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Metal News for November 11, 2016

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Lacuna Coil Spellbinds Bristol

It's been a good year for new releases, with the likes of Superjoint and Brujeria returning, as well as new albums from Vader, Testament and Amon Amarth, it's a great time to be able to see some of the bands you love. Another group which released a new full length in 2016 was Lacuna Coil, whose latest release, "Delirium" has received some of the best reviews of their career and continues to lead them down the path of acclaim and success. The band are currently performing a headlining tour of the United Kingdom, which began in Bristol last night and which I was lucky enough to attend.

Opening the show was Italian Genus Ordinis Dei, a symphonic death metal band from Cremona in the Lombardy region. The group have a very strong presence, with frontman Nick K possessing some particular impressive talents in both his growling and guitar playing techniques. As impressive as they were, one can't help but feel it was perhaps the wrong tour for them, as there were several in the audience who weren't so enthusiastic, with a few even taking refuge in the toilets because it was, by their own admission, too heavy for them. It would be great to see Genus Ordinis Dei back in the UK soon on a tour where they might be appreciated a bit more, though it must be said that there were a good number in the crowd who did enjoy their brand of death metal. More...

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Beheaded Releasing New Album

Malta-based brutal death metal horde Beheaded will release a fifth full-length next year via Unique Leader Records. Entitled "Beast Incarnate," the infernal, eight-track production draws upon the brutal and melodic approach to 2012's "Never To Dawn" offering.

Welcoming drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo to the fold, the album seethes with the band's Mediterranean brand of brutality belting out caustic vocals, punishing riff and crushing drum sequences.

Recorded at MKII Recording Studio in Italy and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions in Sweden, "Beast Incarnate" comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal. More...

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Dead By Wednesday Announces New Shows

New Haven, CT’s metal titans from Dead By Wednesday have announced their next shows running from November and into 2017. Catch the band live on these upcoming tour dates:

Nov. 17th - Webster Theater, Hartford, CT. w/ Candiria
Nov. 23 - World of Beer - Milford, CT. (Opus Lawrence & Rob Roy acoustic) w/ Ceschi - FREE!
Dec. 09th - TBA (upstate NY.)
Dec 10th - Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY.
Dec. 11th - TBA (upstate NY.)
Dec. 15th - Sherlocks Erie PA, PA. w/ A Killer's Confession
Dec. 16th - Madison Live!, Covington, KY. (Cincy, OH. line)
Dec. 17th - CLEVELAND AGORA, Cleveland, OH. w/ A Killers Confession
Dec. 18th - TBA (OH. &/or PA.)
Jan. 13th - Toad's Place, New Haven, CT.
Jan. 27th - The Tank American Legion Post 185, Agawam, MA.
Feb. 08th - TBA (FL.)
Feb. 09th - Piper's Sports Bar and Grill, Greenacres, FL.
Feb. 10th - Ashley's SportsPage Satellite Beach, FL.
Feb. 11th - Haven Lounge, Winter Park, FL.
Feb. 12th - TBA (FL.)
May 18th - June 11th - East Coast Metal Crusaders II Tour 2017 More...

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Engulfed Reveals New Album

Engulfed has announced the release of debut full-length album "Engulfed In Obscurity," due out in February. The album will feature nine tracks and cover artwork by Nick Keller. Hellthrasher Productions comments:

"The arts of death worship and devilry are being executed once more in the madness-filled streets of Kadiköy. Engulfed, the notorious death metal quartet known for their putrid smelling 2012 EP, 'Through The Eternal Damnation' are back with their first full-length 'Engulfed in Obscurity.'

"Containing members from other honourable Turkish metal desecrators such as Decaying Purity, Burial Invocation, and Diabolizer, this manifestation of infernal perversions and glorification of death itself will be unleashed in February 2017 by Hellthrasher Productions on CD format, followed by vinyl version to be released by Blood Harvest Records in April/May 2017." More...

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Shark Infested Daughters Streaming Full Album

Calgary, AB metalcore six piece Shark Infested Daughters just unleashed a sharknado of 10 assaulting tracks (plus a bonus acoustic version of first single "Tidebringer") with new album "These Tides, Our Tombs."

