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Metal News for January 8, 2017

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15 news articles posted on this day.


A Legend In Manhattan "Accepts" No Substitutes

It’s was the fall of 1985 when Accept was introduced to me, only the second metal band to Twisted Sister that I was exposed to. “Metal Heart” was an album that captured me like no other, one that became so intertwined into what I declared “true metal” that I knew every single nuance of every single song. “Bound to Fail” became a bit of a theme song and “Teach Us to Survive” was one of the most daring songs of its time. Six months later a label company “rushed” “Russian Roulette” hit the streets and in as much as I read how disappointed the band was with it at the time of its release, it remains one of my favorite albums of all time, an underplayed, near forgotten masterpiece. I can expound upon what Accept has done to improve my life with such brilliant music, but suffice to say they have been in it for 31 of my 46 years and are ingrained in my very own “metal heart.” More...

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The Chant Working On New Songs

Finnish group The Chant is working on the follow-up to 2014 album "New Haven," with the band issuing this brief announcement online:

"We are glad to announce, that we are currently in the process of recording new material. More info on that will follow later. Meanwhile, Kimmo's other band Diablerie is releasing a new album at the end of this month. So if you're into industrial or death metal, check them out!"

Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming release to arrive soon, but in the mean time check out a video off the previous album below. More...

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Ur Arrives To "Hail Death" With Debut EP

A new majestic beast has arisen from the frozen Polish winter: Ur is here to "Hail Death" with a new EP freshly released via Arachnophobia Records. You can pick it up physically or digitally at Bandcamp here.

After covering the group in our first Unearthing The Underground column of 2017, we checked in with band mastermind Gregor for more details on how this new project came together and what went into the creation of Ur, from the band's drink of choice to landing a record deal and working on upcoming material.

xFiruath: I noticed over at Metal-Archives that you are listed as the sole band member, but the press releases about “Hail Death” sort of indicated Ur is a full band and not a solo output. What was the actual lineup for “Hail Death,” and are the members other than Gregor full time or just session warriors?

Gregor: Ur is not my solo project but a band with three members and each of them contributes to the final artistic vision. The rhythm section of the band is formed by Kroll - drummer with whom I play also in Bloodstained - and our longtime friend - Bony, who handles bass. Unfortunately Metal Archives does not always guarantee full information but thanks for paying attention to it - I'll have to take care of this issue and update data.

xFiruath: “Hail Death” is your first official output under the Ur moniker. What prompted the creation of this group, rather than going with any other project you're involved with, and how did the band originally come together? More...

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Immolation Posts Album Trailer

New York death metal group Immolation will release new album "Atonement" on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band has released a new video trailer for "Atonement" in which Ross Dolan discusses how he became the singer and bass player of the band.

This new album was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren.

Cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson, along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak.

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Pillorian Reveals New Album Details

Pillorian was formed in early summer 2016 by Stephen Parker (Maestus, ex-Arkhum), John Haughm (ex-Agalloch), and Trevor Matthews (Uada, ex-Infernus) with the goal to create a unique, sinister, and twisted style of dark/black metal.

Fusing haunting melodies with avantgarde structures, dark folk elements and blackened walls of furious sound; the music of Pillorian is the perfect aural definition of its namesake (of, or relating to, scorn and condemnation).

“Obsidian Arc” was recorded at Witch Ape/Skyway Audio and Sprout City Studios by Tad Doyle and Stephen Parker and it was mixed and mastered at Klangschmiede Studio E by Markus Stock.

In support of this debut album, the official advance album single with exclusive b-side is set to be released February 10th , as 7" vinyl & digital. Pillorian will be touring across Europe to promote the album in April 2017. Their road map includes confirmed appearances at Inferno Festival (Norway), Roadburn (Netherlands), SWR Metalfest (Portugal) and Dark Easter Metal Meeting (Germany) among others.

1. By the Light of a Black Sun
2. Archaen Divinity
3. The Vestige of Thorns
4. Forged Iron Crucible
5. A Stygian Pyre
6. The Sentient Arcanum
7. Dark is the River of Man More...

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Graham Bonnet Band Posts New Video

Last year Frontiers Music Srl released Graham Bonnet Band's new album "The Book." Today a video for the song "Rider" has been released and can be seen below.

With a pedigree that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri, Graham Bonnet is one of the finest vocalists of his generation and has lent his unique voice on a number of classic hard rock albums, including Rainbow's "Down To Earth" (1979), Michael Schenker Group's "Assault Attack" (1982), Alcatrazz's "No Parole For Rock 'n' Roll" (1983) and "Disturbing The Peace" (1985), and Impellitteri's "Stand In Line" (1988).

