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Metal News for September 25, 2014

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Onslaught Frontman To Sit Out Upcoming Tours

Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler will sit out the band's upcoming "THRASH INVASION TOUR" of the U.S., Canada, and South America, featuring Artillery and VX36, due to health issues with his son.

Sy Keeler comments:

"I know you are going to be disappointed with my decision as am I, but I sincerely hope you can understand our situation.

"My reason for this is the ongoing health issues with my son who has been suffering with a debilitating illness for some time, he is still on a downward path with no sign of any recovery on the horizon, therefore to be away for 2 months will put a lot of pressure on the family and increased anxiety on my son. We also have regular visits to specialists coming up during the next 6 months.
Therefore at this time I am having to think of my family first and sadly I am unable to be away in the Americas for the duration intended.."

Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett adds:

"We’re extremely gutted that Sy cannot make this tour and of course we wish Sy’s family all the best in this difficult time, we are positive things will improve in the very near future and look forward to having Sy with us back real soon...

"It was a really tough decision for us to make also, but Sy was very supportive that we take out a replacement vocalist to make this tour happen.

"So much work had already been carried out by our management, booking agents, and promoters behind the scenes. It would have been unfair to let our team down, the other bands down and most importantly our fans.

"On a positive note, It’s gonna be awesome to have Neil Turbin on board for the tour, for me he’s always been one of the best Thrash Metal vocalists out there no question, his work on the Anthrax album ‘Fistful of Metal’ was simply amazing and I believe he’s one of the only guys in the genre who could step into Sy’s shoes. I think It brings a unique edge to this tour and I’m sure the fans will really dig what they hear..!!"

Onslaught & Artillery "Thrash Invasion" U.S./Canada Tour dates:

10/23 Brooklyn, New York, Saint Vitus
10/24 Cambridge, Massachusetts, Middle East Club
10/25 Long Branch, New Jersey, The Brighton Bar
10/26 Peterborough, New Hampshire, The Wreck Room
10/28 Chicago, Illinois, Reggie's
10/29 Indianapolis, Indiana, The Headquarters
10/30 Lakewood, Ohio, The Foundry
10/31 Columbus, Ohio, The Alrosa Villa
11/1 Rochester, New York, The Bug Jar
11/2 Trenton, New Jersey, The Backstage at The Championship Bar
11/3 Springfield, Virginia, Empire
11/4 Hartford, Connecticut, Webster Underground
11/5 Albany, New York, Bogie's
11/6 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, La Salle Multi
11/7 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hard Luck
11/8 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mavericks
11/9 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Petit Campus
11/11 Kingston, Canada, Mansion
11/12 Detroit, Michigan, The Token Lounge
11/13 Cudahy, Wisconsin, The Metal Grill
11/14 Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Pov's 65
11/15 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Zoo Cabaret
11/16 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Palomino's
11/17 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Pawn Shop
11/18 Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Red Room
11/19 Seattle, Washington, Studio Seven
11/20 Spokane, Washington, The Hop
11/21 Victoria, B.C., Canada, The V-Lounge
11/22 Portland, Oregon, Tonic Lounge
11/23 San Francisco, California, The DNA Lounge
11/24 Anaheim, California, Orange County Music Hall
11/25 Mesa, Arizona, Club Red
11/26 Hollywood, California, Whisky a Go Go

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Second Episode In NOLA Metal Series Now Online

The second of seven episodes of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou" is now online and can be seen below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

The series examines the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.

In part two, Mike IX Williams discusses finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze and creating a band, "that's like Sabbath, but a punk band," with EyeHateGod. Enduring hardships like drugs and Hurricane Katrina, EyeHateGod persevered into 2013, only to have tragedy strike yet again.

The previously posted first episode in the NOLA metal documentary can also still be seen at this location. More...

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Dragonsclaw Posts Preview Clip For New LP

Australia's Dragonsclaw posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming third album entitled "Moving Target." The clip features rough mix clips of new tracks "Road Beneath Your Wheels," "Survival," "Cry Wolf," "(Tell Me) All Your Lies," and "Shadowfire" (featuring Riot/Reverance vocalist Todd Michael Hall).

The clip also features a preview/reveal of the album's artwork. The release date for "Moving Target" has not yet been announced, but the album is expected soon.

Check out the clip here:

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No Mercy Re-Issuing Album

Suicidal Records is proud to announce plans for re-releasing the entire collective works by crossover outfit No Mercy this October.

