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Metal News for November 12, 2015

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Katatonia Enters The Studio

Sweden's Katatonia has confirmed the recruitment of drummer Daniel 'Mojjo' Moilanen. Vocalist Jonas Renkse recalls:

"We first met Mojjo back in 2009 where his band at the time, Engel, had joined up with us and Paradise Lost on a U.K. tour and we soon realized we shared the same musical background and ideals. We stayed in touch over the years and when Daniel Liljekvist quit Katatonia in 2014 we decided to give Mojjo a call. He has now been with us for well over a year, so far only as a live member, but now is the time for him to join the Katatonia album cycle and most importantly - make his own impression on our new material. We can't wait to see what this will lead to. Love him up!"

Mojjo added: "From 1993 via 2009 to 2014, from today and onward into future battles. I am thankful, delighted and proud to take part in the next phase of Katatonia and I am looking forward to the journey being as giving as it has been for the last 22 years."

Along with Mojjo, Katatonia has entered Stockholm's Studio Gröndahl with engineer Karl Daniel Lidén to commence the recording of a 10th album. The new album is due out in 2016 on Peaceville Records and follows up the 2012 album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here). More details on the band's new album will be released in the coming weeks. More...

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This Gift Is A Curse Posts "Swinelord" Video

Swedish black metal force This Gift Is A Curse just released a video for the track "Swinelord" taken off the band's new album, "All Hail the Swinelord." Check it out below.

This Gift Is A Curse will also kick off a tour on November 20 seeing the band travel throughout Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and more, before concluding on December 7. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found after the video.


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Fleshgod Apocalypse To Tour With Carach Angren

After revealing the cover art and details for new album "King" (full info here) earlier today, now Fleshgod Apocalypse has announced a string of upcoming tour dates with Abigail Williams and Carach Angren. Full dates are available below.

Comments Fleshgod Apocalypse: "We are super stoked to finally return to the US and Canada! To celebrate the release of our upcoming album King, we are going to play a special show for you. Lots of new elements and features will be presented during an extended set, which will include songs from Labyrinth and several classics! Also, it will be great to share the stage with our dutch brothers from Carach Angren, and the crazy american black metal act Abigail Wiliams. We already know it's going to be a blast! See you there!"

Carach Angren adds: "We are very thrilled to return the horror to the USA and Canada! After bringing Death to the Phantom Ship in Florida we will set foot on mainland for the entire month of February. Our first visitation last year was met with your incredible support and now we will finally bring This Is No Fairytale alive to you, embedded in well known chapters from our previous horror stories."

2/8 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
2/9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
2/10 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
2/11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
2/12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
2/13 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2/14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
2/15 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
2/16 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
2/17 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
2/19 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
2/20 - Bend, OR - Third Street Pub
2/21 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
2/22 - W. Hollywood, CA - Whisky
2/23 - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
2/25 - El Paso TX - Mesa Music Hall
2/26 - Ft. Worth, TX - Rail Club
2/27 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
2/28 - San Juan, PR TBA More...

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Misery Index Covers Sepultura

Acclaimed Baltimore death metal outfit Misery Index just released a cover of the Sepultura classic "Primitive Future" as the latest installment of Decibel Magazine's Flexi series. Check out Misery Index's version below.

Misery Index is also currently touring North America as part of the "Infernus Tour 2015" with Hate Eternal and Beyond Creation. The tour stops in Portland, OR tonight, and runs through November 25, 2015.

Nov. 12 Portland, OR @ Dante's
Nov. 13 Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
Nov. 14 Glendale, CA @ Complex
Nov. 15 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red Theaters
Nov. 16 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
Nov. 18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Nov. 19 Lubbock,TX @ Depot Obar Live
Nov. 20 Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West 5
Nov. 21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Nov. 22 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
*Nov. 24 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre Saint
*Nov. 25 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
* Hate Eternal only More...

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An Ocean Of Void Announces "The Great Escape"

An Ocean of Void is a five-piece from Bordeaux, France taking inspiration from the post-rock, atmospheric metal, and prog scenes.

After a self-produced demo in 2012, the band's debut album "The Great Escape" will see the light on December 4, 2015 through Inverse Records. Check out the song "Resonance" below, while the full track listing is as follows:

1. Diving in the Deepest Sea
2. Enigma
3. Silent Storm
4. Resonance
5. Behind Red Clouds
6. An Ocean of Void Part. I
7. A Faded Light
8. An Ocean of Void Part. II More...

