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Metal News for September 16, 2014

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Pit Stories: Good Mosh Gone Bad

Every Tuesday we check in with musicians from across the metalverse to find their best Pit Stories from live shows.

While moshing is meant to be a chance to let out aggression while throwing down to your favorite band's music, some metalheads aren't exactly courteous in the pit and tempers are known to flare. Throw in someone who doesn't care about basic hygiene or personal boundaries and you've got a recipe for thrown fists and ejection from the venue.

One such unfortunate incident is chronicled today by drummer Avery Desmarais from Edmonton, Alberta-based metal band Display Of Decay. He had this story to share:

So Disciples of Power is playing their first ever reunion show at the pawnshop in Edmonton, I'm in the audience watching, enjoying the show and some giant asshole keeps elbowing and just laying out the people around him. People who aren't involved in the rowdy violent part of the crowd, people who don't look like they enjoy moshing. And he just keeps laying these people out, boom!

I'm unfortunately now beside him at this point, still watching when he turns, and shoves me pretty good. Managed to stand still, goes for it again and hits me. At this point a guy taps me on the shoulder to get my attention (I do not know this cat), he kinda nudges my hand insisting I smash this guys head in with this empty beer bottle that he is handing me. I think back on it now, I should have. but I'm like nahhh, don't need that kind of drama happening at a venue that I really like going to.

So this asshole, turns to me, and rubs the sweat from his forehead on my shoulder like a cat. Disgusted, I look at him and tell him to "Fuck off." Maybe 15 seconds passed, and I see him going for it again. At this point I'm thinking, okay I really want this guys to be bleeding from his ear right now, so I grabbed this fellow (who keep in mind, definitely has some weight on me, and a few inches, plus he was taller than me) by the shoulders of his jacket and I start whipping him around like hockey players on the ice grabbing the other by the jersey and just giving him all the weight I had.

This guy gets to his feet, swings at me, misses, I throw a punch and I'm pretty sure I hit him in the eyebrow. He swings again and clocks me, but being the spaz that I am along with the help of the pounding doom screaming from the amps of DOP during crisis, it barely phased me. Now we both were grabbed by people and I was taken outside and I went home.

I never saw that guy again. I wonder if he still thinks of me, I wonder if he remembers how we met. Only time will tell.

What's your best pit story of when an inconsiderate mosher practically begged for a beat down? Let us know in the comments below!

Display Of Decay just released new EP "Outbreak of Infection" last month, which can be heard in full below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. More...

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Exodus Posts Second Bonus DVD Trailer

"Whenever we play with any Bay Area band, we always put a little bit extra,” admits guitarist Lee Altus of Bay Area thrash outfit Exodus. “If you wanna really see Exodus at their best, it's always with another Bay Area band - like Death Angel. We have this friendly competition, too. They know - anytime you play with us, we're going after you! After that, we'll have drinks together... we'll laugh about it... but right now, we're going after you! Oh, now we're playing with Testament? I'm gonna DIE on that stage!!!"

In the second of five trailers hosted by Guitar World showcasing material from the bonus DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” Altus discusses writing the tracks “Honor Killings” and “Body Harvest” appearing on the band’s tenth studio album, "Blood In, Blood Out."

Check out this new trailer below. The album is due out in North America on October 14th and the bonus DVD is included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions. More...

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Old Wounds Streams Full New EP

Old Wounds' new EP, "Death Projection," is out today on Good Fight Music. Alternative Press is now hosting a stream of the entire EP, which is available below.

"Death Projection" was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War). As drummer Brandon Gallagher states, "It's more metal-influenced than any of our other material, and we all think it's our best."

The New Jersey crew is currently in the midst of the Invisible Oranges-sponsored "Death Projection Tour" with Exalt, and will hit the road again later this Fall with Vices. More...

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Meshuggah Posts Live Video

Extreme music fans of all things deviant can check out a live video for “Do Not Look Down” by Sweden’s Meshuggah below, courtesy of Drum Magazine.

