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Alkaloid Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the German/Dutch progressive extreme metal band Alkaloid. You may recall Alkaloid earned the runner-up spot for "best metal newcomer of 2015" in our year-end awards, just barely being edged out by Gruesome.

Alkaloid features Hannes Grossman (ex-Obscura, Blotted Science) on drums, Christian Munzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on guitar, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) on bass, Danny Tunker (ex-Aborted) on guitar, and Morean (Dark Fortress) on vocals and guitar.

The band is now writing a second album to follow "The Malkuth Grimoire" (reviewed here), which is slated for a 2017 release via Season Of Mist. Regarding this signing, the band comments:

"After crowdfunding and self-releasing our debut album 'The Malkuth Grimoire', we have come to a point where we simply need a reliable partner, who fully understands our musical vision and believes in it 100%. Therefore Season of Mist is the perfect label for us. We are extremely excited about our collaboration and cannot wait to start producing our next album." More...

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Metallica Debuts New Song "Atlas, Rise!"

The Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Metallica today debut "Atlas, Rise!"

The song is the third track to be released from Metallica's upcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", due for release on the band's own Blackened Recordings on November 18th, and follows previously released tracks "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame."

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is Metallica's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic". Check out "Atlas, Rise!" below.

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Sepultura Announces New Album

Brazilian heavy metal outfit Sepultura just revealed the title of upcoming studio album, "Machine Messiah." Inspired by the robotisation of our society, the album will be released on January 13th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album was produced by the band and Jens Borgen of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Album artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa. Andreas Kisser states:

"I found the work of Camille Della Rosa during some research I was doing to look for alternative artists to work on the cover of our new album. I had the concept in my mind and the name of the album, Machine Messiah, but that didn’t matter much since I was looking for different styles and ideas, different artists. When I saw her paintings I was really impressed by her style, full of colours and meaning, very unique and alive! She comes from the Philippines, a place where we performed some years ago and we could feel the intensity of their culture, very powerful! She has that power in her paintings and drawings! More...

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Peste Noire Forced Off Blastfest Bill

Peste Noir has apparently been forced off the Blastfest 2017 bill due to "extreme left political groups," which presumably means Antifa, although the organization isn't specifically named.

In light of the cancellation, Horna voluntarily dropped off the bill as well. Oddly, these unnamed political groups don't seem to have a problem with Phil Anselmo appearing. The organizers of the festival comment:

"In light of the festivals partners receiving pressure from extreme left political groups, Blastfest organisers regretfully have no other choice than to cancel the appearance of French extreme metal band Peste Noire at 2017’s rendition of the Bergan, Norway based festival.

"As much as we love the brilliant music of Peste Noire, and how much we have stated that we are a musical platform, and no politics are involved in our concept, the amount of political focus created due to this booking, is badly affecting our existence. Our partners have been pushed very hard, and we now reached the point where we had to decide to stand by our choice, and ultimately cancel the whole festival, or cancel Peste Noire. So, we will keep going, creating a great metalfest for all metalheads, unfortunately without Peste Noire. More...

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Wacken Metal Battle Coming To The U.S.

For over a decade at the world's largest outdoor metal festival - Wacken Open Air - independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another to be crowned champion of the world.

For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia (and more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 Wacken festival taking place from August 3rd - 5th.

Submissions for Metal Battle USA will begin October 21st and end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST. Band submissions can be made right here.

How it works: Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City, with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry. The finalists will be selected as follows by city:

2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City More...

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The Doomsday Kingdom To Debut At Roadburn

Doom-heads rejoice! Leif Edling, the master bassist and songwriter behind Candlemass, will bring his new project The Doomsday Kingdom to play a first show at Roadburn 2017 on Sunday, April 23rd, at Het Patronaat!

Edling’s legacy is second to none in doom. For over 30 years he has crafted songs that find vibrancy in darkness, life within the morose, and explored grand miseries that have influenced two generations of bands from around the world.

Working with vocalist Niklas Stålvind when not handling those duties himself, Edling now presents the "Never Machine" demo EP on November 25th.

“After hosting Candlemass and Avatarium in years past, we are thrilled to have The Doomsday Kingdom making a debut on stage – the first time playing live anywhere!” exclaims Walter Roadburn. “There could not be a better setting than Het Patronaat for what’s sure to be a pilgrimage of doom for Roadburners from around the world. Don’t miss it!” More...

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Mac Sabbath Touring With Okilly Dokilly

It's finally happening everyone: Mac Sabbath is touring with Okilly Dokilly. Yep, McDonald's themed doom is colliding with Ned Flanders-themed metal. Also on the epic Mockstrosity tour bill will be Metalachi, the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band. Catch the show on any of these dates:

3/8/17 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
3/9/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
3/10/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue & 7th St Entry
3/11/17 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/12/17 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME - House Of Music & Entertainment
3/14/17 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Firebird
3/15/17 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
3/16/17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
3/17/17 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's
3/18/17 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
3/21/17 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
3/22/17 - Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
3/23/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
3/24/17 - Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
3/25/17 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium
3/28/17 - Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
3/29/17 - New York City, NY @ (le) poisson rouge
3/30/17 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
3/31/17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
4/1/17 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
4/2/17 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
4/5/17 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (* without Okilly Dokilly) More...