The album was produced by Rob Kukla (Arbitrator) with mixing plus mastering done by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills). Revolving mostly around themes of love and loss, "The Tides, Our Tombs" is officially out today and can be heard in full below.

The band comments on this new release: "These Tides, Our Tombs" is a project that has been in the works for the last two years. Our entire goal was to create an album that challenged all of us musically plus would break down the genre walls placed upon us by our previous releases. On a lyrical standpoint, the album is an emotional roller coaster touching on subjects such as loss, suicide and depression. 'These Tides' symbolizes the negativity that surrounds us; 'Our Tombs' symbolizes how we choose to deal with them. It's either sink or swim. We hope the fans will feel the same raw emotion we put into writing this record." More...

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Axis / Seraph The Light Streaming "Crawl"

Good Fight Music announces the December 2nd release of a new unique collaboration EP between Axis / Seraph The Light. Orlando, Florida's Axis and Memphis, Tennessee's Seraph the Light teamed up this year as one eight-man band to write and record this batch of songs.

Produced by Jon Nunez of Torche and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell), the collab sees the combined bands straying from their lanes to pound out a new, heavy sound in the Neurosis realm. Check out the "Crawl" track below.

Axis and Seraph The Light will hit the road in December, performing the new songs together onstage:

Dec 2 - Tampa, FL @ Lucky You Tattoo
Dec 3 - Miami, FL @ The Granary
Dec 4 - Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
Dec 5 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
Dec 6 - Nashville, TN @ The End
Dec 7 - Memphis, TN @ Rock House Live
Dec 8 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
Dec 9 - Tallahassee, FL @ Adelaide Schnittman Hall More...

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Rudra Streams "Root Of Misapprehension"

Another track has now come online from Rudra's impending full-length album "Enemy of Duality," due out December 17th through Transcending Obscurity. Check out the freshly unveiled "Root Of Misapprehension" below. "Enemy Of Duality" will feature these tracks:

1. Abating the Firebrand (streaming here)
2. Slay the Demons of Duality
3. Perception Apparent
4. Acosmic Self
5. Root of Misapprehension
6. Seer of All
7. Hermit in Nididhyasana
8. Ancient Fourth (available here) More...

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Solitary Signs Record Deal

The U.K. thrash masters from Solitary have signed a new deal with UKEM Records, which will see the release a first brand new Solitary studio album in more than eight years. Asked about the signing with UKEM, Solitary’s front man Rich Sherrington had this to say:

“We are all very proud of the songs on this album and how it sounds. Working with producer Simon Efemey gave us a renewed belief in what we could achieve, so it was essential that we signed to a label with the same level of enthusiasm and with UKEM we have found the perfect match.

"Having been on U.K. labels previously we were keen for that to continue. 2017 is shaping up to be mega for us! Having the album come out in time for us playing at Hammerfest and then returning to London with Acid Reign is perfect. Hopefully there will be more to come after that as well, but having UKEM join our existing team of metal brothers can only mean that more people will get to hear and experience our metal.”

Details of the new Solitary album will be emerging soon, but today you can feast your eyes on the new video for ferocious single "Unidentified." The video was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art, who has also recently worked with Flotsam And Jetsam, and like the song itself it pulls no punches. More...

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Magnum Releasing "The Valley Of Tears"

Renowned not only for powerful rock songs but also for countless moving ballads, the British rock icons from Magnum are set to surprise fans with a very special release at the very beginning of the coming year.

"The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads" has been scheduled for release on January 6th, 2017 (US/Canada: January 20th, 2017), an album featuring ten of the band's most accomplished ballads, all of them re-mastered and in parts even newly re-recorded and remixed.

Guitarist, composer and producer Tony Clarkin comments: "The release of this album was originally inspired by my daughter. A few months ago she asked me: ´Magnum have so many beautiful quiet numbers, why don't you put together a compilation highlighting some of the most powerful tracks?` Olly Hahn of Steamhammer/SPV was immediately taken by the concept, so I set down to work on it."

The release will be supported by selected shows in the U.K. and Ireland during the run-up to Christmas and a German/Swiss trek where Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join the "Rock Meets Classic" tour starting March 30th, 2017. Festivals for summer 2017 will also be announced shortly. More...

