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Metal News for October 20, 2016

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34 news articles posted on this day.

Crowbar Streaming New Album's Title Song

Crowbar debuts the title track to "The Serpent Only Lies" today, taken off the NOLA legends' forthcoming LP.

"In my opinion, this song is the epitome of the Crowbar sound," says frontman Kirk Windstein. "It starts out fast and heavy and breaks into a wall of melodic doom before switching gears again. Play it loud!"

Crowbar will release "The Serpent Only Lies" on October 28th via eOne in North America and SPV overseas. "We are so excited about our 11th studio record! 'The Serpent Only Lies' is a powerful follow up," adds Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork!" More...

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Departe Kicking Off New Tour

Australian group Departe will begin an album release tour tomorrow night. The band will kick off this string of shows in Auckland, and travel throughout Brisbane, Syndney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and more before concluding on December 3.

In addition to the Australian tour, Departe also announces a new appearance in Sydney, wherein the band will join Marduk, Gorguts, MGLA, and Ulcerate as part of Direct Underground Fest.

Regarding the tour, Departe comments: "After more than a year since our last live performance, we are set to tour Australia this Spring in support of our debut album, 'Failure, Subside'. The stage is where we feel the most at home, where we can truly express ourselves and create a deeply engaging, visceral experience for our audience. To say we are excited about this would be an understatement." More...

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Whores Posts New Song Online

Atlanta power trio Whores just debuted an all new single titled "Mental Illness As Mating Ritual," which is the third track we've heard from forthcoming debut LP "Gold."

“’Mental Illness As Mating Ritual’ is a super personal song," says frontman and guitarist Christian Lembach. "It's sort of about four different things: parallel universes, health care, circuses and laundry. Everyone experiences suffering at some point, and some people hurt so much and for so long that a healthy and fulfilling life can feel like it's make-believe."

Whores will release "Gold" on October 28th, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) and features the following track listing:

1. Playing Poor
2. Baby Teeth
3. Participation Trophy
4. Mental Illness as Mating Ritual
5. Ghost Trash
6. Charlie Chaplin Routine
7. Of Course You Do
8. I See You Are Also Wearing a Black Tee Shirt
9. Bloody Like The Day You Were Born
10. I Have a Prepared Statement More...

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Lizzes Travels "666 Miles"

Spanish hard rocking metal group Lizzies, which took Europe by storm with the release of debut album "Good Luck," is proud to present a new video for the song “666 Miles.”

The video was directed by Holy Cuervo’s artistic team, as with the band's previous two video clips. The group also comments: “We really wanted to make a video that shows that we like having fun and that we are not always as serious as we look in the pictures”

Latest album "Good Luck" was released last April, and it was recorded and produced by Ola Ersfjord (Dead Lord, Tribulation, Primordial). More...

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Wild Zombie Blast Guide Posts "Looking Back" Video

German thrash group Wild Zombie Blast Guide has a three track single out now titled "The Singles," which is available at Bandcamp. Today the band also releases a music video for first song "Looking Back" - check it out below.

1. Looking Back
2. I Give You Mercy
3. Wastelands

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Killing Addiction Releases "Shores Of Oblivion"

Florida death metal group Killing Addiction just unleashed the "Shores of Oblivion" MCD via Xtreem Music, and now all four songs are available below. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Engine of Ruin
2. Cult of Decay
3. Extinction Agenda
4. Into Shadow

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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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Full Scale Riot Streaming "Hold You To The Fire"

NYC area-based hardcore quartet Full Scale Riot's debut album, "Empower" - featuring an all-star cast of guests including Ben Harper, Chris Rivers, Marc Rizzo, Jimmy Gestapo, and more - is scheduled for late November release through Eulogy Recordings.

The album's opening track, "Hold You To The Fire," is now streaming in the Soundcloud player below. The track also features a guest vocal performance by Tsarina Romanoff.

Offers Full Scale Riot vocalist BJ Allen alongside the first single: "'Hold You To The Fire' is a song about betrayal and retribution. The core theme is holding your friends/enemies accountable for their actions."

Eulogy Recordings will release "Empower" on CD and digital formats on Black Friday, November 25th, with the band to self-release a vinyl version later. Full Scale Riot will support Leeway in Atlantic City this Saturday, October 22nd, and has booked a release show in Secaucus on November 26th.

10/22/2016 Bone Yard Bar And Grill - Atlantic City, NJ w/ Leeway
11/26/2016 The Blue Room - Secaucus, NJ *record release party More...

