were made with just one computer which forced me to use time consuming workarounds and was very stressful. I won´t even get into the technical problems I´ve had to deal with over the years. It took 3 years of sweat and tears to make the orchestrations the way I had to do them. This was the hardest task and it nearly burned me out. Never again this way! I would need a computer farm to do the all the orchestrations in realtime without slow workarounds. More...

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F.K.U. Premieres New Music Video

Swedish thrashers F.K.U. premiered the new music video for the track "Scream Bloody Mosher" over at Metal Hammer Germany's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers," which is available via Napalm Records.

Check out the video here:

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Wovenwar Posts "All Rise" Video

Wovenwar has teamed up with AllMusic to premiere a music video for the single "All Rise," taken off the band's debut, self-titled album that just came out this Tuesday, August 5 (reviewed here).

The video - available below - was shot in L.A. with director Scott Hansen (Animals as Leaders, We Came As Romans, Darkest Hour, Motionless in White, Whitechapel) from Digital Thunderdome.

Wovenwar recently finished up a two-week tour playing as direct support to Zakk Wylde's infamous Black Label Society and the southern California hard rock trio, Kyng. Starting today at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Wovenwar is kicking off a three day So Cal album release show trek, which precedes a European tour. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Nero Di Marte To Release New Album This Fall

Nero di Marte announced that the impending sophomore studio release "Derivae" will drop this fall via Prosthetic Records. The album's title was taken from the Italian phrase "andare alla Deriva" ("to go adrift") and correlates with the lyrical themes, which vocalist Sean Worrell describes as "tragically searching for something that maybe isn't there...letting yourself go and becoming swayed by the unknown."

Three years in the making, "Derivae" was recorded, mixed and mastered using 100% analog without use of any digital post-processing with Riccardo "Paso" Pasini at Studio73 (Ephel Duath, Void of Sleep). Keep an eye out for further details in the coming weeks. More...

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U.D.O. Checks In From The Studio

Germany's U.D.O. - the band from Udo Dirkschneider - is in the studio working on a new full-length album. The band has now checked in with the following update:

"A big hello from the band currently working in the studio on Ibiza. All songs are composed and the recording session already started.

"Everybody is busy as hell and the new songs are a blast. And we already know the new title of the album.......! Have a great summer time and we will keep you posted."

The album is set to follow the 2013 release "Steelhammer" (reviewed here), with further info forthcoming.

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One Machine Releases New Music Video

U.K. progressive metal act One Machine, featuring ex-Testament guitarist Steve Smyth and ex-Mercenary vocalist Mikkel Sandager, released a music video for the track "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth." The song is the title track of the band's debut release, which dropped earlier in the year via Scarlet Records.

The video was shot by Anthony Dubois and directed by Mike Sloat. Check it out here:

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Accept Posts Third Preview Clip For "Blind Rage"

Accept posted the third part in a series of preview clips for the new album "Blind Rage." The album will be released on August 15th (EU) August 18th (UK and France) and August 19th (United States) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "Blind Rage" is:

1. Stampede (see music video here)
2. Dying Breed
3. Dark Side Of My Heart
4. Fall Of The Empire
5. Trail Of Tears
6. Wanna Be Free
7. 200 Years
8. Bloodbath Mastermind
9. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey

Check the clip here: More...

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HammerFall Posts "Chapters of (r)Evolution" Pt III

Swedish power metal act HammerFall released the third part in the ongoing series of preview clips entitled "Chapters of (r)Evolution," showcasing the upcoming new release "(r)Evolution." The album is set for release on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

The track list for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

Check out "Chapters of (r)Evolution, Pt. III" here: More...

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