The footage comes from Meshuggah’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, "The Ophidian Trek" - which celebrates the 25-year anniversary since the recording of the band’s first EP - due out in North America on September 30th.

Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany. The live audio was processed & edited by Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand, and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors. More...

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Anthrax Posts New Live Clip

The Grammy-nominated thrash masters in Anthrax will release "Chile On Hell," a live-in-concert DVD, on October 17th (EU) / October 20th (UK) via Nuclear Blast.

"Chile On Hell" was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10th, 2013 and features Anthrax performing an extended set that includes songs from the band's entire catalog. A live video clip of Anthrax playing "A Skeleton in the Closet" can be seen below.

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Orange Goblin Announces North American Shows

With Orange Goblin's "Back From The Abyss" full-length now three weeks away from release, the band has confirmed the first North American tour in support of the record.

Set to begin December 1st and run through December 21st, Orange Goblin will return to the stage touring alongside Down, Bl'ast!, and labelmates King Parrot!

Vocalist Ben Ward comments, "I remember being a spotty 19 year old rushing out to the record store to buy the first Down album NOLA the very day it came out in 1994. Now, twenty years on, I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming that Orange Goblin are heading back to North America as main support to the mighty Down.

"It really is fairytale stuff for us. Down are one of the bands that are the reason Orange Goblin exists. To be given this opportunity to go out to promote our brand new album, Back From The Abyss, to the Down fans is just a dream come true the rest of the band and I can't wait to get started. The fact that we also get to see Bl'ast and King Parrot every night just makes it all so hard to believe! Hail the Leaf! Hail the RIFF! Hail DOWN!"

Recorded earlier this year, "Back From The Abyss" reunites Orange Goblin with producer Jamie Dodd; who served as producer on the band's best selling album in North America to date - 2012's "A Eulogy For The Damned." More...

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Crobot Posts New Music Video

Pennsylvania’s old-souled dirty groove rock quartet Crobot recently signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for the territory of Europe.

Now the foursome has put up a video for the track "Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer" taken off upcoming album "Something Supernatural." Check it out below.

"Something Supernatural" is set for a release on October 24th (EU) / October 27th (UK) 2014 via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order your copy of "Something Supernatural" at this location.

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Devil You Know Posts New Lyric Video

Devil You Know - the creative union of Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato, and John Sankey - has posted an official lyric video for the track "My Own," which can be seen below.

The track is taken from debut album "The Beauty of Destruction" (reviewed here), released last April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

"The Beauty of Destruction" was produced by Logan Mader and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer/mixer Chris “Zeuss” Harris. The previously released lyric video for "A New Beginning" can also be heard at this location. More...

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Within Our Gates Releases New Single

In anticipation for an upcoming 2015 EP release, the melodic metal quintet known as Within Our Gates has released a brand new song.

The first taste of new music since 2012's "Kingdom Of Mind" is entitled "Sleepers Wake" and is a small preview of what to expect from the band in 2015. Check out the track below.

"Sleepers Wake" was written to picture a devastating moment in the life of guitarist Hunter Carter. The song depicts the story of Hunter's closest friend being involved in a horrible car accident that rendered him in a long lasting coma.

The lyrics to the song come from the perspective of Hunter and what he wanted to say to his old friend as he lie comatose. After writing the lyrics for what would be the newest Within Our Gates single, Hunter's friend has since waken up and now is in recovery. More...

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The Ghost Inside Releasing New Album

Los Angeles hardcore band The Ghost Inside will release fourth album "Dear Youth" on November 17th on Epitaph Records.

The album was co-produced by Jeremy McKinnon and Andrew Wade. Today you can also watch the band's new video for the track "Dear Youth (Day 52)," featuring fan-submitted footage. Front man Jonathan Vigil explains the album concept in a letter written to his younger self:

"Dear Youth,

"I'm writing to you now because it seems I’ve lost my way. I can't pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know that it’s not like it was before. I’ve realized the more time that passes, the more we lose touch. It’s starting to feel like all I ever do now is lose touch with things. But not you, I never wanted to lose you.