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Those Who Fear Announces New Album

The crushing new album from Those Who Fear, "State Of Mind", will be released on December 9th, 2016. Check out the brand new track "Ten Years" below, and you can also pre-order "State Of Mind" at the Facedown merch store. The album's track listing is:

1. State Of Mind
2. Driven (feat. Garrett Russell)
3. Better Off
4. Ten Years
5. U.S.F.
6. Death Of Free Thought
7. Lost
8. Heretic (feat. Tommy Green)
9. My Father's Son
10. TWF Nation

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Oathbreaker Releases New Video

After parting ways with drummer Ivo Debrabandere earlier this month, Oathbreaker has now released a new music video off the "Rheia" album. Check out a new clip for "Immortals" below. If you haven't heard it yet, all of the "Rheia" full-length release is streaming right here.

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Auroch Streaming Full New Album

As Profound Lore Records prepares to issue the monolithic third album "Mute Books" by Vancouver's death metal elite Auroch this week, the full record is now streaming in its entirety below.

Recorded at Raincity Recorders (Baptists, Japandroids, White Lung), "Mute Books" was mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Prurient, Inquisition, Pissgrave, Black Twilight Circle, Power Trip). The album's expansive cover art was handled by Cold Poison Design, with each format of the album showcasing different aspects of the artwork.

Profound Lore Records will release new album "Mute Books" on CD, LP, cassette, and download formats tomorrow (October 21st). Pre-orders are still available here. More...

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Unbuilt Releasing Second Issue

Upon release of Unbuilt's first issue earlier this year, the music world was abuzz regarding the new culture and lifestyle magazine developed and designed by music industry veteran Tom Bejgrowicz, and featuring editorial from notable musicians such as D. Randall Blythe (Lamb of God) and Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio).

At the time of its initial launch, Tom Bejgrowicz stated, "While the three of us are bonded by music, that's just the tip of the iceberg for who we are as people. Just as Alex and Randy have inspired so many, they're equally inspired and motivated by a unique variety of people, places and things. It's those very inspirations that make them who they are, their music sound like it does and their words ring true for so many. Unbuilt gives the three of us a platform to share those influences with whomever will listen."

The Unbuilt team, now accented by the mind of Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Issue 02. Pre-orders begin today via this location, with worldwide shipping beginning on Halloween, October 31st.

Bejgrowicz adds, "Having Alissa White-Gluz join our team offers a unique, socially conscious point of view with a very different backstory than that of Randy, Alex and I. She's not only a fantastic singer - her passion for animal rights, environmentalism, health, and responsible citizenship deliver a lot to the pages of Unbuilt." More...

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Shadecrown Posts New Album Online

Finnish melancholic melodic death metal band Shadecrown released debut album "Agonia" today, which can now be heard online in full at SoundCloud here or in the player below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Eremophobia
2. Led Astray
3. Ghostlike Existence
4. Far Off Innocence
5. Walk Through Hell
6. Longing For Sleep
7. The Ruins Of Me
8. Tear-Stained Heart
9. Silent Hours
10. Drown More...

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Seeker Announces Headlining Tour

Following the release of new album "Loss" last week (streaming in full here), Seeker has now revealed headlining December tour plans.

Proving to be a breakthrough for the Texas trio, "Loss" is currently being performed in its entirety as Seeker's current tour rolls through America with The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Traitors, and Spite.

The ongoing October/November trek includes festival stops at So What in Dallas and Texas Revolution in Austin, and new December headlining dates can be found below. Support on these dates will come from Hollow Earth. More...

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Lament Cityscape / Theologian Streaming Split

"Soft Tissue," the collaborative full-length album from Lament Cityscape and Theologian, is due out tomorrow, October 21st. In advance of that release, today the entire record is now available for streaming.

Underscored by a seamless integration of the best qualities of both groups, bowel-wracking percussive attacks, brutally heavy riffs, and boundless drones are juxtaposed with guttural, apocalyptic, howls from the deepest abysses of psychological anguish on "Soft Tissue." Towering portent of calamities awaiting humanity as a whole, obsessively examining the fragility not just of our bodies, but of the subjective moralities which define our civilization as well.

Theologian and Lament Cityscape will perform material from "Soft Tissue" tonight at the opening night of Southwest Terror Fest V: Houses Of The Unholy in Tucson. More...

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Myrone Releasing "Drift Stage, Vol. 1"

Myrone is the mysterious shredder behind "Drift Stage," an arcade racing game that is coming soon to PC/MAC and PS4, and Snaked, an LA DJ/guitarist duo that has been making the rounds in the underground rave scene.

After releasing a smattering of singles and EP's, Myrone will be releasing his first proper album, "Drift Stage, Vol. 1 (OST)" on October 28th both digitally and on vinyl through Ghost Ramp. The track listing is as follows:

1. Drift Stage Theme
2. Applied Dynamics
3. Main Menu
4. Zadok
5. Artificial Ego
6. Clear Eyes Clear Skies
7. Touge Run
8. Ski Resort
9. Pause Menu
10. Neotek
11. Exclusive Coupe

You can also hear the previous "New York Pizza" cyberpunk adventure EP below. More...