Founded by Mike Clark in the mid-'80s, before he became a part of the dominating Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy only released one album amidst touring regionally on the West Coast in the band's short-lived history.

With Clark handling all guitar duties, joined by bassist (and O.G. Suicidal artist) Ric Clayton, drummer Sal Troy, and Suicidal's Mike Muir on vocals, "Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red)" was engineered by Palm Neal and produced by Mike Muir, and after being originally released on LP and cassette by Suicidal Tendencies' own Suicidal Records in 1987, now, over two-and-a-half decades since it's been available, the label will re-issue these timeless anthems in upgraded quality. More...

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EyeHateGod Announces Fall Tour Dates

The Louisiana volume visionaries in EyeHateGod are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall.

The band's latest itinerary includes a short rash of one-off dates in Denver, Orlando, and Miami as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, team EyeHateGod will head west razing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan, and Today Is The Day on select dates.

Comments frontman Mike IX Williams: "New Orleans sons of the hurricane and battered filthy communists, EyeHateGod, will embark on a severely damaging run of US shows this October 2014 that are guaranteed to please the dirt starved masses of nasty rock 'n' roll tenfold. See ya'll on the railroad tracks!"

Additional live incursions from EyeHateGod will be announced in the coming weeks. The band is currently working on a brand new picture disc version of the "New Orleans Is The New Vietnam" seven-inch, which will be released soon in an extremely limited leather cover edition on A389. Stay tuned. More...

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Unsacred Seed Comments On Lineup Changes

Unsacred Seed has checked in with the following announcement about recent lineup changes within the abnd:

"Big changes coming! We have currently cleared our schedule for October as we are in the process of going through some line up changes. For personal reasons, we have unfortunately lost our bassist Eric Gallivan and drummer John Burden.

"We will miss sharing the stage with you guys and best of luck with everything! Fortunately, we have found a beast of a drummer and a solid bassist to join the team.

"We will release the identities shortly, and we look forward to hitting the stage again soon." More...

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Kingcrow Posts Album Teaser

Kingcrow has revealed the first teaser for an upcoming album, which still in the making. Check it out below.

The album's artwork will be made by Devilnax, who worked on the previous two records, and it will be revealed soon along with other details about the release. The band's previous releases "Insider" and "Something Unknown" are also still available at this location.

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Urt Releases New Music Video

Estonian pagan metal band Urt just released a new music video for "Ise / Self," which can be seen below.

The song comes from the band's fifth studio album "Ixi," released on physical and digital formats this June through the group's Bandcamp page. Urt comments:

"Self is a symbolistic music video about the dream of Poly-demon with its 4-winged primeval elements and 3-headed worlds of time. Our rise and fall - the paganic Cosmic Tree growth and wavy off burning of 12 gods on the vast ocean of darkness. When the vertex of existence witnesses it all." More...

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Cryptic Abyss Posts New Music Video

Australian groove metal band Cryptic Abyss has released a new video for song "Throne Of Hatred," which can be seen below.

"Throne of Hatred" is taken from the Cryptic Abyss EP "Into The Abyss," released May 21st, 2014. "Into The Abyss" was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris Themelco at Monolith Studios, with artwork by Pzychopart/Abyss Designs, and can be heard in full at this location. More...

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Maid Myriad: "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Akron, Ohio-based Maid Myriad will release mesmerizing debut full-length, "With Haste On Its Breath," in less than two weeks, and today Metal Sucks hosts the premiere of the album's third track, "Be Careful What You Wish For."

Give it a listen below. "With Haste On Its Breath" will see a six-panel digipak CD and digital release October 7th via Nefarious Industries, the independent label founded by members of Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore and more.

Maid Myriad's record release show for "With Haste On Its Breath" is scheduled to take place in Kent, Ohio next Saturday, October 4th, at which the band will perform the entire new album just days before its release on the 7th. Additional live and tour actions from the band will be announced for the coming months shortly. More...

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Death Wolf Streaming New Track

Death Wolf just launched the first glimpse into "III: Östergötland," the upcoming new studio album, which is scheduled to be released via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media Records in 2015.

Check out the brand new track "Today King, Tomorrow Dead" through the SoundCloud player below. Century Media also comments:

"Death Wolf has moderately added some new elements to their deathly blackened punk rock widening the band's musical horizon and guaranteeing some surprising twists and turns. The new track with its hard rocking main riff and ominous heaviness is a pretty fine example for Death Wolf's new found variety.

