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Last updated on May 25, 2022 at 7:41 PM ET

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Anzillu Signs With M-Theory Audio

Finnish extreme metal phenoms Anzillu – whose sound is punctuated by buzz-saw guitar riffs delivered with equal amounts of dexterous shredding and pummeling brute force – have signed with M-Theory Audio. The group's as-yet-untitled debut full-length is currently set to be unleashed at the beginning of 2023. In the meantime, Anzillu's first single "Needles (On My Nerves)" is available for streaming now, and the music video for the song is available to view below. Additional music from the band's debut album will be unveiled throughout the remainder of 2022.

Says the band, "Having worked hard and kept a tight lid on this band during the COVID-pandemic, it’s great to finally see that our patience paid off. We are thrilled to start working with M-Theory on this upcoming release and can’t wait for people to hear the album. You can expect a couple of tunes to drop throughout the year before the January release."

Though the band itself is new, the musicians comprising Anzillu are not inexperienced. The new group – whose name is inspired by the ancient Sumerian word for “abomination” - was formed in 2019 by guitarist Jesse Kämäräinen after the dissolution of his previous group Inkvisitor, which released two records of thrash-influenced extreme metal between 2015 and 2018. Kämäräinen had already demoed an album's worth of new material at the time of that development, and went on to bring in a battery of fellow notables that had also been making their names within Finnish metal circles to form Anzillu. The searing vocal talents of Teemu Kemppainen (Argent Void), the thunderous bass of Rasmus Kantonen, and the death metal crunch of fellow guitarist Sami Katajainen (GAF) join Kämäräinen's six-string powers to deliver a blistering assault of aural senses.

Anzillu – now armed with a full album's worth of material and their collective metallic powers – honed the existing demos into their final form throughout the first half of last year, and entered Sonic Pump Studios in August 2021 with Nino Laurenne (Wintersun, Lost Society, Amorphis, Apocalyptica) behind the soundboard handling recording/mixing duties. The music video for "Needles (On My Nerves)" is just a small taste of the metallic mayhem set to be delivered in full by Anzillu. The group is also set to perform live June 3rd at Tiivistamö – Helsinki, Finland, as well as at the the John Smith Rock Festival in Laukaa, Finland headlined this year by Airbourne, Dark Tranquillity, Powerwolf, and more - during the weekend of July 21st through July 23rd. More...

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Seventh Storm Announces Debut Album Release Date

Being the timekeeper of Portugal’s most important metal band Moonspell for nearly 30 years, Mike Gaspar has finally settled on a new outlet with which to celebrate his love for heavy metal, his cultural heritage, and his passion for untamed, feral music with roots reaching deep into the fabric of our world. Now barely a year after announcing their inception, Seventh Storm will unleash their debut album "Maledictus" on August 12th, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records.

The omnipresence of death in the midst of blooming life and creativity is at the centre of the band. Here we see a hungry combo arise that has given their soul for their music. "My dream essentially was to try and bring back a bit of that innocent nineties touch. And to mix traditional Portuguese music with metal," Gaspar explains.

With influences ranging from Bathory via Samael, Tiamat, Paradise Lost, Fields of the Nephilim, Cradle of Filth and Dead Can Dance to even Van Halen or Mötley Crüe, Seventh Storm are only just embarking on a journey across the wild and wondrous waters of heavy metal history. And while not a concept album, "Maledictus" - graced by an atmospheric painting from Victor Costa - is tied together by a strong sense of pain and anger, paired with a flickering hope of forgiveness for our lives.

Recorded at Dynamix Studios in Lisbon in May and October 2021, with mixing duties handled by icon Tue Madsen, Seventh Storm completed their debut within a year after Gaspar’s departure from Moonspell – a demonstration of sheer willpower. He remembers: "On the 25 of April of 2021 I announced my new band – the day the Portuguese dictatorship ended back in 1974. We felt it would be a strong message to announce the band on that date." For him and his band of buccaneers alike, "Maledictus" is a new beginning. "It’s our grand stand," he says. "This is us showing that not all is lost. That our past was not in vain. We are here to stay!"

So cast off, and watch out for the first single and the pre-order of "Maledictus" that will start in a only a few weeks from now. More...

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Nile Founder To Release New Solo Album In July

NILE mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Karl Sanders is thrilled to announce that the subterranean slumber of his Eastern-ambient Saurian series has finally ceased with the impending release of its dark third chapter, "Saurian Apocalypse," out July 22, 2022 via Napalm Records. This segment of the hypnotizing saga arrives 13 years after the release of its predecessor, 2009’s "Saurian Exorcisms," and nearly 20 after 2004’s equally lauded "Saurian Meditation."