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Aenaon Posts "Fire Walk With Me"

"Hypnosophy" is the impending new long player from Greek avant black metal alchemists Aenaon. Set for release next month via Code666, the seven-track offering was captured at Crown Audio Conspiracies.

In advance of its release, today the harrowing sounds of the band's David Lynch-inspired "Fire Walk With Me" comes online in lyric video form.

Comments the band of this new song: "Influenced by David Lynch's film of the same title, this title was chosen as an inspiration for a hymn about the mythical creature, Phoenix. The element of fire is represented by the maelstrom of multiple instruments that are combined to create a Promethian atmosphere. It concludes all the distinctive elements of the Aenaon sound whirling into a fiery musical vortex."

Complemented by the unique art of Lukasz Wodynski, Aenaon's "Hypnosophy" will be released via Aural Music sublabel Code666 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats this coming November 25th in Europe and December 9th in North America. More...

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Terra Signs Deal With Code666

Code666 is proud to announce the signing of U.K. black metal band Terra for a multi-album deal. The label comments:

"Forming in 2014, Terra is an atmospheric black metal band from Cambridge, England, that has quickly left a lasting impression on the U.K. black metal scene. Incorporating elements of drone and post-rock, Terra creates a unique and intense form of obscure music with dark, brooding bass lines and terrific elemental drumming creating an experience that ebbs, flows, leaps and soars through a panoply of emotions, textures and moods."

The band's new album, titled "Mors Secunda," will be released in Digipack CD, limited edition color vinyl, and digital formats in December on Code666, a sublabel of Aural Music Group. More...

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Trees Of Eternity Unveils New Single

Trees Of Eternity is gearing up to release the "Hour of the Nightingale" album on November 11th (reviewed here), with a new single online today. The band had this to say:

"Here is the second single 'A Million Tears' out from the upcoming album Hour of the Nightingale, and also a small lyric video to go with it in honour of our singer and Queen Aleah. Put on your headphones and dim down the lights.

"Play it loud as thunder, feel and breathe in her voice and the words. Share with your friends close and far. Less than a month to go for the album release. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have been showing."

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Iron Whip Releases "Absence Of White" EP

Atlanta's Iron Whip is now streaming the entirety of new EP "Absence of White," which will be released tomorrow on CD and digital formats. You can pre-order your copy right here.

The band commented: "Our new album 'Absence of White' is lyrically based on true stories about the aggravation of relationships. Abrasive, heavy, and noisy, it's just a mean album. It's tough to label us we are not metal, sludge or doom but somehow we are able to mix it all in a way that it uncomfortably fits." More...

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Obituary Streams "Ten Thousand Ways To Die"

Obituary is now streaming latest release "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" online in full, which is a special single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's storied catalog.

Recorded in eleven different cities during the 2015 "Inked In Blood" world tour, these live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years.

Additionally, the band is about to embark on a fall European tour, "The Battle of the Bays," with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off next Friday, October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included after the stream. More...

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Into The Storm Streaming "Ghostmaker"

Just in time for Halloween, Into The Storm is streaming haunting new song "Ghostmaker." The track is taken from forthcoming album "Where the Merfalo Roam," which will be released in November.

The band commented: “‘Ghostmaker’ is a big heavy knuckle dragger that beats its rhythm into you. Lyrically covering a swath of ideas from the dystopian future novels, 1984 and Brave New World. Your government is out to get you. The grind of progress will never stop. You are alone. They will determine what is best for you. Sit back, grab a gin and just slow it down. Welcome home.” More...

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Diabulus In Musica Debuts Lyric Video For New Song

Spain's Diabulus In Musica premiered a lyric video for the new song "Crimson Gale" over at Revolver's website at this location (also check it out in the player below). The song comes from the new release "Dirge for the Archons," which is set for release via Napalm Records on November 18th.

If unbridled passion for classical music meets raw modern metal, the result is most certainly going to be Diabulus In Musica. The Spanish band is the biggest symphonic metal act its homeland has to offer, and the fivepiece has been storming Europe since 2010 and the debut Secrets! Two years after "Argia," the fourth album "Dirge for the Archons" (Archon has been named as one of Atlantis' creators) travels with us to long lost worlds and thrills with the flair of the finest operas, rough growls, epic choirs, orchestral intermezzi and pure metal. The mystical cover artwork (shown below) comes courtesy of Heilemania (Lindemann, Epica, Kamelot).

The track list for the album is:

1. Battle of Atlantis
2. Earthly Illusions
3. Marble Embrace
4. Invisible
5. Crimson Gale
6. Ring Around Dark Fairies' Carousel
7. A Speck in the Universe
8. Hiding from You
9. The Voice of Your Dreams
10. The Hawk's Lament
11. Bane
12. The River of Loss
13. Zauria
14. Lies in Your Eyes (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
15. St. Michael's Nightmare (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track) More...

