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Metal News for September 20, 2014

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Sonick Plague Reforms

Connecticut’s Sonick Plague, known for 1987 release "What’s the Purpose," has dusted off the gear and is heading back into the studio after a 26 year hiatus!

Original members Ken Cuccaro and Sean Donnelly, together with Chuck Crilly (replaced original guitarist Tim Meehan in 1987) and newcomer Matt Dupre (who replaces Tony Teodoro who lost his battle with cancer in September of 2012) have been grinding away and polishing off that vintage metal/thrash sound with modest aspirations.

“We are a shoo in for a Grammy,” smirked Cuccaro as he sipped some moonshine out of a canning jar from his native West Virginia after rehearsal. “Basically, since Ian [Callanan] got one before - that makes us a lock.”

Ian Callanan is indeed a Grammy Award winning engineer at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. The studio itself has a long and storied history with a client list previously featuring Ronnie James Dio, Pantera, Gary Moore, Meatloaf, Government Mule, Johnny Winter, Fates Warning, Deftones, Derek Trucks, and many more.

The newly reformed Plague boys are fired up to get back at it and record in a studio that is known for both analog and digital capabilities. “As a studio we have a focus on the analog/digital blend, our gear reflects an obsession for that classic sound,” remarks John Monatagnese on Carriage House Studios website.

These reformed Plague boys are themselves obsessed with their own "classic" sound. Their success in the late 80’s was marked by regionally sold out shows, a strong East Coast presence and a successful national tour. Who knows what lies ahead for them now? According to Sean Donnelly, original member (bass and vocals) “This reunion originally started out as a project for Tony, and it just seemed to just make sense. There is still a lot of good chemistry here.” More...

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Laika Posts New Track

Melodic death metal band Laika is streaming new track "Caligae A Galea," plus awarding fans a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of new album "Somnia."

The forthcoming new album is due for official release on September 30th via Filth Regime Records.

Check out the track below, and enter to win a copy of the CD via Crown Of Viserys here. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Restless Mind (1:31)
2. Escalation of Terror (4:26)
3. Somnia (5:26)
4. Fidelity (3:48)
5. Caligae A Galea (5:29)
6. Dream of Nothing (5:35)
7. The Immortal (3:52) [available for streaming here]
8. Predictions (Tide Bearer) (5:48)
9. Invaders (4:13)

In additional news, the band will be hosting a local CD release party in Winnipeg, MB on October 11th at The Windsor Hotel (187 Garry Street) with local support from Tyrants Demise, Mortalis, Withdrawal, and Occvlt Hand. Admission is $10 with the first 25 people in the door receive a free copy of "Somnia."

"This is a momentous occasion for us all because not only are we celebrating the release of Somnia we are also celebrating 5 years as a band, we will be playing Somnia in full and a cover or two. We are absolutely thrilled to have such a stellar lineup for the evening. Hope to see you all out for the grand celebration!" comments vocalist Jordan Dorge. More...

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Fierce Atmospheres Recording New Album

Chicago based prog / power metal band Fierce Atmospheres recently returned from Nashville, TN where 9 tracks were recorded at Blackbird Studios. The tracks are currently in post-production and vocals will be added soon after.

Further details on the album are forthcoming, and in the mean time you can check out some previous music in the player below.

The band will also open for Overkill and Prong on September 21st at Mojoes in Joliet, IL and has a new track out now on Progpower 2014's compilation disc set. More...

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Torch Runner Streaming "Bound By Misery"

Cvlt Nation just unloaded a destructive new single from Torch Runner's incoming second LP, "Endless Nothing", as Southern Lord prepares do deploy the album at the end of the month.

Check out the new song "Bound By Misery," below, and you can also hear the previously released track "Godlust" at this location.

Two weeks after the September 30th North American street date of "Endless Nothing," Torch Runner will kick off a major West Coast Southern Lord package tour. Beginning October 15th, the band will join Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba, Baptists and Obliterations at a label showcase in Los Angeles, after which Torch Runner will trek up the entire North American West Coast coast through the 30th alongside Baptists and Obliterations, with all three acts touring on brand new LPs.

10/15/2014 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space - Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective - San Bernadino, CA
10/20/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout - San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar - Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat - Eugene, OR ^
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center - Santa Rosa, CA **^
10/30/2014 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA **^

** w/ Creative Adult
^ w/o Baptists More...

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Shining Discusses Upcoming Special Shows

Jørgen Munkeby from Shining (this time the Norwegian blackjazz one, not the controversial Swedish black metal one) has a new video clip out discussing two unique shows at Blå, Oslo:

Sept 25th: Performing the entire "Blackjazz" album
Sept 26th: Performing "One One One" and five brand new songs

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Ghoul Checks In From The Road

America's favorite Creepsylvanians in Ghoul have been terrorizing stages across the U.S. with Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil.

Ghoul's Digestor and Baron Samedi recently stopped for a bite to eat in a New Orleans cemetery and issued a video update, which can be seen below.

The masked miscreants will continue to pillage U.S. graveyards through Austin, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In the words of Digestor: "Live for metal, DIE FOR GHOUL!"

w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil [remaining dates]:
9/20/2014 Red 7 - Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA More...

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Dr. Dick Ramirez Parting With Vocalist

Illinois-based metal outfit Dr. Dick Ramirez has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's front man:

"It's seem after Harvestfest, November 22nd, Dr. Dick Ramirez will be looking for a new vocalist. Justin has decided to part ways with us.

"We love Justin, and will never forget our time jamming with him. Good luck. Anyone with a strong work ethic and love metal that thinks they got what it takes, let us know."

The remainder of Dr. Dick Ramirez consists of:

Brian Postle - Guitars
Seth Fenton - Guitars
Justin "Juice" Trammel - Bass
Travis Siwek - Drums More...

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Shining Recording New Album

The Swedish depressive black metal band Shining (not the Norwegian black/jazz group of the same name) is currently working on a new album.

Niklas Kvarforth is now recording vocals for the new Shining album at Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios. Further details are forthcoming, and you can follow the recording process and see more photos at the band's Facebook profile.


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Ringhorne Streaming Full EP

Swedish black metal band Ringhorne released first EP "En stig fördömd" online for streaming and pay-what-you-want download.

Listen to the full release below, and you can pick up a digital version at Loudr.com or via Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Höstens kall
2. Farsoten
3. Blodörn
4. Elddop
5. En Livegen Best More...

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Furyon Announces New Shows, Album

U.K. act Furyon is now confirmed for the Secrets Of MetalfFestival, which will take place in Vorselaar, Belgium on May 23rd, 2015. The new festival video trailer can be viewed below. Other bands on the bill include Electro_nomicon, Stamina, and Pathfinder.

Furyon just recorded a second album, produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy), which is projected for release in early 2015. The band issued the following press release:

"What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10 song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). Furyon is extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the world."

Furyon also recently announced a new headlining tour in Spain. Tour dates as follows:

27 SEP – Vitoria – Helldorado
28 SEP – Murcia – Garage Beat
30 SEP – Estepona – King Creole
01 OCT – Cordoba – Recycle
02 OCT – Valencia – Sala Novelty
03 OCT – Avilés – Centro Niemeyer
04 OCT – Ourense – Sala Berlin
05 OCT – Madrid – We Rock More...

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