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Jupiter VI Posts "Running" Lyric Video

In the mood for a ballad? "Running" is extracted from Deliverance frontman Jimmy P Brown II's alter ego band Jupiter VI. Specifically the track comes off the "Moveable Walls" album release via Roxx Records in late 2014, and now a lyric video for the song can be seen below.

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Firewind Recruits New Vocalist

Firewind just issued the following announcement about officially recruiting Henning Basse as the band's full-time vocalist:

"Today we're happy to announce our new singer! And it's none other than Henning Basse! Some of you might know him from his work in Metalium, others might have also seen him on stage with us. Henning is no stranger to Firewind fans as he toured the world with us back in 2007!

"Since last year he started playing some shows w/ Gus G's solo band and he delivered amazing performances, stunning the crowds all over Europe! Henning is an amazing frontman & a personality that totally fits with what Firewind is all about. Please welcome Henning to the family, we promise you the upcoming shows will rock harder than ever!!"

Henning steps in following the departure of former vocalist Apollo Papathanasio all the way back in 2013. More...

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Reveals New Album

The Italian symphonic death metal masters from Fleshgod Apocalypse have revealed the cover artwork to their upcoming album "King." This stunning visualization was created by acclaimed contemporary artist Eliran Kantor. "King" follows previous album "Labyrinth" (reviewed here).

Vocalist Tommaso comments: "This work of art is nothing more than the picture of an old world coming to an end. The author, Eliran Kantor, perfectly interpreted the concept behind the album. The King represents the last stand of integrity and justice in a court infested by traitors, villains, perverts, parasites and prostitutes.

"In an era that looks more like the Middle Ages than the 21st Century, we felt the necessity to express our indignation for the constant loss of values and our despise for mediocrity and commercial use of superstitions.

"The question is, are we sure everything that is 'new' is right? Are we sure we are not losing the perception of what is the real value of things? Perhaps the essence of that King lies inside everyone of us but it's just dimmed by the mist of deceit and (ir)rational superfluity. Perhaps we should all hail the King we have inside." More...

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Bedowyn Posts Full New Album Online

Bedowyn creates enormous sludgy riffs that would make Black Sabbath and Corrosion of Conformity proud. The band's first full-length studio offering "Blood Of The Fall" is out now and can be heard in full below, or pick up at at Bandcamp here. The full track listing is:

1. The Horde
2. Rite to Kill
3. Blood of the Fall
4. Cotards Blade
5. Leave the Living for Dead
6. For a Fleeting Moment
7. Where Wings Will Burn
8. I am the Flood
9. Halfhand
10. Lord of the Suffering
11. The Horde (Exodus) More...

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The Moth Gatherer Streams "The Black Antlers"

Swedish atmospheric doom/heavy sludge outfit The Moth Gatherer is premiering a new song online titled "The Black Antlers." The track is streaming beow in anticipation of the band's second full-length album, "The Earth Is The Sky," set to be released November 27, 2015 on Agonia Records.

"The Black Antlers" represents a more blackened side of the album, which, as a whole, experiments with doom, sludge, electro, ambient and post-rock elements. If you like what you hear, be sure to also check out previous track "Pale Explosions" over here.

Commented by the band: "'The Earth Is The Sky' is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where 'A Bright Celestial Light' was an introvert journey into decay, 'The Earth Is The Sky' is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world." More...

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Cradle Of Filth Announces New U.K. Shows

Currently on a European trek with Ne Obliviscaris and gearing up for North American shows in January/February, Cradle Of Filth just announced a run of live appearances in the U.K. and Ireland this coming March.

These dates will follow a headline performance at U.K. metal festival Hammerfest VIII supporting latest album "Hammer Of The Witches" (reviewed here). You can see Cradle Of Filth live on the following dates: More...

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Thrashfire Signs With Xtreem Music

The Turkish thrash metal motherfuckers from Thrashfire have inked a deal with Xtreem Music that includes the imminent release of their brand new mini CD and future upcoming albums.

Mini CD "Vengeance of Fire" features 4 new songs and two bonus tracks from an '07 demo. Due out December 20, 2015, the track listing is as follows:

1. Intro (Back to Ritual)
2. Vengeance of Fire
3. Thrash Assassinations of Rotten Streets
4. Chainsaw Metal
5. Silent Torture (Bonus - Demo 2007)
6. Kill the Fake God (Bonus - Demo 2007) More...

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Morkesagn Releasing Debut Album

From the bowels of Hell comes forth Ukraine's own Morkesagn and debut album "Where The Darkness Never Ends."