Emphasized by unique instruments like the baglama saz (Turkish lute), Ancient Egyptian Anubis Sistrum, Dumbek (Middle Eastern goblet drum), glissentar and gongs, the album’s score weaves cinematic auras and deep grooves, accented by the tribal percussive stylings of original Nile drummer Pete Hammoura and returning Saurian vocalist Mike Breazeale. A wealth of musical growth and refinement, both in Sanders’ guitar technique and compositional development, is strikingly evident. Eons more than just an album of interludes or ambient scores, Saurian Apocalypse is a shining advancement in the Saurian series, and the most dynamic, detailed Karl Sanders solo release yet. More...

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Xandria Reveals New Band Lineup

The day has finally come for German symphonic metal icons Xandria to dive into a new adventure and prepare for the next promising chapter in the band's history! After entering the German album charts at #17 with "Theater Of Dimensions" in 2017, Xandria mark a steadfast return today with more exciting facets than ever on their new single, appropriately entitled "Reborn."

Active since the early 90s, the band introduces this eagerly anticipated sign of life, featuring the dynamic range of new vocalist Ambre Vourvahis, impressively varying between angelic harmonies, a powerful and classically-induced chorus and even lurking harsh growls! Accompanied by fellow musicians Robert Klawonn (guitars), Tim Schwarz (bass) and Dimitrios Gatsios (drums) the newly formed outfit around band leader, main songwriter, composer and guitarist Marco Heubaum is ready to bring its impressive career to the next level. "Reborn" coincides with a bewitching music video that introduces the new line-up and gives a promising glimpse of what can be expected from this intriguing entity in the near future. Stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon!

Xandria states:
"Xandria is reborn… and the first sign of the return to life is the respectively titled song. Like before, Xandria are taking you on a voyage to your imagination, and the emotional and varied voice of new frontwoman Ambre Vourvahis will show you the way there with more facets then ever - prepare for some surprises!

The new line up around mastermind Marco Heubaum will definitely start a whole new chapter that is fascinating and fresh, but still genuinely Xandria. Because this is what Xandria always has been - a voyager and explorer in the inspiring world of symphonic and heavy music. And now it is reborn!" More...

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Skid Row Posts New Music Video Online

Skid Row have released a music video for their latest single "The Gang’s All Here," taken from the anticipated new studio album "The Gang’s All Here," available October 14, 2022. You can check it out below.

“By the fans for the fans!” is the mantra for this video as the band has called upon their loyal and dedicated fanbase to help create the video by submitting live-video footage and photos from Skid Row’s recent 2022 concerts, as well as behind-the-scenes rehearsal moments.

The video is a testament to the power Skid Row have on and offstage, as well as the chemistry within the band and with their fans.

“‘The Gang's All Here’ for me represents the brotherhood of this band. And with the addition on Erik our bond is more solid than ever. Our fans have always been part of the family, so when it was time to shoot a video, we handed the camera work over to them. After all, they have the best perspective to capture the excitement of a Skid Row show.” - Scotti Hill

“I’m so f’ing psyched to finally release this video! This video is by the fans for the fans. A big shout out to all the fans who made this video happen. Thank you!” - Erik Grönwall More...

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Darkened Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

International melodic death metal band Darkened premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "The Black Winter", which will be out in stores on May 27th via Edged Circle Productions.

Check out now "The Black Winter" in its entirety below.

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Obscene Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Indianapolis, Indiana-based death metal band Obscene premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "...from Dead Horizon to Dead Horizon", which will be out in stores May 27th via Blood Harvest.

Check out now "...from Dead Horizon to Dead Horizo" in its entirety below.

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The Eating Cave Premiere New Single

Virginia-based technical death-metal band The Eating Cave premiere a new song by the name of “Aggregate Vanity I: Heretical Hypotheses”. The single is taken from their upcoming debut album "Ingurgitate", which will be out in stores June 10, 2022 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Aggregate Vanity I: Heretical Hypotheses" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Saor Premiere New Song & Music Video

Caledonian melodic black metal/folk metal band Saor premiere their new track and music video "Beyond The Wall", taken from their forthcoming new album "Origins", due out on June 24th, 2022. The video was directed by Guilherme Henriques.

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Peth Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Austin, TX-based occult/doom and stoner metal band Peth premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut album "Merchant of Death". The effort is set for release May 27 on vinyl and digital via Italy’s Electric Valley Records.

Check out now "Merchant of Death" in its entirety below.

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