"I wish I had something to blame it all on, but I don’t. One day I was there and the next I was here. As if I was dreaming and suddenly woken up. These days I'm always wondering if what I've done is enough. It’s getting harder and harder for me to shake this feeling of stagnance.

"So old friend I’m writing to ask you what it feels like to have the whole world in your hand? Where we could set out and do anything that we imagined. Endless possibilities way before complacence set in. To be honest with you, I’ve forgotten what that all feels like. There was a wonder about us that has long since faded. That sense of excitement, I miss it.

"Dear youth, will you show me again? I need to be reminded of those times, back before this began..."

After playing the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour all summer, The Ghost Inside will tour the U.S. in November and December for a co-headlining run with label mates Every Time I Die. Architects (UK), Hundredth, and Backtrack join as support.

The new album's track listing is:

01. Avalanche
02. Move Me
03. Out Of Control
04. With the Wolves
05. Mercy
06. Phoenix Flame
07. Dear Youth (Day 52)
08. Wide Eyed
09. My Endnote
10. The Other Half
11. Blank Pages More...

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At The Gates Reveals New Album Formats

The Gothenburg style melodic death metal pioneers in At The Gates will soon release their first new music in 19 years.

Below is an overview of the formats for the "At War With Reality" comeback studio album, which will be released via Century Media Records on October 27th:

- Jewelcase CD (20 page booklet)
- Digipak CD (20 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch)
- Cassette (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
- Digital download
- Gatefold 180gr. LP (20 page booklet; poster)
- Ltd. mediabook CD (40 page booklet; 2 bonus tracks; patch)
- Ltd. 3-disc artbook (48 page booklet; 4 bonus tracks; 5.1 surround mix DVD; patch) - limited to 3000 copies
- Ltd. 2x10" boxset (20 page booklet; poster) - limited to 1000 copies worldwide via CM Distro

The 12" LP format will come in the following colored vinyl editions:
- Black (unlimited)
- Transparent red (limited to 300 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Dark green (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro EU)
- Clear (limited to 500 copies in Sweden)
- Lilac marble (limited to 100 copies via CM Distro USA) *sold out*
- Blue marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Magenta marble (limited to 200 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Ash grey marble (limited to 500 copies via CM Distro USA)
- Silver (limited to 400 copies in the USA)
- Gold (limited to 1500 copies in the USA)
- White (limited to 100 copies; exclusive 2015 MDF edition in the USA)

Fans can pre-order At War With Reality now in North America at this location. The European pre-sale for "At War With Reality" will start on September 29th. Two shirt designs can already be ordered here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal More...

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Society Sucker Streaming Newly Released EP

Decibel Magazine is hosting a stream of "Society Sucker," the brutally groove-laden new EP from the Wilmington, North Carolina act of the same name, in honor of its parole date today.

Stream the full self-titled release in the SoundCloud player provided below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Sentenced
2. Burdened
3. The Hangman
4. Repeat Offender
5. Powerless More...

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Endless Recovery Working On New Album

On July 21st, 2014 Witches Brew released a new 7" EP from the Greek thrash metal band Endless Recovery entitled "Resistant Bangers."

Endless Recovery is currently working on new material for an upcoming full-length album, with a mid-2015 release tentatively scheduled.

In the mean time, check out a promo video for the title track off previous album "Resistant Bangers" below.

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Tyrant's Kall Re-Issuing "Dagon" Album

Belgium's doom / death metal band Tyrant's Kall is set to re-release debut album "Dagon" this Thursday September 18th, 2014 on the German label Witches Brew.

"Dagon" will be re-released on 12" vinyl and includes a new layout design & a never before released bonus track "The Whisperer." Inspired by the literary works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, "Dagon" is now available for pre-order at this location.

In the coming weeks Tyrant's Kall will also enter Hearse Studio to begin recording a second full-length album. The "Dagon" track listing is as follows:

Side Witches:
1. The Call Of The Tyrant
2. Ia Cthulhu
3. Dagon
4. Mankind's Damnation
Side Brew:
5. Slimy Existence
6. Shrieks
7. The Swamps
8. The Whisperer (bonus track) More...

