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Stu Marshall Ending Empires Of Eden

Following the release of fourth album "Architect of Hope," it seems there's no hope to be had for any upcoming Empires of Eden material. Stu Marshall comments on laying the band to rest:

"I am announcing here that I will not be making anymore Empires of Eden albums. The decision comes for many reasons, one most importantly that I think the series has run its course and, unless an artist has something new to say, they best leave their prior works do the talking.

"To say I am grateful for your support is an understatement. The amazing people and opportunities this (EOE) thing spawned for me is incredible. Without EOE, Death dealer and my new band Blasted to static would never have been born.

"So first, thank you for following. The 4 albums will remain a set for me. Very special in many ways. Each album contains pure performances from some incredible talent. The good news is the music output from me is increasing... two bands both with global touring plans and releases. Death Dealer releases our second album this year with European touring staring next week and, Blasted to Static’s debut will be completed soon with early 2016 touring planned. More...

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Prematory Calls It Quits

Belgium's high-energy metal outfit Prematory has decided to put all that energy to rest, issuing the following statement about calling it quits:

"We have an announcement to make that some of you might not have expected: due to several reasons, we have decided that now is the time for the Prematory journey to end. After more than 150 shows and seven years of hard work, we've hit a hurdle that we can't overcome as a united force.

"The honest truth and reason behind our decision is that it became clear to us that we simply don't have the drive anymore to keep on going. All of the members are embarking on different journeys into the future and this has lead our collective to stray from the path.

"We know that many of you were still hoping to see us live. Sadly, all current shows have been cancelled due to scheduling issues and there are no plans to do a final performance at this moment in time.

"Prematory has been a big part of our lives, we've committed thousands of hours to this band and we have nothing but love for what we have managed to accomplish. We've had an amazing time and we would like to thank all of you for this. There are no hard feelings between all the current members, the decision to end was made in mutual agreement and we wish each other good luck in all future endeavors."

It would appear the new album the band mentioned working on back in February has been scrapped. For now, enjoy going "Down The Drain" with Prematory below. More...

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Act Of Defiance Releases A "Throwback" Track

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, Act Of Defiance's debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, "Birth and The Burial," is set for an August 21st release via Metal Blade Records and pre-order bundle packages are now available at this location.

The group's first official introduction to the masses is via the album's ripping lead-off track "Throwback," which is a face-melting all out thrash assault. Check it out below.

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick’s pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band is a truly formidable metallic behemoth. "Birth And The Burial" is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

Drover states: "'Throwback' is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say.

"Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me. They are certainly dark in the subject matter, as they should be to fit the aggressiveness of the song. Quite a nice fit if you ask me." More...

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Disturbed Back With New Album

After releasing a teaser clip indicating the band was back from the dead (having broken up in 2011), Disturbed has now issued the following statement about releasing a new album:

"Disturbed ones - The hiatus is over. Over the past year, we’ve been secretly writing and recording a brand new album. Today, we are excited to share a new song called 'The Vengeful One' along with a new music video. It’s off our upcoming album called 'Immortalized,' which will be released on August 21, and is available for pre-order today.

"This album had the arduous task of, in some way, justifying the hiatus; giving the fans something that made it worth our time away from one another. We hope that it succeeds in that task. Thank you for staying with us over the years. Pre-order our new album 'Immortalized' now at this location." More...

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Slayer Releases "Repentless" Visualizer Video

Slayer released a new "visualizer video" for the title track of the highly anticipated new album "Repentless." The album will drop on September 11th via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Repentless" is Slayer's first new studio album since 2009's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood." The twelve songs were produced by Terry Date and recorded between August 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles.

Slayer will tour extensively to support the release of the album, and will headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that kicks off July 26 in San Diego, CA.

The album will be available in a wide array of formats, as detailed below:

* Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Strictly limited 12-inch sized Box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak, DVD, exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl, "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" CD, 12-inch photo card, 12-inch fold-out poster)
* CD jewel case
* Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
* Digital (all digital platforms)
* Limited edition "Metal Eagle Edition" More...

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Kult Ov Azazel Disbanding

Long running Florida metal band Kult Ov Azazel has been put down - may it rest in chaos! The band issued this statement:

"On June 10th a decision was made to disband Kult ov Azazel. This was a hard decision to make and still is bitter pill to swallow. After having to cancel all dates for the Archons ov Darkness tour it’s become apparent that over the past couple of years the band has ended up with employees rather than mates. This was a big factor in the decision to end the band.