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SOiL Take Over Bristol

For those of who grew up at a certain time, there will always be songs that stay with us. As a twelve year old, it was impossible to escape "Here To Stay" by Korn, "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit, "Last Resort" by Papa Roach and of my personal favourites "Halo" by SOiL. Even if the young rockers of the time didn't stay fans of these bands, the idea of seeing such anthems live was a very exciting prospect and one we couldn't wait to experience. However, I did remain a SOiL fan from then until the present day and knowing that their catalogue goes well beyond one "classic" song made tonight's show so much more exciting for me. More...

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Crypt Rot Streaming "Chapters Of Torment"

Southern Lord is preparing to unleash a torrent of tumultuous filth, having signed Ohio-based Crypt Rot - formed by several current/former members of Homewrecker -- for the release of the "Embryonic Devils" debut in early 2017.

The album's "Chapters Of Torment" has been issued for early streaming, as the band announces new live dates, including a set at The Power Of The Riff. Listen in below.

Having written and recorded five original songs within a months' time, Crypt Rot captured these terrorizing, filth-laden death anthems on "Embryonic Devilsdebut,: with each track led by a death-aura segue. For the recording sessions, the band enlisted Bill Korecky at the Mars Compound (Integrity, Ringworm, Homewrecker).

"Embryonic Devils" is being finalized for a February/March release; a final street date, pressing details, preorders, and more will be made available shortly. Catch the band live:

11/18/2016 1830 W. 8th St. - Ashtabula, OH w/ Nytecrawlers, Little, Less, Least (donation show)
11/25/2016 The Foundry - Cleveland, OH w/ Left Behind, Skincarver, Falls Apart
11/26/2016 Gooski's - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Anicon, Taphos Nomos
12/17/2016 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff More...

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6131 Records Releases "I Stand For Equality" Shirt

And it continues: while not as on-the-nose at the "Not My President" shirts from Panic State Records, 6131 Records is getting in on the political protest with anti-racism / transphobia apparel.

You check out what's available here, and when you purchase any of the "I Stand For Equality" shirts, 6131 Records will donate 100% of the profits to the following organizations:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Planned Parenthood
RAINN
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The Trevor Project More...

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Chariots Of The Gods Posts Lyric Video

Melodic death metal group Chariots Of The Gods just unleashed a new lyric video for "Resurrection" in support of latest album "Ages Unsung," which was released this past September.

"Resurrection" is one of ten shredding tracks recorded at The Grid with legendary Montreal producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis). The album also features a special guest solo from The Agonist's Pascal Jobin on the song 'Into Oblivion."

The band comments on the "Resurrection" clip: "For the third lyric video, we thought 'Resurrection' could be a great addition to our series of singles. The song talks about the rising of beasts ready to set the world ablaze. With the U.S. elections having passed, we felt the themes can somewhat be connected. We went into new territories with this one, but we’re really proud of the turnout. We hope you will enjoy it!" More...

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Maschine Posts Band Interview Video

It is just a week till young British progressive rockers Maschine release second studio album "Naturalis" on November 18th, 2016 via InsideOutMusic.

In the run up to the record's release and beyond, the band will be posting individual interviews with each member, and the first up is guitarist, vocalist, & song-writer Luke Machin. Check it out below.

The band also recently launched a lyric video for an edit of the track "Megacyma," which you can check out right here. More...

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Superjoint Streaming Full New Album

The wait is finally over: today marks the official release of "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application," Superjoint's first new full-length in over a decade (reviewed here).

An acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and uncompromising, hostile, New Orleans-style angst, the follow-up to 2003's "Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" was captured at the famed Nodferatu's Lair. You can now stream all the tracks below as the album sees release today.

Superjoint will level the stage of Gas Monkey Live in Dallas this Saturday for an official record release show and only U.S. appearance of 2016. Support will be provided by Tombs, Warbeast, Wolvhammer, and Protest. More...

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Wows Releases New Video

Italian post doom metal group Wows today releases an official video clip for the song "Nemesi," taken from latest opus "Aion," released last year via Argonauta.

This new video arrives while the band continues working on material for a new album scheduled during 2017. While waiting for the next album, check out the new music video and a full stream of "Aion" below. More...