"On 'III: Östergötland' you will find the band's by far most captivating and diverse material, ranging from the well-known Samhain-influenced punk rock to the post-apocalyptic crust of Amebix and Bathory/Celtic Frost-like blackness spiced up with a good dose of straight-forward metal.

"The vinyl-only 'Liksjöns Drickare' EP, that was released as a foretaste to the new album, can still be purchase at CM Distro."

The upcoming album's full track list and the exact release date will be announced soon. More...

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Exodus Posts New Bonus DVD Teaser

Today the third in a never-ending series (OK, there's apparently going to be five) trailers has been posted online for the bonus making-of DVD titled "Blood Upon The Goat" to be included with the new Exodus album "Blood In Blood Out."

Get a glimpse at some raw footage of in-studio vocal tracking with Exodus lead vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza below (thanks to Guitarworld.com), who also discusses his return and proudly proclaims: “Our fans have kept us relevant for 30 years; we owe them everything.”

New album "Blood In, Blood Out" is due out in North America on October 14th. You can hear the title track now at this location. More...

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Internal Bleeding Tries To "Placate The Ancients"

With the release of "Imperium," the first new album in over a decade from New York City-based death metal institution Internal Bleeding, now less than one week away, Cvlt Nation is pleased to spew forth the debilitating rumble of the eighth cut, "Placate The Ancients." Listen in below.

Comments bassist Jay Liff of the tune: "'Placate The Ancients' has kind of an old-school Internal Bleeding vibe to it -- I think that's because of how the song flows from one riff to the next. It always reminds me of some of the band's demos from the 1990s. The riff and tempo changes are pretty dramatic in parts, yet they still have that patented IB groove that flows through it all. I think that's the key to this song; the flow."

The album was produced by the band and Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer. A full list of upcoming Internal Bleeding tour dates can be found after the stream. More...

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Brainoil Streaming Re-Issue

Tankcrimes just re-issued Brainoil's self-titled, debut full-length, originally issued via Life Is Abuse Records in 2003 but out-of-print for over five years.

The monolithic Brainoil was recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone) and delivers seven predatory anthems of sonic battery which happen to be streaming in all their pulverizing glory below, courtesy of Cvlt Nation.

The "Brainoil" reissue is out now on CD and vinyl limited to 500 copies in two color variants: 150 - gold, bone, brown mashed and 350 - bone. All orders come with a download card to satiate your digital listening pleasures. More...

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Goatsnake Records New Album

Los Angeles, California's Goatsnake is back in a big way: having spent the Summer at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, the band is gearing up to release a first new full-length album since 2000's "Flower Of Disease."

The new Goatsnake album, due for a release on Southern Lord next year, will feature the familiar faces of Greg Rogers (The Obsessed, Sonic Medusa), providing drums, Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) taking care of the riffs, Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings?) on vocals, and new bassist Scott Renner (Sonic Medusa, Sourvein).

Joining them again on production duties is Nick Raskulinecz, who, since being introduced to Dave Grohl during the recording sessions of "Flower Of Disease," has gone on to work with seminal artists such as Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones and Ghost, and has won Grammys with the Foo Fighters.

Goatsnake came to life in 1996, and released two EPs, two LPs, two 7" records and a split between 1998 and 2000. In 2010 the outfit returned as a live band, playing a handful of shows in the U.S. and Europe in the years since.

More details of the upcoming album will be announced soon, and you can catch Goatsnake live on these dates:

10/15/2014 Los Lobos - Los Angeles, CA @ Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Xibalba
10/17/2014 The Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Godhunter, Eagle Twin
5/24/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Inverloch
5/29-31/2015 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK w/ Sunn O))), Today Is The Day and Martyrdöd

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Motorhead Seeking Fan-Made Videos

The official Motorhead website is currently running a competition inviting submissions for a live video version of “Killed By Death” from the special tour edition of the "Aftershock" album (reviewed here).

Motorhead fans who have dreamt of making an official video for their favorite band have finally gotten their wish. To celebrate the Tour Edition of the "Aftershock" album (a double-disc set containing "Aftershock" and a bonus live disc from Motorhead’s Spring U.S. dates titled "Best of the West Coast Tour") fans are invited to create a video for the live version of “Killed By Death."