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The Body Politic Offering EP For Download

Nanaimo, BC six-piece powerhouse The Body Politic is proud to unleash new EP "Egressor" - out officially today, Tuesday, September 16th.

The entire EP is now available for free download at Bandcamp here and can also be streamed below. The following press release was issued about The Body Politic:

"Taking the name from a Clive Barker short story and shifting gears from jazz (which most of the members studied at Vancouver Island University) to progressive metal, the bands combine poly-metric grooves, aggressive screams and soaring vocal melodies to push the boundaries of modern metal music with technically impressive musicianship.

"Their emotionally charged songs incorporate an element of playfulness that has lead The Body Politic to stand out in a vast metal crowd and to perform opening slots for Tesseract, Protest The Hero and Scale The Summit plus multiple Western Canadian tours with their evolution."

Drummer Spencer Bowman adds: "This is it. This is the culmination of two years worth of hard work and passion. Today is the day we unveil Egressor to the world, and we’ve never been more proud of anything. We couldn’t be more excited." More...

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Postvorta Streaming Full Album

Today, Bleeding Light Records releases the debut album from Italy's Postvorta. You can stream the full release below, and the label also comments:

"While there are many bands that traverse and explore the same terrain as heavy titans Neurosis and Isis, very few of those bands embrace these influences and yet do not feel like imitators.

"Postvorta, the pulverizing sextet from Ravenna, Italy are ones who incorporate a similar style as their influences, but move themselves and the listener through stunning corridors of sound that feel fresh. Bringing elements of post-metal, hardcore and doom into a swirling vortex of monolithic and earth shaking heaviness.

"The band creates beauty, destroys and rebuilds it in stunning and imaginative ways time and time again throughout their 70 minute debut offering. As beautiful as it is ferocious, 'Beckoning Light We Will Set Ourselves on Fire' commands the listener with authority."

Initially self-released in May digitally, the band recently joined up with Bleeding Light Records for today's official CD issuing. More...

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Die Choking Streaming "Tonsil"

Now just two weeks from release is the second 7" from Philadelphia-based hyperthrash/grindcore trio Die Choking, simply entitled "II."

As the September 29th release date approaches, today Cvlt Nation has leaked a new track from the decimating EP. Check out "Tonsil" below.

With the vinyl version of the EP, the band is including a printed document which will serve as a legal, personal Living Will, to memorialize one's final wishes upon their time of death. Founding bassist/vocalist Paul J. Herzog coments:

"This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013. Despite the absolute, irreversible nature of brain death she (as far as I know) remains on 'life' support. The controversy of this is obvious but my interest is geared more towards the broader subject of CHOICE in regards to medical treatment during end of life scenarios. It is unfortunate, but families often contradict explicit wishes of dying loved ones. The severe and painful nature of pursuing a 'do everything you can' mentality is dire to say the least. This, to me, is pure tragedy. My goal is to open the dialogue a bit and introduce a tool to communicate the questions one needs to ask should they or a loved one be in a life threatening or life ending circumstance. Most people WILL end up THERE and not simply die in their sleep nor arrive to a facility DOA."

You can also catch the band live:

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/ Unknown To God, Empty Vessels
10/19/2014 Voodoo Brewery - Meadville, PA w/ Grin & Bear It, Fantasy Panther
10/22/2014 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI w/ Fantasy Panther
11/16/2014 Dishaus - Baltimore, MD w/ Visions Of War, Wrath Cobra, Incisor More...

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Viper Solfa Signs With Massacre

Massacre Records today announce the signing of Norway's extreme metal outfit Viper Solfa. Vocalist Ronny Thorsen comments about the signing:

"After spending over a year crafting this beast of an album, Viper Solfa is very pleased to announce our signing to Germany’s Massacre Records! Having worked intensely in both Sound Suite Studios in France and Strand Studio in Oslo, Norway, to obtain the results needed to present the material, it feels very comfortable to hand over the finished product to one of the longest-running metal labels around. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the enthusiastic people at Massacre!"