"It’s become a financial burden to continue under the current circumstances. When camaraderie comes with a price attached it’s also a sign to the end. This was not the way Kult ov Azazel was intended to be. The band begun with two guys with a shared vision which in turn sought out other like minded individuals to create music with. It was not about money. It was not about fame. It was to write music that spoke directly to us. It was our conduit and was something we were passionate about.

"Some where down the line this ended. Passions changed with certain members, members came and went and what was left was one person trying to hold it all together, trying to keep things moving forward. That has increasingly become harder over the years. A band requires all members to have that drive otherwise stagnation begins to set in. And what is a band if only a few have that driving passion? It becomes an obstacle. That’s where the cards have fallen here.

"It’s unfortunate but at some point one has to stop dreaming and look at the cold hard reality of things. After facing reality it was evident that this decision had to be made. Thanks to all the members in current form and past that have marched within the ranks over the past seventeen years. Some of those bonds made will hold forever. With all that said, just remember that with death comes birth…" More...

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Christopher Lee Passes Away At 93

According to reports from U.K. publications The Guardian and The Telegraph, famed actor, singer and heavy metal star Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. Apparently, Lee's death occurred days ago, but his wife wished to inform family and close friends before public disclosure.

Lee, best known for roles as Dracula and Saruman in Lord of the Rings, also broke into the world of heavy metal with his solo album (future releases under the Charlemagne moniker) "Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains (From Broadway to Bayreuth and Beyond)" in 1998, and followed up with three more full length albums, culminating with the EP "Metal Knight" and the Christmas single "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing" in 2014. Lee also appeared as narrator and vocalist over the course of 7 years with Rhapsody of Fire, beginning with the 2004 EP "The Dark Secret," and most famously his appearance on the track "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" from the full length album "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret." Lee also narrated the 2010 version of Manowar's "Dark Avenger" (originally narrated by the late Orson Wells). More...

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Shadows Fall Returns From Hiatus

After announcing a hiatus back in August of last year, Shadows Fall is already back, having announced a new show this summer. The band comments:

"We are back!!!!! Saturday, August 22 Shadows Fall will be headlining The Big Kahuna festival at Fete music hall in Providence, RI.

"Also appearing will be End Time Illusion, Anaria, Carnivora, Oath, and many others on 3 stages. We may add a few more shows around this date and these could possibly, be the only Shadows Fall dates of the year.

"If you are a promoter and are interested in booking Shadows Fall in this timeframe, contact: shadowsfallmanagement@yahoo.com." More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Calling It Quits

Canada-based metallers 3 Inches Of Blood decided to part ways. The band's final show is planned to take place on November 7th at the Commodore Ballroom in their hometown, Vancouver, BC.

States 3 Inches Of Blood about its plans to disband:

"Unfortunately, this is not the sort of news you were wanting to hear, but here goes: It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches Of Blood has decided to part ways. Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision.

"While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on. All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that. We are eternally thankful to our fans, friends and family that have stuck by us through thick and thin and always believed in us. You are the reason this band got anywhere and kept us going. We'd also like to thank our musical peers and former 3 Inches Of Blood members for all your love and support over the years. More...

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Lifeforms Calls It Quits, Forms New Band

Lifeforms has checked in with the following announcement about officially calling it quits and forming a different band:

"We would like to clarify our position with regards to Lifeforms and Ghost/Aeon. Lifeforms is officially defunct and no longer operating as a band since the subsequent departures of Arik Okray and Trevor Richardson on April 21st 2015.

"This page is therefore being converted into the official facebook page of Ghost/Aeon. Ghost/Aeon is a project that was formed over 2 years ago and includes Howie Favichia amongst its members.

"We have been in pre production for over a year on our new album ‘Metanoia’. It is true that Ghost/Aeon has former Lifeforms members amongst its ranks however we want to make it clear beyond all possible recognition that Ghost/Aeon is a completely separate entity to Lifeforms.

"We apologize for any misleading information we have conveyed previously on Facebook with regard to our status. We hope you like the direction we are taking with Ghost/Aeon and we are extremely excited about the future of this band." More...

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Nile Unearths Something That Should Stay Buried

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality from Nile are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album "What Should Not Be Unearthed."

Produced by Nike and mixed by Neil Kernon, the album will be released August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork (available below) was handled this time by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc. Mastermind Karl Sanders states:

“All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album 'What Should Not Be Unearthed.' It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, 'At The Gates Of Sethu,' was super surgically clean and very musicianship oriented whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; 'Unearthed' is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting.

"Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!” More...

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Arch Enemy Headlining Summer Slaughter 2015

Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.

Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.

Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"

Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...