Creativity is greatly encouraged (don’t be boring!) and the production can be as mighty or modest as the imagination desires. Let the thunderous riff and wry lyrics conjure your best Motörvisions, and the video that wins will be premiered on major music video stations plus websites worldwide.

The winning director/creator will also receive some very exclusive Motorhead prizes, as well as the satisfaction of having one of the band’s official videos under their creative belt.

Entrants must use the audio of “Killed By Death” from the new touring edition of "Aftershock" and entries should be uploaded to YouTube with “Killed By Death Fan Video Motörhead Contest” in the subject line. All entries must be uploaded by NEXT TUESDAY, September 30th, 2014.

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Puig Destroyer Celebrates Dodgers Win

Baseball-grindcore band Puig Destroyer is back with another new song today. Celebrating the Los Angeles Dodgers’ NL West Championship win, Puig Destroyer has released a new track called “Attrition.” Give it a listen below, thanks to Stereogum.com.

The 34-second song is featured on the band’s new full-length, self-titled album, which is due out on September 30th (MLB Post-Season Opening Day) via No Sleep Records and available now for pre-order at this location. More...

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Blut Aus Nord Streaming New Song

Blut Aus Nord will officially unveil "Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry" on October 10th, 2014.

Today the band has teamed up with No Clean Singing to premiere the track "Paien," which can be heard below. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Prelude
02. Paien
03. Tellus Mater
04. Forhist
05. Henosis
06. Metaphor Of The Moon
07. Clarissima Mundi Lumina More...

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Primordial Announces New Live Shows

Primordial has announced the band will play three shows in the U.K. including the group's first Glasgow appearance in ten years. Primordial's Nemtheanga comments:

"After the success of this year's Bloodstock appearance, not to mention our two night stand in the UK for the last album, we can now announce a three date tour of the UK next February in support of our forthcoming 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen' album.

"First support comes from up and coming Irish band Malthusian and a yet to be revealed main support will be announced in time. The UK has always been a loyal and dedicated stronghold for Primordial so we are proud to be coming back under the speed of album number 8! In addition to returning to Manchester and London, we are excited to this time add our first visit to Glasgow in over a decade! Vae Victis!"

02/05 Glasgow, GB Audio
02/06 Manchester, GB Sound Countrol
02/07 London, GB Islington Academy

Prior to that, Primordial will host a record release party show in Dublin on November 29th five days after the release of new album, "Where Greater Men Have Fallen," due out on Metal Blade Records.

11/29 Dublin - The Academy Primordial + Necros Christos + Dead Congregation + Malthusian More...

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Audrey Horne Streaming Full Album

Audrey Horne's new album "Pure Heavy" (reviewed here) is set to be released on September 29th in the U.K. & October 7th in North America via Napalm Records.

Today the full album is available for streaming online ahead of the release date. Check it out below, courtesy of Metal Sucks.

The brand new music video for the track "Out Of The City" is also out now and features Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth). Get out of the city and purely into fun with at this location. More...

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Blastfest Adds Six More Bands

It was already a lineup bursting at the seams with cream of the crop metal, but with some stage time still available Norway’s Blastfest has just gone and upped the ante once again with the announcement of six new bands.

The melodeath heroes from Dark Tranquility have joined the ranks alongside Gothenburg brothers At The Gates. Additional announcements include Paradise Lost, Satan, Dead To This World, The Sickening, and Byfrost.

Acts already announced for the 2015 Bergen festival include Decapitated, Primordial, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx amongst others, and with more yet to be announced. More...

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CDC Announces Tour Dates, New Release

Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, has announced the band's upcoming return to the European continent next month on a two week tour.

Initially formed as a studio project in 2003 with members hailing from Southeastern Pennsylvania towns Lansdale, Doylestown, and Perkasie, with an instant local buzz surrounding them, CDC began playing shows all over the East Coast and dropped several smaller releases over the next five years.

In 2009, CDC took everything to the next level, releasing the five-song "Burn" EP on Filled With Hate Records, at the same time beginning to tour extensively across the globe. Since 2010 the band has been mildly dormant, only surfacing every couple months to play a hand full of shows and a few scattered tours throughout the years.

However, earlier this year CDC recorded five new tracks with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studios and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4, now coming together for release at the beginning of 2015 in the form of "End," the band's first new release since 2009. "End" will come out as a split label release between European label Beatdown Hardwear and Pennsylvania-based Get This Right Records, which is partially owned/operated by CDC drummer John Bowes. More...