Massacre Records adds: "Viper Solfa is still a young band, formed in 2013, but consists of experienced musicians. The band emerged as an idea of ex-Trail Of Tears front man and Viper Solfa vocalist Ronny Thorsen, who was quickly joined by fellow TOT band members Endre Moe (bass) as well as Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow (drums) and guitarist/keyboardist Morfeus (Mayhem, Limbonic Art).

"With the material at hand, it soon became obvious that the band's sound needed a diverse and intense female voice. After numerous auditions with vocalists from all around the globe, Miriam 'Sphinx' Renvåg (Ram-Zet) completed the band's line-up.

"The vast musical backgrounds of everyone involved results in a merciless musical extreme metal beast, which the band fittingly labels as 'Poison Music.'"

Viper Solfa's debut album is entitled "Carving An Icon" and is expected to be released in the first half of 2015 via Massacre Records. More...

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Righteous Vendetta Adds More Tour Dates

Righteous Vendetta has revealed even more shows this season: beginning October 12th, 2014, the band will hit the road on a string of dates with Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch and special guests We As Human.

Righteous Vendetta frontman Ryan Hayes states: "I can speak for the entire band when I say we are stoked to announce our tour with Thousand Foot Krutch and our friends We As Human. It has been a dream since day one to tour with Thousand Foot Krutch and it is finally happening!"

Righteous Vendetta released the "Defiance" EP earlier this month, and you can catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Massive Posts "Still Alive" Clip

New York based metalcore band Massive (not to be confused with the Australian rock outfit of the same name) has released an official music video for the track "Still Alive," which can be seen below.

The video was directed by Sam Link (Sleeping With Sirens, Bruised But Not Broken, and Crown The Empire) and the track was produced by Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, and We Came As Romans).

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Michael Schenker Announces New Tour

Guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide U.K. tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday, December 10th.

Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office on 0844 478 0898 or from this location. Four days before his U.K. tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday the 6th of December.

Schenker will perform songs from the new album "Bridge The Gap," which features the “Lord Of The Lost And Lonely” single, plus MSG, UFO, and Scorpions rock classics.

The Bridge The Gap UK tour will feature Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” band, comprising ex-Scorpions member Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.

Planet Rockstock Saturday 6th December
Newcastle O2 Academy Wednesday 10th December
Glasgow O2 ABC Thursday 11th December
Nottingham Rock City Friday 12th December
Manchester Ritz Saturday 13th December
Leeds O2 Academy Monday 15th December
Bilston The Robin Tuesday 16th December
Norwich Waterfront Wednesday 17th December
Bristol O2 Academy Friday 19th December
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Saturday 20th December

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Toxic Waltz Releases "Decades Of Pain" Video

Bavarian thrash band Toxic Waltz has released it's first official music video for "Decades Of Pain," which can be seen below.

The clip was filmed and produced by Thorulf Peterson & Fraindlvision and was shot for the title track to the "Decades Of Pain" album, released in January of 2014.

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Season Of Ghosts Signs With Coroner Records

Former Blood Stain Child singer Sophia's project Season Of Ghosts has signed a deal with Coroner Records for the release of forthcoming album "The Human Paradox," scheduled for a December 2014 worldwide release.

"The Human Paradox" was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage, and more). Mejibray's Mia will appear as a guest guitarist.

Further details about official release date, tracklist, artwork, etc. will be revealed soon. The following press release was also issued:

"Season of Ghosts is a groundbreaking music project, dedicated to the love for the unseen and film soundtracks, combining extreme rock and metal sounds, harsh electronics and powerful, compelling vocals, through the eerie spectrum of a sci-fi and horror movie."

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces Day Schedule

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...

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Stick To Your Guns Reveals New Album

Stick To Your Guns has today revealed the title and release date for a fifth studio album: The band will release "Disobedient," produced by John Feldmann, on February 10th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.