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Hour Of 13 Regrouping

Following the band's breakup back in 2013, Hour Of 13 is now regrouping and has signed a deal with Shadow Kingdom Records. The label will present a long-overdue demos & rarities collection titled "Salt The Dead: The Rare And Unreleased." Hour Of 13 also issued this statement:

"2006 was an immense year for influence and creation. A simple session of writing spawned three songs that paved the way for a debut album destined to return American Heavy Metal back to the forefront of the underground Metal scene.

"And with the release came a quick acclaim, building up a following that the entity itself never saw coming. Throughout its lifespan, Hour Of 13 has seen its' fair share of ups and downs. Not ever really existing in the other classes of bands within it's scene, it paved a path of Darkness and gloom that solidified its place within the tops of the genre.

"All that rise must fall... Due to a professional ordeal that was both good and bad, along with the passing of some of it's closest friends, the idea to lay it to rest until the right time was evident and heeded. Coupled with all of the problems, departures and returns, backlash and all around trash talk, the ideals were continued under the Night Magic name. The slumber for Ho13 in its' name
had been thought to be eternal. Forever. More...

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For Today Announces Farewell Tour

With heavy hearts, Iowa's diligent metalcore quartet For Today recently just announced the band's very final U.K. show. Today the band reveals that special guests at that show will be Loathe and Nothing Left. For Today put out the following statement:

“After over 11 years as a band, 6 full length albums and 1 EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today. When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times.

"Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we've spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids and moved to different states because of For Today. It's been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There's no behind the scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We're all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.

"We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially the fans who have kept us going for so many years. That's why we're excited to announce that we're doing an extensive farewell tour, hitting all our favourite cities. Come hang out with us one last time and let's make these last shows some that we'll never forget!”

Loathe comments: "We would like to thank For Today for inviting us to join them on their Farewell Tour, it is a great privilege to be a part of such a prestigious tour."

For Today’s final U.K. show will take place at renowned London venue The Underworld on the 27th of October, 2016. The band's last show ever will take place in Texas on December 18th. More...

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Discharge Banned From Canada

UK-based crust legends Discharge played their final Canadian show last night at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Singer JJ announced yesterday that both he and lead guitarist Bones had been detained upon entering the country – whereby JJ was advised that he was permanently banned from entering Canada. JJ posted this statement on Facebook last night:

"Well... I’m permanently banned from Canada. Criminal charges from 20 years ago. However they let me in to play the show for a 'low' cost of $200 as long as I leave the country after we play. Bones made it in by the skin of his teeth... Tezz / Rainy not allowed back in the USA. Karl Morris ‘Egghead’ from The Exploited, UK Subs etc. will be filling in on bass for us. Doesn’t look like Discharge will ever be allowed back in Canada... so looks like tonight will be our last Canadian show. All USA shows still on... see ya soon!"

The show in Vancouver was the first date of Discharge’s highly anticipated North American tour – the remaining US dates are going ahead as planned starting in Seattle, Washington State today. Support will be coming from Eyehategod and Toxic Holocaust. More...

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Fabio Lione Splits With Rhapsody Of Fire

Longtime and legendary vocalist Fabio Lione (Angra/Vision Divine) announced his departure from Rhapsody of Fire. Lione joined the band in 1995 just after the "Eternal Glory" demo and before the release of the debut album "Legendary Tales." He leaves behind a legacy of 11 full length studio albums with the band.

In a post on Facebook, Lione stated:

"Dear all, fans, promoters, colleagues. I anticipated this to all band members in the last 3/4 months and now I sadly announce my final decision to part ways with ROF. Ain't no words to describe what this band represents to me, and I'm proud to have been part of such a big chapter of the power metal bible.

"It's time for me to write a new chapter of my life, as a musician and as a man. I wish ROF all the best, may their magic go ahead stronger than ever. Thank you Alex and Holzy, for this 20 years. Thanks You Roberto, for your friendship and Alessandro for your sincere attitude and honesty."

One of those new chapters was recently announced - in the form of Eternal Idol, which releases the debut album "The Unrevealed Secret" on December 2nd via Frontiers Records.

The band posted a letter online about the situation, which can be seen below. More...

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Graveyard (Sweden) Breaking Up

Today the Graveyard is being officially entombed. Joakim, Axel, Truls, and Jonatan from the Swedish band (not to be confused with the Spanish group of the same name) issued this statement about calling it quits:

"Dark clouds above the graveyard today. Due to the all so classic reason 'differences within the band' the Graveyard is as of today officially closed. This is the unfortunate final decision we've had to make after going through a period of struggling n juggling with personal issues.