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Rotting Christ And Inquisition Burn Down London

There have been a number of tours this year that have delighted fans of a specific sub-genre of metal in Europe. Destruction took to the road with fellow old school thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam, bringing with them younger fast bands, Enforcer and Nervosa, while we've also seen some dream pairings such as Exodus and Obituary on their "Battle of the bays" tour and the recently covered Amon Amarth and Testament trek. On this night however, it was the turn of devoted black metal fans to be treated when the "Bloodshed Rituals" tour rolled into London, featuring co-headlining slots from Inquisition and Rotting Christ.

Though unfortunately missing out on opening act, Schammasch due to conducting an interview with Rotting Christ frontman, Sakis Tolis, I was able to see the second band, Mystifier, a black metal group from Brazil who themselves are longtime veterans of the genre. Founded by the charismatic guitarist Beelzeebubth in 1989, the band have not released any new material in fifteen years but have clearly created a legacy for themselves given the reception they received when taking to the stage and those in the audience wearing their shirts. The trio put on a solid performance, no doubt winning over those in the crowd who were not familiar with them during a slot which clearly meant much to them. More...

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Panic State Records Releasing Anti-Trump Shirts

It has begun - bands and labels are going to start being subversive again as the political right regains control. Panic State Records just issued this announcement about a new t-shirt design:

"In honor of the most vile and disgusting human being to ever be elected to the position of 'President,' we have decided to release a very special shirt in his honor. While the front may look comical, the back shows just what we are fighting for.

"We have decided to list the most urgent and volatile issues Trump and Pence pose a threat to and show that we stand with our brothers and sisters no matter how hard the fight will be. We will be selling these shirts for $10 each and donating 100% of the proceeds to the charities listed below to send a message that our fight has just begun.

"Let's make Washington, our elected officials and Courts see that we will not lie down and go quietly. We will be there every step of the way making sure they know who we are and what we fight for. Let's not move to another country - let's stay right here and fight side by side together for what we believe in and what we demand." More...

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Soilwork To Appear At New York Islanders Game

Swedish melodic metal band Soilwork is thrilled to announce the band will join the NHL's New York Islanders on Monday, November 14th (Military Appreciation Day) for a home game at Barclays Center vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

While at Barclays Center, Soilwork vocalist and hockey enthusiast Bjorn "Speed" Strid and the band will take part in arena interviews, t-shirt toss, and a fan hype video to be aired during the game. Soilwork music videos will also be aired in the arena between periods. Not able to attend? You can view the game on TVA Sports, MSG+, SUN Sports television channels.

Vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid comments: "I started playing hockey when I was six and stopped when I was sixteen. I played in a local team called Landskrona, which also featured current NHL athletes. I was chosen among three other players from my club to be a part of Skåne Team in 1994, which featured the best players from the southern region of Sweden. Slowly after that I picked up the guitar and was blown away by the kick playing music gave me.

"I left my hockey career behind me and focused 100% on music but always looked back. Hockey has always been a big part of my life and while living in Toronto for five years, I played a lot of "shinny" - beer league hockey. I also got the chance to get to know Nikolay Kulemin." More...

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Murashita Releases Extended Music Video

Murashita, masterminded by renowned guitarist Masaki Murashita, has released an extended version of the first music video from his solo debut EP "Inescapable Damnation."

This previously unreleased extended music video for "Conquer The Foe" features a short cinematic horror prelude to the song performance. The video was filmed and produced by Matt Zane (Lord Zane Productions).

The shoot took place in Los Angeles, CA. It also features the band’s touring lineup, bassist Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent) and drummer Chris Aguirre (Rattlehead). More...

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Weapon Of Anew Releases First Single

Weapons Of Anew, the dynamic new band featuring members of HavocHate and Spread Eagle, makes its debut to the metal world today with powerful single "Killshot" via OK!Good Records.

"As we started writing for this new band idea (with Chris Manfre and Stefan 'Reno' Cutrupi), I didn't want to write another HavocHate record," guitarist Freddy Ordine said. "Granted, I'm very proud of both those records, but I felt I had more to say and it didn't have to be all about heavy. It could have awesome melodies and groove and still smack you in the face, but in a different way. I had started listening to this melody I kept hearing in my head and wrote the remainder of the song."