"Growing up in a world where we are taught to submit, blindly follow and unquestioningly comply, this album is a critique and unlearning of these Stepford mindsets.” said frontman Jesse Barnett. "Where we should be glorifying doing what is right instead of what we're told, we are only failing each other. Not anymore. Forever Disobedient."

"Disobdient" is the follow up to the band’s 2012 release, "Diamond." Further details will be announced through Sumerian shortly. More...

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Gust Streaming Full Album Online

Trollhättan, Sweden-based Gust this week releases a self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord. You can stream the full album below. Southern Lord also comments:

"Self-recorded at Fvck Life Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Warcry, From Ashes Rise, Deathreat) at Audiosiege, who also supplies guest vocals to the album, Gust is a crushing and incredibly dynamic album, displaying a unique style of crust-infused hardcore and talented songwriting from the young act.

"With ten tracks in just under a half-hour, the members of Gust unleash a maelstrom of cutting edge demolition, with cerebral elements continually emerging from the shadows with an almost ethereal effect. Fans of Cursed, Oathbreaker, Rise And Fall, and now-labelmates The Secret, Baptists and Dead In The Dirt will no doubt find something addictive in the band's harsh output.

"As the band continues to tour in support of the new album, Gust has another run of European gigs being solidified for early October, with more on the way. Stand by for further announcements in the coming weeks."

10/02/2014 Nordengården - Gothenburg, SE
10/03/2014 Rota Flora - Hamburg, DE
10/04/2014 Köpi - Berlin, DE
10/05/2014 Kawiarnia Naukowa - Krakow, PL
10/06/2014 Na Pul Cesty - Prague, CZ
10/07/2014 TBA - Bratislava, SK
10/08/2014 TBA
10/09/2014 TBA - DE
10/10/2014 TBA - PL
10/11/2014 T-Stube - Rendsburg, DE
10/12/2014 TBA - Malmö, SE More...

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Serpent Noir Unveils Album Artwork

Serpent Noir today reveals the front cover for new album "Erotomysticism," which was created by Timo Ketola and can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:

I. The Veritable Red Dragon
II. Ayin
III. Al Runa
IV. Desert of Azazel
V. The Dioscuri of Darkness
VI. The Initiatrice of A'arab Zaraq
VII. Mephistophelian Pacts More...

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Puig Destroyer Streams New Song

Baseball-grindcore band Puig Destroyer has debuted a new track called “Batflip” today through Noisey.com. Give it a listen below.

The track is featured on the band’s forthcoming, self-titled record due out on September 30th via No Sleep Records. Fans can pre-order the record now at this location.

Puig Destroyer’s first full-length record pays homage to America’s favorite pastime with 20 face-melting tracks, including “Batflip,” “Mike Trout” and “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team.”

Be sure to check out the previously posted "Mike Trout" here. The album's track listing is: More...

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Sick Of It All Launches New Lyric Video

NYHC outfit Sick Of It All just launched a new lyric video for the song "DNC," available below thanks to Invisible Oranges. "DNC" is taken off the upcoming "Last Act Of Defiance" album, due out September 30th, 2014.

After playing a run of festival dates in Europe during the past summer, Sick Of It All will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour. Before that the band will do two shows in the U.S. on these dates:

October 4th - Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
November 8th - Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX

EMP Persistence Tour 2015 w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin - Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris - Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich - Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava - Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden - Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze - Brielpoort More...

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Texas In July Releases New Music Video

Pennsylvania's Texas In July today releases monstrous new album, "Bloodwork," via Equal Vision Records.

The band has also premiered a new video for the single “Sweetest Poison," which can be seen below courtesy of Altpress.com. You can also order your own copy of the album at this location.

Texas In July just kicked off a U.S. tour with After The Burial in support of the new record. Dates are as follows:

Sep 16 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sep 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Sep 19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Sep 20 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Sep 22 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
Sep 23 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sep 24 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sep 25 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sep 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep 27 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock
Sep 28 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
Sep 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 1 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 2 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
Oct 3 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 4 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Oct 5 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcat’s West
Oct 7 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Oct 9 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Oct 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre More...