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New Machine Head Songs Leak

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has issued the following statement on the band's Facebook page regarding a song off upcoming album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."


"And why am I telling you this information?

"Information that just a few years ago, labels and bands would have been trying their hardest to pull down from torrent sites and flag YouTube channels?

"Because in 2014 you just have to own shit like this. Own it…and move on. John Lennon once sang 'life is what happens, while you’re making other plans…'

"That’s right my friends, 'Now We Die,' the first track and lead single off of 'Bloodstone & Diamonds' has officially leaked, 3 weeks ahead of its originally scheduled Oct 10th release date as a digital single. More...

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Machine Head Posts Fifth Studio Video

After cancelling a North American tour to finish work on the band's new album, Machine Head has released the fifth in a series of video blogs documenting the creation of eighth album "Bloodstone & Diamonds."

The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be released on November 7th (Europe) and November 10th, 2014 (N. America/UK) on several physical and digital formats.

“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album,” comments frontman Robb Flynn. “It's been a heck of a ride, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You're going to love it Head Cases."

He goes on to say, “Without getting too philosophical on ya, »Bloodstone & Diamonds« represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.” More...

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Madball Posts New Music Video

After recently dropping the "Born Strong" video, NYHC legends Madball today premiere the official video for "Doc Marten Stomp."

The song comes off the band's latest album, "Hardcore Lives," which hit the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria earlier this year. Check out the video below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine.

"Hardcore Lives" was tracked & engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed & mastered by long time collaborator Zeuss. The album also includes guest appearances by Scott Vogel (Terror, Toby Morse (H20) and Candace Puopolo (formerly Kucsulain, Walls Of Jericho). The track listing is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Hardcore Lives
03. The Balance
04. Doc Marten Stomp
05. DNA
06. True School feat. Scott Vogel
07. The Here And Now
08. Nothing To Me
09. My Armor feat. Toby Morse
10. Beacon Of Light
11. Born Strong feat. Candace Puopolo
12. Spirit
13. Mi Palabra
14. NBNC
15. For The Judged
16. The Beast
17. Spit On Your Grave 2014 More...

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Toothgrinder Signs With Spinefarm

Spinefarm Records is thrilled to announce the signing of New Jersey quintet Toothgrinder. The band will release its label debut in the form of the "Schizophrenic Jubilee" EP, which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Taylor Larson (Periphery, Darkest Hour).

The release date is set for November 4th. For a taste of what's to come check out "The Hour Angle" below. Additionally, Toothgrinder is on tour with Periphery, The Contortionist and Intervals through October. Spinefarm Records also had this to say:

"Toothgrinder will continue to push heavy metal into the future with unusual song structures, torrents of riffs and scaled-the-bowels-of-hell vocal attack. But it's not all metallic fists and fury; the band's music is smartly crafted and it is sonically provocative. In fact, their music sounds like the result of spending too many Friday nights in July in bottlenecked, bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway. You've got to let that frustration out somehow and it's as though Toothgrinder took their frustration out on their instruments."

Toothgrinder vocalist Justin Matthews said, "Toothgrinder were birthed from a brotherhood of musicians who wanted nothing more than to create aggressive energy and deviate from the status quo. The bond that five best friends initiated through childhood will forever last a lifetime. Through blood, sweat and tears, our family has taken on an endeavor that was never thought possible. Our perseverance and tenacity would not be shown to the world without our good friends in Outerloop and Spinefarm. We could not be happier." More...

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Necrophagia Streaming "Elder Things"

Necrophagia is now unleashing a new crushing song off forthcoming evil masterpiece "WhiteWorm Cathedral," due out October 28th via Season of Mist.

Check out "Elder Things" in the player below, thanks to Kaaoszine.fi. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Reborn through Black Mass (listen here)
2. Вий
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest (streaming here)
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral More...

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As Light Dies Premieres Full New Album

Iberian black metal outfit As Light Dies knows one simple, inescapable truth: all of us are destined for grief, and finding love won't change that one bit.

In fact, opening oneself up to love can make that grief come all the quicker, which is a concept explored by the upcoming full-length "The Love Album – Volume 1," due out in just five days.

With the October 1st release date looming close, today the band has teamed up with us to premiere the album online in full!