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Herman Frank Enters The "Ballhog Zone"

Herman Frank (ex-Accept, Victory) released a new music video for the song "Ballhog Zone." The song appears on his new solo album "The Devil Rides Out," which drops on November 18th via AFM Records.

In addition to Frank’s guitar work. he is joined by Sweden's Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance), Ex-Rage drummer Andre Hilgers and Jaded Heart's Michael Müller on bass.

“The Devil Rides Out” was produced by Herman Frank and mixed by Charly Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween) and will be issued as a CD, digipack, vinyl, and limited edition box set. The track listing is as follows:

1. Running Back
2. Shout
3. Can't Take It
4. No Tears in Heaven
5. Ballhog Zone
6. Run Boy Run
7. Thunder of Madness
8. License to Kill
9. Stone Cold
10. Dead or Alive
11. Run for Cover
12. I Want It All

Check out "Ballhog Zone" here: More...

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Riot Releases "Take Me Back" Music video

U.S. metal veterans Riot (a/k/a Riot V) released a new music video for the song "Take Me Back." The song appears on the latest album "Unleash the Fire," which was issued by SPV/Steamhammer Records back in 2014 (check out our review here)

Riot recently completed a run of dates performing the entire "Fire Down Under" record with original "Fire Down Under" era guitarist Rick Ventura, including a performance at Japan's legendary Loudpark Festival.

The band are returning to the studio to commence work on a new record set for 2017! Check out the clip here:

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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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Chasing Safety Premieres New Music Video

U.S. post-hardcore group Chasing Safety recently inked a deal with Outerloop Records to launch sophomore album "Nomad" early next year.

Today we're teaming up with the band to give you an advance look at what to expect from "Nomad" - check out an energetic video for the album's opening track "Brand New Prison" below.

“Brand New Prison" is about the daily struggle we all face, and how everyday it seems there is something weighing on our minds. Chasing Safety frontman Johnny Galivan elaborates:

“The majority of the inspiration for the song has come from crucial life decisions I have been having to make lately. The theme of 'Nomad' is about how no matter how many people you are surrounded by, you can still feel alone. Being the first one written, I wrote this song about how even though I have my family and friends, with these types of life decisions they weigh solely on me.”

Like what you hear? You can catch the band alongside Lorna Shore and Megosh at an Outerloop label showcase in November, with full details here. The full "Nomad" track listing will be as follows:

1. Brand New Prison
2. Run & Hide
3. Erase Me
4. This Is Hell
5. Nomad
6. Long For More
7. World We Know
8. The Fall
9. Captive
10. Under Fire
11. Devil's Son More...

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Domkraft Streaming New Song "Red Lead"

Stockholm, Sweden's doom outfit Domkraft premieres a new song entitled "Red Lead", taken from the upcoming new album "The End of Electricity", which will be out in stores November 11, 2016 via Magnetic Eye Records.

Check out now "Red Lead" below.

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Soothsayer Premieres New Song "Umpire"

Irish doom/sludge outfit Soothsayer premieres a new song entitled "Umpire", taken from the upcoming new album "At This Great Depth", which will be out in stores December 30th, 2016 via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out now "Umpire" below.

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Black Hole Generator Debuts "A Requiem For Terra"

Black Hole Generator premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new album "A Requiem For Terra", which will be out in stores through Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in CD, vinyl and digital formats.

The creative force behind Black Hole Generator is Vulture Industries' main man and long-time Taake producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Guitarist Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) of Enslaved and Audrey Horne, plus Gjermund Fredheim (Taake/Orkan) contributing lead guitars on three tracks, as well as additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen complete the lineup.

Check out now "A Requiem For Terra" below.


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Netherlands Posts New Music Video For "Thumper"

NYC-based experimental/noise trio Netherlands is streaming a new music video for "Thumper", taken from the band's latest album "Audubon", out in stores now via Prosthetic Records.

Check out now "Thumper" below:

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Goes Cube: Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

Brooklyn's metal outfit Goes Cube premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming farewell album "Shadows Swallowed The Flood", which will be out in stores this Friday, October 21st via Old Flame Records.

Check out now "Shadows Swallowed The Flood" in its entirety below.

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Jason Richardson Debuts "Retrograde" Music Video

Ex-Chelsea Grin/Born Of Osiris guitarist Jason Richardson premieres a new mujsic video for "Retrograde", taken from his solo album "I", which is in stores now. The Word Alive drummer Luke Holland guests on the track, as does Periphery vocalist Spencer Sotelo.

Here is "Retrograde", featuring Spencer Sotelo and Luke Holland.

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Overkill Premieres New Song "Our Finest Hour"

Overkill premieres a new song and lyric video entitled "Our Finest Hour", taken from the upcoming new album "The Grinding Wheel", which will be out in stores February 17th via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Our Finest Hour" below.

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