Enter Spread Eagle vocalist Ray West. "The chorus wasn't written as you hear it now until Ray came in," Ordine said. "I heard Ray sing the verses in this sleek kind of modal way the first time we ever played together and - ZAP!!! - I was instantly connected! The chorus pretty much jumped out of my head and onto my fret board. I knew this is what my new band was supposed to sound like!"

Added Reno: "We had a fully working old version of the song with a completely different chorus and bridge section. Upon jamming it with Ray on our first couple of meetings, we ended up removing parts and re-writing entire sections of the song and changing parts to fit Ray's awesome vocal style. We were pretty set on the original version of the song until Ray came in and we moved things around...for the better I might add!" More...

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Great American Ghost Posts "Destroyer"

Good Fight Music presents "Don't Come Back," a new two-song digital single from Boston's Great American Ghost, available next Friday, November 18th.

Recorded by Jay Maas of Defeater and mastered by Bill Henderson (Hollow Earth, LVL UP), "Don't Come Back" is the first new music out of the GAG camp since last year's "Everyone Leaves" full-length album.

Today the band releases a video for "Destroyer," one of the two songs on the new "Don't Come Back" single. Check it out below, and you can see the band live on these dates:

Nov 18 - Providence, RI @ The Colosseum
Nov 19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Nov 20 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box More...

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Inire Announces New Shows

Aylmer, QC's heavy hitting, northern riffing groove demons from Inire are proud to announuce they will hit the road this November and December for shows in Ontario and Quebec.

These new dates include supporting September Mourning in Quebec City on November 21st, opening for Sebastian Bach on November 24th in Ottawa and a headlining show in Toronto on November 25th. Upcoming Inire performances are in support of the "Cauchemar" album due out on November 18th.

Nov 21 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti Bar - info - w/ September Mourning, Keychain
Nov 24 - Ottawa, ON - Barrymore's - info - w/ Sebastian Bach
Nov 25 - Toronto, ON - Bovine Sex Club - info
Nov 26 - London, ON - The Grinning Gator
Dec 10 - Gatineau, QC - Le Minotaure More...

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Lightning Strikes Takes You To "Death Valley"

Los Angeles' Lightning Strikes is streaming another new song "Death Valley," which you can enjoy below. The song appears on the eponymous debut release, which drops worldwide via Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel Records, on November 18th.

Originally formed in 1985, Lightning Strikes was briefly part of the bustling L.A. scene, releasing a now highly collectable 7” single in 1986 before the breaking up in late 1987.

The new album will feature guest stars: Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Kiss) on keyboards, Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) on vocals and Noah (Avanchick) on vocals.

The track listing is:

1. Victim
2. Can't Cross The Rainbow (streaming here)
3. 301 A.D.: Sins Of Our Fathers
4. Fear
5. Death Valley
6. Bermuda Triangle
7. Doki No Sakura
8. Kamikaze
9. Stay With Me
10. Our Lady
11. We Don't Rock Alone

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Heaven's Guardian Sign To Pure Steel Promotion

Brazilian metal act Heaven's Guardian signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Promotion. The album “Signs," which was released in Brazil though Megahard Records in 2015 will be released worldwide on January 27th. More news coming soon.

Heaven's Guardian was formed in 1997 and released three full length albums. The lineup is as follows:

Olivia Bayer – vocals (female)
Flávio Mendes – vocals
Luiz Maurício – guitars
Ericsson Marin – guitars
Everton Marin – keyboards
Murilo Ramos – bass
Arthur Albuquerque – drums More...

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Sirenia Releases "Dim Days Of Dolor" Video

Norwegian symphonic metal act Sirenia issued a video clip for the title track of the new album "Dim Days of Dolor." The album releases today, November 11th, via Napalm Records.

The album is the first to feature new lead vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan (Trail of Tears, Turisas) – a trained opera singer who has been with Sirenia as a choir singer for over a decade.