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Suicide Silence Comments On New Album

New self-titled album "Suicide Silence" is due to drop February 24th through Nuclear Blast.

The album was produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age).

The album can be pre-ordered now and also the brand-new music video for crushing new track, “Doris,” can also be viewed below.

This video was filmed during the band’s Knotfest 2016 performance and features Jose Mangin (SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal) on guest vocals.

Comments Suicide Silence: "From the band to you the fans we hope you had some bad ass, family filled, lovely holidays but now if the time to get what you really wanted and have been waiting for. We got pre-orders, a video and a new track coming right at you! Enjoy our new song ‘Doris’ and go put in your order while packages last! Sui is BACK!" More...

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Inferno Records Offering 50% Off Online Orders

Looking to pick up some new underground metal at a decent price? Inferno Records is needing to get rid of a bunch of back stock and is now offering 50% off any order (excluding merch) with no minimum purchase using coupon code Fifty when checking out. See what's available at the webshop here and remember: in metal we trust, in hell we burn! More...

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1968 Releasing "Fortuna Havana"

Black Bow Records is pleased to announce the release of "Fortuna Havana" by British stoner/desert rock band 1968. The EP's 4 tracks take the heaviness of late 60's bands like Sabbath, The Who, Deep Purple and Blue Cheer and add a modern touch.

"Fortuna Havana" will be released on digital formats this coming February 10th, 2017. Artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Vorpal
2. War Dogs
3. Duchess
4. Fortuna Havana More...

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Diablerie Streaming "Grey"

Diablerie (featuring Kimmo Tukiainen from The Chant) will release "The Catalyst Vol 1: Control" on January 27th, 2017. Today a new track from the album has come online - check out "Grey" below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Hexordium: The Final Realisation
2. Selves
3. Rabid (Dogs of Church and State)
4. Wear My Crown [streaming here]
5. Odium Generis Humani
6. You Stop You Die
7. Grey
8. This Drastic Clique
9. Osiris
10. I am The Catalyst

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Grim Ravine Announces New Album

Black Bow Records will release "The Light is From Below" by Grim Ravine on February 17th, 2017. The album contains four tracks of suffocating, atmospheric sludge metal that is highly recommended for fans of Rwake and Eyehategod.

The band commented: "We are proud to present our latest offering, 'The Light is from Below.' This recording incorporates doom worship, fuzz and misery to create sounds from the abyss."

1. Shrine of Misery
2. Translunary
3. Hypernova
4. Vacant Mass More...

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Sunday Old School: Anti Cimex

Heavy metal and punk have more or less always had an uneasy relationship. There's been taunts and violence from both sides, yet there's always been a level of mutual respect, perhaps moreso in recent years than when the two genres were at their commercial (some might say, cultural) zenith. Many metal bands have cited the likes of the Sex Pistols, Discharge and Bad Brains as an influence, while numerous bands from the punk and hardcore scenes such as Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I. and The Exploited have channeled the metal sound into their own to create crossover thrash and in later cases, grindcore. This week, we'll be taking a look at another legendary punk band who struck a chord with fans of both styles, Anti Cimex.

Anti Cimex were formed in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city in 1981 and initially consisted of vocalist, Nils "Nillen" Andersson, Joakim "Joker" Pettersson on guitar, drummer Charlie Claeson and bassist, Tomas "Freke" Jonsson, the last of which had also been a member of another notable Swedish punk band, Shitlickers. This lineup would only record one EP together in December of that year entitled, "Anarkist Attack," which wasn't released until 1982. Shortly afterwards, Nillen was sacked from the group and Frecke took over the position of vocalist, with the band bringing in Christian "Cutting" to handle bass, before he was replaced by a bassist known simply as Conrad. More...

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Murdersome Streaming Demo Debut EP

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia thrash and speed metal band Murdersome - including current and former members of Gritter, Humungus, Hypokalypse, and Abandon Earth - is streaming the band's 3-track demo debut EP.

Check it out now in its entirety below.

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Project Omega Debuts New Song "The King of Dead"

Tbilisi, Georgia based experimental black metal unit Project Omega debuts a new song entitled "The King of Dead", taken from the forthcoming debut full-length "Mors Introivit In Orbem Terrarum", which will arrive in stores at some point later this year.

Check out now "The King of Dead" below.

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Illimitable Dolor Premieres "Comet Dies or Shines"

Australian doom/death outfit Illimitable Dolor (The Slow Death) premieres a new song titled "Comet Dies or Shines", taken from the upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be out in stores via Transcending Obscurity Records on March 22nd.

Check out now "Comet Dies or Shines" below.

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