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Slayer Announces New Album

It's official, after months of teasers, the godfathers of thrash are ready to officially unveil new album details.

The brand new, eleventh Slayer studio album, now announced to be titled "Repentless," is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Records.

A brief teaser trailer is available below. Stay tuned for more info to come your way shortly. In the mean time let us know - how do you think this one will stack up, and will it be worth the wait or live up to older material with all the lineup changes?

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Fear Factory Finishes New Album

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory have issued the following update regarding their upcoming 9th studio release, "Genexus:"

“The sensation of finalizing our newest album is one of relief and joy, wrapped within a massive whirlwind of excitement. We really feel this is a very special Fear Factory album. While being careful not to replicate ourselves, this album still has a very classic Fear Factory vibe that we feel will appease both old and new fans.

"The aggressive, melodic and industrial elements are all intact and shine more than ever. Burt and I produced the album with Rhys Fulber co-producing. Damien Rainuad and Giuseppe Bassi handled most of the keys and pre-production. We also enlisted the masterful metallic skills of Andy Sneap for an amazing mixing job! We would like to thank everyone who has been a big part in the making of this record. We can't wait for everybody to hear it.”

New album "Genexus" will be released on August 7th worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap. In support of the album, Fear Factory will also perform live on these dates: More...

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Bethlehem Breaks Up

The long ride has come to an end: after 2014's "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" release, Bethlehem is calling it quits. Jürgen Bartsch of the German outfit Bethlehem had this to say:

"Game over! Hey guys. Bethlehem has split up and does a break. If there will be a comeback or won't isn't certain yet. Obviously isn't. Bethlehem has to stay pure anarchy - against all odds - and certainly isn't a playground for wannabes. The fuck off.

"All shows for 2015 got canceled, NYC (Stardust) & Austria (Sick Midsummer) already have found a surrogate. Information can be requested from the organizers. NYC would be done at another time if this band should dare a comeback. If so, this first would result in a new longplayer anyways. Fingers (double) crossed! More...

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Lazarus A.D. Drummer Reportedly Passes Away

Update: the band has now confirmed Shutler's death and issued a statement that can be read at this location.

Although there has been no statement from the band at this point, Lambgoat.com is reporting that drummer Ryan Shutler from Lazarus A.D. has passed away.

Lambgoat comments: "Details surrounding his death have not been disclosed, though it's being said that a heart attack may have been to blame. Lazarus A.D. has been relatively quiet since releasing an album with Metal Blade Records in 2011."

The group's last official release was the full-length studio album "Black Rivers Flow." Stay tuned as more information about Shutler becomes available. More...

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Pagan Altar Vocalist Passes Away

U.K. outfit Pagan Altar has issued the following announcement about vocalist Terry Jones passing away this morning:

"It's is with great sadness to announce that Terry Jones of Pagan Altar finally lost his extremely brave battle with cancer this morning 15th May @ 10:15.

"Terry has been fighting this for the past year with me Lynn and his family always by his side. You all know how much he loved performing and especially to all the wonderful PA Fans he had a pleasure too meet, we are all devoted by his loss and will miss him more then words can say.

"And would like to thank you for your loyal support and love all these years. Always love you Terry. The Time Lord is on his Travels." More...

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Lamb Of God Posts New Song

Lamb Of God has released a new website titled "Lamb Of God VII" (a reference to the fact the band has previously released six full-length albums).

This new website just dropped a new track titled "Still Echoes" as a teaser for an upcoming full-length release.

Head over to the band's website here to check out the track (also now available in the player below).

Lamb Of God also just announced the new album will be titled "Sturm Und Drang," with a July release date expected. Stay tuned for full info shortly. More...

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Bruce Dickinson Declared Cancer Free

Iron Maiden announced that following a recent MRI scan, vocalist Bruce Dickinson is cancer free. The band is finishing work on a new studio album, which will be "definitely be [released] this year."

Bruce commented: “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”

Manager Rod Smallwood added: “We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road. More...

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Ex-Havok Guitarist Shawn Chavez Passes Away

Former lead guitarist of Denver, Colorado thrash metal outfit Havok, Shawn Chavez, has passed away. He was only 30-years-old. Chavez was a member of Havok from 2004 - 2010.

Frontman David Sanchez has issued the following statement:

"It is with deep regret that I must inform fans, friends, and family of Havok that Shawn Tyler Chavez, the former lead guitarist of Havok, passed away on April 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 30 years old. Shawn was the very first lead guitarist of Havok and helped forge the band's sound in the early years. Without Shawn's dedication during the first 6 years of the band, Havok would not be where it is today. More...

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