Lucid in musicianship, atmospheric throughout and just plain wicked, this self-released album is set to drop November 30, 2015. Pre-orders are available at Bandcamp here and you can hear three raging tracks below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Dungeons
2. Heart Of Darkness
3. Heart Of Poison
4. Heart Of Flame
5. Temple
6. Frost
7. Throne Of Doom More...

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Necrophagia Reschedules Tour With Venom Inc.

The cult death metal pioneers from Necophagia have rescheduled their previously announced North American tour with Venom Inc.

Previously scheduled to kick off tonight, the tour will now begin on January 7, 2016 in Philadelphia and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Necrophagia is touring in support of latest album "WhiteWorm Cathedral" on these dates:

Jan. 7 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
Jan. 8 New Haven CT @ College St Music Hall
Jan. 9 New York NY @ Webster Hall
Jan. 10 Toronto ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Jan. 11 Chicago IL @ Reggies
Jan. 12 St Paul MN @ Turf Club
Jan. 13 Lawrence KS @ Granada
Jan. 14 Denver CO @ Gothic Theater
Jan. 16 Vancouver @ BC Venue
Jan. 17 Seattle WA @ Neumos
Jan. 18 Portland OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Jan. 20 San Francisco CA @ DNA Lounge
Jan. 21 Pomona CA @ Glass House
Jan. 22 Fresno CA @ Strummers
Jan. 23 San Diego CA @ Brick By Brick
Jan. 27 San Antonio TX @ Korova
Jan. 28 Ft Worth TX @ Tomcats
Jan. 29 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade More...

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Mechanical God Creation Writing New Album

Alpha Omega Management is pleased to announce the signing of the Italian death metal Mechanical God Creation, hailing from Milan. The band's first demo "…And The Battle Becomes War" came out in March 2007, and the same year the group was voted to play on the 2nd stage of Gods of Metal, performing alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Korn and Megadeth.

2008 brought Mechnical God Creation onto the international stages, with the debut full-length album "Cell XII" released in 2009. The second album “Artifact Of Annihilation” saw the light of day in 2013.

Currently the band is busy writing new material for a third album, scheduled to be released in 2016. The band comments: "It is a pleasure for us to be in the roster of Alpha Omega management. This collaboration is important for us because it will give us the opportunity to play on major stages and share the shows with famous bands and increasing the quality of our music and our approach to the show.

Alpha Omega adds: "We're very pleased to announce that these talented musicians and their band Mechnical God Creation are now part of our roster! Knowing them already for years and seeing their devotion on stages, supporting acts like Behemoth and Septicflesh, talks clearly about the fact that this band is made for playing live delivering their energy to their fans, old and new ones. So stay tuned for next announcements!"

Earlier this year Mechanical God Creation toured with Septicflesh in Russia. Video footage of the song “Walking Dead” has been posted from that trek and can be seen below. More...

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Destrage Posts Guitar Playthrough Video

Currently in writing and recording mode for an upcoming album, Italy's Destrage has launched a new guitar playthrough for the track, "Host, Rifles And Coke" taken from the 2014 album "Are You Kidding Me? No." Watch Ralph Salati's guitar tutorial in the YouTube player below.

Salati comments: "It has been pretty fun and challenging to propose again one of my favourite tunes from 'AYKM?N' in the most detailed and meticulous way possible, still preserving the taste of a live performance." More...

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Inverted Serenity Offering Free Track Download

Coming off a support slot in Winnipeg last week for the "Infernus" tour featuring Hate Eternal, Misery Index, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil, tech death metal band Inverted Serenity is offering fans a free download of the track "Elemental Abyss."

Taken from new album "Integral" released last month, you can stream the track below or grab your copy at Bandcamp here. Inverted Serenity comments:

"Perhaps our most mature and technically structured songwriting on the record can be found in Elemental Abyss. This song comes out of the gate with a full speed technical thrash pace that unfolds itself into larger layered riffs all while maintaining a mid-paced headbanging groove underlying the majority of the song.

"Heavy and polyrhythmic riffs are explored akin to the sounds of bands like Decapitated and Meshuggah. A 7/4 time signature is played while Marcos vocals push the thickeness of the song along. The track is also outro to the album and has the hugest sounding melodies we have built upon in the history of our band. Tomas’ massive sounding screams lead you into the auditory abyss we specifically placed as the final stretch of the album.

"The themes explored lyrically are tied into the unknowing of our oceans on Earth, which can be paralleled to the unknowing of the depths of our emotions inside of us. While we are immersed in this material world structured by the elements, through discernment and letting go of the weight of physical reality, we are immersed in the fractal nature of reality and its infinite depth." More...