The track list for "Dim Days of Dolor" is:

1. Goddess of the Sea
2. Dim Days Of Dolor
3. The 12th Hour (song streaming here)
4. Treasure n' Treason
5. Cloud Nine
6. Veil of Winter
7. Ashes to Ashes
8. Elusive Sun
9. Playing with Fire
10. Fifth Column
11. Aeon's Embrace
12. Bonus Track - to be revealed soon

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Deserted Fear "Face Our Destiny" In New Video

German death metal act Deserted Fear will issue the new album "Dead Shores Rising" on January 27th via Century Media Records. Today, the band unleashed the music video for the new song "Face Our Destiny," which you can check out below.

The track list for the release is:

1. Intro
2. The Fall of Leaden Skies
3. The Edge of Insanity
4. Open Their Gates
5. Corrosion of Souls
6. Interlude
7. Towards Humanity
8. The Carnage
9. Face Our Destiny
10. 'Till the Last Drop
11. Carry On
12. A Morbid Vision
13. The Path of Sorrow More...

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Herman Frank Is "Running Back"

Herman Frank (ex-Accept, Victory) is streaming the new song "Running Back." The song appears on his new solo album "The Devil Rides Out," which drops on November 18th via AFM Records.

"The Devil Rides Out" also features vocalist Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance), Ex-Rage drummer Andre Hilgers and Jaded Heart's Michael Müller on bass. The album was produced by Herman Frank and mixed by Charly Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Running Back
2. Shout
3. Can't Take It
4. No Tears in Heaven
5. Ballhog Zone (see music video here)
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

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Eternal Idol Releases "A Song In The Wind"

Eternal Idol - the new band of ex-Rhapsody Of Fire/Angra singer Fabio Lione, together with guitarist Nick Savio (ex-Hollow Haze) and young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluor - is streaming another new song. Check out "A Song in the Wind" in the player below. The song is lifted from the upcoming debut "The Unrevealed Secret," which drops via Frontiers Music srl on December 2nd.

The track list is as follows:

1. Evil Tears (song streaming here)
2. Another Night Comes (see music video here)
3. Awake in Orion
4. Is the Answer Far from God?
5. Blinded
6. Sad Words Unvailed
7. Desidia
8. Hall of Sins
9. Feels Like I'm Dying
10. A Song in the Wind
11. Stormy Days
12. Beyond

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Need Posts Trailer Clip For New LP "Hegaiamas"

Greek progressive metal/rock band Need will release their fourth album "Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom" on January 17th. A preview clip for the album was released and can be heard in the player below.

The album was produced by Need and mixed/mastered by Hector.D at HD Studios.

Need will support Evergrey along with Seven Kingdoms on the forthcoming North American tour in May 2017.

The track list for "Hegaiamas: A Song For Freedom" is:

1. Rememory
2. Alltribe )
3. Therianthrope
4. Riverthane
5. Tilikum
6. I.O.T.A.
7. Hegaiamas

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Lancer Releases Second Preview For "Mastery"

Swedish power metal act Lancer posted the second in a series of trailer clips leading up to the release of the new album "Mastery." Details on the album are still forthcoming, but the release date will be January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In this clip, the band talks about the album artwork and title track. Check it out here:

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The "Secret's Safe" With Hemina

Sydney four piece progressive metal act Hemina is streaming the new song "Secret's Safe." The song appears on the upcoming third studio album, "Venus" which releases on November 11th.

"Venus" is an 80 minute concept album detailing and examining domestic violence, relationships, and individuality in the 21st century with a narrative arc to accompany and elaborate on their previous conceptual output.

"Venus" sees the musical spectrum expand, offering flavors of what fans have come to expect in the past as well as a new palette and range of expression never before heard from the group. From their ambitious "proggy" beginnings that shaped the first release, the band developed a more alternative and concise sound for album number two and have now found their sonic feet and what they feel is the definitive Hemina direction and lineup.

The track list for "Venus" is:

1. Fantasy
2. Expect the Unexpected
3. High Kite Ride
4. Moonlight Bride (see lyric video here)
5. Venus
6. The Collective Unconscious
7. Secret's Safe
8. Starbreeze
9. I
10. Dream State of Mind
11. Down Will Come Baby
12. You (Bonus Track)

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Ex Deo Details New Album "The Immortal Wars"

Be sure to witness the new era of Rome with Ex Deo!

Ex Deo fully indulge in pomp and drama with their upcoming milestone "The Immortal Wars" – out on February 24th via Napalm Records. People of Rome, the Eternal City, spread the word!