"Things have gone out of hand and now our energy is very low. As a direct result of this we're sorry to say that all scheduled touring is cancelled.

"Graveyard have always been more about the music than the talking and that approach is the way we intend to deal with this situation also. What we can say is that we don't know if and when the Graveyard will re-open and return in full force. Stay tuned, stay awesome & No endless night in sight." More...

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Malevolent Creation Reportedly Breaks Up

Malevolent Creation has reportedly broken up and canceled upcoming North American tour dates with Incantation and Seeker. That tour marked the band's return to the road for the first time in five years, supporting new album "Dead Man's Path."

The tour was scheduled to kick off October 6th in Atlanta, Georgia and run through October 26th. All tickets can be refunded at their point of purchase.

While no official statement has been released from the band, multiple promoters have reported the cancellation of the tour due to the band's breakup. The few events listed on the group's facebook page all read "canceled."

The Florida death metal outfit is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of iconic debut record, "The Ten Commandments" this year.

Malevolent Creation is set to perform a handful of dates in South America, which appear to be on at this point, starting in Lima, Peru on September 21st. More...

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Bolt Thrower Breaking Up?

Bolt Thrower drummer Martin Kearns passed way in September of last year, and today the band has released a statement about the anniversary of his death, leading some to speculate Bolt Thrower is breaking up. The group comments:

"On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.

"When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.

"We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns. More...

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Alestorm Cancels Canadian Shows

Alestorm is now officially a sad pirate metal band as upcoming Canadian dates are canceled due to the bane of all metal bands: the dreaded visa issues.

If only it had been a killer kraken instead! Alestorm comments:

"Due to unforeseen visa processing delays for multiple entries between the U.S. and Canada, we're very sad to announce that we have been forced to postpone the Canadian shows on our upcoming headlining tour.

"We're currently discussing a suitable time frame to reschedule the Canadian dates as soon as possible, which we will announce shortly. More...

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Former Y&T Drummer Passes Away

Former Y&T drummer Leonard Haze has passed away at the age of 61 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drummer co-wrote such songs as "Hurricane" and "Black Tiger" and was scheduled to support Y&T at two Californian shows with his band Hazexperience. Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti broke the news with an online post that read:

"It is with shock and sadness that I type this. Leonard Haze, the legendary drummer, and a guy I spent decades with creating great music together, has passed away at 61.

"This, just a few days after his birthday. I just woke up to this news, as I'm in Germany, and immediately called his wife, Kelly. She confirmed that Leonard had passed away in his sleep sometime between noon and 7.30pm on Sunday, September 11. More...

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Abiotic Calling It Quits

Technical and progressive death metal unit Abiotic has broken up, with band guitarist John Matos offering:

"To the fans that we’ve been lucky enough to call friends over the years, It is with a heavy heart that I’m reaching out to you today. Less than a month from our debut album 'Symbiosis' 4th anniversary and after much thought and discussion the band has decided to mutually part ways.

"First off, thank you. Thank you person reading this, because you were in some way shape or form, a reason that we all got to do what we love for the last 5 years. Whether playing for 10 people or 1,000, getting the opportunity to meet all of you and play metal for you all has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

"I never thought in a million years that Abiotic would have gotten as far as we did or that our music would reach and impact as many people as it did. That is thanks to all of the amazing people that supported us. More...

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Warfather Premieres Full Album Stream

Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker's Warfather premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's new album "The Grey Eminence", which will be out in stores on September 16 via Greyhaze Records. The album was recorded at Erik Rutan's Manna Studios.

Check out now "The Grey Eminence" below.

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Steelwing Calling It Quits

Swedish heavy metal group Steelwing is planning to disband following a trio of final shows in Spetember / October. The band comments:

"Since the rumors are already out there you should hear it directly from us: after 8 years together in the trenches, the three shows we’re playing in Germany this fall will be the last time we play together as Steelwing.

"With our third and last album we accomplished what we set out to do: we reset, rebooted and redeemed the Steelwing legacy. But we will not allow ourselves to rot with the ghosts of the past; we will continue to move forward and strive to reach our full potential as human beings.

"From this page we will keep you posted on the future enterprises of the five restless souls that have made up the Steelwing outfit over the past years. Make sure to come by and wreak havoc together with us one last time! Marauders, we thank you for your dedicated service!"

30/9 Metal Battle @ Club Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim, DE
1/10 Trveheim Vol. 1 @ Sportzentrum, Otterfing, DE
2/10 Café Central, Weinheim, DE More...

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Crowbar Reveals New Album

The New Orleans sludge masters from Crowbar have announced their eleventh LP titled "The Serpent Only Lies," due out October 28th, 2016.

"We are so excited about our 11th studio record! 'The Serpent Only Lies' is a powerful follow-up." says frontman and riff lord Kirk Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, 'Falling While Rising,' is Crowbar at its finest... HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!"

Windstein further comments: “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar. I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and 'Broken Glass' albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.

“Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.” More...

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