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Venom Welcomes Fun Fun Fest To Hell

“I thought Venom is on tour and playing San Antonio in January?” This was the type of confusion I read on the Internet concerning the Venom camps. I explained that the “Venom” that’s going on tour is Venom Inc., which includes ex-Venom guitarist Mantas and Demolition Man who took over for Cronos for a short period. The Venom I referred to on my posts is the namesake band featuring the true voice and bass of Venom, Cronos. The band’s appearance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest marked their only show in the U.S.

Venom was the first headline act that I caught all weekend. On Friday, I missed Coheed And Cambria to make sure I got down to ACL Live in time to catch all of the Skinny Puppy set. The day before Mayhem took precedence over watching either Jane’s Addiction, NOFX or Wu-Tang Clan. Before being treated to the band that coined the term “black metal,” though, I took in a string of veteran, influential hardcore artists. More...

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Culture Killer Streaming "Exterminate Filth"

Set to release debut full-length "Throes of Mankind" on November 27th, Florida outfit Culture Killer is giving fans another preview of the upcoming album today. Hear new track "Exterminate Filth" in the player below.

Currently on the road with Whitechapel and Psycroptic, Culture Killer eagerly wrote and recorded "Throes of Mankind" earlier this year, with the intent of educating the masses about the world's injustices. Through 10 tracks of pummeling metallic hardcore, the disgruntled quintet successfully delivers a message with violent, malevolent fervor. Catch the band live on these dates:

w/ Whitechapel, Psycroptic
Nov. 12 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater
Nov. 13 - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
Nov. 14 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly
Nov. 16 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Nov. 17 - McAllen, TX - Sofie's Saloon
Nov. 18 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
Nov. 19 - Ft. Worth, TX - Tomcats
Nov. 20 - Birmingham, AL - The Syndicate Lounge
Nov. 21 - Nashville, TN - The End More...

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Sacrilege Offering Free Download

Sometimes the greatest gems lay undiscovered, like with Birmingham outfit Sacrilege, founded all thew way back in 1984 by guitarist Damian Thompson and vocalist Lynda “Tam” Simpson.

The female-­fronted crust/punk/metal pioneers set a worldwide underground standard for heavy music with a then-unique blend of hardcore punk and metal. Unlike most bands from either camp, Sacrilege’?s compositional approach focused on weaving radical politics (themes such as corruption, inequality, poverty, nuclear war) into metaphorical and intricate lyrical stories, blending the rebellious spirit of punk with the complexity and rich fantastical imagination of metal.

Now that gem is being unearthed by Relapse Records, with a re-issue of 1985 debut album "Behind The Realms Of Madness" set to land on Friday, November 13, 2015. In anticipation of tomorrow's re-issue, today we're streaming and offering a free download of the track "The Closing Irony." Grab your own copy through the SoundCloud player's download button below.

Now fully remastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Hooded Menace, Obituary) with seven previously unreleased bonus tracks and expanded art and liner notes, this edition of "Behind The Realms of Madness" is the first-ever authorized reissue of Sacrilege's landmark debut. Pre-order your copy physically here or digitally at Bandcamp. More...

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Spacebag Posts Full-Album Stream Of "Pareidolia"

Seattle's instrumental three-piece progressive metallers of Spacebag - consisting of ex-members of Rorschach, Kiss it Goodbye, Asva and Girth - are streaming their latest full-length album "Pareidolia", which was released earlier this year.

You can now check out the full-album stream of "Pareidolia" below.

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Turbid North Premieres Two New Songs

Alaskan metal outfit Turbid North premieres two new songs titled "Red Giant" and "The Burning Sky". The tracks are taken from the upcoming new album "Eyes Alive", which will be out in stores November 20th via its newly-created own label The Pyramid.

Check out now "Red Giant" and "The Burning Sky" below.

Explains guitarist/vocalist Nick Forkel: More...

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Lamb Of God Premieres New Lyric Video "Erase This"

Lamb Of God premieres a new lyric video for the track "Erase This", taken from the band’s latest album "VII: Sturm Und Drang", out in stores via Epic Records and Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Erase This" below. Says guitarist Mark Morton of the song:

"Lyrically, 'Erase This' deals with negative people and how they can drag you down without you even necessarily realising it. It's about people you may even be close to, but who are stuck in their own self-pity and woe-is-me, kind of victim status. That kind of energy can spread like a virus. Most of us as humans have been on both the giving and receiving end of that kind of attitude, but the older I get, the more I try to focus on not allowing that type of vibe to enter my mindset."

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