The band's third album offers epic war scenarios, highly melodic death metal and orchestral anthems that demand those fists in the air! Today the masterful artwork, track listing and on very top of that a first album teaser is unveiled! Will you spread the word of Rome? Will you join the legion?

Guitarist J-F Dagenais once more took care of production duties, while Jens Bogren fine-tuned the whole affair at his mixing desk in Sweden.

Says Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Kreator, Arch Enemy): "Brutal, epic and beautiful beyond words, if this album doesn’t make you wanna smash some helmets and watch Ben Hur again I don’t know what will, a must have album!!"

Find the new masterful artwork done by acclaimed artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, Kataklysm, Fleshgod Apocalypse) as well as full track listing below:

1. The Rise of Hannibal
2. Hispania (The Siege of Saguntum)
3. Crossing of the Alps
4. Suavetaurilia (Intermezzo)
5. Cato Major: Carthago delenda est!
6. Ad Victoriam (The Battle of Zama)
7. The Spoils of War
8. The Roman More...

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Headline News

Rhapsody Of Fire Announces New Vocalist

Italian fantasy metal pioneers Rhapsody of Fire announced that Teodasia vocalist Giacomo Voli will be the band's new voice, replacing Fabio Lione, who announced his departure back in late September.

The band commented: "We are extremely proud to announce that Giacomo Voli is the new singer of Rhapsody Of Fire. As you can imagine, we are very enthusiastic to have Giacomo in the band and we can promise you that, beside his beautiful voice, he has brought new energy that we are looking forward to unleashing. Stay tuned! More news and footage coming really soon!"

In a world exclusive interview with MetalUnderground.com back on October 10th, band founder Alex Staropoli spoke about the qualities he was seeking in a new vocalist: "There are three main aspects for both: personality, technique and emotion. We want someone with the right chemistry. We want to have a lot of fun playing, performing, recording and touring together. For instance, the new singer needs to have a solid vocal background, skillful and experienced, with a wide range and lots of power. It’s important that the singer can easily communicate with our audience on stage and convey a wide range of emotions through epic storytelling. Regarding the drummer, it’s of course less about storytelling emotion but more about the fun on tour and the energy on the stage in addition to a mind-blowing technique that fits our music."

The announcement came via a video clip with Voli introducing himself and a performance clip giving a taste of what he brings to the band. Check it out here:

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Exclusive

Diabulus In Musica Presents "Invisible"

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 their 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 comes courtesy of Heilemania (Lindemann, Epica, Kamelot).

Today, the band teamed up with MetalUnderground.com for the premiere for the music video for the new song "Invisible." Check it out in the player below.

"Dirge for the Archons," which is set to drop via Napalm Records on November 18th. The track listing is as follows:

The track list for the album is:

1. Battle of Atlantis
2. Earthly Illusions
3. Marble Embrace
4. Invisible
5. Crimson Gale (see lyric video here)
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)

MetalUnderground.com is proud to present "Invisible":

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Ritual Festival Announces First Bands

The organisers of the British death and doom metal based Rituals Festival has confirmed their first batch of names for the 2017 edition of the event, which will take place on 8th April 2017. Early bird tickets are currently on sale for a mere £25, rising to £30 in the future and can be purchased here. A message from the organisers reads as follows:

"Firstly thanks to all of you that supported Ritual this year. I’m happy to say the festival will be returning to Canal Mills, Leeds in April 2017 with a diverse and unique line-up. We have taken the time to combine some of the UK's newest, as well as established talented acts along with some special and exclusive favourites just for you. We are honoured to have Ihsahn headline the festival but we also can’t wait to reveal many more incredible bands for you over the coming months."

Perhaps the most prominent announcement is that former Emperor frontman Ihsahn will be headlining the festival, where he will be promoting his latest album, "Arktis" and has also hinted that he could debut some new material at the show, stating:

"I am honoured to headline Ritual Festival next year, and I´m looking forward to bringing you a set of Ihsahn past, present and maybe a dash of future as well. See you all there!" More...