Check out the stream below to hear the entire record dealing with all the grief and tragedy that surrounds love stories and lyrically represents the band's darkest and most emotionally affecting release to date.

After hearing all nine tracks via the SoundCloud player below, if these depressive tunes resonate with you, be sure to pre-order your own copy of the album at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. We Are All Destined For Grief
2. Orpheus Mourning
3. Blow Of Loss
4. Together As One
5. When Distance Becomes Real
6. Your Wake
7. No Pain At Sleep
8. Nemesis
9. Acceptance
10. Farewell From Distant Shores More...

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Nachtblut Posts Second "Chimonas" Teaser Clip

German black/dark metal act Nachtblut released a teaser clip for the upcoming fourth studio LP "Chimonas." The album is set for release on the following schedule via Napalm Records:

October 17th: G/A/S
October 31st: FIN & BENELUX
November 3rd: UK & EUROPE
November 5th: NOR/SWE/ESP

The track list for the album is:

1. Gotteskrieger
2. Wien 1683
3. Wie Gott sein
4. Kalt wie ein Grab
5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
6. Schwarz
7. Dort wo die Krähen
8. Märchen
9. Töte mich
10. Chimonas

Check out teaser clip #2 here: More...

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ProgPower USA XV Interviews: SEVENTH WONDER

One of the major draws of the fifteenth ProgPower USA festival was the opportunity to get to see Sweden’s super-prog gents in Seventh Wonder perform their album “Mercy Falls” in its entirety (minus the awkward voice acting) for a live DVD. Judging by the crowd that they drew for that night, it was glaringly obvious that the fans had been wanting this. It was to be a fine performance, and neither Seventh Wonder’s first in the states nor their last of the 2014 festival. The band played again to a crowd of gold badge-holders and VIPs on Saturday morning, just hours later, which was also filmed for the DVD. These boys had some kind of crazy endurance!

During their first performance, members of vocalist Tommy Karevik’s other band Kamelot were in attendance, supporting Tommy’s first love in a gesture of solidarity and genuine enjoyment. After Seventh Wonder were through, MetalUnderground.com writer Frank Serafine was able to sit with them for a short time to get some answers that fans have been eager to dig up: Is the new record going to be a concept album and is “Inner Enemy” going to be on it? Will the new songs be more like “Inner Enemy” or is it just an exception? Will you come to Chile? How about an American tour? Charismatic bassist Andreas Blomqvist, eager drummer Stefan Norgren, quiet keyboardist Andreas "Kyrt" Söderin, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl, and the ever-smiling vocalist Tommy Karevik gladly revealed a few things while lunching backstage. More...

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Lyriel Streaming Title Track Of New LP

German gothic/folk metal act Lyriel is streaming the title track to the upcoming new release "Skin and Bones," which is due out tomorrow, September 26th in Europe and later on November 4th in the U.S. via AFM Records. The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Leverage."

The track listing for the album is:

1. Numbers (see music video here)
2. Falling Skies
3. Skin and Bones
4. Black and White
5. Days Had Just Begun
6. Your Eyes
7. Dust To Dust
8. Der Weg
9. Astray
10. Worth The Fight
11. Running In Our Blood
12. Dream Within A Dream
13. Black and White (Second Skin Version)

Check out "Skin and Bones" here: More...

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Nitrogods Announces New Album, Posts Preview Clip

German hard rock act Nitrogods, featuring Henny Wolter (Thunderhead/Primal Fear/Sinner), drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call/Primal Fear) and bassist/vocalist Claus Larcher (Ex-Chinchilla guitarist, announced that the upcoming new studio release will be entitled "Rats and Rumours." The album is set to drop on October 17th (Germany) and October 20th for the rest of Europe via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album will be available as a limited edition digipak (with bonus DVD featuring 9 live songs filmed at Heathen Rock Festival 2014), regular jewel case CD and as a vinyl LP package with gatefold cover and 15 track CD.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Rats & Rumours
2. Got Pride
3. Irish Honey
4. Automobile
5. Damn Right (They Call It Rock´N Roll)
6. Nothing But Trouble
7. Back Home
8. Dirty Old Man
9. Ramblin' Broke
10. BMW
11. Lite Bite
12. Nitrogods
13. Whiskey Supernova
14. Black Car Driving Man (Live) (Bonus Track)
15. Whiskey Wonderland (Acoustic) (Bonus Track) More...