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Necrowretch Announces New 7" Release

On October 13th, the French grand masters of blasphemy in Necrowretch will return with the "Even Death May Die" release.

This strictly limited 7" includes one brand new track (the title track), as well as an evil cover version of Slayer's classic "Black Magic." It's also the first taste of Necrowretch's upcoming second album, "With Serpents Scourge," which is scheduled for release in January 2015. Century Media comments:

"With the recruitment of Ilmar as Necrowretch's new drummer, the band has managed to push their limits further than ever before, delivering their filthiest, most ruthless and most diverse material to date. Necrowretch has retained their bestial intensity while adding a touch of melody as well. Expect a ferocious mix of Sweden's Merciless, the insane fury of classic Impaled Nazarene and a dose of mid 90's black/death!

"Even Death May Die is limited to 500 copies worldwide: 400 on black vinyl, 100 on golden vinyl. Stay tuned for the CM Distro USA pre-order coming soon!"

Side 1
Even Death May Die
Side 2
Black Magic (Slayer cover version) More...

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Sister Sin Posts Lyric Video

Sister Sin will release fifth studio album "Black Lotus" on October 27th, 2014. Metal Hammer today dishes out the initial preview of "Black Lotus" with the premiere of the "Chaos Royale" lyric video.

Check it out below. Pre-orders are available over at this location and the track listing is as follows:

1. Food For Worms
2. Chaos Royale
3. Au Revoir
4. Desert Queen
5. Count Me Out
6. Stones Thrown
7. The Jinx
8. Ruled By None
9. Sail North More...

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Callisto Announces New Album Details

Finnish band Callisto, perhaps best known for post-metal classic "Noir" (2006), has announced the band's fourth album shall be titled "Secret Youth."

The band is putting finishing touches to the mix with producer Jonas Olsson, who also worked on the group's previous albums. Due to delays with the process, the album will be released on January 30th, 2015 instead of November 2014, as originally planned.

Callisto's "Secret Youth" will be the band's first release with new label home, Svart Records. Guitarist Markus Myllykangas describes the forthcoming album as "a tighter and less progressive affair" than its predecessor, "Providence" (2009).

For the album covers, the band is working with renowned Finnish photographer Juha Metso, whose somber black-and-white photography the band feels suits the music perfectly. Svart Records will announce the album cover and tracklisting for "Secret Youth" shortly.

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Black Crown Initiate Streaming "Withering Waves"

The PA metal torchbearers from Black Crown Initiate have debuted a second song titled "Withering Waves" from their upcoming debut LP "The Wreckage Of Stars," due out on September 30th, 2014. Give it a listen below.

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on this debut LP. Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for "The Wreckage Of Stars."

Black Crown Initiate will also be touring with fellow PA metal heads The Rivers Of Nihil throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates Unearth on the Hell Or High Wattage tour.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
3. Malignant
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
9. Purge
10. Linear More...

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Bloodbath Reveals New Vocalist

Swedish supergroup Bloodbath is set to release its fourth album of supreme death metal, "Grand Morbid Funeral," on November 18th through Peaceville Records.

Following the departure of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt and months of speculation and rumor, Metal Hammer U.K. has broken the news that the new vocalist will be Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath's Grand Morbid Funeral!"

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, "Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in '90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!"

"Grand Morbid Funeral" was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios and the City of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo. More...

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Vangough, Theocracy, Pain of Salvation Make Mayhem

The first date for the Pain of Salvation/Vangough North American tour (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com) doubled as ProgPower USA’s unofficial “Midweek Mayhem” show on September 10th in Atlanta, Georgia at The Loft music venue. Power metal band Theocracy joined for a set in-between the two bands to balance out the power- and progressive-metal for the evening with a powerful galloping energy. In the style of the three bands combined, here is a lyrical retelling of the experience of that show by writer Frank Serafine. More...

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