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Sepultura Posts New Song Online

Brazilian metal legends Sepultura has posted a new song online entitled, "I Am The Enemy," which appears on their forthcoming new album, "Machine Messiah." You can check it on Spotify now by clicking here or listen in below.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser stated: "The song 'I Am The Enemy' was one of the last songs we worked on before going to Sweden to record the album, it's really simple and straight forward with a strong influence of the hardcore scene of the 90's.

"The lyrics talk about ourselves as human beings, with concepts and pre-concepts implanted in our heads through education, religion, the environment and all of our own experiences. We are the problem and the solution, do not blame anything or anyone else but yourself, you are your own enemy. Face yourself, rethink your life and then you'll have a chance to make a better world for yourself.

"We are playing the song live already and the reaction is being amazing, now you all have the chance to listen to the album version, play it loud!" More...

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Interview

Rotting Christ Discusses Rituals, Europe And Sport

Formed in the Greek capital city of Athens in 1987, Rotting Christ remains one of Europe's longest running and most respected extreme metal bands. Emerging initially as a grindcore band, they soon became one of the first names in black metal, with their demos spreading across Europe and influencing the infamous Norwegian black metal scene as well as other groups on both sides of the continent. They have since gone on to release twelve studio albums and one EP, in addition to a live album and comprehensive DVD and are still one of the most unique sounding bands in extreme metal music.

At their recent show in London, I had the pleasure of sitting down with frontman and founder Sakis Tolis to discuss their latest album, "Rituals," as well as the legacy of the band, his side group Thou Art Lord, the current political and economic climate and our mutual love of association football. You can listen to the conversation below. More...

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Thralldom Premieres New Song "Stars and Graves"

New York’s Thralldom premieres a new song entitled "Stars and Graves", taken from the upcoming new album "Time Will Bend Into Horror", which will be released through Ritual Productions later today.

Check out now "Stars and Graves" below.

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Crucible (We Came As Romans) New Video Posted

Detroit-based Crucible (We Came As Romans, Assassins, Taproot) premieres a new song entitled "Slave To The Dime".

The Plot In You frontman Landon Tewers guests on the track saying of it: "We released a new video for Slave to the Dime yesterday. No matter your political preference, we hope you all can appreciate the significance of the lyrics to this song and the message behind it. We’re still slaves to their games, which is why we need to band together instead of ripping each other apart."

Check out now "Slave To The Dime" below.

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Hollow Earth Debuts "The Harbinger Of Existence"

Hollow Earth debuts a new song titled "The Harbinger Of Existence", taken from the upcoming new album "Dead Planet", out December 02, through Good Fight Music.

Check out now "The Harbinger Of Existence" below.

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Ion Dissonance Premieres Music Video

Ion Dissonance premieres a music video for "To Lift The Dead Hand Of The Past", taken from the upcoming new album "Cast The First Stone", which will hit stores on November 18th via Good Fight Entertainment.

Check out now "To Lift The Dead Hand Of The Past" below.

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Chevelle Shares New Music Video

Chevelle premieres a new music video for "Door To Door Cannibals", taken from the band's latest album "The North Corridor", which will be out in stores now via Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Check out now "Door To Door Cannibals" below.

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Call Of The Void Premieres New Song "Never Enough"

Call Of The Void premieres a new song entitled "Never Enough", taken from the upcoming new EP "AYFKM" (Are You Fucking Kidding Me), which will be out in stores on December 16th via Translation Loss Records.

Check out now "Never Enough" below.

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Vanishing Life (Quicksand Etc) Premieres "Painter"

Vanishing Life (Quicksand, etc.) premieres a new song entitled "Painter", taken from the upcoming debut album "Surveillance", due out in stores today, November 11th through Dine Alone. The lineup features:

Vocals/guitars – Walter Schreifels (Quicksand/Rival Schools, etc.)
Guitars – Zach Blair (Rise Against)
Bass – Autry Fulbright (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)
Drums – Jamie Miller (Bad Religion, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead)

Check out now "Painter" below.

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Vanna Debuts New Music Video "Mutter"

Vanna debuts a new music video for "Mutter", taken from the band's latest album "All Hell", out in stores via Pure Noise. Live footage for the clip has been filmed during the band’s run this past summer on the "Vans Warped Tour".

Check out now "Mutter" below.

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