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Emergency Gate Releases New Music Video

German melodic death metal act Emergency Gate released a new music video for the track "Sons of the Second." The track appears on the upcoming release "Infected" which drops tomorrow, September 26th in Europe.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Sons of the Second
2. Going Under
3. Revelation
4. Your Last Smile
5. Crushing Down
6. We wanna Party
7. Infected Nightmare
8. Drowning in Hate
9. The Beginning
10. Pathetic Me
11. Loving Hate
12. Peace of Mind More...

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Vesania Details New Album, Streams New Track

Poland's Vesania, the symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade. Their roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been expanding throughout the years across the globe.

The collective experience of the members of the band speaks volumes of their knowledge and ability to craft world class albums. The band's fourth full-length album "Deus Ex Machina," the first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 24th (G/A/S), October 27th (EU) and October 28th (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

There's no singular unifying lyrical concept on "Deus Ex Machina," but there's a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to "god from the machine." The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel.

Alternatively, Vesania's "Deus Ex Machina" is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless. One of the tracks tells the story of the lowering of an actor, supposedly the god, onto a stage before a corrupted man searching for answers. Instead, that actor is lowered by a noose around their neck, having already died. The lyrics paint a drab picture, particularly when paired with equally bleak music. Recording was completed at Sound Division Studio, with mastering by Scott Hull at Visceralsound Studios.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Halflight
2. Innocence
3. Disillusion
4. Vortex
5. Dismay
6. Glare
7. Notion
8. Disgrace
9. Fading
10. Scar More...

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While Heaven Wept Releases Second Trailer Clip

Virginia's While Heaven Wept released a second trailer clip for the upcoming new release "Suspended At Aphelion," the sixth studio album marking the band's 25th Anniversary. The album is set for release on October 24th (EU) and November 18th (USA) via Nuclear Blast.

"Suspended At Aphelion" features a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire "Fear Of Infinity" line-up as well as several esteemed guests, including Fates Warning alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini - uniting two eras of Fates Warning for the first time ever.

The track listing for the album is:

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

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Labyrinth Names Mark Boals New Vocalist

Less than a day removed from the announcement that Roberto Tiranti has departed Labÿrinth, the band has named his replacement: Ring of Fire/ex-Iron Mask/ex-Yngiwe Malmsteen vocalist Mark Boals.

The announcement from guitarist/composer Olaf Thorsen reads: "As everybody already knows, Roberto has decided to part ways with the band in order to start his solo career. We wish him all the best and we thank him for the long walk we have had together. At the same time "the show must go on", as somebody said, and the good news is that we have started working on the new album. This is not the only good news, anyway, 'cause we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that our new singer is none other than a top-notch artist and a piece of history in the metal world: we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Boals on board and we can't wait to let you all listen to some of the new songs we are working on! Sincerely yours, Labyrinth" More...

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Savage Master Streaming "Death Rides The Highway"

Kentucky-based traditional metal act Savage Master is streaming the new track "Death Rides the Highway." The song is taken from the upcoming debut album entitled "Mask Of The Devil," which is set for release via Skol Records on Halloween, October 31st and on vinyl LP through Van Records on November 20th. North American distribution will be via Shadow Kingdom Records.

The cover art was painted be legendary French artist Chris Moyen, responsible for iconic artworks of bands such as Beherit and Blasphemy, and who recently also worked with acts such as Slayer and Possessed.

The track listing for "Mask Of The Devil" is as follows:

1. Blood On The Rose
2. The Mystifying Oracle
3. Mask Of The Devil
4. The Ripper In Black (streaming here)
5. Kill Without Warning
6. Marry The Wolf
7. Altar Of Lust
8. Death Rides The Highway More...

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Panzer Posts "Send Them All To Hell" Teaser Clip

Panzer (a/k/a) The German Panzer released a preview clip from the upcoming debut release "Send Them All To Hell." The preview features a clip of the track "Panzer." The German Panzer features the unholy union of Destruction frontman/bassist Schmier Fink and Accept members Herman Frank (Victory) on guitars and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (ex-Running Wild). "Send Them All To Hell" drops on November 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Death Knell
2. Hail And Kill
3. Temple Of Doom
4. Panzer
5. Freakshow
6. Mr. Nobrain
7. Why?
8. Virtual Collision
9. Roll The Dice
10. Bleed For Your Sins

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